08/30/17 6:25pm

The Village Cheese Shop owner Michael Affatato announced Wednesday he no longer has plans to open a new location in Greenport.

Affatato, who owns The Village Cheese Shop on Love Lane in Mattituck, said in an email the reasoning behind his decision was timing. In March, Affatato said he planned to open a second location at 19 Front Street in Greenport.

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08/24/17 12:51pm


Clawdia, with her red shell and large three and a half pound body, surely stands out among the lobsters at Claudio’s restaurant in Greenport. That’s because she is the rare red lobster who is still kicking — or rather clawing — as her pigment is likely due to genes rather than a pot of boiling water.

She came in from a shipment from Canada earlier this week and easily distinguished herself from the crowd of brown/black live lobsters. So instead of going on diner’s plate, she was given a name and taken off the menu.

“We get several hundreds pounds every week during the summer. In the middle of the shipment, instead of finding lobsters that are the normal coloration, we found one that was cooked,” said co-owner Bill Claudio. “Or it looked like it was cooked.”
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08/23/17 6:10am

A lobster roll from PORT in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Anyone familiar with the North Fork restaurant scene knows the tried and true spots that make excellent lobster rolls.

Claudio’s serves a famous one. Southold Fish Market and its version are included in almost every roundup of places to eat on the North Fork. Heck, the man who is sometimes credited with INVENTING the sandwich ran a restaurant here called “The Lobster Roll” until earlier this year.

So, when I kept hearing about the standout lobster roll at newcomer PORT Waterfront Bar & Grill, the recently opened waterfront eatery on Greenport’s Third Street, it piqued my interest. (more…)

08/22/17 10:56am

File photo: The scene at the first North Fork TV Festival in Greenport. (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

The North Fork TV Festival, a three-day event in September at the Greenport Theatre on Front Street, announced its lineup of television show premieres, awards and guests, who will include actor Chris Noth of “Law and Order” and “Sex and the City” and Cat Greenleaf, host of “Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf.”

The second-year festival begins Sept. 7.
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08/17/17 4:31pm

Artists Kelly Franké, Madison Fender and Kara Hoblin peer over instant photographs at the North Fork Art Collective in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

In the brand new North Fork Art Collective, seven local artists have banded together to make a working art space right in Greenport’s downtown. There the photographers, painters and collage makers will have a place to create, collaborate and present their work to the world.

East End artists Kara Hoblin, Madison Fender, Jeremy Garretson, Emma Ballou, Peter Treiber, Scott Bluedorn and Kelly Franké are the collective’s founding members.

“It gives us a space to come and create, as well as display our work,” said Hoblin, whose chalk work you’ve likely seen on the walls of local shops and restaurants. “The whole goal is to remind tourists and the town and the community that there are a lot of artists here. We’re here and we’re taking our art seriously.” (more…)