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Bensons Burgers – Merrick Blvd. – Jamaica, Queens

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Kosher Foods – Meal Mart – Schreiber – Maspeth, Queens

© Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Imported Guinness Revisited – LIC, Queens – Vincenzo Aiosa

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Queens Wines & Liquors – Ridgewood, NY

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Ridgewood Coins & Stamps – Queens

EVergreen 1- 3601 – 5913 71st Ave Ridgewood Queens © Vincenzo Aiosa


Eisenmann’s Bicycle Shop – Ridgewood, Queens

Thank you Enzo’s eyes. © Frank H. Jump

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According to Ted Ernst of Palo Verdes Estates, CA  on January 28, 2007 in a search thread on the Bikelist dot org website:

Eisenmann was a sorta wild guy. He put his name on anything he could. Free Advertising! His last shop address we had was on Wyckoff Street in Brooklyn. My dad did business with Eisenmann back in the ’30s and I suspect that all German people affiliated with a NY German ethnic group was investigated by our authorities in the war, and rightly so. We never heard of any allegations of that sort, In fact right after the war when travel and racing started back up again, John Eisenmann and Ernie Seubert, (later cycling federation president) stayed at our house when they visited Chicago for a big bike race. It was always fun to hear Eisenmann talk Germanic English with a Brooklyn accent. – Search.Bikelist.org

Edward Albert, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Chappaqua, NY later added:

…He [Eisenmann] had a store in Ridgewood, Queens and Imported Durkopp’s and Siebers. He was also President of the GBSC – German Bicycle Sports Club — for a time. He may have been investigated during the war for pro Nazi activities but that is not strictly proven.

Ridley & Co of New York – Established in 1806 – Off Queens Blvd on 34th Street

© Vincenzo Aiosa

Confectioners Journal – July 1922 – p.127

Depiction of original Ridley & C0 store established in 1806 on Chamber Street, NYC – From New York City History for Kids: From New Amsterdam to the Big Apple with 21 Activities (Google eBook)

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Turn Left – [We] Specialize In… – Astoria Blvd – East Elmhurst, Queens

© Frank H. Jump

Krug’s Bread – Astoria Blvd – Corona, Queens

© Frank H. Jump

© Frank H. Jump

Courtesy of Fulton History

Queens Gazette’s Jason D. Antos @ Historic Neirs Tavern: Queens– Then & Now

Jason D. Antos with introductory slide to his lecture based on his 2009 book Queens Then & Now © Frank H. Jump

Neirs Tavern – CLICK FOR WEBSITE © Frank H. Jump

Photograph of ferry terminal at Long Island City for East River Crossings taten in the late 1800s. Love the Castoria ad! – Courtesy of Jason D. Antos

LEFT TO RIGHT: Frank Jump (Fading Ads of NYC), Jason D. Antos (Queens: Then & Now), Brian Merlis (Brooklyn Pix dot com) & David Quintana (Lost in the Ozone) © Vincenzo Aiosa

Tonight, Neirs Tavern  hosted a Queens history night featuring Jason D. Antos’s Queens: Then & Now, a fascinating powerpoint presentation with archival photos of Queens juxtaposed to the same perspectives today.  To quote Antos, “it was an evening of incredible photos of local history, beer and yes…wings!” Antos chose a great historic location since, as Antos says:

Neirs is one of the oldest continuously used bars in New York City and has been in operation since 1834! It is a Woodhaven landmark best remembered for its setting in Goodfellas!

It was a truly enjoyable and informative evening. Thanks Jason for inviting me!