This privately run garden is a delight. It is free and has a variety of gardens and trails for the enthusiast to enjoy. There are several ponds, a rose garden, ornamental garden and childrens garden. One can also fine a variety of trees and plants from North America and around the world. Look for Pandas in the gardens patch of Bamboo. (Kidding, no...more
A 5000 sq ft exhibit is also part of the POP package, comprised of a butterfly room, a bird room, and most conspicuously a large gift shop. Opened with great fanfare concurrent with the new Hyatt East End Hotel next door ( of which it may actually be a part ), it originally featured up to 5000 butterflies and loads of birds. There are a lot less...more
The POP ticket allows for additional activities for the above fee ---- 1 - A $5 voucher for tickets for the game arcade, a collection of games of chance and minimal skill is pretty poor repair at which the prizes are worth far less than the cost of the tickets. Getting the kids out of here from the original investment is of course close to...more
Two North American river otters, named PB and J, must be among the happiest residents of the Long Island Aquarium. With a 1500 sq ft enclosure featuring two waterfalls and a pond as well as hiding places, they sit in the sun for a while grooming and then go for a swim. River otters, but not sea otters, have playful behavior in the water - one can...more
Another unanticipated group of residents is the African Penguin contingent, also housed in the ruins of Atlantis. Continuing the theme set by the snow monkeys, these birds were raised in captivity and imported illegally into the United States. When the US Fish and Wildlife Service was stuck with them, they certainly knew where to call - welcome to...more
The outdoor exhibits at the aquarium are a much less cohesive and integrated group, to say the least. The most unanticipated display was the remnants of the Atlantis City architecture populated by three snow monkeys, more properly known as Japanese macaques. These primates are well suited to the New York weather - Japanese macaques live farther...more
CLOSED - SOLD THE LAND TO TD BANK FOR A BLOODY FORTUNE. ALLEGEDLY TO REOPEN IN THE SPACE FORMERLY OCCUPIED BY TRATA IN ROSLYN --- CHECK IT OUT. Located about as far from the shoreline as one can be on Long Island, Riverbay has for many years provided an excellent dining experience. Under the same ownership as a tony upscale North Shore steakhouse,...more
An upscale predominantly Italian restaurant just north of the Southhampton Village is owned by Gabby Karan, daughter of designer Donna Karan. Set in a white building with the restaurant name indicated only be a blackboard on a bench in front, Tutto il Giorno is soooo typical of upscale Italian restaurants on the Hamptons. The crowd is hip although...more
City Cellar is the first Long Island venue for the Big Time Restaurant group which has many outposts, most located along the southeastern coast of Florida (West Palm, Delray, Boca Raton), all of which we have previously visited. This is the most upscale of the 10 or more large scale chain restaurants adjacent the extensive shopping of Old Country...more
This is where I lost the bet and watched the Simpsons 300th.
The are your typical neighborhood bar with a pool table in the back that kept us busy until the Simpson's 300th episode distracted me. I can't believe they did 300 way back in 2003 more than five years ago.
Come here and enjoy the whole environment. Good drinks (I had only 1) and friends and it was a great time. Until I had to clean off the snow from the car and drive in it.
There are a few different ways to ferry into Long Island....for me the closest way was from New London, Connecticut. Interesting town, New London. Home of the submarine building facility... and lots of commercial buildings and boats around the ferry dock. Many marine activities and various types of nautical transportation available here. The men...more
If you can, avoid taking a car service. It's way expensive. It could range anywhere between $75 and $90 without tip included. So altogether it could be over $100! Try to get someone to drop you off at the airport and pick you up. I wound up paying for the car service because my flights were delayed and I was coming and going at odd times. You can...more
A small white cottage with a gravel parking lot houses this Hamptons institution. You will have to wait for a parking spot ( and often just to get into the lot ) and the queue snakes outside the door, but the reward is the freshest fish around. What you buy was inside the fish ten minutes before, the single small room containing not only the sales...more
Roosevelt field mall is likely to have any store you need. It's in the prime location of Garden City which is near both the 495 highway and the northern state. It caters to just about any shopper as it has cheap to expensive stores. It has all the stores you can think of from Macy's to Banana Republic to J Crew to Tourneau to smaller specialty...more
As a summer destination ( we love the Hamptons in the winter when nobody is there ), all the stops are pulled out for the major three day weekends. Here some examples of the excesses of the weekend.Image 1 - Hampton Bays pulls out the trucks and the flag for the holiday, as well as the donation cups for those driving through. Ties up traffic...more
This iconic gathering place in Amagansett has been around since the 1950's and is THE gathering place for weekend breakfast. Less a farmer's market than a convenience store featuring upscale items - probably every designer mustard and squash from the entire world, along with overpriced deli products, fruit, and prepared food - part of the...more
Lyme Disease is a debilitating infectious illness caused by a tick borne bacteria causing rash, joint pains and arthritis, fever, and occasionally severe neurologic disorders. The ticks are carried by deer. Long before the illness was named after a town in Connecticut, it was known as "Hamptons Elbow", after the joint often affected by this...more
There is really nothing happing outside the holiday season...If you like to have this part of America for yourself it´s the perfect time!
This preserve on the south shore of long Island in the town of Oceanside is tricky to find. Please fund directions on website. This is a salt marsh that provides visitors to learn about the ecosystem and its wild inhabitants. On its 52 Acres, there are paths and boardwalks where one can birdwatch and enjoy nature. The buildings adjacent to the...more
This little museum in the town of Roslyn is a gem for museum and art afficienados. It has exhibits of 19th and 20th century American and European Art in a variety of medium. There are also special exhibits that are presented several times a year. Examples of past shows include Napolean and the Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt. Also on the...more
Fishing is a big sport, of course...but tons of pleasure boats along the way as well. If you weren't looking at a winery it was a vegetable farm...interspersed with a boat or a waterway...an inlet or some little beach. Water all around. No wonder everything grows so well!more
It may be considered a sport or a hobby, but Birdwatching is one of the most popular outdoor activities on Long Island. The entire island is located along the Atlantic Flyway, one of 3 that cut through North America. During Spring and Fall, during the Migrations, many species can be seen along with the residents. Waterbirds like ducks and geese to...more
The upscale Cherry Creek complex includes the Woods and the Links courses, set in the North Fork of Long Island near Riverhead. The more user friendly of the courses is the par 71 Woods, 6565 yards from the tips. The course is typical woodlands type with relatively narrow fairways lined by dense stands of trees. Water comes into play on half a...more
Hallockville is in the heart of Long Island's farmland. It dates to 1765, but the house was significantly enlarged and updated in the 1800's. The Hallock family owned and occupied a number of homes and properties along the road here until the family died off and there was massive immigration from Poland early in the century. A map shows the names...more
Roasted corn seems to be a specialty altho I didn't try it. Loaded up with apples and veggies for the trip home. good stuff. Fabulous deals on mums if I hadn't already planted a ton of them for our house tour in September. Each stand was more interesting than the one before. I couldn't stop my car often enough to take all the pictures I wanted to...more