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Between Allen and Bijou Avenues

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2492
Gerritsen Ave.
Cao Artz (downstairs) Dave's candy store on the southwest corner of Allen and Gerritsen Avenues, later bought by the Patch brothers (above the store was a dentist) Two of the original candy store owners were Dave and Kenny. Kenny had a scar on his cheek.

I remember buying comic books and ice cream sodas. See Artie Richard's story Cap Pistol. --MK

2494
Gerritsen Ave.
Hong's Grocery Tim's grocery store My mother always warned me not to show them how much money I had with me in case they said the price was what I had in my hand.--MK

His name was Tim Golden and I delivered for him one summer.--AR

Tom Golden had a delivery boy nicknamed Swede (Harold Olsen).

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Gerritsen Ave.
Brenman's Prime Meat Market Since 1927.
2502
Gerritsen Ave,
-- Henry Keeley's Ship's Store (1958) -
2506-2536 residences empty lots to corner They used to sell Christmas trees there.
 

Between Bijou and Channel Avenues

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across the avenue @ 2529 Gerritsen Ave. Public School 227 park w/ handball courts We used to play in the pool during the summer and ice skate in it during the winter.
2546-2584 residences The Gerritsen Avenue side of the block between Bijou and Channel was empty. We had our Victory garden. The Civic Club had a large sign on the Bijou Avenue side; probably the original "Drive slowly. We love our children." sign. The people in the middle of the block mowed the grass in back of their house. There were a lot of weeping willow trees, one of which was ours. The Maloney's (or was it MacLaughlins'?) had an owl in their pine tree once.

On the corner of Channel on Aster Court were the Greenwoods.

 

Between Channel and Devon Avenues

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Gerritsen Ave.
Leo's Deli 1939: The Blue Bird grocery, owned by Bill & Amy Steffen. Their son was Henry. Later, Jimmy Carillo's, a gambling den; still later annexed by Ryback; now a grocery.
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Gerritsen Ave.
_ upstairs, 1939-40: Dr. H.E. Finn Surgeon-dentist
2604
Gerritsen Ave.
Big Al's Barber Ryback's (1958 ad) The five-and-dime store, second store in from Channel Avenue. I bought my plastic horses there. They had everything.--MK
2606
Gerritsen Ave.
Savannah Third site of the library (1990-1997), later Scotty Arscott's Photo Studio -
2610-2624 residences empty lots -
2628
Gerritsen Ave.
Laura O'Connell Real Estate Storage building used by Hoban's Sold Christmas trees.
2632
Gerritsen Ave.
Jim's Marine Inn Hoban's Tavern (two stores combined) Owned by Mike Hoban. Smelled awful on summer mornings.
2634
Gerritsen Ave.
Kiddie Patch Konrad's Meat Market, Mimi's Bakery, Lady Anna Marie's Hair Stylists Bakery  (or butcher shop?) later moved to between Devon & Everett
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Gerritsen Ave.
- 1939: Hygienic Barber Shop Owned by A. Lanzarotta
2638
Gerritsen Ave.
All American Boy's Club - -
- - Victoria Pizza -
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Gerritsen Ave.
- 1939: The Annette Shop Owned by S. Rosenfeld. Hosiery, Lingerie, Children's wear.
- - Cardboard Joe's Shoe Store He was always in visiting his friends Fran and Izzy Israel.
2648
Gerritsen Ave.
Cort Club A&P? Cort Club eventually bought Fran and Izzy's and expanded to corner.
- - Kenney's Candy Store, later Fran & Izzy's Sweet Shop  (1962 advertisement) The candy store on the northwest corner of Everett Avenue. See Artie Richard's story Cap Pistol.
 

Between Devon and Everett Avenues

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2658
Gerritsen Ave.
Di Marzo Associates Macken's bar, later Park Tavern (1962 advertisement)

Still earlier, Gerritsen Pharmacy

Owned by Pat Macken (unoffical mayor of Gerritsen Beach) and O'Connor. A tough-guy place. Later, The Park Tavern, always referred to as Tangney's Bar (Pat Tangney & Frank Corr).- @ 1966-69, Thomas Deacy, and Pete Carr owned the Park Tavern (Cardea Rest).  Deacy bought it from the Tangney family and had it a few years. They sold the bar to Walter Benike & Pete Guarino. 
2658
Gerritsen Ave.
FM2 Square Construction Co. - -
2658
Gerritsen Ave.
Onyx Construction Co. - -
2658
Gerritsen Ave.
Tracey Real Estate Gerritsen Pharmacy (Doc's pharmacy, then Marty's) I remember the row of old style slow turning fans hanging from the tin ceiling. There were two men, perhaps brothers who I always assumed owned the business. Later in the mid '60's it changed hands and became Marty's pharmacy. Marty had been in the army or navy and was fond of telling everyone that, "I did everything while I was in the service ...What's your problem...just tell me...I can help. I did everything a doctor did, except surgery while I was in the service". He was cut from different cloth than the two reserved "brothers" before him. --RJ

Where a man worked with kinky hair, a moustache, and glasses and was a bit cross-eyed.

