first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Work begins on Royal Navy’s fifth River-class offshore patrol vessel View post tag: River Class View post tag: OPV View post tag: BAe Systems View post tag: Royal Navy April 21, 2017center_img Work begins on Royal Navy’s fifth River-class offshore patrol vessel Works on the Royal Navy’s fifth follow-on River-class offshore patrol vessel began with a steel cutting ceremony on Friday, April 21.Tony Douglas, head of UK’s defense procurement organisation, pressed the button to cut the first sheet of steel for the HMS Spey at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard in Scotland.HMS Spey is being built under a £287 million contract awarded by the ministry of defense for the construction of the fourth and fifth vessels.Like her four sister ships HMS Forth, HMS Medway, HMS Trent and HMS Tamar, which are all either under construction or preparing for sea trials, HMS Spey will be built at Govan before she is transferred to the Scotstoun yard, where she will be fitted out for operations.HMS Spey, which will be 90 metres long and displace around 2,000 tonnes, is due to be delivered to the Royal Navy in 2019 and enter service by 2021.She is expected to carry a 30mm cannon and a flight deck capable of receiving a Merlin helicopter, in support of counter-terrorism, anti-piracy, anti-smuggling and maritime defence operations.Batch 2 offshore patrol vessels have a maximum speed of 24 knots and can sail 5,500 nautical miles before having to resupply.Photo: BAE Systems Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

first_imgSavoury pastry brand Ginsters has launched a new national television campaign for 2010, as part of its £3.5 million media spend this year.The adverts, to be aired from early February, aim to promote Ginster’s “Real Honest Food’ tagline, and locally sourced ingredients message.The 30 second advertisement features a local community gathering in a field, bringing with them tools and materials for hammering, sawing and building. The frame then zooms out to reveal that they have been constructing a giant scarecrow to keep watch over their local ingredients.“This February sees our biggest ever burst of TV advertising as we aim to drive wide recognition of our properly filled, quality ingredients message,” said head of brand marketing Andy Valentine. “We are proud to support British farmers and to be able to say that we only use fresh British meat in our products.”last_img read more

first_imgThe UK’s biggest coffee chain Costa will this week launch a points-based reward card for customers to use across food and drink purchases.In a shift away from coffee-only reward cards commonplace among coffee, sandwich and bakery retailers, the supermarket-style scheme will see customers accumulating points with each purchase of any food, drink or merchandising product sold in its Costa stores nationwide.Benefits include five points for every £1 spent in store, with every point worth 1 penny; points can be exchanged for any free food or drink in store; and cards registered at will receive 100 bonus points equal to £1 on sign-up plus email points offers each month and entry to prize draws. The scheme has been on a year-long trial in Scotland where Costa said one-in-three transactions are now using the card. The launch will be backed by in–store advertising, point of sale and PR.Costa has the biggest number of coffee shop outlets in the UK, doubling from 500 in 2007 to 1,034 this year, according to British Baker’s BB75 annual league table of bakery retailers. It overtook Starbucks on store numbers in 2009. “We are now confident that the Coffee Club offers customers the best, most flexible rewards programme available,” said Kevin Hydes, head of UK marketing at Costa. The scheme replaces the three-year-old prepay Costa Card. From March 4th all original Costa Cards will automatically become Coffee Club Cards and will no longer need to be topped up with money. Consumer research commissioned by Costa found that 85% of people believed shops, businesses and brands should give more rewards, with customer loyalty cards viewed as a top-three driver of repeat visits.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Pinterest By Network Indiana – June 8, 2020 0 341 Google+ Google+ Penske: Indianapolis 500 will run with fans this year Previous articleFour Winds Casinos to reopen on Monday, June 15Next articleStrong to severe weather possible due to Tropical Depression Cristobal Network Indiana WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter (“Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Speedway, IN” by Josh Hallett, Creative Commons) SPEEDWAY, Ind. — It appears Roger Penske is committed to running the Indianapolis 500 with fans this year.