maju01 asked what my childhood was like, including where I grew up. I grew up in Island Park, New York, which is on the South Shore of Nassau County, Long Island. Island Park had a population of about 5000 on a good day and was the sort of place where streets were named after the family who lived on the corner house. But it was well known in the rock music world for a club called The Action House. (It actually had an earlier incarnation as the Shell House and later ones called Rockpile and Speaks, but it was The Action House through most of the time I was growing up.) Big names played there - The Mothers of Invention, Vanilla Fudge, The Velvet Underground, The Who, Cream, The Doors, The Grateful Dead, etc. We would stand by the side door and listen to bands rehearse.
Anyway, we lived on Carolina Avenue and The Action House was right across Austin Boulevard, one of the two streets that runs through Island Park. The other street that runs through town is Long Beach Road and across Carolina Avenue from that is the Plantation Motel, which advertised “low rates, short stays.” Let’s just say my parents used to call it the John Smith Motor Inn, after all of its customers. So people would pick up somebody at The Action House and zoom drunkenly down Carolina Avenue to the Plantation, and we had a lot of accidents on our block.
But here’s the really ridiculous part of the story. One of the reasons that they all drove down Carolina to get to the Plantation is that there are only a few streets that connect Austin Boulevard and Long Beach Road. Carolina Avenue is the only one of those thet is a two-way street. And all of the other streets are one-way … in the same direction!
Fifty or so years later, the site of The Action House is now a self-storage facility. The Plantation Motel gets 1-star on Yelp. There are rumors that a couple who were actually married to each other have stayed there, but I find that hard to believe. And all the other streets in the neighborhood are still one-way in the same direction. This entry was originally posted at https://fauxklore.dreamwidth.org/477448.html. Please comment there using OpenID.