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grew up on rockaway blvd 145st.142st an also 132st now living in fresno ca its like 2 different worlds no lie I grew up in a hard hood south side is real homie but im glad im where im at got kids an a family so im good even though I miss my hood living there is crazy some things never stop out there ok said to much shout 2 john adams and everybody on rockaway blvd and southside
—Guest bgod

Middle Village Home

I was born and lived on 79th Street near Cooper Avenue. Me and my husband moved in 93 to a country home with a few horses in upstate NY. My family has a very long history in Middle Village. My grandmother was born there in 1902, my mother in 1924, and me and my sisters later on. We were all baptized and married at Trinity Lutheran Church, mostly in the "church in the cemetery" and some in the new church on Dry Harbor Road. Many memories of attending school at PS 87, JHS 119, Grover Cleveland, playing handball and hanging out in the small park with Tony's market and Entwhistle's (Kitty’s) candy store across the street, Nick and Andy's, Carlo’s Pizza, shopping at Scheinfeld's and Jamron’s and the Arion. Middle Village will always feel like "home" to me.
—Guest Cathy M

I grew up in Middle Village

My family settled in MV in 1900 and until 1993 someone in the family has always lived there. I have great memories of playing in the park on 69th street, going to the Arion theater on Saturday's for the matinees for 50 cents!!, shopping on Metropolitan Avenue and riding my bike "all the way" to Juniper Valley park, and of course playing stoop ball in front of the house.I attended PS 87, JHS 119 and Grover Cleveland High School. After I married, in Trinity Lutheran Church in the Lutheran cemetary I moved to Bayside; Tampa, Florida; back to Douglaston; then to New Orleans; San Jose; and now I've lived in San Diego for the past 32 years. My two daughters, their husbands and my grandchildren all live in San Diego. My two sisters have moved to upstate New York and New Jersey but we will always consider Middle Village our home.
—Guest Diane Boggs

I am and will always be..... Queens

Grew up in Ozone Park on City Line til 1977. Parents moved me and sis to Texas. Got Homesick the older I got so I moved back to NY in 2012 to Long Island. Am finally making my way back to the City and will be very shortly living in LIC/ Hunterspoint. I am never leaving !!! I will die in NY a Queens Boy.
—Guest Dom

Maspeth Grand Ave

I llived at Grand Ave and 66 St in an apartment bldg., I moved in 1957 to St James NY but have looked back at many good times in Maspeth. Do you remember Stokes ice cream store or Queens Roller Rink in Rego Park, Attended St Stanislaus School and Grover Cleveland High School. Maspeth Movie Threater every Saturday.
—Guest Art Rivers

Grew up in Astoria

Hi Barbara, I lived on 25th Ave between 43rd and 44th st. I also miss Astoria and often wondered where you ended up. I live on LI but Astoria is my home. Good times, especially the fun on 38th st. Cathy
—Guest Barbara

The Celtic Apartments

I am now 74 an living in Phoenix, Arizona. Went to P S 125. I can remember my 1st grade teacher, Miss Garmize, because of her green nail polish. And my sixth grade teacher who I though was an old battle axe but she did me good and promoted me to the 7th grade SP class where I completed 7th, 8th and 9th grades in two years and then onto Bryant High and then the military............Moved to Boston and, eventually, here to Phoenix. I hung around Bennett's candy store on 44th street and 48th avenue. My father hung out across the street at Frank's where all the cops hung out...... Some of the friends I can remember are Jimmy Flanagan, Phil and Mark Solomon, Eddie Jaeckel, Ricky Lopus. I had a wicked crush on Lorna Lipson but was too chicken to tell her..... Used to play baseball in the old lot on 43rd street and 50th avenue which was right in front of her house, and I used to show off for her.... I never knew if she noticed. (lol) Used to play stickball and punchball on 44th street
—Guest Mike

