Raleigh Farms, Flynn Realty, Winners in St. Pat's Awards

Honors given to best float and best show of Kings Park Pride.

Raleigh's cottage on wheels, complete with farm animals and Flynn's Realty were both honored by the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.

The Claddagh Trophy was presented to Raleigh's farm for having the best in show float as decided by the committee.

Flynn Realty and Insurance was honored with the Shamrock for having the best decorated storefront and representing true Kings Park Pride, judged by the Kings Park Civic Association's Beautifcation Committee.

New to KP March 23, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Flynn's Reality winning an award for this is comical. They are one of the reasons that Main Street looks the way it does. Please don't encourage them to continue their stellar work. http://kingspark.patch.com/articles/civic-to-main-street-landlords-clean-up-your-act “Larry Flynn, who owns Flynn Realty, said he manages the building as well as several others in the town including the buildings occupied by Fisher Books, Olde Tyme Candy and Magic Sauce.”
Dan March 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Bravo to Raleigh. A mere few hours after the parade I was in their shop and they were gladly serving up my order of chicken breasts and a flat of eggs. They are a true asset to KP.
Tim ENPT March 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Congratulations to Al & Kathy @ Raleigh Farms!!!
kptree March 25, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Ah, "New to KP" must have moved here from under the Troll Bridge. Its residents are known for making malicious, unfounded comments that reflect their lack of knowledge and intelligence. Welcome, "New to KP" - you will fit right in with a certain subset of Patch commenters!
new guy March 25, 2012 at 02:49 PM
why does almost every artical on patch create personal attacks? it doesnt matter who owns the buildings or who manages them. the bottom line is main street is in bad shape. the gray building next to russ savatt park is in horrible shape. at the very least its a very bad fire trap. the first floor has only one basement size window that you could'nt escape from, the rear door is pad locked from the outside. so if there was a fire the only way out is the front of the building....just nee to hope the fires not near the front of the building. the second story is in horrible shape. it still has broken windows with pigeons living up there. the building on the other side of ralphs ices is no better. these and other propertys on main street nee to be looked at and either repaired or condemnd. i wish the town board could look into buying some of these propertys and tear them down and make some of street parking for the other buissness's. converting the russ savatt property to a sitting area was a good start. no doubt ralphs ices has been a positive addition to this town. (we only lost 6 parking spots but gained two in the street).
KP_Pride March 25, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Something needs to be done to improve Main Street. There is no reason that our Main Street couldn't look like what they have done in Port Jefferson, Stony Brook, Huntington, or Cold Spring Harbor. We have a lot of potential and need people to "step-up" and not to settle. Individuals (especially those who have been here for a long time and who are directly involved with what is going on in the Main Street buildings) should be trying to improve our town. Is everyone involved really looking out for the best interest of Kings Park?
kptree March 25, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Yes, actually, KP_Pride there is a very good reason our main street doesn't look like Stony Brook, Port Jefferson or Cold Spring Harbor. Stony Brook was created from whole cloth by Ward Melville- it was planned to look like a "colonial village". Cold Spring Harbor hasn't been a working class area since the 1850s- its residents have been the "carriage trade" for a long time. CSH and Port Jefferson both share the lure of the water directly insight- a big difference when attracting both tourist dollars and business.
kptree March 25, 2012 at 09:53 PM
@Hometown- you know you are welcome to call Code Enforcement about your perception of the conditions of those buildings. My hunch is that the buildings are all up to code. As a matter of fact, the Patch article written about the white building confirmed that no summonses were issued- so the building is not only habitable but not even close to "condemnable". The fact is that Patch commenters can make all sort of allegations and nasty comments about some of the Main St. landlords but that is easy to do when you have no absolutely no idea of the history or circumstances involved with owning real estate in Kings Park. First of all, in order to get permission to renovate or change zoning to bring in a lucrative tenant you need to go thru the Smithtown Zoning Board. You know, the same ones who will not let a new animal hospital come into the old Clubhouse property. A new hospital that would entirely gut and renovate a vacant eyesore. Well, the Zoning Board has been shooting down new business and change in KP for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it was personal and sometimes it was just because they have a history of just saying no. So if you are a landlord hoping to attract the type of tenant with money to put into remodeling a building or will pay you enough rent to make necessary improvements you are out of luck.
