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06/10/05


East New York, Brooklyn

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Nice shots...brave soul you must be...Pennsylvania Ave with a camera!

Posted by: Andrew at June 10, 2005 10:48 AM

Christ, who wanted into that yard through the gate!?

Posted by: Brody at June 10, 2005 11:05 AM

Or... or... dear god... who... or *what* wanted... *out*???

Posted by: andy at June 11, 2005 03:07 AM

there is a sullen beauty to east new york, as viewed out of the L train windows as the huge vacant lots roll by after Atlantic Ave. you think you've entered the south, but you are only in between boroughs, at the very heart of Greater New York.

Posted by: Johnny B at June 11, 2005 03:11 PM

I once had a Reverand Krankie...

Posted by: skinnypeterm at June 11, 2005 10:50 PM

Hulk ignore puny human....
Hulk go to park after dusk....
Hulk smash....

Posted by: psychbloke at June 12, 2005 05:45 AM

I had no idea that "Dusk" was exciting enough to warrant such a font.

Posted by: nut wonder at June 13, 2005 07:05 PM

"ooo, east new york,scawy!!" it feels like u only stayed in one area, come back and we can walk thru the whole town! all are welcome.

Posted by: nkm at June 14, 2005 08:06 PM

nkm: I walked about 5 miles the day I shot these.

Posted by: Mike at June 14, 2005 08:44 PM

I grew up in ENY when it was an Italian neighborhood. Between 1960 and 1966 the entire area deteriorated. Blockbusting realtors hastened it's decline. I never liked it even as a kid. Filled with lowlifes. In 1967 we moved to Bensonhurst which was a quieter and much safer neighborhood. One of our cousins lived in ENY until 1975.

Posted by: Mario Z at June 15, 2005 05:27 PM

i remeber east new york very well the italians lived
in the northern part of eny around libery, glenmore,pitkin.also cypress hill was predminantly italian, so was city line.
the jews lived arounf blake,sutter,dumont,livonia,and hegeman.
those where the days.

Posted by: marv at June 16, 2005 09:19 AM

I need the Road Rage doctor....

I love your uncanny ability to pick out the wildest signs....Rev. Awkward? WTF? Would you go to him?

Posted by: Robin at June 20, 2005 11:03 AM

u know mike in hindsight, you did kinda get around cause cuse uh, some of those shots are from Brownsville.
the town, it's not such a hideous place to visit/live (as long as u know how to duck & cover when needed, lol-KIDDING). the neighborhood has some gems as far as architecture, graffiti, novelties, folk,etc. if u ever wanna walk thru again, lmk, i'd be glad to tag along!

Posted by: nkm at June 22, 2005 09:40 PM

the brownsville-e.n.y. area was a great place to live and grow up, in the 40's and 50's......no gangs, no killings and hardly ever even a mugging.....you could walk all the way from saratoga ave to pennsylvania ave AT NIGHT, and NEVER have a problem.......so here's to the GREAT neighborhood of brownsville--e.n.y......long may it wave...in our memories......

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Posted by: arthur at August 3, 2005 02:26 PM


Well just so you all know. That picture is of my
where I last parked my bycycle.

I was realy amazed to find out that the theif used
a car-jack to remove my bike from the fence.

-Clarence.

Posted by: Clarence at August 8, 2005 05:26 PM

Great stuff here, thanks for sharing this..

Posted by: Jane at August 25, 2005 08:37 AM

hi, east new york, a little dangerous, but beautiful as all city on ny. i've lived in ridgewood, as sbdy said, great views from train L
I love ny! i hope to be there next march, 2006, again and stay there for ever.
regards! ariel

Posted by: ariel at September 7, 2005 05:36 PM

Your photos took me back. Four days after moving to NYC in 1992, and not knowing a thing about the city, I sold the car I'd driven here to a junkyard in East New York for forty dollars. The guy sent his daughter out for the money, because he said he "didn't like to keep that kind of cash lying around." I'd planned to walk to the subway, but he wouldn't let me. His daughter drove me to the Pennsylvania Avenue station.

Posted by: Nick at September 11, 2005 10:30 PM

I love and lived in east new york through the worst times in the 80's and 90's the neighborhood is changing now it is a diamond in the ruff. With help of residents past and present can give east new york a better future, where we can walk together blacks, jews, italians, west indians, and central americans to make it one of the greatest neighborhoods in NYC.

Posted by: WillieSHakes at October 17, 2005 06:18 PM

uummmm where's the rest

Posted by: Chante at December 12, 2005 04:42 PM

I am in ENY everyday. I am a real estate salesperson. Unless you have been there you will never know what a great place it is. What you see in the pictures is what East New York was in the past. The future will be very different.

Posted by: JB709741 at January 29, 2006 10:26 AM

I live, shop, was cop(retired)& raised 4 kids in
brownsville. Would not trade the experience 4 anything. The rainbow of people places and things. Thanks 4 the memories. (1964-present)

p.s. there is a lovely garden corner of legion st.& blake ave (complete with ducks and ponds)
flowers and veggies.....y no posting

Posted by: toni at March 2, 2006 10:45 AM

During the fall-early winter of 2005-6, I took several trips to ENY and Brownsville to photograph former synagogues. Most are now churches, a few are day care centers, etc.
There are many of these to be seen. Fascinating.
There are many nice private houses still standing in these neighborhoods. Never had any trouble walking around there. Also I noticed that there is new construction going on, as in the tonier nabes of Brooklyn.

Posted by: Ellen L. at March 11, 2006 02:00 PM

Hi,
first: greetings from germany.
great site,great photos and great impressions.
I“ve read a lot about Brownsville of the 30s ("tough jews"). I show a great interest in photos of the CORNER (Saratoga/Livonia). How looks Midnight Rose Candy Store today?
Can someone send me some photos of this corner? Maybe there exist photos of the old days?
Many thanks

Posted by: zvonko at April 28, 2006 04:23 PM

I BEEN LIVING IN EAST NEW YORK FOR 21 YEARS NOW YOU ARE A BRAVE SOUL TO WALK AROUND AND TAKE PICTURES........IF PEOPLE FROM BUILDING WOULD HAVE SEEN THAT......WELL U WOULD HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR A NEW CAMARA........BUT IF U WANT GREAT PICTURES OF ENY TAKE THE L TRAIN TO BROADWAY JUNCTION AND GO TO THE END OF THE PLATFORM AND U WILL GET A GREAT VIEW OR JUST SIMPLY RIDE THE L TRAIN FROM BROADWAY JUNCTION TO CARNASIE AVE U WOULD GET TONS OF GREAT SHOTS

Posted by: Maurice at June 16, 2006 05:59 AM

Anyone have a picture showing a Livonia Avenue street sign - near the original Fortunoff? I would like to find a photograph - or a street sign.

Posted by: Judy at June 19, 2006 03:48 PM

I lived at 687 Stone Avenue, in my building was the Singer, Rebeckowitz, Friedman and Levine Families. The local Candy Store was owned by the Sherman Family and also living in that building was The Heller, Kazanowitz and Goldsmith Families. Also Dave Fineberg and his family. Dave had a motorcycle with a side car and he would always take the kids for a ride down Stone Avenue to Linden Blvd., and return. On the corner there was Herman's Grocery store and on the other side there was itchy the barber where all the older men hung out and the one person whom I remember was Ruby Berse and his cigar. This was a beautiful street and it is gone now but as far as I am concerned it will never be forgotten

Posted by: Larry Hochfeld at July 4, 2006 10:58 PM

I lived at 422 Saratoga Avenue-between Park Place and Eastern Pky in 1943. I went to PS 144 & then to JHS 178. My memories include Louie's ices on Eastern Pakwy, going to the Eastern Parkway Skating Rink with my steel roller skating box and my poodle skirt.

Going to ice cream sodas on the corner of Saratoga avenue and going to the Pitkin theater and going to Dr. Dendy for my teeth. The treat of the day was going into the Stationery store and looking at al of the school supplies we couldn't afford.

Going with my bubbie to the pushcarts and "hondling" for my first pocketbook.

Great times past.

Posted by: Susan at July 9, 2006 09:49 AM

anyone interested in Brownsville/East New York should read "A Walker In The City," by Afred Kazen. If you're up for a breathtaking view, climb to the top of Highland Park. You can see all of City Line, East New York, and Brownsville right to Jamaica Bay to the East. Turn around and you're looking at Manhattan. Highland Blvd runs parallel to Jamaica Avenue and is lined with mansions, which sit on estates perched high over the streets. This is amazing urban terrain.

Posted by: specs at July 23, 2006 10:12 AM

Brownsville just like every other place in the city and world has changed. But don't rag it. I know for certain there are similiar shots in any neighborhood in NYC. And by the way, when the City is ready, it will change this area like it has done to so many others!

Posted by: Wayen at September 6, 2006 10:26 PM

damn east ny. da hood.

Posted by: yea1 at October 27, 2006 09:35 PM

Is there any pictures of old graffiti murals from ENY and Brownsville.

