Up on simpson street in the bronx we hung out on the rooftops. We would plug in a record player to the hall light and dance on the sticky tar.Sometimes we would climb down to the street via the firescape and many times that top ladder to the roof was ajar from the building and shook enough to send us tumbling to the street below if we did not watch it. On the way down,being Puerto Rican neighborhood we would have to jump over jugs of a formenting drink called mavi.Each landing had a different aroma of pork chops, pastelillos, rice and beans and fried chicken. We would reach the bottom of the back yard starving and we had to be quick because there always was a mean dirty dog named buster waiting to bite someone. We would then go out to the street and play kick the can.ringolivio, stickball, marbles, johnny on the pony, skully or hitch on the back of trucks that we leave us somewhere in long island.A typical day back in the fifties.we had mucho fun.
Hot Peas and Butter…wow…i’d totally forgotten about that game. I remember it as well…but not if you were the one gettin’ whupped! One of many South Bronx games in the 70’s. Thanks for jogging my memory.
I grew up in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia and we would lower the liitlest guy by his feet to scoop up all the pimple balls. Took great courage and faith in those at the ankles to come back up with a coupla’ balls we could cut in half to play Halfsies. I guess our sewers weren’t as deep as yours; about 5 feet to the water line. Well we were close to the Delaware River too!
Wow I totally loved that resignation letter! Bang Bang Suzie…. Suzie Bangs All Day… Who’s Gonna Bang For Suzie… When Suzie’s Gone Away… Suzie went to the ballpark… She sat up in the front…. The batter hit a homerun… And hit her in her…BANG BANG SUZIE… etc I absolutely cannot believe I remember that!
What about when No Jelly appeared? First type of reeses I remember, shaped like Mounds, but chocolate and peanut butter. YUM! And Funny Bones. Some guy just started selling them out there in Colorado. What a memory boost! I remember dots on paper. I remember the juicy fluid inthat wax tube that you chewed on. I remember candy cigarettes, but remember cigarette gum? You blew through the end and a white “puff” of smoke (probably sugar powder) billowed out, then you peeled off the wrapper and chewed the gum. Anyone ever try to get the free stuff from Bazooka Joe gum? I got a batting glove once that ripped as soon as I put my hand into it! Geeze. But it was great getting it!
National Children’s Folksong Repository The Historic Electronic Online Archive of Children’s Folksongs, and indigenous playground poetry. A Public Folklore Project built by the children of the United States. Integrate Literacy, Music, and Technology into the classroom. If you have a little time and the phone you can call toll free 1-877-220-0262 between 10 am – 6 pm eastern time and sing or chant the folksong, playground chant, song, circle game, game shout you remember and we will add it into the archive. Remember to tell us the name of it where you learned it: ex: philly, pa and when you learned it 1950 or perhaps 1970 or 1990 or yesterday 🙂 http://www.edu-cyberpg.com/NCFRD/ thanks!
ON THIS DAY 04/19/07 AT MATILDA PARK,UNKNOWN SENSATION STEVE BIGTYME PLAYED BARRY MARBLE HILL. BIGTYME WAS BEATEN 21-0. BUT WHAT BARRY DIDN’T KNOW WAS THE BROOKLYN CON AND WAS GOADED INTO PLAYING BIGTYME WITH ONLY HIS LEFT HAND. BIGTYME COMMENCED TO WAXING BARRYS ANUS 24-22 AND SUCKERED BARRY INTO A SUBSTANTIAL MONETARY BET. NEXT ON MY LIST IS “ROOKIE”. YOU CAN RUN BUT YOU CAN’T HIDE CHUMP!