Memories: Jack’s!

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  • Mary E

    I remember Jack's well….last minute needs…always had what you wanted…..

    Nick man as well….how about "cardboard Joe's" the shoe store that was on the avenue???? who remembers that???

    • thewayitusedtob

      I think cardboard Joe's was down where Amici is now. The inexpensive shoes that were bought (sometimes on time) were so cheaply made that the soles wore out and we put cardboard in them so your bare feet didn't touch the ground. lol

    • Barbara D.

      Cardboard Joe's the place where I bought all my babies' first shoes. Remember the soft white shoes.

  • Anonymous

    what was the name of that filthy roach infested food store owned by the old thieving chinese couple that made a fortune off this neighborhood?

  • Will

    Where else would ya go to get some decks

    • Anonymous

      Hell yeah, at the time I thought they were the only place on earth that sold them. I had to be about 5 or 6 at the time I can smell the store still, I remember it being dim lit, dusty as hell and if Im correct all teh shoes were in the wood bins by size. All just thrown in there maybe the matching shoe was tied to the other, pretty wild and " pure " something the neighborhood is forgetting alot about.

  • thewayitusedtob

    If you went into Jack's looking for something and he didn't have it, he sold you something else. He also had a layaway plan for Christmas.

  • Anonymous

    wish he was still here greatest store in the beach

  • the NFH

    He used to have that cigar in his mouth (I think it was permanent!) and he would
    say "Hello Big Feller" (even if you were small) I went in to the store one time to buy a checkered shirt (C & W Dance) and came out with a plaid one! hahahahahaah

  • Anonymous

    Oh yea Jack's was the place to get it all. It also was a glue sniffers depot for their habit.

  • Anonymous

    What was the name of the candy store on the corner of Seba and Gerritsen back in the day??

    • Anonymous

      Fickens (Fred) and it started as more than a candy store. It was a real German deli. And then Harry's.

      • Anonymous

        when did it close for good? Im 31 and for some reason remember going in that corner store for something, I was scared to go in there, then I remember it being closed for years always seeing teh metal gates closed then I think the day care or something was there then Joe Leone had his office there.

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone describe Andys before Steve and Larrys remake? Or was it Mike and Gerard who remodeled??

  • Anonymous

    That was Dave's (Dave Kornfield) lol, describe it? It was pretty bad! As a kid, you had to be brave to buy your candy in there. Dave had NO PATIENCE whatsoever. And who could forget his LOVELY daughter Andrea.

    • Anonymous

      I think she was his grandaughter. I think Bernie was Daves son & Andreas father?

      Anyway it was a converted bungalow, dark & dusty. It was something like you would see in a horror movie. I don't know how he had any customers.

      • Anonymous

        Funny how your memory is, I can't for the life of me remember a son. But I'm sure your right, now that I think of it he would have been kind of old to be her father. I mostly remember standing at the candy counter and trying not to screw up, like drop my dime quarter into the candy rack. When he yelled at you-he sprayed! He had like 2 teeth in his head and even when he said the word 'cents', he spat a little. lol, amazing that I can remember that CLEARLY but don't remember a son. Did he work there? I remember also there was a dirty little kitchen in back. I don't know how he stayed in business. Aside from the candy and ices, which were simply cheaper there, it's not somewhere my Mom would have ever bought cold cuts.

        • Anonymous

          I sat here laughing my a.. off you described Dave perfectly. Yes he did have 2 teeth (if that) in his mouth and always sat in that rocking chair. Did you ever hear him say 7 cents sonny!!! hysterical!! he was blind as a bat but always knew what candy you were taking! remember the little brown bags he would give us and the cigar box he kept the money in. OMG I am still laughing as i write this those were the good old days 10 cents went along way in those days for candy. And yes his son's name was Bernard and hisgrand daughter was Andrea. I think besides the candy he always had this little (crappy) toys he sold but we all still went there with our allowance to buy candy! kids that read this probably won't even know what allowance is! Gee i used to geta big quarter on payday! I thought i was rich!!!! Imagine that.

          • anonymous2

            Thank you for bring back all these memories. Whenever I think of the good ole days (35-40yrs ago) I can see myself buying candy from Dave. I remember playing roof ball on the store's roof at Seba & Gerritsen. At that time two chinese men ran it, one was tall the other short, can't remember their names though.

