Growing up in Larchmont
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Adam

Curtin, Australia

#41 Apr 12, 2012
My parents were posted to New York whilst working for the Australian Govt. We had two postings to New York (to the same city twice was quite uncommon) from 79-82 and from 85-88. We had the choice to live in Manhattan or off the island, we chose Larchmont both times (Lundy Lane the first time and Flint Ave the second). Larchmont in the summer of 79 was like nothing I had ever seen before, it was like a chocolate box scene of beautiful houses soaring deciduous trees, and manicured greenery, it had wealth, old world charm, history, nobility and a secret garden innocence. I went to Chatsworth Primary, and later worked for a year at Plaza Bootery. Although Australian I consider Larchmont, and America as a second home (no coincidence that Australia and the US a such warm and close allies). I have been back many times and although it is being swallowed somewhat by the encroaching rat race it is still the Larchmont that I love.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#42 Apr 14, 2012
Greetings to Adam from Down Under, and many thanks for your wonderful words about Larchmont, I see that you, too, have been captivated by the home of my youth. I love this line of yours "a secret garden innocence". Indeed, it did have that quality and it is my hope that it still does for young people living there. How great that you worked at Plaza Bootery, I remember when they sold and even repaired the Buster Brown shoes, I remember putting my feet on the measuring foot stool to be fitted by the shoe salesman. Did they still have those when you worked there? I, too, loved the broad, shady streets with the lovely homes and the trees and bushes flowering in the spring. I miss the crocuses, daffodils, violets, dogwoods, magnolias, lilacs, etc. Even the forsythia, and the gentle April showers. I hope Larchmont is having a glorious spring.
Eleanor G

Hallandale, FL

#43 Apr 14, 2012
I remember they would X-Ray your feet at The Plaza Bootery to see how the shoes fit.

There was a Monkey named Susie at The Pet Shop on Palmer Ave. They also sold dyed chicks and ducklings at Easter.

Saturday Matinee's at the movies on rainy days.

Halloween window painting contest.

You, or someone you knew took dance at Lorna London's Dance Studio.

There was another stationary store, near the bridge for the train station named Boswell's I think.

Hennyson's Lumber Yard. At the foot of West Ave, near the train tracks. They always let you take scraps to build birdhouses.

In Mamaroneck, anyone remember the name of the place with the windmill? It was cafeteria type, with a little arcade in the back? And you can't ever forget Walter's!
Adam

Curtin, Australia

#44 Apr 15, 2012
Thanks Larchie, I wrote somewhere once that the curse of a great childhood is that it somewhat spoils your adulthood as it is so difficult to overcome. Larchmont was a bit like that, it was quintessential everything. A Larchmont Christmas was how Christmas was meant to be, a Larchmont Halloween was how Halloween was meant to be, a Larchmont Spring, was how Spring was meant to be. And with New York just a hop, skip and a jump from your safe, embracing idyll, you had the best of both worlds. My memories are of a timeless place that seemed to be like that 100 years before I got there, and would alter little 100 years later. Andersons bookshop was like civility incarnate, and the movie theatre was homely and familiar. Really it is so difficult to paint with words. I loved it......

When I worked at the Bootery it was owned by the Mendez family, they were great. We did have the foot slide measuring device (don't remember any x-ray system though). I was there during the craze that was "Dirty Dancing" so we sold untold numbers of canvas Peds.

You know what the saddest thing about Larchmont is, suburbs like that are the past and once they have gone, they ain't coming back.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#45 Apr 15, 2012
For Eleanor: Never got a foot x-ray at Plaza Bootery, just the slide that Adam mentioned. But I do remember that monkey, the dyed chicks and the Halloween window painting contest, I had forgotten all of that and am most grateful to you for the memories. I did know people who went to Lorna London, but some of us went to Honey Adams for ballroom (oh, the white gloves!) And the place you're thinking of with the windmill and arcade? That was Cook's Restaurant! One of my fave places as a kid.

