• April 24, 2016

    Pomonok and the Sprinklers

    Whoever designed Pomonok certainly had kids in mind. In addition to the “big” park at P.S. 201, there were lots of little playgrounds strategically situated through the project with benches, jungle gyms, and concrete tunnels. On the hot summer days before air conditioning was installed, all the kids would head to the playgrounds that had […]

  • April 13, 2016

    Pomonok and Love

    Pomonok and Love It wasn’t easy coming up with an appropriate title for this entry. ‘Pomonok and Sex’ is too lurid and ‘Pomonok and Romance’ too dreamy. ‘Love’ probably isn’t the right term either to describe something that was closer to hormone-induced yearning. The thing about Pomonok is that there were thousands of members of […]

  • March 8, 2016

    Pomonok and Making a Living

    Pomonok and Making a Living It’s only a pencil, but it unleashes a flood of memories. We had dozens of them in my Pomonok apartment. My father took them home from work and kept them in cigar boxes in his meticulously arranged hall closet. As kids, we never wanted for pencils. My father worked as […]

  • February 17, 2016

    Pomonok and Getting Old

    Pomonok and Getting Old In a few months, I’ll be eligible for Medicare. Scary! Why then do I still feel a compulsion, though I no longer live in Pomonok, to look out the window to check out who’s outside playing stoop ball or skelly in the court? I think the reason is obvious. Most people […]

  • January 16, 2016

    Pomonok and Football

      This photo was taken by Joel Klein just prior to the greatest sporting achievement of my youth. I have to admit that my memory might be tainted by time and a desire for self-glorification, but if anyone there that day has a more accurate recollection of events, please come forth. The event in question […]

  • December 17, 2015

    Pomonok and Food

      I feel sorry for those who didn’t grow up in a housing project and never got to experience the ethnic medley of cooking aromas in the hallway at dinner time – the stuffed cabbage smell from apartment B, the fried chicken smell from apartment C, the simmering tomato sauce from apartment D. And if […]

  • November 30, 2015

    Pomonok and Wrestling

    Some years ago Al Stark wrote this article for the Queens Gazette about visits to the Sunnyside Garden arena to watch pro wrestling with his dad, brother, and friends. The arena is gone now, but oh the memories of driving down Queens Boulevard, the Champs-Elysee of Queens, and of doing great stuff with your family. […]

  • November 20, 2015

    Pomonok and Basketball

    Pomonok and Basketball Al Stark, in addition to being one of the producers of Pomonok Dreams, ran the Night Center at PS 201 and a summer basketball league at the park back in the early 1970s. In 2009, he wrote an article about his love of basketball for the Queens Chronicle. With a couple of […]