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Title: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on November 19, 2007, 11:55:42 AM
I've been living in the neighborhood for a little over 30 years now, and have witnessed many interesting changes in Jackson Heights.  Just along the strip of 37th Avenue, along the 70s, there's been so much turnover in businesses and at the same time, we've also had a few that have held their ground.  Here are a few for those that may be curious:

Courtesy Drug Store then a Rockbottom Pharmacy where the now Commerce Bank is located at 74th Street

Key Food Supermarket where the now Duane Reade is located at 73rd Street

Pizza Boy pizzeria -- seems like they've been there for quite a while...at least since the mid-1970s

Large liquor store on the southwest corner of 37th and 75th Street

Decent fish market next door to Dunkin Donuts on 37th Ave

Lousy fish market on the northeast corner of 78th Street and 37th Ave

Used bookstore (very quaint) -- on 37th Ave., somewhere between 77th and 78th Street approx.

Fur coat storage and cleaning service, next door to bookstore mentioned above

Brandon's trinket shop on 37th near Baskin Robbins - also very quaint. 

Trade Fair was another supermarket in those days.  It seemed to cater more to the neighborhood elderly and always seemed to be poorly stocked.

Met was also a supermarket (Shop Wise).  If you think it's bad now, you should have seen it back then.

Social Security Office maintained a branch on Roosevelt Avenue where the large 99 cent store is now located

Mom and Pop butcher shop on 74th Street before Roosevelt Avenue

Lamston's shop (similar to Woolworth's) on 74th Street

Another Key Food supermarket on 74th Street

Stationery and school supplies store on 74th Street

Mature woman's garment shop on 74th Street

Photo developing shop on 74th Street

Hardware/Houseware shop on 74th Street

2 Floor Woolworth's on 82nd Street

WOW!  I think 74th Street has seen the biggest change.  Anyone out there want to add some more?  It would be interesting to know what existed even earlier.





Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: fishcado on November 19, 2007, 04:56:24 PM
I saw a Pizza Boy delivery car the other night. I was wondering it if was the same one.

Don't forget the Lamston's that use to be on 74th Street and the Colony Theater on 82nd street (I used to work there as an usher was "Stop or My Mom Will Shoot" too many times to remember).
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: fishcado on November 19, 2007, 04:58:04 PM
Oops saw you mentioned Lamstons.  There used to be the Discount Books where the Realty store is on 77th Street and the old antique/thrift ship   that used to be next to the newspaper store on 75th street.
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Post by: Avela on November 23, 2007, 07:32:34 PM
How about Ferns Stationary on 74th Street?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Aronan on November 23, 2007, 08:47:54 PM
I'm born and raised in Jackson Heights.

I went to PS 69 and IS 145 when they were literally half the size they are now.

Across the St. from PS 69 there used to be a Sizzler where the Jewish Community Center now stands.

The liquor store mentioned above was actually on 73rd st. It was Sam's Liquor Store, Sam always  gave me pennies when I went in there with my father.

On the corner of 73rd St. and 37th road where Kabbab King is now, there used to be a place called Dumbarton Oaks, it was a stripper bar but prior to that it was actually a respectable restaurant (or so I've been told).

On the same block just past the Eagle (or Earle) theater there was a pizza shop, Benny and Tony were the father son team that ran the place. Sal's barber shop (now on 76th st.) was also there. Sal still cuts my hair some times. A tiny little deli that never seemed to do any business, and The Magic Touch an old style gay bar. Across the st. there was a type writer repair show. which lasted for the longest time and I believe was replaced by a travel agent.

Going west on Broadway where the Korean Market is now, there used to be an A&P.

One more block west at 72nd and Broadway there was Gibbons, an Irish bar & restaurant. 

Over to 37th ave. near 79th St. where Novo currently is was Barrs Toy store. Next to it where the Starbucks is allegedly going was a bridal shop.

On the South side of 37th ave between 74th and 75th there was a Carvel Ice Cream store.

The building that currently houses The Renaissance Charter School on 37th ave between 81st and 82nd used to be C&S a horrible department store that no one ever went to. 

There was a candy store on the South East corner of 82nd St.

The Woolworth's on 82nd st. was indeed 2 floors and had a diner in it.

On Northern Boulevard next to the Mark Twain Diner there used to be an Arby's.  Where Rite Aid is now there was a C-Town.

On 76th St. just behind a small car lot there used to be Northern Lanes. Our other bowling alley.

Natives on 83rd and Northern used to be a movie theatre.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. 


Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Ernie on November 25, 2007, 03:01:21 AM
I grew up in Woodside, but I've been living in JH for the last 25 years. Here are a few places I miss:

74 street, between 37th and Roosevelt ~ Jay Dee bakery
2 variety stores an 37th ave. Abe Hill (74/75 st.) and Marvel (83/84 st.)
Luigi's Restaurant ~ 37th ave, 84 st.
Tien Chau ~ Roosevelt around 76 st and #1 Chinese on 82 st. off Roosevelt.
 I also remember the Colony movie theatre on 82 st. between 37th ave. and Roosevelt, as well as Clarks (dept. store).
Dragonseed restaurant on 37th ave. and 86 st.
What's now M + V cafe was Winston bagels, and the decent fish store mentioned above on 37th. and 76st. was called Scorpio.

There was also a good German style deli on 37th. ave 73/72 street, a Greek butcher on 37th. around 78 st and another butcher on Roosevelt and 82/83 st. 

There's probably more, but I can't remember right now.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: migwar on November 25, 2007, 10:08:49 AM
My family moved to Jackson Heights from Woodside in 1962, but prior to that we visited Jackson Heights quite frequently to shop, dine out and go to the movies.  "The building that currently houses The Renaissance Charter School on 37th ave between 81st and 82nd used to be C&S a horrible department store that no one ever went to" was, for many years prior to that, a quite popular department store called Fields.  It gave out distinctive black and white shopping bags and was there for as long as I can remember (back through the early '50's.)  May its memory live on !!

 
I'm born and raised in Jackson Heights.

I went to PS 69 and IS 145 when they were literally half the size they are now.

Across the St. from PS 69 there used to be a Sizzler where the Jewish Community Center now stands.

The liquor store mentioned above was actually on 73rd st. It was Sam's Liquor Store, Sam always  gave me pennies when I went in there with my father.

On the corner of 73rd St. and 37th road where Kabbab King is now, there used to be a place called Dumbarton Oaks, it was a stripper bar but prior to that it was actually a respectable restaurant (or so I've been told).

On the same block just past the Eagle (or Earle) theater there was a pizza shop, Benny and Tony were the father son team that ran the place. Sal's barber shop (now on 76th st.) was also there. Sal still cuts my hair some times. A tiny little deli that never seemed to do any business, and The Magic Touch an old style gay bar. Across the st. there was a type writer repair show. which lasted for the longest time and I believe was replaced by a travel agent.

Going west on Broadway where the Korean Market is now, there used to be an A&P.

One more block west at 72nd and Broadway there was Gibbons, an Irish bar & restaurant. 

Over to 37th ave. near 79th St. where Novo currently is was Barrs Toy store. Next to it where the Starbucks is allegedly going was a bridal shop.

On the South side of 37th ave between 74th and 75th there was a Carvel Ice Cream store.

The building that currently houses The Renaissance Charter School on 37th ave between 81st and 82nd used to be C&S a horrible department store that no one ever went to. 

There was a candy store on the South East corner of 82nd St.

The Woolworth's on 82nd st. was indeed 2 floors and had a diner in it.

On Northern Boulevard next to the Mark Twain Diner there used to be an Arby's.  Where Rite Aid is now there was a C-Town.

On 76th St. just behind a small car lot there used to be Northern Lanes. Our other bowling alley.

Natives on 83rd and Northern used to be a movie theatre.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. 



Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on November 25, 2007, 10:44:00 AM
Excellent guys!  You've brought back many memories of the places I failed to mention in my original post.  The neighborhood sure has changed!  By the way, I remember putting a blouse on lay-away (do retailers still do this?) at the Field's department store.  I felt kind of obligated to do it because the saleslady was so pushy.  She only asked for $1.00 to hold the $10 blouse for me.  I lost the dollar because I never returned.  :embarassed:
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: NYCMacUser on November 25, 2007, 06:45:55 PM
74 street, between 37th and Roosevelt ~ Jay Dee bakery
How I miss them. There used to be 4 bakeries in the local area that were the best in the City. Norgards, Avon, Steinway Bake Shop and Jay Dee. Those were the days that bakers used real butter, real eggs and fine chocolates instead of the crappy substitutes that most bake shops now use. One of my high school friends' Dad used to be a baker at Jay Dee. He used to take such pride in his work. Too bad we can't go back, huh!
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Post by: eddiestjohns on November 25, 2007, 08:04:06 PM
I lived in and around Jackson Heights since 1979.  Some of the place I miss are:

Dragon Seed Restaurant on 86st/37ave - Great food and atmosphere and awesome tropical drinks.  For those who remember it was not just a Chinese restaurant but a Polynesian one also.

Continental Deli 82st/Roosevelt Ave / Graf's Deli 92st/37ave - good old fashioned delis with homemade salads

Mike's Deli - 82st/37 ave - You could by a sandwich and sit at a table without waitress service

Glendale Bake Shop - 82nd St just off 37th avenue - A good bakery with a good deli counter.  Was burnt to the ground in a fire around 1989 that also burned dowen the Continental Restaurant

Colony Movie Theater 82St between 37 Ave and Roosevelt Avenue and the Boulevard Theater on 82St and Northern Boulevard (There were three separate first run theaters in Jackson Heights at one time!).

Joey D's Pizza on 82 Street just south of Roosevelt Avenue.

These were just to name a few.  I am going to post a separate thread on all the bars in Jackson Heights that are now gone.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Avela on November 26, 2007, 03:41:45 PM
Anybody here used to drink in The Golden Note? It was a classic bar on the corner of 75th Street and 37th Ave.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: tanguera on November 26, 2007, 09:44:17 PM
There was a roller skating rink on the north side of Roosevelt Ave. at around 70th street right next to the BQE.  I think there is a church or a warehouse/distribution center in that space now.

And there used to be a hospital on 34th Avenue between 73rd and 74th Street where the school is.  Luckily I never ended up there after any of my roller disco adventures!

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Ernie on November 26, 2007, 11:40:25 PM
I had the luck to go to the hospital on 73 st. and 34 ave,(Jackson Heights hospital/Wyckoff) twice! Once I had x rays in the basement and it was like being in a bad sci/fi movie from the fifties.

I also remember eating at the Jackson Diner on 74st. near 37th ave. The menu was half American and half Indian. So, you could have an egg salad sandwich with a side of samosa's.
There was a German waitress who had a heavy accent, who once corrected the way I pronounced chole puri. That was pretty funny.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on November 27, 2007, 10:31:36 AM
There was a roller skating rink on the north side of Roosevelt Ave. at around 70th street right next to the BQE.  I think there is a church or a warehouse/distribution center in that space now.

And there used to be a hospital on 34th Avenue between 73rd and 74th Street where the school is.  Luckily I never ended up there after any of my roller disco adventures!



I also remember the USA roller skating rink on Roosevelt Ave.  I'd go skating there with a few friends and family, and then pig out on White Castle burgers that was right down the street on the northeast corner of 69th Street and Roosevelt Ave.

Anyone remember the big toy store on Roosevelt Ave., somewhere in the upper 70s?  Got my first tennis gear there.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on November 27, 2007, 10:33:40 AM

And there used to be a hospital on 34th Avenue between 73rd and 74th Street where the school is.  Luckily I never ended up there after any of my roller disco adventures!



That was Physician's Hospital.  It was quite small, and didn't seem like a hospital at all!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: duska3419 on November 27, 2007, 09:47:26 PM
I saw a Pizza Boy delivery car the other night. I was wondering it if was the same one.

There's one in woodside, roosevelt ave, might technially be woodside ave, right where they cross each other around 59/60th street
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: mistapresident on December 06, 2007, 09:06:52 PM


The JayDee (sp?) Bakery I believed relocated to that mini-shopping outlet down on 76st and 31th ave ish.  Who remembers Abe Hill where Frank's Pharmacy is located at the moment?  Gustosa's Pizza used to be Romeo's (same owner).  Peppino's went through a few alterations.   

Also Leisure Videos on the corner of 81st and 37th ave.  There were two other video stores...One near where Elmhurst Pizza is one 37th ave on the 76th to 75th street lot.  It was called Lottso Videos I believe.  Another one was near where Niba Discount, between 75th and 74th street on 37th ave is located.  Hopefully, I am not repeating what has been mentioned.

Before my time, my uncle told me where Duane Reade is now (long before even Key Food) the area was used as a venue for performances (like jazz music etc.).  Hah, at one point, we had two Key Food super-markets like almost a half a block away from each other!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on December 07, 2007, 12:14:42 PM
I remember Abehill!  That was like local housewares/hardware shop.  I also remember running from one Key Food to the next!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Avela on December 14, 2007, 07:42:45 PM
Anybody remember the carvel across from abehill?
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Post by: Richard_J on December 27, 2007, 11:48:06 AM
Has anyone mentioned that the "Eagle" theater was once the "Earle," and showed art and foreign movies?
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Post by: toddg on December 27, 2007, 01:24:08 PM
Here's a picture of it:
http://www.i8.photobucket.com/albums/a18/Warrengwhiz/140-4060_IMG.jpg
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: sabrosonics on January 02, 2008, 04:23:04 PM
Excellent! I've forgotten lots of these places.---bred in Jackson Heights ---over 30 years total.
Let's see some that may have been missed.

Green Theme Florist on the corner of 75th and 37th ..northside...very dubious place...all sorts of plants and "herbage" could be purchased there. I was too young..just rumours 8)

Raja's candystore which was located where the city cafe is now..across the street from PS69. Old guy who was really grumpy and wore an old white smock would sell all the  baseball card, fake bubblegum cigarettes, handballs, bazooka gum and milkshakes you ever wanted ...(may be that the furniture in City is part of the original Rajas...looks familiar).

Ferns!! on 74th street!! good call on that one...BUT do you remember that beautiful black wooden saddled..and when I say saddle I mean I think it was a real saddle-- coin operated horse?

Don's on the corner of 80th street and 37th avenue ...where the bodega is now.  Candystore soda shop with video games at the rear!

The Pit! the arcade in the lower levels of the 74th street station. Great stamp collectors shop across the hall and that sketchy bar right by the bus terminal on the 74th and Roosevelt.---had to pass the bar to get to the stairs leading to the arcade.

Jackson Heights Discount Bookstore
Tons of old comic books, and I remember when they first opened they had 1000's of promotional movie photo BW stills..25 cents each.

Barrs across the street from the Post office...a toystore and gift shop. Had great boardgames in the back!

Numbers Records and Tapes (and 8 tracks...dad bought Saturday Night Fever there)...used to be on the corner where Ingrids is now on 78th street.

Of course the Colony...snuck into my first rated R movie there.  Conan the Barbarian....starring Gov,. Schwarzenegger.

There used to be a store joined to ShopWise on the 76th street side. I think it was a toy store of sorts but my memories about that place date me to about 3 years old so a little foggy.

There was  a great Chinese restaurant where that Atlantis 2000 club is now. It was Chino Latino..as they all spoke Spanish and my 1st Communion party was hosted in the rear social room!

Speaking of social clubs...right there on 37th road and 77th street..a real sketchy social club that was eventually closed by the police..big raid and all.

Concha D'Oro was the name of the pizza place next to the  Eagle ..and I swear they had the Best slice I have had to this day. I really miss that pizza. Was not very busy.

Guilllietas Pizza was the name of the present Thomas' on 77th. Slice for 5o cents sicilian 55.

If I remember anything else....


HEY if anyone has any photographs of these shopfronts please let me know. I just posted something about Toy City which is cited somewhere here im sure. I'm working on a little Jackson Heights memories project.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: sabrosonics on January 02, 2008, 04:24:11 PM
the Eagle/Earle??? In my day it was a Porn theatre!
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Post by: Chuckster on January 02, 2008, 05:14:38 PM
I remember spending a lot of money at Numbers Records & Tapes as a teen.  In addition to records, etc., they also stocked a large variety of those black t-shirts that had silk-screened images of rock stars on them.  That was our uniform back then....Lee jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.  Come to think of it, things haven't changed much!   ::)

Fern's on 74th and Woolworth's on 82nd were the stores I frequented for school supplies.

Green Theme Florist was across the street from Armondo's.  They sold a nice variety of green house plants.

Do you remember the Carollos' of Carollo bakery?  The bakery's original locale was larger than the current one, and the pastries were better as well.  I steer clear from it these days as the quality is not the same as when the Carollo family were the owners.

Remember the benches in front of the post office?
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Post by: cupcakeparade on January 02, 2008, 10:50:54 PM
i'm just sticking my head in to say hi and confess that i, too, am a longtime jax heights resident.  i have spent at least 25 of my 27 years here.  i grew up in the greystones (80th st. bet. 37th and 35th aves) but once my mom sold our apartment and moved to manhattan, i moved out and back to the neighborhood.  i'm now living in the mid 70s.

you guys have pretty much covered most of my nostalgic faves.  what about an old party goods/gift shop on 37th ave bet. 80th and 79th st (the post office side)?  i forget what it was called, but they sold balloons, decorative pens, little figurines, toys, stickers, etc?  it got taken over sometime in the early-mid 90s and was never the same after.  i loved spending my allowance in that store.  also!  there used to be a fancier gift shop on 37th ave. bet. 80th and 79th (though much closer to 80th) on the opposite side of the street.  that store sold crystal, fancy plush stuffed animals, music boxes, etc.  oh, if only i could remember their names.  did anyone mention genovese on 82nd?  i spent a good chunk of my allowance there experimenting with wet-n-wild makeup (janet--do you read this board?  if so, chime in here!).  do you guys remember when the burger king space (82nd st) used to be roy rogers?

that's all i'm remembering now. ahh, reminiscing.  somewhat off-topic, but i just met another long time resident of jax heights at a new year's eve party by coincidence. small 'hood.  perhaps we've all seen each other around at some point.
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Post by: kate on January 03, 2008, 06:26:33 AM
I remember that small gift shop. I was friendly with the owner. She liked to get stuff that was hand-crafted. Prior to her closing, she was having a hard time selling. She did well around the holidays, and then nothing. She gave me one beautiful hand-crafted photo album for a wedding present.

Does anyone remember woolworths? I think it's now Duane Reade. The other memory is Rockbottom on 74th st. Parade of shoes (which I loved). And whatever happened to Cafe Greco?
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Post by: Christine76 on January 03, 2008, 09:14:24 AM
The gift shop located on 37th between 79th and 80th was called Ancil House.  The other store across the street that sold crystal, etc - I am pretty sure was called Tante Mieux (sp.) - and that was actually its second location - before that it was on 78th Street off 37th Avenue - where the 78 Nail salon is now. 
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Post by: cupcakeparade on January 03, 2008, 10:30:37 AM
ANCIL HOUSE!  yes! thanks for remembering for me.  i loved that place. 

tante mieux as a name, however, i don't remember so well.  maybe i was too entranced by all the lovely things in the window to look up and recognize the name.

does anyone actually shop in the store next to seba seba--i forget the name (i am obviously horrible at recalling names).  it's a new age shop. or rudy volcano?  --the two "nicer" retail stores in the area.  i've never stepped a foot into either, so just wondering how well they do with other patrons.
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Post by: aob317 on January 03, 2008, 04:22:05 PM
The store next to Seba Seba is called Inner Peace.  They have some very nice things.  One of the original owners who opened the store with his fiancee, Tanya, was named Sergio Villanueva.  He was a fireman who was killed on September 11th.  They were an extremely nice couple who were always very helpful. 
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Post by: Chuckster on January 03, 2008, 05:18:21 PM
The mention of Seba Seba reminded me of the small coffee shop that was located at that corner prior to Seba.  It was a pretty run down looking place, but business always seemed to be hopping, particularly at breakfast time.  The tables were wobbly, the booths were taped up and the stools sometimes fell off.  It was a family owned business, and on occasion, the owner's kids would help in the kitchen preparing dishes or cleaning-up.  They had a waitress named Maria, who was like a machine.  She'd take orders, cook, clean, work the register, etc.  The prices were dirt cheap.  Maybe that explains why the place always seemed crowded.  The coffee shop didn't occupy the entire space that Seba Seba has now though.  Seba expanded once the Makeup Shop salon moved to their present location at 78th Street.

The space currently occupied by the Makeup Shop salon was previously an old fashioned shoe cobbler shop.  The space was huge.  I believe that business was moved to a smaller spot northeast on 37th Avenue, somewhere in the mid 80s.  There was talk of his retirement recently, so I'm not sure if he's still repairing shoes today.

Does anyone remember 18 de Julio?  This was an Argentinean grill spot that was located in the space currently occupied by La Boina Roja (the one in the 70s).  That place had a huge grill by the front window and was always jam packed.  They also had a large screen tv broadcasting futbol games.  Fans would gather in the restaurant as well as outside to catch a glimpse of the action.  I was surprised to see it close, especially since they seemed to do good business there.
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Post by: aob317 on January 03, 2008, 05:42:20 PM
The old coffee shop was technically named "Christy's" but the owner's name was Tony.  Maria was great!  And Tony made a great breakfast.. It was pretty run-down, but a lot of neighborhood people went in there all the time.

And yes, 18 de julio was a great place as well.  The cook/owner back in the day was George...

I miss that place.. and their skirt steak sandwiches.. ::)  Although La Portena is great too..
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Post by: mek310 on January 03, 2008, 08:15:55 PM
DOn't forget about Taunt Minux and Ancil House, Canton Gardens, and Budds
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Post by: mek310 on January 03, 2008, 10:25:44 PM
Baracini's, Pick a Pac, McDonnells, Lynches, Sunshine Gardens, the butcher btw 79th and 80th . . .  :
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Post by: KC on January 13, 2008, 02:55:58 PM
Well what fun!  I am new to this forum, but not new to JH.   Besides the 82nd St Woolworths, wasn't there one on 74th St too? 

I remember when much of the neighborhood was just empty storefronts.  Now, square footage in the business district is expensive and in demand. 
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Post by: Chuckster on January 13, 2008, 04:02:35 PM
KC, I remember there being a Lamstons on 74th Street.  It was sort of like a Woolworth's. 
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Post by: JoeinQueens on January 14, 2008, 04:32:07 PM
Does anyone remember the various incarnations of the Jackson House diner on 37th between 82nd & 83rd streets?
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Post by: kate on January 14, 2008, 06:03:53 PM
Wow, yes.  How long has that place been there? I remember it being overhauled in the late 80's or early 90's.
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Post by: Chuckster on February 25, 2008, 04:14:49 PM
Dawnie, you asked recently about a woman's clothing store located on 82nd Street.  I'm pretty sure it was Clark's.  This was a large (2 floor) shop that occupied the space now used by the KB Toy store.  Clark's was one of the nicer shops on 82nd Street.
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Post by: ECG on February 25, 2008, 04:55:02 PM
I've been here forever. The Seba Seba location was George's at one time, but when I was a kid it was Edson's and Bud Edson was the cook/owner. The butcher between 81st & 80th on the north side of 37th was Sullivan's.

The North Fork/Jamaica Savings/soon to be Capitol One was a Rexall drug store.

There was a boutique called Marie Sheridan's where Bang Bang was. Super fancy ladies stuff.

There's always been a stationery store btwn 82 & 81st Sts. It was Weiss's, then Weiss Brothers. then Wise (with an Owl logo). The stores between there and Jahn's were an electronics store - Murray's? (Owner was Murray) and a liquor store - Battapaglia's. Rumor was that Danny Battapaglia was a bookie. Wouldn't know, that was grown up stuff.

That is my selective memory from the past 55+ years.

So nice to read the other memories.
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Post by: Dawnie on February 25, 2008, 07:35:00 PM
Chuckster, thanks for trying it wasn't "Clarks" but Clarks had some beautiful clothes but, I was a kid and it wasn't stuff I'd wear, it was clothing my Mother wore.  Now, the store I am talking about was near "Bakers" the old Bakers (the large one) that was next to Genovese.  Remember?  I worked at Genovese for years.  Anyway, I REMEMBER the store,  "Something Else".  That was a Grrreat store!!! Remember Shoe Shack on 82nd St?  Remember the bank on the corner of 82nd & 37th (I think it is still a bank) anyway, remember the Clock, it actually told the right time??

Now do you remember on Roosevelt and 79th St., there was a Steak house/bar and Restaurant?  Then on 79th Street toward 80th there was a furniture store and on the other side of the street, was a rug warehouse opposite Toy City.  Then on 80th St in Roosevelt where the 99Cent store is today was, Social Security.  The Make-up store was next to Toy City.  (Remember I was a kid so, I was always was in Toy City getting toys)

Does anyone remember the little antique shop next to Green Theme on 37th and 75th Street?  It was owned by a Mother and her son?  The son was kind of creepy looking to me but, he actually was nice.  They sold doll house stuff?

