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Mott Haven, The Bronx


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Melrose, The Bronx


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Willis Avenue Bridge


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Wow! Just a little worse than my city.

Posted by: Nyke at November 9, 2003 08:29 PM

Hey what about the Good parts of the South Bronx?

Very Interesting pics though
I was born and raised in the South Bronx
I dont live there anymore and havent since the late 80's so it is interesting to see these web sites of happenings in the old neighborhood.

Posted by: Denise at March 19, 2004 04:17 PM

The Bronx isn't as bad as it was back in the 70's-eraly 90's. I grew up in the Bronx

Posted by: Danny at October 4, 2004 04:10 PM

I grew up on 139&140th and cypress from 1960 to 1981. I love the bronx and always will. There's no other place like it. I go back every so often. My husband, yogi also grew up in 139 and cypress.

Posted by: yolanda at December 26, 2004 03:03 PM

I grew up on 137th & Cypress but left in 1956. No longer live in the city. Went to St. Luke's.

Posted by: John at February 11, 2005 10:29 AM

Great pictures. I have visited S. Bronx only for Yankee games. By the looks of the previous posts, it seems like the Bronx is pretty safe after all? I want to explore around but all my friends tell me I'm insane.
Any thoughts?
Thank you!

Posted by: Steve at February 14, 2005 09:49 AM

What areas are okay for white people in their 30s to live? I read that Pelham, Throggs Neck, Riverdale and Parkchester were okay. What does anybody know or recommend?
'preciate it.

Posted by: Wayne Drozd at February 16, 2005 01:32 PM

I Live directly across the street from Rush Funeral Home. I love the Bronx. I grew up in Melrose Projects and it's alright. It's full of people wanting something better out of life and sometimes that starts with a person like you coming to our neighborhood and showcasing whats there without stating your opinion but instead allowing others to draw their own conclusion. Seeing this has doubled my efforts to make the Bronx a financial District to some degree because when you travel on the 2 or 5 train the first stop is the South Bronx and I want people that visit to want to come back and not just for no Yankees Game either. I guess I have said enough, Thank You, ONE LOVE....LIVE!LOVE!LIFE!

Posted by: jessie at February 26, 2005 12:05 AM

This site is so great, I love to read what people are writing.

My wife and I are going to be in town this weekend for a Secret Machines show, and we're definitely planning on hanging around the South Bronx and taking it all in.

This time, I'm not even gonna look at Yankee stadium, just the neighborhoods!
THank all of you very much for such great information.

PS - does anyone have any 'must-do' suggestions? We're only going to have Sunday to look around.

THanks again.

Posted by: Steve at February 27, 2005 01:26 PM

things to do.
1. Get coffee at Pitusa's bakery on Prospect and 149. The BEST ever.
2. Have lunch at Venice, 149 and Wales. OK food, Killer drinks.
3. Beware of "clubs". They are usually ethno-centric, and unless you are from, say, Paraguay, you wont have a good time.
4. G-bar is a good place, and great soul food right across the Concourse, I think its called "sam's"
5. The best Tacos on the east coast is on 153 and Elton, right in the Hub. Mexicano authentico! And righteously clean.
6. To get sloshed... Glackins on 138th and Gerard? Shots are juice glasses.
7. To shoot pool, and feel like youre in Manhattan... The Bruckner Bar. Under the Willis ave Bridge. Great food, friendly staff, artsy-fartsy, angry ar daddy clientelle, but surrounded by industrial zones and Projects. Dont go alone.

Posted by: sped at August 8, 2005 08:40 PM

Thanks for the great pictures of the Bronx. I grew up there in the late 60's to mid 80's when gang fights were just that. I went to Lehman High School and used to hang out down by the pizzeria at the bottom of the hill by the L until class started. Theres nothing like eating a slice on a cold winter day!!! Well I haven't been back since 97 and your site is great as memorabilia and to show friends my stomping grounds.

Posted by: Raymond at August 15, 2005 12:48 AM

Great Pictures, i love the Bronx my grandmother use to live there. I would go every summer and spend 2 weeks there.

I would love to go back and see what it is like now to me it is so interesting.

Posted by: CATHI at September 25, 2005 02:03 AM

The South Bronx is very safe. Check out the Art and Antique district. Bruckner Blvd between Lincoln Ave and Willis Avenue. I work for a not for profit whom is re-building the South Bronx. we suffer from an image problem and a perception that ita bad and should be avoided. On the contrary I feel safer here than any other part of New York City.. Check us out www.sobro.org

Posted by: mario bodden at September 28, 2005 11:04 AM

I grew up on Bedford Park Blvd and the Grand Concourse. I raised my family there as well. I moved to Huntington, Long Island in 1999. My mother knew Penny Marshall when her mother had the dance studio on VanCourtlandt and Jerome Aves and they lived on Villa Ave. She went to school with Ralph Lauren (Lipschitz) , yup the designer, and also knew of Calvin Klein from the same Mosholu Parkway/Grand Concourse area. In the 1970's and early '80s the area became a terror. Some say it's better now. I still feel safe when I go there to visit old friends. It's different when you're from there... it will always be home. Long Island is dull, and the people are just.... not the same.

Posted by: Scott at October 24, 2005 10:42 PM

I am a student live Brooklyn. I am doing my thesis on south bronx about creating safer environment and social connectivity, to proliferate hopes for development and lifes.

I need information regarding social networks of people and type of development needs in the neighborhood. Since Most of you live and were living in this area for so long. Help me .


Posted by: anne at November 16, 2005 05:17 PM

I grew up in the south bronx and lived at 390 E 153rd Street on Melrose Ave. I remember going to Danny's Pizzeria. left the area in 1969 when I graduated HS.
would live to see pictures of the area if you have any especially Elton Ave, Morris Avenue and Cortlandt Ave.

I went to Immaculate Conception School on 151st street 1957 to 1965

Posted by: Maureen at November 21, 2005 12:05 AM

MELROSE COMMONS did you know that starting August 2006 there will be a new construction coming up. There will be a college, housing, highschool and businesses. How do you feel about that? It will take place in the old court house (the brick house)and the surrounding area. Do you think it will bring some form productivity to the community?

Posted by: sonya at December 15, 2005 12:21 AM

Hey everybody,

I just wanted to say "thank you" to everybody who posted and also sent me emails. I greatly appreciate it.

Let me also say I've had the chance to visit the south bronx now on 4 occasions since I last wrote. My girlfriend and I love it! I can't believe all the terrible hype about it...it's so nice, full of the most interesting things I've ever seen. I would also say that I never felt "unsafe." And we were on foot the whole time.

Thanks again everybody, I can't wait to come back!

Posted by: Steve at January 5, 2006 10:08 AM

I grow up in Seabury Place of Boston Rd, right in front of our block was Herman Ridder, J.H.S 98. Everybody went there. It was the best growing up there. My best memories as a kid was there. Playing stick ball, of the wall, swimming in Crotona Pool. Then my family moved to Garden Street of Southern Blvd by 180th. I remember how crowed the area was during the summer because The Bronx Zoo's old entrance used to be right across the street.

Posted by: Hector at January 9, 2006 05:12 PM

You love the South Bronx? So the urban decay, graffiti, housing projects, crime rate, and high rate of poverty are something to love?

The South Bronx is a mess, the whole place is rehabed NYCHA buildings and the old highrise housing projects. It's one big concentration of projects. No wonder the Bronx is the poorest county in the country. A whole section of the borough is on section 8, welfare and other forms of gov't assistance.

As for unsafe, there is no such thing as an unsafe neighborhood. Well unless you are a rival crack dealer, an rival gang member, or have problems with people in the area. That's just typical fear from outsiders. Fear that still exist today.

Posted by: Jose at January 24, 2006 03:05 AM

I'm so glad I found this website for Bronxites. I LOVE the BX. And even though I moved when I was a child, I make a point of visiting several times a year. I may move back when I finish school. I'm from Theriot Ave. I'll be back in May. So anyone in the area, get at me!

Posted by: Krystal at March 6, 2006 10:21 PM

To everyone on this website and other websites that want to talk about places like the South Bronx and Parkchester and most of the Bronx, well lets be honest, the South Bronx and Pakchester is nothing more the a Human Toilet, and lets look at the trash that have just ruined the area and for the most part, they have very little respect for anything and just would rather blame others for there own mess. I would not let my dogs use the place for a bathroom..

Posted by: masterdaddy at March 15, 2006 12:21 AM

For the record, the Bronx is NOT the poorest county in the country. It is NOT even in the top 100 poorest counties in the country. Those dubious distinctions belong to counties far west of the Hudson.

The Bronx IS among the poorest counties with more than 250,000 people, which is about the size of Madison, Wisconsin's state capitol, and New Orleans, prior to Katrina.


Posted by: brivetting at April 9, 2006 12:01 PM

I love New York and I have lived in the bronx my whole life and the Bronx is a shit hole. 75 percent of the people are uneducated criminals. 30 percent are hard working good people. The mayor is a asshole and does not do anything to help because most of the people living in the bronx are black, hispanic and white trash. There are too many drugs, guns and violence on the streets. If it wasen't for the cops it would be even more dangerous, they do a great job but there is only so much they can do. Not a day goes by that I don't witness a crime. But living in the bronx makes you tougher and you have to respect the bronx. If you want to see the real New York City visit the bronx and brooklyn at your own risk.

Posted by: Malcom at May 20, 2006 05:26 PM

That adds up to 105 percent. So we can conclude that at least 5 percent of Bronx residents are hard-working, uneducated criminals who are also good people. Hmm.

Posted by: Mike at May 20, 2006 08:33 PM

The South Bronx Congressional district 16 is the poorest district in the USA. Bronx County was also named the poorest county (Population over 250,000) in the United States.

It makes sense with public housing projects everywhere.

The area has a lot of problems and real estate people are trying to hype it up. Just tonight there were 2 seperate police shootings in the Bronx. One cop got beat up with a blunt object and he proceed to fill him up with 9mm rounds. The second was a cop who got car jacked in near the Grand Concourse. That doesn't even count the numourous shootings, stabbings, robberies, and homicides. Especially tonight being a warm saturday.

The Bronx needs a lot of changes.

Posted by: Jose at May 21, 2006 01:49 AM

The bronx is bad everbody knows that.Stop saying its a wonderful place.Its misguiding visitors.May be there should be less housing development there.And there should definitely be more police presence and resources.

Posted by: ML at May 31, 2006 06:49 AM


Posted by: DEBBIE at June 11, 2006 02:40 AM

I just was in the Bronx shopping on fordham Ave.Thats all I really got to see other the the drive through the bronx and the projects. I liked the Bronx because it was different then any other place I had ever been.In Vancouver where I am from we have projects and poor areas too. It's a latin community so of course I saw many latinos. The fact that it is a latin and blck community has nothing to do with the reason why it's poor. When I was there I can litterrally say I never saw any white people..It was a great expirence and it isn't as dangerous as people put it out to be. Of course just like any other place...there are good areas and bad areas. If you walk around in the wrong place at night alone...yah you better watch ya step. But thats the same way in Lower east side Vancouver. I def. think that brooklyn is worse. If you wanna shop go to Fordham ave. ..great deals. But don't go to the Bronx just because it's a famous ghetto. People in the Bronx don't feel you for that, they actually despize that. It makes you look like your going there to see their suffering. I mean..comme on' you all know if you didn't grow up in the Bronx it's not safe to just up and move there. For me I wouldn't mind visiting..but living out there and not knowing a damn person...I wouldn't feel safe. I'm just being real. Hopefully the govern. can take an interest in The BX and help step up the community..I think all the residents would like that.

Posted by: Ma B at June 13, 2006 05:11 PM

I just was in the Bronx shopping on fordham Ave.Thats all I really got to see other the the drive through the bronx and the projects. I liked the Bronx because it was different then any other place I had ever been.In Vancouver where I am from we have projects and poor areas too. It's a latin community so of course I saw many latinos. The fact that it is a latin and blck community has nothing to do with the reason why it's poor. When I was there I can litterrally say I never saw any white people..It was a great expirence and it isn't as dangerous as people put it out to be. Of course just like any other place...there are good areas and bad areas. If you walk around in the wrong place at night alone...yah you better watch ya step. But thats the same way in Lower east side Vancouver. I def. think that brooklyn is worse. If you wanna shop go to Fordham ave. ..great deals. But don't go to the Bronx just because it's a famous ghetto. People in the Bronx don't feel you for that, they actually despize that. It makes you look like your going there to see their suffering. I mean..comme on' you all know if you didn't grow up in the Bronx it's not safe to just up and move there. For me I wouldn't mind visiting..but living out there and not knowing a damn person...I wouldn't feel safe. I'm just being real. Hopefully the govern. can take an interest in The BX and help step up the community..I think all the residents would like that.

Posted by: Ma B at June 13, 2006 05:11 PM

I recently moved away from the bronx about a year ago and i must say, I miss it in a way that the average person living anywhere else would not understand. I lived in a complex named stevenson commens located in the corner of white plains road and lafeyette ave. Although the bronx has gotten alot of crap from people who have no clue what it feels like to live there for almost 30 years and then move to a hole in the wall in cleveland. Yet i've noticed {see malcom} that alot of so called bronxites give there own area a bad rep... Yes theres crime and drugs... if you know anywhere thats crime and drug free, please send me the address because i'd like to try the kool aid they're serving in that part of the world. My point is, have some pride for your hometown instead of dragging it in the mud..

Posted by: Roche at June 14, 2006 04:52 PM

I grew up in the Bronx back in the late 50s.
My address was 1571 fulton ave. Crotona park was right accoss the street. Went to PS2 or 4 grammer school. Remember the days of playing stick ball; punch ball with the good old rubber spalldean.
Making carpet guns out of a short 2x4. Playing skullzies in the street with bottle caps.
A slice of pizza coat 10 cents.
Those sure were the good old days. I wish I could make contact with some of my old friends like fatty and skinny; shotgun and so many more.

Posted by: Ralphy at June 15, 2006 03:23 PM

i also grew up in the bronx 140th and cypress, my comment is that back in the 80s and 90s the bronx was a war zone its not anymore but i wouldnt say that its a great place to live either

Posted by: jedaveli at June 17, 2006 07:14 PM

stevenson commens is a sh-t hole. place has shootings all the time. its dirty, gangs, drug infested, all kinds of problems. no wonder you moved out. a good amount of the housing there is accually section 8.

and you know what we mean. no place has drugs like in NYC, where there are buildings full of poor and tons of people selling and plenty of customers or crime with all the people. no place has density like nyc in the usa and no place in the usa has 5-6 story tenements and 20 story projects full of poor, block after block. very intense.

the south bronx was worse at one point a couple of years ago, the crack epidemic (80's and 90's) and through the late 60's and 70's. but in the last few years its just been getting worse and worse. I continueally hear of people from my neighborhood getting killed or shot. drugs are still everywhere and there are too many guns. The area still has way too many problems. problems that just wont go away. it comes with poverty.

and Ma B, fordham road is a shopping strip, lots of cops and people mind their business. go one block north or south and drugs are everywhere. as a matter fact last week 4 people were shot one block from fordham road in a single incident. since then numorous people have been shot, stabbed or more commonly robbed since then.

As for danger, the same danger today is the danger that has always existed. mind your business and you are okay. worst that will happen is you get robbed or jumped if you take the wrong block. it happends to all Bronxites every once and a while. with the poverty you have these wild street kids that have nothing better to do.

as of now, the Bronx needs a lot of help. there is too much violence, too many drugs, too many problems. kids dont come to school. familes broken. everyone is poor. people solve everything with fights and guns. police violate rights of the youth. at the same time there aren't enough police. drug addiction and diesese is everywhere, people are hooked. drugs are the only way to make cash through the eyes of the youth. nothing for the kids but the streets. very sad.

Posted by: Bronxite at June 20, 2006 02:30 AM

Hey everyone. Im from kansas and im traverling to the Bronx to watch a Yankee game soon. Can anyone tell me if the stadium is a safe place to go on matchdays?

Posted by: Lee at June 23, 2006 10:33 AM

REcently I drove back to my old neighborhood in Pelham Bay and Country Club. While I was there, my heart began to ache....the Bronx was calling me back. the condos that I looked at on the waterfront are spectactular...a far cry from my apartment building on Bruckner Blvd. I am planning to come back and resettle there.

Posted by: Kevin at June 28, 2006 11:15 AM

I have visited New York City almost every year since the mid-1980s. Bay Ridge, Brooklyn in the 80s and Chelsea in the 90s. But, I've come to stay and settled in Norwood last January 2006. Since then I've been biking, visiting the neighborhoods of the Bronx from my area, west to Riverdale, east to City Island, north of Gun Hill Road, south of Pelham Parkway, to Country Club and Throgs Neck. My conclusion so far is that the Bronx does not deserve its reputation.

My next biking trip will be to the South Bronx, of which I've read good things. It still may be recovering but genetrification is ongoing.

If you ask me, the Bronx is the best kept secret of New York City. And, that's from a relatively new comer who has seen 15 vacations of what Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan has to offer.

I think I've become a Bronxite at heart.

Posted by: Gary at July 4, 2006 07:49 PM

lived in the 41st and 42nd precinct in the '60's and '70's. public housing project at 170th and Washington Ave. Have traveled to many places since moving out of the projects in 1978. The Bronx has a undeserved bad reputation. It was the worst place to live in the '60's and '70's but that's over 25 years ago! People still shudder when I say I'm from the Bronx to this day who didn't live there.

Posted by: cecil g. at July 7, 2006 06:19 PM

da south bx was worse during the 80's and early 90's then the 60's and 70's. The people changed thanks to crack. that ghetto, don't give a f-ck attitude remains in the bx today.

as a bronxite, the gentrification has not hit the bx the way it has harlem. it's good and bad thing for us. the only construction going up in the south bx is low income housing and high density, cheap rowhouses.

this is good becuase the people are not getting pushed out of the area, however a lot of the old problems are coming back as the neighborhoods build back up.

people forget why the bx burned in the first place. still a lot of poverty and criminal activity. the old elements remain. sadly its been getting worse lately but the positive is there is a lot of new construction to create new homes for struggling familes. thats wat matters in the end.

Posted by: bx at July 11, 2006 11:49 PM

oh and to da guy from kansas.

do not driveto the stadium, they love to break into cars around there during the yankee games. take the train, lots of cops in and around the train station during the games.

Posted by: bx at July 11, 2006 11:53 PM

hi i grew up on southern blvd i went to st thomas aquinas and to monsignor scanlan the best of the bronx is the hills i walked everywhere or took the bus or the train. aurthur park, crotona park the bronx zoo the botanical gardens.

Posted by: lisa at July 28, 2006 05:09 PM

Are there still any streets of ruines/burned down houses left ? Where can I find them ?

Posted by: Mike at August 8, 2006 07:40 PM

hello, i just wanted to say hello to all my homies from the south bronx, my name is. my father drove the bus on southern blvd.he was a black puerto-rican named pipe, or pepe. we lived in 941 simpson st. the building on the corner next to the liquor store. if there is anyone that remembers me, my brothers mario, reynaldo, vidal, and steven, get back to me.

Posted by: Paul at August 15, 2006 06:50 PM

Lived in the 60's and early 70's at 281 E. 153 St. (Melrose Projects). Like most typical families we moved from one building to another within the same projects, several times. Friends like Ruben, Tuti, Ricky, Hector, Little Tito, China, Miguel, Elizabeth, Little Man, brothers Robert and Israel, Manny and Domingo. Jesus Christ loves you all; now preaching the Gospel in Texas.

Posted by: Lowie at August 28, 2006 08:20 PM

hey im nt frm america n ive neva been 2 da bronx but ive always wanted 2 visit da place im frm a very ruff area in england yet its crime is exaturated n der r so many talented ppl ere i wanna go 2 da bronx 2 c if its da saym im nt sure tho cuz i realise i aint frm der n fings can "go wrong" lol! if ur nt frm da block hope 2 c a improvment in da fings dat matter c ya l8r frm lotti

Posted by: loretta brown at September 14, 2006 05:33 PM

Well I found the Bronx fine when i went up there. In fact its a lot safer than alot of places in Wichita where i come from and when i went to LA for a week. I will hopefully be returning soon to watch my beloved yankees play again.

Posted by: Lee at September 25, 2006 09:10 AM

Hey, I grew up in the Bronx in the 60s, wnt to Herman Ridder98, lived in southern blvd, it was a bad neighborhood. Lived in front of the train, anybody remember Hector and Roberto?

Posted by: Yvette at September 26, 2006 07:40 PM

"Well I found the Bronx fine when i went up there. In fact its a lot safer than alot of places in Wichita where i come from and when i went to LA for a week. I will hopefully be returning soon to watch my beloved yankees play again."

Oddly the chances of a crime happening before your eyes in the Bronx are higher, due to the fact there are more people. More things going on. Hmm...

I've been to L.A.'s worst and the Bronx. Both are dumps. I wouldn't call the Bronx fine though. I would take a detached house in Compton any day over a run down building in the Bronx. I doubt you explorered anything besides Yankee Stadium if that's your attitude.

Posted by: jj50 at October 23, 2006 01:41 AM

south bronx.... it has a reputation, and alot of people value that reputation for being tough. Alot of people who live in south bronx(anywhere below fordham) have lost hope for a future. If only some of you all knew how hard it is living in a project with a mother who does crack, kicks you out everyother day, only to be abandon to the streets. Where the school systems dont care if you fail in life, when your pressured from everyone else to sell drugs, when gangsters hangout on the corner and jump you for no reason. All you ever see is the negative, feeling hopeless, like you have no where to turn, no one loves you. Thats when you give up, and say fuck the world. Only then will you understand how hard it is to live here

Posted by: carlos at November 20, 2006 12:24 AM

I grew up on 182nd and Morris(west bx.).... well regarding the south bx.Had never really gone south of the stadium much. Then in '68 I think it was ,I grabbed the wrong train in Manhattan , and took the Jackson av. line. I think Simpson and Intervale were on there. I remember my eyes were popping out of my head.A rough area would be the understatement of the century.Then i think later that year our 8th grade class went to see Romeo and Juliet....Was the theatre called the intervale?Ground up glass on the street...like sand at the beach.Went to All Hallows high school in 1970(164th and Walton.) Closer to high bridge than s.b.Last time in the south bronx,Oct.'79. Took a pleasure cruise in a '69 Cutlass down St. Ann's Ave.to St. Mary's Park.....Yes the Bx.does have a rep.There's no place like the Bronx.

Posted by: Richard at December 9, 2006 10:47 PM

I grew up in the south bronx 1018 East 163rd Street. next to Simpson Street on Southern Blvd. also known as Hunt Point. I left the Bronx in 1973 and moved to Puerto Rico. I went to P.S 60 and P.S. 61. I was only 10 years old went I left the Bronx. If you lived in the Bronx in the 1970's and went to these schools please email me (Jcorc2004@aol.com).I have a class picture from P.S. 60 in 1973. I have not been in New York for about 13 years.

Posted by: Julio Corchado at December 15, 2006 12:20 AM

Hello, first i want to wish everyone a great Holiday Season. I see nothing has change much up in the shit hole Bronx, I would say the only thing that has change is the the Animals are still there and crime has gone up a bit. I think the only thing that can help the bronx, is to just get rid of the human scumbags that are just bleeding the system dry and do nothing but sit back and get a free check, rob and rape and kill people. And they still keep breeding and just bringing more little animals into the world.

For the small amount of hard working people that are trying to do the best they can and are trying to bring up there kids the best they know how, I wish you nothing but the very best and I wish that you can get the hell out of the shit hole.


Posted by: MASTERDADDY at December 19, 2006 05:57 AM

WOW! I don't think I've read SO MUCH GARBAGE in such a short posting in my life, MasterDaddy!

You know what? YOU totally express yourself like you are a "human scumbag that has bled the system dry and did nothing but sit back and get a free check, robbed, raped and/or killed people" and don't think other readers didn't notice this! Did you put ANY thought into what you wrote, you ignorant fool? How dare you refer to human beings that way? Don't you know any better? Have you no respect for life, or God and how HE wants us to be? You're no better than ANYBODY, man...

PLUS...your comments are those of someone who has NOT been in the South Bronx for some time. The things you said happened way, way, way back when...back when YOU YOURSELF probably contributed to the South Bronx's bad rep!

Now...shut your foul mouth and read, or get someone to read TO you, so you can actually gain a little bit of accurate information-- I can't helpl you with your lack of education, though...so go find that elsewhere:


Approximately 25 years ago (circa 1980), a metamorphosis began to take place in the South Bronx.

Suburban-style ranch homes were built in an area that was once depressed and ridden with crime: along Boston Rd. (a predominatly black neighborhood) extending from the "EL" all the way down to easternmost part of Crotona Park: we're talking about 12-15 blocks worth of restructuring and rezoning and beautification. The ranch homes were purchased primarily by professional hispanic couples -- the majority of which are NYPD/NYFD and Board of Ed employees.

5 years from that point -- to 20 years ago, when the remaining abandoned/empty buildings were purchased and renovated: no more abandoned buildings ANYWHERE BEYOND THAT POINT.

Fast forward another 5 years after that-- putting us at 15 years ago, when the largest grouping of empty lots and an abandoned (huge) public school were leveled, giving way to the development of approximately 300 Tudor style townhomes and 3-story Tudor-style condominium buildings! They were sold for about $ 80,000.00 15 years ago but are now appraised at $ 305,000.00.

Fast forward to present day, more specifically to about 4 years ago when the 2nd largest grouping of empty lots were leveled to develop about 200 3-story/3-family solid concrete, cinder block and brick brownstones: 2-bedroom apartments rent for no less than $ 1,400.00 per month in the South Bronx, 1-bdrms go for about $ 1,200.00. At these prices, really only professionals are owning and those who cannot own in the area, RENT in the area.

The "brownstone" project caused a 2nd chain reaction: everyone now wants to live in the South Bronx; the demand for real estate is STAGGERING. There are too many interested potential buyers, and really NOT ENOUGH real estate to speak of. My neighbors and I get canvassed by real estate offices wanting to purchase our properties, or representing inquiries from buyers WANTING to live on my block.

The solution? Building 10-12 story luxury condo buildings (there are 9 going up almost simultaneously today) featuring ALL stainless steel kitchen appliances, bamboo flooring -- just features that are found in much taller Manhattan luxury buildings! These will go for $ 325,000.00 for a 3-bdrm/2-bath apartment.

Much to YOUR dismay, MasterDaddy...if you should one day decide to come back to the "shit-hole," I wouldn't be surprised if you were SHUT OUT OF THE MARKET because the pricing is already out of control down here. Plus...it's becoming more polished, and somebody like you probably wouldn't be considered after the interview process!

There are also 22 (the last 22, that is) 3-family brownstones in progress. These have been tentatively priced at $ 800,000.00 but will probably go for $ 750k, as is the current trend.


- New Yankee Stadium being built.
- Surrounding Yankee Village also being developed, comprised of 4-5 blocks in every direction.
- Gateway Center "mega-mall" has already broken ground: Banana Republic, GAP, AeroPostale, Armani Exchange, H&M clothing retailers have already expressed interest. So have Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware and other retailers. The Gateway Center will also get several restaurants such as an UNO's, Chili's, Applebee's, and there's a rumor that Legal Seafood has inquired. PLUS other non-chain restaurants... and a bunch of other stores.

- Hey, the "shit-hole's" new Court Plaza on E. 161st Street is scheduled to open it's high-tech doors for business in early January 2007!

Do you understand the implications of all this, "MasterDaddy?" It all proves that THAT bad element you "think" still exists in the South Bronx on the SCALE that you illustrate REALLY DOESN'T. It all went away 25 years ago...and any undesirable characters that may have found a way to stick around, won't be here for long-- because there simply is no room for that element in the South Bronx anymore. NOBODY will open their arms to such people.

Plus-- I (as do most people) associate criminal or problematic personality types with poverty. It's been proven. And the poverty issue in the South Bronx has reduced dramatically. Not because they've all won the lottery, but because poorer families have been replaced by working families. Who else could qualify to purchase properties valued from $ 300,000.00 to $ 750,000.00 MasterDaddy?

And we'll see the number of instances of crime drop down even FURTHER, now that ALL Mitchell-Lama
buildings (housing for extremely low-income families) are scheduled to go Condo or Co-Op! The City of New York says there are over 1,800 units that will be completely gutted: new boilers, incinerators, new elevators, new windows AND the apartments will have new wood floors installed, modernized kitchens/baths... and sold off. A 3-bdrm in one of these will go for, what has been reported as, "the 225-250k range."

To you, MasterDaddy, that reduces the number of "scumbags, animals and baby animals" to 1,800 families LESS. To me? It means 1,800 poor families will be displaced to God knows where in the name of satisfying an ever-growing real estate demand. It also marks a very sharp DROP in crime and undesirable happenings because, as I said, there is a direct correlation between poverty and crime.

I, however, would NEVER presume to call anybody a "scumbag" or an "animal," and certainly would never refer to poverty stricken children as "little animals." They have no fault that they were born to poor parents. They have no fault that the education system caters to middle-income TO upper middle-income families. They have no fault in the fact that they have so much stacked against them from birth until the time of their death; many of them will not make it without the proper guidance. But nobody, has the right to consider them "shit" nor call their place of residence a SHIT-HOLE just because THEY live there.

I've never insulted anybody, but MasterDaddy, who ever the hell you are and wherever the hell you are: you are garbage. You are a piece of shit -- and remember that God doesn't look fondly upon hateful people like yourself: people who thrive on the misery of others and feel superior to others.

MasterDaddy... you are a prime example that "you can get the boy out of the ghetto, but you can't get the ghetto out of the boy." YOU are crap, no matter WHERE you live or WHAT you do.

I will make it known that this posting was designed to inform everyone of the great things that are happening in the Bronx. Things are NOT the way "MasterDaddy" says they are. He's full of gas.

Also...it is designed to deliver a virtual "KICK UP MASTERDADDY's ASS" for being such... a scumbag animal for referring to people and especially innocent children the way he has: what a low-life, plebe you are, sir. You can't possibly have an ounce of self-respect. It would be a waste for one of these children you talked about to SPIT in your face. You're a master of nothing, you hatred-spewing devil.

Posted by: Rob SanInocencio at December 26, 2006 03:38 PM

Jesus... also (jj50):

I haven't seen a run-down, dilapidated building in the Bronx in AGES. And we shouldn't really generalize so much.

The Bronx has other neighborhoods with virtually no issues. There is Pelham, Morris Park, Riverdale (who decided on that name in the 50's to drive real estate pricing upward), Indian Village (part of Pelham Parkway near Jacobi Hospital), etc.

