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Massapequa Memories

by Anonymous
(Texas)

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B.

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B.

Massapequa Zoo by Evelyn B. Location of PT Boat at the former South Seas Yacht Club in the '70s Grade crossing, Massapequa Park, circa 1938

I graduated from Alfred G. Berner in Massapequa in 1975!!! Moved away from Long Island to another state and married.

I am happy where I live now...well..I guess so.

It's been over 20 years or so, but I will never forget Massapequa. I try to visit when I can and catch up with some old friends and family.

I will always be proud of Massapequa and miss it very much (but don't miss the snow).

I miss Jones Beach, parks, etc....
I miss the food, All American hamburgers, the local pizza and Chinese restaurants, the ice cream shop on Broadway near the train tracks...

I catch up with old friends and family, and one thing is for sure: my Long Island accent will always stay with me. And I am proud of it because where I live now, everyone knows I am from up north...

Hey... Even Massapequa has a lot of famous men and women, like Steve Guttenberg and Jerry Seinfeld... So that is something to talk about around the water cooler here where I live.

I would of never guess that 20 years or so I was gonna leave, but I have made a new home. But Massapequa is my number one home.

So if anyone is from class of 1975 and you are still living either on your old street or still in Massapequa some where...Good for you. Just keep protecting our beautiful town.

I'll see ya soon...

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Feb 21, 2024
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Mays Pretzels and Italian Ices NEW
by: Anonymous

The pretzel and Italian ice stand outside the entrance to Mays, what a great great childhood memory! Growing up in Massapequa; Mays, Whites, Two Guys, not to mention Pergament, Korvettes, Times Square Stores.

Feb 17, 2024
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MAY'S Department Store NEW
by: Andy F.

MAY'S Department Store! I worked there first as a cashier and shortly thereafter was spirited away into "Toys and Sporting Goods" on the lower level. Worked for a retail legend, Larry Lowey. Me, Alan Neuroth from Amityville, and Vinnie Bongiorno had a blast. We also covered "Seasonal" so Trim a Tree was our responsibility around Christmas as well as summer stuff like picnic tables, umbrellas, chairs, etc. Back in those days in '68 and '69 the Blue Laws kept stores closed on Sundays, but with the amount of business that MAY'S did during Christmas, it was essential that we came in on Sundays between Thanksgiving and Christmas just to stock the shelves and build the "islands" with items advertised in the Sunday paper. It was really cool working in the store with no body but the four or five of us. I remember one particular Sunday when, after work was done, we rode bicycles all around the deserted store. Those were some fun days.

Feb 17, 2024
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William Gaddis NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know where the novelist William Gaddis lived in Massapequa? It was a family home, passed down by his mother Edith. I know it was on Jerusalem Ave and a fictional version of it was in the novel JR as the Bast house, described as grand but a bit run down.

Feb 14, 2024
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Mays NEW
by: Gerry

I, too worked in Mays, started when it first opened in April (?) 1963, all summer until I went away to collegein August of '63. I hated to have to "look" busy when there was no customers in my department.

Feb 13, 2024
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Mays Department Store
by: Jim Nassau Shore BHS ''71

I worked at Mays too starting my senior year at Berner - graduated in '71. Sold women's shoes. Back then each department would have a cashier and they always rotated. They were great and we always hung out at the cashier's booth when we weren't busy. Was a fun place to work. Then the Mall opened a few years later and I sold shoes at Penny's for awhile. The Mall was even more fun to work at. Good memories!

Feb 13, 2024
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Mays Dept Store NEW
by: Barbara

Yes, I work at Mays Dept.store. Also I was just thinking about posting it and all you people. I worked there the winter of my senior year before I graduated this summer after I graduated, and then in September, I saw to work in Grumman aviation, and Bethpage, and worked on the Luna module.
I worked in Mays in 1963. That’s the year that I graduated high school in June 201973. I loved it. I was a cashier, my first job at the age of 17 and then going on to work at Grumman at the age of 17.
Kenny Lembo I’m still waiting to hear from you. I commented to something you said back in Nov. 2023. That’s the first time I went on the site and I saw your comment. I was your families friend for a couple of years. Please read and comment.

Feb 13, 2024
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Pretzel stand NEW
by: Karen

The pretzel stand had the Italian ice too! The lemon ice was the best! The roasted peanuts were delicious! My best friend back then dated the guy who worked there, and all 3 of us had the same birthday! Love this site!

Feb 13, 2024
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Mays Dept Store NEW
by: Anonymous

Speaking of Mays...
https://www.reddit.com/r/longisland/comments/bp1s4u/mays_store_opening_in_massapequa_park_1960s_this/

Feb 13, 2024
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Charlotte Russe stand outside Mays NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember the stand outside Mays that sold Charlotte Russe - paper cup with white cake inside and whipped cream on top! Anyone remember that?

Feb 13, 2024
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Outside Mays Dept Store NEW
by: Anthony

I remember an Italian ice stand also.

Feb 13, 2024
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Pretzel Stand NEW
by: Jeff

The pretzel stand outside of Mays Department Store had the best egg creams!

Feb 10, 2024
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Bit coin fraud NEW
by: Karen

I’m thinking your post is fraud! Please post elsewhere as this is site our town of Massapequa!!,

Feb 10, 2024
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Not a memory NEW
by: Anonymous

Maybe put your money in the bank. This is not Massapequa news

Feb 10, 2024
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Feb 10, 2024
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Berner Reunion next year NEW
by: Rich B

Berner classmates of 69 70 71 are having a reunion next year at the Jones beach at Gatsby on the Ocean

Feb 10, 2024
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Nothing But Happy Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

So many happy memories--starting with Unqua School, McKenna Jr High, then Massapequa High School. Fun jobs beginning with White's Department Store, Howard Johnson's to name a few. Loved going to Mini Golf and the Big Bow Wow then later to the Timber Inn (in town) and the bar in the Rite Aid/Ace Hardware center across from Burns Park--some said it was Carousel but that sounds unfamiliar--anybody remember it?
There was a great pretzel stand outside of Mays Department Store and I also worked at Pier 1 Imports and had many friends who worked in the food store there...was it Food Fair?
Bar Harbor with its movie theatre--3 movies for a very reasonable price--Marx Brothers.
Always grateful for the good times in Massapequa.

Feb 10, 2024
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Nothing But Happy Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

So many happy memories--starting with Unqua School, McKenna Jr High, then Massapequa High School. Fun jobs beginning with White's Department Store, Howard Johnson's to name a few. Loved going to Mini Golf and the Big Bow Wow then later to the Timber Inn (in town) and the bar in the Rite Aid/Ace Hardware center across from Burns Park--some said it was Carousel but that sounds unfamiliar--anybody remember it?
There was a great pretzel stand outside of Mays Department Store and I also worked at Pier 1 Imports and had many friends who worked in the food store there...was it Food Fair?
Bar Harbor with its movie theatre--3 movies for a very reasonable price--Marx Brothers.
Always grateful for the good times in Massapequa.

Feb 10, 2024
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Nothing But Happy Memories NEW
by: Anonymous

So many happy memories--starting with Unqua School, McKenna Jr High, then Massapequa High School. Fun jobs beginning with White's Department Store, Howard Johnson's to name a few. Loved going to Mini Golf and the Big Bow Wow then later to the Timber Inn (in town) and the bar in the Rite Aid/Ace Hardware center across from Burns Park--some said it was Carousel but that sounds unfamiliar--anybody remember it?
There was a great pretzel stand outside of Mays Department Store and I also worked at Pier 1 Imports and had many friends who worked in the food store there...was it Food Fair?
Bar Harbor with its movie theatre--3 movies for a very reasonable price--Marx Brothers.
Always grateful for the good times in Massapequa.

Feb 06, 2024
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Alex Baldwin NEW
by: Anonymous

MHS grad class of 1962, I had Alex Baldwin for history in my junior year, I was put in the advanced class with all the real smart kids in our class, Baldwin was a lot of fun in that class and very demanding of this group. He did live in Nassau Shores and called his little kids "the rug rats".
He was always there for the kids at the school and always present at any Friday night dance at the school. A truly good person and great teacher.
His had 3 sons, who are the famous Baldwin brothers and there was a daughter.

Feb 03, 2024
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Mrs. Bruni NEW
by: Kevin

The Brunis had a cherry tree that we used to stand on our fence and pick the cherries and eat them. Sometimes we would go in their yard to get cherries and Mr. Bruni would yell at us.

Feb 02, 2024
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Miss Leffert NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't actually know what happened though someone on here sent me a blurb from a source. I heard this word of mouth at some point in the early 1980's.

Feb 02, 2024
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Unqua Miss Leffert NEW
by: Glenn Usdin

I read the comment that Miss Leffert died at a young age. Do you know what happened and when? She was my favorite teacher. Thanks.

Feb 02, 2024
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Unqua teachers NEW
by: Karen

Mrs. Bruni was my next door neighbor! They had a beautiful, huge orange cat named Rembrandt that always laced on our milk box!

Feb 02, 2024
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Me too NEW
by: Gerry

TO Feb 1 Anonymous, I too attended kindergarten on the Estate, in the Cottage n 1951 and graduated for MSH in 1963.

Feb 02, 2024
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Ken Lembo NEW
by: andy falsetta

Ken, did your family live on the corner of Nevin Terrace and Block Blvd.? We lived around the block on Phillips Rd. What a great place to grow up!

Feb 01, 2024
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My High School History Teacher
by: Anonymous

Massapequa High School the 1st H.S. In Massapequa where I attended kindergarten on the the Estate in 1951 before the real Massapequa H.S. Was built and where I graduated from class of 1963.
MR. A. Baldwin Was my history teacher and ran our Fri. Night dances in the gym.
Anyone recognize his name and remember him. His family lived in Nassau Shores…..what more is there to say about him?

Feb 01, 2024
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Unqua teachers NEW
by: Anonymous

I also had Mrs. Hamilton and Mrs. Bruni

Feb 01, 2024
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A LarkIn and Debate veteran NEW
by: Mark

I was also involuntarily volunteered to be on the Wallace team - we must’ve been on it together!

Feb 01, 2024
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Unqua Teachers 1965-1973 NEW
by: Jeff

I fondly remember Mrs. Hamilton, Mrs. Bruni, Miss Abrams, Mrs. Azimi,and Miss Carnevale!

Feb 01, 2024
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Unqua School NEW
by: Anonymous

I do remember The Lark-In and the debates. They both were really great teachers. Miss Leffert passed away at a young age.

Jan 31, 2024
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Unqua School - Miss Leffert and Mrs. Larkin NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Roseann,

Miss Leffert and Mrs. Larkin-two of the best teachers ever.
Do you remember doing the Lark-In as a takeoff of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In?

For Miss Leffert I recall the Presidential debate, where the class was divided up and I landed on the Wallace for President Team. We even made up a cheer even though we really did not endorse him but it was a great learning experience in debate.

I think Miss Leffert's class was where we made inventions (I invented a robot) and dressing up like a figure from history. (I was Nero with a borrowed violin from a fellow classmate).

Both teachers emphasized current events which was interesting at the time.

Take care, thanks for the trip down a very great memory lane.

Jan 24, 2024
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Krisches NEW
by: Greg

Yes, Krisches is still there. I brought my granddaughter down to Massapequa a few months ago to show her where I lived and worked when I was in high school, in the mid to late 60's. The owners then were Otto, Kort and John. I had a lot of fun during those days, since 3 of my fellow classmate friends also worked there at the same time. Drew R, Dick O, and Grace S. We were all from Massapequa Park and went to Berner, but also made some really good friends there from Massapequa and Seaford HS. Glad to see it was still open and doing well.

Jan 24, 2024
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Krisches is Still There NEW
by: Anonymous

Krisches is still there, looks the same to me. In fact, just had dinner there one night this past summer.

Jan 21, 2024
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Birch Lane Elementary School NEW
by: Anonymous

Did anyone attend Birch Lane School between 1960 and 1963 - or remember their teachers? That's when I was there - before my family moved me (at 8) to Indiana. Tommy Dean (formerly at 3 Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park)

Jan 21, 2024
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Diner on Broadway. NEW
by: Bobby Hepburn

The Diner on Broadway was THE MIDWELL DINER owned by Geraldo Rivera's Father. Krisches was in Town by The Railroad Tracks.and........ I
believe .. is still there!

Jan 21, 2024
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Bow Wow NEW
by: Rich B

I worked at Bow Wow in the 60s The boss was Mr Mendelson. Murry was the soda jerk. Fanny was order taker and I think it was Doris and her daughter was there in a playpen. The cook was a Hawaiian guy can't remember his name.

Jan 21, 2024
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Mini Golf and the Big Bow Wow
by: Anonymous & Cathy N

My father owned the miniature golf course on Sunrise Highway and I have many fond memories of it. And I went to The Big Bow Wow for ice cream cones. They knew me and gave me double scoops for the price of one.

Jan 21, 2024
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To Cathy N. NEW
by: Anonymous

I loved the memories you wrote about! What an idyllic time and place to grow up in. I lived two houses from Cindy Lugo on JOInes Court. Cindy was actually my babysitter. So was her older sister Betty. Mays was the first store I was allowed to walk to by myself. Do you recall the Big Bow Wow in the Mays parking lot area?

Jan 21, 2024
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RE: NAME OF DINER ON BROADWAY & N. CEDAR ST. NEW NEW
by: Anonymous

if you haven't yet gotten the name of the diner... could "Krishes" (not sure how to spell?) be a possibility? It was around, at a minimum, the 60's through the 80's... was pretty old school in the "way back" years... hope it stayed that way :)

Jan 20, 2024
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Sweet memories
by: Cathy Nolan

Wow~so many childhood memories came flooding back as I read though all the many entries below.
I moved to Massapequa in 1962. We lived on Nassau Road across the street from the golf course.
Unqua School was a mile from my house and my siblings and I walked to and from until old enough to ride our bikes. Tony’s Little Deli was a regular stop off. My friend Mary Ann C used to live right next door.
1st grade Mrs Emler 2nd grade Mrs Dorset, 3rd grade Mrs Pompa, 4th grade Miss Zebrowski, 5th grade Mrs Masi and 6th grade Mrs Yeager.Someone mentioned Mrs Dashinger and she was an amazing music/choral director. I adored her.
We spent winters at Majorie Post park ice skating and summers at the pool with our friends.
McKenna was the beginning of more grown up but still innocent independence. Unfortunately I lost my 1972 yearbook. Cindy Lugo was a dear friend and Cindy O’Connor too.
Mays Dept Store and Bar Harbour were faves. All American was a family ritual on Friday nights. I remember Dick and Dora’s and Pequa movie theatre .
I went to Berner for 9th grade.I loved Mr Holdrige.I moved to New Jersey at the end of 72 but will always remember the sweet innocence of Massapequa back then.

Jan 11, 2024
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Ken Lembo NEW
by: AnonymousBarbara

Saw your comment from Nov 2023. Tried to comment to you. Don’t know if you saw it. I was friends with your family. If you see this look back to then and read my comment. Barbara

Jan 11, 2024
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Gerry
by: Barbara

Saw your Nov. 2023 comments. I was class of 63 went to kindergarten on the the Jones Estate in1951 before it became Massapequa HS. Lived on Arlyn Drive East between Kensington and Seaton just walked down either St and wound up in the middle of the football field under the bleachers.

Jan 11, 2024
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Hall of Fame nominees NEW
by: Anonymous

I came across an article about the retirement of Al and Linda Brown after their life at a small school in Rhode Island. These two Berner grads have lived a remarkable life of educational and athletic service though they have yet to be installed in the Hall of Fame. It may well be past time to do so.

Jan 10, 2024
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Mount Misery NEW
by: Anonymous

I recently saw a commercial where the car drives through a big old culvert pipe and instantly thought about that exceptional route up to the main trail on Mount Misery. That place truly was the stuff dreams are made of. Mine anyway.

Dec 09, 2023
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Replying to Nov 13, 2023 post Ken Lembo
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Kenny Lembo I found this site by accident and saw your post from Nov. 13, 2023. My na my is Barbara and I was your sisters Jenny’s best friend for many years while we were in high school. We practically lived at each others house. I remember you very well. I was a year older and graduated a year before and then we lost touch. I knew everything you said in your post. Do you remember me?

Nov 23, 2023
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address
by: Gerry

Cartwright Blvd, right by MSH

Nov 22, 2023
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Re: Gerry NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

Where did you live in the Park?

Nov 22, 2023
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MSH-class of 63 NEW
by: Gerry

I too moved to Massapequa Park in 1949 only I was only 4 years old and lived there until 1965, though I went away to college in '63.
MHS opened in 1955, it was on the old Jones Estates (Of Jones Beach fame) before the high school was built, the big house, carriage house and cottage were classrooms. I went to Kindergarten in the Cottage. Berner HS was opened in theearly sixties.
On side note, my sister was in the 4th grade when we moved there and she went to school on the 2nd floor of the fire house on Hicksville Rd. The kids loved whenever there was a fire, they ran to the windows to see the trucks leave.

Nov 22, 2023
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Berner opened in 1962 NEW
by: Rich B

I think the senior made a mistake Mass High opened in 55 and Berner in 62 and then 64 for high school.

Nov 22, 2023
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Massaprqua Memories - Senior Citizen
by: Jim Nassau Shore BHS ''71

Wow a lot of us here are senior citizens too - but you take the cake! Good for you! You left in '55 so a lot of us weren't even born yet or moved out to Massapequa till after that. I heard people from here had to go to Amityville HS back then as people in Seaford had to go to Freeport HS. So much has changed since you were here I don't know where to begin. If you do Facebook ask to join the Massapequa Friends Group. They share a lot of current and history of Massapequa. Stay well!

Nov 21, 2023
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Massapequa Memories from a Senior citizen. NEW
by: Anonymous

Most of the comments I'm reading all seem to come from folks that graduated from Massapequa High School. When my folks moved to Massapequa in March 1949, Massapequa didn't have a high school. I was 11 in 6th Grade with Miss Young at Massapequa Avenue Elementary School. And 7th grade we had Mrs Foy. Then in 1950 they opened the Parkside Elementary School and I had Mrs. Bingle and Mr. Eldard for 8th grade. No Junior High Schools in those days. I graduated in June 1951 and went on to Amityville High School. Alfred Berner high School didn't open until the following year. Most of us stayed with Amityville HS, because if we went to Berner we would have to start all over as Freshman. Freshman year at Amityville was on part-time and was in two buildings next to each other. But by Sophomore year the new Amityville Memorial High School had been built on Montauk Highway(Merrick Road). I remember Clegg's Supermarket in Massapequa & Dubrow's Ice cream shop on Central Avenue, I believe. I lived on the corner of Boston Ave & Franklin Ave. We moved away in the summer of 1955 to North Babylon. So many of the shopping centers mentioned, especially in Massapequa Park, weren't there yet. I am really enjoying everyone else's memories.

Nov 15, 2023
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to Kenny Lembo NEW
by: Gerry

The house was owned by Judge Lynde, I knew all 3 of his kids.

Nov 14, 2023
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Sequa
by: Jim NassauShores Berner’71

Yea I remember Sequa. Also Mid Island across the street. Then Gertz bakery, Tom McCann, Robert Hall further west. The insurance agency now on the corner of Jackson is call Corsito now.

Nov 14, 2023
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Burger King Sunrise Mall NEW
by: Anonymous

So It’s been over a year that I mentioned if anyone worked at Burger King in the Sunrise Mall in the early 80’s. I have not heard from anyone so I’ll leave you with this. Although I grew up in Farmingdale my fondest teenage memory was my time working at the Burger King in the Sunrise Mall. I met so many great people and hope that they have same memories that I do. Diana, Chris, Janine, Maryanne, Linda and Claudia thanks.

Nov 14, 2023
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Sequa NEW
by: Kenny Lembo

Anyone remember variety store in Seaford, Sequa.My family owned it.I was put to work there by dad,he was an insurance broker also.Had an office on Jackson ave & Merrick Rd, Allo Agency.Had to clean it,on Satu rdays.The mansion across from Croons,lake,Judge Lynn,owned it.We were very lucky to have great parents.Dad knew all the cops in Seafords seventh so I had to tread lightly.

Nov 13, 2023
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Boats on the bay NEW
by: Kenny Lembo

Just found this site.Grew up in pequa,graduated hs in 69.Had Baldwin sr, for a teacher.Anyone remember hanging at the mass p diner drag racing on sunrise light to light.Wondering,if anyone remembers the little speed boats we had,and if anyone remembers the twin engine catamarans owned by J Ripa & Tony Coslow?

Nov 07, 2023
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was it this guy? NEW
by: Anonymous

sounds like it was Joel Tetenus

Nov 06, 2023
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Mustard Packet NEW
by: Kevin

Hi Karen. This is Joel. Still not sorry! Haha!

Nov 06, 2023
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Big BowWow NEW
by: Karen

I lived off of Ungua and remember the Big Bow Wow for another reason! I got a brand new coat for Christmas and a boy stomped on a mustard packet that splashed all over my coat! I cried so hard knowing I would never get a replacement…that was my BIG gift! Funny how you can remember things from way back then! If you’re out there Joel, know I still think of you! Haha!

Nov 06, 2023
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Gerry

To Morgan
I didn't live in Nassau Shores, I lived on Cartwright by the MHS but knew people who did, John Young in my class of 1963 and his older sister. Sharon Hersey lived there as well and was also class of 63. Bob Cook class of 61, Gottwald brothers, Forbes brothers and some others as well.

Nov 06, 2023
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: morgan

Didn't anybody live in Nassau Shores -- especially around 1957-1962??

Nov 06, 2023
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Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Mark B

I remember the Big Bow Wow vividly. I lived due south of the Mays parking lot, across the street from the playground behind the parking lot fence, on Richard Place. Graduated MHS '75.

I almost got beaten up at Big Bow Wow oncer when I was 10 or 11, when I wore the pointy-toed boots my older cousin from Canarsie had given me, not being aware that they were a symbol of being a "hood". Thankfully my older friend who was there with me talked the hoods out of it.

I was told that when my mom was pregnant with me (1956-57) she often sent my dad to BBW to bring home a hamburger, fries and shake so she could eat for the two of us and satisfy her BBW craving.

Nov 06, 2023
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The Big Bow Wow NEW
by: BJH

Yes, I remember THE BIG BOW WOW. Hot Dogs.
Howard Johnsons was further west on Sunrise Highway.

Nov 04, 2023
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Midwell Diner On Broadway
by: Anonymous

Thanks to ANNIE for verifying my MEMORY of THE MIDWELL DINER on Broadway. I grew up on ONTARIO AVE. But........... sometimes hung out on Broadway at DAD'S DEN..... The Sand Trap, and various other clubs and watering Holes on Broadway. Many of us hung at THE EAGLES NEST, Little Lounge, and Village Pub. When they have the ANNUAL ITALIAN FEAST in Late September on Broadway... I Still attend to meet up with my Plainedge Buddies. We meet in front of THE VILLAGE PUB which is still there!

Nov 03, 2023
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Massapequa Park!! Always miss it so
by: Anonymous

Wow!
Anyone
Remember..
BIG BOW WOW on
Sunrise Hwy!!??
And yes,ALL AMERICAN is still there and ...always packed!!

Nov 02, 2023
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Midwell Diner NEW
by: Annie

Bobby Hep is correct. It was the Midwell Diner located on North Broadway and Cedar/Maple Street...owned by Geraldo's family.

Nov 01, 2023
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Re: Some Unfortunate Isolated Incidents
by: Anonymous

I was not able to find a specific reference (in Wiki) to anyone from Massapequa being killed. There was a young girl found dead in Wantagh near Ocean Parkway. It is certainly plausible that he committed murders while visiting his uncle in Massapequa, but it looks like our residents were spared that fate.

Nov 01, 2023
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Some Unfortunate Isolated Incidents
by: Anonymous

Massapequa is a funny place. You had the whole Amy Fischer-Joey Buttafuco mess with all the creep lawyers. Jessica Hahn came from there too. Her fling with televangelist Jim Bakker brought down one of the biggest evangelical frauds in the world. Hundreds of millions of dollars. Of course you have Rex -- the Long Island Serial Killer. But few know this. In the 60s and 70s there was a man that was known only as the torso killer. Later determined to be Richard Cottingham. His uncle lived in Massapequa. He used to visit his uncle and when he did he would rape, kill and dismember members of the Massapequa community. But I agree with the comment that it's just bad luck and could happen everywhere. After all that is the town where the Baldwin brothers are from. And Jerry Seinfeld. But you are lucky you moved.

Oct 12, 2023
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Back when there were no headshops NEW
by: Anonymous

We would cross the tracks and Sunrise,go to White's and collect some tin foil, a pin, some tape and one of those little tubes from a clothing hanger. Some matches and a chunk of hash and we were in business. Ah, the good old days . . .

Oct 04, 2023
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Diner on Broadway
by: Bobby Hep

Hey Fongool Frankie..... I grew up in Plainedge and I BELIEVE that diner was The Midwell Diner owned by the parents of Geraldo Rivera.

Oct 03, 2023
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Head Shop in the mall NEW
by: Chris

The Jolly Joint -- I don't know if I even knew that, but it's very fitting!

The psychedelic nostri -- is this another name it went under?


Thank you for responding!!

Sep 30, 2023
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DINER NAME BROADWAY & N. CEDAR STREET NEW
by: Fongool Frankie

Hey peeps, what was the name of the diner that was located on Broadway at the corner of N. Cedar St. were Bank of America and dairy Bono located now? I used to go there when I was a kid and then it was torn down and then everything else was built.

Sep 30, 2023
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NAME OF DINER ON BROADWAY & N. CEDAR ST. NEW
by: N. MASSAPEQUA Man

Hey Peeps, what was the name of the Diner on N. Broadway and N. Cedar Street in N. Masspequa? It was where the Dairy barn and Bank of America are now.

Sep 30, 2023
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Andy F Thanks for Confirmation NEW
by: Frankie Fongool

Village Pizza it was! Woo Hoo! My dad worked for Rheingold in the 70’s

Sep 29, 2023
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Bar/Club in Southgate Shopping Center NEW
by: Anthony

No, Carousel was in the shopping center where Pergament was (now Ace Hardware).

Sep 29, 2023
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Bar/Club in Southgate Shopping Center
by: Anonymous

Could it have been 'Carousel'?

Sep 28, 2023
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Bar/Club in Southgate Shopping Center
by: Anthony

Does anyone remember the name of the bar/club that was in Southgate shopping center in the 1980's. It was a nice place with a decent size bar, a small dance floor and a bunch of tables. It was at the south side of the shopping center. There's an Asian Moon restaurant there now and the post office is 2 doors down.

Sep 28, 2023
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Head SHop in the Mall NEW
by: Anonymous

the head shop in the back of home decor was called Jolly Joint! a real fun place to visit!

Sep 28, 2023
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Village Pizza NEW
by: Andy F

Frankie Fongool it WAS Village Pizza. It was just around the corner from the Station Cafe, which became Porky's Pub. The bartender while it was the Station Cafe, was a guy named Gene Flieg. He always tried to sneak a Schaefer beer in on me but I always caught him. My good friend Mark Eckhoff and I were Rhinegold men and we knew when he was trying to test us.

Sep 28, 2023
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Head Shop in Home Decor NEW
by: Anonymous

It was the psychedelic nostri

Sep 27, 2023
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Massapequa Park 1950’s NEW
by: Linda

I moved to MP with my parents and many other WW2 GI’s in the early 50’s. McKenna JH was an airport at that time and the surrounding area was full of blueberry bushes. Next to the airport was a 4H . I graduated from Berner HS in ‘66 and moved to Florida in ‘76.
One of my favorite places to go in the 50’s was the Massapequa Zoo which at the time was owned by the Grimaldi family. Josephine was a Berner ‘66 graduate.
I miss the Park and will always be a Long Island girl !

Sep 26, 2023
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Name of head shop at the back of Home Decor in Sunrise Mall NEW
by: Chris

The title says it all. What was the name of the head shop at the back of Home Decor in Sunrise Mall?

It was a tiny little store that was more like a large closet, and the only entrance was at the back of Home Decor (ground level, near Sterns) -- it was like a back room that had been converted into a little shop. It sold bongs and whatever else -- not that I ever went there, of course...

This was in the 1980s. Did it even have a name? This has bugged me for years.

Sep 26, 2023
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PIZZA PLACE N. MASSAPEQUA TRAIN STATION NEW
by: Frankie Fongool

what was the name of the tiny pizza place at the end of Broadway where the Bridal shop is now? It only had 3 tiny tables. I thought it was Village pizza. Thanks!

Sep 08, 2023
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Game Rooms NEW
by: Anonymous

The second game room in the mall was Time Out.

Sep 07, 2023
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Billy Campbell, and the Park
by: Anonymous

He is alive and well, saw him in Bellmore recently! He's doing well.

I moved to Massapequa Park in '73, 9th grade. So many memories, Zappa next to Berner- my HS, the Nautilus Diner, painting the streets red, white and blue in '76, Mrs Bryson in the Guidance Office, getting a ticket from police for riding two ppl on a Huffy bicycle over the Unqua Road RR tracks, hanging out in the sump, b/t Eastgate and the Mall, watching the Mall be BUILT, the Lobster Shack, Gamerooms at the mall- Galaxy, can't remember the name of the one in front of mall, the BACK of Home Decor where we could buy 'paraphernalia', White's Dep't Store, cutting thru that lot to Berner, Musicaro's, learning to drive at Sunrise Mall,and so much more...

Aug 05, 2023
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Book author from Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

A grad from Berner 69 Barbara Butcher wrote a book about her life as a NYC death investigator. Just out now. Congrats to her.

Aug 05, 2023
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Let's not overreact here
by: Jim NassauShores Berner’71

Although what you are saying is true I hope this now concludes any further discussion of this topic. There is enough of it in the media to go around.

Aug 05, 2023
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Let's not overreact here
by: Anonymous

Essentially all places have both positive and negative aspects to them. The Gilgo Beach murderer had to be living somewhere, but that has no bearing on the quality of the rest of the community. Not all of our sports teams win the championship every year. And your children arent perfect, by the way. But let's not get "upset" and overreact when something negative gets publicized. Accept the positive and negative aspects of your communities, and your lives.

Aug 05, 2023
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Lets get back to Nice NEW
by: Anonymous

This site was made up of nice things to remember about our home towns. Not the dirt you are bringing up. Lets not ruin what we have here.

Aug 04, 2023
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I know
by: Gerry

I know, as a former resident of the Park I have been following this since day one. I saw the TV movie about the murders a few years ago.

Aug 04, 2023
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Gorillas NEW
by: Anonymous

Noone wants to talk about the 800 lb gorilla in the room.
A serial killer who lived and was raised in my home town, graduated from my highschool and buried the victims at one of my favorite beaches. Instant infamy!

Jul 22, 2023
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Long Island is the best place to Live NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm from Massapequa Park.Graduated class of 79'.
I moved away 20 years ago. Although all my family is still there, I visit once or twice a year.
I will always be a LI lady and love my hometown of Massapequa..


Jul 22, 2023
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Long Island is the best place to Live
by: Anonymous

I'm from Massapequa Park.Gradutes class of 79'.
I moved away 20 years ago. Although all my family is still there, I visit once or twice a year.
I will always be a LI lady and love my hometown of Massapequa..


Jul 22, 2023
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All of those memories NEW
by: Anonymous

This is my second set of comments, but I could not resist. A shout out to all of those "Firehouse" kids and to Boy Scout Troop 90, The Totum Troop.
I went to the new Massapequa High School, in 1956, as an 8th grader. I remember Massapequa as a great place to grow up. Took an hour to drive into NYC, have a beer at the Ratskeller, and get home at a decent hour. My parent's home is still off Park Blvd Between Sunrise Hwy and Merrick Rd. I remember going to the Drive-in Movies on Sunrise Hwy and attending St Rosa Lima-bean most Sundays. The Village had a great Chinese restaurant, pizza place, and Newspaper store across from the train station. Too crowded now with traffic but Massapequa will always be part of my good memories.

Jul 18, 2023
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Phil Tate
by: Anonymous

Phil went to Maria Regina elementary school (class of 1969) and Holy Trinity High School. He died about 10 years ago in West Virginia. His dad was a lawyer with an office just north of the Massapequa train station.

Jul 18, 2023
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Tate family Don and Phil NEW
by: Anonymous

Don and Phil Tate were brothers. They were the oldest and youngest children in a family of 7 children. Rest in Peace, Phil.

Jul 17, 2023
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Reply to Jim NEW
by: Ed

Don't forget that this was the era of Milton Berle and Bob Hope dressing in drag on family TV, and don't forget Flip Wilson's Geraldine! Drag was seen as lighthearted entertainment back then, not menacing or sexual. It is true, however that NYC had laws against "female impersonation" on the books, but that was applied selectively. I don't think that Uncle Miltie was ever threatened with arrest. I never put a dress on again after that, but it never bothered me if a man wanted to do that. I mentioned my experience here only because it is a genuine event that happened in Massapequa, and it shows how attitudes were so different then, even in such a conservative environment.

Jul 17, 2023
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Ed/Cub Scouts
by: Jim NassauShores Berner’71

Made my confirmation and continued for awhile at CCD classes at St Rose starting in 1965. I was never in Boy Scouts but very surprised to hear about a Drag Contest at, of all places, a Catholic school! Yes it probably didn't traumatize anyone as kids back then were so innocent and shielded from a horrible outside world without the internet. However, this reminded me of a priest at St Rose at that time who would visit our class often. I won't mention his name but he was later accused of sexual abuse back when the Diocese would just move priests around to cover it up. This came out years after you moved. I wouldn't be surprised if this priest sanctioned this drag event!

Jul 17, 2023
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Cub Scouts NEW
by: Ed

The recent outrage about drag queen reading hours at public libraries reminded me of my Cub Scout days. I’ll explain.

I lived in Massapequa Park from 1955 until 1967. I joined the Cub Scouts when I was 7 or 8 and my mother was the den leader. One year there was a meeting of the local Cub Scout Pack at the St. Rose of Lima auditorium. I’m pretty sure that everyone displayed some of their craft projects, and there were various group activities that day. One that sticks in my mind was the drag contest. Yes, a drag contest. For that I wore my sister’s gingham dress, tights and shoes. I also wore my mother’s wig, a pearl necklace and a pair of clip-on earrings. I won second place and the boy who won first place wore a long blonde wig, high heels and a stuffed bikini. If I’m not mistaken Father Graham even made a short appearance that day. Everyone had a great time and then my mother brought us to get pizza. I don’t recall any outrage either during the event or after. I also doubt if any of us felt traumatized in the least. We were all just normal kids having fun.

