Bohack

Bohack’s Grocery Stores

Lot’s of Bohack’s stuff. The chain first opened in 1887, and lasted until 1977. It’s not hard to find signs of Bohack stores still around, they had a lot of locations and were a mainstay for a long time.  It has been over 30 years since anyone last purchased any food at a Bohack, but many of the stores and buildings still exist in a lot of different forms today.

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The Founder 1939 Bohack’s ad  showing  Henry C Bohack. Even though it began way back in 1887, that was somewhat later than A & P which opened in 1859. A & P already had 100 stores open by the late 19th century. Bohack would open a lot of its own.

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Elmhurst NJ? – Early Bohack’s photo.

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Bayside, 1927, Bell Blvd, just south of the Bayside train station. No longer a Bohack’s of course, but the store has survived despite the fact that there have been numerous fires both just a few stores up and down from this store. It has been a little bit … lucky.

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Freport Bohack, undated.

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Mastic Beach Bohack, early 1940’s


Queens, Bohack Restaurant and store at the corner of Flushing and Metropolitan Ave’s, Queens, today it is a deli.

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Gas Stations This 1920 shows locations in Brooklyn, Woodside, and Flushing. There were Bohack gas stations in the 1920’s and 30’s.  (Whitestone newspaper ads). Did other grocery stores also have gas stations … will have to check on that.
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Store Locator, 1921 listing of Bohack’s locations. This is kind of a rarity, most Bohack and A& P ads didn’t list their locations.

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Kew Gardens from the kewgardenshistory.com website comes this great Bohack photo which was posted to our facebook group some time ago by Michalel Quartararo. Fcebook photo here

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Hempstead, Bohack’s on Fulton Ave and Washington Streets, Hempstead, building is still standing today (on right). On the corner where Bohack’s once was is a Golden Krust Pizzeria.

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East Williston 1951. Bohack at the corner, on right, Chase Bank today in same building.

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Freeport, Bohack Truck, 1951

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Hempstead 1950 announcement of new Bohack shopping center on left, and the shopping center today at Jerusalem Ave and Henry St.

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Manhattan, The Odd Couple, 1968, Felix Unger walking into a Bohack and using his expert ripe melon detecting techniques.

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Manhattan I did some searching for what the Odd Coupple Bohack might be today.  This is a Met Supermarket on Amsterdam Ave near 86th St. Could it be the Odd Couple Bohack? I am not sure. Let me know if you know it is or if you know where it was.

Shopping Carts, I would guess the 70’s?

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Advertising Some Bohack’s newspaper ads from the early 1950’s

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Encyclopedias, there was a time most of us got our information from encyclopedias and during that time most of us got our encyclopedias from the supermarkets. (1961 ad)

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Bayside, 39th Ave and Bell Blvd. 1952, brand new 10,000 square foot Bohack’s opening on left.  I am assuming this replaced the Bohack in the 1927 photo. Note the big stripes across the top and bottom of the store name on both photos. In the 1980’s this was a Consumers Distributing Location.

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Great Neck 1977, Middle Neck Road, a CVS is now in this location but it is a new building.

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Unkown location, 1950s’?, if you know where this one let us know.

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  1. Todd,
    Regarding the Bohack’s from the 1968 Odd Couple Movie. I’ve wondered about this for years myself. I got a strong suspicion its the supermarket on 2nd Ave. between 86th and 87th St. Its now a Food Emporium but the entrance was originally closer to 87th St. I’m still trying to confirm this. Email me if you want me to send you a pict.

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  2. RW, would love to see photos of the Food Emporium. I spent some time looking for any resemblance of the store today.

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  3. I put togather some pictures of what I think is the Bohacks where they filmed that scene from the Odd Couple. I just need your email address to send the pics to.

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    • RW, how about tberkun#etoner.com , would love to see them.

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      • Billy

         /  January 1, 2011

        The store that features the odd couple I believe was on2ave and87st….Idrove atruck for Bohack from 1970 until 1976 when I got laid off…….It was a great company to work for.

  4. Richard DiGeorge

     /  March 4, 2011

    My father was also a truck driver for Bohack from 1966 til 1976 when the company went out o business. His name Duke.

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    • Pat Gorman

       /  April 4, 2012

      Richard,

      My father also drove for Bohack from the 1950s to the middle 60s. In fact, I have two Bohack trunks that they used to ship groceries.

      Pat

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      • Chris

         /  May 13, 2012

        There were 2 wooden ‘boxes’ with handles labeled Bohack on Ebay a few weeks back. We have one too; they were used to deliver bread. Are those the ‘trunks’ you have? My father-in-law drove for Bohack till the end. He worked there a long time. Before Bohack he delivered hay and feed in Brooklyn.

  5. Mitch Kaften

     /  March 23, 2011

    Todd, re the “unknown” location. I know there was a Bohack on Union Turnpike, just east of 188th Street. It almost looks like that one. There was also a store at the northeast corner of Horace Harding Blvd. and Main Street. I think it’s a diner now…not sure, haven’t looked in quite a while. Great web sites you’ve got here!

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    • Thanks Mitch, something about that shot sure screams of Union Turnpike, so thanks for the help on the location.

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    • GJ

       /  June 10, 2012

      Westhamton Beach location.

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    • AJ_32

       /  January 6, 2014

      The “unknown location” is without doubt the purpose-built location which was on Northern Blvd , just east of Parsons Blvd. in Flushing. Google street view the location 144-6 Northern Blvd, Flushing, NY 11354 ‎

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  6. DaveThe Wave

     /  March 28, 2011

    The Bohack in The Odd Couple was at the corner of 87th and Second Avenue on the Upper East Side. I grew up in this neighborhood and this Bohack was one of the supermarkets my family shopped in. The corner entrance in the movie was there for many years until it was closed up sometime in the 1990s I think. Bohack may have been replaced by a Sloan’s at some point. This same white-brick apartment building that housed the Bohack on Second Avenue featrued a Bankers Trust branch for many years, on the 86th Street side. All long gone. When my mom took me to Bohack I sometimes waited for her at the front of the store and around 1969 I stood there looking out the window and watched the demolition of old red-brick apartment houses across Second Avenue. The luxury tower that stands there today replaced them.

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  7. Ed Storck

     /  March 31, 2011

    The “unknown” store looks like the one in Middle Village, N.Y. on Metropolitan Ave., around 78th Street.

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  8. George Geiger

     /  May 7, 2011

    Re the “unknown” store. It looks like the one on Hillside Avenue in Queens. My dad, (same name) was the meat manager at that store. He opened the Bohack in Mineola in 1954-55. It was the first Bohack that had a self serve meat counter as well as the individual service by a butcher. The store in East Williston was actually in Williston Park across the street from St Aidens Catholic Church.

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    • lol, i was thinking the same thing George,That bohack was in the corner of hillside & little neck parkway. The building had me thinking it was the keyfood down the block between ernis delicatessen and the bank. I dont remember a bohack on metropolitan, my grandmother lived over that way

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  9. andrew fernandez

     /  May 14, 2011

    i remember bohacks. i knew bob bohack from from fairchild republic where he was a human resorse director after the family gave up the grocery business in 1977. last heard he is a fire commisioner in nyc.

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    • J Oldsum

       /  June 2, 2011

      Nice to know that folks still remember Bohacks. I met the Bohacks when I was 7 yrs old. My great Aunt worked at the HQ on Flushing and Metro Ave, My two older sisters worked their during the summer, Thats where my sister met Bob and married a year later. Bob has finally retired from NYC DOH as VP HR a few yrs ago, His son is the FDNY Battalion Chief

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      • L Mondo

         /  July 4, 2011

        I’ve been going thru some family history on ancestry.com. My great grand uncle was Ernest Haberle who eventually succeeded Bohack as president and many of my relatives (Fred, William…) worked at Bohacks in Queens. I would love to be able to connect with any current descendants and share what I know from the earlier days – way back when. Turns out a neighbor of my mom’s in Merrick (Pat K..g) was connected to a Bohack, but I don’t quite have that story straight either. Can anyone help sort things out?

  10. andrew fernandez

     /  May 14, 2011

    how bout the villager, its state of the art stores.

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  11. andrew fernandez

     /  June 22, 2011

    bohack had about 10 villager stores mostly in suffolk county l.i. and i understand down in florida.

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  12. mike

     /  June 28, 2011

    The grocery business sure was tough. I lived in Great Neck and wet to the store pictured on this web site on Middle Neck Road. When bohacks went out of business in 1977, “a state of the art”, fancy Gristedes opened. They figured they could be a success, even though they were primarily a NYC grocery chain (with comparable NYC high prices). This worked for a while (considering that Great Neck was/is an affluent community). However, by the early 1980’s, a Daitch/Food Emporium opened right across the street from this store, and blew them right out of the water!
    -Mike

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  13. William Bruu

     /  July 2, 2011

    My father, Torolf K. Bruu, was a Bohack store manager in East Northport, New York during the 1930’s. I am trying to confirm his date of employment and when he quit. I suspect he left Bohack to join Grumman at the onset of WWII, December 7, 1941.

