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Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt Shops

Ice cream: You love it. We love it. The nation’s love affair with its deliciousness led to July being designated National Ice Cream Month in celebration of everyone’s favorite frozen treat.

But where is the best place to scoop up an ice cream cone, sundae or cake? Look no further than Skipperdee’s in Point Lookout, which won the title of Best Ice Cream on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island competition. Those who want to indulge while staying in shape for swimsuit season should try Treasure Island Desserts, which was voted Best Frozen Yogurt on Long Island in that contest.

Skipperdee’s is an ice cream parlor and bakery that offers a variety of snacks that will make anyone with a sweet tooth rejoice! Seeing flavors like sweet and salty pretzel, moose tracks, sea salt caramel, red velvet cake, and rocky road on the menu will be sure to make every ice-cream lover’s mouth water as soon as they walk through the door. Plus, Skipperdee’s also carries baked goods, such as cupcakes and brownies, and hosts private birthday parties for kids as well, making this the perfect spot for the whole family!

At Treasure Island Desserts, the frozen yogurt flavors include strawberry shortcake, cookies n’ cream and fun fudge brownie, among others. And it doesn’t just stop at frozen yogurt—this shop also offers various gelato and ice cream flavors, along with a bunch of tasty toppings, such as butterfingers, caramel, and raspberries, to enjoy with your snacks!

Jonesing instead for an even healthier option? Then head on over to Tropical Smoothie Café, which earned the title of Best Smoothie on Long Island in this year’s competition.

Skipperdee’s is located at 26B Lido Blvd. in Point Lookout. For more information, visit skipperdees.com

Treasure Island Desserts is located at 2575 Hempstead Tpke. in East Meadow. For more information, visit treasureislanddessert.com

Tropical Smoothie Café has multiple locations. For more information, visit tropicalsmoothie.com

Waterfront Modernist Mansion in Lloyd Harbor Going for $13.8M

A nature-lover’s dream come true awaits in this simple yet luxurious contemporary mansion listed for sale on a 33-acre wooded plot overlooking the Long Island Sound on Watch Way in Lloyd Harbor.

The mansion was designed by the late world-famous architect Edward Durell Stone, who designed Radio City Music Hall, The Museum of Modern Art and the Kennedy Center, among many other buildings. The property also includes a beach house 20 feet from the water. The entire property is roughly the same square footage as The Pentagon.

Built in 1967, the main house has four bedrooms, five and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen, formal dining room, fully finished family room in the basement, a library, three fireplaces and an indoor, in-ground pool next to the great room. Outside it has a two-car garage, a porch, a patio and 725 feet of beach.

The property is subdivided into four separate lots, with the main lot featuring the mansion situated on an 11-acre plot. Of the other three, two are waterfront and the third is inland.

The house is about five miles from downtown Huntington, the Cold Spring Harbor Long Island Rail Road station about eight miles from the Long Island Expressway. It is also located near Caumsett State Park, Target Rock National Wildlife Refuge and Lloyd Neck Beach.

The house is in the Cold Spring Harbor School District, which had its high school ranked No. 31 in New York State by U.S. News & World Report’s annual ratings.

The asking price is listed as $13,880,000. The annual property taxes are $104,037.

The brokers listed for the property are Jason Friedman and Sarah Friedman of Coldwell Banker Residential. They can be reached at 516-482-8400.

Gorgeous Rockville Centre Victorian Selling for $1.2M

With its century-old charm and recently renovated interior, this gorgeous Victorian that’s listed for sale offers the best of both worlds at 370 North Village Avenue in the Village of Rockville Centre.

Built in 1911, this spectacular five-bedroom home with three and a half updated bathrooms boasts a great flow for entertaining, two fireplaces, a home office and a newly renovated eat-in chef’s kitchen. It’s situated a short walk from downtown Rockville Centre, one of Long Island’s most popular main streets.

The must-see master suite features a lounge area and the bedrooms have custom built-ins and ornate moulding. The basement includes a recreation room and a gym. Outside on the 17,498-square-foot lot, it has a wrap-around porch, backyard patio and a two-car garage.

