01/31/15 1:00pm
01/31/2015 1:00 PM
A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

A circa 1900 photo taken a year after the Greenport Opera House was built at Main Street and Bay Avenue. (Credit: The Historical Collection at Mike Richter Photography)

The Main Street corner where it once stood is now the site of a Chase Bank parking lot, but at the turn of the 20th century the Greenport Opera House was a towering, romantic presence on the North Fork.

Built in 1899 to replace Stirling Hall, which had burned down earlier that year, the opera house was “the pinnacle of the village,” said Greenport historian Carlos DeJesus.  (more…)

01/30/15 12:18pm
01/30/2015 12:18 PM
Michael Butler (center) cuts the ribbon Thursday at the E. Main St. apartment complex. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Michael Butler (center) cuts the ribbon Thursday at the E. Main St. apartment complex. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

The second of three new affordable apartment complexes in downtown Riverhead officially held its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, as leases are in place for all but seven of its 19 apartments, with tenants expected to move in on Sunday, according to Michael Butler, the owner and developer of the project. (more…)

01/19/15 8:00am
01/19/2015 8:00 AM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a proposal to offer certain residents a property tax credit on Wednesday. (Credit: Governor's office)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces a proposal to offer certain residents a property tax credit on Wednesday. (Credit: Governor’s office)

It’s one of two things, according to Benjamin Franklin, that is certain in life: taxes.

And one proposal by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aims to at least ease the tax burden for about 1.3 million people across the state.

While the governor can’t pass legislation preventing another of Mr. Benjamin’s certainties from occurring — death — his ‘Opportunity Agenda’ would provide an average $1,150 in annual tax credits for over 125,000 homeowners in Suffolk County, and 1.3 million across the state. (more…)

01/17/15 12:00pm
01/17/2015 12:00 PM
Thirty West Main developer Georgia Malone in the second-floor lounge. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Thirty West Main developer Georgia Malone in the second-floor lounge. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Downtown Riverhead has been touted for years as a place “on the rise,” an up-and-coming magnet drawing both new businesses and new apartments. A 52-unit apartment complex opened on Peconic Avenue in 2010 and 19 more units are set open soon in the former Woolworth building — right next to the renovated Suffolk Theater. Another 48 affordable housing units are slated for West Main Street.  (more…)