The Bay Terrace Shopping Center 1962 – 1992

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

Moonshine Records – Record Store


Original Bowling Alley – Bayside Lanes

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  1. Scott Berkun

     /  August 29, 2010

    Bayside Lanes! The Bay Terrace movie theater! You just posted half my childhood.

  2. Would love to see larger pictures

  3. Scott Berkun

     /  August 30, 2010

    Chinsu: If you click on some of the images, you’ll see larger versons.

  4. Elaine

     /  August 31, 2010

    These pictures are great – they bring back so many memories – thank you, Todd!

  5. Steven Rein

     /  August 8, 2011

    Brought my 1st Ball at Bayside 79/80


  7. Hi, Todd. I went back to the neighborhood not too long ago. Horrible what they did to the shopping center. Not one store other than Jack’s I’d want to go into. Also, I’d guess most of the people shopping there were actually from the Bronx, not from the immediate neighborhood.

  8. Scott

     /  April 7, 2012

    A blast from my past! I lived in Bay Terrace (actually the Bell Bay apartment complex) from 1962 to 1968 (ages 3 thru 8), when the whole neighborhood was being built. My aunt & uncle lived in Bay Terrace until they passed away a decade ago, so I’ve seen the place change. Another store at the shopping center that stood out was the Appetizing Store – you just don’t see such places anymore. You have gourmet emporiums and delis, but nothing like that appetizing store with its platters of “Smokey Joes” and wonderful delicacies. Thank you for this wonderful bit of nostalgia.

  9. SOOOO MANY MEMORIES! OMG……….brought up my kids in Bay Terrace and frequented all those stores for their sakes and my sanity.LOL. Such great years were spent there along with so many good people. Where have the years gone? We are now grandparents of 4 boys we take there with a whole new look. WOW1

  10. Laurie G

     /  January 15, 2013

    I once lived in LeHavre (Whitestone) when my kids were little. Our pediatrician was Dr David Berman in Bayside on 225th St. After leaving his office; I’d go to the appetizing store and bought either their coleslaw or some sort of salad (similar in that it was cold), can’t remember the name. It was out of this world!! If anyone remembers, please e-mail me at: as I’d love to replicate it. It was soooo goood that I still remember it, 25 yrs +…:)

    • I too grew up in LeHarve from around the time of The Worlds Fair thru the early 80’s. and attended BHS. Lived in Bayside for several years after that. By the way I was in bld 6 apt 4B

  11. Howard

     /  April 12, 2013

    It is ashamed what Cord Meyer did to that shopping center. They took away the great bowling alley with a supermarket no one wanted, took all the nice stores like the record store , small deli and other nice places with all these Chain stores. But then Cord Meyer would say we are old even though I am only 50; I knew someone who worked at Cord Meyer years ago and she told me they don’t care one iota what people think , they are so greedy! Howard

    • Couldn’t have said it better myself. I guess that’s why the only places I even bother to go to when I’m back in Bayside are the post office and Jack’s Pizza. The rest of the stores are useless to me. I won’t buy clothes at Men’s Schlockhouse or Express and I won’t eat at overpriced Ben’s with it’s all-illegal staff. Also, bring back the old security staff who made it feel like they were proud of themselves and their jobs instead of the Deputy Dawg police academy dropouts frustrated with the fact that they’re not real cops with guns.

    • Richard Conte

       /  July 25, 2015

      it was just progress. Those stores would not survive the new economy of the 1990s and beyond.

  12. Richard Conte

     /  July 12, 2013

    Do you have any more pix of Bay terrace shopping center
    I have been living in Bay Terrace since 1976 and I remember most of the stores.

    • howard what was the diet frozen food store in bay terrace by the post off ice im trying to locate them if they are still in buiss ness u bought ur diet meal from them

      • Mona Greene

         /  September 15, 2020

        I remember that store – no they are out a long time – do you remember the Spanish restaurant in Bay Terrace – they had delicious seafood in green sauce – what was the name of the place – I seem to think it began with the letter P

    • i meant richard

  13. I worked at Grand Union as an office clerk/bookkeeper. With the opening of Waldbaum’s in the same plaza, business shrank and shrank. I eventually “jumped ship” and went onto Waldbaum’s as a Front End Runner (cashier shift manager). I was only 18. I made so many friends there. Happy memories.

  14. richard

     /  September 28, 2013

    Wheres the picture of the Cake Box?

