|COURTESY OF THEODORE SIMONE, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED|
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We're delighted to bring you this photo of 39 N. Riverside Avenue--now home to The Sidecar--but back then the local barber shop. It comes from Theodore Simone (brother to Thomas Simone of Croton Historical Society fame!) He was in Croton last week, popped into The Sidecar and....
"The food was excellent, the decor was wonderfully eclectic and the service couldn't have been friendlier. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to have a long chat with Lynn, the proprietor. The cafe is on the site of what once was my paternal grandfather's barbershop from 1920 until his death in 1941. (It remained in business until the fifties by his partner and brother, Frank.) Though I have no memories of the time when it was open and we were not allowed to go into the vacant store when visiting my grandmother who lived above, I did manage to sneak in a couple times in my childhood to explore. Being able to enjoy a meal in the very place my grandfather Antonio once stood cutting hair was not the kind of experience I encounter daily. I gave Lynn this picture of the shop which she said she would frame and hang in her store. I would encourage you to stop by and enjoy the atmosphere and the food anytime. (I was happy to see that some of the beadboard is even original to the barbershop!)"
A sweet little story--and a bit of Croton history uncovered--click on the photos.
And as for The Sidecar, it closed in April 2017 (updated)
And stay tuned for info on what Croton was like before the highway destroyed much of its North Riverside ave. business district and more in the 1960's--and the name of "urban renewal"--the upcoming Croton Historical Society exhibit.