Posted by: Jay at November 17, 2006 06:45 AM

We lived in East New York at 412 Barbey Street, between Pitkin and Belmont Avenues, until 1952. The house was a two-story "railroad" - upstairs you entered the kitchen, then the living room in front, and the bedrooms led from one to the other to the back of the house. I can remember pushcarts on Blake Avenue, the Pitkin Avenue El, Public School 158.

Thanks for the memories.

Posted by: Harvey at November 24, 2006 07:46 PM

I lived at 1939 Park Place. I remember Louies Ices, the Pitkin Theater every Sat. morning. I went to PS 175. David Marcus, then Tilden High. I remember Ralph, the cop.

There was a candy store on Bristol St where we all hung out. Then moved to Strauss & Dumont. Used to go to Betsy Head Pool. What days.......

Posted by: Micki at December 27, 2006 08:29 AM

Micki's post on Dec. 27th inspired me to comment. I lived on Blake Avenue and later Dumont Avenue in the Brownsville Houses. I also attended PS 175, went to Harry Eiseman (JHS 275) and then on to Tilden. My parents still live in Brownsville, now on Linden Boulevard. I visit as often as I can and see some revitalization occurring. Anyone interested in catching up with old friends should attend the Brownville Old Timers Weekend festivities which occurs on the last weekend in July at the Brownsville Recreation Center (BRC).

Posted by: Abu Bakr at December 27, 2006 08:59 AM

I lived in ENY at 783 Blake Ave went to PS 182 (is it still around??), walked through the park. It was GREAT!! What fun I had! My brothers and sister went to Thomas Jefferson High and Brooklyn Tech. All my siblings went to St. Michael's & St. Fortunata's Confraternity dances. My younger brother and I were not interested in that stuff back then! We watched the Flintstones!! We moved to Queens in 1962. I loved the push carts and all the excitement? I still miss East New York! Went to St. John Cantius', St Gabriel's and St. Malachy's churchs. We all got along so well.

Posted by: Margarite at January 17, 2007 04:54 PM

Your web site is great loaded with nostalgia. I live in Charlotte, N.C, however grew up on Saratoga & Blake in the very heart of Brownsville, Sold newspapers on the corner of Pitkin and Hopkinson, ushered at the Pitkin and Sutter Theaters and boxed in a gym behind the poolroom on Livonia and Georgia. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Murray Rosen at February 3, 2007 10:02 PM

HAD A GREAT CHILDHOOD & TEENAGE YEARS GROWING UP IN THE NEN LOTS SECTION OF EAST NEW YORK LATE FORTIES TO 1967.WOULD NOT SWAP IT FOR MILLON BUCKS!NO COMPUTERS ALWAYS PLAYING STREAT GAMES GREAT TIME WAS HAD BY ALL??

Posted by: LOUIE at February 24, 2007 01:56 PM

I lived in Brownsville from 1962 to 1967 and in ENY from 1967 to 1986. Public school 184, JHS 275 and Thomas Jefferson High School where my schools. I never had any problems living in those so called "dangerous areas". I felt immune from danger. What great times I did have growing up there. When I hear the music of the 60's and 70's (Motown) those two NY areas come to mind and in a funny sort of way - I miss those days. I would not trade those memories for the world.

Posted by: Carmen at March 1, 2007 07:27 PM

In 1960 my dad had a butcher shop at 2323 fulton st ( bet. hendricks and schank) we lived above it and eventually moved in the rear of the shop. then we moved to the corner of fulton & hendricks above louie's grocery store. seeing this site really brought back a lot of good memories

Posted by: Sal at March 3, 2007 05:51 PM

I lived at 468 Saratoga Ave., corner St.John's Place in the 30's & 40's Went to PS144, JHS 178 & Thomas Jefferson. Drove through the area a few weeks ago - empty stores - abandoned buildings - Pitkin Ave, barely recognizable. Does anyone remember Ratner's icecream parlor, Midnight Rose's Candystore. I think it was near Livonia Ave.a hangout for Murder inc. Nothing now recognizable.

Posted by: marcia schwartzburg at July 28, 2007 12:02 AM

My family lived at 811 Cleveland Street for many years before 1967. Memories of New Lots contain horses and nannygoats on the land south of cozine .Material on the internet regarding ENY is evocative for me.

Posted by: Stu at July 30, 2007 10:16 PM

HI, I GREW UP IN E.N.Y. WENT TO P.S. 63 THEN TO J.H. 149. GRADUATED FROM THOMAS JEFFERSON H.S. I CANNOT TELL YOU HOW HAPPY I AM TO READ ALL THE WONDERFUL COMMENTS EVERYONE HAS MADE. I WOULD LOVE TO TALK TO ANYONE WHO CARES TO WRITE ME. THANKS SO MUCH FOR ALL THESE WONDERFUL MEMORIES. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS gigi.mom@verizon.net. JUST IN CASE IT DOES NOT APPEAR ABOVE. THANKS, MARIE

Posted by: Marie O'Malley at August 7, 2007 06:04 PM

It's nothing better than growing up in ENY. You learn and do things that you won't learn anywhere else. My experience of ENY-Brownsville comes from an era when it was at it's worst. The Crack-Epedimic. This set the community back 20+ years. The violence was rampid- Look at the 75th Pre CrimeStats from 86-92. 75th Pre lead the city in Homicides for 15yrs and still leads the city.

Posted by: King Cyrus at August 9, 2007 10:40 AM

I was born (literally) at 375A Ashford Street. My best friend, Rudy Clark lived across the street at 374 Ashford. There was no 375, only 375A. Go figure. ...That was back in 1963. I lived the better part of my life in East New York, attending St. Michael's Elementary School on Liberty Avenue.

I spent many a night hanging out on Pitkin and Warwick, not knowing I lived in the ghetto. I ran track for Thomas Edison High School from 1977 to 1981 and did most of my long-distance training on and around Pitkin Avenue, usually running a loop that included Highland Park's reservoir to places as far as Empire Boulevard past Brownsville. I loved racing cars along the stores on Pitkin because I could usually pass the cars when they had to stop for lights. I was fast back then. Ah, the good old days.

After college, yes, my sister and I both graduated college, (Me Hoftra, sis St. John's) and took jobs outside the city and state. East New Yorkers actually attended school.

Almost 44 years later, I live a cushy life in Phoenix, Az.

A Met fan to the end, I often take my son to East New York on my trips back to catch games and see friends and relatives. I want him to see where it all began...

These pictures brought back a boatload of great memories. Thanks. I'll be sure to forward the site to my sister. I know she'll feel the same.

Posted by: Will Diaz at August 16, 2007 05:38 PM

Hi everyone out there! You who lived in E.N.Y. Brooklyn back in the mid sixties through the mid seventies. I am Puerto Rican. And I am searching for friends and schoolmates who went to Jr.H.S.149 in the early sixties 1962-64 to be exact. If you lived there during this time please contact me. I would love to hear from you. It is wonderful that we can share this website with so many people who share the memories of the old hood. I used to hang out in Miller Park. I lived on Wyona St, Georgia Ave, Vermont St, Sheffield Ave, Hinsdale St, Williams Ave, Snediker Ave, My last address before leaving New York was Van Siclen Ave. I lived in ENY until 1976 when I moved to L.A. California. Today I live in Tucson, Arizona.

Posted by: Priscilla Bueno at August 21, 2007 03:20 AM

I linked to this page from another site, Forgotten NY, and was pleasamtly suprised. I lived in Brownsville 'til 1960 and East New York from 1975 to 1996. I was one of the first residents in the Van Dyke houses and went to P.S. 150. There was another school directly across the street next to the Brownsville houses.I remember Pitkin Avenue and Belmont Avenue but I also remember pushcarts on either Blake or Dumont Avenue by the railroad cut. There was another school around Dumont Avenue that was torn down when the Van Dyke expanded.Fortunoffs had stores on Livonia around Georgia and Williams Avenue. Foes anyone recall the names of the two moviehouses side by side on Stone Ave between Pitkin and Belmont?

Posted by: Allen Page at September 18, 2007 02:27 AM

Wow, some memories. I liked on Atkins Avenue near Hegeman, attended PS 202 then F.K. Lane H.S.
ENY New Lots was a wonderful neighborhood back in the late fifties to late sixties. I remember the push carts on Blake Avenue, the New Lots el, Cypress Hill pool and roller skating, my life back then, at Empire then Park Circle. Any old friend out there? I now live in NC.

Posted by: Arline at September 26, 2007 11:44 AM

Woops, that was lived on Atkins Avenue, sorry for the typo. As we get older memories seem to become more vivid and those were such wonderful days, before computers and all the modern tech things, we didn't even have air conditioning, but she sure had fun.

Posted by: Arline at September 26, 2007 11:46 AM

Does anyone remember the elevated train on Pitkin which crossed Pennsylvania Ave? Not the one still there in Fulton but the one that connected with the Canarsie line at Atlanric Avenue?

