Breanne Casucci


New Bayfront Mediterranean in Massapequa Listed for $1.9M

Offering breathtaking views both inside and outside is this newly built one-of-a-kind waterfront Mediterranean-style beauty of a home overlooking Carmans River that is listed for sale on 33 Harbor Place in Massapequa.

Besides its imported terracotta roof, the most striking part of is stucco exterior is the porch and second-floor balustrade balcony that both wrap around three sides of the house. The interior is just as elegant, featuring a state-of-the-art kitchen with energy efficient appliances, a fireplace and hydraulic elevator.

With five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms, this house is extremely spacious. It sits on 14,000 square feet, enough room for two and a half basketball courts. It is also handicapped accessible, with a hydraulic elevator included. A two-car garage is attached to the house, with a back door entry from the yard.

For quick travel convenience, this house is minutes from the Long Island Rail Road station, and 15 minutes from the Southern State Parkway. The school is zoned for Massapequa high school, which had its high school ranked No. 121 in New York State this year by U.S. News & World Report.

This property is listed for $1,998,000. Property tax information was not available since it’s a new home.

The broker is Elaine Patterson of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. She can be reached at 516-795-3456.

9 Questions With Brit Rock Legend Graham Nash

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Graham Nash. Photo by Amy Grantham

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash, the British folk rocker known for his time with The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, is bringing his tour to Long Island. While touring to promote, “This Path Tonight,” his first album after a 14-year hiatus of creating his own music, Nash will play The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington on July 22. In advance of that concert, Nash spoke with the Press about love, life and the inspiration for is new album.

Long Island Press: Do you have any notable memories from your previous performances on Long Island?

Graham Nash: It seems that New Yorkers are very serious about their music. They’re very serious, they want it as real as possible. And that’s one of the things that I am doing on this tour, I’m making all that music that I made in the last 50 years as simple as possible. I’m taking every song down to the very essence of how I wrote it, and with my friend Shane Fontayne, who is an incredible guitar player will be playing with me on Long Island. We’re will be such a good time communicating with people in a very simple way.

LIP: What is you first musical memory?

GN: My first musical memory of any kind was my cousin Raymond playing me the Overture from Samson and Delilah opera on a really cool record player that you had to wind up. The first memory that made me want to become a serious musician was “Bye Bye Love” by the Everly Brothers.

LIP: How does it feel to still be creating and playing music after 50 years of your career?

GN: Stunning, actually. You know, wasn’t it Mick Jagger that said don’t trust anyone over 30? Well, that was 45 years ago. I feel great, I feel incredibly lucky. I do feel blessed. I’m not a religious guy in terms of mass religion. I do understand the importance of it in people’s lives but I worship the actual universe itself and I’m a lucky man. I mean, look at what I get to do with my life, even all this time later. And it’s not showing any sign of getting old or weird—well, that’s not true, it’s always been weird.

LIP: What is your biggest inspiration?

GN: I think my appreciation for life itself. It’s such an incredibly mathematical impossibility to be pregnant. That’s a miracle in itself. When you start there, what an incredibly lucky life.

LIP: What was the process of creating “This Path Tonight”?

GN: Falling out of love and falling in love. That’s what happened to me. I was married for 38 years, I was not in love the last decade or so of that marriage, and realized at 75 I need to be as happy as can be for what is the rest of my life. And the universe continues to smile on me, and when my marriage broke up, I fell in love with this beautiful, talented, spiritually, wonderfully educated bright woman here in New York City. Her name is Amy Grantham, she’s a fabulous artist.

LIP: I see that she shot the cover for your new album.

GN: That was the first shot she ever took of me, that’s how good she is.

LIP: What can fans expect to see and hear on this tour?

GN: A couple of things. I think they can expect someone that wants to be there. I’m tired of seeing people where it’s obvious they don’t want to be there. I saw The Police on their last big tour, about five years ago, and it was obvious that they didn’t even like each other. And you can’t fool an audience, they’ll pick up on that immediately. So first of all, my audience needs to know I want to be there, and secondly, I want them to be smiling as they leave the concert. Because that’s when I know that I love my job. My job is to tell the truth as much as I can, and to talk about the times in which I’m living.

LIP: Can fans expect a mixture of new and old songs?

GN: I started the last tour a couple of months ago with “Bus Stop.” And that’s almost a 50-year-old song that The Hollies did. So anywhere from there all the way to maybe a song that I was writing that morning. That’s happened occasionally. I want my audience to get value for their money, because it’s hard to earn a dollar lately.

LIP: What would you be doing if you didn’t become a musician?

