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June
13

Landscaping Supplies - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With the temperatures finally getting warm consistently, there's no better time to plan a project in your yard or garden. You may want to add some plants, install a pond, add a retaining wall, or make another type of improvement. To get the supplies you'll need and some help and advice, stop by a landscaping supply business around Long Island.

Our real estate agents recommend visiting the following destinations to find the landscaping supplies you need.

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June
6

Chocolate Ice Cream Day - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

It's never a bad time for ice cream. However, some days seem made for it. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so why not celebrate with a cup or a cone? If you're new to the area, our real estate agents can help you find your way around and get what you need. Here are our picks for the best places to get chocolate ice cream on Long Island.

  • Itgen's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour - 211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580
    This gem is a great place for lunch, but an even better place for ice cream. Itgen's serves up sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and other typical diner food. They also have a variety of ice cream flavors, including chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla fudge, and more. And they have an even wider variety of toppings, from hot fudge and butterscotch to pineapple syrup and candied walnuts. You'll definitely want to try their Death by Chocolate sundae: double chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles.

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May
16

Hamburger Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Director Quentin Tarantino once declared that hamburgers are the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast. There's no wrong time for a burger, especially in May during National Hamburger Month. Join our real estate agents in exploring the range of unique burgers at these restaurants around Long Island. 

  1. American Burger Co. - 80 E. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787
    A certain fast-food chain urged us to "Have it your way," and American Burger Co. takes personalization to a whole new level. Their 1/3-pound patties blend chuck, sirloin, and ground beef, cooked to your preferred doneness. Choose your favorite bun, cheese, and toppings, or try one of their specialty options, such as the Philly Cheesesteak. Feeling adventurous after a day viewing Smithtown homes for sale? Go with a Wagyu truffle, bison chipotle, or lamb harissa patty. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

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May
9

Books Shops - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you love fiction, nonfiction, fairytales, or romance novels, May is the month for you. It's Get Caught Reading Month. Even if nobody catches you, this is the perfect occasion to curl up with a good book and let your mind explore. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these Long Island book stores to find the perfect book.

April
11

Grilled Cheese - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Sometimes our real estate agents crave a good grilled cheese sandwich, especially on a cool, rainy day. With National Grilled Cheese Day coming up April 12, we started thinking about how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Not all grilled cheese is created equal. Our favorite version has slightly toasted golden bread, a good blend of melted cheese, and just enough butter. Of course, everyone has their own version, including many of the great restaurants on Long Island.

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March
21

Bourbon Bars - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Nothing warms the soul quite like a nice glass of bourbon. Trying different types of bourbon can be a lot of fun—there are many subtle differences in flavor.

Our real estate agents love gathering with friends and trying new varieties, and there are quite a few popular bourbon destinations around Long Island. If you're thinking about a bourbon tour around Long Island, make sure to stop by some of our favorites.

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February
28

Peanut Butter Treats Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

You may not realize it, but National Peanut Butter Lover's Day is right around the corner. On March 1st, feel free to indulge in your favorite snack, whether it's a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a high-calorie candy. There are plenty of places where you can pick up something special, so our real estate agents have picked out their favorite spots and treats. 

  1. Doughnut Plant — 31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    From standard and sourdough donuts to vegan and gluten-free selections, Doughnut Plant has it all. To celebrate this special day, we'd suggest that you pick up one or two of the peanut butter and jam donuts along with a yummy cup of coffee. If you're looking for something unique, however, you must also take home one of their ripple donuts, which is a huge, three-ring yeast donut that you design yourself. Be sure to stop by after looking at Long Island City homes for sale.

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February
7

Galentine's Day Brunch - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Female friendships deserve to be celebrated, and February 13th is the perfect opportunity to do just that. Over the past few years, this date has become known as Galentine's Day. Celebrating is easy: Grab your girlfriends, dress up, and go out for a nice brunch together, perhaps with a few drinks. Our real estate agents can recommend some great spots to celebrate Galentine's Day on Long Island. 

  • Rustic Root: 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
    Rustic Root is a chic, tavern-style restaurant that serves an incredible, hearty brunch on the weekends. There's truly something for everyone on the menu. If any of your gals are vegetarian, the Roasted Beets are an excellent choice. They come topped with candied pistachios, feta cheese, and mandarin oranges. You can't go wrong with the Lox and Everything Pizza either.

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January
31

Outdoor Dining in an Igloo - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

During winter, outdoor dining is now an option on Long Island, with some of the best local restaurants adding heated igloos that allow you to dine outdoors during any season. This dining trend has quickly become very popular, with outdoor igloos/greenhouses becoming some of the hottest tables at your favorite dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 of the best places to have dinner in an igloo on Long Island.

  • Vista Sky Lounge – 27-05 39th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    For a view from above in your own personal igloo near Long Island City homes for sale, try a trip to Vista Sky Lounge. A classic rooftop bar, Vista Sky Lounge offers unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline with a menu of fine dining and craft cocktails to match. It's a great place to start or cap off your next night on the town.

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January
24

Painting Classes - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Have you ever looked at a beautiful painting and wished you could create something similar? While some people do have a natural knack for painting, it is a skill that can be learned and practiced. A great way to get started with painting is to take a class or two at a local studio. Our real estate agents recommend these great art schools and teaching studios offering painting classes on Long Island.

July
26

Long Island Restaurants for Wings - Laffey Real Estate

Talk about a staple of traditional American cuisine—buffalo wings have become the quintessential sports bar food. Originating in 1964 on the western side of the state, buffalo wings are now one of the most popular menu items for restaurants across the country. Whether you're having an outdoor cookout or watching the big game, wings make for the perfect food choice. Who can resist that delicious combination of crispy, deep-fried chicken and spicy sauce paired with a cold beer?