Posted by: Allen at October 24, 2007 08:12 PM

I lived in East New York in the late 40's, throuh the late 50'S. We didn't know we were poor and life was great. Life was simple and not very materialistic. None of us had money.

Two years ago I celebrated my 50th reunion from TJHS and it was so much fun seeing all the oldtimers I went to school with,

Keep up the good work with this website

Posted by: Marsha Antonoff at November 21, 2007 07:57 PM

great website if anyone has any pictures about those good old days of ENY PLEASE POST THEM.THNX.

Posted by: adan arzu at November 27, 2007 04:41 PM

Our home still sits on a lovely corner facing the beautiful Highland Park. Four sisters are we, who now no longer live in the city.
Public schools, 108,171,260, 292, Franklin K Lane, and even Canarsie High.
GREAT memories. Wish it had been a safer place to grow up. Cause the beauty of the Park was not enough for this day dreamer. I wanted it all for me and my sisters. I wanted to feel safe walking late at night, or just sitting on the stoop. Ah Well. maybe again soon...then some other Mother can raise her kids and not have to worry so much about the neighborhood being unsafe. ( 1952-1999)

Posted by: Linda Schnell at November 28, 2007 08:10 AM

Went to PS 158 in 2cnd grade (1962) grew up a musician and wrote a song about it

http://www.myspace.com/joeyracano

Posted by: Joey Racano at November 30, 2007 09:48 PM

I lived in East New York on New Jersey Ave my maiden name was Robertson First name Kathy I went to PS 182 and JHS 149 and for a short time I went to Thomas Jefferson. If any one remembers me please e-mail me. I lived there from 1946 to 1968.

Posted by: Kathleen at December 10, 2007 03:19 PM

I live at 1751 St. Johns Place from my birth in 1936 till 1954 when I joined the Army. Schools were PS 144, JHS 178 and Boys High. Still have my graduation photos from junior high and high school. I wonder were the hair went and the wrinkles came from?

Posted by: Arnold Horowitz at January 4, 2008 06:21 PM

BETH EL HOSPITAL IN 1943. 405 STONE AVE BETWEEN BELMONT & PITKIN 1943-1960.
PS 150; DAVID MARCUS JHS; TJHS.

MY FAMILY OWNED A SHOE STORE AT 101 BELMONT AVE BETWEEN STON & CHRISTOPHER. I HAVE A BROTHER NAMED JAY

Posted by: LESTER COHEN at January 19, 2008 11:00 PM

I lived in ENY in the 50's and early 60's went to
PS 158 then to PS108(near Highland Park) then to JHS 149, Thomas Jefferson HS and Brooklyn College.
Lived at 488 Hendrix St. Bet. Sutter and Blake - the neighborhood was mixed - black, white, Christian and Jewish - all of us poor and none of us knew it. Loved every minute of it. You could go anywhere and come home any hour of the day or night and feel safe in your own neighborhood - we had the best of everything. The best schools and the best libraries. I'll never forget it.

Posted by: Arlene Honey at February 18, 2008 04:06 PM

MY FAMILY LIVED IN ENY FROM 1940-1980 I WAS BORN IN 1962 ST MARYS HOSPITAL LIVED AT 509 BLAKE AVE FROM 62-73 GEORGIA AVE 73-82 MY MOM IS ITALIAN LAST NAME CARLINO MY DAD PR CRUZ. THEY LIVED IN ENY FROM 1940-1989.ANYONE REMEMBER ATKINS FLOWER SHOP ON SUTTER AVE BOBS SHOE STORE ROYAL GIANT SUPERMARKET AKA BILLY BLAKES.CHUCK THE BUTCHER BELMONT AVE? I WENT TO PS 328 MR RISSCO MS BLACKMAN MS CARMEN MS LESLIE GREAT TEACHERS.THE ENY THAT I ONCE LOVED IS GONE NOW BUT I DO HOLD FOND MEMORIES.

Posted by: VIVKI CRUZ at March 2, 2008 12:15 AM

Hi, I lived in ENY (Wyona St) from 1968-1972. Does anyone remember a sad event that happened in 1972 when a teacher was thrown out of an elementary school window? The school was a couple of blocks down Wyona St., but no longer exists. I have very fond memories (except for that sad event). Teacher: Mr. Areiter. FRIENDS BACK THEN: Daniel, Danny, Emma and Elba Echevarria, Tito QuiƱones, Kathy that lived in a corner.

Posted by: Jazmin Santiago at March 5, 2008 08:19 PM

Born and raised in East New York.Lived a good part of my teens in the apartmernt house on Warwick & glenmore.Hung with the guys at Fox's Luncheonett on :iberty Ave and Jerome St.Fond memories of Highland Park,etc.(remember Snake Hill?)

Posted by: stevie maz at April 6, 2008 10:16 PM

I lived at 267 Chester St. in Brownsville between 1954-1961 and loved/hated it! I remember being hit by a kid from one of the local gangs as they rampaged down our block. Also remember seeing a dime stuck in a guys ear as some sign of status. My uncle owned the tailor shop next to the grocery at the corner of Blake and Chester, before the4y built the JHS (Marcus). I went to PS 175 and had Miss Sirota for 6th grade...she was a great teacher!!! Contact me if you were a neighbor or an old friend. Morris Hoffman, also called "Carrotop" those days because my hair was red.

Posted by: Morris Hoffman at April 13, 2008 03:36 PM

I am the Director of the Spay Neuter Intervention Project (SNIP). SNIP is an animal rescue organization and the only organization in NYC to advocate on behalf of junkyard dogs and inner cit animals. Our voluntary work is in Brownsville and East NY. We have been involved in these communities since 1994. The suffering of the animals in these communities is horrendous.

Posted by: Regina Massaro at April 18, 2008 04:54 AM

I grew up in Cypress Hills in the 60's-80. We were a bit far from East New York, but your photos were amazing and brought back many memories, riding the J train to the city and going through those neighborhoods, wondering, what the hell happened! it was a wonderful place growing up, my parents were the last folks on the block to sell and even Dad was sad to go..these places have personality all their own..or maybe its just us..but thank you..Anyone else have memories of Cypress hills, Fulton St., PS 65 or IS 171, Blessed Scarement, where Tony Danza went?? Great stuff..thank you.

Posted by: grace at April 27, 2008 02:02 AM

i lived in e.n.y. from 1984-1995. went to p.s. 141 & i.s. 292, lived on sutter ave & van sinderen right by the l train, vermont & glenmore & finally barbey & belmont.

though now living in atlanta, i have great memories of how it was to grow up in such a tough neighborhood, wouldn't have it any other way...!

Posted by: giovanni at May 2, 2008 03:05 AM

Midnight Rose's is now a luncheonette w/ a yellow awning. It freaks me out to go in there towards the back to get juice, and I realize that payphones used to be there so killers could be assigned their hits.

The women's hospital on Thomas Boyland and Amboy is now a church. There's a beautiful little house further down that block that has to have been there for at least 100 years.

The two movie theaters were Loew's cineplexes, I believe. My grandmother used to tell me`about paying 10 cents for a big bag of popcorn and penny candies, watching cartoons all day. I believe one theater was torn down...the other is retail space, was supposed to be a Conway.

There's lots of great tresures to find in Brownsville...I'm only 17, so I may never know most of them...but one thing I am curios about it the burned out school- PS 125, I think- on the corner of Blake and...Rockaway? I'm terrible at crosstreets...it's right there on the edge of Brownsville Projects. How long has that buildin been abandoned? I've been trying to get a grant to but it and rehab it, turn it into a real community center...

Posted by: Kim at June 1, 2008 02:03 AM

I lived in ENY since 1962 until 1982, I saw the drastic change. I lived on Belmont Avenue, across the street from Berriman JHS 64, then moved to Pitkin Avenue, bet. Essex and Linwood sts. I had a great time at 64 and Lane HS until my dad got mugged and a few months later died in 1970. He had gone to Blake Ave. to the Lee's Store to buy me a pair of jeans. I also remember going to Belmont Ave for fish. I believe ENY could have survive as a city or town on it own. Highland Pk, White Castle's on Atlantic and Carvel's was there too. The village housing complex on Atlantic to Liberty and Berriman to Montauk. Paladino's on Pitkin and Elton, had the lemon ices and jelly apples in the fall and winter. Kaye's Department stores on Essex and Pitkin, can't forget the sandwiches at George's Deli on Pitkin near Linwood, the Mostoff's hardware store also on Pitkin, the Kinema on Berriman and Pitkin, wow what about Jordan's Almonds on Liberty and Linwood, Liberty Park on Liberty and Linwood, where IS 302 is now, they had spinklers pool and softball field, on the Atlantic Ave side they had handball courts. I remember playing triangle by the Health Center on Linwood Street btw Belmont and Pitkin Avenue. The Hammer Soda factory on Fountain and Atlantic where you could pass by and see the making the soda. Diana Coal across the stret from them, I could go on, if you have picture you want to share pass by www.myspace.com/fatkato. I remember St Rita's on Shepherd, St Michaels on Jerome and Liberty, Doering Tasckle Shop on Liberty and Hendrix or Schenck, Almost for Borden Ice Factory on Atlantic Avenue. I will always miss the rides on the "A" train to Rockaway Playland on 98th St in Rockaway. On a windy day the surf could hit the the train car. Then having to pay a fare to get out. Thanks for the Share.

