George Rudes lived in Coney Island from 1930 until 1948 when he went off to college. He lived next door to the Half Moon Hotel on West 29th Street. His father, Leo Isaac Rudes, was president of the synagogues on Mermaid Avenue and the one on West 25th Street. George played on the Lincoln High School football team during the 1940s. He remembers the Railroad Avenue trolley, selling ice cream on the beach, Tommy's Radio store on Surf Avenue, and his mother collecting "Pennies for Israel." He later went into the garment business and, with daughters Leslie and Lisa, founded the clothing company NYDJ "Not Your Daughter's Jeans."