Nichols Ave.
North of Atlantic

There's some mystery on the source of the name. Some believe it was named after Richard Nicholls, a British Governor, but I believe that is incorrect. I have seen maps indicating a Nichols family owned land in the area and are the probable source of the name.

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Nichols Avenue, Cypress Hills
Maker:Unk Dated:1913 status:need
Looking south to Atlantic Avenue. The title in the card is hard to see but it says "winter scene".








Nichols Avenue
From Rich Woitowitz, views north and south on Nichols in the mid 70s. First shot: "Note John's Deli on the right SE corner. Across the street is a three story building. The bottom floor had been various businesses. One I believe was a hair salon for women." Second shot: "looking south towards O'Brien Place and (Ridgewood) Ave, from the west side of the street. If you zoom in a bit you can barely see the dairy on the SW Corner. I can remember going there a lot. And as one of your posters mentioned there was indeed a place where you could place your empty milk bottles in crates on the outside. The dairy had some of the freshest bagels on Sunday mornings. It was a rather small store but had a nice inventory of dairy products. Also on the right near the top of the photo you can see the top of IS 171. On the NW corner of Nichols and O'Brien was a laundromat. Now the church across the street from IS171 was at the time I lived there a Methodist Church. It was pastored by a Pastor Detwhiler (not sure on the spelling). "
Evangelical United Brethren Church of Peace
The church Richard mentions above sat on the southeast corner of Ridgewood and Nichols. Founded in 1909, The Church of Peace congregation built a wooden church on this corner (see below) in 1910. It appears this replacement structure was built in 1952. April (Slater) Glandt shared with us that her parents were married in the wooden church by Pastor Esteridge, who continued to serve until about 1973. By 1952 the congregation already reflected the merger of several congregations, and in 1968 merged with the Methodist Church congregation (which dovetails with Richard's recollection). April noted that about 1974 the congregation joined the Goodsell Methodist congregation, but as can be expected it wasn't the same for the former Church of peace members, who drifted away.
German Evang Trinity Church and PS 171 Ridgewood and Nichols Avenues
Maker: P. Miller Dated: Circa 1910 Status: Need
We now have a page devoted to 171 which can be found here. The view here is west down Ridgewood. The original wooden church can be seen in the postcard, and I can only hypothesize that after the merger of the Evangelical Church with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ (1946) that they make plans for a new building. It is now the East New York Baptist Church.
Across from 171 Tim O'Reilly recalls sat the Cedar Lane Farms Dairy. "They used to have wire milk bottle case-holders stacked neatly along the brick wall on the sidewalk along O'Brien Place, you'd empty your old milk bottles into one of them when you'd return them". When Tim dug up the 1941 tax photo, the building at that time was American Glass Blowers. April (Slater) Glandt recalls both her mother and grandmother worked there- they made glass hatpins. On the right , a view in 2008.
Some local photos of streets not on our site. Tim O'Reilly sent over this 1990 shot on the left looking for confirmation of the location. I have verified it is a view north up Nichols across O'Brien Place. On the right, Tom DeVoy sent in a shot of the building on the small triangular lot created by where O'Brien, Nichols and Ridgewood Avenue come together.
Nichols Avenue
Diane (Dee) Marinconz lived at 85 Nichols, and this late 70s Halloween pic is taken looking up Nichols Ave. Dee has some additional shots on her Facebook site.
93 Nichols
Leonora Licata lived at 93 Nichols and these first two shots were more to reflect on the architecture of those houses. The first shot is from 1979 with her mother holding her son Mario, and in the background we have a view of the porches of all those attached brick Edwardian homes built in 1905. Lee notes; " The "attics" rather, crawl spaces on the top level are interconnected for several buildings. When I climbed the ladder, I could look over south to the next 3 or 4 houses - #95, 97, 99, etc." On the right, her son Mario in 1980 with a good view of the original iron fence.
Nichols Avenue
Leonora also supplied these shots with views up and down Nichols. The first is from Halloween 1980 and the second Halloween 1981. From Lee; "There was an old woman who lived in one of those blonde brick homes - Mrs. Trieling (spelling???) - she was so old, she knew Calvin Coolidge, the president, in her childhood, and referred to him as "Uncle Cal." Lee also points out the store on the corner was John's Delicatessan back in 1959.
Nichols Avenue
Lee Licata also sent this shot of her 1956 Sherman (as in tank?) parked on Nichols in 1968.
97 Nichols Avenue
Lucy (D'Amato) Ragucci supplies this 1965 shot of herself in front of 97 Nichols.
99 Nichols Avenue
Lucy's neighbor, 1 door down- Joe D'Alessandro sent these pix of 99 Nichols from 1979.
99 Nichols Avenue
Also from Joe, a view looking south and a view across from 99 Nichols.
I believe this is 99 Nichols today.
Nichols and Fulton, 1949
This image comes from Alan Miner, pictured here in this 1949 photo. The view is east along Fulton Street at the corner of Nichols. Alan's family ran Miner's Specialty Shop at 3437 Fulton Street.
Nichols and Jamaica Avenue
Here's a real time "stamp". That's Joe's brother Dean, father Dino, and step-brother Eddy Briggs standing by a disco on Jamaica Avenue.
This comes from Glen Gochal. The "Spartans" played their games up in Highland Park. Glen points out most of the team came from the area around Nichols and Etna. Robbie Dupree (yes, the artist with the hit "Steal Away" in the '80's) dropped me a note to add a little more background to the picture. Rich Troiano IDs #16 as Jimmy Black. I asked Rich where they played; "Most of the games were played in the cemetary by the crematorium off of the Interboro Parkway (now Jackie Robinson Pkwy.) just before Cypress Hills Street. The field was wide open then, only problem was that is was very hilly. Made for tough playing in the second half."