Posted by: jack donato at June 24, 2008 09:02 PM

I lived in ENY until '63 on Blake Ave between Montauk and Atkins above Cafiso's Grocery Store and Bloombergs Hardware. I was 9 and got robbed walking into Cafiso's, so we moved to Jersey. I saw Bozo and Officer Joe Bolton at the Kinema once before seeing a ton of 3 Stooges shorts. Richard Brown was my best friend and I went to PS 201. I remember the weekend that a kid in my class was on Just For Fun with Sonny Fox on channel 5.

Posted by: John Karpf at June 29, 2008 09:45 PM

I grew up in Brownsville during the late 40's and 60's. We lived at 353 Newport Street between Powell and Sackman streets. We played in Nanny Goat park and played handball and baseball. Most of us went to PS 184 then to JHS109 on Livonia Ave and Powell Street. We knew Arthur Millman, the Schumskis, Sheldon Kessler, Paul Cohen, Julie Cohen, Carol Sayles, Anita Medanski, Lila Lerner,Herbie DiDonna, Frank Mutnick, Billy Darvin, Marvin Pastina and a Bunch more. We belonged to the original Brownsville Boys Club on Christopher Ave and then to the Brownsville Recreation Center on Linden Blvd. Drop me a line if this sounds vaguely familiar. Steve Greenfield

Posted by: Steve Greenfield at July 2, 2008 01:29 PM

Grew up in ENY between 1947 and Dec 1963, when we escaped what had become a very dangerous area. Pity, because in the 50's Vermont St., between Dumont and Blake, had been a very integrated neighborhood, and everyone got along. My next door neighbor ran up and down the street in 1955, when the Dodgers won the World Series, yelling,"Who's a bum now!?" Went to PS 182 and played in the school ocherstra, under Mrs. Lopez, in grades 5-6, then JHS 149, but wouldn't go to Jefferson, because by 1960 it had become split along ethnic lines. Went to Stuyvesant.
I remember pushcarts on Blake Ave west of Pennsylvania, good kosher delis at Livonia and Penn, Blake and Penn, and at Van Siclen next to the el. Sol's ice cream on New Lots, the Old Dutch church on New Lots, where they built the library across the street.
Anyone remember the vegetable farms on Linden Blvd, before they built the projects, or the last dairy farm in NYC, with cows (!)on Vermont, south of Linden?
How about the Carvel on Penn Ave, near the miniature golf, or the grasslands alongside the road, filled with rabbits and pheasant? Brooklyn has changed, but not for the better.
Left Brooklyn in 1987, and still miss Brooklyn restaurants and bakeries, but even many of those are now memories, too.

Posted by: cliff at July 3, 2008 03:35 PM

i lived at 604 ashford st, near new lots and livonia. there was an bryers ice cream shop on the corner, and gabes bait and tackle on ashford, near the el. i went to ps 202 and often dream that there is a laundromat beneath the el, where new lots and livonia ave's meet. in the dream i am in the laundromat and i am doing a load of clothes and i take off what i am wearing and throw that in two. i stand there in my nakedness and wait for my laundry to be done. a drug dealer comes in to offer me cocaine and the dream ends abruptly with me telling the dealer, satan, get behind me.....i could not believe i found a website with your name and the area it comes from.

Posted by: marie armone at July 23, 2008 02:16 PM

I just remembered the Sunnydale farms towards Flatlands Ave, the junk yards and dump before Starret city was built. The pushcarts on Belmont west of Stone Aave, the big theater on Hinsdale and Sutter ave right by the L line stop. I remember Doering Tackle Shop in the middle of East New York Barbey and Liberty I believe it was, and the Borden's Ice cream factory on Atlantic and Hendrix, the Piels beer factory on Liberty, near Maxwell HS. Slowly as I read the comments things come back, except my youth :)

Posted by: jack donato at July 25, 2008 09:14 PM

Lived in ENY from 1952-1959. 1091 Sutter Ave was my address. Attended PS 64. Attended the East NY Jewish Center on Atkins between Sutter and Blake. The Kinima, Blake Ave pushcarts, the live fish and chicken markets, Highland Patk, Carvel A simple life, a great life, one which I wish my kids and grandkids could experience.

Posted by: Marvin Aschendorf at August 19, 2008 01:39 PM

The "beautifull building" shown at the corner of Pitkin and Stone was a bank in the 40's and 50's. I grew up in NJ, however my grandparents had a restaurant at the corner of Liberty and Stone for may years. I cam down in 1953. Thier name was Bookbinder.

Posted by: lenny greenberg at August 23, 2008 10:52 PM

The "beautifull building" shown at the corner of Pitkin and Stone was a bank in the 40's and 50's. I grew up in NJ, however my grandparents had a restaurant at the corner of Liberty and Stone for may years. I cam down in 1953. Thier name was Bookbinder.

Posted by: lenny greenberg at August 23, 2008 10:52 PM

I used to live on New Jersey Ave and went to P.S.76 in 1965. I remember a mural on the side of a building (i think on Atlantic Ave) that had a skull on it. Does anyone know about that? I was very young but remember getting a squirt of whipped cream from the baker at Mrs. Maxwell's when my brothers and i would get jelly donuts every saturday. There was also a candy store on the corner of Fulton and Wyona where we would get an egg cream and those wax coke bottles. We left New York in 1968, but have very fond memories of highland park and the neigborhood.

Posted by: Chris Yaeger at September 7, 2008 07:12 PM

lived in eny from early 1940s to 1963. lived at 746 hendrix st, right across the street from a synagoge. does anybody remember hendrix st with the cobblestones? who about the grazing cows on linden blvd. miller's grocery store on hendrix and hegeman? friends, gilbert, billy, errol, larry, arthur, stan, lester, loretta, manny, and many many more the names escapes me.

Posted by: sheldon crohn at September 21, 2008 10:12 AM

lived in eny from early 1940s to 1963. lived at 746 hendrix st, right across the street from a synagoge. does anybody remember hendrix st with the cobblestones? who about the grazing cows on linden blvd. miller's grocery store on hendrix and hegeman? friends, gilbert, billy, errol, larry, arthur, stan, lester, loretta, manny, and many many more the names escapes me.

Posted by: sheldon crohn at September 21, 2008 10:12 AM

I grew up on Pennsylvania Ave.,and Livonia.I hung out at Curly's poolroom,and Snediker Park.I just finished making a CD of the neighborhood.I went to P.S.190,JHS 166,and TJHS.Anyone that would like to share photos,please contact me.I would like to post some,on this site,but don't know how. Jack

Posted by: Jack at September 30, 2008 02:19 AM

I LIVED ON ST. MARKS AVE. BETWEEN SARATOGA AVE. & HOWARD AVE. I WENT TO P.S.144 THEN TO J.H.S.178, THEN TO THOMAS JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL. 1940'S, TO 1952. THEN I WENT INTO THE ARMY. I WAS IN KOREA FOR TWO YEARS. I USETO GO TO THE CAPITOL THEATER ON SARATOGA AVE & DEAN STREET. I ALSO BOUGHT ITAILAN HERO'S (SANDWICHES,SUB'S) FROM MOMMA BOSCO FOR LUNCH. THE PRINCIPAL NAME WAS DR. NUZZI & THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL WAS MR.LYNCH,MRS. GERRERN WAS THE MATH TEACHER, MRS.WINE WAS THE ART TEACHER,MRS.SWAN,MR.CHRISTIE,AND BIG OLD MISS JENNINGS WAS THE GIRLS GYM TEACHER.ON THE CORNER OF SARATOGA AVE & BERGEN STREET WAS A GROCERY STORE OWNED BY RAE SCHWATZ AND HIS WIFE SYLVIA. ON SARATOGA AVE.BETWEEN BERGAN & ST. MARKS AVE. WAS ABARBA SHOP OWNED BY MR. SHERMAN & MR. MILLER. ON THE CORNER OF ST. MARKS AVE. WAS A SHOE REPAIR STORE OWNED BY "LARRY". YOU USE TO SIT IN A LITTLE CUBICAL AND HE WOULD TAKE YOUR SHOES AND REPAIR THEM WHIE YOU WAITED. THAT WAS THE BEST OF YEARS. P.S. THE MAN THAT EVERYONE CALLS LOUIS ICES, OWNED AN APARTMENT HOUSE AT 32 OSBOURNE STREET WHERE I WAS BORN. I ALMOST FORGOT MR. MILLER WHO USE TO SELL HOT KNISHES FROM A WAGON BY J.H.S.178.
I HOPE YOU ENJOYED THIS TRP BACK IN TIME!

