September 29, 2011

Early Levittowner Tom Filiberto's roots are connected to a Brooklyn Brownstone

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Tom Filiberto, class of 1963, sent us this classic 1948 family photo. He was three years of age at the time. The Brooklyn brownstone building in which the apartment was located was owned by his grandparents who chose to live in the basement. That's Tom on his grandmother's lap. The rest of the people are all cousins, except his grandfather.

The City of New York eventually took over the brownstone and other properties so that the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could be built. Connecting Brooklyn and Staten Island, construction of the bridge began August 13, 1959.

Toni Crescenzo Gelfer, class of 1968, commented:

"This picture is so indicative of a time when families all stayed close, unlike today, you grew up in an environment where you saw relatives daily and where grandparents didn't go off on a cruise to get away. They were the pillars which supported the family unit."

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