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Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 10:30 am

South Conduit Boulevard in Rosedale is unique. On some state maps it is officially recorded as Sunrise Highway and not Conduit Boulevard. However, the street signs and addresses in the area all say Conduit. At least all agree that it is State Route 27.

The strip was zoned commercial early in the 20th century, yet there were not enough people in the area to truly make it a business success until the post-World War II housing boom.

In the 1930s the only three businesses in the area were the Rosedale Diner, Rosedale Service Station and Spero’s Service Station, located at the corner of 246th Street. Spero’s later changed its name to First Nassau Service Station (something of a misnomer, since it is located in Queens County). Eventually it changed hands and became Doulis Service Station.

Hook Creek Boulevard, which runs just inside the city line, is famous in Prohibition history. When liquor was illegal from 1919 to 1933, it was smuggled into Queens by way of Jamaica Bay to Hook Creek Basin. After being unloaded it was moved by car or truck up Hook Creek Boulevard to “mainland” Queens.

The diner to the far right in this photo has been replaced by a Kentucky Fried Chicken, with a car wash next door. The thriving, high-traffic corner is the last stop in Queens on the South Shore before one crosses over into Nassau County, LI.

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