Photo of the Week (May 27-Jun 2)

  • Posted on: May 30, 2007
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tomTom is my upstairs neighbor. He has lived in his apartment for 80 of his 87 years, the other 7 took place about 3 blocks away.. This is Tom’s spot outside where he reads his mail or the newspaper and tells me tales of Brooklyn days gone by. To live in one place your whole life and watch it change or not change over and over again, that’s pretty amazing.

I am the total opposite. I have lived in about 30 different houses 5 different cities over my meager 37 years.

I’ve always loved history but Tom’s has imparted in me a sense of Brooklyn history that you can not read in a book. I can visualize him playing sandlot baseball with Dizzy Dean or working at the various warehouses along Red Hook. When I sit with Tom on the steps of our building I can see the history of Carroll Gardens speed past me like a flip book.

3 Comments

  1. mom · May 31, 2007

    it looks like he is chilling having a great time. so very relaxed and that is something we all need. so lets give it a chance and just relax on our door step for awhile we could be missing a whole lot by flying around everywhere and not stopping to see what the microcosm of life is doing!

  2. steve schwartz · May 30, 2007

    David,
    Because your friends think NY is another country and they are afraid to go there. Tom on the other hand lives in NY (Brooklyn) and there is no reason to go to NJ.

  3. David Brommer · May 30, 2007

    Why when my friends live in NJ all their lives, in the same town are they losers but I suppose Tom is cool Brooklyn. hmmm.