COLLEGE POINT, Queens, Part 2


The Vogt family still occupies the house at 13-17 123rd that forebears built in the 1850s. College Point by Victor Lederer


Its neighbor at 13-11 123rd is rather less recognizable. It was built by Jacob Salathe, superintendent of College Point’s Openhym Silk Mill. Pretty much all its Eastlake Gothic detail has now been eliminated. College Point by Victor Lederer


The grandest of 123rd Street’s survivors occupies its very own traffic roundabout at13th Avenue: the red-bricked, dormer-windowed Grand View Hotel, built in 1853 as Herman Schleicher’s mansion. Schleicher supported the South in the Civil War, and ran guns to the Confederates. It later became the Grand View Hotel (its elevation permitted views of the East River and Flushing Bay) and later became divided into apartments.


Remembering the Koenig-Baker mansion


In the mid-1800s, Frederick Koenig, a German banker and a partner with Conrad Poppenhusen, built a large, wood-framed, hip-roofed mansion with a wraparound porch colonnade at where 120th Street north of 14th Avenue would be. After Koenig returned to Germany he sold it to another German businessman, Frank Boker. The building underwent several uses, as Jocker’s Hotel, Gerlach’s Academy for Boys, and the College Point Club. The short driveway to the mansion from 120th Street was named for him. The mansion became a hotel, the College Point Clubhouse, was divided into apartments, all the time falling into greater and greater disrepair. College Point by Victor Lederer

TOP: the College Point Club hosts a patriotic celebration about 1900. Every kid in the neighborhood must have been there!

BOTTOM: the Koenig-Boker House in 1999.


In 2004 the Koenig-Boker House was demolished and multi-family homes more acceptable to Queens developers have been built. Even the street pattern on 120th Street has been changed: the mansion once made 120th Street a dead end, with only Boker Court leading east to another dead end. However even this reminder of the old mansion has been eliminated since 120th Street has now been cut through and continued on to 12th Avenue uninterrupted. There seems to have been no great outcry at its loss.


Beech Court


ABOVE: Beech Court in 2012

The Herman Funke Estate, adjacent to the Koenig-Boker mansion, has fortunately survived as Beech Court, on 121st Street north of 14th Avenue.

The cul-de-sac retains several outstanding
 homes including a Queen Anne classic and an Art Moderne. It is one of two Art Modernes in the area; the other one is on Malba Drive, a couple of miles to the east. The style was introduced at the Paris Exhibition of 1937.


A barn behind one of the Funke Estate houses; and one of two gateposts facing 14th Avenue.

This house on 114th Street near the Poppenhusen Institute that used to be a firehouse.


Victor Lederer in College Point claims that John Angenbroich’s Riverside Hotel is still standing on 119th Street south of Herman McNeil Park. This residence seems like a candidate to have been the old resort. Does the current owner know it used to be a saloon?


Looks like every available piece of real estate on this College Point Blvd. telephone pole has been claimed.

College Point’s answer to the East Village’s Jim Power’s crockery decorations on Poppenhusen Avenue (picture taken in 2004, and the artwork had largely disappeared by 2006).

Special thanks to Tim Vogel and Gail Pickett, who your webmaster met on the #65 bus enroute to College Point.






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35 Responses to COLLEGE POINT, Queens, Part 2

  1. anadiliagiron says:

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  2. Last year I sent you some photos of college point showing some Trolley Cars. These were from 1937 and older. I see that you have not included them.

    • marc says:

      Hi Frank,
      I recently entered a building near the water on 15th avenue. To the left of where the India Rubber Company was (currently a bottling company). The small building had very old wood trusses and there were railroad tracks in the floor. Any idea what this building was?

  3. J Kingsbury says:

    Interesting website. Wondered if you have any knowledge about a shipbuilding company called Sound Shipbuilding that built barges from the 40’s into the 60’s.

  4. Andrea Sheridan says:

    The photo on the first page ( hot Buffet sign adorns the facade ) at the corner of 14 th and College Point blvd. was my dad’s store, Matty Sheridan in 1955-1958, Matty’s Market, it was across 14 th from Scotty’s luncheonette. My day’s green grocery store had to close when the A&P came to town.