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  14. Ed. Coffey

     /  July 19, 2011

    Great website! Does anyone have a pix of the Bohack store at Baldwin Road & Homan Blvd.in Hempstead,NY ? We shopped there before King Kullen 0pened at “downtown” Hempstead.Send me any pix or comments via email

    Ciao………….Ed. Coffey

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  15. Daniel DiPierro

     /  August 13, 2011

    My father Daniel DiPierro worked for H.C. Bohack Co. for almost 30 years, starting after WWII in Eastern Long Island first as a Produce Manager (Rocky Point), eventually Store Manager (Port Jefferson Station) and then in the mid-60’s he became a District Manager (Bethpage/Port Washington as well as many other locations)…he remained with Bohack until the very end, and even worked at one of the last remaining locations after they went under…my brother, sister and I also worked part-time in Bohack stores during summer vacations during high-school (in Shirley, Setauket, Ronkonkoma)…Daniel DiPierro Jr.

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    • Tom Laiacona

       /  April 1, 2012

      Dan- I worked with your father for many years. I was a dairy supervisor for the district he ran. I have an old Bohack news that has your father in a picture when Port Jefferson Bohack had its grand opening. I was a child then but my dad who worked for Bohacks kept all the issues that had his picture in it and gave them all to me before he passed on. I live in Farmingville where you grew up but haven’t seen your dad in years. He used to shop at Shop Rite in Farmingville where I worked for 6 years until it became a Grand Union and is now a Stop and Shop. I will try to upload that pic to this site so you can see it.

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      • Daniel DiPierro

         /  August 6, 2012

        Hey Tom, I don’t check this site very often…but thanks for the reply!
        My Dad passed away in 1997, he continued to shop at that grocery store (it had several different names) on Portion Rd. in the shopping center at the end of Waverly…Ironically, he had his fatal heart attack and died in an aisle of that store while he was ginding some coffee…I’ve always thought it was an appropriate place for a guy who had spent his life in the grocery business…I worked summers through college at Bohack, and helped open the Village in downtown Framingville…I don’t often get to Farmingville (I live on the west coast)…but I’m amazed at the changes!
        If you can make a copy of that photo, I’d love to get one…I’ll give you my address sometime if you respond to this posting…Daniel DiPierro, Jr.

      • Tom Laiacona

         /  August 8, 2012

        Dan- drop me an e mail at oswegodad6@aol.com with all the details and I will get you a copy of that picture from Bohack News. Tom Laiacona

    • I worked in both of the Huntington stores part time from 1958 -1965. The process you’re talking about was Tender Ray Beef. It was the best!! BillT Also remember Dan Di Pierro who was our DM.

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      • Daniel DiPierro

         /  July 22, 2014

        I don’t check this site often, thanks for the info William!

    • Leo Cunningham

       /  February 9, 2014

      To Dan DiPierro, I worked for your dad in 1971 to 1972 when I got out of the Navy. I was an assistant manager in the Woodmere store, which was in his district. My father, Barney Cunningham, had worked with him as well as a manager in several Bohack stores. I started in 1966 in Massapequa. My dad also worked for a time at the Village store in Farningville when it opened.

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      • Daniel DiPierro

         /  July 22, 2014

        Thanks, Leo…I don’t check this site often…
        I also worked (set it up for grand opening) at the Farmingville Village store when I was on summer break from college, my family home was right there in Farmingville…

  16. catherine N.

     /  August 16, 2011

    I’m trying to do props for a play, and the grocery store mentioned is a Bohacks. Does anyone know if the logo would have been on the bag or if it would have been plain brown paper? Its 1960s, if that helps.

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    • If you do a Google search for Bohacks Shopping Bag (and click on images) you will see one. I will also post one on the Long Island and NYC Places No More fan page. I Hope it helps.

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    • Tom Higgins

       /  August 30, 2012

      In the mid 60’s the logo would be in red on the 1/6 and 1/8 bbl. bags. Late 60’s would have a Bohack/ Packer’s logo.

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      • andy yodice

         /  September 30, 2013

        i worked at 2174 and 2175 from may 1960 ti june 1972 in brooklyn until we moved out west. i was a meat mgr. andy yodice

  17. Bill

     /  August 16, 2011

    Interesting blog Todd! Re. the unknown location- It looks like the Bohacks in New Hyde Park on Hillside Ave. (2 blocks east of Marcus Ave.) around 1960 when I was growing up.

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  18. The problem with that unknown location is that it could probably be a couple of places …. New Hyde Park or Union Turnpike could both be right – its almost like we have to find a photo of one or the other to be sure.

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  19. I found this interesting post on another site. It provides a lot of information about the store (including which location was used in The Odd Couple).

    http://www.city-data.com/forum/long-island/834142-does-anyone-remember-bohack-village-supermarkets-6.html#ixzz1VFvICU9f

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  20. Vintage Bohack located on hillside avenue and 201 st queens new york

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  21. Ingrid

     /  August 28, 2011

    The identified store looks like the Mineola location. The one where the main entrance (looked like that!) and faced the rear parking lot as opposed to facing Mineola Blvd.

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  22. Harry Schmidt

     /  September 29, 2011

    I’m Harry Schmidt, grandfson of Frank Schindl. Frank was a former hotel manager of up-scale hotels in NYC, whose wife passes away at the same time that Henry Bohack passed away. The widow, Emma Bohack, and Frank Schindl married in about 1933, and continued to live in the Bohack residence on Beverly Road in Kew Gardens. Together they traveled extensively in early years. Our family spent most holidays together since Henry and Emma had no children. I spent 4 years in the USAF as a fighter pilot in Korea and then as Pratt & Whitney’s engineering test pilot at Edwards AFB testing the first supersonic fighters. We later moved to Manhasset where I continued in the aviation profession finding it more challenging than supermarkets, but visited Frank and Emma frequently with our children. We left Manhasset in 2000 and now live in Cromwell CT. I was featured in the Hartford newspaper last year when I flew the old P&W B-17 bomber from Hartford to Bridgeport.

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  23. Michael

     /  October 3, 2011

    I worked at Bohacks on Francis Lewis Blvd, Bayside from 1970 to 1975. It was store #2138. Barny Vitrano was the manager. Sal D’Amato was the assistant manager. I was a clerk doing cashier and stocking part time in high school and college. My starting pay was 1.85/hr and finished at 3.30/ hr. We were members of Retail Food Clerks Union. The store building is still in original form and is a pharmacy. My experiences there were very positive. Barney Vitrano was a really good person and became like a second father to me.

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    • Stew

       /  March 21, 2012

      I remember that store vividly.I worked for the Boerner company & called on this store twice monthly.I remember Barney & Sal. Barney was thin & balding & Sal was very friendly & a pleasure to deal with. This brings back many fond memories.

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    • George

       /  August 14, 2013

      I worked there too. Remember Howard Wipperman in the dairy, Phil Lublin in the deli, and the Lorraine also in the deli who when a call would come in for the Meat Department would yell, “Pick up the phone Meat Head” over the PA? We also had an Italian-Buddhist vegetable man (forgot his name) who would sing Christmas songs in the back room in July. Ran into him later at the store in East Hampton. Lots of funny memories in that store. I like Barney and Sal too. If you worked with them Mike, then you know what a “hoint” is. I worked in about thirty Bohack delis from Sunnyside to Southhampton.

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  24. There was a Bohacks on Northern Boulevard near Parsons when I was a little kid. Building is still there. It was a La-Z-Boy for the longest time…not sure what it is now.

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  25. Hey if anyone has a photo of the Bohack store in Manhasset I would love to see that.

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  26. Bruce Whitesell

     /  November 21, 2011

    I worked at a Bohacks in Fort Greene Brooklyn, corner of Myrtle Ave and Waverly while a student at Pratt Institute from 1967-70. It’s now a BofA; found it on GoogleMap. The manager was Howard Tarr, and the assistant manager was “Smitty” “Mr. Marramarco” was our Union Rep who came in to collect our Retail Clerks dues. I worked with a 2 Italian brothers, Patty and Jerry, a young Puerto Rican named Tommy, and various others who only had 1st names (Joe, Maryann, etc), I guess. The Myrtle Ave El still ran in those days. I didn’t see the store listed on the 1921 ad, so I guess it was newer than that, but not by much. Tough neighborhood in those days. Started at $1.65/hr, and never got to the $2.00 I was making with the A&P in High School back in PA, and never worked more than 25 hrs/wk. My roommate and best friend was from Massapequa, had worked at a Bohacks there in high school and got us both jobs, since jobs were hard to come by.

