Archive for Nostalgia

Birmingham Vintage Roadside

Some pretty cool roadside stuff from Birmingham, including a Wigwam motel menu

Lost Amusment Park and Airport of Flushing, Queens

A friend of mine posted an article about the closing and razing of a Nathans in Yonkers.  Its the second largest Nathans in the US and I assume the last one that had an arcade inside.  We had such a location at 170th and Collins in Sunny Isles Beach Florida growing up but closed sometime in the 70s.

A little research led me to the fact that this Nathans was originally a restaurant called Adventurers Inn, and that there were at least a couple of them, including one that was a Amusement Park in Flushing, Queens.  

Turns out the amusement park was across the street from an airport.  Eventually both were abandoned and took years before they were finally razed.

Adventurers Inn park from PLACES NO MORE.

Adventurers Inn before it was bulldozed.  I have no idea why they didnt sell the rides.

Flushing Airport on Wikipedia

Flushing Airport from Queens Tribune.

Amazing article on Nathans on Long Island


I also found out about a park called Nunleys on Long Island.  The park closed but the carousel was moved.

Another small park not far from Coney Island, Nellie Bly, now its called Adventurers park.

Another Adventurers in on Long Island is now an Adventureland.

Some old photos from Flushing park in the 70s and other cool things.

An article on Fairyland In Queens, now a mall.  

Memories of the Jersey Shore




Keansburg which was heavily hit

Last chance, Bills Country Kitchen

One of the many places I have yet to get is Portland.  Just found out I am going to be missing out on an old school joint that is about to close, Country Bills


What if someone gave you Bills?


The San Diego Chicken Pie Shop

While this building isn't old, the restaurant itself is.  The original locations closed and moved, yet this masterpiece of Hearty food lives on, with prices from another decade.  The menu is starch, starch and starch with only delicious fresh cole slaw to break it up.  I had the meatloaf, while my friend had the specialty chicken pot pie.  Definately worth a trip.

Fjords Smorg-ette and Sweden House

Vintage Postcard for Fjords Smorgette

Before all of America was fat, and perhaps influenced by Abba, but probably not, there was a Swedish explosion in America.  In South Florida, where I grew up, we had Sweden House.  Everyone was going overboard for Smörgåsbord.  I cannot recall if I actually ever ate at one, but I definately passed them.   

Recently I ran across the top postcard for Fjords Smorg-ette.  Clearly on the West coast they knew those blurpin Californians would not get on bord with such a long name.  

If I recall correctly, Sweden House restaurants ran all the way up the East Coast.  A quick search of Fjords yielded only a sole vacant location with a facebook page.  If you have time, you should search youtube for Sweden House commercials.  They are 70s perfection.  I wonder what caused the Smorgas-armageddon?  Though we still have places like Golden Corral, they just don't seem to have the same charm.

Sweden House at Ultraswank.

Sweden House at My Florida History

Fjords Facebook Page.