Long Island places we loved

From Crazy Eddie, The Wiz and Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market to My Father's Place, The Oak Beach Inn and Koenig's restaurant, Long Island has loved and lost many beloved shops, restaurants, nightclubs and attractions over the years. Here are our favorites.

(Dates in parentheses indicate when the photos were taken.)


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From Crazy Eddie, The Wiz and Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market to My Father's Place, The Oak Beach Inn and Koenig's restaurant, Long Island has loved and lost many beloved shops, restaurants, nightclubs and attractions over the years. Here are our favorites.

(Dates in parentheses indicate when the photos were taken.)

The Oak Beach Inn in Oak Beach. Notice the car in the parking lot has a "Save the Oak Beach Inn" bumper sticker on its rear bumper. (Aug. 15, 1980)


Entenmann's baking plant in Bay Shore ceased production in August 2014. In December 2015, it was announced the building would be transformed into a new industrial park. Entenmann's began as a bake shop and expanded to the plant for large-scale production. This is the factory on Aug. 14, 2014.

B. Freedman Jewelers

B. Freedman Jewelers, at 345 New York Ave., in Huntington closed in June 2014 after 78 years in business. This photo was taken on Nov. 3, 2010.


Blockbuster Video at 1633 Dutch Broadway in Elmont. (Nov. 15, 2005)

Roosevelt Raceway Flea Market in Westbury (Sept. 20, 1995)

Freeport Speedway

Also known as Freeport Stadium and Freeport Municipal Stadium, Freeport Speedway was in operation in various incarnations from 1933 to 1983. It's currently the site of a BJ Wholesale Club. (April 21, 1974)

Rickel Home Center on Northern Boulevard in Greenvale closed on Jan. 4, 1992. (April 1, 1987)

Jones Beach Marine Theater

Before rock bands roamed the stage and Northwell Health lent its name, Jones Beach was home to the Marine Theater, where audiences watched lavish Broadway musicals -- like this one from the '50s that featured a moat within the stage area -- produced by "Mr. New Year's Eve" himself, Guy Lombardo. Lombardo's orchestra, the Royal Canadians, would also play during intermission. Some guests would arrive via motorboat from Lombardo's Freeport restaurant across the bay.

The Long Island Arena (Commack)

The minor-league hockey Long Island Ducks and the American Basketball Association's New York Nets played at the Long Island Arena in Commack, but the always-freezing barn hosted some pretty decent concerts in its day, including Peter Frampton, who recorded a large part of his landmark "Frampton Comes Alive" album inside the arena. It's pictured here on Dec. 8, 1964.


Tuning to 92.7 FM (WLIR/WDRE, "The station that dares to be different") gave Long Island kids a musical education in New Wave, punk, post-punk and synth-pop. It was the place to hear the Smiths, Duran Duran and Depeche Mode and great jocks like Larry the Duck, Malibu Sue and Donna Donna. "Dare to be Different," a documentary about the radio station, screened at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Here, Jed Morey, when he was president of WLIR Radio, on April 5, 1999.

Flynn's Restaurant on Maple Avenue in Bay Shore. (May 14, 1974)

Rocky Point Drive-in

The Rocky Point Drive-In, pictured Nov. 23, 1977, during its idle winter months, on Route 25.

Melville's 110 Drive-in

Melville's 110 Drive-In, pictured on Oct. 19, 1969.

Victor Koenig

Victor Koenig's, Floral Park: Victor Koenig's in Floral Park has served its last sauerbraten. The 71-year-old German-continental restaurant has closed. A staff message on the Koenig's web site stated: "We regret that we cannot continue to serve you, our faithful customers. The past 71 years have been full of good times, good food, and the appreciation of our loyal clients."

Paddy McGees

Paddy McGees Fish House & Bar, a fixture in Island Park for 30 years, was devastated by superstorm Sandy in October 2012 and never reopened. (July 13, 2008)

Hampton Bays Diner, Hampton Bays: Hampton Bays Diner, a local landmark for three decades, has closed in a dispute over payment of rent and taxes.


Mitchell's, the 11-year-old diner in Oceanside known for its house-made ice cream and toppings, closed in July 2015.

Lily Pond Nightclub at 44 Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton, May 5, 2008.

