Claire Deery and John Rudden

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Claire Deery and John Rudden, mid-1950s. The photo was taken in the basement apartment in the Marine Park area of Herby and Clara Muldoon, who were newlyweds at the time. We were in their bridal party. Many Beachites upon marrying took basement apartments throughout the area. Most of them were illegal and converted from cellars. It gave the homeowner a chance to make extra income. Some entrances were through a rear doorway and a boiler room! The rents were fair and it gave the couple an opportunity to save for a down payment on a home of their own. (Courtesy Peggy Roberts Walsh)