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Past Remembrances from
Visitors to this Website
We are over 1000 memories, so get your reading glasses, put on a pot of coffee
and let yourself return to the Staten Island we all remember
(Please pardon me for any doubles, I can no longer check each
Our favorite diners, drive-ins,
pizzerias and eateries
- The Old Mill
at the corner of Hylan Blvd and Clove Road in Grasmere
- Jack in the Box on Victory Blvd near Jewett
- Capellis Restaurant with the lobster on the roof near the entrance to Great Kills Park
- Maria's Club Nostalgia on Fox beach road New Dorp Beach
- Pizza Town USA - New Dorp Lane (Pizza Clown)
- Chuck Wagon Diner - Hylan Blvd - Dongan Hills
Sizzler's (in New Dorp)
- A&W on Hylan Blvd - Dongan Hills, when it was a car hop
- Cosmo's Drive In with kiddie rides ( Hylan Blvd near Old Town Road )
- Bacci's Charcoal Haven, Hylan Blvd & Ross Avenue
- Marty's (New Dorp Lane)
Tai Chi (Bay Terrace)
- Silver Dollar restaurant Richmond Road and New
- Family Affair (New Dorp)
- Ja-Net's home of the foot-long hot dog
- Paul's Sweet Shop - New Dorp Plaza
- Al Deppe's Richmond Avenue
- Charlie's Drive-In on Richmond Ave. in Greenridge, not far from Al Deppe's
- Stechmann's on the Port Richmond Ave. In Port Richmond
- The Jolly Trolley was at Clove Rd & Victory Blvd. It was a hamburger/hot dog kind of diner, made out of a real
trolley car. The Loose Caboose wasn't around for a long time, but was the same kind of place right next door.
Again, was made out of a real caboose.
- Ann's Sugar Bowl in Sunnyside
Diner of the 80's
- Country Club Diner Hylan Blvd Grasmere
- Wetsons Hamburgers ( One on 1525 Hylan Blvd., Dongan Hills - One on 1767 Forest Avenue, Graniteville - One on
Forest Avenue and Broadway - One on Richmond Avenue, New Springville)
- The Kings Arms Forest Avenue
- The Sugar Bowl Luncheonette - South Beach
- Gene and Tony's Luncheonette - South Beach
- Chinese restaurant (Republic Gardens) upstairs over Woolworth Stapleton
- The Pine Room on Fingerboard Rd
- Henny's Steak House on Richmond and Travis Aves.
- The Colonade Diner Hylan Blvd - Dongan Hills
- Beachcomber Restaurant - Princes Bay
- Artie's Luncheonette - Great Kills
- Buddy, Buddy Club on Clove Road
- The Shoals shoreline restaurant - Great Kills
- Nunzio's Hylan & Midland - Grant City
Gene's Restaurant - Port Richmond
- Denino's Pizzeria - Port Richmond
- Venetian Gardens - Port Richmond
- Nanets Sweet Shop - Tompkinsville
- Duffys Diner - Midland Beach
- Mikes Place on New Dorp Lane
- Demyans Hofbrau on VanDuzer Street.
- Tina's Diner on Victory Blvd, at the top of Jewett Avenue in Meier's Corners
Riviera Chateau in Bay Terrace
- Magnotti's in Dongan Hills.
- The Villa on Beach St
- Top of the Mast
- Sleepy Hollow Inn was a great place! It was on Bloomingdale Road
- Before Sleepy Hollow, it was called Reinhart's (and before that "Neighbors" if I remember the legend correctly).
- 'Frankies Hole in the Wall', and the veal cutlet parmagiana heroes were out of this world!
- Tung Bo's Chinese restaurant in Stapleton,
down from the Paramount Bar & Grill on Canal Street
- The Plaza Casino on Castleton Ave.
- Trolley Diner on the corner of Post and Port Richmond Avenues
- The Esquire Club on Clove Road and Delafield Ave
- Moulin Rouge on Forest Ave and Van Pelt Ave. (They
used to have the Frankenstein Monster over the entrance with a Frank in one hand and a Stein of beer in the other
- The Alps on Richmond Road just past New Dorp Lane.
El Sal Restaurant next to the Royal Flamingo Swim Club on Amboy Rd.
- Lee's Tavern in Dongan Hills across
from the train station ( Great Pizza )
- The 666 Club on
Restaurant - Hylan Blvd - New Dorp
Spanish Restaurant (off Hylan by the shore)
Feathers (New Dorp Lane)
- Sweet Basil's - Annadale
- Stewarts Root Beer on Jefferson Avenue
and Hylan Blvd ( became A&Ws)
Our Staten Island Memories
- EJ Korvettes
- Santa Claus at Lobel's in Port Richmond
- Food Farm on Hylan Blvd
- Garber's (in New Dorp)
(cutting through the store to Mill Rd)
- Going to South Beach to watch the fireworks display
- W.T. Grants in New Dorp
Jeans" the five dollar jeans store on Forest Avenue
- Going to Port Richmond for school uniforms
- Drag racing on the soon-to -be Richmond Parkway
- The Dump – (was it really seen from outerspace)
- The Paramount Theater on Bay St., Stapleton -later
became a disco club
- The Old Sears on Forest Ave.
- Pergaments (New Dorp and
at the Mall)
- The Choir Loft (Bay Street)
- Cashing in Green Stamps on Forest Ave.
- Louie's Superette in South Beach
- Summer "Camp" at PS 39
Rustic Inn - Hylan Blvd - Dongan Hills
- Going to the rides at South Beach for a nickel and a
- Wiegands Bowling Alley .It was said that it was the
first bowling alley on Staten Island. It was located on Clove Road in Concord
- Feasts at St. Michael's on Harbor Road, Mariners
- Minstrel Shows at P.S. 44
- Remember the old yellow La Rue dry cleaning home
- The crash site at Miller Field of the TWA
- Shore Acres Pond
- The grotto at Mt. Manresa
- Sleigh riding down the hill at the McGiness Mansion on
- Holtermann's Bakery Delivery ( Loved their bread and
- Sterner and LeBlanc appliance store near Jewett. If
you needed a TV, that's where you went.
- Parades. We used to have them Memorial Day and the
Fourth of July right down Castleton Avenue
- Zinicola's pepperoni Italian bread - only on Sunday.
- The Ferry in Port Richmond square to Bayonne
- Proctor & Gamble as well as US Gypsum
- Whitehouse Tavern and Coopers Bar on Rossville Avenue
- Bakers Pharmacy in Prince's Bay
- Richmond Memorial Hospital
- Picking lead to sell to the junk man. picking it from
the hind side of the shooting range on Claypit Rd while people were firing ( I love this one )
- Ghost Town (St. George)
- C & B on Castleton Ave
- Snoopy's on Castleton Ave
- Inn By The Wayside on Hylan Blvd
- Vincent's Bakery (Ferry Terminal)
- Wilfred Beauty Academy
- Shuba's in South Beach
- Parking in Great Kills Park
- Piccadilly Circus on Richmond Terrace.
- Master's Dept. Store on Hylan Blvd
- Willowbrook (Home for Mentally Challenged) (Made
Geraldo Rivera Famous)
- The Rainbow Roller Skating Rink" on Quintard Rd. in
South Beach. It was then "Skate Odyssey" and then "Motions Disco".
- Westerleigh Park Concerts
Scarlet's - South Beach - (Strip Joint)
- 3-Jays bar in New Dorp which later became Toto's.
- Great Kills Point Beach Parties
Garter ( Strip Joint)
- Mission Soda Plant - Richmond Road - Concord
- The Organ at St. George Theater
- The Drive-In Theater
Caves (on Van Duzer)
- Kingstons store at the foot of Fox Beach Ave.
- Flagship Store on Hylan Blvd. Grant City.
- Weissglass Saturday Night Stock Car Races
- Buda Bakers on Richmond Road, Grant City
- Reinhardt's Bar and Picnic Grounds
- Rube's Tavern in Charleston
- Green Lantern Bar
and Grill - Stapleton
- William Penn Bar -
- Marty's Candy Store in Pleasant Plains
- Penny Beach
- Vanderbilt's Tomb
- Ralph's Ices
- Egger's Ice Cream Shoppe
- Bowling on the Green ( Just torn down August 13, 2004
- Woolworths (Port Richmond Avenue and Stapleton)
- Johns Bargain Store (Stapleton)
- Tirellis Merry-Go-Round ( South Beach )
- Row Boating at Willowbrook Park
- The Ritz Theater
Hylan Movie Theater
- Bungalow Bar Ice Cream Truck
- Bayonne Ferry
- Riding down Hylan Blvd when there were only 2 lights
on the whole Blvd.
- Faber Pool
- Sleigh Riding (Jack's Pond, Lockman Street, Todt Hill
- Major's Dept. Store
- Leaving Doors Unlocked ( Many Visitors said this )
- Sky slide on Forest Ave
- Tottenville Pool
- Ice skating on Martlings Pond
- Swimming at Lyons pool in Tompkinsville
- Mount St. Carmel Feast on Castleton and Clove
- Serious brush fires in the early 60's when more than
100 homes were destroyed (The fires of 1963. )
- Sedutto's Ice Cream
- Mom and Dad used to give me 10 cents to get into
- Melody Ann's dress shop on Richmond Ave
- The SI airport where the Mall is now
- Pouch terminal and Pouch Boy Scout Camp
- Musk rat trapping in Great Kills Park
- Franzreb Stables in Clove Lakes
- Linoleum factory in Travis
- Mount Loretto church
- Bayonne Ferry
- Tottenville Ferry
- The 69st Ferry to Brooklyn
- The St George theater, the matron walked around with
her flashlight looking for kids making out.
- Rolladium at New Dorp
- Graham Beach Bungalow Colony
- Store of a Million Items in Stapleton
- Von Briesens park
- Godomski's Bakery
- MacNamara's Picnics
- Jerry Lewis Theater - Forest Avenue
- Sites (Seitz’s) Candy Store on the corner of Craig
Avenue & Main Street in Tottenville
- Drag racing @ South Ave.
- Roller Skating at the Ritz
- Great Kills Point Friday Night Beach Parties
- Pheasants were plentiful
- Farmers Market in Mariners Harbor on Forest Avenue -
Farmers market became Majors department store
- Madalone's Coliseum ,a bowling alley on Richmond Ave &
- Harmony Park (Schenkel's Harmony Park)
- Bakers Pharmacy in Prince's Bay
- Richmond Memorial Hospital
- Vastola's Farm
- Ekstrands florists
- Clove Lake Stables
- Our Lady Queen Of Peace
- Racing slot cars at the Family hobby
- The farmer's market on Richmond Avenue
- Matinee at the Ritz theater
- Faber Pool
- Ice skating on Pots & Pans
- In the 1940s, along Port Richmond Avenue, there were
three five and ten cent stores; Woolworth’s, Kresge’s and Fisher-Beer.
- The Draft Board office in St. George.
- Farms on Richmond Avenue
- The airport.
