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Where did you learn to drive on Long Island?

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Parking lots, backroads, empty streets: Tell us where you learned to drive -- or where you're teaching your child to drive -- on Long Island, whether it's the windy stretch behind Airport Plaza or the back lot of the Hicksville mall. 

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Parking lots, back streets. During driver education, we drove around parts of the town of Huntington.

Michael Zwing, Greenlawn

I learned to drive mainly on Sundays at Jones Beach and at Roosevelt Field back in 1965!

Lois Whitman, Freeport

My dad woke me up early on a Sunday morning and took me for my first lesson. We went to Walt Whitman mall

Carol Goldberg , Plainview

When my son started driving, after starting out in big empty parking lots of malls and courthouses,

Angela Laino, Williston park

My mother would take me to the parking lot at Green Acres Shopping Mall and teach me to drive.

Ira Miness, North Woodmere

There was an unusually wide residential street in Franklin Square near Polk Street school where my grandfather made me...

Marjorie Karlin, North Bellmore

My mom used to take me to the Modell's parking lot on Hempstead Tpke in East Meadow

Patricia Glasner, MIDDLE ISLAND

I learned how to drive from the school's driver's ed program, and my dear dad let me drive his 1951 Hudson Hornet with an...

John Wheaton, Huntington township

I taught my children to learn how to drive from an early age, at Jones Beach, Field 4 parking lot.

william wall, levittown

Summer 1976 Island Trees drivers ed., Mr Melnick.

Bob Leuchtmann , Wantagh

I remember hanging with my friend in Valley Stream. I was a year into my license, but vowed to know side streets for a year...

Tommy H, Albertson

I grew up in Brooklyn and learned to drive in the 1950s in Riis Park parking lot.

James Foley, Rockville Centre, NY

The parking lot of Sears on RT. 107 in Hicksville and the Crossway Industrial Park in Syosset.

Scott Shevrin, Syosset

In the dead of winter, my Dad would take me up and down Ocean Parkway.

Terry McDonnell-Ganley, Growing up Rockville Centre, NY - Now retired in North Carolina

St. Charles Cemetery, perfect place, turns, curves, stop signs.

KP, Lindenhurst

Used to drive to Seaford Oyster Exp.

Rich Cook, Valley Stream

I taught over 18 friends and relatives how to drive my Mustang Gt convertible which was a stick, on the roads of Jones Beach...

Diane Michels, Oceanside

I taught all 3 of my children on the Ocean Parkway and in the Robert Moses parking lots.

Marc Cohen, Valley Stream

My father would park a car at Commack HS North when school was not in session and leave us there in a second car to practice...

Pat Navas Biancaniello, Commack

I started out in empty parking lots in Baldwin Park, progressing to side streets through my town.

Aron Cepler, Baldwin

Empty jones beach parking lot first and then industrial park in plainview

Ed Boyce, Wantagh

Mays parking lot on Sunrise highway. My dad thought I was old enough to learn the basics.

Denise Strothman, Massapequa Park

Final exam was the Seaford Oyster Bay Expwy!

Noreen Brittenham, Northport

It’s 1966 and my father has me in the parking lot of Korvettes on Sunrise Highway, West Islip

Marie Boyle, North Babylon

He took me out in the snow in the Cedar Beach parking lot.

Timothy glynn , Then port Jefferson, now setauket

Jones Beach West End 2 parking lot during the offseason, where my mom would teach me all the basics.

Peter Dooher, Garden City

SUNY Farmingdale on weekends. No traffic, one-way roads throughout the campus.

Howard T, Plainview

In the 60’s I learned on the farm roads of the North Fork.

Mary Vrtodusic, Oakdale, NY

At the Tanner Park Copiague empty lots or the Jones beach parking lots

Kevin Earley , West Sayville

On Sundays, he drove us to the parking fields at Green Acres Mall (the stores were closed), where I took the wheel.

Susan Silverman, Wantagh

During the winter on the empty streets and parkways around Jones Beach.

Gary Carlton, Valley Stream

1958 my Grandfather taught me how to drive at Teddy Roosevelt parking lot in Oyster Bay where the firemen used to practice...

Vivian Carter, Vestal NY

Sunken Meadow Parking lots-offseason. My grandfather's East Northport Farm too.

Christian Limbach, East Northport

My Dad taught all of us (there were 5 kids) in the industrial park in Plainview. I taught my sons in the Hauppauge...

Gerry Twomey Kopczynski, Plainview

I learned to drive a stick shift on the hill by the armory in Huntington Station.

