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Received sad news last night.

One of the good guys from the neighborhood, Rich Ferraiolo passed away last night.  He was 63.


For many years Richie lived on Prospect Avenue, a couple of doors down from the corner of 10th avenue and he also lived on 17th street.   Rich attended Bishop Ford High School and was a huge sports guy.   Dodgers, Packers and Lakers fan.   Rich was always the first guy to have “Street & Smith’s” college basketball magazine.  He later told me he would get a copy over in Manhattan before it arrived at Rae and Otto’s.

I will never forget when I graduated from Holy Name.   I was in the schoolyard a couple of days after graduation and Richie walked by the yard, called me over and handed me a white envelope.

“This is for you,” he said.

I opened the envelope and there was a graduation card.

Inside the card was a ten dollar bill.

I thanked him and went back to playing ball.

That was June of 1978, 41 years ago.  To this day I still remember Rich’s generosity.

R.I.P. Rich…




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This morning while browsing the  on-line version of the New York Post I came across this story.  (Click the link…)

Duress’ first time in Rikers was a decade ago, for petty larceny. He’s been sent there some 10 times on charges ranging from heroin possession to identity theft. In fact, he was at Rikers when his big break, “Heaven Knows What,” premiered at the New York Film Festival in 2014.

Back in the day in our neighborhood there were kids who made poor choices.

Let’s face it, things weren’t easy growing up in the 70’s and 80’s.

We all had our challenges, I sure did.   And there were times I didn’t handle the challenges facing me very well.

Temptation, peer pressure, the streets and low self-esteem contributed to the downfall of many teenagers, including me.


You are not born a bad person.  You are not born a good person.  We are born choosers.  Your choices determine how you progress through life.

Make a poor choice, you’re going to pay for it.

Make a good choice, most likely things go well.

Your upbringing, the environment you live in and thinking you can do what you want are just a few factors determining how your life shapes up.

Someone once said, “show me your friends and I can show you your future.”

Forming positive habits and working on them daily is the key.  Making positive and healthy choices every day is what will help you on your journey.

Do drugs – you’re hurting yourself.   Drink irresponsibly – you’re hurting the ones who love you.  These two deviant behaviors lead to self-destruction.

Mental health is a popular subject these days.  Anxiety and depression are two areas people are struggling with.   Quick question; Were we as kids dealing with these things and not knowing it?  Did anyone go to a doctor and get diagnosed as bipolar?

The signs were there.  I can sit here and list many examples, but I will hold off.

I am happy society is stepping up and putting emphasis on mental health.  But it pains me when someone commits suicide because they can’t cope, especially teenagers.  The numbers are increasing.

I hope the talented actor in the article above learns his lesson.  He’s surely fighting some serious issues.

Work on your positive habits today.  Main thing is we can’t give up.

Give a Good Day.




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One lived on 16th street between 10th and 11th avenues and the other lived on Sherman Street between 10th and 11th avenues.  Just two short blocks away from each other.

Grew up together in the 70’s and 80’s.

Two good athletes, played multiple sports at Holy Name of Jesus grammar school.

One attended Xaverian High School, the other Bishop Ford.

Both went on to college; one went to Marist, the other to St. Francis of Brooklyn.

We all go our separate ways – some stay back.  Some move on.

In August of 2019, Sean Keating and Glenn Thomas bumped into each other on the boardwalk in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Pretty cool…

Glenn and Sean




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Well deserved and congratulations.


Proud to call the Leopoldi’s “family.”

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — A neighborhood block will soon be known as “Joe and Flo Leopoldi Way” to honor the late longtime business owners whose family has run the Leopoldi Hardware store for more than 50 years.

The new name for the 7th Street block, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, was approved last week as part of a City Council bill that co-named 86 streets and places throughout the city for significant community members.

In Park Slope, Council Member Brad Lander sponsored a request to co-name the block in honor of the Leopoldi Hardware owners, whose store is now run by their children on Fifth Avenue between 7th and 8th streets.

“The Leopoldi Hardware store has been a community fixture for over 50 years,” Lander said. “I’m glad to recognize the many contributions that Flo and Joe Leopoldi have made to the city and to the Park Slope community, so that neighbors and visitors to these blocks will know their names for years to come.”



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Brooklyn, New York, early to mid-1980’s.

On a hot Saturday in July, wake up early, hop on our mountain bikes and ride to East 5th Street Park.


After a couple of hours of solid up and down basketball, grab a quick bite to eat, hop back on our bikes and head down Ocean Parkway; destination, Brighton Beach.

Stroll on the boardwalk, say hello to all our friends, listen to some music and take in the sights.

Get back on our bikes, pedal our asses off to Manhattan Beach for some more ball.

After another good run, we hit the boardwalk and once again, say hello to friends, listen to the music and take in the sights.

At around 6 p.m. get back on our bikes, head back home, shower, eat, and hit the clubs.

Those were the days my friends!