Farmingdale: Long Island’s Hub For Food, Fun, Flight

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Farmingdale has long served as one of Long Island’s key “hub” destinations, first for rail and stagecoach travel, and later, for all things aviation, bringing with it a steady stream  of visitors.Countless businesses have sprung up over the years, making the greater Farmingdale area a perennial hot spot for dining, retail and entertainment. A cruise down the Route 110 corridor — especially if you’re headed to the movies or Adventureland — is a quintessential part of the Long Island experience.“Farmingdale has something for everyone,” says Dave Saul, a spokesman for Farmingdale village. “There’s a historic Long Island Rail Road station, a thriving Main Street with all types of dining and entertainment, and we cherish our Village Green, where during the summer you can relax and enjoy music by the Village Pops, or bring the family to enjoy a classic ‘Movie on the Green.’ We also have great outside activities, like Music on Main and Cultural Arts Day, parades down Main Street, great shopping, our own breweries and speakeasy, and we’re just minutes away from the famous Black Course at Bethpage State Park.”The region was settled in 1687 by Thomas Powell, who acquired 15 square miles from three native tribes in 1695 in a deal known as the Bethpage Purchase. Developer Ambrose George built a general store and acquired substantial acreage in what was called Hardscabble in 1841. He renamed it Farmingdale and that moniker was then cemented in 1841 when LIRR service began at a stop named Farmingdale on the Greenport line.The Village of Farmingdale was incorporated in 1904, the future Republic Airport was born in 1927 and Bethpage State Park opened in 1932, and Farmingdale has kept growing ever since.These days, there’s truly no shortage of reasons to spend some quality time in Farmingdale, whether for food, fun, furniture, or higher education. Some of our favorite Farmingdale hangouts include:A B25 Mitchell on display at the American Air Power Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale.Farmingdale classicsFor those that grew up on LI, Farmingdale is basically synonymous with Adventureland (2245 Broadhollow Rd., 631-694-6868,, the classic amusement park you can’t help but gaze at nostalgically every time you pass it on Route 110. Since 1962, Adventureland has been the go-to place for local roller coaster riders, and there’s still plenty to love about this local gem. In addition to classic favorites like the Pirate Ship, Wave Swing and Bumper Cars, this spring the park will debut its new two-story Mystery Mansion ride, replacing the 10-year-old Ghost House. Adventureland opens again for the season on March 24.“We’re creating a happy place for generations of family fun,” says Steve Gentile, the general manager at Adventureland. “We’re creating memories.”Another Farmingdale institution that gives the village its unique character is the historic Republic Airport, a smaller regional field now mostly used for private flights and flying schools, but also home to the American Air Power Museum (1230 New Hwy., Hangar 3, 631-293-6398,, which houses numerous heritage aircraft, many of which still fly. The museum is especially noteworthy for its deep collection of World War II planes, and hosts multiple special events and airshows throughout the year. And for the truly intrepid, there are even special ride experiences, where you can see firsthand what it was like to fly in some of the museum’s legendary warbirds.You might also find yourself visiting Farmingdale to tour Farmingdale State College (2350 Broadhollow Rd., 631-420-2000,, a.k.a. “SUNY Farmingdale,” which seems to expand by leaps and bounds each year. The tech-focused college provides weekly tours of its 380-acre campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3 p.m., with stops at the new student activities building, campus center and bookstore, academic buildings, residence hall, Nold Hall Athletic Complex and Greenley Hall Library. Special tours of the Aviation Center are also available.The Farmingdale street fair is known to draw a crowd.Fun, food & drinkA popular Farmingdale hangout for food, drinks and conversation is the Library Café (274 Main St., 516-752-7678,, housed in the former Farmingdale Public Library Main Street Branch building. Patrons flock there for the unique ambiance, but inevitably fall for the upscale pub fare and creative mixology, featuring cocktails named for famous authors and books. And don’t worry, the village still has an actual library, too: The current Farmingdale Public Library has stood at 116 Merritts R.d since 1994 (516-249- 9090, beer aficionados simply can’t get enough choices, and that’s where the venerable Farmingdale hangout Croxley’s Ale House (190 Main St., 516-293-7700, truly shines. The pub offers a dizzying array of 51 brews on tap and another 33 varieties available in bottles in cans, as well as a full menu of mouth-watering food options, from wings and mussels to burgers and sandwiches, to shepherd’s pie. They even do Sunday brunch, so start early and maybe you’ll be able to drink your way through a fraction of Croxley’s suds.Off of Main Street, one of the few brew pubs on Long Island calls Farmingdale home. Black Forest Brew Haus (2015 New Hwy., 631-391-9500, features an extensive menu of German delicacies of both the food and beverage varieties. They also regularly host live music, dualing pianos and host a month-long Oktoberfest party.Farmingdale is such a hub for commerce these days, it’s even home to one of just two of the Island Stew Leonard’s locations (261 Airport Plaza, 516-962-8210, The famed New England grocery store chain — born from a small dairy business — offers the antidote to the massive supermarket experience, carrying only 2,200 items, “chosen specifically for their freshness, quality and value,” according to the company, as opposed to traditional supermarkets, which sell an average of 30,000 various products. Enjoy a fresh-made Maine lobster roll, or sample the vast cheese selection and fantastic ice cream, both made with milk from Stew’s own legion of prized cows.The PGA Tour has made a recent stop at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale in 2016 (Photo by Kevin Kane) (1)Active pursuitsThere are also great options for working off all that food and drink. Although a good portion of it is located in Old Bethpage, the 1,477-acre Bethpage State Park (99Quaker Meeting House Rd., 516-249-0700, is officially part of Farmingdale. It is best known for its five world-class golf courses, including the legendary Bethpage Black Course, which hosted the U.S. Open Championship in 2002 and 2009. The park is also highly popular for its picnic facilities, playing fields, tenniscourts, bridle paths and hiking, biking and cross-county skiing trails. In addition, the park offers a restaurant and catering facilities, a golf pro shop and a driving range.But hey, if a day on the links sounds too relaxing for you (or frustrating, depending on your handicap), you can make those golf cart riders eat your dust at RPM Raceway (40 Daniel St., 631-752-7223,, an all-electric indoor go-kart track and entertainment complex guaranteed to satisfy your need for speed. Drivers of all ages and ability levels can race state-of-the-art Italian-made go-karts, including no-hassle “arrive and drive” races, group head-to-head racing (by reservation), leagues and more. There are even 1-on-1 clinics and summer camps available for future racing pros.And finally, to really travel the Farmingdale area and beyond in style, consider joining the long list of Farmingdale-based aviators, and take a flying lesson (or many) at Academy of Aviation (7150 Republic Airport Main Terminal, Room 101, 631-777-7772, which trains students for private pilot licenses all the way up to commercial certifications. It may cost a few bucks, but soaring in the air over the Long Island Expressway — especially during rush hour — is a sure-fire way to feel like LI royalty.That’s how they do it in Farmingdale.WHERE TO STAY Courtyard Republic Airport Long Island/Farmingdale2 Marriott Plaza, 844-631-0595, marriott.comTownePlace Suites Republic Airport Long Island/ Farmingdale1 Marriott Plaza, 844-631-0595, marriott.comHollywood Motel400 NY-109, 631-694-7100, hollywood-motel.comWHERE TO DINEVespa Italian Kitchen & Bar282 Main St., 516-586-8542, vespaitaliankitchen.comVinoco East223 Main St., 516-927-8070, vinocoeast.comFarmingdale Diner17 Hempstead Tpke, 516-777- 3377The Rolling Spring Roll Shop189 Main Street, 516-586-6097, therollingspringroll.comCaracara Mexican Grill354 Main St., 516-777-2272, caracaramex.comRPM Raceway is billed as “America’s ultimate all-electric indoor go-kart and entertainment destination.”last_img read more

