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Haunted Houses on Long Island

Haunted Houses on Long Island

Long Island is often associated with plenty of scary folk tales, unusual myths and ancient folklore. Moreover, the city has a rich heritage and history as it was first populated by Native American Indians. It was in the 1600s that European immigrants started inhabiting the land.

As a result, the city has plenty of ancient sites and Native American burial grounds along with landmarks important to the Revolutionary War. Moreover, Long Island also has a slew of glamorous mansions and huge estates for added measure.

You already know how this sounds like – a good way to see some haunted mansions! If you are interested in having the fright of your life, mentioned below are some of the most haunted houses in Long Island.

The Amityville House 

When it comes to haunted houses, there is no way we couldn’t mention this popular haunted house in the city. Located in Amityville, many people know about story of the family that was straight up murdered in this house! It all started in 1974, when Ronal DeFeo slaughtered his family in the house.  A lot of people believed that the vile spirits haunting the house drove Ronald completely mad, and led him to murdering his entire family.

In 1975, the house was bought by George and Kathy Lutz. Just a year after the murders occurred, the couple spawned a series of ghastly tales about bizarre, paranormal activities that they “claimed” to experience. Their stories led to several movie productions soon after. However, their stores were later revealed to be nothing but a hoax. But there are still many people who believe ghosts haunt the Amityville house.

Winfield Hall

This former manor has seen plenty of death. However, as per local legends, there are some pretty colorful tales about the owner of the mansion, Frank Winfield Woolworth. But there are also some stories about bizarre occult activity as well. You see, just two years after Winfield had the former mansion built, which was in 1917, he passed away. Sadly, just a couple of years after Frank Winfield’s death, his daughter Edna, committed suicide.

Fast forward to the sixties and seventies, the Winfield mansion served as a home to Air Career School, where students were reported saying that Edna’s room was always kept locked and no one dared to go inside. Moreover, the students also stated that they could hear sounds of moving furniture coming from the room. But there was nobody in the room!

Morgan Hall

Located in Glen Cove, Morgan Hall was built by the famous millionaire J.P. Morgan back in 1910. However, today, Morgan Hall is said to be one of the most haunted and creepiest places in Long Island! People claim that the mansion is haunted by the ghost of the financial tycoon’s daughter, Alice who passed away in the house due to the yellow fever.

Before being transformed into a Catholic school back in the sixties, the former mansion also served as a Russian Embassy. After the school was built, people have claimed seeing the ghost of Alice roaming around the attic as well as the school’s numerous halls and corridors. According to eyewitness accounts, Alice is always dressed in a black gown. Dare to meet her?

Fire Island Lighthouse

Located on Fire Island, the Fire Island Lighthouse stands at 74-feet and was built in 1826. However, thirty-two years later, the original lighthouse was torn down and replaced by the current one. And this lighthouse is rumored to be one of the most haunted places in Long Island.

According to folklore, the lighthouse is haunted by the ghost of a curator, who committed suicide. He died inside the lighthouse. The curator committed suicide, grief stricken by the death of his daughter, who passed away during the construction of the lighthouse. People have been reported as saying they could hear the sound of eerie laughter coming out from the lighthouse. Many others have reported seeing a vague, shadowy figure of a man carrying rope.

So there you go, a list of some of the most haunted places in Long Island, perfect for a Halloween trip with your friends. Or basically any other night as well!

October Fun on Long Island

October Fun on Long Island

Visiting Long Island during October will make for a scintillating experience. The weather is a mildly cold, perfect for having some fun outdoors! There are just so many things you can do apart from enjoying the beautiful fall colors.

Although the temperature will remain in the mid-range, if you do plan for outdoorsy activities on Long Island, it’s important to wear a couple of layers and bring a pair of hiking boots or shoes, especially if you want to experience the botanical garden in all its glory. Mentioned below are some interesting and exciting activities you can do.

Beautiful Long Island Landscape Hike

If you want to go out for a long, yet exhilarating and mentally stimulating hike, then Long Island is just the place. There are a variety of amazing trails that you could go on, for example, the Garvies Point Preserve. The preserve will nicely lead you down towards a pristine beach where you can take a breather and enjoy a mini picnic.