Besides being near the downtown area, the house is also a short walk to the Rockville Centre Long Island Rail Road station, minutes from the Southern State Parkway and near several parks, including Morgan Days Park that is two block away, and several country clubs.  
The property is located in the Rockville Centre School District, where South Side High School consistently ranks among the best in the state and the nation in U.S. News & World Report’s annual high school ratings.

The asking price is $1,285,000, not including the annual property taxes of $19,472.

An open house is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28. The broker listed for the property is Mary Darcy of Daniel Gale Associates, who can be reached at 516-678-1510.

Long Island Concerts & Events June 26-29

Reel Big Fish
This California-based ska-punk band that survived many line-up changes is coming back to play their catchy upbeat hits, including “Sell Out,” “Beer” and “Everyone Else is an Asshole.” Warming up the crowd is The Expendables, The Queers & Tunnel Vision. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $22-$49.50. 8 p.m. June 27.

Jay Orig Quartet
Get your jazz fix with this Jay Orig and his eponymous quartet. Treme – Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 7 p.m. June 28.

An Evening With Alan Alda
The beloved, award-winning actor, director, and bestselling author, as he draws upon a lifetime of experience in acting and science to share details of his career – especially his fascinating quest on how to communicate better in all aspects of our lives. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org Sold out. 7:30 p.m. June 29.

Lisa Lampanelli
This is one comedian that doesn’t hold back. “The Queen of Mean,” as she’s known, is not afraid to push a few buttons in her quest to insult anyone—especially celebrities—with a pulse. This is a Benefit Show for North Shore Animal League America. Opening the show is Frank DeCaro. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $39.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. June 29.

Bill Frisell
Frisell is one of the most sought-after guitar voices in contemporary music. His role as composer and band leader which has garnered him increasing notoriety. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $30-$35. 8 p.m. June 29.

Ultra Luxury Oceanfront Penthouse in Long Beach Going for $3.5M

It’s hard to tell what’s prettier: the panoramic views of the Atlantic from this oceanfront penthouse or the luxurious condominium itself at 403 East Boardwalk in Long Beach that is for sale.

The condo is situated in the heart of The City by The Sea on the top floor of a new high-end, eight-story residential high rise called Aqua on The Ocean, which debuted in 2011. Amenities in this two floor, 2,000-square-foot unit include a fireplace and rooftop deck with 360-degree views and nearly as much square footage as the living space.

The penthouse has 10-foot ceilings, three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, an eat-in kitchen and living room/dining room combo. The building offers a hot tub, heated in-ground pool, gym, business center, 24/7 concierge and two spaces in the parking garage.

It’s located less than a mile from the Long Beach Long Island Rail Road station and Long Beach Boulevard, which links the Long Beach Island—a barrier island protecting the South Shore of Long Island from the ocean—and its eponymous city to mainland Long Island. As for the other two bridges off the island, the condo is three miles from the Loop Parkway to the east and three miles from Nassau Boulevard to the west. And it’s within walking distance of downtown LBC, a lively seaside community that is the closest thing to California found on LI.

The condo is in the Long Beach School District, which had its high school ranked No. 22 on The Washington Post‘s list of the Most Challenging High Schools on LI last year.

The asking price? It can be yours for $3,500,000, not including the $25,050 in annual property taxes and the $2,350 in monthly common charges.

The broker listed for the property is Thomas Tripodi of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. He can be reached at 516-432-3400.

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Beach, Surf Shop for Summer

Summer is back, which means it’s time to hit the beach for some fun in the sun, but which of the many choices on Long Island is worth the trip?

It may come as little surprise that Jones Beach State Park won the title of Best Park on Long Island for the second year in a row in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. Of course, you can’t go to the beach without the right gear. Here to help with that is Bunger Surf Shop, which won Best Surf Shop on Long Island eight years running.

