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#76 2005-12-16 08:54:06

_joeg
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

flushing

I lived off N. bl.and 149th st. behind Poets' aka nobodys. still have family on 169th st and Northern . You all have good memories. The 70's are a little blury for me if you know what I mean.

 

#77 2005-12-17 17:51:16

_tripacer
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

re more Flushing

Hi renee_v

You said you "hung out" on 147th Street.  I didn't travel much further west past 157th on Northern Blvd as that is where St. Andrew's is located (between 157th and 158th). I went to school there and spent many a recess in the school yard next to St. Andrew's playing stick ball, punch ball, strikeout, touch football and ringolevio with my classmates.  I do remember a "King Cullen"  super market that was located somewhere close to 147th St. but only remember seeing it while riding the Q28 or Q13. 

I do remember the Christmas trees for sale under the 162nd Street LIRR trestle and as a kid, did most of my Christmas shopping at Woolworths on Northern between 161st and 162nd. When I was about 7, I remember buying my grandfather Vitalis hair tonic for his Christmas present at Woolworths.  I forgot he was bald.

You mentioned the White Castle on Bell Blvd.   
I do remember that place where you could buy a mini-hamburger for 11 cents.  On Friday afternoons after school (Bayside High  School) Mike Donnelly (high school buddy) and
I would walk down Bell to Northern Blvd to catch the bus to Little Neck where he lived. 
There was also another hamburger place that   
had a model train running from the fast food kitchen to the sit-down counter.  The train ran in front of the counter pulling little flat cars and would stop in front of you with whatever you ordered.  I don't remember its name but we walked past it on Bell Blvd.  That was well before McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, etc.  Independent little fast-food restaurants and diners could make it in those days. 

As kids, my brother and I loved it when our parents took us to Horn and Hardart's automat. The ones we went to were in Manhattan as we seldom ate in restaurants close to home. I don't remember going to one  near Parson's.  People didn't eat out much in those day so if you were close to home you ate at home.  The automat was a blast!  One wall was covered with little brass framed glass doors about 8" square.  Behind each window was a sanwich or hot chili, soup, spaghetti, beef, deserts, etc. You could get a great variety of sanwiches or hot  foods.  The best part for us kids was putting
the quarters, dimes or nickles in the coin slot beside the door of your choice, twisting  the nickle plated knob to the right and watching the door pop open so you could reach in and retrieve the goodie.  There was   
a stainless steel shelf about waist level just below the the food windows along the entire "food wall" where you could put your selection and then move along to another little window that had something you wanted and repeat the process.  We were too young to  dring coffee but everyone said the coffee was  great!

The game of Chinese wasn't a threat to windows because the players stood no more than a few feet from the wall and hit the ball on a lively bounce to the next player alongside.  You were usually bent over because the idea was to hit the ball as low on the wall as possible when serving to an adjacent player. That made it low, fast and very hard to hit and keep it going. If you missed a serve it counted a point against you. 

Bob (tripacer)

 

#78 2006-01-03 21:03:41

_who?
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Mapleways Bowl and Harry's Log Inn

I too stumbled on this thread...I hope it's not dead...

Does anyone remember the crowd that hung out at either Mapleways Bowl or Harry's Log Inn??

 

#79 2006-01-05 14:18:51

_formercorona-ite
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

forgotton stores/restaurants

Unless I missed it, did everyone forget about:
Marshell's diner - Main & Maple
Nabin's Stationary - Main near unemployment
Karlin's decorators/Baccigalup's Restaurant with Stretch as your host.  Couldn't flick an ash into the ashtray without him replacing it.
Hungarian Deli - btwn 41st and Sanford
POP's donut shop - next to Prospect Theatre
TV/Appliance store on that block
Beck's candy store - next to Baccigalups
Mike's Coffee Shop - corner 41st Rd - B58 bus
Bagel store other corner 41st Road
The Crystal Lounge - Main across from Florist
The China HOuse - Main near Maple

 

#80 2006-01-05 15:08:58

_formercorona-ite
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

forgotton stores/restaurants

oops, La Giaconda - Main near Cherry
Another Italian Restaurant going towards the botanical gardens  -- can't remember the name.
The other head shop across from the Jolly Joint was upstairs and had a little walking bridge in the store with a fake pond.
Sample Shoe Outlet - Main near 39th avenue
Gordion Knot - Side Street off Main near Municipal lot
The Jewish Deli on Roosevelt past Sterns -- what was the name?  Sokol's that was it.
The Lobster Tank - Northern while getting on the Van Wyck.
The Oktoberfest at the Botanical Gardens and the feast in the old empty lot down the block from Booth Memorial hospital.
That old man's bar on Main Street - McGriskins -- was that it?
The Corsetorium - Main near Northern with the x-rated lingerie and stuff in the basement.  Run by a really dirty old man.