    Anybody remember that store, or anyone who worked there?

    I transferred to a store in Brooklyn Heights/Cobble Hill in 1970 after I got held up at shotgun point, and later beaten up outside the store. Local kids didn’t like Pratt students very much.

    My friend might have some old pictures from then.

    Bruce

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    • Plastic Boy

       /  December 27, 2011

      Bruce, you mentioned ‘Smitty’. In 1980 I worked for a summer at a Gristides in Westhampton LI NY which used to be a Bohacks. The Assistant Manager there was also named, ‘Smitty’. Probably woulda been in his 50s at the time, maybe older.

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      • Bruce Whitesell

         /  December 28, 2011

        Could be. He seemed like he was 100 when i worked with him in 1968-69. but since I was 20 he COULD have been 45-50. Short (5-4 or so) , walked fast and a little stooped (which may have made him look shorter), gravelly voice, gray or graying hair and noticeable nose hair which makes me thing he was 55-65 at the time, having reached that point in my life as well. Probably a good man but humorless to a 20 year old. Never knew him as anything other than “Smitty”.

    • Rowan

       /  March 17, 2013

      Bruce, you are a life-saver! My dad (who lives in Willoughby Walk) just told me that the Associated Supermarket on Myrtle Ave is closing at the end of this month (March). I’m 47, and remember that A&P was the previous incarnation of that supermarket. So many memories & landmarks gone now. So I did some loose math, and figured that the A&P had to have been at that spot at least since the mid or mid-late 50s – since my parents moved into Clinton Hill in 1961. When trying to find some historical data on A&P, I came across this website and …..BAM! This string of blogs made me remember that exact Bohack store you worked at! That memory had been shuttered for 47 years! Do you remember Twin Shop department store on Myrtle next to Fort Greene Park?

      What were the other names of the Italian restaurants in the neighborhood? – There was the Venice on Myrtle, Cino’s on DeKalb, and another one on Waverly close to DeKalb.

      (sorry about your student experiences ay Pratt)

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      • Bruce Whitesell

         /  March 18, 2013

        Rowan, Let me think a little tomorrow, but yes, I remember much of what you describe. I actually worked at that A&P for about 2 weeks during the spring of ’68 before I took the job at Bohacks instead. I had worked for the A&P in Quakertown PA while in high school, so I thought it would be a simple move to work at the one on Myrtle Ave; keep my seniority and my wage at $2.25/hr. I figured that my union membership would take care of that. Boy was I wrong! The Venice was the favorite Pizza take-out place for students at Pratt. Two blocks down on the other side of the street was Vinnie’s Deli, a storefront in the same building as the First National Bank of NY. I have yet to have a corned beef or pastrami sandwich that could match Vinnies! There was an Italian mens store next to the A&P. There were always immaculately dressed men hanging around it, but nobody ever seemed to buy anything. There was a door at the back of the store that I thought led to a restroom, but when I asked to use it, I was told that they had no restroom. But these guys kept coming and going through that door. I was a green kid from the farmland of Bucks County in PA. What did I know? I bought my first bottle of wine at a liquor store at the corner of Myrtle and Hall. Almost got expelled for that one, and it was only 2 weeks into my freshman year at Pratt. Then there was Blind Mikes, a 2nd hand furniture store about 3 doors from the liquor store. We furnished our 1st apartment, a 4th floor walk-up on Washington Ave between Lafayette and Greene, next to a seedy hotel that is still there. 3 students shared a 2 room, bath and small kitchen apartment for $140/mo. I LOVED the people! Other than students, the neighborhood was mostly people of color, with a few Italian and Jewish holdouts from the WWII area scattered about. Our landlord was Benjamin Solomon, who lived somewhere else but showed up to collect the rent once a month. A lot of old ladies shopped at the store. There was a smattering of Puerto Ricans who were moving in, so the neighborhood was in transition. New York was in transition at the time! 2nd year of school I got married and we moved to the 1st floor of a brownstone on Cheever Place in Cobble Hill. Two years later I moved to NJ, and eventually back to Bucks County. But I wouldn’t trade my years and experiences in Ft Greene and Brooklyn as a whole for anything. It formed me and moulded me. You’re 16 years younger than me, so who knows? You might have been one of those toddlers who came in the Bohacks with their mom to buy pasta fazole or Knickerbocker beer. I’ve been back a few times, but not for about 15 years. Google satellite maps tells me much has changed. Let me think a little more.

        Bruce

        BruceatCDoST@aol.com 610-360-6933

  27. mike

     /  December 25, 2011

    i remember as a kid there was a bohack supermarket in maspeth queens ny on 69th st and garfield ave. long gone and replaced by some small apt buildings now.

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  28. Bruce Whitesell

     /  December 28, 2011

    Re:Fort Greene Myrtle Ave Bohacks (Update)

    We were paid in cash, with pay envelopes delivered each week, i THOUGHT by our union rep, since things like Union Dues were automatically taken out. Could be wrong about the last part. Biggest gripe was about pay raises that never materialized.

    Was hired by a manager named “Otto”, who spoke with a German accent, but he was replaced by the fore-mentioned Howard Tarr in late ’68.

    We had a high turnover rate.

    The store was at the edge of Bed-Sty, and it was the late ’60s’. The neighborhood was Old Italian/Jewish (10%), Pratt students (10%), Hispanic (10%), and the balance Black. Curiously enough, the store employed ONLY Whites (except the security guard, Joe) which I didn’t think odd at the time, have grown up in a 99.9% White Pennsylvania suburb. But I started to draw the correlation between local jobs and things like food stamps, etc. People could spend their money there, but they couldn’t WORK there. I later found that the store had a reputation for being a “Disciplinary Unit”; a store where problem employees were transferred. “Problem Employees” COULD be those approaching retirement age, and by moving them to this store, and another in the middle of Bed-Sty, they “encouraged” them to take “early retirement”. That meant losing a part or all of the Company Retirement, I was told.

    When I transferred to the Cobble Hill/Brooklyn Heights store in 1969, I found prices lower and produce fresher. “Better Area” had better quality and LOWER prices. Thought it was odd.

    I was young.

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  29. my father use to work at bohack supermarket on linden blvd and i use to love going to work with him

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  30. his name was rayvone mcduffie

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  31. Roger

     /  December 30, 2011

    What a great site!
    Over the Xmas holiday I was talking with the family about my first jobs as a teenager.
    My very first job other than a Newsday paper boy was a sacker in the Port Washington (L.I.), N.Y.
    BOHACKS; I worked there for about a year from ’63-64. I even remember the names of some
    of the “adult” employees….Tim, Mgr., Ralph, Asst Mgr, Sal, Produce Mgr., & Walter, “Head Stocker”?
    All the best,
    Roger Mercier
    The Woodlands, Texas

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  32. Sharon Livey Simone

     /  February 5, 2012

    I grew up in Farmingdale Long Island. My parents moved us when i was 13 to upstate NY.
    I was trying to remember the name of your store. It was driving me crazy,neither my sister
    nor brother could remember. It was located on Main Street. The man who worked in the deli
    would always call my brother red because of his red hair. I made him so mad he would ans.
    my name is not red it”s Brian Peter Livey.
    I remember seeing Captain Kangaroo and Mr. GreenJeans behind the store.I was so happy to see your
    site.
    Thanks Sharon Livey Simone

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  33. Jim Groelke

     /  February 17, 2012

    I grew up in Little Neck NY on 249th street. Our house was a block from Northern blvd. As one of five
    kids one of us was always getting sent up to Bohacks on the corner of Northern Blvd and 249th street
    for four quarts of milk and a loaf of bread. They built a new Safeway across the street and all of a sudden Bohacks became a county library! There was an A&P about a quarter mile down Northern Blvd that I remember
    being a rundown store, Wood floors worn out and always creeking.

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    • The one near me was really old fashioned. It was on Northern near Parson’s. I remember going there when I was very, very small in the early to mid-1960s. What you have done, though, is cofirm for all my friends that I’m not crazy when I tell them there was a Safeway up Nothern! I remember that big red and white sign with the block letters! I live in Cali now, and seeing the Safeways here spurred that memory. I think we used to eat at a place called The Copper Penny way up Northern, maybe near to where you lived, and that’s when I’d see the Safeway. I lived on 147th off Northern. Cheers!

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    • Henry5400

       /  May 1, 2012

      I grew up in Little Neck as well. Bohack’s never became a library — the library was and still is across the street from where Bohack’s was. Eventually the building became a Grand Union, and more recently a Stop and Shop. There never was a Safeway in Little Neck. Perhaps you’re thinking of Daitch Shopwell that opened in the mid-1960s at Little Neck Parkway and Horace Harding Expressway. But that’s a good 1-1/2 miles from where Bohack’s was. Or maybe you’re remembering the Grand Union that opened just over the border in Great Neck near where Sears was (now it’s a Korean supermarket).

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      • Jim Groelke

         /  May 2, 2012

        Beg to differ henry but the Bohacks at the corner of Northern Blvd and 249th street did become a Queens County public library.

    • Bob Johnson

       /  September 12, 2012

      My mom grew up on 249th street. I remember going there with my grandmother in the late 60’s when we went to visit her. The thing i liked best about going there was the trip back. We always stopped at the Carvel across the street. I miss those days.

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      • The Carvel sounds like a great way to end the trip Bob!

      • Jim Groelke

         /  September 12, 2012

        Hello Bob – we lived just one house from 43rd avenue. The address was 4303 249th street.
        Where did your grandmother live on 249th street.? We often went to Carvel for soft serve or sometimes to Howard Johnson one block east.

    • Bob Johnson

       /  September 12, 2012

      Hi Jim, I don’t remember the address but it was between Depew Ave and 41st Ave on the west side of the street. I remember that there was alot of vacant land behind her house (for a 10 year old) that we used to call the Back Woods and a creek at the north end of the street by the RR tracks. She sold the house in 1973 and that was the last time i was in Little Neck. What years did you live there?

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      • Jim Groelke

         /  September 14, 2012

        Bob – I lived their from the late forties until sixty seven when I joined the Air Force. The railroad tracks were the Long Island railroad. We used to jump on the back of the trains and hitch a free ride to Flushing.

    • Bob Johnson

       /  September 13, 2012

      My mistake, It was 247th Street. It was a long time ago for me.

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      • harry schmidt

         /  September 13, 2012

        I have always been intrigued by the Bohack collapse … why did it occur? It had been making money before Charlie Bluhdorn acquired control. Bluhdorn, a Wall Street raider, I think got control with two opportunities in mind … 1/ real estate, and 2/ restructuring competition. In pursuit of #2, he tried to also control A&P and started buying that stock after getting control of Bohack. But the SEC concluded his real intent was to manipulate supermarket competition on LI, so put a halt to his buying A&P. He was therefore left with only Bohack, and that was not a sexy high-profit business. So he started selling all Bohack stores in a sale/leaseback deal. He offered the stores at excessive prices, but in return promised unusually high lease payments. I was offered the Huntington store under those exact conditions. So he extracted the cash from the stores, but burdened by the much higher lease payments he could not afford, the company started losing money and he sent Bohack into bankruptcy. He made a bundle, and a lot of people lost their jobs. Wall Street profited in a scheme devised by a master manipulator.

  34. Jerry LaPre

     /  March 20, 2012

    I grew up in Glen Cove. There was no Bohack’s there, but there was one in the nearby village of Sea Cliff. Do you have a picture of that one?
    Jerry LaPre
    jecinola@aol.com

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    • Don Morris

       /  July 2, 2012

      Hello Jerry, My is Don. I grew up in Glen Cove during the 1960s. There was a Bohacks Supermarket on Forest Ave. for many years. I worked there part time while I was in High School. The building is still there. It is part of another supermarket. Currently I live in Scottsville N Y but Glen Cove will always be my home town. Please feel free to ask me ” where the heck is Scottsville N Y”.

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    • Bill

       /  September 9, 2014

      There was a Bohacks on School Street in the Glen Cove village for years before they opened the large, modern supermarket on Forest Avenue. I clearly remember that the old store had a continuous shelf that ran along each side and rear of the store – with shelves above and below. On entering, you took a small basket and placed it on the shelf, and pushed it along placing your goods in it. On coming around the other side and heading toward the front of the store, you lifted the basket and placed it on the cashier’s counter in the middle of the store in front of the door. It seemed the epitome of modernism for a small child at that time. The exterior facade was very similar to several of the old photos on this website. Little did we realize what was to come in the next ten to twenty years.

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  35. Neal

     /  March 31, 2012

    Bohack’s was one of my first Piss pot jobs as a teen in ’74 !!

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  36. Barbara

     /  April 1, 2012

    My dad Bob, worked for Bohack, till the 70’s also. He was a meat cutter. i remember Andy Devine appearing at the Huntington store. Me, my sister and brother, also remember going to Brooklyn and seeing the TENDER BLUE RAY system. We took a tour and had Hotess/Drake’s products at the end.

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  37. Ken Atkinson

     /  April 1, 2012

    Give Me a Bo!

    Give me a Hack!

    Give me a Beer!

    What’ve you got ?

    Bohack Beer!

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    • John Knobel

       /  September 11, 2014

      I had the last can of bohack beer it was brewed by piels….. My dad was ceo of bohack at the end

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  38. Richard F. Makse

     /  April 3, 2012

    Does anyone remember the small Bohack’s at the corner of 52nd Avenue and 69th Street in Maspeth? It closed when the big supermarket opened at 69 Street and Maurice Avenue Winfield (two blocks away) around 1953. Here’s a view of that corner today. Going down 69th Street (we still often called it Fisk Avenue) towards Queens Blvd, Jerry’s Deli (I think it was Jerry’s but anyhow, it’s still there) was on the next block. The next deli was a block after Fisk Garage (remember ‘what’s his name”, the proprietor, with the cigar?)–that deli was on the same block as Landolfi’s barber shop.

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    • Iva

       /  April 17, 2012

      Are you referring to 69 street and 52nd Drive in Maspeth? Was it a corner store?

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    • Lorraine

       /  February 7, 2014

      My father and I always went to that Bohack’s on 52nd Ave. until they made the one on Maurice Ave. Jerry’s, OMG, we used to get heros there in the early 60’s when we’d go to the beach as teens. A ham and cheese hero was 40cents!! Landolfi was the barber that my dad and grandfather went to. Graduated St. Mary’s in ’61.

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  39. steven j chaikin

     /  April 7, 2012

    Hi. I was a child in Deepdale in queens during the 1950s. My mother (and I) shopped at one of two markets on horace blvd, just before and during the LIE construction. One was Waldbaum’s, located next to (west of) chartoffs toys and a door or two east of richer’s bake shop (still there but bigger then when my kindergarten class went there on a (trip). Those stores and others (a chinese reestaurant, a candy store named alley’s, a kosher deli ran east of marathon pkwy. Cross to the west side and that block Started with a gas station (shell), a few other stores, a beauty parlor (my mom, every week) and Bohack’s. This Bohacks, i’m afraid, had a terrible rep in the hood. You could smell the meat market blocks away. I was told that the hood ground house coffee was goods. That’s why mom used walbaum’s and why, after a few years, a&p bought out Or just replaced Bohacks. Bohacks opened a store on northern and 249th, but was replaced by Grand union. I have had terrib le memories of the dirty Bohack’s. Sorry. Any share,these memories, or want to fill in gaps. By the way, the blvd was so much nicer then Roobert

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  40. Larry Schulz

     /  April 19, 2012

    East end Long Island on the north fork. Town of Mattituck there was a huge supermarket built around 1972-73 called “The Village” which I am almost certain was a spin-off from the Bohack empire and carried all the Bohack product line. It was meant to be an all inclusive type store offering products and services beyond the regular supermarket. Sadly, It lasted like 4-5 years. It is now A Capital One Bank Office which
    is also in threat of being shut down (moved out of state).

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  41. Charlie

     /  May 4, 2012

    Can anybody help with a photograph of Bohack’s on Evergreen Avenue in Bushwick?

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  42. Steven L

     /  May 18, 2012

    There used to be a Bohack’s on Front Street in Uniondale, Long Island.

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    • Deborah Grahame

       /  August 29, 2012

      Hi Steve: Yes, this was the one my Mom and Nana dragged me to almost every day. I can still see the signs around the store and hear the cash registers cranking up the sales. We also went to the one on Jerusalem Ave. in Hempstead but this was the one that most often interrupted my long-ago summer playtime. Thanks for providing the details. D.

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  43. Regina Kasper

     /  June 9, 2012

    My dad, brother-in-law, future husband (not known to me then) and I all worked for the company and eventually The Village stores too. We kept it all in the family.

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    • George

       /  August 14, 2013

      Was your father Joe Kasper? If so, I remember him. Nice guy. I enjoyed working with him.

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  44. rpdwoman@aol.com

     /  June 17, 2012

    I remember the Bohack’s on Hicksville Road in Massapequa. I was a child. Soon other ‘larger more modern’ stores were built not too far. But my neighbor Barbara Lawlor shopped there when everyone else moved on. She would take me with her sometimes, and I remember the saw dust on the old wooden floors. I will always remember that.

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  45. Lorraine Jeziorski

     /  June 18, 2012

    The Bohack that is shown above with unknown caption, could be the one that was on Wantagh ave. in Levittown. It was on the west side of Wantagh ave and faced east. Across the way was Red Maple drive.

