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Finally coming to grips with the end of my great retro weekend on Long Island and discovering their wonderful collection of luncheonettes, I could not resist trying to fit one more vintage LI location into my visit – the Star Confectionery in Riverhead, NY just at the fork of Long Island.

Star Confectionery Sign

Originally built in 1911 as a candy store and owned by the same family since the 1920s, we had a late breakfast here just before they closed up for the day. Take note of things like this if you want to get a good photo of vintage neon while it’s still burning! I did not realize they’d shut the signs off, but being my fave word I had to snap a photo of the window anyhow.

Luncheonette Unlit

We slipped into a wooden booth and served by prompt and friendly folks. Having had my fill of standard breakfast fare, I opted for an unusual combo that somehow seemed just right. Iced tea and a split n grilled corn muffin. Grilled muffins are the best!

Iced Tea - Long Island!(it took me 2 months to realize this was a real Long Island Iced Tea! ;-))

You can see from the photo below the wonderfully kept original stained glass windows, authentic counter stools and classic marble countertop. Not to mention the great tiled floor. And unfortunately you can also see the reflection of the “Closed” sign, which reminded us it was time to head back to the mainland.

Star Confectionery Counter

Bidding adieu to the Star we could not leave town without a quick walk around what once was a bustling commercial district. It was extra quiet because of Sunday but a bit sad to see all the wonderful yet vacant storefronts. Not to say there aren’t things going on, and in fact my sidekick Suzanne told me that the Vail Levitt Music hall around the corner is a historic theatre where Thomas Edison experimented with sound movies almost 100 years ago. I was not able to snap a photo of this notable place, but you can read the detailed history of the theatre on the Vail-Leavitt Music Hall website.

One great sign I was able to snap a photo of was of the Suffolk Theatre, built in 1933.

Suffolk Theatre
Thanks to the information on that great resource Cinema Treasures, I’m happy to report that “The long delayed restoration of the theatre began in August 2010” good news!

I know that there were other cool vintage places that we missed, diners we didn’t find, but we did pack a lot of fun into a long weekend!

So there we go, the true very end of a wonderful retro roadmap vintage Long Island weekend that I’ve somehow managed to stretch out and make last for the entire summer, like a wonderful piece of salt water taffy. Our last retro roadside find seemed the most appropriate, the Riverhead Raceway Indian, who looks like he’s saying, “Thank you for visiting our fair lands, please come again”!

Riverhead Raceway Indian

Star Confectionery
4 E Main St
Riverhead, NY 11901-2423
(631) 727-9873

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I think I’ve been dragging my feet about this post because when I finish it then I have to come to grips with the fact that my summer fun is over. NOT that there isn’t shoulder season and autumn Retro Roadmap fun to be had, but summer went by too fast b/c of my broken foot!

As I mentioned, the North Fork town of Greenport NY is a wealth of old-time fun, stores and places that are worth giving more than this passing glance will give them. But hopefully this teaser of what you will find will inspire you to visit this great little community, regardless of the season. Now, where were we? Ah yes-

While walking towards a find that our hostess knew I’d dig I just had to snap a photo of this place – not only for the window obscured by the awning, but the name itself:

The Doofpot

En route to the theatre in the area I snapped a quick photo of this vintage liquor store neon sign. Dig that art deco design!

Wines, Liquors, Neon

We had walked past the Greenport Theartre on our way into town, and as we made our way back to the car I was pleased to be able to nose around inside, glad to see that it was a bit more gussied up than the austere exterior.

Greenport Theatre

Now this is a lousy photo, but I had to share it if only to admit that even someone who thinks they know their stuff can be wrong. You see, I was totally convinced that this decorative ticket booth was an original authentic piece.

Greenport Theatre Ticket Booth

But then, while I was checking out the “vintage” ladies room, my hostesses were chatting with the gal behind the snack counter, who had to admit that even though the theatre was built in 1939, it has been all redone in the past 5 years. You can read an interesting thread on CinemaTreasures.org where the progress of the renovations to the Greenport Theatre can be relived through the comments.

Regardless, it sure does harken back to the olden days of movie going, and the throngs of children swarming around me as I exited the “Ladies” and they exited one of the 4 screens showing Toy Story 3 was a testament to the Saturday matinee.

Greenport Theatre Ladies Room

You can also see a shot on the Greenport Theatre’s website of the original neon sign from the Beekman Theatre, now safely on display in one of their screening rooms. Love the script font!

