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Nearly 200 years ago, Woodhaven was "Woodville" -- the name was later changed to distinguish the area from its upstate New York counterpart -- and home to two racetracks, drawing in tens of thousands of ... Full Story
pat

Jackson Heights, NY

#81 Dec 31, 2012
peppy wrote:
<quoted text> Boy do i remember all these wacked out people john gebert a psycho maniac, i moved away from the neighborhood in 86 , was not surprised to read that hes dead , joe mathis dead too wow, john alite and joe okaine , remember the ps 97 boys and the 88th street lords lolol
gebert always knew he was ging to die he just didnt know when he was a rotten little weasel i personally despised him louie rizzo was a great guy he always had my back with no questions asked the guys who owned dicks deli were sanitation men trying to hustle some extra money totally honest dudes alite always was scum and is now in the witness proction program i owned two stores there wish i bought them lol pat
Phil Lotus

Port Jervis, NY

#82 Jan 22, 2013
Woodhaven in the 70s wrote:
I recall many names that were mentioned. How about Simons Barber shop, Dicks Deli, Jamacia Ave, PS97, handball anyone? 79th Street Park?
The library on Forest Park, it was always empty then and probably still is.
I also grew up in Woodhaven on 80th street & moved out 1985 when I got married and knew things would be changing. I liked the area back then. I have not seen the area for about 8-10 years. I want to check it out again to drive passed my old house.

Hello! Growing up in woodhaven from 1964-1975, was the a great time.Attending PS97 ozone park,handball on the schools wall, stickball in the street I lived on 80th street.With friends like John Gebert, jor and tom Fararra.It was a hell of a time. We moved out in 76, to upstate ny Greenwoodlake ny. i would always remember the good times I had in woodhaven. If there are anyone from 80th street reading this look me up on facebook!!
Judi

New York, NY

#84 Aug 23, 2013
Drita - it's Judy we went to camp together and school together - how are your parents and your brother ?

Since: Oct 13

Staten Island, NY

#86 Oct 17, 2013
anybody know gary savino,carl carpello,
George

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#87 Oct 17, 2013
I lived on 75th street in he 70's, 80's until 93.
What great times. So sad to see that the neighborhood has become a dump now. So sad.I remember it being so green and clean.
George Condemmi

Ridgewood, NY

#88 Oct 18, 2013
john park lane south wrote:
anybody know gary savino,carl carpello,
Does anybody remember the details of the accident that occurred when one of those trucks with the whip like ride badly hurt a bunch of kids?
Daryn cosgrove

Washington, DC

#90 Jan 25, 2014
yep lane pizzeria with Robbie marri Ronnie rivera,frank salla, Maria causeEpis, Alberto polari, Michelle Melly, Tony ruez skis candystore
Vinny douche, sowalski,tommy eddy rob n john I spent many a night in front of lane pizza selling .
My Woodhaven Memories

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

#91 Mar 2, 2014
This is what I remember:

I remember buying weed on the stairs around christmas time in the 80s. It was great, the bag sizes were double. It was my favorite christmas present and I would share it with all my friends.

The "soup bowl" I don't know if everyone called it that. There was always a hole cut in the golf course fence behind the dome. that is what everyone called a part of the golf course where we would sledride. Or maybe just slide down drunk with 8 of your buddies on a car hood. The car hood was more fun because it was faster and would usually spin out of control.

I liked to sneak in to the abandoned factories on Atlantic Avenue, before they became a pathmark. I would go in there and just walk around. It was scary and exciting. It was dangerous and we all knew it. I felt alive in there.

And "the Tressle" that is what we called the abandoned tracks going down 100th street and through forest park. I walked them to either end many times. Something about the fact that you weren't supposed to be there made it much more interesting.

The cemetery. All of you curious bad kids went through the hole in the fence behind the model airplane field at one point of another. It was kind of creepy at night. One night we went so deep into the cemetery that we got to the bridge that crossed the InterBorough (Jackie Robinson) today. That was kind of fun.

I remember the day I left woodhaven for good. I was happy to be leaving. I never felt like I belonged in woodhaven.
Markey

Oyster Bay, NY

#92 Mar 20, 2014
You are right. I remember this neighborhood in the 80s and 90s very Irish and Italian old fashioned area solid working to middle class. It was fine! Now its horrendous.
Markey

Oyster Bay, NY

#93 Mar 20, 2014
Yes its no good. It was nice now its horrible.
Eileen

Bellmore, NY

#95 Mar 27, 2014
I was born in 1930 and lived on 9lst Avenue and 85th St. and remember Whiting Square, the rock, the cannon, the deli on the corner and the bar on the other corner and candy store. I lived there for 32 years and then moved with my family to Long Island. I went to St. Thomas when Msgr Metzger was Pastor and Sr. Williametta was Principal of the school. It was a wonderful time living there at that time and I have many happy memories. Still meet schoolmates for lunch. It was a wonderful place to live at that time.
ralph ferrante jr

Los Angeles, CA

#96 Jun 11, 2014
Patrick MacQ wrote:
<quoted text> Ralph Still walking around with that tattoo of the girl on your leg?? lol
pat macqueen the wanna be tattoo artist that ever pan out for pat anyway remember the dust nights boy I look back on that these days boy we were nuts lol whats up pat hope you and your family are all good
RALPH FERRANTE JR

