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Great Summertime Spots, Places That Matter

eddies sweet shopEddie’s Sweet Shop, 105-29 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, Qns., 718-520-8514: “Old-fashioned ice cream soda fountain–still looks like the original, with great ice cream, too,” said one nominator. Bruce Rosen agrees: “It’s one of those places that makes its own, as an ice cream parlor is supposed to do!” Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, Qns: 718-347-3276, www.queensfarm.org: At 47 acres, this is the city’s largest remaining farm (family owned from 1697-1926), and today is part farm, part museum. Its “Jacob Adriance Farmhouse” is also a NYC landmark. The farm is open to the public and there’s a lot going on, so go to their website for details. andrew green memorialAndrew Haswell Green Memorial Bench and Trees in Central Park: “Andrew Haswell Green was a 19th century urban planner, reformer and preservationist who, in a fifty-year civic career that is often compared to that of Robert Moses, transformed Gotham into a world-class city,” wrote Manhattan Borough Historian Michael Miscione when he nominated this place. Read more about Green and the site on the PlaceExplorer, and be sure to print out Michael’s directions since the bench is infuriatingly hard to find, he says. Camperdown Elm Tree in Prospect Park: On your next visit to the park, enter at Lincoln Rd., and near the boat house, look for this prized tree, says our nominator. It’s a “picturesque weatherbeaten specimen,” tiny, looking like an “oversized bonsai.” This elm was planted in 1872, and like every other Camperdown Elm in the world, is from the original cutting made in about 1835 from a mutant branch in Scotland. Ruby’s Bar, 1213 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Coney Island, Brklyn, 718-372-9079: Pat De Angelis writes that “stepping into Ruby’s from the Boardwalk is a bit like stepping into a cave where you can meet the past and present life of Coney Island. The walls are full of photos of days gone by, and offer a view of history while you sit with a drink or a Coney Island meal (hot dog, corn, fries). The bar, the tables, the old sofa in the back by the juke box, are worn with wear by many, many folks.”