LUNDY BROS. PIER & RESTAURANT, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY – 1931
This 1931 photo of Sheepshead Bay shows the Lundy Brothers Pier and Restaurant, and from left to right, the fishing boats "NAUTILUS", "EFFORT", and "EFFORT III". In the early 1900s, Irving Lundy started selling clams from a pushcart. In 1907, he opened a clam bar built on stilts over Sheepshead Bay, and in 1926 opened his first restaurant (the one in this photo.) He closed it when the WPA started renovating the Sheepshead Bay waterfront in the early 1930s. In 1934, Lundy, along with family members, built the restaurant located at 1901 Emmons Avenue.
The clam bar and the restaurant were decorated with the letters "F.W.I.L.", standing for "Frederick William Irving Lundy". That was his full name, but he preferred to be called Irving. His brothers Clayton and Stanley died in January 1920 in a boating accident while tending the family's Jamaica Bay clam beds. Another brother, Allen, survived and helped Irving manage the restaurant.