Fire Island Pines Travel Guide

  • The Stars, Fire Island Pines, 2009
    The Stars, Fire Island Pines, 2009
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Fire Island Pines Things to Do

  • House Hunting, Part I

    “The Sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.”— Jacques Cousteau (1910-1997) Fire Island Pines has some of the most wonderful oceanfront properties in the world. My favorite is 408 Ocean Walk.Sitting on .41 acres, this one-family, oceanfront house shows clear Prairie-style influences, including the pitch of the roof and...

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  • Entertaining: A Lunchon

    Life at Fire Island Pines (FIP) revolves around eating, or so it seems.We are either planning a meal, buying for a meal, preparing a meal, eating a meal, or cleaning up after a meal!The local Pines Pantry (see shopping tip entry) can supply the ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack, too.Lunch and dinner often involve entertaining...

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  • Watch the Sunset, Part I

    “Nobody of any real culture, for instance, ever talks nowadays about the beauty of sunset. Sunsets are quite old fashioned. To admire them is a distinct sign of provincialism of temperament. Upon the other hand they go on.”— Oscar Wilde quotes (1854-1900)At Fire Island Pines sunsets still count for something; people still talk about them and still...

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  • Watch the Sunset, Part II

    “When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator”— Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)From any point facing the southern side of the Great South Bay spectacular sunsets can be seen at Fire Island Pines.Some people watch the sun set from the main pier in the harbor. At the end of any of the walks...

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  • Gardening

    When the season begins at Fire Island Pines one of the first things we do is plant the garden. It is a very satisfying part of getting the new season started. For the next 3.5 months the flowers will grow and make our surroundings beautiful. And we did it with our own two little hands.

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  • Fourth of July: The Invasion

    Since 1976, America’s Bicentennial Year, Cherry Grove drag queens have invaded The Pines. The Invasion has become an annual event, now attracting spectators from Long Island, where once it was mostly a local happening.The story of how The Invasion began goes as follows. A drag queen named Patsy came to The Pines from Cherry Grove, a neighboring...

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  • Watch the Deer

    Watch the deer but do not pet them. They are very tame, but most likely tick infested. They are hungry critters. Keep your property gates shut and check for breaches in your property’s fencing. Given any opportunity the deer will take it to gain access to your property, especially if you have flowers.They are most commonly seen in the early morning...

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  • The Sun, the Moon and the Stars

    At Fire Island Pines you can be assured of getting the sun, the moon and the stars.Everyone comes for the sun. The beach, where sun worshipers park themselves in the high season, at The Pines is known around the world. Watching sunsets is a big deal here in The Pines (see Fire Island Pines Things to Do Tip).The moon and the stars, on the other...

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  • Play Volleyball

    Another beach sport is volleyball. Requiring more people and more equipment than paddleball, this diversion would be tough to organize on the spot,as paddleball is. There are volleyball leagues and teams, however, that you can join.

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Fire Island Pines Hotels

  • Hotel Ciel

    I have never had a need to stay at this hotel, neither when it was called the Botel, which it was...

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Fire Island Pines Restaurants

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    by von.otter Updated Aug 5, 2009

    Bay Bar is average; there is nothing special about it. For a light breakfast or lunch Bay Bar is the only option in The Pines. The place serves Starbucks coffee, a selling feature for some. Liquor is also served. There is a waitstaff.

    Being located directly next to the harbor and the ferry dock you can grab a quick cup of coffee while you wait for the next ferry to arrive.

    Just as all retail outlets in The Pines Bay Bar is expensive because you are a captive audience. In addition 20% is added to cover the cost of hauling those coffee beans across the bay, in the same way that all establishments must add 20% to their goods and services for the same reason.

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Fire Island Pines Nightlife

  • The Relaxed Bar

    The Sip ’N Twirl name says it all: it is a bar with a dance floor. It is also an alternative to the Pavilion’s showy crowd.The boys at Sip ’N Twirl are move down to earth, the atmosphere is more relaxed and laid back. Beach casual.

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  • Dancing the Summer Nights Away

    Although the Pavilion's hay day is long gone it is still the only nigh club in The Pines.In the 1980s and throughout 1990s and into the early years of the new Millennium the boys of The Pines would meet up every Saturday night (it was really early Sunday morning, 1 or 2 am) to dance until dawn to the familiar disco music that made the place...

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  • Beach Party

    Since 1999, in late July, the Fire Island Pines community has held a big party on the beach. It is always held at night. The party always has a theme. Past themes have included the Arabian Nights, Super Heroes, the Wild West, Ancient Rome and vintage TV shows. The photos here are from the 2010 party, with Poseidon, God of the Seas as its theme.This...

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  • Dancing on the Beach

    Every summer season since 1999, in late July, the Fire Island Pines community comes together to give a big party on the beach. The party is always held at night. It always has a theme. Past themes have included the Arabian Nights, Super Heroes, the Wild West, Ancient Rome and vintage TV shows. The photo examples here are from the 2007 party; the...

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  • Dancing with the Boys

    A long-standing tradition on the Fourth of July is the annual Dance on the Bay.It is produced by the Fund in the Sun and it is a fund-raiser that benefits the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center in New York City. This dance is traditionally held at a spectacular home overlooking the Great South Bay where a dance floor is...