- The old pavilion at the Conference House
- Lane Theater
- Swiss Chalet
- Goldens Deli
- Penn fruit Supermarket
- Joe's cab stand next to rail road tracks. ~ Eltingville~
- The concerts at Silver Lake every Wednesday night
- Old linoleum factory at the end of Victory Blvd in
- Sleigh riding down a steep hill someplace near Gordon
- The "Honeycomb" in the lower part of the mall
- Luke & John's Deli on Victory Blvd
- Sand Pits in Great Kills
- Franks Candy Store - Mariners Harbor
- The Old New Dorp High School
- Cows near Mt Loretto
- Cle's Pharmacy ( Midland Beach )
- Pete Devitos Dept. Store ( Midland Beach )
- Millers Hardware Store ( Midland Beach )
- Concerts at Cromwell Center
- Wed. night dances at Westerleigh Park,
- Friday night dances at Fox Hills
- Sleigh riding and ice skating at Clove Lakes
- Christmas locomotive ( I heard of one on New Dorp Lane
and one on The Terrace)
- Cusack's veggie truck
- Robert Hall Clothes Store ( Hylan Blvd )
- Deer running wild through the peach & apple orchids.
- Old barracks in Fort Wadsworth
- St.George Movie Theater
- Ruby Lanes
- LaRosa's pastry shop on Olympia Blvd in South Beach
where Sadie would throw you out if you came too late on Sunday (they closed at 1 or 2 PM and reopened at 4).If
you went past the showcases you were in their kitchen. They had the best pastry. I could smell it now.
- Remember horseback riding at cloves lakes,
- Skating at Brady's Pond
- Burger Chief -
- "Schwartzies" store in Tompkinsville where Burger King
- Roller Skating at the Ritz,
- Jerry Lewis Theater,
- Plaza Casino being knocked down,
- Joe's Paramount Bar
- Piel's Brewery
- Dom's Barber Shop
and Shoe Repair - Bement and Forest Avenues
- DeJong's Bakery
(later Myers Bakery)
- Smiling Sunnys Toy Store ( Forest Avenue )
- Sacred Heart's Summer Bazaar
- Mucci's Sporting Good's Shop
- Remember the fire dept big ladder truck driving down
North Railroad Avenue every Christmas morning with one fireman dressed as Santa and giving away small boxes of
candy to any kids that would run out of the house to get it. They would pass my block between 6 & 7 AM every
Christmas morning for years
- Oven Bake Shop
- Rome's Flying A gas station in Dongan Hills around
Cromwell Ave and Atlantic Ave.
- Tassis's Tire Town corner of Midland and Hylan
- The Dog House in Dongan Hills
- Bohack in New Dorp
- Safeway Supermarket Hylan and Old Town Road
- There was a soda factory at the corner of Old Town
Road and Hylan Blvd where the bank is now. I believe it was Squirts
- Francis Ford, Hylan Blvd Dongan Hills
- Marone's hardware, Norway Avenue
- The Cafe Clarette
- The "Sugar Bowl" was a little shop on Victory
Boulevard by Grand Avenue. Sweets galore!
- Horrman's ( 2 R's) Castle on Howard Avenue was the
home of the one owner of the old Stapleton Brewery, Rubsam and Horrman. The site is now housing, it was at
Osgood Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue.
- Memoly Motors, a Dodge dealership on Richmond Terrace
at Jewett Avenue.
- Stuckey's Auto Salvage, Amboy Road
- Wagner's, used to be a Chrysler dealer on Richmond
Road close to the Expressway.
- Dinger's farm, now Macy's and Circuit City area.
- Dave's Soda Shop on Bay St. in Rosebank
- Dot and Vic's Candy Store on Hylan Blvd. & Tompkins in
- Joann's Candy Store on the corner of Evelyn Place and
- Sliding down a dirt hill behind Labetti Post on a
- Playing football behind Labetti Post
- Swinging on a tree rope behind Labetti Post
- Smoky's Candy Shop on Fingerboard
- Running under all the clothes racks at Robert Halls
- Auer's Bakery on Targee Street (Richmond Road?)
- Sleigh riding on cardboard boxes behind Labetti Post
from Maryland Ave.
- Visiting the museum at Fort Wadsworth
- Summer camp at Damatti''s playground Rosebank.
Roller-skating, tennis and art and crafts trucks would come.
- The "Pelican Club" on Fingerboard Rd.
- Smokey's donut shop on Fingerboard Rd. The donuts used
to taste like cigarettes
- St. Mary's School on Bay Street, when there were nuns
for teachers and hot lunch. Sister Basil
- Putting baseball cards on our bike spokes to make
- Hanging out at Mount Manresa, and getting chased out
by the nuns
- Playing softball at East Shore Little league.
- The old P.S.13 on Anderson and Hylan
- Richies Ice Cream Parlor - Dongan Hills
- The Honeycomb at the SI Mall
- The Factory
- Rocky Horror Midnight Show
- Sid's Candy Store on Forest Ave
- Joe's Question Mark Richmond Avenue & Victory
Blvd. - Italian American Restaurant
- Johnny Maestro singing in the stair well on the 8:10
ferry to NY
- Drag Racing on Arden Ave.
- New Dorp- Curtis Thanksgiving Football games
- Semlars Park ( now Grant City Apartments)
- Professional Wrestling ( Wiessglass Stadium)
- Bayonne- Staten Island Ferry
- The Pavilion ,Tottenville
- Fitzgerald's Nite Club
- The Italian Kitchen Hylan Blvd
- The East Shore Community Center Fox Hills
- Lucci's Bowling Alley,Grasmere
- Eibs Pond Mosel Ave.
- Edna's Sweet Shop, at the top of Hyatt Street, on St.
Mark's Place. After a movie at the St. George, that was the place to go.
- The Victory Theater was up the street and you got to
see 2 movies for 10 cents on Saturday and sometimes they gave dishes and glasses away as gifts.
- The two way toll at the Verrazano Bridge sometimes
missed exact change hopper had to open car door
- The Cobblestone roads on Snake Hill and Todt Hill Road
- As kids we swam in the old saw mill creek and off the
old Manhattan barge down from Travis Ave.
- My father's best friend, Bill LaTourrette, lived in
Mariner's Harbor with his wife. At the back of his backyard was a tiny house, rather run down even to my young
eyes (maybe I was 8 or 9) belonging to a Miss Butts who lived alone. She was very old and frail, and I was
afraid of her. One day Uncle Bill and I paid her a visit and she fascinated me. She had a deep voice and gnarled
hands from arthritis. Fear was replaced by an eagerness to get to know her. We talked many times. I loved her
stories of Buffalo Bill coming to SI and setting up on the property in back of her. This little house had been
her home and she never left it. Stories of cowboys and Indians, Annie Oakley, buffalo and trick riders were
music to my ears. It must have been wonderful then.
- The fluoroscope machine at Lobel's children's dept.
where you could x-ray your feet in sickly green and watch the bones move!
- I think the matron at the Capitol in the '40s was Mrs.
Snow. Starched white clothing and white hair.
- Wednesday was plate night at the Ritz Theater on
Richmond Ave. In the late '50s, three of us - my mother, aunt and I, and sometimes my cousin, would see the
evening movie and get a plate or whatever, for my cousin's upcoming wedding. It was only 35 cents on plate
- An ice cream place that looked like an ice cave with
penguins and polar bears (looked like an iceberg). Near South Beach. What was the name...the Polar Cave? (New
- Sleigh riding on the hill in front of the Latourette
Country Club right outside of historic Richmondtown.
- Cutting class and exploring the TB wards at Seaview
- When Great Kills "village" actually was a real village
with a Chinese Laundry, fish market, Farrell's Hardware Store, Harry's Dept. Store, Trunz's Meat and last
but not least Benedicts Grocery Store where the butcher would slice you a piece of cold cut while your mother
- When the Express Bus to Manhattan was a dollar
- The original SIRT with wicker type seats instead of
- Rickels Home
- Farrell’s ice cream parlor at the Mall – remember “the
- Clarence the milkman (Tottenville)
- Living below the blvd. in Tottenville
- Driving all the way down to the waterfront at the
Conference House, before the barricade was put up
- Frank’s Bakery at the corner of Amboy Road & Sleight
- Shopping in Port Richmond Center before the Mall was
- The Century Inn (now Killmeyer’s)
- Rinky Dink Roller Rink on Main St. in Tottenville
- Santa Claus handing out toys on Innis Street by the
Cichon Post in Elm Park.
- George's candy store - Guyon Avenue near Oakwood Train
- Pinky and Jacks luncheonette on New Dorp Lane corner
of Clawson Street
- The Pizza at 3 Jays
- Drag racing in EJ Korvettes parking lot
- I remember walks in Clove Park on Easter Sunday
afternoons, after church.
- New Dorp Lane Paul's Sweet Shoppe for the black &
white egg creams.
- The Red Barrel Tavern, South Beach on the corner of
Sand Lane and Seaside Blvd.
- Johns Bargain Store was not only in Stapleton, there
was 1 on Richmond Avenue near the railroad tracks.
- Nathans on Hylan Blvd near Tysen's and the Grant's
- Next to Sears was Neisners a five and ten
- Cromwell Center in Tompkinsville
- St. George Diner on Bay Street
- There were 3 locations for Pal Joey's Pizza,
Oakland and Forest, Forest and Davis & Bement at Forest.
- I remember going blackberry picking with my brother
and all the honeysuckles that grew behind our house. my sister worked at the candy counter in the palace
theater, we always did our Christmas shopping on Richmond Avenue where the lights were strung across the street.
- Lets not forget "Schaeffer's Tavern" located
at Victory Blvd. & Bradley Ave. Schaeffer's Tavern has been around since the 1930's and is still an
excellent eating & drinking establishment.
- James Thompson and sons Lumber Co. and Thompson
Stadium, where they had football games and midget auto races. A public school on Tompkins Ave in Stapleton now
- Dorhety's Bar on New Dorp Lane
- The Stumble Inn on Post Ave.
- Coral Lanes Bowling Alley on Richmond Ave now the
Coral Shopping Plaza
- Victory Lanes Bowling Alley
- Sunset Lanes on Richmond Ave. now the 122 pct sub
- Piazza's Bakery
- Miniature golf Arthur Kill and Richmond
- Blue Willow Inn
- Al's Pizza
- "Old Dutchman's" bar and grill at the top
of Clarke Ave
- Sarcone's Pony Rides
- The Towne House
- Aliseo's Market
- Sam's Taxi
- Silvestri's Gas Station
- Zilly's Pontiac
- Central Lanes
- Rendezvous Club
- Log Cabin Inn
- Ann's Sweet Shop across from Central Lanes
- Pops candy store.
- Vigliottis Bakery
- Beddia Bros Bakery
- Ice skating on the site that is now Waldbaums on
- Grasso's Pizza
- Fanelli's Farm
- Lady of Pity Bazaar Lamberts Lane and Richmond Avenue
- Beauty Pond
- Orchard Inn
- Mardi Gras Club Great Kills
- Meurot Club
- Casa Barone in St. George
- Oak Room
- Boulder Stadium off Arlene
- Sleigh riding down Lamberts Lane toward South Ave.
- Swimming in the creeks below South Ave.
