I lived in Laurelton from 1952 until 1965 when I married Larry Kuskin, a graduate of AJHS in 1960. Served in Vietnam 68-69 (101st Airborne Division and Bronze Star Recipient). Softball League, whom many of you guys payed ball in. "Life happens when you are busy making other plans." If anyone remembers me get in touch. I have fond memories of PS 156 and JHS 59, as well as actively participating in USY at the Laurelton Jewish Center, plus singing with Mr Buchanan and doing Gilbert & Sullivan. As I read about the reminiscences of others on this site: 132, 156, "squash" at the handball court, the LJC, Carmine's, Roma's garlic bread (God), the movie theater (which was an addiction on Saturdays, curiously nobody mentioned), the wonderland of Stanley's! Along with: Paul Weintraub, "Logi" Trepper, Barry Becker (a genius/peter pan who dressed as Batman, in his self-made costume and took 'competing' Robins out at night to roam alleys and garage rooftops), John Ploss, Mike Cohen, and others. My family moved to Laurelton in 1955 and I lived at 131-45 227 Street until I moved away in 1964. It would be nice to hear from some of my old friends and see what road they traveled in life. On our street we had Barbara and Robert Malkin, Neal Dreznin, David Kaback, David Scher, my family (Reba, Jay and Hope Harris) and more. My neighbors were Linda Disimone, Michael Fierstein, Ronny Sasofsky, Mitchell Karlin, Arthur and Carol Mack, Andrea Wolpe, Elyse Goldstein - boy so many memories. Lived in Laurelton with my family and brother Martin (on the corner of 232nd St. Attended PS 156, JHS 59 and graduated AJHS in 1963. Kerner's 4th grade class on this site, I'm holding the placard probably to hide the fact that I was not wearing a white shirt - again not wearing a white shirt in Mrs. They are indelible and the heart of life when things were simple but intense. Their mother was Etta (she passed away from breast cancer. There was an ex-jockey who kept a horse, and occasionally he would drive down the street riding a sulky.
Marcia Barbakoff, Berta Rubin & Debbie Usadi were my friends from "the block". Once I graduated from JHS 59 I lost regular touch with many of my Laurelton friends as I attended Aviation High. I graduated PS 156, JHS 59 and Andrew Jackson in 1965.
We played punch ball and hide and seek until it got dark. Currently living in Viera, Florida where I just retired, so I have a little time to catch-up on the last 50 years.
My kids lived a half a mile and had to take the bus. I became a grandmother this year and fell in love again with sweet Julianna, my son, Eric's daughter. In 1975 I was transferred to San Francisco by my company and moved to Sonoma County in 1991. Our home was located directly across from PS 176 and my neighbors included, the Dawsons, the Whites, the Persons, Russells and the Filippis(on 238th Street behind us.)We had the best childhood ever and growing up in Cambria Heights/Laurelton was terrific and safe. I then moved to Valley Stream when I was 18..to believe I was ever 18. There was Alan Goldman "gompers", Mark Kessler "count" (Mark got the nick name "count" because he couldn't! We have been living in Dix Hills/Melville since 1974. Recently moved to Carbondale, CO, a short drive to magnificent skiing and summer music festival in Aspen. Still keep in touch with many who never graduated from PS 156 but transferred to JHS 59, and then went on to Jackson. After JHS 59 I went to M&A and lost touch with all my school friends (Madelyn Berman, Maxine Weinstein, Judi Schoenfeld, Margery Lesk, Frankie Fuchs, Jerry Solomon, Howie Polera). (I stage managed "The Man Who Came to Dinner" in 1966 directed by Mr. I have a daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter who live in Manhattan. In Laurelton from 1958 until about 1972 when I got out of the service and "left home". I have 2 married sons and four fantastic grandchildren. 38 for K and 1st and then transferred to 156 through the 5th grade then we moved to Fla. I married a Jackson alum, Warren Muchnick, 24 years ago. My wife of almost 24 years, Bea, and I live in Chester NY, but are in the process of downsizing and eventually looking to go south to the Vero Beach area. Though I last saw Jeff Goodman in 1986, aside from Jill (and on TV Barbie Seagal Nevins), I can't recall seeing anyone else since the 1984 mass Jackson reunion.
