Gold Coast Memories
Gold Coast Memories is dedicated to collecting and preserving our community’s heritage and making it available to the public online. Our growing collection of digitized postcards photographs, documents and artwork is available for viewing on this website and as part of the Long Island Memories project.
In 2010, the Gold Coast Public Library joined Long Island Memories, the digitization initiative sponsored by the Long Island Libraries Resources Council. The goal of Long Island Memories is to provide the people of Long Island with access to a visual and oral record of Long Island's history, culture, government and industry.
We hope you enjoy exploring this collection and discovering the history of our unique home.
Perhaps you’ve noticed the nondescript building next to the library with the simple lettering Strat-O-Matic above the always-shaded window and wondered what was inside? Or noticed the long line outside 42 Railroad Plaza on a late winter morning and wondered what all the fuss was about? For all of its legions of fans, the Glen Head building is the epicenter of an obsession…the headquarters for a hobby enjoyed by millions of sports fans since 1961.
Strat-O-Matic is a statistics-based board game played with cards, charts, and dice that closely mirrors the real-world performances of professional athletes and teams. If you’ve ever managed a fantasy sports team, played a simulated sports game, or just watched the movie Moneyball, you’ve indirectly enjoyed the legacy of Strat-O-Matic, a company that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011, all but the first few years at the Glen Head location.
Strat-O-Matic founder Hal Richman first had the idea for the game when he was just 11 years old. In 1961, he brought Strat-O-Matic Baseball to market, first basing his operations in Port Washington, where his family lived. After a slow start, the game caught on with the public and - in the early seventies - Hal moved his company to Glen Head, seeking a more spacious, convenient location. The unassuming gray building adjacent to the Glen Head train station has been the company’s home ever since.
Learn more about the library’s closest neighbor at: www.strat-o-matic.com/community/media-archive
The Wright Brothers in Glen Head
Wright Model B Floatplane in Glen Head hangar (1912)
In 1912, the Wright Brothers set out to establish a school of water-flying at the Glenwood Country Club in Glen Head, New York. The Ohio-based inventors chose a New York engineer and aviator - Charles Wald - to test their “floatplane” design over a large body of water. Wald made several successful flights over Hempstead Harbor to New Rochelle and back. On October 10, 1912, with a newspaper correspondent on board, one of these flights ended with the plane flipping over upon landing. Though no one was hurt, this mishap effectively marked the end of the Wright Companies Long Island experiment.
Charles Wald, Hempstead Plains (1916)
Photographs reprinted courtesy of Wright State University Library.
Glenwood Landing c 1915
From the New York Times [New York, N.Y] 22 Apr 1900: 22:
There is good fishing just now at Glenwood Landing, which can be reached by the Oyster Bay
Branch of the Long Island Railroad. The excursion fare is $1, and fishing boats may be had for
50 cents a day. Sand worms are 10 cents a dozen, clams, 25 cents a peck, and later on, when the
black fish commence biting, riddlers may be had for 20 cents a quart, so it will not be necessary
for the fisherman to take his bait with him.
Retrieved from ProQuest: Historical New York Times, a searchable, full-text database with articles and images
from 1851- 2007, accessible to Gold Coast cardholders through the library’s website (Proquest).
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