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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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Aug 19, 2017
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Freedomland, Adeventurers Inn, and Frontierland NEW
by: Anonymous

Moved to massapequa Park in 1954. Was 2 yr old. Lived on East lake Avenue, then moved to s massapequa behind Bar Harbour center.
Frontierland was in fact on Rt 110 , may have been near there the inter county shopping center. (Does anyone remember the sign Siss's sandwich shoppe--"good food"). Anyone know sis?

Adventurers Inn was also on 110 in Melville, not too far from the 110 drive inn.

Freedom land was off long Island I think, --remember
"mommy and daddy take my hand take me out to freedom land, 2.96 is all you pay for freedom land all day." or something like that.

Did anyone from LI ever go to Palasades park with the worlds largest salt water pool. Ahead of its time--as many pools in Fl now are salt water instead of chlorine.

-Dennis Penzell, Carmen road, McKenna, and MHS 70.

Aug 19, 2017
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by: Anonymous

Just like queens now. Maybe worse.

Aug 09, 2017
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Xrbbie Pile thank you for thinking of me mom NEW
by: Beth Van Nostrand

Unfortunately she never read your letter as she passed away Dec. 16, 2016. 96 years old and she was still very much with it. She talked about us kids and enjoyed everyone. Remember she'd pack up the car with the gang and off to tobay we would go! Donna unfortunately is batteling cancer we're keeping our fingers crossed that she beats it. Love to you Deb. Much love.

Aug 06, 2017
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Time moves on even in Massapequa NEW
by: Anonymous

No that wasn't a bar next to Casa Maria it was jet Liquors a liquor store my uncle Nicky owned both

Jul 25, 2017
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Halloween NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I remember that Massapequa Park would give out poster paint and brushes. We had to go from store to store downtown asking permission to paint a Halloween scene on their window or doors. Then they got judged. I always got Sam's Barbershop and other kids would get mad because they wanted it. My artistic talent was not award worthy, but I had a good time.

Jul 25, 2017
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Zornes Poultry Farm NEW
by: Maggie

Haven't been back to Long Island since 1985. Some of our favorite places to name a few were: Tastee Bakery, we used to go there after Church on Sunday's and get Kaiser Rolls, salt sticks and buns for breakfast. They were so good. We also used to go to Zornes Poultry and get chicken, potato salad and coleslaw for a treat. It was so good and I remember my brother's looking in the parking lot for my Mom for receipts that people would throw away. She got some kind of discount or something for saving receipts. Many good memories. Don't miss the snow though.

Jul 24, 2017
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Mrs. Holdridge NEW
by: Anonymous

Sorry.. my last post should have been titled MRS. Holdridge. 😁

Jul 24, 2017
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Mrs. Holdridge NEW
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

I played the cello at Hawthorn from fourth grade till six grade. Mr. Barnett was my teacher. I was REALLY bad at it. Choir was much more my forte. I was in the A Cappella choir at Berner till we moved to Tucson. I was in the regional company of Up With People while I was in school there. I went into the Air Force after school, got married a couple of times and the rest is history.

I apologize to everyone else reading this. I'm sure no one else is interested in my life story. 😀

Jul 24, 2017
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Mr Holdridge NEW
by: Anonymous

I went to St Rose of Lima for first through eighth grade even though I can see Hawthorne from my front stoop. I never had any of the teachers mentioned so far, but I did have Mr Holdridge in Berner HS. My friend and I lied about our height so we could stand next to each other in Mixed Chorus, Girls Choir and Acapella Choir. I grew half an inch and she shrunk half an inch! I laughed every time someone would ask for a tissue. Mr Holdridge always responded "Tissue? But I hardly know you!" I sold cases of oranges ad grapefruit until I saw them in my dreams! Then we all got together to unload the trucks when they came in. Loved the trips to sing in orphanages, nursing homes and the mall! Acapella was in a McDonalds commercial. He was great!

Jul 24, 2017
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Replies NEW
by: Miss Rice (Jan Holdridge )

I'm sorry I've lost contact with the Boscos. I don't know where they're living now....
Betsy Knapp, I do remember you. Didn't you later play the cello at Berner? I keep in touch with Mrs. Justis, who lives in Vermont....Mrs. Curtin and Miss Gluck have passed away, but a number of Hawthorn retirees still get together for lunch. I see Miss Brokhahne (Mrs. Stahl), Miss Case, Miss Wall, Mrs. Reagan.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorne Elementary NEW
by: Anonymous

I too remember all the words to the song. I started kindergarten in Amityville because Hawthorne wasn't quite finished in 1955. I still remember all of my teachers first through sixth. Mrs Walsh, Mrs Seabold, Mrs Algiers, Mrs Learned, Mrs Marcus, and Miss. Brokhane. Not quite sure of the correct spellings or who was really Mrs. or Miss. I went on to become a 6th grade teacher in Putnam county and retired in 2004 after 32 years. I credit all my teachers 1st through 12th grade for inspiring me to pursue this career path. I thank all of you.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn Song NEW
by: Bill N

Thanks for posting the full lyrics Miss Rice, my former music teacher way back when. One memory I have of you is teaching us several Woody Guthrie songs, among other classic songs.

Would you hapoen to have any idea what became of Mr And Mrs Bosco, formerly Miss Stanco before she married him? I had her in 2nd grade, and him in 6th grade. He was tough but a great educator.

In later years my brothers and our friends would play stickball on the front wall of the school, at least until the Wackenhut Security guards would chase us off,

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn School NEW
by: Anonymous

I have been singing the Hawthorn school song almost daily since elementary school. I taught it to all my kids. That's the only school song I ever really learned. It something that sticks in your mind forever. Thanks to Miss Rice (Mrs. Holdridge) for all her inspiration. Because of her, I took piano lessons and then organ lessons. I was in every choir In every school I went to. I doubt if she remembers me but I had long braids. My name was Betsy Knapp at that time.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorne Elementary School NEW
by: Bob

I started kindergarten at Hawthorne elementary in 1958. The music teacher then was Miss Hanson. We all had to learn to play the symphonette, a flute-like instrument that ( I think) her husband may have invented???
Miss Johnson was our principal. My kindergarten teacher was Miss Curtain and the art teacher was Miss Walshmock. We had two gym teachers, Miss Tulley and Mr Ceily who got married to each other while I was a student there.

Jul 21, 2017
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Hawthorn memories NEW
by: Miss Rice (Jan Holdridge )

"Dear Hawthorn School, we love you. Our hearts will ever be true. We join our hands in friendship beneath the gold and blue. Within these halls of learning, our glad young voices ring. Eternal love and loyalty to Hawthorn School we sing! Wow, every single morning for 19 years I played the piano for that with the Broadcast Choir! Fun times, though. Hi to all who were in my music classes.

Jul 18, 2017
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the bar on alhambra NEW
by: Anonymous

It was later called the hideaway cafe ....I used to paint the christmas murals on the windows ....got banned a few times

Jul 17, 2017
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Massapequa, How I MIss Thee NEW
by: Anonymous

RE Massapequa, How I MIss Thee I am guessing we were about the same age, I too loved living in Massapequa. Our world today seems so upended, in the 60's it seemed so easy to understand, quiet and harmless. We had a privileged childhood.... in my case my teenaged years I revolved around surfing, and girls. Surfing more than girls, actually because that was a little intimidating for me at the time.

I spoke to the 9th Grade of MHS as an alumni on career day (which isn't at MHS but next to Parkside in something called the Annex I believe). They didn't watch TV, didn't surf, and didn't read newspapers or magazines. Wow... Not the same world, ours is gone except in our memories.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Land NEW
by: Maggie

Well since it wasn't Freedom Land Chris, must be Adventureland. That was off 110. We went there a lot after we out grew Jolly Rogers. Lol.

Jul 17, 2017
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Freedom Land USA NEW
by: Anonymous

That was a wonderful place to spend the day. Great memories...

Jul 17, 2017
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Freedomland NEW
by: Andy F.

I think Freedomland was located on a piece of land in the Bronx that is at the corner of the Hutch and Rt 95. There is a large apartment complex there now.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Land NEW
by: Maggie

Was this actually called Freedom Land? My Brother's both got to go and I think I was there too but too young to remember. Freedom Land closed in 1964 and I was only 2 at the time. My older brother though is 8 yrs older than me and always talks about it.

Jul 17, 2017
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Frontier Town NEW
by: Chris Y

Does anyone remember a place on Rt 110 that I think was called Frontier Town? It may have been called something else though, I cannot be certain of the name.

Jul 17, 2017
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Foxes on Alhambra NEW
by: Jane Schlossman

Someone help! I know it was Arthurs, then Foxes. What was it called after? In the mid 80s? I think it was Charlies but we all still called it Foxes. I worked the coat check there and cant remember!!

Jul 07, 2017
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Hills Supermarket NEW
by: Andy F.

Some time before the supermarket across from John J Burns Park became Hills it was called Dilbert's. The Candy Store in that shopping center represented a special treat because being there meant my parents didn't know we had strayed so far away. I remember buying Comics and balsa wood planes there and people having ice cream sodas at the counter.

Jul 07, 2017
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Massapequa 1960's NEW
by: Mark Carmel

Monkey Mountain, at the zoo, was the highlight of any visit. Also, the best part of going to "All American", was the rumbling of the whole potatoes, as they rolled down the steel tracks above the counter, falling into the potato slicer, and then into the fryer. In Harbor Green, there was always a roaming gang of wild kids playing on the streets, running through neighbor's backyards, playing at construction sites; and having fun on the beach. On Riviera Drive, there was always a group of kids playing outside. When my family moved to Old Westbury, in 1970, Mrs. Gleason from Birch Lane was my neighbor. I was sent to her office at least 3 times a week. She enjoyed the stories about my personal rebellion against authority figures at the school. The diner at the outdoor mall, was great place for any kid to visit because of the ever interesting, wallpaper of dogs playing poker. While visiting my Grandparents in Brooklyn, my house had a fire, which turned out to have be caused by roast beef cooking in the oven. When the firemen brought out the charred remains of the roast beef, they all believed that it was my dog Beau Beau. As we returned to the house, their was a big sigh of relief from the neighbors, when Beau Beau jumped out of the car. At the beach club, I was taken out by the undertow, and saved by a young couple on the beach.

Jun 25, 2017
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Supermarkets NEW
by: Anonymous

I remember when there was Hills supermarket across from John J Burns park and my mother shopping there when I was a kid. Then it was closed but not sure of the year. Then it became Pergaments hardware. The memories of good ol Pequa.

Jun 16, 2017
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Jolly Rogers NEW
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Yes I remember Jolly Rogers very well. For many years it is where both of my sisters and I would choose to go for our birthdays, so that meant at lest 3 times a year. I also remember trying to get the ring as you went around the carousel. When I was little it was really scary as I had to lean so far over to reach the wooden arm that dispensed the rings. I will never forget when I finally got the Gold Ring, which meant you got a free ride. Massapequa in the 50's and 60's was the best.

Jun 16, 2017
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Best Restaurant NEW
by: deirdre shannon

Musicaros had the absolute best pizza in the world. My fathers favorite spot to have a dry manhattan straight up with a twist of lemon at the bar when he came of the lirr. My favorite dish in the restaurant was the baked ziti. My fahter was also a member of their fishing club. Never had pizza to this date that compares!

Jun 16, 2017
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Nunley's NEW
by: Maggie

I remember quite well. Only when we Went there it was called Jolley Rogers. My parent's took us there quite often since they couldn't afford to take us on vacation. We especially liked the big carousel. My brother's used to reach up and grab a ring for me and you got a prize or something for it. When we got too big to go there anymore then they took us to Adventureland. Lots and lots of good memories growing up there.

Jun 16, 2017
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Nunley's NEW
by: Maggie

I remember quite well. Only when we Went there it was called Jolley Rogers. My parent's took us there quite often since they couldn't afford to take us on vacation. We especially liked the big carousel. My brother's used to reach up and grab a ring for me and you got a prize or something for it. When we got too big to go there anymore then they took us to Adventureland. Lots and lots of good memories growing up there.

Jun 16, 2017
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NUNLEY'S NEW
by: Anonymous

How many of you remember going to Nunley's Amusment Park?!
What great times we had there!

Jun 16, 2017
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Musicaro's NEW
by: Anonymous

I loved Musicaro's spaghetti,when I was young. My mother would take my brother and me there for special dinners after my father died. For several years, when I would start getting a cold, or feeling sick, I would test myself to see how ill I was. I would think, "Could I eat Musicaro's spaghetti right now?" and if the answer was "yes" I knew that I was not really going to be ill. I've told my husband about that. We live in a different state now but he knows all about my memories of Massapequa Park... I didn't appreciate them, of course, when I was growing up but, now that I am a Medicare card-carrying senior, my childhood and my early memories are so sweet. It was a lovely place to grow up with the ocean breeze in the air all the time.

Jun 09, 2017
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Chicken Delight NEW
by: Anonymous

Speaking of Chicken Delight, we got chicken from them once in a while. It was good. Anyone remember their jingle on the radio? Don't cook tonight call Chicken Delight.

Jun 09, 2017
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How I miss thee NEW
by: Paul Alagna

To the secretive author of Massapequa, how I miss thee, thank you. It is messages like yours that make this website such a gem. I read these posts and I am transported back to a simpler time. Back to less noise, less media, less fear. Back to neighborhoods and kick the can and staying out until the street lights came on. So, thanks for the memories.....

Jun 08, 2017
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Massaequa, how I miss thee. NEW
by: Chris Curry Young

I enjoyed reading your post. I grew up in Massapequa Park, so most of my early childhood memories are from there, but I do have memories of Harbor Green, Pizza Supreme (the best pizza), All American, and Carvel, as my older sister had friends from there. She went to Massaoequa HS before Berner was there. I loved growing up in Massapequa!

Jun 08, 2017
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Massapequa, How I MIss Thee NEW
by: Anonymous

There were three Massapequas to me. The first Massapequa was on the very west end of town, bordering Seaford. I lived there on top of my dad's deli until I was 6 years old. I remember the night the farmer's market burned, I remember the excitement surrounding the opening of Pequa Bowl, and have fond memories of playing in Tackapusha park with my friends that also live in the apartments over their parent's stores. Francie's dad owned the luncheonette and the chocolate egg creams there were outstanding. I went to Fairfield for kindergarten and "kidnapped" a boy I thought was cute. He came home with me one day and his parents had the police out looking for him. I attended Summer Rec at Fairfield that summer and remember crying because I missed too many days and they wouldn't let me be in the production. One of the counselors took me to the kitchen and we ate ice cream out of the carton.

I guess my parents got tired of living in the apartment so they bought a house in Harbor Green. That is the second Masspequa in my life. I Lived there from when I was six until I was eight and a half. The time in Harbor Green was the best time in my childhood. I remember walking and biking all over the neighborhood. Going to Bar Harbor and getting a slice at Pizza Supreme was the norm. I had the best friends there... Ali and Wanda and Peter. We biked to Birch Lane and played on the "merry-go-round." I loved Birch Lane. It was a fantastic school. Miss Greenfield was one of my favorite teachers. Summer Rec at Birch Lane was so much fun. And then it all had to end. My grandfather died and we had to find a house with an apartment so my grandmother could live with us. We ended up in Nassau Shores.

From fourth grade until I graduated from high school I remained in the Shores. It wasn't the same. No longer did I have the connections to the people that were such good friends. When I look at the distance from Bar Harbor to Nassau Shores, it makes me wonder why those friendships were lost. I guess it was too much trouble for my parents to cart me back and forth. But I leventually learned to love the Shores. We had Mitzi's deli, and Dino's Pizza (which was actually quite decent.) There was also George's Jip Joint, and Chicken Delight. And how can I forget the Nautilus? Now that was some diner! I have never found one quite as good.

I guess when you put it all together, I was very fortunate to have my three Massapequas because I have such fond memories of all of them. I wouldn't trade my life there for anything. My children grew up in Virginia and I don't think their memories of childhood are rich as mine were.

Apr 23, 2017
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BEST PIZZA :)
by: Anonymous

The Two Best Pizza Places in Massapequa NY...


https://www.facebook.com/stephen.spanopoulos/posts/1474371739274358?pnref=story

Apr 23, 2017
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by: Anonymous

My favorite is Musicaros. They were by far the best. When we were very small and my parents would go out on a Sat. night my Dad would get us a pie for dinner. In high school and after we would go and eat there and get the bar pie.... the best. Yes the others are good as well but I don't think I have ever had any as good as Musicaros. Does anyone remember the pictures on the wall of the Miss Reingold girls. There was one for each year.
All American's fries are still the best as well.

Apr 18, 2017
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Mitzis deli
by: Anonymous

does anyone remember mitzi's deli on unqua road,,,Big bottles of RC cola for .15

Apr 16, 2017
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All American
by: Anonymous

I worked at All American in 1969-1970. The Vultagio (sp?) family seemed to think I was trying to give away a free coke ($.10 in those days).
Truth is I had a mad crush on Billy Vultagio and would never have betrayed the family trust. I never fully recovered from being fired. It was the one and only time in my life.
I still can't stand the smell of fast food burgers and fries. Bring on the salad, please.

Apr 12, 2017
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Working In All American
by: JB

Enjoyed the comments on the great Massapequa Pizza debate especially the recollection of the Pizza Supreme roof of the mouth burn that seemed to happen every single time you ate a slice. Uncanny!

And now its time to address the world famous All American Hamburger Drive In but from the insiders (as in former employees)perspective.

With the scattering of south shore Long Island natives throughout the world the legend of All American has achieved global significance including of late being a feature on the "Kevin Can Wait" sitcom. Personally I recall being in a cafe in North Carolina and seeing All American burger and fries bags framed on the wall. The owner was of course a Massapequa native and reported that at least five times every week someone new would recognize the bags and All American stories would be shared.

The other seemingly great mystery that I would love someone to resolve is whether the large west coast chain "In n Out Burger" somehow cloned the All American brand. The first time I visited In n Out in Los Angeles I was shocked to see the interior colors, decor and menu items were a dead ringer for All American.

I am one of no doubt thousands of former employees of All American. I spent most of 1970 before leaving for college working extremely hard breaking into the brigade by peeling potatoes and cutting the fries ultimately climbing the ladder of success to a glamorous (and clean) front counter spot. While the work was difficult (try loading 50 pound bags of potatoes into a chest high chute thirty or more times a day) the Massapequa and Berner students that worked there had a lot of fun.

It would be great to hear stories from other former employees about their time in All American (some lasted for years, others were gone after a few hours). However I think mine may be a unique experience as one off my co-workers wound up being (and still is) my wife, mother of three and grandmother of one!




Apr 10, 2017
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north massapequa
by: Anonymous

old man yankee

Apr 08, 2017
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Casa Maria
by: Anonymous

Wasn't there a bar right next to Casa Maria? I seem to recall a bunch of us closing that place down and still in the parking lot when they opened in the morning! The good old days!

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza
by: Chris Curry Young

Was Pizza Supreme the place in Bar Harbor shopping center. I remember that pizza was fantastic! The square Sicilian pizza.

Apr 08, 2017
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by: Paul Alagna

Casa Maria was my families favorite. Your description of the cheese and crust with the oil soaked take-out box was right on target....but I can't forget and I believe I can smell it even now way upstate some 50 plus years later... the GARLIC! and yes Pizza Supreme on the other side of Massapequa , the square slices and fighting friends and family for the end pieces...thanks for the memories and aromas...

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza
by: Greg P

For the quick slice and the coke nothing could beat Pizza Supreme. The burn the top of your mouth, super saucy, super hot slice that needed to be folded back at least a third to hold it all on. The smell as you stated waft through the entire plaza. That was the treat we would get after my mother did some shopping at the store across the way from it which I think was Saks.
Musicaros was the go to place when a bunch of us would finish working on a Saturday or Sunday night at Krisches and head over for a couple of large pies and beer in late 60's to early 70's. As a matter of fact, after our 10 year class reunion for Berner HS 1n 77 that was held at Majorie Post Park many of us met up at Musicaros afterward and had a great time closing the place .A lot of us had moved away from LI by that time and it was so nice and comfortable to be back and enjoy familiar places and old friends.
A friend of mine that I met while in college in upstate NY was from Wantaugh and on one of our breaks we went to his favorite pizza place on Merrick road near the Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway. I think it was called Castle Pizza. The pies were very good, but what I remember most is the pitchers of beer that came out of the tap close to freezing. The coldest beer I have ever had.It was great.
There are many pizza places here in CT where I now live, but noting yet has matched the taste I remember so well from when I was growing up in Massapequa. I will also add to that the bakery bagels and rolls that my father would get on Sunday mornings. I wonder if they are still the same today.

Apr 08, 2017
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Pizza Places
by: Bill N

For us, we regularly got our pies from Carlo's Pizza Oven in the Inter County shopping plaza on Carman's Rd from the late 60's through the early 70's.

Sometime in the early to mid 70's we started getting it from a place called D'Antonio's, which was a few doors down from May's Dept Store in that semi enclosed strip of stores. Their pies were great, very cheesy, and they did a good business for years. At some point they bought a full restaurant on Merrick Rd, and moved their operation there, but I can't say what year that was.

We rarely ordered from Musicaro's or Mario's, which was down the block.

Apr 07, 2017
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The Four Pizzas
by: Andy F.

I enjoyed your well written examination of the Massapequa Pizzas and had not recalled that Pizza Supreme pizza had been served on parchment paper. However you are right, it was! Having eaten many of their slices along with a Cherry Coke, has left an impression on me. I almost HAVE to have a Cherry Coke with pizza nowadays. (and I remember they served up Cherry Coke by literally mixing cherry soda with Coke - holding two levers on the soda fountain down simultaneously)

While your recollections are probably spot on and others might support your choice of number one, surely longevity must figure in. If any of these four are still around, that must signify some level of customer satisfaction. I know for sure Pizza Supreme still does exist and am just as sure there is no more Musicaros. Casa Maria seems to be gone as well but its possible some semblance of D&D's might still exist.


Apr 07, 2017
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The Great Massapequa " Best Pizza" Debate
by: JB

For those growing up during the fifties through the seventies in the Massapequas there seems to be four sound contenders for THE best pizza place.

They are:

Musicaros
Casa Maria
Pizza Supreme
Dick and Dora's

I draw my own observations/conclusions based on my history as a resident of Harmony Drive ( east of the Park Blvd intersection )from birth in 1952 to my 1970 departure for college and resulting discovery of the strange new world beyond (as my mother called it) the world's largest sandbar.

Musicaro's - though the closest to our house we knew Musicaro's more for its championship Jones Beach League softball team than its pizza. In fact my first visit was not until my late teens (primarily focused on generous size pitchers of beer) and while the pizza was perfectly acceptable it did not deserve the top prize.

Pizza Supreme - in a class by itself this iconic "Coke and a slice" Bar Harbor institution drew shoppers and high schoolers through its doors with the impossible to resist smells of their freshly baked square pies. The shape and firm structure of each slice ( served on a piece of parchment paper)was perfect for a two handed meal sitting on an outside bench. Though the best for what it was the Pizza Supreme pie would never be one to order for Friday night dinner at home.

Dick and Dora's - this was a "restaurant sit down" pie served on the traditional raised platter. D & D's was also ( and perhaps more prominently) famed as the venue serving the first real cocktail to the hordes of barely (18 years and above)or not quite legal teenage imbibers. A definitely delicious but hard to handle juicy pie ( knife and fork required) would again not be suitable for pickup and return to home. But no greater friendly and fun dining experience could be had than a Saturday date night replete with seven and sevens or perhaps a whiskey sour served by Phil, the ebullient and locally famous owner and Pearl Harbor veteran.

Casa Maria - and now we come to my clear winner. The experience of the rare one on one time with Dad during the 15 minute car ride for pickup and the other wordly experience of sitting at the end of the bar waiting for the pies to come out merely accentuated the perfection of the Casa Maria pie itself. The return ride was perfectly timed for the needed cool down of the cheeses and runoff of excess olive oil absorbed by the box. The thinner crust and flawless ratio of cheese to sauce cooked just slightly crisp puts the crown on the Casa Maria pie.

I expect ( and sort of hope) there will be spirited disagreements to my assessment and even though I know I'm right I would appreciate as much feedback as possible.



Apr 05, 2017
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Olson's Inn / Bill N
by: Anonymous

Thanks so much. I've been wracking this old brain of mine for a couple of old weeks. Do you happen to know if the Indian statue that was once in the massapequa library garden is still there. When my brother was young and in the scouts, he found the statue in Tackapusha ( sp ?), and returned it to the troop, and eventually the library. That had to be at least 55 years ago.

Mar 26, 2017
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Regarding the Motel/Inn
by: Bill N

I believe that was Olson's Inn, we had a few Boy Scout type dinners there.


Mar 26, 2017
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Gene Clegg
by: Anonymous

I seem to remember that a man named Gene Clegg actually was the manager of the restaurant /small catering house & motel at the end of Sunrise Highway. I don't remember the name of it, but it was on the right as you passed Howard Johnson's and the Mays Department store. I spent a summer prepping watermelon baskets, serving baked chicken and running Flaming Jubilees out to brides and their guests. Sometimes we would do 4 weddings in a weekend. I was glad to get back to college that September. It was 50 years ago. Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant?

Mar 26, 2017
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Regarding downtown Massapequa Park
by: Bill N

For the poster who mentioned the bakery, that would be DiMonda's Italian Bakery, which was there for close to 50 years. DiMondas would give us dough to use as bait when we went fishing at the reservoir. They also had the best cake ever, a Black & White ring cake, patterned after the famous black and white cookie.

Fay's was at the corner, next to the deli, which I believe still exists.

I don't know Pete the butcher, but Tom and Sons, a longtime village fixture, and where my mom bought her steaks and meats, closed last year too. Apparently the remaining Son had no one in his family who wanted to continue the trade, so he closed on short notice.

It was always a special experience for one of us kids to be sent inside Musicaros to pick up a pizza, as you had to go into the bar for the pie, and stand around all the old timers smoking and drinking, They were not like the old timers drinking at Gannon's though, those were the more hardcore drinkers occupying the stools there.

Add me to the list of kids who did Christmas gift shopping at the old 5 & 10, while making sure to stop and look at the fish tanks, and the turtles by the front counter. Like a cut-rate kids zoo visit.

There were the 2 supermarkets, Crest and Bohacks. My mom was a Bohacks shopper, while our neighbors the Petersons were Crest customers.

Mar 23, 2017
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by: Betsy Knapp Finley

The last comment was from Betsy Knapp Finley just in case anyone remembers me. 😀

Mar 23, 2017
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Fays, etc
by: Anonymous

I used to go to Fay's and spend the quarter that Mrs. Honce, down the street gave me for going to the store for her. I went to Dilberts and got her a small loaf of Pepperidge Farms bread, some milk and a little cake. Same thing every week.

I bought some Turkish Taffy and some Good n Plenty. I ate them before I went home so Mom wouldn't know.

Here's an interesting side note. Mom wouldn't let me take the money and Mrs. Honce wouldn't take it back so after I got the forbidden candy, I buried the rest under the hedges that separated my house and the neighbors, the Lombardo's.
there's probably a rusty fortune under there if anyone wants to dig it out. :-).

I used to play out back with the little girl from the Italian bakery, on my way back from walking Daddy to the train station during summer vacation . Her mom fed us really well. Another thing I had to hide from Mom.

I loved going to the five and ten to the fish tanks. I was so happy when I was allowed to get a goldfish. I also got my parents gifts there. Usually a corsage for Mom and some pencils for Dad (he was a commercial artist). I wrapped them VERY primitively and got the mailman to deliver it to the house.

Dad and my brothers got their hair cut at Sam's barbershop. I loved the way the hair goo smelled. Every year, the kids were given paint and a brush and were allowed to paint a Halloween scene on a merchant's glass door and someone went around and judged them. I always got Sam's barbershop.

I remember the shoemaker was weird and I was scared of him. I had to buy Mom Kotex at the Rexall. That was one of the most embarrassing times in my life.

I loved going to play in the woods. There was a crooked tree with a fan on it that we called the Indian tree. Now it's a mortuary.

I know things change but if I go back, I want it to change back for my visit. 😀

Mar 23, 2017
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Downtown Massapequa Park
by: Greg

I too remember Fays and the long counter where my friends and I would be able to get 5 cent cokes from the dispenser. Two other stores I remember well on that side of the street heading down to the tracks was a bakery that had the best tasting crumb cake ever. It looked just like the Entenmens crumb cake you can get in the box today, but these were fresh out of the oven delicious and I would imagine with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. I would ride my bike down there after I collected money from my Newsday paper route on Fridays and have one, maybe two pieces that he would cut from the huge tray. On the way out the door, he always said to me, "and tell all your friends I have the crummiest cake in town."
The other store was the 5 and 10 just past Musicaros. That is where I would buy Christmas presents for my parents when I was really young. Usually some bright red nail polish or lipstick for my mother, thumb tacks, nails or carpenter pencils for my father and bobby pins for my sister. I also remember getting my first goldfish bowl and a couple of fish along with the colored pebbles that cover the bottom. In the back near the rear exit to the parking lot is where you could buy small quantities of paint, shades and lamps.
Another place that just jogged my memory was the Rexall drug store that my father and I would go to because it had the machine that you would be able to test the bulbs in your TV set when it went dead. Of course back then you couldn't tell exactly which bulb was dead or dying so we usually had to bring down half a dozen or so to see which ones were on their last legs. After seeing which ones needed replacing you just opened the door underneath the testing tray and picked out the correct ones according to the numbers listed on the box.
One final note, I think when we first moved to Massapequa Park from Brooklyn in 1954, the grocery store opposite the tracks that later became Bohacks was independent and run by a man named Gene Kleg, or something like that. Maybe someone has a better recollection about the name.
Anyhow, a great place to have grown up. Years go by between visits to Long Island, but I always try to drive by my old house and it gives me a good feeling about where I am from and the values that I and my friends and my family grew up with.

Mar 22, 2017
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Fay's, Musicaros and Pete the butcher
by: Bob messina

When I was a kid, we lived in massapequa park. There was a candy store called Fay's and besides Fay herself, was a woman behind the counter named Marge.
My mother used to take me there for lunch probably 3 times a week for a Fay's cheeseburger and a chocolate egg cream. Fay made the burgers and Marge, the egg creams for my mom and me. When it was time to add the seltzer to the two glasses, she set both glasses below the soda fountain, pulled the handle to add the soda to the first glass, and, without moving the glasses, she held a teaspoon underneath the seltzer and turned the spoon so the seltzer filled the second glass.
I think of Fay and Marge whenever someone mentions an egg cream.
Musicaros pizza was so good, and the pizza itself was gigantic, probably because I was small.
And Pete the butcher. His shop was across the street from Fay's and bohacks. I was about 6 years old and Pete was found hanging from a meat rack. Dead.
I remember a burned out building behind Hawthorne elementary school called 4M. All the kids said a madman lived in the rubble. And speaking of Hawthorne, our principal, Ms. Zjohnson, our music teacher mrs Hsndon and the symphony the, a black and ivory sort of flute that we all learned to play.

Mar 14, 2017
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NYC Cops
by: Linwood Place

I remember Newsday once ran a story about Massapequa. They called Massapequa the "bedroom community of the New York City police department".
I know I was surrounded by cops where I lived...and for some reason their kids always had the best fireworks on the 4th of July.
Before clothes dryers became popular you could see lots of uniforms drying on clothes lines in half of the backyards.

Feb 10, 2017
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Team Tassi
by: Bob Carpino

I always had to drive the boat cause the beer was always flowing!

I won't tell you the time i put an eel in Leo's shorts and he stripped in the boat

Try this. Mrbobnh@aol.com


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Memories NEW by: Bob Carpino
by: Anonymous

Hi Bob,

I'm guessing you won't see this, but when I saw your post I had to respond. My grandfather loved telling stories about your dad. I can't tell you how many times he told me and my brothers about fishing trips with Sal Carpino. Mostly, it would be about how he did something to set him off and get a big laugh.

It's been awhile since I thought about those stories and how my grandfather got a kick of telling them. Thanks for bringing them back to me.

Feb 08, 2017
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Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Wine Gallery was at the end of Pirates Cove in East Massapequa, I loved that place

Feb 02, 2017
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Wine Gallery
by: Anonymous

Where was the Wine Gallery in Massapequa located? I recall that it was down on the water somewhere.

Jan 24, 2017
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Cleveland Place.
by: Renee Mineo

I lived at 11 Cleveland Place from 1961 -1974. Anyone know the Torres'? Or Richard Santangelo? Rizzos? Cortez? Can email at rdmineo@Gmail.com thanks

Jan 11, 2017
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melnick
by: Anonymous

I think melick taught 9th grade general science at Berner. I hated him! BORING! Now Mr Sommer Social Studies at McKenna was awesome!

Jan 11, 2017
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I miss the pizza
by: Francis Schiraldi

I live in Oregon now. It rains A LOT. I miss pizza and bagels. I always tell people about having Mr. Baldwin (Alec's father) for a teacher and Jessica Hahn in my graduating class. I wish there were Italians and Jews here, my sarcastic "schtick" is quite lost on the folks here. If I ever get home I am going to nail my feet on the floor!

Jan 06, 2017
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Mr. Melnick
by: Chris Curry Young

Hi JH,
I had Mr. Melnick for Science. He may have taught Biology too. I don't know. The one thing I remember about Mr Melnick is that we had to take notes in pencil during class, and then we had to rewrite them at home in pen. I think his point was to make sure we reviewed the material presented to us during class. He was a good teacher; very dedicated.

Chris Young

Jan 06, 2017
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Mr Melnick
by: JH

Saw the name had to see if my memory is still working?? Did he teach Biology at Berner? I had him in 10th grade and surprised him when I posted a strong Regents # in the final---my focus wasn't academics back in those days and he was disappointed as I recall. Thanks for triggering a memory!!

JH

Jan 06, 2017
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Book of Massapequa
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Maggie,
Thanks for the information. This book is something I would love to read. I'm heading over to Amazon's site to order it now——no time like the present.

Chris Young

Jan 06, 2017
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re: Book of Massapequa
by: Maggie

I thought you all might be interested in this book. It's all about Massapequa and surrounding area with lots of interesting pictures and so forth. You can buy it, I just did on Amazon:
Massapequa: A Pictorial History Through The Eyes of Baby Boomers by, Rich Klein.
You can purchase it on the link on FB: http://www.facebook.com/MassapequaBook
OR http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/massapequa-rich-klein/1122425652?ean=9781631925245
OR Amazon where I got mine.
Also,
You can find out info on Massapequa Park if you type in that on FB.

Jan 05, 2017
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Relax
by: Anonymous

All types of memories are great. Crushes are just a part of life. It made me feel good posting mine and finally getting off my chest. They are so silent for years especially for those of us that were painfully shy in school.

Now on to new memories. 😀

Jan 05, 2017
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Relax
by: Chris Curry Young

Thank you Betsy, I was actually feeling down about my crush post. I thought I had said something to offend, but you have made me feel better.

I suppose I got caught up in the memories of such a happy time in my life. To those I offended I do apologize.



Jan 05, 2017
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Relax
by: Betsy (Knapp) Finley

There have been people who's parents worked somewhere and there was a whole string of posts about that..their personalities, etc. There are a lot of personal things on here and if it's not offensive or TOO personal, I think it's harmless fun. Plus.. if the boy (or girl) who was the subject of the crush, it just might make their day. 😀 We all love Massapequa and the "Park" and crushes at school is just a natural part of that.

I enjoy every post. It brings me back to thoughts of my childhood in the "Park". Let the crushes proceed. 😀

Jan 05, 2017
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Posting
by: Anonymous

We really don't need to hear the stuff about all the crushes someone had 60 yrs ago. Pretty much makes you want to puke and unsubscribe. Take the gossip to Facebook or private emails please.

Jan 05, 2017
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Pisting
by: Anonymous

I would agree with POSTING, maybe just take it to a private site. It does get grey at times. Thank you.

Jan 05, 2017
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It's all of interest
by: Anonymous

Relax, it is all Massapequa history. Personal in nature perhaps, but I have read many times since this post started names of people I once knew and have forgotten, whether neighbors, classmates or people who worked in and around town. I left Massapequa 50 years ago, and enjoy every post.

Jan 05, 2017
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Posting
by: Anonymous

Can we keep this to Massapequa history and not this crap

Jan 05, 2017
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Crushes
by: Chris Curry Young

If we're talking about crushes, I can tell you for sure I had plenty. My first crush was one my older sister's friends, Steve or Pete Delise (not sure how to spell that). They were twins I think. I don't remember which one I had the crush on—perhaps both. I was only 5. They lived right in the back of Santangelo in the corner house (Euclid) I believe. Wow, I'm really reaching back.

Then there was Tommy McGrath in my class at East Lake. I think my crush for him lasted quite a while. It was a silent crush and I was always afraid to talk to him. I was very shy. I had a crush on the shop teacher at McKenna, Mr. McNeal, and wished that I could take shop, but girls didn't take shop back then. I had a crush on Mr. Hickey too. I forget what subject he taught. Then there was the Bungalow Bar Ice Cream man and the Good Humor ice cream man—and of course John, Paul, George and Ringo!

In high school I remember having a big crush on a boy named Jody Larkin. I think he was in my science class. I had Mr. Melnick.

I'm sure there were others that I cannot think of right now. A lot of my crushes were teachers.






Jan 04, 2017
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Crushes
by: Anonymous

Lol.. Ed Powelski was my first crush as well. He was in choir with me. 😀 i had Mr. Gerardi for chorus in McKenna. I think every girl had a crush on him. To me, he looked like Sal Mineo. He gave me piano lessons at my house. I was never so happy in my life. I practiced like crazy!!!

Jan 04, 2017
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1970 Berner Graduate
by: Pat Marchesano (Skabry)

You're right Chris! Mr. Yamron was at McKenna.

Jan 04, 2017
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1970 Berner Graduate
by: Chris Curry Young

I remember Mr. Yamron. He was my teacher (chorus). That was at McKenna. In Berner we had Mr. Holdridge.I graduated in 1968.

Jan 04, 2017
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A 1970 Berber graduate
by: Anonymous

What great memories from the previous posts! We called our group the Bla-Has and it included Lydia and Barbara who lived on Park Lane, Claudia and myself from Charles Ave and Joan and Cheryl. I went to East Lake with my dentist across the street, my first crush was with Ed Powalski, visiting the Schreiners including Joseph, John & Regina (they had a pool which was a BIG thing then) and the Daimlers who lived next to them, going to our Lady of Lourdes, the candy store across the church, where a quarter was a big deal and Creme Puff Bakery which had the best strawberry shortcake. McKenna. Working at Waldbaums and Tuttles which was a hamburger joint on Sunrise, bowling at the lanes and Pistachio Ice Cream Soda's from Howard Johnsons. Playing tennis at the park, falling in love. I remember the woods behind Park Lane I think where the fast girls went with the boys and never understanding what they did there. Football games with rum in our coke cans, loads of friends, laughter, a first date, a first kiss, gym uniforms that gave me wedgies, the Indian store where I bought myself my first jewelry, the fear of crossing the railroad tracks and Sunrise, Tobay where I met my husband of 43 years. All good stuff!!!. Would love to hear from anyone who graduated Berner in 1970. Do you remember Mr. Yamron?!!

