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#51 2005-03-21 01:30:12


Re: Flushing, anyone?

im back with a little more

Most of this will appeal particularly to Renee & the person who lived in the apts across from Monahan Ford (now demolished)  since I am close in age but I will spew on.
much of my frame of reference comes from attending St Andrew's RC school- my oldest brother (+15 yrs on me) unfortunately got into some very serious trouble c. 1960 and although my older sister (+11)and he attended public school my father sheltered the rest of us. (3 other boys). For any of you not raised as Catholics or attended Catholic school this does not mean much but for some reason the Brooklyn diocese gerrymandered neighborhood boundaries where you had to reside within to attend a particular school. My familys house at 150th betwn 3233 was right on the border of St Mels and St Andrews, and although it probably would have made more sense to attend St Mels since it was closer (And St John Vianneys had yet to build their church on Union-used Singers Hall, had no school and St Michaels was too far) ST Andrews it was. But although there were some familys
from near my home it seemed much more sparsely populated with kids my own age (though I was thick in the mid of Baby Boom Part 2) Over time, many of the boys & girls I met in school that lived on that end of W Flushing sadly moved away.
Anyway-Dunkin Donuts was started about 1950 up in Boston but the Dunkin Donuts at the corner of 147th & Northern was there when I was born in 59 -how & why I dunno but it was there, and had a neon signstand towards the curb. Down to 146 there was sort of a Judo  Karate dojo , my optician Vincents, a very nice man (Mr. J. Pecoraro), which was formerly across the st. in a larger building next to what became Baskin Robbins. The Continental cleaners (who I really liked until they lost the pants to my fairly new Wallachs suit c. 1985 and claimed ignorance-I never went there again and told everyone else to stop) In 2 houses,1 that was subsequently razed at 35th & 147th lived the relations Dwyers and Kilbanes, they went to my school - I had a severe, most unrequited crush on one of the girls. They moved away C. 19712. Another Greek family you probably knew I met years later through work moved down to Willets & Union and the Retts were up the st. Further up 35th, going towards Fazio's Deli (remember the old lady?) I seem to remember a kid named "Hector" from that block. I was getting to be very good friends with Anthony D'Aquila, sadly his family moved away around 1972 also, we also were friends with an Italian kid around the corner named Greci, I think he went to FHS. Years later when I went to HCHS I met some very smart guys from that same block that went to St Michaels-P. Dombkowski & J. McInerney. When the big A&P opened up (replacing the little one across the St near Bowne St & the one across from St Andrews)I'd always be sent  by my Mom over that way all the time. (shopped since the age of 2-3 at Key Food) 
Never really liked that deli at 146 across from the Nursing home, across the st was a former deli with an old Pepsi sign that was used as a newspaper distribution office. One of the families near me had something to do with the laundromat but I forget exactly, "West Coin" Heres a curious  sad  humorous story -There was an odd, white haired, often unshaven middle aged man youd remember from this neighborhood who had what wed call today some ADHDOCD behavior-he used to walk a few feet, puff a cigarette, and twirl around in a few circles, then move on, repeat. The kids from my school called him "Twirly". Years later when I saw him with the St Michaels guys I said, there's "Twirly"-they said no, you mean "Tommy Turnaround!" He was about the most menacing thing youd see in the area (which wasnt,just curious) but there was another man who resembled Vincent Price to us we'd call "Vince". I heard his name was Emile something but he definitely evoked all those Vincent Price late night creepshows.
More Main St. Yes I did buy Painters Pants and lil abners from Diskins. Diskins also had a "hep" psychedelic (juniors?) store called Diskin's Naked Grape (now I realize was a pun on the famous Naked Ape novel film) Flagg Bros Shoes, Hanover Shoes, Howard Men Clothes (you could get Mets tickets there too) Allied Radio (thnk this may have been on Linden Pl., merged    aken over by Radio Shack) 
Way down Roosevelt I took music lessons at WBG Music-Mr. Weinapple was a very nice man but I did not take my (handpicked) instrument violin too seriously at all. I took 1 electric bass lesson but dropped the whole thing-im still trying to pick up the guitar. At least I can still read music!
G was for a Mr. Gerard. Further down was the Agfa-Gevaert photo lab building then on to CP Blvd with the old N. Shore Olds dealer cum service area. A walk across to Shea under the El was possible and often done but more than a little shakyscarysmelly. (I was a Mets fan thru 97 or so, no longer but am still a tremendous Jets fan) The 64-65 Worlds Fair, I was a little young but we went all the time-the Hall of Science still creeps me out a lot. It was utterly fantastic but my dad always thought the 39-40 was better. he claimed that the 65 fair was originally supposed to be permanent but unions forced the demolition-supposedly it was a bankrupt operation but I could never believe it! OK, Coca-Cola, GE Nuclear Explosions, The Us Royal Tire ferris wheel, the Brass Rail food courts, belgian waffles fireorks, General Cigar smoke rings...shall I go on? It was very sad how the animals were kept in the park later on, I went c. 1981 and I saw kids kicking and throwing hot cigarette butts at the ducks. Glad thats over. What did po me was all the times I had to pay for E subway  8th ave transfers years ago in Manhattan, or walk
from the subbasement at 74th to the Elevated Flushing Line, was learning that the the IND was initially extended all the way up to the old ampitheatre with a station that was demolished after the 39-40 fair. What a waste! 
Last for now, my Mom was a terrific cook for everything except dessert. We knew the food stores & markets-Blue Star, Trunz, H&H, A&P, Waldbaums, Bohack's etc inside & out but we hardly ever ate out in Flushing, outside of Nedicks, H&H, the terrific pizza places-honestly, Lum's, Joe DiMaggios (looked a little sleazy-dirty with cracked glassware), Old Roma mean absolutely nothing to me. The Clam Bar-no idea if they had edible food. We ate at Breslin's before it sold out, not too remarkable, the Villa Bianca was "recommended by Duncan Hines" eons ago. My dad had a machine shop on 11th34th ave in  LIC so we were spoiled with the now-gone Prudentis, Charcoal Grill, & what was just rated by the NY Daily News the best diner in Queens-the Bel-Air-better than what Flushing had to offer, really. I will say that when the old diner on CP Blvd became "Silver Pond" about 20 yrs ago that was a good place for Chinese IMO. Later,,,,