Through this site, I hope to connect and share stories and memories of a different time in all of our lives and sense of community. Gosh I know I'm going to leave someone out but I haven't talked or seen Pam Morris, Joan Prussan, Gail Friedman etc (since a reunion mega years ago)and I miss you! Marty Rosenthal, Alan Nodelman (I did have dinner with you not too long ago,it was great but we lost touch again), Billy and Barry Rost. Jackson was great and we were all very involved in Sing-- Happy to hear from others. We both graduated from Queens College in 19 respectively. If anyone remembers me and would like to spend some time talking about the old days in Laurelton, just e-mail me. I lived at 120-25 237th Street in Cambria Heights actually 1/2 block from Laurelton but all of my friends that I hung out with lived in Laurelton. I lived in 233rd Street and then moved to Francis Lewis Blvd. We were 10 guys who called themselves the "big 10". I got the nick name because the name of he principal at JHS 59 was Dr. Does anyone out there remember any of this group of characters? I met my husband of 43 years through Leslie Davidson. We were married in 1967 and have 2 beautiful married daughters, 2 handsome sons-in-law and 5 gorgeous grandkids. It seems like yesterday I was in high school and now my granddaughter is starting next year. We played a lot in the schoolyard, as well as punchball, stoopball, and I Declare War on our own street. I just found out about this site from my sister Doree. Closest friends of mine were Gary Goldman who sadly passed away in May of 1997. I am a CPA who teaches at a community college and is a force in local theater. I lived at 131-50 226th St (amazing how we still remember those even though it's been almost 30 years since I've been there). Maybe even some of the girls I had crushes on (they shall remain nameless). I am a retired Bank Vice President still living on Long Island with my wonderful wife Marcia (married 37 years). I was one of those kids who kept pretty much to himself (ergo, I wasn't popular). My sisters, Susan and Ellen, are also graduates of Jackson. What a hoot, seeing so many names of so many "kids" I grew up with, seeing them in my mind's eye as they were then and thinking about so many more whose names I do not see and having it prompt so many memories of our "small town inside the big city". I retired as Associate General Counsel of Avis Budget Group at the end of 2008.
Married in 1965 to the former Marilyn Meister, 2 sons and a 4 y/o grand daughter. Hi everyone, I am not Milton Blatt's daughter; but I am Jerry's younger and Cynthia's older sister. I moved from Laurelton (128-44 236 Street) in 1970 and now live in Jackson Heights, NY. He's written 50 books, is 93, and about to celebrate his 70th anniversary -- pretty inspiring. Came across some old names and cherished memories of a time none of us will ever forget. I've emailed to some on the list that I remember from the first grade, and hope to hear from them. I'm still working, two grandchildren, and living at the beautiful Jersey shore. My older sister Sue, cousind Richie, Steven and Linda all lived on the same block. Friends from the day Harold Mosberg, Bob Love, Louie Temlock, Elliot Strizhak, Sid Coverman, Fred Schwartz, Kenny Nemeroff, Maty Starin, Sandy Pukel, Joel Forman, Michael Polikoff, Jeff Barnes, Marc Barbakoff, Alan Braverman, Carol Green, Jill Leff, Leona, Sue Brown and so many more wonderful friends from school, temple, sports, and hanging out at the Busy Bee. Miller, Stanley's Toy Store, Tom's Barber Shop, the Laurelton Movie Theater, Ms. Have some awesome photos from 50's..played little league at Brookville Park (still have trophy, 1960-Pirates) coach was Mr. I lived at 139-06 233rd St., just a short walk from Twin Ponds where I used to fish in the Summer and ice skate in the Winter when it froze over - great memories although I don't miss the cold weather! Married Linda Frankel in 1969 and remain married to this wonderful girl today. We live in Tucson, retired 10 years ago when we sold a software business, dance East Coast & West Coast swing as often as possible, enjoy building 55-57 Chevys and am currently building a two seat, 200 mph airplane. Remain friends with Harvey Blumenfeld, the Solomon brothers, Steve Dichter (my brother) and Kevin & Ellen Kurtzman. We visit my sister Linda (the former Linda Di Simone) & her husband