All beaches and pools within New York State Parks will remain closed through May 31st, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

While pools and beaches in New York State’s Parks have been closed along with all nonessential businesses parks themselves have remained open for people that wish to walk, job or ride bikes in some places

A park spokesman was not immediately available to say whether lifeguards will be hired.

The Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, annually a popular Memorial Day weekend event, was canceled by the state parks department last week. 

“The entrance fee-free days hosted by the National Park Service are special opportunities to invite visitors, volunteers, and veterans to celebrate some important moments for our parks and opportunities for service in those parks,” said National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith.
The National Park System includes more than 85 million acres and includes national parks, national historical parks, national monuments, national recreation areas, national battlefields, and national seashores. There is at least one national park site in every U.S. state.
Last year, 331 million people visited national parks spending $18.2 billion, which supported 306,000 jobs across the country and had a $35.8 billion impact on the U.S. economy.
Only 115 of the 418 parks managed by the National Park Service charge entrance fees regularly, with fees ranging from $5 to $35. The other 303 national parks do not have entrance fees. The entrance fee waiver for the fee-free days does not cover amenity or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
The annual $80 America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass allows unlimited entrance to more than 2,000 federal recreation areas, including all national parks. There are also free or discounted passes available for senior citizens, current members of the U.S. military, families of fourth-grade students, and disabled citizens.

  • Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary
  • Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day

Jones beach is celebrating its 90th anniversary this weekend by offering reduced parking fee’s. In honor of its birthday it will lowering its prices from the official $10 a car to 50 cents a car for the entire day.

The 50 cents was the same fee the park had when it opened on August 4th, 1929.

Park officials have also said there will be cupcakes that are handed out on the boardwalk as part of the celebration.

Jones Beach State Park was the creation of master builder Robert Moses. It was created by dredging sand from what is now the State Boat Channel. Moses raised the elevation of the barrier islands by fourteen feet, and connected several small islands into one long stretch of sand.

1. A home frozen in time
An enchanting time capsule, the Marion Carll Farmhouse on Long Island has lain empty for years due to a lack of funding and a legal battle over ownership rights that has only just been resolved. Photographer Bryan Sansivero was granted exclusive access by the local school board and district to capture the beguiling Victorian property before its many antiques and curios were removed. Take a peek around the house that time forgot and transport yourself to a bygone era.

2. A faded beauty
Located in the hamlet of Commack in Suffolk County, New York, the nine-acre farmstead dates way back to 1701, while the clapboard farmhouse was built on the eve of the Civil War in 1860. The property takes its name from long-time resident Marion Carll, who was born in 1885.

3. A pillar of the community
Marion Carll was a renowned teacher who taught in the local district and went on to found the area’s first PTA and had a grammar school named after her in 1957. When she died in 1968, she bequeathed the house to the Commack School Board and District with the proviso that it should only be used for educational and historical purposes.

4. A fight for ownership
Occasional classes were offered by the Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) but abandoned in the 1990s due to a lack of funding. Since then, the house and surrounding farm have been left vacant. In 2012, Ms Carll’s descendants launched a legal battle with the school board and district which they accused of failing to adhere to the conditions set out in their ancestor’s last will and testament.

5. Period details
A New York State Supreme Court judge recently ruled that the school board and district has a right to retain ownership of the property, ending the protracted legal battle. You can see why they fought over this house. Though crumbling, it still boasts oodles of period charm. Ms Carll was clearly keen to preserve its 19th-century allure and did little if nothing during her lifetime to modernize the farmhouse, which is resplendent with fine antiques and interesting curios.

6. The parlor
Talk about a time warp home! The parlor contains some wonderfully evocative pieces including this ornate piano by New York City company Calenberg & Vaupel. The firm first started making musical instruments in 1864, four years after the farmhouse was constructed

7. Antique medicines
Empty bottles that once contained all sorts of curious concoctions abound in the farmhouse. Note the bottle of paint-stripping potion Pyranzine and the container labeled ‘Laudanum’, a super-potent and extremely addictive tincture of opium that was used to treat pain.

8. Untouched rooms
Although covered in thick dust, the house looks as if she has just left the room. Here, her old sewing machine sits ready for use in what would be a bright spot by the window, if the blinds were open.

