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Jahn’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor, A Place That Matters

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Jahn’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream Parlor at 117-03 Hillside Ave., in Richmond Hill, Queens. It was nominated by two great fans.

Jahn’s (locally pronounced as Jan’s) has been continuously operating in Richmond Hill since the early 1930s. It was one of four branches opened by founder John “Papa” Jahn in Brooklyn and Queens during the first half of the twentieth century. One of our nominators, a Queens historian, wrote, “It has very much been a Richmond Hill institution because of its unique specialness. Its décor, including decorations, photographs, paintings, player piano machine, ceiling and booths all demand a preservation of its history, heritage and tradition.”

Ice-cream lovers used to line-up around the block for a chance to enjoy Jahn’s lovely interior and great ice-cream. The liveliness that once made it a major destination seems to be gone, but Jahn’s is still there and still looks much the same as it did. Even the old soda fountains are intact (if not in service). Summer 2007 would be a good time to visit. And be sure to log onto the Place Matters website to read our new profile of Jahn’s.

The website of the Richmond Hill Historical Society will tell you more about the history of the area.