August 11, 2012

Part 2 - Levittown's Mays shopping center was a focal point for our community way back when

That's Marilyn curtseying at a dance in front of Mays in 1959.

Mays under construction in the early 1950s. The Peter Pan Bakery, Times Square Stores and Pergament can be seen.

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By MARILYN MONSRUD FRESE

I got my first job at Mays in my junior year (1962). I believe the pay was less than a dollar an hour. This little shopping center was my whole shopping world. Everything we could possible want you could find somewhere in this little strip of stores. And Henshaw's Furniture a block east of here.

Once in a while my mom would take me to Hempstead and the A&S there. It was like going to NYC to shop. As I got a little older, we would take the bus to Hempstead. We felt like world travelers. I bought all my records at Mays and Time Square Stores (see photo).

Life was so simple then. If we couldn't find it here, we didn't need it!

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