    • Rich Soyack says:

      I graduated from St. Fidelis in 1958. At that time I lived at 20-20 123 St., next door to the Koch’s, who owned the butcher shop on 122 St and 21st Ave. We moved there in 1954 from 20-30 127 St, across the street from the Kleinert’s coal pile and massive chimney. I remember a place we called “Indian Valley”. It was by the swamp the was north of 20th Ave and east of 123 Street. I wonder if anyone else remembers “Indian Valley”?

      • I remember Indian valley also Indian rock too, lived on 14 ave and 127 st,, worked in Zachs bakery , Dorfleins butcher shop and delivered the news paper on my bike ! Cub scouts where we learned to shoot the 22 rifle in the popenhusen basement and the boy scouts, fished off the Tallmans Island dock after school, ps 27 and ps 129 , also worked latter on in the Sunoco gas station on 14 ave … WOW what a great place to grow up !

        • Rich Soyack says:

          Yes, I also remember Zach’s Bakery, I think it was on 18th Ave. & 124th Street. Great rye bread! It was on my way from St. Fidelis to my house (20 20 123rd Street)! I lived next door to Mr. Koch who owned and operated Koch’s Butcher Shop.



  6. Charles Berberich says:

    In 1915, architect August Namur and his wife Marie built or purchased a house in College Point. They lived there until his death in June 1918. Then Marie Faulke Namur returned to Luxembourg to live with relatives. Can one find the address, a photo, or other info?

  7. john aultman says:

    Wow! It’s Halloween and did I find a gem of a site that included Angels and no Monsters.
    Born in Brooklyn in 1932 and after two weeks raised in College Point, I have some very vivid memories of this beautiful place where people loved people, even their neighbors.
    Just before I joined the army in 1952, I lived with my grandmother at 121-15-15th ave, which no longer exists, but it was across the street from Krause’s delicatessan which had good stuff. Vesco’s pharmacy was still there in 1982 when I returned for the last time, and Main Street was still a maze of wires of wires and holes.
    The theater pictured on one of the photos, was where I could spend my entire life during my early teens, for 11 cents, I could watch two feature films from the time it opened until it closed.

  8. CW Brown says:

    As a young couple my wife and I moved to College Point in 1967. Loved the small-town atmosphere. A great place to live. We were members of the First Reformed Church, our son was in Little League, kids went to PS129, wife taught at St. Paul’s School. Made may cherished friends and great neighbors. We left in 1989 but College Point will always have a special place in our hearts.

  9. M Romanski says:

    This site is really incredible. Also reading through these comments is also very intriguing.

  10. john aultman says:

    I grew up in College Point from 1933 until I joined the US Army in 1952, and I can’t find any ;pictures of the places that I knew. I went to PS 27, and then PS 29 (no pictures) and I can’t find any recent pictures of122nd st., or older pictures of Flushing Meadows. I read about how beautiful people think that this town is, but they don’t seem to want to photograph it. P.S., how about pictures of Flushing High School?

    J.D Aultman
    San Antonio, Tx.
    P.S. I just got my book today ” Images of America, College Point, by Victor Lederer” today and it is really awesome and a true treasure.

  11. Tracey Lauterborn Russo says:

    Born and raised in College Point , Miss the small town that it once was ,
    Walking up to the butcher store , sawdust on the floor as a kid I would slide back and forth waiting my turn in line . I remember handing him a note from my mother /father & they would just write down what she owed and give me her order , And I thought Wow!! what a big girl I was!! going all by myself , but little did I know how everyone looked out for each other, Didn’t realize what I had back than until it was no longer 🙁