I think that when we talk about places with a bad reputation, yes...the SOUTH Bronx has a bad rep-- but I don't believe that the neighborhoods I mentioned above have bad reps.

If anyone watches the news, however, 75% of things (crimes, etc.) happens in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and New Jersey. You seldom hear about horrible things happening in the Bronx, these days.

Things will definitely get better. For those of you want to stay in touch with Bronx issues, you can go to http://www.BronxTimes.com/. They have a local paper distributed weekly, but they also update their site with material from their publication and usually discuss major Bronx-related news, like current/future development plans, etc.

They also have a "Police/Crime Blotter" for those who are curious as to what happens on the "criminal" side of things.

Posted by: Rob SanInocencio at December 26, 2006 03:54 PM

I am a former member of a streetgang called the Bronx Ministers, the baddest white gang back in the early 70s. today it's no longer a black , latino, and white thing, but it was back then. i didn't make the rules, i just lived by them, didn't have much of a choice.i remeber the Savage Skulls, the Black Spades, the Savage Nomads and many others. If anybody wants to converse, send me an e-mail. my phone number is 413-499-7729.

Posted by: bobby d. at December 26, 2006 05:13 PM


Posted by: raymond m. at January 29, 2007 01:36 PM

Rob SanInocencio you need to calm down. You are really hyping the Bronx WAY more then what it is. The South Bronx area is still VERY poor. Crime is still a big problem, not to mention all the other issues ghetto poverty brings along.

As for abandonded buildings. There are way less but they are still scattered around. Also many of the occupied buildings are in shit state.

The South Bronx is still a ghetto but some things have gotton a little better. Lots of buildings are now occupied thanks to immigrants, expanding the city housing, and other gov't programs. Crime is only also down when compared to the crack era, but in reality crime is still a big problem in the Bronx.

BTW, the crime blotter doesn't cover shit. They only list a few random crimes for each borough. On an average day the Bronx has more crime then most major cities (population+boroughs concentration of poverty). You really don't know what your talking about.

Posted by: I live in the BX at February 22, 2007 11:27 PM


The ranch style homes on Charlotte Street are no where near 15-20 blocks. Mabey 5 square blocks max and they were a big experement. The rest of the homes after that built in the South Bronx1 are townhouses style (rowhouses with driveways) and multifamily.

Most of the townhouses are subsidized and the other units are to help the buyers pay them off. This keeps people in the community. They townhouses are built in undesireable areas (across the street from public housing, run down tenements) so it's usually locals who buy these homes. Moving out of the projects but to stay in the area.

The high rent for the brownstones is typical downstate NYC metro bullshit. The South Bronx doens't have to many Brownstones though. Most were razed for public housing. There wasn't much to begin with.

And the New Stadium. Great for Yankee fans but how about the poor kids in Highbridge who just lost a ton of parkland.

To add, Court Plaza (another place to package and store our Bronx youth) is a dud. Numorious construction defects. Place is operational but it's already damaged. Add the years of city work it will go through and that place will look worse then the bx courthouse.

Make no mistake, there are some nice areas in the Bronx like Pelham Bay and Riverdale, but the South Bronx is the ghetto.

Posted by: I live in the BX at February 22, 2007 11:38 PM

The Deep South (Bronx): 140th street between Cypress and Jackson Avenues, through 1965, when I was 16/17.

Back then, the "South Bronx" didn't extend any farther north than the border of St. Mary's Park: 149th street.

Folks may not believe it, but for most of those years, those neighborhoods (Cypress; St.Ann's; Brook; Willis Avenues) were chock full of hard-working white Catholic immigrant Irish, Italians, Germans, Poles, Jews from all over Europe, and a small smattering of Chinese, Puerto Ricans, and Negro "immigrants" from the real "deep south".
("Black" wasn't PC back then - but "Colored" was.)

I was a tiny kid, there, in the 1950s - when the shopping district strung intricate Christmas lights across 138th Street to welcome shoppers (from St. Ann's Ave. all the way to Willis).

It was a tough part of town even then - though nothing at all like it became in the '70s.

The first part of the area's decline occurred when they tore down the 3rd Avenue El, up to 149th street. The brownstones and other apartment buildings on BOTH sides of 3rd Ave. were condemned by the city (too close to the El for safety during its demolition, they said) - but the empty buildings just sat another five years after the El came down, before the buildings were demolished.
"Crack dens" and "shooting galleries" were unknown back then - but the homeless squatters came in droves.

BTW - many of the street scenes for the old movie musical "West Side Story" were filmed using those empty buildings as sets. (That's why you never see many people in those scenes...)

The really violent decline in the S. Bronx started in the mid-1950s, when they knocked down ALL the buildings south of 137th street (to the triborough bridge entrance) and put up those dreaded cinder-block Kleenex boxes-on-end, the Projects.
The human roaches immediately infested the place.

Soon, they put up more of those Project monstrosities around the periphery of St. Mary's Park - and more human vermin came. (No, NOT poor people; everybody there was already "poor" by today's standards; we just didn't know it. The human vermin were the slackers/criminals/druggies of every color and national origin.)

The Jews were the first to flee the area; they were gone before 1960. Most of the Irish and Italians were right behind them though; almost none were left by 1965 or so. Where'd they go?
Uptown, mostly; to the 170's and 180's along Jerome Avenue, the Concourse, and beyond the Bronx River on the Pelham Bay subway line. Some even qualified for Parkchester...

No one who can afford to leave a crime-ridden area stays very long.

BTW - I went to PS 65 on 141st for kindergarden; St.Luke's (on 139th) for grades 1-8; and Hayes for HS. I married "the Dutch girl next door" in the last year of the '60s decade (though she had moved to Brooklyn from 140th street years earlier).

I never returned to 140th Street after 1965 - until 2001, when I just had to show the place off to some of my (adult and teenage) kids, visiting my older brother in Westchester.

I was absolutely amazed. The old (and empty for decades) Loral factory still stood on the corner of 140th and Jackson - but the stately six-story apartment building of 691 E. 140th st. was a vacant lot. The block-long (139th to 140th) truck garage that dominated Jackson Avenue was now an empty lot, too - but covered in six feet of trash.

The *marble* halls of huge Lincoln Hospital (141st and Bruckner/Southern Blvd.) - and its massive *residential* Nursing School were completely gone!
The neighboring Wonder Bread factory was still there, but apparently empty.

The White Castle hamburger joint on the triangle where Jackson, Bruckner, and 138th Street meet was now apparently an abandoned gas station.

The bars were devasted; all closed and shuttered. The Eire and the Shannon View, gone. The A&P supermarket (right next to the Cypress Ave subway entrance on the south side of 138th street) was now a Spanish-language church!

But the biggest shock was the apartment buildings along Cypress Ave and along St. Mary's Street - where many childhood friends had lived - that had disappeared! They had been replaced by little row houses!

I couldn't believe it: gentrification had come to the (deep) South Bronx during the 35+ years I had been gone.

I wish them luck; it was once a great place to live and grow up; maybe it will become that once again. (They'll have to tear down those damned projects, first!)

I wonder, though. I also once saw the South Bronx as a great place to leave ...


Memory jogs:
- I knew the kid who burned PS 9 (on 138th street) to the ground. (WAY too many old brown Christmas trees piled up against the walls, then set on fire. It was unintentional, by the way.)

- Ward LaFrance Fire Engines were assembled in a single-story factory building on the east side of Jackson Ave and 139th street, through about 1960. Surprisingly, the building is still there.

- There was a Sabrett hot dog factory on the East side of Bruckner at 138th/137th. Their factory store sold them CHEAP, by the pound. (You could buy them at 7-8-9-10-11 and -12 to the pound; your choice.)

- Just south of the Sabrett place, on 136th, was a potato chip factory. You could buy a 12x12x12 in. corrugated-cardboard box full of fresh, still-HOT potato chips for 90 cents. By the time you got it home, the box was dripping grease.

- I remember when one could stand on the corner of 140th St and Jackson Ave, and have an unobstructed view of an oil tanker unloading at the big tanks three blocks away "down the river" (technically, Long Island Sound). A few years later, they built the Bruckner Expressway, which just ended in a sheer drop, way up in Hunt's Point. It remained without any traffic at all for more than a year; I used to ride my bike up there, the entire distance.

- The coolest thing, being a kid in the early sixties there? The little (free) ferry rides from 135th street past South Brother Island to Riker's and North Brother Islands, just offshore. Kids couldn't get off in either of those places, but they would let you ride. BTW - the twin ferry slips are still there, but obviously abandoned for many years. Today, the entire dock area (from the 130s to up beyond 149th) is behind a fence. In my day, guys would walk down to "the river" and go swimming, "BA" - that is, without a bathing suit.

- I once saw a naked dead guy in the water there, in the 140s; the late-20s man had dove off the Burns Bros. Coal Company loading chute (easily 50-70 feet above the water, located about 135th street) and drowned in the bad currents coming up from the Hell Gate. The Police boat just lassoed him around an arm and neck, and hauled him on board.

Posted by: John T. at February 23, 2007 04:59 AM

I grew up in the Bronx 50's -60s',in the Melrose Projects 681 Courtland Ave apt.7E with my two other brother'sRickey & Morris. I miss the olde gang; Harvey &Doris Winn,Micheal, Earl Greene,Yola, Herman ,Tito.Remember the "BigPark", sham battles with Paterson Projects?Cool'n off under the jonny pump (fire hydrant),FRANK'S STORE for a mission soda?, P.S.3, Junior High 38, Morris High?,Good Times!
Ronnie Burt

Posted by: ronnie burt at March 1, 2007 11:35 PM

I have to say I loved reading all of these posts about the South Bronx. When I was about 12 years old I was moved from Yonkers to the South Bronx (170 & Boston Rd) I lived there in the same run down building with no heat, hot water, no working stove, rats the size of cats and for a while with rigged up electricity cause the 2 buildings our lovely slumlord owened were on the verge of being condemmed, all this for about 4 years, all this stemming from an out of control drug habit my mother and father have fallen into years before. The building next door had a crack spot which was raided on a monthly basis. I became aquainted with all sorts of people from all walks of life. We all had one thing in common, drugs touched our lives in one way or another. For the most part, these were good hearted people who looked out for one another. When we were hungry they offered us food, they offered their homes and hearts, these were good people. I learned more about life and people in those 4 years than I could have ever learned from anywhere else in the world, I sometimes miss that world.

So, some might say that the South Bronx is a shit hole, and is for the most part occupied by mostly uneducated people who want nothing better in life. For those of you that say that, live there for several years, get to know the people, the way of life and the struggles that they go through on a daily basis. I thik you will have a new perspective on the South Bronx.

PS some of the best Fried Chicken ever was at "Mama's Fried Chicken" on Boston Rd right before 174th street ( I think the Mcds now sits in its place!!)

Posted by: JGirl at March 16, 2007 03:55 PM

i sore all the the writing on the bronx and felt this might help............






l'm Danny Aiello (not the actor) who used to live in the bronx our father kept upgrading us....

530 oam sread ave castel hill ( around 1965 )
275 randall ave castel hill ( around 1967 )
layton ave throgg neck ( around 1971 )
268 balcom ave throgg neck ( around 1973 )

now at 49 live in florida

Posted by: danny at March 18, 2007 12:46 AM

In 1985 my roommate, a New York City native and I arrived in NYC at 4a.m. He said, "If we take that exit we'll end up in the South Bronx." I was NOT happy about that possibility.
Needless to say we went the other way and ended up in Greenwich Village, thank God.
It's called common sense. Deal with it.

Posted by: mike miller at March 20, 2007 12:20 AM

Well i don't know Bronx really only a person that leave there are.And I know he very different of the all this things bad,terrible.So...A marvelous person ONE,first!Cal Thomas.
I m brasilian woman...I know that all place difficult but,you has many things good in USA so..amercian you,please,no speak about Bronx bad,dark,dirt...etc.You are strong!
Good day for all.

Posted by: Claudia at March 23, 2007 09:50 AM

To Rob SanInocencio , as far as the South Bronx goes, yes there are changes being made, and yes there are nice things going up and being built, but as even you have said, the City are going to take some of the Human Animals and put them in another area?? and they like the Rats and Roaches are only going to take that place and bring it down that much lower, and most of them are Human scumbags and they breed and we know how the young turn out for the most part. And Remember this, as you seem not to understand this about 25 to 30 years ago, lots of property was bought for next to nothing and the Smart people just sat on it. Next and the big picture is, its time to move the scumbags out and bring New people with money in, and that is how you take a shit hole and turn it around. Remember this is not all being done for the scumbags and low life animals that live there now, lol, its for New blood. To bad we could not give all the animals a one way ticket to the middle east, and lets not just stop at the South Bronx, lets hit all the areas.. So you have a nice day..


Posted by: MASTERDADDY at April 2, 2007 07:59 PM

I posted on here once before. The guy who caught the wrong train and saw all the burnt out buildings near Simpson St. circa 1968. Maybe it was '69.There seems to be a lot of arguing on this
site about how bad the Bronx is or whether it was worse in the '70's, '90's , or now. My uncle drove a telephone truck in the SB for years in the '60's and '70's.I can attest that yes it was very bad then. He smelled rotting flesh on many occasions from the poor junkies who od'd in cellars. The 90's must have been terrible with all the crack.....and now I know nothing about, except what I read. I guess the reason I wrote again is to say that the Bronx is not the only place in bad shape. Try East St. Louis or Baton Rouge. I drove down Canal St. In New Orleans(2003) and saw unbelievable poverty.(North of the French Quarter.)This is an American problem. So we can't say the Bronx is bad.I remember seeing the buildings burning and the street gangs of the '70's myself .The media picked up on the SB and it became a national symbol because of the abandonment and desolation.The crime, drugs , etc.were everywhere in America.I care about the Bronx and hope it will rebuild and give the people who live there a safe and prosperous life.Education and job opportunities are essential. People need hope. Here's to the New Bronx.

Posted by: Richard at April 8, 2007 01:39 AM

I was born in the 1961 in Fordham Hospital, which was already demolished by the time I was a youth. My first home (apt) was on Charlotte Street surrounded by Boston Road, Seabury Place, Simpson St. and a few other streets that escape me. I went to P.S. 61, Herman Ridder (98), and one year at Alfred E. Smith before changing to DeWitt Clinton. Althoug I spent most of my time hanging out at either Dodge, or Evander HS because that's where the girls were. Other places I lived were Boston Road, Coster Street (Hunts Point area) 192nd by Fordham Road and the Grand Concourse. I joined the Navy in 1979 and now live in the midwest. Some of the people I grew up with were Sandy Santos, Albert Maldonado, Marcus Alvarado (aka Poindexter)Louis Godreau and his brother Kelvin (Caveman). The Diaz sisters Gigi, PeeWee and Telly were part of my extended family as were. I remenber being in Judith (Judy) Vanga's sweet sixteen. She lived in the Throggs Neck area with her sister Rosemary Vanga and her parents Rosemarie and (Bull Dog) Pete Vanga. Was it the greatest experience growing up, probably not, but it got me ready for the world outside the five boroughs. As long as you can stay away from being caught between the Turbans and the Javelins whenever they rumbeld you were going going to be okay. If any of the names I mentioned should ever come across this post and remember me or the seven Cotto brothers, drop me a line and say hi. Wishing you all the best.

Posted by: Frankie Cotto at April 10, 2007 11:05 AM

I grew up in the Bronx, born in the old Fordham Hospital that use to be on Boston Road. We lived on Charlotte Street,surround by , Seabury Place and Boston Road. I went to P.S. 61, Herman Ridder JHS (PS98), and one year at Alfred E. Smith before making the mistake of transfering to DeWitt Clinton, I say mistake becuase I spent most of my time hanging out at either Evander or Dodge because that's where all the girls were. Apologies to Mother Cabrini and Fashion and Industry High Schools, that was another part of my life I want to keep to myself. Anyway, After Charlotte Street all but crumbled beneath our feet, we had to collect water from the fire hydrants and lug them up fou floors because the plumbing was non existant, we moved "up" to Boston Road (half a block away). Some of the people that I grew up with were Jesus (Sandy) Santos, Albert Maldonado, his brother Frankie Serrano, Marcus Alvarado aka Poindexter, Louis Godreau and his brother Kelvin (Caveman). We grew up staying out of the line of fire between the Turbans and the Javelins. You could actually sit on a rooftop and watch a rumble as if you were at a drive-in. When Boston Road was started to rot we moved down to Coster Street (Hunt's Point area) That lasted a few years before moving north to 192nd street near Forham Road and the Grand Concourse. I joind the Navy in 1979 and for all intent and purposes never looked back. Not that I regret growing up the way I did, not that I would wish it on any either, but I guess I turned out ojkay and maybe growing up in place as unforging as the Bronx, or new York for that matter, prepare you for life outside the five boroughs. To Judith Vanga, Rosemary Vanga, GiGi, Telly, PeeWee, Cynthia, Jeanette, Debbie, Manuela, Ruby, and Zoraida Peniero (forgive the spelling) who I secretly had a crush on at P.S. 61 and never had the nerve to say hi to, I still remember you all.

Posted by: Frankie Cotto at April 10, 2007 11:34 AM

i was born in the south bronx 39 years ago i lived in 140 between jackson and cypress then i move to 141 between jackson and cypress in 1973 went to elementary school PS 65 now called academy mother hale then 1982 i graduated from JHS named I.S 155 Elmer E Bogart which that school is no long name that name..

Posted by: Milly at April 17, 2007 08:40 PM

i was born in the south bronx 39 years ago i lived in 140 between jackson and cypress then i move to 141 between jackson and cypress in 1973 went to elementary school PS 65 now called academy mother hale then 1982 i graduated from JHS named I.S 155 Elmer E Bogart which that school is no long name that name..

Posted by: Milly at April 17, 2007 08:40 PM

I grew up in the South Bronx, from 1958 to 1975. I was raised in the Millbrook projects on 137th Street (first 600 E. 137th St. and then 165 St. Ann's Ave).

I went first to PS 65 and then St. Luke's and later to Cardinal Hayes.

I remember thinking that the South Bronx was only where I lived, up to 149th Street but no further. It seems that as the poverty spread more of the Bronx became the South Bronx. Maybe I thought this because you couldn't get much deeper south in the South Bronx than where I lived.

I'm writing a book about growing up in the era. Tough times but also lots of adventure. People wanting to move and stay at the same time.

I remember the vicious nuns and the brutal Brothers of the Sacred Heart in St. Luke's. Of course, there's always teachers and people who care and I made a lot of good friends, some of the funniest and brightest minds I know.

I remember going to St. Mary's Park, Randall's Island, running track for PAL, playing Skellies and this card game called Knuckles.

I would love to hear from people who grew up in Millbrook and went to St. Luke's between 1964 and 1970. Names and impressions of teachers, favorite playground (mine was the Big Park). Names of the stores on 138th Street.

Any and all memories I'd love to hear them.

My name is David Perez, and have a brother named George Perez, a famous comic book artist. We grew up in that neighborhood and yeah it was tough and very scary at times.

But I wouldn't trade it for the world.

Posted by: David at April 17, 2007 09:50 PM

I moved to the South Bronx in the late 60's, it has become my home base. I love "The Bronx" (the only borough that you have to use the word "The" in front of it) with all it's imperfections and beauty that it has. I was raised up in the "Hunts Point" area, I lived on Simpson St. across the street from the 41st Pct. also known as "Fort Apache", I lived on Home St., and last on Fox St.. I got married in the Bronx and owned a home on Home St.. I went to PS 54 on Intervale ave., Junior High School 136 on Jennings St., and finally Morris High School (for F--k ups where the school system sent you when the other schools didn't want you). I was in the "Seven Immortals" the main division a gang in the early 70's In the South Bronx. One of the things "The Bronx" has giving to the world which I was a part of was Rap music, I was with the L-Brothers (Mean Jean, Cordeo, The Grand Wizard Theodore and the MC's Robbie Rob, Kevie Kev, and Ruby Dee) and myself "DJ Apache". One of my best place to eat was "Johnson's BBQ" on 163rd St. boy oh boy that chicken and them ribs smacking. I now live in Manhattan which is the borough I was born in. I now work for the Federal Government. So in ending thank you South Bronx for making me a productive member of society.

Posted by: Luis E. melendez Jr. at May 6, 2007 09:58 PM

like to find a few of the old crew---kathy j---kathy minutier--tina--gail--keith kabna--from 220st...and duckies.. tim

Posted by: tim at May 16, 2007 06:11 PM

To David's Post on April 17:

Small World but different era's.

I grew up in Millbrook projects as well only during the late 70's until 1989. In fact, I lived in 165 St. Anns Ave. Apt 15I...

Ha - The Big Park...That was some memories. Went to Ps 43 up the hill on 136th street. Then went to P.S. 49 on Willis Ave.

I can still smell the Pizza getting off on Brook ave on the seldom used exit.

Great Times and thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Deon at May 20, 2007 12:47 AM

Good website. I've been looking for a site like this for some time. Takes me way back to the times in MillBrook. Played lots of b-ball in the Big Park in the corner of 620,640 and 169. I was born and raised living in 620. I went to P.S. 43 then to P.S.65. I remember ridding the back of the bus to I.S 155. Every trip my brother "Chipy" and I make back to the city, we make 137 ST. & Cypress Ave. our first stop. It would be nice to hear from some of the old crew.
Again thanks for the site, I'll be checking it to see who is still around.


Posted by: Ivan Quinones at May 27, 2007 08:22 AM

I live in the south bronx in those very housing projects everyone seems to dread. The only problems you will come upon is people like myself who dont like the people who keep on coming into the neighborhood to take pictures and bash everything about it. Us "minorities" want to see white people in our neighborhood just as much as youd want to see us walking through your neighborhoods. Theres nothing good coming from you punk ass white people trying to get a cheap thrill out of walking through "the hood". I hope one day you get to experience the "thrill" of getting shot by a stray bullet, or mugged by crackhead or just preyed upon by a frustrated youth........My last words....love it or leave it, and for those who dont love it, FUCK YA'll!!! Boogie Down stand up!!!!

Posted by: Bronxite at May 31, 2007 09:36 PM

Wow, Bronxite, was that a racist post or what? lol

Most of us come to remember what a good life in a great city used to be. They take pictures not because they are curious, because they are homesick. Many areas are coming back, and I'm really happy for all those neighborhoods.

I lived in the Bronx until 1994, when I had enough of the "muggings, crackheads, flying bullets and frustrated youth", (your words) so don't give me that crap about us coming in "to take pictures" as if we are all tourists, lol. If your youth is so frustrated, clean up your own mess, and stop taking "white" tax dollars to help clean up your nabes if you hate us so much.

Posted by: Fordhamlady at June 4, 2007 06:48 PM

My time in the South Bronx was very short. I taught at PS 65 for awhile. I am from Arizona and have always taught in low income schools, but nothing compares to what I saw in the South Bronx. Children out of control in and out of the classroom. After school when I would walk to the train, I would see my students (kindergarteners) in the middle of the street, climbing up the sides of buildings, etc... Schools with too much apathy - "Well, it's always been this way..." How sad that no one expects more or wants more for these children. Our windows were often open in the class and all we heard, all day were car alarms, women outside on the corner yelling at each other, gunshots, sirens, construction, etc... To me it was very distracting, but the kids just worked through it because that was the daily background noise they were used to. Some of the kids there had horrific behavior, but I know that at 5 and 6 years old it is not their fault. They are doing what they know - what they have seen. As for the parents, they are doing their best, as they were probably raised the same way. I think these kids deserve better. Something has to be done for these kids. I think of them often and hope they will be able to break the cycle of poverty.
The area where my school was/is (141/Cypress) was pretty run down. I felt fairly safe during the day, but would never stay late. Lots of graffiti, trash, "thugs" on the corners. There were some nicer row houses near the school. I was glad to have made friends from the Bronx because if I had left there only seeing this neighborhood where I worked I would have not had many kind words, but I was able to explore the area more and there were nice areas where it was less industrial, green lawns/parks, nicer stores and restaurants. I guess it's like any big city -you are going to have the good and the bad. As for visitors to the area, I agree with the guy before - do not drive around the area if you are not familiar with it. It's not safe.
Good luck to those kiddos at PS 65!

Posted by: tj at June 5, 2007 03:48 AM

wow, the pic's bring back old mem of melrose ave, i lived at 412 east 154 st, hang out on 153 st and went to ps 1. back than the neorbhoods were mixed and peaceful,i grow up through the early 60's to the mid 60's then moved, but still manage to attent JHS 38 on st anns st :).still went back to the old to hang until the ealy 70's. man those were the days, anyway, moved to byant ave , fox., freeman, stabbin, boston rd, and finaly back near the yankee ball park. lived on sherman before joining the marine crops. i still go visit my home boys just to say there is still life after die, you can take me out the city but you will never take the southBx out me i will always be a ghetto child. it was nice to read some of your comments. just a little note to others that feel that the southbronx's is not safe you are right, but keep in mind i have traveled the world and the bronx is a walk though the park compare to the rest of the world. have a bless day :)

Posted by: ernie at June 12, 2007 03:21 PM

Hi. My son has been recruited by the Teach for America organization. He will be teaching at MS 223, The Laboratory School of Finance and Technology on East 145th St. He is looking for a place to live. Any suggestions as to neighborhoods to avoid or ones that would be more safe than others? Thanks!

Posted by: Martha at June 25, 2007 03:25 PM

Can anyone tell me more about Castle Hill? Cause it looks like that neighborhood is changing. I've been doing some work up there, and the neighborhood, doesn't look bad, it's not attractive, but it's got some great restaurants and some parts are pretty....

Posted by: La La at June 28, 2007 01:48 PM

Hi everyone, and especially David, Deon and Ivan Quinones,
I also grew up in 137st acroos from the projects, 600, 620. I grw up there in the late 50' all of the 60's until 1975. My hangout was the "Big Park" i loved playing handball and basketball there. I went to PS 43 and then to PS 9, i was there when it burn down, we sere happy about it at the time because we did nat have to go to school, then i went to Burger Jr. Hight in 141 st.
Reading your stories really brings back a lot of memories some were good and some bad. But the block (137st)was a good place to live. I was in a gang call the
Social Seven, our logo was painted on the wall of the handbaall court, we were Ray, little Angel, Hector, Boobie from 611, Moses (Mo), Tarzan snd Stevie who died. We would hang out in the benches and drink Colt 45 and other. If you would like to contact me e-mail me at ray_burg@yahoo.com. i really would like to hear from you. Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Ray Burgos at June 28, 2007 02:42 PM

401===THE YRS. 1955 TO 1961. LOOKING FOR OUR OLD
MILLET (from cypress ave). ANY ONE OUT THERE?

Posted by: TERRY at June 28, 2007 06:36 PM

i was born in the south bronx 40 years ago i lived in 140 between jackson and cypress then i move to 141 between jackson and cypress in 1973 went to elementary school PS 65 now called academy mother hale then 1982 i graduated from JHS named I.S 155 Elmer E Bogart which that school is no long name that name..

Posted by: milly at July 3, 2007 11:12 PM

i grew up in the south bronx.....289 brook ave....now 285. i went to p.s.40...then to burger j.h.s. 139. we moved there in 1967 from 100th street in el barrio in manhattan. brook ave was my life, love and world..i'm 48 and i'm still a kid at heart running the streets of brook ave and 139th street.i ran with a tough crowd and on march of 1972 was arrested and sent to spofford juvenile center..now called bridges...then to up state to lincoln hall........i straighten out but brook avenue will always be home eventhough i reside in norfolk virginia.....don't ever be ashamed where you came from. any one from that era..or that world is free to e-mail me just to comment and bull shit about the good old days.

Posted by: abraham/abie. at July 12, 2007 08:13 PM

Hi..My name is Ronnie and I lived at 610 Waring Ave from 1955 to 1967. Hung out on The Wall on Pelham Pkwy.My girlfriend Hedy Ewaskov's mom owned the cosmetic store on Pelham Pkway (Tres Chic) We went to dances at Bronx House. Went to P.S. 96, 135, and Columbus HS, until I moved up to Yonkers, then on to Florida and now in Las Vegas. I have been looking forever for a dear friend of mine back then..We just drifted apart and I am sure she remarried and I can not find her. If anyone knows Lisa Conti (she lived on Barnes Ave, i think)and herwhere abouts please tell her I am looking for her and anyone who remembers me feel free to email me.Anyone remembering Milty Ritt, email me too...
I love The Bronx, miss those years growing up there and my quote is "You can take the girl out of the Bronx, but you can't take the Bronx out of the girl!!!

Posted by: Ronnie Ritt at July 13, 2007 10:59 AM

People say the strangest things up in this page. Safe? What part of the South Bronx were you in? Across the street from Yankee Stadium during the day, when a game was being played? Hmmmm...
I'm still here in the South Bronx, there is a lot of badness happenin'. But also there are some good peeps around also. Planning on visiting the South Bronx, go right ahead, but always be aware of your surroundings. Grow up here, and people have your back for sure. Peace and hair grease, Homies.

Posted by: Moebius at July 18, 2007 04:21 AM

Can anyone tell me yhe adddress or street crossing of the old 41 pct nypd station house?

Posted by: Matt at July 21, 2007 11:45 PM

Old 41 is on Simpson Street just north of Westchester Avenue. Bad neighborhood, although the block the precinct is on is quiet. It's now the Detective Bureau for the NYPD.

Posted by: BX at July 27, 2007 02:36 AM

The Bronx safe??? My best friend lives in Co-Op City and has been robbed over twelve times at gunpoint and shot twice! No he's not a drug dealer or criminal, just an average joe. The midwesteners on here make me laugh! Saying they've been to the Bronx once and nothing happened to them, so it's safe??? Are you kidding me? The place is filled with drugs, guns and housing projects! I'm from Yonkers, but have worked in the bronx for several years.

Posted by: BX at July 27, 2007 03:15 PM

I enjoy the pics of the South Bronx. I was born and raised and still live there until this day. I see the Black Jesus mural everyday; it's right across the street from my girlfriend's building.

Posted by: Manny at July 28, 2007 03:55 AM

to the Bx
yeah i think, not sure on what you are asking, but here goes, the 41' was located on Simpson in between westchester ave and 167st one block off southern blvd. the 41's pct was call fort Apache. the 42 pct was located on third ave hope this helps

Posted by: ernie at August 7, 2007 12:29 PM

corection, i mean matt, sorry about that BX.

yeah i think, not sure on what you are asking, but here goes, the 41' was located on Simpson in between westchester ave and 167st one block off southern blvd. the 41's pct was call fort Apache. the 42 pct was located on third ave hope this helps

Posted by: ernie at August 7, 2007 12:33 PM

I still live out there..I was born and raised. Even though the bronx is the place for crime I would never imagine moving.