#52 2005-03-22 10:00:13


Re: Flushing, anyone?

flushing in the 1960s

Hey, I grew up in Flushing, too. What amazing memories you all have. I lived on 37th Ave and Northern Blvd. around the corner from Dunkin Donuts and a couple of blocks from Temple Gates of Prayer where my father was the rabbi. When we first moved to Flushing it was beautiful - full of trees and wonderful old mansions. There was a big white mansion on a hill at the end of the block that was actually a funeral parlor. We used to pick up flowers that fell on the ground around the hearses and present them to my mother...I am doing some research on Flushing and need some photos from the olden days. Write to me at if you have any good stuff. 


#53 2005-03-24 23:53:52


Re: Flushing, anyone?

to VAB

Nice account  --  I especially appreciate the
history about the FHS football field  --  I guess
that's MEMORIAL FIELD you're talking about?
I wasn't on the team, but I used to play there in
pickup games, and come to think of it I never did
notice any dressing facilities!
I was in your year at FHS and did follow the
football team, also wrote for the school paper,
once did an interview with John Kane and "Bake"
Turner (don't even remember his real first name  -- 
was it Richard?). If you want to give a little hint
about your name, I might get it. (I promise not to
give it away!)
Thanks for the interesting write-up. Hope life is


#54 2005-03-24 23:58:55


Re: Flushing, anyone?


Hello Gila! Great to see you here  --  I know you
from FHS chats.
I remember and revere TGP greatly, and have
very fond and respectful memories of your dad.

Regarding old photos: Have you checked out
eBay for old postcards?
I've gotten a lot of great old images of my current
town that way, and I'm pretty sure you could do
the same with Flushing.


#55 2005-03-27 22:54:03


Re: Flushing, anyone?

That fancy eatery on Northern Blvd

I believe that AVK2 in his/her post of 2/6/05 was referring to Loraine Murphey's restaurant. 


#56 2005-03-28 03:35:34


Re: Flushing, anyone?


One of my vivid memories of Flushing was running around outside on summer nights armed with jars to catch fireflies. All the kids on the block would join in. I don't think I've ever seen a firefly since. Do they still exist?
MARK - When I saw that name I had a feeling it was you! I happened upon this site when I googled "bowne park."  I was remembering how we went skating on the pond when it iced over in winter.


#57 2005-03-31 23:11:40


Re: Flushing, anyone?


....And I found it by googling "Kissena bowling"!
And I used to go ice skating at Weeping Beech
park  --  is it possible that's the one you mean too?
I know there was one called Bowne, but a lot of
people used to call the other one "Bowne Park"


#58 2005-04-02 03:00:51


Re: Flushing, anyone?


