Fast forwarding Long Island's former Blockbuster Video spots

Blockbuster video, then and now.

Blockbuster video, then and now. (Credit: Google)


Before Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, Amazon and a hundred other places gave people ways to watch videos instantly online, the strip-mall video rental store was a business few could live without. At the top of that industry sat Blockbuster Video. With its iconic blue awning and yellow stenciled logo, Blockbuster blanketed suburbias across the country with its brick-and-mortar shops, including on Long Island. But as mail-order rental service Netflix stole customers, the company eventually withered to the point of bankruptcy and was later sold to Dish Network in 2011. Since then, the company's video rental stores have closed, and only some have found new life.



We looked at 12 former Blockbuster locations on LI, and using the latest current and historical imagery available on Google Maps have created interactive sliders that show just how much the storefronts have changed. Drag the sliders left or right to see the transformations.

444 Hempstead Tpke., West Hempstead, 2007 and 2012

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58 E. Merrick Rd., Valley Stream, 2007 and 2012

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3555 Merrick Rd., Seaford, 2007 and 2012

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357 Route 25A, Rocky Point, 2009 and 2013

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479 E. Main St., Patchogue, 2008 and 2013

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500 Jericho Tpke., Mineola, 2007 and 2013

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1756 Merrick Ave., Merrick, 2007 and 2013

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3831 Hempstead Tpke., Levittown, 2007 and 2011

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19 W. Jericho Tpke., Huntington Station, 2007 and 2013

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55 New York Ave., Huntington, 2008 and 2013

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69 Forest Ave., Glen Cove, 2009 and 2012

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350 Middle Country Rd., Coram, 2008 and 2013

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