Category: Beautiful Long Island

The Town Of Oyster Bay opens its drive in concert series at Tobay Beach, by Neil Miller The New York Extra/The

July 1st was another of new happenings on Long Island as we all adapt to post Covid -19 life. Instead of summer music where friends gather close together, tonight in Tobay Beach on Ocean Parkway, music was observed with social distancing.

The early threat of rain came and went , The Fast Lane, an Eagles tribute band, entertained the crowd. TOB supervisor, Joe Saladino thanked the citizens for coming out to enjoy this first of many Tobay Beach fun nights.


Field 10 at Jones Beach, A Hidden Gem for sunset lovers, by Neil Miller The New York Extra/

Most people that go to Jones Beach in Nassau County, drive there by either the Meadowbrook or Wantagh Parkway, and go to Field 4 or 6 to enjoy the boardwalk and beaches. But = those in the know, go slightly north on to Bay Parkway which leads you to Field 10.

Listed as a fishing pier and bait station, and it is certainly used for that, it is the meeting place for those who love the sunset over the water. Photographers of all ages and skill love to visit it to capture natures glory. Please enjoy the attached gallery, all images copyright ed Neil Miller The New York Extra/The


What a lovely day for a visit to this 80 acre refuge on the north shore of Long Island in the Village of Lloyd Harbor. There are 3 well maintained walking trails. The 1 mile Warblers Loop Trail, the Rocky Beach Trail runs along the north shoreline and Gardners Path the shortest, has signs depicting wildlife species and habitats.

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There’s an observation deck, a stairway leading to the 1/2 mile rocky beach popular for shore fishing, a brackish pond and several vernal ponds. There are also wetlands, cedar trees and a mature Oak-Hickory forest.

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Target Rock is home to many various songbirds, herons, osprey, turtles, red fox, deer, wild turkey and several species of fish including striped bass, fluke and porgy.

The view from the deck is magnificent, peaceful and serene. Walk down the stairway to the rocky shore, breathe in the aromatic scent of Long Island Sound, hear the songbirds call, close your eyes and let your mind take you to your own special place.

Your daily Zen, Hobart Beach,Eaton’s Neck by Neil Miller/The New York Extra/

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The first weekend of May has arrived blessing us with lovely weather and bringing with it hope for better times. Hope for a more “normal” existence, hope that the coronavirus will abate and let us live again. The beautiful weather brought the people outside, to the beaches, the parks, around the neighborhoods or anywhere besides their home where they could be out yet still feel safe.

Noontime Saturday May 8, 2020 Jones Beach field 6 closed at about 50% capacity. Town of Babylon Cedar Beach had about 20 cars in the parking lot. A family was set up in the sand with chairs, blankets, food and fun games for the kids, others were close to shore safely apart. Tobay Beach open to Town of Oyster Bay residents only had around 50 cars in their parking lot along with a food truck selling goodies! The bike path that runs besides Wantagh and Ocean parkways had people walking, biking and skating, enough space for everyone, some masked, some not but all looking happy to be out and about.

Sunday at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow, all parking fields were utilized. People were out doing the same, families were biking, picnicking, playing various games and some sporting activities. There was even a larger family group, all were masked and spread apart having fun celebrating someone’s birthday. Many older couples, masked, enjoyed a peaceful walk through the park.

Wow Lowe’s home improvement store in Hicksville was super busy! Customers were purchasing their spring and summer needs, including lawn and yard care, gardening, flowers, plants, vegetables, Barbeques, pavers etc. preparing for summer. The cool thing was Lowe’s abided by the rules, masked employees maintained social distancing on lines both in and out of the store. At one point the line in the parking lot had about 50 customers on it, all wore their masks and were keeping apart from one another. Timing of when to enter was controlled by employees who kept track of the occupancy.

If you took a walk around your neighborhood you could smell the wood burning in fire pits, the aroma of yummy burgers and steaks cooking on the barbeque, you could actually hear sounds of fun, of laughter, of life. There wasn’t that eerie quietness of the past several weeks. The world is eager to awake and smell the roses, but do so in a safe manner. Regardless of the conflicting information concerning COVID-19, the reality is the coronavirus is highly contagious. It can be deadly to those with underlying health issues and to those age 70 and above, of course there are always exceptions to the rules. The scary part, of those who tested positive about half were asymptomatic. This is a new learning experience for all of us and yes, we want to move forward, but we must not let foolishness and selfishness override our own health or the safety of those near and dear to us. The world is hopeful, ready to awaken, to seize the day, but we must do so in a manner which is suitable for the well being and protection of us all.

