Spencer Wulwick – Feb 4, 2005
Niederstein’s closed after 150 years in Middle Village.
Click here to read Remembering Niederstein’s by Forgotten New York – There are some great pics of the interior of the building – which is rarely seen.
Jeffrey Himmelstein – Feb 4, 2005
During the years that I attended Long Island University, I would often walk down Metropolitan Avenue, past Neiderstein’s to catch the train to Brooklyn. One of the things that I used to notice when I passed the restaurant was a small metalic plaque near the front door. The plaque commemerated the fact that Niederstein’s was the meeting place for an organization known as, “The Survivors of the General Slocum”.
The “General Slocum”, was a large sidewheel steamboat that served as a cruise ship for daily trips around Manhattan some hundred years ago, not unlike the Circle Line which does the cruises today. Named for an general in the Civil War, the ship became famous for what was, at that time, the greatest tragedy that had ever occured in the history of New York City. In June of 1904, virtually 100 years ago, the ship caught fire during a Sunday cruise and well over 1000 people lost their lives.
Each year the survivors would gather at the Lutheran Cemetary to pay their respects and then repair to Neiderstein’s. In fact if you walk past the cemetary and look at where the ground rises up to form a small hill, you can see the monument rising high above.
Paula Lintz – Feb 8, 2005
Leave it to you to ‘teach’ us a history lesson on Neiderstein’s. It was quite interesting and informative about the ‘General Slocum’ event. Never knew about that.
Alan Taub – Feb 5, 2005
I remember stopping at Neiderstens and buying a HOTDOG prior to getting on the EL. Times were different then.
Shirley Pollak – Feb 6, 2005
I was sorry to hear that Niederstein’s was closing. What is that saying all good things must come to an end. I felt very sad at this news.
Anita Mintzer – Feb 6, 2005
Niederstein’s is a landmark. Although I only ate there about once or twice, I’m sorry to see it go.
Vincent Esposito – Feb 9, 2005
I remembered that sign very well Jeffrey. Until your letter, I hadn’t the foggiest notion of what it meant. A 60 year old mystery, solved! Vinnie Esposito
Herbert Teicher – Feb 10, 2005
While we are in the vicinity of the Lutheran Cemetery, I challenge anyone to tell me the name of the mythical caretaker who roamed the cemetery in pursuit of trespassers and describe the weapon he carried to punish those offenders.
– Herb Teicher
Jeffrey Himmelstein – Feb 12, 2005
I seem to recall that the caretaker of myth was named, “Hitler”. If so, it was an apt monker for so odious a person. However I do not recall his weapon of choice and I never did have the opportunity to be chased by him, even when I would go over the fence to look for snakes.
Emilio De Simone – Feb 14, 2005
Just a little trivia about Niedersteins: During world war II almost all the boys that were drafted into the service were taken to Niederstens for lunch and then marched to the El to catch the train for their induction.