Greenwich Village

NEW YORK CITY in 1959

“New York, New York,  a helluva town…the Bronx is up but the Battery’s down.” Frank Sinatra sang this in the 1949 MGM film, “On the Town.” It had been a Broadway musical, but for the film, they changed “helluva” to “wonderful,” of course! I wouldn’t trade Los Angeles for New York, but I did have some New York adventures, especially in 1959 when I went to visit my school buddy, Jackie Del Savio, from fifth grade in the Bronx (PS 33). Luckily, I have kept scrapbooks of my younger years, and it’s such fun to look through them and remember how young and adventurous  I was. I think the photo below is glamorous for high school students.

We were both in our senior year of high school but had kept in touch through letters since 1953. Jackie was still living in the Bronx and I was going to school in Alexandria, VA. She had visited me in Virginia the previous summer, and I was paying a return visit. I took the train north and Jackie showed me a wonderful time–the Empire State Building, the UN, Radio City Music Hall, Greenwich Village, Fordham University (dates with two cute students), Broadway, the Jager House (a German restaurant). I celebrated my 17th birthday there on January 1, 1960 and got a birthday telegram from the Fordham students I had met. Jackie and I are still friends and we both now live in California. She’s in the San Francisco area and I’m in the San Fernando Valley of LA. And we’re still trading visits.

Me and Jackie in the photo booth.

Me and Jackie in the photo booth.

Andy Griffith & Delores Gray in Destry Rides Again

Andy Griffith & Delores Gray in Destry Rides Again on Broadway

A crazy coffee shop in Greenwich Village in a converted garage.

A crazy coffee shop in Greenwich Village in a converted garage.

These mementoes (I haven’t shared them all on this post) have traveled with me to Libya, Germany, the College of William and Mary, and then all over Southern California. I estimate that I’ve lived in about 30 different homes–fairly typical of an Army brat.

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