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This was emailed to me several years ago by a former colleague, Dr. Phil Zimbardo:
1.. The subway, and bus were only a thin dime to ride.
2. Schools were the showcase for the whole country.
3. There were no drugs. (almost n one)
4. There was very little pornography.
5. There were no divorces and few one parent families.
6. There was respect AND FEAR for teachers and older people in general.
7. There was almost no violence.
8. The theme of the music of the times, even when it beca me rock and roll, was love not anger. AND IT TOLD A STORY
9. People made a living and, rich or poor, people all knew how to have a good time no matter of status.
10. A great day was going to the Orchard Beach or City Island.
11. Hanging out on Fordham Rd., Pelham Pkwy or Mosholu Pkwy. 149th AND THIRD AVE...HEARNS AND ALEXANDERS
12. There was Shorehaven & THE PS 21 POOL and Freedomland, for awhile anyway.
13. There was no better hot dog than GORMANS on Fordham and Valentine Ave OR SILVERS ON 156th & THIRD.
14. The games, King/Queen, curb & stoop ball, stickball and punchball, Spaldeens and Pennsy Pinkies.
15. The fruit man, the tool sharpener, the junk man, the Knish man and the watermelon man all with the horse and wagon.
16. Only place for pizza was Arthur Ave, THAT IS WHY HE/SHE IS FROM THE FORDHAM CORRIDOR..ALL NEIGHBORHOODS WITH ITALIANS HAD GOO PIZZERIA'Sand every neighborhood had the best egg creams but if you were lucky you went to Krum's.
17. There were many theaters where every Saturday afternoon you could see a cartoon and a feature film. Lowe's Paradise, Valentine, RKO Fordham, Globe , Ascot and many more.
WAKEFIELD, LACONIA, MELBA, LOEWS POST RD, THE KRAFT
18. City Island had the best seafood Restaurants and fishing.
19. Big eating and coffee hangouts: TeePee diner, Baychester Diner and Chock Full O'nuts.BOB RIC'S
20. Everybody knew all the high schools in The Bronx.
21. Fordham Road stores had their own ornate glitz as far as style goes.
22. There were many delicatessens in the 50's very few today. The best? Everyone had their own, mine was Epsteins on Jerome . The food was from heaven!
23. Tuxedo and Zaro;s were the great bakeries...I loved the chocolate butter cream with the almonds on the side. And Black and Whites! BOCCIA'S, HOMELIKE,
24. There were no fast food restaurants in the 50's and a hamburger tasted like a hamburger. Sorry, forgot White Castle and Wetsons.
25. There were the dances at the Bronxhouse and Moshlou Center. HOW ABOUT POE PARK DANCES? KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS ON FURMAN, TOLENTINE...AND INTO MT VERNON AT TURN HALL
26. Big night clubs in The Bronx were Dominicos, Jokers Wild and the Tender Trap. THE PARROT IN, THE MONTEREY. PELHAM HEATH IN WAS THE BIGGEST...
27. How could anyone forget all the poolhalls, Penquin Lounge, Cue Lounge, Nat's on Burnside and so many more Allerton and Lydig Aves.
28. Knishes were great at B & G's on Allerton or at Shweller's on Jerome and Mosholu.
29. People in The Bronx took pride in owning a Chevy in the 50's; there was nothing better than General Motors then. The cars would run and run and run, no problems. Sorry Ford and Mopar guys.
