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Freeport History Encyclopedia: B

Freeport History Encyclopedia includes authoritative information about Freeport's past. This guide is perfect for anyone wanting to know more about our village.

B'nail Israel, Congregation

Congregation B'nai Israel was formed around 1915 with 50 Jewish members from Freeport and vicinity. It was reported that before the establishment of B'nai Israel, observant Jews in Freeport walked to Rockville Centre to attend Sabbath and High Holy Day services. In 1915, a Rosh Hashanah celebration took place at Brooklyn Hall with 100 participants.  The service was officiated by Rabbi Isadore Epstein and Cantor Samuel Joffe.  On October 22, 1915, the congregation established a "Hebrew Sunday School" that met at Brooklyn Hall.  Officers of B'nai Israel included Isadore Mayer, president; Harry Barasch, vice president; H.W. Strauss, secretary; and E. Friedman, treasurer. 

A 200 foot x 200 foot site located on Broadway and Mount Avenue was purchased in 1916 from Alex. Ackerman as the site on which B'nai Israel would be built. According to a 1914 map of Freeport, this site was once owned by the Ulmer Brewing Company.

In 1919, the Jewish holiday services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur were held at the Odd Fellows' Hall on Merrick Road.  Rabbi M. J. Margolis officiated and the committee responsible for the events included, S. Baumann, Philip Nickelsberg, and Harry Barasch.

The congregation held an event on January 12, 1920 to celebrate the satisfaction of their mortgage for the site of their synagogue.  Around June 1920, ground was broken for the new synagogue.  The architect for the $30,000 building was Christian E. Kern of Freeport.  The builder was James H. Lindsay, also from Freeport.  The cornerstone laying ceremony took place on Sunday, August 22, 1920.  Morris Miller, the oldest member of the congregation, laid the cornerstone with a golden trowel.   A fifty piece band from the Brooklyn Hebrew Orphan Asylum participated in the festivities.  A banquet was provided by a delicatessen located at 48 South Main Street and owned by Mayers and Glaser. Speakers at the event included: Hiram R. Smith, Judge Albin N. Johnson, Reverend J. Sidney Gould (Freeport Presbyterian Church), Harry Barasch, Moses Feltenstein, and George Morton Levy.

The congregation held a 21st anniversary service that included a re-dedication service.  Rabbi B. Leon Hurwitz, who headed the synagogue beginning in 1939, oversaw the weeklong festivities that was centered around the theme "Our Collective Responsibility; Democracy, Religion, and Community."  Rabbi Hurwitz  was said to be closely involved in "community enterprises."  He was instrumental in the formation of Freeport's Inter-Faith Clergy Council.

In 1946, membership of B'nai Israel numbered around 500 and Rabbi Simon Noveck headed the congregation. That same year saw the revival of a Boy Scout troop associated with the synagogue which was headed by Sam Jurist and Leo Wurtzel.

On March 16, 1946, B'nai Israel purchased a 16 room building adjacent to the synagogue; it was used for a school and a community center.  This $16,000 investment doubled the synagogue's size.

Rabbi Reuben M. Katz became the spiritual leader of B'nai Israel in 1950. Early in his tenure, a push for a new synagogue began. Ground was broken for the new building on North Brookside Avenue on December 23, 1956.  Harry Shapiro was chairman of the Building Fund Committee.  The new synagogue was dedicated on October 24, 1965. 

Congregation B'nai Israel maintained a section for burials at Montefiore Cemetery in Springfield Garden, Queens, NY.

Click here to see a drawing of the original synagogue of B'nai Israel located at Broadway and Mount Avenue.

See Also:

Appleton, Louis

Barasch, Harry

Johnson. Albin N.

Levy, George M.

Miller, Morris

Odd Fellows' Hall


Union Reformed Temple



"Ceremonies Mark Laying of Temple Israel Corner Stone."  Nassau County Review. August 27, 1920, 1.

"Con. B'nai Israel of Freeport Elects Officers." Nassau County Review. January 16, 1920, 1. Accessed October 31, 2018.

"Freeport's Congregation B'nai Israel Celebrates 70 Years." The Leader. December 4, 1986, 9.  Accessed November 1, 2018.

"Ground Broken for B'nai Temple." Nassau County Review. June 4, 1920, 1.  Accessed October 31, 2018.

"Hebrew." Nassau County Review. September 26, 1919, 1. Accessed October 31, 2018.

"Hebrew Choose Site." Nassau County Review. October 20, 1916. 1. Accessed October 31, 2018.

"Hebrew Sunday School." Nassau County Review. October 22, 1915, 1. Accessed October 31, 2018, 1.

"Rabbi Reuben M. Katz Takes Up Duties at Temple B'nai Israel." The Leader.  January 12, 1950, 1.

"Rabbi Simon Noveck Heads Temple Israel." The Leader.  March 14, 1946, 1. Accessed November 1, 2018.

Temple Messenger. April 1946.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 5, 2018.

Babylon Turnpike

Babylon Turnpike, originally called the Hempstead-Babylon Turnpike, was at one time the only road going east.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016.

Bagatelle, Jerry (Samson)

Jerry Bagatelle (circa 1911-1971), whose legal name was Samson Bagatelle, was a commercial photographer.  Bagatelle was born in Brooklyn and lived for a time in Suffolk County where he managed a Ruby Lane store in Patchogue. He moved to Freeport in 1945 and made his home at 22 East Woodbine Avenue.  The Bagatelle Studio was located at 32 West Merrick Road; it was in business until 1964.

Bagatelle was the official photographer for the Nassau County Republican Committee.  In addition to photographing many local public officials, Bagatelle photographed Governor Rockefeller and President Eisenhower.  He was also closely associated with the Freeport Municipal Stadium where his photographs were used in the promotional materials for the speedway.  On July 6, 1971, Bagatelle was fatally injured during a race when race car driver Gil Clancy accidently hit the photographer. He died the next day at Doctors Hospital. Bagatelle is buried in Mount Ararat Cemetery in East Farmingdale with his wife, Rose (1913-2007), and son Kenneth (1942-2009).  Bagatelle had two other children, Warren (1938-2007) and Jancie. After his death, the Jerry Bagatelle Athlete Scholarship was established and given annually to a deserving Freeport High School senior.

During his life, Bagatelle was active in the Freeport Elks and served seven terms as president of the Freeport High School Fathers and Boosters Club. He was also a member of the Lions Club, the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, and the New York Newspaper Photographers Club.  In 1960, Bagatelle was named news photo editor for The Leader.   

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See Also:

Bagatelle Photo Mart

Doctors Hospital

Freeport Elks



"Jerry Bagatelle Named NewsPhoto Editor of Leader." The Leader. September 16, 1960, 3.  Accessed September 5, 2017.

"Samson Bagatelle; Victim of Accident." Newsday. July 8, 1971, 33.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 5, 2017.

Bagatelle Photo Mart

Bagatelle Photo Mart was located at 23 West Merrick Road. Jerry Bagatelle was the owner.

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See Also:

Bagatelle, Jerry



Bagatelle Photo Mart (advertisement). Freeporter: Official Publication of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. 1, no. 11, April 1951, 13.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 4, 2017.

