Growing up in Larchmont

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Mike Guadagnolo

AOL

#1 Dec 14, 2007
Hey John and Barrie,
Growing up in Larchmont was a great time in my life. I remember my great Uncle Mike Carpino and his goat farm located off Myrtle Blvd. and now apartments are there. The gas station on the corner of Palmer and Chatworth Ave. The trolley tracks going down the middle of Chatsworth Ave..The booth where the police officer would stand during rush hour ( ha ha) from the commuter train near the Larchmont Train Station.
Neilson's Ice Cream Shop, we all worked there one time or another. GW Merrill hardware store and the two bowling alleys..one near the A&P store(which is gone) on Palmer Ave and the other atop Shopwell Grocery Store near West/East Ave in Larchmont. Johnson's Sport Store. Playing stick ball behind the phone company building and curb ball on Franklin Ave. Ice skating on the Larchmont duck pond and on Wing Foot pond. Flint Park and the summer camp that we went to during the summer days while our parents worked. The Windmill in Flint Park.
Walking to MHS from Larchmont with George Bruno every school day. Pete Tourtellot when he drove us to school (senior year) in his Ford.
That's it for now.
Daniel Bochicchio

Western Springs, IL

#2 Dec 14, 2007
I now live in Illinois but was wondering if the Loyal Inn Bowling Lanes are still there?
JOHN MCINTYRE

AOL

#3 Dec 18, 2007
HI MIKE,
CHECK OUT THE FORUM "GROWING UP IN MAMARONECK" AND YOU WILL FIND PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT LARCHMONT. MAMARONECK AND NEW ROCHELLE. IT HAS ABOUT 50 ARTICLES.
Chris Patti

State College, PA

#4 Jan 24, 2008
Daniel Bochicchio wrote:
I now live in Illinois but was wondering if the Loyal Inn Bowling Lanes are still there?
Hey Daniel,

Unfortunately Loyal Inn was turned into a CVS and several other stores in 1993-1994. You can read all about it here:

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html...

I have been trying to gather images of the old lanes, but unfortunately have been unsuccessful...

-Chris
Brad Hardy

United States

#5 Jan 25, 2010
Hey folks. Wow, Loyal Inn !!.. What memories .. The Friday night majors. My brother was in that league. It was huge in the mid-late 70's. I bowled there a TON growing up as there wasnt much else to do in the winter months. My mother was in a league there. It would be great to see some old images online of the place if anyone has any.
Larchie Mont

Tampa, FL

#6 Mar 11, 2010
I'd love to see more folks posting on this thread. Growing up in Larchmont was one of the best experiences of my life. I lived near the reservoir off Weaver Street, it was its own world. Sometimes it was a little lonely and I envied the Valley Road and Rockingstone gang occasionally, but I really enjoyed the space and the water and the nature. Larchmont was great in the spring. Crocus time!

Tennyson Bowl was the one by A&P. Went bowling there a few times, it was fun.
Siena Jane Klein

Oakland, CA

#7 Mar 30, 2010
Larchmont has some beautiful memories for me.
I grew up there. Went to Murray Ave. School and MHS, graduated in '60. I miss seeing a photo of the old railroad station. It had a lovely park around it. Anyone remember Old Blind Joe who had a newstand near the station on the road going in to the village?
JOHN MCINTYRE

AOL

#8 Mar 30, 2010
HI SIENA,
I GRADUATED FROM H.H.S. IN 1956. I REMEMBER "BLIND JOE"VERY WELL AS I KNEW HIM PERSONALLY WHEN I WAS A LITTLE KID.IN BACK OF THE WASHINGTON ARMS IN MAMARONECK IS A SMALL STREET CALLED HALL ST. JOE HAD A CHAIR THAT HE SAT ON AND COULD TELL WHO YOU WERE WHEN YOU WALKED BY. I ALWAYS BELEIVED THAT THE SOUND OF THE GRAVEL WAS THE WAY HE COULD TELL. HIS LAST NAME WAS SUGRUE.
Siena Jane Klein

Oakland, CA

#9 Mar 30, 2010
Hi John,
The Blind Joe I knew was in Larchmont. Are we talking about the same one?
JOHN MCINTYRE

AOL

#10 Mar 31, 2010
hi siena jane klein,
yes, we are talking about the same person.joe had a stand near the larchmont rairoad station for years and lived on hall st in mamaroneck. joe was blinded by an errant shot from a bb gun when he was very young.
Siena Jane Klein

Oakland, CA

#11 Mar 31, 2010
Interesting! My grandfather used to hang out with him when he
walked to town from our house. I see there is an effort to renovate the Mamaroneck train station. Did that happen?
JOHN MCINTYRE

AOL

#12 Mar 31, 2010
HI SIENA,
I LIVE IN THE HUDSON VALLEY AND DO NOT GO TO LARCHMONT-MAMARONECK VERY MUCH.AS FAR AS I KNOW THE MAMARONECK R.R. STATION IS STILL VACANT.
Siena Jane Klein