Thanks, especially to avk2, for reminding
me of stuff I forgot - like Fazios!  Some of
my friends went to the same school you
did.  Sometimes I went to church with
them on Saturday night so they could get
it over with.  My friends were the Butlers --
Jane, Dina and Bobby.  Did you know

I have some pix I will put up when I have
the chance.

Now, when I was at Flushing High, I had
a crazy old coot named Bergere as my art
teacher.  Does anyone remember him?  I
had this stern guy, Greenstein, for math.  I
also remember a big 1776/1976 mural in
the hallway.  Also, the swimming classes
were run in the YMCA across the street. 
Anyone else take those?  Remember
those one-piece red gymsuits with the
micro-striped tops?   Yuk!  I did like the
big trampoline they had, though.

I went to see my old building, 35-19
147th, and it was pretty run down.  I took
my son thorugh all the alleys and
courtyards and it was not as it was.  You
could go from my building though alleys
and into the lobby of the building on 147th
and Northern and then exit on Northern, if
you were trying to "lose" someone.



#59 2005-04-02 21:25:54


Re: Flushing, anyone?


i grew up in flushing in the 60's and 70's, i remember all the wonderful shops down mainstreet. what a time to be growing up. korvettes, alexanders, wooolworths etc.


#60 2005-04-02 21:33:59


Re: Flushing, anyone?


i went to ps 163, is 237, and francis lewis high school. who out there is my age 44. do you remember anyone from the old neighborhood. we had some really great times. mrs dogher, st mary's dances, jerry's disco, wow, that was awesome, my friends all worked at the quartet in 1977 and keiths movie theatre.  kissena park,


#61 2005-04-03 00:03:40


Re: Flushing, anyone?

to mark

Do I gather that there is a FHS page?  Where do I find that? On the 1967 football team, the "star" was Larry Anderson, a scrappy little guy who went to CW Post.  Joey Sasso was a terrific and nutty middle guard. The team was filled with crazies.  The year before the quarterback was Rafael Corona, another eccentric. I was a year behind Eddie Fogler, who was an all city basketball player who went North Carolina and started for a couple of years,then was an assistant coach for Dean Smith for many years, and then coached division at Wichita State, vanderbilt and South Carolina.

I don't remember too much about the high school itself, but was a member of the mixed choir, which met up in a tower, led by Mr. Stam, who was a fine gentleman with a tough job. We were on triple session at the time, with something like 5000 students.  I wonder if that continued.

While in high school I worked at the Army Navy store on Main Street that had a lot of WWII surplus and lots of work clothes The manager was a great guy named Hank greenberg. One time I waited on Matt Snell of the Jets, before they won the super bowl.


#62 2005-04-05 01:08:26


Re: Flushing, anyone?

to Vic

Yes  --  there's a Flushing High alumni site: http://

You'l find a lot of good stuff on it  --  make sure to
look at all the links, and click on whatever looks
interesting. There's stuff about a lot of people from
the class of '67.
Also, if you feel like it, contact the webmaster and
give her some of your info, and she'll add it to the

I knew some of the people that you mention. I
knew Larry Anderson (although not well) both in
JHS 189 and FHS. I think he was on the baseball
team too. Joey Sasso went out for the bowling
team (I think he made it), and I bowled some lines
with him when we were trying out for the team.
I actually knew Ed Fogler better than the others,
because we were in the same physics class and
at the same lab table. I've followed his whole
career with interest. It was great to see him do so
well, although he didn't do as well in college
coaching as it seemed he might have.

I actually had a connection to Walter Stamm and
the chorus too. I was the piano accompanist for
some of the pieces that the chorus did at the
"Spring Concert" in '67. Also I was on the Forum
staff (school paper), and the office was right next
to Mr. Stamm's office  --  so I would see him a lot
there. We sometimes used to drop over and jam a
little on his piano.


#63 2005-04-07 08:56:13

Re: Flushing, anyone?


What great stories.
I grew up in Flushing.I'm probably older then most of you guys.Went to Bayside High
Class of '58.Growing up in Flushing was the BEST.Kisenna Park,The Gable In-drinking before the age of 18.I rember Bohack Supermarket on the corner of Francis Lewis and Northern.How about Shelly's Bakery on
Main Street,Nedicks on Northern and Main,"The Prospect Theater ,and the Town Theater.Meyers Woods--site of Boy Scout Jamberee's.Dr Rogoff,who's office was above Gable in was my dentist-- from 1953 till 1997.How's that for going the distance.We lived on 19th street off 44th Ave.Our house was the first single family home on our block.This web site is great.