Baha'i Faith

Baker, C. Dwight

Cassius Dwight Baker (1873-1957) was the general superintendent of the Long Island Rail Road.  He began his career with the LIRR in 1892 as a clerk and was promoted to general superintendent in 1922. He retired in 1929 and became a real estate broker in New York City.  Baker joined the Board of Transportation as assistant superintendent of operations in 1932, when the first section of the Independent Subway division opened.  In May 1947, Baker was appointed general superintendent.  He retired the following October.  

Baker became a member of the school board in 1913.  He would remain on the board for nearly eight years, resigning in 1920 as the board's president.  Baker was also the president of the Freeport Club.  

Baker's wife, Emma Louise (nee Parshall) (1873-1951), was the first president of the Freeport Suffrage Club.  The Bakers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1942.  They lived at 69 Lena Avenue; they later moved to 75 South Long Beach Avenue.

After his wife's death in 1951, Baker married Rose Tapper.  They lived in Wantagh, NY and maintained a summer home in Southold, NY.  Baker died at the age of 84 in Southold.

See Also: 

Suffrage Movement




"C. D. Baker." Nassau County Review. May 9, 1913, 5.  Accessed August 29, 2018.

"C. Dwight Baker, Transit Aide, 84." The New York Times. August 20, 1957, 27.

"C. Dwight Bakers Wed Fifty Years." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 16, 1942, 6. Accessed August 29, 2018.

"Dwight C. Baker Resigns as President of the Board of Education in Freeport." Nassau County Review.  October 15, 1920, 1.  Accessed August 29, 2018.

"Freeport." Nassau County Review. January 16, 1914, 1. Accessed August 29, 2018.

"Freeport Club Sociable Evening." Nassau County Review. December 1, 1916, 8. Accessed August 29, 2018.

"Re-elect C. D. Baker and Cheer Him, Too." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 3, 1916, 8. Accessed August 29, 2018.

"Suffragettes Organize." Nassau County Review. March 13, 1914, 5. Accessed August 29, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 29, 2018.


Baker, George O.

George O. Baker (circa 1829-1917) was a Freeport sailmaker who maintained a sail loft on South Main Street. Very little is known about his early life except he was born in New York City and was a Civil War veteran.  Baker established his sail making company in 1861 in the city.  Around 1896, he moved his business to Freeport.  

Baker's sail loft was often used as a gathering place for fishermen and baymen.  In 1899, oyster planters met in the loft to discuss how to keep New York City from diverting fresh water from their oyster beds.  In 1912, fishermen organized at Baker's sale loft to fight a law that prohibited net fishing west of Seaford.  

Baker seemed to be well liked in Freeport.  On Christmas Day in 1903, his friends threw a party for him that included speeches, a floral arrangement, and a certificate signed by his friends..

In 1905, Baker traveled to Pensacola, FL to work as a foreman of a group that made sails for the U.S. government.

Baker was described as a "stanch Democrat" who was politically active in the party. He was an honorary member of Hose No. 1.  Baker died of pneumonia at the age of 88 and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale. 




George O. Baker [obituary]. South Side Observer. December 18, 1917, 8. Accessed November 7, 2020.

George O. Baker [obituary]. Nassau County Review. December 28, 1917, 8. Accessed November 7, 2020.

"Local." Nassau County Review. December 28, 1917, 8.  Accessed November 7, 2020.

"Local." Nassau County Review. December 8, 1899, 3.  Accessed November 7, 2020.

"Net Fishermen Organize. Nassau County Review. June 21, 1912, 12.   Accessed November 7, 2020.

"Surprise for Mr. Baker." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. December 26, 1903, 3. Accessed November 7, 2020.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 7, 2020.


Baldwin is the unincorporated hamlet located immediately to the west of the Village of Freeport.  This community was known by several different names until the residents decided in November 1900 to name it Baldwin, after Thomas Baldwin who purchased land on Merrick Road in 1825.  It was here he built a hotel (Baldwin House) and operated a general store.  An attempt to incorporate Baldwin in 1925 was eventually abandoned.  Baldwin Harbor is a section of the town, located on Baldwin Bay, that was developed in the early 1900s.

Some residents living in northwest Freeport, including those residing in Stearns Park, are part of the Baldwin School District. This is to due to the fact that Long Island school districts began to be established in the early 1800s, preceding by many decades Freeport's incorporation.  The boundary between Freeport and Baldwin changed in 1957, when the Village of Freeport annexed part of the marsh near Milburn Pond in order to construct Freeport High School.

Prior to 1900, Baldwin was known as: Hick's Neck, Milburn Corners, Milburn, Bethel, Baldwinsville, Fox Borough, and Baldwins.

See Also:

Bethel Schoolhouse

Hick's Neck



Winsche, Richard A. The History of Nassau County Community Place-Names. Interlaken, NY: Empire State Books, 1999.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 17, 2016.

Baldwin & Cornelius Co. Inc.

Baldwin & Cornelius Co., Inc. were municipal and civil engineers and surveyors.  Their firm was located at 117 West Sunrise Highway, and was established in 1890.



Voyageur, 1928 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2016.


Baldwin, Charles (Chip) T.

Charles (Chip) T. Baldwin (1858-1943) was a first engineer of the  Wide Awake Engine Company and an honorary deputy chief of the Freeport Fire Department.  Baldwin was born in a tollhouse that was located near Merrick Road and South Long Beach Avenue.  His father, Thomas Baldwin, was a toll collector for the Merrick and Jamaica Plank Road Company.  During the Civil War, Baldwin's mother, Angeline Brown, made pants for Union Soldiers.  He claimed that his mother had the first Singer sewing machine in Freeport. The family moved out of the toll house in 1864, after the death of his father.

Baldwin was a municipal gardener for the Village of Freeport.  He and his wife, Minnie, lived on Brookside Avenue and later at 42 Morton Avenue. Baldwin died at the state firemen's home in Hudson, NY.  He is buried in Greenfield Cemetery.



"Freeport Chief is 74." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October 25, 1933, 23. Accessed September 29, 2016.

"Services for Freeport Fireman Today." Newsday. April 2, 1943, 8.

"Toll Charges on L.I. Highways Date Back to Civil War Days." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 28, 1935, 6. Accessed September 29, 2016.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 29, 2016.

Banvard, Edward G.

Edward G. Banvard was president of Nassau Motors, Inc., an automotive dealership in Freeport in the 1920s and 1930s.  This dealership was located at 105-109 East Merrick Rd.  In the early 1930s, Nassau Motors dealt in Essex and Hudson automobiles.



Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 6, 2016.

Barasch, Harry

Harry Barasch ​(1877-1937) was a prominent merchant as well as a charter member and first president of the  Freeport Chamber of Commerce. Born in Austria, Barasch came to America around 1897.

He was an organizer of Temple B'nai Israel and served as its president for many years.  In 1921, Barasch was also involved in the movement to construct the first permanent home for this temple at the corner of Broadway and Mount Avenue; it was the first Jewish synagogue in Freeport.  The temple would later move to North Brookside Avenue.

