Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Bad News :-(

The 110th Precinct doesn't get a new stationhouse.

The eternal struggle for parking on 43rd Avenue continues.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Still around

Found this aerial shot online.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Horse Brook has a new entry on the Horse Brook that used to run through Elmhurst. Check it out:

Our Mister Brook

While your there don't forget to visit his Elmhurst page.

Have you been to Elmhurst

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Sunday walk

A bamboo grove in a backyard.


Bamboo is a group of woody perennial evergreen plants in the true grass family Poaceae, subfamily Bambusoideae, tribe Bambuseae. Some of its members are giant bamboo, forming by far the largest members of the grass family. Bamboo is the fastest growing woody plant in the world. Their accelerated growth rate (up to 3-4 feet/day (1.5-2.0 inches/hr)) is due to a unique rhizome system and is dependent on local soil and climate conditions.

They are of economic and high cultural significance in East Asia and South East Asia where they are used extensively in gardens, as a building material as well as a food source. In Filipino, they are known as kawayan, in Chinese as zhu (Chinese: 竹; pinyin: zhú), in Japanese as take (Kanji: 竹; Hiragana: たけ, take?), in Korean as dae (대) or daenamu (대나무), in Vietnamese as Tre /tʃe/, and in Indonesian as bambu[1].

There are 91 genera and about 1,000 species of bamboo. They are found in diverse climates, from cold mountains to hot tropical regions. They occur across East Asia, from 50°N latitude in Sakhalin through to northern Australia, and west to India and the Himalaya.[2] They also occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and in the Americas from the southeast of the United States[3] south to Argentina and Chile, there reaching their furthest south anywhere, at 47°S latitude. Major areas with no native bamboos include Europe, north Africa, western Asia, Canada, most of Australia, and Antarctica.[4]

Wonder how this is doing

Elmhurst Next Stop For LIRR?

Friday, March 21, 2008

Gotham Center for NYC history

They have a website
Gotham Center for New York City history

and a fairly active forum. Check out the "Elmhurst" topic.

Elmhurst Memories

Some interesting tidbits if you don't mind wading through 27 pages of postings.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

WWF / Ebay

Another Ebay find. No year listed, but perhaps someone more familiar with wrestling can hazard a guess. I do know that the roller rink at 77-00 Queens Blvd became L'amour East around 1982.

I remember when this death occured.

Queens Blvd was once a hotbed of wrestling with the Sunnyside Gardens and Elk's Club hosting events. Granted tastes change, but now I can't think of one commercial venue for a live event in Elmhurst.

Monday, March 17, 2008

FDNY / Wandowenock

This came up on Ebay:

"This is a fireman's exempt badge from Newtown, Long Island, New York. Newtown was a town in Queens County, NY before Queens became a part of NYC in 1898. Newtown was renamed Elmhurst in 1896. Exempt was frequently part of the title of volunteer fire companies in this area because the firemen were exempt from jury duty and possibly other things. The badge is embossed metal with a laurel leaf motif. It measures approximately 2 1/2" by 1 5/8". It probably originally had a golden finish, but just a trace of the gilding remains. It reads "Town of Newtown,L.I. Exempt" and the original threaded pin nut reads: "C. G. Braxmar Co. 10 Maiden Lane NY". The company still is in business today at another address!"

It went for $142.57

I believe this was worn on their hats.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Dongan Avenue

Two aerial views show Dongan Avenue North of Broadway today. The top photo looks eastward across the LIRR tracks - 86-25 is the red building on the left. The second photo looks north across Broadway with 86-25 partially hidden. You can see the last wood frame Claremont Terrace home and the commercial block built on its front lawn.

Now does anyone remember the futuristic looking house that used to sit at the end of Dongan Avenue? It was torn down in the 70's I believe. Better yet does anyone have a photo?

Dongan Avenue

From the September 1938 issue of the Architectural Record comes this lovely shot of 86-25 Dongan Avenue.

A beautiful spot at Elmhurst L.I.

This card is postmarked July 31, 1914. I have no idea where in Elmhurst this fountain was located. I know there was a "temperance" fountain on Broadway & Queens blvd, but this can't be it. Any suggestions welcomed

Sunday, February 17, 2008

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking N/E along South Railroad Avenue towards Broadway around 1929.
Does anyone remember the Angler Deli?
All the small photos with in the title are available as sharply detailed 8x10's on that site. Just go to the Elmhurst section and match the elmxxx number.

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking S/W on Whitney Avenue from Broadway towards 83 street 1929.
Knickerbocker Ice and Coal in the background.

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking S/W on Whitney Avenue from Broadway towards 83 street 1929.
The bank has become a newstand at some point

LIRR / Elmhurst /

N/E corner of Broadway and Whitney Avenue 1929

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking up Whitney Avenue from Broadway 1929.
Anyone remember Dandy's Pizzaria?

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking N/E up Whitney Avenue across the intersection of Broadway 1929.
There is a restaurant where the bank building was. It is in a one-story building that was originally built as a post office.

