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Does anyone remember the 77th Street park in the 60's?

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Morris-twins:
Morris twins - No mention of Budd's on 37th Avenue?  Attracted kids from all over Queens. Summertime you'd run into beach goers from Rockaway who came to Budd's after a day at the beach.  Now that's a popular watering hole.

dssjh:
Budd's was still going strong when i moved here in the early '90s. i liked the vibe a lot.

kulamon:
I lived at 75th Street & 35th Avenue from the mid 50's until 1972, a year after i got out of the service.

Do you remember Molly's candy store at 75th Street & 37th Avenue I worked there at 13 doing the Sunday papers.

When I turned 16 I went to work for Bohack a few stores down.

wellbeings77:
Yes, I remember a LOT. We lived here on 89th st from 1948-51 and my father was the local Doctor, office in Woodside, surgeon in Physicians Hospital and almost all the other (now gone) Queens hospitals. I went to Garden School for 5th grade and PS 89 for 6th (horrible teacher) and 7th (fabulous teacher, Mr. O'Neill). He probably was the greatest influence that led me into teaching. I subsequently taught university, secondary and primary school Movement in the UK and this country.

We all played punchball in the street near our homes, hung out in vacant lots (remember those?), walked the neighbors' dogs and went to some Carnival each Spring down by Northern Blvd (ferris wheel and lots of rides). All were a dime each ride, if I recall correctly.

I have just moved back and would love to meet other long-ago residents.
Yes: Fields' dept store (small by today's standards but very posh to my immigrant family's mind). Jahn's was in Forest Hills, not here, in my day but everyone had their local corner candy store and ice cream counter. Near PS 89 was Hampton's, where they let us read the comic books for free providing we put them back nicely, while we had lunch at the counter.

We had BMT (now N,R) and IND (now E/F) and it wasn't the 32 bus but it Was the 15 double-decker bus that went from Manhattan to JH. We took it home a lot from my dancing lessons. I became a dancer and graduated from HS Performing Arts in 1956!

I have recently dissolved my animal rescue organization but am always interested in meeting like-minded people with animal concerns, or interests in the Healing Arts. I am a certified yoga, Pilates instructor and a Yoga Therapist. I hope to meet new friends here, now that I am finally (more or less) moved in.

Sfbearcop:
I lived at 34-41 77th Street from the late summer of 1950 until I left for the Army in '65. I moved back, briefly, while I served. My first wife lived there with my mother while I was overseas.

The park was just down the street and I played handball and used the playground equipment there and also the shallow pool with the spray when it was hot. I went to some of the live music events and rode through one of them with the guys from the Black Rebel M//C club, with whom I hung out when I took a year off from school at 15.

I was watching TV one night in the '70s and saw the surveilence film of a shooting on my block. The vehicle, driven by a Columbian drug dealer, came to rest against the back-stop of the ballfield. I called my mom and asked her why I had to learn that there were drug dealers living across the street from my old apartment building.

Reading this site for the last several hours has brought back a lot of memories. I went to PS 69, JHS 145 and then Bryant where I was in the Honors Program. When it turned out that we still had 40 kids in class, not enough desks and not enough books, I got my shrink to get me out.

I went to McBurney School, a boy's school run by the YMCA in Manhatten. I dropped out and ended up finishing at Rhodes School. I graduated, with honors, in '63.

I hung out at Moss Rexal Drugs on 37th Ave. where some of us attended Sunday Moss, having breakfast with the other kids playing hooky from church. Around noon, when Jahn's opened, we moved our base there.

I was a regular at Bud's on 37th Ave. from before I could legally drink - NY was an 18 to drink state at that time. Since I was a regular, I could get in on weekends, even when there were lines. And, we could bring girls from the line in with us, making us popular.

I have a lot of fond memories of The Heights. If anyone is interested, I will share them.

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