Jan 04, 2017
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Memories
by: Bob Carpino

Lynne Tassi's name brought back memories. I remember both Lance & Larry. Also remember Leo. He was a mailman with my Dad and loved fishing. We lived on East Lake ave. Went to eastlake, Mckenna and gradfated Berner in 1968. Fondly, Bob

Jan 04, 2017
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Kathy Kane Marks
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Kathy,
I most certainly knew your family. Your sister Linda and I were very close when we were in grade school. In moved into the neighborhood when I was 5 and Linda became my best friend. I remember it was Linda and a boy Tommy McKeon (his family moved when he was a kid) that I played with a lot.

Linda and I made our First Holy Communion together and walked up and down Grand Boulevard showing off our Communion dresses. I have a photo of us in my backyard and we had the same black and white short set on too. As we grew older (we went to different grade schools) we didn't see much of each other and in high school we hung around with different groups of kids, but I always remember Linda as a great person.

I remember all of your siblings. I believe John was the oldest. He was my sister Eileen's age (she is 7 years older than I am). My sister Diane is 5 years younger than me. I kept up with the news on the block from my friend, Karen (Syrett) Bailey. I remember when Mrs. Gabrois passed. I was still living on Long Island then (in Lindenhurst) and Karen and I went to the service for her. We got to see most of the Gabrois family.

We lived next door to the Santangelo's (Linda and Mickey I think were their children) and across the street from the Gabrois and the Dietzel's. I'm not sure who Mr. Brown is, although there was a Bill Brown who lived in the end house next to the Dietzel's. He was my sister Eileen's age and they went to school together.

My husband and I moved to Pennsylvania in 2004. We love it here, but I do miss Long Island and especially the old neighborhood where I grew up. I still have enough family on L.I. to get back and visit now and then. I have a little great-great nephew just born this past July that I must visit.

My best regards to you and your family. Tell Linda I remember her. I wish everyone a happy and healthy new year.

Chris Young




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Chris Curry Young
by: Kathy Kane Marks

Hi. I lived at the other end of your block across the street. Perhaps you knew my siblings John, Bob Linda, Danny or Kevin Kane. I remember your house. I live on Grand Blvd all my life but sold on 2014. Do you remember Mr Brown? Son in Santangelo house . Uses as a weekend retreat from NYC. A Grabrios granddaughter bought house. You lived off Connecticut, Euclid was on our end. I was the youngest born in 1959 but I remember you.

Jan 03, 2017
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Me and Mom
by: Anonymous

I remember my Mom showing me the picture in the newspaper of us at the Massapequa Zoo and saying "No one will ever know it is us"

Jan 02, 2017
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Chris Curry Young
by: Andy F.

Great Jal story. It seems he left a trail of stories behind him :-)

Jan 02, 2017
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Seaford
by: Anonymous

Anyone in this group happen to attend Seaman Neck Elementary School? Early 60's...

Jan 02, 2017
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East Lake Elementary
by: Anonymous

Anyone in this group go to East Lake Elementary from 1968 - 1973? My parent's left NY and we moved to Florida in 1973 but I attended East Lake Elementary during that time frame. My Brother attended Berner High and graduated in 1972. He worked at Whites Model and I don't know what department he was in. He also went to Boces School and took up Horticulture. His name is George Bauer if anyone in this group knows him.
Maggie

Jan 02, 2017
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1968 Graduates
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Andy,

I remember Marty Fogerty, Charlie Daimler, and Jal Johnson. I have a foggy memory of an incident when I was in grade school; Jal Johnson crumbled a snowball in my face during a snowball fight (after which I had a mad crush on him). I'm pretty sure my friends and I started the snowball fight. Those were the days. I am sorry to hear of Jal's passing. Also my condolences to Richie on the death of his son Matthew in Iraq. He was a hero.



Jan 01, 2017
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

I sent a friend request to you and a message to Joe (couldn't send a friend request for some reason).

Now maybe we should turn this thread back to general Massapequa discussions :-)

Jan 01, 2017
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Billy T
by: Billy T

Are you on Facebook? I'm on there as Bill Trojann add me. Joe is on there also.

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill T and Joe B
by: Andy F

What a small world. Sorry to hear about Joe Fic. I'm glad we could connect on this site.

Jan 01, 2017
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Massapequa
by: Billy T

Joe Ficolora died last year of lung cancer.
We love Northville. I lived there for a few years. I keep my host near Sport Island Puv in Northville on the lake.

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill T and Joe B
by: Anonymous

Wow! Say Hi to Joe for me. He had/has a great sense of humor. Does he know what ever became of Joe Ficalora?

I am familiar with the area where you live. My wife Linda Hill and I were just up in Northville the week prior to Labor Day. I love that Adirondacks and especially the Great Sacandaga. My parents used to take us up there for vacations. It's a wonderful change from the down state area. We are still on LI too in Bay Shore. Happy New Year to you all!

Jan 01, 2017
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Massapequa
by: Billy T

I live near the Great Sacandaga Lake approx 40 miles west of Albany. Joe Birbiglia and my sister still lives on LI in Shoreham. Joe says hello. He is here with me visiting his daughter in Syracuse. He said you wrote in his high school yearbook, "may God bless you with a Hemi."

Jan 01, 2017
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

Yes; Andy Falsetta. How are you folks doing? Still on Long Island?

Jan 01, 2017
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Andy Falcetta(sp?)
by: Bill Trijan

By any chance are you Andy Falcetta? I'm Joe Birbiglia's brother in law. He married my older sister and hottie Pat Trojan.

Jan 01, 2017
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Al F.
by: Andy F.

Richie Coyle, Richie Baylis, Terry Murphy are all Charles Avenue guys I hung with after high school! I also was good friends with Marty Fogerty, Charlie Daimler, Jal Johnson, and Mark Eckhoff who lived a few blocks east of Charles Avenue. Joe Birbiglia went to school with me at MHS. We lost Jal only a few years ago and Richie lost his youngest son PFC Matthew Edward Baylis in Iraq. He was my godson and a great boy having grown up with my sons. Matthew is my hero and Richie remains my dear friend.

Jan 01, 2017
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1968 Graduates
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Al F,
I went to elementary school with Terry and Pat Murphy. I also remember Richard Baylis. I didn't hang around with them, but they are in my year book. We graduated in 1968.

Jan 01, 2017
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Al F
by: Bill

Do you happen to know Terry Murphy' Rich Coil and Richard Baylis? Joe Birbiglia?

Dec 31, 2016
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Andy
by: Bill

My mom was a wonderful woman. This sounds like something she would have done. We need more Frans and Edna's in this world!

Dec 31, 2016
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Mister Donut
by: Andy F.

The reason why I asked is that in the 1967 -1970 timeframe my friends and I were in Mister Donut at some point during almost any night. The waitress behind the counter was named Edna and she was a very nice person to tolerate a group of cheap teens who played the jukebox, drank coffee and hardly ever bought donuts.

Dec 31, 2016
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Donut
by: Bill

No. Fran.

Dec 31, 2016
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Mister Donut
by: Andy F

By any chance Bill was your Mom's name Edna?

Dec 30, 2016
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Donut shop
by: Bill Trojan

I believe Mr. Donut???

Dec 30, 2016
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Bill Trojan
by: Andy F.

Bill, which donut shop did your Mom work at?

Dec 30, 2016
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BARRETT STREET, MASSAPEQUA
by: Bill Trojan

The Trojan family. Went to First Baptist of Massapequa. Unqua School.
My mom worked at a donut shop and Pequa Bowl on Sunrise highway.
Alec Baldwin's dad was a high school teacher at Massapequa High.

Dec 27, 2016
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67 Berner NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Greg P.

Yes, Lance is my uncle and lives mostly in Florida. He has two daughters and a grandson. The oldest brother, Larry, is also alive and well in Oakland. He graduated in '65, but I'm not sure if that was Berner or MHS.

Best,

Andrew

Dec 27, 2016
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East Lake Avenue
by: Chris Curry Young

I certainly will send you copies if I find them. I'll also ask Dotty if she has any.

Dec 27, 2016
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Berner 67
by: Greg P.

Hello Christine,
I am not familiar with any of the Connollys, but for some reason I do remember Linda Coleman. I think she was friends with some of the people I knew in your class. This site is sure jogging my memory.

Dec 27, 2016
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East Lake Avenue NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Chris,

Thank you. I would have gone to MHS, but I went to St. Anthony's and graduated in 1992. My younger brothers Stephen and Tommy graduated MHS, and Stephen now the principal at Birch Lane Elementary.

If you do find the pics, feel free to send them to aaspetti@gmail.com

Best,

Andrew

Dec 27, 2016
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67 Berner
by: Greg P.

Hello Andrew,
I didn't know your mom, she was a year behind me, but I did graduate with a Lance Tassi. Any relations?

Dec 27, 2016
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East Lake Avenue
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Andrew, I did know your mom when we were in grade school. She lived near my friend Dorothy Flynn on East Lake. She was in my class a few years at East Lake Elementary. I must have some of my grade school class photos. I'll have to look. I remember she had dark hair and was cute. I'm am sorry to hear of her passing.

Did you go to Berner or Massapequa HS? My sister's oldest daughter may be your age. I keep in touch with Dotty Flynn on Facebook. Happy new year to you and your family.

Chrid

Dec 27, 2016
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cleveland ave
by: Paul Alagna

Hi Debbie, I lived in a small house, I believe the number was 94 Cleveland Ave. To the north corner was Hicksville Ave and towards Raymond J lockhart was Central Ave. My neighbors to the north were Loretta and Jimmy Gorman. On my block were Peggy Murphy?, Tommy Reade and his many sisters and Dot or Dotty who had a sister but I don't recall her first or last name. On the corner was a boy Ricky, I think there last name was Rizzo or Russo? There was the Schiappas..Dean and others. When you go to goggle maps and check out the street the houses for the most part have been built onto. You can even see swimming pools , trust me no one had a pool back when I grew up there. Maybe a plastic kiddie pool. We had one but my Airedale Kelly would hog the whole thing. I moved in 8th or 9th grade after my mother passed away. I would have gone to Berner but moved to Rockville Centre for HS. I miss those carefree days and my long lost friends.

Dec 27, 2016
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Hi Chirs Curry Young
by: Anonymous

I wonder if you knew my mother, Lynn Tassi. She graduated Berner the same year as you, which meant she went to East Lake and McKenna with you as well. She lived on East Lake Avenue and after she got married, raised three boys a block away from her childhood home. Mom passed away in 2010, but my dad is still there.

Anyways, hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a Happy New Year.

Andrew Aspetti

Dec 27, 2016
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Grand Blvd
by: Chris Curry Young

Hi Greg,

I am familiar with some of the people. I didn't hang around with any, but I think my friend Timmy Connolly knew some. You may have known Timmy. He had two older sisters, Roslyn and Kathy, and a younger brother, Michael. Timmy was a very close friend of mine. He passed away October 2015. If you went to Hawthorn you may also have known Linda Coleman. Although miles separate us, we keep in contact via Facebook.

If you want to go further back, my older sister, Eileen and my brother-in-law Gus Perry went to Massapequa H.S., but they are 7 years older. There are a lot of great memories!




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Grand Blvd
by: Greg P.

Hi Chris,
No I didn't deliver as far north as Euclid. I do remember Joyce Hahn she was in my class. I was friends with a few people in your class, Janet Zigelbauer, I delivered to her house, Wendy Woodruff, Dennis Dunning, Diane Boyle, David Mazzocchi and Marcia Bade. Kathy Moriarity lived down the block from me, she might have been a year younger. I heard we might be having a 50th reunion next year, haven't gotten all the details yet. Yours is coming up soon. Enjoy the winter in PA, hope we have one like we did last year, not too cold not too much snow.
Greg P.




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Grand Blvd
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Greg,
I'm trying to remember if Euclid was before or after Connecticut. Our house was the 2nd house in (north) from the corner of Euclid. I don't remember if we had Newsday delivered or if my dad picked it up at the train station in the morning on the way to work (he worked in Manhattan).

You graduated a year before me. Let me see, who did I know who graduated in 1967. Did you know the Hahn's who lived over behind Park Lane by the RR tracks?. I knew the older sister, who I think graduated in 1967, and her younger sister was one of my sister's best friends.

We lived across the street from the Gabrois family. I think Bobby may have been a 1967 graduate. There were a lot of kids in that family. Oh, and I lived next door the the Santangelo family. They were older than I was by a few years; the daughter by one year I think, and the son by a lot more. I remember all the families on our block were wonderful people; so many kids back then. The streets were never empty of kids playing.

My husband and I moved from Long Island in 2004 (to Pennsylvania). We love it here, but I will never really call it home. My home was Long Island.

It was nice reliving old memories with you.

Have a happy New Year.

Chris Young

Dec 25, 2016
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Paul Alagna
by: Debbie Pile Cotton

Hi Paul: What was your street number on Cleveland? were you between Broadway and Central? did you graduate from MHS sometime around 1968 or 1969?

Dec 25, 2016
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Grand Blvd
by: Greg P.

Hello Maggie and Chris,
I did not live on Grand Blvd, but from 1961 to 1964 I delivered Newsday on my paper route on Grand Blvd from Front St. up to Connecticut Ave. Also the same distance on Atlantic Ave. There weren't many houses at the time that didn't get Newsday so it's a good chance I went to your houses every day after school for 3 years. I went to Hawthorne, McKenna and graduated Berner in 67. I have lots of great memories of growing up in Massapequa, but I get what you mean about the weather as compared to down south. I have been in Connecticut since 73 and by about March and April winter gets little old, but for right now I am enjoying looking out my windows at the snow covered lawn and will soon be planning a trip to Florida in the Spring once the threat of those pesky frozen pipe dangers pass. Have a good holiday and best of wishes for the new year.

Dec 25, 2016
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Pictures of Downtown Massapequa
by: Chris Curry Young

Hello Maggie,
I too grew up in Massapequa Park on Grand Boulevard. What a great childhood I had. I went to East Lake School and then McKenna and then Alfred G. Berner, where I graduated in 1968. My sister Diane graduated in 1973.

I remember the Bohack store very well because my mom always shopped there. I remember going with her and always getting a bottle (glass bottle) of ice cold coca cola out of the dispensing machine.

I will look through my old photos to see if I can find anything old photos to share of Massapequa Park village.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year




Dec 25, 2016
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Zornes?
by: Maggie

Hey just seeing if anybody still lives there that may know. Is Zornes Poultry Farm still there? What about Nicholson's Deli? My parent's used to patronize these 2 places. I remember walking around the parking lot for my Mom while she was inside Zornes getting the chicken and salds. We were looking for receipts on the ground because you used to get something with saving the receipts.

Dec 25, 2016
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Bakeries
by: Maggie

Reminiscing and really miss the Bakeries we used to go to in NY. We mostly went to Tasty Bakery on Broadway - miss the Kaiser Rolls, Salt Sticks and Buns we used to get on Sunday Mornings. I live in Florida and the bakeries or what they call bakeries stink! I also miss the good German Deli's we had there. One thing I don't miss is the ice and snow. We don't have that here where I live in Florida. In fact on Christmas Day it's to be a high of 80 deg.

Dec 25, 2016
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re: railroad Tracks
by: Maggie

My Brother's and I used to go on our bikes to the railroad tracks over our summer vacation, take our shiny new pennies and place them on the tracks when the train went by. Then we would hit the 711 get our slurpy's, some candy and we were all set.

Dec 25, 2016
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Pictures of Downtown Massapequa
by: Maggie

I'm doing a family tree and looking for pictures where I grew up in Massapequa Park. We lived on 122 Grand Blvd next to the Kaufman Family and my parent's moved to Florida in 1973. I'm looking for pictures of old downtown Massapequa where the Bohaks Grocery store and such was. My brother's used to take me on their bikes to downtown during our summer vacation. Also, I went to East Lake Elementary School, last grade I attended was 5th grade Mr. Martignoni. My Brothers were older than me and both attended Alfred Berner High. My oldest Brother graduated in 1972. If you have any pictures can you please post?
Thanks and Merry Christmas.

Dec 22, 2016
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Holidays
by: Paul Alagna

Finding this site a few years ago was like finding that Christmas present that you keep on your cluttered desk and open it up every so often to find more treasures within. So Merry Christmas to you all, Happy Hanukkah and whatever other way you may celebrate this wonderful time of year. Some of my early memories of Christmas are from Massapequa. Getting up way early to fly down the stairs to see if "He Came". Cleveland Ave. would be quiet until us kids could break away and get outside to play with our new stuff...Great memories...Peace

Dec 17, 2016
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Beth Van Nostrand
by: Gary Hoogenboom

Beth, would you contact me at garyh555@aol.com, and I will forward my phone to you, I would appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. Thanks, Gary Hoogenboom

Dec 17, 2016
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Beth Van Nostrand
by: Gary Hoogenboom

Allan F. Crouch was A School Principal in the 1950's, and lived on Cleveland If I am not mistaken nect to your Family, and the Farrars were on the other side of your house. Regards, Gary Hoogemboom

Dec 17, 2016
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Beth VanNostrand 12/10 029/26+
by: Anonymous

12/10 the Allan Couch referred to, is he a relation to Mr. Couch the Principal of Lockhart back in the 5o's and 60's?
09/26 Was Scott Harper related to Jan Harper?

Dec 10, 2016
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McKinley Street
by: Anonymous

Anyone live on McKinley Street from 1955-1968 ?

Dec 10, 2016
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Burton Lane
by: Karen

Did anyone on this site live on Burton Lane between 1965 @and 1977??

Dec 10, 2016
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Beth Van Nostrand
by: Gary Hoogenboom

Hi Beth, I attended School with Donna from 1952 to 1960, then my Folks moved to Florida, and Graduated from Fort Lauderdale High School 1963. I lived at 64 Pittsburgh Avenue, as I mecall you were in Cleveland Ave next to the Farrars, and Allan Crouch. I remember those special times growing up like it was yesterday. So nice of you to come home to take care of your Mom, she still may remember me. I can be reached at email garyh555@aol.com I am presently living in Delray Beach Fl. We Pequans have several luncheons during the year in Fl, next one is January 20, 2017 in Vero Beach and a yearly reunion in Kissimmee every October Thurs-Sun. Feel free to e-mail me, and if you have Donna's contact info I would love to speak with her. Sincerely, Gary A. Hoogenboom, Sr

Dec 08, 2016
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Whites Dept Store
by: Evelyn

Just catching up reading again on this site.
I worked in Whites in the Cosmetic Dept
1969-1972. My boss's name was Frank.
I think later on it was Trude.It was my first
job .It was a great job to have during my
High School Years.
Grew up on Chicago Avenue.Lived there
From 1959 to 1985.
Evelyn

Dec 08, 2016
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FOND MEMORIES
by: Linda

My husband and I bought a house in Massapequa in 1963 after we got married. I love that town we lived there form 1963 until 2003. We moved to Suffolk County to be closer to family. The ice cream shop on Broadway is not longer there it's a bridal shop now... actually the owners of the ice cream shop were long time friends of my parents and my mom worked there for a while. I remember taking my young sons to the Massapequa zoo.. no loner there, a shopping center now. lots of things are gone but lots of things remain. I visit friends there once in a while and always feel like I'm "home" when I am in Massapequa.

Nov 29, 2016
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Cleveland Avenue Gang
by: Jill K- MHS - Class of '70

Beth Van Nostrand,

How is your sister, Donna? Did she and Joe get married? Where are they living. My sister, Diane, lives in Florida. Do you know what happened to Judy Lee? Do you know if Elizabeth Stutz is still living on either Euclid Avenue or Pittsburgh Avenue.

My maiden name was Jill Dempsey and I lived on Chicago Avenue.

Great hearing about the news on Cleveland Avenue.

Nov 26, 2016
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North Massapequa
by: Anonymous

Lived in North Massapequa from 1955 - 1971 on 2 Winding Road Would of graduated in 73 from Plainedge but moved to PA in 71, Loved growing up there lots of great memories. Gina (Skelly) Brill vbrill@frontier.com

Oct 21, 2016
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Fitzmaurice Field
by: Greg

I remember Fitmaurice Airport very well. My family moved to VonHuenfield St. in 1954,a few blocks south of the end of the runway. There were no longer any planes flying in and out by then, but the full runway and the hanger/office building were still there. I believe it was used by a chapter of the 4H club and many times there seemed to be functions such as dances and other gatherings there for the remainder of the 50's. Slowly the runway started to disappear as Hawthorne School and the playing field were finished and homes were built on the east side of the road between Smith St and McKenna JR HS.
I went to Hawthorne School and would often play ball on the fields surrounding the building. One day my friends and I were seeing how far we could bat one of those rubber Hi-Flyer balls and we were hitting them over the roof of one of the wings of the school. Sure enough one time it landed on the roof and didn't come down. I was either in 5th or 6th grade at the time. We wanted to see if we could somehow get up on the roof and get it. We eventually found a place where my friends boosted me up and I was able to stand on the fire alarm bell which had a large sturdy wire mesh cage surrounding it and I was able to then pull myself up onto the roof. I couldn't believe what I saw. Dozens of balls of all types were strewn throughout the entire roof of the school. Kickballs, softballs, baseballs and loads of rubber Hi-Flyers. It was as if all the balls we had lost down the storm drains on our street had come back. As fast as I could I kicked off all the larger balls and picked up and threw off the smaller ones to my friends below. I only did one wing of the building as I was afraid that someone in the houses on Smith street would see me and call the school and that wouldn't sit well with my parents.
I climbed back down onto the fire bell and then dropped down to the ground from there. We split the balls up, small ones only, and left the kickballs there as we knew they were from the gym. We didn't need to buy any balls for quite some time after that, and at 25 cents a pop in the late 50's were saved a bundle.

Oct 21, 2016
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Fitsmaurice Flying Field
by: Rick G

Here's a little Tidbit for all of you. Massapequa Park was the first individual village in the USA to get direct airmail service. Fitzmaurice Flying Field was dedicated on May 12, 1929.A crowd estimated at 100,000 people visited Massapequa Park that day.

The field was named after the world-famous Colonel James J. Fitzmaurice,

pilot of the "Bremen," the first lighter-than-air ship to reach North America from Europe.

the airport was apparently a victim of the development that it was intended to attract.also just across the county line in Amityville acroos the street from the old County line bowl was a nike missile base. Nukes in Pequa !!
The land it occupied later became the campus' of Hawthorne Elementary and McKenna Junior High School. It closed in 1953

Oct 20, 2016
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Glad it's back.
by: Anonymous

Glad it's back up and running.

Oct 11, 2016
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Yes, the site was down. Sorry.
by: Bill

All, from September 26th up until yesterday this website was down due to technical difficulties. Sorry about that. Everything is back to normal now, so enjoy!

-Bill

Oct 10, 2016
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magic
by: paul alagna

Weird for about a week this site disappeared..am i or did imagine it or did anyone else get bumped to a directory site for about 1-2 weeks..I live in glens falls ny and today I took care of a woman from Massapequa, we traded favorite restaurants etc...it was fun and i think a relief for her to be away from home but have a fellow Massapequan [sp] take care of her..i told her about this great web site..so i am glad it is still alive and well...

Sep 26, 2016
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Cleveland Ave, Massapequa
by: Beth Van Nostrand

Hello to Cleveland Ave gang. This is Beth Van Nostrand. Some sad news, Scott Harper passed away in a car accident in April of this year. I am back at home taking care of my mom, 96 years old now, as my dad passed away in 2006. The block has really changed, homes are bigger now. Mr. Sessa and my mom are the only original home owners still living here. Got to get ready for work. Till then, Beth

Sep 21, 2016
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Bunny's neighbor
by: Jeff

Bunny, it was me....Jeff from 16 Jones Court!

Sep 20, 2016
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Baldwin drive Elem. School
by: Anonymous/EMML

FYI...Baldwin Drive School was on - Baldwin Drive- a lock or two down from Boundry Ave. and was part of Plainedge Schools It was there long before Silvia Packard. the Baldwin Drive School was taken down in 1989/90 and replaced with new homes...East Plain Elem. was down at the bottom of Baldwin Drive on No. Michigan Ave....the two were only about 8 blocks apart...also Plainedge Schools. My family lived on No Michigan but east of Central Ave---so in the Farmingdale Schools...but used the fields and play grounds often....anyone remember the summer carnival that used to be an annual event on the property used for Silvia Packard?

Sep 20, 2016
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Dwyers
by: Bunny

Kathy,

I saw your post on here.Just wanted to let you know that I still live at 22 Jones Court. And I remember your brother Bobby and my mom and your mom were good friends.. would visit you in Amityville after you moved.
Had a lot of fun then...
But I was wondering who posted that they lived next door to us??


Sep 16, 2016
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The seaplane and the pt boat
by: rick g

I lived on the canal in Bar Harbor on the Skylark road side. The Pt boat was indeed tan painted and was parked for years on the opposite side of Whitewood drive's Canal on the eastern side just south of Burns Park.The seaplane had a launch ramp just east of that canal directly on the bay. a little further down to the east was Frank Fields ( the weather man)house. To the west you could see Carlo Gambinos compound with his yacht the Poopsie.In Bar Harbor Shopping center you had the Pizza Supreme , which moved to Roosevelt field. I used to see the old lady (Mamma) there. I used to work there . As an adult I would go there and she and I would reminisce.I remember Jocelyns, Fox's/ Mccabes Arthurs,Dick n Dora, Musicaro, And of course The Blind Pig, Owned by the Man Who wrote the book Klute, Which became a hit movie starring Jane Fonda.

Sep 14, 2016
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M-A-S-S-A-P-E-Q-U-A or 'give me an M
by: Anonymous

1953 - 1961 - North Massapequa - Hickory Street
Southedge being built
Plainedge HS being built
Krisches Icecream Store and plenty of kids on
the block

1961 - 1967 Bar Harbour , Massapequa Park
on Queens Court - loving Mitchy
Birch Lane School, McKenny, Berner and than
Massapequa H.S. - Football games, Claming on
The Great South Bay, Dining at The Big Bow Wow,
Just a lovely time and a wonderful place and time to live
Patty

Sep 13, 2016
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Adding to the list of memories...
by: Michael F.

Graduated '74 from MHS and had illustrious 'careers' at Hills supermarket (across from "52 Acres"/Burns Park) and Mays Shoe Department. Living in the Hudson Valley now but still visit Dad in Massapequa.

Love reading these memories and thought I'd trigger a few more with some places I haven't seen mentioned yet:

- Dairy Freeze (where Hess on Sunrise stood)

In Mays strip:
- Courtesy Drugs
- Sunset Strip cafeteria
- Lafayette

In Bar Harbour:
- Allied Radio (pre Radio Shack)
- Trunz Pork Store
- Long Island Savings

Speaking of Bar Harbour, I recall the game show "Supermarket Sweep" shot a show at the Food Fair. My Mom and her brother were in the audience hoping along with others to be called as contestants.

Sep 07, 2016
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Whites of Massapequa.@ Dennis
by: Anonymous

I worked in the Shoemaker shop in Whites of Massapequa, nights and weekends. In the mid sixties. I grew up on the corner of Forest Avenue in New York Avenue. Not sure if I knew you Dennis. I still live on the Long Island but now live on the North Shore for the past thirty five years.Thanks Gary T.

Sep 07, 2016
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Sea Plane
by: Paul

I remember a sea plane that used to dock over on Alhambra I think, this was in the 80's though. It was red and white if memory serves correct!

Sep 04, 2016
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Sea plane?
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember seeing that old sea plane tied up in the canal? It was in the early to mid 60's and I believe it was yellow. VERY dusty memory! Lol

Sep 04, 2016
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PT boat
by: Andy F.

My recollection of the PT boat was always seeing it from the foot of Block Blvd at Merrick Road. It was always visible from there until it moved. IIRC PT boats were made of plywood to keep them light and easily maneuverable so it must be pretty difficult keeping one in good shape.

Sep 04, 2016
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Re: PT Boat
by: Anonymous

This post is in regards to the PT boat. The last time I saw it was in the early 1980's and it was up in the weeds in Seaford at the end of Seamans Neck Rd. I believe in a marina called "Marina Del Mar" the ship was painted Tan and called the "Banshee". The marina was sold to a developer in the 1990's and was developed and called "Crescent Cove". Ship was in bad shape, stripped and rotting as I recall. I'm guessing it was cut up and destroyed.

Sep 01, 2016
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Move to Florida
by: Jill K - MHS Class of '70

Hi Debbie,

I know you will love Florida as I did. I lived in Boca Raton for 17 years and thought I would have stayed in Florida forever. Jobs necessitated our move to North Carolina and I have grown to love it. Our two sons and their families live in North Carolina and they have no desire to move back so it looks like we will remain here.

I hope there is no damage to your home with the hurricane.

Do you know anything about Judy Lee?

Aug 31, 2016
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Clevland Ave
by: Anonymous

Yes, Jill I do remember you and I do keep in touch with Laura.... not often but Christmas and birthdays we always reach out to one another.

Aug 31, 2016
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Chicago Avenue
by: Jill K

Hi Patti, my maiden name was Jill Dempsey and I did live on Chicago Avenue.

Do you still keep in touch with Laura Piening (spelling?)

I am living in North Carolina now but I will always remember Massapequa.

Aug 31, 2016
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Cleveland Ave Conn Ave & Chicago
by: Anonymous

Hi Jill & Marianne. Just a quick note to let you know I've moved from Wilmington, NC to Palm Coast, Florida just in time for the hurricane season. We've got plenty of milk, bread and candles. I still prepare the same way we did back in the 'Pequa days! Debbie Pile (MHS '70)

Aug 31, 2016
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Cleveland Ave
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Connecticut Ave and some of those names are very familiar. I guess from Lockhart, Parkside and the neighborhood. My maiden name was Patti Porter.

Aug 30, 2016
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Whites paint dept
by: Anonymous

I remember Stu Katz very well. He was a great guy. We worked with an old guy named jack rosenfeld who was the manager.

Aug 30, 2016
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Whites
by: Coach

My brother Stuart Katz was in the paint department late 60's, early 70's.

Aug 30, 2016
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Cleveland Avenue
by: Jill K

Hi Marianne Schneider,

I think you will remember me. I am Jill who lived on Chicago Avenue. I remember playing at your house on the enclosed porch. We played all sorts of board games. If I remember correctly, you didn't go to Massapequa High, right? I connected with Debbie Pile. She lives in North Carolina like I do now. I went from Massapequa to Boca Raton, FL. and now to North Carolina. Do you keep in touch with Jan Harper or Lynn Sessa or Judy Lee. I saw Nancy DeKorp's picture on Face Book and you can still recognize her. Massapequa will always hold a special place in my heart.

Aug 29, 2016
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WHITES OF MASSAPEQUA
by: Anonymous

HEY IF ANYONE WORKED AT WHITES-AT ANY TIME IN THE 60S OR 70S PLEASE RESPOND. I WORKED THEN IN JR JIGH, (PET SHOP, THEN IN HARDWARE, PAINT AND GARDEN. THE HARDEST SUMMER OF MY LIFE WAS GARDEN. UNLAOD TRUCKS OF SAKCRETE, PEATMOSS AND OF COURSE LONG ISLANDS FAVORITE-KINGSFORD CHARCOAL BAGS- EACH ONE 50 FREAKIN POUNDS. ONE SUMMER I WOKRED AT RECEIVING WITH A GUY MAE RICH MCKENNA , AND HOWIE KLETT. I RECALL RESPONDING W HOIE YRS AGO-HE WORKED ON THE LIRR FOR YEARS AND RETIRED.

DENNIS

Aug 29, 2016
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Casa Maria- Rexall Drugs and More
by: Anonymous

I worked at the Casa Maria Rest on Broadway and the Rexall Drug Store on the corner of Rhode Island Ave and Broadway. The drug store was across from the Bohacks Supermarket (now the defunct Kennedy Flooring Store). There were many wooden lots on Broadway in the 60s. Across from the Casa Maria Restaurant was a vacant lot the Nick Zacaro built a small strip center that had 4 stores, with one of them being Jet Liqours (which he owned..BTW, he had also owned the Casa Maria Restaurant until he sold the business to Jimmy, Arnold and Carmine). I moved away in 1973 but returned for good in 2012. Many changes but a few things still remain the same.

Aug 29, 2016
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Stan's coffee shop
by: Barry

This is to Michele from her dad's Stan's coffe shop, I knew your dad a very nice guy. I worked at the pizza place owned by Benie also worked at the Movie theater in Holiday park SC, I was in your dad's coffee shop almost every day, I remember seeing you there and your sister and Mom there some times. Also new Bobby. I was just a little kid when I started going there, also remember Lester from next door in the Stationery store. I came across your dad in the Ft.Lauderdale area in the mid 1990's. Your Dad was truly a nice man.my E-mail (bar4180@gmail.com) Thanks

Aug 25, 2016
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inter county
by: Anonymous

I remember the bank, it was Franklin national, and they had this amazing revolutionary war mural. I always wondered what happened to it when the bank closed. There was the driftwood, which has pretty good pizza of its own. One of my MHS '79 classmates dads used to play in a combo there I remember. The was the Johns bargain store which was not there in the early 60s, but came in later. The pizza oven was great. I have no recollection of it being "carlos" over, in fact I recall the owners being old school italian. However that was in early and middle 60s. There was a Chinese take out. How about Stride Rite in the corner near the ballet studio. I remember a guy his name was TED, he would come to your house with several pairs of shoes.

There was a stationary store next to the theater. I saw first run of the ten commandments and also swiss family Robinson there. 13 ghosts (I think it was with those 3d glasses, altho they were cardboard.

OK no one has said anything about creampuff bakery. I would still die for one of their strawberry shortcakes! Great rye bread I remember.

Now heres a great story. In the 60s in the Pharmacy on the corner-I remember there were these great color painting(they were paper) of Hippocrates, and other great people of medicine and pharmacy. I always loved those. So years later when i was a medical student-a pharmaceutical company actually gave those out in a calendar form as a freebie.

The baseball fields behind the center were interesting. One was a massapequa little league "major league field" with seats, nice grass, dugouts and a fence. The other which was the "minor league" field was the one I got to play on. It always bothered me.

Finally-on the turn from route 110 to the center, there was a sign, advertising a sandwich place--"Siss's Sandwich Shoppe. Good food.
My brother and I still talk about that. Never went there tho!

Great memories. Some nights when it is really quiet, the whole family is asleep, and I am unable to fall asleep, I close my eyes and imagine walking around the center as I knew it then. Very comforting and usually sleep inducing.

Aug 25, 2016
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A Little Bit to Many People's Messages ...
by: Anonymous

Thank you for your responses to the balloon popping and ice cream question! For some reason my little kid memory thought it was over on Central. I thought it was the dime store there, but I completely forgot about the Woolworth's in Inter County. Once it was mentioned I had that Ah Ha moment!
I never went to the movie theater in Inter County when I was young. Instead my parents piled all us kids in the station wagon and we went to the drive in on Sunrise Hwy in Copaigue where the Home Depot and Red Lobster is now. Funny how as a kid I wanted to go to the one at Inter County instead. Now I wish there was a drive in around to let my young family members experience that.
To this day, my brothers, sisters an I refer to the Grand Union as the Grand Onion! It makes no difference what store was in that area. But then again we also refer to IGA on Park Blvd as Dilbert's and Smokin Al's on Merrick Rd and Park Blvd as Pergaments!
I think the school you are referring to across from the Inter County Shopping Center is Our Lady of Lourdes. The school closed a few years ago, but the church is still going strong. Our Lady of Lourdes is actually considered part of Hardscrabble (Farmingdale) Schools. Massapequa School District had Grace Day School until it closed just last year and St Rose School which is still open. We also had Carmen's Rd School which has been a BOCES School for a long time now and Hawthorne School which has been a few different things and is currently the Nassau County Police Academy.

If I remember correctly, Baldwin School was part of Plainedge. Does anyone know the exact location and street because then we could tell immediately which district it was a part of? CATION AND STREET BECAUSE THEN WE COULD TELL IMMEDIATELY WHICH DISTRICT IT WAS PART OF?

Aug 25, 2016
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School across from InterCounty
by: Bill N

I believe you are referring to Our Lady of Lourdes Church and school. It is still there, only they added a new, large church years ago. The old church held mass in the auditorium of the school, and had a small chapel on the east side of the building. The new church is a free standing building just to the east of the original building.

On a related note, when my brother and I were old enough to ride our bikes to Saturday Mass, we would stick our heads in long enough to see who the preist was, them skip out and hit the playground across the street. Then when it was over, we would peddle our bikes home, and be able to answer correctly who the priest was for that mass when my mother grilled us to make sure we actually went.

I'm sure we'll have some explaining to do to St Peter when the time comes.

Aug 25, 2016
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Intercounty Shopping Center
by: Anonymous

Yes, it was woolworths that had the balloons that you popped to see how much you paid for your ice scream sundae.I did actually once get a free one. The Grand Union had a unique way of stocking the shelves. Instead of the typical flat shelves all the canned items where put on an angled chute that once a can was removed the entire line of cans moved downward. This was a great idea as it took care of stock rotation as all new cans were put at the top of the chute, however, when people didn't want to buy the item after they removed it it was much easier to just put it on the floor instead of trying to push dozens of cans back up the incline. As I recall it didn't last very long. I also remember the movie theater, I think Saturday matinees we 50 cents in the early and mid 60's.There was also an elementary school across from the Intercounty shopping center, don't remember the name and I don't think it was part of the Massapequa school district.

Aug 25, 2016
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Inter County
by: Bill N

I don't remember the balloon thing, but we were very familiar wth Inter County.

Every Friday night was pizza night, which was from Pizza Oven located on the right side, a few doors down from the bank. I think it was actually called Carlos Pizza Oven.

There was the movie theater, with the old lady matron and her steel flashlight to keep us unruly kids in line.

Grand Union at the north end, Woolworths in the middle, a candy store a few doors down from the theater where we would stock up before hitting the theater. I think there was another supermarket on the southeast end, maybe A&P.

Two little league fields behind the shopping center.

Finally, a Sears catalog store on the north end, next to the gas station.

The plaza has changed drastically over the years, but a few things still are somewhat similar, including the Mobil station.


