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Liberty Avenue And 130th Street, South Richmond Hill

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2002 12:00 am

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.

South Richmond Hill was always known as a blue collar neighborhood with almost identical row housing. The area was developed as early as the 1920s with the help of the Liberty Avenue elevated train line, which carried workers to and from Manhattan.

At 130th Street and Liberty Avenue was a popular neighborhood bar for many years, originally called the Bank Grill in the early 1930s. Its neighbor was the Roby Ryan American Legion Post 1654. People liked to come to this corner bar as it was fully air-conditioned by 1960. Note the separate entrance for women as late as 1960.

In 1961 the bar became the J&J Restaurant and Bar. Later in the 1960s it became Betty’s Cozy Corner. Eventually, as the neighborhood declined, it was closed after 50 years service in the mid 1980s to become a storage facility.

The area today has given way to a population of people mainly from Guyana and other Latin American countries.

Welcome to the discussion.


  • pal joey posted at 8:48 am on Sat, Jul 13, 2019.

    pal joey Posts: 1

    I wonder if anyone remembers the name of the drug store on liberty ave & 130 th st across the street from the lumber yard . thank you

  • mazie posted at 9:47 pm on Thu, Jul 19, 2018.

    mazie Posts: 1

    The picture I'm looking at I knew to be Bauman's Bar. I lived on Liberty Ave between 130th and 131st Sts. from 1945 and 1952 and that's what everyone called it. The owner was Mr. Bauman. They would rent the building next to the bar for weddings and I
    looked forward to all these special events. You can see part of the hall in the picture.