Recipe for M. V. Roast Mickies by Herbie Teicher - July 19, 2001


  • 1 gang of good friends
  • 1 crisp autumn day
  • I vacant lot
  • 1 gathered pile of firewood
  • Roasting potatoes (1 large one for each participant)
  • 1 sturdy stick for holding potatoes
  • 1 purloined salt shaker


  1. Plan the mickey roast and build up a great deal of anticipation.
  2. Gather wood and build a fire in a somewhat secluded section of the lot.
  3. Secure potato at end of stick.
  4. Begin roasting potato in fire. Try to avoid burning the stick.
  5. Continue until potato is charred.
  6. Taste potato when you think it is clone. Sprinkle liberally with salt.
  7. Tell jokes and enjoy the camaraderie.
  8. Be prepared for a punishment from your mother for coming home with your clothes reeking from smoke.

Joel Goldberg – Nov 22, 2003

My father-in-law Ruby Steiner always tell us stories about roasting mickeys on the lot and nothing tasted as good.

Jeffrey Himmelstein – May 2, 2005

Just re-read Herbie Teicher’s note about cooking mickeys in the “Lots,” and that prompted a thought, which perhaps should not be in this section except that it involves “kettles.”

Last month when I visited Doug Leblang’s art exhibit at the Middle Village Library, which was quite a delight to see and well worth the schlep from New Jersey, I took a ride over to Forest Park. I had actually not been there since the day that my graduation ceremonies from Newtown were held at the bandstand. I had heard that the pond across from the Carousel had been restored by the New York City Parks Department and indeed it was. Alas, the fence around it was locked so I could not go down and see what was swimming around.

While I stood there a thought entered my mind. The pond was created by the last glacier which covered much of New York some ten tousand plus years ago and in fact created all of Long Island; which is terminal moraine. The pond at Forest Park is actually a glacial kettle. Shaped almost like a natural bowl, kettles are scattered through much of Queens and they are a characteristic artifact of the glaciers. (I did learn something from Dr. Soscie who taught Earth Science at Newtown and wore her hair in the tightest buns known to humankind).

Seeing the pond prompted a thought. Our “Lots,” had the typical shape of a glacial kettle. Could it have been one? Although there was much to suggest that the “Lots,” might have been an artifact of human activity, I would love to know if there are any MV’ers around who remember what it looked like before all sorts of cultural ephemera began appearing in the depths, and I do not mean marbles.

Alan Taub – Apr 20, 2007

The big problem is that there are no more empty lots in New York City.

Alan Taub

Harold Kohn – Apr 20, 2007

Dear Herb,

The reason “I got it” from my mother was because I took a potato from the sack of potatoes and I hadn’t told her. She found out from the MV grapevine. Needless to say, in those years every potato was important (for survival).

Harry Kohn

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