10/12/16 6:01am
The Griffing Hotel

The Griffing Hotel

Griffing Hotel, Riverhead

Described as Riverhead’s “first hostelry” in a 1972 pamphlet celebrating the town’s bicentennial, Griffing Hotel was founded around 1748 by the Griffing family, which maintains a downtown presence with Griffing Hardware. The inn stood on Main Street near Griffing Avenue, opposite the former Riverhead Theater. (more…)

10/25/14 9:00am
This rare, circa-1930 sign from a Long Island bar warns prostitutes that they must be free of venereal diseases before attempting to solicit customers. (Credit: Rachel Young)

This rare, circa-1930 sign from a Long Island bar warns prostitutes that they must be free of venereal diseases before attempting to solicit customers. (Credit: Rachel Young)

She called herself “Madam Pamn.” And what a sight she must have been, sashaying from the Long Island Rail Road train in Greenport from New York City every Friday afternoon, a trail of working girls behind her. (more…)

07/09/13 2:00pm
Wickham murders exhibit

Photo courtesy of the Southold Historical Society

One of the North Fork’s most infamous murder cases has become the subject of a new exhibit in Southold.

The Southold Historical Society’s “Wickham Murders” exhibit chronicles the mid-nineteenth century killings of wealthy Cutchogue farmer James Wickham and his wife, Frances. (more…)