Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
The old-fashioned vibe of the 1950’s American luncheonette has been reincarnated on Tulip Avenue. On May 10 at 6 a.m. Dee Dee’s luncheonette officially opened its doors to Floral Park residents, at 142 Tulip Avenue.
For several months, the spot that once hosted Fiores Italian Restaurant was under renovation. Now what stands in its place is a blast from the past for older residents and a new experience for younger ones. The diner’s menu features classics such as egg creams, milk shakes and American burgers, to name a few.
The renovation took a little over a year, according to co-owner Kerry Deluca.
“Every detail was picked out meticulously and the details took a long time,” said Deluca. “People on the street were constantly asking me when is it opening but guests have told me it was worth the wait.”
The idea to recreate the classic American diner environment came from a picture hanging in the restaurant itself. The picture depicts a policeman and a little boy and according to Deluca it fully represents the town of Floral Park.
“Everybody looks out for everybody in the town,” she says. “We wanted to give families another option and kids a place to come after school.”
Old- fashioned Brooklyn egg creams are made in the original seltzer bottle straight from Brooklyn. The organic ice cream and thick shakes are also from the classic Brooklyn luncheonette scene of decades past. While desserts are a major positive for the diner, they are also proud of their classic burgers, fries, salads and cold brewed ice coffee.
“The first two weeks we were completely slammed, which was good,” says Deluca. “There is usually a big breakfast rush and then a quiet period and then big lunch rush and then another quiet period until the kids rush from school for ice cream.”
Comment cards are placed on each table for customers to give feedback. It’s important for the diner’s owners and staff to know what they need to work on.
What is especially homey about Dee Dee’s is the familiar faces you will see while enjoying your meal. Co-owners Tom and Kerry Deluca are Floral Park natives themselves and staffed the facility with mostly locals. While many recognize Floral Park for the numerous bars on Tulip Avenue, this represents a new option for a more family-friendly atmosphere.
"It’s a town where everybody knows everybody and it’s a nice place to take your kids,” says Deluca. “Hopefully everybody who comes will remember it and have a pleasant experience and want to come back.”
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.
During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.
“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”