Monday, January 25, 2010
Since I've been thinking about Queens this week, I clicked on a link in Twitter today and found myself looking at a series of photos of Kew Gardens from the 1940's. Beautiful photos accompanied by an essay written by the 8B class at PS 99. As I clicked through the photos, I came across this photo of Bohacks and shouted, involuntarily, "Bohacks!" It sounds like a curse word. I couldn't remember how I knew what Bohacks was. My mother enlightened me: it was the grocery store a block away from my grandparent's house (and the place she lived in from her middle childhood until marriage) in Rego Park. It is now a Met Foods. To this day, my mother who doesn't drive anywhere, and whose car still has less than 500 miles on it after 2 years, drives over there to shop at this store.
A little googling tells me the first Bohacks store was opened in 1887, and finally closed in the late 70's. In its heyday there was one in every town in Queens, Brooklyn and Long Island. The headquarters was in Maspeth. HC Bohack, the founder, died in 1931 when there were 740 stores and 3000 employees.
Met Food in Rego Park, today (via Googlemaps)
Some links about Bohacks:
Closed store/sign - Forgotten New York
Groceteria - the wikipedia of grocery stores
The Bohack Family