Former Resident Reflects
I was born in Canarsie in 1951 and lived there until 1976. I am currently working with a major publisher of local history on a book about Canarsie. This past Saturday I took a walk through the streets of my youth. I was warned that the old neighborhood had changed and I may walk away with a feeling of disappointment.
My walk started at the Rockaway Parkway subway station in the direction of Seaview Avenue. Turned off the Parkway at Avenue N and proceeded to East 105th Street. Then down to Flatlands 10th Street to East 108th Street and Seaview Avenue, back up to Rockaway Parkway and the train station.
What I found was well-maintained houses and front yards. Even though it was cold and very few people were out to talk to, I walked away with the feeling that Canarsie, like the days of my youth, is a neighborhood with a strong sense of community pride. The demographics of the area may have changed but the spirit of Canarsie is alive and healthy.
Ken A. Rogers
Stony Brook, New York