Thank you everyone for taking me back to a place, I truely miss!!!  Wow I have been here a long long time.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on February 25, 2008, 09:01:23 PM
Does anyone remember the little antique shop next to Green Theme on 37th and 75th Street?  It was owned by a Mother and her son?  The son was kind of creepy looking to me but, he actually was nice.  They sold doll house stuff?

Dawnie, that was Brandon's trinket shop.  On occasion, they would put out a folding table in front of the store and sell used paperbacks.  Brandon eventually closed the original store next to Baskin Robbins (I think), and then he moved it to the side street.
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Post by: APG7714 on February 25, 2008, 11:07:53 PM
Does any one remember that store that looked like Neuman Jewelers on 83rd next to Taco Bell
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Post by: Avela on February 26, 2008, 03:31:33 PM
What was the name of the waitress who worked at Murray's? This will test whom is a real long time resident. Murray's was a jewish deli on 37th ave between 75th and 76th street.
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Post by: Chuckster on March 08, 2008, 08:56:53 PM
Does anyone know when the Merit Farms on 74th Street actually opened?  That place has seen so many changes, and I'm still surprised to see that the sign reading "Merit Farms" is still up.  My recollection does go back to when they served chicken, but I'm curious as to when it actually opened.  That sign could probably fetch a fortune on the Traveling Roadshow! :2funny:
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Post by: JoeinQueens on March 08, 2008, 09:29:47 PM
In front of the ABC Store on the ground the word "Fair" in golden letters is there.  Anyone know what that was?
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Post by: MARKIEKIDD on March 11, 2008, 01:00:46 AM
BETTY. Although, back in the 70's I smoked a lot of pot in the ps69 schoolyard and the yard of the Post Office and have suffered plenty of memory loss. BETTY, I believe was the lady in Murray's Deli. It was next door to Olga's Beauty Salon. I didn't see a mention here of Hamberger Express. And who could forget lunchtime at PS69, ordering rice and gravy from  Sammy Wongs' parents place.
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Post by: dimplez on March 11, 2008, 10:39:45 AM
Where A Childrens Place is, wasn't there some kind of Bed Bath Beyond type of store. Also, where the Vitamin Store is was a clothes store. I think it was C & C. Something with initials.  Pretty Girl was a store named Joyce Leslie, the best place to buy ur Jou Jou Jeans. Jackson Heights also had the best boutiques to buy real nice shoes. Not these stores know that sell hooker heels.:)
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Post by: Chuckster on March 11, 2008, 12:30:49 PM
dimplez, you right about the housewares store.  I had forgotten about that.  It was a Lechters.
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Post by: kw1958 on April 03, 2008, 02:57:55 PM
MarkieKidd,
  This is your cousin KW! Saw this site because of an article in the NYT about Starbucks in JH.

I was going to mention Hamburger Express just to show how old I am. I guess this means that finally you are as old as me.

How about Jan's Ice Cream parlor that went out of biz so long ago.

KW
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Post by: eddiestjohns on April 03, 2008, 03:09:52 PM
MarkieKidd,
  This is your cousin KW! Saw this site because of an article in the NYT about Starbucks in JH.

I was going to mention Hamburger Express just to show how old I am. I guess this means that finally you are as old as me.

How about Jan's Ice Cream parlor that went out of biz so long ago.

KW


The Jahn's in Jackson Heights is still there.  It is the one in Richmond Hill that closed
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Post by: jimblair on May 07, 2008, 10:00:05 PM
What is now the ABC superstore (the new one) was in fact a Woolworths for many years.
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Post by: Ernie on May 09, 2008, 08:40:40 PM
What is now the ABC superstore (the new one) was in fact a Woolworths for many years.
With a lunch counter!
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Post by: sabrosonics on June 19, 2008, 11:54:21 AM
Just remembered there used to be a great burger place on 82nd street...next to the KAY Bee toy store. If I'm not mistaken it was called BURGER NEST...really narrow greasy spoon.

Also, where Rudy Volcano is now there used to be...for a very short time, a book store...used books Cannot remeber the name of the shop though. I do remember though buying my first (and last!) Hardy Boys book there...Of course now I 've heard that the Nancy Drew books were way better! but of course I wouldn't have been caught dead then with a Nancy Drew back then! :D


-Sabrosonics
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Post by: Chuckster on June 19, 2008, 01:53:53 PM
I remember buying a used copy of Mario Puzo's, The Godfather at that bookstore.  It cost me all of 25 cents!  I also remember the book falling apart on me as I read it.  This worked out well because as I finished one part, I'd pass it on over to my husband to read, so we read it together. ;D
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Post by: richnewman on June 19, 2008, 05:58:48 PM
I am not a long-time Jackson Heights resident, but, before we moved in, I visited regularly since my grandmother lived in the neighborhood--and she was a very long time resident: 50+ years, if I remember correctly. I went for a brief time to Hebrew School at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center, when it was on 82nd Street, and I got my first job there, working for Max Weber's catering business. And I remember when the Bollywood movie theater on 37th Road was a porn theater, and there was a gay bar on that same block called the Betsy Ross, if I remember correctly. And where there is now a very fancy hair salon near the corner of 80th Street and Northern Boulevard was a Lee's jeans store, where we used to buy a lot of our clothes.
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Post by: Aronan on June 20, 2008, 12:21:47 AM
as I recall the gay bar on 37th Road not far from the Movie Theatre was The Magic Touch. I was way to young to ever go there but I hear it was calssic pre-stonewall style bar. Sorry to have missed that.

There was also a Pizza place on the same block run by Benny and his son Tony, La Concco D' Oro I believe. Gone now of course.

Somewhere in the neighborhood and I forget its original location was the Tant Meiux, sold fancy house wares and decorative things long before Rudy Volcano was the place for that.
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Post by: richnewman on June 20, 2008, 05:56:29 AM
I don't remember The Magic Touch; if I am remembering The Betsy Ross correctly, though, I am going back some 30 years. When was it The Magic Touch?
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Post by: buddy on June 20, 2008, 08:41:51 AM
With a lunch counter!

I think I remember this.  Was the counter on the left side of the store, as you entered, up front?
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Post by: Aronan on June 20, 2008, 10:07:25 AM
I don't remember The Magic Touch; if I am remembering The Betsy Ross correctly, though, I am going back some 30 years. When was it The Magic Touch?

It was the Magic Touch as long as I can recall (which is only through the '80s) it's certainly possible that it was Betsy Ross prior to that. We're talking about a small bar that had 1 dark window that could not be seen through correct ?
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Post by: LilithdeSade on June 23, 2008, 06:29:15 PM
I too remember eating at the lunch counter at Woolworth's. I loved their greasy fries served by ladies wearing typical 1950s waitress uniforms.

I also loved Ancil House (sp?) but swear it was called something after that and still sold the same kindof off beat items. I loved that place as a kid.

I also remember a photo development place near Roosevelt on 82 that sold Hello Kitty items in the back. It was a treat to be taken there to buy a pen or some Twin Star notebook.

I also remember where the parking garage is now, a bakery and a Hallmark ... then a fire destroyed those stores.

Before the Burger King and before the Roy Rogers, I'm pretty sure there was a men's clothing store there.
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Post by: Chuckster on June 23, 2008, 10:29:26 PM
Wasn't there a Florsheim shoe store on the northeast corner of 37th Avenue and 82nd Street?
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Post by: eddiestjohns on June 23, 2008, 10:53:26 PM
There was a Florsheim at that location.  I remember when I was in my early 20's their shoes seemed so expensive to me.  I don't think inflation on the price of shoes has been as high as inflation in general.
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Post by: Chuckster on June 23, 2008, 11:02:33 PM
Eddie, in my opinion, men's shoes always seemed more expensive to me than women's shoes.  I remember buying shoes at a store on 82nd Street called Baker's.  In my early 20s, I could purchase a pair of fashionable shoes for about $20 to $25.  O.K., so probably not the best quality at the time, but cute shoes nonetheless.  I remember the prices for men's shoes at Florsheim's.  They were a lot more than $20!
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Post by: Birch-Ed on June 24, 2008, 08:47:04 AM
Do you remember when you could go to 74th street and actually buy something like you can still do on 82 Street?  Do you remember seeing clean sidewalks on 74th and 73rd streets?
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Post by: Chuckster on June 24, 2008, 10:41:28 AM
Do you remember when you could go to 74th street and actually buy something like you can still do on 82 Street?  Do you remember seeing clean sidewalks on 74th and 73rd streets?

To answer your first question, yep.  74th Street, as well as most of the neighborhood has seen quite a change over the years.

Regarding the issue of street cleanliness, you may be interested to know that there is a discussion on the topic going on here (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=502.45).  Feel free to continue discussing this at that thread. :)
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Post by: Birch-Ed on June 25, 2008, 07:19:03 AM
Thanks Chuck.

You guys remember a small shoe store on the same side as Genovese but closer to 37th avenue?  During the 70's in the window display, they had a man's platform shoe with a siamese fighting fish inside the heel.

Also in the 70's, I worked in Fields on the corner of 82nd street.  I worked in the men's department with a few old timers at that time.  HMMM...I feel like I'm close to the age that the old timers were!   LOL!!!
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Post by: Chuckster on June 25, 2008, 11:05:55 AM
Birch-Ed, seeing that you were an employee of Fields back in the day, would you care to share some of your sales tactics?  I remember that store being heavy on the sales push, and I imagine that all sales people were trained to aggressively target customers.  There were many times when I opted out of entering the store for that reason alone.  On an earlier post in this thread, I wrote that I once fell victim to the hard sell and placed an item on the store's lay-away plan.  I left a small deposit, which I ended up losing because I never returned.

I know, I know....I was probably their classic target customer.   :embarassed:
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Post by: Chuckster on June 25, 2008, 11:54:44 AM
Here's a photo of Fields from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division (http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/catalog.html) website.  The date of the photo is listed as June 8, 1950. 

(http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/gsc/5a16000/5a16600/5a16607r.jpg)
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Post by: Birch-Ed on June 25, 2008, 02:28:08 PM
Chuckster...thanks for the picture.  I see that in the beginning Fields was only part of the block.  I'm not sure when the expanded to all of 37th avenue between 81 and 82 street.  I had heard that Fields was very popular with a few famous people and they used to attend the fashion shows held there in the 60's.

As for the sale tactics.  Yes...the salesmen were very aggressive.  They  attacked you like a rabid dog tearing at a piece of raw meat.  I was the young salesman.  I couldn't do what they did, I had my own way of doing things.  One time the head salesman, I think his name was Sid, told me I wasn't aggressive enough.  I asked him if he was disappointed at my sales record and he responded no.  So I told him that I must be doing something right, so he left me alone.
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Post by: Really4rob on June 29, 2008, 10:53:35 PM
Wow!  This thread bought back so many memories.

It was so long I had to skim, so apologies if these answers are old news ...

The big toy store on Roosevelt?  TOY CITY!  Aisles and aisles of toys ... with LAY A WAY!  I spend allowances months in adavnce down there, on every Star Wars figure known to man.

And the Sizzler?  It wasn't always that ... until 1980 or so it was a KFC!  And Shop Wise which became Met Food didn't even have 14 (well, 13) aisles back then ... it was a few shorter and a pharmacy was on the other side.

And Dairy Farms across the street.  It was a Klien Sleep (spelling?).

Remember when Fields was covered in scaffolding for years ... ?
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Post by: resident1 on June 29, 2008, 11:43:14 PM
It was Florsheim store on the corner of 82nd and 37th avenue and a men's store on 82nd called Clapper's.
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Post by: meigui on June 30, 2008, 12:14:55 AM
I remember the last days of the Northern Triplex. Art Deco faded glory, balcony,beautiful railings, 1920's moorish light fixtures, most of it painted a horrible high gloss blue. Did anyone ever go into the Polk? That was a tragic loss. There was a traditional Cantonese place called "Magic Lamp" on
Roosevelt and 76th . They had the roast pork, soy chicken, duck and ribs hanging up and did a killer congee with crueller. The place was filthy but it was good for takeout. Los Pollos Brasos on 37th was a carpet store with an art deco entrance that might still be there. On Broadway next to Pacific there was an irish bar called "Liffey Bar". It had a cobalt blue mirrored bar and lots of carved dark wood. Let us not forget the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on 82nd where PS212 now stands.The original Jackson Diner was an old diner that made homemade chicken salad(chopped while you waited) and served it with a dish of chole. They had a section of Indian food on the classic plastic coated diner menu. There was a fur storage place next to Trade Fair that had a danish modern desk that many of us lusted after.
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Post by: Really4rob on June 30, 2008, 02:10:11 PM
Oh wow ... the movie theaters.

I forgot that before the only local option was the Jacskon (and honestly, we usually do the Astoria or Continental Avenue these days), we had the Colony on 82nd, and the Boulevard on Northern.

Long gone now, as was the theater we used to use as a treat, RKO Keiths in Flushing. 
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Post by: robl on July 23, 2008, 03:59:08 PM
Glad to have found this message board. I was born in '62. Lived in Spanish Gardens 84th between Roosevelt and 37th and then my family moved in '67 to 74st off Broadway (technically Elmhurst but J.H. was across the street and Woodside behind us).

A few that I don't think were mentioned.

Blimpies on 74th a few doors down from Fern's

The butcher shop 74st and 37th rd. (was it ottomanelli?)

Fashion Rack on 74st.

Readypenny Inn 73st

Station Break Roosevelt 73st and 74th.

Bickfords on 74th and Broadway

Fannie Farmer 74th and Broadway

Pizza Den 74th and Broadway

Unisex Hair Cutter 74th and Broadway

Essex House 74th and Roosevelt (a classy looking diner that was Crazy Chicken until recently)

Purity Diner 75st and Roosevelt

Casa Bella Italian Restaurant 75th and Broadway

The Liffey Bar 76th and Broadway

Queensboro Lanes (underground bowling alley between 83rd and 84th and 37th ave

Small Video Store (name?) on 73st between 37ave and 35th ave closer to 37th ave.

A toy store on 83st and Roosevelt that had creaky wood floors (what was the name?)

There was a record store on 82nd st across from Genovese (what was the name?)

German deli on 74st and Roosevelt where you went down the steps to the subway

The Subway Arcade at Roosevelt Ave.

The pool hall above the bus terminal on 75th and Broadway.

I'm sure I can think of many more.

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Post by: Chuckster on July 23, 2008, 04:23:47 PM
Welcom Robl!  I remember a few of the places you mention in your post including the butcher shop on 74th Street.  I don't think it was an Ottomanelli's though.  That was over in Woodside.

The Essex House diner -- Wow!  You're good with names.  I remember my parents taking us there for breakfast on weekend mornings.

The toy store on Roosevelt was Toy City.  Someone mentioned it in one of the posts above.

Do you remember around what year Baskin Robbins opened on 37th Avenue?  It just occurred to me that it had been a staple in the neighborhood for a very long time until its recent closing.  Carvel was across the street.
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Post by: JH1978 on July 23, 2008, 04:42:08 PM
Wow!  This thread bought back so many memories.

It was so long I had to skim, so apologies if these answers are old news ...

The big toy store on Roosevelt?  TOY CITY!  Aisles and aisles of toys ... with LAY A WAY!  I spend allowances months in adavnce down there, on every Star Wars figure known to man.

And the Sizzler?  It wasn't always that ... until 1980 or so it was a KFC!  And Shop Wise which became Met Food didn't even have 14 (well, 13) aisles back then ... it was a few shorter and a pharmacy was on the other side.

And Dairy Farms across the street.  It was a Klien Sleep (spelling?).

Remember when Fields was covered in scaffolding for years ... ?

I've lived in JH since 1978.  I remember that store so vividly it was like walking into paradise :).  It must have been early 80's when JH had some cool places for kids.  The book store on 77th and 37th ave that carried a nice collection of vintage comics.  On 82nd st between 35th and 37th there was a collectibles store that carried train sets, airplane and car models.  The chocolate/candy and ice cream store at the corner of 82nd and 37th ave.  The roller rink on the lower 70's and Roosevelt.  ahhh the good old days :smitten:  
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Post by: robl on July 23, 2008, 05:07:26 PM
Welcom Robl!  I remember a few of the places you mention in your post including the butcher shop on 74th Street.  I don't think it was an Ottomanelli's though.  That was over in Woodside.

The Essex House diner -- Wow!  You're good with names.  I remember my parents taking us there for breakfast on weekend mornings.

The toy store on Roosevelt was Toy City.  Someone mentioned it in one of the posts above.

Do you remember around what year Baskin Robbins opened on 37th Avenue?  It just occurred to me that it had been a staple in the neighborhood for a very long time until its recent closing.  Carvel was across the street.

Hiya yes I remember that Ottomanellis which was 61st and woodside ave. I confused the two. It might have been called Four Corners Butcher. I remember sawdust on the floor and my friend Vinny worked there for a while. Right next to Merit Farms if anyone remembers...

Toy City wa on 78 or 79th and Roosevelt. A gas station was across from it. I used to buy all of my roller hockey stuff there as well as toys. I remember they used to have a public water fountain in there that had the coldest water! Weird how memories trigger such things. However that's no the toy store I'm thinking of which was on 83rd and Roosevelt. Dark wood floors that creaked.

If memory serves the Baskin Robbins opened early 70's. I didn't know that it closed. I moved away late 90's and don't get back to that area much. Families gone from the area. Beautiful old family home knocked down and an ugly three story building put up.

I wonder if anyone remembers Bohack?? Wasn't it where Shop Wise was near ps 69? or was it 71st and Roosevelt pre A+P days (where my friends and I would buy 35 cent boxes of Kellogs Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran to get those 3d baseball cards!).


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Post by: Really4rob on July 23, 2008, 05:21:10 PM
I've lived in JH since 1978.  I remember that store so vividly it was like walking into paradise :).  It must have been early 80's when JH had some cool places for kids.  The book store on 77th and 37th ave that carried a nice collection of vintage comics.  On 82nd st between 35th and 37th there was a collectibles store that carried train sets, airplane and car models.  The chocolate/candy and ice cream store at the corner of 82nd and 37th ave.  The roller rink on the lower 70's and Roosevelt.  ahhh the good old days :smitten:  

Ah yes Discount Books, with Max the dog.  I think the train store/model place was on 83rd though, between 35th and 37th.  And the chocolate store was Baracinni's, right?

And of course the roller rink?  Was it called USA?  I had a birthday there.  I also had one at Nothern Bowl.
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Post by: Really4rob on July 23, 2008, 05:25:25 PM
Hiya yes I remember that Ottomanellis which was 61st and woodside ave. I confused the two. It might have been called Four Corners Butcher. I remember sawdust on the floor and my friend Vinny worked there for a while. Right next to Merit Farms if anyone remembers...


I think it was actually was more in the middle of 74th, between 37th Road and 37th Avenue .. I used to love going in there and making tracks in the sawdust.  Right about across from where the Delhi Palace is.  I also remember two Key Foods .. one where the Indian grocery is now, one where Duane Reade moved to.  (Duane Reade used to be where Commerce Bank is, and before Daune Reade it was Rockbottom, and before that Courtesy ...
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Post by: JH1978 on July 23, 2008, 05:46:08 PM
Ah yes Discount Books, with Max the dog.  I think the train store/model place was on 83rd though, between 35th and 37th.  And the chocolate store was Baracinni's, right?

And of course the roller rink?  Was it called USA?  I had a birthday there.  I also had one at Nothern Bowl.

Thats right Baracinni's ...oh man I remember those slush drinks on a hot summer evening.   :P
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Post by: robl on July 23, 2008, 05:46:29 PM
I think it was actually was more in the middle of 74th, between 37th Road and 37th Avenue .. I used to love going in there and making tracks in the sawdust.  Right about across from where the Delhi Palace is.  I also remember two Key Foods .. one where the Indian grocery is now, one where Duane Reade moved to.  (Duane Reade used to be where Commerce Bank is, and before Daune Reade it was Rockbottom, and before that Courtesy ...

Yes there was a butcher shop where you described (wasn't it next to Sam and Raj?)but there was also one right next to Merit Farms opposite from the Army Navy Store and on the other side of the street was a bar. I can't remember the name of it, it was right on the corner. I thought the Key Food on 74st is where the Jackson Diner moved to? It's been a while since I've been there.

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Post by: Chuckster on July 23, 2008, 06:04:27 PM
I thought the Key Food on 74st is where the Jackson Diner moved to? It's been a while since I've been there.

The Jackson Diner is now at the space formerly occupied by Lamstons.
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Post by: 77STRules on July 26, 2008, 09:36:09 AM
Used to be The Hobby Hut on 83rd Street, off 37th Ave, sold model ships and trains.

Before the Jewish Center moved 77th Street (next to Shop-Wise) was a Sizzler and before that a KFC.

The Fruit market on 78th Street & 37th was owned by Sal and his checkout help Stella used to baby-sit me and my sister on weekends.

Murray's Jewish Deli was the first hot-dog I remember, made their own Katsup (which I didn't like) There was a Jewish butcher across the street (next to Big Deal , now the Trade-Fair)

Washington Discount on 37th just off 78th could fix any watch or get any type of battery you needed. Also sold discount shampoo/cosmetics before the CVS's and Walgreen's of this world.

Northern Lanes on 75th Street of Northern, (bowling lanes were bumpy) Now part of the car dealer.

There were industries on the west side of the Heights near the Connecting Railroad. Place that did plating, a surgical instrument maker and a printer. White Castle District Office still remains.

You could actually play with ALL your schoolmates in PS69's and IS 145's school yards

Cafe 77 was a real Chinese Laundry, took many of my Grandfathers shirts there (and each regular customer had a mark)

The Jackson Heights Library actually had BOOKS in it. Rows and rows of books. Didn't have to wait for inter-branch loans to come in.

Brown's Army and Navy Stores still survive!

Grandmother used to make the trek to Pick-n-Pack down on 37th and 85th(?) for discount meat and then complain about all the red food dye they used.

The Big Delicatessen on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd, (German Potato Salad).

The movie theater on Northern had big holes in the roof but would let you in to see the "R" rated movies.

The Roman Cave was the place to go for Italian Food and treated little kids like kings!

The Old Barn on Roosevelt and 80th(/) served family sized meals. You could buy your furniture at Jackson Furniture across the street.

The Garden School had guard dogs in their yard. They were the type that would let you in, but then you could not leave. (Great "kid" fun petting the guard dog then having your buddy distract the dog so you could get your hand out of the fence holes) The car dealers had dogs too.

You can now add the Q19B to the list of things "gone" at least in name.

There was no 115 Pct. You had to deal with the 114 Pct. or 110 Pct. and wait FOREVER for a patrol car. Heaven help the person who had an auto accident on Northern. They might still be waiting  ;D
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Post by: Shelby2 on July 26, 2008, 10:11:44 AM
Sounds like a wonderful childhood!
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Post by: eddiestjohns on July 26, 2008, 11:31:01 AM

Brown's Army and Navy Stores still survive!

Grandmother used to make the trek to Pick-n-Pack down on 37th and 85th(?) for discount meat and then complain about all the red food dye they used.

The Big Delicatessen on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd, (German Potato Salad).

The movie theater on Northern had big holes in the roof but would let you in to see the "R" rated movies.

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I remember buying Bandanas in Brown's Army Navy for 99 cents.  I used to have long hair then.  Now I'm happy to still have some hair.

Pick-a-Pack was on 37th Avenue next to the Cavalier.  There is a different butcher there now.  I remember buying heroes there and eating them across the street at the Gemini Bar.

The deli on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd was the Continental Deli.  It was a German Deli that was very large and very clean and made great sandwiches  had great salads.  Next to it was a nice bakery - the name escapes me.

The Boulevard theater was seemed huge to me.  I remember the floors always seemed sticky from soda spills.
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Post by: ECG on July 26, 2008, 10:13:36 PM
Bakery on Roosevelt was Shelly's and do you remember Myers or Meyer's coffee shop near the corner of 82nd and Roosevelt?

The Boulevard theater's doors on 83rd st had a gap and you could watch pictures through the slit. And yes, you could see the 'r' rated movies.
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Post by: sidra on July 31, 2008, 11:41:49 PM
I grew up in Jackson Heights... went to ps 145 and Newtown HS...

There was a Wolkes ( don't remember the spelling) on 85th and 37th avenue right near a linoleum store that was owned by a guy who had the worst smelling cigar and stood outside his store constantly.

There was a restaurant called  Green Kitchen... they had green booths, i think.

There was also a Horn and Hardart store on 82nd between 37th and Roosevelt.

The big department stores were Fields and Clarks.

Rauchs was a high end childrens clothing store.

When I was growing up, there was no need to go into "the city" as we called it... we had everything we needed just a few steps away from where we lived.    It was a wonderful way to grow up.
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Post by: sidra on August 01, 2008, 01:05:01 PM
A toy store on 83st and Roosevelt that had creaky wood floors (what was the name?)