Suarez shines in Liverpool win

first_imgStriker Luis Suarez continued his incredible run of form with two more goals to fire Liverpool to the top of the table and make Cardiff manager Malky Mackay’s position even more difficult – if that was at all possible. The Uruguay international, who caught everyone by surprise by signing a new long-term contract on Friday, made it 19 for the season as Cardiff were despatched 3-1. Raheem Sterling was also on the scoresheet in between Suarez’s two brilliant strikes and although Jordon Mutch’s reply just before the hour breathed new life into Cardiff, the home side’s grip on the three points was not to be loosened. In truth the result made little difference to Mackay’s future, which appears to have already been pre-determined by Vincent Tan. The owner was present at Anfield to see his side torn apart in the first half. How much longer Mackay lasts may be assessed in terms of hours rather than days – having been told by Tan earlier in the week to resign or be sacked – but what is enduring are Liverpool’s title challenge credentials. Fuelled by Suarez’s goals they have now overtaken long-time leaders Arsenal, who face fellow top-four side Chelsea on Monday, and with the season almost halfway through must now be classed as credible rivals to the favoured front-runners in the Gunners, Manchester City and Chelsea. Brendan Rodgers’ side must face both the latter in their next two matches but with Suarez in the form he is they can go into the games with confidence. The figures are staggering – and that is not a reference to the reported £200,000-a-week the striker will receive from next season as a result of his new deal. He has 19 in 12 league matches, including 10 in his last four games, and he set a Premier League record with his first goal – which was his ninth in December, outstripping the previous best in a single month. It was the purest example of a striker at his best – but also showed there is more to him than just goals. Having initially begun the move he continued his run towards the penalty area where Jordan Henderson picked him out with an inviting cross which was expertly volleyed past goalkeeper David Marshall. That maintained his record of scoring in every home match – six in total – he has been available for this season, having been suspended early on. In doing so be became the first player since Fernando Torres (who scored in eight) in May 2008 to achieve that feat. Cue the inevitable Liverpool onslaught which saw Martin Skrtel head over, Sterling have a shot blocked and Jon Flanagan and Philippe Coutinho both hit the post – the latter’s effort only just kept out by the outstretched boot of Marshall. It seemed despite Liverpool’s dominance their lead would be a slender one at half-time but three minutes before the break they struck again, thanks to their two best players in recent weeks. Henderson’s through-ball was superb in itself but no surprise considering his improved quality this season. What was a shock was the sight of Suarez, with only Marshall to beat, squaring the ball for Sterling to slot home. Suarez’s second of the game highlighted exactly what that sort of investment brings. Henderson’s backheel was all the invitation the Uruguayan needed as he opened his body to curl a shot around a pack of bodies in the penalty area and inside Marshall’s left-hand post. The second half should have been a procession for the home side but that was interrupted by Mutch’s unchallenged header from a free-kick in the 58th minute. Cardiff subsequently enjoyed their best spell of the game but that was ended when Sterling forced Marshall to save in a one-on-one and Suarez followed up to blast a shot against the post. The win means Liverpool could still be top for Christmas should Arsenal fail to win on Monday and that would be the first time that has happened since 2008. The last four champions have all been top on Christmas Day. It may still be wishful thinking for Rodgers, who claims he will only consider their chances with 10 games to go, but with Suarez in current form he may have to reassess that sooner rather than later. Press Associationlast_img read more

