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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: fuzzytail5895@msn.com
Hi, Does anyone know what ever happened to Steve from Steve's Pizza that was on 111 Street and Jamaica Avenue?
Only thing I remember was that there was a hand written sign on the door saying "Sorry, Closed Will Re Open Soon."
That was the end of Steve's. I loved his pizza! Did he open in another area? Got out of the business?
If anyone knows, please post. Thanks!
Added: April 15, 2017
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Tom Maund
From: Brevard, North Carolina
E-mail: tombren@comporium.net
I'm a real old Geezer. I just had my 89th B'day.
I lived on 87th Ave, between 102nd and 104th St. I went to HCJ, RHHS, and I worked at Jahns 1946.
I went to sea at 17. I played baseball and basketball for HCJ with my brother Terry and just about everything else. The Shelton, Harvey's, Glenn's, Marshalls, Triangle. and points NESW.
Anybody remember us, drop a line.
Added: April 14, 2017
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Vincent Godino
From: Howard Beach, N.Y.
E-mail: vindino53@yahoo.com
Sue (Diamond) Rizzi,
If you're still trying to contact Anthony M. did you try looking to see if he's on Facebook, if so message him.
Added: April 12, 2017
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Gabriela Oliveira
From: Woodhaven, NY
E-mail:
I was doing general research on the neighborhood and very happy I found your website.
So much history!
Added: April 7, 2017
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Donald Theiss
From: Middletown, RI
E-mail: jetdjt@gmail.com
I know a lot of history of Richmond Hill dating back into the 1930's.
I lived at 8437 124 st Richmond Hill. My grandfather built this house and owned much of the property in and around this area. He was born in 1865 the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, in the locksmith house south of Van Wyck Blvd and Hillside ave.
On April 30, I will reach my 85th birthday. Some day I hope to revisit my old neighborhood and will drop in to see you all in person
Added: April 3, 2017
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Debbie Hunt
From: Woonsocket, RI
E-mail:
Great memories growing up in Richmond Hill! Left for college in Boston but still consider Richmond Hill my home.
Thanks for website.
Added: April 2, 2017
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Frank Kleniewski
From: Roanoke, VA
E-mail: fungeilo25@gmail.com
I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1967 !
With Sean Courtney, Robert Capuder, Benedict Oddo, Kathleen Meyers, and all. I was an altar boy along with Sean, who became a priest - but later resigned. I can be called at 540-597-5677 (Roanoke, Va).
I am in bad health and need some good words.
Added: March 29, 2017
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Sue (Diamond) Rizzi
From: San Jose, CA
E-mail: sue@jrizzi.com
HELP! I recently started a conversation with Anthony M. who went to school with me back in the day.
I seem to have written his email down incorrectly and can't get in touch with him any more. If you read this Anthony, please send me a note so we can keep chatting. It's really great fun.
Added: March 25, 2017
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Rene Denevan
From: California
E-mail: Denevan4@hotmail.com
My mom Anita Seisler grew up at 124-06 Hillside, in Jamaica, Queens. She graduated RHHS in 1949. She is now 84.
Looking for anyone who might remember her, I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from them. Not many in their graduating class left, I imagine. Feel free to email me! Thanks and take care!
Added: March 23, 2017
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: fuzzytail5895@msn.com
Hey, got a question...
Connie's Restaurant on 108 street and Jamaica Avenue, years ago, did they ever open another restaurant in different neighborhood? I was thinking about their fried baked ziti and wondered if they opened in another area. If anyone has news, please post. Thanks
Added: March 21, 2017
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Jim "Zak" Szakmary
From: Brookhaven, NY
E-mail: vietnam68@optimum.net
Always looking for new information on the Battle of Long Island.
I live near the Nathanial Woodhull gravesite.
Added: March 20, 2017
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Donna Montague
From: South Ozone Park, New York
E-mail:
Thanks for the Website!
Added: March 19, 2017
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Robert Boasi
From: Greenville S.C.
E-mail: Rboasi1226@aol.com
Lived in Richmond Hill on 107 Ave between 115 st and 116 st. Went to O.L.P.H. the years were from Dec 1962 until April 1988.
