On July 1, 1936, a couple in a two-door coupe collided with a news distribution truck carrying 11 men on Sunrise Highway between Francis Lewis and Brookville boulevards in Rosedale. Everyone was shocked.
Both vehicles were totaled, but nobody was seriously hurt. It was hard even to believe 11 people with their newspapers to drop off could fit inside the truck, but luck was on their side that day.
And the ad on the side of the truck — “Say Kellogg’s when you want the best in cereals” — was unscathed.
Today, this same stretch of highway is still dangerous and always teeming with cars and trucks, as it cuts through the southeastern corner of Queens and its population of 30,000 people spread over two square miles. It’s one of those areas called a part of the city the New York City subway system forgot about and never reached. But it’s a quiet area, except for planes that fly so low sometimes they seem to be mistaking Sunrise Highway or Brookville Boulevard as an airport runway.
Rosedale was always a favorite of civil service workers due to its low property taxes, and today it’s home to an influx of West Africans and people from all parts of the Caribbean.