Driving along one of the many main drags on Long Island’s south shore reveals a disturbing amount of fast food establishments – all using characters like clowns, redheads and octogenarian chicken mongers to promote their products.
But one burger joint relies on a different sort of character to draw in customers looking for a quick meal with a touch of nostalgia.
All American Burger sits at 4286 Merrick Rd. in the same spot it has occupied in Massapequa since 1963. Under continuous management by the Vultaggio family since its founding five decades ago, All American is a burger stand from a time before the fast food behemoths took over the industry.
“Summertime, and the ice cream is great…” Not exactly how the song goes but definitely what most people look for once the temperature starts climbing into the upper reaches and bathing suits become standard attire. And to that end, here is what the editors at Long Island Weekly consider to be the five best shops in Nassau County that feature homemade ice cream:
I was recently fortunate enough to make a once in a lifetime trip to China, where I was visiting a friend’s son, who is a banker. I was there for a dozen days and during my stay, I visited a number of places including the Great Wall of China, Hong Kong and the Forbidden Palace. But the place I was most impressed with was the Shanghai American School (SAS). Founded on September 12, 1912, SAS is the largest international school in China, I was told. During the three hours I spent there, I got to see very modern facilities that are on beautiful grounds. The teaching staff come from all points of the globe and is very hands-on. I’ve always been very passionate about education, so I was very impressed by the curriculum. In fact, I was surprised to see that in one eighth-grade middle school class, the students were studying Supreme Court case histories.
“We work in the shadows,” Nick Maglaras said, leading me to his unmarked black pickup truck.
A 58-year-old in a gray T-shirt free of any logos or markings, Maglaras unlocked the truck’s cap, with its black-tinted windows. Inside, I saw a few galvanized-wire cage traps and a large, rectangular wooden box.
“This is a carbon dioxide cylinder,” he said, pointing to a well-worn tank. “The regulator is over here.”
The instructions are quite simple: Cover the box, turn on the CO2, and within five minutes it’s over.
Redevelopment, entertainment and job creation. These are a few of the many aspects the Madison Square Garden Company’s bid is offering to revamp Nassau Coliseum site. But so are Forest City Ratner, developer Ed Blumenfeld and New York Sports LLC.
The battle for the Nassau Coliseum property is picking up steam with one month to go before Nassau County selects one of the four proposals submitted by the groups. With the New York Islanders set to leave Long Island in 2015, the space would resemble a ghost town if left vacant.
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