Gerstenhabers..... that name is etched in my brain forever!
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Post by: E train on August 03, 2008, 06:25:05 PM
I discovered this site in the way you find lots of things on the internet as you get pin balled around looking for things. I was actually looking up the history of the old Physicians Hospital where my brother was born and found this site and the discussion of the "old Jackson Heights". I put that in quotes because a lot of the references seem not so old to a semi old guy like me.
Anyway I loved living in Jackson Heights and intend to move back in the next two years after 35 years in London. So what do I remember about growing up in the 50's. Stickball in the streets(touch football too) and playing in the  PS69 schoolyard.Walking along 37th Ave was it the A&P between 73rd and 74th where they ground coffee up at the counter. Dr. Price the dentist on 73rd.opposite the Blue Haven nightclub(smoked windows made it always seem dangerous)The Hamburger Express where the hamburger came on electric trains.the tiny specialty candy store on 75th St and 37th that was run by Arthur Landau's parents.Wechsler's on 75th St and 37th where the door opened to the glorious smell of smoked fish, apricot leather, pickles and cheese. The classic "appetiser store" The old public library that predated the 81st St. library. It had the story lady every Sat. morning and was located where the supermarket is now between 76th and 77th. and it was where I learned about books. Funny that there is a little reminder of it with the second hand book man nearly on its old site.

Of course the Toddle House which was a little place on the corner of 77th  leading to Moe 'n' Archies candy store(now a Korean grocery) where stick ballers would get Mission  grape or cream soda or Italian ice. It had a long counter where if you were feeling flush you could get a malted made in chrome cylinder's plugged into a whizzer.The Post Office-thankfully the same as always with its NRA mural. Fields where I got my boy scout uniform. Smoked my first cigarette in the Colony balcony watching a Tyrone Power film about a ship wreck. That combination nearly put me off smoking but I persevered and was confirmed at Pulitzer Jr. High and even more at Bryant H.S. Moving along 82nd to the Jackson there was a little deli that sold 15 cent hot dogs before you saw the double bill. Of course my favorite was the Earle theatre with a classic art  deco aquarium interior.(gone gone gone) Saw Sat morning serials there and followed it as I got older when it played foreign films. It did become a grind house showing porn films after I left with a small link to its community past with a sign that said "discounts for senior citizens."

Anyway I could go on. I feel privileged to have lived in Jackson Heights in its glory days. A wonderful place that happily despite all the demographic changes retains something of the old spirit.
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Post by: Aronan on August 05, 2008, 11:57:12 PM
E Train, loved your memories  :) and how funny we followed the same path (very likely a few years apart) from Pulitzer to Bryant :) though my brief smoking career started while visitng cousins in Ireland and ended well before I graduated Bryant :)

Anyway, I'm sure we mentioned it here already but Physicians Hospital briefly became Wycoff Heights Hospital (not sure why) and was then torn down and replaced with MS 230.

My recollection of the A&P was between 73rd and 72nd St. along Broadway where there is now a Korean Market and some small Korean bars etc.   
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Post by: jpglenn on August 09, 2008, 04:57:13 PM
I GREW UP IN J HTS, BUT MOVED OUT TO SUNNY FLORIDA IN 1988.

I HAVE ENJOYED READING ALL ABOUT MY NEIGHBORHOOD AND HAVE ALWAYS HAD A FOND MEMORY OF

HAMBURGER EXPRESS, WHICH WAS BETWEEN 77TH AND 76TH STREET ON 37 AVE. IT WAS A FRIDAY TREAT

TO GO THERE FOR LUNCH, THE TRAIN WOULD BRING YOU A HAMBURGER RIGHT TO YOUR SEAT. ANOTHER PLACE

OF MEMORY WAS RAJA'S CANDY STORE, RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM PS 69. HOPEFULLY THESE TWO

ADDITIONS WILL SPARK SOME OF YOUR MEMORIES AND FONDNESS OF WHAT JACKSON HEIGHTS USED TO BE.
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Post by: Jetswdo on August 10, 2008, 06:25:40 PM
I grew up in Jackson Heights, am in my early 50's.  Up through the mid 1970's:  I remember across from PS 69, hamburger express, the Jewish Deli, toy store, Shopwise.  Then Baskin and Robbins.    Then a few blocks away:  Jahn's ice cream parlor, Fields Dept. store  (where I worked over Xmas time when I was 16 and 17) I remember the record store by the upstairs train on 82nd street.  The daughter of Barr's gifts was in class with me. I remember Eldon's clothing store, named after the owner's kids that I also knew.  Clarks clothings store. There were alot of shoe stores, chock full of nuts cafe on the corner by train.  Woolworths. Genevese drug store. 3 movie theaters :  Polk, Earle? and the one on northern blvd and 83rd, where 145 had graduation ceremony each June.  There were great pizza places all over the place.  A few good chinese restaurants/take out.

The Jewish Center was very active  a few blocks away from where I lived, (on 84th and 35th ave. )  I also attended IS 145 as well as the Garden School accross the street.  Both sets of my grandparents lived in the neighborhood:  Donnelly Gardens in the 70's and on 74th and 35th ave.  I remember hanging out all the time as a kid at the playground on 78th between 34th and northern blvd.  Memories also of a few summers spent at the Jackson Heights Country Club, which had a nice pool and playing paddle ball....The neighborhood has seen so many changes over the past 30 years!
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Post by: spanky on August 11, 2008, 03:03:11 PM
I moved into the neighborhood in 1973 and am curious about Hamburger Express.  Where was it located and when was it around.  I was 26 when I moved here so maybe I just overlooked it.
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Post by: marylander on August 11, 2008, 03:20:16 PM
It was located in 37th Avenue between 76 and 77 Streets.  It was where the Baskin Robbins was located.
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Post by: spanky on August 11, 2008, 03:23:24 PM
It was located in 37th Avenue between 76 and 77 Streets.  It was where the Baskin Robbins was located.

Thanks marylander.  Do you remeber when it was there?
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Post by: 1963 on August 11, 2008, 04:52:44 PM
Ok...here goes.

Toy City - prior to Roosevelt and 78th was on the 76th side of Shop Wise. Closed and Shop Wise expanded to the 76th corner.
Baskin Robbins opened around 1971 or 1972 (opened by Morty Hova) after Hamburger Express burned down.
Wexler's across the street from 1953 to 1983, sawdust on the floor. Part of the triangle (Murray's, Wexler's and the Kosher meat market across the street.
Bohack was where Trade Fair is now after MANY years of Big Deal
Nobody mentioned Dairy Queen across from the PO by Barrs.
Murray;s Deli? remember the beer advertisement rubber mats at the cash register with all the little bumps on them?
Ferns horse? oh yeah....with the saddle.
Liffey Bar written up in the St Paddy's Day New York Magazine in 1979 as best Gunniess in NY!..closed mid 80's....Tommy Berry and Joe Taylor bartenders.
Arby's?...you mean Jack in the Box way before that.
Hi Fi cleaners on 76 and Northern
Next to Hamburger Express..small radio store..could check TV tubes there
Victor Moore arcade at Roosevelt...the stamp store, (Long before the video arcade) the barber shop upstairs near the bar with all the blue signs.
Royal Pharmacy big wooden phone booths
Alex's Pizza
Rahja?...Louie and Willie (Willie was the grumpy guy with glasses) they burned down in the late 70s and rebuilt
"Suicide Coke" at the candy store on 80th and Northern
Remember when you could walk through and explore all the garden backyards?
Nescott Drugs on Northern
Old small White Castle on 69 and Roosevelt..one of the original
Oh...about "Brandons" ..."he" was not her son...not by a long shot!
Molly's candy store (still there under all the changes) 75th and 37th
Carvel used to have school trips in from PS 69
record store on 82?...you mean the "The Record Room" White sign with blue letters
Larry Downes music store 79th 37th late 70s
HL Green in the 31st Ave shopping center...had a lunch counter with Taihitian Treat on tap
All the cub/boy scouts bought uniforms downstairs in Fields
Coffee shop on 75th and 37 th..now Ricky's cafe
Jackson Hts County Club on 23rd by the airport
Nobody mention Newmann Jewler's?   STILL THERE with all the same figurines in the window from 40 years ago. Same original painted glass sign. One of the last.
Norman and his father "Mr. Gibner" from Shop Wise...Doris the long time head cashier. Had delivery guys in the 70's straight out of the movie Car Wash!
King Edwards Deli across from PS 69
There was a small supermarket there by King Edwards, had the old wooden racks pulled by hand instead of motorized belts at the 2 or 3 registers.
Sam and Raj was the **first** on 74th around 1976.
Olivos Opticians has been on 37th at 75th since the mid 70s and is retiring soon

I'm sure to think of others




Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: spanky on August 11, 2008, 05:31:59 PM
Thanks 1963 for all the info.  You certainly know the neighborhood.  Was Royal Pharmacy the one on the corner of 76th and 37th Avenue, where the Dime is now?
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Post by: 1963 on August 11, 2008, 05:35:24 PM
Yes, Royal on 76th
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Post by: marylander on August 11, 2008, 06:37:56 PM
You sure brought back a lot of great memories.  I lived in Jackson Heights until 1976 and then visited frequently while my mother was there until 2003.  I'm planning to visit this weekend and will probably be shocked by all the changes.

I do remember the Chinese Laundry where I think Espresso 77 is now.  There was also a small pizza shop near the laundry where we used to get pizza for 15 cents a slice when I went to PS 69.   I remember Rajah's when the candy was 5 cents and bubble gum was 1 cent. I was friends with the owners daughter.  We went to the Hamburger Express and the deli for lunch too.   I also remember the Carvel on 37th near 75 St.  I saw my first movie at the Colony.  I remember getting shoes at the Stride Right on 82nd, Clarks, Fields, Barrs, Bakers and Miles shoe stores, Genovese, Chock Full O Nuts, Shelley's Bakery, graduating from 145 at the Boulevard Theater, Shop Wise, Newman Jewelers where I used to get presents for my parents, Harvey's mens shop, Woolworths, Lamstons, Ferns, Weiss stationers, Toy City on 37th between 75 and 76 (the line was out the door on the first day of school). 
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Post by: robl on August 14, 2008, 11:33:06 AM
Wow "1963" Sam + Raj now that brings back memories as does Dairy Queen which was actually a Dairy Queen Brazier (one that serves hamburgers etc.). And Jack in the Box with that creepy drive thru clown head. I used to ride my 3 speed there with my friends and we'd use the drive thru with our bikes. It was the first place I ever had a taco at and loved those Jumbo Jacks.

Victor Moore Arcade that was a block away from where I lived. There used to be a cookie place in there too I remember them having the best butterscotch cookies in the world. Wasn't the stamp store across from the video game arcade? Man I wish I could see pictures of that arcade area and the rest of Jackson Heights 60's, 70's and early 80's. Amazing how little of it exists online. Looking at my own family photos you basically see inside of the house and the backyard or pictures of other peoples apartments. I wish I would have snapped all of the places mentioned with my 110 and disc cameras!
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Post by: toddg on August 17, 2008, 06:45:48 PM
A blogger in Brookline, Massachusetts recounts her childhood memories eating sweets in Jackson Heights (http://www.bonniesonit.com/2008/08/fighting-sugar-addiction.html).
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Post by: Chuckster on September 02, 2008, 03:51:08 PM
Those wishing to discuss their Jackson Heights school memories can now do so by posting on the new Old School Memories thread.  Reminisce about your old schools and teachers at PS 69, IS 145 and more!

Here's the new thread:

Old School Memories (http://www.jacksonheightslife.com/community/index.php?topic=368.0)

Chuckster
JHL Moderator
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: rec213 on September 08, 2008, 04:26:03 PM
I grew up seeing this guy riding his bike...
(http://photos-h.ak.facebook.com/photos-ak-sf2p/v208/88/107/3229/n3229_34857535_9198.jpg)

Seen him lately with his poodle and/or parrot....

That pic was taken at the Mermaids Festival in Coney Island...

Born and raise in JH  :rockon:
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Post by: michaelb on September 08, 2008, 08:54:47 PM
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I too remember eating at the lunch counter at Woolworth's. I loved their greasy fries served by ladies wearing typical 1950s waitress uniforms.

I also loved Ancil House (sp?) but swear it was called something after that and still sold the same kindof off beat items. I loved that place as a kid.

I also remember a photo development place near Roosevelt on 82 that sold Hello Kitty items in the back. It was a treat to be taken there to buy a pen or some Twin Star notebook.

I also remember where the parking garage is now, a bakery and a Hallmark ... then a fire destroyed those stores.

Before the Burger King and before the Roy Rogers, I'm pretty sure there was a men's clothing store there.
What are Woolworth's, Roy Rogers, and Twin Star?
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Post by: erospolitico on September 08, 2008, 09:36:41 PM
I have been here since 1985, so here goes

72nd Street:
Salem Deli

73rd Street:
Ollie's Appliances
Key Food
Mustafa's Candy Store (I forget it's real name)
Rockbottom

74th Street:
Pizza Boy
Carvel
AbeHill
RadioShack
Key Food
Lampstons
Woolworth
Jay Dee Bakery
Sal's Barber Shop
Magic Touch Bar
Cross Roads Bar
Joey D Pizza
La Conca De Oro Pizza
Merit Farm
Fashion Rack

75th Street:
Big Deal
Richard's Candy Store
Green Theme
Brandon's Antiques
Charcoal Chicken
Olivo's Opticians
Sal's Barbershop (moved from 74)
Rauch Furs
Carollo Bakery

76th Street:
Sizzler
ShopWise
Cookie Express
Baskin Robbins
Lee's Deli
Republic National Bank

77th Street:
Maram Pharmacy
Romeo Pizza (now Gustosa)
18 de Julio Restaurant
Bo Sack Chinese Restaurant
P.S. 69 (always)
Numbers Records

78th Street:
Co-Op Discounts
Post Office

79th Street:
Washington Discounts
Joseph Locksmith (it was bigger and across the street)

80th Street:
DeMarco Furnature
Milan & Gossett Opticians
Italian Farm
Leisure Video

81st Street:
A & C Department Store
Jahn's
Jamaica Savings Bank

82nd Street:
Glendale Bakery
Twin Hallmark
Barricini
Roy Rogers
Lechters Housewares
Woolworth
Gullivers
Baker's Shoes
Colony Theater
Jackson Theater
Joey D's Pizza

I will skip to 86th Street, because I cannot remember the streets in between

86th Street:
Dragon Seed Restaurant
Winston Bagels

I miss these 2 places the most, best food in Jackson Heights, ever

Do any of these places stir up memories?


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Post by: Chuckster on September 08, 2008, 09:52:25 PM
eros, I remember most of the places you mention in your post.  The one that stands out right now is Rauch Furs.  I think it was next to where HSBC is now, right?  Anyway, I remember that shop had a small display platform in the front and atop stood a mannequin wearing a fur coat, hat, leather gloves and purse...the works.

And, michaelb....

You don't know Woolworth's?  Ughh...now I really feel old.  Woolworth's was a very popular five and dime store.  They had them all over New York City and I believe they were national as well.  The local Woolworth's was located on 82nd Street where the new ABC store is.  Woolworth's closed a few years back. 
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: erospolitico on September 08, 2008, 10:05:26 PM
Rauch was next to the present day Dime Savings Bank
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on September 08, 2008, 10:08:27 PM
Rauch was next to the present day Dime Savings Bank

That's right!  It was next to the old supermarket that was called Big Deal (now Trade Fair).  Anyone remember how long that spot has been a market?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: michaelb on September 08, 2008, 10:29:58 PM
I'm just joshin' ya Chuckster.  I've heard of Woolworth's.  ;)

And I fell for it!   :embarassed:

All kidding aside, I miss that Woolworth's, the lunch counter and their giant sized wedges of lemon merengue pie.
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Post by: sabrosonics on September 26, 2008, 04:33:13 PM
Here's one that has been bugging me for a long time..

Does any long time resident remember the shop that was "connected" to the right side of the now MET supermarket?

When it used to be Shop Wise ... there was a shop (facing the front of the supermarket) taking up the right side corner about a 1/5? of the length of the now Met food. Shop Wise bought it out...maybe in '75 and expanded? I remember it being something like a stationary store>? Had a Big Wheel in the window one time I recall...

...what was that place?? ???

-Sabro
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Post by: rs011885 on September 28, 2008, 11:06:46 PM
Does anyone remember there being a drug store (mom and pop) on the corner or 83rd street? Where Taco Bell is now... I remember it closed down when Rite Aid opened. Ive lived in Jackson Heights 23 years, my whole life. Can't remember the name of that store though...
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Post by: eddiestjohns on September 29, 2008, 11:22:39 AM
All kidding aside, I miss that Woolworth's, the lunch counter and their giant sized wedges of lemon merengue pie.

Do you remember the hot dogs than spun on the rotating roller grill.  Sometimes they would cook for hours.  Also the grape and orange drinks that were in the glass enclosed server that continuously had the drinks cascading down the side.  That stuff was incredibly sweet.  Why did we like and miss this stuff?
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Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 08:11:11 AM
I remember spending a lot of money at Numbers Records & Tapes as a teen.  In addition to records, etc., they also stocked a large variety of those black t-shirts that had silk-screened images of rock stars on them.  That was our uniform back then....Lee jeans, t-shirts and sneakers.  Come to think of it, things haven't changed much!   ::)

Fern's on 74th and Woolworth's on 82nd were the stores I frequented for school supplies.

Green Theme Florist was across the street from Armondo's.  They sold a nice variety of green house plants.

Do you remember the Carollos' of Carollo bakery?  The bakery's original locale was larger than the current one, and the pastries were better as well.  I steer clear from it these days as the quality is not the same as when the Carollo family were the owners.

Remember the benches in front of the post office?


Oh, wow; reading these posts and they're taking me home.  A few of them really jarred my earliest memories of the neighborhood - - particularly the one about the Horn and Hardart's!  That was from a really OLD-time resident!  I'd forgotten that one until I read it, and it brought memories flooding back!  But this record shop that you mention was part of the "groovy" Heights - - and if you spent all that money there, then you must have also spent a bundle at Stone Free, on the corner of 80th and 37th, when it was THE place to buy jeans, funky sweaters, and assorted psychedelic-wear.  Ohhh, it's all coming back to me!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 08:42:13 AM
Well what fun!  I am new to this forum, but not new to JH.   Besides the 82nd St Woolworths, wasn't there one on 74th St too? 

I remember when much of the neighborhood was just empty storefronts.  Now, square footage in the business district is expensive and in demand. 

When you mention this neighborhood, before it was really developed, I so clearly recall it, as such.  When we moved to 79th St and 41st Avenue (one block off Roosevelt; technically, Elmhurst) I remember that there was nothing there but for the hospital (Elmhurst General) and our pair of buildings, the King Edward, and the King George.  No gas station on the corner, coming around the intersection with Baxter Avenue, running up 82nd Street, the block toward Roosevelt.  And in the winter, if you recall, it used to SNOW!  And the plows would shove all the snow on 41st Avenue down to that empty lot, into a huge pile.  Does anyone recall the child that was killed there, in that pile of snow, in around 1961 or so?  All the children were warned to stay off that pile, but two little boys climbed up on it, and one of them sank into it and was killed.  I was very young at that time, but I remember it, when you mention how "empty" the neighborhood once used to be.  You bring back ghosts, for me.  But it was very lovely, then.  I have seen, on Google Earth, what has been done to this neighborhood, and I almost cried.  It was nearly unrecognizable.  I think that they have re-routed streets, and it looks like they've removed the few trees that were there, and the little grassy areas around the hospital, in order to install some sort of industrial-looking monstrosity that is now part of the hospital.  They have, it seems, entirely defaced that part of the neighborhood.  Heartbreaking!  Well - - it is said that you can never go home.  I guess that's so.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 09:29:25 AM
My family moved to Jackson Heights from Woodside in 1962, but prior to that we visited Jackson Heights quite frequently to shop, dine out and go to the movies.  "The building that currently houses The Renaissance Charter School on 37th ave between 81st and 82nd used to be C&S a horrible department store that no one ever went to" was, for many years prior to that, a quite popular department store called Fields.  It gave out distinctive black and white shopping bags and was there for as long as I can remember (back through the early '50's.)  May its memory live on !!

 

Oh, it does!  It does!  My earliest shopping memories take place in Field's.  A whiff of glamour for the pre-adolescent.  The memories float across my mind: black velvet skirt; fancy party dress; crepe palazzo pants.  And a solo trip, when I turned thirteen (I was very grown up) with my own Field's charge card that I got for my birthday, on a stealth mission - - to buy my first grown-up lingerie!  Wild, flowered brassiere and matching panties with half-slip, in bright orange and sky blue, yellow and hot pink!  Of course, the novelty of that wore off in a couple of years, when I could then be found wafting up and down 37th Avenue, hanging out with my friends in front of Budd's, sans underwear and shoes! 

My favorite moment in the history of Field's?  When, sometime around 1968 or so, they created a 'boutique' area at the side entrance of the store, on 81st Street.  Three little steps down, plush, carpeted area, recessed spotlights for sexy ambience - - it was where they kept all the "with it" fashions.  I was thrilled!

I attribute much of my shopping prowess, today, to my early experiences at Field's.

P.S. Oh, how do you make the underlining stop???

Oh,  yes - - I remember the bags very vividly.  Black, with white lines making big squares, and that insoucient script - - 'Field's'.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 09:43:09 AM
eros, I remember most of the places you mention in your post.  The one that stands out right now is Rauch Furs.  I think it was next to where HSBC is now, right?  Anyway, I remember that shop had a small display platform in the front and atop stood a mannequin wearing a fur coat, hat, leather gloves and purse...the works.

And, michaelb....

You don't know Woolworth's?  Ughh...now I really feel old.  Woolworth's was a very popular five and dime store.  They had them all over New York City and I believe they were national as well.  The local Woolworth's was located on 82nd Street where the new ABC store is.  Woolworth's closed a few years back. 

A few years!  I would say so!!

Does anyone remember the blind woman who used to sit outside of the Woolworth's, singing hymns?  I remember her, a stocky, middle-aged woman, her face red in the cold, bundled in a shabby, black coat, with a scarf over straight brown hair, eyes closed, smiling, holding a little silver cup, and singing hymns. My father used to say to me, whenever we'd see her, "There but for the grace of God go I".  I learned what that saying meant, in front of Woolworth's.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 09:51:10 AM
I lived in and around Jackson Heights since 1979.  Some of the place I miss are:

Dragon Seed Restaurant on 86st/37ave - Great food and atmosphere and awesome tropical drinks.  For those who remember it was not just a Chinese restaurant but a Polynesian one also.

Continental Deli 82st/Roosevelt Ave / Graf's Deli 92st/37ave - good old fashioned delis with homemade salads

Mike's Deli - 82st/37 ave - You could by a sandwich and sit at a table without waitress service

Glendale Bake Shop - 82nd St just off 37th avenue - A good bakery with a good deli counter.  Was burnt to the ground in a fire around 1989 that also burned dowen the Continental Restaurant

Colony Movie Theater 82St between 37 Ave and Roosevelt Avenue and the Boulevard Theater on 82St and Northern Boulevard (There were three separate first run theaters in Jackson Heights at one time!).

Joey D's Pizza on 82 Street just south of Roosevelt Avenue.

These were just to name a few.  I am going to post a separate thread on all the bars in Jackson Heights that are now gone.



Oh, yes; 'Puu-Puu Platter' and that big, high-backed woven chair in front!  And the smell of baking bagels from the 24-hour bagel store next door (?  Somewhere nearby!).

The owner of Joey D's Pizza, Tony Sala, was my "date" to my sixteenth birthday party.  He was the neighborhood heart-throb, and I think that my parents must have paid him to be my escort!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 09:59:17 AM
I've been here forever. The Seba Seba location was George's at one time, but when I was a kid it was Edson's and Bud Edson was the cook/owner. The butcher between 81st & 80th on the north side of 37th was Sullivan's.

The North Fork/Jamaica Savings/soon to be Capitol One was a Rexall drug store.

There was a boutique called Marie Sheridan's where Bang Bang was. Super fancy ladies stuff.

There's always been a stationery store btwn 82 & 81st Sts. It was Weiss's, then Weiss Brothers. then Wise (with an Owl logo). The stores between there and Jahn's were an electronics store - Murray's? (Owner was Murray) and a liquor store - Battapaglia's. Rumor was that Danny Battapaglia was a bookie. Wouldn't know, that was grown up stuff.

That is my selective memory from the past 55+ years.

So nice to read the other memories.

I do believe that there was also a florist shop right next to Jahn's.  I remember that they would put their stuff out in the rain; used to like meeting my friends at Jahn's on rainy days.  And there was some sort of mysterious-seeming Chinese laundry around the corner from Jahn's.  Coffee shoppe across 81st Street, with Field's across the avenue, and the library (another haunt for rainy days) right off the corner, behind Field's. 
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Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 10:07:17 AM
Chuckster, thanks for trying it wasn't "Clarks" but Clarks had some beautiful clothes but, I was a kid and it wasn't stuff I'd wear, it was clothing my Mother wore.  Now, the store I am talking about was near "Bakers" the old Bakers (the large one) that was next to Genovese.  Remember?  I worked at Genovese for years.  Anyway, I REMEMBER the store,  "Something Else".  That was a Grrreat store!!! Remember Shoe Shack on 82nd St?  Remember the bank on the corner of 82nd & 37th (I think it is still a bank) anyway, remember the Clock, it actually told the right time??