 

#81 2006-01-05 15:12:10

_formercorona-ite
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

forgotton stores/restaurants

oops, La Giaconda - Main near Cherry
Another Italian Restaurant going towards the botanical gardens  -- can't remember the name.
The other head shop across from the Jolly Joint was upstairs and had a little walking bridge in the store with a fake pond.
Sample Shoe Outlet - Main near 39th avenue
Gordion Knot - Side Street off Main near Municipal lot
The Jewish Deli on Roosevelt past Sterns -- what was the name?  Sokol's that was it.
The Lobster Tank - Northern while getting on the Van Wyck.
The Oktoberfest at the Botanical Gardens and the feast in the old empty lot down the block from Booth Memorial hospital.
That old man's bar on Main Street - McGriskins -- was that it?
The Corsetorium - Main near Northern with the x-rated lingerie and stuff in the basement.  Run by a really dirty old man.

 

#82 2006-01-05 16:29:24

_joed
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Poplar

The stories are very touching. I moved out in 83. I've lived on Poplar, 149th, then 156th. I took my last ride down Kissena to Main st, to Northern, then to the Grand Central. I said to my wife after seeing what it looked like I will never come back. Try this website if you want to bring back some memories

www.queenspix.com. You might find your old block the way it should be

 

#83 2006-01-05 16:30:40

_joed
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Poplar

The stories are very touching. I moved out in 83. I've lived on Poplar, 149th, then 156th. I took my last ride down Kissena to Main st, to Northern, then to the Grand Central. I said to my wife after seeing what it looked like I will never come back. Try this website if you want to bring back some memories

www.queenspix.com. You might find your old block the way it should be

 

#84 2006-01-05 20:00:58

_sue
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Pomonok Housing

I grew up in Pomonok.  Went to PS 201, PS 218, and graduated John Bowne HS in 1969. Still have many friends from the old neighborhood. Great place to grow up.

 

#85 2006-01-05 22:03:34

_mikeyb
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Sue??

Hey are you the same Sue that went out with a guy named Joe and was in Westside Story and drove around in a car that had a chandlier?  If so please contact me and we can do the chicken dance..remember??

 

#86 2006-01-06 04:05:56

_mark
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Hey, TRIPACER & RENEE!!!

Great posts all around on here. Renee  --  I
MUST HAVE known your mom, because I went to
that Horn & Hardart all the time. I used to
recognize the "regular" waitresses, and of course
they recognized me too. And when I was on TV a
couple of times (on the old quiz show "It's
Academic," one of them told me how thrilled she
was to see me on there.

Tripacer: I was just a few years younger than you,
and I remember most of the games you
mentioned. The game that you called "Chinese,"
we called Chinese Handball, and yeah, or course
it never threatened any windows.   <img src="images/smile.gif">
I remember Suicide Hill, although I never went
there myself and never even really knew where it
was.
There was a fellow (named Frank) who got hurt
real bad there (sledding), and there was even
some talk that he would die from his injuries.
Fortunately he pulled through, and was fine.

 

#87 2006-01-07 18:06:01

_sue
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Hey Mikey B

Yep, I did date a guy named Joe. However, my truck did not have a chandelier nor do I recall any dancing poultry. Anyway, Mikey do you remember Jack the ice cream man and Dugan's deliveries and the gang of girls who wanted to wipe the streets with me, Jan and Meryl?  Hey, did they ever find the stolen 442 from Sam's pizza??

 

#88 2006-01-09 18:28:36

_don
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Random Thoughts

I moved to Flushing from the Bronx at the age of 11 in 1960 and lived at 143-30 Roosevelt Ave between Bowne and Parsons) until 1963. I went to St. Michael's School on 41st Ave. The old church next to the Fire House on Union Street and was replaced in 1960. I was a paper boy for the Long Island Star Journal. We had to get a work permit at the Department of Health in Elmhurst. I , recklessy riding  my bike down Roosevelt Avenue, crossing Main St. to near the projects, to where the paper shared an office with a gypsy cab company. A subscription ws 30 cents weekly, 45 cents for the week, which was the L.I. Press. My route included the firehouse, Flushing H.S's principal office, and a bar on Main Street, where they gave me a dollar and told me to keep the change - big bucks! I remember the Bowne House. I remember a predominatly Afican American church near Union Street at 38th Ave, where I would stand outside the window and hear wonderful, lively gospel music. Gloria's then was 20 cents a slice, 10 cents a soda, but if you got both of them, it was 25 cents. A pizza place near the Prospect Theater was called Triple Nickel pizza - 15 cents, but they couldn't compete with Gloria's. I remember across the street there was an old bank that became a campaign office for JFK, and they gave me bumper stickers and campaign buttons. I remember a politician named Periconi shaking my hand on the corner of Main and Roosevelt, in front of Woolworths. You could get a big piece of Chocolate cake and a large coke there, and the ladies behind the counter were very nice. The Roosevelt Theater on Northern Blvd. gave out dishes. Gertz had 45 records for 69 cents, while the record store on Main Street near Northern Blvd charged 79 cents. (but they had a bigger selection - including oldies) I took the Flushing  IRT Line to the Diocesan School in Astoria, changing to the BMT at Queensboro Plaza ( where you could see the Long Island Star Journal plant). I remember seeing the World Fair being built from the subway platform. There was very little crime (except the petty stuff my friends and I committed), and it was a very safe place then. Thanks for all the memories you gave me - and the chuckles too!

