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Old 04-04-2009, 07:41 PM
 
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When's the last time anyone seen a skellsy board on the streets? I remember melting crayons into bottle caps, started out with the tedious method of using matches and lighters, upgraded to using a frying pan on the stovetop. They came out much nicer that way, no lumps or burned fingertips.
We called it skully and depending on whose street you were playing on, the board had either 9 boxes or 13 boxes.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:12 PM
 
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Read about the individual street signs for the different boro's. Read about the different paint jobs on the trains over the years. Read about all the department stores that have left over the years Alexander's, EJ Korvettes( anybody else know this was Eight Jewish Korean Veterans? ), Klein's, Robert Hall's, Woolworth's and on and on.....sad. I remember the old Blue and Gold license plates. I remember the old black and green police cars. My grandparents lived on the Upper West Side on 94th st and Columbus, a block away from Central Park in an apartment they were on a waiting list for 10 years for. They paid less than $100 a month. Try to get that anywhere now. You can't even rent a parking spot for that.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:59 PM
 
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Xrouteman, I think you would enjoy the website Forgotten NY. The webmaster also does guided tours of unusual places though out the city.
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Old 04-04-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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Thank You All:
I just finished reading this whole thread and was completely uplifted. I was born and raised in Manhattan, lived on 102 and Amsterdam, the Douglas Projects.
I went to school at Holy Name on 97th and Amsterdam.
High School was Manhattan Vocational and Technical HS on 96 and 1st Ave. I think it is no longer there!
Went in the military at 18 in 1968. Station in San Diego, Ca. Got out in 1972 and worked for the Postal Service on 33rd street, GPO1. I left back to Cal in 1975 and haven't been back HOME since then. This thread has given me hope of coming back to visit before I depart this world.
By the way the only thing I have left for memories is a 60's era subway token about the size of a nickel with the Y in the center and a 1972 NYC Subway map.

Thanks for the memory ride.
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Old 04-05-2009, 04:51 AM
 
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Read about all the department stores that have left over the years Alexander's, EJ Korvettes( anybody else know this was Eight Jewish Korean Veterans?
I've heard that for over 50 years, but it's urban legend and not true.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:40 PM
 
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Talk about stores that left.. I still remember Crazy Eddie's which I walked past every day after school.

Their prices weren't that insane though, certainly no better than J&R Music World, which I still remember was only a single store before they bought up the whole block.
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