Now do you remember on Roosevelt and 79th St., there was a Steak house/bar and Restaurant?  Then on 79th Street toward 80th there was a furniture store and on the other side of the street, was a rug warehouse opposite Toy City.  Then on 80th St in Roosevelt where the 99Cent store is today was, Social Security.  The Make-up store was next to Toy City.  (Remember I was a kid so, I was always was in Toy City getting toys)

Does anyone remember the little antique shop next to Green Theme on 37th and 75th Street?  It was owned by a Mother and her son?  The son was kind of creepy looking to me but, he actually was nice.  They sold doll house stuff?

Thank you everyone for taking me back to a place, I truely miss!!!  Wow I have been here a long long time.



Oh, yes!  And now it's going to drive me crazy trying to think of the name of that restaurant that you mention, on 79th and Roosevelt!  It as where the Mafia used to have lunch!!  The Mafia in the builder's association would meet there regularly.  Oh, God; I'll never remember the name of that place.  I keep thinking 'Sardi's', which of course wasn't the name - - but was it something with an 'S'???  Wow!

I don't recall that mother and son, but does anyone remember the team at Joseph's Men's Shop?  If you were a girl, and you had a tiny hiney and wanted your jeans to fit skin tight, you had to buy them for fellas - - and Joseph's was the place to go!  Owned by a red-haired woman who looked a lot like Miss Kitty, from 'Gunsmoke', who had some sort of gay male consort.  They were rather outre for Jackson Heights.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 10:17:14 AM
Do you remember when you could go to 74th street and actually buy something like you can still do on 82 Street?  Do you remember seeing clean sidewalks on 74th and 73rd streets?


When I was growing up in Elmhurst and Jackson Heights, every inch of it was immaculate.  It was a different world then.  Spitting was a ticketable offense.  Littering was out of the question.  And graffiti???  It didn't exist in that neighborhood.  Jackson Heights proper was still extremely neat last time I was there, relative to other places in the city.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 10:26:16 AM
Welcom Robl!  I remember a few of the places you mention in your post including the butcher shop on 74th Street.  I don't think it was an Ottomanelli's though.  That was over in Woodside.

The Essex House diner -- Wow!  You're good with names.  I remember my parents taking us there for breakfast on weekend mornings.

The toy store on Roosevelt was Toy City.  Someone mentioned it in one of the posts above.

Do you remember around what year Baskin Robbins opened on 37th Avenue?  It just occurred to me that it had been a staple in the neighborhood for a very long time until its recent closing.  Carvel was across the street.

Baskin Robbins must have opened around 1971 or so.  Guilietta Pizza next door.  A drug store on the corner, I think - - or maybe it was on the next corner (76th Street).

And as long as you're reminiscing about the Essex House, and that area, how about the Coral Aquarium?  I spent many a hot summer afternoon of my childhood lurking in their dark, cool aquarium room, inhaling the algae and listening to the purrrr of the air hoses!  It might have been on the same block.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:16:14 AM
Glad to have found this message board. I was born in '62. Lived in Spanish Gardens 84th between Roosevelt and 37th and then my family moved in '67 to 74st off Broadway (technically Elmhurst but J.H. was across the street and Woodside behind us).

A few that I don't think were mentioned.

Blimpies on 74th a few doors down from Fern's

The butcher shop 74st and 37th rd. (was it ottomanelli?)

Fashion Rack on 74st.

Readypenny Inn 73st

Station Break Roosevelt 73st and 74th.

Bickfords on 74th and Broadway

Fannie Farmer 74th and Broadway

Pizza Den 74th and Broadway

Unisex Hair Cutter 74th and Broadway

Essex House 74th and Roosevelt (a classy looking diner that was Crazy Chicken until recently)

Purity Diner 75st and Roosevelt

Casa Bella Italian Restaurant 75th and Broadway

The Liffey Bar 76th and Broadway

Queensboro Lanes (underground bowling alley between 83rd and 84th and 37th ave

Small Video Store (name?) on 73st between 37ave and 35th ave closer to 37th ave.

A toy store on 83st and Roosevelt that had creaky wood floors (what was the name?)

There was a record store on 82nd st across from Genovese (what was the name?)

German deli on 74st and Roosevelt where you went down the steps to the subway

The Subway Arcade at Roosevelt Ave.

The pool hall above the bus terminal on 75th and Broadway.

I'm sure I can think of many more.



God, you're good!  Bickford's!  That was inside the terminal at 74th and Roosevelt.  That was where my father took me for hamburgers. 

And there was another pool hall on the corner of 82nd and Roosevelt, by the train station there.  Across 82nd Street was Chock Full 'O Nuts, on the corner (not part of the original arrangement of the early 60s), then, around the corner, Meyers ice cream parlor, then the Continental deli (a good German deli on every block, in those days!) then Shelley's bakery (the best bakery in town) and the butcher shop, and then something else that I can't recall; maybe a jewelery store. 

Across Roosevelt was the bank, on the corner, then the notions shop, then, I think, the Army/Navy store - - and then maybe a toy store (or perhaps that was on the next block). 

Around the corner from the bank was the Colony Delicatessen, a florist's,maybe a pizza shop at one time, a little records/instrument shop, the Jackson movie theater, and a little fruit store and butcher shop on that corner.  Around the corner was, eventually, a little book shop. 

And there was that little triangle, with benches and a few old trees, where people would sit and feed the pigeons. 

Coming down 82nd Street, toward Roosevelt, on the opposite side of the street, was a small apartment building that was put up in the mid-60s, on the corner of 82nd and Baxter, the candy store, belonging to the Sbarrs, a little Spanish record shop, a tiny grocery store, then the small vacuum cleaner store, then a couple of little old buildings with professional offices in them, then a beauty salon called Si Jolie, I might be missing something here, then the Associated food store, something else that I don't recall, Joey D's Pizzeria, a Hallmark store, a doughnut shop, a little luncheonette, a creepy little building that once had a fortune teller in it (there was a bus stop in front of the luncheonette), Disco Roosevelt Drugs, on the corner, a florist around the corner from it, a couple of other things that escape me at the moment, and on the next block, the Lido Italian resturant and the New Cathay Chinese resturant (Cantonese and Mandarin).  There was, I recall, a picture framing shop on that block. 

On the corner of 80th and Roosevelt was the vet, Klausman's.  A funeral home across the avenue. 

On 81st and Roosevelt was that steak house that someone mentioned, that was a meeting place for sharply-dressed mafiosos in the builders association, where they would have lunch, and another great German deli; there used to be a candy store on that corner, way back, before they put in that steak house.  Then another bank. 

A candy store on the corner, opposite Disco Drugs, and the pool hall over that candy store.  They put in a Puppy Palace for a while, I remember, next to it, I think.  Opposite, next to the Chock Full 'O Nuts was a jewelry store, a Merit Farms, Joyce Leslie and another women's store, either after or before a teeny little pizza place, downstairs from which was the bowling alley, then another store that sold cut flowers, I think - - all very narrow shops, there, and the Woolworth's, etc.. 

On Broadway, off 82nd Street, which became Baxter Avenue, was a big German resturant, with lots of little mounted antlers all over the place, called the Hoffbrau.  A car wash across Broadway.  The Elmwood Diner on the other side of the street, beside the playground across from the hospital. 

And every Christmas-time they'd put up garlands and lights all down 82nd Street, and on 37th Avenue, and at night, to a little child, it looked lovely and special.   
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:24:42 AM
Yes there was a butcher shop where you described (wasn't it next to Sam and Raj?)but there was also one right next to Merit Farms opposite from the Army Navy Store and on the other side of the street was a bar. I can't remember the name of it, it was right on the corner. I thought the Key Food on 74st is where the Jackson Diner moved to? It's been a while since I've been there.



Hmmm.  You may have something there.  Was there a Merit Farms next to that butcher shop?  If so, it moved around the corner, a few storefronts down 82nd, from the corner - -on the same side of the street.  Yes; I think that there *was* a Merit Farms there, on Roosevelt!  Or are we both thinking about the rotisserie with the chickens in the butcher store window?  And I think that there *was* a bar across the street!  I'd forgotten that.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:32:19 AM
Used to be The Hobby Hut on 83rd Street, off 37th Ave, sold model ships and trains.

Before the Jewish Center moved 77th Street (next to Shop-Wise) was a Sizzler and before that a KFC.

The Fruit market on 78th Street & 37th was owned by Sal and his checkout help Stella used to baby-sit me and my sister on weekends.

Murray's Jewish Deli was the first hot-dog I remember, made their own Katsup (which I didn't like) There was a Jewish butcher across the street (next to Big Deal , now the Trade-Fair)

Washington Discount on 37th just off 78th could fix any watch or get any type of battery you needed. Also sold discount shampoo/cosmetics before the CVS's and Walgreen's of this world.

Northern Lanes on 75th Street of Northern, (bowling lanes were bumpy) Now part of the car dealer.

There were industries on the west side of the Heights near the Connecting Railroad. Place that did plating, a surgical instrument maker and a printer. White Castle District Office still remains.

You could actually play with ALL your schoolmates in PS69's and IS 145's school yards

Cafe 77 was a real Chinese Laundry, took many of my Grandfathers shirts there (and each regular customer had a mark)

The Jackson Heights Library actually had BOOKS in it. Rows and rows of books. Didn't have to wait for inter-branch loans to come in.

Brown's Army and Navy Stores still survive!

Grandmother used to make the trek to Pick-n-Pack down on 37th and 85th(?) for discount meat and then complain about all the red food dye they used.

The Big Delicatessen on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd, (German Potato Salad).

The movie theater on Northern had big holes in the roof but would let you in to see the "R" rated movies.

The Roman Cave was the place to go for Italian Food and treated little kids like kings!

The Old Barn on Roosevelt and 80th(/) served family sized meals. You could buy your furniture at Jackson Furniture across the street.

The Garden School had guard dogs in their yard. They were the type that would let you in, but then you could not leave. (Great "kid" fun petting the guard dog then having your buddy distract the dog so you could get your hand out of the fence holes) The car dealers had dogs too.

You can now add the Q19B to the list of things "gone" at least in name.

There was no 115 Pct. You had to deal with the 114 Pct. or 110 Pct. and wait FOREVER for a patrol car. Heaven help the person who had an auto accident on Northern. They might still be waiting  ;D

Went to Garden School for primary grades, before they had guard dogs (but yes; I remember, years later, them installing them).  At that time, the entire block was green and suburban-looking - - they didn't call it "Garden" for no reason!  There was a springtime carnival on the front lawn, before there was any fencing, there (or the dogs, that came even later).  I remember the school cafeteria had murals on all the walls, scenes from Alice In Wonderland.  Jackson Heights was very lovely then.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:40:03 AM
I grew up in Jackson Heights... went to ps 145 and Newtown HS...

There was a Wolkes ( don't remember the spelling) on 85th and 37th avenue right near a linoleum store that was owned by a guy who had the worst smelling cigar and stood outside his store constantly.

There was a restaurant called  Green Kitchen... they had green booths, i think.

There was also a Horn and Hardart store on 82nd between 37th and Roosevelt.

The big department stores were Fields and Clarks.

Rauchs was a high end childrens clothing store.

When I was growing up, there was no need to go into "the city" as we called it... we had everything we needed just a few steps away from where we lived.    It was a wonderful way to grow up.

Talk about a blast from the past:  Horn and Hardart's!!!!!!  You have jarred a very e-e-e-a-r-ly memory, with that!  I'll bet you are one of the last people left who remember a Horn and Hardart's there!  But I remember it too - - now that you mention it!  The Automat!!!  Wow!

Off the corner of 82nd and 37th, same side of the avenue as Field's, but across the street, opposite Barracini's, was also a clothing store called the Joyce Shoppe (not to be confused with Joyce Lesie).
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:50:31 AM
I grew up in Jackson Heights, am in my early 50's.  Up through the mid 1970's:  I remember across from PS 69, hamburger express, the Jewish Deli, toy store, Shopwise.  Then Baskin and Robbins.    Then a few blocks away:  Jahn's ice cream parlor, Fields Dept. store  (where I worked over Xmas time when I was 16 and 17) I remember the record store by the upstairs train on 82nd street.  The daughter of Barr's gifts was in class with me. I remember Eldon's clothing store, named after the owner's kids that I also knew.  Clarks clothings store. There were alot of shoe stores, chock full of nuts cafe on the corner by train.  Woolworths. Genevese drug store. 3 movie theaters :  Polk, Earle? and the one on northern blvd and 83rd, where 145 had graduation ceremony each June.  There were great pizza places all over the place.  A few good chinese restaurants/take out.

The Jewish Center was very active  a few blocks away from where I lived, (on 84th and 35th ave. )  I also attended IS 145 as well as the Garden School accross the street.  Both sets of my grandparents lived in the neighborhood:  Donnelly Gardens in the 70's and on 74th and 35th ave.  I remember hanging out all the time as a kid at the playground on 78th between 34th and northern blvd.  Memories also of a few summers spent at the Jackson Heights Country Club, which had a nice pool and playing paddle ball....The neighborhood has seen so many changes over the past 30 years!

Am in my early 50s and also attended Garden School.  Mr. Fisher, principal, I recall.  Miss Fello, first grade teacher; Mrs. Bowie, second grade teacher; Mrs. Simon, third grade.  Anything ring a bell?  Blocked out the two alienating years at 145, so I have literally NO memories of that, but I do remember Garden School very well.  I remember the cafeteria, with the Alice In Wonderland murals; three little cement steps down, to the cafeteria.  And the springtime carnival, on the front lawn (remember when there was a front lawn?!).  'Madam Mazola' the fortune-teller!  Remember the playground that they used to have - - or was it the one across the street that they used to take us to?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Aronan on October 05, 2008, 12:06:27 PM
Hmmm.  You may have something there.  Was there a Merit Farms next to that butcher shop?  If so, it moved around the corner, a few storefronts down 82nd, from the corner - -on the same side of the street.  Yes; I think that there *was* a Merit Farms there, on Roosevelt!  Or are we both thinking about the rotisserie with the chickens in the butcher store window?  And I think that there *was* a bar across the street!  I'd forgotten that.

The only butcher shop on 74th St. that I recall was Big-4 meats, partially where Pay Less is now.

If there was another butcher up by Merit Farms that certainly pre-dates me. :) 
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 12:18:51 PM
The only butcher shop on 74th St. that I recall was Big-4 meats, partially where Pay Less is now.

If there was another butcher up by Merit Farms that certainly pre-dates me. :) 

Oh, no; I have misunderstood.  I am referring to the one on Roosevelt Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Streets.  There was a Merit Farms, ultimately, around the corner from it, but I am sort of remembering chickens, on a rotisserie, in a window, on Roosevelt Avenue, between the delicatessen and the bakery and butcher shops.

Tell you what - - when I've taken a look at what the area around 74th Street has become, on the internet, it makes me very sad.  That was once such a nice area.  It seems so congested and chaotic, now, with so many foreign shops and restaurants.  Sort of 'Little India' now; isn't it?

And the big difference was that at one time, when immigrants went to Elmhurst, it was because it was a modern area, with new buildings; those immigrants were upscale; many of them doctors, who worked at the hospital.  Many professional Cuban refugees - - but I say *professional*; people with education and enough cash in their pockets when they fled, to afford what was considered fairly upscale housing.  Now, the immigrants who have landed in the neighborhood seem of a different class.  And they seem to have taken over the area, rather than to have assimilated to it.  It's a shame to see the home one remembers so changed, and taken over by strangers.  74th Road, from what I last saw of it, looked like Calcutta.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on October 05, 2008, 08:00:47 PM
evedemian, I'm an old-timer myself, and your recollections of the Jackson Heights of yesteryear have been very interesting and fun to read.  They illustrate how much the neighborhood has changed over the years.  However, I must point out that your viewpoint regarding the current state of immigration in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst is a very subjective one that may be deemed offensive by some.

In my opinion, the Jackson Heights of today represents a large variety of people that enjoy and embrace the diversity it and its neighboring communities so notably characterize.  You’ll see the attraction to our communities reflected in the large groups of people visiting the neighborhoods looking to sample our many ethnic flavors.  You'll also see it in the many newcomers, of all influences, that have chosen to become part of the communities and are posting to this forum daily.  Is Jackson Heights perfect?  No it’s not…but I’d like to know what community is.  Nonetheless, as a child of South American immigrants living in the area for over 30 years now, I am happy to call Jackson Heights my home.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: toddg on October 05, 2008, 10:00:00 PM
I'd like to agree with Chuckster.  I'm a newcomer; I moved here six years ago from California when my wife and I were expecting our first child.  We chose JH because it was diverse, vibrant, child-friendly, and affordable (we chose well -- we have no regrets, and are planning to stay here for the long term!).  Other neighborhoods comparable in price like Forest Hills and various neighborhoods in Brooklyn were less interesting to us because they lacked the diversity that JH had to offer.  I've heard similar stories from many of the other newcomers I've encountered.

And you might be surprised by a visit to 74th Street!  Erase from your mind any image of a ghetto of poor immigrants.  This is the top South Asian shopping district in the U.S. -- store after store of fine jewelery and expensive saris, catering to Indian brides from all over the U.S. stopping in N.Y. to shop before returning home to India for their weddings. 

Neighborhoods in NYC need constant change, or they become stale.  Jackson Heights has seen many waves of immigrants... over the years, these have included many different ethnic groups.  Our latest wave is an influx of Mexicans, Tibetans and Nepalis.   Like the Jews, Russians, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Ecuadoreans, Peruvians, Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Koreans before them, they're adding to our neighborhood's tapestry, and many of us welcome them.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 10:29:04 PM
evedemian, I'm an old-timer myself, and your recollections of the Jackson Heights of yesteryear have been very interesting and fun to read.  They illustrate how much the neighborhood has changed over the years.  However, I must point out that your viewpoint regarding the current state of immigration in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst is a very subjective one that may be deemed offensive by some.

In my opinion, the Jackson Heights of today represents a large variety of people that enjoy and embrace the diversity it and its neighboring communities so notably characterize.  You’ll see the attraction to our communities reflected in the large groups of people visiting the neighborhoods looking to sample our many ethnic flavors.  You'll also see it in the many newcomers, of all influences, that have chosen to become part of the communities and are posting to this forum daily.  Is Jackson Heights perfect?  No it’s not…but I’d like to know what community is.  Nonetheless, as a child of South American immigrants living in the area for over 30 years now, I am happy to call Jackson Heights my home.


Hi, Chuckster,

Yes, you do mention one of the aspects to which I refer, when I reminisce about the old neighborhood.  It *wasn't* Manhattan; we didn't *have* "visitors"; it was a *neighborhood*, where people *lived* - - not a bustling city shopping center.  It was quiet, and secluded, and everyone knew each other.  And America was different then, as well; when immigrants came to America, forty and fifty years ago, they came here to become Americanized; they did not take over a neighborhood and define it; their new home defined *them*.  There wasn't any "for English, press one", then - - everybody learned English.  And many of us, in the course of things - - learned Spanish!
Don't misunderstand - - it is not immigration that irks me, nor the idea of living with people from other parts of the world - - no problem there, and Jackson Heights was always full of immigrants.  It is the trend that began in this country, a couple of decades ago, for our neighborhoods, in this part of the country, to become so entirely accomodating to immigration, as a market, an industry of sorts, that the entire structure of life in those neighborhoods would twist and turn, and be destroyed, to accomodate those who, in times past, would learn to fit in - - and not the other way around.  But in New York, money talks!  It is to the detriment of the good life that we once knew, in places like J.H., for this nation to be courting more *business* in our neighborhoods.  The key word in "neighborhood" is "neighbor" - - with all that that word means.  I found those things to be lacking, last time I lived in the neighborhood for a while, in the 1980s.
In summation, let me say that I would make the same comment about India, were I to visit that country and discover that some neighborhood there had been transformed - - to resemble Jackson Heights!   
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on October 05, 2008, 10:54:33 PM
The key word in "neighborhood" is "neighbor" - - with all that that word means.  I found those things to be lacking, last time I lived in the neighborhood for a while, in the 1980s.

evedemian, I'm sorry you feel that way, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I've been a happy resident of Jackson Heights for many years now for that same "neighborly" aspect that you reference above.  I won't get into much more detail on this topic as I originally created this thread months ago in order to share my experiences as a long time resident and to read about other members' memories.

Chuckster
JHL Moderator
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:17:49 PM
I'd like to agree with Chuckster.  I'm a newcomer; I moved here six years ago from California when my wife and I were expecting our first child.  We chose JH because it was diverse, vibrant, child-friendly, and affordable (we chose well -- we have no regrets, and are planning to stay here for the long term!).  Other neighborhoods comparable in price like Forest Hills and various neighborhoods in Brooklyn were less interesting to us because they lacked the diversity that JH had to offer.  I've heard similar stories from many of the other newcomers I've encountered.

And you might be surprised by a visit to 74th Street!  Erase from your mind any image of a ghetto of poor immigrants.  This is the top South Asian shopping district in the U.S. -- store after store of fine jewelery and expensive saris, catering to Indian brides from all over the U.S. stopping in N.Y. to shop before returning home to India for their weddings. 

Neighborhoods in NYC need constant change, or they become stale.  Jackson Heights has seen many waves of immigrants... over the years, these have included many different ethnic groups.  Our latest wave is an influx of Mexicans, Tibetans and Nepalis.   Like the Jews, Russians, Puerto Ricans, Colombians, Ecuadoreans, Peruvians, Filipinos, Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, and Koreans before them, they're adding to our neighborhood's tapestry, and many of us welcome them.

Hi, ToddG,

In the early 1980s, I lived in the building in which I grew up, for a year, in a neighborhood that had become innundated with an Asian population, that clearly despised non-Asian culture and people.  I lived there for a *year*, and for a year, I greeted my neighbors, every day, with a smile, and an appropriate greeting.  When I left, after a *year*, I was still smiling and saying "hello",and still *no one was returning the greeting*!  Those people looked through me as if I weren't even there.  They behaved as if I were an unwelcome intruder in *their* neighborhood.  It was *not* "coming home", as I had expected it to be.
As we are expressing personal opinions, and memories and impressions of the neighborhood in which we all grew up, I take the liberty of saying that it is disheartening for me to hear the only place I ever considered "home" being described as the "top south Asian shopping district in the U.S."!  And that, as such, your comment only magnifies the impression I get that Jackson Heights only remains in name - - and that the entire purpose and flavor of that neighborhood has been entirely destroyed.  No longer is it a world away from the city; a safe, peaceful haven, away from the madding crowd.
Might I also point out to you that there is no such thing as "*fine* Indian Jewelry", and that rows and rows of saree shops don't exactly transform J.H. into Beverly Hills.  It doesn't please me that Indian brides from all over the U.S. crowd into Jackson Heights and clog the neighborhood with that kind of traffic.  What you are describing is *commercial*, and does not belong in a neighborhood, where people raise their families.  The congestion of Manhattan is not what former residents of that neighborhood were aiming for.  I have looked at the traffic reports for J.H., and seen that there was, a few years ago, an attempt to change a certain traffic routing, that was deemed to be *too much* for that neighborhood to accomodate.  That was a very good indication of how much things have changed there. 
The country has changed, and neighborhoods have changed with it - - for the worse!  Oh, wouldn't you have loved to have been able to leave your back door unlocked, as we did, so that your children could run in and out, as they played, unguarded and without threat, in that neighborhood?  Once - - it was heaven.  I cannot help but mourn the loss of that. 
One error that you make is in your combinations of immigrants, that you cite.  It wasn't as you say, you see.  The Irish, Germans, Greeks, Italians, and Jews, who lived in J.H., all lived there at the same time.  This was *European* culture - - and it was *compatible*.  There *were* NO Puerto Ricans in Jackson Heights - - this was part of Manhattan's culture; not ours.  'West Side Story' wasn't happening in our neighborhood - - unless it was playing at the Jackson.  And Hispanic immigrants who came were from Cuba, Spain, and Columbia, and were entirely embracing of European culture; they were not distaff to the existing culture.  And the neighborhood did not change to accomodate them.  As you can see, from the descriptions of the stores and shops of yesteryear, Jackson Heights had its own culture, and when you came to live there, you became part of that neighborhood - - it didn't change to accomodate you.
I now live in a neighborhood where you have to have a car, and drive for miles, on shopping *expeditions*, to be able to access food and products you might want - - unless you are black, Hispanic or south Asian.  Is that a *comfortable* neighborhood for me to live in?  No.  (And *where* is the comfortable, convenient neighborhood for me to live in, that I can afford???)  Again I will repeat, that were I to visit India, and discover that an entire neighborhood had been taken over by former residents of Jackson Heights, and made to entirely resemble that neighborhood, I would say - - "What a shame!".
P.S.  Nothing "stale" about a place that is reliably the sort of neighborhood that I knew J.H. to be!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 05, 2008, 11:34:49 PM
evedemian, I'm sorry you feel that way, but as I mentioned in my previous post, I've been a happy resident of Jackson Heights for many years now for that same "neighborly" aspect that you reference above.  I won't get into much more detail on this topic as I originally created this thread months ago in order to share my experiences as a long time resident and to read about other members' memories.

