Bel-Gem Waffle as Madeleine

Ben Yagoda
4 min readMar 21, 2024

I don’t know the exact date, but some day this spring or summer will mark the sixtieth anniversary of one of the greatest things I ever ate. This happened at the New York World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens, which was a very big deal for a 10-year-old living in suburban Westchester County in 1964. I went there with my parents on several occasions, including once hearing President Lyndon Johnson give a speech at the Singer Bowl (later renamed Louis Armstrong Stadium, and repurposed as a tennis venue when the U.S. Open moved to Flushing).

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Ben Yagoda

Author, "The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song. " www.benyagoda.com. Linktree https://linktr.ee/benyagoda