2662
Gerritsen Ave.
Nails and Designs by Gee Gee and Co. REO dry cleaner, gym, later pizza place Changed hands frequently.
2662
Gerritsen Ave.
Salon Siena later Marty's junk store _
2666
Gerritsen Ave.
Spiro's Seafood 'D' T-V (1962 advertisement), Don & Vinnie -
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Gerritsen Ave.
Artie's Bargain mart in 1958 1939: George's Bakery -George Haas's store came from his father-in-law, Mr. Beender. It started up by Allen Avenue and later moved between Devon and Everett.
2672
Gerritsen Ave.
Food Haven Ralston's grocery, later Food Haven (known as John's) Then there was a grocery store which was family owned. Much smaller than Bohacks, but much more convenient.--RJ

Owned by Johnny McBride, who resembled Red Skelton.--AR

2676
Gerritsen Ave.
National Cartoonist Society - -
2678
Gerritsen Ave.
- Quality Meat Market (Bill Doyle & Cebulski),  then Joe Duffy, the butcher. In 1958 was Independent Meat Market (1958 ad): John La Barbara -
2680
Gerritsen Ave.
Galleria Alba Sal's Barber Shop Sal originally worked in a shop next to Cardboard Joe's
2682
Gerritsen Ave.
John J Walsh, Attorney Real estate/ tax office (Walsh's?) -
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Gerritsen Ave.
Beach Florist Shoe repair store -
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Gerritsen Ave.
Gerritsen Wine & Liquor ca, 1930s,  In 1958 was Sherr, the Tailor/Dry Cleaner (ad) -
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Gerritsen Ave.
White Wave Laundromat Laundromat -
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- - Original site of Pollay's toy store -
2692
Gerritsen Ave.
#1 Best Reality 1939: Gus Konrad's Meat Market. Later, Jack's department store (1962 advertisement), later Eileen's and Bill's (also a clothing store) A clothing store operated by Jack and his wife.--RJ

Jack started out as an Army/Navy store after the war. Great guy he got involved with the local sports teams and helped out financially.--AR

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Gerritsen Ave.
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Gerritsen Ave.
ZAP - The Paint Spot Sam's candy store, Ira's; owned by Yetta & Max Schneider seemed dark and spooky
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Gerritsen Ave.
- Harry's Delicatessen (opened by Harry Rathjen, later  owned by two guys named Ira and Izzy. Harry Rathje's order, Willie Perkins, used to come to the house, take your order, and deliver it later in the day by pushcart.
 

Between Everett and Florence Avenues

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2712
Gerritsen Ave.
hand-crafted furniture store (was Puppy World, Beach Eats) (downstairs)

(upstairs) Dr. Louis J. Baronberg (see prescription)

Bar; later, the second site of the library (1956-1989)

Made housecalls, ran up the stairs, delivered babies. Doc Baronberg did tonsillectomies in his office.  His car has been described as a Mercedes, a Thunderbird, and a Corvette.

Dr. Baronberg's office is now (1999) a three-bedroom apartment.

2714
Gerritsen Ave.
Carol's School of Dance Machine shop -
2716
Gerritsen Ave.
Victoria Pizzeria - -
2718
Gerritsen Ave.
Gather Inn Pool hall -

2720
Gerritsen Ave.

- Macken's Restaurant and Bar: Pat Macken (1958 ad) -
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Gerritsen Ave.
Fair Deal Video In 1958 was Sal's Shoe Repair Shop: Sal Barbieri --
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2728
Gerritsen Ave.
Doreen Greenwood Realty Lane & Harbort, Jewelers, Flower store (1958 ad) -
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Gerritsen Ave.
D Television 1939: Harry Timmermann's Delicatessen and Fancy Groceries; also Hinsch's Delicatessen;  later George Durand's Cleaning/Pressing (1961 receipt) Durand's was run by George, always smiling and cheerful.
2730
Gerritsen Ave.
Genal's Stationary - -
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Gerritsen Ave.
- 1939: Franks Blue Bird Beauty Shop; later Pete's Italian-Anerican Deli: Pete & Micky D'Ambra (1958 ad); then Polay's toy store (story) Permanent waves: $4.00
- - empty lot, later a VFW memorial -
2748
Gerritsen Ave.
- Irem Stryker, RE broker -
2750
Gerritsen Ave.
Ancient Order of the Hibernians American Legion or Hibernian Hall, Duffy Post -
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Gerritsen Ave.
Pete's Hardware Initial site of the library storefront branch until 1955), then Ben's Mart (1962 advertisement) The Brownie Scouts had displays there when my mother was the Brownie Scout leader. I got books there all the time. I remember trudging through the snow with books on my sled.
2756
Gerritsen Ave.
Poppa Charlie's Deli Ernie's Delicatessen: Ernie Brancard (1962 advertisement) Where we bought potato salad and the fabulous Cincinnati (up here we call it Lebanon bologna).--MK
The best.--AR
2758 (301)
Gerritsen Ave.
Marine Pharmacy (1962 advertisement; bottle) (The Rexall store),  Wiener's Drugs, Doc Telsey's I remember Doc Wiener's Pharmacy but don't know what was there before. When Doc retired in the 70's Jerry Siegel took it over.
 

Between Florence and Gotham Avenues

2776
Gerritsen Ave.
St James Lutheran Church
They had a fair each year. Sometimes you could throw a ball at a target and if you hit it someone fell in the water. St James also had a yearly Sunday School parade down Gerritsen Avenue on Brooklyn Day-Forsythia Day in the spring. I have a few pictures of that. When I was a teenager, I joined the band to be with my friends. My knee was always black-and-blue from the drum.--MK

I remember the Brooklyn Day-St. James parade. They also had a "Cadet Corps" for boys who also marched in the parade. Regular sort of army uniforms, discipline, marching, hikes in the hills of New Jersey around Dover, and I think a band. I was a member for a short while. It was headed by an older gentleman named Major Rule who I am sure was a WWI vet, and perhaps WWII also.--RJ

I was scoutmaster there late 60s early 70s.  Troop 776.--AR

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