Above: In the classroom, 1947, 1967
In creating this section of my website I wanted to remember my late husband, Sidney Gross (1941–2016). His stories about growing up in Brooklyn in the 1940’s and 1950’s are wonderful fun and filled with nostalgia! Sidney had a virtually photographic memory for names and events. He was a gifted storyteller who deserves to be heard, even if the voice must be mine.
Sidney wrote the essays that I’m calling “Sidney’s Brooklyn” in 1980 for a collection of his grandmother Bertha’s Jewish recipes, which he and I published in a limited edition for family members. Sidney grew up in a kosher-keeping home. His childhood was wildly different from mine, as I am the daughter of outdoorsy types who believed in rugged individualism and self-sufficiency. Sidney and I stuck together through our 50 years of marriage with much storytelling across the divide!
Stories from Sidney’s Brooklyn will appear from time to time on the website as I get them typed up. The titles are: 64th Street and Bay Parkway, Chicken and Charity, Yiddish, The Holidays, Coffee and Cheesecake, My Bar Mitzvah, Sunday Morning, Fast Food, How We Stopped Being Kosher, and Sweet Brooklyn. Eventually, I intend to record them as well, but it will take me a while! Meanwhile, enjoy.