When we began discussing the possibility of northforker.com back in 2012, the big question was always: “Who is going to do all this work?”
We had no doubt that with the North Fork’s changing demographics — fewer natives and more newcomers — a website aimed at reaching second-home owners and visitors to the North Fork was something we needed to pursue. We recognized the stories published in our Southold, Riverhead and Shelter Island newspapers, while exceptional, were no longer enough to reach everyone interested in our communities. (more…)
The author inside Love Lane Kitchen in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)
Once upon a time, I was what is called an extreme commuter. I spent more than two hours each way traveling to various locations for my job as a reporter for the New York Daily News. I covered everyone from the famous — I liveblogged James Gandolfini’s funeral, I staked out Anthony Weiner — to teachers charged with sexually assaulting their students to mothers whose sons had just been shot in the head by drug dealers. It was a brutal job that took me to the harshest corners of New York City and beyond. At the end of the day, I would turn around and drive two to three hours back to the Suffolk County home I share with my husband.
What a welcome change it was when I accepted a job as editor of a new lifestyle brand by the name of northforker. The position offered creative freedom, a break from the conventional 24-hour news cycle and the chance to return to the place where I started my career.(more…)
I’m one of those weirdos who is gunning to put up the Christmas tree as soon as Halloween is over. Bring up the plastic pumpkins and bring down the ornaments I say! Embrace the seasonal creep!
But the one thing I didn’t carry down from the attic this year was an artificial wreath.
One of the highlights in creating this issue was hanging with BFFs Lauren Zilnicki and Rebecca Hardman, who share their love of food and entertaining through their web series “Two Forks and Flowers.” Lauren, a florist, demonstrated how to make a wreath using items foraged from her parents’ backyard in Aquebogue. The finished product was a dazzling, truly NoFo creation — something anyone would be proud to display on their front door. (more…)
Katelyn Knapp holds a copy of “N is for North Fork” inside her studio. (Credit: Katelyn Knapp, courtesy)
The new children’s book “N is for North Fork” aims to make bedtime reading more interactive.
The 30-page softcover book, self-published by Southold photographer Katelyn Knapp, gives young children an opportunity to work on their ABCs while also learning about some of the region’s best places for families to visit. And kids will probably enjoy donning a pair of 1950s monster movie-style red and blue glasses to view the book’s 3-D images.(more…)