Old DQ(Dairy Queen) on Hawkins Ave.

Old DQ(Dairy Queen) on Hawkins Ave.

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SpeedK

Brooklyn, NY

#1 May 26, 2018
Does anyone recall there being a Dairy Queen on Hawkins Ave next to the A&P shopping center at 5 corners? My wife thinks I'm going crazy, but I distinctly remember it there. If anyone had a pic, that would definitely confirm that I'm not loosing it. lol
Julie

Brooklyn, NY

#2 May 27, 2018
SpeedK wrote:
Does anyone recall there being a Dairy Queen on Hawkins Ave next to the A&P shopping center at 5 corners? My wife thinks I'm going crazy, but I distinctly remember it there. If anyone had a pic, that would definitely confirm that I'm not loosing it. lol
I grew up on Hawkins right by the 5 corners and lived there all my life. I hate to burst your bubble, but there was never a Dairy Queen there. I wish, we would’ve loved that as kids, but no, there was definitely never a Dairy Queen there, sorry,
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#3 May 27, 2018
SpeedK wrote:
Does anyone recall there being a Dairy Queen on Hawkins Ave next to the A&P shopping center at 5 corners? My wife thinks I'm going crazy, but I distinctly remember it there. If anyone had a pic, that would definitely confirm that I'm not loosing it. lol
Yes, there absolutely was a Dairy Queen at that location in the 70's! We went there after my grade-school graduation in 1974. There was an empty lot next to it, where somebody would give pony rides in the summer. Used to take my friend's little sister there all the time.

The DQ didn't last long- it was on there for a few years in the mid 70's. There's some kind of Irish dance studio now on the property that the DQ building used to be on.
SpeedK

Brooklyn, NY

#4 May 27, 2018
Alright. This is freaky. I'm finding more people who don't remember it than remembering it. For the handful of people who do remember it can recall the empty lot next to it with pony rides or petting zoo. I still think for the 4 or 5 of us who remember it exactly the same, has to lend a bit more validity, then those who may have forgotten. Anyone else want to send me to the loony bin? lol
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#5 May 27, 2018
Hey, if you want confirmation, just call the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society- I'm sure one of the old-timers who volunteer at the place will remember the Dairy Queen.

You think it's bad trying to find others who remember the DQ, try finding someone other than me who remembers the old abandoned Carvel building that used to be on Smithtown Blvd, across the street and just down a bit from the Bavarian Inn!
SpeedK

Brooklyn, NY

#6 May 27, 2018
It Was There wrote:
You think it's bad trying to find others who remember the DQ, try finding someone other than me who remembers the old abandoned Carvel building that used to be on Smithtown Blvd, across the street and just down a bit from the Bavarian Inn!
Oooo! That's a tough one. I remember the restaurant, that never made it, across from the Bavarian Inn, but not the Carvel. Was it before the trailer park?
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#7 May 28, 2018
Hmmmmm, good question! I don't know which came first: The trailer park, or that Carvel. I just remember seeing the abandoned Carvel in the 60's when I was a little kid, and it was unmistakable that it had been a Carvel, because of the slanty-front building. Just recently I had read something that mentioned it's existence- first reference I'd ever heard of it!

I still remember going shopping with my mother at the OLD A&P, when it was at Hawkins and Division St. That store had something I've never seen since: Conveyors at the ends of some of th aisles that would bring stock up from the basement, for the clerks to put out on the shelves! What a good idea! The cashiers there on the old=timey cash registers were a lot faster than the cashiers with the bar-code readers today! Then they moved to the 5 Corners c. 1970 or 71- and the new store was boring.

I remember when they tore down the woods :( and built what is now the Kohl's shopping center. I must've been about 5 or 6.

What else do you remember?

Since: May 18

Location hidden

#8 May 28, 2018
Wow. Woods where Kohl's is? That's going back further then I can remember. My recollection of that shopping center was the Woolworth's with the luncheonette down the ramp. I grew up just west of Cayuga. My earliest memories were probably around 1975'ish. My parents frequented all the shops in town like Toms stationary, the bakeries, Agnew's, Slaters. I've probably forgotten more than I can remember, but if you mentioned something, I would probably jog my memory. I remember going to the old book store with my Mom. My dad always brought me to Vinnie's for haircuts. I remember going to the beach but it always seemed closed to swimming. I remember all the wooded areas that we use to ride our bikes in. I really had fond memories of where I grew up.