Phyllis Halle

Born in Ky, family moved to Gleane St. Elmhurst in 1941, when I was eight & my bro, Tex was ten. PS89, Newtown H.S., St.James church. We also lived on Elbertson St. Remember "Ringaleeveoh" on summer evenings? and Ice skating on the frozen over Tennis courts? And Maxie's Candy Store on Roosevelt Ave? Remember the Saturday movies at the Jackson, Newtown and Colony theaters? And Bauman's Ice Cream Parlor on Corona Ave? My husband and I moved to Fla in 1954 when our baby was one year old. Been here ever since. I enjoy sifting through my happy memories of Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Corona. I have tried Googling a lot of the boys and girls I knew, have found Ronnie Kaiser and Muggs McGuinness and Donald Torrence. Can't find any of the girls. they forget TO USE THEIR MAIDEN NAMES, I THINK! I was a girl scout when Mrs. Palmer was leader. I wish you well!, Phyllis
—Guest Phyllis (Thompson) Halle


I was especially interested in the Katz letter since I, too, went to 125, then Bryant, leaving there after less than one term because it was like "Blackboard Jungle." I complete h.s. in upper Manhattan. Also,I spent a lot of time at the Sunnyside Pool and remember its mini trylon and perisphere. I lived on 47th St., about a block and a half from Bix Beiderbecke. Efar.
—Guest frank robertss

then, we moved to middle village.

In 1978 we moved from kew gardens to middle village. We bought a nice two family house on Eliot ave. My grand parents moved in down stairs, most of my aunts and uncles and cousins lived within block of us. My cousin and I attended Automove high school in Brooklyn. We would go to Rosa's pizza on grand ave . We would stay at Juniper park. We would drag race on laurel hill blvd. Then we would all go to the "big bow wow" or "pizza city" on crossbay blvd. Ridgewood was a part of my life also . My dad owned " Triple L Automatic transmissions" on the corner of wycoff ave and decatur st. From 1960 until he passed away in 1993 . I also have a piece of glendale in my life, I married a girl from 79th street. We were married in sacred heart church . We've lived there our whole adult married lives. Although it's starting to change there ( crime has gone up quite a bit ) we will be sad when we move on.
—Guest Louis F Simonetti

I grew up in kew gardens

82-50 135th st the Berkley, is where I lived. From 1963 until 1978 . I attended PS 117 then JHS 217. I have a fond memory of the ice storm of 1974. All of the trees , cars , everything was completely covered in ice. The trees looked like crystal. When the wind blew, they would sound like wind chimes. Kew gardens was a very nice place to grow up.I have very fond memories of the flagship diner. Everyone on our block was so very close to one another . We all belonged to the "silver point" beach club in long beach. We all spent the holidays together also. Most everyone has gone . Some moved away as my family did , some passed on. I still have wonderful memories of my time as a child in kew gardens .
—Guest Louis F Simonetti jr

Guest TonyM

Lived in building 3-02 Astoria housing projects 1953-1961. looking for anyone that lived in same.
—Guest TonyM

Grewup in Astoria

Lived at 44th street and 25th avenue, now live at the Jersey shore. I miss Astoria.
—Guest Barbara

Grew up in Queens Village

Grew up in QV in the 60s and70s on 97th ave, across the street from Antuns. Now live in Franklin Square NY.
—Guest Joe D.

Hollis Queens has changed forever

I was born in South Jamaica Queens, we move to Hollis in 1970 while there were still whites in the hood. Hollis was a place that you could call home back then. Everyone knew each other and played along side one another and it was good, Skelly, tag football , run catch and kiss and seven minutes in heaven was the games we played. Then we started playing block wars in 1977 and this game should how had heart and who didn't, so this was a form of training for the boy teens in Hollis. When 1980 came along we were at war with South Jamaica Aka Southside and this was the place I was born and all my family live there but I had to decided which side I would defend. I was not hard to do because I had to live in Hollis so I did what it do. I was always allowed to go to the Southside as a kid because the Southside respected Loyalty oppose to Hollis. I now reside in the dirty dirty since 1988. The Hollis hood have changed forever, the snakes are upon the land lurking to bite at anytime.

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