Eva Zucker grew up in Coney and Sea Gate in the 1940s and 1950s in a literary household. Yiddish was her first language. She recounts memories of her father, the Yiddish poet A. Lutzky, who made a living writing Saturday poems for the newspaper Der Tog and organizing concerts by cantors and poets. He loved to write on trolley cars and buses going from Sea Gate to Manhattan, accompanied at times by his daughter, who says these excursions "gave me a visual appreciation of things and I became a painter."
A. Lutzky was the pseudonym of Aaron Zucker (1894–1957), given to him by an editor for the name of his birthplace near Lutz, Ukraine. According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, Lutzky's work has been published in many periodicals and five volumes of poetry.