We continue to bring you the history and background of a favorite street or location. Imagine turning the clock back 50, 60 or 70 years to see how the special block where you work or live looked at that time.
There once existed a neighborhood bar and restaurant called Mrs. Ma Benny’s Bar and Grill at 88-39 Pitkin Avenue in Ozone Park.
Above the bar lived Henry Wysznski who for many years was a tenant.
There was always a parking spot in front of the bar because there was a fire hydrant located there.
The reason for this 1962 photo was the antique fire hydrant. Ma Benny’s had the distinction of having one of the oldest fire hydrants in Queens in front of its business.
The water supply service in southern Queens was the Jamaica Water Supply, organized before the city of New York water supply pumps.
By 1974 Mrs. Benny became Johnny’s Place. By the 1990s Jamaica Water Supply was taken over by the city.