What does a day in the life of Long Island look like?
We fanned out across Nassau and Suffolk on June 21 to capture the longest day of the year in photo and video posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and we asked readers to join in using #DayintheLifeLI.
Here's a look at how the day unfolded, hour by hour.
2 a.m. - 3 a.m.
4 a.m. - 5 a.m.
What’s to say about a guy who grins like this well before the 🌞 even rises? (This, as his alarm went off this morning at 2:30 a.m.!) . Simply that @richhoffmanweather just loves 💖 rolling up his sleeves and figuring out what Long Islanders need to know about the day’s weather. . That’s what he’s in the middle of doing now, with the results to be announced on @news12li’s 5 a.m. broadcast. . Oops - this guy has a deadline to meet. Better let him get back to work. . #newsday #news12li #DayintheLifeLI #summersolstice #longisland #nywx #liwx #woodbury
5 a.m. - 6 a.m.
Did you catch @richhoffmanweather on @news12li’s 5 a.m. broadcast? This is what it was like from behind the scenes. (Instead of a green wall, they have blue.) Look at the monitor to the right for what it looked like on people’s TV screens. (Hang on for the good news on when the rain stops!) . #newsday #news12li #DayintheLifeLI #summersolstice #longisland #nywx #liwx #woodbury
You can count the staffers on one hand at 5 a.m. in the @newsday newsroom. We start with an editor, reporter, photo editor and web producer to revamp the site early so LIers wake up to the latest news. Follow along at newsday.com/dayinthelifeLI and at #dayinthelifeli as we chronicle the entire first day of summer!
6 a.m. - 7 a.m.
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
Wendy’s Deli owner Wendy Zuhoski starts feeding Mattituck’s hungry trade parade, farmers and office professionals at 5 a.m. “You’re only as good as your help,” she said. “Thank god I have good help.” #Dayinthelifeli #mattituck #northfork @Newsday pic.twitter.com/2VFpvfzq2a— Vera Chinese (@VeraChinese) June 21, 2018
Farmer Chris Wines of Ty Llwyd Farm in Riverhead starts his day by milking his 19 Jersey cows. That’s seven days a week, 365 days a year. “Even if it’s a bombogensis, you still got to do it,” he said. #dayinthelifeli pic.twitter.com/lBwaujcb7N— Vera Chinese (@VeraChinese) June 21, 2018
8 a.m. - 9 a.m.
First day of summer means....a 2 1/2 hour school day? @Newsday is showing what it’s like to live on LI..first stop..the bus. And my daughter is wearing fake glasses for some reason #DayInTheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/Djq9zEESXg— jamie stuart (@N12jamiestuart) June 21, 2018
Taisha Tropnasse, 35, of Wyandanch, waits for the train at the Wyandanch LIRR station. Tropnasse, who manages a DJ in New York City, says she’s been taking the train for 17 years and the commute “is what it is.” She said it’s “about time” Wyandanch got a second track because it’s one of the busiest stations. Tropnasse said while you do get accustomed to the commute, she does wish there would be more announcements at the station so riders know what’s going on. #DayintheLifeLI
Welcome to our weekly video post, "A Cup of Joe Abby," where we unravel the mysteries of #vegetable and #herb gardening hosted by our very own, Joe Abby. 🔎 Today's topic: watering and keeping your vegetables and herbs healthy during the summer heat . #acupofjoeabby #dayinthelifeli #abbysparksidenurseryandflorist #homegrown #vegetablegarden #herbgarden #wantagh #bellmore #seaford #massapequa #merrick #farmingdale #shoplocal #getdigging #themanisaninstitution
Nothing to see here 👀. Just a typical #dayinthelifeli at the Syosset Public Library with a dinosaur reading about dinosaurs in the Children’s Room as Summer Reading Club is in full swing!📚🦕 #syosset #library #syossetlibrary #librariesofinstagram #bookstagram #dinosaurcostume #dinosaurbook #dinosaursofinstagram #inflatabledinosaur #summerreading #splsrc2018 #kidsread #librariesrock #readingrocks #libraryfun #summer #gnashgnawdinosaur #poems #poetrybooks #tonymitton #caughtreading #newsday
Brett Levine, morning radio traffic reporter for @walk975 @k98.3 @1031maxfm @943theshark and more: “I got into traffic because I love helping people. I don’t want someone to be late to work because I wasn’t doing my job. Traffic is a big part of life on Long Island. You’ll hardly ever hear me say we’re doing great, but it’s the first day of summer—there are no major closings or intrusions at the moment.” #dayinthelifeli
