One of the great things about living on Long Island is that you get to experience something new with every season. Winter is an especially good time to enjoy family fun close to home in your favorite communities. Whether you're interested in wintertime wildlife watching, an enchanting day of ice skating, or even a chance to test your mettle with the Polar Bear Splash, there's so much to look forward to this winter. Our real estate agents have all the exciting details on the winter fun you can enjoy at four great Long Island destinations.
There's nothing quite like a classic New York candy shop. From the fun interior to the wide selection of treats and nostalgic candy, visiting your local shop can be fun for both kids and adults. Plus, with the holidays coming up, a trip to the candy store is a great way to stock up on Christmas treats. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these Long Island candy shops.
As the holiday season approaches, it's a good idea to do more of your shopping at small and local businesses. These businesses are the backbone of our local economies, owned and operated by members of our own communities. Small Business Saturday, which is coming up on November 26, is the perfect opportunity to shop local. Here are some of the local stores our real estate agents recommend visiting on the occasion.
For many of us, coffee is the elixir of life. It's hard to start the day without it. And October 1st is International Coffee Day. What better way to celebrate than by enjoying a cup at your favorite coffee shop? Of course, this can be more difficult if you've just moved to a new area. Our real estate agents can help you find the perfect house, but where are the coffee shops nearby? We've got you covered. Here are our picks for the best places in Long Island to stop for coffee on October 1st.
Apple cider donuts are a favorite treat in the Suffolk County area of New York, and although you can often buy them fresh year-round, they're an especially good fall treat. The cake-like donuts are flavored with apple cider as well as spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice to create a deliciously unique flavor.
Our real estate agents suggest visiting the following farms and farm stands in and near Suffolk County to indulge in apple cider donuts.
The purpose of showing your home is to hook a buyer. You want the buyers to come through your house and be impressed - so impressed in fact, that they're ready to make an offer! You'll have one chance to make a great first impression on the potential buyers, so make sure to follow these five helpful tips to really make it count!
First impressions are HUGE when showing you home to potential buyers, but by following the simple tips above you will be well on your way to making a great impression and, hopefully, receiving multiple offers! (And if you are at all anxious about this important step, just reach out to a trusted real estate agent in your area who can help guide you through this process!)
From light beach reads to page-turning thrillers, getting lost in a book is the perfect way to spend a weekend afternoon. And with so many independent bookstores around Long Island, your new favorite novel might just be a few blocks away.
Long Island was home to many great authors, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, and even poet Walt Whitman. This area's literary legacy lives on through our dozens of independent bookstores, which have become important community assets. These shops not only provide an excellent inventory of literature but also serve as neighborhood gathering spaces, promote learning, and host local events.
Oil paintings may be impressive, but there are so many other artistic mediums out there that are just as beautiful. July is World Watercolor Month, so now is a great time to get better acquainted with this exquisite art form. According to our real estate agents, these five locations around Long Island are good places to begin.
There are so many good reasons to shop at farmers markets. First, it's just fun to walk around and see all the local goods for sale. You also support the local economy, meet the people who grow your food, and purchase fresh produce to enjoy at home. Our real estate agents know the local farmer's market scene and recommend stopping by the following markets on Long Island.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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?
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.