Posted by: Kamiyah at August 9, 2007 05:59 AM

I lived in the big apt building 390 E. 153rd Street, Bronx, NY
if anyone is from that block please email me I would love to hear from you and would love to see photos of the street too

Posted by: Maureen at August 12, 2007 10:10 PM

does anyone know where is a website that i can go that i could see pictures of the old lincoln hospital that was in brunkner blvd or have pictures please e-mail me thank you

Posted by: milly at August 12, 2007 11:40 PM

I think the dialogue on this page is very important and a wonderful thing. That said, those who are hating on others speaking positively about the Bronx: I think, if I'm understanding you correctly, I understand. If you're angry that, Yes, the Bronx is a dangerous place and there ARE bad things that do happen here, fine. But first off, if you're not from here, it's somebody's neighborhood. And if you ARE from here, it's YOUR neighborhood, so show some love! There are plenty of great and unique things about this borough. We've all rehashed the bad for decades. What's so bad about seeing the good, too? And if you've never set foot in the Bronx and for some reason you're up on this discussion talking about shit you don't know, please don't bore the rest of us with your ignorance.

Posted by: motthaven139 at August 23, 2007 02:35 PM

The Bronx was what pushed us together. Made our crews tight; our friendships solid. Our neighborhoods would never have been so great if what surrounded them wasn't so threatening. When you ventured out past your stop; it was like sailing across the ocean. I remember every one of them.
I'm almost fifty now; frauds at every level of life...friends only from the past. I live a good life and still I'd go back to then but not now.
There isn't a day my memories don't cover every emotion from good to bad....

Posted by: Mike B at August 31, 2007 07:52 PM

Just finished reading the book "gangbusters" and decided for the heck of it to GOOGLE "South Bronx" and came upon this board. I went to a Yanks game in'82 and drove down Jerome to get there. What I saw glancing up those streets off Jerome was indescribable, but at the same time made some eye contact with some of the most precocious kids playing on the sidewalk. We smiled at each other and waved - very cool. For those of you who escaped that, I tip my hat to you.

Posted by: creighton at September 8, 2007 09:50 PM

i grew up on cypress just like you all
and went thru the same thing gangs and drugs
but now its nice it changed,its better
it happens all over we just see it here
because we live here. life is what you make it
and stop talking about crack heads cant change
because i did it no program me and God
prayer can change i got 14 yrs
and a federal job.kid finish school got a job
and i got husband to go with it

Posted by: shay at September 8, 2007 10:59 PM

I have a question. Do you happen to have a photo of the old Fordham hospital that was on Fordham RD? I was born it that hosptial but by the time I grew up and was curious to see, they had torn it down and made something for the Unversity. I believe it was between Southern blvd and Crotona ave.

Posted by: mari at September 18, 2007 02:45 PM

Hello all, hope that you all doing well. I'll have to say this. If you do not like the bronx then do not come here, and stop talking shit. I am so proud being from the bronx, do u know why? cuz we invented hip hop, hip hop its originally from the bronx. Do you know why the bronx is poor? and still on wellfare? cuz if we get out from the wellfare and start to work, they will raise the rent much higher. then the money will not last. they do not let us to succeed. Not all the people commits crime here.. we have good people as well. for example, me. right now im in college. Im doing something with my life. It is true that the bronx is bad, is not just the bronx, is the whole nyc. that is why im leaving to virginia to be more calm etc.. thats going to be when i finish college. if anything just write to me to my email gilarma@gmail.com

Posted by: Bronx_rican_Guy at September 25, 2007 11:12 PM

Wow what a Great Blog! I found this blog when Googeling my old address 390 East 153rd Street
I grew up there in that building from 1964 to 1978. I went to the Immaculate Conception on 151 st and 1 year in Cardinal Hayes until we moved to Yonkers. Today I sell Westchester Real Estate with Remax. I was in the area 2 days ago because I listed a building for sale on 157th street and drove by my old building. I used to live in Apt 2J, and 3H. I was so tempted to go inside and ring the bell and ask if I could look around at my old apartment. I wonder if they would have let me in?

Posted by: John Kobeck at September 29, 2007 12:07 AM

was born in the south bronx 40 years ago i lived in 140 between jackson and cypress then i move to 141 between jackson and cypress in 1973 went to elementary school PS 65 now called academy mother hale then 1982 i graduated from JHS named I.S 155 Elmer E Bogart which that school is no long name that name..

Posted by: milly at September 29, 2007 07:36 PM

I lived in the Bronx from 1938 to 1953. 415 E. 143rd St. just off Willis Ave. I rode the old L to school every day. I have enjoyed the posts on this web site and consider the Brox my home town, but I think I'll stay in NH where it's wide open and safe.

Posted by: pcp at October 2, 2007 03:49 PM

Bronx will always be home to me. From baby til 10, I lived at 787 E. 175th near Prospect Ave. The building's long ago (garage is there now). I went to CS 44 until '77. Then my folks and I moved to Trinity Ave. and 149th (by St. Mary's Park). Parents still live there, 30 years later. That whole area's changed since the late 70s. Anyone went to St. Anselm's by Tinton? St. Pius on Courtlandt? I hated St. Anselm's...LOL! I graduated there in '81 and Pius in '85. I still in NYC - upper Manhattan (Inwood). I last went 'home' to see my mom for her birthday. Like I said, that whole area's changed so much. Lots of people are moving back too... ain't that something?

Posted by: Dana at October 11, 2007 11:05 AM


Posted by: Patricia Geringswald-Mejias at October 18, 2007 03:53 PM

well i've lived in the Bronx all my life. just because those pictures make the Bronx look bad it really isnt. i've grown up so far in between 168 and 169 in Franklin ave. but goes to school in M.S.219.[yes the worse school ever] my aunt lives on 138th street on Cypress.[yes worse part of the Bronx] u have to be careful for the girls though. not to sound racist or anything but the Black girls. they're the ones that like jumping people because they're a different race. its happened to me[but they never got to] and some of my other hispanic friends. they wont except u unless u are their race. but other than the girls the Bronx is a great place to visit. all i think is that they should clean up the place a little more often.

Posted by: tiffany at October 22, 2007 05:11 PM

Wow, I use to live in the Bronx 1966 to 1981, at 1680 Crotona Park East and remember the park, handabll courts, the plato, etc. I was born and raised there and i have beautiful memories even though as I grew up I witnessed gang fights, shootings, etc. I love my hometown no matter what anybody says i will always remeber on winter sliding down the big hill with a piece of box just having fun!!! I went to P.S.61, herman ridder 98... I will always remeber my friends,gail janice,mike,junior paul,eddie,ronald and my late brothers friends gilbert,bobby,petie,and pete.... i havent been there since '86 someday i will take a trip and visit my old neighborhood.. thanks and god bless

Posted by: Lisa Montalvo at October 31, 2007 02:45 PM

Wow, I use to live in the Bronx 1966 to 1981, at 1680 Crotona Park East and remember the park, handabll courts, the plato, etc. I was born and raised there and i have beautiful memories even though as I grew up I witnessed gang fights, shootings, etc. I love my hometown no matter what anybody says i will always remeber on winter sliding down the big hill with a piece of box just having fun!!! I went to P.S.61, herman ridder 98... I will always remeber my friends,gail janice,mike,junior paul,eddie,ronald and my late brothers friends gilbert,bobby,petie,and pete.... i havent been there since '86 someday i will take a trip and visit my old neighborhood.. thanks and god bless

Posted by: Lisa at October 31, 2007 03:07 PM

I’m looking for pictures of an abandoned lot along 156 streets & brook Ave. I heard their use to be a slaughter house for animals as well as a cemetery across the street. Has anyone heard of this or does anyone have photos or know where I can find some?


Posted by: Meeka at November 1, 2007 03:32 PM

Hi All,
Lets keep this web alive I love the Bronx,
the people (the regular people) not the elite NY Yankees.

Posted by: Matt at November 3, 2007 02:06 PM

I grew up in St. Marys Park Houses at 595 Trinity Ave. and 149 Street, in the 1960's. I went to P.S. 5.
Back then it was a blast, I have not visited the old hood since 1984. Can't even imagine what it looks like now. All I cant remember is the EL rolling by the #2 and 5 train. Those were the days.

Posted by: Sharon at November 16, 2007 09:55 PM

I grew up in the so bx in a brownstone which my family owned since 1907. I went to PS9 and Wilton J.H. and then on to Walton High. I had many happy times there, but we left in 1953 and never went back.Some day when I am in NY again I would like to visit my home and see what it looks like and who is living there.

Posted by: judy at November 19, 2007 12:37 AM

I grew up on Hennessey Place and lived there from 1956 to 1966. It was a good place when I was there until about 65.The neighborhood was mainly Jewish and Irish.We had a community that took care of each other.I remember doing shopping for some of the older tenants.They would call you from an apartment window and drop a paper bag with a list and money. I would pick-up what they wanted and get a quarter. It was the kind of neighborhood where your mother knew you screwed up before you got home. People were looking out for each other. Then something happened, and the neighborhood changed. Many people moved to COOP city and the vacuum was filled by poorer people. Slowly but surely we saw signs of drug infestation and crime. I remember seeing paperbags that were hardened by people sniffing glue. Older residents were bring robbed and there apartments were being broken into. We moved a couple blocks away to 1895 University avenue. We needed a apartment with an elevator. We
had seven people living in a 2 bedroom apartment.
Things began to get even worse. We weren't safe anymore especially at night. I remember getting jumped numerous times and getting assaulted to and from school. My father had a Deli on Cedar Avenue and Fordham road across the street from Dale Oldsmobile. I remember my Dad got held up 3 or 4 times at gun point. Nobody ever got caught.
We finally moved out to L.I. in September of 1972.
I thought I was in heaven. I finally had some sense of safety. I think I had PTSD.Nobody believes me when I describe how bad it was back then

Posted by: jep at November 28, 2007 09:50 PM

^-it hasnt changed much. the same things you describe are still a serious problem. its a real shame for those fighting to climb out of the pit of poverty.

Posted by: anon718 at December 3, 2007 01:44 AM

I think it has changed some. I went on google earth and saw what the old neighborhood looked from the street. It has improved. I think the worse was in the late 70s. I drove across the cross-bronx expressway when I came home from England and the Bronx looked like it was bombed. I saw mile after mile of burnt out and abandoned buildings. I live in Texas now and most folks can't believe how bad it was.

Posted by: JEP at December 3, 2007 11:04 AM

The South Bronx as defined by the NYPD in 1955, is everything south of 149th St. Anything above that street is someplace else. Therefore, having lived from 1943-1956 at 134th & Willis, I am a true So. Bronx character. I thought it was one of the Murphys who burned down PS 9. It was no loss. Now the destruction of the statue of St. Jerome, that was a cultural catastrophe. I saw Eddie the Fish get shot on Willis Ave., next to old man Sherman's grocery. I was in the middle of a gun battle between some payroll robbers & NYPD in front of my house, #404. One cop sitting behind the wheel of his car, took a shot that hit a miraculous medal stuck behind the shield of his cap. Not a scratch on him. I dated his daughter in HS many years later. When he discovered that I saw his "incident" he never spoke a word to me again.

Posted by: boyo at December 9, 2007 01:15 AM

I went to St Anselms in 1964. Used to live in 584 Jackson ave. It was a brownstone in the corner of Trinity dead end going to St Mary's park. I still remember Victoria Velez (chucle)my elementary school sweetheart. I remember Sister maria Clotilde was the Principal, and she was terrifying. Her punisments were , "write 2000, I will do this or that or Will not do this or that". Im in Puerto Rico married with a magnificent woman from Honduras. I work with the Federal Govt. Anyone from my time and neigbourhood, please write.

Posted by: Edward Delgado at December 17, 2007 08:17 PM

@ jep

little has changed. new buildings have been built and there have been many renovations but that's all low income housing and senior buildings. so yes there are way less shells and lots but everything little else is different. the old social problems still remain. robberies, shootings, drugs, broken families, poverty, failing schools, ect i could go on and on all still a problem.

it would take major displacement to change the area for the better. no money in the world can change the state of the social problems in the south bronx.

Posted by: anon718 at December 27, 2007 04:34 PM

Anyone out there that was born or lived near St Francis Hospital on E142St and Brook Ave. I'm looking for photos or links with photos. Recently found out my Dad was born there, later lived at 790GCC back in the 40's.

Posted by: cjk1229 at January 3, 2008 02:10 AM

will always hold a spot in my heart for THE BRONX where is every one now ??? get in touch...

Posted by: tim nevins at January 5, 2008 10:09 PM

I am glad I found this website. I grew up on 139 Street between Cypress and Jackson. I lived in a building next to one which Willie Colon lived in the sixties. I also went to St. Lukes. I remember it was okay living there till the late sixties and early seventies. I remember the gangs, most notably the Cypress Bachelors in that area. I remember how the neighborhood quickly deteriorated with crime, drugs, and abandoned buildings in a few short years. I moved out in 1972 to Castle Hill then to Parkchester. I have not been back ever since 1976 or so. I one time attempted to visit 138 Street in 1990, but when I got off the subway in Brook Avenue and walked the streets a bit I was petrified by the atmosphere and went back on the subway.

I recall some people getting shot and killed on 138 Street near the Cypress Ave subway uptown station during the day, probably around 1966 or so. I also remember when a plane crashed in Saint Mary's Park around that time as well. I remember the black out of I think 1964.

I had two brother that died of hard living of drugs and bad company in the Bronx. Their names were Edwin and Oscar.

I highly recommend anyone living in a dangerous environment, especially with children to get out and move to a safe part of the country. There are so many nice areas in America where you can give your kids a chance for a nice life and you enjoying it with them. I would never put my child with what I had to contend with living there. The fear, gangs, drugs, concrete jungle--there are better places.

Posted by: Riggi at January 16, 2008 07:09 PM

Hi All,
Lets keep the Bronx alive 99 percent of our people are very decent I grew up and worked in the Bronx 26 yrs NYPD

I was not a elitest

Posted by: Matt at January 22, 2008 08:55 PM

I too,went to St.Luke's from 1966 to 1972. I know who Riggi is. You went to school with me. My maiden name was Matos and I hungout in St. Lukes with Miriam, Zenaida,Julianna and Carmen

Posted by: yoli at January 22, 2008 10:28 PM

Yoli, yes I do remember you! I remember Julie, Zenaida, Carmen, Miriam. Send me an email so we can catch up. I went to a St. Lukes reunion in 1994 or so. It was held near Castle Hill. I met just a handful of our class though. I briefly saw Father Ryan from St. Lukes. I read a NY Times article of 1995 that he celebrated 50 years as a paster there.

Posted by: Riggi at January 24, 2008 10:14 PM

ok lets get one thing straight here i have read alot of comments here about the bronxand i'm not to happy with alot of those comment's..i am the bronx!and alway's will be the bronx and i will die in the bronx...looking and searching for all savage nomads and savage skulls from the early 70's looking to have 35th birthday all o.g from those time's the best time's anyone from 174&walton ave please get in contact with me. my e-mail is nightmare1384@yahoo.com looking for to reach my ex-lady at that time china aka carmen still love you till this day..nomads forever-forever nomads!!!!!!!que viva puerto rico libre!!

Posted by: nightmare13 at January 26, 2008 03:20 PM

ok lets get one thing straight here i have read alot of comments here about the bronxand i'm not to happy with alot of those comment's..i am the bronx!and alway's will be the bronx and i will die in the bronx...looking and searching for all savage nomads and savage skulls from the early 70's looking to have 35th birthday all o.g from those time's the best time's anyone from 174&walton ave please get in contact with me. my e-mail is nightmare1384@yahoo.com looking for to reach my ex-lady at that time china aka carmen still love you till this day..nomads forever-forever nomads!!!!!!!que viva puerto rico libre!!

Posted by: nightmare13 at January 26, 2008 03:20 PM

riggi, email me at yolanda_vrgs@yahoo. would love to catch up with old times.

Posted by: yoli at January 28, 2008 07:07 PM

riggi, email me at yolanda_vrgs@yahoo. would love to catch up with old times.

Posted by: yoli at January 28, 2008 07:07 PM

Yoli, I am having trouble emailing you. Here is mine rig6@bellsouth.net

Posted by: Riggi at February 3, 2008 12:02 AM

I grew up in Mitchell Houses on 138 and Alexander Ave after moving from Fox Street across from PS 62. Lived at Mitchell houses from 1966 (one of the first families there) to 1990. Went to PS 154 then to Clark J.H.S. on third ave. Remember as a kid playing skelys, crack top, hot peas and butter then later stickball, football and basketball. Played a lot of B-ball at the Mitchell Gym on 137 street. I hung out with a lot of guys that were into sports. PS 154 park was lit up during the summer nights where we played B-ball and danced while a DJ named Rookie came out with his turn tables and played music. There were a lot of gangs (Batchelors, Black Spades, Seven Immortals, Savage Skulls - to name a few) during the late 60's early 70's and a lot of drugs and violence. But sports kept me away from the gangbanging, and many gang members were good ball players as well so we respected one another. Not that there wasn't a problem every now and then but you dealt with it. I played football for the Millbrook Raiders in the St. Mary Park league, a guy name Turk was the coach.We played against teams like the Steelers, Vikings( had a quarterback named Porky) Rams (coached by Fat Ray). All in all it was a tough upbringing, (we were all poor and had to struggle) but I wouldn't change a thing - I loved the Bronx and had good memories listing to salsa and dancing hustle. It was all good.

Posted by: Nes at March 6, 2008 08:34 PM

To my fellow Bronites, I was born and raised on 151st St. and Prospect Ave.in 1950. It was the worst of times it was the best of times back in those days. The bad was the gangs Bachelors, Sinners, Social Sevens,Crowns and The Barbarian Knights and the Drugs that were just making their presence known.I remember playing in the streets,ringolevio, skelzies, tops,stickball,roller skating, P.S.25. I moved out in 1961and moved to Fteley Avein the Soundview Area. I went to J.H.S.123 and later attened and graduated from James Monroe H.S. in 1968. I then attended N.Y.C. Comm. College in Brooklyn and graduated with an Associate Degree in 1970. I then attended private Seminary School in La Puente, California and Graduated in 1973 with a Degree in Theology. I thank GOD for everything I've experienced in life, the good times and the badtimes. I lost my precious wife of 20 yrs. the mother of my two sons in 1994, but in all GOD has been Faithful. If any knows the whereabouts of Jose Melendez (PAPO) who grew up on Union Ave. near 149th St. Please contact me by E-Mail at MONROE68@AOL.COM ------GOD BLESS ALL WHO READ THIS>>>>>LOUIE H.

Posted by: Louis Hernandez at March 26, 2008 03:25 PM

hi everybody i don't care what people have to say about the bronx, but lived there all my life and i love it. i was raised at 726 prospect ave e 156 street came to live there in 1973 went to IS52 school across from kelly park graduated in 1981 and went to southbronx h.s and graduated in 1985, if there's anyone from that era please email me love to hear what u guys been up

Posted by: linda at March 28, 2008 02:15 PM

Hi Linda and all,
I too grew up in the Bronx (156 and Fox Street) graduating from Monroe HS in 1982. Prior to that I attended IS116 and before then CS50 on Vyse Ave. I have great memories of my youth and don't regret a minute spent in my beautiful Bronx.

Posted by: Ivan at April 2, 2008 01:04 PM

I am amazed at all I have read on this web aite. I t has been a thrill. I grew up on Cypress Ave betwwen 138th & 139th until 1964. Moved to Mitchell Projects, 177 Alexander, apt. 11J, graduated from, St. Lukes, yes those nuns were scary, and Cardinal Hayes. My first job was with the A&P on 138th Street. A cop from the 40th got me the job. I have fond memories of many good friends. Good people like the Torrence Family, the Gordon Family, one of their sons grew up to be a Minister. I remember playing B-Ball at the Mitchell Gym. Mr Hugh Evans was our coach, he is a retired NBA ref. I played on a team named the Mitchell Mustangs. I remeber Nate Archibald and Rick Sobers,from Paterson Projects I believe. I have so many memories in my head that I cannot put all of them down.
I just want to say to some who seem very bitter. My Mom was robbed, twice, in our building I am white, Irish. I also remember the "Bronx is Burning" years. I dearly hold on to the memories of friends, Black, Whire, Puerto Rican, it really does not matter who or what they were. They were friends. I live in an area outside of Buffalo, NY. It is a nice place. The Bronx will always be a part of who I am. It formed me, toughened me and because of my friends, left me with a world of happy memories. Good for all of you who care about where you live.

Posted by: Thomas Kiernan at April 17, 2008 06:12 PM

I lived on 760 Fox street in the early 1950's, when the Royals were the street clan. When the horse and wagon still brought fruit and vegetables to the neighborhood woman for .7 cent a pound. When Puerto Ricans and Jews lived side by side. When pumps were opened when it was over 100%.........I still love the South Bronx and all its history/herstory good with the bad......I remember the smells of Puerto Rican food in the air and the Italian bakery around the corner, fresh for .10 a loaf, ahhhhhhhh melted butter. The Ace movie on 149th street and Southern Blvd. I can go on and on.

Posted by: Mancha de Platano at April 19, 2008 02:42 PM

Hello everyone in the South Bronx,

My grandaunts lived at 421 East 140th Street, which I hear and read is a protected Street in the Mott Haven area. I've never been to New York I live in Ireland...my grandaunts emigrated to the USA back in the 1920s...they lived in this area all their lives. One married a man named James Donlan, had a daughter Eileen Donlan.He died and she then married P J Torpey. Was this community generally Irish back in the 1920s? Does anyone know where I can find photo of 421 East 140th street?....Thanks in advance

Posted by: P Browne at April 29, 2008 01:44 PM

My name is Nitza. I grew up on Wilkins Ave.I went to PS 61, Herman Ridder, and Morris High School. I still think of the beautiful Bronx and what a beautiful and safe childhood, we lived. Like Mancha de Platano said. It was Puerto Ricans and jews, living side by side, and how well we got along. I'm Puerto Rican, but all my friends were jews and italians. I was one of the few puerto ricans on Wilkins Ave.
I loved the Bronx, and the good old days, in Crotona Park and the 9 cents Pool.

Posted by: Nitza at May 4, 2008 11:45 AM

I was born and raised on 138 St and Cypress Ave.
LOVED to live and grow up there. As a Puerto Rican,
one could walk the streets any time, day or night
(I'm talking about the l950's and early l960's).
and never have any problems, all the neighbors looked
out for you and if you misbehaved, you could be sure
someone would tell your parents. Meet my husband many
years later, and another area of NY. When we began
talking, we found out he was born and raised on Brook
ave. and 136th street during the late l940-earlyl960's He has nothing but fond memories,
and we remember all the same people, same stores,
went to school and church with his cousins, everything fit perfectly. Still married and going
strong 41 years later and loving it. RIGGI, many, many people got shot and killed in our neighborhood, we had the Sinners, Dragons, Crowns,
etc. All were either with or without each other.
Many fights and of course you just had to know where to step so to speak. My husband went to PS 43, and I went to PS 65 on Cypress. Our lives were
shaped by our roots, and although the Bronx is
just not the same anymore, for us, in those days
it was truly heaven. Went to Orchard Beach or City
Island in the summer, Crotona or Astoria pools
also. St. Luke's school yard faced my back window,
so I could always see who was "hanging" and at what time, who was kissing who, and who was fighting who. St. Francis hospital, where my sister was born was actually on St. Ann's Ave.
going up towards brook. The hospital was run by
monks who walked around with brown robes and flip
flops, they were always ready to lend a hand, give
a kid a soda, take you home if need be and were
always to be counted on. Too many memories to list, but a great wonderful life back then.

Posted by: Jane at May 10, 2008 04:27 PM

Although I've lived in NJ now for 36 years, when people ask, I tell them I'm from the Bronx. We lived at 652 Southern Blvd until 1963 and then moved to the Moore Houses next to St. Mary's park. Went to PS 62, then 31 on the concourse, 7th and 8th at St.Anselms and then graduated rom Cardinal Hayes. Stickball, kick the can, Johnny on the pony, ringolevio, roundup.... man what great memories. Danny, Ricky, Speedy, Derrick, Sad Sack, all great friends.

Posted by: Bobby McManus at May 18, 2008 05:11 PM

anyone out there from 153rd street, Morris Avenue, 3rd Ave

I grew up in apt 2A in 390 E. 153rd street
Bronx and went to Immaculate Conception school.

would love hearing from you

Posted by: Maureen at May 20, 2008 04:56 AM

I was born and raised in the bronx. soundview, 1255 croes ave. for those who say the bronx is safe, look up your statistics. the bronx is one of the poorest areas in the country and one of the most dangerous as well. but there were alot of great memories from back home. it helped me grow up and work harder so that i dont have to go back to poverty. alot of good friends as well. i visit everytime i go home to NYC. i live in chicago now, and i would take almost any part of this city in terms of safety over the BX. but then again, i am cool when i am there cuz i know folks. but still, crime is very prevalent. but pehlam is actually a very affluent area with nice high income housing. I love the bronx, always will be home to me.

Posted by: BX Bomber at May 21, 2008 01:59 PM

By the way, anyone go to I.S. 174 when they were younger. P.S. 69 anyone? lots of great times. clason point, gunhill rd... no place like it.

Posted by: BX Bomber at May 21, 2008 02:03 PM

I grew up in the South Bronx during the early 50's through the 60's (957 Kelly St., between 163rd. St. and Westchester Ave) I'm the product of very hard working factory laborers, honest, humble folks, who not once accepted a single dime of any sort of charity, proud folks they were. We were dirt poor and we didn't know it. The same can be said of most people on our block.

Those were very different times back then. We settled most scores with our fists!! You were better off getting your ass kicked then punking out of the fight. You saved your rep and name that way. To pull a gun or knife was a cheap lowdown thing and would guarantee you a monstrous beatdown from from practically the whole block.

In the early 50's I remember that Kelly St. was like the United Nations. It wasn't just us Ricans, there was a liberal sprinkling of Jews, Irish, Italians and Blacks. For the most part we all got along fairly well. The majority of the storefront businesses were still owned by none Ricans in our area except for the few Bodegas. ther was a small storefront Jewish Synaguoge on the corner and a Jewish Deli a block away ( The best hotdogs on earth!!) The very best pizza was from the Cottage Bar and Restaurant on Intervale and Westchester Aves. which was Italian run and owned. There was the Valencia Bar and Restaurant on Intervale that my father would would take me to on Fridays. The Rican food was outrageously good there. Everyone shopped at the outdoor Marketas on Tiffany and Fox Streets. Then there was the commercial strips on Southern Blvd. and La Tercera. I remember Hearns Dept. Store. The Third Ave. El Train. There was Freedomland Amusement Park where Co-Op City now stands, Orchard Beach with its ethnically divided sections. If you had the money and time there was Palisades Amusement Park on the Jersey side of G.W. Bridge (I saw alot of the oldie DooWop concerts there MC'd by Cousin Brucie!!)

In my opinion, things started to change drastically for the worse when Co-Op City opened up. Suddenly there was a mass exodus by the Whites from our area to escape there and get away from us Ricans and our serious problems. They simply packed up there belongs closed up or sold what businesses they owned and left for the promise land of Co-Op City, a place that very few if any minorities could afford, or simply would not be accepted or wanted. Everyday there would be one or two moveing vans on the block moveing them away. The very few whites that were left were the ones that were as poor and as bad off as us Ricans. We started calling those Whites that were left left behind "Patty Ricans". The area suddenly started to become depressed. tenements became abandoned, squatters started moveing into to them. Whole blocks started to go up in flames. Drugs and serious violence took over big time. At night time the streets would be empty except for the predators, junkies and homeless. Gunfire, Screams and police sirens became all too common.

In 1968 I graduated High School(Haaren High in Manhattan) joined the Marines, did a tour and a half in Viet Nam. In the mean time my parents moved from Kelly St. to Elder Ave. Elder at that time was a very nice block and much safer place. I was never to see my Kelly St. ever again. A real pity in so many ways. I still miss Kelly St. to this very day and it saddens me to see what my old neighborhood has deteriorated to, but as the saying goes= you can take me out of the Bronx but you can't take the Bronx out of me!!!

I now live in South Florida. I don't consider myself a Floridian. I am just a transplanted Bronxite!! I miss the cold, snow, the noise, the hustle and the bustle, the Salsa blaring from open windows, the piragueros, the smells, even the nasty smells!!

I often reminisce and wonder what's become of my old buddies. The brothers Adolph and Peter Dapena, Tony "El Gangista" Rivera, Fernando "Tito" Torres, Domingo "Dom"
hernandez, Robert and his sister Evelyn Rivera, Martha David, brothers Alex and Larry Vares, Carlos Pesquera??? Anybody out there know? Let me know!! E-Mail: rasilk@guaguero.net




Posted by: ralphy at May 25, 2008 06:50 PM

While there may have been many improvements in the South Bronx since the 80s and 90s, there are still many improvements that need to be made. It is great that people are visiting there and having a good time but raving about how wonderful of a place it is helps to mask the problems the Bronx still faces. The great part about it for visitors is that they typically come from a higher economic status and can therefore go to the Bronx and have a good time but then they can return to their homes somewhere else. For people that live in the Bronx they get to see the good and bad on a daily basis and for most they see more bad than good. While the Bronx is a unique place with great people and places that should be appreciated there is still a lot of crime and filth that cannot be ignored. There are still improvements that need to be made.

Posted by: Kenna at May 26, 2008 05:23 PM

I am a bronxite for life. no matter where i go in this world i let it be known when asked where i am from. my life, like many others before me, was no picnic there, seen alot, did alot. but it made me who i am today.

Posted by: BX Bomber at May 27, 2008 01:20 PM

I lived on tinton ave & i56 & 155 st, for many years.I played a lot of stick ball in the south bronx.I played with teams such as the Jackson Knights,lucky Sevens,latin dukes, shields,purto rican dukes,dragons,hawks, huricanes and many other south bronx teams. I WOULD LOVE HEAR FROM guys like joe lopez,tony quinones,poppy, charlie santana, rusty & rueben, joe berrios& any the guys that played on some of the guys that played with south bronx stick ball teams. well so long for now,I live in south georgia Jerry G.

