- Also posted on FAB from September 1997
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.
- Also see Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten NY posting.
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!