Top 5 Stories in Long Island Press This Week: Barbecue Eats, Syosset Hospital, and More

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Michael Toney, left, and Kenny Ware, right, co-own Backyard Barbeque on Freeport’s Nautical Mile.
Photo by Jennifer A. Uihlein

Backyard Barbeque Puts Special Chef’s Twists on Barbecue Classics in Freeport

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Syosset Hospital’s psychiatric unit closed temporarily in 2020 to open more beds for Covid-19 patients. Though the surge in virus cases is long over, the mental health unit remains closed and is being used for storage.Photos courtesy Dawn Carr

Northwell Leaves Syosset Hospital Psychiatric Unit In the Dark

Cluttered yet empty and idle: For about two years, that is how Northwell Health’s Syosset Hospital psychiatric unit has stayed.

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The owners of Sunrise Mall have not been renewing leases.

Long Island Retail Enters New Era With Pending Closure of Sunrise Mall

Sunrise Mall has been a fixture in Massapequa since opening some 50 years ago, but it looks like the sun is finally setting on this shopping center that has served generations. Urban Edge Properties and its partners acquired the 1.2 million-square-foot, two-story mall on 77 acres on Jan 4, 2021. It says leases are not being renewed.

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Long Islanders cool off at Jones Beach State Park (Shutterstock)

A Comprehensive Guide To Jones Beach Island

Parade to Honor Massapequa Coast Little League Teams