Memories: Gerritsen Beach June Walk 1934

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Gerritsen Chamber Institutes June Walking
The first annual June Walk, to be sponsored by the Gerritsen Beach Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with local churches and schools, was held Saturday afternoon. Several hundred local youngsters and mothers took part in the colorful parade, featured by elaborate floats and costumes. Shown are particpants in the line of walk.

Gerritsen Beach Youngsters Hold Annual June Walk

The younger element in Gerritsen Beach had their day on Saturday when the Gerritsen Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual June Walk. More than 2,500 youngsters, decked out in their finery, took part in the event. Cooperating with the chamber of commerce were various church, veteran, political, and civic organizations of the area.

The line of march was from the foot of Lois Avenue to Gerritsen Avenue, to Whitney Avenue, to Whitney Mansion in Marine Park, where the festivities reached their climax with the serving of refreshments.

Arrangements were in charge of Mrs. John J. Kennedy. Police Inspector Michael T. Ahearn and Deputy Inspector Cornelius O’Leary led the procession. More than 100 floats and decorated baby carriages appeared in the march, adding color to the occasion.

Memories: The Blizzard of ’47


11 Noel Avenue, blizzard of '47.

Memories: Housing Project?!

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Before Stephen Jemal in the 2000’s there was Mr. Mattone and Irving Lentnik in the 1960’s.

They wanted to build five New York State middle income housing that would house 1,000 families. Apparetnly they were in even talks to buy the Tamaqua.

Three of the buildings would have been a co-op going from 600 – 700 per room with rentals at $30 a month.

Memories: Jack’s!


Memories: Polay and Son


Memories: Leon’s Bake Shop!


Memories: Jack’s!


20th Anniversary Sale? What year would that be?

Gerritsen Memories: Old Dutch

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1924 Gerritsen Beach

Gerritsen Beach 1924
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The white color of the neighborhood is from the fresh sand landfill. Notice the houses in the lower right corner along the water. Many such houses are evident along the shore of today’s golf course near Flatbush Ave and along Plumb Beach before the Belt Parkway was built.

Note the bridge across Ave U (left side of photo) as the creek extended well into the current park area today. What is known locally as “Mau Mau Island” was not created yet and the creek took a much different shape.


Picture of the Week: Memories at 6 Nova Court


Picture of the Week: Frank Court 1948

Frank Court 1948
[Frank Court – 1948]

If you think the residents of today’s frank court have issues with flooding, try living on frank court during 1948.

James: “in those days we never wore shoes from the time school closed in the Spring until September, so puddles were just a convenient way of keeping our feet clean. “

Memories: Gerrittsen Beach Bus Back in the Day


Thanks to James for sending this in!

Interesting Gerrittsen Park Bus Schedule (notice the extra T)

They got bus service every 15 & 10 minutes! Amazing we can’t get that now!

I like that children “in arm” are free while others pay full fare and that “ordinary” shopping parcels are free.


Gerritsen Back in the Day: Brooklyn Public Library

Gerritsen back in the day

Taken sometime in the 1960’s. Notice the double T in Gerritsen!

If you have an “Old” picture of something Gerritsen Beach please send it in!


Memories: Tamaqua Back in the Day


I love all the insane amount of windows! Those have been replaced on that side, but im sure the other side still has those windows.

A Great Danza’s Documentry

Remember Danza’s?

After featuring one of Joseph Mikos pictures he invited me to check out his Danza’s documentry that he filmed and edited.

Its a great documentary about about friends, skating and BMX’ing all focusing at what was Danza’s.

He covers the destruction of the building, which may be the only video of the destruction. The destruction is about 20 minutes in.

Village Voice Gerritsen Beach The Village Voice names as one of Gotham's best!
Fullscreen capture 1132011 50137 PM Brooklyn Paper names as one of the 11 to watch in Southern Brooklyn.
Fullscreen capture 1242011 21545 PM NYTimes covers "Raking Muck and Reaping Wrath"