- Plaza Casino
- Knotty Pine Lanes
- Sunnyside Club
- Finest Supermarket
- Sally's Ice Cream truck
- Red & Tan and Blue and Grey bus to the city
- Dew Dale record shop at Castleton Ave. and Richmond
- PRHS graduation walking from the CYO to the Ritz
- Decker Ave Christmas tree
- Riding in the September Horse Shows at Clove
- Forest Dance Studio
- Lady of Good Counsel Dances
- Palms Pizza on Castleton
- Brighton Lounge on Brighton Avenue, near Goodhue Park
- Columbian Lanes
- Bohack’s Supermarket on Forest Ave
- Splash parties at Goodhue Pool, New Brighton and
everyone trying to get the greased watermelon out of the pool
- Marty's candy store on New Dorp Lane
- Avino's pizza at New Dorp Beach
- The original Jolly Trolley was located on Clove Road
just before Victory Blvd.
- The Miami Club in South Beach
- Charlie Chips delivery truck bringing potato chips to
- The Sugar Bowl on Victory near Grand Ave was called
“Annie’s Sugar Bowl”
- Weissglass stadium stock cars. I went round an round,
some times upside down. Charles Edkins #43x
- Tumble Town (an outdoor trampoline center on Post Ave
near Clove Road)
- The Miami Club (a night club on Jersey St and Brighton
Ave that attracted many celebrities).
- The Good Humor Man (In his white suit)
- Dugans Bakery Trucks
- The Knights of Columbus on Clove Road (with the
bowling alley in the basement).
- Cricket games at Walker park
- Little Joe's Pony Track and Animal Farm on Richmond
Ave in Graniteville
- Tucky's Pizzeria on Arthur Kill Road in Greenridge
- Jean's Beans in Forest Ave Plaza selling cooked foods
- Rendevous Club on Richmond Ave opp. Our Lady of Pity
R.C. Church Bulls Head
- US Army camp on Richmond Ave in Bulls Head
- Zinicola's Bakery on Hooker Place opposite Denino's
- Casa Nova Restaurant on Richmond Ave in Port Richmond
- Teams of guys climbing the grease poles to get the
prizes at the top at summertime feasts at Our Lady of Pity, St. Michael's (Mariner's Harbor) and other local
- Lemon creek and Richmond Ave. drawbridges
- Millways bar on Hylan and Adams Street
- The Alps restaurant on Richmond Road in New Dorp
- Charlie Stringer's team of Belgian horses stabled at
Franzreb's. He was a powerful, small black man who loved those horses and he'd hitch them up for hayrides
and parades. I believe he was also a farrier
- The zoo after Church on Sunday. One birthday
morning my father asked the primate keeper if I could go behind the rail and touch a spider monkey. I did!
It was magical for a young animal lover.
- Surf Club, Ocean Avenue & Seaside Blvd, South Beach
- Jakes Ice Cream Trucks on the South
- Shoals Dock and Marina
- Jumping off the sand dunes when they
were building Crookes Point
- Flash Gordon serials on Saturday morning at the Ritz
- Parks Dept. dances on Wednesday nights alternating
between Westerleigh Park, McDonalds Playground, and Cromwell Center
- Ski jump on Little Clove Road
- Sleigh Riding all the way down Waters Avenue
- Veterans gazebo at Jewett Ave. and Boulevard
- After school swimming at the old JCC
- "Dressing" the May Pole in Clove Lakes Park
- Barranco's Diner on Forest Ave.
- Taking what seemed like the longest ride in the world
by car-Drumgoole Blvd.
- Every storefront on Richmond Ave. occupied by would be
doo wop groups
- The miniature golf course at New Dorp Lane and Hylan
- The Polar Cave across New Dorp Lane from The miniature
- Fitzgerald's Hotel and ball field at the foot of
Nelson Ave. in Great Kills.
- WWII Honor Roll - top of Nelson Ave and Amboy Road in
- Tiger Market - Great Kills Village.
- Browers Hardware - Great Kills Village.
- Katzmans Dept. Store - Great Kills Village.
- Jim & Charlies Barber Shop - Great Kills Village.
- Talk of The Town Tavern - Great Kills Village.
- Fiorelli's Shoe Store - Great Kills Village.
- Fiorelli's Drug Store - Great Kills Village.
- Staten Island Edison Company - Great Kills Village.
- Bub Cohn's Fish Market - Great Kills Village.
- The Great Kills Bank - Great Kills Village.
- Whitmans Candy Store - Great Kills Village.
- The Bock Agency - Great Kills Village.
- Sherman Williams Paint Store - Great Kills Village.
- Nicotinie's Taylor Shop - Great Kills Village.
- Springstead Lumber Co. - Great Kills Village.
- Ralston's Grocery Store - Great Kills Village.
- I used to get ready for school by the clock on the old
- Sleigh riding in Silver Lake Golf Course on the "big"
Beefsteak Charlie's (by the Mall)
- Lucci's TV
- Friday Night dances
at St.Peters H.S.
- Forest Avenue Farmers exchange, now Pastosa's,
especially at Christmas with the tree's for sale.
- Staten Island Pickle Works on Targee St.
- Picking blackberries next to Anne's Sugar bowl at
Victory Blvd and Melrose Ave.
- Moore's Stable on Victory Blvd, where the mounted
police kept their horses.
- Playing "pickup" ball at Clove Lake park, basketball,
football, baseball, whatever!
- Shoe Barn in Port Richmond, where you went for school
- Piels Brewery, originally Rubsam and Horrman.
- Hormann Castle when the Presentation Nuns lived there.
- Augustinian Academy on Grymes Hill.
Twin Cinema's - Amboy Road in Great Kills
- SIRT with the wicker-covered seats that would flip
back & forth
- Public schools were open during the summer for sports,
crafts, food, and trips.
- Tavern on the Green restaurant Hylan Blvd., New Dorp
- Temptee Freeze ice cream shop corner of Greeley Ave
and Hylan Blvd.
- Goodies Hamburgers opposite Temptee Freeze corner of
Greeley Ave and Hylan Blvd.
- Weissglass Milk, delivered to your house in glass
- I remember sleigh riding down Targee Street from Van
- In Stapleton, there were dances at Immaculate
Conception Church, then we went to dances at Tappen Post, and at the Armory
- Porters Frozen Custard Stand it was across Arthur Kill
Road from Al Deppes
- Fair Way Club (Dining and Dancing) it was across
Richmond Avenue from Al Deppes.
- Gretta Nissen Florist I used to work there for 25
cents an hour. Milton, Gretta, and Lillian Nissen were very friendly people
- I had a gas station and garage at 4585 Amboy road
Eltingville the name was Clint's Auto Service I wonder if any body remembers my Gas Station.
- Miltons Beacon (great fast food) a restaurant that was
built just like a Light House. It was on the corner of Richmond Hill Road and Richmond Avenue.
- Arthur Kill Incinerator where they burnt all the
garbage that was picked up on Staten Island.
- (Gus and Frank Dinger) Dingers farm
- A trolley called The Red Mike along Richmond Avenue
- Sarlos Soda and Ice cream on Broad Street and Targee
Street. (The music was playing on the Wurlitzer and best ice cream sodas on earth)
- My mother swam from South Beach to Hoffman Island and
- My Dad owned the College Pharmacy Van Duzer St.
- I delivered prescriptions by bike to the soldiers
families living in Fox Hills.
- I took lessons at Franzrebs Stables in Clove Lake.
- We often took blankets to Silver Lake Park, and slept
there on a hot night.
- Dad owned Katz Drugs and Surgicals on Bay and Water
St. in Stapleton.
- St. Louis Academy on Drumgoole Blvd.
- Barranco's Diner (Vic Barranco owned it) in West
Brighton was called the Midway Diner
- Marconi's Restaurant, New Dorp Beach behind the
- Dongan Hills train station, a stationery store that
all the kids called "Carls" which also had a soda fountain .
- Nanette's in Tompkinsville
- Empire Theater with a dollar in the 50’s $.25 for the
double feature with cartoons etc from 10am- to 4 pm .You could win prizes , see a live stage show etc You could
have candy for .05 and soda or popcorn for a dime….I remember hiding behind the half wall when they played
Dracula with Bela Lugosis
- Ice skating at Jack's Pond
- Fairyland and the Sandpit behind Great Kills swim club
- Joey's Showboat and Sonny's Lounge
- I lived in Bulls Head and I remember the rodeo down
the street – I would wait on the curb for one of the cowboys to come down the street walking out the horse and
ask for a ride – they always gave me one…..– but it is so cool to tell people that I grew up down the street
from a rodeo!!!
- I also remember all the farms down Richmond Ave. –
from Victory Blvd. to past where the mall is now
- All those concerts were at the Ritz Theater
- Henny’s Steak House
- LaRosa's Bakery , South Beach (they had the best lemon
- May's and Fay's Hotels, South Beach
- The train with wicker seats that you could move
backwards and forwards.
- One of My dad first jobs was delivering coal to homes
on S.I. and dropping some coal from the truck along the way in poor neighborhoods.
Bakery on New Dorp Lane, across from The Lane Theater
- The Sail Inn Bar on Hylan Blvd & Nelson Ave, Great
- Gulf Station at Post and Richmond Avenue
- Habilds Camera and Art Store on Winham Avenue - New
- Ciro's Italian restaurant on Reid Avenue and Hylan
- The Island Movie Theater on Richmond Ave.
- I remember the rodeo that used to be on the corner
where Richmond Terrace met Richmond Avenue right across the street from Seduttos
- Record Baron on forest where everyone bought their
- Master pizza, When Eggers was across the
street from Sears
- Berts Gift Shop in Port Richmond
- Life Savers' Beach in Tottenville
- A popular place in Tottenville in the fifties was The
Hut, a hamburger place on Amboy Road, where we could go for a burger or just hang out.
- Fox Hills Army Post, Concord, where Italian POWs were
- The Keyboard Lounge in Grant City and
Emily singing “Crazy”
- The Lion’s Den on Midland Avenue
- Otto’s Sweet Shop on Victory Blvd, people running to
catch the bus to ferry. picking up the paper and leaving a nickel
- The Village Inn on Richmond Road
- Trimsrche's Restaurant Hylan Blvd & Alter Avenue,
- Sandy's Rowboats in Lemon Creek
- Flo's Bar and the Castaways Bar on Sequine Ave.
- S.S. White Dental Works
- Thomas's Rent a Boat They were all painted orange and
kept on moorings at the mouth of Lemon Creek.
- The C.Y.O camp on Johnson Terr. And Sequine Ave.
- The bridge over Lemon creek (it opened by moving on
- Anne's Candy Shop at the corner of Castleton
- Crupi's Cozy Corner - corner of
Bay Street and Maryland Avenue in Rosebank.
- Perosi's Ceramic Studio In Elm
Park.....forty years of fun
- New Dorp - Curtis annual Thanksgiving Football game at
- The old blue and white laundry on Post
Ave. and Clove Road
- Plaza Casino Bowling Alley
- The Wright Toy Store on Van Duzer
- Eibs home delivery milk service to your
- The changing of the name of Seaside
blvd. to Father Cappidano Blvd
Sweet Shop in New Dorp. Aside from selling the best darn Egg Cream you ever had, Paul used to sell pea
shooters with extra bags of ammo that we would by and bring them into the Lane Theater, sneak up into the
balcony and start shooting people during the movie. Paul himself was not a bad guy but he had no patience for
kids. Especially juveniles. If you were a kid and in the scope of 2 minutes after entering the store
without spending money, Paul would chase you out and you wouldn't even think about reading any comics or
magazines without first paying for them.
- Going for shoes at Buster. Browns on Forest Ave.
