10 cent Superman comic books.
Wax buck teeth and big red lips. I'm not sure but I think they were racist though.
Huge ham and cheese heroes with the works, over a foot long filled with real cheese and the most delish Polish ham for 1 dollar.
A new pink Spaldeen with great bounce to play "Points" and Stickball with.
Small toys that cost between 10 and 25 cents at John's Bargain Store.
The toy department at S. Klein's and Macy's where on Saturday's there was a guy doing magic tricks and lots of free food samples in their 8th floor food department.
Seeing a double feature with cartoons for 50 cents and for another 50 cents getting popcorn or a bag of chips, a hot dog and a soda and still have money left to take the bus home.
Going to the original Yankee Stadium with my dad. Being there the day Roger Maris hit his 61st homerun. Also getting to see all the great players of the 1960s. Mostly though the best part was being there with my dad.
15 cent pizza that was so good you could smell it 3 blocks away.
A Carvel cone covered in hard chocolate for 15 cents.
New sneakers for $1.50.
Being on the subway (fare was 15 cents) again with my dad, going over the bridge on the way to Coney Island. Both of us going on all the rides, the funhouse, the "Freak" show and eating enough to get us both sick and my face a sticky mess from all the cotton candy and huge jelly apples for maybe 5 bucks for the entire day for two.
Going often to see B'way shows as they were not expensive, always great seats and dinner at some of the "Fancy" theater district restaurants. Everyone dressed nicely to go to the theater in those days, suits and uncomfortable ties for men and boys.
Going to Macy's to sit on Santa's lap, getting a candy cane and a picture every Christmas. More often than not Santa smelled like moth balls and booze. Still a good time.
Going to Thompson's Square Park on Saturday's to play handball and punch ball with my dad and that takes me back to the start, getting those great 10 cent Superman comic books afterward.
Yes, I am old. Turned 61 yesterday. My life is pretty much shit now, health wise and financially but back then life was good.