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Lucky to Live on Long Island

Lucky to Live on Long Island

When people say they are from Long Island, we cannot help but think how much of a treat that is for those that have a home there. Hearing people talk about how there is everything you can think of on that island, they really do mean everything. From living in a place that experiences all four seasons to having the space to raise a family, Long Island is always ready to be called a home. We have put together another whole list as to why this location is simply the best.

It is an Escape From the City

For those that love the hustle and bustle of the city but cannot see themselves living in it 24/7, the easiest escape is to Long Island. There is plenty of affordable space, so people are not overpaying for their humble abode. It is also an easy commute for those that need the balance of a busy weekday with a relaxing weekend. No matter what, Long Island will always welcome newcomers with open arms.

Easy Commute to the Beach

 Compared to the rest of the United States, it is a rare occasion where people can find themselves living a maximum of 20 minutes away from the beach. Since there is a few that are owned by the different towns, beach-goers can always expect a clean space and relaxing area to bring family or friends. It is also one of the few areas in the country that is not just considered a beach town, but a place where people live year-round.

Access to Farms

If you are craving fresh produce and tired of going to the grocery store, change up the scenery and visit a local farm. Shoppers can support local areas and can pick them own fresh fruit and vegetables. Apple picking is one of the more popular activities in the Fall. It is also a great excuse to open the cookbook and start making some healthy, tasty meals.

Endless Options for Hiking

Contrary to popular belief, the island is not just a flat stretched piece of land. There are plenty of popular spots with mountains and trails to go hiking all throughout the island. People have even been able to escape the city and go camping for one of their vacations.

There are So Many Historic Spots to Visit

 Long Island is a huge area with unlimited historical stories. Whether it is an old town the family wants to visit to go shopping or taking the day to tour a few museums, this is one of the areas where locals can immerse themselves in history lessons time after time.

It is Home to One of the Country’s Largest Shopping Malls

Even the biggest shopaholics will never have to leave the island to brace Soho or fifth avenue again. Home to one of the biggest malls in the country, almost any store a shopper can think of, they will be able to find all near the comfort of their own home. The Roosevelt Field mall is the largest on the island, which is home to 256 stores alone.

There are Many Transportation Options

When people think of Long Island, they may think people need to have a car to get around where they need to go. That is not necessarily true. With transportation options such as the Long Island Railroad and buses, there are plenty of ways for locals to get around without having to rely solely on a car. This is also perfect for those that work in the city but do not want to worry about having to drive and pay for parking.

It is Home to Many Celebrities You Know Today

Many major celebrities you know, and love today have grown up on Long Island. People such as Mariah Carey, Alec Baldwin and even Natalie Portman used to all call it home. Being that the majority of spots in this country have never had celebrities living there, it is always a nice bonus to be able to have a neighborhood in common.

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Montauk Point Lighthouse

Built somewhere around 1796, the Montauk Lighthouse is located near east Long Island, on Block Island Sound. The lighthouse is the 4th oldest (and still active) in the US. The complete structure stands at a massive 110-feet and resides inside the famous Montauk Point State Park. The beacon from the lighthouse is programmed to flash every five seconds. Amazingly, its beacon can easily be seen as far as 19 nautical miles. Fortunately, for those who wish to see and feel the lighthouse in all its glory, the structure is accessible and you can go for a trip to the history sandstone lighthouse through different modes of transportation.

 

A Brief Historical Account of the Montauk Lighthouse

During the Second World War, the United States army took over the lighthouse to mount a coastal defense unit. There were three civilian maintenance keepers of the lighthouse, all of whom went home in 1943. Right beside the Montauk Lighthouse, the US army opened Camp Hero, which was back in 1942.

 

Just a year after the Second World War ended, the USCG (United States Coastal Guard) took over the lighthouse as primary keepers. They ran the lighthouse up until 1987, which was when it was fully automated. In May of the same year, the Montauk Historical Society inaugurated the lighthouse museum, and opened it for the public.

