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‘Jaws’ on a big screen in Bay Shore

A scene from the classic "Jaws" (1975) directed

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Although the facts are probably not necessary to use in order to directly entice locals into viewing the classic movie "Jaws," the 1975 killer great white shark thriller does happen to have direct connections to Long Island.

For example, it is a widely-held belief that author Peter Benchley was inspired by the late Montauk shark hunter Frank Mundus when penning his "Jaws" novel that Steven...

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The Cortland is going way back (with Wayfarers)

A couple of Wayfarer sunglasses, monogrammed with ?The

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Leave it to one of Long Island’s coolest spots to find a way – as in “wayfarers” – to appropriately inject something simple and fun into an offbeat concept and make the mix jell.

Come Thursday, April 10, The Cortland in Bay Shore (a pub once deemed to be the coolest on LI by Newsday) is hosting its latest “Cortland Mortgage & Investment Co.” event, a bash where the bar gets decorated like...

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'The Princess Bride,' pub-powered

Actors Robin Wright and Cary Elwes in a

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On the chance you have never watched the 1987 film "The Princess Bride" and aren't sure if it’s your cup of tea, a trip around the World Wide Web should reveal several ringing endorsements.

Just type the title into any search engine, and you'll find it’s an extremely well-reviewed motion picture that receives not just the adulation of critics, but ongoing expressions of affection from...

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Caffeine and creativity combine for ‘Sip and Paint’

The walls of Sip This coffeehouse in Valley

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Familiar with the concept of a “Drink and Draw” event? It’s not exactly your average night on the town — as it involves spending a session at a spot handcrafting while enjoying beverages throughout.

Long Island first witnessed such happenings at The Cortland, a pub in Bay Shore that specializes in craft beer and unique parties. The pub has been holding these gatherings on a semiregular basis...

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Drink & Draw: paint plus pints

The Cortland in Bay Shore. (Dec. 22, 2013)

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It's not hard to imagine that the mind of an artist could be invigorated by views of Greenport Harbor. Peaceful yet heavily traveled by boats and ships, its entirety -- from the Greenport village docks to the horizon -- could serve as a solid subject for painters seeking inspiration.

Then again, if you feel it would only take two pints of Greenport Harbor to bring your brush to life, a trip...

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Power Failure Party at The Cortland

Candles are the only form of illumination allowed

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

For those looking to go out and party late at night on Christmas Day, The Cortland in Bay Shore will be turning on its lights and opening for business at 8 p.m.

The Cortland will also be in operation on Thursday, Dec. 26, but on that occasion – despite the fact the doors will be open – the lights will not be on at all.

Problems paying the electric bill, you wonder? Not quite – in fact,...

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The return of Winterfest

The 2013 holiday card from podcasters ?The Beer

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It was the very end of 2010 when The Cortland in Bay Shore first arrived on the LI nightlife scene, offering events and parties not often found elsewhere on the Island.

Fast-forward to now and the pub is still going strong, with a number of those unique promotions and events (such as Rock-Paper-Scissors tournaments, film screenings and art showings) transforming from novel get-togethers into...

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The Cortland hosts 'Back To The Future'

Christopher Lloyd, left, and Michael J. Fox in

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It’s not the first time that The Cortland pub in Bay Shore has taken over its neighbor for entertainment’s sake, but -- as usual for this bar known for its singular parties -- the event it’s throwing is both unique and well-equipped with tasty suds.

Since the spring, The Cortland has hosted movie screenings at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts – not just because the YMCA has...

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'Karate Kid' meets craft beer pub, The Cortland

For those longing for a "Karate Kid" movie

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Although his latest major role before a camera was his performance during the 12th season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,” for many, actor Ralph Macchio will always be the hero of the 1984 classic film “The Karate Kid.”

Macchio has appeared in other memorable hits -- such as “My Cousin Vinny” (1992) and “The Outsiders” (1983) -- but looking back at the career of the Huntington native, it’s...

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Craft beer meets classic '80's cinema at the Boulton Center

A scene from "The Goonies" (1985).

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The craft beer revolution – as in brews created by smaller companies (“microbreweries”) -- is currently well under way across the USA, with more and more taverns nationwide adding rarer, often locally produced varieties of beer as menu options. And, when it comes to Long Island pubs that extol local efforts, few spots are as dedicated as The Cortland in Bay Shore (27 W. Main St. Bay Shore, 631-206-2220).


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