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Old 06-12-2010, 11:31 PM
 
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Does anyone have any memories from the 1950's to now of this area. I remember Bridgeport in the early-mid 90's--bad, bad place. I remember ambulances would even be shot at in Father Panyk Village.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I've lived in Fairfield since 1995 so I don't have any really old memories.

I remember the Fairfield Store downtown, on the corner where Victoria's Secret is now. It closed in 1996. There was a Pizza Hut where LC Chen's is now on Tunxis Hill Road. And the TJ Maxx used to be an A&P.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:16 AM
 
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Damn, the OP just reminded me of a jewish butcher in Bridgeport that had great steaks when i was a kid. I loved those steaks from Benny Levine on Madison Ave.

Now that i'm thinking about it, i really miss this little hole in the wall seafood take-out place on Orchard Street in Bridgeport that was called Up To Date Fish&Chips. It's probably illegal now to fry food in the lard(?) that they were using. I'm sure it was unhealthy, but it was so frickin good. I miss it..
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Old 06-15-2010, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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One of my old art teachers used to tell wild stories of Bridgeport in the 1970s. He said there was a huge race war between Italians and Puerto Ricans, eventually leading to a huge riot at Central High that led to a ton of destruction of property. He told stories of older men jumping in through windows and helping the high schoolers with beat downs.

My fondest memory of old Bridgeport is Seaside Park before its remodeling. You used to be able to park on the right in the dirt next to huge reeds and sand dunes (which then had the landfill on the other side.) It's now been replaced by concrete parking on the left, a retaining wall on the right, and grassy hills. It's a shame; it doesn't feel beach-y anymore.
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Old 06-16-2010, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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I remember buying 45s at H.L. Green, the Morrow Nut House, Gold's Deli and that magazine store on Main and John St. One day some kid was in there trying to check out with a whole bunch of men's mags hidden under his school books. The owner who was at the register caught on to what he was doing and knocked them out of his arm, called in the street cop really made a big fuss and wanted the kid arrested. Stupid thing to do. I remember riding the rides at Pleasure Beach, and that old wooden bridge.
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Old 06-16-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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I have been resisting responding to this because I could probably go on and on. I remember going shopping downtown (in Bridgeport) when it was full of stores and a lot of people walking the streets on Saturdays. I remember D. M. Reads with its elevator operators that would call out the floor and what was on it as the elevator went up and down. I remember Woolworths on the corner of Main and Fairfield and its neat lunch counter. I remember the old Howlands Department store that just about took up the entire block where the Fairfield County Court House and Baldwin Plaza is now. I remember Levitz which was a discount store on the other corner of Main and Fairfield. I remember when Peoples Bank was in the beautiful old building at the corner of State Street and Main that is now a restaurant. Okay, now that is enough for now. Jay
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Old 06-16-2010, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Cheshire, Conn.
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Damn, the OP just reminded me of a jewish butcher in Bridgeport that had great steaks when i was a kid. I loved those steaks from Benny Levine on Madison Ave.
Do you happen to remember the butcher's name? I have an old car that was purchased new by a Jewish butcher from Bridgeport. Now I'm going to have to dig up the paperwork!
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Old 06-16-2010, 09:00 PM
 
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Do you happen to remember the butcher's name? I have an old car that was purchased new by a Jewish butcher from Bridgeport. Now I'm going to have to dig up the paperwork!
Sure. That would be Benjamin Levine.
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Old 06-19-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque
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Sure. That would be Benjamin Levine.
He was my dentist. You know that little plaza on South Street and Main where it meets Woodend road I believe. Or was it Bernie Levine?
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Old 06-19-2010, 02:48 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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I have been resisting responding to this because I could probably go on and on. I remember going shopping downtown (in Bridgeport) when it was full of stores and a lot of people walking the streets on Saturdays. I remember D. M. Reads with its elevator operators that would call out the floor and what was on it as the elevator went up and down. I remember Woolworths on the corner of Main and Fairfield and its neat lunch counter. I remember the old Howlands Department store that just about took up the entire block where the Fairfield County Court House and Baldwin Plaza is now. I remember Levitz which was a discount store on the other corner of Main and Fairfield. I remember when Peoples Bank was in the beautiful old building at the corner of State Street and Main that is now a restaurant. Okay, now that is enough for now. Jay
For CT's Largest City , its kinda depressing. Very empty on weekends , reminds me of Jersey City. Has there been any effort to invest back into Bridgeport? Put some stores back , spruce up the waterfront. How did the city become the way it is today? Its not all White / Black Flight , it seems to be something else...
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