“Trust me, we are going to run it (Indianapolis 500) with fans,” said Penske to Robin Miller of RACER Magazine. “We’re on for fans in August and planning on it and we feel good. It’s still almost three months from now and I think we’ll be OK. But we will run it only with fans.”The coronavirus pandemic has forced the race to be rescheduled for August 23rd, which should be within the time limit of Marion County reopening process that would allow the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to come through the gates to watch the race.But, some are skeptical it will happen after it was announced last week that the GMR Grand Prix and Brickyard 400 double-header weekend, the first of it’s kind ever, would be run without fans in attendance. IMS citing Marion County’s reopening process and how the timing of it would not allow them to let fans in.Penske also told RACER that if there had been any problems with fans had they allowed fans to watch the races Fourth of July weekend it probably would have killed any shot at allowing fans in for the Indy 500.“Our team had several meetings leading up to last week and Mark (Miles) and I called the governor and the mayor and said based on the current situation, now is not the time,” Penske said. “It wasn’t a forced decision by anyone, just what we think was the right decision all things considered.”Penske said he is willing to reschedule the Indianapolis 500 to October if he has to in order to allow fans to attend the race. IMS will be host IndyCar for an unprecedented third time in a calendar year in October with the IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix Oct. 3. CoronavirusIndianaNews Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

first_imgWorking in partnership with the local authorities, additional surge testing and genomic sequencing is being deployed to targeted areas within Norfolk (targeted areas within the IP22 postcode), Southampton (SO15) and Woking, Surrey (GU22) where the COVID-19 variant first identified in South Africa has been found.Following the deployment of surge testing in Manchester last week, testing in Manchester will be expanded to targeted areas within the M40 and M9 postcode districts.Surge testing is being introduced in addition to existing extensive testing. In combination with following the current lockdown rules and remembering ‘Hands. Face. Space’ advice, it will help to monitor and suppress the spread of the virus. Positive cases will be sequenced for genomic data to help understand COVID-19 variants and their spread within these areas.People living within these targeted areas are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test this week, whether they are showing symptoms or not.People with symptoms should book a test in the usual way, and those without symptoms should visit their local authority website for more information.Surge testing in parts of Haringey, Merton and Sefton is now complete. Further data on surge testing will be provided in due course.last_img read more

first_imgThe National Cupcake Championships 2016 are officially open for entries from the great and the good of the cupcake world.Taking place as part of National Cupcake Week (19-25 September), this year’s competition is hosted and sponsored by AB Mauri and sponsored by Bako Select. It will be judging entrants across five categories: Classic Cupcake, Made with Chocolate, Made with Alcohol, Free-from, and Seasonal.Businesses of all sizes can take part and entries are open until 15 July, 2016. The shortlisted finalists will be invited to AB Mauri’s Centre of Excellence on 14 September to take part in various masterclasses, present their cupcakes for judging and see the winners named.To enter, visit the National Cupcake Week website.British Baker’s Alice Cooke gives the lowdown on the competition and why you should enter:last_img read more

first_imgScottish-based business The Premium Bakery has opened a brand new £1.2m factory in Prestonpans, Edinburgh.The factory, which is 10,000 sq ft, marks the return of the family-run bakery to the town, where it first began. It moved into a site in Prestonpans in January 2017 from its premises in Loanhead.The bakery invited students and teachers from its local school, Preston Lodge High School, to the launch.Students Elijah Duff and Casey Bryson cut the ribbon for the opening, alongside directors Graeme Ford and Peter Ford.Graeme Ford said they were delighted to meet members of the community and showcase the new bakery.“The new facility, with its greater capacity, will allow us to continue to grow and add employment opportunities to the local area.”The Premium Bakery manufactures high-quality morning rolls, breads, scones and baguettes for Edinburgh and Lothian.last_img read more

first_imgThis past academic year, Harvard set a record in financial aid by distributing $414 million to students across the University. That number included roughly $175 million in need-based aid for Harvard College undergraduates — more than half of whom receive financial aid — graduate student grants and fellowships, and a variety of additional loan-free funding opportunities.The history of financial aid at Harvard is almost as old as the institution itself. Three hundred and seventy-five years ago, a gift of £100 from Lady Mowlson of London (nee Ann Radcliffe, for whom Radcliffe College was later named) established an endowment to support College students in need of assistance with tuition costs. To this day students benefit from Lady Mowlson’s gift.Over the centuries Harvard’s financial aid expanded in both sum and reach, but in recent decades the University’s distribution has seen its most dramatic growth. In the past 10 years alone, scholarship aid throughout the University’s 12 degree-granting Schools has increased by 64 percent, roughly $162 million.Part of this growth is due to the implementation of the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative (HFAI), which guarantees that every undergrad has the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Since its 2005 launch, HFAI has awarded nearly $1.8 billion in need-based grants, making a Harvard education available to all admitted students regardless of financial circumstances. This annual commitment is met through a combination of endowed funds, annual philanthropy, and discretionary funds of the dean of faculty of arts and sciences, all of which have been vital in facilitating the program.Raising additional funds to support HFAI and broaden graduate student fellowships remains a top priority of The Harvard Campaign, which concludes next year. Harvard President Drew Faust expressed her appreciation to the many alumni and friends who have helped the University achieve such high levels of financial aid.“Their generosity has enabled Harvard to deepen its long-standing commitment to financial aid for undergraduate and graduate students,” said Faust. “It broadens access and make the opportunities available at Harvard a reality for thousands of talented individuals across all of our Schools.”Thomas Hollister, Harvard’s chief financial officer and vice president for finance, noted the significant role philanthropy plays in allowing Harvard to address budgetary challenges while maintaining its commitment to financial aid.“Higher education is experiencing varying degrees of economic pressure,” he said. “Yet, in the face of these challenges, the need for financial aid can be even greater. The success of The Harvard Campaign has had an immediate impact on our ability to provide and expand these resources across the University, and generations of Harvard students will benefit.”last_img read more

first_imgAs Cisco Live 2017 kicks off early next week, the Dell EMC Converged Platforms and Solutions Division has exciting updates to share as we continue joint engineering efforts with Cisco to further simplify the data center for our customers. data centers with converged systems is one of the top requirements for IT leaders aiming to digitally transform their businesses to remain relevant and competitive in their markets. This is not surprising because there’s hard evidence that converged systems simplify operations, so IT staff and engineering can focus less on managing, supporting and sustaining infrastructure, and more on accelerating their business’ digital transformation.The key word here is “simplify.” Our customers continue to seek IT simplification, and we continue to focus on delivering it for them. It’s as simple as that.Along these lines, we have some key Dell EMC and Cisco joint innovation updates around our Converged Infrastructure (CI) portfolio and substantial enhancements and customer momentum with the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture to share. It’s this team that has been at the very center of the converged infrastructure trend for the past seven years.Dell EMC and Cisco Innovation and Collaboration Extends the Engineered System Experience across Data CentersSeven years ago, Dell EMC collaborated with Cisco to pioneer the CI market with a simple premise: enable IT to spend less time building and maintaining IT infrastructure (i.e., keeping the lights on), so they can spend more time driving business outcomes by bringing new applications and services to market – faster. The solution: a CI system, where compute, storage, virtualization and network resources are managed, supported and sustained together as a single system throughout their lifecycle.Thousands of customers later and counting, we continue to see great traction with VxBlock and are jointly committed to bringing innovations to market faster than ever. For example, the latest all-flash arrays from Dell EMC–including Dell EMC VMAX 950F/FX, Dell EMC Unity 350F/450F/550F/660F, and Isilon Gen 6 Infinity–will be available for VxBlock this summer.And we’re not stopping there. For the last 18 months, our Dell EMC and Cisco collaboration has been about accelerating IT transformation in a new direction. We are extending the benefits of the individual converged infrastructure systems to the entire data center–and across multiple data centers–through the Dell EMC Vscale Architecture. Vscale Architecture extends the converged (a.k.a., engineered) system experience of a single block to resources across data centers. This simplifies IT by assuring that upgrades, expansion and patches to those resources are fully interoperable. Imagine this across your data centers. That’s what Vscale Architecture does.Specifically, Cisco’s ACI enables the architecture to scale beyond the capacity of an individual VxBlock and stretches that experience to a pool of Cisco compute and Dell EMC storage and data protection resources across high-performance Cisco spine-leaf LAN network fabrics. The approach to policy-based automation enables open scaling across platforms, both bare metal and virtual, while automatically enforcing rules for compliance and governance using white-list policies. This pool and the network are lifecycle assured, and the pool can be shared by converged infrastructure systems (VxBlocks), new-generation hyper-converged