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Photos: Demolition Begins For New Village

Havens and old Sam Gordon premises have begun the demolition process, reports LI Advance.

Demolition for Tritec Real Estate Company's  of 291 apartments, 46,000 square feet of retail space and 18,000 square feet of office space has started at the intersection of Lake Street and Havens Avenue.

Specifically, as posted by Long Island Advance's Facebook page, Havens and the old Sam Gordon premises have begun demolition on Monday.

Browse the photos above from the initial demolition. Take your own photos while passing by? Feel free to add them to this gallery using the "Upload Photos & Videos" button.

Kathleen Rubinstein May 22, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I am not a fan of this project. It will only continue to add to the crowded feeling all the other recent condos and apts already filling up the village have brought. The village is losing its charm. I was drawn to Patchogue many years ago because it was quaint. I know progress will happen but I just wish it could stay the way it was years ago! Just my opinion. I believe in preservation. Kathleen Rubinstein
betsy smith May 23, 2012 at 01:04 AM
I do too, Kathleen.
J SANF May 23, 2012 at 01:10 AM
With all due respect, there is nothing quaint about vacant buildings. The village has come a long way over the past few years. This project will promote new business, new residents, and help with the continuing growth and beautification of the village
Lee May 23, 2012 at 01:32 AM
To J Sanf With all due respect back at you, the Sweezy building is ugly on the North Ocean Ave side and the front of the building is old fashioned, run down, and vacant, BUT it's not ugly (in my opinion). The Tritec apartments are going to be huge and ugly!! They will be totally out of proportion with the other buildings on Main Street. This village has come a long way, but this is not going to add to the beautification of Main Street.
Karen Ferb May 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
Yes, preservation where preservation is due, but, "This long abandoned building sat on Lake Street looking shabby and desolate. Written above the door is the name Sam Gordon. I have always been curious to know exactly what the purpose of this building was and who Sam Gordon was. Well, thanks to a little research I found out. Sam Gordon was a local business man who imigrated from Russia to Patchogue in around 1905. He originally started a business selling produce and fruits from the back of a wagon before opening up his wholesale business from this building on 38 Lake Street. Sam Gordon died in 1959 when the coupe he was driving was hit by an eastbound Long Island Railroad train nick named the "Cannon Ball Express". Sam was heading north bound passing over the tracks on River Avenue in Patchogue when he was hit. An eye witness to the event who was stopped at the crossing said that Sam was seemingly unaware of the oncoming train and never slowed down when he approached the crossing." This and more stories at https://sites.google.com/site/longislandstories/patchogue-stories.
Mickey Visco May 23, 2012 at 01:25 PM
Karen: Nice update..always like to hear about Patchogue stories.
Bill Morris May 23, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Honestly consider what was in the place of the new apartments and condos. In their place, were horrible relics of the 1970's and 80's. What we had was suburban decay. Even the Sweezy building has long since lost its historic features. The new buildings at least are trying to emulate the past while improving our village. We gave up the majority of our historical elements long before most of our residents were born.
Judy Pepenella May 23, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Karen, though the subject of Sam's death is tragic, the historic side was interesting. We have a lot of new residents here in Patchogue, why not do a weekly blog and discuss the history of Patchogue? No I am not trying to make your head pop! Judy
Teresa Bobe May 23, 2012 at 09:00 PM
So where is the nearest grocery store for all the people who will be living there?
Tom Olsen May 24, 2012 at 12:46 AM
Yes Judy perhaps Karen Ferb SHOULD blog about Patchogue's rich history since her husband is part of the administration that is obliterating it by bringing in more condos, apartments and high density housing buildings than any other Hamlet in Suffolk County despite the lack of jobs in the area. Perhaps she should post pictures of what Patchogue looks like today before it turns into Hempstead or Queens. Good work! Thanks!
Lee May 24, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Hi Teresa, The new Best Market is a good grocery store and I hope that it will be successful. There are two grocery stores just north of Sunrise on Rt. 112, Pathmark and Shopright. The shopping center on Waverly and Sunrise has a Waldbaum's. And for a quick "pick up" there is Bravo. I don't think that grocery stores are the problem. I think that the proportion of a five story building and the density of the population in that small area is going to ruin the village. The parking is going to be a nightmare. I've said it a million times and I'm saying it again!
Don May 24, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Yes, old Sweezy's is an eye sore. How about a park like the many in NYC?? Real grass, tables and benches. A small food stand for a bagel and coffee so you can read the paper in the morning. Add a stage for performing arts, etc. Sounds and looks a lot better then a queens style housing complex and at the same time make Patchogue a place you can call quaint.... Don
Karen Ferb May 24, 2012 at 09:08 PM
Is it possible that people are unaware of the Community Garden on the corner of Terry St. and South Ocean? The administration of 1996 responded to the newly formed Patchogue Garden Club's request for a chance to turn a rubble-strewn lot there into a garden. What you see there now was a gift to the public from the administration and a gift from the garden club, which still maintains it. There is a gazebo, benches, and even a chess/checkers table in it. It has real grass. Arts have been shown and perfomed there, and it lifts my spirits when I see people using it. What do they do there? Bring lunch and sit in the sun. Play a guitar and maybe sing.. Have their wedding photos taken. Bring their children and show them the flowers. And so much more. The Patchogue Garden Club is 100% volunteer. We raise money to care for the garden, give scholarships, and donate to other beautification initiatives in the Village. And around the corner on South Ocean Avenue is a lovely bagel shop and cafe where you can get that bagel, coffee, lunch, and more. Or if it is the right weather, stop in at Yochi for frozen yogurt or Ralph's for Italian ice. If it's German you crave, Karl Ehmer is a hop, skip, and jump on the west side of South Ocean. Later in the day, Bella Vino on the north side of South Ocean has what you want. If you are in need of something for dinner at home, just pop into the Bravo market just north of the tracks. I'd write more, but I'm out of characters.
Karen Ferb May 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Judy, I agree it would be nice for someone to blog Patchogue history, but it shouldn't be me. I am a relative newcomer, so don't have the required perspective for it. Not to mention I am already blogging on Blogger about the Bay Avenue Habitat Restoration and very busy with several volunteer projects.
PatchawgFatGuy May 29, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Hopefully all the young professionals,artists and hipsters actually show-up and rent these apartments like Tritec promised. As for a market for all those people, ther is a Bravo supermarket on Ocean Ave just north of the LIRR.
Done with TRITEC (Thieves) June 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Tritec sucks, get them out!! LIARS
Done with TRITEC (Thieves) June 04, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Tritec should pay their subs!

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