Chuckster
JHL Moderator

You know what, Chuckster?  I went to sleep after reading all the posts, here, and when I awoke, I felt - - I can't describe it - - as if I had visited my past; as if I had actually been there again.  I can't find the words to say what that was like.  All I keep thinking is of the lyrics of that song, 'Joe Hill' - - "I dreamed I saw Joe Hill last night".  Thanks for letting me go home for a while.

P.S.  Just so that you don't think that Jackson Heights cultivated racists, I guess I should mention that, regardless of the current immigrant population, which I do not find unpleasant or unsightly, per se, despite the impression I might leave, otherwise, in my analysis of the alteration of the neighborhood, I have long considered moving back there.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 06, 2008, 05:37:43 AM
Excellent! I've forgotten lots of these places.---bred in Jackson Heights ---over 30 years total.
Let's see some that may have been missed.

Green Theme Florist on the corner of 75th and 37th ..northside...very dubious place...all sorts of plants and "herbage" could be purchased there. I was too young..just rumours 8)

Raja's candystore which was located where the city cafe is now..across the street from PS69. Old guy who was really grumpy and wore an old white smock would sell all the  baseball card, fake bubblegum cigarettes, handballs, bazooka gum and milkshakes you ever wanted ...(may be that the furniture in City is part of the original Rajas...looks familiar).

Ferns!! on 74th street!! good call on that one...BUT do you remember that beautiful black wooden saddled..and when I say saddle I mean I think it was a real saddle-- coin operated horse?

Don's on the corner of 80th street and 37th avenue ...where the bodega is now.  Candystore soda shop with video games at the rear!

The Pit! the arcade in the lower levels of the 74th street station. Great stamp collectors shop across the hall and that sketchy bar right by the bus terminal on the 74th and Roosevelt.---had to pass the bar to get to the stairs leading to the arcade.

Jackson Heights Discount Bookstore
Tons of old comic books, and I remember when they first opened they had 1000's of promotional movie photo BW stills..25 cents each.

Barrs across the street from the Post office...a toystore and gift shop. Had great boardgames in the back!

Numbers Records and Tapes (and 8 tracks...dad bought Saturday Night Fever there)...used to be on the corner where Ingrids is now on 78th street.

Of course the Colony...snuck into my first rated R movie there.  Conan the Barbarian....starring Gov,. Schwarzenegger.

There used to be a store joined to ShopWise on the 76th street side. I think it was a toy store of sorts but my memories about that place date me to about 3 years old so a little foggy.

There was  a great Chinese restaurant where that Atlantis 2000 club is now. It was Chino Latino..as they all spoke Spanish and my 1st Communion party was hosted in the rear social room!

Speaking of social clubs...right there on 37th road and 77th street..a real sketchy social club that was eventually closed by the police..big raid and all.

Concha D'Oro was the name of the pizza place next to the  Eagle ..and I swear they had the Best slice I have had to this day. I really miss that pizza. Was not very busy.

Guilllietas Pizza was the name of the present Thomas' on 77th. Slice for 5o cents sicilian 55.

If I remember anything else....


HEY if anyone has any photographs of these shopfronts please let me know. I just posted something about Toy City which is cited somewhere here im sure. I'm working on a little Jackson Heights memories project.



Oh my God; it's all coming back to me!  That was no rumor about the Green Theme; they *did* sell interesting things, in there!  And I only originally remembered buying plants in there!  You have jogged my memory!!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: evedemian on October 06, 2008, 06:37:56 AM
Chuckster, thanks for trying it wasn't "Clarks" but Clarks had some beautiful clothes but, I was a kid and it wasn't stuff I'd wear, it was clothing my Mother wore.  Now, the store I am talking about was near "Bakers" the old Bakers (the large one) that was next to Genovese.  Remember?  I worked at Genovese for years.  Anyway, I REMEMBER the store,  "Something Else".  That was a Grrreat store!!! Remember Shoe Shack on 82nd St?  Remember the bank on the corner of 82nd & 37th (I think it is still a bank) anyway, remember the Clock, it actually told the right time??

Now do you remember on Roosevelt and 79th St., there was a Steak house/bar and Restaurant?  Then on 79th Street toward 80th there was a furniture store and on the other side of the street, was a rug warehouse opposite Toy City.  Then on 80th St in Roosevelt where the 99Cent store is today was, Social Security.  The Make-up store was next to Toy City.  (Remember I was a kid so, I was always was in Toy City getting toys)

Does anyone remember the little antique shop next to Green Theme on 37th and 75th Street?  It was owned by a Mother and her son?  The son was kind of creepy looking to me but, he actually was nice.  They sold doll house stuff?

Thank you everyone for taking me back to a place, I truely miss!!!  Wow I have been here a long long time.



I cannot believe that I am remembering this (I have trouble recalling my own phone number sometimes, these days!) and, last night I resigned myself to forgetting about it, because I would never remember it - - but my brain must have continued to work on it, and - -  I just recalled the name of that steak house you're referring to (even better that I originally remembered the 'S'!):  it was the Savoia (or the Savoy?  I started out thinking the 'Savoy', but that wasn't right; it was the 'Savoia'!  I totally can't believe that I'm remembering this.

It was a candy store on the corner, originally, and a deli, (now I'm overlapping time zones) then a little shoe repair shop, then the Savoia, and the bank, on the corner, from 81st to 82nd Street.

To help fill in the details of the side of the block on which Something Else (yes; a great store!) and Shoe Shack were, I mention one I left out previously (strangely enough; I only worked there for a couple of years), which was Hosiery Haven (and I can't believe that I remembered the name of that place, either!) that sold all the Danskins and pantyhose and what used to be referred to, in polite company, as ladies' "support garments", on 82nd Street.  There was, as I recall, another, small hosiery store somewhere around there - - I think it might have been on 37th Ave., or right next to Barracini's, on 82nd Street.  And, on the same side of the street as Clark's was, there were, in the late 60s and early 70s, a couple of 'head shops', that sold posters, and paper flowers, stretched 7Up bottles, and great incense, mirrored pillows and jerseys and dashikis, in psychedelic tie-dyed prints, water pipes, flavored cigarette papers, and other assorted "entertainment" paraphanalia.  There was one or two of those on 37th Avenue, as well, for a time.  I loved the smell of those places.  Plum and sandlewood incense.  And a haircutter, the name of which escapes me, but sounded fashionably negative (two words; something like No Strings).

The *Savoia*!   
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: robl on October 06, 2008, 09:53:28 AM
Hmmm.  You may have something there.  Was there a Merit Farms next to that butcher shop?  If so, it moved around the corner, a few storefronts down 82nd, from the corner - -on the same side of the street.  Yes; I think that there *was* a Merit Farms there, on Roosevelt!  Or are we both thinking about the rotisserie with the chickens in the butcher store window?  And I think that there *was* a bar across the street!  I'd forgotten that.

The Merit Farms was next to the Butcher shop. The butcher shop was on the corner of 74st and 37th rd. Had Sawdust on the floor. My friend Vinny worked there. The bar I mention was on the other side of 74st and 37th rd. two doors down from Archer Hardware Store. I think you're confusing 82st with 74st in this instance. I don't remember a Merit Farms in the 82st area.

Now how about Olins Car Rental on 73rd and Broadway across the street from the Long Island Savings Bank. Who remembers that?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Heighsterofyesteryear on January 12, 2009, 01:14:45 AM
I'm a "Heightster" from way back - I lived in Jackson Heights from 1941 through 1985. My father was the Medical Laboratory director at Physician's Hospital, where I also worked in the late '50s to put myself through college. I have fond memories of my primary school too, called the Garden Country Day School ( at least that's what it was called before I 'graduated' in 1949). We had a pet monkey at the time, named Chipper, who had a part in my school play when I was in second grade. My favorite teacher was in sixth grade - Mrs Smith. And the principal was Mr Flowers, whose wife was his secretary. The part of Jackson Heights where I lived was on the far side of the Grand Central Parkway in a development called "Garden Bay Manor" - a development of garden apartments geared toward families. I attended PS 2 for kindergarten, before I transferred to Garden School. It's located on Ditmars Boulevard and 74th Street,  and is where my two children also got a great public school education. It's now called the Alfred E Zimberg school, named after the magnificent principal from the '70s. I also went to Sunday School at the Community Church on 34th Avenue,(I think) in Jackson Heights proper. Sometimes I played hookey from sunday school, and window-shopped in Field's windows on 82nd street. As a new 'poster', I love walking down memory lane through this site. I live a world away now, in Sydney, Australia, but my 'hometown' will always be Jackson Heights!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Queenskid on January 22, 2009, 11:23:30 PM
Been here my whole life.  My mother grew up here with Don Rickles.  Lampstons, Ferns, Toy City, Wexlers.  All great memories, all gone.  Still, except for the loss of all the great old bars--what I wouldn't give to have the Golden Note back--I like the neighborhood more now.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: sting55 on February 01, 2009, 01:42:49 AM
The butcher everyone is confused about, if youre talking real old school, wasnt on the corner. It was in the middle of the block on 37th between 75th and 76th. Run by an Armenian guy. Everyone knew him. Sawdust on the floor etc. And what about Lees on Northern.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: eddiestjohns on February 01, 2009, 04:37:35 PM
  Still, except for the loss of all the great old bars--what I wouldn't give to have the Golden Note back--I like the neighborhood more now.

I did an extensive post on the old bars when this site was very new and I remember the Golden Note quite well.  Sometime in the mid eighties it was sold to an Ecuadorian family.  The bar got a more Latin flavor to it but many of the regular customers still came.  The barmaids had uniforms which were tight fitting bodysuits and pumps.  After a few years I remember seeing more and more drugs being used in the bathroom and many regular customers stopped coming because the bar had a reputation for drug use. It's business began declining rapidly and I believe they had tax problems too and it closed in the early - mid nineties.  I probably drank in most of the bars you are referring to and I sure miss those days and the bars also.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Griswold Girl on February 05, 2009, 09:51:04 PM
This is probably a shot in the dark -- but if any of you long time residents have any photos of the Griswold on 34th Avenue between 86th and 87th, I would love to have copies as I am head of the building committee.  Cheers.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: FiveFootZero on February 13, 2009, 01:29:44 PM
First time posting here...

My family has been in Jackson Heights since the 1930's.  My mom still lives on 82nd Street off Northern Boulevard.

I was born in Physician's hospital on 34th Avenue in 1965 (my brother in 1960).  At the time, my family lived in Long Island.  We moved back in 1976.

I graduated from Pulitzer in 1979 when the dragon mural was on the mini-school and from Newtown in 1983 (never went to the Annex (old bowling alley)...went to Art & Design for 1 year before transferring.

There used to be a bank on the corner of 82nd & Northern where "Going in Style" with Art Carney & George Burns was filmed.  I remember Art opening the curtains of his trailer to say hi to everyone...it was parked right in front of my mom's building.

My grandfather was a doctor in the neighborhood.

My family owned Lee's on Northern Boulevard.  It started as one store by my great uncle and then grew to take over the 3 stores it had.  Does anyone remember the ice cream place that used to be next door (that eventually became part of Lee's?). 

Lots of memories here.  I remember going to Nescott with my girlfriend to buy make up.  Also, I remember going to Something Else with my mom wondering when I would ever fit in those clothes...beautiful stuff they had.  I remember buying matching satin jackets with my girlfriend from a place close to the train station on 82nd Street (next to Carvel) but can't remember the name right now.  I remember seeing going to see Silver Streak, Saturday Night Fever, etc. in the movie theater on Northern Boulevard.  Firehouse on Northern always brings back memories, since I'm currently married to a firefighter and living out in NJ. 

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!!!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Queenskid on February 13, 2009, 02:12:57 PM
I shopped at Lee's many times when I was growing up.  I think I purchased my Pulitzer gym uniform from them every year. 
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on February 14, 2009, 12:23:44 AM
I shopped at Lee's many times when I was growing up.  I think I purchased my Pulitzer gym uniform from them every year. 

IS 145 uniforms .. maroon shorts ... there's a flashback I had burned out of my memory ... LOL
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Aronan on February 16, 2009, 12:45:27 PM
Maroon shorts with gold trim no less :)
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on February 16, 2009, 01:42:08 PM
Maroon shorts with gold trim no less :)

Yes!  (And my cap and gown fron '82 was maroon too!)

Ironically they looked quaint as a color scheme when I got to Science, with it's green and gold combinations ...  ::shudder::
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: robl on March 11, 2009, 10:00:27 PM
The butcher everyone is confused about, if youre talking real old school, wasnt on the corner. It was in the middle of the block on 37th between 75th and 76th. Run by an Armenian guy. Everyone knew him. Sawdust on the floor etc. And what about Lees on Northern.

I recall the one in the middle of the block but there was definitely one on the corner. I would say sometime in the 70's, early 80's? right next door to Merit Farms.  I've had a bunch of friends remember  this but no one remembers the name. My friend Vinny worked there, his dad was the head mechanic at the Sunoco on 72nd and Roosevelt if that rings a bell or triggers anyone. There was also a butcher in the middle of 74st between 37th rd and 37th ave which I believe became Sam and Raj.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Aronan on March 12, 2009, 01:02:33 AM
The butcher on 74th between 37th and 37th was Big 4 Meats. I don't recall the other butchers being mentioned though. Perhaps that's before my time.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Metsboy on March 12, 2009, 04:41:13 PM
Wow..I went through most of the  thread..brought back some great times ..some places I didn't see mentioned
Record Room 82nd Street
Carvel 82nd Street
forgot the name..but a Asian  couple owned a printing decals and lettering place a few doors down from the Colony
Don't remember the Pizza joint's name..we called it the alleyway Pizza place on 82nd Street
Chock Full of Nuts on the corner 82nd Street
the upstairs Pool hall & Karate place on 82nd Street above the newstand/candystore next to the bank
There was a roller skate store on 82nd Street  closer to 37th Ave in the early 80's
CVS ..had to buy my big white goody hair brush from here..LOL
Army & Navy Store on 83rd St & Roosie right on the corner, across from Shelly's
The newstand right next door to the Army & Navy..used to have 1 pinball machine and a few arcade machines
Larry Downes music store and lessons on 37th Ave and about 78street
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: jimvt on March 24, 2009, 07:07:39 PM
metsboy:

see my comment of today
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: JH72NY on April 07, 2009, 09:29:22 PM

Just discovered this forum and truly enjoyed this thread. I was born at Physicians Hospital in '49. My sister ('55) and my brother ('59) were also born there. Our family doctor was Dr. Berger, who made house calls, and who shared an office with Dr. Bellin (sp?) on 80th or 81st between Roosevelt and 37th. I attended PS 149 and saw my first movie, BAMBI, at the Polk. I'm pretty sure the second film I saw there was a Saturday matinee of FUNNY FACE with Fred Astaire and Audrey Hepburn.

I remember well the lunch counter at Woolworth's, Horn and Hardart's and the Hamburger Express with those incredible trains serving up the burgers. My mother shopped at Fields with a vengeance. I read my first book from cover to cover at the JH library.

Does anyone remember the name of the pet shop/aquarium on 37th, north side of the block, in the high 80's (maybe 90th-91st)? The owner was a jolly older gent who would make deliveries of large orders using an old wooden pushcart. I remember our first aquarium being delivered by him that way.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: eddiestjohns on April 07, 2009, 09:31:33 PM
NY72JH,

When did you leave the Heights or are you still here?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: JH72NY on April 07, 2009, 09:36:40 PM
<<When did you leave the Heights or are you still here?>>

My family moved to Plainview LI in October '59. I live in Manhattan now but visit the Heights often. Was just there this past weekend.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Queenskid on April 08, 2009, 08:23:52 AM
NY72JH, you saw Bambi at the Polk.  I saw a movie years later at the Polk that starred someone named Bambi. :)
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on April 11, 2009, 11:45:15 PM
NY72JH, you saw Bambi at the Polk.  I saw a movie years later at the Polk that starred someone named Bambi. :)

And I bet Thumper and Flower were in it too ... :)
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: suebe on April 18, 2009, 05:47:04 PM
Wow I just found this site. And just finished reading this entire thread. I was born in the Heights and lived there for 41 years, until 12 years ago.

I'm getting nostalgic now hearing about all the places that I went to while growing up and as an adult.

I used to hang out at Northern Lanes bowling alley on 75th & Northern---we lived right behind the parking lot. My friends and I "owned" the place until it closed.

Does anyone remember the little card/gift shop that was next to the Green Theme florist on 75th & 37th Ave? I used to spend so much money on the great cards and other items in that shop.

Used to work at the grandly named "Jackson Heights Institute for Music and Dancing" on 82nd Street between 37th & Roosevelt. I worked there when Larry Downes was a guitar instructor there, before he opened his own place on 37th Ave. I would love to get in touch with him again.

My brother owned "Arts 'n Flowers" florist on the corner of 81st and 37th. The whole family always helped out on the holidays and we got to know so many people in the area.

Went to PS 69, and then the first year of 6th grade ever at IS 145. That year there were 2 graduating classes at PS 69 - 6th graders and 5th graders. I felt like  pioneer.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Shelby2 on April 18, 2009, 06:22:42 PM
It would be great if some of the long-timers could pull out their old photo albums, scan a few photos of JH from a few years past and post them on the site!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: suebe on April 18, 2009, 06:39:22 PM
It would be great if some of the long-timers could pull out their old photo albums, scan a few photos of JH from a few years past and post them on the site!
My parents house on the corner of 80th St & 24th Ave was taken over by the city via eminent domain to install landing lights for LaGuardia Airport around 1957. They purchased another house nearby, and moved it to the present location of 76th St & Northern. I'll get the photos from my mom and scan them in and post them. Quite a sight to see a house moving down the street. I understand that they had to take down overhead electrical wires (which you don't see now) and other obstacles to move the house approximately 2 miles.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: cupcakeparade on April 29, 2009, 06:08:30 PM
maybe this was mentioned before but there was a newspaper/candy store on 37th ave between 80 & 81st streets in the 80s owned by a chinese man. he sold candy like big league chewing gum, those candy cigarettes, bubble tape, pixie sticks, and other sentimental faves. my dad was friendly with him, and we even went to the museum of natural history with him and his daughter once.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: sl on May 03, 2009, 04:25:26 PM
maybe this was mentioned before but there was a newspaper/candy store on 37th ave between 80 & 81st streets in the 80s owned by a chinese man. he sold candy like big league chewing gum, those candy cigarettes, bubble tape, pixie sticks, and other sentimental faves. my dad was friendly with him, and we even went to the museum of natural history with him and his daughter once.

No, but I do remember a candy store on 37th ave, between 78th and 79th street. I used to go there to buy Bazooka Joe bubblegum and the New York Times every Tuesday for Mr. Hare's science class.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Queenskid on May 03, 2009, 10:38:45 PM
Hey, FiveFootZero, I was driving up 80th tonight and I stopped at the red light at Northern.  They must be doing some kind of construction, because a couple of the store's on the south side of Northern had their signs down.  The bare concrete was exposed and there it was--the old painted sign for "Lee's".  Actually there were two "Lee's" signs side by side covering two store fronts.  It was like a time warp.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: FiveFootZero on May 05, 2009, 03:53:49 PM
Wow...interesting.  I'll have to visit my mom and check it out.  One of my cousins who owned the store died a few years ago.  My grandfather used to work there.  Lots of memories as a little kid there.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: jcjnyc on May 23, 2009, 12:41:56 PM
The butcher on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd was Geier's, as I remember.  They have been gone for awhile...for some reason JH is now without a real butcher or a real fish store.  I guess the supermarket chains drove them out of business.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: carmela on May 25, 2009, 03:40:38 PM
I'm born and raised in Jackson Heights.

I went to PS 69 and IS 145 when they were literally half the size they are now.

Across the St. from PS 69 there used to be a Sizzler where the Jewish Community Center now stands.

The liquor store mentioned above was actually on 73rd st. It was Sam's Liquor Store, Sam always  gave me pennies when I went in there with my father.

On the corner of 73rd St. and 37th road where Kabbab King is now, there used to be a place called Dumbarton Oaks, it was a stripper bar but prior to that it was actually a respectable restaurant (or so I've been told).

On the same block just past the Eagle (or Earle) theater there was a pizza shop, Benny and Tony were the father son team that ran the place. Sal's barber shop (now on 76th st.) was also there. Sal still cuts my hair some times. A tiny little deli that never seemed to do any business, and The Magic Touch an old style gay bar. Across the st. there was a type writer repair show. which lasted for the longest time and I believe was replaced by a travel agent.

Going west on Broadway where the Korean Market is now, there used to be an A&P.

One more block west at 72nd and Broadway there was Gibbons, an Irish bar & restaurant. 

Over to 37th ave. near 79th St. where Novo currently is was Barrs Toy store. Next to it where the Starbucks is allegedly going was a bridal shop.

On the South side of 37th ave between 74th and 75th there was a Carvel Ice Cream store.

The building that currently houses The Renaissance Charter School on 37th ave between 81st and 82nd used to be C&S a horrible department store that no one ever went to. 

There was a candy store on the South East corner of 82nd St.

The Woolworth's on 82nd st. was indeed 2 floors and had a diner in it.

On Northern Boulevard next to the Mark Twain Diner there used to be an Arby's.  Where Rite Aid is now there was a C-Town.

On 76th St. just behind a small car lot there used to be Northern Lanes. Our other bowling alley.

Natives on 83rd and Northern used to be a movie theatre.

That's all that comes to mind at the moment. 




My son went to PS69, kinder-1st. grade, then went to St.Mary. This was in 1976. We lived on 72nd. street and 41st. Ave. Jackson Heights was the place to live for my family, until we started to notice a big change, then we ran like scare rats in 1980. Roosevelt Ave. became very dirty looking. I used to love going to FIELDS, it was a beautiful store, We had an A&P supermarket on 71st. and Roosevelt. Later on I have been going to check out to see what is new in my old neighborhood, and I have found that it is scaring, I would not like to find myself walking out there in the evening, like I used to do when I used to walk to 82nd. street at anytime. How sad it is to see what is going on on Woodside Avenue. Two blocks of line up men waiting to be picked up to work "jornaleros" I was traveling by car and when I stopped there waiting for the traffic light, I looked at those men and they started to show me the finger. That it is scaring, and that picture distroys a neighborhood. And with the prices they are asking for properties you can buy a mansion in New Jersey, where I moved when I left Jackson Heights. If the neighborhood is not clean, what would happened to people's investments? Or who would buy an apartment for a quarter of a million in this neighborhood? I am very sad to see that this happened in Jackson Heights. I told my husband one day that when my kids got out of the house him and I will go back to Jackson Heights where we wouldn'd have to drive anymore, but no way, I really don't feel it could be safe. Please tell me if I am wrong.

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Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: MISSTHEOLDJH on July 23, 2009, 02:15:06 AM
Wow--so many memories. I am so glad I found this site. Ok guys here goes some of my memories from the 70's.
-Puppy Palace and Chuck full of nuts on opposite corners of 82ND and Roosevelt
-Continental Deli on Roosevelt between 82ND and 83RD
-Joyce Leslie & Something Else stores on 82ND
-Baci's candy store on the corner of 82ND and 37Th ave
-The Library on 80Th and 37Th ave
I use to love The Dragon Seed Restaurant on 37Th Ave.
Great to see I can share these great memories.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: nacl9163 on August 03, 2009, 11:09:07 AM
I lived in JH from the early 40s to the early 50s--went to PS 69 (anybody remember Miss Urquhart?) and JHS 145 when Moses Nagelberg was the principal. The only teachers I remember are Dr. Fabricante (French) and Milton Okun (music).

I lived at 34-31 81st St. Everyday we walked to PS 69 and back. The favorite place to hang out was Moe's and Archie's, across the street from the school. It was, literally, a glass of seltzer for 2 cents.

My classmates were Peter Lengyel, Alan Putterman, Al Rosenthal, Allen Gibbons. Friends were Frank Locastro, Judge Hayes, Skip Graves.

About 10 years ago I had to go back to 145 to get some records to settle a passport/birth certificate problem--unbelieveably, they still had them, even from PS 69. Evidently at 69 I was a fairly asthmatic and sickly little wimp.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Nagelberg on August 04, 2009, 06:13:33 AM
Milt Okun was a fine teacher who had quite a life after 145. Here's what Wikipedia has to say: "Milt Okun (born 23 December 1923 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American arranger and record producer best known as a member of The Belafonte Folk Singers with Harry Belafonte.

