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.

10/12/17 6:00am

From left: ‘PALE MALE: A Pilgrimage’ by Roz Dimon, ‘Where Is Home’ by Han Qin and ‘Composition with Windmill’ by Colin Goldberg.

The latest exhibit at Alex Ferrone Gallery in Cutchogue connects the digital world to traditional artistic mediums in unexpected ways. The show, entitled “Hybrid,” will debut Saturday, Oct. 14, featuring works by artists Roz Dimon, Colin Goldberg and Qin Han.

Goldberg, whose work focuses on the intersection of digital and traditional mediums and has exhibited alongside Ferrone at other galleries, was the inspiration for the exhibit, said Ferrone, who opened the gallery in 2013. Dimon and Qin were also natural fits. (more…)

10/11/17 6:02am

How many oysters could you eat in two hours? (Credit: David Benthal for northforker)

Bottomless oysters are one way to make a happy hour (or two).

Peter Stein, who owns an oyster farm in Little Peconic Bay, is now offering two-hour sunset tours and tastings aboard his oyster barge “La Perla.” And the best part? Fresh, all-you-can-eat oysters. (more…)

10/09/17 6:01am
Mattituck Vineyards

Customers line up outside Avelino on Friday afternoon. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

One of the North Fork’s most popular wineries is now offering wood-fired pizza along with its lineup of food-friendly wines.

Avelino, the new food truck serving up Neopolitan-style pies can be found parked outside Macari Vineyards’ Mattituck tasting room this fall. (more…)

10/05/17 6:02am

Nadira Vlaugn, Kristian Iglesias and Nick D’Esposito inside the Mattituck studio of the new design firm Arma. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

To compare furniture to luxury footwear, the new North Fork-based design studio Arma is akin to shoes from the world’s finest fashion houses.

Yes, inexpensive sandals from a discount retailer will cover your feet, but wouldn’t you rather buy artisan-crafted Italian leather loafers on Fifth Avenue that hold up forever? Arma’s high-quality craftsmanship and artful designs are in the same league — and they might change the way you look at furniture.

The partners in the new company are Kristian Iglesias, his life partner Nadira Vlaun and Nick D’Esposito, all of Greenport. Ms. Vlaun brings an art and design background, Mr. D’Esposito a fabrication background and Mr. Iglesias a little of both.

“We’re trying to bridge between art and functionality,” Ms. Vlaun said. (more…)

10/03/17 6:01am
Colleen McCaffery

Colleen McCaffery inside Aura, her new Mattituck yoga studio. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Colleen McCaffery of Mattituck has been practicing yoga for more than a decade. But she only began pursuing the tradition more seriously after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis in March 2015.

She found the ancient practice and its focus on balance to be a welcome antidote for the debilitating disease, which affected her equilibrium. That, coupled with medication and a modified diet incorporating fermented foods, has helped her manage her symptoms.

“It’s the best medicine,” she said. “Because I do yoga, I am in touch with my body. My balance is a little better. I am not tired as much.” (more…)

10/02/17 6:00am

Hundreds of people showed up for the Riverhead Farmers Market opening day in 2014. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Members of the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association have decided to no longer host the winter farmer’s market in downtown Riverhead, which had been an annual event since 2014.

But a few participating vendors, including Sang Lee Farms farm manager Lucy Senesac, are hoping to find another space to continue the weekly event. (more…)

09/29/17 6:01am

Rex Farr at his Calverton farm on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It’s a mid-August morning at The Farrm in Calverton, which means the cows and burros must be fed and the tomatoes and peppers inspected for ripeness. But it’s also a fruit day, according to the biodynamic calendar, which means the not-yet-ripe grapes are about to get some attention.

So first, farmer Rex Farr has to create a vortex. (more…)