They had penny machine in the store, you could watch a Charlie Chaplin short.
- I remember
in the early 50s there were two neighboring eating places in
the same location as Al Deppe's -- one was called the Jolly Trolley and the other, The Loose Caboose -- more hot
dogs and ice cream. Collectively, they were all "Al Deppe's" in our minds.
- I could remember when R&H was right up
the street from where I lived (Wright St) My friends and would go to the back of the brewery and climb up
the latter to the tower where we would catch a few pigeons and sell them for a dime each to Rubin's egg and
chicken market located on water street right under the train tracks.
- Steckman's Sporting Goods on Bay Street next to the
Paramount Theater. Supplier of Spalding Hi- Bounce" pinkies and sneakers and ice skates to "The Island" for
over 50 years.
- Marine Motor Sales (MG-Triumph-Saab-Jaguar) 419
Castleton Ave. last British new car franchise on Staten Island
The Factory Rock Club
- My mother
and father Charles and Caroline Gerhard
were caretakers for the
Old Actors Home (torn down 1934) which
was across from the S.I. Zoo
- The Tompkinsville Blue Jays
- Bobby Darren used to spend his
summers with his family in a bungalow at the beach
- Nanette's Ice Cream Parlor in
- Hillside Swim Club on Signs Road
- Casa Nova Restaurant in Port Richmond
- Double D Deli which became Double S next to the Dakota
Diner on Richmond Ave
- Arnold Palmer Batting Cage and Miniature Golf on
Forest Ave & South Avenue just a little past Majors across the street from Knotty Pines Lanes
- Batting cage and Driving Range on Goethals Rd which is
now a trailer park
- "Big Moe's" hot dog truck that was
parked on South Avenue near the SI Expwy for over 30 years
- Domenico bus to the city
- Alessio’s on Richmond and West Caswell
- Clove Lake Ice Skating – Before the bubble!
- Santos Sporting Goods on Hylan Blvd
- Bills World of Sports on Victory Blvd
Bicycles was always needed at least once every summer to fix a flat or a bent rim - on Jewett Avenue
- Kobren’s Pharmacy on Forest Ave
- MacDonalds Inn (tavern/eatery) at 238
Morningstar Road owned by my dad (Phil Perosi's)
- Hadaar Disco located on Clove Road
- Shoshoni Disco located on Manor Road
- I remember seeing vaudeville shows in the Ritz Theater
- There were rowboats in Clove Lake.
- We hitch-hiked to the beaches
- Victory Blvd had trolley cars
- Moe's candy store in Sunnyside
- The first A & P, air-conditioned, in Stapleton
- The 1938 hurricane
- The Country Squire Press on 48-50
Jefferson Blvd. in Annadale (Owned by Bernard Zipprich)
Hair Stylist 505 Forest Avenue (Owned by Angelo Call from 1947 to the late 1960’s)
- Railroad tracks were ground level ,with R.R crossing
gates at some street crossings
- St Christopher’s Church , that was bought from Sear &
Roebucks ,shipped to the location in boxes
- Playing football for the Staten Island Tigers,
home base was Grant City
- I remember seeing soldiers parachuting into Miller
- I remember the Old Army hospital in New Dorp Beach
being knocked down with a wrecking ball
- The Carousel Diner (
- Main Bar and Grill on Main St.
( Tottenville )
- Club 93 was on Main St. and Arthur Kill Rd
( Tottenville )
- Ammy's Men's Shop on Main St
( Tottenville )
- Mary's Five and Ten on Amboy Rd and Main St
( Tottenville )
- Antonio's Pizza on Amboy Rd. near Main St
( Tottenville )
- Playing tennis at the Tottenville Racquet Club
- The Factory Rock Club
- Terramarine Hotel Staten Island Huguenot Avenue
- Piels Brewery
- The Park Villa
- Jack in the Box on Victory Blvd near Jewett Ave
- Angelina's Pizzeria, Todt Hill
- The Blackout of 1977
- Johnny the ice cream truck man he would throw bubble
gum up in the air with one marked for a free ice cream
- 1961. Quart bottles of milk from Weissglass dairy had
U.S. presidents pictures and info on the bottle caps. First the company gave you a sheet with the pictures of
the Presidents , and a place to tape the bottle cap to
- The Swamp. Colon Ave & Katan Ave. We would ice
skate there in the winter. In the summer tell stories of people drowning while walking their dogs there
- The 6's on Forest Ave
- Two early Boy Scout Camps. One in Annadale in 1915 off
Arden Avenue called Camp Wilson and another on Clove Lakes called Camp DuBois in 1917
- Angelos Pizza on Canal Street.
- Earls Sporting Goods and Record Shop, Canal Street
- Colonial Lanes, Bay Street
- Gigi's Tavern, Rosebank
- Golden Cue Pool Parlor, Canal and Wright Streets
- Stapleton AC Bowling, Baseball, Basketball
- Shields Deli Broad Street before moving to Hylan Blvd
in Great Kills
- Millers Pharmacy Broad Street
- Gelgiesers Hardware Broad Street
- Stape Darts Football
- Thompson’s Stadium now the Stapleton Houses
- Mickey Jays Bar Broad Street
- Sam' (Belotti) Service Station Tompkins Avenue
- Charlie and El's Pine Room Fingerboard Road
- Pier 6 Tompkinsville
- Staten Island Hospital, Castleton Avenue
- Goodhue Pool Lafayette Street
- Fagos Barbershop Tompkins Avenue
- The Corn Exchange Bank, became Chemical Corn Exchange
- Trunz Butcher & Market
- St. Christophers yearly picnic at Semlars Park.
- The Corner House Bar and Restaurant on Lincoln Ave and
North RR Avenue.
- The Rex Theater in Stapleton it had wooden bench for
chairs 10 cents admission and the huge live big bands at the Tompkinsville piers on Saturday nights
- There was also a roller skating rink down the street
from the Paramount Theater
- The Elegants, practicing in our school hall.
- The roaring of engines from the stock car races at
- New Dorp High School Bowling Team.
- During WWII I lived at the top of Chestnut Ave. on the
corner of White Plains Ave. There was an old wooden bridge over the railroad that went up to Fox Hills.
From what I can remember, there were mostly black army troops that were stationed there And every morning they
marched down Chestnut Ave. to the docks. Don’t know what they did down there.
Hedges (New Dorp)
- Also at Fox Hills there were Italian POW’s. And
they played soccer and as kids we would stand on the bridge and watch them.. After the war I do know
that some of the prisoners stayed in Rosebank
- There were Flower factories down on Tompkins Ave. and
- Watching the “King and His Court” play softball at
- Skippy's Hot Dogs (Truck- since the 50's) parked on
Hylan Blvd near Slater Blvd in Dongan Hills.
- Three Hills (a/k/a Down Back) located off Holland
Avenue and Richmond Terrace in Arlington/Port Ivory/ Mariners Harbor. There were three swamps there with
three little hills (hence the name).
- Neisner's Dept Store on Forest Avenue. There was
a Diner in there and they would have you pop a balloon for a penny ice cream sundae.
- Plaid Stamp Store on New Dorp Lane.
- The Mini Lounge in Dongan Hills.
The Wonder Bar on Midland Ave
- Cavanaugh Leagues, twilight and Sunday morning
- Watching from Dominic's pizzeria the making of the
video poppa don't preach from Madonna
- Dugan's delivering bread to the door
- Safeway on Victory Blvd at Westcott
- Robins Reef Buick on Van Duzer
- Island Chevrolet on Castleton at Clove
- Petrillo Oldsmobile on Castleton at Broadway.
- Fairyland( the woods that ran from Giffords Lane to
Richmond Ave near Arthur Kill Rd.
- Watching Rodeos at Weisglass stadium. I remember
there was some cowboy who had singing whips and he rode a black horse with white saddle and bridle named
Rye Whiskey. He'd whip cigarettes right out of some woman's lips!
- Finding salamanders in the Silver Lake Park creek
- Major's Department store's food market's grocery
conveyor belt. You would put your groceries in a wooden box with a number to remember, put it on a
conveyor belt that took your groceries out while you went to get your car, and when you pulled up there were
your groceries waiting for you. Sometimes there would be someone to help put them into your car!
- The milk processing station (you could see the big
tanks and tubes through the window) down in Mariner's Harbor on Forest Ave.
- Montanti's a western wear/feed store on
Richmond Terrace near Weisglass Stadium
- Galloping on horseback past the Travis generating
station smokestack on the soon to be West Shore Expressway before it was paved.
- Piccadilly Liquor Store, Victory and Bay St.,
Tompkinsville (where the Burger King is now)
- The Lido Restaurant, Victory Blvd, Tompkinsville
- DeNora's Ice, Coal and Oil, New Brighton
- Dancing to Cold North at the Hunt and/or Rigby's
- Major's Department Store - Mariners Harbor
- Jimmy Mack (you can still see him perform on the
- The Road House, Clove Road
- Manor Sweet Shop, Manor Road
- Concerts at Snug Harbor, Richmond Terrace
- St. Rita's Church Bazaars, Bradley Avenue
- Manor House, Manor and Tillman
- Fazzino's Superette, Manor Road
- New Dorp Lumber
- Tyrone's Shoes
- Oven Bake Bakery
- John's Bargain Stores.
- Just outside the Forest Avenue Shopping Center was a
small dance studio that was always busy, and across the street was the Robert Hall clothing store
- The old railroad that used to run through Mariners
- The Sanitation Depot which used to be on Alaska
- Plaza Casino, a banquet hall on Castleton Avenue which
held many weddings, receptions and special events.
- Nat’s Candy Store on the corner of Rose Avenue & South
Grocery Store on North Railroad Avenue
- Wetson's - I remember getting 2 hamburgers, french
fries and a coke for 99 cents!
- Staten Island Speed Shop
- Richmond Auto Parts
- Nedicks ...... tucked into that back corner of the
Forest Avenue Shopping Center where the kitchen/grill was in the center of the restaurant and you could watch
them cook your burgers ....... where the hamburgers smelled like heaven and tasted just as good, and where they
had buckets of pickles on every table.
- Majors had a supermarket section in the back, and
after paying for the groceries you could have someone put your groceries into bins on a conveyor belt that
brought it all to the back of the store where you could pull up and have them loaded into your car.
- Majors also had Santa arrive every year in a
- Bennet's Bicycles was always needed at least once
every summer to fix a flat or a bent rim......and they're still there on Jewett Avenue today
- Circle-S Milk Farm on Forest Avenue near Jewett Avenue
- Tally Ho Field on Hylan Blvd, Great Kills
- Milton's Beacon on Richmond Ave & Richmond Hill Road
- Italian farmers delicatessen on New Dorp Lane
- St Joseph's Bakery across the street from Italian
farmers. They had the
best Baba Rhum in the world!
- Fairyland, a wonderful pristine forest area in the
Arthur Kill Road area that ran behind our house on Ridgewood Avenue known as Fairyland.
- Hurricane of 1948
- A bakery on Castleton Avenue called
Shumans Bakery. They had the best jelly donuts, iced coconut and iced coffee cake were the best.
Grandpa's Comedy Club - New Dorp
- Moe's candy store opposite the train station on
Richmond Avenue, Eltingville, next door to Delco Drugs.
