Life on Long Island

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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The Woodbury Ball for Autism

Rock artist (and Dix Hills' native) Ryan Star,

(Credit: Yana Paskova)

The neurodevelopmental condition known as autism affects a vast number of families across the country, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announcing last week it had assessed that one in 50 children nationwide have some type of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

There are a number of organizations that specifically focus on Long Island families living with ASD, and on April 5,...

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Annual 'Field Goal Kicking Contest' returns to Front Street Station

Front Street Station in Greenport. (Aug. 12, 2012)

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

During the summer, Greenport is alive with tourists and travelers, all of whom combine with seasonal dwellers and locals to make for one of the more festive areas Islandwide. However, during the winter, the neighborhood calms down significantly -- with only a few local residents to be found on its streets, attempting to brave the whipping, frigid winds the waterside town sees every year at this...

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Foosball and retro video games at the Leaky Lifeboat

A close-up view of a foosball game mid-play.

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

If you considered the 1990s your personal heyday for play – or just want to get a taste of what used to be done for fun – the Leaky Lifeboat in Seaford has a bash this weekend that is heavy on both 20th-century attitude and hand-eye coordination.

On Sunday, the ‘Leaky – one of the Island’s hippest hangs – is hosting a foosball tournament, which will in turn be backed by the availability of...

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The 17th annual 'Snowball' in Westhampton Beach

The Beach Bath & Tennis Hotel and Marina

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It’s common knowledge that fabulous parties take place throughout the summer in the Hamptons — as it is that the offseason is generally a quieter time.

Not that there isn’t plenty to do on the East End between Labor Day and Memorial Day, but while bustling bashes and benefits are the norm when it’s warm, the winter scene is one of occasional, mostly smaller-scaled soirees.

Then again,...

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