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Tottenville History

“Tottenville in Prose” …continued #2

 
 
“Some thing that some of you might
 
Not know
 
Main street was as far as the trains would go
 
At the foot of the street was the ferry slip
 
Where the Maid of Perth docked and is sure was some ship
 
There was a house boat at the side of the street
 
Which was owned by a man they called Bowery Pete
 
Just across the street right near the water
 
Was a bowling alley which was run by Jean Porter
 
Then up the street from here just a short walk
 
Ben Streeter had summer boarders who came from New York
 
Right around the corner Hampy Ellis built boats
 
And out in the river the oyster men kept oyster floats
 
A short distance across the tracks
 
Jimmy Healy served you drinks and also the snacks
 
But if you were hungry and wanted to eat
 
They would go to Reily’s lunch wagon across the street.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
I wrote previouslyabout the Maid of Perth & Ellis boatyard. I found information about Ben Streeter and the West End Hotel.
 
Now, I need yourhelp. 
 
Anyone know anythingabout Jean Porter’s bowling alley, Jimmy Healey’s snack bar, or Reily’s lunchwagon?
 
 Does anyone have any clues on the houseboatowner called Bowery Pete?
 
 
 
 
 
Further Information
 
Maid of Perth
 
 
Tottenville Shipyards
 
 
 
 
Ben Streeter
 
 
 
 

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