FROM FLUSHING TO BAYSIDE

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On a cloudy afternoon in March I took a bus to my old neighborhood at Sanford Avenue and 158th Street and walked through the area unofficially known as Boadway-Flushing as far as Bell Boulevard in Bayside. Though the area is nowhere near Queens’ Broadway, which runs from Long Island City to Elmhurst, the stretch of Northern Boulevard that runs through the area was named Broadway until about 1920, and the Long Island Rail Road station servicing the region is still called Broadway, over 90 years after the name change.

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Sanford Avenue and 158th Street. Sanford Avenue runs the width of Flushing from just east of the Flushing River to its conclusion at Northern Boulevard and 165th Street. It remembers United States Senator Nathan Sanford (1777 – 1838), who once owned most of the land in the Waldheim section of Flushing. His son Edward (1805-1876) was a political writer, poet and essayist, and owned the landmarked Edward Sanford House on 47th Avenue in Corona, Queens.

Here we see a couple in a succession of identical apartment buildings on both sides of Sanford Avenue between 158th and 160th Streets that were built during the 1920s.

 

Prior to 1913 the Long Island Rail Road here ran on the surface. To eliminate grade crossings and hills, the railroad was placed in an open cut or embankment for most of its route that year. Some roads such as Douglaston Parkway were bridged over the right-of-way but in some cases, such as here at 158th Street, as well as 162nd Street, and Northern Boulevard, the roads themselves actually had to be lowered so they could pass under the embankment and trestles. Height limits are placed on signs.

 

More than 19 years ago (as of 1993, when I arrived in Flushing from Bay Ridge) an unknown artist painted a pastoral scene on the western wall under the trestle…

 

…and a seaside scene on the eastern. Neither, I think, is meant to portray any particular scene in Queens.

 

Two narrow roads sun north and south of the railroad embankment. Station Road, on the south side, still has some brick pavement showing through.

 

Depot Road, which runs on the north side, is almost rural in nature; it’s been paved as long as I remember but I can visualize a time when it wasn’t.

 

A pair of remaining old-style homes on 157th Street between Northern Boulevard and Depot Road. Other older homes on the block have been “renovated” and look blander, while new homes have started appearing.

 

The campanile of St. Andrew Avellino Church, Northern Boulevard and 157th Street. The church was consecrated in 1940 in a combination Romanesque and Art Deco style.

The saint (1521 – 1608) was a theologian, former attorney and a monastery founder.

 

A pair of massive apartment buildings face off across Northern Boulevard and 155th Street. Large apartment buildings can usually be found in streets adjoining subway stops, but here, the Long Island Rail Road substitutes.

That can be an expensive proposition; in 2012, a one-way LIRR peak fare from eastern Queens to Penn Station (Zone 3 to Zone 1) cost $8.75. Many residents use a bus-subway connection, which is only $2.25. For decades a two-fare zone, it became a one-fare with the implementation of the Metro Card in 1997.

 

Longitudinal mall between Murray Street, Murray Lane and 34th and 35th Avenues. The Parks Department has not named it — instead there’s a simple inscription in the sidewalk.

 

Cottage on Murray Lane, which runs west of the longer Murray Street between 25th and 35th Avenues. It has likely survived because it carried a trolley line until the 1940s.

 

Bowne Park

Bowne Park, between 29th and 32nd Avenues and 155th and 159th Streets, is one of Murray Hill’s two major parks.

It is named in honor of Walter Bowne (1770-1846), who served as a State Senator and as New York City Mayor from 1829-1833. Bowne’s summer residence stood on this property until March 1925, when fire destroyed the building, and the land was acquired by the NYC Parks department in June of that year. While Walter Bowne served as mayor before Queens joined NYC in 1898, he is a descendant of Flushing’s John Bowne, who in 1662 was arrested by the administration of Director General Peter Stuyvesant for harboring Quakers and deported him to Holland. Bowne was released in 1664 following a successful appeal of his case. He returned to his home in Flushing while Stuyvesant’s proprietor, the Dutch East India Company, ordered the persecution of Quakers to cease.

Bowne Family Biographies

 

A large Tudor apartment complex faces the park on the SE corner of 29th Avenue and 159th Street. The Tudor style is predominant in the Broadway-Flushing area, though many styles are represented.

 

29th Avenue fire alarm. Many alarms in the area are very early ones with a simple pull handle. There were more intricate pul handles later on, and finally two pushbuttons to call the FDNY or NYPD. These were supposed to be universal but I suppose budget restrictions meant haphazard installation. Eventually street call boxes will be phased out.

