10/16/18 3:00pm

Karl Grossman

Professor Scott A. Mandia of Suffolk County Community College projects terrible consequences for this area if a major hurricane hits, as I wrote about last week in this space. For Shelter Island, a Category 4 hurricane “inundates” — “except for a few high points” — the island, says the meteorologist who teaches courses in weather and climate change at the college. (more…)

10/04/18 4:30pm
REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island's Black Cat Books.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO Shelter Island’s Black Cat Books.

I was at Black Cat Books on North Ferry Road one morning last week when it was raining hammers and nails outside, the torrent thudding against the door that has a sign listing opening and closing hours and, at the bottom, “Other times by chance or appointment.” (more…)

09/29/18 11:00am
Karl Grossman

Karl Grossman

This is a change-of-pace column about one of the funniest people I’ve ever known, Alan Abel.
“Alan Abel, Ace Hoaxer, Is (Really) Dead at 94,” was the headline last week in The New York Times of a nearly full-page obituary for Alan. (more…)