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  46. Vicky Jones

     /  June 23, 2012

    I remember as a child, being put in a shopping cart at the Port Jefferson (downtown) Bohack. My mom would shop at the old and sadly kept store. The floors were wood and were warped and slanted. I remember my mom turning to pick something up off the shelf and the cart started rolling away from her and she had to go into a full trot to catch the cart. I remember sawdust??Was it saw dust?? Interesting memories. LOL!

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    • Esta

       /  July 3, 2012

      We just googled Bohack because we just found a jar of Bohack brand Medicated Chest Rub in our father’s Fort Lauderdale apartment. We accessed the web site because we wanted to know how long it has been sitting in his medicine cabinet. In the same cabinet we also found suntan lotion purchased at Rockbottom. Anyone remember that store? This web site would be great fodder for a Seinfeld episode. LOL

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      • Alison

         /  August 11, 2012

        Yes, Rockbottoms. We had one at the corner of Larkfield Rd and Jericho Turnpike in Commack. It is now Trader Joe’s, Miss the great prices they had at that store.

    • Scott

       /  January 31, 2014

      Vicky – I remember that Bohacks the exact same way – right down to the sawdust ! I also remember there was an A&P at the other end of the shopping center (It later became a Meat Farms). Mom went there for years – then once Hills came along on Nesconset Highway ….. bye bye A&P and Bohacks.

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  47. Vinnie

     /  July 24, 2012

    I remember the Bohacks on Metropolitan Ave. & 60th Ave. (Near Eliot Ave.) no mention of that store in their ad

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  48. Jim

     /  July 29, 2012

    As a kid in the 1950s my parents shopped at the Valley Stream Bohack’s. It was on Rockaway Avenue with the elevated LIRR Far Rockaway tracks right behind it. That’s where the parking lot was, right under the trestle. I remember wood floors and a rear entrance which led to the parking lot. There was also an entrance on Rockaway Avenue. Directly across the street was Dan Coakley’s Colonial Inn. Saw the old Bohack builing about 3 years ago. It’s still there with all of the larger windows bricked up. Looks like it might be office space now.

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  49. Ed

     /  August 7, 2012

    I think the last photo may have been on Hillside Avenue, near Bellerose.

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    • Kim

       /  September 14, 2012

      I agree, I thought the same thing.

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    • Not the Bellerose location at all. That was on the northeast corner of Little Neck Parkway and Hillside Ave. The building was used as an office building for eons after the store closed. I just looked on google and it’s now a CVS store. It’s listed as Glen Oaks, but it’s not. It might be considered Floral Park if it’s not considered Bellerose.

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  50. Alison

     /  August 11, 2012

    I am wondering if the Bohack’s listed in that 1920 ad under Jamaica at 140 New York Ave was the one in my old neighborhood of Springfield Gardens. New York Avenue became New York Boulevard and now Guy brewer Boulevard. The store was near the intersection with Farmers Boullevard which was Farnmers Avenue way back. The Bohack’s (which was a small storefront store) closed down in the mid 50s after Associated opened a real supermarket across the street.

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  51. tony the pitiful copywriter

     /  August 14, 2012

    We had a Bohack’s in Central Islip on Suffolk Avenue, near the old Post Office and Variety Hardware. I used to go in there to drink a Coke from a bottle for 10 cents on hot days in 1966. I was ten. You had to drink the soda in the store, otherwise pay deposit. I wasn’t into that.

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  52. Kevin

     /  October 24, 2012

    My dads Name is Gus Costanzo,he worked for Bohack for 30 years
    He was in Lynbrok,Malverne,Woodmere where he put the key in the door for the last time.
    Does anyone have pictures of any of these stores or reconize his name?

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  53. Henry

     /  December 10, 2012

    Bohak in the 1950s – could this be Old Westbury on Glen Cove Road? Looks like it… I recall shopping there with my mom as a kid/ it’s now home to a gourmet shop: kitchen cabaret …. It’s right off exit 39 on the LIE….

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  54. Edward M

     /  December 30, 2012

    I remember the Bohack in Hempstead LI. on Henry Steet between Greenwich St. and Jerusalem Ave. In between was the old Elvin Drug Store on the left and the old Hempstead Bank on the right.

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    • john

       /  June 24, 2013

      I also remember the Bohack in Hempstead wasn’t this also near Kennedy Park? I also seem
      to recall a bakery in this shopping plaza circa 1951thru1956

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  55. Joan

     /  January 10, 2013

    My Dad, Henry Gates, lived in Garden City Park and worked for Bohack for 40 years, right up to the end. He worked in Great Neck, East Hills, Stewart Manor and a few other stores. He went to union meetings at Metropolitan Ave. I still have that union book and his name badge. He loved his job and was a dedicated employee. He worked in the produce and frozen food departments. I’d love to hear from anyone who remembers him. Thanks so much for this awesome site and all the wonderful memories.

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  56. I’m from Queens Village and I beleive the unknown photo is the Bohak on Hillside Ave off of Francis Lewis Blvd. in Hollis Queens. Queens Village was the neighboring town. I remeber my mother buying coloring books for my sister and I. This was the Francis Lewis Shopping Center Next to Ginos Pizza which is still there but now a few buildings down. This was late 1960 tomid 1970’s or so.

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  57. Pete G.

     /  January 27, 2013

    I`m from Port Jeff. Sta. and on main street there was a Bohack alongside a Hill`s market

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  58. Alfred Havel

     /  February 7, 2013

    Bohack’s in Hampton Bays

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  59. Tom Laiacona

     /  February 10, 2013

    I do believe it is the Bohack in East Hills off the LIE at exit 39 on Glen Cove Rd. I was dairy supervisor of this and 32 other Bohack stores in Nassau and Suffolk from 1974-76

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  60. Pete

     /  February 11, 2013

    As a child I fondly remember walking to Bohacks on main street in Port Jefferson Station,L.I. actually it was next door to another old supermarket chain.

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  61. Kathleen Motley

     /  February 23, 2013

    My first job: Massapequa Park Bohack – 1963. Cashier. Learned how important it was to have all my bills facing in the same direction!

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    • Leo Cunningham

       /  February 9, 2014

      I worked there in 1967 before I went in the Navy. Met my wife there in 1970, she was a cashier. My father became the manager there after I left. He hired her. Friends I worked with there introduced us.

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  62. My grandmother was called in a car accident behind the Bohack in Corona in January of 1974.

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  63. I remember walking to Bohacks with my Grandmother in Mineola. Her house is now condos near the post office and I am not even sure where the Bohacks was. I just remember her giving me pennies for the candy machines before we left her house. So exciting!!

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  64. George Geiger

     /  March 6, 2013

    Lysa, my dad (George Geiger) was the meat manager at the Mineola Bohack in the 1950’s before he moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Mineola store was on the street that goes to the Long Island Rail Road station across the from the Mineola movie theater. The store is still there, but has been sub-devided.

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    • I can picture that area now. On and off. I remember the old theater. It is a parking structure now, I think and the store would be the area where the Japanese restaurant is? I am talking about the early 70s.

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  65. The Bohack I remember was the one on Rockaway Ave. in Valley Stream. The rear of the store was practically under the elevated LIRR Far Rockaway Line tracks as they merged into the main line at Valley Stream Station. My memories are from the mid to late 1950s when my parents would shop there. My father always parked in the back in the parking lot under the railroad and entry was always through the back door by us. I remember a wooden floor. Across the street was Dan Coakley’s Colonial Inn. The building is still there with most of the windows now bricked over. There are business tenants the last time I visited which was about 3 years ago.

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  66. 5w30

     /  March 6, 2013

    Looking through a historical book of Glen Cove, NY photos: http://books.google.com/books?id=_bi8OLNwAMgC&pg=PA116&lpg=PA116&dq=bohack+glen+cove&source=bl&ots=5Qd2FMj2BA&sig=wkdM5B6L5teGR5TKzMBZ0iVdkgE&hl=en&sa=X&ei=p-83UYDID6GA0AGszoDQCw&ved=0CGQQ6AEwCQ#v=onepage&q=bohack%20glen%20cove&f=false there was a Bohack’s on School Street in the 1920s-30s. Then the store moved to a “modern” strip mall on Forest Avenue, oddly bookended by a Hills supermarket. The Bohack store is now a King Kullen. The Hills is now a Walgreens outlet.

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  67. Sharon Stanton

     /  March 7, 2013

    My grandmother’s maiden name was Marie Agnes Bohack (married name: Giancola). She was a deli clerk. Looking through some old papers I found an application that shows she worked at a store on Stuart Avenue in Bethpage and also at Main Street in Farmingdale in the late 60’s. Unfortunately, her Bohack family dis-owned her when she married my grandfather in 1938 (I think because he was Italian), so we know very little about the Bohack history of the family. I love reading all the comments, though, because my grandmother was a beautiful person and it seems that working at Bohack’s gave many people good memories, so I hope she had a good experience there, as well! Also, I was born in LI but moved away my whole life and just moved back to NYC, and am piecing together my family’s addresses, workplaces, birth places, marriage places…. I hope some of these places still exist when I go out on my search to find them! Thanks for the comments and the great website!

