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#1 2014-01-23 12:55:14

ed d
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street games

I think we may have discussed this before, however, I had a thought.  Out here in the Mid West, they play "rock, paper, scissors.  I don't ever recall this in NYC.  We used to play "odds & evens"...We would say, once twice three, shoot , and either throw out 1 or 2 fingers..I also played Mumbly Peg where you threw a knife into the ground as close to your foot as possible.  We also "flipped baseball cards", and played pitch pennies.  I remember a street game called "WAR", and of course the schoolyard games like boxball, handball and stoop ball.  Any others come to mind??

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#2 2014-01-23 15:00:04

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Re: street games

We also played a game called King of the hill. It was great when we had those high mounds of snow created by the snow plows.
I also played a game called land which I think I brought down from Canada. We would draw a rectangle on bare dirt with a stick. Then take turns throwing our pocket knives to stick the blade into the ground inside of the rectangle or square. Where the blade stuck we would draw a parallel line to the edge of the square and put our initials in the box. We would take turns and the kid who wound up with the most little boxes won.
Game was really hard on our knives.

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#3 2014-01-23 16:22:20

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I can remember the day's when it took 10 minutes of scrubing with Lava Soap to clean up my hands from those street games!

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#4 2014-01-23 17:31:21

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Re: street games

ring o lario, manhunt, touch football in the street, off the curb with a spaldeen or pensy pinky

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#5 2014-01-23 20:22:42

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I remember every one of those games, although, it was stoop ball instead of curb ball. I would add Box Ball, Box Baseball, and Hit the Penny.

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#6 2014-01-23 22:20:37

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Re: street games

The marble game with the cutouts in the shoe box.

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#7 2014-01-25 10:22:36

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I remember playing stoop ball when I was bored,,and had nothing to do. One bounce off the stoop was five points, a catch directly off the stoop was ten points, and if you hit the point of the stoop and caught it,it was about twenty points. Spalding balls were best for stick ball,and pency pinkey balls were better for hand ball,because they were softer,and didn't bounce as high. Box ball was played using the square sidewalk boxes.
                                                         P.S.-   Down here in S.C.,they do not know the term "stoop". They never heard of the word,nor know what it is.

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#8 2014-01-25 12:46:53

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Charlie--Do you remember calling it a stoop or a front stoop? We always called it the "front stoop". I don't know why, because we didn't have a back stoop. When I lived in Cambria, we had a nice brick front stoop w/high sides. So much of our childhood was conducted on our Queens stoops. Lotsa good memories.

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#9 2014-01-25 12:56:24

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I think "stoops" are pretty much a northeast term. Baltinore is known for their stoops and there are stoops in PA. as well as NY & NJ.  I am not sure about the new England states. I guess a stoop would be an urban front porch. Any comments about rock,paper,scissors? I never heard of it in my growing up days in NY.. We used to play king of the hill as well ,mostly on the grass.

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#10 2014-01-25 15:52:27

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Re: street games

The word stoop is from the dutch word meaning small porch.  It was brought here by the dutch to the Hudson Valley. The term is now used in the Northeast. I referred to the stoop in front of
my house to my husband's Irish cousins. Had to explain the meaning to them.

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#11 2014-01-25 16:55:37

Sal
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Can still recall how some of the neighborhood landlords and supers did not like us hanging out on their stop.

As for the Spaldine's during the summer months a visit to the roof (Tar beach) showed where all the lost balls went.

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#12 2014-01-25 19:57:14

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Sal, we used to go around to the sewers in the neighborhood, and fish out the spaldeens with a coat hangar.
When we played stoopball in Pomonok (Flushing), it was more like baseball rules, it was an out if a fielder cught the ball on a fly, or a grounder was caught. Whether it was a single, double, etc, depended on where it landed.
Jimbo, what was the marble game with a shoebox? Sounds vaguely familiar.

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#13 2014-01-25 20:08:17

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Re: street games

How long did Horn & Hardart exist in Harlem on 125th St and when did it close down?

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#14 2014-01-25 21:45:54

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Pomonoker, We would take the cover of a shoe box and then cut slots or openings in it along the bottom length of the box, like little loops. You cut them out different sizes, some just wide enough to allow a marble to pass through when flicked using your thumb. The top of the slot would be marked in accordance to the width of the slot. The very narrow would be marked10, the wider slots would be marked 1 to 5 as the size of the slot changed. It was a lot of fun and promoted competition in a way that no one got hurt.

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#15 2014-01-26 15:04:20

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Olivia -
        I called it just plain stoop,and that referred to the front brick stairs in the front of the house.We never had a rear stoop,so we never called it a front stoop. In the summer time,on hot summer nights, alot of people would hang out on their stoop and shoot the breeze,drink cold beer,and just watch what was going on on the block. I would say,this was your normal sight in Queens on a summer night,between six p.m.and ten p.m. Where I live now,NOBODY hangs out,and your lucky to see your neighbor once a week. Get invited to someones house for coffee------ not a chance. It's a completely different world now,and one I do not care for.

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#16 2014-01-27 17:13:35

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My memories of the tenament stoop were as follows: During the early afternoon mothers with children would park their carriages  in front of their buidling and talk with discuss the difficult job of raising children and tending to house chores. Including a lot of gossip!
This would normally end before the other tenants arrived home from their jobs. In the evening tenants would talk among themselves until 8 PM and then head down to 1st or 2nd Avenue for the early bird edition of the Daily News.  Some of the older gents would hang out at the news stand on 53rd & 2nd reading the pony sheets.
As young kids we normally played games outside our building. As teens we would normally pick a stoop on the block where we had more privacy.
Talking about schools,jobs and adventures of the world. Calling the year make and model of the cars that passed by.
During the summer months bought back some of my fondest memories where one in the group would have a Transitor radio and we would listen to the local disc jockey like Alan Freed. Spinning the weekly top ten rock n roll songs.

Ed & Pomonoker-Some of the neighborhood kids and characters were labled with those cartoon character names!

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#17 2014-01-27 23:41:59

ed d
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Sal,  in the early 50s, my parents would send me to the candy stoire on the corner about 8:30.. I would buy the News and the Mirror...I believe both papers were 3 cents apiece.  Mickey Finn, Lil Abner, Joe Palooka, Kerry Drake, The Phantom, Henry, Brenda Starr etc/. All great memories of times gone by.

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#18 2014-01-28 06:28:56

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Re: street games

Did anyone mention a street game called kick the can?

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#19 2014-01-28 19:25:04

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Re: street games

And don't forget Dondi, when talking about the old comic strips!

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#20 2014-01-29 14:30:34

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You are correct, I forgot to mention Dondi, and as he woud have said   "GOSHE'S!!

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#21 2014-01-30 11:28:27

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I have a nephew who looked like Dondi when he was a little kid. He's 44 now, & looks like John Gotti Jr's twin. I have a photo from my middle son's wedding of my nephew on the church steps talking to my ex husband, who looks like an aging mob boss. Everytime I look @ the pic, I do a double take.

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#22 2014-10-02 15:11:01

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Re: street games

very good!

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