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the balloons
by: Anonymous

The popping balloons may have been at Woolworths in the Intercounty shopping center on Cermen Road. However, I think it was you pooped the balloon and were given the price you pay, and one of the balloons was a free ticket.

Aug 25, 2016
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Baldwin Dr. School?
by: Anonymous

in response to July 24 never heard of Baldwin Dr. Elementary school.... Maybe you have the name wrong? What year was that?

Aug 23, 2016
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Nancy G.
by: Betsy Knapp Finley

Hi Nancy G,

Where in AZ are you living? We moved from Massapequa Park to Tucson in 1968 on my 16th birthday. We moved to Fredericksburg, TX in 1978 and I moved to Yuma, AZ in 1981. I live in Dallas now but my husband and I are moving back to Tucson in December.

Aug 23, 2016
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Dubrow's
by: Anonymous

I don't remember anything about popping balloons. Don't know where that was, sorry.

Aug 23, 2016
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Dubrows
by: Anonymous

Was Dubrows the place where kids could pop a balloon to see if they won an ice cream? I kept thinking it was the dime store but everyone is telling me that the dime store did not have a counter. My memory is fading!

Aug 23, 2016
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Does anyone remember???
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the Farmer's Market over by the zoo? I think it was where Whites was, before White's was there? This was in the 50's. I remember going there with my parents and not liking it because it was always so crowded.
Also Dubrow's? It was downtown across from the 5&10 on Central Ave. It was a stationary store that sold candy and cigarettes and had a soda fountain counter. We would go and get .05 candy bars before going to the Pequa theater for a .35 movie.

Aug 20, 2016
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Grew up in Massapequa, looking for photos
by: TED WALTHER

I too grew up in Massapequa, I was born in July 1963 at Brunswick Hospital in Amityville, but we lived at the address of what was then called Foot of Forest Ave.(I think it is still called that, but Google earth reads it as 0 Forest Ave, even though it was significantly remodeled in 2013-2015, today it is the only original house still there. In the 1930's during prohibition the house was actually a Speakeasy bar), My father bought the house around 1955-56. As a kid, like many others I was in love with Fire Engines, so I think my Dad brought me to every Fire House on Long Island, but the one I remember the most was the Massapequa Fire House on Hicksville Road and Brooklyn Ave, which was Station 1, what a great bunch of guys, I got to climb on every engine in the Fire House, at 4 years old.
We moved to Lindenhurst in December 1967, and then to the Eastern Shore of Virginia in June 1976. I now live in Virginia Beach.

In addition to my post am writing in response to "Tex", specifically about "the PT BOAT he mentions that was tired up in the canal near John J. Burns Park". What year was this? Does else remember this boat? Does anyone have photos of this boat?? Might this boat have been called BRAND X? That ran to Fire Island during the summers?

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The Charm is Gone
by: Tex

Moved to Massapequa in 1958. I remember the old mansion where Marjorie Post Park stands today. Bar Harbor shopping center was just built and road an elephant in the parking lot. J.W.Mays was built and I remember them clearing the land. Sunrise Mall was just a pile of sand. The drive-in movie, Big Bow Wow, Pequa Theatre, Bar Harbor Theatre, Whites, W.T. Grant, Gimbles, the PT boat in the canal near John J. Burns Park. I worked at the Hess station on Sunrise Hwy. Moved out in 1980 and visited a couple of years ago. I don't recognize it anymore. It looks more like Queens than L.I., everything has been over-stored, built up, too crowded. Very, very sad. The need for tax revenues and short-sighted politians ruined the town and destroyed the charm. I guess you can never go back.

Aug 20, 2016
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Bullying in the 60s and 70s
by: Anonymous

Bullying was big in Unqua and McKenna too!

Aug 19, 2016
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Prade lane mass. Pk.
by: Anonymousneil

Lived there 1954-'71.
Fond memories of playing in the "pit".
Location of sunrise mall now.
Worked at howard johnsons in
Early 70's. Dishwasher ugg!
Bullying at berner high big time
Not considered an issue in 1960's.

Aug 10, 2016
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Casa Maria
by: Anonymous

Casa Maria, I was talking to my mother before a trip to Long Island which I'm taking today August 2016 , Her uncle my great uncle, Joseph Zicaro opened Casa Maria and ran it for years in Massapequa Long Island. This was back in the 50s when she immigrated to this country she went to visit him . she was telling me about pizza Fridays before I read the posts . I was born in 1966 so I never met that great uncle of mine but it's fun to see you I'll post the fun stories

Jul 24, 2016
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What happened to Elementary School
by: Anonymous

Went to Baldwin Drive. elementary. A relative of mine recently visited there and said the school no longer is there what happened to it???

Jul 22, 2016
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the best of times.
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Cedar Dr in the shores.Went to Unqua,McKenna and graduated from Berner in 78.It was the best of times.spending the summer on the great south Bay . sledding in the golf course with all of Nassau Shores kids.Miss the great pizza places their..learned to drive in the Bar Harbor parking lot on sundays.And of course All American on the weekends.

Jul 17, 2016
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Looking for
by: Anonymous

Any one know what happened to Donald Johnson brener class of 1967

Jul 10, 2016
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RE: Wonderful Town
by: Anonymous

While not new to me you raise an interesting point. Why it is like this today, and not when we were kids is a mystery to me. You have a unique perspective because you grew up in Massapequa and raised your kids there. I am sure the same bullies and creeps were roaming the streets when we were kids. I think our kids missed out on a lot. I remember when my daughters were young and it really snowed on day. There was a great hill by their school to sleigh ride. Getting them away from the TV and their video games was hard enough. They went down the hill once and complained t was cold and we went home. I was out on a snow day until my is turned blue, came in changed and out again, it was magic.

I live in Manhattan and watched the kids on Cedar Hill in Central Park sleigh ride. There are 10 and 12 year old boys there with their parents there. I would have been humiliated if I were them. Perhaps everyone loves the way they had it as kids and our kids will be lamenting the same stuff when they are our age, but like you I played until the last glimmer of light left the sky, and under the street lights if we could get away with it.

I am glad I grew up as I did, feel bad that this is not a possibility any longer.

Jul 10, 2016
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Memoties
by: Jack Healey

Just sitting here reading comments of all the Massapequa Alum who have triggered memories of long ago. Thank you all!! Tobay, The Pit, Berner + MHS, Whites, 2 Guys..on and on.
Keep it up!!

Jul 10, 2016
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Wonderful Town but Different Times
by: Anonymous

I also graduated A.G. Berner in '75 and still live here. I married and raised my 3 kids here - they went to Unqua, as I did, and Berner for Middle School. They were graduates of Massapequa High. I think they had a wonderful childhood growing up in the same town as I did, but a very different childhood than I had. I think it is due to the fact that times have changed. I would be outside playing for hours, until it was time for dinner and then back outside until dark. Now, even in Massapequa, parents are reluctant to let their kids stray too far. Kids are into video games rather than getting together a neighborhood kickball game or any of the many other games we played. I'd ride my bike to the mall. Now I wouldn't let my kids at the mall alone, let alone ride a bike across Sunrise Highway. Different times but still a wonderful town to raise a family. I'm very glad I stayed!

Jul 10, 2016
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More memories coming back...
by: Bill N

For some reason I couldn't remember Pizza Supreme. I had it mixed up in my mind with the place on Merrick Rd, which I think someone else mentioned was Dees Pizza.

I also had a post mentioning Jerry Koosmans Sub Shop on Merrick Rd, and that Ed Kranepool and Ron Swoboda owned a place called The Dugout on Rt-110, but the post appears to be gone.

We skitched on the back of school busses and the Hammer Soda and Charles Chips trucks in the winter. We also played stickball with a strike zone painted on the wall at Hawthorn and Eastlake Schools, at least until the Wackenhut Security car would drive up and chase us off.

Jul 10, 2016
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Love and miss Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I grew up in North Massapequa it was the best of times. Lots of kids to play with and an above ground pool in the yard,i was in heaven.Good schools and lots of fun. I will never forget it!!!

Jul 10, 2016
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Pizza Supreme
by: Andy F.

Ahhh Pizza Supreme in the Bar Harbour Shopping Center! $0.35 got you hot lunch at the High School or a slice and a cherry coke at Pizza Supreme. No brainer; great pizza. They eventually moved to North Massapequa on the northwest corner of Hicksville Rd. and Jerusalem avenue and then on to where they are today, on the south side of Stewart Avenue in Garden City opposite the Roosevelt Field Shopping Center. The pizza is exactly the same as it was back then, rectangular with a piece of cheese in the middle of each slice. Gotta make a point of going over there soon to get a "corner slice".

Jul 10, 2016
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To Nancy G.
by: Anonymous

Where in Arizona are you living now?

Jul 10, 2016
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Living on Maple Street
by: Nancy G.

I grew up in Massapequa Park, born and raised. It was an amazing experience that I wouldn't take back for the world! Today I live in Arizona with my husband and two kids. I tell them all the time about my great memories and how I wished they could have had a similar childhood. Raizing kids away from this amazing home town was so different. You don't realize all of the freedom you had. I would never let them play alone outside or tell them to just be home for supper. We would go back outside after we ate and come home when the street lights went out. Crazy as it may sound life was so safe back then.
Living on Maple Street was such a wonderful childhood. We had such close relationships with our neighbors. There were 52 kids living on our single block, so we never brought home friends from school because we already had so many friends! We played all day and night making up ou own games. Living on Maple Street is a memory placed in my mind forever. Though many of the families are gone now, and most of our parents have passed My childhood will live in my heart forever!!!!

Jul 10, 2016
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Bar Habor in the 60's
by: Anonymous

You forgot skitching when it snowed. We'd grab a passing car and hold on (had to be snow on the street naturally or I wouldn't be writing this).

Helmets? The only ones who wore them was the football team. When we surfed one guy in Bar Harbor wore a helmet and was the laughing stock of the neighborhood.

Doing stupid things.... maybe it was just us, but I bet it wasn't. We would jump start our parents cars ( easy to do then with screw driver) and head out for whatever. One time a hurricane was coming, we headed out to Montauk to surf. It was too rough so we surfed at the other side of the Light House. We got drunk (we were 16) , got into a fight with other surfers and the police came. Drunk, no drivers license, trespassing, and fighting. We were let go. Today I doubt that would happen.

Jul 10, 2016
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The Park
by: Anonymous

I was so glad to hear comments from people that lived in the Park. Under my dad'said rule, we usually never ventured too far from there except maybe to go to the Piqua theater. Fay's candy store was where I went to get my nickle Good and Plenty's after I did the shopping for my elderly neighbor at Delbert. I went back about 10 years ago and walked along Park Blvd, talked to Sam's son, and was so dismayed that they took down my precious woods and put a funeral home there. Days was now a flower shop. I knew they would put something in the woods but thought it would be houses or something fun, like a park. Not a funeral home. Oh well. I wanted to show my son the crooked tree with the fan nailed to it in the woods. We called it the Indian tree. That's where we ran away from home at (for a few minutes anyway).

Mom was friends with Miss Johnson. She must have bathed in her perfume. She sure couldn't show up to your room unexpectedly. Her aire preceeded her by a few minutes.

I still remember the song word for word. I don't remember any of my other school songs.

We didn't have a car so we walked to Bohacks and Dilberts with our shopping basket. I loved going into to the five and ten and look at the
goldfish in the back corner. Then I went to Fays luncheonette and got an egg cream. There was nothing like those days. I wish I could relive them. I walked my father to the train station every morning and then stopped on the way back to play with the little girl whose parents owned the Italian bakery. There were a bunch of stray kittens in the outside of the back of the store that we used to play with.

I will always be proud of living in the Park. My son couldn't believe that all the places and stories I told him were true.

Jul 09, 2016
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Re: The Park Deli post
by: Bill N

Two things I remember about Miss Johnson from Hawthorn.

One, she smelled like the perfume counter at Macy's. We used to joke that she bathed in perfume.

Two, the song we sang every morning after the Pedge of Allegiance :

Dear Hawthorn School we love you
Our hearts will ever ring true

Within these halls of learning
Blah blah blah something blue

Sorry, can't remember the rest.

Miss Johnson wrote that song, which we sang obediently every morning.

She was followed by the tall Mr Romieka, who we were amazed to learn had written a book on surfing. What a difference.

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Bohacks '60's
by: Bill N

Talking to my mother today about this site.

She told me that when we were youngsters, in the early to mid '60's , she and my best friends moms did not have licenses to drive. So they would walk with us in strollers from home to Bohacks, do the grocery shopping, take the non perishable stuff and leave it in my dads car at the train station, then walk home with us and the perishable food.

Then when my dad got home from the city, he would drive home with the rest of the groceries.

Jul 09, 2016
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Bar Harbor and 60's/70's
by: Bill N

The store for uniforms was Lobels. They had the monopoly on Scouting gear, Communion and Confirmation trinkets, and similar rackets where the parents were forced to shell out money. They eventually moved to Sunrise Mall, mear Macy's at Sunrise Mall, and closed the Bar Harbor store.

Krischs was our high end treat stop, after big things like the Spring Concert or some other momentous achievement, where Fays was the destination after more mundane events.

I remember eating at the Chinese place a couple of times, but could not recall the name. Surprising with a name like Long Full that I couldn't remember it.

The three big shopping spots to us kids were what we called "town", which was the Park Blvd two block district; Bar Harbor,
with an obligatory stop at the library; and Inter County, which is where we usually got our pizza (Carlo's Pizza Oven), the theater (called the Amity perhaps?) after getting candy at the Grants a few doors down and sneaking it past the old lady matron with the steel flashlight, and the Sears Catalog store, where mom would pick up our yearly allotment of those Sears iron clad jeans.

Once we were old enough, probably around 11 or so, we rode our bikes to all those places, dodging traffic and crossing highways without helmets or worries.

We also would put pennies on the train tracks to see how much the train would squish them. It's a wonder we made it through childhood.

Jul 09, 2016
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Bar Harbor
by: Karen

Also Long Full Chinese and I think it was Cobels where you got your gym uniform! So many wonderful memories!!

Jul 09, 2016
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Grew Up in 60's/70's Massapequa
by: Lorraine

I grew up in Massapequa -- live down south now -- but really miss my old town -- how about Pizza Supreme in Bar Harbor --lunchtime at the high school - Krische's Ice Cream Confectionary -- so good -- All American -- Pequa Movie Theatre -- and going really way back how about the old Five and Dime on Broadway across from Bohack's?? If I remember correctly it had wooden floors. Great old memories. Massapequa was a special place.

Jul 09, 2016
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The Park Deli
by: Anonymous

Yes, the deli next to what used to be Fays Luncheonette is still there. I rarely get back to Long Island and the Park, but a few months ago I was actually showing my grandchildren where I grew up and I stopped into the deli. We bought sandwiches and drinks and half a pound of potato salad,and it tasted exactly the same as it did back in the late 50's and 60's. Haven't tasted store bought potato salad that good in the past half century. I bet they sell the recipe each time the ownership changes hand. Also enjoyed the nickel cokes sitting on the stools at Fays and the nickle candy bar for the walk back home. Loved growing up there. Went to Hawthorne School when it first opened and remember very well the principal Helen T Johnson. Strict, but fair.

Jul 09, 2016
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Shell and Bow Wow
by: Bill N

Thanks for replying Andy.

I only remember it being Sal's Massapequa Shell, even in the late '60's. My father passed away in 1970, and he was a regular customer there, which is how I managed to snag my first job there a couple of years later. So I am pretty sure Sal owned it as late as '69 or so. That was when a gas station sold gas and fixed cars, not the convenience stores with a gas pump that exist today. I learned a lot about cars and mechanics from working there.

You are correct on Big Bow Wow, I just spoke to my mom who still lives in the Park and she confirmed the location. I don't recall the mini golf. I do remember one on Hempstead Tpke, just east of Bethpage Parkway, near a Wetsons, though. There was also an Aunt Jemimas on Hempstead Tpke that we would visit on the occasional Sunday.

Jul 09, 2016
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Massapequa Shell
by: Andy F

Bill N.

Funny you should mention the Shell station. I worked there after school and on weekends when Frank DeRosa owned it (before Sal Catrini did).

The Bow Wow was actually situated in what is now the Kohl's parking lot. It was about 100ft south of Sunrise in the parking lot and IIRC there was a miniature golf there too.

Jul 09, 2016
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Grew up in Massapequa Park
by: Bill N

My family moved to the Park in 1961' and I lived there full time till graduating in '76, and on and off for a few years after serving in the USAF, until moving upstate for my career in 1983.

Looking over some of the posts, here are some stores, and other places I recall.

On Park Blvd, the candy store with big guy owner was Joes, its between where Tims Florist and DiMondas Bakery are.Fays Luncheonette & Stationery Store was at the corner of Park and Clark. I believe the deli still exists next to Fays.

The Schwinn bike store was in that same stretch, until they oved into the big new building on Sunrise, early '70's I believe.

If I recall, the Pequa Indian Village moved into that location, I don't know when it left.

Bohacks was at the sputh end of Park, facing the railroad tracks, which were ground level back then.

On Sunrise Hwy, there was a Mister Donut, near where the Animal Hospital still stands.

Big Bow Wow was a charcoal pit place on Sunrise, I believe it is where the Hess station now stands. We ate many a meal there in the '60's.

The Howard Johnsons was across Block Blvd from Sal Catrini's Shell station, where I worked through the early '70's in my early teen years. Had many a Corn Toastie from HoJo's.

I'll add some more info later when I have more time.

Thanks for sharing all those memories.

Jul 02, 2016
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Massapequa Theaters
by: Andy F.

Remember the theater in the Bar Harbour shopping Center? My mom would send us there on Saturdays with something like $0.35 for a ticket. They played kids movies all day but what was kind of funny was the trailers they showed were for very avante garde adult features that were showing at night. We saw Abbot and Costello movies and the adults were seeing La Dolce Vita, Georgie Girl, etc!

Jul 02, 2016
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Reminiscing
by: Anonymous

I also grew up in Massapequa and still have my Long Island accent. Although I will probably never move back, I will never forget where I come from.

Jun 19, 2016
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wine gallery
by: Anonymous

remember the wine gallery? And Johnny all weather drive in where Home depot is now and rollerskating/iceskating rink across the street. The movie theatre in whites shopping center that showed 2 back to back kids movies in the summer?? Remember when Adventureland was called Adventures Inn and they had a giant slide in the back of the park

Jun 14, 2016
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Massapequa Memories
by: Judi

Yes, so many fond memories of growing up in Massapequa! My sister Sue mentioned a few of our memories...Thanksgiving day football games, ice skating on the lake, walking to ABC deli just to name a few more!

Jun 14, 2016
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Massage qua. 50's and 60's
by: Sue

I grew up on Polo Rd. It is located off of Park Blvd between Suntise hwy and Merrick rd. I went to MHS graduated 68. Massapequa holds many good memories for myself and my sister. Remembering Saturday afternoon football games at the high school bug rival East Meadow. Getting pizza at Musicaros and Dick and Dora's near Alhabama beach. All America hamburgers , we still talk about them some 40 years later. I moved with my husband to Holbrook and then moved to NC but I still miss and have fond memories of Massapequa.

Jun 11, 2016
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Cleveland Ave Gang
by: Anonymous

Hi Marianne Schneider. Are you still living in the same house? Will you ever forget how many board games we played during our summers together or that fateful day when my bat connected with your puppy's head? I still feel just awful about it. We shared a birthday, and so much more in those childhood years. Debbie Pile

Jun 11, 2016
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Cleveland Ave Gang
by: Anonymous

Hi Paul
I lived on Cleveland Ave from 1952-1970, when I moved off to college. My maiden name was Debbie Pile. Lots of fond memories.

Jun 09, 2016
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Cleveland Ave Gang
by: Paul Alagna

Cleveland Ave!!! That was me and my sister Karen my parents and of course my airedale Kelly and cat Nanki. I lived there from roughly 1958 - 1970....Raymond J Lockhart, Parkside Jr. High then I left sadly...I remember Tommy, Peggy, Dot, Dean and I wish I could recall you all..please help with my foggy memory!

Jun 09, 2016
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Hello Cleveland Ave gang and Jill
by: Marianne Schneider

I can't believe I stumped on this site. So many memories from growing up.
I am still on Long Island living in West Islip.

May 29, 2016
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Childhood
by: Anonymous

Ditto... it was like we grew up in another world, I would not have trade it for ... gee I don't know what, how about a bag of gold.

May 29, 2016
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Childhood
by: Anonymous

I wrote a great essay about massapequa but it never appeared so I just say amen to all of my mates pizza kiddos was a terrific p l ace to grow up from kindergarten to high school I was a skinny nerd but always had friends and felt welcome my childhood
Was so full of things to do see explore we were always on the go never bored and had so many things to do in the 1950s felt safe and happy parents had jobs and everyone seem to have opportunities I am thankful to have grown up on long island from massapequa to Montauk to Manhattan what a great life I had as a child massapequa was Mayberry
Howvto am old and gray but still have terrific memories go chiefs lets ice skate and go to fly beach and all American boy life was grand I grew up lucky to live in massapequa.

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If you still have a copy of it, try posting again, or use the contact form from the main menu to send it to me. -Bill Drago, publisher

May 29, 2016
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Massapequa
by: Ek

Hi to all of you who grew up in Matza pizza what a great childhood I had grew up on scott street off block Blvd went to unqua elementary McKenna jr
Then Berner and finally mhs go chiefs blue and gold
Remember when whites burnt down what a fire loved monkey mountain the massapequa zoo dari delite the miniature golf before Mays Howard Johnson on sunrise
Best pizza places lords bakery homers chinese great bagels next to mhs Mr Kenyon Mr Baldwin history
Fly beach on Alhambra road all American burger as a young kid sneaking onto Jones estate near the chicken coop ice skating off block Blvd playing in the woods catching polygons buying a hot chocolate at the candy store near Dilbert food store
Taking the bus to babylon to go to mcdonalds near a&s taking the train into nyc to go to a play eat in a French restaurant it was never dull growing up in
Massapequa so many kids so much to do ride you bike all over always feeling safe the great Italian food
Delis dinners it was a perfect childhood for my brother and I inthe 1950-1969 then off to college and time to see the world have lived in many places
Since both on li and California Fla pa but my start in life massapequa always brings fond memories and I am thankful for a great town that nurtured a skinny little kid who had a wonderful childhood in what was my Mayberry everything changes with time but many of
US have great shared memories Ain't life grand you only walk thru life once make the most of it and whoever the people who did not experience our great hometown don't rain on our parade oh yes they were also fun in massapequa

May 29, 2016
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Checkered Flag
by: Anonymous

Yes I remember, it was, at least in the fog of memory, a large place with perhaps three or four tracks. Kids would buy slot races, they all had mini tool kits and would change tires and do lord knows what else to their cars.

I enjoyed going in and watching the activities, by the time it arrived I was more interested in girls then toy cars , but up to now I forgot all about it. Thank you

May 29, 2016
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Checkered Flag?
by: RC

Does anybody have any pics of, or remember, a slot car racing store across from the Bar Harbor Shopping center, late 60's, called Checkered Flag? And was the burger place across from All American called Drummer Boy? These memories are like going through an old coin collection,...never know what you're going to find! Love it! Thankz

May 23, 2016
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"black toe"
by: Andy F

"oily beach". Yeah that was one of those things about the old days that wasn't so good. The old "black toe". I remember coming back from Zach's bay with it as well as Alhambra. Tobay was cleaner for sure :-) There must have been a lot of dumping going on back then.

May 22, 2016
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Stan's Coffee Shop
by: Michele

Hi was wondering who wrote in asking about Stan's Coffee shop in Holiday Park S.C. Hicksville Road and Jerusalem. Also known as H&G. That was my dads. Lived on Merrit Ave. 2 blocks over fro Alahambra Beach know I spelled that wrong hahah good eating but oily beach didn't care went swimming anyway. Went to Berner High whenthey did the experiment of 4th and 5th geaders didn't work forgot feeder school only can think of Fairfield but wasn't that a High School oh yes I am old but great memories. Love this site came apon it looking for pictures of old shopping center hoping to find one of dads sadly I have none.

May 19, 2016
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Chicago Avenue
by: Jill K

As far as I know, there was no fire. The house was not on a big lot so I wonder what is going to be built. After we moved, the house went downhill. The garage was rotted and eventually they demolished it. How sad. Thank goodness I have pictures to keep my memories alive.

May 18, 2016
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Jill Chicago Ave
by: Anonymous

Sorry to read your house was demolished. Why one house in the middle of other houses. Seems odd. Was there a fire?

May 18, 2016
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12 Commonwealth
by: Anonymous

12 commonwealth was sold and knocked down in order to build two houses on the property by a developer. Mrs Rothug passed away a number of years ago and Mr Rothig passed away a year ago Christmas. One daughter is in the neighborhood, one is in West Babylon and one is in Oregon.

May 18, 2016
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Demolished Houses
by: Jill K

I understand that my old house, 5 Chicago Avenue, Massapequa, was knocked down. It was west of Hicksville Road, between Forest Avenue and Seaford Avenue. I read that a developer bought a house that was formerly at 12 Commonwealth Avenue. Are any more houses being demolished?

May 16, 2016
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Dwyers
by: Anonymous

Kate, I lived next door to the Dwyers on Jones Court. I played ball with Billy all the time. Don't forget the eldest was Max. I think Leo died in the early '70s.

May 15, 2016
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Massapequa Park Memories
by: Kate Lynch

We lived on Moore Avenue when I was a baby. (later we moved to Amityville) Some of you might remember my brother, Bobby Lynch? He graduated from high school in Amityville in 1967 but he went to Massapequa Park elementary school. Our neighbors and friends were the Dwyers, there was Leo, Bunny, Betty, Mary Ellen and another boy that I can't remember. I can remember going to Bar Harbor shopping center and seeing Captain Kangaroo there. Whites shopping center, the zoo with Monkey mountain and my favorite the little amusement park. I loved the Big Bow Wow, and the Massapequa Drive-in. Our favorite pizza place was Musicaro's. To this day, I have never had pizza quite as good as theirs. It was thin, and the cheese stretched for miles.. I loved Massapequa and have so many fond memories.

Apr 29, 2016
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Best Childhood in Massapequa!
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Biltmore Shores in the 80's and 90's and spent all day every day at the BBC. What great memories. I moved away and now live out West but Massapequa will always be my home. I still get that feeling of butterflies when I think about it. I miss Dee's Pizza and ABC Deli on Merrick road. St Rose, Marjorie Post and MHS.

Apr 27, 2016
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I STILL MISS LONG ISLAND
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Massapequa Park.
Graduted from Massapequa High School in 1979.

I moved away 15 years ago, a still know my heart and home will always be Massapequa and love LI and miss going into the NYC and all its wonderful things to see..
I'm so happy my Nephew and wife bought their first home in this area and their planning to stay for a long time and raise a family. when I come to visit I feel so connected to this area, feels like I never left..

My husband of 23 years proposed to me at Majorie Post Park, ( I spent alot of my youth there and brought my nephew there to play when he was young boy) when I visit anually there are a few places I always visit.



Majorie Post Park
All American Burgers and the best french fries still to this day..
Massapequa Diner
and the Bagel store next to the high school.


Thank you....

Apr 25, 2016
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Casa Maria
by: Mike B

Casa Maria is now called Mario's..same building, same great food!! I left Massapequa in 1958 & we have started coming back for the last 5 years in a row. We recognized the old building right away & they brought out the old menu :)

Apr 23, 2016
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Casa Maria
by: Jill K

Does anyone remember the Casa Maria restaurant on Broadway? It used to be great to go in there on a Friday night and get a pitcher of beer and a pizza.

Apr 17, 2016
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To Coach
by: Anonymous

Well written Coach... there was also skitching on the back of cars when it snowed, HS football games on crisp autumn nights, epic football games of touch under the lights at the Bar Harbor Shopping Center on Friday nights.

And...seeing the next big movie at the movie theater in Amityville. I remember seeing West Side Story there, it literally jumped off the screen. Colors seemed brighter then, and simple events more important.

Claming in the Bay, there was so much access then, now I don't see how you could do that ( and the clams are probably no longer edible). Hanging out at the ABC Deli trying to get a six pack of beer, HS dances, and that first major crush in HS. I still remember mine, unrequited love I am afraid.

Apr 17, 2016
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Memories of Berner
by: Andy F.

Although I went to MHS, I did 6th, 7th. and 8th grade in Berner. I remember all of us getting sent home early the day JFK was shot. On a brighter note, I also remember the huge varsity football rivalry between Berner and East Meadow. Bordered on rioting if I recall correctly.

Apr 17, 2016
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Massapequa Park
by: COACH

Lived on Fulton Street and went to Berner HS. 1st graduating class in 1964.Originally the Berner Bisons were to be the Berner Fireman...glad we moved to a different mascot. It was a great place to live and play. Unfortunately for all that has been said, Massapequa became nothing more than a reflection of the times and what society has sunken to. We made our own fun and we loved every minute. I guess maybe one of the most terrible things we did was to cut school and go to Gilgo and surf or go to the Shores for a "BREAKFAST CLUB"
We walked everywhere, most families had 1 car and Dad took it to work. In winter we played hockey on the lake, summer took inner tubes all the way up to North Massapequa and tubed down the stream to Sunrise Hwy.

I worked at Dons Bicycle store, Massapequa Drive in and Howard Johnsons on Sunrise.
Took pizza home from Musicaros

Our Gang was Jimmy King, Diane Rogers,Beth Willock, Mary Price, Jerry Sterker, Joe Coppola, Rich Gaulrapp, Carol Coneely,Kathy Rodgers,and a bunch more...we were inseperable....all great kids.
Most kids in the last 20 years have lost all that.
It was very special times for all us guys, never forgotten and can never be repeated.

Apr 17, 2016
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Nautilus Diner
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember Gertrude the waitress who worked at the Nautilus Diner on Merrick Rd. just a short walk from Berner HS. One of the nicest ladies ever. Back in the mid 60's we would often go there after school and take up a couple of booths and order plates of fries and soda and she never once cared about how long we stayed there. Always pleasant and smiling and even signed many of our yearbooks back in 67 when we graduated. I don't get back to Massapequa very often, have lived in Connecticut since 72, but when I do go back just to drive around the old haunts I am so glad I grew up there and have so many terrific memories and thanks to the internet have managed to get in touch with some old friends that otherwise would have been lost forever.

Apr 17, 2016
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Burton Lane
by: Karen

Hi weasel! I often think of your family and all the fun times I shared with your sister...we were inseparable! So many great memories of Burton Lane aka Peyton Place!The Campiglia's and going for a ride in Mr. Vargas' plane! Playing baseball in the Sacino's backyard, ringolevio, and shooting baskets at Unqua!Hope all is well with you and your family!
Formerly, Karen Hermann

Apr 16, 2016
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good old days
by: weasel

I grew up on Burton Lane, I remember the zoo, two guys, and whites. Also, who remembers the "little park" on Burton lane? back then you could actually play at Unqua school ball fields. Now its locked up as tight as a prison.Great times!!! Bring back the drive in!

Apr 09, 2016
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whites
by: andrew fernandez

I remember the old whites department store. the old building was torn down and the new building was white models. sears took over a couple years later.

Apr 03, 2016
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Getting invited in
by: Anonymous

I was also invited into my old home. It was an amazing experience! I was surprised they invited me in so quickly. Maybe it's a Massapequa thing or maybe it's a statement about how nonthreatening I appear. LOL

Apr 03, 2016
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Getting Invited In
by: Anonymous

Maybe it's a Massapequa thing, but I too was invited into my old house on Jones Court. It was such an amazing experience for me. I appreciated it so much. Might be a testament to how non-threatening I look. LOL

Apr 03, 2016
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Born and Raised
by: Christine Young

When I moved away to Pennsylvania in 2004 (I was living in Lindenhurst, NYat the time) I drove down the block where I grew up in Massapequa (Grand Boulevard). There was a man outside working on the lawn with his little children playing on the front lawn. I stopped the car and got out. When I told him I grew up in the home he was so gracious and invited me in. What a nice experience it was.

Now, in case you're wondering if people will invite you into your childhood home for a look-see, here's another story for you. In 2010 after my dad passed away, we brought my mom to see the house where she grew up in Baldwin on the water (Parsonage Place). There were two women talking over the back fence. When I saw them looking at us as if to say "who are you?", I told them my mom grew up in their house during the early twenties. I never saw two women move so fast out to the front to meet my mom. They greeted us with smiles and a million questions for my mom. The husband came home from the store and we were all invited in to see the inside of the house; the rooms that were added (it was a very small house) and the dock/canal in the back where my mom and her siblings would swim in the summer time. They even allowed us to take photos of them and my mom and us on the front lawn. For my mom, it was a very happy day which exceeded her expectations. Anyway, most people are nice and you may find a nice welcome.

It's funny you should mention Commonwealth. My sister and her husband and children lived there until they moved a block away to Boston Avenue I forget the number of the house, but it was a little red house when they lived there with a nice size, fenced in (chain link) back yard. I think it bordered Massachusetts Avenue.

We grew up in Massapequa Park and went to Berner High School also. I graduated in 1968 and my sister Diane in 1973.

Best Regards and Good Luck!
Chris (Curry) Young

Apr 02, 2016
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Little Italian Deli
by: Karmen Lizzul

Three words:
Little Italian Deli


What an amazing place that was! Shout out to the Caltos!

Apr 02, 2016
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re; Born and Raised
by: Anonymous

Where on Commonwealth? I know the numbers do not go in order, but #12 (West of Hicksville Rd) was recently knocked down and was bought by a developer for two houses.

Apr 02, 2016
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Bron and Raise
by: Anonymous

I was born there 1954 and moved away 1973 after graduating Berner High. I'm going back in September and will see the house built by my father on Commonweath Ave. I'm so excited to see my old neighborhood and hope the people who live in the house I was raised in will let me in to take a peek down memory lane.

Mar 31, 2016
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Wonderful place to grow up
by: Andy F.

I too grew up there and have nothing but good experiences and memories. My parents moved there in '55 when I was five and my Dad is still there. Were there bullies around when I grew up? Sure but where don't you find them? I remember sneaking into the Floyd Jones Estate (now Marjorie Post Park) and hanging out at the creek by the Richard Place ball field. How many village ball fields can you count that aren't attached to a schoolyard? That was pretty unique at the time and probably still is.

Mar 31, 2016
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To Rich A
by: Anonymous

Hear! Hear! I absolutely and totally agree! I live on Roosevelt Ave and have since the late 6o's. It is a nice, safe place to walk, jog and lounge on the benches. I am in those woods nearly every day doing my exercises and love it! The biggest danger there is the possible meeting with an attack duck!

Mar 31, 2016
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Lakeshore
by: Anonymous

The fact is Massapequa was a wonderful place to group up. I grew up close to the same era as the Lake Shore gentlemen. We lived in safe wonderful community, had the privilege of food in our bellies and often money in our pockets. I worked as a volunteer in the South Bronx, the parks there are run by gangs and people are robbed and killed there.

Think of the poor refugees from Syria and all they have seen and dealt with. I thank God every day for my luck and good fortune, and while I am long gone from Massapequa, it lives in my heart as a very warm memory.

Mar 31, 2016
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'Our Group Saved The Lakeshore Woods"
by: Anonymous

I moved onto Lakeshore Drive along side The Massapequa woods in in 1958 . Spent my whole childhood from first grade on to my 20S in the woods,,near everyday, many times alone even when I was a child ,Turtle,Frog hunting ,Skinny dipping,Fort building & living a Huckeberry fin/ Davey Crockett wonderful childhood . There were gangs of so-called hoods the worst being from Farmingdale in the late 50s early 60s [they usually smoke cigarettes and stomp Toads to death and occasionally beat someone up and throw somebody into a thorn patch [not too bad] I and other friends fought to make Lakeshore Woods A Preserve our Group was called "Friends Of Lakeshore" We fought developers who had their sites on what was becoming extremely valuable Real estate by the mid -60s! We had the benefit that it was a watershed area and we got many signatures and constantly petitioned the town and after several years and with the help of the new Clean Water Act we won the good fight And made it a Preserve . I see post on this Site that the Preserve is now full of "Druggies & Perverts" That is completely Bogus !It is full of joggers ,big riders & strollers I know of no women ever being Raped in that woods and I still live nearby ,Far safer than any U.S College campus !! Rich A

Mar 31, 2016
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'Our Group Saved The Lakeshore Woods"
by: Anonymous

I moved onto Lakeshore Drive along side The Massapequa woods in in 1958 . Spent my whole childhood from first grade on to my 20S in the woods,,near everyday, many times alone even when I was a child ,Turtle,Frog hunting ,Skinny dipping,Fort building & living a Huckeberry fin/ Davey Crockett wonderful childhood . There were gangs of so-called hoods the worst being from Farmingdale in the late 50s early 60s [they usually smoke cigarettes and stomp Toads to death and occasionally beat someone up and throw somebody into a thorn patch [not too bad] I and other friends fought to make Lakeshore Woods A Preserve our Group was called "Friends Of Lakeshore" We fought developers who had their sites on what was becoming extremely valuable Real estate by the mid -60s! We had the benefit that it was a watershed area and we got many signatures and constantly petitioned the town and after several years and with the help of the new Clean Water Act we won the good fight And made it a Preserve . I see post on this Site that the Preserve is now full of "Druggies & Perverts" That is completely Bogus !It is full of joggers ,big riders & strollers I know of no women ever being Raped in that woods and I still live nearby ,Far safer than any U.S College campus !! Rich A

Mar 28, 2016
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The Red House
by: Anonymous

If you drive towards Seaford on Merrick Road you will see a historic marker for the Little Red House. I came across this today on Joe McMahon's blog I thought I would share....


"The Massapequa Historical Society erected the Red House marker last November. It was the first of the large estates (traveling eastward) that lined Merrick Road from Seaford to Amityville in the 1800 - 1960s period. James Meinell bought 600 acres in the Seaford - Massapequa area in the 1850s and completed the house in 1856. He was born in Ireland in 1789, came to the US in 1810 and made his fortune buying and selling New York City real estate. He opened the New Theater on Lower Broadway around 1855 and it became well known for the quality of its plays. The main troupe that performed there was Laura Keene's, whose troupe performed Our American Cousin at Ford's Theater the night Lincoln was shot. Meinell died in 1865 and his mansion became a hotel, then a boarding house, and a private house again until it was torn down in 1964."


