Long-time car wash still cleaning up in Middle Village - Queens Chronicle: I Have Often Walked

Long-time car wash still cleaning up in Middle Village

by Ron Marzlock, Chronicle Contributor | Posted: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 10:30 am

David Brody was born in 1911. He lived with his Russian-born father Nathan, who was a junk dealer, and mother Rebecca at 68-63 76 St. in Middle Village.

David was the successful proprietor of a tire business. In 1948, he purchased an obscure empty 25-by-59-foot lot on Fresh Pond Road in between a candy store and a gas station. The building was constructed of beautiful, pure white bricks and named “Speedy Auto Wash.” There was never an extra charge for white walls.

Crude, handmade signs directed patrons to enter around the corner to the back of the building. He hired three strong laborers to make sure things always went perfectly to his customers’ satisfaction.

Despite the peculiar location, the business clicked. By the 1960s it changed hands and was called Fresh Pond Auto Wash. It was last sold in 1972. Records show the latest owner as 63-37 Met Ave. Corp.

The neighboring candy store and gas station are long gone but the same white brick building has endured 71 years, making it one of the oldest car washes in the borough of Queens.