FIRE ISLAND HISTORY >> By Thomas McGann

  • Camp Siegfried, Long Island’s Nazi Summer Retreat

    Camp Siegfried, Long Island’s Nazi Summer Retreat

    The year 2020 marks the 75th commemoration of liberating prisoners from the Nazi concentration camps, and exposing just how inhumane humans can be. The National Socialists Party of Germany, aka the Nazi Party, never painted the words Only Aryan Lives ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Fresnel Lens – The Invention That Saved a Million Ships

    Fresnel Lens – The Invention That Saved a Million Ships

    Long Island is home to some 20 odd lighthouses. Montauk Point Light was the first built, but Fire Island Light is the tallest at 168 feet (with 182 steps – but who’s counting) and is 50 feet higher than her ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Death’s Cold Hand Grips the “Louis V. Place”

    Death’s Cold Hand Grips the “Louis V. Place”

    Captain William H. Squires and his crew of seven were exhausted. For the last four days they only had been able to catch intermittent snatches of sleep. Shivering, chilled bone-deep by the freezing conditions of a nasty storm raging from ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Pandemics and Fire Island: A Brief History

    Pandemics and Fire Island: A Brief History

    AS ISOLATED AS FIRE ISLAND is it has had more than its share of pandemics. COVID-19 is only the latest, and thanks to the leadership of mayors, police officers, business owners and just plain folk, Fire Island is skirting most ... Full StoryREAD MORE »
  • Forgotten Bay Shore Aviation History

    Forgotten Bay Shore Aviation History

    Long Island has a rich aviation history. It is home to the three busiest airports serving New York City (JFK, LaGuardia, and MacArthur) as well as numerous small airports dotting the island that provide everything from recreational flying to flight ... Full StoryREAD MORE »