Long Island has no shortage of restaurants serving up great buffalo wings. Below are some recommendations from our real estate agents.

  • Drift Inn - 236 E. Main St., East Islip, NY 11730
    Nothing goes together quite like a cold beer and an order of hot wings, and you can get both at Drift Inn. Not only does this restaurant serve some of the best wings in Long Island, they have a wide array of flavors. If you're feeling really brave, try the extra hot Hot Carolina Reaper sauce. The Drift Inn often hosts live music on the weekends, and they have a nice outdoor space. It's also conveniently located near some great Commack homes for sale.

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June
7

Candy Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

If you've been known to have a sweet tooth, then June is your month. That's right, June is Candy Month, which gives you all the reason you need to indulge in some extra chocolate or a bag of your favorite sour gummies. Luckily for you, the Long Island area is home to many wonderful candy stores. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these top shops to indulge your sweet tooth this June. 

  • Roe Roe's Sweet Street: 68 W. Main St., Babylon NY, 11702
    Roe Roe's Sweet Street is a family-owned chocolate shop near plenty of homes for sale in Babylon. The shop has a nostalgic feel and will remind you of childhood. They even have a Candy Museum inside, where you can admire the candy of yesteryear while listening to music from the '50s and '60s.

    Roe Roe's has a little bit of everything chocolate – from fudge to gourmet truffles to chocolate-dipped strawberries. Their chocolate-covered popcorn is a crowd favorite and a perfect choice if you love crunchy treats. They even sell dipped apples and cherries.

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May
3

Juice Bars Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you're trying to get rid of the "Quarantine 15" or you just want a healthy boost, fresh-made juices are all the rage! After a full morning of helping clients find their dream home, our real estate agents love stopping by one of the great local juice bars for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Unique Beverage Day is coming up on May 6th, so now is a great time to venture out and try a new juice cocktail for yourself. Here's a round-up of our favorite healthy hot spots. 

  • Fusion Juice Bar: 34-02 36th Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
    One of the top choices in the Queens area, Fusion Juice Bar offers a great selection of cold-pressed juices, fresh juices, acai bowls, energy shots, superfood smoothies, and more. Their huge menu means you can visit almost every day and never get bored! We love stopping by any time we're in the area showing Astoria homes for sale.

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April
5

Craft Beer for Beer Day Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents love introducing new residents to the area. This includes helping them find the best local restaurants and watering holes. When we learned that Beer Day was coming up soon, we knew now was a great time to take a closer look at some of the excellent craft breweries nearby. 

Whether you're a beer connoisseur or just open to trying something new, we recommend visiting one (or more!) of the following local breweries. You never know what awesome new beverage you're going to discover. 

  1. South Shore Craft Brewery: 3505 Hampton Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572
    Nassau County's newest craft brewery is already making a name for itself. South Shore Craft Brewery is a farm brewery, meaning they source most of their supplies from New York State growers and suppliers. They brew up a variety of beers and cider and also stock NYS wine and mead. Stop by their tasting room to enjoy a pint or a flight. While you're there, you can also grab a bite from their food truck and engage in a riveting game of Jenga. On your way home, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Oceanside homes for sale in the neighborhoods nearby.

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March
1

Long Island Restaurants for Pad Thai - Laffey Real Estate

One of our favorite ways to beat the winter blues is to warm-up with our favorite foods. With its distinctive blend of sweet and spicy flavors, Thai cuisine is always a great option for dining in or takeout. Long Island has so much diversity when it comes to local restaurants and cuisine, it's no wonder there are several great Thai restaurants to choose from.

Since our real estate agents can never get enough Thai food, they compiled a list of their favorite destinations for Pad Thai in Long Island:

  • Lemonleaf Grill - 536 S. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
    Lemonleaf Grill is often regarded as one of the best Thai restaurants in Long Island. From Pad Thai to your favorite curry, the food is bursting with flavor, and portion sizes are generous. Dine-in and takeout options are available. After dinner, check out these nearby Hicksville homes for sale.

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February
15

Breakfast Restaurants - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

If there's one thing our real estate agents can all agree on, it's that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you're on Long Island, and you need something to get your day going, stop off for a hot meal and a cup of joe at one of these classic breakfast joints.

  • Maureen's Kitchen - 108 Terry Rd., Smithtown, NY 11787
    Maureen's Kitchen has such a reputation for great breakfast food that you need to get there early because if you don't, the line might be around the block. Located a stone's throw from these Smithtown homes for sale, Maureen's serves breakfast all day in their unpretentious cow-adorned space, dishing out specialties like croissant French toast and a new omelet special every day of the week.

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February
8

Valentine's Day Carryout - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year because it's a great opportunity to show your love for the special person in your life. We know that planning a Valentine's Day date is going to be a little bit more complicated this year due to health and safety restrictions. However, a nice date night in your own dining room can be just as romantic as a night out on the town. With so many fantastic local restaurants, it's easy to enjoy your favorite dinner at home. Our real estate agents compiled a list of some of our favorite Long Island restaurants offering takeout this Valentine's Day.

  • Vespa Italian Kitchen - 282 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    This classy restaurant has a modern flair and always makes for a great Valentine's Day date night spot. This year, you can order online and enjoy Vespa Italian Kitchen's authentic Italian cuisine from home. The large menu features pasta, sandwiches, and stone-fired pizzas, so you'll be sure to find something you enjoy. Best of all, this restaurant is just a few minutes away from these Farmingdale homes for sale.

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January
18

Italian Food Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

When you're craving comfort food, few things satisfy the stomach and soul like a hearty plate of pasta. Our real estate agents head to these top restaurants around Long Island for delicious and authentic Italian cooking with a modern twist.

