A Nautical Neighborhood Known as the Great South Bay

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By Lauren ten Hoopen “The anchor is holding!” I say as the boat rocks to a floating stop. The blaring sun is making the water’s ripple twinkle all around us. We have just completed the voyage from our boat slip, and created our personal “parking space” in the Great South Bay. Boating is unique to each boater. Some may use … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Long Island Maritime Museum

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By Rebecca Hoey // Photos by Sean Fitzthum Set on 14 acres of lush green public park grounds directly on the Great South Bay, there sits a little piece of Long Island heaven that has huge stories to tell, The Long Island Maritime Museum.   Founded in 1966, the museum today offers families not only a place to visit, learn … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Old Mastic House at William Floyd Estate

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By Lorna Luniewski There is a hidden gem in Mastic Beach – hidden well off William Floyd Parkway and hidden from the passage of time. Named the Old Mastic House by the family, this cultural preservation spans three centuries, and has been left as it was in 1976, when the Floyd/Nichols family gave the house to the National Park Service … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Cherry Grove Community House and Theater

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By Lorna Luniewski In 2013, Cherry Grove Community House and Theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but its history began much earlier than that. On a recent Tuesday I was lucky enough to tour the Theatre with two notable Cherry Grove residents, Thom Hansen, president, Arts Project Cherry Grove; and Robert Levine, a writer with this … Full Story

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Great Spaces: Bayard Cutting Arboretum

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By Lorna Luniewski Arboretum: A place where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and educational purposes (Webster’s Dictionary). And while this may describe Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, it is so much more than that. William Bayard Cutting (1850-1912) was a member of New York’s merchant aristocracy, an attorney, financier, real estate developer, sugar beet refiner … Full Story