 

Tudors of Broadway-Flushing

Between 1900 and 1910, what we now call Broadway-Flushing and Auburndale were developed by three real estate companies, the Broadway-Flushing Company, Rickert-Finlay (which also built parts of Douglaston and the part of Little Neck called Westmoreland) and the Auburndale Realty Company. The plots consist of one house per plot on a grassy lawn, and covenants and restrictions were drawn up that are still enforced today by the Broadway-Flushing Homeowners Association.

In 2004, our Association led the community’s request to be designated a State and National Historic District.  It received enormous support from homeowners, public officials, CB 7, civic associations and from those associated with the Historic Districts Council: Simeon Bankoff, Paul Graziano and Kevin Wolfe.  In 2006, Broadway-Flushing was placed on the State and National Historic Preservation District Registers.  Also in 2006, the Association co-celebrated the centennial of the Rickert-Finlay Covenant with its neighbor (and also a Rickert-Finlay planned community), Douglas Manor.  The prestigious Historic Districts Council bestowed the honor of its Grassroots Preservation award on our Association in May, 2007. BFHA

The 1909 deed restrictions require that houses must be single-family homes, set at least 20 feet back from the property line. Front garages and front fences are not allowed. Flat roofs are also banned. NY Times

Broadway-Flushing has so far been unsuccessful in getting the city to designate it as a protected Landmark. 

… [residents] have been trying to get the city to recognize the neighborhood as a historical district since 2003 because of its rare assortment of unique homes more than 100 years old. The designation would mean that when new residents move in, they can only make minor changes to their home’s façade.

But the city says no way. FOX NY

 

Divers Cove, Francis Lewis Boulevard and 29th Avenue, features a decades-old neon sign. The boulevard was named in the 1930s for an area signer of the Declaration of Independence and vestryman of St. George’s Episcopal Church on Main Street in Flushing.

 

One of the latest models of NYC fire alarms, these first appeared in 1973 but never got much traction. This one does contain the NYPD and FDNY call buttons and speaker.

 

St. Josaphat Church (1934), 35th Avenue and 210th Street.

Born in what is now the Ukraine in 1580, Josephat Kuntsevych was designated a saint by the Roman Catholic Church as a defender of the faith, but he is considered a brutal oppressor by the Eastern Orthodox Church, an organization he took brutal measures to suppress.

 

Shady home, 35th Avenue. Air conditioning likely unnecessary–just sit on the wide porch under the pines.

 

Bell Boulevard

Named for an 18th Century family who owned property in eastern Queens and not the credited inventor of the telephone, Bell Boulevard has developed over 150 years from a dirt trace to harboring some of eastern Queens’ more entertaining samples of eclectic architecture.

Until the last decades of the nineteenth century, Bayside was primarily farmland. The property on which the house stands was acquired by Abraham Bell in 1824. A shipping and commission merchant operating in lower Manhattan, his firm, Abraham Bell and Company was involved in the cotton trade and in transporting immigrants from Ireland during the potato famine of the 1840s.

His son, Abraham Bell 2nd, became head of the firm around 1835 and the company changed its name to Abraham Bell and Son in 1844. The Bells had homes in several locations: Bayside, Yonkers (where Bell Brothers operated a money-lending business) and in Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island. 

The Bell property covered approximately 246 acres and  extended from near the site of the current Bayside station of the Long Island Railroad at 41st  Avenue to Crocheron Avenue (35th  Avenue) and from Little Neck Bay to 204th Street. An unpaved lane, known as Bell Avenue (now Bell Boulevard) bisected the farm.The east section, closer to Little Neck Bay, was called the lower farm, and the west section, the upper farm. Near the center of the property, along Bell Avenue, the Bells built a house in 1842. It is likely that it was occupied by Thomas C. Bell and Eliza (Jackson) Bell, who married in 1840. The house was demolished in 1971. NYC Landmarks Designation Report (see below)

 

Former Masonic temple, now Elim Presbyterian Church, Bell Boulevard and 36th Avenue.

 

Cobblestone House

On the NW corner of 36th and Bell Boulevard is a 3-story house, porched on 3 sides with a bay outcropping on the 36th Avenue side, with inlaid rocks and stones, giving it a ‘cobblestoned’ appearance. It was built between 1905-1906 is a designated New York City Landmark.

Here’s the Landmarks Designation report, which is quite thorough, detailing the house’s history as well as that of Bayside and the Rickert-Finlay development company.

