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Orient biz owner, 19, recalls a ‘classic childhood’ on North Fork
Rosy Brown, 19, is the owner of The Idle Hour ice cream shop.
I've learned that the Brown family goes back a very long time in Orient. Are you related?
Oh, no. I'm not from around here.
Where are you from?
I live in Manhattan, but I've been coming to the North Fork since I was a few weeks old and to Orient since I was 7 or 8. My family lives out here part time.
So you own this ice cream shop, how did that come about?
The landlords told me it was free and it sounded like a fun thing to do. I love food and sweets and it seemed like a nice summer project. I signed a lease for three years, so I'll definitely be here for that long and then I'm not sure.
You're 19! That's a pretty big thing to take on. What about school?
I took a year off between high school and college. I traveled for a while, I was in Africa and India and then I interned in the city at a magazine. This summer I knew I wanted to be around family before I went off to college — although I ended up not really seeing them all that much anyway.
What do you think about Orient?
It's wonderful here. It's a really close community. There is nothing left like this anywhere else, at least not that I've seen. The kids run around here in packs, they come in here in their swimsuits and no shoes — which they're not supposed to do.
It's still in the past. It's a bubble.
How were your summers out here growing up?
I love it out here so much. I prefer it to the city. It's like the classic childhood every parent wants for their children. As a kid you have so much freedom out here. If you run down to the general store, your parents are not worried. There are always kids here without adults in giant packs and they all take care of each other.
Has the business been a success so far?
It's wonderful. I've been blessed that it's been such good business.
Pictured above: Rosy Brown, 19, is the owner of The Idle Hour ice cream shop in Orient. (Aug. 1, 2012)