For Adam: "the curse of a great childhood is that it somewhat spoils your adulthood as it is so difficult to overcome" Beautiful! That's exactly right. You must be a writer, and if you aren't, you should be. The Larchmont childhood was an incredible experience and I will always thank my late parents for that gift. It is my hope that suburbs like Larchmont will come back, even if I'm not around to experience them. In Larchmont, we could trick or treat at Halloween without fear. I don't think that's possible now, at least not in other places. The other day I heard the old Monkees song "Pleasant Valley Sunday". I remember when it became sort of chic, during the 1970s, to put down suburbs like Larchmont. Now, I listen to that song, and I think "Really, what was so wrong with all that?"
Mike Guadagnolo

Lady Lake, FL

#46 Oct 6, 2012
Larchie Mont,
finally getting back. Real busy here. My active schedule keeps me out of old time trouble. The comments I have read still makes one want to go back the way it was. But, Larchmont with all its wonderful memories and it is just that. We are very fortunate to have lived in such a graat little village.
I looked on the map and you are about 2 hours south of The Villages.
My softball travel team takes me all over Florida and the closest to you would be Lakeland. Starting Oct 19 through Nov 9th I will be playing in tournaments in Florida, Myrle Beach, SC.(International softball championship)we are defending champs and Ft. Myers, Fl to play in the Senior Softball Winter National Championship.
Plus I am on a Dragon Boat racing team and that is hard work but worth it when you win the gold.
As for the Corner Store...I was a ninth grader at the time and I would work the Corner Store on Sat/Sun mornings folding the inserts to the Sunday papers. This is a great site.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#47 Oct 10, 2012
Hi, Mike,
Autumn in Larchmont! Do you remember it? Back to school, leaves changing color, art projects with the collages of all the different leaves. Raking those leaves into huge piles on lawns and at the curbs and playing in those piles (parents warned their kids not to hide in the leaf piles, lest they get run over by a car plowing through the leaf mounds too close to the curb, or lit on fire by a homeowner burning off the dead leaves).

Kids looking for the perfect Halloween costume, parents running around trying to help them. Trick or treating on safe streets where people knew you and welcomed you, making caramel and candy apples. We still bobbed for apples then. Pumpkins by the front doors. Thanksgiving plays and presentations at the schools.

Since I last wrote here, Mike, I have come to realize that while Larchmont was a wonderful place to grow up, maybe there were times when it wasn't "all that", and perhaps it wasn't always quite as ideal as I remembered it. I was reading one of the current Larchmont blogs and noticed the people on the blog sniping back and forth at each other (I don't post there, just a lurker) and I sort of chuckled and thought to myself "Ah, yes, sometimes it was like that, too."

Still, I'm glad I grew up there. I remember two sets of brothers who worked at the Corner Store, the Dadarria brothers and the Wright brothers, I think one of the Wrights still lives in Larchmont, he was a very good actor as a young man. Anyway, maybe I'll make one of those softball tournaments one day. From Little League in Larchmont to Senior Softball in the Sunshine State! Kudos to you, sir!
Beerman

New Port Richey, FL

#48 Feb 28, 2013
Wow.. I just found this site. I lived on Harmon dr. and went to St John and Paul fro 1956- 1959
I learned to play hockey on the pond behind the house.
I think the corner store was also known as Walts.

My dad told me that Walt was actually a bookie.

We were members of Orienta beach club.
Beerman

New Port Richey, FL

#49 Feb 28, 2013
Does anyone remember the outdoor archery range..I think it was on Boston Post road.

I also remember when blind Joe finally had to hire someone to be in the little shack with him because some fools would actually give him slugs for quarters.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#50 Apr 27, 2013
Hi, Beerman, I haven't been here in a while, just now saw your posts. I went to Sts. John & Paul, too, but just after you did. I loved the school and the kids.(Well, most of them) I thought Walt's was a different place from the Corner Store? Maybe not, but I seem to remember both. We went to Larchmont Yacht Club. I remember the summer dances that the clubs along the Sound shore used to have for the kids, lots of fun. Don't remember the archery range, but you never know, it might come back to me at some point, lol.

