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1462) mike imbasciani
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10-20-2006 07:03 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

y ou all may remember me as mike the hat. or allias michael bird.i lived on bond street. i was the delivery boy then for the butcher on second st. sonny puma. i hope there is some one out there that remembers me. ihung out on smith st. carroll st. park. wow what memories there. then there was 3rd ave. carroll.montes .hope you get thisin good health. hope to hear from someone.oh softball at p s 32 .

Joanne 10-21-2006 08:33 PM
Hi Michael I remember you very well....Im a Garbellotto....Joanne the young beautiful one. Nah Just kidding.. Im sue you know who I am....Your mother was Sophie....Wow its been alot of years....My sister Esther lived in your building on Bond St. We were family right? My Father was Augie....How is Lucille and your brothers? Johnny Boy and Frankie?
Not sure if you still see my brothers in the neighborhood Me Esther and Josephine moved away from bklyn years ago....We were just back there last month. Lots of good memories. Let me know you got this and how you and everybody is...Take care for now...

matty martino 10-22-2006 02:46 PM
mike are you johnny birds brother he married to my cousin anna marie

Garbo girl 10-22-2006 06:18 PM
Hi Michael, You better remember me. We hung out occassionally. I'm Mikey Rabbit's other sister closer to your age. Who am I?? (by the way, Monte's had the best veal cutlet parm hero:)

Tommy B. 10-23-2006 01:23 PM
Hi Joanne & Garbo girl,welcome back. Mike welcome to the site I am Joanne & Garbo girls cousin. Your name rings a bell but I cant picture you sorry! Joanne last month I mentioned a name that I found in my pants pocket it was Marty Longarbodi well tell Augie back in the 70s we called him Tu Tu or Junior he was a good friend of mind & I think he was also good friends with Jackie. Also Monte's was mentioned by you or Garbo Girl. Well a few years back a good friend of mind from the 70s became the new owner, he probably took over in the 90s. Now here is a little trivia question what was his nickname back then. I havn't seen him in over 25 years & I still dont know if he still owns Monte's. Now Josephine or maybe Garbo Girl, a friend of ours from the 70 has family on this site he is also in the restaraunt business, who is he ?Memories are what this site is about & it is good to have them.
1461) Charlie
Staten Island
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Congratultaions to Bill Munks who was honered last night at the Carroll Gardens Award Dinner.

Billy is President Of B & D plumbing on Court Street for the past 10 years and has particapted in a myriad of activities for the community behind the scenes quietly leading oranizations for sucess of all.

Billy is also part of the Friday night briscola (one of three) game

Fred Saez 10-23-2006 06:40 AM
Charlie, I hung out with a Billy Munks in carroll park, early 70's. Gotta be the same person. The crowd included Mike Murphy, Richie "Baba," etc... If you are in touch, tell him I said hello.

Charlie 10-23-2006 12:32 PM
Yes we hung out with Bill Monks back then on Hoyt & Degraw
Larry's Cellar, Yes Richie BABA was part of the crew
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Tommy B. 10-23-2006 04:12 PM
Need more info Angela,where did he come from ,friends, would be glad to help you look.
1459) Joe Carlson
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10-19-2006 10:01 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

To All Red HOOkers.. I would like to inform everyone that my Mom Ellen D. Carlson (ne Clyne) has passed away.

She will be waked Sunday 10/22 at:
Scalia Funeral Home
28 Eltingville Blvd.
Staten Island, N. Y. 10312
from 2pm till 5pm and 7 to 9pm.
She will be buried on Monday 10/23 at Greenwood Cemetry

SHe just turned 80 and lived a long life.
Thank you all very much.

Sincerely, Joe Carlson

Lynne 10-20-2006 05:58 PM
I just want to convey my condolences to you ahd your family for your loss.
We don't know each other, but I'm sure years ago, we passed each other on a street in Red Hook.

Patty Cozzati 10-21-2006 07:40 AM
Joe, please know that your Mom, you and all your family are in the prayers of this Red Hook "girl". While we don't know each other personally, we are all family on this site. With my sincere sympathy,
Patty Cozzati Laslo

madeline faiella 10-21-2006 12:04 PM
Joe Carlson,
sorry to hear of your mother going (RIP)will pray for the family . i dont know you but like the others said we mite of passed each other i the street of red hook one time or another mt condolences to you and the family

Ron Clyne, Bklyn., N.Y. 10-24-2006 11:22 AM
Cousin Joe:

It was great to reconnect after all these years although the circumstances could have been better. Your Mom did have a nice long life. 5 Generations of Clyne's in Red Hook that is really something. For the most part the Clyne's lived on Dikeman Street (38) and as you know 31 and 47 Wolcott Street. Your Mom was always Aunt Ellen to me even though she was my Dad's first Cousin. Seeing you brought back memories of the days in the 50's and early 60's when evevery one was alive and well and when Craig and Austin were beating up on you kids and looking out for you at the same time. Something only a cousin can understand. Just hearing the family names....Ray and Little Ray....Lotte....Aunt Anna...Uncle Bernie....Aunt Ellen....Uncle Matt Tierney. Perhaps you will remember the names of the families on the block....Hassler...Clyne....Walsh...Carlson...Barry...Checilo....Sanchez....Carr...Eastbee to name a few.