Posted by: JERRY at June 2, 2008 12:13 AM

I was born 1961 and lived in the South Bronx, Hunts point, Fox Street area. Growing up was not bad till I turn 20 years old. I started to wish I lived in another area that was less dangerous. When I had my son, I made up my mind to move. So I ventured off to Beacon NY. then from there to Syracuse, NY . Hillbillies all over, but not bad. The area does still have an area downtown that the syracuse people here call dangerous and ghetto.....hey hey hey.....I correct them, they dont know what ghetto is till the visit the 4 Boroughs of New York City!!!!!!! I laugh....hey you can get the girl out off new york city, but you cant get the city outta me!!!!!:)))))))) God bless everyone here in the panel.

Posted by: Linda at June 13, 2008 11:59 AM

Lived in #1 Jackson Ave from 1939 to 1961. It was a great place to grow up in. Attended PS65 and Morris HS. Would like to get in touch with any of the following: Ronny Hoering, Jimmy Doyle, Martin Newcomb, Mary Dolan, Marie Kelty, Richard Eves or anyone who hung out on the stoop of 710 E. 138th Street from 1940 to 1960. Became a Police Officer in 1961. Retired in 1961 and moved to Arizona.

Posted by: Ken at July 6, 2008 07:25 PM

South Bronx is where KRS-One of Boogie Down Productions is from.

He even came out with a song called South Bronx.

Posted by: Tony at July 8, 2008 06:33 AM

South Bronx

Scott La Rock: Yo wassup Blastmaster KRS ONE. This jam is kickin'
KRS: Word! Yo what up D Nice?
D Nice: Yo wassup Scott La Rock?
SLR: Yo man we chillin' this funky fresh jam. I wanna tell
you a little somethin' about us. We're the Boogie Down
Productions crew and due to the fact that no one else out there
knew what time it was we have to tell you a little story about
where we come from...
South Bronx, the South South Bronx (4X)
Many people tell me this style is terrific
It is kinda different but let's get specific
KRS-One specialized in music
I'll only use this type of style when I choose it
Party people in the place to be, KRS-One attacks
Ya got dropped off MCA cause the rhymes you wrote was wack
So you think that hip-hop had it's start out in Queensbridge
If you popped that junk up in the Bronx you might not live
Cause you're in...
South Bronx, the South South Bronx (4X)
I came with Scott LaRock to express one thing
I am a teacher and others are kings
If that's a title they earn, well it's well deserved, but
without a crown, see, I still burn
You settle for a pebble not a stone like a rebel
KRS-One is the holder of a boulder, money folder
You want a fresh style let me show ya
Now way back in the days when hip-hop began
With CoQue LaRock, Kool Herc, and then Bam
Beat boys ran to the latest jam
But when it got shot up they went home and said "Damn
There's got to be a better way to hear our music every day
Beat boys gettin blown away but comin outside anyway"
They tried again outside in Cedar Park
Power from a street light made the place dark
But yo, they didn't care, they turned it out
I know a few understand what I'm talkin about
Remember Bronx River rollin thick
With Kool DJ Red Alert and Chuck Chillout on the mix
When Afrika Islam was rockin the jams
And on the other side of town was a kid named Flash
Patterson and Millbrook projects
Casanova all over, ya couldn't stop it
The Nine Lives Crew, the Cypress Boys
The real Rock Steady takin out these toys
As odd as it looked, as wild as it seemed
I didn't hear a peep from a place called Queens
It was seventy-six, to 1980
The dreads in Brooklyn was crazy
You couldn't bring out your set with no hip-hop
Because the pistols would go...
So why don't you wise up, show all the people in the place that you
are wack
Instead of tryna take out LL, you need to take your homeboys off the
Cos if you don't, well, then their nerves will become shot
And that would leave the job up to my own Scott LaRock
And he's from...
South Bronx, the South South Bronx (8X)
The human TR-808, D-Nice
The poet, the Blastmaster KRS-ONE
The Grand Incredible DJ Scott La Rock
Fresh for '86, suckers!
(Ha ha ha ha ha)

Posted by: Tony at July 8, 2008 06:39 AM

The Bridge Is Over (Bronx vs. Queensbridge)

I say the bridge is over the bridge is over biddy bye bye!
The bridge is over the bridge is over hey hey!
The bridge is over the bridge is over biddy bye bye!
The bridge is over the bridge is over
Verse One:
You see me come in any dance wid de spliff of sensei
Down with the sound called BDP
If you want to join the crew well you must see me
Ya can't sound like Shan or the one Marley
Because Shan and Marley Marl dem-a-rhymin like they gay
Pickin up the mic, mon, dem don't know what to say
Sayin that hip-hop started out in Queensbridge
Sayin lies like that, mon, you know dem can't live
So I, tell them again, me come to tell them again, gwan!
Tell them again, me come to tell them agaaain
Tell them again, me come to tell them again, gwan!
Tell them again, me come to te-ell them
Manhattan keeps on makin it, Brooklyn keeps on takin it
Bronx keeps creatin it, and Queens keeps on fakin it
Verse Two:
Di-di di-da, di di-di, dida di-day, aiy!
All you sucka MC, won't you please come out to play, cause
Here's an example of KRS-One, bo!
Here's an example of KRS-One
They wish to battle BDP, but they cannot
They must be on the dick of who? DJ Scott LaRock
Cause, we don't complain nor do we play the game of favors
Boogie Down Productions comes in three different flavors
Pick any dick for the flavor that you savor
Mr. Magic might wish to come and try to save ya
But instead of helpin ya out he wants the same thing I gave ya
I finally figured it out, Magic mouth is used for suckin
Roxanne Shante is only good for steady fuckin
MC Shan and Marley Marl is really only bluffin
Like Doug E. Fresh said "I tell you now, you ain't nuthin"
Compared to Red Alert on KISS and Boogie Down Productions
So easy now man, I me say easy now mon
To KRS-One you know dem can't understand
Me movin over there and then me movin over here
This name of this routine is called Live At Union Square
Square, square, square, ooooooooooooooooooooooo
What's the matter with your MC, Marley Marl?
Don't know you know that he's out of touch
What's the matter with your DJ, MC Shan?
On the wheels of steel Marlon sucks
You'd better change what comes out your speaker
You're better off talkin bout your wack Puma sneaker
Cause Bronx created hip-hop, Queens will only get dropped
You're still tellin lies to me
Everybody's talkin bout the Juice Crew funny
But you're still tellin lies to me

Posted by: Tony at July 8, 2008 06:52 AM

Grew up on 344 Beekman Ave. in the South Bronx. Probably one of the worse areas. I remember the the right of my building it was a bunch of abandoned lots from torn down tenements. And for the longest time there we're these White tenements with the roof collapsed, looks like somthing from WWII. I also lived on Bathgate Ave. when I was younger. And well... ALL the buildings on Bathgate are gone. Not even 1 tenement remains. Those we're all burnt out and replaced by industrial buildings. It was kind of sad, I remember when we moved out the buildings around us we're on fire. And someone told us that night that our building was going to be set on fire too. Not a single building from the past exists on Bathgate... Below the Expressway. We moved to Prospect Street for about 3 months, but my mom could tell that building was going to eventually be burned down too, since the other tenements on the street we're already burnt out or razed. Thats when we moved Beekman. Which wasn't any better at the time, but the building was already burnt out and redone by the government so it was thought of better. Oh and our old apartment for 3 months on Prospect was burnt down about a month after we moved out.

Posted by: Eddie at August 2, 2008 03:26 PM

Yes, I grew up in the Bronx. Born and raised in the Melrose Project's building 346 until August 1989. Moving day was the best day of my life. I don't miss it one bit. I can't even remember my friends from there. I went to PS156, from there I went to IS something on brook ave than onto Grace Dodge HS. Belive me I had Fun there and a lot of memories, But by the time I moved the projects were a done deal. Scared to go upstairs on the elevators at night, running from gunfire. Man who want's to live like that.

Posted by: Karen at August 3, 2008 10:34 AM

Can anyone tell me what the area near Barnes ave and E.216th street is like? I may have found and apartment there and I want to get a feel for what the area is like.

Posted by: Shaun at August 12, 2008 07:03 PM

I grew up in the South Bronx in Patterson Projects(1970-1988) and joined the service to get out of the Crack mess and the craziness that was going on in my block. I attended P.S. 18 and I.S. 183 before moving on to Chelsea HighSchool in SoHo. I was pretty bright and new that I had to get a trade and skill in order to survive. Anyhow I have me degree in I.T. and visit often back to my neighborhood. In all my years in the bronx I have good memories until crack came into the hood. I don't know but when you are hopeless, poor, uneducated, and desperate there always seem to be a drug that brings us down even more. It happened in the late 60's with Heroin and then the 80's with crack. I missed my friends but I keep in contact with some who also joined the service or moved on to college. 143rd and 3rd avenue was where I grew up and also 414 in Patterson. I remember the jams , block parties, and watching some of the best basketball games and tournies in the hood. Rod Strickland, walter Berry, etc. I love my bronx peeps and I live in San Diego now. I have a family and we recently visited Yankee Stadium, I just cant see raising a kid there now. If you are living in Patterson now you can escape the madness, study and get your education and make the right choices!

Anyhow I always tell people I am from the Bronx. I am proud to have grown up there and it made me smart and tough beyond my years. I will always love Patterson Projects as well.

Take care my fellow Bronxites!!!!

Posted by: deerosa at August 24, 2008 06:31 AM


Posted by: tim nevins at August 25, 2008 09:19 AM

ok we all know that ny was a horrible place to live in from the late 60s to1993 and that its gotten alot better since then so if your looking to visit the bx do not go alone especially if your a white girl keep to yourself keep your mouth shut dont go at night.. do some research on some of the bad areas of the bronx like hunts point of the south bronx most of the south bronx most of the east bronx (do not go there if your not from the bx morons) and some others i mean im not 100% sure on all that bc im from queens myself... oh yea and if you look into someones eyes if you dont want to start problems look away qucikly lol... to put it simply if your not from nyc let alone the bx know your fucking place and never in anyway disrespect anybody.. and if your not mentally retarded youll know not to go down any dark allies oh yea and if you see anyone chillen on a corner not attempting to cross the street hes prolly sellin some herion or weed and dont ask him for directions lol he most likely wont be too happy to talk to tourists or any person not a customer

Posted by: Joshua at September 1, 2008 12:28 PM

Grew up on Willis and 141 .My father ownd Pauls
Bakery. Lived there from 54 to 69. I was the last gringo. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
It was crap at times but it gave you a real sense for people. (Street Smarts)

Posted by: Henry at September 6, 2008 08:12 PM

Doea anyone remember the name of the old swimming pool club that used to be on Jerome Avenue between 167 and 170 streets?

Posted by: majryankee at September 8, 2008 03:14 PM

I like the south bronx. I live thare in 1974-1979.As on of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I live in hight bright. I would like to back and see my friends.It is not all bad.

Posted by: Frank Macaluso at September 14, 2008 07:51 PM

I lived in the Bronx from 1045 thru 1957 Went to PS 61 and Herman Ridder JHS. I loved the Bronx and both both schools

Posted by: Aba at September 28, 2008 09:43 PM

anyone from 663 fox street and surrounding neighborhood, I lived there from 1956 to 1967 went to ps 62, jhs 60 all girls and morris high schoo 1965. i remember third avenue and southern blvd

Posted by: Ana at September 30, 2008 11:05 AM


Posted by: papo at October 5, 2008 04:32 PM

WOW love reading all the comments brings back memories of the Bronx. Born At st. Francis hospital on 142st st.Anns Ave. Attended PS65, the mini-school and Elmer E Bogart IS155 from 1973-1976. Lived on Jackson ave 141st near the old lnicoln Hospital. Spend a lot of hours playing baseball at the school yard PS65.

Posted by: Danny at October 6, 2008 06:26 PM

Born St.Francis Hospital on St.Anns Ave. lived at 169 Cypress ave and Jackson ave (141 st.) My family attended church on cypress ave and 139 st. Jose, Fela, Jr, Irma, Jessie, Elsa, and Mija. My parents died along time ago. So even if the bronx is not the best place at all, it's still the place where I found strength and faith in myself through God. Attended: PS65 and IS155 during the 70's.
Joined the Marines during the 80's , Graduated from college.

Posted by: Danny at October 7, 2008 10:12 AM

hi all!
just stumbled on this forum.
i grew up on kingsbridge ave/234th st, from '71-78 when my folks (john and mary kelly) returned to ireland, never been back but hoping to go between jan and march 2009.
if this sounds familiar to anybody out there or if you attended P.S. 7 76-78, can you mail johnkellyis@gmail.com
i'm trying to find few school friends and where the irish and italian folk would've moved to.

Posted by: john at October 11, 2008 10:30 AM

oh yea, i know kingsbridge ave isn't south bronx, but i said it's worth a go

Posted by: john at October 11, 2008 02:43 PM

I love this forum! I love The Bronx! I went to St.Joseph School on Bathgate Ave from '67 '71 then went to PS 56, JHS 80 and Evander.
I used to live at 1970 Washington Ave Bx 10457. I have been out of the Bx since '88 but I sure do thinl alot about my Bronx.

Posted by: Myra at October 15, 2008 08:42 PM

If there is anyone out there from washington ave between 178th & 179th with pics please post them.

Posted by: Myra at October 15, 2008 08:44 PM

I grew up in the Patterson Projects on E. 143rd Street and lived there until 1987, first in 271 and then 314. Life was great in the '70s. I NEVER had any problems. Never saw drugs or anything like that. My wonderful parents protected me from that stuff. I attended P.S. 18, P.S. 31 and Clark 149 Junior High - and I went to church at St. Rita's and made my communion there.

There did come a point when I couldn't wait to leave and so I moved to the bright lights of Manhattan in Greenwich Village. Now I live in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. But you know what? I think about the South Bronx all the time and what fun I had when I was a kid. People in suburban areas don't understand what it's like to grow up in such an urban place. Instead of going house to house, trick or treating meant going up and down 13-story buildings - it was so cool! It never felt like a "ghetto" to me.

And I loved going to the Hub, although we never called it that. It was just "Third Avenue." All the great stores: Alexander's, Hearns, McCrory's, H & L Green. I always got a coconut icie (cocito) or a piragua from an old man on the street. They were everywhere. And I'll always treasure memories of theaters like the Loews National on Bergen Avenue and the Bronx on 149th Street. I saw many films at those movie houses, including the "Planet of the Apes" series and numerous horror and karate films.

In 2004, I found my elementary school teacher from P.S. 18, Mrs. Ruth Schneider. I had her for three whole years - from 1976-1979. Every time I moved up to another grade, she did too. She was living in Yonkers and we became good friends. We talked about the Bronx all the time until her death last year at age 87.

The South Bronx will always be a special place to me.

Posted by: Danny at October 24, 2008 12:06 PM

I grew up in the Bronx and love it. I left in 1981 to go to the U.S. Army. I live around cypress and 138th street. I have travel a lot in my life but the Bronx is always in my heart.

Posted by: Moraima Reyes at November 1, 2008 06:12 AM

I lived at 1060 kelly st.in the 40's till march 1955. i went to P.S.20 and P.S.99. Bells candy store was on the corner of 165th and Kelly st. there was a jewish school on kelly also. i remember ardell lee from ps 99. there was a deli and Deutche's dairy .frankfurter 10cents 12oz.pepsi 10cents. there was a live chicken market on westchester.we went to horseshoe park with our sleds and bryant park playground.colon powell lived at 952 kelly st those days.

Posted by: vicki at November 3, 2008 10:39 PM

I lived at 1060 kelly st.in the 40's till march 1955. i went to P.S.20 and P.S.99. Bells candy store was on the corner of 165th and Kelly st. there was a jewish school on kelly also. i remember ardell lee from ps 99. there was a deli and Deutche's dairy .frankfurter 10cents 12oz.pepsi 10cents. there was a live chicken market on westchester.we went to horseshoe park with our sleds and bryant park playground.colon powell lived at 952 kelly st those days.

Posted by: vicki at November 3, 2008 10:41 PM

I live On 134 street then move to 703 E 137 street & My wife came from 137 Off Lincoln ave we all had good time the guys & girls well we all get to see each other every year up state ny I remember the PAL & Kleen Ice cream On 138 street Mary Murray work . & st jerome's school & Chruch . all the girls & guys att & the guys playing stick ball On Lincoln ave & Hand ball On 136 street Park we are going back this week end
& with My Grand kids to show them the South Bx that we Love & we all had good time & yes I* agee with Rob SanLnocencio 100 %
Butch G

Posted by: Butch at November 28, 2008 01:36 PM

I live On 134 street then move to 703 E 137 street & My wife came from 137 Off Lincoln ave we all had good time the guys & girls well we all get to see each other every year up state ny I remember the PAL & Kleen Ice cream On 138 street Mary Murray work . & st jerome's school & Chruch . all the girls & guys att & the guys playing stick ball On Lincoln ave & Hand ball On 136 street Park we are going back this week end
& with My Grand kids to show them the South Bx that we Love & we all had good time & yes I* agee with Rob SanLnocencio 100 %
Butch G

Posted by: Butch at November 28, 2008 01:38 PM

Hi. I was just wondering if I can find any old South Bronx friends on here. I grew up at 561 Southern Blvd. (building no longer there) near E. 149th Street. I went to PS 161, IS 162 and James Monroe HS. I am now 50 years of age. Anyone out there from my neighborhood or my era? E. mail me at: Bootlegteen47@yahoo.com

Posted by: Patricia Geringswald-Mejias at December 1, 2008 07:31 PM


i'm not from the bronx...am a west coaster...i've heard a lot of stuff about the bronx...unfortunately, all negative...there HAS to be positives!...anyways...i might be moving from san francisco (which also has its negatives) to the bronx to work for Bronx-Lebanon hospital center...if anyone works there or knows the area, hit me up!...thanks ;)

Posted by: egyptianeyes at December 13, 2008 11:58 PM

do anyone know if P.S.99 in the south bronx is still open? I google it and it doesn't come up.P.S.20 closed many years ago.

Posted by: vicki at December 18, 2008 01:19 AM

PS 99 was changed to Morrisania Multiservice center but will reopen as a new school. google PS 99 NY times article

Posted by: jackie at December 30, 2008 06:16 AM

Wow....Danny's post was like a flashback to me, I grew up in Patterson during the 70's and 90's too. I went to P.S. 18 from '73 to '77 (then my mother put me in St. Peters), I think Mrs. Schneider was my 2nd grade teacher, I think she had an aid named Mrs. Pecan. Now I reside in a suburb of Kansas City, I couldn't imagine my kids growing up in the South Bronx but part of me feels bad for them because they will never have as much culture in their childhood as I did.

Posted by: Anthony at January 1, 2009 10:21 AM

Danny I think I know you??? Anyhow does anyone remember Ms. Solomon the music teacher from P.S. 18? Did she pass , she was really good to me especially after my dad passed away and I wanted to reach her is she is still alive.

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Posted by: KARL at January 7, 2009 07:35 PM

I came from 276 E 137 Street Lincoln ave &Im looking for my good friend one live in apt 2 & the other one live In apt 11 one name sonia Ruiz & the other is Norma Delgado very good friends any help Ty

Posted by: Bunny at January 9, 2009 06:21 PM

I came from 276 E 137 Street Lincoln ave &Im looking for my good friend one live in apt 2 & the other one live In apt 11 one name sonia Ruiz & the other is Norma Delgado very good friends any help Ty

Posted by: Bunny at January 9, 2009 06:21 PM

hi bronx gets a bad rap, i was born and raised in the south bronx from1964-2004,when i moved out with my kids out of state.reason being the crime and gangs and drugs,just got to be to much for raising young kids. i didn't turn out to bad, but that was then, the gangs have taken over the streets,making it hard for kids today to go out and enjoy themselves.i mean if i didn't have kids i wouldvery much be bac in the boogie down,i have many happy memories and many good people who until this date still live there, i grew up under the bridge 134St. and then moved on in the 80s to mott haven projects, where i raised my 2 older kids who now residein another state and made it their home town,they get out there every chance they get, the bronx will 4 ever be their first love,as myself, but now i have 2 younger children and the south bronx is not the same with the rival gangs killing each other off and innocent children and bystanders getting caught up in the bullshit.. bac in the 80s and 90s people settle beef with the fist and walked away from it all after the fact, now a days u can'T even get a word in edgewise,cause out comes the guns, not cool... not putting the bx down cause in my heart it will always b engraved in my heart and thoughts hell i have most of my family still out there, but to raise my little ones in such distress is not what i want to do. i've moved on to give the children a better education with teachers who actually care about their students a place where they can walk outside their home and not fear the strays of gunshots,the clean air, the prospect of actually graduating from high school n going off to college.it has beautiful places still u can visit like botannical gardens and city island to eat the best seafood the bx. has to offer ect...congress needs to stop making the rich richer and need to put in money and their tme to clean up the BRONX and give the decent people of THE SOUTH BRONX A DECENT PLACE TO CALL HOME.. I'M STILL PROUD ASIDE FROM ALL THE NEGATIVETY THAT SOUTH BRONX HAS TO CALL IT MY HOMETOWN ,I AM WHO I AM BECAUSE OF WHERE I CAN FROM AND THAT IS THE SOUTH BRONX.....MUCH LOVE AND RESPECT TO ALL MY BRONX PEOPLE...MUAAHZ.

Posted by: sinbad perez at January 12, 2009 01:08 PM

I haven't been to this page in a while and I was pleasantly surprised to see some people from P.S. 18. Cool. Anthony, if you had Mrs. Schneider for a teacher, you probably remember how good she was at pushing her students to do well. You were most likely also a smart student. She generally had the top kids in whatever particular grade she taught. Before she passed away, she told me the other teachers resented that! She retired in 1986 because of health problems.

Deerosa: Mrs. Schneider remained friends with Mrs. Solomon over the years. I had lunch with the two of them and their husbands in 2006. I kept in touch with Mrs. Solomon for a little while and I do have her email address. She is most definitely alive and I believe she still lives on 23rd Street in Manhattan. The main thing I remember about her in the '70s is the really funny faces she made when she sang or played the piano. She reminded me of Jerry Lewis!

By the way, a friend of mine who also went to P.S. 18 (and who still lives in the Pattersons) tried to enter the school with his brother not too long ago and a big mean female security guard turned them away. Very rude and unfriendly. Oh well. I can still picture the lunch room and how the gym and the auditorium were on opposite sides. Also, there was an in-house dentist near the entrance on Morris Avenue who drilled my teeth without anesthesia. Damn, that hurt. I think I still have the fillings.

Posted by: Danny at January 15, 2009 12:31 PM

Hey Danny if you can email me at deerosa2000@yahoo.com with Ms. Solomons Email or even phone number that would be great.

I lived on the 1st floor while you were at 314. My brother is Eddie Rosa.

Posted by: Dee Rosa at January 17, 2009 11:20 PM

P.S 112

Posted by: sonia santiago at January 23, 2009 06:28 PM

Whats up everyone, I grew up in the Bronx and it is nothing now like it was. I grew up in 155 Tinton ave. I went to IS52 graduated in 86. Spent most of my time playing Hand ball and sponge ball. Damn I miss hand ball

Posted by: Javier at January 30, 2009 08:17 PM

Listen, the South Bronx has always been culturally a great place to grow up especially if you're spanish.It has it's beauty However, I have to be honest when my family moved into Millbrook projects 164 East 134th Street our lives were transformed forever- for the worst. So lets be honest yes the city might have cracked down on all the negative #@*! but there was a time, 1970 through late 1990's that living in this area of the Bronx was HELL!

Posted by: Jeannette at February 11, 2009 02:51 PM

Listen, the South Bronx has always been culturally a great place to grow up especially if you're spanish.It has it's beauty However, I have to be honest when my family moved into Millbrook projects 164 East 134th Street our lives were transformed forever- for the worst. So lets be honest yes the city might have cracked down on all the negative #@*! but there was a time, 1970 through late 1990's that living in this area of the Bronx was HELL!

Posted by: Jeannette at February 11, 2009 02:52 PM

Hey Ralphy,
I also grew up in the Bx. in the 50's. Went to PS 42 and JHS 55. I moved to 1571 Fulton Av, apt 1B Around 1960-61. Sinny Lived next door to me. Fatty and shotgun lived on the ground floor.
Get back to me for more info.

Posted by: Tito at February 15, 2009 12:36 AM

It's so good to visit this site again!! My name's David Perez and I posted a comment here almost two years ago. It's good to read from others who grew up and lived in that area at the time. My years were 1955-1975, and I went first to PS 65, and then St. Luke's (any other class of '69 folks reading this?)

I lived first in 600 East 137 St, then 165 St. Ann's Ave.

I love going down memory lane, even through the tough ones, which often teach us more about life, ourselves and each other that a thousand college courses.

I wonder if I raced any of you all at PAL track meets. They were held in the Harlem Armory and Macombs Park near Yankee Stadium. I ran sprint races at the 65 lbs division (shit, I was real skinny). I won a lot of gold medals in the 60 yard and 100 yard dashes, but sucked at the Standing Long Jump. The PAL office was behind the 40th Precinct.

Does anybody remember this card game called Knuckles? Vicious game, but so cool. There was this punishment called "the sandwich" where your hand was placed between a cut deck of cards and someone stomped on it with his foot. Also we played this game called "Kill the Cop" which was like Ringolevio only with punching. There other tough games like Dodgeball, Find the Belt, and Johnny and the Pony.

(By the way, does anyone remember what the schoolyard at PS 65 looked like back then? I keep thinking it was just concrete square surrounded by a chain fence. No swings and stuff?)

One of the other things I recall about growing up in this neighborhood is that we had a TON of stores along 138th St between Cypress and Willis: Woolworth's (where I bought my first 45's), Buster Brown and Tom McCann's shoe stores, Victor's photo studio (or something like that), the Cuchifritos (where glorious grease was king) John's Bargain Store (with it's cardboard bins of cheap-ass plastic goods) and enough bodegas to feed a small army (it seemed they made most of their money selling beer, Bambu, and loose cigarettes)

Joe's Candy Store on the corner of 137 and Cypress was my favorite pit stop for sweets and egg creams

Man, so many memories, I could go on and on! Youth Dances in the St. Luke's cafeteria (scene of my first date with Linda Robles where I stumbled through the song Cool Jerk).

I remember Fathers Ryan, Kelly, Dalton and DeLuca (a Peter Lorre clone). Sisters Anne, Judith, Marcellina, and Paul (a Boris Karloof clone). Brothers Steven, Lawrence and Raymond (a trio of tough desperadoes).

I remember The Big Park and the handball courts (lots of really good players). Playing Off the Curb in the Little Park, where we had real (or imagined) home run champions. I remember the Oval, stickball, and playing in the Mushball League at the Millbrook Community Center.

Ah, I remember smoking mota and chiba that we copped from the Pet Store and El Barrio. Getting high in Chichamba, which is what we called the playground next to the old Seven Up factory.

I remember going to library on Alexander Ave (I read somewhere that those brownstones there used ot be called "Doctors Row" and the "Irish Fifth Avenue")

I remember Freshman year in Cardinal Hayes in '69 where I ranked #2 out of 700+ students in my first report card, and by the time I transferred to Aviation H/S. in the middle of sophomore year I was #338.

My decline began at the same time the decline of the South Bronx began, when it became the ghetto that it's now unfortunately famous for. But like I said in my first posting: I wouldn't trade my experience for anything in the world.

Que viva el Sur de Bronx!

Posted by: David at February 17, 2009 05:00 PM

I just had a passing thought, I can remember watching Lincoln Hospital being built from a window in my 2nd grade class...
I also would not trade my Bronx childhood for anything. Like I said earlier, I could not imagine my children (I think their lives are boring, lol) growing up there but it molded me and what I experienced there as a child of the 70's and 80's is still in me and I am gratful for it.

Posted by: Anthony at March 15, 2009 12:30 AM

David, although i am younger than you,(49yrs old)I know of all those places and all the games you are talking about. I grew up on 139th and Cypress from 1960-1973, then moved to 140th and Cypress from 1974-1981. I too played knuckle, johnny on the pony,find the belt and my all time favorite, handball. That was my passion. I played from sun up to sun down in the summers. Ahh those were the good old days and although I don't live there,I would never trade my growing up there. I learned alot from the streets and beleive it or not it has made me into the person I am now.

Posted by: yoli at March 27, 2009 10:29 AM

What areas are okay for white people in their 30s to live? I read that Pelham, Throggs Neck, Riverdale and Parkchester were okay. What does anybody know or recommend?
'preciate it.

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Posted by: SOLID C at March 27, 2009 06:07 PM

I lived in the Bronx from 1968 - 1988! Man, talk about fun! Even with the gangs and everything else, it was loads of fun and safe! I wouldn't trade my youth for anything in the world. I'm 51 and to this day, whenever I'm asked where I'm from, I proudly say the "SOUTH BRONX." It's funny because people are always taken aback becaue they expect all black people from the south bronx to be crazy criminals.

Posted by: SOLID C at March 27, 2009 06:12 PM

was born and raise in the south bronx grew up on 141 and cypress i went to ps65 then went to I.S 155.. the only thing i would ike to c pictures of the old LINCOLN Hospital remebering going there has a child.. if anyone know a site of pictures of the old south bronx please e-mail to me thank you,,

Posted by: Milly at March 31, 2009 08:17 PM

was born and raise in the south bronx grew up on 141 and cypress i went to ps65 then went to I.S 155.. the only thing i would ike to c pictures of the old LINCOLN Hospital remebering going there has a child.. if anyone know a site of pictures of the old south bronx please e-mail to me thank you,,

Posted by: Milly at March 31, 2009 08:17 PM

is ther anyone out there that lived on kelly st in the 40's and 50's. anyone go to p.s.99 or p.s.20 back then. anyone remember bells candy store and the jewish school on kelly st. vicki

Posted by: vicki welfling at March 31, 2009 10:23 PM

Hey, the South Bronx was what you made of it. Yes, there were and are shady/dangerous elements to living there. But once you've played ball in the Big park in millbrook projects, seen Third Ave. and Fordham Road all done up for Xmas, had shaved ice (w/ Cherry syrup of course), had an Ernie's Hot Sausage (no longer there now), .. etc, you can't help but love the place.

Posted by: Wally at April 1, 2009 10:44 AM

I grew up at 561 Southern Blvd. near E. 149th Street. We were one of the few White families still left in the 1970's. I think that the South Bronx taught us to be strong, street smart and not take crap from anyone. My mom was sought of the Queen of the Boulevard before she passed and nobody would mess with her, not even the crack dealers that dealt crack in her building. I would like to find some old South Bronx friends, so hit me up.