Paul Jean, 46, of West Babylon, waits to the at the LIRR station in Wyandanch. Jean, an IT director in Long Island City, says he typically tries to catch the 7:56 a.m. train. He says he’ll take the track work and construction at the station now for an easier commute later. “It looks very impressive the way they’re putting stuff together.” #DayintheLifeLI
9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
MOVING UP! Second graders from Maurice W. Downing Primary School in Malverne celebrate their transition to intermediate school in a 9 a.m. “moving up” ceremony. #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/wr8mSA5pqC— John Hildebrand (@johnhnewsday) June 21, 2018
Steve Morgan, founder and editor-in-chief of Cybersecurity Ventures, looks at online threats and how businesses can protect themselves. #dayinthelifeLI #newsday #cybersecuritysf #longisland pic.twitter.com/M6Vlvygscu— Ken Schachter (@kschach) June 21, 2018
The @newsday newsroom is a little more populated now! Editors gather every morning to go over the day’s story budget, brainstorm and look ahead to the big stories of the day. News is always changing, so by the time we meet again in the afternoon, we could have an entirely different focus. To avoid distracting everyone, I did not climb onto a file cabinet to take this photo like I did for the last one. #dayinthelifeli
Josselin Romero, 12, is in tears as she bids goodbye to teacher Mrs. Sinclair. Josselin, who spoke no English when she arrived from El Salvador three years ago, had Mrs. Sinclair for her third grade teacher. Today Josselin graduates from sixth grade. “I’m going to miss my teacher,” Josselin says to explain her tears. Says Mrs. Sinclair: “I’m so proud of you.” Mrs. Sinclair has been teaching at the school for 32 years and graduated from sixth grade herself at Ulysses Byas. Also pictured is Nayeli Portillo, 13. #dayinthelifeli
So today @newsday is doing their #dayinthelifeli - asking everyone on social to show what their day looks like. I’m off today (been working weekends) and was going to try to post a cute picture later doing something fun - but truth- this is my day off! No filter. I had my awesome Nanny come today to help with Christian so I could try to get our house back to even. But still, it’s hard to get anything done! She snapped this photo as I tried to bring down one of many loads of laundry (I need one of those chutes!) with my face mask on (I’ve been falling asleep with make up on because I’ve been so exhausted and my skin is in bad shape!) Christian wants mommy when I’m home ❤️ & I obviously want to be with him too - so I’m trying to get cleaned up and organized so we can have a fun afternoon and I can be in a better mental space. I’ve got to clear some stuff out, check off some things bogging me down and be able to find two flip flops that match (yes it’s that bad around here). We’ve been in a tough stretch here. Hoping to get back to even today & re-align! And post that fun picture later ❤️
10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Watch the video of their reunion:
Nassau County Commissioner of Jurors Bob Truzzolino is in the jury empaneling room, where jurors for civil cases are selected. The room can handle 32 people. Some jurors may meet here later in the day. Here’s the ballot box. “We used to actually lock it and spin it, but through the years the keys got lost.” Now, the names are just mixed in and pulled by hand and picked randomly. #dayinthelifeli
I’m checking out Long Island Beauty School today as part of Newsday’s “Day in the Life” series. Reporters are all over the island documenting everyday living today — the longest day of the year. #DayInTheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/GtUqUVSi4z— Tory N. Parrish (@ToryParrish1) June 21, 2018
Meet Ben Elias, head custodian III for the Baldwin School District. Among his many tasks this summer is dealing with all these desks that are slated to be thrown away. But right now he has them stacked in the robotics room because A) He has to wait until the school board officially deems them "obsoleted," and B) If the new desks don't show up in time he may have to bring these back into service. #DayintheLifeLI
