Sometimes, I find, a small purchase — on this occasion, a commercially packaged sandwich cookie filled with vanilla "creme" that itself bears little further discussion — can be an enabler of small talk.
A century ago this wood-framed residence sat on one corner of a farm, the woman behind the counter told me. The deli, although it's been here as long as she can remember, was probably a much later addition. The Coca-Cola privilege sign, and the lettering of the business name itself, suggest the 1950s. So does the thermometer tucked inside a refrigerator case: It's branded with the Elmhurst 73 postal zone and the HIckory 6 telephone exchange.
The Corner Deli
Laurel Hill Blvd. at 65th Pl., Maspeth, Queens