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3208 Fulton Street,
Brooklyn, NY 11208

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PKoch on September 13, 2007 at 7:16 am

Thanks, Marian, for your answer on Iglebrink’s.

Philly Santella, you’re welcome to the welcome. Hope you like it here. It was the full moon shining through the opening in one of the Blessed Sacrament towers, as though through the eye of a needle.

Yes, it would have made a great camera shot.

There’s lots of great neighborhood chat, by me and Marian and tapeshare and BrooklynJim and others, on this page, and I hope you enjoy it all !

Where was Liberty Park ? Glendale, Queens, or a park in Cypress Hills, Bklyn ?

philsantella on September 13, 2007 at 5:15 am

To Marian Vitale

Hi Marian,you mentioned in a earlier post 9-7 you had relatives from Linwood St. the DiMarco,s I hung with a group of guys from Liberty Park. One of which was Sonny DiMarco, He also had a sister named Rosie. Were they your cousins ?

panthergirl on September 13, 2007 at 5:07 am

P: Iglebrink’s was a little corner deli/convenience store.

philsantella on September 13, 2007 at 5:04 am

To PKoch
Thanks for the welcome, Sounds like that full moon showing between the towers of Blessed Sacrament,would have made a great camera shot.
Guess i,ll have to back scroll to read the previous commrntsthat have been made&see if i can relate to any.

PKoch on September 12, 2007 at 1:47 pm

Thanks, Marian. What was Iglebrink’s ?

panthergirl on September 12, 2007 at 1:37 pm

P, yes… Sheridan Ave. started at Atlantic. We lived at #7.

I don’t recognize those names, but my father Sal was the mailman for the neighborhood from Hill Street to Sheridan Avenue, so he knew everyone on Hill, Autumn Ave., Lincoln Avenue, McKinley Ave… I think there was a little candy store on Autumn Avenue and McKinley. And on the corner of Sheridan and McKinley was “Iglebrink’s” (we called it “Inklebrink’s”).

My Aunt and Uncle and cousins, the Walls, lived at 406 Grant Avenue between the convents.

PKoch on September 12, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Marian, I just googled Sheridan St. Its northern end is at Atlantic Avenue, right where you grew up. The two people of my age I know from that area are Joe Bettinger, of 16 Grant Avenue, near Jamaica Avenue, later at 195 Lincoln Avenue, and Laura Messina, of Autumn Avenue. Familiar ?

My family and I passed by not far from where you grew up many times by car, en route from Ridgewood to the Rockaways or Long Island. We’d come south on Euclid Avenue to Atlantic Avenue on our way to Conduit Blvd., then have to turn left on Atlantic, right on Crescent, to a right on Liberty, then a sharp left from Liberty Avenue to Conduit Blvd. eastbound, because Euclid is one way north from Conduit to Atlantic. How inconvenient ! It was a straight shot north on Euclid from Conduit to Cypress Hills Street and Cypress Avenue through all the cemeteries back to Ridgewood on the return trip.

PKoch on September 12, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Hi, Marian ! Good to read you again !

Did your grandparents live on Central Avenue near Halsey St. until they died, or did they move ?

You, too, might enjoy the Bushwick Buddies website ! You would be most welcome there. The lady who runs the site, Eleanor, has been on Cinema Treasures as “bushwickbuddy” and lived at Central Avenue and Eldert St. (one block from your family) until she and her parents moved to Glendale in 1962.

My father’s best boyhood and young manhood friend, Vincent Ferro, attended Fourteen Holy Martyrs. There’s lots of FHM talk and photos on Bushwick Buddies. Where was the House Of The Good Shepherd ?

When my dad was about ten ro eleven, around 1930, and lived at Evergreen and Moffat, he heard cattle drives at four in the morning from the LIRR, northwest on Evergreen Avenue, to the slaughterhouses near the Brooklyn waterfront, probably including the one on Johnson Avenue.

There were so many Bohack stores all over Bklyn and Queens. My dad worked in one as a young man until he got a better deal at National Biscuit Company at 1000 Pacific Street, corner Classon Avenue.

The Bohack in Ridgewood that I grew up with was on Seneca Avenue between Hancock and Weirfield Sts.

panthergirl on September 12, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Me again…

My father went to FKL but I’m not sure what year he graduated. I’d guess in the 30s sometime, or maybe early 40s. (Sal Vitale)

My parents grew up in Bushwick (next door to each other) on Central Avenue near Halsey I think. My grandparents lived there until the mid-70s, and my grandfather had a barber shop on Central Ave.
His name was Alfonso Vitale.

My father went to Fourteen Holy Martyrs. As a kid, they used to drive me and my sisters past The House of Good Shephard, the home for wayward girls. When he really wanted to threaten us, he took us to Johnson Avenue where the slaughterhouses were. He had a warped sense of humor.

I grew up on the corner of Sheridan and Atlantic.

OH… I just remembered another grocery store we shopped in… Bohack! Wasn’t that on Fulton Street?

PKoch on September 12, 2007 at 9:24 am

Welcome, Phil Santella ! Glad to have you aboard here !

I’ve already posted the history of my family in Cypress Hills and Woodhaven in comments above as “PKoch” on this Embassy Theater page. My Aunt Gerry graduated F K Lane in 1947. She and my dad’s parents used to live at 169 Chestnut St., 1957 through 1968. I remember sitting in their kitchen one night in 1966, looking out their kitchen window at the twin towers of Blessed Sacrament, and seeing the full moon shine right through the opening of one of the towers, like through the eye of a giant needle. Beautiful ! Their landlady there was a Mrs. Benvengia.