I am sitting in my car while moving on the water and this is a little trippy. On the way to Shelter Island for the first time for #dayinthelifeli via the South Ferry! What are some things I should check out while here? pic.twitter.com/xyeZY3bmE8— Kim Yuen (@kyuen105) June 21, 2018
Librarian Adabelle Campos lights up when she talks about dealing with patrons, which she calls the best part of her job. “Everyone is so unique. You have your regulars,” she said. “They get a sense of belonging that they’re part of something greater.” #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/JmA4GPdRgv— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 21, 2018
Paul Todaro, one of the volunteers at Long Island Cares, as he prepares to drop a care package off as part of the organization’s mobile pantry program. Todaro said the loves seeing and getting to know the people on his delivery route, because they become like friends. “Sometimes I feel like I get more out of it than they do,” he said. #dayinthelifeli
Southampton Town instituted a new security policy where guests now have to sign in to enter Town Hall. Deborah Phipps has been a working the desk since May 1. “There’s been a teensy bit of resistance,” she said of the new policy. “But overall it’s been wonderful.” #dayinthelifeli pic.twitter.com/INmf1UShSN— Vera Chinese (@VeraChinese) June 21, 2018
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
More yearround indoor community facilities, connecting youths to positive adult role models and reliable regional transportation are some of the recommendations presented by the #Southampton Town Opiod Task Force today to combat the Opiod crisis. #dayinthelifeli @Newsday pic.twitter.com/2dTlul6TGu— Vera Chinese (@VeraChinese) June 21, 2018
The juror lounge where prospective members can wait the day, hear announcements, and use public access computers and WiFi. The channel stays put for the day. It rotates daily either on Fox, CNN, CNBC, MSNBC, and News 12, for fairness’ sake. “It’s going to stay where it is today,” the juror commissioner tells anyone who requests a channel change. #dayinthelifeli
Officer Laura and his colleagues do a security check of the cells in Alpha Pod once every 15 minutes. They’re checking on the inmates and looking to make sure the space is kept clean. Alpha Pod holds inmates first arriving to Yaphank Correctional Facility. After about three days, some are moved to other housing, others are bailed out and more are determined to need addiction and mental health care. Officer Laura said he took and passed the correction officer test about four years ago. The hours are long — days can be anywhere from 7.5 hours to 16 — but he’s happy to have a paycheck and a time to see his children. “It wasn’t a dream job,” he said. “People have a lot of misconceptions, but they haven’t seen this job and what it is. You’re a disciplinarian but you’re also an educator. You’re trying to teach these guys to go back to society.” #dayinthelifeli @newsday
“The first hour in the morning is the boxing match. People come for exemptions,” joked Nassau County Commissioner of Jurors Bob Truzzolino, who’s on the phone telling a customer there’s no automatic exemption for age, but a hardship exemption could be granted. His favorite exemption? In 1999, Truzzolino encountered a young gentlemen reporting for jury duty wearing a t-shirt, windbreaker, and tuxedo pants. He had been married the night before and his wife was at the Honeymoon Suite of the Garden City Hotel. His father, an FBI agent, insisted he go to jury duty because he “didn’t take care of it beforehand.“ Truzzolini’s answer: “on behalf of the Unified Court System, we will see in two years and have a happy marriage.” Ten years later, the juror had three kids. #dayinthelifeli
12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Mufti Mohammad Farhan, Executive Director of the Islamic Center of Long Island, stands in the room where congregants will gather to pray at 1:15 p.m. The mosque hosts five daily prayers, though the times of those prayers fluctuates according to sunrise and sunset, Farhan said. The center also serves the community with pre-K, Saturday and Sunday school for children, a Sunday education program for adults, an indoor basketball court and a small library. Farhan said he loves “sharing a message of hope” with the community and enjoys working with youth and families. “Being a public servant, serving people is so beautiful,” he said.
