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.
THE CHANGING SKYLINE OF GLENWOOD LANDING 2014-2015
Located on Hempstead Harbor at the intersection of Glenwood and Shore roads, Glenwood Landing Power Station Number 2 seemed permanent, irrefutable. Designed in the classic Beaux Art style, the station rose in 1928. Over the decades, some people considered the massive brick building an eyesore. Others appreciated its historic and architectural significance and advocated preservation. National Grid demolished the station between March 2014 and April 2015.
GOLF ON LONG ISLAND
Long Island ‘s first golf course - the original Shinnecock Hills Golf Club - was built in 1891. Today, Long Island is one of the most popular golf destinations in the world, with over 145 public and private courses, three of them located in the Gold Coast Library district – Engineers Country Club, Glen Head Country Club and North Shore (formerly Glenwood) Country Club.
A new book - Images of America: Long Island Golf by Phil Carlucci - will be published in June, in the heart of golf season. The book contains more than 200 photos of public and private courses, including these two from Gold Coast Library’s Local History collection.
Look for the book in the library on your next visit or reserve a copy online at: www.goldcoastlibrary.org
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
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