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Memories of Bayside

Margaret Gruen will share her memories of growing up in Bell Park Gardens in Bayside in the 1950's.

A funny thing happened to me in the children’s reading room of The Windsor Park Community Library in Bayside a few summers ago.

The librarian asked me to contribute articles to the library’s newsletter and the result was "True Love," a series of stories that chronicles a momentous year that I lived through, each story leading back to my childhood growing up in Bell Park Gardens in Bayside in the 1950’s.

On that splendid day in the summer of 2008, I was drawn back to my childhood library by the dappled leaves bouncing off buildings and streets and shimmering magically through the air in Manhattan where I live. Bourne back to the dappled leaves of summer days growing up in Bayside, I found myself sitting in my childhood library, as if in a dream.

From that dream was born the stories that form "True Love." On these pages, I will share memories of those halcyon days as Bayside was waking up to embrace the waves of returning veterans who were seeking a green and pleasant oasis for their families.

This hilarious photograph of me, my sister and three little friends was taken on 73rd Avenue between 218th Street and Springfield Boulevard in the mid 1950’s.

There's more to come in my future installments from "True Love."

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BlueRick November 24, 2012 at 12:08 PM
I was an original resident. I lived in the first court on 73rd ave off Springfield and later at 67-38 Springfield ... lots of good memories
BlueRick November 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
I used to go sledding in Alley Pond Park....
Margaret Gruen November 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I remember Mrs. Chernoff, my wonderful third grade teacher!
BlueRick November 25, 2012 at 11:25 AM
I don't remember her. Did you know the Altman twins...Stephanie and Sheila? Or Eddie Perlin?
Phil Konigsberg August 08, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Somehow I did not receive the follow-up comments to this blog and did not look by myself until now. We could have been classmates although for health reasons I only attended PS 46 for 5th and 6th grades. I had Mrs. Diaz for both years because she had her classroom on the 1st floor. She was a fabulous teacher and for many years after I would go back to PS 46 and visit her. I actually spoke with her within the last few years. Do either of you remember Mrs. Marits and Mrs. Feith? To Blue Rick: My parents were originals in BPG (and obviously so was I) and in a very small world it looks as if we both moved to the same two courts but in opposite directions. We originally lived in the first court on Springfield Blvd south of 67th Avenue and then moved to the first court on 73rd Avenue just west of Springfield Blvd. I would like to extend an invitation to both of you to attend the Bay Terrace Community Alliance Meet the Candidates Night that is not to far from where we used to grow up.

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