My dad attended ENY Vocational High, about 1933-1937. The one near the Atlantic Avenue el station of the Canarsie Line and Fulton St. El, and the ENY station of the LIRR, BEFORE the East New York Avenue underpass was built (early 1940’s). Before that, (1931-33) my dad attended Halsey Junior High in Bushwick on Knickerbocker Ave between Weirfield and Halsey Sts.

Yes, Tapeshare has some great stuff. I’ve seen some of it.

You might enjoy the “Bushwick Buddies” at :


philsantella on September 12, 2007 at 9:11 am

YO ! Am new to this website, just came on board. Anyone out there from old east new york neighborhoods. Namely Fulton St. and Richmond.
How about the Embassy Theatre,and or the Embassy Luncheonette next door. Back in 50,s Known as Benny,s and before that Kurtz. My wife and i both hung there for several yrs. She lived on corner of Fulton and Richmond, me Fulton and Cleveland. She was a Blessed Sacrament grad. Me St.Rita,s then good ole F.K.Lane back in 1950. only there 5 months was asked to leave. Grad.from E.N.Y.Vocational High in 53
Remember many of the Ice Cream Parlors we visited back then.“Longs"
on Fulton and Crescent. Benny,s Fulton and Richmond, also Brach,s across the st. from Bennys. "Cordes ” Fulton and Norwood, “Nicks"
Fulton and Warwick. Great times, Great places Highland Park, Liberty Park. Hitchhiking to the Rockaways. Anyone want to add to this. Lets hear from you. My name Philly Santella can be reached here or my e-mail You can also check out great website called Tapeshare.com You can find many photo,s of E.N.Y. on there under Cleveland St. Warwick St. Richmond St. Liberty Park on,and on Ciao for now

PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 2:15 pm

Muzer, congratulations on your well-loved retirement !

Muzerof2 on September 10, 2007 at 2:10 pm

To PKoch,

I’m living in Nassau County Long Island New York and just retired after 35 years working for a major New York Bank as a Compliance person. I’ve been retired for 6 months now and am loving it!


PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 2:01 pm

Muzer :

No, I now live in Dobbs Ferry, a near northern suburb of NYC in lower Westchester County. I still visit Ridgewood every one to two months, though. I am a civil engineer by profession.

How about you ?

Muzerof2 on September 10, 2007 at 1:51 pm

To PKoch,

Do you still reside in the area? What do you do for a living?


PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 11:41 am

Excuse me : that should have been “Forty Carats”, srarring Deborah Raffin, that I saw at the Haven, along with “The Conversation”, at the Haven, late August 1974.

Gene Hackman also starred in “I Never Sang With My Father”, in which older long-time star Melvyn Douglas played his father.

PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 11:35 am

To Muzer :

My graduation dates :

St. Brigid : Friday June 6, 1969.

St. Francis Prep : Friday June 8, 1973.

Cooper Union : Wednesday May 30 1979.

PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 8:56 am

To Muzer :

I attended St. Brigid’s parochial school in Ridgewood, and, for high school, St. Francis Prep in Williamsburg, then Cooper Union in lower Manhattan.

My dad’s sister, my Aunt Gerry, graduated Lane in 1947.

Muzerof2 on September 10, 2007 at 8:50 am

To PKoch,

Where did you go to school in Ridgewood? I went to Franklin K Lane High School and graduated in 1972.


PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 8:10 am

Thank you, Muzer. I lived in MY old ‘hood, Ridgewood, from 1955 to 1991, when I married, but my parents continued to live there until spring 1997. My mother died in July 1997, by then my dad was in a nursing home, and my dad and I sold the house at the end of May 1999.

I still go back to Ridgewood about once a month and was there this past August 25th and Sept. 7th.

Muzerof2 on September 10, 2007 at 7:59 am

To PKoch,

I lived in the old neighborhood from 1954-1995. Probably lived there 20 years to long LOL!!! It was pretty lousy by the time we moved. I lived with my Uncle who passed away in 1994 and that was when we sold the house.


PKoch on September 10, 2007 at 7:49 am

To Muzer :

Thanks for your answer. Yes, I now see there was a PS 65 on Richmond Street. When did you move away from the neighborhood ?

I lived in Ridgewood, on Cornelia, between Cypress and Wyckoff, but was born in Bushwick, where my dad was from, at Bway and Chauncey St. I was delivered in mid November 1955 by a Dr. Joseph Berman whose office was at 25 Logan St.

My dad’s parents and sister lived at 169 Chestnut St., as I have posted above, from 1957 through summer 1968. Their landlady there was a Mrs. Benvengia.

After mentioning the Haven theater last week, I went to its page, and saw, much to my surprise, that I still hadn’t posted my movie memories there, so, before leaving my pc for the day, I finally did !

MVitale, what was kindergarten at PS 171 like ?

panthergirl on September 7, 2007 at 7:26 pm

I went to PS 171 for kindergarten!

Muzerof2 on September 7, 2007 at 4:24 pm

To PKoch….

I lived on Jamaica Avenue between Norwood Avenue and Logan Street. PS 65 was on Richmond Street. You are correct that 171 was on Ridgewood and Lincoln. We were one of the last original families to move away from the neighborhood. I do remember the Haven theater. The matron’s there were the pits LOL!!! Where did you live?

PKoch on September 7, 2007 at 3:15 pm

I’m glad you found this site, Muzer. Welcome ! Where on Jamaica Avenue did you live ? PS 65 looks like it’s on 78th St. in Woodhaven, Queens, 1 ½ short blocks south of Jamaica Avenue.PS 171 looks like it’s at Ridgewood and Lincoln Avenues in Cypress Hills, Bklyn. The fish market I remember, from around 1960, corresponding to yours at Fulton and Norwood, was in Ridgewood at Wyckoff and Jefferson Avenues. I can still remember how those french fries tasted !

Do you remember the Haven theater at all ? It also has a page on this site.