The Cemetery plot in Greenwood is Beautiful. Rest assured that I will visit as often as I can.

Best wishes from your family back her in Brooklyn.

Your Cousin.


Lars Nilsen 10-28-2006 04:12 PM
joe - I am sorry to hear of your mother's passing and would like to express my condolences also. I'm doing research on the Norwegians that used to make up a good part of the Red Hook population from about 1870 to 1910. From the comments I read your family has been living there a long time. Carlson is a Scandinavian name-could it be Norwegian?
1458) Mark Phillips-SBNAdministrator
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10-19-2006 11:11 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

I would like to invite everyone who visits our guestbook to come join us. We are a part of the 10th Annual Gowanus Artists Studio Tour on Saturday and Sunday, October 21 and 22, 2006, from 1:00 to 6:00 PM at Perfect Corner, (345 Smith Street at First Place) in Carroll Gardens.

We will exhibit Brooklyn and New York Photographs by Mark D Phillips. Stop by and meet The South Brooklyn Network team.

To find out more about the tour and download location maps, visit Happenings on our site.

Tommy B. 10-19-2006 12:35 PM
Thanks for the info Mark,now this is for anyone who has been out of the neighborhood & have never retuned. If you wonder what Red Hook ,Carroll Gardens & Cobble Hill look like now there is a nice photo web site called NYC Foto. com. Just click in Brooklyn & your on your way! Enjoy it.
1457) Harriet Harkins
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To John Burkard. Hi John Iwanted to see the pictures you were talking about in your message1436. You said to go to and to click on digital on the left and then type in red hook in the search, I did all that and it said no entries found what am I doing wrong John. Thanks

Mickey 10-19-2006 12:38 PM
Try it again. I just did and I was able to get through.

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-20-2006 05:32 PM
Hello harriet, I just tried the site and had no problem. You have the correct web address, so try again just in case you made a wrong entry, it's so easy to do this without realizing. Good luck, John.....

babyann D 10-21-2006 06:59 AM
Harriet I hope you got onto the site it is wonderful, I found out many things about my block Carroll St. Bet Columbia & Van Brunt St. I am sure you will too. Good Hunting
1456) anthony benedetto
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10-19-2006 02:25 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi0-would like to find some people that new my family,

Shirley Kerrigan 10-19-2006 06:44 AM
Anthony, was your mother the crossing guard? Let me know

Tommy B. 10-19-2006 12:21 PM
Hi Anthony,we need more info!

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 02:24 PM
was your family related to the lawyer on smith st across from PS58 school ?
1455) anthony benedetto
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10-19-2006 02:24 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Hi0-would like to find some people that new my family,
1454) Bill Sweeney
Chesapeake, VA
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10-17-2006 05:55 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

My mother's family, the Gormans arrived in Red Hook about 1870. As they lived at the following locations, in the period of the late 1870s and 1880s, I am interested in learning if any of the buildngs are still in existance.
229 Conover Street,; 242 Conover Street; 77 Wolcott Street, and 128 Partition (Coffey Street).

B en Butler 10-20-2006 08:41 AM
Bill S. FYI: Regarding the Gorman Family. My Mother Nora Sheehy Butler had a close girlfriend named Kitty Groman. I called her Aunt Kitty, I assume Kathryne was her name.
They were young qwomen in the 1920's
She had a sister (name unk) and they both lived with their Mother in a three floor walkup house set back in it's location on Huntington Street just off Columbia in the 40/ and 50's. She later moved up to the new apartment house built at 5th Avenue and 9th Street and she worked for Sapolin paint I believe on Hamilton Avenue. She never married. That is about all I have for you on Red Hook Gormans.Prior to their move to Huntington Street they may have lived at one of your addresses.
1453) John Burkard, Red Hook
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10-16-2006 07:38 PM  Write a comment Send E-mail

For the original Red Hooker. Who are you???
Cyprus Tree Island was high hilled island up until 1835 when those 3 Dutchmen used it to fill in the surrounding marshland and swamp, doing what the Dutch did best, reclaiming land from the sea. Since it no longer was an island, it made no sense to continue calling it so. But the name Red Hook has its own history, the name was bestowed upon it by the Indians long before the white man set foot on the soil. It is the only neighborhood in the whole of New York City that still retains the original name the Indians called it. Changing names does not change a neighborhood for the better. The people make an area good or bad, not the name. Red Hook residents happen to be friendly, honest, outspoken, decent, and hardworking taxpayers. They are model citizens and they love Red Hook with a passion. Very few other areas can claim this distinction.

