09/07/18 5:55am

Ryan, left, Jeff and Re Strong walk the dock at their marina in Mattituck Inlet. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Along Mattituck Inlet, on a dock lined with boats of all kinds, Jeff, Re and Ryan Strong stop and wave to each captain passing by. They stop and chat with the boaters and keep a close eye out to make sure the slips are clear of any floating debris. 

For more than 70 years, the Strong family has helped cultivate a community of recreational boaters on the North Fork and beyond.  (more…)

11/10/17 6:00am

Nicki Gohorel inside the Orient Country Store. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Wherever in the world Nicki Gohorel goes, she’s sure to leave space in her suitcase for new spices and other flavors she discovers.

She’ll spend at least an hour perusing local markets for new inspiration to use in recipes for her custom nut butter business, Simply Nicki, and in dishes at the Orient Country Store, where she works.

“I am a supermarket addict,” she said. “It’s just all the new things you see and the food. I need to fill my suitcase.” (more…)

09/20/17 6:01am

A “spontaneous create” on display at The Ranch antique shop in Aquebogue. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

Over the summer, curious creatures have popped up on the North Fork, seemingly overnight, in front of businesses and a few homes. Some of the colorful, often spotted, figures appear alone, while others stand in groups like visitors from another world.

Since about 2011, they’ve been fixtures on the South Fork, spotted on telephone poles by passersby, and they are now catching eyes along Main Road.

They are the work of Michael Zotos, 59, of Holtsville, who says there are currently 33 pieces across the East End. (more…)

09/13/17 10:02am

The patio of this Mattituck house — originally part of the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair — features a table topped by a spinning wagon wheel and surrounded by tractor-seat chairs. (Credit: Kelly Zegers)

The walls of North Fork homes are often filled with stories of the area’s founders or multi-generational farm families, but one Mattituck house has ties to the 1939-40 New York World’s Fair, according to its listing agent. The home, a wooden hunting lodge, served as a beer and food pavilion for Albany-based Beverwyck Brewing Company at the fairgrounds in Queens. (more…)

06/06/17 6:02am

The Netflix series Jessica Jones filmed at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last week. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Netflix series “Jessica Jones,” a Marvel project about a former superhero turned private investigator who confronts her troubled past to stop a killer, filmed scenes for its second season at the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead last Wednesday. (more…)