  12. John Aultman says:

    Hi friends of College Point,
    It’s April Fools day, and I’m sitting in my kitchen, shortly after 8am, and very nostalgic. I wrote a piece last evening about my early life in College Point, mostly to accentuate that the people I knew in the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s didn’t need a whole lot to get by, just friendship and understanding. I’ll reflect a little, especially about the years that I lived with my grandmother at 121-15-15th ave., just before I joined the US Army in 1952, and believe me, this is not to draw sympathy as this time made me a tougher person than had I been born a milk-toast kid.
    Would you believe that Dr. Slessinger (who had an office on 122nd st). used to make house calls for $2.00? Yes Two Whole Bucks. He wouldn’t last long today! So here I go with what I started out to do. I’ll be 82 in 20 days, so please give me a little understanding. During the 4 years that I lived with Nana (I was 14 through 18), there were a few luxuries that we didn’t have:
    1. No heat or air conditioning, and there were some pretty hot and cold days. The only heat in the winter time, came from a Huge cast iron stove in the kitchen that needed wood or some other fuel to burn. Nana taught me how to make “newspaper coal” in the two large sinks in the kitchen. One sink was filled with water, where I would put newspapers in that I collected around the neighborhood. After forming the newspaper sheets in balls, I would place them in the stove’s oven where, after being dried out from the heat, they were hard as a rock and burned like coal. By the way, I also collected wooden vegetable crates from local stores to start the fire.
    2. No school buses, you had to walk or take a public bus.
    3. No refrigerator, we had an Ice Box in the summer time and a window box in the winter.
    4. No hot water unless you heated it on the Huge wood burning stove in the kitchen.
    5. No television or telephone, but we did have a floor model radio with great music.
    Again, this comment is in no way meant to be my complaining, but meant to somehow show how many people today are totally reliant on assistance many of them don’t deserve.
    Anyone with comments, please contact me at
    Thanks College Point!

    • Linda Morrison says:

      I loved reading your writings- and I think you may have known my dad- Don Morrison.

    • RON says:

      HEY! John you sure are an antiquarian, I was also raised in college point. I was born in 1935 and lived all my years there until I moved to flushing north in the early 1970s Gee! I remember so many nice things about that town… I also attended PS27 & P.S 129 which was close to tallmans island, I used to fish there also, and skated in Chisum Park. and in my day we usedto swim every summer on the beach in front of 115 street which fronted arco field, where the german/ Hungarian leaugues used to play Soccer in the summer.all of those places that the others have written about, I remember vividly, it was truly a great place to grow up.. hard to find today. the world is in constant flux and society is not the same and values sadly have changed. I allways say I would never give up the life I had then, for anything these kids have now, I was looking at the comments in the old photos and was sad to see Eifels torn down.. I allways remember it as MUSCHLERS then EIFEL THEN FLESSELS henry flessel & wife were grocers before thy took over the business Best SAUERBRATTEN in the world at the restaurant never had any like that ever again and I’m 82 now. MRS DALY had a candy store across the street and I used to go on sundays to pete macris deli to buy their famous potato salad, I woder how many remember GASSMANS BAKERY next to doctor BREIBART, across the street from doctor SLESSINGER and dr MARTIN JURKOWITZ was around the corner from the library..AHHH… memories. you moved away and I moved to Virginia and all we have left are the memories of an era goneby.we probably would never recognize the place now John.. so we will have to live on visions of the past. whishing you and yours happy dreams RON

  13. Gary Skarka says:

    My interest in College Point is that it is the ancestral home of my wife’s grandmother, Wilhelmina (Freygang) Brophy. Her parents were Henry Freygang and Wilhelmina (Hefele) Freygang. Henry was a beer distributor, first for Haffen Brewery, then for Ruppert’s, who bought out Haffen. Henry was the son of Karl Julius Freygant and Maria (Knabe) Freygang. Henry’s brother, Charles Julius Freygang, was the owner of the Point View Hotel in College Point. Karl and Maria were German immigrants. I would certainly appreciate any information anyone may have on that family.

    • Tom Eisele says:

      My great aunt was Kathryn Freygang, Charles’ daughter. My aunt, also Kathryn, was married to G Thomas Eisele and lived in Arkansas. She passed in 2010, and my uncle passed yesterday. Aunt Kaye often talked about her days in College Point and The Point View. Wish I had pictures and more info of that part of my family and that time.

  14. Gayle Donahue says:

    Great page! Both my parents grew up in College Point. On my mother’s side, several generations lived there. I myself went to St. Fidelis until the third grade when my family moved to Bethpage. I love all of the photos!

