A Syosset Scrapbook 

 Part One


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Listen to the late Joseph Boslet Jr., interviewed by Isabel Goldenkoff at the Syosset Public Library, as he reminisces about old Syosset.  We placed excerpts from this 1991 tape throughout Scrapbook.  You may have to disable  your firewall temporarily in order to access the sound files.
Look for the
signs.  If you live in Syosset, visit the library to borrow the entire tape and tapes featuring other longtime Syosset residents.  If you wish to listen to the tapes in the library, call the library first to see if they have a tape player; otherwise bring your own.


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Scenes around Town


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Scenes around Town

 In 1924, Syosset had a population of 1,435.  "This scattered community is located in the midst of a fine farming country and the land is the most fertile land in Nassau County.  To the north of the station and on the wooded hills many luxurious country homes have been built.  While Syosset at the present time is not developed very extensively in the way of suburban homes, that is accounted for by the fact that the farmland is too valuable to be disposed of for development purposes, but it is only a question of time when it will be transposed into a beautiful home community—the natural beauty of the country in this section making it ideal for this purpose.  The village now has a Union Church, two schools, motorized fire department, macadam roads, and electric light."  Long Island, The Sunrise Homeland, 1926

  Listen to Joseph Boslet talk about Syosset; click here:  About Syosset

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William J. Knettel, Florist, c. 1899
Mr. Knettel is on left.
(photo by George Edward VanSise; postcard courtesy of Leone Knettel Taylor)

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July 1909 Advertisement
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Yanke Spreer's Hotel 1904 

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Spreer's Hotel later, still early 1900s 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

  Listen to Joseph Boslet talk about the old hotel; click here:  Early Hotel



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 Left, aerial view of Syosset, early 1900s 
(photo from Frederick Ruther, Long Island To-Day, 1909)
Center and right, early generic postcards:  "Greetings from Syosset, LI"

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Generic postcard; scene is not Syosset



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Generic postcard; scene is not Syosset



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Looking north on Jackson Avenue, late 1800s
On the right is Devine Bros. General Store, which later became May's Corner.

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Looking north
(image courtesy of Don Karas)


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A 1908 view of the Devine Bros. General Store
(image courtesy of Don Karas)

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May's Corner, Jackson Avenue and Convent Road;
general store operated by Theodore and Georgiana May
from the early 20th century to c. 1940
later Moran and Kyle's Syosset Inn, 1940s; Kyle and Moran's, 1950s
Mr. May's sister was Flora May VanSise, wife of S. Franklin VanSise, of VanSise Farms.
(postcard courtesy of Diane Oley)

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St. Mary of the Angels Home on Convent Road, founded 1894

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Letter from St. Mary's to Roulston's Grocery Store, Jackson Ave., Feb. 11, 1946,
 probably containing an order
(image by Tom Montalbano)  

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Monument at St. Mary's, dedicated to the memory of Agnes Koehler,1988

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The Schenck cemetery behind St. Mary's, 2002
The center stone reads:  "Nelson Schenck, Died July 23, 1852, Age 19 yrs, 2 mos, 7days."
Right, a partial rendering:  "...And hope you'll comfort him..."
 There were forty-four burials from 1821 to 1897, including members of the Schenck , Baldwin, Ellison, Lewis, Marshall, McElvey, Van Sise and Wanser families.
(photos by Tom Montalbano)  

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Schenck cemetery tombstone inscriptions compiled by Raymond Burckley
(courtesy of Ronald Burckley) 

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The Cheshire family cemetery on Ira Road, 2001 and 2003
Located on the farm of Albert Cheshire, there were twelve burials from 1852 to 1897, including members of the Cheshire, Bedell, Schenck and Wood families.
Funerals proceeded along a path from Cold Spring Road to what later became Ira Road and Miller Boulevard.  Clearly displayed on a 1939 map, straight walking access on this route was possible until 1951 when the Miller homes were constructed.  

