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Re: How Did You Beat The Summer Heat In Brooklyn?


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Posted by Flatbush Kid on Thursday, July 16th 2020:

In Reply to: How Did You Beat The Summer Heat In Brooklyn? posted by larry bergman on Tuesday, July 14th 2020:

The Summer of 1958 sticks in my mind (pun intended) as a particularly uncomfortable time in Flatbush. I was 13 1/2 and just out of the 8th grade from Ditmas Junior High School.

The weather seemed more humid than what it should have been. Most of the neighborhood kids were away in camp or the "country." There were just so many movies one could see and remain air condition cool. However, the best deal was the Flatbush branch of the Brooklyn Public Library. I'd get there after an early lunch and stay until dinnertime.

I'd find a nice, quiet cubby in the stacks and proceed to read anything of interest. Whether it be Washington, D.C., engineering (tunnels, bridges), biographies of notables, etc., I learned a lot. It was a most productive time on those days when nothing else was going on.

That wonderful library was a godsend. Although I was there many times before and after, I will always have those fond memories of it from that Summer of '58.

Reference ID: BK96406



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