Save the Valencia Tavern!

The Valencia is one of Huntington's most iconic taverns. At almost 100 years of age, this local watering hole is the second oldest bar in town. Now this historic establishment, the one-time haunt of famed Long Islanders like Billy Joel, is being threatened by developers. They want to tear down the Valencia and build yet another generic mixed-use property in its place. We feel that demolishing the Valencia would do irreparable harm to the fabric of the community. As a town that cares about its heritage, we strongly request the Town Board and Council to consider the importance of this establishment, and to reject the planned development. We ask them to intervene to protect the Valencia, and to support our efforts to get landmark status for this piece of Huntington history.

What makes the Valencia so special isn't just its storied past, but the community that can be found within its walls. A truly local bar, the Valencia brings together people from every generation (over 21!) and walk of life. Whether it's hosting the local darts championship year after year, or providing a venue for a joyful rock-and-roll holiday concert just before Christmas, the Valencia is where Huntingtonians come together to laugh, chat, and mingle with friends and strangers alike. It is a place where grandparents can bring their grandsons and granddaughters to have a beer and view the vast collection of historical photographs lining the bar's walls that provide glimpses of Huntington over the past 150 years.

We all know that our history is precious, and disappearing. New, generic, bland businesses line the streets of most American towns. They are a dime a dozen, interchangeable and soulless. We forget at our own peril that not all the value of a town is monetary or increased by a speedy real estate deal. The value of a town is its people, its heritage, its community. Once a place like the Valencia closes, that value is lost and can never be fully recovered. Please help us save the Valencia!

Update #26 years ago
A heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone thus far who has signed this petition in an effort to save a vital part of what little is left of Huntington's heritage. There is a Town Board meeting this coming TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 6TH at 2PM at Town Hall, 100 Main St. in Huntington Village. We would truly appreciate the presence of anyone who is able to attend and speak out against this proposal, which would destroy the Tavern and two historic homes, as well as aggravate the fragile local environment.
Update #16 years ago
THANK YOU for signing this petition! We need your help: there's a Town Hall meeting TOMORROW, Tues 1/23, in rm 104, 100 Main St, Huntington. It's at 7 pm 1/23. A reporter from Newsday will be there - our chance to get our opposition to the destruction of the Valencia on the record. We can win this: at 7 pm, when there's public comment open, please speak up. "I'm opposed to the proposal to tear down the Valencia and replace it with a mixed use development because..." It won't take long! Thanks!
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