All the Delis

Thomas Brown
Sep 15, 2017 · 21 min read

In 2008 I took 112 pictures of delis in Brooklyn (actually 111; the first one is in Queens). This summer I retraced my steps. I’ve written a short essay on the project in a separate post. I also plotted the delis on this Google Map.

Later I found (more or less) matching photos of the most of these buildings from the 1980s at a website called 80s.nyc, which uses pictures taken by New York City’s Department of Finance between 1983 and 1988 for tax appraisals. The quality of these pictures is low, and the photographers seem not to have taken much trouble to get clear views, but however useless they are, I’ve included all that were available. You can also find them on the New York City Department of Records website (262,624 images of Brooklyn alone).

The order below is arbitrary, but in general runs north to south, starting in Long Island City and ending across the street from the Greenwood Cemetery.

The pictures are arranged as follows:
First: 2008 picture
Second: 2017 picture
Third (when available): 1980s Department of Finance picture

  1. Millie’s Deli (1301 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City)
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2. S&A Deli (1122 Manhattan Avenue)

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from the notice on the door: “ALTERATION TYPE 1 FILED HEREWITH TO CONVERT EXISTING 3 STORY & CELLAR, 4 FAMILY AND STORE BUILDING TO A 4 STORY, 6 FAMILY AND STORE, MIXED USE BUILDING”

3. Joe’s Deli Grocery Store (268 Franklin Street)

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4. P.A. Grocery (145 Franklin Street)

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5. Beata Delicatessen (984 Manhattan Avenue)

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6. Polish American Deli (162 Nassau Avenue)

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7. Jiffy (202 Nassau Avenue)

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8. April Candy-Grocery (186 Nassau Avenue)

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I think this is the only picture where a tree has been removed since 2008
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9. RJ Grocery Store (927 Grand Street)

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10. T&A Deli & Grocery (90 Bushwick Avenue)

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One of the customers inside when I went in here was from the fish store across Grand Street. He was disappointed I didn’t have a picture of his place as well.
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11. I.B. Grocery (95 Knickerbocker Avenue)

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12. Qaher Naji Nahshal One Stop Deli Grocery Corp (217 Knickerbocker Avenue)

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13. Dekalb Newstand (338 Knickerbocker Avenue)

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14. Shop Smart Deli & Grocery (343 Knickerbocker Avenue)

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15. Espinal Deli Grocery (209 Wilson Avenue)

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16. Los Nietos Deli Grocery Store (1218 Myrtle Avenue)

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17. Maya Deli Grocery (842 Broadway)

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18. Alnawaras Deli & Grocery (726 Broadway)

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19. Ellayah Deli Grocery (590 Broadway)

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20. Vicente Reyes Grocery Store (365 Marcy Avenue)

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21. My Deli & Grocery (293 Broadway)

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22. La Borinqueña (175 Marcy Avenue)

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23. Moya’s Lotto (163 Marcy Avenue)

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24. Maria Grocery (373 Broadway)

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25. 403 Broadway Mini Market Deli (403 Broadway)

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26. Veggie Fruit Grocery Inc. (367 S. 4th Street)

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27. Mariele Grocery (380 S. 2nd Street)

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28. M.S. Grocery (356 S. 1st Street)

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29. Divino Niño Grocery Store (407 Keap Street)

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30. Diaz Food Center (335 S. 2nd Street)

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31. La Alegra Grocery & Deli (224 S. 3rd Street)

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32. Los Sures Mini Market (163 S. 4th Street)

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33. Jesus Mini Market (351 Bedford Avenue)

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34. Edwin’s Deli Grocery (71 Division Avenue)

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35. Jay Street Deli (408 Jay Street)

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36. 3 in 1 Fast Food Deli Restaurant (50 Hoyt Street)

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37. Hoyt Dash Deli & Grocery (182 Hoyt)

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38. Melvin Corp. (206 Hoyt Street)

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39. J.J. & Franklyn Grocery Inc. (109 3rd Avenue)

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40. Joseph Grocery (710 4th Avenue)

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41. Amigos Deli & Grocery (458 3rd Avenue)

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42. Smith+9th St. Deli Grocery (7 9th Street)

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43. Sunshine Deli & Grocery (267 Brooklyn Avenue)

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44. Nostrand Deli (777 Nostrand Avenue)

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45. A&M Grocery (786 Lincoln Place)

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46. Lealy Super Deli Grocery Store (790 Nostrand Avenue)

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47. Nostrand Ave. Deli Grocery (742 Nostrand Avenue)

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48. Algad Quick Stop 1 Grocery (725 Nostrand Avenue)

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49. IBB Deli & Grocery (684 Nostrand Avenue)

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50. Prospect Deli & Grocery (669 Nostrand Avenue)

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51. U.S. American Deli Corp. (637 Nostrand Avenue)

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52. Jalal Express Deli & Grocery (626 Nostrand Avenue)

