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2/14/2000 8:33 PM
 
The old wooden bridge Westons or wesson's a big restaurant on the left side over the bridge going to Rockaway (they had sugar cubes in a blue wrapper I remember. The aquarium in a green building where I got my first fish tank as a kid. Rockaway Playland (although that is nor crossbay. The bar next to the Buick place on crossbay when "Murph" owned it (where I used to be able to be found frequently.) When Ragtime was just a little stand to buy ices at during the summer.
 
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2/18/2000 5:36 PM
 
What about MEATS N' TREATS? That was next to the library
 
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2/20/2000 6:03 PM
 
Marcimouth; I did not go to Adams. Went to Beach Channel for one year (sophmore, 78-79) and hung out with that crowd at the disco. Have very fond (an old) memories of that time. Moved to AZ after my sophmore year.
 
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2/27/2000 10:21 PM
 
I don't remember Jet Burger, but there used to be a place called Sonic Burger which was the first thing that looked remotely like a McDonalds in Queens, Back then there were some McDonalds on the Island but none in the city that I had seen. The first Honda shop that I had ever seen was on Cross Bay. When Honda started importing cars they had a car that was not much bigger than a motor cycle in the store window.
 
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4/29/2000 11:46 PM
 
anyone remember the shellbank
 
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5/6/2000 7:16 PM
 
Bill, I thought the first supermarket was "Meats and Treats" ( I am probably wrong). Wasn't the little library next door? Do you remember the Shack ( candy store)? It was at the end of the old bridge by Casino park?? Howard Beach was great back then.
 
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7/8/2000 1:56 AM
 
I agree with Dee that Meat & Treats was probably the first grocery store on Crossbay but I am 37 years old so I could be wrong. I don't remember Jet's but I do remember an orange and white hamburger place that I think was Wesson's or Wetson's on Crossbay Blvd but I thought it was in Ozone Park. I definately remember A&P and that conveyor belt and the person who worked in A&P and threatened all th kids about sending them downstairs on that conveyor belt. I remember Joe the ice cream man and his, "And What else?" The delicatessen on Crossbay that sold the best kinishes and hotdogs. For under $2 we used to go out for lunch (207) and either have a hot dog, kinish, soda and then have left overs to buy candy at Joe's. You could also get 2 slices and a soda a Gino's and left over for some candy as well. McDonald's was a little more expensive so we didn't go there much - it didn't leave you with enough change to stop in Joe's for that extra treat. How about the original Church St. Helen's when we used to have to kneel at the pews in front of the altar. I remember hanging out in the Baha making paths through the weeds like we were on some kind of jungle adventure, if our parents really knew what we were doing. As you can see I have a lot of great memories of Howard Beach, I just hope my children are able to have as wonderful a childhood as I had back then, times have certainly changed.
 
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8/16/2000 11:32 PM
 
Anybody remember "MITCH"? He was pretty cool and drove an ice cream truck in Spring and Summer. He use to hang around and visit with all the kids just hanging around.
 
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8/29/2000 12:13 AM
 
Mitch used to park right near 207 after school and during lunch. He used to sell all kinds of goodies: Big Buddy bubble gum sticks,Charlston Chews, David's sunflower seeds, knishes, pretzels....all kinds of goodies. The candy seemed to always be $.07 or $.10.
 
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7/17/2001 11:17 AM
 
Dave, This is Marc Landau. You once pushed me around 'cause you felt you could. Well, 20 years have passed and I think that the two of us need to talk about the past..... Only kidding! You were a little cocky but a good guy at heart. Anyhow, the Aquarium became a Geico location. It is sometimes a little depressing to see what has become of some parts of H.B. Most of us who contribute to this web site are near the same age. The blvd. is basically the same, although as you get closer to Lindenwood- well it gets extremely crowded, the traffic lights seem to stay red forever and the residents of the area aren't the same as we all remember. Avoid the Conduit and 149 ave. Take care...
 
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