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  68. Neal Hunt

     /  March 8, 2013

    The unknown store could be New Hyde Park.

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    • Vinnie Marchione

       /  March 9, 2013

      I used to go to Bohack’s for my mother in the late 40’s early 50’s. It was located on Metropolitan Ave. near 60th Street in Ridgewood. I cannot find that store in any advertisements. Can anyone help?

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  69. kimmi lee

     /  March 12, 2013

    hillside avenue floral park!!! need a larger pic~~~

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  70. MaryLou Bohenek

     /  March 14, 2013

    Does anyone remember the Bohack’s in Floral Park? It was on South Tyson Avenue & Tulip Avenue by the elevated Long Island Railroad. It was built in the are where John Lewis Childs had his seed & bulb buildings. I don’t recall it being in business very long. I lived on South Tyson across from JLC School from 1958 until 1979. Anyone have info or pictures?

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  71. bobby Mak

     /  April 27, 2013

    the Bohack supermarket featured in the 1968 movie “The Odd Couple” was located on Second avenue between 86 and 87 streets on the east side of the avenue. That space is still a supermarket although it is currently owned by Food Emporium.

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  72. Carsten

     /  May 4, 2013

    And Mr. Boahack was not only business minded but civic as well. A founder of the Plattduetsche Home Society in Franklin Square…

    http://www.plattduetschehome.com/history.htm

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    • Neal Hunt

       /  May 6, 2013

      Thanks. That’s interesting. Don’t remember the home grwoing up but quite the facility.

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  73. jim

     /  May 5, 2013

    the unknown bohack looks like Green port NY.

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  74. Ann Marie Joy

     /  June 5, 2013

    Little Neck BOHACKS & Joys 1950s, as kids. Bottle return at Bohack for 2 and 5 cents, then treat ourselves to briny sour dill pickle in big wooden barrel. Lived 249th/Marathon 41st Ave. P.S. 94/dogtags/air raid drills. Miss Carroll princp. Scobee Grill. Westmoreland Park, wooded green open lots play. Alley Pond . Good Humor truck let us ride/ring bells thrills. snow sled down 42st ave.Ride bike Douglaston.Jake’s RR store/swamps behind for punks. 5 & 10 and Candy/Soda Shp, Bankers Trust near” Hack-a-Bo”. Worked at Carvel as youth!
    JOY of childhood in Little Neck in 1950s…:) Billy & Sheila Wilson anybody know? playmates.

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    • Jim Groelke

       /  June 16, 2013

      Hello Ann Marie – My whole family should remember everything you mentioned. Five kids all J’s – Johnnie, Jimmy, Judy, Judd, Joey. Not a sole left in Little Neck from my family. Lived on 249th street
      4303 249th st. We all went to PS 94 then JHS 67 then Bayside High. You are right – it was a great place to grow up! Some of my fondest memories were Halloween, boy did we rack up the candy!! I am going to send your email to my sister – she is now living in Nashville, Tn.

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  75. kozel

     /  June 19, 2013

    Interesting blog entry with info from a Bohack family member including info about the ‘Odd Couple’ location.

    http://mingum.blogspot.com/2010/01/bohacks-official-story.html

    http://mingum.blogspot.com/2010/01/bohacks.html

    Here’s a pic of the Smithtown store in 1954.

    http://www.shorpy.com/node/15492

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  76. louie

     /  June 21, 2013

    does anyone have pictures of the bohack cafeteria?Perhaps someone work there , i would like to talk to them

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  77. when you spent 20 dollars (I think) you got a section of a cookbook.I have the whole cook book.

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  78. srh

     /  August 7, 2013

    great neck became a key food before it became a cvs. Its the same building they added a second story to it. I worked in the key food and then on the construction of the cvs.

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  79. Mary

     /  August 13, 2013

    The Sea Cliff Bohacks was at the northeast corner of Sea Cliff & Roslyn Avenue – the southeast corner was “Huds Pub” (now Patners) southwest corner was Levine’s Stationary and the northwest is a residence. When Bohacks closed the building subdivided and became a Wood-stove store and the rear became Cafe Harlequin. The front then became a dental office and the rear still remains a restaurant that has undergone several owners. I do believe that the building still displays the plaque “I like to see a man proud of the community in which he lives ” – Abraham Lincoln.

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  80. George

     /  August 14, 2013

    I met my wife at Bohack #2208 in Little Neck in 1973. I was working in the deli and she was a cashier. Still going strong after all these years. Great memories of many people who worked there including Al Moshell, Irving Friedman, Phil Vagglio, John DeLuca, Peggy McKeon and many many more.

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  81. will

     /  September 15, 2013

    Does anyone remember the Mega Supermarket Bohack opened at the base of a department store on Metropolitan Ave in Maspeth? The parking was on the roof of the building.
    It didn’t last long and I remember it changed names a few years later. But it was one of the first mega markets I could recall from my childhood.
    Last time I was there in the 90s, it had been changed to a home improvement store.

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  82. alexandria tassos

     /  October 23, 2013

    I have an interesting story told to me about Bohack’s. He was a member of my church way before I was born. I lived with my grandmother’s sister…and she was born in 1894. We went to church every Sunday in Brooklyn. She told me the magnificent church organ was donated by Mr. Bohack. She also told me that when he was coming across to America on the boat he and another passenger had discussed their dreams. They both intended to open grocery stores in New York. On the ship they made a pact: Mr. Bohack would open his stores in Brooklyn and the other passenger would open his stores in Manhattan. They agreed that neither would cross the river and open a store in the other city while both of them were still alive. As far as I know they kept that pact. The other passenger’s name was Gristede. I love that story. I cant swear to it, but my Great Aunt would never lie and I know the Bohack’s belonged to my church and that his family did donate the organ.

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  83. Bellmore had two Bohacks !

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  84. paul bitzer

     /  October 29, 2013

    I worked in S-191, Merrick Rd. and 218 St., from 1961 till 1963 while I attended Andrew Jackson HS. I earned and saved enough to buy my 1957 Chevy and meet my wife of 46 years. I have nothing but fond memories, too bad you can never go back.

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  85. Fred Fritts

     /  November 14, 2013

    There was Bohacks at 920 Rockaway Ave in Valley Stream (not the one by the RR tracks). It was sold in the early 1950s to Herb Bahnsen and Bob Stapp and reopened as Community Market. I worked there as a stock boy in my teens. It was at the corner of Rockaway Ave and Jackson Rd. Zirkels Funeral home was across the street, and in the same row of shops was Morrows Drug store, a dry cleaners, beauty shop , butcher shop and deli. The building is still standing. last I saw, here was still a deli at the South end of the row.

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    • Jim Freyler

       /  November 17, 2013

      I remember the Bohack’s On Rockaway by the LIRR trestle well. My parents shopped there in the 50s when I was a little kid. However I don’t remember the one you mention. In fact I can’t even find a Jackson Rd. on Valley Stream maps from the 1950s.

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  86. sam nordmark

     /  November 21, 2013

    what happened to upper east side of manhattan.store manager bob kiefer ?

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  87. Ed

     /  December 7, 2013

    I am fairly certain that the unknown location from the 1950’s is the Bohack that was on Northern Blvd, just off of Parsons in Flushing. In later years it was an A&P and then a La-Z-Boy showroom.

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  88. I worked in the Bohack’s on Cortelyou Rd and Marlborough Rd in Brooklyn in the mid 60’s
    until mid 1970 while in school. I was a checker and was the only girl in the store except a woman who worked in the butcher dept. Nice memories….

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    • Tom Higgins

       /  January 5, 2014

      Jeanette, do you remember my dad, Tom Higgins? He also worked at “007” ,a/k/a Charielli’s Market at that time. He was killed in a holdup on church ave (2175) on Aug 24, 1971. I worked at 2232,Newkirk and later 2130 Ave D before going on the road in various supervisory positions.

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  89. Rick

     /  January 23, 2014

    I remember back in the 60’s when I was a kid I would ride my bike to the Bohack on 46th Ave and Utopia Pkwy to pick up some milk or bread for my mom.

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  90. Joseph Citrano

     /  January 26, 2014

    Joe. Citrano.
    I started working for Bohack in 1949 as a clerk in S109 Farmingdale N.Y. I wen into the service from 1951 to 1953 and returned to S109. I then became a dairy managerfor afew years and then asst. mgr a few years.I then got promoted to store mgr at the seaford store,then to the no. bellmore store, and to east williston .After that I was demoted back to asst mgr for the remainder of time with Bohack. My last store was in Lindenhurst .When we closed I handed the keys to Dan DiPierroand that was it.The unknown looks like S173 hicksville Rd. Massapequa. I was asst mgr With Phil Nolan.

