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Old 09-29-2009, 09:40 PM
 
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I'm not too old and I've only been gone for 8 years, but Stamford has changed a lot since I was a kid growing up there. Here are some things I remember, that may be gone but are not forgotten. If any longtime residents are out there, help me out!

Bongiorno:gone
Woolworth on Hope Street:gone
Trinity Catholic when it was Stamford Catholic:nephew graduated '09
Columbus Square and downtown as a hotbed of crime:better
When nobody in their right mind would build ANYTHING in the South End:almost all gone, new development coming
Cool 96.7
Caldor Downtown:still miss it
The Family Affair (This is in Norwalk, but close enough):now American Steakhouse
Duchess in Shippan: gone
Southfield Village:gone,Southwood condos nice
John's Best Pizza, on Hope Street:still there
A solid middle class (Firefighters, Nurses, Policemen could live where they worked)?
Palmer's Market
Thom Serrani
The oil tanks on Southfield Ave
The Terrace Club
gone
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:59 PM
 
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You are so right, it is sad.
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Old 09-30-2009, 09:19 AM
 
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I can't forget to mention Sol's toys and 40 Boutiques in the old Ridgeway shopping center, and when Southfield Beach was open for swimming.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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Great post, lots of these were great experiences for me as well, even if they weren't on my original list.

Here's some more:

Sike's Arcade, next to Atlantic Street Pizza (which used to be located across from the old City Hall where Champion Paper is now).

Bedford Records, even if they did take the best seats first when they operated the Ticketmaster outlet.

Star Diner for breakfast, across from north end of Mall

Delaney's Variety, sneaking a peek at the girlie mags

Buying the vinyl Xmas album at Firestone each year

Buying bags of army men at Woolworths, playing pinball and popping a balloon to see what price (hidden inside) you'll pay for a banana split

Taking a field trip to the brand new McDonalds across from the library, they had a DOWNSTAIRS (walked from Hart School)

The newspaper store in Ridgeway that actually had a lunch counter, buying Lottery tickets at 12.

Watching my brother play Little League at Leone Park

Searching for foul balls in the woods behind Cubeta

Buying Italian Ice at the corner store and from the trucks (reaching into the garbage chute opening to ring the bell, with permission of course)

The HUGE fire at the furniture store near the Y downtown in 1977 or so.

Keep 'em coming....
The drug store with the lunch counter was Pennsylvania Drug.
I worked at that McDonalds across from the Library in 1980-1981 or so...worked weekend days mainly. Opened the store on Sundays.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:41 PM
 
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Hi,

My dad owned a music store in stamford with his parents. Economy Music Shop on the end of Summer Street. Building doesn't exist anymore. But, my dad was also a musician and played tenor sax at Laddins Terrace for many many years. He was a friend of the Daly's of Stamford who owned the Palace and Plaza Theater as well as many other buildings. My mother was one of the singers in the swing band and get this, my great uncle joe, who passed away a couple of years ago was the guy who made the pink tents and rented them to the city for the Pink Tent Festival! Many more great memories of Stamford I have chemistry with both Greenwich and Stamford, as my parents were from each. My wife lived 1/2 block from the Dairy Queen and was friends with the daughter of the owner. Free ice cream for the kids in those days. How about Curly's Diner with the sign on it during the energy crisis that said, "Need Gas? Eat Here!"


Those were the days. Now I go back there, and my heart aches. Such a great place to have grown up, and now Jerry Springer and Maury Povich are headed there. Just when you thought things couldn't get worse.

--- If you read this...please reply to me at bob.devito@gmail.com----
My father, Dominick, was also a musician at Laddins Terrace back in the 1960s until his death in 1972. He played Alto Sax. Our family was also friends with the Daly's. Most of the Daly's are gone now. Robert Daly and his wife and kids are still around.
I LOVED the pink tent festival. The last time that I was down in Stamford...that whole park was torn up. I don't know if they are just grading it or preparing for another building. It would be a shame to lose that great park.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:45 PM
 
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I can't forget to mention Sol's toys and 40 Boutiques in the old Ridgeway shopping center, and when Southfield Beach was open for swimming.
I loved Sol's Toys and 40 Boutiques. There as also the Passage Shops...which if I remember correctly was at 1 Landmark Square.

It really is a shame that Stamford decided to grow so much. I suppose that it's better but it breaks my heart to think of all of the places that are gone now. I have such fond memories of the "old days" in Stamford.
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:06 PM
 
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Bongiornos Supermarket on the west side was sold.
Woolworths on Hope St, is now a Bob's Furniture Store
Columbus Square is still there, there is still crime in downtown stamford
Southend is going thru changes
John's Best Pizza is still there on Hope St
Not sure if Palmers Market is still on Hope St.
I think the oil tanks are still on Southfield Ave

The Terrace Club was still there, last time I was on the West Side

Southfield Village was demolished, but rebuilt as condos and some
subsidized city housing
the TERRACE CLUB is closed and boarded up. ready for the wrecking ball.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:10 PM
 
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The McDonald's at Atlantic & Broad had a downstairs?
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Old 02-02-2010, 07:30 AM
 
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I remember Sol's Toys, and The Terrace, too. Sometimes before going to The Terrace, we'd have a few drinks at The Ground Round in Landmark Square, or another nearby bar/restaurant, I think the Apple Cafe? That's probably the wrong name, but it's been so long I can't remember. They had the largest Caeser salads, in enormous wooden balls, I could never finish it.
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Old 04-24-2010, 12:16 PM
 
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I remember Malozzi's grocery and liquor store on West Main Street. I remember the live chicken market.

Who remembers when Stamford Hospital was just a small brick building? I remember when Atlantic Pizza was the best Pizza stop for after school. Do you remember when the school buses went on strike around 1965 or 1966?
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