Empty In Port Washington: What Should Go Here?

What businesses would you like to see at this Main Street location devastated by fire earlier this year?

A burned out building sits at 1 Herbert Ave. and main Street in Port Washington. (Photo: Rich Jacques)
A burned out building sits at 1 Herbert Ave. and main Street in Port Washington. (Photo: Rich Jacques)
It's been nearly five months since a March 14 fire destroyed a Main Street apartment house.

The blaze at the 87-year-old building at 1 Herbert Ave., where it intersects with Main Street, in Port Washington displaced families from their apartments which were destroyed and forced closure of several businesses.

Roy Smitheimer, with the Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation said in recent months that it may take a while for the three commercial tenants in the building to recover.

"It will ultimately depend on the decision of both the Nassau County Fire Marshal's office working with the Town's Building Department as to the structural integrity of the building."

Tell us: What businesses would you like to see go in this space left vacant by the fire? Let us know in the comments section.
Archie Bunker August 08, 2013 at 07:59 PM
A live poultry store would be nice Fresh killed chicken and fresh eggs
Giana August 09, 2013 at 08:50 AM
Pain Quotidien, in the city, is the perfect breakfast/coffee/lunch/early dinner reasonably priced, healthy, delicious, fabulous coffee and desserts, community building, family friendly place. Why the heck can't we have one here?
LPK August 09, 2013 at 10:54 AM
Oh yes a park across from the train station that's what we need! !! Another place for the non working to. sit on a bench and continue to cat call our middle school age daughters and make lude and obnoxious comments..Really? Come on its bad enough in that are already you cant give these disgusting people another place to lurk. Really we need a community center up that way for our kids to go to . A safe place to after school instead of just wandering around main street. An off shoot of the Teen center.. Something that the kids can help maintain and help run......that would be a wonderful thing.
Donna Rice August 09, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Infant Day Care - how convenient across from the station
Jackie August 10, 2013 at 01:12 PM
How does having more parking change the topography of PW. Biking in this town is difficult partly because the roads were designed 100 years ago. They're narrow & hilly. We do need more parking and not just for the train station. Local businesses close because of the lack of parking. I would also like to see some more affordable apartments here in town. $5000 for an apartment in Manorhaven? Are you kidding! So if they can get 11 low-cost apartments in, great.
Anon August 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
What you don't need is more housing and more retail. The retail sector is saturated.. Too many vacant spaces as is.. You saw when the flemming building burned these businesses have no problem filling the vacant spaces on main street
Fran August 10, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Saw an interesting PBS documentary on Flea Markets. On Capitol Hill in DC a flea market (hate that word) is the main attraction on weekends - everything from locally grown produce to art, and of course high end miscellaneous stuff for collectors and a place for a variety of interesting things to be marketed. Maybe an open air market like this would be helpful for the town. It might encourage tourism. It might allow locals wanting to make a little extra cash to sell their stuff. Most of all the community might enjoy having a chance to meet and get to know their neighbors.
The former now retired owner of the Red Door antiques shop used to organize a monthly market in the parking lot on Shore Drive next to the new Dolphin Books. Anyone interested in a revival? Perhaps expanding the Saturday morning Farmers Market on the town dock? If so, guests are welcome to make suggestions at the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, August 13, 8AM at Ayhan’s Fish Kebab
D.H. August 12, 2013 at 09:29 PM
@Lisa. What disgusting hate speech. "Another place for the non working to. sit on a bench and continue to cat call our middle school age daughters and make lude and obnoxious comments..Really? Come on its bad enough in that are already you cant give these disgusting people another place to lurk" These are not "non-working" people. They are hard working people who are being exploited by landlords in town. They pay crazy rent for 1 room with no access to kitchens or a living room. They work long hours and receive very little in exchange. Most of them are wonderful people who have been the victims of difficult circumstances. Don't generalize about all of them and assume that they are any different than you. Because one or two may have made an inappropriate comment should not make you condemn them all. Next time you walk by why don't you smile and say hello rather than look at them like they are garbage. The only one who is disgusting is you.
