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Always looking to get a game of softball going after school at P. Laurelton was, and is, a beautiful neighborhood, and I have only the best memories. Travel to the Caribbean on a regular basis for recreational SCUBA diving on wrecks and reefs.
I remember: Rita De Bias, Sharon Bursuk, Gina ..., Halbert Feinberg, Marshall Krauthamer, Robert Hoffman, Jerry Joseph, Susan Landon, Gary Goldman, Robert Weisbrodt, Tommy Rizzo, Curtis..., Herbert Frankel, Bernard Kleinman, Ellen ..., Susan Klein, Libby Finesmith (what a nice person), Joel Kurtzman, Happy Gold, and Glenda - all in that photo. My husband Jack lived in Arverne in the Rockaways 169th Street and Thursby Ave. We met at a Purim dance at the Laurelton Jewish Center Feb. Her mother's name was Marie Kelly and her sister was Debbie Kelly. Martinson who I used to write to when he was in Viet Nam. Another person was Paul Donados we were suppose to meet in front of St Patrick Cathedral for the year 2000 however I was ill and never made it. Susan and I have been married for 37 yrs and we live near Albany, NY and I have remained friends with Dr. E-mail me at Marla [email protected]: residing in Newton, MA. Michael Feldman's comments brought back so many memories. I have been in touch with Marsha Straubing, Donna Klur, Adrianne Sklar, Michael Ginsburg, Larry Frank. I am married with two children and 5 grandkids and having a GREAT life! Our family was a member of the Young Israel of Laurelton.
He's written 50 books, is 93, and about to celebrate his 70th anniversary -- pretty inspiring. Came across some old names and cherished memories of a time none of us will ever forget. I've emailed to some on the list that I remember from the first grade, and hope to hear from them. I'm still working, two grandchildren, and living at the beautiful Jersey shore. My older sister Sue, cousind Richie, Steven and Linda all lived on the same block. Friends from the day Harold Mosberg, Bob Love, Louie Temlock, Elliot Strizhak, Sid Coverman, Fred Schwartz, Kenny Nemeroff, Maty Starin, Sandy Pukel, Joel Forman, Michael Polikoff, Jeff Barnes, Marc Barbakoff, Alan Braverman, Carol Green, Jill Leff, Leona, Sue Brown and so many more wonderful friends from school, temple, sports, and hanging out at the Busy Bee. Miller, Stanley's Toy Store, Tom's Barber Shop, the Laurelton Movie Theater, Ms. Have some awesome photos from 50's..played little league at Brookville Park (still have trophy, 1960-Pirates) coach was Mr. I lived at 139-06 233rd St., just a short walk from Twin Ponds where I used to fish in the Summer and ice skate in the Winter when it froze over - great memories although I don't miss the cold weather! Married Linda Frankel in 1969 and remain married to this wonderful girl today. We live in Tucson, retired 10 years ago when we sold a software business, dance East Coast & West Coast swing as often as possible, enjoy building 55-57 Chevys and am currently building a two seat, 200 mph airplane. Remain friends with Harvey Blumenfeld, the Solomon brothers, Steve Dichter (my brother) and Kevin & Ellen Kurtzman. We visit my sister Linda (the former Linda Di Simone) & her husband in Phoenix often. Would love to get in touch with old friends from Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens. When I got to Jackson my closest friends were Sue Beerman and Eileen Weinbaum. I was fooling around on the computer and checking out the site with the article about the Laurelton Jewish Center that was in the paper this weekend and things just went on from there. Naomi Dreznin Matalon Currently living in Calera AL. Atlanta has been home for quite awhile, but in my heart New York and Laurelton are still the guiding force. One of them, Rosalyn Irwin turns out to be my neighbor. We've been here ever since and are happy to be retired in our current home where my husband paints and I knit, crochet, and read. Don't miss those terrible days at Hebrew School at the LJC. Rhonda lived just over the Nassau line in North Woodmere but we never met. I still stay in touch with Rich Kustin, Larry Frank, Steve Somerstein, Sandy Seplow, Maxine Bergman, Stan Officina, on and on. Seems like only yesterday that we were hanging out on Francis Lewis Blvd & Merrick Rd @ Lil Eds coffee shop or having the best lasagna ever made at Capri. Working as a physicist/engineer but wishing I could afford to retire. Spent a lot of time at that school yard...smoked my first cigarette with Paul Seiden behind the handball court. Didn't go to Jackson; went to and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Hi in Brooklyn while living in Laurelton...almost played for Far Rockaway but didn't want to take Hebrew as a language. Lettered in baseball...taught and coached in the Bellmore Merrick school district for 34 years and now retired for 11 years... I worked at the Herman Brothers Texaco station (Merrick and Belt Parkway) for many years to put myself through college. I lived in the 'new' section of Laurelton, on 235th St. Found this great site by accident and have spent hours reading and reliving a lot of my youth. I recall handing in a permission slip to read books from the adult shelves at the Laurelton Library when I was twelve, and walking home down the middle of 228th Street, between the island trees and the parked cars, scared to death after seeing The Thing at the Itchy. The schools were good, the housing affordable, and we roamed the whole town. My sister, Carolee (since '70s Amber Jayanti and living in Santa Cruz, CA ) and I grew up at 232-19 Mentone Ave.
