2007-03-22 / This Week In Canarsie

This Week In Canarsie...1984

Compiled By Dara Mormile

The Pennsylvania Avenue Landfill is soon going to be a fantastic place to bring the family since it's being transformed from a dump into a national park (thanks to the Department of Parks and Recreation and Gateway National Park Service). But this week in 1984 Canarsie Democratic leader Tony Genovesi led nearly 100 demonstrators down paths along the Belt Parkway, calling for the immediate closure of what was a toxic landfill. At the time, hundreds of Starrett City residents were outraged at the Department of Sanitation's handling of various chemicals at the site. The Pennsylvania Avenue and Fountain Avenue landfills were only in the beginning stages of being turned over to the federal government, but residents had adamantly expressed they wanted something to be done sooner about the dangerous conditions. Over the past few years, the federal government has taken the proper safety precautions and capped the land, making it safe…

…Community members weren't cheesed at all this week in '84. As a matter of fact, hundreds of residents received free blocks of cheese, compliments of the St. Pius X Council Knights of Columbus and the Canarsie Neighborhood Development Corp. We didn't report why cheese (out of all dairy products) was distributed or what type of cheese was given away, but over 12,000 pounds were gone by 2:30 in the afternoon (the cheese giveaway began at 10 am)…

…Obviously, a lot of our columns changed over the years. But with a section entitled "For And About The Family-Social News," it's no wonder we always looked to change the adages attached to columns! "For And About The Family-Social News," was much like our current "Neighborhood News" except we also used the column to make various announcements about local school competitions as well as events taking place at various houses of worship. Of course, we made more adjustments as the years progressed and we now have a separate Community Guide section with a menu full of local meetings and events all over the community…

…Pizza lovers rejoiced in our paper 23 years ago when we published a two- page section called "Your Favorite Pizzerias." If you lived in the community in those days, you'll remember some of the fabulous pizzerias that advertised in that section - like Michael's on Glenwood Road, J & S Pizza on East 96 Street and Avenue L and Joe's Pizza on East 91 Street and Avenue L. Had a craving for one of those perfect pies? In those days, one pie was only $6! Nowadays, you gotta dish over anywhere from $10 to $13! Talk about inflation!...

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