Ben Butler 10-18-2006 05:47 AM
John...I do not believe there is a better way to say it. Thank you.

Your tip on Your phot trip on for the wonderful review was sensational
Don't miss it... RHF.

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 02:29 PM
John B
Thank you so much for all the reseach that you do in the name of RED HOOK, there still people around that appeciate what you do for BROOKLYN, Thank you again i'm learning so much from you THANKS THANKS
I"M so proud of being a RED HOOKER and a true American

De Bock 10-19-2006 06:11 PM
John, as always stated with such eloquence. It is the people that make a community; that is why Red Hook was so special. I must say, though, when I would say Red Hook to the good old boys on Wall Street they would tip their noses; now, I chuckle because this is where they all want to live; in our little neighborhood that they once would never have visited before it became a trend.

babyann 10-21-2006 06:52 AM
Hello John, I must say I was impressed with the findings on site, brooklynlibrary I knew of the factory called Mr. Cobbs Factory at 25 Carroll St. they made rawiron table and chairs and other things
but I never heard anybody speak of it as a macaroni factory, thanks for being on top of things; it brighten my day. You see my family lived at 26 Carroll St. since it was build in the late 1800's what history thanks again. Makes Me Very Proud.....and found out about the Carroll St.Bridge, I never drove over that bridge and never new Monte painted it the Italian Flagg Colors either.

Linny 1-1-2007 10:49 AM
I couldn't have put it better! You're right the name doesn't make the place the people make it. My parents lived in the projects 748 Henry St. in the late 1930's to early 1940's. Dad worked in Todds Shipyard until he retired in 1970's. The move to the now Carroll Gardens..still South Brooklyn to me came in 1944.
I hope some newcomers read your posting some of them just don't get what our neighborhood is about and why today it's one of the most desirable places to live.
1452) John Burkard, Red Hook
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Frank C. Thanks for filling me in on Tar Island, first I heard of it. The lot between Columbia and Dwight was indeed a gas station, but it was a Shell station. Owned by Pete Nowak,a good friend of mine, and later his Son Pete Jr. He later moved directly across the street to another lot, and stayed for many years before he died. that lot was the one recently talked about on this site where Father Casey, Pastor of Visitation had a chapel built during WW2 to accomodate the shipyard workers. a photo can be accessed on the maim library archives of Red Hook. Today the lot has a fried chicken store and I think a grocery. Thanks again for you info.....

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-16-2006 11:17 PM
Frank C. , I'm responding to my own post(LOL) it was pointed out to me the lot you referred to was at Verona St. the lot I spoke about was at Wolcott St. I hope I didnt confuse you talking about the Shell Station. Regards, JOHN.....

to john 10-17-2006 03:47 AM
thanks john you did. howeyer i know the lot you sprak of frank c
1451) Eileen Coughlin
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Thank you Mr. John Burkard for Tar Beach
Thanks Frank for Tar Island
1450) Lucy (Lucille) Fraser Suarez
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HERMAN RIVERA !!! BIKERMINIO HELLO!!!! This is Lucy & Cheno... Everytime we email you the emails come back! I have a NEW email addy , please make note! It is ... When you see this email me! PLEASE!!!!! and to the rest of you Hi! RED HOOK FOREVER!

HERMAN RIVERA 10-21-2006 03:37 PM
HI LUCY whats up,I COULD not get on this site they changed
every thing around,whats going on with you and chino?as for me i am ok,this is hunting season, out trying to shoot a deer with the bow,last year i got a bear,tell that to chino. by the way i am TIEANO from the island of P.R. HA HA LOL.

Lucy & Cheno 10-30-2006 01:08 PM
HEY HERMANNNNNNNNNN! Cheno says you betta watch the Bear dont get YOU this year!!! We are both fine as frog hair!
1449) Tommy B. 
S.I. N.Y.
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Hi everyone, not much going on this site with family & friends who have been missing for awhile so every once & awhile I go to Manhattan Special .com to see whats going on there . For those of you who have left Brooklyn & cant find Manhattan Special where you now live, just go to the web site & go to retailer locator. I noticed that my cousin Baby Esther went on it & so did Mad F. & Babyann, also other members from the past are on it. So if you have any questions about the soda just go to the site. Take care!

