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HomeHomeResidentsResidentsFormer Resident...Former Resident...We need more old time memories on this siteWe need more old time memories on this site
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4/27/2005 12:18 AM
 
My grandparents lived on Russell Street in Hamilton Beach--I don't know if anyone remembers them--the were the Dwyer family. I remember the old bridge back in the late 60's early 70's that ran along the A tracks. There were a lot of dilapidated homes filled with lots of love. My family was very close with the Lynch family--my cousin just moved to Hamilton Beach after marrying a Lynch--they just rebuilt a home there. My grandparent's house is still there but falling apart. If anyone has any old stories email me at triciaesq@aol.com.
 
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5/30/2005 3:05 PM
 
I live in Howar Beach from 1935 until 1955. We lived on 99th street between 159 and 160 streets. I remember the golf driving range on crossbay I used to ice skate there, there was not much on the crossbay. I have pictures on 99th street from the 1920 that my grandparents took from their house. I remeber the Frank Charles post at the casino, the ball fields that the bars played every sunday softball. I went to OLG and graduated in 1949 and Adams in 1953. Have been living in Florida for 15 years went back only twice. What a change. I used to be able to walk from my house to the casino with out hittin g house. I remember the fire on the train tressel and the houses on the canal. I swam from 100th street to the casino. Does anyone remember the PT boat in the canal by the crossbay. Val Stauder
 
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6/10/2005 5:01 PM
 
I'm a member of the Hussey & Falkenmeyer families. We've been here for what seems like forever. My father grew up in South Aqueduct & my mother in East Hamilton. I've lived in Hamilton 46 of my 48 years. I don't know where to start. I remember all O. L. G. students were required to arrive on Sunday morning(rain/snow or shine & no school bus to get you there) to line up, have attendance taken, to attend the 9 AM mass. I remember my mother taking my brother & me over both wooden bridges to go to Kiddie Park & jump on the trampolines. Learning to swim in Hamilton creek & being pushed off the 'NEW BRIDGE' when I chickened out on my first attemp to jump, thanks Mike Fogarty. Who could forget the volleys summer end bazaar, firemens parade, & finally the baby day parade. I remember 2 white pillowcases, a blow up dinosaur from a gas station, some oaktag paper & a piece of plywood with wheels attached got my brother & I a first place trophey in 1962 as Wilma & Fred Flintstone. So simple yet so priceless. One year my mother tried at the very last minute to do something with my brother & 4 younger sisters entering them as the little ole wine maker me. My sisters crushed grapes in an old wooden playpen on top of a flimsy piece of plywood while my brother sat on a stool holding a bottle of wine, the thing fell apart at every block, everyone got a good laugh. Again, preiceless. Every winter my father would get the hose from the volleys & fill to freeze a vacant lot where all the neighborhood kids could ice skate.
 
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6/20/2005 1:28 AM
 
Well, i lived in HB 1969-89 - old HB - my grandmother who lived in Richmond Hill told me "Casino" Park was originally a casino in the 20-30s (i think). and HB was a beach resort like the Hamptons is now.
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Originally posted by casinobabe: We need more of you old timers to make this site like the last one was. We did have a lot more people involved with the old site. Talk about what you remember as a child, that's what people come in here for.
 
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6/20/2005 1:28 AM
 
Well, i lived in HB 1969-89 - old HB - my grandmother who lived in Richmond Hill told me "Casino" Park was originally a casino in the 20-30s (i think). and HB was a beach resort like the Hamptons is now.
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Originally posted by casinobabe: We need more of you old timers to make this site like the last one was. We did have a lot more people involved with the old site. Talk about what you remember as a child, that's what people come in here for.
 
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6/20/2005 1:28 AM
 
Well, i lived in HB 1969-89 - old HB - my grandmother who lived in Richmond Hill told me "Casino" Park was originally a casino in the 20-30s (i think). and HB was a beach resort like the Hamptons is now.
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Originally posted by casinobabe: We need more of you old timers to make this site like the last one was. We did have a lot more people involved with the old site. Talk about what you remember as a child, that's what people come in here for.
 
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12/17/2005 10:15 AM
 
Some very interesting stories here! I was born in Howard Beach in the '40's, and love reading all this stuff from even before I was there. I know there is a very big difference in the area from when I left in 1972, but it's still a great area with a lot of good people still there. What I noticed when I went back to visit was that the Blvd. is was so congested and didn't look as clean as it once did. Old Howard is about the same except that it's overcrowded. Haven't been "in town", to the old stores in Old Howard, how is that area now? Are there still a lot of stores there? Is there still some type of supermarket or grocery store where the A&P used to be? I remember how small that A&P was. I'm sure it couldn't accomodate all the people on the old side, these days.
 
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12/17/2005 10:19 AM
 
Frank Charles Memorial Park, is that Casino Park now? Where is Hamilton Beach Park?
 
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12/17/2005 10:37 AM
 
Charles park is where the casino was, the casino was before charles park.. Hamilton park is still where it is. The a&p is now a heating/oil company..Sal the butcher is still there and mike sal's son is there. The chinese food take out is on the other block facing the train station.. the deli is still of the corner of 160th ave and 102nd, and the bar across the street and the other bar next to the post office
 
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12/17/2005 4:58 PM
 
I went to Adams and gratduated in 1963. I do not remember there being any roller skates on the servers at White Castle. I guess that came later, after Happy Days was on the air. In my day, the servers just walked in shoes. They did have the outdoor car service, though.
 