Archie Bunker August 12, 2013 at 09:59 PM
With the high asking price and taxes, the property will probably remain vacant for years
LPK August 12, 2013 at 10:37 PM
First of all DH whoever you are because you won't publish your name, you have no idea what i do or who i am so before you get on your high horse and judge me, why don't you say what you said to me to my middle school age daughters DH, my daughters who called me hysterically crying because men sitting on the bench near the train station made gross and lude comments to them and their friends! I'm not talking about the hard working people!! Really?? Get over yourself! I want our children to feel SAFE walking down main street!!!! If that makes me disgusting wanting our kids to feel SAFE, then I wear that label with pride!!! You need to stop judging DH you have NOIDEA what these go through after school! TThat's why I suggested a youth center!!! Ugh I can't believe I even have to defend myself! This is just so crazy!!!
Archie Bunker August 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM
This site needs more of these "colorful arguments" to liven it up a bit
Archie Bunker August 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM
This site has been in a decline for a while and probably is one of the underperforming ones http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/09/technology/patch-layoffs/index.html
Archie Bunker August 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM
I don't care about Dina, or any other elected official I am tired of giving bailouts to the rich and handouts to the poor and will continue to vote against (fire) all elected officials who perpetuate this re-distributionist scam
D.H. August 13, 2013 at 09:29 AM
@Lisa...I have 3 teenage daughters who walk in town all of the time. They too have voiced that sometimes they feel uncomfortable, but I explained to them the circumstances of these people. I also explained the cultural differences between us and how they are not "leering", but just watching as people go by. Perhaps your discomfort is because you do not allow yourself to accept that people may be different but still equal to you. You did make wide sweeping generalizations about these "non-working" people. If your daughters are so distraught then they should be instructed to call the police and identify who these men are and what they said. Your type of hate speech only serves to fuel a huge disconnect that we have in this town. These men who sit on the bench are working in local restaurants, cutting your grass, painting your house.... I am not judging you because there is no need. Your hateful speech speaks for itself.
LPK August 13, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Wow oh my goodness DH. Talk about a hate monger! Do you hear yourself? "These people" "cultural differences"!!! Talk about hateful comments in the context in which you are saying them!!! I don't care if they are white, hispanic, african american, asian, or from mars! No middle school child needs to be subjected to air kissing, degrading, obnoxious remarks by anyone! These men werent watching, they were behavin disgracefully!! I take complete offense that you would even say it is a cultural thing !! What cultural might that be? The men behaving badly culture? Tthe i am a disgraceful person who disrepects young girls culture? Please enlighten me! How can you even say that??? Talk about lumping a group together!! Its not a cultural thing, its rude men behaving badly! " watching people"? Really? When have you ever sat in a park and made degrading rude comments to children?? Kind, upstanding, respectful people do not degrade and disrepect children no 2 ways about it! Its funny DH, I never singled out any group of people YOU did that!!! Look in the mirror DH YOU made it hateful and ugly! I want our main street to be beautiful and safe......I welcome diversity but I don't welcome disgracefulness!!! Again its not about nationality, race or color its about keeping our community safe and providing our children a town that encourages that!!! Not encourage lude and rude behavior! Honestly its people like you DH who fuels hate and intolerence!!! Btw DH I paint my own house, I've mowed my own lawn, I've waitessed and bussed tables, cleaned houses, worked on a farm......what do u do????
hank ratner August 13, 2013 at 02:13 PM
In spite of many emails and phone calls to the Patch, the policy of allowing people to post comments using an alias is STILL in place. No credible media outlet allows this.
Gregg Allen August 13, 2013 at 02:27 PM
you mean thats not really archie bunker?
Jeff Carswell August 13, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Is there any way to prove that I am Jeff Carswell and that you are Hank Ratner from Patch's point of view?
sadeto August 13, 2013 at 05:47 PM
Gosh, I am just shocked that the Patch management didn't succumb to the demands of "hank ratner" to change their policy. By the way, a policy they share with another less than credible media outlet, the New York Times. And WNYC. And NPR. And Yahoo. And slate.com. And ...