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    • Kevin Costanzo

       /  January 26, 2014

      did any one know Gus Costanzo,he was in many stores Lynbrook,Woodmere,Hemstead
      i think Lindenhurst,My Brother Mike Costanzo was in Merrick

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      • Leo Cunningham

         /  February 9, 2014

        I worked in Woodmere in 1971 to 1972 but hardly remember anyone. I was the assistant manager then. Name sounds familiar though.

    • Tom Higgins

       /  January 26, 2014

      Joe, would that be the same Phil Nolan who was later the division cash control/personnel supervisior for Tom Langhorn?

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  91. Joseph Citrano

     /  January 26, 2014

    Joe. citrano
    Yes he was. I forgot about that .Tom Langhorn ,Charlie kasarouski,,Mr. Hines. Dan DiPierro,Herman Muller, all passed away many years ago.There are more but cant remember all there names.I still live in the same house i bought back then. Also my wife of 58 years just passed away.Life is not the same without her.

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    • Kevin Costanzo

       /  January 26, 2014

      Hi Joe
      dont know if you saw my reply earlier,did you know Gus Costanzo

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      • Joseph Citrano

         /  February 27, 2014

        Hi Kevin
        Yes I knew Gus. Ithink we worked in Lindenhurst. I closed that store as asst mgr.I gave the keys to Dan DiPiero and that was it.

    • Tom Laiacona

       /  January 26, 2014

      Hi Joe, don’t know if you remember me but I was the Dairy supervisor for DiPierro and Richie Ammiratis districts under Langhorne. I also used to releive store mgr vacations after they took me off the road before the bankruptcy. I am pretty sure we worked together at some point. Tom Laiacona

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      • Daniel DiPierro

         /  August 16, 2014

        I’m Daniel DiPierro Jr…this site is really nice!
        Joe Citrano…I recognize and met pretty much all the names you listed.
        I worked during high school and college summer in Shirley, my sister and brother in Ronkonkoma…Dad passed away in 1997 while shopping in a Farmingville grocery store!

      • Daniel DiPierro

         /  August 16, 2014

        I look forward to hearing more stories

      • Tom, did you ever manage the Westhampton Beach store? It continued on as a Gristedes after the bankruptcy.

  92. Kathy D. Guistp

     /  January 29, 2014

    Unknown location? New hyde park, hillside avenue?

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  93. Joseph Citrano

     /  January 31, 2014

    Hi. Tom.
    Yes we did work together . Dont remember what stores but i do remember you .Have a lot of fond memeries of the Bohack days. I was with them 28 years till the end.After Bohack i worked for Fairchild Republic building the a-10 Warthog fighter plane.I was a supervisor for 10 years. A big change from supermarkets but a great experience.Take care.

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    • Kevin Costanzo

       /  January 31, 2014

      Hi Joe
      Just wondering if you knew Gus Costanzo he worked to the end as well,was with Bohack for 29 years

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  94. Tom Higgins

     /  February 1, 2014

    Ha Ha all you REAL (pre bludorn/ aka food fair-marvin learner guys who know that it was S200 NOT 2200!) WHAT A GREAT BUNCH OF GUYS! (I remember when the store stamps changed, C-2 became 2007 etc…My dad got laid off from safeway around 1954 and went to Bohack while my other two uncles stayed and worked for finast later. So I grew up as a Bohack boy. Worked off rhe books for my dad at 2206 on 6ave fom ’62 to 67 then on the books at 2232 Newkirk under Tony Villani in ;68. My Dad went from asst mgr under Harry Harris at S126 Ave Z to mgr there and then opened 2232 Newkirk and :Big B:. before 2206. Later he was asst mgr for Joe Chirelli at 2007 on Cortelyou rd. and relieved mgrs on their vacations. He was reliving Kevin Bruen at 2175, Church Ave on Aug.24 1971, when he was killed in a holdup. he said that he had trouble opening the safe and I told him to tell Dick Dana (who I later worked with at Royal Farms) but he said he was only going to be there for another week.That was the same day that the first Village store opened in Farmingville,2242? I think Rocky Point was 2243,yes? Well , eventually I became dairy manager at 2130

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  95. Tom Higgins

     /  February 1, 2014

    Then I went into security after graduating from John Jay College. After that, I went into the store manager training program under Frank Falsetta and Gene Pillet.Did stints in 2177,East Northport, 2125 with Eli Jensen , Bethpage with George Stolba etc. BTW ,Tom L., I didn’t have to do dairy training because I had been a dairy mgr. but I do remember you and of course Dan Di Piero.My first store was 2103 Glen Head then a Packers on Hillside Ave. Then I went into a security/ operations project called inventory control at the villages in farmingville and garden city. After that I relieved Phil Nolan as Cash Control supervisor for Frank Morgello in the rooklyn Division and became Electronic Store Information Systems Co-ordinator fo our first computerized registers at the Bay Shore Village. When the paychecks bounced in ’75 I hooked up with headhunters and went to D’Agostino. Lots more to tell. Bohack was the best!

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    • George byrnes

       /  February 2, 2014

      I really enjoy seeing some of those names from the past. Phil Nolan was my first store manager when I worked in the deli at 2208 in Little Neck. I worked for Bohack from 1968 until almost the end. Since I worked in the deli, I filled in at most of the delis in Queens and Nassau as well as out in the Hamptons over the years. After leaving Bohack I worked for awhile for Ammirati and Al Mollica at a store they had in Freeport or Seaford. I also remember Reuben.Hodus as a pretty good deli supervisor. He was always fair to me. It’s funny how one can remember the store numbers after all these years. Lots of great people to remember.

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      • Steve

         /  August 17, 2014

        George, were you ever at the Westhampton Beach store in the Hamptons? The store continued on as a Gristedes. I remember a guy named, Tom as manager when I was there.

  96. Martin Rainbow

     /  February 1, 2014

    I remember the Bohack supermarket in Staten Island on Forest Avenue in the 1970s. It was large and had a parking lot. Does any one have a picture?

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    • Tom Higgins

       /  February 2, 2014

      I believe the forest ave. store was one of the 5 or 6 “Food Farm” stores aquired by Bohack in the early ’60’s. This also included a store in the St. George ferry terminal.

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      • Martin Rainbow

         /  February 3, 2014

        I don’t remember the one in the ferry terminal. I remember my grandmother continued to go to Bohack after Pathmark opened, even though PM had better selection/ lower prices, because to her, Pathmark was too big.

  97. Frank Kelch

     /  February 12, 2014

    My father Frank Kelch was the dairy manager at the Smithtown store in the 50s and early 60s, he also worked at the Deer Park store if I recall properly.

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  98. Charlie

     /  February 18, 2014

    The Odd Couple movie brought me to this site. How cool of you to have it. Great piece of history. Love the Bohack truck but if you notice in the background is parked a 1955 Chevy so I think the date there might be a little off. Nothing to worry about, Great photos!!

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  99. Jennifer Pisani

     /  February 18, 2014

    As a child we use to go to go back location at Hewitt Square in east northport NY, the unknown location looks like it.

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  100. Peggy

     /  February 18, 2014

    Regarding the unknown Bohack’s. It looks like the one in Frankin Square on Long Island.

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  101. I grew up in NYC mostly in Howard. Beach, Queens. I remember the Bohack above the Euclid Ave A train station in E. NY Brooklyn. I remember our mom getting the babka bread/cake that they made under their house label. My was that good! They opened a Village store in Howard Beach in the mid 70’s. It was located behind the Waldbaum’s store and is still there as a medical plaza, I think. Memories.

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  102. John

     /  February 19, 2014

    I remember the Bohack on Myrtle Avenue between Waverly & Washington. After it closed, it spent about 30 years as Adami Hardware, until they retired and moved the remnants across the street, selling the business to their employees. The “left & right” front doors lasted until that time. After that, Bank of America gutted the building and gave it a new life. That Bohack was ORIGINALLY on the northwest corner of Myrtle & Clinton, in what today is Putnam’s Pub & Cooker. Venice Italian Restaurant was across the street on Myrtle between Waverly & Washington. His brother, Joe, owned “Joe’s Place” (Italian) around the corner on Waverly, which was a mainstay in the neighborhood, My dad was Tony The Tailor, at 437 Myrtle Avenue, between Waverly & Clinton, across from The First National City Bank.. Our local Bohack, in Queens Village,, was at 220-34 Jamaica Avenue, now Top Bingo Hall. Packers was down the street at 222-51 Jamaica Avenue, Queens Village, and is a CTown today. Once the Packers opened down the street, that Bohack closed down forever.

