74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY 11725 at the Suffolk Y JCC (Jewish Community Center)
(631) 462 - 9800
DescriptionThe Jewish Sports Hall of Fame is located on the main floor of the Suffolk Y JCC, at 74 Hauppauge Road, Commack, NY. The entire row of parking spaces closest to the main entrance is for handicapped-permits. The street level main entrance consists of two sets of double doors, with handicapped-assist push buttons.
One must present photo ID and sign in at the security desk in the lobby.
It is somewhat of a walk to the corridor and museum room dedicated to the Hall of Fame. There is seating available.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the main lobby. Single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in a hallway close to the Hall of Fame. There is a single-occupancy parent room with a rocking chair for privacy while nursing.
Hunkie's Kosher Cafe is located in the hallway.
- Location of handicapped spaces: close to main entrance
Surface of lot: paved
Paths and walkways: flat brick
Location of handicapped entrance: at main entrance
Width of aisles: easy to navigate
Places to sit: chairs, benches
Location of restrooms: *
Type of restroom: *
Ease of entry and exit: good
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: Hunkie's kosher cafe
Friendliness of staff: pleasant and helpful
Notes: * Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the main lobby. Single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the hallway close to the Hall of Fame. A single-occupancy, parent room with rocking chair for nursing privacy is located in the lobby.
On a cold, winter day we were looking for a destinationn to visit on Long Island. We had read about the National Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in “Places to Visit on Long Island.” (website) In checking, we discovered that it is located the Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center in Commack.
The museum is “dedicated to honoring Jewish sports figures who have distinguished themselves in the field of sports. The objective is to foster Jewish identity through athletics.” (website)
The Suffolk Y JCC is a huge complex. The entire first row of parking spaces closest to the main entrance is for vehicles with handicapped permits. A flat, brick walkway gets one to the entrance. Handicapped-assist push buttons are on both the exterior and interior doors.
In keeping with our times, one must present photo ID and sign in at the security desk in the lobby.
This building is a happy place. Although it is a rather long walk to the corridor dedicated to the Hall of Fame, one passes by areas with many people doing many things. From the littlest ones in the nursey rooms to seniors engaged in a variety of activities, everyone seemed connected. In the “Sports Corridor” we found the large room that serves as the Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. There are a few items in showcases in the hallway.
There are plaques, pictures, articles, biographies, and assorted memorabilia from men and women who have excelled in the world of sports. We read interesting stories about people both familiar and not so familiar to us. As I looked at the plaques and read about these outstanding invididuals I couldn’t help but think how much my dad would like this place; reading about names he knew and admired, being recognized in this way. The only downside we found was that, because of the positioning of the plaques, some of them may be difficult to read, especialy for folks in wheelchairs.
There are bemches in the hallways, chairs in the museum room, and lots of room to navigate.
Multi-stall, handicapped-accessible restrooms can be found in the main lobby. Two single-occupancy, handicapped-accessible restrooms are located in the hallway close to the Hall of Fame. There is even a single-occupancy parent room with a rocking chair for privacy while nursing. A little cafe, with coffee and kosher snacks is located in the hallway.
As always, we at Destination Accessible, advise you to check a venue’s website, www.jewishsports.org, when planning a visit, to “know before you go.”