Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Queens Boulevard

Another Ebay score! Looking across Queens Boulevard down Broadway.
Newtown HS visible in background

Newtown Theatre 1948

Newtown Theatre at Cinema Treasures

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Elmhurst LIRR Station

or "stuff I found on Ebay"
The first 2 are from the mid 1920's from the Hampton/91st Place Bridge. The last from 1952 looking East on the Port Washington Line. The corner of Macnish can be seen in the lower left corner.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Courtesy of the Stidolph family

Long time residents of Elmhurst, they are sharing this shot of Newtown H.S. with the 1939 World's Fair visible in the background.
1939 World's Fair

Friday, May 1, 2009


Reading this news item brought back memories of this movie and how they shut down Wendy's for a few months. Can anyone name any other movies filmed in Elmhurst?

Friday, April 3, 2009


About a year ago someone asked about Ketcham and Layton Streets and if they ever passed through Vietor Avenue before all the apartment buildings were built. Well after a year of looking and getting a very nice 1893 ward map off of Ebay I can say...... NO
It looks like both sides of Vietor ave were sold as small lots before Cord Meyer came in and laid out Layton, Ketcham and Judge etc. (originally First Street, Second Street, Third Street). The rectangle formed by Broadway, Elmhurst Ave, Judge Street and Whitney Avenue was a single parcel of land with the Samuel Lord Estate on it, and was aquired later. This let Cord Meyer continue his Diagonal grid.

The Lord Estate from the NYPL Digital Archive.

Just search "Elmhurst"


So someone reading this site (other than my family) asks if anyone can remember the name of the diner on Queens Boulevard at the North East corner of its intersection with Van Loon Street. I should remember it because I ate there a few times before it became Harbor City, but the name escapes me. Does anyone recall?

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.