  • Scarpetta Beach - 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY 11954
    Go for the spectacular views and stay for the upscale Italian classics at Scarpetta Beach. Every table at this waterfront restaurant, just minutes from Montauk homes for sale, looks out over the ocean. Customer favorites include polenta and short rib and bone marrow agnolotti. Enjoy patio seating anytime thanks to the cozy heat lamps. Scarpetta Beach is open daily from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

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November
9

Coffee Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

It's no secret that New York City runs on coffee, but you don't need to go to Manhattan to get a great cup of joe. There are hundreds of cafes around Long Island that will get you fueled up and ready to go! Our real estate agents encourage you to celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23rd, at one of these local coffee shops around Long Island.

  • Flux Coffee – 211 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Roasted, bagged, and brewed around the corner from the coziest Farmingdale homes for sale, Flux Coffee relocated from the West Coast to bring the East Coast a transparent coffee experience. Visit to learn more about their ethical sourcing and manual brewing to create their amazing blends. Bring home a bag of beans from Burundi, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, or Peru so you can continue enjoying National Espresso Day at home.

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November
2

Long Island Vegan Restaurants - Laffey Real Estate

World Vegan Day may have been Nov. 1, but our real estate agents are still celebrating with a hearty, wholesome vegan dish this week. The annual event highlights the dietary and environmental benefits of veganism. No matter if you're strictly vegetarian, pescatarian, or someone who likes a good meal with or without meat, you'll love the offerings at these Long Island vegan restaurants.

  1. 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre – 285 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    3 Brothers of Rockville Centre is the home of quality vegan and traditional pizza. Every item on their menu has a vegan alternative. For example, you could get a sausage pizza with two cheeses or its vegan partner, made with cashew mozzarella, cashew parmesan, and house-made seitan sausage. 3 Brothers of RVC is a perfect place to stop by a vegan slice after you've finished touring Rockville Centre homes for sale.

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October
12

Dessert Around Long Island- Laffey Real Estate

What could be better than Dessert Day? Celebrating that special day on Long Island, of course! There are so many legendary, local bakeries throughout Long Island communities, many of which have been serving the region for decades. Whether you're looking for a traditional treat or a fresh, new custom creation, Long Island's bakeries have it all. Our real estate agents are saving room for dessert, and we have all the delectable details on 5 of the best bakeries on Long Island.

  • Copenhagen Bakery – 75 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
    You won't ever have to travel far from Northport homes for sale to enjoy a delicious dessert, thanks to legendary local bakeries like Copenhagen Bakery. Enjoy a meal from the extensive breakfast/lunch menu, and be sure to save room for dessert! Copenhagen Bakery offers a little bit of everything to satisfy your sweet tooth, including cookies, danish, pastries, cakes, and fresh breads. Grab a fresh cake from the shop to celebrate Dessert Day with your family, or call ahead to have a special cake custom made.

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September
21

Antique Shopping - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Searching for antiques and vintage pieces can be a fun treasure hunt, and fortunately, the Long Island, NY area—including Nassau, Sussex, and Queens counties—has plenty of shops you can explore. Each has their own special feel and history, and you'll have fun browsing for additions to your home.

Our real estate agents recommend stopping at the following five shops to go antiquing near Long Island:

  • The Vintage Living Antiques & Collectibles - 2863 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572
    When you make a trip to The Vintage Living, located around the corner from Oceanside homes for sale, you never know what you'll find, but odds are high that you'll come back with something you didn't know you needed. From antique furniture to vintage advertising collectibles, this friendly and affordable shop is packed with items large and small.

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September
14

Cleaning Services - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Need some motivation for deep cleaning? According to Psychology Today, household clutter causes stress, lack of focus, and poor quality of sleep.

Sept. 17 is designated as Professional House Cleaners Day, and our real estate agents suggest getting a helping hand from these great Nassau County cleaning services.

  • Tri-County Carpet Cleaning - 55 Hawk Lane, Levittown, NY 11756
    Dirty carpets look and smell bad, but cleaning them yourself is such a hassle. Tri-County Carpet Cleaning earns high marks from clients for their quality service and reasonable prices. Staff members use eco-friendly, pet-safe products with a pleasant hint of citrus aroma. Have a leaky basement? Tri-County specializes in flood damage restoration. While the company is headquartered near Levittown homes for sale, as the name implies, they serve an extensive part of the NY area. Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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September
8

Wine & Cheese Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The pairing of wine and cheese has been practiced for centuries—in France, of course, but also in Britain. In both countries, it was recognized that cheese just seemed to bring out the best of the wine, and vice versa.

Turns out, it's all about chemistry. The astringency of wine is caused by a substance known as tannins, the acidity of which makes your mouth pucker. Cheese, on the other hand, is creamy and fatty and coats your mouth. Your mouth reacts pleasurably to the creamy coating at first, but then needs the wine to cut through it, cleansing your palate. Wine and cheese truly do complement each, causing you to crave the opposite whenever you consume one or the other.

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August
17

Restaurants for Waffles - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Waffles are simple in creation and appearance, but they lend themselves to a seemingly infinite number of variations, which is why they're such a popular brunch dish. Our real estate agents will be indulging at these great waffle spots to celebrate National Waffle Day on Monday, August 24. Why not find a new favorite flavor combination? 

  • Costa Nova Waffle - 211 - 2nd St., Mineola, NY 11501
    Named after a scenic beachside community in Portugal, Costa Nova Waffle will change everything you thought you know about waffles. Costa Nova serves a unique hybrid of traditional waffles and crepes, prepared Bolacha (crispy) or Tripa (soft). Choose from a selection of delectable fillings such as chocolate chips, cookie butter, and ovos moles, a traditional Portuguese egg custard. Costa Nova's waffles are designed to be portable, so you can eat on the go before viewing Mineola homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, noon - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

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August
10

Golf Courses - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

August is National Golf Month, and it's hard to imagine a better time to be out on the links. Considering how much time we've all spent in self-quarantine this spring, getting out and playing a round of golf sounds better than ever. 