Posted by: Patricia Geringswald-Mejias at April 3, 2009 12:14 PM

Hello to all pass and present bronxites, I was raised at 1925 crotona ave near tremont ave,Then moved on to the kingsbridge section of the boogie down. I attended st. joseph school on bathgate ave, and then junior high at Hermen Ridder JHS 98 on bosten road. I graduated from Adlai stevenson High 1982. For all the bronxies that don't forget where we all came from, MORE POWER TO YOU! For all the fools who talk garbage about our beloved Boogie down GO JUMP IN THE LAKE! BY the way I currently reside in Orlando FL for over 18 years and I still go to the bronx every year to visit.

Posted by: Robert Aponte at April 4, 2009 06:48 PM

hope some one reads this
I was brought up in the bronx my old address was 1571 Fulton Ave back in the 60ts the park was right across from the building, had some good times back then. the rooftop was were we had our pegions coope flying them everday. havent been back there in years and I dont know if the building is still standing. please let me know if you were around back then


Posted by: Luis at April 6, 2009 04:10 PM

I wrote befor about the south Bx, & Im going to write again but this time about all of the guys & girls yes we all stay in touch with each other till this day . just last week end john Eng Had a party in Queen . we all att that on Im In Pa boy what a trip . but it was good to see everyone again , & then we has another Party for Joe Mooney. in Astoria. we were late we i came all the way from Pa again but I don't mind they are our friends . so you see we all stay in touch & yes it away about the Good old south Bx & all the good time we all had this year we all go up State for our Re-union to (Black thorne) I know you all would love that one .
that it Bunny &Butch

Posted by: Butch & Bunny Garrison at May 6, 2009 06:53 PM

i grew up on cauldwell ave between 156st and westchester ave in the 60s i love that placei had some of the best times of my life there

Posted by: glenn brown at May 16, 2009 08:31 PM

688 cauldwell ave that when it was all buildings in the 60si went to high school with larry benafieldwe went to alfred e smith high school my cousin marlon regland live in the melrose project

Posted by: glenn brown at May 16, 2009 09:07 PM

I also was raised in the Bronx. Lived at 3816 3rd Ave, bet. 171st St. and Claremont parkway, then moved to 1571 Fulton Avenue around 1960-61.
Yes Luis the building is still there, newly renovated, but everything south to Claremont parkway was demolished. There are new two story structures there now. I moved from the Bronx back in 1976, but visit friends who still live there.

Posted by: Tito at May 17, 2009 08:22 PM

I just wanted to say hello to everyone,especially those that lived in throggs neck and soundview and bryant ave and on 138th street between cypress and st anns to 141st between cypress and st anns. i went to Lehman high school and was in the Seven immortals (throggs neck and bryant ave divisions) and i miss all the good friends i met and have always been down by hearing another one died- i was proud to live in the streets of the bronx and no matter what or where i am, i am from the bronx in my mind and heart.I hung out at the pizza shop in the square and on bryant and westchester and cypress and i miss those plces and people that were a part of my life back then especially the ones i rode the 6 line with to 138th.

Posted by: Ruben Pabon at May 18, 2009 07:33 PM

bronx- everyone pre-judges it. when you live in the bronx you respect it. is it a tough area?, yup, crime - everyday. but it's a place where you learn to live on guard, tough, and most of all learn the meaning of life. it's a struggle, you take it, respect it, and work with it. it may not be the most beautiful place, but it has beautiful culture, people, and ethnicities. you can find lieing, cheating, stealing, and death everywhere. i mean come on, to find trouble you got to look for it. its all real here, i'd rather walk down my block and no who to avoide, then to think i know someone my whole life who makes big money, puts on a fake smile but goes home to beat his wife, lies for a living to snag every last dollar, and abuses his kids. boogie down bronxsters keep it real, we tell it like it is, the world "family" means something, we take the struggle head on, and never back down to anyone. now thats real. the funny thing is, i can dress up, talk real proper, tell you everything you want to hear, and i'd fit right into all societies. but you try to come to my block and fit in. you try and walk in my shoes, you couldnt. but who's complaining? not i. im thankful for the way i was brought up, i'm thankful for the enviorment... because it taught me something. "i'm strong enough to make it because i never gave up on hope to believe" there is good and bad everywhere and i like people to be afraid of the bronx because then i don't have to share it with the world. we are the true diamond in the dirt.

boogie down.

Posted by: tOria1 at May 25, 2009 10:39 AM

I worked and live in Bronx. Yeah, Bronx Lebanon Hospital. The most unsafed place in the country. Doctors and Nurses get robbed mugged even raped and killed.
I work because there is no other choice than to got it matched here for residency. Imagine mugging, hurting doctors and nurse is too much. We make your comunity live better but why us.
What ever you want to do. Just think about doctors and nurses. We are helping your community. Don't hurt us. Let us go. We safe you people. Patient with gun shot wound, stab wound, we treat them with honor and dignity as a human being. So treat us eaqually.

Posted by: Indian doctor at May 26, 2009 08:36 PM

I am here because I am trying to get some insight into what Sotomayor's youth was like.

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Posted by: annie wells at May 27, 2009 01:25 AM

Born and raised in the Bronx, and I have to say I would'nt change a thing.Even though I did five and a half yrs upstate due to my being a member of the baddest White gang to run the streets of the Bronx, the Bronx Ministers.I was born on Theriot ave,moved to Crotona Ave, and then to Montgomery Ave. It was a great place to grow up. The late 60's early 70's started to change things. Co-op City opened and all the Jews ran out of our neighborhood. From that point on it was fight or die around West Tremont And University Ave. Joined the Golden Guineas, then the Bronx Henchmen, and finally the Ministers. Still have my colors to prove it!!!Would love to get in touch with anyone who went to JHS 82 65-68. I was in class 6-E3,7-3, and 8-3. Went to DeWitt Clinton after that but dropped out of that shithole.Anyway, living in Myrtle Beach, SC now, but miss what the Bronx used to be.

Posted by: Richie Birnie at May 27, 2009 03:57 PM

Born at St.Francis on St. Ann's in 1950. Went to St. Lukes on 139th St. Lived at 129 St. Ann's Ave. right above Dom & Jack's Luncheonette. I remember as a kid summer nights hanging out on the stoop in front of my building till 10pm for the late edition of the Daily Mirror. I remember the cobble stone street and how clean it was kept.
In the winter when it snowed how they piled huge mountains of snow in the streets that we used as ski slopes, except we used card board for skies.
I used to love to play skullies, tops, box handball and johnny on the pony. Stickball on 134th St. and softball at Harvey's park on Bruckner Blvd. bring back great memories of my childhood growing up in The South Bronx. In some ways I wish I could go back to those wonderful innocent days. I hope there is still to this day allot of you out there that enjoyed those times as much as I did.

Posted by: Bill at May 31, 2009 11:07 AM

i will always remenber my days in the bronx

Posted by: glenn at May 31, 2009 08:58 PM

if aanybody live on cauldwell ave in the 1960s to 1980s contact me i would like to hear from them

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Posted by: rick at June 1, 2009 09:29 PM

this is one hell of a sight. my older brother gave me this sight. and i'm am glad he did. reading the blogs sent me back to a time of my life that had very good and some bad times. but the south bronx brought the best out of everybody that grew up there. i'm from millbrook projects 137th and st anns ave. building 584 little park then building 600' the big park between 620 and 640 was the place to hangout. from the 1950's through the late 1970's i went to ps 43 then to burger junior hs. from there went to aviation hs. then ccny. on the hill. form the references from cypress ave you should remebered the basketball games in the big park. if you played or just watched ther were some very good players that if our heads were on straight could have made it to the nba.again if you played or watched you will know some of us there were homecomings on fathers day father and sons basketball games that still go on to ths day. along with the drugs, dice games, the hoes on hunts pointe the gangs killings yeah all of that. it still was a hard working comunity. white's, blacks, latina's all grew up there. and all worked to take care of there familys. for those who just look at movies and news clipings you don't have a clue. my brother can tell you some stories of the friends he had in the black panthers. their stories. i have from the days of nicky barnes. if that's what your interested in but there are alot of good stories to be told. from alot of good people. yankee stadium, pizza parlors. white castle burgers yeah i can smell and taste them know. mitchell projects, motthaven,patterson all of these projects has plenty of history. john t feb 23 2007 had it all right from the el on third ave all of it right on point thanks for the sight will keep checking in

Posted by: rick at June 1, 2009 10:13 PM

Hello Bronxites! Iwas born and raised in the Bronx till 1972. I lived in 1526 Brook Ave as a child. Went to P.S. 42 up to second grade, then to 1572 Fulton Ave, across the street from Crotona park. I went to P.S. 4 third and fourth grade till our building burned down in 1965. Last place I lived was E 161 St. Front of the Prospect train station. Went to P.S. 130 then to I.S. 52 Thomas Knowlton, then to Ben Franklin H.S. Left to P.R. in 1972. I'd like to see some pic's of the old South Bronx and the streets I just mentioned .If anyone has pic's or comments my e-mail is rafyvazquez@hotmail.com
I had a buddy named William "Willy" Ramos and his sister Shirley, Elena and Hippy Hipolito". They lived in the block. Alberto, Jose, and Ralphy "Nosey" his twin sisters.

Posted by: Rafael Vazquez at June 7, 2009 12:34 PM

grew up on 153st off melrose and lived there until 1968 went to Immaculate and hung out on the school block on 151st graduated Immaculate in 1965 went to hayes . anyone from this area please email Iona 73@aol.com

Posted by: jerry g at June 13, 2009 06:47 PM

I spent my teen years on Simpson St, between 161st and Weschester Ave. from 1964-1970. I remembered the stores on Southern Blvd and taking the Westchester Ave. bus to 149th St. stores. Alexander's was my favorite. Summers on Simpson Street called for block parties sponsored by Casita Maria, Father Connolly and later Father Giganti's church. Simpson St. and Fox St. right around the corner had a feud. P.S. 20 was 70 years old when I first attended there in the 5th grade. JHS 133, then I went to Theo. Roosevelt H.S. Most of my family has recently moved out of there and live in CT now.
I think once you've lived and survived "Fort Apache" you can live anywhere.

Posted by: ADRIENNE at June 24, 2009 02:37 PM

Hey, this "post a comment" ain't bad but, I think that we, all of us who write here, should look for a more opened or more accessable page for the Bronx. I don't know... The reason I say this is because I just happen to stumble into this page. The name isn't too catchy but I opened it just to see what it was about.
I'm still looking for old friends, but haven't found any yet. I've been living on the Island of Enchanment, Puerto Rico, for the past 36 years and would really like to find old school buddies

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Posted by: JOHNNY at July 4, 2009 12:16 PM

i visited the south bronx in 1989 when i was 26 with my 2nd puerto rican wife who was from there but we lived in reading, pa. she had a bad habit of telling her family and friends that this white boy had 9 1/2 and super thick. we were there for a week and i must have been to bed with 2 of her sisters, a niece, a threesome with her 2 cousins, and 2 friends. tha last night my wife said you have been so good and i havn't given you any, i have a surprise, another friend and we had a threesome. wow, the bronx was great in '89, now, i do not know.. with a new pr wife now from hartford. i can't wait to visit there

Posted by: johny blanco at August 8, 2009 12:01 PM

Hi there!

I happened onto your website while trying do a search on a childhood friend back in 1948-1952(?) on Forest Ave. off 156 st. His name is Charlie and we lived a couple of houses from each other. 756 (?) was the number of my address on Forest Ave.
We used to sit and talk or go to the backyard from where he lived and believe it or not, we would make mud pies. At that time I had long, blondish hair in braids. He has a brother name Junior and I remember he had a cast on a leg for a few months. He did a shout-out to me a few years back on a Valentine's Day on 101.1fm. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get through and even though I tried weeks or months later, I was never able to respond. I still remember the message, too. Even if it's just to let him know that I DID HEAR the message...I would like to hear from him again and say Thank you for the shout-out and for remembering that shy little girl...Charlie, where are you? smile

I read some 0f the comments on the website and I agree on some of the comments about the Bronx and it's good and bad changes. The 50s & 60s will always be my favorite times. I remember "Freedomland" before Co-op City went up; across from the Pelham Bay station by the #6 line there was a Hog Dog Stand (I have a picture of it)...I was at least 9-10yrs.old and you can see some of the prices...10cents for a Hog Dog..smile. But good and bad changes in respect to neighborhoods and people are lke the Giant Waves ....they come and go and much stays the same.

But this is where my life is..I was born, raised and still live here... and it would take alot of convincing for me to move out.


Posted by: Beverly at August 9, 2009 07:01 PM

So many great memories of the Bronx. I was born at Prospect hospital on Fox Street. Lived and raised on Beck Street, between Longwood Avenue and Intervale Avenue. Attended PS39, JHS60 then 133, graduated from Grace Dodge class of 67. Great times at Orchard Beach, Pelham Bay Park, Bronx Zoo.
Fun times with Adolph, Ralphy, Larry, Josie, Barbara all from Kelly Street. Hilda, Martha and Maggie, Silma and PeeWee. I remember shopping "La tercera avenida" Southern Blvd. Alexander's, Hearns. Going to the movies at Loew's theatre. Now living in Rhode Island but my heart will always be in the Bronx.

Posted by: Eneida at August 16, 2009 10:28 PM

for david from february 17th we have to know each other i lived in building 584. and remember everything you wrote. from off the curb in the little park. pet shop, chiba do you remember the garage that caught on fire? also remember the football games we brought our own helments and pads. this should take the cake. you lived in 600 then you should remember FATTY

Posted by: rick at August 20, 2009 09:15 AM


BX ^^^^^^^^^^^^

Posted by: PARiS at August 20, 2009 11:04 PM

I lived at 1480 Washington Avenue, on 171st street and, lived there from "69" until "77". I was born in Queens, and lived in Harlem during the early 60's. As a teenager growing up in the South Bronx, I got broke in hard during my time living in the "Boogie Down." Not because of gangs or crime involvement, just the typical every day South Bronx non-sense. I attended, PS 55, IS 148 and attended EvanderChilds High School for one year before moving to the Jersey Shore. After serving more than 20 years in the Army, I now live in the Washington DC metro area. I still go back to the "Boogie Down" to check on my Grand Father who still lives up the street from Yankee Stadium. He's old school, and does not want to leave NY at all. As for me, and my time in the South Bronx, I endured the bad, the good and all the B.S. in-between. I do not miss any of it. However, I do not regret my South Bronx experience because, to this day, I still carry a New York chip on my shoulder because of all the BS I endured back in the day from bullies, bullies and more bullies. Everybody wanted to be a bully, but, the neighborhood bully could never be a bully without his goons. That's when I found out, and started bullying the bullies. As for the woman back then, to this day, I still remember the many pretty faces of all those nice fine, juicy South Bronx females who lived on Webster Ave, Washington Ave, Third Ave, St.Paul's Place, Gun Hill Road, and so on. They all had game to me. There's was nothing like an old school female from around the away. I have to admit, there were some good times.

Posted by: Big K. at August 21, 2009 02:35 PM

i was in the bronx off and on from 76- 93 stayed in melrose projects those was the best years of my life big ups to the boogie down-... p.s. im from oakbrook pennsylvania..also...153 and courtlandt ave. peace an i.m out you suckaaaaass!!!

Posted by: kio153 at September 1, 2009 07:59 PM

688 cauldwell ave the best years of my life

Posted by: glenn brown at September 1, 2009 10:46 PM

Hey Tito/Luis
Sounds like we all lived in the same building 1571 Fulton Ave at the same time.
I remember the pegions that were on the roof.
My Brother went back there last week and he said the building is still there but was renovated.
The Stoop is no longer there. My apt was just to the right of the stoop on the 1st floor. Must of been Apt 1A since Tito says he lived on 1B.
Just dont remember having a friend living in 1B though.
Tito you need to refreah my memory. I was 15 when we moved to NJ.

Posted by: Ralphy at September 2, 2009 07:06 PM

born in the south bronx in 1961 @ the old lincoln hospital..lived 146st. i recalled when i was 5 yrs old, a plane crashed at st. mary's park in '67. move in '68 to 141st across from ps 65 and in '72 moved, after we were forced out, to 143st between brook ave and st anne in the new betances housing project until 1979. I still have dreams about the south bronx. why? I don't know....yet. but will go back soon....:)

Posted by: eddie v. at September 3, 2009 04:25 AM

It's unbelievable how many of you are calling the people of the Bronx roaches and rats. Yes, the Bronx has some (ok, a lot) of horrible people, but then again there are lots of people that live there because they can't afford anywhere else. New York rents are ridiculous just about everywhere except the Bronx. That's what made me move there when I was 19 in 2006(first apartment was on 162nd and Grand Concourse). That area seems to be improving because of the stadium, but there are still lots of drugs (especially on 163rd - what a difference 1 block makes). One can say a lot about the Bronx, but one thing is for sure-there is no place like it. I had lots of good and bad experiences there. It does toughen a person, that's for sure. 2 years there and my outlook on life changed. Being raised in Queens, it was a culture shock for me, and I don't think I could live there again. Visiting is one thing. Living there is something else. My best friend lives in a really terrible part of the Bronx with her family. These are good people, just trying to get by. It's really ignorant to judge an entire county of people. Many hard working people come from the South Bronx. I'd say it's like a stepping stone to something better. Some people take that step, others don't. Simple as that.

The South Bronx is also full of really cool, old architecture. My friend and her family live in a huuuuuuge, beautiful old prewar 2 bedroom. Through all the trash, rats and crime, the Bronx is uniquely beautiful in a rough, artistic way.

Posted by: M. at September 9, 2009 08:44 AM

As many of you already know my feelings on the shithole South Bronx and some of you have taking exception with my comments and for the RECORD I do not make any or will I apologize.
Any of my past post on this site or any other site have been nothing but the truth. Any person who is of sound mind would only have to look at the South Bronx and see how most of the residents live and act.
I'm taking back with some of the post that some have made on this site about the good old days living in the Human Toilet and they cannot wait to go back and see the old shit hole. Well I'm sure they will see not much has change, the Rats have gotten Bigger and stronger, the Roaches are in heaven and some so desperatley hoping and praying to get out of the place.
A person one time asked me, what my opinion was of the South Bronx, I did not have much time to give him the run down so all I told him was this. I would rather live in North Korea anyday of the week. If the South Bronx had any real value, it would have been foreclosed on many years ago.
May all of you who were able to get out of the shit hole I tip my hat to you and for the many that still live there, its about time you all start to help your area and change the image and make it a great place as it was about 65 years ago

Posted by: masterdaddy at September 13, 2009 12:00 AM

HI Everyone .
we are both from the South bx he from 134 street & Im from 276 E 137 Street Lincoln ave it not the same any more I know the School is still standing Good old PS 43 & St Jeromes' Girl School, & Boy School & the Chruch. we are going to Have our 15 Re-union of all the guys & girls it going to Be Up state NY it call Black thorne it in East durham you will have a good time it will be good to see all again so stay well everyone

Posted by: Butch G at September 14, 2009 11:10 AM

HI Everyone .
we are both from the South bx he from 134 street & Im from 276 E 137 Street Lincoln ave it not the same any more I know the School is still standing Good old PS 43 & St Jeromes' Girl School, & Boy School & the Chruch. we are going to Have our 15 Re-union of all the guys & girls it going to Be Up state NY it call Black thorne it in East durham you will have a good time it will be good to see all again so stay well everyone

Posted by: Butch G at September 14, 2009 11:10 AM

Hey Masterdaddy,
Why dont you crawl back up your mothers womb
you low life piece of shit scumbag.

Posted by: Paulie at September 16, 2009 02:01 PM

It's always nice to see how Paulie reacts to comments that he may not like, so his only way is to attack. PAULIE, Listen I know who my mother and father are.And I'm sure that could be a problem for you, knowing who your Daddy was, and listen you can be very proud of living in the Human Toilet and always remember God still loves you. And always remember how to address me

Posted by: masterdaddy at September 20, 2009 03:40 AM

glenn brown i remeber when that plane went down iwas ther

Posted by: glenn brown at September 22, 2009 07:18 PM

i live on cauldwell ave i saw it on the way down

Posted by: glennbrown at September 22, 2009 07:20 PM

Damn i lived in milbrook projects and we were playing in the park when that plane went down. we ran up to st marys and saw all of the people there. small world. and in reference to little daddy he is probably a old lonely man that if he did live in the south bronx didn't partake in any of the activites the kids did growing up there were some moma boys back then but very few.

Posted by: rick at September 28, 2009 08:10 PM

Rick you are almost right in the fact I did not grow up in the Shit slums of the South Bronx. You see I grew up in a great area with good people all around. I did not have Rats and roaches living in our place. I never seen my father drunk or passout on the floor, did not have a mother that was high on drugs. Did not live in a area that people stole from each other. So no matter how you want to cut it growing up in the Projects is nothing to be proud about and to end up staying and living your adult life in the city projects does say many things about you and what you have done with your life. Enjoy


Posted by: masterdaddy at September 29, 2009 04:10 AM

masterdaddy, i grew up at 1060 kelly st. from 1943 till 1955. it was safe then. my grandma walked from the el home at midnight. my fondest memories are from back then. my building is no longer there i'm told. single family homes took there place. were you from that area?

Posted by: vicki at September 29, 2009 07:50 PM

Just dropping by to say hello. I grew up on 138st & Cypress, went to ps.65 Then move to 141 were I attened st.lukes.Best years of my life. I remember we used to kick the shit out of the cypress bachelors & the savegskull. LOL God Bless.....

Posted by: nelson at September 30, 2009 12:04 PM

little daddy just like i said you are a lonely old man. i knew you didn't grow up in the south bronx. you grew up some where they had all of those rats that scared you so much. you reference them in all of your posts. it's o.k. old lonely man they won't hurt you anymore. and if matters i left the south bronx almost 35 years ago to serve this wonderful country and to protect your lonely butt. get a life. last post wasteing my time with. you drive on SOUTH BRONX.

Posted by: rick at September 30, 2009 09:13 PM

Yes you are so very right about the fact I did not grow up in a human toilet AKA South Bronx. The Image of the south bronx today is the same as it was for the last 40 years. The South Bronx is still a black eye on NYC.

Posted by: masterdaddy at October 4, 2009 10:45 PM

boogy down brown

Posted by: glennbrown at October 20, 2009 03:33 PM

do anybody out there know anything about cauldwell ave contact me ineed to talk to you

Posted by: glennbrown at October 20, 2009 03:37 PM

do anybody out there know anything about cauldwell ave contact me ineed to talk to you

Posted by: glennbrown at October 20, 2009 03:37 PM

bringing back memories. born in the bx. lived on tinton ave by westchester ave. anyone remember all the stores on union ave. went to ps124 ps 51 then st. Anslems graduated Morris hs.1952 moved from tinton to hunts point 638 faile st. had a lot of good times in the bronx. Lots of good memories met my late wife in school.little italy belmont ave bx zoo stick ball all coming back to me now.

Posted by: Ted holten at October 21, 2009 04:07 PM

does anybody have any information on the 5 corners?

Posted by: jef at October 30, 2009 11:06 PM

I still love the Bronx. I lived in 980 trinity ave until I was about 12 or 13. Then we moved to the grand concourse and the eventually Tracey Towers on mosholu pkway.Living in the forest project was fun our whole building was like a family.

Posted by: Sondra at November 1, 2009 03:42 PM

Grew up in the South Bronx - Willis Ave. & 144 St. Left 57 yrs.
ago. Attended Immaculate Conception for 5 years. Lived on the top floor of a very old building and one hot summer day, a rat
crawled in my brother's open bedroom window. Dad killed him
with a baseball bat. Never did get over this. We also had old garages up the same street, and a decomposed body was found there as the garages were being knocked down. The building, and entire street was finally condemned many years after we had
moved to Queens. The entire street was either German, Irish - moving out or Puerto Ricans moving in. We felt really sorry for them.

Posted by: Rose-Marie at November 1, 2009 05:46 PM

So many times I read about the Bronx people are always saying something about rats. Well I lived in the Bronx for 19 years and never ever saw one.
Now that I live in another state when I tell people I am NY and they make a joke about rats.
I go back to NY several times a year so someone please tell me where the rats are. I still have yet to see one. The Bronx has/had it all. What was better than playing skelsie, kick the can jumping double dutch and hop scotch.I remember our parents sitting out on the bench while we played late into the summer nights. I remember Mister Softee and the guy pushing the shaved ice cart. I remember the basketball games in the school yards and playing handball. I remember buying pizza by the slice and coconut Italian ices. I remember tenant’s coming to together and cleaning the building we lived in. I remember
neighbors starting a tenant patrol when things started to changed in the area. I remember my dad coming home and asking who wants to go to Palisades’s amusement park and me having to fight to get in my own dad car. I remember going to Arthur Ave to buy the best made Italian bread. I remember walking to Fordham Rd with my parents to see a movie. I remember going to Alexander’s to buy school outfits. I remember going to Fred Barnes to buy shoes on 149th Street and Third Ave. Sure things have changed that is the way of the world but the Bronx is still full of charm. So you can choose to remember the rats, roaches and anything else. I choose to remember the Bronx as the great place it is and always will be.

I still love the Bronx. I lived in 980 Trinity Ave until I was about 12 or 13. Then we moved to the grand concourse and the eventually Tracey Towers on Mosholu Pkway.
Living in the Forest Projecst was fun our whole building was like a family.

Posted by: Sondra at November 2, 2009 05:01 PM

Like everyone here I too like to remember the good times of the bronx. There is too much negativity in the world and within many of us who grew up in the bronx. I remember more good than bad. Kick the Can was one of my favorites and playing ball to the wee hours of the morning. I was also a part of the tenant patrol when Crack infested the neighborhoods. We were family taking care of one another and looking out for one another's kids.

Anyone have any positive thoughts of Da' Bronx?

Posted by: DeeRosa at November 4, 2009 03:59 PM

Hi my name is Brenda i grew up in the bronx all my life i live in 139 street and went on to live in cypress 141 from 1967 - 1992 i remember all the drugs and people dying. Im looking for anyone who attended a marching band call Golden Charms they practice on Soundview Ave. I also attended Burger JHS 139. Now im back on 137 Cypress

Posted by: brenda at November 13, 2009 09:57 AM

Hey people! I went back to New York After 36 years living in P.R. Man, Everything is a whole lot better than it used to be. I visited Grand Concourse and saw the theater isn't there anymore. I went back to he old neighborhood, 161St front of the Prospect Train Station. Although the store isn't there either it looks re-newed. I loved going back an d I dream about it almost every day.I also used to live as a kid in 1571 Fulton Ave. In front of Crotona Park in the 60's.

Posted by: Ralphy Vazquez at November 20, 2009 08:27 PM

Hi Everyone
I hope you all can help me look for my good friends from 276 East 137 street Lincoln ave the name are Sonia Ruiz . apt 11 & Anna & her Sister jeanie & Maggie apt 3 & Norma Delago apt 2 any help Ty
Butchgbunn5@aol.com date Dec 01 2009

Posted by: Bunny & Butch G at December 1, 2009 10:16 AM

For those who gre up in Patterson Projects we have a facebook site:


Posted by: deerosa at December 14, 2009 02:00 AM

Wow!!! I was born and raised in the BX in Patterson Projects !!! I Lovee it then and i still love it !! People lets not forget where we came from I wanna be more tham just "Jenny from the Block"

Posted by: Ana M. Rivera at December 14, 2009 08:22 PM

It's been awhile since I last came on to this page. I also came from E. 156 street but home was 756 Forest Ave..... across from the Half Moon Bar and Restaurant. This was back in the early 50s. My brother and I were friends with Charlie and his brother Junior; I remember one of the older guys on the street was Papo, who lived in one of the private homes on Forest . I have
pictures of the Pelham Bay station Frankfuter Stand and of parts of City Island back then.
I'm wondering if the Charlie Santana that was mentioned in one the Blog...is the same Charlie who was my childhood best friend..? (I don't remember his last name).
I have jumped around the Bronx a bit while growing up; then raising my family. But for the past 20+ years I have lived in the Northwest part of the Bronx....Mosholu Pkwy N.
I have sooo many good memories from my childhood and young adult years. Oh yes, and I also lived on 138st bet. Cypress and Brook avs for 3years and went back to hang out with friends ... for a couple of years.
Bless those who have passed: Nemo, Ralph C, and others who went too soon.


Posted by: Beverly at January 20, 2010 03:04 PM

Peace to all my brother and sisters,
I was with the Young Lords, and worked with the Nomads, Ghetto brothers, and Skulls.
I have written a book "YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE" out Feb 17, 2010. I will be having an event in the Bronx that will reach out to our young brothers, and sisters in Feb, and want to have some old school guys with me. Some of you may remember me, and some not but any can contact me. It is important that we sent our young bloods the message they need us Please hep me.
Here is a teaser to the book:
God bless us all...Peace

Posted by: Gumersindo AKA :CHINO" at January 22, 2010 12:48 AM

im looking for my grandmother. irma matos she is the mother of jose matos who was raised by ms gladys richardson on beekman ave. my grandfather was the late leroy richardson. please if u have any info on her good or bad i would like to know. please email me at bchysic@yahoo.com.please. thank you very much..

Posted by: joseph matos at January 24, 2010 01:34 AM


try bronxboard.com


Posted by: vicki at January 26, 2010 07:00 PM

Life as with all things is in transitions good bad or indifferent.Everything must change and nothing stays the same.I grew up in the Bronx in the early 60's,70'and was back and forth when attending college.My childhood was the best and i wouldn't trade the Bronx or NYC EXPIRIENCE FOR THE WORLD.The THING ABOUT LIFE IS BEING ABLE TO APPRETIATE THE GOOD AND THE BAD TO UNDERSTAND LIFE AND WHAT IT MEANS. There IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN. The QUESTION YOU NEED TO ASK YOURSELF IS WHAT HAVE I DONE TO MAKE THINGS BETTER AND DID I CONTRIBUTE TO THE BETTERMENT OF MY COMMUNITY OR ANY CAUSE FOR THAT MATTER. And IF YOU HADN'T THEN YOU SHOULD THINK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH.The Bronx and NYC has prepared me for any thing life can throw at me.Some of the best and most beautiful people come out of the Bronx and other poor communities all over the world. This comment is not intended to chastise anyone it is just a simple reminder to think before you speak and if you have nothing good to say then think before you speak. And lastly if you haven't done anything to help make a change then maybe you should start and until you do please be quit!!! I am now married with a wonderful and supportive wife with two beautiful children.We own a gorgeous two story home and i state these facts to say that I'm a product of the Bronx and i grew up in the Patterson housing complex in the south Bronx. around some of the most respectful hard working families I've ever met and I've traveled a great deal in this country and abroad.I had my share of good times bad times, drugs, alcohol and gangs. And the one thing that keep me from falling off is the mental toughness and the memories of a good supportive network in the neighborhood during my up bringing during the late 60's,70's. The wisdom and demand for respect for neighborhood your elders and yourself That was bestowed upon me from the adults in the community ie; the housewife's and hard working husbands, men as well as the older fellas all the way down to the dope fiend and wine-o.I think about what my mother, father and all of the above mentioned
people i consider my extended family told me in terms of where to go, what and who to stay away from and most of all respect your elders get a good education give back and never limit yourself. Have good manners be respectable and conduct yourself like a man.We can always find the bad because it's always easy to remember but if you think about the lesson you were taught they all came out of that experience from the hood or shit whole as some would put it. Smile sometimes!

