Friday, May 23, 2008

Finally, a Sunny Vacation Day

No Rain Today!!!  I went to the bank in the morning and then drove down to Forest Park.  I walked for about an hour and then did some reading.  From there I drove to 63rd Drive in Rego Park where I started my annual tour of the neighborhood where I grew up.  I have already documented by 2006 and 2007 tours in this journal.  I was sure to stop by the following addresses:

61-40 Saunders Street where I lived with my parents until 1980.  I checked the building directory and noted there were 3 families that were there back then.

64-12 Wetherole Street where I lived just before I got married from January 1980 until right before my wedding in October 1983

62-60 99th Street (Saxon Hall) where Karen and I lived when we were first married

I looked around at retail establishments and remembered what was there all those years ago.  Only Ben's Best Deli on Queens Blvd. remains.

Back in May 2000 I did this tour with Steven Gaber who was my friend in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  I recalled how he stole my baseball glove and said that he mailed it to China. 

Below is a photo of the Rego Park Jewish Center where I was Bar Mitzvahed in April 1962.  I passed by there today.

Until Next May

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