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.
How the Nassau Light and Power Company Came to Glenwood Landing
From an article in Electrical World magazine, April 7, 1906:
[A] number of wealthy men having country seats near Roslyn, wishing electricity for their residences
and finding no station to supply it, determined to build a station to supply their collective wants rather
than to install individual isolated plants. In order also to remove the station as far as possible from their
dwellings it was determined to build the station on Hempstead Bay. Property on the bay front, however,
took a jump of over 500 per cent in value when the owners found who the prospective purchasers were
to be, and a station was built on the line of the Long Island Railroad on the outskirts of Roslyn. Coal
could then be easily obtained and wells were driven to supply the water necessary for the operation of the
plant. A new station was erected on Hempstead Bay in the village known as Glenwood, and sub-stations
maintained at Roslyn, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Hicksville, Hempstead and Great Neck. These sub-
stations supply electric energy to Baldwin, Floral Park, Glen Cove, Glenwood, Great Neck, Hempstead,
Hicksville, Hyde Park, Mineola, Port Washington, Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Westbury. The territory covered
comprises a large section of the central portion of Long Island, and being of a suburban character
involves distribution in a large number of sparsely settled villages.
Two Views of Glen Head & Glenwood Post Offices
During the pre- and post- World War II years, the Glen Head Post Office was located at 6 Railroad Avenue on the southeast corner of Railroad Avenue and Glen Head Road, current home of the Iron Horse restaurant and bar. During that same period, the Glenwood Post Office was at 134 Glenwood Road, current home of Glenwood Antiques, diagonally across from the present post office.
Glenwood’s Cottage Colonies
In 1916, a woman named "Mrs. Palmer" mailed the postcard shown above from Glen Head to a "Gladys Hedeman" of Brooklyn.
The message on the reverse read: "Came back here for five days over Columbus Day. Will be home Monday....”
The postcard pictures bungalows on Hillside Avenue in Glenwood Landing. Along with the two other cards pictured, it documents Glenwood’s reputation as a popular recreation destination during the first half of the 20th century.
Before the post World War II suburban boom, Glenwood and other areas surrounding Hempstead Harbor drew seasonal visitors from Brooklyn, Manhattan, and beyond. Depending on the decade, visitors arrived by train or automobile, or via steamboats that once landed at a dock located at the foot of Glenwood Road. Visitors could stay at one of three hotels known to have been located on the Glenwood Waterfront or in cottages nestled in the hills between Grove Street and Glenwood Road.
The Larsen name, albeit spelled with a double “s,” is associated with one such colony in the vicinity of Larsen Avenue.
All three post cards were recently added to Gold Coast’s local history collection, where they will protected for posterity in the community that they depict.
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