Jul 14, 2023
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Steve Messina
by: Anonymous

I'm looking for a Steve Messina, who grew up in Massapequa and spent time in North Palm Beach, Florida on his uncle's boat.

Jul 14, 2023
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Name of the Bar where Ace Hardware is now NEW
by: Anonymous

The name of the bar where Ace Hardware & the liquor store are now ... was the Carousel.

Jul 13, 2023
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Restaurant / Bar Name NEW
by: Karen Eastwood-Fikar

Hi everyone!

I grew up in Bethpage but like many people in surrounding areas, used to ride my bike to Jones Beach and stop at All American on the way home. I now work for the Massapequa School District and pass many old haunts on the drive to and from work.

My memory though has failed me on the name of a bar / club my friends and I frequented (in the 80s) in the now ACE Hardware/Ginos Pizza shopping center on Merrick Rd. This place was in the same spot right before "Massapizza" (which I always thought was a brilliant name).

Thank you for helping me to remember the name if you can!

Jul 09, 2023
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Chris Sweeney NEW
by: Anonymous

I was in that homeroom with Coach Sweeney. The guy he threw against the wall was Lenny Olson (gone on many years ago) He used to make me and Lenny stand against the wall then kick soccer balls at subsonic speeds as close to our heads as possible. If I didn't flinch he'd let me go. I hold no grudge and the experiences did not traumatize me for life. I ended up teaching for 20 years and often wished I could revert to such arcane antics. I still remember Sweeney's flattop crewcut and that slightly maniacal grin as he unhinged on a soccer ball with such pinpoint accuracy.

Jul 09, 2023
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Florence Ave. Beach NEW
by: Daniel Thomas Moran

I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks so the idea of belonging to a beach club was about as foreign as belonging to a cricket club. This poem is about my own experiences.

The Swimming Lesson

Down at the tired shores
of Florence Ave. Beach,
an optimist in green trunks
was instructing us on
how to become swimmers.
We, a dozen or so
scrawny specimens on
an early summer day,
one o’clock sharp.
Up to our tiny thighs
in that oily chill.
We knew there
were secrets, that things
lived beneath it all.
We knew, as we stood,
within minutes
the sandy bottom
would swallow our feet.
Our young mothers
looked on from old blankets,,
proud for unknown reasons.
Then the instructor said,
with great authority,
First thing we’ll learn
is the dead man’s float.
Some cried, but most tried
facing down
into the briny darkness.
We let the bubbles rise
back across our cheeks.
And we made believe
we had failed
to learn to swim.

2002 Daniel Thomas Moran

Jul 05, 2023
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'Pequa parades from the 50's
by: Pete Carston

I wasn't from Massapequa, but spent a lot of time as a teen in the 50'swith friends from Plainedge. Also worked the area with the phone company, later in my years. I'm wondering if anyone has pics or 8mm film from the Massapequa parades in the 50's. I was in the Nautical Training Corps (NTC) and we marched in many of those parades. Spent Army basic training at Ft. Dix(1962) with Buddy Lottito and Steve Hoell, who both graduated from MPH and would love to talk to them again. Now in Florida. Thanks for reading.

Jul 03, 2023
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Johnny Slionski NEW
by: Dan Moran

In the photo of my second grade class at Eastlake from the story I posted, Johnny Slionski is in the red shirt and I am just in front of him in the blue shirt.

Jul 03, 2023
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Class Photo NEW
by: Jeff

Loved all the stories. Which kid are you in the class photo? Is Johnny in that as well?

Jul 03, 2023
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Dan & Daniel
by: Jim NassauShores Berner’71

Dan: I can't place you but we must have know each other back at Coco's. I wrote about this further down below. I started when they first opened and work 2 years as a PT night cook. Made plenty of friends there. The waitresses and hostesses were great! I didn't know about the wine though!

Daniel: I didn't see all of your You Tubes yet but you nailed Coach Sweeny! Had him for GYM and Freshman Baseball. I was often the butt of some of his jokes because I was on the short side! He really was a funny nut job!

Jul 03, 2023
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coach sweeney NEW
by: Anonymous

Dan I loved the story about Coach Sweeny. I had him for home room in Mckenna. He was also a JV soccer coach. For basket ball I seem to remember Bob Weinhauer You are so right about his clothes. I seem to remember the bad guys-greasers-being called "hoods". I saw sweeny throw one of the hoods up against a wall once. The jock check was right on. Also those straignt lines we sat in we managed by Delaney cards, in a book. Thats basically what I remember. thanks again.

Jul 03, 2023
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Some Massapequa Stories NEW
by: Daniel Thomas Moran

I am a writer who graduated from Berner in '75 and have written several stories about growing up in Massapequa that I have recoreded and put on a YouTube channel. Here are links to them. Just click the link and listen.

Me and Johnny Slionski
https://youtu.be/mpHiCbsxofw

Coach Sweeny
https://youtu.be/HbRtyjHq1p8

Cruising with the Coach
https://youtu.be/_WpllR1BlVM

Racing with Chickens
https://youtu.be/VursxADDABg

Wheelies
https://youtu.be/_E8YQQVJE_8

Treat Her Like a Lady
https://youtu.be/rhaGSXThQ-Y

Jul 03, 2023
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Famous Massapequans NEW
by: Dan Moran

There are a few things I have learned over the years about some of our more notable residents. One is that Jerry Seinfeld first lived on Eastgate Road which is the street that backs to the former Sunrise Mall. He went to Eastlake before the family moved to the "better side of the tracks". I lived around the corner on Westgate Road. Neil Diamond was also married (his first wife) to a woman who was a teacher at (I think) Birch Lane. They lived in Massapequa around the time he was writing his first hit songs. Elliot Easton, the guitarist for The Cars went to Massapequa H.S. The other is very relevant these days of LGBTQ rights. The most prominent Trans person and the first who was widely known was Christine Jorgensen who lived in Massapequa.

Jul 03, 2023
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Coco's/Plankhouse NEW
by: Dan Moran

I worked as a dishwasher at Coco's/ The Plankhouse in the early 70's for about $2 per hour. The food was prepared out on the floor and all the busy work like washing the dishes took place in a kitchen that sat between the two restaurants. I seem to recall that it was typical for the two restaurants to serve more than one thousand dinners on a Saturday night. There was a massive assembly line dishwasher and it still took four guys, working their asses off, to load all those dishes and glasses and then retrieve them and put them away while they were still blisteringly hot. I am not sure that my fingers have ever fully recovered. One of the best parts of the job was that they servered wine in carafes and when a carafe came in that still had some wine in it we would dump it into a bucket hidden below the counter and then take turns chugging from it as the night came to a close, often at one in the morning, after which I rode my bike back home. I am still not sure how I found my house but I did.

Jul 02, 2023
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Beach club - correction NEW
by: Mark Barnett

Wait - it was Brightwaters, but we might have gone to Monaco a different year?

Jul 02, 2023
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Beach clubs NEW
by: Mark Barnett

Monaco beach club. 1962 - My sister Carol was a counselor there - I was 5, she was 15.

Jul 01, 2023
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Berner High 71 to 75 NEW
by: Vinnie DeQueiroz

I went to Berner High from 71 to 75 had the best times specially playing handball by the cafeteria where all the best players played. I live on Fulton Street and Roosevelt Ave and living in Massapequa Park you couldn't ask to live in a better place...
Besides All American, Hot Rod Burger King, it was the home of some of the fastest Street cars. Remember Night Life, the meeting place before heading out to the Hamptons until someone i won't mention got arrested and it was the last time we headed to the Hamptons after Night life...
Massapequa Park will always be in my memories until I die.


Jun 27, 2023
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Alhambra NEW
by: Gerry

The Alhambra, wow I haven't heard or thought about that for almost 70 years. When we moved to The Park in 1949, we went to the beach club, it was great, it had a slide and diving boards and these big floast you could sit on in the water.
Thanks for reminding me.

Jun 25, 2023
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Beach Club NEW
by: Anonymous

My family went to the Biltmore Beach Club.

Jun 25, 2023
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Beach club NEW
by: Anonymous

For beach club: Avalon?

Jun 25, 2023
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Beach in Massapequa NEW
by: Karen

Was it Alhambra?

Jun 25, 2023
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Beach club NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember a beach club in massapequa in the 70’s? We went their as kids but cant remember the name

Jun 22, 2023
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Where the heck is Billy Campbell ? NEW
by: Figgy

Anybody know where the heck Billy Campbell is ?

The famous Massapequa beach comber ...

Jun 17, 2023
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Coco’s Restaurant
by: Jim NassauShores Berner’71

Other half of Coco’s was called The Plankhouse.
Worked at Coco’s part time as a cook when it first opened @‘72-‘73. Fun place to work. Cheeseburger combo platter was @$2.50. All American cheeseburger was @ 60 cents. The good old days!

Jun 17, 2023
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Two sides of restaurant? NEW
by: Anonymous

Were there two sides to Coco’s? One casual, one fancier? ( called The Steakhouse)?

Jun 17, 2023
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Coco’s NEW
by: Anonymous

Coco’s was where Olive Garden and now master grill is. Whites was across the parking lot where shop rite is now .

Jun 17, 2023
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Whites of Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

I think that was where Whites was

Jun 17, 2023
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Coco’s?
by: Anonymous

Anyone remember a restaurant called Coco’s? (spelling?)

Jun 02, 2023
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Massapequa and Me NEW
by: Anonymous

Massapequa and Me

I remember the M Post pool days in Massapequa and the telephone calls I would get from Mr Corso to come and get my son who was forever getting into mischief.
I remember visiting my friend on Sunset rd
in Nassau Shores and
seeing the Baldwin house in disarray until Alex started making good money and fixed it up.
I remember volunteering at Unqua school.
I remember Alfred Berner High School and how
my sons cut class to be part of the "zoo crew"
and how so many kids cut gym class.
Still, I loved Massapequa and all its
community spirit. My kids still have best
friends there and so do I.

May 28, 2023
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Hojo's NEW
by: Karen L

Hojo's was on the southeast corner of Sunrise and Block Blvd, not Clocks. I worked there and grew up on Block Blvd

May 21, 2023
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My choice NEW
by: Anonymous

I like the idea of anonymous commentary. It pleases the aging anarchist in me.

May 08, 2023
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The Girl from Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XN9EXhOJZWI
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'The Girl from Massapequa' is by The Brubeck Brothers Quartet.
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"Chris and Dan Brubeck have been making music together practically all their lives. Drummer Dan and bassist, trombonist, and composer Chris cut their first record together in 1966—nearly a half century ago. They’ve subsequently played a variety of styles in a number of different groups, as well as with their father, jazz giant Dave Brubeck, and with their own Brubeck Brothers Quartet.

May 03, 2023
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Dennis Penzel NEW
by: Karen

Hi Dennis! I don't think the anonymous heading is deliberate in many posts! It's there automatically unless you change it!

May 03, 2023
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Why be anonymous? NEW
by: Anonymous

Can I ask why anyone needs to put anonymous? Dennis Penzell

Apr 20, 2023
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The First Earth Day NEW
by: Anonymous

I was a senior at Berner in the Spring of 1970 when the school celebrated the 1st Earth Day. The only thing I remember was Kathy Banno playing the guitar and singing. She was stunning!

Apr 06, 2023
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Massapequa Market
by: Joyce

Was surfing the 'net and saw this discussion so thought I'd share my Massapequa Market story. I was 5 years old and my mother and I had just come from Dr. Brown's office (Biltmore Blvd) where I'd gotten my Smallpox shot so I could begin kindergarten (Parkside) that coming September. We stopped at the Massapequa Market on the way home, and while Mom was pushing the shopping cart I trailed behind her like I always did. Unbeknownst to her, I fainted and dropped to the floor in the front aisle, and Mom just kept walking, continuing her shopping! She heard a commotion among other shoppers about "a little girl passed out in the front aisle," and she looked behind her and not seeing HER "little girl," she knew it had to be "me." A story told many times over in my family. Not that long after, our Massapequa Market became Bohacks, and that was the beginning of days gone by on so many levels.

Mar 27, 2023
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Cedar Shore Drive NEW
by: D.Dubocq

I knew the Mullen Family--Don, Greg & Debbie. And as a matter of fact, I knew their Dad as well. What a great place to grow up. One day I shall return.

Mar 08, 2023
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There’s no place like home NEW
by: Anonymous

I was born in 1956 , my parents had lived there a few years before I came along. I had 4 older sisters that probably would remember more than I do. We lived on Oak St. , in Massapequa Park. We stayed until around 1978. When I got married at Our Lady of Lourdes church. And my reception was at the restaurant , where Olsen Inn was.
I moved to Nevada after I was married, I went to Carmen Road for kindergarten thru sixth grade, McKenna Jr High, Berner High School. I have been back to Long Island many times since. I loved growing up in my " little bubble " of the park. No one I have met since childhood, has all the beautiful memories I do , of home. I can’t turn back the hands of time, but I really enjoyed reading about all the places of my childhood ,that you shared.
Unfortunately, nothing stays the same. Not even me!! Thanks for sharing.

Feb 25, 2023
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MASSAPEQUA MARKET NEW
by: Dennis

Anonymous. Thank you so much for the memories of the Massapequa market. We moved the pass Pk in 54 and from my earliest memories remember my parent going there. Dont know manes etc. Do know Olsens. Anyway thats for that memory

Feb 24, 2023
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Bayberry Inn NEW
by: Anonymous

It looked like a little cottage nestled on Merrick Road. I love it!

Feb 24, 2023
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Bayberry
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

I remember vaguely having dinner there with my parents in the late '60's. I believe it was near the corner of Algonquin Ave and Merrick Rd just a few blocks away from where we lived. At that age I preferred Pizza Supreme at Bar Harbor or All American!

Feb 24, 2023
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Bayberry NEW
by: Anonymous

My brother worked there Bayberry

Feb 24, 2023
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1960's NEW
by: Gerry

Does anyone remember the Bay Berry Inn restaurant on Merrick Road?

Feb 15, 2023
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Olsen's Inn NEW
by: Anonymous

Do you remember Olsen's Inn across the street from the Massapequa Zoo when the monkey's escaped from and were found hanging on the hotel railings.

Feb 15, 2023
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Tiger's Tail NEW
by: Anonymous

Rum Bottoms was the former Tiger's Tail, same location, different name.

Jan 31, 2023
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Rum Bottoms
by: Larry

Rum Bottoms was next to the Pizza Cove on Hicksville Rd

Jan 12, 2023
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Gene Clegg
by: Anonymous


Thank you. Gene (Eugene) Clegg built, owned and operated Massapequa Markets. My understanding is, he leased his store across from the train station to Bohacks later in his life. Prior to then his building was the first to have an escalator on the east coast and was known as the largest grocery store, 50,000 sq ft. Ford cars raffled off the first Ford Thunderbird on his lot, and at Christmas - a raffle for children were given free Howdy Doody dolls. He also owned Olsen's Inn in Massapequa Park / Amityville across from the Zoo. Many locals were married there. He was also involved if not owned the USO building and Bingo hall across from the train station. He was very involved with the community and loved Massapequa dearly. He helped with making Marjorie Post Park a possibility. He started a college scholarship fund at Berner High School. And supported the Fire department and police department through out his life. He also developed low income housing. Raised in Hells Kitchen, he always gave back as he was extremely poor and never owned a home or lived in the same apartment longer then a few months. Most have passed, but if anyone who knew him please add more. Thank you.

Jan 10, 2023
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Gene Clegg NEW
by: Anonymous

I thought Gene Clegg was the manager of Bohacks down on Front St.

Jan 10, 2023
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Gene Clegg NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm fairly certain That Gene Clegg managed the old motel, restaurant / catering house at the far end of Sunrise Highway in the 1970s. It was before the mall went in.

Jan 06, 2023
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Anyone know Gene & Doris Clegg from the Massapequa Markets?
by: Anonymous

Any stories would be appreciated. Thank you.

Dec 27, 2022
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Camera Store in Sunrise Mall - Mid 70s?
by: Chris Russell

My parents used to come down from Jericho to manage a camera store in Sunrise Mall in the mid 70s and I've been trying to remember the name. Lower level, corner, near the bookstore. Owned by a Nassau County detective, if I recall. Thanks for any help.

Dec 18, 2022
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Historian of the Massapequas NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a historian and a retired academic who grew up playing and exploring the streams, lakes, swamps and "woods" of the Massapequas. I've been fascinated with what Dr. Carol Bleser called "the sense of place." That intangible bond between us and the place we are raised. I will always love Massapequa(and The Park). No matter where I go I take it with me.
So, I appreciate every one of the historians of The Massapequas. A sincere Thank You to all.

Dec 18, 2022
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Interesting history! NEW
by: Anonymous

Looks interesting - mentions he Wagon Wheel restaurant. I didn't realize that Massapequa developed later than other nearby towns on Long Island because it was:

i) too wet - too many lakes, streams, brooks, swamps, and

ii) according to the historian of the Massapequas: "for many years, it was the domain of the Floyd-Jones family". Thomas Jones (who came from Britin in 1692) had married the daughter "Freelove" of the Townsend family who had bought the area in a treaty with Indians in 1658. Jones and wife lived in one of the first homes in the Massapequa area
and including marriage with the Floyd family, the Floyd-Jones family just dominated the area through the 1700s.

"They owned mansions all along Merrick Road and there weren’t many other people living there except for them and their servants. Someone once asked me what was so unique about the Massapequas versus the other bedroom communities of New York. I said the history is very unique because it was really one family’s empire for so many years." https://farmingdale-observer.com/2021/08/10/bringing-massapequas-rich-history-to-life/

Dec 18, 2022
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St Rose Old Chapel NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't believe that demolished the old one it is still there. I attended a wedding there about 10 years ago

Dec 18, 2022
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St. Rose NEW
by: Anonymous

I found this on the St. Rose of Lima parish site - unfortunately it hasn't any photo of the church before the new one was christened in 1965. My family moved from Massapequa Park (to which we had moved in 1957) to Elkhart Indiana in December 1963. I never attended any service in the new church but I remember that construction had already begun, and the existing church was to be demolished. (I remember disliking that!).

From the St. Rose site:

"In the early 1950's, many thousands of people were moving to the newly-constructed homes in Massapequa and Massapequa Park. The growth of residents in the greater Massapequa area captured the attention of Bishop Thomas Molloy of the Brooklyn Diocese, and he decided to create a new Catholic parish there.

"In 1952, Rev. John Fagan was appointed to be the pastor of a new parish in Massapequa. He named the new parish St. Rose of Lima, in honor of his mother. However, a serious illness prevented him from undertaking the pastoral assignment.
"As a result, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edmund Fitzgerald of Corpus Christi parish in Mineola undertook the work of locating and purchasing 4.5 acres on Merrick Road in Massapequa, and so the history of St. Rose of Lima R.C. Church begins.

"In November 1952, Fr. Francis Burns was appointed Pastor, beginning his ministry in what had been a large white summer mansion built in the 1860's, which was to serve as the rectory and church for several years.

"On November 16, 1952, more than 1400 parishioners attended Mass. It was estimated that the parish encompassed 1900 families and the original schedule of two Masses on Sunday increased to four.

"Within weeks, a choir was formed as an organ was donated from a neighboring parish, St. William the Abbot in Seaford. Plans were also developed to begin a parish school and convent. Laymen and women enthusiastically supported the creation of the Rosary and Altar Societies as well as the Holy Name Society.

"In 1955, the first census revealed that in three years, the number of Catholic families had risen from an estimated 1900 to 2500 Catholic families in the parish.

"With the death of Fr. Francis Burns in December 1958, Fr. Joseph Colligan served as temporary parish administrator until the appointment of Fr. Hugh Graham as pastor in March 1959.

"During Fr. Graham's pastorate, ground was broken for a 24 classroom school and a convent capable of housing 20 Sisters.

"Completed in 1960, the school was opened for grades 1-6. The school later expanded through the eighth grade in 1963.

"The St. Rose of Lima school was staffed by The Amityville Dominican Sisters and Sr. Francis Marie served as principal.

"In 1963, construction began to build a new church. It was blessed in March 1965, by Bishop Walter Kellenberg, the first Bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

"Although Fr. Graham retired in 1975, he remained in residence until his death in November 1981.

Dec 18, 2022
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St Rose
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

So Interesting this "ancient' history stuff. I read St Rose began in 1952 in a big old summer mansion near the current location. Maybe the Wagon Wheel was part of that mansion? The school was built in 1960 and the new church was opened in 1965 - just before my family moved there. Also read about the old Massapequa Hotel with 300 rooms on Ocean Ave not far from St Rose. Funny, I Just came back from Europe where talk of their history goes back centuries and millennia. Still all this info going back even just 75 years is so very interesting. I guess it's because it's about good old Massapequa!

Dec 18, 2022
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St Rose NEW
by: Gerry

St Rose was actually in the old Wagon Wheel Restaurant and first they built the school and we had Mass in the auditorium and in the early 60's they built the new church on the site of the old WW restaurant, if memory serves me correctly.

Dec 18, 2022
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Reply to Ms. Finley NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't remember when I copied the file in question and there was no "stamp" on the pages. It says
Compiled primarily from great memories and era documents, including 1966 phonebook. Comments and corrections welcome.
Carol Starke Giannattasio
200 Cedar Shore Drive, Massapequa, NY 11758-8141
516 795 9208
carolnothing@yahoo.com

I hope this helps.

Dec 17, 2022
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St. Rose NEW
by: Anonymous

So sad to read about the effect on the CYO programs from the end of the baby boom! My family went to St. Rose of Lima - but after they finished the construction of a new church in the early 1960s at some point- we moved to northern Indiana for years. Does anyone know when they constructed the new church - or what they did with the old one? (I hope they didn't demolish it!). Thank you. Tom Dean

Dec 17, 2022
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Re: St. Rose CYO NEW
by: D.O.

In response to St. Rose Football, I coached the Our Lady of Lourdes team through the seventies. The end of the baby boom caused CYO programs to drop out, one-by-one. St. Rose lasted until we folded the league, around ’77 or ’78. O.L.L. and St. Aidan’s were still able to field competitive teams and played town teams, like Elmont, Mineola, and Hicksville from the North Shore Athletic Alliance. St. Aidan’s faded away and O.L.L. was the last to go in ’81.

-D.O.

Dec 17, 2022
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To anonymous NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

Re: where could we find the download to the article you mentioned?

Dec 17, 2022
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1966/2008 Massapequa Guide NEW
by: Anonymous

I came across an old hard copy file recently and it contained a remarkable guide to the stores and shops of Massapequa and The Park in 1966 and 2008. It is concise and well-composed and should resolve many of the issues raised in these entries. Kudos to Carol Starke Giannattasio. I dont remember when I downloaded it, but it should still be floating around somewhere on the "net."

Nov 29, 2022
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St. Rose CYO Football NEW
by: Anonymous


Does anyone remember that St. Rose CYO had Football it was a Pop Warner type program which had teams up to eighth grade?
I played on one of their really good teams in the late 60's. We played against other Parishes from around Long Island. I had some really great coaches

I played for a few years and we played at the old 52 acres (then John Burns) Berner High and finally Massapequa High later on back to John Burns?

Curious as to why CYO Football on Long Island went away, its still played as a CYO sport in some parts of the country-

More great memories-

Nov 23, 2022
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THANKSGIVING RIVALRY GAME NEW
by: Ray O’BRIEN

I remember the rivalry football game on Thanksgiving morning in the sixties between my high school, Plainedge, and Plainview. We would go up to Plainview and paint their school red and their students would come and paint our building green.

Nov 16, 2022
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Ode to Massapequa NEW
by: Mark B

Hi all - I was surprised to stumble across a song called "The Girl from Massapequa"! It's an instrumental on an album from the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, a jazz band formed by two of Dave Brubeck's (of Take Five fame) sons. Not that it reminded me so much of Massapequa, but it is upbeat, which is how I feel when I think of my time growing up there.

I graduated MHS in 1975, lived on Richard Place, off Block Blvd (where the Howard Johnson's was on Sunrise Highway). To be accurate, it was Massapequa Park. The year I graduated, one of my classmates scored highest state wide on the SATs. Whoa!

Nov 12, 2022
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Street NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

Anyone live near my old house at 60 McKinley Street in the Park?

Nov 12, 2022
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Water Companies NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in the Village of Massapequa Park and have Massapequa Water, which is reasonable. However, my friends who own homes North of me in Massapequa Park, but not within the Village, have New York/Liberty Water. Houses over by Unqua are also Massapequa Park but have New York/Liberty Water. So, by saying Massapequa Park has its own water is not exactly accurate. It is MASSAPEQUA Water District, not Massapequa Park Water District, and the two water companies are split within the two areas.

I was delighted to find out I had Massapequa Water after purchasing our home! It is significantly lower, and it was not even something I knew I should have been aware of!

Nov 11, 2022
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Nassau Shores Water
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Yes NY Water is still around and very high priced.They recently changed their name to Liberty I believe.Besides Nassau Shores I had them in Seaford where I lived for years. Now I live in Massapequa Park which has their own water company and the cost is so much less. Hard to understand. Be well

Nov 10, 2022
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

I lived in Nassau Shores for over 25 yrs. I moved out in 94 are the water rates still very high? I was paying over a $100 a month to NY Water, did they ever change it, they were trying when I was leaving to get Massapequa Water instead, any luck?

Nov 07, 2022
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Rum Bottoms / Krishes NEW
by: Silver Hawk

I grew up in Massapequa and remember both, funny that was 45 years ago (HOLY STROMBOLI)!!
Anyway good times on both fronts, bands like "Lifestream" Rockin the bar and great Ice Cream and times at Krishes. We were friends with the family that owned it at the time, life was a lot different in the 70s.
Just FOOD for thought!
CHEERS

Nov 01, 2022
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The ice cream shop NEW
by: Anonymous

The ice cream shop is Krisch's. Corner of Grand Ave and Central Ave. That's one block north and west of the RR station at Broadway. I remember the inside looked like an old-time diner. Actually, it is an old-time diner by now. I lived in Massapequa from 1975 to 2007.

Oct 28, 2022
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Rum Bottoms was preceded by Tiger's Tail
by: Mike K

One and the same place. on Hicksville Road just south of Seaford Oyster Bay (135)

Oct 28, 2022
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Rum Bottoms NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Rum Bottoms, but not sure where it was located. How about the "Tigers Tail", very popular in the 60's. Couldn't tell you were that was located, but it seemed to be closer to the Seaford border. Absolutely packed on weekends, had some really good bands there. Also a great place was the Jones Beach Hotel.

Oct 28, 2022
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Sunrise Mall NEW
by: Anonymous

I had posted a couple of times about working at Burger King in the Sunrise Mall from 81-82. The Mall is horrible now and I’m hearing all sorts of rumors of what’s to come. Does anyone have any more information about plans.

Oct 28, 2022
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Rumbottoms NEW
by: Anonymous

Anybody remember a nightclub called "Rumbottoms?"

I believe it was in a shopping center on Hicksville Road just north of Jerusalem Avenue.

Oct 26, 2022
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Gym
by: Anonymous

I sure do remember Vic Tanny's , next to MHS. around the later 50s. I remember watching a long distance lady swimmer in the pool in the front trying to set some kind of a record. I think there was a liquor store next to it , then a butcher shop. We used to set under the trees on the school entrance before classes started.

Oct 25, 2022
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Gym NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

Who remembers the old Vic Tanny’s workout place?

Oct 24, 2022
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Always Home NEW
by: Debbie Bolton

I've considered Massapequa Park my home for 70 years. I've lived in other places but this is my home. I graduated from Massapequa High School in 1970. Before that I attended Birch Lane ( k-5), McKenna (6), and Berner (7,8). I taught secondary special education classes for over 30 years. I've been retired for 10 years.
I have so many fond memories of growing up in the Park. The Massapequa Zoo, Bar Harbour shopping center, the parades on Park Blvd, summer recreation program at Birch Lane, riding my bike to 52 Acres ( now Burns Park) are just a few. I enjoyed riding to Caroon's Lake and watching the ducks and swans.
The Park has changed but i am still very fond of it.

Oct 23, 2022
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Firehouse School
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Nice memories of your childhood and your wife.
Thank you for your service!

Oct 23, 2022
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Firehouse School. NEW
by: Anonymous

Hello My order brother was in the firehouse, then he went to the Merryanakes ( Fairfield school} I was young and being old. I still remember. I had lived my there to grad 62 on the Broadway side of town. I even remember the building of Parkside school. (1949} After I asked to be drafted and went right to Vietnam , I came back in early 67 after many surgeries, was in treatment in Brooklyn and on my ride on the train ride home, I meet my future wife who lived on Parkhill ave , were married for 53 yrs till she passed. I to this day I miss the food and the close neighborhood. After Collage I was making good money, and we bought a home in Nassau shores, Loved the Belgen block curbs. I never realized how great my younger life in Massapequa Was the happiest time of my life. I never new of the German Delle or the Dairy, we used to go to Casta Maria. An little league baseball was played where R.J. Lockhart was built.

Oct 23, 2022
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Massapequa Park was American Graffiti to me
by: Anonymous

Lived across the street from the Dariy Cream on Merrick Rd while our house was being built in 1950.
My first memory of going to school was at the Fire House on Hicksville Rd. Graduated from MHS 1960. The very best of years. We lived near enough to walk to the German Deli on Park Blvd in one direction and MHS in the other. Everyone remembers Musicaro's and ofcourse Jones Beach. I worked there in the summers and the free pass they gave us was just what was needed to make it a play ground. Tobay Beach and Gilgo may not be there after Sandy but I remember them well. I had Mr Baldwin for History and Mr Hoyt for music in school HS. St Rosa Lima had outside standing at 10am Mass and was a great place to meet girls. I remember the Jones Beach Hotel and the Locker Room. Drag racing on Merrick Rd from the MHS to the Amityville line.
After I returned from Vietnam my father died and my mother moved away. I have been back for one HS Reunion but it was not the same.

Oct 21, 2022
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Dick & Dora's
by: Anonymous

I can't answer for sure but Dick & Dora's owner used to be in Tides on the Bay ( formerly Ziggy's) almost every weekday night drinking at the bar, I am sure it has changed hands many times threw the yrs, I know he was not the original owner and if he was busy why was he in our bar. Ziggy's was bought out I think 1986 87 by a Wall street investor and leased out,The old building was torn down and totally rebuilt I know for my wife was the manager at the Tides till 93 when we moved to NC. As in many cases it is never the same as the original owners.

Oct 20, 2022
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happiest time of my life
by: Anonymous

Yes I am sure it has changed, but it will always be home, Speaking of Dick & Doras my wife ran the former Zigge's which was Tides on the Bay till 1993. when NAFTA was passed I sold my Biz and retired to NC. I was back in 2015 for wife's mother funeral , her restaurant was just a sandpile. I loved fishing either Great South bay or Croons lake.I used to go to Morans bar across from All American, you really don't realize what a good time of your life that growing up in Massapequa was, being in my late 70s it was truly the happiest time of my life. When I was back the last time it was hard to believe, all the tree lots on the end of Broadway had buildings or strip mail. The traffic was brutal you could not go down a side street easy because so many cars parked on the streets. Nassau Shores was nice and I loved it there, my old house looked great, and it seemed like it was always, thought I noticed there was a lot of big houses that looked like 10 lb. of S**t in a 5lb bag. I will always miss Massapequa.

Oct 20, 2022
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Back Home/ Back for a Visit
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

You both have been gone a long time. You have to accept things change in 30 years or so wherever you go. Somethings for the better and some for the worse. I guess it's easier to see the worse in things like traffic especially and people in general are not as friendly as they used to be.But if you came to the events like the 4th of July Parade down Park Blvd or to the sporting events or the free concerts in Burns Park you see that people still enjoy themselves and are still patriotic. Yes Jones Beach and the Theater are still going strong. Tobay too although they have to refill it with sand every year. All American is still very busy. A cheeseburger finally broke $2.00 last year! Maybe you visited it there when you came. The much loved Dick & Dora's is gone at least 10 years now. I guess the family got too old to run it any longer. Replaced by a couple of new homes but they just redid nearby Alhambra Beach very nicely. Musicaro's was replaced by another Italian restaurant. Yes there are plenty of restaurants on Merrick Rd. near the HS. Good for me though I can walk to them! The once thriving Mall is just a shell of itself with just a few stores left. Unclear about its future.
Still pretty safe here and yes we have high taxes but that's the price you pay for good schools and police. Wish you old neighbors well!

Oct 20, 2022
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Back Home NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I lived in Massapequa Park from 1953- 1968. It was so wonderful, innocent and friendly. My son took me back there after 30 years. No one said hi to each other downtown, they took down my precious woods and put a funeral. Home, Faye’s became a flower store (good business for the funeral home). Every place I knew was gone except for Sam’s barber shop.

It’s so stupid but I almost felt like my innocence was stolen from me.

They’re right.. you really can’t go home again. 😟

Oct 20, 2022
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Back for a visit last summer NEW
by: Anonymous


Hi Everyone

I should have posted earlier- My wife and I went back to Massapequa this past summer after many years of being away. We moved West. There were alot of changes, Sunrise Mall was and will be a shell? Jones Beach changed completely parking fields eliminated West End 2 and others? Fourth of July was wild on the streets.

Still would love to know why Dick and Dora's and Musicaro's are long gone? Burns Park is impressive as it always was- Merrick Road in Massapequa can now be called restaurant row? Sad about the Beach- glad to see the JB Marine has been changed and has concerts.

I moved on but Massapequa will always be home

Oct 20, 2022
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Growing up in Massapequa.
by: Anonymous

i moved to Massapequa in 1947 , living on Euclid Ave. till 1964. Drafted into he Army. I returned in 1967 after long rehab from wounds from Vie Nam. I gad from MHS in 1962. Army payed for collage. I married a MHS lady in 1969 an we bought a house in Nassau Shores, Stillwater. I remember the golf driving range where Mays was built, the old Little Leaguethat I played on ,where R J Lockard school was later built ( I was on the Comets ) iWas in jr high when the MHS school killing happened. I also remember the 1st Whites lumber yard on Sunrise the day it burned done, also the fire at a Farmers Market on Merrick Rd. where they later built Pequa bowling. Loved growing up in Massapequa, Moved out in 1994 to western NC, still miss so many places of my time living there, just to many to list.

