Answers to Amsterdam Neighborhood Grocers Trivia Quiz


1. The photo above shows Amsterdam native Frank Greco at work in his Greco’s Market at 313 Division Street, which he ran with his wife Jenny before closing the business in 1968 and moving on to a new career at the GE main plant.

2. The Lindsay Street Market pictured above was called “Red & White Market”. The photo above was posted on Facebook by Dave Topley.

3. Ralph Califano owned the grocery store at the corner of Division and Clinton Streets, which was called “Califano’s Food Market”. The photo above (posted on Facebook by Fran Ciulik) shows the market back in the day. Ralph made an outstanding Italian sausage and was a very nice guy.

4. This Lincoln Avenue storefront has served as the home to both Dean’s and Duchessi’s Markets.

5. The name of the business Zygmunt Rzeszotarski founded in 1932 and the name of the market it spawned are both Mohawk Dairy and both are still owned and operated by the Rzeszotarski family.

6. The grocery store that used to be housed in the building pictured above on Guy Park Avenue at the foot of Brandt Place was called “Frank’s” after owner Frank Cheritano.

7. The name of this market was “F. Dylong and Sons”. That’s Mr. Dylong pictured above, next to a few hanging links of his famous kielbasa. The store was located on Milton Avenue at the corner of Second Avenue. Partyka’s Market was located at 42 Crane St.

8. The store once located in this Locust Avenue building was called “Firth’s Finest Foods”.

9. Her name was Mary (Sansalone) Filiberto. She was the daughter of West Main Street grocer Joe Sansalone. After her dad died in the 1960’s, Mary and her husband Tony took over operation of the store and turned it into one of the most successful independently owned markets in the city.

10.  The market located on this corner of Lincoln and Glen was called “Ellerson’s” and it was noted for having a great meat counter.

11. McClumpha’s Grocery Store was a fixture on the northwestern corner of Market and East Main Streets for a full century, from 1857 until 1957 when it closed without warning. You can see the awnings covering the market’s outdoor fruit stand in the grainy photo above.

12. This building at 224 Clizbe Avenue was the one-time home of the “Clizbe Avenue Market”.

13. The store that used to occupy this lot at the corner of Orange and Union Streets was called Barone’s Confectionary.

14. US Foods purchased Amsterdam’s Quandt’s Foodservice Distributors in October of 2013 and Driscoll’s wholesale food distributors then purchased the Quandt facility located just east of Amsterdam in a separate deal. At the time, Quandt’s had evolved into one of the largest distributors of food products in the Northeast. Joseph Quandt started the family’s food business in Amsterdam in 1918 when he opened a neighborhood fish market and bakery in the city. The photo above shows one of Joe’s sons posing in front of the Guy Park Avenue storefront that was the longtime home of the family’s market.


15. The Van Dyke Ave. home shown above in a much cruder form once housed Virgie’s Market.

16. The 248 Locust Avenue storefront shown above was once the home of Draus Grocery.

17. The gentleman shown in photo A. is Dr. Joseph Fusella, who’s grandfather Nicholas and father Joe ran Fusella’s Market at the corner of Bayard and Division Streets. Photo B. is Amsterdam native Bill Dantini. His dad Richie ran a very popular Bridge Street grocery store with his brother Hermie for many years. Photo C shows the Pozniak kids. Their mom and dad ran J. Pozniak’s Fruit Center at 73 1/2 James Street for over 40 years. (Note: I stole the photo of the Pozniak’s off of Frank Pozniak’s Facebook site. Hope he doesn’t mind!)

18. Tymotej Laba and Garoslaw Rynar operated the Park Hill Food Market out of this storefront at 45 Grand Street for many years.

19. Before it became El Caribe Food Market, the 165 West Main Street location pictured above was the home of the Good Year Tire Center and then the Crane & Nevins appliance store.

20. Shelly’s was the West End’s largest independently owned grocery store. You couldn’t find a parking spot on this corner of Division and Caroline Streets on a Saturday morning when that busy business was in its heyday!

I hope you enjoyed my Amsterdam Neighborhood Grocer’s Quiz. I’d love to get your feedback. Use the “comments” feature of the blog to let me know what you think.

6 thoughts on “Answers to Amsterdam Neighborhood Grocers Trivia Quiz

  1. THat was fun, Mike. Hard to believe they were all busy and served so many people. I remember getting 21 cents for a pack of Chesterfield cigarets for my father….only half a block from my house to C and B Maket,on Division St.
    Sometimes we had delivery fro, Salamacks, also on Division.


  2. Hi Mike, I am enjoying your trivia quizzes but am wondering why Dantini’s Market on Bridge Street (Southside) was not included. My Grandfather (Dan Marcantonio) was their butcher & I remember being dragged along while my parents shopped for groceries. They used to deliver groceries to the homes in their neighborhood. The owners were brothers, Rich & Ermie ( not sure of the spelling) Dantini & they had a very robust employee nicknamed Squeek who always greeted us & presented my brother with a pepperoni stick. He called my brother Pepperoni Joe!
    Thanks for these warm memories,


  3. This quiz was fun and hard. I knew maybe 8 of the names mostly the west end stores. My dad would go to Ellersons too. Due to the fact that they were “Neighborhood” stores made it a challenge. Thanks, I had forgotten some of them.


  4. I loved this, Mike but I was hoping to find two stores that I frequented on Reid Hill as a kid. They were DeStefano’s on the corner of Jay and Hubbard St and Ceterski’s, kitty corner from them. I loved those two stores ! Maybe next time !


  5. Me, my mother and my grandmother are all sitting here very happy and shocked to see my grandma’s Uncle Ralph’s store on this list! Thank you for keeping the Califano’s Food Market memory alive ♥️


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