The rose that grew from concrete. It’s by Tupac Shakur, 24-year-Ashley says with a shy smile. It’s tattooed on both of her arms. On her upper right arm, she says, is where her boyfriend used to cut her with a knife. She left him after she got pregnant with her first child. Her mother wouldn’t take her or her baby, so she ended up in an overcrowded shelter in New York City before finding Momma’s House, a refuge for struggling mothers in Long Island. They don’t kick her out at 9:00 am here. Here, she says, it is home. #dayinthelifeli
Craig Golub, Long Island regional manager of GEM Pawnbrokers, says the store welcomes all kinds of items, from tools, to telescopes, to — for one customer — a briefcase of gold bars. “It’s the culture of ‘yes,’” Golub said. “We’re here to help the community.” What’s the draw of a pawn shop, he says? “You can loan an item a thousand times, you can only sell it once.” #DayInTheLifeLI
On his way to Manhattan to take his 10-year-old daughter, Kaaleya, to get “the whole New York experience”—a slice of pizza, mixed nuts, and maybe a trip up the Empire State Building, Henry Augustin, 43, sought shelter in the shade of the platform waiting room at the Lynbrook Long Island Rail Road station. There was a time when Augustin, who grew in Haiti, didn’t mind the heat. Then, during a six-month tour in Buhran as an officer in the U.S. Navy, Augustin nearly suffered heat stroke while enduring 148-degree temperatures. “Since then, I can’t tolerate heat,” said Augustin, who, unlike his daughter, doesn’t have much interest in hitting Long Island’s beaches this summer. “She does the beaches with her uncle and aunt. I don’t go.” #dayinthelifeli
For Haley Taveras (left) nothing exemplifies summertime on Long Island more than “good food.” Taveras and friend Abby Trice, both 16, were on their way to get some when they boarded a Long Island Rail Road train at Lynbrook, bound for the very next stop—Rockville Centre. “It’s just because we don’t drive yet,” said Taveras, who looked forward to getting lunch at a popular sandwich eatery with outdoor seating. “Long Island thrives in the summer when it comes to food,” Taveras said. “All the little pubs open up, the outside stuff.” #dayinthelifeli
I asked the officers if there’s another LE career they would choose, given the option. They told me no, they’d still pick being a correction officer. Even with working long days, having to wear a stab vest daily, the heartbreak of watching veterans, addicts, mothers go through some of the most difficult times of their lives. “I didn’t expect myself to be here,” said Officer Stewart. “I took a test and it turns out that I love my job.” And that’s it from Yaphank for @Newsday #DayintheLifeLI Visit newsday.com for more scenes from the longest day of the year.
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Cars board the South Ferry to get to Shelter Island from North Haven. It’s a about a quarter of a mile long and a three minute ride on the ferry. The ferry departs every 10-15 minutes and shuttles residents and visitors to and from Shelter Island. Shelter Island, nestled between the north and south forks of Long Island is only accessible via ferry. #DayInTheLifeLI @newsday
Activists and Democratic Candidate for Congress Liuba Grechen Shirley call for the immediate reunification of families and children who were separated at the border. This call came at MercyFirst in Syosset, where eight of the approximately 2,000 affected children are being held. “It does not matter whether these children are being held in top of the line facilities or in tent camps. Separating children from their parents is simply wrong.” #dayinthelifeli
Ah the glamorous life of a food writer! Most days, it means eating lunch at my desk. After years of experimentation, I’ve found that the best desk lunch out there is the Korean bibimbap from @hmartusa. I stop at the Hicksville store on my way in and then count the hours until I can eat it. That hour has arrived. #dayinthelifeli . . . . #bibimbap #desklunch #koreanfood
Tae Lee has been the manager of GEM Pawnbrokers’ Hicksville location for about a year. A few weeks ago, a man brought in dolls of Native American Barbie, Snow White and Aladdin, shown left in the display cabinet. The dolls belonged to the man’s mother, who recently died. He initially expected much more in return than what he got because of the sentimental value the dolls had, Lee said, but ultimately left happy. “Everybody always expects more,” Lee said. #DayInTheLifeLI
Suffolk County police pose with a photo of the late Detective William Maldonado who was honored today at the twent-fourth annual Theodore Roosevelt Association police awards at @SagamoreHillNHS #DayInTheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/6IokVVJtit— Kadia Goba (@kadiagoba) June 21, 2018
Watch as Cynthia Litman of MomTime Events and Noret Bazemore of Mocha Moms Long Island, mothers and members of our Facebook parenting group LI parents: It takes an Island, share advice and discuss parenting struggles for the month of June.