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Jericho Turnpike, early 1900s 
(from Frederick Ruther, Long Island To-Day, 1909)

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Baylis and Sons general store and post office, Woodbury Road 
 left 1904; right, c. 1910s
It is still standing at 300 Woodbury Road.
J. Irving Baylis established the store in April of 1887 with an inheritance of $160.  He was 17 at the time and had been working for three years (fourteen hours a day/six days a week) as an apprentice in a Huntington grocery store for a salary of $8 a month plus board. 

In the earliest days of the J. I. Baylis General Store, two loaves of bread cost 13 cents, a pound of coffee 14 cents, and a dozen eggs 24 cents.  Postal historians state that the building on Woodbury Road in which the store operated had served as a post office in the 1700's.  During his run as a storekeeper, Mr. Baylis also served as a postmaster.

Interviewed by the Syosset Advance in 1952, Mr. Baylis remarked "The stock has changed some in 65 years and the prices, too.  You could really buy something for your money back then."  He continued, "There were no packaged goods.  In the first fifteen years, flour, sugar, coffee, tea, rice, corn meal, and molasses all came in bulk.  But groceries were not our biggest line then.  It was feed.  This was dairy country back in those days.  Everyone had cows and horses and the big farmers all drove in to the Wallabout Market in Brooklyn."  Mr. Baylis went on to bemoan the state of the business 65 years later.  "There isn't much business anymore.  My old customers have died or moved away and the young folks naturally go to the big towns to do their shopping.  But I'll stay in business.  Guess I'd feel too strange after 65 years doing nothing."
(text and images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Woodbury road in 1908
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Vintage picture of the house on Woodbury road
which may have been on the site of the current Woodbury Post Office
(image courtesy of Michael Gilks)

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VanSise store in 1908, north of the Split Rock-Berry Hill fork
It also housed the post office beginning in 1857. 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Foley's Honey and Tar cough medicine sample from the VanSise store, c. early 20th Century

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Site of the VanSise store in 2008
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano) 


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Looking north, c. 1913
The building on the right is the old Lang Hotel, in the triangle of what became 
Jackson Avenue and Cold Spring Road. 
It was built c. 1824 when Syosset was known as Eastwoods.  

In 1871, it was (Christian) Oberlander's Hotel.  In January 1871, the hotel bar was the scene of an argument
 between a rich farmer, Garrett Wort Nostrand, and William Kelly, a former Long Island Rail Road worker, and John H. Devine.
 Nostrand's body was subsequently found near the hotel.  According to the New York Times, 
Kelly and Devine were charged and convicted of the murder of Nostrand.  Revenge for Nostrand's causing Kelly to lose his job was apparently a motive.
They were sentenced to life in prison.  In 190
6, the elderly Kelly was pardoned by the governor, when it was revealed that he did not strike the fatal blow.
By 1873, the hotel housed the W. Horton store.  Sebald Lang acquired the 10 bedroom hotel in 1899;
 by 1908 he had retired and his son Henry and daughter-in-law Susie were in charge.
(thanks to Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski for alerting me to the New York Times article)

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Old carpenter shop, pre-1915
The William Henry Horton (born c. 1814) carpenter shop around the turn of the 19th century
 William’s son George was also a carpenter. The shop is on an 1873 map and a 1914 map when the Horton property (near what became Horton Place and Berry Hill Road) was under the name of George’s daughter-in-law, Sybilla.  Her husband, William, did not become a carpenter; he was a piano tuner.
(photo by George Edward VanSise)

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Wedding c. 1916
  Left, Helena Kwiatkowski, groom Kazmier Gurney (Gorny, Garney),
 bride Josephine Kacmarska, Anna Petrowski;
Right, Anna Petrowski and unidentified gentleman
They are standing in front of what was to become 14 Roosevelt Street (Avenue), 
the site of Syosset's first library, the Kiwanis Community Library, in 1958.
(photos courtesy of the Wencko and Kwiatkowski families)

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Wedding c. 1916
Anna Petrowski, unidentified, Josephine Gurney (Gorney, Garney),
 Mary S. (nee Bagenski) Wencko
 Queens Street is in back of them and Roosevelt Street (Avenue) is to the left.  
The corner behind this group would be where the Syosset Post Office is today.
(photo courtesy of the Wencko and Kwiatkowski families)

