“I feel pretty good,” he said. “I really have no complaints.”
A native of Pennsylvania, Falcone grew up in a small town that was just put on the map a few years ago. He moved to New York at age 16.
Falcone lived in Long Island City for 50 years, then Middle Village for a couple of years. He now calls Maspeth his home.
The centenarian said he started working at age 14, earning $3 a week making cuffs on shirts. But soon after he found there was “no work for men in that town,” which led to his move to the Big Apple.
When he arrived in New York, Falcone worked at a paint factory until his retirement in 1965. For many years, Falcone has come to the Selfhelp Maspeth Senior Center for meals and the great company, which is where he was Thursday for a big celebration.
“I can’t stay at home doing nothing,” he said. “I come here to see my friends and everybody.”
Falcone survived colon cancer in 1998, but lost his wife that same year. But he still has a large family, including a sister at 102 years old and another at 98.
When asked what he did for longevity, he simply said, “just regular, normal living.”
“Nothing special,” he added.
Falcone has eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, all of whom were at his birthday celebration on Saturday.
“Seeing my relatives, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, I enjoy that,” he said. “I celebrate every year, but this was the big one.”
He noted that his wife loved the beach, and they spent their summers in the Rockaways.
“If there was a beach, she was happy,” Falcone said. “I liked it.”