I was, at first, very pleased to receive the following email, today. I have to thank you for introducing me to the maps. What a great way to take a stroll down memory lane without even leaving your chair. I love “walking through the Village.”
I say “at first” because, of course I was delighted that someone was making good use of the web-site and enjoying one of the many features available here (and was thoughtful enough to express appreciation).
But then I realized that this probably resulted from a recent phone conversation we had where I kind of “coached” him on how to do it.
But the “maps” have been available on the site for quite some time now and, I believe that this is the first time he actually used them. That made me “wonder” how many other people might not be taking advantage of this wonderful “gift” that Google maps has given us, absolutely free! and that I did what I could to make it as easy as possible for any Middle Villager to use.
All you have to do is look at any property (house, store, whatever) that I’ve described on our website. At the bottom you see a picture of the building. Then you simply “click-the-pic” and it will take you right to that location on Google maps. From there you can walk, at your own pace, all around Middle Village.
**To the Left ***********************To the Right
If you’re still not comfortable trying it on your own, then just pick up the phone and dial (954) 900-2994. You’ll be providing an opportunity for two Middle Villagers (you and me) to have the pleasure of talking to another Middle Villager … taking a stroll through the Village, together … and perhaps you will be the next person to send me an email saying:
I have to thank you for introducing me to the maps. What a great way to take a stroll down memory lane without even leaving your chair. I love “walking through the Village.”
Spencer Wulwick – Oct 3, 2013
From: Richard Berbiar
Sent: Thursday, October 03, 2013 1:05 PM
To: Spencer Wulwick
Subject: Dick Berbiar & The Fire Alarm Box
I always remembered an incident that happened in the Village concerning a fire alarm box, and while I could visualize where the box was, I forgot the name of the street corner it was located on. I used the map to stroll through the Village and find the exact location and after a brief search, was successful. Here’s the story.
Before moving to 69th Avenue, just down from the playground, I lived on 67th Drive, a couple of doors down from the Shul. When I was about 5 years old, my mother and I were walking up 75th Street toward Metropolitan Avenue and stopped on the corner at 67th Road. There standing on the corner was this bright red fire alarm box. What a temptation for a little kid. I must have stood on my toes to reach the handle, and pulled it down. The next thing I remembered hearing was this extremely loud siren that would have woken the dead.
My mother grabbed my hand and we ran down 75th Street to the large apartment building on the corner of 75th Street and 67th Drive. Our cousins the Sturza’s lived here and since my mother was looking for a safe haven, this was the place to go.
I don’t remember getting punished for that incident, but I’m sure my mother made it very clear to me that this incident is not be repeated.
I just had to pass that on to you.
And I, in turn, just had to pass that on to you.
Jeffrey Himmelstein – Oct 20, 2013
Rumor has it, that the Cold Case unit of the NYPD found DNA on the handle and they are looking for you.