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#126 2008-02-18 11:00:11

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#127 2008-02-18 11:00:12

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#128 2008-02-18 11:00:13

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#129 2008-02-18 11:00:15

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#130 2008-02-18 11:00:16

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#131 2008-02-18 11:00:18

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#132 2008-02-18 11:00:19

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#133 2008-02-18 11:00:21

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#134 2008-02-18 11:00:22

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#135 2008-02-18 11:00:24

_leehendelson
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce, I remember passing along this site to you about 6 to 8 months ago, was surprised to now see you write in it. We last saw each other a couple of years ago together having dinner with our wives in Novato. I wrote to you last June when my case for Adam hit the airwaves, but I hadn't heard from you, no problem, just wanted to make sure you got my message. This guy Mark Gotkin writes in the posting and he emailed me a couple of times that he remembers me, I don't remember him. When I saw the postings about Michael Brill and his cousin Larry I immediately rememembered them in the boyscouts. Stll from our block I havn't seen Howie Fisher write in but I'll email him agin again this site. Also, don't know what happened to Victor Russo, saw him last in 1979 when he came to Florida for a visit

 

#136 2008-02-18 17:50:02

_edphillips
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights

I just came across this site and can not believe all the memories. I grew up in CH from around 1962 and moved out in 1969 during white flight. I went to Sacred Heart with my brother Peter, we grew up in 118-40 223st. I remember Bohack, Gouz (ah that chocolate milk!) Linden Blvd and Vics! I remeber how bad the neighborhood hat become due to the blacks moving in. I remember as a 9 year old being beat up by gangs of black girls! I remember me and my brother getting mugged by two black guys and they took my brothers slot car we had just raced at Vics! But before all that the memories were great. Stick ball in the street, fathers burning the leaves in the street, racing home made go carts with a wooden crate from Bohack as a seat and ofcourse The Bunglow Ice Cream Guy! And Dr. Fine! I remember I cut the back of my foot and he stuck an open pair of scissors in the wound to see if I cut my achilles heal! WOW!
Does anyone have any information on my neighbor? They lived next door to me and their last name was Daly (spelling?), they had five girls and no boys. I believe their names were Kathy, Eleanor, Diane, Patty and LynnAnn. Thanks All!

 

#137 2008-02-18 18:48:03

_marciek
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

To Bruce Friedberg

Hi Bruce,

Of course I remember you! I used to babysit Harwin (AKA Fred) and your sister. Needless to say, you didn't require a babysitter (particularly one close in age to you(, but your mom wanted someone to watch over the younger ones. I remember your mother, Celine, as really beautiful with dark hair and a lovely personality. I believe that she and my Aunt Charlotte (Brill) became neighbors again in Rockland County after moving from Cambria. The Brills are retired now and living in what I call the "Brill family compound outside Boca." Uncle Lou is the youngest of 8 children and, until recently, only one had passed away (when I was about 8 or 9). The Brills obviously did not come from the "low end of the gene pool" like the Weintraubs.  <img src="images/smile.gif">

Saw the posting from Lee Hendleson. Don't remember him, but do remember the Russos, as they were good friends with my mother and my aunt. Sam Russo had the best sense of humor and I loved riding to the train with him. He was always so funny and upbeat.

Glad to hear you are well. I will continue to check the site periodically to reminisce about a (lost) time of childhood fun and innocence.

 

#138 2008-02-20 13:09:55

_leecee
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Ed Phillips

Has anyone told you what a racist you are? You make me ashamed to be white.

 

#139 2008-02-20 22:34:49

_jacobh
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

No is was Reality

He is NOT a racist at all, we all lived through it if you were in CH in the late 60's.
It is a statement of history. Unfortunately that was the way it was.

And you know what it sucked.

 

#140 2008-02-21 09:23:34

_edphillips
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

LeeCee

By me explaining what ACTUALLY happened to me makes me a racist? Not the fact that I was called a white piece of sh*t, or spit at because I was white? You can't be serious! Where in my post did I say I dislike blacks because they are black? You sir are a complete idiot and you represent exactly what is wrong with the world today. I venture to guess you say this sitting in a house in a lilly white neighborhood and never really had mush interactions with blacks, good for you. And btw, is it racist when a black man describes how he was mistreated by some other ethnic group? Hmmmmm......And as the poster after you said, it is what we went through.

 

#141 2008-02-27 09:59:29

_lindag
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

cherry woods

I remember Cherry Woods being in Queens Village at the intersection of Springfield Blvd and Murdock Avenue.

ajhs 64

 

#142 2008-02-27 10:31:39

_janetg
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights

I also grew up in Cambria Heights.  I lived on 230th Street.  I went to Sacred Heart School (walked there every day and church on Sunday) and I later went to Dominican Commercial High School in Jamaica.  I took either the Q4 bus or the Q3A(?) can't remember.  I have bitter-sweet memories of the neighborhood and occasionally dream about it.  After all, it is the place I grew up in and experienced all the knocks and scrapes (both physical and emotional) a child experiences in life.  I remember sledding on the parkway in winter.  I remember walks on Linden Boulevard and A-Z hardware store and the Cambria Theater.  I also remember a candy shop on Linden where me and a friend named Linda used to get molasses coconut balls.  Boy, would I love to taste another one of those! I drove back a couple of times in the 1980s and there were a few of the older people still left on the block.  I don't know about now.  I also remember the blockbusting that went on.  We moved out in 1969 and were hardly the first ones.  Every year we stayed the house was worth less so we had to move. We also saw the beginnings of crime. My mother was heartbroken because it was her first house.  I hate to say it but among the first ones to move out were our Jewish neighbors.  But, it happened anyway and the blockbusters speeded up what would have happened in time.  Sad, but you can only go back in your dreams.

