12/02/17 3:00pm
PHOTO COURTESY OF HUNTER COLLEGE | A view of Robert Longo’s ‘American Bridge Project’ at Hunter College. Curated by Shelter Island's Jill Brienza, the exhibit runs through December 17.

PHOTO COURTESY OF HUNTER COLLEGE | A view of Robert Longo’s ‘American Bridge Project’ at Hunter College. Curated by Shelter Island’s Jill Brienza, the exhibit runs through December 17.

Shelter Island resident Jill Brienza is a curator of a site-specific political work by conceptual artist Robert Longo installed on Hunter College’s iconic sky bridges. The installation, “American Bridge Project,” comprises the artist’s largest public artwork to date.

The work features reproductions on vinyl of two of Mr. Longo’s recent charcoal on mounted paper drawings. The pieces coat the windows of Hunter’s third and seventh floor sky bridges, resulting in an immersive experience for viewers crossing over the bridges as well as a powerful billboard-sized statement visible from Lexington Avenue, both north and south of 68th Street.  (more…)

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11/20/17 5:15am
REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.

REPORTER FILE PHOTO The Community Preservation Fund collects taxes on real estate sales to spend on open space aquisitions and water protection programs.

Three of the five East End towns are reporting increases in Community Preservation Fund (CPF) revenues for the first nine months of 2017, but Shelter Island and East Hampton are showing decreases. (more…)

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11/03/17 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.

COURTESY PHOTOS | From left: Fats Domino, Dr. John and trumpet player Dave Bartholomew (Fats songwriting partner for 68 years) at the Carver Theater during the premiere of Joe Lauro’s ‘The Big Beat’ at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 23, 2014.

Fats Domino died last weekend in Harvey, Louisiana. Over the course of his lifetime, Mr. Domino sold 60 million records and had more hits than any artist of his era, except Elvis. “Blueberry Hill,” “Ain’t That A Shame,” and “Walking To New Orleans” are just three of those hits, which is why, when he died on October 24 at 89 years old, he was remembered as a pioneer of American rock and roll and nothing short of a musical legend.

Perhaps no one would agree with that sentiment more than Joe Lauro — documentarian, film archivist, front man for the New Orleans-inspired band the HooDoo Loungers, and former Shelter Island resident. (more…)