Boys of Brooklyn

A Time When Life Never Sucked

By Dr. Sal Martingano
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Our story begins in the humble setting of the Bensonhurst neighborhood in Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York City. It was a place that was not too different from the many other small communities around the country at that time. However, it became the one place that history will remember because of the "Boys of Brooklyn." This is our story.

One thing is for sure; the world existed before we got here and will go on as if we never existed. We have been blessed with calling to better ourselves and in doing so we will better the world around us. Our legacy is that we made a difference.

Our time as a culture has probably passed. What's left of it remains in our memories and on re-runs of Dick Clark and American Bandstand. One thing is for sure: our kids know that something very special happened to us while we were growing up, something that all technologies and sophisticated virtual reality video games can never match. There is a difference between virtual reality and reality itself. We lived reality; you can't explain it, you have to live it. We did.


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1 review for Boys of Brooklyn

Got this off amazon, great book would absolutely recommend!

(verified owner)

Steve….Thank you for the recommendation. The book is not just about Brooklyn, the book represents a place in time when America was truly at the top of its game. I’ve heard from people from other states say….wow that’s exactly what we did and experienced growing up. It was a universal era where Life Never Sucked!! Enjoy the read

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“Awesome, Relatable Read!”

“This book is such an interesting perspective of the simpler times in 50s-60s in New York City and how those times have evolved to present day. I love how myself as the reader can draw conclusions/find similarities in my generation (X) and younger generations, as well as with baby boomers! All with a matter-of-fact, yet friendly, Italian-from-Brooklyn style tone that makes you laugh and think at the same time. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Bravo to Sal Martingano!”

Patrick Davidson



“FANTASTIC READ! A journey through an Italian man’s upbringing starting in Bensonhurst Brooklyn”

“As a gen-x’er myself I found the book interesting to hear about the decades prior from the baby boomer generation (the generation my parents are from) and see how that molded the lives of that generation. Sal Martingano, the author, reflects on world events throughout his life including the Vietnam War – and how it impacted him and his crew of friends. It is a bit surreal being transported back to this time “when life never sucked” as Sal calls it. Boys of Brooklyn is a easy to read book, and has character (as it seems Sal does too). Being an Italian from Chicago, it’s refreshing to see a story from an Italian (from the baby boomer era), that grew up in Brooklyn that isn’t involved in or focused on the mob. All in all – a book I’d HIGHLY recommend if you’re looking for a refreshing journey through the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, to current time.”

Dan Scala



“AMAZING Memoir. If I could give it 10 stars, I would!”

“Truthfully, I was skeptical about reading a book about an Italian from Brooklyn in the 50s – 70s. Me being a Hispanic millennial from Florida… I’m definitely not a baby boomer and was taking chance on this book.

I REGRET NOTHING! Boys of Brooklyn will go down as one of the best memoirs I’ve ever read.

This book is a first-person view of what life was like going growing up in New York. From childhood to retirement, you could say it’s a full coming of age story. Ha-ha My favorite chapter has to be the “Alaskan Fishing Adventures” but nothing tugged on my heartstrings quite like Ernie’s story.. He was the Superman of the Boys of Brooklyn and will always be. (you’ll know what I mean when you read the book)”

Eloy Hernandez



“I loved this book!”

“I loved the book. The stories were interesting. Totally different from how it is today; it was so much simpler then.”

Elia Osborne