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Posted by: SHAN B at February 10, 2010 01:50 PM

I agree with a lot of people who say that others talk crap about the Bronx. If they didn't like don't put your crap online, keep it to yourself andlet the page flow with those who know, appreciate and love our past. That's where we're from! We all grew up to be respectable people honoring our way of life. It made us who we are and it makes our children better people too. So if you don't have anything good to say about our Bronx neighborhood keep it closed.

Posted by: Rafael Vazquez at February 10, 2010 07:58 PM

does anyone know whatever happened to the Mens fashion of the 70's ..I used to own pairs of two-tone patent Leather "Playboy" shoes, the Silk checkered dress pants and italian double knit shirts...also i remember i used to own a blue pullover glossy wind jacket that had the zippper on the shoulder to the neck...i am trying to find these vintage articles or pictures...I grew up in the early 70's wearing this stuff going to school at Henry Hudson Jr. High School and James Monroe HS...i lived in Tower Gardens on bruckner Blved and played LL baseball for Soundview LL...it was great to be able to gather up a bunch of kids at a moments notice and go to schoolyards and play baseball, basketball and football with a whole bunch of kids....not like today ...

Posted by: DanV at February 23, 2010 01:51 PM

The comment by Dan V reminded me of the fashion of the 60's and early 70's, growing up in the Millbrook Houses. What a time! I remember sharkskins, pepper silks, and the beaver caps we Puerto Ricans wore that was combed and polished with baby oil. I remember going to 149th Street and Delancey and getting stitch shirts, alpacas, patch leather jackets, Playboys, and matador pants. I remember the dudes with lizards and alligators who everyone knew afforded them because they dealt some good mota.

And I also remember when my family had no money and we had to buy immo's from Hearns and Alexanders and, when shit was really tight, John's Bargain Store on 138th Street!

But yeah, I remember the clothes. Dressing cool was just part of the hood.

Posted by: David Perez at February 24, 2010 11:39 PM

To anyone born,raised and still live in the bronx power to you.I was raised on 145st and willis ave.It was the most rewarding time of my life.I went to PS 18,PS 37 AND CLARK junior high school.Iremember plane crash in st marys park,hearns department store,alexanders,the third ave el,and johns bargin store.I have a lot of memories of the south bronx and they good.So dont bash the bronx cause its great.

Posted by: frederick l at February 27, 2010 05:52 PM

Hey awesome blog i was raised in the Bronx in 1970's I lived at 370 cypress ave right next to St Marys park what a great time I had there oh my god. I went to the Mini School and to IS155 those were the best times of my life. I love the Bronx. I live in Oklahoma now but i go back to the Bronx at least twice a year. Hello Martha Ortiz if you're out ther Irma Ruiz Sherry Sapp and all my old friends Gods Speed alwayS.

Posted by: Jackie at March 24, 2010 10:49 PM

This is for bobby macmanus I knew a girl by the name of Rita Macmanus any relation we hung out at hunts point ave and Garrison. she lived on garrison ave.?????????????????????

Posted by: ted holten at April 3, 2010 08:39 PM

David my name is Francisco Rodriguez. Nickname computer, after reading your post the memories kicked in. We were something, playboys all kind of colors. Alpacas, Knits, sharkskin blue pants. I would buy my playboys on 138 and close to san anns also my converse. I attended burger junior high. Enjoyed playing handball at peoples park. I lived on 139st, beekman blvd and the milbrook projects. Flying kite on the roofs. My teachers at burger were eddie and marcy Rodriguez. I joined the marine corps on 1974. I left the Bronx. Those were good times. I had a girl friend Carmen Heredia that lived on brook ave. I married my wife we had five kids. Frankie is in the army, ernie is a teacher, Daniel works for social services and samir is a coach at the school. My lesson from the Bronx was to protect my kids. Love them and support them. What an experience. David I do computer repair any questions feel free. Computer.

Posted by: computer at April 16, 2010 01:23 PM

David my name is Francisco Rodriguez. Nickname computer, after reading your post the memories kicked in. We were something, playboys all kind of colors. Alpacas, Knits, sharkskin blue pants. I would buy my playboys on 138 and close to san anns also my converse. I attended burger junior high. Enjoyed playing handball at peoples park. I lived on 139st, beekman blvd and the milbrook projects. Flying kite on the roofs. My teachers at burger were eddie and marcy Rodriguez. I joined the marine corps on 1974. I left the Bronx. Those were good times. I had a girl friend Carmen Heredia that lived on brook ave. I married my wife we had five kids. Frankie is in the army, ernie is a teacher, Daniel works for social services and samir is a coach at the school. My lesson from the Bronx was to protect my kids. Love them and support them. What an experience. David I do computer repair any questions feel free. Computer.

Posted by: computer at April 16, 2010 01:23 PM

I live in the Bronx for now....
I was born in the Bronx.
I left for undergraduate college in Miami Florida for 5 years...
I came back and moved to Riverdale.
I then moved to Manhattan...
I bought and sold a house in Staten Island...
I immediately moved back to Manhattan...
I am now back in the BRONX!
Where is Satans Laundramat?

Posted by: me at April 19, 2010 01:47 AM

looking for herbert orloff but i already found him so now i'm looking for danny donelly from southern blvd my x-boyfriend. foxstreetvalerie@aol.com

Posted by: Valerie at April 23, 2010 11:51 PM

Born and raised in Melrose Projects 1954. I loved the Bronx. 700 to be exact always had fun just like everyone in the projects new everyone.
Could still remember the Dirty Frank man, Mister Softee Ice Cream truck, snowball fights, slede riding, roller skating so many good times. Eventhough we didn't have much I will always remember. I live in Atlanta Ga. now for the past ten years it's nice and layed back just enjoying life. Dennis

Posted by: Bunny at April 29, 2010 02:22 PM

david what building did you live in i lived in 584
in the millbrook houses. went to p.s. 43 burger j.h. then aviation h.s. in queens. and i wore all of those clothes. played of the curb and basketball in the big park

Posted by: rick at May 4, 2010 09:40 PM


I lived first in 600 East 137th Street, right across from 584 (I knew lots of people in your building). I lived there from 1959 to about 1968. Then I moved to the 165 St. Ann's Ave building.

Yeah I played Off the Curb too, in the Little Park. Home run king was this guy named Callis, and my friend Lefty was good too. In the Big Park, I played mostly stickball and handball.

I went to Aviation also and graduated in 1973. Maybe we know each other!

I'm writing a book about growing up in Millbrook and also about my adventures at St. Luke's Catholic School. I even mention playing Off the Curb and this game called Find the Belt

Posted by: David at May 7, 2010 11:28 PM

I've lived in Brooklyn for 10 years but have never been to the Bronx other than to see baseball games. I have an appointment at a place near 138th and Cypress. I figure I would be alright going to the neighborhood during the day, as where I am going is near the subway station and I don't plan on going sight-seeing.

A neighbor here in Brooklyn from that area tells me -- being real, PC stuff out the window -- since I am white, and that just doesn't play in the South Bronx, I should take a cab or a car to the appointment, even during the day. My neighbor is a straight-shooter and I have no reason to believe he would exaggerate anything, but that sounds a little extreme to me, and I wanted to get some other opinions. Thanks.

Posted by: Andre at May 10, 2010 05:20 PM

My husband Raleigh and I both grew up in Millbrook with our families. We lived in 584. He left for awhile because he moved uptown with his family. When we first got married he came back and we lived in 584 with our son. In the early 80,s Raleigh joined the Military and our family moved away.
David Perez, Raleigh wanted me to tell you that he remembers you. He graduated from St Lukes with you. We are also great friends with Rick from Millbrook who also lived in 584. My oldest sisters name is Patty and my name is Pam from 584 in Millbrook. She married Joey who also lived in 600 with you. You probably know him too.
Growing up in Millbrook was a wonderful experience. We had great friends, wonderful food and everyone looked out for each other. Do you all remember the sacrifices on the turtle in the little park, playing skullies with tops that had melted wax in them, kick the can and making go carts with a broken skate, wooden crate and a piece of wood. We would skate down the hill by 584 or ride our bikes down the hill towards 164. We would buy penny junk, mission sodas at Pops Candy Store, crinkle cut fries, hot dog & knish at The Roach, pizza from the Pizza Shop by the #6 Train on St Annes Ave and the other one by E&B. Tell me we did not have it good you all. We ate, drank mission and nehei sodas but we also played handball, basketball; run catch and kiss, etc. We had imagination and we respected life as well as each other. Do you ever wish you could go back just for one day? It is so great to have a place to celebrate the Bronx and in some cases catch up with old friends and share fond memories. Bronx families take care until the next time.

Posted by: Pam & Raleigh at May 12, 2010 10:03 PM

Hey, Pam and Raleigh. Great reading your posting! Peace to you both. I'm assuming you're talking about Raleigh Abraham. Wow, I mention him in the book I'm writing because in St. Luke's seventh grade, we had this crazy teacher named Brother Lawrence who once went up and down the aisle hitting everyone in the back and shoulder with a paddle. And because we sat in alphabetical order, Raleigh was the first to get tagged by this nut.

Crazy times but hey it all shakes out good at the end.


Posted by: David at May 13, 2010 09:13 PM

i lived all over the Bronx until i was 12. for Bobby D. and Raymond M. I remember some Henchmen, and at least one Bronx Minister. i hung out on Loring Place.i went to 109 and 82 on University ave.the good old days....

Posted by: John at May 16, 2010 11:04 AM

i lived in the Bronx until i was 12, in 1973. for Bobby D. and Raymond M. i knew some Henchmen and at least one Bronx Minister. i went to 109 on Popham, and 82 on University. hung out a bit on Loring Place, and that whole area. the good old days...

Posted by: John at May 16, 2010 11:13 AM

I grew up in the bronx in the 80's and I went to P.S. 65 and I loved it..I have so many great memories there. Most of my family is still there. I went to a few other schools. But if anyone remembers me please contact me. I would love to hear from you. I had Ms. Cruz in the 4th grade and Ms. Jordan in the 3rd and I had Ms. Pinky in Kindergarten..If any of you remember them..lol. But I remember a few people who was in my class. Johnny Rodriguez, Mary Wilson, Nelson DeSoto, Walter ?,and thats all I can think of right now. But is there anyway I can order any old yearbooks for those years that I went to school there from anywhere. I would love to look at old pictures...LOVE THE BRONX....

Posted by: Mari VegaRoman at May 23, 2010 12:43 PM

i'm looking for a picture of THE SYLVAN COTTAGE,a bar or hotel which was located at the corner of
134th st and 3rd avenue, supposedly"famous in its day" (c,1900 ?) according to THE HISTORY OF THE BRONX AND ITS PEOPLE (1927) I WOULD BE MOST GRATEFUL FOR ANR INFORMATION,THANKS!MD

Posted by: mike dwyer at May 24, 2010 11:53 AM

heyy...i live in 141st cypress and its much better then what ive heard from back in the 80's...but it kinda still suqqs!! I love the bronx but i would luvv2 live by parkchester!!

Posted by: naadia at June 2, 2010 02:49 AM

oh snap david raleigh told me that he contacted you this is crazy. man i graduated in 1973 also avaition 33rd and rawson street. im also in contact with another hand ball player from avaition his name is george juscino he is here also. remeber the guy that was always dressed up i think his name was alverez or alverodo those were great times do you remember soaky and fatty?

Posted by: rick at June 6, 2010 09:45 PM

rick, I'm gonna look at my Aviation yearbook and see if I can find your picture, and George (I don't remember his last name).

this is like a reunion on this web site. Props to Satan's Laundromat, right?

I remember Soaky, and Fat Ray, and Little Danny (Kitty), Lefty, Sunshine, Hustler, Hippie Ray, so many others. It's funny how many people I remember only their nicknames.

Posted by: David at June 7, 2010 11:57 AM

David, other nicknames were Turi (Frankies brother, Chumpy, Mr. Potatohead. Other thoughts from Millbrook - Collis was the all-time home run leader in stickball & off the curb, one reason was that he was the best athlete in our young lives, but many times he would make up the rules for the game and of course one of his rules was that he would always lead-off an inning, no matter who made the last out. No one ever said anything, to me he was like Willie Mays or Hank Aaron because he was truly a superstar. Other names from our young lives were people like Edgardo, Pablo Caldas, Pablo Ramos, Roberto Padilla, Miriam Boulon, Raleigh Abraham, Joseph Curtis, Carlos Troche, Leroy Price, Noel Moreau, Wilfredo Santiago, Sonia Santiago, Linda Robles, Elizabeth Montalvo, many others. I remember the two dumbest brothers I ever met, George & Reynaldo Martinez, both together had a combined 3rd grade reading level. I remember the time we got jumped by some big gang on Randalls Island and they took our change, we were outnumbered it seemed like 50 to 15. I also remember track practice and meets in the old armory somewhere in Harlem, and walking back home from there at night. I also remember you getting left behind at Palisades Amusement Park because you were on a ride as the bus left with the rest of the class, Loony Larry was pissed, the rest of us were laughing our asses off. To this day one of the greatest days of my life was the class day trip we took to Washington DC. Growing up in the Bronx is the greatest experience anyone of us could have had and I would not trade the experience to have grown up anywhere else.

Posted by: rm at June 8, 2010 10:32 PM


Yeah, I remember the Palisades incident, and getting paddled for it by that psychopath, Brother Lawrence. But is was a snap, thinking back on it

All you all who know me, my email is dpereztaos@yahoo.com Drop me an email and, if you haven't said it in your posting, tell me who you are! I got a pretty good idea, though.

This is so freaking great. One day there should be a Millbrook reunion
--David Perez

Posted by: David at June 8, 2010 11:16 PM

I moved back to millbrook 5 years ago and it sucks. About to move back to seattle soon

Posted by: gerard at June 20, 2010 08:48 PM

I grew up at Millbrook haouse just across the street from the projects. Building 585,577,575. Hang out in the Big Park, played HB there with many of my old friends. When i arrived at 137th between St. Anns and Cypress there were just starting to build the projects. Names of my friends you may remember, DRAC, LITTLE ANGEL, MOE BOOBIE, TUNA, EDDIE, JOHNNY (DIED) STEVIE (DIED) LUCY, EVELYN PINIERO AND HER SISTER AND OTHERS. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS THE GOOD TIMES IN 137TH ST. E-MAIL ME ray_burg@yahoo.com

Posted by: Raymond Burgos at June 21, 2010 06:09 PM

You know, maybe now the Bronx is shity, but when i was growing up there in 137th st. it was the best. the 60's were the best times. Cutting from school to hang out in the basements listening to music and dancing the grind. hanging out in the big park and peoples park. there were many good times. Now i return and the difference is to much to bare. Everyone is gone, hopefully they are doing good. Now there are so many cultures and i feel it is going to hell. Well it looks like it. So many good memories at a time where you were young and free to hang out and express yourself playing stickball, kick the can, playing marbles. It was nice to all those who grew up there with me Ray,thank you I really hope your memories of those times were also nice.
PS43, PS9, Burger.

Posted by: Raymond Burgos at June 25, 2010 10:53 PM

I have a home at E. 142 street between Willis Avenue and Brook Avenue.

Does anyone have photo of this area or great memories.

Posted by: A V Camaho at July 17, 2010 09:26 PM

I posted here a few years ago. I grew up on 140th St, in a Brownstone which was in my family since 1907 until I moved away in 1953. I have happy memories of the Bronx. I lived in a beautiful home and had many friends. Dotty Martine, Jimmy Heslin and his brothers. They were all Irish and all grow up and went on to college. I don't keep in touch with any one except the Heslins. Oh! yes they were happy times.

Posted by: Judith at August 8, 2010 09:09 PM

grew up in the bronx lived at 1571 Fulton ave.

Posted by: Luis at August 19, 2010 03:56 PM

Hi, everyone
just want to put my two cents in: I grew up in the Bronx 1571 Fulton Ave. great times playing stick ball in the streets, baseball across the street in the baseball field, hand ball, and of course drinking cheap wine on the bench at night. The park was right across from were I lived, then there was POPs fountain soda place, and my mom shopping at bathgate. there was the super of the building name Dadeo, I remember a friend Joey, Angel and his brother I think he died not sure.

Posted by: Luis at August 20, 2010 08:00 AM

anyone out there from E. 153rd st, bronx
I grew up in apt 2a at 390 E. 153rd st
loved going to Maria's pastry shop
and went to school at immaculate conception

Posted by: Maureen Dorsey Rico at September 2, 2010 09:52 AM

Hi Maureen-This is Jerry Gmuer and I graduated with you from ICS in 1965--I lived at 403 E. 153
I basically hung out on the school block [151st]
My e-mail is Iona 73@aol.com

Posted by: Jerry Gmuer at September 25, 2010 06:00 PM

hi out there i grew up on 154st and melrose ave, there was a candy store on the conner. i also hang out on 153st between courtland and melrose.and i did go to ps 1 grades 1 thur 6.ive read alot of comment out there. i have a question hoping someone from 159st and melrose to 153st and melrose can answer this question there were two funerals homes in this area one on 153st and courtland ave, i believe it was called rush funeral home, the other one was on melrose ave between 161st and i think 158st. does anyone remember the name and street of the funeral home located on melrose ave.please help me if you can
thanks very much (ernie)

Posted by: ernie at September 25, 2010 09:22 PM

You are all talking about the 80's....What about the great times from the late 40's to the late 50's. PS 75 ...Morris High....Bryant Park....
Your first time up on the roof or under the stair
case....throwing bombers off the roof....riding you bike while holding on to the bus up Southern Blvd.to the zoo.riding the train to 42nd Street with your shoe shine box....Riding in between the cars or surfing the train in the tunnel...going to the market on Westchester Ave. and Fox with Abuela on a Saturday morning.... The Seven Sinners....The Crowns....The Baldies and the time when you could leave your door unlocked...oh how I miss the OLD SOUTH BRONX.

Posted by: Bob B at October 2, 2010 05:42 AM

You are all talking about the 80's....What about the great times from the late 40's to the late 50's. PS 75 ...Morris High....Bryant Park....
Your first time up on the roof or under the stair
case....throwing bombers off the roof....riding you bike while holding on to the bus up Southern Blvd.to the zoo.riding the train to 42nd Street with your shoe shine box....Riding in between the cars or surfing the train in the tunnel...going to the market on Westchester Ave. and Fox with Abuela on a Saturday morning.... The Seven Sinners....The Crowns....The Baldies and the time when you could leave your door unlocked...oh how I miss the OLD SOUTH BRONX.

Posted by: Bob B at October 2, 2010 05:43 AM

I was born in the old Lincoln Hospital 1959--live in the South Bronx all my childhood and early adult life. From 163rd and Bathgate to 138th and bRUCKNER bLVD.Did the street thing,, practiced St.Lukes church karate with Wally,, John Diaz my childhood best friend. Did the Young Lords thing,, Plaza Broinquen acroos from the Puerto Rico theater. Went to PS 65 then to IS 155.. Mr. Bogin music teacher, did the walkout of the entire school. Brothers Jose (Chick) and Hino, ...
Anyone out there recall,, let's talk.
Played handball in Peoples Park and chicamba Park near the Randalls Island cross over..Across from the old 7up factory. Also played handball against the building wall I forget the building number but it has a tire repair place and before that it was a corner bar.. Irish owner Italian customers...Joey Cabolla RIP...

Graduated Samual Gompers 1977

Posted by: emilio c at October 5, 2010 09:30 PM

Hey Luis I also knew Dadeo. He was a big black man and the super for that building who live in the basement. Also knew Joey and his brother Danny (red hair), they live on the second floor facing the park.

Posted by: Ralphy at October 6, 2010 07:16 PM

Hey is there anyone who went to IS 162 in the early 1970's? If so, please hit me up at Bootlegteen47@yahoo.com. Also, did anyone live on Southern Blvd. near E 149th street and knew the Skulls and the Bachelors? Hit me Up!

Posted by: Pat Geringswald-Mejias at October 7, 2010 02:31 PM

It has been awhile from the last time I posted a comment on this website but I see nothing has change much and we all know not to much has change in the Bronx as well. Yes we all had good times many years ago in certain parts of the Bronx. But now we all know deep down inside of us what the Bronx has turned into and has become. A major shithole, or a Human Toilet. For some of you that have moved back or who have refused to accept this, all I can say you are either Delusional or just burned out from all the drugs you have taking over the years living in the ghetto. Giving a choice of living in that Shithole called the Bronx or living in North Korea I would have to lean toward North Korea. Enjoy the up coming Holidays and may God be with all of you.

Posted by: MASTERDADDY at October 19, 2010 10:48 AM

Your missing the point on this board and still signing the same song.
We are not here to talk about how great the Bronx is right now, but how great it was living there in the 50s and 60s.
Plus nobody will take you serious when you compare todays Bronx to North Korea.

Posted by: Joey at October 25, 2010 06:54 PM

my man masterdaddy your old lonely ass is still around. like i said before your a lonely old man that didn't grow up in the south bronx. bet you saw alot of film on it. are you still afraid of the rats i bet your father was that drunk you always talk about. and probably abused you. we didn't have those problems growing up in the south bronx again you would'nt know you didn't grow up there. why comment. that's right this is rick again straight from the south bronx. and again one that left to go in the military to protect your sorry ass. again this is RICK don't disrespect the south bronx.

Posted by: rick at October 28, 2010 09:29 PM

hey joey, thank you for your comment to (mr masterdaddy)that has no clue about growing up in the bronx or in the southbx.you have a good day bro


Posted by: ernie at October 29, 2010 08:45 AM

yo masterdaddy every large city in the world have major issue (ghettos) if you did your homework on other cities in the world (north korea) like you did on the bronx you wouldnt have anything to say about the bronx or compare the bronx to korea
ive served my county for 22yrs (usmc 03 ) and been to just about every poor third world county in the world and may i say thanks to your tax dollars ive got to see the world or my bad thats if you have a job to pay taxes.
yo if you have nothing nice to say about the bronx leave the bronx alone to include the southbx.

Posted by: ernie at October 29, 2010 09:05 AM

Hi and bless u all. I have always been fascinated about NYC, being from London (England) myself I love to explore big cities around the globe. I've recently discovered this blog, because I am eager to learn about the (south) Bronx. I find opinions by true locals important, and based on what I've read I sincerely wish to bring the (south) Bronx a visit when I am heading to NYC. Not as a 'tourist', but as someone who is interested in the local culture.

Of course every city got its bad spots, and some have been crunching negative, altho I do feel that some look overreacted. I wish to go first to the Yankee Stadium, and then again with the Subway to Simpson Str and walk my way to Hunts Point station before going towards Manhatten again. I assume that I will be fine as I will do this in the end of the morning.

I'm not sure if I get a reply to my post, but bless to u all as I wish the Bronxiters the best.

Posted by: Scott at November 1, 2010 12:17 PM

Hey Pat I went to 162 in 1966 on Southern Blvd by Ave St John's, I knew many Skulls & Bachelor's as a matter of fact I use to be the Pres. of the Imperial Bachelor's when I moved to the Edenwald Housing in the North Bronx. All the gangs from back then go to a reunion every year, this includes gangs from Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queen's Sept. 30, 2010 was the fourth reunion, check out - Classic NY Outlaw Streetgangs from the 60' and 70's on the Internet. Peace Rollie

Posted by: ROLLIE at November 4, 2010 01:57 PM

Hey Pat I went to 162 in 1966 on Southern Blvd by Ave St John's, I knew many Skulls & Bachelor's as a matter of fact I use to be the Pres. of the Imperial Bachelor's when I moved to the Edenwald Housing in the North Bronx. All the gangs from back then go to a reunion every year, this includes gangs from Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan & Queen's Sept. 30, 2010 was the fourth reunion, check out - Classic NY Outlaw Streetgangs from the 60' and 70's on the Internet. Peace Rollie

Posted by: ROLLIE at November 4, 2010 01:57 PM

For all of you Bronxite's in 2011 there will be a Documentary coming out about gang's in the Bronx and how Hip Hop was founded, the film just came back from the Austin Film Festival and did very well, it was #10 out of 190 films and trust me it will bring back your youth and memorie's of the Bronx in the late 60's & 70's, I am not on the trailer but I am in the documentary, if you wish to take a sneak peak put in RUBBLE KINGS by SHAN NICHOLSON on the internet, you tube or put in RUBBLE KINGS AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL, some of you may recognize some of the character's. PEACE ROLLIE

Posted by: ROLLIE at November 5, 2010 01:55 PM

i was in the bronx in the 1970 i have been looking for royal javelins me and my bro skin send me something ok

Posted by: sfw88 at November 6, 2010 04:59 PM

Greetings to all on this post, especially my Homeboy (Rollie, May God's Love be with you as you open your Heart to Jesus Christ, Our lord and Savior.

Waz Up Rollie, long time no hear from you. Peace My Brother.

I grew up in the South Bronx, am a former Young Skull's / Savage Skull's New York.

South Bronx will always be close to my heart, I now live in South Florida, Funny, from the South Bronx to South Florida.

even though I live in Florida no place will ever compare to the South Bronx.

I am now a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ saved my life fron the ways of this world, today I live to share Christ to any and all who are willing to gve an ear.

My life is not what it use to be. I am born again, To God Be All Glory

I run an adult 12 to 18 Month Women's Home for women who have "Drug & Alcohol" Problems.

We are hear to serve, if you know anyone who needs help, please call us @ (954) 476-0809

Peace to all who read this post
Compie "Fingers The Preacher Man"
Former Savage Skulls New York

Posted by: Compie " Fingers" The Preacher Man at November 10, 2010 01:13 AM


Posted by: Compie " Fingers" The Preacher Man at November 10, 2010 01:18 AM

Hey Compie, wow never thought you would check out this site? I get on a bit but never posted anything, how's it going brother?

Posted by: ROLLIE at November 17, 2010 05:53 PM

Does anyone know if Johnsons ribs is still there over by 166th or something like that. Damn I miss those ribs...lol so so so damn good!!!

Posted by: jack at December 4, 2010 12:33 PM

Hello to all and I so hope you all enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday. Let's get a few things cleared up. One I did not grow up in the South Bronx/aka> shithole, and I never at anytime said that I did, of course when some are face with the hard facts that would rather not hear, they will come back with stupid comments.
The bronx that I remember was a place called Parkchester. It was great as most if not all of you already know, yes most of the people living in the South Bronx could not move into the area, for many reason such as Low income people, people who had Criminal Records, low education or none at all, AND most of all no Respect for things in general.
I went to St Helena Grade School. Parkchester had everything it was clean it was safe, it was clean. we had a great Little League, most of use were part of PAL in the summertime (43rd Pct)a few years later the Pct Moved. We had our Parades at the Holidays, we had nice play grounds, of course we could not play on the Grass or ride our bikes in any part of parkchester, in the Summer time people wpuld sit all around at night and talk and most of all it was safe.
Most of us came from good Homes that taught us Respect and manners, unlike many of the Human animals that live in the South Bronx. freedom land was gone and Co op city came into play, well many who could not get into Parkchester moved to Co op city, of course it was a good idea, but like anything else in life, they had to let Xamount of Low life people in, hey we all know what came next.
Parkchester is Sold ( we are already gone and on L.I)Well now that great place that so many people, even the low lifes remember, its gone, now the flood gates are open and we all know what came next another Human Toilet filled with the low lifes of the world, Oh before I forget we did not have roaches or rats in Parkchester no broken windows no burned out cars, no garbage laying all around and nobody toss garbage out the windows. Yes many of you so called proud people cannot relate to any of this, hell most of you know how you grew up.
Now to address a few of you, and I understand most of you are just a product of the shithole you came from.
My Father retired has a high ranking officer in NYPD. My Mother was a stay at home mom and raised five kids( we all are doing extremely well)and each one of us thank our strict but loving parents for everything we have EARNED in Life.

TO Rick, I also did my tour in the Marines, but Rick I had a Blue STICKER on my Car, Not a Red one. the fact you did twenty years does say something about you, but lets face the facts you did not see to many 3rd world countries. But even with you pension and your Job, you still could not pay my taxes or even afford to live in my area on Long Island. Paulie, listen its not all your fault, remember your parents were not to high on the chart when it came to education.
Now with all that being said some of you can go back down memory road and talk about the shithole that most of you remember, listen Roaches are not considered a House pet and that goes for the Rats as well, but hey, most of you dont mind sharing and living with them, better you then solid good people in the country, who buy the way carry most of your lazy asses anyway.
And I'm sure we have a few fans of our President.. what did he say time for change? well he better enjoy his last two years as he is going to leave that nice White House, he had his chance and as the old saying goes, hey you can give a man advice and even tell him what to do, but you cannot make him do it, so his days are numbered.. hey what is short for Democrats = RATS and what is short for the Republican = ICAN ...


Posted by: MASTERDADDY at December 5, 2010 12:44 AM

You know masterdaffy you are funny. One thing for sure if you live on this planet you had roaches.Iknow parkchester. I still to this day know people there. what you described was all of new york years ago. when you could leave your car doors open and no one would bother it. the shit hole that you are talking about is what this country has turned into not just the south bronx. And one damn thing for sure no minority got this country in this poistion the only leaders in this country where white presidents that sole us out for many many years. your daddy now is china. And now that theres a president that is showing the white corrpetion in this country you want to blame the black man. Your a raceist and not a true American. And thats o.k. Your boy bush got this country where we are today with his out of control spending. You cant deny that. And he had eight years. And you dont know what I do. You might not be able to pay my taxes.And for your dad being a high level cop back then all of the high level cops were on the take getting paid off we all know that i can tell you some stories. I still say your a lonely old man with nothing to do. oh, you have something to do. Theres the tea party meetings. hey can you also see russia from your back yard??????

