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Focus on History: A happy childhood on a lost block

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Rosemary Cocca Forrest grew up on one of Amsterdam’s “lost blocks,” neighborhoods that fell to urban renewal and highway construction. Forrest was born in 1937 at 15 Guy Park Ave. at the corner of William Street. Her family included her brothers Ted and Frankie, her mother, Angelina, and her father, Pelligrino Cocca. Forrest wrote, “My father had his shoe repair shop on the south side of Guy Park Avenue until he relocated into our remodeled ...

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