With about six million visitors in 2016, Jones Beach State Park is consistently in a horse race with Niagara Falls for the title of most-visited in the New York State parks system. And for good reason. In addition to swimming, surfing, sunbathing, playgrounds and picnic areas, this 2,413-acre oasis also has a 59-slip marina, two-mile boardwalk, swimming pool, nature center, bandshell, fishing pier, pitch-and-put golf course, mini-golf, snack bars and a 14,500-seat bayside amphitheater that hosts big-name acts throughout summer. Not to mention the views!

Before heading to the best beach on LI, any beach bum worth his or her weight in saltwater knows you have to go prepared.  And there’s no better place to stock up than Bunger Surf, which also has locations in Babylon and an outpost at Gilgo Beach, just east of Jones Beach State Park. There, customers can get not only custom surf boards, but also swimwear, clothing, sandals, wet suits and plenty of other beach gear.

Jones Beach State Park is located on Ocean Parkway between the Wantagh and Meadowbrook state parkways in Wantagh. For more information, visit parks.ny.gov/parks/jonesbeach

Bunger Surf Shop is located at 50 East Main St. in Babylon, with a satellite location at Gilgo Beach. For more information, visit bungersurf.com

19th Century Orient Farmhouse With New England Vibe Selling for $1.2M

The look and feel of living in New England without actually leaving Long Island imbues this alluring 19th century updated farmhouse at 675 Orchard St. in Orient that was listed for sale.

Built around 1860—making this a pre-Civil War era home—this beautifully preserved historic house is situated in the heart of the waterfront community that’s at the easternmost tip of the North Fork of Long Island. The four-bedroom home has 1,786-square-feet of living space, including two full bathrooms, a formal dining room and updated kitchen.

The property also features a two-car garage, front porch, rear screened-in porch and a patio overlooking a large pastoral backyard on a half-acre plot with enough room for a pool.

The home is two miles west of the Orient Point ferry to New London, Conn. It’s two miles east of the ferry to Shelter Island and the Greenport Long Island Rail Road station—the last stop the LIRR makes on the North Fork.

It’s also three blocks from Orient Harbor, two miles from Orient Beach State Park and a short drive from the North Fork Wine Trail, home to dozens of local vineyards.

The property falls within the Oyster Ponds Union Free School District that has just one school: The Oyster Ponds Elementary School, which teaches students from kindergarten through grade 6. Children in the community then go on to Greenport Junior/Senior High School, which was ranked one of the best in New York State by U.S. World & News Report’s annual Better High Schools score card.

The asking price is $1,270,000, not including annual property taxes of $4,370.

The broker listed for the property is Janet Markarian of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International. She can be reached at 631-477-0013.

Palatial Islip Mansion With Stunning Views Asks $5.9M

Sweeping views of the Great South Bay are unparalleled at this palatial post-modern waterfront mansion on the market at 162 West Bayberry Rd. in Islip in the tony neighborhood of Bayberry Point.

Built about 20 years ago with nearly 11,000 square feet of living space, a classic design and fine European craftsmanship tailored for a lifestyle of casual elegance, this jewel of a home is truly one of a kind. Besides its stunning panoramic vistas, its great many amenities include an in-ground infinity pool, a hot tub, five fireplaces and 800-square-feet of water frontage.

The majestic property—easily the most eye-catching house that Fire Island Ferries passengers glimpse when they cross the bay—has five bedrooms, seven and a half bathrooms, a formal dining room, eat-in kitchen, billiard room and library. It also has a three-car garage, porch, patio and water fountain at the top of its gated driveway. This fantastic home includes rights to a private marina and sits on 1.6 acres—that’s 69,696 square feet, meaning the entire property has more space than The White House, not including the grounds surrounding the president’s home.

The property is located less than two miles from the Islip Long Island Rail Road station. It’s also a short drive from Sunrise Highway, the Southern State and Sagtikos parkways. Its perks include being situated near a multitude of parks, including Islip Beach, Heckscher State Park, Connetquot River State Park and Robert Moses State Park.

The property falls within the Islip School District, which had its high school ranked as one of the best in the nation by Newsweek magazine.

How much is this mansion? It can be all yours for $5.9 million. That doesn’t include the annual property taxes of $78,513.