LIRR / Elmhurst /

Looking S/W down Whitney Avenue from Ketcham street.
The building on the right is still there although the front has been
changed to add commercial tenants on the first floor.

LIRR / Elmhurst

Looking S/W on Whitney Avenue from Macnish street.

LIRR / Elmhurst

Photo from Vincent F. Seyfried's Elmhurst

LIRR / Elmhurst

A closer look at the bank building. This block survived into the early 60's with Rosen's hardware as one of its tenants (He later moved farther up Broadway near the phone building) The early 70s saw the whole block replaced by a parking lot and post office annex. The post office building is now Pho Bang restaurant.

LIRR / Elmhurst

Another view looking S/W down Whitney (Kingsland) Avenue into the intersection with Broadway.

LIRR / Elmhurst

A closer look at the railroad gates. This sort of crossing is called "at grade" meaning street level. The tracks were raised to their present state around 1929. Elmhurst lasted as a stop on the Port Washington line until Jan 1, 1985.

LIRR / Elmhurst

Looking at the N/E corner of Broadway and Whitney Avenue. Claremont Terrace is in the background. That large mass of trees is in the front yards of 4 stately homes which I will cover another day. The Westernmost one actually survived until 2007 buried behind a row of buildings built in front of it.

LIRR / Elmhurst

LIRR / Elmhurst

LIRR / Elmhurst

The pride of my postcard collection. I had to battle Elmhurst collectors AND railroad buffs to get this one.

LIRR / Elmhurst has a nice page on the
Port Washington Branch

The Long Island Railroad in Elmhurst

Elmhurst Long Island Railroad station before the grade crossing elimination of 1929. This fine brick station opened in December 1888 as a replacement for an older wooden building and was demolished in 1927. - Vincent Seyfried Elmhurst

Sunday, February 3, 2008

Mayor of Elmhurst?

I usually try to put together a new post each Sunday, but THE GIANTS ARE IN THE SUPERBOWL. As a filler I have posted my collection of news clippings on Oswald Gomez. If you have been to any parade in the city you have seen him and his pets and if you have ever walked down Elmhurst Avenue you have seen him. If I was a writer I would wax eloquently about how as the population of Elmhurst climbs, the number of "characters" seems to diminish, but the kick-off is approaching so good day to you all.

Monday, January 28, 2008

FDNY / Wandowenock

Steam pumper of the Wandowenock Engine Company #1 in front of its house on the West side of Broadway opposite Justice Avenue about 1910. All the local volunteer companies went out of business in 1913 and were replaced by a paid city fire department.

Elmhurst: from town seat to mega-suburb - Vincent J. Seyfried

FDNY / Wandowenock

Wandowenock charter I missed on Ebay

FDNY / Elmhurst Eagles

Let us not forget the "Elmhurst Eagles" of Engine 287 and Ladder 136. They reside at 86-53 Grand Avenue and are Elmhurst's first responders

FDNY / Wandowenock

The Wandownock Volunteer Fire Company began in 1843, composed of men from land owning families; only in the 1880s did German and Irish names appear on it's roster.

The Future of us all by Roger Sanjek

FDNY / Wandowenock

Two photos from the Hansen family tree page.
The sign on the wagon reads 'Hook and Ladder made by hand in Newtown in 1854 by a Newtown man out of hickory grown in Newtown - was run to fires in Newtown for fifty years'

Hansen family

Monday, January 21, 2008

FDNY / Wandowenock

Excempt Firemen's Building December 31, 1929 #Elm084

Shot available from Queenspix showing a wider view than the postcard

the site today

FDNY / Wandowenock

86-22 Broadway
Volunteer fire company Engine 1 established 09/01/1843
Ladder one established in 1890
Both replaced by paid FDNY units on 09/01/1913

FDNY / Wandowenock

Photo is of a weather vane that was on top of a fire house in Newtown L.I. (which is now Elmhurst) for almost 100 years. The Museum at the Firemen's Home in Hudson has just received this for their collection. Shown is Sam Kilmer, native of Hudson, putting the finishing touches on the weather vane. - Albany Times Union

Firefighting Museum

Saturday, January 12, 2008

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Page 17 / Sole survivor

Out of all the buildings in the Cord Meyer booklet only one survives! Hampton Street and 43 Avenue. That might not be the case for long as I have seen the property for sale for 1.8 million. The lot it sits on is quite large so I don't think anyone will be buying it to restore.

Current photo: Ted Chang
Street shot: Vincent Seyfried's "Elmhurst from town seat to mega suburb"

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Vietor Avenue again.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Elmhurst Memorial Hall?

The home of Elmhurst Post, No. 298 (American Legion) is a memorial building, erected in 1926 by the Elmhurst Memorial League, Inc., through voluntary contributions to honor the residents of Elmhurst who served their country in the World War.

-excerpt from History of Elmhurst Post 298 American Legion 1919-1933

Recent photo by Ted Chang