infrastructure, and non-converged systems.Imagine the agility, security and peace of mind this brings across your enterprise. Taken together, the ROI for your organization will be phenomenal.This is for businesses that need to scale beyond a single converged system’s design; share resources between converged, hyper-converged and non-converged equipment; replicate data and move workloads across converged systems and data centers with agility; add quickly to capacity; and, integrate new technologies into the environment.We announced the Vscale strategy in 2015, and with Cisco’s collaboration, we’ve been deploying it across a wide range of businesses: airlines, service providers, manufacturers, government agencies, retailers, financial service companies and more. The business use cases are equally diverse. Customers are using the Vscale Architecture to:Modernize production data centers to support new digital business services with improved levels of orchestration and automationUpgrade disaster recovery data centers to meet new business continuity requirementsBring the cloud infrastructure in-house when managed services are not yielding enough ROIUpdate infrastructure for more agility, faster onboarding and more predictable costs to scale outShare valuable data between old and new systems during Platform 2 to 3 application transitionFreely and securely move evolving data and apps across systems to balance cost and performance trade-offs Since the Vscale Architecture initial announcement, we’ve been busy extending capability and adding several new components that we’re officially announcing today:Single Point of orchestration, automation, and security for compute, network, and storage – UCS Director in conjunction with Cisco ACI automation reduces the risk and time to onboard servicesVscale Border Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus, ASA and Firepower, ISR and ASR, assure secure, high-performance data communications between the Vscale resources and external networksVscale Open Technology Connect – Cisco Nexus and MDS service for third-party equipment integration maximizes ROI of Vscale and non-Vscale assets through resource sharingVscale Fabric Technology Connect for storage – All-flash Dell EMC Unity, XtremIO and VMAX storage and Isilon NAS optimize application performance and cost of scaling out storageNew Services – Cisco Advanced Services for UCS Director and ACI deployment and Dell EMC  Vscale Services speed data center modernization and time to business results Big data analytics projects are a premier use case for this new direction in data center architecture.  Inovalon, a leading big data analytics service provider for the healthcare ecosystem, is an example business that has deployed the Vscale Architecture with outstanding results.“Inovalon implemented Vscale to decrease cycle times dedicated to provisioning resources dedicated to our sophisticated private cloud offerings, most importantly, our Inovalon ONE platform,” said Faisal Khalid, Senior Vice President, Technology Solutions at Inovalon. “With this competitive advantage, Inovalon ONE delivers a highly scalable, flexible Platform-as-a-service capability – unrivaled in the industry today – to enable value-based healthcare across the healthcare ecosystem. Further, the architecture’s level of automation enables my team to focus their time on delivering greater value and innovation for our business.”Our joint work with Cisco is helping customers achieve this success with Vscale Architecture.“Cisco’s policy driven automation with ACI is an important enabler for digital business and Cisco sees strong market momentum with over 3,500 ACI customers,” said Tom Edsall, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Insieme Networks Business, Cisco Systems. “We are pleased to see the adoption of the Vscale Architecture by our largest converged infrastructure customers. We look forward to our continued investment together with Dell EMC to deliver fabric solutions like Vscale to our joint customers using converged systems like VxBlock.”Imagine the experience of receiving a VxBlock on your shipping dock, within 60 days of order, with fully integrated compute, storage, data protection, internal network fabric and a hypervisor that is logically configured to your specifications. Now imagine this benefit covering the breadth of your data center, plus automation and assured interoperability as you add technology options and capacity and upgrade firmware and software releases. That’s Vscale Architecture with Dell EMC and Cisco innovating together.If you’re attending Cisco Live, our team would love to meet with you. As a Diamond Sponsor, you’ll see a lot from Dell EMC during the show. Stop by our booth (#2315) to learn more about our joint offerings, see solutions onsite and hear from our experts.