Question of the Day: What Glen Cove Doesn't Have Downtown

What retailers or restaurants would you most like to see come to the city's business district?

The city announced Tuesday that a team of consultants will be working for the next month to create a comprehensive study of Glen Cove's downtown, collecting data and opinions in order to judge what Glen Cove has and what it needs.

One aspect will be to ascertain what stores and restaurants people want to have downtown.

Have a type of restaurant you've always wished were there? How about a store you have to leave town to find that could fit here? 

Tell us your ideas in the comments.

Pazzo August 09, 2012 at 01:34 PM
An Apple Store.
Joan Nacinovich August 09, 2012 at 02:32 PM
Ana August 09, 2012 at 03:08 PM
A place for teens to have fun and stay out of trouble
DJ August 09, 2012 at 04:06 PM
The Glen Cove Youth Bureau located on Glen Street is a place for kids to have fun and don't get in trouble. They have video games, computers, Wii, Xbox, and other table games. The people in charge are very good and responsible.
Dave Nieri August 09, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Wishing for your favorite store or restaurant to come to Glen Cove won't make it happen. There has to be a chance for the business to survive. Each major business will have to look at the demographics and potential customer base before they decide to invest in this community. This is what we will pay the consultants hundreds of thousands of dollars to explain to us. The only business that really thrives in Glen Cove is a consultant. There! I just explained if for free - best bargain of the day.
cc August 09, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The only thing that has a chance is a new mayor and new do nothing city council.
Debbie Dee August 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I say something like an Old Navy where men and women can shop...Love Annie Sez but don't think my son would look good in anything...Years ago we had clothes stores and shoe stores and we never had to run out of town for a last minute gift or outfit...
Donna Stanco August 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
There should be more clothes stores to shop in for men, woman n kids.... N a Panera Bread would be good........lol
Christopher Conklin August 09, 2012 at 06:04 PM
I agree with Debbie about the stores. Even years ago most of the shops here were high end boutiques. Years ago my late mother was so happy to see Sweezy's come to town, and sad when it closed. She liked having store which felt like the old Gertz, where she could shop locally.
Sara Whitehair August 09, 2012 at 08:31 PM
I would love to see a Trader Joe's or a small, upscale grocery store in town. I miss living in an area where I can walk to buy daily groceries. Also quite necessary is a Gap, old Navy, express, children's Place, or other retail clothing store. I specifically moved to Glen Cove so that I could walk downtown and shop. My mistake was that there are no good stores to shop at. Here's what we do NOT need downtown: a nail place, a spa, a restaurant, a dollar store, or a pizzeria.
Roy Biggins August 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If it's not a pizzeria, chances are Glen Cove needs it. A Trader Joe's would be outstanding. Also, we lack for a decent vegetarian restaurant.
cc August 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
All these ideas are great, but get real none of this is going to happen in Glen Cove. Maybe the mayor will find locations for retailers to occupy empty space rent free and no taxes for ten years. We are a dead city at the end of a dead end road. We need fresh innovative people who do not have vested interest with the realtors who have destroyed the city. Starting with the garages that are empty. a Staples shopping center. Nothing has been thought out, just build and build and have empty stores. We will have a ferry terminal and no ferry. A Piazza and more empty stores with high end apartments. Where are all the Avalon shoppers? Dream on people of GC, as we are sold a pipe dream.
Eileen Coles August 09, 2012 at 11:18 PM
A Barnes & Noble would be cool. I also agree with Sara on all points. Trader Joe's and a mainstream retail clothing store. Here's a really radical idea: a microbrewery! Which I actually could probably assist with since I've been part of the local homebrewing scene for close to 20 years now...I know a lot of people in the industry. Garrett Oliver (brewmaster for Brooklyn Brewery) founded the homebrewer's club I belong to. Other members and/or friends of mine have brewed for Six Point, Wandering Star, Long Island Meadery and with one degree of separation, Captain Lawrence. Wouldn't it be cool if Glen Cove had it's own home made frosty libations? If anyone wants to go there talk to me, I can probably find a way to facilitate it.