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Lonny Brower and Daniel Van Velsor, around 1917
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Left, W. Wilton Wood (lumber, lime, cement, farm tools), 110 Jackson Avenue  The sterling silver shovel displayed was used by the Duke of Windsor to plant a tree on the Burden Estate, Muttontown Road, in 1924.
Right, 110 Jackson Ave in 2001

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February 1924 Advertisement
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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W. Wilton Wood thermometer, c. 50s

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United Rent-Alls, 1965 advertisement


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110 Jackson Ave on Feb. 2, 2008
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Handwritten on back:  "Syosset Well Drillers, Syosset, NY.
Method used by Sy Well Drillers to create water supply."

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Syosset water tower, Convent Road, late 1930s and 1964
When it was erected c. 1932, it was the world's second largest water tower,
1,500,000-gallon capacity, supported by 20 columns, 78 feet in  diameter, and approximately 175 feet high. 


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Mildred Knettel and Dot VanSise, February 7, 1932
after purchasing their coats in New York City
The water tower is already up.
(image courtesy of Diane Oley)

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 Jericho Water District structure, c. 1930s, adjacent to the tower,
 now used for chemical storage

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Pond on Cold Spring Road early 1900s
(photo from Frederick Ruther, Long Island To-Day, 1909) and in July, 2000
(referred to as both Cheshire and Pelican ponds)


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Left, "The Lake, Syosset, Long Island" by George Edward VanSise ("The Lake" could be the Schenck-Mann pond on Convent Road);
Center, "The Pond, Syosset, Long Island, N.Y.";
Right, "The Picturesque Pond, Syosset, Long Island, N.Y."


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 Another view of "The Lake" by Van Sise which is likely the Schenck-Mann pond on Convent Road


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 Pelican Pond, April 1955
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)



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 c. 1930:  The Clarence Van Cott farm 
...at the sharp "S" curve on Split Rock Road, east side, before 25A.  Loaded for market with potatoes and cabbage.  The truck has solid rubber tires and no doors.  The cow, horse, three men and three bottles of beer.  In 1930 Clarence would have been 28 years old and I think he is the man in the middle."
Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski
  (images courtesy of Mary Wencko Gaida)

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VanSise Farms on South Woods Road and Jericho Turnpike
On right, 1947, with owner S. Franklin VanSise and Darrin Marie Tollin, grandniece of his wife, Flora May VanSise. 
image on right,  courtesy of Karrin Marie Tollin Werrenrath)

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1930s: Left, downtown area;
Boslet's Restaurant is to the right of utility pole near the center of picture; to the left is Thomas Roulston's Grocery Store and Janke's Syosset Meat Market.
Center, view of town from the railroad tracks;
Right, Weinstock's  "This is a picture of the store where I bought these cards.  The Honor Roll is right to the left of the store.  The main road through the village is to the left too but you can't see any more of the stores in the picture."  Mildred Knettel Vanstane to her husband, Forrest Vanstane, during World War II.
(postcards left and right, courtesy of Diane Vanstane Oley)

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Advertisement for Janke's Syosset Meat Market
January 1947
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Looking north, c. 1907-1912
Junction of what became Split Rock and Berry Hill Roads
photo by George Edward VanSise

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Junction of Split Rock and Berry Hill Roads, 1930s


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Left and center:  Syosset Memorial Park at junction of Split Rock and Berry Hill Roads

The park was dismantled in the 1940s; the World War I monument was moved 
and the cannon was sold for scrap metal. 
Right:  the monument, Memorial Day, 1959
(photo postcards left and center, courtesy of Leone Knettel Taylor)

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The World War I Memorial 2010 
It's the original WWI memorial with a plaque added to honor the World War II deceased.
(images courtesy of Brian Fitterman) 

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Article, 10/17/1917, about the dedication of the memorial, "Erected in Honor of the Men Who Served in the Great War for Democracy."  It was unveiled by Leone Knettel and Adele Van Sise.
(contributed by Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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1937:  Leone Knettel and Evelyn (Evvie) Diel walking south on Jackson Avenue

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First anniversary of Billy Dobbs and heiress Andrea Luckenbach, June 14, 1939

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Local ice storm, March 4, 1940
(photos courtesy of Diane Oley

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The west side of Jackson Avenue:
Roulston's Grocery and Janke's Meat Market

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Jackson Avenue, February 9, 1945



Three Video Clips from the Blizzard of February 1945
Jackson Avenue, Doc Howard, Fred Maimone, Boslet's Restaurant, Charlie Diel.

