Yorkville Memories from Email – 72nd Street – 04/21/06
I was born and raised for 16 years on 72nd Street and York Avenue. The Mary Manning Walsh Home is the site of the brownstone I lived in. My father was born and raised on the northeast corner of 72nd Street and First Avenue. Zigfried’s Department Store took up the bottom half of his tenement.
St. Wenceslaus Chapel was located on the west side of York Avenue between 72nd and 71st Streets. The rectory for this church was in a brownstone a few houses up from mine going toward First Avenue.
Further up the block between the rectory and Guggenheim was a tailor, shoe repair shop, Chinese Laundry called Lin-ties (sp?) that was owned and operated by a wonderful family, a beauty parlor with a white picket fence around it, Ray’s Knife and Fork Diner and Carrie’s Candy Store (where everyone went right after they finished at Guggenheim). The North Pole was on the southeast corner of 72nd Street. As I read on the message board, that entire block, from 72nd to 71st Streets and First Avenue is being demolished. My Aunt Dolly DiDominico was just relocated from one of the buildings to 68th Street. She has lived on 72nd Street for over 70 years. The buildings were starting to dangerously fall apart. I think NY Hospital ownes them.
Some of the familes that lived on that block in the 50s were the McMahons, the Scaccio’s, the Vavrica’s, the Badinis, the Strecanskys, the Martins, the LaBudas, the Sinatras (had pigeons on the roof), the Goldenbergs and the Sleis Family (mine). I have been waiting a long time for something to appear about 72nd Street. The one person that did appear was a LaGamma. I knew his family too.
My family moved up to 93rd Street and First Avenue when I was 16 years old, so I recognize a lot of names from that neighborhood too. I married into the Terriberry Family (90th St.) in 1970. They are close friends with the McCormacks from 79th Street (Kay Kirby’s family). I just saw Kay at the St. Patrick’s Day parade. We all go to it every year, and always stand between 82nd and 83rd Streets.
Thanks for all of your hard work to keep this Yorkville Message Board going. It’s great!
Jennifer (Sleis) Terriberry
Hi Marty: 10/02/06
Greetings! I’ve been away and just noticed this 72nd Street page. You might want to add the Saint John’s RC Church to this listing. It was between 2nd and 3rd avenues, but very close to Second Avenue. My wife and I were married there in September 1962. Also, there was a bank close to Third Avenue that I think was called the Beehive Savings Bank, but my memory is a little fuzzy on the name. Anyway, it was a savings bank and right after our birthdays, we would go and deposit the few dollars (very few) that we got as presents in a saving book account. Naturally, it wasn’t but a few days later that the withdrawals would begin! I was glad to see that someone added Lou’s Candy store to the list. This was a place we where went all the time and knew Lou and his wife so well. What a story that would make of their lives. They worked together as a team and had no children. The hours were long from early morning to late evening. And the sales were just pennies at a time. Tough way to earn a dollar! They were German immigrants and usually spoke in German between themselves. They took naps in the back room hidden by a curtain, but I believe they had an apartment somewhere else, too. They were open seven, yes, seven, days a week! Hard to believe, no? Both were always on alert (and rightly so) for kids stealing candy, as their profit margin must have been razon thin. Lou sold “loosies” (single cigarettes of dubious quality) for one penny and that included a wooden match to light it. Lou also had a sharp eye out for valuable coins (any going out of use) and sometimes he would hit a jackpot when a kid from Park Avenue, for example, would dip into his father’s coin collection to buy soda or comic book. He showed me a coin one time that was so old that it even made an impression on me, a fourteen-year old! On occasion, he would send me or others he trusted up to 106th street and Third Avenue to pick up some supplies for him. He paid our trolly fare and a soda and pretzel on return. To this day, I have a high regard for him, when I think of what hardships he and his wife must have experienced, especially during World War 11. Oh, well, sorry I didn’t mean to digress so much. By the way, on 72nd street and Second Avenue, there was a great bakery store, Cushman’s.
Best regards, Ed
Hi Marty: 10/03/06
Wow, you are fast! I like your idea of different “block” stories, as they tend to breathe life into those magic days of our childhood. I’m copying my brother Alfred, as he may want to add a few items, too, about 72nd Street and the places there that he remembers.
Also, Marty, you mentioned just finishing, “The Irish Race.” Could you please give me the author’s name and date of publication? And, have you done any genealogy research on your Irish ancestors? I ask this because we have been working on a family tree for the last two years and learned that we have three paternal great-grandparents, all of whom came to the U.S. during the Great Famine and lived in Lower Manhattan in and around the infamous Five Points area. So far, we have been able to trace only one, Great-grandfather Patrick J. Fitzmaurice, back to his birthplace in Ballyhaunis, County Mayo,Ireland. We have been using the U.S. Census data, sources from the Mormon Church, marriage license, birth and death certificates. All of this information we have gathered just in the last two years. (Unfortunately, no family history was passed on to us.) Query: if you have done any of this type of research, could you suggest some additional sources for us? In the meantime, keep up you great efforts with your site!
Best regards, Ed
I think I misunderstood. I just wanted the Terriberry name added to the list of other names. Since I’m the only Terriberry (formerly Sleis) who participates in your message board, I don’t think a page is necessary. Or am I confusing things. I’ve also tried to find a picture of Cathedral, but couldn’t find one. Sorry. Please send all emails to my personal email address – Doowop49@aol.com. Also, I heard you might have an old friend named Jimmy Danaher. My sister is married to Dicky DePalma (Jimmy’s wife, Ann’s brother). Thanks for all the work you do on the Yorkville Message Board. It’s been a joy (and sometimes a challenge – Yorkville Borders), but I truly enjoy it. It feels like a trip home!
Not sure what block Jimmy came from 82nd? 84th? I was born and raised on 72nd St./York Ave. My husband came from 90th St./1st & 2nd Aves., and the other Terriberrys (cousins) came from 91st St./1st & 2nd Aves. I’ll keep looking for pictures.
Vincent Fodera. I knew the Vavricas and Pete Badini and Frank LaGamma and Danny Sheen, all use to hang on 73rd street in Jones Memorial, I lived around the corner on 73rd between York and 1st, and we had a large group of guys that lived there also, great to hear these names. My name is Vinny Fodera 09/07/14