If you were born and raised in Brooklyn, especially prior to the seventies, you know about the 'stoop.'
It was the typical hang out for most kids and teens alike. And adults too. The stoop was where we waited for friends to come calling in summer, and for the ice cream man after dinner. The stoop was where we played 'stoop ball,' Barbies, and dinosaurs. It was also the place where many a prom, Easter, Christmas, and wedding photo was taken, and just get-together photos in general. Below is a pic of my aunt and mom with a neighbor.
Our landlady used to prop a chair at the top of our stoop and knit there most nights after dinner, while having conversations with my mom and other neighbors.
It was not uncommon to have 'stoop-to-stoop' conversations either. People gathered on various stoops on hot nights and would talk over to the folks on the stoop next to them.
In winter near Christmas most stoops gleamed with twinkling lights along the banisters and on the wreaths hung on the door.
Most Brooklynites take their stoop very seriously. Many display pots of flowers according to the season, and they are kept clean and neat.
The typical Brooklyn stoop represents wonderful times to me and sparks great memories.