 

Signposts

Around the same time the ‘cobblestone house’ was built the Rickert Finley Company was busy constructing a development along Bell Boulevard (then called Bell Avenue) called Bellcourt, and, as was done with many such developments, built delineating gateposts at cross streets:

Along the west side of Bell Avenue, the development’s eastern boundary, pairs of rustic stone pillars were erected by Rickert-Finlay at the intersection of Crocheron (35th), Lamartine (36th), Warburton (38th), Ashburton (39th) and Griffen (41st) Avenues. Approximately seven feet tall, these large signposts had granite bases and inset panels to identify the streets. Only the pair flanking 36th Avenue survives and the north pillar is located on the southeast corner of the landmark site. LPC

From the looks of things it appears that both the cobblestone house and the gatepost adjoining it have been nicely repointed in recent years. Though the newer apartment house on the SW corner of Bell Blvd. and 36th has retained a gatepost, it has darkened over the years from car exhaust and other pollutants.

 

Bayside United Methodist Church looks older than it is  – the cornerstone says 1957, so it was built the same year I was. The congregation was established in 1890.

 

Bayside Theatre

 

A pair of Bell Boulevard institutions had their beginnings in the 1920s and 1930s. Bayside Theatre, on the NE corner of Bell and 39th Avenue, started out in the 1920s as Irving Lesser’s Capitol Theatre. The Spanish Colonial-style building is still there, with both the 1st and 2nd floors used for retail stores and offices. The theatre was converted to a quad in the 1970s and closed in the late 1990s. I saw Jurassic Park (the first one) at the Bayside in 1992. photo from cinematreasures.org

 

White Castle

There’s been a White Castle on the NW corner of Bell Boulevard and Northern Boulevard since 1932, when the small building you see in the older picture opened. The latest in a succession of White Castle restaurants on the site went up in 1987 and is the one you see there today.

The chain originated in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas by cook Walter Anderson and insurance agent Billy Ingram. It was decided to feature white in the color scheme to promote cleanliness, as ground beef was, at the time, unpopular in the wake of  Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, which described unsanitary conditions in the meatpacking industry. For several decades, the restaurants were prefabricated porcelain buildings, like the one here.

For years, there were copycat restaurants with similar names, like White Tower (now the Orange Hut on Broadway and Northern Boulevard in Woodside) as well as New Jersey’s White Mana and White Manna restaurants, both still active. photo from facebook, Long Island and NYC Places that Are No More

I like White Castles, but they always seem to make a repeat appearance.

3/25/12





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  1. STEVE says:

    If I had a nickel for every time I walked under that LIRR trestle on 158th Street I would be a millionaire today. The Station Road was all Belgian bricks in the 1950′s and 60′s. Most maps show the road going through to 156th street, but it only goes west to the 157th Street. I long thought that was on of those secret errors placed on Hagstrom’s maps to identify other map makers that copy their maps and infringe on their copyrighted maps.

    • Kevin Walsh says:

      But there had been a Station Rd street sign at 156th in the 1990s. I imagine it once went through to 156th.

    • Rich says:

      I grew up on 156 and 43 avenue (old Cherry avenue) I never remember a sign for ‘Station road’. If you walked north from 43rd ave, on 157 street you would cross Sanford continue on for a short block until you got to the LIRR tracks, you had to make a right (Station Rd.) Continue to 158 st. where the trestle was (we always played strike-out underneath that overpass on rainy days )…..Continue on east and eventually you would come to 162nd Street. Quick left, under the trestle to Northern and a quck right..1/2 block another left and continue on up to the old Post office and (Broadway Flushing) LIRR station . The McGoldrick public library was right around the corner on Crocheron ave….Had a beautiful young librarian back then, Bridget Diamond………..about 1955. What a great time and place to live, unless you grew up there one could never explain it.
      Thanks for the memories.
      hwy2930@yahoo.com

      • Richard says:

        Does anyone rember Jo and Al on 162st and Northern Blvd. I live on 163 st and 33 Ave. Went to St Andrews and Bayside Hight School. Grad 1961. Roosevelt Moive Theater on Sats, where every kids in the neighborhood went . Hung outat Bowne Park every afternoon. I have a brother Roger and everyone knew him

        • David Teich says:

          We remember it as “Jo-Al’s,” and it was the place to go after a major family event.

        • Geraldine Guidal says:

          Yep. I remember Jo & Al’s very well . Also, the Roosevelt. In fact, I worked there and at the Blue Mill Diner. I went to St. Andrews and graduated from Bayside High in 1952. Are you a Humel? The onlyRoger I remember is Roger Humel, I think he became a fireman.. Do you remember Mrs.Heden, Miss Gregory, the art teacher and all the wonderful nuns who taught us all so well? I have so many fond memories of the Flushing of long ago. All five of our children also attended St. Andrews. Three of my daughters graduated from Bayside High.
          My maiden name is Geraldine ( Scheiner) . I still keep in touch with two girls I went to school with who now live in Calif.

