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Back in 1979, CBS brought young country boy Troy Kuchman from Pittstown, New Jersey, to spend the weekend with 14-year-old Tony Fable at his family’s bakery in Hell’s Kitchen.
This week, Tony’s niece, Layne, found the video and published it on her popular YouTube channel.
In the video, we follow Tony and Troy as they explore New York and Hell’s Kitchen as kids. From their first meeting at Port Authority Bus Terminal, through family dinner above Poseidon Bakery with the Fable family, to roller skating in Times Square, you get an amazing snapshot of the city in the late 70s.
Scenes also show Tony’s mom, Lili, greeting Mayor Koch at the 9th Avenue Food Festival, as well as the boys and friends heading out to the end of Pier 86 (before Intrepid was docked there).
Tony is no longer in Hell’s Kitchen. He’s raising his family in Orlando and lost contact with Troy after the show. Layne Fable is the 5th generation of foodies with a love for the history of Poseidon Bakery which will be 100 years old in 2023.
“I was visiting my uncle Tony, who is the star of this video, and we all sat down to watch it. So many great memories — of the Fable brothers when they were young, of our family members who are no longer with us, and Hell’s Kitchen as a whole,” shared Layne. “I had just started a segment of ‘vintage vlogs’ on my YouTube channel and thought this would be a great addition. Showing the juxtaposition between city kids/country kids and between 9th Ave past/present. I hope everyone gets to enjoy this little glimpse into history as much as we did.”
Watch the full video on Layne’s YouTube channel below.