Growing Up Down Neck

by Barbara Czornek Conklin


My favorite was walking down Ferry Street.
You always met some one you knew.
All the stores you went into everybody knew who you were.
If you went into the cigar store on Jackson Street,
They would have your dad's paper ready for you to pick up.

Further down was a Five and Dime Store.
They knew you were there to see if anything new came in?
I would always have a few pennies to spend.

I would always stop in Goldfinger's to look at my feet in their x-ray
machine. Mr. Goldfinger was happy to see the kids in the store

And the vegetable store someone would always give you a piece of
fruit when you where walking by.

The cellar doors that would open up and you could stand there and
watch the deliveries being made.

On nice days when the stories weren't busy the owners would be sit-
ting out front talking to all the passer bys.

On the corners there was always people standing around just talking.
That was my Grandfather's favorite past time.
Someone was always there to watch you cross the street.
It was a very friendly neighborhood.

Jelley's was across the street from the vegetable store. All our
furniture came from Jelley's. The also had a book that gave you credit.
And Paul would come every Saturday to collect a payment.
At Christmas time Jelley's would have a Santa for you to
visit. And downstairs they made a Toyland. My first set of Lionel's
came from there

Kalibat's was everybody's drug store. I still remember Mr.&Mrs. Kalibat
behind the counter. They knew all their customers names.

Sal's Deli was between Van Buren and Polk Streets. He had the best
Poppyseed cake. He use to sell it by the pound.

Corner of Polk Street was an Ice Cream Polar. I had to go there every
day for a vanilla milkshake. Dr. Mienhardt's order because I was
under weight

Then Lorzack's was the store. Candy, comic books, anything you
needed was there. Mrs. Lorzack lived above the store.

Rivioli, cartoon, newsreel and 2 movies all at one time. How can
beat that?
Up to age 5 if I remember correct you got in free. Then 1/2 price
until you were 12.
They use to put on the lights for the March of Dimes to pass around
a can to collect change in.
Mondays and Tuesdays were Ladies Night. You got a different
piece of silverware or a setting for dishes.
Or you could go to the PIC a very small movie house. But it only
cost 10 cents.
That's a few of my memories for now


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