Moreover, Garvies also has spectacular refuges for wildlife in Long Island, like the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You can hike down to this national wildlife refuge, go to the shoreline and experience a huge gathering of different waterfowl.

Apple Hunting and Picking

As soon as fall hits Long Island, the place becomes an apple haven. There are a variety of orchards open to the public. You can go there with your family to pick hordes of fresh apples right at their peak. You can hunt for as many apples as you want and either eat them raw or make some fresh juice. There is no shortage of delicious recipes that have apples as the main ingredient.

Similarly, there are different farms of different fruits such as pumpkins, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries corn, tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, etc. However, each harvest will depend on the time of the year, apple picking is great for October.

Look for Your Own Pumpkin

There are also plenty of pumpkin farms you can visit on Long Island, and some of the farms also feature corn mazes as well as pre and post Halloween events. While you can buy already-picked pumpkins for Halloween, there are also farms where you can go out for some pumpkin picking. You might end up picking the biggest pumpkin on the farm!

One of the most popular pumpkin picking farms on Long Island is Brightwater’s, located near Bay Shore. If you want to pick organic pumpkins, then you can go to Organics Today, which is a 3-acre farm. If you want to experience the thrill of navigating through a corn maze, you can head straight to Fairview Farm located in Bridgehampton.

A Weekend Escape in Long Island

Another great way to enjoy a fall weekend in Long Island is visiting the popular Glen Cove Mansion. The mansion was built back in 1910 and is an award-winning structure. You could also go to the iconic Oheka Castle, located in Huntington.

You could also plan a weekend getaway for some wine tasting at the popular Long Island Wine Country or visit the Hamptons (you would really enjoy it since all the summer crowd is already gone). The Long Island Wine Country features serene bike trails and cozy villages.

Have Some Fun with Your Pooch

If you have brought your canine companion along for a visit to Long Island, you would be relieved to know that there are several places designated for dogs, you can play with your pooch all day long or take him for some exploration. Plus, there are also off-leash parks and places where your dog can run wild.

 

 

So, there you have it – some of the best places to visit and fun things to do while you are in Long Island this fall. Some amazing October fun on Long Island for locals and tourists alike.

Yes, There is A Way Around Mortgage Insurance

Yes, There is A Way Around Mortgage Insurance

If you have just bought a home or are in the process of buying one, you may have a good idea what mortgage insurance is. It is quite possible you’re paying it right now. To make things affordable for homebuyers, one of the prerequisites of opting for a mortgage via any lending organization is getting mortgage insurance on specific varieties of loans.

 

The fundamental advantage of mortgage insurance is securing the lender and shielding it from a financial risk or uncertainty on behalf of the homebuyer. But it also makes accessibility for the homebuyer easy even if they do not have a truckload of money to pay for it up front. Sure, there is no doubt that acquiring a mortgage with mortgage insurance can help you get your dream house quickly ,however, you have to understand the flipside of it – which is the fact that mortgage insurance payments will stack up higher and higher in the long run.

 

If you’re getting that butterflies in the stomach feeling, there is no need to worry at all. We have compiled a handful of effective and simple ways to lessen the burden of paying for mortgage insurance. Check it out…

 

Wrap Your Head Around LTV

 

Eliminating mortgage insurance heavily relies on what type of loan you have acquired – as well as that loan’s LTV and mortgage insurance specifications and requirements. LTV is short for (Loan-to-Value) ratio, and it basically calculates the amount of equity you have stacked in your home.

 

You can easily calculate this by dividing the amount of your current loan (the balance that remains) by the original value of your real estate, then multiply the total amount by 100. Remember, the higher the number of payments you make, the lower the loan-to-value ratio. If your LTV is 80% or higher, you don’t have to pay mortgage insurance. This means that if you make a down payment of at least 20% of the home value, you can avoid mortgage insurance.

 

Paying Mortgage Insurance? Here is How You Can Stop!