Sep 29, 2022
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re: Bar Harbour Shopping Center NEW
by: Anonymous

I recall a Saks 34th Street store.

Sep 29, 2022
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Bar Harbor Shopping Center NEW
by: Anonymous

Didn't the Bar Harbor shopping center at one time have a Saks 5th ave store? Sometime around the early to mid 60's. I seem to recall buying my mother Christmas presents there when I was a teenager.

Sep 29, 2022
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Burton Lane/Unqua School
by: Kevin H

Hi Karen. Thank you for sending this to me. I love you! Growing up in Massapequa was AWESOME! I love that I grew up there and at that time. Life was so much simpler and everyone wasn't offended at every little thing anyone said or did. My brother Tommy was my hero. I still miss him very much, even though it was 23 years ago. When looking back, thinking about riding our bicycles all over town. I think about Robert and Dale Campiglia, Skippy and Scotty Sabo, The Loso's (I was in love with Diane but no-one knew it - until now - I was like 6 yrs old). I was also in love Suzanne (Sue-Sue) Israel. I could go on forever. But I must not forget my @nd grade teacher Miss LaSenna. I had a crush on her, she was beautiful. That was one of the years that I really liked going to school every day (-:

Sep 29, 2022
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Bar Harbor shopping center NEW
by: Goldy

The movie theater, pizza supreme Gimbles, Grants, Fortunoffs, Lofts Candy, Chemical Bank, Debs card store, Food fair , Food Town , Edwards, Roosevelt Savings, lobels, Kinney, Florsheim, To Mcann,Harmon Drugs Sa Crepe, Encounters Suburban Sports. Lofts Candy, The Snack bar, Big Vics, Whites for a short while across the street was Jerry Koosmans sandwich place, then sub city the health club, Plaid Stamp store, Pergaments, Dees pizza , Fitz Place/Blind Pig, The other bar on the corner of Cartwright, Pequa Deli, The appetizing Kosher butcher, Chinese Laundry

Sep 29, 2022
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Chinese restaurants in Foodtown/ Foodfair NEW
by: ricky G

The two chinese restaurants were long full and homers

Sep 26, 2022
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Great Days NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm from N Massapequa. Moved there in 66 from Levittown. Moved to ca in 72. Lived on Hawthorne st. And sumitt Dr. Used to walk to school. Albany av. Picked up friends on every st. Until we got to school. Be like 10 of us. Used to stop at the German deli Pete's and get hot buttered rolls for 2 cents. Right across the street from the Italian cheese store.

Sep 22, 2022
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Italian Feast This Sunday The 25th!
by: Bobby Hepburn

Folks.......... The ITALIAN FEAST on Broadway takes place this Sunday the 25th. All are welcome! Great Food, Music, and PLENTY of Beer and Soda! Us PLAINEDGE ALUMNI assemble in front of THE VILLAGE PUB at Broadway & Pine Street! Hope to see you all there!

Sep 22, 2022
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Tony's deli and the golf course NEW
by: Anonymous

Scrolling through the posts for the first time and came across a message from Karen in January. Her memory of Massapequa sounds exactly like mine, literally. I think we hung out together and her brother as well. I graduated from Berner in '79. I lived in Massapequa Park and would come over to Nassau Shores on the weekends to hang out.

Sep 21, 2022
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Question
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know what happened to Dr. Neil Dash in Massapequa? Thanks

Sep 11, 2022
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MEMORIES BIRCH LANE
by: Anonymous

I went to a birch Lane from 1981-87…1988 went to McKenna…first year after Berner went from a HS to Middle school…8 and 9 at Berner…10-12 at MHS….my kids are following my footsteps…Birch Lane, Berner, Aames (9th grade annex), then MHS. Funny story, when my oldest daughter first went to Birch Lane about 8 years ago, I haven’t been there in almost 30 years…the place smelled EXACTLY THE SAME, everyone reading this…think of your elementary school it had a distinct smell…walls, classrooms, both gyms…LOOKED THE SAME…I thought I was in a time warp! My youngest is in her last year there…I’ll be headed there at least one more time to get that smell and visualizations of my innocent youth where you had no worries, no problems…take care everyone.

Sep 07, 2022
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Chinese Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

Yup! It was called Homer's. Worked there right after college.

Sep 07, 2022
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Chinese Restaurant NEW
by: Kevin Napoli

Does anyone remember the Chinese Restaurant in the Foodtown plaza on merrick road in the late 80’s early 90’s?

Aug 24, 2022
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Deli was there in 1955 NEW
by: Mark K 1964

Yes there was a deli, but I believe it was the second store to left of supermarket. Great German Potato Salad!

Aug 24, 2022
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Massapequa Park NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

Yes.. there was a Rexall going towards the tracks. I was young and didn’t know if there was a bar. I think the beauty salon was next to the German Deli. Most of my favorite places were on the right side. 😀

Aug 24, 2022
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Paddy's Loft
by: Mike K

I believe it was Necroto's

Aug 24, 2022
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Paddys Loft NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant that was located in the building where Paddys Loft is. Went there in the 70s and 80s with my family. Thanks.

Aug 20, 2022
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Fay's NEW
by: Anonymous

I think there was the German Deli right next to Fay's . Back in the late 50's wasn't Chemical Bank in that stretch also? Across the street on the other side there was a bar I think called Barney's. And there was Rexall Drugs somewhere on the right side heading toward the tracks.

Aug 20, 2022
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Re: Dilberts NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

Dilberts was on the corner on the right in the first block of Downtown. It became Crest before I left there in 1968. First on the street was Fays Luncheonette, the beauty salon, another small store, the Italian Bakery and Dilberts. I’m sure I’m wrong about some.

I know that my dentist, the post office, Musicaro’s and a pet shop.we’re on the left side of Park BLVD.

I remember on the second block before the train station, there was Berman’s Men’s Store, Van Ryck’s candy store, the 5 and 10, Sam’s and Bohacks.

Aug 20, 2022
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Grocery stores NEW by: Margaret NEW
by: JHG

My recollection of Dilbert's was that it was located on the north side of Merrick Road, between Joludow Drive and Block Boulevard. I recall they operated a large spot light on a snowy evening that lit the sky so people could find it. It may have opened around 1955/56/57.

Aug 20, 2022
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Margaret NEW
by: Anonymous

I still live in the Village. I remember Dilbert's, Dan's Supreme, Village Farms, and IGA. Crest Foods does not ring a bell. Was that very short lived when the store had a horrible smell? My family still refers to it as Dan's!

Aug 20, 2022
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The Bankers NEW
by: Mike K

It was likely more like 1965, and the team included Jimmy Veinot

Aug 20, 2022
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The Bankers
by: Anonymous

Some of my friends were on the Bankers in the 1967 or so timeframe - Charlie Bang was one of them. I dont recall for sure his teammates, they may have included Scott Jenkins, Alan Pfeuffer, and Paul Steigerwald.

Aug 20, 2022
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Litttle League
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Oh I remember Little League for sure! I played on the Massapequa Coast League from '65-68. The same league that's in the LL World Series now! Back then our home field was Unqua Rd School which was before Burns Park was built. The whole town now is rooting
for the team now to advance. Hope they do!

Aug 20, 2022
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Little League NEW
by: Anonymous

Just remember Larry Nuesse was our coach, think Steve Neusse and Mike Capone also on the team...

Aug 20, 2022
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Little League NEW
by: Anonymous

I played on the Little League team The lions. Around 1963. I lived at Forest in New York Ave. I also remember a Team called the bankers they were our biggest competitor. Or does anyone else have fond memories of Little League. Go Massapequa

Aug 20, 2022
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Grocery stores NEW
by: Margaret

Grocery store on Park Blvd. Dilberts-Dans Supreme-Crest Food- Now IGA

Jul 30, 2022
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Debbie Mullen NEW
by: Anonymous

Debbie, did you go to Birch Lane elementary school? TommyDean

Jul 30, 2022
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Hi NEW
by: Anonymous

We lived in Brentwood. My ex hubby was from Massapequa.cuts been over 50 yrs for me and I still miss it too. I did not know they grew up there. Johnny Depp went to our middle school and actor jack Scallia to iour HS.

Jul 30, 2022
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Miss Johnson NEW
by: Bob Messina

That’s so funny about her perfume. I remember my older sister Joan used to say she could smell her coming around the corner in the hallway before she got there.

Jul 30, 2022
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Bob Messina
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

I didn't go to Hawthorne as I moved to Massapequa in 7th grade. Most of my memories were centered around the Bar Harbor shopping center as I lived south of Merrick Rd.
But you mentioned a couple of names from your past and they rang a bell. I graduated from Berner in 1971 and I knew Buddy pretty well. He was a great guy and I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch with him after we graduated. I didn't know Joanne Szall but she did grow up pretty and she was involved in a lot of activities. Funny but I think most us guys can remember a girl from way back and think the same way. Like in the Frankie Valli song: 'My eyes adored you'. Be well

Jul 30, 2022
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Memories
by: Betsy Knapp

My brother Kenny Knapp was born in ‘53 also. His first grade teacher as Miss Curtin. We lived on McKinley Street, a block from Fays Luncheonette. I was born in ‘52. Our bully was John Lipp. My best friends were Maren Robinson, Dorene Blumenthal. Jackie Trokey, Pinky Carmen, Lisa Kissinger, Karen Meehan and Mary Colini.

Miss Johnson was friends with my mom and after she left, my dad would have to open the window to "let the stinky perfume smell"dissipate. He hated anything that had a cologne fragrance.

We shopped at Dilberts, Bohacks, got our shoes fixed by that weird shoe maker, and got my brothers. (and my dad’s) hair cut at Sam’s. I loved the smell of the green goo.

Those were the best years of my life. My kids will have memories but not like the innocence we had.

Jul 29, 2022
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Hawthorne School
by: Bob Messina

I was born in 53 and moved to Massapequa Park in ‘54. I remember ms Johnson, our principal. My kindergarten teacher was miss Curtain. My gym teachers were mr Ceily and Miss Tully who got married to each other at some point. We all played the symphonet, taught to us by Miss Hanson. Her husband manufactured the synphonet. My art teacher was Miss Walshnock.
I lived at 224 Smith street, right across from Hawthorne. We often went to Musicaro’s for pizza. My mom shopped at Bohacks and often took us to the Massapequa Zoo. How about Fay’s luncheonette? Do you remember that? It was on the corner on the same street as Bohacks and the 5 &10, Musicaro’s etc. my friends were Gary Fluke, Tony Magnemi, Richard Szal, Buddy Antonelli, Ronnie Salkin, Cheryl Maiden, anthony nejokis. Joanne Szall was the prettiest girl I had ever seen in kindergarten. She had beautiful blue eyes. I remember telling my mom I wanted to marry her.

Jul 29, 2022
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Fond memories from the 50's and 60's
by: Anonymous

My parents bought a brand new home on Pine Street in Massapequa Park around 1955. The year I was born. I walked to Hawthorn School until 6th grade. Was supposed to go onto McKenna Junior High but we moved to NJ before that could happen. My house was between 2nd Avenue and Roosevelt. We were not allowed to cross Roosevelt to go down to Lakeshore Drive because of the woods and stream beyond. Parents always told us the "bad kids" hung out there. I have memories of the 5 and 10 cent store in town where I would get my school bag and supplies each year. We ate at Musicaro's and shopped at Bohack's supermarket where my dachshund got to ride in the cart but I had to walk. We went to a small zoo that was near a department store (2guys?) where I got my first Barbie. We also went to the drive in movie in the back of our station wagon. Book mobiles and a bus to the mall are other recollections. The best memories are just playing outside until the street lights came on. If you went home early or complained you were bored you got chores to do!

Jul 12, 2022
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My years in Mass
by: Dennis Penzell

I have been following this site on and for for a few years and have several entries. My parents moved to Mass Pk east lake ave in 1954. I went to Carmen road. The walk seemed so long them Teaches--Kindergarden-Ms Werner, First gr Mrs Parks, Third was Mrs Israel. Fourth and fifth was Mrs Goggin, who had us put on shows for every holiday. She was a bowler. She used to take breaks IN THE custodial room where teachers would have a break and a smoke. She would send us down there under the guise of getting paper towels. Then if the crowd was good she would go. Members of my fourth and fifth grade were ( I apologize if I left someone out) The Gottlich twins, Debbie Nathanson who became the eco of Seabourne cruises but passed in Nov 96. Sherry bloom, Donna Donofrio, Brian Kwiatkowski, (parents Dottie and Bernard), Howie Silverman who I spoke with after 40 years this year-he worked for treasury dept Eleanor Kusterer, Carol Swanson, Barry Moran, Kevin Donnelly (whose mom was my math teacher at McKenna) Larry Zimmerman, . Sixth grade at McKenna-Mr Eldard. Funny story on a plane a few yrs ago I sat next to his nephew-only discovered when we noted he had a relative in Mass. In 6th I had Mrs Figlioli. Who could forget the triple letter step at MHS Address Laurie's. He was in my 6th gr class and a friend at MHS. Oh yeah I forgot-I spent my carmen road summer years at the summer program at carmen Road. Ok someone wrote about the bus.. that went down ocean ave to bar harbor. I used to take that all the time. Grad MHS 70. Was on wrestling team with Keith Olsen, Joe Valentino mTin Granowitz. (Met a guy here in Boca Raton whose claim to fame was he beat Granowitz. Mike Gottert, who live here in Boca Raton, and I saw him after 50 yrs at the local Whole Foods!!! Other friends were Jamie Grace, (a shrink injury Calif)John Anderson, Hilton Adler (a doc on LI)Dave Thierman (a doc somewhere), Dave Etengoff, who moved and became a Rabbi. Lee Nathan, Steve Kligman. Hal Levine-who I still correspond with, he lives in New Orleans. Glenn Suskind. Steffi Ascher who lives 5 minutes from me, Harry Zanuck, Neil Bezerman. I haven't mentioned the tragic passing of my sister Beth, who was killed on a motorcycle in 1980 at 19 years old. My brother Gary went to MHS also. Thats it for now.

Jul 08, 2022
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Bob and current schools NEW
by: Karen

Sorry I misunderstood you Bob! And to anonymous, thank you for your response!

Jul 07, 2022
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Debbie Mullen! :) NEW
by: Anonymous

Debbie, great to read your comment! We moved to
Elkhart Indiana in December 1963 (in the middle of my 3rd grade) - so if you remember me, I'm amazed! Do you remember others from that neighborhood? From little Belvedere Drive (wasn't that around the corner from you?) I remember the Zimmers, Maddens, Mullers, Bustards (who moved away even before we did). I remember very fondly going to Birch Lane School - and to Two Guys (which I had thought was replced by Mays). Tommy P.S. I remember also a "Karen" who held me back from chasing the squirrels who always knocked over our garbage cans - she was older, taller and stronger, and it gave me a particular anger to be held back by a GIRL!

Jul 07, 2022
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Response to Tommy Dean NEW
by: Debbie Mullen

Hi Tommy, you asked about Mullen…we lived on Primrose Ave until 1968 and then moved to Bay Drive- my brothers Don and Greg, I graduated from MHS is 1975 and live in VA. Miss NY and so May landmarks- All American, Arthur’s, Dick and Dora’s, Musicaros - Satzingers Deli in Amityville… the list goes on!

Jul 06, 2022
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I didn’t say McKenna became an elementary school
by: Bob Messina

McKenna was behind and to the right of Hawthorne Elementary School.

Jul 06, 2022
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Current Schools NEW
by: Anonymous

6th, 7th and 8th are now in Berner. Ames is now the 9th grade campus of Massapequa HS. Massapequa is now 10th,11th, and 12th.

Jul 06, 2022
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Current Schools NEW
by: Anonymous

6th, 7th and 8th are now in Berner. Ames is now the 9th grade campus of Massapequa HS. Massapequa is now 10th,11th, and 12th.

Jul 06, 2022
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A proud McKenna grad. NEW
by: Anonymous

I recently found my McKenna Jr. High diploma, dated 1967. Its 8×10 and politely formal. I'm going to frame it and give it a place of honor on the "me" wall.

Jul 06, 2022
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McKenna NEW
by: Karen

If McKenna turned into an Elementary school, where is the Junior High now? I went to McKenna in 74!

Jul 06, 2022
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4M NEW
by: Anonymous

I moved to Von Huenfield St in 1954 when I was 5. Our house was about 4 blocks south of the 4M club. I remember there always being a lot of activity there as I was growing up, and in the late 50's there seemed to be more and more motorcycles parked there on weekends. I honestly have no memory of there every being a fire there. I do remember when they tore it down, but not sure what year that was.

Jul 06, 2022
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4M building burned
by: Bob Messina

I am 68 years old. My family moved to Massapequa park in 1954, when I was a year old. I recently asked my older sister if she remembered the vacant 4M building that had burned down when we were kids. We lived on Smith street across from the then Hawthorne elementary school and there was a rumor that a crazy man lived in the burned out building.
Not only did she not remember the fire, but she has no recollection of the building, or the name 4M. I remember the building as being a small, single story concrete block structure. Does anyone remember the building being burned? My sister thinks I’m making it up.

Jul 06, 2022
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Mr. Neusse
by: Mark K

Name was Neusse! went to school with his son! Great Guy!

Jul 06, 2022
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4m NEW
by: Richie

I remember a Kause not sure of the spelling he was in my grade in school. I think it was Peter.

Jul 06, 2022
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4M club
by: Anonymous

Richie..

Do you know if Mr. Kneuse lived on McKinley Street? I think we lived next to him. 😀

Jul 06, 2022
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4m NEW
by: Richie

I remember in 62 we would get Newspapers at that 4M club for our Newsday routes. Some people called it the 4H club building. It was small.

Jul 06, 2022
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4M NEW
by: Gerry

The name stood for Masters and Mistresses of Massapequa and Massapequa Park, at least I remember it that way and Mr Neusse was one of the founders.

Jul 05, 2022
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Fitzmaurice Flying Field NEW
by: Anonymous

Just looked up what the 4M Club was:
Anthony F. Ingoglia, who lived in Massapequa for about 60 years and was a co-founder of the 4M Club of Massapequa, died September 24, 2007. He was 87 years old, and lived in Medford the last five years.
The 4M Club, of which he was so founder, was a popular youth athletic program during the 1950s that used to sit on the former Fitzmaurice Flying Field site, now home to the Hawthorne and McKenna schools.
A proud World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Force, he worked as an engineer for Grumman until his retirement. Mr. Ingoglia was an active member of The Memorare Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Mr. Ingoglia leaves behind his wife, Caroline (nee Fuoto); his children: Eugene and his wife Barbara, Anthony and his wife Bette and Donna; his five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and his three sisters. He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine (nee Gandolfo) and his father, Eugene.
He reposed at the Marinello Funeral Home, Coram, on September 25, 2007. Prayers were said in the funeral home on September 25 and 26, 2007 followed by interment at Calverton National cemetery.

Jul 05, 2022
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Fitzmaurice Flying Field NEW
by: Anonymous

The McKenna school is built on the site of Fitzmaurice Flying Field. On the Roosevelt Ave side there was a veterans group probably VFW or American Legion. As the building they used was abandoned, we used to explore the insides
As links are discouraged the Historical Society of the Massapequas has a photo w this write-up:
"Black and white photograph of the Fitzmaurice Flying Field, Massapequa Park. The Historical Society of the Massapequas provided the following description regarding this picture "Located in Massapequa Park was marketed by Brady, Colleran, and Cryan as the first community airport in the country. Thousands attended the opening in 1929. The guest of honor was Col. James Fitzmaurice, a renowned aviator and pilot of the Bremen. The field operated until 1953 when the School District purchased the property for Hawthorne Elementary School. The 4M Club used the hanger building on Roosevelt Avenue for several years. The photo shows one of the hangers on the Spruce Street side. Today the site is occupied by the Nassau County Police Academy, John P. McKenna Elementary School and several houses."

Jun 29, 2022
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Bobby NEW
by: Anonymous

That's great! Glad to hear you will be back! By talking to people there, I understand many people there were your "groupies". I am just a local who tries to support the Legion, Auxiliary and Sons. My parents were involved years ago with the American Legion.

Jun 29, 2022
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Doo Wop Night at The American Legion NEW
by: Bobby Hepburn

Yes............. That was my group. We came in from Jersey & Pennsylvania to my HOME TOWN. I'm glad you liked the show and "DESIRE" should be back there in 2023!

Jun 29, 2022
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Bobby NEW
by: Anonymous

You were the band for the Doo Wop night at the Massapequa American Legion Post 1066? That was a great show and a great nigh! That Post is full of amazing people who do amazing things!!! If you are a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran, go check them out and join th group if you can.

Jun 28, 2022
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To Ray & Marilyn NEW
by: Bobby Hepburn

RAy,

I also graduated Plainedge in 1966. so....... I probably knew Marilyn. I moved to the Foothills of The Pocono's in 1978. I've been back to Massapequa a few times... as a matter of fact my Group "DESIRE" did a show at the American Legion by the Railroad Tracks back in April. Lots of Plainedge Folks were there! Right now... Massapequa is to crowded, too noisy and too expensive for me. I LOVE the comfort of the Mountains but............miss the Beach!

Jun 28, 2022
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still here NEW
by: Ray & Marilyn

I graduated from Plainedge in 1963 and my sister in 1966. We moved here in 1954 and live in our parents' house which we inherited. We are planning to move to Florida this Fall. Our school taxes are 13K-outrageous. They are planning to tear down the Plainedge library and build a new one to open in 2925 which no one uses. There is nothing left in the village except Krischs and the Central Avenue Library. The only store left in the Sunrise Mall is Macys which has a longterm lease. The new owners bought out Sears lease. We used to be the youngest people on our block, and now we are the oldest. The houses in our neighborhood are now going for 600+.

Jun 11, 2022
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Re HoJo’s NEW
by: Bill N

Well, excuse me, for getting one letter wrong after almost 50 years. I guess we can’t all be as perfect as you, dude.

And my description of it being across from the Shell station is correct.

Jun 11, 2022
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HoJo location NEW
by: Usdin

it was nowhere near Clocks Blvd. it was just west of the Mays Shopping center, very close to the Bar Harbour Motel on the south side of Sunrise Highway, just east of BLOCK Blvd.

Jun 11, 2022
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Re: HoJo’s NEW
by: Bill N

The Howard Johnsons was on Sunrise Highway on the east side of Clocks Blvd. it was just east of Sals Shell Station, where I used to work.

Jun 10, 2022
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Howard Johnson's NEW
by: Anonymous

I've wonderful memories of my parents taking me to Howard Johnson's - can anyone tell me what was the Hojo closest to Birch Lane School?

Jun 10, 2022
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Intercounty movie NEW
by: Anonymous

On Saturdays we went to the movies. 35 cents for a feature, a few cartoons and 15 cents worth of candy was all it took to entertain the masses.
3 Stooges, Godzilla, Annette and Frankie, romance, Tinglers, Ghouls, Surf movies, XRay Eyes, WWII, Civil War, Elvis,
high adventure and low brow humor.

Jun 10, 2022
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The BEST of Times!
by: Mark Katz

Moved to Massapequa Park in 1955 to a great home for $14,000 and we couldn't afford it!
Went to Hawthorne, McKenna, Massapequa High and then Berner when it opened. Played Hockey on the lake off Lake Shore Dr. and skated with our dates on the lake on Merrick Rd. Worked at Bob's Hobby Store, Massapequa Drive in, & Howard on Sunrise. We all walked to everything as Dad had the only car! We hung out later on at the Locker Room on Merrick in Seaford, Pied Piper, The Barge, Arthurs & Dick & Doras. Musicaros great Italian Food!!All American!
Unfortunately our kids and grandkids will never get to experience a time that was so simple & special.
Great Friends & Great Fun!

Jun 09, 2022
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Whites of Massapequa & Massapequa Drive-In NEW
by: Barb

I graduated from Massapequa H.S. In ‘61. During those care free days, enjoyed browsing aisles of Whites of Massapequa & Mays Dept. store. Carried a variety of goods & jewelry. Date night brought us to Massapequa Drive-In. It was smaller than the Westbury or Valley Stream venues but close to home. Had
All American, Carvel & Massapequa Diner for getting together after the Chiefs winning games. Can’t forget Kirsch’s home made ice cream in Massapequa Park. The H.S. is on Merrick Road & back in the day, there was a shopping center which had plenty of stores to buy lunch: pizzeria, W.T. Grants (with a lunch counter). Our beaches were close by & gave us a place to go & hang out with friends. Those were the days. 🙂

Jun 09, 2022
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Mays NEW
by: Annie

I, too, worked in Mays from 1967-1969 in Junior Sportswear. It was the year they started Saturday nights till 9:30. Before that it was 9:45 to 5:45 and no Sundays. I started with $1.50 an hour; was up to $1.65 when I left. Still in Massapequa...

Jun 04, 2022
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2 Mike Grimaldis NEW
by: Anonymous

I knew 2 Mike Grimaldis in the 60s and I believe they were cousins. One was married very young to a girl named Anna. They lived behind the McDonald's over on 110.
The other was known to me as Motorcycle Mike and I'm pretty sure his Dad ran the zoo.

Jun 03, 2022
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Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

I was friends with someone my age 72 who I believe his last name was Grimaldi. I went elem thru high school with him.’ I believe I also went to
Some computer school
In my senior year with his wife

Jun 02, 2022
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The Driftwood NEW
by: Anonymous

The bar at Intercounty was The Driftwood. My neighbors Jim and Winnie Dennis often worked there. They made great pizza and the cokes from the bar were memorable.
There was also Benji's Deli a few stores away.

May 22, 2022
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Cartoon NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

We as kids weren’t allowed in the living room. All the furniture had plastic on it. On Sunday early afternoon, we all (4 kids) got our kitchen chairs, lined them up in the foyer (there was a gate separating us from the beloved living room) ate dinner (usually 4 broiled chicken wings and veggies) and waited for our favorite show, Gerald McBoing Boing to come on.

Years later, we got our first color TV and were actually allowed in the living room (sitting on towels placed on the carpet; still not on the furniture) one time a year to watch The Wizard of Oz. We didn’t even know it was a color set until Dorothy and her posse got to Emerald City and it magically turned into color. We were beyond excited. So many wonderful memories. I hope I don’t lose them.

May 21, 2022
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Random Info NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe that TJ Maxx is not where Sears was. It is where Wallbaums was.

Mays turned into the Busy Bee Flea Market and is now Kahl's. It still says Mays on the handles to get into the store though!

Where was Chicken Delight on Merrick Road? Chicken Ai Go Go is still on Merrick.

May 21, 2022
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Bow Wow NEW
by: Richie B

I don't remember doing that but who knows. I was a Berner grad 69

May 21, 2022
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Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Karen

I remember going there in my brand new coat, and one of the boys stomped on a packet of mustard and it went all over my coat! I was devastated, although I'm chuckling now that I still remember it!

May 21, 2022
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Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

I worked at the Big Bow Wow around 1966-67 was near Mays but right on Sunrise. Mays used to be a Golf driving range which I also worked as a little kid maybe 61-62

May 21, 2022
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Mays
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS '71

Worked at Mays '69- 71 selling woman's shoes.
Made $1.95 an hour plus commission. Then cooked at Coco's restaurant then JC Penny in the Mall right through college years.
All are gone now.

May 21, 2022
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MAYS 2Guys NEW
by: Gerry

I worked in Mays when it opened in April 1963 til August when I went away to college. 2 Guys was a different story and further down Sunrise Highway going to Amityville.

May 21, 2022
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Two Guys NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Two Guys so fondly. They had a tremendous range of toys! I seem to remember that just before my family moved away in December 1963, Two Guys had become Mays (with NO toys! :( Is my memory correct? What shopping center was that? And does anyone know whether Mays is still there - or what has replaced it in that building? Thanks!

May 21, 2022
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Jim, Nassau Shores BHS '72
by: Anonymous

Sears is now TJ Max, Raymour & Flannigan and Shop Rite
Jerry Lewis Theater is a Staples.
The Sunrise Mall might be closing down too!

May 21, 2022
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chicken delight NEW
by: Anonymous

they had chicken delight on merrick rd. last heard was a chinese take out.

May 21, 2022
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old stores NEW
by: Anonymous

white of massapequa; the new building was white modells then sears.who go this store now?

May 18, 2022
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MHS class of 70
by: Rick D

Just found this site. I was eating baked clams and thought about Musicaro’s Restuarant. My parents would order pizza and Baked Clams from them on Friday nights. I Graduated from MHS in 1970. Our 50th reunion was postponed due to Covid. We are having it June 25th, 2022 thanks to Steven Freidland. I moved to Miami in 1979 but have been back to the Island several times as my brother & sister live there. Although they moved to Suffolk county many moons ago. I hope to stop by All American for the best fries in the world! I believe it’s still open and the Voltagio family still owns it.
I met Bill O’Reilly and he asked me if it’s still open, as he loved it.
I used to hang out at Madden’s Pub, then Joey Dees.
Madden’s moved to Eastport but closed years ago.
Use to work at Harmony Donuts as a kid. Miss all those places and the many friends. If you graduated from MHS in 1970, go to the reunion. Go to Classmates you’ll see info there.

May 18, 2022
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Good, DinkKnapp NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I think has Anonymous is thinking of a different Betsy. I went to Hawthorn, never went on the monkey bars and NEVER wore "frilly bloomers". Sorry !

May 18, 2022
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Good, DinkKnapp NEW
by: Anonymous

I think has Anonymous is thinking of a different Betsy. I went to Hawthorn, never went on the monkey bars and NEVER wore "frilly bloomers". Sorry !

May 18, 2022
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Memories of a Birch Laner NEW
by: Anonymous

I certainly remember Farmer Gray - we all complained about him - as those cartoons were silents! I remember also Winky Dink, Howdy Doody, the wonderful assortment on Captain Kangaroo (remember SPACE ANGEL? Clutch Cargo?) and on Terrytoon Circus with Claude Kirchner and Clownie! :)

I wonder why - with all the nostalgia remakes, conventions to remember TV programs, that none of these programs - or Fury, Sky King, My Friend Flicka, Jungle Jim, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger, never seem to figure in these? Are we just too old to have our stuff remembered??

May 18, 2022
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Park Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

The gathering place for so many youngfolks in the late 60s. The coffee shop where I developed a serious addiction to a coke and a hardroll. They had a Bally "horseshoe" pinball game. Ten cents/three for a quarter. A phone booth with a tiny hole drilled in the phone allowing a slightly skilled caller equipped with a paperclip to make free calls. And, of course, the ever skeptical Sam Cox.

May 18, 2022
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Saturday mornings NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks to Farmer Gray I still feel as though a lightbulb appears above my head when I have a great idea. Of course that is usually preceded by a chin rub and a contemplative "hmmm."

May 18, 2022
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Big World Little Adam? NEW
by: Mark B

Anyone remember Big World Little Adam? It was probably intended to get kids like me interested in science, and with the space race in full heat, it was hard to avoid - I ended up with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering, in fact.

Romper Room was another mainstay of my youngest years, along with the Soupy Sales Show. I was about seven when my 10-year older sister Carol proudly showed me her first Beatles album, Meet the Beatles.

Unqua, McKenna and MHS... Massapequa was truly a great place to grow up.

May 17, 2022
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by: Anonymous

Miss Goodlet was my kindergarten teacher at Carman Road School.
Winky Dink had a somewhat adhesive clear screen that you applied to the tv screen and you drew on it. You were supposed to use crayons but I went with ink and that was the end of that.
Betsy - I think of you playing on the monkey bars and I smile every time. You wore the frilliest bloomers I've ever seen. Yup - I'm smiling . . .

May 17, 2022
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Winky Dink
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I sure remember that show..also Chuck McCann and Sandy Becker. I remember in NY there was a show called Pip the Piper. I would put my symphonette in my belt and run around sing the theme song. Those were the good old days. I’d love to go back in time and redo a lot of the wrong decisions I made in my adult years.

May 17, 2022
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Carman Road NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi

Is it possible that the "Miss Goodlat" you remember is the same as Miss Goodwin whom I remember as my kindergarten or 1st grade teacher at Birch Lane? Are you sure it was "Miss Goodlat" instead of "Miss Goddwin"? I remember Miss Illmansee replacing her - in my 1st grade. Thomas Dean

May 17, 2022
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Winky Dink and You NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Winky Dink! Was that the TV show where you could put something on the TV screen and draw on it? For some reason that springs to mind.

May 16, 2022
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Winky Dink NEW
by: Karen

I remember it, but there must have been a remake! I was born in 62 and had the crayons and screen!

May 16, 2022
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Winky Dink and You NEW
by: Anonymous

Really dating myself here!
Who remembers listening to 'Winky Dink and You'
"a CBS children's television show that aired from 1953 to 1957, on Saturday mornings. It was hosted by Jack Barry"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5TdRhNLOPk

May 16, 2022
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Boy, Do I remember.....
by: Anonymous

Dick & Dora's restaurant then going to Foxes for a few Drinks and dance a little or throw some darts.
Good Times!

May 12, 2022
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massapequa memories NEW
by: kathy buckley

l grew up in Massapequa went to St Rose. moved to ct in1969 have good memories belonged to Unqualified in Amityville

May 12, 2022
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Massapequa High Class 1974 NEW
by: Greg Miller

Dick and Dora’s gone, Seen several comments about Ms Young, I remember enrolling into school 1969, waiting impatiently with my brothers where my father says we are going to get old waiting for Ms Young. Berner was a separate High School, Alex Baldwin was a Social Studies teacher and Football coach. The largest outboard motors were Evenrude 115 Hp and Merc 125, could still go fishing for flatties, winter flounder, not anymore. Only Fluke now, and Stripe Bass, and plenty of snappers/ Blues. Schools of bunker.
Hey Dan Romano.

May 06, 2022
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Carman Road NEW
by: Jen

My teachers…
Kindergarten Mrs. Press
1st Mrs. Markowitz
2nd Mrs. Fay
3rd (moved to Eastlake bc Carman Road closed) Mr. Orr
4th Mrs. Reed
5th Mr. Schuster
6th Mrs. DeBiagi
I loved Massapequa!

