TANGIERS MANOR CORP.
"The Best Laid Plans"
A decade before Home Guardian Corp.
would actually follow through and develop the Mastic Area, a company
called Tangiers Manor Corporation had big plans for it. Unlike
Home Guardian who developed Mastic Park and moved south along
the Floyd Estate, Tangiers plans started on the west side. After
years of negotiations, they had purchased thousands of acres off
of the Smith brothers and sisters. Tangier's vision and proposals
actually made it onto the maps of Hagstrom.and Belcher Hyde. I
found these 1920's Gazettes in the Queensboro Public Library's,
Long Island Room. The first development that shows up was "WOODLANDS
ON THE BAY" an area just west of Johns Neck Creek and east
of the Tolfree
Estate (that is not shown on the map). The area that was meant
to be Woodlands On The Bay , would eventualy get developed by
W.T. Shirley in the 1950's.
Notice over at Smith's Point a parcel
in the name of C. Smith. These land transctions led to a dispute
among the family around 1900 with Clarence G. T. on one side and
William, Martha and Eugenie on the other. They took each other
to court to settle it. Clarence by the way was a Lawyer. Tangiers
also proposed bridge. The drawing of it I have seen was very elaborate
and they envisioned a Coney Island style park with large hotels
on what is now Smith Point Park.
The Future William Floyd Pkwy has
2 names here
Suffolk Blvd. or Mastic Road....
The actual Mastic Road a mile or so east was called Railroad Ave.
or Mastic Turnpike
You can tell by this map Tangier
Manor Corp. had a lot to work with.
The Wall Street crash of 1929 probably
had a lot to do with
it all having to wait. In the last
few years local real estate agents
who never fail for a way with words
are using the name Tangiers again.
An earlier map
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