I remember Boyd St. because I went to 18th
Avenue School for a while. It's between Boyd and Livingston. After
my father abandoned us, my mom had to work and needed care for me
while my older sister was in school. She solved it by putting my
sister in 18th Ave School (we didn't live in that neighborhood)
and putting me in a City child care center which was on Boyd St
and 17th Avenue - a block away. I remember a police precinct on
that corner also. There was a pickle factory between the avenues
that we had to pass on the way - the aromas were wonderful!
Do I remember a city swimming pool on Boyd St? In her youth, my
mother lived on Livingston St at 177 which my great-grandfather
owned, so she was familiar with the neighborhood. Two buses in the
morning to get us to school and then a bus to work and reverse in
the evenings. After a while, the bus drivers got to know us and
my mom left us in their care to save a bus ride and the fare. Two
little tykes getting on a bus by themselves and waving to their
mother on the opposite side of the street. Can anyone imagine that
in today's world? We were well taken care of by kindly drivers who
saw that we got off at the right spot and crossed the street safely.
And my mom saved a few nickels which were so precious in those days.