in Phoenix often. Would love to get in touch with old friends from Rosedale, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens. When I got to Jackson my closest friends were Sue Beerman and Eileen Weinbaum. I was fooling around on the computer and checking out the site with the article about the Laurelton Jewish Center that was in the paper this weekend and things just went on from there. Naomi Dreznin Matalon Currently living in Calera AL. Atlanta has been home for quite awhile, but in my heart New York and Laurelton are still the guiding force. One of them, Rosalyn Irwin turns out to be my neighbor. We've been here ever since and are happy to be retired in our current home where my husband paints and I knit, crochet, and read. Don't miss those terrible days at Hebrew School at the LJC. Rhonda lived just over the Nassau line in North Woodmere but we never met. I still stay in touch with Rich Kustin, Larry Frank, Steve Somerstein, Sandy Seplow, Maxine Bergman, Stan Officina, on and on. Seems like only yesterday that we were hanging out on Francis Lewis Blvd & Merrick Rd @ Lil Eds coffee shop or having the best lasagna ever made at Capri. Working as a physicist/engineer but wishing I could afford to retire. Spent a lot of time at that school yard...smoked my first cigarette with Paul Seiden behind the handball court. Didn't go to Jackson; went to and graduated from Thomas Jefferson Hi in Brooklyn while living in Laurelton...almost played for Far Rockaway but didn't want to take Hebrew as a language. Lettered in baseball...taught and coached in the Bellmore Merrick school district for 34 years and now retired for 11 years... I worked at the Herman Brothers Texaco station (Merrick and Belt Parkway) for many years to put myself through college. I lived in the 'new' section of Laurelton, on 235th St. Found this great site by accident and have spent hours reading and reliving a lot of my youth. I recall handing in a permission slip to read books from the adult shelves at the Laurelton Library when I was twelve, and walking home down the middle of 228th Street, between the island trees and the parked cars, scared to death after seeing The Thing at the Itchy. The schools were good, the housing affordable, and we roamed the whole town. My sister, Carolee (since '70s Amber Jayanti and living in Santa Cruz, CA ) and I grew up at 232-19 Mentone Ave.
Survived the Laurelton party scene as a teen, which was great preparation for my business career which was basically a continuation of the same. sold the buffalo herd in 2003 Currently living in Allentown, NJ. Yes we also had the monkey - gee, maybe you do remember me. I have been living here in Maryland for 18 years and have met so many people who are from the old neighborhood or know someone from Rosedale/Laurelton. I've kept in touch with a bunch of folks listed on Classmates, but this site is awesome! great to find this site and read about so many people that were at Jackson during my four years. I was born in Laurelton and lived at 135-02 232nd St. Nothing but great memories about growing up in Laurelton. 156 and JHS 59 and then chose to go to Brooklyn Tech while almost all the rest of my friends went to Andrew Jackson. Lived on 226th St just off Merrick Blvd with my older sister Barbara. I can't spell them anymore, but I remember Howard Gilman, Carolyn Rubin, Paul Gottleib, Todd Sveslosky, Howard Beizer, Marjorie Lesk, Maxine Weinstein, Stuart Leventhal (and his chinchillas), Cecile Cohen, Cheryl Gorlick, Lynn Winston, Gloria Pessirillo, Alex Pupako, Jay Schwartz, Marsha Touger, Alan Krebs, Vinnie Oliveri, Louie Teverini, Toby Volkman, Toby Rosenblatt, Irene Platzblatt, Rona Ganz, Joel Kimmel, Joel Levine, Susan Steinberg, Helen Steinberg, David Diamond, Jerry and Arnold Tranes, Julie Goldstein, Joan and Wendy Wallach, Martin Perlman, Marilyn Feldman, some red-headed kid who liked to throw rocks at people, Zickerman's, Raab's, saxophone lessons with Vince Pendl, orthodontia with Dr. Would love to hear from old friends, will post much more later. So many great memories, thank you all for the best reading in a long time, Rich Currently living in Massapequa, NY. I always thought of myself as being from Springfield Gardens but the New York Times (real estate section) shows Laurelton as extending west to Springfield Boulevard. Currently retired in Wellington, FL after spending most of my adult