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…)

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…)

11/07/16 6:00am
Long Island Wine Country

Two North Fork spots made a recent Travelzoo list of Long Island’s coolest towns. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

Where are the coolest towns on Long Island? Hint: They are not in Nassau County.

Mattituck and Greenport both made a recent Travelzoo list of “12 Cool Towns That Make Long Island a Year-Round Star.” Local business like The Village Cheese Shop, Shinn Estate Vineyards and Claudio’s were also highlighted in the travel deal website’s article.

“Due to its proximity to farmland and sea, the North Fork food scene is getting rave reviews as a food destination,” wrote author Annemarie Kropf. “On the drive, you may be tempted to stop at farm stands selling everything from potatoes and fresh eggs to fruits and ducks,” the article states. (more…)