Curt Carlson

Bay Shore culture

Early residents of Bay Shore earned their livelihoods by fishing, clamming and salt hay harvesting. When the railroad arrived in the mid-1800s, Bay Shore became a summer resort. However, when rail service expanded after World War I, tourists migrated east to the Hamptons. Movies replaced tourism as a major industry when the Vitagraph Film Studio opened in 1915. In the 1960s, Bay Shore fell on hard times and began a 20-year downturn. The community started to rezone, beautify and renew its spirit in the 1990s, which spurred downtown business and residential growth. Founded in 1985, the Bay Shore Historical Society preserves and displays many historical artifacts from the community at the Gibson-Mack-Holt House, a former residence built around 1820. You can also tour the grand Sagtikos Manor, built in 1692. In 1998, the band shell in the center of town opened for summer concerts, celebrations and parades. Additionally, Bay Shore hosts two major annual events: a Fourth of July celebration and an Arts and Crafts Festival in September. For the best local cultural events, visit the state-of-the-art YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts on Main Street. The 26I-seat stadium-style center stages theatrical productions, concerts, film, dance, cabaret, jazz, children's entertainment and more, including YMCA cultural arts events, lectures and seminars. In addition to entertainment, the Boulton Center reaches out to the community with classes in music, film, dance and spoken word.