Field trips to Vanderbilt Planetarium, bonfires on Montauk, Virginia from Billy Joel's "Only The Good Die Young"—there are certain things you'd only know if you grew up on Long Island. Here are 25 of them.
The Doobie Bros., Switchfoot & Squeeze rock The Paramount; Sergio Mendes, Engelbert Humperdinck, Charlie Puth, Les Brers & Peter Frampton wow NYCB Theatre at Westbury; Dope levels Revolution Bar & Grill; 'Shadows of Liberty,' 'Madman' & The Long Island Gay & Lesbian Film Festival screen at Cinema Arts Centre; Vetstock invades The Emporium; Lucy Kaplansky serenades YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts; Jo Dee Messina grooves at Patchogue Theatre; Gilbert Gottfried cracks up Governor's; Kenny Loggins shares stories at Book Revue; annual Oyster Festival rolls into Theodore Roosevelt Park; inaugural Queens Beer Festival taps Long Island City; & so much more!
The first-ever Long Island “haunted bus tour” launched successfully last weekend from the Clarion Hotel on Veterans Memorial Highway in Ronkonkoma. The six-hour tour, which included visits to a handful of allegedly haunted sites, was one of many featured events of Haunt-Faire 2016: A Convention for All Things Haunted, which ran Aug. 5-7.
With the return of beach season, so too flock the crowds to Fire Island, the barrier island simultaneously known as a popular tourist destination and a hidden gem full of natural wonders. But FI is much more than that dichotomy allows. It’s home to Robert Moses State Park on the west end, Smith Point County Park on the east end and a national park featuring an eight-mile wilderness preserve. And in the middle, accessible by ferry only, are 17 car-free communities—most of which are strictly residential with a few having downtowns offering shops and nightlife.