North and south shore beaches, historic sites, parks, shopping, Parkways
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There's more to New York than concrete
Last time I went to the horse races was in Saratoga Springs in up-state NY at the ripe age of 5. Here it is 21 years later and have made it back, this time around for a baby shower. I am no gambler so I intended on losing up to 10 dollars just to participate. First race I won 6 dollars, number 5 and four hit it with the Exacta Box, but since they...more
Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. From 1902 to 1908 his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. Otherwise, it was the home of a most remarkable fellow. Theodore Roosevelt, a family-centered father of six, ended his workday at 4 PM to play...more
Jackson Pollock(1912-1956) is regarded as the undisputed leader of the Abstract Expressionist movement. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner(1908-1984) and moved from New York City to Long Island's East End. With a loan from art dealer Peggy Guggenheim, they purchased a small homestead on one and a quarter acres overlooking Accabonac Creek...more
Camusett state park is beuatifully situated on a peninsula that jetts out into the Long Island sound, thats the the huge puddle above LI but below Connecticutt. The park includes an old, old farm many hiking trails and a beautiful coast line where you will see tons of sailboats on those nice days. They have horse riding if that fits your fancy and...more
Description - Built circa 1819 by Walter Whitman's father, this house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a fine example of native Long Island craftsmanship, simple in line and pleasing in proportions. Remarkably few changes have been made to the structure since the Whitmans left it in 1823. A visitor centers features...more
I was painting rich peeps houses one time in this North Shore locale when I came across this place. I was literally shocked by what was standing in front of me. I didn't know there was a castle withing a thousand miles of the city. Now with further investigation I know a lot of the old money peeps built these to feel like kings. The site is...more
We parked behind the Restaurant and the BBQ aroma from Famous Dave's almost enticed us. The restaurant was larger than it appeared with an open kitchen, over 200 tables & a huge wine cellar with ladder behind the bar. The leather booth was very comfortable & quiet. Happy Hour is 4:00 to 7:00 daily at the bar with $5. pizza's, $3. drafts, $4. wines...more
We enjoyed the three-course lunch served weekdays from noon to 2 p.m. The choices on the menu were soup, salmon, sald, Sea scallops, filet mignon and profiteroles were among them. The dinner menu was more expensive, more courses & just delish. Service was impeccable. I don't think you could go wrong.more
Fun restaurant decorated with license plates from around the country. Paper is on the tables & crayons are provided. The chips are made in house & are wonderful with salsa. All of the Mexican platters are large and good, so are desserts. We like the Happy Hour with half price margarita's; the bar can be funmore
A while back I reviewed this place with a not-so-favorable postioning. But that was before I moved to Long Island and was eating at great restaurants everyday. Now, living out in the boondocks makes it alot harder to find something satisfactory. Enjoyment is had through nature out there and not so much through the mastery of a chef, like in the...more
Long Island and BUDWEISER are synonymous. The lawn-mower gasoline tasting liquid is advertised in all drinking spots most prominent window byway of a flourescent sign. Jocks and former HIGH_SCHOOL bullies sip it up like pidgeons on the hunt for crumbs. I don't understand, why settle for garbage. Dumpster diving, you take what you can get, but by...more
In Port Jefferson, you can catch the ferry to Connecticut or just hang out. People who go here usually bring there dogs, and just wander around. You can have dinner, or just get ice cream. It's a great spot on a nice cool summer night. You can even do some shopping here. Nice day clothes are appropriate. You dont want to get dressed up to go here....more
Trains from New York 34th Street, Penn Station and Brooklyn, Flatbush to all over Long Island. You can get price and schedule information from MTA website:http://www.mta.infoBTW, you better buy your ticket before boarding the train since they charge extra for buying ticket on train.more
There are a few ferry ports on LI. I am focusing on the Ferries that transport people to and from Fire Island. The three I have used is the Davis Park Ferry out of Patchougue, the Sunken Forest/Sailors Haven out of Sayville and the Ocean Park out of Bayshore (pictured). They are all about 12.00$ roundtrip and if arriving by car you have to pay for...more
Over thirty years ago the Hargraves planted the first of what was soon to rapidly grow into a wine region. Through the next few tumultuous decades the vines matured and starting churning out prodi that was get national recognition. Today the Winery is under new ownership but the planted acerage increased and the product still is climbing the charts...more
I am not one for the mall/strip mall lifestyle. Its kind of disgusting watching robust humans salivating over a Krispy Kreme doughnut in a food court. Drive up windows kill me too. Get out of your car and walk a little. So with that in mind I seek to find a shopping experience that tends to match a city atmosfear where ther is a walkable downtown....more
Lenz winery first opened its door in '78-'79 in the end of the last century. The century headed by 1900 not 1800, remember we are now in the one with the 2000 in the beginning. Damn, time goes fast. Lenz is popularized by its Old Vine Merlot at 55 dollars a bottle but a much more robust Merlot can be found bottled in the Estate Selection at 22 a...more
As soon as you get off the ferry in Ocean Beach you are confronted with a whole parking lot of wagons. If you have a heavy load rent one of these. This is the only form of transport on the Fire Island Ocean Park besides those extremities that start at your hips.
