East Utica in the 70's and 80's/ what do you remember?

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Gracies for candy

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#21
Jan 23, 2010
 
Gracie's (for candy) at 907 Tilden ave was my grandmother. She also sold a lot of italian sausage.
How about the "tracks", kids holding on to the back bumpers of cars and sliding in the road as they were pulled (in the winter of course).
The bocce courts on Tilden avenue and Weston.
Caruso cheese
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#22
Jan 23, 2010
 
Hay Utica was, yaa was an great place to live in at one time. i was just their and its all f888k up,
Just interested

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Jan 23, 2010
 

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Sorry it is still not too bad. The Bosinan influence has totally helped it. They are good people - pretty much like the Italians when they got off the boat in the early 1900s'.
Now West Utica is another story - totally gone bad.
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#24
Jan 23, 2010
 
Grew up in New Hartford, but so lucky spending a good part of it at my grandparents and relatives all lived in East Utica. Great childhood memories!!

Walking down to Belvedere's for candy or ice cream.
Buckley Pool
Rembember the black bridge very well. My aunt and uncle lived near there.
My parents buying ricotta cheese at Caruso's.
Going to the church feasts
Playing in Proctor Park
The Huddle
Pizza at the Regal
The Shrine Circus at the Armory
Chanatry's on Culver Ave.
Bridal Showers at The Ritz (House of Rhythm:)
DiRisio's/Dandee Donuts on Mohawk
State Street Mill on Mohawk Street
Florentine and Caruso's
FormerEASTCHUTIC AN

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#25
Jan 23, 2010
 
I remember going with my dad who was an electrician to the Goodie Shop down on Bleecker Street for Breakfast and putting a nickle in the table jute box, Or to Whiteys Or Mutz's I lived right next to the current OTB. Watching old man Hindu shucking Clams on the corner of Mohawk and Bleecker street. I remember also when the parking lot collapsed at the Loblaws Grocery (now ACS) and they spent months fixing it and we could walk from there underground to the mohawk river through the huge storm sewer if you could fight off the rats.
Getting a car part from V.Sac on the corner of Hubbell and Bleecker.
I remember stores like Catherines on the Corner of Mary and Kossuth. we lived on Mary stree for a while and old man Pete (every one called him uncle) had a wood fired kitchen stove.
I remember when people decorated thier houses for Christmas on Bleecker street. and hearing the Red Band Club practicing on Sunday mornings, every Sunday morning, and listening to Polinaize on Sunday mornings, the smell of the bakeries and going to Caruso or Florentines with my High School friends for a coffee and pastry but mostly I remember Oscunizzo Pizza, filthy place but the best pizza.
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#26
Jan 23, 2010
 
When I was young Gracie's for candy was located on the corner of South and Rudolph Place..Used to live on George Place and went there all the time. Good old days for sure and nice neighborhood too.. So much has changed and it's really sad when you know how nice everything was when you grew up there.
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Jan 23, 2010
 
UptownRoxi wrote:
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Was that the candy shoppe across from eannace on hammond and south?
damn! can't remember? Something with an "M"? I remember George's on South & Mohawk, where the Rite Aid is now.
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#28
Jan 23, 2010
 
Remember Hindu's near Bleecker and Mohawk? And what was the breakfast place? Peppy's??? Man those were the good old days..
LifelongUtican

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#29
Jan 23, 2010
 
ok, I know this is not an E Utica thing... but how about downtown? Remember the old lady who sold papers in that old shack on Genesse and Lafayette? or was it Columbia? How about Wolfies or Neisners, Woolworths, THE BOSTON STORE!!!! Mr. Peanut... The dude that threatened to jump off the 258 Cinema building... ok... bring it on!
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Jan 23, 2010
 

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Helen Hoffman was the woman who sold papers.