Barasch was also one of the original organizers of Playland Park, an amusement park located in Freeport.  The Barasch's Department Store was located at 65 South Main Street.

The Barasch family lived at 95 North Long Beach Avenue.

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"Barasch Funeral Services Are Held; Had Heart Attack." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 15, 1937, 15. Accessed July 3, 2016.

Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 5, 2016.



Bayview (also known as Bay View) was a residential development created by the Onslow-Moore Company around 1906.  The original property consisted of 98 acres on five parcels of land owned by William G. Miller, Charles H. Bedell, James Bailey, Daniel D. Smith, and Daniel Combs.  Local builder O. W. Humphrey built some cottages in Bayview.  Home styles included Colonial villas, Queen Anne cottages, and semi-bungalows.

In 1912, Alvin Sealey, the local agent for Onslow-Moore, donated a large plot of land to be used as tennis courts for the residents of Bay View.

By 1914, 83 houses were built in this section and 20,000 feet of curbs 100,000 feet of sidewalks were laid.  Residents of Bayview enjoyed convenient access to two trolley lines.

The State Banking Department assumed ownership of the remaining property in 1920.  Its land was sold to Stephen P. Pettit and George M. Levy, who auctioned off 450 residential lots and 10 acres of undeveloped property.

In 1922, property owners on Archer Street and Whaley Street (between Bayview Avenue and Locust Avenue) petitioned the Village of Freeport to remove the flower beds that ran down the center of their streets.

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Click here for a map of Bayview section.

See Also:

Elliott Street

Onslow-Moore Company

Onslow Place



"Donates Tennis Courts." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 15, 1912, 5.  Accessed August 10, 2017, 5.

"Fine Homes at Bayview." New-York Tribune. October 20, 1912, 7. Accessed August 10, 2017.

"Freeport's New Social Centre is Bayview." The Nassau Post. May 30, 1914, 7. Accessed August 10, 2017.

Village of Freeport Board Minutes. April 28, 1922.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 10, 2017.

Bayview Avenue

Bayview Avenue north of Merrick Road was originally called Poor House Road.  The south part of Bayview Avenue was originally called Coe's Neck Road.



Historic Freeport: 70th Anniversary Issue. [1962].

Raynor Town Map, 1868 located at the Freeport Historical Society.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 29, 2016.

Bayview Estates

Bayview Estates was a housing development in Freeport that was constructed in the 1940s-1950s.  Each home consisted of seven rooms, with one-and-a-half bathrooms, and featured a picture window.  Houses sold for $15,990.  Govern and Di Giovanna were the builders and Kraham Realty was the sales agent.



"Fpt. Civics Urge Water Mains." Newsday. November 5, 1947, 23.

"In Freeport Home Colony." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. June 14, 1953, 30. Accessed August 10, 2017.


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 10, 2017.

Bayview Tennis Club

Bayview Tennis Club (also referred to as the Bay View Tennis Club) was located on Rose Street between Locust Avenue and Elliott Place.  This club featured five doubles courts and one singles court.  Membership was limited to 150 men, 100 women and 100 juniors.  Tournaments were played with other tennis clubs on the south shore of Long Island.  Merritt Cutler and Clyde Carman Wallace were members.

Click here for images of the Bayview Tennis Club.

See Also:

Cutler, Merritt



"Bay View Club." The Nassau Post., August 13, 1915, 4. Accessed August 5, 2016.

"Clyde Carman Wallace." Harvard College Class of 1910. Cambridge, MA: Crimson Printing Company, 1917.

Krieg, Cynthia J. and Regina G. Feeney. Freeport. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2012.

                                                                                                                                   Researched by Regina G. Feeney, August 5, 2016.

Beacon House, The

The Beacon House was a restaurant located at 436 Woodcleft Avenue.  Duke Rizzo was the owner.  Its original name was the San-Bar (which moved to Hudson Avenue in 1958).  In 1960, "Dollie Dimples" was identified as the "mixologist" at The Beacon House.

The restaurant later became  Murray's Surfside 6.

Click here for images of The Beacon House.



"News and Views. The Leader. February 11, 1960, 6.  Accessed November 2, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, November 2, 2017.



Beau Rivage

Beau Rivage was a private bathing beach located at the foot of Westside Avenue (where Fairview Place intersects with Prospect Street). Beau Rivage was opened around 1928, and it was advertised as the "largest and best bathing beach in Freeport."  Admission was 10 cents if you brought your own bathing suit.  The beach offered bathing, dining, and dancing.  According to the village board minutes from 1930, Archer B. Wallace offered the property known as "Beau Rivage Beach" to Freeport to be used as a municipal bathing beach.  The $90,000 price included the land and all "the buildings, equipment and appurtenances."  The Village rejected this offer.

Owners of Beau Rivage included Minnie and Stephen Ferraro, who were the grandparents of State Senator Norman Levy, and Frederick A. Besserer.   It was open from May 1 to September 30.  The beach was popular during World War II due to the gasoline restrictions that made it difficult for residents to travel to Jones Beach. 

A water skiing club was organized at Beau Rivage Beach in 1947.  W. E. Watson was president of the club.

In 1966, the Village of Freeport again rejected a proposal for the village to purchase Beau Rivage and create a municipal beach.  The fact that the small size of the beach could only accommodate less than one percent of Freeport residents was one of the reasons given for the decline of this proposal; other reasons included the limited area for parking; and the costs of purchase and annual maintenance.  The land was subsequently developed for housing.

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"Bathing Popular at Beau Rivage." The Leader. July 8, 1943, 5. Accessed October 22, 2018.

Beau Rivage [advertisement]. The Leader. November 11, 1948. Accessed October 22, 2018.

Beau Rivage [advertisement]. Nassau Daily Review. July 21, 1928, 10. Accessed October 22, 2018.

"Board Rejects Beach Proposal." Village News. February 1966, 2. Accessed October 22, 2018.

"Frederick A. Besserer, 90." Newsday. April 12, 1987, 39A.

Richterman, Anita. "Problem Line." Newsday. May 27, 1981, A27. 

Rose Levy [obituary]. The Leader. May 17, 1990, 13. Accessed October 22, 2018.

Village of Freeport Board Minutes, 1930.

"Water Ski Club." Newsday. July 28, 1947, 4. 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 22, 2018.


Bedell, Franklin J.

Franklin Jay Bedell served as police judge for years 1894 to 1896 and 1898 to 1899.  He was appointed as the first police judge in Freeport and had a rocky career. In February 1896, according to The Brooklyn Eagle, the Trustees of the Freeport Club preferred charges against Bedell to remove him from office as judge, if he did not resign immediately. He was “charged with drunkenness and being found in a barroom when it was necessary to see him in relation to judicial duties.” The clerk of the Board of Trustees was instructed to notify him that his resignation was required by February 21 or he would be removed. He denied the charges and said that it was motivated by his political opponents. The Village Board of Trustees forced him to resign in June of 1896.