 

For FHA Loans

If you have acquired an FHA loan, you have to understand that you don’t have an option to cancel making FHA loan mortgage insurance. So what do you do? The best way out of this is to transfer your loan into a conventional loan via refinancing. The fastest way to do that is if you have a low loan-to-value ratio or if you have drastically enhanced your credit score.

 

 

For Lender-Paid Mortgage Insurance

If you have acquired a lender-paid mortgage insurance, the first thing you have to understand is that no lender is going to be paying for your insurance contrary to what they have advertised. What happens is the lender pays for your mortgage and then asks you to make repayments to cover that cost with a slightly raised interest rate.

 

Sure, this might have sounded awesome to you when you first acquired the loan. However, you may want to reconsider your refinancing options, especially if you’re eligible for a brand new loan without the need to pay any mortgage insurance, interest, or either.

 

When the Value of Property Increases

If your vicinity’s market has gone up, and you have already spent quite a bit of money making improvements to your house, your house’ true value (and equity) probably has gone up too since the date of purchase. And this may very well mean that your loan balance falls below 80% of the home value. If this happens, the lender has to remove the mortgage insurance requirement.

 

 

So now you know that ditching mortgage insurance is possible. More importantly, you know how to do it. Who doesn’t like canceling a monthly payment? Feel free to discuss this with us and see what’s the best way out of mortgage insurance for you.

Tanger Outlet in Riverhead,  A trip worth taking!

Tanger Outlet in Riverhead, A trip worth taking!

Everyone desires to have a one-stop shopping experience. It saves times and energy and makes shopping enjoyable. As such, many people prefer shopping in malls with various outlets. If you find yourself in Riverhead on Long Island, you can have one of your best shopping experiences at The Tanger Outlet Center.

Located at 200 Tanger Mall Drive, Riverhead, New York, 11901, The Tanger Outlet Center has almost 150 stores that offer premium services at decent prices.

The two-section outlet center is well placed to meet all your shopping needs within a short time. The center houses all almost all your favorite designer and brand-name stores.

As such, you are assured of quality stuff and prices beyond your imagination. You can shop from brands like Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Armani, Calvin Klein, Lacoste, Puma, and Victoria’s Secret. You can also shop at Williams Sonoma, Barneys New York, Charley’s Philly Steaks, Banana Republic, Columbia Factory Store, Restoration Hardware, and H&M among several others.

Offers

Aside from having the best of shopping experience at The Tanger Outlet, you can also enjoy some discount sales by joining the TangerClub. As a member, you will receive notifications of the latest deals and sales events.

The outlet also has The Tanger Best Price Promise, which offers shoppers an instant cash refund on the difference in price if an item purchased at Tanger is advertised for less. The offer aims at installing confidence in shoppers that The Tanger outlet has the best deal in town.

Surf through The Tanger Outlet official website to check on their deals before making a visit to Riverhead. On the website, you can also get the coupons & sales offers for Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. That aside, you can get yourself a coupon book containing some great deals from the shopper services. The book is free for TangerClub members.

Contact:

Phone: 631 369 2732

Website: http://www.tangeroutlet.com/riverhead

 

Monster Mini and Golf Glow-Long Island’s Glowing Miniature Golf Courses

Monster Mini and Golf Glow-Long Island’s Glowing Miniature Golf Courses

Monster Mini Indoor Golf Course                                                                        

If you’re looking for some place spooky, fun and invigorating all at the same time, then there is nothing better than the Monster Mini golf course. Located in Deer Park, Suffolk County, the Monster Mini golf course offers a creepy and thrilling indoor experience. The place is ideal for kids, especially if it is their birthday. And, it glows in the dark!

The decorations at the place gives it a sweet look. The monster theme adds a bit of a thrill to the place and the decor is quite suited to the overall context of the indoor golf course design.

The staff is friendly and accommodating. It is truly a state-of-the-art facility with climate control, decorated with luminescent black lights that glow in the dark.             

The facility is an 18-hole mini golf course that provides a strong sense of adventure. However, it isn’t just a mini golf course. The place also has a video game arcade, mini bowling alleys, a laser maze, glow-in-the-dark mini laser tag, and a prize center.