My childhood was great from growing up there.
Added: March 19, 2017
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WILLIAM DEYORRA
From: Florida
E-mail: WDEYORRA@aol.com
John Cowan
Read your comments on Shea's Candy Store. I am Billy Shea. I hung out with your brother. Good Memories from that era.
Added: March 13, 2017
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Theresa Dillon (Keeshan)
From: Wading River NY
E-mail: tdil619@yahoo.com
Just found this website. I lived in Richmond Hill from 1961-1972.
I lived on 129th Street between 107th and 109th Avenue. I attended St Teresa of Avila. I would love to hear from all of my old class mates. I was in in the same grade as Katerinka Nalywajako, Debra Diaz, Nancy Lamberson, Bunny Wolf, Barbara Holland, Frances Ferger, Helen Werber to name a few.
Loved those days growing up in R.H. Walking down Liberty Avenue going to Uncle Jack's to buy a toy, or the record shop to buy the latest 45. My mother shopped at Tunics department store and Mayfair all the time. I was also a baton twirler for the Red Tops. Those parades are so vivid in my mind, marching down Liberty Avenue. And How can I forget the Lefferts theater or sometimes we went to the Casino theater under the El. But we always stopped at the penny candy store first!
Those were the days when kids knew how to play! Let's face it we played in the street with everyone who lived on the block. Little kids to teenagers all got to participate in a game of ringalivio, or jump rope, or hopscotch. Those were the days. Wouldn't trade those memories for anything! We had nothing in terms of material things, but we had fun, and learned values, and respect of elders, priests, nuns, and police. Best childhood ever!!!!
Added: March 13, 2017
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Dominick J. Fontana
From: So. Richmond Hill, NY 11419
E-mail:
My parents bought the house in Richmond Hill in 1953 for $11,000 and that's where my brothers and I grew up.
We still have the house. We went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Elementary School. I'm having an OLPH Reunion this May 6th! They call the neighborhood South Richmond Hill now.
They opened Aqueduct Race Track in 1959 and the Resorts World International Casino in 2011. Of the 5 boroughs, Brooklyn has the most people, but Queens is the largest in land area. I'm glad I found this site. It will rekindle a lot of memories.
Added: March 9, 2017
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John Cowan
From: NC
E-mail:
John Mulroney,
I went to PS100 in 1964 to 1966. My teachers were Miss Jano and Mrs Kramer, then onto JHS 202.
Added: March 8, 2017
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Carbone
From: Richmod Hill
E-mail:
I'm a young man and my family actually owned the Rainbow bar.
Can anyone give me any info or stories they can share with me or maybe stories about the owners or workers? Thanks
Added: March 8, 2017
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Maureen Sugden Egan
From: Atlanta, Ga
E-mail: Maureenegan@bellsouth.net
Just really appreciate all that you do to keep our home town history alive.
As a family genealogist (Nono-professional) and history buff I feel as if I understand the hours it takes to research but also the satisfaction. I am on a recent quest to find out which corner of Atlantic Ave and Van Wyck Blvd the Camp Curtis Noyes trading camp for the War of Rebellion was located on.
I believe I have exhausted all on line info and will go to the library when I visit New York but wondered if anyone had information on this part of our history. Thank you
Added: March 7, 2017
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Tony Sciara
From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: sabalpalm357@aol.com
You can take the kid out of Richmond Hill, but... well, you know the rest.
Been gone almost 40 years but to this day, my best of times occurred in Richmond Hill. Growing up in the 1970's in a care free sense of being was wonderful. Not a day goes by where I think about someone or something from Richmond Hill. Loved my Red 1969 Chevelle cruisin' the streets. Anyone out there, hit me back. Peace
Added: March 2, 2017
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Margie Monsanto
From: Currently in Atlanta, GA
E-mail:
Stumbled on this site quite by accident and enjoyed reading everyone's memories of Richmond Hill.
It broke my heart to read a comment from 2006 where Annemarie asked about Lenny Tusa. I learned this very afternoon that Lenny passed away this week. He was part of the gang from 121st Street & 101st Ave where I lived. Gone too soon.
