Saturday, November 11, 2017

When the 'Fifth Street Boys' came home

In honor of Veterans Day today... here's part of an EVG post from Nov. 10, 2010. EVG contributor James Maher shared these photos. His grandparents and mother were born and raised on Fifth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B.

Here's a celebration of the "Fifth Street Boys" returning home from World War II.

Per James on the photos below: "I just spoke with my Aunt who tells me that the photo was taken around 1945 to celebrate the end of the war. I don't know exactly which building, but apparently my grandma and relatives had three apartments in the same building on 5th Street between Avenue A and B, which is where this photo was taken from. My grandmother and all of her sisters are most of the girls that are looking up at the camera in the second photo."





8 comments:

Joe Jusko said...

This is heartwarming and so nostalgic. My parents moved to this street in 1952 and lived in the same apartment, where I grew up, for almost sixty years. This photo has really made my day!

Gojira said...

Both wonderful and saddening to see these pictures at a time when the country was unified as never before or since. Republican, Democrat, didn't matter, everyone was in the same fight together. What I wouldn't give for some of that togetherness today. And look how nicely everyone is dressed!

Thank you, Mr. Maher, for sharing this, and to Grieve for running it again. And thank you to all our veterans, be they with us or passed, who defended us and this country. God bless you all.

Mykola Mick Dementiuk said...

My parents came to America in 1952, lived on 5th St & Ave A, moved to 1st Ave & 5th St, all cold water flats, I was just a baby. What a paradise the Lower East was! Stayed there on & off till till the spring of 1997, but sure am glad I got the hell out! Lower East is nothing like it once was, and can never be such again. I now like in Jersey but in a few weeks am moving to Lake George NY where it's cold as hell. I still love old NY and the Lower East Side! Thanks EV Grieve for keeping it alive. Luv ya ;)

Anonymous said...

Back when this was a neighborhood and not a developer's fever-dream.

Anonymous said...

If you really think about it, this neighborhood could still exist if people weren't so hellbent on moving to NYC and other big cities with 500,000 or more people.

We can create these kind of neighborhoods all over the country and why not when we have the internet?

We need to fan out across the country.

cmarrtyy said...

The internet feeds narcissism and isolation. That's why "community" suffers.

Anonymous said...

And we thank all for ther Service. freedom is not Free

Anonymous said...

The internet can and does foster community. Of course it's been misused. 'Key is to not misuse it yourself or engage with people who don't want community.