First suburb Levittown celebrates 60 years

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The area of Long Island that would become synonymous with suburbia was farmland on the edge of the Hempstead Plains until William J. Levitt arrived in 1947 to build the development that shares his surname. Full Story
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Gail -Weiss- Milazzo

AOL

#1 Jan 28, 2007
The most wonderful place in the world to grow up in the sixties. I wish we could have gone back in time and my kids could have been there too.
Elizabeth Donohoe-Casey

Garner, NC

#2 Jan 28, 2007
I loved Levittown...lived there from 1952 till 1990...no place like it!
Potato Head

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Jan 29, 2007
If Dennis Dunne is in any way involved in celebrating Levittown, it will be a disaster.

The best thing he could for the residents of Levittown is to resign as County Legislator.
Living in the past

Northbrook, IL

#5 Jan 29, 2007
Both my mother and my husbands parents grew up in Levittown in the 1950's and 1960's and some family is still there. They all went to Division HS (Sexton, Cathey and Morse) and have only fond memories of growing up there. When our parents talk about Levittown we are jealous that Long Island didn't stay that way, where kids were free to roam the neighborhood, swim all summer at the community pools and hang out at the green with their friends.
Now raising my own children I wish I could be back in the 50's and 60's Levittown!
Islander

Stony Brook, NY

#6 Jan 29, 2007
I lived in Levittown from 4th to 7th grades and loved it there, with two exceptions, our neighbors on either side of our house. Very nasty from the time we moved in. Turned out that they had wanted the house for a "cousin" and couldn't get it. So they took out their anger on us. Our other neighbors were nice though!

In the summers, I loved to go to the pool at the East Village Green and to the store where we used to get ice cream sodas, large stuffed animals for our beds, and Mickey Mouse watches. In the winters they made a skating rink right next to the pool area. What fun!

I remember on Halloween we were all allowed to go out on a scavenger hunt, alone! Don't try that one with your children today.

I belonged to the Brownies and to the 4H Club. As a Brownie we marched up Cornflower Lane in a parade for some holiday, I don't recall which one.

I went to Northside School and to Jonas E. Salk Junior High School. Loved both and have fond memories.

Does anyone remember going to Mays? Does anyone remember the Peter Pan Bakery nextdoor to Mays or the Levittown Movie Theater and the original Levittown Public Library?

Does anyone remember Blacksmith Road South? Our house backed up on Laurel Lane Elementry School.

I had Miss Barshank in 4th grade, Mr. Newman in 5th grade and Mr. Clark in 6th grade all at Northside School on Pelican Lane. Does anyone remember them? We used to be able to walk safely to our schools without our parents and it was very safe. Boy times sure have changed.
Kathy Sharkey

Swadlincote, UK

#7 Jan 29, 2007
My parents bought an original Levitt on Scooter Lane my Mom is still there and the house is beautiful, there are so many memories, It was an amazing what Levitt achieved but I think all GI's no matter what skin color should have had the opportunity I think I missed out not living in an intergrated neighborhood, I feel a real sadness for that because no matter what people say it is still the same we have not moved forward
GJP

Southold, NY

#8 Jan 29, 2007
Congratulations!

Now Levittown is nothing but another area on LI that nobody can afford to live unless you work in construction, work for the mafia, you are an attorney or work for NCPD.
The 45% downpayment required to get the mortgage under 300K is absolutely ludicrous.
I like where I am now

United States

#9 Jan 29, 2007
I have many fond memories of growing up in Levittown. Spend over 35 years of my life there. No regrets. As time goes on, places change, people change. As many of my long time neighbors moved out the place was just not the same. But you couldnt beat living there during the 60's & 70's.
Liz from Levittown pa

Trenton, NJ

#10 Jan 29, 2007
I grew up in a Levitt house (Stonybrook Section) in Levittown Pa in the late 1960's. Moved away. Moved back with own family into yet another Levitt house in 1995 (Birch Valley Section). It's great area to raise our children 10 and 5. The School District is great.
SRV

Miami, FL

#11 Jan 29, 2007
Great memories, we live on the corner of Flamingo & Spindel which is considered Hicksville. The house next to us on Flamingo was in Levittown. We were there from 1955 until the early 70's. No worries about riding our bikes, out after dark..........bring back those days for our kids.
PBL_LN

Forked River, NJ

#12 Jan 29, 2007
I loved Levittown! As a child there was always something to do such as walk on the Library Ledge! We could always go up to the turnpike and walk around. Can't tell you how many times in a weekend we would go Roller Skating and to the movies. I loved Wisdom Lane and LMHS during the 60's and early 70's.
My children were raised in a small town in NJ and never experienced the freedom that I had growing up!
Alvin of Oklahoma

Tulsa, OK

#13 Jan 29, 2007
America is still the same on race attitudes. This was some 6o years ago and people have not even come close to MLK dream so what gains have we accomplished. If we as a nation realize that everyone is the same and stop looking for color of their skin or religion just maybe his dream and GOD's dream will become a reality. Stop teaching hate and preach love is your household and see the difference in race relations.
NIMBY Island

Newtown, CT

#14 Jan 29, 2007
Alvin of Oklahoma wrote:
America is still the same on race attitudes. This was some 6o years ago and people have not even come close to MLK dream so what gains have we accomplished. If we as a nation realize that everyone is the same and stop looking for color of their skin or religion just maybe his dream and GOD's dream will become a reality. Stop teaching hate and preach love is your household and see the difference in race relations.
what the hell are you talking about?

