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Growing Up Bronx

Stories and tales of what it was like Growing Up Bronx during the late 80s and early 90s.

As I got older, Halloween became about fun house parties and other events. I've been to quite a few parties over the years, mostly fun. One of my favorites was a house party with a great group of people....
When I was a teenager, in Junior High School, I remember sitting in the back of the gym on the benches. Everyone else was on the floor, but I had some sort of medical reason for sitting it out....
When we were kids, we weren't always the kindest people. In fact, some days were just assholes. Mind you, things were not the way they are today. There wasn't as much awareness, and once again, we just dumb ghetto...
When I was coming up, there was a "crew" of sorts which was sort of on its way out, not too active, but apparently still around. They were called "People's Party." There was an older fella on our block...
When we were kids Growing up Bronx, one of the ways we kept cool during the steamy summer season was by using the fire hydrant to get wet. It wasn't an uncommon sight to walk by a block and...
When we were teens, we were stupid. It is undeniable that teenagers can do stupid things for acceptance, ego, or simply to show off or impress a girl. Hell, we'd do dumb stuff simply to pass the time! There were...
I was headed home after school and as I got off the bus this small black kid came up to me and said, "Give me your headphones." I smiled at him and kept walking. He tried to get in...
When we were younger, I lived on 163rd street for sometime. The super had a few dogs, Tyson a rottie, Remy a grey pitbull, and Munchie another pit. Tyson was crazy, just a big dog who had to be...
My friends and I were playing in front of the building. We were not doing anything wrong, and clearly we were a bunch of kids. Literally, out of nowhere an unmarked cop car pulled up, the DTs (detectives) then...
When I was growing up Bronx, it wasn't an uncommon thing for kids to drop out of high school. Most of us were fools, had terrible grades and didn't really think about our futures. That wasn't me. I was an...
When we were kids, there was an old man in the neighborhood. He lived on the first floor and in his apartment he had a shit ton of bikes and bike parts. I know this not cause I enjoyed...
When I was in High School, we didn't have lockers. Whatever you came to school with, you had to carry with you all day. This included your book bag, coats, lunch, and whatever else you carried. So I wore...
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