05/05/17 6:00am
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Aldo Maiorana inside Aldo’s Coffee Company in Greenport. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

Aldo’s Coffee Company has been a Greenport staple for over three decades and now owner Aldo Maiorana is looking to fulfill one of his dreams to open a second location in Greenport.

An application for a proposed retail sales store will be before the Village Planning Board Thursday night. Maiorana, in a telephone interview Wednesday, said the new location would be an extension of Aldo’s and he referred to it for now as “Aldo’s too.’

“I’ve been excited for many years and we’re finally ready,” he said. (more…)

01/13/17 6:04am
A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo's Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo’s Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published in January 2016

Think this isn’t a great time to visit the North Fork with little ones in tow? In reality, the lack of crowds, fun cold-weather activities and this season’s above-average temperatures make the region a perfect place to spend a winter weekend day with the fam.

Most of the farm stands are closed and the vines aren’t looking as pretty, but there are still many family-friendly ways to have a North Fork outing.

Here are four ways to pass the time with the kids on the NoFo this winter. (more…)

01/06/17 6:00am
The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

Have you heard of Hygge?

It’s the Danish word for cozy and for the Danes it’s a way of life. Now you can seek out your own hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) — a lifestyle that includes the pursuit of fuzzy socks, hot tea and good company — on the North Fork.

So while the NoFo winter might be bad for sunbathing and water sports, there are other ways of seeking bliss.

Here are eight places to get cozy on the North Fork. (more…)

12/22/16 6:00am

If you’ve ever spent time in the Village of Greenport, chances are you’ve heard of Aldo Maiorana. And if you don’t know him personally, you’ve probably spotted his curly silver hair through the window of his eponymous Front Street shop, where he roasts coffee each morning.

Those who get their fix at Aldo’s Coffee Company every day recognize him as a smiling barista who greets their children and friends.

But while Maiorana has operated in Greenport for almost 30 years, a coffee shop wasn’t always his plan. (more…)

04/13/16 6:03am
Left: Courtesy Crown Publishers Right: Best-selling author Chris Pavone. (Credit: Nina Subin)

Left: Courtesy Crown Publishers
Right: Best-selling author Chris Pavone. (Credit: Nina Subin)

Chris Pavone writes suspense thrillers about mysterious people in exotic locations.

And while his books contain elements of espionage, the New York Times bestselling author and part-time Orient resident says they don’t quite fit that genre. (more…)

12/16/15 11:34am
Greenport native Yvonne Lieblein did a lot of her writing at Aldo's Cafe (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Greenport native Yvonne Lieblein did a lot of her writing at Aldo’s Café (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Have you ever read a novel and imagined what it would look or sound like in real life?

No longer limited to one dimensional words on a page, publishers are now incorporating visual media and music into the reading experience, thanks to the internet. “The Wheelhouse Café” (J. Boylston & Company Publishers, 2015) is such a project.

(more…)

09/28/15 8:45pm
The coffee roaster at North Fork Roasting Co. (Credit: Jenilee Morris, courtesy)

The coffee roaster at North Fork Roasting Co. (Credit: Jenilee Morris, courtesy)

Today, Tuesday Sept. 29, is National Coffee Day and that means a few deals and freebies across the North Fork.

Americans love their coffee and consume 400 million cups of it per day, according to the National Coffee Association and the Specialty Coffee Association of America. That makes us the leading consumer of coffee in the world. (more…)