Sheldon Krimsky

Memories of growing up on West 29th Street in Coney Island in the 1940s and '50s

Sheldon Krimsky and his family lived in an apartment at 2995 West 29th Street from the time he was 4 until he graduated from college. He shares memories of growing up in the 1940s and '50s: playing stickball and street games like Ringelevio; publishing a newspaper with his classmates at Mark Twain Junior High and selling ads to Mermaid Avenue shopkeepers; and working at a pharmacy and a souvenir shop as a young teen. A guidance counseler told him about the test for Stuyvesant High School and he spent the next four years commuting from Coney Island to Manhattan. In later years, Krimsky helped his mother, who lived on 29th Street until the mid-1960's, write her memoirs. "When I went back to my street, there is almost nothing that is the same," he says. "Everything was razed to the ground."

Sheldon Krimsky is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University, and adjunct professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at Tufts University School of Medicine. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees in physics from Brooklyn College and Purdue University respectively, and a masters and doctorate in philosophy at Boston University.