05/26/18 6:13am

A bird’s-eye view of Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

Four years ago we launched an online interactive contest to see what our readers felt was the best hamlet or village on the North Fork. It was the most anticlimactic game of all time as Greenport, a heavy favorite going in, stomped everyone en route to the title.  (more…)

04/28/18 6:00am

The view of Jamesport from above. (Credit: David Benthal)

There’s a turning point as you head east into Aquebogue and Jamesport. 

The big box stores that dot Route 58 in Riverhead suddenly feel hundreds of miles away — not five as the GPS reminds — as you enter Aquebogue and Jamesport. 

The first communities flanked by both the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound, it’s where the small town coastal ambience that radiates across the North Fork begins.  (more…)

03/31/18 6:20am

Downtown Wading River from above in the early morning hours. (Credit: David Benthal)

The hamlet of Wading River often leads a double life.

It’s part of both Riverhead and Brookhaven towns and it’s split between a pair of school districts, with children sent to Shoreham-Wading River and Riverhead schools. Its more-often-traveled main roads are also far different from its bucolic back roads.  (more…)

03/03/18 6:10am

The view from above Main Street. (Credit: David Benthal)

For many transplants and second-home owners, their North Fork story begins wherever they had that first great experience here. It’s the weekend they spent in Greenport Village or that winery trip where they ended up making it no farther east than Mattituck.   (more…)