MLAX : SU hopes quick starts continue against Hoyas in Face-Off Classic

first_img Comments Stephen Keogh isn’t ready to write off Georgetown as a struggling team. He doesn’t see too much substance in the Hoyas’ slow start.And that includes a Georgetown goaltender who’s still trying to find his way four games into the season.‘I think they’re going to come out strong,’ Keogh said. ‘A lot of teams, when they see Syracuse on their schedule, they mark that game, and they’re going to come out high flying. Last year, they played us tough. They’re a good team.’Syracuse opens up its Big East schedule against No. 20 Georgetown (2-2) in the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic (11 a.m., ESPNU) at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday. The Orange’s first road trip of the season will be against a Georgetown team still looking to make its mark as a competitive team. A win against No. 1 Syracuse would do exactly that because the Hoyas’ wins so far have come against unimpressive teams in Jacksonville and St. John’s.To keep that from happening, getting to GU goaltender Jack Davis early could be pivotal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGeorgetown has played only one team ranked in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Top 20 through four games. The Hoyas lost 20-8 to No. 8 Maryland, giving up 14 goals to the Terps in the second half after going into halftime down by only two goals. In the game, Davis gave up 17 of those 20 goals.So far this season, Davis hasn’t looked like a goaltender able to stop a Syracuse team that’s riding high at 3-0. Davis is yielding an average of 14 goals per game, which is 54th in the nation. But for SU head coach John Desko, that’s still not a reason to be any more aggressive when going to the goal.‘We’re always careful in talking about the goaltenders,’ Desko said. ‘You don’t like your guys to overthink it. … I think when they start thinking about their shots, their percentages go down.’Desko said Davis could come out ‘very hot’ against Syracuse, increasing his level of play against Georgetown’s biggest test of an opponent. Especially because he knows the Orange’s tendencies. It’s no secret Syracuse pushes the ball up the field and takes aggressive shots.Many of those shots come in the first quarter, where Syracuse has outshot its opponents 33-16. Keogh said that can shake the confidence of the goaltenders early on, giving the Orange a chance to pull away with a quick lead.Breaking Davis’ confidence — which is likely already fragile due to the slow start — early could be all Syracuse needs to do to continue its undefeated start to the season.‘The past couple of games, we’ve come out flying out of the gate, getting to the goalies early, and they get a little rattled,’ Keogh said. ‘We’re definitely going to try to get to him early.’Desko said the high number of first-quarter shots has a lot to do with the emotions of the team. In all three games, there have been reasons for the Orange to come out with added intensity.Syracuse first came out hyped up to play its season opener. Then the Orange avenged its NCAA tournament loss from a year ago against Army. Last Friday, SU faced off with No. 2 Virginia.On Saturday, those emotions aren’t likely to be any lower. The Orange will play at an NFL stadium in front of perhaps the largest crowd it has seen all year. And despite Georgetown’s struggles up to this point, Syracuse still expects the game to be a challenge.‘I think they’re going to be a real tough test for us,’ long-stick midfielder Joel White said. ‘I think they’re going to be excited to come into the big stadium and try to prove something. Everyone’s trying to beat us.’They might be trying, but no one’s been successful so far.If Syracuse continues its early scoring barrage against Georgetown, it might be in for an easy victory. Especially because Orange goaltender John Galloway is giving up almost half as many goals per game as Davis is.Facing a goaltender who’s susceptible to caving in to aggressive offenses, Syracuse knows it has an opportunity to take the Hoyas out of the game quickly. Even if Georgetown’s offense brings its best, an early deficit could be too much to overcome.Said Keogh: ‘We want to bury the ball early and keep it rolling from there.’[email protected] Published on March 9, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: [email protected] | @chris_isemancenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more