9. Locked-up riches
Ms Carll secured her valuables in a safe manufactured by the famous Hall’s Safe Company. The firm, which was established during the mid 19th century in Cincinnati, makes some of the finest safes and locks in the world and is still going strong today.

10. Original features
Beautiful marble fireplaces adorn the rooms in the farmhouse, and though the wallpaper is peeling off, the property’s original features, including the door frames and skirting boards, are in remarkably good condition.

11. Decorative flourishes
Charming touches pervade the property. They range from delicately embroidered cushions and blankets to exquisite china pieces and this enamel chamber pot filled with fabric flowers.

12. A family home
Photographs of the Carll family are captured here scattered on a table in the farmhouse. As you can see from the classy clothing they are sporting, the family members appear to be comfortably well-off and exceedingly genteel.

13. The ravages of time
While some areas of the house look to be in a reasonable state, others are obviously dilapidated and in dire need of restoration work.

14. A snapshot of the past
Education was Marion Carll’s vocation and passion, so it comes as no surprise that the much-loved teacher owned a writing bureau, in front of which she no doubt sat for hours composing letter after letter and marking her students’ work.

15. The dining room
The dining room is just as well-appointed and elegant as the other rooms in the farmhouse. A solid wooden table takes pride of place in the center, while an imposing cabinet off to the side showcases the family’s fancy china and glassware.

16. Some mod cons
The odd relatively modern touch can be found in the house including this attractive Art Deco fan, which contrasts with the Victorian and early 20th-century objects that are dotted around the property.

17. Retro remedies
Another curious bottle in this shot: Humphrey’s “30”, a homeopathic remedy to help prevent incontinence and bed-wetting. Intriguingly, the classic concoction is still available these days and can even be snapped up from Amazon.

18. The farmhouse dresser
This dresser in what appears to be the farmhouse kitchen contains the family’s day-to-day crockery. The chinoiserie Blue Willow pattern was hugely popular in America during the late 19th century and throughout much of the 20th century.

19. Prints from the past
The walls of this room are decorated with several historical prints including a copy of John Trumbull’s iconic Declaration of Independence, which was painted in 1818 and features on the two-dollar bill.

20. Antique furnishings
This photo shows what looks like the bathroom or washroom of the farmhouse. Note the white clapboard walls so typical of nearby New England, as well as the fancy gilded mirror and old-style water pump.

21. Old lace
The master bedroom contains a box of sewing threads and a dressmaking dummy covered with an exquisite lace piece that was presumably hand-tailored by Ms Carll herself.

22. A picture of neglect
This wider shot of the master bedroom shows exactly what years of vacancy and neglect can do to a property that was once meticulously maintained. Paint is peeling off the walls, while the floor and furniture are littered with debris.

23. A 1930s timepiece
Another Art Deco piece, this wind-up Ingraham Meteor alarm clock was manufactured in 1936. It sits next to a dusty empty bottle of C. C. Parsons’ Household Ammonia, an essential cleaning product from way back when.

24. Faded fashions
More dressmaking paraphernalia in this room. Against those starkly cracked walls, this space has a rather dramatic and eerie feel. The dummy is dressed in a corseted bodice and cage crinoline which was used to support the elaborate skirts and bustles of 19th-century dresses.

25. A simpler way of life
This evocative shot shows a chest of drawers that was used as a wash table. Age-old toiletry products feature on the tabletop alongside a jug, bowl and antique towels for daily ablutions.

26. Dancing days gone by
A pair of black ballet-style shoes, which may have been hand-embroidered by Marion Carll or another member of the family, lie on one of the linen-covered beds in the property, placed next to two fabric roses.

27. A glimpse into history
Peering into the long hallway on the upper floor of the farmhouse, you can’t help but notice how rundown parts of the property have become. This wing of the house was used to accommodate slaves before the abolition of slavery in 1865, thereafter it served as the servants’ quarters.

28. A vintage tableau
In contrast to the long hallway, this bedroom is in fairly good shape and doesn’t look like it would need much more than repapering to restore it to its former glory. Silk dresses, straw hats and ballet shoes pack the closet, along with a pretty parasol.

29. The attic
The attic room looks like it was once used for storage or perhaps sleeping quarters for domestic staff. Damp stains the ceiling and a number of rusty old cage crinolines hang from wooden hooks on the wall.

30. A grand inheritance
The beauty of this time capsule home, but for now at least the gates remain closed on the property while the Commack School Board consult the community on its fate. Options include turning it into a public park, a working organic farm and creating an education center, all in the spirit of Marion Carll’s wishes.


