Author Topic: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire  (Read 7234 times)

Offline JoeinQueens

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82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« on: June 30, 2008, 03:03:00 PM »
I hear some people talk about this in passing and I was wondering when this happend, & what were the stores that burned down, resulting in the current office complex/parking lot/Rite Aid.

Were all the stores on that side of the street one story high as the other is?

Offline francis

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2008, 05:15:49 PM »
I believe the block that you are referring to was all one story,  all pre war architecture.  There were several mom and pops stores.  The  only one that I now remember was a really nice stationary store. Before the area was landmarked there were two fires.  One which partially burnt down the block---as a warning--- and an other one soon  followed that burnt down everything in its' entirety.  Although I can not personally attest to this, rumor had it that they were purposefully destroyed to make way for the monstrosity that currently exist. I remember speaking to the owner of the stationary store at the time and this is what he had told me.  The block was low density and very quaint.

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #2 on: June 30, 2008, 05:26:32 PM »
Here's a New York Times article from 1994 on the subject of the building located at 82nd and 37th Avenue.

PERSPECTIVES; In Jackson Heights, a New Building Evokes the Past
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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #3 on: June 30, 2008, 05:38:37 PM »
Three of the stores that burned were all favorites of mine:

The Continental Restaurant was exactly that a nice Continental Restaurant with a nice bar.
Mike's Deli was a deli where you could order a sandwich or hot food and sit in a booth and eat in.
Glendale Bake Shop - was on the 82nd Street side and in addition to being a nice bakery had a nice deli section.

Offline Aronan

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2008, 06:41:06 PM »
I think there was also a camera store there. Oldst yle, they sold all types of film, developed pictures, and repaired cameras.
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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2008, 10:55:17 PM »
Florsheim's was the store on the corner of 82nd and 37th. I remember waking early that day (summer time?) and smelling fire. It was only later, when I came home from work that I saw what happened. It took years before the litigation regarding the height of the 'new' building was settled, and although arson was suspected, nothing was ever proved.

This was a real low point as that block was the cross roads of the 'old' JH.



Offline LilithdeSade

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2008, 06:49:21 PM »
I remember the some of the shops, not the fire itself and then that area being a gigantic fenced off pit for the longest.

I remember a Hallmark and a bakery. I also remember when they were constructing the building my friends and I would get inside and throw snowballs off the roof onto the people below.  ::)

The 'new' building is completely out of scale and really fucked up the quaint look of Jackson Heights.

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #7 on: September 18, 2008, 08:11:33 PM »
I think there was also a camera store there. Oldst yle, they sold all types of film, developed pictures, and repaired cameras.

Yes there was and I can't recall the name of it. They were one of the last places in New York City that repaired Super 8 projectors.

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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 06:47:38 PM »
I recall that between the two fires (the first having only taken out two thirds of the stores), the Hallmark store that did survive had its in door a sign (handmade, all signs were ... this was 1980s) saying something to the effect of "WE WILL NOT MOVE." and asking for witnesses to the (first)fire.
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Re: 82nd-83rd St & 37th Ave Fire
« Reply #8 on: October 09, 2008, 06:47:38 PM »