Not an attorney, he held a number of interesting positions. In November of 1998, he was made a pond keeper at Massapequa for the Brooklyn Water Works because he was a Democrat. In 1902, he was the station master for the Long Island Railroad. In 1908, he leased the hotel at Scott’s Beach on Lower Main Street. He was a delegate to the 4th District Democratic primary and was elected a delegate to the town convention. He served as a member of the Freeport Board of Trustees from 1905-1920, was a director of the Ever Ready Hose Company at its incorporation and a member of the Freeport Baseball Club as a pitcher and an umpire (1903).

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, June 2, 2016.

Bedell's Grove

Bedell's Grove, a popular picnic area in the late 1800s, was located north of the railroad tracks on the west side of Main Street.



"Freeport of Yester-Year." The Leader. December 16, 1965,  8. Accessed October 3, 2017.

Golder, William W. Simple Biography.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 3, 2017.

Bedell Street

Bedell Street is named for the Bedell family, a long time Freeport family related to some of the original settlers of the Village.

Research by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016.

Bedell's Lane

Bedell's Lane was renamed Archer Street (western section).


Raynor Town Map, 1868 located at the Freeport Historical Society.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 29, 2016.

Bee Hive Department Store, The

The Bee Hive Department Store was located at 53 West Merrick Road.



Voyageur, 1929 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 4, 2017.

Behr, Charles F.

Charles F. Behr (1889-?) was involved in real estate and construction in Nassau County.  He built many homes in Roosevelt and Freeport.  In the 1920s, he specialized in bungalows.  Behr and his wife, Mary, lived at several addresses in Freeport, including 29 South Long Beach Ave. (the house was named "Pasadena") and 221 Seaman Avenue.


Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 6, 2016.


Beier's restaurant and soda shop was located at 30 West Merrick Road.  It was originally called Zanetti's, and was then located at 33 West Merrick Road.

See Also:

L. Zanetti's Confectionery



Beier's (advertisement). Freeporter: Official Publication of the Freeport Chamber of Commerce. 1, no. 11, April 1951, 17.

"The Strolling Scribe."  The Leader, October 23, 1941, 3.  Accessed May 4, 2017,

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 4, 2017.

Bell Oaks

Beitterick, Edna

Edna Beitterick (1910-1999) was the owner of the bar and grille known as The Poop Deck on Woodcleft Avenue.  Beitterick was affectionately called the "Mayor of Woodcleft Canal." and "Lady Edna."

Beitterick was born in Long Branch, NJ.  She was orphaned at the age of 12 when her mother died of a stroke and her father died from cancer.  Beitterick spent the rest of her childhood living with relatives or in orphanges.  She met her husband George Beitterick, in Woodside Queens.  In 1943, the couple bought a bar called Knipes on Woodcleft Avenue for $5,000.  Knipes would become The Poop Deck.  Her husband died in 1956 at the age of 46.  

In addition to The Poop Deck, Beitterick owned a charter boat dock, a parking lot, and two houses near her bar.  In 1992, Beitterick estimated her properties to be worth over $1 million.  

Beitterick operated The Poop Deck for 53 years until her death in 1999.  As per her will, a memorial boat cruise was held in her honor and opened to everyone who knew Beitterick, including both "friends and enemies."  The cruise included a full buffet, dancing, and top shelf liquor.  Beitterick's ashes were scattered on the bay.

Click here for images related to The Poop Deck.

See Also:

Poop Deck, The



"Beitterick Memorial Cruise." The Leader. May 13, 1999, 6. Accessed January 11, 2019.

Braun, Bill and Norma Braun. "Good-bye, Poop Deck!" The Leader. October 31, 2002, 4. Accessed January 11, 2019.

"G. Beitterick; Bar Operator At Freeport." Newsday.  July 13, 1956, 67.

Ingrassia, Michele. "Keeping Bar Hemingway and Havana Might Come to Mind When You Walk Into the Poop Deck, the Little Bar Edna Beitterick Took Over 49 Years Ago and Hasn't Changed Since." Newsday. September 1, 1992, 48. 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, January 11, 2019.

Benedict, Francis K.

Francis Knapp Benedict (1810-1899) moved to Freeport from Connecticut in 1850.  He was the keeper of the Queens County Poorhouse located in Freeport.

Benedict, a Mormon, later moved to Salt Lake City. His wife was Emeline Mott Benedict.

See Also:


Poor House Road



"Dr. C.M. Benedict." Biographical Record of Salt Lake City and Vicinity: Containing Biographies of Well Known Citizens of the Past and Present. Chicago: National Historical Record Co., 1902.

Huff, Judie Latshaw. "Francis Knapp Benedict." March 11, 2010. Accessed June 10, 2016.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 10, 2016.

Bennington Avenue

Bennington Avenue was named for W. Newton Bennington, a real estate developer of Bennington Park.

See Also:

Bennington Park

Bennington, W. Newton

Research by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016

Bennington Park

Bennington Park was developed in 1902 by W. Newton Bennington on land owned by Joseph Raynor.  Streets created by Bennington included: Alexander Avenue; Bennington Avenue; Benson Place; Columbus Avenue; Fulton Street (Merrick Road); Helen Avenue; Liberty Avenue; Rhodesia Street; and Waverly Place.  Rhodesia Street disappeared around 1914 and became an extension of Benson Place.  Bennington Park became an enclave for African Americans and Italians. Most of Bennington Park was lost during urban renewal beginning in the late 1950s into the 1980s.

In 2016, the Freeport Landmarks Preservation Commission commemorated Bennington Park with a road side marker.

Click here for images related to Bennington Park.   

See Also:

Alexander Avenue

American Legion, Morrison-DeLoney Post No. 785

Anderson, Joseph P.M.

Bennington, W. Newton

Bennington Avenue

Benson Place

Bethel A.M.E.

Cleveland Avenue School

Coffey, William F.

Colored Republican Club of Freeport

Cotignola, Patrick J. see: The Helm

Crummel, Thaddeus

Drake Funeral Home

Goodridge, Edgar E.

Grissom, Pauline West

Helen Avenue

Irons, John J.

Jones, Pearl

Long Island Colored Citizens Union

Mallette, Ervin M.

Myers Alonzo W.

Myers, Sarah

Nat's Cleaners

Newton Boulevard

Patterson, John T.

Pat's Deli

Potter, Irving S.

Republican Club

Rhodesia Avenue

Robinson, Eugene, E.

Skeete, Curtis T. (Dr.)

Snake Alley

Trojan Civic League

Toomer, Henry W.

Whethers Luncheonette

Wright, Gordon

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 31, 2016.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, October 11, 2018.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, September 15. 2020


Bennington, W. Newton

W. Newton Bennington (1870-1941) was born in 1870 in Kentucky or Ohio.  He is known for establishing the Bennington Park section of Freeport in 1902.  Bennington was a successful stock broker and horse racing enthusiast.  He is credited with bringing future horseracing hall of fame jockey Frank O’Neill to the United States.  One of his most successful horses was Beldame.  This horse was leased to Bennington by August Belmont II.  In 1904, under Bennington’s management, Beldame was voted horse of the year.  In 1906, Bennington sold his race horse De Mund for $45,000.  Bennington soon fell on hard times.  Between 1907 and 1914, Bennington was institutionalized.  In 1905, it was reported that Bennington had three servants; by 1930 he and his wife Bessie T. Bennington (1857-1944) had five roomers.  Bessie, an actress, was forced to work as a housekeeper according to the 1920 census.  Bennington and his wife are buried together in Kensico Cemetery in plots provided by the Actor's Fund.

