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Here's the pizza parlor that was a favorite stop on 86th street before or after a movie at the RKO across the street.

If you had a pizza above, it was most likely made by Tony above. I ate more pizzas on the counter above that I can count. Picture provided by Marilyn Compel.

A trip up and down 85th Street with Bob via his Coffeedrome web site. A trip worth taking to see some of the things that you took for granted. Take a minute now to see what you have missed on 86th Street.

The Steuben Day Parade pictures provided by Walter.

A recent email form one of our recent visitors to the Yorkville web site.

The Platzl Bar & Restaurant, F. Stiegmann German Imports (above the Platzl), E. Kirchgaessner Men's Clothing, The Hofbrau (and above it, The Corso), restaurant and night club, respectively. Remember the big neon sign in the Hofbrau' s window, reading "Wurzburger Hofbrau Braustubel" ?  Barney Google's (singles bar), Berlin Bar and Bremen Haus (corners of E. 86th and Third and E. 86th and Second, respectively. Karl Ehmer's Pork Store, Elk Candy Store, Mielke (selling German records and tapes), Richard Schmidt's Deli (on Second Ave. opposite Schaller & Weber), also Bavarian House (German clothing, hats, etc., owned by George Robl ). The Old Dutch Deli next to the Heidelberg Restaurant, and the Cafe Hindenburg back on E. 86th. I loved the area back in the l960's and 70's. Can anyone tell me where Emil's Pork Store was located? Also, a pork store owned by a Karl Ehni ? It's featured in a book I have, "New York In The Forties". My grandmother lived at 246 East 94th St. Ruppert's garage was on the same block. Glad to see your website is preserving the memories of the once-wonderful  Yorkville neighborhood, 

See the Steuben Day Parade by photos from Tom Wiegand

Best, Tom THOMAS WIEGAND" <nighthawk411@verizon.net>

Everyone had to go to the grocery store. I was usually down the street at our little grocery store getting a loaf of Silvercup White Bread. My mother used to go through hell and high water trying to fool mne that it a Silvercup. Many times she got Wonder Bread and saved the Silvercup wrapper to try and fool me. I knew my Silvercup Bread.

Another email from one of our visitors.

Some info on the the tiny little German Elk's Candy Store which was on 86th Street near 2nd Ave. They closed quite some years ago. After being closed for at least a year or two they reopened on 2nd Ave bet. 85th & 84th Street. Sadly they just closed a few months ago for good, so there's no place anymore to get that great marzipan that they made. The people were always lined up outside their door on holidays to buy all their goodies.

Also there was the Rainbow Italian Restaurant on 86th Street bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave (uptown side of the street) Great food!

Remember the old shoemaker on 1st Ave bet. 86th and 85th Street, the little short old man who ran it was there for years. Then the store moved around the corner to 85th Street bet. 1st & 2nd Ave. It's still there today, different owner of cause.

Also what about PS 190 on 82nd Street bet 1st & 2nd Ave - The Paul Revere School was it's name...

Thanks Carole

The Ideal Restaurant's original location closed in 1997 when the building that housed it was torn down.  It moved about three-quarters of a block east on 86th street to between 1st and 2nd avenues, where the owners tried to continue it as an upscale bar-restaurant before it closed for good in 1998.

Also, The entrances to the Bremen House were on 3rd avenue between 85th and 86th and east of 3rd avenue and 86th.  That later became a V.I.M. store for a number of years before the buildings housing that store and much of the rest of the block was torn down.

Another restaurant on 86th you may remember was Flaming Embers, which was a much better version of the legendary Tad's Steakhouse that is still in operation around Times Square.  Flaming Embers was originally on 86th street (towards 87th) and 3rd avenue, opening in late 1977 when they were famous for the $2.99 sirloin steak with a huge baked potato among other things.  Obviously, the price went up over the years, but they remained in the area (eventually around 1995 or so switching locations with The Wiz, moving next to the 86th Street East just east of 3rd avenue until it closed in 2006 as it was another business forced out when the buildings on 3rd avenue from 85th-86th were torn down).

Finally, the Merit Farms store on 86th Street was west of 2nd avenue going towards 3rd.  I forget when that closed for good.

Thanks Walt (July 9, 2008)

 

To correct you on the old Lowes' Orpheum, that theatre was on the north side of 86th street west of 3rd avenue going towards Lexington.  When it became a movie house, that theater's balcony was cordoned off from the main theatre, with that becoming the Lowes' Cine, which was then renamed the Lowes' Orpheum 2 in 1978.  The entire theatre was torn down in 1990 along with the Off-Track Betting location (that opened in 1971) next door to the Lowes' Cine/Orpheum 2 for a high-rise that now houses a newer, multi-screen version of the Lowes' Orpheum.

Also, the Grand Union on 86th street west of 1st avenue in the '80s became one of the first supermarkets to be open 24 hours a day.  That location is now a Gristidies that is open 24 hours a day.

