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Posted by kevin reynolds on Wednesday, June 17th 2020:

In Reply to: Castle Hill Avenue posted by Philip Cioffari on Tuesday, June 16th 2020:

It looks like the other faithful Castle Hill alumnae is missing. She and I grew off Castle Hill and I traveled the full length of that road thousands of times. The area where the "projects" are now did not exist in the 40's. Those blocks on the west side of Castle Hill were where they built the projects. They stretched from about Randall ave to Lacombe. Going west they went to Olmstead or Pugsley. I only remember seeing one single home near the quonset huts. Look up Quonset huts in google. After WW2 Robert Moses built these quonset metal rounded houses for returning soldiers. Growing up I hitch hiked past these Quonset huts on the space that became the Castle hill projects. On the east side were streets with a few single homes on each street. There was no commercial life that I rememeber back then before you hit close to Bruckner Blvd. At the Castle Hill Pool were 2 refreshment stands for the ice cream, french fries and sodas. One at the bus stop was Tim Tam. The other was a small one man greasy snack bar with no name. I worked there when I was 14. Next to this place was a bar which we kids called the den of iniquity or divorces den. Don't know why. It was a quiet dark bar. Can't remember the name. At the end of CH, at the water on the east side was the castle Hill Boat place. If you owned a boat you could store it there or I guess buy a new one. They said Arthur Godfrey had his boat stored there. At the very end was a very small rocky beach where we took our dog to swim. The McMinamin's name sounds familiar but I think it was way on this side of Bruckner, too far for me to visit since we had plenty of bars around my street, Gleason when we got to drinking age-18. If the lady who also comes from CH maybe she can enlighten you more. Good Luck.

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