12/26/15 7:00am
Photo credits: Google Earth

Imagine it was summer, and you owned one of these pools. (Photo credits: Google Earth)

If you’re the jealous type, the kind of person who lets other people’s really cool stuff get you down, don’t click through this post.

Quite simply, these are satellite images of great pools that your neighbors have.

We found them on Google Earth.

Chances are none of these pools belong to you.

06/12/15 6:54am
A path that runs throught the newest section of the nursery is flanked by a pair of hinoki cypress. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

A path that runs throught the newest section of the nursery is flanked by a pair of hinoki cypress. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

 If you’re heavy into flora, then Verderber’s Landscape Nursery & Garden Center in Aquebogue is a must-visit on the North Fork. It’s a place of sheer enjoyment this time of year — a Great Adventure or Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom for plant lovers.     (more…)

05/30/15 7:00am
Grace & Grit owners Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris outside their future tasting room Friday. (Credit: Michael White)

Grace & Grit owners Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris outside their future tasting room Friday. (Credit: Michael White)

They’ll be taking a shuttered plumbing supply store and turning into something a bit more, shall we say, romantic.

Stephanie Coleman and Jennilee Morris, the partners behind the Grace & Grit catering company founded in 2012, have inked a deal to lease the storefront that last housed the Southold Plumbing & Heating company at 55750 Main Road, which closed last year. (more…)

04/06/15 9:00am
Everyone's pedaling, but only one person is steering. (Credit: North Fork Wine Wagon courtesy photo)

Everyone’s pedaling, but only one person is steering. (Credit: North Fork Wine Wagon courtesy photo)

We couldn’t put “Cycle Circle” in the headline of this post, since owner Mike Roche of North Fork Wine Wagon says that’s just a tentative name. But the name makes sense, because this new way of getting around the North Fork is exactly that: a circular bicycle.

Popular in trendy workplaces like Google, so says its manufacturer, the thing is officially billed as a “conference bike.”  Roche has now added it to his growing fleet — which already includes the safari-like, pedal-powered North Fork Wine Wagon — and is now offering it up to smaller groups of Long Island Wine Country visitors.

“The smaller cycle I will be offering this year,” Roche said last week. “It accommodates up to six pedalers, and a driver that actually pedals too.” (more…)

03/01/15 9:04am
Mattituck native Lily Padula's latest editorial illustration published in The New York Times ran in the Feb. 15 edition.

Mattituck native Lily Padula’s latest editorial illustration published in The New York Times ran in the Feb. 15 edition.

Here’s how it works, because any reader of a newspaper or news website that utilizes illustrations to help tell a story — as opposed to photos — might be curious.

Typically, an editor or art director contacts an artist. The artist, if agreeable, then receives the story or column to review. After reading that, the artist then comes up with some concepts and sketches based on the written words.

The editor or art director chooses one concept, and the artist gets to work. (more…)