From the Daily News:
The familiar names once beckoned customers across Queens on buzzing neon signs: the Bayside, the Fame, the Scobee and the Future.
The comfy atmosphere at these diners lured locals to their favorite booths, oversize menus and kitschy memorabilia on the walls.
Not anymore. Those four diners are among many to close in the borough in recent years - an indication, some fear, that the distinctive gathering spots are disappearing from Queens.
And it's not just diners. Locals worry the borough is losing traditional middle-class hangouts that once provided a sense of place.
Now in its second installment, the "Vanishing Vintage Queens" series is exploring the loss of communal spots such as ice cream parlors, movie houses and bowling alleys. Some feel the demise of those unofficial landmarks has diminished local civic pride.