 

#89 2006-01-12 02:35:14

_renee_v
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

To Mark and all

Hi, Mark -

I will ask my mom about the TV show.  My
grandmother was called "mama" by all
who ate there.  Her name was Eliesabeth Timpe.
My mom also worked there -- her name
is Renate Valencia (same as me, but
I go by "Renee.")  Both with heavy German
accents.  There were all kinds
of interesting folks there as customers
and wait staff.  As a kid I remember this
one older guy they called "Dollar Bill."

My God, I had forgotten about the Lobster
Tank.  I never ate there but would go by
in the car and wonder about it.  We would
never have gone out for lobster!!!!

Does anyone remember the penny
candy store on 34th ave in the low 140s?
I think it was on 34th -- one over from
35th but 147th (my block) did not
go through so you had to walk
around other blocks to get to it.

I laughed at the paper route.  I
had one with the Daily News in
the early 70s.  The route office
was up and over from me -- like near
the King Cullen on Northern
but then in a bit, near a little park.

My route included what to us then
was a "fancy" building, the Royal
Northern, betwixt 147th and 149th.
(There was a bizarre old woman living there
who was a dance instructor (Peggy?).  But that's
a whole other story.)
Also the deli and Crown Peter's travel were on
my route.  I got food for tips at the deli!

It was hard cuz lots of folks did not pay.
A few sort of hid behind their peepholes
when I went to collect.  After awhile
we would put dogpoop into the folds of
the Sunday paper, which had all those
sections, and then run and laugh like hell
when these deadbeats would open their
doors and snatch their papers real quick
to avoid running into us.  Nonpayment
was the reason I had to drop the route.
My dad had to go yell at them to stop
delivering papers to me.  What a hoot!

We used to play Red Rover and street
hockey.  We all had hockey sticks and
roller skates.   I think I had mangled
knees for 15 years straight.

My mom went to Drake Business
School.  I think it was on Kissena.
She loved it there.  That's how she
got out of H&H.  Her first job bookkeeping gig was
at Kahn's lumber -- across from the
Keiths in those Dutch-looking
buildings.  You'd see it driving toward
flushing creek.  Near that weird store (Spiratone?)
and that top hat and tails sign. 
I know that block from killing time
waiting for the Rockaway Beach bus
in front of Martin Paints -- which never
came half the time.

Well, that's all for now.

 

#90 2006-01-20 10:49:36

_leejeff
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing

I grew up in Flushing also.  Lived on 76 Rd in Parsons Gardens.  I went to PS 154, Parsons JHS and onto Jamaica High.  I remember Parsons Movie theater, White Castle and Carvels on Union Turnpike.  I remember Carlton Gardens (The Ghetto) Pomonok, Aquila Gardens Elechester.  I remember walking up to Kissena Blvd.  Phils Candy Store, Reds Candy Story, Colony for magazines, Weinrites, McCrory's, Whealens Drug Store, Butterflake Bakery, and Gardens Bakery.  Waldbaum's, Food Fair, Pantry Pride, The Jewish Deli The Host.  Rainbow, Miles Shoe Store, Father and Sons.  There was a pizza parlor, but it didn't compare to Gloria Pizza (the best pizza in the world).  I remember the library by Elechester and Dan's Supreme.  White Castle on Union Turnpike.  I remember Main Street also Master's, Robert Hall, Green's Shoe Store, Shelly's bakery, Prospect and RKO Keith's Theater.  I remember eating at Gloria's while waiting for the Q25/34 bus.  I definitely remember Ice King in Corona where my grandparents lived.  Gertz, S. Klein, Corvette's Woolworth, Carole Anne Dresses, Lums Chinese Restaurant.  Also how about Jamaica Avenue.  The bust terminal, the best glazed doughnuts ever.  Macy's Chock full of Nuts, Tad's Steakhoue, Grants, The Valencia Movie, RKO oh and can't forget Mays Department Store.  Gertz had the greatest Christmas Village over the holidays.  There was a good pizza parlor in Jamaica but it couldn't hold a candle to Gloria's.  Well thanks for the memories

