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Michael

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#1 Apr 27, 2008
I found this site by accident earlier and have been on it for hours reading every post! Thank you to everyone for bringing back great memories.

The department stores and when Thursday night shopping came about, T-Giving eve parades,popping the balloons at woolworth's for a chance at a 1 cent banana split,NRHS fire, Bel Aqua fire, Neptune tragedy, Allen's sport shop softball tourneys at D'onofrio field. the huge softball league, Glen Island (don't forget Greasy Nicks when you mention Walter's)& the wedge inn in Pelham for those great late night sandwiches while bartending at the Lallipop in the mid 70's!

Does anyone remember Liberty Lunch and Tepa's market? How about PSA(next to the Thruway Diner) for those late night terrible pizzas?

I grew up on the south side, went to both BS Grammer & HS(graduated in '73)and moved to Dutchess County in the mid 80's and now reside in Orlando, FL. I would love to hear from anyone who grew up in the Main & Drake area.

Finally, do any of you who went to NRHS in the mid 60's remember my cousin Freddy Carraturo who was killed in Vietnam in '67? Again, please reply as I would love to hear stories about him.

Since: Mar 08

New Rochelle NY

#2 Apr 30, 2008
Michael, Welcome glad you enjoyed the walk down memory lane. We all do NR was a great town to grow up in. I did not grow up in the Main & Drake area and I am sorry I did not know Freddy. I did not go to NRHS, St Gabes '72.
Stick around this crowd goes wild at times, I think they are all on vacation, as I will be soon or any day when my grandbaby is born. Hard to believe we have reached the grandparent stage of life.
Michael

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#3 Apr 30, 2008
Hi NY Gal,

Thanks for the reply! Congratulations to you and your Family. Yes, it is hard to believe that it has been approx. 30 years since we were our childrens age!

I am at that stage where I would like to see the many friends that I had again. I would also like to fly back to NY, catch a Yankee game and stop in Stan's for a corned beef wedge. Then I would proceed to eat my way from Arthur Avenue (including Artuso's pastry shop if still there), City Island for seafood, greasy nicks across from Glen Island for a burger and Walters in Mamaroneck for the best dogs ever (can you tell that I miss NY food). Of course I would have to stop in every pizza parlor along the way!

Gal, stay in touch and again congratulations!

Michael
Purple Wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#4 May 1, 2008
Michael wrote:
Hi NY Gal,
Thanks for the reply! Congratulations to you and your Family. Yes, it is hard to believe that it has been approx. 30 years since we were our childrens age!
I am at that stage where I would like to see the many friends that I had again. I would also like to fly back to NY, catch a Yankee game and stop in Stan's for a corned beef wedge. Then I would proceed to eat my way from Arthur Avenue (including Artuso's pastry shop if still there), City Island for seafood, greasy nicks across from Glen Island for a burger and Walters in Mamaroneck for the best dogs ever (can you tell that I miss NY food). Of course I would have to stop in every pizza parlor along the way!
Gal, stay in touch and again congratulations!
Michael
Boy, I'm ready to go myself. But I must warn you, Greasy Nicks is just not what it used to be and sadly, most of the great delis like Leos and Bermans are gone as well. Cooks is also a casualty of what they call progress, as is Soochows and from what I hear on this site, the Thruway Diner will become extinct very shortly.
The whole grandparent thing is a real trip. At age 53 I have two grandaughters already and it is amazing. Sadly, they will never be able to enjoy so many of the wonderful experiences we did as children growing up in NR!!!
Michael

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#5 May 1, 2008
I forgot about Cooks and the north end delis...I grew up walking past Soochows daily...hard to believe that the T-Way diner is closing...I used to go there almost daily from 1968-1978
Ah yes, progress...
Purple Wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#6 May 1, 2008
Michael wrote:
I forgot about Cooks and the north end delis...I grew up walking past Soochows daily...hard to believe that the T-Way diner is closing...I used to go there almost daily from 1968-1978
Ah yes, progress...
It's funny that you refer to Leos and Bermans as north end delis. If they were in the north end what do you consider Wykagel???
Michael

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#7 May 1, 2008
Yes, you are correct...they were closer to NRHS...I didn't spend too much time in that area...I did work at the Fountainhead for a short time in the late 70's and dated someone a few blocks from the Cherry Lawn area in the mid 70's

Did you ever go to Saccone's up the west (as we called that area) for lemon ice? It was on 6th St. near the school.