30. You bought sour pickles right out of the barrel -- for a nickel -- and they were delicious. By the 60's, they cost a whole quarter. Anyone remember Moishe's? HOW ABOUT THE HOT DOGS AND SAUERKRAUT
31. The Yankees of course were and still are considered the best in baseball.
32. You come from the Bronx but don't realize you have an accent."
33. You played a lot of games as kids. Depending on whether you were a boy or a girl, you could play: ringaleaveo, Johnny on the Pony, Hide and Seek, red light green light, Simon Sez, kick the can, war, hit the penny, jump rope, double-dutch, A-My Name Is, box ball, box baseball, dodge ball, catch a fly, cans up, running bases, iron tag, skelly, tops, hand ball, slap ball, whiffle ball, relay races, softball, baseball, basketball, horse, around the world, foul shooting, knockout, arm wrestling, Indian wrestling fire escape basketball.And then there were card games like canasta, casino, hearts, pinochle, war and the unhappy game of 52-card pickup. bar mitzvah dresses
34. You hung out on people's stoops, Or at the different parks and parkways.
35. You learned how to dance at some girl's backyard or house.
OR A SWEETSHOP
36. You roller skated at Fordham skating rink in skates with wooden wheels OR YOU WENT TO MT VERNON. You had roller skates at home with metal wheels for using on the sidewalks, and you needed a skate key to tighten them around your shoes. Those metal wheels on concrete were deafening!
37. The big sneaker was Converse. Also Keds and P-F Flyers.
38. The guys wore Chino pants WHAT ABOUT PEG PANTS WITH SADDLE STICHING and the girls wore long wide dresses. Remember gray wool skirts with pink felt poodles on them? The poodles had rhinestone eyes.
39. In the 50's rock and roll started big teen styles for the first time.
40. Everyone went to a Bar Mitzvah even if you weren't Jewish.
41. Everyone took their date to Orchard Beach for the submarine races.
OR TO CITY ISLAND.....AT THE END FOR HOT DOGS AND FRIES
42. There were 3 main nationalities in The Bronx in the 50's: Italians, Irish and Jews. Then there was a sprinkling of everyone else. THERE WERE A LOT OF POLISH AND GERMANS TOO
43. It was the only borough that wasn't an island and everything was downtown, even Manhattan.
44. In The Bronx, a fire hydrant is a "johnny pump."
45. Rides on a truck came to your neighborhood to give little kids a ride for a dime. The best one was the "whip," which spun you around a track. You got a little prize when you got off, sometimes a folding paper fan, sometimes a straw tube that you inserted two fingers into, that tightened as you tried to pull your fingers out again (chinese handcuffs).
46. As a kid you hit people with water balloons from atop a building, you shot linoleum projectiles from a carpet gun, you shot dried peas from pea shooters, and you shot paperclips at people with a rubberband.
47. You shopped at EJ Korvettes, Robert Hall, Woolworth's, Alexanders, A&P, A&S, Barney's was Barney's Boys Town back then, HEARNS AND ROGERS ON FORDHAM AND THIRD (NOW SEARS) HOWARDS , BERBEN, and not a luxury store. You bought your shoes at National, Miles and A S Beck, FATHER AND SON, FLORSHEIM, .
49. Everybody lived near a candy store and a grocery store.
50. No malls here, only the local places, who needed malls with all we had.
51. Bagel stores start popping up everywhere in the 60's.
52. Went to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor with a big group and had the Kitchen Sink. If it was your birthday (you had to bring your birth certificate), you could get a sundae free.
53. Everybody knew somebody who was a connected guy.
54. We used the word "swell" that is passe today.
55. In the summer we all waited for the Good Humor, Bungalow Bar, Mister Softee or Freezer Fresh man to come into our neighborhood to buy ice cream. In the early to mid 50's, the Good Humor man pushed a cart instead of driving a truck. Remember the bells? A pop was 15 cents. A large cup was 15 cents, a small cup was a dime. And a sundae -- remember licking the chocolate off the back of the cardboard top? -- was a quarter.
56. Many of us would sneak cigarettes and hide them when we got home.
57. When we talked about "the city" we meant Manhattan .
58. The Mets in the 60'S became our substitute for the Dodgers and Giants if you were a National league person.
59. In the 60's we were ready to drive and hit the night life scene. With the car came the girls.
60. We are all in a select club because we have roots in The Bronx.