kptree March 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Then there is just the fact that Kings Park has for most of its history been a working class town. Buildings were put up as needed from the late 1800s until now. In the 50s and 60s when veterans and homeowners began to move "out east" stores were expanded by putting wooden storefronts. The charming brick details were lost for the most part as the stores expanded for the increasing population. There was no central planning like in Stony Brook nor tourist dollars like in Northport and Port Jefferson. So imagine you are a landlord with a property in Kings Park. It has to pay for itself- right? The money you make has to pay for taxes, if you have a note on the property, etc. Your cost expenditures can't outweigh the profit. What do you do if you can't attract tenants who will pay enough rent to renovate (and considering the age of the buildings that isn't just a new storefront)? The hatred and venom directed toward the Flynns is just plain lazy and ignorant. At least Sean and the KPCA try to work with the landlords to change conditions instead of attacking them anonymously on the Patch. If you want change in Kings Park stop making nasty unsubstantiated comments and join their organization. Find out how you can encourage the Smithtown Zoning Board to allow more business to come into Kings Park. Fundraise for planters or light poles. Start a Beautification arm of the KPCA. Stop attacking families like the Flynns who have supported Kings Park in ways you can only imagine.
new guy March 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
kptree....where did i get nasty or attack the flynn family? also you are also posting anonymously....so get off your high horse. theres two extensions on the back of that building that dont comply. thats why improvements wont be done to that building. the owner will then need to answer to all the problems with that building. you seem to be close with the family that "maintains" that building so maybe you might want to share with us, why isnt the second story of that building rented...or better yet how come its never even been offered for rent. i know....do you? the flynns are surely not bad people, but please dont make them out to be saints. inexpenise paint, some clapboard repairs and some cheap single pain glas would help that building out. are you aware that when it rains the tenants on the first floor get watet in there store, from above? to answer your comment about knowing whats involved with renovating a comercial property, yes i'm aware of whats involved. take a look at how nice the tennis time(ralphs ices) building looks. so it can be done. kptree i read old post and now this one and you always seem to flair up whenever this building is brought up.
new guy March 25, 2012 at 11:49 PM
that plus how you love to go on and on about kp history makes me believe that you are really larry flynn or someone real close to him. one last thing....in case of a fire in the foyer of your building, how are the tenants getting out? now maybe take some of your own advice and dont insult or try to talk down to me in your reply. it makes you look not so smart. just angry. god bless.
new guy March 25, 2012 at 11:50 PM
i didnt mean tennis time in the above post.
new guy March 25, 2012 at 11:55 PM
also i'll admit your right. we should flood public safety with complaints about these propertys. from the disrepair to the vinyl siding which is a code violation on commercial property. i will say larrys own real estate building looks nice, always has because its brick faced. we need help on main street, or even some kind of plan.
kptree March 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Again, Hometown, if you are so concerned about the conditions of the building make a report. What is it of your concern whether or not the second floor of a building is rented? Are you looking for an apartment? Why do I flare up when this building is brought up? Well, I am not one of the Flynns or someone "real" close to them but I hate lazy reporting, lazy commenters, and most of all attacks on people who actually contribute quite a lot to the community. I'm just an old retired guy that happens to be quite fond of Kings Park. My comments make me look "...not real smart", huh. Well what about yours that fall back on making accusations about property conditions that are not born about by summonses, actions of the town code enforcement or anything other than your supposition. Do I "love to go on and on about Kings Park history"? Sure, because educated (through school or thru life) people take a look at the whole picture- history, economics, sociology instead of scapegoating a single person or group of people. God bless you, Home town and I hope that He in His infinite wisdom guides you to help others rather than denigrate them on the Patch. Maybe He will strike you with inspiration this summer as you eat the ice you seem to so love from Ralph's and you can figure out a way to beautify Main Street instead of making accusations. Peace.
new guy March 26, 2012 at 12:46 AM
That's rich....really, your good Larry. Good night.


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