01/03/17 6:03am
The view from Orient Beach State Park. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

The view from Orient Beach State Park. (Credit: Krysten Massa, file photo)

Anyone who can’t visit Orient but still wants to get a taste of it can do so thanks to this week’s edition of The New Yorker.

Featured in the Jan. 2, 2017, issue is a poem by Jonathan Galassi entitled “Orient Epithalamion,” which describes the end of the busy season in the small hamlet. (more…)

12/31/16 6:01am
Long Island winery wine grapes harvest

A ripening vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Two great breakfast spots opened in Jamesport and Aquebogue this year, but we lost a Greek takeout joint and one of the area’s largest peach farms.

The openings and closing of North Fork businesses once again topped our list of the most-read stories of 2016, as did reports of celebrity sightings.

It was a year when moonshine came to the region, the super popular bar and restaurant Phil’s opened an eastern outpost and John Oliver riffed on Long Island wine. And we at northforker were here chronicling all those NoFo foodie and lifestyle happenings.

Read on for our recap of the most popular stories of 2016. (more…)

12/30/16 4:37pm
The Coffee Pot Lighthouse

The Orient Point Lighthouse a.k.a. “The Coffee Pot” is located at the end of the North Fork. (Credit: Kelly Zegers.)

The North Fork of Long Island is located in eastern Suffolk County, New York. The 30-mile-long peninsula runs parallel with the Island’s lower prong, known as the South Fork or the Hamptons.

The North Fork begins east of Riverhead hamlet and ends at Orient Point. The term North Fork can also refer collectively to all of the hamlets and villages within the Town of Riverhead and the Town of Southold, both on the East End of Long Island. (more…)

11/26/16 6:01am
Santa Northville

Tony Yarusso inside his Northville home. (Credit: Charity robey)

Do you believe in Santa Claus? I do — and that’s why I arranged to interview him at the home of Tony and Mary Yarusso in Northville, on Long Island Sound.

He answered a bunch of nosy questions with his customary good humor.

Full disclosure: At the end of our interview, he gave me a candy cane. (more…)