 

When Should You Visit the Lighthouse?

You can take an exciting tour of the lighthouse from mid May to the second week of October; this is when tours are available daily. After October, you can visit the lighthouse on weekends beginning from the mid of March to late April as well as in November.

 

You can take a tour of the iconic Montauk Point Lighthouse through the keeper’s cottage which was built somewhere around the 1860s. You can even climb to the top of the lighthouse, but you are going to have to climb the spiral, 137-step staircase.

 

Modes of Transportation

Driving to the Lighthouse

You can drive to the lighthouse from Hamlet, Montauk (the lighthouse is 6.5 miles east of Hamlet). The easiest way to get there is through the New York State Route 27. You will be able to see the lighthouse at the loop of the highway. If you’re coming from New Jersey, you can take interstate 495 (the Long Island Expressway), come out from Exit 70 on Manorville Road and then just drive south.

 

Taking the Train or Bus

During peak season, which basically starts from July and ends in September, you can take the shuttle to Montauk Lighthouse, courtesy of the Suffolk County Transit. It’s a two-way trip and the ticket prices are reasonable. If you are a student or a senior, you can get some discounts. For kids below the age of five, the ride is basically free. The shuttle bus service runs from Monday all through Saturday, and there are eight trips per day scheduled.

 

Take a Boat Ride to the Lighthouse

If you want to see the lighthouse from the water, various boat charter companies schedule rides to Montauk Island during the summer. You can even charter a boat just before sunset and turn it into a romantic trip. Sit back and enjoy the view of the lighthouse while the sun sets. There are plenty of charter companies you can opt for such as the Montauk Yacht Club, Viking Fleet Charters, Runway Charters, etc. Although some companies will provide you with light snacks and beverages, it’s still better to pack your own food and drinks.

 

 

So there you go, everything you need to know about the Montauk Point Lighthouse and getting to the structure. Have you visited it recently, or at all?

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.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site” The Summer White House”

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site” The Summer White House”

Do you want to have a feel of the daily life of a president? Have you been trying to figure out what the home of a president looks like?

Then Sagamore Hill National Historic site is definitely, the place to be. Located in Cove Neck, New York, near Oyster Bay in Nassau County, Sagamore Hill was the home of US President, Theodore Roosevelt.

Sitting on an 83.02 acres (33.60 ha) land, the 22-room house built in 1886, comes with several fascinating facilities.
The exquisite nature of the summer home was a center of attraction internationally even during the life of the president.
Ultimately becoming known as the “Summer White House” Sagamore Hill, hosted several dignitaries across the world from 1902 to 1908, during Roosevelt’s tenure as president.

More than four decades after the death of Roosevelt, Congress on July 25, 1962, formed The Sagamore Hill National Historic Site aimed at preserving the house as a unit of the National Park Service. On October 15, 1966, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

A visit to the site is never a waste of time. The natural surroundings of the area gives you a clue of what nature has to offer. By the time you leave there, you would be inspired to achieve more and learn more about the life of the 26th President of the United States.

You will have a feel of the original items the president used since almost all the furnishings are the originals.
The originality of the site takes you down memory lane, as to the items and artifacts people in the late eighteen hundreds used.

Sagamore Hill also hosts The Theodore Roosevelt Museum housed in the “Old Orchard” built in 1938. The museum contains records of the life and career of Roosevelt. There are also plaques with information about the home and the family as you tour.

What to expect
Sagamore Hill just like other tourist sites is open to the public by guided tour from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There are tour guides readily available to take visitors around the home and provide them with all the needed information.

Ticket Purchasing
Visitors to the site can purchase tickets at the Old Orchard Museum & Visitor Center. Buy your ticket at 9:00 AM at the Visitor Center from Wednesday through Saturday. During the summer, the site is open seven days throughout the week.

