Old Richmond Hill, New York

Gerry Hopkins and his sister, Helene Ann Farley, grew up in Richmond Hill, NY. The address was 103-32 123 st, down the block from the Lefferts Theater and between 103rd Ave and Liberty Ave. It was a magical place during the 50's and 60's: a large middle class community with growing, Baby Boom  families. A place we called home. Helene Ann left home when she married Owen in 1969. Gerry left Richmond Hill at the young age of 17, when he entered West Point in 1971. Mom and Pop Hopkins stayed through the early 80's: they finally moved to Long Island in 1987.

A Place Called Home

When I talk to my sons about growing up in Richmond Hill, NY, I sound like my father telling stories of the Great Depression. He used to tell me of days with horse drawn carriages still traversing the streets of Queens, NY. He quit 8th Grade, circa 1930, when he was 12 years old during the height of the Great Depression. He came from a family of 10 children and he started work delivering ice in order to help support
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We have added a slide show of family pictures during the time that we lived in Richmond Hill. We will add more as we get them. Enjoy.
Here is a link to the Richmond Hill Historical Society. Their Guestbook is a good read if you would like to reminisce about the good old days.
If you are on Facebook, Check out these two Groups:
SBJL: You Know You Loved It and Grew Up in Richmond Hill, NY