Tanya's Daily Scoop CURRENTLY TRAVELING IN: LAKE TAHOE
Snow Much Fun!
Hiya Guys! I guess it's already Saturday! But who can really keep track of the days anymore?! And as much as I love the weekends, I really don't love the crowds that they bring to the ski resorts.
Cause guess what...we are hitting the slopes again today! And this time with Dave B. Dave C. is gonna take one more rest day and come back out and play with us tomorrow..
Speaking of playing, that is exactly what we did yesterday. Since we weren't hitting the runs, we went back to Brautovich Park to play in the snow. Making forts, snowmen, tunnels, and of course some good ol' sledding!
Dave and his snowman
Dominic partially in the tunnel.
After a few of us were soaked, the cold had got to us and hunger had hit, it was time to head back to the condo to nosh and change into some dry duds.
The gang finished up the San Francisco skyline jigsaw puzzle, and there was much hanging out - trip planning for me!!
Until it was time to head on down to Reno - The Biggest Little City in the World. And go pick up Birdwald Ponypants (have you been keeping track? That's Dave B.)
Wondering what trips I was working on??? I was working on a few things in Spain for our Spring Trip. I was also working on accommodations for our 2017 Euro Ski Circuit. And of course how can I forget our anniversary Euro trip this coming August. I can hardly contain how excited I am about all of this upcoming travel!!!
But for now I'm gonna focus back on the current trip and my favorite winter pastime - Skiing!!!
My fingers are crossed that the conditions held up and that we aren't skiing in slush today...
Time for me to go blow the bugle horn and wake the crew!
Have a Great Saturday & I'll see ya tomorrow, -T
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Air Flight History to Long Island's Shopping Mall, Roosevelt Field...
HAPPY SATURDAY!!! I hope you are doing well today! I know I'm feeling much better. My voice is almost back to normal...not quite, but way better.
The sun shining always helps too!
With today being "Shopping Saturday" on our blog, I decided to focus on a Long Island shopping mall - Roosevelt Field - which has its history in "flying."
Although, today it is an upscale shopping mall in Nassau County, Roosevelt Field has tremendous history on Long Island.
ROOSEVELT FIELD SHOPPING MALL, GARDEN CITY, NY (credit:
Roosevelt Field was originally an airfield and was used to train men to fly plaines during World War I.
In the 1920's it served as a flying club to many wealthy airplane owners as well as numerous pioneering aviators including Ameila Earhart and Wiley Post.
This location was brought international fame on May 20, 1927, when Charles Lindbergh departed in the Spirit of St. Louis, the first solo transatlantic flight from Roosevelt Field, New York to Paris.
The Airport Directory Company's 1937 Airports Directory tagged Roosevelt Field as "The Center of Commercial aviation in the east." According to the 1945 AAF Airfield Directory Roosevelt Field was 248 acres with three asphalt runways (the longest being the 2900 foot northeast/southwest strip) and eight hangars.
At the height of World War II, the airfield consisted of a total of 3 asphalt runways, parking ramps, six large hangars and numbers small hangars and other buildings.
At the time, it was located near the major aircraft manufacturing facilities of Grumman Chance Voight and Eastern Aircraft, so Roosevelt Field was commissioned as a Naval Air Facility in 1943.
As such, it was a pilot and ground training center and also a Modification Center for American aircraft being supplied to the British Royal Air Force.
It's mission was to deliver newly manufactured aircraft and in 2-1/2 years, Roosevelt Field delivered 6,662 aircraft!!
The airfield and golf course were replaced by Long Island's first and largest shopping mall Roosevelt Field. (credit: www.vanderbiltcupraces.com)
1n 1940, The Roosevelt Raceway, a half mile horse harness racing track, was built on the east side of the airfield. It was originally built as a motor raceway, and the home of the Vanderbilt Cup.
The raceway, the first track in the nation to run harness horses, remained there for 48 years, till it closed in 1988. In 2000, the raceway grandstand was torn down. Today, little remains of Roosevelt Raceway, other than the name, which still graces a shopping center and movie theater located on the former parking lot.
The site of the grandstand and track which lay vacant for years is now the site of a luxury condominium complex, Meadowbrook Pointe, which began operation in 2006. The area to the east, now a Home Depot, was the location of the stables. The last plot of Raceway property was converted into the Archstone Apartment complex.
In 1951, Roosevelt Field was closed and sold to real estate developers, Webb & Knapp and on August 22, 1956, Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall was opened. The original stores included Macy's, F.W. Woolworth, Walgreen Drug, Food Fair Supermarket, and Buster Brown Shoes.
Within the complex, it also contained a public auditorium, movie theatre and an outdoor skating rink!
In 1962, the mall was expanded with an additional 250,000 feet for Gimbel's and in 1972, a second major expansion was completed which added a third-level and 260,000 feet for J.C. Penney.
An upper level of stores and food court was established in 1993. This year, Roosevelt Field is completing another renovation with the addition of 100,000-square-foot building anchored by luxury department store Neiman Marcus.
Today, Roosevelt Field is the second largest high-end shopping mall in the state of New York and it is owned and managed by Simon Property Group.
Wow! I remember well the Roosevelt Raceway before it closed and was eventually torn down. A lost era here on Long Island.
I have not as yet visited the new Neiman Marcus, but I have been to the newly renovated mall, which now has a lovely food court and many new stores.
So, the next time you are at Roosevelt Field Shopping Mall or the movies or even Home Depot - try to imagine was once here on what was the "Hempstead Plains!".
Today, I'm heading out to the barn so the girlies can get their fix of riding! I'm still not 100% but the mere mention of not going almost set both kids into nervous breakdowns. So, I agreed to a half day.
I'm hoping to squeeze in a manicure later this afternoon as well.
Tomorrow I head to the Museum of the City of New York. More about that tomorrow!!!