Plainedge High School Missed Connections
It was Nunley's happy land Jolly Roger's was the restaurant next door great food. Smiley's came later.
Before it was food fair it was a Big Ben food store.
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I went to Plainedge School in 1955 in 5th grade.
It's a very different world today.
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I also went to the annex (4th grade) in 1951-52, Mrs Thorton was my teacher
Mal Pierce Pontiac - "You can get a Whale of a Deal at Mel Pierce The batting case accross from Jolly Rogers is still there. We left in 57' for Seaford, I hated Seaford High School!!
I lived on Oakdale Avenue from 1951-1959. I played on the Potter's team in the early 50's. I went to the annex (4th grade) in 1951-52, then on to "The Plainedge School" (renamed John H West School) for 5th and 6th grade. We would often go to Nunley's Happyland and to Jolly Roger's next store. As someone mentioned, you could just eat the condiments and not buy anything.
Across Hempstead Turnpike was Mal Pierce Pontiac - I purchased my first "real" car there in 1968. Across from that, on Hicksville Road, was the Food Fair shopping center, which contained a cleaner, Herbie's Candy Store, (maybe) a drug store and auto parts store.
On the intersection of Stewart Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike was Five Corners Bar. Behind it was an empty lot, which would eventually become a bowling alley. Next to Five Corner's was Roy's Diner, which would also sponsor a team in the Plainedge Little League.
East on Hempstead Turnpike was Zorn's farm (still there) and, next to it, Nicholson's Farm. Across the street was the Hempstead Turnpike Drivein. We would often walk in and sit on a long in the back of the property and watch movies for free. It was build above a crematorium, which we would often explore during the day. The Seaford-Oyster Bay Expressway was built over that in the early 60s.
I grew up in Levittown on Center Lane. My Dad worked for the May Company. Moved away when I was 5 (1955). Loved going to Jolly Rogers. Favorite ride was the little "bike" you sat on and turned the handles to make it go.
Those were the days.
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My father worked for The Nunley's for many many years. He mostly ran the Merry go round in Baldwin & in Bethpage. But he also worked earlier on in Rockaway play land. I keep searching for pictures of him that may have been caught by riders or their parents over the years, but so far, no luck. But I have hours & hours, & Miles & miles in the saddles of those old Merry go Round horses.
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Brian Smith here I also worked at Jolly Rogers was a great time in my life my Father also worked there if there is anyone from this time please get in contact with me email@example.com
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Yes Foodtown did open in that location in 1980 , I worked for them . I think Jolly Roger as we all called it closed in 1978 or 79. But by then the amusement part was called Smileys Happyland and the resturant was called Robin Hood.
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Regarding the Plainedge Annex, my mother worked there (approximately 1955) and I went to kindergarten there in the basement in 1950.
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This was definitely the way it was. I used to sit at a friends house facing the drive-in on Normandy Drive and watched the Incredible Shrinking Man. Those were the good old days!!! Watching a movie for free.
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I worked at Jolly Rogers all through my Plainedge High School years from 10th grade, graduated in 1970. I started out as a busboy and soon moved to the ice cream counter. Then hamburgers and of course everything fried from fish to french fries. I also worked with Joe Neary, the tall skinny guy at the hot dogs counter. In my senior year I worked the birthday parties in the large back room every Sunday. Made enough money to buy a nearly new/used Chevy Camaro across the street at Mal Pierce Pontiac.
I had an absolute BLAST working at JR's and got to know so many kids from other surrounding high schools. Still friends with a few of them to this day. Great memories. (ate like a king)
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I used to work in Bethpage movie theater
as an usher. That was in 1968.
I am pretty sure that Northedge opened in '54 or '55. I went there for kindergarten in 1955-56 with Miss Kasendorf as my teacher.
When did Jolly Rogers close down (yr) & was it food town that went up in it's palce?
When I worked there in the 1970s we used to chase the kids that ate the sauerkraut.
Thanks so much for posting that!
Check out this link - it's a blast from the past especially growing up in Plainedge.
WASN'T THERE A BIG "Jolly Rodger" FIGURE ON THE N/W CORNER OF 107 AND THE PIKE...OR DID I DREAM THIS ?
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I attended kindergarten New Grace Annex in Plainedge, 1961. Soon left for Toronto.
it was nunleys first you r too young
Thanks for the great pic and the memories:
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Wasn't it "Merry 'Olds"?
I played on the Jolly Rogers little league team in 1956, and Nunleys also sponsored a team that season.
Wasn't it a Pontiac car dealer?
Does anyone remember Jolly Rogers on the turnpike and hicksville Rd? Well it was called Nunleys, and Jolly Rogers was the restaurant. The reason I ask is that anytime I read an article about the horses from the Nunleys carousel it always mentions the Baldwin and never the one by us. I bet alot of the horses are from the Bethpage location. Does anyone know or care. It just bothers me since it was a place that I remember well. It has been there since thelate 50's, I'm sure! Please write if you have any memories!Long Island Business Networking - Long Island Business DirectoryLong Island Online Marketing