ACT UP replaces Ritchie Torres display at Trailblazers Park

Trailblazers Park in July of 2022.
Gay City News

Less than 24 hours after the Fire Island Pines Property Owners’ Association honored Rep. Ritchie Torres on June 1 by posting a flag bearing his image in Trailblazers Park, which has honored leaders in the LGBTQ movement since 2022, ACT UP New York removed his flag and replaced it with a flag honoring Cecilia Gentili, […]

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“Natalie Rogers Way”: Namesake Street Posthumously Bestowed

Natalie Rogers Way street name unveiling

On Friday, May 10, New York City Council Member James F. Gennaro hosted a street naming ceremony honoring the life and legacy of former Ocean Beach Mayor Nartalie Katz Rogers.   Joined by Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter and several local dignitaries, Gennaro co-named the intersection of Goethals Avenue and 164th Street in Jamaica Queens […]

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OBITUARY: Johnny “Poole” Marino

Johnny Poole

Johnny Marino, aka Johnny Poole, was a stranger when he arrived in Cherry Grove, but would soon become a celebrity in our world of Cherry Grove icons. Born in   Swampscott, Mass., he attended Cardinal Newman Prep High School in Boston. In 1963, he arrived in Cherry Grove and immediately got a job as a waiter […]

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OBITUARY: Norman Steele (1941-2023)

Norman Steele

Born on March 1, 1941, the former Seaview resident passed at age 82 surrounded by those he loved on December 7, 2023. Norman was an extremely vocal animal rights advocate, especially on Fire Island. He fought for the massive white-tail deer population as the former head of the Fire Island Environmental Coalition. In that capacity, […]

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Leslie Blake Anderson (1966-2023)

Leslie Anderson

Leslie Blake Anderson rented in Cherry Grove since the late 1990s. She met Emma McGrattan in 2010 and they were married in 2013.   Born in Riverhead to Al and Bunny Anderson on September 14, 1966, she attended St. David’s in Riverhead and then Central Islip High School.   A graduate of the University at […]

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PATCHOGUE: Pitching a New Hotel in Patchogue

FIN Patchogue hotel-2

As Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri says, “it’s not a new idea, just a resurrected one.” He’s talking about the Tempo by Hilton hotel project winding its way toward possible approval by Patchogue village officials. A public hearing was held on May 13 to consider a zone change from E Industrial District to Hotel District by […]

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HISTORY: Recreating The Wreck of Prince Maurice


On the night of March 13, 1657, a nor’easter blew the Dutch West India Company ship Prince Maurice off course into the coast of Fire Island. All early Dutch maps failed to record the stretch of land currently referred to as Fire Island, and the 129 passengers, including Dutch soldiers, faced uncertainty. But unlike the […]

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EYE ON FI: Bellport’s Ho-Hum Residency Restriction

Ho-Hum Beach Ferry

Everyday throughout summer, the Whalehouse Point ferry shuttles riders between Bellport Marina and Ho-Hum Beach with one difference from most ferries to Fire Island: It only takes village residents and their guests. That fact has become a bone of contention between Brookhaven Town Supervisor Dan Panico and Bellport Village Mayor Maureen Veitch, both of whom are […]

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OUT SOUTH SHORE: Hail, Hail Sugar B. Real, APCG Homecoming Queen 2024

APCG Homecoming Queen 2024

History was made on Sunday night; May 26 in Cherry Grove as Sugar B. Real won the crown at the 49th Annual Arts Project of Cherry Grove (APCG) Homecoming Event. She is a woman, a beautiful woman, and the first biological Black female to win the APCG Homecoming Queen title. Only once before was a […]

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