Category: Places

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Wetson’s

Find a bunch of New Yorkers waxing nostalgic over hamburgers from the good old days and you’re likely to hear Wetson’s enter the conversation. The restaurant’s history is brief, slayed mercilessly during the fast food wars of the 1970s. Still, amongst those who had the pleasure, it remains one of the most fondly remembered burger joints from the era. … read more

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Nassau Coliseum

Located just off the Hempstead Turnpike, Nassau Coliseum has served the Long Island community since opening its doors in 1972. Throughout the 1970s and beyond, it has served as host to countless events, from sports to concerts to the circus big top. Suffice to say, there are few locals who haven’t visited this arena at one time or another. … read more

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Woolco

The 1970s saw a surge in popularity for discount department stores all across the country. One such place was Woolco, a store that reared its head on Long Island in 1976, and enjoyed success through the remainder of the decade. Unfortunately, when the next decade arrived, those once-busy retail outlets would soon become extinct. … read more

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Smith Haven Mall

Only months before the 70s decade rolled in, the Smith Haven Mall opened its doors to the public. Centrally located in Lake Grove, it was a welcome news to a populace fed up with driving to Roosevelt Field for their shopping. Today, it sadly resembles every other mall in the country. But back in the day, it was quite the sight to see. … read more

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TSS

Those who grew up on Long Island in the 70s likely remember the Times Square Stores, or as they were better known, TSS. Although never exactly plentiful, these department stores were memorable for their discount prices in the pre Wal-Mart era. Today, they exist only in our memories. … read more

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Roller Rinks

Skating has a rich tradition on Long Island, and enjoyed a surge of popularity in the 70s. Back then, there was a plethora of roller rinks to lace up a pair of skates and travel in a circle with your friends for a few hours. Sadly, those places are few and far between today. Let’s take a look back at some of the more memorable places to skate during the decade. … read more

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Pop Shoppe

If you were a big fan of soda back in the day (and really, what kid wasn’t?), you might have stumbled across a short-lived chain of stores called The Pop Shoppe. Offering a seemingly endless array of flavors, once you finished drinking your hand-picked supply of soft drinks, you could head back, return your bottles, and start all over again. … read more

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Roy Rogers

Once a popular fast food chain, with locations scattered across Long Island during the 70s, Roy Rogers had a little something for everyone on the menu, but its days were numbered. Today, although the franchise survives in other parts of the country, local fans of the restaurant can no longer get their fix on the island. … read more

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Old Bethpage Village Restoration

The Old Bethpage Village Restoration might seem a topic more appropriate for an 1870s website than a 1970s one, if it weren’t for the fact that so many of us visited this historic “living museum” as schoolchildren during the decade. … read more

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Islip Speedway

When warmer weather arrived each year, so began the roar of engines emanating from the town of Islip. Built in 1947, Islip Speedway served as a haven for racing enthusiasts throughout the 70s decade and even hosted six NASCAR races during its successful run. Today, it is but a memory, a remnant of what was once a thriving form of entertainment on the island. … read more