          • Anonymous

            See, that's funny, because I don't remember who owned that after Harry's. I think it had pretty much gone downhill after Fickens, and I probably had grown up and gone to Old Dutch. Now, In the building next door to Fickens, that is Apts. now, does anyone remember the Italian butcher? I THINK he was Mike D'Ambria's father. (Mike being the founder of GBTO) Can anyone jog some memory there? And, my Mom, whose in her 80's said that there was a Real Estate office in the opposite corner of Seba, in the bungalo, called Tarzan Real Estate. But that goes back to the 40's, 50's.

          • Anonymous

            Glad you got a laugh, I was laughing as I wrote it and remembered.The Rocker! The cigar box! lol. I'm sure you must also have brought back deposit bottles for the 2 cents or 5 for the big ones. I actually remember bringing the bottles back to Fickens because they were nicer and then going to Daves for the candy and those stick ices in the plastic tube that they still have. They always bring me back to that time. 5 cents, Girlie!

          • beach bum

            mike's father had an italian deli where greenwood realty is now . i remember the real estate on the corner , on the other corner was mom's candy store fickens then tony's butcher store and two other stores which seemed like they were always closed. ficken then bought the corner and made a larger store,the butcher closed and mom moved to that spot [ where the kiddy school is].

          • Anonymous

            Thanks Beach Bum, you must be a bit older than I. lol, I only remember Fickens on the corner. I do remember the closed up ones, it was always painted white, right?

          • really

            wasn't there a fish store there too?

          • Anonymous

            Anonymous you are still making me laugh. "girlie" that I forget so classic of Dave. And yes I did bring the bottles back for the deposit. Do you remember the "old dutch" and the glass bottles of milk, choc milk and grape drink? I remember going to the store for my Mom with that wire carrying case for 6 bottles and on the way home a dog started to nip and my ankles and dropped the whole thing and broke all the bottles. (that's when everyones dog ran loose in the beach!) When I got home I thought my Mom would be screaming at me instead she got hysterical!!!! I was so ready to get yelled at but we both laughed. Back then when times were tough at least we were able to laugh!!!

          • Anonymous

            I remember it well. That was THE BEST chocolate milk! Talking about the dogs loose in the Beach, they would congregate in the morning in their own little groups. It was because no one had a fence back then! If there was a border around a house, it was a hedge. So, in the morning people just let the dog out. And nobody spayed or neutered back then, I got quite an education on the way to school on many a morning! And sometimes they could be intimidating in a pack, but basically they were peoples pets and friendly. I guess the one that got you wanted some milk. Glad you had a nice Mom. = )

          • Beachwalker

            I was just on ebay and there is an "antique wire milk bottle basket" THIRTY BUCKS! lol, if we only knew! Maybe the Old Dutch Cat found some in the basement and started a little ebay biz.

    • Janet

      After Dave's wasn't it Pete & Mickey's? They had the wooden dill pickle barrel outside…….

  • George Broadhead

    In 1986, we had a reunion of the Class of 1946 from Resurrection. Childhood friends began to communicate with each other again, whether they were able to attend the reunion, held at the Chimes, or not.

    As a result, I got to meet with one of our classmates in California. He told me, his family was so poor, they were often hungry. He and a sibling used to go to Dave's once a week, and Dave Kornfeld cut sections of the freshly delivered cold cuts and wrapped them and put them in a bag and without a word, always gave them to the boys to take home.

    Times change, and Dave may have changed physically, but there many families who "charged it" until they could pay, and some who might have gone to bed hungry, if not for Dave Kornfeld.

    • anon

      Thanks for for that story Geoge. My memories of Dave is him saying "hurry up sonny" while I was standing in front of the candy for more then 5 seconds. He was a grouchy old man when I was a kid. This makes me think better of him.

      • beach bum

        dave was a good guy , he used to tell me stories about the beach from way back in the 20's quite an interesting man i wish i had a tape recorder, he helped a lot of people with out making a big deal of it.

  • Beachwalker

    Yeah- I 2nd that George. It makes you think about what Dave's own experience in life had been, through the Depression etc. Things are always different through a childs eyes and that is how we were remembering Dave. I hope he's in Heaven running a big penny candy counter and smiling down at us.