  15. Alan Gregg Cohen

     /  October 11, 2013

    I remember the Bay Terrace Shopping Center fairly well, as I grew up in the Whirestone area and it was one of the larger shopping centers nearby. I can remember when they were building The Bay Club Condominiums just to the west of the center between 26th Avenue and 23rd Avenues, and east of Corporal Kennedy Street in the early to mid-70’s. There must have been a recession in the real estate industry back then, and the builder went bankcrupt and as a result the buildings were not completed until 1982, several years after we had moved to California. At that time the buildings were being built as rentals under a different name which I can not recall, and access to the models which were temporary structures and not in the buildings themseves, was off 26th Avenue where the Bayside Mews are now standing. Today the entrance to The Bay Club is on 23rd Avenue at a private gated street known as Bay Club Drive. I haven’t been to the immediate neighborhood in years atleast 35 years, but is still looks very nice in the pictures I’ve seen.

  16. Richard

     /  June 23, 2014

    Yea It was called “The great Resession” the early 1970s. I remember that time. I moved to Bay terrace in 1976 when the bay club towers, which was called Village mall towers then, was just half way completed. What is now the Bayside Mews was actually the town houses of the Village Mall towers. When the worst resession since the great depression ended about 1979, another developer took over the project and they re named the two towers the Bay Club and seperated the property from the twown houses and a seperate developer completed the Bayside Mews in the early 1980s.

  17. Terrific Piece

  18. I used to bowl in Bay Terrace in a Saturday morning league back in the late ’70’s. My uncle was a cook at the diner/luncheonette. Good times!

  19. Richard Conte

     /  July 25, 2015

    Do you have any more pix? Like where Grand Union was and the Cake box?

  20. Side/Dishes

     /  February 25, 2016

    Hi there – great blog, I linked to you on my own blog ( – I grew up in Flushing and would frequent the Loews Bay Terrace and its plaza until the end. The arcade (Peter Pan) and the record store (by the early 90s a Sam Goody / Musicland, I think?) were great…There was also a K-B Toys next to the Waldbaums, if memory serves. Great destination for kids, all told. :) – Jim

  21. J Grady

     /  May 14, 2016

    Anyone recall the restaurant El Prado great place went there for years

    • J

       /  August 31, 2016

      I was just looking for pics of El Prado.
      Miss that restaurant

      • Mona Greene

         /  September 15, 2020

        OMG My son and I could not think of the name of that place – we were saying just an hour ago – remember the delicious food at that place that served Spanish food? We both said it started with the letter P but could not think of the name- thank you!!!!!

  22. Fran

     /  December 3, 2016

    Brought my kids up in Bay Terrace. Stayed in the area – bought one of the Town Houses on Corp. Kennedy. Was a member of the Bay Terrace Country Club. Had some great years there.

  23. Fran

     /  December 3, 2016

    What about the great sporting goods store. My son was there all the time.

  24. Miguel Marcano

     /  December 20, 2016

    What year was Waldbaums open, around
    1980. What

  25. splitarockdi

     /  May 18, 2017

    In the 60’s, I was a Girl Scout, and earned my bowling badge. We bowled at the Bayside Lanes. At that time, the BayTerrace shopping center was just Cake Box, and the bowling alley.

  26. Dianna Santoro

     /  October 24, 2017

    Thanks for the memories and the pictures! I learned to bowl with the Girl Scouts at the Bayside Lanes, and I remember Cake Box very well.

  27. Kathleen Vize

     /  July 29, 2018

    My late Uncle’s home was on the corner of 26th and 213th. He moved into the house around 1974. As kids we would visit and go to the Baskin Robbins, the movies, Peter Pan, the Cake Box. As a family we would dine at El Prado. I vaguely recall bowling. Once the upstairs (as we referred to the new section) was built, we would go to Yummy Yogurt and Moonshine Records. I remember a large promotional poster hanging in the window for a new Bruce Springsteen album, I believe it was Darkness at the Edge of Town.

    Some of you may remember his house as it was always decorated for the holidays. Over the course of time, many of us would pitch in to help. He even expanded his decorating to other holidays — even including Greek Independence day for the owner of (what was then) the Greek diner ‘upstairs’.

    I’ve always said if I had to live in Queens, it would be in Bayside.

  28. Martin Ornstein

     /  July 6, 2020

    I lived on 209th St from 1967 to 1971 and have very warm memories of the time. Thanks so much for the pictures of the movie theater and the bowling alley! I’m trying to find out the name of a coffee shop that was in the Bay Terrace Shopping Center back then. My parents took me there for ice cream, very late after returning from Manhattan where we had seen “2001: A Space Odyssey” for my 7th birthday. It was a night I’ll never forget and I’d love to learn the name of the shop. Thanks!

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