Dr. Alfred V. Sforza
Dr. Alfred V. Sforza is a lifelong resident of the Town of
Huntington and educated in the Huntington Public School System.
After graduating from Huntington R. L. Simpson High School,
he attended Fordham University (1957-1959), NYU University
Heights (1959-1961), NYU College of Dentistry (1961-1965).
graduation from NYUCD, he returned to Huntington to practice his
chosen profession. In addition to his private practice, he returned to
NYUCD as an Associate Clinical Professor in Pediatric Dentistry for the next 40 years. Presently he still maintains a private dental
practice with his son Dr. Anthony V. Sforza. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Suffolk County Dental
Association, Fellow of the Suffolk Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
He is a two-term member of the Huntington Historical
Society Board of Trustees and has served on the Town Of
Huntington 350 Anniversary th Committee (2003), and Town of
Huntington Police Department Appreciation Day Committee (2003), Huntington Police Department Wall Of Fame (2005), and
and the Town of Huntington’s Ethnicity Committee.
He has published three books on the history of Huntington:
Portrait Of A Small Town I
A Pictorial and Personal History
of Huntington Station
Portrait Of A Small Town II
Huntington, New York
‘In The Beginning’
A personal and pictorial history of the
Government, Law Enforcement, Geology,
First Americans,and Places of Worship
that influenced the development of Huntington.
Portrait Of A Small Town III
‘A New Perspective’
A Critical Review of Urban Renewal and a Vanished Community.
“A Narrative That Needs To Be Told.”
He has lectured on the history of Huntington, Huntington Station, and the H. Bellas Hess estate, Native
Americans and the Town government and law enforcement, at the Huntington Historical Society, schools,
libraries, churches, and community organizations.
Dr. Sforza is married to his highschool sweetheart, the former Barbara J. Albin who was also born in
Huntington. They have three children and six grandchildren. His father, affectionately called “Freddie the
Shoemaker” has been in business in Huntington for over 75 years.
The Sforza’s have resided in Huntington
all their lives.
Dr. Sforza, often called the “ Historian of Huntington Station,” and his family have close ties with the area
and the people that make up this Long Island community. They are a part of the heart of Huntington.
Alfred A. Sforza
a.k.a.“Freddie the Shoemaker”
(Reprinted from the book “Portrait Of A Small Town III)
This book is dedicated to my father whose fond memories of the people and places of
Huntington Station inspired the pages of my book. Born on July 13, 1914, he lived his early
childhood in Brooklyn. During the summers, he was a frequent visitor to his sister’s home in
Huntington Station. His brother-in-law, Mike Aurricchio,
owned and operated a shoe repair business in Huntington
Station. When his brother-in-law died, his sister asked
Fred if he would like to come out to Huntington and take
over Mike’s shoe repair business.
On March 3, 1934, Freddie’s Shoe Repair
business was established in Huntington Station. His
first place of business was at 1157 New York Avenue.
Later when the building was sold, he moved to 1169 New
Over the many years he has been affectionately
called “Freddie the Shoemaker” and “The unofficial
mayor of Huntington Station.” Fred has been known to
be an “easy hit.” Children coming into town would ask
Freddie to “borrow” a nickle or a penny for candy and ice
cream. He was always obliging.
The elderly, if they stopped to rest in a chair in his
store, would be assured of him rushing out to buy them a
soda or an ice cream. If any of his customers met with
hard times, they would often hear his gravelly voice say “no charge.” And no insisting would change
One day in 1934, an attractive young lady named Lena Bifulco came into his store to have
her pocketbook fixed. He was smitten by the love bug. They were married November 29, 1936 in
St. Patrick’s Church in Huntington Village. He maintains that since then “she has been fixin’ my
pocketbook.” He says the key to their successful marriage is that he doesn’t hear very well.
had only one child. I guess I was enough. I gave them a wonderful daughter-in-law and three
grandchildren who produced six great grandchildren [This year(2009), they would have been married
72 years. Sadly, Mom passed away September 5th 2008. He misses her very much every single day.]
Throughout the years, Fred’s shop has served as a meeting place to discuss current events.
Mornings were reserved for coffee and rolls and arguing local and national politics. Local policemen
could always be assured of the finest shoe shine, a place to warm up on cold winter days, and an
available bathroom. The cops’ booth near the railroad station was small and had just enough room
for a desk and a filing cabinet, but no bathroom. He was known as the “cops’ best friend.”
During World War II, his storefront window displayed a vast number of photographs sent to
him by Huntington’s servicemen overseas. Men on leave from the war would stop by at “Freddies”
to get up-to-date information on the fate of their friends. Although many of the photographs have
faded, most still remain in his collection. He could not find it in his heart to throw them out. Each
person in each photograph had a special meaning to him.
He loved the Brooklyn Dodgers. He stuck by “dem Bums” until they finally won a World
Series against the Yankees in 1955. I remember the headline of the New York News the next day
asking “Who’s A Bum?” To this day, he has never forgiven the Dodgers for moving to Los
Angeles. Today he roots for the New York Mets.
He loved playing baseball too. Mom still smiles when she remembers the days he was
supposed to be cutting the lawn and the hedges. She would go outside looking for him and he was
nowhere to be found. The lawn mower and the hedge cutter were sitting on the lawn, but no Fred.
Someone driving by had asked him if he wanted to play baseball at Manor Field which was just a ball
throw from our home on Second Street in Huntington Station. He dropped everything to play his
As the manager of a Huntington softball team, he has been inducted into
Huntington’s Softball Hall of Fame. His name along with some of his friends and teammates is
proudly displayed in Huntington’s Town Hall.
In 1966, when Urban Renewal destroyed the hamlet of Huntington Station, he was forced to
move his business to Huntington Village at 308 New York Avenue. For [75 years] he has continued
to repair shoes six days a week. His week has been, to quote Fred, “the same thing . . . day in .
. and . . . day out.” He works Monday through Saturday and on Sunday he is an usher at the 7:30
mass at St. Patrick’s Church. As long as I can remember that has been his schedule. In fact, both
my parents had to work. We never went on a “vacation.” Never missed it either.
He is the only person I know in Huntington that is operating the same business for
[75 years] and still counting. . .a record that will be hard to break.
In 1994, Supervisor Frank
Petrone dedicated May 29 in the town records as “Fred Sforza Day” honoring his contribution
to the Huntington business community
By his dedication to his family, his friends, and to his town, he is the epitome of a “Huntington Station Man.” If I could be one half of the man, the son, the father, the husband
and the friend he has been, then I would consider myself to be very successful in my life.
On May 17, 2009 over 100 guests gathered at the Huntington Crescent Club to celebrate Fred,s 75 years in business in the Town of Huntington
In his tribute to his father, Dr. Alfred V. Sforza, a local dentist,
historian, and author of three books on Huntington and Huntington
Station, stated that..
.” Fred always enjoyed
his job and more so enjoyed helping those
less fortunate than himself. “Many times
people would approach me in recent years
and tell me ‘Your father fixed my family’s
shoes and never charged us a cent’ Dad
always received great pleasure in saying ‘no charge.’ He is a proud man, and
regardless of the many “no charges”, he still
managed to support his family in a
comfortable way. We had our own home,
owned our own car.... and never suffered
from want. Dad worked hard his whole life.
He worked long hours ... survived the Great
Depression, World War II, and what he
calls “ hard times”... and guess what ...
was able to do all this without a
Cake courtesy of Reinwald's Bakery in Huntington
Made for 75th Anniversary Celebration for
Freddie the Shoemaker
at the Huntington Crescent Club
May 17, 2009