See Also:

Bennington Avenue

Bennington Park



"Bennington Out of Asylum." South Side Messenger. June 14, 1912. Accessed May 17, 2016.

"Freeport News." Nassau County Review. November 19, 1909. Accessed May 17, 2016.

"W. Newton Bennington, Best Type of American." Broadway Weekly. August 4, 1909, 7-8.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 17, 2016.

Benson House

Benson House was a hotel located at 87 South Main Street.  It was one of the oldest recorded hotels in Freeport.  George Rock Smith was the proprietor​.

In 1919, it was sold by Isidore Mayer of Freeport to George W.  Fuchs.

Click here for a photograph of the Benson House.



"Freeport Had Many Hotels in the Olden Days." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 24, 1938, 11. Accessed October 16, 2016.

"Freeport Hotel Sold." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 12, 1919, 57. Accessed October 16, 2016.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 16, 2016.

Benson Place

Benson Place was named for Benson Smith. 

Research by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016

Bergen, Charles M.

Charles M. Bergen (1842-1870) was the eldest son of George W. and Susan (nee Carman) Bergen.  He served in the Union Army during the Civil War.  Bergen died at the age of 27 from "consumption" (possibly tuberculosis) that he contracted during the war.

See Also:

Bergen, George W.



Charles M. Bergen Obituary. New York Herald. January 13, 1870, 9.

Susan Carman Bergen Obituary. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. May 8, 1899, 7. Accessed October 17, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 23, 2017.

Bergen, George W.

George W. Bergen (1814-1900) was born in Brooklyn where he began his career as a grocery clerk in 1830 with the firm of Thomas Carman, which was located on Fulton Street. He worked in a number of  grocery firms in Brooklyn before joining Carman, Valentine & Company.  He took the company over, by buying out Thomas Carman's interest in this firm in 1838; subsequently, it was renamed  Valentine, Bergen & Co. Bergen's wife, Susan, was the daughter of Thomas Carman.  He moved to Freeport permanently in 1872.

Bergen built his house in 1869 on the south side of Fulton Avenue (now Merrick Road). It featured a 50 foot high tower with many wings and extensions. On the north side was a beautiful flower garden, on the west side a greenhouse, bower and a replica of his house as a birdhouse, which measured 5 x 2 1/2 feet. Behind the house were barns, a carriage house, root cellar, poultry house, workshop, ice house, and stables. A small farm supplied fresh vegetables for the family. North of the house was a beautiful five acre park of grass and trees which stretched from Fulton Avenue (now Merrick Road) to the railroad tracks bounded by Long Beach Avenue, Bergen Place and Pine Street.

Bergen was a director of the Freeport Land Company owned by John J. Randall and the Queens County Agricultural Society which ran the Mineola Fair. He was a member of the Society of Old Brooklynites, an elder and trustee of the Presbyterian Church, and vice-president and trustee of the South Shore Telephone Company, as was John J. Randall. In 1872, he was appointed county treasurer of Queens County; he held that position for three years. He was the chair of the committee on Freeport incorporation in 1892. His activities in Brooklyn included membership in the Harrison & Morton Club in the presidential election of 1888, director of the Brooklyn City Railroad Company, trustee of the Dime Savings Bank and director of the Brooklyn Branch of the Long Island Safe Deposit Company, the Nassau Insurance Company and the Phoenix Insurance Company. 

He was the grandfather of William Clinton Story, for whom the Freeport American Legion Post is named. He died at the age of 87 and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.

Click here for images related to George W. Bergen.

Click here for an article describing George W. Bergen's Freeport home.


See Also:

Bergen Place

Bergen Street

Randall, John J.



George W. Bergen Obituary. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. November 3, 1900, 22. Accessed June 23, 2016.

Krieg, Cynthia J. and Regina G. Feeney. Freeport. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Portrait and Biographical Record of Queens County (Long Island) New York containing Portraits and Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens of the County. New York: Chapman Publishing Company, c. 1896.

"South Side Homes." Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 28, 1873, 3. Accessed June 23, 2016.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg and Regina G. Feeney, June 23, 2016.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney and Denise Rushton, July 28, 2016.


Bergen Place

Bergen Place was named for George Bergen, a grocer in the Valentine Bergen Company which was located in Brooklyn.  He owned large parcels of land in Freeport.

Bergen Place was originally called Park Place.

See Also:

Bergen, George



Fourteen Years Ago." Nassau County Review. August 26, 1910, 1. Accessed May 28, 2016.

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, May 28, 2016.

Bergen Street

Bergen Street became Ocean Avenue.

See Also:

Bergen, George



Fourteen Years Ago." Nassau County Review. August 26, 1910, 1. Accessed May 28, 2016.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 28, 2016.

Berkowitz, Harry J.

Harry J.  Berkowitz (1903-1967) owned the Captain Jack's Fishing Fleet and Freeport Auto Wrecking Company.  He was on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Civic Association and was one of the organizers of the Woodcleft Association, for which he served as its first president.  Berkowitz's other memberships included the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Sunrise Lodge of the Masons, Republican Club, the Community Party, Freeport Elks Club, Odd Fellows, and the Freeport Tuna Association.  As a hobby, Berkowitz enjoyed collecting coins.  He lived at 215 North Ocean Avenue.

Berkowitz is buried in the Beth David Cemetery (Elmont, NY).

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"In the Spot-Lite." The Leader. May 31, 1962, 4. Accessed December 27, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2017.

Best Lumber Co., Inc.

Best Lumber Co., Inc. sold lumber and building materials.  Formerly known as Post and Wittaker, this business was located at 38 Smith Street in the 1920s.



Voyageur, 1927 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 23, 2016.

Bethel A.M.E.

Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church was founded in 1902 and located in Bennington Park.  Around 1908, the congregation built a church on Henry Street, just south of the railroad tracks.  About 1924, Bethel relocated the church building to Helen Avenue near Waverly Place.  When the area became an urban renewal site in 1974, the congregation built a new church on North Main Street.

See Also:

Bennington Park

Coffey, William F.

Jarvis, Moses



Krieg, Cynthia J. and Regina G. Feeney. Freeport. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February 1, 2018.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, May 19, 2021.

Bethel Schoolhouse (Baldwin)

Bethel schoolhouse (also known as the Bethel Chapel), was the first house of worship as well as the first public school in Baldwin.  It was located near the intersection of Grand Avenue and St. Luke's Place.  According to a history written by the Baldwin Methodist Church, in 1810 local Methodists established a house of worship in an abandoned schoolhouse building. Known as the Bethel Chapel, the structure was 20 feet by 50 feet in size and was reportedly built in 1738.  Around 1813, the chapel began being used as a school and the names Bethel Chapel and Bethel School became synonymous.

