MASTIC MYSTERY PIC
D & M "SUPERMARKET"
Photo from the collection of John Jett , Patchogue NY - Photographer: Mike Mucci
This pic that I got the other day from photographer and photo restorer Gene Chiusano of Shirley is really stumping the band and a whole lot more. So far everyone of my Mastic Area Pioneers and "Knappsters" out there who has seen it, has said they never saw it before and yet most of us (me included) were old enough when this photo was taken sometime after October of 1954 (55 or 56 Pontiac is parked there) to probably have seen it at least once. Wherever it was, it looks like it recently opened, but I don't think it was open very long. Or it could of burned down ?
The entrance is on the side of the building. It also looks like it may of been an older house or business and renovated somewhat. The "parking lot" might not much bigger than what we see. The sidewalk seems to end abrubtly. The nice pine tree with the fence around it on the left side is reminiscent of the area near the fork of Mastic & Mastic Beach Road.
"Supermarket" may of been a bit of stretch , but those prices today like Leg of Lamb for 63 cents would surely pack their parking lot !
Save your allowance kids,,,the Carnival is coming again ... August 6 - 11....this time to the field across from Center Moriches High School (where the Hill's Supermarket I worked at would open in 1963)
Newsday's Headline Was
"HUNT BANK GANG IN 100G LI HAUL"
I should of looked into my photo albums as I took these two pics about 5 or 6 years ago. Kenny Vitellaro e mailed me tonite to confirm that it's Jimmy's Diner on Montauk Highway & Vernon Ave (the street on the side) which is also the I D that Marty Van Lith passed on to me this afternoon via Diana Martens. That Pontiac could well be Larry Schulz's grandfather Frank Steifel's who owned the old Mastic Flying A Station just out of the pic on the other side of Vernon.
In the early 60's the place was called Julie's Hero King which I thought had a arched curved roof rather than a saltbox roofline. Kenny V was there today and said the chain link fence is still up but rusty, however the evergreen tree is breathing it's last.
THE BUILDING GOT A TOTAL MAKEOVER & NEW ROOF A FEW YEARS AGO