The brokers for the property are Eric Ramsay and David Sanders of Eric G. Ramsay Associates LLC. They can be reached at 631-665-1500.

Long Island Concerts & Events June 19-22

It’s The Old Army Game
In the hilarious comedy that many consider the high point of his silent filmography, W.C. Fields suffers the endless abuse of petty customers, overbearing relatives, obnoxious children, and offensive objects in his quest for peace and quiet. With special guest Dr. Harriet Fields, granddaughter of W.C. Fields and global health activist! Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave. Huntington. cinemaartscentre.org $11-$16. 7:30 p.m. June 20.

Huey Lewis and The News
These Grammy winners defined the ’80s with multiple top 10 hits: “Hip to Be Square,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “Stuck With You” to name just a few. Don’t miss Huey, his harmonica and the rest of the band performing your favorites! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $49-$200. 8 p.m. June 21.

Cowboy Mouth
Hailing from New Orleans, these alt-jam-roots rockers lit up the airwaves in the early ’90s with ear candy “Jenny Says” and have since honed their live performances into what some audience members describe as bordering on “a religious experience.” Opening the show is Memphis Crawl. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 22.

A Night At The Disco
Shake your groove thang with The Village People, The Trammps featuring Earl Young, Rose Royce and 45 RPM! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39-$125. 8 p.m. June 22.

Decadia – The ’80s & Beyond
This 8-piece band is fronted by three amazing and entertaining vocalists and performs the biggest songs of the past four decades. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com Free. 8 p.m. June 22.

Long Island Concerts & Events June 23-25

Third Eye Blind Paramount Huntington
Third Eye Blind rocks The Paramount Huntington on Dec. 9!

Two Roads Diverged in a Wood
An opening reception for the above-titled art exhibit will be held to showcase thephotography of Kenneth Ng, Howie Pohl and Joan Weiss. Film and digital photos are displayed side by side, allowing viewers to compare and contrast the mediums. Exhibit runs through July 17. Main Street Gallery, 213 Main St., Huntington. huntingtonarts.org 6 p.m. June 23.

Dierks Bentley 
Mega-selling country singer Bentley offers a night of his brand of Nashville numbers and bourbon-soaked ballads to Nassau and Suffolk county bumpkins who just want to sit back, relax, and enjoy great music, great company and a great, great time. Expect hits spanning his impressive, acclaimed career, including “Bourbon In Kentucky,” “I Hold On” and “Drunk On A Plane.” With opening acts Cole Swindell & Jon Pardi. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $35-$254. 7 p.m. June 23.

Don Winslow
This award-winning internationally bestselling author will be speaking and signing his new novel, The Force. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m. June 23.

Hunter Hayes
This Louisiana-born country/pop singer will perform his hits, including his breakout, “Wanted.” The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $35-$75. 8 p.m. June 23.

Joan Osborne Sings the Songs of Bob Dylan
Joan Osborne has rightfully earned a reputation as one of the great voices of her generation – both a commanding, passionate performer and a frank, emotionally evocative songwriter. Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Port Washington. landmarkonmainstreet.org Sold out. Call 516.767.6444 for wait list. 8 p.m. June 23.

Sara Bliss
Acclaimed travel author and longtime Shelter Island resident will discuss and sign copies of her new book, Hotel Chic at Home: Inspired Design Ideas from Glamorous Escapes. Salt Supply at The Chequit, 23 Grand Ave., Shelter Island Heights. 4 p.m. June 24.

IAM Up Late: How did I get here?
A special interactive installation presented by FRACTAL Collabrative Group that provides peek into the reality of thoughts and dreams. Follow our steps through our favorite words and views of life and feel free to share your own. Islip Arts Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. 7 p.m. June 24.

Third Eye Blind
The California-based ’90s alt rockers will play their hits, including  “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s It Going to Be.” Warming up the crowd will be Silversun Pickups and  Ocean Park Standoff. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $24-$135. 7 p.m. June 24.

