Tag Archives: Riverside

Fire Department Drill Tower

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The fire maze. Rappelling from the fifth floor. Scaling the 70 foot tall building with a hook ladder. The mysterious stranger drivers see standing atop the tower late at night.

Randy speaks of the fire department with love and pride. His eyes beam. When he shakes my hand, he calls me “Brother.” He can name each fire station by number and location. He has stories about Major, the Dalmatian who once lived at station no. 9, at West 24th and Perry Streets.

New Story: Avon Apartments and Sam’s Grocery

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Amal recalls her grandfather fondly and considers the 111 year old boarding house an embodiment of Sam Al Hasan. “There’s so much happiness in that house,” she says. “There’s so much laughter and family togetherness and joy.”

Said the Times, “There are subs. There are heroes. There are hoagies, po’ boys and grinders. And in this port city, which has the country’s 10th largest Arab population, there are Camel Riders.”