1998 Guestbook Log
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I didn't live in Gerritsen Beach but on the outskirts at Gerritsen Ave & Ave U. But I went to P.S. 277 and 278 and had a bunch of friends that lived in Gerritsen Beach, Anthony Giamonco, Roy Wilkerson, Tommy Paladino are a few I can remember. Joe Goldstein email@example.com
My name is Gerard (Roddy) Jenkins. My folks are George and Dorothy Jenkins Brother George and sisters Maura and Sharon.We lived in the Beach from 1949to 1965. I grew up in the old wooden barracks (World War Two quarters) then on to Fane Court.The dairy store was on Gerritsen and Cebra.Always had a tough crowd hanging in front.The Sugar Bowl was owned in the early 1960,s by the Abicella's.You got a coupon from the denist to go there if you were good for a ice cream cone.The Graham theatre was always know as the "ITCH". It was a great place to grow up as a kid. I went to Resurrection School class of 1964. Chances were that the kid next to you was either your cousin or your parents friends kid. Either way your folks always knew what was going on.Also, I delivered prescription for the drug store on Gerritsen and Devon when I was 11 years old and the guy you were referring to was named Scy(I,m sure that I spelled that wrong ). The Court Club was always doing something for the kids. Baseball/football etc.I enjoyed your site and hope more people will write in..... Gerard Jenkins
Roddy Jenkins - You didn't leave an e-mail address with your posting. This is Jim Fetter. I remember you well. George and I use to hang together and you use to get in the way. Do you remember the clam fight we had in your basement on Fane Ct? I lost touch with George after we all left to do our thing in Viet Nam. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org I'd love to hear from you and get an update. There are some interesting pictures if you have not already look at them. Some of the creek before the docks were put in. The view is actually where Benary's and Koch's docks are today.
Please Write, Jim Fetter
Wow, Marret, your site is turning into a masterpiece -- and you say you are not creative!
In re-visiting the plate collection, I have seen the lower left pattern SOMEWHERE, I'm sure, but can't remember where. The lower middle one, of course, exists in every fering household.
Cathy Hopkins-Cantoni here. Am reading about places and people I haven't thought about in thirty or more years. Write and let me know how y'all are doing! Email at email@example.com - take care and hope all is well.
My Dad emailed this web site to me at work; a little 'family history' you could say. He grew up in Gerrittson Beach - my grandparents are the Thulkes Richard J. wrote about in "I remember #2". Although both my grandparents came from Europe, I feel like my nationality is "Brooklynite".. ;-) Thanks all for sharing this with us. Warm regards, Eloise Thulke firstname.lastname@example.org
hi everyone, i don't know if any of you will remember me but I am Doreen Syrlik (Shaw) I lived on plumb 1st street but hung out with some of you, i'm sure. you can e-mail me at email@example.com hope to hear from you soon
JUST SURFING AND FOUND THIS SITE. I GREW UP IN THE BEACH,LIVED THERE UNTIL 1962 AT 53 CELESTE COURT, IN A HOUSE WITH MY PARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS-THE MCROBBIES. GRANDMOTHER WORKED IN THE JEWISH DELI ON GERRITSEN AVE. I CAN'T THINK OF A GREATER PLACE TO HAVE GROWN UP IN THE 1950'S AND 60'S. NEXT TIME I'LL LEAVE SOME MEMORIES. ROBERT MCROBBIE -E MAIL RMCROBBIE@COMPUSERVE.COM
Delightful Find! We grew up in Ressurection Parish. My grandfather built a sturdy brick home on Ford Street between Ave U and Ave. V, in 1924. My Mom owned this until 1976.Lucky us ! We six Renda kids have wonderful memories of growing up in Ressurection.
I have to set a full day aside to go through your website. I love to look at the old pictures. I was born and still live in the beach. I particularly enjoyed looking at the then & now page. I loved going to the Graham as a kid - I do remember it even though it closed while I was still attending Resurrection.
Haven't finished surfing the site, but love it so far JohnDeMaio@aol.com
John DeMaio Marine Park
One day nothing about Gerritsen Beach..The next day this!! Great Job..My family has been in Gerritsen Beach for over 80 years! I guess having 23 children, it may have been hard for them all to leave!
Mike Karnbach firstname.lastname@example.org
Saw the article about this page in this weeks edition of Brooklyn's "Kings Courier" newspaper. I like it, alot of great history and very warm stories. I think its a great webpage for anyone wanting to know more about the history of Gerritsen Beach. Great job!!!!!..............DJ5150@aol.com
Gerrittsen Beach the best community in New York! GBCleanup@aol (Next Clean up March 6, 1999)
glad to see my Confirmation picture and other photos of chilhood memories. Barbara Leitch McCarthy
Just responded to Class of '62 memories and forgot to put in my e-mail address. Anybody out there that playe played for the Ressurection CYO Bantam basketball team in the gym at P.S.194 on Saturday mornings and coached by Pat Irwin and Frank Barry ? email@example.com
Just got back from one of the worst trips we ever took. Needed a little cheering up. Then we saw the new graphics you attached to my little stories. Marret you really did your homework on those babies. The site just gets better and better.
