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Sunday, October 11, 2009
Again, my generation was lucky enough to catch the last days of this popular icon of Nassau County (not to mention Brooklyn, Queens and New Jersey).
Located adjacent to the old Levittown Roller Rink, Jahn's was a mainstay of Levittown/East Meadow/Hicksville/Bethpage youth for over 70 years. I remember the first time I ever saw Space Invaders was at Jahn's, and I believe my mom had a birthday party for me there with my friends. I'm sure the famous Kitchen Sink sundae, which was this massive sundae with the works that served about 8 people, was what we gobbled down before skating it off at the rink.
I was very lucky to have been able to experience this "old fashioned" ice cream parlor, as there are not too many around these days.The last restaurant of the franchise still exists in Jackson Heights, and plans are definitely in the works to make a trip out there before its too late.
Footage of the original Jahn's in Queens located at Hillside and Myrtle that is now gone, quite sadly: