04/11/17 6:03am
Veterans Beach Park

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…)

03/29/17 6:03am
Threes brewing

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…)

03/27/17 6:02am
An aerial view of the Long Island Sound in Greenport. (Credit: Bridget Elkin)

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…)

12/26/16 6:00am
Crazy Beans owner Callie Martino inside her new  Front Street restaurant in Greenport. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Crazy Beans owner Callie Martino inside her new Front Street restaurant in Greenport. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

If you’ve headed to breakfast or lunch in Greenport on any weekend in the past three months, you might have noticed lines forming at Crazy Beans.

Located at the corner of Front and Main streets, the site of the former Coronet, the popular eatery opened in late September to great acclaim and popularity. (more…)

12/15/16 6:00am

As the judges for our third annual Deck the Halls holiday-decorating contest approached the Perivolaris home at the northern end of Love Lane, a small SUV trailed us.

The vehicle parked for a moment to allow its passengers to gaze at the lights so perfectly displayed at the waterfront Mattituck property. Then it turned around and drove away.

“We get that all the time,” homeowner Mike Perivolaris told us. “People want to stop and admire the decorations. We love it.” (more…)