Here on Long Island, our real estate agents are always grateful to live in a place with some of the best golf courses in the Northeast. Golf is also a great activity when you want to get outside and have fun while still practicing safe social distancing. Be sure to check out these amazing Long Island golf courses this month:

  • Harbor Links Golf Course - 1 W Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Nassau County, Harbor Links Golf Course offers well-groomed greens and fairways that challenge players of all skill levels. Harbor Links includes an 18-hole championship course as well as a 9-hole course and driving range. There are great views to be had from practically every hole. Harbor Links Golf Course is convenient to many beautiful Port Washington homes for sale and is routinely ranked among the very best of Long Island's public courses.

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July
13

Farmers Markets - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The only thing better than loading up your plate with crisp, fresh produce is picking it yourself from a local produce stand. Farmers markets, produce markets, and specialty shops throughout Long Island have the best greens from around the state. Our real estate agents encourage you to order a bag of fresh, seasonal produce for pickup or delivery from one of these area produce stands.

  • Roslyn Farmers Market – Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searington Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576
    All of the wonderful local vendors at The Roslyn Farmers Market now accept preorders for pickup, giving you a convenient and safe way to get your weekly produce box. Part of the Long Island Growers Market, you can also shop the market in person if you're in town viewing our Roslyn homes for sale and would like to get to know their 25 vendors before you make your selections.

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July
6

Cooking Classes - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

If you're anything like our real estate agents, you've been spending a lot of your stay-at-home time in the kitchen. Take the next step in developing your culinary repertoire with these great cooking and baking classes around Long Island.

  • Baking Coach - 320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington, NY 11743
    For Lisa Basini, founder of Baking Coach, culinary skills are more than just a means of preparing food. As a child, Lisa used her passion for cooking to learn reading and math. As she grew older, food gave her an education and appreciation for other cultures. Baking Coach is currently offering virtual workshops via Zoom, with summer workshops for kids near Huntington homes for sale expected to begin in late July. Visit the website for dates and registration info.

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April
13

Long Island Restaurant Takeout - Laffey Real Estate

Are you looking for a way to skip a few trips to the grocery store and enjoy one night without a sink full of dishes? Then let these Long Island restaurants and cafes keep your family fed throughout the week. Our real estate agents have identified six restaurants around Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties that offer convenient take-out and delivery options.

  1. Ben's — 211-37 26th Ave., Bayside, NY 11360
    Ben's
    knows that there's nothing quite like a classic New York deli sandwich to remind us of simpler times. Thankfully, their overstuffed sandwiches, paninis, burgers, salads, and other menu items are available to-go. Hot entrees and cold entrees, including their family-style dinners, are all available for pick-up. Close to Bayside homes for sale, Ben's is closed for Passover, but you can still purchase gift cards online to use once the restaurant reopens April 17 for takeout orders.

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February
17

Bakeries for Paczki - Laffey Real Estate

Did you know that one of the sweetest holidays of the year happens on the day before Lent? For people of Polish heritage and anyone who loves Polish cuisine, Fat Tuesday is better known as National Paczki Day! Whether you're trying paczki for the first time or you've been looking forward to this unique holiday all year long, Nassau County has tons of great bakeries and Polish delis where you can celebrate in style. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on where to celebrate National Paczki Day around Nassau County this year.

Order Paczki at These 5 Places

  1. Polish Kitchen and Deli – 602 Glen Cove Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579
    With a convenient location close to Sea Cliff homes for sale, the Polish Kitchen and Deli is the perfect place to pick up paczki and so much more. If you're looking for a full meal before you enjoy your sweet treat, this is the place to be. The Polish Kitchen and Deli features a full hot lunch buffet, with all of your favorite Polish specialties in one place.

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February
3

Flower Shops - Nassau County - Laffey Real Estate

The New Year has arrived and Valentine's Day will be here before we know it! This romantic holiday is an excellent opportunity to tell those who love just how much you care about them and appreciate their place in your life. If you want to express your gratitude and compassion for your partner, friends, or family members, our real estate agents think that you should say it with flowers from these fantastic florists around Nassau County.

  • Westbury Florist — 53 Post Ave., Westbury, NY 11590
    Do you want to make Valentine's Day truly special? Westbury Florist knows that sending flowers always delivers smiles! Along with their vast array of flowers, they also carry a variety of plants and gourmet fruit baskets so you can give your loved one exactly what they want for Valentine's Day. Pop in and let them create a custom basket for you after you've finished browsing Westbury homes for sale.  

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December
16

Long Island New Year's Celebrations - Laffey Real Estate

Ready to roll into the Roaring 2020s? Then join our real estate agents and get ready to ring in the New Year at one of these exciting NYE parties around Long Island.

  • Jericho Terrace New Year's Eve Gala — Jericho Terrace 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Toast to a new year full of happiness and health at the New Years' Eve Gala on the Jericho Terrace. Bring your finest attire when shopping Mineola homes for sale and enjoy an evening of unlimited fun and entertainment. Cocktail hour will feature dozens of appetizers, which will roll right into a delicious dinner of salad, pasta, and a surf and turf dish. Savor a dessert trio of cupcakes, cheesecake, and cannolis before a champagne toast at midnight.

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December
2

Holiday Shop Local - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The holidays are almost here, and with that comes the challenge of finding unique gifts for all the special people on your shopping list. Although you could go to a big box store to take care of your holiday shopping. our real estate agents recommend exploring some of the great local shops around Long Island. Not only is this an excellent way to support your community, but you're also far more likely to find one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to really "wow" your family and friends.  