@Newsday is celebrating the longest day of the year by asking everyone to help capture a day in the life of Long Island. So I went to the most #LongIsland place I could think of to pick up lunch today. Three double doubles, two double headers, a quarter pounder with cheese, two large fries, two strawberry shakes and a chocolate shake now are in my possession. Use #DayintheLifeLI to join in! #Newsday #food #allamerican #massapequa
The AHRC East Meadow Art Gallery, which supports the work of artists with special needs, prepares for the move of their papier-mache elephant to the East Meadow Public Library for a new exhibit. Artists Miguel Rosado of Freeport, Richard Infante of Roosevelt and Douglas Walcott of Baldwin proudly stand near their creation with art mentor Darnilda Data of Mineola. #dayinthelifeli #disabilitypride #inclusion #art #specialneeds @newsday
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Fire Island volunteer lighthouse keeper Peter Paquette, 81, makes the 182-step climb to the top everyday in the summer to educate visitors on its history. “That’s the scenery up there,” he said, noting that “at my age, I only go up once” a day and stay there. #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/000YvrccPi— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 21, 2018
“Adventure: I’ve done it. Excitement: I’ve done that too. It’s little things like this you don’t take for granted,” said lifelong LI resident Joe Zaccaro, with pal Debbie Moore, as he headed to Fire Island lighthouse for the 1st time. #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/AHPNSNQgdy— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 21, 2018
Paquette held the original key to the lighthouse. He’s been volunteering on Fire Island for the last 15 years, largely because of his love of history. “To me it’s very interesting just to know how these people lived 150 years ago and the hardships.” #dayinthelifeLI pic.twitter.com/lE29orWBu9— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 21, 2018
Lindenhurst resident Janelle Munoz has been working at Robinson's Tea Room in Stony Brook for six months, and says she owns a few fascinators for the gig. Her sister-in-law Danielle Munoz owns the Tea Room, which can get pretty crowded during the summer, Janelle says. She says a customer favorite on the menu is the almond sugar cookie tea. Janelle's go-to is the Paris brew, which has sweet and slightly floral notes in its taste. During the Royal Wedding, Janelle said plenty of Long Islanders were coming in to buy scones, then bringing them home to watch the broadcast of the ceremony. "My favorite part of the job is interacting with the people," she adds. #DayinthelifeLI
Mike, of Merrick, is part of the construction crew working on the elevators at the Hicksville LIRR station. He’s been at the site for six months, but hopes to be finished in a few weeks. Mike said no commuters have complained to him, but he has received a few dirty looks. “They just don’t want to walk up the stairs,” he said. #DayInTheLifeLI
At the Barbara C. Wilson School in Woodbury dedicated to preschool children with #specialneeds, the Gomes family of Carle Place celebrates! Proud parents, Jose and Alessandra, are present for Samuel’s Pre-K graduation and Joseph’s “Moving Up” ceremony. #dayinthelifeli @newsday pic.twitter.com/W1B9VjorWY— Brookville Center (@BrookvilleCentr) June 21, 2018
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Resident artist Courtney Raimondi just returned from Europe, where she tattooed Shawn Mendes. She shows off her favorite tattoo she did for a client she refers to as the “Disney villain sleeve” Raimondi specializes in colorful, cartoon themed tattoos. “I’m a very colorful person. What is life without color?” She asks. Raimondi says she likes to see what characters people want to get tattooed on them because it shows which TV shows/ movies had an influence on them growing up. #dayinthelifeli how are you spending the #firstdayofsummer ? Use #dayinthelifeli to share what you’re doing on the longest day of the year.
Kristen Picano, 29 of Lynbrook gets the long awaited finish to a tattoo she started 2 years ago in California. She’s glad the original artist was not able to finish, because the gap gave her more time to find herself. “I didn’t quite know who I was,” Picano says. “But now I feel more of myself.” There wasn’t a better time for her to complete the tattoo. She booked her appointment five months ago. “It says something when your tattoo artist is booked out that far.” #dayinthelifeli #newsday. How are you spending the #firstdayofsummer ? Use #dayinthelifeli to share how you’re spending the longest day of the year.
