Stores and apartments located at the corner of Woodfield Road and Eagle Avenue in Lakeview were devastated in a building fire on Sept. 19 that displaced 30 people.
“The business owners and those who lived there experienced a huge loss. So have the many inhabitants of the community who have treasured memories of operating stores, bars, upholsterers and butcher shops along that storefront as well as inhabiting the apartments above them,” said Lesly McAvoy, vice president of the West Hempstead Historical Society.
The corner at Woodfield Road and Eagle Avenue was first photographed around 1926, when schools closed for parades and buildings decorated windows to celebrate the very first electric train to run into Hempstead along the LIRR West Hempstead line, which stopped at the Lakeview train station.
“This event radically improved train reliability and took West Hempstead from a small agricultural community to an attractive area for commuters and home development,” McAvoy said.