Posted by: rick at December 9, 2010 11:34 AM

Another Typical uneducated statement from RICK , who I have no doubt that you are unable to face the entire truth as you don’t come across as a man who has any real understanding of the facts, again this coming from a true American Dolt.
Now I will take for granted you are a Democrat and proud to be one and that is your right in this country and you also seem to feel that white American will blame Obama, of course you being a so called TRUE American as you pointed out in your uneducated post, my simple question to you, Why did you refer to our President as a black man? And why do you think that all the Corporations in this country are run and controlled by white people? Again most who have read your post already know you are uneducated, but when you open your mouth you only show and prove to most that is true.
To say that due to President Bush eight years in office is to blame for all of the United States problems is like saying we don’t need water and air to live. A intelligent person which by the way you don’t show any signs of being, would say the blame is shared by just about if not all Americans, from the politician on both side, to the Banks, to the Board of Education , to broken homes and to people having children who are not mature enough to undertake that responsibility. But before you go and blame China, we all are to blame for that REMEMBER most Americans want to buy everything CHEAP. So China did not steel or take anything from US We all gave it to them on a silver platter, as much as this upsets me, this country has only one country to blame and that is US.
As far as another one of your dolt statements about the Tea Party movement, I must give credit where credit is due, they did shake things up and we did get rid of much needed dead weight in D.C. and by the way if you did not know, most of the Tea Party movement are made up of hard working people and the last time I notice that means all people of all races. Like in any group they have some good points as well as some extreme points.
Now for our current President in the last election we were not giving much of a choice as both men had their faults, one was too old and his running mate, well she is another story, the other Lack Experience to deal with the sharks in the D.C ponds. Of course the majority needed something to believe in and he sold the country Change and he would get things done, (Lets not forget Jimmy Carter) he went into office with his party in control of both houses. And he could not get things done even with control of both houses. What he is showing are his lack of leadership ability and his famous saying Time for changing, well that is becoming or already has become a fantasy. But listen you can still buy into it, most of the country is not and many countries are or have already lost faith and respect in him.
Rick, I never got to ask you this tough question, do you know who your Daddy is? And what State correction facility is he taken residence at? Or did he graduate from. Now I must also give you credit in my view you are by far a true shining example of a child who was ghetto raised and educated and a proud example of the true Human shit hole and rat and roach infested South Bronx. But more important then that I feel you could become the next poster boy for the slogan > A mind is a terrible think to waste.

Posted by: masterdaddy at December 10, 2010 02:23 AM

Ms daffy I got your old ass in a twist. Did i hit a nerve. Dido head. hahahahahahahahaha get a life.

Posted by: rick at December 10, 2010 06:50 PM

Ms daffy One other thing. I must have called it right about your crooked ass dad the crooked cop.Bet your mom get alot of nice things from the dirty money your fagot ass dad gave her

Posted by: rick at December 10, 2010 06:55 PM

It is ironic that a person who claims to have an education writes as poorly as you do. Is living in Long Island the Mecca of the world? Please brag about what you've accomplished and not what you've inherited. If it wasn't for the path that your father established you too "masterdaddy" would be looking for hand outs as evident by your ignorance. The color of your skin offers an advantage in this country that disguises your incompetencies (at least until you open your mouth or put pen on paper). Although the South Bronx has many of the issues you've mentioned, you cannot make an assumption that everyone that grew up in that "roach and rat infested" environment AS YOU Call it will live like that for the rest of their lives. I grew up deep in the South Bronx, was educated by what I consider one of the worst education systems in the country, yet was able to do something with my life. Once given an opportunity, I continued my education, received my BA and MBA with 3.92 GPA...(ask someone to explain what GPA means as you're obviously uneducated as evident by what I've read). I have a well compensated job and enjoy the pleasures of owning a few homes and several cars, 401 K, in a much better place to live, etc. I like to match my portfolio with yours! You express your freedom of speech and hide behind this computer however, if those that work with you understood how stupid you really are they would do the right thing! Food for thought: Thou should not be judged by the height of one's climb but from the depths of where one has risen! I feel sorry for your children as they have you to look up too!

Posted by: Ingarnastic at December 19, 2010 12:11 PM

I want to get these comments back on track and salute the South Bronx for always producing some wonderful folks who fight and succeed despite the hard times - or maybe because of the hard times. It's my hometown and I'm proud of it. Happy New Year to all of you.

Posted by: David at December 31, 2010 05:12 PM

Happy New Year all, If anyone lived at 150th Street between Brook & St. Ann's ave, I went to PS27 and IS155

Posted by: Cateyes57 at January 11, 2011 10:09 PM

Hey all.. As a native NYer born in the Bx I say Happy New Year! Let's clean slate this and continue on with the positives! I am in Manhattan now and its a lot different. The Bronx is a diverse suburban borough and much more than what is represented here. I believe that everyone should move, voluntarily, at least a couple of times in there life. It brings a fresh perspective.
Those are my comments for now.


Posted by: D-NY at January 21, 2011 10:01 AM

You know I am over 60 now and evry day I tell my 13 yr. old daughter about the Bronx and how not or how to live her life. Willis Avenue laidout the choices you could make in life and you lived
with the those choices you could steeer clear or start skin popping. I tink sometimes I'd like to go back and live on 140 strret just for a LITTLE WHILE.

Posted by: Pauls Bakery at January 25, 2011 07:23 PM

Don't know why, but I googled Bronx 1970 and found this site. I read all of the comments and it brought back smiles and tears!!!

I grew up in Moore House (535 Jackson) #19B and graduated from Morris High School in 1976.

Every memory that I have from that time of my life is filled with a smile!

From hanging out in the tenant patrol room, to going to White Castle on Fordham.

It was an adventure to ride our bikes all the way from Jackson (who know how many miles that was?

OZ, SayWhat, CadaMia, Richie, Doll, Sean, Helen, Big John, My Old Crew.

You could hang out w/ both guys and girls, and they were just friends. No sex between friends, but they had your back no matter what.

Yes Drugs became heavy in the 80's but before that, there was a sense of family.

There was nothing for someone elses mother to see you doing wrong and scoll you, then tell your parents.

Hey.. I remember the 1st Fun Day w/ DJ AJ in the park screaming "SEX.... UPSTAIRS IN THE BEDROOM"

Thomas Reddick (RIP) screaming, "Do You Wanna See It". FOr those that can't understand this, I'm sure there's someone out there that can relate.

I'm grown in NJ for over 15 years (just who are my neighbors?) I know them, but never like the neighbors from the old neighborhood.

Posted by: Sherry at February 21, 2011 01:10 AM

I grew up in the Belmont "Littler Italy" section of the Bronx throughout the 80's and early 90's, and although the surrounding neighborhoods are much safer in 2011; the Arthur Avenue/187th Street HUB has been virtually the same. Italians and the "5 families" kept the neighborhood free of the decay that was trying to seep in from all directions! I remember Jamaican and Dominican drug gangs trying to infiltrate during those crazy times and doing "about-faces" immediately. The few that didn't had to learn the hard way!

Posted by: FOOGAZEE at February 23, 2011 04:20 PM

It was an open secret back in the 80's and 90's that the Bronx had an extremely weak government compared to the surrounding buroughs, especially Manhattan. All that uptown Manhattan CRACK came over the bridges with their drug gangs, especially from Washington Heights!!! Those gangs knew it was the WILD WEST out here, especially below the 160's. Remember that Yankee Stadium is NOT the South Bronx people.

Posted by: FOOGAZEE at February 23, 2011 04:26 PM

I grow up on 175th street and townsend ave from 1965 to 1973 they called me tony el cubano.I went to public school 70, bronx and wade junior high school 117,bronx. and graduated dewitt clinton high school.I played stickball,basketball,handball,solfball I love my childhood then and made lots of friends.I live in miami dade county since 1975.I served in the united states army special forces combat engineer from 1980 to 1987 rank E-6 staff sergeant retired from security health care setting.I would like to bring back time and enjoy my childhood again but life is short and we only pass by one time so I say hello to my friends I miss very much god bless you were ever you are in life.and I will never forget the south bronx in my heart and we will see each other in the above world with jesus playground. godbye tony el cubano.

Posted by: anthony villadamigo at March 1, 2011 10:34 PM

I lived and grew up in the Bronx, mostly the Mott Haven area. I played handball and stickball with the guys on 139 street and Cypress Avenue. My elementary school was PS 65 and we played in St.Marys Park. I later attended JHS 139 ( Alexander Burger). If you know of these places drop me a hello.

Posted by: Willie Martinez at March 2, 2011 12:54 AM

@ Willie Martinez, I too grew up in 139st and Cypress. What year are you talking about? I grew up with Gordito, Cheny(my cousin),Albert, Jose, Oscar,Nelson,Louie,Phil,Cef and a bunch of other guys and girls like Awilda,Chippie,Veronica,Evelyn,China,Wendy and I could go on and on naming names. This was all in the 70's.

Posted by: yoli at March 6, 2011 11:21 AM

Blessings and peace to you all. This is David Perez writing here again (this is like my fourth posting) and I want to share the news of my new book called Wow! (11B Press). It's a memoir about growing up in the Millbrook Houses in the Mott Haven area, and my funny adventures in Catholic school. My story takes place from 1964-1968. Cover art and illustrations are by my brother George Perez, a now famous comic book artist. Wow! is available at Amazon and B&N.com.

So if you want a fun read about our South Bronx community, check it out. It's priced at only $10.

Posted by: David at March 10, 2011 09:24 AM

Hey "INGARNASTIC" Nice post.
Hope that creep masterdaddy will finally get lost.

Posted by: Joey at March 17, 2011 05:59 PM

To the HaterZ,
When you talk about the decay and degradation, the crime and all what contradicts what we know is "good and decent, you've missed it and you're as lost as a golf ball in high grass!
There are decent people living among what you couldn't survive or tolerate for a short season.
Fear would paralyze you!
These are great people with heart and soul. An undying spirit that motivates them to work, go to school, support families, love children and pay taxes and dream. Much, if not the lion's share of the degradation experienced back in the late 60's through the early 70's, and on to the early 80's, resulted from federal funding (MIS)appropriated and approved by congress to fund the Vietnam War...that was never a formally declared war in the first place.
"Urban Renewel", and the other "programs" that were passed through the efforts of Mayor J Javitz and Mayor Lindsay, and all communities involved, but never really intended to restore and rebuild the Bronx, were bogarted for the war, and other pet peeve projects that were steered into the more affluent areas of NY.
It was an acceptible lost and not even considered a sacrifice to leave the Bronx as if it were a war torn enemy territory, having no potential.
Only a liability, and not an asset.
Why do you think the Bronx started burning into the 70's? Many landlords didn't see a way out of the economic breakdown, but quickly resorted to burning properties, hiring the junkies, "tecatos" and street level hustlers to ignite the fires to collect insurance. Get a clue, get a life and get to steppin`!...check the history! I can go on and on...
POINT IS, the people of the Bronx are making it happen. Yeah, of course, you'll always have the haterz, wanna` beez and elements that lack character and integrity, but Bronxites, especially the Mott Haven, the real South Bron-X area aren't just surviving, but thriving and moving forward.
I don't live in the Bronx anymore myself, but all that I am, and have become, and will be, is because of a strong foundation built and set by the life I lived during my most of formative years.
later hater!!

The Pencil!!

Posted by: Eddie Santos at March 21, 2011 03:21 AM

Was wondering if a guy named John that wrote on here a while back was still around, said you were from West Tremont, hung out on Loring Place and knew some Bronx Henchmen & Bronx Ministers. I'm Richie Birnie, was president of both gangs back in the 70's before I went upstate for manslaughter. By the way that asshole that keeps writing on here, masterpussy or something like that, I think I remember him, saw him getting bent over on Rikers Island, more than once.

Posted by: Richie at March 25, 2011 12:03 PM

Not to mention,
ABSOLUTELY, growing up in the S. Bronx for me was the best. Born at St. Francis Hosp in 56, lived on 137th st, across the Mill Brook projects till 65'. Went to p.s. 43 for my kindergarden year and st. lukes from 63 to 67, then moved to tinton ave & 147th st. (next to gompers) Attended St. anselms till the 8th grade. Went to Rice h.s. in Harlem for my freshman year, then to Monroe h.s. for my soph and jun years. Ended up the Theo Roosevelt and worked in the garment district for 2 years. So much life was squeezed in those first 19 years of my life there. The house parties with the "black lights" and flourescent posters and all the lint you could see in afros under those lights, the social clubs with the old pool tables that ran numbers and the hustle of the day was whatever came through, skellies, crack top, marbles, stick ball bat, flying kites, sewer to sewer, settling matters with 2 fists was part of p.e. on the streets, peoples park, st mary's park, orchard beach, pelham bay park, bear mountain, central park, jones beach, coney island, rockaway beach, mohasic state park, shopping on 3rd avenue and 138th street, the pizza shops and cuchifritos, egg cream, knishes, all the rumbas playing throughout the city, block parties, the 310 & 1/2 on westcheter ave, el corso on 84-86 st & 3rd ave, east village, el hippo campo, the whole lifestyle that eventually led to the birth of the hip hop culture. The sounds of soul and salsa playing, the pigeon coops, the old men sitting in front of the bodegas playing dominoes while listening to "los jankees", drinking balentine ale and schaefer beer, opening the fire hydrants and splashing the cars that had the rag tops down, more fights and loosing friends to violence, drugs and the penn, my boy Richie Pabon, RIP and too many others to mention. The Bachelors, Dirty Dozens, Black Spades...so many others.
We knew how to make the best out of what we had.
There was something ALWAYS going on somewhere.
So many brothers that had talent and charisma going down the tubes because of the life. It was so ironic how that the cats that people feared, disliked and didn't wanna be around were some of the coolest and brightest people you met...lotta' good friends.
It was an education no university or college curicullum could ever compile and match.
I left in 75 and returned only when I was on leave from the army. (SSGp,U.S. Army Signal Corps, 75-91).
I miss it tremendously and look to visit very soon.
Stay encouraged My People, look up, talk straight and come from the heart. I can care less about what's said about my ol' stompin' grounds, the good always outweighs the negative...the real people are holdin' it down.
The Pencil

Posted by: Eddie S at March 28, 2011 04:00 PM

Want to see if I can get some help! My name is Yolanda and my maiden name is Matos. I've been trying to look for my brother, Hector Matos, for about two years now. I've always had contact with him, but two years ago I tried calling and the number changed. He used to live in 110th St and I used to live in 139th and Cypress. I lived there from 1960 thru 1973 and then moved to 140th between Cypress and Jackson. He moved to New Jersey and the last I know, he still lived there. My father's name was Leon Matos and he passed away in 1987. Please if anybody knows my brother and knows his whereabouts, please contact here. I always check the postings, at least twice a month. Also, he went by the name of Toel and we also have a sister named Myrna. Thanks!

Posted by: yoli at April 5, 2011 01:02 PM

BTW yo`
it was 577 E 137th St. The only remnant is the open lot, or gap coming up from St. Ann's Ave on the left.
4th flo...

Posted by: Eddie Santos at April 14, 2011 02:44 AM

I lived and grew up in the millbrook (138 st& cypress ave)area.Chicky was my dad(aka padilla).we had good times and bad times in the hood,but it was the hood and you the make and take what the hood gives you.life in those times were rough from drugs , crime ,so you kill or be kill. Too many friends are dead or in jail.My best friend is dead (roadrunner)fell onto the subway tracks while the subway was coming.Another friend pedro perez died of an overdose.Lil hector blew his head.Jose tirado got his girl knock up and moved to puerto rico.

Posted by: LIL chicky at April 14, 2011 04:20 PM

Yo Lil` Chicky,
My brother and your father were friends back in the early 60's. I barely remember him cuz` I was about 7 y/o. He came by the house a couple of times and would say hi to my parents.
My brother just passed away on the 1st of April.
He would have been 59 in June.
This is back in the days when the Social Seven was
holdin` down thier territory.
Those were some good days.

Posted by: Eddie Santos at April 16, 2011 02:23 AM

I haven't posted on here for quite awhile. What can I talk to ya about ? My bldg was on the corner of Morris Ave. and Cameron PL. Right there was Ps 79 which had a very large schoolyard. WE played stickball and softball day after day ...had a decent amount of graffiti . I remember Eddie Feliciano , john foley, kevin Farrell , Billy Torres, and hundreds of others. I hate hearing the same clowns tear up the Bronx with their dopey comments on here.It was a great place to grow up.

Posted by: richard at April 17, 2011 11:18 PM

lets see talk about friends and gangs from millbrook :before cypress bachelors ,ghetto brothers ,black spades ,black magic ,roman bachelors --- we were boy scouts of troop # 365

Posted by: LIL chicky at April 18, 2011 01:40 PM

hi everyone i just came across this site and i had to comment i was born and riased in the good old bronx i live now in florida but my heart is in the bx i miss my gente my spanish food cuchifrito in 116th st city island the hub i can smell the summers of new york la musica ....please dont put my bronx down i have been to different countries and to me there is no place like my home the good old and new bronx que viva

Posted by: yolanda at April 18, 2011 04:28 PM

i agree fully with the eddie santos iam who i am becouse of life expirience of the bronx that is why when we go to other places like here in florida people call us strange but we r not we just cant easily be minipulated or stepped on we ask questions and expect answers and alot of folks down here dont like that they prefer to be yes sir and yes mam..and that is not happening with us people from the bx we have backbone and integrity..

Posted by: yolanda at April 18, 2011 04:44 PM

139 and St Anns for a few years. Totally changed my life. Still has a lot of work to be done.

Posted by: AL at April 21, 2011 11:53 AM

As shout-out and Hello to Lil Chicky and Eddie Santos. I grew up in Millbrook, lived first in 600 East 137th St, then 165 St. Ann's Ave. This was from 1960-69. Went first to PS 65, then St. Luke's. I'm still friends with Big Danny, a boxer who was in Social Seven. He was buddies with Tarzan, Cheetah, Big Boobie, Little Angel, Chino, Little Moses, Lil Stevie, Hippie Ray and so many dudes who I never knew their real names. We played Skellies, Off the Curb, Kill the Cop, Knuckles and Stickball in the Big Park. Tough times but best of times.

Posted by: David at April 21, 2011 11:31 PM

I see we now have people who for what ever reason want to remind us that being President of not only one gang but two gangs you must have been one real hero to many, now tell me, did they play hail to the chief for you in bowls of the prison system. Now I have never been inside a prison and who on this green earth would even want to be in the prison system. Now you can say anything you want about me, but never forget and I am sure you never will forget what its like to have a man take your ass while another man used your mouth, and while this was going on and I'm sure this happen often, was hail to the chief being played .

Posted by: MASTERDADDY at April 22, 2011 11:56 PM

@ Yoli,it looks like you are talking about the guys that played football on 139 street- steelers. Those were good times.

Posted by: Yakole at April 26, 2011 07:18 PM

@ Yakole. I sure am talking about the steelers from 139th st. We used to be the cheerleaders for them. Those definitely were the good times. We were never bored, always had something to do. Not like kids these days that are always bored, they have no imagination! Although we didn't have much, I cherish every little moment and don't regret for one minute, growing up in the BRONX!!!

Posted by: yoli at April 27, 2011 03:36 PM

@ Yoli, I see that you mentioned Veronica, she was my neighbor. I lived in the building right across the street from the St Luke's school yard on the second floor. She used to date Milio....

Posted by: Yakole at April 27, 2011 06:24 PM

You're right,she did.So if you know Veronica, you know me. Me and Vero were always together. I lived in 611. The next building over. There was a yard in between both buildings. My cousins were Cheny, Wilson and Angel.

Posted by: yoli at April 27, 2011 10:17 PM

@Yoli. I sent you an email ref Veronica and FB. Did you get it?

Posted by: yakole at April 30, 2011 02:44 PM

@ Yakole. No I didn't!

Posted by: yoli at May 2, 2011 09:51 PM


Posted by: JOHNNY BRACERO at May 11, 2011 05:52 PM

Johnny, this is David Perez and yes I remember you and your brother Freddy and Vinnie who had a handshake like a vise. And Artie Acevedo who we called Archie. And yes, we're talking about the same Roberto Padilla who sometimes hung out with you all in the Oval and Chichamba. I remember Lil Smokey and Big Smokey and Pablo Portuando who we called Tito. Lots of good and hard times, no doubt. Hey, man, check out my new book about growing up in Millbrook. It's called WOW! and is available on Amazon. Peace to everyone.

Posted by: David at May 25, 2011 07:51 PM


Posted by: johnny bracero at June 2, 2011 06:18 PM

Some very interesting comments. I have been an undercover cop in the south Bronx for over a decade. Still am. Plain and simple, I've seen it all. If you don't have to come to the south Bronx, then don't. There are robberies and assaults everyday. Numerous. If your an outsider, the savages will Smell it and probably jack you up. Homicides are the norm. Junkies, and prostitutes are the norm. So is gang activities. There is a lot of easy Spanish chicks if that's what u want. Girls from the pj's are amazing. Got my share.I've seen about 300 Homicides in the confines of the 40 pct I. The past ten years. Brains coming out. Stay away people. Nothing there but drink Mexicans on the weekends getting robbed coming out of the little clubs on 138i

Posted by: joe the hoe. at June 18, 2011 01:33 AM

what's up david ? this is lil chicky , just checking out what's going on this site ,happy father's day . has 4 me chilling in florida but coming up 2 da bx soon 2 spent some tlc time with my mom . tarzan died a few years back (got shot doing a b&e ). my pops also past away

Posted by: lil chicky at June 19, 2011 09:27 PM


Posted by: AVCAMACHO at June 20, 2011 12:34 AM

I grew up in the melrose houses 320E156 12J then 681Courtlandt 5E. Having strict parents and going to catholic school, life wasn't always easy not hanging with the kids in your building,especially 681 .Since I had come from another building, I got hassled a lot . Despite that, I still have good memories growing up there.Melrose was quite different before 1970. Shout-out to Ron Burt 7E.(Morris remembers me Ricky doesen't) and JerryGmuer Immmaculate Conception class of1965.

Posted by: BERTakaBERTRAM at July 9, 2011 01:21 AM


I grew up on Simpston Street in the 50s. My building number was 1069. I went to PS 20 and then to JHS 60 on Stebbins Avenue. The South Bronx was the best place to grow up in. We were a mixed neighborhood and never had to lock our doors. I remember the corner candy store and the jelly apple man who would come around 4pm. We had different seasons for outside play. We played marbles, or charms, dodge ball, skate, ride bicycles and of course the girls favorite double dutch. I live in Florida now but would like to hear from anyone who grew their during the 50s and earyl 60s.

Posted by: Carmen I. Feliciano at July 11, 2011 09:03 AM

156st and Westchester Avenue, Cauldwell Avenue .I was born and raised in the Bronx. Still live in the very same neighborhood I grew up in the 60's. I've seen the best and the worst of times in my neighborhood and the surrounding neighborhoods. Yes, there are times that I just hate the Bronx. But I would never trade what I experienced as a child for the world. For those who know what I mean, remember Don Tano's store down the corner, where they sold the penny candy and all kind of cut out dolls you can think of. The only one coquito man who came down the block once a month, ringing his bell, or the piragua man who lived down the block. Or better yet, hearing the scraping of the cans along the ground-a sure sign that the pump was on during those long hot summer days. Remebering kids that played outside instead stuck in their rooms playing video games. Such games we played like kick the can and hot pience and butter. Those were the days I remember most in the Bronx!

Posted by: Martha at July 14, 2011 12:35 AM

I Grew up 139st, Brook-Willis ave. 60-70's.
Love reading all the posts especially the burning down of PS9, (45 feet from my bedroom window), and the piragua man. St Mary's park plane crash, the young lords, etc etc. Uncle sam got me in the 70's, one day got to visit the old haunts!
Oh Yeah the mini bike days on 139st

Posted by: Dee Jay at July 15, 2011 12:14 AM

David, just wondering if your brother George is going to be at Comic Con in San Diego, Ca. this year.

Btw, I went to St Lukes with the both of you. George and I graduated class of 68. I actually have our class graduation photo sitting before me as I type this.

I have many memories of growing up in the deep south Bronx. will share these with all on the board in a few weeks when I have more time.


Posted by: Roman King at July 20, 2011 10:54 PM

THE ART OF THE APOTHECARY...and its mysteries.
If and when one takes the time to read and understand, by discernment and intuition, you'll begin to understand why the Bronx has so much influence and persuasion over most "civilized/western" cultures.
I had the privlege of travelling to Hungary and Slovakia, (among others) in 2004. Upon meeting locals, their senses heightened when I told them I was born and raised in the S. Bronx. They wanted to know more or confirm all they knew or heard about the South Bronx. To my surprise, they were most wise to the culture. It was a trip to hear the youth from Gyor, Budapest and Komarom "spit", sag and swag like they just left Peoples Park on their way to Big Park to battle.
It's a chek-up from the nek-up!
There's more here than what meets the eye Y'ALL!!
Love ~n~ Respect

Posted by: Eddie J at July 21, 2011 11:42 PM

My family lived in the south Bronx. I spent some years 1964-70 at 957 Simpson Street. My uncle Ray owned La Campana night club from the 50's - 60's.

My memories of that area aren't great. I remember stepping over young kids overdosing on the steps when heroin was king. I hated the neighborhood. We moved out when our building was abandoned by the landlord in 1970 due to redlining. Moving to the Eastchester Garden projects on Gunhill Road seemed like heaven compared to where we came from.

Posted by: Adrienne Lopez at August 4, 2011 04:47 PM

My family lived in the south Bronx. I spent some years 1964-70 at 957 Simpson Street. My uncle Ray owned La Campana night club from the 50's - 60's.

My memories of that area aren't great. I remember stepping over young kids overdosing on the steps when heroin was king. I hated the neighborhood. We moved out when our building was abandoned by the landlord in 1970 due to redlining. Moving to the Eastchester Garden projects on Gunhill Road seemed like heaven compared to where we came from.

My name was different then, it's now Adrienne.

Posted by: Edith Cruz at August 4, 2011 04:49 PM

would just like to say,i love the south bronx,and it's people..i am from liverpool,england.have been to new york several times,and alway's visit the south bronx...my wife and i were there,only last week,shopping on westchester avenue.she has never been,and was frightened to go...after being there a hour,she now loves it....genuine people !
i was there in the 70's 80's and still loved it.
any place in new york...gimme the south bronx,the heart of nyc.

Posted by: keith o'brien at August 13, 2011 01:12 PM

Hello Bronx people..just dropping you all a line or two and saying hello. Yolanda, I might know you. did you and your sister know my brother Gino? We used to play handball I think you had a brother too his name was sammy??

Let me know..

David, I went to PS65 and then to IS155. Graduated from IS155 in 1973 went on to Samuel Gompers. I might know Millie too...

Peace and Love to all my Bronx family. we will always be a part of eachother.

Posted by: emilio c at August 15, 2011 11:04 PM

This site is truly amazing. I too grew up in the South Bronx between Cypress and Jackson Ave., in 70's through late 80's. Left for a bit after enlisting in the Marines, but returned after completing my time in the Corp. I no longer live in the Bronx--moved to Queens after getting married in 89, but I too have fond memories growing up in The Bronx. I remember those long summer days and nights playing handball, softball and whatever we could think of in the P.S. 65 school yard. And since we were a product of our environment I can't forget to mention the mischief we created, like throwing giant snowballs and eggs off the roof. I can't say I would trade what I have today for those good days, but I wouldn't mind visiting.

Ivan F. Brother of Angelo, Zulma, Helen and friend to Danny, Edward, Billy, louie and much more.

Posted by: Ivan at September 16, 2011 02:13 PM

Hi again,
Just wanted to add that I grew-up between cypress and Jackson Ave. 676 E. 141st to be exact.

This site is truly amazing. I too grew up in the South Bronx between Cypress and Jackson Ave., in 70's through late 80's. Left for a bit after enlisting in the Marines, but returned after completing my time in the Corp. I no longer live in the Bronx--moved to Queens after getting married in 89, but I too have fond memories growing up in The Bronx. I remember those long summer days and nights playing handball, softball and whatever we could think of in the P.S. 65 school yard. And since we were a product of our environment I can't forget to mention the mischief we created, like throwing giant snowballs and eggs off the roof. I can't say I would trade what I have today for those good days, but I wouldn't mind visiting.
Ivan F. Brother of Angelo, Zulma, Helen and friend to Danny, Edward, Billy, louie and much more.


Posted by: Ivan at September 17, 2011 10:09 AM

Hey everybody This is Cloud I grew up on Jackson Ave (525 Jackson Ave #^J) to be exact, I had have six sisters I went to IS 155(Elmer E Bogart) I was a Bachelor till 1973 then I joined the Marines and moved on I was shot by St mary's park on Aug 4 1974 recuparated and went back on active duty I was married to CUCA, chicky's sister or Ralphy Torres ex sis-in-law, I ran with Mike vincenty, Mike manning, Itchy, Chicken Tito and Black Hector I now live in Orlando with my family but I still miss the Bronx (1962 till 1973) if you know me drop me a line @ kike1775@aol.com and lets talk

Posted by: Enrique at September 20, 2011 01:29 PM

just passing by seeing what's new at the zoo. Has you all know i came from puerto rico at thee age of 4 and landed on the rock ,ooppps the rock landed on me in spanish harlem .A few weeks later we moved 2 brook ave & 146 st.,and attended ps37 and ps27.In 1967 we moved 2 cypress ave.,& 138 st., building #674 and attended ps 65 & is 155 & de witt clinton high school.My dad chicky aka (alberto padilla) old school gangster with the dragons was the leader of the pack at home .The hood was south of 149th. street ,that's the real south bronx in those days---anything else north of that was punk city.I recall the 60's & 70's the best years of my life in mott haven (10454). We were young and dum but we learn quick and ran from no fight.In the spring of 1966 the bronx took no prisoner's . Do or die was the motto of cypress.I seen 3 people getting shot right in front of my building on 138 st.,near the cypress ave.,subway station because of stealing from others and i found the property and reported it to the super of the the building, he told me to keep some of the property,(finder's keeper he said)so i did.An hour or so later the junkies come looking for their stolen goods---but no luck what them dummies do ? --- go looking for the the people who stole the stolen loot .the super confronted them and a fight breaks out -three against 0ne-who wins the ex army officer .Around this time my dad chicky wants his kids to the right thing and starts a boy scout troop from PS 65 school we became troop # 365 , what a bunch of mean kids we turn out to be--- scouts and baby BACHEORS.We ran the street like animals burn buildings for landlords and go camping at alpine boy scout's camp in alpine N.J.on weekends.Don't get wrong we also rob from the rich and share your loot the poor.We shot people for fee's and deal drugs (soft drugs no dope or coke or lsd).If you were traveling thru the area come in peace and don't wear your colors because the rule of the land was you won't be home for dinner ---not alive and we wil fly your colors on the lamp post on the corner of 138 street & cypress ave.We hang out at the big park and play street hockey in the basketball courts,ricans playing hockey----lol-. We aslo had parties in the basement of building 169 cypress ave ,chilling ,smoking weed , drinking boone's farm .In sports we play stick ball on cypress ave., between 137 st.,& 135 st.,if you hit the ball onto the roof of building #169 its an automatic win for your team and collect the money from the loser's. We were an all sport hood and took no shit from anybody. At the age of 12 got my roscoe and switch blade and the saying have gun will travel .Hanging with the older kids from the hood you grew up quicker and wiser we look up to this guys , we rob the supermarket by the cypress ave.,uptown station,broke into every store on the block,stuck up white tower on jackson ave.,why ? ,because that's who got the money ,by the age of 14 i was a lean & mean fighting machine selling weed for the older kids and my pop's my supplier .Never seen my mom or dad come to school after the third grade--- why ? ,no need 2 , i was the man ,if the teacher's had a beef with me or my school work my gun did the talking and my blade did the cutting lots of school teacher's car tire were flat in those days---the subways made alot money from teachers. Boys from the hood --- abe,gorgie white,(torres brothers:angel,edwin,willie,)sweetpea,anthony,pedro perez(dead od),freddie,peachie,all from 138 street---from 137 street ace, his brother willie,fat ray,big louie,lil hector(blew his brains out),robinson,carlos dejesus his brothers roadrunner(RIP fell onto an coming subway),ivan,jose orlando)

Posted by: rich at September 27, 2011 03:44 PM

the story from my brother (rich) is true . Some of us are living today because of what the bronx gave us and that is a hard life. we are living peacefully in south florida with scar's on your body and mind.We are sorry for the things we did but we had to live to tell the truth, may god bless the soul's of those who are not here today. Oh lord mighty god

Posted by: lil chicky at September 27, 2011 04:07 PM

I am looking for someone for my friend. It's someone she used to date. His name is Julio Ortiz. He was from a family of 11 brothers and sisters and they lived on Simpson Street near Westchester Avenue in the 1950's - 1960's. Let me know if you know him. Thanks.

