This building, obviously a once-dignified edifice, stands on its own at 29-13 Queens Plaza East, otherwise know as Northern Boulevard, in Long Island City. There's nothing to the left, nothing to the right. And a million highway overpasses overhead. It's hard to imagine this was once a desirable business thoroughfare.
But it must have been. Look at the tall, arching doorway, and the sculpted dual eagles about it. As recently as 1983, this was a "drinking establishment without restrictions on entertainment or dancing." A hilarious description.
Was it was before that is easy to deduce. It's right there on the side of the wall! A fading ads proclaims the home of Peter Demetrious & Sons Incorporate Insurance. The firm still exists. It just moved to a more central office, near Court Square. This space, meanwhile, is for rent. It's so isolated and bleak, the only use I can think for it is a club or a speakeasy style bar.