The guys in the five pictures below are, from left to right, Steven Springer (the author of this page), Steve Haimowitz (aka Witz) and Errol Honig. We're sitting on the stoop at Errol's building, 3530 Decatur Avenue. Witz lived across the street at 3525 Decatur, and I was up the block from him at 3539.
The stoop was our place. It's where we started our days, it's where we hung out after a day of hoops at the P.S. 94 schoolyard or after playing stickball on the block. It's where we hung out in the evening if we didn't have someone's house to go to. The stoop was IT.
We were usually joined by our friends Mike Bruno, Pete Roche, the brothers Paul and George LoMedico, Jack Brooks, Gene Nocerino and Errol's brother Ken. You'll see shots of most of them later.
I don't think Witz, Errol or I can explain it all these years later, but on August 25, 1971, the three of us decided that no matter where we were, no matter what we were doing, we would meet again on the stoop at high noon on August 25, 1981. When we made this decision, Witz and I were 17 and Errol had just turned 18.
As the years went by, we would call each other on August 25 and count down to 1981. When '81 rolled around, we started thinking of a way to mark the day. We found out the Yankees would be at the Stadium that night, so we got tickets. Bruno offered to have everyone up to his house for a BBQ before the game. We knew we'd shoot some hoops at P.S. 94. But how should we memorialize the day?
Errol came through in the clutch. Rummaging through his desk, he found a photo of me, him and Witz sitting on the stoop. Based on the length of our hair and what we wearing, we decided that that photo was taken on August 25, 1971...and that on 8/25/81 we would do our best to take the same exact shot.
And now we've celebrated the 40th anniversary reunion, which was our biggest and best yet. I've posted the "official" photo below; but click on the dates under the '81, '91, '01 and '11 pix to read more...
|August 25, 1971|