Larry Marquit

Growing up in Sea Gate and Coney Island in the 1930s and '40s

Born in 1938, Larry Marquit grew up on Laurel Avenue in Sea Gate when some of the streets and sidewalks were cobblestone. He shares memories of World War II, day camp, movie theaters, and his first jobs as a boy shining shoes in a barbershop and working at Shatzkins Knishes on the Boardwalk.

"I grew up on the beach," says Marquit. "My Uncle Morty, my mother's brother, was a lifeguard. He looked out for me. I felt safe. Because I felt safe and secure, I was adventurous. By that I mean, I wasn't afraid of going anywhere, like get on the train and go to New York and come home. And as long as I was home for dinner, everything was fine kind of thing. And I'm talking, I was ten, eleven years old."