WOOLWORTH 5 AND 10,in the 1950/60’s in queens had tanks of turtles and BABY ALLIGATORS, anyone remember these? I would run past the bras and undees to the rear of the store,as you got close you could smell that wonderful pet shop smell! I still love the smell of parakeet seed and turtle food,they smell the same as they did when i was 6! Also,Easter time,stores sold, baby chicks and rabbits.
1954-65 Bellerose/glen oaks,queens. Garden apartments are nice,we where spoiled,we had large grass courtyards,sidewalks,garages behind the apartments,apple trees everywhere.We kids sat on the stoops,some buildings had stoops some didnt.But all the adults sat on beach chairs in the courtyards,in the shade or the sun,with large silver tanning reflectors.The women played a game,mahjon,and always yelled at anyones kids if they where bad.I still have my moms old beach chairs.Everyone had a beach chair,they sold replacement weaving for them,so they all lasted for years.Seems like adults had more spare time for family and relaxing in those years.Now im lucky to see a beach chair at all even on the beach,i really miss those days,im getting that beach chair out,now!
When doing street work,at night there were those black metal balls with the fire comming out,where are all these? I always wanted one as a kid,i was afaid to take one. Open flames burning unsupervised all night long. It seems like no one cared if kids kicked them over or burnt themselves.I remember a small chain on them,but not hooked to anything,anyone could take one,but i dont remember anyone ever touching them.I was afaid if i took one,someone would fall in the hole and it would be my fault.I have to check an antique store to find one,they did smoke alot and really smelled bad,but i still want one.