I was born in Laurelton and lived at 135-02 232nd St. Nothing but great memories about growing up in Laurelton. 156 and JHS 59 and then chose to go to Brooklyn Tech while almost all the rest of my friends went to Andrew Jackson. Lived on 226th St just off Merrick Blvd with my older sister Barbara. I can't spell them anymore, but I remember Howard Gilman, Carolyn Rubin, Paul Gottleib, Todd Sveslosky, Howard Beizer, Marjorie Lesk, Maxine Weinstein, Stuart Leventhal (and his chinchillas), Cecile Cohen, Cheryl Gorlick, Lynn Winston, Gloria Pessirillo, Alex Pupako, Jay Schwartz, Marsha Touger, Alan Krebs, Vinnie Oliveri, Louie Teverini, Toby Volkman, Toby Rosenblatt, Irene Platzblatt, Rona Ganz, Joel Kimmel, Joel Levine, Susan Steinberg, Helen Steinberg, David Diamond, Jerry and Arnold Tranes, Julie Goldstein, Joan and Wendy Wallach, Martin Perlman, Marilyn Feldman, some red-headed kid who liked to throw rocks at people, Zickerman's, Raab's, saxophone lessons with Vince Pendl, orthodontia with Dr. Would love to hear from old friends, will post much more later. So many great memories, thank you all for the best reading in a long time, Rich Currently living in Massapequa, NY. I always thought of myself as being from Springfield Gardens but the New York Times (real estate section) shows Laurelton as extending west to Springfield Boulevard. Currently retired in Wellington, FL after spending most of my adult life in Milpitas, CA., a suburb of San Jose. In fact, Joel, Beatrice and I rode in a rumble seat to PS 156 together. It was the best place to grow up in the 50s and 60s, lots of time outdoors, hanging out with great friends and neighbors, barbeques, badminton, comic book exchanges, listening to music and comedy albums together. and I remember when our zone 13 designation first became a zip code of 11413. My best friends at 132 were Laurie Dringus, Barbara Cohen and Susy Schwarz; at 59 I became friends with Annie Defalco, and Lauri Bente (Benveniste), who tragically was killed several years ago. I remember so many things - the diversity of "treats" along Merrick Rd.; walking to jr congregation at the LJC; riding bikes with my friends all over the neighborhood without concern of any danger; the all-day movies for a quarter; Tom's Barber Shop. I have traveled a lot, raised two wonderful sons, and lived in the several parts of the country. He was married, had 2 children and now has 3 grandchildren. My husband and I bought our first home in Laurelton where we lived until we moved to Syosset in 1970. I now live in Teaneck, NJ, have three children and three grandchildren. PS 156, JHS 59, Springfield Gardens HS, Laurelton Jewish Center.the kids..many to even mention. My sister Yvette lives in Fresh Meadows and my brother Louis lives in Syosset. Married to another Laureltonian Elliot Hochman, class of 62. I lived at 224-05 137th Ave the big white house between 224 & 225 St. I used to hang out with Tom Ferrara, Joe Barillari, Ronnie Levine, Marty Blank, John Ventura, Pete Cohen, Mark Fishman, Harvey Krauthamer, Lou Kravitz, Jack Zipper, Eileen Kaye, Rhona Toline, Arlene Goldstein, Marilyn Goldstein, Carol Bernstein and many others. Miss those simple lazy summer days playing handball, stoopball, stickball and softball in the "156" yard. I moved to Laurelton but south of the Belt Parkway in 1964. My good friends were George Parker, Ira Hutner, Andy Calia (who recently died) Paul Gural and Richie Allen amongst others. I now live in Stamford, CT with my wife Rhonda Jacobs and our three boys. What a great website - gave me the desire to want to reach out to everyone I grew up with in Laurelton in the late 50s and very early 60s. 59 and played basketball for Coach Jerry Able and ran track with the second fastest kid Steve Levine. Bell for Spanish and we would just marvel at her chest. I left NY shortly after college and worked for AT&T Laboratories in Texas and Missouri. and hanging at Burt’s Busy Bee on Merrick and Francis Lewis. I have looked through all the names posted on the listing and nobody lives here in Chicago. We always had breakfast at the Laurelton Diner before heading home. Would love to connect with Adria Gross (no relation), Susan Dankner (again), Anita Bernheimer, and anyone else who might remember me.
