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#151 2008-03-14 23:46:52

_nealsims
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Sacred Heart

Remember how we all had to gather in the playground before school; then the principal would come out and ring that bell and everyone had to freeze where they stood! I remember around 1967 some hunter who lived behind the playground had shot a deer and put the head on display, right behind the playground fence. My friends and I were fascinated!

 

#152 2008-03-24 16:24:03

_joycec.
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Teachers at PS 147

Haven't read this board for awhile but sure do enjoy it.  To PopsGirl:  I remember having Mr. Schnell in 8th Grade (1948-1949)...also Miss Schimff and Mr. O'Meara.  My 7th grade teacher was Miss Geistodt.....she had a glass eye and was very strict but you really learned in her class.  I haven't been back to Cambria since 1955 when my family moved to Boston.  I probably wouldn't recognize it or my house on 227th St. 

 

#153 2008-03-25 16:18:44

_mark
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

The Green Lady

The Green Lady  •  posted 3/11/08 7:54:AM
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








That was Greenie, she covered her face with a green scarf, she had some sort of disease..

 

#154 2008-03-26 00:20:19

_miketheduck
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hi, Neal

Neal,

You know, I remember the schoolyards at Sacred Heart quite well(you bet we froze when we heard that first bell!!). I also seem to recall that hunter who had the dead deer in his backyard right there behind the main schoolyard. At the time, I was one of the "older kids" who lined up in the smaller yard right there behind the school, but I recall hearing some hub-bub about a deer head behind the other schoolyard! It's great to relive all of these (sometimes forgotten) memories!

Mike

 

#155 2008-03-26 19:10:17

_marciek
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

more memories

Remember dress codes? My daughter still can't believe that girls were not allowed to wear pants EXCEPT under our dresses and then only until we could bee line to our lockers to take them off. This was how we had to deal with cold winters and snow. The boys could not wear shirts without collars and, on assembly day, we all had to wear white shirts/blouses and the boys had to wear ties. Of course, the office kept a supply of absolutely hideous ties "just in case." Needless to say, it became almost a badge of honor for the guys to sport the ugliest tie on assembly day.

As for schoolyards, the one at P.S. 147 was a regular hangout, particularly on summer nights. It was also a starting/meeting spot for hitch hiking to the beach (in packs). This was preferable to taking the buses to Far Rockaway. Baby oil and iodine was the sun "treatment" of choice, resulting, I am sure, in more than one of us having plenty of skin damage later on.

I am happy to have found this site as I attempted to go to one (of the many) Jackson reunions to find that I was only one of three folks from Cambria in attendance (one was the younger sister of someone who graduated 2 years ahead of me and I didn't know the other gal at all). It seemed like more of a Laurelton reunion, than a Jackson one, so I vowed never to attend another one to avoid the disappointment.

A Carvel opened here in Houston a few years back and it was big news to the (many) transplanted New Yorkers here. It was nice, but just didn't seem the same going into a huge suburban mall instead of walking (or riding your bike) over to Elmont.

Keep the musings and memories coming, folks! It is great to be able to take a sweet trip down memory lane.

 

#156 2008-03-28 22:37:57

_tomkantor
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria - WOW!!!

THIS IS GREAT. I grew up on 228th St & 115th Ave from 1951 until I moved to California in 1981. My parents are still holding down the fort in Cambria and are in GREAT health!! I get back there every other year, and sure, it's not the same, but it's great just to be there. My brothers Bob and Greg (aka Joe) are still in NY, and my sister Susan is down in Orlando. I'll throw some names out: Jack McGarry, Bobby Kelly, Mike Drugan, Billy Todd, Tommy Straussner, Louie Potenza, Tommy Fitzpatrick, and of course, my first girlfriend Elaine Campbell. EGG CREAMS !

 

#157 2008-03-29 17:57:05

_elaine
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Parents still there

WOW is right....this is a first here!! Someone who CAN go home again

 

#158 2008-03-30 06:58:21

_julie
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Home

Yes.. it is great to come home again.. I never got to say goodbye to my  house when we moved in 1973. It is even sadder that we can't go back there again.. only in memories now and finding these wonderful sites to share our memories with others who grew up in the same neighborhood.

 

#159 2008-03-30 07:02:40

_tomkantor
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria

Hi Tom,
You are one of the lucky ones who can go back to your old house again. That is wonderful that your parents are doing well and still holding down the fort.
Your sister Susan was in my class and attended a reunion I held in 2001. It was a blast too!
You mentioned Tommy Fitzpatrick. If it is the same one he lived next door to me on 116th and 232nd Street. I heard from him not too long ago.
And yes those EGG CREAMS were the best!!

 

#160 2008-03-30 07:03:29

_julie
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria

Hi Tom,
You are one of the lucky ones who can go back to your old house again. That is wonderful that your parents are doing well and still holding down the fort.
Your sister Susan was in my class and attended a reunion I held in 2001. It was a blast too!
You mentioned Tommy Fitzpatrick. If it is the same one he lived next door to me on 116th and 232nd Street. I heard from him not too long ago.
And yes those EGG CREAMS were the best!!

