I just found this sit and had to get on
I grew up in "The Village" too!, but in the early 1970s. My grandmother
Stella Vitiello also lived there for many years until last year.
She died just this year. Stephen Crane Village - even though it
was the "projects", we had a great time growing up there! Frankie
Vallie's mom lived there till she died. All the money he has and
she wouldn't leave the village!!! Good old South Pine Lane, North
Hawthorne Lane. They still used the sprinklers when I was a kid
(my grandmother used to make us go in our underwear and I would
cry so bad , but it was still fun.
Remember Anthony Imperiale? I grew up in that house in the late
70's early 80's. Great friends with his youngest boys. Tony was
a trip. Had allot of guns in his house, lots of fun in his pool.
Daughter Toni was a brat when she was a little girl! His wife Louise
(weezy) was a nice lady to me when I was a kid.
Getting back to "The Village", they used to sing on the street
corner when I was kid. Always lots of fun. Halloween and mischief
night was always a blast too! Do you remember the tripe man who
drove through the village yelling "tripolo tripol".
I used to go to "Kielb's" Bakery also, had breakfast with my uncles
there all the time as a kid. I worked at "Home Liquors", as a kid
We used to hang out on the Rail Road tracks behind the Village
all the time too.
Some of the best bakeries are from that area on Franklin St.
Branch Brook Park was always nice as a kid, the Cherry Blossom
Trees are so beautiful in the summer.
Remember Ting A Ling's / Dickie D's hot dogs, the Belmont (my family
is Stretch's Chicken Savoy). Michelangelo's on Bloomfield Ave. The
Columbus Day Parade /The ITAILIAN TRIBUNE/ Zarro's Funeral Home.
Getting back to the Stephen Crane Village. It's not the same anymore,
although there are still some families there for a long time.
Growing up in Newark was great. Allot of famous people are from
Newark and should never forgot about their roots!
How about the San Gennaro Feast on Heckle St. They have it in the
back of St. Anthony's now? Miss those zeppole's and the calzones.
My grandparents lived on Lake St. right around the corner (but that's
Walking to Foodtown with my grandmother was always a good time.
Stella new everyone!!!