Back in the days, Mom and Pop stores, and of course the local hardware store were a big thing. Every village and town had at least 1, family owned. In the major cities, there was a Mom and Pop store every other city block. But for many reasons they have faded. However they still exist but not like they use to. I have always liked the atmosphere of these stores. And they have been a great help to be people who are on limited incomes. Enclosed please find pictures I have taken of former stores.
Each year, during the first week in December,”The Liberty Pole” is lit up in downtown Rochester. It stands on the north side of Main street. Right next to the Sibley building. This has always been a nice gathering with the cities Mayor, members of city government, and residents! It consists of bands, and various sorts entertainment, including Santa and some elves.
I’m at one of the famous Brighton Beach subway entrances, which were used in the movie “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” by Neil Simon. It is also the location of some of Woody Allen’s scripts.
I’m not sure if it was this exact one or one at another spot, but you get the drift. Some of the movie was filmed under the EL where I am standing today, Dec. 5th, 2015, after some shopping in the district.