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May 18, 2009

Tractor for Sale

Filed under: East End by Bill @ 5:22 am

You have no idea how bad I want to buy this tractor. If you’ve driven on Rt. 25 on the north fork lately you may have seen it. Never mind that I have no idea what I would actually do with it (other than ride in circles in my backyard). I just want it. Only $2500! It’s killing me to just let it sit there.

1950ish Ford tractor

I’ve had this infection ever since I was a kid. I think it started after my first trip to City of Glass on Melville road. Do you remember those giant green houses? There’s nothing but condos there now. It was either that or the TV show “Modern Farmer.” At 6am every Saturday I was glued to the television.

If you’re into this farm stuff like I am you might want to check out The Barns of the North Fork. The book documents all 734 of Long Island’s north fork barns and includes beautiful photographs of 150 of them. It’s much cheaper that a tractor and takes up a lot less room too.


  1. I remember those green houses too! Cool tractor.

    Comment by Lily — May 28, 2009 @ 6:13 pm

  2. Hi there, I remember my Dad taking me to City of Glass in the 1950’s. I’ve been looking for a reference to it and came upon your blog.

    Recently on a bus trip from Long Island, I passed Hicks Nurseries and thought they might have been “City of Glass” at one time. I researched their history, they were not, and came upon your reference.

    Comment by Mary Ross — August 29, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  3. I believe City of Glass was also known as Arcadian (Acadian?) Gardens. If you remember that, you must surely remember Stern’s Pickle Factory nearby. I was in that place all the time until it closed in 1985. I miss it so.

    Comment by Bill — August 30, 2009 @ 4:50 am

  4. The City of Glass was a very cool place on Melville Rd while I was growing up in the 60s. One fun thing was an old Franklin half-dollar that was varnished into the floor by a cash register. A newbie to the store would bend down to pick it up and bust their knuckles trying to get their fingers around it.

    They moved to a location south of Sunrise for a while, but that site too is gone.


    Comment by charlie — January 6, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

  5. I vaguely remember that coin… Welcome to the site, Charlie, and good luck with those cars.

    Comment by Bill — January 7, 2010 @ 7:34 am

  6. I spent many days riding my dirt bike in the sand pit behind The City of Glass as a kid in the 70’s and early 80’s. My father would take me there in his International Scout 11 and watch me ride for hours. My friends Pete, Rich, and Joey would also get their machines there and “whale” as we would call it. There were usually a couple of beginner hang gliders practicing their launches off of the edge of the pit up in the hills. We were never chased out of there. I remember police pulling in on their breaks to just to watch all the fun. After the ride my Dad would take me to Roy Rogers for a roast beef sandwich. The perfect end to a perfect day. Simpler times! Now its just a bunch of houses.

    Comment by vic — September 28, 2010 @ 10:56 pm

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