  15. Ann Reilly (Jakoby) says:

    Loved all the pictures. Lived there from 1939 to 1969. I still go back to visit friends. Does anyone
    remember the Army base on 23rd Avenue by the airport road. I can’t find any information about it.
    You also forgot about the Village Grove. We had many picnics and dances there.

    • Rich Soyack says:

      I remember that but I also have never been able to get any information about it. It wasn’t there very long, was it.

    • Steve Hoffman says:

      Lived in College Point from 1941 to 1962. Great Place to grow up. The Village Grove was destroyed by fire, and then demolished. Don’t remember what year. The dances there were great.

  16. Patricia Dunn says:

    From 1960 – 1966 I lived in a very large building that used to exist on the corner of 119th Street and 22nd Avenue (across the street from what was then the Modern Album factory). I remember being told that it had been a boys’ dormitory at one time converted into apartments. The bathrooms were excessively large indicating that it had been designed for some kind of dormitory set-up. I would love to know what school that building was associated with.

    • Kathy kirk says:

      I remember that building. The bathrooms were in the hall and the tub was in the kitchen with a plank of wood as a counter next to the sink actually no living room just kitchen and two bedrooms.

  17. Steve says:

    great page. I grew up in College Point on 112st and 15 avenue. Near Popenheusen and across from the old Lily Tulip Cup Factory. Have nothing but great memories. Was lucky enough to have access to the water via Klein’s boat yard during my teens. It was a whole other world on the water. I remember Flushing Bay yacht club, Klein’s boat yard, Pfiefers Boat yard and gas dock, Mayers boart yard.

    Went to PS 127 and JHS 194. I have so many great memories of growing up there. Trips to “Flushing and Jamaica via the Q65 bus. I could go on but I will stop here.

    Recently discovered a College Point page on Facebook for those interested.

  18. Kati Cirner says:

    Love your website and just purchased the Lederer book.
    Hoping it contains information about the Lily Tulip Corp. my parents and sister were refugees of WW2. He an accountant, my mother was to young to have had a career. They were fortunate to find employment at Lily Tulip in 1950. I was first generation born at Flushng Hospital raised in CP, attended First Reformed Church, went to JHS annex the first year it opened, then Flushing HS and Queens College. Fond memories, the butcher shop run by Frank down the block from the supermarket, Chisholm Park, not being afraid, walking everywhere. Even food shopping, although we lived on 6th Ave and 125 St. There used to be a website devoted to people from CP. wonder what happened to it? Anyone know?

  19. Pat Davis Bell says:

    I was born and raised in College Point. My father came there as a small child.
    My mother was raised there and basically so was her mother. I went to PS 27 for kindergarten, then to St. Fidelis and onto St. Agnes. I do not have my St Agnes class ring anymore – graduated in 1971 – but I have my grandmother’s ring from 1920. St. Agnes was co-ed then. I have wonderful memories of College Point from Girl Scouts at Poppenheusen Institute to working at Adventurers’ Inn. We would go after school to “Julies” on the corner of 14th Rd. and 122nd St. College Point was a young person’s heaven with lots to do and many places to meet friends. The College Point Athletic Leagues had sports for girls and boys from tots to teens. Just about everyone knew of or had a family member who worked at Edo or Lilly Tulip. I played with lots of friends for endless hours in the church yard of the First Reformed Church on 14th Ave. This site has brought back a flood of good memories, but I understand the saying ,”you can’t go back.”

  20. Kathy says:

    Could someone please tell me when they changed all the streets like old 13th St. to 122nd St and I believe the Avenues were named.

  21. mike vormittag says:

    I lived in college point from 1947 when I was born until 1977 when I got married. Moved to whitestone and just last year sold my house and moved to my daughters house in Brewster,n.y. I like your website. The house at 13-11-123 st. was owned by my mothers aunt and uncle. Dan and Margaret Johnson. They owned the house for many years until my great aunt Margaret died around 1970. It was then sold. There was a website called memories of college point, what ever happened to it?

  22. kat cervino says:

    Loved reading through all of this great history. I’m a CP lifelong resident. Any old pictures of Carwood Swim Club,which the locals often called “Wing’s pool” ? The site was at the northern end of 127th street, across from Tallman island Sewage Treatment Plant. Condos now stand on the site

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