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island is home to two cities, more than a dozen towns, and a vast network of dozens upon dozens of villages and hamlets stretching from the Queens border in the west to Montauk Point in the east, sandwiched between the North Shore’s Long Island Sound and South Shore’s barrier beaches—all within Nassau and Suffolk counties.It is an eclectic mix, for sure, and includes countless commercial businesses and companies encompassing small mom-and-pops shops and boutiques, franchises, national chains, hometown restaurants, bars, pubs, music and events venues, municipal works and residential neighborhoods. Punctuating this smorgasbord of communities are a variety of lively downtowns—characterized as popular local centralized hubs comprised of all the aforementioned businesses and attractions renowned for their wide range of exceptional cuisines, shopping experiences, activities, nightlife and tourist destinations. The following is a list of some of Long Island’s most popular and well-known downtowns, along with some of their top highlights, all well worth a visit with friends, family members, loved ones, and/or simply perfect for solo excursions to explore, learn about, and ultimately, embrace.Here’s The Ultimate Guide to Long Island Downtowns:BABYLONA major Long Island Railroad hub that sits upon the Great South Bay, Babylon remains a coveted South Shore destination. With a rich history as a resort town purchased from the Sumpwam Indians in 1670, Babylon remains a quaint and bustling downtown that runs along Main Street and Deer Park Avenue full of shops, restaurants, and the picturesque Argyle Lake, whose white shallow waterfalls make for a popular wedding photo site. Loaded with local bars including Mary Carroll’s, Lily Flanagan’s, The Post Office Café, and Horace and Sylvia’s, and casual restaurants such as Swell Taco, a beach-themed taco restaurant, to Del Fuego, a Mexican-style restaurant and tequila bar with a sister restaurant in Patchogue, Babylon Village is brimming with young visitors who enjoy the thriving nightlife and friendly dining scene. For breakfast or lunch, look no further than Glen’s Dinette (order the Blue Monkey Pancakes) and Tricia’s Café. Upscale restaurants such as The Argyle, Monsoon, Barrique Kitchen and Wine Bar, and Gemelli’s (whose nearby delicatessen under the same ownership justifies a trip to Babylon alone) cater to the well-dressed foodie set. Spas, hair salons, ice cream shops, a candy store, a toy shop, coffee shops and other independent stores make Babylon a perfect walking town.HUNTINGTONHuntington Village is Long Island’s Manhattan. This North Shore 36-square-block cosmopolitan downtown area that comprises the village is bustling with boutique stores and restaurants along New York Avenue and Main Street that run the gamut of motifs and cuisines, from Argentine, Japanese, Mexican and Mediterranean, from upscale spots such as Prime Steakhouse, Cassis, and Besito to more casual burger fare. This cultural hub caters to Huntington’s artsy crowd with such popular destinations as: renowned music venue The Paramount (where Billy Joel has been known to drop in for an impromptu concert); independent bookstore Book Revue, which has featured discussions and book signings with such noted authors as JK Rowling, Ken Follett, and Tom Clancy, former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, as well as both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump; the Hecksher Museum of Art; events sponsored by the Huntington Arts Council; and the Inter-Media Arts Center, a theater devoted to debuting independent films. The annual Long Island Gay Pride Parade is hosted in the village, which attracts a young, boisterous crowd. Try a famous cold cheese slice at Little Vincent’s—the culinary and shopping choices abound in this downtown gem!PORT JEFFERSONThe downtown area of this charming harbor town is replete with rich history, cultural heritage, and a storybook-like village. One of two ports with access to Connecticut, this is a maritime mecca, with restaurants, bars, entertainment and educational and social activities to spare. The newly developed Harborfront Park and Port Jefferson Village Center provides a central hub with appeal to every demographic that stumbles upon them, from those interested in Long Island’s history to children who love to lace up their ice skates all winter long. The Maritime Explorium offers an exciting, hands-on experience for young children. Theatergoers come from all across the Island to attend TheatreThree, which houses plays for children and adults alike, all year long. The Dickens Festival takes over the village every winter, transforming Port Jefferson into Great Britain a century past, with characters in period costume showcasing scenes from A Christmas Carol, on street corners. Foodies flock to Port Jeff to sample freshly caught seafood on outside patios in the summertime, in restaurants with harborviews, including Schafer’s, the Steamroom, and the Wave at Danford’s. Stroll Main Street and discover art galleries, ice cream and candy shops, a rice pudding bar (!), a tea shop, and gift shops to enjoy and get lost in. Sample local beers at Brewology, and Port Jeff Brewery, bite into the perfect burger at Billie’s 1890 Saloon, or indulge in some of the 100 artisan cheeses at C’est Cheese. There’s so much to see and do all throughout this amazing port.EAST HAMPTONA shopper’s paradise, East Hampton caters to the glitterati who reside on the East End, as well as the tourists who come to dine, shop, beach, and celebrity watch. Home to a ton of high-end boutiques and retail stores along its picturesque Main Street, this town is a tribute to beachfront luxury, featuring