Daniel Tredwell, a local history chronicler, describes this schoolhouse in detail in his book Personal Reminiscences of Men and Things on Long Island

See Also:

Hick's Neck



Hick's Neck: The Story of Baldwin Long Island. Baldwin, NY: The Baldwin National Bank and Trust Company, 1939.

"It Happened Years Ago." The Leader. November 19, 1981, 5. Accessed March 12, 2018.

Lister, Doris A. From Sound to Sea: Our Story of Faith 1810-2010. Baldwin, NY: First Church of Baldwin, United Methodist, 2010.

"Salute to Baldwin 'Hicks Neck' Featured Milling, Shipping." Nassau Review-Star. May 14, 1957, 7. Accessed March 12, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 12, 2018.

Big Apple Supermarket

Big Apple Supermarket was located on West Sunrise Highway, between South Bergen Avenue and South Ocean Avenue.



Vasil, Eddie. "News and Views." The Leader. November 30, 1967, 1.  Accessed April 3, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, April 3, 2018.

Big Ben Food Market

Big Ben Food Market was located at 125 South Main Street.

Click here for information related to Big Ben Food Market.



"Official List of Stores Participating in Dollar Day." The Leader. August 13, 1942, 10. Accessed March 29, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 29, 2018.


Bigar's Creek

Bill's Fish Market

Bill's Fish Market was located at 340 Woodcleft Avenue.  The owners of the store were brothers Bill, John, and Marco Stuparich.

Tragedy struck Bill's Fish Market on September 23, 1958 when Tony Lechich, the owners' nephew, shot and killed Marco following an argument.

Click here for a picture of Bill's Fish Market.



"Fired From Job, Slays LI Uncle: Fired from Job, LIer Kills Uncle Angry, Nephew Slays Uncle." Newsday. September 24, 1958, 1.

"LIer, 25, Guilty of Slaying Kin." Newsday. October 29, 1959, 7.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 10, 2016.

Bird, Samuel D. (Dr.)

Dr. Samuel Dearborn Bird (1907-1984) was a Freeport physician.  Born in Brooklyn, Bird grew up at 272 West Lena Avenue.  His father was a village trustee.  After graduating Freeport High School in 1925, Bird attended Holy Cross College.  He completed his medical studies at Bellevue Hospital Medical College in 1933.  He established a practice in Freeport after serving a two year residency at St. John's Hospital in Long Island City.  In 1935, Bird had an office at 35 North Grove Street.

During World War II, Bird served with the Army Medical Corps in Alaska.  

Bird and his wife, Gertrude, had five children and lived at 86 North Long Beach Avenue.  He died at the age of 77 and is buried in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, NY.



Dr. Samuel D. Bird [obituary]. The Leader. August 2, 1984, 17. Accessed July 7, 2020. ttp://

"Dr. Samuel D. Bird Opens His Office." The Nassau Daily Review. July 17, 1935, 45. Accessed July 7, 2020.

"War Heroes to Broadcast from Freeport." Newsday. March 13, 1944, 22. 

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, July 7, 2020.

Bitterman's Ladies Shoppe

Bitterman's Ladies Shoppe was located at 36 West Merrick Road at the corner of Church Street.  This store sold corsets, gloves, hosiery, silk underwear, and dresses. According to a 1929 advertisement, the store was originally located in Brooklyn.



Voyageur, 1929 (Freeport High School Yearbook).

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 4, 2017.

Blackout (Northeast Blackout of 1965)

The Northeast Blackout of 1965 occurred on November 9th and left 30 million people in NY, CT, VT, NH, RI, NJ and Ontario, Canada without power for about 12 hours.  However, the Freeport Electric Department was able to restore power to the Village within a few hours.  At the time, Freeport produced 60 percent of its own electric power and purchased 40 percent for the Long Island Lighting Company (LILCO).  Soon after the blackout, the Village officials called for Freeport to generate 100 percent of its electricity.



Goldberg, Merle. "Freeport Plans to Go Alone on Power." Newsday. November 16, 1965, 79. 

O'Neill, Jim and Ronald Howorth. "LI's Power Out for 8 Hours." Newsday. November 10, 1965, 1. 

"Report on Blackout." The Leader. November 18, 1965, 8. Accessed March 26, 2021.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, March 26, 2021.

Blanco, Mario E.

Mario Eusebio Blanco (1931-2003) was the owner of Mario of Freeport, a hair salon originally located at 93 South Main Street; it was later relocated to 76 West Merrick Road, and again to 65 South Main Street.  Born in Cuba, Blanco was naturalized as a United States citizen in 1954.

After spending several years in Las Vegas, Blanco returned to Long Island in 1984 and opened a real estate office on Sunrise Highway in Rockville Centre.

Click here for images of Mario of Freeport hair salon.



"Mario Celebrates 20th Anniversary." The Leader. May 4, 1967, 3. Accessed June 5, 2018.

Mario Hair Stylist [advertisement]. The Leader. October 23, 1952, 2. Accessed June 5, 2018.

Mario of Freeport [advertisement]. The Leader. December 8, 1994, 1984. Accessed June 5, 2018.

"Round-About with Rhoda." The Leader. March 8, 1984, 6. Accessed June 5, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 5, 2018.

Blankenhorn, Frederick

Frederick Blankenhorn (circa 1837 to 1892) owned a barbershop and store in Freeport during the 1880s.  Blankenhorn was born in Germany.  In 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Massachusetts 1st and served as a private with heavy artillery.  Blankenhorn was mustered out of the service in 1865. 

Blankenhorn was married to Lucinda L. Blankenhorn.  



Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2009.

History of Queens County New York with Illustrations, Portraits, & Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals. New York: W. W. Munsell & Co., 1882.

National Archives and Records Administration. U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2000.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 25, 2016.

Blue Goose Inn

Bode, George M.

George M. Bode ​(1881-?) was an attorney, financier, and a member of a Masonic lodge.  He was the law partner of Elvin N. Edwards​​ for two years. Though a resident of Baldwin, Bode maintained  his own general law practice in Freeport. He organized the Baldwin Savings and Loan Association in 1921, the Freeport Savings and Loan Association in 1923, and the Bellmore Savings and Loan in 1923.  Bode served as the director and attorney for all three institutions.

See Also:

Edwards, Elvin N.



Hazelton, Henry Isham. The Boroughs of Brooklyn and Queens Counties of Nassau and Suffolk Long Island, New York 1609-1924 (Volume 5). New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., 1925.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, June 28, 2016.

Bohack Super Market

Bohack Super Market (also known as H. C. Bohack Co., Inc. and Bohack's) was originally located on the southwest corner of Church Street and Merrick Road. Later, it was located on Pine Street at the corner of South Grove Street (now Guy Lombardo Avenue).

In 1956, an H. C. Bohack Co. store opened at the intersection of North Main Street and Claurome Place.  It was reported that the first 1,000 women to visit the store were given vials of perfume.

Click here for images related to Bohack.



"LI Business Briefs." Newsday. June 26, 1956, 71.

"Mary Margaret Wows 'Em at Opening." Newsday. October 11, 1945, 2. 

