I lived in Park Slope and we were fortunate that on one side of the street we had the amory. So we would use the domed roof that the building had to benefit when playing stickball. The opposing team would not know where the ball would land. The majority of the times the balls would come back down. Other times they wouldn’t. We had a couple of daring friends the would climb the wall and make it up the roof to retreave the balls that were stuck up there. The pinky balls were tossed down so that the younger kids would play w/them and the spaldeens were kept or tossed down to one of us. We would also use the armory wall to play off the wall. To me, it just depend what you were playing. The spaldeen was good for playing stickball and the pinkee was good for playing king’s.
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