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.


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.

Elmhurst NJ? – Early Bohack’s photo.

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.

Freport Bohack, undated.

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.

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.

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.


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



Shortcuts and Secret Entrances

For those who know the backwoods, or the backstreets, there are always ‘secret’ shortcuts known to only the experienced that can save them a minute or two, especially during rush hour.

1951 aerial of the Cross Island Parkway near Fort Totten. There used to be an entrance to Fort Totten that intersected with the Cross Island Parkway. You can see above that it interrupted the center island of the parkway.

When you get on The Cross Island Parkway North at Fort Totten you’re not supposed to take this little ramp to get onto the Throgs Neck Bridge, but it can be very tempting, especially when the parkway is full and the bridge is empty. Was it ever a ‘real’ entrance? Not sure but I dont think so.

Unlike the secret entrance to the Throgs Neck Bridge, this secret entrance to the Whitestone Bridge is a ‘real’ entrance. You can see it in the 1948 photo above and it still exists today.

When the LIE was widened and the CIP interchange rebuilt in the early 2000’s the Douglaston Pwky exit was removed and the secret short cut shown above went with it.

LIE between New Hyde Park Rd. and Shelter Rock Rd.  This is a great shortcut that still exists and I’m only letting you all know about it because I dont live on Long Island anymore. This ‘shortcut’ was ‘just’ created around the year 2000 when the LIE was widened. The Shelter Rock Rd. exit was moved way westward, so that you can get off the LIE at the Shelter Rock Rd. exit, and back on the LIE east without ever encountering a traffic light. If there’s traffic here, and there often is, this one can save you a couple of minutes easily.

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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