The Lost Neighborhood of Huntington Station refers to a small community that was once located about a one-mile radius just north of the Long Island Rail Road Station House. Huntington Station will always be remembered as a diverse neighborhood both racially and religiously. We were "integrated" before the word integration was used by and regulated by the federal government. This community was home to mostly Italian, Jewish, and Black families. We did not need the federal government to make rules to tell us how to get along with our neighbors. We did that naturally. We had a sense of community and harmony.
“I have never met a people more eager to laugh,
devoted to family and dedicated to each other.
The only word that comes to mind is HARMONY.”
(from the book DANCES WITH WOLVES by Michael Blake)
I don’t want to create the impression that people of Huntington Station were singing and dancing in the streets, because it wasn’t that way. But we were all concerned about the well-being of our community, and we helped by responding to the problems. When people understand the needs of their town, it becomes obvious they must get together , organize and change things for the better.
Most everything we needed was within walking distance. Store after store of merchants lined New York Avenue on both sides selling their wares and services. All harmoniously working together
In the 1960s the combination of the government’s power of eminent domain and a project known as urban renewal reduced the small hamlet of Huntington Station to just a parking lot. Another urban renewal project quickly turned out to be an urban removal project. The project succeeded only in hurting small, family owned and operated businesses and the displaced families.
The destruction of this community had an emotional affect not only on the people who lived here, but will also affect future generations and newcomers to huntington station. The people who lived in this Huntington Station community have had part of their identity stolen. Future generations will have no community to identify with.
Huntington Station will always be remembered as a community that gave and still gives hard-working Americans a chance for a hopeful future. The lives and stories that made up our little hamlet are too numerous to put into a single book. It is with my hope that the combination of my book "PORTRAIT OF A SMALL TOWN III", our "PORTRAIT OF A LOST NEIGHBORHOOD" website, and future memories and photographs that may come into our possession we will add to the memories I have collected over the years. These documented memories will bring to future generations “the flavor of what life was like in a small town on Long Island.”
The glory that was Rome, Is of another day
I've been terribly alone, And forgotten in Manhattan
I'm going home to my city by the bay . . .
When I come home to you, San Francisco,
Your golden sun will shine for me!
[from “I left my heart in San Francisco by Tony Bennett]
We could almost put the words Huntington Station into this song. The glory that was Huntington Station is of another day, but we can look back on all we had. We can use what we had as a guide to what we can have again.
The mission of this web site is to reclaim and to bring back to life the stories and accomplishments of the people of the lost neighborhood of Huntington Station. Combining our efforts with Huntington School students and the community we plan to use Huntington Station as a new historical topic for research and learning. Most of all we want to record for future generations how the lost neighborhood of Huntington Station was destroyed and why it has taken so long to rebuild the area.
We want my book and this website to be the best tribute to the lost neighborhood of Huntington Station and to their community spirit that we want to emulate.
Dr. Alfred V. Sforza
We would like to have others contribute to this website.
Contact us if you have memories or photos
of The Lost Neighborhood of Huntington Station
that you would like to share with us.
Also contact us if your neighborhood and community
suffered the same fate as Huntington Station.
We would be interested in sharing
the outcome of Urban Renewal in your neighborhood!