Life on Long Island
Looking for an excuse to dress like Santa Claus and spend an afternoon marching around an area village between pubs? This is it.
On Saturday, Dec. 14, Farmingdale will be the site of a Santa Crawl, which -- for those yet to attempt such a festive feat -- requires all involved to don either holiday attire (such as dressing like a reindeer or wearing a very ugly Christmas sweater) or to appear...Read more »
For craft beer aficionados, the release of a new brew can be reason enough to spend a Saturday afternoon traveling for suds-tasting purposes -- but as responsible drinkers know; driving somewhere to imbibe is not an acceptable practice. However, taking the bus to grab a beer is a wise alternative. But how many buses head directly to the bar you need to patronize?
In the case of one annual...Read more »
When it comes to a business reaching 100 years old, it usually garners a good deal of attention. And in 2012 Shine’s Bar in Long Beach reached that significant century mark. Unfortunately, one of the worst tragedies to ever strike Long Island pre-empted any plans of celebration.
Shine’s has always been a pub primarily populated by locals. Located on the corner of West Beech and California...Read more »
Since 2002, Lily Flanagan’s Pub in Babylon Village has been a successful spot for dining and nightlife -- and as of last weekend, the Lily’s ownership group has opened a second location -- with both born in a similar fashion.
When Lily Flanagan’s first arrived in Babylon, it took over a site then better known as the former home of a now-defunct neighborhood nightspot called Barker’s (345 Deer...Read more »
When concerning the current state of interaction on Long Island, many think online media and web gatherings can deter men and women from going out and physically meeting in person. In other words, social media can prevent actual socializing.
It’s not uncommon for modern couples today to sweet-talk via texts, or for best friends to spend a night together chatting on Facebook from separate locations....Read more »
So far, 2013 has not been a banner year for nightlife on Long Island.
That doesn't mean the existing hot spots were necessarily short on “heat,” as the crowds have definitely been out and about as usual, But whatever the reason (LI’s financial situation and the destruction caused by superstorm Sandy have been cited as causes by some), so far the usual new class of nightclubs, bars and lounges...Read more »
For the most part, the Long Island nightlife scene has a history of “come-and-go.”
There are places like Shine’s in Long Beach and Finnegan’s in Huntington that have reached the century mark (both turned 100 in 2012), and Fire Island hangouts like Flynn’s in Ocean Bay Park and The Kismet Inn that predate World War II. But for the most part, the majority of the bars, lounges, concert halls...Read more »
Before the summer of 2013 had started, there were questions concerning whether Freeport’s Nautical Mile would be able to return to its familiar warm-weather norm – as in big crowds dining, drinking and dancing by the Woodcleft Canal – for many establishments needed to rebuild following the devastation caused by superstorm Sandy (some were completely destroyed). The likelihood of a reduced business...Read more »
When it comes to nightlife and good times on the Island, deciding where to go often involves a search for “what’s new” or “what’s hot” -- with many bars, clubs and restaurants arriving with a flourish then fading away within a few years of opening.
Then again, among the hundreds of spots that have come and gone, there are a few that seem to have “always” been there, surviving for not just...Read more »
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...Read more »