Archive for the 'harbor' Category

Montauk Lighthouse Designated National Landmark

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

After 200 years of shining  a light around the tip of Long Island, the Montauk lighthouse has finally been names a national Landmark by the US Department of the Interior. Authorized by President Washington in 1792, construction began in 1796. The lighthouse stands 110'6" high and has 137 steps to the light tower. The light flashes every 5 seconds and can been seen from 19 nautical miles away – on a clear day that is. It is the first lighthouse in NY state.

It took more than 6 years, having been rejected twice,  to receive this designation and has come about thanks to the efforts of its' supporters who had to prove the lighthouse played a role in the development and growth of the Port of New York, which turned out to be harder than anticipated. The committee located and searched through years of shipping records to show quantity of shipments made  to the area and how the lighthouse played a vital role for ships en route.


Condos Coming To Sag Harbor

Friday, January 6th, 2012


The long awaited condos are finally coming to Sag Harbor. The Bulova Watch factory which closed in the 1980’s has finally been taken off the Department of Environmental Conservations list of toxic Superfund sites. The building has been decontaminated and will now be eligible for a permit to start the work.  The work is expected to start next spring and will take approximately two years. The 2.3 acre site will be turned into 65 condominiums with an indoor pool, spa, underground parking and a recreation center.


Monday, October 24th, 2011

It appears that the Bay Street Theatre will be making a move after 20 years on The Wharf after the 2012 season. They are looking for a permanent space and hope to stay in Sag Harbor.

Relight the Lighthouse

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010


The Cedar Island Lighthouse was built in 1839, and was used as the home port to 29 whaling ships and 20 fishing and transportation ships. In 1934 the lighthouse was decommissioned and privately owned by numerous people until the late 1960’s when Cedar Island Lighthouse became a part of Cedar Point Park in Suffolk County.
Through the years, vandalism and weather have ruined one of history’s “architectural treasures,” and now the Long Island chapter of the U.S. Lighthouse Society has been authorized by Suffolk County Parks to restore the lighthouse.
The process to “Relight the Lighthouse,” has been started and now it’s up to us to get this transformation moving. The Committee hopes to raise approximately $2 million to convert the lighthouse into either a bed and breakfast or museum.
Make a donation to The Long Island Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society

Bonackers: Meaning And Origin

Friday, November 5th, 2010

 Traditionally, Bonackers referred to families in Springs, the north side of East Hampton town, who were among the early settlers of the town in the 17th and 18th century. Of recent past, however, the name has come to signify anyone who is born and raised in East Hampton. Further testament to this is the fact that the East Hampton High School mascot is none other than, you guessed it, a Bonacker. Which of course, prompts the question, what does a Bonacker look like? Well a Bonacker mascot resembles a man (or woman) wearing waders complete with suspenders carrying a clamming rake!

Puzzled about the reason for waders and clam rake? Well the answer goes back to history again (remember, the East End is truly a place of history in addition to natural beauty and charm). For hundreds of years Bonackers made their living off the sea as baymen, fishermen and farmers. Shellfish, in addition to other fruits of the sea and land, were the lifeline for existence and close to the heart and soul of Bonac culture and cuisine.

So, as is true about almost all names here on the South Fork, the origin and meaning of Bonackers are centuries old, and as all true Bonackers will attest, people here are very proud to say they are a Bonacker, right “bub”?

Origin of East End Names

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Sagaponack, Accabonac Harbor, Towd Point, Nappeague Stretch, Paumanok Trail  - the list of unique and original names on the East End is endless. Think about it – the street you live on, the body of water you sail on, the school, market, beach.  Where did these names originate from?

We set out to find out about one in particular when a friend of mind, who has lived here all his life, asked what "towd" meant? Easy enough, or so I thought. I asked my colleagues in the East Hampton office – no one knew, but that wasn’t too surprising being as every place with the name "towd" is located in Southampton. So I called our Southampton office – no one knew there either. Now that WAS surprising. I emailed a friend from Southampton who was born and raised there – third generation Southampton family – for sure he would know. Wrong! He too had no idea. Of course I had googled it before setting out contacting anyone but that returned just this little tidbit:

"Fulk Davis was one of the earliest settlers in Southampton and had land laid out for him in 1642. He afterwards moved to North Sea and lived near the locality known as  "Towd." – A History of Long Island

Still not really an explanation of where the name came from.  Stumped – how could I find out where "towd" came from? What better place than our Southampton hometown paper – the Southampton Press. So I emailed my sales rep and voilå, within 2 minutes I had the answer: 

According to Bill Mulvihill’s book "South Fork Place Names" it’s derived from an Algonquin meaning "wading place".

Perfect, thank you Southampton Press for being such an information source. I spread the news to all those who were as puzzled as I was and, of course, my friend who originally started me on this mission. I could now call it a day!

If you have an East End name you would like more information on just let us know and we will go in pursuit of the the answer.