Admission to the Roosevelt Museum at Old Orchard is, FREE, and opens from Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
It is worth noting that tickets are limited and sold on first come first served basis. Therefore, visitors must always arrive early, especially during weekends.
For more information visit the National Park Service Sagamore Hill website or call 516-922-4788.

Cradle of Aviation in Garden City

Cradle of Aviation in Garden City

As we journey through our Aviation history and monuments, our next stop is none other than The Cradle of Aviation.

Undoubtedly, The Cradle of Aviation Museum, in Long Island is another big thing when it comes to the preservation of aviation monuments.
Located in Garden City, east of New York City’s Long Island, The Cradle of Aviation Air and Space Museum maintains a wide range of aircrafts, artifacts, and aviation feats. This makes the site a must-see for aviation enthusiasts and persons seeking knowledge about American aviation history.

The architecture of the museum, a vast glass-enclosed building, is itself an attraction to visitors. The 150,000 square foot structure resembling a spacecraft, maintains exhibits including hot air balloon and Apollo lunar module.

You may be wondering how the museum earned the name “Cradle of Aviation.” Well, you can get the answer to your question when you visit the museum. But let me gist you with a little info.
Long Island earned the nickname, Cradle of Aviation in the 1920s. The name stems from the natural flying environment of Long Island. The area is flat and virtually treeless making it suitable for aviation activities. About 20 aircraft manufacturers operated in Long Islands between 1918 to 1938. In 1927, Charles Lindbergh flew from Long Island to Paris.

Museum’s History
The famous Cradle of Aviation Museum started as a dream of George C. Dade, Henry Anholzer of Pan American Airlines and other volunteers.
To achieve the dream of creating an aviation museum, they started acquiring and restoring aircrafts. The first acquisition was a World War I Curtiss JN-4D, discovered by Dade in an Iowa pig barn in 1973. Subsequent acquisitions include a Grumman Lunar Module spacecraft, Republic Seabee, Republic P-47N Thunderbolt, and Grumman F-11A Tiger.
The aircrafts occupied hangars 3 & 4 of the Mitchel Air Force Base. Nassau Country purchased these hangers when Mitchel Air Force Base closed in 1961.
In 1980, the Museum ultimately opened with few aircraft and Dade as its first director.

The Cradle of Aviation Museum closed in the 1990s to undergo a massive expansion and face lift program.

The hangers, which had received no form of renovation before the museum’s opening were refurbished. The museum re-opened in 2002, in a massive and state-of-the-art facility.

What makes the Cradle of Aviation Museum more interesting is the variety of offers visitors are treated to. Visitors can have access to the cockpits of exhibiting aircraft and watch short films.
Aside from aircraft viewing, you can watch virtual reality shows on space travel, the solar system, and the night sky. With volunteer docents ever ready to serve their guest, you can ask any question about items on display. You can also learn more about aviation by signing up for a space lab live astronomy in the dome theater.

Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education CenterThe Cradle of Aviation Museum also hosts the almost 10,000 square foot Nassau County Firefighter’s Museum and Education Center. There, visitors can acquire historical information on fire fighting. On display are antique and contemporary fire apparatus spanning the history of firefighting in Nassau County.
The facility house the JET BLUE DOME theatre that features IMAX 70 millimeter format films. It also hosts a state-of-the-art digital planetarium and The Red Planet Cafe, which is decorated to resemble a space station on Mars.

 

 

Open days

The Cradle of Aviation Museum opens from Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 am – 5 pm.

The Reckson Visitor Center Atrium serves as the main entrance to the museum.

Visitors have access to the facility on a guided tour.

Admission
Museum
Adult $15
Child/Senior* $13
Planetarium & Dome Theater Shows
Adult $9
Child/Senior* $8
Museum and Show Combo
Adult $20
Child/Senior* $18
Combo includes the museum and a single Planetarium or Dome Theater show.
*Children ages 2-12, Senior Citizens 62+, Military Personnel, Volunteer Firemen & Non-Ambulatory Visitors
Other Options
Junior Jet Club $2.50
Nunley’s Carousel $2

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