Port Resident August 13, 2013 at 08:06 PM
How about an affordable gym?
hank ratner August 13, 2013 at 08:15 PM
Letters for publication should be no longer than 150 words, must refer to an article that has appeared within the last seven days, and must include the writer's address and phone numbers. No attachments, please. THIS IS THE NY TIMES POLICY
Archie Bunker August 13, 2013 at 08:23 PM
They discriminate ... it has to be in English The first time you write a comment or review, you will be asked to complete a quick registration process. It should take you no more than one minute. You will be asked for a display name and your location. Both of these items will be displayed publicly on NYTimes.com. If you are writing a comment, please be thoughtful, civil and articulate. In the vast majority of cases, we only accept comments written in English; foreign language comments will be rejected. If you are writing a review of an event or travel destination, what in particular did you like or dislike? Be specific; the best reviews discuss not only what you liked or disliked, but why. http://www.nytimes.com/content/help/site/usercontent/usercontent.html
sadeto August 13, 2013 at 08:57 PM
"hank ratner" equates posted reader comments with published letters to the editor?? ROTFLMFAO! (Look it up, "hank"). I am going to write to request that Patch accept PayPal transactions, so I can deposit a clue in your account.
CuriousMom August 13, 2013 at 08:58 PM
Lisa, it's spelled "lewd," not "lude". But I won't generalize and assume that all people named Lisa are bad spellers or make marginally coherent, freaked-out comments. Similarly, it's a mistake for you to judge all people who might sit at a certain location based on your limited personal experiences. Just because a few people may have been rude and inappropriate does not justify your rant. You simply don't know. I would also be upset if someone said lewd things to my daughter, but I wouldn't assume that everyone at that location was like that. And I certainly wouldn't say the offensive and angry, judgmental things that you said. As for psuedonyns, some of us work in places where sharing our private opinions is frowned upon. We'd like to participate in public discourse but can't have people confusing our private and public selves. I trust you can understand that. But frankly, I'd be embarrassed for my family and myself if I publicly said what you did.
LPK August 13, 2013 at 10:44 PM
@ curiousmom believe me I know how to spell. Its the auto correct on my phone and frankly didn't wasn't in the mood to fight it after being attacked. I have a college degree and scored a 1600 on my english sats. i didnt attack anybody, i didnt lump a group together, i didnt say it was cultural. I actually said the opposite! If you REALLY read what i wrote i was only referring to some people who were rude and LEWD to the kids. All i want is a safe place for the kids. I am getting tired of people who wont identify themselves telling me i am sayings things Im not. I NEVER said EVERYONE. I did say that i didnt matter what the person was it was the BEHAVIOR that was upsetting! I mean honestly would you want your daughters subjected to that? It doesn't matter what the background of the person is, its still bad BEHAVIOR and our kids should not have be subjected to it! DH turned it into something totallythis crazy thing that was just out of control. Go back and read my last post! I really just want something for the kids to call their own. Is that a problem ?
LPK August 13, 2013 at 11:03 PM
Btw did u happen to notice I suggested a teen center an extension of the land marks teen center? Or is that being narrow minded rant filled too? I never would have said anything if DH hadn't turned this into their own private forum to address their agenda! Have you read their posts?
Thomas Burg September 28, 2013 at 07:41 AM
You can't earn a 1600 on your "English SATs" ... That's not possible. Try again. And what possible autocorrect would change lewd to lude? When I type in lude it corrects to life.
sadeto September 28, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Thomas Burg, there are two sections on the SAT now that test one's "English" competency (for the past 7 or 8 years), "Critical Reading" and "Writing". So, if she considers those to be the "English SATs" then she's correct, 1600 points is possible. Now, whether someone who writes "lude" for "lewd" could possibly hope to achieve that score, is a different story.
LPK October 02, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Really that's what you're all getting caught up on? I stand corrected I received a 750 on my verbal sat in 1983 which is now considered a perfect score of 800 on the scoring scale as of 1996. Who really gives a hoot how "lewd" is auto-corrected... did you know what I meant?? honestly is this how you get to your happy place? Unbelievable.....


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