- We all use to walk from the top of Ridgewood Avenue
where we use to be able to sit and watch the screen at the drive in theater; of course we couldn't really make
out what we were seeing, too far.
- I am a native Staten Islander and lived on Ridgewood
Avenue. My grandparents owned the original Val's Pizzeria, which was my first job at age 11. I sold Christmas
trees on the corner in the winter, and worked the garden center in the summer. I also sold pumpkins and dressed
up like a farmer girl with braids and a peasant blouse. I worked the deli that was next to the pizzeria for as
long as it lasted. Oh yea, and I sold ice cream inside Val's for a very short time. Before Val's of course we
all remember Al Deppe's. My father worked at Al Deppe's in the kitchen opening clams.
- Club Brazil was located at 86 Mills Avenue in South
Beach, and was actually the ground level of a large wooden frame house. The "bar" was located in the center of
an entirely residential street (the lot is all attached townhouses now) It catered to a "special" crowd in the
70's and held great live shows back in the day. The clientele were great people and this was their "hide-away"
back in a less tolerant time
- Steve’s Orange House was located on the shoreline
around the Prince’s Bay area.
- Pizza Patio (In the Pleasant Plains town, near the
train station and owned by the Buono Family from Nocera,Italy.)
- Bagel Nosh (Restaurant, right on the corner of Victory
and Richmond Avenues.)
- Prince's Bay Trade Mart (In the old, former S.S.White
factory on Hylan Blvd. down Seguine Ave. It was supposed to be the new :”Mall” of the South Shore, however, it
never truly caught on.
- Blossoms Disco
a disco club on Midland Ave. in front of the hotel.
- The Silver Fox (The local bar in Annadale town.)
- The Blooma Barn (Located on the second level of the
Prince’s Bay Trade Mart, they sold women’s underwear, gifts and intimate apparel.)
- Playing in the abandoned South Field Coal Company
- Mark's Chinese Restaurant in Dongan Hills during the
mid to late
- Mary’s Variety Shop at 330 Clove Road
- Eileen Peters clothing store on Richmond
Ave near Forest. They had the cool car you could play in while your mom shopped for your clothes.
- Rickles Hardware Stores.
- Big Apple Bazaar that took over the
- The Chopper fishing boat that used to
dock off Bay street....Their motto was " I caught my whopper on the Chopper"
- The rock quarry on Forest Ave.
- Picadilly Circus on Richmond Terrace
- Tony's Candy Store Forest and Bard
- Racenstien's Drug Store Forest and
- Dongan Diner on Castleton Avenue and
- Midway Diner Forest and Broadway
- Donoghues Bar and Grill Forest Ave
- The corner of Hylan Boulevard and
Lamport Boulevard where the bank is now, used to be a Carvel Ice Cream store. There used to be carnivals
in the parking lot once a year.
- Raymond’s Bakery in Stapleton
- Coopers Tavern (not Cooper’s Bar)
Located on Rossville Avenue and was an old-time spot that had the nicest and kindest staff that would serve you.
The staff and most of the patrons were old timers from the Sandy Ground area.
- Gifts Galore - located on New Dorp Lane
near the Blvd. They sold all sorts of gaudy and cheap gift items in the 70’s.
- Mrc -The neighborhood local supermarket
and general store on Huguenot Avenue. It was there throughout the 1960’s and assuredly before.
- The Coffee Shack - located on Huguenot
Avenue it was the local coffee and sandwich shop that catered to the Tottenville H.S. students.
- Huguenot Library on Huguenot Avenue, the
tiny white wooden building is still there today as a thrift shop and was said to be a post-office in the 1950’s.
- Alfredo's Restaurant - Hylan Blvd. in
Great Kills. They had the best pizza and fried calamari
- Beach Haven - a small “women only” bar
on Father Capodano Blvd. somewhere between Sand Lane and Midland Ave.
- Chester Beach - located along the
shoreline just east of Huguenot Avenue. I do remember a cluster of white-washed shacks that served beer and hot
dogs around 1969-70.
- Honey for the Bees-a disco in the late
70’s on Clove Road
- The Sandcastle-a gay bar in the
80’s located in South Beach
- Living on Vanderbilt Avenue watching the
Verrazano Bridge being built from our second floor picture window
- Seeing all the fires in 1963 from the
hill behind our house,
- The cobblestones on Van Duzer Street,
- Hamburgers and French Fries (with the
skin partially on) at Wetson's.
- The name of the carousel at South Beach
was Terrellis (could've been spelled Tirellis) This was a "real merry go round" with the horses that went up and
down and the arm sticking out where one could lean out and try to get the "brass ring" for a free ride. The rest
of the rings were iron and the man came around with a wicker basket at the end of the ride and collected them.
Whoever got a brass ring stayed on and gave it to the ticket taker at the beginning of the next round. I don't
think there was a kid on Staten Island who rode on that ride who didn't sneak at least one iron ring home.
- The fishing pier at South Beach: was at
the Northernmost (the end closest to Manhattan) end of the boardwalk. In the 40's one could stroll down to the
end of the pier and (as a little kid) see people pull in all kinds of fish and crabs: fluke, blue, porgies,
stripers, blue crabs, skates, sea robins, sand sharks, eels, etc. There was a roofed pavilion at the end of the
pier and some of the local "heroes" would climb the roof and dive off of it. After a couple of bad hurricanes
the pier deteriorated and the city fenced off the entrance to it, but people would climb over or make holes
through the chain link fence and barbed wire and go fishing anyway. After a few years however, there were not
enough deck boards left to walk out on. The last time I saw it, (the 60's) the only things left were a few
broken pilings sticking out of the water
- The biggest seafood restaurant in
Prince's Bay was Semlers.
- The biggest factory in Prince's Bay was
S.S. White, and they made dental tools. They had some pretty advanced devices that were also used in the
fledgling semi-conductor field...sand blasters that allowed development labs to take off molecular layers of the
semi- conductors one layer at a time
- The famous big ship that got stuck in
the mud in the Kill Van Kull was the USS Missouri, the biggest battleship we ever had. She did it coming out of
the Bayonne Navy Yard. She was grounded right off Richmond Terrace approximately in front of St. Peter's Girl's
- Fitzgerald's Fairway Club was the bar
across from Al Deppe's
- The bar where Buddy Hackett got a lot of
bookings before he was known was Dooley Warren's Melody Club on New Dorp Lane. Tommy Billotti ( Paul Castelano's
chauffeur was a bouncer there )
- The farmers market on Richmond Ave was
called 'the auction' by us old timers.
- The Conca D'oro Swim Club on Forest Ave. Mariners
- The Royal Flamingo Swim Club on Amboy Rd.
- The D'Antoni's were the barbers of choice.
- Bement Pharmacy
- Annual Lou Marli
Thanksgiving Day Run at Clove Lakes Park
- Connies sweet shop, which was right next door to Buda
Bakers, where you could get a good egg cream and play a game of pool in the back..
- Laughing Fat Lady at Old South Beach Boardwalk (I
remember her at the Sand Lane Rides)
- The Volunteers of America had a really nice place at
the end of Joline Avenue on the beach in Tottenville. It was used for city kids in the summer months.
- When we lived on Bement Ave. , we could hear the
tigers and lions roar at night (from the Zoo), in the summer
- SIRT - The gates were raised and lowered by hand by a
worker in a small shack.
- During World War II there were army barracks at Fox
Hills, over the railroad tracks at the top of Chestnut Avenue, Rosebank
- Tray riding down Howard Ave. on trays "borrowed" from
Wagner College dining hall
- Port Richmond HS basketball team playing for City
championship at Madison Square Garden (1957)
- We lived on Seaside Blvd. ( Now Father Capadano ),
South Beach about 500 feet from May's Hotel. We lived in a bungalow which was very hot in the summer. This was
before air conditioning. I remember sleeping on the front porch and going to sleep listening to the sounds of
laughter and music coming from May's.
- My great Aunt told us stories of coming home
from work, SS White's in Prince's Bay, in a horse drawn carriage, in the middle of a snow storm
- Family doctors would make house calls for $2 or
a chicken leg if you didn't have the $2.
- Pharmacist compounded their own prescriptions
under the physician's direction.
- North Shore Railway was 10 cents from Mariners
Harbor to St. George, then you could continue to South Beach as well
- I remember the Saturday night auctions near the
- Miller Field was an U.S. Army Military Base.
When I was a child I used to watch the troops jumping hurdles. I'm guessing it was a training base. We always
played around with all the kids on the block and sometimes one of them would purposely through one of our shoes
over the barbed wire fence just so that we could go to the main gate and have one of the soldiers drive us in a
jeep to retrieve the shoe that was thrown over the fence.
- My father used to go to Buda's Bakery every
Sunday morning to buy crumb buns.
- I can remember riding up and down Richmond Ave
with maroon and white streamers taped to my car, after the Turkey Day football game between Curtis and New Dorp
- There was Ciro's Italian restaurant on Reid
Avenue and Hylan Blvd
- Al Deppe's Hot Dog. It brought back GREAT
memories. Did you know they had a Franks &Beans plate called "The Gasser"?
- I can remember as a teenager, ice skating on
Cameron's Pond, we would light a fire on the little island in the middle of the pond
- Sloppy-Joe's tavern corner Sunset and Bradley
- Bradley Avenue was called nanygoat hill.
- The sound "sh-shineee?" "sh-shineee?" was the
call of the shoeshine men on the ferryboats.
- I remember climbing the remains of a wooden
roller coaster at Midland Beach
- I remember the remains of a horse race track
(probably the old fairgrounds) on the east side of Richmond Road where the Berry projects are now
- This one is a bit long but you are going to love
it. It’s from a Staten Island airplane pilot. A year or so before Staten Island Airport closed, an archery range
and a golf driving range were opened just north of the airport office building. When we were taxiing out for
take off we could see archers and golfers actually trying to hit us. Still have an arrow hole in the plane. Just
before we departed the airport for the last time, heading for secure Miller Field, another plane and I took
revenge. We taxied first to the archery range, turned out tails to the office and opened full throttle with our
brakes locked. My plane has 600 HP and the other plane about half of that power. I suspect some bows and lots of
arrows wound up in New Jersey. After dispensing justice to the archery range we repeated the performance for the
golf driving range, sending hundreds of golf balls across Richmond Avenue
- Miller Field witnessed landings by aviation
giants Charles Lindbergh & Admiral Richard Byrd.
- Jahn's Deli on Forest Avenue
- The WPA was a government program. It paid a
small salary to keep people employed during the lean years before WW11. The New York Stage and Theater actors
and singers etc. were no different. They would come to Silver Lake and set up a stage and put on Operettas and
Plays and we would come from all over the Island with our blankets to sit on the grass and watch some of the
best performances we would ever see in our lives for nothing. I think that was some education in itself as I do
not think I would have ever have had such an opportunity on my folks income to get to see this caliber of
- In the early 'sixties, we'd go to concerts at
Silver Lake as well. Also the Joseph Papp Shakespeare productions at Clove Lake.
- Benny Goodman came to Midland Beach, or one of
the beaches, one summer around '61.
- The N.Y. Philharmonic came to the Paramount
Theater in Stapleton
- Goats on a lawn across the street from P.S. 12
- The Candlelight Bar
- Joe Rella's Ice Co.