Something I cant seem to figure out is one area that we used to frequent as kids, just north of the Bavarian Inn. Its now Lilly Pond County Park and the Walter S. Commerdinger, Jr. County Park. I used to deliver papers to old Walter. There was a road that often flooded, called Steuben Blvd. As kids we would explore that road and the odd man made land formations that were in that area. Some were roughly paved with remnants of yellow lines. With the advent of Google earth, I was able to get a birds eye view of it and it only added to the mystery. No one in the Historical Society knows what this area was. I bring it up all the time but no one knows.
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#9 May 28, 2018
Oh, my goodness! Vinnie (and Jimmy) the barber! I used to go to them too! My friend's parents owned the hero shop right across the street- Lake Heroes. They were friends with Vinnie and Jimmy.

My other friend's parents owned Aqualand- the tropical fish/pet store two doors north of Lake Heroes.(I think a tattoo parlor was there most recently).

Yes! Tom's (my first bicycle came from there- that little store sold EVERYTHING!)- and Ronkonkoma Stationary (not as nice. The one next to the Shell station).

And that luncheonette at the end of the ramp (In my day, it was a Grant's- just before Woolworth, then Caldor)- I LOVED that luncheonette!

I was really too young to remember (or have explored) the woods where that center is- I just remember walking to the lake with my mother one day, and what had been the woods was all torn up, and I was walking in the tracks left by the bulldozers, and had a sick feeling that the woods was gone!

And yes! Stueben Blvd! Even in the 90's when I still lived there, I used to walk the remnant of it through what is now that park, with my dog at night. I don't think there was ever really anything where that park is now- except the abandoned Carvel. I think it was too marshy to develop.

If you want, check this out: It's a website where you can look up old aerial images. You can see exactly what Ronkonkoma looked like before our time!
https://www.historicaerials.com/

and this:
http://gis3.suffolkcountyny.gov/gisviewer/

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, the book in the Images Of America series "Lake Ronkonkoma" by Keith Oswald is outstanding, and has many awesome photos from the past.

Say, if you lived near Cuyuga, do you remember a house just south of Cuyuga where there often tractos and stuff parked? The man who lived there was Eddie Pierra(sp?)-He was a friend of my friend's parents. When my friend wasn't around, I'd hang out with him (he'd often hang out at friend's parent's store)...always wondered what became of him. He was always so good to us kids- he'd play kickball with us, and take us places in his truck, etc.(I still remember his red and white c.'69 Dodge stepside 4x4 pick-up...loved that truck!)

Remember Pfeifer's Deli?)Near Tom's) My mother knew this lady, Ziggy, who worked there. Taught my mother how to make great potato salad!(Actually, my mother, who is now 93, just made some, day before yesterday!)
Katherine

Coram, NY

#10 Jun 2, 2018
ARe you sure it wasn't a dairy barn?
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#11 Jun 3, 2018
Katherine wrote:
ARe you sure it wasn't a dairy barn?
Dairy Barn was on Hawkins at the other end of town, on the west side of the road. And they don't sell hamburgers or ice cream cones dipped in chocolate. I guess only people who lived right in the area around the brief time that DQ was there would actually remember it. It was a bad location for a "restaurant"- it was easy to not notice it, and it wasn't in business very long.

Probably hard to find anyone else who remembers it, as pretty much everyone from that area who lived there back then has long-ago moved away. Of all my friends and family on the island, only two people remain there to this day. Most of us got out decades ago.
Uncle Eddie

Chicago, IL

#12 Jun 3, 2018
It Was There wrote:
Oh, my goodness! Vinnie (and Jimmy) the barber! I used to go to them too! My friend's parents owned the hero shop right across the street- Lake Heroes. They were friends with Vinnie and Jimmy.

My other friend's parents owned Aqualand- the tropical fish/pet store two doors north of Lake Heroes.(I think a tattoo parlor was there most recently).

Yes! Tom's (my first bicycle came from there- that little store sold EVERYTHING!)- and Ronkonkoma Stationary (not as nice. The one next to the Shell station).

And that luncheonette at the end of the ramp (In my day, it was a Grant's- just before Woolworth, then Caldor)- I LOVED that luncheonette!