Originally Posted on: https://gayle61.blog/2019/04/27/step-inside-this-abandoned-old-house-untouched-for-40-years/

For nearly 60 years plum island, which sits just off of the north fork of Long Island, has been home to the United States top research facility. Currently the federal government is looking to sell the island and relocate the facility to Kansas by 2023.

The plan to sell the Plum Island research facility and the island it sits on May soon be stopped.

US Representatives from both Connecticut and Long Island have added new language to a homeland security funding bill that would help conserve Plum Island.

Long Island Rep. Lee Zelenograd has said that the island is an ecological and historical treasure and that the public should be allowed to access it.

If the measure does not pass then the island will be sold to the highest bidder, which includes the old research facility, the current facility, a few army buildings that are from the island was used as a coastal defense fort and the batteries that sits on the eastern region of the island that remain from Fort Terry.

The Suffolk County Legislature has finally approved the $73 million funding that is required for the Smith Point Bridge, the bridge connects Smith Point County Beach and the eastern portion of the Fire Island National Seashore to Long Islands William Floyd Parkway.

The bridge carries an estimated 1 million visitors a year, making it one of the counties most visited parks according to the legislatures budget office

Out of the budget $14.25 million will be funded by the county over 3 years, while $57 million will come from the federal government.

The new bridge was announced back in 2016 by Representative Kate Browning.

Rep Browning has stated that the pilings of the old bridge have deteriorated, and that the county can not locate parts for the draw bridge anymore.

“Legis. Kate Browning (WFP-Shirley) said boaters in the community have complained for years about “the ridiculous amount of time“ it takes to get through the drawbridge. It’s old, it needs to be replaced,” Browning said. “It’s not a want, it’s a need.”

The new bridge will replace the existing draw bridge which has stood in its place since 1959. During construction the draw bridge will remain operational. Officials have stated when the new bridge is completed they will raze the old one with controlled demolitions.

Updated article as of 1:51pm to add more information

Long Islanders could soon be able to bike, job or walk all the way from manhattan to montauk point if a proposed 175 mile trail is approved. Not only would this trail connect the two points of the island, it would connect Montauk to Albany through a intricate New York trail system.

The trail system was proposed by a non for profit called “The Trust for the Public Lands” and is supposed to mirror that of the 750 miles long Empire State trail, that would connect buffalo and Plattsburgh to Battery Park.

The group claims that the trails would give outdoor lovers more options then the seemingly ever increasing overcrowded parks, it would also give commuters better routes to their train stations and eventually pump up tourism.

The trail would run east to west, like the Pamonoka trail does, the group claims that it would give these areas of the island more places for outside exercise.

The group says that only half of the trails would not be on the side of roads, leaving the other half to go through wooded areas or power line rights of ways. The earliest the trails would open up are within a few years, and funding has yet to be secured.

Carter Strickland, the group’s New York State director, said in a statement: “A trail on existing infrastructure that links together Long Island communities and parks will provide many benefits, including nearby opportunities for residents to get healthy by walking, jogging, or biking, sustainable transportation to jobs, neighbors, or the train station, and a weekend adventure for friends, family, and tourists.”

According to a news day article the New York State Parks and Recreation department has not released any comments regarding the project, they have also reached out to other agencies named, such as PSEG, who have stated that they’re excited to be working with the group. LIPA has previously worked to help with the rails to trails program that recently opened up new trails in eastern Brookhaven.

Suffolk County executive has come out praising the idea stating that “[it] will be an important asset for tourists, local recreational cyclists and commuters alike, helping to provide a new, healthy, alternative while celebration the unique geology of ‘fish shape Paumanok”. Referring to famous Walt Whitman.

The trust published a 66 page report recently that outlined various possible routes and included north and south trails.

It is estimated to cost a total of $20 million, an estimate that came from the port jeff to wading river trail.

“We’re hopeful that some portions of the trail can be opened in 2021 or 2022,” a spokeswoman for the group, Joanna Fisher, said by email to newsday.

To read the report you can visit: https://www.tpl.org/sites/default/files/Empire%20Trail%20Extension%20Report_1_9_19-compressed.pdf


State officials may want to turn part of Camp Hero State Park in Montauk into a camping destination, with its sweeping panoramic views from atop the bluffs just west of Montauk Lighthouse, but several groups think that’s just one terrible idea.