Okun also recorded several albums of his own in the 1960s. Has made arrangements or produced for a large number of well-known artists such as Peter Paul and Mary, The Chad Mitchell Trio, The Brothers Four, and John Denver. In 1968 he interviewed many American folksingers and published the songs they chose in Something to Sing About! (New York: Macmillan Company)."

As far as I know he is still going strong.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on August 09, 2009, 02:27:50 AM
Wow, I wonder if PS 69 still has my records from the late 70s.  And 145 ... I should really investigate that.

 :)
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: mary hogan on December 19, 2009, 08:11:16 PM
does anyone know the name of the luncheonette/restaurant that was on roosevelt avenue just east of 82nd street - it was on the same block as shelley's bakery and i think cushman's bakery was on the corner - please advise
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: eddiestjohns on December 19, 2009, 08:28:22 PM
does anyone know the name of the luncheonette/restaurant that was on roosevelt avenue just east of 82nd street - it was on the same block as shelley's bakery and i think cushman's bakery was on the corner - please advise

Was it Chock Full of Nuts?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: mary hogan on December 19, 2009, 10:08:11 PM
no, it wasn't chock full of nuts - the time frame i'm talking about is the mid 60's - early 70's
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: ECG on December 20, 2009, 07:52:51 PM
The luncheonette was Meyer's. I went to school with the owner's son, Joel, at Garden.

Chock Full was on the corner.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Hank Stamper on December 22, 2009, 03:47:27 PM
Yes it was Meyer's. A great luncheonette
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: GeorgeT on December 28, 2009, 05:39:23 AM
I lived on 77 th street in JH between 1964 and 1968. Our house was about 100 yards from PS 69 next door to an Italian kid named Bruski. I attended JP Junior High School 145 for 1 year from Sept.1967 to June 1968 in a class that was supposedly for high IQ kids. (2 years of Junior High completed in 1 year.) I remember going with my parents to 74 th street for our weekly shopping every Friday when my dad would bring home his paycheck. I remember the A&P supermarket and Woolworth's on one side of the street (east) and the butchers just across. There was also a toy store on the same side of the street that I used to visit often. My favourite store was on Roosevelt Av. on the south side somewhere between 77 and 74th street. It was a bicycle store where my father bought me a Schwinn (I don't know if that is spelled correctly) bike model "Orange crate" it was called. It was stolen from me within the first couple of weeks. I was standing less than 20 ft from it parked outside my house when some kid from another neighborhood jumped on it and started to peddle like hell. I gave chase for several blocks and watched him gradually fade into the distance. A few days latter my dad bought for me the exact same bike and 2 months later we moved out of the neighborhood. I was 13 years old at the time and I enjoyed life in JH despite this incident.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Kestral342 on January 23, 2010, 11:21:01 AM
Just found this board..man brings back memories
I was born and raised in JH and lived there from 1944 'til 1980
So many memories  BIG Question  does anyone remember the Toddle House on 77th and 37th Ave and most important does anyone know the recipe for their home fries ( hash browns).
I'd kill for a serving  ( people look at me like I'm nutz when I mention it)  I go so far back that I remember the big field that was there before they built Elmhurst General..they used to have circuses and carnivals there. When I was little I used to play in the empty lot that is now the library on 81st Street and right next store to the lot was my buddy Steve the Cleaners. Remember the Good Humor ice cream guy that rode around on a big tricycle cart and a Fudgiscle was a nickel.  Used to buy my pink Spauding at Weiss's Stationary on 37th between 81st and 82nd had to try every ball to find the hardest one  (which royally pissed off the owners)  My teachers at PS69 were  1st Mrs. Melemed  2nd  Miss Hald  (shudder) 3rd Mrs. Baker (awesome) 4th Mrs. Schlang (The worst) 5th Mrs. McKee  (used to lock me in the coat closet for being such a smart ass) 6th Mrs Polakoff Spent much of my allowance on vanilla egg cremes at Mom's candy store 37th between 80th and 81st
Man I could go on and on  Hope to hear from some old timers
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: amdonley on January 25, 2010, 12:11:05 PM
I was born in 1947 in Boulevard Hospital. Brought home to 77th St.  and lived in that house til 1965..when I married
Went to P.S. 69 (right across the street) and then JHS 145...."This school is my school. this school is your school...145" YAY.
Graduate of Bryant H.S. (64")
so many memories....
Toddle House...Wechsler's Deli....Hamburger Express...Boulevard Theater...Joosts Ice Cream on Northern Boulevard...Woolworths, Lamptons...
early years..my father owned the Korner Cafe' on Steinway St. in Astoria.  Later he worked at the DIner on 74th st...and when older...we all went to the Jackson Lounge...where he cooked a St. Patty's Day corn beef and cabbage meal every year.

I knew everyone on 77th st.  and they all knew me.  My mother knew what I was up to before I even got home.
Micheal C Fina family lived across the street.  Scientist Willy Ley lived 3 houses down.  I was best friends with his daughter ..Xenia.
It was a grand neighborhood back then....very affluent...very well kept...and we were proud of where we lived.

anyone out there.....my old neighbor?   Classmate?
   
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: peaceful724 on January 31, 2010, 08:37:27 PM
Born in '51, I've lived in Jackson Heights my entire life. To comment on some of the things I've just read: the store that once occupied the block between 81st & 82nd on 37th Ave., was Fields. It had good quality clothes for the family. Eventually it became CSR or whatever it is and the quality is definitely long gone. Down 82nd was a women's store named Clarks that had somewhat pricey, but good quality ladies clothing. Across the street is where the Colony Theater used to be. On the other side of Roosevelt was the Jackson Theater recently closed.
The area now housing the Natives Restaurant on Northern Blvd. & 82nd St. was the Boulevard Theater that also served as the place from which we graduates of JHS 145 said goodbye to junior high. Oh, Pulitzer, Oh, Pulitzer, the scene of happy days!!!
Some of the restaurants that are no longer serving the area are Luigi's and Dragon Seed, although the Cavalier is still sitting on 37th around 87th St.
There used to be a great gourmet food store on the corner of 76th & 37th that had windows laden with string licorice, candy dots and all sorts of other "penny" candy that made me drool as a kid. Inside, of course, were all sorts of "adult" goodies like caviar, cheeses from around the world, etc. The store actually still exists on the other side of 37th & 76th (going toward 35th avenue) but it is much smaller and no longer has all the goodies.
I grew up on 93rd St. & Elmhurst Ave., diagonally across from the Polk Theater that was great until the early 70's when it went porno. Across from the Polk was a triangle street that went from 93rd to 94th Street and sat between Elmhurst & 37th Aves. Sitting on this triangle was a large Carvel that, alas, closed years ago. The block has now been filled up with a variety of stores.
One staple of the area that has fought the changes seems to be Jahn's; long live the Kitchen Sink!
I know all I'd have to do is start chatting with some of my old friends and more memories would come back. In the meantime, here's to Jackson Heights!

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: sl on January 31, 2010, 10:41:53 PM
I was born in 1947 in Boulevard Hospital. Brought home to 77th St.  and lived in that house til 1965..when I married
Went to P.S. 69 (right across the street) and then JHS 145...."This school is my school. this school is your school...145" YAY.
Graduate of Bryant H.S. (64")
so many memories....
Toddle House...Wechsler's Deli....Hamburger Express...Boulevard Theater...Joosts Ice Cream on Northern Boulevard...Woolworths, Lamptons...
early years..my father owned the Korner Cafe' on Steinway St. in Astoria.  Later he worked at the DIner on 74th st...and when older...we all went to the Jackson Lounge...where he cooked a St. Patty's Day corn beef and cabbage meal every year.

I knew everyone on 77th st.  and they all knew me.  My mother knew what I was up to before I even got home.
Micheal C Fina family lived across the street.  Scientist Willy Ley lived 3 houses down.  I was best friends with his daughter ..Xenia.
It was a grand neighborhood back then....very affluent...very well kept...and we were proud of where we lived.

anyone out there.....my old neighbor?   Classmate?
   

I lived on 78th Street (1979-1986), across from PS 69 but I don't think I know you though.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: peaceful724 on February 01, 2010, 10:12:48 AM
I agree, I don't think we know each other. I grew up on 93rd Street and, although I went to JHS 145, I was there between 1963 thru 1966--then onto Newtown!! I only knew one person who went to 145 the same time as you and his name is Denny.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: 20th Century Boy on February 01, 2010, 12:05:10 PM
My parents moved to Jackson Heights in June of 1951 when I was 6 weeks old.  We lived at 86-11 34th Avenue until 1965, when we moved to 33-27 91st Street in Southridge.  I attended P.S. 149, JHS 145 (Pulitzer), Newtown for one year and two years at The Garden School.  I moved out of Jackson Heights in 1974 when I got married, but I return from time to time.  Now that I've established my street cred, let me share some of my recollections. 

Teachers at 149 included:  Miss Jankowski, Miss Torsney, Mrs. Clark, Miss Vonderheid,  Miss Hartman, Mrs. Blaha and Mrs. Brown.  The principals were Miss Hearn and Mr. Price.  At 145 my teachers included Mr. Horowitz (band and orchestra); Mrs. Rubin, Mr. Sloan and Mrs. Haines (math); Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Seidenberg and Mrs. Galland (English); Mr. Bart, Mr. Brooker (science); Mr. Lipman and Mr. Barouh (social studies): Mrs. Tucker and Mr. Jehlen (French); Mr. Adolph (social dance); Mr. Antocicco and Mr. Sandler ( gym); Mr. Butler, Mr. Babb and Mr. Reddick (hygiene).  The principal was Dr. Nagelberg and the assistant principals were Mr. Ryan and Mr. Bock. I also remember an Elmer Spiegler, but I don't remember what subject he taught.

Jackson Heights had several movie theaters: The Boulevard on Northern and 83rd St. (my class at Pulitzer held its graduation there), the Colony on 82nd Street between Roosevelt and 37th Avenue, the Earle on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th Streets, the Polk on 37th Avenue between 93rd and 94th Streets and the Fair on Astoria Boulevard between 90th and 91st Streets.  Although technically in Elmhurst, the Jackson on 82nd Street south of Roosevelt Avenue was always considered to be one of the 'nabes'. To be continued.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: 20th Century Boy on February 01, 2010, 02:30:20 PM
(This is a continuation of an earlier post)  My long time barber Sal, was the third chair at Joe & Angelo's on 37th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets. Our regular Chinese restaurant was Moon Garden on the north side of Northern Boulevard between 89th and 90th Streets, the same block as Safeway Super Market which later became Dan's Supreme. On the northwest corner of 90th and Northern was a luncheonette.  On the south side of Northern was  Whelan Drugs,  the Old Acquaintance Tavern, a liquor store, Dresswell Cleaners, a Kosher Deli, Kayar Bakery (later Pizza Sam's) and Joe's Candy Store (later Al's Candy Store).

Between 87th and 88th Streets on the north side of Northern Boulevard was a Carvel and one block to the west, between 86th and 87th Streets was a hobby shop called Racar’s which sold model kits, lanyard and crafts material and had a slot car track set up for the use of its patrons.

My dentist was Dr. Bogart on 82nd Street between 34th and 35th Avenues, just across from the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights where I attended Hebrew school and became a Bar Mitzvah in 1964. Renée Paris who had a major supporting role in the 1974 film, The Lords of Flatbush was in my class at Pulitzer as was current U.S. Attorney General, Eric Holder, Jr. To be continued.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: 20th Century Boy on February 01, 2010, 03:30:07 PM
(This is a continuation of an earlier post) There were four bowling alleys:  34th Lanes on 34th Avenue between 69th and 70th Streets (technically Woodside), Northern Lanes between Northern Boulevard and 32nd Avenue in the 70’s, Montclair Lanes below street level on 37th Avenue and about 75th Street, and another below street level place between 83rd and 84th Street on 37th Avenue, next door to Joe & Angelo’s Barbers.

There was an old time pharmacy, Palladino’s, on the southeast corner of Northern Boulevard and 82nd Street across from the Conway Funeral Home.  Crossing over 82nd Street, still on the south side of Northern Boulevard was a Manufacturer’s Trust Bank, The Tune Timers Club (a night spot) and an A&P.  On the opposite side of Northern Boulevard was the fire house and one of the two great toy stores I remember from the 1950’s, Aladdin’s. The other toy store I remember being taken to was Gerstenhaber’s on Roosevelt Avenue somewhere in the 80’s.

On 37th Avenue between 82nd and 83rd Street were Womrath’s Books and Florsheim Shoes.  And across 37th Avenue from where Field’s Department Store used to be on the northwest corner of 82nd Street was a huge Rexall drug store which subsequently housed the Jamaica Savings Bank when they moved from the northeast corner of 37th Avenue and 81st Street.  On 82nd Street between 37th Avenue and Roosevelt, some of the major retailers included:  Woolworth’s, Kresge’s, Mishkin Drugs, Benjamin Shoes, Clark’s Department Store, Horn & Hardart, Cushman’s Bakery, Regal Shoes, Miles Shoes, Simco Shoes, Harvey’s Men’s Wear, and Rauch’s Children’s Wear.

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on February 01, 2010, 04:41:07 PM
Wasn't there an Arthur Treacher's on 82nd Street too ... I know there was one somewhere and I loved it!
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on February 01, 2010, 04:43:45 PM
Wasn't there an Arthur Treacher's on 82nd Street too ... I know there was one somewhere and I loved it!

Yes!  I remember Arthur Treacher's.  I may be wrong, but wasn't it located at the location currently occupied by Burger King?  And while on the subject of Burger King, was this the former location of Roy Rogers?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Metsboy on February 01, 2010, 05:54:13 PM
Wasn't there an Arthur Treacher's on 82nd Street too ... I know there was one somewhere and I loved it!

yeah that was on the same side as the colony , right down from the "alleyway" pizza joint
 don't remember a Burger King..nearest one was on Queens blvd
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Kestral342 on February 01, 2010, 06:12:41 PM
There were 2 more bowling alleys  (in the 50's)  one on 37th Ave between 78th and 79th  (in the basement  it was called Newtown Lanes)
The other was on Roosevelt between 83rd and 84th St  (also in the basement)  it still had "Pinboys"  It was at this "Lovely establishment that I learned how to bowl and how to inhale Camel non-filters with out coughing
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on February 02, 2010, 12:53:44 AM
don't remember a Burger King..nearest one was on Queens blvd

By my day, the BK on 69th and Northern was the one of choice.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: amdonley on March 08, 2010, 12:20:05 PM
Hey Jackson Heights..."Oldies"..
My Dad was a chef in the Jackson Diner back in the 60's....Anyone remember Leo??
We also owned the Korner Diner on Steinway St. in Astoria for awhile in the 50's.

And we all went to the Jackson Lounge right across the street....as soon as we were 18.
I lived on 77th St. between Roosevelt and 37th Ave....from 1947 to 1965. Right across from P.S. 69....also went to J.H.S. 145...the Wm C Bryant. High School...1964 graduate.
Michael C Fina (Silver) lived right across the street...also Willy Ley (rocket scientist) lived 3 doors down...His daughter Xenia was my best friend.
We had Harold Bennett....conductor for the Symphonic Orchestra there too...
Very elite neigborhood.   

Remember the Hamburger Express.....brought your food on the little train...????
And Wexlers...oh the pickle barrel. and the Toddle House....
There was a stocking/glove store on 37th Ave where they filmed a show for "Candid Camera"...they had a gloved hand moving when people passed...HEY...back then..that was funny stuff...!!!!

And Bakers Shoes on 82nd.....also the Earle Theater right near the subway entrance..off Rossevelt and 74th ...(I think)
So many childhood memories were brought back by reading your blogs....keep them coming.....Love it...Anne Gaumont Donley


Jackson Heights was a GREAT place to grow up in the 50's and 60's...would not trade one memory even if I could........

Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Nedina on March 10, 2010, 06:55:36 PM
I have lived in JH all my life (58 Years). I have seen many many changes.  Where should I start:

The Renisance School 81 St 37 Ave. - before it was the horrible C&S Dept Store, It was Fields Department Store. It was a beautiful store.

Here's the best - 82 St between 37th Ave and Roosvelt Ave. - Where Rite Aid is now...used to be Schraf's Restaurent, and very quant eatery. My aunt used to take my sister and I on a Saturday afternoon for lunch. We would dress in our Sunday best.

Across the street was Horn & Hardart which was an automat (put money in slot and select your food). They made the best cheese cake and tapioca pudding. 

On the corner was a Fanny Farmer candy store. Yum

Don't know what's there now, but there was an elegant women's store called Clark's.  There was also a store in the early 70s called Something Else sold beautiful clothes for younger women. My friend and I used to go there every Saturday to buy a new outfit to wear to go Disco'ing Saturday nite.

On the corner of 86 St and 37th Ave (Someone mentioned already) the Dragon Seed.  Went there on my second date with my husband
remember it very well, the waiter had one eye.

 Went to Ballet School at St Joan of Arc's basement on Saturday's Many wonderful memories of growing up in JH :D



Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Nedina on March 10, 2010, 07:06:43 PM
OMG forgot about Benjamin shoes, and miles. What about Florsheim on corner of 82 St and 37 Ave. Where chase bank is now, on 82 St between 37/Roosevelt it was Woolworths a 5 &10 cent store. They had a food counter, they had these baloons that you would select one, pop it and depending on how much the paper said in side that's how much you would pay for a Sunday. Oh don't forget Jahn's 81St and 37th Ave, when it was your birthday you got a free Sunday. It's still there, but it's not the same.
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Post by: amdonley on March 10, 2010, 07:48:00 PM
Right....after going to the dance at St. Joan of Arc....(leave room for the Holy Ghost, the sisters would say)....we went to Jahns and got a kitchen sink...real yummy....
I got all my Christmas clothes from Fields...and there was an old type of shoe repair on 37th Ave between 77th and 78th...you could sit in the little booth and wait for your shoes to be repaired...Does anyone FIX shoes anymore???
and the A&P on Roosevelt....the Boulevard theater on Northern Blvd...and Joosts Ice cream parlor right across from the theater.....spent many an hour there having vanilla cokes...
the kids all hung out at the park on 77th ...down close to Northern Blvd.
and those who went to JHS 145...between 1958 and 61.....Mrs Coin and the dreaded 'SILENT Corridor" ?????

fun times....
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: JH72NY on March 24, 2010, 12:09:24 AM
<<Teachers at 149 included:  Miss Jankowski, Miss Torsney, Mrs. Clark, Miss Vonderheid,  Miss Hartman, Mrs. Blaha and Mrs. Brown.>>

20th Century Boy: Miss Torsney was my first grade teacher in '55-56. I also remember fondly Mrs. Marrotta at 149, who was my teacher for both second and third grades. An excellent and dynamic teacher.   
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on March 24, 2010, 04:22:14 AM
Speaking of popping balloons, remember the carnivals up at Our Lady of Fatima?  In the mid 80s, with darts at baloons and other booths, for like a week every spring.  Staright out of a TV show county fair style?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Almondine on April 22, 2010, 01:31:35 PM
Speaking of popping balloons, remember the carnivals up at Our Lady of Fatima?  In the mid 80s, with darts at baloons and other booths, for like a week every spring.  Staright out of a TV show county fair style?


that's funny, I started school at Fatima in 1986 (moved to the hood in '85) and I don't remember any fairs.  I do remember fairs in the Garden School back yard tho with balloon shaving and other old time fun. 


Right....after going to the dance at St. Joan of Arc....(leave room for the Holy Ghost, the sisters would say)....we went to Jahns and got a kitchen sink...real yummy....
I got all my Christmas clothes from Fields...and there was an old type of shoe repair on 37th Ave between 77th and 78th...you could sit in the little booth and wait for your shoes to be repaired...Does anyone FIX shoes anymore???
and the A&P on Roosevelt....the Boulevard theater on Northern Blvd...and Joosts Ice cream parlor right across from the theater.....spent many an hour there having vanilla cokes...
the kids all hung out at the park on 77th ...down close to Northern Blvd.
and those who went to JHS 145...between 1958 and 61.....Mrs Coin and the dreaded 'SILENT Corridor" ?????

fun times....


with regard to the shoe repair place, there is one on 81st right off of Northern (the North side)
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on April 22, 2010, 11:05:09 PM
Was definitely Fatema, they also had one in McClancy High's field I think.  I want to say 84-85 or 85-86 school year?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: JH72NY on April 23, 2010, 09:38:42 PM
Going back a little further, the southeast corner of 35th Ave and 95th St used to be a vacant lot--through the late 50s/early 60s. 35-15 95th St was the apartment building adjacent to that lot. My family lived in that building. The lot was our playground, stickball field, horseshoe pit etc. Every summer there was a fair on the spot too. I forget who put it on (Blessed Sacrament?) but there was the full gamut of arcade games including the ubiquitous tossing of a ping-pong ball into little goldfish bowls, which won me my first pet at age 6. My mom won a set of dishes there, as I recall.
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Post by: poohray95 on April 24, 2010, 10:48:14 PM
OMG.  thank you all for the memories.  born at St Johns on queens blvd and lived in JH for 38 years.

spent the last 2 hours reading this thread.  loved the links talking about PS 69 and the facebook group for it too. 

every place mentioned brought back great memories.  i wish my kids could experienced Woolworth and the diner counter like i did or go to the Boulevard to see a movie. 

here is something i didn't read about in this thread, anyone remember Consumers on Northern bet 89th and 90th street?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Chuckster on April 25, 2010, 03:17:47 PM
OMG.  thank you all for the memories.  born at St Johns on queens blvd and lived in JH for 38 years.

spent the last 2 hours reading this thread.  loved the links talking about PS 69 and the facebook group for it too.  

every place mentioned brought back great memories.  i wish my kids could experienced Woolworth and the diner counter like i did or go to the Boulevard to see a movie.  

here is something i didn't read about in this thread, anyone remember Consumers on Northern bet 89th and 90th street?

Yes!  I remember Consumers!  That concept, of ordering from a catalog and then waiting for your merchandise was a bit odd, if you ask me.  Hmmm... This was a pre-internet era, so I suppose people didn't mind that routine.  It didn't last too long.

I wasn't aware of the Consumers by 90th Street.  The one I knew was also on Northern Blvd., borderline of Woodside / Astoria.
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on April 25, 2010, 07:10:53 PM
Ah yes Consumers.  And Sears had the catalog too by the RKO on Main street ... the only two places to get those hard to find Star Wars figures was by catalog when Toy City and BAARS failed ya.

The late seventies and the search for http://www.landoslocker.com/range_starwars/power_droid.shtml

Ironically the most immobile of the Star wars toys, but desired by us all.  At age 9 anyway!
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Post by: cragzop on June 29, 2010, 09:26:25 AM
....Kayar Bakery (later Pizza Sam's) and Joe's Candy Store (later Al's Candy Store)..... one block to the west, between 86th and 87th Streets was a hobby shop called Racar’s which sold model kits, lanyard and crafts material and had a slot car track set up for the use of its patrons.

I spent a good part of 1963-1965 in Racar (AKA George's Hobby Shop) and remember Kayar deli very well where I went, almost daily, for my single portion blueberry pie....I remember the owner telling me he was going to retire and that a pizza place was going to take over....after moving back to NYC from Florida in 1969, I got me first real job at Pizza Sam....anybody remember Augie?

I really miss those day: Much simpler and fun was free.

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Post by: Metsboy on July 06, 2010, 04:41:09 PM
Was definitely Fatema, they also had one in McClancy High's field I think.  I want to say 84-85 or 85-86 school year?

Fatima had the best church bazaar in Queens..hands down
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Metsboy on July 06, 2010, 04:43:00 PM
Ah yes Consumers.  And Sears had the catalog too by the RKO on Main street ... the only two places to get those hard to find Star Wars figures was by catalog when Toy City and BAARS failed ya.

The late seventies and the search for http://www.landoslocker.com/range_starwars/power_droid.shtml

Ironically the most immobile of the Star wars toys, but desired by us all.  At age 9 anyway!

brining back some great memories...walking down 37th ave...stopping at Barrs, then going to the comic book place. Then heading down to Toy city
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Post by: Really4rob on July 06, 2010, 04:44:26 PM
ah yes.  I was #86 at the comic store .. you could have your stuff set aside in bags that you wanted, at least in junior high.
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Post by: Metsboy on July 06, 2010, 04:48:38 PM
ah yes.  I was #86 at the comic store .. you could have your stuff set aside in bags that you wanted, at least in junior high.