Anyone remember the name of the bar that was in Intercounty shopping center in the 70’s & 80’s?

May 05, 2022
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Carman Road NEW
by: Anonymous


Miss Goodlet
Miss Shunny(?)
" O'Neal
Mrs. Biasi
Mr. Watt
Mr. Pulis
Mrs. Pitt (at McKenna)

I may forget fo take my pills, but I have yet to forget any of them. Thanks, in part, to all of you I can read and write with the very best of them.

Apr 22, 2022
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Birch Lane School 6th grade teachers
by: Anonymous

I transferred to Birch Lane in the 4th grade when it opened. I had Mrs. Helene Lituchy.

I believe the two sixth grade teachers were Mrs. Rooney and Mrs. Cutler.

Mrs Rooney may have been Miss S before she married. I am surprised I remember this considering I am now 75 graduating from MHS in 1064.

Apr 21, 2022
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Thankful for all my neighborhood "siblings".
by: Vincent Ree

I moved to Massapequa on 06 JUL 1965 when I was 2.5 years old.
Before my family moved away in 1991, we lived at 55 Connecticut Avenue between Forest Avenue and Hicksville Road, not far from the northern section of the Tackapausha Preserve.

I grew up across the street from "Patti Porter" who posted here in 2016 and wanted to let her know how thankful I am to her and her sister Lori for being the "big sisters" that I never actually had. Patti, Lori, and all the older girls on my block were all good to me and were pivotal toward my having a positive view of women.

Apr 18, 2022
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The visit by The Merry Mailman (Ray Heatherton) NEW
by: Thoms Dean

to Birch Lane elementary school - does anyone remember this? I think it was in 1962 or 1963 and we were gathered in the cafetaria. We kids were so excited that no one stayed in his seat, all yelled, paper airplanes and paper straw sleeves flew. Heatherton tried to keep some order - but could not possibly do so We were all given a big angry lecture by principal Miss Young after the visit. Heatherton was, by the way, Joey Heatherton's father. I don't know how he picked Birch Lane. (Joey was long graduated from high school by the time he came, so she couldn't have been at the school when he came).

Apr 18, 2022
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Eileen - Upper Deck
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Wow I don't remember a bar in Nassau Shores at all but I was only there starting in '65. I thought a bar called the Upper Deck was down Alhambra Road next to, or a part of, a biker type bar called "Arthur's or something like that. Just a few yards away from Dick & Dora's. All gone now unfortunately.

Apr 18, 2022
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Nassau shores NEW
by: Eileen DAnonymous

The name of the Bar/Restaurant in Nassau shores was "The MainDeck" Worked there for a while but don’t remember the year.

Apr 14, 2022
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My memories of Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I was born in Massapequa, and lived there my whole life. I miss the great Italian food, best pastries any where, and of course, good old All American.

It just got too expensive living there, and the Winter weather q
Was so dreary. I'm happy where I am happy where I am now, but nobody beats Massapequa.

Apr 10, 2022
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Class of '74
by: kenkros

I graduated Berner in '74...a veteran of Sal's pizza,Massapequa Music Store, 'Zappaland',and the Day-Z. Who knew then that Brian Setzer and Jerry Seinfeld would hit it big? Not to mention the Baldwin brothers. I really miss the veal at Musicaro's, and NY deli's and fresh bagels...

Mar 28, 2022
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Birch Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

Gerry , I think its 1955/1956 we were transfered over to Birch lane

Mar 28, 2022
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BIrch Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

Gerry, I was in the first sixth grade class at Birch lane when it opened in 56/57, I was at Fairfield Elementary and was transferred to Birch Lane, closer to my house, I had Mrs. Cutler for 6th Grade there, I believe she came from Ungua, do not recall men teachers other than phys ed Coach Igra (phonetic) and we all remember Principal Ms. Young, and was there a art teacher Ms. Mable?

Mar 26, 2022
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Birch Lane School NEW
by: Gerry

Does anyone remember the name of the 2 6th grade teachers who were men back when Birch Lane first opened in the mid 1950's?

Mar 16, 2022
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A quick tribute to Frank Bermudez NEW
by: Anonymous

Ah Berner. They schooled me real good. I spent many mornings with Frank Bermudez (Literature teacher/attendance officer) That was in the no nonsense days. He was the toughest dude in that building on any given day. Frank was a force to be reckoned with - carefully! He once predicted my future occupation in education and I'll be damned if he didn't hit the nail on head.

Mar 11, 2022
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milk shakes NEW
by: Anonymous

Ahhh Berner cafeteria.... When I went there I remember them selling chocolate milk shakes. This is something you would never see in this day and age. Also for breakfast, delicious buns with butter and cinnamon sugar on top.

Mar 10, 2022
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The Pit NEW
by: Anonymous

TI acquired some bad habits down at The Pit. I'm sure we were drinking. We did alot of that. But it was a most unusual place. Learned to make a good fire there. Some forest got so big and so hot that a beer bottle melted immediately. There were swinging ropes and huge singalongs. It was high adventure right there in the wilds of Long Island.

Mar 10, 2022
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True dat
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

I remember that wall be scrubbed or painted many times over the years. By the way, you weren't doing any illegal drinking at the Pit were you? That would be terrible! Ha!

Mar 10, 2022
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True dat Jim NEW
by: Anonymous

I have to agree with you Jim, though I remember one night when a bunch of us came over from The Pit and the football players among us painted a message on the retaining wall behind the gym. I watched. The message read; Bill Brown Blows Bison Balls. As I remember they had to paint over it, but noone was suspended from school or playing.

Mar 10, 2022
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Broscharts NEW
by: Karen

I did know the Broschart's but they were much older than I! Mrs. Broschart was my Catechism teacher!!

Mar 10, 2022
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Berner
by: Bobby Hepburn

I went to PLAINEDGE but... my cousin George Dixon went to Berner. He went to Villanova
after HS and became an English Teacher near Philly, eventually moving to THE LEHIGH VALLEY near Allentown.

Mar 10, 2022
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Bo and the Magic Apple
by: Jim

Well I was there at Berner during that time but I don't remember that incident however I do remember the large lunch room and the folding walls. I have to say that if you had hit the back of the head of coaches Bill Brown or Bob Reifsnyder you wouldn't be alive today to talk about it!

Mar 10, 2022
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Bo and the Magic Apple NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember an incident in the cafeteria at Berner that must have been 1968 or 69. They had those huge folding partitions and they often partially closed off the three segments.
I was sitting in a spot where the panels hid me from all but a narrow slot looking toward the door to the kitchen. Bo Wernersbach was patrolling the front of the cafeteria. Now, I know Bo is a highly honored teacher/coach and I would like to extend my earnest apology to him before I commence to tell this story. I used to bounce my apple until it turned to sauce inside, then itI'd make a tiny hole and draw the contents out in one long slurp. When my apple was ready something came over me and I flung it hoping to hit the wall above the door. I know it was incredibly stupid and impetuous but something came over me. Something wicked. It was 20 yards away and I couldn't throw too hard or too accurately. The apple made a slow high arch and hit the back of Bo's neck. Only one person saw it and he never said a word (Thanks Pete!). Bo was irate (rightfully so) and kept a hundred or so students in the cafeteria for an hour before finally relenting and letting us go back to class. Having spent 20 years teaching I can only imagine how angry he was, but it is one of those outrageous memories that still make me laugh out loud.

Feb 24, 2022
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Doyles NEW
by: Anonymous

So Karen you must know the Broscharts as well. I graduated with Marianne. She and her sister Louise was in my band till they moved away.

Feb 24, 2022
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Bar / Doyles
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Only because you asked.I graduated with Fran Doyle and Don Lawlor but really didn't know them.I was friends with John Conforti and Ken Burkhart nearby.

Feb 24, 2022
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Doyle's NEW
by: Karen

I lived on Burton Lane and knew of the Doyle's.
Was one of the boys in the Merchant Marines?

Feb 24, 2022
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Doyles NEW
by: Anonymous

I knew Doyles on Burton Lane off of Unqua Rd

Feb 24, 2022
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Sunrise Mall
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Yes, it is sad over there now and there is a lot of discussion on what's to become of it. I worked there part time when it first opened and it was a fun place to work and hang out in. The Pandemic was just the final nail in the coffin. The decline started years ago partly due to online shopping like Amazon as you can imagine. Another large issue is safety. There were reports for years of muggings primarily in the parking lots. People became afraid to shop there at night even with a couple of little security cars roaming around. The reports may have been exaggerated but it was enough to keep a lot of people away.

Feb 24, 2022
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Bar
by: Anonymous

Here’s another, I believe his last name was Ohden or Olden. Billy Clarke was another from that group along with Lawlor and Johnny. Did you know any of the Doyles from Unique Rd. Specifically Fran, class of 71-72

Feb 24, 2022
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Sunrise Mall
by: Kevin

It appears the Sunrise Mall will eventually transition to something else other than a retail mecca. I remember when it was an empty lot and then became the "go-to" place for just about everyone once the mall went up. While the pandemic changed the retail dynamic, and I haven't been to that mall in years since moving further East, what happened that caused the mall to deteriorate so dramatically? The Smith Haven Mall has lost Sears, JCP and several smaller retailers but appears to be holding its own while Walt Whitman Mall still seems to be prospering. Can anyone describe the situation over there and what seems to be causing the demise of the Sunrise Mall.

Feb 24, 2022
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Bar
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Yes you rang a bell! I remember now hearing about that. Not sure if I ever went there but I know Dr Generosity was a very popular place. Johnnie O was a great guy. I remember one night my wife and I, when we first met, were leaning close together against the crowded bar. Without asking he poured us 2 shots of Peppermint Schnapps and says: I can see where this is going, here, you'll both taste better with this! Good memories at the Frigate.

Feb 24, 2022
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Bar NEW
by: Anonymous

Jim.
Johnnie O went on to own the bar Doctor Generosity’s with Billy Lawlor in East Meadow I believe. Dr. G’s became a famous NY Islander hang out.

Feb 23, 2022
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1970's Bar
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

I gotta jump on this one, it was Solomon Grundy's Frigate. Built around 1972. We hang out there & PJ's in Farmingdale. Not at first but soon after it opened it had great bands, bartenders (Johnie'O)and the crowd was really a great bunch of people. Mostly young 18-25 year olds.Had many a beer and shots over the 3 years I hung out there. Met my wife there too!

Feb 23, 2022
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1970s bar
by: Anonymous

Anyone remember the name of the bar on front st in Massapequa Park in the 1970s where Johnny Mcgoreys is now?

Feb 23, 2022
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The great old days NEW
by: Anonymous

Stumbled on this page and wanted to add my thoughts
I lived on East Lake from 1959-83.If I close my eyes I can remember on warm summer eves the sound of the color guard practicing at East Lake sch.It was an innocent time when I was allowed to go home from school for lunch and stay out til 10 pm without parents worrying. My only worry then was which baseball cards to put on my bicycle spokes.I was able to feel the independence of hopping on the bar Harbor bus at Ocean & Massachusetts to the Bar Harbor library. This trip always included a stop at Supreme Pizza & hanging out in Gimbels. So many kids that every couple of blocks had it's own sports team be it Street hockey, Baseball, Football, or basketball. Our town was always a sports game waiting to happen. We had no cell phones but the setting up of games for after school was always spot on.I believe I spent more time at Hawthorn playing hockey then my own house. I also remember the block parties and closeness of our neighbors. Definitely a great place to grow up

Feb 19, 2022
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Re: Evelyn NEW
by: Jill

Evelyn, I lived on Chicago Avenue at the opposite end between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue. I was friends with Eileen Noble, Susan Lutz, the Cravens. Ellen Craven married Michael Castrataro (sp?). I spent so much time at your end of Chicago Avenue. Those were good times.

Feb 15, 2022
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Drinking in the Pit NEW
by: Anonymous

We would go in the pit with beers and bought them from the deli on Park Lane. One of us looked 18. Then we would go to Berner for the fair or battle of bands etc.

Feb 15, 2022
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Karen
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Wow you went a bit out of your way just so you wouldn't get caught drinking beer! But actually we did that sometimes when the older seniors had a car and went to Alhambra or Florence Beach. Best times was in the woods or the stands behind Berner during Battle of the Bands nights. The music always sounded better that way!

Feb 13, 2022
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Jim NEW
by: Karen

We used to drink beer at Amityville town beach!

Feb 13, 2022
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Ray NEW
by: Karen

Haha with your last sentence!!

Feb 13, 2022
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Bus Route NEW
by: Anonymous

I still live on Roosevelt some blocks South of Spruce and I remember the bus! You are not imagining it! My parents used to yell at us kids for playing in the street because of the bus route.

Feb 13, 2022
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Bar Harbor
by: Ray

Does anyone remember the bus " municipal?" that ran throughout Massapequa Park? In 1969 I walked to McKenna JHS in every kind of weather. On really cold, rainy or snowy days we would hop on this bus at the corner of Pittsburg Ave and Ocean Ave. (little). It would go south down Ocean, cross over the RR tracks, continue down Unqua Rd, right turn on Merrick Rd. Brief stop at the Bar Harbor Shopping Center. Then back north on Park Ave, eventfully going north on Roosevelt Ave, and letting us off on the corner of Roosevelt and Spruce (McKenna JHS) ALL for 10 cents

In all the articles I've never seen or heard anyone reference this ??? I can't be imagining this - happen before the drug years. lol

Feb 02, 2022
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mark NEW
by: paul alagna

There are no coincidences...Jeff happened to call me yesterday to say hello and I told him about our messages. He remembers you well. I lived on Cleveland Ave between Hicksville Rd and I believe it was called Central Ave. Jeff and I cycle all over the country together. We do these century rides in the South or the West. When I am not gassed we talk a lot. He even made us jerseys that say Blood Brothers. Jeff is now into tri races , I can't keep up with him....

Feb 01, 2022
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@Paul - Richard Place NEW
by: Mark

I remember the snow mounds Paul. If I remember correctly, Jeff's house was pretty much at the far corner of the Mays parking lot, so pretty quiet for backing up to a shopping center parking lot! Where did you live?

I thought about Jeff and his family when a year or so ago I ran across a MHS yearbook picture of Jerry Seinfeld, and lo and behold, Barry Schlactus was on the same page.

Send best regards to Jeff when you next talk to him. Sorry to hear about his dad. Take care...

Feb 01, 2022
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Jeff NEW
by: paul alagna

Hi Mark and the other person who knew Jeff, Jeff was then and still is a gentle soul. He is a doctor in TN. He and I are blood brothers, we watched a lot of westerns back in those days. Doesn't play the cello much these days. Mark, you may remember his Mom, Lenore she is my godmother and still doing well. Unfortunately his Dad passed away. Mark since you lived on his street you'll remember the snow or were they dirt mounds built from clearing out Mays parking area. We used to play on them. I remember that park well. Fond memories, thanks for the messages. Be well. Paul

Feb 01, 2022
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To Paul - Jeff Schlactus NEW
by: Mark Barnett (MHS 75)

Hi Paul and Anonymous who knew/knows Jeff Schlactus. I was in Jeff's class at Unqua, McKenna and MHS, and was friends with him and a group of our contemporaries from the same class. I lived up the street from Jeff, on Richard Place, across the street from the park behind Mays. I agree with the many who've talked about the wonderful environment it was to grow up in.

Jan 31, 2022
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To Paul NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Jeff Schlactus from Unqua School we were in the same 5th and 6th grade classes. He played the cello and was a thoughtful and gentle soul in those young years.

Jan 31, 2022
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Dan Romano
by: Jack Gelston

Dan - did your family spend summers away from Manhattan to go to the Amity Harbor Beach Club?? I worked as a life guard there for a couple summers and well remember the Romano family.

Jan 31, 2022
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upstate NEW
by: paul alagna

GOOD QUESTION , I did not mean to be anonymous, I just did not fill in the heading . I actually gave my full name in a previous message. In fact I was thinking the same thing because I was responding to an anonymous person's message as to where I live upstate. Sorry for the confusion. I would very much like to learn about my old friends from around Cleveland Ave. I went to Raymond J Lockhart and Parkside Jr. High and then moved away after my mom passed away. I moved there from Brooklyn late 1950's until late 60's. I remember names like Caufield, Murphy {Karen and another Murphy family Jackie}, Tommy Reade, a great friend from those magical years who I still have contact with. Unfortunately, my memory for names is not great but Tommy's wife Barbara gave me yearbooks from Berner and MH. I would have graduated in 1974 from Berner. I was and still am friends with Jeff Schlactus as we were both born in Brooklyn and lived in the same apt. building. We are still great friends but he lived near Mays not my side of town. The Jenkins lived on Cleveland Ave. It was a great place to grow up. So if any of my ramblings ring a bell I would love to hear from old pals. Hopefully, my memory will sharpen after a few good stories. Be well!

Jan 31, 2022
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Remember the Zimmers, Bustards, Mullens, Mullers or Maddens? NEW
by: Tommy Dean

They lived all around me - growing up on Belvedere Drive and going to kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3d grades at Birch Lane School in Massapequa Park from 1960 to 1963. Then we moved to Indiana and I haven 't been back to Long Island since.

Jan 31, 2022
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Bill's Marina NEW
by: Dan Romano

I currently live on the Space Coast of Florida but I grew up on Beach Road in Biltmore Shores. I met an older lady today at the hospital who's name was Dolores Arlelt. She said that her family owned Bill's Marina in Massapequa near Dick & Dora's restaurant.She is 99 years old next week. After they sold the marina, she wound up working at NASA on the Atlas then the Apollo programs. Had a great time sharing memories of Massapequa. Anyone remember Bill's Marina? I graduated Massapequa HS in 1974.

Jan 31, 2022
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Why anonymous? NEW
by: Jane

Hi
I’m curious as to why folks remain ANONYMOUS at the same time as wanting to connect with childhood friends?

Jan 31, 2022
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upstate NEW
by: Anonymous

I live near Lake George, beautiful area. Been here nearly 30 years but still remember my early years in Massapequa and often think of my childhood friends and wonder what became of them, from classmates to buddies.

Jan 31, 2022
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Upstate NEW
by: Anonymous

Paul .. wherein upstate NY?

Jan 30, 2022
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karen-jo NEW
by: paul alagna

My name is Paul Alagna , I was friends with Eric before moving away after jr high. I spoke to him a few years back after finding this site and facebook. I lived on Cleveland Ave. I live upstate NY for awhile now. I would love to hear from my old friends from the 60s. be well, Paul

Jan 27, 2022
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Deli on Unqua
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Good memories there. It looks like you may have graduated with my sister. Patty P. She had a good friend Eileen N. who lived in the Shores also.
I'm still close by behind the Bar Harbor Shopping Center. Called Southgate now. Pizza Supreme,Grants, Woolworth's and movie theater all long gone.

Jan 27, 2022
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Deli on Unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

I too remember these places. We moved to Nassau Shores in 1961 when I was four so I remember the beach club at the end of East Shore Drive. It was torn down at some point during the sixties. I remember too the old Post family mansion before they created the park. We would play hide & seek in the golf course at night and went sledding there in the winter. It was a "hiking" trip to walk the circumference of the course. I loved going to the deli on Unqua though we called it Mitzie's. She and Tony knew all the kids in the neighborhood. Alec Baldwin was one year behind me at Berner. I remember he was very popular and went by the name Zander at that time. A couple of Christmases during high school a guy named Don organized a caroling group and we walked around the Shores singing.

Jan 27, 2022
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Kevin

The little deli on Unqua Road was owned by the Babich family (not sure of the spelling) and they lived in the house behind the deli during the 60's. The owners son, Michael, was a friend of my brother's. After seeing how much Massapequa is turning into Queens (Sunrise Highway looks just like Queens Blvd.) I've decided never to return and keep the memories of the nice little town that it once was intact.

Jan 27, 2022
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Nassau Shores Keren
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

That deli was there since the mid sixties although I forgot the name of it. Yes you reminded me of drinking beers around those same hedges at the golf course back in high school! Used to skate, and swim, at Marjorie Post and played hockey on the lake behind it too when it froze over.The Baldwin's were too young for me to "play' with but my sister knew Alec a bit. Think they used to live around Iroquois street. All good stuff.

Jan 27, 2022
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by: Karen

That deli in the 70's was called Tony's Deli! That just brought back so many good memories! Also, smoked cigarettes on the path by the golf course behind the hedges! Hung out with Danny Baldwin and I was an avid skater at Marjorie Post!!

Jan 27, 2022
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Nassau Shores East
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Funny, I delivered Newsday for about a month @1966 north of Suffolk rd.
Those names you mentioned don't ring a bell but I think you are a few years older than me. That little deli half way down on Unqua Rd is still there. Not sure if it was there back in '62. Used to ice skate on one of the canals when it froze over. It was all about the water for me and my friends. Great memories. Stay safe wherever you are.

Jan 27, 2022
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Unqua
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Like I said before, parallel to the East of Unqua Rd is Roy then Cedar. The next one is Alqonquin right near where I grew up.All are full with many nice homes now.

Jan 27, 2022
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NASSAU SHORES EAST
by: HIGHLAND ST. EAST

It was Roy Road, near Unqua Circle where I would pick up my papers (Newsday) and deliver them. My route was Nassau rd to Highland st and east shore drive to cedar drive from about 1957 to 1959 more or less. As i recall it was about 80 papers or so. Things are a little hazy after 60+ years. im tryng to remember the people or familys i used to know. Feldmans and Hannahs and Vandenberg and Wiegand come to mind.

Jan 27, 2022
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Unqua? NEW
by: Anonymous

what street was parallel to Unqua Road?

Jan 26, 2022
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Nassau Shores East
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Sorry, I'd love to see your photos but I don't know how to post them here.

Jan 26, 2022
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Nassau Shores East
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

The restaurant you were referring to is called the Riviera. It's still there but it's just for catering weddings and such I believe. The street your Mom drove on was probably Roy Ave or Cedar Dr. Both end at the Golf course. My friends and I used to go that candy store on Merrick Rd too. We would ride our bikes all over Nassau Shores back then. When we got to about age 14 some friends. who lived on the canal or bay, were allowed to take out their parents boats. Had a lot of fun clamming and riding around.
Sorry I missed out on the Beach Club though.When I moved there there was just broken foundations left that we used to climb on. Its now a small park with a nice view for the locals.
Take care

Jan 26, 2022
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NASSAU SHORES EAST
by: HIGHLAND ST. EAST

Yes I lived directly across the street from the golf course. I went to the beach club at the end of East Shore Drive many times. The bathing area was "fenced in" with the fence quite a bit out from the shore. Or so it seemed to a 11 year old. Down the block from was a guy who showed up one day with TWO brand new 57 Chevy wagons with all the shiny side trim. VERY cool !!! Down the block on east shore drive was a very popular restaurant. Don't remember the name and never went to it -- don't remember why, probably too expensive. My big excursion was going to the candy store on Merrick road for a treat. My mom learned to drive on the street parallel to Unqua rd. on the east side, there wasn't one house on the whole block.
I have some nice photos -- how do I post them ?

Jan 26, 2022
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Nassau Shores East
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Wow! You go back a long way and have been gone a long time! My family moved to a few blocks north of Highland in 1965. The golf course was practically your back yard! It's still there although it's recently been sold. I guess the Nassau Shores Beach Club was open during those years. It closed before I moved there. I'm sure you went to the long gone Massapequa Zoo. There is a beautiful sports park now where 52 Acres used to be. The Bar Harbor shopping center was brand new while you were there. It's still there but looks much different. You might have still been there just as the now LI famous spot of All American Hamburger Drive In was first built and still going strong. I graduated from Berner also but it is just a middle school now. There are more houses and many more people but it still a nice town to live in.I hope this jogs a few more memories.

Jan 26, 2022
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NASSAU SHORES EAST
by: Anonymous

My farther built a house on Highland St East in 1957and we lived there until 1962. One of my favorite memories and a money maker for a 11 year old was retrieving golf balls and selling them back for a quarter -- which was big money !! Sitting on the islands and just waiting. Went to Berner school with lots of good memories. When I remember more I will post it.

Jan 19, 2022
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68 not 86 NEW
by: Anonymous

I’m 68 not 86 😀

Jan 19, 2022
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I remember Karen NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember a Karen Liekefet from, I think kindergarten or 1st grade. I went to Hawthorne from 1958-1962. I’m 86 years old.

Jan 18, 2022
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Anyone remember….
by: Karen-jo Berner ‘74

Eric Liekefet?
Kevin Burns?

Jan 14, 2022
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Tate family on Toronto
by: Mike

It is possible that Donald Tate had a brother Philip, likely younger (he would have been born in 1955). Phil was in my class at Maria Regina in Seaford (opened Jan 1962), then Holy Trinity high school in Hicksville (opened 1966). His father was a lawyer, and his office was just north of the Massapequa railroad station.

Jan 14, 2022
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My Memories
by: Forrest Duryea

I lived on Toronto, Ave, in the early 50's until we moved to Fla in 1958. My Playmates were Donald Tate and Butchie Peck among others that I don't remember. I lost touch with these Guys and often think of them and wonder what ever happened to them. I remember Jones Beach and the Jolly Roger Theme Park and the Long Island Railroad. I went to St. William the Abbot Catholic School in Seaford.

Jan 07, 2022
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Punk rock store name NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember that punk rock store on park blvd in late 90's

Dec 28, 2021
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Church in Massapequa Broadway NEW
by: Anonymous

Pat B. I was married in that church in 72 maybe we know you Rich and Jo-Anne B

Dec 28, 2021
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Remembering Donald McCalmont NEW
by: Anonymous


I knew your Dad (Donald Mc Calmont) and Mom very well.My family attended the Presbyterian Church in Massapequa and your Mom and Dad were the choral directors there.I also attended Farmingdale Schools and church camp with your oldest sister. So sorry to hear about your Dad's passing, I remember he took your sister and I to the Worlds Fair and we had such a good time. Please tell your sister I said Hi. Pat B.

Nov 30, 2021
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Coffee Shop
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Your father's shop is still there! On the outside wall above the window it says "Coffee House" but it is called, as it says on the window, "Massapequa Perk". Not sure how long it's been called that. I rarely went there up until the last two years since I'm closer to it now. Nice little place with all kinds of great coffee and flavored creams along with fresh bagels and muffins.I rather give them the business instead of Starbucks!

Nov 29, 2021
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Pequa coffee shop NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember Pequa Coffee shop on Front street at the Massapequa Park train station? My dad owned it until 1970 when the family moved to Florida. My sister & I attended Hawthorn elementary. So many great memories. I visit family fairly often still

Nov 25, 2021
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small plane crash NEW
by: Glenn U.

I have pics of that small plane crash on the golf course. I think it was summer of 72 or 73. It was a Saturday around noon!

Nov 24, 2021
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on E. Seneca St. 61-75.
My mom taught at Grace Episcopal over by Harbor Green, so I went there tuition free, but I always wanted to go to Unqua with my friends.
I well remember 'Zander and Danny, the Baldwin brothers. I connected with Steve in Rockland County around 1998 and it was fun talking about his brothers.
Just today I was reminded of the small plane that crashed in the gold course, right at my block.
Anybody remember that?

Nov 09, 2021
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massapequa memories NEW
by: Anonymous

does anybody remember the meier family from ocean Avenue .there is only one of us left.this is coming from Myrtle beach.i remember the zoo and the drive in theater.the bus that used to go to bar harbor.maze shopping center with the pretzel stand and the electric horse ride. the easter egg hunt at east lake school. and is there anybody out there that can tell me about certain people like the mullins sisters lisa barsh wall catola the hack sisters or even bags that lived on park lane.i remember the pit before the mall.i also remember the cops used to roll out the stop signs at the school corner. please text me back so much more to say.
my number is 843-457-5166 please text.

Nov 09, 2021
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massapequa memories NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember the meier family?ocean avenue?there is only one of us left.this is coming from Myrtle Beach.i remember the zoo and the drive in theater. the bus that used to go to bar harbor, maze shopping center with the pretzel stand and the electric horse, the easter egg hunt at east lake school. and is there anybody able to tell me about certain people like the mullins sisters,lisa barsh, really catola, the hack sisters, and even bags that lived on park lane. I also remember the put before the mall was built i also remeber even when the cops used to roll out to stop signs. I am looking forward to here from you so much more to stay.
you can text me at
843-457-5166

Nov 07, 2021
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Mark on Fulton NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Mark.. I lived on McKinley Street from 1953-1968 till we moved to Tucson. Those were the greatest years!

Nov 05, 2021
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Fulton St NEW
by: Mark K

To D
I lived on Fulton St from 1955 to 1969
Mom and Dad lived there until 84
Live one block in on corner from lakeside dr

Nov 05, 2021
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Dick and Dora's... does anyone have a photo from the 60s or 70s NEW
by: Mary R.

I grew up in N. Massapequa so I hope it's ok that I post here. Was just back in June 2021 to see a friend; I took the LI ferry from Bridgeport, CT...what a gorgeous ride. I live in New England now. Sorry to report but I stayed in Massapequa, on Sunrise Highway, and the All American was a big let down; terrible service and soggy burger. But I digress. LI girl from 1962 to 1980. I went to Farmingdale schools but a lot of friends are from Massapequa side. My folks were divorced and my father would take my two brothers and me to Dick and Dora's on Massapequa shore for Sunday dinners. Does anyone have a photo? I'd especially appreciate one from the 60s or 70s. Stay well and stay safe. Thanks, in advance, to anyone who posts a photo or link here to D&D's. Great LI memories here. Thank you all!

Nov 05, 2021
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Dick and Dora's... does anyone have a photo from the 60s or 70s NEW
by: Mary R.

I grew up in N. Massapequa so I hope it's ok that I post here. Was just back in June 2021 to see a friend; I took the LI ferry from Bridgeport, CT...what a gorgeous ride. I live in New England now. Sorry to report but I stayed in Massapequa, on Sunrise Highway, and the All American was a big let down; terrible service and soggy burger. But I digress. LI girl from 1962 to 1980. I went to Farmingdale schools but a lot of friends are from Massapequa side. My folks were divorced and my father would take my two brothers and me to Dick and Dora's on Massapequa shore for Sunday dinners. Does anyone have a photo? I'd especially appreciate one from the 60s or 70s. Stay well and stay safe. Thanks, in advance, to anyone who posts a photo or link here to D&D's. Great LI memories here. Thank you all!

Nov 05, 2021
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Vinnie De. NEW
by: Glen M.

Hello Vinnie your post brought back memories of you building your Roadrunner at your house and later the 440 Cuda you had. Cruising All American & hot rod Burger King with you. Massapequa Park was a great place to grow up. And the woods was always our hangout. I hope you and all your family are doing good.

Oct 27, 2021
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The DeLucas
by: Annie

Yes, my cousins are Jack and Joe. Both are doing well...they used to have a gym above their garage. Jack now lives in Florida and Joe lives in Tennessee. Youngest brother, Sal, is in Mississippi.

Oct 25, 2021
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Jay and the Americans
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Yes I think they played at Berner @ '69-70? I remember the banners around the school. I thought they played for the Senior Prom that year but I could be wrong. The theme of the prom was "This Magic Moment" What a voice Jay Black had for sure.

Oct 25, 2021
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Jay and the Americans NEW
by: Jane

I was at that show!

Oct 25, 2021
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Jay and the Americans NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember when Jay and the Americans played at Berner. RIP Jay Black

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/10/24/arts/music/jay-black-dead.html

Oct 17, 2021
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Massapequa Park
by: Vinnie De

I lived on Massapequa Park from 69 to 82 moving from Queens. Memories of hot rod Burger King and All American which had and still have the greatest fries around. I lived on Fulton Street and Roosevelt, the corner house.Fulton St was the meeting place for all the kid's in the neighborhood playing all kinds of sports. The best place to hang out was the woods (Massapequa Reserve)day or night.
I went to Berner High and if I missed Boces that day I would play handball in the front of the school near the cafeteria with all the other great players.
During my time in Massapequa Park I had the best times anyone can have, no place like Massapequa or Massapequa Park.

Oct 15, 2021
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Utopia NEW
by: Anonymous

I was also born in 1955 with 20 kids outside at all times, not so near the beach, but obviously not far in Massapequa Park, from Jones Beach. I was also the eldest, and within 5 years, my mother had given birth to two more. I loved school, the schoolbus stopped on the corner of our house. We had big battles at recess between our made up "gangs" - as we ourselves wanted. Yup, it was swell! And then in 1963, my father changed jobs and we moved to northern Indiana!

Oct 15, 2021
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Massapequa was utopia NEW
by: Anonymous

I was born in Massapequa in 1955 and lived on Jomarr Court until I was 14. Lived on a culdesac, 5 houses from a private beach, sidewalks, 20 kids outside at all times. Dick and Dor’s pizza, cabin cruiser, All American burgers, carvel ice cream. I could not have asked for a better childhood.

Oct 15, 2021
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Birch Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

In 6th Grade we moved from New Jersey to Biltmore Shores in 1956, I attended Fairfield Elementary for a few months and then was transferred to the new Birch Lane School and became a bike rider in the cold , rain and snow to school. I had a Mrs. Cutler there ,who I believe came from the Unqua School. Yes, Ms. Young was tall and very strict but the school ran very well. I recall Coach Egra who was everyones favorite. For 7th and 8th grade we were bused to Parkside which was a culture shock and then onto MHS for 9th through 12th grade.
Just wonderful years through 1962 and then onto college. I wouldn't trade it for anything, it was a great place to grow up in!

Oct 15, 2021
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Birch Lane NEW
by: Gerry

It opens in 1956. When I said we went back in the 7th grade, I meant back to Parkside.
I moved to the Park in 1948 and graduated from MSH in 1963, my parents moved when I was a Jr. in College, so never really went back there much.

Oct 14, 2021
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Miss Young and Birch Lane School NEW
by: Anonymous

I didn't realize Birch Lane was ever open for grades 7 (and 8?). Why so? Isn't that awfully unusual for a public school?