Click here:  SyossetBlizzard1

Click here:  SyossetBlizzard2

Click here:  SyossetBlizzard3

(Courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Advertisements for Doc Howard's Pharmacy
Left, 1947(not a thumbnail); right, 1952 
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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 Doc Howard's Pharmacy match cover

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The east side of Jackson Avenue, 1937

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Daniel Lynch's Berry Hill Service Station, built in 1938
(photo on right, courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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Pencil from Berry Hill Service Station
(courtesy of Sally Anne Lynch)


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 Left,  the original Krebs and Schulz Syosset Garage, c. 1930s;
  center, the new Krebs and Schulz Syosset Garage under construction;
 Right, the new Syosset Garage at night c. 1937
(center and right photos, courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Advertisements for Syosset Garage
October 1947 
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Thermometer from the Syosset Garage, c. 1950
(image courtesy of Larry Chernow)

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Advertisements for Krebs and Schulz, 1952
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Advertisement for De Soto at Krebs and Schulz, 1952
(Image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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K&S (Krebs and Schulz) Transportation Corp., advertisement, 1962

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Al Peters' service station, 7 Jackson Ave., c. 1950s

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Group in Syosset, c. 1940s
Left, Edward McAuliffe, second from left; far right, Joe Hines
Right, Edward McAuliffe. left; far right, Joe Hines

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A man with two horses is plowing to clear the property for building at
4 Walker Avenue in 1940.  The road behind him is Jackson Avenue;
in the background is the Jackson Farms' potato field. 
(photo courtesy of Douglas Baird)

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 Guests at Douglas Baird's birthday party
Picture taken in front of the Baird play house at 4 Walker Ave., 1945 or 1946
Front row:  Robin Boslet, Jean Olsen from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, George Hvidsten, Douglas Baird;
Back row:  Joyce Wicks, Ruth Monilaws, Robert Olsen from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn
(image courtesy of Douglas Baird)


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Meadowbrook Road, 1941:  Nellie Nowak Boslet with carriage;
Berry Hill Road and Sparks' Woods are in the background. 

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Fred's Barber Shop, est. 1939
Danny Pepe, Charlie Rella and Fred Maimone


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Fred Maimone in 1939
(Image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Fred's Barber Shop, 1952 Advertisement
(Image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Another view of Fred's

Tony Maimone, Fred's son, at Fred's in 1984 
(photo by Ken Spencer, The Newsday Magazine, May 6, 1984)

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Fred's in 2000
(photo on left by Michael Mark)


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Top and left, Rella's Produce Market, 1940, left, Gordon McAuliffe and Charlie Rella;
Center, Gordon and unidentified friend;
Right, Charlie Diehl, who was an integral part of the Syosset scene in the '30s, '40s and '50s

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 Bank of Syosset (later became Hempstead Bank) under construction, 1942

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Andrew Wencko's bankbook, Bank of Syosset, c. 1930
(image courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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Bank of Syosset Advertisements
Above, 1947; below, 1952
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Uprooted tree on Muttontown Road 1944
 Mr. James Devine, former postmaster, surveys some of the damage on Muttontown Road in September 1944 after the Great Atlantic Hurricane swept through Long Island  


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Left, looking northeast:  Locust Grove School in lower right;
 Dawes Ave. in foreground, then Beatrice Ave. and Albert Ave; c. 1945
Right, looking northwest:  Locust Grove School, on Humphrey Drive, lower left

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Hicksville Air Park on Robbins Lane, 1947 
 The aerial photos above by Bob Boslet may 
have been taken from a plane flown out of this airport. 
 Click on the picture to read about it.  
The site is now an industrial park, probably on Aerial Way. 
(from Images of America:  Long Island Airports, 
 by Joshua Stoff, courtesy of Rich Schaetzl)

