Close-up of the 1940 Federal Census entry for Doctor Torregrossa and family.
Anna and Ermete lived at 6624 10th Avenue in Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, New York when the 1940 Federal Census was taken. This building is a large multi-family dwelling on 10th Avenue on the corner of 67th Street.
Review of the census pages before and after the entry show that the tenants were predominantly Italian immigrants or second generation Italian-Americans. There were also some Irish and German immigrants, as well as Americans born in New Jersey, Brooklyn and New York. Most of the tenants listed on the same page as Dr. Torregrossa’s family had blue collar or service industry jobs.
This is apartment is the one Anna wrote about in her journal entry featured in a previous post where she was raising son Terry (4 y.o. at the time of the census) and baby Betty Ann (1 y.o. at time of the census). Anna was 28 years old and Ermete was 33 years old. Ermete’s practice was conducted from the living room of this apartment.
Dr. Torregrossa had a very long work week. The census records that in the week prior to the date the census was taken in April of 1940, he worked 72 hours.
The quality of life improved once Dr. Torregrossa and Anna purchased 6702 10th Avenue. The first floor contained his complete medical office and the family lived upstairs. Separate entrances kept the family private in their comings and goings from the house.