NORMIE (PEANUTS)

Posted by: NORMIE (PEANUTS) at October 13, 2008 05:06 PM

I remebe ENY as the spot where the bags were bigger and cheaper. Coke, dope, crack, weed. It was all everywhere. Literally on every corner. Who could forget the cries on Fulton of,"20 Rocks, stick and move." Those were the days

Posted by: 80'sExcess at October 21, 2008 03:20 PM

I live in East New York now and want to use some of these shots for my myspace page. Can I have your permission to do so?

I grew up in Queens, moved uptown to Harlem when I was 19 and later found myself by happenstance in East New York after a brutal Saturn Return. You see the gate that somebody forced open? In my mind, thats how hard I was fighting the Universe to get out of ENY but life had other plans. When I lost, I sat and looked around and realized, I like it here.
I want to stay on Atkins for the friends I've made, the little kids playing football, skipping rope, going from house to house in the summer time. Its not glamorous and sexy out here, like Fort Greene or Park Slope but it's...cool.

Posted by: Nasira at October 26, 2008 10:52 AM

Hello world! Meaning the East New York World. I am Priscilla my maiden name was Castro when I lived in E.N.Y. I went to Jr.H.S.149. I am still searching for my friends and classmates that went to Jr.H.s.149 between the years of 1961-1963. My homeroom teacher was Mr. Leon. And for math I had Mr. Raab, he was a Jewish teacher. My parents lived on Wyona St. when I went to 149. My dad was a Minister. Anyway is there anyone out there who knows me? If you think you do know me, please drop me a note! Hope to hear from someone soon. Since reading all these stories from back then has made me nostalgic. I am taken back to that era in time. Boy! I wish I could turn the clock back but this would be imposible. I'll just enjoy my life and remember the good times of the yesteryears in E.N.Y. God Bless Everyone!

Posted by: Priscilla Bueno at November 6, 2008 12:50 AM

I grew up in cypress hills and went to ps 171 and franklin k lane. 1868-1995.Longs ice cream parlor.its was a great place to grow up

Posted by: Eddie Schubert at December 20, 2008 07:06 PM

I grew up in ENY- 638 Warwick St. from the forties to mid-fifties. I went to PS 202 and then TJH. I stayed at Chester & Marty's candy store on Livonia Ave. I remember the Biltmore where you spend all Saturday because your Mom sent you with everything but your pillow. I remember Nellie's Delly, where you got the largest, sourest pickle from a huge wooden vat in the front of the store. I remember the Elton St. park, I remember Marie A., Marion S., Marilyn G., Carlo F., Joey A., Joe G. I have the most wonderful memories of my friends, then my parents made us move to Brighton Beach. I always promised myself I would move back when I grew up, but the reality is, you can't go home again.

Posted by: Mimi Woods at December 29, 2008 03:47 PM

Hi lived in east new york till 1968 attened PS 202
does anyone remember katz's toy store on berriman st and blake ave my favorite place to hang out. Moved in 1968 to cypress hills and graduated from
IS 171 in 1970. Looking for alumni from that year
for a possible reunion
marie

Posted by: marie coco at January 3, 2009 09:51 PM

This is just wonderful. I grew up on Georgia Ave Between Newport and Riverdale, across the street from PS 190. Also went to PS 149, and TJHS. I am very sad tonight to hear that Fortunoff may be closing it's flagship store. The Manhattan store is already closed.

I remember the original store of course, two blocks away from me.

Posted by: RM at February 4, 2009 10:06 PM

Hi i grew up in East New York at 223 fountain ave.
I loved it... I went to berriman JHS64. I remember a corner store on pitkin I use to go get hamburgers for a quarter. It was always crowed at lunch time.I remember when the news of Martin luther king. I had just come out of school and people where running and fighting braking store fronts screaming, I thought it was the end of the world.I remember the meat market at the corner of atkins and belmont. I am looking for class mates from JHS64 please contact me thanks. I would love to here from you! Adia Andino, Evelyn Lugo has a brother named Wilson.Fitzroy holmes and his twin brother. Hippie burgos,Debra green and anyone who remembers me.

Posted by: aurea cruz at February 14, 2009 07:42 AM

Anyone who has some ties to East New York, and is interested in its revitalization, should certainly check out some of our amazing community gardens, including the youth-run UCC Youth Farm. You can find more info about how to visit us at www.eastnewyorkfarms.org ... the gardens are a great testimony to the resiliency of our neighborhood.

Posted by: Sarita at April 2, 2009 02:39 PM

I LIVED AT 583 BELMONT AVE. BETWEEN SCHENCK AVE. & BARBEY ST. FROM 1945 TO 1961 WHEN WE MOVED TO CROWN HEIGHTS. I ATTENDED PS 158 ON ASHFORD ST. AND THEN ON TO JHS 149, THOS. JEFFERSON H.S. AND FINALLY BROOKLYN COLLEGE. ON THE CORNER OF SCHENCK AND BELMONT WAS THE LIBERTY SODA FACTORY. THEIR SLOGAN WAS "ENJOY FREEDOM OF THIRST" DRINK LIBERTY SODA. AS A KID I WOULD STAND INSIDE THE FACTORY AND WATCH THE BOTTLES BEING FILLED ON THE CONVEYOR BELTS. I REMEMBER THE CANDY STORE ACROSS FROM P.S. 158. I THINK THE NAME WAS LOPOTTO'S. I ALSO REMEMBER THE CANDY STORE ON SUTTER AVE. OWNED BY THE BLITZERS AND THE CANDY STORE ON MILLER AVE. CALLED CUSHNER'S. THERE WAS ALSO A GERMAN ICE CREAM PARLOR ON PITKIN AVE. NEAR THE EL OR IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOCATED ON FULTON ST. MY DAD WAS A WEEKEND TENNIS PLAYER AND VERY WELL KNOWN AT HIGHLAND PARK WHERE HE WON MANY BOROUGHS TOURNAMENTS. HIS NAME WAS MOSES GOTTLIEB AND HE PASSED AWAY IN MAY OF 1993 AT THE AGE OF 80 BUT HAD STILL PLAYED TENNIS UP UNTIL HIS PASSING. MY MOM, SISTER AND I WOULD ALWAYS ATTEND THESE TOURNAMMMENTS. I HAD A FRIEND WHO LIVED AT 599 ESSEX ST. HER NAME WAS MAXINE MALINA AND I BELIEVE SHE MARRIED A GUY BY THE NAME OF EDDIE KOLOMIECHUK. I WOULD LOVE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER BUT HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL FINDING HER. I MAY HAVE HER MARRIED NAME INCORRRCTLY SPELLED OR SHE MAY NO LONGER HAVE THAT NAME. ANYWAY, PLEASE EXCUSE THE UPPERCASE TYPING OF THIS MESSAGE, I NEED NEW GLASSES FOR READING. I AM NOT ANGRY. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS THE EAST N.Y. NEIGHBORHOOD I LIVED IN AND WOULD LIKE TO REMINISCE, PLEASE EMAIL ME AS I WOULD WELCOME HEARING FROM YOU.

CAROLE (NEE GOTTLIEB)

Posted by: CAROLE at April 25, 2009 10:40 PM

I LIVED AT 583 BELMONT AVE. BETWEEN SCHENCK AVE. & BARBEY ST. FROM 1945 TO 1961 WHEN WE MOVED TO CROWN HEIGHTS. I ATTENDED PS 158 ON ASHFORD ST. AND THEN ON TO JHS 149, THOS. JEFFERSON H.S. AND FINALLY BROOKLYN COLLEGE. ON THE CORNER OF SCHENCK AND BELMONT WAS THE LIBERTY SODA FACTORY. THEIR SLOGAN WAS "ENJOY FREEDOM OF THIRST" DRINK LIBERTY SODA. AS A KID I WOULD STAND INSIDE THE FACTORY AND WATCH THE BOTTLES BEING FILLED ON THE CONVEYOR BELTS. I REMEMBER THE CANDY STORE ACROSS FROM P.S. 158. I THINK THE NAME WAS LOPOTTO'S. I ALSO REMEMBER THE CANDY STORE ON SUTTER AVE. OWNED BY THE BLITZERS AND THE CANDY STORE ON MILLER AVE. CALLED CUSHNER'S. THERE WAS ALSO A GERMAN ICE CREAM PARLOR ON PITKIN AVE. NEAR THE EL OR IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN LOCATED ON FULTON ST. MY DAD WAS A WEEKEND TENNIS PLAYER AND VERY WELL KNOWN AT HIGHLAND PARK WHERE HE WON MANY BOROUGHS TOURNAMENTS. HIS NAME WAS MOSES GOTTLIEB AND HE PASSED AWAY IN MAY OF 1993 AT THE AGE OF 80 BUT HAD STILL PLAYED TENNIS UP UNTIL HIS PASSING. MY MOM, SISTER AND I WOULD ALWAYS ATTEND THESE TOURNAMMMENTS. I HAD A FRIEND WHO LIVED AT 599 ESSEX ST. HER NAME WAS MAXINE MALINA AND I BELIEVE SHE MARRIED A GUY BY THE NAME OF EDDIE KOLOMIECHUK. I WOULD LOVE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH HER BUT HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL FINDING HER. I MAY HAVE HER MARRIED NAME INCORRRCTLY SPELLED OR SHE MAY NO LONGER HAVE THAT NAME. ANYWAY, PLEASE EXCUSE THE UPPERCASE TYPING OF THIS MESSAGE, I NEED NEW GLASSES FOR READING. I AM NOT ANGRY. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS THE EAST N.Y. NEIGHBORHOOD I LIVED IN AND WOULD LIKE TO REMINISCE, PLEASE EMAIL ME AS I WOULD WELCOME HEARING FROM YOU.

