North Fork

Sixty-five miles east of Manhattan, on the north shore of Long Island, you’ll find Port Jefferson, the base of operations for our week-end adventure. Settled in the 1600s, Port Jefferson was a shipbuilding center in the 1800s.

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Eighty-five miles east of Manhattan, where Long Island divides into the North Fork and the South Fork, lies the sleepy town of Riverhead, my Halloween destination. Riverhead celebrated the holiday by organizing an Edgar Allan Poe Festival. There were kids in costume trick-or-treating on Broadway. There were authors reading selections from Poe as well as excerpts from their own books. There were one-act plays and all manner of surprises.

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One hundred three miles east of Manhattan, you’ll come to Orient Point, the easternmost tip of the North Fork of Long Island. Perhaps you’re familiar with the South Fork, with the Hamptons and Montauk Point. The North Fork is wine country, and, at the very end, the spectacular Orient Point.

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  1. Fifty miles east of Manhattan is Bay Shore, where I grew up in a house on the shore of Great South Bay. It had been converted from an actual naval outpost on the edge of the historic Thorn Estate, built and used during WW II to keep watch for Nazis submarines attempting to sneak up on the Port of New York. My bedroom had a huge 4′ x 8′ window facing the bay over 10 yards of intervening marshland, which sadly was filled in and converted to yet another marina in the late 70’s. The street was named Bay Bright Court, because all of its 2 block length ended in the then tiny hamlet of Brightwaters, famous on the south shore of western Suffolk County for a small series of connected man-made lakes that were an ice skating Mecca in winter.

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