Mar 27, 2016
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Love this site!
by: Anonymous

We moved to Massapequa Park when I was a baby in 1953. My parents lived there until 1985.
I think about growing up there a lot and have some great memories that I share with my Air Force brat husband. His family never stayed in one place very long.
I've told him about all of the old places we'd go like Jones Beach, the Massapequa Kiddie Park and Zoo, Whites where I bought all of my Beatles records, walking to Park Lane at the age of 10 with a note from my mother to buy her cigarettes, haha, imagine doing that today she'd be arrested!
And the candy store in town, what was the guy's name that owned it? He was a big bear of a man and could be scary but was really an okay guy.
I went to Hawthorn. "Dear Hawthorn School weeee looove youuu our hearts will always be true" or something like that.
Reading a couple of names I recognize here too.
Someone mentioned the Terwilliger twins.
Boy, they were a handful when they were little, haha.
I was good friends with their sister Terry, she was so much fun to be around. Wonder how she's doing.
I visited Massapequa often until 1985 when my mom passed away but unfortunately have never been back since.
We live in North Carolina and I don't have any family living up there now but I sure would like to go back for a visit some time just to see what's changed and if anything's stayed the same.

Mar 19, 2016
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Peserve and other misconceptions
by: Anonymous

In response to the post titled Peserve by anonymous, the boy you refer to as being killed in the Massapequa preserve is actually John Pius. This boy was murdered behind the Dogwood elementary school in Smithtown to silence him concerning a stolen bike. Those responsible were tried and convicted in Suffolk County.There were in fact many local gangs from the 1950's to the mid to late 60's in the Massapequa and Massapequa Park area.Probably the Pagans were the most dangerous. They hung out at Joey Dees And Huffs Tavern later in years. Maybe the earlier poster was referring to fights in front of that bar as it is on Park Blvd. The Pit Boys were Boy Scouts compared to the Pagans but they did indeed exist.The Pit Boys sort of fell apart when they built the Sunrise Mall but I would like to think they disbanded because they matured with age.

Mar 16, 2016
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Remember so well...
by: Tommy N...

I lived on Reiss ave from 1959-1972 and attended birch lane, john p McKenna and Massapequa high. Loved those early days with block parties and trips to Gilgo beach to surf. When Bar harbor was the place to shop. Also Whites dept star was popular. I purchased my first pair of ice skates at suburban sports.

Mar 15, 2016
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Berner 1976-80
by: Anonymous

Anyone out there a Berner 1980 grad?

We had the Baldwin clan, Twillger Twins, Gellamino, Quinn, Cecere, Sylvia, and many more cool cats & even a stray cat!

Hanging out in Zappa woods and All American lunch runs. Thumbing to Jones and TOBAY with a pit stop at Carvel.

Massapequa was a great place to grow up, and for those who were the lucky ones are blessed with memories that many only wish they had.


Mar 11, 2016
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Agreed!
by: Anonymous

Massapequa was a great town to grow up and we were privileged to live there

Mar 11, 2016
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Peserve
by: Anonymous

I have lived in Massapequa Park since 1968 and it was not tough and dangerous then and it is not tough and dangerous now. We have had our share of all sorts of people living here from the Mafia that met above the stores on Broadway to the Pagans whip hung out at Huffs Tavern on Park Blvd. I walk everywhere: to St Rose, to empstead Turnpike, to Carman Rd, to Tackapausha - and I kive near Hawthorne School (now the Nassau County Police Academy). I have never ha a problem ... EVER. I walk at night just as oftn as I walk during the day and it has never been an issue. I find it ridiculous that all you people who moved away are making all these statements that you know nothing about. This site is for memories of the town and growing up here, not for making things up and bashing the area. That was certainly not the intention. Please be nice and stop saying how bad the town is because it is absolutely not!

Mar 11, 2016
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Massapeua "The Hood"
by: Anonymous

I grew up in the 60's like some of these other guys. I read the posts about gangs at Marjorie Post Park and stuff at the Preserve. This sure is a different Massapequa I knew growing up. You'd think it was Bed Sty from some of these posts.

After leaving Massapequa I lived in the Bronx while going to Fordham and lived in Manhattan for many years after.

I drove a cab to get through college and I have seen bad neighborhoods and real tough guys, but not in Massapequa I am happy to say. I am grateful I didn't growing up there.

Mar 10, 2016
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Preserve
by: Anonymous

Tackapausha Museum and Preserve

Mar 10, 2016
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preserve
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Massapequa in the early 60's until around 1980 before I moved. Where is the preserve?

Mar 10, 2016
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preserve
by: Anonymous

I keep seeing the comments about the "preserve" in Massapequa but have no idea where that might be...any insight?

Mar 10, 2016
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Should Have Listened To My Parents!
by: Anonymous

In 1962 I was 13 years old and had recently purchased a new schwinn bike with the money I was making from my paper route in my neighborhood. I had been delivering Newsday since I had turned 12. I also had purchased a speedometer which was attached to my handlebar. I would ride all around Massapequa Park with my friends all day long and as long as I was home by 5:00 for supper every thing was fine. I only had one restriction and that was not to ride through the preserve. Back then it was totally undeveloped with only a single dirt path that was rutted and muddy but did go all the way to Linden Blvd starting from the town park down by the tracks. One day I decided to go there despite my parents warning so my friends and I could walk through the storm drain tunnels under Lakeshore Dr. We left our bikes just outside the drain opening. When we came out there were a group of kids about 16 years old waiting for us. They demanded we give them the money we had and threw 2 of our bikes in the water and then smashed my speedometer with a rock. There were no druggies or perverts back then, just your home grown bullies. It was still a terrific place to grow up. Wonderful memories, wouldn't want to have been anywhere else. I should have listened to my parents, I didn't and learned a hard lesson. There will always be places that common sense will tell you to be wary of, stay clear and enjoy the things that you feel comfortable with.

Mar 10, 2016
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Preserve
by: Anonymous

It is not as bad as all that. Sure you have to be careful and as kids we did not hang out in the preserve at night because that us when the people up to no good were there. Kids still walk, bike ride, fish, catch those mini frogs and have fun in the preserve. No swimming any more though! Even when we were kids there were the pervs and druggies you had to watch out for. Kids - then and now - are not stupid. If they are smart about themselves they will be fine whether they are in the preserve or not. Do you remember around 1976 or 77 when a small boy was killed in the preserve when older kids stuffed pebbles in his mouth? There were dangers then as well as now. Not really different.

Mar 10, 2016
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Preserve
by: Anonymous

Kids can't hang out in the preserve anymore because it's too dangerous. Drug addicts, pervs, muggers...

Feb 24, 2016
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Looking for old friends
by: Betsy Knapp

I lived at 60 McKinley Street in Massapequa Park. Lived there from 1955 till 1968. I'm looking for Maren Robinson who lived across the street from me. She had a brother, Billy.

I'm also looking for my first " boyfriend", Eugene Meehan and his sister Karen. They had a springer spaniel named Jet. Funny what you remember.

If any of you remember me, or know the aforementioned people, please contact me through Facebook (Betsy Knapp Finley) or email me at sizzle85364@hotmail.com.

Thanks!

Feb 24, 2016
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Dr. G
by: Chris 81

Dr.G was my doctor the whole while growing up I am looking down at a scar from stitches he gave me when I was about 10. They were right next to the flemings. Ken, steven and John cant remember the sisters name though.A great family

Feb 24, 2016
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Gino
by: Anonymous

The pediatrician was Dr Gianetassio. His son Tommy (Gino, Berner '66) has the practice now.

Feb 15, 2016
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Pediatrician
by: Anonymous

Was that pediatrician Dr. Jernacoff?

Feb 15, 2016
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Massapequa Park
by: Anonymous

I lived on Lindbergh Street from around 1964 through the early 70's until the 3rd grade when my family moved to Baldwin. I have such fond memories of Hawthorne Elementary School. I remember our pediatrician lived and had his office in a house down the street from where I lived.

Jan 13, 2016
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Fight Night
by: Anonymous

Must have been after my time, gangs , fights very Friday.... not my experience. I believe you but maybe it was after my day.

Jan 13, 2016
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Fight night at Marjorie Post Park 1960's
by: Mr T

DITTO....

Jan 13, 2016
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Fight night at Marjorie Post Park 1960's
by: Anonymous

It seemed like Friday night was the night to shine at Marjorie Post. During the summer you could always count on a good brawl,especially when they had battle of the bands. Police cars would come out of nowhere to answer the fight calls at the park. Even on a cold winter night you would always have a good fight or two after the rink closed. Pit boys, Townies, Park Lane Boys etc.,just to name a few of the gangs that loved to have at it any time they crossed paths. And let's not forget the jocks from Berner HS. and Massapequa HS. that loved a good fight. Massapequa was pretty rough back in those days.You could always count on a good bar fight on Park Blvd. at least once a week. Good memories? Not for the guys that got the crap kicked out of them.

Jan 13, 2016
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Bitter Sweet
by: Anonymous

Maybe it is you and not the town. As a kid I got into a few fights, all kids do. Most of my friends really didn't in fact, so maybe it is not that town but something else. I never found Massapequa a tough town or violent, just a nice place to live and grow up.

Jan 13, 2016
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Bitter/Sweet
by: Anonymous

Grew up and lived in Massapequa Park. 1961 - 1984. House on the boarder line and front facing Farmingdale school district, where I attended K through 12. Have good memories of Jones Beach, Adventure-land, great pizza, deli's; Sunrise Mall, Mr. America's Gym on Hempstead tnpk. I've read recent posts on here about the hostile, rude - nasty people in Massapequa. Funny, I felt the same way 32 years ago when I left. Nothing's changed. And have had more bloody fist fights when living there than I can count. Still consider those good memories though, and would not trade for anything. But I often think to myself that moving away from there was the opportunity of a lifetime.

Dec 28, 2015
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back in the day
by: Ron manghir

God,it's been a long time,I was the class clown,well,me,Scott butting,and Billy Devin,we laughed our assets off,cut school,as we used to call it.went to Eastlake elementary school,moved here from, cartridge,Brooklyn,wow,what a difference.the people,the places,the things,good memories.was madly in love with Andrea pre-season,forever,what a beauty,out of my league,but didn't stop me from trying.then went to McKenna Jr.high,then finally berner where I graduated in 1981.man,I met some characters along the way,Glenn Gray,with pop music,remember that one?was still with my first girlfriend Nanette,but she was from wants th,went to wants th high school,walkthrough Jr.high and high school,8years,then she dumps me,go figure!300 bowl was across the railroad tracks on sunrise why,that was my second home.worked in wants th in parents business for ten years,met my wife,had a couple of kids,moved to a warmer climate,the rest is history.thanks to Mr.Zimmerman,my French teacher who took a liking to me because I'm half French,on my dad's side,mom was Italian!hi Nanette,still love you you were my first.and for you,Annette Huxley should have tried harder,God bless,thanks massapequa for a great childhood!

Dec 24, 2015
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my First Warm Massapequa Christmas
by: Anonymous

It was 1957, my family moved to Bar Harbor (what there was of it) in 1955. I attended the newly open Birch Lane Elementary School. Christmas Day 1957 turned out to be a warm one. When you are an 8 year old kid you kind of hope for a White Christmas that was not to be. I was disappointed that morning when I woke up.
The homes on Harbor Lane only went down to Kings Walk in those days. I lived at 55 Harbor Lane, right at the beginning of Bar Harbor. The land where the Massapequa Library now sits was a farm. There was barn, farm house the whole nine yards. It was abandoned if memory serves. The Bar Harbor Shopping Center was just a big field.
I awoke to find a Schwinn two wheeler next to the tree, a beauty…a shiny big red one. My first "big boy" two wheeler. So maybe the 59 degree weather that Christmas Day would be good after all. A friend came over, Chris Lake. His family recently moved to Massapequa from Germany. Being a newly arrive immigrant Chris came off as a little different from the rest us. I remember on the playground if you got into something with him his insult was "Why don’t you pull down you pants?" Not sure what he thought he was saying, but it usually just evoked laughs.
Chris got a bike too, a big beautiful English Racer and off we went. Bikes to young 8 yr. old boys were their first taste of freedom. You now could move around to other neighborhoods, ride to school, and create exciting and distant adventures. Off we went around the newly developed Bar Harbor that warm Christmas day. Today reminded me of that day 56 years ago.

Dec 23, 2015
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best hang out places
by: mike maloney

great site! my parent bought a tiny ranch on fitzmaurice st in 1964 when i was 1. attended hawthorne for kindergarten, st rose of lima grades 1 thru 8 and then berner HS - class of 1981.

the best part of growing up in massapequa park was hanging out in the massapeua preserve. drinking beer around campfires and the eventual chase when the police would come - always a thrill. we entered the preserve by the "first lake" which was the van buren st entrance off lake shore drive. we would sit on that drainage pipe for hours and sometimes walk thru the pipe under the streets of massapequa park. the preserve had lots of hang outs - the best being the swing - across the stream on the "penninsula". scores of HS kids hung out at the swing in the summer of 1978. the one day fat pat singlinger (RIP) sat on the swing and the massive branch that it hung from came crashing down - narrowly missing his head. that was the end of that hang out. ahhh - the ephemeral nature of life's hang out spots! so sad.

kids don't hang out in the preserve these days. i suppose they stay home texting and playing video games on the internet. too bad for them.

Dec 13, 2015
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Mr. Hoyt and the 1967 Senior Final Choral Concert
by: Anonymous

One fine late summer day in 1967 in my Senior year at MHS we were enjoying being outside at the normal time we would be Assembly. Being outside as a HS student especially so close to graduating was a real treat. Begin inside on a day like this was torture, at least to me. So there we were in front of school, using the vernacular of the day grooving in the sun, when were told inside to Assembly.

Out comes MHS Chorus under the deft hand of Mr. Hoyt. No one wanted to be there, let alone hear some choral arrangement of some song we never heard before. Lots of talking and fooling around. This really upset Mr. Hoyt, who stopped our "treat" and said to the class in a stern manner. "This is a privilege if you don’t stop talking we are not going to have this concert" ….. a pregnant pause and then spontaneous applause. Mr. Hoyt left the stage and we were treated to a rant by Parker Small.

Dec 13, 2015
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Hey what about Mr Lecky
by: Anonymous

The MHS Librarian who sounded like Elmer Fudd and would get very upset when people talked in Library and go into this mantra.... Quiet, (anger growing QUIET in the LI BRE WEE". We used to go there just to hear him say that. I know in the politically correct 21st Century you cant say this kind of thing, but as a 16 yr HS student he was of soem amusement.

Dec 12, 2015
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Coach Oleksiak
by: Anonymous

Had him in 10th grade '60-'61 before they built Berner. Remember lining up for attendance and you also had to have a clean towel to shower. The guy in front of me had no towel and Coach lifted him off the ground with the paddle. Came to me and I showed him my clean towel which, while fooling around in locker room, someone stepped on my towel, and I tried to explain it was clean he "kindly" introduced my butt to great hurt and my head to the ceiling.
We used to call him Chingnutchgook...He also was in a Ivory Snow commercial with his huge hands cradling a babys butt. GREAT GUY !!


Dec 12, 2015
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RE The Little old Lady From Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I remember Mrs Kelly too, and re Roman Oleksiak. I am glad to hear he was a good guy He could never get away with this today but one day while on the wrestling team at practice I decided to hang out with Winter Track instead. They were practicing to jump with the rope that hung from the ceiling in the gym. I missed the bar it went clang real loud, Mr Oleksiak saw me, motioned with his finger.

He pulled out the paddle and WAM on my butt. He used to say "go along" a lot when he talked. I also got caught with another guy counting his "go alongs" in gym class and got the same treatment with the paddle.

Dont know if this is true but I have been told that Mr Oleksiak (Damn I 66 years old and still calling his Mr Oleksiak), was the inspiration for Jerry Seinfeld and the "Cant stand ya" gym coach.

Dec 12, 2015
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Little "Old" Lady from Massapequa
by: Andy F.

I saw a comment on Mrs. Kelly's green hemi Dodge. She had a fantastic red Dodge R/T at one point also. I remember sitting in homeroom at MHS and watching her pull up in the morning to drop her kid(s) off.

Had a gym teacher at MHS for years, Mr. Roman Oleksiak. He was a hulking kind of guy and (I thought) favored the jocks. He scared the hell out of me so I steered clear if I could. One day after I was out of school I ran into him and he turned out to be nothing like what I thought. He made me feel like a peer rather than a "student". Great man. May he rest in peace.

Another great MHS teacher was Mr. James Doyle. He taught English. I never had a teacher who connected so well with his students without trying to be one of them. Learned a lot and had fun in his classes.

Go Massapequa!

Nov 24, 2015
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Maria Regina
by: Ron Smith

Responding to a question: No, I didn't go to Maria Regina, but lived right next to it next to the storm ditch. Had many friends on Ralph St E. that went there. I'm trying to find old friends from Ralph St E. The Bauer's.
Thanks, Moosehorn@comcast.net

Nov 23, 2015
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Living around Massapequa
by: Anonymous

Like your comments I am curious what does "great ethnicity" mean?

Nov 23, 2015
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Living around the Massapequas
by: Anonymous

I grew up in Massapequa and lived in several different parts of this great place. From 3-5yrs old I lived on Forest Ave. off Division by All American and Carvel. My father was a builder and he built us a new home on Bay Drive in Old Harbor Green. My brother was the same age as Jerry Seinfeld. I was in class with Phil Vultaggio whose family owned All American. My father also owned a local business and Jerry Seinfelds father did the signs for his business. He used to have coffee with my mother on Friday mornings when he was working in the area. I attended Birch Lane and Massapequa H.S. My friends and I spent many hours hanging out at Joeys D's on Park Blvd. My parents divorced after I graduated in 1973 and they sold the house on Bay Drive. My mother bought a home on Roosevelt Ave in Massapequa Park and I used to walk down the block to the train when I worked in the city. I got married and moved out east and my mom lived there for another 5 years or so and then joined my bother and me. We had a very privileged childhood growing up in a place with so much to offer; beaches, restaurants, great schools, great ethnicity and the same attitude we all seemed to share - knowing how fortunate we were to live where we did. I've gone back a few times and our center hall colonial looks a lot smaller than I remember but the feelings in my heart remain the same!

Nov 22, 2015
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Ron Smith Maria Regina
by: Anonymous

Ron did you go to Maria Regina?

Nov 21, 2015
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to old friends
by: paul alagna

its been roughly one year since i found this wonderful site. it has helped me find my great friend, tommy reade. a classmate from rj lockhart, lois contacted me which flooded back memories of grade school days. reading the stories and remembering the places from my past are like old photographs that prod my memory to unlock another forgotten piece of my childhood story. i found this site when searching for my old classmates, play buddies and neighborhood posse. this week 2 great resources became available to me, the berner and massapequa high 1974 yearbooks. i left after 7th grade and would have gone to berner but my rjl and parkside jhs pals could have gone to either school. so after adjustng my bifocals and searching the pages i found well remembered faces....kevin caufield,joe gerardi,doug goldstein,gary hahl,kurt knoblauch, dennis king,joe kinsey,eric liekefet,janet marino,karen murphy,robert corrigan,jack mino and jacki murphy...so if any of you are out there or people who remember this group please give a shout out.the holidays are around the corner what better gift than to connect with old friends. to everyone that follows this magical site..happy thanksgiving, merry christmas,and happy hanukkah.be well...

Nov 17, 2015
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Great Pic
by: Anonymous

I lived in Massapequa from 1952 to 1972 and fondly remember the Massapequa Zoo. I'm not sure what happened to the giraffe when the zoo closed and certainly hope that the rumor of Big Chief Lewis' having the bison for Thanksgiving remains unconfirmed. Massapequa/Massapequa Park was a great place to grow up.

Nov 15, 2015
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Skating
by: Karen

I lived on Burton Lane from 1963-75. I spent many a night walking to Marjorie Post Park with my ice skates slung over my shoulder.Skating, eating French fries, and red hot dollars! Good times.

Nov 11, 2015
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Mr T
by: Anonymous

Liked your post agree with what you said at the end. I was Class of 67... the gym you refer to I believe was Vic Tannies then became a club called the Silver Spoon the greasers hung out at

Nov 11, 2015
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goodld days Mr T.
by: Anonymous

Lived on park lane from 1953 to 1966. remember the candy store and cream puff bakery, the trains were still on the ground and whites was still open, lived at 349 east lake, married in 66 and moved to east lake ave. still there, at the end of park lane was an old farm and I played at the "PIT" which is where the mall is now, went to the big bow bow, and worked at the driving range that was next to Kohls, saddle rock diner, maddens pub , the locker room, the snack bar, crown village candy store,the gym next to massapequa high school, long full at bar harbor, all american, the red mug, croons lake and the hoola hoop contest at carmen road shopping centre in the fifties, I'm here 62 years a grad of mass class of 63 and will die here, if you have anything bad to say take it to the chaplin, I love Massapequa.

Nov 11, 2015
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miniture golf
by: Anonymous

OK I stand corrected as to the 2nd place finisher in the tourney, I guess it must have Been Ray Andreson, how I still don't know because he SUCKED

Nov 08, 2015
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OMG TURKEY BOWL !!!Playing pool at the Boss's-
by: Jackie Menti

I think it is the appropriate month to introduce

THE BALDWIN TRIVIA BOWL

QUESTION
WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THE BALDWINS'
(FEMALE) DOG ????

Very cool site..LOL while tears stream down my face. So,so very lucky ,fortunate to have THAT as a childhood. Nassau Shores - Seneca Street - the BAY as my playground -cruising it on my BFF's Whaler with 70 MERC motor ( we needed a fast getaway after flashing whomever) Gilgo Beach ,Nassau Shores Beach Club with the smell of that Green Clariol Shampoo in the girls locker room, Tony's Deli ( was he a perv?). drinking at 15 In bars ( thanks Zander - name of bar should be a future trivia question )
I am in CA now and every day I am reminded how grateful
that My hometown is Massapequa NY
The good ,bad, sad , dysfunctional, normal , ALL OF IT --the whole enchilada . For whatever it's worth- the way one is raised is sometimes not fully appreciated until those that did the job are gone.

Nov 06, 2015
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Bar Harbour - Long Ful's
by: Anonymous

My wife and I grew up in Massapequa. We both graduated High Scholl in 1968. I worked at the W. T. Grant store in Bar Harbour and after work on Friday nights, my friends from work would stop at Long Ful's to have a beer.Yes we were only 17, they never asked for our ID's.
I called up this girl from there basement telephone booth and asked her out on a date.
She said yes. Four years later I proposed to her in that same phone booth. She said yes and we have been married 43 years.
We live in PA now and often wonder what ever happend to that phone booth.
We both have great memories of our young days in Massaqequa.

Nov 04, 2015
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Wrong again.
by: Anonymous

Marty,guess again who placed in the mini golf tournament. Bob was off his game that day.

Nov 02, 2015
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did you know loris giovanelli?
by: janet norwell

If you do,call me 727 278 5730,I grew up with her she graduated in 1974,can't find her and miss her

Nov 02, 2015
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did you know loris giovanelli?
by: janet norwell

We grew up together and can't find her now.she graduated from Berner in 1974
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Oct 31, 2015
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Massapequa in teh 60s
by: Anonymous

Crisp cool friday nights before a home football game. Wearing red and black plaid wool jackets in the fall. Going to the first dance of season at the Biltmore Beach Club and if you were lucky the Persuasions would be playing.

Hiking up to All American for a burger and fries to check out the scene and the hot cars. Mrs Kelly an MHS student's mom owned a green Hemi Dodge that was the fastest in Massapequa in my day.

When winter took over skating on Croons lake, and warming yourself around a fire someone made and in Jan skating on canal. In spring baseball and as I grew older surfing. We cut class on nice days and head to Garbage Cove to surf. Remember sitting in class and looking outside at some glorious spring day and dying inside because you could not be out there enjoying it.

Massapequa will always live in my heart, it makes me smile just to think about growing up there.

Oct 31, 2015
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To Deborah C
by: Jill

I did teach you how to play chopsticks on the piano. You certainly opened up my memory bank on that one. You used to come over and wanted to learn how to play the piano and always wished you could take lessons. I remember, though, you played the flute. I played the clarinet all the way through high school and was quite good and then just let it slide. Yes, you used to scratch my dog Candy's leg and laugh at her. The teacher who lived two doors up from me was a fourth grade teacher. In fact, she was my fourth grade teacher and if I did something wrong, she was at our door to tell my mother.

I loved growing up in Massapequa. It was a wonderful place to live.

I enjoy this site and all the memories. Keep them coming.

Oct 28, 2015
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Big Bow Wow
by: D.J.

I WORKED AT THE BIG BOW WOW FOR TWO YEARS WHEN I WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL
.THE OWNER WAS MR Mendelssohn .good food
.hotdogs, hamburgers, pastrami and cornbeef sandwiches

Oct 24, 2015
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massapequa minature golf
by: Anonymous

Thanks to Bob Simpson for admiting he came in second to me Marty Piccininni in that golf tourney, for many years he was in denial do to the fact that he was really agreat golfer and I was just a lucky Bas---- that day.

wANT A RE-MATCH ?

Oct 01, 2015
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Looking for old friend
by: Ron Smith

Stan's Coffee Shop, Holiday Park Shopping Center-
Trying to find an old friend: Bob Bauer who was the short order cook at Stan's for many years. He had a younger sister, Judy Bauer. They lived on Ralph St. East, Seaford, NY. Some think he moved to PA in the 70's. He would be in his mid to upper 60's. Judy in her mid 50's.
We had a great time listening to music and drinking chocolate egg creams at Stan's. He evven kicked us out a few times for hanging out there too much! haha
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!
Ron Smith: Moosehorn@comcast.net
We also lived on Ralph St E.

Sep 20, 2015
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BEER IS HERE
by: Last of the corner boys

How many of you remember running across Sunrise Highway at 7 pm on a Friday or Saturday afternoon heading toward the new cove near the tracks where we started a fire, drank (some "spilled," some swilled) and sang Barbara Ann or Drinkin Wine to create so much noise the Nassau County PD would crash through the piney woods with the first Broncos anyone ever saw and they were equipped with hedge busting wedges. I remember bouncing off of cops and kids in mad dash for freedom. The officers gathered their beer booty and we were left to make one more run to BEER IS HERE>

Sep 19, 2015
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Two Guys
by: Anonymous

I grew up in a family of six children who went to St Rose School. The teachers required seven marble composition books at the beginning of ever year per student. That is 42 bocks for my mom and dad to but plus all the other school supplies and we did not have dollar stores back then! When Two Guys was closing and everything was 70% off my mom scooped up all the marble composition books they had! She did the same thing when TSS on Hempstead Tnpk closed! We used those books for years!! Occasionally I will stumble upon a half finished book with the used pages carefully cut away at the margin so the opposite page would not fall out! My parents were frugal, but very wise! Do you also remember the other Whites on Hicksville Rd by Jerusalem Ave? My mom worked in that one. Howard Johnson's was a favorite for us! We were all skinny little kids so we went when it was Kids Pay Their Weight Night! Still had the best clams anywhere!!

Sep 18, 2015
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Glad to see these memories!
by: karin henriksen

Who remembers "Two Guys from Massapequa," "Whites Dept. Store," Sandy Becker at the Zoo, Howard Johnson's, and my favorite….Tobay Beach in the summer.

Aug 12, 2015
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Early Morning of the GSB
by: Anonymous

In the 60s I was a surfer. I remember getting up with the sun, plying into a friends boat and zipping across the Great South Bay.Repeating this routine daily in my HS years.

Summer's cool mornings brought a chill that seemed to go right into your bones. The Bay looked like like a sheet of glass, only the boat's wakes breaking its surface . If you had an outboard you could cut straight across the shallow part of Bay and seeing the bottom as you went. Sporadic patches if eel grass and sand flew by underneath.

In about 15 minutes we would head into Garbage Cove, often being the only ones there that early. Grabbing our boards we'd hike up a small sand hill and go over the Parkway with great anticipation. As we crested one last small dune there it would be, an expanse of empty beach and Atlantic.

If we were lucky the wind would be blowing from the North and it would be low tide and 3 to 4 ft swells would be breaking with a curl. And we had the beach to ourselves.



Aug 12, 2015
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Captain Eddie's
by: Bill Drago

To whoever asked about Captain Eddie's. I added a link to your comment.

Aug 08, 2015
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The Shores
by: Anonymous

There are plenty of great stories on this site of growing up in the 70's in Massapequa. If the Baldwin's are out there, might be the making of a mini series "The Shores" set in the 70's, and growing up in that time. As I'm sure there would be a market to watch that!

Aug 08, 2015
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Captain Eddie's
by: Anonymous

Does anyone recall a boat rental place called Captain Eddie's? A place where you can rent a cheap beat up boat and head to off to sea. Captain Eddie was a funny dude and would tell you stories that started with - The Sea was Angry that Day my Son. After a long day at sea we would head over to All American for a burger and shake.

Editor's note: please see Captain Eddie's.

Aug 08, 2015
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Golf Course
by: Anonymous

Yes, you can say it was a rite of passage for many young guys from Massapequa.

Aug 08, 2015
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Golf Course
by: Anonymous

I do have memories of that Golf Course, but I a was teenaged male, full of hormones and proprietary prevents me from recounting those tales.

Let's say it was a favorite spot for not only me, but my friends to get soem "alone time" with some of the young ladies from Massapequa we meet.

Aug 08, 2015
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Golf Course in Nassau Shores
by: Tony C.

I moved to Massapequa in 1973, and graduated Berner in 1980. lived in the shores on Suffolk Rd., and had some great times. The golf course was our main point of gathering, with our Turkey Bowl, Sliding on the Greens, and having our first beer in the sand pit on a Friday night. I guess you can say it was a portal to growing up in the Shores.

If anyone else had some golf course tales, would love to hear?

Aug 08, 2015
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Joey D.
by: W. Baldwin

Yes, good times with Joey D. And the Hog Boy!s!

Aug 08, 2015
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Joey D.
by: D. Baldwin

Yes, my brothers and I would hang with Joey D., when we were filming Born on the Fourth of July.

Aug 05, 2015
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Thank You
by: Christine Young

Hello Andrea,
I agree this is a great site. I also grew up on Grand Boulevard between Massachusetts and Euclid and have so many happy memories. I lived there between 1954 and 1975. My parents retied and moved away at that time. I've lived in many places since that time, but no other place holds the kind of memories I had as a child growing up on Grand Boulevard.

Aug 05, 2015
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Feeling nostalgic
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember Joey D's bar on Park Blvd.?

Aug 04, 2015
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Thank you!
by: Andrea

Stumbled upon this site and I am blown away. Grew up on Grand Blvd in Massapequa Park. Left LI in 87 and have always missed it. Thank you all for the memories. What a great childhood we were all blessed with. You had to live there to understand how much was available to us. Sorry to hear how much it is changing, but it's like that everywhere. Keep the memories coming.

Jul 22, 2015
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Thank You All
by: Christine Young

It was nice reading your post Paul A. I too enjoy correspondence and get-together's with school friends that I have reconnected with over the Internet. I'm so glad I found this forum and look forward to reading more of Massapequa memories. I graduated in 1968 from Berner HS and I lived on Long Island until 2004 (Lindenhurst), so I haven't been away that long. I still miss it terribly. I have wonderful memories of growing up in Massapequa Park and all of Long Island for that matter. As beautiful as it is here in Pennsylvania, with all the farm land and mountains to look at, I still miss my family and friends who are still there, and I especially miss the ethnic diversity of Long Island, i.e. the German, Italian, Jewish and Polish Deli's where you can get the best home made food. I particularly miss the home made Italian sausage from the Italian grocer that made my pasta sauce so delicious. There's not a Deli in sight here where I live (very annoying). But I have to be fair; the farm stands all around here with the fresh produce are wonderful, and I am grateful for that. There are positives and negatives in both regions.

Jul 22, 2015
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LI defamers
by: Ex-LI-er

What I have read on the Web slamming LI is disgusting. Gone from LI 55 years, we still visited family in Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Hicksville, Massapequa and the Hamptons. Gone is Roosevelt/Mitchell Fields, Roosevelt Raceway, Mineola Skating Rink, of course Frank Buck's Zoo. Going home to Queens Village on Old Country Road from my family's farm in Plainview, I could see the lights clear across to the North Shore. After WWII, Levitt came in and that was the end of THAT scenery. I still think LI is great but in my eighties now and in Michigan, I will not return, sadly, but I have a wonderful map of LI on the kitchen wall put out by the LI Historical Society when we lived in Connecticut.

Jul 21, 2015
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Thank You All
by: Paul Alagna

This note is a big shout out of thanks to the creator and contributors to this magical site. I found this site around Christmas when I was thinking a lot about Massapequa and my childhood. I was hoping to find my old friends and learn about my teachers from my past. Both wishes have come true. The other day at work a registration clerk handed me a piece of paper mentioning my great pal Tommy another Cleveland Ave. kid. 2 phone calls later after speaking with one of his sisters I got a call from the man himself. I am elated. He remembers more of my childhood then I do. I can't wait to see him , his family and hopefully his sisters as well. So thank you Massapequa Memories, I will be driving down to the Island as soon as I can. One's life can take lots of twists and turns, some good some not so but it is the whole experience that makes us who we are. To be able to reconnect with my old friend is one of those priceless moments, a chance to look back but also live in the moment and hopefully even see into the future. So thank you all, peace.

Jul 21, 2015
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Massapequa Zoo
by: Anonymous

You are correct it was Frank Buck's bring em back alive in the 30s and 40s then became the Massapequa Zoo, no longer associated with Mr. Buck.

Jul 21, 2015
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Joun B. Gambling house in Massapequa
by: Ex-LIer

When I was young, John B. Gambling of radio, bought a house in Massapequa/Amityville right on the water with a boat house and dock. Entering the house, the Jones Beach tower could be seen on the right. A beautiful home, I wonder if it is still there. His son, John A. probably inherited it, but that was a long time ago.

Jul 21, 2015
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Massapequa Zoo
by: Ex-LIer

Would the Massapequa Zoo have morphed from Frank Buck's Zoo on Sunrise Highway by any chance? As you can see, I go way, way back, being 83!

Jul 21, 2015
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Back in the day
by: Anonymous

Here are a few blasts form the past. In the 60's some guy from Massapequa decided he would drive his VW across the Great South Bay... obviously during the dead of winter when the Bay was frozen. He set off from what is now Marjorie Post Park. A lot of folks watched him as he crossed the bay, then sank about half away across. Lucky for him VWs float.

Folks who live there now may find this hard to believe. In the 50s there were a couple of farms left in Massapequa. One where the Library in Massapequa Park now stands. You could just head down Harbor Lane then to perhaps 50 acres of undeveloped land, swim in the bay, find steamers and cherrystones clams, in the unpolluted water, to eat. While there fish and perhaps a catch a summer flounder or weakfish.

One last one...the dreaded eel grass in the Bay. While it was there in the day it as not nearly as prolific. It got there in the 30" I believe as someone's misguided experiment at creating habitat for smaller fish and crabs. As you probably know it grew unchecked and now is a major problem.

Love this site

Jul 21, 2015
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Please stay on topic!
by: Christine Young

Thank you Bill Drago for addressing the recent posts from those who are not happy with Massapequa. I was disturbed to see the posts from the malcontents who have no business sharing in this forum. While they are entitled to their opinions, they should go elsewhere to share it. I'm not going to let them spoil this wonderful forum for me. I'll keep coming back and reading all the good stuff.

Jul 20, 2015
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Please stay on topic
by: Bill Drago

I just want ask everyone to please stay on topic. An occasional remark about how things have changed is fine, but I don't want to see posts about rude people, drugs, etc. Every community has its problems and there are forums for those discussions. This page is for sharing your memories of Massapequa, not complaining about the way things are now. Sorry to be harsh, but I want address this before it gets out of hand. Thanks... -Bill

Jul 20, 2015
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Give Me A Break
by: Anonymous

Massapequa is not different than any other suburban NY community with drug problems; it is endemic to our society not just Massapequa. I don't live there any more, but I cant imagine the people in Massapequa are any worse manner wise then Seaford or Amityville.

I lived in Minnesota where people, on the surface are very nice... they even call it Minnesota Nice. You could die on boredom there or most places outside of New York. How bad could a wealthy suburban community on the water with access to the great LI Beaches, and a 40 minute ride from Manhattan be?

Thank your lucky stars you don't live in Syria or South Sudan and stop your @#$^ grousing.

Editor's note: I've been to Minnesota and it is very nice. See: Ice Fishing on Lake Bemidji

Jul 20, 2015
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Leaving soon
by: Anonymous

I have less than a year now until I leave for good.cant wait.people are rude and inconsiderate and have major attitudes. Town is turning into trash.

Jul 18, 2015
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To Not So Great
by: Anonymous

I am sorry that your child is on heroin, but you cannot blame the community. Speak to any professional and they will give lists of things that affect addiction and the community is definitely not at the top of that list. I have lived here my entire life and am not addicted to anything. Not even caffeine. There are obviously other things going on in your child's life that pushed him/her to the drug. It is not the community. I am only 36 so you cannot say that heroin was not a big thing when I was younger either.

Jul 18, 2015
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Not so great
by: Anonymous

Moved here 9 yrs ago , over paid for my house , heroine is bad here , my kid got addicted can't, been through hell and back , not like the good old days!

Jul 13, 2015
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Youngster chiming in
by: George miller

What a great site I was born in 63 and lived in massapequa till 96, on the corner of park hill and forest " north of the tracks" although many of my friends still live here and I'm not far as I'm out in east moriches now. Went to lockhart and massapequa. Had the crouchs on my paper route great hearing about all the places we hung out at. All American
Burger king was new. Dick and doras but most times at Alhambra beach at nite with a six pack till we got to loud and 7th would have us leave, the bourbon barrel was my first bar at 16, didn't enjoy the banjo playing but they let us in. Mini bike riding in the preserve fishing at croons yes my family had a small boat we launched at burns park and I to remember the PT boat tied up just down the canal. Was with the junior naval reserve in north massapequa a few years.. Getting eggs at the egg factory for Halloween many here are a bit older and maybe knew my sister Kathy who was lost to us in 1990. To this day I always feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure of growing up in massapequa we just had such great times, fires at croons lake, we even camped out on the island a few times my mother drove out to bring us dinner. So many great memories. We are all proud that we are all in part massapequans.

Jul 06, 2015
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Thanks, Jill.
by: Anonymous

Every six months or so, I manage to get back to this site for a quick stroll down memory lane.
Thanks, Jill, for recognizing Teacher of the Week. I was nominated by a student, which made the award even that much more cherished. I officially retired as of July 1st.

Didn't you teach me to play chop sticks at your house? Did you have a big, old dog whose rear lake would go crazy when you would pet his tummy? And wasn't there a young (3rd grade?) teacher that lived within a couple of doors from you? I remember an older high school math teacher (Mrs. Reinhart?) who lived on Seaford Avenue, and right around the corner from you. Boy, did I give her a hard time in HS. I was always talking or giggling when she was trying to teach. I still feel bad about it.
Graduated MHS in 1970, and had my wedding reception at Ziggy's in 1981.