        • I too remember Jo Al’s Two wonderful people I was a student at Pratt at the tlme. 1960My favorite was “beans and franks.” Remember. I was a poor student. (:

        • michael scansaroli says:

          lived on 164 st and crocheron ave. for many years. station road was only a couple of blocks away I hung out In the mineral shop run by Mr. Gold (real name). also remember the library, spent many a sat. morning there. Jo-Al’s also remember, would go there after the sat. matinee at the Roosevelt theater with my brother. good times.

    • David T. says:

      Does anybody remember that 35th Avenue, before the City finally got to the neighborhood, used to be called “Mitchell Avenue”?

      • Steve says:

        The nuns at St Andrews called 35th avenue State Street. I think 33rd ave might have been Mitchell avenue because the hill at 33rd & 154th was referred to as Mitchell Hill.

  2. Tal Barzilai says:

    Unfortunately, White Castle doesn’t have a lot of locations. However, when I took classes out on LI over at Dowling College, located in Oakdale over in Suffolk County, there were several over there. I do know that it does have a location in Manhattan by the PA Bus Terminal just a few blocks down, Queens Blvd has one on both sides for some reason, there is one in The Bronx on Bruckner Blvd between the Bruckner Expwy and Bronx River Pkwy, there are some Brooklyn locations with on Myrtle Ave, and another on Linden Blvd just after the Queens line, and there is even one on South Broadway in Yonkers just before the border with The Bronx. For the most part, if you don’t have a White Castle near you, one can always get their sliders at a 7-11, which seems to have them and is probably the next best thing to having them.

    • Kevin Walsh says:

      I count two in Bed-Stuy, one on Atlantic, one on Myrtle and there’s another further east on Myrtle in Ridgewood.

    • Tal Barzilai says:

      Just a correction, the one I said about on Linden Blvd just after the Queens line in Brooklyn isn’t a White Castle, it’s an A&W. My apologies for that. One I didn’t mention is that Queens also has one not far from JFK Airport on South Conduit Ave. Another one does exist in Harlem on 125th St. I do know several out in LI with some along places such as NY 110 and 231. Still, it would be nice if they had more locations, because I find it rare to find them. Whenever I do find one, I try to eat there, because I will never know when I will find another one. As for the ones you can get at 7-11, the only thing I don’t like about them is that they come with onions, though you can probably open them up and brush them off before heating them.

      • Alec says:

        Had lunch today at the one on Hillside Ave and around 177th, St. There is also one in Brooklyn on Ft Hamilton Pkwy and 42nd St. And yes, Queens Blvd does have one on each side, but they are aways apart, with one in Sunnyside at 43rd St and one by the mall on 57th Ave.

  3. Dave C. says:

    Excellent post, Kevin. Thank you. I am a Flushing boy born and raised and my brother in law grew up in a beautiful old house on Murray Lane. Those Tudors are fantastic.

  4. barbiegee says:

    great pics. my mom lives in clearview and i often take a bus to her house after schlep down from albany – the qm-20 (formerly qm2A) goes right down willets pt along those streets and also take the 16 bus into flushing when needed, and pass those lovely homes.
    excellent house pics today!
    gotta love me some northern queensboro.
    (But i grew up in laurelton. any laureltonians out there?)

  5. Anja says:

    white castle is nasty.

  6. Heartland says:

    Another great walk down memory lane. I’m surprised you didn’t mention The Church On The Hill (168th St, & 35th Ave.). My wife , my daughter & I were members from 2001 until our relocation to AZ in 2005. During that time we witnessed many major renovations & demolitions of the large homes in that neighborhood. However, the Sunday morning trip from our home in Queensborough Hill to 35 Avenue via 164 St was always a great Sunday drive; the area always reminded me of a series of villages connected by the LIRR. Durso’s is another highlight (great pastas & Italian delicacies). Character like that is a scarce commodity.

  7. Neal says:

    I got off the Q31 bus every afternoon at 3:00 on my way home from Holy Cross HS (class of ’68) to transfer to the Q12 across N Blvd to go home to Douglaston. I think the burgers were .08 cents apiece in 1964 and were .12 cents by 1968. My brother always said the best day to go to “Chateau Blanc” was the day after New Year’s as they had the annual grill cleaning on New Year’s Day.

  8. Kevin says:

    Great post.

    For those of us outside the area, many supermarkets carry frozen White Castle sliders. Heat them up in the microwave. Not quite the same thing.