Oct 14, 2021
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Miss Young and Birch Lane School NEW
by: Anonymous

"Ms. Old" Yes! :) it seemed hysterical. What years did you go there? I was there from September 1960 (kindergarten) to December 1963 (middle of third grade). I remember a visit by Ray Heatherton (the Merry Mailman on TV - and father of Joey Heatherton, then unknown) during a school assembly (held in the cafeteria if I remember correctly) and the students were practically riotous. We all received very stern lectures over the P.A. (from Miss Young) and had to do something like write 1,000 times "I shall not ..." something. I remember how unanimous kids felt about the awfulness of Farmer Gray cartoons (the only things on at 5:00 am), and the children generally agreeing that when we were all sent home after a half day (due to an election to the Board of Elections), that Castro was likely to win this election against Moscow - kids sagely nodded their heads, "Yeah, I heard that too. It was on the news, I think"

Oct 14, 2021
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Yes Tom NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Ms. Young as principal of Birch Lane, I went there when it first opened as a fifth grader and six grade as well. It wasn't ready at the beginning of the school year so we went to Park Side and then back there for 7th grade and on to McKenna for 8th.
We thought it was the height of wit to call her Ms. Old.

Oct 14, 2021
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Birch Lane School - anyone?
by: Tom

I've written a few times here over the past ew years - to ask whether anyone remembered Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park, or Birch Lane School or its principal Miss Young. But there's been no response whatever! My family moved there in 1956 and moved away (to Indiana) in December 1963. Does anyone have any common memory of the street, school or principal?

Oct 14, 2021
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Donald McCalmont NEW
by: Ray C.

For those who attended Massapequa schools and had Mr. McCalmont as a music teacher, I'm sad to relay the news that he passed away on Aug. 12. A memorial service will take place Oct. 16 at Church of St. Jude in Wantagh.
He was also the choir director at Massapequa Presbyterian Church for many years. A very nice guy who had a great voice!

Oct 14, 2021
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Locker Room
by: Mark

Remember it well. On Merrick Rd Seaford, across the stree from Nassau County PD. ST4 played there. Had many a good night there, although I don't remember most!! PJ's also became a stand by, along with LBI.

Oct 14, 2021
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Holiday Park NEW
by: Ray C.

The Holiday Park shopping center post brought back some memories! We used to get take-out dinners from the Chinese restaurant there (had a different name back in the '60s), and my dad used to have breakfast at Stan's Coffee Shop with some of his fellow Slomin's oil truck drivers before they'd start their deliveries. He'd have an egg on a roll sandwich most days; they'd start cooking the guys' orders when they saw the trucks pull into the parking lot.

Oct 13, 2021
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Plainedge NEW
by: Anonymous

My friends father taught in Plainedge. Do you remember a Mr. Bonder?

Oct 13, 2021
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The DeLuca's
by: Anonymous

I DO remember Joe DeLuca.. he was a buddy of mine.... and... I remember he had an older brother. Both were very strong and well built.

Oct 13, 2021
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Holiday Park NEW
by: Annie

My cousins all went to Plainedge and I remember your name...you may remember the DeLuca's and Tom Patriss.

Oct 12, 2021
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Bobby McConville NEW
by: Anonymous

Where are you???

Oct 12, 2021
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Holiday Park
by: Bobby

I not only remember HOLIDAY PARK....as a teenager I was a "HOLIDAY PARK" BOY we hung there behind Schwarting and the Shopping Center. We were once called THE DIABLO'S but.... we were NOT a gang...just kids hanging out. The cops didn't appreciate the name so... we changed it to the "HOLIDAY PARK BOYS". We practiced our singing (ACAPPELLA DOO WOP) at the shopping Center and then we would get a slice at Bernie's or... go get a sandwich at Stan's Coffee Shop. Stan bought all us kids BLUE Softball Shirts and... I still have mine tucked away somewhere. I grew up on Ontario Ave. and was within walking distance of The Holiday Park Shopping Center. GREAT Memories of my childhood in North Massapequa!

Oct 11, 2021
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by: Anonymous

It was Holiday Pizza, Bernie & Clara owners. Jans Chinese food still there, they moved into Stan's coffee shop some time ago. Bill Rotundo manager of Grant's.

Oct 11, 2021
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Sand Trap, Seinfeld, Mickey Rooney's
by: Anonymous

Wow these posts bring back so many memories.

I remember the Sand Trap. My grandfather was there just about every day. He was the guy everyone went to for Baseball stats as he was a walking encyclopedia.

The building Mickey Rooney's Weenie World was in was originally called The Launch Pad. If I remember correctly it was a burger joint that failed pretty quickly.

I grew up in N. Massapequa and remember when Jerry Seinfeld worked at Dairy Barn on Broadway. His dad had a sign shop, Kal Signfeld Signs on Broadway too.

When I was very young we used to shop at Waldbaum's. There was a very old man that owned the property next to it that used to talk to us. I remember he wasn't happy that he had to move. Not sure if he sold to a developer or his land was taken by imminent domain. A small shopping center was built and Phil's Pizza opened up there.

Anyone remember Jan Jan's Chinese, Hollywood Pizza or Grants? They were in the same strip as A&P. I also remember the Big Bow Wow by Mays department store. My Grandmother took me there to eat and she was shocked at all the long hairs there. I thought everyone looked cool but she was afraid she'd catch lice lol!

Oct 11, 2021
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Bar NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know the name of a bar, concrete building that had no windows? It was on Sunrise, left hand side if you were heading west! Kind of like a warehouse and packed with Law enforcement! The entrance was in the back!

Oct 11, 2021
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Tabard Ale House and others NEW
by: Anonymous

OK thanks for the info on Septembers.I was only there a couple of times. The owners name sounds familiar, possibly a Berner grad.

Oct 11, 2021
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Sand Trap NEW
by: Karen

Hi Jamie, his name was George Hermann!

Oct 11, 2021
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septembers bar NEW
by: glenn U.

Septembers Bar was on Sunrise Highway on the Massapequa/Seaford border and was owned by Paul Vetrano.

Oct 11, 2021
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Correction NEW
by: Jamie

what was your father's name maybe I knew him

Oct 11, 2021
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Wantagh Bars
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Yes I went to Tabard Ale House and also the Rusty Hinge (and one other whose names escapes me now)in my early days ('71 - '76) of bar hopping. Wantagh always had great bars. Mulcahy's is still popular now. Eventually went to PJ's in Farmingdale. Fun popular young Beach Boys type of crowd. Then settled in at the Frigate in Massapequa Park. Great crowd, bands and dancing there. Met my wife there so I have fond memories of good (sometimes too good -hic!) times there!

Oct 11, 2021
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by: Anonymous

Also, many of us used to go to the Tabard Ale House, I think that was in Seaford or Wantaugh just down from the train station. I don't know why it was so popular, but a lot of us from Massapequa would spent Friday or Saturday nights there in the late 60's
And of course the Tigers Tale was big back then as well as the Jones Beach Hotel.Was there a bar called Septembers on Sunrise Highway? I think that might have been in the early 70's

Oct 11, 2021
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Bars NEW
by: Gerry

Speaking of bars does anyone remember The Locker Room?

Oct 11, 2021
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Correction NEW
by: Anonymous

The bar he played shuffleboard in was "Why Not's".
But he did frequent The Sand Trap regularly!

Oct 11, 2021
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Sand Trap NEW
by: Anonymous

My father went there for many years for shuffle board!

Oct 10, 2021
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Sand Trap NEW
by: Jamie

Does anyone remember the bar "The Sand Trap" on North Broadway

Oct 05, 2021
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Mr. Case NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Mr. Case. And there was another male teacher named Mr. Falardo. He played piano in the classroom and his students loved him.

Oct 05, 2021
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More Massapequa NEW
by: JD


Tough times now with Covid. Anyway anyone remember a 6th grade teacher at Unqua School named Jim Case.

One of my favorites among the many there- Would love to know what happened to him. I visited him when I was home from College-

Be well all and stay safe

Oct 04, 2021
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Harbor Green
by: Mark Carmel

I resided on Riviera Drive South in Harbor Green, next to the Seinfeld's house. There was an empty lot in front of our house, so I always had a view of the Great South Bay, and Jones Beach. I visit the area once a year to take my kids to "All American". When ordering fries, a Rube Goldeberg type of contraption would start rumbling, when whole potatos would start rolling down, getting washed on the way, then felling into the Frie Cutter machine, that frop the fresh cut fries into frier. My mother used to bring bags of "All American" hamburgers to a freind's house on the beach, I would catch a few minoes, and place them next to the onions in one of the buns. I woud then invariably give the hamburger to my brother. He never knew the difference. Too bad there is no longer a beach to play on. Playing at construction sites for new houses, was always fun, especially when we jumped from an unfinished 2nd floor, into piles sand. I learned a lot of life lessons from watching Monkey Mountain at the zoo. Sadly, this knowledge only applied to monkees. Back then, the kids were wild and unsupervised. Why did we play in the fog of the DDT trucks? I have vivid memories about climbing the ropes in the new gym. At Birch Lane, I ended up in the principals office nearly every day. We would eat candy, and joke about my antics. My family moved away in 1969, to Old Westbury, where our neighbor was Ruth Gleason.

Sep 28, 2021
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Dilberts NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

We went Bohacks and Dilberts in Massapequa Park all the time.

Sep 28, 2021
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Dilberts
by: Jane

Does anyone remember Dilberts or Delberts?
My mom went food shopping there in the early 60’s.
They had a hut inside to drop the kids off to watch cartoons.
I loved that place.
The penny gumball machines too.
I think there were some mechanical ponies to ride.
There was a Green Stamps redemption place in the little shopping area.

Sep 18, 2021
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Reunion Today! NEW
by: Jeff C.

Massapequa Reunion Picnic today at Marjorie Post Park. Open to anyone from Massapequa. It's free and is from 12:30 to 6:30.

Sep 17, 2021
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Shoe town NEW
by: Anonymous

No I worked in the Holiday Park shopping center on same corner , at Pizza place & Movie theater. But I did know someone that did work there.

Sep 16, 2021
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Shoe town on Hicksville Road NEW
by: LMV

I worked there…did you?

Sep 02, 2021
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Berner Alumni NEW
by: Anonymous

I graduated from Berner in 1974!

Aug 30, 2021
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My Visits back to Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I haven't lived in Massapequa since the LATE 70's..... but ALWAYS go back a few times a year to see relatives in Lindenhurst. One journey is the ITALIAN FEAST on Broadway in late September. I went to Plainedge High in the North end of town, and us ALUMNI congregate in front of THE VILLAGE PUIB... Pine and Broadway. I also do some RECORD SHOWS downtown once in awhile.. at the Elks by the railroad station. Every trip includes a visit to ALL AMERICAN. How can you visit Massapequa without a tasty batch of French Fries?? I lived on Massapequa Ave. when I got married, and ALWAYS took the kids for an ALL AMERICAN Treat! Loved growing up in Massapequa!

Aug 29, 2021
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Shoetown NEW
by: Anonymous

Shoetown 👡🥿👢👠👟🩴🥾👞

Aug 29, 2021
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Shoe town
by: Anonymous

It was called shoe town or shoe giant

Aug 29, 2021
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Discount shoe store?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone here know of a stand alone discount shoe store corner of Hicksville rd & maybe Jerusalem across the street from a Rock Bottom?

Aug 13, 2021
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My recollections of teachers NEW
by: dennis Penzell

OK here are some memories.-
Carmen Road School--I had Mrs Parks, first grade, Ms Oneil second grade-married Mr Cowie. Third Grade Mrs Israel. Fourth and firth Mrs Goggine(she loved bowling and made us put on shows. She always asked one of use to go to the phone and call her husband.
Other carmen Rd People mrs John Posadlo, he is still alive and on Facebook. Write him He is great. I remember Mr watt, Mr bentancourt-he went to S America and got a PHD. Mr Pulis. There was a Mrs Schatzel. Mr Stewart was principal. He son-was wresling coach at Mckenna.
I went to mckenna for 6th thru 9th. Mr Eldard-boy were we afraid of him. Interestingly , about 5 yrs ago I was on a plane to NY and sitting next to his neice.
I also remember Mrs hansen who taught us symphonette. I played in the all elementary concern that year. Mr purdy at carmen road was the band teacher. Mr Bialomzy was band instructor at McKenna.
Mr. Boll and Ms Karin Martello were my german teachers. Remember phys ed--Mr Weingarten became coach at U of Penn.
Mass High--Mr Luba gyn and Football coach AND OF COURSE ANYONE WHO WENT TO MHS REMEMBERS MR AL BEVILAQUA. We all know that Seinfeld used his name on one episode.
Thats a basic recall of my Massapequa School life.


Aug 11, 2021
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So Good to Find This Site! NEW
by: Anonymous

Such a great site!! I come back here often for a memory check up ( graduated BHS 1984) memories the best and great to read back to refresh some things I've forgotten.
Brady Park Fireworks they use to have a yearly fair not sure when that ended.I really don't believe there was a better place to grow up! Three streams, Brady park so many places to hang out as a kid without getting into trouble...At least not involving the police and if by chance it did the parents took care business by the time you got home..
Any time I have the opportunity to compare my childhood town and one up someone I do. what a great place. I have not been back since early 90's and i don't see/believe the kids of today have the same freedoms and memory making opportunities as I did.

Aug 08, 2021
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So Good to Find This Site!
by: Anonymous

My family moved to Massapequa Park in the 60's. Lived on Lake Shore Drive across from Brady Park; will never forget July 4th fireworks! We'd climb up on our roof and watch all the people... we always had our own stock of M-80's and blockbusters to add to the festivities... had to watch out for the police since they actually busted you back then for shooting off your own fireworks :)
Graduated from BHS in '83; Mr Holdridge and choir, great bagel shop across the parking lot for lunch!
Of course Dick and Dora's and Carvel... Bohack's in the early days, fishing in Kiwanis... had to catch tadpoles and turtles every summer :) Fake ID for OBI ... so much easier then; no photos on the driver's license! Wanted to go back and raise my family there but couldn't come close to affording a house!
Good Times!

Aug 05, 2021
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Worked At White's '69 -'70 NEW
by: G

Hello, to all you old Pequan's. I worked in the White's candy department (1969 - 1970). I'm sure I saw many of you during that time. It was and I'm sure it still is a great place to live. I lived 2 1/2 blocks south and 1 block north of All American. My best friend was the son of the owners of Massapequa Auto Body Shop. Yes, I remember all and every place everyone mentioned. My ex graduated MHS '71. For all the fishermen none of you mentioned going to the Sore Thumb for the best Flounder/Fluke fishing. God Bless all of you and don't give up your memories. I plan on keeping mine as long as possible.

Jul 21, 2021
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people from Massapequa NEW
by: Gerry

My parents moved away from Massapequa Park in 1965 when I was away in college and never really been back except for an occasional visit and i am always amazed at how many people I run into who are from Massapequa or who have family members from there, you would think it was the biggest town on the Island.

Jul 18, 2021
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crazy train NEW
by: brian

ok jim , we are pals now ihope ,, i lived in pequa throughout teh 50's - it was a distinct era ..
i went to unqua and brother was at massapequa high ...
i suppose bad memories persist while good ones are taken for granted.

Jul 18, 2021
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Brian
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well Brian. I certainly didn't mean to offend you in any way although, I guess, it sounded as if I did. Your 'folksy' way of speaking, after reading it all again, is actually growing on me. My older son's name is Brian also. I was always afraid that the kids in school would call him "Cryin' Brian' but I don't think they ever did.
Anyway Brian, take care and carry on with your memories as they go back a little further than mine.

Jul 17, 2021
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in teh days before faabreeze NEW
by: brian

if your curiousity warrents , you can actually walk the streets of the unqua rd area using google street view - is more fun than reminising endlessly abt an egg cream .....

when in 6th grade i delivered newsday in this neighborhood ...
some houses smelled like ciggeretts ... some like garlic [ didnt know thats what it wa s at teh time being a yankee , was hard to collect !!
im sorry [ jeff that you dont like my folksy recollections - but then you seem to have little to add ?

Jul 17, 2021
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off the rails NEW
by: brian

well jeff how many times can you read abt the pizza at dick and dora's ? i remember it too . its aroma [semi unique ] was due to the particular piza dough used ...
55 years later i caught the same wiff ... the pizza at whole foods !!!
maybe you memory is better than mine ?
do you remember the three castiron mutoscope machines at the frank buck zoo ?
they cost a nickle to crank .. one on left was some western , the middle one was rin tin tin .... and the one on the right was felix the cat being chased by hornets ...
to the right of these victorian era machines was a hot dog vendor ... had an orange tiger cat that pranced around on his hind legs .
to the right of that was a gypsy in a glass cube ...operated by levers to pick up trinkes and drop them in a chute - was very old and creepy , its clothing rotten and in shreds - in teh fiftys teh zoo was in shabby condition - clearly a relic from a grander time -
behind all this was monkey mountain ,, woof !
it stunk bigtime !! , in teh fileld behind the zoo were cement slabs with sawn off bars .. evedentlty once used to hold animals , long before ...

Jul 17, 2021
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off teh rails NEW
by: Anonymous

well jeff how many times can you read abt the pizza at dick and dora's ? i remember it too . its aroma [semi unique ] was due to the particular piza dough used ...
55 years later i caught the same wiff ... the pizza at whole foods !!!
maybe you memory is better than mine ?
do you remember the three castiron mutoscope machines at the frank buck zoo ?
they cost a nickle to crank .. one on left was some western , the middle one was rin tin tin .... and the one on the right was felix the cat being chased by hornets ...
to the right of these victorian era machines was a hot dog vendor ... had an orange tiger cat that pranced around on his hind legs .
to the right of that was a gypsy in a glass cube ...operated by levers to pick up trinkes and drop them in a chute - was very old and creepy , its clothing rotten and in shreds - in teh fiftys teh zoo was in shabby condition - clearly a relic from a grander time -
behind all this was monkey mountain ,, woof !
it stunk bigtime !! , in teh fileld behind the zoo were cement slabs with sawn off bars .. evedentlty once used to hold animals , long before ...

Jul 17, 2021
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Just Saying....
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Maybe it's the heat but it seems to me, after reading the last few posts, that the exchange of memories on this wonderful site has gone of the rails a bit.

I do want to add, especially for those who no longer live in Massapequa, that the long running 4th of July Parade down Park Blvd still exists and once again put on a great show. Always nice to see.


Jul 16, 2021
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massapequa slang NEW
by: brian

before it slips my mind - allhambra beach was affectionatly known as " mud fly " beach ,
additionally and unrelated , when i was new in class i had to stand and state my name ... when i said " brian " teh girl in front of me turned and said " thats a sissy name " ...
i got even with her by drawing attention to her frilly underware during bomb drills - we had to crouch down under our desks ,,ass in teh air -- her name was susie something ,, ill think of it just wait and see .

Jul 16, 2021
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bad idea NEW
by: brian

a major flaw in teh school system at that point in time was that a dumbell [ today known as a dumbass ] could be left back THREE times ! this is why there were a group of bad actors in teh seventh grade -
here they came in a phalinx down teh hall at mckenna - there was no escape - bodys litered the floor behind them , papers - books
really musta been fun ?

remember " de fran " this guy always in his motorcycle jacket .. which by teh way was a schot [ thats teh brand , with the optional stars on teh eppelets . [ were expensive and are still available for abt 700 bucks !!
his guy - who got on my buss , at teh end of unqua rd raised being a hood to performance art .
de fran " short for de francisco , was always againt teh wall during lunch - he knew teh value of advertising - had it all down pat -
de fran would saunter down teh asile in teh lunch room - and grab anything that looked good , always " caught " and would lean against teh wall with one foot up against it - was a small guy with big shok of greased hair -

Jul 16, 2021
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bounty hunter NEW
by: brian

in teh mid 1950s there was established a bounty , i believe of 2 cents on qualifying glass bottles ....
i would mine jerico turnpik with a shopping bag in arm ..then over to teh drug stor across from teh mansion vacent lot ....
it was easy to come upp with at least 24 cents at the market , also across from teh mansion ... and then,,
candy and comics .. under teh big bushes ... one day i went into the drug store ,, comics were on teh imediate right ,,, and low and behold were two ally oop comics !!!! could it be ? and on that day i had oly ten cents ... so i bought one and headed home to get another dime ...when i returned the remaining comic was gone .. curses ! would my life ever be complete / ?

50 plus years pas and i bought teh missing comic from metropolis collectables in nyc ....
of course i remembered the cover .. romantic little tale aint it ??

Jul 16, 2021
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two guys becomes a legend - NEW
by: brian



well , i plowed thru teh whole thing - and it was a pleasure to do so - thank you almighty webmaster !!

id like to recall the ferocious blaze that consumed two guys from massapequa ...
further on it is said the fire was at whiteys .. not so . it was two guys that went into oblivion on a warm summer evening -
somehow i got word of this in progres , or maybe just smelled it and saw smoke - dont recall , but i was up unqua rd in a flash and got a ringside seat .
two guys as you recall was a big rectangular metal pre fab building - with rows of cafeteria style tables , piled with evrything and in its cheapest version ....
when i got to teh fire the exterior walls vanished befor my eyes , whoosh !!!!!! the air moving skyward in waves ....
oh boy , i was just waiting for teh paint department to go up ... and it did ,, spray cans like roman candles - teh whole works quite a specticle ! but did not last long - as i recall there was litle effort to hose it down ,, wouldt have worked anyway with teh incredible heat ....
as i recall was probably abt 1956 - mid summer .

Jul 16, 2021
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teh lovley miss linker eeeyaaaaa NEW
by: Anonymous


and how can i forget " mr finger " ?

was actually ok guy - short powerfull looking with flat top hair style -

and then teh delightful miss linker - lanky and masculine looking , a disiplinarian by nature . probably still wearing teh whistle around her neck - called me out several times for refusing to square dance .
teachers werent all bad tho ,, had mrs deluca i think for music - gee camaleo gee wha ! and nice art teacher , cant recall name ...

re,member teh polio shots in teh gym ??

Jul 16, 2021
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zader - wall NEW
by: Anonymous


someone mentioned timmy wall .....my brother wa s in msh when this happned .... liked tim and defended his motive . was quite a ruckus in town .. but these crimes of passion happen , especially at that age ....nothing on teh net abt it ?

i heard the whole story tho -

Jul 16, 2021
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6th grade unqua late 50's NEW
by: Anonymous

yes mr elder ...id forgotten him .... wonder if unqua school has an archive ??
i had miss wolbert - nice young woman , a bit fat , but pretty , air raid drills were fun , laughing at girls with their underware showing - played what i thought was a prank on teachers room across hall .. taped door shut while on trip to boys room . duh !! got caught of course - had to write appology . mr whats his name was afunny guy tho , and offered to read my appology to class ,, addding hillbilly dialect -
will relate story of how i broke teh bat at the baseball playoffs -
teacher in next room was miss wagner ... short tempered woman who couldnt mind her own business - came into our room and turned my desk over - i suppose to illustrate how messy i was - old classmate of mine remembers it !!!! best wishes miss wagner

Jul 16, 2021
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mr blake 5th grade unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

5th grade unqua school circa 1958 -

mr blake - he hated his job and wasnt fond of me either ..had to write " i will not shoot or throw things in class " 500 times !!!!!!!!!
the fruity stewert rho... , the sexy rosemary n ......and tattel tail " d" thanks a lot " d"
mr blake was agood looking man in late twentys , always sweaty and cranky ..constantly going in supply room ..????
i concocted a very confusing system using varied carbon papers to accelerat the sentence ..... ha ha

Jul 16, 2021
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fourth grade unqua school NEW
by: Anonymous

had mrs lebowitz , she was just a great teacher , and being teachers pet didnt hurt either - except for getting in fights because of it ...
i have a pc of teh class ill hunt up and post -
ah , teh sultry judy johnson - teh very funny tom kelly ...was teh best year at unqua for me , the rest blah!

Jul 16, 2021
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Mr. Bell and Mr. Elder NEW
by: Jeff C.

I remember Mr. Belavigna the principal. Wasn't Mr. Elder his vice principal? Mr. Elder also supervised summer recreation at Unqua in his sandals and high socks.

Jul 16, 2021
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my burden [ one of many] NEW
by: Anonymous

3rd grade unqua school - mid 1950's
miss annecelli -
pretty , young , with nice didposition - dark red , long hair , always nicly dressed , with full skirt , white blouse - was school artist ,, got repremand for selling " majic pencils - seems someone noticed that a few kids were short on lunch money - ,
had a " lauren " in teh class .. was smiten with me . well i was born cute .. one day she could contain heself no longer and threw her arms around me and kissed me !
teh class went hysterical . and me being unsofisticated [ cant spell either ] pushed her away roughly ...well she bawled her eyes out - and i still feel bad abt it !!

Jul 16, 2021
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mrs belevenia NEW
by: Anonymous

2nd grade at ungua - early fiftys
mrs Belevenia , i think her husband was the principal -
poor mrs bel ... she was always at her wits end,
screaching and slaming her pointer on her desk !
cant say i blame her with " tommy gil....... having his daily nervouse breakdown , " what you try to do ? kill me ???
tommy was famouse for having a few screws loose . standing on top of his desk !!!!
add to this teh school was a sweatbox . i remember little marsha ,, seemed dressed in rags , white blond hair , short , roughly cut , had big mole on chin - was sweet and shy -

Jul 16, 2021
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from my streach at the annex - NEW
by: Anonymous

we lived on morris lane just off unqua rd from 53 to 1960 - attended unqua from 1 to 6th grade - then 7th a mckenna -
the teachers at unqua :
ist grade = the lovley and very stylish
miss capalongo -
petiet and pretty , dark hair , spike heals you could hear all over teh school , and always an expensive and perfectly tailored suit with white blouse frilly around neck - she was a standout compared to the other teachers [ mostly dumpy lookin]
and her personality was just as nice ,, i was eraser monitor , ha ha

Jul 16, 2021
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the " anex" NEW
by: brian

very interesting ! i lucked onto this blog ...
i start with molle [ ? ] anex ...
came to long island in 52' and lived at 104 morris lane , just off unqua rd.
molle anex , was an old bus or truck depot , the smell of damp concrete -and oil . the teachers ...W-I-E-R-D ....! only good part from my point of view were the big fat pencils , i loved to draw , and maybe dodge ball..
the place was likly built in the teens judging from archatectural style - it was a dump , our parents had a nerve sending us there -

Jul 08, 2021
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Unqua Miss Leffert
by: Glenn U.

Roseann mentioned Miss Nancy Lefffert teaching 5th grade, I had her and remember her well. Probably too well, considering she is now in her late 80's if she is still alive. She lived in NYC on the Upper East Side. She was gorgeous, at least this 5th graders ideal of a tall leggy NYC woman! But what did I know at 11 years old!

Jul 06, 2021
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Great South Bay NEW
by: Anonymous

Jim,
Thanks for the update on the bay, So sad, I recall that we used go out to the flats at low tide off of Harbor Green and pick up clams and sell them to the neighbors for gas money for our outboard engines, and there was great fluke and flounder spots by Sandy Island to the east of the Wantagh Parkway Bridge.

The building collapse in Surfside is an immense tragedy for all involved, it maybe a combination of bad structural design and terrible maintenance that caused the area by the pool to give way and the building was then compromised.

We are now watching the tropical storm to our west blow by this part of Florida and taking a deep breath. I recall LI hurricanes in the lates 50s and 60s and they were no fun especially if you had a boat.
Be safe and well.

Jul 05, 2021
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@Tony: Mrs. Faigenbaum? NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Tony,
Could it be Mrs. Faigenbaum? I had her for 1st grade in '62-'63.
MB

Jul 05, 2021
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Anonymous - Nassau Shores
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well the bay has definitely had it's ups and downs through the years. You have been gone from here a long time! I think for the most part the eel grass and brown tide are under control right now. We do have spots like Florence Beach, which I'm sure you knew, which is often under bacteria watch and no swimming is recommended. We took a big hit with Hurricane Sandy and changed a lot of the seascape. Many of the tinny little islands have changed in size or are now barely above water. My friends and I never did a lot of fishing but we did a lot of clamming! I remember jumping out of our boats into waist high water during low tide maybe 100 yards or so into the bay and stepping right on a bed of buried clams and filling our buckets with them.
I know that was stopped for awhile and now it's restricted times,locations and quantity.
I was and still am a big Tobay guy.Thank God the town has always taken care of the beach through the years. The concession stand was rebuilt a couple of times due to storms and is now much larger than the original one. Just this year they dredged a lot of sand to increase the width of the beach and it still has that home town feel.
I hope this helped your curiosity a little. Stay well in Plantation- Florida I assume. Tragic about that condo not far from you

Jul 05, 2021
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Repost: sexual abuse NEW
by: Anonymous



I’ve enjoyed s trip down memory lane while reading but feel compelled to ask if anyone shares an unpleasant recollection of questionable behavior/sexual abuse by a CYO or rec coach from the late 70s or early 80s? My deceased brother who had a troubled life would occasionally reference it and there was an element of a group shower where boys were given shower caps? Any insight? Not looking for a name just anyone who might confirm a similar experience?

Jul 05, 2021
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JIm Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

JIm, as an Nassau Shores guy I assume you are familiar with the bay. I am a class of 62 grad of MHS, grew up in Harbour Green, spent my youth on the Great South Bay. Out of state since 1969.

How is the bay doing with the eel grass and fishing, read somewhere that brown tide did a job on the bay?

Miss, Zachs Bay, Giglo Beach, Fire Island Inlet, fluke and flounder fishing.

Stopped at local Whole Foods here in Plantation and bought Cape Canaveral Flounder , freshly caught for $19.99 a pound, told guy behind counter I caught lots of flounder as a kid for a lot cheaper , he replied yeh and gas was 31 cents a gallon too!








Jul 05, 2021
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Unqua NEW
by: Tony

Of course I am not sure of the spelling, but I remember Mrs. Fahiman or Faigman.. Terrible spelling .. but I had her in 6th grade at Unqua. I have such great memories of her as a great teacher and very kind. She was the best teacher from my days at Unqua.

Jun 30, 2021
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ASPULA ? Road Rally
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember...? A road rally that started at Massapequa HS (I think)... Drivers and passengers were given clues and had to solve riddles to reach the next check point on a carefully mapped out course around town, one check point was a stop at a grocery store where teams had to buy food and supplies before racing off to the finish line that was at an upstate camp ground.

Jun 29, 2021
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Ziggy's / Angela
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Well since no one else responded regarding the current status of Ziggy's I can offer the following although I wish I had some info for Angela regarding her doctor. That does seem more urgent. Good luck to her.
Anyway,Ziggy's closed a long time ago although I don't remember the year. What stands there now is a four unit mini condo complex. The marina is still next door and Dick & Dora's closed and was knocked down about 12-15 years ago and a private home resides there now. I really miss that place! The Alhambra Beach area is being improved and expanded right now.
Have a good summer wherever you reside now!

Jun 22, 2021
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much needed help NEW
by: Angela

I was a kid in the 80s and Dr. Mensing was my doctor. I was wondering if anyone could lead me in the right direction to find my medical records so maybe I can have a guide to what is going on with my daughter. Please help.

Jun 21, 2021
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Ziggys? NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone have pictures or memories of a catering place in Massapequa by the water in the 1970s known as Ziggys? When did it close/was it bought by another venue? Went to a wedding there in 1977...

Jun 21, 2021
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Ziggys? NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone have pictures or memories of a catering place in Massapequa by the water in the 1970s known as Ziggys? When did it close/was it bought by another venue? Went to a wedding there in 1977...

May 19, 2021
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Looking for an Old Friend NEW
by: Anonymous

I am looking for an old friend of mine. Her name was Judy Lee and she graduated from MHS in 1965. She married James Curtis. She lived on Cleveland Avenue in Massapequa between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue. If anyone knows about her whereabouts, I would appreciate it. Thank you.

May 06, 2021
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Terry L
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS ‘71

Well I’m glad to hear you guys are still able to pursue the Perfect Wave! Me, I’m content with an occasional round of golf and I still watch the surfers at Tobay! Stay well and enjoy.

May 06, 2021
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Jim NEW
by: Terry L

Hey Jim, no Russ did not marry Kathy he married a girl named Marianne. I grew up across the street from him and he was instrumental in getting me into surfing. He's a great guy.

May 06, 2021
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Terry L
by: Jim, Nassau Shore BHS '71

Terry,
I'm not sure if I knew you but you mentioned a great guy - Russ Sennett who I knew pretty well. He was my surfing hero! I used to go watch him sometimes at Tobay or maybe Gilgo. I could never get the hang of surfing myself but it is a beautiful sport.I wonder if he married his high school sweetheart- Kathy I think it was. Nice girl. I lost track of Russ a couple of years after graduation.
If it weren't for my kids and grand kids I'd move to Florida too. Love your Governor!
A real blast from the past. Thanks

May 06, 2021
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Doug B
by: Terry L

Hey Doug! TL here. Retired and living in Fla. Moved south in '82. Still surfing when there are waves. Gerard I. probably moving south within year. Russ Sennet retirrd in Vero Bch. Surf with Dan Boyar all the time. He's retired as well. Hope everything is good with you.

May 03, 2021
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Birch lane NEW
by: Cindy Searby

Does anyone remember Mr. Searby from Birch Lane. He was my dad.

Apr 28, 2021
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I knew some Berner graduates of 1973
by: Mike K

I didnt go to Berner when I lived in Massapequa (north of the tracks) as I graduated from Holy Trinity in 1973, but I knew a number of guys who graduated from Berner in and around 73. Veinot, Crowley, Tricarico, Gorman, Jenkins, Tyree come to mind. You may recognize some of those surnames.

Apr 28, 2021
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Motzah Pizza
by: Doug B

Grew up partly on Pacific St north of the tracks, and moved to the Shores in 2nd grade, great memories, All American, Carvel, Dinos, Chicken Delite, Dick & Dora's, Nautilus, Gilgo, Coco's & Plank house, Whites, Mays, Burns Park, Marjorie Post Park, my Boston Whaler out on the bay, Riviera, Peninsula Golf Club, Grace Episcopal Church, Krischs, clamming, surfing, water skiing, moved away after graduating Berner in '73, back again after college, moved away for good in '80 but Massapequa will always be home, always bring up a flood of memories, in Texas now for the last 30 years, still think about the good ol days

Apr 16, 2021
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Birch Lane and Miss Young as principal? NEW
by: Anonymous

Great to see (finally) a common memory!

