There are approximately 60 islands in the Great South Bay ranging in size from nothing more than small colonies of saltwater marsh grasses to larger ones sharing environments similar to Fire Island itself. They are our sister islands and each one has its own history.
Point O’ Woods? Yes, Point O’ Woods with all its storied exclusivity played a part in perhaps the greatest mystery in the history of cinema, the sudden and untimely disappearance of the inventor of the motion picture camera Augustin (Gus) Le Prince, and the inexplicable death of his son, Adolphe. Could Thomas Alva Edison have been involved?
This year is CJ’s 50th birthday!
Let’s take a trip back in time. As we celebrate the centennial anniversary of Ocean Beach it seems advisable to pause and consider what life was like 100 year ago. Even getting to the island was difficult. Thanks to … Full Story
Once there were three major lighthouses protecting the south shore of Long Island. The first built was the Montauk Light. The second was the Fire Island Lighthouse and the third was the Shinnecock Lighthouse (aka Ponquogue Light). All three were outfitted with state-of-the-art Fresnel lenses.
On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the Long Island Maritime Museum feted Captain Ed Mooney with its highest honor, bestowing on him the Polaris Award for Excellence stating, “The North Star – Polaris – lies very close to the celestial North … Full Story
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 Story
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 Story
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 Story
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 Story