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12/17/2005 5:01 PM
 
Ira, you make it sound so beautiful, as I remember it! Your story is so interesting.
 
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5/5/2006 1:35 PM
 
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Originally posted by Terry: I'm a member of the Hussey & Falkenmeyer families. We've been here for what seems like forever. My father grew up in South Aqueduct & my mother in East Hamilton. I've lived in Hamilton 46 of my 48 years. I don't know where to start. I remember all O. L. G. students were required to arrive on Sunday morning(rain/snow or shine & no school bus to get you there) to line up, have attendance taken, to attend the 9 AM mass. I remember my mother taking my brother & me over both wooden bridges to go to Kiddie Park & jump on the trampolines. Learning to swim in Hamilton creek & being pushed off the 'NEW BRIDGE' when I chickened out on my first attemp to jump, thanks Mike Fogarty. Who could forget the volleys summer end bazaar, firemens parade, & finally the baby day parade. I remember 2 white pillowcases, a blow up dinosaur from a gas station, some oaktag paper & a piece of plywood with wheels attached got my brother & I a first place trophey in 1962 as Wilma & Fred Flintstone. So simple yet so priceless. One year my mother tried at the very last minute to do something with my brother & 4 younger sisters entering them as the little ole wine maker me. My sisters crushed grapes in an old wooden playpen on top of a flimsy piece of plywood while my brother sat on a stool holding a bottle of wine, the thing fell apart at every block, everyone got a good laugh. Again, preiceless. Every winter my father would get the hose from the volleys & fill to freeze a vacant lot where all the neighborhood kids could ice skate.
Oh! I remember iceskating next to someone's house in HB in 1957. That could have been where you're talking about.
 
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8/11/2009 5:07 PM
 

ok i'm not and old timer lol , but i grew up in howard beach, what a life, i lived there from 1970 to 1982 i left when i was 16  my  name is lizzy i lived on russell st. across from rileys yaucht club, i had a great life there, when i lived there everybody knew everybody, i remember jumping off the crossover bridge from howard beach to hamilton beach, playing handball at casino park, walking around all the time, crossing the R.R tracks to hang out on the runway of the airport, riding the train to rockaway park, these are just a few things i remember doing in h.b......loved every minute of it ...... miss it so much

 
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8/20/2009 3:26 PM
 

I remember the behrens, there was billy which i heard he passed away and then there laurie i don't remember her parents name .... do you remember the buckleys?????    or the werners

 
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8/20/2009 6:40 PM
 

We moved there in 1955, was there before New Park Pizza, but I don't consider myself an old timer, although I did say some months ago that I still think of St Helen's as the new church.   The families I remember as being old HB were the Malones, Barnett's, Dotzler's, Savino's etc. 

 
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8/22/2009 6:50 PM
 

what was your grandparents names i grew up on russell st

 
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7/20/2012 2:10 AM
 
I'm pretty sure I qualify as an "HB Old Timer". I was born there in 1946. My parents moved from Manhattan, in the early 1940's. It was quite the country place back then. My Mom told me just the other day, my Grandmother came to stay with us to see if she liked it well enough to live there permanently. She didn't. She felt very lonely and missed her friends and neighbors in the city. HB was a small town and not much to do. Very few stores back then too. I remember the A&P and I think a deli. I went to OLG and loved the beautiful Nuns. I loved everything about HB. The neighborhood, our beautiful 15 room house, which btw appears to have been replaced by a gigantic one now. (Ck'd it out on google earth). So Sad. I would have loved to be able to go back and see it. My Dad swam in the creek behind our house all the time. My older sister and brothers caught killies in milk bottles and made killie rings with wire hangers and went crabbing. We had a small boat too. I still remember our house and our neighbors and miss it all. There is just something special about HB. I have always felt so connected to it. I love going on the computer and reading about the history of how it all began and seeing the old photos. If you still live there, enjoy it and take care of it. It's full of past memories and dreams. Listen closely and maybe you will hear all the children who onced lived there, laughing and playing.  You might see the Mothers in their dresses, with their hair in an upsweep and wearing white gloves, walking their children to school or some of the Fathers, in their suits and fedoras, walking home from the bus stop. You may even see Sister Germaine and Sister Immaculata in their black habits with the white collars. Their long black Rosary beads, swinging as they walk by. On May 1st (May Day) the sisters put up a May Pole with pastel colored crepe paper hanging down and we would all take one of the ends and dance around the May Pole, weaving in and out. When we were done it looked so pretty. Like giant pastel braid! I treasure the memories I have of Howard Beach. I remember so much of my life there, even though I was very young and it was so long ago. Somehow HB never leaves you.... :) 
 
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7/23/2012 3:32 PM
 
I agree we need more old time memories and they should b on this site, not Facebook, Twitter etc.
We moved there in 1955, we lived at 161-45 96 St, I graduated OLG in 1957, I used to deliver the LI Press first to the Boardwalk in Hamilton Beach, then Crossbay Blvd and what was then known as 'the Hole', i.e. from Crossbay to around 83 St and 165 to 160 Avenues, think there were roughly 35 houses in the whole area, (the 165 Ave bridge was still there), then the 'big route', i.e. all of 96 St. 

 
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