    Here’s a link to all their current locations:

    http://www.whitecastle.com/locations/all

  9. Mark says:

    RE: The Cobblestone House

    Technically, most of those stones would be too large to use as cobblestones. Cobblestones used in paving would generally be about the size of a man’s fist or a bit larger. Many of the stones used in the walls of that house are quite a bit larger. I admit it is a very handsome house, its got an old time European continental look to it.

  10. dominick orrino says:

    Very suburban. Might as well be LI.

  11. PAUL says:

    JOE MANGAN WENT TO SCHOOL WITH MY SISTER
    I WENT TO SCHOOL WITH HIS SISTER
    HE WAS SHOT IN A FIGHT BY A DRUNK THREE BLOCKS FROM THE MARKER.

    • Gary B says:

      The small park in which the marker is set was a hangout for a group of young people at that time; Joseph Mangan was one of them. After his tragic death, his friends took up a collection to pay for the original marker, which I remember as a raised, rectangular concrete one. Nice to see this more permanent remembrance, & nicer to know it’s still there after all those years.

    • Tom says:

      I used to hang out in the Bench Park as we called it. My great aunts lived down the block. Many a grand night spent there listening to Chuckie, king of the park. We used to drink beer there and climb up in the trees when the police came. Joe Manganese was in my younger brother’s class. Joe’s death was really the end of an era.

  12. JD says:

    I went to High School with Joe Mangan. Always a nice guy. A total shock what happened to him .

    Rest In Peace

  13. Anders says:

    Thank you for posting. Many familiar places.
    I grew up on Ash Av. between Murray St. and 149th Place.I attended PS 22 and was in the last graduating 6th grade class in 1966.
    Do you have any photos from the 50′s, 60′s or 70′s of that locale or neighboring locales?
    Especially Murray Hill.
    Sincerely,
    Anders

    • richie says:

      I grew up at 149-63 ash ave(btween 149th place and murray) I attended PS22. I was in the first class to graduate in the new PS22 building. My family lived there from april 1960-Sept. 1987. I m Richie Damato. Mrs. Adams,Mrs. Kreitman,Ms Bowe.Mr. Katz,(the teacher not Mr Katz the principal obviously,Ms Simon were my teachers at 22!

      • Joe says:

        And Mrs. Kiesling, our fifth grade teacher. She had a heart attack and passed away in school the year after we had her.

      • Judy says:

        And Mr. Daly, Mrs. Tully, Miss Madden, Miss Dalton, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Greenhill. I lived on 159th Street and 43rd. Graduated PS 22 in 1961. Thanks so much for the memories. Love this.

  14. Irve says:

    Great memories. I’m a grad ’54 of Bayside High School and would love to see pix of the school, the park across Corp Kennedy, the “Big Rock”… also Crocheron Park as it was in the 50′s.
    Any chance anyone has photos to append to this marvelous web page?

  15. Larry says:

    Eventually street call boxes will be phased out?

    Not so fast. The City has sought to deactivate boxes in the past. Note the article from 2010 below. it would save a significant amount of money but the hang-up involves jobs in the FDNY. There are dispatchers and repair personnel that service the system and thier unions have fought the proposal. Too bad. You would be surprised to know how few alarms are transmitted through the system as compared to cell phone useage.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS
    March 10, 2010

    The Fire Department is preparing to deactivate its street alarm boxes throughout New York City as a way to save money. Mayor Michael Bloomberg included the idea in his January budget proposal.

    Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano told the City Council on Wednesday that it would save $6 million in the first fiscal year. He says the move was attempted in the 1990s. But it was thwarted by those who argued people with disabilities needed alarm boxes to call 911. They got a court injunction to stop it. The fire commissioner says technological gains like mobile phones have eliminated that concern. The city would have to convince the court that blind and deaf people have other means to report fires.

  16. Elaine says:

    Oh those Tudors!!!!. I grew up in the most beautiful one of them all on 204th & 36 Ave.

    • Sergio Giovina says:

      I remember sleigh riding on Deadman’s hill. Don’t remember the tudor.

      • Elaine says:

        Don’t know how you missed it. There was a beautiful sprawling ranch on one corner, garden apartments on another and an empty lot on the other. Dead mans was between empty lot and apartments.

  17. Bob M says:

    Nice pics Kevin, I live near Bowne Park and it’s still a great neighborhood. Do you know if any photos exist of Walter Bowne’s summer house before it burned down in 1925? I have always been curious of what was there in the park before the city took it over.