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Aerial views of the Hicksville Air Park, c. 1945

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Inside Bohack's on Jackson Ave. c. 1940s

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Carpenter Bros. Food Shop (Albar), Split RocK Road and Jackson Avenue, 1949

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Local kids, 1949
Charles (Charlie) Ekstrom, Stanley (Little Cement) Kwiatkowski, Frank (Frankie) Martin, Charles (Chucky)Martin,
 Florence (Baby) Kwiatkowski. 
Charlie lived on Whitney Ave., Little Cement & Baby on Jackson Ave., 
Frankie & Chucky on First Street and Berry Hill Road. 
Charlie is ready for baseball, Little Cement hanging on the
clothes line, Chucky annoying the kitten, Frankie & Baby
not enjoying having their pictures taken.
(image and caption courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)

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 Bottom of Muttontown Road, junction of Split Rock 
and Berry Hill Roads to their left, c. 1949
Irene Sekelsky & Florence M. Kwiatkowski
(photo courtesy of the Kwiatkowski family)

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Birthday party in Locust Grove, 1950, and thank you note
Seated on ground:  Robin Boslet (partially obscured), Pam Boslet, Louraine Yoepp,
 Judy Egge?
Back row:  Clara Yoepp, Maureen Raynor?, Myrna Belowitz?, Karen Egge?, 
Jeanette Watson? (partially obscured) 

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Greenway Circle, Summer of '52:
Dan L., Johnnie Delin, Larry Ebel, Ron Burckley, Steve Zajac

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Johnnie Delin, skiing down Hofgren's hill off Convent Road, c. 1953


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Testimony by Burleigh Horan in c. early 50s advertisement for Vertagreen Plant Food
Mr. Horan and son, Burleigh

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Sledding on Hofgren's Hill, January 1957
Left, Krissy Hofgren, Mike Hofgren, Pete Eriksen, Ron Burckley (partially obscured);
Right, Mike Hofgren and Ron Burckley
(photos courtesy of Priscilla Thralls King)

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"Chicken fights" on Hofgren's Hill, c. 1957
Left, Randy Chapman, bottom, Dennis Gormely, top;
Right, Randy, left bottom, Dennis, right top
(photos courtesy of Priscilla Thralls King)

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Syosset's Thomas Flower Mart, Long Island's most famous chrysanthemum farm
It was located in back of what is now 271 Jericho Turnpike, near Humphrey Drive.
1958:  Left, Art Thomas and Charlie Lewis with begonias
Right, information on Lecture re Tuberous Begonias


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Left, Delin's mom in front of Rege' Hair Styling on Ira Road
Right, 1962 advertisement

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 Rege' Hair Styling on Ira Road, 1959 advertisement

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View of triangle, Jackson Avenue and Cold Spring Road, c. 1953 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Left, going north on Jackson Avenue c. 1954
The red barn on the right was Nichols Bros. Hardware. 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)
Right, advertisement for Nichols Bros., 1962

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Beney Funeral Home, 79 Berry Hill Road, and Mr. Egbert J. Beney's antique automobile,
a 1922 Oldsmobile Touring Car

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  Early photo of Young's coal towers on Ira Road 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Hand-held advertising fan given away by Syosset Coal, c. 1950 
(images courtesy of Larry Chernow)

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Young's Coal towers undergoing demolition, c. 1957,
on the future site of the Big Apple Supermarket, Ira Road

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These Carvel stores are similar to the one on Jericho Turnpike in the '50s, which still exists today. 
(photos courtesy of the Carvel Corporation)


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Advertisement for Carvel grand opening
March 1, 1952
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

 Carvel on Jericho Turnpike, 1956 advertisement

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 Unidentified, Phyllis Piana, Gerry Horgren, Nancy Standing, unidentified,  April 1955
on Convent Road,
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Denis Norman on his 13th birthday 2/19/56
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Mel Frankel on Schwinn truck bike, Split Rock Road, 3/9/56
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Paul Poschmann, 3/19/56
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Josephine DiPietro, Irene Sekelsky, Tom Whitenack, unidentified, Denis Norman, Shirlee Sarver 3/19/56
on Convent Road going to the Syosset Sweet Shoppe
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Tom Whitenack, Gerry Hofgren, Denis Norman 3/10/56
in Jane Puccio's backyard
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Tom Whitenack, sandy Christiano, Josephine DiPietro, Tom Letsch 3/10/56
in Jane Puccio's backyard
(courtesy of Shirlee Sarver Iacono)

