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.

03/28/17 6:02am
The view from Orient Beach State Park. It's one of our favorite spots on the North Fork. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

The view from Orient Beach State Park. It’s one of our favorite spots on the North Fork. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

When I saw a headline that read “The Most Underrated Places to Go in 2017” I thought, “this listicle better have the North Fork on it or it is pure garbage.”

It turns out this article wan’t internet bunk after all. (more…)

03/27/17 12:37pm
Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Why not hop aboard a 14-person bike and drink and pedal your way into spring?

Brew Crew Cycles, the company which offers our favorite way to visit Riverhead’s breweries, is returning for a third season with tours resuming Saturday, April 1. (more…)

03/27/17 11:22am
Gray day at Orient Beach State Park. Credit: @thesuffolktimes Instagram

Gray day at Orient Beach State Park. Credit: @thesuffolktimes Instagram

We didn’t see much of the sun on the North Fork this weekend, but sometimes those somber skies make for beautiful snapshots.

Luckily, we are in the final days of gloomy weather and bare trees. Soon the cherry blossoms will pop and buds of the grape vines will break.

Check out these gray sky pics from some of our favorite North Fork Instagram artists. (more…)

03/24/17 6:02am
An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

An Icelandic sheep at 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Icelandic sheep flock at 8 Hands Farm, in Cutchogue, can increase from 80  to 200 animals during lambing season. That’s when dozens of woolly little lambs come not-quite-yet baaing and bleating into the world, sometimes as many as 15 a day.

“The whole month of April, you’re on call,” said Tom Geppel, 51, who owns the farm with his wife, Carol Festa, 49. That requires Geppel to literally roll up his sleeves and help laboring ewes deliver their lambs, which may often be twins or even triplets. “You talk about a learning curve,” Geppel said. “No one can teach you that.” (more…)

03/21/17 6:01am
The cover of the first northforker magazine. (Credit: photo by Bridget Elkin, graphics by Eric Hod)

The cover of the first northforker magazine. (Credit: photo by Bridget Elkin, graphics by Eric Hod)

The following is a message from the editor of northforker printed in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine. The free publication is available at wineries, restaurants and newsstands around the North Fork. Get your copy now.

What’s so great about the North Fork?

As the editor of northforker.com, it’s a question I’m often asked, so it seemed a fitting subject to explore in the inaugural issue of northforker magazine (see the magazine’s cover story).

We’d rather show than tell you what makes it so great — whether that be an Icelandic sheep farm providing sustainably produced meat to the community or the best places for a soul resetting hike on Shelter Island. We also want to share the stories of the people who make it all happen.

We hope to do all of that here. (more…)

03/21/17 6:00am
Goodfood. Mattituck

Allison Katz and Luchi Masliah inside Goodfood. in Mattituck. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

You could say Luchi Masliah and Allison Katz, co-owners of the aptly named Goodfood., are in a sort of arranged marriage.

Two years ago, Masliah, 54, who sold her Gula Gula Empanadas products at the weekly Riverhead Farmers Market, signed a lease to open a brick-and-mortar store in Mattituck.

But she knew she needed a partner. Holly Browder, co-owner of organic poultry farm Browder’s Birds, suggested Katz, a local baker.

It turned out to be a good fit. (more…)