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Have You Visited Any of Keith Haring’s Public Sculptures?

Have You Visited Any of Keith Haring’s Public Sculptures?

Seeing Haring’s public sculptures is always a treat for me. They hold a special place in my heart and imagination. His oft-whimsical and colorful forms tap into a place in my imagination that feels child-like.

He perfected saying so much with so little, leaving your imagination to do the rest.


Haring’s Public Sculptures Visited

Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) – San Francisco

At the tail end of a bicycle trip in Mammoth, California – we spent some time in San Francisco, before flying back home to New York. With no plan to be there, we found ourselves wandering around the city, just taking things in.

While walking outside of the de Young Museum, we were treated to this happy Haring piece:

Keith Haring – Untitled (Three Dancing Figures) – 1989

Haring in New Hyde Park, NY

Keith Haring created this piece as well as some interior murals for the then-named Schneider’s Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park, NY in 1987.

Today you’ll still be able to spot the sculpture it the courtyard of the newly-renamed Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

My Visitation Note

This photo was taken while doing a bit of a snap and go. Because I was on my motorcycle and look really tough (I don’t), I parked at the valet parking curb and walked over to take some photos.

Sometimes if I break the rules and do something like stick my teeny motorcycle somewhere it shouldn’t be – if I flip my helmet up, smile and act like everything is perfectly normal, no one says anything.

I’m not so sure I would have the same result in my car.

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Haring on Astor Place, NYC

Haring’s Self Portrait at 51 Astor Place in NYC, sits in the shadow of IBM’s Watson. It also has a big Koon’s bunny as a neighbor.

Both the Koons and the Haring are controversial pieces with many on both sides of the love/hate divide.

Put me firmly in the love column. They’re both my kind of not-so-serious.

Keith Haring – Self Portrait – 1989

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Hometown Haring – Kutztown, PA

On my way home from sleeping in a caboose, I stopped to visit Haring’s Figure Balancing On Dog at Kutztown Park in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

This piece pays tribute to the late artist in his hometown.

Visiting this one felt a little melancholy. This place where he began was a strange reminder that he is no longer here. What would his work have evolved into if he lived? Sadly, we’ll never know.

But, we can celebrate what is.

Keith Haring – Figure Balancing on Dog – 1989

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My Take-Home Thoughts

These simple shapes can prove difficult to photograph, for me. If you catch them on certain angles, some of the figures all but disappear. Is that his way of making us walk around the piece? Or is he directing us to the “correct” viewing position? I wish I knew.

After years of reading about his life, viewing his work, walking by Pop Shop when it was still open in New York, it seems like he’s always been a part of my consciousness.

How is it you can miss someone you never knew?

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Long Island Roadside Attractions You’ll Love – Updated for 2020!

Long Island Roadside Attractions You’ll Love – Updated for 2020!

Things to do on Long Island

Visit our Long Island Roadside Attractions!

What are some things to do on Long Island?

Many people know Long Island as home to beautiful beaches, the glamour of the Hamptons, quaint walkable towns, and wonderful wineries.

But we are also home to some famous roadside attractions like the Big Duck of Flanders. Make a stop at this roadside icon and visit the gift shop inside and learn the history of this programmatic architecture icon!

Where is the Big Duck?

The Big Duck is in the town of Flanders, New York.

Street Address: 1012 NY-24, Flanders, NY 11901

Can you go inside the Big Duck?

Yes! The inside of the Big Duck has historical photos and newsclippings as well as duck-related souvenirs.

The Big Duck is open 10-5 with the exception of Saturday, when it closes at 3.

Where is the Flying Pig?

Long Island’s flying pig is in Miller Place.

The Flying Pig Cafe
825 NY-25A
Miller Place, NY 11764

Many people know Long Island as home to beautiful beaches, the glamour of the Hamptons, quaint walkable towns, and wonderful wineries.

But we are also home to some seriously famous roadside attractions. We’ve got an icon that inspired an architectural term. Not to mention one of our roadside giants even had a cameo on an episode of The Sopranos.

So, let’s get this show on the road and explore Long Island and these Instagram-worthy wonders.

Long Island Roadside Attraction List


Long Island Roadside Attractions

The Big Duck of Flanders

The Big Duck - Flanders New York Long Island - Long Island Roadside Attraction Icon!

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Big Duck of Flanders is Long Island’s most recognizable roadside attraction, and one of the most recognizable and enduring examples of programmatic architecture. The term “duck” architecture is a nod to the Island’s beloved Duck.

The Big Duck was built in the early 1930s as an attraction to sell Peking ducks. Constructed with a frame made of wood, wire mesh was then attached and covered in cement. The Duck’s eyes are made from Ford Model-T taillights.

Each year at Christmastime, there is fun ceremonial lighting of the duck.

The inside of the Big Duck has historical photos and news clippings as well as duck-related souvenirs.