Must be gorgeous up there right now. Nothing like spring in Larchmont. Unless it's autumn in Larchmont. Or summer in Larchmont. Winter in Larchmont was pretty nice, too.
Larchie Mont

Wimauma, FL

#51 Oct 25, 2013
Haven't been here in a while, I see there's not much going on. Anyone around from the Larchmont area? How is the autumn? You all must be getting ready for Halloween and trick or treating, which was always so much fun in Larchmont. Everyone was so very kind. That was one of the things that was so great about the area, it was centered around families and such a wonderful experience for kids.
Cat333

Chapel Hill, NC

#52 Dec 8, 2013
Hi all! I was reading the Mamaroneck board and then discovered this one. I still love Larchmont and HAVE TO go back every couple of years. I am lucky enough to have good friends in Rye and Larchmont that I can stay with to get my 'fix' of home.

I grew up on Briar Cliff Road, and went to Murray Ave., Mamaroneck Jr. High (7th), Hummocks (8th) and the the high school. We attended St. John's Episcopal church in the manor.

We used to ice skate from the back yard, down the book to the duck pond (putting guards on our skates to walk down the hill next to the falls. Loved 4th of July at Harbor Island, Easter sunrise service at Manor park, and always the parades! From spring to fall we played stickball and kickball between the two hills, yelling "Car!" whenever a car came over the hill and everyone had to run home when the street light came on. That is also both my sister and I learned to ride a bike. Sky Page showed us where the crayfish hid under the rocks in the brook along Crescent Rd and Landsdown Dr. Many an night was spent, once the campers went home, shooting baskets on the courts at Badger Day camp. And if we wanted a change of pace we would cut through the Metlis's yard, to Dr. Jeffers yard, and onto Forest Ave.
larchie mont

Sun City Center, FL

#53 Dec 31, 2013
Hi, Cat, thanks for your post and Happy New Year! I really enjoy hearing about people's memories of Larchmont, sometimes they jog my mind to recall things I've forgotten. The Duck Pond was such a great place to skate, and I always thought it was kind of cool that the brook that ran from the reservoir in our backyard wound its way through part of Larchmont and ended at the Duck Pond. The parades were great, they were celebrations of the Village.

Your descriptions remind me that Larchmont was a place of great neighborhoods for kids, it was all about the kids and had so many places to explore. Whoa, Badger, there's another location name I'd forgotten! Thanks for that. And Forest Ave! Always seemed like such a long, wide, green street to me.

By the way, I'm always grateful for the memories of Larchmont that people post here, it's like gifts from the past, so thanks to all!
Cat333

Chapel Hill, NC

#54 Dec 31, 2013
larchie mont wrote:
Hi, Cat, thanks for your post and Happy New Year! I really enjoy hearing about people's memories of Larchmont, sometimes they jog my mind to recall things I've forgotten. The Duck Pond was such a great place to skate, and I always thought it was kind of cool that the brook that ran from the reservoir in our backyard wound its way through part of Larchmont and ended at the Duck Pond. The parades were great, they were celebrations of the Village.
Your descriptions remind me that Larchmont was a place of great neighborhoods for kids, it was all about the kids and had so many places to explore. Whoa, Badger, there's another location name I'd forgotten! Thanks for that. And Forest Ave! Always seemed like such a long, wide, green street to me.
By the way, I'm always grateful for the memories of Larchmont that people post here, it's like gifts from the past, so thanks to all!
Thanks for your response. I hope your New Year is also good. I miss Larchmont a lot and have to go back often. If you have not checked out the page on Facebook, you are really missing out, for so many post there, and so many memories are shared of both Larchmont and Mamaroneck!
Beerman

Heber City, UT

#55 Jan 1, 2014
Who remembers the duck pond sometimes after a big freeze would erupt from the pressure and chunks of ice weighing hundreds of pounds would be laying allover the lawn, and some actually ended up in the street. This would ruin our hockey games and skating.
Where did eveyrone live? I lived at 79 Harmon Dr.
The New England thruway was built on my front yard.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#56 Jan 11, 2014
Cat, I've only been back once, a few years ago, and we spent most of our time visiting my childhood home, the current occupants were gracious enough to give us a tour of the inside (it was still very much the same) and let us roam the property around the reservoir. It was also very much the same, although some improvements had been made. I didn't want to leave. The brook was much rockier than I remembered. I remember how the water coming over the dam from the reservoir would freeze into huge icicles during the winter.