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 07:48 AM
Tommy B
i guess were getting garbage again on the site, i was off for a few days something wrong with pc couldnt get on site for some reason or another.
but this person is trinh to start trouble again with the RED HOOK
boy is she ready for a rude awaking from us RED HOOKERS

Tommy B. 10-19-2006 11:57 AM
Hi Mad good hearing from you again,now about this person! just pay them no mind. Take care,will talk soon.

babyann 10-19-2006 05:02 PM
Hey Tommy B wanna hang out Saturday?????? 215 columbia st 7pm bring your dancing shoes and your appetite lets have fun, told your sister she is not sure about coming but You must come and talk about yadda yadda doo
1448) Original Red Hooker
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10-16-2006 10:45 AM  Write a comment Send E-mail

Now I think if Red Hook was called
Cypress Tree Island it would have been a much better place, would have received much more respect. Would have made you feel better saying I come from Cypress Tree Island rather than Red Hook. My opinion.

Louise **Red Hook** 10-16-2006 04:43 PM
Gee Original Red Hooker, you sound ashamed to say you come from Red Hook? If you feel like you would like to say Cypress Tree Island then that is your opinion, say it BUT WE come from RED HOOK!!!! You are for sure able to voice your opinion. Louise
Yes Lucy, Red Hook Forever....

Lynne 10-16-2006 05:54 PM
I honestly have never received any disrespect or negative reactions when I say I am from Red Hook. I actually get questions from people about what it was like, and so forth. I doubt very much people would respond with any interest if I said I came from Cypress Tree Island, there is no personality to that name, no history, and the main fact of the matter is, Red Hook unique, always was, always will be. With such eloquent historians such as John Burkhart sharing his memories and history of Red Hook, its legend will go on for a long time. My opinion.

babyann 10-17-2006 05:21 PM
ORH my theory is your a hacker, enjoying a debate, don't waste our space we Red Hookers respect our own space, our own stories, Who Said We get No Respect????? YOU???? if you had any respect you would Idenify yourself CTI

Betty Grillo/Avigliano 10-18-2006 09:18 AM
I think if I said to someone that I came from Cypress Tree Island, They wouldn't know where it was.
Never heard anyone use that before.

Everyone who is on this site is proud to be a Red Hooker

BABYANN 10-18-2006 05:14 PM

madeline faiella 10-19-2006 07:42 AM
If you are a real hooker you would of never said the things you said about changing RED HOOK to what cypress trees island (boo hoo) for you
keep it real
either sit on the pot or get off of it
have respect for yourself we are who we are and no name can ever change us RED HOOKER know matter were we go in life ,
In the City, other States or Countries we will always be Proud to say we are from RED HOOK Brooklyn.
Put that in your pipe and smoke it .
Sorry Babyann i did listen to you , but i had to get that off my chest
1447) Muriel (McShea) Choate
Hollywood, FL
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Hi DeBock, this is in response to your posting #1426. Yes, I have a postcard photo of the SS United States - it was taken just as the ship was passing lower Manhattan. I also have what they call a "souvenier log" - it indicates all the important stats for the ship. If you're interested, and if it's possible, I'll have my husband scan the photo and card and send them to you. By the way, I was fortunate enough to have had the pleasure of sailing to Europe on this ship in late August 1956 and returning on the same ship 5 weeks later. It was a wonderous journey.
1446) Annmarie Murphy 
Eatontown N J
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Hi Ed, thanks anyway, but I just bought a new computer, I gave up on the old one freezing up all the time when trying to send to you soon ...Annmarie
1445) Eileen Coughlin 
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This is to Frank C
Where is Tar Island?
I heard it before.
Thank You

John Burkard, Red Hook 10-16-2006 08:17 AM
Hello Eileen, I never heard of Tar Island,I think the reference is to "Tar Beach" (and you know storys do change as fast as time passes) which was everyones rooftop getto haven in the sun. Probably we all went up to the roofs and got a tan in those days because we couldn't afford to get to the beach.

frank c 10-16-2006 12:33 PM
eileen: the lot between columbia and dwight streets and verona was nicknamed tar island.a sonoco gas station was built on this lot in 1951 or so. it has since been replaced by homes frank c

frank c 10-16-2006 12:55 PM
john: the very small lot across the st. delavan st. we as kids called paradise we played a lot of softball on tar island for a very short time. frank c.
1444) ed murphy
carthage n, y.
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Hi Kathy Murray and Maria Monaco please send me your emails and phone #'s. my sister AnnMarie would like to correspond with both of you and anyone else she knew from red hook. she sometimes has trouble sending stuff on the computer.thanks, so much. God bless, ed murphy
1443) maryann paladino
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hi mad joanne i had the website on yahoo but lost it can u give it to me again. hope your birthday was a good one. on my way down to court. st. in a few weeks to see everyone
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