Jun 112013
 

Welcome

It is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to a labor of love, Long Island 70s Kid. Admittedly, a strange little slice of the web; it’s my humble tribute to our collective childhood.

First off, my name is Eric and I’m the creator of this website. That’s a picture of me, along with my favorite bike that I received during the Christmas of 1976. Loved that bike, and it’s just one of the many fond memories I have of growing up on Long Island in the 70s. Here, my goal is to pay tribute to all of those special parts of the decade, including foods, toys, places, music, the era and any other childhood treasures that you might have forgotten. We’re here to remind.

To that end, let me better explain what you can actually do here:

  • You can read our (hopefully) informative articles which we publish multiple times each week. Each puts the spotlight on a memorable part of a childhood spent on Long Island.
  • You can explore individual categories by clicking on “The Era” tab in the navigation bar at the top of the page. You’ll find dozens of our past articles on various topics like foods, toys, childhood, music and the era itself.
  • You can explore our image gallery (located under the media tab) and view dozens of pictures that capture Long Island during the 70s era. Here you will find pictures of roller rinks, racetracks, lighthouses, schools, restaurants, clubs and amusement parks that existed on Long Island back in the day, plus much more!
  • Feel like listening to a little 70s music while you browse? Simply go to the Long Island 70s Radio section (located under the media tab) and select which year you would like to listen to hits from. This will bring up a separate browser window with a YouTube playlist open. Click “Play All” and minimize the window. Now, it’s just like you have a 70s radio station on in the background while you wax nostalgic.
  • Do you have fond memories of watching television back in the 70s? Our Long Island 70s TV page (located under the media tab) has multiple videos that will bring you back to those golden days of television. From Beefsteak Charlie’s to Charlie’s Angels, there’s lots of fun and nostalgic viewing to be had here.
  • Want more information on Long Island? Our Links page (located under the media tab) has a number of additional resources to enhance your exploration.
  • Feel like trying your hand at a few classic video games from the era? Check out our video arcade; we just might have your favorite game? And, unlike the 70s, none of our games require a quarter to play.
  • Visit our Long Island 70s Store to find hundreds of items relevant to the era. You’ll be surprised at what we’ve dug up, and every purchase helps to support the site.

Thank you so much for visiting and reading my ramblings. I hope you’ll spend a few minutes and look around a bit.

Until next time,

Eric
Long Island 70s Kid.

 Posted by at 4:23 pmaaa

  18 Responses to “Hello!”

  1. Eric
    Thank you. I and my nine siblings moved out to Ronkonkoma in 1969. We all have very fond and funny memories of growing up on L.I. in the 70’s. Our parents still live in the same house. Will see if we can come up with some pictures to add to your site.

    PS – Don’t forget the best game ever – Kick – the – Can

    • Patty, thanks for the kind words. Glad you found us, and can’t wait to see some of those pictures!
      And … who could forget kick the can? 🙂

  2. Eric
    What a great site. As a Long Island boy it is nice to see all the great 70’s memories. Thanks for remembering WBLI and all the great talent at that station. It certainly was fun back then

    Don “Only Gold” Nelson

    • Don, it is an absolute pleasure to have you stop by! Thanks so much for the kind words, it means a lot. In the 1970s, WBLI was always on at our house in Ronkonkoma, especially during the summer and, of course, any school-year morning that it started snowing. 🙂

      All the best to you.

      • Eric
        I have lots of audio from WBLI from back then If you ever want it please let me know. Some great memories from back then!

  3. Wow! I don’t know how long this site has been around, but it’s a groovy resource for all of us 70’s Long Island kids and I sure look forward to watching it grow!

    • We’ve been around for eight days, PapaTom, and we are just getting started, I assure. 🙂

      Thanks so much for the kind words!

  4. bayshore roller rink was my second home wow love this sight

  5. Eric, Thank you so much for this sight I had moved away many years ago and have recently moved back closer about 12 hours away and plan on visiting real soon. Have enjoyed stepping back in time,thank you again

    • I’m glad you found us, Kathy! Thanks so much for the kind words and please make yourself at home. 🙂

  6. This is just great Eric. Well done! What I wouldn’t give to walk around Roosevelt Field Mall circa 1976…perhaps the head shop at Pier 1 in the back. Anyone remember that? And of course the train at Eisenhower Park! Thank you for this!

  7. Hello Eric! This is just ABSOLUTELY spectacular! I’m a DIEHARD ’70s fanatic, and wish to hell I grew up in the Long Island area. However, I have friends that did back then. Anyways, just loved your store/tour, and I may make a few future purchases. Grew up in the midwest(Chicago/Milwaukee) but I just loved everything about your store since New York City is my all-time favorite place to visit-was there last X-Mas. How I wish I could turn the clock back to 1975 to my old neighborhood, do things differently,

  8. Hey Eric,
    What can I say. This site is incredible! Brought back so many memories (even some forgotten ones). Grew up in Bethpage (Farm Ranch Rd area) and couldn’t have asked for more. My parents still live in the same house.There was so much to do that we didn’t need video games or TV. It will take a while to see everything on your site but it will be a great trip down memory lane. Right off Collector lane I think! Thank you very much for this site and if I can get any pics from that era I will be sure to send them to you. Island Trees Bulldogs RULE!!
    Dan M.

  9. Hi Eric,

    I grew up in Brentwood during the 70’s. Thank you for creating this site, it’s awesome!

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