"To Record Program at Bohack Store." The Leader. July 31, 1941, 3. Accessed April 14, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, April 15, 2018.

Bond Street

Bond Street was an unnamed road located between Harris Avenue and East Milton Street until 1924.



Village of Freeport Board Minutes, 1924.


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 16, 2018.

Booster Club

Boulevard Hotel

Boulevard Hotel (also known as the Schwab Hotel or Schwabie's) was located on Church Street and Olive Boulevard (now Sunrise Highway).  The hotel was opened around 1910 by Louis Schwab and his wife.  The local Excise Commission denied the hotel a liquor license in 1917.  He re-opened as the Schwab's Chop Suey House and Restaurant and continued his cabaret show. The following May, Louis Schwab was arrested for serving creme de menthe to soldiers.  Schwab contended that he only served alcohol-free mint cordials and near beer. The military police accused Schwab of permitting acts of disorder such as singing, piano playing, and loud language after midnight.  He was defended in court by George Morton Levy and acquitted of the charges.  It is interesting to note that Sergeant Richmond, who headed the military police that investigated Schwab, married the chief cabaret singer a few days after Schwab's arrest.

See Also:

Freeport Music Shop

Levy, George Morton



"Anniversary Supper." The Nassau Post. November 26, 1915, 1. Accessed November 7, 2016.

"Plan Beer Garden At Ex-Music Shop." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. March 21, 1933. 19. Accessed January 3, 2017.

"Schwabs Acquited [sic] on Jury Trial." Nassau County Review. July 19, 1918, 1. Accessed November 26, 2016.

Schwab's Chop Suey House and Restaurant [advertisement]. The Nassau Post. October 19, 1917, 3. Accessed May 15, 2019.

"Schwabs Indicted Plead Not Guilty." The Nassau Post. June 28, 1918. Accessed November 28, 2016.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, January 3, 2017.

Updated by Regina G. Feeney, May 15, 2019.

Bracco Family

Braithwaite, George I.

George I. Braithwaite (circa 1878-1936) was the founder of Braithwaite's Stationers.  Born in England, Braithwaite opened his store in Freeport in 1912.  He was a member of the Spartan Lodge and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He and his wife, Louise (nee Crafts), lived at 10 Church Street.  In 1914, Braithwaite served as librarian to The Freeport Choral Society.

Braithwaite died at the age of 58 and was buried in Fresh Pond, Brooklyn.

See Also:

Braithwaite's Stationers



"Braithwaite Rites Held at Freeport." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 3, 1936, 21. Accessed February 15, 2019.

"Choral Society Grows." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. October17, 1914, 4. Accessed February 15, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February 15, 2019.

Braithwaite's Stationers

Braithwaite's Stationers opened on June 17, 1912 and was originally located at 50 South Main Street.  Later, the store was located at 15 Railroad Avenue and then 10 Church Street.  The store was founded by George I. Braithwaite (circa 1878-1936).  Around 1951, Louis H. Martin became the owner of the store.

Click here for images related to Braithwaite's Stationers.

See Also:

Braithwaite, George I.



"Braithwaite Rites Held at Freeport." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 3, 1936, 21. Accessed February 15, 2019.

"In the Spot-Lite." The Leader. February 24, 1966, 8. Accessed February 15, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, February 15, 2019.

Branch Avenue

Branch Avenue was known as East Bayview Avenue prior to 1924.



Village of Freeport Board Minutes, 1924.


Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 16, 2018.


Broadway (along with parts of Columbus Avenue and Grand Avenue) was originally called Crooked Lane.


Raynor Town Map, 1868 located at the Freeport Historical Society.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 29, 2016.

Brooklyn Avenue Park

Brooklyn Avenue Park (sometimes referred to as Station Park) was located on Brooklyn Avenue adjacent to the railroad tracks from about North Bergen Place to slightly east of North Grove Street. It was established around 1909.  The village budgeted $500 for maintenance of the park in 1917.  The following year, the village budgeted $300 for park maintenance.  

In 1918, a committee of 50 residents designed a wooden Honor Roll to be placed in the park that would list the names of the Freeporters serving in World War I.  The Lush Sign Painting Corporation, owned by Charles H. Lush, constructed the Honor Roll at a cost of about $125 (the Honor Roll was removed from the property in 1929).  The Freeport Fire Department unveiled a monument and dedicated an elm tree to Henry Theodore Mohr in the park near Ocean Avenue in 1919.  Mohr was the only Freeport fireman killed in action during World War I (later that monument was moved to the grounds of the Freeport Memorial Library).  In 1927, a ceremony rededicating the Mott Brothers monument was held at the Brooklyn Avenue Park.

In 1928, the Village approved the spending of $5,000 for landscaping of the park.  The same year, the area on Brooklyn Avenue between North Ocean Avenue and North Grove Street (opposite Brooklyn Avenue Park) was zoned as a business district.  

During the 1920s and 1930s, concerts were held at the park. In 1932, it was reported that 2,000 residents attended a Freeport Fire Department Band concert at the Brooklyn Avenue Park. 

The Brooklyn Avenue Park disappeared after the Long Island Rail Road tracks were raised in the late 1950s.

See Also:

Honor Roll, World War I



E. Belcher Hyde. "Northwest Section." 1914 Map.

"Firemen's Welcome Home and Field Day." Nassau County Review. July 11, 1919, 1. Accessed March 9, 2019.

"2,000 at Concert." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 11, 1929, 14. Accessed March 9, 2019.

"Village Tax Rate $1.15." Nassau County Review. July 13, 1917, 1. Accessed March 9, 2019.

"Village Tax Rate $1.19." Nassau County Review. June 28, 1918, 1. Accessed March 9, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, April 2, 2019.

Brooklyn Water Works

Brooklyn Water Works, located on the west side of North Brookside Avenue, was a three-story brick Romanesque Revival building which was designed in 1888 by Frank Freeman. Freeman (1852-1940), a noted Brooklyn architect, also designed the Eagle Warehouse and Storage Company in 1893 and the City of Brooklyn Fire Headquarters in 1892. Originally called the Milburn Pumping Station, the Brooklyn Water Works was one of a series of pumping stations that provided water from a 2,000-acre watershed to the City of Brooklyn. Freeport's oyster industry was adversely affected by Brooklyn's demand for water.

By the 1920's, upstate New York became the major supplier of water to New York City. The 48-inch-wide iron conduit that runs from Freeport to Queens was used for emergency reserve until New York City sold the site to Nassau County in 1977. In 1986, Freeport gave the Brooklyn Water Works landmark status. That same year, Gary Melius of Carle Place, bought the site for $1.4 million. Efforts to turn the building into condos and later a nursing home both failed.  In 1988, the building was damaged beyond repair in a major fire. The Village of Freeport settled a $3.5 million lawsuit with Gary Melius. The remaining structure was demolished in 2010.  In 2012, Nassau County purchased the land for $6.22 million.  The site, which is south of the Brookside Preserve, cannot be developed.  The South Shore Audubon Society currently maintains the property.

Click here for images of the Brooklyn Water Works.



