Jay Rachmiel’s father opened South Side Hardware in 1923, and Jay took the place over in 1965. Today he provides service with a smile to customers he’s grown up with, running one of the last mom & pop hardware stores left on Staten Island.
Joe Chirico’s mother, Marietta, opened a dry goods store to supplement the family income during the Great Depression. Today Joe is in his 90s and is still selling socks, underwear and cobbler aprons at the Carroll Gardens storefront.
For Emma and her husband, running the Long Island Restaurant and Bar was a labor of love. The Brooklyn Heights establishment has since changed hands, but it still has Emma’s heart.
Mr. Duckett has been a Crown Heights resident since the 1960’s, but he wasn’t always a barber. Find out what brought him to the profession and how he’s seen the neighborhood change.
Spike and his friends grew up swimming in the East River, dancing at the Pepsi Cola club, and starting trouble on the railroad yard of Long Island City, Queens.