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 Terence Meehan on Berry Hill Road, August 1956
(courtesy of Terence Meehan)

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 On Georgia Drive, c. 1957
Front row:  Randy Stricker, Ian Donohue; back row:  Kevin Keegan, Tom Stricker, Esme Donohue
(courtesy of Randy Stricker)



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Underhill Boulevard under construction;
after completion, this road was used as a drag strip (Pam's dad, Syosset's usually-staid postmaster, took Pam on her first over-100 MPH ride in the Triumph below on Underhill Boulevard.)


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Left, Pam and Bob Boslet Jr. with Bob's 1952 TR2, Summer, 1958;
Right, the same TR2 in June, 1959.  Please drive safely.

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Ribbon-cutting ceremony for Underhill Boulevard, September 29, 1958
A. Holly Patterson, Nassau County Executive, is at the podium. On the right: Lewis Waters, former Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor; John C. Schulz, Chamber of Commerce President; unidentified; A. Holly Patterson; John J. Burns, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor; Abby Katzman, Syosset attorney

   Listen to Joseph Boslet; click here:  Underhill Boulevard


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Singer Manufacturing Co., Underhill Blvd., 1961
(photo courtesy of The Library of Congress, 
Prints and Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection: 
Singer Company envelope, postmarked August 8, 1969, 
advertising Elvis Presley in concert August 17, 1969 on NBC-TV, sponsored by Singer

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 Fairchild Camera and Instrument Co., 1953 
(photo courtesy of The Library of Congress, Prints and 
Photographs Division, Gottscho-Schleisner Collection:


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Vintage Fairchild aerial camera and magazine

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Vintage Fairchild military camera

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 Arthur S. Underhill farm in Syosset
from a 1958 Dime Savings Bank calendar
The artist is Tschamber.

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The barns in this c. '70s photo of the Powell Farm at the Old Bethpage Village Restoration
were originally on the Arthur S. Underhill farm in Syosset.
 (August Viemeister, An Architectural Journey through Long Island,
Kennikat Press Corp., Port Washington, N.Y./London, 1974)

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The Syosset Theatre, OPENING SOON!
"Designed for 1980 rather than 1956"

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The United Syosset Aid program received 
the opening day proceeds of the new Syosset Theatre.
Left, the agreement signing:
Standing, Edmund Roel (Joint Civic Council president), Ted Allen (Syosset Theatre),
John Schulz (Chamber of Commerce president), William Ferris (Rotary Club), Abby Katzman (Lions Club president), Michael Dane (Kiwanis) and John Martin (Island Federal Savings and Loan Association).
Seated, Honorable Cortland A. Johnson, Justice of the Supreme Court. 


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Syosset Cinerama
The Syosset Theatre opened Nov. 20, 1956; it re-opened June 26th 1959 as the first purposely built 70mm Cinerama theatre in America.  It had 1450 seats, an 18 m screen and Ashcraft Super Cinex arcs.  The theatre closed and was torn down in the early 90s. 
(photo on left courtesy of Roland Lataille;
photo on right courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Announcing Syosset Cinerama, 1959
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Poster advertising Windjammer, shown in Cinemiracle,  Syosset Theatre, c. 1959

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Syosset Theatre presents
Seven Wonders of the World
Left, 1959; Right, 1960

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Tickets to Syosset Theatre August 14, 1960
Cinerama:  Windjammer

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Syosset Theatre presents
West Side Story, April 19, 1962

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Syosset Theatre presents
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,
October 22, 1963

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Syosset Theatre presents
How the West Was Won, 1963

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Syosset Theatre presents Funny Girl, 1968
Die-cut folding promotional piece

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Syosset Theatre, 1977
(photo courtesy of Joe Maggio)