Beerman, I don't remember the ice eruptions, that must've been something to see, don't know how I missed it. I remember Harmon Drive, though. I went to school with a girl who lived there, I think the family name was Shaw. Also I think a family by the name of Rigano lived there, these were all kids I went to school with at Sts. John & Paul.
Larchie Mont

Sun City Center, FL

#57 Jan 11, 2014
Yes, I've seen the Facebook page on Larchmont and a few years ago enjoyed reading the posts by various people who lived there, some who still do, it did bring back memories for sure, but then the posts sort of went commercial and got all spammy and then the privacy settings changed and not being a member, I couldn't see the posts by individual members.any more. I don't do the Facebook thing, I see it as sort of a double-edge sword and I prefer forums like this one, but it was nice to see some of the photos and read some of the shared experiences people had.

I once thought it would be nice to go back and live in Larchmont again, but I realize it just wouldn't be the same.
Rich in Texas

Rowlett, TX

#58 Apr 22, 2015
Mike Guadagnolo wrote:
look back on previous page to December 14,2007
The Larcmont as I knew it growing up in the 40's and 50's. What a village. I thought that the whole world was in that village of Larchmont.
My thoughts are of my life there and the fun times with everyone.
I was back there in September 2011 for my mother's funeral. Went to the Larchmont Tavern for dinner with my wife. Wow, does that place bring back memories. I lived across the street from the LT. Now an office building is on my original homesite there. So much has changed there. The store owners are not the same and many do not exit any longer. Gristee Bros. Grocery stores are gone. There was one down from Blind Joe's little shop and than one down from the corner store and another on Larchmont Ave near the Post Road corner.
So much to remember and so easy to see. But, going back the picture is not the same.
I now live in The Villages, Florida and many White Planes and Port Chester people are here. I have not met anyone from Larcmont but did run into a couple from Mamaroneck they were the class of 1969.
Way after my class of 1956.
I enjoy this and hope to read more in the future.
Bye for now.
Cannot believe it took 38 posts to mentioned the Larchmont Tavern. Back in the summer of 66 I worked at the Larchmont A&P. I used to go to the Larchmont Tavern for lunch and sometimes get hammered. I met my wife at the A&P and have been together for almost 50 yrs. We used to visit New Rochelle and Mamaroneck often, as our parents lived there and we had their first grandkids. Once when our daughter was small we were going from New Rochelle to Mamaroneck on Palmer Ave. we passed by the site of the A&P and told her that this was were her mom and dad first met. Looking sad at vacant site, she said "at least they could have put a small monument there " Rich
Anonymous

La Puente, CA

#59 Mar 19, 2017
I did not grow up in Larchmont but was born and raised in Rye,Ny. In the 1970s and early 1980s my mother would take my brother and I to cooks 3 times a month during summer for a burger and than grab a cone @ that awesome
In- house ice cream parlor and if we were good a hour of arcade games. In hindsight I believe that it was just my mother's excuse to shop at BD in New Rochelle after lunch.
We eventually sold our home in Greenhaven and went out west to Southern California where my mother was raised. Westchester is always in my heart, what a lucky kid I was. I also remember going to Larchmont and eating our Mc Donald's on that old stoner wall in the back when I got older.
Robb
maggie678

Stamford, CT

#60 May 1, 2017
I have been trying to remember the name of the kids/teens clothing store on Palmer Ave in the 70's and 80's. We used to have a house account there and my best friend and I would walk up on Saturday's and buy a weekend outfit ! It was a few doors down from Nielsen's. Can anyone help?

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