Bridget Berbrick, Melville

Started in the drive way and moved to local streets, even drove on expressway at 15 y/o

ed shapiro, plainview

My old man taught me to drive his 1984 Pontiac Sunbird, in and around the jones beach proper.

michael shirin, east rockaway

I taught my daughter to drive at Jones Beach in an empty parking lot.

Sue Stone, Plainview

Driver's ed at Malverne High School. Summer of '75.

Christina Clarke, West Babylon

I taught both my boys how to drive in the Sunken Meadow parking lot.

Mike Conklin, Smithtown

It was during the summer between junior and senior year at Farmingdale H.S., 1973

Nancy Goodrich, Farmingdale

Started on the LIE and went straight in to NYC.

John Hargaden, Miller place

The Patchogue Movie Theater off Sunrise HWY at the crack of dawn.

brian glen, miller place

I learned to drive at the Hempstead Fireman’s Arch Training facility.

Alfred Woodall, Hempstead

I learned to drive in Smithtown on a gravel road in 1964 with a Chevy 1964 full-size station wagon with a stick shift.

Jacob Wicks, Las Vegas

Jones Beach and SUNY Farmingdale parking lots!

Lauren Canavaciol, Farmingdale

In the parking lot of Robert Moses Middle School.

Peggy Nugent, Deer Park

The very first time either of my kids got behind the wheel was at Sunken Meadow State Park.

Lars Olander, Northport

I learned to drive tractors when I was about 9 years old on my uncle’s farm in Melville.

Larry Krummenacker , Hicksville

South Merrick streets and drives to the Old Westbury area.


The first time I pressed the gas pedal of my mom’s 1965 green Chevy Chevelle was in the Allstate building parking lot in...

Heidi Beattie, Huntington

Driver's ed around streets of East Rockaway and Rockville Center.

Theodore Marasco, Copiague

We had driver’s ed and we also used simulators. Think of them as an old fashioned video game.

Barbara Turney , Centereach

We drove on the local streets including Merrick Road.

James Jamilkowski, Massapequa Park

First, my old man took me to the Seaford train station in his '63 Ford Fairlane ...

Don Coburn, Lewes DE

I learned by driving on the highways.

Justin Beauge, Uniondale

Winter in Long Beach, nobody around.

Clemuel Boougah, Lido Beach

I first learned to drive in the Times Square Store parking lot in West Babylon when store was closed on a Sunday.

Linda Roubal , Lindenhurst

Driver's education course at high school in Floral Park.

Eileen Armstrong Larney, Malverne

I learned to drive from a combination of my dad and from a driver's education course at my high school in Southampton.

Kandi conquest, Islip

The parking lot at St. Brigid School in Westbury.

Brian Schwartz,

Garden City. Took driver's ed there. Drove a 1996 Chevy Blazer.

Eric Thorne, East Quogue

Old runways at Mitchel Field Nassau Community College.

Kathleen Wengart,

Out at Mitchell Field.

Mylene Cornelius , Freeport

I grew up in Selden and lost my dad at age 16. My Uncle Bob picked me up every Sunday at 7 a.m., we drove to exit 62 ...

John Christie, Selden

I grew up in Plainview-Old Bethpage and went to JFK HS in the '60s. I took drivers ed and we trained in the school parking lot.

Greg W, Plainview-Old Bethpage

Smith Point parking lot and Riverhead for traffic circles.

Stephanie Southerton, Shirley

The old National Wholesale/Caldor parking lot in West Babylon.

Melissa Morman, Lindenhurst

Billy Blake parking lot in West Babylon.

William Jalbert, North Babylon

Drove around St. Charles and Pinelawn military cemeteries.

Sue Fiore,

The stretch between the Jones Beach Tower and Captree parking lots.

Massimo Fregni ,

I learned in Heckscher State Park and also brought my kids there to practice.

Jennifer King Grossetto, East Islip

The parking lots at Overlook Beach, Cedar Beach and Captree during the winter.

Ken Boasi, North Babylon

On Sundays in K-Mart parking lot in Douglaston. Stores were closed on Sunday and I was learning on a manual transmission.

Joan Carol,

I learned how to drive in a cemetery.

Craig Braun , Commack

Driver’s Ed. while a student at The Wheatley School.

Linda Leaf, East Hills/ Roslyn Heights

I learned with my dad in the Plainview-Old Bethpage High School parking lot.

Rich Chimenti , Plainview

I learned to drive in East Meadow, where we lived (my dad taught me) and in the Brookville-Jericho-Oyster Bay area.

Dave Lappin, East Meadow (now Charlotte, NC)

15 years ago I taught my son to drive in the Sears parking lot in Hicksville.

Mala Khetan, Hicksville

I learned to drive in empty beach parking lots during the winter, usually Ponquogue or Tiana in Hampton Bays.

Anna Harris , Hampton Bays