Saturday, August 23, 2014

Where in New York City II?

We have covered the post War Royal Enfield distributor in the United State, Whitehall in New York. Now David Blasco has uncovered an ad promoting the Flying Flea that lists several dealers in the area that were supplied with the bikes. Let's pay them a visit.

The first one was Cycle Place, which had two locations, one at 907 Church Avenue in Brooklyn:
Today, the place is the New California Limo company. Interestingly, two stores down there is a motorcycle dealership. The building is old, so it is quite likely the same place.

Their second location was at 35 W 31st street,
Again, it appears plausible this was the place then.

Then there were several dealers in Long Island. The first was the Bellaire Cycle Company with two locations, one at 117-20 Farmers Blvd in St. Albans. It appears to be an insurance company now 
and another one at 211-53 Jamaica Avenue in Queens Village, with a big tree in front, it is now Phoenix Realty,
Then there's the Biener Pontiac Co. in 100 Northern Blvd. Great Neck, which is occupied by Sobel Vacuum, established 1919, I guess they must have moved from elsewhere,
Then we move to Jamaica, NY, the first dealer is Shapiro Auto Parts of 148-41 Hillside Av, now a substance abuse treatment center (Interline EAP),
The next one is Jamaica Stove Supply at 108-16 Merrick. There now is a big hardware store in 108-20, and nothing else so the place is probably gone. Then in Commack, Long Island, we have Hudson Sales and Service in 7 Gables Garage.

1 comment:

  1. What a fun way to look at history. If only those buildings could talk. Even better would be if someone who worked there back in the day could remember the bikes.



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