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Question of the Day: Main Street Needs?

There's a great number of businesses on Main Street in Huntington village, but what does the area lack, if anything? What would you like to see move in?

There's no doubt that Huntington is hub of activity with a great number of businesses and offerings. But is there anything you would like to see come to the Main Street area that does not exist there now? 

What type of business would you like to see move there? Why is Huntington a good fit for the business you are suggesting?

Thomas J. Kehoe June 04, 2011 at 02:29 PM
What Huntington needs today may be different in a few years. The constant that Huntington needs is a crime free community where people are free to shop, dine and enjoy themselves without the fear of being mugged or robbed. The Town Government, the Business Improvement District and the Huntington Chamber of Commerce must continue to pursue this end.
JSC June 04, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I grew up in Huntington and we used to do a lot of shopping in the village. There were stores for the "everyday" needs of the community that don't exist anymore. For example, instead of having all "high end" boutiques that attract only the rich and the tourist, how about some mid-priced clothing and gift shops. How about a store that sells sewing items (material, machines, notions) and mid-priced yarns etc for knitting? How about a mid-priced clothing store for larger men and women? How about a local meat market (since Bergers is gone), how about a "five and dime" type store (since we lost Woolworths, Grants, etc). How about a computer repair shop? How about a Trader Joe's? How about another luncheonette like Mundays and Hamburger Choo-Choo where Mom can take the kids to eat while shopping? How about moving the Public Library to someplace in town where there is more parking so kids and seniors don't have to cross busy Main Street?
JC June 04, 2011 at 06:08 PM
Hamburger Choo-Chooo! Fun memories of that place!
paul June 04, 2011 at 10:23 PM
Hamberger Choo Choo, Yes! I believe it was my first meal in Huntington at age 5. And I also believe it was Tom McCan for shoes. But how about fewer nail salons!
Jonathan Dees June 04, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Where to begin: 1) Wider sidewalks - either keep street parking on Main St. and make one lane each way, or eliminate street parking and move it to newly built garages off main to widen the sidewalks. The village sidewalks are way too narrow. 2) Rooftop bars/restaurants - although we're not NYC, they still work in the summer - people like it - there has to be a building or two where that can be accomplished. 3) A piazza-type area (think villages in Tuscany) were shops/bistros/a-fresco dining are in a circle/square, and people walk around, gather, and people-watch, eat, shop (maybe make this in the parking lot between Wall and New Sts?) 4) A pizza restaurant (Uno?) where you can sit down, get served pizza pies and pitchers of beer, where families can enjoy a nice pizza dinner reasonably priced - don't know where this exists today in the Village 5) For shops to be open late on Fri/Sat nights - know merchants want time off, but if they were open till 11:00pm then, guarantee people would walk the town and shop - especially if there were some fun shops to pop into - think of the towns where resort areas are located and how people shop late into the night 6) Some good shops/restaurants up on the west part of Main St. where Citibank and the Library are located to draw more people to that part of town.
Jonathan Dees June 04, 2011 at 11:17 PM
Continued: 7) A waterfront/seaport type area down by Huntington harbor. Just imagine going down there, walking around docks, having a drink, watching boats come and go, going for moon light boat tours, having dinner on the water. Anybody agree on any of these?
MoreInfo June 05, 2011 at 11:32 PM
Wow. Those are great ideas Johnathan. The rooftop idea is my favorite. We need more outdoor areas I would also like to add the need for garabage to be picked up earlier on Saturday nights and the need to keep cleaner sidewalks from Value Drugs down to the corner of Main & 25A. We went for an early dinner, 6PM, in town on Sat. night and were disgusted by the trash & filthy sidewalks in that area. It was BAD.
Marjorie Waxenberg June 05, 2011 at 11:53 PM
I miss Hartmann's Department Store that was on the northwest corner of Main and New York Avenue. Another store with that old-fashioned down-home atmosphere, value, and variety would be wonderful.
JSC June 05, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Marjorie, I was going to mention Hartmann's, but figured no one would remember that store here! My mother and I would shop for fabrics there, in that tiny basement room. She also got our Scout uniforms there and pants for my brother who was so skinny, apparently no other store had his size! Funny the things you remember!
Clifford Sondock June 06, 2011 at 01:38 AM
What Main Street needs is less regulation...more waterfront restaurants and more appartments and condos in town. The Town of Huntington needs to relax its land use regulations and let the market determine land use.
Jonathan Dees August 17, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I think the parking lot behind Dunkin Donuts should be cleared out to form a square with some outdoor cafes where people can walk, sit, have something to eat and people watch. The village lacks any real area where people can stroll, sit and hang out, catch some rays, and watch Huntington life. Just as long as it doesn't become infested with teenagers getting dropped off by parents looking for free time at night, then it can be something good.
Margie November 25, 2011 at 05:19 PM
Does anyone remember a ladies clothing store on Main St, a few doors down from Hartmann's? It catered to an older clientele. I remember my grandmother shopping there in the 1970s.
Clifford Sondock November 25, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Huntington desperately needs better parking so that all of the goods and services desired by patrons can be realized. The three parking areas in Huntington should be considered for multiple deck parking. The best parking lot for such a facility would likely be the parking lot off Wall Street south of Main Street.

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