A Nostalgic Trip Back To The North End's 'Old Neighborhood'
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#1 Jul 17, 2009
except in those days you could walk through the neighborhood. now....... oh well, it's diversity
#2 Jul 27, 2009
Oh, my gosh. We just buried my mother in Cedar Hill. She was the last living relative of that generation who grew up in Hartford during the depression; she attended Weaver High. The ethnic culture of her neighborhood remained a lifelong influence.
I remember Hartford...G Fox, Sage Allen and Brown Thompson's...the fine restaurants and fancy waiters. Honiss' Fish House. Excellent.
Christmas displays on the 11th floor. Christ Church Cathedral. The Planter's peanut store...hot and fresh.
Pizza and baked goods from the north end.
Then, Windsor Street via Blue Hills Avenue in the summer, with everyone hanging out of the windows...where did everyone go when they tore down that section of town?
Mark Twain School for me...and then getting out...to West Hartford. A new and better life, but my roots and my heart will always be in Hartford, my family's home and my first home.
In recent years, a return to Hartford Hospital, birthplace to several in our family, I found the same wonderful care I recall when I gave birth to our first child there. Nothing has changed...except that I have read the surrounding neighborhood has deteriorated to violence.
Hartford was my first home....my only home.
#4 Feb 19, 2011
Like you I remember Hartford the way it used to be. I was born in Hartford Hospital in 1956. My mother and I used to love to shop at G. Fox, Sage Allen, Brown Thompson in the sixties. Honiss' Fish House and the Last National Bank were places I went with my boyfriends for dinner dates. Mad Murphys was great for music, my favorite club, along with the 880 Club for jazz and the Rocking Horse. In the summer there were music festivals in Bushnell Park. Most of these places are gone now or have changed. Now I live in the Boston area too, like you do. Thanks for bringing back the good memories!
Since: Nov 09
#5 Feb 21, 2011
I am very happy to know about these memories you all have spent and no doubt memories are made to remain in hearts and they are still there for long.
#7 Mar 30, 2015
Don' forget Dunkinughnuts, the Old Sate House school trip. The Marble Pillar and soo any good places to eat. It sort of all went down hill when the Civic Center was built and Travelers made the huge addiion on South Main St. And Thanks for the reinder of Mad Murphy's . I always liked the Union Place area. Hartford had lot of character- my last visit it seemed sterile and boring but then gain I'm I'm 45 years oder and was just visiting.
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