CAROLE (NEE GOTTLIEB)

Posted by: CAROLE at April 25, 2009 10:44 PM

I lived in ENY since I was born in 1962. I was born on Logan btw Pitkin & Belmont moved to 486 Berriman Street when I was 3 or so I went to PS 345 for one year. They called that street the play street - no cars could come through in the summertime and there was so many games to play. It seemed like big time fun and then we moved to Sackman although it was a nice time in my life we saw drug use everywhere. A white paddy wagon would come and pick up druggies and then next week you saw them back on the street again. We finally moved to Warwick & Dumont. I went to P.S 202 from 1970 to 1974. Enjoyable time. Moved to Cleveland btw Sutter and Blake in 1976. My family was well know in the neighborhood especially my two older brothers Big Bowe and Lil Bowe or Earl and Henry. I had a sisters named Priscilla, Brenda, Regina, Darlene, Karen and Kim. Four more brothers named Aaron, William Darryl and Riddick who became the Heavy Weight champion of the world in 1992. My mom was known as big Dot. That area has changed so much. I do attend the Father's Day gathering that occurs every year at 72 park on Berriman the Sat before Father's Day every year. So anyone from the old neighborhood that would like to see some faces that you haven't seen in quite a while trust me it will be a day you will enjoy very much. This only happens once a year. I did go to Eli Whitney, H.S. from 1976 to 1980.
Happy memories, Velma

Posted by: Velma Bowe at June 1, 2009 04:46 PM

PS 76 grduatedJune 27,1940 now you know I'm old but what a beautiful place to live"arlingtonAvenue" I still can't type but I can still remember the good old days.

Posted by: catherine mcvey at September 1, 2009 02:41 PM

I miss East New York,I lived at 194 Crystal St.,on the corner of Belmont Ave.,I attended Berriman JHS 64,around the mid 60's,it was a rough school,maybe because I am white and at the time there were'nt alot of whites there,I remember lotsa times where I had to run home from school,a few times where brand new sneakers were literaly taken off my feet,but thinking back,I would love to have the chance to do it all over again,I had fun really,met some great young ladies there,Myrna Marino,Maria,Sandra Melendez,to name a few,and my best buddy at the time was Robert Padilla,a great guy,with a great family,they treated me as a family member,while there I dated this lovely young spanish princess named Sonia Ruiz,funny thing about was that I didnt know spanish,and she didnt know english that well,but we did good together,that is until I asked her dad if I can date his daughter,I guess he didnt like American boys near his princess,word was she got a beating shortly after because of me,word also has it that she ran away after that,I still think of her,she was a special love in my past,life goes on.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Joe Merritt
now a resident of Virginia.

Posted by: Joe Merritt at September 27, 2009 08:54 PM

AUREA CRUZ............I knew Hippolito Burgess also,we hung out alot,I also knew Raymond,his dad owned the candy store on the corner of Fountain and Belmont,those were the good ole days...........

Posted by: Joe Merritt at September 27, 2009 09:06 PM

If anyone knows where there are pictures from any Berriman JHS yearbook(s) from the 60's,PLEASE let me know, I would love to look at them,I have been thinking back all day,about how nice it would be to be able to look at the year book from my class,and a few more names came to mind,Yvonne Lopez,and Niomi,I bought both these tow girls cassages (sp) at the ENY train station the day of our prom at the ST George Hotel,I also now remember Mr,Posner,who was my homeroom teacher,Mr.Huntel,who was one of the NON-paid school aides.I also rememer Moe's Resturant on Pitkin Ave,I used to get a hamburger there for a quarter,Robert Duffy was also at the school at the time,and Eddie Marini,brother to Myrna Marini,I miss those days.........
Joe Merritt
Chesapeake,Va.
A ENYer at heart.........

Posted by: Joe Merritt at September 28, 2009 07:08 PM

I lived at 537 Powell St on the 3rd floor between Newport & Riverdale St's from 1943 to 1957. If I recall correctly Barney's Barbershop & Weiner's Deli were on Newport street. On themy street, we had Liebers & another Grocery Store as well as Murray's Luncheonette/candy store.
I attended Yeshivas Chaim Berlin & Torah Chaim, PS 184, JHS 109 & TJHS, graduating in 1956. I went to Brooklyn College for a couple of years & graduated CCNY in 1961.
We moved to Forest Hills in 1957 because a guy tried to attack my sister Sandy Heitt (downstairs in our building). I caught him & gave him a good lesson that I think he'd remember today if he's still alive. I'll be 71 on Halloween and still stay in contact with Stan Kapitansky, Robert Fishman, SIdney Schaffler and Roberta Spielvogel. Some of the names mentioned in this website sounded familiar.
Do you remember the Falcons who were ~ 3 years my seniors or the Vikings (my age group club); Heshy Stein, Sheldon Millman, Jucky Cohen, Irwin Silversomething, Richard (Psycho), Danny Ruttman, Jerry Schneider, Dave Weymer, Norman Katz & a lot of other guys who I can't remember.
I took a detour through the old neighborhood (from whence I came) with my son (the doctor) and a nephew who wanted to see it this summer. While I was pleasantly surprised by the revitalization of Brownsville & ENY, I was a little sad because nothing existed from my formative years in the old hood.
I'm happily married 47 years, live in Baltimore, MD, have 2 children & 5 Grand children.
Feel free to email me, If you'd like , I can call you.
Mel Heitt

Posted by: Mel Heitt at October 21, 2009 12:18 AM

I lived at 120 Riverdale Ave. in the 60's. Attended PS 183, JHS 275. Those were turbulent times due to the Vietnam war and other social ills. I remember the summer days at Betsy Head Pool and the weekend shopping at Pitkin Ave. In the 80's I decided to go to college and graduated from John Jay College then went on to study law.

Posted by: David at October 26, 2009 04:12 PM

I remember my old school friends at JHS 275 (1968-1970)like Vito Taverna, Bruce Price, Calvin Jones, Herbert Pagan, Lewis Watkins, Wayne Small, Janet Spivak, Mary Taylor, Spring Woodbury, Myrna Wheeler, and teachers like Ms. Canter (typing), Mr. Weitzman(math), Mr. Barry, Mr. Piro (drama) and many, many more of whose names I do not recall at this time but who were very special to me.

Posted by: David at October 26, 2009 04:31 PM

How long has Brownsville and East New York been a living hell for animals? Why is it the majority of residents ignore the suffering? It is shameful the way owners put their intact animals on the street, causing epidemic numbers in terms of births. I find that 99% of the residents in these communities have no compassion for animals. Brownsville and East NY communities are responsible for the majority of dogs and cats euthanized at Animal Care and Control of NYC.

Posted by: SNIPNYC at November 27, 2009 07:17 PM

Re:SNIPNYC.You are correct,but this matter is the same as alot of other factors,which can be found all over,its not at all limited to East New York,or Canarsie,nor Palm Beach,it has become a factor in the game of life,in this case,its one that starts with bad parenting,a matter a neglect being passed down,children learn what they see,children repeat how they live,but,then again,what value can my opinion carry,being a white boy that grew up in East New York,on Crystal and Belmont Aves.,and went to JHS 64.......but I was a surviver,I lived it,I was it,I passed it.............. East New York!!!!

Posted by: Joe Merritt at November 29, 2009 09:08 PM

I am working on a series of "slices of East New York" I am doing research on a few places to bring back memories and history on parts of the area of our youth, good bad or indifferent, East New York remains a big part of my life. Do you know that the former Liberty Park is now IS 302. The Hammer Soda factory on Logan and Atlantic is now a Auto supply place, the dumps and junk yards where we played cowboys and indians or soldiers is now part of Starret City. And times rakes it tolls on our memories, thanks to the few guys that have wonderful sites about the Area.

Posted by: Jack Donato at December 2, 2009 03:19 AM

Lived at 468 Saratoga Ave. corner St. John;s place from 1928-1940. P.S. 144 & JHS 178, Remember the Loew;sPalace &Loew'ss Pitkin. Dubrow's cafeteria, Midnight Rose;s candy store on Livonia. Maiden name was Schwartzburg. My father was dentist in same building. Murray Schwartz/s yiddish theater on Eastern Parkway. trolley car on St. John's place. Anybody out there who remembers?

