We will be discussing and signing copies of our book Long Island Oddities at the following dates and locations:
10/23/13 7PM Carle Place, Barnes and Noble
10/24/13 7PM Bay Shore, Barnes and Noble
10/30/13 7PM Lake Grove, Barnes and Noble
The fate of this place seems uncertain, as a bulldozer was sitting on the front lawn when these pictures were taken. The building appears old and has been there as long as I can remember.
Walking through the back yard the moonlight plays tricks on the eyes, reflecting off the windows of a two story garage. It appear as though the lights are on and an occupant is moving around above the garage. Once inside the basement the smell of formaldehyde was thick in the air. Most likely where the new arrivals would have been prepared for their final public appearance.
The basement rooms were filled with tables, shelves and cabinets on a cement floor. Other than the looming smell in the air it seemed like an ordinary basement you would find in a mansion. The ground floor was carpeted and had a bunch of empty rooms. One room contained rich wood bookshelves and another a fireplace. The doors separating the vestibule were still curtained and the place had the feeling of an elegant abode. The second floor banister was smashed by vandals who also laid their ignorant scrawling on the walls of the stairwell. The second floor was much like the first and in good condition. The entrance to the third floor was blocked by a boarded up door. Upon leaving and passing the bulldozer one starts to wonder why such a well built and maintained building must be destroyed. Update: Part of the building was demolished. The rest has been turned into part of a housing complex.