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At Skillman Ave. and 39th Street

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:30 am

Skillman Avenue, named for Thomas Skillman, who immigrated here in the late 1600s, starts in Long Island City at 26th Street and ends in Woodside at 54th Street.

The Queens Library and PS 11 are the last addresses on Skillman Avenue.

For many years the intersection of Skillman and 39th Street was a busy little corner. Before you went over the bridge you could get supplies and gas at this little Mobil station. The island service station did not do repair work but sold gas, car batteries and tires. At the time, those latter items were such luxuries you could buy them on a payment plan. The station was a participating member of AAA too.

By the 1960s it had switched ownership, going from A and C Service Station to Jack’s Service Station. The site eventually became Arista Taxi Meters. Down the bridge from the corner was the famous REA Railway Express Agency, which was once considered No. 1 in shipping packages, alongside UPS. The company’s empty office haunted the area for many years after it closed.

Today work at the old gas station site promises something new coming soon.

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