Written by Cory Twibell Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00
While it may be one of the smallest towns in New York, the little hamlet of Carle Place boasts an extensive history all its own.
Some of that history will soon be on display as Ed Smith, owner of Tullio’s Pottery Place on 554 Westbury Ave. in Carle Place – site of the town’s original post office – will soon raise the same stars and stripes flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. on May 24.
“The flag was donated by [Congresswoman] Carolyn McCarthy and all the fees were donated by my students and merchants on Westbury Avenue,” said Smith, who noted that that the original flagpole from the Post Office is still in place atop his store.
Ed’s landlord Rita Smith, he said, recently found the original lease for the site, which also includes the two adjacent buildings to Tullio’s, and the Post Office occupied “at least two of the buildings,” said Rita, before moving down the street to 309 Westbury Ave.
“I happened to come across the original lease and I got it from the Town of North Hempstead. They signed it on the 27th day of September of 1951 and I believe it goes to 1961 in June,” said Rita, who has owned the building since the ’70s and thinks the new flag will be beneficial for the town.
“It makes sense and brings everything back to how it was years ago and gives credit to wherever it’s needed,” Rita said.
“What amazed me is that their rent was $1,600 for the year,” she added, and while she’s owned the property for around 40 years, Rita said there haven’t been any drastic changes on Westbury Avenue in that time.
“I don’t think it has changed all that much. What I’m really hoping is that it will become an area where people will go and kind of stroll on a Sunday or something like that, more of a place where they just go and enjoy themselves,” she said, adding, “I’d like to see it go into more of a trendy kind of an area because it has the old look to it and all that, and it seems to be going that way.”
Ed, although he hasn’t raised the flag just yet, is confident it will be seen by the entire town and perhaps beyond.
“Carle Place has that little hill, it’s not much of a hill, but we’re on top of the hill, so with the flagpole people should be able to see it from a long way off,” said Smith.