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Long Island downtowns then and now

While Long Island's downtowns have evolved over the years, many of the shops have retained a vintage feel, and landmarks remind communities of their deep histories. Take a look at some of Long Island's downtowns past and present and if you have vintage photos of Long Island downtowns that you'd like to share, send them to michael.cusanelli@newsday.com.

Freeport - 1978

Trees and gardens dot the new Freeport Mall
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus

Trees and gardens dot the new Freeport Mall on South Main Street in Freeport on May 18, 1978. The concept of shutting off Main Street to traffic to create a pedestrian mall setting didn't pan out, and was abandoned in 1986.

The intersection of Main Street and Merrick Road
Photo Credit: Kayla Dwyer

The intersection of Main Street and Merrick Road in Freeport.

Great Neck, early 1900s

In the early 1900s, Middle Neck Road in

In the early 1900s, Middle Neck Road in Great Neck thrived with storefronts and other services.

Middle Neck Road in Great Neck is seen
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Middle Neck Road in Great Neck is seen on Sept. 5, 2017.

New Cassel - 1990

Businesses along Prospect Avenue in downtown New Cassel
Photo Credit: Newsday / Jim Peppler

Businesses along Prospect Avenue in downtown New Cassel are seen in this July 1990 photo.

Businesses along Prospect Avenue in downtown New Cassel
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Businesses along Prospect Avenue in downtown New Cassel are seen on Sept. 5, 2017.

Freeport - 1979

Businesses along the Nautical Mile in Freeport's waterfront
Photo Credit: Newsday Staff

Businesses along the Nautical Mile in Freeport's waterfront section are shown in this July 6, 1979, photo.

Businesses along the Nautical Mile in Freeport's waterfront
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Businesses along the Nautical Mile in Freeport's waterfront section are shown in this Sept. 1, 2017, photo.

Rockville Center - 1970

Businesses along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre are
Photo Credit: Newsday Staff

Businesses along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre are shown in this July 9, 1970, photo.

Businesses along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre are
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Businesses along Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre are shown in this Sept. 1, 2017, photo.

Babylon - 1978

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island
Photo Credit: Bob Sacha/Newsday

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

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The intersection of Main Street and Fire Island Avenue in Babylon as seen on Sept. 1, 2017.

Patchogue Village - 1980

Swezey's department store in downtown Patchogue Village is
Photo Credit: Newsday/John H. Cornell Jr.

Swezey's department store in downtown Patchogue Village is shown in this Jan. 14, 1980, photo. The department store was located at the intersection of Main Street and North Ocean Avenue.

The New Village Apartments were built on the
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The New Village Apartments were built on the site of the former Swezey's Department Store in Patchogue Village on the corner where Main Street intersects with North Ocean Avenue. The apartment complex is shown here in this July 11, 2017, photo.

Great Neck - 1975

North Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza is
Photo Credit: Newsday

North Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza is shown in this Nov. 6, 1975, photo.

North Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza is
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

North Station Plaza in Great Neck Plaza is shown in this July 25, 2017, photo.

Port Washington - 1973

The intersection of Port Washington Boulevard and Main
Photo Credit: Newsday staff

The intersection of Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street is shown in this July 2, 1973, photo.

The corner of Port Washington Boulevard and Main
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The corner of Port Washington Boulevard and Main Street in Port Washington is shown in this July 25, 2017, photo.

Garden City - 1975

H.L. Gross Bro. Jewelers on Franklin Avenue in
Photo Credit: Newsday staff

H.L. Gross Bro. Jewelers on Franklin Avenue in downtown Garden City is shown in this Jan. 31, 1975, photo.

H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers on Franklin Avenue
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

H.L. Gross & Bro. Jewelers on Franklin Avenue in Garden City is shown in this July 25, 2017, photo.

Huntington - then

Royal L. Green of Huntington holds a 1905
Photo Credit: Newsday / Cliff De Bear

Royal L. Green of Huntington holds a 1905 photograph of the northeast corner of Wall and Main streets in Huntington at the same location on July 25, 1963.

