Thursday, June 14, 2007

Main Street, Flushing, February 1929





23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wonderful photos! Where did you get them? Any further ID on where these houses were located?

Jennifer said...

This houses are just beautiful! It is really something to see how Queens onced looked. What shame it is long gone.

Anonymous said...

Flushing was such a beautiful place! Even the tiny bungalow had a pergola. The times have changed and sadly, not for the better.

Anonymous said...

The bungalow looks like the one on south side of Roosevelt Avenue, between 147th and 149th Streets.

Anonymous said...

Those homes look like the ones in "It's a Wonderful Life". That is before Flushing became HUANGVILLE.

Anonymous said...

Actually Flushing is better known as "Huang Kong" or "Liu-iville" !!!!

Anonymous said...

The crapification of Queens began long before Liu and Huang. Fedders buildings were springing up all over the place as long ago as the '60s. I know because I lived in one of them in Flushing.

Anonymous said...

Please post the source of these... or get Kevin Walsh to post a bunch of these pictures.

Anonymous said...

Why is Queens different from other sections of the US?

(Give up?)

Answer: Most people clean up their crap, but here they crap it out!

mazeartist said...

This is Flushing B.C.

Before Crap

Anonymous said...

Oh my. What have we done?

Julie said...

These photos make me want to cry.

Anonymous said...

You can thank people like Congressman Gary Ackerman (there were others) for playing "Asian baseball" with those intent on crapping up Flushing back in the 70s or was it the early 80s ? !!!

What were all of those trips to Taiwan for ? !!!

Anonymous said...

The sad thing is that most Queens neighborhoods once had houses like these. Now....just crap.

Anonymous said...

Oops....I forgot another alternate name for Flushing.....

"Welling-town" !!!

mr. bodders said...

For the record, [and I only say this because i remember 1950s Flushing] but most of the houses even from the 30s were not this grandiose.

-Jer
Chicago Ill

Anonymous said...

There were still a few old Victorian houses particularly along Parsons Blvd during the 50's & early 60's that were demolished and replaced with cracker box houses that stuffed six families in the same lot that used to house only one. Most of the remaining older homes have been chopped up to accommodate 3 or 4 tenants.

R.Zollner said...

In the 1950's and 60's Main Stree was such a beautiful place. Remember Fisher&Beer Store, Masters Department Store and Gertz and Grants Department Stores. The RKO Keiths was the greatest place to see a movie. You could take the Q17 bus from Kissena Park for 10 cents to see a movie for 75 cents and still have change left over from the dollar to get candy or popcorn at the movies! What a great time. Happy Trails To You all.

Anonymous said...

Will the person who cited Gary Akerman as one of many who sold out Flushing in this matter. Please elaborate on where I can find proof of your veracity and research.

Larry

Anonymous said...

Poor Flushing,poor main street before it become chinatown number two. Not that im racist or anything, but everywhere you go you need to be translated because everything is asian! They have taken over. Its not even considered main street anymore,call it asianville.

Anonymous said...

One of Flushings greatest problems stemmed from the fact that it was too close to Manhattan. The creation of the "five burrows" in the late 19 century was its death knell. Robert Mosses was the one how took the ball and ran with it. Zone changes during that period really did the Queens in.
Flushing was at the wrong place at the wrong time. The mind set that directs and formulates our culture in this democracy has deemed this so.

Anonymous said...

my goodness. first date i ever went on with hubby was to a chinese restaurant in flushing. that was 35 years ago we also bought our first furniture down there. at least you can still walk around . or CAN YOU?

robert149 said...

i can say for a fact that the second and third homes where on 38 avenue, between Bowne and Union

the other large rectangular with mansard roof looks like it might of been a Parsons home where flushing high now stands.