Hello! I created this ancestral urban history blog, way back in 2008. At one point or another, I thought about adding a donation button, but felt indifferent about asking for money from my readership. At this point in time, after over 14 years of keeping the memories alive and ticking, I decided to ask for donations! 🙂 I intend to upgrade this site, by adding more storage space, in order to upload audio, video, more photos, etc. I’d also like to do a podcast, and to finally scan all of the ephemera/memorabilia/vintage photos, that I have been collecting for over 15 years! I look forward to the journey! Thanks so much for your donation! I really appreciate it! Best regards, Angela 🙂



  1. Frank Desimone says:

    Will love to get news from East Harlem  117St. near Pleasent ave.


    • Angela Bella says:

      Hi Frank,
      My paternal grandparents, Andrea and Maria Altieri, once lived on ahun 17th St. Andrea was a baker. They owned a bakery on Pleasant Avenue-320, and later, on 117th Street-in the block, between Pleasant and 1st Ave. When Maria died, they lived at 510 E.117th Street. A few years ago, I went down to the Giglio Feast, and parked in the Costco parking facility. When you come down the escalator, you are on the 500 block of ahun 17. 510 E. 117 is still standing! I was so happy to see that, especially since they tore down so many buildings to build that monstrosity of a shopping center! It’s actually quite surreal to get off the escalator, and see the old buildings still intact. Thank God some of them are still there. It’s so important to preserve history…especially the history of what was once Italian Harlem! Thanks so much for visiting my site, and leaving a comment. Did you live in the 500 block of E. 117?


      • dsmon92frank says:

        No Before going in the army in 1951 I hung out with friends Joe Staino Lou Leonetti Pete Di muro and others at 117 st. near plesent ave.their was a candy store run by a women near the corner After two years from the army I stayed in the Bronxs


  2. Charles Mascaro says:

    Thanks for the memories Angela! My name is CHARLES Mascaro and my family was from the area both east and west of 2nd Ave. My paternal grandfather was a doctor same name as me and his practice was between First and Second Avenue on the north side o 120 St. My maternal grandparents lived. at 2389 Second Avenue. I have some photos of my uncle’s Butcher shop and class photos of mine from the early 1950s at PS 80 Elementary school. Just to give an appropriate time frame my high school graduation was a 1963. I would like to post these photos on the website but I have no idea how to do it. Perhaps you can guide me through it. I would love to hear from you!


  3. ed Fiorella says:

    Graduated St. Anns 110 th First and 2nd Ave Graduated Benjamin Franklin.. By grandparents lived 1llth st First and 2nd Ave next to boys club



  4. I was raised at 400 East 110th Street and lived there until I was twenty. Attended St. Ann’s school and graduated in 1961.
    Enjoyed seeing pictures of the old neighborhood on your website. Thank you for bringing back fond memories from my childhood.


    • Angela Bella says:

      Hi Roland! Thank you so much for your donation! I really appreciate your kindness! My grandparents lived in that same building, back in 1920, before my great grandparents bought 344 &346 E.110th. I have a photo of him, wearing his trolley car conductor uniform. He is standing on the roof of that building. I’ll post it to my photo gallery. My dad told me that back in the 1930’s, there was a coffee/luncheonette storefront at 400 E. 110th. Friends of the family owned it. The building is no longer there. In its place, stands high-rise public housing. I think it was developed back in the 1970’s. If you have vintage photos of East Harlem, feel free to email them to me, and I will post them. My email is:
      Thanks again!


      • Roland Joseph Zabrecchi says:

        It was interesting to hear your grandparents lived in the same building back in 1920. I wish I did have some pictures of the old building but unfortunately I never bothered to take any. I was glad to find some pictures of the old gas tanks that were located catty corner from us. Would often wonder what if they should explode?


      • Angela Bella says:

        Hi Roland, if you have photos of the gas tanks, send them to my email address.


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