I was staggering around the Briarwood-Jamaica border a few weeks ago (in July 2008) ignoring the drizzle and humidity and getting images for a possible Briarwood page and picking up possible ideas for a long-planned Jamaica page when I spotted some unusual sights and signs along Jamaica Avenue, which I had earlier chronicled in its Brooklyn stretch late in 2007.
It was a fairly desultory afternoon; I had always despised NYC summers because of the mostly soupy atmosphere now and then alleviated by searing heatwaves. But I moved to a new complex in 2007 and with my rooms out of the sun, I’m feeling rather more sanguine about things. The apartment stays at 75-80 degrees F no matter how hot it is outside.
The last thing I think anyone would expect to see on Jamaica is an ice skating boot manufacturer (here on 146th and Jamaica Ave.). Then again, I found an old taxidermy shop on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn.
Klingbeil has a high-tech website.
Oddly enough, the name of the business does not appear on any of the signs, in a remarkably self-effacing policy.