Jul 06, 2015
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hogs
by: mike cooney

billy fox..talk to me!!!

Jul 05, 2015
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Bourbon Barrell
by: Christine Young

You are right. My sister just corrected me on that too. It was the Bourbon Barrell.

Jul 05, 2015
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beer barrel
by: Anonymous

Actually I think it was called The Burbon Barrel.........

Jul 05, 2015
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Beer barrel
by: Anonymous

I remember the beer barrel . Lots of barrels of peanuts as I recall . Did they have a banjo band?

Jul 05, 2015
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Beer Barrell
by: Christine Young

Does anyone remember the Beer Barrel. I remember going there with friends and we always wound up singing all the great patriotic songs from Yannkee Doodle Dandy. I particularly remember the song OVER THERE. OF course I was watching Yannkee Doodle Dandy last night with James Cagney and Walter Houston, so that's why I brought it up.

Jul 01, 2015
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Burger Time
by: Christine Young

I remember Burger Time. That was our favorite burger place (it was neck and neck with All American). My friends and I ate there all the time. I remember I always ordered the same meal: 2 Hamburgers, Fries and a Coke (I could eat a lot back then and never gain an ounce). I was sorry when it was gone. I think about it whenever I'm on Long Island and I drive passed the Mall.

Jul 01, 2015
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Mr. Donut
by: Christine Young

When I was 18 (1968) I used to hang out at Mr. Donut everyday after working at Mays Shopping Center. Those were the days. I have so many good memories of that place...and the coffee was the greatest!


Jun 29, 2015
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jelly donuts
by: Anonymous

Mr. Donut indeed, great jelly donuts. You could eat three before exiting the store they were so light and airy. But what I remember most about Mr. Donut was the sign in the window proclaiming them to have the best coffee in the world, just like Buddy in the movie Elf, I was blown away that this little place in my home town had the best coffee in the WORLD! My folks and my best friend Jeff's parents kept the joke on me for years. It's probably why I don't drink coffee...PTSD.

Jun 28, 2015
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Mr Donut
by: Anonymous

If the IHOP is located on the south side of Sunrise Highway I think it was called Mr. Donut.

Jun 28, 2015
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Massapequa park
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the donut shop where IHOP is now? It was an original building from the late 50's.?

Jun 26, 2015
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Frigate billy fox
by: Anonymous

I used to hang out there 5nights a week. Bartenders willy Breen Jeff Hess. Bouncers big Dave a d Steve Rupp and Kenny the manager.
Met my wife there.
Favorite band was white fire.

Jun 25, 2015
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Growing Up on Grand Boulevard
by: Christine Young

First of all, Dicky O, I loved your comment. Everything—every place you mentioned, from the Park Lane Deli, Whites, the Big Bow Wow, the Bar Harbor Square Pizza, Dick and Dora's, Musicaros and all the rest, brought back so many wonderful memories of growing up in Massapequa Park. I graduated from Alfred G Berner in 1968, and I stayed on Long Island most of my adult life until my husband and I (he grew up in Wantagh) moved to PA in 2004. But I still miss Long Island very much. As beautiful as it is here, there is still no comparison to where I grew up. I still have family and friends on Long Island so I get back as often as I can. When I do I always wish I could stay.

I always drive past my old house on Grand Boulevard whenever I do go. I drive passed East Lake School and try to picture a school yard full of my friends; and the bookmobile that parked across the road alongside the reservoir; and all of us kids standing outside the gym doors waiting for them to open for the summer programs they would always have; and the Easter Egg hunts—can't forget them.

I enjoyed being a kid in Massapequa Park; running to stop the ice cream man who I usually had a big crush on; playing baseball with the boys while my girl friends played with their dolls; playing hide-n-seek in the early evenings and climbing trees and playing kick ball. I was pretty much a tom boy...not so much because I loved sports, but because I loved boys. I remember my mom's soft voice as she stood at the front door calling "Chrissey, Diane it's time to come in."

Our childhood memories are precious. Even my mom, who is 95, remembers her early years growing up in Baldwin in a small stucco house on the canal. She wrote about all the fun she had with her sister and brothers and friends. She wrote about it in great detail and I found myself wishing I had been there with her, during the 1920's, and thinking that, for her, there was no better time to be a kid. I helped her write her journal and we self-published it. It was a gift for all of us (her daughters and her nieces and nephews) to cherish and to hand down to future generations. This trip down memory lane today has given me the inspiration to write my own journal about growing up in Massapequa Park in the 50's/60's. After all, for me, there was no better time to be a kid.

Chris Y


Jun 25, 2015
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Socky's
by: Anonymous

I agree he was not a crook. We aare too quick to make remarks at times without thinking of the effect on others. I thought your dad was great guy, and his store made my childhood that much more fun

Jun 24, 2015
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Socky's in Massapequa Park
by: Anonymous

I grew up in North Massapequa . We moved there in 1952 and my Dad Socky opened up a toy store in Massapequa Park. I read your comment about my dad's store but he was not crook.

Jun 19, 2015
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Jackpot
by: Anonymous

I grew up at the same time as you, went to MHS. Your "Jackpot" piece evoked memories of an era long gone. I remember when the MHS wrestling team, wrestled Berner. It was a big deal, at least to those on the team. I was on JV at the time.

A guy and excuse my spelling named Maggio, I believe, was on Varsity. He was into this, practiced some kind of fancy move where he fell back and lofted his opponent over him ( kind of like judo) and would pin his opponent within minutes. Looked great in practice and it was his secret weapon.

He practiced it over and over, and the day of the match at Berner, he sat with the team, his head covered with a towel. When his weight class was called he rose up, yanked the towel off in a dramatic manner, revealing a Mohawk haircut (he got just for this match). He looked fierce, and was psyched.

He literally ran out to the mat, the ref whistled. Maggio grabbed his opponent, slipped and was pinned in less then a minute.

I too grew up with a bunch of guys I still am friends with. As someone in the movie Dinner said, no one will have the history we did or could ever replace them.There were 9 of us, and two passed away already. I miss them both every day. No one I have meet since could ever replace them..."we have history"

Thanks for the memories....

Jun 19, 2015
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Jackpot!
by: Dicky O.

In 1951, Park Lane was a dirt path pushing north into the woods from the railroad tracks. The houses on the first two blocks sported stucco exteriors with funny looking roofs. Most of Massapequa Park hadn’t been built yet, but we pulled into town in our brand new pea-green Studebaker that fell apart four years later.

The woods behind us became West Gate Road and, later, the Sunrise Mall. As the houses were going up behind us I thought they were there for us to play inside of them. They had hired a watchman who spoke a dialect we couldn’t understand. He would chase us out of the construction site from time to time, but never for long. We’d be back and playing inside of those houses in no time.

The Park Lane Stores soon went up and introduced new businesses to the neighborhood: a deli (still great to this day), a barber shop that gave bad haircuts, and a candy store. For two decades, the greasy guys hung out inside of that candy store smoking butts, blasting the jukebox, downing coke floats and egg creams, and busting heads out back behind the stores. Everyone had to walk past those stores on their way to White’s, Two Guys, and the Big Bow-Wow, where I dropped half of my paper route income from the Long Island Press. Everyone talks about All-American, but does anyone remember the "Coward Burgers" at the Big Steer? It was on the corner of Sunrise Highway and Lakeshore Drive.

Learning to ride a two-wheeler was like learning to walk again, but riding your bike with your baseball mitt on the handlebars was a magic carpet. Mom never knew where you were—or worried. The Three Stooges, Our Gang, Abbot and Costello, and Superman got you home in time for supper.

I regret going to Saint Martin’s as a kid, because East Lake School had it all. A kid could walk or ride his bike up to East Lake any time to get in on baseball, football, stickball, handball, or just a good old-fashioned fist fight. Hockey games on the pond at Marjorie Post had what seemed like a hundred guys on a side. Broken stick? No problem. Snap off the crooked end of a tree branch and you were back in the game.

In 1958, when I grew old enough for the Massapequa International Little League, I got cut from the team. The league had underestimated the number of kids in town. The following year, when they added more teams, I made the All-Star squad. Nowadays, my parents would have put me in therapy to cope with getting cut. "You’re not a loser, Dicky. You’re the last winner." But, getting cut was an early lesson in rejection at an age where alcohol was still unavailable. It was also a testament to the number of talented ball players in Massapequa, and the Babe Ruth ’64 World Champions lived up to the hype.

Park Boulevard was my first exposure to retail shops and commercial real estate. If Mom dragged us to the Massapequa Market (later Bohack’s), we’d try getting her into Tot n’ Teen or Socky’s to check out the toys. One time, my grandmother refused to buy me the Prince Valiant Sword and Shield from Socky. She said Socky was a crook…two dollars and ninety-eight cents…

My first day at Berner High School felt like a prison release from St. Martin’s. It was a tough place to get an education when you couldn’t decide from day to day which girl you were falling in love with. Berner High School: where everyone got lucky but yours truly, or so it seemed.

I had a few clunkers for teachers at Berner, but I had some great teachers also—and the coaches were something else. Bill Brown, Bob Reifsnyder, and Gordon Carberry thought the Bataan Death March was a stretching exercise. For football, we did two-a-days at the Unqua Dust Bowl in blistering heat with no water, but only because no one had died on the field yet. In the spring, during lacrosse season, we looked forward to game days, which had become a respite from Carberry’s Parris Island practice sessions.

Of all the teams I played for, though, I had the most fun on the ’64 J.V. Football Team. I coached the Our Lady of Lourdes football team for ten years as an adult, and it was always our goal to recreate the atmosphere of that ’64 team at Berner High. That year, we went six-and-two. Mayer and Zandowski coached us, and we had a blast the whole way. Having cheerleaders for the first time wasn’t bad either.

Dick & Dora’s was another great place in town, and everyone loved the square slices at Bar Harbor’s Pizza Supreme. But, Friday night pizza started and ended with Musicaro’s for an entire generation. When we were finally old enough, we sat at the bar downing mugs of Heineken and chowing on Bar Pies. I still miss Musicaro’s.

Krisch’s was another happening place. I worked at Krisch’s through my high school and college years. At Krisch’s, the German families who owned the place didn’t hire you—they took you in. If you knew how to, "mach schnell," then they adopted you for life. If you didn’t know how, they would never fire you. You would just know, and so would they. After Krisch’s closed each night, we would all descend upon Musicaro’s for beer and pizza, and the staff there treated us all like royalty.

The best part about growing up in Massapequa, though, was that it was middle-class heaven. We weren’t rich, but we weren’t poor either. I felt privileged because my family owned a sixteen-foot runabout that gave us access to Tobay and Gilgo in my high school years. It’s a good thing that boat couldn’t talk.

After two years of college and an Army hitch, I headed west—all the way to Seaford—and married the pretty girl who made balloon surprises at the Inter-County Woolworth’s.

Purposely, I didn’t drop any names. It wouldn’t be fair to all of the great people I grew up with. But, I have to single out Berner Class of ‘67’s Bob Stuart, Bill Davis, and Fred Castagnola. They have been close, lifelong, true-through-thick-and-thin friends of mine, and they are priceless to me. This winter I reunited with Billy Fox, also Class of ’67, down in Florida. Hanging out with Billy again should make the snowbird life a heck-of-a-lot more fun.

All in all life has been good, and I have my childhood in Massapequa, in large part, to thank. You bet I hit the jackpot!
Thanks for reading.

Jun 18, 2015
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Park Question
by: Anonymous

Does anyone know when the bus route on Roosevelt Ave in Massapequa Park stopped? Did it coincide with the elevation of the train tracks in 1980?

Jun 17, 2015
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PT Boat
by: Bill Drago

The PT boat appeared one day at South Seas in the location shown in the aerial photo. It was there for maybe 6 months and then disappeared. From what I'm reading here it sounds the the owner of that boat had trouble finding permanent docking and had to move around a lot. Unfortunately I've lost touch with anyone who would know anything about it. If I hear anything about the boat I'll post here again.

Jun 14, 2015
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PT boat
by: Anonymous

JB you are right on, PT boat was on the canal of 52 acres, light gray in color. My dad trailer his little 15 footer there and let me and my friends take it out. I was 12 in 1969 and pasted it every time.

Jun 12, 2015
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To The Editor
by: JB

Maybe the boat was moved to Seaford as you suggest, but I clearly remember a PT boat tied up by the boat ramp at John Burns Park. It was called 52 acres at the time. The park was undeveloped, but if you hiked to the southern most area of 52 acres you would see the boat. My brother says no,it was on the canal behind the church on Biltmore Blvd and Merrick Road. With all due respect adding Seaford to the mix is going to cause a few heads to explode. Maybe I can find some help in the Newsday archives. It is going to be tough as Fleet Obsolete in Kingston NY. has no info on this boat and they are in the business of fully restoring PT boats.

Jun 10, 2015
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Pt boat color
by: Anonymous

As I recall it was painted light tan. Never saw it any other color

Jun 10, 2015
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PT Boat
by: Anonymous

The PT boat was Navy Grey , now I did some drugs in the 60s but something tells me it was also painted pink, later. Not sure of that, I am sure of the Navy Grey.

Jun 10, 2015
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Jackpot!
by: Dicky O.

I've been enjoying reading this article and going through your comments so much that I put my own thoughts and memories about Long Island together, my memories of growing up in Massapequa in particular.

They snowballed into something bigger until they became an article all their own. My thanks to Bill from Loving-Long-Island.com for posting my article, Jackpot! You can read it here:

http://www.loving-long-island.com/jackpot-massapequa-memories.html

Thanks for reading!

-Dicky O.

Jun 09, 2015
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A plea to the masses
by: JB

On Sunday evening my brother and I got into a little tiff over that stupid PT boat. Now I don't remember what color it was and I don't remember it's name but I swear that boat was tied up across the canal from the boat ramp at John Burns park. My brother says he remembers it being tied up on the canal by Biltmore Blvd. and Merrick Rd. When my sister in law backed up my brother the argument was over. You never argue with your sister in law if you know what's good for you. Was the boat moved from John Burns park to Bilttmore Blvd. before it finally disappeared? Any info including photos would go along way in healing this broken family. Thank you in advance for any help you might provide.

Editor's note: I remember the PT boat vividly. It was at the end of Crescent Cove Drive in what was at the time a crappy old marina called South Seas Yacht Club. We kept our boat there in the '70s and I'd see the PT boat all the time. It may have been located elsewhere around Massapequa, but it was definitely at South Seas for a time before it disappeared. -Bill Drago

Jun 09, 2015
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Blessed
by: Anonymous

Blessed....... to have the water, lots of room to roam and play, live in community devoid (for the most part) of crime and violence. To be able to roam around Massapequa as a boy to fish, calm, ride my bike. As I got older take a friend's boat to the beach and surf

To have lived in the cocoon of suburban American where the biggest deal growing up was which car your parents drove, getting one yourself and finally a date for the prom. The Fall Football games at MHS, the gym dances, and the ones at the Biltmore Beach Club. We had a blessed childhood in Massapequa and I am very grateful for it, and look back with fond memories.

Think of what we had compared to the horror going on the world today. I am humbled and grateful for what was given to me, and I am sure at the time I didn't appreciate it, I sure do now.

Jun 09, 2015
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to Jill and Lois
by: paul alagna

Jill, I agree this site is wonderful. I guess for me as I am getting older these past memories become that much more sweet. I live Upstate now but will have to make a trip back this summer to scout around the old haunts. I was born in 1956 in late November so I was always the youngest in my class. I graduated HS when I was 17 so if my math is correct I was 6 in 1st grade in 1962. Is that possible, it seems a bit young? The photos you found were your own or did you research them,? I would love to get to see my class pictures. I went to Parkside for a year or 2 before moving and I remember a class end trip to Jones Beach pool. What neighborhood did you grow up in? I lived on Cleveland Ave. between Hicksville road and Central.Jill might you have known any kids my age ? To Lois when you get a chance please send some more stories. Its weird but any new piece of info seems to unlock more memories I can't seem to uncover on my own. I wish you all the best and keep typing I love the stories. Thanks

Jun 08, 2015
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Raymond J Lockhart School
by: Jill

To Paul Alagna and Lois,

When were you in Mrs. Tsoukalas' class? I was in her class in the 1962-1963 school year (5th grade). She was a wonderful teacher.

I found class pictures from RJL for first grade, Miss McCaffrey, 2nd grade, Mrs. McDonald, and third grade, Mrs. Naar. There were about 30 students in each class. The girls were all dressed up and the boys had ties, some with jackets. We were all so young. Where have the years gone?

This is a great site. Although I now live in North Carolina, it is great to hear stories about Massapequa. What a place to grow up (1958-1976).

Jun 07, 2015
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Mariann
by: Mr T

Hi Mariann,

The pit was the hangout place, mini bikes, parties etc. You mention Whites, Mays, and Chock full of nuts, I loved there burgers.

Big Bow Wow, Dick & Dora's, Jolly Roger's, and of course Pizza at
Pizza Supreme in the Bar Harbor Shopping center......

Nystrom's Deli and Sam Cox's Candy Store, a small Barber Shop and many corner Bars. Gas was 25c a gallon, a loaf of Bread 19c, and a court of Milk 25c.

Cigarette's from a machine were 20c a pack. East Lake School, John P. McKenna Jr High and Berner High School.

Where does the time go, it is still a fond memory :-)


Jun 07, 2015
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This thread hijacked my whole day!
by: Anonymous

This site is like 'working out' your brain, as if it was a targeted muscle at the gym. Love it! I got to Biltmore Shores when I was 2 in 58', lived in Fl for the last 25 years but back now! And rumbling around here on this thread let me ride my bike through the Bar Harbour tunnel one more time, race my slot car at 'Checkered Flag' once again(across from Roslyn Bank today), grab an All American burger(which can actually really still be done today!)and Little Drummer Boy burgers(where Guiseppi's is now). ....
I can see where the Alhambra Beach snack Shack used to sit, where the red licorice 'Shoelaces' were a favorite. Squaw Island!....,The Amity Cut,....Krishes,....A+P, Bohacks The Shubert's Boat and the 'Sonny'....Arthur's,...Ziggy's,... Gus's+ Alhambra Marines,..Jolly Roger's, Nunley's Happyland Bumper Cars,..on and ON!
Thanks for stirring the memories, it was a magical time to be a kid here, 'back in the day!'

Jun 03, 2015
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ooo, big typo
by: philip r gardner

i realized i have a typo in janis joplin's first name in my previous blog, had to make good on that, wouldn't want to disrespect someone that meant so much to all of us. and, i guess it's because i was teacher not too long ago and i hate typos. btw, this is a wonderful site and i was taken on a journey of some wonderful memories reading some of the blogs. that was 47 years ago or another way i like to look at it is 17,155 days ago. that's how i count my birthdays too, by days. i hope some of you still get out a bit and come to see my band and if some of you still perform, hope you join in singing or playing some of the great tunes we grew up with. my band performs, of course, classic rock, r&b, motown, 60s & 70s soul, blues & some reggae. hey, the party ain't over yet...oh, and we knew how to party. cya

Jun 03, 2015
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massapequa boy from amityville
by: philip r gardner

i hung out in massapequa but lived on old sunrise hwy, amityville. i had a popular band called sand, in '69. the members were, of course, myself, ed di'donato, richie "worm" azzerello, and fred bross. we won 2nd place in the battle of bands at marjorie post. i guess i kind of stood out in the crowd, being what i remember, one of the only black people to hang around marjorie post, park lane, the "pit", chock full of nuts on sunrise hwy/unqua rd. i'm still in the music business locally. my band is called the rhythm kings. check it out and come out to some gigs. my site:therhythmkings.net. massapequa was a wonderful place to grow up. a lot of massapequa folks eventually made their way over to amityville and got that experience too. things were so different then, although i had to deal with some of the prejudice schtuff but i survived. i recently retired from teaching school for 31 years and now moving on to the next chapter in my life. it's been wonderful! one of my favorite clothing stores was the STOP SIGN, across the street from the bar harbor shopping center. wish i could remember the owners name. he was cool as they come. one of my favorite people i met as a kid was a teacher from massapequa high, mr o'neill, that taught summer one year when i had to attend. he was very "HIP". don't know if anyone remembers the little hot dog stand that was on the right side of sunrise hwy, heading east under the trestle. it was called gene's hotdogs. that was mr grimaldi, the owner of the massapequa zoo. anyway, came across this site thru a friend, glad she sent it over. kids today don't have a clue how to have fun. i can remember, in the summer, heading to whites, mays, marjorie post, bow wow, john j. burns, etc..., stay out all day, walk from one end of massapequa to the other, go home for dinner around 5:00, get cleaned up, change clothes and head back out and meet up with the gang again till it was time to head in for the evening. there was always something cool to do. we, for sure, didn't sit around and get obese. btw, some of you might remember i could sing janice joplin, piece of my heart, back then and dear mr fantasy by traffic. i still sing and always will...

Jun 02, 2015
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Back in the Saddle Again
by: Steve Kelemen

Living in Virginia. Last night Rick one of my co-workers ask me we're you from, Massapequa Park that NY dialect doesn't go away. He was from Wantaugh man that started a conversation - both 56 and moved away when we were 19. The Good Rats, Oak Beach Inn's etc. Used to work at the Sunoco on Sunrise and Park Blvd 75 thru 77 always new where a party was everyone stop there for gas. Life was great back then you'll never see those times again. Hanging out in the park at the PP's occasionally being chased out by the cops. Used to play alot of Foosball at Soloman Grundys and the Wooden Nickel, Joey Dee's, the Witches Brew and Pastime Pub in Amityville. I wouldn't have wanted to grow up anywhere else Long Island was one big playground.

Jun 02, 2015
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Mr. T
by: Mariann

I remember Park Lane Boys and the Bangers from Farmingdale. I too grew up in Mass Park what great days. Friday nights at Post Park ice skating or battle of the bands. Whites, Mays and Chock full of nuts. Loved walking to the Town great stores kind of remember an Indian Store there. Hung at the pit before the mall and played handball behind inter county shopping center. Shopped at Bar Harbor think it was Gimbles. Boy I'm old! I remember the four H Club and going to Hawthorne summer rec.

Jun 01, 2015
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My Heart's in Massapequa
by: Mary

I, too, graduated Berner in 1975. I have lived in Massapequa almost my whole life, except for five years that I lived in an apartment when I was first married. I ended up buying my in-law's house in the Park, and I'm still here today, 31 years later and loving it. This is a great town in which to grow up, and to raise your kids. I work in this town as well, and couldn't be more proud of that. Although it's a large town, when someone needs support, the people of Massapequa are there in full force, and I have been the recipient of that love and support. I am still close friends with the 20+ kids (now adults) I grew up with in the close radius of my block. I can't think of a better town in which to live, work and stay connected.

Jun 01, 2015
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MHS Graduate 1969
by: Curt Brackett

I too grew up in Massapequa. The only reason left was that my wife had some health issues and we both had to work to make it. Jones Beach, All American, Carvel, lakes to fish at, Croons lake with BF Billy Massi as kids.

Had Mr.Baldwin (Alex's Dad) in MHS for Soc. Studies. Al Bevilaqua in Unqua School who an episode of Seinfeld mentioned "Jerry Race's." Teen years working and drinking at Maddens, Pizza @ Musicaros across on Broadway with Joe Marzano, Paul Hersch, Jeff Sabol, Eddie and Dickie Smith, Al Kornblatt.

Then later hanging with Stan The Man Wittman at Massapequa Billiards, and 300 Bowl. You could hop on the LIRR to Bronx and see the greatest baseball team the NY Yankees, then eat the best food of your choice in NY.

Also growing up on the back of Deli or neon signs you would see Kal Seinfeld Signs, Jerry's dad. If I could have afforded to stay I would never had left, sorry Al K. and Stan W. However different Ga. has provided a way for our son and extended family the same financial relief. Praise The Lord Jesus Christ!!!

Jun 01, 2015
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Solomon Grundys
by: JB

Billy Fox. My name is Jim B.I also worked as a bartender at Grundys. Kenny T. was the manager at the time. I was there for about three years. Remember big Dave? I think the reason I lost my hearing is because I worked the back station near the band. Had a lot of fun though. I met my ex wife there.The Branding Iron was a great place. Remember we used to try and get out of Grundys as fast as we could so we could close the place.

May 29, 2015
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Burger time
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember burger time? It was on sunrise highway before they built the mall . Right before south oaks .

May 28, 2015
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Good old Days
by: Mr T

Does anyone remember Park Lane.....I grew up hanging around the Park Lane Candy Store and 7/11. Hug out in the woods that is now the Sunrise Mall......had great times and memories . . . .let me know if you were a Park Lane Boy or Girl.

May 28, 2015
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JB...I used to be a bar tender at Solomun Grundies Frigate
by: Billy Fox

JB....read your comments and yes, takes me back a ways.
Would love to hear your thoughts about the Frigate...I had some great times at that place. I worked there from when they opened until 75'.
Paul, the owner, was nice enough to give me a job picking up empty mugs...when I got out of the service in 72'and over time I got promoted to bar tender.
Also then worked at Branding Iron in Wantaugh.
Gaduated from Berner in 67' and always thought I would make Massapequa my home. But eventually moved to Virginia and then on to Ft Lauderdale Fl.
I really enjoy reading these comments from everyone.
Thanks all....

May 28, 2015
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FARRELLS ICE CREAM PALOUR/BRADY PARK
by: JIM B

Remember Farrells in the mall I loved that place they were the sponsor for my little league team The Larks in the late 70's Every time we win we would get free ice cream I think we only lost 1 game.I remember playing my little league games at Brady Park first place I ever played that had a dugout and a scoreboard made me feel like a pro Baseball player.Hit one over the fence there ball rolled into the lake tried to find it after the game never found it got a free ice cream instead I call it even.Still ride by the old park with my kids now bore them with tales of my greatness at Brady Park and the ice cream from Farrells.


May 25, 2015
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Sunrise Highway
by: JB

The big Bow Wow was vacant for quite some time before it became the Mays garden center. It is now a parking lot. The Hess gas station stood next store to the Bar Harbor motel. It is now a fast food hamburger joint. After that the bank then Firestone. Remember the pool hall on Sunrise Highway and Manhattan Avenue next to Kydds marine and Gulf station. We used to drive Mickey the owner crazy for change to get a Orange Crush out of his soda machine. By the way, the original bank building that stood next to Hess was donated and moved to Brady Park and turned into a senior center early in the 70's. My next post will cover Solomon Grundy's Frigate.

May 16, 2015
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Big bow woe
by: Anonymous

So Hess is gone too? I guess I have been away longer than I thought. I worked at the Hess , mays, Howard Johnson , food fair ans the esso gas station .and all American

May 16, 2015
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Big Bow Wow Location
by: Linda

Hello all! So wonderful to read your blogs as they pop up. I found this sight in 2013 when I retired from teaching after 36 years in the Massapequa School District. I was born and bred here and still own a home here. The Big Bow Wow was on the corner of Unqua Rd.(west side of light). It is now a tire store. The miniature golf was located behind it.What fun we had there! It was there way before All American. Hess station is gone. They put a checker restaurant there, but it failed to catch on as Fridays is next to it. Massapequa is changing like the rest of the country. If you grew up here in the 50's,60's,'70's, consider yourself blessed. At least we have our memories to hold on to because I can not believe how fast this town is changing in a negative way.

May 16, 2015
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Hess Station
by: Anonymous

Are we talking about the Hess Station on Sunrise Hwy in Massapequa Park? That is no longer there either! I worked there as a kid.

May 16, 2015
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Big Bow Wow - Hess Station
by: Junction Jo

Thanks for the information. I will try to check it out when I'm in NY this summer.

May 16, 2015
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Big Bow Wow
by: Anonymous

If memory serves... and it has been, damn, over 50 years. The Big Bow Wow was near the Drive In on Sunrise Highway. I don't believe it was too far from that wonderful picture of the mother walking her child to the Massapequa Zoo(that was my era, goes fast seems like yesterday). Next to the Big Bow Wow, again it has been 50 years, was the miniature golf.

The Big Bow Wow had a wonderful grill and served hamburgers and hot dogs. There was a big barrel that dispensed root beer. Finally I remember a jukebox, and listening to the Everly Brothers Cathy's Clown, and Del Shannon's I Ran All The way Home

May 16, 2015
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Big bow wow
by: Anonymous

There is a Hess gas station where the big bow wow was.

May 15, 2015
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Lois, greetings
by: Anonymous

Lois,your message stopped me in my tracks, and to be fully honest caused a lump in my throat. Thank you so much for responding. Sometimes I feel like my memories of Massapequa are mythical. Faces and names and events blurred by time all of a sudden became clearer when I read your note. I can almost remember names..a boy named Hall, Michael Grogan, a Barbara,...and if my memory allows did you wear glasses? Do you by chance have any class photos? At one time I think I had some of our pictures. As I am typing this my son and wife are discussing important jobs in our culture and I have heard teacher more than once and I could not agree more. It was our teachers that lead me to this site and to learn that you are a teacher is no coincidence. Like Mrs Selvin [whose name I have been searching for] I am sure you have touched so many lives and enriched so many students. My son is a History major in his sophomore year of college. Do you by chance know what happened with Mrs.Selvin? She was so kind to me without being insincere. Did you stay in touch with any of our RJL classmates? I would love to hear any news at all. Thank you again and be well and enjoy your well deserved retirement. Cheers, Paul

May 15, 2015
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Miniature Golf
by: Junction Jo

To Anonymous, congratulations--well said. Although in all honesty I haven't been back there in years. Don't even know where the miniature golf course and The Big Bow Wow were, other than on Sunrise Highway somewhere. Can anyone tell me what is there now, so I can find it?

May 15, 2015
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Minature Golf
by: Anonymous

In an age of sophisticated video games, and kids with cell phones in their faces seemingly 24 / 7 it would be hard to explain simple pleasures like your dad's Miniature Golf.

The Big Bow Wow, and Miniature Golf was a real treat when I was a kid. Simple pleasures for a simpler time. And for the curmudgeons who use this site to complain how Massapequa stinks... I don't get it. You are privileged to be able to live there, you have the water, beautiful homes, and abundant opportunities for recreation and family fun. The people in Nepal have reason to complain, or Hatti...how about thanking God you don't live there, and appreciate what you have.... and throw in a prayer while you are at it for them.

May 15, 2015
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Miniature Golf
by: Junction Jo

To Anonymous, sorry you never redeemed your free golf game. Unfortunately, both the miniature golf course and my father long gone. I have many fond memories of that golf course. On the last hole you had to hit your ball uphill over a little bridge (with water below). Then onto the green. When the ball dropped into the hole, you couldn't retrieve it yourself; it dropped into a bucket below. That kept people from running around and playing a second game for free.

May 14, 2015
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Paul Alagna
by: Anonymous

Paul ! We were in the same class at RJL ! I'm Lois - we had Mrs Crouch & Mrs Tsoukolos & Mrs Selvin - RJL was great - I ended up teaching History at Massapequa HS for 34 years and just retired to Florida. What great fun to read these stories .

Apr 29, 2015
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Minature Golf
by: Anonymous

Your dad owes me a free game, I sunk a hole in one on the last hole in 1963 and forgot to ask for free game!

Apr 29, 2015
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Miniature
by: Junction Jo

To anonymous--do you remember where the miniature golf tournament was held? My dad owned a miniature golf course in Massapequa.

Apr 29, 2015
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miniature golf tournament
by: Anonymous

I came in second to marty piccinini in 1962.

Apr 29, 2015
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miniature golf
by: Anonymous

I came in second in the miniature golf tourny in 1962. Lost to marty piccinini.


Apr 24, 2015
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Not getting any better
by: Anonymous

Way too crowded with aggressive drivers that pay no attention to traffic laws.people are selfish,inconsiderate and rude.thank god I will be leaving soon.

Apr 21, 2015
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Missing Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I stumbled onto this site and after reading the whole thing I don't remember what I was originally looking for. I went to Birch Lane, Ames and MHS. Graduated in 84 joind the Army and ended up in California. My parents still live in the house I grew up in on Biltmore Blvd. My Dad worked in Brooklyn and I always felt so lucky to live where I did after spending the day at work with him. I have great childhood memories of boating in the bay, hanging out at the Biltmore Beach Club and "The Boat Docks", fishing, clamming, Tobay and Jones Beach. Playing hockey on Caroons lake and actually riding my bike across a frozen solid Great South Bay in the 70's. I had great times working at Krisches, Dees Pizza and The Boat Store. I still make sure I stop at All American every time I get back. I miss Dick and Doras, riding the bus to the mall with friends and hanging out at Foxes and the Evening Post. Sure things have changed but people say the same things about the crowds and expense of living in southern CA. Joe D. I think I know who you are and if so say hi to Michelle.

Apr 16, 2015
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born and raised
by: cindy s.

I was born and raised on long island..lived on Hicksville road for over 18 years.Thanks for the memories.Its great you did this.I miss new York too.But the weather and taxes keep me from moving back.I hope to visit soon.Keep it up!!!!memories are more precious than gold.

Mar 31, 2015
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teachers
by: Paul Alagna

Jill, Do any of the family names I mentioned ring a bell? Hicksville Road may as well have been the Rockies, there was no crossing it. The name Binder rings a bell I may have had her for a year at RJL. I believe she was somewhat older. I did have Mrs. Crouch which was an issue because her husband was the principal but that really only gave her more street cred. She was very nice.I believe there was a yearbook or at least I have vague memories of photos of some of the teachers. I will scour my attic for old stuff. I wish some one in the school would do a little research into yearbooks, teachers etc.class pictures... there must be an archive. I live in upstate NY now but go down to the island on rare occasion. If I get a chance I will try to visit RJL and Parkside during a school day to see if I can pry loose some facts and photos.
Its funny I work in a hospital near Lake George and when I see that patients are from the Island or Brooklyn I mention old haunts from my past like bakeries or restaurants and they light up. Kwong Ming Chinese restaurant is a big one, Ebingers Bakery a huge one one for many Brooklynites, All American etc.. Many people think that because I work here I am from here and they think we all grow hay[ I wish I did]. Folks from the city when asked where they are from raise their voice a bit and say New York City { I wonder if they think I am a deaf hay farmer]. When I say where, they say in a louder voice Manhattan...its a great dance.
I check this site daily since I found it this past winter. I love it, the memories.etc. So please everyone keep the stories coming.

Mar 28, 2015
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Career Change
by: Jill

This is to Deborah C. who used to live on Cleveland Avenue, between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue. You stated you had a mid-life crisis, changed careers from being an insurance executive and became a teacher. Mrs. Tsoukalas, 5th grade RJL teacher, was your inspiration.

I see that you were named Teacher of the Week at the middle school in Wilmington, NC.

Congratulations on becoming a teacher and inspiring others.

Mar 28, 2015
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Mrs Young Birch Lane Principal
by: mike edison

A word about Miss Young, my grammar school principal, and childhood perceptions: I was scared of this giant of a woman. I spent a good amount of time in her office for trouble making. Years later when I was in college (still causing trouble mind you), I went to my grammar school to visit. There was this beautiful woman there; Miss Young was a striking woman… (who knew) and nice as hell. She loved kids. In fact she got on the phone, called a classroom and had some first grade boy sent to her office. He climbed onto her lap (he had some kind of problem, not sure what, but it was known to Miss Young). You could see the love in her eyes as she gently scolded him. She was FAR from the ogre I imagined as a kid.

Mar 28, 2015
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RJL Teachers
by: Jill

Mrs. Tsoukalas instilled a love for learning. I had her for fifth grade. She was so kind and always stressed the love of reading. I always remember Mrs. Tsoukalas saying that if you can read, you can do anything.

This is to Paul Alagna - another teacher at RJL was Mrs. Binder. She was scary and I was so thankful I didn't get her as a teacher. Yes, Paul, you would have gone to Berner because you lived on the other side of Hicksville Road.

My friends all lived on the other side of Broadway. I was devastated that I was the only one going to Massapequa High while they all went to Berner. Although I had friends at Massapequa H.S., I participated in a lot of activities with my friends at Berner - including go to the Berner proms in my junior and senior years.

This is a wonderful site. Massapequa was a fantastic place to grow up. Keep the stories coming.

Mar 26, 2015
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teachers
by: Anonymous

Hi Jill, I lived on Cleveland Ave. between Central and Hicksville. Back then I wasn't allowed to cross Hicksville Rd. until I got older. I had a friend on Chicago but again on the other side of Hicksville . Their names were Eric and I believe his sister was Karen Likefoot [sp]. They both were very tall as I remember it. The teachers I remember are Mrs.Crouch, Miss Dowling, and Mrs. Seligman. Its Mrs Seligman that I may have wrong, She was short with dark brown hair. She is the teacher I would love to get in touch with.

I went to Parkside junior High for a year or 2 then moved away. I believe I would have attended Berner if I stayed on.

On my block there were the Reades;Tommy, Kathleen, Colleen, and other sibs, there were the Schiappas;Dean and other siblings, there was a guy my age Tommy Slater, in a house next to mine was Jimmy and Loretta whose last name I can't recall[ maybe Gorman], but Loretta was my babysitter for years, there was also a Dorothy who had a sister name escapes me and another girl named Peggy who once jumped out of her window for some unexplainable reason and broke her leg. Anyone ring a bell? Let me know. Be well and stay in touch, thanks Paul.

Mar 25, 2015
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Teachers at Raymond J. Lockhart
by: Jill

This is in response to Paul Alagna's comments. I had Mrs. Tsoukalas for a fifth grade teacher at RJL. I am surprised you forgot how to spell her name. Remember, if you didn't know how to spell her name, she would deduct points from your next test. Some other teachers were Miss McCaffrey, Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Naar, Miss Carol DeBrita (she still lives in the same house on Chicago Avenue).

Where did you live on Cleveland Avenue? I lived on Chicago Avenue between Seaford Avenue & Forest Avenue.

Someone mentioned the bars they used to go to - remember PJ's in Farmingale? How about the 1890's in Baldwin or the Rusty Nail in Wantagh? They were great places with great bands.

Oh, to be that young again and have that much fun. This is a great site. Love hearing about the old places.

Mar 22, 2015
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1954-1964?
by: JunctionJo

Lot's of you mention The Big Bow Wow, Dick and Dora's, Mays Department Store, Howard Johnson's. I remember all of them, but doesn't anyone remember the miniature golf course next to The Big Bow Wow? My dad operated it for about 14 years. I have many fond memories--would love photos.

Mar 20, 2015
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Nassau Shores 76-80
by: Tony Cecere

Turkey Bowl at the golf course with Baldwin Bros, Joe Davis, Paul Meyer on Fire, Boss Bros, and a cast of others. Tiger and his salt gun, and sliding on the greens. Tony's deli had the best potato salad. Julie Nelson at TOBAY beach party, and D. Clune at pools at M. Post park. Playing football for Berner with the Reef. I can go on and on, as so many good times with the rat pack Don Weeks, Dan Quinn, Rob Mcarthy, Beef, Fitz. and our endless summers at the beach!