life in Milpitas, CA., a suburb of San Jose. In fact, Joel, Beatrice and I rode in a rumble seat to PS 156 together. It was the best place to grow up in the 50s and 60s, lots of time outdoors, hanging out with great friends and neighbors, barbeques, badminton, comic book exchanges, listening to music and comedy albums together. and I remember when our zone 13 designation first became a zip code of 11413. My best friends at 132 were Laurie Dringus, Barbara Cohen and Susy Schwarz; at 59 I became friends with Annie Defalco, and Lauri Bente (Benveniste), who tragically was killed several years ago. I remember so many things - the diversity of "treats" along Merrick Rd.; walking to jr congregation at the LJC; riding bikes with my friends all over the neighborhood without concern of any danger; the all-day movies for a quarter; Tom's Barber Shop. I have traveled a lot, raised two wonderful sons, and lived in the several parts of the country. He was married, had 2 children and now has 3 grandchildren. My husband and I bought our first home in Laurelton where we lived until we moved to Syosset in 1970. I now live in Teaneck, NJ, have three children and three grandchildren. PS 156, JHS 59, Springfield Gardens HS, Laurelton Jewish Center.the kids..many to even mention. My sister Yvette lives in Fresh Meadows and my brother Louis lives in Syosset. Married to another Laureltonian Elliot Hochman, class of 62. I lived at 224-05 137th Ave the big white house between 224 & 225 St. I used to hang out with Tom Ferrara, Joe Barillari, Ronnie Levine, Marty Blank, John Ventura, Pete Cohen, Mark Fishman, Harvey Krauthamer, Lou Kravitz, Jack Zipper, Eileen Kaye, Rhona Toline, Arlene Goldstein, Marilyn Goldstein, Carol Bernstein and many others. Miss those simple lazy summer days playing handball, stoopball, stickball and softball in the "156" yard. I moved to Laurelton but south of the Belt Parkway in 1964. My good friends were George Parker, Ira Hutner, Andy Calia (who recently died) Paul Gural and Richie Allen amongst others. I now live in Stamford, CT with my wife Rhonda Jacobs and our three boys. What a great website - gave me the desire to want to reach out to everyone I grew up with in Laurelton in the late 50s and very early 60s. 59 and played basketball for Coach Jerry Able and ran track with the second fastest kid Steve Levine. Bell for Spanish and we would just marvel at her chest. I left NY shortly after college and worked for AT&T Laboratories in Texas and Missouri. and hanging at Burt’s Busy Bee on Merrick and Francis Lewis. I have looked through all the names posted on the listing and nobody lives here in Chicago. We always had breakfast at the Laurelton Diner before heading home. Would love to connect with Adria Gross (no relation), Susan Dankner (again), Anita Bernheimer, and anyone else who might remember me.
Life is great - we are both retired and having fun in our Venetian Isles adult community. Helene Kuskin Currently living in Coral Springs, FL. Though I was not close with almost any of these kids, you can see how vivid are my memories of this time. My neighbors were Grace and Herb Pomfrey and my other neighbors were two brothers Stu and David and their sister Wendy. Would love to know what happened to Jerry Sobel and others. Ronnie and I were bathroom monitors, and someone stole our pocketbooks with our collection of bus passes. The boy-next-door was Neal Dreznin, and I sat on the bar of his bike and we rode all over town. Schneider, the 3rd grade teacher, lived on our block.
Graduated from Fordham University majoring in Business and Economics. Remember going to the Laurelton Theatre for the Saturday matinee for .25 cents & getting the card to see if you got in for free the following week. My family moved to Eastchester in 1958, so I missed going to Jackson or Far Rockaway. , Woolworth's, Bert & Dave's, the Depot, Library, and so many other places and things, I'm struck by how much this place was so important to us because we spent our childhoods there. I lived in Laurelton until the 9th grade and then moved to Rockville Centre. I remember House of Change, Laurelton Movies, The Riveria Italian Restarant, The Bagel Store, The Greasy Spoon Dinner, Sherry's Bakery (I worked there.) So many good memories of my childhood. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to express myself. The boys had endless games of catch and stoop ball.