And that my friends concludes our visit to beautiful downtown Greenport. NOT that we didn’t find a few gems on the way home that I want to share with you before we bid adieu to summer, but Greenport was a definite treat.

Much like the picture of All American Burger that got me out onto Long Island for a Retro Roadmap reconnaissance, a tip from Erin Mosley of LUPEC Boston made me put the Silver Sands vintage motel on the map, and I’m sure glad I did!

Silver Sands Motel Sign

We drove down the long driveway and the family sat in the car as I gathered the courage to go in and ask about rates. The woman behind the desk was everso friendly, and gave me some post cards and said I could take a look around the aqua and pink 1950’s era motel. This place is the REAL DEAL people. A cool old vintage motel with that old timey vibe. You can stay in the motel building proper, with its small but private beach, or do it up cabin court style, near the pool.

Silver Sands Motel Cottage

While we have a generous standing offer to stay with the wonderful Long Island RetroRoadfamily I spent the weekend with, I’m sorely tempted to book a weekend here with Retro Roadhusband. There were plenty of people staying here when I visited but the place was refreshingly low key. I was charmed as I saw a guest bring the (owner?) woman behind the counter a box of cookies from the local bakery, and she would not let me leave until she shared some with me, giving me a couple for the girls in the car. If staying here was as cool as visiting here, we may have a keeper (fingers crossed!)

Also of note, to wrap up this end of the island, is Drossos Motel, which combines not only a pretty cool vintage Motel sign Drossos Motel Sign

but miniature golf as well!

Drossos Motel Miniature Golf

If that isn’t enough, there’s also an on site snack bar!

Drossos Motel Snack Bar
That 3D plastic sign with a soft serve cone on it reminds me SO much of my childhood. Anyone want to join me in a bucket of chicken?

Now I will say, I have not stayed at either of these motels, so I make no promises about the accommodations. However, for vintage charm on a wonderful retro weekend, they get the thumbs up!

So there you have it – Greenport Long Island NY LI – a definite destination for a retro daycation!

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Greenport NY is so chock-a-block full of cool vintage and retro finds that I’ve been wrestling for over 2 months now with how to tell you all about it. You know what they say about a picture being worth a thousand words? Well here are my photos that will illustrate what an absolute FIND Greenport is, for the vintage lover or retro day-tripper:

The Antique Carousel:

The Carousel Kid

We took the car over on the ferry and the first sign of a cool place in my book was our visit to the vintage carousel right on the waterfront. I wasn’t the only one who was happy to see these 1920’s era wooden steeds (0rginally built for a traveling carnival) whirling around, and one of the Retro Roadgirls was more than happy to try and grab the brass ring.

Grab The Brass Ring

Walking along quaint Front Street I was directed to go check out the interior of the Arcade department store, as my hostess knew I’d love the wide wood plank flooring and incredible variety of useful items.

Arcade Department Store

I spoke with a lovely little lady at the far register who said that the store had been there for at least 70 years, but also noted that there are for sale signs in the windows. With a little bit of something for everyone – shoes, work gear, back to school items, notions, stationery, home goods, hardware, it would be hard to imaging what could fill the void if this place were to close. I bought some flower seeds and hope to plant them at the Hacienda!

Flower Seed Packets at the Arcade Department Store

I was SO wishing we hadn’t had such a tasty diner breakfast when I spied the vintage restaurant sign and charming interior of the Coronet.

Coronet Luncheonette Vintage Signs

One thing I love about Long Island are the luncheonettes, and will make a plan to come back with an empty belly and do a proper review of the Coronet, but for now I’m simply smitten with the vintage decor and positive online reviews.

Coronet Luncheonette Interior

Crossing the street towards the water we spied some authentic old businesses with trendy shops clustered around:

White's Hardware White’s Hardware is where I picked up a drain stopper for the old porcelain kitchen sink back home- do I know how to pick our souvenirs or what?

For the seafaring visitor, S.T. Preston & Sons is nothing but nautical. I’m a landlubber myself, but I did love the fact that the old cash register was still in use:

ST Preston & Son(I wonder, is that ST Preston or the son behind the counter?)

Little did I know that we were just across the street from the Oldest Same Family Owned Restaurant in the United States, Since 1870 – Claudio’s.

Claudio's Restaurant Vintage Sign

We were in luck that the Retro Roadgirls wanted to watch the World Cup and I wanted to do some investigation into this historic establishment, so we stopped here for a spell. I loved the old stained glass windows and friendly service.

