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#21 Oct 4, 2012
I was born in and grew up in New Britain during the 1940s and '50s. It was the best place in the world in those days for a kid to grow up. I've been back during the past few years and can't believe what "they" have done to this formerly beautiful city; it looks like Dresden following the Second World War bombings. What has happened is nothing less than criminal. I'm living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 30 years; it's the closest I can find to "my" New Britain. High St., Elihu Burritt School, Washington Jr. High, New Britain Senior High - anyone out there familiar with these locations? I'd love to hear from you!
#22 Jan 9, 2013
Greg thanks for the great memories you shared i lived at 129 Marimec Road 1961-1969 and was twelve when we left and you're right the green man did live there. Pee Wee Glasper was my best friend. I remember Pacinas, Tommy Bacon, Tommy Kasalaski, the Martins, Guy and Richard Martin, Meg Toomy, Cindy and Debby Page, and so many more. In the summer time walking to Batterson Park almost drowned at Osgood pool... quit going there. Building snow forts in winter time and catching grass hoppers in the summer. Just so many AWESOME times you can't forget. Want to go back and work there.
#23 Feb 26, 2013
Originally I am from out-of-state - ame to CT for the wonderful economic and educational opportunities. I'm happy I raised my children in CT - Twice I've owned homes in New Britain and twice in Rocky Hill - back in New Britain for business reasons. I love the friends I've had here for over 30 years - however, I, too remember Stanley Plaza, even much later with Walmart. The reason Walmart moved out was the same reason Bradlees and ShopRite moved out - the same reason the newer Walmart on Farmington Ave. moved out - THEFT!! Plain and simple. I strongly suggest to the operators of those new fine homes for low income residents they are currently building on Corbin Ave.- Make sure to enforce the rules - and you will keep it beautiful, safe and nice. The previous residents took advantage of the system - not staying short term as a step up, but stayed for 3-4 generations, abusing the system, and even destroying public property! No one should be living there that isn't on the lease, no businesses without licenses, no unregistered vehicles. Also, block watches and perhaps, drug sniffing dogs would be an asset! Those are my recommendations. I know wonderful people that came from all the projects - but the not-so-wonderful far out number them.
#24 Jul 9, 2013
re:"These project areas were temporary housing for World War II and Korean veterans who were able to save for their dream houses and build them in New Britain."
I lived in them from 1954 until 1965. I grew up there. After seeing them torn down, it makes me sad, like a big part of my heart has been torn down too. I am probably one of the few people that will miss them when they are gone. They hold the ghosts of so many friends and neighbors . Now the buildings themselves are just ghosts in my mind. I can remember back when Civil Rights was gearing up, and our front lawn was a staging area for a mass protest. A lot of history happened there. I am glad I have some photos from back them with the buildings standing in the background.
#25 Jul 9, 2013
"I'm living in Brooklyn, NY for the past 30 years; it's the closest I can find to "my" New Britain. High St., Elihu Burritt School, Washington Jr. High, New Britain Senior High - anyone out there familiar with these locations? I'd love to hear from you"
I grew up in Pinnacle Heights, and then Tremont St in 1964/65 and went to Elihu Burritt and Nathan Hale. Mr. Egan and Mr. Foberg, Mr. Canton were my favorite teachers. I also lived on Chestnut St 1966/67 (Roosevlet Jr. High) and Black Rock Ave. 1967/68(Slade and New Britain High), and then West Main St. 1969/72 (New Britain High). Graduated NBHS in 1971.
Like you, I have so many memories, good and bad. But it's nice to see someone else remembers the good old days.
#26 Apr 27, 2015
"You're right...this was a great place to grow up. I am one of the Mitchell's that lived on Osgood Avenue. My brothers all played football and basketball. We are all doing well, successful business owners, business professionals and/or retirees from various jobs. We lost our mother, Richalene Mitchell, in 1975 while still living in the "projects" and the seven of us opted to stay there after her death until we each moved out and started life on our own. While I would never go back, it was a great place to grow up. I wish I saw children playing outdoors as we did year-round during those days. We'd have much less a problem with adolescent obesity and other health issues that now plague the country. I have plenty of fond memories of Pinnacle Heights in the 60s and 70s. This was a great forum to connect and reminisce. There is a Facebook Group called Heydeys of Pinnacle Heights. Look it up."
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