Would love to hear from former SING-sters, or others who remember. There are a lot of great memories associated with growing up in Laurelton. Some of the friends I remember were Stuart Fishman, Edith Edelstein, Anita Bernheimer, Elayne Gross, Susan Dankner, Donald French, Trudi Sturm (who I just reconnected with and who is refreshing my memory about lots of fun times)and lots of kids from Springfield Gardens, Rosedale and Cambria Heights as well. Those of you who remember me and would like to touch base please do. I was just searching for a name, and stumbled on this site. Everyone thought they were cool at that stage of their lives. I seem to remember it all as Nirvana........could that possibly be true? We are fortunate to live near our two grandsons and get to spend a lot of time with them. I remember all the teachers being mentioned by others (Herb Magidson, director of The Man Who Came to Dinner, which I stage managed really inspired me to do the theater thing as I'm currently a local stage director and actor and have worked on almost 100 shows in the last 20 years). I did attend Bob's Laurelton reunion on Long Island in 2001 (or maybe 2000) My email is [email protected] as others have said I'd love to hear from old friends who remember me. I remember playing stickball in the streets, stealing pretzels from Schultz's candy store, buying a stickball bat for 29 cents and many other very fond memories of growing up in a great/fun neighborhood. Still screwed up but breathing fresh air with clean water in the White Mountains. There's even talk of a meet-up here in Italy next year. Nice to revisit some of the old places and names from the past. The memorties are good and after 30 years traveling around the world, PS 156 was a great place to get started. I used to live at 135-59 232 St., next door to Carl Perkal, who I see is listed on the website. We lived in Commack, Long Island before retiring to Florida. Goldstein, Felicia (Hirata) - [email protected] Andrew Jackson H. My twin sister Tamara and I always talk about how we hope that our grandchildren (and theirs) can have that "Laurelton" experience. Jill Edelstein, my ex and, more importantly, friend, told me about this site.
Met a woman of 80 who lived in Laurelton, went to P. 156, graduated from AJHS, and then, like me, went to Queens College, got a doctorate at CUNY and wound up teaching at San Diego State University! Just the other day, a new friend told me his father is a Shakespeare scholar (I'm a theater critic) and that he taught English for years -- at Andrew Jackson HS!! Looking at all those photos brought back a flood of memories. Eating once a week at The House Of Chang and Capri and standing in line on Sunday mornings at the Four Star Bakery and the deli. Rand at the public library, Twin Ponds, Green Acres, Mrs. I would love to hear from Paul Adler, Larry Greher, Harriet Haber, Myra Kesselman, and Ronnie Sasofsky as well as others who I just can't think of their names. I was part of a group of guys in the class of AJHS 1962 who thought they were cool. Federal prosecutor in Arizona after Army and in private practice in Phoenix since 1980. Drive a 55 Chev just like the one Harvey and I shared in 1963. I'm married over 30 years, semi-retired, living near Lincoln Center, doing lots of volunteer work. You may not remember me, but i have such clear memories of all of you. We were also close with the boys from SAR, the Princes and Sigma Phi. Don Rubin lives in Decatur, Georgia and we have mutual friends who brought us together a few years back. We have two wonderful sons, a dear daughter-in-law and son-in-law. I moved to Albuquerque in 1984 and am a CPA teaching accounting at the college level for many years. Subjected my kids to the same punishment of Hebrew School. Apart from an occasional "blast from the past" I still keep in touch with the Vincent Olivieri posse (you know who you are). After years in the Caribbean, New York and Wyoming (hotels & restaurants) I find myself happy as hell in a small town in Northern Italy. A big hello to all who remember me and feel free to drop me a line and say hello. I am currently living in Long Island, NY in Dix Hills. I am a designer of tecital costumes for dancers, and have been designing for the last thirty something years. It has been a long time since I have even thought about PS 156 and my time there. If you write to me, I promise I will not bother you (too much) with pictures of my grandchildren. Stumbled on this web site and went through all of the people who lived in one of the greatest American towns....lived 138-20 230th Pl. Played football and baseball for my father, "Rip" Goldman, as he was the coach for both sports.. recently had dinner with Artie Peterson and significant other, Elliot and Barbara Hochman (Geller), Phil Radin and very young girlfriend, Frank Adler and lovely wife Judy Princer (Auslander), Joan(Modell) Krodhammer and husband. Married to Arlene (Kazdin) for 43 years; two boys both married and five grandchildren. I always had my green 427 Corvette parked out front and to this day old Laurelton friends still call me “Vette”. If anyone remembers my brothers or me shoot me an e-mail. Reading the comments on this wonderful website reminds me of how special growing up in Laurelton was - a small town feel in a big city. from 1949-1970 and went to PS 156, JHS 59 and Jackson ('64).
