I lived at 177 Chadwick Ave. until 1960
when I moved to Irvington. 177 Chadwick Ave. was across the street
from the Bergen Street school and was only a stones throw from W.
Bigelow Street. I remember the Jewish synagogue down the street
and Joe Kesselman's Market on the corner of W. Bigelow and Chadwick
Avenue. An old post office on the corner of Seymour and Clinton
Avenues, which turned into a school for young Jewish children. The
Avon Movie House was on Clinton Avenue and at least two banks, I
think Robert Treat was one of them and Fidelity was the other.
I attended Blessed Sacrament School and Church. Back then the
only transportation we had was a bus. I remember the 13 Broad, 9
Clifton, etc. I can remember walking all over to Vailsburg Park,
Irvington Park, and other parks, the old orphanage on Clinton and
Seymour. They closed it in the 50's. Woodland Cemetery - as kids
we walked through it looking at the names and dates. Boyland Street
Swimming Pool, remember taking a bus downtown to the RKO Lowes Movie
Being a member of the P.A.L. in the police dept on W. Bigelow.
I can remember doing crazy things like climbing on railroad cars
and we would get chased by the authorities. When it snowed I would
take my sled to the top of West Runyon Street and ride it down the
hill in the street and that was TOO dangerous. Man, as I sit here
thinking, it came to me how we used to jump from roof to roof on
those cold water flats. Speaking of cold water flats, boiling water
for the bath. Watching the elders shovel coal from the bin into
buckets. My kids don't know what they missed. I could remember walking
to Dairy Queen on Lyons and Clinton Place for a dime cone. The corner
market, the diners, Jewish Deli, Rx Drugs, Woolworth's with those
old Hardwood floors and to mention those showcases full of candy.
..............Pennies went a long way back then..............