Jun 14, 2010

Greenport Saturday Morning


For more My World photos from around the globe click here.

Coming back from an early trip to a state park east of East Marion to pick up drift wood to use as tomato plant supports, we stopped at Greenport for a spot of breakfast at the Coronet Diner then went out on one of Claudio's docks to take a look at the Peconic Bay.  I took these photos from spots no more then 15 feet apart.  Claudio's is the oldest single family owned and run restaurant in the U.S. at 140 years (1870) and has a group of restaurants in their complex suited for any mood or pocketbook and all on the water.   We like being able to tie-up and eat but haven't done so yet this year.  Business is very good now much as it was back in the days of prohibition when, as legend has it, the "runners" used to bring their boats under the building to unload their liquor in the dead of night or "oh-dark-hundred" as my father-in-law would say.


I'd have liked to step back a little further from the harbor-master's cabin to get more of it in the shot but I was hanging part way off the dock to get this one!   S.T. Preston's is the oldest U.S. ship's chandlery, so the story goes... one can see very early photos of it when it still served whaling ships in Greenport Harbor and it was already old by then.  The North Shelter Island Ferry plies the water between the island and Greenport every day of the year.  A separate company runs the South Ferry between Shelter Island and Sag Harbor on the south fork.  The last shot was shot at a great distance.  It shows a "party boat" the Peconic Star coming in from night fishing on the Sound and two shrimp/fish trawlers.





Not to be confused with the main restaurant, this is the raw bar, ice cream and t-shirt emporium part of the Claudio's establishment where live bands play late into the night on weekends...  I'm so glad we don't live near there.




The Harbor-master's Cabin, note the loud speaker for directing boat traffic in and out.




 S.T. Preston, just like it says :)

 



 

11 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a great and interesting look at a part of your world! I love the history and your photos! Hope you have a great week, Mark!

Sylvia

Barb said...

Wow - 140 years is a long time for any business to stay afloat (excuse the pun)! It looks like you are into nice summery weather there.

Lily Robinson said...

I never tire of looking at your photos.

Martha Z said...

The nice thing about this meme is we get to see places we are never likely to go. I think it is my loss not to see this spot in person.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Is there a way to access these establishments by car? They look and sound like places I'd like to visit!

Mark Kreider said...

To come visit take the Long Island Expressway east to the very end and just keep on driving. The road, route 58, what we call main road, passes through several villages and hamlets for about 20 miles then you end up in Greenport. Be prepared for crowded sidewalks with folks eating at sidewalk cafe tables and going in and out of antique stores and art galleries. It's worth it though, and don't forget the 30+ wineries on the way.

Pat said...

What a lovely vacation spot by the water! Thanks for sharing.

ksdoolittle said...

I just love these quaint, old seaside communities. Especially the ones that are out of the way and not prone to tourism. Nice photos - crisp, clear, alluring. ~karen

Ocean Girl said...

I love ocean views. Thank you.

matthew houskeeper said...

Love the fuel dock picture

Bobby said...

I am so happy I found your blog! I grew up on Long Island and my grandparents lived in Greenport. I live in Arizona now, and oh how I miss the north fork! East Marion, Southold, Orient Point. As kids we'd look for change people dropped that was stuck between the floorboards inside Preston's and then go buy candy at Rouse's store. Thanks for the pictures and bringing back memories!