Life on Long Island

An indie guitar player's birthday party

Long Island-based indie band Heavy Duty Super Ego.

(Credit: Stephen La Marche)

It can be tough for Long Island fans of independent music to find a local indie show, as most LI venues tend to embrace cover bands and mainstream acts instead of the many offbeat and experimental artists that are frequently welcomed by venues located in city neighborhoods like Williamsburg, Bushwick and the Lower East Side.

However, a few indigenous spots do make a steadfast go of showcasing...

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Bay Kitchen Bar opening soon in East Hampton

The entrance to Bay Kitchen Bar in East

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If you were wondering when some new Hamptons spots would be arriving this year, it seems that Bay Kitchen Bar will definitely be one making an early entrance.

Over the past few days, one traveling on Three Mile Harbor Road in East Hampton can see -- upon passing the corner of Gann Road -- a sign declaring: “Bay Kitchen Bar…Opening April 17.” (This is an uncommon development, as new seasonal...

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The Cortland is going way back (with Wayfarers)

A couple of Wayfarer sunglasses, monogrammed with ?The

(Credit: Bobby Guilinello)

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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Mick Foley coming to Levittown with ‘Big Time Wrestling’

Mick Foley will be appearing at Jonas E.

He’s been known as “Mankind” and as “Cactus Jack,” but for the most part, people call him “Mick.”

Michael Francis Foley -- aka Mick Foley -- once made a local splash playing various sports as a member of Ward Melville High School’s Class of 1983 -- but as a professional wrestler, Foley became an international celebrity. Under his various pseudonyms, he won matches, tournaments and championships...

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Parlay Gastropub opens for business in Rockville Centre

The crowd at Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

As of the first weekend in April, Parlay Gastropub in Rockville Centre officially opened for business.

Its actual arrival had been a point of nightlife discussion for most of the past year, starting when the tavern that was previously located at Parlay’s current address – McFadden’s RVC – announced it would be shuttering in May of 2013. Regularly drawing a young, raucous lot that interfaced...

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Dwight Gooden pitching in at upcoming fundraiser

Former New York Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight

(Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill)

It’s no secret that Long Island baseball fans don't always see eye to eye, as supporters of the Mets and Yankees can be found arguing about the greatness of the players and legacies pertaining to both Major League Baseball teams at games, in bars and on talk radio shows.

However, both sets of fans tend to have an affinity for former All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden – who won the 1985 National...

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Body English Tuesdays coming back for a sixth season

A bottle hostess at the club Body English

(Credit: Jason Andrew)

Now that St. Patrick's Day - the ultimate day for pub/club celebrating - has passed, the next focus for fun-seekers in 2014 is what’s doing for the summer season, despite the fact that its official starting point is still about two months away (with Memorial Day Weekend; this year it’s May 23-25, plus Monday, May 26).

Nonetheless, conversation concerning the possibilities has begun, and...

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Dark Horse Tavern coming to Farmingdale

The unfinished storefront of Dark Horse Tavern in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It appears that looking for parking while on the way to the Dark Horse Tavern will soon no longer involve only the roads of Rockville Centre when searching for a spot, as by the end of April the Village of Farmingdale will also be a good place to try.

There has been construction taking place at the southeast corner of Conklin and Main Streets in Farmingdale for some time, in a space that was...

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The Drift Inn: Part III

People posing for a picture at The Drift

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Known for its overflowing DJ-driven super-bashes, the Neptune Beach Club famously closed its doors last year following the 2013 summer season after 24 years of providing a raucous and controversial place to party annually between Memorial Day and Labor Day while the sun was out.

On the other hand, the wild nights held at Neptune’s East Quogue address (70 Dune Rd.) appear to be continuing on...

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Debbie Deb and 2 in a Room at The Emporium

The marquee of The Emporium in Patchogue. Its

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

The popularity of freestyle is still widely held on Long Island --and if that statement needs any backing, consider the strong turnouts received at most “Freestyle Explosions.”

These “explosions” -- a term which has generally been attached to the freestyle concerts held quarterly around the Island over the past few years -- seems to relate to its standard game plan of presenting rapid-fire...

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