Inwood Business Advertisements: 1975-1976

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Alpine Theater Inwood
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street, Jaws.
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street, Jaws.

Decades before Starbucks, frozen yogurt and sushi arrived in Inwood, another generation of business owners serviced the district.

The following advertisements, shot from the defunct Heights-Inwood Newspaper, reveal an Inwood with movie theaters, a bowling alley and even a pub serving fifteen cent beers.

If some of these ads stir up old memories I encourage you to leave a comment at the end of this post, so that others may better understand Inwood’s past.

Tony Orlando and Dawn with Rev. Ike, Heights Inwood Newspaper, 1975.
Tony Orlando and Dawn with Rev. Ike, Heights Inwood Newspaper, 1975.
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street, Taxi Driver.
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street, Taxi Driver.
A.A. Paddy's Car Service, 4982 Broadway.
A.A. Paddy’s Car Service, 4982 Broadway.
Airways Car Rental, 4898 Broadway.
Airways Car Rental, 4898 Broadway.
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street.
Alpine Theater, 208 Dyckman Street.
Archie's Pub, 568 West 207th Street.
Archie’s Pub, 568 West 207th Street.

B. H. Glass and Shade, 119 Dyckman Street.
B. H. Glass and Shade, 119 Dyckman Street.
Barone's Restaurant, 101 Dyckman Street.
Barone’s Restaurant, 101 Dyckman Street.
Cactus Flower, 178 Dyckman Street.
Cactus Flower, 178 Dyckman Street.
Candy Barrel, 589 West 207th Street.
Candy Barrel, 589 West 207th Street.
Chow Mon, 177 Dyckman Street.
Chow Mon, 177 Dyckman Street.
Chow Mon, formerly Hi-Ho restaurant, 177 Dyckman Street.
Chow Mon, formerly Hi-Ho restaurant, 177 Dyckman Street.
Dyckman School of Languages, 137 Dyckman Street.
Dyckman School of Languages, 137 Dyckman Street.
Esposito's Discount Liquor Center, 608 West 207th Street.
Esposito’s Discount Liquor Center, 608 West 207th Street.
Fabco Shoes, 149 Dyckman Street.
Fabco Shoes, 149 Dyckman Street.
Freehill's Pub, 4770 Broadway.
Freehill’s Pub, 4770 Broadway.
Getty, 242 Dyckman Street.
Getty, 242 Dyckman Street.
H and M Hardware, 147 Dyckman Street.
H and M Hardware, 147 Dyckman Street.
Hallmark Cards, 590 West 207th Street.
Hallmark Cards, 590 West 207th Street.
Herb's Deli on 617 West 207th Street.
Herb’s Deli on 617 West 207th Street.
Herb's Deli, 617 West 207th Street.
Herb’s Deli, 617 West 207th Street.
Inwood Health Center, 4915 Broadway.
Inwood Health Center, 4915 Broadway.
Inwood Lanes, 651 Academy Street.
Inwood Lanes, 651 Academy Street.
Inwood Sports Center, 633 West 207th Street.
Inwood Sports Center, 633 West 207th Street.
Inwood's Sports Center, 633 West 207th Street.
Inwood’s Sports Center, 633 West 207th Street.
Isham Park Pharmacy, 4971 Broadway.
Isham Park Pharmacy, 4971 Broadway.
Jack Gallo, Broadway and 216th Street.
Jack Gallo, Broadway and 216th Street.
Juliet Fashions, 4915 Broadway.
Juliet Fashions, 4915 Broadway.
K and R Florists, 592 West 207th Street.
K and R Florists, 592 West 207th Street.
La Estrella Cafe, 175 Dyckman Street.
La Estrella Cafe, 175 Dyckman Street.
Mahoney's, 4947 Broadway.
Mahoney’s, 4947 Broadway.
Marina Garage, 270 Dyckman Street.
Marina Garage, 270 Dyckman Street.
May Bo, 604 thru 606 West 207th Street.
May Bo, 604 thru 606 West 207th Street.
Melody Lounge on 4721 Broadway.
Melody Lounge on 4721 Broadway.
Melody Lounge, 4271 Broadway.
Melody Lounge, 4271 Broadway.
Modern Dyckman Camera, 140 Dyckman Street.
Modern Dyckman Camera, 140 Dyckman Street.
O'Connor's Fairway's Travel, 585 West 207th Street.
O’Connor’s Fairway’s Travel, 585 West 207th Street.
Regan's Restaurant, 219 Dyckman Street.
Regan’s Restaurant, 219 Dyckman Street.
Ring's, 572 West 207th Street.
Ring’s, 572 West 207th Street.
RKO Coliseum, 181st and Broadway.
RKO Coliseum, 181st and Broadway.
RonJenn Shoes, 168 Dyckman Street.
RonJenn Shoes, 168 Dyckman Street.
San Martin Novelties, 4785 Dyckman Street.
San Martin Novelties, 4785 Dyckman Street.
Stein's Furniture, 602 West 207th Street.
Stein’s Furniture, 602 West 207th Street.
Stop and Shop, 160 Dyckman Street.
Stop and Shop, 160 Dyckman Street.
Unique Shop, 4979 Broadway.
Unique Shop, 4979 Broadway.
Unique Shoppe, 4979 Broadway.
Unique Shoppe, 4979 Broadway.
Uptown TV, 575 West 207th Street.
Uptown TV, 575 West 207th Street.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t even know where to begin.