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53. American Grocery & Deli (579 Nostrand Avenue)

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54. M&S Food Center (513 Nostrand Avenue)

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55. Night Line Convenience Newsstand (1289 Fulton Street)

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56. Nostrand Deli & Grocery (479 Nostrand Avenue)

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57. Elayah Deli & Grocery (496 Nostrand Avenue)

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58. Jumuna Grocery & Super Market (1225 Fulton Street)

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59. Farzana Grocery (1171 Fulton Street)

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60. NY Discount Newsstand Deli (1136 Fulton Street)

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61. Tim Deli (1060 Fulton Street)

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The apartment above this deli has been renovated since the 2008 picture, and there’s a new church across the street
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62. King of Classon Ave. Deli & Grocery Inc. (504 Classon Avenue)

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63. Meat Market Grocery & Deli (587 Franklin Avenue)

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64. B’klyn Express Deli Grocery (631 Franklin Avenue)

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65. World Class Peoples Grocery & Deli (663 Franklin Avenue)

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66. Yafaa Money Market (690 Franklin Avenue)

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67. Deli Food Plaza Corp. (718 Franklin Avenue)

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68. 758 Grocery (758 Franklin Avenue)

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Thai restaurant coming soon
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69. N&A Stop-One Grocery-Deli (764 Franklin Avenue)

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70. Shorey Deli & Grocery (801 Franklin Avenue)

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71. Quisqueya Super Market (802 Franklin Avenue)

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72. Super Express Deli Grocery (806 Franklin Avenue)

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73. Lincoln Deli (461 Lincoln Pl)

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74. Nahshal Supermarket (539 Park Pl)

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75. Yemen Classon Grocery (497 Prospect)

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This is the only deli in the set where the proprietor remembered me (it was my corner store from January 2006 to May 2008)
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76. D&R Deli-Grocery (634 Classon Avenue)

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77. Peña’s Food Market (598 Vanderbilt Avenue)

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78. Park Ave. Food Center Corp. (147 Park Avenue)

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79. Flushing Deli (345 Flushing Avenue)

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80. 497 Marcy Avenue (497 Marcy Avenue)

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81. Marcy Ave. Deli Grocery Corp. / Green Grocery Deli (541/541A Marcy Avenue)

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82. M&D Mini Market (613 Marcy Avenue)

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83. Nostrand Mini Market (754 Myrtle Avenue)

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84. Abreu Felipe’s Grocery (128 Nostrand Avenue)

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85. 110 Nostrand Ave. Food Corp. Deli Grocery (110 Nostrand Avenue)

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86. Ecuador Deli & Grocery (709 Myrtle Avenue)

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87. [no name] (686 Myrtle Avenue)

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88. Anni Supermarket (681 Myrtle Avenue)

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The manager of the wine shop across the street at 686 Myrtle (see picture 87) told me a car crashed into this building
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89. J&B Supermarket (989 Bedford Avenue)

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90. Family Food Center (277 Franklin Avenue)

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91. New Millenium Grocery (336 Franklin Avenue)

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92. Friendly Food Center (397 Classon Avenue)

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93. Lafayette Deli & Grocery (376 Lafayette Avenue)

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94. Stop 1 Food Market (463 Dekalb Avenue)

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95. Gina Grocery (614 Myrtle Avenue)

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96. Emerson Deli Grocery (551 Myrtle Avenue)

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97. Annie’s Grocery (507 Myrtle Avenue)

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98. Clinton Hill Express (440 Myrtle Avenue)

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The proprietor here told me the sign, which hasn’t changed since 2008, is about to be replaced

99. Tejada Grocery (419 Myrtle Avenue)

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100. Myrtle Express Deli (390 Myrtle Avenue)

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101. Nuñez Grocery (579 Brooklyn Avenue)

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102. Robert’s Deli-Grocery (157 E 32nd Street)

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This place was closed but a woman sitting on her steps told me it’s now a shipping outfit specializing in drum barrels
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103. Adan Grocery Corp (1938 Nostrand Avenue)

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The present incarnation of this deli has only been open for a couple of months
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104. 1624 New Kirk Deli & Grocery (1624 Newkirk Avenue)

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105. Star Coffee Shop (602 Marlborough Road)

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106. A&T Grocery (741 Coney Island Avenue)

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107. Shabuj Grocery & Halal Meat (423 Cortelyou Road)

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108. Jamuna Deli & Grocery (130 Cortelyou Road)

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109. 14th Ave. Deli Corp. (3501 14th Avenue)

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I introduced myself to the proprietor here and he said, “What’s your name?” After a moment of confusion I realized he thought I had said his name — we’re both Thomas. Half of the interior is now taken up by a money sending agency
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110. 4103 Deli & Grocery (4103 Fort Hamilton Parkway)

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111. Quick Deli-Grocery (4228 5th Avenue)

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112. Rosalino Grocery Corp. (820 5th Avenue)

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