slide5Anyone who has ever considered buying a historic home at the low end of the price scale must be prepared to look beyond modern ‘improvements’ (vinyl siding, metal roofs, sheetrock) and make a concerted effort to picture the home as it was in the past. And even if you happen to possess x-ray vision, you will then need buckets of money to restore such a home to its original condition (or a version thereof). Which is why when a lovingly-preserved property such as this nineteeth century house on Front Street, in Greenport, comes on the market, it is worth taking note. The Numbers Located on First St., which used to be known as Sea Captain’s Row, the two-story, 2044-square-foot home was built in 1874. It has 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and 1 half bathroom and sits on .26 of an acre. Listed at $729,000 with Jerry Cibulski at Century 21 Albertson Realty.

slide6Each year, for one weekend in September, for the last twenty-seven years, the North Fork town of Greenport is host to the East End Maritime Festival, a three-day community-wide celebration of local nautical history. A fundraiser to support the good works of the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, the line-up includes cultural and history-themed events, activities for children, classic boat exhibitions, an old-fashioned fish toss, and just plain fun. “This year the festival will have more of a maritime focus than it has in recent years,” says Arlene Klein, the event’s co-chair. On the agenda: educational programs and mermaids galore. Here’s our guide to an ideal festival weekend. Friday, September 23 Get your feet wet (but not your party dress). The Land & Sea Gala cocktail party, at Greenport Yacht, marks the start of the revelry. An $85 ticket ($75 for museum members) features live music, a raw bar, and tastings from over twenty-three restaurants.

slide7The summer is winding to a close, and the mad rush of preparing to send the kids back to school is about to begin. But before we say goodbye to the lazy days at the beach, and the long nights out, there still is one place on the North Fork that beckons to us: Greenport. Greenport, a place Forbes Magazine called one of the prettiest towns in the United States, is hosting various events throughout the end of August and the beginning of September. These events are a mix of fun, food, entertainment, and are even educational for kids and adults alike. So don’t worry just yet about packing lunches or the long commute to work – check out these events that’ll help you relax and have fun. Don Fisher and George Summers The Railroad and Greenport’s Economy On Friday, August 19th Greenport’s Seaport Museum Arts & Culture Series continues at 7P.M. at the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation (101 3rd Street Greenport, NY). Don Fisher and George Summers will be discussing the history of the railroad, and its importance on Greenport’s economy through the late 1800s to modern times. Since October of 2008 Don Fisher has served as President of the Railroad Museum of Long Island. George Summers, a local clergyman, enjoys working with the Railroad Museum of Long Island at its Greenport site as the docent. This event will be fascinating for the whole family, and a great way to learn more about Greenport’s unique history.

slide3 By Ella Abrams Not long ago, running a business in Greenport was strictly a seasonal affair. If you were a shopkeeper, you shut your doors in the winter as soon as the last tourists left (unless, say, you sold, coffee). In recent years, however, increase in year-round residents has got some business owners making it through the winter. The Vintage Times, for instance, a funky vintage clothing and mid-century modern furniture shop on Main Street, is open on weekends throughout the off-season, closing for just a few weeks during the coldest months. And both the fabulous 1943 Pizza Bar and its sister establishment, the cocktail bar Brix and Rye, remain open on weekends throughout the off-season. With commercial space in well-preserved historic buildings is in short supply, properties such as the one below are hot tickets.

slide6What with all the quaint towns on the North Fork, it seems unfair to play favorites, but there’s no denying that  with its gorgeous old houses, leafy streets, and syrupy marine light, Orient has a charm all its own. In recent years, the place has inspired at least two superb works of literature: Christopher Bollen’s high-brow murder thriller, Orient (Harper) and the Whiting Award-winning poet Julie Sheehan’s Orient Point (Norton). Which is to say, Orient is atmospheric. Here are some of our favorite spots: Oysterponds Historical Society. The Society’s seven-building campus, which includes an 1888 schoolhouse, is a required stop on any visit to Orient. Through its exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs, the Society offers a window into the onetime fishing and farming community during the eighteenth century. 1555 Village Lane, Orient, 631.323.2480

slide3Perhaps because it has no bars, restaurants, or souvenir shops, Orient, the easternmost village on the North Fork, isn’t as popular with summer visitors as its neighbors to the west. Yet for the writers, artists, architects, farming families, and nature-lovers who live here, Orient’s secluded location at the end of a causeway is a big part of its allure (admittedly, the Orient Yacht Club where members gather for weekly suppers, and the nearby 363-acre Orient Beach State Park, with its maritime forest, also play a role). And then there is the hamlet’s glorious land’s end light and unusual number of beautifully preserved old houses. As real-estate agent Janet Markarian of Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty, notes, “The people who buy homes in Orient aren’t here because they can’t afford the Hamptons but because they don’t want to be in the Hamptons.” (Markarian herself exemplifies this view, having moved to the town after a career as a textile conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.) As a bonus, high-end home prices in Orient are lower than they are in the Hamptons. From January 31 to March 31, the median price of a home in Orient was $632,000, with the most expensive selling for $2,650,000, according to a market report by Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty. Here are Markarian’s top three historic listings for under $2 million:

slide6   Upcoming North Fork Events by Kathryn Bockino

The North Fork is the type of place people dream about spending their summers on. It has everything from beaches to vineyards, to locally caught seafood and freshly grown produce. As the stars light up over the Long Island Sound each night, it’s easy to get caught up in the beauty, the peace, and the magic that is the North Fork. This month, as summer truly begins to dazzle us, five different local events will not only delight and enchant you (and your family), but also remind you why the North Fork is still the best place to spend your summer.

slide11Q: How did you get to the North Fork? A: I moved to NYC when I was 18, for school—Marymount Manhattan. I studied studio arts. While I’ve always loved vintage, my first love has always been art. Q: Did you discover the North Fork during college in NYC then? A: No. I’ve been coming to Shelter Island since I was little. My Dad went to college in Southampton, so even though we lived in Texas we would vacation in Shelter Island. I loved it, I think because of him, that’s what inspired me to move out of Texas.