I was born on April 11th 1945. I grew up as a Brooklyn Dodger fan but they broke this 12 year old heart in 1957. In 1962 William Shea brought the National League back to New York and in no other borough including Queens were the Mets more accepted and loved from day 1.
Below is a list of those who remember those times circa 1952 and for those not around then trust me the only place in the world to grow up in was Brooklyn New York. Enjoy
If you ain't from Brooklyn, just forget this; you wouldn't understand.
You're truly from Brooklyn if you can relate to any of the following:
1.Alternate side of the street parking.
2.Ate at Chock Full O' Nuts Shops (date nut bread and powdered donuts
that were crunchy).
3.Ate dinner every Sunday night at Tang Fong on Bay Parkway. (or a
4.Ate Italian food at Gino's.
5.Bought bobka at the original Ebingers on Flatbush Avenue or Butterbun
on Nostrand Ave.
6.Bought Ebinger's Black-Out Cake (and didn't count the calories)
7.Bought knishes from Mrs. Stahls in Brighton or Ruby the Knish Man.
8.Bought knishes on the beach and didn't mind the sand.
9.Bought pickles out of a barrel.
10.Can name all the Brooklyn High Schools.
11.Don't speak with an accent - everybody else does.
12.Drove over the Marine Park Bridge for a 10-cent toll and Brooklyn
Battery Tunnel for 35 cents.
13.Everybody knows somebody from the neighborhood even if it's your
mother's cousin's son-in-law's sister's boyfriend.
14.Got a "Kitchen Sink" at Jahn's.
15.Got a J.D. card and feeling like Al Capone.
16.Had a prom date at the Club Elegante.
17.Had roller skates with keys.
18.Hand ball in the park.
19.Hit two sewers in punch ball.
20.It's not the "shore", it's the "beach" idiot.
21.Kings Plaza.... how come we get the crappy mall?
22.Knew who the neighborhood wise guy was, but you'd never tell the
23.Know that NBC's main production studio is on Avenue M.
24.Know what E.J. Korvettes stands for (Eight Jewish Korean Veterans).
25.Know what the F.W.I.L. on the Lundy's Restaurant in "The Bay"
stands for (It's the brothers, Frederick, William, Irving and Louis).
26.Know, or at least your hips do, what a Charlotte Russe is.
27.Owned a pair of pumps from Miles or National's.
28.Played at Faber's Fascination and Skeeball - saved tickets for junk.
29.Played hide and go seek at dusk.
30.Played Hit The Penny; Stoop Ball; Skully; and Potsy.
31.Private beach? What's that?
32.Remember a time when the Greeks didn't own ALL the diners and the
Koreans didn't own ALL fruit stands.
33.Remember Bohack's, Packer's and Spinners.
34.Remember Coney Island fireworks every Tuesday night in the summer.
Watching from your roof.
35.Remember submarine race watching at Plumb Beach. Heck, if you even
know where Plumb Beach is.
36.Sheepshead Bay is for fishing and seafood.
37.Shopped on Fulton Street and Pitkin Ave before the mall and all the
38.Swear that Grabstein's Deli had the l-e-a-n-e-s-t pastrami.
39.The first bar that you hung out in when you were 15 is "so young
40.There is a bagel bakery a few blocks away.
41.There is at least one pizzeria within 1 block of your house and a
candy store on the corner.
42.Thought "Buddy's Fairyland Kiddie Park" on Utica Ave. was a major
43.Thought going "away to college" means NYU, Pace, or Pratt.
44.Waited for the Good Humor or Carvel/Mr Softee or Bungalow Bar guy to come around your block.
45.Walked along the Coney Island Boardwalk with a Shatzkins knish.
46.Washed it down with a Sunny Boy or a Nedicks orange drink.
47.Went to a Bar Mitzvah at the Colonial Mansion, sometimes two on a
48.Went to Big Daddy's on Coney lsand Avenue as a change from Nathan's.
49.Went to Brennan and Carr for a double dip roast beef that dripped
All over you.
50.Went to Murray the K rock concerts at the Brooklyn Fox or the
Brooklyn Paramount. Went the night before for good seats.
51.Went to Saturday matinees at the Alpine, Bay Ridge, Oriental,
Canarsie, Benson, Deluxe, Dyker, Highway, Kingsway, Avalon, Rugby,
Sheepshead, Mayfair, Midwood, Elm or Marlboro theaters.
52.You ate at the Horn and Hardart Automat or the Famous Cafeteria.
53.You can correctly pronounce places like Long Island, but aren't
exactly sure where it begins.
54.You curse. A lot in at least 5 languages, or can at least out curse anyone from anywhere else.
55.You don't go to Manhattan; you go to "The City."
56.You have no reason to go to Queens, except for METS games.
57.You know and go to the REAL Nathan's - Coney Island.
58.You know someone with mob ties.
59.You know the difference between going with, seeing, fooling around
with and going out with someone.
60.You know what a "Johnny pump" is.
61.You love "Welcome Back Kotter" (and not because of the crisp writing
or great acting).
62.You made a scooter from orange crates and an old skate.
63.You made carpet guns that shot old linoleum projectiles.
64.You never realize you have an accent until you leave.
65.You waited for the rides on a truck to come to your neighborhood for
10 cents a ride.
66.You walk down "The Avenue" or “ The Highway” and see at least a handful of the people you knew growing up.
67.Your friends came over to hang out on the stoop.
68.You've had a pigeon crap on your car and/or your head.
69. And the most important reason that you're a Brooklynite or at least
have the soul of one, is the attitude that you have and NEVER want to