Sunday, May 17, 2009

Finding old photos and long lost relatives

Marcia Bricker Halperin found this photo in a 1971 high school yearbook. The photographer was uncredited. What a find! Anyone out there attend James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY?

Meanwhile, Marcia has also received great news - she has gotten a first influx of funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Regrant Program for a documentary about New York cafeterias. She'll cover Dubrow's, and utilize things from this blog, as well as some of the other New York cafeterias that people have recalled fondly over the years I've been running this blog.

Finally, I discovered a long lost relative: Barbara Dubrow Faerman. She's the daughter of Irwin Dubrow, former manager of Dubrow's until his untimely suicide. She writes: "I did go to the cafeteria a few times and some of the old time staff took extra special care of me and showed me around the inner workings of the cafeteria. I remember seeing portraits of Benjamin, George and my father on the wall...I believe that my aunt Helene got some of them when the cafeteria closed. I have a cross stich that was made for me by one of the staff when I was born."

I'm hoping she can find that cross-stitch made by a Dubrow's staff member! I have been in touch with Helene but have not in New York, where she might have some of the memorabilia to which Barbara referred.


Lydia said...

Thank you for the photo of Dubrow's:
I remember when seltzer came out of a spigot accessible to all customers! My dad used to enjoy breakfast on Saturday there with his friends. I went to James Madison High School, class of 1960.
Lydia Fife Kugel

Anonymous said...

I lived on East 14th and Avenue R in the 1960's. I saw several candidates at Dubrows. Humphrey, RFK in 1964, Lindsay etc. We used to go to Dubrow's late at night coming home from concerts etc in Manhattan. Roach races were part of the fun at Dubrow's. You'd watch them race up the wall! But the food was actually good- best creamed spinach and Halibut around for the price.

Robert Williams