Pacoima, CA

#97 Sep 1, 2014
Patrick MacQ wrote:
<quoted text> Mike, What you are saying about Men of honor is correct.I knew your Uncle very well. Joe too!! Your Uncle John and I Are the same age and our families go way back together. I even know your father and his brother too! Guys like Your Uncle John are a dying breed. Both him and Joe did their time and never said a word to anyone trying to get off easy. Especially your Uncle John!!! He did a long time for a crime he did not commit!! But as you heard growing up yes he did a lot of things he never got caught for as well. I always liked John and his feelings toward me and my family was always mutual.He had a lot of respect for my Dad because he was a very similar to John but 30 years earlier. When ever John was traveling in Brooklyn he would stop by and talk to my Dad at his tattoo shop for hours. John and Joe never liked anyone drawing negative attention to our neighborhood although some of their dealings may have had them sounding hypocritical at times. Always know that whoever is spewing this stuff is a person hiding behind a keyboard and never knew both Joe and John and if they did they would of been church mice in their presence. That is a fact!!
Pat mcqueen woodhavens very own wanna be tattoo artist ya see pat did best work dusted hes probably dusted right now I mean we all got dusted even me boy lost dusted remember those days pat with jack the wack frankie johnson who we use to rob all the time for his dust until he wigged out and ran his girl down and the list goes on I am not afraid to talk about what I did when I was younger now back to pat and his tats you no what pat I still have that tat now ya john gebert my have been alittle crazy but a good crazy ive done some things with him we became good friends I called him my little brother he new my whole family he help one day with a problem in a big way here come johnny speeding down my block with a dam machine gun out the window pointed right at tom tom from brooklyn yelling back off my brother and I remember tom tom hiding behind me yelling dont shoot and the stories go on now who ever is talking shit about john needs to shut the fuck up hes not around to step up on you so I will and the fucking cowerds who got him in the back were scum johnny gebert rest in peace my little friend with the big heart pew tommy gebert you no who I am I never got say this to the family sorry for your lose man ive got to go man I am at a loss for words god bless all
RALPH FERRANTE JR

Pacoima, CA

#98 Sep 1, 2014
I dont live in los angels nor do I live in pamiona cal l live in las vegas so for any body that is still in therapy from the devastation from living in woodhaven there is hope I you all the best and god bless
RALPH FERRANTE JR

Pico Rivera, CA

#99 Oct 5, 2014
RALPH FERRANTE JR wrote:
I dont live in los angels nor do I live in pamiona cal l live in las vegas so for any body that is still in therapy from the devastation from living in woodhaven there is hope I you all the best and god bless
Ok I cant believe that none of you fucking suck asses haven't made any more comments hows this thing about woodhaven going to work come on shit heads were are all the scared people that were afraid to give there real names because they hung around people like timmy or mike mcqueen ha ha you have got to be kidding me I guess you didnt no me or jojo or mike Stratton theres a bunch more we were kicking some ass by the elders laneplease peppy do you no who I am I live down in las vagas ive spent 13 and half years in prison high desert prion ely state penitentiary how do you think I feel but I am out now I did my time and kept my month shut anybody got a problem with that speak up hay check this out I use to date this latino lady who I have never forgot how sweet she was but because of being young and dum I lost her to a dude kinda ugly ass mo fo its been a long time nydia rivera still have dreams about you I sure hope scott lokay has treating you good you sure deserve it if not let me no I come and give him a spanking lol later to all who no and should no me now I never have to work again god bless to all who servied living in woodhaven
RALPH FERRANTE JR

Pico Rivera, CA

#100 Oct 5, 2014
One more time you no I wasnt around when I heard a friend that I went to school with from kindergarten up threw elementary school jr high school and the better part of two weeks in high school I haven't seen him 10 15 years but when I heard that he was murdered I said now who would wont to kill george grosso then I dont no what he was doing but did they have to kill him no he was a good dude if anyone had to be killed it should of been chris grosso that fucking wesal punk ass bitch and stool pigeon we go in to a fight on night 101 ave and woodhaven Blvd right across the street from 210 4 of them 2 of use well when the fight started it was now 4 to 1 I turned around and chris was gone all I saw was dust so here I am swinging to save my life and dislocated my left shoulder boy if it wasnt for that blue lane cab driver I would have received a good ass kicking cab pulls up says get in well I could not even lift my left arm up dislocated boy painfull still to this day should of been chris not george rest in peace my heart goes out the parents mr mrs grosso you no me Ralph F jr
Forestpark

United States

#101 Sunday Jan 11
john park lane south wrote:
anybody know gary savino,carl carpello,
John, i knew them both and I think you as well.
john

San Francisco, CA

#102 Monday Jan 19
Forestpark wrote:
<quoted text>
John, i knew them both and I think you as well.
I lived across the street from 79 st park. I had the dirt bikes, I drive by the area once in awhile. I do miss all the good times. Are they still alive? Lol.
Forest park

United States

#103 Friday Jan 23
john wrote:
<quoted text>
I lived across the street from 79 st park. I had the dirt bikes, I drive by the area once in awhile. I do miss all the good times. Are they still alive? Lol.
I have not seen either of them in years. I remember going to your fathers place in Monticello for a weekend and many afternoons in the cafe playing brisque with old man Mike. I hope you are doing well i have alot of great memories.
John

San Francisco, CA

#104 Monday Jan 26
Forest park wrote:
<quoted text>
I have not seen either of them in years. I remember going to your fathers place in Monticello for a weekend and many afternoons in the cafe playing brisque with old man Mike. I hope you are doing well i have alot of great memories.
Who is this? YEAH the cafe was fun, my father passed in 2002 I kept the house until 2009 then I had to sell it.

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