Talbot Street at the corner of 83rd Drive
Recollections by Ron Ziffer
"The official address of the house was 83-29 Talbot Street. It was built in 1921 and stood until the year 2000. The Ziffer family owned and inhabited the house from 1949 until its demolition. Samuel Ziffer, my father, purchased the house in 1949 from the Schwartz family, who supposedly had lived there from the late thirties. It is strongly rumored that one of the earlier inhabitants of the house was the Bacharach family, whose son Burt was eventually to become the mega -superstar composer. (His biography does indicate that he did grow up on Talbot Street but does not specify this exact house) Being that the picture was taken in 1936, he may well have been living there at the time of the photograph.
The house was purchased by my family as stated above, in 1949, at a cost of $23,000 (twenty-three thousand dollars). We were a family of eight! My father Samuel, my mother Bessie, and the six children: Arthur, Rosalind, Jeffrey, Richard, Millicent and myself, Ronald. Everyone who grew up in Kew Gardens in the fifties and sixties had some association with one of the Ziffers. We were a familiar lot. I was actually born seven months after we moved in, securing my place as the sixth child and the baby of the family.
It was a lovely home with immense character and dignity. It drew compliments from people of all ages and backgrounds. In total, I lived there almost forty-five years.From Truman to Clinton, and all the events of five different decades. For me, it was the home of all homes, and a big part of who I am today. I still live in Kew Gardens, and continue to enjoy the neighborhood as I did back then. Thank you for remembering our house and making it a notable part of Kew Gardens history."
If you have pictures of yourself showing any Kew Gardens locale in the background, email me high resolution jpegs and I will post them here as space permits.
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