Not sure where to start? No problem! Here are a few of our favorite places to find unique Christmas gifts for every type of recipient.

  1. Wit & Whim: 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Wit & Whim offers an excellent selection of modern, vintage, and handmade items from over 60 local merchants. Shopping at this store is even more special because they give back a portion of all their profits to deserving charitable organizations!

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November
1

Agents Challenged to Raise 500 lbs of Donations

Greenvale, NY – Laffey Real Estate, a leading residential real estate broker and  Island Harvest, Long Island's largest hunger relief organization, have partnered to help combat hunger in our communities.  Through Food drives, local outreach and the support of community leaders and business owners, Island Harvest will once again spearhead efforts to help supply Thanksgiving meals to more than 300,000 of our neighbors, young children and elderly persons. 

Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 69% of the food distributed by pantries, 39% of the food distributed by kitchens and 45% of the food distributed by shelters.

According to the national study, Hunger in America 2010, approximately 283,700 people on Long Island receive emergency food each year – that's 64,900 people every week; 39 percent of Long Islanders who receive emergency food are children under 18 years old; The elderly make up 4 percent of Long Island's hungry; 6 percent of Long Islanders receiving food assistance are homeless and are made up of individuals who are the victims of abuse or have been forced out of closed institutions.

Laffey Real Estate is committed to making this Thanksgiving holiday a memorable and pleasant time for food insecure families.  The company goal is 500+ lbs of food.  With 13 locations, the benchmark is easily attainable at almost 40 lbs per branch.  Every office has a donation container marked Island Harvest.  Donors are encouraged to drop of non-perishable food items liked canned beans, whole grain pastas, peanut butter, rolled oats and dried fruits.  For a more comprehensive list, click on the link here àHealth Food Drive Items.  In addition, non food items such as soap, detergent and other cleaning items are also appreciated.  The deadline for food and monetary donations is Saturday, November 30, 2019.  

Here are three ways to help Long Island Families:

  • Food Drive: Non-perishable items such as canned beans, dried beans, peanut butter or other nut butters, low sodium soups, dried fruits, etc.
  • Monetary donations: cash or check - made payable to Island Harvest.
  • Turkey Drive. $25 purchases a turkey for a family.

Visit any of our locations to make your donation today!  Go to Office Locations on Laffey.com

 

 

About Island Harvest
Island Harvest Food Bank has been leading hunger relief on Long Island since 1992.
Founded in 1992, the Island Harvest Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. We distribute fresh produce, meat and non-perishables throughout Long Island and assist thousands of Long Islanders daily through our innovative programming and network of community partners.

November
1

Agents Take Their Role in Helping Senior Community Very Seriously

Oyster Bay, NY   – Marianne Conroy and Regina Ciardullo, North Shore Realtors with the Laffey Real Estate Brookville Office were recognized for their contributions at the 2019 Senior Expo Event held on October 11, 2019 at the Glen Cove YMCA. 

Both Realtors were part of a discussion panel of professionals offering their guidance and expertise on subjects like downsizing, living alternatives, healthy living, and financial planning.  The theme at their booth was Senior Concierge Moving in Today's Real Estate market. 

In the past ten years, the number of New Yorkers ages 65 and over increased by 26 percent, making up a larger share of the state's population than ever before.  There are now more residents aged 65 and older in New York State—3.2 million—than the entire population of 21 states. Today, nearly one in six New Yorkers is 65 and above (16 percent).   These statistics make a solid case for focusing on the needs of the 65+ community as they remain a significant part of the fabric of the North Shore with solid purchasing power and influence on household decisions in today's multi-generational households.

"We found that this expo gave us the opportunity to provide a solid frame of reference for community members to learn more about their own personal moving options," explained Regina Ciardullo.  "We were encouraged when many of the visitors we spoke to were eagerly engaged upon hearing the ways Regina and I are able to easily orchestrate the entire home selling process", offered Marianne Conroy.  "Most visitors wanted to know if we could provide assistance in how to handle minor repairs, prepping for sale, determining their home's market value and alternative living arrangements", added Ciardullo. With more than 200 people in attendance, the opportunity to meet and greet members of the North Shore community was most gratifying for both experienced real estate professionals.

Visitors were treated to good bags filled with coupon books for local deals.  Guest speakers included a who's who of notable public figures including Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Glen Cove May Timothy Tenke and Assemblyman Charles D. Lavine. 

September
16

Coffee Houses Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Caffeine fiends — get ready to sip and celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29th! Some of the best cafés in the state are located right here on Long Island. Our real estate agents have ventured from end to end in search of the best brews, favorite flavors, and coolest coffee shops for you to visit during National Coffee Day.

  1. Babylon Bean Coffee House — 17 Fire Island Ave., Babylon, NY 11702
    The perfect way to start your National Coffee Day is at Babylon Bean Coffee House. Just around the corner from Babylon homes for sale, they are the center for the caffeinated community of Long Island. If your blood type is coffee, then Babylon Bean has the locally roasted beans sourced from around the world that your body needs to survive the workday.

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September
9

Oktoberfest Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Oktoberfest always ranks among the liveliest holidays of the year around Long Island, with a ton of festivals and events taking place in the area. There will be drink specials at your favorite watering holes, family-friendly events organized by local communities, and celebrations of all things German throughout the early fall on Long Island. Sample authentic German dishes, enjoy the best Bavarian beers, then get ready to hit the dance floor at Oktoberfest celebrations this year. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 fun Oktoberfest events on Long Island in 2019.

