BY GARY FONVILLE
Forgotten NY correspondent
Remember video stores, record shops, beeper outlets, shoe repair shops and ice cream/ fountain soda stands? These types of businesses once were ubiquitous in NYC. However, due to changes in technology and consumer demand, these types of businesses could no longer be supported. Rubel Coal & Ice Corp. was no different. In its heyday, Rubel was very prosperous because coal and ice were two commodities that were in great demand. The company erected its headquarters on the NE corner of Fulton Street and Waverly Avenue in Brooklyn, with facilities strategically placed around the city.
Fulton Street and Waverly Avenue
Junius Street and Glenmore Avenue, East New York
Due to environmental concerns, coal has been virtually replaced with natural gas and oil in NYC. Coal and oil was used to heat commercial properties, schools and homes. On a personal note, my home in its existence, built around 1905, has been heated with three types of fuel over the years. In proper order it was coal, oil and natural gas. In fact, the coal chute still exists today. How many FNY fans remember getting coal deliveries to their homes or schools that slid down a chute from a dirty truck into the basement?
Jamaica Avenue and 184th Street, east Jamaica