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  • Bingo with a Twist

    Thursday night in The Pines would not be Thursday night without Bingo! The twist here is the campy atmosphere surrounding the night’s gaming.Put on by the Fire Island Pines Fire Corp., this night of fun benefits the Fire Island Pines Volunteer Fire Department. The venue is the Fire Hall above the garage where the fire trucks are parked.Take the...

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Fire Island Pines Transportation

  • Taxi!

    There are numerous communities on New York State’s Fire Island. If you do not want to walk the beach from one community to another, an easy way to commute between them is by water taxi.The photos here show the taxi pulling into the harbor at The Pines and passengers disembarking.

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  • Take the Train

    When visiting Fire Island Pines from New York City I encourage everyone to ride the Long Island Railroad (LIRR). It is not possible to take a car in to Fire Island Pines; parking it in one of the lots at the ferry dock is pricey. Leave it at home.Check the LIRR schedule, available on its web site, for departure times from NYC’s Penn Station. The...

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  • Walk the Walk

    If your idea of a boardwalk is informed, as mine once was, by the one found in Atlantic City, with its high-off-the-ground construction, amusements rides, cheap souvenir shops and tacky casinos, toss it out the window when we talk about the boardwalks at Fire Island Pines.The boardwalks, or The Walks, are the only way to get around The Pines. There...

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Fire Island Pines Shopping

  • That Fabulous Store

    Located above the Pine Pantry (see Shopping entry) Summer Solstice is a fabulous store selling tasteful gifts, table top and kitchen items, clothing, jewelry, bath and beach items, as well as movie rentals.Everything is reasonably priced for such lovely things.The sales staff, Brian and Ignacio, is helpful and friendly. I like the fabulous...

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  • Getting Tipsey in The Pines

    Need a drink? The Pines Liquor Shop offers a complete line of spirits, wine and Champagne. The staff is very helpful, friendly and they know their booze to help you choose. What’s your pleasure? Everything in The Pines is at least 20% more than what it would cost on the main land because the stuff has to take a 20-minute ferry ride across the...

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  • A Gourmet Treat at the Beach

    The Pines Pantry adds a new twist to the old-fashion grocery store, gourmet foods. Run by the same family for more than 30 years, this small store at the north end of the harbor is staffed by high-school kids on their summer break.I love the small-town feel of this place. It is even possible to open a house charge account at the Pantry; ask a...

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Fire Island Pines Local Customs

  • The Fourth of July Invasion

    Since 1976, America’s Bicentennial Year, Cherry Grove drag queens have invaded The Pines. The Invasion has become an annual event, now attracting spectators from Long Island, where once it was mostly a local happening.The story of how The Invasion began goes as follows. A drag queen named Patsy came to The Pines from Cherry Grove, a neighboring...

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  • Flags of Other Nations

    In addition to flying Old Glory, it is a common custom in The Pines to fly the flag of the country or the city where a guest lives; or fly the flag of your national heritage. Not only is it fun to do this, it adds color and interest to the surroundings.

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  • You’re a Grand Old Flag

    You’re a grand old flag,You're a high flying flagAnd forever in peace may you wave.You’re the emblem ofThe land I love.The home of the free and the brave.Ev’ry heart beats true’neath the Red, White and Blue,Where there's never a boast or brag.Should auld acquaintance be forgot,Keep your eye on the grand old flag.The first stanza from “You’re a...

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Fire Island Pines Warnings and Dangers

  • Protecting the Dunes, Protecting The...

    “My life is like a stroll on the beach...as near to the edge as I can go.”— Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)Seabeach amaranth, an annual plant, grows on the dunes of beaches along the Atlantic seaboard. More specifically it grows on barrier islands, which is what Fire Island is.The very existence of Fire Island Pines depends on the health of the...

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  • Protecting Our Fine Feathered Friends

    Each summer since 2004, 20 feet of beach, directly in front of the dunes, have been roped off to protect the nesting and breeding habitats of the Piping Plovers and the Least Terns, birds in danger for their survival.Although the area is roped off with only simple and flimsy string and light stakes it is the responsibility of beach-goers to be...

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  • Cops on the Water

    Fire Island Pines (FIP) is a very safe place. Crime is almost nonexistent. At most problems are limited to noisy neighbors at unreasonable hours and these complaints are handled by the Suffolk County Police. It is their Marine Bureau that patrols here. Their boat is docked in the harbor; their small guard house is a few yards from the harbor. These...

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Fire Island Pines Sports & Outdoors

  • Sail the Great South Bay

    “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”— Seneca (Roman philosopher, 4 BC – AD 65)Separating Long Island (New York) from Fire Island Island (New York) the Great South Bay offers the perfect spot for sailing. A sail boat.

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  • Playing Croquet Can be So Gay

    “So they left the subject and played croquet, which is a very good game for people who are annoyed with one another, giving many opportunities for venting rancor.”― Rose Macaulay (1881-1958, English writer)I have never seen anyone play this game of croquet on this small, artificial lawn, which is part of an ocean-front house in The Pines. I...

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  • Go Fly a Kite!

    “Let’s go fly a kiteUp to the highest height!Let’s go fly a kite and send it soaringUp through the atmosphereUp where the air is clearOh, let’s go fly a kite!”— from “Mary Poppins” Written by Robert B. ShermanKite flying needs more strength and skill than one might think.When the wind is blowing right, mostly from the southwest, it is the best...

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