Clockwise from top left: Noah’s; The Frisky Oyster; Petulant Wino and Jamesport Manor Inn.
One of my favorite experiences reading The New York Times is stumbling across a review of a North Fork restaurant. Whether it’s a food critic’s take on one of my favorite places to eat or a dining spot I’ve never tried, it’s always a welcome sight to see a local place critiqued in the section.
Last summer, I set out to see just how many restaurants in our coverage area — from Wading River to Orient, including a ferry ride to Shelter Island — The Gray Lady has visited over the years. It was a fascinating trip through local dining history. (more…)
Jackson Parpan rides the slide at Veterans Beach Park. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
One day early this spring my two-year-old son Jackson woke up and asked me a question about how he was going to spend his day.
It was a Monday morning, so my wife and I were headed to work and him to daycare, but something else was on his mind.
“I go park?,” he asked, his voice quiet and optimistic.
“You have to go to school today,” I responded.
“NO,” he said loudly, and with concern. “I GO PARK.”
Playgrounds are the little man’s latest obsession, following in the footsteps of animated Disney films, binkies and Pirate’s Booty. When our boy is into something, he really goes all in. I once watched “The Incredibles” 10 times in a week.
With winter over and summer on the horizon, I recognize the television sets must be turned off. So we’ve started filling our time at the many great parks the North Fork has to offer. Jack can’t get enough. (more…)
Greg Doroski of Threes Brewing Co. (Credit: Matt Furman/Threes Brewing courtesy photo)
Standing at the counter of a coffeehouse located inside their Brooklyn brewery, Threes Brewing partners Greg Doroski and Josh Stylman are reminiscing about the early days of their then fledgling company.
Doroski, who was living full-time in his native Cutchogue, recalled a trip to Brooklyn three years ago to take a look at some of the equipment Threes would use to brew its beer.
“He was supposed to be a consultant,” said Stylman, a tech entrepreneur and investor with a background in marketing.
Drawing a deep breath, Doroski began to explain why it was once important for the relationship to stay that way. (more…)
An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)
As an aerial photographer, Bridget Elkin has a unique view of the North Fork. On a regular basis, the East Marion resident pilots a drone a few hundred feet above creeks, beaches, and rows of corn or vines, sharing the beauty she discovers with more than 9,000 Instagram followers at @northforkgrown.
But it’s not just from that rarely explored vantage point that Elkin fell in love with the place she’s called home for the past several years.
“Even just running an errand, I’m often stopped in my tracks and find myself needing to stop to take a photograph,” she said. “Photographers talk about the golden hour, but every hour on the North Fork is truly special.” (more…)