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Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor (former)

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Classic ice cream parlor famous for heaping servings

Place Details

Borough : Queens
Neighborhood : Richmond Hill
Commercial, What New Yorkers Find Beautiful, Food & Drink

Place Matters Profile

By Kate Fox

Though globe-bulbed chandeliers and hanging lamps with stained-glass shades cram the ceiling, just a dim light spreads across the black-and-white checkerboard tile floor at Jahn’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlour in the Richmond Hill neighborhood of Queens. It’s cool and quiet inside, with a few people sitting in booths, halfway through their sundaes and sandwiches. A closer look at the walls reveals that nearly every inch of dark, wood paneling is etched with initials, names and messages from those who have come to this spot at the intersection of Myrtle and Hillside Avenues at some point since it opened over 80 years ago. Suddenly, the room feels a little more crowded.

Jahn’s (locally pronounced as Jan’s) has been continuously operating in Richmond Hill since the early 1930s; it was one of four branches opened by founder John "Papa" Jahn in Brooklyn and Queens during the first half...

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Sources

Cataldi, Nancy. Telephone interview. April 3, 2007.

Dickson, Paul. The Great American Ice Cream Book (New York: Athaneum, 1972).

Funderburg, Ann Cooper. Sundae Best: A History of Soda Fountains (Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2002).

Funderburg, Ann Cooper. Chocolate, Strawberry, and Vanilla: A History of American Ice Cream (Bowling Green: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1995).

Men’s Club, Union Congregational Church. Who’s Who in Richmond Hill and Vicinity.Advertisement. (Richmond Hill: Union Congregational Church, 1951).

Mikit, Sabrina. Personal interview. March 31, 2007.

www.richmondhillhistory.org

On The Web

Richmond HIll Historical Society article

Nominations

Bill Billeck (NMNH-SI)

This is the ice cream parlor that you would travel the extra distance for the special large dishes--the cornucopia. We went here when the neighborhood parlor was not big enough. The parlor had a stained glass store front.



Stanley Cogan

This king of ice cream emporiums goes back to 1897 and earlier. It has always been a traditional gathering place for locals, singles, partners, groups and families. It is very much been a Richmond Hill institution because of its unique specialness. Its décor, including decorations, photographs, paintings, player piano machine, ceiling and booths all demand a preservation of its history, heritage and tradition.



Mary Cozza

There was a Jahn's in the Bronx for many, many years -- just off Fordham Road, east of the Grand Concourse. I went there in the 70's after school with my friends to order "the kitchen sink" -- every flavor they had and all the toppings -- for us to all dive into. I was sooo sad to see it close in the late 70's/early 80's. Glad to know there is still one around (do they still do The Kitchen Sink?) [July 2007]


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