In Bay Ridge Brooklyn, in the 70’s and we called it Cor-Cor like the posters from Bensonhurst and South Brookly. I always wondered why, and I think I found the asnwer. The post above about Sunset Park, seem to be where it comes from. “caught caught Ringalevio 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3.” Lot of Sunset Park folks moved to Bay Ridge after they built the BQE. Cor-Cor sounds like some kid misunderstood his Dad saying “Caught, Caught. So our rule was when you grabbed the other kid, you said “Cor-Cor Corlevio, 123,123.” Also, like the Jersey City poster, it was pretty much anything goes until the catcher completed the phrase. A popular move I remember was using your arms to smash at the arms holding on to you. When I first read about Ringolevio, I said, that sounds just like Cor-Cor.
I grew up in Sheepshead Bay in the 50′ & 60’s .We played ringoleevio. One guy was it, each guy he caught was now on his side and would help him catch the others until everyone was caught. In the 5th Grade in St Marks and one day the guys in my class decided to meet at Bedford Park after school for a “big game” I was the last one caught, the Buchite twins had me cornered by the baby swings one or all of us started swinging the swings I don’t know why, as they came around from opposite sides, I turned and started to run between the swings and B A M right in the face. I could tell by the look on everyones face it wasn’t pretty……no blood but a big chipped front tooth.
I grew up on New York’s Lower East Side 80 years ago. About 40 years ago, I was amazed when a woman friend, reminiscing about her childhood in Winthrop Mass., north of Boston, sang a group street game chant: “Oh, Oh, the ring we leave-o!” It struck me immediately that her “Ring we leave-o” was obviously the phrase that somehow morphed into the Italian-sounding “Ringoleavio” in the streets of New York. It may or may not have been exactly the same game. Does anyone know? How did they play The Ring We Leave-o in Boston in the 1930s?
I am almost 48 years old and grew up in brooklyn. At Saint josephs school(I was in the last graduating class 1973)we called it cocolivio.St Joseph was on Dean street and vanderbilt avenue.When we moved to the linden houses(off of linden blvd.wortman ave to be exact)I think then it was called ringalivio. At St.Joseph we played cocolivio,skelly,off the wall,stoop ball,kings,hand ball,stick ball,punch ball,we had tops,yo yo’s,and flipped baseball cards.Who needed a play station?GOD I miss those days.
I learned to play Ringeleavio while on vacation in the Adirondacks and brought it back to my neighborhood in MIddletown, NJ. We only played Hide and Seek between a few houses, but Ringaleavio took up the whole neighborhood. We only played it at night and I remember being soaked with sweat from all the running.
I grew up in sheepshead bay, brooklyn in the 90s where we played manhunt. We had a tree out in front of my friends house which was the base and where one of the teams counted from. there was no jail for us. if you got caught then you were out. the object was to get more than half of your team back to base. if you did then you got to hide again. if you didnt then you had to count. you got the kid when grabbed him and yelled out manhunt, manhunt 1-2-3 1-2-3 1-2-3. did anyone else play like us?
On Stratford Avenue in the Bronx, this was a neighborhood favorite. But it was basically an all day affair because, we’d hide on the roofs, in backyards, everywhere! We just couldn’t go to one of the neighboring blocks to hide. We’d be running up and down buildings, streets, and alleys, ALL DAY LONG, jumping on cars to free our friends. Man, I wish I was a kid again! I don’t know how we did it but it was too much fun. I saw another post mention “Roundup” and this too was one of our games. It was a variation of ringolevio but also a lot of fun. Anyone have any info on “roundup”?
In Jersey City, we played a little “tougher” version of Ringoleario, as we used to call it, called “Manhunt.” Same rules as ringoleario except that when you caught someone, you had to physically take him into custody. In other words he could fight you to keep you from “arresting” him. You could beat him until he “gave up” and walked quietly back to jail. Then of course, he could be freed by someone on his team landing on the jail block and yelling “Free All!” Tony C