09/07/16 6:02am
vintage bicycle tours

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What could be more fun than biking along the beautiful roads of the North Fork on your way to a delicious breakfast?

That’s the idea behind Riverhead Town’s Bike to Breakfast, which is set for Sunday, September 11 in Riverhead. (more…)

09/05/16 6:02am
The view of Oregon Road from the intersection with Bridge Lane in Cutchogue. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The view of Oregon Road from the intersection with Bridge Lane in Cutchogue. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

With stunning views of local waterways, acres of undeveloped pastures and rows and rows of lush grapevines, a long drive down one of the North Fork’s picturesque roads can be a relaxing and therapeutic exercise.

While it can be frustrating to traverse Main Road and the North Road, especially on Sundays in the fall, there are many long, serene roadways that are free from the hustle and bustle of the main arteries.

Here are five of our favorites for a Sunday drive.

Remember: If you do choose to make a trip down one of these streets, heed the speed limits and respect the people who live there. (more…)

06/20/16 3:13pm
The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue with Burger Firdays. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

The North Fork Food Truck visits McCall Wines in Cutchogue for Burger Fridays, one of the events our guest columnist recommends visiting using public transportation. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

When my husband and I moved out to the North Fork in 2015 after nearly 12 years in Manhattan, one of the most noticeable changes to everyday life was the need for a car to get around. For over a decade, I had grown accustomed to reliable public transportation and the expectation that I could get just about anywhere with my Metrocard or my bike.

A night out with friends in the East Village involved a simple jaunt aboard the M8 bus. The hassle of parking or the complexity of who was going to drive home never entered my thought process. I had even mastered the ride home from Trader Joe’s with my handlebars carefully balancing two giant bags of groceries.  (more…)

04/22/16 6:04am
A parade of antique tractors makes it way down the North Road. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photos)

A parade of antique tractors makes it way down Route 48 last spring. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder photo)

A caravan of old-timey tractors is about to make its way down Route 48.

Motorists who are in a rush might want to steer clear of Sound Avenue and Route 48 on Sunday, April 24, when the Long Island Antique Power Association hosts its second annual Tractor Run. There is a participatory donation of $20 and all proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Suffolk County. Additional donations are appreciated. (more…)

12/24/15 6:01am
Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Reporter Monique Singh-Roy (left), Pashka Bellia and Laurie Reichert, both of Massapequa, aboard the tour bike. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

We’re counting down the top coolest stories of 2015 on northforker.com. We will publish one story on our list per day, every day, until Jan. 1.

Coming in at number 9 is when Brew Crew Cycles hit the streets (more…)

08/27/15 6:00am
A scene from the author's recent bike tour of Shelter Island.

A scene from the author’s recent bike tour of Shelter Island.

The only way to get to Shelter Island is by boat, and when you take the North Ferry from Greenport, your voyage is 10 glorious minutes of salty air, sailboats, seabirds and charming Victorian cottages. With that kind of introduction, it’s easy to imagine the ferry is taking you back to an earlier time.  (more…)