Remember New Ken nightlife

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Since: Jul 08

Glendale CA,

#2173 Oct 1, 2009
In the forties my dad drove bus for (Harmer Bus Co.???) They had a line that ran from Pittsburgh through Springdale to New Kensington. It stopped at the bus depot across the street from Andie's Restaurant. I worked at Andie's when I was in high school. It was during the time of the second world war; saw a lot of things at that time.
Rat

Fair Oaks, CA

#2174 Oct 1, 2009
Parsec Sam wrote:
In the forties my dad drove bus for (Harmer Bus Co.???) They had a line that ran from Pittsburgh through Springdale to New Kensington. It stopped at the bus depot across the street from Andie's Restaurant. I worked at Andie's when I was in high school. It was during the time of the second world war; saw a lot of things at that time.
Hi Sam,
I believe the bus line you refer to was the Harmony Short Line. There was another bus company serving NK called The Blue Ridge Bus Co.

I also worked the midnight to 8am shift at Andy's in the late fifties. Lots of all night happenings near the corner of 3rd & 9th. Chubby & Frannie ran the place.
Chiefy

Pittsburgh, PA

#2175 Oct 1, 2009
The Melody Restaurant was owned and operated by the Hatzimbes- George and Steve. They were in Business at that location from 1955 to 1989. In 1989 George closed the Melody Restaurant and opened the 5th Avenue Deli- two doors down from Klingensmith Hardware. Does anybody have the recipe for that rice pudding. Were George and Steve involved with the rackets?
Kenster

Pittsburgh, PA

#2176 Oct 2, 2009
Linda Booth wrote:
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Did they change the name of the Star Market to Loblaws? I'm trying to picture the Star Mkt.
I think the Star Market was eventually Loblaws. Store was located in building that is now New Ken Library.
Tom R

Dearborn, MI

#2177 Oct 2, 2009
Kenster wrote:
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I think the Star Market was eventually Loblaws. Store was located in building that is now New Ken Library.
When I was a kid I thought the Star Market was the coolest place. Not because of what they sole, but the had the coolest door openers. Instead of the sensors in a floor mat, the had little lights on posts with a photo sensor on another. When you broke the light beam the door opened. Often my parents had to drag me away from opening and closing the doors with my hand. Amazing what you remember. A friend of mine's uncle drove cab and parked at the Star. He gave me and his nephew a free ride home once. He was a short stocky guy with, apparently one leg longer than the other. His one show had a sole that was about 4 inches thick.
NewKenBoy

Hendersonville, TN

#2178 Oct 2, 2009
Parsec Sam wrote:
In the forties my dad drove bus for (Harmer Bus Co.???) They had a line that ran from Pittsburgh through Springdale to New Kensington. It stopped at the bus depot across the street from Andie's Restaurant. I worked at Andie's when I was in high school. It was during the time of the second world war; saw a lot of things at that time.
Upon Army discharge I arrived by air to Pgh Airport and shared a taxi downtown to the city. Walked with duffle bag over shoulder and no sleep for a couple days to the bus stop for NK and took that bus from the Burg to NK with the stops in Springdale and then NK. Got off bus and wondered how I was going to get home and Gene Suprano;s younger brother; can't recall the name, was driving by minutes after stepped off the bus. I must of been a mess in wrinkeled uniform and been up or over 48 hours. He stopped and drove me home. I had not thought of that in years. I guess that is just one of the positive reason for this thread. Year was 1964!!!
tubby

Fort Myers, FL

#2179 Oct 2, 2009
NewKenBoy wrote:
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Upon Army discharge I arrived by air to Pgh Airport and shared a taxi downtown to the city. Walked with duffle bag over shoulder and no sleep for a couple days to the bus stop for NK and took that bus from the Burg to NK with the stops in Springdale and then NK. Got off bus and wondered how I was going to get home and Gene Suprano;s younger brother; can't recall the name, was driving by minutes after stepped off the bus. I must of been a mess in wrinkeled uniform and been up or over 48 hours. He stopped and drove me home. I had not thought of that in years. I guess that is just one of the positive reason for this thread. Year was 1964!!!
Might have been "punky" Suprano had a sister Mary I think Tubby
Olderndirt

Chardon, OH

#2180 Oct 2, 2009
NewKenBoy wrote:
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Upon Army discharge I arrived by air to Pgh Airport and shared a taxi downtown to the city. Walked with duffle bag over shoulder and no sleep for a couple days to the bus stop for NK and took that bus from the Burg to NK with the stops in Springdale and then NK. Got off bus and wondered how I was going to get home and Gene Suprano;s younger brother; can't recall the name, was driving by minutes after stepped off the bus. I must of been a mess in wrinkeled uniform and been up or over 48 hours. He stopped and drove me home. I had not thought of that in years. I guess that is just one of the positive reason for this thread. Year was 1964!!!
Your post took me back to when I was discharged in 1959. I flew into Pgh around midnight and tried to negotiate with a taxi driver for a ride to New Ken. He talked to a few other cabbies that were lined up at the airport and one of them said he'd take me to New Ken for $20.00. I was taken to my families doorstep, duffle bag in hand for $20.00. You're right,this thread brings back alot of small details that have been forgotten for decades.
Parnassus Packer