You brought back found memories---THANKS.

Sam V.


#64 2005-04-14 14:08:33


Re: Flushing, anyone?

kissena park

I live right the corner of 169 & lithonia i'm 20 years old and spent my early youth  hanging out in the park drinkin beers, scoring with chicks and playing ball...good times....haha rick fio with that snapper is a hilarious picture, I also see brian in there as well, I recognize the other guy but i don't know his name...


#65 2005-04-18 17:30:05


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Kissena Park

I am about Rick Fios age. We grew up in a different time than you, Ryan. Here is a panoramic view of the lake in Aug. 2002, when the work began on the lake.

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#66 2005-04-19 23:24:01


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I grew up in  Pomonok and Parsons junior high area... I also remember suicide hill aka deadmans hill in Electchester and running my sled up under the  Q 65 more than once.. jib lanes,, the library on jewel and parsons blvd which I still owe some books... I also miss the planes over head and then two seconds later on the t.v while watching the Mets....    also that wonderful smell on the van wyck at flushing bay. Queens college,P.s 201   , Glorias pizza , regina pizza.


#67 2005-05-10 17:34:04


Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing Artist

I'd love to hear from anyone who has memories of Flushing that would help me understand an artist I am researching.  He lived on Utopia Parkway between the late 1920s and his death in 1972.  He loved to hang out on Main Street (at Fisher-Beer, and at the library among other places) and took the buses and rode his bike everywhere in Queens.  Did any of you grow up near Utopia Parkway and 37th Street?  Did you shop at (or work at) Fisher-Beer, or hang at the library?  I'd love to hear more, if you did.  Any memories of the area during this man's life would be helpful.

If you prefer to respond off list you can contact me at:

I'll look forward to your responses!


#68 2005-05-14 12:54:53


Re: Flushing, anyone?

Flushing and Whitestone

Thanks for the great memories everyone! I grew up in Whitestone (born in 1962) and went to PS 79 and then Bleeker JHS (185). I remember my dad figthing with the schoolboard to convince them that we were far enough away from Bleeker to rate a bus pass (remember those?) Would take the good old Q44, and there was a particular bus driver that looked like Knicks Walt Frazier, so we dubbed him "Clyde" of course.

Great times on those old rattly buses, tossing our bus pass out the window so that friends who were waiting in line could then also use it to ride for free!

Remember also the 44 bus to Main Street to visit all of the stores talked about. I remember what a big deal it was to save up a dollar or so, to sneak to Hurdy Gurdy or Glorias' for a slice and soda. My older brother and I were allowed to go ANYWHERE we wanted in the City, alone, at ages 6 and 12!!

We belonged to Linden Beach Club, which I don't think anyone mentioned yet. It was a pretty OK place (nice big pool) which was basically located in the middle of the junkyard adjacent to Adventurers Inn! We would sneak out of Linden to walk down the weed infested "sidewalk" to AI, having saved enough for a ride on "Flight to Mars".

We spent much time at what we called "Swamp Field", which was the area south of the expressway between 14th and 20th (before all the development there). I remember sledding down from the service road, right into the swamp at the bottom, catching frogs, etc.
Also mini-golf at "Golf City",  going to the driving range, with the cool automatic pop-up balls. Going down the "aeroslide" on those burlap bags, and when older, playing air hockey at the arcade place right beneath the slide!!

Could go on forever with this stuff!!!


#69 2005-07-20 01:44:26


Re: Flushing, anyone?

This is a great thread!

Too bad this thread has basically died!
(There's a lot of great, great stuff here.)

Maybe everybody from Flushing is just away for
the summer and busy having a great time......    <img src="images/smile.gif">

(I hope so!)


#70 2005-10-10 13:01:42


Re: Flushing, anyone?

Fresh Meadow Lanes

Anyone remember the bowling alley near the Meadows theatre?  Always able to get a beer before you were 18. 


#71 2005-10-30 00:06:28


Re: Flushing, anyone?

Elementary school

does anyone remember PS 120?  It was hidden in between Booth Memorial, Main Street, College Point Blvd and the LIE.... I have some great memories from there ... Mr Kleiner the music teacher .... Mr. Barckman the principal, he was a card ... drove a motor scooter to work. 
Anyone remembering this school, leave a post!


#72 2005-11-04 18:32:04


Re: Flushing, anyone?

flushing fantastic

i grew up in flushing from 1963 to 1990
i remember seeing parades on main street
with santa claus at the end
does anyone else?
how about flushing fantastic?
they shut down main st. from northern blvd to kissena blvd


#73 2005-11-11 14:54:32


Re: Flushing, anyone?

