I was so happy to see the Sept. 18 I Have Often Walked article “The Hillside Diner in Jamaica” by Ron Marzlock, because the owner of the diner was my grandfather, Charles Kuegerl (who, by the way, was Austrian, not German as stated in the article).
My father, Karl Kuegerl, often spoke about the diner, and how in his youth he would work there part time prior to World War II. I had never before heard the story of how the city took over the property from my grandfather. After Grandpa left the diner business, he started a real estate and insurance business in Floral Park, Queens with my father, which my father owned until his retirement in the late ’80s or early ’90s.
My dad was very active in Eastern Queens politics, committees and organizations after World War II, and was one of the founders of the Eastern Queens Democratic Club in the 1950s. He was the first president and served for eight years. He was then elected in Eastern Queeens as a district leader and a
lso elected as a representative of the New York State Constitutional Convention in Albany in the late ’60s. He knew all the “bigwigs” of Queens and the city in that era ... Robert Wagner, Saul Weprin (whose sons David and Mark now serve), Frank Santucci, Abe Beame, Mario Cuomo, Judge Lou Wallach and other names you probably wouldn’t know, but were important back then. My parents were always attending a function at Antun’s honoring one politico or another! He loved politics, but mostly loved the people he served and would do whatever he could to help them.
Sorry to go on and on about my father to you. But maybe since at the Chronicle you specialize in Eastern Queens, I kind of thought this trivia might be interesting to you. It’s not often I get to brag on him!
What I was wondering was where Mr. Marzlock came upon the information about my grandfather’s diner, and if he knows any other information not mentioned in the article. I would like to find some information about a bakery my grandfather owned prior to the diner, which I have a photo of. My father is the young boy in the picture, which was taken around 1920. The back of the photo says the bakery was on Jamaica Avenue, so it might have been in Jamaica, but I always thought the bakery was in Ridgewood. I’d love to find out the name of the bakery.
My grandfather would tell the story about how in those days, the cheesecake was baked as a flatter cake, and that he had a special one-of-a-kind pan made for him that allowed the cheesecake to bake taller and be the size of the cheesecake as we know it today. To his dying day, my father insisted that Grandpa invented the cheesecake at that bakery!
I enjoy the Queens Chronicle, as my family has long standing ties to Eastern Queens. Although I now live in Suffolk County, I like to read about the happenings of Queens.
Almost five months after a fire destroyed Plaza College’s Jackson Heights campus located within the Bruson Building, the school triumphantly opened its new Forest Hills campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by over 100 people on Friday.
Scores of Plaza College administrators, professors, students and alumni joined elected officials, such as Borough President Melinda Katz, for hors d’oeuvres on the patio and tours of the school’s first floor within the Forest Hills Tower at 118-33 Queens Blvd. to celebrate its move eastward.
More than 200,000 people of Chinese descent live in Queens, a little under 10 percent of the borough’s population.
To better serve that ever-growing community, New York Hospital Queens, in partnership with New York-Presbyterian Hospital, is launching a new health initiative aimed at expanding culturally sensitive hospital services and promoting the use of primary care.
District Manager Mary Ann Carey, left, honored by Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez and officials, state Sen. Joe Addabbo, back row left, Assemblyman Mike Miller, Borough President Melinda Katz, Assemblyman David Weprin and Councilman Eric Ulrich at her last CB 9 meeting after 30 years as district manager on Tuesday in Richmond Hill.
It was the end of an era at Community Board 9 Tuesday night.
Longtime District Manager Mary Ann Carey was honored for decades of service at her last meeting in the position she has held since Ed Koch was mayor and Donald Manes was borough president.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
Former Councilman Leroy Comrie on Tuesday locked up about the only political endorsement he did not yet have.
And it was the big one.
Former city Comptroller John Liu, left center, joined by Assemblyman David Weprin, outlined his proposals to increase services and benefits to members of the state’s growing population of military veterans last week at the Korean War Memorial in Kissena Park.
Chris Moss, running for lieutenant governor with Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, headlined the list of statewide and Congressional candidates speaking Tuesday night at a meeting of the Queens Village Republican Club.
And the Chemung County sheriff said he and Astorino feel quite at home in New York City.
Assemblyman David Weprin, left, and Congressman Gregory Meeks, right, were among the score of Democratic political luminaries who came out in force on Tuesday to show their support for Leroy Comrie in his race in the 14th State Senate District.