Added: March 1, 2017
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Marilyn Mayer
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
I'm hoping this isn't too late, but Holy Child Jesus is having their Centennial Celebration for all alumni September 16, 2017 from 3 PM - Midnight. If anyone's interested, please use the link bellow to submit your info by choosing alumni immediately at hcjcany.org
Invitations are going out and time is of the essence for replies since many are expected. 3-4 PM is registration and a Memorial Garden dedication. 5 P.M. is the Alumni Mass, Concelebrated by past and current Clergy. 6 PM - Midnight is dinner, music, beer, wine in the school, auditorium and the schoolyard.
I attended the 2010 reunion and reconnected with so many, everyone having a great time. I hope anyone interested will come back to enjoy what will be a wonderful day and night!
Added: February 25, 2017
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
JOHN COWAN
I went to PS 100 from 58-62. Teachers: Mrs. McManus, Mrs. Weisbart, Mrs. Morse, Mrs. FitzSimmons (first, second, third fourth grades)
Added: February 24, 2017
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Edward Sebald
From: East Meadow, NY
E-mail:
Went to SBJL from 1965 to 1970. Lived on 116th street and 95th ave.
I know there are some of you out there that use to egg Grannies candy store on 95th avenue and also played buck johnny on a pony by the garages!!!
Added: February 20, 2017
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Helen Day
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail: hday525@aol.com
Richmond Hill Historical Society President Ivan Mrakovcic, Vice President Helen Day and board member Joanne Tanzi attended the Historic Districts Council, 2017 Six to Celebrate Launch Party on Feb 15, 2017, near Gramercy Park.
Richmond Hill was selected in 2016 and we came to cheer on the 2017 groups: Chelsea, Manhattan; Corona-East Elmhurst, Queens; Hart Island, The Bronx; Mott Haven, The Bronx; Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn & West Harlem, Manhattan.
Added: February 16, 2017
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Bill Cosentini
From: 11768
E-mail: patriciavanco@aol.com
Goodwins ladies store, my first job in 1963.
I would like to find Cathy, she worked on the third floor. Anyone who worked their or knew her Please contact me.
Added: February 13, 2017
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John Cowan
From: N.C.
E-mail:
Wonderful stories to see,
I grew up on Liberty Ave and 116 st went PS 100 and JHS 202, we had great times playing stickball on 107 Ave, football on the side streets, stoopball, going to the Rockaways on trains that cost 15 cents, and hanging out at Shea's candy store.
I wouldn't change a thing growing up.
Added: February 11, 2017
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Edward Fox
From: Nassau County
E-mail:
Lived in Richmond Hill on 102 Street near Park
Added: February 11, 2017
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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Noticed several posts about Gebhardt's Bakery, a favorite in our family.
I found a blog, Heather Likes Food, and there's a recipe German Crumb Cake that is very similar to Gebhard's. It is so delicious and tastes even better the next day!
Added: February 5, 2017
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Celeste
From: Middlesex County NJ
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Lived on 113th Street between 101st Ave and 95th Ave in Richmond Hill from 1955 to 1972.
Went to PS 62 and then PS 108 and then Richmond Hill HS. Really enjoy reading the posts. Great memories.
Added: February 3, 2017
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Natalie Kelly
From: ForeverCurious.org
E-mail:
Hi, We are a group of librarians and educators who are curating and creating the best educational resources for kids on the web. Our next piece is a series of lesson plans using genealogy as a way to teach students about history. In doing research for this project, I came across your site.
Thanks for your resources. :isted are several others that might be helpful:
Top 100 Genealogy Sites
http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2015-page01.html
Resources for Military Records
http://www.findmypast.com/articles/anzac-day-stories/resources-search-military-records
A Beginner's Guide to Building a Family Tree Online
https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/how-to-start-your-family-tree-online.html
Military Indexes
http://www.militaryindexes.com/
Added: February 3, 2017
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Eddie Foster
From: St. Petersburg, Fl.
E-mail:
Happy New Year!
