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Alex W.

My Life (5 Years) At Sea

I am not the Ancient Mariner: Ancient, maybe. Part 1 – The Cruises Let me start at the beginning. I was very fortunate that the Dean of Students at the State University of New York, Maritime College decided to recruit at my High School. He painted such a …

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Growing Up on 42nd Street – A Serial Story – Part 5

Back to Verplanck, a.k.a 42nd St. North. Whenever there was space in the new Pontiac woody station wagon, my friends tagged along. We often had 13 people squeezed in. This was way before seat belts. By that time Matt Lagana had started the Marina, which Pop practically built …

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Growing Up on 42nd Street – Christmas Memories

Christmas was different. After lunch my Mom told my brother, Joey, and me that since we would be up late tonight, Christmas Eve, we needed to take a nap. We went to the first bedroom, the one with a door to the rest of the apartment including the …

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Growing Up on 42nd Street – A Serial Story – Part 3

We, the new group, were never without things to do. We would often have races up the stairway in the McGraw Hill building; all 33 stories. The 6 to 8 foot walls at the Lincoln Tunnel exit where better than monkey bars in the playground. This included large …

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Growing Up on 42nd Street – A Serial Story – Part 2

My apartment layout was quaint. It was called a “railroad flat” because all the rooms were in one row. They started with the kitchen which was small but workable. The next room was supposed to be the dining room but my parents took it over as their bedroom. …

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Growing Up on 42nd Street – A Serial Story – Part 1

I’m sure that you’ve all heard of 42nd Street in New York City. There was a show with that title and a song, “Give My Regards to Broadway.” Growing up a block away from Times Square is undoubtedly different. I grew up on the top floor of a …

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