Republican Elaine Phillips beat Democrat Adam Haber to win an open New York State Senate seat but a sitting Republican Long Island state senator may be unseated, potentially tipping the balance of power in that chamber back to a Democratic majority.
Originally the ancestral home of Native Americans and later settled by Europeans during the 1600s, Long Island is rich in history and loaded with folklore, myths and urban legends. From ancient Native American burial grounds to remnants of the Revolutionary War to Gatsby-era mansion estates, Long Island is hallowed ground—the stage for countless triumphs and tragedies throughout the centuries.
Many think Long Island is a typical boring suburbia devoid of anything unusual besides the Big Duck, but looking deeper reveals a region replete with stories of aliens, ghosts and Bigfoot sightings. Local reports of extraterrestrial, psychic and cryptozoological phenomena have been met with skepticism as well as trust, but some claims are easier to explain away than others. The sheer number of such purported sightings suggests the Island’s residents either have wild imaginations or are indeed living in a cauldron of metaphysical mysteries.
Besides a host of haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, Halloween season sparks loads of frightfully fun festivities across Long Island, from prize-winning costume contests to spooky parades and much more spine-tingling sensations to raise the spirits. Here's your guide to the dozens of spooky fun events taking place across Long Island this Halloween season.
Whether you’re seeking a high-quality venue to enjoy some outstanding local wine, impress and entertain out-of-town guests, or provide the perfect setting for a romantic date, this is it. Located about 10 minutes from the Smithtown/St. James area, Harmony offers visitors the opportunity to experience an extraordinary Long Island winery without traveling all the way out to the North Fork.
It’s hard to fathom that Lake Ronkonkoma ever drew thousands of people. Today Long Island's largest freshwater body stands a monument to environmental neglect because an assortment of municipalities are either unwilling or unable to cut through the tangle of red tape that strangles it.
Everyone knows Long Island is home to Billy Joel, Charles Lindbergh’s first trans-Atlantic flight, and the nation’s first lighthouse, in Montauk, but here are some lesser-known local facts that may surprise even longtime Long Islanders.
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.