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U-Tube Video of my old neighborhood

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Posted by Nate Goldman on Tuesday, April 9th 2019:

I came across a U-Tube video, which was just posted three months ago. It shows someone getting off of the Avenue H subway station of the Brighton Beach line, and proceeding on foot east via the underpass on Avenue H, to Ocean Avenue, Campus Road, and to Flatbush Avenue. I have not walked in that area in almost forty four years, and it brought back a lot of memories, as I used to walk that way on the way to Midwood High School,and back. For one thing, I noticed that the Avenue H station was completely modernized. NYC wanted to demolish it about fifteen years ago, but changed its mind, following neighborhood protests. The latter station used to have an old pot bellied stove, which was probably not a good idea, since the station was wooden. In any event, the stores which were there, when I lived there are gone, but there are new businesses in their place. For example, Luchen's Pharmacy is gone,as well as Ebinger's Bakery, are gone, as well as the barbershop, in the Avenue H subway station. I noticed several FDNY calling boxes. I don't know if they are still working? When the videographer crossed Ocean Avenue, I recognized the heating plant of Brooklyn College, with its distinctive tall brick chimney stack, which I believe has been there, since 1935. There were quite a number of new buildings erected on the Brooklyn College Athletic Field. There used to be a wooden fence at that location, which was later torn down, and replaced with a metal fence. I noticed that there was a lot of vehicular traffic on Ocean Avenue, and very few, if any, parking spaces on Avenue H. Another thing which I immediately noticed, especially near the Avenue H subway station underpass, and neaby streets, was the large amount of paper debris, which people threw all over the streets. In Singapore, if the cops catch anyone throwing paper (or used cigarettes) in the street, they can be fined $1,000.

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