I grew up in Bay Terrace, Queens, at the northern tip of Bayside. Unlike much of the rest of Bayside to the south (as well as most of Queens in general), Bay Terrace didn’t really come into being until the 1960’s and 70’s at which time it was a medium sized community which featured its own small shopping center. Except for Grand Union, these were all independent local shops with their own individual unique quirky feel.
By the late 80’s and 90’s as the town continued to grow. New developments were filled in on practically every open space available. The town had changed and the era of the small shopping was over. Cord Meyer renovated in in 1992 and it now consists of mostly chain stores and the independent stores were gone.
This is a look at some of those early stores.
Original single screen movie Theater, Built in the early 1960’s. Turned into an an Applebees and a multiplex was built to replace it in the early 90’s
The View from inside the old theater looking out.
Joy Island (at first Joy Tang) was the Chinese Restaurant.
Cake Box was the original Bay Terrace bakery.
Local Deli / Business Card