I can't remember who i had for kindergarten, but I had Miss Goodwin and Miss Illmansee for 1st grade (I had a big crush on Miss Illmansee who married at thee end of that year and became - if I remember - Mrs. Schreiber),

Mrs. Kollmer for 2nd grade and Mrs. Harris for third grade.

My family moved to Indiana in the middle of 3rd grade - and returned to NY when I was in the middle of 7th grade - but to Rye NY in Westchester County.

I lived on Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park, not sure if it was close to you.

Apr 16, 2021
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J NEW
by: Anonymous

Brandtdoug66@gmail.com

Apr 16, 2021
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doug1963 NEW
by: Anonymous

How can I get in touch with you, I am in South florida
Jeff

Apr 16, 2021
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Yes NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes live in TX now

Apr 16, 2021
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Doug 1963 NEW
by: Anonymous

Doug, this is Jeff from Harbourview drive, the Doug B. i knew I think lived on Sunset?

Apr 16, 2021
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1963 NEW
by: Doug

Is this Jeff?

Apr 15, 2021
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Lucky to grow up in Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

We moved to Biltmore Shores in 1954, I attended Fairfield for part of 6th grade and then was transferred to Birch Lane and was part of the first 6th Grade Class to graduate from there.I recall principal Ms.Young as tough but fair , Coach Igra as really being a cool guy, had Mrs, Cutler for the last part of the year, nice lady but we did not hit it off well. Then off to Parkside for 7th and 8th Grade , bused all the time in the rain and snow. Remember nasty art teacher with big ruler he used for discipline , Ms. Hyman for social studies, and a math teacher, Mr. Marchant? Then off to MHS for 9th through 12th grade.
Had several great teachers there, Mr. Moore-Spanish, Mr. Guernsey for math, Mr. Hoyt , a prima donna for choir, Mr. Wurthman for English, and Ms. Musial in 12th grade English as a first year teacher, what that class did to that poor lady was unreal, social studies, lucky to have Al Baldwin -great guy, and Floyd Kenyon , what a character , oh yes Mr. Morrissey for Math and Al Orrok.
Ms. Godbold for guidance told me I would never get into the college I wanted to and of course I did.
Living in Biltmore Shore and being near the bay and beach was great times, later moved to Harbour Green in 1961 and that closer to the bay. Grew up around boats and summer fluke, and fall flounder and collecting clams at low tide out in the bay to pay for marine gas then about 31 cents a gallon!
Had a great bunch of guys to play sports with , Joe, Bill, Tim, George later Dave, Eric, and Doug, fishing at Fire Island Inlet and Jones inlet surfing at Gilgo Beach, beaching our small boats at Zachs bay and walking over to the ocean at Jones Beach, hockey on Caroons Lake, all great memories.,recall then putt putt and Bow wow on Sunrise , Kirsch's was a stop anytime we went to library. Yes, 35cent sundaes at Grants and Kresge at the Bar Harbour Mall, the pizza place there and the Hot Dog place, can't forget the small barbershop just down from MHs.
How can you not recall Lords bakery and the deli next door?
Played the golf course in Nassau Shores several times learning the game.
Miss the GO Card to get into the hockey games at Madison Square Carden for $5.00
Went off to college and then to law school in Ohio and in 1969 joined the US Dept of Justice and was transferred all over the country and have never made it back to Massapequa. hope to one day get back for a ride around town. I miss it.....

Apr 02, 2021
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unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

I saw Steve Delembackus fight with a teacher, it was in the dark lunch room. It was scarey. Was the bright one for 'buyers' and the dark for 'bringers'? 3 cent milks. Mrs. Kaye was the best. 20 years later I met someone who knew her and her husband, they were still kindness personified. Mr. Elder was nice. On to Berner, Mr. Sommerman was cool, He sent a message through a classmate to ask me to stop cutting class.

Mar 31, 2021
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New Wing NEW
by: Jeff C.

I remember when they built the "New Wing". I was in 6th grade.We were the first grade to use these new classrooms.

Mar 31, 2021
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Mrs Daschinger NEW
by: Mark B.

Oh wow, Mrs. Daschinger! Now that you mention her name, I remember her. She shocked me when, during a class one day, while we were singing, she called me out. I thought she was going to tell the class I had a horrible voice. Instead she put me in a capella choir! When my voice changed, no one would have ever thought to do that again! ;)

Mar 31, 2021
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Music at Unqua NEW
by: Roseann

I remember Mrs. Dashshinger for music.

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua memories NEW
by: Roseann

I remember Steve Delambackus too. I was sort of friends with him at BHS. He was killed in a car accident a few years ago. I remember Mr. Moy too and how he told us how to spell his name. I was at Unqua his first year there. I think we were respectful but he was a very boring teacher.

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua NEW
by: Jeff C.

Vivid memories! I can recall all of the names listed. I had Mrs. Azimi for 2nd, Miss Abrams for 3rd, Mrs. Asher for 4th, Mrs. Weiss/ Miss Donofrio in 5th (Weiss went on Sabbatical) and Mrs. Lopresti/Miss Carnevale in 6th (Lopresti had a baby). Anyone remember Mr. Stowell for Music and Mrs. Singer? I was captivated by Mrs. Singer's colored stockings!

Mar 31, 2021
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Unqua School NEW
by: Kevin

I goofed, Mrs. Bruni taught 1st grade so Ms. Davis was 2nd, Mrs. Thompson was 3rd and Mrs. Zembrowski was 4th. Mr. Moy gave us the "boy", "toy" lecture but we just dismissed him out-of-hand. We were brought up to respect our elders, teachers, etc. so we would never give them any of them a hard time. There was a teacher (male) who got into a fight with a student at lunch time once, I don't remember the teacher's name but the kids last name was "Delembacus" or something like that, he was very big for his age and rather heavy set. He hit the teacher in the face with a baseball glove. I'm sure that didn't work out for the student.

Mar 30, 2021
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by: Anonymous

That’s how we were all raised. Nothing about it was right.
I feel somehow it made us stronger. Smarter. We learned from that mentality on our own and grew.

Mar 30, 2021
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Mr Moy NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Mr Moy in seventh grade at McKenna. He was a librarian. I remember the first day of class he stood upfront and said to the class if you know Boy then you will know Toy and than you will know my name Mr Moy.That wasn’t a good thing to tell a bunch of seventh graders.From that point on we used to call him Mr. Boy Toy Moy.He got very physical with me one day, he slammed my head up against the wall and I hit the fire alarm actually cut the back of my head. But those Days you just suck it up. If I went home that night and told my dad Mr Moy push my head into the wall ,the first thing my dad would’ve said to me is what did you do wrong. He would’ve blamed me not the teacher. How things have changed over 45
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Mar 30, 2021
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Poor Mr Moy NEW
by: Mark B

Ah yes, he taught us the Dewey Decimal system... I remember we used to give Mr Moy a hard time for no very good reason; we treated him sort of how we would treat substitute teachers - with not a whole lot of respect!

Mar 30, 2021
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Spelling NEW
by: Karen

I am having spelling trouble...drove!

Mar 30, 2021
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Moy NEW
by: Karen

I had Mrs. Zebrowski(?) for 4th and Mrs. Eggloff
(?) For 3rd! Does anyone remember when Mr.Moy drive his car into the playground when kids were outside? They said he had a breakdown and I think e was trying to run us over! 😵😂

Mar 30, 2021
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Unqua memories NEW
by: Roseann

Kevin - I remember all these names of teachers. There were so many of us kids in those years. True boomers. I had Mrs. Bruni for 1st, Miss Schaefer in 2nd, Mrs Nelson in 3rd, Miss Boeing in 4th, Miss Leffert 5th and Mrs. Larkin in 6th. They were all so essential at that time.

Mar 30, 2021
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Unqua School NEW
by: Kevin

I started at Unqua around 1961. Mrs. Saltese for kindergarten, Mrs. Bruni 2nd, Ms. Davis 3rd, Mrs. Thompson 4th, Mrs. Zembrowski (most likely not the correct spelling), Mrs. Weiss 5th and Mrs. Yeager 6th. Mr. Bell was the principal. Mr. Moy was the librarian which was a new concept and there were probably only a few dozen books. We would sneak into the Massapequa Drive-In parking lot during lunch looking for lose change, plenty of Coney Island Whitefish around. Walked down Unqua Road many times with the Baldwin boys, Alec was always the best behaved which might be difficult to appreciate at this juncture.

Mar 30, 2021
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Burger King Sunrise Mall NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone work at Burger King in Sunrise Mall in early 80’s.

Mar 30, 2021
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Correction NEW
by: Karen

That is supposed to be Mrs.Mahr!

Mar 30, 2021
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Mrs.Mahr
by: Karen

3 in my family had Mrs.Mary and my younger brother had Miss Hamilton and he had quite the crush! I had Mrs.Weiss for 5th...loved her! I think my favorite though was Mr. O'toole who was 6th grade!
I think the principal was Mr. Bell!

Mar 30, 2021
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re mrs Hamilton by Jeff and Anonoamous
by: KEITH CORNELIUS

Hi I wonder if we were in the same class with Mrs Hamilton in 64 -65.?? Great memories of long ago

Mar 24, 2021
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Dale Pets
by: Anonymous

Nancy that worked at Dale Pets was my best friends wife. I remember Pete Angles ,sorry to hear about his passing. If you folks remember the coin operated horse in the front of the store in the late 70s. I owned that Kiddie ride

Mar 24, 2021
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Great Page. great memories! NEW
by: Donna B

Hi! I had Mrs.Mahr for kindergarten at Eastlake school. 1962-1963 school year. For 1st grade I went to Maplewood School in Wantagh, then 2nd -5th grade at Unqua. I had Miss Hoyt for 2nd grade, Mrs. Pompa for 3rd grade, Miss Bard for 4th and Mrs. Weiss for 5th. Loved them all (except Miss Hoyt). My family moved at the end of 5th grade to up state New York, then to Connecticut which is where I still live today. I have only fond memories of Massapequa and come back to Long Island every summer to visit family and friends. I lived on West Shore Drive and was friends with Stephanie Sollecito. and the Larkins. Great Memories!!

Mar 24, 2021
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Seinfeld NEW
by: Anonymous

I had long heard that Seinfeld had gone to Eastlake Elementary School which always seemed to not make sense since he graduated from Massapequa High School. After a number of years of noodling around I found that he did in fact live at 50 Eastgate Road and did go to Eastlake. Eastgate Rd. ran along what became the back fence of the Sunrise Mall. His family later moved down close to the water, possibly before he finished Eastlake. He did also go to McKenna. I grew up on Westgate Rd.

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Bruni and Mrs. Mahr NEW
by: Roseann

I had Mrs. Bruni for first grade 1963 - 1964. I remember Mrs. Mahr and her husband was Alan Mahr. I know a cousin of Angela Mahr who goes to my church in NYC. Mr. Mahr recently passed.

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Bruni
by: Karen

We lived next door to the Bruni's! I had Mrs. Maher for Kindergarten at Unqua 1967!

Mar 23, 2021
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Mrs. Hamilton NEW
by: Jeff

Yes, Mrs. Hamilton's room was in the front South corner of the school. She was great! Then Mrs. BRuni for first grade in '66. Many vivid memories. My name is Jeff Cootner. And yours?

Mar 22, 2021
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mrs Hamilton 1965
by: Anonymous

I had Mrs Hamilton in 1965 also! whats your name?I remember so much from those days. Our class room was in the front south corner.She was wonderful

Mar 22, 2021
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mrs Hamilton 1965 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Mrs Hamilton in 1965 also! whats your name?I remember so much from those days. Our class room was in the front south corner.She was wonderful

Mar 22, 2021
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Unqua school NEW
by: Mark B

I had Mrs. Feigenbaum for 1st grade at Unqua. I remember wondering how she went from being, umm, "fat", to skinny so quick. Lol. I didn't yet know enough to figure out she wasn't "fat", she was pregnant! Those were the days of the Cuban Missle Crisis and diving under the desk for a nuclear attack drill. Yep - that would've saved us! Does anyone remember Mrs. Armet and Mr. Dooly - both math teachers at MHS?

Mar 22, 2021
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Mrs. Hamilton NEW
by: JC

Mrs. Hamilton was my kindergarten teacher at Unqua in 1965

Mar 21, 2021
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East Lake for kindergarten NEW
by: Roseann

I remember your name Dan from BHS. I went to East Lake for kindergarten. I had Mrs. Hamilton.

Mar 21, 2021
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@Mark B NEW
by: Roseann

I remember you Mark B. Thanks for writing. There is a famous TV producer with your same name so I have thought about you when I have seen that over these many years. I never thought Miss Leffert was all that nice but she was a good teacher and is the reason I have always been interested in the news and current events. She really schooled us in that. I think we also had Mrs. Larkin together in the 6th grade. I really liked Mrs. Larken and I remember the mock convention in her class.

Mar 21, 2021
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Class Photo 1962-63 NEW
by: Dan Moran

Hi,
I have long searched for someone who might have a class photo from Eastlake School, Miss Stafford's 1st Grade Class from 1963-64.. I do have all the rest from my years there. Might someone out there have been in that class and have the photo?
Thanks-Dan Moran

Mar 21, 2021
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Massapequa Stories NEW
by: Dan Moran

Hi Massapequans,
I too graduated Berner in 1975. Before that I went to McKenna and Eastlake. I have been a writer all these many years and have written a numbwer os stories about growing up in Massapequa. Despite having had now thirteen collections of poetry published I have not published these stories but have begun posting them on YouTube. Should any of you wish to hear a few they are on my YouTube channel which is danielthomasmoran. Here is a link to two of them. I hope they bring back some good memories.
Cheers-Dan Moran

https://youtu.be/_E8YQQVJE_8

https://youtu.be/YPrNKt_Fmx8

Mar 20, 2021
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Miss Carnevale NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone recall Miss Carnevale from Unqua School? Great teacher for 6th grade!

Mar 19, 2021
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Hi Roseann - we were classmates! NEW
by: Mark B

@Roseanne - I graduated MHS in 1975, went to Unqua and had Ms. Lefferts as my 5th Grade teacher. I do recall your name, but (sorry) that's about it. Do you remember doing a mock presidential convention with Ms. Lefferts? She asked me to represent Wallace (what did I know about politics at the time? So I said yes.) I distinctly remember that she turned cold to me after that, as if I REALLY was a Wallace supporter (never, ever, of course but she almost seemed to blame me for taking the role she assigned me! Weird). At the time I didn't understand why she changed but of course as I got a little older I realized, and thougth it unfair of her to do that. (Strange foreshadowing of current times!) Nonetheless I liked her as a teacher, at least up until that point.

Mar 18, 2021
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BHS class of 1975
by: Roseann

I went to Unqua and lived on Huron Ave. in Nassau Shores. Does anyone know what happened to Miss Leffert who taught 5th grade at Unqua. She was so pretty. I live in NYC now. I was very nerdy in those days and wasn't really close to too many people. My parents were very strict.

Mar 18, 2021
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Random comment NEW
by: Anonymous

Joe’s deli which became Carol’s deli on South west corner of Broadway and Rhode Island avenue next to the drug store. Bought all my baseball cards there.

Mar 18, 2021
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I remember it well.... NEW
by: Anonymous

So wonderful to read all these memories!

Biltmore Beach Club dances on Friday night in summer.
The "art house" cinema at the Bar Harbor Shopping Center
Tobay Beach
Gilgo Beach
Harbor Green
Biltmore Shores
St. Rose of Lima Church
Pequa Bowl
Crabbing off the docks at high tide.
In fall, burning leaves, on the side of the road.
Skinny dipping in the bay
Ice Skating on Caroons Lake
ABC Deli
Memorial Day Parades

Massapequa in the 50's and 60's was a simple, lovely place to be. The only thing I was afraid of as a kid was Khruschev and air raid drills, where we crouched in the halls of Birch Lane School.

Mar 13, 2021
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Good memories of Massapequa
by: Ray Cooke

Came across this site after seeing a reference to Bohack's supermarket on a Pinterest page - lots of good memories here!
I grew up in Massapequa and graduated from Berner in 1975; went to school in Colorado and lived there for several years afterward, then moved to the Los Angeles area where I live today. Despite the years Massapequa memories come back often, like when I bought cold cuts the other day and recalled Scordato's deli on North Broadway up the block from our house on Suffolk Ave., and Sparky's barber shop as I look at my now rather long hair thanks to COVID closing our local barbers. I even check the Newsday website every now and then to see what's going on around Long Island, and am awaiting delivery of a Massapequa history book from Amazon that I stumbled across last week.
Spent a few weeks back in Massapequa about two years ago, sadly because my dad died and we had to take care of things afterwards, but it was a chance to immerse myself in the place where I grew up and revisit places that were part of my life. Won't forget those places, or the people who were part of those memories. I never had any plans to move back, but I'll always remember it as a good place to live!

Mar 13, 2021
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Ice cream truck 1950s NEW
by: Anonymous

Judy Ann. Good Humor. Bungalow Bar.

Mar 08, 2021
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Dick and Dora’s
by: Charlie L

Worked at this place from 79 to 80, 2nd owners Joe and Helen real tuff to work for, busted my butt as a bus boy, $$ was great! The place closed down in late 90’s and they developed waterfront condos.

Mar 01, 2021
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the sixties NEW
by: CM

remember much about growing up in that town ,sol's by the A&P the Italian deli inside corner near Sol's the pequa bowl the pequa theatre Mass zoo and the monkey mountain feed them for a nickel a shotbig bow bow best hot dogs ,the hotel burnt down on hicksville road and they left it there so we could climb over the ruins .Croons lake and the winter ice skating ,West end deli on Seaford avenue and merrick road,Bar harbour and grants the square pizza place and the record store I bought "sargents peppers lonely hearts club band" album.I had a gang of friends some true and some not was always moving around learned to handel myself on the streets after one year in military school and went to parkside ,the bullies couldnt beat the snot out of me anymore .I learned how to get by on the streets or anyplace I shot pool with WIlly Masconi at a pool hall on merrick road near the John j burns park and ran with my friends shooting pool and stopping in to the diner for coffe at night,we moved in 67 after a death in the family..good and bad times there but never a dull moment my family was there and those were good times.

Mar 01, 2021
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the sixties NEW
by: CM

remember much about growing up in that town ,sol's by the A&P the Italian deli inside corner near Sol's the pequa bowl the pequa theatre Mass zoo and the monkey mountain feed them for a nickel a shotbig bow bow best hot dogs ,the hotel burnt down on hicksville road and they left it there so we could climb over the ruins .Croons lake and the winter ice skating ,West end deli on Seaford avenue and merrick road,Bar harbour and grants the square pizza place and the record store I bought "sargents peppers lonely hearts club band" album.I had a gang of friends some true and some not was always moving around learned to handel myself on the streets after one year in military school and went to parkside ,the bullies couldnt beat the snot out of me anymore .I learned how to get by on the streets or anyplace I shot pool with WIlly Masconi at a pool hall on merrick road near the John j burns park and ran with my friends shooting pool and stopping in to the diner for coffe at night,we moved in 67 after a death in the family..good and bad times there but never a dull moment my family was there and those were good times.

Feb 28, 2021
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Ice Cream Trucks street hockey NEW
by: Anonymous

I believe Circus man was the Other Ice Cream Truck.
I remember Fribbles at Friendly’s on Broadway and Clark Blvd
Street Hockey games one block against another at Hawthorn school parking lot.
Getting our hockey stick blades at Korvettes or Herman’s in the mall.
Curving them over a hot pot of boiling water.
Playing baseball in the sump with one ball wrapped with electrical tape.

Feb 28, 2021
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love this site NEW
by: KeithCornelius

Just came back to this wonderful site after a year or so. Just spent at least an hour reading all of your memories. I was born there 1959 and spent 13 years of my childhood living on Fairwater Ave right by the Bay. Holding back tears of joy and smiling as i read such great memories from most of you just touched my heart.The Baldwin Family lived directly behind us with just a fence separating our yards. We made home 8mm movies in my yard which i still have. i miss the golden days of growing up in old Massapequa

Feb 23, 2021
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Holiday Park NEW
by: Annie

Bobby Hep -- I believe you went to school with my cousins...The DeLuca's who lived on Chestnut Street. I recognize the name. I went to Farmingdale HS but lived on the border...I have very good memories of those years. (I still live in Massapequa...my cousins have all moved south).

Feb 23, 2021
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An ORIGINAL "HOLIDAY PARK BOY"
by: Bobby Hepburn (Zep)

I grew up on Ontario Ave. and went to Plainedge HS. As a teenager, we hung out behind SCHWARTING School on Jerusalem Ave. and HOLIDAY PARK on Hicksville Road. I worked at THE HOLIDAY PARK Pharmacy as a delivery boy in HS. I have GREAT memories of my childhood and teenage years at Plainedge. My singing career started there when ALL the guys used to form little groups and harmonize. We were only a few miles from Alhambra Beach, Florence Ave. Beach or... a bus trip away from Jones Beach. EVERYONE who has ever been to Massapequa, knows ALL AMERICAN on Merrick Road. It has LEGENDARY French Fries. I miss those day, but am happy here in the Mountains of The Lehigh Valley, in Pennsylvania. I still go back every year for the ITALIAN FEAST on Broadway. Us OLD guys gather in front of THE VILLAGE PUB.

Feb 21, 2021
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Response to Books on the Table NEW
by: Anonymous

I am say that Carol DeBrita, has passed away. She lived on Chicago Avenue, two doors away from me, and was my fourth grade teacher. Talk about being awkward having your teacher as your neighbor. May Ms. DeBrita Rest In Peace.

Feb 13, 2021
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Re Visited Massapequa in 2019 NEW
by: Anonymous

Reading all the comments here on this site , names of places to eat, names of people and neighborhoods , street names .
Well , I came back to Massapequa on a business trip with my Husband and kids , and after leaving this town , driving thru the streets , I was so sad to see lots of changes
but so is life after 30 plus years , I wish it was the old neighborhood , seeing kids play in the streets , I did not see my neighbor Ma and Pop little candy stores , etc. anymore

I have many fond memories of Massapequa , the schools Berner HS/Massapequa HS. I still keep in contact with classmates ( not going to say what year i grad) from but i will never forget the small town memories of my childhood/teen era

Feb 10, 2021
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Looking for Ms. Carol Debrita
by: Books on her table

I went to Raymond J. Lockhart elementary 1971 to 1977, and had
Carol Debrita as my 5th grade teacher. Ms. Debrita was kind to me, listened to me and protected me from the bullies. Because of her, I homeschooled all my kids, who are all very successful, 2 of which are now teachers themselves.
I would love to know how she's doing, is she still as live?
If she is, please tell her Mary thanks her.

Feb 09, 2021
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Born on the Fourth of July NEW
by: Johnny Boy

To see how the Elmwood area of Dallas was made up to look like Massapequa, visit:

https://elmwoodna.org/blog/2016/11/21/historical-photos-downtown-elmwood

I read somewhere that Kovic lived on Lee Place and that Tom Cruise, before the movie started filming, visited Massapequa and had ice cream at Krisch's.

Feb 08, 2021
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Sparky's, et al. NEW
by: Johnny Boy

Sparky (some old man actor) was featured in "Born on the 4th of July," early on in the movie, which was filmed in the metro Dallas area, but made up to look like Broadway in Massapequa.

I remember getting my haircut by Sparky in December of 1980 when I was home on leave from Gila Bend AFB given I had let it grow out on vacation.

As to Bungalow Bar, I always remember the song "Bungalow Bar, tastes like tar, the more you eat it, the sicker you are." Typical kid stuff.

There was also a great Italian Deli on Broadway (west side of the street); can't remember the name, but the food was incredible.


Jan 24, 2021
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Massapequa 1974 Grad
by: Greg M

I moved from New Hyde Park to Massapequa, Feb 1969, attended Parkside Middle School, Now Ames, my younger brother attended Birch Lane. All American is still there. I worked at All American my first job, paid $1.75 an hour. Mopped the floors, made those great French fries, and was in charge of garbage compacting, in the dumpster. About 1974 worked at Pequa movie theater wearing the red blazer suit jacket, now a car dealership. And summers worked as a Tobay Lifeguard. Tobay has survived a few Hurricanes but it’s still there. I believe it was Kevin who said he lived in Harbor Green in 1969, that is also where I lived for 12 years, I can’t place you Kevin. Now, I live off of Alhambra road, Dick and Dora,s no longer here but they use to make the best pizza. Enjoyed reading everyone’s posts.

Dec 30, 2020
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Repaving the Roads (to JHG) NEW
by: Kevin

We moved from Queens to Highwater Avenue in the 1950s and then to Shinnecock Avenue, both in Nassau Shores. During Jr. High School we moved to Harbor Green. I never cared for Harbor Green very much, most of the kids were overly obsessed with who had the bigger house, drove the fancier car, had the fastest boat - you get the idea. That wasn't the way we were brought up, we were taught to judge people by how they treated others. Manners, being polite, respectful, etc. - these mattered most. We made friends with everyone, regardless of where they lived or what their Dad for a living. I think that's the way it should always be.

Dec 30, 2020
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Berner in the news NEW
by: Anonymous

Berner HS in the news:
"As a student at Berner High School in Massapequa, Baldwin was listed as "Alexander Baldwin" in the yearbook."
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https://pagesix.com/2020/12/30/like-hilaria-alec-baldwin-also-changed-his-name/

Dec 28, 2020
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Repaving - Nassau Shores
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I remember the roads being repaved in the mid 60's (?) after they installed the sewers around the area. I was a kid but I know all the neighbors had to put up with the mess but were glad they didn't have to worry about their cesspools caving in any longer.
I can't believe most of Suffolk County still doesn't have cesspools.

Dec 27, 2020
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Paving in Mass pk in 60s NEW
by: Richie B

That was crazy the tar sprayer and then putting bluestones on top. It became a road in time. But inthe mean time it was a mess to walk on.

Dec 27, 2020
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Repaving the Roads (Kevin) - Nassau Shores NEW
by: JHG

I remember when they repaved the streets in Nassau Shores (or paved the streets for the 1st time?) we kids would walk over the tar and it would stick to the shoes and sneakers. Our mothers went crazy and would chase us down to where the tar was freshly spread. They couldn't go out to drag us home, they'd just yell to us to get off the streets. We kids must have been between 4 and 6 at the time. Mom and dad would use kerosene to get the tar off the shoes. What a mess.
And we all loved the smell of the fog man's truck. We'd follow him on our bicycles as he drove his Jeep around each house on our bikes or just running after him. I don't remember any adverse after-effects. Just dementia in my old age.......:-)
Kevin, what street were you on?

Dec 27, 2020
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Lakeshore Drive NEW
by: Bob HAnonymous

Born in Massapequa in 68. Lived on Lakeshore dr. Loved it there, playing in the woos with the stream and lakes.Remeber going to Musicaros restaurant and having their brick ice cream. It was so delicious !!

Dec 26, 2020
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Sol' Lunchentte NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember this place- Sol's it was in the shopping center across from All American-

It was where Uncle Giuseppe's is now. The Shopping center was not as big then.

Dec 08, 2020
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Repaving the Roads NEW
by: Kevin

I certainly recall the repaving of the roads with the hot tar and blue stone. A tremendous mess (the stones would stick to the tires on our car or get caught in the treads and make a lot of noise on the bottom of the car whenever my parents went through our neighborhood) and since we lived on a corner the workers would ask if they could get a drink of water from our garden hose. That's something you can't forget.

Dec 08, 2020
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To Kevin NEW
by: Anonymous

I think that fog was DDT! I remember the knife sharpening guy, milk man, bread truck and of course the Good Humor truck; but I also remember in the fall, a hay wagon came around and gave rides, this was on Cartwright Blvd in 1949 or so.
Some years, the streets would be regravelled with hot tar oozing up.

Dec 07, 2020
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Charlie Chips NEW
by: Anonymous

How about Charlie Chips! Big tins of potato chips and pretzels getting delivered!

Dec 07, 2020
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Vendor Trucks NEW
by: Kevin

In Nassau Shores we had Good Humor and Hood ice cream trucks. Bungalow Bar and Mr. Softee were in Queens where my grandparents lived. We also had the milkman (I have a big scar on my wrist when I fell on our metal milkbox) and the Dougan man who delivered baked goods. There was also the "grinder man" in the big open-sided green truck that had that loud alarm type bell and everyone would get their scissors and outdoor tools sharpened. I can't forget the "fog man", the town would spray for mosquitos with a truck creating a huge fog down our block and all the kids would ride through the mist on their bikes. Probably not a very smart move but we didn't know any better.

Dec 06, 2020
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Ice cream trucks NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember a third truck that would come very once in while. Judy Ann. The saying was Judy Ann the garbage man. Bugalow bar tastes like tar. It would go down Pacific St.

Dec 06, 2020
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Home deliveries NEW
by: Anonymous

I also remember the sharpening truck and his distinctive bell ringing. My father would often have his hedge clippers sharpened. How about the milkman delivery truck. I think it was Borden's dairy. The milk and other dairy products would be left on the front stoop in those silver insulated boxes. The glass quarts of milk always had a good inch of cream on top. Also, for a while we had the Dugan Breadman deliver bread products.I am going back now to the late 50's and early 60's

Dec 06, 2020
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3rd Truck with Bells NEW
by: jg JHS'67

I recall a knife sharpening truck, painted green and slower than the ice cream trucks, and ringing smaller higher pitched bells. A lot of the moms in the neighborhood would run out with scissors and knifes for the man to sharpen.

Dec 06, 2020
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Ice Cream Truck - Anonymous
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I don't know if your question about the fourth ice cream truck, way back when, was a riddle (do you already know the answer?) but the only other regular ice cream truck I can remember was Carvel.
Was there another one?

Dec 06, 2020
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Sol's Luncheonette
by: Rex Gale

I remember and loved this place if it's the same one I'm thinking of. Was it just down from All American in a small strip center...between All American and Dairy Barn?
We used to play basketball down at Fairfield Elementary School and Parkside. After we headed to Sol's Luncheonette and sat at the counter for a vanilla soda and toasted bagel :)
My idea of heaven growing up as a kid in Massapequa!

Dec 04, 2020
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Ice Cream Trucks in Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

We all remember Good Humor and Bungalow Bar Ice Cream but who remembers the third truck in the 50s and it is not Mr Softee.

Dec 04, 2020
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Nancy and Pete Engels? NEW
by: Dylan Engels

Pete Engels is my father, he passed away 6 years ago. He was 21 years old in 1975 so the timing seems to match. Nancy is my aunt and his younger sister, her last name is now Giannattasio if you have Facebook. I randomly came across this blog while looking for an old surf shop I went to and then saw your comment... it would be pretty crazy if we’re thinking of the same people!

Dec 04, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't remember the last name... If Nancy worked there spring/summer of 1975 then, yes, I suppose so! I'd be interested to know if this is the same person.

Dec 02, 2020
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Pete Engels?
by: Anonymous

Nancy and Pete Engels?

Dec 01, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

When I stopped working at Dale Pets in mid-1975 there was a young woman who worked there, but I don't believe her name was Nancy (I could be wrong)... she had blonde hair and her brother was Pete, a friend of mine.

Dec 01, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

My friends wife worked at Dale Pets around that time.Her
First name was Nancy

Nov 13, 2020
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Lafayette NEW
by: Jeff

yes that electronics store was Lafayette Electronics. Bought my first stero there.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Anonymous

That's right Kevin - the coffee shop was next door and when I worked there I think an electronics store was on the other side, or perhaps a couple of doors down. We had a pretty broad mix of animals there... dogs, cats, tropical and salt water fish, birds, reptiles and on occasion some more exotic animals. The only animal I wouldn't go near was the tarantula we once had!

Nov 13, 2020
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by: Kevin

If memory serves Dale Pets was next to the coffee shop and Courtesy Drugs closest to Sunrise Highway. We would go after church on Sunday, my parents would go shopping at Courtesy Drugs and if we were lucky we could pick out something like candy or perhaps Batman cards. Then we'd visit Dale Pets. We moved to Massapequa, Nassau Shores in 1958, and then to Harbor Green around 1969. I left in 1980 and currently live up on the North Shore. Sadly over-commercialization and our elected officials complete disregard for the quality of life on Long Island (tax revenues are apparently more important than maintaining the beauty that was once Nassau & Suffolk counties) has made us decide to leave NY forever. Massapequa once looked like the country but today looks more like Jamaica Queens. Fortunately I still have the memories which can't be paved over or have a strip center or fast food store built on top of them.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Mark B.

Does anyone remember Dale Pets in the Mays shopping center? I worked there from 1972-1975.

Nov 13, 2020
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Dale Pets NEW
by: Mark B.

Does anyone remember Dale Pets in the Mays shopping center? I worked there from 1972-1975.

Nov 13, 2020
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Great memories Janet Falvo NEW
by: Donna B

Hi Janet Falvo, I loved reading your story. I lived in Massapequa until the end of 5th grade. Then we moved to Connecticut which is where i still live. Debbie Kruetel was in my 4th grade class with Miss Bard as our teacher! I was very quiet and shy so probably nobody remembers me, but Debbie was always so nice and friendly!! I had Miss Hoyt for 2nd grade, Mrs. Pompa for 3rd, Miss Bard 4th, Mrs. Weiss for 5th. I have such great memories of Massapequa!! I lived on West Shore Drive {off Merrick Rd., } right by Marjorie Post Park. Loved all my teachers except Miss Hoyt!! A few of my neighbors were Stephanie Sollecito, Ellen Larkin. I try to go back every summer to visit family and friends that are still on the island. Oh, I think I had a Janet in either my 4th or 5th grade class, maybe it was you?? I'll be looking into that event at Marjorie Post park, sounds like fun!!

Nov 12, 2020
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Miniature Golf Course
by: Jo-Ann

Janet Falco my dad owned that miniature golf course. I have fond memories of the place and am still looking for photos of it if anyone has them. If you got a hole-in-one on the last hole, #18, you got a free game. You had to hit the ball up and over a bridge.

Nov 12, 2020
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Richard Place and that park by Mays NEW
by: Mark B.

Jeff C., I lived on Richard Pl. directly across from the basketball field in the park you mentioned, and right around the corner from Joludow Drive. I spent many a beautiful day playing with friends on the merry-go-round when in the giddy 5-10 age range, and used to cut along the creek behind the park to walk to Unqua school. Those indeed were the days, when parents called your name from the front stoop when it was time to come home for dinner! Lovely place to grow up and a nice time to do it in.

