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These pages will feature North Syracuse, NY, landmarks that don't have their own page, due to the fact that I don't have very many pictures of them at the moment. If you'd like to contribute any photos to the site please send an e-mail to the address at the bottom of the page.
ANGELO'S, BERSANI'S, THE BIG BIBLE & BOWLING GREEN
All of the photos on this page are taken from some of my video tapes from the 1980s and 1990s. Angelo's Cornucopia used to be a favorite dining spot for my childhood neighbor (a.k.a. "The Nice Old Lady Next Door") Mrs. Davis (I'm sorry, that's all I really remember about the place). Bersani's Hardware Store had already gone out of business by the time this picture was taken in 1999, and the building would be torn down only a few short months later. Bersani's always reminded me of Cunningham Hardware (yes, from Happy Days). The "Big Bible" has stood in front of North Syracuse Baptist Church on Route 11 for decades now. I wonder how many people walking by have gone up to the book and tried to turn the page, only to be disappointed. Bowling Green has long been a favorite stop for North Syracuse residents that like to drink and (you guessed it!) bowl.
CENTERVILLE PARK & CHRISTIAN BOOK STORE
Centerville Park on South Bay Road used to be a great place to go sledding in the 1970s and 1980s. I don't know how much fun it is now, since a new parking lot has been built right at the bottom of the sledding hill. Jeffer's Christian Book Store & Shoe Repair (also on South Bay Road) has never been open, as far as I can remember. Jeffer does sound like someone who would own a Christian Book & Shoe Repair Store, though. I usually would never notice this store, because it's always been hidden by a couple of large trees that surround the place.
UPDATE (sent in by Fred Fergerson): This was my cousin's business. His name was Don Jeffers. His mother still lives in the house just above it on Baum Ave. Dan used to work for the founder who called it Walter's Shoe Store. Walter would take our old shoes and throw them up in the tree that was out front when we bought new ones Don didn't sell shoes much, he just fixed them and sold Christian books. "We can heal both your souls here" was a motto. He closed due to bad health many years ago.
JOHN F. KENNEDY PARK
Kennedy Park and, more importantly, Kennedy Park Pool used to be a popular summer time hang out for "the kids". I took swimming lessons at Kennedy Pool for several years in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Kennedy Park still has some of the best old-style playground equipment in town. These photos are from a 1995 video tape.
MILLBROOK, MY UNCLE'S PLACE & NORTH SYRACUSE DRUGS
Millbrook Bakery on South Bay Road used to be a great place to go if you were a kid. There were rows and rows of bakery treats on every shelf (well, if you skip the bread aisle, that is) and pictures of The Peanuts Gang all over the walls. Millbrook had closed and turned into Stroehmann Bakery by the time these pictures were taken in 1995. My Uncle's Place, also on South Bay Road, was always closed. As far as I can remember, it was never open. It was finally torn down in the late 1990s. North Syracuse Drugs, on Route 11 next to the Post Office, has had several different names. It is now a Dollar Depot, I believe. This photo is from 1988.
NORTH SYRACUSE LIBRARY
North Syracuse Library was located on Route 11 across from Main Street School. It was a small building, but seemed huge when I went there as a child. Their Children's Section was a great place for me to spend a lot of time while my mother browsed thru the "big people" books. They also had strange little statues, decorations and children's artwork scattered throughout the building. These photos are from 1999, only a few months before this library closed and was moved to a larger location.
UPDATE: The following photo and information were sent in by
Here's the original N.Syr. library which was directly across the street from our house. It was originally the Palmer home. The next one built was the current NSEA building built directly behind it. I was part of a scout troop that moved all the books.
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