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Should we do it again? A Roslyn Country Club Civilian Surveillance Network?

Security has always been at the heart of Roslyn Country Club. From the earliest days, the community came together to fund safety and health initiatives (1949, Newsday). The neighborhood used to have private security (neighbors and then for-hire) patrolling the neighborhood.

There was also an internet surveillance system with private security cameras, tho there is mixed recollections of how that system was implemented. Webcams in the mid-90s were of a different caliber than they are today.

Today, we could create a similar system far more simply, without the high cost of maintenance, with each of us connecting a camera on our own property to our own centralized system. All who join could have access to all the cameras to monitor our neighborhood. It would be a voluntary system to enter, with probably a low monthly fee, but to enter, one would obviously need to be a resident of the neighborhood, and have a camera on their property facing the street that is part of the network.

The six red stars are all the points of entry for the whole neighborhood.
The 16 orange stars are the points of entry for each section.

WE could do it… again.

The Nearly Extinct Levitt & Sons Ranch House

One of the last remaining Levitt & Sons ranch houses are being knocked down to be replaced by a fancy new house. Few in original condition remain. This one on IU Willets Road even still had the television antenna.

362 IU Willets Road, September 12, 2022

Several scattered throughout the neighborhood still exist. Hopefully some will be preserved…

Comment with the address of any original, or close to original, remaining ranch houses so they can be photographed and added to this list.

Facebook post and discussion on Roslyn Country Club Page

Long Island History Facebook Group discussion

Assemble again for Our Neighborhood

The next full moon shall rise on September 10 at around 7:45pm.

Weather permitting, let us convene again at the corner of Saddle and Club to discuss the neighborhood and finding paths forward to reopen our Roslyn Country Club.

Last full moon, we had a gathering, that was perhaps not announced with clear and proper notice. Sorry!

This time, it is now announced that WE will convene on September 10 at 7pm. All in the neighborhood are welcome.

WE all shall have the opportunity to share our thoughts. If possible, we shall forge consensus on a path forward for those in union.

I again encourage all to walk. The neighborhood is quite beautiful when not driving or staring at these screens.

Why did Jon Kaiman abandon us? (Update: Welcome Back, Kaiman)

UPDATE 8/21/2022: Comment from Jon Kaiman Sunday evening regarding the Roslyn Country Club , while he was canvassing in the neighborhood:

Until September of 2013, Jon Kaiman was leading the efforts to turn the Roslyn Country Club into a town park. Then, abruptly, he resigned to supposedly take a position with the state that needed his full time attention immediately!

Nearly 10 years later, after years of having a limited public profile, he’s running for the Democratic Party’s nomination for Congress. I reached out to his campaign to get a comment from him regarding the Roslyn Country Club, but no one responded.

Maybe he would use his power in Congress to turn the property into a park. It does have immense historic value. Or maybe, he will just abandon his congressional seat if something more appealing comes around. We simply do not know.

Below are a list of relevant articles from Jon Kaiman’s efforts for the Roslyn Country Club, but first, his washing his hands clean of it:

Video of Jon Kaiman explaining a path forward for RCC in 2011:


More articles in the 21st Century History section

Assemble for Our Neighborhood

8/11/22 UPDATE 2: Thanks for those who came out, and especially the neighbor who stopped to chat. Be sure the check out the Sturgeon Moon and the Perseids meteor shower, visible now!

there’s the moon…

8/11/22 UPDATE 1: 8.11.22 @ ~8pm / south west corner of Club and Saddle. Let’s chat.

As the next full moon rises in four weeks time, weather permitting, we shall convene a gathering of anyone in the neighborhood that is interested in discussing ways to unite our community and reestablish the Roslyn Country Club.

It will be in the center of the neighborhood, where we shall be able to properly socially distance in a safe environment.

WE all shall have the ability to share our thoughts. If possible, we shall forge consensus on a path forward for those in union.

I encourage all to walk. The neighborhood is beautiful when not driving or staring at these screens.

Specific coordinates to be announced as the date approaches.


Clark Botanic Garden is the Former Estate of Greenville Clarke, World Peace Advocate

Grenville Clark, an international attorney who was active in world peace efforts and an advisor in governmental affairs, donated his estate to create Clark Botanic Gardens.

Clark was a drafter of the United Nations Charter, author of A Plan for Peace and co-author of the acclaimed World Peace Through World Law.

He was an advisor to four United States Presidents, founder of the Military Training Camp Association (1917) and leader of the Plattsburg movement, and author of the Selective Service Act of 1940.

Clark organized the two Dublin Peace Conferences, held at the Morse Farm in 1945 and 1965, out of which grew the United World Federalists.

Grenville Clark died in 1967.

Grenville Clark’s former home became Clark Botanical Gardens, which he donated to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden‘s upon his death:

Founded in 1969 and originally called the Fanny Dwight Clark Memorial Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, the garden was gifted by Grenville Clark, in memory of his late wife Fanny Dwight Clark.

The Town of North Hempstead acquired the park in 1989 with a conservation easement, which legally obligated the Town to conduct the garden as a botanic garden, as distinguished from a park, and to fulfill its purpose of practicing horticulture and horticultural education. Clark Botanic Garden is now part of the Town’s parks system.

The history… goes back to 1966, when the Grenville Clark donated 12 acres and his family’s home on I.U. Willets Road in Albertson, New York, to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in memory of his late wife Fanny Dwight Clark. The purpose of the gift was to create a small community garden, a suburban outpost of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to preserve the property in perpetuity.