cc August 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
Great to be a dreamer. What makes you think BN would even consider GC?
CP August 10, 2012 at 12:49 AM
A Walmart
Ms. A.J August 10, 2012 at 04:04 AM
To Eileen:As much as some would like it... a microbreweryi is NOT what Glen Cove needs. We really don't need any more people riding around town after frosty libations. An ESSENTIAL is, as you say , "a mainstream clothing store"
Eileen Coles August 10, 2012 at 05:37 AM
The problem is there are people around here who treat beer like a drug instead of a beverage. Those idiots are still going to swill their post-Prohibition near beer in excess and then get behind the wheel no matter what. Homebrewers and microbrewers treat what they make as an art, with respect. That respect tends to translate to the people who seek out and drink these quality beverages. I work too hard to make my brew to abide it's getting treated like Budweiser by some frat boy type. If I were producing it commercially it certainly wouldn't price out like Budweiser, I'll tell you that.
Eileen Coles August 10, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I am pretty sure my husband and I are not the only ones in Glen Cove who still actually read books, cc, and B&N also carries movies and music.
Deborah Gordon August 10, 2012 at 11:21 AM
Panera where Ruby Tuesdays was would be great. I agree with Trader joe too.
Pazzo August 10, 2012 at 01:21 PM
The microbrewery sounds like a good one. B&N would be great, but e-books are hurting the "brick and mortar" bookstores.
BAM! August 10, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I'm incredibly happy to see downtown GC have a variety store back. I believe it's called Life's ABC's, located on the corner, next to Downtown Cafe. I've been telling everyone about it. I've been in there several times and still haven't really seen everything they sell. I tell people, if you set a budget of $20 for yourself going in there, bring $50! You're definitely coming out of there with more than you planned. And although Staples is occasionally useful, I'd love to see a Trader Joe's, Walmart or Old Navy there.
Christian August 10, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Someplace to have a good time !!! Very buisness unfriendly !!!!
Lou August 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM
We need a new social club!
Alan Stone August 11, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Another Survey??? Pulleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze!!What they need down town actually in City Hall are some people that will work on getting some industry back to Glen Cove..Every "pohdunk" city down South has a team of people actively soliciting foreign corporations to" set-up shop" in their little hamlets...Come on !!Get those politicos off their butts and send them looking for BiZZZ!!!
Eileen Coles August 13, 2012 at 03:03 PM
DJ that's great but how will the county's funding cuts impact that choice?
cc October 02, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Forward thinking politicians?? You have to be joking? They are working at getting elected over and over. What we need are term limits to get get rid of the the politician for life mentality. Maybe better yet a ferry terminal. Or even a water front development? Another Avalon?
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Ms. A.J November 21, 2012 at 05:23 AM
and There are too many empty stores along Forest Avenue as of now. We need clothing stores for women and children. There are too many nail salons,.dollar stores and pizza restaurants. We HAD an IHOP pancake house, Boston Market and Ruby Tuesdays and a steakhouse that are no longer here. Only their empty shells remain. We have Annie Sez and a small womens clothing shop across from St. Patricks Church, which puts provocative clothing on its manequins in the windows...wiith no respect for the Church across the street. Glen Cove used to be a beautiful North Shore..Gold Coast suburban town. Over the years it is losing its beauty with the dividing of its beautiful ESTATES into smaller parcels with apartment-dwellings Dollar stores and nail salons. Hopefully, the Mayor and City Council and the developers in this town, will try to preserve some of the beauty that remains here. The development of THE MANSION property is truly destroying the gem of this city. The former HARRISON HOUSE and its surrounding property are known by many has the "attraction" of this city. The traffic up and down Walnut Road extension is bad enough now, imagine what it will be after the addition of so many dwellings on that property???


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