Stained Glass Window

And I’m told the bar was installed in 1886 when it was salvaged it from an old hotel being torn down in New York’s Bowery. The day we visited it was swarming with soccer fans both local and international, and it was a heartwarming sight to see everyone getting together to cheer on the US Team.

The World Cup(seeing this less than good photo makes me want to go back, with Retro Roadhusband this time, so he can have some of the fun I did that weekend!)

You know, there are still a lot of neat lil places in Greenport I have to tell you about, so I’m going to break this post in two! Stay tuned, and in the meantime, here’s the map, so you can start to plan your very own visit to Greenport!

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I packed so much fun into my short weekend on Long Island that I’m a bit overwhelmed with how to present it all, but here goes! While I did as much eating and reviewing as I could, a gal has her limits -of both stomach space and travel time, so here are a few places I thought I’d give a quick “photo op” shout out to, from my first day of Retro Long Island research.

The Mineola Diner
Anyone ever eat at the Mineola Diner? I only had time to hop out of the car and snap a photo of this vintage 1946 Mountain View diner, as my pal Suzanne navigated the narrow and busy street corner, but the classic glass block and vintage neon sign were worth it.

Mineola Diner Neon Sign

Be careful not to trip over the “cow catcher” corner on the way to their small but handy parking area.(or step into speeding traffic while backing up to get a better photo, like I am wont to do!)

Mineola Diner Side

I did not poke my head inside the diner as we were pressed for time but I’ve read varying reports online about it’s appeal, so I’ll mark this one down as a “nice to look at” type of place until I hear otherwise.

The Mineola Diner
138 Jericho Turnpike
Mineola, NY 11501-1824
(516) 877-1370

The site of my very first New York Egg Cream was Krisch’s Luncheon and Candy Store, which has been at this location in Massapequa, NY since 1955. While the interior has been refurbished to echo that 1950’s theme ( think aqua blue and pink with jukebox wallpaper) I was more happy to see the original vintage neon signs still remaining.

Krisch's Ice CreamThis was a totally unexpected stop as I had literally just eaten ice cream for lunch (shortly after breakfast) a half hour before and we were on our way to have cheeseburgers. But when a swell local couple (friend’s of Suzanne), who had just had a baby no less, recommend a Retro Roadmap worthy place from their own childhood, well, a RetroRoadGal like myself knows how to respond. With a Yes! Let’s go to Krisch’s!

My chocolate egg cream (don’t worry, no egg) was delicious and reminded me of the ice cream sodas my grandmother would get at Brigham’s up home in Boston. I’ve got to start ordering more ice cream sodas, as the bubbles and the syrup combine to make a sweet and delicious treat. It was fun to realize that this was one of the first outings for the newborn lil guy, too, so he’s starting off his Retro Roadmapping just right.

Krisch's Luncheon SignI just love the word Luncheon – so civilized. And Lunch, and Luncheonette!

I bet those neon signs look fabulous all lit up and it was nice to see families and groups of oldsters enjoying their lunches, home made ice cream and candies, like they have been for the past 50+ years.

Krisch’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlour
11 Central Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758
(516) 797-3149

The Northport Sweet Shop
The Northport Sweet Shop was a totally unexpected find, courtesy of the 360 degree street view option of Google Maps! I was researching the Shipwreck diner when I thought I’d use that map feature to see what the rest of this charming little street offered, and almost fell off my seat when I saw the Sweet Shop located just across from the diner (and right next to a pretty neat deli sign as well). I was enraptured by the beautiful 1930’s era vitrolite facade and classic streamline font.  Nevermind my fave word – Luncheonette!

Northport Sweet Shop & Delicatessen

Alas we were still stuffed from the eats before (did I mention I had a cheeseburger shortly after my egg cream? Ouch!) all I could do when I saw this place in person, was go inside, gawk at the vintage ice cream counter and swivel stools, and promise them I’d be back to eat real soon.

Would it be Luncheon?

Luncheon Neon Northport Sweet Shop

Or perhaps a Candy Soda?

Candy Soda Neon

All I know is that the prices won’t be quite like they were in 1933!

Sweet Shop Menu ca. 1933

And that’s about all I can tell you about this charming throwback of a place, as I can’t drum up any info on the internet! Local folks, please fill me in (and better yet- let the owners know to claim their business on Google, so we can all find’em!)

The Northport Sweet Shop
55 Main St.
Northport, NY

So there you have it, the mere tip of the iceberg of vintage Long Island finds! Stay tuned for plenty more about this gem of a place, right here on Retro Roadmap!

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