Saving Abel
These Mississippi-based hard rockers is back on tour after their latest line-up change. Opening the show are Afterburn, Ten Ton Mojo and One Day At A Time.  Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. revolutionliny.com $20. 7 p.m. June 24.

Sevendust
The Georgia-based alt-metal band is going 20 years strong since their self-titled debut. Will they tease fans with a track off their forthcoming 11th album? Only one way to find out! Supporting acts include He Is Legend and The Hard Way. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $29.50-$39.50. 8 p.m. June 24.

The Smithereens
This seminal modern rock band that ushered in the 80s and 90s rock revival with songs such as “A Girl Like You”, “Blood & Roses”, “Only a Memory” and many others. Suffolk Theater, 118 E Main St., Riverhead. suffolktheater.com $49. 8 p.m. June 24.

Los Straitjackets
Mixing the familiar sounds of Dick Dale, Duane Eddy, and the Ventures, Los Straitjackets create their own version of energetic surf guitar twang, complete with Mexican wrestling masks. YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. boultoncenter.org $40-$45. 8 p.m. June 24.

O El Amor
One of the most eccentric acts around, these popular and hysterical local phenoms don Lucha Libre masks while they serenade the audience with love songs from every era. Getting the crowd in the mood will be Judas Priestess. Ingenious incognito, indeed! Getting the party started is Dude Ranch & The Girl at the Rock Show. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $15-$35. 8 p.m. June 24.

Johnnyswim
The husband-and-wife duo of Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano are the taking the world by storm. This talented couple’s stunning vocals and musical talent will give you all the feels! Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $40-$60. 8 p.m. June 24.

Revolutionary War Encampment and Battlefield Reenactment
Set in 1775, the Huntington Militia will set up camp beside the home of local Town Clerk Martin Schenck. Visitors can experience military drills including Marching and Manual of Arms, Musket Firing and Flintlock Forearms, and camp life demonstrations. Old Bethpage Village Restoration, 1303 Round Swamp Rd., Old Bethpage. nassaucountyny.gov/parks $8-$12. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25.

Jim Pons
Former bass player of The Leaves, The Turtles, and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, as well as former Film and Video Director of the New York Jets Football Club, Jim Pons, will be speaking and signing his memoir, Hard Core Love: Sex, Football, and Rock and Roll in the Kingdom of God. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 1 p.m. June 25.

Dance Visions NY – Isadora Duncan & Contemporary Works
The company of 16 dancers will perform a combination of Duncan’s works as well as original site-specific contemporary works. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. sandspointpreserveconservancy.org Free, $10 parking. 2 p.m. June 25.

Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution
Introduced by Lesley Frowick, curator of Halston Style
Versailles ’73: American Runway Revolution, a 91-minute film by Deborah Riley Draper, chronicles the astounding victory by American designers, among them Halston, over the giants of French haut couture. The fresh and innovative designs of Halston, Bill Blass, Ann Klein, Oscar de la Renta and Stephen Burrows, along with their stunning African American runway models, blew away their French counterparts. This 2012 film is a funny, extraordinary, and often poignant collection of memories shared by the models, designers, journalists, patrons and others lucky enough to witness the event that catapulted American designers to global superstardom and changed fashion forever. The film will be introduced by Lesley Frowick, the guest curator of Halston Style, author of Halston: Inventing American Fashion and Halston’s niece. Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor. nassaumuseum.org Free with Museum admission. 3 p.m. June 25.

Rammstein
This German industrial band best known for their hit single “Du Hast” will wow fans with their over-the-top pyrotechnics and stage antics. Opening the show is 3Teeth. Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $80-$491. 8 p.m. June 25.

Parkway Drive
The up-and-coming Australian metal band will show Long Island how they do it Down Under. Warming up the crowd is The Word Alive & Wage War. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. paramountny.com $20-$45. 8 p.m. June 25.

Aimee Mann
After a five-year hiatus she’s released her newest album, Mental Illness. This album highlights Mann’s rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format. Her hypnotic voice and finger-picky guitar style will make for an unforgettable experience. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. whbpac.org $55-$95. 8 p.m. June 25.