The Big Duck is open 10-5 with the exception of Saturday when it closes at 3.

Location:
The Big Duck is in the town of Flanders, New York.
Street Address: 1012 NY-24, Flanders, NY 11901
You can visit the outside of the duck at any time.


Riverhead Raceway’s Muffler Man Indian

Chief Running Fair

Muffler Man Indian Riverhead Long Island Raceway as seen on the Sopranos!

A list of Long Island roadside attractions would not be complete without a hat tip to our mufflerman.

This handsome silent sentry stands on the grounds of the Riverhead Raceway. He is Long Island’s only Muffler Man. Many folks will recognize him from an episode of the Sopranos where Tony walks in front of him at the raceway.

During Superstorm Sandy, Chief running fair was torn in half. The beloved icon was repaired and waves to the crowds once more.

Location: Riverhead Raceway – 1797 Old Country Road, Riverhead, NY


The Flying Pig of Miller Place

A symbol of overcoming impossible odds, this angelic pig takes flight in front of The Flying Pig Cafe in Miller Place.

Location: The Flying Pig Cafe
825 NY-25A Miller Place, NY 11764


Mr. Millennium – The Giant Snowman

Hamptons Giant Snow Man Mr. Millenium - a long island roadside attraction

The smiling snowman is nearly 20 feet tall and stands outside of North Sea Auto Radiator on Sandy Hollow Rd. I totally love his big mittens. They’re so cute! His plaque says he was made in the year 2000 and that his name is Mr. Millenium [sic].

Location: North Sea Auto Radiator-Towing – 25 Sandy Hollow Rd., Southampton, NY 11968


Keith Haring Sculpture – New Hyde Park

Keith Haring Sculpture in New Hyde Park

This untitled Keith Haring sculpture requires a little consideration as it is in the courtyard of a Children’s Hospital. You should probably park and approach on foot.

It is an excellent example of the late artist’s pop-style.

Location:
Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York
269-01 76th Avenue – New Hyde Park, NY 11040


Yarnbombed Trees of Stony Brook

There are 5 yarn-bombed trees at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook. Talk about Instagram-worthy!

Made up of over 250,000 feet of fabric cord, over 200 people volunteered their time to complete this project.

In 2019, the Long Island Museum welcomed a new yarn-bombed tree!

Location: The Long Island Museum
1200 New York 25A Stony Brook, NY 11790


Giant Corn on the Cob – Calverton

giant corn on the cob roadside attraction

Okay, how much do you love this giant corn on the cob? In the realm of giant roadside vegetables, this one really pops!

See what I did there? …I’ll show myself out.

Location:
Fox Hollow Farms
2287 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933


The Giant Rooftop Hotdog – Gone!

First National Franks Giant Hotdog Medford Long Island NY - GONE!

Update – July 2019

Sadly, the rooftop hotdog is no more. I’m leaving the photo in place as a memorial to its former greatness.

God speed, giant wiener.

Located on top of First National Franks in Medford, the giant rooftop wiener is a winner! You can ride to eat and see something kitschy in one shot. What’s better than that?

Former Location: 3147 Route 112 Medford, NY, 11763


The Pirate House – Miller Place

No doubt the neighbors of the Pirate House in Miller Place must get fed up with the gawkers who stop by for a look.

“The Connor Belle”

The local story that I have heard about this house is that the owner built this temple of pirating for his daughter who had a brain injury. It came in the wake of seeing her happy reaction to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride during a trip to Disney World. I cannot say if that is indeed true; it could just be an urban legend.

The house does have a notary public sign out front. Maybe you can get the scoop from the horse’s mouth while having a document notarized? Hmm…

Location: 9 Woodland Place Miller Place, NY 11764


Double Fiberglass Rooster Fantasy

Bello Poultry Farm in Holbrook has not one but TWO fiberglass roosters on their property. The rooster out front not only pulls a wagon, but has been outfitted to become a fountain.

On our last visit, we found the man out back laying down on the job.

Location: Bello Poultry Farm – 411 Union Ave, Holbrook, NY 11741


Casa Basso Restaurant – Westhampton

Casa Basso Westhampton Pirates
Castle at Casa Basso on Long Island
Musketeer at Casa Basso on Long Island - Roadside attraction

Nothing says delicious Italian food like a stucco castle with 2 Musketeers, a horse, a two-headed snake and a gold lion in the yard. From what I understand the food is actually quite good.  Go for the kitsch, stay for the pasta.

Location: 59 Montauk Highway Westhampton, NY 11977


Home Depot Cemetery – Commack

Commack's parking lot cemetery
Cemetery in Home Depot Parking Lot - Brindley Field - Commack New York

The Home Depot in Commack is now located on what was once a World War I airfield called Brindley Field. Prior to that, it was a farm. 