How long have you been in Florida? I have always enjoyed the Clearwater/St.Pete area. I believe that you are north in the Tarpon Springs area.
Purple Wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#8 May 2, 2008
Michael wrote:
Yes, you are correct...they were closer to NRHS...I didn't spend too much time in that area...I did work at the Fountainhead for a short time in the late 70's and dated someone a few blocks from the Cherry Lawn area in the mid 70's
Did you ever go to Saccone's up the west (as we called that area) for lemon ice? It was on 6th St. near the school.
How long have you been in Florida? I have always enjoyed the Clearwater/St.Pete area. I believe that you are north in the Tarpon Springs area.
Actually I spent quite a bit of time in evry part of New Ro. I graduated NRHS in 1971 and have lived in Clearwater for the past 4 years, but still miss the old homestead. I probably knew who you dated , probably know you!!!! What year did you graduate NRHS?
Michael

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#9 May 2, 2008
I graduated from Blessed Sacrament in 1973, although I had several friends from NRHS. I moved to the Orlando area 4+ years ago. I spent almost 20 years in Dutchess County, NY before heading south (finally had enough of the cold and snow like many others). It's funny how for so long I didn't even think about New Rochelle and now, over 52 years old, I have started to remember how great the area was growing up. I spemt most of the 60's growing up on the south side and in the mid 70's I visited most bars and clubs in the area including North Ave bars (although more the Iona crowd),the Boatyard on E. Main St and the few on Pelham Rd (can't think of the names). But most of my time was spent at the Lallipop (including bartending there), the Second Floor and Peachtrees at the mall before over to Marty and Lenny's (Marty owned the Lallipop)across from the Mall.
purple wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#10 May 2, 2008
Michael wrote:
I graduated from Blessed Sacrament in 1973, although I had several friends from NRHS. I moved to the Orlando area 4+ years ago. I spent almost 20 years in Dutchess County, NY before heading south (finally had enough of the cold and snow like many others). It's funny how for so long I didn't even think about New Rochelle and now, over 52 years old, I have started to remember how great the area was growing up. I spemt most of the 60's growing up on the south side and in the mid 70's I visited most bars and clubs in the area including North Ave bars (although more the Iona crowd),the Boatyard on E. Main St and the few on Pelham Rd (can't think of the names). But most of my time was spent at the Lallipop (including bartending there), the Second Floor and Peachtrees at the mall before over to Marty and Lenny's (Marty owned the Lallipop)across from the Mall.
A BS Boy huh. Did you know Vinny Pelligrino, Kenny Verusio, Chuck Felice, Bobby Dibuono??
Spent my bar hopping days on North Ave, but made it down to Billy Buds once in awhile. During the mid to late 70's you couldn't drive through the North Ave bar strip on Thursday nights, which was "Happy Hour" night. It was wall to wall people. After getting a buzz on, a trip to G&G Pizza for a bit of Grunting & Groaning,
Michael

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#11 May 2, 2008
I went to school with Chuck...Kenny (I believe) was a year or two older than me. I am sure that I knew Vinny, but I do not remember Bobby.
I do remember how crowded North Ave used to be during those great times.
My Mother's maiden name is Ritacco,a well known name in NR. Did you know Joey or Al(Allie)? How about Chip Chiapetta or the Cardone sisters?
Was Billy Buds the bar near Hudson Park? Do you remember the fire at Gulliver's? God, what a tragedy that was. Glen Island Casino used to have the weekly(I think only weekly)bashes that had 3 bands performing in different areas and with different types of music played.
purple wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#12 May 3, 2008
Michael wrote:
I went to school with Chuck...Kenny (I believe) was a year or two older than me. I am sure that I knew Vinny, but I do not remember Bobby.
I do remember how crowded North Ave used to be during those great times.
My Mother's maiden name is Ritacco,a well known name in NR. Did you know Joey or Al(Allie)? How about Chip Chiapetta or the Cardone sisters?
Was Billy Buds the bar near Hudson Park? Do you remember the fire at Gulliver's? God, what a tragedy that was. Glen Island Casino used to have the weekly(I think only weekly)bashes that had 3 bands performing in different areas and with different types of music played.
Was your mom related to the Ritaccos that were in the service station business??
I remember the fire in Port Chester and the dances at Glen Island. I hung out at the Beach & Tennis Club and remember all the dances along Davenport Neck as younger kids.
Chuck was one hell of a swimmer-kicked my butt on a few occassions
Billy Buds was next to Greasy Nicks, Dudleys was next to Hudson Park. I used to live at 20 Davenport, had some great times there. Did you know the Gildaes, you probably knew Bobby?
Michael

