Life on Long Island

Pines Party returns with Chus + Ceballos in the mix

DJs Chus and Ceballos are Chus L. Esteban,

(Credit: Alberto Ortega/ Stereo Productions)

It’s no challenge to find lengthy DJ-driven bashes regularly going down around LI’s nightlife circuit -- but even the longest of get-togethers tend to wrap after six or seven hours -- unlike the Pines Party, an annual soiree that lasts almost two full days.

Returning to Fire Island Pines for its 2014 edition, the Pines Party is actually a fundraiser at its core, with net proceeds to benefit...

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The Red Ball 2014

The flyer for the upcoming "Red Ball," set

(Credit: The Coral House)

Planning to head out for Valentine's Day, just you and your sweetie? If so, mature couples should keep in mind that the average lounge or pub is often dominated by wigwagging sweaty singles frequently “putting their hands up” as the DJ commands it to be so (for those yet to visit a nightclub, it’s not an uncommon occurrence) -- and for some twosomes, the notion of a romantic rendezvous backed by...

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Dress up for 'Diamonds & Snow'

Tito Batista will perform at the "Diamonds &

(Credit: Brent Eysler)

When looking at today’s casual nightlife fashion, it may seem strange to think that formal attire was once not just preferred, but required.

In 2014, a man doesn't need much more than a collared shirt to gain entry to most venues — and women can often get away with street clothes — but back when long-defunct Manhattan destinations like Toots Shor’s, El Morocco and the Stork Club set the tone...

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Meeting and meatballs at That Meetball Place

The sign over That Meetball Place in Patchogue.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

In a time when misspellings are almost an expected occurrence (see social media posts and Long Island highway exits for examples), it’s easy to assume upon first seeing the sign for That Meetball Place in Patchogue that its orthographical error is to be yet another blow to the collective psyche of area English teachers – however, in this case it’s no mistake.

In fact, a quick check of the...

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Headphones and Nautical Mile winters at the new Cleary's

Cleary's By The Water on Freeport's Nautical Mile.

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

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...

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The Long Island Hospitality Ball 2013

About 2,000 people attended the 2012 Long Island

(Credit: Erica Marcus)

When summer comes to the Island, most nightlife-minded people think of weekend visitations to the Hamptons, Fire Island and other waterside locations -- but as it turns out, what might possibly be the year’s ultimate night of barhopping, cocktail sipping, clubbing and dancing is set for a weekday -- and all in one location (in landlocked Woodbury) no less, as the annual Long Island Hospitality Ball...

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‘Let’s KickBall’ leagues looking for teams and players

Adults play summer kickball.

(Credit: amNewYork)

It’s possible you may have noticed some signs stuck into the ground this past weekend while driving through Woodbury, Huntington or other neighborhoods in that area -- as several short, knee-high ads were especially noticeable, jutting out of curbside lawns.

This is, of course, nothing new – as often political candidates, landscaping companies and other Island initiatives frequently jam similar...

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