Written by D.F. Karppi Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00
Billy Minicozzi guessed the picture in the July 16 issue was of a bar on Forest Avenue in Locust Valley. On a sports note he wished good luck to the Mets. He is looking forward to the start of hockey season in October.
Tom Reardon called to comment that the mystery picture must still be a mystery, but it didn’t last too long.
Marg Buffa of Bayville said it was an interesting mystery picture. She and her husband Joe were trying to figure it out. “We drove from Bayville and realized it was taken of the parking lot behind 80 South Street looking east to the corner of South and East Main where the restaurant Wild Honey is located. My husband Joe was a big contributing factor in finding the location. It had to do with the weird shape of the building in back with the rounded top. He thought it was near the old Book Mark restaurant – and it was. What is interesting is that the building behind now has a fence in front of it. A brand new fence.”
Ms. Buffa noticed Firemen’s Field filled with tents, people and firefighters. She took her daughter to see the competition. “I was looking for Bayville, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove fire companies. I grew up in Sea Cliff. They may have already been eliminated from the competition. But it was fun to be there for a while. I come from a long line of Sea Cliff firefighters. I have a kinship with them and for going to parades and watching the competitions,” she said.
We emailed Michael Scheck and he said, “It was the Nassau County Parade and Drill. Syosset hosted it, but we let them use our track.”
It’s all in the family – the firefighters family of friends.
Tom Power, the tower of power said, “It’s in the back of where Scott and Hanko was and is now an abandoned store and parking lot behind town hall. The photo is looking at the back of the store on South Street. I remember when I was studying at the Stevenson Academy: we used to walk up that side alley by the two pillars, to their studio.”
Rhoda Crawford, said, “It’s the parking lot across from the old TR office in Oyster Bay – on South Street. I saw the turret and said, ‘Oh, that’s what it is. I’m up from Florida and the first thing I grabbed was the Enterprise Pilot and the mystery picture!”
Paige Dawson said, “It’s the back view of 80 South Street. I work with Renaissance Properties and the one on the left was the Mexican restaurant, and you can see the top of the building where Wild Honey is on the corner of East Main Street. And on South Street, it is next to the empty lot where Scott and Hanko used to be. Mary Hanko once owned 80 South Street - I’m pretty sure.”
We received an email from Myralee Machol saying, “The building is at the east end of the Town Hall Parking lot. Among other occupants Dr. Bob Romanelli had his office in this building in the late ’80s. Hope all is well.” Ms. Machol was the Oyster Bay Chamber of Commerce executive director for many years and currently works as the “Business Development Coordinator and Grant Specialist at Gibbons, Esposito & Boyce Engineers, P.C.; HiRise Engineering. P.C.”
Pat Devlin called to say, “I’m looking at the mystery picture of July 16 and I believe it is the east end of the parking lot behind the stores. You can look east at the little Mexican Restaurant and across the street where the turret is, is the building that used to be TR’s office: the Moore’s building. The parking lot is dirt and could use an upgrade,” she added with a twinkle.
Dear readers: The editor will be away next week so there will be no answers in the July 30 issue to the mystery picture, but please call and leave your answer on our voice mail at 403-5104 and when we return we will use them for the Aug. 6 column. Keep guessing – it keeps us all young.