Monday, June 21, 2010

Go Play in the Street

Via Common Good, an article on the disappearance of stickball and other street games in New York City.


Jeff said...

Video games and technology have banished these games to memory. I grew up in Brooklyn - there was nothing you couldn't do with a 15 cent rubber ball and a brick wall or sidewalk. Stickball, fungo, box baseball, hit the penny, war, slap ball, stoop ball, and on and on.

And if you had extra dime - 25 cents total - you could score a "spaldeen" or a Pennsy Pinkie. High bounce balls that almost guaranteed a home run if you could connect.

Some games were native to just one borough. A friend of mine grew up in the Bronx - didn't play the same street games and sometimes called the same game by a different name.

Bottle caps, rubber balls, wooden popsicle sticks, and colored chalk...that's all we needed...

- Jeff

Michael Wade said...


That sounds like the makings of a novel or at least a great short story.