Oh snap..forgot about that. what was the dogs name ?  :2funny:.yeah I went from DC to Marvel..then onto the Conan the barbarian  "comics" ..Good times
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Post by: jjackflash on July 06, 2010, 04:52:00 PM
Maxie?
Title: Re: Any long time Jackson Heights residents out there?
Post by: Really4rob on July 06, 2010, 04:55:09 PM
Max.  I think I have a photo of him even!  Have to check the old house, I know I used to ...
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Post by: Metsboy on July 06, 2010, 04:57:42 PM
Wow..great memories ..I have a buddy who grew up in the heights we were talking about the old neighborhood over the weekend . And he asked the question. I told him about this site..Thanks again for the answer
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Post by: JHFAN on July 06, 2010, 06:39:54 PM
Wonderful thread and forum. Reading thru this was lotsa fun - thx to all the contributers!!! I have lived in Jackson Heights for over 30 years - let's see if I can fill in some gaps:
RS91885 - I do not recall the exact name of the pharmacy you mentioned - but I remember it like yesterday. The owner's name was Steve. He actually turned the property into a very nice take out sandwich cafe which didn't last all too long. This was on the corner of 83rd and 37th.
I recall that Demarco furniture had two stores -the one on 37th and I believe another on Northern blvd.
Arts and Flowers was a wonderful shop - they supplied all the beautiful flowers for my wedding. There was another very nice flower shop called Keffas - across from Joey D's on the other side of the tresel on 82nd street.
For a short while next to Joey D's (or maybe at their location) was a hamburger joint with the best french fries called Checkers.
Really4Rob - I was waiting for someone to mention the Arthur Treachers on 82nd st. Goodness that pizza shop right by it had to be the narrowest food establishment I can recall.
Here's a good one - on Roosevelt Ave there was a small convienance store within a gas station - they had real chocolate milk in the bottle -late 70's early 80's I recall - those bottles of milk were a real treat.
There was another small toy store near that triangle on 90th street by the number 7 line.

Marval's (not sure I spelled this one right) originally on Roosevelt avenue moved to where the supermarket Fishers used to be - near Luigi's on 84th and 37th
Wasn't there a small bowling alley next to Fishers?
On 82nd was a large jewerly store called Moniques near the 7 train. They had a sister store directly across the street.
Wasn't Fair the linen and glassware store on 82nd street that moved to the Middlevillage area?
What many people didn't realize was that in the back of the used book store there was a special room filled with really good titles. I think that you had to be friends with the owners for them to let you inside. Wasn't there always a dog in their shop?



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Post by: jjackflash on July 06, 2010, 06:44:44 PM
queensboro bowling

and yes that store had bottled chocolate milk & went under when the owner found the bottles were too much trouble
that was the only thing bringing people in to the store!!!!
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Post by: cragzop on July 06, 2010, 07:40:31 PM
<<Teachers at 149 included:  Miss Jankowski, Miss Torsney, Mrs. Clark, Miss Vonderheid,  Miss Hartman, Mrs. Blaha and Mrs. Brown.>>

20th Century Boy: Miss Torsney was my first grade teacher in '55-56. I also remember fondly Mrs. Marrotta at 149, who was my teacher for both second and third grades. An excellent and dynamic teacher.   

I had Mrs. Flynn at 149 for first grade, Mrs Seidel for 2nd grade, Mrs Marotta for 3rd grade, Mrs Gallagher for 4th grade, Mrs Mailman for 5th, and Mrs Adler for 6th.

I attended from kindergarten (1957) to 6th grade (1964) and I remember each one of those wonderful ladies. My kids don't even remember the teachers they had the previous semester!
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Post by: nygurl on July 18, 2010, 06:06:33 PM
I've lived in Jackson Heights for 50 years.  My family moved from Manhattan in 1957 and growing up in the 60s & 70s was great.  I got pizza from Pizza Sam on Northern Blvd.  Many of my friends took ballet classes with Miss Sally on 37th Avenue.  Most of the people I knew with braces went to Dr. Wallshein on 37th Ave.  Going to 145 we bought candy from Shotgun Annie across the street, ice cream from Frozen Fantasies and Carvel ice cream way down in the 70s, don't remember the exact street.  There were great bakeries, my parents used to get chinese food from Dragon Seed.  My mother had a credit card from Field's department store.  My mother and the other mothers used to bowl at 37th Ave bowl.  I attended 92, 149, and 145, had our senior dance at the Garden School.  Graduated from the theatre on Main Street in Flushing/
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Post by: JHFAN on July 20, 2010, 10:27:48 PM
These a few more places that I recall - El Inca resturant on Roosevelt Ave and I believe 86th street. That had this one dish El Inca potato soup that was out of this world. Whenever a customer took a cigarette out a waiter would be there to light it up before it even touched the person's mouth.
It might have been mentioned but Clappers was the very fine clothing store on 82nd street which later moved to I believe Junction Blvd.
Of all the many different supermarkets in our neighborhood - I always thought that that Dan's on Northern was the best of all.
Wasn't there a huge outdoor fruit and veggie market called Top Tomato on Roosevelt avenue?
On Northern Blvd there was a nice seafood resturant called Martha's Vineyard. They reopened into a larger location on Northern and also offered Chinese food.
The candy/newspaper store between 84th/85th street and 37th ave. has been there aloong time with many different owners.
Lady Algene (not sure if I spelled this correctly) was a jeweler on 37th avenue whose original owner was the spitting image of Marlin Brando in the Godfather.
I'm sure that in the coming days several more places will come to mind.
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Post by: sjze10 on July 24, 2010, 02:26:39 PM
Hamburger Express, was on 37th Ave btwn 76th & 77th St, where Baskin Robbins was, I beleive it is now an indian Resturant
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Post by: Really4rob on July 24, 2010, 03:54:00 PM
Carvel ice cream way down in the 70s, don't remember the exact street. /

Between 75th and 74th, on 37th, as I recall.  In the late 80s it either was replaced by or was next a Big Apple Video ...
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Post by: amdonley on July 28, 2010, 11:42:14 AM
Born in 1947..raised on 77th St. between 37th Ave. and Roosevelt Ave.  So many memories.  Spent 18 years on that block with P.S. 69 right across the street.  Went to J.H.S. 145 and Bryant High School.  I remember most written here.  The Toddle House, Johns Bargain Store on 74th. Wexlers Deli, Jackson Lounge on 74th across from the Jackson Diner.  My Dad was the cook at the diner for years and years. Hamburger Express...Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor. Baker's Shoes....the shoe repair where you sat in these little booths while you waited for your shoes to be done. 
There was a stocking store on 37th ave. where the Candid Camera show shot an eposode.  They had a gloved hand set up to move when a customer walked by...What a hoot! 
I haven't been back since 1990.  So much had changed..it made me sad.  I took a virtual tour online recently and my house wasn't even there anymore.  I would rather keep my memories.  Thanks to all the prople here that have rekindled them.
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Post by: MarcusW on July 28, 2010, 05:01:15 PM
Jahn's is still here...and if you haven't been back since 1990, you might like what you see today!
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Post by: ercillor on August 13, 2010, 06:01:16 PM
That was Physician's Hospital.  It was quite small, and didn't seem like a hospital at all!

It was big enough though... My little sister was born there in 1942. I was taken there in 1947 after my best friend, Jackie Dugan, hit me in the head with a rock --- accidentally he said.  Seven stitches and boy was I ever proud..  :angel:

Does anyone remember the Shelby Bake Shop on 37th ave. nearby PS69 and the post office, across from The Toddle House? Owned by two brothers, Sam and Sol Smith whose wives were both named Sylvia, it was still there when I left Jackson Heights in 1954. The Smith families worked very hard, made great baked goods, and were some of the nicest people I've ever known. :'(

How about names like:Jack Dugan, Herb Feldman, Phillip Trot, Tom Dooney, Bunny Fallon, Kathleen Curtin, Terry Rogers, Donald Erickson, and so many others?

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Post by: Hank Stamper on August 17, 2010, 04:18:08 PM
I certainly remember Shelby's -- and the Toddle House.  Was Wexler's there in 1954? SW corner of 76th and 34th --an appetizing store - lox, smoked white fish, pickles and shoestring licorice. 
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Post by: amdonley on August 17, 2010, 06:17:37 PM
Yep....GREAT pickles at Wexler's in the barrel ... it was there in 54...but it was on 37th Ave....
great memories there....
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Post by: Hank Stamper on August 18, 2010, 12:30:24 AM
37th of course!  I have a great memory  but just can't tell a 4 from a 7 lately.  There was also a kosher deli on that block.  I also remember Star Liquors on 74th between Roosevelt and 37th-- the only place where we 15 year olds could buy. We played handball for money in the 78th St Park, would buy a few bottles and ride our bikes out to the World's Fair at night to celebrate.
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Post by: ercillor on August 18, 2010, 11:24:52 AM
37th of course!  I have a great memory  but just can't tell a 4 from a 7 lately.  There was also a kosher deli on that block.  I also remember Star Liquors on 74th between Roosevelt and 37th-- the only place where we 15 year olds could buy. We played handball for money in the 78th St Park, would buy a few bottles and ride our bikes out to the World's Fair at night to celebrate.

Well I can't always tell a 7 from a 4 either and my memory is no longer so "great" but I do remember Wexler's -- can still smell it -- and I can remember Star Liquors where a friend and I bought our first booze -- a quart of Gilbey's gin -- and got very, very sick. I used to watch the handball games being played at the "78th St Park" (only we called it the 76th St Park) at a time -- 1950 or so -- when most of the players were WWII vets going to school on the GI bill; They lived in those apartment buildings next to the park, between Northern and 34th.  I would ride my Rudge down there to sit with them and watch the games. Sometimes they would buy me a soda: "And get one for the kid! Whaddaya like kid?"  They were great guys.  Flushing meadow was a great place to ride to in those days before the second world's fair came along; a little eerie with the remains of old exhibits sometimes hidden amongst trees and undergrowth. Anyone remember a kid named Herb Feldman who used to work at Shelby's Bake Shop after school? 
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Post by: Jetswdo on August 22, 2010, 04:28:36 AM
Any Garden School people from 1969-1975? 
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Post by: mahogany walgreen on November 22, 2011, 01:03:37 PM
THE MENS STORE ON 82ND WASN'T CLAPPERS IT WAS HARVEYS THEY ALSO HAD A STORE ON 74ST.
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Post by: 79th Street on February 11, 2012, 08:33:17 PM
... At 145 my teachers included Mr. Horowitz (band and orchestra); Mrs. Rubin, Mr. Sloan and Mrs. Haines (math); Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Seidenberg and Mrs. Galland (English); Mr. Bart, Mr. Brooker (science); Mr. Lipman and Mr. Barouh (social studies): Mrs. Tucker and Mr. Jehlen (French); Mr. Adolph (social dance); Mr. Antocicco and Mr. Sandler ( gym); Mr. Butler, Mr. Babb and Mr. Reddick (hygiene).  The principal was Dr. Nagelberg and the assistant principals were Mr. Ryan and Mr. Bock.

From that list, I'd say we were in the same class.

Being in Mr. Horowitz's band and orchestra suggests you played brass, woodwind, or percussion.

Were you in Mr. Bart's class the day Kennedy was shot? I still remember him in tears over the news.
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Post by: amdonley on April 07, 2012, 03:49:24 PM
Hey everyone...
I didn't see where anyone mentioned:
John's Bargain Store on 74th St.
Or the A&P on Roosevelt.
there was a shoe repair on 37th ave. where you sat in the booth while you waited for your shoes to be repaired and the butcher shop a little furthur down the block actually had sawdust on the floor back then (1950"s)
My father cooked at the Jackson diner in the 60's and 70's .   Would be great if anyone remembered him.  Leo Gaumont.
I was born and raised on 77th street between 37th and Roosevelt.
Lived there from 1947 til 1965.  GREAT childhood...great neighborhood where everyone knew one another....not like now.

anyone else out there???
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Post by: dssjh on April 07, 2012, 04:14:33 PM
i absolutely love reading about these memories. i've only lived in the neighborhood since 1996, so definitely a newcomer, but i still see a great neighborhood where people know each other and reach out to each other. i've developed friendships with quite a few older neighbors who've been here for 40-50 years or more and i rarely venture out without having at least one nice conversation with someone on the street.

so yay for jackson heights then and now!
Hey everyone...
I didn't see where anyone mentioned:
John's Bargain Store on 74th St.
Or the A&P on Roosevelt.
there was a shoe repair on 37th ave. where you sat in the booth while you waited for your shoes to be repaired and the butcher shop a little furthur down the block actually had sawdust on the floor back then (1950"s)
My father cooked at the Jackson diner in the 60's and 70's .   Would be great if anyone remembered him.  Leo Gaumont.
I was born and raised on 77th street between 37th and Roosevelt.
Lived there from 1947 til 1965.  GREAT childhood...great neighborhood where everyone knew one another....not like now.

anyone else out there???
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Post by: Nagelberg on April 07, 2012, 06:46:22 PM
Hi Leo,
 I remember you and your father well.  He was a great cook.  You lived across from the PS 69 schoolyard next door to our mutual friend, Mike T.  You joined the navy and that's the last I saw of you. I'll drop you an email; it will be great to be in touch with you again.
Your Pal,
Nagelberg
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Post by: kulamon on July 08, 2012, 11:11:42 AM
Anyone remember Mollie & Lefty's candy store on 37th Avenue between 75th & 76th Street.  I worked there as a kid for several years.  I eventually went to work at Bohack next door and was in the grocers union at 16.  I remember Wexlers and all the great businesses in the area.  Left Jackson Heights to go into the military when I was 18.
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Post by: Nagelberg on July 09, 2012, 09:20:40 AM
I remember Molly's candy store well, I lived right up the block on 75th Street.  We called it "Sam's" I don't recall the name "Lefty."  Molly's was one of a number of "candy" stores in Jackson Heights.  They had more or less the same layout -- newspapers, magazines, racing forms, comic books, cigars, cigarettes and candy up front; six or eight seat soda fountain in the back.  Being a kid and having no money I would quench my thirst on hot afternoons with a two cents plain, which was straight seltzer that could also be had in a larger glass for a nickle.  I bought comic books and bubble gum cards at Sam's that have long ago become high priced collector's items.  There were other candy stores in the neighborhood including one near the Earle theater run by the Begun family and, of course, Moe & Archie's which was a major oasis to we kids who hung out in the P.S. 69 school yard.

My most vivid memory of Moe & Archie's was a large cooler that held bottles of Mission sodas and Yoohoo (Yogi Berra's favorite chocolate drink). Early in the summer, management would stock the cooler with sodas and a big block of ice.  As summer progressed, the ice would melt and the water would get dirtier and dirtier thanks to dozens of grubby little paws fishing for bottles of sickly sweet Cream Soda and Yoohoo.  There were shards of broken glass in the murky water and more than one of us kids came away with bloody fingers.  The cooler was a mess, but that didn't deter us. We were kids and dirt was no big deal.   
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Post by: rainydaywoman67 on August 07, 2012, 01:32:13 AM
Hi all,

I grew up in JH in the late 60s-70s, here's what I remember:

On 73rd st near Roosevelt, a Chinese Laundry and a shoe repair shop. The bus terminal at 74th street. This used to have a Fanny Farmer chocolate store at the Broadway/ Roosevelt aAve intersection. Downstairs in the train station there used to be a Nediks and some small shops. Opposite Fanny Farmer, There was a dry cleaners by the subway entrance, a liquor store (still there), a fruit stand, a Hallmark card store, and a drug store.

74th street shops, Essex House Coffee shop, La Conca de Oro Pizzeria, Lamstons 5 & 10, Ferns stationary and toys, Ferns Record shop and sporting goods (opened a couple of doors down) Big 4 Meats, a children's clothing store (don't recall the name), a woman's undergarments store, a jewelry store, Key Food, The original small Jackson diner, Jay Dee Bakery and Fashion Rack. Later came Sam & Raj, the first Indian electronics store in the neighborhood.

On 37th Ave between 74th & 75 th streets was Joseph of Italy beauty salon, next to that was a hardware store/housewares, I can't recall the name of. Armondos restaurant and La Portena have been there for a number of years and Carvel ice cream store. I also recall a fish store with sawdust and live crabs and lobsters. I think this may have been on Roosevelt near the Chase Manhattan Bank that's still there.

Further up was Dairy Queen (across from the Post Office), Numbers records and tapes (probably the second Indian business) KFC, an old used book store, Guilietta pizzeria (which had the first Sicilian slices that I can remember) Fields Department store, and of course Jahns. On Roosevelt was the great Toy City toy store. This had sporting goods, hobbies, dolls, games, everything you could imagine!

82nd street I recall a photography studio, A jewelry store, Woolworth's (with a great Luncheon counter), Buster Brown Shoes, Clarks department store, The Record Room, Burger Nest, Chock full o Nuts.

and of course there was the great Dragon Seed Polynesian Chinese Restaurant with its tiki huts, Pu Pu platter, friendly staff dressed in flowered shirts, tiki glasses, puffer fish lamps, great BBQ spare ribs and fried rice with egg in it! Ah what memories! those were the days! I'm sure I missed some places, but this is what sticks out fro my ch oldhood memories of shopping with my mother after school.  I wish I could see pictures from that time. Anyone know of a site that posts old pics of the nabe?
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Post by: rainydaywoman67 on August 07, 2012, 02:18:23 AM
I just remembered the Singer sewing machine shop on 82nd street!
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Post by: Northridge 1952 on October 14, 2012, 02:15:50 AM
Hi from Northridge 1952

Grew up in JH from 1952-1968. Many memories. Went to 148. My teachers-Mrs.Lorimer,Crossmen,Silverstein,Duffy,Katz and Farrely. Many hours spent playing handball. Have been in Australia since 1974. Let me try to remember some shops...
A 5 and 10 store on 33rd and 90th, UN Dry Cleaners on 89th and Northern, Moons Garden Chinise on the same street as well as the Kayar bakery, a candy store on the corner and one directly across the street. A frozen custard place on 88th and Northern that opened with a 2 for 1 special. A Car Wash on 88th and Northern. A vacant lot on 93rd and Northern where there was a fair every year and also a baseball field. I may have some of the locales wrong but see how close I am.

As they say in Melbourne, Australia-Cheers
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Post by: SteveJKHGTS on January 17, 2013, 05:03:48 PM
I was born and raised in Jackson Heights from 1958 until 1981.

I was there the night Hamburger Express burned down...me and my friends all gathered around and watched the firefighters try to put out the flames.  The restaurant was totally destroyed and a Baskin and Robbins was built in its place. 
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Post by: SteveJKHGTS on January 17, 2013, 05:05:35 PM
Does anyone remember Molly's?
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Post by: SteveJKHGTS on January 17, 2013, 05:08:17 PM
How about Abehills?  I worked there when I was 15 for a few years.  Remember the owner Abe and his "manager" Fred?
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Post by: Chuckster on January 17, 2013, 11:55:13 PM
How about Abehills?  I worked there when I was 15 for a few years.  Remember the owner Abe and his "manager" Fred?

I remember Abehill's.  For those newer to the neighborhood, Abehill's was a houseware/hardware store on 37th Avenue.  It's former location is where Frank's Pharmacy is today.  Anyone want to confirm that?  Also, if I recall correctly, Abehill's was in business for quite a while, and it may even have been around within the last 10 years or so.
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Post by: ECG on January 18, 2013, 12:14:32 PM
I thought Abehill was also on 74th St. Were Butala is.

Between 81st & 80th was Sullivan's Butcher, a candy store (I think) and the Christian Science Reading Room next to what is now Italian Farms. IF was a head shop in the 60's, but before that I don't remember.

I grew up on 83rd bet. 34th & 35th, so below 80th, I am a bit fuzzy.

Anyone remember Edsons on the corner of 80th & 37th where Seba Seba is - at least I think it is SS.

Has anyone out there got documentary photos of the neighborhood in the 40s-70s? Jhlifer?
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Post by: Chuckster on January 18, 2013, 12:30:08 PM
Has anyone out there got documentary photos of the neighborhood in the 40s-70s? Jhlifer?

There's a page on Facebook dedicated to vintage images of Queens.  I think it's pretty new, so there's lots to be posted.  I'm sure we'll be seeing a few pics of Jackson Heights at some point.  Here's a link for those on Facebook:

Facebook page -- Old Images of Queens (http://www.facebook.com/oldimagesofqueens?fref=ts)
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Post by: Tarbender on January 31, 2013, 04:46:35 AM
Physicians Hospital was the place my uncle went for a hernia operation and was in the place for the next 3 months back in the 50"s. The Dr's there were really creepy. He must of had a good Blue Cross/Shield policy.

Speaking of great soda places Jyust (Joost pronounced) had the best black and white sodas and the candy store opposite accross Northern Blvd to the west of the Boulevard Movie Theater Maxies had great Bryers ice cream milk shakes.

There was a mens habidasher  on 82Nd between 37th and Roosevelt Ave. on the east side named Cyril Anderson's that had really good upscale clothes. Mr. Anderson was an Englishman, very pleasant and half of Jackson Heights teenage boys were in like with his beautiful. smart daughter Lori. I believe she became a famous womens clothes designer after graduating from Syracuse Univ.

In the late 40's early 50's there was a spectacular hamberger place on SW corner of 77th and 37th Ave, EDSON'S, where our pal Pete Edsons dad cooked by the plate glass window. Pete worked for Ray Kroc in the early 60s as the guy who selected franchisees for McDonalds before they went public.

Lots of really nice people chose Jackson Heights to live in. Nifty place to grow up in, even though the developers took all our lots away from us. 

7th and 37 Ave
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Post by: ECG on January 31, 2013, 12:23:24 PM
Hey, Tarbender, I remember all those places even though I'm a girl (no Andersons). I used to read the comic books in Maxies and get a vanilla soda.

I'm still in JH and half a century later, I STILL resent them building on the lots!

My folks had victory gardens behind Saint Mark's Church.
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Post by: Tarbender on February 01, 2013, 09:09:41 AM
Good morning! We also had a family Victory Garden in our lot (all the neighbors) on the corner of 82nd St. & 35th Ave. NW where we all grew tomatoes, carrots, etc. around the edges. Was in the Cub Scouts at St. Mark's Pack 201. Pastor was Scofield and Cub Master Fuller. Went to Mrs. Wills nursery school (right alongside Garden Country Day) then to kindergarten at P.S. 69, and grammar school at St. Joan of Arc. My folks moved to JH when they were married in 1930 and both passed away in JH in the 80's. Great memories.
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Post by: dssjh on February 01, 2013, 10:09:28 PM
i'm an interloper --only been here for 17 years -- but i LOVE hearing stories right from the source.

not long after i moved into my very first place alone -- in 1981, at east 6th and ave D in manhattan-- the doorbell rang, and an elderly gentleman was on the stoop. he told me he'd lived there as a child in the early '20s and asked if he could come in. i brought him in, and he had an hour's worth of lovely tales of the folks who'd lived there then. it was an irreplaceable moment.
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Post by: ECG on February 01, 2013, 11:11:24 PM
Hi Dss,

No problem, it is nice to know that others appreciate our memories. When you get older, I've thought we become invisible to the younger people. (Yes, I know mixed tenses, etc in that sentence). JH to us as kids seemed quieter.

But you should know that Roosevelt Ave was always formidable. Noisy, dirty, only one or two shops, the toy store, Shelley's Bakery, Meyers diner and a  Chock Full o' Nuts are all I can remember.

On the other side of Roosevelt there was a Sears where they sold tools and lots of fishing tackle and ran the catalog business.

Oh well, things do change and of course a kid wouldn't have noticed all the bars.
 
