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coachman, Wenzel Generowicz. "Why rush?" Back we ambled to the Plaza, for dinner in the Oak Room. Maybe it was that leisurely ride through another age. Or the brochette of spring lamb persillade and the Edwardian surroundings-the ceiling was 23 feet high, and the dark paneling hadn't been changed since the Plaza opened in 1907. I don't know just what it was, but my wife objected when I lit her cigarette with my lighter. "Please use a match, dear," she said. "I don't like the smell of gasoline." That did it. Back we went to old Elmhurst, to Borstelmann's delicatessen and Hanley's gas station, to Rosen's hardware and Traun er's pharmacy, to Dr. Lawrence, who treats our cat, and to Dr. Niylas, who treats us. Elmhurst is a typical bit of Queens, and of New York. People take the subway to go off to work; and people come to work here, in one of the country's biggest plants for air craft instruments. The wreckers come, and Mr. Rosen's store is gone. Apartments sprout, and soon Macy's will come to Elmhurst with a revolutionary new department store. Shaped like a pancake and big enough to cover two football fields side by side, it will enable customers to drive on ramps right up to the floor they want, and to park their cars there while they shop. Two gas stations on Queens Boulevard The Hartford NINE-STORY MONOLITH of polished Vermont marble, Huntington Hartford's new Gallery of Modern Art opened last March on Columbus Circle. Designed by Edward Durell Stone, the gallery houses paintings by Turner, Constable, Degas, Monet, Cassatt, Orozco, and others.