Victor Moore Arcade
The Victor Moore Bus Terminal officially opened on Thursday, December 12, 1941 on a triangular plot bordered by Roosevelt Avenue, Broadway, and 75th Street. The terminal was named after Victor Frederick Moore (February 24, 1876 – July 23, 1962), a long time resident of Jackson Heights and American actor of stage and screen, as well as a comedian, writer, and director, and perhaps most significantly a major Broadway star from the late 1920s through the 1930s. Because of the bus terminal, his name is familiar to many Jackson Heights residents.
The New York Times, in a December 12, 1941 article reporting on the terminal's official opening, described the structure as "modernistic." Later reports described the style as deco. Five lines of the [ Triboro Bus Company Triboro Bus Company] converged on the site. It occupied 7.5 lots that were formerly part of the Penfold Farm. The two story terminal consisted of bus lanes, a shopping arcade on the ground floor, and rental space on the second floor. The plot and building were assessed at $300,000 in 1941.
Ora, the daughter of the terminal's namesake, Victor Moore, cut the ribbon to officially open the terminal. Present at the ceremony were officials of the Queensboro Corporation, the project's managing agent. Edward A. Macdougall, president of Queensboro addressed the crowd, which included public officials, employees of the Triboro Bus Company, Victor More's son Robert, and his business representative, Charles Walton. In his comments MacDougall stated that the transit center was the "one point in the borough in which all the major transit lines converge."
The 1941 bus terminal was demolished in 2003 and replaced with today's Roosevelt Avenue / 74th Street station, which retained the Victor Moore name for the bus terminal.
The Station In The Media
Victor Moore (1876-1962) was a comedian who was in films from 1915 to 1955. His last role was in “The Seven Year Itch” in 1955. In between movies, he worked in vaudeville and on Broadway in the 1930s and 1940s. Moore lived in Jackson Heights and commuted during this period to Manhattan.
- "BUS TERMINAL OPENED AT JACKSON HEIGHTS; Victor Moore Enterprise in Queens Lauded by Officials". The New York Times. December 12, 1941. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved August 12, 2016.