The other night, while hunting around the web for something new and interesting, I came across a 1914 edition of “The Automobile, a Journal of Automobile Progress and Construction” over at Google Books. Discussion of the exploding automotive manufacturing industry in Long Island City was offered, a century ago, in this article by J. Edward Schipper. Presumptively, the historic photographs are his as well.
It should also be mentioned that I have an annoying habit of assigning nicknames to neighborhoods, and “The Carridor” is a term entirely of my own fancy. Nobody else calls it that, most just use Northern Boulevard.
Several times I’ve used the term “Carridor” for the section of Northern Boulevard that snakes out from under the elevated subways of Queens Plaza. Largely forgotten, this industrial corridor once hosted a concentration of automobile factories and service centers at the very dawn of the industry. Packard and Brewster, Standard, and Ford were all here, in Queens.