I'd love to hear from long lost friends from PS156, Shimer JHS and Jackson. It is about growing up in Cambria Heights/Laurelton in the 50's. It was a very special place at a very special time and it produced a remarkable number of amazing people. Clares, then moved to Long Island..name is Rich Colozzo, older brother Ben, younger brother Donald, and kid sister Mary. I lived on 231st Street in Cambria Heights, just a block off Linden Boulevard. and 116th Avenue and belonged to the Cambria Heights Jewish Center. My two sisters, my brother in law and his sister all graduated from Jackson. To my brothers of Mu Sigma, I somehow don't remember ever seeing you outside in direct sunlight. It was great seeing Janet Blatt (little), Cora Glasser, Lorraine Leiblein, Jessie Tillman and so many others. I will definitely cancel plans when the next one comes around. about 3 blocks from me (125 St.) Currently living in Tucson, AZ, I didn't officially live in Laurelton, but having gone to Jackson, had many friends from there, including my boyfriend (now husband) at the time, Barry Di Simone. I have the honor of continuing to have relationships with several of my friends from P. While I didn't find Pam, it was so nice to see some familiar names from my youth. Barry delivered the Long Island Press and worked at Bert & Daves and delivered for Dial Drugs. I would love to hear from people who remember me from the wonderful years I lived in Laurelton. Greenspans 5th grade class began my journey into adult hood. Our family lived at 139-19 224th St., near the LI railroad station and the corner candy store. From there we left for England where we spent a year in Manchester and then returned to Chicago where we have been ever since. Played handball all summer in Mentone Park, rode my bike everywhere, even to Rockaway Beach. but spent most of my teen years with my friends in Laurelton. Can't believe I still remember the words to our PDG sorority song "for we're the girls with the pep and the vigor, too, to stand for PDG... Laurelton was a wonderful and safe place to grow up in. I have moved around the country a good deal for business.
We played ball on the street, went to Merrick Road to hang out with friends and rode our bikes all over town. I've reconnected with some and it's such fun to relive those wonderful times. So many of the names on the list here are immediately associated with a face, an event, a home, even of parents. I am hoping this site will help many of us connect with the wonderful people and memories of Laurelton. I look forward to hearing from my old Laurelton friends. Brother Guy and sister Bette - Laurelton was a wonderful foundation to start from - the world has changed from those peaceful days of riding bikes and hanging out - peace to all my friends. Skip, love the website and have only begun to explore. from 1952 thru 1960, went to PS 156, till 1959, then to St. I also see Marilyn's sister, Lois, and my cousins Barbara Fierestein and her brother Fred. A few years ago we had a mini reunion at Mark Obenzinger's. I don't remember his last name but he lived on Francis Lewis Blvd. Would love to hear from anyone who remembers me from way back then. My fondest memories of growing up in Laurelton have to do with the sense of community that I felt. I would look forward to hearing from people who "remember us when..." Attended P. I came to this website quite by accident, while looking for a former friend, Pam Chapman Halvorsen. G) and Sadie, sister Deanne (AJHS '61) brothers Barry (AJHS '62 or '63) and David. I have one child, Jaclyn, who is an attorney, married and living in Washington, DC. Would love to make contact with others from my year. It was a very large and lovely obituary and I will try to remember to send it to you next week. Graduated from PS 156, JHS 59 , SGHS and Queens College. I left Laurelton in 1964 when I married and moved to Cambridge, MA. Currently residing in Columbus, OH, my sister Judi (Hunter College HS) and I (Jamaica HS, later AJHS) lived at 130-25 236th St.
We had Brownies and Girl Scouts and Little League and Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Currently have 38 years as a Volunteer Firefighter/Safety Officer/EMT-CC/Dept Secy/Engine Co Secy/Engine Driver/AHA/BCLS/CPR Instructor/Junior Firefighter Advisor in my current fire dept which now totals up to 50 years of volunteer service, including previous other corps and departments.