 

#161 2008-03-31 16:07:53

_markgotkin
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

228th street

Tommy,

We did have the best block in cambria...

 

#162 2008-03-31 23:09:19

_susan
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria

hey Mark,

  it's Susan, TK's little(51 yr. old) sister.
I agree, we did have an awesome block, tons of kids. don't forget, we had the semi-attached homes so we had double the kids of most blocks. remember in the summertime we would play day and night on our block; tag, hide-n-seek, all kinds of ball games, and our Mom's would sit on the front stoop chatting with the neighbor while watching over us. Funny though, i bet most of the kids in Cambria thought their own street was the "best block" in the neighborhood. that's how great it was back then..ah..those were the days.

 

#163 2008-04-01 09:05:34

_rickhodish
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights

OMG... What a terrific place to find on the web.  After reading all this I'm ready to meet y'all outside and choose up sides for stick ball or hard ball on the Cross Island parkway grass.   Greg K, Tommy & Susan's brother sent me a B'day (56) greeting yesterday and told to to check out this site.  He said my cousin Mark G has blogged.  Then I read about so many places and names that touch one of the special places in my heart, growing up in Cambria Heights.  Kids and friends and never a dull moment.  I haven't heard Larry Weintraub's or Michael Brill's name in ages, Donald B, Dave & Howie Schowman, The McMann's, Johnny Kocan (I think about my old trouble-making buddy often), The Kantors, Keller's, Sam Goodson calling the police because we're playing stick ball, Unlce Hy (Gotkin) getting in Bill Ringler's face, calling him a creep because he took someones glove (Oh yeah, he gave it back).  Evryday seemed to be an adventure. PS 147, JHS 192, AJHS.  School's were not my favorite places them, but I did get by. I didn't mind seeing the fights,but I did not like being in them.  At 192, usually safe inside, but walking to the bus stop... God help me.  It was great though.  You got smart & fast pretty quick.

Susan, 228th St did rule.  We'd play ball with the guys on 229th (Dennis Lartin & Dave ?) and the guys on 227th, and then out of the blue we'd have a turf fight, and then play ball.

Summer were the greatest. Little League. Coln Field, The Cage.  No camps hanging out.  "Joe the ice-cream man" would raffle or throw up popsicles and 15-20 kids would be yelling and screaming with excitement, The 10cent (free if you brought him a jar of iced water)truck rides; Rock&Roll, The Whip.  Sleigh riding down the hills at the Cross Is parkway.  What happy and simple times. No air conditioners, except when we'd sleep at the Kantor's, or on the floor in Gotkin's or Showman's parents bedroom.

I get back to NY once or twice a year and Alan will take me through Cambria for the memories.  Been to Joe & Tillie's a couple of years back. God bless them, they're stll sharp and keeping an eye on the block for us.

God bless the rest of you from Cambria Heights, too. 

 

#164 2008-04-01 12:23:10

_gregk
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

228th street

Yo Rick,Greg here..hope you had a great birthday. Just read your message and couldn't agree more, great times.
By the way, the slightly older juvenile
delinquent that lived on 229th st with Dennis
Larten....Dave Graff. Always the troublmaker.
A big shout out to you Dave if you're still alive... All the best to My Bros and sister and all the Cambria Kids....you old farts!

 

#165 2008-04-01 13:01:18

_lorie922
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

226th Street

I just found this page today!!  I grew up on 226th Street between 120th Avenue and Francis Lewis Blvd with my parents and older brother and sister.  We went to SH; brother graduated in '60, sister in '63, and I graduated in '66.  My sister and I both went to Dominican Commercial.  Some of our neighbors were named King, Russo, Prohaska, Fichtelman, Darius, Mendelowitz, Cello, Anderson, Miller, Sanderson, and Ross.  I married in '76 and my parents finally moved out of CH in 1976.  I remember Bohack's, A to Z, Meisner's (sp?) candy store, Dr. Fine, Newcomb's candy store, the Chinese restaurant, Cambria Bakery and Linden Bakery, the tiny library, the cows at Gouz, and on and on!  Our SH class of '66 had a reunion in 2002 when we were all turning 50!  It is nice to read so many memories of a great place to grow up!

 

#166 2008-04-01 17:18:15

_elaine
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Hi to all the Kantors

Hi Tom, Greg and Susan!  Tom, Lorie Henry e-mailed me to let me know that you had mentioned me in your message!  Just had read the postings and that led me to messages from Greg and Susan.  I have great memories of 228th Street through you, Tommy. Actually, I have great memories period because of you, Tommy! Tillie and Joe were great and sounds like they still are.  Susan, do you remember the great crush my little brother, Robert had on you.  I always remember when he told you "Susan, I love your guts!"  And didn't he like to carry your books home for you?  Greg, you were the hottest guy at Christ the King High School.
Regards to all.

 

#167 2008-04-01 18:38:53

_johnm
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Published memoir

I sent a link to this site to my four sisters.  They all loved it. We lived on 224th St and 115th Ave. My sister Pat then did some further surfing and found the following book on Amazon.  I've since ordered it. 

