some Memories from New York Diana & John Zuazola 1956 - 1963 assembled in 2009
PLACES WHERE WE LIVED IN….. (1956 – 1960) Diana lived in Manhattan with her mom and later in the Bronx with her mom and dad. (1957 – 1961) I (John) lived in Brooklyn with uncle Nando and later in the Bronx by myself. (1961 – 1963) After we got married July 15, 1961 we moved to Davidson Ave. in the Bronx . My uncle Nando eventually moved to Miami, Florida. My inlaws, Audrey and Mathew, to the Bronx, then Miami and eventually California. … thanks to Google Maps.
1956 -57 Diana came from Havana with her mom (3nov1956) and lived in a building located at the corner of Columbus and 88 th . St. in Manhattan, “The Oxford Hotel.” The building was demolished and it is now the one in the picture. (looking west)
1956 – 1957 Diana went to Joan of Arc Junior High School at 93 rd . St. between Amsterdam and Columbus. Four blocks north from home.
Joan of Arc Junior High School West 93 rd . St. between Amsterdam and Columbus. (south side of the street).
1957 - 58. John first lived at 242 Brooklyn Ave. in Brooklyn between St. John’s Pl. & Sterling Pl. across from the church. Two blocks north & 1 block west from the IRS(3) Kingston Ave. subway station of the Lexington/Utica Av. Line. I lived with my uncle Nando, his wife Dulce, daughter Mamita & granddaughter Mercita. I had a 1955 pink and gray Chevrolet BelAir. Antonio (Dulce’s son) & Dolores with their daughter Dulcita, lived around the corner on Sterling Place going west.
Year 1959 - I moved to approx. 696 St. John’s Pl. (north side of the street) still in Brooklyn, between Bedford & Franklyn. IRT(3) Franklyn Ave. train Station along Eastern Pkwy. We were Nando, Dulce & I. For a short while, Perfecto Sainz lived also with us.
1958 – 1960 Diana and Audrey went to live with Uncle Reinaldo at an apartment on E. 28 th . Street between 3 rd . And 2 nd . Avenues in Manhattan. The buildings from the corner of 3 rd . Down to here were demolished and replaced with these light colored buildings. The Hook and Ladder #7 Fire Engine Company #16 building that was east of the apartment is still here but is now a Self Realization Temple (Yogananda). The H&L NYFD company moved around the corner on East 29 th . St. Diana lived here Old H&L #7 NYFD Engine company #16
1958-1960 after Diana and Audrey moved to E. 19 th . St. and E. 28 th . Street, she attended Washington Irving High School located at 40 Irving Place, between 15 th and 16 th . Streets. … looking south on Irving Pl. at the corner of 16 th . St. Bust of the famous writer Washington Irvine at the corner.
House where Washington Irving lived. Corner of Irving Place & 17 th . St. across from W.I.H.S.
1960-61 – I moved alone from Brooklyn to the Bronx to be closer to the school. At 2215 University Ave. one block north of NYU, College of Engineering in the Bronx. I was on the left 2 nd , floor of the house. My friend Moises Yarmus lived on the Attic above me. The owners of the house were also the owners of the “CABOROJENO” Nightclub at the time. University Ave. is now Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. and NYU-Eng. campus in the Bronx is now Cuny-Bronx Community College.
NYU College of Engineering in the Bronx. University Ave. looking north. NYU – Hall of Fame NYU – campus looking South.
We got married a Saturday July 15, 1961 at St. Bernard Church on west 14 th . St. between 8 th . And 9 th . Ave. It was raining cats and dogs. St. Bernard is now known as Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Bernard Church.
1961 – when we got married, after our honeymoon in Washington D.C., we went to live to the apartment that Diana and her parents, Audrey and Mathew, had at 1800 Davidson Ave. in the Bronx. It was on the east side of the street and on the hill behind the IRT(3) 176 th . St. Subway station. We reached the station thru a public stairs in between buildings from Davidson Ave. down to Jerome Ave. My in-laws moved across the street. In 1962 they went to Miami and we moved to their place until 1963 when I finished NYU and we joint them in Miami. Moises Yarmus and Vicky got married too and came to live on the same building at the same fifth floor. Moises and I studied engineering at NYU (New York University) in the Bronx campus. He is cuban of yewish descent. I lost him when we left for Miami. elevated Subway station 1800 Davidson Ave. in the Bronx
PUBLIC STAIRS FROM DAVIDSON DOWN TO JEROME AVE. ELEVATED LINE SUBWAY STATION (176 ST.) VIEW OF STAIRS FROM JEROME AVE. APARTMENT BUILDINGS. BEHIND.
NYU campus at Washington Square. Foreign student’s center. First building my dad and I visited in June 1957. NYU campus at Washington Square. One of the buildings. I graduated as Electrical Engineer in January 1963.
… finally, after I graduated from NYU in January 1963 we packed it all up, rented a trailer and headed for Miami and eventually we migrated to California in December 1963. jz, January 2009