4 Things to See on Long Island.
PHOTO: Montauk Lighthouse. (Photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
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There are (as far as we know) no rules when it comes to celebrating June 10’s National Iced Tea Day, so in lieu of commemorating the tea bag/hot water iteration, we’re exploring New York’s Long Island in homage to the stiff mixed drink featuring tequila, gin, vodka, rum and Triple sec.
1) Jones Beach, Wantagh
Though known for an array of South Shore beaches from the hallowed Hamptons all the way to the Queens/Nassau County border, Jones Beach is the granddaddy of them all. Originally a Depression-era destination (as seen in its art deco architecture) for all, conjured up by iconic master builder Robert Moses, the Nassau County jewel is still alive and kicking after all those decades. Six million people visit per year, staking out a spot somewhere among its 6.5 miles of beach on the Atlantic Ocean, swimming, relaxing or playing sports. Major events include the Memorial Day air show, and a full slate of big-name bands playing at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
At the very tip of LI’s South Fork, the Montauk Lighthouse is a sentinel for safe boating in the area, and has ably been doing the job since 1797. George Washington himself commissioned the construction of the 110.5-foot sandstone structure, which is now a National Historic Landmark. Lighthouse keepers are a thing of the past, as the light was automated in 1987, but its lengthy history is documented in the museum, located within the 1860 Keeper’s House. You can even climb the tower and take in vast vistas of land and sea.
3) Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay
Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States (1901-09), had his “Summer White House” in the North Shore town of Oyster Bay — Roosevelt’s residence from 1885 until his death in 1919. Some of his Chuck Norris-like levels of brawn are in evidence with his array of hunting trophies mounted throughout the residence (hey, it was a different time), and assorted artifacts from his life. But Sagamore Hill was also home to his wife and six children, so their presence is also in evidence here. Along with the house, you can visit the man himself — his grave is right down the road.
4) Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
There are a plethora of places to go for history, culture, cuisine and kicks in the notorious Hamptons, but there’s also a world-class art museum worth a visit. Parrish is a comprehensive distillation of the area’s history book-worthy modern art scene, with legendary locals like Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein, plus an abundance of other big names in the permanent collection. The sprawling, relatively new space evokes East End living, and acts as a venue for temporary exhibitions, classes and plenty more.