08/10/18 6:00am

It wasn’t your average paint night.

Trading canvas, paint and easel for rice paper, ink and a freshly caught sea bass, our class of about 20 got a hands-on look at the art of gyotaku last Friday.

Dissected, the Japanese word means gyo, fish, and taku, rubbing. Croton-on-Hudson based artist Joe Mullins has been making these fish prints for more than a decade. (more…)

08/04/18 6:10am

Bib and Jaime Mills on board Jamie’s boat in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

Hanging on the wall in Jamie Mills’ Greenport office is a piece of paper with two options for a slogan billing Wm. J. Mills & Co. as America’s oldest family owned and operated sailmaker.

Mills peers over the two choices, which feature very subtle differences, and can’t quite seem to decide.

“I think I like option A,” he says.

His brother Bob, seated across from him, cracks a wry smile.

“Funny, I think I like option B,” he says with a chuckle.  (more…)

08/03/18 5:55am

It’s summer on the North Fork and there’s no better time for a fish fry.

Although there are many reputable fish mongers from Riverhead to Orient Point, there is nothing better than catching your own fish for one of these feasts. Fluke, sea bass and striped bass are enthusiastically targeted, but too often anglers catch nothing but “trash” fish.  (more…)

08/02/18 6:10am

Roasting s’mores around a campfire and hiking winding trails are givens when camping. So, too, are weathering the elements in a tent of your own pitching — and let’s not get started on the sleeping bags and questionable bathroom accommodations.

Camping is a chance to become immersed in nature, but for many, the pitfalls of the pastime outweigh the fun.

But not anymore. (more…)

07/28/18 6:10am

Depending on your direction of travel, Orient typically serves as the beginning or the end.

The Cross Sound Ferry, located just west of the very tip of Orient Point, is the gateway to and from New England.

A “Welcome to New York” road sign greets you as you exit the boat and begin your journey along Route 25.

But for those traveling to the North Fork from the west, Orient is a welcome escape from other parts of New York and the last stop on the road. (more…)