shops like Tiffany & Co., Gucci, a Missoni Home Store, Ralph Lauren, and Cole Haan. Restaurants abound, including the famed Nick and Toni’s, where you can glimpse Steven Spielberg chowing down during the summer. Check out Serafina, East Hampton Grill, or The Palm for an authentic Hamptons experience. Guild Hall, the premier arts, entertainment, and education center of the community, features fascinating theatrical performances, overseen by its president Alec Baldwin. Visit in September for the Hampton Classic Horse Show. In October, the Hamptons International Film Festival is a week-long red carpet event celebrating Independent films—long, short, documentary, and fiction—and honoring acclaimed films, actors, and directors who often go on to win Academy Awards soon after. A resort town perched among world-class beaches, East Hampton is a prime destination for vacation goers both international and local day trippers alike.RIVERHEADDowntown Riverhead has undergone tremendous revitalization in recent years, beginning with the construction of Atlantis Marine World aquarium in 2000, located on 3.2 acres along the Peconic River. The addition of the Hyatt Place East End and Resort Marina has cemented its place as a resort town, perfect for those who attend weddings at the aquarium or North Fork vineyards. This quaint downtown is now full of historical treasures and beautiful riverfront scenery, commerce, dining, and leisure. With an influx of superior restaurant options, from Pera Bell (whose sister restaurant is in downtown Patchogue) to Bistro 72 and Buoy One. Close to the shopping hotspot that is the Tanger Outlets, Riverhead has become a premier North Shore destination, especially along its Main Street. This is an extremely kid-friendly town, with the Atlantis Aquarium and Splish Splash water park attracting families from all over Long Island. This increasingly walkable shopping hub is home to dozens of recently opened shops, including clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, and East Enders, a trendy and extremely busy coffee shop. The Riverhead Business Improvement District introduced four “Alive on 25” street festivals, modeled after Patchogue’s popular “Alive at 5” summer events. For families, foodies, and festival-goers, Riverhead reigns supreme.GLEN COVESince its settlement by European colonists in 1668, The City of Glen Cove (one of two cities in all of Nassau County) has been known as a quaint, quiet, and relaxing locale that is home to nearly 30,000 people. No matter the time of day or your palate, there is always something cooking in downtown Glen Cove along Glen Street, School Road and Forest Avenue. For a hearty breakfast, local landmark Henry’s Confectionary has been serving up a great start to the day, since 1929. If you are looking for reasonably priced yet high-quality continental cuisine, check out the underrated American Café right next to Starbucks. For continental cuisine with a side of pizza (and perhaps a drink and even weekend karaoke), look no further than local hangout The Downtown Cafe. Those hankering for cuisine from the Far East can enjoy sushi, Japanese and Thai dishes at Asian Fusion or Tokyo Sushi, or Sweet Mandarin for some of the best Chinese that can be had on the Gold Coast. For tasty Italian fare, check out La Bussola. Andros Grill and Wild Fig serve up delicious Greek cuisine. On Tuesdays, the Glen St. Theater offers a $6 movie matinee special. The “Cruise Night” car show features the latest and greatest automobiles, while “Downtown Sounds” features numerous live acts and great tunes that is a great way to end the week and spend a summer night under the stars!GREENPORTVoted “One of America’s Prettiest Towns” by Forbes magazine, Greenport is one of the North Fork’s crown jewels, and basically one massive downtown in itself, although its primary hubs are Front Street and Main Road. Situated on the deep, protected harbor on the Long Island Sound, this old whaling port boasts a thriving downtown rife with waterfront restaurants, hotels, museums and galleries, and an abundant variety of boutique shops. You just can’t visit Greenport without stopping at Mitchell Field and taking a ride on the antique carousel. Restaurants run the gamut, from fine-dining establishments like the famed Claudio’s, Soundview Restaurant and the trendy Frisky Oyster, to casual dining such as 1943 Pizza Bar, Biere Bar and Restaurant and Deep Water Bar and Grille. The Maritime Festival takes over downtown Greenport every fall, kicking off with a cocktail party and culminating in a parade, kayak races, music, food, local wine, children’s activities, oysters, old-fashioned games and a sunset cruise.MASSAPEQUA & MASSAPEQUA PARKWhen Superstorm Sandy barreled into Long Island, Massapequa and Massapequa Park, especially its southernmost areas, like pretty much all of Long Island’s South Shore, were hit hard. Since then, this hamlet and village, respectively, have seen several new businesses open, joining their popular families of myriad restaurants and mom-and-pops shops lining Massapequa’s Broadway and Massapequa Park’s Park Boulevard. They both share an equally popular strip of eateries and boutiques lining Merrick Road, too, making this dynamic duo a powerful combination of commerce. Among some of these