Michael Speichle, 26 of West Babylon gets his first tattoo today. “I’ve been waiting ten years for this.” Since he was in high school, he knew he wanted a St. Michael tattoo, which commonly represents law enforcement. Being that he is a police officer, and his name is Michael, it seemed fitting. Speichle didn’t snow a wince of pain when tattoo artist Derek Ramos, 25 of Brooklyn, took the ink to his skin. Speichle says he waited this long to make sure it’s what he really wants. He plans to have a full sleeve by August. #dayinthelifeli #newsday #tattooing How are you spending the #firstdayofsummer ? Use #dayinthelifeli to share how you’re spending the longest day of the year!
Leo, 23 months, of Kings Park wouldn’t give his last name - not surprising because he doesn’t look that trusting as he gets his hair cut by kids stylist Christine Vasconcelos, 41, of East Meadow. She works with a lot of tough customers at the children’s salon Snip-its in East Northport. #DayintheLifeLI
George Sauer of Wantagh prepares for next week's ribbon-cutting & opening of the One Stop Gift Shop, a new boutique in Hicksville offering heartfelt gifts as well as job training & closer community connections for people w/ #developmentaldisabilities #DayintheLifeLI @Newsday pic.twitter.com/h4Xwucgfim— AHRC Nassau (@AHRCNassau) June 21, 2018
Shelter Island resident Roni King has been a captain for South Ferry for 29 years. She helps to load the vessels efficiently and drive the ferries from one dock to another safely. Her favorite part about the job is being surrounded by nature. She starts her shift at 5:40 a.m. “Seeing the sunrises and sunsets. Seeing the flora and the seasons change. It’s pretty nice to have that as part of your job every day,” King said. #dayinthelifeLI
4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
For Brookhaven Lab physicist Valentina Bisogni, a #DayInTheLifeLI looks like this. . Valentina studies tiny scientific samples using ultra-bright x-rays at our synchrotron light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II (NSLS-II). The unparalleled energy resolution of her experimental station enables her to “see” the electronic makeup of materials! . Today, @energy announced that Valentina has won an Early Career Research Award, which will fund her research at #NSLSII for five years! She’ll use the funding to study and develop the next generation of energy-efficient electronics. . @newsday #science #technology
We are in Stewart Manor training Shea the labradoodle with Jessica from Sublime K9.
Kevin Potente, the administrative director at Kadampa Meditation Center Long Island, usually meditates daily. He said that meditation is akin to having a “superpower” of a stable mind. “We say we want excitement and we want all these things, but really what we want is peace of mind,” he said. “With a distracted mind, we really can’t accomplish anything…. Meditation brings concentration.” #dayinthelifeli
Anne and Bob Bates first started attending Zan’s Supper Club for seniors about two years ago. Bob grew up in St. James and remembers when Lake Grove was full of farmland—before Smith Haven Mall was built. “Being here makes me nostalgic,” he says. Anne grew up in Bayside, Queens, and always gets the same meal at Zan’s: barley, soup and a tuna sandwich. “Really original,” she says with a laugh. The couple comes to Zan’s “a few times during the week” for lunch. #dayinthelifeli
5 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Long Island native Michael Massimino remembers being 6 years old when he watched Neil Armstrong take his first steps on the moon. The moment stayed with him, and he went on to become an astronaut on Space Shuttle missions. Today, Massimino returned to his stomping grounds to be inducted into the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City. Here, he speaks with the children of aviation pioneers and developers Louis and Connie Mancuso, who, along with Newsday founder Alicia Patterson, were inducted posthumously. #DayintheLifeLI
Shea(first) was trained by #SublimeK9 Dog Training. She’s making good progress at 10 weeks old. Tupper(second) was found in a Tupperware container, had his leg amputated and lived at a vet for a while before finding a home with Jessica of #SublimeK9 Dog Training. #DayInTheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/ilb12bi2lU— Sara Whitman (@Sara_Whitman) June 21, 2018
