Thursday, November 1, 2007


I grew up in a much more innocent time and place. Yes, for sure. I grew up in Bell Park Gardens, Bayside, New York, in the 1950's and very early 1960's.

Most everyone was Jewish. It was a brand new neighborhood, built after WWII for US veterans and their families. I still can't get a reason why it was so Jewish. Maybe because only young Jewish families were desperate enough to leave the slums in Brooklyn, the Lower East Side and The Bronx to risk going to a new place that was so far from everything. Bayside is in very eastern northern Queens, almost at the city line, the border between New York City and Nassau County. There weren't enough schools. They were constantly building more; classes were over-full.

Halloween was just a time to dress up in costumes and wander from door to door collecting candy. It's hard for me to relate to articles like Tzvi's Trick or Treat? We were just kids, and the only dangers were to our teeth and appetites.

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