05/26/18 6:13am

A bird’s-eye view of Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

Four years ago we launched an online interactive contest to see what our readers felt was the best hamlet or village on the North Fork. It was the most anticlimactic game of all time as Greenport, a heavy favorite going in, stomped everyone en route to the title.  (more…)

05/24/18 6:10am

An onlooker at last year’s Memorial Day Parade in Southold. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

Memorial Day always reminds me of my grandfather.

I know it’s a day to remember those who lost their life in service to their country, and veterans have their own day, but as I photograph the local parades each year, my brain naturally wanders to dad’s dad, Grandpa Pete — especially when I cover the service at Calverton National Cemetery, which he’s called home for the past decade.  (more…)

04/26/18 6:10am

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There’s so much to love about May on the North Fork. Flowers are in full bloom under sunny skies, almost all our favorite businesses are back for the season and Memorial Day is in arm’s reach.

This month begs you to explore all the North Fork has to offer — and there’s no shortage of fun.

Here are 10 things to do in May: (more…)

03/31/18 6:20am

Downtown Wading River from above in the early morning hours. (Credit: David Benthal)

The hamlet of Wading River often leads a double life.

It’s part of both Riverhead and Brookhaven towns and it’s split between a pair of school districts, with children sent to Shoreham-Wading River and Riverhead schools. Its more-often-traveled main roads are also far different from its bucolic back roads.  (more…)

02/22/18 6:02am

Elaine Schwartz paddles a kayak in Antarctica. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Elaine Schwartz sits in her apartment at Peconic Landing in Greenport surrounded by enlarged photographs she’s taken in countries like Afghanistan and Indonesia, festive masks from Tibet or Colombia and artwork from exotic locales like India. She’s delighted to tell you a story about each and every one of these souvenirs.  (more…)