Miss Moore's memories
Miss Jaundine (Geraldine) Moore lived at the Grinnell, in Apartment 2F, from July 1937 until her death in September 2004. As a girl, she lived in the apartment with her mother and aunt and attended school at St Catharine's Academy on West 152nd Street (the school and building still exist). After her mother's death, Miss Moore remained at the Grinnell.
According to her obituary in the New York Times, Miss Moore "attended Loretto Academy, Chicago, graduated from St. Catherine's Academy and Katherine Gibbs, NYC. B.S. degree Fordham, M.A. and professional diploma Teachers College, Columbia. A high school English teacher, NYC, over 23 years. She taught at Bay Ridge H.S., Brooklyn, NY and George Washington H.S., Manhattan. Before teaching she was Asst. Prod. Mgr., Swertfager Ad Agency, Prod. Asst. Parade Magazine, Asst. Legal Ad Mgr. American Banker."
Although Miss Moore was a font of information about the Grinnell and its surrounding neighborhood, and had known many of the original residents, she was a private person and shared information in bits and pieces. Once, however, she sent me a typed sheet of Grinnell memories, random thoughts that evoke visions of a long-lost era. She remembered when gloved staff sorted and delivered mail to each apartment, twice a day; when residents never went into the back (service) areas of the Grinnell; and when one key fit every apartment door in the building.
Below, you can read some recollections of her early years at the Grinnell, in their entirety and from her own typewriter.
Miss Jaundine Moore at the Grinnell Christmas Party - 1999
Audubon Park Historic District
This way to return to your walk . . .
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