  18. Karen says:

    Love this! I grew up in Flushing, on 146 Street, just off of 33rd Avenue, and used to go to Bowne Park all the time. Also, my grandmother, and some friends, lived in the area around Sanford Avenue/Northern Blvd., near the LIRR. My grandma lived in one of those apartment houses that are mentioned, I believe. She and I used to walk up on the railroad station platform and watch for trains.

  19. april says:

    Kevin, thanks for this article, including the photo of the apt. bldg. on 155th. There is another pre-war building similar to this one on Parsons and Northern, yes? I went to Windsor (Sanford & Kissena, grad. 1973) and used to walk or ride thru Waldheim en route to Douglaston on the bus. It was lovely back then.

  20. Mark says:

    Yeah – you got that right. White Castle *was* an institution. I remember it from my years in Bayside (1974-1988) as the destination for many walks and bike rides from Bay Terrace. The old White Castle that is; the graceful one. The new one is an abomination. Not only for wiping the historic one off the corner, but for erecting the most crappy fast food restaurant you can imagine. I dropped in a year ago on a visit for a sack, and couldn’t get out of there fast enough. Oh, those good ol’ days when I once saw my I.S.25 gym teacher, Cousnitz (sp?), take his family to eat there. Even at 14 I knew better!

  21. Frank Genese says:

    I used to live on 158th Street and Sammy Spear, the music director for many years for Jackie Gleason, lived in the house just south (on the west side of 158th) from the LIRR overpass.

    • Mary Ellen says:

      That was my parents’ house. I knew Sammy and his wife and sons well. My brother owns that house now

      • Ed Collins says:

        Sammy Spear also operated a retail music store on Northern Blvd between 158th and 159th Sts., within a short walking distance of his home.
        I grew up on Auburndale Lane, between 171st and 172nd Sts., just north of Northern Blvd. My walk to St. Kevin’s School was about a mile and we walked it, rain, snow and shine.
        The entire area from 158th to Bell Blvd. in Bayside on both sides of Northern Blvd. was a wonderful place to grow up with plenty of fields and lots fo kids to play.

  22. Gemma Courtade Schiffman says:

    My grandfather owned the beautiful cobble stone house on Bell Blvd. and 36th Ave. He purchased it as an investment because at the time the #7 subway line was being constructed and the original plan was for the last stop to be at 35th ave and Bell Blvd. However the city ran short of money and the subways last stop became Main street and Roosevelt Avenue. (thank goodness because had it not stopped there the whole neighborhood would have been completely different!)

  23. Jane R says:

    Grew up on 159 St and 33 Ave in the 50′s and 60′s. Sammy Spear owned a music shop at the corner of 159 and Northern Blvd. I remember seeing Art Carney in there once. Great pics of the old neighborhood. Thanks.

    • Jeanette Cozzolino Hart says:

      OMG ! My brother use to take guitar lessons there and I took accordian lessons there, at Sammy Spears. WOW ! Many years ago.

    • Kyle P says:

      Where did you live on 159th street and 33rd avenue? I’ve lived in two houses on that street now…

  24. Gail S says:

    Could the apartment building said to be on 155th St. actually be located on 153St ? Looks like the Oliver Cromwell….the apartment where I grew up. There was a gas station on the corner of 154th and Northern and an auto shop near 155th…don’t remember any apartment and I walked to St. Andrews every day. Thanks for the photos…..great memories!

  25. Pat Caulfield Defilippo says:

    Thank you so much for a great trip down memory lane. I was born and raised on 160th St. & Sanford Ave. Walked those streets so many times to visit my friends. It was a great neighborhood to be in as a child and young adult. Hung out at “The Slab” on 162nd St. and Northern Blvd.

  26. Brian Murphy says:

    You will find plenty of pictures of Bayside High,just google Bayside H.S.

  27. pete says:

    on the corner of 39ave and bell,next to bayside theater was Millers drug store where one could buy milk duds for 5 cents,a penny less then the movies…years later we named the bayside theater” the itch”

  28. Erin says:

    The old Bell Estate had a stand of bamboo growing on the Bell Blvd side of the property behind that gorgeous tall (to me back then) brick fence. We used to walk to the Bayside movie and use our bus fare to buy a Castleburger and a small orande Crush.

  29. Pat Hayes says:

    I grew up in a Tudor apartment house at the corner of 35th Avenue and 167 Street. It looks a lot like the one near Bowne Park in this production. My block has not changed in 50 years and still has some wonderful houses there. I never knew the history of the Tudor one-familes that looked like miniatures of my building.
    Three places I would like to see today: the Church on the Hill, which I could see from my dining room window; St George’s Episcopal on Main Street, and the Roosevelt Theater.
    My alma mater, St. Andrew Avellino, is having a 60th reunion in 2013. If you have not been found yet, call the school.

