…scanned from my archive. Up on the roof, Brighton Beach 1930's

…scanned from my archive. Hanging out of your building’s roof was a popular place to spend hot summer days in Brooklyn, especially before air conditioning. It was commonly known as Tar Beach. My family’s apartment building was located right on the Coney Island Boardwalk in Brighton Beach, so the cool ocean breezes were plentiful and my grandparents and my mom and her brother Jerry spent hours up t here cooling off, playing chess or any other number of “other activities.” Life was good, and the Drifter’s even wrote two popular songs that summed up life out there – Up on the Roof and Under the Boardwalk, the latter of which was probably a better and more private place for some of those “other activities.” The view wasn’t bad either.

 My grandparent, my mother and uncle Jerry

My grandparent, my mother and uncle Jerry

 my uncle Jerry and aunt Audrey

my uncle Jerry and aunt Audrey

 View from my grandparents rooftop of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn

View from my grandparents rooftop of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn