Howard Beach–Anatomy of a Lynching

Howard Beach–Anatomy of a Lynching

The New Park Pizzeria in Howard Beach, Queens, is not a place you go to if you’re looking for trouble. It’s too small and too neat, and so close to Cross Bay Boulevard, the main street in Howard Beach, that anyone driving by in a car can see in the front windows. Like the Cross Bay Bowling Lanes next door, the New Park Pizzeria is a place where families and teenagers mix comfortably. Go to the New Park Pizzeria on a weekend night, and you’re back in the 1950s. Customers come in, eat their pizzas at the wooden picnic tables opposite the counter, then drop their paper plates in the trash barrel by the front door. Only the sounds of airplanes taking off and landing at nearby Kennedy airport remind you that the New Park Pizzeria is not really part of small town America.

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