Southern Brooklyn

One Reader Shares A Glimpse Into His Family’s, And Sheepshead’s, Past

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The family of reader Saul Braksmajer in front of his grandfather’s grocery at 144 Neptune Avenue. Photo courtesy of Saul Braksmajer

After we posted a photo for the Morning Mug by reader Saul Braksmajer, he was kind enough to send us in a couple more images, with some local historical significance. Saul’s grandfather ran the grocery store, pictured above, at 144 Neptune Avenue, between Gray Court and East 11thStreet.

Saul tells us:

“The first picture is my grandparents, my dad, and my uncle in front of the store my grandfather ran in 1962. The second picture (Ed. — below) is the same spot, 50 years later (note the giant tree that grew in that time!).”

144 Neptune Avenue today. Photo courtesy of Saul Braksmajer

What I love about the top photo is that you can see that they have advertisements for Green Stamps in the window, as well as products such as White Rose Tea; Schaefer, Schlitz and Rheingold beers, and — something I’ve never heard of — dual filter cigarettes. They also sold giant Lipton mushrooms, which, as I previously mentioned, I’m not much of a fan of.

Does anyone recall shopping at this grocery store? Share your memories in the comments!

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