Monday, February 25, 2008
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?
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Looking N/E along South Railroad Avenue towards Broadway around 1929.
Does anyone remember the Angler Deli?
All the small photos with Queenspix.com in the title are available as sharply detailed 8x10's on that site. Just go to the Elmhurst section and match the elmxxx number.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.