Do you remember bowling at Sunrise Alleys? Watching the Dumont Television Network out of New York City on your new Zenith set? Or how about picking up some beer at Rouse’s Delicatessen in Greenport?
A group of people now on a Facebook page called “Remembering the North Fork’s Memorable Characters” remember all of these things and are sharing pictures and sentimental moments amongst nearly 800 members of the group. Recent posts include old photos of a television and appliance repair van from Rothman’s Department Store, the Duffy’s Bar sign at the Sterlington Hotel (now Meson Ole) and the outside of Porky’s restaurant (which had been up until recently the Portly Grape).
And of course, lots of old yearbook pictures litter the page.
“I remember the first stereo broadcast,” wrote one poster. “The New Haven station broadcast their FM TV and the same on AM radio. If you placed the radio in the right spot, you got a stereo effect. This only happened at certain times. The station told how and where to place the radio for the best effect.”
“Just blocks from my house!,” wrote another about Rouse’s Delicatessen. “Bought my Archie comic books, Wise potato chips, ice cream cones and all that penny candy. Wanda always had her eye on you!”
“Had a few in there,” wrote another about Duffy’s Bar.
“Had a few too many in there,” replied another.