Syosset Then and Now: Carnival Room

What is this restaurant today?

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!

RR August 10, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Bella Notte
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA August 11, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I recognize the roofline immeditately. It was, also, the "Upper Deck"
Carl Friedrich August 11, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Genevieve Swiencki Frink August 11, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Genevieve Swiencki Frink I remember going there with dates in the later years of 1940's. It was thee place at that period of time to have fun in Syosset.
Heather Doyle (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Right, it looks the same today, just with a different name! So it was the Carnival Room, Upper Deck, and Bella Notte. Any other names?
Papa Tom August 12, 2012 at 01:54 AM
I've never been able to confirm this, but a long-time Syosset resident told me several years ago that either the second wife or a daughter of legendary slugger Babe Ruth once threw a party at the Carnival Room. Claire Ruth died in 1976 and is buried next to The Babe in Hawthorne, NY.
John August 12, 2012 at 02:11 PM
It was never Christiano's.
Papa Tom August 12, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hey...NOTHING was ever Christiano's!


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