Yes, Kensington Stories would be nothing without people reading it. And I am very honored and humbled to know that so may of you folks read my blog. For all the people that used to live here and moved away, I guess it's a way to re-connect with the past. For all the new folks that moved here from parts "unknown", well, it's a way to learn about what it was like here way back when. And for all you people who still live here and never moved away like me, Oh my God, what's wrong with us????
Oh, just kidding!
Now Readers Comments:
"This might be the coolest website ever! I grew up on Ft Ham. Pkway, between E2nd and E3rd, directly over Sonny's Pizza across from IHM, from around 1968 to 1979. Mr. Hagenberg took care of the laundrymat on one corner (E2nd) and there was an Associated on the other (E3rd). Between the two was a drug store, a dry cleaners, a deli, and a car service. Thanks for the memories!"
"Dr. Albin once put stitches in my arm without anesthesia! I guess my parents didn't want to wait in the ER or just wanted to watch me scream in pain as the good doctor sewd me up!" Josh
"And if you keep going around the bend toward McDonald Ave. there was what we called the OK diner, which we thought was owned by Papa Gallo and the Gallo brothers all hung out there. We used to stop there on our way home from school and I remember Joey opening up the juke box, so we could hear whatever records we wanted." Ginny
"I just wanted to write and say thank you for your wonderful wonderful blog. I was born and raised in Kensington (100 Caton to be exact) from 1979 till when I went off to college in 1997. My mom and my grandmother still lived in the building until this past September, when my mother finally made the Brooklyn move to.... Staten island (the horror! :)). But, my grandmother is still there.
"Anyway, I just wanted to drop a note and say thank you for keeping this up. The stories are a bit before my time, but they sound familiar because they are the stories that my mom and grandparents and aunts and uncles all told (The Beverly, Louie's, Joey Gallo....the whole family lived in the neighborhood from the 1930's on). And now that I am living out in San Francisco, I just loved reading all these even more."
"Anyways, thanks again for your corner of the internet. It definitely brightens my day!
"I remember the German Deli and in the late 40s & early 50s there was a butcher. I think it was Sam's. and then he moved to Church Ave., between E 5th and Ocean Parkway. Sorry, I go back a long way. The happiest days of my life Lived on East 5th between Beverly & Ave. C" Ginny
"I wish I had a German Deli turkey and muenster cheese hero with some german potato salad or cole slaw right now!" Josh
"Thanks for mentioning Steve. There actually was a trick to getting the tokens out fo the turnstile without putting your lips on the slot. Looking back it makes me wonder what we were thinking. We would do just about anything for a couple of bucks." Paul
"This was the stop outside my Aunt's house on East 5th - been there many, many times. I also remember walking down to the entrance from Ft. Hamilton Parkway, and seeing an older man coming out, blood streaming from his nose, saying that he'd been mugged. I think we then walked to the Church Avenue stop to get on the F train." Michael