Saturday, August 16, 2008

You Had To Be There

I had a discussion today with Eddie about growing up in the Coney Island Houses. We were talking about the pictures that Merrill sent me (they're posted to the right) and how young we looked. Eddie's daughters were amazed at his lack of chest hair! We spoke of how lucky we felt to grow up there and how wonderful it was to live in Coney Island during that time. We had so many friends and never a lack of things to do or places to explore. The funny thing is that no matter who I've talked to from the old neighborhood, we all have the same feelings and recollections of our childhood. I've been a social worker for over 30 years and I know that no childhood is without pain and frustration. My conclusion is that we aren't all suffering from group amnesia. It was a wonderful place to grow up and I hope that all who did will contribute to this blog. You know those days are long gone if you've been there recently and see what things are like now. However, in my mind's eye nothing has changed and I still feel the breeze and hear all the sounds coming from the Big Park. Oh, and most of us didn't have any chest hair either.

Here’s a video I shot of the old neighborhood in June 2000…. before everything changed forever.
Joey DePinto

Coney Island 2000 from Joseph A DePinto on Vimeo.


Audrey Blackburn said...

oh what great memories I have, and shared with all of my Friends from Coney...would love to hear from anyone of you, this is Audrey Blackburn and you can reach me @ "" it's been a long time would love to catch up with you regards to one and all...

fuzzmom said...

Joey, HI!!!!
You did a wonderful job with this website. I especially love the touch you added to the video - you were showing where Larry and Vinnys used to be and lo and behold there on a bench a slice of Pizza!! Zoom in - that did me in. LOL

Yes, my fondest memories are of us growing up at the projects. I miss all of you.
Cindy Cohen (Vitelli)

Anonymous said...

thanks for putting this together!!! Wow ...great memories!