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Staten Island was rural. I lived on Hawthorne Avenue, I believe it was Westerleigh, for some time back in the late 20's and on the next block there was a truck farm called Casio's (probably spelt incorrectly) that was advertised as the biggest truck farm in N.Y. I remember all the ripe tomatoes we picked off the vine and wiped them on our sleeve before we ate them.
As for an Island accent, I believe we all had them, my speech instructor in college tried to change it but living in Texas for 50 plus years and in Mississippi for seven accomplished the trick.

Stan Singer
Transplanted Texan

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