I was really too young to remember (or have explored) the woods where that center is- I just remember walking to the lake with my mother one day, and what had been the woods was all torn up, and I was walking in the tracks left by the bulldozers, and had a sick feeling that the woods was gone!

And yes! Stueben Blvd! Even in the 90's when I still lived there, I used to walk the remnant of it through what is now that park, with my dog at night. I don't think there was ever really anything where that park is now- except the abandoned Carvel. I think it was too marshy to develop.

If you want, check this out: It's a website where you can look up old aerial images. You can see exactly what Ronkonkoma looked like before our time!
https://www.historicaerials.com/

and this:
http://gis3.suffolkcountyny.gov/gisviewer/

Also, if you haven't seen it yet, the book in the Images Of America series "Lake Ronkonkoma" by Keith Oswald is outstanding, and has many awesome photos from the past.

Say, if you lived near Cuyuga, do you remember a house just south of Cuyuga where there often tractos and stuff parked? The man who lived there was Eddie Pierra(sp?)-He was a friend of my friend's parents. When my friend wasn't around, I'd hang out with him (he'd often hang out at friend's parent's store)...always wondered what became of him. He was always so good to us kids- he'd play kickball with us, and take us places in his truck, etc.(I still remember his red and white c.'69 Dodge stepside 4x4 pick-up...loved that truck!)

Remember Pfeifer's Deli?)Near Tom's) My mother knew this lady, Ziggy, who worked there. Taught my mother how to make great potato salad!(Actually, my mother, who is now 93, just made some, day before yesterday!)
I grew up on Cuyuga and remember Mr.P, his place was amazing! He used to give my brother and I rides on his tractor, as long as we promised not to tell our parents, lol. We called him Uncle Eddie, and we always had lots of fun with him. The tractors seemed big as a kid, but he made us sit on his lap to be sure that we wouldn't fall off!
mcchainsaw

Centereach, NY

#13 Jun 9, 2018
It Was There wrote:
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Yes, there absolutely was a Dairy Queen at that location in the 70's! We went there after my grade-school graduation in 1974. There was an empty lot next to it, where somebody would give pony rides in the summer. Used to take my friend's little sister there all the time.

The DQ didn't last long- it was on there for a few years in the mid 70's. There's some kind of Irish dance studio now on the property that the DQ building used to be on.
You are absolutely correct on all points. I grew up in Sayville and attended many birthday parties at the Hawkins Avenue DQ back in the early to mid-1970's and I distinctly remember the pony rides. My Mom and younger Sister also remember it fondly. I currently live in Farmingville and I LOVE the new DQ on Route 112!
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#14 Jun 10, 2018
@Uncle Eddie:

Thanks. I'm glad that someone else remembers him. People reading this today would probably think that we are talking about a pedophile :( but of course, that was not the case. I actually knew another guy like that (He was a little older- but had tractors and all kinds of interesting junk too!) who lived in Bohemia- and we remained good friends till the day he died. It's wonderful that we lived in a time and place where such genuinely nice people existed!

@Mcchainsaw:
There's still a DQ on 112? I vaguely remember one being on 112 near Granny Rd. when I was a kid; is it that one?

You guys remember when they used to have a carnival in the Ronk. Fire Dept. parking lot every year?!

Here's one I barely remember: There used to be a Jack In The Box in the parking lot of the Smithaven Mall!(Never ate there- but remember passing it a few times, and my cousin always pestering my aunt to stop there!)- Don't think that lasted long either- it was there from around the time the mall opened c. 1969, and just for a few years.
Rob C

Bronx, NY

#17 Jun 16, 2018
Does anyone else remember the roller rink that was in ronkonkoma? I think it was called “Roller Town” or “Roller City”,something like that. It was right off of Hawkins, and we’d all hang out there growing up. Us kids used to go there every weekend and get into all sorts of mischief. We would bring bags of marbles and spill them in the rink when they turned on the strobe lights, then watch people fall. It was so funny. We drove the owners of that place nuts! What was his name? Does anybody know? I know the guy behind the shoe counters name was Hank, he was a nice guy. Anyone else have fond memories of the roller rink?
Uncle Eddie

Chicago, IL

#18 Jun 18, 2018
It Was There wrote:
@Uncle Eddie:

Thanks. I'm glad that someone else remembers him. People reading this today would probably think that we are talking about a pedophile :( but of course, that was not the case. I actually knew another guy like that (He was a little older- but had tractors and all kinds of interesting junk too!) who lived in Bohemia- and we remained good friends till the day he died. It's wonderful that we lived in a time and place where such genuinely nice people existed!

