Posted by Nate Goldman
on Sunday, February 3rd 2019:
In Reply to: Re: Cold Weather posted by Marie on Friday, February 1st 2019:
One of the coldest winters in Brooklyn, occurred during the 12 day, January, 1966, subway and bus strike. I had to walk about 6 miles to the business library in downtown Brooklyn (near the NY State Supreme Court building), from the Midwood area. There is absolutely no way that I could do that today. Someone I know, also had to walk that distance to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The wind was blowing, and the cold especially affected one's feet. People were very kind that week, vis-a-vis giving strangers rides. I had one Professor at the Bernard Baruch College on 23rd Street in Manhattan, who gave a final exam during the strike. He stated that anyone (strike or no strike), who didn't make it to the final exam, would be flunked. Since I didn't feel like walking in the bitterly cold weather into Manhattan, I figured out a way to get there. There was a Carey Bus, which used to go from Staten Island, through Brooklyn on the way to JFK Airport. It ran along Cortelyou Rd., and it was only about $1.75. I walked to Cortelyou Rd., and took that bus to JFK. There, the bus took me to the terminal, where New York Airways, a helicopter service, operated out of. Then, it only cost $7.00 to fly into Manhattan. The flight took seven minutes, and we landed on top of the Pan Am Building (now the MetLife building). I took an elevator down to the ground floor (it was near Grand Central Station), and I walked to 23rd St., and Lexington Ave., in time to take the final exam. Going home, I hitchhiked, and several cars took me home, to Brooklyn. It was quite an experience. Incidentally, Mike Quill who led the transit strike stated "For those of you who are thinking about going to Kennedy Airport, and taking a helicopter, we'll strike those also". To this date, I couldn't understand that statement, since to the best of my knowledge, those pilots were not members of his union.
Reference ID: BK95700
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