Frank Curinga

Pictured is Frank Curinga, standing in front of 610 Bear Street, his childhood home. Last week, I stopped to photograph this house when Frank crossed the street to ask me what I was doing. I explained my work to him, and asked if he had any information on the house, to which he replied: “my father bought it 103 years ago.” Frank is one of three children of James and Sylvia Curinga, who made this house their home for over 50 years in the 1900s. His parents also owned and operated Globe Grocery store on Kirkpatrick Street for 42 years before retiring in 1976, subsequently passing away in the following years. Frank said that walking by his former home gives him a sense of comfort. During my ensuing research of Globe Grocery, I connected with Frank’s sister, Rosemarie. Rosemarie acknowledged that Frank suffers from dementia and was surprised that he was able to remember what he shared, though she said her parents bought the home in 1935, not 1914. Today, Frank lives just blocks from the home he grew up in, residing in the Salina School Apartments, the very building where he and his siblings attended elementary school all those years ago.

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David is a nonprofit manager living in the Eastwood neighborhood of Syracuse. He began telling historical tales on his Instagram account, @SyracuseHistory in 2013 and co-founded in the fall of 2016.