…scanned from my archive. Clarice Bennett

…scanned from my archive. Whenever I hear those two old Drifter songs, Up on the roof and Under the Boardwalk, I think of Brighton Beach, where my mother grew up and I spent many childhood hours playing on and under resepctively. One of these is the view from my Mom’s window, the other is my grandmother on the roof of their apartment. My grandfather spent hours playing chess on the roof as well. There are just so many pictures of my family on the boardwalk and the roof, these places were really the center of life there for so many people. My parents even met for the first time on the beach right in front of Brighton Fourth Street, she was waiting on the sand for a date and my father came by started chatting her up before her date arrived. As my friend Neal mentioned, looking back over our family and parents history, it is amazing how many things had to fall into place just for us to come into existence. Thanks Dad! Back to Legacy Project

 My Mother new Brighton 4th Street and the boardwalk

My Mother new Brighton 4th Street and the boardwalk

 My Grandmother Fanny on the roof of their apartment building

My Grandmother Fanny on the roof of their apartment building

 View of Brighton Beach from my Mother's window

View of Brighton Beach from my Mother's window