UPDATE: Things You Can't Do in Plainview

Every day, Patch offers 5 things you can do locally; Here are 5 things you can't do anymore. And it has touched a chord with our readers. We're working on a follow-up story with your comments.

Each weekday, Patch brings you 5 things you can do in Plainview. Recently, we started thinking about the things you CAN'T do in Plainview.

It's a conversation that became a trending topic on Twitter: #5thingsyoucantdo. So as a public service to all in the area, we built this list:

1. You can't go to a movie: There used to be at least three movie houses right in Plainview. One time, the Morton Village Theatre was showing "Goldfinger" and "Doctor No" in a James Bond double feature for about three bucks. They even showed the re-issue of "Gone with the Wind." Once it was a local dating palace;now it is a benign office complex. They show movies at the Library. Not the same.

2. Speaking of , you can't find a decent parking place there except after midnight, when everything is closed. Who ever designed the oddly shaped triangular lot never envisioned Plainview's growth.

3. You can't get a burger, fries, onion rings and a taco in one place. There used to be a "Jack in the Box" on the corner of South Oyster Bay and Old Country roads. It was open late and the bar crowd would head there at 3 in the morning and order a Jumbo Jack, fries, rings and the greasiest tacos in recorded history. Just delicious. About four bucks. There's a  on that corner now (alas; no tacos.)

4. Speaking of the bar crowd, you can' find an old-fashioned bar in Plainview. Our favorite was the Amber Inn, with a classic polished wooden bar that sported luscious curves and cold beers on tap for under a buck. Now we have  Clean, upscale, fine food: Just not the same.

5. You can't make an easy left: Whether it's from South Oyster Bay Road onto Old Country Road eastbound, or Old Country to Manetto Hill Road northbound, or even Ruby Lane westbound onto Southern Parkway, it seems to take forever.

We're sure we missed a few: Let us know the other things you can't do in Plainview. For example: Readers have told us about the days when Our Lady of Mercy was housed in a barn. They spoke of the Matinecock Dairy; about a bar in the Plainview Centre shopping plaza. And the taco stories just keep coming from Jack in the Box.

Send us your memories and please, please look for photos. We'd just love to run them. 

