Memories of Far Rockaway & Edgemere Long Island Remembered: Part3 songs by Beth Fowler, Ethel Merman & Johnny Mathis

These are family home movies from the collection of Max and William Schulkin, my uncles and Nathan Baumwoll my grandfather.

The big brown house is my families house on beach 38th street , Edgemere Long Island. Its still a dream to me that I was given this photo through Barbara Cooper. Her father Murray Cooper took it. Its true we can go home.

These are movies of my family when they lived on 407 Central Ave . My Uncles William Schulkin Max Schulkin And Lenny Balen ,My aunt  Irene Schulkin Balen, Illana , Lynn  and the baby Sandi Balen my cousins, My dear Grandmother Mollie Schulkin, And my beloved Aunt Martha Schulkin. They are on the side of the building right off central ave Far Rockaway. I also lived in this building went I when in to  JH 198. My older brother Ira Baumwoll  went to Far Rockaway High School and my younger brother Robert Baumwoll went to pubic school 215. My folks are Jack And Roslyn Baumwoll.

My Dad Jack Baumwoll, my brother Ira Baumwoll, My two cousins Illana And Lynn Balen, Sandi Balen.  Ellen and Lois Rackoff all Graduated from Far Rockaway High I did not I went to 198 and graduated from there. The reason I did not graduate from Far Rockaway .While I was going in my 9th year at 198 .We were  doing a play called Camelot. I was one of the actors to be in that show. All I can say was. One moment we were rehearsing, the cast and the two stars a young women and Billy Lipton. Billy lived on the fifth floor of our building with his family . On central ave.

When out of know where a young man came up on the stage look at all of us. Ran over and Stabbed Billy in the Chest right near his heart. What I remember is Billy looking over in my direction his eyes focused beyond us, and Began to fall down. The young man that stabbed him, look towards all of us. And then ran.  Every thing was crazy the place was cleared out very fast. Billy was taken away and thank god lived after many hours of surgery. With in inchs of his heart.

I remember seeing the knife go in , him falling and the young man looking towards us. I know that I was with the police for a while. My parents came and got me. Being a very quite boy before this. Did not help me open up. I when back about a week later. Don’t remember what happen . But I could not relax. I stayed a short time. Ran out the building and got to the boardwalk and ran home. I did not go out of the house for the last three months of school. I was taken by my parents to my graduation at night and was taken away very fast. They had decided to move to Rockland County. That was when we left Far Rockaway and Edegmere.

Songs in the video:

  • “Everything Old is New Again” sung by Beth Fowler from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Boy From OZ
  • “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” sung by Ethel Merman from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Gypsy
  • Henry Mancini’s “Sweetheart Tree” sung by Johnny Matthis

Special thanks to Carol Marston, Skip Weinstock,,  They have taken us all home.  They are a force, that have expanted our minds  and we all can see home . Because of them.

One response to “Memories of Far Rockaway & Edgemere Long Island Remembered: Part3 songs by Beth Fowler, Ethel Merman & Johnny Mathis

  1. Lynn Sannino Walbert

    I remember fondly the Balen’s from the Westchester area of Miami, FL. I was best friends with Lynn Balen before they moved to Far Rockaway and lost contact with her. They were a very warm and welcoming family and I always enjoyed going to their home. Also, their cousin, Ira, I believe, lived near Everglades Elementary School. I would love to hear from Lynn and catch up after all of these years. Lynn Sannino Walbert

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