  1. Oktoberfest at Black Forest Brew Haus – 2015 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Stop by Black Forest Brew Haus, located close to Farmingdale homes for sale, to enjoy Oktoberfest specials and celebrations from late September through October. Visit Long Island's authentic German restaurant and brewery for the true Oktoberfest experience, complete with local craft beer inspired by the best Bavarian brews. Black Forest Brew Haus offers a taste of Oktoberfest any time of the year and really kicks thing into high gear during the annual celebration in October.

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August
19

Long Island Fitness Centers and Gyms

Maintaining an active lifestyle is important for good health. Visiting a local gym can be a perfect way to stay in shape without having to buy pricey equipment. If you're looking for gyms near your new home in Long Island, our real estate agents can help. Here is our list of some favorite gyms and fitness centers throughout the Long Island area.

  1. Unique Fitness – 4890 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Holbrook, NY 11741
    Are you looking for a fitness center located near Holbrook homes for sale? Then Unique Fitness is for you. It has instructors, trainers, classes and plenty of equipment for everyone.

    Unique Fitness is open from Monday through Friday from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Saturdays 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sundays, 6:00 a..m. to 6:00 p.m. The locally-owned and family-run center is a great place to reach your fitness goals.

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August
5

Long Island Horseback Riding Lessons
If you love riding and all things equestrian, then there are few better places than Long Island to call home. It's a welcoming place for riders of all ages and experience levels, kids included! There are facilities throughout Long Island that offer riding lessons for kids, and so much more. Whether your child wants to learn the ropes of riding for fun or train to participate in competitions, you'll find a training facility in the area that suits your needs. Our real estate agents have all the details on the best spots for riding lessons to introduce your kids to the robust equestrian scene on Long Island.

  • Thomas School of Horsemanship – 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville, NY 11747
    Located close to Melville homes for sale, the Thomas School of Horsemanship is one of the top-ranked learning facilities on Long Island. The Thomas School offers lessons year-round, with a comprehensive training program at the Riding School. In addition to teaching riding skills, the Thomas School stresses riding safety for all ages. Kids will learn in a safe, encouraging setting that offers everything they need to learn the ropes.

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July
22

Long Island Bagel Shops
Our REALTORS® say there's no food quite like the classic Long Island bagel.

The bagel has long been one of the staple snacks around Long Island. You might be surprised at just how many ways there are to prepare a bagel and transform it into a complete meal. From delis to diners, everyone has their take on this mainstay. It shows up for breakfast, lunch, and just about all the time.

Today, we're drawing attention to this unsung hero of the food pyramid thanks to a little-known observation: July 26 is National Bagelfest Day. It's time to enjoy the bagel like never before, and no other place in America unlocks its full potential like Long Island.

Let's take a look at five favorite places Long Islanders love to go for a bagel:

  1. My Three Sons Bagel Cafe – 597 Willis Avenue, Williston Park, NY 11596
    Williston Park homes for sale are just a short hop from what many locals describe as the best bagel on Long Island. Soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and always hand-rolled, My Three Sons Bagel Cafe is a family-owned and operated business with a history dating to 2000. Homemade cream cheese and spreads complement the artisanal style.

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July
8

Long Island Ice Cream Shops

Whether you're looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 21 or simply searching for a sweet treat to cool off on any summer day, Long Island is a fantastic place to enjoy some ice cream.  It's only fitting since the first ice cream parlor in America opened its doors in New York City in 1790.

Residents of the city have been enjoying the fabulous flavors of local ice cream shops ever since, and today Long Island is home to a wealth of options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Our REALTORS® offer this list for some of the best spots for ice cream on Long Island.

  1. Herrell's Ice Cream – 46L Gerard St., Huntington 11743
    Looking for something sweet close to Huntington homes for sale? Then be sure to stop by Herrell's Ice Cream, where there's always something new and delicious to try. Herrell's is a cheerful, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, serving up memories for more than three decades. This shop also pioneered the "Smoosh-in," where ice cream is blended with chopped up cookies, candy, and other treats.

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June
4

Long Island Vinyl Record Stores

Did you know that vinyl records are back and growing more popular by the year? Whether you're new to the world of vinyl, have been collecting for years, or recently rekindled your love for the format, you're certainly not alone.

Vinyl record shops are popular hangouts, where you can search for obscure records, add old favorites to your collection or discover new music recorded on vinyl. Long Island is home to some of the best vinyl shops in the region. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to shop for vinyl in Long Island communities.

  1. Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange – 2020 Jericho Tpke., Commack 11725
    Looking for a soundtrack while you shop for Commack homes for sale? Stop by Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange, where you can find great deals on records from across a wide range of genres. This is one of the most well-known music shops on Long Island and has been serving the area with affordable music for more than three decades.

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May
20

Memorial Day Weekend Events on Long Island
With so many current military members and veterans living on Long Island, it's no surprise that Memorial Day holds a special place in the hearts of our residents. Our real estate agents are humbled by the sacrifices the brave women and men of our armed forces have made and plan on honoring their bravery throughout the weekend. You and your family can celebrate this important annual holiday as well by attending one of these Memorial Day events.

  1. Memorial Day Flag Placement at Long Island National Cemetery – Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    What better way to honor those who have died for our country than at the Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremony at Long Island National Cemetery? Beginning at 6:00 am on May 26th, volunteers will place flags at the headstones of our beloved veterans who have defended our freedom. At 2:00 pm, a ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden. If you would like to show your respect and appreciation for our fallen soldiers, donate your time and make sure each headstone is not without a proud American flag. Just down the road from Farmingdale homes for sale, the ceremonial events at the Long Island National Cemetery offer an admirable way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend.

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May
13

Long Island Wineries

National Wine Day is May 25.  Our real estate agents are here with seven wineries throughout Long Island that we think that you will love.

