Memories : Swimming off the docks

Red Hookers' memories of swimming off the docks as kids.

"I remember swimming at the pool and at the docks, and the row boat over to White Rock and sugar from Sucrest, hanging out in Coffey Park and Barshow's junk yard, Christ chapel had father Fox for a priest I remember the Burkhards, the Baffis, Bianchis, Poppalardos, Mary's candy store , Mr. Major's store, Roseman's store…"
Ed Murphy, June 15, 2004

"We would go swimming at the dock, the end of Conover Street and guys from a freighter had to rescue us because we couldn't get back up the rope. Our parents would have died if they knew all the mischief we were into… "
Ed Murphy, June 17, 2004

“When I was growing up it was great, I'm talking about Van Brunt Street, Wolcott Street, Visitation Place, Pioneer Street, etc... Swimming down the pier! Forget about it!!!!!!!!! Making out down long dock! Yeah!!! There was no place like it, and you would only understand these great stories if you had the opportunity to experience them. Don't get me wrong, nobody is in denial, we all knew what was going on, but there were also great things going on. You know what Dorothy says: ’there's no place like home.’“
A real red hooker, August 01, 2004

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This Item is related to Item: View from Red Hook across Governors Island toward Manhattan, 1931
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  • southbrooklyn.net

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