    Jack Gallo (under the Seaman Arch) did body work on my car. Jan-Scott was where I browsed for cards. I saw many films at the Alpine (Close encounters of the third kind, The front, The wall and lots more. By the seventies the place was on its last legs and I remember the sorry state of the seats as much as I remember seeing the films). I clearly remember Esposito himself from all the hours I perused his wine selections and discussed them with him. Ring’s was my favorite variety store for a long time with plenty of cheapo buys. Most of the rest are memories, too, even if I did not have any direct business in connection with them. Melody Lounge and May-Bo resonate even though I am pretty sure I never patronized either. One business I don’t see is Dyckman Appetizing (maybe Inwood Appetizing or maybe simply Appetizing) that was on Dyckman near Broadway. Great smoked fish deli fare. Also, I don’t remember if it had a name, but there was a chicken store on 207th forever until around the turn of this century that must have put adverts in the local press. The proprietor was extremely extroverted and I learned much about him, his family and the neighborhood from my dealings there.

    I am so sorry that I never bowled at Inwood Lanes when I had the opportunity. I think it is now some sort of academy with no link to bowling. A lost chance.

    Love all those Polaroids in the Dyckman Camera ad. I wonder if this is the same location as the television repair place that is, incredibly, still in business on Dyckman. There is no way that any place is paying the rent solely from television repair revenue nowadays.

    I do not remember an Inwood Health Foods. Was it connected with the Uptown Cheese store that was between 204 and 207 on Broadway for a year or two in the 1980s?

    Archies, Chow Mon and even O’Connor’s Fairway Travel were all part of the background when I was first in this neighborhood, even if I never had any reason to deal with them back then.

  2. There is no ad for it pictured here, and it may have been closed by the mid 1970s, but I remember a small men’s clothing store on the north side of Dyckman Street near Post Ave called Jack’s Pants.

  3. Around 1960, when I was 16 years old or so, my father would give me $1.10 and send me around the corner to Esposito’s liquor store on 207th Street to buy him a bottle of sherry. My father and Esposito were friends, although obviously this liquor purchase was a crime. My father then spent the evening guzzling the quart of wine. Oh dear ….

  4. Growing up in Inwood during the 1960s to 70s was pivotal time in all of our lives. I specifically remember going to the candy barrel onto 107th St. as a little boy after leaving PS 98 at 3 o’clock after school and scaring for 20 minutes at all the different candies that were available and couldn’t afford. After a few minutes the grumpy old owner of the store would see my face in every now and then offer a free piece of candy. I love that old guy more than he even knew and wasn’t able to express. His kindness was not lost on me. Today I thought I heard a commercial with a similar story on the radio and immediately remembered the Candy Barrel. The best licorice laces ever! The Alpine theater holds many fond memories for me especially because it was where I got to go see my very first movie with my brother buyer selves. James Bond “Live and let Die”. The Carvel ice cream shop across the street from the Alpine was my favorite. My best friend injured his finger going off Alex at the bowling lanes on Dyckman next to the car garage. But how much fun was that? Johnnys pizza is still there and I visit when I’m back in Inwood religiously. I live in California now but find myself missing home from time to time! Thank you for all the info and returned memories!

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