We all know the Long Island Expressway doesn’t lead to Greenport and Orient — this is actually a Route 58 sign — but what you might not know is that throughout the 1950s and 1960s many local officials hoped it would. (Credit: Grant Parpan photo illustration)
Driving to the end of the Long Island Expressway and exiting onto the western edge of Route 58, Riverhead’s commercial capital, it’s difficult to imagine that a plan once called for the island’s longest road to extend into Southold Town.
But drawn on a map titled “Expressway Plan 1959 County Planning Board” are two thick red lines that run from the Riverhead Town line to Old North Road in Orient. One line indicates eastbound Long Island Expressway traffic. The other shows traffic lanes heading west. (more…)
A rendering of the Peconic Crossing project planned for West Main Street. (Courtesy)
A five-story affordable housing project planned for along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead has received $5.49 million in grants from New York State.
“This is huge; I can’t underscore that enough,” explained Marianne Garvin, the president and chief executive officer of the nonprofit Community Development Corporation of Long Island, which is teaming up on the West Main Street project with a Rochester-based, for-profit developer called Conifer Realty. “Without the financing, you can have a concept and a dream and an aspiration, but you don’t have the project being built.
“This gives us the financing and the ability to actually build what we’re dreaming about building.” (more…)
Deana Rayburn of North Fork Crunch. (Credit: Vera Chinese)
At the Stony Brook Incubator in Calverton, entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality.
With the mentoring they receive and education in food preparation, they prepare, package and move their products onto store shelves. (more…)
The Mad Hatters (from left) Sue Hanauer of Riverhead, Harold Gordon of Mattituck, Rita Cohen of Southold and Prue Brashich of Cutchogue during last week’s bi-monthly knitting session at Ms. Hanover’s kitchen table. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
In 2003, Sue Hanauer was working on a project with fellow North Fork Reform Synagogue members when she developed the idea for Mad Hatters, which knits hats for local cancer patients.
“We were finishing a quilt cover for a wooden ark and were talking about what we wanted to do next,” said Ms. Hanauer, of Jamesport. “I had heard about a nationwide group that was doing caps for women and brought that to their attention. They liked the idea and the rest is history, as they say.” (more…)
A member of the Recorder Orchestra of New York warms up before a performance Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Paul Squire)
You probably thought recorders — those two-toned wind instruments — were only for elementary school music classes.
The Recorder Orchestra of New York celebrated its 20th anniversary with a concert at the Jamesport Meeting House Saturday afternoon. The group played a variety of tunes, from medieval dances to hymns and French compositions.
“The recorder is kind of a singing substitute,” Musical Director Patsy Rogers told the crowd. “It’s a peaceful kind of instrument.”
Check below for photos and a brief excerpt from the concert:
Musical Director Patsy Rogers plays a clock bell during one of the orchestra’s songs. (Credit: Paul Squire)
(Credit: Paul Squire)
The recorders used in the orchestra’s anniversary concert were all different sizes. (Credit: Paul Squire)
The Vineyards Golf Club head pro Louis de Kerillis teeing off last year. (Credit: The Vineyards, courtesy photo)
The folks at Palmer’s American Grille in Farmingdale are opening a restaurant on the North Fork. Specifically, at The Vineyards Golf Club in Riverhead.
The Vineyards is a members-only club, to be sure, and the same holds for the clubhouse restaurant.
But here’s the thing, you can be a dining-only club member for $25 a year.
The partnership was announced Friday.
Read more on northforker.com.
Bayview Farm owner Paul Reeve (right) said tractors are ready, but the soil is not. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
In a drastic change to their normal routines, North Fork farmers say they aren’t doing much these days.
By the time St. Patrick Day rolls around, Bayview Farm and Market owner Paul Reeve says he usually has seeds in the ground in anticipation of a May harvest.
But this year’s prolonged winter has put a kink in the system, delaying seeding by more than two weeks. April 1 has come and gone and no planting has been done at the Aquebogue farm. (more…)
The property includes mature vines producing pinot noir, merlot and chardonnay. (Credit: Town & Country Real Estate)
One of Long Island’s pioneering wine families has sold nearly 90 acres of waterfront land in Cutchogue to a mystery buyer — including nearly 30 acres of mature vineyards — in an arrangement that will allow the family to retain control of those vines for nearly a decade.
The land in question amounts to just a small parcel of a vast amount of grape-producing acreage controlled by the Damianos family, which owns and operates about 130 vineyard acres for Duckwalk Vineyards as well as 360 acres for Long Island’s largest wine producer, Pindar Vineyards.
The move will not affect wine production, as the Damianos clan will maintain the land and harvest the grapes per a seven-year renewable lease, according to those involved in the deal.
Read more on northforker.com.