John Liu, center outlines his public transportation platform last week along with Assemblyman David Weprin, left, Linda Newman and Mark Henry, president and business agent of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1056.
Deputy Inspector Mike Coyle, commanding officer of the 105th Precinct, left, and Lt. Michael Lauterborn receive plaques for their dedication to the community, joined by Funderburk, Barrere and Assemblyman David Weprin.
The sausages were smoldering, the inflatable fun houses were bouncing and local residents were meeting and greeting some of New York’s Finest as Cabbell Park in Cambria Heights joined in the celebration of the annual National Night Out on Tuesday evening.
Among those on hand to help kick things off was NYPD Assistant Chief David Barrere, commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens South.
By the time the weather cools and the leaves begin to turn, the Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd. subway station may finally have a new, revamped name.
A bill introduced by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in March to shorten the name of the station to simply Briarwood passed the legislative body on June 18.
More than a hundred Sikhs from Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and surrounding neighborhoods gathered Tuesday morning to demand justice for one of their own, who was nearly killed in a hit-and-run accident last week many believe was yet another hate crime perpetrated against their community.
Sandeep Singh, 29, was standing outside his office at 99th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park shortly after midnight last Wednesday when an altercation occurred between him and a man driving a white pickup truck. According to a witness who was at the scene, the driver began yelling racial slurs, called Singh “a terrorist” and told him “to go back to your country.”
Sandeep Singh, 29, was standing outside his office at 99th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park shortly after midnight on July 30 when an altercation occurred between him and a man driving a white pickup truck. According to a witness who was at the scene, the driver began yelling racial slurs, called Singh "a terrorist" and telling him to "go back to your country."
This was supposed to be the week John Liu was to be surging with major political and union endorsements; the week state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) was supposed to be glancing nervously into his rearview mirror.
And it was — until about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, when Mayor de Blasio endorsed Avella and the Working Families Party withdrew its pledged endorsement of Liu, choosing to remain neutral in the Democratic primary in the 11th Senate District.
Developers, left, with elected officials including Borough President Melinda Katz, center, Councilman Peter Koo, Rep. Grace Meng, state Sen. Toby Stavisky and Assemblyman David Weprin.
Not long after this year’s graduating seniors were admitted, the city Department of Education moved for a second time to close Jamaica High School and, after four years of slowly being phased out, the school graduated its final 24 students on Thursday, June 26, 2014.
“You are the 175th graduating class,” Principal Erich Kendall told the graduates, “and there will not be a 176th.”
On Friday, June 27, Chapin Home for the Aging in Jamaica inducted into their “Century Club” 14 residents: Thirteen are 100 plus and one almost there at 99. These residents, families and friends were treated to an afternoon of celebration receiving proclamations hand-delivered by NY state Sen. Tony Avella who gave a spirited speech on what the celebrants have meant to our city and state.
Avella made his way around the crowded room making sure to greet each celebrant with a handshake and kind word. Also sharing words of support and celebration were Assemblyman David Weprin who also arranged for certification for each of the centennial celebrants and Councilman Rory Lancman. Although unable to attend, City Councilman Paul Vallone made sure to send certificates from his office.
The city’s Department of Transportation has agreed to extend a one-way section of 168th Street in the wake of an accident that badly injured a 16-year-old student at a Jamaica Hills religious school.
Councilmember Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Akhter Hussain of the Jamaica Muslim Center said Tuesday that a northbound one-way zone existing between Hillside and Highland avenues, will be extended to include the block running between Highland and Gothic Drive.
For years, voter turnout in the 38th Assembly District has been among the worst in the state.
But two men are looking to change that and will square off this fall in the race for Democratic district leader.
The battle for dedicated mass-transit funding moved from the seats of government to the streets of Jamaica last week.
Locals 1056 and 1179 of the Amalgamated Transit Union went to the Parsons Boulevard-Archer Avenue subway station in Jamaica on Friday to enlist public backing in their effort to get increased funding from the city, state and federal government for increased service and infrastructure.
The Glen Oaks attorney who had been considering a challenge against state Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) in this year’s Democratic primary has decided against making the run.
Ali Najmi told the media on Monday that he will not go forward with his campaign, but said he will remain involved in the political process and indicated he will make a run for elective office someday.
Seniors and other New York City residents with low water use could get a break on their water and sewer bills if measures proposed by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) pass in the legislature.
The bills would let the city charge users only for the water they use, and eliminate the current minimum charge for water of 49 cents a day that all must pay no matter how low their usage might be.