Damascus, MD

#2181 Oct 2, 2009
parnassus pony wrote:
parnassus packer - Are you one of THE "Parnassus Packer" pick-up football team members that played at Fort Crawford School?
Yep in old Herr Stadium (the back of the old bleachers to 3rd Street) back in the 60's. We played the 3rd Ward Rams, Mt Vernon Mountaineers, a team from Arnold and teams from Lower Burrell, East Deer and I think Springdale a couple of times.
Gunga

Knoxville, TN

#2182 Oct 4, 2009
Great site. My first legally paying job was working in the Thom McAnn show store on fifth avenue. One of my daily chores was walking up to the Mellon Bank to drop off the daily proceeds around 9:00 PM every night. From what I hear that would be career limiting in today's environment.

I remember a "Nothing Really for Sale" shop across the street from the shoe store
Gunga

Knoxville, TN

#2183 Oct 4, 2009
Anyone remeber an incident back in either the late 70's or early 80's about several young men caught stealing something (I think records) from one of the clubs downtown and the club owners having them taken care of? I vaguely remember a Flenory being involved.
tubby

Fort Myers, FL

#2184 Oct 4, 2009
Gunga wrote:
Anyone remeber an incident back in either the late 70's or early 80's about several young men caught stealing something (I think records) from one of the clubs downtown and the club owners having them taken care of? I vaguely remember a Flenory being involved.
Wow I knew Chuck Flenory and his brother they lived on 2nd ave I lived on 3rd. Tubby

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#2185 Oct 4, 2009
Does anyone know if Bo and John Kleya are still living? I worked with both John and Bo at the Russelton Mine back in the late 70's. They gave a young know it all kid the kick in the behind he needed after 4 years of engineering school. Talk about a melting pot of ethnic heritages, the Russelton mine was where you found it. The smells coming out of that dinner hole (egg plant parmegian, lasagna, kielbasa etc...) were to die for.
Olderndirt

Chardon, OH

#2186 Oct 4, 2009
Gunga wrote:
Anyone remeber an incident back in either the late 70's or early 80's about several young men caught stealing something (I think records) from one of the clubs downtown and the club owners having them taken care of? I vaguely remember a Flenory being involved.
Charles Flenory either owned or managed the old Bachelors Club on 10th st. It was thought that a guy broke into the club and stole records. It was proven later that he was innocent. In the interim, a few thugs were brought in from Pgh., tied the suspect to a chair and proceded in beating him in an effort to get a confession and the stolen records back. After getting high, they beat him with a baseball bat and eventually killed him. Charles witnessed it and claimed things got out of control and he was fearful for his safety. He was jailed in Greensburg for a time until all the trials ended and he was released. He had a younger brother, Eberhart, that had a rep that was less than admirable. Charles was a nice guy though and a great athlete.
tubby

Fort Myers, FL

#2187 Oct 4, 2009
Olderndirt wrote:
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Charles Flenory either owned or managed the old Bachelors Club on 10th st. It was thought that a guy broke into the club and stole records. It was proven later that he was innocent. In the interim, a few thugs were brought in from Pgh., tied the suspect to a chair and proceded in beating him in an effort to get a confession and the stolen records back. After getting high, they beat him with a baseball bat and eventually killed him. Charles witnessed it and claimed things got out of control and he was fearful for his safety. He was jailed in Greensburg for a time until all the trials ended and he was released. He had a younger brother, Eberhart, that had a rep that was less than admirable. Charles was a nice guy though and a great athlete.
Thanks same guys forgot about them thanks for update Tubby
tubby

Fort Myers, FL

#2188 Oct 4, 2009
sandyk wrote:
How many years was the Melody Restaurant there? I remember shopping in NK and having lunch at the Melody in the late 50's and early 60's. Many memories of Hart's, Silvermans, Bens! I remember when bullet bags were popular with us young girls to use as purses, and you could only get them at Bens!
I worked at Ben's Army Store with Chuck Tadrzak. Tubby
radman Cranberry PA

Cranberry Twp, PA

#2189 Oct 5, 2009
A side note relating to the former Bachelors Club incident. The club was renamed “the Cash Club”.

Since: Oct 09

Location hidden

#2190 Oct 5, 2009
Can someone please fill in the details on the Nick Perry Daily Number incident. How were the authorites informed of the fix?
Rat

Fair Oaks, CA

#2191 Oct 5, 2009
Since the Star Market has been a recent subject here, I seem to faintly recall that prior to building where the current library is located,they were in a much smaller store that was near the Ken-Mar on Barnes street. I seem to recall a Barnes Street entrance but not a Fifth Ave entrance. Can anyone verify?
Loojee

United States

#2192 Oct 6, 2009
Rat wrote:
Since the Star Market has been a recent subject here, I seem to faintly recall that prior to building where the current library is located,they were in a much smaller store that was near the Ken-Mar on Barnes street. I seem to recall a Barnes Street entrance but not a Fifth Ave entrance. Can anyone verify?
I don't recall that location. But, I they used to be on Barnes & McCargo next to the Red Cross office

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