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Post by: Tarbender on February 02, 2013, 10:03:13 AM
Cubs at St. Mark's were a real eye opener to me as a tenderfoot when on Saturdays there were paper drives, scrap metal collections, tires, that we would collect in our wagons and bring back to the parish house where fathers would sort and load them onto trucks to deliver to scrap dealers and raise funds for aiding "DP's" (displaced persons) and other deserving charities. Cleaned up the neighborhood to my eye and got a lot of junk out of basements, cellars, and garages. The same with clothing drives, bake sales, going to Veterans Hospitals and pushing wheel chair bound folk to their activities. All wonderful events and great experiences for young kids to participate. North pointing principles were the goal of Pack 201. Fine leadership by Fr. Schofield and Cub master Fuller. My hero at the time was an older boy Bobby Case who lived in my apt. building and he was probably (15-16) an Explorer Scout and introduced me (9) to his St. Mark's friends. Listening to their camping and Jamboree activities started my interest in real scouting later on. Amazing to still be able to remember the names and some faces of kids have not seen or heard from in 40 years. Johnny Williams, Jimmy Laffin, Kevin Gordon, Ted Schroetter, Dicky Ryan, Morgan Healy, Ed Mazilauskas, Charlie Ramos La Salle, Jimmy Buckland........what a bunch of feather-merchants!  You are right about the memories. Nice and mellow.
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Post by: VP on January 15, 2014, 10:39:05 PM
I grew up in Jackson Heights from 1951 (my birth year) to 1968, when my family moved to Laurelton. I went to PS 148 (1957-1963), JHS 145 (1963-66) and Newtown HS (1966-1968). In the late 50s/early 60s, my dad was a manager in the Northern Blvd. Safeway someone mentioned here. It made me very sad to leave all the people I grew up with behind and move to another neighborhood. I spent my senior year and graduated from Springfield Gardens HS, but it may as well have been on the Moon, it seemed so far away.
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Post by: carole on January 28, 2014, 09:58:28 AM
Ok, moving to 90th to 89th street & 37th avenue. Between 90th & 89th street-on north side of 37th avenue  was Dave's, a grocery store and Tony tors a jewelry store. On south side a bar, a vetenarian, Bookshop Ida Dormitzer, a supermarket...
anyone remember the rest of the stores?
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Post by: joepartytime on October 14, 2014, 05:54:10 PM
Dave Goldstein and his wife owned the small grocery store on 89th street and 37th Ave
Does anyone remember Itskowitz? deli at the foot of 90th street and Roosevelt Ave and the newspaper store next door?
Albano's fruit market on 90st and 37ave
Key Food market also there
I worked  part time in  all of the above in 1947-1949 while in high school
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Post by: ECG on October 15, 2014, 12:33:07 AM
Wow this posting shows how different our territories were. I was on 34th & 83rd so we tended to shop on 37th or Northern between 77-78 up to 86th. I hardly ever went up/down to Roosevelt with the exception of Keffas the florist located on 82nd south of Roosevelt & of course the Jackson Theater.
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Post by: joepartytime on October 15, 2014, 02:41:11 PM
34th Ave in Jackson Heights had many mini parks in the center of the street with trees and benches

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Post by: dotley on December 18, 2014, 02:42:26 PM
On 74 street I remember miles shoe store national shoe store jay de bakery lama tons ferns cut and curl
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Post by: Tarbender on December 22, 2014, 12:04:06 PM
Was just reading where someone couldn't remember shopping on Roosevelt Avenue with the exception of Keffas Florist and I remember going to the A&P on Roosevelt Avenue and 85th Street before the A&P opened on Northern Blvd between 81st and 82nd street. And also the Army Navy Surplus Store on Roosevelt and 83St. (Southside) and a great Italian Restaurant (cheap and cheerful) for Pizza and Spagetti name LIDO on Roosevelt and 81st Street and just thought of Sears Roebuck big store on Roosevelt and 86th Street, As well as a "FROZEN CUSTARD" store on Roosevelt and 83rd (which became a CARVEL) and on the corner of 82nd just past the Cushmans Bakery an ice cream parlor that I don't remember the name of, second only to "Joust" soda store on Northern Blvd. and 83rd next to Conways Funeral Parlor, and accross from the Boulevard Movie Theater and Maxie's "candy store" that sold the wonderful bulk Breyer's ice cream.
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Post by: Hank Stamper on January 06, 2015, 05:15:12 PM
Tarbender- what years are you referencing?  I vividly remember the Army Navy Store  and Lido. The bakery on Roosevelt between 82nd and 83rd I remember as Shelly's?  Is the ice cream parlor you are trying to remember- Meyers? It was an old place with a long counter and booths.   
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Post by: ECG on January 06, 2015, 05:23:38 PM
That was Meyers. Joel Meyers, the son, was in my graduating class at Garden -1959. Not sure where he is now.

I LOVED Sears because I went with my dad. He would get hardware and I marveled over the fishing supplies. Boy, Girl, life was simpler then.
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Post by: Tarbender on January 06, 2015, 05:54:40 PM
Time was around 1945-55, when my dad used to take me shopping at Sears Roebuck. Actually, my first two wheel bike was bought there it was a J.C. Higgins and had tail lights when you stepped on the brakes. Big fat wheels so rough on hills. There was a great hill for sleigh riding on the "golf course" which was on 78th Street (I believe) between 34th and 35th. In 1947 or 8 there was a big time snowstorm so we were sledding for days. Do you remember the Hobby Hub on 82nd past Roosevelt almost to Elmhurst? Had model planes and cars that the owner helped us build and if you could afford it, engines for them. The owner was a nice guy who was a former Marine and helped us get started building them.
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Post by: ECG on January 06, 2015, 06:11:57 PM
One of the insidious things about still living here is that the changes creep up. A store here, one there, then you forget about Baar's, the toy store. Schrafft's, the book store at the corner of 84th and 37th.  I could go on, but if you are old enough, no one else knows about these things except here.

The Victory Gardens all over the neighborhood are one of my strongest memories.

Sigh
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Post by: dssjh on January 06, 2015, 09:06:03 PM
i've lived in new york since i was 17, and i turned 50 recently, so i've seen those changes. not so much here, though i have lived here since 1996, but everywhere. and i welcome those stories, love to patronize the old school places that are left, and fight tooth and nail against wholesale chipotle-ization. thanks for sharing these stories. they make me feel connected.
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Post by: Shelby2 on July 06, 2015, 11:02:44 AM

Further up was Dairy Queen (across from the Post Office), Numbers records and tapes (probably the second Indian business) KFC, an old used book store, Guilietta pizzeria (which had the first Sicilian slices that I can remember) Fields Department store, and of course Jahns. On Roosevelt was the great Toy City toy store. This had sporting goods, hobbies, dolls, games, everything you could imagine!

Fields Department store
(http://i.imgur.com/NVTejLc.jpg)
http://www.loc.gov/resource/gsc.5a16607/
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Post by: E train on July 06, 2015, 12:20:15 PM
Thanks for this picture of Fields Department store. I remember the day I got my boy scout uniform there and became a proud member of the troop based at P.S.69. I never rose above 1st class scout level and can't recall any of the knots we had to learn but I do have very fond memories of the cobra patrol that I was part of.
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Post by: Tarbender on July 07, 2015, 09:14:10 AM
Just read your missive about Fields and buying your Boy Scout uniform there. The Cobra Patrol was led by a great scout named Ted Schroetter. Was wondering if he was there when you were. I spent time as the patrol leader of the Shooting Star patrol and then was the SPL (senior patrol leader) at Troop 217 in P.S. 69. I hear from Ted frequently and I'm sure he would be happy to hear about a former Cobra patrol member on the Jackson Heights Life. All the best to you.
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Post by: E train on July 07, 2015, 10:43:47 AM

I can't remember at what age I joined the scouts-I guess I was around  11(1954?). The troop meetings were in the evening and involved all the patrols lining up to be addressed by the Scoutmaster who I think was called Mr. K. the K being short for a longer name that might have been something harder to pronounce.The ceremonial aspects of scouting have faded to some extent although the Scoutmaster's parting benediction to us all at the end of the evening for some reason and after all these years remains"May the Great Scoutmaster of all good scouts look after thee and me until we meet again. Troop attention!" I think that's a rough approximation.

The bonus for all that was the end of evening game of Russian Bulldog-great fun that was too. Finally the walk home to 72nd street and the peeking in at the mysterious Blue Haven, Jackson Heights'only and now last night club.

My patrol leader was by the way Brad Jayner -why I still remember his name after what feels like a millennial age ago is an open question and one that confounds me.It is in any event now part of my own treasury of Happy Days in the old Jackson heights.
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Post by: Tarbender on July 08, 2015, 05:00:31 AM
Great memory of Scoutmaster K's closing admonition. In 1953 a bunch of 217 scouts went to the Jamboree at the Irvine Scout Ranch in Irvine, California. Ted Schroetter, Burt Herman, Alfie Tisch, Rolf Barth, Jimmy Robinson and myself all went by train, no a/c, stopping along the way to visit D.C, St. Louis, Kansas City, Pike Peak, Albequerci, Nevada, and then the northern route home. Quite an experience meeting scouts from all over the world and swapping our kerchifs for theirs and bringing Texas horned toads home to JH. There were some fantastic night ceremonies with celebrity entertainers and 40,000 scouts joining in and being dazzled by the lighting and the moment. At 217 we were fortunate to have an excellent scoutmaster named Bob Howard for almost 3 years who was a doer, teacher, solid leader who everyone admired. A Boys Life editor, Bob Brooks, took over on a temporary basis when Mr. Howard moved to New Jersey. Brooks was a whirlwind of activity and camping trips. JH had 3 Boy Scout troops in 1950, P.S. 69, Community Church and St. Mark's.
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Post by: GuyJSmith on August 24, 2015, 06:28:46 PM
Chuckster--the toy store was around 83rd St., and was Gerstenhaber's. They had quite a selection of tin soldiers, among other things. A wonderful store.

Tarbender--my brother knew Rolf Barth, and was in Bob Brook's Explorer post. I was too young and he moved on with Boy's Life to N.J. before I was an Explorer. The post went from about 80 scouts to three.
Got a lot of tools at Sears and wool shirts at the Army/Navy store.

Great shot of Fields.

joepartytime--we lived in the apartment below Dave Goldstein. Remember the empty store next door in which he kept his empty bottles? Never worked for him, but I did 'run drugs' for Meyer Banchefsky, Terrace Towers Pharmacy. He was a great influence on me, and I earned enough to buy a Heathkit tape recorder.
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Post by: Tarbender on July 08, 2016, 09:39:31 AM
There was a couple who lived in our 82nd Street apartment, I can only remember his name Kelvin Keech, who was a NBC radio announcer for the show Terry and the Pirates and several others. His wife was Russian and her brothers were Whites with the Russian Cavalry who battled against the Reds. Lots of young people interested in the theater and radio business used to say Mr. Keech was very helpful to them in their interest with advise and introductions. Right on the block with the Continental Restaurant, past the Singer Sewing Machine Store and Womrath Book Lending Store was a dry cleaning store, I believe Columbia Cleaners, with a lovely owner Mrs. Kramer who always wore the U.S. Army Aircorp pilot "Wings" that belonged to her son who was killed in action. This lovely lady was our local Mrs. Minever with a courageous attitude, always pleasant and upbeat. The padres from St. Joan of Arc rectory around the block were big fans of hers and pointed to one and all that she was a hero and we should all  honor her.
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Post by: JH72NY on September 08, 2016, 03:08:17 PM
On the east side of Junction Blvd in the 1950s-- a few doors down from Buster Brown Shoes, a bank, and a luncheonette, there was a store whose main enterprise was cooked rotisserie chickens. Does anyone remember the name of this place? The proprietor's name was Bert.
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Post by: buzz on October 30, 2016, 11:17:49 AM
I was born and pretty much raised in JH from 1959 on. MY parents moved here in the 50's, when they finally let Irish in.  Their friends and neighbors were from around the world and my first crush was on my neighbor Adele, from England when were were 6.  My mom at one point worked at King Edward's on 77 Street across from PS 69 and my sister's high school job was at Field's.  At this time JH had a very large population of Jewish people from the holocaust, of which my parents were friends with.  The first big change in the neighborhood was the Elmhurst hospital's treatment of drug use in the 60's.  While I don't remember it I heard of countless protests as this was seen to have a negative impact to the neighborhood.  There was still segregation here as there were few Blacks or Chinese in the JH.  In the 70's the next big turn was the opening off the drug trade with Columbia. JH was the centerpoint  for cocaine for the US and even Escobar took up residence here.  Little by little the shops around JH ( especially 82nd Street) that rivaled Manhattan were disappearing.  As it turns out now much of the white flight is now exposed to the banking practices of redlining.  This was the time JH lost it's community to be replaced by drug trade.  It was so bad that that it was not uncommon to find a body in PS 69 or someone's backyard.  At this point all the buildings started to fence up what was once open. As kids we could go around ten blocks across through the backyards. By the 80's crack and freebase were now ubiquitous,  and the Irish bars all over Roosevelt Avenue were being robbed.  These old timers had enough and packed it in, changing hands to the new neighbors moving in and not only a direct line for drugs but prostitution, which is where Roosevelt Ave has stood, all while the police either made money on this or just refused to do anything. I surmise the first as Serpico pointed it out. To be continued...
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Post by: jeanette on October 30, 2016, 12:11:43 PM
very interesting and straight forward story, buzz. regarding Escobar living here, I had not heard that before. He isn't listed as a resident on Wikipedia. I wonder if there is any way that could be confirmed. That would have been in the 1980s or 90s. de Dios Unanue was assasinated in 1992.
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Post by: buzz on October 30, 2016, 06:35:55 PM
Actually that is where I read it first, it must have been edited out
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Post by: D18B on November 16, 2016, 01:01:51 AM
I lived in Elmhurst, close to Roosevelt in the 60's. Does anyone remember Savin, the discount store on Roosevelt, bet 90-91 street, or the Golden Rice Restaurant which was next door? There was a fantastic pizzeria on 90 St and Roosevelt that was amazing! They also had rotisserie chicken. Does anyone remember the (Italian) bread bakery on 90 Street,?The Dragon Seed, the one near Junction had the best butterfly shrimp with bacon. All of these places are long gone. It was a great place to grow up!
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Post by: Rogue1on82 on March 23, 2017, 09:08:16 PM
Reading the posts made me think back to when my friends use to travel to visit me just to go shopping at Bang Bang on 82nd Street and then go eat Cuban-Chinese food at El Dorado.

Stores come and go ... but few stores leave a memory.
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Post by: 82nd st lady on March 27, 2017, 07:23:29 PM
I grew up in Jackson Heights from 1950. Went to St Joan of Arc. I remember when the church was just one level and it was what is now called the lower church. The upper church was completed arouund 1952 and Father Boylan was the pastor.  Across from St Joans on the north west side of 35th ave between 82nd and 83rd was a park with lots of grass and benches.                                                                 Fields was the best store in the neighborhood. Across from Fields on 82 St was a
liquor store, a beauty parlor, a tuxedo rental store, a candy store and Florshine shoes was on the corner.  Across 37th ave was Baracini chocolate shop on one corner and Moss's drug store with a great soda fountain on the other corner.      Where IS 145 is now there were tennis courts.
The neighborhood has changed so much, somehow it's a shame
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Post by: JHMNY on October 19, 2017, 11:42:24 AM
Reading the posts made me think back to when my friends use to travel to visit me just to go shopping at Bang Bang on 82nd Street and then go eat Cuban-Chinese food at El Dorado.

Stores come and go ... but few stores leave a memory.

A bit late on the reply, but here goes...  Bang Bang Boutique on 82nd Street! I remember that shop.  I know it closed, but can't recall how long ago that was.  It's been replaced by another clothing store.  I just passed by El Dorado's locale recently, also recalling going for some Chino Cubano food, particularly el bistec encebollado.  Good times!   8)  Come to think of it, we  don't have many of these types of restaurants in the neighborhood.  There are plenty of Hispanic restaurants with similar offerings, but that Cuban Chinese combination is elusive.
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Post by: kulamon on October 19, 2017, 08:23:11 PM
I grew up at 75-08 35th avenue Jackson Heights
As a kid I worked in Lefty & Mollie Gertz
candy store located at 75th St & 37th Ave
When I turned 16 I worked in the Bohack grocery store
Went in the Navy at 18, came home & moved to New Jersey
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Post by: queenskid2 on October 20, 2017, 12:41:21 PM
I thought it was Mollie and Ollie's store.  What years did you live here?
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Post by: 82nd st lady on November 15, 2017, 02:20:56 PM
Anybody here used to drink in The Golden Note? It was a classic bar on the corner of 75th Street and 37th Ave.

I used to hang out in the Golden Note in the '60s
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Post by: 82nd st lady on November 15, 2017, 02:38:08 PM
Lived in the Heights from 1950. Remember Woolworths very well and also remember Kresge's 5 and 10 across the street. On the corner of 82nd st was Fields and across was Moss's drug store. Thom McAn shoe store was also across from Fields. I remember Schrafft's on 82nd st and Marie Sheridan's, which was the first place I ever worked.
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Post by: Safia3 on December 10, 2017, 11:38:50 AM
--we lived in the apartment below Dave Goldstein. Remember the empty store next door in which he kept his empty bottles? Never worked for him, but I did 'run drugs' for Meyer Banchefsky, Terrace Towers Pharmacy. He was a great influence on me, and I earned enough to buy a Heathkit tape recorder.

Meyer and Rose Banchefsky's daughter, Evelyn, is my mom. I shared your post and memories with her and she loved hearing it. She'd like to know if her father's pharmacy is still there and what occupies it now, if anyone can answer. If anyone has any other memories of them, please post it!!  :)
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Post by: 82nd st lady on January 08, 2018, 03:10:51 PM
Anybody here used to drink in The Golden Note? It was a classic bar on the corner of 75th Street and 37th Ave.
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I used to drink in the Golden Note when it had the nickname bucket of blood. Early 60's. Hung out with the crowd that called it home]
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Post by: 82nd st lady on January 08, 2018, 03:13:26 PM
There was a bar near the corner of 37th ave and 74th st called Maxels. Nice little place
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Post by: Morris-twins on January 09, 2018, 12:08:58 PM
Had another kid who grew up in Jackson Heights put me onto this site. I'll start off with the "twin thing" as my brother Dick and I did so much stuff together back in the day.

Where: both 37-05 79th and 37-06 80th.
School: SJA (on the white shirt), 8th grade mixed (there was an all boys class), 1956
Hangouts: lots of sports at the PS69 schoolyard.  Even played hardball in the grassy lots next to the post office until hitting the ball onto 37th avenue became too easy. Went away to school in 1960 so never really got into the Budd's (regular) crowd.
Name dropping:  (PS69 regulars) the legendary, ageless Bob Polachek, Bert Lowenstein, Richie and Bobby Rubino, Charlie Berry, Steve Feldstein, Demarco, Egrie, Sid and Dave Daniels, Alec Myers, Neubauer, Allen, the Brigands (Buster CEO), Chester Lumish.......
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Post by: kulamon on January 09, 2018, 06:36:02 PM
Wasn't there a shoe repair shop at 79th Street & 37th Ave
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Post by: JHMNY on January 09, 2018, 10:30:41 PM
Wasn't there a shoe repair shop at 79th Street & 37th Ave

Yes, there was.  It had the corner space now occupied by The Makeup Shop.  The shoe repair place closed because the owner retired.
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Post by: kulamon on January 10, 2018, 08:39:30 AM
I used to go in there for shoe shines as well
As shoe repairs
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Post by: Morris-twins on January 11, 2018, 01:25:58 PM
There was a bar near the corner of 37th ave and 74th st called Maxels. Nice little place

Nice little spot.  15 cent draughts and every 4th on the house.
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Post by: Morris-twins on January 11, 2018, 01:29:26 PM
I used to go in there for shoe shines as well
As shoe repairs

Shoe shine booths were in the rear of the store.  As a kid, amazed at how many shoe nails the cobbler could hold in his mouth at one time while hammering in new heels. Front of shop had a hat steaming machine.  Castlewood Mkt next door with one of those delivery bicycles with the huge basket in front and the smaller front wheel.
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Post by: E train on March 08, 2018, 09:01:49 PM
In #279 there is a list of old PS 69ers most of whom I don't know or at least whose names strike no chords

"Name dropping:  (PS69 regulars) the legendary, ageless Bob Polachek, Bert Lowenstein, Richie and Bobby Rubino, Charlie Berry, Steve Feldstein, Demarco, Egrie, Sid and Dave Daniels, Alec Myers, Neubauer, Allen, the Brigands (Buster CEO), Chester Lumish.....".

Despite that there  were a few who I did recall-the Rubino Brothers, Richie Neubauer,the Brigands, and of course Chester(or has he preferred, Chet Lumish) who I knew very well. However it was Alec Myers who I wondered about who I also knew well when we both attended Bryant H.S and we were involved in the Drama Group. Anyone know anything about him now?
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Post by: queenskid2 on March 09, 2018, 10:45:58 AM
Was Chet Lumish the brother of Bruce?  I went to Bryant from 69-73.  I don't remember Alec Myers.
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Post by: E train on March 09, 2018, 11:25:32 AM
I think Chet had a brother who I didn't know. The period I am talking about is in the late 50's. I graduated from Bryant in 1960 -I think Alec would have been class of 59.
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Post by: loanlady19 on July 18, 2018, 05:03:28 PM
I lived in jackson heigthts and went to PS 145 and Newtown HS I hung out in Bud's and Jahns. These posts are newer but still great memories
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Post by: Really4rob on July 26, 2018, 03:26:49 AM
Wow I re-found this board while searching my old skating rink and almost forgot how much I used to post here ... ten years ago?? That can't be right.

Getting old.
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Post by: Morris-twins on September 17, 2018, 03:15:52 PM
In #279 there is a list of old PS 69ers most of whom I don't know or at least whose names strike no chords

"Name dropping:  (PS69 regulars) the legendary, ageless Bob Polachek, Bert Lowenstein, Richie and Bobby Rubino, Charlie Berry, Steve Feldstein, Demarco, Egrie, Sid and Dave Daniels, Alec Myers, Neubauer, Allen, the Brigands (Buster CEO), Chester Lumish.....".

Despite that there  were a few who I did recall-the Rubino Brothers, Richie Neubauer,the Brigands, and of course Chester(or has he preferred, Chet Lumish) who I knew very well. However it was Alec Myers who I wondered about who I also knew well when we both attended Bryant H.S and we were involved in the Drama Group. Anyone know anything about him now?


Alec was a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan who moved to the Heights from Brooklyn.  I would add Bobby Allen and Healy to that list.  And Dennis Malpetey (sp), Skippy Murphy, John Connolly. Kevin Young.
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Post by: JHMNY on September 17, 2018, 03:38:27 PM
Wow I re-found this board while searching my old skating rink and almost forgot how much I used to post here ... ten years ago?? That can't be right.

Getting old.

Really4Rob, not sure why, but I just saw your post. Is the skating rink you're referring to USA Skating? I spent many a Friday evening skating there while my parents supervised. ::)
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Post by: wellbeings77 on January 29, 2019, 01:56:48 AM
just joined so sorry the post has been standing still for months, but had to join in. Fields' was wonderful, Jay Dee was the best and the cinema, yes of course. We all played in vacant lots as well as punch ball every evening till called in for dinner or bedtime. I went to PS 89 and miss my 7th grade friends so much; they were mostly in Elmhurst and all of us came from very educated but not well-off European immigrant families.

My father was a surgeon at Physicians' Hospital along with Dr Rappaport, if I recall correctly after 6 decades. I remember loving to walk the neighbors' dogs and wander around 37th Ave as if it were 5th Ave in Manhattan, admiring the shops. I did the food-shopping for my mother and felt very grown-up doing that. For 5th grade, I went to what was then called Garden Country Day School, run by Mr and Mrs. Flower, then Mr. Roberts. I was happier in PS 89, however, where I had Mr. O'Neill as my 7th grade teacher. He treated us like adults and instilled in us a super keen interest in Education. First time ever for me! And it lasted...
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Post by: greatpoobah on July 06, 2019, 12:19:47 PM
Anybody here used to drink in The Golden Note? It was a classic bar on the corner of 75th Street and 37th Ave.
I cannot believe The Golden Note still exists. When I returned from Korea in 1956, our crowd did all our drinking in this bar. It had a piano player in those days, and just the mention of it brings back so many memories.
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Post by: greatpoobah on July 06, 2019, 01:08:32 PM
Wasn't there a shoe repair shop at 79th Street & 37th Ave
Your post brought back many memories, even though I'm a bit older and lived in JH from 1946 to '56 when I left for the military. Came back in '59 but relocated to Hempstead, LI while I attended Hofsta Universithy. After graduation in '59, I lived with my family at 35-06 72nd Street for about a year, then got my own apartment in a building at the corner where Broadway and 37th Avenue met (70th Street) for about 2 years, before moving into Manhattan. Your mention of Bobby Polichek made me smile. I remember him so well as one of the best neighborhood athletes, along with Lou Bronzo and his brother. Bobby could run the pants of anyone playing one-on-one with him on the basketball court in P.S.69. He was also a degenerate horse player and hitch-hiked out to Aqueduct almost every day. Aah, memories. I've got a boatload of them.
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Post by: greatpoobah on July 06, 2019, 02:15:29 PM
Good morning! We also had a family Victory Garden in our lot (all the neighbors) on the corner of 82nd St. & 35th Ave. NW where we all grew tomatoes, carrots, etc. around the edges. Was in the Cub Scouts at St. Mark's Pack 201. Pastor was Scofield and Cub Master Fuller. Went to Mrs. Wills nursery school (right alongside Garden Country Day) then to kindergarten at P.S. 69, and grammar school at St. Joan of Arc. My folks moved to JH when they were married in 1930 and both passed away in JH in the 80's. Great memories.
When my family moved to JH in 1946, I too became a Cub Scout in Pack 201 at St. Mark's Church. Here's a list of the kids I grew up with and went to school with who were also Cub Scouts with me in Pack 201: Lou Resseguie, who went on to star in Broadway musicals (and who recently passed away), Joe Allen, who became a hugely successful restaurateur both nationally and internationally, Whitby Ellsworth, Albert McDonald, Gerry Neary and Seth Mosely. This became the nucleolus of our neighborhood sports team known as the Jackson Heights Trojans. In 1986 we organized a reunion of this gang of guys in a restaurant in Manhattan and 14 out of 18 of those we were successful in locating showed up with their wives. Also, one of members who couldn't attend, had his sister there as a stand-in. And, believe it or not, one of our "Den Mothers" from Pack 201 (the mother of two in the group attending) also came. It was one of the most nostalgic events of my life.