Artie & Hanna Richard firstname.lastname@example.org
Just saw the post about the Renda family. I graduated from Resurrection in 1948 with Anthony Renda. He could draw up a storm. Did he ever do anything with that talent? artie richard email@example.com
Great site! My family dates back to the 1920's on the Beach.(first coming to Plumb Beach in the summer of 1923. Although I no longer live on the Beach, some of my relatives still do. My Grandfather and Father were photography buffs (stills and 16mm & 8mm motion pictures) that document everything from Plumb beach to the blizzard 0f 47-8 to the first GB Little League Parade. Let me know if I can be of assistance in the developement of this great site. Keep up the good work! Jim McBurney (Melba Court)
PS- Some the names in my family are: Sullivan, Walsh, Krell, and Carbone
Sorry, I forgot to give my e mail address- firstname.lastname@example.org Jim McBurney (Melba Ct. 1950's)
I'M GLAD G.B.CARES LET ME KNOW ABOUT THIS WEB SITE..I WILL BE SENDING THIS INFORMATION TO MY FRIENDS WHO NOW LIVE IN LONG ISLAND BUT GREW UP IN THE BEACH. HANNA AND ARTIE RICHARDS LIVED ON THE SAME BLOCK AS I DID (BARTLETT PL.) HANNA WAS KNOWN AS THE "BIRD LADY". I GREW UP ON CANTON CT. AND DARE CT. HUNG OUT IN MOM WITMANS CANDY STORE. FICKENS WAS OUR GROCERY STORE, WHICH IS NOW MISS JANETS PLAY CENTER. WE HAD MANY BEACH PARTIES AT THE POINT. JANE (SUMELL, CONWELL) DE WITT MY E-MAIL IS JESCD
What a Great Site!!!!!
I'll be sure to submit some articles on the "old days".
Had a quick first look at your web site. Enjoyed it. Your site was recommended to me by a relative of mine who formerly lived in Brooklyn and now lives in Ingram, Texas: Hanna Richard
All the best
Jack Cunningham email@example.com, Nostrand Ave. Bklyn Just found out about your fine site, thank you Marret. I am 82 yrs old. I moved to the bch new section in July 1925. I went to the chicken coop school as they were called, in the 5th and 6th gr. They were between Bevy and Celeste Ct on Allen Ave. My aunt Mae Byrnes livd at 109 Celeste Ct. I went to Resurrection SSchool in 1928, graduated in 1930. Anyone left from that class? send me an e-mail. Left bch in 1938 moved to Sheepshead and married Anne Sandstrom Cunningham, who started Flower shop :Cunninghams Flowes in 1951 on Ave. Z and Ocean Ave. Still there. Sold it in 1967. I was appointed to NYC Fire Dpt in Jan 1938, ret as Lt. in 1964. Lets hear from people I knew way back then. John McAteer, Jim Mummery from Allen Ave. Heislers, Dictum Ct. Rices, Dictum Ct, Anyone still breathing?. Jack Cunningham
Your Mom would have loved to have seen this website. My fondest memories of Gerritsen Beach will always include taking walks with her through the "weeds" and finding "treasures" (also known as debris) to make into all kinds of stuff including sun catchers for the kitchen window.
I enjoyed finding the Picture of Carl Fetter's place on Plumb Beach (Photo #7). Carl Fetter was my Grandfather and I recognized the picture immediately from my Mom's scrap book. Next time I am at Mom's I will look through the book to see if there are any other worthwhile photos, if so I will scan them and send them to you.
I didn't attend Ressurection until the 1970's, so I am afraid I will not be able to add much to the history. I will try to find some more photos.
Hamlet Gerritsen Beach, that's what it seems to me now as I look back over the years`. I went to the WWI wooden barracks school in 1926-7 and I don.t remember where we went when we had to go. I do not think we had indoor plumbing, maybe we did. My memory is a total blank, maybe we all had strong kidneys. Before the streets were raised for sewers to be installd we all had cesspools, I don't remember any outhouses. The only outhouses were in the cedars and an anomaly, because 100 ft away was the round red brick sewer plant on Ave Z and Coyle St. I know we had a belly stove in the corner behind the teacher. A different boy each day had to get coal from a wooden bin in the rear of the barracks and take out the ashes. One of my cousins once removed, Dennis McQuillen 109 Celeste court in the 50/s remembers an Episcopal church being there in that era. More at another time, regards to Marreta
Dear Marreta: After this I will send my comments to your memory page. I have so much knoledge about the beach from 1925 to 1938 that I am bursting to tell it all.. Jack Cunningham firstname.lastname@example.org
In your listing of the corts in the old section you missed on Madoc Ave.(ran parallel to the courts) same as Nole Ave. Patrick Minze (email@example.com)
I also like to say it is a great web page...i hit the submit button befor i finished...it's great web page. it great ot see GB on the web for the world to see and enjoy. MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone.