Thanks Walt (July 14, 2008)

 

 

 

Store Name Location, Owners, Other Helpers, etc.
Addie Vallins On the north side of 86th Street between 3rd and Lexington Avenues is where you got Sundaes by Rosemary Manzi.
Albrecht's Ladies apparel
Barney Googles Night Life on 86th Street.
Bauer Bakery Bauer Bakery on Lexington Avenue between 86th Street and 85th Street  Bauer bakery is also listed under Bakeries by Rosemary Manzi.
Bavarian House German clothing, hats, etc., owned by George Robl
Bavarian Inn Restaurant Restaurant.
Berlin Bar Home of the famous hot dog that you would eat outside the bar.
Black & White The "Black & White" photography store between 1st. and 2nd. on the north side of 86th. I believe they started in 1918 and lasted into the '80's ?? by Leroy
Botany Bay Clothing store.
Bremen House Market. Corners of E. 86th and Third and E. 86th and Second
Cafe Geiger Café Geiger, on the downtown side of 86th Street near 3rd Ave., had delicious German pastries and cakes.  The back had a sit-down café where a violinist played, I believe, on weekends.  Very cozy (gemuetlich). By "Monika Hines" <MHines@carellabyrne.com>
Cafe Hindenburg back on E. 86th
Coffee Shop It was on 86th Street and Lexington Avenue, just above the subway station on the southwest corner. by Kathy Grunwald.
The Corso Nite Club
Crawford The other clothing store that I couldn't think of. Where was it locate don 86th Street?
Cushman's Bakery Bakery was located on 86th Street and 2nd Avenue.
Elk Candy Store Some info on the the tiny little German Elk's Candy Store which was on 86th Street near 2nd Ave. They closed quite some years ago. After being closed for at least a year or two they reopened on 2nd Ave bet. 85th & 84th Street. Sadly they just closed a few months ago for good, so there's no place anymore to get that great marzipan that they made. The people were always lined up outside their door on holidays to buy all their goodies.
Flagg Bros And of course Flagg Bros. on 3rd Avenue, where we bought our Dutch toed shoes or square toed as some called them. They went well with our pegged pants. WillyB.
Flying Embers On 86th Street, near 3rd Avenue
Gimbel's On 86th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue. by Kathy Grunwald.
Grand Union Super Market Grand Union was located on the Southside of 86th Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenues and more towards 1st Avenue. They gad a store detective there that was named "Sherlock". The became a 24 hour store and is now called Gristidies.
Grants On 3rd Avenue and just north of Woolworth's
Greenberg's At Greenberg's we would purchase our Easter, First Communion and Confirmation attire. In later years, I shopped here for my own children's clothing. Ann (Brown) Armstrong.
Helfer's The record store where you could listen to those great 45's.
The Hofbrau Restaurant. Remember the big neon sign in the Hofbrau' s window, reading "Wurzburger Hofbrau Braustubel" ?
Horn & Hardart Automat 1050's version of fast food restaurant...way ahead of their time.
Howard Clothes On 86th Street, just west of the subway entrance off Lexington Avenue
Ideal Lunch & Bar You missed the Ideal Lunch & Bar on 86th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, closer to 2nd.  It was a small hole in the wall but had terrific food.  My father and cousin ran it toward the end.  It was owned by the Humbert family. Contributed by Monika (Humbert) Hines
Joe's Spaghetti's House If you ever walked up 86th Street from 2nd Avenue, you'll recall the man in the window with the white hat and the big pots of spaghetti cooking by the windows. It was my first introduction to Italian cooking.
Karl Ehmer's pork store  
E. Kirchgaessner Men's Clothing Men's Clothing
Kleine Konditorei Cafe & Restaurant. A picture of the Steuben Day parade shows you this store above.
Kramer's Bakery German bakery on 2nd Avenue between 85th and 86th Streets.
Lady Orva Ladies Stockings
Linden's Bar & Restaurant Bar and Restaurant located next to the Loew's theatre, just west of 3rd Avenue. Great French fries.
Little Finland  
Loreli Restaurant Somewhere next to Joe's Spaghetti House on the north side of 86th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Lowes' Orpheum Located on the north side of 86th Street west of 3rd Avenue going towards Lexington Avenue
Manhattan Savings Bank On the corner of 85th Street and 2nd Avenue?
Martin's Bar Location?
Merit Farms A deli on 86th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues, on the south side of 86th Street ?

Do you remember Merit Farms on 85th Street and Lexington?  They had the best knishes. by Kathy Grunwald.

Mielke Selling German records and tapes
Miles Shoe Store On 3rd Avenue between 86th and 87th Streets.
Mokka Restaurant Hungarian Restaurant
Nathan's Hot dog stand on 86th and Lexington Avenue. by Kathy Grunwald.
National Shoe Store On 3rd Avenue between 86th and 87th Streets. If I recall, this area of 3rd Avenue was shoe tore after shoe store.
Old Dutch Deli next to the Heidelberg Restaurant
Optician Shop On the north side of 86th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.
Papaya King This was the one on the side of 86th Street where the Loew's movie theatre was located. What was the name of the one across the street, on the downtown side?
Paul Revere School PS 190 on 82nd Street bet 1st & 2nd Ave - The Paul Revere School was it's name...
Platz Bar & Restaurant  
Prexy's The hamburger joint.
Rainbow Italian  Restaurant On 86th Street bet. 2nd & 3rd Ave (uptown side of the street) Great food!
Rigo Bakery Hungarian Bakery
RKO On the north side of 86th Street, just west of Lexington Avenue.
Salamander A German shoe store which still exists in Germany
Schaller & Weber German grocery store with all those great cold cuts and breads
Richard Schmidt's Deli on Second Ave. opposite Schaller & Weber
F. Stiegmann German Imports Above the Platz bar & Restaurant
Trans-Lux The theater on Madison Ave & 85th.was the "Trans-Lux". Leroy.
Tuxedo Ballroom Dancing of Friday and Saturday nights.
White Tower How many hamburgers could you eat  at the joint?
Wienecke Wienecke was located between Woolworth and the Lorelei.  It was a better German restaurant with entertainment (music). by "Monika Hines" <MHines@carellabyrne.com>
Woolworths The5 and 10 cents store next to Grants on 3rd Avenue.
Wright's Restaurant on 86th and Lexington.
Young People's Children's shop next to Albrecht's store.

 

 

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