Edward Lehner

Interviewed By Arlene Schulman

Ed Lehner discusses growing up in Washington Heights Inwood. He talks about the changing face of the neighborhood: the different communities that have come and gone, the local shops that have managed to hang on and those that have closed their doors. He talks about his favorite sports teams, the games he played growing up and his stamp and baseball card collections. Ed also talks about how politics helped him become the outgoing individual he is today and the high points in his career, such as his involvement with the famous Pooper Scooper Law. (Summary Written By: Kaitlin McClure)

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1938 (00:42)
Far Rockaway (00:45)
187 Street and Fort Washington (00:56)
153 Street and Riverside Drive (01:11)
Long Island (01:17)
Washington Heights (01:20)
58 Street and Riverside (01:31)
'38 (01:34)
First Avenue (01:38)
Fort Washington Avenue (01:45)
187 Street and Fort Washington (01:52)
PS 187 (02:06)
Jewish (02:13)
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Notre Dame (03:02)
Jewish (03:06)
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187 Street and Fort Washington (03:17)
187 Street and Fort Washington (03:29)
softball (03:55)
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Hebrew school (04:10)
187 Street (04:24)
'33 (05:54)
Pearl Harbor Day (05:58)
the War (06:16)
'45 (06:34)
German (06:56)
Gurt Kaufman (06:59)
George Kaufman (07:02)
Holocaust (07:11)
Hitler (07:22)
German (07:41)
Breuer's synagogue (07:46)
Frankfurt (07:49)
World Series (08:13)
Polo Grounds (08:48)
Yankee Stadium (08:49)
hockey (09:09)
Rovers (09:12)
Madison Square Garden (09:17)
hockey (09:34)
baseball (09:37)
Reichmann's restuarant (09:50)
82 Street near 2nd Avenue (09:52)
Nick Gordon (10:22)
Joe Bedwick (10:37)
Lucky Jack Larkey (11:12)
Mel Ott (11:50)
Sid Gordon (11:59)
stamp album (12:06)
baseball cards (12:14)
Joe Dimaggio (12:30)
Joe Zaretsky (13:52)
181 Street (14:01)
Vietnam War (14:11)
'87 (14:17)
Gene McCarthy (14:28)
Lyndon Johnson (14:42)
Vietnam War (14:44)
Bob Ginsberg (14:48)
Joe Zaretsky (15:07)
1968 (15:42)
1971 (16:00)
Chairman of the Housing Committee (16:20)
Pooper Scooper Law (16:25)
Hudson View Gardens (17:08)
Little Bennett Park (17:14)
Governor Carey (17:50)
City Club (17:56)
Baruch College (20:59)
City College (21:52)
23 Street (21:58)
City College (22:50)
Lindsay (23:12)
Baruch College (23:24)
Albany (23:48)
Shelly Silver (24:24)
Pooper Scooper Law (25:26)
baseball (26:07)
softball (26:08)
basketball (26:10)
Bill Ryan (27:26)
Patricia Ryan (27:32)
Bella Abzug (27:42)
Vietnam War (28:38)
draft (28:49)
Bella Abzug (28:59)
Washington (29:05)
Iraq War (29:08)
Bella Abzug (29:16)
Women's Rights (29:21)
Ed Koch (29:25)
Ed Koch (29:41)
Rockefeller Center (30:02)
Crown Heights (30:40)
Community Preservation Corporation (31:20)
Pooper Scooper Law (31:58)
Ed Koch (32:00)
Ed Koch (32:15)
Ed Koch (32:47)
co-oping (33:19)
Castle Village (33:47)
West Heights (34:00)
Park Terrace (34:02)
Hudson View Gardens (34:46)
East Heights (36:08)
Dominican (36:11)
Dominican (36:31)
Jewish (36:39)
Charlie Rangel (36:50)
Teddy Frou (36:53)
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187 Street and Fort Washington (45:44)
Franks Supermarket (45:56)
Franks Supermarket (46:16)
187 Street (46:28)
Zabar's (46:34)
Gideon's Bakery (48:10)
187 Street (48:13)
Stein's (48:25)
Hilltop Pharmacy (48:33)
Duane Reade (48:38)
CVS (48:40)
Walgreens (48:41)
184 Street and Fort Washignton (50:02)
Mt. Sinai Jewish Center (50:37)
the Tabernacle (50:55)
Fort Tryon (51:03)
Hebrew school (51:27)
178 street (51:48)
Albany (51:54)
Catholic Archdiocese (52:10)
Inwood (52:19)
St. Elizabeth's (52:41)
190 Street and Fort Washington (52:46)
Jewish Memorial (52:48)
193 Street and Broadway (52:51)
Baker Field (52:57)
Henry Kissinger (53:24)
Breuer's synagogue (53:29)
Donny Kirshner (53:36)
Don Kirshner Rock and Roll Show (53:42)
George Washington High School (53:51)
Fort Washington Avenue (54:18)
East Side (56:02)
Central Park West (56:10)
Court of Appeals (57:56)
constitutional amendment (59:11)
Pay Raise Case (01:00:55)

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Interview Data

Date of Interview
May 14, 2015
Location of Interview
Home of Storyteller
Place of birth
Queens, New York
Occupations
Judge; Retired Judge; Retiree; Attorney; Lawyer
Dates in Neighborhood
1938 to date of interview
Birth Year
1933
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Bridging Our Stories: Washington Heights and Inwood Oral History Project

This is a neighborhood oral history project that works to both preserve and document Washington Heights and Inwood history through the stories of people who have experienced it. This project will collect oral histories of people who have lived or worked in the Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods. Over 90 volunteer interviewers have been trained to collect these stories. Interviews will be preserved at The Milstein Division of US History, Local History and Genealogy and available in a circulating collection. Interviews will also be accessible in full length at this website.