Oakland, CA

#13 Apr 1, 2010
thanx for the input!
Larchie Mont

Dade City, FL

#14 Apr 1, 2010
Does anyone know whatever happened to the old Corner Store? Is it still there? Great place, sold everything, all sorts of model toys, news, comic books, dolls, baseball cards, newspapers, magazines, cosmetics, you name it. Great fun at Halloween, with all the wax teeth and lips. And the candy! They sold this stuff called "Nickel Nips", some sort of sugary liquid in a little wax container shaped like a soda bottle. You bit into the wax and sucked out the liquid. I seem to remember there were wax droppings all over the sidewalk outside the store and some parents got all upset about it. There was a rumor it was eating away at the concrete and folks were afraid the same think would happen to kids' stomachs.
Anyway, I seem to remember the Dadarria brothers worked there and I think also the Wrights.
Does Larchmont still have a Memorial Day Parade? A real spring highlight for the kids.
SJ Klein

Eureka, CA

#15 Apr 2, 2010
Larchie Mont wrote:
Does anyone know whatever happened to the old Corner Store? Is it still there? Great place, sold everything, all sorts of model toys, news, comic books, dolls, baseball cards, newspapers, magazines, cosmetics, you name it. Great fun at Halloween, with all the wax teeth and lips. And the candy! They sold this stuff called "Nickel Nips", some sort of sugary liquid in a little wax container shaped like a soda bottle. You bit into the wax and sucked out the liquid. I seem to remember there were wax droppings all over the sidewalk outside the store and some parents got all upset about it. There was a rumor it was eating away at the concrete and folks were afraid the same think would happen to kids' stomachs.
Anyway, I seem to remember the Dadarria brothers worked there and I think also the Wrights.
Does Larchmont still have a Memorial Day Parade? A real spring highlight for the kids.
Hey, I forgot about the Corner Store. It was great and the parade truly was a highlight of my childhood year. I live in California but I don't think the Corner Store is there anymore. I forgot about it so
Thanks for the reminder!
Larchie Mont

Dade City, FL

#16 Apr 2, 2010
Hi, Siena, thanks for replying to my post. The Corner Store was practically a Larchmont landmark, you're probably right that it is gone, what a shame. Yes, I loved tht Memorial Day parade. No matter where you live, once a Larchmonter, always a Larchmonter. It gets in your blood and it's always in your heart. If there was a better place to grow up, I don't know about it. Pure magic. Ever go sledding at Bonnie Briar during the winter? Or ice skating on the Duck Pond? Anyway, I've been reading some of the Facebook posts on the Larchmont page. It is amazing how deeply people feel about the Village, no matter where they live now. I've also been reading Lynda Larch's blog, the Chamber of Commerce is trying to think up ways to bring revenue into the Village. They ought to have a homecoming week during the summer or early fall, for former residents, like colleges do. I'll bet if they did, people would come from all over. I would.
Siena Jane

Walnut Creek, CA

#17 Apr 4, 2010
Yes, skating on the duck pond!!! I'll check out the Larchmont
fb page. The sunrises from the park on the Sound!!! I used to
steal my parent's car and go driving around late night and
early a.m.
Larchie Mont

Tampa, FL

#18 Apr 4, 2010
You'll love the photos on Larchmont's fb page, they're lovely. One guy said they made him homesick, I understand how he feels. I get homesick for the Larchmont I remember.
Joel Sanoff

Los Angeles, CA

#19 Nov 22, 2010
A google search tells me that there is still a store called The Corner Store on the corner of Palmer and Chatsworth.

Anderson's Books is still there on Chatsworth Avenue, too.

I grew up in Larchmont, on Winslow Place, off Pinebrook Drive. I lived there with my family from 1950 to 1965, when I went to college. I would be back for occasional visits until my folks left for Florida in 1976.

I moved to California in 1978 and have not ever been back to Larchmont. I really get nostalgic about it.

My memories are Manor Beach; Dodge Pharmacy; Clark & Finney Sporting Goods; 'Fingers,' the lunch counter on Chatsworth near the school;
The Bevan: Larchmont Tavern; the Larchmont Smoke Shop on Palmer, where I first saw the inner pages of Playboy -- when the owner wasn't looking!

Every time I got a new pair of shoes (or my mom got the old ones fixed - remember those days?) it was a visit to Plaza Bootery. We listened to records in the booths at Plaza Records - until it became a Baskin Robbins.

There was the Palmerette, a lunch counter on Addison and Larchmont, and Hellmers (?) on Larchmont near the corner of Post Road.

I haven't been there in 34 years, but the other day - on Google maps with the street level photos - I was still able to show my son how I walked to Chatsworth Avenue school.

It was a wonderful place to grow up.
Larchie Mont

Lutz, FL

#20 Dec 4, 2010
Hi, Joel, great to hear from another former Larchmonter. I monitor this thread from time to time to see if anyone else has discovered it, and I enjoy reading others' memories and impressions of growing up in one of the best places to grow up in the US.

Great to know the Corner Store is still there. I remember Manor Beach and Manor Park, Clark & Finney and the Plaza Bootery, where you could get Buster Brown shoes that lasted forever (although sometimes I wished they wouldn't. And yes, shoes were fixed, back in the day.). When Baskin Robbins arrived, it was THE place to go for Rocky Road ice cream. I remember the Palmerette, too.

But somehow I missed out on the Bevan, although it has been fun reading about the experiences people had there. I gather that many a Larchmonter had their first social drink at the Bevan.

Larchmont is a place many of us carry in our hearts. How fortunate we were to have experienced it.

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