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Metropolitan Avenue at Lefferts Boulevard
This is Sy Razler, whose parents had a luncheonette on the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue from 1941 until 1954.  That's the northeast corner of Lefferts and Metropolitan in the background.

If you have pictures of yourself showing any Kew Gardens locale in the background, email me high resolution jpegs and I will post them here as space permits.

To download a copy of the Queens Courier's Sept. 2003 article about Old Kew Gardens.com, click on one of the following links. Turn off your browser's auto-resize if the JPEG text appears too small to read.

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February 2003 Guest Book

February 28, 2003
I lived in Richmond Hill and attended Holy Child School
Dr Thomas Ignatius Hayes

February 25, 2003
What a fantastic site. Thank you for sharing your information. Please dont ever find a _real_ life!
Ms Penguin

February 20, 2003
This is a wonderful site. I have lived in Kew Gardens for over thirty years, read Barry Lewis' book, and still learned things about the place I never knew from the website. Keep up the great work and put up as many old pictures as you can get. Edward Brandwein

February 17, 2003
Sorry, Kew Gardens is engulfed in a blizzard while I enjoy 75 degree weather down here. Len, I coldn't pull your picture up. Will speak to you soon. Love Vinny P.S. I still dream of Danni"s pizza and those sandwiches I used to get in that German Deli.
Vinny Richards

February 13, 2003
Lenny Schneir
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February 7, 2003
I am Dirk, the pal of Pete John Muller who signed this guest book on February 4. Frequently he mentions Kew Gardens and I believe in his heart he never left the place. He sent me the Kew Gardens book for a present last month. So now I virtually can enter my pal's Kew Gardens. Your website was an additional big help. I was very amazed that this place was also part of the ‘city’ of New York. At first the neighbourhood seemed to look much like some others in Europe. After reading the book I realised that the urbanisation (no real straight streets) was very unusual for New York. Kew Gardens is nice. It misses only a real town square, with a church, post office etc to be European alike. The ‘village’ seems to have taken over centre function. The Ponte Vecchio is a wonderful invention that connects both sides of Kew Gardens without psychologically barriers. The Mowbray building is a very recognisable beacon. I hope they can preserve a lot of the precious buildings for the future. I would like to stroll around there. With all the pictures together I can form a good image of the area of the crossing of Lefferts blvd and Austin Street.
Dirk Lefebvre

February 6, 2003
I was surfing the web looking for historical information about Union Turnpike when I found your site. It brough back memories of my high school summers. My aunt (Wanda Karas), who was a supervisor at Kew Gardens Hospital and Kew Gardens resident, helped me to get summer employment at the facility. I met some very wonderful people and learned a great deal about life. I am still searching about the origins of Union Turnpike. If someone can help please send an e-mail. The site is marvelous.
Raymond Hahn

February 4, 2003
Editor's Note:   If you'd like to post a small picture of yourself to go with your guest book message, just email me both the message and picture (in jpeg form) which I will crop and reduce as needed. This idea may prove to be impractical, but I'll give a try.

February 4, 2003
My best pal in Belgium, Dirk, told me of this site. It is a dream - and a memory come true. (By the way, Dirk is the finest banjoist in the country, and I'll stand on Arsène's coffee table in my Hush Puppies and repeat that.) I was born in Jamaica and spent my entire childhood from 1957 until 1970 in Apt. 7-H at the West Virginia on 82-40 Austin St. I see now, as I did when I revisited in 1996, that most everything is thankfully still very much the same.
P.S. A special kiss to Carolyn Kunicki, the finest music teacher I ever had the pleasure of singing harmony with, and to Barry Lewis for his untiring work on the upkeep. You go get 'em, boy!
Peter John Muller

February 4, 2003
What is happening to the beautiful homes and historical buildings of this fine community? I have seen some of the finest architectural details destroyed on some of the finest homes. The buildings along Lefferts sided in aluminum siding to conceal the beautiful tudor details. Horrible fences going up around stately homes. This community is quickly loosing its charm and no one seems to care. I grew up in the community and now when I visit it saddens me to see the loss. Its as if no one cares. I hope that the community will come together and fight to keep it from loosing its charm that made it such a memorable place to grow up. I am a now living in Tampa Florida. Here, architects and designers are working desperately to recreate communities that greatly resemble the quaint village town feeling of places like Kew Gardens. I feel privileged that I had the opportunity to live in a community with a small town feeling amidst the greatest city in the world.
Franco A. Pasquale

February 3, 2003
robert mc grath

February 1, 2003
Ed.'s Note: The reason each guest book posting does not appear here immediately is that I review each message individually before posting to eliminate spam or unwanted adult content. Email me if you want to make a correction to a message you have already posted or if you would like a message removed.

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Some Guestbook signers choose not to publish their email addresses. If you wish to contact one of them, send me an email identifying the guestbook signer you wish to contact and giving me the date his or her message was posted. Your email to me must contain your full name, and may also include anything else you wish to tell the signer. I will forward your email to the Guestbook signer you wish to contact, but with no cc or bcc to you. It will be the signer's decision whether or not to make contact with you. Any emails which contain spam, adult content, or appear suspect for any other reason will not be forwarded. ~The Editor.

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