Vera Chinese

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Vera Chinese

Vera Chinese has been the editor of northforker.com and northforker magazines since May 2014. Prior to that she spent two and a half years as a staff reporter for the New York Daily News. She joined the Riverhead News-Review as a staff writer in January 2010 and was named Associate Web Editor nine months later. She previously worked for the Southampton Press Western Edition and was named the third place 2008 Rookie Reporter of the Year by the New York Press Association. She graduated from Wagner College in 2006 where she received a bachelor's degree in English. She earned a master's degree in English education from New York University in 2007. She is a 2002 graduate of Eastport High School and has lived on the East End for more than 20 years.

05/22/17 9:51am
The Garden Conservancy Open Days

A scene from the Cutchogue garden of Arnold and Karen Blair. (Credit: Vera Chinese photos)

Several years ago, Arnold and Karen Blair purchased a wooded lot adjacent to their Cutchogue home looking to ensure the peace and privacy on their waterfront property.

Today, it’s home to a sloping, meandering trail enhanced by lush perennials planted under towering oak trees.

“Once we had it, we said, ‘well, what are we going to do with it,'” Mr. Blair recalled. “Now it’s like a little park.” (more…)

05/22/17 6:01am

A bottle of Paumanok Vineyards 2016 Sauvignon Blanc. (Credit: Lenn Thompson)

While many people associate the lively acidity and tropical fruit flavor of sauvignon blanc with wine from New Zealand, Long Island oenophiles know that our region produces a tasty expression of the grape.

Wall Street Journal wine columnist Lettie Teague acknowledged Long Island sauvignon blanc as a variety worth seeking out in a May 20 article entitled “Sauvignon Blanc for the Savvy: A Global Guide to Top Ten Bottles.” (It’s behind a paywall.) (more…)

05/22/17 6:00am

Harper’s Bazaar recommended a stop at Kontokosta Winery in a recent roundup of NYC getaways. (Credit: Kontokosta courtesy photo)

This just in from Harper’s Bazaar and its roundup of the best last-minute weekend getaways from New York City.

Our own slice of paradise, the North Fork, made the cut. (more…)

05/19/17 6:03am

A scene from the 2015 Back to the Bays 5K. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Looking for something to do on the North Fork? Northforker has you covered.

Here are five events set for this weekend. As always, visit northforker.com/events for additional happenings.

Editor’s Note: The Back to the Bays 5K has been cancelled. Still wanna run? Check out the Out Run Rett 5K.

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05/18/17 6:03am

This Mattituck home is listed for $1,195,000. (Credit: Douglas Elliman Real Estate)

Here are 10 North Fork open houses scheduled for this weekend, ranging in price from $305,000 to $1,150,000. The property prices are listed in ascending order.

As always, visit realestate.northforker.com to see more listings. (more…)