 

#91 2006-01-21 20:45:31

_sue
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

LeeJeff

I can remember every single place you mentioned.  We definitely were from the same parts. But, I went to PS 201 and then to PS 218 and then to John Bowne HS and you went to Parsons and then Jamaica, right?  I hung out in PS 165 park and then later with the PS 201 gang.  I lived in Pomonok and worked in Grand Union there by Electchester. Went down to Wainrites all the time and had lots of fun there. What years are you talking about? 

 

#92 2006-01-24 11:00:41

_leejeff
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing

I graduated elementary school around 1973, so I'm talking about 1970-1976. 

 

#93 2006-01-24 11:21:59

_jgreen
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Re: Flushing, anyone?

DISKINS

anyone remember Diskins clothes store on Roosevelt between Prince and Mian St.

super MOD clothes with a head shop too.

 

#94 2006-01-30 02:49:35

_mark
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

To DON....

Great post! Okay, let's quibble about some pizza
stuff....    <img src="images/smile.gif">  We're from basically the same era, and
I wonder if the PRICES that you mentioned might
have been at Woolworth's, not Gloria? I do know
that's how it was at Woolworth's, and at Gloria's a
slice was a big 5 cents more  --  25 cents, period! I
dunno, maybe you started going there before I did
and it was really 20 cents then!

I'm struck that you also remember TRIPLE
NICKEL pizza. Around 1965 it became GIUNTA
Pizza, and that's when it really got good. As I said
before, I thought it was even better than Gloria. I
also liked that it was a little quieter there  --  a little
more out-of-the-way  --  while Gloria was right in
the thick of things. One time later in life, when I
was
living in the midwest, I came east with a couple of
friends  --  and our first stop was Giunta. They
agreed it was the best pizza they'd ever had.

 

#95 2006-01-30 03:00:00

_mark
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

To Renee_V.....

Yes indeed Renee, see if mom remembers about
"It's Academic" and the guy who was on it! I don't
expect she will, but hey you never know!  <img src="images/smile.gif"> By the
way, I was born in Germany myself (although my
parents were Polish, not German, and Polish was
what they spoke).

I tried to remember that candy store, then I
realized there's no way I'd know it, because I
lived ON THE OTHER SIDE OF NORTHERN
BLVD!! Was it like that for you? It's not that I didn't
"cross the street"  <img src="images/smile.gif">  in fact I had to, to get to high
school (Flushing High). But neither I nor most of
my friends would cross the street (hardly ever)
EXCEPT to go to school! Or when we went to
Memorial Field. Otherwise, Northern Blvd. was a
great divide that wouldn't get crossed. Pretty
weird.....

 

#96 2006-01-31 13:05:05

_leejeff
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing

Renee v

I went to Drake Business School. I don't know when your mom attended but I was there around 1979 to about 1980.  I graduated from Jamaica High in 1979.  It was on Kissena Blvd.  A real tall white building directly across from the library.  I tried looking it up one time and seen that it no longer existed.  Does anyone remember a store called Robert Hall's on Main Street or Shelly's bakery?

 

#97 2006-02-05 02:43:11

_mark
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

to LeeJeff

I certainly do remember ROBERT HALL'S,
including their JINGLE, which is hard to forget
even 40+ years later! (You know......"We're doing
our Xmas shopping, at Robert Hall's this year......)
But  --  I didn't remember it being on Main St.! Are
you sure it was?
I remember it being on one of those side streets
just off Northern Blvd., a block or two east of Main
St. (i.e. toward Flushing H.S.).

Shelly's bakery does ring a bell too but I'm not
sure.....

 

#98 2006-02-06 07:11:16

_theshadow
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing

Lets keep the memories correct - Robert Hall clothes was located on the corner of Northern Blvd & Union St. Across NB from Flushing HS.
Caddy corner from them across NB was the Texaco gas station and going towards Main St across Union St was the Chevy dealer.

 

#99 2006-02-06 10:53:50

_formercorona-ite
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

remembered something

the other head-shop besides the Jolly Joint on Main Street was called "the Bus Stop". It was upstairs over one of the other stores close to Northern Boulevard.

 

#100 2006-02-07 11:41:52

_mark
Guest

Re: Flushing, anyone?

To "The Shadow"

Yup, that's what I said too about Robert Hall's.

I got my first car at that car dealer  --  H.B.
Chevrolet.

 

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