  30. francesstagnitta craig says:

    i grew up on 154th st. and 32 ave. we lived in a center hall colonial house what a beauty i was married from that house to eddie craig (we both went to St Andrew school) and were married their. he lived on 162nd st and sanford ave. great memories of skating in boune park , going to the roosevelt movie and benny’s for candy, also going skating at the worlds fair i still think of our beautiful home and the great times we had in flushing. my brother is bob stagnitta – i think he knew everyone in flushing we had a home that was open to all our friends. thanks to our parents. dad is gone but mom will celebrate her l00th birthday in june if you remember me or bob write back. fran

  31. Eddie Collins says:

    I lived on 153rd st between 32 and 33 ave. Great area to grow up in. We walked to Bowne Park had fun fishing in park. Nice to see St Andrew Avellino and we survived (laugh) In the day these pictures and beyond we lived in the best of times. Pat Hayes was class mate of mine and i will be at the 60 year reunion with her and about 80 more from the class of 53 from St Andrew. If your interested and graduated in 53 give school a call. The reunion will be in November 2013 .My father was a police officer in 20th and had me in PAL Speed skated in Flushing Meadow and Brooklyn Ice palace. Rode bikes to Ft Totten (? )We did it all

  32. John says:

    What is/was the abandoned building (church?) right next to All Saints Episcopal Church on 40th Avenue? Thanks.

  33. Barbara says:

    Just shared this website with my dad, who is enjoying the old pictures. He grew up in Bayside, by the time I came along, we lived on 163rd and 35th ave. I went to PS 32 until 4th grade when we moved, but my siblings went all the up through IS 25. Brother went to Thomas Edison and Sister went to St. Francis Prep.

  34. Barbara says:

    I grew up on 160th right off of Sanford Avenue. The end of my block was a dead end because the railroad was there. I don’t remember any street called Station Street.
    I remember walking down a steep hill to go to Saint Andrew Avellino school. We left there
    in 1966. It was a great neighborhood. Kids, families and Bowne Park. My Mom and I would take the bus to Main Street-which, I understand is very different today. I have been trying to remember my exact address. We would go to 162nd to shop. There was an Italian deli, fish store (where my Uncle Danny worked) a small supermarket. I think the bakery was Klaus’s ? bakery. Woolworths was on Northern Blvd. The memories of a much simpler time.

  35. erin rice says:

    Real nice website! I grew up in Bayside and Flushing in early 60′s. Went to PS 159Q, PS22, Bleeker JHS, and Flushing High for one year till we moved to LI. I remember the RKO Keith theater, Gertz, Kliens, Woolworths near main street Flushing. Warm big pretzels by Kleins/Woolworths, record store near end of main street near RKO. Went to Church on Hill sunday school for years and was confirmed there. Lived on 200th street, 38th ave, and Dorado House on 34th ave. Great memories of Bowne Park and the swings. I remember the Alice Crimmins case and Kitty Genovese murder. But also felt safe as young girls walking around Flushing many years ago!

  36. Eddie says:

    I grew up in bayside around springfield blvd near the l.i.e. I went to ps 213, is 74 and cardozo high school, I worked at the old bayside movie theatre in the early mid 90s just a few years before they closed it it was pretty run down then , was sad to hear it closed, memories, I still live in bayside, its a beautiful area

  37. Ed Britton says:

    Flushing-Broadway was a great place to grow up. We lived in “The Elbern” on 168th St off Crocheron. Across from us, on Depot Rd, was a baseball field in a vacant lot, where the neighborhood kids congregated for years. Certainly kept most of us out of trouble, with games lasting all day long. Later hung out at the candy store on Crocheron and 169th and worked in most of the businesses there. Mueller’s/DJ’s,Jo-Al’s/Maverick’s on 162nd; Peck’s Depot Grill on 164th; Frank’s Records on 162nd; Harding’s Corner on 169th and 35th; PS32; The Big Scoop on Utopia and Crocheron; The Crocheron Deli . . . all memories for me.

  38. Jeanette Cozzolino Hart says:

    These pictures bring back many, many memories. I was born in Flushing and lived down the street from Bowne Park, our family moved to FLA. when I was 12 years old, i’m still in FLA., but I remember Flushing, Corona, Bayside etc. like it was yesterday. I have memories that won’t be forgotten. Thank you for sharing this website. I love seeing the areas I was from.

  39. Mike Passaretti says:

    Like so many here I grew up in Flushing in the 50′s-60′s. We lived on 149th St. near 45th Ave. We were blessed. It gets harder and harder to find the things you remember back there. What a pleasure seeing these pictures. Thank you.

