Sunday’s in Coney Island Coney Island … the land of the Jewish Accents. My Grandfather lived in Coney Island, and every Sunday, my cousins and I would visit him. He would walk us along the boardwalk, (while our parents lounged on the beach) and introduce us to his friends sitting on the benches. Since everyone of my grandfather’s friends had a Jewish accent, I always thought that I too, would acquire one as I grew older. (So far, I haven’t!) Amidst the smell of sea air and the happy noises of people walking, talking, and realaxing on a Sunday afternoon, my grandfather took us into the open storefronts along the boardwalk, and bought us Potato knishes. After, he’d take us into the arcade, where we played games, collected tickets for points, and excitedly turned them in for a chosen toy or two …
Steeplechase was a scary place, with rides I was too small for, and clowns that would lay wait for women wearing skirts, and swat them!!!!At the same time, a blast of air would come up through a transom and blow up the skirt.
I also grew up in the Glenwood projects, 1952-1962 and I remember the “big kids” running around all night playing ringaleavio but I never knew what the hell they were doing. They were all over the place. I guess there was a jail somewhere. We moved before I became “old enough” to play, tho it seems to me it was all boys playing. What ARE the rules???
What a feast. From the Marshmaloow Cookies between two vanilla wafers, to the great Hero Sands at the local Deli in Brooklyn. To the eggnogs at the local candy stores. To the great Hot Dogs at Ebbetts’s field. To the great Knishes. And to GOOD HUMOR trucks, and the Bungalow Bar trucks… And to Stoop Ball and all that… What a pleasure growing up in Brooklyn!!! Love the Stoties hear!!! Reference ID: B
I remember playing SPUD in Brooklyn on 93rd Street between Ditmas and Ave. B. I had 2 older sisters and lots and lots of kids on the block. Being one of the younger kids, I NEVER WON. Does anyone out there remember playing Russian 10? It was a “girls game” played with a Spalding ball.
I did the majority of my growing up in East Flatbush (Brooklyn Avenue between Hawthorne & Fenimore Streets). We played ringoleaveo, spud, red rover and sardines. The object of Sardines was for someone to hide and then everyone had to look for him. Once you found the him, you had to hide with him. Sardines was really popular in my teen years because this was a good boy/girl came.
In any of you will be in the San Francisco area on May 1st, the next meeting of San Francisco Bay Area Brooklynites will be meeting that evening at 7PM. Details can be found at the websites listed below. If you want more information, please e-mail me flatbush_skp [at] hotmail [dot] com Main: http://www.geocities.com/Athens/1407/sfbg.html Mirror: http://www.fortunecity.com/millenium/gotham/91/sfbg.html