Long Ago Long Island, New York--Revisit the Year 1961

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Just several weeks ago I was fortunate to have been sent some pictures of Wantagh, Long Island, New York; it's the town I was raised in.  My memories of growing up here are wonderful and the pictures reminded me of a long ago time there.  When traffic wasn't crazy, there was room to BREATHE, the doors weren't locked and all the neighbors not only knew each other, but got together once a week for card parties and barbeques!

I am only 15 minutes away from there now, but my mother still lives there in the same house. A house I believe she paid  $12,200 for right after the war and she and my father decided to move away from their families in Brooklyn; today the taxes on the house are $12,000.  Anyone growing up on Long Island might appreciate these pictures.  Especially if you remember Wantagh or Levittown.  We were allowed to walk to CherryWood Shopping Center and LIVED at Carvels in the summer.  Carvels is long gone and you actually take your life in your hands if you even TRY to park in Cherrywood. 

Today my mother is the only original person on the block.  One by one all the neighbors left, some to move to warmer climates, some because they just couldn't afford Long Island any more.  But here are some shots of what it was and how wonderful it was to be raised in:

Carvel's 1961The BEST ice cream in the World---Carvels, 1961

Cherrywood Shopping Center 1961 Cherrywood Shopping Center, 1961 --  Even back then parking was bad :) Gotta love the cars, though!

St. Francis Church, Wantagh New York 1961St. Francis Church, Wantagh, New York 1961 (Before it burned down and was replaced.

I LOVED getting these pictures.  They brought me back to an easier Long Island when it wasn't overcrowded and people weren't rushing everywhere.  But Spring is here, the BEST time to be on the Island...I hope some others remember these days as well.

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Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
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Carole it is nice to be able to look back  fondly at times we enjoyed in the past.  Carvel brought back memories for me, I can still see Tom Carvel promoting his ice cream on TV.   I also live very close to the golf course and country club he had built.  This property will probably be a large development in the next few years. 
Mar 24, 2007 02:17 AM #1
Janice Sutton
1st Stage Property Transformations - Murrieta, CA
Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta
Thanks for the memories Carole.  I am originally from Huntington, Lawn Guyland.  Love and miss the small town I grew up.  Thanks for making me smile this morning.
Mar 26, 2007 03:24 AM #2
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Come back and visit anytime, Janice :)  It is still lovely, but sure has changed!
Mar 26, 2007 02:25 PM #3
Paul Anyanwu
CRS, SFR, Broker-Salesperson, Sales West Orange,NJ
I love New York used to live there in Long island, it is been a long time i will soon visit
Mar 30, 2007 11:53 AM #4
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