12/06/17 6:00am

The author inside Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

Once upon a time, I was what is called an extreme commuter. I spent more than two hours each way traveling to various locations for my job as a reporter for the New York Daily News. I covered everyone from the famous — I liveblogged James Gandolfini’s funeral, I staked out Anthony Weiner — to teachers charged with sexually assaulting their students to mothers whose sons had just been shot in the head by drug dealers. It was a brutal job that took me to the harshest corners of New York City and beyond. At the end of the day, I would turn around and drive two to three hours back to the Suffolk County home I share with my husband.

What a welcome change it was when I accepted a job as editor of a new lifestyle brand by the name of northforker. The position offered creative freedom, a break from the conventional 24-hour news cycle and the chance to return to the place where I started my career. (more…)

11/16/17 6:08am

To our readers:

I’m one of those weirdos who is gunning to put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween is over. Bring up the plastic pumpkins and bring down the ornaments I say! Embrace the seasonal creep!

But the one thing I didn’t carry down from the attic this year was an artificial wreath.

One of the highlights in creating this issue was hanging with BFFs Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman, who share their love of food and entertaining through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.” Lauren, a florist, demonstrated how to make a wreath using items foraged from her parents’ backyard in Aquebogue. The finished product was a dazzling, truly NoFo creation — something anyone would be proud to display on their front door. (more…)

09/14/17 6:01am

Katelyn Knapp holds a copy of “N is for North Fork” inside her studio. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp, courtesy)

The new children’s book “N is for North Fork” aims to make bedtime reading more interactive.

The 30-page softcover book, self-published by Southold photographer Katelyn Knapp, gives young children an opportunity to work on their ABCs while also learning about some of the region’s best places for families to visit. And kids will probably enjoy donning a pair of 1950s monster movie-style red and blue glasses to view the book’s 3-D images. (more…)

08/16/17 5:59am
lobster roll

Architectural Digest says Southold Fish Market is not exaggerating when it says it has the “best lobster roll.” (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Another day, another major media outlet highlights all this little corner of the world has to offer.

In a recent Architectural Digest piece titled “How to Enjoy A Perfect Weekend in New York’s North Fork,” the monthly magazine celebrating design offers an itinerary for making the most of a trip to the NoFo, particularly Greenport.

“Long Island’s South Fork has cemented its status as New York’s summer party destination, but the North Fork offers a peaceful antidote to all of the posturing,” writes AD’s Jennifer Fernandez.

That’s a good way to put it. (more…)

07/31/17 4:38pm

From left, friends Summer Yuan, Jing Chen, Sophia Lu and Joy Zhang visiting Lavender By the Bay in 2014. (Credit: Jen Nuzzo)

In 2014, the East Marion lavender farm Lavender By the Bay suddenly found itself attracting hundreds, if not thousands, of tourists to the tiny hamlet every weekend.

Three years later, busloads of visitors still descend on the 17-acre farm when the plants are in bloom. They pose in the purple fields and snap selfies for Instagram.

Now the sustained uptick in visitors has caught the attention of the Wall Street Journal, which explored this quirky story this week. An article titled “Purple Craze: The Lavender of Long Island Attracts Mystery Crowds,” was printed on the paper’s front page on Monday. (more…)

07/17/17 6:00am

The steps near the Horton Point Lighthouse, one of our favorite North Fork scenes. (Credit: Sascha Rosin)

The red hot North Fork real estate market once again caught the attention of the New York Times real estate section in a recent piece entitled “The North Fork Has a New Name: NOFO.

The story, which appeared online July 14 and in print July 16, summarizes the appeal of the North Fork for all the usual reasons (proximity to beaches, fresh produce, etc.) It also notes that home prices here are rising, but still about half what they are on the South Fork. The median home price on the North Fork is $487,500 compared to about $1 million on the South Fork, according to Judi Desiderio, chief executive of Town & Country Real Estate. (more…)