Then-and-now photos: Mastic and Mastic Beach

Mastic and Mastic Beach

Visitors to Mastic and Mastic Beach might notice that some of the buildings look from another time. That’s because they are remnants of the communities’ historical past.

One historical site includes the “Old Mastic House,” inherited by William Floyd in 1755 from his father, Nicoll Floyd. His property was seized by the British army during the Battle of Long Island.

Floyd returned in 1783 to rebuild his estate from damages suffered from British occupation.

The current 25-room estate, on 613 acres, is open to the public from Memorial Day to Veterans Day.

Mastic Beach, a 90-minute drive from the city, attracts visitors with its quiet beachside life.

While driving down Neighborhood Road or Montauk Highway in Mastic, keep an eye out for these historic buildings.

William Floyd Estate

245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach

Owned by the Floyd family for over 250 years, the house was donated to Fire Island National Seashore in 1976.

The grounds are still open to the public.

Photo from the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Community Library
The William Floyd Estate was home to Long Island’s only signer of the Declaration of Independence. Photo by Carl Corry

Island Cinemas

1708 Montauk Hwy., Mastic

The current Island Cinemas was once the home of an A&P grocery store.

Photos from the Philip Trypuc Collection, courtesy of the Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library.
Island Cinemas at 1708 Montauk Hwy, Mastic, 2019.

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