Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 17 May 2014 00:00
In a time when a lot of mom and pop stores are going out of business to make way for bigger chains, there is a family business in Mineola that has stayed strong for almost 80 years. Mineola Bicycle, Fitness and Mower on Jericho Turnpike has been in business since 1935, selling the finest two wheel transportation and power equipment in the Nassau County.
“Our business started out in 1935 in a building on the northeast corner of Jericho Turnpike selling bicycles to residents,” said store manager Barry Dworkin. “In the 1950s, we saw there was need for more so we started selling power equipment and snow blowers.”
The building was moved to the opposite corner of the street in 1958.
Dworkin is a fourth generation employee of the store. He is the nephew of store owner Audrey Meinking, who took over the business in 1997 from her uncle Benjamin Rosman. He passed away this past March.
Mineola Bicycle sells all types of bicycles, including mountain, children’s, balance bikes and beach cruisers. The prices range from $99 for kids bikes to $10,000 for the highest-end adult bikes.
They also sell other equipment, including skateboards, electric scooters, stationary bikes for home and office, spin shoes and cycling apparel.
The 8,000-square-foot store has two full service repair shops on the premises. The shop even repairs lawnmowers and snow and leaf blowers.
The store is one of the biggest Toro and Stihl dealers on Long Island, with a gold certified mechanic in Stihl products on staff.
There are always great deals to be had at the store and with the spring season upon us there are highlighted sales including 20 percent off on all cycling apparel and 40 percent off on all winter cycling apparel.
In 2010, The Mineola Bike Club made the store its official meeting spot. On Saturdays and Sundays, cyclists meet behind the repair shop to embark on four different rides throughout the county. Upwards of 100 cyclists meet to ride together on Long Island Expressway service roads and north shore routes and to share stories of cycling adventures with each other.
“It is a great way for bicyclists to get together in the heat of the season, ride through low traffic areas of the County and have a fun day with one another,” Dworkin said.
Mineola Bicycle is at 475 Jericho Tpke. in Mineola. You can find out more at their Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Mineola-Bicycle-Fitness-Mower
Saturday, 19 July 2014 00:00
In recognition of the superior care her daughter Marjorie Levine of Albertson, received, the late Elsie Levine, formerly of Great Neck, has bequeathed $100,000 to Life’s WORC. The recently deceased
Levine was an ardent advocate for those suffering from developmental disabilities. According to her daughter Cathy Levine, Elsie Levine turned her grief and pain into action and this gift demonstrates the gratitude and peace of mind Life’s WORC provided for her entire family.
“My mother had overwhelmingly positive feelings about the care my sister received through Life’s WORC,” added Cathy Levine. “Life’s WORC represented the dawn of giving those with special needs a life and an opportunity to reach their potential.”
Friday, 18 July 2014 00:00
A potential Long Island Rail Road strike due to a contract disagreement between its union and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority could leave many commuters stranded at the Mineola Train Station next week.
“I think it’s unfair to a lot of people,” said Bryan Jean-Pierre of Westbury as he waited for his train in Mineola.
Jean-Pierre, a restaurant manager in New York City, said the strike would be a strain for him. He plans to carpool if the strike occurs.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.
The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.
Thursday, 17 July 2014 00:00
The Mineola 12U intramural team opened its summer season against the East Williston Wildcats at the Willis Avenue field complex in Mineola on Monday, July 7.
East Williston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead due to some Mineola miscues and timely hitting. Mineola starting pitcher Kenny Solosky was strong, allowing only two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
Mineola began their push back when Zach Buongiovanni crushed a solo home run onto the railroad tracks, just missing a passing train.
Solosky, Jordan Sandler (game winning walk-off single), Phil LaPierre, Kieran O’Gara, Patrick Solosky, Zach Buongiovanni (2 RBIs) and Vin Othman all contributed an RBI in a balanced hitting attack.
Andrew Geagher made a nice defensive play in the shortstop hole at short throwing out the runner by a step. Matt Pardo also made a nice grab off the centerfield wall holding the East Williston player to a double.