American Institute of Architects, Long Island Chapter. AIA Architecture Guide to Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island.

"Brooklyn Water Works Sale Approved by NIFA." The Leader. September 6, 2016, 1. Accessed May 13, 2016.

"Long Island: A Romanesque Revival Water-Pumping Station to Be Expanded and Made Into 48 Condominiums." The New York Times. 7 September 1986: 56.

"New Promise for Neglected Landmark." Newsday. 20 January 1995: D1.

Krieg, Cynthia J. and Regina G. Feeney. Freeport. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2012.

"Then......Now." The Leader. August 12, 2010, 1. Accessed May 13, 2017.

"Village Settles Water Works Lawsuit for $3.5 Million." The Freeport Baldwin Leader. November 19, 2009, 22. Accessed May 13, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 13, 2017.

Brookside Avenue

Brookside Avenue was called previously called Treadwell's Lane.


Historic Freeport: 70th Anniversary Issue. [1962].

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, May 28, 2016.


Brown, Delwin F.

Delwin F. Brown (1829-1903) was a teacher of penmanship, drawing, and bookkeeping who lived on Grand Avenue near Babylon Turnpike.  He was associated with the Adelphi Academy in Brooklyn for 16 years (1878-1895).  He left Adelphi in 1895 and began working for the Freeport Schools in 1896. 

While living in Brooklyn in 1854, Brown won an award at the Crystal Palace for "best specimens off hand commercial and ornamental penmanship and pen-drawing, with special approbation for uneducated skill in his art."

He was well known for his India ink production of the Lord's Prayer which won a medal at the World's Fair. This large calligraphic work, featuring the Lord's Prayer and surrounded by vignettes of famous religious paintings, took Brown six years to create.  The work sold for $10,000.  Brown purchased the piece back after the owner's death for $6,000 and donated it to the Adelphi Academy.  The work was destroyed in a fire at Adelphi.

Brown's son, Delwin T. Brown, was arrested in 1896 for assaulting his wife and a neighbor while intoxicated. The following year, Brown paid a $5.00 fine on behalf of his son; this time the son was arrested for clubbing a horse as he drove it through the village.

It was reported that after Brown suffered an injury to his right hand, he gave up his pen work and devoted his time to gardening. Brown died at the age of 75 and is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY. 



"Adelphi's Outlook." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 19, 1895, 6. 2. Accessed December 13, 2017.

"Awards at the Crystal Palace." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. January 20, 1854, 2. Accessed December 13, 2017.

"Delwin F. Brown." The New-York Tribune. November 30, 1903, 14. Accessed December 13, 2017.

"For Clubbing a Horse." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. July 18, 1897, 12. Accessed December 14, 2017.

"Interfered to Help a Woman." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. April 20, 1896, 5. Accessed December 14, 2017.

"Long Island School News." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. September 1, 1896, 5. Accessed December 13, 2017.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 14, 2017.

Brown, Walter G. "Jumbo Brown"

Walter George "Jumbo" Brown (1907-1966) was a professional baseball player and Freeport merchant.  He began his major league career in 1925 as a pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.  He later played four seasons with the New York Yankees, including the World Series winning teams of 1932 and 1936.  Brown ended his career with the Giants in 1941.

Brown lived in Freeport and ran a sporting goods store, which was located at 15 West Sunrise Highway.  He died on October 20, 1966.

Click here for images related to Walter "Jumbo" Brown."

Click here for Walter "Jumbo" Brown's Career Statistics.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 19, 2017.


Brownie was a dog owned by the Freeport Police Department.  Since Freeport's K-9 Unit was not established until 1962, Brownie was a considered a mascot or pet and not a working dog. Brownie walked into the Freeport Police headquarters one summer and became the department's pet. Brownie was said to accompany police officers on their rounds.

Brownie's breed was unknown.  In one source, Brownie was described as being a Chow/Shepherd mix; in another he was said to a "a little bit of everything".  In 1944, Brownie disappeared for a few days, but was returned to Freeport after he showed up at the Hempstead Police Department.

Brownie died in 1945 and was buried in the Bide-a-Wee Pet Cemetery, Wantagh, NY.

See Also:

Law Enforcement



"'Brownie' Pet of Police, Back at Freeport Station." Nassau Daily Review-Star. November 27, 1944, 5. Accessed September 11, 2019.

"The Cops' Dog Goes to Its Last Resting Place." Nassau Daily Review-Star. April 7, 1945, 11. Accessed September 11, 2019.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, September 11, 2019.

Brunnella Street

Brunnella Street was named for Brunnella Meister. Her father was Albert Meister, the developer of Meister Beach.

See Also:

Meister Beach

Researched by Cynthia J. Krieg, May 23, 2016.

Buck's Delicatessen

Buck's Delicatessen was located at 372 Atlantic Avenue. This location was advertised as the William Buck Delicatessen in 1948 and Buck's Delicatessen in 1955.



Buck's Delicatessen [advertisement]. The Leader. May 26, 1955, 9. Accessed October 11, 2018.

William Buck Delicatessen [advertisement]. The Leader. November 11, 1948, 9. Accessed October 11, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, October 18, 2018.

Buckley, Edwin S.

Edwin S. Buckley (1902-1969) was the owner of Ed Buckley's West End Boat Yard.

Buckley, who was born in Brooklyn and had lived in Westbury, was a graduate of Pratt Institute.  In the early 1940s, Buckley worked as a photographer and columnist for Newsday.  His bowling column for Newsday was entitled "Down the Alley."  Buckley was a life member of the National Press Photographers Association.  He also was a press photographer for the Nassau Review-Star and the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.

In the 1930s and 40s, Buckley was the president of the Jones Beach Surf Fishing Club, later called the Jones Beach Fishing and Game Club.

Buckley was a spokesman for the rights of fishermen and boat owners.  In 1961, he successful challenged the summons he received for having his registration number affixed to the windshield of his boat.  Buckley believed that the New York State navigation law codified in 1960 was ambiguous as to where the registration was to be placed.  The law said "bow" but did not define that location.  After giving as evidence the dictionary definition of "bow," which is defined as the "forward part of the vessel," Buckley was acquitted in First District Court.

Buckley, who moved to Freeport in 1932, lived at 419 Southside Avenue and was a past patron of the Order of the Eastern Star, a member of the Spartan Masonic Lodge, the A. M. Kismet Temple, Long Island Scottish Rites, and the Freeport Elks Club. He is buried in Greenfield Cemetery, Uniondale, NY.



"Boatman Sails Craft Into Teeth of the Police." Newsday. June 6, 1961, 29.

"E. Buckley, 66, Boater, Columnist." Newsday. January 4, 1969, 24.

Edwin S. Buckley [obituary]. The Leader. January 9, 1969, 7.  Accessed December 27, 2018.

"Rod and Gun." The Brooklyn Daily Eagle. February 4, 1947, 14. Accessed December 27, 2018.

Vasil, Eddie. "News and Views." The Leader. January 9, 1969, 2.  Accessed December 27, 2018.

Researched by Regina G. Feeney, December 27, 2018.

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