I graduated MHS in 1975, btw.

Nov 12, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Jeff C.

Teresa, your comments brought back vivid memories of a more innocent time. Yes we did walk everywhere back then. We were close enough to walk to 3 different movie theaters, a bowling alley, Mays and the Mall,Marjorie Post Park for swimming and ice skating, both elementary and high school and the woods to play in. Those of us on Jones Court could just hop the backyard fence and be in the little league baseball field (Richard Pl.) The best part was that we had around 30 kids who were within a year or two of each other and were always outside playing. We knew the moms in every house and they were like additional parents to us. It was really paradise to grow up in.

Nov 12, 2020
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Just Memories NEW
by: Janet Falco

I read a couple of comments of people who asked about Jones Court. I lived on Avenue Louise and yes I remember Jones Court. The Dwyers, the Lugos and the Olsons lived there. I lived near McCluskie, Senn, Mure, Alfino, Reno, Idone, Scalfani, Provenzano, Simon, Kruetel, Koff, Golden, Zorro, Sonderman, Daughtery, Ferguson, Merck, and Oast. That's all I can remember from that street right now. We walked to May's a lot and went to the miniature golf course on Sunrise Hwy near the Howard Johnsons. I got a hole in one there once! Got a free game. I remember Carvel, Lord's, the Pizza places and of course All-American. Chicken Delight was my favorite take-out. Walked to Unqua and Berner. I can't believe at 11 years old me and Debbie Kruetel walked to Bar Harbor for Pizza. They had outside music playing there. I thought I was in a rich area. I do remember the old man on the farm which was then converted to Marjorie Post Park. I guess the boys in town used to harass him so when I went to see the animals, the old man chased me down with rakes and shovels. My street butt up against that wooded area and his farm was through that way. There was a candy store we used to go to as well on Merrick. I have since moved from there in 1978. Went to Florida for 13 years and now I live in Knoxville, Tn. I have gone back numerous times to see family and friends. This last time in 2019 was a shocker. Really changed Very dirty around that area now. There's usually a yearly picnic at the Majorie post park woods around the end of August, early September but this year was canceled because of covid. It's for anyone that grew up in Massapequa. If interested it's usually posted on Facebook, by Julie Fruend or JIll Freund. Not sure. I forgot. Over the years, I got to see many people and it was really nice. Thanks for the memories. I enjoy reading them.

Nov 04, 2020
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CANDY who came FROM out on THE ISLAND... NEW
by: Anonymous

thanks Ed for the correction I missed it by a few blocks

Oct 28, 2020
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Candy Darling NEW
by: Ed Yazijian

I knew of Candy Darling back then. She was considerably older than me, but my mother knew and protected her from all the bullying she'd experience as a young boy at the time. She was our neighbor, and we knew her as Jimmy Slattery before Jimmy became Candy. The Slatterys lived at 79 First Ave., not Pacific Ave. Jimmy's mom's name was Theresa, and he had a much older half-brother Warren who my parents also knew. We lived up the street at 92 First Ave.

Oct 28, 2020
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CANDY who came FROM out on THE ISLAND... NEW
by: Anonymous

In Lou Reeds song "Walk on the Wild Side" he sings about Candy who came from out on the island. Candy Darling was from Massapequa Park and grew up on Pacific St. She was a transgender icon and actress in Warhol films.

Oct 20, 2020
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Garfield St NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Roosevelt right there, but not until the 70's. I was always staying with family in Brooklyn and went to private school so I did not hang with the neighborhood kids too much.

Oct 20, 2020
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Sol’s Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

Anybody ?

Oct 20, 2020
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Garfield Street? NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Garfield St, on the corner of Park Blvd. Did anyone live in that area? Such a great place to grow up. Between Garfield, Hayes and Smith Streets we had a gang of probably twenty kids.

Oct 19, 2020
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Roll 'N Ice NEW
by: BCK

Yes the place with the rollerskating upstairs and the ice skating downstairs was called Roll N' Ice on Sunrise Highway in Copiague. I grew up in Massapequa Park and my friends and I would rent time there to play ice hockey. It was hard to get the time so we would often play at 3 am! Our fathers were good sports, bringing us there at all hours. Hockey was an obsession on LI back then in the 70s. Good times.

Oct 14, 2020
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Correction... Year of Seinfeld graduation from MHS NEW
by: Anonymous

Just to correct one thing from the posting below this one, who graduated around 1980 and said "Jerry Seinfeld went to MHS in the class ahead of me", Seinfeld graduated MHS in 1972. You can find the yearbook page with his picture, and on that page the older brother of a good friend of mine from those days, Barry Schlactus! Best wishes to all us former (or still) Massapequans.

Oct 13, 2020
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A Great Place to Grow Up
by: Anonymous

Wow... This is amazing. I too; am from Massapequa, New York and miss it every single day. I graduated from Massapequa High School in 1980; went to SUNY Stony Brook and the rest is history. I loved growing up in Massapequa and always said I wanted to return there to raise my own family. I wish I had but; the best laid plans... I know Berber became a middle school after I left but; some of my best memories involved anytime Massapequa High had to face our ross-town arch rival and enemy, Berner. I actually lived ven remember the night a car; attempting to turn from Merrick Road within walking distance of the now famous All~American burger and fries joint. It was absolutely the most delicious; inexpensive place to go for all things greasy. Recently; it was actually featured on the Food Network's Burgers and Dives. I went nuts seeing that and was actually a bit shocked. Though we all loved their low-priced faire; we also didn't mind that the burgers were almost White Castle thin and the fries were so greasy you could eat AND change the oil on your car. Usually burgers featured on that TV show are mile high and loaded with insane toppings. All-American counted on 2 ingredients hooking teens in and ensuring many repeat visits;grease and salt. It worked but may be one of the causes of my hypertension. It was well worth it. You could scrounge up just a few bucks, eat like a poor mans's king and then, walk right next door for a cold, sweet and creamy,old-fashioned Carvel Ice Cream cone with sprinkles. The best soft-serve I have ever had. I spent countless summer nights doing just with good friends. I even remember the night a car screened of off Merrick Road and plowed right into the Carvel. Thankfully; I do not remember any fatalities but there were some blood spots that peaked the teenage curiosity and we peered through the police tape and shattered glass for days. Also nearby was Massapequa Bowl; as well as the Massapequa Diner and the ultimate teenage entertainment center of the 70's; the Sunrise Mall on Sunrise Highway. Who could ask for more. Massapequa even had its own share of celebrities;Jerry Seinfeld went to MHS in the class ahead of me as did some of the Baldwin boys and the Van Pelts from TV's Eight is Enough. Ron Kovic of the dramatic Vietnam-era film "Born on the Forth of July" grew into a Marine in Massapequa. The film details the dramatic twist of his story beginning in Massapequa. He was THE all-american boy who grew up at a time and in a small town that cherished patriotism and its' war heroes. Sadly; the Vietnam war took its' tragic, ugly turn and by the time Kovic returned home following a devastating injury, his Hero's Parade was marred by some mis-guided folks who now saw him as no more than a "Baby KIller". Kovic's whole life spiraled out of control after that. Many of the film's early background scenes were actually shot in Massapequa, ( with scenery specifically designed to turn back time to the 60's) and I recall a day when someone heard a rumor that they were going to film some scenes in the high school and that some of us could have a chance to be an extra in the movie. To my knowledge that never happened but the "buzz" was a fun distraction for a bit. I really could go on and on but some reading this probably know all about it. I don't know if it's because I was young and things were just so much simpler then but; I clearly remember a feeling of security in that town. Many people left their doors unlocked and kids RN from one house to the next begging for a drink or snack.My own Mother was such a skilled baker that she was awarded the honor of being called the "Cookie Lady" by all the kids. Lots of people had store bought cookies but not my Mom. I think she realized that the delicious aroma of fresher baked cookies would have a Peter Pan effect on us and she would get to make sure her kid was doing just fine. It really was like Cheers" -- everybody knew your name and I miss it more than I can say.

Oct 09, 2020
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Where to
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

I'm not sure where you can buy photos - Ive seen some nice ones on the walls of some stores around town- but there are plenty of great ones on the Massapequa Historical Society website. Maybe you can contact them and ask where you can purchase any.
In the meantime, if you have a large screen computer or laptop and an iphone you can take a picture of many photos right off the website and forward them through a CVS app and have them printed up in an hour. It's amazing how good they come out.

Oct 09, 2020
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Sparky's NEW
by: Mike K

I dont know where Sparky was located previously during his hair cutting career, but he ended up in the shop next to the cigar store (which was a Carvel years ago) on the west side of Broadway. After Sparky retired, he sold the business to an elderly man who worked there until his early 90s. That man sold it to a younger Russian speaking guy who I believe is still running that hair cutting business.

Oct 09, 2020
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where to NEW
by: Anonymous

Any one know where you can purchase old photos of Massapequa Park ?

Oct 09, 2020
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Fays Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

Wasn't Sparky's barber shop right next door to the luncheonette? Might have been one block south?

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

On my end of the street, I knew the Maddens, Zimmers, Bustards. At Birch Lane School, those I remember - have only first names! :) However, I do remember Miss Illmansee (later Mrs. Schreiber, for whom I'd an enormous crush), Mrs. Kollmer, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Goodwin. Our principal was Miss Young, which we children thought hilarious because she wasn't at that time.

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

Oh pity, I didn't know them! They must have been at the other end of the street. I was only 8 when we moved away - so I didn't get around much!

Oct 09, 2020
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Belverdere NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes Vanderhof

Oct 09, 2020
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Belvedere Drive NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi, do you remember the last names of your aunt or uncle?

Oct 09, 2020
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Burger King Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

So I posted about 2 months ago about fun times at my job that only lasted about a year. Great people just checking if anyone remembers back in 1982-1983. I had just left when Linda was struck in the head by a construction worker with a nail gun. Hope she and all my colleagues are doing well some 38 years later. Here’s a few of the names I remember, Janine, Diana, Christine, Bob, Claudia, John, Maryanne (she was dating manager) and of course Linda. Anyone with good memory who’s out there drop in love to hear.

Oct 09, 2020
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Belverdere dr NEW
by: Richie

My fathers cousin lived on Belvedere Dr 50s to maybe 70s. I called them aunt and uncle She worked at Bar Harbor I think Grants. They had a daugther Diane. I lived on Pacific St and East Lake Ave

Oct 08, 2020
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Sorry Birch Lane NEW
by: Anonymous

I went to Unqua in early 60's; lived on Richard Place near Block Blvd.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

I loved Fays, Egg creams and a three musketeers or Milky Way bar, Good n Plenty. All yummy. Now it’s a stupid florist and they built a funeral where My precious woods were. I wish things need to change even though I wish they wouldn’t.

Oct 08, 2020
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Birch Lane - Belvedere Drive - Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

I've been watching for any response to my posts and have seen none in two years.

IS THERE NO ONE who attended Birch Lane School in the early 1960s - or who lived on Belvedere Drive in Massapequa Park from 1956 to 1963?

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Fays very well. I would walk down with my friends from Von Huenfeld St., sit at the counter and have a fountain soda for a nickel then buy a full size candy bar ( Three Musketeer or Chunky ) also for a nickel for the walk back home.When I got a little older I would visit the deli next door and buy a 1/4 lb. paper carton of potato salad, that was the best ever. I have visited that deli a few times in the past 50 years since left Long Island and even though the owners have changed the salad is still the same. They must sell all the recipes along with the business.
When I got a older yet I would ride my bike after I finished my paper route (Newsday) across the tracks across Sunrise Highway to buys those 15 cent hamburgers from the newly opened fast food restaurants located on the south west corner of Sunrise Highway and Park Blvd. I don't believe it was McDonalds, perhaps a Wetsons.
Great times!

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays !uncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I loved Fays. I’d go there after my chores on the weekend, I bought candy with my allowance of 25 cents a week. 😀

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays Luncheonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember them vaguely but fondly. The husband used to wear those paper hats that were typical of soda jerks. They were very nice couple.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fay’s Luncheonette NEW
by: Bob

My family moved to Massapequa Park in 1954. I was a year old. We lived on Smith St, across from Hawthorne Elementary school. We moved to Oceanside in 1962.
Fay ( a large woman) her husband and a coworker named marge ran the place.

Oct 08, 2020
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Fays Lunceonette NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember Fays. Fay and her husband and another woman named Marge ran it.

Oct 08, 2020
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Luncheonette NEW
by: Gregg Millford

Does anyone recall a Luncheonette on the corner of south side Jerusalem and and east side of Broadway? It was converted to a Pizzeria in the early 70's. Anyone have a picture or a name of the Business

Sep 25, 2020
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Remembering
by: Jeff Lichtman

Lived on Philadelphia Ave until I went into the ARMY in 1967. Graduated Berner in 1965. Best friends were Ron Abbate (Grand Blvd)now in Ohio and Ronnie Marks, now in Florida. hung out with John Linker, George (Mugs) Thompson and Keith Ziglebauer. Many wonderful friends and times growing up in MP! Learned to fly at Zahns airport in Amityville.

Does anyone remember Carol Kaplan from MHS? Dated her while in the Army. MHS was a place for remedial summer school and drivers ed.

At 72yo, living in Texas, small ranchette, wife, dog named Marshall Dillon.

God Bless you all! Jeff

Sep 24, 2020
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Neighbors NEW
by: Betsy Knapp

I lived at 60 McKinley Streeet, Massapequa Park from 1953- 1968. My best friend was Maren Robinson. I was born in 1952. Did anyone out there live around me?

Sep 24, 2020
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Don’t Cook Tonight... NEW
by: Bob Messina

Don’t cook tonight. Call chicken delight. I lived in Massaoequa Park from 1954 to 1961. I’m 67 years old. Lived on Smith Street, across from Hawthorne Elementary School

Sep 24, 2020
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Koehl street NEW
by: Anonymous

Who owned Massapequa zoo and does anybody remember Chicken Delight in Massapequa on Merrick Road

Sep 23, 2020
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Airfield NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes, the airfield in Massapequa Park was the Fitzmaurice Flying Field. It was located on the area where the McKenna Elementary School (formerly Junior High), and the Nassau County Police Academy (formerly Hawthorn Elementary School). The street with the same name is about five blocks South of the area.

Sep 23, 2020
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Massapequa Airfield NEW
by: Anonymous

I'm gonna say the old airport in massapequa park was Fitzmaurice field. In fact i think there is a street of the same name on/near the site.

Sep 20, 2020
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Walking into the Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Anonymous

Thats me walking into the Massapequa Zoo with my mom, I'm 68 now.......my mom said "no one will know its us" and she was right.

Sep 20, 2020
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Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Anonymous

1959 or 60 ... One of my first jobs was at Massapequa Zoo. I ran the rides and whatever else I was told to do..

Felt lucky to have the job, at a dollar an hour, off the books!!

If you had any food from their food service they docked your pay.

When I asked for job, Mr. Grimaldi asked if I could shoot a BB gun... I said yes, and he had me shoot at a tin can ...I hit it ..got the job.. I sure was confused, but I was happy I got hired.

After being taught all the rides etc. I learned about the BB gun.

I was the look out, armed with a Daisy BB gun at the monkey mountain, when the men went into the area to clean..
all I had to do was show the gun over the wall and the monkeys would scatter to the opposite side. They were very vicious, and would attack and would throw stuff at the guy inside the moat. They were pretty scared of the BB gun, but there were times I remember i had to shoot. The bb would not break skin but would sting and send them scattering.
Cruel .. Different times !!




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Massapequa Zoo NEW
by: Linda

I moved to Massapequa Park in the early 50’s. At that time,
McKenny Jr. High was an airport and the surrounding area
was filled with blueberry bushes. Going to the Massapequa Zoo was always a real treat. I believe the owners daughter graduated from Berner HS in 66’. I now live in south Florida, but have fond memories of my years in Massapequa Park as a child.

Sep 01, 2020
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Nice picture of the Pequa Theatre NEW
by: Mark Barnett

Here's a link to a nice picture of the Pequa theatre. I went to a lot of double features here as a kid. Love the cartoons too! Still can't find a picture of the Big Bow Wow though.
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=https%3A%2F%2Ftse1.mm.bing.net%2Fth%3Fid%3DOIP.g-b9rWkfeiXlVoVr4V4CqQHaE6%26pid%3DApi&f=1

I haven't seen (probably missed it...) mention of Unqua school. Mrs. Feigenbaum was my first grade teacher there (around 1962). I remember thinking "how did she go from being fat to skinny so fast?" My ignorance of what it was to be pregnant was showing! I also remember the practice drills we did for a nuclear attack during the Cuban Missle Crisis.

Aug 31, 2020
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mini golf NEW
by: Richie

I also worked at the driving range before Mays. Does anyone remember that.

Aug 31, 2020
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Big Bow Wow
by: Jo-Ann

The Big Bow Wow pre-dated May’s Department Store. And I agree, I would love to see a picture of the place. Also of the miniature golf course behind it, owned by my father.

Aug 31, 2020
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50's & 60's NEW
by: Mark Katz

Worked: Massapequa Drive In, Dons Bicycle Shop, Howard Johnsons as a Cook!

Aug 31, 2020
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Bow Wow Sunrise Hwy in front of Mays NEW
by: Richie

Yes the Bow Wow I remember it well. I worked there in the 60s. As the head soda jerk. I'm still trying to find someone with a picture of that place.

Aug 31, 2020
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The Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

Anyone remember the Big Bow Wow on Sunrise Highway near Block Boulevard (out front of where Mays Dept Store was, and I think it might have predated Mays, but not sure). How about Zorn's Fried Chicken. Yu-um!

Aug 31, 2020
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Anonymous - Richard PL NEW
by: Anonymous

Thanks for correcting me... Richard PLACE, of course. Yes, I was a classmate of Jeff's and a good friend in Jr. High. Spent a lot of time in those years at his house. Knew his older brother Barry too, of course.

Aug 31, 2020
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Hawthorn Elementary NEW
by: Joe C

Does anyone know how to get old classmate info from Hawthorn Elementary from 1965-1967.I know it’s closed now and McKenna is the elementary school. Nobody at McKenna or the Massapequa Park school district has any idea.

Aug 28, 2020
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richard st NEW
by: Anonymous

Mark, I was great friends with Jeff and Barry Schlactus , I believe they lived at 54 Richard PL . I remember the playing fields you wrote about. Jeff is a doctor in Tenn.. Did you know them?

Aug 26, 2020
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MHS '75
by: Mark Barnett

I graduated from Massapequa High School in '75. Great memories all around. I lived near the Mays shopping center, right across from the park that was next to it (basketball court, merry go round, baseball field... cut through the fence to get to Mays and the rest of the stores. I worked at the pet shop in that shoppings center from 1972-1975 (JeriLou Pets, or maybe JeriLou was the company name). Of course we all know coach Bevilaqua was mentioned by name on Seinfeld. I went to Unqua, McKenna, then MHS. So many good times. I left LI to go to college in Cincinnati in 1975, and my parents moved to CA not long after, so I rarely went back. Did take my kids to see my house on Richard St. one day, probably in mid 90's. But the good memories do linger on, thankfully.

Aug 20, 2020
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Massapequa Park 1955-1969 NEW
by: Mark Katz

great thoughts about my childhood in the Park. My friends were so many, we all went to Hawthorne, Mckenna, Massapequa HS (1 year) & Berner HS '64.

Great times: We played all sports with my friends especially softball, hockey (on the frozen Lakes), Teen Centers, basement get togethers, Jungle Cruiser, Breakfast Club, Bill Brown, Bob Reifsnyder,Al Bevelaqua MHS, Al Pisano (also coached Lacrosse at West Point), The Locker Room on Merrick Rd.,the All American, Pizza Supreme, Musicaros, Massapequa Drive In, Massapequa Diner, the little Italian deli, on Merrick Rd near Berner who had the Best Heroes & sold a Quart of beer to anyone who could put the dollar on the counter.
My Friends, Nick Lopardo, Jimmy King, Rich Gaulrapp, Busby Smith, Carol Coneely, Elizabeth Waldrop, Kathy RRogers, Denice Rodgers, Kathy Shreck, Pete Levebre, Rich Neusse, Jerry Sterker, Joe Coppola, John Bergen, Bill Cotter. (sorry if I left alot out) Please forgive!!
This was Massapequa growing up and always remembered.

Aug 20, 2020
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Question NEW
by: Gerry Goodman

Does anyone remember the Alhambra Beach Club back in the 50s?

Aug 17, 2020
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LK - Record Store
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

LK
Just wanted to congratulate you on coming up with the name of the record store in Bar Harbour.
Bobbi's Beat! I really drew a blank on that one. I must have bought records there but I also bought records from May's Dept Store too I remember.
You moved out in '92. Not a whole lot has changed. Just more traffic but still a nice place to live.

Aug 15, 2020
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Bar Harbor record store NEW
by: LK

Left LI in 1992, but will always remember Bobbi’s Beat record store in Bar Harbor!

Aug 13, 2020
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Jim NEW
by: Phil

Thanks for sharing that i graduated Berner in 77 I do remember they had good food and I think I they had breakfast I took a detour there before school a few times.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco’s
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS ‘71

I helped open up Coco’s restaurant as a part time short order cook at night while going to CW Post. I think it was 1972 or ‘73. It was a busy popular place and a lot of nice local kids worked there. The biggest seller was called the Coco’s Combo which was a cheeseburger with French fries a neat pile of lettuce and tomatoes on the side. It went for @ $1.95 which was pretty steep at the time considering a cheeseburger at All American went for @ 60 cents.
They paid me a pretty good hourly wage at the time. It was enough for gas for my car and 2-3 nights of drinking with friends at the Frigate or PJ’s and a few Wantagh bars. Met my wife at the Frigate and had a wonderful life.

Aug 12, 2020
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Mexican restaurant NEW
by: Phil

Yes that was El Torido they had great happy hour and margaritas.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco's NEW
by: Anonymous

Coco's was great! Loved their food! We used to go with the family about twice a month. Remember when it converted to a Mexican Restaurant where they served the food on a tortilla and you could eat the plate!

Aug 12, 2020
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Book Store NEW
by: Anonymous

There were two book stores in the Sunrise Mall. The one I always went to was Waldenbooks.

Aug 12, 2020
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Coco restaurant NEW
by: Phil

Does anyone remember coco’s restaurant near Whites department store on sunrise highway.They made a speciality hamburger with there own sauce that was delicious.

Aug 12, 2020
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Record store NEW
by: Anonymous

I don't know if this is what you're looking for but there was a record store in the 50s and possibly the 60s called Spamp's, owned by a man named Joe Spampinato IF I remember correctly.

Aug 12, 2020
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Why can't we forget Massapequa? NEW
by: Joan Jansen

Hi fellow Matzoh-Pizza friends,

I and my family lived on Harrison Avenue from 1962-1976. We then moved to Westport, CT, and are now in Peterborough, NH. Dammit, I still miss All American, Krisch's, St.Rose of Lima, and the library.

Got a question. does anyone remember the book store that was either in town or in the Sunrise Mall? If so, PLEASE let me know. Thank you.

Joan Jansen

Aug 07, 2020
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Bar Hrbor Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

The restaurant in Bar Harbor in the 80's was Neighbor's. The grocery store was Foodtown (Officially Mel Weitz Foodtown).

Aug 07, 2020
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Bar Harbour Restaurant/Breakfast Place in the 80s NEW
by: Former Arlyn Dr'er

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant/breakfast place that was in Bar Harbour in the mid 80s or so? It was when you entered the plaza, turned left and it was right on the left. If you kept going, Food Lion was straight ahead

Aug 07, 2020
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Burger King Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

I worked only for about a year in this Burger King but met the greatest people and had fun times. Wish I could find someone who remembers. I worked from 1982-1983.

Jul 24, 2020
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Responding to The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

At the end of Clocks Blvd over the little bridge

Jul 23, 2020
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The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

I think the Wine Gallery was at the end of Clocks Blvd where you had to go over the little bridge

Jul 21, 2020
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The Wine Gallery NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember where the Wine Gallery restaurant was located?

Jul 21, 2020
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The Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember where the Wine Gallery restaurant was located?

Jul 18, 2020
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R.I.P. Susan Alice Marschall of Massapequa
by: Anonymous

R.I.P. my mom, Susan Marschall Hahn, who grew up in Harbor Green in the 1950s. https://richmond.com/obituaries/hahn-susan/article_112f38de-df97-5b09-b510-c09c337afea5.html

Matt Hahn

Jul 05, 2020
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Doyle's NEW
by: Richie

Their was Doyle's right off of Unqua on Burton Lane close to the school. I think there backyard was the school.

Jul 05, 2020
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Patricia NEW
by: Anonymous

Patricia
I think it was 302, first house on the east side from Sunrise. Berner class of 71 I believe. 4-5 children.

Jul 05, 2020
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Att: Christine NEW
by: Patricia

My brother and I had just finished talking about old times when I found this site. Everything was still fresh in my memory. He is 12 years younger than me so I was filling in a lot of things that he wasn't aware of. It really was a great place to grow up......

Jul 05, 2020
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Doyle
by: Patricia

Hi.....I saw the name 'Doyle' in an earlier post but I don't recall that name. Where on Unqua did they live? Closer to Sunrise, Merrick Rd, or in Nassau Shores?

Jul 05, 2020
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Patricia NEW
by: Anonymous

Hey Patricia,
Did you live near the Doyles? Did you know Fran Doyle?

Jul 05, 2020
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Pizza Supreme NEW
by: Phil

Thanks for answering me Gerry I thought it was supreme but was not positive thanks for confirming. There is a pizza place in garden city across from Roosevelt field on Steward ave with the same name and delicious square pizza I wonder if they were connected.l went to BHS but I have fond memories of eating there when I was a kid .Going there when shopping at or Gimbels or Grants with my mom and after Mustang football practice at burns park or cyo practice at Birch lane.

Jul 05, 2020
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by: Christine

Hello Patricia, my sister Diane also graduated in 1973 from Berner. We lived on Grand Boulevard between Euclid and Massachusetts. Our block was packed with kids all the time always playing in the fresh air (do kids do that anymore?) Reading about your memories of that time is like hearing her my sister's tales of that time—all the same places to go and things to do. I graduated in 1968, so my tales are slightly different, but the pure happiness of our youth, growing up in Massapequa Park, is the same.

Thank you for sharing your memories.

Jul 05, 2020
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Pizza Supreme NEW
by: Gerry

To answer your question Phil, it was the name above.
When I was in MHS i used to eat there almost everyday for lunch

Jul 04, 2020
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Responding to Roll & Ice NEW
by: Patricis

YES! I remember that place well. It was on Sunrise Hwy in Copiague across the street ftom the Copiague All Weather Drive In!

Jul 04, 2020
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Roll n Ice NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anybody remember that? Ice skating downstairs .. roller skating upstairs? Early 60’s maybe? ⛸

Jul 04, 2020
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Memories NEW
by: Patricia

Hi.....I graduated from Berner in 1973. I lived on Unqua Road across the street from Marjorie Post Park. Spent summer days at summer rec at Unqua Road school, in the pool at the park, and battle of the bands at the rink Friday nights. Would go ice skating at same rink in winter. Ate many burgers at All American and make sure we stop there when we come up from Florida. Loved riding my bicycle down in Bassau Shores with my friends and riding past the Baldwin brother's house. Let's not forget about those midnight visits to the diner (Merrick Rd & Unqua) for rice pudding! Sad that my kids never got to live there! It was good times!

Jul 04, 2020
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Pizza
by: Phil

Hi does anyone remember the name of the pizza place in the bar harbor mall they had square pizza.

Jun 25, 2020
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Record store in Bar Harbor Jim, Dave
by: Bill

I graduated in 1969 and it was there till then. Not sure how long after that. I was reminiscing with a friend and he asked me the name and we both spent a lot of time there but can’t remember the name. Maybe someone else will remember.

Jun 25, 2020
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Building Memories
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Just came back from a bike ride around Bar Harbor and John Burn's Park. Saw a group of kids probably around 14 yrs old jumping off the bulkhead near the boat ramp into the canal. (There was only a small ramp and no park when I was growing up 55 years ago)
I said to my self these kids are building Massapequa memories - they just don't know it yet. Sometime @ the year 2075 they could be writing to each other and saying "remember when we used to.....

Jun 25, 2020
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Pacific St Charles Ave NEW
by: Richie

Anyone come from near there? I was on the first block of Pacific between Clark and Penn Ave. I also lived on East Lake ave between Pittsburg and Euclid in the 50s. Went to East Lake Mckenna and Berner.

Jun 25, 2020
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Amanda
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Hi Amanda:
Well this is something! I remember your dad as a nice guy who was soon heading to medical school and I know he became quite accomplished in the medical field. I didn't remember though that he was in a band. We double dated a number of times. My beloved wife, Laurie, passed away two years ago and I still remain close to Barbara and her family. She misses Laurie almost as much as I do.
I checked with Barbara last night and she told me about seeing your Aunt occasionally. She said she might have an old picture of your father's band later on but not from the Battle of the Bands at Marjorie Post Park in 1972. I went to several Battle of the Bands at the park but by 1972 most of the bands I saw were in bars like PJ's in Farmingdale and then the Frigate in Massapequa. That's where I met my wife and Barbara! Great memories. That's what this site is all about right?
Well it's been great Amanda. Good luck with your quest for a photo of your Dad's band. Say hi to your dad for me and I hope you all stay safe.

Jun 25, 2020
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Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71 NEW
by: Amanda Desiderio

Jim,

Yes! That’s him. Her name was Barbara Marchese, right? He remembers. Actually, his older sister (my aunt) sees her every so often when she’s out shopping. He says hi, and hopes you’re doing well!

Jun 24, 2020
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Bill-record store in Bar Harbour Shopping Center NEW
by: Dave-Old Harbour Green

There was a record store but damned if I can remember the name! I bought my first 45 there which was 'Norman' by Sue Thompson. It was in the front strip of stores closer to the parking lot.
Spent a lot of time at that shopping center. Saturday matinees at the theater(got two bikes stolen there!); I'd buy a slice and wrap it in a piece of foil I brought and eat it during the movie.
We moved to Manhasset in 1965 so don't know if the record store was there after that. I hated to leave Massapequa. No more Tobay!

Jun 24, 2020
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Bill and Amanda
by: Jim, Nassau Shores BHS 71

Bill:
I see no one answered your question about a record store in Bar Harbor. I remember many of the stores like so many others: Grants, Kresge,Tom McAn, Pizza Supreme,Suburban Sports, a butcher, etc. but I don't remember a record store. Maybe it closed before I started going there in 1965. I do remember a toy or hobby store. Maybe they sold records in there?

Funny I grew up in Nassau Shores starting at age 12 and then at age 25I married a wonderful girl from Seaford in '78 and raised 2 great sons who have given us 5 wonderful grandchildren. Lived near the 7th precinct for 40 years. Now I live in a condo right behind the Bar Harbor Shopping Center near the Birch Lane school. It's really nice here but so much has changed

Amanda!
I believe I knew your father. Was his nickname, I guess you would call it - Desi? Was he in a band after that called the Ohio Express? Did he date a girl from Seaford @ 1974 -75 who was my wife's best friend?

Jun 24, 2020
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1972 Battle of the Bands?
by: Amanda Desiderio

Hi, everyone!

Not sure if this is the correct place to post this. I am the daughter of James Desiderio, who graduated from Plainedge High School in 1972. He was recently reminscing to me about his time playing at the battle of the bands in Marjorie Post Park, in 1972. If anyone has any memories/photos/videos/newspapers on the event that they would like to share, he would appreciate it greatly! I believe he said his band was called White Lightning. This might be a shot in the dark here, but am still taking the chance anyway! Thanks in advance. :)

Jun 16, 2020
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Record store in Bar Harbor NEW
by: Bill

Does anyone remember the name of the record store in Bar Harbor?

Jun 14, 2020
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Chinese restaurant in Sunrise Mall
by: Anonymous

I think the chinese restaurant in the Sunrise Mall was Good and Chan? As a teen I liked their chicken chow mein and egg rolls. My favorite place though was Jade East. It's nice to reminisce.

Jun 14, 2020
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To "3 Winding Road"
by: Anonymous

I'm John Pastirchak from Suffolk Ave. We were neighbors. I too graduated PHS, Class of '69. My experience is different; I no longer consider Massapequa "home." But, like you, I do miss Phils and All American.

Jun 14, 2020
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3 Winding Road NEW
by: Anonymous

I graduated from Plainedge High School in 1971 and to this day still consider Massapequa to be my home. I've been living in the Baltimore area since I graduated from Stony Brook in 1975 and love to travel back to the Island and go to All American and Phil"s Pizzeria on Hickville Road. One of these days I'm going to drive up pass the Southern State and say hello to Joey Pappalardo who also runs a great pizza shop. Like I said, I grew up in Massapequa, went to Schwarting Elementary School and then Southedge Jr High. Great lifelong memories that include many people who went to Plainedge High School.

Jun 10, 2020
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Gary Kafka NEW
by: Anonymous

Very sad to hear about Gary. He was always the coolest guy in the room. He was on a whole other level from most of us. Almost like he was listening to a different frequency than the mainstream. If it's true, I appreciate you letting us know...

Jun 09, 2020
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Gary Kafka
by: Terry Lee

I grew up in Nassau Shores and moved to Florida in 1982. My family is still on Long Island. One of my brothers just told me heard Gary Kafka, a childhood friend from the neighborhood, just passed away, but had no other information. If anyone here has any more info, I would appreciate you passing it along. Thanks

May 16, 2020
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Albert Kreiger NEW
by: Anonymous

If you grew up in Harbour Green Estates in the 1960s you knew who Attorney Albert Krieger was and he lived on Riveria Drive. He was member of the boat club and a very well respected avid fisherman. He was also known as one of the best criminal defense lawyers in the country. He was a man of dignity, purpose, class and a believer in our legal system. He relocated to Miami and went on to a famous and great career here.
Yesterday at age 96 he passed away, he was one of the great ones of our generation , a Massapequa Legend.

May 15, 2020
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Jeff C. NEW
by: Karen

Hi Jeff, my last name was Hermann! I was friends with Carol S. and Wendy O. Billy Dwyer hung out and played ball with my brothers! Also remember hanging out at the park on the end of the road!