Today it has an interesting secret “hidden” in plain sight; the Burr Family cemetery plot. As people go shuffling by with their carts full hammers and nails, many do not even realize the tree-lined little square houses a handful of tombstones.

Location: Home Depot 5025 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY


The Giant Bull of Calverton

Long Island Bull Statue Calverton -one many long island roadside attractions

I happened upon this guy while cruising around. He stands inside the pen of a private farm. Between you and me, I like him so much more than the oft-talked about Smithtown bull. In the battle of Long Island’s big bovines? This guy is tops.

Location: Wading River Manor Rd. Calverton, NY


Baby Yoda Cheeseburger Mural – Huntington

This Baby Yoda holding a cheeseburger mural is a stunner! Painted by Andaluz the Artist, who also gave us the Pokemon Wall – you’ll find it on the back-side of Burgerology, facing the municipal parking lot in Huntington.

Location: 308 Main St, Huntington, NY 11743
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Atlantic Seafood’s Shark Mouth Door – Center Moriches

Atlantic Seafood Shark Door - Long Island Roadside Attraction

The Shark Mouth door of the Atlantic Seafood restaurant always makes me smile. It’s amazing how many locals don’t know the name of the place and just call it ‘the shark mouth.’ View on flickr

Location: 125 Main St Center Moriches, NY


The Cement Sphinx of Bayport

Cement Sphinx Bayport Long Island New York

A Long Island landmark since 1911.

“She who climbs the Sphinx’s head, a millionaire will surely wed.” Unfortunately, ladies, the sphinx gives mixed messages with its No Climbing sign. Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.

Location: 890 Montauk Hwy, Bayport, NY


Nipper the Dog – Babylon

Nipper Plessers Appliances Babylon - a long island roadside attraction


This 6ft tall fiberglass Nipper the dog stands at the front door of Plesser’s Appliances in the town of Babylon. He’s a town favorite!

Location: 6 E Main St Babylon, New York 11702


Roy Lichtenstein Sculptures: Tokyo Brushstroke I & II – Water Mill

roy lichtenstein tokyo brush stroke sculptures on long island - roadside attraction
roy lichtenstein tokyo brush stroke sculptures on long island - roadside attraction

The Parish Art Museum in Water Mill proudly displays two of the Pop Art giant Roy Lichtenstein‘s painted aluminum sculptures – Tokyo Brushstroke I & II.

You will find the pieces outdoors at the west driveway. They can be respectfully enjoyed even when the museum is closed.

Location: Parish Art Museum – 279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976


Drew Kane Chameleon Mural – Riverhead

chameleon mural in roverhead new york

Artist Drew Kane’s chameleon mural blends in with the foliage on East Main in Riverhead, New York. The courtyard in front of the First Congregational Church of Riverhead is where it calls home.

Location: Benjamin Place, Riverhead, NY
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Yaphank Garage – Yaphank

Long island roadside attraction the yaphank garage - vintage gas shell station

The Yaphank Garage, a former 1930’s Shell Service Station and Garage is a beautifully restored local time capsule. It is one of my favorite Long Island roadside attractions.

The Suffolk County Police Historical Society has restored the Yaphank Garage. Mannequins and display boards tell the story of how a small community service station and its local constable worked together to serve their citizens in the 1930’s and 40’s.

The Yaphank Historical Society

Location: 3 Yaphank Ave, Yaphank, NY 11980
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Toothy Fish Mural – Seaford

You can’t help but smile when you see the toothy fish mural outside of this pediatric dentist office.

Location:
Wantagh Seaford Pediatric Dentistry – 3426 Merrick Rd, Seaford, NY 11783
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Jaws III Plow Train – Greenport

Jaws the plow train is an oft-photographed site from the town of Greenport. Can you imagine what a sight it must’ve been tearing through snow on the tracks with its ferocious snarl?

Location: Railroad Museum of Long Island – 440 4th St, Greenport, NY 11944
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Pokemon Mural – Huntington

Painted by Andaluz the Artist in 2016, the Pokemon wall mural is incredible. Talk about Instagram-worthy!

Location: 231 Broadway, Huntington, NY 11743
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Dan Riding a Lobster – Southampton

Roadside Attraction Statue of Dan Riding a Lobster in Southampton, NY

When traveling east on Sunrise Highway, at the corner of Hills Station Road, you will see a curious sight. It’s Dan Rattiner of Dan’s Papers astride a lobster welcoming you to the Hamptons.

Giddyup!

Location: On the Corner of Hills Station Road & Route 27, Southampton, NY
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I hope that you’ve found this list helpful and fun. My goal is to create the ultimate list of Long Island Roadside Attractions over time. Keep checking back for new additions!

Well, What are You Waiting For?

You’ve got your list of awesome Long Island roadside attractions. Now it’s time to get to moving.

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