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    • Bruce Whitesell

       /  February 19, 2014

      John,

      I don’t remember your dad’s shop on Myrtle Avenue, probably because as a student I was too poor to have anything altered or sewn up, but I worked at the “New” Bohack’s in the next block from 1968-70. See my previous postings about experiences there. Vinnie’s deli was across the street from your shop, in the Citibank bldg., and I had my 1st experience with REAL corned beef and pastrami there.

      It all looks so different with the El gone.

      I was there during the “John Lindsey Snowstorm of 1969″.

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      • John

         /  February 20, 2014

        Hi, Bruce… Vinny’s name was Vincent Furlong! The stores, starting at the Waverly Avenue corner were: Franhill Pharmacy (on the corner)..I bought my lunch there YESTERDAY… Clinton Hill Delicatessen (rotisserie chicken! by Vinny Furlong!) I remember that they had third base sticking through a kitchen chair (with its cushion removed) after the Mets won the series. We all had to go back into the kitchen and sit on the thing….About two days later the police showed up and arrested Vinny’s son for theft… It was in all the papers, but, In the end, they let him go. The next store over was an upholsterer. After that was the Sinclair Bakery, followed by a hairdresser, and, finally the First National City Bank! I was there yesterday! Here’s a photo…http://www.brooklynpix.com/photoframex1.php?photo=/photo1/C/clinhill37.jpg&key=CLINHILL 37 . That’s my Buick Skylark parked on the near corner in the foreground! J

  103. John

     /  February 19, 2014

    I used to work at the Associated on Fresh Meadow Lane in Queens that had been a Bohack in a previous incarnation. I have a photograph of it as a Bohack, but I don’t know how to post it here.

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  104. MICHAEL NEUWIRTH

     /  February 20, 2014

    The “Odd Couple” Bohack was on the SE corner of Bleecker St & LaGuardia Place in Greenwich Village. It’s now a Morton Williams Supermarket. It looks almost the same today. If you put today’s photo next to the Odd Couple photo, the only differences are the spacing of the doors, and the fact there are no longer any automatic mats to step on to open the doors.

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  105. Jim Freyler

     /  February 20, 2014

    Does anyone have any recollections of the Bohack store on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream ? The parking lot in the back was partly located under the LIRR Far Rockaway line trestle. Just across the street was Dan Coakley’s Colonial Inn. My parents shopped at the Bohack;s when I was very young and I can remember always entering through the back entrance. The store had wooden floors. I think it survived well into the 1960s. The building itself is still there with some of the windows bricked over and the inside being used as office space.

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  106. Anyone remember the Rockville Centre store?

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    • John Knobel

       /  September 11, 2014

      I remember them all my dad was the CEO of Bohack in the sixties until the end

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  107. Karen

     /  March 26, 2014

    My parents had a TV store on Utica Ave at Empire Blvd and when my mother was ready to leave for home, she would call the Bohack on Ralph Avenue at Avenue N and tell them what she needed. She would stop on the way home and pick up her groceries. Everything was always perfect, from the meat to the tomatoes and it was always ready and waiting for her. It was more like a family business than a chain store. The service was friendly and helpful.

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  108. Mimi

     /  March 31, 2014

    I still have a Bohack produce bag that was used to store part of a meat grinder. http://oi60.tinypic.com/2hre63p.jpg I also have a Pantry Pride bag that held recipes.

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  109. Deborah

     /  April 23, 2014

    My mom used to drive to Bohack’s on Union Tpke. Maybe it was in Little Neck, or Glen Oaks. I remember it was two stories. We would park under the store. And for years they would put your bags in bins and roll your bags down to the parking lot on a sort of conveyor belt. When I was really little the man in charge would put me in a bin and roll me down to the parking lot too. I would have the bags ready and waiting for mom. I was always sad if that guy wasn’t there to let me roll down to the parking lot. Does anyone else remember that?

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  110. Gary Koenig

     /  June 12, 2014

    It was told to me that Henry Bohack and my grandfather (Gustav Wilhelm Koenig) migrated to the US from Germany on or about 1875 and were good friends.My grandfather had a Bohacks on Avenue S in Brooklyn New York in the 20’s and 30’s.
    I am trying to verify this information.
    Can anyone help?
    Gary Koenig

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    • Daniel DiPierro

       /  August 16, 2014

      Hello Gary…are you related to Phil Koenig who was my Manager at the Shirley Bohack in the late 1960’s?

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  111. robert steed

     /  June 19, 2014

    I recall as a child my Mom and Dad would do the shopping in Bohack on Hillside Ave and Little Neck Pkwy in Floral Park, Queens. My Dad would always knock on the mirrored glass in the meat dept to have a word with The Butcher. The store closed about 1977 and became a office Bobby

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  112. thomas stoerger

     /  July 1, 2014

    Grew up in Massapequa park in the 60’s and 70’s Bohack was on corner of Park Blvd & Front street. Now an insurance office which it has been since Bohack closed. Theren used to be just up the block Dan;s Supreme supermarket as well. Remember 10-12 can sof Bohack brand soda for a $1 !!!! Cream Soda was the best. Also someone mentioned Bellmor ebefore which is where I live now . One store was on Bedford in the village(I know shadow boxes in town have pictures, the other was on merrick & Newbridge which became a row of stores but up until a few years ago on the west wall you could see the Bohack painted logo throught the whitewash

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  113. Roger

     /  July 7, 2014

    Unknown 1950s Bohack. Possibly the store in Port Washington on LI, although I don’t think the PW store was that big.
    I worked there in the early 60s as stocker after school & on weekends & oiled wooden floors before closing on Sat night.
    Manager’s name was Tim (Irish accent),
    & assist mgr was Ralph, tall, quiet type.

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  114. The “unknown” looks like it might be by Police Plaza in Lower Manhattan. Mom used to shop there; we lived across the street.

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  115. Hello Everyone,

    Found this site by chance and so enjoyed all your remembrances. I grew up on 186th Street right off Union Turnpike in Flushing, now called Fresh Meadows, in the 1940’s-50’s. There was a Bohack market on Union Turnpike, just east of 188th Street. The “mystery picture” does look like that store. One funny memory – there was a cashier named Lillian who spent a lot of time chatting and catching up on all the neighborhood news. Unfortunately, while chatting, she usually packed the fruit, eggs and bread on the bottom of the bag and the heavy cans and bottles on top.

    There was a candy store on that corner where we waited for our school bus to Immaculate Conception School in Jamaica Estates. Later, the city bus on the same corner to high school at Mary Louis Academy. So many memories. The bowling alley across the Turnpike, the pharmacy where my brother worked delivering RX’s on his bike, Ben Ric furs where he also worked, Rogers Luncheonette, the Utopia movie theatre with the matron in her white uniform patrolling the aisles with her flashlight at Saturday matinees, the first drive-in bank I ever saw, Cunningham Park, the classy Celeste ladies’ clothing store and the local mothers who wore “house dresses” to Bohacks. It was a wonderful time and place in which to grow up. Where have the years gone? I now live in Huntington Village on Long Island but my roots will always be there in Queens.

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    • Jimbov

       /  August 12, 2014

      Jeannette- I grew up in Little Neck , the last town in Queens, on the north shore of Long Island before you get into Nassau County. I could not agree more – It was a great place to grow up. We had a Bohacks on Northern Boulivard at the corner of 249th street. Mother , father and five kids – one of the kids were always going to Bohacks for a loaf of bread and four quarts of milk. We were given one dollar and we could keep the change or buy some candy, so she was never short of volunteers! After a few years they built a large grocery store across the street, Safeway or Grand Union. and the Bohacks all of a sudden became a NYC public library. We always walked to school, PS94 or JHS67 until High school, Bayside High School.

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  116. Tom Higgins

     /  August 23, 2014

    Just to let everyone know, I started a group page on facebook called Bohack Supermarkets. Would love to have all of you join the group, spread the word and share memories and pictures. The old generation is dying out, let’s get as much info from them as we can before they are gone. Today’s question regarding store numbers. When the company became a corporation all store numbers were prefixed with a “2” . i.e. S-156 became #2156 . It is my understanding that the S meant self service, as there were also C and R stores. What did the C and R stand for? I remember C-2 became #2007, Cortelyou Rd. Looking fowad to hearing from all of you and seeing pictures in the facebook group. Double King Korn Stamps to all and an extra Bohack Derby ticket and Jokers Wild card.

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    • John Knobel

       /  September 11, 2014

      My father was chairman of the board of bohack in the sixties until the end

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  117. Where was the bohack store located in baldwin harbor. I think it was on Church St

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  118. I am trying to find out where in Baldwin Harbor the store was located

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  119. linda acosta

     /  September 7, 2014

    My Uncle worked at Bohacks as did my grandfather!

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  120. kat

     /  September 16, 2014

    Looks like bohacks in far rockaway on beach channel drive

    Reply
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