Mar 09, 2015
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Snapshot
by: Evelyn

Thank you Paul for your great comments about the picture. It is a perfect picture that captures that time. My sister came across the picture and sent it to me. I don't know who the people are in the picture or who took it. I hope that there will be more pictures like that to come.

Mar 09, 2015
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snapshot
by: Paul Alagna

Well, someone needs to say it, that's a great photo. A moment in time, frozen but fluid. It's summer, Mom and her son off to the zoo. All well dressed, fit and trim, holding hands. Dad's either parking the car or at work. A snapshot of the American dream, of Massapequa. More photos please.

Mar 02, 2015
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There's room for more pictures!
by: Bill Drago

I have room on this page for three more pictures. If you have an old picture that you think others would like to see, please contact me using the Contact Us form available on the main menu.

Mar 01, 2015
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Massapeua Zoo
by: Anonymous

The Zoo was originally owned by Frank "Bring Em back Alive" Buck. HE opened the Zoo in the 30's and sold it in the 1950's. Massapequa has a lot of history that might surprise you.

The Massapequa Patch has a brief history on line. Here is a link (opens in new window):

Massapequa's History: Answering Your Questions

Mar 01, 2015
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Re the women who went out teh window
by: Anonymous

I am sorry I dont know her name.

Mar 01, 2015
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gorilla
by: Cindy

cindy from Massapequa - Nassau rd 1960s here again. wasn't there a gorilla or monkey in a cage outside of Mays? I seem to remember one sad animal like that -

Feb 28, 2015
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Massapequa Zoo
by: Evelyn

I have a great picture of the entrance to the Massapequa Zoo.
It would look great on this comment blog. How do I get it on there .

Feb 25, 2015
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The Massapequa Zoo Monkeys
by: Anonymous

Lived in Merrick - Used to be taken to the Massapequa Zoo for an occasional treat - was fascinated by monkeys in the Florida Pink hill with all the holes in it which monkeys went into and came out of - surrounded by the wall I could just about see them over . I wonder if anyone else out there remembers the zoo . I missed it when they took it away.

Feb 25, 2015
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Thank You
by: Paul Alagna

Thanks for responding, I did not know the Crouches lived on Cleveland Ave. as well. I am sure your old teacher knows how you feel. What a great thing to do, reinvent yourself and become a teacher. I can't think of too many more important or powerful jobs. The teachers at RJL were very kind and caring of me. While we live in the present our past has some much sway over us. My time in Massapequa has for a long time felt bitter sweet but so many of these posting wash away any bitterness and I am reminded of many carefree days. There seems to be a repeating theme in many of these posts, youthful innocence, teenage exuberance and finally a maturity that wants to hold on to those early unencumbered days. To the originator of this site a big thank you for giving so many of us this place to remember our pasts. Magic is all around us and certainly you have created a place where that alchemy exists.

Feb 24, 2015
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To Three Streams
by: Anonymous

Was the last name of the girl who walked out the window Walsh?

Feb 24, 2015
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for paul alagna
by: Anonymous

Mrs. Mildred Crouch also lived on Cleveland Avenue with her husband, and then principal of RJL, Allan Crouch. Sadly, both passed many years ago. Miss Torquto (sp) was a teacher who was at all their parties and took many kids under her wing. I especially remember a teacher named Mrs. Tchoukalas (sp?) who made a huge impression on me. After 25 successful years in the business world, I left to become a middle school teacher. I credit her with instilling the desire to work with kids. I only wish I could say thank you.

Feb 24, 2015
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To 3 Streams
by: Anonymous

I did drugs in the 60's, I am a tad older than you and it was very hush hush then. You didn't talk about it outside your circle. I have since found out my class of 67 MHS had quite a few stoners. Me and my friends at the time thought we were the only ones.

One day we went to visit the older brother of one of my friends who as a hippie living in the East Village. We dropped acid and this girl in the group, that we really didn't know, got up...walked across the room , and jumped out the window 6 stories to her death... just like that. It is amazing with being young and stupid, the Viet. War which a lot of guys I knew wound up fighting in and drugs we all seemed to made it out alive ..

Feb 23, 2015
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Hi-Times in Massapequa
by: ThreeStreams

J. Smith, "This town has a really bad drug problem. When I think back to high school we all played around with drugs. Yes my friend Mario died of an overdose,"

I grew up in North Mass on the border of three school districts, graduated from Alfred G in '72.

Began smoking weed a few weeks before Americans landed on our moon. I had a part time job after school earning enough cash to purchase any of the drugs I wanted. If my school didnt not have what I was looking for, I could always count on a Plainedger or Farmingdaler to come through.

In eleventh grade I sat next to Jonathan M. in Mr. D'Andrea's business class. Almost every morning a clean cut looking Jonathon would pop open a Darvon, remove the little yellow ball inside and wolf it down. By the end of class his eyes were "stoned."

If we felt like toking a lil hashish before class it was available two blocks from the school. Best was getting high at Zappa's Creek on a cold day and experiencing the rush walking into a warm hallway.

A kid in my senior class, Joe S., was a bit of a wise guy but not a bad kid. He went for a walk on Sunrise Highway after downing a few Seconals. Sad that someone so young should die.

A few members of a family of twelve up the street from me, headed by a Irish-Catholic background city cop, were busted for heroin in '71. They were arrested behind a medical center on our corner. These guys were just barely adults.

I messed with a lot of drugs back then, however any that had the word 'addiction' attached to them I avoided. Drugs were fun, but they had their time and place. There were other ways of having fun back then not requiring I be high to enjoy them.

Massapequa kids and the surrounding school districts had a drug problem back then. Fortunately most all the people I hung with have lived decent lives and raised good kids.

Feb 23, 2015
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History of houses and land on East Lake Avenue
by: Anonymous

This is a great site ...I grew up here and just purchased a home on Eastlake Avenue .. North of Pennsylvania
I am trying to find out the history of the area.
This area was known as Hollywood gardens ... The lots are twice the size of most in the Park .

If anyone remembers or knows the history .. Please post.
We still love it here ... Even with the crowds .. No place I would rather be.😊

Feb 23, 2015
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A Terrific Place To Grow Up!
by: Greg P

It was so great to read these entries. My family moved to Massapequa Park, from Brooklyn in 1954. A small cape on VonHuenfield St. between Park and Rosevelt. A few blocks north was the 4H club on the grounds of the then closed airport. Hawthorn school was being built so I had to take a bus all the way to Amityville to attend kindergarten. I spend grades 1-6 in Hawthorn, 7&8 at Mckenna and Graduated Berner in 67. I remember actually taking a one day field trip in 6th grade to washington DC. We took the train into the city and then the train to DC. As a kid I also remember the Massapequa Zoo and my favorite ride, the helicopters, with the bar that you pushed forward or pulled back depending on if you wanted to go up or down. I think at that time they were called whirly birds. Spent a lot of summer riding bikes with my friends, especially along the stream through the woods between Linden Blvd and the town park down by the tracks. High School was great. Just like everyone else plenty of ups and downs, but for the most part a lot of fun. A couple of my friends had boats and we would take our dates across the bay to spend the day at Gilgo or Tobay. Spent a lot of time after school at the Nautulis Diner just down the road from Berner across from the canal. Sometimes an after school date or just a bunch of us guys having soda and fries. Cutting out of school early so we would get a good spot at All American was tops my senior year. What seems almost unbelievable today was sitting on a bar stool with other 16 and 17 year olds and being served beer with no questions asked. I don't remember the name but it was someplace in Farmingdale. I remember being caught with cigarettes by a teacher in the hallway and being sent to the attendance office where my smokes were taken away and getting 2 wacks with the infamous paddle by one of the coaches. The choice was a call home or the paddle. I had two jobs when I turned 16. I worked at Krisches in Massapequa with a few of my friends and also worked at field 4 at Jones Beach as a busboy. That was the best. Everyday was a beach day after work. I would hang out there for hours before and after. I went to college in upstate NY in 67 and looked forward to getting back during breaks.I stayed up there permanently in 70 until I graduated. I have been in Connecticut for the past 43 years and rarely get back to Massapequa Park. I no longer have any family or friends there, but I am still in touch with a quite a few people I graduated with who are spread out throughout the country. I wouldn't trade where I grew up for any other place or any other time. Sitting at the counter at Fays and having a nickel coke and buying a 5 cent candy bar for the walk home was the best, and as I got older nothing beat the potato salad at the German Deli next door. Thanks for the opportunity to go back in time, a great website and and big hello to all my fellow classmates.

Feb 23, 2015
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The Mansion
by: Anonymous

If memory serves that was the last of Jones's, the folks who once owned what is now Jones Beach. At one point that family owned a good deal of Long Island being given it from a Grant for the King Of England. Did you know that there a was a airport in Massapequa. It is featured in the musical Babes in Arms. Also here is some other trivia.... Anne Oakley. look it up if you doubt me, lived in Massapequa.

In the early 20th Century the Vanderbilt Races (auto) were held in Massapequa

I left Massapequa in 1969 so were probably are in the same generation

Feb 22, 2015
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All you need is Love
by: J. Smith

Love this site
I left Massapequa in 1971. But, like the rest of you have very strong memories. Does anyone remember the Monkey Hill over where TJMAX is? My husband's mother died 2 years ago. She lived on Park Blvd for 64 years. WOW! There were 3 houses and the water tower. Then the houses started to come in. If you look at Massapequa today it really doesn't look any different. Homes are all well cared for. Kids are graduating from High School and going to College. That is if they make it. This town has a really bad drug problem. When I think back to high school we all played around with drugs. Yes my friend Mario died of an overdose, but that was one person. It's not like that now. Call the funeral homes. It is heart breaking.
Is it because both parents are working, 40-50 hours a week, plus travel? I was lucky I did not have to work while raising my son. I gave myself to him for his mental stability, like my Mom did for me. So remember a community that was young and building memories
for us. Men that worked 60 hour weeks and Moms that took us to Tobay for those horrible sunburns lol. I love Massapequa and want All American to be open another 50 years. Does anyone remember the Mansion where Marjorie Post Park is? All of us Baby Boomers had it made? Lucky us

Feb 17, 2015
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Do you remember
by: marcia Juarez

Does anyone remember Moms Candy Store they had the best food, but most of all the most delicious potato salad, my wonderful dad brought me and my siblings there all the time.I wish with all my soul I could live back in those days again those where the best days of my life

Feb 03, 2015
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green harbor beach club
by: Anonymous

our family lived in massapequa from 1956 until 1982. there was no place better than growing up in harbor green with the canals and the beach clubs. summers were spent riding bikes to all american and carvel, down to the beach clubs, or chasing the good humor or misty softee guy around the neighborhood. on any night there was a game of ring-a-levio (sp) going on, or kickball, or watching the boys play under the lights basketball. younger kids went in when the street lights came on and the older kids would just hang out in the streets, no trouble. we all had friends from other neighborhoods in town, nassau shores, biltmore shores, bar harbor, parkside, ocean avenue etc. it was a great town. schools were great, teachers were respected, and you took much pride in you schools back then. we always went the the mhs saturday football games and varsity basketball night games. the massapequa high vs. berner high was the must see game of the year. also, we all walked to school everday, across the big parking lot at bar harbor, stopping at lords bakery for black and white cookies or buttered rolls. then of course at lunch, over to pizza supreme, the snack bar, la crepe or the deli for lunch. after turning l8, it was on to the evening post or arthurs or any one of the other fun little bars in the area. it was a great town with so much to do in the summer, beautiful fall days when the streets in harbor green (cedar shore drive, bay drive and bayview avenue looked old and charming, and the winters were not too bad, few days of snow for skitching behind a car down cedar shore. it was a safe town where the police were more interested in making sure everyone got home ok, not looking to get anyone in trouble. i am thankful everyday we had the chance to grow up in such a great town, with great neighbors and true hometown feeling.

Jan 28, 2015
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RE Billy Fox
by: Anonymmous

We grew up at the same time, and other than Little League did the same things. I played endless football under the lights of the Bar Harbor Shopping Center on Friday and sometimes Saturday nights as well. I thought surfing was my whole life in High School, we surfed at Garbage Cove. We'd drive across the glassy bay at 6 am to surf, heading over the dunes to see if the surf was up. With luck and with a mild North Wind causing the waves to curl we be in surf navarana.

We'd be the only ones there, build a fire from drift wood, warm up from the early morning chill and head back home before regular folks even thought of going to the beach

What a privileged life we had,spending the summer surfing and in the fall playing football, the winter the canal would freeze and we'd play hockey for hours.

No colors have ever seemed so bright, or the smells quite as pungent as those we experienced in our youth.

Thank you Billy Fox for evoking great memories of those days. I loved growing up in Massapequa,as I have said here a number of times. BTW I went surfing again a few times in my late fifties. By the time I got out to where the surf was breaking I could not imagine how I surfed for hours as a kid. Perhaps somethings are better left as memories.... Mike Edison

Jan 28, 2015
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Cuddo's for this site!!!!
by: BillyFox

Wow reading all this takes me back. Memories go as far back a the Massapequa Zoo...Whites Dept store, playing soft ball in the May's parking lot at night because they had lights. Was from Massapequa Park, on Atlantic Blvd near East Lake School. Grew up with little league...got it in my blood and played ball until I was 42. Was greatful Mike Cooney had to go on vacation so that I could be picked for all-star team and we eventually wound up winning Senior LL World Series.
Life moved from there to getting small boat, surfing at gilgo beach and hemlock cove hand hitch hiking to friends house in Nassau from the M. Park...down Unqua Rd at 6 in the morning to go surfing with Stanton, Drum and Tommy Mac and Cunningham. If anyone sees Colleen...tell her I said "hi"!
Graduated in 67' and amazing A.G. Berner came and went. So many great memories that it seems like I put into a trunk and closed the lid.
Now in Florida, retired, a little slower...a little over-weight, wonderful wife and family and still smilen'.
Great site who ever put this together.

Jan 15, 2015
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The Pit, Zappaland, Lakeshore Woods,
by: Paul M

I cannot believe I just sat and read through this entire page!

I grew up on Westwood Road back in the '60s. We had the Pit, InterCounty, riding bikes to Lakeshore Woods and the reservoir, then when we got older down the old Sunrise Highway (only two lanes each direction) to Belmont Lake or Babylon's Argyle Lake to fish for monster carp! Miniature golf, working at Burger Time (on Sunrise near where the White Castle is now, it was owned by relatives of the folks that owned All American), delivering the Suffolk Sun morning paper, fishing for eels in the creek that ran through the Pit, learning how to cross over railroad tracks, walking everywhere (no one would even think of getting a ride from their parents). No one had backyard pools we went to the comnmunity pools at Marjorie Post when they were brand new or swimming at Alhambra or Florence Ave., or sometimes in Mary's Hole. Partying in Zappaland, Bayview House, Copaigue Hole (Tanner Park now), the JBH, the Daisy, shoot, what was the little bar in Amityville on Merrick Road, and the big place in East Massapequa on Merrick?. High school lunch at Lums, Sals, Harveys, late night breakfast at the Nautilus. Cutting classes and hijacking friends on boat rides between classes. Running a little skiff through the S cut heading to Tobay, keeping a rowboat at the end of Carmans Road creek for crabbing in the Cow Pastures.

I could go on and on.

Gannon's was an "old man's" bar when we were in high school, now we are the old men there drinking to memories of late buddies like Geoff, Gismo and Fangles but loving the friends we still have from good old Massapequa!

Jan 09, 2015
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Missing Long Island
by: Anonymous

Toys R Us is still there. My brother and I worked there and so did another friend Linda Hickson. Do you remember when Roy Rogers was Arbys? Roy Rogers changed to Burger King and is now a Dairy Queen. I worked at Roy Rogers as well. I was the salad girl. My job was to keep the little salad bar stocked with cups, pickles, lettuce, etc. Not a vey exciting job for a kid, but it gave me spending money for Pequa Theater!

Jan 09, 2015
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missing long island
by: Anonymous

I remember missing the last bus at sunrise mall having to walk all the way to the nearest train station massapequa park to get back home to Freeport boy I was so mad but l loved that walk along the sunrise highway that night seeing that lirr station so bright getting closer and then. New York train coming behind me yeah I missed that one but I caught the next is toy r us still there I worked there I remember collecting shopping carts and going home with pockets full of quarters Roy Rodgers roast beef sandwiches I live in tn now but I'll never forget. Long island the. N19 bus to Babylon fun times .missing my massapequa stop on the lirr then knowing the next stop is only seconds away at massapequa park and then finding out it was a express to copaige .lots of fun

Jan 06, 2015
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I'm caught between Massapequa and Farmingdale!
by: Annie

Just commenting; I grew up in North Massapequa. Went to Farmingdale Schools; my bus stop was on Bay Ave. and Linden Street...so Plainedge kids were just 20 feet away at the same stop...different corner. AND, met my husband at Farmingdale HS at age 15...his house was on the border of Farmingdale Schools and Massapequa. SO...here I am...still living in Massapequa, but still Farmingdale School District and across the street from Massapequa Park! So, when I post things, I encompass ALL the surrounding areas, which I still love! And yes, am on both Farmingdale and Massapequa websites! All good memories.

Jan 04, 2015
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Massapequa Park
by: K. Murphy

I'm Massapequa Park too! I am on Roosevelt catty corner to the Hawthorne/ Nassau County Police Academy field. Do you remember the siren there that would ring a different number of times depending if it was a fire, ambulance or police call? The people my parents bought the house from almost died when it went off before they went to closing! After a time we never heard it. The same way the people closer to the train do not hear that either.

Do you remember bohacs (I think!) on the other end of the street where Minute Man Press and the hardware stories now (Front and Park)? When Schwinn/Sunrise Cyclery was on Park before it move to Sunrise?

Jan 03, 2015
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Massapequa Park
by: Anonymous

This is to Anonomous who posted on December 31.

Where did you live? Most of the people who post lived in Massapequa. It's nice to have someone from Masspequa Park. :-)

Jan 03, 2015
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jerry lewis theatre
by: Anonymous

Jerry Lewis theatre was where Staples is now with waldbaums...I remember seeing Rocky I there for the first time. My friend Barbara Miller worked there as a ticket taker!

Jan 03, 2015
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Fire on Broadway
by: Anonymous

Winks was the bar on Broadway that had the fire, and wasn't the movies where south gate shopping center is now , Jerry Lewis

Dec 31, 2014
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Great site!!!
by: Anonymous

I just came across your great Massapequa memories blog, it is perfect for stirring long-ago memories! I moved to Massapequa Park in October, 1956. First supermarket I went to was "Dilbert's Big Ben" (in town, on Park Blvd.) where the manager let my father buy groceries on "credit", since he had just closed on the house and cash was tied up in the $12,000 investment. His next paycheck took care of it all. It was simply a handshake transaction with promise to pay a.s.a.p. The manager was Ed Edmunsen (spelling ?) who stayed at that location for many, many years, through the Dan's Supreme days. Sadly, I came across an obituary in Newsday on line several years ago - I was pretty sure it was for the same man. Remembering, also, a bus that went through Mass. Park to Bar Harbour. Oh, what a town it was to grow up in, those were the days! I love this page, thank you!!!

Dec 29, 2014
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childhood memories
by: paul alagna

Greetings to all, I lived in Massapequa in the mid 50's to 60's moved from Brooklyn to Cleveland Ave as a child. Today was remembering RJ lockhart and tried to remember my 4th grade teachers name. The search lead me to this wonderful site. The places like Bohacks..the woods nearby..Dairy barn etc. all fond memories. Does anyone remember rjl teachers from the 60's..I had Mrs crouch, Ms.Dowling and the one teacher I cant get my recollection clear Mrs.Sellinger? 4th grade 1966.My Mom passed away and she was very kind to me. I called the school but they couldn't or wouldn't give out info..I moved to Rockville Centre when my Dad remarried and sadly lost touch with all my friends.I often wonder what became of Eric Likfoot sp?, Tommy Reid, Kevin Caufield, Karen Murphy, etc...Jackie Murphy . Post something if my ramblings make any sense.and to the person who commented that we would play until the street lights came on or my mom rang a bell...great stuff.

Dec 01, 2014
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Movie Theater Where Staples Is
by: Mr Donut

For Anonymous - Harvest House….. The movie theater where Staples is was the "Jerry Lewis Cinemas!"

Loved going to the movies there!

Dec 01, 2014
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Diner on North Broadway
by: Annie

Anyone remember the Midwell Diner...between Cedar and Maple Streets (Dairy Barn there now)...Geraldo Rivera's family owned it. Also, New Day Meat Center? The Candy Store on Pine Street back in the '50s and '60s ... IGA was where A & S Pork Store is now.

Dec 01, 2014
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dilberts
by: bill m

I remember Dilberts. I lived up the block and would walk there to shop with my mom when I was young. Later I would go with friends. Got my hair cut at Lukes barber shop. Then to Paila and Jim's luncheonette and got a root beer for a dime. there was a drug store on the end and a dry cleaner next to that. I think there was a five and dime next to Dilbert on the other end. In high school I would go to lunch at pizza supreme and get two slices and a coke for 50 cents!
I too went to the action house, to see a band called The Illision. Good memories...

Dec 01, 2014
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Did you know
by: Anonymous

That Annie Oakley lived in Massapequa, even a street named after her.. go figure!

Nov 30, 2014
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The Hassles
by: Anonymous

The Hassles were regulars at Ryan's (by Hofstra) also. I would stop on my way home from work. I worked split shifts at the phone company. I got free beers because I went on runs to White Castle/Micky D's for the workers. Good Times! Billy Joel was not much then, but I love his music now!

Nov 30, 2014
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remember
by: Anonymous

Moved to Massapequa Park 1955.
went to Hawthorne, Mckenna, Massapequa and Berner when it opened.
Worked at Dons hobby/bike store, later worked Massapequa Drive In and then Cook at Howard Johnsons.
Whites of Massapequa, Two Guys from Massapequa.
Remember The Locker Room on Merrick rd and ST4, Pied Piper, LBI,
CHINESE Restaurant on Sunrise in Seaford which we hung out to drink and eat. Mom sent me in College Newsday article on cats heads in garbage.

Nov 30, 2014
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Downtown
by: Betsy Knapp

When I went back, Fays became a florist to serve the funeral home that was once the woods. I was so upset. I did visit with Sam's son. We talked about when Sam and Tony were there. Dilberts became Crest before I moved. Anyone remember painting Halloween pictures on the merchants windowsill so they could be judged? I always got the barbershop. I wish I could be stuck in that time.

Nov 30, 2014
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? for old timer
by: Cindy

what was the name of the tiny race car track in amityville village circa 1967?

Nov 30, 2014
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Hey Old timer
by: Anonymous

If I read your questions right, (just woke up and even when I am fully awake ...oh never mind)...The Drive In was the famed Massapequa Drive In.

The Pizza place in Bar Harbor Shopping Center was Pizza Supreme which I believe still exists though somewhere else on Long Island. The record store in the Bar Harbor Shopping Center was Pequa Records ( I was standing in front of it at lunch time when I was in HS on Nov 22nd when I heard President Kennedy was shot ...when to MHS).

Got one for you now, across from a (damn I forgot the name, maybe the Snack Bar??? they sold hot dogs.. and probably other things all I ever ate there was a hot dog and coke, for 35 cents),in the Bar Harbor Shopping Center was...Mr Jules.

Mr Jules' son in law was Neil Diamond and he folded up shop and became his manager.

One last one (s)...in my Senior year my buddies and I would go to the Action House and one of the house bands was called The Hassles. They wore hip hugger bell bottoms and these big goofy looking belts. One of the members was Billy Joel. Another band The Vagrants had Leslie West. Finally there was The Barge in the Hampton that hosted The Young Rascals.... Grey with Some Gray Matter Still

Nov 21, 2014
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fire in Massapequa
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the bar on Broadway that burnt down in the 1980's?

Nov 21, 2014
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Memories
by: JD

I was just there this past summer. I haven't lived on Long Island since 1984 but my Mom lives in the same house I grew up in in Massapequa near Block Blvd.

So different now- great new restaurants at Tobay, I wish they would have done that years ago.I had been back so many times over the years and even took my kids to see my HS and my elementary school, Unqua.

Anyway I had my fill of Carvel and great pizza when I was home this summerp

Always a special place- Go Chiefs!

Nov 21, 2014
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Memories
by: JD


I was just there this past summer. I haven't lived on Long Island since 1984 but my Mom lives in the same house I grew up in in Massapequa near Block Blvd.

So different now- great new restaurants at Tobay, I wish they would have done that years ago.I had been back so many times over the years and even took my kids to see my HS and my elementary school, Unqua.

Anyway I had my fill of Carvel and great pizza when I was home this summerp

Always a special place- Go Chiefs!

Nov 21, 2014
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Homers Chinese
by: Annie

I totally forgot about Homers! We used to go there ALL the time...

Nov 17, 2014
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I remember it all
by: Keith Cornelius

I've loved this site! What a great and innocent thing to share with others your memories of the past. Maybe Massapequa isnt what it was....but my kids love hearing ALL the stories as I drive through my old neighborhood on Fairwaters Ave. My family decided to move out east when I was 13. I didnt want to leave! Unfortunatly, I really dont think that any one remembers me. I wish that I had contact with some ole pals. At least I still have the memories! And , man.....I remember it all!Bravo to this site!
Keith Cornelius

Nov 15, 2014
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Frank M. Bar name
by: Tony S.

original name for that bar was Coaches Fore!

Nov 12, 2014
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I AGREE!
by: K. Murphy

I agree whole heartedly! Stop complaining! I have been here for over 40 years. I loved growing up here and I still love it! Things have changed, but everything has progressed no matter where you are. It is a great community filled with great people. I am known by many in the community through the activities I belong to and the service projects I participate in. Try having a better attitude and see how others treat you. I speak to everyone and everyone speaks to me. In 40 plus years I have never had an issue with any of my neighbors. You reap what you sow!

Nov 12, 2014
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Stop Griping
by: Anonymous

You should thank your lucky stars you have a roof over your head, have enough to eat, and live in affluent suburb.

Millions in this world would gladly trade places with you, try looking up not down and you may be happier in the end.

Nov 12, 2014
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Getting worse and worse
by: Anonymous

I totally agree with you not what you think about this place being a shithole I have been here almost twenty years and have a year and a half left thank god this town sucks with stressed out inconsiderate people who are constantly in a rush and drive like total assholes it is getting way too crowded and only getting worse welcome to queens

Nov 09, 2014
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Harvest House
by: Anonymous

I worked at the Harvest House Coffee Shop from 1976-1978. What great times. Does anyone remember the name of the Chinese restaurant upstairs in the mall, it had a bar inside? How about the movie theaters where Staples are
Located now.
-Neptunes
-Foxes

Nov 01, 2014
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bar harbor
by: bill m

the original name of the chinese restraunt was long full then became homers later. i do remember the french restraunt but the name escapes me. i worked one summer at the food store which was Food Fair.

Oct 31, 2014
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My Heart will always be in Massapequa
by: Cindy

I lived in Massapequa on Nassau Road with my parents and two older siblings from 1959 until my Dad relocated with Grumman in the summer of 1967!

I still call myself a new yorker even though Ive been in georgia all these years. I went to Unqua kindergarten and then St. Martins of Tours in Amityville. My siblings went to st.martins as well as my Dad. My sister graduated from Queen of the Rosary and my older brother went to Berner.

I remember Club 648 (with my parents of course) Dick and Dora's, Tony's deli where my brother would take me by sled during the blizzard of 1964. I remember Bar Harbour, Mays, Whites and the Mary O diner (actually Amityville sorry) which was owned by good friends of my parents jack and Mary O'neil.

I have never lost my NEW york long island accent (proud of it) and always wonder how different my life might have been had we stayed on Nassau Road.

It is amazing how many famous people are from this awesome town.

I hope I get to visit again one day!



Oct 29, 2014
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“I have to see a thing a thousand times before I see it once.” ― Thomas Wolfe, You Can't Go Home Again
by: Anonymous

You can never capture the times you lived in again. Frank and I lived in Massapequa in the 50's and 60's. When I moved there in 1955 there was a farm pretty much where the library is today. Imagine that!

Things were simpler then, kids were different because the times they grew up in were different. Our parents were the veterans of WW2, had gone through 10 years of the Depression before that. They couldn't believe their luck to be there and out of New York City.

We didn't come home from school to play dates, video games,have our own TVs etc. When we played ball after school no one had any kind of equipment be it for football or hockey. I live in Manhattan and I see kids in my neighborhood heading to the park to play hockey looking like they were on the Rangers. I think if you showed up on Croons Lake like that in my day you would have been laughed off the ice.

It was a different time, and looking through the haze of nostalgia it seemed wonderful. Every friend I have from Massapequa feels the same. Maybe it is because we are senior citizens and see it in a different light or maybe it was that good. It sure seems that way. I do know, we thought as teenagers " this place sucks" which is a common refrain I am sure you hear today. Mike

Oct 29, 2014
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Not what you think!
by: Still here

Graduated from Berner 10 years after you. Moved to another state for a while and moved back to Massapequa 10 years ago after a 9 year absence due to a death in the family. Can't wait to get out of here! It's not what you remember. It's like living in Queens - turned into a real crap hole! Keep your memories, and whatever you do, don't come back. You'll be heartbroken!

Oct 20, 2014
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Re: Frank M.
by: Ziggie's RB sandwiches

Hi, Frank. Thanks for the fun read. I'm a few yrs younger than you. I remember going to Sparky's for the first time by myself, without mom dragging me there. Found a folded five dollar bill as I was about to open his door.

Never told mom and spent most of it on baseballs cards at Charlie's Luncheonette, the c/o Jerusalem and Bdwy. Some kids used to harass the heck out of Charlie, don't know why, he always treated my group pretty well. Don't think there will ever again be a time when I can buy a fountain coke and a buttered roll (with real butter) for 30 cents. :)

As for dating expectations, we didnt need cars, that is what camping out in the backyard tent was for...or sneaking in a friend's cellar entrance while her parents were upstairs watching their 13" B&W Zenith or Motorola TV.

Oct 20, 2014
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What a great trip
by: Anonymous

Read your piece on growing up in Massapequa Frank. I am a yr younger and have the same memories. Damn has it been 50 years? Seems like yesterday. I consider it a privilege to have been able to grow up there. I live in Manhattan and am not sure what Massapequa is like today...but... from the few times I have been there it seems it was less crowded. There were acres of open land near the water... you could go the bay and clam and eat them right out of the shell. Hell just swim in the Bay, not sure any of that is possible now.

Less traffic, things seemed clearer then ...right and wrong. I dont know if i I am making sense. Maybe cause I am getting close to being an old fart or I am just nostalgic for a bygone era. I hope you are right and it is good now as when we were young. Enjoyed what you wrote....Mike Edison

Oct 20, 2014
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What a GREAT trip
by: Frank Miale

I stumbled across this site looking to find the name of the bar that became and still is the Corner Galley on Merrick Road. It came up in conversation a few days ago and has been banging around my skull since then with no success. If you remember, please let me know. In the meantime, I spent the last hour or so reading all the comments with great joy and fond memories.
I arrived in Massapequa from Brooklyn when I was 10 and consider it the place I really grew up. Graduated in 1966 from MHS played football and wrestled as a Chief. While in college, I was a lifeguard at Tobay and have about 400 pages of things I remember about Massapequa. I loved growing up there, playing little league at RJL and Parkside. Playing games as a Massapequa Mustang. Krisches, the library on Central Avenue, the railroad station, J&A outdoor sports shop where you could buy a brand new baseball, or a bat, or a glove, or a hockey stick and more. Of course, All American - was there just two days ago. I have been in Carmel, NY for the last 35 years but still visit regularly. No one in my family resides there anymore. My siblings are retired and living in Pennsylvania. My parents passed on within the last 7 years (I was very lucky to have them that long) The lived on Massachusetts Ave for over 50 years. We (they) had the same telephone number until my dad passed in 2009. Mom passed in 2007. It was one of the three exchanges: PY8; PY9; or LI1.
I remember BB gun fights in what we called Parkside Woods which ran along Parkside Bvld. Ice skating on the lake, or pond or puddle or whatever it was in the woods. Dates at the Pequa Movie theater and the walk home with great expectations than were never realized until the inroduction of a car into the dating equation. Surfing at Tobay, water skiing on the Great South Bay if you had a friend with a boat. Friends that went to other schools like Queen of the Rosary in Amityville or St Josephs in Brentwood. Massapequa Hospital for the stitches that occassionally had to be applied to stop the bleeing from some foolish attempt at bravado. Hearing the sound of the LIRR wheels clacking on a still summer night even though we lived almost a mile away from the tracks. Meeting my first friend Richie when we moved to Massapequa and still having him as my best friend almost 55 years later. Hanging out at the "pipe" swith the GROUP for our first beers. Names like O'Malley Noble, Donnelly, Davey, Powers, Grey, Markioli, Bartolotta, Steigerwald,. Dorsey being part of conversation all through High School. Knowing people like Luba, Bevilaqua, Weinhauer, Cantin, as coaches that laid much of the foundation for later life. Coming back to Massapequa after College and being a substitute teacher at MHS and getting to know people that were my teachers only four years before and sitting in the faculty lounge and having totally different conversations.
Getting haircuts at Sparky's Barber shop on Broadway, knowing Ron Kovic in high school never realizing what the future had in store for him. Being a member of the Massapequa Fire Department. Buying my own home on Rhode Island Ave just two blocks from my old house. Going to William Law funeral home to pay respects to Ron Santoro, the first person I knew as a friend who died when we were 14 years old.
It was a great place to grow up. Probably much different now but I suspect to those that are growing up now, it will be pivotal points in their lives. The community still provides a second to none growing up environment given the current state of the world. But nothing can replace my 1960's and early 70's memories of that wonderful social laboratory where I managed to create my monster. I know you all have memories too. Cherish them. I am coming up on my 50th high school reunion. If you are from the class of '66 be looking for the announcement. We will be sending out come summer '15.

Oct 20, 2014
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This Touches A Few Other Comments
by: K. MurphyAnonymous

The Chinese Restaurant across from Massapequa HS was definitely Homers. While in HS I thought I could make more money there with the tips so I quit cashier in Foodtown to waitress at Homer's. Big mistake! The bosses were awful and it was the dirtiest place ever imaginable! That has been gone a long time now. It turned into a Starbuck's which is also now closed. It is currently an empty building.

Berner was great! I remember most of the teachers that were named.

The footbridge between Berner and the parking lot was always the place to smoke and hang out. Also the way to get to McDonald's, Arby's or the dinette in Sears for lunch. We coined the trickle of stream the Might Carmen River!

American Legion - I was a baton twirler, flag twirler, flag bearer, rifle twirler and saber. I was in from 1976 until it disbanded in 1994 or 1995. The money from the Firemen's Parades went to pay for the group to go to the State Convention. That was a wild week away each year with very few requirements for us: parade, competiion nd a few special showings. They still have the twitlers, but it is growing very small. If you know any kids in the neighborhood send them down. Also, practice switched from Friday to Tuesday and is now Monday!

Do you know Wayne Winkleston (horn) Larry Conklin (bass drum), Al the horn teacher, Cal the drum teacher, any of the Eltman girls (twirler/colorguard), Karen Sisley (twirler/colorguard) or any of the Spinelli boys (Mike and John horn, Paul drum)?

Oct 20, 2014
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French Resturant
by: Anonymous

Never heard of a Chinese rest. named Homers, maybe on the Simpsons....however Mr Donut I am told by other old farts old enough to be in the Bar Harbor Shopping Ctr in the day it was called Le Crepe

Oct 20, 2014
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Chinese restaurant
by: Anonymous

I thought the Chinese restaurant was Homers

Oct 20, 2014
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French Resturant
by: Anonymous

I was around in those days in Massapequa. In fact in Middle School I was what would be termed today a mall rat hanging out there after school. There was a Chinese Restaurant call something like Long Fu . I am sure I butchered the name , but something like that. I don't recall any French Restaurant. I'll ask soem friends from the day if they know

Oct 19, 2014
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Bar Harbor Question
by: Mr Donut Emplyee

Love all the memories posted here. Hopefully one of you can answer this question posed by friends while having a conversation similar to this blog.....
Does anyone remember the name of a French restaurant in the Bar Harbor shopping center when Grants was still there?

Sep 09, 2014
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Berner 73
by: Oliver

I was in Berner class of 73. My aunt moved there in 64 and I visited all the time. 70-75 I lived there. My favorite town. Anyone remember teachers from Berner? I had Mr. Kalina Sci, Ms. Gay Eng, Messrs Witt, Seidel and Garone Social, Sommerman German (he was so funny), Person HR. All great teachers. Used to argue politics with my arch conservative pal shouting across the room. Mr. Person loved it. I recently found out my friend went on to become a big politico in NJ, got caught embezzling campaign funds and did time in Federal Prison. Poor fellow. Remember the footbridge over the little creek from Berner to Whites parking lot? All the hoods hung out there smoking ciggies.

Aug 01, 2014
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not the same
by: Anonymous

i just hope that these people realize that massapequa now is nothing like it used to be years ago.quality of life has diminished.

Jul 30, 2014
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Pequa Redmen K. M urphy and Jill
by: Anonymous

Hi K. M urphy: I marched with the Pequa Squaws from the early sixties (1964) - 1970. Any chance we were in a Firemen's Muster parade together? The American Legion used to loan us out in the summers for parades in return for uniform money.


Hi Jill: I'm living in Wilmington NC now. After 20 years in commercial insurance, I had a mid-life crisis and changed careers. I'm now teaching 8th grade Language Arts (125 fourteen year olds every week day!!!). Look me up on facebook for pictures. It won't be under Debbie I use Deborah and last name (married) starts with C

Jul 29, 2014
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what about?
by: Anonymous

Saddlebrook diner,miniature golf,driving range.

Jul 29, 2014
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Pied piper
by: Anonymous

I'm from port Washington...born and raised but I can't seem to find any sites about this one toy store on Long Island, my dad took my sister and I to as kids....When I type it in this site keeps popping up, I dunno why.
ANYONE RECALL A TOY STORE CALLED THE PIED PIPER?????

Jul 02, 2014
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Response to Joe
by: K. Murphy

Wasn't the dime store a Woolworth's? I remember sitting at the counter and after you finished your food they gave you a balloon to pop. There was a piece of paper inside and if you won you received a free sundae.

Aid Auto Store is long gone. I think the closest one now is in Copaigue.

Arrow Glass is still there under the name KP Glassworks.

