I used to hang out with these kids in Woodside. When it was snowy and icy, we wore special clothes for one of our favorite activities “Skitching.” You had to have boots with substantial soles. We had rubberized fabric gloves and glove liners and the gloves were typically bright colors. Kids even had rubber pants. After a really severe snowstorm the cars would have to slow down, and only go at about 20 miles an hour down Queens Blvd. You could hide between parked cars, sneak out in a crouch behind a car when it stopped at a light. Grabbing the bumper, you’d lean back and let the car pull you down the street. We called it skitching because it was a cross between hitching and skiing. Most times the drivers didn’t see you. You could go for blocks. What a ride!
What special memories do you have as a kid of your summer vacations?
I would go to coney island and washington baths if the weather was nice…on the weekend my mom and dad would take me at 9 oclock and we would leave by 12…my father did’t like the crowds..somedays we went to steeplechase park it was great growing up in brooklyn..how i miss the 50s
One of my fondest memories was really on the morning after the 4th of July – walking around in my neighborhood in Flushing, N.Y. -looking for firecrackers that didn’t go off – it was the only way I could get firecrackers on my own. Kenny Moore
I remember when our family went to see the Macy’s fireworks one night about 25 years ago. We parked near Little Italy and Chinatown. After the main celebration we returned to the car. The fireworks were still going on all over the place down there. The air was thick with smoke from all the explosions (probably the smog too).
Any special memories of July 4th, Independence Day – Parades, Fireworks, Flags, Beginning of Summer