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…)

10/19/16 6:02am
Sylvester Manor is allegedly haunted by some of Captain Kidd's murdered men. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Slylvester Manor is allegedly haunted by some of Captain Kidd’s murdered men. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Author and historian Kerriann Flanagan Brosky finds that, today, more people believe in ghosts than not.

“We are all at different stages in our journey and if it’s not your time to believe, it’s not your time,” she said.

A rather succinct answer for nonbelievers, but Flanagan Brosky is too busy investigating paranormal behavior and writing books about it to worry about skeptics. (more…)

09/22/16 6:04am
Captain David Berson will serve as Grand Marshal of the East End Maritime Festival parade. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Captain David Berson will serve as Grand Marshal of the East End Maritime Festival. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It would be romantic, but ultimately inaccurate, to say Captain David Berson was drawn to sailing as part of some existential quest for meaning. The truth is that a life on the water is a future his father, a New York City chemist, often fantasized about but wasn’t able to realize.

“He always had dreams of going out to sea, but living through the Depression and taking care of his parents, he never had a chance to,” said Capt. Berson, grand marshal of this weekend’s East End Maritime Festival in Greenport. “But he instilled his pipe dream in me.” (more…)

09/06/16 6:02am
A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

A scene from the first Alive on 25 in Riverhead in July. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

It’s Tumbleweed Tuesday here on the North Fork and the northforker staff is reminiscing about a summer filled with new eats, fun festivals and some of the best weather we can remember in recent years.

From bartender profiles, to the first Alive on 25 street fair in Riverhead, to a dolphin pod spotted in Greenport, northforker was there to cover the food, wine and fun news stories that matter to you.

Here are our 25 most read stories of the summer. (more…)