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One family went away every summer, and the kids on the block would take over their stoop. Two kids would declare themselves king and queen of the stoop and would decide where each child in the neighborhood was allowed to sit on the stoop. I was allowed to sit only on the cement trim, unless another child didnít show up, and then I was allowed to sit on the bottom step. It didnít help my position any that I had a big mouth and used to yell at people. More than anything I wanted to be accepted by them, but I always felt that I wasnít.

- Robert Rorke, born 1955, Flatbush, Brooklyn

Family on stoop
1930: Manhattan stoop
(John Muller, Museum of the City of New York)

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