Nice to read everybody's experiences.

J

 

#143 2008-02-27 11:41:01

_marieg
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Home Town

Janet, well said.
I am often jealous of friends now in their 50's and 60's that speak of the joy they have going back to their home towns and seeing old places and friends that are still there.
We never had that.

 

#144 2008-02-27 15:53:11

_miketheduck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights

Hi, Guys!

Well, I frequently Google "Cambria Heights," but it's only today that I discovered this wonderful forum.

Cambria Heights remains an important part of my life and my dreams, but before I say anything else I'd like to reveal my "Cambria Heights pedigree":

1) I lived there from 1956 (age of 1) to 1971 (age of 16);
2) I lived at 116-06 222nd Street, the second house from the corner;
3) I went to kindergarten at PS 147 in 1960;
4) I went to Sacred Heart School from 1961-1969

I hope to post quite a bit in the future and share some thoughts and memories, Right now, though, I must admit that this man of words (I'm an English professor) is at a loss for words. I'm not really sure where to begin. My folks still live in Flushing (where we moved in 1971), and although I now live in Tennessee I visit Queens about five times a year. I always spend an hour or two driving through Cambria Heights while on my way to visit friends who live out on LI, and whenever I dream of being young with hair the dream is always set in the house on 222nd Street. Whether it's in wide-awake reality or in the vale of dreams, it seems I'm always drawn back to Cambria Heights, that place on the hill....

I hope to chat with you often here in the forum. Once I gather my toughts, I'll post here frequently. For now, let me say that it's a pleasure to meet you, white and black, and I hope I can meet some of you in the flesh (perhaps at a neighborhood reunion? perhaps at Scared Heart?). Feel free to e-mail me about Cambria Heights. Just be sure to put "Cambria Heights" in the subject line.

Mike
Mike Burduck
mburduck@tntech.edu

PS Hey mom! Can we get some shells from John's?"

 

#145 2008-02-27 16:12:55

_marieg
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

John's Deli

Cold shells and one of those custards with the golden top in the aluminum cup.

Followed up by an Egg Cream and big Pretzel from Necombes on 220 and linden.

Quoting "Field of Dreams"
"Is this Heaven"
" No its Cambria Heights 1950-1970"

 

#146 2008-02-27 22:54:20

_miketheduck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights

That'd work out just great, Marie! God Bless!

Mike

 

#147 2008-03-05 16:34:00

_drummer53
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

cambria heights

All the memories of growing up in the greatest place in the world "Cambria Heights". When I ride through Cambria these day's, Linden Blvd looks like a different place, I remember where all the candy stores were, P.S. 147, AJHS.......etc...
My friends parents still live on 228th street and I love to visit the old hood....

 

#148 2008-03-10 20:47:51

_nealsims
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria heights

I grew up on Murdock Ave. near 221 street. I was born in 58, went to P.S. 147 for kindergarten, and Sacred Heart from 1st through half of 5th grade. We moved like so many others in 1969 to L.I. Addressing the issue of race: unfortunately, at that time a very bad element came in and mugged, beat and robbed lots of people. One day in broad daylight there was a shootout with police right on Murdock in front of our home. That's when my mother said enough was enough and we moved. But I have to say I never liked L.I. and have much better memories of Cambria Heights. I now live in Jackson Heights, so i know from mixed neighborhoods! And you know what? I love living here! I recently found out the name of the people who live in my old house. When I get up the nerve, I'm going to call them, and ask if I can visit. I'm sure they'll be thrilled! Did anyone actually KNOW Joe the ice cream man? I mean, this man should have a shrine devoted to him, so many people have such great memories of him! What was his last name? Is he still alive? Does anyone remember Carl the mailman? He used to let me push his letter cart; I thought that was so cool! Does anyone remember the legend of the green lady? She lived in a green house and always wore green, supposedly because her son was hit and killed by a green car. I was terrified! Like so many others on here, I'm rambling, but I'm delirious that I found this site! If anyone wants it, my e-mail is lastmidnite2@gmail.com.

 

#149 2008-03-11 09:54:01

_miketheduck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

The Green Lady

Neal,

Yes, I remember hearing about the Green Lady. Do you recall where exactly she lived?

Yes, I, too, was delirious when I found this site....

Mike

 

#150 2008-03-14 23:08:32

_nealsims
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Green Lady

Sorry Mike, I don't remember, a few blocks away from me, I think closer to Springfield Blvd., but I don't know exactly. I just know all the kids were excited about this spooky legend. I move away when I was 10, and that was almost 40 years ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy.

 

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