Courtney Maitland-White, of England, holds the 1963 photo
Photo Credit: Joe Diglio

Courtney Maitland-White, of England, holds the 1963 photo of Royal L. Green at the same street corner -- the intersection of Wall and Main streets in Huntington -- on Aug. 4, 2016.

Bayville - 1981

Downtown Bayville on the corner of Ludlam and
Photo Credit: Newsday staff

Downtown Bayville on the corner of Ludlam and Bayville avenues as seen on Jan. 13, 1981.

The intersection of Bayville and Ludlam avenues in
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The intersection of Bayville and Ludlam avenues in downtown Bayville is shown on July 11, 2017.

Farmingdale Theater

The Farmingdale Theater on Main Street in Farmingdale
Photo Credit: Newsday / Dick Kraus

The Farmingdale Theater on Main Street in Farmingdale sold movie tickets for 77 cents on Feb. 15, 1978. The theater opened on the corner of Main and Prospect streets in 1942, shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

The site of the former Farmingdale Theater as
Photo Credit: Kayla Dwyer

The site of the former Farmingdale Theater as seen in July 2016. The theater closed in 1984 and the building now houses a law firm.

Port Jefferson - 1979

Chandler Square in downtown Port Jefferson at the
Photo Credit: Newsday staff

Chandler Square in downtown Port Jefferson at the intersection of Main Street and Route 112 in shown in this July 6, 1979, photo.

Chandler Square in Port Jefferson on the corner
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Chandler Square in Port Jefferson on the corner of Main Street and Route 25A as seen on July 18, 2017.

Westbury Village - 1990

Downtown Westbury Village near the theater is shown
Photo Credit: Newsday/Julia Gaines

Downtown Westbury Village near the theater is shown in this March 1990 photo.

The Space at Westbury on Post Avenue is
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

The Space at Westbury on Post Avenue is shown in this July 2017 photo.

Westhampton Beach - 1994

Shops in downtown Westhampton Beach are shown in
Photo Credit: Newsday/John H. Cornell Jr.

Shops in downtown Westhampton Beach are shown in this May 1994 photo.

Several shops and restaurants on Main Street in
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Several shops and restaurants on Main Street in downtown Westhampton Beach, including the Beach Bakery Cafe, are shown in this July 18, 2017, photo.

Riverhead - 1981

Businesses on Main Street in Riverhead are shown
Photo Credit: Newsday staff

Businesses on Main Street in Riverhead are shown in this Oct. 22, 1981, photo.

Downtown Riverhead has recently undergone a series of
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Downtown Riverhead has recently undergone a series of renovations, most notably the restoration of the Suffolk Theater on Main Street, as seen in this July 18, 2017, photo.

Greenport - 1989

Shops in downtown Greenport are shown in this
Photo Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Shops in downtown Greenport are shown in this July 1989 photo.

Several shops, including the Fiedler Gallery on Main
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Several shops, including the Fiedler Gallery on Main Street, are shown in this photo of downtown Greenport on July 18, 2017.

East Hampton - 1990

Shops along Main Street in East Hampton's downtown
Photo Credit: Newsday/Ken Spencer

Shops along Main Street in East Hampton's downtown area are shown in this August 1990 photo.

Bookhampton on 41 Main St. in downtown East
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

Bookhampton on 41 Main St. in downtown East Hampton is seen in this July 18, 2017, photo.

Hempstead Village - 1953

Holiday shoppers jam the streets of Hempstead on
Photo Credit: Newsday / Ike Eichorn

Holiday shoppers jam the streets of Hempstead on Nov. 28, 1953.

North Franklin Street in downtown Hempstead is shown
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

North Franklin Street in downtown Hempstead is shown in this July 11, 2017, photo.

Glen Cove - 1994

An aerial view of School Street in downtown
Photo Credit: Newsday/Matt McDermott

An aerial view of School Street in downtown Glen Cove is shown in this November 1994 photo.

School Street in downtown Glen Cove, including Glen
Photo Credit: Michael Cusanelli

School Street in downtown Glen Cove, including Glen Cove Cinemas, is shown in this July 11, 2017, photo.

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