Great to be back visiting the old neighborhood!
Added: January 30, 2017
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Dan Russell
From: Charlotte, NC
E-mail: gdrunner@yahoo.com
Hello everyone, I lived in Woodhaven from 1968-1979 and attended P.S. 60 through the 5th grade.
My family moved away to Bergen County, NJ where I started the 6th grade. Does anyone have a copy of the P.S. 60 yearbook from 1980 which is the year I would have graduated? I only have fond memories of growing up on 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
My closest friends in the neighborhood were Steven Braun, Frank Dagostino, and David Laino. I hope everyone is doing well.
Added: January 26, 2017
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john trainor
From: suffolk county
E-mail:
Always in my memories, a great place to be young.
Added: January 26, 2017
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Sue (Diamond) Rizzi
From: San Jose CA
E-mail: sue@jrizzi.com
Last May I posted a comment about Davies candy store. Two people replied to me and one (I think) was in my class at Holy Child. Great fun to look at the comments. Must remember to do it more often.
I remember Gebhardt's - especially for rolls on Sunday after church. There was also a great bakery just the other side of Woodhnave Blvd. on Jamaica Ave. No great German bakeries here in CA and no terrific bagels either! But you can't fault the weather!
Added: January 17, 2017
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George Farrell
From: Missouri
E-mail: Mcy2@aol.com
Just saw Richie Massey's posting from last month and it sent me back forty/fifty years ago to the unforgettable Mickey's Jerome Tavern. Many a good man and many a good memory came flooding back.
Truly a neighborhood institution in its heyday.
Added: January 15, 2017
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Karen Mulligan
From: Brooklyn, NY
E-mail: nysharks30@yahoo.com
Doing some family history research. My great grandparents lived in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens.
My father's great uncle, Charlie Mulligan, owned a bar called Mulligan's on Myrtle Ave, I believe in the lower 60's of streets.
It may have existed around 1940/1950. If anyone knows what the address was or even has pictures, please email me!
Added: January 13, 2017
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Gunther Kuehn
From: walled lake, mi.
E-mail: kuehnd@comcast.net
i lived in Richmond Hill from 1958 to 1969. went to Richmond Hill HS. from 1960 to 1964.
so many wonderful memories of living there. going to Jahn's for ice cream. the RKO Keith's for a 30 cent movie. later on going to the Triangle Hofbrau for a great meal with great company and beer. wish i could go back in time snd be ther right now. so much more to say for next time. anyone who might remember me, please send me an e-mail.
Added: January 9, 2017
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Todd Brannigan
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: pba4life@optonline.net
Happy New Year to all Richmond Hill present and past residents.
I have very fond memories growing up in this great neighborhood as ours. Reading past comments and for you that remember Gebhard's Bakery on Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street, I've stumbled upon a place that claims to make both the famous Gebhard's Crumbcake and Butter Ring Cake from Richmond Hill. Unbeleivable right? I plan on trying them. Have a wonderful 2017 to all.
Added: January 6, 2017
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Andrew Wubbenhorst
From: Kinnelon, NJ
E-mail: wubstreet@gmail.com
Both of my parents went to Richmond Hill High School in the 1940s.
My Mom was engaged to a guy named Robert who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 or 1945. He acted with her in some of the plays, probably in 1943 or 1944. Is there a list of WWII casualties that went to RHHS?
My mother was Elizabeth Schnoor and my father was John Wubbenhorst, and they met after the war. My Dad served in the Merchant Marines. I'm trying to find out about Robert, who I think served in the army and was KIA.
Thanks for any help.
Added: January 3, 2017
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Alice Preston
From: Bay Ridge, Bklyn
E-mail:
Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing all your memories, stories, and information.
I enjoy learning about the history of New York and its many neighborhoods.
Added: January 2, 2017
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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Karen Fasano,
That candy store was Karps! They also served food but had the best chocolate!
In Boca Raton we have Hoffman's Chocolates that is very similar but overpriced.
Added: January 1, 2017
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Wishing all our members, friends, and guests a Happy and Healthy New Year !
Added: January 1, 2017


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