GN: Teaching. I’d be teaching somebody. I have a lot of experience in my life on how to handle a lot of situations that I’ve been in myself, personally. And I would love to spread that knowledge to people that might be heading down the wrong path.

LIP: There has been so many discussions of a Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young reunion, and recently, you have sort of left the door open to it. Where does this currently stand?

GN: I stand the same way I did when I said what I said. I think that the troubles that are besetting this country right now are much more important to talk about than the silly squabbles that bring us apart. We should be adults and get on with it.

LIP: Are there any misconceptions about you or your work that you’d like to clear up?

GN: No, I’ve been treated very well by my critics. I understand that I’m not a guitarist that Stephen Stills is or Neil Young is or Crosby is. But I understand what it is that I do that brings the whole of what we do together. I want to get the job done, if we want to do this let’s do it the best way we can. If we want to make an album, let’s go, put it out there with passion. That’s what I want, always.

Graham Nash will perform at The Landmark on Main Street at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. The venue is located at 232 Main Street in Port Washington. The show is sold out, but fans can call 516-767-1384 for the wait list. For more information, visit landmarkonmainstreet.org

Spacious Colonial on Babylon Peninsula Asks $2.3M

Luxury and privacy are baked right into this beautifully spacious waterfront Colonial built on a peninsula overlooking a creek and listed for sale on 2 Dorset Lane in the Village of Babylon.

This gated home surrounded on three sides by Carrls Creek has 550-feet of waterfront, but if fresh water isn’t the choice for the activity of the day, this property also had a heated in-ground saltwater pool in the backyard. Built in 2008, the house is situated on a 47,961-square-foot lot, making it three times as big as a hockey rink.

The four-bedroom, nearly 5,000-square-foot house features four bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen with updated appliances, a fireplace in the living room, a balcony outside the master suit and a skylight over the staircase that brightens the tasteful interior. The exterior includes a wrap-around deck and patio in the backyard and a detached garage.

The house is just five minutes from the Babylon Long Island Rail Road station and an eight-minute drive to the Southern State Parkway. It is in close distance to the Long Island Yacht Club, Bergen Point Golf Course and Sampawams Creek, a popular boating spot. Not to mention downtown Babylon, a popular area full of shops and restaurants.

This Colonial is zoned for the Babylon School District, which had Babylon Junior/Senior High School named one of the top 100 high schools in New York State as part of the U.S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools listing in 214.

The price for this house? It is listed for $2,300,000. Taxes total up to $44,635.

The broker for this property is Jamie Winkler of Winkler Real Estate. She can be reached at 631-321-8400.

Exquisite Kings Point Tudor-style Mansion Listed for $22M

This tremendous English Tudor on the Gold Coast looks historic outside, but inside there are plenty of modern amenities at 144 Kings Point Road in Kings Point, which is on the market.

Built in 2002 and situated at the north end of the Great Neck peninsula, this mansion overlooking the Long Island Sound is classy inside and out, from the multi-colored cobble stone exterior to the extraordinary woodwork and arched passageways within. Among the high-end selling points this house includes are an indoor basketball, racquetball court, gym, massage room and steam room. It sits on a 129,896-square-foot lot, which is about the size of a New York City block.

The 13,000-square-foot living space features seven bedrooms, seven fireplaces, nine full bathrooms, four half bathrooms, a media room and billiards room. There is a separate apartment attached to the property, equipped with a bedroom, bathroom and kitchen. The property offers not only breathtaking views of the Long Island Sound, but also the Manhattan skyline.

This Tudor was built by Kean Developers, who have worked on numerous award-winning projects. This house was featured in Architectural Digest, and several other publications.

The home is about three miles from the Little Neck Long Island Rail Road station, and about four miles minutes from the Long Island Expressway and the Northern State Parkway.

For adventures outside the house, it is conveniently located right by Kings Point Park, Steppingstone Park and the American Merchant Marine Museum.

The house is zoned for Great Neck School District, which had its high school ranked No. 30 in New York State and 195 in the country in U.S. News and World Report‘s annual school report.

The house is listed for sale at $22,000,000. Taxes total up to $185,730.

The broker listed for the property is Soheila Sharf of S Sharf Realty. She can be reached at 516-773-6677.

Long Island Beer Gardens to Try This Summer

The return of warm weather to Long Island not only brings back beach season, it also opens the doors to outdoor beer gardens found at local bars across the region.

