Me and my friends used to use one token at an unmanned token booth on Ft Hamilton Parkway and squeeze a few of us into this big, giant turnstile on our way to Yankee or Shea. Had to save some money for hot dogs.
Sneaking on the train Did anyone ever sneak on the train growing up in east new york brooklyn we would sneak on the train jumping the turnstyle climbing up the outside of the elevated lines. dangerous” crossing the tracks to get to the other side one day my brother fell through and just grabbed on before he fell to the street below, crazy
For my tenth birthday, in 1946, my parents surprised me with the best gift of my life, a second-hand bicycle which my older brother had painted bright yellow with red racing stripes. It enabled me to graduate from my well-worn roller skates and to travel beyond the sidewalks. My world had expanded! This priceless bike had no gears or manual brakes, but, with that bike I could join the older kids who would gather at dusk and play hide and go seek …in and out of the alleys that cut through our neighborhood, behind Wilson High in Washington, DC. Open garages were safe spots to hide back then. One summer we made the game a bit more interesting by taking a piece of chalk along and leaving a trail of arrows on sidewalks, trees, and telephone poles… as clues to be followed. An “X” marked the final hiding area, and the game was over when it was too dark to play. A few years later my bike was stolen one night from our garage, and it wasn’t until I bought myself another bike after many years had passed, that I realized once again the joy a bicycle can be….and still is.
One thing about city life in the 60’s- NOTHING was off limits. It’s a wonder we’re not all dead! Anything in sight was game. This meant climbing up scaffolds to the top, crawling under parked cars, going on roof tops to get lost balls, climbing fences (with barbed-wire) to get into places, hanging onto back bumpers of trucks for a ride (usually in snow), and looking for “treasures” in old boarded up houses. I’d kill my kids if I ever caught them doing those things!