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#13 May 3, 2008
They were my Mother's cousins. I spent a little time at the Beach and Tennis Club with the Gasparini Family. I did not know the Gildaes. I used to drop by Dudleys on occasion. Usually to see the owner and bartenders (the bartenders in NR always dropped by each others bar to spend quite a bit of money and leave big tips).
purple wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#14 May 3, 2008
Michael wrote:
They were my Mother's cousins. I spent a little time at the Beach and Tennis Club with the Gasparini Family. I did not know the Gildaes. I used to drop by Dudleys on occasion. Usually to see the owner and bartenders (the bartenders in NR always dropped by each others bar to spend quite a bit of money and leave big tips).
My family, including me, were also in the service station business. If I remember correctly, the Ritaccos had one place, a small shop on Webster Ave and another place in the West End somewhere. Were you also related to Lucille, the real estate agent??

Speaking of bartenders, did you know any from Georges-Richie Gonzalez, Dave Ricci and Donnie Gombos?
Michael

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#15 May 3, 2008
I do remember the small service station on Webster Ave, but not up the west. Lucille(the realtor)is another distant cousin. I used to stop in Georges once in a while with friends, but didn't really get to know the bartenders. That bar was always packed!

Where did your Family have a service station?

You also mentioned living in the Davenport area. When I was young, my Father used to take me there quite often to fly kites and as I remember,to roll down the large hill just beyond the parking lot working my way toward the rocks & water. What a great time the 60's was! Swimming at Glen Island followed by a barbecue in the picnic grounds, listening to my transistor radio and playing ball...you couldn't beat it!
purple wave

Palm Harbor, FL

#16 May 4, 2008
Michael wrote:
I do remember the small service station on Webster Ave, but not up the west. Lucille(the realtor)is another distant cousin. I used to stop in Georges once in a while with friends, but didn't really get to know the bartenders. That bar was always packed!
Where did your Family have a service station?
You also mentioned living in the Davenport area. When I was young, my Father used to take me there quite often to fly kites and as I remember,to roll down the large hill just beyond the parking lot working my way toward the rocks & water. What a great time the 60's was! Swimming at Glen Island followed by a barbecue in the picnic grounds, listening to my transistor radio and playing ball...you couldn't beat it!
How right you were, NR in the 60's was half right out of a Norman Rockwell painting and half out of Mad Magazine (both NR residents).

Actually my family ownned several stations at different times. The first was a Texaco on the corner of North & Mayflower, it's now a Dunkin Donuts. The second was further down on North, just below the Memorial Highway overpass. The last one was the Gulf Station on North near Treno St, just across from Georges. All 3 were named Hans Service. My father was very active in the Service Station Dealers Assoc and the Exchange and Elks Clubs. He retired in 1980.
I finally left the business and we sold the property in the mid nineties.My father and I both remember your family.