Long Island has got its fare share of marshland, wetlands, beautiful to look at but a cornicopia of pests. Mosquitos love the water filled wetlands and fester in these areas. Recently they have found our Mosqites to contain West Nile which can lead to bigger and better problems than just an itchy hill on your skin. Has lead to death in elderly and spiral meningitis, or just sickness which you try to avoid.
Long Island was also blessed with the Deer Tick. These carry a disease called Lyme Disease, not all do but more so than not. When going through grassy or wooded areas make sure you check yourself, its best to cover yourself and wear light colors so you can see these mothers walking up you. Once bitten you may find a Bulls Eye like pattern a few weeks later. You might have it go to a doctor now.
To avoid wear a bug repellent spray that has DEET in the ingredients. The DEET keeps the ticks away.
One last thing to look out for when walking on trails is Poison Ivy. Three Shiney green leaves with a reddish tint say "I AM POISON"
So watch out.
Memorial Day to Labor Day, this place is riddled with bodies. Traffic slows to standstills and restaurants, club, parks fill to the brim. To deal.....drive out east Saturday morning before 7 am. And for the ride back to NYC drive home real late Sunday night. If work allows try the weekdays....so much less humans then.more
Yeah Jones beach may be one of the most visited beach in the world, it sucks. You are packed up so closely next to another group. Real estate is limited on a hot summer day. Go east to less populated beaches. Stay on the train to eastern LI beaches such as Smith Point or Robert Mosesmore
Beach Bag Make sure you bring a sheet to sit o the sand with, some sun tan lotion cause our sun actually gets real hot up here and definately some sun glasses. This is of course if it is the summer otherwise wrap a mattress around you because it is colder here then in the city due to winds off the ocean. Bring yoself some bug spray with DEET in...more
A stay in any of the Hamptons, located on the eastern tip of Long Island, N.Y., U.S.A., is a great vacation. The white sand beaches consist of long stretches of beautiful sand and surf. Some beaches are secluded and others are quite populated. The "free" beach in Southampton is "off the beaten path" and is used by only a handful of savvy sun...more
For any one place to be claimed "off the beaten path" in the East End of Long Island, there has to be a reason for this since all land that lyes east is soooo on path. The OTBP reasoning must be the fact that this Island that sits wedged between the two forks is only accessed by ferry, one to the north and one to the south. This seclusion created a...more
Wetlands are the barrier between land and sea that outline Long Island and penetrate the Island with help of river shorelines. They are usually swampy areas that sometimes fall below water level during hightide, and are exposed during low. They are mucky supporting such plantlife as the brown reeds that are so characteristic of LI waterways....more
Cacti and I have never really gotten along. I have had my run-in with the nastiest of the species. Sitting on my windowsill, so close to my toilet, were three representatives from this odd plantlife. They sat behind me, quietly, as I hung over the bowl, naked, throwing up the nights liquids. My hiney, mimicking the moon hung high above. I violently...more
I like the scent of skunk. I would bottle it into one of those "Pft Pft" bottles that women use to apply various perfumes. The mist I would imagine will be discolored in a grayish overtone and would happily fall upon my skin stopping short settling onto my armhair sheild. Everywhere I roamed people would take notice of my repulsive trail, and yet I...more
Close one eye. Leave the better of your two, the one closer to 20/20, open. Pan the beach around you. Its simple, theres all your elements, sand, water, sky, fragmite, dunes. Another prominent forieng object, the driftwood. Keep that eye closed if that isn't your creative eye, switch. Run over to the driftwood, accost it, watch for splinters, now...more