a tree grows and yout

a tree grows in brooklyn

i remember this book from my childhood. pretty sure the one we had was this cover, but am not 100% positive.

the reason why i wish it was the exact one in my memory bank is because it was the most depressing book cover i remember seeing as a kid. powerfully evoking loneliness and sadness.

memories. memories from childhood. a lot of books on our shelves, a lot of reading. repeated trips to the library and bookstores, and books from school, workbooks, fiction from the school library.

books as entryways to other worlds. worlds like Brooklyn and beyond. pretty exotic after growing up in Lincoln — and especially Omaha — Nebraska.

Flatbush

my mom grew up in Brooklyn with her older brother and younger sister. she and her family lived in various duplexes in what i think was the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

my mom with her younger sister and older brother

my mom (on the left) with her younger sister and older brother

Flatbush is such a weird word…. and it makes me think of Tina Turner, in my fuzzy mind i think, oh yeah, Flatbush City Limits. but it’s really Nutbush City Limits. Tina Turner is on fire!

Brooklyn connections

so there is this super strong connection to Brooklyn for our family.

603 E. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NYfrom Google Maps

603 E. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218 (Street View – Google Maps)

my mom’s family moved in with her grandfather, Jacob Chernin, for a while at 603 E. 4th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218. they lived here during the time of the 1940 census.

Jacob and Rebecca Chernin

Jacob and Rebecca Chernin

according to his daughter, my Aunt Frieda, Jacob Chernin “[d]id ornamental iron works, pretty tables and lanterns. Stuff you don’t need in a depression. The Depression came. So he went to Pratt Institute. He learned to read blueprints and that’s when he went into structural ironwork. Structural is like fireescapes, doors. On Fifth Avenue, the fancy glass doors with the iron works. A lot of it was Jacob.”

“Chernin Iron Works was his company. However, it was not a steel company, but a firm that manufactured iron products like gates, railings, fences, etc. They made the iron railings that were in the front of my parent’s house.” — Aunt Frieda, his daughter

3016 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11210

3016 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11210 (Street View – Google Maps)

my mom’s family then moved to 3016 Avenue L, Brooklyn, NY 11210 (Avenue L and Nostrund Avenue).

1554 E. 29th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210 (Street View - Google Maps)

1554 E. 29th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210 (Street View – Google Maps)

and then moved to 1554 E. 29th Street (Avenue P and Kings Highway), Brooklyn, NY 11210. i remember visiting this last house.

family

Grandpa and Grandma Wertheimer

Grandpa and Grandma Wertheimer

my Grandpa Wertheimer was a tool and die maker, and had a company called Keystone Electronics in Manhattan.

Keystone Electronics, my Grandfather Wertheimer's company

Keystone Electronics, my Grandfather Wertheimer’s company

Grandpa Sam made things like this...

Grandpa Sam made things like this electronic tool

my mom, Muriel, and her sister Ruth (unknown on the right)

my mom, Muriel, her sister Ruth, unknown woman — September 1960

Ruth, Muriel (my mom) and Stan -- December 1983

Ruth, Muriel (my mom) and Stan — December 1983

i think this is the last picture of my mom and her brother and sister.

family get-togethers

Estelle and Harry Wertheimer, Jacob Chernin, Stanley, Muriel and Ruth Wertheimer

Estelle and Harry Wertheimer, Jacob Chernin, Stanley, Muriel (my mom) and Ruth Wertheimer

then much later…

left to right:  Muriel Herzog, Sheila and Stan, Belle, Ruth and Paul, David Herzog

left to right: Muriel Herzog (my mom), Sheila and Stan, Belle, Ruth and Paul, David Herzog (my dad) — December 1969

Brooklyn this week

cousins meeting up on the subway for Irene's first subway ride

cousins meeting up on the subway for Irene’s first subway ride

this week i was so glad to have gone to visit my some of my cousin’s from my mother’s side — one of whom has recently relocated to Brooklyn. it isn’t Flatbush, but the really delightful Boerum Hill.

yout

my brother loves babies

my brother loves babies

i love my nieces

i love my nieces

my awesome nieces give me hope for the “yout” of america.

trees

trees, Brooklyn

trees, growing in Brooklyn

i have a thing for trees.

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About Erika Herzog

big music fan. used to work in the movie business a little bit. love weaving and knitting. own a banjo. haven't picked up the corn cob pipe. yet.

Posted on December 31, 2012, in brooklyn, family, nyc. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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