Saturday, August 2, 2014

My Town in Three Photos - Babylon, Long Island

By Christina Lorenzen

Babylon is a small village on Long Island located at the 'tail' of New York state. Though Babylon Village is a part of the Babylon township consisting of a dozen towns, with a population of just over 12,000, the village has a cozy 'everyone knows everyone' feel to it. Residents of the village enjoy certain amenities that are exclusive to them alone, such as the village beach and pool. Situated on the Great South Bay, the village has a beach town feel to it all year round.


This first picture is my church, the First Presbyterian Church of Babylon. was built in 1730. The steeple of the church can be seen from all directions on Main Street where it has been located from the beginning. Each day at noon the church bells chime and it's quite lovely to hear them as you're walking about or shopping. Next to the church there is an old house that for many years was the office building of the Babylon Christian School. Unfortunately, due to a drop in enrollment, the school closed years ago but former students still to this day talk about the wonderful learning environment the school was. 


Glen's Dinette has been the local place to eat since 1948. A small cozy eatery, there are only a dozen tables inside. What sets Glen's apart is the original, old fashioned lunch counter complete with red vinyl upholstered stools. In Glen's everyone does know everyone, there's always a smile and a big hello. The food is great and the prices are reasonable. The interior of Glen's takes you back in time, especially the nostalgic pictures on the walls and advertisements for Coca Cola for only five cents. Unlike today's fast food places, they only serve breakfast and lunch and their doors are locked by  4pm. 


This last picture is a look down the sidewalk of Main Street, Babylon. Though it sounds typical of any other Main Street, USA, this Main Street is filled with unique mom and pop shops offering a mix of eclectic items from designer handbags to handmade jewelry. What I love most is that these merchants often feature products from local artists, whether it be a painting, jewelry or candles. There are no big box stores here in Babylon Village and you won't find any two stores with the same products. There's Kilwin's the candy store that features it's signature chocolates and ice cream. Among the mix are a children's clothing store that also offers one of a kind birthday parties, a handbag store, a stationary store with every kind of journal you can think of, an antique shop where the owner is as old as her wares and a surf shop because the close proximity of the water means swimming, surfing, paddle boarding and boating. 


Babylon Village is the ideal place to live if you love small town life! 




  1. I lived in Seaford, Long Island during my four high school years. Loved it there. Never visited Babylon. Wish I had. :)

  2. What a cute place! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Looks like such a peaceful place! When I think of Long Island I automatically think of NYC, and all the traffic. Thanks for sharing your pictures.

  4. Charming hometown! I enjoyed the pics.

  5. Loved the pictures...thanks for the post.

    1. Glad you liked them, Angela! Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Lucie, I drive through Seaford whenever I drive to my parents house!

  7. Thanks Krysten! It really is adorable!

  8. Patricia, a lot of people think exactly as you did when they hear you live in NY. Most people don't realize that there is more to NY than the NYC (where all the noise and concrete is lol). We have great beaches and we even have vineyards further out east. We do have some traffic but it's really a peaceful little town.