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Hamlet of Oyster Bay is only a small speck on the map of Long
Island. It was a wonderful little community in which to live.
We spent lazy summer days swimming its pristine shores or
hiking through the woods. Walking to Snouder’s to enjoy an
ice cream soda or to Bonanza’s, for a lemon ice and a hotdog.
grew up on Orchard Street, where most of the homes were very
old. Next door to our home was a Blacksmith Shop. Prior to
that, it was a Church. Our home was well over one hundred
years old then. Its original structure was moved to its current
site and contained only one room. This small dwelling was
where the Minister of the Church had resided. My Mother was
born in a house located on what was then called Fortified
Hill. The same hill of the famed “Colonial Simcoe and The
Queens Rangers”. While renovating my grandparent’s home spectacles,
lanterns and other old artifacts were found. This is part
of the History of only two homes. A small thimble full, of
Oyster Bays’ rich History.
wood’s we played in have long since been gone. In their place
stand condos and offices. What used to be pretty little tree
lined streets and quaint old gingerbread homes, are now being
cast in the shadows by towering cement buildings and illegal
two and three family apartments. The Blacksmith Shop has long
since been torn down. It was replaced, by an office building.
This building has been sold and is currently under demolition.
The new building will be much larger in comparison to the
previous structure and will be built even closer, to the existing
have heard that much Real Estate has recently been purchased
in the Village. I am not against change or improvement. I
do feel however, that a standard should be set in the Hamlet
of Oyster Bay. Consideration should be given especially where
commercial property will closely border residential areas.
should be preserving this small community not detracting from
it. The quaintness of our village can still remain. Architectural
esthetics should be taken into consideration, when renovation
or new construction is to be done. It should reflect the spirit
of a small community and the flavor and history of the town
no longer reside in Oyster Bay. I am writing this letter hoping
that some thought and respect will be given to the surroundings
of my family, friends and other long time residents of Oyster
P. Rettig nee (Brandt)