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Old 06-10-2020, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Ontario, NY
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So what’s the deal with people in the Rochester area that put screens over the garage entrance and use it like a screened porch? I never recall seeing this in New Jersey. I’ve seen everything from picnic tables, lounge chairs, even one lady grilling inside the garage, half the smoke coming out the door, half inside. I could see if they didn’t have a back yard, but all these house do, granted some are not as large as others. Wouldn’t a screened porch or canopy be a better? Where a cross breeze can help cool you off. I’ve seen my neighbor open there garage door, he had 3 lawn chairs in it, he and his family were sitting in the garage with the door closed, is the inside of the house so undesirable to be, it’s preferable to be in the garage with the door closed then inside?
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Old 06-10-2020, 03:28 PM
 
Location: western NY
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I used to have a couple of neighbors that used their garages as "breezeways", during the summer, just as you described. One night, the neighbor's daughter, and her boyfriend, were getting a little "frisky", not realizing that it wasn't all that dark, and they were rather visible....
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:07 PM
 
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Rochester has one of the highest population of Italians in the United States. What you are seeing is a part of Italian culture. It's called an Italian Living Room, Italian porch, or Italian Garage. Italians love to use their garages as living spaces. It's part of the culture that has been passed on through generations
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Lone Mountain Las Vegas NV
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Rochester has one of the highest population of Italians in the United States. What you are seeing is a part of Italian culture. It's called an Italian Living Room, Italian porch, or Italian Garage. Italians love to use their garages as living spaces. It's part of the culture that has been passed on through generations
Some Italians may but not all. First wife and mother of our children was hard core Italian. In fact she learned English when she got to 4 and the neighborhood kids were picking on her because she did not know English.

We regularly attended family events at any number of clan homes and never saw such a rig in any of them. Use to love the Italian holidays...eat and drink all day long...

This was in Throgs Neck and LI and Rochester where we lived mostly. She was also on the Catholic Parish Board where she had a role of helping the priests deal with the old Italian ladies in a parish turning Hispanic. So we had lots of exposure in Rochester.

We later lived in fancy Brighton - Two doors out of Pittsford. No one there did it either.
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:24 PM
 
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Yeah I'm married into a hard core Italian family myself. My wife explained to me what they were. She told me her grandparents which also were right off the boat had a recliner, couch, tv and even a stove in their garage LOL
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:32 PM
 
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We later lived in fancy Brighton - Two doors out of Pittsford. No one there did it either.
Oh it may have been a Westside vs Eastside Italian thing too. My wife's family is Westside. Maybe the Eastside Italians looked down on it. You know also in Rochester historically the Eastside and Westside Italians have stereotypical opinions of each other too right?
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:38 PM
 
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I just asked my wife. She said it was both Eastside and Westside, so it's not related to that. She said she used to eat dinner at a dining table her grandmother had in the garage. She also had a rug even out there
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Old 06-10-2020, 04:54 PM
 
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I just asked my wife. She said it was both Eastside and Westside, so it's not related to that. She said she used to eat dinner at a dining table her grandmother had in the garage. She also had a rug even out there
Don't forget the kitchen in the basement
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Old 06-10-2020, 07:33 PM
 
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Don't forget the kitchen in the basement
Yes that is true! My in-laws have a stove in the basement of their house they just sold. They plan on adding a stove in the garage of the new house they just bought.
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Old 06-11-2020, 04:51 AM
 
Location: western NY
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I'm getting a real "kick" out of this discussion....all of it is so true!!



(I forgot about the kitchen in the basement........)
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