    • Joanne says:

      Hi Mike, I think I may have known your Mom. Was her name Nancy? I used to play bingo on 32 Ave and Jordan Street all the time. I am only 55 but I am pretty sure that was her name Passaretti. My Father owned Roosevelt Auto Wrecking on Willets Pt Blvd. I am from a big family. Back then everyone knew everyone!!! Good Times

  40. mike m says:

    Does anyone remember Bohack on 46th Ave & Utopia Pky? How about Willies Candy store across the street and The utopia 5&10?

  41. Rose Ciani Myerjack says:

    I grew up in Flushing/Bayside in the 50 &60′s. Lived on 206th st. and 36 Ave.until house was relocated to 203 St. and 26th Ave. because of the Throggs Neck Bridge construction. Went to Blessed Sacrament and BHS. Remember “The Shack” on Bell Blvd. Thanks for a trip down memory lane and to see Bayside/Flushing the way is was…..now it is very different and alot of the beautiful historical homes and business are gone forever.

  42. Judy says:

    I worked at Woolworth’s on Northern Blvd in the 1960s with a little lady named Millie who worked there forever. My older brother worked at Jo-Al’s and my younger brother at the little Bohack’s. Loved the Tudors on 158th Street by the trestle so much that I vowed to get a Tudor when I grew up and I did. Remember Murray’s children’s store? Our mother took us all to get our first pair of shoes there. And we loved seeing the pictures of the St. Andrew’s graduating class in the window of the photography store by the trestle on 162nd St. just south of Northern Blvd. every year. Wonderful memories.

  43. jasonbellamy says:

    Kevin, do you have more information about the trolley that ran on Murray Lane?

    My grandparents lived near there, and I always wondered why there was this tiny street, city-owned, which ran for so many blocks. The only trolley/bus routes I can find info about are the Q15 and former Q14.

  44. Linda DeMaria says:

    The Honey Bar aka Divers Cove brings the Hatton brothers, Billy Divers and most of all Roger Humel aka YUMMY to mind. When a Yum bartended it was a party with Annie getting drunk Penny and Linda on hand to have a fun night of talking dancing and so on.. Sadly FDNY and so many friends attended his memorial at Robert Moses State Park on the beach in 2012. He died too soon of leukemia with his lady love Lynda at his side. To any and all who remember him recall the suave Sinatra channeling jokester Yummy was. The Bell that still sits behind the register was his. I wish to add it really was despicable that whoever owns the bar did not return it to him. Fellow firefighters donated one they bought to ring respectfully at his memorial on the beach.

    • Kathleen says:

      Lived in Flushing til we moved to Illinois in 76. That bar was always the Honey Bar. My grandfather and his buddies hung out there, then it was a great place for Hampton Reunions! Thanks for the memories.

      • Doris says:

        I always knew it as the Honey Bar as well
        It was always a great place to be with my friends from Flushing High School and from the Catholic School in Bayside which the name I cant think of right now
        It was always fun

  45. Leo Fitzgerald says:

    My grandfather & father lived in the neighborhood, My grandfather’s handout was the Peck’s Depot Grill…I wanted to get the Characture/drawing of him off the wall before it closed down, but was too late…..

  46. Flushing Purist says:

    Now this place looks like Chinatown. It’s not like how it used to be.

    • Old_School_Flushing says:

      Agreed, though near Franny lew you still have one or two non asian stores which refuse to conform.
      People must have heartattacks when they return to Flushing after being away for 10 or more years.

      It’s just not what it used to be.

  47. Carol Hines says:

    Thanks for the wonderful memories of Flushing and Bayside. I grew up in Flushing and lived in a 2 story house on 157th street. I attended St. Andrew Avelliano School and church for 4 years. The picture brought back many wonderful memories. My first grade was taught by Sister Jeremiah and she was the sweetest Nun ever. I attended P.S. 162 for 4th and 5th grade, then on to Jr. High school P.S. 158 known as Marie Curie Jr.High, and from there I went on to Francis Lewis High School . I Lived in Bayside then but was on the border of the school districts and was still able to attend Francis Lewis. I had many cousins and friends who attended Bayside High. I remember eating at White Castle on Bell Blvd many many times, the home of the square hamburger with the tiny onions and the burgers were only 5 cents. This

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  49. Doris says:

    Wow how I remember the Divers Cove as well as the Honey Bar which was a block away
    Spent many a weekend at both of them back in the late 60;s and early 70.s

  50. Doris says:

    forgive me it is the Honey Bar I was thinking of the one down the block towards 14th Ave

    See I spent too much time in that place as a teenager

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