Posted by: marcia Brenner at December 26, 2009 12:13 AM

i grew up in eny from 1954 to 1965. lived at 157 miller ave, 66 georgia ave, blake ave, 1357 fulton. went to st malachys church attended ps 76 and ps 202, the moved to the cypress hills projects. attended st fortunata. loved growing up in eny. parents moved us to long island in 65.drastic change for me.i miss the good old days in brooklyn. fun simple times. hot summer nights sitting on the stoops, everyone stayed out late.
it was the best.i can go on and on

Posted by: jo ann at December 30, 2009 11:01 PM

Your article was excellent and I learned things of Brnsvlle/ENY that I didnt know even living there. I grew up in Brownsville in the Van Dyke Projects, 390 Sutter Ave from 1958 to 1972. I can remember being part of the 'new' influx of African-Americans and Puerto Ricans to the area where there was still the Jews and Italians residing there and we got along jus fine. My mother sent me to PS 150 for a yr but didn't like the education I was being provided plus this was also at the time of the great debate of busing so-called 'under-privileged' kids(Ocean-Hill Protests) to much better schools to Flatbush. So I then attended PS 208, Meyer Levin(JHS 285) then Tilden HS. I fondly remember the trips on Sat to the Lowes Pitkin theater. I can still see the architectural splendor of the inside of that building. And also the Stone Ave Library which started my quest for higher education. I think I even remember Mother Gaston there. I remember the walks down Belmont Ave with its many choices of pushcarts of fruits, vegs, and etc, the summers at Besty Head pool, running thru the LIRR tracks at the Junius St layover yard, playing stick ball on Powell St. Of course you had the local young tuffs that used to start trouble as is anywhere. I lived on the 12th fl in my bldg and could see when the Verrazano Br and World Trades Ctr were being built! They is absolutely much more to say that I couldnt express here, but I will say that I wouldn't trade all that experiences in Brownsville for NOTHING in the world.

Posted by: D Branch at December 31, 2009 07:20 PM

Hi,
I was searching for anything about Savosh Dairy farm and found this site.I typed in Jerome st and Shepard Ave. It was my grandfathers farm. My dad grew up there until they moved to Shepard ave where we lived until I was five. I had alot of family that lived there. I wonder if anyone remembers any of them considering it was a dairy farm. I found two milk bottles with our name on it on ebay, but fortunately they were already sold. I remember my mom taking my sister to school, and we would stop by a store, I don't know what it was called but it was some sort of a soda shop, we would get a milk shake and sit at the counter on stools. I loved it, it had to be close to Shepard ave and a school because we walked. I also remember a family that lived across the street from us, they had alot of children. The Millers, there was a Debbie, Kevin, Mickey, maybe a Susan I dont remember. Anyway I was just looking for stories or anything. Thanks

Posted by: Tina at January 1, 2010 09:24 PM

i moved to east new york when i was four. We lived on Vermont St. betweem dumont and blake. I went to P.S. 182 68 until i was 12. I loved the neighborhood. I lived at 483 and My landlord was Mrs.Kelly. There was a small candy store before i got to school. It's no longer their but the block looks almost the same. The school is now condos. My sister's bestfriend was Sabrina Feaster and i went to school with Regina Lassiter, Stacey lynch, and Beverly Howard.

Posted by: Deborah at February 5, 2010 03:00 AM

Hi, I lived at 376 saratoga Ave, went to P.S. 144, does anyone remember the store on Saratoga ave Called Junky Pop's? It was under the Jewish Day school. All my friends went to learn the Torah there after school, and I would sit in my living room window and watch them as they would be studying and rocking back and forth. also the corner ice cream store had the best ice cream, and the jewish push carts around the corned from saratoga, thos were the days,

Posted by: Salehah Adam ABD al khaliq at February 28, 2010 08:25 AM

your pics suck..go back to where you are from hippster

Posted by: Newyawk 4 new yorkers at March 22, 2010 01:09 AM

anyone go to p.s. 158 in 1968? Or Saint rita's in 1968?

Posted by: janet madonna at June 28, 2010 08:48 PM

My father and brother had a luncheonette in the 50's on the corner of New Lots and Alabama. In the evening, the neighborhood regulars used to dance to the pop latin music of the times. Italian ices and Lime Rickeys were the favorites along with Egg Creams of course. The advent of TV caused all of these type of places to close at night.

Posted by: Allan S at July 4, 2010 12:59 PM

would like to hear from some people who lived in eny in the 30s 40s 50s. my old neighberhood lived on williams ave near blake above a candy store used to run for telephone call tips at the candy store

Posted by: Mildred Oback Stratton at July 19, 2010 01:19 PM

abe starks on pitkin ave gave away suits if you hit the ebbet's field sign.

katz's pool room, above abe stark's, was home to possibly the biggest bookie joint in bklyn. the mayor (o'd) was there frequently. all distant memories.

Posted by: martin g at August 1, 2010 05:50 PM

I lived on Amboy St between Blake & Sutter from 1945-1963. Went to PS 156, JHS 263 & TJHS. The HES was on Hopkinson & Sutter. If you wanted to get a pastrami sandwich, it was Goldstein's or Hymie's. The nearest firehouse was on Bristol St- Engine 283.

Posted by: Steve at August 10, 2010 08:14 PM

I was born and raised in Brownsville Brooklyn 1971-1989. I wrote and perform a one person show entitled Brownsville Bred. Proud to say that it has won several awards... I'm commenting in hopes of finding others who can share their memories of this era there. In particular, I'm trying to shed light and gather more information about Our Lady Of Mercy Church on Mother Gaston Blvd. I can recall the reason my family stopped going to church was after a nun was raped(I believe it was sister Joan) and our First priest was stabbed (i think Father Michael) and our second priest was shot. As computers were not around back then, it has Been hard to research these stories that changed my life.

Posted by: Elaine Del Valle at August 31, 2010 07:57 AM

I grew up on Watkins st right across from the Tilden ave projects. I played stick ball in the streets and, sold a lot of soda bottles as a child and brought a lot of candy from Ms.Bees and we had fish every Friday from Mac's. I went to P S 184. My dad had a store on the corner of Watkins and Riverdale. It's been some time now since I visited the hood. I don't care what anybody says you cant top growing up in Brownsville. My home town

Posted by: Parker at September 25, 2010 12:07 AM

i went to ps 158 in eny in 1958, than to thomas jefferson high school, after finishing berriman junior high 64. after grad. nyc community college went in navy, now a californian

Posted by: norman l abrahamns at October 5, 2010 12:43 PM

Would anyone who attended PS 150 (1955-1960)
Please contact me to go over old times

Posted by: Christopher A. Higgs at October 15, 2010 05:23 AM

loved the site.born and raised in eny(1945-1966)lived on hendrix st.between blake and sutter.loved every minute of every day that i lived there.
THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM BROOKLYN AND THEN THERE WERE PEOPLE FROM ENY!!!!!!!!TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS.
LARRY BERNSTEIN

Posted by: larry bernstein at October 28, 2010 09:48 PM

member of the present day BBC. Grew up on Powell street453 459 537. Plaayed for the newport indians. Lived on riverdale ave 389 and 399. remember 2 sewers champ? Solly Rosenson, Maxims candy store sussmans drug store cohens cleaning store Shackmans grocery store Moved to Powell street and riverdale ave middle 30's finally moved to sheffield ave 1953 The barbed wire up against the apt house #501 to stop the kids from playng handball those sunday mornong punch ball games I live now in Marlboro new Jersey

Posted by: Solly Silverberg at November 12, 2010 12:24 PM

I grew up on Blake and Logan ,went to PS202 and Jefferson and taught Kgn at JHS64. Would love to hear from my former students.

Posted by: sandra weinberg at November 13, 2010 02:10 AM

I grew up in E.N.Y.lived on Atkins Ave. between New Lots and Hegeman. Graduated P.S. 202 in 1944 and T.J.H.1949. Visited Atkins a few years ago and took pictures of 202. I can send it on to anyone who hasn't seen 202 in years.Would love to hear from anyone from the neighborhood. I currently live in S.I.My email address is..emplissner@aol.com

Posted by: Eleanore Nash Plissner at December 22, 2010 01:43 PM

would love to hear from people herzl st brownsville

Posted by: helen lipschitz at December 26, 2010 01:29 PM

I lived at 251 Powell Street in 1957 until 1967. In a brownstone above a liquor store. I was 6 yrs old when we moved there from Manhattan. I don't know what my parents were thinking moving us there.The first few years was ok. it was mainly a jewish, italian,Irish, some spanish neighborhood. Then families moved in that didn't care anything about where they lived, drugs started being sold, gangs were forming, (The Roman Lords). I lived across the street from a shanty that sold news papers and candy, I remember her name was Roselind, the drugs and gangs started getting out of hand. I did have a few good times, I went to PS 63 where I met some nice kids. Went swimming at Betsy head pool,I remember the push carts, on belmont ave, the Kosher deli on the corner of stone ave and sutter ave, the best kinishes and franks. Napoli Pizzeria was the best on Pitkin ave. I was 13 when I met a nice boy named david. He worked at the Pizzeria on Belmont ave, next to a hoisery store. He moved to president street in coney Island, and told me he wanted to join the coast guard. I don't know if he ever did but I never saw him again. I went to Berriman jhs 64. My best friend were Iliana, and Myrna. we were in a talent show when we were in the 7th grade. we eventually moved to east new york 551 miller ave across from miller park, I went to thomas jerrefson h.s. We would dance to latin music at the park until we had to be home. A bunch of us having a great time. sometimes I use to hang out at the luncheonette on the corner of pennslyvania ave and livonia, but mostly went to Jiggets luncheonette I think it was on blake ave, I sometimes worked there a few days aweek. living in East New York was much better then living in Bronsville, we eventually moved to Queens.