Since: Jan 08

Newburgh, NY

#17 May 5, 2008
Michael wrote:
I found this site by accident earlier and have been on it for hours reading every post! Thank you to everyone for bringing back great memories.
The department stores and when Thursday night shopping came about, T-Giving eve parades,popping the balloons at woolworth's for a chance at a 1 cent banana split,NRHS fire, Bel Aqua fire, Neptune tragedy, Allen's sport shop softball tourneys at D'onofrio field. the huge softball league, Glen Island (don't forget Greasy Nicks when you mention Walter's)& the wedge inn in Pelham for those great late night sandwiches while bartending at the Lallipop in the mid 70's!
Does anyone remember Liberty Lunch and Tepa's market? How about PSA(next to the Thruway Diner) for those late night terrible pizzas?
I grew up on the south side, went to both BS Grammer & HS(graduated in '73)and moved to Dutchess County in the mid 80's and now reside in Orlando, FL. I would love to hear from anyone who grew up in the Main & Drake area.
Finally, do any of you who went to NRHS in the mid 60's remember my cousin Freddy Carraturo who was killed in Vietnam in '67? Again, please reply as I would love to hear stories about him.
Hi Michael
I see you got right into the swing of reminiscing like the rest of us. I am just back from a vacation in Orlando with my husband. What a great time we had. We were like two kids and the weather was perfect. Now today was back to work.

I used to bowl with your cousin Freddy at Roger's Bowling Alley back in the 60's. I also knew his girlfriend, Rochelle, who he was still going with when he went over to Nam. I went to BS grammar school, St. Gabes then on to NRHS. I graduated in 68 so I am a bit older than you. Freddy was a real nice guy. He had a wonderful smile and was very easy going and "tall" as I remember. He had a crewcut - not a real short one - just a nice crewcut. I remember reading about his death in The Standard Star. It blew me away. I grew up on Main St. between Locust and Franklin Ave. My husband's cousin George Capparelli lived on Allard Ave.- you may know him. George was a medic in Vietnam.

I remember PSA. I had a lot of fun there. I also knew Marty Lalli very well. He grew up on Locust Ave. and I played softball for "The Lollipop" in the 70's. We moved to Newburgh NY in 78. Last time I saw Marty he had moved to NJ.

You can order Walter's mustard on line you know. Nothing like a Walter's Hot Dog. You mentioned the Gildaes - I know that name but I am drawing a blank. I also forgot about popping the balloons at Woolworths.

Since: Jan 08

Newburgh, NY

#18 May 5, 2008
purple wave wrote:
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A BS Boy huh. Did you know Vinny Pelligrino, Kenny Verusio, Chuck Felice, Bobby Dibuono??
Spent my bar hopping days on North Ave, but made it down to Billy Buds once in awhile. During the mid to late 70's you couldn't drive through the North Ave bar strip on Thursday nights, which was "Happy Hour" night. It was wall to wall people. After getting a buzz on, a trip to G&G Pizza for a bit of Grunting & Groaning,
I went to school with an Arlene Pelligrino - any relation to Vinny?
Michael

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#19 May 5, 2008
Hi Carol,

Yes, Disney and Universal Studios are a lot of fun. I spemt quite a bit of time vacationing here in the mid 1970's through early 2000 and finally decided to move here(My home is 25 minutes NW of Disney). The weather has been perfect and you were here just before the temperature starts to climb into the 90's on a daily basis.

Thank you for the nice words about Freddy. Yes, he did have short hair and he and Rochelle Hess dated for quite a while. We were 1st cousins and although I was a few years younger than him, we spent quite a bit of time together as we grew up in the same small apartment house that was owned by our Family. A few weeks from now will mark the 41st anniversary of his death in Nam. Sometimes it feels like yesterday and other times I feel as if he never existed. I think that is why I am trying to speak with anyone who might have known him and also me.
Michael

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#20 May 5, 2008
Carol,

Marty Lalli was a lot of fun to be around. I never felt like just a customer at the Lallipop, but always part of the Family. He always took very good care of his customers. Yes, I remember his home or apartment on Locust Ave. I lost touch with him and the others a few years after he opened Marty and Lenny's as I also moved(to Wappingers Falls).

My next task is to locate Walter's on line for the special mustard although I still do not think it will taste the same. I remember that Walter's was going to franchise, but I do not think anything came about with it.

Purple Wave mentioned knowing the Gildaes, but unfortunately I did not know them nor Geprge Capparelli although the last name rings a bell.

I spent most of the early 60's growing up on Main St and Cliff St(Rochelle also lived there). In the 70's time was spent on Cliff St, Birch St and in the clubs most of which were in NR. If you knew the Lallipop, you probably new Harpo, Sal Lazzo and Hatsie Gianatti who were all pieces of work and fixtures at the bar.

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