Hello- fellow Brooklynites, Remember the dangerous games (toys) like Click-Clacks (guaranteed concussion, or spiritual revelation), and the digestibly lethal Super Elastic Bubble Plastic (that we all chewed)? Did they even have federal agencies to stop these things before they came to the market back then? We lived through them, so I guess all is well. Peace-out, Denise
Chinese Double-dutch. Any girls remember that? It was played at all the great melting pot schools in the working class areas…which is pretty much Brooklyn personified. My area was Ditmas Junior High (IS 62). And Chinese double-ddutch is a game played with two girls standing on either end, but instead of holding clothes line rope they’re inside of a long chain-link of sturdy rubberbands. The jumper must negotiate complex “Twister-like” contortions with torso and legs and always be able to jump outside of the rubber bands, both legs free and clear.For lunch a big mixture of kids would flock together to varying restaurants to eat anything from Kasha Varnishkas (spelled right?) Pizza, tandoori chicken, egg rolls, canolli… you have it. We even traded bagged lunches. My pastrami for your fried chicken… it always worked out. This was a cultural exchange between the Asian and the African sisters back in the early 70’s, where we found common ground despite the odds. Some of those kids I’ve seen through life in Paris, Frisco, and Miami. It’s a small big world in Brooklyn. PS: I found out the game was Skully, not Skelly… thanks.
Mick & Pez, You guys have done a service for mankind (at least for Brooklynkind) with this website. I left Brooklyn (Bath Beach/Bensonhurst) almost 55 years ago and I still remember the joys of stickball, punchball, handball, Chinese handball, boxball, Chinese boxball, skully, land, ring-a-levio, three feet off to Germany, odds & evens, knucks, etc. I tried to pass some of these on to my son, but things are just not the same in the suburbs of Cleveland.
As a child growing up in Queens co.,I played many baseball related games. One was stoopball where I would pitch the ball on the steps catching the rebound as a grounder or fly.It was practice pitching, but I was really simulating pitching for a big leauge time, wearing my number 41 jersey like my idol, Tom Seaver. I also played intersec- tion ball, where all 4 corners were used as bases. We used a standard bat and a tennis ball, with self pitching.In the lawn behind 3rd base was a HR with a “roofer” going for a loss.
This all brings back many memeries of the guys on CARROLL STREET (now carroll gardens in brooklyn)playing stickball,stoopball and fistballand oh yes slapball(we called it world war three) never a game without disputes.We played against PRESIDENT STREET,FIRST PLACE,SACKET STREET AND SECOND PLASE. Stoopball was great using georges grocery store’s wall and a homer was ralpheals bedroom oh baby !!!BLUPER,BLIMP,SHEA,ERICK,UFATS,THE GANG