A comment to Stephy

4 Apr

Yes – – – NYC is anything you want it to be.

I want it to be Parkchester, The Bronx of 1948 where I spent summers with my uncle and aunt (Reverse Fresh Air Child if you wish to call me that, because I lived in a small village in upstate NY).

It was a time when Parkchester was in bloom with middle class people, parks for children, green areas and benches for the old and that funny Good Humor man who peddled ice-cream treats on a three wheeled ice box.

It was a time where you could walk the streets and between the buildings at 11PM with not a worry in the world.

It was a time for swimming in the Castle Hill Pool, watching your uncle spar with Slapsy-Maxy-Rosenblooms’s pugilistic brother.

It was amazing to hear your aunt (who never missed a single day of high school in the coal mine town of Moosic, PA) speak with such eloquence and confidence.

It was a time to see Mr. and Mrs. Gillespie, both in their 80′s, still look at each other with love and hope in their eyes.

It was riding the squeeling subway train while blue sparks flashed in the tunnels.

It was going to Grand Central Station to see how your uncle exercised his authority as Yardmaster for New York Central Railroad.

It was eating that “once in a lifetime” Chinese food at the Toysun Restaurant on Unionport Road.

It was a great time in a great place; Parkchester, The Bronx, the summer of 1948.

This was a comment in response to:   http://stepintothecruz.wordpress.com/2013/04/03/lets-hear-it-for-new-york/

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2 Responses to “A comment to Stephy”

  1. cindy knoke April 5, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    Thos were the days! How lovely!

    • Waldo "Wally" Tomosky April 5, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      Thank you Cindy. (As an aside – – – WordPress just suspended my Adirondack Images blog because I posted a pointer to my books. I will attempt to get it back on line.)

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