A Syosset Scrapbook 

 Part Four


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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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Local Restaurants and Bars

Boslet's Restaurant


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Local Restaurants and Bars

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Liquor license application in 1860 by tavern owner Cornelius Van Sise 
"To sell Strong and Spiritous Liquors and Wines"

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Matchbook cover from Langon's Restaurant on Jericho Turnpike, c. 1930;
Langon's later became Romaine's

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Romaine's Bonnie Brook Lodge, Jericho Turnpike, 1946

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Matchbook cover from the Oaks Restaurant, Jericho Turnpike

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Matchbook cover from the Peacock Restaurant, Jericho Turnpike

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Matchbook cover from the Peacock Manor, Jericho Turnpike

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Interior of the Syosset Manor, 347 Jericho Turnpike, c. 1950

(image courtesy of Warren Mills)

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Jimmy Eaton's Lamp Post, 347 Jericho Turnpike, advertisement, 1955

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Matchbook cover from Jimmy Eaton's Lamp Post

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Matchbook cover from The Grass Hut, 347 Jericho Turnpike

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Matchbook cover advertising Manero's Al Dowd's, 347 Jericho Turnpike


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Next at 347 Jericho Turnpike was the Jewel of India, demolished in June 2012.
(images center and right courtesy of brian Fitterman)

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The Woodbury Restaurant
Jericho Turnpike at South Woods Road, northeast corner, c. mid-1930s
(photo postcard image courtesy of Mary Wencko Gaida)

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The Woodbury Restaurant January 8, 1955
Owned by the Petersons. Ann was
the assistant manager at Bank of Syosset.
(image courtesy of Florence Kwaitkowski Sendrowski)



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T-shirt from The Shamrock Pub

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 The famous Stockholm Restaurant in Manhattan had a "Country Place" in Syosset, c. '40s, 
at South Woods Road and Jericho Turnpike
It burned down c. late 40s.


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          Early matchbook cover from the Stockholm Restaurant

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Napkin from the Stockholm Restaurant

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Matchbook cover from the Northern Lights, Jericho Turnpike, c. '40s


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Pierre's Restaurant, c. 1940; formerly Restaurant Cordon Rouge and later the Viennese Coach, Jericho Turnpike

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Matchbook cover from Pierre's


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Viennese Coach, Jericho Turnpike; Russ Lindstrum's business card and glass from the restaurant
(image on left, courtesy of Larry Chernow)



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Viennese Coach, Jericho Turnpike; cover of menu, c. 1960s

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   Matchbook from Viennese Coach
(courtesy of Florence Kwiatkowski Sendrowski)


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   Menu from Viennese Coach
(courtesy of Larry Chernow)


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Matchbooks  from Viennese Coach

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Villa Victor, Frank Zani's French restaurant, Jericho Turnpike
"Flagstone Bar and Cocktail Lounge.  Summer or Winter, Leisure Dining is yours."


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          Aerial views of Villa Victor, c. 1940s



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Matchbook covers from Villa Victor

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The pond at the North Ritz Club today, formerly Villa Victor


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Brochure from the Island Lodge Motel adjoining the Villa Victor
The advertisement says "contains one of the most beautiful swimming pools on Long Island" (!)
and "as you relax on your private patio, there are no cars in sight, no busy highway..."
(just a brick wall...)


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Business cards:  Island Lodge and Villa Victor

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Vintage Villa Victor ashtray
(image courtesy of Larry Chernow)

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Villa Victor ashtray


Below:  Milleridge Inn


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Top left, Milleridge Village, c. 1970s;  Milleridge Inn, Jericho, built in 1672 on property acquired by trade from the Matinecock Indians.  "One of America's famous old Inns.  Luncheons from $1.95, dinners from $3.25.  Superb American cuisine."
Second row, far right:  August Viemeister, An Architectural Journey through Long Island, Kennikat Press Corp., Port Washington, N.Y./London, 1974)

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Matchbook cover from The Milleridge Inn


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Members of The Brigade of the American Revolution commemorate the area's participation in the American Revolution at the Milleridge Inn

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Milleridge Inn Mother's day greetings




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 Top left, The Maine Maid Tea House; 
The Maine Maid;
 Route 106 and Jericho Turnpike, Jericho 
(bottom left, Cyril A. Lewis, Historical Long Island Paintings and Sketches,
The Long Island Forum, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., 1964)

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Left and center, Maine Maid interior and right, history

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Town and Country Diner on Jericho Turnpike
(photo left, courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Matchbook cover from the Syosset Coach Grill, 40 West Jericho Turnpike

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Brancato's on W. Jericho Turnpike, advertisement, 1962


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Burger Square on Jericho Turnpike, Sept. 1969, right after the fire that closed it
(images courtesy of Joe Maggio)

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Matchbook cover from D's, 510 Jericho Turnpike, c. 1970s
"Famous for the Dockets of Delights"

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Matchbook cover from Moonraker, 650 Jericho Turnpike, c. 1970s


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Matchbook cover from Cafe Testarossa, 499 Jericho Turnpike
It was the site of Joey Buttafuoco's get-out-of-jail celebration in 1994.