Cindy Springsteen June 30, 2011 at 08:57 PM
I loved Jack in the Box!
Hopoe Khazzam July 01, 2011 at 01:08 AM
I grown up in Old Bethpage and live in Plainview now. We used to always go to Morton Village movie theater and also the one on the corner of Old Country Road and Plainview Road. Morton Village theater was priced the same as the year (1979 was 79 cent movies, etc), But all in all POB is still great town to live in. Hope Khazzam
Joe Dowd (Editor) July 01, 2011 at 05:28 AM
Yes, Hope, it is a great town, still.
Plainview Resident July 01, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Jack in the Box is Excellent! They have these all over California...
Tom July 01, 2011 at 03:37 PM
There used to be a Wendy's over by where the Jack-in-the-box was. There was another bar over by where The Bakery is today. It was called the Driftwood. The Amber Inn used to serve pizza. It was similar to Christiano's in Syosset. My sister dragged me to see Gone With The Wind at the Morton Village theater. My brother was an usher at the Plainview Theater.
Stu B. July 02, 2011 at 03:01 AM
Jack in the Box wasn't on the corner, it was between Burger King and Fireside, it's now a bank. Before Burger King was built (1980ish), that corner was a gas station....all four corners of where South Oyster Bay Road and Old Country meet were gas stations! Both Jack in the Box and Burger King existed side by side. When Jack in the Box went out of business, the owner of Burger King bought the property and kept it vacant for a while, not wanting a competing fast food chain to come in next door, eventually a bank opened on site...a few years later, the opposite corner became a TD Bank.
Glenn July 04, 2011 at 10:22 PM
I miss the IHOP which was located next to the Burger King. Now its an empty lot. Another Big Business decision which the county did not try to prevent from happening. They served great pancakes and french toast.
Mike Polansky July 08, 2011 at 06:11 PM
If a restaurant (or any other business) can't make a profit, they can't stay in business -- Economics 101!
Emily Raphael July 09, 2011 at 05:16 PM
I can think of four theaters in Plainview-Old Bethpage (Bijou Theater in OB), plus the theater on SOB across from where ShopRite is; ShopRite, of course, used to be a movie theater. Things you can't do in Plainview anymore: go to a bookstore. There was WaldenBooks and the late lamented BonMark.
Tom July 09, 2011 at 07:11 PM
The theater on the other side of S. Oyster Bay Rd. was, of course, in Hicksville but was named the Plainview Theater. Syosset lost its theaters too.
Emily Raphael July 09, 2011 at 07:18 PM
Yep, I can think of two on Jericho Turnpike.
Kayla Jayde July 10, 2011 at 12:49 PM
There is also no friendlys! I think there used to be one on old country road where the big marios is now.
tim lupo July 22, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Let's go way back- there used to be a DQ in Plainview, I remember it from my childhood days. Also- How about Bicks hamburgers and Burger Square? How about a place in Morton village called "Quik Cook" - they fried everything! Also- Pizza City East. And we had an Hardee's down by where the old Sunrise Federal Bank.
merry l. July 19, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Wasn't the Waldenbooks originally Oscar's card store?
merry l. July 19, 2012 at 09:44 PM
I remember the carnivals OLM had on the lot next to the church on which they built the school with the money they raised. I prefer the original Madonna which was in front of the church, a simple light-colored sculpture, easily identifiable from a few blocks away. The current one, a gift for the church's anniversary is dark and difficult to see any details from far away.
Ellen Levine March 10, 2014 at 02:47 AM
Ok, Who remembers FRINGS at Jack in the box???? It was a combination of French Fries and Onion Rings all fOR $1.00...... The perfect late night snack.....can't decide between French Fries or Onion Rings???? Get FRINGS.....
Ellen Levine March 10, 2014 at 02:51 AM
What about HOWARD JOHNSON'S on South Oyster Bay road...Its a Walgreen's now. I worked there in High School and I was the Fish Fry girl on Wed and Friday Nights...... then I graduated to a waitress. Best Job I made $40.00 a night in 1981....I was SO Rich.
Howard Winkler March 10, 2014 at 08:26 AM
And how about the Dairy Barn, where you could pick up milk and other dairy items without leaving your car (if you didn't have time to stop at King Kullen or later, the A&P). Or the beverage outlet nearby where you would buy a case of mixed sodas in returnable bottles. I think the brand was Cotts.
Kathie Lorenz Geyer March 10, 2014 at 09:31 AM
My family moved to Plainview 1951 and we just sold Mom's house 2014 after she passed away. We could not find a Florist in Plainview and a favorite hang out for the older teens in the mid 1960's was The White Brick Inn. I've tried to find pictures or articles to no avail. It later became Vic Tanny's Gym it was in the corner now Shop Rite shopping center. Everyone remember it and no on has pics.
Tracy Summer-Graziano March 10, 2014 at 11:42 AM
How about Williams Discount store and John's Bargain store. No discount stores for the current crew of Plainviewites!
Bob Abbate March 10, 2014 at 12:27 PM
You can't see Billy Joel perform at a bar in Plainview any more! Any Long Islander knows that the young Billy was a member of a band called The Hassles. They used to play at My House, a bar that was located in the Plainview Shopping Center.
Barry Kluger March 10, 2014 at 08:34 PM
say it ain't so. Lived there from 1955-1975.Loved My House. There was a Vic Tanny upstairs. At least we have Plainview's favorite son, Joe Dowd, keeping the memories alive! I remember Rudy's(Alex and Rudy), ChinaView(still there), ClamRoll at HJ's on south side of SOB and Woodbury Rd. At least there are about 20 of us living here in Scottsdale and we all see each other from time to time. I also remember when the team was The Gulls. bottom-fishing birds that ate garbage.
cara April 10, 2014 at 09:05 AM
China View is still there?! I was about to say, I would not mourn the death of Jack-in-the-Box, but China View – with the lavender and yellow fluorescent lights ringing the ceiling and the red (I think) leather(ette?) booths --one from column A, 2 from column B, shrimp with lobster sauce – that I miss! Hope they have not redecorated, though they probably have rendered it unrecognizable.


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