May 15, 2020
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Back to Massapequa after 40 Years
by: Jim

First time seeing this and it is great. I see a lot of recent posts I guess with the virus people have more time for this type of thing. Moved from Queens with my family in 1965 to the Nassau Shores area. Graduated BHS in '71 and my sister in '75. 1971 was the last year BHS was a Jr & Sr high school. Now its just a Jr High with Chiefs as the mascot. Long live the Bisons! I see a few of you graduated in those years also. After a slow start there (in Queens I had 20 kids on just one block to play with) but things got better and it was a great place to live.I brought street stick ball to the area. Hung out at 52 Acres (now John Burns Park and ate at All American ever since. Its still going strong. Got married and lived 3 miles away in Seaford which was a great town to raise my boys, Now I'm back in Massapequa and its great to be back. Stay safe everyone!

May 11, 2020
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Rhode Island Avenue
by: Johnny Boy

My family moved from Yonkers to 90 Rhode Island Avenue in 1976 just after I graduated high school in the Bronx. I worked at Gimbel's in Valley Stream as a store detective for 3 years before heading off "into the wild blue yonder." Enlisted from the AF recruiting station on Broadway and New Hampshire Avenue. Had some great times on the Island and Massapequa. Loved Jones Beach, WLIR, concerts at Nassau (last ever show of Lynyrd Skynyrd with Ronnie Van Zant in June of 1977 and a great show with Styx/Angel in March of 1979), the Calderone Concert Hall (Remember seeing Fotomaker in May of 1978 and The Cars in December of 1978), Carvel ice cream, and the Massapequa Diner. After my tour of duty, I wanted to come back and join the Nassau County PD, but no openings at that time. Joined a police department in metro Denver and now I'm a deputy district attorney in Colorado. I do miss Massapequa!

May 09, 2020
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teacher who took boys and dads camping NEW
by: Anonymous

Looking for a teacher when took boys and dads camping NEW by: Anonymous
Mr. Person was the 5th grade teacher that took the boys and fathers on camping trips.

YES - I asked this a while ago. He knew my grand parents and shopped at their deli that was in Bellmore on Bedford Ave. I remember the camping trip very well. Everyone hoped they would get his class to go. Purchased our camping gear from Campmor in Paramus, New Jersey. We hiked and camped on the Appalachian trail.
It felt like we had really grown up to xfer to McKenna 6th grade. McKenna and the then elementary school were built on the old airport. On the Roosevelt Ave side there was a left over airport facility where they showed movies.
Believe on Smith St a friend (do not remember name) lived, his parents had a marble sculpture with a glass cage over it that housed a snake.

May 08, 2020
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The Earliest Subueban Days of Massapequa NEW
by: Bob from Nassau Shores

My parents got married the week of the great hurricane in 1938 and moved to Nassau Shores from the City to a block away from my mother's older brother. The depression had decimated that first development in Massapequa, and the FHA came to own many properties in the area. My parents were negotiating to buy a house on Sunset Road from the government for about $4,000 when Sen. Byrd of Virginia accused FDR's government of being communist because they owned so many houses! The FHA immediately dropped the price 10% making Sen. Byrd an ironic hero of my d\Dad. Not that my parents were always wise about Nassau Shores RE value, as my mother insisted on not spending an extra $300 to buy a house on the water on West shore Drive, because she hoped ro have several children and didn't want us (there were to be three of us) to drown in an accident. One of our neighbouring families near Peninsula Golf Course were the Baldwin brothers. Their father gave my older brother his first summer job helping with sports equipment at Massapequa High School. Like most Catholic kids in the neighborhood, we attended St. Martin's School in Amityville, there being no St. Roses Parish or school(or even Massapequa High School) until the the late 50's. It was a fun place to grow up, fishing and crabbing in the creek on West Shore Drive, and playing sandlot baseball (on a field the local fathers cleared) all day until darkness fell--and swimming at the Beach Club at the end of East Shore Drive. The one thing my brothers and I did not appreciare was the extreme commute to Jesuit high schools in NYC. Back then Massapequa High was just starting and Berner didn't yet exist, and even Chaminade had not yet garnered the reputation it later achieved, so we became commuters. I must admit Regis was the most valuable learning experience i ever had, bar none. My father had graduated from there in 1922, and it developed, and still has, the reputation as the best catholoc high school in the country.

May 05, 2020
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Karen NEW
by: Jeff C.

Karen, the dwyers, Olesens and Senn were my group of friends! I'm FB pals with them. What was your last name?

May 05, 2020
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Looking for a teacher when took boys and dads camping NEW
by: Anonymous

Mr. Person was the 5th grade teacher that took the boys and fathers on camping trips. My brother had him and I can remember him and my dad going camping. Mr Person taught 5th grade then taught 6th grade. He taught in East Lake Elementary School.

May 04, 2020
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Richie NEW
by: R. Smith

Yes, he lived in Massapequa Park. Send me an email and I’ll send you a pic of who I believe is you. 😊
Moosehorn@comcast.net

May 04, 2020
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Karen NEW
by: Richie

I knew a Dwyer but can't find him in yearbooks. I know Oelsens from my friend Dickson. Like I said I was a 69 grad. from the park. I worked at Whites and bow wow. in my school years.

May 04, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Karen

I knew the Dwyers,Olesons,and the Senn's!

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

Sorry not me. I lived in Mass pk.

May 04, 2020
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Richie NEW
by: R. Smith

Didn’t you have a boat and hang out with guys from Holiday Park & Stan’s Coffee Shop??

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

I don't remember a R Smith. A Tom Smith I'm a 69 grad Berner

May 04, 2020
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Jones Court NEW
by: Anonymous

anyone have any memories of Jones Court? We lived at number 16. Were on Avenue Louise all the time!

May 04, 2020
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Richie, I remember you! NEW
by: R. Smith

You would take us all out on your boat! In the late 60’s I recall.

May 04, 2020
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Burton NEW
by: Richie

I knew the Doyles my sister inlaw was a friend Janet Dempsey. I knew the broscharts, still do.

May 04, 2020
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Burton lane NEW
by: Karen

I know who she was but I was much younger!

May 03, 2020
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Funny NEW
by: Anonymous

We lived on Strrets or Avenues or Highways or Roads but we called them "Blocks" .. Then you know that you are from Massapequa!

May 03, 2020
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Unqua NEW
by: Anonymous

Did you know Fran?

May 03, 2020
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Doyle's NEW
by: Karen

I do remember the Doyle's! The were at the end of our block facing Mays!

May 03, 2020
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Unqua
by: Anonymous

Karen or Donna, did you know any of the Doyles on Unqua?

May 03, 2020
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Burton lane NEW
by: Karen

Hi Donna! We lived on Burton Lane from early 60's to around 74! The Hermann's! I think you lived across the street from us!

May 03, 2020
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Great Memories NEW
by: Donna

Loved growing up in Massapequa. BHS '71. Great neighbors on Burton Lane. Lived next to Unqua. Unfortunately my father died when my sister and I were young and we moved away. I recently drove through and I agree, it's looking like Queens.

Apr 22, 2020
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kwong ming NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Hello to all, I lived in Massapequa in the late 50's to early 70's. I now live upstate, I work in a community hospital's ER and once in a while we get people from Massapequa and the area as patients. I love talking about Massapequa and all the landmarks. Kwong Ming always brings a smile and a story about column A and column B. Everyone always remembers the Carvel store run by the two sisters, and one of my favorites, Kirsch's for an orange freeze or a Broadway ice cream soda. Keep the stories coming it is nice to remember back to those wonderful days especially during these trying times. Be well, stay safe.

Apr 20, 2020
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Kwong Ming NEW
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Kwong Ming, I remember my parents and their friends going there quite often in the 60s and 70s.

Apr 19, 2020
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High School Reunions
by: Gerry

Go to Classmates.com, they show them.

Apr 17, 2020
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Massapequa Park best place to live NEW
by: Vinnie DeQueiroz

Berner high grad 1975 any reunions coming up.

Apr 17, 2020
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Chinese restaurants NEW
by: Jeff C.

Long Full was great, but we really loved Kwong Ming. It's still there after all these years!

Apr 17, 2020
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To LCG - Chinese Food Restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember the Chinese Food restaurant my folks always ordered from called Long Full. In Bar Harbor, I believe? The name of the one in the Sunrise Mall escapes me, though. In the Food Court, right? Quick Wok or something of the sort?? Something Noodle???

Apr 15, 2020
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Mr. Yamron NEW
by: Betsy Finley

I had Mr. Yamron as well. I haven’t thought about him in years. Thank you so much for reviving my memories of him. 😀

Apr 15, 2020
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Mr. Yamron (Music Teacher) NEW
by: Christine

Hello Rob, I enjoyed reading your tribute to Mr. Yamron. I also had him in Chorus at McKenna during the early sixties. He was a great teacher. I graduated Berner in 1968. I was lucky to have Mr. Yamron and remember the concerts we performed. I was also lucky to have seen Jesus Christ Superstar on Broadway when it first played there (1971). I was 21. I had seen many shows on Broadway during my 20's, but JC Superstar was by far my favorite. I will never forget it. Thank you for bringing me down this memory lane.

Apr 14, 2020
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Mr. Yamron (Music Teacher) NEW
by: Rob Winkoff

Today I was googling a name that popped into my head. Mr. Yamron, my Music Teacher in Jr. High at McKenna. (found him here) One of my fondest school memories of all time were because of him. Andrew Lloyd Webber's JC Superstar had recently come out. Mr. Yamron brought in his Hi-Fi reel-to-reel tape deck and stereo and we spent 2 weeks listening to it. His reason for teaching it was from a Rock n Roll "new experience" perspective. The Rock Opera was a fairly new and novel concept. We examined the entire production from a purely musical and poetic point of view. (not religious) He was enthralled with the idea of telling a historical story from a hip, Rock n Roll point of view. John Legend's Live Version just played on Easter and I made sure I recorded it. I knew every verse word for word. That's what made me think of him. I had the brown two-album set. Then the CDs. Saw the movie many times. 2nd time seeing John Legend's version. I think it was unfairly panned. Sure, the movie and other productions were probably better but the way they Live Shot it in "One Take" fashion like the movie 1917 was pretty cool. So thank you, Mr. Yamron! Not sure if you're still with us? Hope you are. Either way, you heavily influenced my musical tastes.

Apr 13, 2020
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Looking for... NEW
by: Betsy Finley

Anyone know what happened to John Lipp..the town bully?

Also, does anyone know the current residents at 60 McKinley Street in the Park?

Apr 13, 2020
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Sunrise Mall & Massapequa Park NEW
by: LCG

Does anyone remember the name of the Chinese restaurant that was in the Sunrise Mall in 1970's?

Anyone work at 'UA The Movies' in the 1970's? Dang! That place was a hoot! Had some of the best memories from my youth while working there with all the crazies! :-)

Does anyone remember the red clay courts at Marjorie Post Park?


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Great site NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Complements to lady who started this.

Apr 04, 2020
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Great site NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Complements to lady who started this.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Jack, you know the Armstrongs NEW
by: FDNY Irish

Mike was the , " Natural", I was a good athlete, but a quiet guy. P.S. with this whole virus thing, this site is amazing, telling all the Massapequa Park guy of it, ... remember the Sump. The forbidden area in woods before it became the Mall, snakes, and tough guys.

Apr 04, 2020
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Some Notable Neighbor Parents Salute NEW
by: FDNY Irish

As kids, we were raised by Truly Best of Best WW2 parents, plus from depression! They made our lives a dream. A Salute to some:
Charlie Barnes: a very promising tennis player, Marine in Guadacannal, Great Hero, brilliant mind, malaria hurt Charlie whole life, was a great Alabama man! We loved Charlie & Muriel(Saint), Barnes.
Bill & Joan Alberda: Bill also a Marine, strapping man, Dad's best pal, FDNY Great. Was highly decorated,Bill & Joan an Uncle/Aunt to me, Joan my Godmother, she's the BEST !
Paula Angerame: Mrs. Angerame we met at kids,she did seamstress work, smart lady. Her husband died early, and raised 5 great kids, my pals, esp. Paul. She was funny, positive, great woman!
So many others, Masseties, Zinsmeisters,Lisbergers, Marrs, McCaffreys, Dilebertos, Lynches, Laytons, Quinns, Sheas,Cronins, Fitzgrealds, Dalys, etc...

Apr 04, 2020
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Thank you FDNY Irish NEW
by: Anonymous

Your description of growing up In Massapequa brought me back in time. Thank you for my big smile.
Yes. A brilliant and blessed life. How fortunate were we.

Apr 04, 2020
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OLL Classmate NEW
by: Cedar PL

So perhaps we attended OLL at the same time graduated '69 as well. Connection to the area still strong but haven't lived on LI for 45 yrs. Lived on the corner of Cedar Pl and Westwood.
Jack H

Apr 04, 2020
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Anyone here from O.L.L. '61- '69 NEW
by: FDNY Irish

I'm a kid from Willow Drive. Family moved from city in '55, all houses built then, I have photo's of development. Magnificent WW2 parents, all young couples like them, what a brilliant childhood we had. The schools & sports of Mass.Park brilliant. Baseball initially was king, we all played in the league, and the Terrors were dominate dynasty, big bro Mike got on team, 'cause he was known to be a great athlete. We attended school, did chores,then played reat of day with all our pals. Stickball, football, basketball in street. Played kick the can, wolf, snowball fights & forts/igloos in winter, slegh rides on Bethpage, beach at Jones, just entire life was so special. Did newspaper route from Durante house. We knew all neighbors houses in blocks surrounded & more. Carvel & Soda store on 110, Creme Puff Bakery, Stantionary, Carlos Pizza! Movie Theater, football for O.L.L., all my pals, alot still today. Was Blessed.

Mar 19, 2020
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Billiards NEW
by: Anonymous

Remember Sunrise Billards on Sunrise HWY, Rich was the owner, played poker in the basement

Mar 19, 2020
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Resturant NEW
by: Anonymous

Steak & Brew
All the beer you could drink with your meal

Mar 19, 2020
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Bottle of Red - Bottle of White NEW
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Dick and Doras - Magnificent!

Mar 19, 2020
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Miss Massapequa NEW
by: Jay Wohlfeld

Graduated from Berner High school 1975, moved from Massapequa to Arizona in 1980

Mar 19, 2020
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Best Italian restaurant NEW
by: Anonymous

Remember Dick & Doras

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards NEW
by: Karen

To anonymous...thanks for responding! I knew if I wanted an answer I had to go to the source!😀 My husband is from Lindenhurst and had no clue what I was talking about! Must have been a Massapequa thing!
Karen

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards
by: Anonymous

I think "larries" meant you wanted the other person to flip first.

Feb 27, 2020
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Baseball cards NEW
by: Karen

Does anyone remember flipping cards and saying "flip you larries" ?? We used to say that and I can't remember why we did it!

Feb 20, 2020
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Alhambra NEW
by: Anonymous

Yes! Remember Ziggys? My friend Keith Zigelbauers dad owned it.

I was always grossed out by the slimy sand in the water. Think it was oil?

Feb 20, 2020
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Alhambra
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the Alhambra Beach Club from the 50's and maybe the 60's?

Feb 18, 2020
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Reminising
by: Jeff Lichtman, 1965

Moved to MP, Philadelphia Ave in the late 50s, Left there for the ARMY in 67, returned in 70, resumed working at Grumman.

Drag racing on Carmen Road with my new 1970 Dodge Challenger, my buddy, Ron Marks in his 68 GTO, Ron Abbate in his Roadrunner, Sure miss those muscle cars. Beer and Pizza at Musicaro's.

Left the Island in 1974 for Florida, came back in 1982, left again to work for Lockheed Martin (C-130) in Georgia and then back to Florida in 2000. Finally got a small ranchette here in North Texas.

Is there anyone left from the 1965 class?

Feb 14, 2020
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Responding to Glen Walsh NEW
by: Anonymous

Glen Walsh your name sounds so familiar. I lived on E. Shore Dr. in Nassau Shores. I graduated from Berner.in 1973. My name is Mark Dolce does that name strike a bell ?

Feb 14, 2020
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by: Anonymous


Apr 05, 2019
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by: Anonymous

I’ve enjoyed s trip down memory lane while reading but feel compelled to ask if anyone shares an unpleasant recollection of questionable behavior/sexual abuse by a CYO basketball coach from the late 70s or early 80s? My deceased brother who had a troubled life would occasionally reference it and there was an element of a group shower where boys were given shower caps? Any insight? Not looking for a name just anyone who might confirm a similar experience?

Feb 14, 2020
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I remember
by: Glenn G Walsh

I remember, I lived at 33 highwater ave Nassau shores, Massapequa ny.
I graduated from alfred g. Berner high school in 1969. Grew up there from 1959 till I married and moved out east on long island in 1979. I loved Nassau shores and massapequa , does anyone remember me ?

Feb 11, 2020
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Joyce
by: Louie

Please help me. I am looking to touch
Base with a woman named Joyce.
She would come into the bar Winks in
Massapequa with her boss after work
around 1984-1985, then in the
Sand Trap after Winks burnt down. I also
saw her yrs later at the dr’s office on
Sunrise Hwy in Lindenhurst.
Please any info would be helpful.
My Email address is:
Louie.Bartender@yahoo.com

Feb 09, 2020
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DO YOU KNOW THIS PERSON
by: JUST CURIOUS

LOOKING TO TOUCH BASE WITH KAREN SABIN LIVED ON BAYBERRY ROAD HAD A BROTHER PAUL..MOM ALICE..FRIEND IN BKLYN NAMEDJAY..I BELIEVE SHE GRADUATED MASSAPEQUA HIGH OR BERNER IN 1972...SHE ATTENDED NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE....FOR A WHILE I BELIEVE SHE RESIDED IN FLORIDA...THKS.

Feb 04, 2020
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Calling all Massapequa Cheer Alumni!
by: Anonymous

Hi! I am putting together a project for Massapequa High School! I am currently a senior, class of 2020 and I am looking for any former Massapequa Cheerleaders! I myself am a Varsity Cheerleader currently for the school. I am looking for any photos of Massapequa Cheerleading alumni. Here is my email angelinafaithhh@gmail.com Go Chiefs!!

Jan 31, 2020
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Massapequa Paint Store NEW
by: Anonymous

Not sure but i think the Massapequa paint store you refer to was on Broadway, a little north of where Krisch's is on Central? Unless there was another one on Central? The paint store closed several years back and is now a dance studio / Cop Shop.

Jan 05, 2020
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Need History of Massapequa Paint Store
by: Anonymous

I need help from anyone who remembers Massapequa Paint Store located on Central Ave, near or next to Krish's. Memories, and especially photos would be helpful.

Thanks so much!

John Pastirchak

Jan 05, 2020
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Growing up in the 70’s NEW
by: D pries

Good times great memories

Dec 30, 2019
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Massapequa 70s NEW
by: Kevin S

You got it Frank.
But I’m at a loss on your Brother and Sister’s names.
Skiching on the school bus bumpers, wow I’m still smiling at that one.
Hope all’s well with you and yours.

Dec 29, 2019
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To Kevin S NEW
by: Frank C

Kevin S, you were one of the Sweeney brothers! I knew it as soon as I googled where number 10 was. I can still remember the last names of every house up to Hicksville Rd. It sure isn't like that anymore, which made growing up there so special. You might know my brother and sister, since they were ten years older than me. Good to hear from you.

Dec 28, 2019
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Massapequa 1970s NEW
by: Anonymous

Frank C you nailed live on Rhode Island Ave in the 60s and 70s. I lived up at number 10 with 5 brothers and a sister(all younger).
I left about 71 or 72 for school, and then off to Wy for the rest of time so far.
I had forgotten all the places you mentioned, but attended them all, and ate everywhere you mentioned.
Thanks for reminding me of how good we had it.

Now I wonder how our parents did it, no really, how.

Kevin S

Dec 27, 2019
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Great Memories NEW
by: Frank C

Wow, so glad I stumbled onto this site, so many great memories and places I had long since forgotten. Grew up on Rhode Island Ave near Tackapausha Park, and went to Robert E. Picken, Ames JHS, and MHS. Would have graduated in 1978, but moved to Florida my senior year. Some of my fond memories growing up were going to Jolly Roger’s, 300 Bowl, skating at Caroons Lake, Carvel on Hicksville Rd and Jerusalem Ave, Maria Regina, Casa Maria, Jones Beach, All-American, fishing with my Dad at Captain Eddy’s, dinner with my family at the Delta Diner and Fish Fry’s at Howard Johnson’s, riding bikes all over town, playing kickball, stickball, hockey, and football on the street all-day long, skitching behind the school bus, and hanging out at Holiday Park, Dee’s Pizza, and the Sunrise Mall. Thank you for all your posts!

Dec 14, 2019
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Response to What a Mess NEW
by: Anonymous

What type of false accusations are you speaking of? I have lived in Massapequa Park for over 57 years and find nothing of the sort. You sound bitter and a bit off. Do you take any medication that you may have skipped a dose or two? I have never had a problem with anyone in the Village.

Dec 14, 2019
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What a mess. NEW
by: Anonymous

You must also be missing the inappropriate things and the false accusations that go on in Mass. Pk. You have to wonder why anyone would live there. A lot of falsehood going on there, demented people and wildly spread rumors. What they did to me should never be done to a dog. Ii Chronicles 20:22-24. It is a mess. When I find my son who is from there, though my family hightailed it out of there in a NY hurry, I will leave it in God's hands. If they do not listen then, Satan's hands might work. I would have graduated from Berner in 1971. I would not give you two cents for the place.

Dec 14, 2019
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What a mess. NEW
by: Anonymous

You must also be missing the inappropriate things and the false accusations that go on in Mass. Pk. You have to wonder why anyone would live there. A lot of falsehood going on there, demented people and wildly spread rumors. What they did to me should never be done to a dog. Ii Chronicles 20:22-24. It is a mess. When I find my son who is from there, though my family hightailed it out of there in a NY hurry, I will leave it in God's hands. If they do not listen then, Satan's hands might work. I would have graduated from Berner in 1971. I would not give you two cents for the place.

Dec 07, 2019
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To Ugh NEW
by: Anonymous

Massapequa and Massapequa Park ARE horrible. You obviously didn't have Mrs Burkehardt or Mr. Jim Doyle as your English teacher.

Dec 07, 2019
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Still nice NEW
by: Anonymous

Right on, Massapequa is still beautiful, with more traffic.

Dec 07, 2019
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To ugh
by: Anonymous

And what golden paradise are you living in now?

Dec 07, 2019
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Ugh NEW
by: Anonymous

Massapequa and Massapequa park is horrible. Just like the city now. Awful.

Nov 08, 2019
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How the West was Won NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember that 5th grade trip very well. Each class was on it's own bus. My bus left without me and another classmate. Luckily there was still another bus there to take us back, but for a short while it was kind of scary.I had a male teacher but can't remeber his name. McCaffery? but he might have been 6th gr.

Nov 03, 2019
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bars NEW
by: Anonymous

Did anyone go to the bar Winks on Broadway. They had such good bands they at night. I met my husband there.

Nov 01, 2019
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That's Matzah Pizza NEW
by: D. Dubocq

Oh my God. The party 's in the woods, on the bay, at Arther's or at Messina's or Hirshfields or Scioratino's or Shapiro's---if the walls could talk= The whole town-n,s,e or west was the real deal, when it came to sex and drugs and rock & roll. A great education and sports up your ying yang too. Girls by the bucket who knew how use it. Could not have been a better town for maturing at a very young age. The things we did in Massapequa while growing up [ 60s 70s 80s] were so outlandish that if you tried to cover it all you'd die before half of it was told. And those of you who were there know what I'm squawking about. Those all night shin-digs --Oh yeah. How lucky we are to be here today. So if you can-reach out and give a hand to someone who needs a little help. That's is life in a cruel world.

Oct 31, 2019
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Class of 1971??
by: Anonymous

Someone on one of these posts mentioned being friends with a Linda Hickson. I think I remember reading that?? Did she maybe graduate Berner in 1971? Was friends with a guy named Rob? And Fran Doyle from Ungua Rd??

Oct 25, 2019
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Nassau Shores NEW
by: Anonymous

Nice memories Jack. I too grew up in the Shores.. I lived on East Shore Dr. on the Carman River. I graduated high school in 1973. I remember playing football all the time in that little section of the golf course. That was by the circle.

Oct 18, 2019
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Personal Memories
by: Jack Gelston - BHS '67

Memories from a guy with a failing memory. We moved to Massapequa’s Nassau Shores in 1954 from North Bellmore. Iroquois Street was basically a dirt road covered with a layer of tar and small blue stone pebbles for half a dozen years. I attended Mole Annex in Amityville for kindergarten (Miss Goodwin). Then on to Unqua School for 1st through 6th (Mrs. Zimmerman 1st and 2nd, Miss Stephens for 3rd, Miss Wolf for 4th, Mrs. Massi for 5th and Mrs. Lee for 6th, with Miss Whitney for orchestra, Mr. Finger for gym, Miss DeLuca for Art). My sister followed 2 years after me, but I don’t recall her going to Mole Annex for K. The first half of 7th grade was the second half of split sessions at McKenna Jr HS. Second half of the school year was at the brand-new Alfred G. Berner Junior-Senior High School. My sister also attended at the same time. I believe she had 5th and 6th grades up on the 3rd floor of the classroom wing, and then right up through 12th grade graduation (Class of ’69). All my teachers were terrific, but the most memorable ones for me were Mrs. Thompson – Latin, Mr. Webster – Russian, Mr. Bazarian – Orchestra, and Miss Teichholz – 8th grade English.
I was certainly fortunate to grow up in Nassau Shores, Massapequa. My grandparents lived on East Shore Drive near the Riviera. I was lucky to be able to keep my boat on the canal behind their house. And all my closest friends lived either on my street or very nearby. Before they erected a chain link fence around the Peninsula Golf Course, we would go sledding on one of the "hills" at the end of Iroquois street. Our free time was spent playing stick ball on our street, blowing up plastic model boats with cherry bombs on the Carmen River, or just going out on the boat (fishing, surfing at Gilgo, or just running around). As we got older, we would grab a football and have a pick-up game on an unused grassy area on the golf course; or baseball on the sandy triangular lot near the Riviera. And then there was "The Room". Our friend’s house was our hang out. Drum sets, electric guitars, great friends and good times, and maybe even a few beers on weekends; their poor neighbors – we were loud!
I wouldn’t have wanted to do anything differently if given the chance.
Retirement in SC is great, but for me there was nothing better than having grown up in Massapequa.

Oct 07, 2019
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upstate NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Anything north west or what there is east of Westchester! I live near Lake George a place I once visited with my family probably like most or many Long Islanders.It is a great place to live and raise a family but no games of curb ball or kick the can or hit the penny ...but I wonder if that life we lived so many years ago still exists in Massapequa. I work in a hospital up here and during the summer we get lots of Long Islanders and they suspect I am a life long country boy until I casually introduce names like Casa Maria, Kwong Ming,Jones Beach field 9,LIIR, just like if you meet a Brooklynite and mention Ebbingers Bakery...instant smiles and connection.

Oct 07, 2019
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A long time gone NEW
by: Christine

Hello Bob,
I also grew up in the park and lived on Grand Boulevard during the 50's and 60's. I remember the Pit and the 3 streams well. I graduated in 68, but didn't move off Long Island until 2004. My husband and I live in PA now, but my heart and soul belong to Long Island.

Oct 07, 2019
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Massapequa Park
by: Betsy Knapp

I’m searching for people that lived on McKinley Street in the Park. I lived there from 1954- 1968. The older I get, the more I desire to get in contact with my friend, across the street, Maren Robinson. I’m in contact with a few people.. the Colini’s on Mayflower..in fact, Jeanine Colini lives in Tucson close to where I live. I really miss those days when we called each other and then met on the curb. We sat there and talked till the street lights came on.

If anyone lived on McKinley Street between 1954-1968, please let me know.

Oct 07, 2019
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Upstate NY NEW
by: Liz

We moved upstate from Massapequa in 1964. Who lived there but Mr Crouch’s relatives! Small world story.
What do you consider "upstate" ??

Oct 07, 2019
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searching NEW
by: Paul Alagna

Moved to Massapequa in the late 1950's grew up on Cleveland Ave. Moved away before High School would have been Berner bound. I visit this site regularly looking for old friends from those days. Raymond J Lockhart and Parkside Jr. High. Moved to RVC for High School after my Dad remarried. Great memories of a time gone by. Currently living upstate NY. Reconnected with one old friend my buddy Tommy Reade last year would love to know if any one from those days still around or reading these stories.I am turning 63 this year if that helps set a timeline. I graduated from HS in 1974.I remember Miss Dowling, Mrs and Mr. Crouch and it gets foggy from there. Please help. Thanks

Oct 06, 2019
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Radio City
by: Anonymous

A variation of going to Radio City was when the 6th grade of Maria Regina in Seaford (Massapequa and Seaford kids) in June 1967 went there to Finian's Rainbow. Lunch was at the Calico Kitchen Restaurant.

Oct 06, 2019
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How The West Was Won NEW
by: Anonymous

The movie How The West Was Won is on television again today. I always think of going to Radio City Music Hall with the entire fifth grade class of Raymond J. Lockhart School to see that movie on the big screen I had Mrs. Tsoukalas (1962-1963). Mrs. Tsoukalas was a fabulous teacher and I always think of her when this movie comes on.

Sep 25, 2019
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A long time gone . . . NEW
by: Bob

No matter where I go in this great country it seems folks have heard of Massapequa. I grew up in the 50's and 60's in The Park. Looking back on it now makes me believe more and more that it was something pretty unusual. I remember kids everywhere, block after block of them. I have lived in more than a few places since then and I have never seen anything that approaches the streets when I grew up. The games we played have passed into suburban mythology.
When I talk about Three Streams and The Pit in the late 60's they are generally pretty sure I'm making up outrageous tales to glorify my youth. Maybe I am.

Sep 18, 2019
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Bar Harbor NEW
by: Gerry

Actually the first department store at Bar Harbor was Saks 34 St. I think Gimbels bought them out later. What I really remember was before the shopping center was built, was going and picking blackberries and going to Lords Bakery and they would buy them from me which I immediagely turned around and bought thrumb drop (of Chocolate) crumb cookies or eclairs.
The nursery I remember most though it wasn't in Massapequa was City of Glass.

Sep 18, 2019
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More Memories
by: Kevin

Remembered a few more places in the "old" Massapequa; Englebosch Cycle Shop (Mr. Engelbosch would give you holy hell if he thought you were beating up on your bicycle when you brought it in for repairs), Dino's Italian Garden (small place on Merrick Road but everyone could afford to eat there), Bar Harbor Shopping Center (Gimbels, W.T. Grant, S.S. Kresge, Food Fair) where I rode on an elephant when the center opened and a everyone was terrified to ride their bicycle through the "tunnel" under the stores, Brandimarte Nursery on Sunrise Highway where my Mom bought her flowers, the Bar Harbor Theatre (saw 1,000,000 BC with Raquel Welch there and fell in love), walkng home with Alec Baldwin from Unqua School (he was actually very nice & well behaved as a kid and his Dad was my 10th grade Social Studies teacher), the guy on the tractor who chased us of Penninsula Golf Course and I'm sure even more will come to mind.

Sep 18, 2019
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The good old days
by: Pam

Wish I could go back in time! Those were the good old days! Free TV, great burger joints, family owned pharmacies, no night football!

Sep 17, 2019
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The good life NEW
by: Anonymous

Was it sidekicks?

Sep 13, 2019
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Farm In North Massapequa NEW
by: Donna

Do you remember the farm in North Massapequa.....a very old farm and a very old man lived there.....I think it burned down....this would be in the late 60's?

Sep 12, 2019
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Big Bow Wow NEW
by: Anonymous

I grew up in North Massapequa but we docked our boat in Seaford. After a day on Great South Bay or at Tobay we’d get burgers at the Bow Wow and watch the kids play miniature golf behind the fence. And many years later we’d eat pizza with shrimp scampi at Dick and Dora’s, hang out at Arthur’s and close down the night at the Delta Diner. That was a long time ago.

Sep 03, 2019
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Cattano family NEW
by: Anonymous

I was born 1953 in Amityville Hospital and grew up at 385 Michigan Ave. Massapequa Park. Loved playing in the woods and roller skating down the hills (the metal skates with keys to make adjustments). Moved away in 1964.

Aug 30, 2019
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Sorry for Massapequa
by: Kevin

I was recently sharing memories of Massapequa with my brother who's in TN. Big Bow Wow, Monkey Mountain, the drive-in movie, the "mansion" (now Marjorie Post Park) and all of the other unique spots. I still live on L.I. We moved to Massapequa in the late 50's, MHS class of '74 and I left in the early 80's. Back in the 50's, 60's and 70's the town was full of charm and it was still the "country". I recently had to go back for a funeral and was shocked & shunned. Over-built, crowded and Sunrise Highway looks like Queens Boulevard. The elected officials who allowed this to happen (only $$$$ matters to them) should be put on an iceberg and put out to sea, never to be seen again. I cried as I left. The memories are intact but the town, for those of us who remember the old Massapequa, has been ruined. I'm glad I grew up there but even more glad that I'm no longer there.

Aug 29, 2019
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Re: Hobby Shop NEW
by: Bill N

If you are talking Massapequa, it was Eastli Coin and Hobby.

Aug 29, 2019
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Hobby Shop NEW
by: Anonymous

Can anyone tell me the name of the Hobby Shop that was in t the building at 9 Broadway? It was there when I was born in 1963, and visited it many times with my Dad, but we moved to Virginia in 1976, and the last time I visited this shop was 1983, while up for a family funeral.

Aug 29, 2019
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Lost restaurant on Park Blvd. NEW
by: Anonymous

sidekicks!!

Aug 29, 2019
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Forgotten Restaurant - Massapequa Park NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant that was there prior to the Good Life?

Aug 07, 2019
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The Merry Mailman. NEW
by: Anonymous

I know he was at Lockhart in the early-mid 1960s

Aug 07, 2019
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Ray Heatherton NEW
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember Ray Heatherton, the Merry Mailman (and father of Joey), coming to visit Birch Lane School in 1962 or 1963?

Aug 07, 2019
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