This is a wonderful bulletin board, even for those of us who lived on the edge of Gerritsen Beach. If we didn't know it well before, you've given us an opportunity to get to know Gerritsen Beach anew. Thanks. Steve Lustig of Marine Park(SteveMLustig@netscape.net)
It was nice to see pictures of where I spent my summers 1970-1980,my mom and dad greww up there 'karnbach" and my moms current husband "pasterino"
please e mail me if you know these names kkarn50392 @aol.com
Superb website. I lived on Plumb 1st Street from 1955-1978, across from the church. It's great reading about the history of Gerritsen Beach and looking at the pictures. I noticed an old neighbor of mine, Mark Staines, in a 1962 graduation photo.
I remember going to the Graham Theater every weekend and spending hours and hours in there. What stands out most for me is not the movies I saw but the hot dog machine at the candy counter and the paper cup dispenser by the water fountain. Next door to the theater was the barbershop where I got my hair cut. It was owned by Frank(?), a very nice guy who used to give me bubblegum after the cut. I still remember the green goop he plastered my hair with. I guess it's called "styling gel" now. My parents bought me a bottle of it and I dropped it in the bathroom. What a mess!
This is so great to be able to see and read this stuff from where I now live...Santa Monica, CA. Keep up the great work. You are providing a very valuable service. Howie Meibach firstname.lastname@example.org
Charon Tauber ... email@example.com
I think this is a terrific page. I was born in Gerritsen Beach and my grandparents owned the candy store on Everet Avenue across from Dr. Baronberg. There names were Yetta & Max Schneider.
Would love to hear from anyone who remembers them.
To Marret Kauffner
My name is Charon Tauber. My grandparents Max & Yetta Schneider owned the candy store on Everet Avenue.
I cant believe that you remember them. Thank you.
Would love to hear from you...my email is:
Hi! My name is Bill Austin. I used to visit your house in Gerristen Beach when I was growing up. My grandmother was friends with Mrs Kauffner for the longest time. I dont remember very much except that I was always welcome in the Kauffner house. My mom and dad still live in the beach. This site brings back so many memories. I had been in the cadet corps when Maj. Rule was still there. My family from my mother,wife and self worked in the deli when it was Ernie's, O'Roukes and Farra's. I was also part of the GBVFD. I grew up on Gotham Ave and then moved to Hazel Court. My wife and I had three children and decided to move to New Jersey. There will never be a close knit community like the beach. Thanks for the memories. Bill Austin firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi...My name is Howard Piansky and i lived at 2352 Burnett St....which is the duplex to the right of the Whitney Mansion in the Photo on your Web page...I went to PS 277...then to Marine Park JHS and finally graduated form SBHS in 1966. Great memories from this Web site..thanks
I lived on Brgham Street between U and V Had alot of friends from Gerritsen Beach any out there that remember me please email would love to hear from you Celeste email@example.com
WONDERFULL SITE...My name is Alan W. Burtchell III, my parents grew up at the beach, my father is in the St James conformation class of 1952....I printed some of the pages to make a book for my father for Christmas....He loves history so I thought I would send him some of his own....They live in NC now, they own a bed and breakfast at Lake Gaston Area. My E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to any additions to your web site....I will ask my folks for some old photos to scan in for you....Thanks Alan
GREAT page I'll be visiting again you can bet on it. ***just a local***
I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS STUFF. I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT IM A LIFELONG GERRITSEN BEACH RESIDENT. MY GRANDFATHER BOUGHT HIS FIRST HOUSE ON CELESTE COURT BACK IN THE 1920'S. MY FATHER IS A LIFELONG RESIDENT. HE WAS BORN ON CELESTE COURT IN 1929. IM 32 YEARS OLD AND I LIVE ON PLUMB FIRST STREET. TIMOTHY McAULIFEE
This is a wonderful site for all of us ex-Beachites!
I SHOWED MY FATHER THIS WEB SITE AND IT BROUGHT BACK A LOT OF MEMORIES. MY DAD IS GOING TO WRITE A LITTLE MEMOIR OF HIS DAYS GROWING UP IN THE BEACH IN THE 30S, 40S, AND 50S. I WILL SEND IT TO YOU AS SOON AS HE IS DONE WITH IT. IF HE CAN FIND ANY OLD PHOTOS I WILL SEND THEM ALSO. MY FATHER IS JOHN "JACK" McAULIFFE---RESSURECTION CLASS OF 1942.