@Mcchainsaw:
There's still a DQ on 112? I vaguely remember one being on 112 near Granny Rd. when I was a kid; is it that one?

You guys remember when they used to have a carnival in the Ronk. Fire Dept. parking lot every year?!

Here's one I barely remember: There used to be a Jack In The Box in the parking lot of the Smithaven Mall!(Never ate there- but remember passing it a few times, and my cousin always pestering my aunt to stop there!)- Don't think that lasted long either- it was there from around the time the mall opened c. 1969, and just for a few years.
He was such a great guy, I remember he had a connection at Prestano's bakery and used to bring us fresh italian bread from there, yum! I may need to make a trip back to LI just to get some of that delicious bread!
It Was There

Horse Cave, KY

#19 Jun 18, 2018
Uncle Eddie wrote:
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He was such a great guy, I remember he had a connection at Prestano's bakery and used to bring us fresh italian bread from there, yum! I may need to make a trip back to LI just to get some of that delicious bread!
I sure could go for a slice of Little Vinnie's pizza! And yeah, Eye-talian bread! Haven't had that since I left there, 17 years ago- except for the few occasions where I baked my own.

But yeah, Uncle Eddie. Man! Last time I saw him was in 1978 (Had a little reunion with him, my childhood friend, and my friend's parents- the owners of the defunct Aqualand- at their home in Patchogue, when I was 16). I wonder where he is these days- or if he's even still alive? By my guestimation, he should be in his 70's today. They don't make them like him anymore; he's the kind of person you remember all of your life. A great guy, who would always make ya smile.

Do I even have his last name right?

What did he even do for a living?:D Other than doing some mowing for the town with his tractor, he always just seemed be hanging around with my friend's parents or us kids!(Between him, and my other "Uncle" from Bohemia, it's no wonder I could never stand to be tied down to a 9-5 job, and have always been a tinkerer!-I learned from the best- and it has made for a very happy life for me.)
What Was Its Name

Horse Cave, KY

#20 Jun 23, 2018
O-K guys, maybe one of yous[sic] can help me out with this one!

What was the name of the restaurant/bar right next to the Brookhaven beach?(i.e. on Lake Shore Rd. near Lake Terrace Rd.)?

I was thinking of it today for some reason- remembering when I was an adult in the very early 90's, living in Holbrook, I was out taking a bicycle ride one night, and came upon that place as it was burning down. Can't remember the name of it for the life of me, and it's driving me crazy!

What was it about that spot by the Crookhaven beach? Seems everything used to happen there. I also remember watching them pull a dead body out of the lake once, there, when I had stopped in the parking lot of the beach to have something to eat in my truck....
Don

Tampa, FL

#21 Jun 24, 2018
It Was There wrote:
Hey, if you want confirmation, just call the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society- I'm sure one of the old-timers who volunteer at the place will remember the Dairy Queen.

You think it's bad trying to find others who remember the DQ, try finding someone other than me who remembers the old abandoned Carvel building that used to be on Smithtown Blvd, across the street and just down a bit from the Bavarian Inn!
I remember when that was open

Since: May 18

Location hidden

#22 Jun 28, 2018
What Was Its Name wrote:
O-K guys, maybe one of yous[sic] can help me out with this one!

What was the name of the restaurant/bar right next to the Brookhaven beach?(i.e. on Lake Shore Rd. near Lake Terrace Rd.)?

I was thinking of it today for some reason- remembering when I was an adult in the very early 90's, living in Holbrook, I was out taking a bicycle ride one night, and came upon that place as it was burning down. Can't remember the name of it for the life of me, and it's driving me crazy!

What was it about that spot by the Crookhaven beach? Seems everything used to happen there. I also remember watching them pull a dead body out of the lake once, there, when I had stopped in the parking lot of the beach to have something to eat in my truck....
That place had a few names, but it was called KISS when I remembered it. I can vividly remember when it burnt down. I used to go to St Joe's up the road, and our bus used to pass the burnt shell of it.

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