S.S. Linds

Does anyone remember S.S. Linds in the Strip Mall on Parsons Blvd?  You could buy a Matchbox car for a quarter.  Needless to say I spent a lot of quarters in the late 60's/early 70's!

Is it still there?  If not, when was its demise?


#74 2005-12-15 14:05:15


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Broadway Flushing

I probably pre-date most folks here.  Avk2's post sure brought back some memories.  I also graduated from St. Andrew's grammar school - way back in 1952.  Across Northern Blvd from St. Andrew Avellino Church was the A&P and Siegers Bakery.  People would jam the place after each Sunday Mass. There were about 5 masses starting at 6:15 AM with the last one being at 11:00 or 11:15. 
As I kid I delivered the Long Island Star Journal between 161st & 163rd Street and  between Northern Blvd and 33rd Ave.  During my high school years (Bayside High School), I worked at Hanleins Pharmacy on the corner of 161st St. and Northern Blv.  I delivered prescription medicine, cigars or whatever by bicycle. 
   On the corner of 162 and Northern, across from Bohacks supermarket (but on the same side of Northern as Bohacks) was a ice cream/hamburger place called Jo-Al's. Across Northern near the corner of 162nd was an ice cream parlor called the "Slab".  Just a little past the Long Island RR trestle that crossed over 162nd Street and on 162nd was a bar called the "White Thorn"
In the late forties across 161st St. from Hanlein's pharmacy  but on the same side of Northern was a diner called the "Blue Mill Diner".  It only lasted 3 or 4 years and was replaced with a chain of connected stores.  Diagonally across Northern was the Roosevelt Theatre.  Several doors down toward 162nd St was a Chinese Restaurant - close to Woolworths.  Woolworths was directly across Northern from Hanlein's Pharmacy where I worked after school and on Saturdays.

We played stick ball, touch football and roller hockey in the street (161st) The man hole covers were the hockey goals.  A telephone wire crossing the street was the goal post over which we kicked the "extra point".  It was always a "drop kick".  I wonder if anyone remembers that a drop kick was a routine way of kicking extra points.  We played a game called "Chinese" in which you hit a lively rubber ball on a bounce against a brick wall.  It was lots of fun but would require too lengthy of an explanation here concerning the rules. Suffice it to say that the game required very fast reflexes.  We ice skated on the pond in Bowne Park and played baseball and football at Andrean field. 

We rode sleds at Kissena Park (Suicide Hill) and also down the the hill on 35th Ave near 164th Street. 

If your were to stand at the corner of Northern Blvd and Main Street and look across Northern at the RKO Theatre in the late forties and early fifties, and then look several building to the right you would have seen a little white bank.  I believe it was called the "Flushing Bank".  In the basement of the bank was a rifle and pistol range where my teenage friend (Mike Donnelly and Noel Janey from Little Neck) and I would shoot our .22 rifles.  (Times sure have changed haven't they!)  We used to go hunting in the woods around Boonton, NJ and carry our cased rifles or shotguns on the Q28, IRT and onto a NJ Bus leaving the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan.
It was no big deal back then and nobody payed any attention.  Try that now-a-days and you'll wind up in the slammer in less than a nano second. 

I live in WV now and for several years returned to Flushing to visit family via my small aiplane (Piper Tripacer)  I landed at Flushing Airport on Linden Pl. It has long since closed.   The airport was right across the bay from LaGuardia. 


#75 2005-12-16 01:28:14


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more flushing

Wow, Tripacer, that was interesting.
I was born in 1961, so much of what
you talked about may have been
gone by the time I "hung out." 

We hung out on or close
to our block (147th) for the most part.
I only went to the 161st area to go to the
movies (the quartet) or to buy
a christmas tree there under the
tracks.  I recall going into the
five and dime across the way
there to buy my mom a 'kitchen
magician.'  Remember those  <img src="images/smile.gif">
Also passed by there to go
to the White Castle near Bell Blvd.
I live in Cali now, so boy do I
miss those burgers!

My grandmother was a legendary
waitress at the horn and hardardt
on northern -- near Parsons.
Did you ever go there?  She was
there from about 1959/60 until it closed.
I loved that place.  My mom was
a waitress there, too,  when I
was a kid. 

The game you played as "Chinese"
we played as "Flies Up."  Mainly
we played in the courtyard of
35-07 147th street -- when it
was still all open.  God knows
how many windows we broke
and then ran like crazy!



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