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Anthony Weiner, Former Congressman, b. 1964

“It was like a Reform Jewish version of the Sharks and the Jets.”

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Anthony Weiner (right), age 9, with his brothers.   

It’s hard for anyone who visits Park Slope now to remember, but that was an edgy community in the sixties and seventies. I could hardly afford today to rent the ­upstairs apartment in the ­duplex that my father and mother bought in the sixties for less than $40,000. Back then, your universe revolved around your front stoop. You know, you were either a Union temple kid or a Garfield temple kid. It was like a Reform Jewish version of the Sharks and the Jets, and we were a Union temple family.

But the life of a kid in New York City, it’s about making your circles bigger and bigger around your home. When you’d get a little older, you’d get on the F train and go to Rockefeller Center and tool around a little bit. I remember taking a train to West 4th and going to Rocky Horror. For the longest time, I just assumed the graffiti was painted on the subways when it came off the factory line.


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