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Posted by Arnaldo Velez on Monday, December 16th 2019:

In Reply to: Bronx cars posted by john s on Sunday, December 15th 2019:

A car was a luxury item. The Subway, and yes the Buses also, were the forms of transportation that were relied on through the 50's, 60's and thereafter.
Parking was problematic and also somewhat of a luxury. There was a place on Longfellow avenue, between Jennings and Freeman, where some placed their Mercurys, Fords, Chevrolets, Oldsmobiles, Buicks and even a Pontiac (though never a Cadillac or a Lincoln Continental) for safekeeping so’se you didn’t have to park it on this side of this street and remove it the next day.
But I do remember a Freita Zoo that some resident (perhaps unfortunate one) living in the first block of Vyse Avenue within the intersection of 167th Street and Home Street owned. Friday night it would be parked in the street, behind a Rambler American station wagon, or maybe a 53 Pontiac. There it would remain all day Saturday. But then on Sunday morning the party marauders on their return from the Hunts Point Palace, The Palladium, or Bronx Casino, would pick it up and place it on the sidewalk right in front of the apartment building located right before the “private houses” that lined the street.
Oh you ask what was a Freita Zoo, it was a cousin of the Volkswagen Beetle, but British, somewhat of a bug, but the Front of the car was the door with a refrigerator like handle. Small tires, and most of all, light enough to be picked up on the way home on those cold nights in the 50's and 60's when what is now known as salsa and dew woop were the mellow mood on the way home.

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