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The Syosset Theatre in 1957
Top center, the lobby; top right, snack bar;
Bottom right, the projection room; bottom center and right, the women's lounge
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Syosset Theatre, c. '80s
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)


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Ticket with photo for the opening of the UA Cinema 150 on Jericho Turnpike c. 1969
It was recently demolished.
(images courtesy of Robert Weisgerber)


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Left, Split Rock Road (taken from Split Rock School), 1957
Right, Cold Spring Road, c. 1960 
(photo on right, courtesy of Diane Oley)

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Looking up Dawes Avenue from Jackson Avenue after the blizzard of 1960
The Mihaly house is on the left

(image courtesy of Charles Weidig)

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After Blizzard of 2/3-4 1961
(images courtesy of Ed Moran)



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Jackson Avenue facing southwest, c. 1962.
The Towne Diner is visible.
(image courtesy of Tony Maimone and Tom Montalbano)



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Jackson Avenue facing northwest, c. 1962.
Pergament and Weintraub's are visible.

(image courtesy of Tony Maimone and Tom Montalbano)



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Jackson Avenue facing southwest, at Jericho Turnpike, c. 1962.
The Democratic Headquarters is visible, as is the Meadowbrook Bank.

(image courtesy of Tony Maimone and Tom Montalbano)




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Crest Manufacturing Co. on Underhill Boulevard, postcard postmarked 1965;
old faucet washer tin from Crest
 It became Crest/Good Mfg. Co. in 1963.

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Georgia Drive, Winter of 1963
(courtesy of Randy Stricker)

Below, the Syosset Sweet Shop: 
(photos courtesy of Caren Haas Ballentine)


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Syosset Sweet Shop at 18 Cold Spring Rd, 1963, owned by Carl and Clara Haas 


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Behind the counter:  Left, Carl Haas; center, Richard Haas; Right, Tim Cleary


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Left, full of customers; center, long view;
Right, Evelyn Stephenson (Clara's mom) ringing up candy sales 


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Left, Evelyn Stephenson ringing up sales 
Right, Clara Haas waiting on tables


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Left, Loft candy display 
Right, magazines!

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 Syosset Sweet Shop by Lauren Weidenman, SHS Class of '75, 1973
(image courtesy of Leslie Weidenman)

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 The famous "Seth and Pete" graffiti written 
on the Ira Rd. wall of the shopping center on Jackson Ave.
Seth is the late Seth Bier; Pete is Pete Ziegler.
"SETH + PETE" was written in the early '60s;
"WHO ARE" and "ARE BURNT"  were added later. 
More on this in Syosset Stories.
(1997 image, just before erasure, courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Peter (Pete) Ziegler
at work in the Peak Sweet Shop, Jackson Avenue and ira Road
(photos courtesy of Audrey Schwartz) 

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Syosset-Woodbury Park c. 1965-1966
formerly the Tinker Estate
Above, flag posted during the opening ceremonies, June 13, 1965
Below right, Teresa Ferri Quinn
(images courtesy of Stephanie Ferri Green)

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Tearing down old stores to make way for new bank, early '70s


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Building the bank on Jackson Avenue

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Ice Storm, 1/14/78
(images courtesy of Ed Moran)

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Snow Storms, 1978
Left, after near-blizzard of 1/19-20
Right,  after Blizzard of  2/6-7
(images courtesy of Ed Moran)

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After Blizzard of 4/6/1982
(images courtesy of Ed Moran)

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 Blizzard of 2/11-12/1983
Left, during
Right, after
(images courtesy of Ed Moran)


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Left, Bahnhof' Delicatessen on Jackson Avenue, already closed, July 2000
This building once housed the Bank of Syosset.
Right, 1960 advertisement

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Interior of Bahnhof in the early 60s
Carl, left, and Fred
(image courtesy of Ed Eschler)


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Sign from Bahnhof Deli; Bahnhof means "station" in German.
(image courtesy of Diane DeeDee Krueger Crammer)

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Syosset Drug and Surgical, 38 Cold Spring Road (closed)

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Stores along Cold Spring Road, 1984
from Newsday Magazine, May 6, 1984