Posted by: maryann at January 3, 2011 10:11 PM

I lived in East New York from birth in 1053 to 1960 when my family moved to the Rockaways. My great-granparents owned a kosher deli on the corner of Livonia and Snediker Avenues - we lived above the deli. Being so young when we moved, I only have isolated memories of school and the neighborhood. The building is still standing but all the others on Snediker going north were torn down and replaced by houses. Does anyone remember the deli?

Posted by: David Weiss at February 7, 2011 04:33 PM

I lived on Warwick Street until 1955 when I moved to Brighton Beach. I previously entered comments but I realized I didn't mention Rosalie Mantico and Vera Puleo who lived on Ashford Street. I went to TJHS (and got into trouble) with Rosalie and we were really good friends. I would love to hear from them. I would also love to hear from Bobby Naccarrato and Leslie (Snooky) Selman and anyone else who I knew who would be interested in getting in touch.

Posted by: mimi Woods at February 15, 2011 02:33 PM

Just a few lines to thank the 'proprietors' of this website. Wish my parents were still here to reminisce along with me. My mom, Bernice (Flaum) Cohen and my dad, Gilbert M. Cohen, grew up in Brownsville and East New York. My mom was born at 44 Lott Avenue, later lived at 1805 Park Place and later at 481 Howard Avenue. She went to PS 144 - JHS possibly on the Lower East Side as my grandparents had a candy store at 174 Avenue C. My mom lived at 1234 Lincoln Place when she graduated from TJHS in January 1946. My dad graduated from the East New York Vocational HS in June of 1939. He later went to work at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. My mom met my dad who grew up at 48 Powell St. bet. Liberty and ENY Avenue and was born at the Lutheran Hospital on the corner of Powell and ENY Ave. They were married on January 3rd, 1948 - right after the Blizzard of '47 - by Rabbi Schicoff and had a reception at Jack Fisher's "Little Oriental" (upstairs!) on Pitkin Avenue - where else?!!! My two brothers ('52 and '55)and I ('49) were born at Brooklyn Women's Hospital on Eastern Parkway and lived at our Lincoln Place address until 1955 when we moved upstate to Mountaindale in Sullivan County. I have great memories and pictures from yesteryear and would love to hear from anyone who lived in our area and who might remember my parents.

Posted by: Richard M. Cohen at April 28, 2011 10:20 AM

I lived at 395 Livonia Avenue in Brownsville. Soon after, we moved to 345 Livonia Avenue. I went to P.S.184 then to JHS 275. . My sisters are Sandra, Judy, Evelyn, and Valerie Shepard. I am Linda Shepard. Anybody remember the Shepard girls? We left New York in January, the late sixties. Sandra and Judy returned and are still living in New York. I have very fond memories of Brownsville and wish to return to see if any of my old friends are still there. Please comment if you remember any of us!

Posted by: Linda Shepard at June 21, 2011 02:03 PM

Does anyone remember a womens clothing store on Fulton Ave. in Cypress Hills run by a woman named Beck and her daughter Rosalie in the 50s and early 60s?

Posted by: Roy Fischer at June 28, 2011 01:44 AM

82 and still thinking i'm swimming in betsy head pool.lived at 234 amboy st forever.never used the door lock. busted anyway.still swim a couple of times a week. everybody misses the old days, although that was another lifetime.

Posted by: jerry"pidgy"greenberg at August 10, 2011 08:47 AM

wow i was looking for property the old bank on stone ave & pitkin ave, and came across these stories, i began reminiscing, i am hispanic,parents move from manhatten to brooklin in 1958 i two year's old great place, great people lots of respect back then, my grandparents work hard, they got thier first grocery store on bristol & blake ave, la rosa grocery, next on willams and glenmore, they had a total of 7 stores, i went to p.s.63,/ jhs 64 until i.s 292 opened/ jefferson h.s, was captian of swim team,it went all down after the killing of JFK, DR KING, VIETNAM,BLACK OUTS ROITS SAD, BUT ITS COME BACK MANY PRAYERS, AL LOPEZ, 718 314-3399 OLD SCHOOL

Posted by: LOPE Z AL at November 12, 2011 02:29 PM

I was born in Kings County and attended PS 328 I can't recall names of street or anything like that but remember my 1st grade teacher Miss Paul and my 2nd grade teacher Miss Davis. I remember being beat up by 3 boys from the school just because they didn't like me. I was robbed by a big boy from school on my way home from school and remember being very scared. This boy used to bullied me all the time. I had a best friend named Richard Green who's parents were the owners of the building we lived in, we lived in the third floor and they lived in the first floor. They were very nice people and Richard used to come to my house and ask my mom if we could play teacher. Never saw Richard again, did see his father in Puerto Rico a few years back and it brought a lot of memories from living in NY. His mom name was Iris Green, his sister's name was Helen and his brother Peter. Richard was the youngest of all and we used to play together a lot. If someone have pictures of the areas from school can you post them here. And if someone knew the people I mention and have pictures from those days I will appreciate if you post them here. Thank you.

Posted by: Ada at June 5, 2012 12:57 AM

Wow! Grew up and lived in ENY 20 yrs. PS 149, IS 292, TJHS, Miller Park, Highland Park, The Big Orange Wave, 75th Precinct, Sutter, Blake, Vermont, Wyona, Pitkin. The place got really violent in the 1980s. Yet I could walk down those streets at 3am because lil bro was a gangsta - LOL! We all left for good 25 years ago - Battle-scarred survivors of ENY! - and know that God watched over us while we walked and grew on those mean streets.

Posted by: Lola at June 22, 2012 04:15 PM

I too lived in BROOKLYN, at Pitkin and Saratoga Avenues... I had a great childhood there. WHAT Great memories, I attended PS 206 on Avenue U, Don't know if she still remembers me, but one day we got lost going home, and we stopped by a local grocery store to get some ice-cream cause it was just too Hot that day, well she lived on TOPPSCOT Street, hope she is doing well, OH her name is DEBRA O'NEIL.. My bestfriends name was MIGDALIA RODRIGUEZ, (her nickname was JAJE) not sure how she spelled it, she lived across the street from me on Saratoga Avenue, we attended the same school, we always had a great summer, playing in the streets.. I was actually very good at jumping rope, alot of double-dutch.. I attended JHS 252... IF you lived on SARATOGA AVENUE in the late sixties, I would love to hear from you, who knows maybe you were my neighbor or classmate.
Thank you,
MARIBEL
Maribel.A.Artache@aexp.com

Posted by: MARIBEL at June 28, 2012 12:03 PM

Lived on Montauk between Hegeman and New Lots. Attended 202 until 58 then Lane. Anyone remember Scharfs Drugstore Atkins and Hegeman? Still friends with Gil Bodin, Artie Klein. My brother was "Mush" Raskin. Favorite teacher at good old 202 was Mrs Levy. Played softball at 202 schoolyard. The good old days for sure.

Posted by: Jerry Raskin at October 1, 2012 07:39 PM

wow those were the days saratoga and dunont i could volumes about the old neighborhood you shold see it now no soul every of edifice of menory is slowly sinking into the bround

Posted by: walter bieber at December 9, 2012 05:16 PM

brings back good and bad memories. grew up in e.n.y. on van.siclen ave. bet. dumont and blake. 60-74. p.s.182, george gerswhin j.h.s. and less than a year at tjhs. gangs and drugs really destroyed this area. the tomahawks, jolly stompers and the pearl were the gangs i remember. i remember the day at p.s. 182 back in 1972 a teacher either fell or was thrown out of the 5th floor window. she died in front of me and fellow students who were playing on the school yard grounds. sad sight that i will never forget. i know one thing.....there is tuff and then theres e.n.y. and brownsville tuff. i miss riding the number 2 train to the deuce. lolllll you know what im saying!!!!!

Posted by: ricky ramos at January 4, 2013 08:19 AM

lived at 154 Sutter ave at Strauss st 1937-1958 attended ps 156,252, eny vocational hs

Posted by: herb lesser at February 19, 2013 03:10 PM