SEE YA SOON
TIMOTHY McAULIFFE E-MAIL..........TIMMACK111@AOL.COM
Dear Maretta and the Kauffner family: Merry Christmas and Holiday greetings to you and all former and present Gerritsen Beach inhabitants. Psycologists say that nostalgia is the best medicine. Your pages of precious memories have enlightened the lives of many people. Please continue so we may enjoy the old days, and the nights weren't so bad either. Jack Cunningham email@example.com
Thanks everyone for all the positive comments on the site. I hope in the coming year of 1999 we can continue to add new stories and photos as you all help us with your contributions. It's great fun at this end too.
Hi,my name is Dennis Robinson and I lived at 44 Fane court. I was a member of ST.JAMES church, was a member of the cadet drum and bugle corp., also belonged to the St. James boyscout troop. Some of the people I grew-up with are George Benary, Harold Schmidt, Jeff Lee, Bill Jacobs, Alan Burtchell.My father and mother are Harold and Helen Roinson and my sister is Helen (Robinson)Burtchell. She marry Alan Burchell. I share a e-mail address with my wife : firstname.lastname@example.org I enjoyed reading all the history which I knew nothing of, great job, I'll try and put some additional bits of information togetherfor you. Again "GREAT JOB".
Dear Marret- I was thrilled to find your website!! I've lived in "the Beach" as long as I can remember and when it came time to buy a house & raise my family this is where I settled! My folks came to Brooklyn from Queens in the 1940's, housing was scarce & they had 2 little boys so they travelled to "the boonies" (as my dad tells it) looking for a place to live. They wound up on Knapp St. (not technically "the Beach") and found the people & the neighborhood so great they decided to stay!!! My sister & I were both born while we lived in that house on Knapp St. When I was about 2 (1957) we moved to Dictum Ct. (where my dad still lives). Gerritsen Beach was truly a great place to grow up! There were always kids out on the block & we played the classics - hopscotch, skelly, red rover, giant steps, red light-green light, and let's not forget "ring-o-levio". We spent many evenings in summer "hunting" each other through peoples yards playing that one!! I have great memories of growing up here during the 1960's & early '70's & would love to hear from anyone who shares these times with me. By the way - my name is Anne Tedesco. I grew up as Anne Doughty, went to Resurrection School (class of 1969) and, as I said spent almost my whole life in the Beach. My older siblings are Raymond, Alan & Ellen Doughty, our parents are Clarence & Ann. My folks were very involved in the Parish (dad still is). I would love to hear from anyone who can share memories of my family members (blackmail on my brothers would be good HA HA) or is just interested in knowing how they're doing. You can contact me via e-mail at Aynted@aol.com
I was born on the beach in 1928 .I rember many things about the beach.My last visit was in 1956 I really enjoyed your web pages. Thank You ReeRee Pierson Marie Pierson Van Zandt Dolphus@the.grid.net
Hi - My father, Stephen Mummery, grew up in Gerritsen Beach on Allen Avenue. I believe he lived there from the time he was born in 1925 until WWII when he was drafted into the Navy. It means a lot to me to find this web stie, because my father just passed away. This gives me a link to his past.
Lisa Mummery Gartland
SAW THIS PAGE MISS GERRITTSEN BEACH LIVED IN YHE OLD SECTION SAW SOME OF MY OLD FRIENDS ON THIS LIKE TO LEARN & TELLMORE IF I COULD ONLY TYPE. ALBERT (ALBY) SUMELL...ASUM@WEBTV.NET
I also want to add my comment to this web site. My sister has done so also. My father, Stephen Mummery, lived at 213 Allen Ave during his childhood, teenage and early adulthood years. He passed away yesterday (Dec 30, 1998). I have pictures looking out at the street from the front windows of their house. He loved photograghy. I also have some old pictures of the beach and some of the Brooklyn Bridge. I think he was happy there. He broke his arm falling out of a tree. I have read through some of this website and it is truly amazing. I have heard stories from my relatives about this place. Reading these stories on the website makes me feel at home. Thank you. My memories include standing on the heating grate and feeling all the warmth when the heat came on, standing on the front porch with my grandfather who told me not to laugh at the midgets who lived in the neighborhood. I can step on a squeaky floor or smell a certain smell and be instantly transported to my grandparents home. I miss it. If anyone remembers the Mummery's, please let me know at email@example.com
Trish (Mummery) Profit
John (JJ) Devine, 9 Ebony, now Massapequa,NY keep up the good work. I'll help spread the word! JJD1906@aol
Thanks for putting this site together. I lived at 16 Fane Court all my life, moved out of the beach in 19972. I fond memories of the "point","meadows' beach", at the end of Everett avenue. I have some great photos of our kindergarten class ('57) that I would love to share. Will need some advice on how to post them... Bill Theodorou, 16 Fane E-mail Theoism@AOL