  1. Vinizzo - 343 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, NY11579
    The Izzo family combines modern science with old-world knowledge at Vinizzo to produce some of the finest wines found in the Long Island area. Each wine is aged to perfection and tells its own unique story as you uncork for a quiet dinner at home or a celebration with friends. While you're searching for the perfect Sea Cliff homes for sale, visit Vinizzo, and taste what makes this winery an essential part of the Sea Cliff community.

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May
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Long Island Swim Lessons

Our real estate agents are enjoying spring, and we hope you are, too!

Warm weather means a whole lot more fun you can have both indoors and out. That's especially important for kids, many of whom are getting ready to greet summer vacation.

When school is out, giving kids something exciting to do is key to managing their energy level. One great solution is to teach the young ones how to swim.

Long Island kids and teens can get a lot out of learning to swim. After all, swimming is the first step toward safety at sea, and boating is one of Long Island's top hobbies.

But swimming can also be a blast on its own. At the right swim school, kids will meet new friends and build skills they can use to be more active throughout life.

Here are some places to learn to swim on Long Island:

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April
22

Long Island Shopping

Our real estate agents love to help home buyers find fantastic bargains.

Of course, finding the perfect deal in the real estate market can be a challenge. To get there, you need a real estate agent with an understanding of the local area. But nothing can beat the satisfaction you get from knowing you've found the perfect home at a price you love.

Still, you can whet your whistle with that best deal feeling without buying a home!

While you're visiting Long Island, you should take time to enjoy some of the best shopping on the eastern seaboard. In addition to high-end boutiques, Long Island is full of wonderful thrift stores, antique shops, and secondhand bazaars that will scratch your itch for quality at a terrific price.

Here are our five top picks for die-hard bargain hunters around lovely Long Island:

  1. Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop - 1395 Old Northern Boulevard, Roslyn, NY 11576
    Roslyn homes for sale are right in the neighborhood of the Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop. It features shoes and housewares, but it's known for a huge assortment of discount clothing for men, women, and children. Seasonal sales liven things up throughout the year.

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April
8

Long Island Restaurants for Lunch
Spend National Make Lunch Count Day at a Long Island Restaurant Near You

Our real estate agents want to remind you to stop for lunch!

Much has been said about breakfast being the most important meal of the day. Still, it's just as important not to overlook lunch – and a quick lunch crammed in at the desk doesn't count.

Here on Long Island, a good lunch is one of the most enjoyable parts of the day. In any Long Island community, you'll find plenty of places dedicated to giving you a good meal.

New England is known for seafood like lobster and clam chowder, but you'll also find a wide range of selections with flavor influences from throughout America.

With National Make Lunch Count Day coming up on April 13, it's high time you treat yourself to a bite at some of the best Long Island lunch spots.

Let's visit five of our favorites right now:

  1. Rustic Root - 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
    Rustic Root is where to be for lunch after a fun morning looking at Woodbury homes for sale. Focused on a chef-driven menu of local, simple, honest cuisine, it serves up an array of craft foods and signature cocktails. Brunch features everything from lemon ricotta pancakes to the famous mushroom tacos or flatbread and an assortment of juicy burgers.

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April
1

Long Island Pet Rescue Centers
Our real estate agents
 know that nothing makes a new home complete like welcoming a four-legged friend. Thankfully, there are plenty of places throughout Long Island where you can meet a cat or dog who will love to have yours as a forever family.

National Pet Day is April 11. It's a wonderful time for those who have pets to spend time with them and those who don't to look for the perfect companion. Shelters in Long Island alone protect thousands of animals. Many of them are "no-kill" facilities held to the very highest standards.

Let's look at some of the best options around:

  1. Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center - 33 Warner Road, Huntington, New York 11743
    Huntington homes for sale are right around the corner from Little Shelter Animal Rescue and Adoption Center, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter that has been serving the community since 1927. It rescues from kill facilities and helps to socialize animals in need from all backgrounds.

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January
28

Long Island Valentine's Day
Long Island is an amazing place to live and if you're looking for creative ideas to pamper or surprise the one you love On Valentine's Day there are plenty of options to choose from. Our real estate agents have created this handy guide to help you make this special day a hit with your honey.

Romantic Eats

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to explore some of the exciting culinary options Long Island has to offer. Who knows, you may even end up finding a new favorite:

  • 2 Spring - 2 Spring St., Oyster Bay
    This farm-to-table American Brasserie has a sophisticated feel without being stuffy. The menu at 2 Spring features fresh seafood, a raw bar, premium farm meats, small plates and seasonal produce sourced from Long Island's very own North Fork. Enjoy beautiful views of the town square and take in the eclectic design and décor that features a modern ambiance with mid-century flair. Reservations are a must for this Oyster Bay hot spot.

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January
21

Long Island Cooking Classes
There is a beautiful kitchen in your new home that our real estate agents know you are eager to put through its paces. You may even want to prepare some new recipes to celebrate. As you ponder the possibilities, you will be delighted to discover that Long Island is home to some of the finest cooking classes on the East Coast. Each of the following five locales can help you braise, bake, brew, and stew a meal that your family and friends will praise.    

  1. Sur La Table - 1468 Northern Blvd, Manhasset
    Sur La Table offers a wide selection of culinary tools that chefs crave. If it whisks, whirls, or cuts, you will find it stocked on their shelves. Everything they offer will fit easily within the Manhasset homes for sale you have your eye on. The premier classes offered at Sur La Table are designed to show you how to combine tools and techniques to achieve culinary perfection with every meal.

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January
7

Long Island Gyms
Scientists have found that the most successful New Year's resolutions are specific and targeted. If "lose weight" or "get more exercise" are on your list, make fitness a regular part of your lifestyle at one of these top Long Island gyms suggested by our real estate agents.