Whether you are looking for an authentic German biergarten, or a fresh take on the fun of enjoying adult beverages al fresco, there is no shortage of beer gardens to try across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Here are seven Beer Gardens on Long Island:

Black Forest Brew Haus
This beer garden is unique since it’s in one of the few brew pubs on Long Island and is the only local brew pub that’s also an authentic German restaurant. 2015 New Hwy., Farmingdale. blackforestbrewhaus.com

Croxley’s Ale House and Biergarten
Croxley’s offers over 80 beers on tap, and are famous for their 30-cent wing specials on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. The beer garden is at their Smithtown bar, but Croxley’s also has outdoor seating at its Farmingdale location. 155 West Main St., Smithtown. croxley.com/smithtown

Dark Horse Tavern
This beer garden with locations in Farmingdale and Rockville Centre offers more than two dozen craft beers that are always changing, as well as hand-made cocktails. 273 Main St., Farmingdale and 12 South Park Ave., Rockville Centre. darkhorservc.com

Mary Carroll’s Bar and Beer Garden
This may be an Irish pub and not a traditional German restaurant, but it does boast a massive outdoor beer garden in the rear of one of the mainstays on Babylon’s hopping downtown strip. 121 Deer Park Ave., Babylon. marycarrolls.com

Prost Grill and Garten
This traditional Beer Garten offers German and craft beer, and is known for their award winning Pig Wings. Prost serves 24 beers on tap, and 19 bottled beers. 652 Franklin Ave., Garden City. prostgrill.com

Plattdeutsche Park
This may be the biggest and most authentic outdoor German-style biergarten keeping the spirit of Oktoberfest alive year round on LI. 1132 Hempstead Tpke., Franklin Square. parkrestaurant.com

Zum Schneider Montauk
An extension of the New York City location, this beirhaus and outdoor beirgarten serves authentic Bavarian food, 12 German beers on tap and live music on the weekends. 4 South Elmwood Ave., Montauk. montauk.zumschneider.com

*Editor’s note: Did we miss your favorite beer garden? Email us at assignmentdesk@longislandpress.com or leave your message in the comments below and we’ll update this post.

Glen Cove Mom Seeks Help Treating Son’s Rare Disorder

From left: Debbie Vigliotti and her son, Nicholas.

Debbie Vigliotti was optimistic despite her son being diagnosed with an extremely rare disorder, thinking the news meant doctors could treat him, but instead there were more hospital visits and unanswered questions.

Two decades after his diagnoses at 18 months old, Nicholas “Nico” Vigliotti, now 20, of Glen Cove, is still fighting for his life despite having what’s known as Chromosome 14 Deletion, a rare disorder that leaves doctors in awe that he is still alive. Things took a turn for the worse in 2015, when his medical bills became extremely unaffordable, forcing his mother to seek donations. So Nico fulfilled his dream to co-write a song to help raise funds to pay the bills and the family turned to social media in a last-ditch effort for lung transplant donors—all while launching a nonprofit to help other families in similar situations.

“He is living proof of miracles every day,” said Debbie.

Her son’s condition, which affects the brain, lungs and thyroid, is so rare that is doesn’t even have a medical name. Nico was the second person in the world to be diagnosed with it after a doctor found in a medical journal that one other person in the world, a girl from Belgium, had the same disorder.

“He’s now beyond the point where medicine can help his lungs,” Wendy Chung, a medical geneticist who has treated Nico for years, told Newsday. “He needs someone else’s lungs to breathe for him.”

In recent months, Nico’s condition has worsened. Debbie posted a video on Facebook last month asking for people to help find a doctor willing to perform a double lung transplant—a crucial, yet risky surgery that is his only chances of surviving. The Vigliottis have been denied by three medical centers in New York and now are trying everything they can to just get one doctor to consider proceeding with the transplant.

“I’m praying to God that I can get this message out to millions of people,” Debbie said in her Facebook video. “Because out of those millions there has to be one. One—that’s all I need is one person, one doctor, one scientist, one research doctor, I don’t know—but reach someone who would be willing to take a chance on Nico, our warrior, who has been here 20 years, almost 21 years, and he’s not ready to go. He still has a full life.”

Nico and his family have received an overwhelming amount of help and support through the video. They have been set up with Dr. Gabriel Loor of Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston. But Nico still has to undergo several tests in order to be approved to head to Texas and be evaluated by doctors there and a lung donor has not yet been found.

The video wasn’t the first time Debbie headed online in order to find help and hope. In 2015, after Nico became very sick and needed extra nursing care, Debbie created a Go Fund Me Page to help cover the costs that added up to $300 per day. Debbie is a divorced mother who is unable to work, as she has to devote a lot of time to taking care of Nico. So far, the Go Fund Me page has collected a total of $19,034.

