We played a lot of ball down at 51’s schoolyard on 5th avenue…
Check out the background…
(Image compliments of Chris Johnson)
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.
Wanted to wish my guy Jim Routhier a happy birthday…
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.
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!