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Syosset Then and Now: Carnival Room

What is this restaurant today?

Syosset Then and Now: Carnival Room Syosset Then and Now: Carnival Room

The bustling little Long Island town of Syosset has had many facelifts over the years. Original structures have been remodeled and replaced, leaving just a shadow of the good old days of horse-drawn carriages and general stores.

But if you look closely, sometimes you can see old Syosset hidden among the new constructions. We'll be bringing you back to the old Syosset with the help of Syosset Scrapbook and helpful photo donors.

Last week, we asked readers to Patch reader was the first to correctly identify it as Thistleton, Robert Elliot Tod's summer estate.  

Tod, who supported Thomas E. Dewey in the 1944 presidential election against FDR, shot himself in his Thistleton bedroom two days after the election, according to Syosset Scrapbook.

An account on Syosset Scrapbook from Richard Jay Hutton read:

...Roosevelt was a shoo-in for his fourth term and Tod was practical enough to know that. The reason we have always been given for his death was the Navy’s refusal to let him serve in WWII. He had been a highly decorated veteran of WWI and the French government gave him their highest civilian award. He thought his talents should be put to work in WWII but he was too old. Supposedly he had just received a letter from some junior clerk in Washington telling him that his services were not required.

Congratulations to rena damon and great conversation by everyone else!

This week's assignment is to figure out what the Carnival Room is today. This Syosset restaurant and cocktail lounge was a hot spot for pizza, beers, and drinks.

Give us your best historic guesses in the comments below!

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