Middle Village Resident Berner Turns 110
Carl Berner of Middle Village turned 110 years of age on January 27. Members of the Juniper Park Civic Association, friends and his daughter Emily gathered at his home to celebrate his birthday. Berner, the oldest male in New York City, was born in Stuttgart, Germany on January 27, 1902. Berner came to the United States in 1928, when he was 26. Despite the fact that these were the depression years, and he spoke only limited English, he sought employment immediately upon arrival. For five years, he worked as the night supervisor in the Chrysler Building in Manhattan. He remained gainfully employed throughout his life, until his retirement in the mid-eighties. Carl and Margaret Berner moved to Queens in 1938 and bought their Middle Village home for $5,190.00. As community and civic-minded residents, they joined the Eliot Avenue Civic Association, which in 1942 merged with the Residents of Juniper Park Homes to become the Juniper Park Civic Association.