Wonderland’s Remnant

Wonderland's Remnant

102 years ago, the Wonderland Amusement Park, located between Lake Street and 32nd Street, 31st and 33rd Avenue, closed, after a 7 year run. Its only remaining site in Longfellow is the 31st Street Apartments, their white painted brick almost invisible in the snow, which housed the Infantorium, filled with incubators containing tiny premature babies, with medical and nursing staff living on the second floor. http://www.friendsofthecemetery.org/history/alley_articles/wonderland_babies_july2004.shtml

Photo taken by Jane Strauss

“When you stop being better-You stop being good”

 “When you stop being better-You stop being good”

It seems like “Do Uggs Now” has been on the Don’s Leather Cleaning sign for ages; I cannot remember it saying anything else. I stare at this dilapidated sign every time I pass by, wondering about the business’s history and what the future of the property holds for the community, thinking the business closed for some time now.

Then I looked into the business and noticed on their website that they are celebrating their 43rd anniversary.

A Mr. Dart Poach (wonderful name), son of the founder, Don Poach, runs the business now. “We have been accused of making leather brand new looking–that feat is impossible-but we have been accused of it more than once.”

If anyone knows anything about the business beyond what is on their website, please leave a comment or email longfellow365@gmail.com. I would love to learn more about their place in our community.

Photo taken by Guthrie Byard