- Soap Box Derby Races in St George Theaters
- Playing tackle football on the lawn of Boro Hall
in St George
- Schwartz 5 & 10
- Johnicks On St Pauls Ave. Best Chili dogs ever.
- Sleigh riding in Silver Lake Park
- Peter Pan Alley on Forest Ave.
- I remember when PS 39 had a blacktop ball field
installed. It was a big thing in those days and of course they had a parade to celebrate its opening.
- Sunnyside Hospital was torn down for the Staten
- Zodiac Disco on Hylan Blvd just past Richmond
- Huge live big bands at the Tompkinsville Pier on
- I remember when PS 39 had a blacktop ball field
installed. It was a big thing in those days and of course they had a parade to celebrate its opening.
- Weissglass was between Union and
Van Pelt on the south side of Forest.
- My first part-time job was stocking shelves in
the toy department at Majors on Forest Avenue.
- Stevensons Luncheonette on Victory &
Mountainview they had hand packed Breyers ice cream and stayed open late to get the "bulldog" edition of the
- The small town feel that is now missing, such as
shopping for Christmas trees on a vacant lot, across from Nunzio's pizzeria on Hylan Blvd. and Midland Ave.
- Going with the family to The Moravian florist,
to shop for new Christmas lights and ornaments.
- Occasionally, on special occasions, having
dinner at the Tavern on the Green
- I sold magazines in the late 30's, and then
the Staten Island Advance in Sunnyside and in Grymes Hill, when it cost 3 cents a copy.
- I bought my first 45 record
"lightning’s striking again" by Lou Christie at Woolworths.
- We would drive around the Island
every Sunday afternoon and go to the Dinger Farm, young Gus was my dad's friend.
- My dad used to drive his (Gus from
Dinger Farm) stock car for him at Weissglass Stadium.
- We would go to watch the model
airplanes being flown at the old airport.
- St. Peter's dances
- I also remember Gus Semler , with
the football field and the bar ,with the large multiple seating out houses on the
picnic area Gus Semler was a great guy and would do anything for any sport being played in the
field , that was surrounded by and old wooden fence
- Strawberry ice cream sodas at Paul's ,
corner store at Lincoln and South Railroad Avenue , Grant City
- The old train station in
Grant City, ( when the tracks were above ground ) that had a pot-belly stove
in it, to keep warm waiting for the train
- A mafia godfather
lived on Staten Island. Paul Castellano, lived in a mansion on a 3.5 acre estate on Staten Island at the top of
Todt Hill at 177 Benedict Road ,valued at $3.5 million and built as a copy of the White House. In fact, he
called it his "White House."
- The El Sal Resturant was located
next to the Royal Flamingo Swim Club on Amboy Rd.
- Deppes corner consisted of Al
Deppes (corner of Richmond Ave & Arthur Kill Road); Gas Station (corner of Arthur Kill Road & Richmond Ave );
Elks Club Building (corner of Richmond & Drumgoole); Miniature golf (corner of Drumgoole & Arthur Kill Road.);
Fairway Club (corner of Arthur Kill Road & Richmond Ave)
- We used to ice skate on Arbutus Lake.
Deste Pizza - Oakwood
- We also ice skated on Wolf's Pond and the older
folks would park their cars facing the pond with their headlights on so we could see.
- Fitzgerald's Fairway Club was the bar across
from Al Deppe's
- Dairy bought out or absorbed by Weissglass was
called New Dorp Dairy
- Wooded area on left, heading to Al Deppe's from
Gifford's Lane was called Fairyland.
- The Orange House was at the foot of Arbutus Ave
on the beach.
- As a youngster, it was a great treat to go to Al
Deppe's more for the games in the back than the food!
- Avino's Pizza down at New Dorp Beach.
- We used to go to the Pavilion at the end of
Hylan to sit and watch the boats.
- On the fourth of July we would go there to watch
the fireworks from Perth Amboy.
- The old bridge over the Fresh Kills was a drawer
bridge but never in my life did I ever see it opened
- The wicker seats on the train did do a number on
women's stockings as there was always a loose piece to snag them!
- There wasn't any air conditioning nor ceiling
fans on the trains so the windows were opened to get some air during the summer.
- The poles and hanging holders on the trains were
white porcelain covered.
- The trains also had conductors and other workers
on board to take your ticket or sell you a ticket.
- The fare from my house to Great Kills when I was
young, was eight cents each way.
- Later on going to the Ferry would cost thirty
- The conductor would punch where you got on and
were getting off besides the cost. Everyone, knew the conductors after a while.
- February 1961 after attending a Broadway play,
we did finally get to th the Ferry then to the train in St. George. But the train only got as far as
between Tompkinsville and Stapleton due to the heavy, deep snow covering the tracks and third rail. We
spent the night on the train (only about a dozen or so people in total in both cars) until the early morning
when a locomotive came from somewhere, finally and pushed us the rest of the way.
- My dad had an uncle, Joe Pesci, who owned Joe’s
Restaurant (Joe’s Question Mark, The Question Mark
- A schoolmate of mine, her father owned a small
bar/tavern on Richmond Terrace somewhere between St. Peters Place and Laporte Place. I believe, if my
memory serves me right, it was called the Hole in the Wall. It was on the Borough Hall side of Richmond
Terrace, not the water side and it was quite small.
- Honey for the Bees - a disco in the late 70’s on
- It is a positive fact that Seaview Hospital was
a Tuberculosis Hospital operated by the City of New York.
- The Farm Colony was across the way. Not a TB
Hospital at all but a home for older people.
- Halloran Hospital was a U.S.Army Hospital during
WW11 and did a lot of reconstructive surgery for wounded soldiers
- Halloran Hospital was changed to Willobrook
after the Army moved out.
- Sea View was originally use as a hospital for
T.B. patients operated by the City of New York
- Farm Colony was a cooperative. I remember a very
large barn with milk cows. I do believe it was a cooperative farm.
- The Sandcastle-a gay bar in the 80’s located in
- My fondest Memories of Graniteville was
Dominick’s Pizzeria on the corner of Forest Ave & Morningstar Road.
- I could remember when R&H was
right up the street from where I lived (Wright St) My friends and would go to the back of the brewery and
climb up the latter to the tower where we would catch a few pigeons and sell them for a dime each to Rubin's egg
and chicken market located on water street right under the train tracks.
- Habilds camera and art supplies store on Winham
Avenue in New Dorp.
- Summer camp run by the CYO in Prince's Bay at
the end of Seguine Avenue. (behind SS Whites)
- Also in Prince's Bay right next to the CYO
summer Camp was a factory which later became in indoor shopping center called the "Trade Mart" where they held
Chinese auctions on the weekends.
- As kids, we used to play in the greenbelt around
the New Dorp/Oakwood area.
- Some people forgot to mention a few things about
Paul's Sweet Shop in New Dorp. Aside from selling the best darn Egg Cream you ever had, Paul used to sell
Pea shooters with extra bags of ammo that we would buy and bring them into the Lane Theater, sneak up into the
balcony and start shooting people during the movie. Paul himself was not a bad guy but he had no patience for
kids, especially juveniles. If you were a kid and in the scope of 2 minutes after entering the store
without spending money, Paul would chase you out and you wouldn't even think about reading any comics or
magazines without first paying for them.
- Before Jake's ice cream trucks started routes on
the south shore. There was Cal the ice cream man and I have to say, the nicest darn ice cream man I could
ever remember. After he finished serving everyone when he started driving away, he would throw free bubble
gum out the
- In Great Kills park before they built the stone
jetty, there was a bulkhead that you could easily scoop blue claw crabs up with a scoop net. I remember
catching dozens of them and big ones every time I went there and we also used to use the crab traps.
- I remember the bridge that runs over the Kill
Van Kull on Richmond Avenue was a small two lane narrow stone bridge before they renovated it and people used to
- The junkman coming along Van Duzer street
yelling "any junk today?" his horse had a hat on.
- The street cleaners in the 1940's who wore white
jackets and swept the curbs pulling a pail on wheels.
- Sunnyside Hospital was torn down for the Staten
- Zodiac Disco on Hylan Blvd just past Richmond
- The Old Woodrow Methodist Church with a grave
yard filled with many, many of the old family names of Staten Island
- Library in Huguenot was a very small one room
building next to the Reformed Church
- Huguenot, there used to be a post office on
Amboy Road where, I think a barber shop is now. Then it became a barber shop and then a
sneaker/sports store after the Post Office left.
- Remember calling the Verrazano Bridge "the
- The family of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy summered
in the 1950s
- South Beach lifeguard parties
- The "Perils of Pauline” films were shot at
Brady's pond in Grasmere with a special railway line being built as far as Rosebank.
- Killie Bends was a tidal creek that ran through
the pasture land at Sailor's Snug Harbor in Livingston
- The farmers market on Richmond Ave was called
'the auction' by us old timers.
- Always heard that the name Fingerboard Road was
given to my street by an old fashioned "Finger Board" sign pointing to street on corner of the now Fingerboard
Road and Bay Street. People would always say..."Turn at the Finger Board" and that's how it got it's street name
- Our iceman in the 20's was Mr. Franzreb who also
had a riding stable on Clove Rd. He used to come to the house with his covered cart pulled by a horse and bring
a huge chunk of ice into the house using huge tongs for our old brown wood icebox.
- I remember the cement stairs leading up to
Tompkins Circle on Victory Blvd. Near the V that formed Corson Ave. And Victory Blvd. When I was young there was
a little newspaper kiosk near the stairs and next to that a Chinese Laundry. This was during the late 20s, 30s
- I remember Kipp's German Bakery at the corner of
Monroe and Victory Blvd.
- I also remember Goetz Bakery, a half a block up
from Kipp's on Victory Blvd. You could get a whole big frosted layer cake there in the 40's for 50 cents.
- Howdy Doody's very own Clarabell the Clown
appearing at Clove Lakes Stables in the 50's and scaring all the little kids including me since he never talked
but just honked his horn and looked downright creepy!
- Tony's Candy Store (Bard & Forest) where the
owner Tony would give us a peak at his dirty magazines when the "ladies" left the store...Tony was also known
for having at least 4 cigarettes going in his ashtray at the same time and never smoking any of them!
- My uncle taking me to Weissglass Stadium to see
professional wrestling. I got to meet Killer Kowalski in the locker room having a beer with the Golden Boy
Arnold Skoaland. They were mortal enemies. How could they be drinking beers together!
And Kowalski was from Poland but speaking perfect English! My uncle reluctantly told me Killer was from Detroit
Michigan. I was shattered.
- Smiling Sonny's Toy Store. Forest &
Oakland....All those great toys and yet Sonny never smiled
- Carvel...Forest & Bard...major hangout....swarms
of kids sitting on the back of their cars in the lot wondering where to go and what to
do.... and having a great time doing nothing!
- Anderson's Beach House was a trip.
It had a stand on the beach that sold soft drinks, hot dogs, etc. The Beach House itself was a bucket of blood,
fight's one night friends the next, only local people, Prince Bay.
- The Christmas Tree Inn was just up
a couple of blocks, all Jersey kids since 21 was Jersey's drinking age.