I will never forget Laurelton and all the great experiences that came with growing up there. I was involved in the movement in the 60's & early 70's. After high school, I went to Antioch College, then got a Ph. in political science from the University of Chicago. from 1952 (age 1) til about 1962 then, 137-14 228th St. To this day I talk about growing up in such a wonderful place. There's so many times I say I wish I could go back and spend one day of my childhood and see everything once more and all my friends I had, because Laurelton was the greatest town to grow up in. I moved from Laurelton before the end of high school but have maintained friendships from there to this day. We had Brownies and Girl Scouts and Little League and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Currently have 38 years as a Volunteer Firefighter/Safety Officer/EMT-CC/Dept Secy/Engine Co Secy/Engine Driver/AHA/BCLS/CPR Instructor/Junior Firefighter Advisor in my current fire dept which now totals up to 50 years of volunteer service, including previous other corps and departments.
We played punch ball and hide and seek until it got dark. Currently living in Viera, Florida where I just retired, so I have a little time to catch-up on the last 50 years.
I remember Lil Eds, Capri, 4 Star Bakery and the movie house. Hard to believe at times that we were situated in NYC. In between I accumulated a wealth of fond memories growing up in Laurelton too numerous to list but probably very similar to others who are on this site. Life has taken many turns since High School for all of us. One year later I too moved out to Phoenix and have been here ever since. Now I have to live for another 30 years to enjoy it :-). I see many familiar names - Arnie Cohen, Bob Kazin, Tom Burke, Iris Schwartz. On our street we had Barbara and Robert Malkin, Neal Dreznin, David Kaback, David Scher, my family (Reba, Jay and Hope Harris) and more.
My friends all say "I don't look or act like a grandmother! I have very fond memories of Laurelton - a uniquely wonderful small town where close friendships were made. We moved out in 1973 when my parents moved to Phoenix, AZ and I moved to Bellerose after getting married. There was an ex-jockey who kept a horse, and occasionally he would drive down the street riding a sulky.
My kids lived a half a mile and had to take the bus. I became a grandmother this year and fell in love again with sweet Julianna, my son, Eric's daughter. In 1975 I was transferred to San Francisco by my company and moved to Sonoma County in 1991. Our home was located directly across from PS 176 and my neighbors included, the Dawsons, the Whites, the Persons, Russells and the Filippis(on 238th Street behind us.)We had the best childhood ever and growing up in Cambria Heights/Laurelton was terrific and safe. Ronnie and I were bathroom monitors, and someone stole our pocketbooks with our collection of bus passes. The boy-next-door was Neal Dreznin, and I sat on the bar of his bike and we rode all over town. Schneider, the 3rd grade teacher, lived on our block.
Through this site, I hope to connect and share stories and memories of a different time in all of our lives and sense of community. Gosh I know I'm going to leave someone out but I haven't talked or seen Pam Morris, Joan Prussan, Gail Friedman etc (since a reunion mega years ago)and I miss you! Marty Rosenthal, Alan Nodelman (I did have dinner with you not too long ago,it was great but we lost touch again), Billy and Barry Rost. Jackson was great and we were all very involved in Sing-- Happy to hear from others. We both graduated from Queens College in 19 respectively. If anyone remembers me and would like to spend some time talking about the old days in Laurelton, just e-mail me. I lived at 120-25 237th Street in Cambria Heights actually 1/2 block from Laurelton but all of my friends that I hung out with lived in Laurelton. We had bus passes for the Q5 that came in different colors each month that we saved.