culinary and shopping destinations: the craft beer hub The Good Life and Tap Room, Irish fave Paddy’s Loft, pizza paradise Phil’s (with two locations), Long Island institution All American Burger, The Perk coffee shop, Gannon’s, Fulton Street Pub, Johnny McGorey’s and McCann’s, just to name a few. Both Massapequa and Massapequa Park are also renowned for their plentiful parks and nature preserves, where families can hike, fish, or simply relax, taking in their splendor. Their timeless charm and delicious food have been attracting customers from all over.BAYVILLEThe North Shore village of Bayville is home to absolutely gorgeous waterfront views and plenty of boutique stores, shops and activities along its main drag, Bayville Avenue. One of the most popular attractions in Bayville is the Bayville Adventure Park, featuring a mini golf, a fun house, an arcade, and an ice cream parlor. During Halloween season, the ghostly apparition of Bayville Scream Park appears, scaring the wits out of countless visitors. Some of Bayville’s many eateries, hotspots and breathtaking venues include: The Crescent Beach Club, Twin Harbors Restaurant, Mill Creek Tavern, Ralph’s Pizza and Souvlaki Place. Perhaps more than any other draws, however, are Bayville’s renowned beaches and picturesque backdrops along the Long Island Sound and the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. These absolutely gorgeous locales provide the perfect settings for weddings, family outings, or just relaxing by the water.GREAT NECKGreat Neck Plaza is a robust downtown district made up of a mix of modern and historic buildings, condos, and apartment buildings, with nearby access to the LIRR. Careful zoning and planning has created a walkable downtown district along Great Neck Road that boasts an abundance of restaurants and retail shopping that has the feel of old Manhattan. With more than 260 retail stores, Great Neck Plaza is a haven for shoppers, while maintaining its unique historic architectural facade. There a number of unique specialty stores, ranging from MuddWorks, a coffee shop with homemade roasts which change daily, to Taeree’s Gift Shop, offering beautiful handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and handbags. Restaurants abound in this culinary center, from the famed Peter Luger Steak House and the sophisticated, urban chic Lola restaurant to more casual fare, such as Bare Burger and Mykonos, a fantastic Greek restaurant, and several Asian fusion eateries to choice from. Great Neck Plaza is a bastion of art, culture, food, and boutique shopping, close enough to the city for easy commuting but equipped with enough of its own to render Manhattan virtually unnecessary.MINEOLADowntown Mineola is filled with enough restaurants and bars along Mineola Boulevard to keep the hungry and thirsty satiated. With a culinary cross section of ethnic eateries spanning Portuguese, Italian, and Japanese, hitting price points from inexpensive to upscale fine dining, a night out in Mineola appeals to all. Check out Vicoco Wine Bar and Tapas restaurant for light Spanish fare with an expansive wine selection. For Italian specialties, try Nick’s Tuscan Grill, a staple for red sauce specialties with mighty portions and excellent service. Niji consistently creates fresh, flavorful dishes that are artfully prepared and phenomenally delicious. For drinks, stop by the Black Sheep Ale House, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, or Cornerstone Pub and restaurant for beer on tap and a young, lively crowd. This extraordinary village also boasts two other “downtown” areas: Jericho Turnpike and Old Country Road, both lined with even more restaurants, shops and businesses worth visiting, day or night.WESTBURYWestbury was recently the recipient of a $10 million grant to revitalize its downtown district, which stretches Post Avenue. Westbury’s location, walkability, affordable housing options, and arts and culture offerings are the foundation of a downtown that can serve as an anchor for the Island. Nearby, NYCB Theatre at Westbury and the Space at Westbury attract visitors of all ages, featuring up-and-coming artists, renowned acts, and plenty of tribute bands as well. Within walking distance of these venues, there are an array of notable restaurants, such as Galleria Dominick Ristorante, an intimate, yet casual Italian eatery, and Chi Dining Lounge, a chic, upscale space serving steaks, seafood, and brick oven pizza, among many others. Stroll the downtown and check out the charming features that are the ark of its revitalization, such as new vintage street lights, road signs, and flower baskets. Enjoy the clean look of the new facades on buildings. Shop. Eat. Listen to the great music!NORTHPORTHistoric downtown Northport is Long Island’s Mayberry. This shopping and dining destination, which stretches along Main Street, is right out of a Norman Rockwell illustration, with old-fashioned storefronts, antique stores, an ice cream parlor and restaurants that decorate the walkable landscape ending in waterfront Cow Harbor Park. Home to the annual Cow Harbor 10k race, Northport is a gathering center for those from all over the Island. Northport Village combines dining, culture and entertainment in a picturesque setting reminiscent of days gone past. Other