  1. Equinox Woodbury - 7550 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury 11797
    Soothing earth tones and plenty of light make Equinox Woodbury a place that is both calming and inspiring. Dedicated areas for cardio, weights, cycling, Pilates, and yoga let you focus on your preferred activity. Equinox also features a first-class spa open to members and non-members. Why not treat yourself to a massage or facial after a day of visiting Woodbury homes for sale? All Equinox Woodbury facilities are open seven days a week.

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December
31

Long Island Photographers for a Family Photo
Your family is changing so fast. Your daughter is about to have her 16th birthday and your youngest is about to make her First Communion. That's not even accounting for capturing the moments in the extended family. Now is the perfect time to capture some of these special family memories. Whether you want a photographer for an extended family event or a more private session, our real estate agents can direct you to our favorite family photographers in the Long Island area.

  1. The Studio - Serving the Carle Place area
    The Studio specializes in newborn and family photography with their three-person team of Max, Meridith, and Rachel.  Their all-inclusive packages allow you to choose from sessions at the studio, in your home, or at a preferred location. In fact, Max is even a certified postpartum doula and offers a support and newborn photo package. Since you might need a bigger house with a bigger family, take the time to look at some Carle Place homes for sale.

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December
17

Long Island Wineries
There's no doubt Long Island is an exciting place to live. If you're a wine enthusiast moving to one of our communities, all the better. Throughout the Long Island real estate area, you'll find plenty of places to relax with a glass of your favorite Bordeaux or chardonnay. Our real estate agents compiled a list of five favorite vineyards and wineries so you can get a "taste" of what it means to live here.

  1. Vinizzo - 343 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff
    Producing quality wine is part of the Izzo family tradition, and at Vinizzo, you'll experience the results of generations-old knowledge of winemaking perfected through modern techniques. Each vintage is a unique presentation of flavor and history, delighting the palate and warming the heart. While you're looking at Sea Cliff homes for sale, make some time to visit Vinizzo, and taste what makes this winery so unique.

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November
13

Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving foodies have a great reason to love living on Long Island. Some of Long Island's favorite restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving traditional turkey dinners, while others allow you to order off an a la carte menu.

This year, instead of cooking and cleaning for days, why don't you let someone else do the hard work? Our real estate agents recommend dining at one of these six Long Island restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, New York 11021
    The Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving buffet beginning at noon.  The meal includes a carving station and sides, such as pumpkin ravioli, candied sweet potatoes, and cornbread stuffing. It also features desserts including a chocolate fondue station. It costs $42.95, with children 10 and under half price. 

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October
3

Old Westbury Halloween
For those seeking affluent, exclusive, and gorgeous places to reside in New York and Nassau County, Old Westbury homes for sale sit at the absolute pinnacle. With accolades like New York's most expensive suburb, awarded by Business Week, and having one of the three best public gardens in the world according to Four Seasons Magazine, Old Westbury earns its place as one of the most iconic and luxurious places to live in the nation.

At Laffey Real Estate our real estate agents put a focus on helping locals and prospective homebuyers to stay up to date with all of the great reasons to buy a home in Old Westbury and the surrounding areas. With art, excellent dining, and events on the regular, there's a lot to love! In keeping with the upcoming season, our spotlight now turns to RISE of the Jack O' Lanterns—an iconic staple among local Nassau County fall event lovers.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns has been entertaining visitors for seven years running now, offering an exciting range of attractions that has evolved and grown exponentially throughout the years. The event's mainstay includes an impressive array of multi-pumpkin structures—literally dozens upon dozens of jack o'lanterns configured into sculptures of fire trucks, spooky beasts, and the ever-impressive 40-foot jack o'lantern dragon. And new and exclusive to this year, you'll be able to enjoy moving, talking lantern sculptures along the path!

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September
26

Uniondale Canstruction Makes a Difference

Our real estate agents are proud to introduce new clients to Uniondale homes for sale and all our community has to offer.  

The quintessential suburban community, Uniondale is known for its diversity, business, entertainment, charitable events, and community spirit.  Charitable events are an integral part of any strong community, and Uniondale sits at the very heart of one of Long Island's iconic fundraisers: Canstruction Long Island.

For decades, competitors have gathered from all over to participate in this inspiring food drive, and the cost for admission is hardly steep -- a single can of food.

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September
13

Long Island - The Paramount in Huntington

When you start your search for Huntington homes for sale, you'll soon understand why Money Magazine named our town to its 50 Best Places to Live in America list.  

Our real estate agents work hard to share information with clients about everything that makes buying a home in Huntington great from our art, culture, recreation, and plenty of spots for fun, relaxation, and entertainment. We recommend that you make time in your schedule for an exciting evening at The Paramount. It's one of the city's landmark locations, and it's a great place to let your hair down.

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September
6

Babylon Village Glen's Dinette
If you're making a move to Long Island, spend some time in Babylon Village. It's a culturally rich community with a strong sense of history and warm family friendly feel. Fall is a great time to tour Babylon homes for sale. While you're here, our real estate agents suggest you try breakfast at Glen's Dinette. It's a local institution that's always crowded and a great place to meet your new neighbors when you move to the community.

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August
30

Merrick Golf Club Long Island

Merrick homes for sale are fast becoming some of the most desirable in Long Island – not only as an amazing place to live but as an investment for the future. 

Our real estate agents have helped introduce hundreds of clients to Merrick, and we're proud to say so many of them are now living happily with an authentic Long Island lifestyle.

Senior executives, retirees, and rising professionals have all been attracted to the Merrick area for its amenities and unique charm. And one of the most popular ways to spend time outdoors in and around Merrick is the great pastime of golf.

Golfers of all skill levels will find courses ranging in difficulty from an enjoyable and relaxed outing to a tough, strategic challenge – sometimes, all of the above in the same nine or eighteen holes.

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