- The Tottenvilla was another
memorable "restaurant" bar on Hylan Blvd. in Tottenville
- Alfee's was attached to Al Deppes,
just past the arcade
- Diving for clams on the sandbar in
the middle of Great Kills harbor just had to look for the "State Boat” since it was illegal because of
pollution. Never got sick. The “State Boat was gray. Island Marine Services, Great Kills harbor.
- The clay pit ponds, from the old
brick factory, Now under the garbage dump. Hills Pond, there would have someone drown every year diving on the
submerged drag line.
- My memories are of Crochito's on
Sand Lane, South Beach which - when I was a boy - was a curiosity since it offered burlesque (ladies in various
states of undress, which to a 12 or 13 year old in the early 50s always was found to be an intriguing thought,
and a continual subject of conversation among me and my pals
- LaRosa's Bakery, the best cannolis
and Italian ice in NYC, just off Sand Lane (Sal LaRosa was a classmate at New Dorp High School for the two years
I attended before I was shipped off to boarding school)
Out Arcade (SI Mall)
- And, all of the amusement rides at
South Beach, and the Boardwalk. As a 17 year old I was an SPH (Seasonal Park Helper) at South Beach, cleaning
the beach every summer morning, starting at about 6AM. And a vivid recollection is all of the fires that
occurred in the dry cattails of the marsh areas on both sides of Sand Lane, toward the beach. Seems every few
weeks, there was a conflagration!
- The Esso gas station at Hylan
Boulevard and Sand Lane (by the round-about), which was
owned by Jimmy "Pip"
- There was an infamous pool parlor on the south
side of the RR tracks in Grant City. It could be seen from the train.
- The pool room in Great Kills was known as Pop
Martinson's. It was on the hill on Amboy Road.
- The St. George had a kids section where a "Brunhilda"
type matron kept you in line and in the in tow section....you didn't mess with her....and we were good kids.
Double feature for a Quarter! The "monster" movies were the best....Godzilla, Rodan, Space stories....Theater
was well kept and had a peculiar scent to it unlike the other
- Levine's on Stuyvesant Place a local newspaper,
candy, cigar, magazine and soda fountain service....home of the nickel coke and the infamous zombie The zombie
was about six or seven different flavors of fountain syrup mixed of course with seltzer....delicious and
probably rotted your teeth! Father and Mother Levine gave over to Mel the son after a while. In summer you
needed a winter coat it was so cold in there! Mel was always sweating no matter!
- Hyatt Sweet Shoppe on same block a few doors
over gave them competition for the fountain service but also served as a fast food shop. Curcio Family owned
- Jone's Dance Studio at 105 Stuyvesant
trained many a young lady in Tap Dance. Miss Jones also taught piano
- Grasso's grocery store owned by Emilio F. Grasso
and wife actually delivered food to the area residents. Nice family owned store. Usually had a cigar in his
mouth! Always caring boxes of groceries to his truck for deliveries in the area.
- Joe the baker pizza in the same
building as the kiddie rides on Sand Lane, South Beach
- My brothers used to live in the
children’s home (Bethlehem Boys Home) on Fingerboard Road & Hylan Blvd
- The bakery in Travis was
- Fiorelli Pharmacy in the center of
Great Kills (1934-1969) Had a soda fountain until 1954
- Esquire Club 161 Clove Rd at Del. Ave.
S. I., N. Y. GI 2-9625
- The movie the Godfather was
filmed in the Sherwood house at 204 Douglas Rd. with a back entrance to Longfellow. The wedding scene was in the
Sherwood's back and side yards that was also adjacent to the Norton's home which was also
featured in the movie. The film of the baker asking
for justice was in the dining room and Sonny's trist was on the second floor in Annie Sherwood's bedroom. The
kitchen scene was the Sherwood kitchen unaltered for the movie. In the hallway underneath the stairs leading to
the upstairs was a working phone booth. There was a scene with Michael and his wife Kate sitting on a small
stone bench. That bench found its way to the Sherwood Farm in Yulan N. Y. via the liberation by the Late Drew
Danishewski, the late Peter Sherry, Mike Sherwood and Me, Anthony Rondinelli. We took it in a Volkswagen
beetle. The stone wall in the movie was plastic. The Demyans got the contract when one of the film people asked
Bobby Sherwood if he knew of any catering place that could cater to a large group of movie people. Bobby
recommended Demyan's who we all knew and was friends with many of the family members. Mr Demyan is in the movie
(Jack) standing in some background scenes during the wedding.
- The natural spring with the coldest water
around, across from St. Simon's in The Clove;
- Pete Bisso's nursery south of Richmond Road in
- Travis on Cannon Ave( had a real cannon)
- Hay Rides from Clove Lakes
- Army/Navy store in Stapleton
- The Idle Hour Bar
- Tabors Bar
- Benny's Soda Shop, Meiers Corners
- The old Christopher House off Willowbrook Road
was suppose to be Haunted
- Woolworth’s for their famous ice cream waffles
- Going into Woolworth’s for a ice cream sundae
and you can pop the balloon for the next free sundae
- I lived across from Clove Lakes where the so
called Indian Caves were. I heard that some kids got lost in there but actually it was an old iron ore mine from
the 1800's and they were blocked off.
- Working summers at U.S. Gypsum and the Farmers
- Going to Staten Island Community College in 1964
which was located at 50 Bay Street. I took the 69th Street ferry from Brooklyn for my first semester
- Summers at Graham Beach bungalow Colony
- Mr. Munroe's nursery in Sandy Ground who was a
descendant of the Maryland Oysterman
- Across from the street from the
Lane Theatre there was a theatre that showed Italian language films.
- Another memory I have is of the
Midland Beach boardwalk which had many films shown on an outdoor screen on the boardwalk on some evenings.
- I also remember how sad it was
when they took down the drive-in theater to make way for the big flea market and eventually the Staten Island
- I remember the blackouts during
the war and I remember the celebrations when it ended. All the mothers and children on Grimsby Street
where I grew up went out into the street making a lot of noise by banging pots and pans together.
- I remember another hospital on
Staten Island you didn’t mention. It was all the way at the end of the island somewhere since it was known
for treating patients with communicable diseases. When I was about 5 or 6, I developed scarlet fever.
The doctor came to our house and ordered an ambulance to take me to that hospital. I spent 21 days there
in isolation. The ward I was in was just for children. We had beds separated from each other by
glass partitions that didn’t go all the way up to the ceiling and did not completely close us in since the glass
only covered 3 sides of each of our little space. We could talk to each other and against the nurse’s
wishes we used to throw toys and books etc over the partition to the children on either side of us. My
parents could visit but they had to wear masks and gowns and gloves.
- I remember that snowstorm of 1947
you mention since my brother was nearly 2 years old and we took him outside so we could take a picture in our
front yard on Grimsby Street to show high the snow was. It was much higher than he was tall. I seem to
remember that that snow lasted for months!
- I also remember a few hurricanes.
One hurricane brought flooding. The army brought vehicles which could move in water as well as land and
came up our street and took us to safety in St. Margaret Mary’s church on Lincoln Avenue since it was very high
off the ground.
- The cottages of Spanish Camp (near
the beach) in Annandale
- After WWII there was an auto
dealer on Hylan Blvd and New Dorp Lane, there we could go in and see the new Tucker cars and place an order for
a future delivery of one.
- I used to go to Semlers Park in
Grant City on Sunday afternoons late l930s they would give us a little beer as we watched a baseball game. I
remember meeting the actress Ann Rutherford and some others there one Sunday.
- Travis on Cannon Ave( had a real cannon
- The Ten Commandments on Rossville Avenue in
- Joes candy store on Arthur Kill and Winant
- Woodys junk yard.
- Hanging out at the Bentley yacht club
- We would walk the beach from the Perth Amboy
Ferry up to Lifesavers Beach or to the bottom of Page Avenue
- In the winter months we would hang at Ernie's
and the corner fountain shop at main and Amboy Road
- The floatation platform at the beach near Mount
- I remember a cave off to the left as you went up
Victory Blvd hill after passing Clove Lakes Park. The story went that it was an Indian Cave.
- Bowling at Sal's on Richmond Avenue
- The old US Gypsum Mill on Richmond Terrace, with
the chain driven Murphy trucks
- Carl's soda shop, right at the Dongan Hills
train station.. the best and only egg creams I ever had
- Star Theater 10 cent movies
- The North Shore SIRT line
silent films were shot on Staten Island, including THE PERILS OF PAULINE.
- During the war years (WWII)
Looked for hostile aircraft, with my father, from the “watch tower” on top of the
Wagner College Administration Building.
We occasionally saw light from the fires of our merchant ships being torpedoed by
the Germans. Watched huge convoys steam out the
the early morning
- Tony's Barber shop on Nelson Avenue
- The Springstead Lumber Yard was on Amboy Road at
about the Great Kills/Eltingville town line. In the 1930's it was the Springstead Coal Company later morphing
into the Springstead Oil Company and then the Lumber Yard
- Our apartment building swayed when the LNG tank
in Linden NJ blew it's top from accumulated gas that seeped up into the insulation. The explosion blew out many
of the storefront window glass at the Forest Avenue Shopping Plaza (Sears)
- The Masonic Temple on Amboy Road, Great Kills.
Bowling in the basement with that small town flavor of only 4 lanes and pin boys.
- Flag Day Parade and Summer
music series at Westerleigh Park
- Stuckers dock in Great Kills
- Stucker's Studebaker Dealership on Amboy Road,
Eltingville right next to Springstead Lumber
- Prestel Soda Fountain & Paper Store on Richmond
Road, Dongan Hills
Walker park clay tennis courts
- Shipyards on Richmond Terrace
- There was a Miniature Golf Course where the Hess
Station is on New Dorp Lane
- Crabbing along the bulkhead in Great Kills harbor
and bringing home bushels of blue claw crabs.
- I grew up in the Todt Hill Apartments. Our
apartment building swayed when the LNG tank in Linden NJ blew it's top from accumulated gas that seeped up into
the insulation. The explosion blew out many of the storefront window glass at the Forest Avenue Shopping Plaza
- Galliger's Deli on Amboy Rd. Tottenville across
from The Aquahonga Bar
Summertime, The Good Humor Man, Mr. Softie Ice Cream and the Whip!
all for a dime.
- Sinclair Gas Station, corner of Midland Avenue &
Hylan Blvd (Duane Read is there now)
- The little green Brooklyn ferry with the stove in
the middle to keep warm
- Drinking at the Swiss Chalet in Great Kills
- Winter in Staten Island when NYPD closed Snake
Hill and you could sleigh ride down the hill instead of the golf course.
- Ship Ahoy gas station in Grant City
- Phil's Candy Store on Broad Street, Stapleton.
Occasionally they put on magic shows for us kids in the basement.
Pharmacy (established in 1900) originally on Jersey Street and then moved to Forest Avenue
- The Chrampanis Farm stand on Richmond Avenue
featured a bunny in a hutch. It was a children's
"O" Weenies (Hylan Blvd in Great Kills )
- Joe the Butcher, on Broad St., close to Gordon
Street, Stapleton - He was a great old Italian guy, who used to carry a revolver in his back pocket. You'd see
it when he turn around to slice your cold cuts.