    • Anonymous

      George I love your post! I always loved to go buy that penny candy and it brings back so many good memories. I never knew that about him but I was a little kid and we don't realize these things when we are young. I have many fond memories of growing up in the beach and still love it here despite what some people think and say. Every place has is ups and downs gossips and BS but I share all the memories I have with my kids all the time. One thing that really blows their mind is the fact that when I was little I never had a lock on my doors. (wouldn't think of doing that today). So thanks for sharing that info that I didn't know but I still carry all the good memories!

  • OK

    As I remember it…..Fickens was on the corner, then Widmans Candy store, then Shanleys butcher shop, I used to go to "Daves" after watching Jimmy O'hagan hit his usual home run for the little league (sabers i think1) and reach into that giant cooler that he always seemed to have full of ice and pull out a coke.

  • sorry for you all

    This is my kind of stuff ; As I remember Seba and Gerrittsen you had Fred Fickens german deili… Which was evwntually bought by Fred Lane, who used to work for Ficken….After that a German couple bought it they had a daughter named Petra good looking girl !!! Then you had Mom Whitmans candy store and local hang out… You could unscrew the talking piece from the phone and short out the pins and call anywhere. Really great when you had no money…. Then you had Schanleys Butcher Joe Strobel Sr. would give us bologna and liverwurst ends for free.. In the back was a HUGE wood burning pot belly stove. Spent many cold winter days warming up there… Then there was a big open lot. That at one time was a gas station.. Then you finally hit Daves store. Next was Jack O'Connors bar which eventually became the !st Beach Bar and now the KofC… Then you had Scheer the tailor they also had a daughter I went to school with…. Like most of the Eastern European Jewish immagrints of the day they ,like Davethey lived in the rear of the store. Then there was Telseys Drug store. Where New Dutch is now…. Jerry the pharmacist eventually took over the Drug store on Florence Ave…Things change but my fond memories are still with me….Cyrus to Bartlett was a hole in the ground then… Bohacks supermarket was next ,Where the Library is now…. Next week lets do Florence to Devon ?

    • Anonymous

      To: Sorry for you all

      I used to live around the corner from the family. Their names were Kye and Mooney (excuse the spelling) and their daughters name was ELka and their son was Larry. I remember they had a big German Shepard in the store at night and Larry took it out for a walk and it bit him I remember he received many stitches.They also had two younger children named Kye and Mooney. I can't remember when they moved but I often think of them. They took me on a picnic with them to NJ I still remember the car they drove was a station wagon with wood on the side. They were very nice! I think you idea of doing Florence to Devon is great! Nice to see fun things to write about and reminisce. So everyone get you thinking caps on and lets keep it going.

  • Anonymous

    Anyone remember the boy who was killed from hitching a ride on a bus back around 1965/1966. He went to PS 277. I belive his name was Steven Lombardi. He was my classmate and friend at school. He was a nice kid.

  • Anonymous

    Ok so what happened to all you reminiscers? So I will start with Florence Ave to Everett (my time) I remember Jerry the Drug store, Ernie's best salads (yum) Bens hardware store (which I was told was the orginal Library before Bens The Duffy Post (memories) which I wonder whatever happened to the board with all the soliders names on it? then it was Ben Polays here is where i get a little stuck. I believe there was a jeweler, dry cleaner, lucheonette of course Mackens, before the pizza place can't remember what was there before that then Sal the Barber, and the Library! So maybe someone could fill in the blanks!

  • Anonymous

    I remember one day(mid sixties) going back to school (PS277) from lunch. There was still snow on the ground, and I was waiting in the park next to the school to be called in with the rest of the go home for lunch kids. The Principal at the time was Mrs. Gerstein, and she opened the school's side door and stood on the steps, and yelled to come in. Just before that a bunch of kids were having a snowball fight, and when she stepped out and yelled to come in, all hell broke loose and now she was the target of the snowballs, and she ran back in school. I was amazed at the balls theses kids had. (No pun intended)

  • Bobby & Diane Fi

    I just spent the past 20 minutes walking down memory lane. Fickens / Daves / Polays / Sal the Barber. Thank You all for submitting and remindiing me of the greatest place in NYC to grow up

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