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Queens Blvd. at 67th Road
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Death Blvd
67th road
A block east of 67th Avenue, the southern corner of Queens Blvd. and 67th Road still holds dear to two neighborhood landmarks, Lazar's Meats and the world famous Knish Nosh. Lazar's might actually date from the early 1960s, whereas Knish Nosh may have been here since the 1940s, and at least from the 1950s. My mother used Lazar's as one of her butchers, probably the primary one. A more overlooked area icon is the warehouse building on the next corner to the east, at 67th Drive. The only such building in this residential area, it predated probably every apartment house around it. Well, now it is an apartment house; if you can't beat'em, join'em, right? Once a storage facility for goods, it will soon be a storage facility for well heeled condo buyers. I'm sure one key amenity used to lure those buyers will be the close proximity of Knish Nosh.
As for Lazar's, they're praying that Mad Cow Disease doesn't become any more of a problem than it probably already is here, and Mad Cow isn't the be-all and end-all of the meat industry's woes, either. As I write this, yet another British import is set to make huge waves; Hoof in Mouth Disease. When will the Brits do everyone a favor and go vegeterian? Then again, they are also the folks who brought us the Irish Potato Famine (The Irish were its victims, not its source), so perhaps they should keep away from the crops as well.

© 2001, Jeff Saltzman.