6 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Vinny Pulito, the owner of @thatpizzaplaceinlevittown, came out high school thinking he was going to be a police officer. After he graduated, he still hadn't been called for the force so, he decided to get a job in a pizzeria and follow in his grandfather’s footsteps. Working at a small pizzeria in Commack, he learned to make pizza. After a few years, he decided to go to culinary school in Syosset. And then, he found “That Pizza Place.” Vinny and his mother, Angela, took over and incorporate vegan foods and crazy pizzas to the menu. “We strive to keep them [customers] happy with new and exciting things,” he said. Here he is displaying two of his specialty pies: chicken and waffles and the Cookie Monster pie. #dayinthelifeli
Marika Kaasik’s furniture and antique store has been around on Shelter Island for the past 35 years. She’s been on Shelter Island since she was 9-years-old when her family was on their way to Montauk. They stopped to visit a family friend in Shelter Island. Their truck broke down on the Island and they just ended up settling there since. “I know every inch of this island. Every inch,” she said. Kaasik has been in the antique and furniture business long enough to know what an items value just by looking at it and and detecting if an item is “actually old or just made to look old.” “Every piece of furniture has energy,” she said. “Spirits do live in furniture.” #dayinthelifeli
7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Best friends and business partners Daniel Cantelmo and John Yancigay, both 30, are the founders of Late Night Chauffeurs, which dispatches drivers to pick you up and get you home — in your own car. With their services, they believe you won’t be taken for a ride. They are gearing up for one of their busiest seasons. They’re seen here with one of their Quik Ride electric vehicles. Quik Ride is a free app-based shuttle service they launched in Patchogue in May to aid with the village’s parking crunch. They hope to expand it to Huntington by mid-July. Story to come! #staytuned #DayintheLifeLI
Park Ranger Kelsey Sucena is supposed to teach a sunset solstice photography program but fog just rolled in. “Even though we’re losing that beautiful sun on the solstice we’re seeing something even more special,” he said #DayintheLifeLI @FireIslandNPS pic.twitter.com/rZ7xznOSMh— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 21, 2018
Beth Horn (right) and Tracy Strianese. Oh, and Lily. Beth is managing director of Sands Point Preserve Conservancy. Of this Solstice celebration, she says it’s “a time to be peaceful and celebrate the day. “ Beth, of Port Washington, is married to David Horn, executive producer of “Great Performances.” #DayintheLifeLI
Philip Zouros has been making sundaes—and flipping burgers and frying eggs and braising sauerbraten—at The Hicksville Sweet Shop since 1974. He makes his own ice cream, and hot fudge and even his own chocolate syrup. I like to come here in the evening, sit at the counter, have a sundae or a malted, try to help Kathy the waitress with the jumble. The place is a treasure. #dayinthelifeli #hicksville #luncheonettelove
8 p.m. - 9 p.m.
9 p.m. - 10 p.m.
“I like the fog. It keeps the people away,” Anthony DeMartino said while fishing at sunset. “It’s a waiting game. Sometimes the pole bends sometimes it doesn’t . I’ll put something on the bbq.” #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/Q4YMWyvlHs— Rachelle Blidner (@RachelleBlidner) June 22, 2018
Pretty typical Thursday: Drink coffee, play with kids, clean house, play with kids, drink coffee, go to work with Tina, Amy and Jonathan Toews @Newsday and drink more coffee. #coffee #DayintheLifeLI pic.twitter.com/SAiRnUKu9f— Jessica Asbury (@Jess_Asbury) June 22, 2018
Serena Zilinskas, 16, has been dancing for nine years. She started at TJ Dance Force in Holbrook but left at 12 or 13 years old because the studio was cliquey and only a select number of students were chosen for the competition team. At Encore Dance Academy in King’s Park and Holbrook, she feels more welcome and part of a family. Lyrical and contemporary are her favorite types of dance because she isn’t very sharp on movements so, she can be more lose and free. “I’m not sure if I’ll continue dancing after senior year of high school but I may try out for a college team,” she said. Serena is an assistant teacher at Encore Dance Academy and has been rehearsing for their big recital weekend for 11.5 hours today. With seven different dance and a few quick changes, she’s nervous but excited for the end of year recital. What’s next after dance season is over? “Trips to the beach,” she said. #dayinthelifeli
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Good night, moon! It’s been a pleasure documenting my small part of #DayinTheLifeLI for @newsday. I’m ending my day as I do many of my days, with a walk along Oyster Bay’s Teddy Roosevelt Beach. . . . . #newsdayeveryday #longisland #oysterbay #northshore #exploreLI #lifeonlongisland #moon #goodnight🌙