DON BINDLER PHOTO Bug Lighthouse on the night of the “Super Moon” in December 2015
There is perhaps no symbol more synonymous with Long Island and New England maritime history than that of the lighthouse.
Today it’s largely GPS and satellites that warn sailors of dangers ahead, but these beautiful beacons are a connection to our nautical past and are still commonly used as reference points. (more…)
PHOTO COURTESY SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY This Queen Anne mansion set on a 4.8-acre Nostrand Parkway estate has a price tag of $32 million.
“Situated beyond the contamination of air and water due to great cities, upon the shores of clear salt water over a sand and pebbly bottom, near no large meadows, free from malaria, the air being pure, dry and balmy, this place offers a retreat for all who wish to retain or regain their health.”
So reads an 1894 ad published in the New York Daily Tribune touting the benefits of a home in a new development called West Neck Park on Shelter Island. Although there were originally plans for hundreds of cottages, according to a historical map, only a handful of houses were actually constructed.
But more than 120 years later, one of those homes — an exquisitely preserved Queen Anne mansion set on a rolling 4.8-acre estate — has hit the market for $32 million. (more…)
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Another tall ship is headed for the North Fork.
El Galeón, a replica of a 16th century Spanish galleon, is expected to dock in Greenport Harbor Monday, according to village officials. Tours will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 18, according to Greenport Village Administrator Paul Pallas. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Children under five are free. (more…)
The East End Maritime Festival runs this weekend, Sept. 23, 24 and 25. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)
The 27th annual East End Maritime Festival comes to Greenport this weekend.
The three-day festival kicks off with the Land and Sea Gala at Greenport Yacht and Ship Building on Carpenter Street on Friday Sept. 23.
The Merry Folk Parade kicks off the first full day of the festival and introduces its grand marshal, Captain David Berson. It steps off at 11 a.m. and travels along Greenport’s Front and Main streets.
The festival features music, entertainment, kayak races, fair vendors, lighthouse tours and more. The event drew more than 30,000 people to the village in 2015. (more…)
VERA CHINESE PHOTO Nora, left, and Jackson Parpan, a few days before the columnist returned to work.
I cried earlier this week.
It was Sunday, the first full day I would be leaving little Nora Jane Parpan — born May 19 at a healthy 7 pounds, 1 ounce — in someone else’s care following 12 weeks of maternity leave. (more…)