Sheryl Gross-Glaser10 months ago
I guess I am a person of a certain age, though born way after WWII. I remember playing stoop ball and Ring-a-levio. We used a spauldine, called a pinky ball, which we bought at a candy store named Goody's. Though I grew up in a cooperative apartment building (in a set of five buildings where everyone knew everyone else) in Brooklyn, we called the outdoor staircase to the roof of the garage a stoop and played stoop ball and hung out there. Even the five steps up the apartment house entrance was referred to as a stoop.
Would be nice to know what were the rules of Ring-a-levio. We stopped playing pretty young because the older kids outgrew it and no one stayed outside all evening long after everyone got air conditioning.
Stoops were definitely the territory of kids. The adults would lean against cars in front of the buildings or, mostly women, would sit on benches in the neighborhood parks.
I imagine that the children of Brooklyn Heights, Park Slope and other neighborhoods do not play stoop ball anymore. We were allowed to be outside without our parents from a pretty young age (about six), and our parents trusted us to not get killed if a ball rolled into the street.
Thanks for the nice post.