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Foster Hall was officially at 44-15 43rd Avenue, with an entrance on 45th Street.  Dr. Eric Altschul and a dentist each had offices off the lobby. 

In this photo, taken circa 1950, from left to right: me, our dog Togie, my brother Tom in his Communion suit, Mrs. Edith Kent, mother of Ronnie, Nora (holding doll), and Peter Wells, father Mr. Wells, and ??.  Take note of the handsome car, an Oldsmobile. 

A view on 45 Street of Foster Hall, 4315 43rd Avenue, just a bit down from 43rd Avenue where my family lived.  Down the block is the farm house with a dark sloped roof.   I tried to enlarge to read the sign on the lamp post, but it only becomes blurry.)

From left:  Carol Ann Urdanick in stroller, her aunt, Bea Insley crouching,  my grandmother, Eugenia Mongrandi and me. Photo taken ca. 1945.

On 45th Street, looking toward Skillman Avenue.  Note the farm house on left, which still had a large productive vegetable garden, circa 1945.

Mothers from left to right:  Viola McKeon, Edna Bourne, Irene Marek, Jean Cox

Kids: Richard Burgtorf, Carolyn Cox, Eugenie Marek, Virginia McKeon, Virginia O'Connor. In carriage? Linny McKeon.

My brother Tom walking into Foster Hall backyard with apartment buildings across 45th Street in background. 

Here is our backyard, a vacant lot between Foster Hall and the large farmhouse next door:  a kid’s paradise, with four large elm trees and dirt!   My brother Tom and his friend, Richard Burgtorf are seen playing.


When we were older, Richard and I were invited over to see the large vegetable garden.  We went into the the farm house through the back door, seeing only the kitchen and dining room.  I do not know the family’s name, and sadly I don’t recall when the farm was torn down. 

Photo taken ca. 1945

​​This is amazing to see — there is nothing else except for this building and the farmhouse I had mentioned!  I see a rooftop billboard advertising the building, perhaps for the new “7”elevated train one block up.  Doorman or awnings over the windows had disappeared.  There were a group of single-story stores to the left, running to 44th Street.  I remember the last one, a corner deli, perhaps a barber shop, a liquor store, a candy store and I think two others closer to the building. They must have been built soon after.

The Foster Gardens Apartment at 44-15 43rd Avenue on the northwest corner of 43rd Avenue (formerly Foster Avenue) and 45th Street.  A uniformed doorman stands in the entrance.  The surrounding blocks have some examples of the finest Art Deco apartment buildings in New York City.  This is a classic picture of early 20th century Queens.  Kevin Walsh, "Forgotten New York,"

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