IHOP is there and still just as hard to get a parking spot! Do you remember when it was still Howard Johnson's?

I was never fan OF the Massapequa Diner. I always went to The Nautilus next to Berner or the Starlight II on Sunrise near the bike shop (Park Blvd). Unfortunately for me the Starlight II changed to a Friendly's a number of years ago so before the Nautilus reopened I was out of luck! I ended up going to the Diner on Hempstead Turnpike next to Mid Island, aka. New Island, aka. St Joseph's Hospital.

Jul 02, 2014
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Massapequa was Mayberry, and I was Odus.
by: Joe D.

Remember,
The 5 and 10 store on between Broadway and Central ave. I though someone has stolen my bike once until I realized I was at the wrong side of the store.
How about the Hobby Shop on Broadway - they had great models and chemistry sets, and Rockets, Etc...

There was a bakery on Broadway by Connecticut ave that only sold wholesale but the aroma that it generated filled the air for blocks and it was the most amazing smell - I will never forget that. It was located by the Fish Store on Euclid Ave by Gils drug store.
How about Acrow Glass, is it still there?

Aid Auto store on Broadway?

How about the IHOP on Sunrise Hwy near Halco Music Center - RIP Harry.

Sliding down the Escallator in MAYS by Whites before the Sunrise Mall.

The deli in Massapequa on the East side of Broadway near Bohacks -That goes WAY back.

But what I miss most is when the funny looking yellow Volkswagen with the chicken on top would show up at my house and bring us a big bucket of Chicken and french fries ---- That was the best.

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Memories
by: Jill

All the places listed by Joe D. really brought back memories. I had forgotten some of them. Massapequa was such a great place to grow up.

Debbie - are you a teacher? Where are you living now. I left Massapequa in 1976, moved to Boca Raton, Florida, and now I am living in Cary, North Carolina. You won't believe this but I always think of you, Marianne and Lynn on February 7 because of your birthdays. I remember being invited to them. Your birthdays are the start of another year of getting older. My birthday is on 7/7 and I remember all of you coming to a few of my parties. Take care.

Jul 01, 2014
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Euclid Ave Born 1963
by: Joe D.

Worked at Krisches back in the 1978 lived in Massapequa 27 years.
I knew Brian Setzer before he was famous.
Remember:
Fred and Fred Lumber on Sunrise
Chicken Delight on Merrick Rd
Hickory farms on Park ave
The Burbon Barrel on Broadway with banjo playing and pitchers of beer.
Massapqua movies by the train station
The swimming hole in the woods
the Glass tree
The penninusula
Cal signs on broadway - Jerry Seinfelds father
Gils drug store on Broadway
Little Bit of Texas luncheonette - the best chili on earth on broadway
Peanuts and Porkeys bars
Bohacks
Service Merchandise
Channels hardware
Lemkys Lawnmower repair shop on Broadway
Foxes bar
Fotomat huts in parking lots
Village Pizza with Frankie Pizza who used to fall asleep at the bar and was sadly killed in a fire
Rosies Deli for beer if you were underage
The Massapequa Music Center by Krisches
Mathews Meats
Dewbrows - then later Merideth Stationary Store on Broadway
J and A store on Broadway
Bingo on Thursday nights above Bohacks
The little Shrimp cocktail glasses from Bohack
Ednors drugs on Hicksville Rd.
Adolfs Beer Distributor in Broadway
Upstairs Downstairs Bar
When homes in Massapequa were appropriately sized in proportion to the land.
Mothers stayed home and raised the kids
Birthday parties had hotdogs and hamburgers and only the rich kids had chicken
No one had sprinkler systems or landscapers
One car garages and one car in the family
Not getting a DWI if you had only two beers.
The 7th precinct !!!
Salt and pepper - nasty cops
Captain Eddies in Seaford

I miss Massapequa but at least Krisches and All American are still there.
God Bless



Jun 29, 2014
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Re - K Murphy
by: gil pessa

yes village pizza was on broadway near the train station. It was a small place with 4 tables . my friend worked there. I think its next to a wedding place now, but its not a pizza place anymore ,it closed years ago.

Jun 29, 2014
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This Bud's For You!
by: mike edison

Surfing was the be all and end all of my existence in high school in the 1960's. We even surfed in the winter, not a great idea. It was so cold (even with a wet suit), you were numb beyond description, your head throbbed as the cold water hit you, you’d wonder what the hell you were doing there.

Usually we would take our boats (growing up in Massapequa in the 60s was such a privilege) to an empty beach west of Gilgo called Garbage Cove. You needed a boat to access it, usually in those days perhaps five other surfers would be there. We camped there at times at night sleeping to the wonderful noise of the crashing surf as we were lolled to sleep.

One sunny day in the summer of 1965, we were surfing at Garbage Cove, when all of a sudden Budweiser Beer cans start floating by. There were dozens of them slowly making their way towards shore. My first reaction was, “Thank you God,” and we all got out and rounded up dozens of beer cans all filled with the golden brew. Then we decided that this was too good to be true, and not to drink them. All of us, that is except one of the guys, Rob Schwartz.

So as we were all sitting on the beach awash with cans of Budweiser, ole Schwartz decided to drink a can. Everyone told him it probably was not a good idea. An hour later as he headed to the Emergency Room in an ambulance to get his stomach pumped I am sure he realized we were right. The beer was dumped offshore by a local bottler because it was tainted. In those days folks did things like this. NYC used to dump their garbage at sea, and on occasion we’d be surfing and really neat things like used hospital syringes would float in, or bags of garbage. I think the general idea was based on the ostrich putting its head in the sand rule…..if you don’t see it you are not polluting.

Jun 29, 2014
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Question?
by: K. Murphy

Forgot to ask ... I was speaking with someone today wholived in the Boarding House on Ocean Avein Mass. I remember it had a fire with a few deaths in the mid eighties. This person mentioned working at Village Pizza on Broadway. I do not recall this pizza parlor. Does anyone know where on Broadway it was? I am assuming they meant Broadway in Mass., not the Park.

Jun 29, 2014
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Still Here ...
by: K.M urphy

I was born in Westchester County, moved to Ireland and came to Mass. Pk. in the early 70.s. I remember most f the places that others have commented abut. Nautilus fans never fear! It has reopened with the same family (the Efstethaou's). The Dairy Barn on Cleveland Ave changed to The Barn about 2 years ago and is now closed. Hawthorne is now the Nassau County Police Academy. Carmen's Road is now a BOCES school. Berner Bison's will forever rule!!! Red and White Forever! Pequa Redmen were great! I was in with two of my brothers. Do you remember Wayne, Cal, Al and Larry? Mays changed to the Busy Bee Fleaa Market and is now a Kohl's. Shari, are you a Goldfarb? If so I had your dad for Bio and so did two of my brothers. I seem to remember a daughter Shari. Anyone remember the Indian Village, Landis and Van Ryck's on Park Blvd? I would walk to Harmony Donut and get a Boston Crème. Yummy! Squishing quarters on the ground level train tracks. The Harvest House in the mall attached to Woolworth's. Suicide Hill. Richmond Hill. Mary's Hole. Skitching on cars in the winter. I bought the house I grew up in from my parents and hope I stay here 'til I die. Love Mass. Pk.!!!

Jun 19, 2014
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Jill - no news on Cleveland Ave kids
by: Anonymous

Skip is living in Boston, and is doing very well. I don't keep up with Jan, Beth, Chris, Lynn, Nancy or Gail. After my mom passed away, my dad remarried and went to Florida. We had no other ties to Massapequa, so I lost track of all of them. I did hear from Gail about 5 years ago, but nothing more since. I'd love to know how the old kickball gang is doing.

Jun 18, 2014
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The Good Old Days
by: Jill

Deborah,

Are you still living in Massapequa? How is your brother, Skip? Do you keep in touch with anyone else on Cleveland Avenue?


Jun 17, 2014
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Yes, Jill. I'm Debbie
by: Anonymous

Hi Jill,
Lots of memories in common. Mary Ann Schneider went to Catholic school all through her elementary and high school years. She and I shared the same birthday: I only remember that because our moms had to co-ordinate party days so they weren't overlapping. I spent countless days playing Monopoly in her breezeway room and think of those days often. She was an only child, but had a great dog to keep her company.

I too saw the Verizon commercial with Chicken Fat song and laughed. How about those ridiculous gym suits we wore? It was tough having the RJL principal living just across the street, but Allan Crouch was just a regular guy.

Must run for last day of school. Hope to hear more soon. ~deborah

Jun 16, 2014
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Best days of my young life.!!!!!I
by: Anonymous

i LOVED Massapequa for the towns and all the friends i had gathered at the corner everynight.One of my best friends was Patti Botti and Ginni Addison but i also got to hang out with some hot guys.We used to hitch a ride to jones beach from all american. The est part is Jessica Hahn was one of my best friends we all lived around the corner from one another I lived on Boston Ave.It was the time of my life especially lets not forget Massapequa highschool.I loved all my friends they were the most fun i will never ever forget them.Love to them they know who they are!!!!!!xoxoxo

Jun 16, 2014
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Cleveland Avenue
by: Jill

Mary Ann Schneider and I used to hang out together. I really thought she lived on Cleveland Avenue. Her side door faced Cleveland Avenue, her front door faced Forest Avenue. If I recall, Mary Ann went to private school and did not go to Parkside Jr. High School or Massapequa High. I used to hang out with the Cleveland Avenue kids and my sister, Diane, who is six years older than I am, used to hang out with the older kids, like Judy Lee, Austin Ferrar, Jane DeKorp, Donna Van Nostrand, Carol Sessa. They were a great group of people, too. Those were good days with everyone hanging out together and having a good time.

Jun 15, 2014
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Topps Baseball Cards
by: mike edison

My obsession in grammar school (and seemly every other boy at Birch Lane ), was with baseball cards. We’d have huge stacks of them, carry them around in cigar boxes to school and gamble with them. There would be marathon flip sessions at lunch time, matching heads (front of the cards) or backs by flipping them against other kids.

There were always kids at school who would be able to rattle off the stats …like the batting averages of star players for the past five years by sheer memory. Often these were the same kids who didn't know their multiplication tables, but they knew Mickey Mantle’s batting averages for half a decade, how many home runs he had, etc. I knew the batting lineup of the NY Yankee’s by rote until I was about 15, then girls became a serious concern of mine. However you eventually get married and professional sports, once again, takes its rightful place as a male obsession.

Jun 13, 2014
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Cleveland ave
by: Anonymous

Jill
Are you speaking of Mary Ann Schneider? Or her sister JoAnn. If so I am her daughter . She lived on Baltimore Ave. Know the Remes'?

Jun 13, 2014
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murtha's
by: Anonymous

> Does anyone remember the gym teachers at Raymond J. Lockhart School - Mr. and Mrs. Murtha?

Yeah, I remember both of them being full of themselves and having bad attitudes...especially him.

FTR, I was not one of the fat kids they liked picking on.

Jun 12, 2014
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Cleveland Avenue
by: Jill

I read with interest the response on April 14, 2014 from Anonymous who lived on Cleveland Avenue. Are you Nancy, Debbie, Jan, Beth, or Marianne?

Jun 12, 2014
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Bohacks Grocery Store
by: Jill

Does anyone remember the old Sandy Becker show? I remember going to Bohacks Grocery Store and seeing him at the store. Bohacks was downtown Massapequa on Broadway near the railroad station.
I just saw a commercial on tv for Verizon and they were playing the song "Chicken Fat." Does anyone remember the gym teachers at Raymond J. Lockhart School - Mr. and Mrs. Murtha? Mrs. Murtha always started out her gym classes by playing "Chicken Fat" which was sung by Robert Preston. If you could keep up with that song you were in shape.

Jun 10, 2014
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Inter-County Shopping Center in 1960s
by: Renee Strong

I remember the Inter-county Shopping Center from 1962-1969. There was a movie theater where there were double features and there were matrons with flash lights who would go through the aisle to catch kids hiding under the seats. Did get caught a few times. Near the movie theater was a Woolworth's; the lunch counter had the best shakes; a string was put up across the counter with balloons. Kids would pick a balloon and the waitress would pop the balloon with a pin; enclosed within the popped balloon could be a winning ticket for a free sundae. I also remember getting cheap turtles from Woolworth's (the kind that are banned now). There was the Franklin National Bank, a ballet studio, the A&P with green stamps, a laundromat and a Grand Union. Does anyone remember Drs. Morrell and Mensing making house calls? I believe their office was near Carmen Road.

Jun 10, 2014
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Inter-County Shopping Center in 1960s
by: Renee Strong

I remember the Inter-county Shopping Center from 1962-1969. There was a movie theater where there were double features and there were matrons with flash lights who would go through the aisle to catch kids hiding under the seats. Did get caught a few times. Near the movie theater was a Woolworth's; the lunch counter had the best shakes; a string was put up across the counter with balloons. Kids would pick a balloon and the waitress would pop the balloon with a pin; enclosed within the popped balloon could be a winning ticket for a free sundae. I also remember getting cheap turtles from Woolworth's (the kind that are banned now). There was the Franklin National Bank, a ballet studio, the A&P with green stamps, a laundromat and a Grand Union. Does anyone remember Drs. Morrell and Mensing making house calls? I believe their office was near Carmen Road.

May 09, 2014
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Casa Maria Restaurant
by: Jill

Is the Casa Maria Restaurant still there? I remember on Friday nights having pitchers of beer and pizza. It was a good place to hang out after work.

Apr 15, 2014
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i remember
by: Anonymous

i remember the massapequa zoo with the monkey mountain, 30cent bus fare from wantagh sta.to jones beach, jolly roger and nunleys with the mite mouse roller coaster,the big bow wow, whites dept store and seaford dept store . just a few great memories. where has the time gone?

Apr 14, 2014
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Jill's story from 12/31/13 could have been mine
by: Anonymous

I lived on Cleveland Avenue between Seaford Ave and Forest Ave. Other than that one difference, the first 4 paragraphs of Jill's post on 12/30/13 could have been mine. I worked at RJL summer rec program with Baldwin and Andy during the same time period, still remember trips to Bohack's, and the library on Central Avenue where I would borrow 10 books at a time!

There used to be a Boy Scout totem pole in the library courtyard. It had been stolen in the 60s. My brother found it damaged and beat up deep in the Tackapausha woods off of Seaford Ave. and returned it to the library. In those days, a reward wasn't expected. He was given a handshake and a sincere thanks. I have wondered over the years if the totem pole has survived. It wasn't as big as Big Chief Lewis, but it was carved with care by the scouts.

We ice skated on the lake and played with the waves at Tobay. I was a Pequa Squaw for years. My wedding reception was at Ziggy's 33 years ago! Lots of fond memories.

Why did I leave? Truth be told, Massapequa did not offer many job opportunities after college graduation in 1974, and it was time to start making a living on my own. I've managed to make many friends in many different parts of the eastern seaboard that I've called home. Friends from Massapequa still keep in touch after all these years. Thanks for sharing the blog. I enjoyed this trip down Memory Lane.

Mar 30, 2014
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Lee's memories
by: Jeff

I love reading all these memories! It brings back so many great childhood experiences. Lee's memories caught my eye because we have so much in common. My family may have bought your house Lee. We lived in Jones Court with Mays just a hop over my backyard fence. We spent countless hours at the "ditch" as well.

Mar 20, 2014
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The BEST
by: Darlene Gerbino Pistocchi

WOW! The memories! I've been away since 1980 but Massapequa is still my home. Charming, romantic, magical, mystical.. what more can I say??? It's the best. The woods, the bonfires, the swing, the skating, Amityville Horror! The Sabbath House, the chiefs, the bisons, the burnouts, handball, Zappa... 4th of July, Marjorie Post, Tackapausha, Coons Lake, All American, Jones Beach, Tobay, Gilgo, Robert Moses...riding the waves!!! How I miss that!! the Long Island Railroad... the conductor bellowing Mass-uh-pee-qwa!!! Mass-uh-pee-qwa Park!!! The totem poles, the party train riding into the city for the Italian feast... the memories go on forever.. nothing like it... no how, no way... thanks for the memories...

Mar 12, 2014
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Do you remember her?
by: Anonymous

Curious. Anyone remember Janet Stone MSS '71?

Feb 27, 2014
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MHS class of 1969
by: Bill

Thank you all for the memories. I can relate to them all. We came to Massapequa in 1953. I left in 1974 but have remained on Long Island. At the age of 63 and in retirement I am tempted to look for someplace warmer, cheaper, less crowded perhaps. But the temptation doesn't last. Yes it has changed over the years but It's still a wonderful place to live.
Once a Long Island boy always a Long Island boy.

Feb 03, 2014
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Jolly Roger
by: Lee

RIGHT!!!

Thanks, Mike. I remember now. I was merging my early birthday memories into a lump...Big Bow Wow and Jolly Rogers. I definitely see the difference, thanks to your message.

My memory of Bow Wow is: sitting on wooden beaches, under an awning (??) and munching on...what else?..hot dogs!

Thanks again.

Feb 03, 2014
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Jolly Rogers
by: Mike Edison

Jolly Rogers was a great little amusement park called Nunley's Happy Land.... Goolge it there are videos posted on YouTube. It had a great carousel (and if you sat on on outside horse they had rings you reached out for...get the "gold" one and you got a free ride)....and lots of coin operated games to play. It was located in Bethpage.

I too have a strong nostalgia for growing up in Massapequa which I shared here a couple of times. It was a special place to grow up there. I feel privileged to have had that opportunity. I am a few years older than you but about the same age, so we experienced the same era.

I also wanted to go see my room at my old house on Harbor Lane but felt I'd just scare the folks inside asking to be let in to see my room.

Feb 02, 2014
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Memories
by: Lee

I love all the comments. I must know most of the people who wrote, who are now in their early 60's. Hello, neighbors!

I went to Berner from 7th -12th grades, graduated in 1970. After graduation, I moved out-of-state, to attend college, and never lived in Massapequa Park (or LI) again. Mom died, family broke up, house was sold...

I used to return to Massapequa, to visit friends, and I'd drive past my old house and look at it, longingly, wishing that I could walk up the front steps, open the door, and go back to my room again...but, no. It took a long time for me to get over the grief of losing my life in MP.

I grew up in a neighborhood near Mays, but it wasn't there, when I was a kid. It was all woods...what fun! There was also a stream behind our house (we called it a "ditch") where I would collect samples to look at, under my microscope.

I had an early birthday party in...was it The Big Bow Wow? Why am I thinking of something called Jolly Roger's? We played tag, at night, in the old Floyd-Jones Estate, which became Marjorie Post Park. And Monkey Mountain...of course! I remember it painted a sepia, or reddish, color. It's that right? Memories get distorted, with time.

I must say goodbye, but I reach out to all of you who walked past me in the hallowed halls of AG Berner!

Jan 30, 2014
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Whoa...the "real" Alec Baldwin?
by: Annie

I think you are the ONLY person that mentioned the Shore East Diner! My dear friend, Eddie...his Dad, was the chef/owner there. Right across from Marjorie Post! He also made the best cole slaw on Long Island (of course you knew that if you ordered a hamburger!)...he was written up in Newsday. And Eddie worked at White's. I worked at Mays. I believe you grew up with my sister-in-law's family who owned the Riviera Catering...Karras. Good to see you hear...many good memories of Massapequa. Been here since 1957. Awesome seeing you on this site!!!

Jan 26, 2014
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Where do I begin?
by: Alec Baldwin

Where do I begin?
Pizza Supreme, Lobel's for your Webelos uniform.
Ice skating at Marjorie Post, Carvel for a Flying Saucer.
Krisch's, 52 Acres (before it was John J Burns Park)
White's Dept Store, Unqua School,
MHS vs Berner football, the Mustangs,
Engelbosch bicycle shop.....

Part 2-
I remember going skating at Marjorie Post, then a hot chocolate and a buttered bagel at the Shore East Diner after. The whole thing was five bucks. But that was a lot of money for a kid then.

Jan 24, 2014
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Massapequa
by: Janine short Groff

I love Long Island . I grew up on walnut street. I miss spending my summer days swimming in the surf. My father was a Nassau county police officer n a great father. I miss all American after a long day of swimming. I miss mister softy icecream trucks in the neighborhood after a long summer day of playing in the streets. I miss my high school days at berner high , I graduated in 1975. My brothers still own the house I grew up in. So many wounderful memories of playing in the street and all my friends. The wonder years!

Jan 16, 2014
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Yet another Bison from the Class of 1975 checking in!
by: Steve H.

My thanks to “Anonymous” for the opportunity.

Our family moved to Massapequa in 1964 into a house bordering the ‘woods/pit’ (later to become Sunrise Mall). We spent endless hours on adventures within that secluded 75 acres, played ball in the protection of the dead end streets, and freely rode our bicycles to Whites (original and new), Mays, 300 Bowl, the library on Central, or up the paths of the ‘3 Streams’ to far away Bethpage. It was a time of innocence and relative safety.

I attended East Lake, McKenna and Berner. We were frequent customers of WT Grants in Bar Harbour, and ate my fair share of square slices at Supreme, and questionable ‘Chinese’ food at Long Full. I loved the days at Jones or TOBAY beach, and remember when Post & Burns parks first opened. I can even (just barely) remember the smell of Monkey Mountain! I hated going to Hebrew School, but look back fondly to my Bar Mitzvah at Temple Sinai on Clocks Blvd. I remember racing at Checkered Flag and spending all my money at EastLI Coin & Hobby. I loved watching the trains on the ground level LIRR tracks. I earned my Eagle badge with Troop 660 at Unqua. I worked long hours in the mall beginning opening day in 1973 to help pay my way thru college (Engineering). I got my car serviced by Frank Grillo at the Park/Sunrise Mobil station before learning how to maintain it myself.

I headed south to my first real job in a Dallas, TX suburb in 1979 after getting my BS. A few years later I settled in with a computer company in the Hudson Valley, and put down roots in a new community. It’s a place that my children will likely reminisce about fondly some time in the future. My folks left Massapequa in 1997, and so my visits to the area virtually ceased.

Do I miss Massapequa? I have a great attachment to the place, fostered in part by the sharing of our collective sweet memories on places like the Facebook group “You Know You Are From Massapequa If…. , where I’m a regular contributor. I’m starting to give back, coming down to help out at two recent Massapequa High School career events. It’s a great place to visit, but no, I have no desire to return. My biggest worries today are keeping our 500 ft long driveway clear of snow, and spraying enough repellant to keep the deer from eating my plantings! Life is good, and I don’t miss the crush of humanity that Long Island has become.

Jan 08, 2014
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RE Freddy's Memories
by: Anonymous

That was well written Freddy ,and man it took me back. I am tad older than you, and while not from your area of Massapequa had similar adventures as a kid growing up there. We had simple pleasures fueled by the imagination and energy of our youth. I fished "the point" off Bar Harbor Lane in a huge piece of underdeveloped land on the water (long gone).

We'd catch flounder, crabs and snappers. In the summer walk into the shallows of the Great South Bay for cherry stones, and dig up steamers. Days lasted as a kid until the last glimmers of sun light. We were out all day, running playing, oh to have half that energy today, let alone the enthusiasm. As we grew older we'd play sports, hockey on lake (and when cold enough the canal) near our houses), baseball in the summer and we'd play football on Friday nights in the fall "under the the lights" of the Bar Harbor Shopping Center.

I am not knocking today's youth but no video games, no play dates, no school lock downs .... none of the seeming horrors you hear about today...just simple pleasures of growing up in wonderful era, and lucky enough to have a home in Massapequa a place that provided so many of these simple pleasures.

Jan 08, 2014
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love this thread
by: freddy

In 1962 I was eight when my folks moved from Queens, opened a business south of Merrick Road in Massapequa and bought a house on a dead end street in N. Mass that was right next to the 600 acre Massapequa Preserve, aka Three Streams, and home to Mary's Hole, aka The Swing.

Attended RJL and clearly remember walking the mile to school everyday when I attended Parkside with Jimmy "Bushy Eyebrows" Mac running the school. Gym teacher Mr. Zandowski was his henchman.

At ten years old, during summer recess and on weekends I would leave the house at 8AM and explore the woods with friends and di not come home until noon for a quick lunch before heading back to the woods and staying there until about 5PM when dinner time rolled around.

We built forts, hunted frogs in the clean crystal streams, drank water from the streams without getting sick, snow sled down Suicide and Richmond Hills. Richmond hill was smaller but cooler because the family that lived next to the top of the hill would hose the hill down so it was all ice the next day and we would fly down it trying to make it to the first stream near the bottom of the hill.

At 13 years-old we used to ride our bikes at 5AM down to the Reservoir and do some fishing, making sure to snag a few hard rolls for breakfast from the bag left in front of deli on Bdwy in town.

The next year Caroons Lake became our fishing grounds. Sunrises by the lake were awesome.

After fishing Caroon's Lake and its northern ponds for a year, we headed for the town dock at the end of Alhambra Road where, while casting my line, I managed to catch a hungry seagull one afternoon.

For a $1.25 Ziggies made the best home made roast beef sandwiches in the world. My family spent a lot of time at Dick and Doras. My fav was their Clams Ala Possilipo. Their crusty pizza was pretty good too.

Thanks to all you old timers for sharing your memories of a town that was good to me for many years.

One other thing, wasn't the woods where kids used to high before and during school called Zappa's Creek? :)

Dec 30, 2013
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Good Life
by: Jill

I grew up on Chicago Avenue, between Seaford Avenue and Forest Avenue, fron 1958 to 1976. I attended Raymond J. Lockhart School, Parkside Junior High School and graduated from Massapequa High School in 1970.

Does anyone remember South Short Federal Savings and Loan Bank on Sunrise Highway? My mother was the mortgage officer there and so many people knew my mother. I wondered if everyone in Massapequa had their mortgage at that bank.

My older siser, Diane (MHS class of 1964) and I would walk to Carvel on Jerusalem Avenue and Hicksville Road. We loved going to Krisches on Central Avenue. We used to go to the candy store on Central Avenue. My mother used to shop at the Bohack's Grocery Store. I remember Claude Kirschner coming to the store to do a show.

I was a summer recreation counselor at Raymond J. Lockhart School, working with Mr. Baldwin, who was a social studies teacher at Massapequa High School. I remember the watermelon seed spitting contests, how Mr. Baldwin and his helper, Andy, would hold the fire hose and everyone would go under it. We went on field trips to Farmingdale College to see the animals. We had the talent shows every Friday. To think I was a counselor for 5 days a week from 9:00 to 3:00 and earned $100.00 for the entire summer and thought it was the best job ever.

Taking the bus to Jones Beach was the best. It was so much fun, that place was great. I remember swimming at Alhambra Beach and Florence Avenue Beach. My family used to go to ToBay and that was such a nice beach. We saw the best musicals at the Jones Beach Theater.

We walked to the movies on Sunrise Highway, would go to the diner, too. I used to go to the 300 Bowling Alley on Sunrise Highway. I liked it better than Pequa Bowl on Merrick Road and Hicksville Road.

All American Hamburgers were the best and as soon as you got your driver's license, that is where you wanted to go. As a senior at MHS, we could go across the street to Bar Harbor Shopping Center for lunch. It was a great time.

I remember Whites and Two Guys from Massapqua. I thought going to Mays was great.

I remember ice skating at Croons Lake and being allowed to do it also at Tackapusha Park on Merrick Road in Seaford. They probably don't allow ice-skating on the ponds like that anymore.

Massapequa was and perhaps still is a special place. Kids played together in the street, didn't matter the age group. You had to be home when the street lights turned on.

I left Long Island in 1976, moved to Bocal Raton Florida and loved it there until 1993, where a job transfer necessitated that we move to Cary, North Carolina. I really love it here now, too. My neighborhood here in Cary has a nice feeling but it will never match Massapequa.

I will always love Massapequa.

Dec 24, 2013
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Shared memories
by: Bobby P.

I was born in Bruswick Hospital in 1957 and spent the first 15 years of my life in Massapequa. 3 Prade Lane, Brendan Ave., and 24 Beechwood Pl. I moved to Rochester when I was 15, so did not graduate from Berner with the 1975 class.

Found this today (Christmas Eve) and it has been great reading these recollections. Whites, Two-Guys, Mays (where I bought my first record album- Magical Mystery tour), Inter-County, Musicaros, the Pit, and Zappaland adjacent to Berner. It's great to see others share memories of these places.

I too remember the mural in the Franklin Bank in Inter-County- one of my earliest memories. Does anyone remember Sal's Pizza on Merrick? We used to eat lunch there when I went to Berner.

Merry Christmas everyone! I was looking on Google maps at bird's eye view of where I spent Christmas Eve as a child (Grandma's at 3 Prade Lane) and found this site. An excellent gift!

Dec 07, 2013
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Remember Whites?
by: Anonymous

I remember Whites! My Mom would always take us there. I remember walking through the front doors and to the left was the Film department where my brother and I would purchase small rolls of 8mm Kodak film. We used to make our own home movies in our back yard And Alec and Danny Baldwin used to hop over the back yrd fence and we'd make home made horror, Secret Agent movies! I still have a box of these old movies that my brother and I would make in the mid to late sixties.These were fabulous times to remember. At Whites, does anyone remember when the real Giant came to Whites to sign autographs? I sat on his lap...and couldnt help but to feel so badly for him. As a kid...I picked up on how loney he was. The record and Toy dept were my hang outs!

Dec 06, 2013
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MHS and MY 15 Minutes Of Fame
by: Mike Edison

I grew up in Massapeua in the 50's. In those days WPIX used to televise a weekly HS Game of the Week, live. Each week a crew would go to a local HS in the area and broadcast their basketball game. One week in 1957 they came to Massapequa. It was a big deal since Massapequa HS was still relatively a newcomer to HS sports and its teams were generally unheralded. Everyone was planning to go, and I got up early that Saturday morning with the intention of being on TV. I was one of the first ones to arrive, and sat in the front row of the bleachers opposite the cameras on the other side of the gym.

To show my spirit I wore one of those carnival hats which had “Massapequa” written in script over the brim. I must have picked it up at the annual carnival that set up in the shopping center across the street from the High School each year. The hat had a large feather on it right side.

Unfortunately for me my plans to be in the front row, having staked out this prime spot early, were quickly revised. I was this little 8 year old kid, all by myself (none of my friends showed up so I was on my own), and as the bigger HS kids came in I was moved, row by row, with the constant mantra “Get outta here kid” Finally, vanquished to the upper row of the bleachers. I'd never get on TV now. (I really didn’t care about the basketball game to be honest, my main purpose being there was to get on TV. I was seeking my 15 minutes of fame).

I decided to stay and watch how the game was televised, TV was still a novelty at this point, and the equipment, the cameras, the lighting were interesting to watch. I didn’t notice but the announcer booth, it really wasn’t quite a booth, was set up literally next to me on my right. I didn’t pay any attention to it, and as the game started I would watch happily unawares that the man next to me was on live TV. The announcer was Marty Glickman the famous Olympic runner and local sportscaster.

I had a large wad of bubble gum in my mouth and was blowing bubbles augmented by taking the gum and stretching it and chewing it back in. All this was captured on live TV unbeknownst to me. The hat I had on, with the large feather, came into play now. As I watched the teams go up and down the court, every time I turned my head to the right, the feather would go into Marty Glickman’s face as he was announcing. He would have to remove it, and when the commercials came on he’d yell at me to “Take the hat off kid”. I was unaware what I was doing to him, and having been summarily vanquished to the upper bleachers I was in no mood to listen to this guy. So for the whole game he had to suffer feathers in his face and me blowing bubbles and my other gun related antics. After the game and for the following weeks thereafter, people would come up to me and ask if I “wasn’t that boy blowing the bubbles on TV and annoying the announcer”. “I sure was” I said proudly." My 15 minutes of fame arrived and at 8 years old.

Dec 06, 2013
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If you worked at Whites or had a family member who did
by: Anonymous

I love this site. Even though we all may be different ages, and graduated at different times, there is so much continuity in our Mass/Mass Park experiences. Stores came and went.
I worked at Whites from 1967 (got my working papers at 15) in the PET dept, then in Paint, Hardware, garden, receiving. A guy named Rich Mckenna was my summer manager in receiving. He was from Mass High, working for the summer as was I. There was a guy named Stu Katz-worked w me in paint- who is now a physician in massapequa.
So if you worked at Whites please write something, would love to hear from all of us WHITES ALUMNI.
DENNIS

Dec 06, 2013
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Born and raised Massapequa Park
by: Anonymous

There's noting wrong about wanting to move away, we were younger, believed the grass was greener. Can't count how many times wonder what it would have been like if I stayed. ZAPPA LAND! Next to Berner 1970's. Chip in for a quarter keg of beer to hang out at the wood's I remember Kenny Roy,Kenny Ziganomi and Kenny Mott, Bob can't remember his name but Mona Gordon, Myself Pat, were in a car accident with his brand new van he wasn't supposed to be driving while his parents were out of town, OMG we broke a telephone pole n half sliding on the snow. I woke up couple of days later with head injury. Did fine afterwards. Mary Wick, Toni Anne Scarfudo, Cindy Henderson.
Younger days was flying a kite at the pit cause no telephone lines. Making push carts using chalk to map a roadway in the street as well as hop scotch. Hula Hoops, jump ropes, skating n the street. Lived on Atlantic The Healy's were on the corner all 9 kids! Around the corner was the Primm's, Ruth and I would help set up for the church choir at Our Lady of Lourdes and the chapple was unlocked 7 days a week. For either .50 cents or a dollar you could take a bus to Jones Beach. And the beautiful flower walkways, archery, paddle ball and Jones Beach Theatre. Dancing under the stars at Jones beach for the adults. Transitor radios everyone listened to 77am on the beach. Mandatory gym classes, I loved the gymnastics and we started very young at East Lake. Mckenna watched the boys workout on the rings where I had a crush on a guy named Jerry. I also remember Music classes in the 3rd grade 3 notes were played and you had to fill out a test, was it Mozart Bach or Beethoven? AND Tested for chorus because I failed!!! no school would get away with that today! One of my first loves lived in Massapequa Glenn Becker boy I was in love with that guy! When I did leave it was the first time I believed I would move back! Heart broken over Glenn I just wanted to get away for a little while. I moved to Los Angles. Now in the Miami area. Its a lot easier to leave than it is to move back. So expensive fighting the snow to n from work was too intimidating for the first few years. Houses were going for 50,000 when I left in 1980. So many boomers growing up together competition was fierce!

Nov 18, 2013
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Macy's
by: Anonymous

Hi, Evelyn..I do remember your family working with me at Macy's!!What fun it was back then! We called the money area the vault! Everyone on the selling floor would fight to go and take a break to chat with the ladies in the vault! Mr. Acito, store manager, often called me in to man phones and type the domestic signs for Macy's. I was in domestics with Jeff and Steve!! We got to go to the city to learn about pillow fillings, and towel selling points. I learned how to use sheets as wall coverings, napkins, table linens, etc...They were so good to me because I was going to college. They gave me extra hours to make money for school.They kept asking me if I wanted to go into business instead of education so I could work in their Herald Square offices. I said no because I wanted to be a teacher. I kept my job even when I became a special education teacher for the Massapequa schools. Remember Mrs. Donaroma who trained us. Mr. Hayes was my favorite night manager. I worked with Nancy when we started in domestics on the first floor near that incredible Macy's own restaurant run by Nancy.The dept moved upstairs later on. Thanks for the memories! I know retail is not the same today.I loved to dress up in nice clothes and sell the table linens! Linda

Nov 18, 2013
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Whites
by: Evelyn

Hi Linda, I worked at Whites at 16 years old also. I started in
1969 and worked in the Cosmetic Department. I worked their all thru high school and then worked in Macys in 1973. I was the credit card girl who worked around in Macys. I worked at night because I also started working at American Airlines.
I still work at American 41 years latter. My mom and sister
Arlene also worked in Macys. Mom was in linens and my sister was in shoes.
What departments did you work in both stores?
I graduated Class of 1972.
I do the same whenever I get back to Massapequa , I think of
all those childhood landmarks that you mentioned. It was a great place to grow up with many wonderful memories.
I live in North Carolina now.


Nov 17, 2013
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Memorable Memories Still Abound
by: Linda

It was such a pleasure reliving memories over the years with the blogs you have provided.I was born in 1955 and grew up in an original house on Park Lane in Massapequa. My dad still lives there. My cousins lived on the same block! All six of us went to East Lake, Mckenna Jr. High and A.J.Berner H.S..What fun we had on our bicycles.We rode for hours and stopped only to rest for milk and burry chocolate chip cookies! Remember Senior Fairs with ferris wheels? I worked in Whites at 16 and then got a job at Macy's when the mall opened in 1973.I put myself through college working there. I just retired after 36 years of teaching in the Massapequa Public Schools. They are still one of the finest educational institutions around. I proudly live in Massapequa Park with my family. I remember the Big Bow Wow with miniature golf, the Monkey Mountain, where I dropped my first baby doll and the monkey took it away! My grandma would come from Freeport on the train which was not elevated as yet.Mays,Woolworths,Grants,Krisches,Howard Johnsons,Cocoas were frequently visited. I often sit in traffic on sunrise highway and remember which landmark memory was in that place.I told my students and my children that they will never have the rich,beautiful memories of Massapequa which I possess in my mind. The town will never be that way again,but for those of us who choose to remain we can relive them and be thankful to the Lord for being able to have experiences such a treasured childhood.

Nov 12, 2013
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just when I thought I could not miss it anymore.
by: Anonymous

So I stumbled upon this site... And I did not realize how much I miss this place.
I new I missed the friends that I left behind but have not realized how much I missed everything else (except the cold)
I grew up on Atlantic Ave. Massapequa Park and headed south in 1990.As much as I miss it all .. "I love the life I live and Live the life I love"....

What a place to grow up .

I just wanted to say thanks for the site and please I hope there will be more to read and reminisce when I return


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RE Roxbury Lane
by: Linda

Hi Lorraine,

Yes, I still lived on Roxbury Lane (7) when you did. I left Massapequa and moved to Long Beach in 1967 to raise my family for a few years then moved to California in 1971. You may remember my brothers or sister Tommy, Donny, Frank and Mary. They still live on the island.(Tommy is deceased). (Don is still in Massapequa). I know I have heard your last name either growing up and perhaps through them over the years on my visits back. I want to say probably through my brother Don is where I have heard your name mentioned as we talked about our childhood. Hope your and your family are doing well.


Linda

Nov 03, 2013
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Roxbury Lane
by: Lorraine(Bendici)Bock

Hi Linda. I lived there from June 1961 until August 1970 when I got married. When my mom passed in 1990 we sold the house (#13) next door to the Sintef's who are still there. It was a nice block to live on. We're in Patchogue since 1972. Were you there during the time I was there?