After all the support Nico and his family received, Debbie wanted to find a way to give back, so she founded Paving Pathways for Tomorrow, a nonprofit foundation that focuses on helping single parents who are raising children with a rare disease. So far, Paving Pathways for Tomorrow has helped Joshua, who is diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder, DiGeorge Syndrome, receive a laptop so he could be home schooled. It’s also helping find a sponsor for Julia, an 8 year old with Escobar Syndrome, who is in need of an electric wheelchair for her size.

Backed by a “dream team” of directors Maria Ditizio and Claudia Marra, as well as Jason Martello, Michelle Schneider and Perri Silverstein, Paving Pathways for Tomorrow has also helped spread the word about Nico’s story and given him hope in the process.

“We should be recognized,” said Debbie. “Children with rare diseases shouldn’t be scratching their way through life. They should get help.”

Last year, when Nico became very sick, Debbie reached out via social media to help Nico achieve one of his goals in life: to inspire others through music. Nico has always had a passion for music, and when doctor’s thought it was the end of the road for him, he told his mother, “I want the world to hear my fight,” Debbie recalled. So she contacted Peter Shaw, who previously performed with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra and has been following Nico’s story.

Together, Nico and Shaw wrote and performed “I Can Wait For Heaven.” According to Debbie, the song is Nico’s inspiration to keep fighting. It can be purchased on iTunes and Amazon for 99 cents, and all of the proceeds that come from this song go to his foundation.

“I’ve had many surgeries over the years and hospital visits,” Nico told NBC New York. “It’s just very hard.”

The months to come will be full of waiting, wondering and hoping for the family. They are still unsure of whether Nico will be cleared for the lung transplant, but his family is staying strong and positive. Debbie continues to give updates on Nico’s journey online and Nico’s father has become more involved recently.

Nico’s younger brother, Dante, has also devoted much of his life to Nico. Dante is attending Stony Brook University to study environmental sciences, and is on the path to study Biomedical Engineering and Research and Development. His goal is creating equipment that can help children who are sick.

“Every purpose in his life gives him another day of hope,” Debbie said of Nico.

The link for “I Can Wait For Heaven” can be found here. More information on Nico’s story, Paving Pathways for Tomorrow and how to help a family like Nico’s can be found at pavingpathwaysfortomorrow.org. The Go Fund Me page for Nico is still active, and can be found atgofundme.com/PrayForNico.

Picture-perfect Matinecock Colonial Listed for $2.3M

This charming Colonial-style house built a century ago offering a picture perfect image of the ideal home was recently listed for sale off of Duck Pond Road in the Village of Matinecock.

Surrounded by a spacious lawn with plenty of trees for shade, this property provides the perfect amount of peacefulness and privacy. Attached to the back of this beautifully built brick house is a covered porch overlooking a heated in-ground saltwater pool ideal for spending time both in and out of the sun. The single family home features four bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms and is built on a 87,120-square-foot lot.

Amenities include a half dozen fireplaces, two of which are in a pair of master suites. The living room, formal dining room and family room give an elegant feel, with classic design, and all also include a fireplace. Large windows aplenty in this house provide an abundance of natural lighting and great views of the greenery outside.

Among the eye-catching design highlights are exposed brick walls and exposed beam ceilings that give the home an earthy feel. This historic-yet-updated house has a gourmet eat-in kitchen with with beautiful wooden cabinets. It also has a partly finished basement and a bar.

This property is situated near Piping Rock Club, Broxmeyer Field, among other parks, and is about a mile from Beaver Lake to provide various activities to do on days off.

It’s located in the Locust Valley School District, which had its high school ranked by The Washington Post as No. 1 on Long Island and No. 4 in New York State this year in the paper’s annual High School Challenge Index.

The asking price for this colonial is $2,395,000. Annual property taxes for this house total up to $27,919.

The brokers for this house are Antje Dolido and Brewster Jennings of Daniel Gale Associates Inc. They can be contacted at 516-759-4800.

You Know You Grew Up In Nassau County If…

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The Harlem Globetrotterrs's star player, Flight Time, makes a trick shot from the roof of Nassau Coliseum.

13. The LIRR beats driving to the city

Long Island Rail Road riders hop off the train in Long Beach. (Photo by Joe Abate)

Driving into Manhattan can be a total nightmare. A 45-minute train ride is much easier, as long as you’re not going during rush hour or get stuck in the LIRR’s infamous delays.

12. You’ve gone to least one concert at Jones Beach Theater

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View of a concert at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh (Photo: Jones Beach Facebook, @JonesBeachNewYork)

Whether it’s a classic band like Journey or a current group like Maroon 5, Jones Beach always offers something for everyone, a great view of the water and a parking lot perfect for tailgating.