I'm not familar with Henry Petroski, the author, or his family, but one or more of you of may be.  He delivered papers for the LI Press in the late 50's and then, later in life, went on to chair the Civil Engineering Dept at Duke University .

Paperboy: Confessions of a Future Engineer (Paperback)
by Henry Petroski (Author)

This is a great compilation of memories for anyone who grew up in Cambria Heights in the 1950s/1960s. From the stores on Linden Boulevard to the nuns at Sacred Heart School, to the kids in the neighborhood it will bring back memories of a time and place once enjoyed and long forgotten. (Amazon review by W. Holubowich)

John

 

#168 2008-04-01 18:44:13

_marciek
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

more great memories

Hi to all the Kantors. I remember that your place was always a great place to be. Your folks were truly terrific and you had (I believe) the only garage on the block, which meant a place to hang out no matter what the weather.

I used to babysit for the Ringlers and I could not believe what a total wreck their house was. Today, it would either be condemned or declared a superfund site. I used to spend more time cleaning than watching the kids! I know I sure wouldn't want Mr. Gotkin mad at me. He always seemed kind of formidable to me and I am sure he still is! Sam Goodson may have called the police on kids, but Mae Goodson could scream so much that the police might just show up, anyway. The only one (maybe) that could out-yell Mae Goodson was Pearl Liebowitz. She and my Aunt Charlotte (Brill) got into a good feud one summer and the two never spoke again.

228th Street really DID rule. There were so many kids per (semi-attached) house and the block also crossed or came close to other streets. I think back to a game some of us played trying to name all the Larkin kids (and in order). As for David Graf, the last thing I remember about him was that he was engaged to Gracie Hanold, the youngest daughter of Jack Hanold (who lived across 115th Avenue, at the corner of 228th Street). Since Jack was NYPD, I bet that David did not become a criminal.  <img src="images/smile.gif">

Good to hear that the Hodishes are doing well. The last time I saw Alan was when he was heading off to Pace.

Keep those memories coming! The website is really heating up now. I am looking forward to reading more about the (current) lives of the great kids from Cambria.

p.s. I figured out how to make a (passable) egg cream here in Houston. Of course, it is not made with Fox's U-Bet or a seltzer bottle, but it works in a pinch. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

 

#169 2008-04-01 19:27:59

_leftch1968
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

what a place to grow up

I read the Henry Petroski book, the closest thing to a memoir of our time and place...fantastic


Jeff's Egg Cream in a bottle, its not 100% but good
kind of like Frozen White Castle at Costco, not quite there

 

#170 2008-04-01 21:08:48

_susan
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

memories

Hi Elaine,

  thanks for putting a smile on my face and for the trip down memory lane. I do remember your brother now, wasn't he younger than me? Didn't you have a younger sister too?
are you still in NY?

 

#171 2008-04-01 21:42:41

_markg.
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria

Wow Susan Kantor, My cousin Rick Hodish, Greg Kantor, Tommy Kantor what a trip dowm memory lane for us all..I still get a tear in my eye when I vist Cambria, every Christmas I vist my oldest friend ( not only by age..hahahaha) but by years .At his parnets house. They are the keepers of our wonderful block 228th St.... I say we meet on 228th street for a game of monkey tag....Gee those were the days !!
I love you guys ! !

 

#172 2008-04-02 08:55:04

_pat
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

The Real Old Days

I lived in Cambria Hgts. at 188-20 219th Street until 1971.  The 60's were great times -- everyone on my block was like family.  If you did anything wrong any Mom or Dad would scold you.  No one sued anyone.  Sacred Heart gave me the basis for my whole life.  My husband cannot understand it when I speak of my childhood -he says it sounds like a rerun of the Donna Reed Show.  I miss those days.  I barely know my neighbors now and certainly could not count on anyone in case of an emergency.

I long for those good old days.

 

#173 2008-04-02 19:01:52

_julie
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Neighbors

I agree with you Pat regarding neighborhoods today vs. neighborhoods 1960's. I too rarely know my neighbors today as we did back in Cambria Heights. I lived on 116th and 232nd Street and remember our neighbors being very friendly, warm and caring. I also miss the Mom and Pop stores such as the camera store, the corner candy store, A to Z, Jack's upon Linden Blvd. It was mostly definatey like a "Leave It To Beaver" time.. most of our moms did not have to work and that apron was always hanging in the kitchen. I can still smell the flour from my mom's apron.

 

#174 2008-04-02 19:07:18

_julie
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

Cambria Heights - The Early Years

Check out this website I found that shows photos of Cambria from the late 1940's and the 1950's. See if you can find your neighborhood.

www.queenspix.com/cambriaindex.html

 

#175 2008-04-03 00:13:48

_tomkantor
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Re: cambria heights, Queens

To Julie:

The Tommy Fitzpatrick I mentioned is the cousin of the Tommy Fitzpatrick who lived next door to you. Did you know MY Tommy Fitz? He's now down in the San Diego area (near Tommy Straussner). Did you know Herman Gabora? He lived on 233rd, just our side of Linden Blvd.

 

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