I went to Montgomery Street School about
1926. At that time we had a small candy store corner on the corner
of Broome and Montgomery Streets. Next door and I mean right next
door on Broome Street was a stable where a few horses, etc. were
domiciled. Across the street was a grocer, who, believe it or not,
was building a small airplane in his basement. He planned on getting
it out piecemeal and to fly off into the sunset. Don't know if he
made it. Two doors up from our store, on Montgomery Street there
was a lot of building going on and it turned out to be a garage
for Satsky Trucking, which became A & P's trucker.
At that time I went to Montgomery Street School (first or second
grade) and I remember my two closest friends were one of the Helper's
(mentioned in another item) and a Sam Hoffman with whom I was in
touch (later on Rutgers Street and the Elizabeth Avenue bowling
alley) until his passing a few years ago. If anyone out there knew
Sammy I am sure they would have an anecdote or two about him. He
was, without a doubt, the most talented mimic, mime and comic I
had ever seen, but never on a stage.
I will continue this at another time...stories about my experience
as a "candy butcher" at Elvings Metropolitan Theater where
I saw Paul Muni and my experience as a young scorekeeper at the
YMHA Hebrew Club basket ball games. At that time with the "center
jump" after each score, there was time to remove and replace
a score card.
P.S., it was on Prince Street I started my dirty habit of smoking.
When those Camels, Luckies (at 10 cents a pack or one for a penny)
ads were being placed on windows and cigs were handed out to anyone
passing by. The habit lasted 60 years but I did quit, I hope you
all do. If you read this I want to thank you in advance for your
patience ...this has become a great experience