My Autobiography by Michael Normandy, Sr.


I want to go back a little and tell you about my school days. First I went to P.S. 18 in Brooklyn. It was on the corner of Maujer and Leonard. Then I went to Junior High School 17.


P.S. 18

Then it was time to go to high school and I think I disappointed my Dad. He was hoping I'd go to Boys High like he did. I didn't want to go and have to learn all the subjects I wasn't interested in. He was understanding and let me choose my school and I picked East New York Vocational High School. It opened in 1941 in a loft of a factory building at 2416 Atlantic Ave, west of Van Sinderan Ave. Today that would be considered outside of East New York. Then it moved into a new building at 1 Wells St., #230, Brooklyn NY. Now the school is called East New York Transit Technology High School. Here's a picture of the school and a picture of my Dad, Sebastian Sylvester Angelo Normandia, who always smoked White Owl cigars. He was called Jack by his friends because he was a Jack of All Trades and could do almost anything. He was a very intelligent man and where I got my brains from! Whenever there was a disagreement on something, the guys that hung out at Tricarico's Candy Store on the corner of Conselyea and Lorimer said, "Call Jack, he'll settle this because he knows everything." He was an avid reader and had some very old books which are mine now.



Tricarico's Ice Cream Parlor - 1940 Tax Photo

We called it the candy store.

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