I'm sure most of you have seen it, but always fun
to revisit. There's a pic of Helen Hoffman on the "Utica Remembers" site.

http://www.uticarememberwhen.com/

http://www.trinkausmanor.com/

Utica is still a great place, but it truly was a very unique place to grow up in back then:)
EastUtica

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#31
Jan 24, 2010
 
Dominicone's on Mary Street, the corner stores on Blandina and Kossuth, Mary and Kossuth, Belevedere's lemon ice, Proctor Park before it went downhill, Buckley Pool on a hot day, hopping cars when it was snowing heavily, sledding down the sidewalks on Jefferson St near the 5 Points,
flower gardens on the front lawns, vegetable gardens in the back yard, St Anthony's, Mount Carmel, the feasts, fishing in the Oxide and Square Pond, fishing at the Utica resevoirs. Anyone remember walking up to Perri's Cave?
Man, does this thread bring back memories.
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#32
Jan 24, 2010
 
Yep these are all great memories and I do remember all of the above..So sad though to remember how great things were then as to how things are now. What a shame..How does this kind of thing happen to a city like ours? It was so close-knit..and everybody basically knew everyone else which makes for nice neighborhoods etc. Too bad things can't turn around. Maybe they will one day. All I know is when I go by the house I grew up in as a child and see how the street I lived on has changed now..it does make me sick..it really does.
old days

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#33
Jan 24, 2010
 
what about wooworths on mohawk st best lunch arond for conkling school kid
and garys card shop rever shoes dawes drugs onedia n bank big pit in the back with old traler in back everyone hung out in
good old days

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Jan 24, 2010
 
campus inn the great times skipping school hanging out with friends sat night dances at proctor and st anges drinking an smoking in proctor park n worrys good old days we miss them forever
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While I grew up in North Utica, I remember when I got my license to drive a car. I was told "If you can drive all the way down Bleecker Street without hitting anyone, then you are ready to get your license"!!!!

There was a Bridal Shop on Bleecker St. that was operated by a little old Italian lady. All you had to do was bring in a picture of a gown you wanted, and she would make it up for you. I remember the Senior Ball Gown she made for me that everyone wraved about - it was trully a "one of a kind".

I remember how people would sit on their upstairs porches on Bleecker Street and wave and talk to the people walking on the sidewalks they knew.

It is true - most Uticans were born and raised here back in these "good old days" and everyone knew everyone else, or at least someone in their family that knew you.

Those were the good old days and I also wish we could turn the clock back 50 years and recapture those care free days.(no drug dealers on street corners, no armed robberies, no killing of our Policemen, and when being on Welfare was a disgrace).
I Know You

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Jan 24, 2010
 
LifelongUtican wrote:
ok, I know this is not an E Utica thing... but how about downtown? Remember the old lady who sold papers in that old shack on Genesse and Lafayette? or was it Columbia? How about Wolfies or Neisners, Woolworths, THE BOSTON STORE!!!! Mr. Peanut... The dude that threatened to jump off the 258 Cinema building... ok... bring it on!
How the hunting and fishing down Sumter?
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#37
Jan 24, 2010
 
Anyone remember Gene's bicycle repair on Jefferson near Albany? I think of him whenever I see that actor that played Rocky's trainer.
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#38
Jan 25, 2010
 
The smell of food cooking from Pescatores filled the neighborhood, (especially when Frankie Nash was cooking) the Alpine Restaurant, George's Candy Store (Kossuth and Elizabeth), Catherine's (Kossuth and Mary), St. Agnes Dances, church festivals.
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#39
Jan 25, 2010
 
How about Jack Johnson's for ice cream? All us girls would pile in a car & go ride past Vinny LoRusso's house on Bleecker & blow the horn...lol
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Jan 25, 2010
 
Serious shopper wrote:
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that candy store was ok but before that there was a good on down near the library on Lansing. In that area. What was that called?
The candy store on Lansing near the library was Red's. They had the best wax lips and stuff. I loved that place. Also miss the Gold Medal dairy basket cheese. The smell of bread on the east side from all the bakery's. This thread is fun!

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