Bistro Citron

Bistro Citron, Roslyn: A fixture overlooking Roslyn's duck pond since 2003, Bistro Citron has closed. Reststar Inc., the owners, will be replacing the casual French eatery with a casual Italian one, Salumeria Pomodoro.

Tony Roma's restaurant on Jericho Turnpike in Syosset (Aug. 7, 1989)

The Industry Night Club at 2686 Hempstead Tpke. in Levittown, June 4, 2011.

Custard's Last Stand was a cleverly named and popular ice cream spot in Long Beach in the 1950s.

Christiano's in Syosset, thought by many to be the inspiration behind Billy Joel's "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant," has closed for good.

Bohack was founded in 1887 by Henry C. Bohack, whose namesake stores operated until 1977. Bohack's grocery store can be seen in background of this undated photo taken during a parade in downtown Babylon.

Sugar, Carle Place: The kitchen at the club closed in early 2013.

The Farmingdale Theater on Main Street in Farmingdale (Feb. 15, 1978)

Port Royal Pub & Grille

Port Royal Pub and Grille, Islip: Gone is this oddball pirate-themed eatery that opened in 2010 and received a one-star review in May of that year. The place had a star turn on Travel Channel's "Man v. Food" when host Adam Richman successfully took on the Davy Jones' Locker challenge, eating massive amounts of seafood.

Boomy's New York Deli

Boomy's New York Deli, a 31-year-old Kosher-style restaurant on South Oyster Bay Road in Plainview, shuttered in July, 2015.

Spartan Diner, a Greek-American longtime favorite in Farmingdale, closed in 2014.

The Westbury Drive-In opened in 1953 and provided big-screen, outdoor entertainment for 45 years before closing in 1998. The theater held 950 cars. (1996)

Four Food Studio, in Melville: The sprawling, space age-chic eatery started serving the business-lunch and cocktail crowds in 2005. Restaurant partners Jay Grossman and Ray Sidhom, who own the building, say they are planning a second act.

CoCo's Water Cafe at 917 New York Ave., Huntington, closed in 2004. (Jan. 22, 2004)

The Huntington Townhouse was a catering hall that began as a restaurant named Gerard's in the 1950s. The structure measured 148,000 square feet and sat on 17.5 acres of land off Jericho Turnpike. (1975)

Antonette's in Bellmore closed in 2014, after nearly 10 years of serving Italian fare.

New construction on the Patchogue movie theater on Main Street. (June 1, 1989)

Mother Kelly's, in Cedarhurst, served residents for 30 years.

56th Fighter Group Headquarters, which evoked a WWII theme with piped-in big band music and memorabilia, closed in August 2012. For 28 years, patrons who came to dine at the restaurant located next to Republic Airport in Farmingdale could listen to the airport control tower via headphones in some of the booths. (June 4, 2010)

Canterbury Ales in Huntington served a British-inspired menu for more than 36 years before closing its heavy wooden doors for good. (Aug. 26, 2013)

Old Huntington Fire Department headquarters is now empty after department built new quarters on Main Street (Route 25A) in Huntington. (Jan. 26, 1960)

Bee Hive Department Store on Main Street in Patchogue. (May 24, 1960)

People wait in line to get into Rosebuds Patio Cafe on New York Avenue in Huntington Village. (July 2, 1992)

Huntington Station looking north on New York Avenue. (Nov. 30, 1962)


CoolFish, Syosset: The iconic Syosset restaurant CoolFish is now shuttered. Hidden away in an office building, the dining spot launched 15 years ago under the aegis of chef-restaurateur Tom Schaudel. Its ambitious seafood-slanted repertoire garnered three stars from Newsday's Peter M. Gianotti in 2000 and earned that same rating in 2012 when reviewed again.

Jukebox Cafe on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge (Jan. 3, 1994)

Bennigan's restaurant on Motor Parkway in Hauppauge. (Aug. 7, 1989)

Chateau LaBoheme restaurant and bar on Smithtown Avenue in Bohemia. (July 24, 1970)

Orlando's restaurant on New Street in Huntington.

Gil Clark's, a restaurant on Maple Avenue in Bay Shore

John Anthony's Water Cafe in Babylon (Jan. 23, 1987)

Chwatsky's Department Store on Long Beach Road in Oceanside closed in 1995. (Dec. 3, 1982)