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The back of the postcard on the left reads:  "PLAINVIEW MOTORS, INC.
 So. Oyster Bay Rd. (next to L. I. Expressway intersection) SYOSSET, N.Y.
Right, inside Plainview Ford, 1965


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Plainview Ford Registration holder c. 50s, with ads

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Plainview Ford, 1960 advertisement

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The caption of the Syosset Community Hospital postcard on the left reads:
 "A new modern medical facility for an expanding Long Island... Across the street from the famous Villa Victor Restaurant and Island Lodge Motel."
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)
Right, North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, formerly Syosset Community Hospital, on Jericho Turnpike

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 Syosset Hospital vintage volunteer service pins

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First Aid Facts from Syosset Community Hospital
Pull inner slide until the black dot appears under "Ailment" to be treated and read its "Symptoms" and method of "Treatment" in windows below.
(image courtesy of Larry Chernow)

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Syosset Public Library on South Oyster Bay Road, opened in 1970 

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The Cerro water tower, demolished September 2004
The Cerro Wire & Cable Co. on Robbins Lane produced electrical conduit and hot-rolled copper rods from the 1950s through 1986.

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Left, Syosset Memorial Garden 
(from the Residents For a More Beautiful Syosset website);
Center, Korean War Memorial; Right, Vietnam War Memorial

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Jackson Avenue during the "Blizzard of 2003" 
(photo by Tom Montalbano) 

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Mun's Laundry, Spring 2004
Longtime fixture on Ira Road
"Sadly for Rent"
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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2005:  This was the old Sunoco station on the corner of Jackson Ave. and Convent Rd.
It will soon be replaced by a branch of the Wachovia Bank.
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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 2006:  Construction of the Wachovia Bank branch begins
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Above:  The plan to renovate/replace the buildings shown immediately below (in 2005):
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Corner of Jackson Avenue and Muttontown Road
Center, sites of the Andrew Wencko Grocery (left, which looks intact in the plan) and the old Puccio's Barber Shop, later the Village Tavern;
Right, behind the corner building is the auto body shop which was once the Syosset Fire Department.
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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March 1952 Advertisement for the Village Tavern
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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1953 Advertisement for the Village Tavern
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Corner of Jackson Avenue and Muttontown Road
Construction underway March 2006
(images courtesy of Tom Montalbano

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 2005:  The Smoke Shop that moved into the site of the 
old Weinstocks/Weintraubs "Everything Store."
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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2005:  "Jim Balletta's Lex Realty is being remodeled to resemble an earlier time. 
 The brick work on top was uncovered recently, when workers started to remove
 the brown siding that had been up for years.  Presently, masons are matching the old brick with new.  It's looking good."  Tom Montalbano
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)


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The hill from Syosset Woodbury Road to Woodbury Road
(dangerous left turn onto Woodbury Road) being taken away in 2006
and a piece of the pavement
(images courtesy of Barbra Broidy)

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 Syosset Glass Company, September 2008
This landmark building is at 60 Underhill Boulevard, near Tredwell Avenue, 
In 1914, it was a farmhouse owned by F. De Rosa; this stretch of Underhill Blvd. was High Street.

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 Corner of parking lot, Syosset Glass Company,September 2008
Is this the site of an old graveyard?
Are the graves shown below still here or were they moved?

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Florence C.  Wencko Kwiatkowski drew these maps of the area and the graves she saw in 1926.  "Two old grey tombstones visible from the footpath had American flags in front of them. The area was overgrown with grass and old apple trees and the time of year when I first saw it was August 1926. The flags were for 2 soldiers buried there before World War I.
(contributed by Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)



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Left, current location of Syosset Glass; center, Nassau County Tax Assessor map showing likely location of graves at "113."; right, aerial view.
The map in the center shows Kings St., the street that never was.  Did the gravesite stop the contruction of Kings St.? And/or, it was said that Mr. Burden, Woodside Acres, didn't
want another street running thru next to his property line.
(left, contributed by Tom Montalbano; center and right, contributed by Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)


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Exits for Route 135, Ralph J. Marino Expressway (formerly Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway), on the Northern State Parkway (left) and the Long Island Expressway (right) 
(photos by Doug Kerr)

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