HOPEFUL THOUGHTS FOR LONG ISLAND’S FOOD AND MUSIC SCENE by Toni Hoyos with additional reporting by Neil Miller

Toni Hoyos interviews Mark Miller at The Salt Shack/Neil Miller/The New York extra/The copyright 2020

Spring is here and with that comes the anticipation of enjoying some of Long Islands favorite outdoor venues such as Salt Shack, The Boatyard, Dublin Deck and The Surf Shack. All hot summer spots where hard working Long Islanders come to play. Whether that be to relax, have a drink, eat, enjoy the view, beautiful sunsets and of course listen to the many talented LI bands out there.

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Owner Mark Miller, along with his partner in Patchogues Dublin Deck Scott Campbell both expressed positive attitudes about the upcoming summer season. As responsible business owners they are prepared to adhere to the governors mandates. The main objective being to open as soon as permissible while maintaining a safe environment for staff and customers. What does that entail? Though we would all like a rapid conclusion to the COVID-19 shutdown, at the moment no one really knows. Scott Campbell said they are ready to “follow the rules” as put forth by the governor. Staff would be “gloved and masked”, also they were discussing possibly taking the temperature of staff members before work as a precautionary measure. He said “we’ll get through this” and is keeping a “positive attitude”.

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Mark Miller expressed he’s “ready to go” and just waiting “for the powers that be” to give the okay. He’s “optimistically” looking forward to a Phase 1 opening. They will probably open at 50% occupancy, there will be no wait service, you’ll be able to get drinks at the bar while maintaining social distance. Safety for guests as well as staff. Mark and Scott both say they are “taking things 2 weeks at a time” allowing and adjusting for new mandates.

A learning experience for us all, no one will come out of this unchanged. No, we cannot go back to “normal”, we can go forward to something better, we can be smarter, stronger, and we can live post COVID-19. LI social life and music scene will return, not as we knew it but with a twist and as resilient people we will embrace the necessary changes, we will adapt.

Good Luck and cheers to Mark and Scott, may all your businesses prosper (safely)!! Be positive, be smart, be well!

From all of us at The New York Extra, to those who lost their life to COVID-19, their family members and all those struggling, we pray for you.

Beautiful Long Island, another installment of Zen for our readers, by Neil Miller,The New York Extra/

Long Islanders are truly blessed to have some of the most beautiful beaches and waterfront views anywhere.Today we take you to Tobay Beach in the Town of Oyster Bay on the Ocean Parkway. Either on the bayside or the ocean, few locations on the Island are as pretty.

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The slow release from COVID-19, by Neil Miller/The NewYork Extra/

On Saturday April 19 2020 Gov. Coumo announced the loosening of the restrictions on marinas and boaters. The following day I went looking for every day families working on their boats, happy for the opportunity to be getting ready for the upcoming boating and fishing season.

This lead me to a popular South Shore location at Wantagh State Park, south of Merrick Road, right off the Wantagh Parkway. A busy State park that hosts a large aquatic center, ball fields, a roller hockey rink, miniature golf, picnic and barbeque areas, room for families to fish and crab, a launching ramp for boats, as well as one of the best public docking facilities on the South Shore.

Dean Prainito, from Bellmore N.Y. with sons Mark left and Luke right, on their boat Four Reels at The Wantagh State Park Marina, Wantagh,N.Y.

I was lucky to be able to get a brief interview with a father and his 2 sons, and another man prepping his boat. Dean Prainito, from Bellmore N.Y., with his two boys, Luke and Mark, expressed how happy they were to be able to start preparing for a summer on the water, and a chance to get out of the house. Dean was fortunate to get his boat in the water before the lockdown, but unable to do anything else after that point.

Mark Sanders, Wantagh N.Y. works on his boat at the Wantagh State Park, Wantagh N.Y.

Mark Sanders from Wantagh N.Y. was cleaning up his vessel, happy to be able to get some work done on a clear but chilly day on the dock.

We hope that this action by the governor opening the waterways to the public is a small but sure sign of life returning to “normal” post COVID-19.

A Holiday Prayer, by Neil Miller, The New York Extra,, additional reporting and editing by Toni Hoyos

As the spring holiday season approaches, we as a community need to give thanks for the blessings we have, even in this time of peril.

The covid-19 pandemic has swept across the globe sparing little in it’s path. The where, whys and hows of it’s origin and how it’s being handled should be put aside for the present time so that we may survive and thrive after this darkness.

As a Jew, this season brings thoughts of the last plague in Egypt, death surrounded the Hebrew slaves yet God spared them as the Angel of Death passed over their homes.. This thought is inescapable, as much as Easter, when Christ rose from the dead and was resurrected to new life, we should all look forward to the day of release, and celebrate a new spiritual life, with more love, tolerance and understanding.

So, when all our favorite restaurants, clubs and music venues return, and the time to rejoice has come, remember as we have that first meal, drink or dance, lets all thank God for the gifts of life.