In 1642, permits were granted to Dutch citizens to establish themselves in Queens. “Kill” is a Dutch word that translates to “little stream.” Since the arrival of Dutchmen in the vicinity of the “Kill” (in Long Island City, New York), Dutch Kills was adopted. “The “Kill” (or stream) is a tributary to Newtown Creek, which divides Queens from Brooklyn.
British troops were billeted in various farmhouses located on 39th Avenue (Beebe Avenue) in the Revolutionary War. The farmhouses remained in use until 1903, after which they were torn down to allow for the railway. At the beginning of 1900, the Queensborough Bridge was opened. Its proximity to Manhattan as well as railway tracks as well as Long Island, all contributed to the significance of Dutch Kills.
Even as “important” or “industrialized” as the Dutch Kills community Dutch Kills has become, the residents of Dutch Kills have not forgotten their past. In 1979, when Dutch Kills Civic Association was revived 1979, the Dutch Kills Civic Association was rejuvenated; the group’s leaders took the Windmill as their logo as a tribute to the Dutch farmers that planted seeds to establish the future of the community. Tina Maounis designed the Dutch Kills Civic Association logo in the year 1980.
More than a Pub with a Story
We believe in top-quality food and beverages and sustainable furniture, an old-fashioned bar, floor, and tile dating back to the 40s. We know that Dutch Kills Central began as Victor’s Bar & Grill in the 1940s and was a spot Jackie Gleason was rumored to frequent. Its original Arts and Craft tiles and Art Deco mahogany bar suggest the possibility of it being from 1915 to 1925. It was referred to as Scotty’s and was where Rosanne Barr was performing her stand-up show. The name was changed to Just a Pub; the local hangout suffered a long decline before closing. H&A Power Washing Long Island
After the renovation of a nearby limestone home in 2008, engineer and community leader Queens resident Dominic Stiller and his wife Jean were looking for a place to eat and drink that offered delicious meals and beverages. The late Mr. Stiller envisioned a place that resembled the local European bars where guests could meet to sip an ice-cold pint and engage in conversations with the person sitting next to them.
The drink lovers of the renowned cocktail bar Milk & Honey and Little Branch will love this spot with its ever-growing menu. Long Island City serves fancy Manhattan-style cocktails with Queens-style costs ($8 or $10). Take a trip back to the 1890s, drinking one of the bar’s signature drinks — with fancy hand-cut ice! The music of ragtime and jazz music plays throughout the night.
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