events include Cow Harbor Day, Holiday House Tours, Winterfest and Summerfest concerts taking place at Heart of the Harbor Park bandstand. Restaurants abound on this strip, from fine dining to casual eateries. Maroni Cuisine is an Italian restaurant that inspires almost a cult-like status. Also check out Bistro 44 for contemporary American cuisine, Main Street Café, and Northport Feed and Grain for fantastic burgers and steaks. Heartichoke is one of the many quirky gift shops that can be found while strolling down Main Street. This shop is home to beautiful jewelry, accessories, and garden supplies. The Northport Sweet Shop is a vintage-style ice cream shop, which also serves breakfast, lunch, dessert, and is known for their homemade ice cream, and satisfying BLT sandwiches. Northport is also home to Sand City Brewing, serving a wide selection of craft brew and eats.GARDEN CITYGarden City is one of Long Island’s wealthiest—and prettiest—enclaves. This tree-lined historic town is supported by a significant commercial economy that includes Roosevelt Field Mall, The Long Island Children’s Museum, a Sony IMAX theater, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Nearby, are both Hofstra University and Nassau Community College. Garden City’s downtown is a walkable conglomeration of upscale restaurants, bars, spas, salons, and boutiques dotting Franklin Avenue, and is home to one of the most famous bistros on Long Island: Waterzooi. This is Long Island’s only Belgian Bistro, and it’s served more than 2.5 million pounds of mussels to date. Just down the street, Revel is a contemporary restaurant in an industrial space offering trendy cuisine aimed at a young, hip crowd. Likewise, Plancha Tapas and Wine caters to the upwardly mobile set, with an inventive cheese board menu and an expansive and impressive wine list. Garden City’s downtown is a gorgeous spot to dine with friends, enjoy a glass of wine, and people watch.PATCHOGUEThis trendy village located on the Great South Bay resides nearly equidistant between Manhattan and Montauk and teems with a vast array of restaurants and pubs, shops and boutiques, and live music venues along Montauk Highway, making it one of the most popular downtowns along the island’s South Shore. Among its many draws: the 1,200-seat Patchogue Theatre built in 1921 and renovated in 2000; traditional German restaurant and bar Bierhaus Patchogue; The Emporium and 89 North music venues; craft brew haven The Tap Room; That Meetball Place; Hoptron Brewtique; Blue Point Brewing Company; BrickHouse Brewery, housed in the oldest commercial building in the village; and many more. This extraordinary village is also known as a transportation hub, with access to the Long Island Railroad, ferry to Fire Island, and Suffolk County bus service, as well as connections to major highways and nearby regional airport, and own village bus that transports visitors throughout the community. Its Alive After Five street fair, featuring music, food, local craft brews, arts and more, attracts people from all across the island throughout the summer, and Patchogue is also home to the Great South Bay Music Festival, one of the largest annual music events in the region.BAY SHOREAlthough known as Merrick Road to western Long Islanders along the South Shore, the two-, sometimes four-lane artery becomes Montauk Highway as it winds east, and offers visitors to the South Shore hamlet of Bay Shore a wide range of retail shops, fine restaurants, bars, music venues, annual festivals and more. Among these: the fine waterfront dining hotspot The LakeHouse Restaurant; tapas paradise Tullulah’s; cozy coffee shop replete with couches and unique furniture the Milk and Sugar Café; seafood and cocktail haven the Salt & Barrel; the popular Changing Times pub; Mexican go-to spot Pico Tequila; casual dining and pub grub destination Corks and Taps; watering holes The Courtland and The Penny Pub; and so much more. Bay Shore is also home to the Great South Bay Brewery, one of Long Island’s most popular craft brew creators, which features a tasting room and hosts live music and events throughout the year, including its popular “Punktoberfest.” Bay Shore’s annual “Arts Festival by the Bay” draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.ISLIPThis South Shore hamlet along the Great South Bay boasts a smorgasbord of extraordinary restaurants, mom-and-pops shops, live music and arts venues, and much more, with a concentration of these and other daytime and nightlife hotspots along Montauk Highway. Islip is home to Tellers, a high-end chophouse renowned for its fine-dining and posh, celebrity-like atmosphere, and Verace, an equally upscale restaurant popular among jetsetters and those seeking luxurious environs and stylish pizzazz. Among its assortment of popular bars and pubs: Lily Flanagan’s, Maxwells, Bottoms Up, and The Viking. Some of its other go-to eateries include: Bubba’s Burrito Bar, Mango Tango Asian Fusion, Villa Monaco, Primi Italian Steakhouse, Pizza Parm, and many more. Among Islip’s other destination gems is Treme Blues & Jazz Club, offering Cajun-style tapas, gourmet meat and cheese platters, specialized cocktails, an eclectic list of wines, to-die-for desserts, and some of the best live music on the island!last_img read more