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.
In the Good Old Summertime
A few local waterfront scenes from a century ago. Postcards courtesy of the Griffin Collection.
Bathing Beach, Glenwood Landing c 1915
Bath House, Glenwood Landing c 1907
Ayres Hotel and Boat Landing, Glenwood Landing c 1912
The Restoration of Scudder's Pond
Scudder’s Pond in 1927
Bordering Glenwood Landing and the Village of Sea Cliff, Scudder’s Pond was once a part
of the estate of Townsend Scudder (1865 - 1960), who served as a U.S. Congressman and
New York State Supreme Court Justice. Today, the pond is a regulated wetland that acts as
a filter for run-off into Hempstead Harbor. Over this past winter, the pond underwent major
restoration work, funded by federal and county grants and contributions from the Hempstead
Harbor Protection Committee and the Village of Sea Cliff. The project was designed to improve water quality in the harbor.
New vegetation was planted along the pond’s shores and two obsolete dams were replaced. The
original size and depth of the pond were also restored.
The North Shore Country Club
Once the estate of Townsend Scudder (1865 - 1960), the North Shore Country Club has operated as a
golf course since the early 1900s. Scudder - who served as both a U.S. Congressman and New York
State Supreme Court Justice - helped establish the Glenwood Hook & Ladder, Engine & Hose Company
in 1907. As a member of the New York State Parks Commission, Scudder supported Robert Moses'
plan to establish Jones Beach State Park and the parkway system. In 1960, Parks Commissioner Moses
dedicated a plaque to Scudder at Jones Beach. Today, as in Scudder's day, the property spans the
Village of Sea Cliff and the unincorporated hamlets of Glen Head and Glenwood Landing. It is bordered
on the west by Shore Road and on the east by North Shore Middle School.
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