Saturday, 14 October 2017 10:57

 

THE HOTEL GLENWOOD-HUNGARIA

In the late 19th century, a Hungarian wine importer purchased the Mott family farm in Glenwood Landing and built a hotel complex known as both the Hotel Glenwood-Hungaria and Karatsonyi's Hotel. Overlooking Hempstead Harbor - with several baseball diamonds, a restaurant, a steamship dock, and a beach -  the property was popular with Manhattan day trippers and celebrities and was a common site for company outings. The 27-acre resort was able to accommodate several thousand visitors. The property was eventually sold to LILCO in 1950.


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Special thanks to Sally Sotirovich

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 10:57

 

THE ROSLYN CEMETERY

Despite its name, the Roslyn Cemetery is located in the town of Greenvale with an entrance on Northern Boulevard. Owned by the Roslyn Presbyterian Church, it is known for its park-like setting, a section dedicated to fallen soldiers of the Civil War, and the restored East Gate Toll House, which is the last remaining toll house that served the Hempstead Turnpike.

The cemetery also serves as the final resting place for three prominent figures from the world of literature. William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878) was a poet and journalist. His most famous poem was “Thanatopsis.”

Born in England, Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924) is best known for three children’s novels: Little Lord Fauntleroy, A Little Princess, and The Secret Garden.

Christopher Morley (1890-1957) was a prolific writer whose novel, Kitty Foyle, was made into an Academy Award-winning film of the same name.

(pictured,  l-r: Bryant, Burnett, Morley)

 


 

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Monday, 01 May 2017 10:57

 

GLENWOOD LANDING HOOK AND LADDER


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(Glenwood Hook & Ladder’s original and current home)


In April 1907 in the chapel of the Glenwood Landing Church, plans were made for formation of the first Glenwood Landing fire department. An application for a charter was signed and in May of that year an old schoolhouse became the first home to the Glenwood Landing Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose, Inc., equipped with a horse-drawn hook and ladder and two hose-carts drawn by the volunteer firemen.

 

In 1928 a vote was taken to build a new fire house on the same site. Financial assistance came from local resident Benjamin Stern of Stern Brothers, New York, who brought the Manhattan architectural firm of Cherry & Matz to the project. William John Cherry and Herbert E. Matz specialized in ecclesiastical design. The new building’s church-like structure is still evident today.

 

Two Cherry & Matz buildings are currently listed on the National Register of Historic Places: The art-deco Fourth Church of Christ, Scientist (now known as the Hebrew Tabernacle) in Washington Heights and the colonial revival-styled First Protestant Dutch Church in Rockland County.

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 10:57

 

WILL HUTCHINS


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Those old enough to recall the golden age of TV westerns will likely remember “Sugarfoot,” which ran on ABC from 1957 through 1961. The title character was played by actor Will Hutchins, who has made Glen Head his home since 1995.

Hutchins was born in Los Angeles, the heart of the film industry. He appeared as an extra in a W.C Fields movie at the age of 9 before a casting call while a student at UCLA marked a formal start to his career. Guest roles in shows like “77 Sunset Strip,” ”Perry Mason,” “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” and “Gunsmoke” followed, along with big-screen appearances alongside stars like Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood and Elvis Presley.

When Hollywood roles grew scarce, Hutchins turned to the theater, worked as a circus clown and ringmaster and spent time in London, Australia and Sri Lanka. His marriage to Barbara Torres brought Will to Glen Head where the couple has resided for over 20 years. He writes a regular column for Western Clippings, a newsletter devoted to Western fans.


(Photo: Will Hutchins as “Sugarfoot. Will and Elvis Presley in "Clambake")

 

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