- Motorcycle races up Todt Hill Road (from Richmond
Road) on Sunday mornings in the 1940's
- Cookies Steak House by Garbers
- Sonny’s Lounge in Great Kills
- Rick’s All American Bar on
- Cohn’s Babyland & Toyland on
- Times Square Store on
- Goodhue Center which is the
reason why everyone who grew up in New Brighton knew each other
in South Beach projects , I always looked forward to Summer , that's when Jimmy the Good Humor man came
around. I am talking about 1958 to 1962.
had a thing where you brought ice cream and saved the sticks , if you saved 10 sticks you got a toy, the more
you saved the bigger the prize
- Looking out the window Lemon Creek looks much the
way it did 40 years ago (minus the bridge at the end of Bayview Avenue). Much of the natural beauty we enjoyed
as children still exists here and that makes it worth living here on Staten Island.
- Vanderbilt’s tomb still had the original gates
and was patrolled by a man carrying a “salt” shotgun. (B&O guards also used them patrolling the RR tracks)
- SIRT train fares varied by distance (I too
remember the straw seats which flipped forward and backwards) We used to joke about signs saying “Please do not
shoot the buffalo while the train is moving”.
- Georges Hairstyling (New Dorp Lane and North
Railroad Avenue) (New Dorp Plaza)
- Wet land at $5.00 per acre – Soon to become the
world’s largest dump
- Nassau Smelting
- Pheasant / Rabbit hunting in the marsh along
Seaside Blvd (Now called Father Capadano Blvd)
- Walking over the Bayonne Bridge (I watched the
Bicentennial firework show from there)
- When the
was built they stated on opening day that they would remove the tolls when the Bridge paid for itself. 50 cents
toll when opened and 75 tolls about a month later, now a whopping $11.00
- The old St. Stephan’s in Tottenville ( prior to
- Hoffman’s Island had structures on it (and some
of the largest rats I’ve ever seen!)
- Verrazano Narrows Bridge
- taking pictures of the bridge
during construction was forbidden inside Fort Wadsworth
Ritz Roller Rink (in Port Richmond )
Pinball Inferno (across from OTB on Forest Avenue)
- The All Night Newsstand
(New Dorp Lane & Hylan)
- Having Paul Zindel (Famous Author) as a teacher
in High school
- I was
raised in Midland Beach, when the beach was packed and swimming was fine in clear, clean waters. A frozen Milky
Way from the concession stand on the boardwalk as your feet burned on the sand. Pete DeVita's for school
supplies and Christmas shopping with your allowance, Cle's butterfly stitches and Miss Cini's 2 for 1cent penny
Freeze frozen sundaes for a nicke
LaRocca's Ices (on Lincoln Avenue - 1,000,000 flavors)
remember seeing the Army tanks out on maneuvers up and down the streets
around the Armory on Manor Road
- Our Westerleigh bunch went to the Armory for
supervised (NRA) marksmanship training...we could walk the seven or eight blocs at night with our .22 rifles,
uncased, without drawing any attention !! Imagine something like that today.
- We hunted in the woods above Meyer's Corners at
the top of Gansvordt Blvd where there were plenty of rabbits, quail and pheasant, and the duck hunting in the
wetlands out by the vegetable farms was real good
- There was a
skeet, trap shooting club out on Richmond Ave near the farms. The men would let us kids pick up unbroken
clay pigeons after they were through....they made wonderful BB gun / sling shot targets.
- I remember
that the Bayonne ferry would frequently hit bottom when the tides were right and they his a wave, but it never
seemed to bother them.
of my biggest days was meeting Bobby Thompson ( Famous NY Giants Baseball Player) at PRHS....he spent a lot of
time on the Island helping out with high school baseball
- I remember Joe's pony tracks (my uncle Joe
Sarcone) on Richmond Ave near Forest Avenue. City kids would take rides around the tracks which my cousin and I
would lead the ponies on Sunday mornings. Once around the track for a dime three rounds for a quarter. He
also had a petting zoo, this would have been around 1950' early 1960"s.
- Gabes Auto Body Shop my dad ( Gabe Migliori) who
built stock cars and raced at Weissglass stadium
- Our grandmother "Rosie the Greek" was the founder
of Johnicks Luncheonette on Saint Paul's Ave. Johnicks was named after her 2 sons, John and Nick "The Greek"
Fillou. My father Nick ran that establishment for almost 40 year, (Johnicks was first known as The Texas Wieners
)and famous for their chili dogs.
- For $5.00 our parents would take us horseback
riding at the West Shore Stables. The dirt trail was what is now the West Shore Expressway.
- On hot nights we would sneak into the '700's' on
Victory Blvd. and go swimming with a group of girls. The pool no longer exists.
- The Tompkinsville pool.....the smell of hot tar
from the piers reminds me to this day of that pool. And then walking up to Johnicks for a chili dog.
- The Greek farms on Richmond Avenue
- The Shelter in St. George waiting for the bus
after school from Curtis H.S.
- Buying cases of soda at the Willowbrook soda
store (glass bottles that had to be returned)
- Ice skating at Willowbrook park
- Pino's pastry shop on Post Avenue and Richmond
- Trotters car club on Victory Blvd and Cannon
- Lombardi's motorcycle and bicycle shop on Bay
- Dew Dales records - Port Richmond
- Gasco Field, on Willow Avenue off Bay Street in
Clifton, the home of the East Shore Little League. Baseball season would kick off each year with a parade from
Labetti Post to the field. In the late 50s and early 60s. Advanced for its time, it had a sound system for a
P.A. to announce the lineups and an electric scoreboard for balls, strikes, and outs.
- In the 1950's a feast was held on Olympia Blvd. adjacent to Sand
Land. They had Opera Singers, music and food and all kind of treats.
- I remember when the entire Boardwalk at South Beach had dozens of
rides, games, fortune tellers, and food.
- They also had a bandstand on the Boardwalk and I loved listening to
the music as a little girl.
- Licastri's Bakery was
a block from my home on Piave
Avenue, and each day when they would bake their bread and rolls the wonderful smell of bread baking would come
out of the bakery. We would buy the bread and eat it while it was still hot!
- I remember the ice truck which delivered ice to our homes. The kids
would jump on the truck while the delivery man brought the huge blocks of ice to the homes with big ice tongs.
- I also remember the little truck that came around our block every
week and where we bought our vegetables.
- Another truck also came by which sharpened knives, scissors and the
- There was a place on New
Dorp Lane where they had
huge track layouts for your miniature racing cars. I think it was .25 per hour.
- Korvettes was closed
on Sundays, that's when we used to ride our mini-bikes there.
- I remember fishing on the third hole at
Latourette Golf Course
before I learned how to play golf.
- The Ritz used to be famous for giving out dishes each time you went
to a movie.
- Chuck Wagon was on
Hylan Blvd in
Dongan Hills and then it became Pizza Victoria.
- We used to call the Staten Island beer R& H,
Rotten & Horrible, instead of Rubsam & Hormann
Learning to drive in the Midland Beach Parking
- The Bayonne
Ferry over to Uncle Milty's (the boats were the Altair, Vega, and Deneb)
Anderson and the Careless 5 singing Summertime at the Meadowbrook in Great Kills
Grasshopper Little League at Weisglass Stadium
- The Square
Barber Shop in Port Richmond Square run by Roger Dantoni and his 2 sons
- Mango's Pool
Hall,. first in Port Richmond Square and then moved above Manzella's
- Food Fair or the Pantry Pride supermarket where Forest Ave Pathmark
is, next door was the old Sears & Roebucks
- Weisglass Milk on Forest Ave. Delivered Ice cold milk in Glass
quarts right to your house before sunrise
- McDonald's Playground on Forest Avenue
- Chironna Brothers Fuel Oil on Forest Avenue
- Boating on Lemon Creek by Tottenville. The bridge keeper used to
raise the end of the bridge ramp with a block and fall, then, after getting a volunteer to help, would insert a
large key into the gears of the bridge and using a cross bar would walk around it to open the bridge. They would
open it just wide enough to let the waiting boat go through.
- The Venitian
Gardens restaurant had the best Antipasto around
- Bumper cars at South Beach
- Weisglass Dairy
- Summer Concerts at Silver Lake Park
- Skating at Martling's
Pond (Clove Lakes Park).
- Staten Island Zoo (known for its' reptile collection).
- Westerleigh Park and
summertime dances around the bandstand.
- Sailing in Raritan Bay out of Princes Bay at the foot of
Seguine Avenue (today
part of the national shoreline park).
- The Carousel diner and the Stadium on Main street in Tottenville.
- The haunted shed at the
Gericke farm in
Charleston on Arthur Kill Road
- Going to the races at
Weisglass, especially the
- YMCA day camp
- Riding lessons at Clove Lake Stables.
- In the old days at the
Conferance house at the
end of Hyland Blvd there was much to find relics of the colonial era.
- The fast pitch softball games at P&G
- Baby Day Parade held in Midland Beach on Labor Day weekend on the
- We used to have the soda delivered by the case
- Holtermans bread and
- The old Italian man drove up our street in his small truck to
deliver salami, capicola,
cheese and hot italian
- Ugly horse shoe crabs at Great Kills Beach
- Before the Verrazano
Bridge went up and you could actually "cruise" Hylan
- Having Paul Zindel
(Famous Author) as a teacher in High School
- I remember at Miller Field, everyday at lunch time, the alarm would
ring from the army base.
- Old Homes Day at
- I remember Dot's Deli down the street where all us kids would buy
quarts of R&H Beer for "our fathers", then hop the fence to the park and drink beer and eat pizza we bought from
Red & white poke-a-dot paper milk cartons from
Weisglass Milk Co.
I remember hunting for pheasants and rabbits on the
old Bloomfield Avenue dump off Arthur Kill Road and trapping muskrats, it was like living upstate.
The Bayonne Ferry Fire.
Drag racing on
restaurant when it was on Broad Street.
Sunny Side Hospital
Skiing at Clove Road and Foote Avenue (before PS 35
Going for shoes at Buster Browns on Port Richmond
Avenue and playing the nickelodeon.
Chasing the mosquito trucks.
Stick ball until the lights went on.
Castle - Grymes
Hill where the nuns lived.
Little League Bazaars.
Picking Punks in Travis to light firecrackers
Our Lady Star of The Sea Church, when it was on
below Amboy Road.
Hawking golf balls at South Shore Golf Course
The one armed guy slicing cold cuts in
Watching the bread slicing machine in Marine Park
Bakery on Hylan
Trapping muskrats and taking the pelts to
Freds Tackle Shop for the
Getting a hot pretzel or Italian Ice when leaving
Looking for change in the seats of the old cars in
Fishing off the old sunken barge in Great Kills
Jumping and swimming off the cement pier at the
bottom of Arbutus Avenue
Elk's Club Bazaar
Playing baseball & stickball at PS10 in Egbertville
Hanging out at Paul Sweet Shop in New Dorp
Watching them move houses on trucks from St. George Street, Andrews Road & Rockland Avenue,
a few blocks to Dalton Avenue & Ebony Street in Egbertville because the expressway was suppose to go through
Walking down to New Dorp beach to go swimming.
Swimming in the brook off Rockland Avenue
I went to PS 28 in Richmondtown and the courthouse & jail was next door. When we went out
for lunch there would be prisoners in the court yard next door to us.
The picnic area past St.Andrews church on top of
the hill looking down at Richmond Avenue above the airport. there were
tables & grills there
Picnics at Harmony Park, getting beer for my father in tin cans with handles on them.