“Don't Panic!”

Since: Dec 06

Displaced Long Islander

#15 Jan 29, 2007
I grew up in Levittown during the 1960s. We'd ride our bikes to the East Village Green pool every day in summer right after breakfast ... come home to eat lunch ... and ride right back there to swim all afternoon.

I lived on Bloomingdale Road, and our block was huge. We used to have pretend-parades around the block. My Mom would make instruments for us out of coffee cans, etc. and we'd march around the block. She probably loved it ... kept us out of her hair for an hour or so!

We used to love walking to the Farmers Market on the weekends. I remember getting $1 in allowance when I got a bit older, and I'd get a 45 and have money left over for candy.
westbury resident

Rego Park, NY

#18 Jan 30, 2007
levittown.westbury,carl place.mineola.eastmeadow we all grew up the same way baseball games on saturday without the help of so called little league that is now run by parents who are wanna be athelites through thier own kids today. but lets get back to the good old days of the 60's when you used to be to play army in constuction dirt mounds with wooden toy rifels you see kids didn't get of hold of real guns back then our parents didn't need them nieborhoods were safe back then. we used to build our own motor bikes back then with a little imagination a old lawnmower engine and an old washingmachine pulley and a 1.50 fan belt what fun we were able to ride our regular bikes day and night and not have toworry about a little speeding jap car almost running us over like today's standards. i remember the milk man delivering milk in real glass bottles and dugens man delivering bread and cake's right to your front door. one time when i was 3 years old i fell asleep in my toy pedel dump truck and dugens bread guy pick me up pedel truck and all put men in his truck and took me home to mom everyone knew everyone and respected eachother remember the old good humer ice cream truck with the open cab i remember one cold snowy winter day on ellison ave in westbury my older brother took a snap shot with his brownie caneraof one horse open passing by our house they were coming old westbury stables and in route to roosevelt raceway trotters track does any remember that place look at it now it looks like queens i stiil live here and my neihborhood is still safe but still not as good as it used to be i still like it here in the westbury/east meadow area we can't turn back time but we can at least still remember a time when life was simple safe and good
Rob

United States

#19 Jan 30, 2007
I grew up in Levittown in the 80s and 90s in the house my grandmother had bought in 1951,mostly unchanged. I thought it was a great place to grow up with the ball fields, the pools, bowling alleys, arcades and movie theaters. I also went out on my own as a kid and had fun, with no parental supervision-it's not all bad out there! I am just starting as an attorney and I am renting and would love to buy a house, but with my student loans and all, my wife (a teacher) and i cannot afford to save up for the huge downpayment required. The prices of the homes are a real shame for thos trying to get in to a reasonably nice neighborhood.(Of course it is good for those who own the homes). All of my friends have left Long Island-they are buying huge homes elsewhere for the price they would pay here for a starter home in levittown.
Ray Eschert

AOL

#20 Jan 30, 2007
Say what you will but to those of us who lived in or even near Levittown it was a special place. The greens and the swimming pools (providing you had a tag) and the open spaces were all to be enjoyed. Nicely layed out street where you could play curb ball or have a game of touch football. The large open spaces around the schools for fly's are up or a game of ball. Evening cookouts where neighbors came together all made Levittown special.
Bill Powers

Avon, CT

#21 Jan 30, 2007
How many people can remember when Levittown was known as Hicksville Airpark in the late 40's?
Daniel Curry

AOL

#23 Jan 31, 2007
I lived on Bobolink Lane......and went to Northside school...{ and Abby lane}..and Div. Ave. High School.. in the years of {about} 1948 ....to [about} 1959........then I moved to Albany..........I still remember.
jay

Corona, NY

#24 Feb 5, 2007
the levittown of my youth, was mixture of norman rockwell and the outsiders(the book by S.E.HINTON). A great place to grow up. not always safe, we as kids played in the street drainage systom. or climb the school roof. we skeched on the back of cars. (if you dont know i cant tell you).. and then there were the gang fights... all apart of america. we always would go pool hoping in the summer. and hang out in the park all night, redwing. levittown has changed in all the common ways our hometown's change, but if you hnow where to look i can still find the levittown of my youth.. and that's where my little girl lives. between the greens it's still red,white,and blue

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