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The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island Avenue has been an area of commerce for years, as pictured in 1978.

Then & Now - Long Island downtowns

How have Long Island's downtowns changed over the years and what does the future hold?
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The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island Avenue has been an area of commerce for years, as pictured in 1978.

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island Avenue has had a face lift since 1978.

The intersection of Main Street and South Park

The intersection of Main Street and South Park Street in 1974.

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The intersection of Main Street and South Park
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

The intersection of Main Street and South Park Street has changed little from 1974 to now.

Jerry Wolkoff hopes to develop the Heartland Town

Jerry Wolkoff hopes to develop the Heartland Town Square in this open area of Brentwood.

This is the vision of Jerry Wolkoff for

This is the vision of Jerry Wolkoff for the proposed Heartland Town Square in an undeveloped area of Brentwood.

Areas of Freeport have remained the same throughout

Areas of Freeport have remained the same throughout the years, but the Nautical Mile has provided the area with a boost.

Areas of Freeport have remained the same throughout

Areas of Freeport have remained the same throughout the years, but the Nautical Mile has provided the area with a boost.

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The Hempstead train station, circa 1900.
(Credit: File photo)

The Hempstead train station, circa 1900.

The evolution of the Hempstead train station in

The evolution of the Hempstead train station in 100 years is apparent, and more plans for the surrounding area are in the works.

Dwntown Huntington has long offered residents a neighborly
(Credit: Huntington Historical Society)

Dwntown Huntington has long offered residents a neighborly quality of life.

The downtown Huntington area, like Northport, has long

The downtown Huntington area, like Northport, has long been a Long Island area of business and entertainment.

The construction of the Long Island Expressway has

The construction of the Long Island Expressway has been vital to the development of downtown areas further east.

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The construction of the Long Island Expressway has
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

The construction of the Long Island Expressway has been vital to the development of downtown areas further east.

Northport's Main Street, right near the waterfront, has
(Credit: File photo)

Northport's Main Street, right near the waterfront, has long been a popular destination for locals and consumers from elsewhere.

Downtown Northport has maintained its feel, boasting several
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Downtown Northport has maintained its feel, boasting several old time shops, popular restaurants and shopping next to the water.

Main Street Patchogue is pictured nearly a century
(Credit: Photo Courtesy of Phil Trypuc)

Main Street Patchogue is pictured nearly a century ago. The Sweezy's department store was in business at this intersection.

Patchogue's Main Street has been the location of
(Credit: Daniel Goodrich)

Patchogue's Main Street has been the location of a rejuvenation thanks to the restoration of the local theater.

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Riverhead is currently building a large hotel near

Riverhead is currently building a large hotel near the town's aquarium. The downtown area merchants battle the busy nearby Route 58.

Riverhead is currently building a large hotel near

Riverhead is currently building a large hotel near the town's aquarium. The downtown area merchants battle the busy nearby Route 58.