05/05/16 6:12am
Four and Twenty Blackbirds

Emily Elsen and Toby Bannister of Four and Twenty Blackbirds. (Credit: Vera Chinese file photo)

The Orient outpost of a Brooklyn bakery known for making pies that mix the sweet with the savory will be open for a third season on Village Lane this summer.

Four and Twenty Blackbirds will be open Saturdays and Sundays beginning May 14 and will expand its schedule July 1, according to manager Toby Bannister.

“It was a really great season last year,” Bannister said. “It’s amazing how word of mouth works because people continue to find us.” (more…)

04/07/16 3:10pm
A ripening vineyard don the North Fork. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

A ripening vineyard on the North Fork of Long Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

It appears that Vogue’s fashionistas have a soft spot for the East End.

An article posted on the magazine’s website April 4 titled “7 Great Island Vacations — No Passport Required” extols the virtues of eastern Long Island  — especially those of the North Fork and Shelter Island. (more…)

07/16/15 4:48pm
The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed "Mr. Gallery" and showcases artists' works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

The back of Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient. The space has been dubbed “Mr. Gallery” and showcases artists’ works. (Credit: Aubrey Mayer)

A pie shop might seem like an unlikely place for an art gallery. But at Four and Twenty Blackbirds in Orient, a makeshift display of artists’ works from near and far appears to flow seamlessly in the quaint setting.

The space at the rear of the building was conceived by its proprietors, husband-and-wife team Aubrey Mayer and Toby Bannister. Four and Twenty Blackbirds is an Orient outpost of a Brooklyn bakery of the same name that is owned by Bannister’s friend Emily Elsen.

They have dubbed the dedicated space “Mr. Gallery.” (more…)