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.
These two baby owls were recused Monday at same house where another owl was saved last week. (Credit: Joseph DiVello)
Baby owls are having a tough time staying in their nest at one Southold property.
Four days after a local real estate agent and animal rescue crews helped a juvenile great horned owl back into its tree after it had fallen, two babies found themselves in a similar situation Sunday. (more…)
More than 350 people packed the LTV Studios in Wainscott Thursday evening. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)
A public hearing Thursday evening debating the question of restricting aircraft flights over the East End took almost four hours with 70 speakers trooping to the podium.
More than 350 people attended the East Hampton Town Board meeting in a TV studio in Wainscott to air out the pros and cons of proposed local legislation, which, if enacted, would dramatically curb flights into and out of East Hampton Airport. (more…)
Brad Bocksel and his father, Robert, preparing artifacts for accession to Fraunces Tavern Museum. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Brad Bocksel is a treasure hunter, but he’s not in it for the cash. He started digging up lost artifacts — ranging from silver coins to bullets used in the Civil War — when he was in middle school, and more than two decades later he’s never sold a single one.
He’s no hoarder of history either.
To prove it — though it’s not as if anyone dared him — Mr. Bocksel turned over some of his most prized possessions last Wednesday to the Fraunces Tavern Museum, a building that dates to Colonial times at 54 Pearl Street in lower Manhattan and is owned and operated by the Sons of the Revolution preservation group.
All 20 donated items originated from the Colonial and Revolutionary War periods.
Mr. Bocksel found them on his family’s Main Road farm in Aquebogue and other places on the North Fork.
Snow blankets the Main Road in Mattituck. (Credit: Carrie Miller)
Forecasters are predicting snow on Tuesday morning that could create problems on the roadways during rush hour. (more…)
Kate Carpluk of Town & Country Real Estate staged this South Jamesport home last year.
The rate of real estate sales on the North Fork has increased to the point that available inventory can no longer meet demand.
That’s the key takeaway of the fourth-quarter results released last Thursday by Manhattan appraisal firm Miller Samuel and brokerage Douglas Elliman, said Miller Samuel president Jonathan Miller.
“The supply is trying to normalize,” Mr. Miller said. “It’s still not, but it’s better for consumers than it was a year ago.”
At the end of 2013, there were 455 houses on the market on the North Fork — from Aquebogue to Orient — according to the report. Points farther west weren’t included in the analysis. By the end of 2014, that number increased — albeit modestly — to 521 available homes. Meanwhile, residential sales in 2014 jumped a significant 34 percent from the same time the previous year — from 556 to 685. (more…)
Bedell Winery assistant vineyard manager Donna Rudolph with her dog Willow and vineyard manager’s dog Jefferson among the vines in Wednesday’s 20 degree weather- with the wind chill it felt like 3 degrees. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Peter Badmajew was prepared for the freezing temperatures he faced Thursday as he embarked on his his daily, five-mile jog.
Bundled up tight in hat, vest, gloves and jacket, the 86-year-0ld Jamesport resident wasn’t about to let a 17-degree day stop him from getting his “medicine,” as he says. (more…)