There is no question it’s a one-stop avenue for having some fun. It doesn’t matter what age you are, you will definitely have the time of your life playing some glow-in-the-dark golf. And since it is indoors and air conditioned, there is not much you can ask for. Take your kids with you, or plan a school trip with your students, the Monster Mini golf course caters to all.

They also have private event rooms that have Haunted Mansion themes where management can organizes birthday parties.

Golf Glow

Located in East Garden City, in Roosevelt Field Mall, Golf Glow is an exciting and fun mini glow in the dark golf course. You can find it at the kids play area in the mall, right next to Lens Crafter. It is a real stress reliever, especially when you have kids with you, so just get a club and start playing!

The 27-hole mini golf course is completely dark with dark light, so you will not be playing in any natural light – which adds a bit of thrill to everything. The golf course is set through a series of twisted hallways and rooms and every hole provides a different playing experience. There are mini windmills you play through, as well as motorized blocks and inclines, etc. There is even an anti-gravity loop-the-loop.

With virtually no light, you are going to have to navigate through the entire golf course via the glow-in-the dark arrows. And remember it’s like a maze! Plus, there are some surprises there too; you can win a glowing treat if you manage to put a shot through the Plinko-style hole.

Once you become better at putting holes, you can test your mettle against the three difficulties at the laser maze. Your kid is going to have to cross the laser maze without setting a laser off, which is tough! All in all, a fun and memorable experience.

Bethpage Ballpark: Home Of The Long Island Ducks

Bethpage Ballpark: Home Of The Long Island Ducks

One of the most famous ballparks in the US, Bethpage Ballpark, is in Suffolk county, New York. Boasting 6,002 seats, it is an avant-garde facility that the Long Island Ducks proudly call their home. Bethpage ballpark opened for business back in 2000 and saw a staggering reception of fans and games throughout. Since its opening, the ballpark has welcomed more than seven million fans and has experienced a sellout more than 670 times.

Among a slew of the ballpark’s modern amenities and features, the place offers twenty luxurious VIP suites, a huge restaurant bar with a 126-seating capacity and a batting tunnel indoors.

Before the ballpark was fully constructed, the management decided to name it Suffolk County Sports Park. However, during the same year, the EAB, short for (European American Bank) bought the naming rights. They renamed the stadium “EAB Park” when it was inaugurated in 2000. However, in 2001, the name was changed again when Citibank bought the stadium from EAB. And in 2001, it was renamed to Citibank Park.

In 2010 however, the BFCU (Bethpage Federal Credit Union) invested in the ballpark and became increasingly involved. With the agreement, the BFCU changed the name of the stadium from Citibank Park to Bethpage Ballpark. Moreover, the BFCU has the rights to the name of the stadium.

Fast forward to 2017, Steve Bellone, who was one of the Suffolk county executives, and was also the representative of the Long Island Ducks as well as the Department of Public Works, proposed an innovative plan to revamp the stadium’s lighting system. He introduced the LED field lighting integration for Bethpage ballpark.

With LED-powered lighting becoming the primary source of lighting in the playing field, the 2000-watt metal Halide bulbs which were used since the ballpark’s inauguration, were removed. This was a great idea when you talk about energy savings. Not to mention, the new LED lights offered better illumination for both fans and players.

Furthermore, enhancements like getting Kentucky Bluegrass for the playing field and revamping the luxury VIP boxes, and more enhancements to the restaurant bar were done in 2017. The Bethpage ballpark has been home to more than a thousand mainstream events since 1999. The ballpark welcomes all manner of sports events such as lacrosse, professional soccer, charitable concerts and events, corporate seminars and events, high school baseball, youth clinics and camps, Freedom Fest concerts, three Atlantic League (All-star) games in 2002, 2010 and 2018.

An independent and professional baseball team, the Long Island Ducks (a.k.a Quacker Jacks) forms a major part of the ALPB (Atlantic League of Professional Baseball). The team was named after the animal primarily because duck farming was a major industry in Long Island.

The ballpark is located at 3 Court House Dr, Central Islip, NY 11722, USA.

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