The 591-bed Winthrop University Hospital, along with several Nassau County courthouses, sits squarely in the heart of Mineola. Together they provide steady traffic for a lot of smaller businesses in town, says Michael Nordon, a partner at Sir Speedy printing center (250 Jericho Tpk.). The town also offers a variety of good places to eat, including several Portuguese restaurants, says Nordon, 28.
Recent college graduate Deena Siderakis, 26, just moved home to Long Island to start her job-hunt. Her first stop, after dropping her luggage off at dad’s house in nearby Albertson, was O’Carroll’s Recovery Room Bar & Grill across from the Mineola LIRR. “I came here with my moving buddies to wait for the train and to show them where I used to come a lot three years ago before I left for school,” she says.
The bar and grill, which was recently renovated, is conveniently located next to the LIRR and a great place to hang out, she says. “This is a good station because the trains run to the city about every 20 minutes both ways, and you can get an express,” she adds.
Other attractions in Mineola
» Healing power
Learn 400-year-old healing arts at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (155 First St.), or just stop by for acupuncture treatments. www.nyctcm.edu.
Take in a bit of history at the 148-year-old Davenport Press Restaurant (70 Main St.). Originally a bank, the building was taken over by a printing firm before converting to the eatery it is today. There’s dancing and a keyboardist playing ‘70s and ‘80s music on Fridays and Saturdays. www.davenportpress.com.