11. You went to a diner after a night out and ordered french fries with gravy on the side

A staple food in any Long Islander’s diet.

10. You went to Hot Skates on a Friday night and headed to McDonald’s afterLooking back, maybe using those rented skates wasn’t the cleanest thing ever.

9. You did last minute shopping in Roosevelt Field Mall right before the holidaysRoosevelt Field MallYou put on a brave face (after spending an hour finding parking) and shoved your way to your favorite stores.

8. You have sidewalks 
“Wait… you mean you DON’T have sidewalks in Suffolk?”

7. You live on a dead end, not a cul de sac
And you’ve struggled with a three point your turn while trying to get yourself out of there.

6. You have a 7-Eleven, nail salon and pizzeria within a five-minute walk of anywhere you go
Your list of errands for that afternoon could be done within just one block of any main street.

5. You spent the day at Long Beach, and stopped at Five Guys on the way homeBecause what better way to end a day at the East Coast LBC?

4. Ralph’s is the best dessert in the summer

Ralph’s Italian Ice in Freeport (Photo: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons)

It’s the third Long Island main food group after pizza and bagels.

3. You went grocery shopping at King KullenYou were also shocked when people not in the 516 didn’t know what a King Kullen was.

2. You took a field trip to Safety Town in Eisenhower Park in elementary schoolAnd you thought you were ready to drive after that.

1. Your first concert was at Nassau Coliseum And you’re so excited that it’s open again now, but you’ll always picture it with its old exterior before it was renovated to look like a space ship.

Amenity-packed Waterfront Merrick Home Going for $2.2M

With all the amenities packed in this unique custom-built waterfront house, there would be no reason to ever leave 2825 Shore Drive in Merrick, which was recently listed for sale.

This elegant, modern house has six bedrooms, five bathrooms, a beautiful living room, a state-of-the-art eat-in kitchen, formal dining room and has plenty of large windows that fill it with natural light to give a feeling of comfort and home. It’s situated on 29,111-square-foot lot.

What makes this property unique, besides the fact that it’s an extremely rare double waterfront lot, is its endless features. The basement contains a home theater, fitness room and billiards room. The backyard has everything from a heated in-ground pool, cabana house, sports court, and even an outdoor bar.

The property also includes a three-car garage, deck and 141 feet of waterfront along Merrick Creek, which flows into the East Bay. It is equipped with a floating dock and boat lift. There is a great view of Jones Beach from the house.

For commuters, the house is about a mile south of the Long Island Rail Road station. It’s also right between the Wantagh and Meadowbrook state parkways. In additon, the Merrick Golf Course and Newbridge Road Park are located nearby.

The asking price for this house is $2,288,000. Taxes for the property total up to $40,854.

The brokers are Seth Levy and Jennie Katz of Graystone Properties. They can be reached at 516-667-0777.

41 MS-13 Gang Members Busted in 1 Month on Long Island

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Forty one alleged members of MS-13, the street gang suspected of murdering 11 people in Suffolk County since September, were rounded up over the past month for violence in Nassau County, authorities announced Thursday.

Thirty three of the suspects were arrested in Suffolk, with the rest from Nassau, Queens and Brooklyn, officials said. They were indited on 85 charges for 32 attempted murders, assaults and other crimes in Nassau over the past four years. 

“MS-13 has terrorized communities, killed innocent people, and stolen the childhoods of the vulnerable young people they recruit to join their ranks,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. “We will be unrelenting in our efforts to stop MS-13 from recruiting in our schools and spilling blood in our neighborhoods.”

The gang bust, part of a years-long U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiative dubbed Operation Matador, was a joint effort with Homeland Security Investigations and other agencies. The operation has led to nearly 50,000 gang-related arrests nationwide since it was launched 2005, according to ICE. The gang, which has members nationally and worldwide, is largely made up of and preys upon immigrants from Latin American nations.

Besides the murders in Suffolk—including a quadruple slaying in April—authorities suspect MS-13 is responsible for violence in Hempstead, Uniondale, Westbury and Inwood, authorities said. Most of these incidents involve the use of a machete, according to investigators. The gang is known for flashing weapons to kids they are looking to recruit, and then threatening the kids and their families, officials said.

All of the MS-13 gang members who were arrested are male, with a majority from El Salvador and Honduras, although some are from Mexico and Guatemala. Seventeen came to America as unaccompanied minors, and three entered with Special Immigrant Juvenile Status. Some individuals will be prosecuted for reentry after deportation, others will be processed for removal from the United States and the remaining will go before an immigration judge.