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Matchbook cover from Capriccio Restaurant, 399 Jericho Turnpike, c. 1970s

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The Fox Hollow Inn across from the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park, c. 1974


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Asparagii Natural Foods, 44 W. Jericho Turnpike matchbook

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Matchbook cover from the Paddock Inn, Jericho Turnpike

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The Royal Viking on Jericho Turnpike, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Erik Larsen, c. 1974


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Royal Viking match books
(images courtesy of Larry Chernow)

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Postcards of the Mah Jong Restaurant, Jericho Turnpike, owned by Peter and Nellie Chinn 
Upper left, art by S. Savino; from the postcard on lower right:  "Long Island's leading Chinese-Polynesian restaurant.  New ALOHA ROOM for south seas dining.  Exotic cocktails in BAMBOO LOUNGE.  Open air patio and Chinese 'Art' garden.  Hawaiian entertainment week-ends and exciting LUAU 'table of plenty' on Wednesdays."

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Mah Jong advertisement c. 1974

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Matchbook from Peter and Susan Yee's restaurant on Jericho Turnpike 
(image courtesy of Susan, Peter, and Edgar Yee)

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Harmony Rest on Jericho Turnpike, advertisement, 1962

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The Skyliner Diner, Jericho Turnpike and South Oyster Bay Rd.
1955 advertisement

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Left, Kyle and Moran's on Jackson Ave. and Convent Road, interior, c. 1950s 
(photo courtesy of Tom Montalbano) 
 Right, Kyle and Moran's is now O'Neill's, 2003.

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Kyle and Moran business card
(courtesy of Johanna S. Kyle)

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Matchbook, 2000 and Christiano's, 2003
 Christiano's closed in February 2014.

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Better days
Michael Mark and John Delin, Christiano's 2000

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The Carnival Room, 98 Jackson Avenue

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The Carnival Room, 98 Jackson Avenue, 1952 advertisement
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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The Carnival Room, 98 Jackson Avenue, 1955 advertisement

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The Towne Diner, Jackson and Whitney Avenues, 1960 advertisement

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Boslet's Restaurant

In the 1930s, the Boslet family took over the former Spreer's Hotel.
During Prohibition, the restaurant also sold illegal beverages
when an interior room functioned as a speakeasy.

   Listen to Joseph Boslet speak of the speakeasy;
 click here:  Speakeasy Part One

and here:  Speakeasy Part Two


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Boslet's Restaurant, west side of Jackson Ave., c. 1940, later in the '40s and February 9, 1945
In 1941, the bar obtained Syosset's first television.


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Closeup of Boslet's


  Listen to Joseph Boslet about Syosset's first TV; click here:  First TV


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Left, Joseph G. Boslet, Sr., Proprietor, 1937
Right, Mr. Boslet with son Joseph Boslet Jr. and George Beatty, early 1940s


  Listen to Joseph Boslet tell more about the restaurant; click here:  Boslet's


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Left, "Johnny", Milton Titus, "Evelyn "Evvie" Diel and "Doc" Melville, 
Milton and Evvie married.
Center, Herman Brussenski
(Henryk Brusjewski):  "Working Class Hero";
 Right, unidentified, William "Bill" Rynsky, unidentified

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Winifred A. Boslet outside Boslet's

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Nellie Nowak Boslet in kitchen, c. 1943


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Robin Boslet playing as beer is delivered
February 9, 1945

  Listen to Joseph Boslet describe Boslet's menu; click here:  On food

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This menu from Boslet's might include:
Hot roast beef, ham or turkey dinner, with potatoes, three slices of bread
and two vegetables—40˘; 14 oz. glass of beer—10˘

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Coasters from Boslet's

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Robin Boslet and grandmother Winifred at grave of Joseph Boslet, Sr. in 1945, Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury


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January 1947 advertisement
Boslet's had the only television in town during World War II
thanks to the acumen of Joseph and Winifred.
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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1952 advertisement
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)

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Syosset Advance announces Boslet's closing
(image courtesy of Tom Montalbano)


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The old hotel was torn down in 1955, replaced by the
Long Island Savings Bank (left) which was also demolished.
Boslet's is now a parking lot for another bank (currently Astoria Federal Savings and Loan) which was built where the row of stores including Roulston's had been.
 (photo on right by Michael Mark)

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