Nov 02, 2013
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Re: Lorraine Bendici Bock
by: Linda



Hi Lorraine, I too grew up on Roxbury Lane and think you may have lived on the block when our family did as your name sounds so familiar!

I no longer live in Massapequa, but when I do make it back, All American is one of the first places I gravitate to. After all these years it is still a fond memory and still delicious.


Nov 02, 2013
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Country Western Bar
by: Anonymous

There was a Country Western Bar just west of Sunrise Hwy. on Park Lane...(what would now be right next to Big Daddy's). It was Diamond Lil's...it was fun...we even bought their t-shirts!!!

Nov 02, 2013
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Mays
by: Lorraine (Bendici) Bock

Thanks so much for your response.

Nov 02, 2013
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What happened after Mays
by: Evelyn

It was a flea market. The top floor was jewelry .
I don't know what happened after that.

Nov 02, 2013
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Does anyone remember?
by: Lorraine (Bendici) Bock

Born in Brooklyn and moved to Rockaway for a few years. My parents bought their first house in 1961 on Roxbury Lane in Massapequa. Fairfield Elementary was right on the corner. I was nice and close to All American and Carvel (which is no longer a Carvel. I attended MHS for 2 years. Being a City person it was difficult to get used to the silence when we first moved in June of '61. I live in Suffolk County now but go to Massapequa often as my sister lives in the Park. Does anyone remember what May's became when it closed?

Oct 28, 2013
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Ziggy's and Riviera
by: Anonymous

Yes, it was Ziggy's. The Ziegenbauer family owned it; son lives in Babylon (as far as I know)...and The Riviera was owned by the Karras family (my sister-in-law).

Oct 25, 2013
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across from dick and doras
by: Anonymous

the place across the street from dick and doras was ziggys

Oct 23, 2013
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Catering Hall
by: Evelyn

Was it the Riviera? It was a great place for a Wedding in the seventies.i knew the family who owned it back then.

Oct 23, 2013
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Catering Hall?
by: Anonymous

Was it Alhambra soemthing or other...been 40 years but I thought it worth a shot

Oct 23, 2013
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Catering hall
by: Anonymous

Does anyone remember the name of the catering hall across from Dick and Dora's. We had a conversation at work and now trying to remember.

Oct 18, 2013
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not the same
by: Anonymous

high taxes rude stressed out people no quality of life.so many beautiful places in the world,this is not one of them.

Oct 09, 2013
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Franks
by: Anonymous

I forgot about Frank's. What was that disgusting green goo he would put in your hair? We called it stick-um. It was a thick smelly goo that would harden to crust on your head ( I am serious). This may have been before your time, but in the early sixties I was a greaser (not much of one, I was like 80 lbs soaking wet) and tried to have a DA. This stuff helped you style you hair and be able to comb it back and keep it back! With this stuff you could stand in a hurricane and you hair would not move

I remember going to hang out in the Bar Harbor Shopping Center after school in my black trench coat, greaser DA hair style. Every day I had a hot fudge Sunday at Kresge's soda fountain for 35 cents.

You couldn't buy a Double Bubble today for that amount. Thanks for the memory about Frank's.

Oct 08, 2013
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Great memory ,Mike
by: Anonymous

Wow,Mike Edison! One of my favorite blogs on this site yet. I was was born in "59". So Bar Harbor was a Daisey feild with dirt hills? I remember playing at John Jay Burns when it was nothing but beach grass and dirt hills. Especially when after the Nixon/Agnew election....the campaign offices dropped off car loads of political empherea at the base of the dirt hills. I still have a bunch of nixon stuff that we salvaged like bumper stickers, posters , card board Nixon signs that we took off the utility poles along Merrick road around Unqua road. I remember the pickle barrel at Bar harbors Food Fair and Kreskeys! Does any one remmember Santa Claus landing in a Glass bubble domed Hellicopter? How about Franks Barber shop? Louie the Barber was the WORST!! My older brother and I used to literally fight to the near death,ON the Barber shop floor....while the Barbers would laugh w/ the customers while they watched us. The loser (ME) had to get stuck w/ Louie!!! He would put that "Tuning Fork" on top of my head and Buzz away on my hair!

Oct 08, 2013
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Bobby Macs. On park ave
by: Carol

Hi loved reading what everyone is saying bout massapequa , though I grew up in east meadow..used to frequent a drinking est. called Bobby Macs during 1971. Have been looking for yrs . To find someone who knew or can help me out . They had a great band " the cheaters" the name is correct , other friends verified this , they sang a cool song " shop around " think it might have been their own . Since there's nothing anywhere like it .m.if anyone knows anything ...please contact me . Cgalioto _49 @ yahoo.com thanks a bunch ... Carol

Oct 06, 2013
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Growing up in Massapequa
by: mike edison

I grew up in Bar Harbor in the 50's and 60's.... before the shopping center was built there was this large mound,which as kids we called Daiseyfield Hill. Lord knows how high it was, to me as 5 yr old it was a mountain. We'd play king of the mountain in summer and sled in the winter on it. In the summer it was awash with daisies, hence the name.

At the end of Harbor Lane was a very large piece of land which today is filled with expensive homes, then it was a place you could swim, dig for clams, and fish. I also kissed my first girl there . This was before all the congestion on The Great South Bay. The water was clean, and I don't remember ell grass begin a problem.

As teenagers my friends and I were lucky enough to have boats, went surfing at Garbage Cove on weekends, and sometimes on school days. Camped there on summer nights, being lulled asleep by the waves. I recall fast cars,surfing, fast boats to young guys were everything (and yes girls too). There was a guy named Cosgrove who had the fastest boat on the Bay. It was a Donzi. He lived in Bar Harbor somewhere and was sort of a legend (I think it went 50 MPH which at the time was super fast). The coolest car in town was owned by Mrs Kelly, who son went to MHS. It was (forgive my memory) a 429 Hemi Doge and it was yellow. We'd all stop in awe when she cruised by. What Mrs Kelly was doing driving a muscle car was a mystery, but that car was it in the day.

I was privileged to grow up in such a place and at what seems like a perfect time. Massapequa was not over crowded, and we were lucky enough to be able to have a great childhood there.

Sep 25, 2013
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Still home.....
by: Deb

Massapequa Park was and still is a great place to grow up. There have been many changes but in so many ways still has that hometown feel. I grew up on Brooklyn Avenue. My neighborhood had so many kids that were the same ages. I remember playing kickball and touch football in the street, potsy (hopscotch) on the sidewalk, hide and seek on summer nights, selling lemonade. A treat was going to the Big Bow Wow, viewing a Saturday matinee at the Bar Harbour movie theater, or bowling at 300 Bowl.

Sep 25, 2013
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Massapequa Park still home
by: Deb

Massapequa Park has been home for 61 years. Even when I lived in other places, it was still home. Attended Birch Lane Elementary School, finally graduating from MHS in '70. So many memories: Massapequa Zoo, Bar Harbour Shopping Center with Walgreens, Grants, and Lobel's, the Big Bow Wow, Caroons Lake, John Burns Park when it was known as 52 Acres, the deli on Park Blvd now known as Neighbors, village parades on July 4th. Yes, times have changed but the Park is still home.

Sep 20, 2013
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Country bar
by: Anonymous

Bartholomew's?

Sep 20, 2013
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country western bar
by: paulaAnonymous

What was the name of a country western bar that was on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa. I am almost sure it was west of park blvd. This was in the 70s and anyone who hung out in The Apartment in Merrick would probably be familiar with this bar.

Sep 19, 2013
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To Anonymous (unable to put your name out there)
by: Evelyn

Moved from Masspequa in 1986 due to my job.Which I have held with a major airline for 41years. Lived in Massapequa for 30 years and nothing can take away my wonderful years growing up in Masspequa. I had my wedding reception at the
Manor East. I'm sorry that you do not have those great memories like the rest of us on this blog.
This web site was created to share our memories of Massapequa growing up. The creator has done a nice thing
in making this blog for everyone. Thanks

Sep 18, 2013
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Who's asking?
by: Bill Drago

Post your real name and I'll tell you the whole story.

Sep 18, 2013
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curious
by: Anonymous

why did you move to suffolk county bill?

Sep 15, 2013
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Let's be nice
by: Bill Drago

If you want to have a constructive conversation about the pros and cons of life on Long Island, that's fine, but comments like "if massapequa is such a great place why did you move..." are rude and not at all helpful to anyone.

So...

Let's try to keep the comments constructive and polite. People move for many reasons and no one will argue that Massapequa and Long Island have changed from days gone by. Change as it may, that doesn't affect the good memories that we all have about growing up here.

I live in Suffolk County now, but still visit my old neighborhood (North Massapequa) and All American as often as possible. Will I live on Long Island forever? I don't know, but while I am here I want to enjoy the positive things as much as I can without letting the problems get me down, which is why I started this website.

-Bill

Sep 15, 2013
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massapequa
by: Anonymous

if massapequa is such a great place why did you move to north carolina like so many other people?case in point.

Sep 13, 2013
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Thank you Keith
by: Evelyn

Thank you for your comments.This blog is for reminiscing about growing up in Massapqua. Anyone who was lucky enough to growup there, has great childhood memories.
So please, go on another social media if you want to bash
Massapequa. Let us have our wonderful memories and stories to tell. I live in North Carolina now but always remember the great times in Massapequa.

Sep 13, 2013
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I'll never let go!
by: Keith Cornelius

Alright! I respect the current point of views re: the past negative comments of my old town. But please avoid this site if it up sets you! I'm sure it's beyond different now. But , for us older and fortunate people who were lucky enough to have experienced the times when things were great, my children LOVE to hear my past of growing up here as a child. Please move on to negate else where. Try to find some thing positive to focus on, instead of destroying the now ancient purity of the past! I will always love this town!

Sep 13, 2013
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quality of life
by: Anonymous

i agree with the previous comment.massapequa is the next queens.not just massapequa but nassau county in general sucks.most corrupt place to live in the country.wonder why most people here are miserable.thank god i only have a few years left.

Sep 13, 2013
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The Charm is Gone
by: Tex

Moved to Massapequa in 1958. I remember the old mansion where Marjorie Post Park stands today. Bar Harbor shopping center was just built and road an elephant in the parking lot. J.W.Mays was built and I remember them clearing the land. Sunsise Mall was just a pile of sand. The drive-in movie, Big Bow Wow, Pequa Theatre, Bar Harbor Theatre, Whites, W.T. Grant, Gimbles, the PT boat in the canal near John J. Burns Park. I worked at the Hess station on Sunsise Hwy. Moved out in 1980 and visited a couple of years ago. I don't recognize it anymore. It looks more like Queens than L.I., everything has been over-stored, built up, too crowded. Very, very sad. The need for tax revenues and short-sighted politians ruined the town and destroyed the charm. I gues you can never go back.

Sep 12, 2013
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stress
by: Anonymous

massapequa is a stressful town.

Aug 29, 2013
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not the same
by: Anonymous

massapequa is not the same as it was forty five,fifty years ago.its nice to see these people reminisce about the old days but they are gone.try crossing a parking lot and see if someone will stop and let you go.never happen.people here are the most rude,selfish,inconsiderate ever.everyone is in a fucking rush and stressed out.

Aug 07, 2013
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Hey Wait!
by: yankeeannie

To "Last of the Corner Boys"...If you LOOKED, IDID mention Musicaro's...I worked at Mays and every Friday night after work we would go there......lots of wonderful memories.

Jul 24, 2013
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NO PLSCE LIKE HOME
by: Donna

I graduated from MHS in 1963, and was one of the youngest students (turned 17 at the end of February) in a class of over 630. Berner opened in time for the ‘64-65 school year, and the rest of the kids in my neighborhood, Nassau Shores, started going to high school there. Mr. Kenyon, a history teacher, was the class advisor and a full-blown bigot…he repeatedly stated that the only worthwhile nationality was the English and, shy as I was, I would argue with him! He’d never survive today, but you learned to deal with the teachers and other students, fair and unfair, and were prepared to face life when you graduated.

We moved to Massapequa in 1957, and my parents paid around $19,000 for our home on Cherokee Street, where there were only a few houses at the time. I spent my summers at the Nassau Shores Beach Club and at Tobay. I used to take a short walk to the “Grand Canal” on East Shore Drive where I’d feed the ducks. We had friends with boats, so we’d go water skiing in the Great South Bay. Dick & Dora’s Pizza on Alhambra Ave. was a favorite place to eat. Attended St. Rose of Lima church, where I was married in 1971 (and still am to the same guy). And my older brother is still married to his high school sweetheart. We used to joke that the town’s real name was MatzoPizza because you were either Jewish or Italian. Episcopalian? What’s that?

I now live in semi-rural Northern Connecticut surrounded by a 4500-acre wildlife sanctuary – bear, fox, coyote, hawks, eagles, fishers, deer, mountain lion, even the occasional moose – and love it, but I’d take growing up in Massapequa in a heart-beat.

Jun 15, 2013
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Hi, Evelyn!
by: Anonymous

Hi, Evelyn!
Yes, this is Mike Fitzpatrick! I was 15 when we moved to Ocean Aveneue. I remember you and your family and all those families you mentioned. My brother John hung out with most of the kids on the block, especially with the Grogans, Meyers and Lutz guys. Scott Meyers unfortunately passed away. For a kid from Brooklyn, Massapequa was a real change of pace, but I soon loved it. I never really got to know you, but I remember you quite vividly! You were quite attractive! (I can get away with saying that now)!.....lol! I live in Massapequa Park now, and its still a great place to live. Not much has really changed!.....I hope all is well with you and your family!!

Jun 15, 2013
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Mike ( sisters)
by: Evelyn

Yes I have two younger sisters Arlene and
Diane and a brother Bobby.We grew up on Chicago Ave.
By chance is your last name Fitzpatrick ?
Did you live on the corner? If I remember you moved on the block when we were a little older. We had so many kids on that block. We played kicked the can and stick ball. The lady at the opposite end of the block would come out and take the can so we couldn't play. It didn't matter we always got another one.
Do you remember the Myers? Scotty ,Todd and Kim they lived across the street from us. The Grogans, The Cravens,
The Lutzs, The Flanagans all lived on Chicago Ave.
I miss Massapequa, I live in the Carolina's now and have worked 41 years with an Airline since High
School.We had the best childhood growing up in Massapequa.

Jun 11, 2013
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Massapequan Forever
by: Annie

Grew up in North Massapequa; Farmingdale Schools. Had friends in my district, including my cousins in Plainedge AND Massapequa Schools. At 17 worked at Mays Dept. Store. I remember the Big Bow Wow, the Hess Station and Howard Johnsons on Sunrise Hwy. I had my first real date (with my HS sweetheart, Lou) at the "Little Amity" theatre in Intercounty...going to Woolworths, Cream Puff Bakery, National Shoes, the stationery store and Driftwood (pizza and beer). I married Lou, we moved near Carmans Road (where I still am)...and I have so many good memories of Massapequa...my friend worked at White's (in the Pet Dept); hubby worked at Hess (at 17) and he also worked at the Fish Store at Intercounty at 15! We salesgirls at Mays used to go to Musicaro's for pizza on a Friday night...and the Pequa Theatre...I also remember Holiday Park and the theatre there AND the pizza place. We could get a slice and a coke for 25 cents! Great memories that I will always cherish!

Jun 06, 2013
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Loved Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I graduated from Berner HS in 1981. I loved growing up in Massapequa Park. Used to drink underage at Porky's Pub on Central Ave right by the Massapequa train station. And All American was (and is) the best. I went back to the Island last summer, and drove by my old house, and got some All American. Yum!! The Double-Double is still the best!

Some of my favorite memories: Mario's Pizza; Sam's Barber Shop; the stationary store/candy store on the corner of Park and Clark. And does anyone remember "The Wax Museum" used record store that was on Park Blvd. for a while? I got tons of good vinyl there!

I worked at Meredith Stationers right near the Massapequa train station. Rest in peace, Leon Wasserman.

Riding our bikes with all the kids on the block to Brady Park to go fishing. We'd bring our lunch, stay all day, and think we were the coolest.

I used to hang out with Joey and Tommy Pellegrini, John Coffey, Billy and David Dubin, Ken and David Randazzo, Tommy Christiansen. All kids just around my block. We played street hockey till the street lights came on.

I went to St. Rose of Lima until 8th grade. I got caught playing football in the church.

Does anyone remember fishing on the Kiwanis Bridge, on Clark Blvd? Harmony Donuts? They used to give us free dough to use as bait.

My Doctors were Dr. Morrell and Dr. Mensing, over near Jerusalem Ave. They had a house, right in the neighborhood. You didn't make an appointment; you just went and waited, for two hours sometimes. They were good men, and always asked about everyone in the family.

I loved Tobay when I was a kid. I still get down to LI beaches, and love it.

I am so grateful for growing up on Long Island.

Jun 05, 2013
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The Last of the Corner Boys
by: Anonymous

I grew up on Grand Blvd in the 50s and 60s. Attended Carmen Rd, McKenna and Berner. There were 63 kids in the dozen houses on my block alone. Several of them now "MS/ Berner "Hall of Famers."
No one has mentioned Musicaros (sp?)for great pizza and some outspoken bar patrons (I listened while waiting for my order while, with the Old Man waited in the '57 Bel Air out back).
Someone mentioned "The Pit" Remember The Old Cove, El Stumpo (and that rope swing), and The New Cove (so much closer to "Beer Is Here"? John Cox's underground bunker or Ernie Lent with his M-16 and that ear (or what was left of it). We sang Dylan and Havens while standing around fires so hot they melted glass beer bottles in seconds. I acquired addictions there that took me half a lifetime to overcome, yet I hold onto the memories.
Ran into someone not so long ago who asked me about the "Slobs Ruel" tag on Sunrise/110. How about "LDA"?
Everyone remember All-American Burger, but I remember Mr. Neuse teaching me to swim in his pool (a rarity then). How about how Rick Vandervoort's Dad left the garage door open so we could marvel at Rick's 68 Corvette while he was away doing his second tour in Vietnam.
Yeah, I miss the place.
Though you can't really ever go home again, you can hold those memories close.

May 27, 2013
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the franklin Nat bank Mural
by: dennis

I know it will never happen but wouldnt it be great to salvage that amazing mural and put in somewhere in Massapequa? About the big bow wow-those steak sandwiches were amazing- do you remember they were wrapped in an aluminum foil? OK now for those of us who went to Inter County shopping center, remember the Village Barber. Did you have a favorite barber? My was Fred.
Remember the green stuff they put on your hair which kept it in place all day. Ok there were 2 delis. One of Benji's (was that his name, and they had a pickle barrel. the pizza oven was great-used to have a slice and a coke before the movies. I used to love the stationary store, dont know why but thought it was great.
Ok now get this. The pharmacy which was on the corner across from Woolworths, had these pictures, on the walls which I though were great. They were sort of historical color paintings of doctors and pharmacists thru the ages. Well the identical ones are hanging in the pharmacy I go to now.!!! Ok so in 10th grade I moved to south Massapequa park, and started frequenting Bar harbor shopping center. They has a Saks Fifth avenue there!. I always enjoyed Long full, and the pizza oven of course.
I worked at Whites from 1968 every summer thru college. I worked in the Pet store, hardware, and garden. I liked the bowling alley on Sunrise better that the one on Hicksville and Merrick road. I also did spend some time at County line on rt 110. Do you remember the bus that ran on Ocean avenue all around town and it went to bar harbor shopping center.
Did anyone actually go the the frontier town on Rt 110 near Inter county? I never went, dont know why my folks never took us.
If you grew up in nassau shores or Bar harbor-do you remember the PT Boat that was docked in one of the canals there?
Hey heres one--who were some of your family doctors-the age of the old GP?? How about dentists? I went to a guy named Ernest Pisk in down town Massapequa and my dentists were Marvin meister on Hicksville road, and Dr Scherer on Illionis street? My optometrist was Dr Struhl on Merrick road.


May 27, 2013
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missing long island
by: Anonymous

comment to still a good story.most people do not move back to long island because they miss it.they usually move back for two reasons. they have family here or they cannot find a job somewhere else. if most people here had the chance to leave, i bet you they would.

May 24, 2013
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Parkside Junior High School 1966
by: Anonymous

I share so many of your memories of living in Massapequa. I lived with my family on Baltimore Ave., walked to Raymond J. Lockhart School, then Parkside Junior High. I was walking back from the girls' room one day when the hallway monitor told me the president had just been shot. After our school concerts my parents took us to Krisch's ice cream. (Happy to read it's still there!) My friends and our siblings played kickball, waited for the Good Humor man, and grew up with the Beatles. Anyone know where I can find a copy of Parkside JHS's 1966 paperbound yearbook?

May 06, 2013
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Glory Days
by: Mark K

Moved to Massapequa Park in 1955. House much to expensive at $14,990. This was a great place to live and be a kid. Worked at Dons Schwinn store, Massapequa Drive In, Howard Johnsons.
Went to Hawthorne, McKenna, MHS, Berner graduated 1964. Jungle Cruiser, Breakfast Club, Surfing at Gilgo, swimming at Alhambra, Dick & Doras, All Weather Drive In, Frank Bucks Zoo, The Locker Room, Pied Piper, The Barge

Apr 24, 2013
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Mike
by: Anonymous

Did blogger Evelyn have two sisters named Arlene and Diane? I lived on the corner of Chicago and Ocean. My brother John hung out with most of the kids on the block.

Mar 24, 2013
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The Big Bow Wow etc
by: teddy

So many memories! I lived in Mass Pk from 1952 'til about 1980. Our house was on Grand Blvd and I remember standing at the corner of Maryland Ave and seeing cars on Carmans Road. There were almost no houses that way yet. Big Bow Wow and the Monkee House! Wow, that was way back.
I too remember the mural on the wall in the bank. I think it was Franklin National Bank. I sometimes wonder if it's still there but covered over with layers of wall board and paint. I saw my first movie and the theatre in the shopping center on Carmans Road - The Wackiest Ship in the Army. Ricky Nelson and Jack Lemmon. Woolworth's, Cream Puff Bakery, the Driftwood. There was a place in back of the shopping center on Carmans Road called (I think) Frontier Village - Cowboys and Indians and all that. A small train travelled around the perimeter of the park. My brother remembers an Indian with sunglasses sitting in a tent.
Regarding the earlier comments concerning how the place has changed. It has changed but what hasn't? I visited a couple years back and was at the traffic light at the intersection of Violet Street and Carmans Road. The light turned red and the cars kept coming. Like a train, like they were all hooked together! Crazy! But that's NY! We stopped at the house where we grew up and the people who now own it are a relatively young couple, very friendly.
We sometimes went swimming at Florence Avenue Beach - a tiny neighborhood park with swimming.
On Park Lane there was a narrow strip of trees. It couldn't have been more than 15 or 20 feet wide but we called it "The Woods". We were very young and there was enough growth that we couldn't see the street from the path that wound through the trees. I remember the first time we "hiked" through the woods. We popped out about half a block away and it felt like the other side of the world.

Feb 16, 2013
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1975 Berner High School
by: Zeeman

How are we supposed to see you around town if we don't know who you are? I also graduated in 1975 and still have family in massapequa...i had no annonmous' in my homeroom..lol ...the Ice cream shop you speak about is krishes... And it's still ...

Feb 07, 2013
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My First Job in America
by: Fredrik Bodin

My first job in America was as a dishwasher at the Big Bow-Wow on Sunrise highway in Massapequa, NY. Although I have fond memories and fun stories about the Bow-Wow, it didn't inspire me to get into the restaurant business. That was before the phrase "fast food" existed. I still remember the waiter shouting over the counter to the cook: "Murry, get me a big bad dog and a large Coke – traveling! And drag it through the garden!" Good days when I was 14. Need to get back to those memories. I was born in Manhattan Hospital, went to East Lake Elementary, then John P. McKenna Junior High, and lastly Alfred G. Berner High School (go Bisons!). I was writing a post for my FB Page and googled "Big Bow Wow, and ended up here. Fun!http://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto

Feb 03, 2013
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Miss Massapequa
by: Betsy

I lived in Massapequa Park from 1954 - 1968. My parents built their house for $9000. I remember Massapequa Park Park, the big bow wow, the pizza place, Lums and Jones Beach. I used to walk to Bar Harbor every weekend and get bagels and lox. I just watchd them make the bagels by scratch. I remember doing my chores and then me and my brother used to go on our bikes and we didn't have to worry about it as long as we were back by dinner time. Candy bars were a nickle and we used to have a metal box on our back steps for the milk man to come and put milk in it. I went past our old house on McKinley Street about 10 years ago when I was back there the last time, it looked so small much smaller then I remembered it. I remember going to the woods on Park boulevard and Clark Boulevard and just play in there and now they put a funeral home in that spot. I still dream of moving back to my old house again but I know that's never going to happen.

Jan 23, 2013
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Lords Bakery
by: Keith

Evelynn-You forgot to mention "Lords Bakery" on Merrick road! Do you remember the old Beach Club on the Bay? ....and no I dont have a sister named Diane. I have two sisters named Patty and Denise and my older brother Kevin. You posted the best article about growing up there. It takes me back. Im sure every one has a great story to tell about there childhood. But no doubt in my mind....lets face it, Our town was the best!

Jan 22, 2013
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Great memories growing up in MP
by: Anonymous

Massapequa Park was an awesome place to grow up. Like others commented, you left your doors unlocked and we kids stayed out playing until well after dark with no worries about child molesters, etc. I moved to MP in 1973 and graduated Berner in '82. My mom finally sold her house in 1995 on Monroe St, but I still visit every chance I get because many of the great people I grew up with are still there, some in the same houses! I remember there were so many kids that you could go from block to block from McKinley to Smith and there would be a game of some kind - street hockey, football, kickball, whatever. I remember skating at Marjorie Post and I remember hanging out in Zappa's Woods next to Berner. Dee's had probably the best pizza and All American had the best burgers and shakes. I remember hanging out at the donut shop on Sunrise Hwy right across from the Massapequa Park LIRR station and playing Asteroids and Space Invader until we were broke. Brady Park - how many baseball games - organized or not - did we play there? The golf course up in Nassau Shores - how many times did we have to hide beers and run from the cops on Fri/Sat nights in high school? Great, unforgettable memories!

Oct 29, 2012
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Parkside JR High
by: Evelyn

By any chance is the Keith in the previous
Blog have a sister named Diane?

Oct 19, 2012
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june 2 2012
by: Anonymous

please remove comment from june 2nd 2012.

Oct 13, 2012
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I remember it all!
by: Keith

Evelyn- Reading your memories just touched my heart! I remember everything you posted. I wish that I was wealthy enough to buy back my old childhood home on Fairwater Ave.

Oct 11, 2012
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Proud to say I'm from Massapequa
by: Evelyn

I moved to Massapequa in 1959 from Brooklyn. I was 5 and went to R J Lockhart.I walked to school it was only 3 blocks away.In the summer we had summer recreation from 9 to 3. What a great outlet for my Mom to send me and my sisters, while she took care of my infant brother at home. We loved summer recreation ,arts and crafts,movies and sports and field trips.Cokes were 10 cents in a glass bottle. The best was the outdoor shower for 10 cents. It was all the watermelon you could eat and you got hosed down with a fire hose. It was down by Alec Baldwins father.I used to push my brother in a stroller and go about 10 blocks to Krisch's for ice cream. The best ice cream.I was twelve, can you imagine that in today's world.Remember the Dairy Barn and the Bakery on Broadway.I would go for milk and come back with just the red plastic milk holders(no milk) because I clanged the glass bottles together.I would be sent to get the Italian bread and bring it home with no ends.I was a kid, I was hungry.My childhood was wonderful in Massapequa. We had so many kids on our block it was great.We play kick the can,stick ball and all sorts of games outdoors.We be out from 9 in the morning till dinner time.When our parents would make us all come in.
Living on Massapequa we were close to the beach.We went every weekend to Tobay.We had breakfast ,lunch and dinner.My Dad loved the beach.Remember so many teachers were Life Guards from Parkside and Berner.Remember the ice cream at the beach was in a roll and they sat it in a cone.
I went it Parkside for 7th and 8th and Berner from 1969 to 1972. I remember the Big Bow Wow,Howard Johnson,the Bowling Alley on Sunrise Hwy.Remember Mays,the Drive In
The Monkey Zoo.Whites was a department store behind Berner.I got my first job there.Many students worked there from Berner.Whites was torn down and the Plankhouse opened there.Sears and the Jerry Lewis Movie Theater were built in that parking lot. Remember Majorie Post park Skating Rink and Coons Lake.Great places to skate when it was cold..Remember the Nautilus Diner and Lums both waking distance from Berner.My favorite All American,wasn't it
everbodys.
I moved to North Carolina in 1986.I work for an airline .When
make my boarding announcements, people say you are defiantly not from here.I proudly say I'm from Massapequa.
My parents sold their house in 1986 and moved to NJ. They had to have keys made for the house because we never locked our house.(WE LIVED IN MASSAPEQUA).My Mom would say if you have to lock the door it's time to move.
When my parents passed away we had the funeral procession drive past our house on Chicago Ave.We had the funeral at James Funeral Home,where my sister's and brother picked lilacs from the parking lot fence to bring to my Mom when we were kids.
I had the best 25 years growing up in Massapequa and will always remember the great memories from there.


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great place to grow up
by: MHS 1970

Each generation makes its own memories. WE MOVED TO THE PARK IN 1954. My parents paid 13,990 for our house. But those of us who graduated before 1970 did have some great ones. Take Sunrise hgway. All the stores that came and went. Remember HoJos and their all you can eat fish or chicken nights?
We all remember the Massapequa Zoo and kiddie Park, before that it was also a jungle land Frank Bucks? We all remember that the Sunrise mall was not there until the 70s. Remember the pit?
I spent my summers in the summer recreation program at carmen Road. It was 9-12 and then 1-3, I think.
I grew up north of Sunrise and then after Jr High moved to Bar Harbor. I also remember Bar harbor shopping center when I remember Massapequa parks "down town", when there was the Massapequa Market.
I remember the Intercounty shopping center, the pizza oven, driftwood, Franklin national bank (what ever happened to that amazing revolutionary war mural they had?), Cream puff bakery that set the strawberry shortcake bar for life. A/P, Grand Union.

The sumps-which were great sledding places if you couldnt get to Bethpage. Stickball in the streets.

Just a few.



Jun 26, 2012
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The great old days
by: Robin

I grew up in massapequa. Went to birch lane, then Berner in 7 th and 8 th then back to Massapequa HS lived in Biltmore shores up to the mid sixties then to carman rd near our lady of Lourdes. My younger years were the best ever . It was a time when your mom in the summer would say get out of the house come home by 6 for dinner, no worries just played all day, all American burgers and carvel the on to the all weather drive in. Winter sleigh riding at bethpage golfcourse.also pizza supreme was a favorite ,Lobels, food fair, and I think Walgreens, but the best was Biltmore beach club and the boat docks great great memories! Now I live so far away in Astoria lol still nothing compares to Massapequa

Jun 21, 2012
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The Good Old days
by: Anonymous

I was born in 1954 in North Massapequa, lived there until i got married in 1981 and then moved out east. Was a member of the North Massapequa Fire Department and the PEQUA REDMEN marching band and the North Massapequa Battalion Junior Naval Reserve of America (Cadets)! Had a wonderful life living there. I occasionally take a drive past my old neighborhood, most are either dead or gone. Living in Massapequa in the 60's and 70's were the best days of my life!

Jun 02, 2012
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Still a good story
by: Anonymous

Some people may be fed up with life on Long Island or Massapequa, but sometimes it's not the place, it's the person. I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the previous commenter, but I've known people throughout my life that no matter where they lived or worked, it always "sucked." So I had to wonder what is it about this person that they only see negative and never positive?

Long Island has it's share of problems, but enough people miss it after they move away that it makes me wonder if moving is always the right thing to do...

Jun 02, 2012
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Massapequa
by: Anonymous

I moved here in 1995. Big change since then. This place is over crowded and full of rude, inconsiderate people. People drive like animals in this town with no regard for anyone, and everyone is in a rush. This place has definitely gone down hill. Can't wait to leave soon.

Apr 26, 2012
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My Home Town
by: Linda Fowler Embry

I was born on Long Island and raised in Massapequa on Roxbury Lane. Attended Fairfield Elementary and Massapequa High. I moved to California when I was 22 and lived there for 20 years. I have lived in North Carolina since 1991.

Some of my family still live in Massapequa although most of them are gone now...my grandparents, mom and dad and some of my siblings. But, each time I make a visit to Massapequa, I always feel a sense of "coming home" to the memories, wonderful deli's,Krisch's, All American, and the best pizza, bagels and seafood you can find anywhere.

I haven't been back since the death of my mother in 2008. But, I look forward to visiting once more for my nephew's wedding this year (2012). So many memories.

It's so nice to know some famous people have come from Massapequa. I am not famous, but did achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse and was able to be there and offer comfort for my grandmother, and mother & father during their terminal illnesses and passings. And for that I am forever grateful.

Nov 26, 2011
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early days in massapequa park
by: Anonymous

I lived in Massapequa Park from 1956 till 1959 when my family relocated to Florida. I still have family in Massapequa close to Carman's road. Our house was on Ocean Avenue, across the street from the water department.

My mom and dad (both deceased now) purchased the home back in 56' for about $8,000. Can you believe it? The same property today goes for over $450k. Amazing.

Great times in Massapequa, and I remember a lot even though I was only ten years old when we moved. My grade school was at Carman Road elementary...I really enjoy all the comments!

Jul 23, 2011
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Massapequa Park, Forever in My Heart
by: Laura Rappa

my family moved to Massapequa in the 50's. We had a small house on Massachussetts Ave, then we moved to Tyrconnell Ave. As a child, I used to dream of going to far-away places, and I longed to live in California, where I could go to Disney Land where the Mousketeers were. My wish came true and I traveled all over the world and wound up living in California, just like the place I would see on TV. Now that I am 57 years old, there is no where in the world where I would rather be than in Massapequa. My heart aches for the old days and the people I knew back in my neighborhood. I would give anything to be out on my front lawn on a summer night, catching fireflies, playing with the kids on our block...No one had to lock their doors, everyone knew everybody...life was good...

Mar 24, 2011
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Berner Class of 1985
by: Steve thegrupper

I was born here and graduated Berner H.S. in 1985 my wife Danielle is also "From the Park" it is such a great place to live.

I currently own my own home in Massapequa park since 1996, Now that I am preparing to retire and re-locate out of state in two more years (2013), I try not to think about missing this place but after reading your post how can you not?

I keep telling my wife when we move we will find a place like Massapequa Park, She just keeps calling me a liar, maybe I am but what else can I say to her. I guess I am lying to myself as well because MASSAPEQUA PARK is like no other place on earth.

I guess it sucks for the people who have heard about this place and can"t afford to live here, You just don't know what you are missing. I thank God every day for making me as fortunate as I am to be able to live here.

Look for my house for sale in 2013 I must be going, It"s time to pass the legend of living in "THE PARK" school district#23 to someone else as fortunate as me.

To all you outsiders who read this just pay the price it's worth it. Just too bad you will never be able to go to the Nautilus Diner at 2 AM and see all your friends, The place closed in 2010. Thanks for reading my post I hope it will inspire more people out there to post their own memories.

Thanks,
Steve "G"ski

Oct 25, 2010
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reunion
by: Anonymous

Cocos Plankhouse reunion 11\13\10

Oct 14, 2010
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Massapequa 1960s anyone?
by: Keith Cornelius

I grew up in Massapequa from 1959 to 1973. Ihated to move! My kids love to hear my stories about growing up there as child.The Big Bow Wow!! Mays, the Massapegua drive in,Two Guys rhodes toy store,Santa Claus landing in a bubble dome Helicopter at the Bar Harbor shopping center, the Monkey mountain, the park pool and the old Beach club on the bay. I can go on and on and on. I grew up as back yard neighbors with the Baldwin family and used to make home movies in our back yard. I still have the movies!!Wish I had some one to share these great memories with.Long live Massapequa!!

Jun 16, 2010
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1975 Berner Reunion - July 17 at Bethpage Park
by: Janine

Hi. Nice website. I miss Massapequa Park too, but I don't think I could go back. I'm not too far away (Lindenhurst), so when I drive through the town, it's kind of bittersweet, you know? The other day I was sitting at a light on Sunrise Highway where Friday's is and remembered - The Big Bow Wow used to be there! And not far down the road was the drive in - just around the corner from Berner! *Sigh*

Anyway----there is an informal "bring your own" picnic/reunion at Bethpage Park for 75 Berner on Sat 7/17. For more info, check out classmates.com or facebook. See you there!

Jan 27, 2010
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Massapequa Memories
by: Anonymous

I Do Agree about All American as beening the Best and it is still the Best around Town in Massapequa.As I Graduated from Berner High School in 1987,so in about the 20 years from the Time I Graduated until now that I still Live In Massapequa and Yes at The same House & on the same Block,I have noticed a big change in Massapequa and I'm afraid not for Best,The change I have noticed most is Nobody cares about nothing in Masspequa,The Neirbors are not nice and The Business Owners in Massapequa are nasty.I also notice alot of Drugs like Cocaine and Herorine have Plegde Our Town.People are running around like Loones also and some are loosing Their Minds too.So when You here things about Massapequa thats Bad happening in it, its very True.The way Massapequa was Years ago is not The Massapequa of Today,so You People that broke the Chains and are finally Free from This Town called "MASSAPEQUA" You are The Lucky Ones, and as far as missing anything Good happening in it, You are missing anything...

Oct 29, 2009
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Born a Yankee, Living as a Texan
by: Anonymous

Have you ever heard of that saying ...
well its true...and i agree with your story
I will always miss long island ...
I to graduated from berner high school in 75
I try to keep up with the news that is going on in Massapequa and i am unhappy of the stories of crime and other things happening there..
when i lived there it was a guiet town...

Oct 29, 2009
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Born a Yankee, Living as a Texan
by: Anonymous

I also left Massapequa 30 yrs ago, now living in a warm climate all year long...which i can not complain...but of course i miss long island...
The food, neighborhood, friends, family,
but i have moved almost 1300 miles away and i guess i call this home.
I do try and visit Massapequa when possible.
and i try to keep up with the news of my old stompling grounds.
and yes i still do have the accent and am proud of it...i get asked still to this day where i am from..and i answer with a smile...
Massapequa has become a famous town...and the Texans here are jealous they do not get snow..
which i really do not miss the cold weather..

Jul 17, 2009
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Massapequa
by: Shari

All American is still standing! The ice cream shop on Central Avenue is Krisch's and it's still there. I was as just there a few weeks ago and the burgers and ice cream are still just as good as I rememeber 20 years ago when I graduated from Massapequa. A G Berner HS is now a A G Berner Junior high school!!!!

BTW, do you remember who you had for Biology? My dad used to teach there.

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