116th Street And Third Avenue, 1925.

“Summer in the City!”

Ephemeral New York

A 10-day heat wave left the city blistering in late summer 1953, with record temperatures in the triple digits scalding the streets.

Luckily these city kids living in the vicinity of today’s Nolita (see the ad for 276 Bowery) knew how to keep cool: They opened a fire hydrant.

Life magazine photographer Peter Stackpole captured these wonderful images: the spray coming out high into the Belgian Block street, then a boy aiming a flood of water at his buddy.

The next shots show other kids joining in, with no street traffic getting in their way. And then a policeman apparently puts a stop to it.

It looked like a lot of fun while it lasted. Amazingly, almost every kid is wearing long pants!

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At 19, Rubina married Vincent  Coppola. It was 1925 and the couple settled in East Harlem in Manhattan,  where they owned and operated the East Drive Restaurant. Click on the link below to read the full article. God Bless Ruby Coppola, and her loving & caring family! Read more: http://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Brookfield-woman-turns-106-2148184.php#ixzz1fI3aIUpE

Click on this link to view a 3 part video interview of Rose Pascale, Claudio Caponigro, and Lulu Lolo. It’s a must-see!


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