Posted by: Pat Geringswald-Mejias at October 19, 2011 02:05 PM

During the the late 1960's,I grew up on Jennings St and Wilkins Ave.where the market was located.
Iwould like to hear from Julio Ortiz who lived on Simpson St.with his 11 siblings. He had a brother named Jimmy. Sister named Violet and Betty.

Posted by: Iris at October 19, 2011 02:51 PM

For Richie Birnie. yeah, i knew you man.i was posting to a guy named Bobby d. who was looking for some of you guys.his post was dec. 26th 2006. and left a phone number.

Posted by: John at October 25, 2011 07:28 PM

had 2stop and see , what's going on !.First a big hello 2 all in the millbrook pj's and cypress ave . Wow , the shit is deep . Seen some names and read these stories made me smoked a joint and think about the good ole days on the block with friends . Some friends who are not on earth with us today are in god's hands forever (Taran , ---RIP---from 690 E.138 st.) , (Roadrunner ,AKA Miguel DeJesus ---RIP---from 637 E.137 st.) , (Pete ,AKA Pedro perez---RIP---from 710 E.138 st.,cypress ave & jackson ave.Those good old days at ps37 & ps27 & ps65 & I.S. # 155 and st's mary park. It's been years ,but i do remember some names :the torres brothers-willie*edwin*angel and sister nancy , geogie white , papo(whiteskin pimple face), ace-137 ,melvin Dejesus , ruben , willie , chicky , papo(hillbilly), robinson , Computer , tarzan , abe , sweet pea , roadrunner , boy scout , fat ray #747 in football , CLOUD , lil chicky , moses , lil hector , fat louie or big louie , Yoli & Yakole & Veronica who went out with emilio perez,emilio has a lil brother named richard perez . How bout The plane crash in st'mary park; everybody has a story about that one !; and the three junkies who got shot near the cypress ave subway also the clicks in the area --- black magic , black spades , cypress ave. bachelors , scotsmen lords , ghetto brothers , roman kings ,roman bachelors ,inperial bachelors ,supreme bachelors .

Posted by: tinhead at October 28, 2011 05:15 PM

Does anyone remember renita fields aka black beauty from beekman ave.. she disappeared around the 70's.

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Posted by: KEVIN at November 17, 2011 10:48 PM

unbelievable.shaking down the people who were teaching us? to better our lives. destroying the place that was the Beautiful Bronx. what are they doing now? still knocking down old ladies and taking pocket books? probably...

Posted by: john at December 5, 2011 12:20 AM

WOW...all you ex-Bronxites STILL think the Bronx is the way it USED TO be?

Heads-up peeps! The SOUTH BRONX has become a whole different place. It is still a work in progress, what with the economy being in the state that it is-- yet-- we are still experiencing a substantial metamorphosis. We have CONDOS and CO-OPS going up everywhere. Green (eco-friendly) buildings making use of wind turbines to generate clean, renewable electricity...GORGEOUS building designs: ultra modern, unique in styling and much sought-after.

The epicenter of this "renewal" is MELROSE COMMONS, and it spreads outward from there, in every direction possible! There is now a BORICUA VILLAGE,stretching East-West from 3rd Avenue at E. 163rd to Elton Avenue at E. 161st and in the middle of it all...$ 1,900.00/month 3-bdrm apts and BORICUA COLLEGE a modernist structure with accredited college creditentials.

Stretching downward on BROOK AVENUE from E. 156th Street all the way down to the "EL," where the train dips underground for the 3rd Ave/E. 149th Street stop is the VIA VERDE development. A LEED Platinum development featuring rentals, co-ops, townhomes and retail spaces. A block over, on E. 156th at 3rd Avnenue going up toward the police precinct (where there used to be a piano place across from) are 3 condo developments: The Aurora, The Orion and La Terraza. There are also plans to take down that old furniture store...BROOKHOUSE FURNITURE on Brook and 3rd Avenue-- across from that old courthouse that's been abandoned for so long? You ex-Bronxites MUST remember that courthouse :o) Well...the owners of that courthouse will be sending a proposal to BARNES & NOBLE with an attractive offer to see if they'd be willing to open doors in the South Bronx. Hell...just blocks south of there, we have that fancy women's shoe store 9 WEST, there's a Staples below the City of New York's Customer Service Center (all City of NY offices in the Bronx were all moved there 2 yrs ago) and there's the new GATEWAY CENTER shopping mall (which is either the largest or 2nd largest in the State of NY) a few blocks down from the old Yankee Stadium Site. On the grounds of the NEW Yankee Stadium, we even have a HARD-ROCK CAFE.

So, things are definitely changing. The areas that were once depressed are gentrifying at a fairly quick rate, as far as I'm concerned. Moved to MELROSE COMMONS 20 years ago to a $ 78,000.00 3-bedroom 1 and 1.5 bath attached townhouse with basement, backyard and 1-car driveway and it's now been appraised at $ 360,000.00. My neighbor recently sold his house to get into a condo nearby (too old for him and wife to be going up and down stairs) and everybody was STUNNED.

And there's SO MUCH MORE going on: on E. 149th and 3rd-- there will be a HUGE development that consists of a Multiplex Movie Theatre, Office spaces, additional retail spaces, more condo/co-ops and landscaping/beautification projects in the surrounding neighborhoods. I hear they'd like to call it TRIANGLE Plaza or NEW HUB Plaza. I'm not sure which is the favored one at this point-- but it's happening. Now...more importantly...THE PROJECTS (yeah...those ugly, low-income buildings) are slowly converting to co-ops around here. 2 blocks south of me 3 buildings out of a grouping of 14 have converted already. Those who buy in will get bamboo flooring, bamboo cabinetry, granite counters and upgrades/modernization on both full baths. Pricetage? $ 265k for 3-bdrms and $ 275k for 3-bdrm garden apts; 1 parking space to each unit. They've already done landscaping, stainless steel modern entryways to the buildings and are working on premium audio/video intercoms, for which they are currently taking bids according to an article I read in the BRONX TIMES paper. TONS going on. Property values are getting up there. I mean, I could probably get a similar townhouse somewhere up in Westchester County for a few thousand more, but then...that puts me further away from NYC and slower property appreciation. I'll stay where I am...this is definitely the place to be. Those interested can search the web. I'd use GOOGLE IMAGE search to see pictures of the buildings I've named-- you'll see for yourselves. Crime's under better control, too. I BARELY hear of ANYTHING happening in the Bronx. The tv news? Everything's about QUEENS, STATEN ISLAND and JERSEY-- even MANHATTAN itself. I think the powers that be finally realized that people in the South Bronx (latinos, in particular) have spending power they never expected-- so now they're opening stores here that didn't EVER consider the South Bronx as "prime" rental. Rite, chain pharmacies like Rite Aid, Duane Reade and CVS have a strong presence here. Been here for years and have NOT closed a single location. Business is BOOMING, so there must be money here. First...they'll be redeveloping the prime areas and then spread outward to increase the scope of the neighborhood renovations. We are, after all, the ONLY borough in New York City that is on the mainland; all the other boroughs are islands-- so we are DEFINITELY in a terrific position. True...the poorer families are facing having to leave little by little-- but that's exactly how gentrification works. Upper-middle class families who can AFFORD to stay WILL stay! But the implications are enormous: it's like we're becoming an EXTENSION of Manhattan. I'd say, in the next 5 years,the redevelopment will double in size.

Posted by: Rob at December 6, 2011 10:03 PM

hello everyone,
I haven't seen any one recalling the bruckner blvd gang. Tall felix, went to cardnal hayes, jose and pete, the brothers from 138 street and bruckner blvd., mousey, miriam and anoter brother i forget his name, we all used to play hand ball against the wall between 138 and 137th street and willow ave. anyone remember woody from st. marys church? Abraham, titi from the cypress bacholers.
what about miggy,her fine sister evelyn, thier brothers johnny and juan from 149th and st ann's ave.
let me know if you are out there.

Posted by: emilio c at December 7, 2011 06:26 PM

I moved to the Mitchell Projects in October 1965. We lived in 360 e. 137st #6j. We were the first family to live in the apt. I loved it there. My childhood memories are to much to put down in this comment box. My name is Rina and my sisters are Olga, Patty and my brother Charlie. His friends called him Chase. It was the best time of my life. Miss my old friends. My very first friend was Linda Ferrer. RIP. She left us some years ago. Janet, Diana, Iris, Jose aka Chota when we were little. Roly, Linda's brother. Wolfie Monkey and Raymond. Three brothers from apt 3c. The Rodriguez family. Michelle, Dennis and Thomas were our friends too! Remember Charlie's deli? Orly's? lol
Those were the days

Posted by: Rina Sotomayor at December 14, 2011 09:24 PM

I just want to say Happy holidays to all my fellow Bronx sisters and brothers - and let's give props to the people who manage this website. Thank you!

Peace for 2012

Posted by: David at December 22, 2011 07:13 PM

I use to live in the millbrook projects which we called down the block. I went to p.s.43 and I.S. 162 in the 70's. my mother worked in burger for years. I will always miss the bronx and will never bad mouth where im from. they called me bo bo.

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Posted by: joseph rodriguez at January 6, 2012 04:24 PM

I grew up in the South Bronx during the seventies. I was there during the big blackout of '77. The place went to hell. Met Foods on Ogden Avenue was ransacked, and there was a real five-and-dime across the street that was razed to the ground.

I remember heading down to the old stadium, and if you hung around the ambulance entrance, some guy from Con Ed would come by and get a few of us into the bleachers for free. I think they were $1.50, then.

The infrastructure at the time was really being developed. They were renovating the stadium and they were still building the some parts of the Major Deegan. What a playground for a group of street urchins jumping fences, looking for trouble.

I went to school first at CES 73, and then at JHS 145 (Arturo Toscanini.)

I try to make it back when I can, and look on what I see with bittersweet memories.

Posted by: Adam at January 31, 2012 01:58 AM

Just to add to this long list of stories. Born by Willis Ave myself. 425 E 142st. Also went to PS37 / Burger / Morris High. I actually remember as a child the Mott Haven Projects being built.Also remember The optimo cigars store on opposite corner on 149 & 3rd Ave. Hearns Dept Store. Alexanders & The Army & Navy store by 157 & 3rd. There use to be a Pawn shop by 146 & Willis Ave. also as Angelos bike shop. The Toy Store between 146 & 147 st. Dime Saving Bank. Then there was Barneys candy store by 143 & Willis.

Posted by: ONIX at March 18, 2012 12:17 PM

I also lived at 1571 Fulton Avenue. Playing stickball (aka SHOTGUN), Skelly and many others homemade games!!

Miss the Bronx...

Do anyone have any information about Manny or Domingo?

Living in Rochester, New York

Posted by: Eddie Ramos at April 7, 2012 06:42 PM

Never thought that I'd find anything like this blog. Grew up in the South Bronx during the 50's and 60's, left around after my junior year in HS on a scholarship, lived on 152nd Street and Jackson Avenue. Went to Clark JHS (149) and Benjamin Franklin HS. Would love to know about Victor Velez and his brothers, Eva Ortega, Nancy Sue, Victor Oquendo, and others of that group and time.

Posted by: A Silva at April 8, 2012 04:42 PM

I just wanted to stop in and give a big hello to everyone and I have a feeling that many of you have missed my views on the Good old Shit hole South Bronx. I will be posting another down to earth real view on what is going on in the shit hole south Bronx and what is not going on, with that being said, I want to let you all know I have missed most of you and will look forward form hearing from you. Have a nice week

Posted by: MASTERDADDY at April 25, 2012 06:24 PM

Hey all you Bronxites I was born in the Old Lincoln hospital in '62 @ that point parents lived in the projects on 135th st by Melrose Ave. From there we moved onto Fox St by Freeman ave, grandma had bought a house for us still remember the addy which was 1172 Fox St last time I drove by which has been years it was a vacant lot, house actuaqlly burnt down twice while we lived there also live by Crotona Park but only while house was being renovated from there spent most of my growing up years @ 1055 Walton Ave rt on the corner of 165th St. from there to i believe it was 1167 Clay Ave rt off 168th St also stood wit my sister near Kingsbridge Rd actually Crescent ave & also then moved rt off Burke Ave. So as u can see was all over The Bx & this all happened in my first 25 yrs of life 1962 thru 1987. Played alot of Paddleball behind the old Yankee Stadium. I think The Bxis actually cleaner today than it was back in them days. Only thing I don't like now is peeps ain't out on the sts like we used to be back inda day. Playing stickball, curb ball Stoop ball or the numbers on the ground playing skellsies(not sure if that spelled rt) a spinoff i guess you would say of marbles. I mean we would play stickball as teams or even 1 on 1 rt on the corner of 166th st & walton ave. So if you read this & was by these places early names I can remember Anibal, papo, Cheo, Carmen, Whiteman, Rican, Pierre, Ambrose Frankie, Craig, Smokey. Victor & Alex Garcia...so if this is any of you get in touch.

Posted by: Willie Lopez at May 17, 2012 01:42 PM

Okay, all I'm reading about is south Bronx.. did anybody out there grow up in Highbridge? I lived on the corner of Nelson ave and 169th st. I also went to Sacred Heart school. I was little when we moved to a NJ suburb in the late 60's. We were part of the "white flight" that famously left the Bronx at that time. I loved it there then. Our apt. building was really nice with beautiful gardens seperating the two buildings. I heard that neighborhood turned really bad in the 70's and our building burned down. So sad... I now live in Orange county, in so. Ca. but I still have fond memories of that place. Are any of you out there somewhere? Jacquie

Posted by: J nelson at May 20, 2012 01:16 AM

Hello my fellow Bronxites,

I was raised in the Bronx, 143rd and Grand Concourse. Went to S.P.S. 31 (castle on the concourse) and then to I.S. 183(second graduating class '76) right across the street from Patterson Projects and finally to Morris High School (annex first then main building). I lived at 424 & 430 Grand Concourse. I also lived at 674 E.149th street 20K (Moore Houses) in the early 80's. I remember everything good and bad about living in the Bronx. I look at my 3 sons and I can't even imagine them surviving in the Bronx, my oldest was born in Lincoln hospital in '78 and my two youngest were born in Orlando, Fl which is where I have been residing since '87. The 2 younger ones actually did move to the Bronx with their father and lasted only 4 months , I gave them 6. Anyway as I read all these posts alot of them bring back alot of memories and alot of them make me sick to read. I am now and will always be proud to say that I will always have the Bronx in my heart no matter where I live, it was a learning experience and I believe it taught me what no school taught me and that was to be a survivor and not a victim. Shout out to my fellow guys and gals from the Boogie Down, god bless us all who made it out of there and god also bless the ones that are by his side now (r.i.p.)......anyone who thinks that they have crossed my path please feel free to reconnect by emailing me......

Posted by: felicita at May 24, 2012 06:25 PM

ola, todo bien!
lived in 460 e 145st between willis and brook around the mid 60's to the mid 70's.
went to p.s.37-clark j.h.s.149.
i'm interested in finding old aquaintences.
i was just a kid back then but i remember most of you other kids as well as most of the BIG GUYS.
if you think you know me e-mail me at rlmarcon1958@hotmail.com
we'll share memories and exchange ideas.

Posted by: papo at May 26, 2012 01:37 PM

hey ONIX,
i remember all of those stores you mentioned and then some!
I remember the cuchifritos between 147& 148st, the pizza shop right in front of clark j.h.s. between 144st & 145st , on the corner of 146st across from the pawn shop there was a drug store where i discovered rock candy for the first time, the funeral home somewhere between 138st &142st all on willis ave.
and nothing on the opposite side of willis from
clark all the way down to 138st just projects, am i right!
remember the entrance to p.s.37, did you play dodge ball on the 145st side, i did, we were tough kids weren't we!
do you remember any of the teachers like Mr. Burke, Mr. Ralf, Mr Yevin, Misess Amendaris
what about the students, do you remember a girl everybody used to tease by calling her BB eyes,
we were mean as well,but then again coming from the south bronx you had to be, survival of the fittest!
looking foward to sharing more memories, tchau!

Posted by: papo at May 26, 2012 02:42 PM

sup people!
Anyone here from E Tremont & southern blvd. around the 70's & 80's
Ray here, from 178st & honeywell, i'm looking for old friends from around the way, Daly, Vise, Brayant.
if you know anyone form 906 or 912 e 178st e-mail me at rlmarcon1958@hotmail.com love to here from you.

Posted by: papo at May 26, 2012 03:20 PM

check this out , pictures of the ole hood at : bdp-south bronx-1980'S-skyscrapercity

Posted by: 674 e. 138 st at May 28, 2012 04:46 PM

Just found this site and it bought back so many memories. I was born and raised in the South Bronx, I went to PS50, Hermen Ridder, and James Monroe. I Lived there from 1959-1979, untill we moved to Dover Pa. and then and to Chicago where we live now. The Bronx has many good memories for me but also many bad one. I choose to remember the good one! I grew up at 1545 Hoe Ave, one of the worst blocks in the Bronx, the home of the real Javelins! What I miss the most about the Bronx, is the sense of community, no matter how bad your block was if you lived there it was your neighborhood, you knew everyone and everyone knew you and watched out for you. People watched each others childrens, the older people called each other comadre y compadre and everyone was your cousin. On long summer days we would sit on the stoops or fire escapes watching the guys from Longfellow or Vyse ave come play stick ball. The younger kids would play in the fire hydrates, Mr. Softee icecream trucks and the Don Sijos corner store, The candy store on the corner of 173rd St. where we stopped every morning on our way to Ridder fun times!

Posted by: Norma at May 29, 2012 08:01 PM

Just found this site and it bought back so many memories. I was born and raised in the South Bronx, I went to PS50, Hermen Ridder, and James Monroe. I Lived there from 1959-1979, untill we moved to Dover Pa. and then and to Chicago where we live now. The Bronx has many good memories for me but also many bad one. I choose to remember the good one! I grew up at 1545 Hoe Ave, one of the worst blocks in the Bronx, the home of the real Javelins! What I miss the most about the Bronx, is the sense of community, no matter how bad your block was if you lived there it was your neighborhood, you knew everyone and everyone knew you and watched out for you. People watched each others childrens, the older people called each other comadre y compadre and everyone was your cousin. On long summer days we would sit on the stoops or fire escapes watching the guys from Longfellow or Vyse ave come play stick ball. The younger kids would play in the fire hydrates, Mr. Softee icecream trucks and the Don Sijos corner store, The candy store on the corner of 173rd St. where we stopped every morning on our way to Ridder fun times!

Posted by: Norma at May 29, 2012 08:01 PM

Just found this site and it bought back so many memories. I was born and raised in the South Bronx, I went to PS 50, Hermen Ridder, and James Monroe. I Lived there from 1959-1979, untill we moved to Dover Pa. and then to Chicago where we live now. The Bronx has many good memories for me but also many bad one. I choose to remember the good one! I grew up at 1545 Hoe Ave, one of the worst blocks in the Bronx, the home of the real Javelins! Carlos, Lefty, Ricky, Raul, Tin-Tin, Julio, Negro and Elvis I am sure there were more that I don't remember. What I miss the most about the Bronx, is the sense of community, no matter how bad your block was if you lived there it was your neighborhood, you knew everyone and everyone knew you and watched out for you. People watched each others childrens, the older people called each other comadre y compadre and everyone was your cousin. On long summer days we would sit on the stoops or fire escapes watching the guys from Longfellow or Vyse Ave come play stick ball. The younger kids would play in the fire hydrates, Mr. Softee ice-cream trucks and the Don Sijos corner store, The candy store on the corner of 173rd St. where we stopped every morning on our way to Ridder fun times! And we walked everywhere, to Hunts Point to chop, I use to walk all the way to Kelly Ave to my grandmother's house, we would walk to Orchard Beach and not think anything of it.

Posted by: Norma at May 29, 2012 08:10 PM

Looking for an old friend name Robert Colon, the use to call him Papo. He had a sister name Norma and they called her Cuca, they use to live at 1529 Hoe Ave on the top floor.

Posted by: Norma at May 29, 2012 08:13 PM

Anyone remember Hoe Ave, between 172nd and 173rd?

Posted by: Norma at May 31, 2012 10:28 PM

Hey Penismaster. you claim to not have lived in the south Bronx. you have no reason to be here and make any comments. you must have been real popular in Parkchester.

Posted by: john at June 8, 2012 02:59 PM

I lived two places in da Bronx...840 Eagle Ave. and 1030 Hoe Ave. We moved to Amityville (yup..that one) when I was in 7th grade (1958). I remember great times and great friends from my South Bronx days. Wish I could reconnect with them...especially Elliott and Ross Hardie. They lived at 902 Eagle.

Posted by: Lou at June 8, 2012 09:47 PM

By the way...I went to ps10, 124, and 51. Then went to St. Peter & Paul and St. John Chrysostom before moving to Long Island.

Posted by: Lou at June 8, 2012 09:52 PM

Grew up in the 1940's at 521 E. 135th St. n.y. Left at 5 years of age to upstate n.y. Now my daughter visits n.y. She knows now how I gave her vocabulary words, like, Sitting on the Stoop. I've always loved cities, good bakeries, good deli's. Appreciate the simple things; because of the hardships I've had to overcome, and the adversity.

Posted by: Doris Barrett (Chadwick) at July 30, 2012 09:51 PM

I lived on 921 Home Street, anyone from there from the 1970's

Posted by: kathy aguilar at August 26, 2012 08:51 PM

whats up, Da Bronx, wow its been awhile since ive been on this site. ive read alot of the writing and i got a flash back from h---. but anyway norma if u r still out there, i went to hermen ridder 98
and to james monroe, HS hated 98, loved monroe used to hang down in the basement in an office called the spark office. the counsels were tony, eddie, ann. it was called the block program it was designed for us outlaws trouble youth. but i will say if it wasnt for tony lookin out for me i would still be in the south bronx pushing up daisy.i graduated for monroe in 79. so if have a year book look it up :-)

Posted by: erine at September 18, 2012 09:59 AM

I lived 832 Dawson St. in the early to mid 50's, that block is gone now, a park is there. I started school at PS 39 and lived not far from the corner of Longwood. I remember Leo's grocery on the corner of Stebbins and Dawson, Earl Farfans liquor store, a candy store where you got penny candy and sometimes two for a penny! double dutch, hand ball, stick ball potsy playing jacks, skating on chicago ball bearings with the key around my neck. I remember Saundra, Winnie, Dennis, Ron and Al Morgan who lived in our building,also a girl named Vicky who lived on the top floor. I remember when the park down the st. on Dawson was built, swing, slides monkey bars. My sister went to JHS 60, the South Bronx was fun back in those days, we played until the street lights came on with no worries, anybody remember the neighborhood then? the A&P had sawdust on the wood floors&Longwood Ave you could by fresh veggies and fish and just about anything you wanted. My first grade teacher was Miss Abbott, I'll never forget her, very nice. We moved about 1955 to Queens, I go back to visit every now and then and the neighborhood is pretty nice now after the all the destruction of the 60's and 70's

Posted by: Denise Horace John at October 1, 2012 10:38 PM

hello again you Bronxites
I pray you are al well. I havent read anywhere from ayone who was around the 138th street Cypress Ave and Bruckner blvd during the late 70's... anyone,,,,anyone??

Posted by: emilio c at November 29, 2012 12:04 PM

Whats up Bronx hoes,It's cool to request from ogs, Where still kicking, And life is hard I do miss most of my homeies from the 70s But What can you say Most of them had die or moved on.But they do reunite xmas,like this xmas there might be a get together at Mikeys mothers house.For thoses of you around Cypress.Chat more later.

Posted by: Lawyer at December 13, 2012 06:33 PM

Merry xmas to all, missing those days of christmas at Home Street, good memories.

Posted by: kathy at December 25, 2012 06:48 PM

I am born, raised, and still live in MillBrook Projects in the Boogie Down. This is exactly how the BX is right now. Bruckner Blvd is now called SoBro! White people have moved into that area (crazy but true). The Mott Haven section of the BX is not as bad as it used to be in the 80's & early 90's when it was the worst place on the east coast with DC and BMore. The Crack game is not that big anymore. Don't get it twisted.. if you walk through any projects on a hot summer night you are asking for trouble. Not so much in the winter.

Posted by: BIGQ at December 26, 2012 01:44 AM

kathy, did you know a black girl named ardell lee? she went to p.s.99 in 1953, 54, 55. she lived on home st. thanks, vicki

Posted by: vicki at January 30, 2013 10:27 PM

Hi Vicki, no i did not know ardell lee, I lived on home street in the 70's to 80's. sorry.

Posted by: kathy aguilar at February 4, 2013 04:35 PM

I see this place has almost come to a end and I am sure people had nothing else to add or to say on the subject of the Slums of the South Bronx. I will leave you my last thoughts on the Slums of the South Bronx, I do hope one day the South Bronx can make a come back and that will only happen when the right people decide to invest and make this there home to raise a good family, but until they clean up all the human garbage and trash, this hope and dream will never come about. I must now move on and take up the issue of Gun control, and my opinion on this matter is very simple, WE have way to much Gun control already. We need good people with Guns, so they can stop the bad man with a GUN. May God Bless all of you and all of your loved ones.

Posted by: MASTERDADDY at April 13, 2013 02:01 PM

Hey folks,

I came across this site and have been flooded with memories (good and bad). Hunts Point was my old stomping ground, and for a time in the early '80s I ran some number holes around 163rd and Fox, Southern Blvd (this one was burned down in '82 or '83) and another one on Hoe avenue right near the corner of Bruckner, along with my partner and brother-in-law Willie (RIP). Like so many others, I fell victim to heroin, first as a "merchant" and soon after, as my own best customer. Needless to say, eventually all of my "props" turned to dust, or more accurately went through my arms. After several stints in the joint and hitting various "bottoms" including what was fashionable at the time - rehab - I finally got my shit together. I just wanted to say that it has been really heartwarming to read all these stories and going back, remembering..."la 149" Alexander, "el Pe-shop" over by Brook Ave...and so many, many recuerdos. I still live in "El Bronx," y no me pienso ir...regardless of what idiots like Mastermoron have to say. Le quiero brindar un saludo y abrazo a todos....Hope to see many of you at the parade in June.

Joey (Gordi).

Posted by: Joe at May 30, 2013 01:00 PM

Waddup BX
Im from patterson projects on 142 st nd 3rd ave. My gramma lived there at 2635..I'm looking for CINDY.. her moms name is SALLY..Can't remember her last name tho.. she visited her gramma on da first floor in the summer time and school breaks....I lived on the 5th fl.. we hung out all the time.. she didn't come out til 3pm cuz she was a sleepy head..lol haven't seen her in many years.. would b nice to catch up.. what are the odds of her reading this blog? Hmm. Lol had fun times in the pjs..I'm.still in the BX .. not too far from home.. pass by the old block sometimes.. feels soo different..

Posted by: jeanette at June 16, 2013 06:42 AM

@ Gordi, you must have been around when my husband was out there hitting the vein in the 70's with the Javelins. Looking for a guy name Roberto Colon they use to call him Papo, live on Hoe Ave between 172nd and 173rd worst block in the Bx at the time. Do you happen to know him?

Posted by: Norma at June 17, 2013 09:44 PM

@Norma....I did know Papo...if its the same guy they sometimes called him robby....same guy?

Posted by: Joe at June 19, 2013 02:01 PM

As I come back to this website from time to time to see if any new post are posted that bring a positive meaning to growing up in one of New York city’s most famous ghettos of all time, and yet most of the good times that many talk about and some even go as far as taking pride and act like it’s some badge of Honor. Talking about the fun things like hanging out in gangs and doing drugs and overdosing on drugs and commenting crime and going off to prison, how truly sad this is and talking about the whores who many I am sure gave birth to children way before they reach the age of 18 years old. In my opinion if many of you think this was such a great place even with all its well documented problems why didn’t many you stay and help turn this ravage hellhole into a better place for the next generation, I am sure we all know that answer, most of you could care less about your so called great neighborhood and most of your figured let somebody else clean up our mess. I would like to leave you all with a question that many of you can think about, how President Barrack Obama plane worked out as far as Change goes. The bright side is he will be gone in a few years and with God willing so will many of the Democrats as well and if this was to happen , then we will all see changes coming that will help every citizen in the U.S.A. . Until the next time, I do wish you all, a happy and great summer and do have lots of fun.

Posted by: MASTERDADDY at July 2, 2013 05:06 PM

Hi. If anyone wants to see pics of the old hoods from the 1970's and 1980's there are a lot on facebook. Just put in the search bar on Facebook: South Bronx. "Like" the pages you find and you will be connected to some great stuff.

Posted by: Pat Mejias at August 1, 2013 04:26 PM

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