Leaving the past behind – New York News

Michael Dobie

Michael Dobie is a member of the Newsday editorial board.

The early morning air is broiling, but a light breeze blows on the elevated platform of the Lindenhurst train station. It’s soothing, as you take in the view.

You can see a lot up there.

Mike Lavorata, the village mayor, points to a large property pitched for redevelopment on one side of the tracks, a closed Waldbaum’s on the other, and a number of vacant or rundown parcels scattered in between.

“Something is going to happen here. Why not make it something that’s good for us?” he says. “If we don’t act soon, we’ll be the land time forgot.”

It’s a belief that increasingly haunts places like Lindenhurst.

Officials and residents alike see what’s been happening around Long Island. Communities like Patchogue, Farmingdale, Mineola, Riverhead and Ronkonkoma have remade or are in the process of revitalizing their downtowns. They pulse with energy and promise.

Lavorata says Lindenhurst’s young people have been moving away, and its residents go to Babylon and Farmingdale for a night…

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