New York State is considering allowing camping to occur on 3.3 acres, which would include tent camping, RV’s, Cabins and space for glamping, that would include expensive services for its guests.

While New York has a total of six state parks in Montauk, only one of them officially allows camping.

Montauk Camp Hero SAGE Tower

The 415-acre Camp Hero State Park, established in 1974, was used as a military base during During World War I, the Army stationed reconnaissance dirigibles, an airplane, troops, and Coast Guard personnel at Montauk. During World War II it was used by both the Army and the Navy as they expanded its use to Sea Planes, but when World War II ended, the base was temporarily shut down and used as a training facility by the Army Reserves. The naval facilities were largely abandoned, After World War II it was used as a NORAD Facility to help manage and direct military Aircraft while also playing as a surveillance facility.

The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, which is a grassroots environmental organization that protects the ocean from the Moriches Inlet east to Montauk Point, is also worried about the prospect of a new camping concession. “This is an environmentally sensitive area, with eroding and dangerous bluffs, that would not be well suited for significantly more use than it experiences now,” the foundation said in an Oct. 1 letter to Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

The foundation laid out a total of five concerns it had, including the safety of campers near the crumbling bluff lines, and the impact to the bluffs themselves, some as high as 80 feet above sea level, from visitors not familiar with the area. Sewage and garbage management is also a concern.

Another major concern would be wether the state parks police have enough personnel to patrol yet another campground. This concern stems from the parks police complaining about a lack of staffing for years.

“We’re way understaffed,” said Manny Vilar, the founding president of the Police Benevolent Association of New York State and its current vice president. Mr. Vilar, who lives in Springs, is running next month on the Republican and Conservative lines for a town board seat.

“The Montauk post is supposed to have five [parks] police officers assigned to it to cover 24-7, seven days a week,” he said. “Currently we only have two police officers assigned to Montauk, which does not provide any type of consequential nature. For all intents and purposes, we’re not covering it 50 percent of the time.” It is left to other law enforcement agencies, mainly the town police, he said, to pick up the slack.

The Montauk parks police post is responsible for patrolling nine state parks, including the Sag Harbor Golf Course, and the state parkway, which runs from Hither Hills to Montauk Point.

“As a P.B.A., we’re in support of the state expanding needed services,” Mr. Vilar explained. “We would never want to be the ones who were standing in the way of a local municipality’s economy or services to a state park.” However, he said, “Unless you get the coverage or the staff, we would highly discourage the state from proceeding.”

Bill Akin, a Montauk resident who frequently visits Camp Hero and who reviewed the R.F.P., said that while only 3.3 acres are being looked at for camping, “Nobody has said how many spaces or the target number of people. What are we talking about here in terms of numbers? . . . Even if they start low, what if they increase it? Once you let the camel get his nose in the tent, what’s next?”

The Montauk Fire Department’s emergency services are already stretched thin, Mr. Akin said. “The last thing they need to worry about is running out to Camp Hero in the middle of the night at the extreme end of their service area.”

“The Parks Department is forgetting that Montauk is overutilized,” he added. “We are full! It’s an already chaotic situation that nobody is able to put their hands around.”

On Tuesday, November 20, 2018, the Suffolk County Legislature approved a funding appropriation in connection with the reconstruction of the spillway located in Southaven Park.

In May of 2018 engineers from the Department of Public Works Bridges and Structures Division met with staff from the Parks Department to evaluate the condition of the Carmans River spillway located in Southaven Park. At that time it was determined that the spillway was in a deteriorating and potentially unsafe condition and in need of being replaced. Introductory Resolution 1889-2018 issued a bond to finance planning costs in connection to the reconstruction. “This is a step in the right direction to help protect the Carmans River and ensure we maintain the beautiful character of Southaven Park.” – Said Suffolk Legislator Rudy Sunderman

The Southaven Park spillway helps to control the flow of the Carmans River through the park and also contributes to the formation of the lake in the southern portion of Southaven. This beautiful park which is designated Pine Barrens has many opportunities for recreation. The park has miles of hiking trails, offers row boat rentals in the summer, and duck hunting in the winter. The park is also home to the Long Island Live Steamers, a not for profit organization of steam engine train enthusiasts, operating for the education and enjoyment of the public, and to preserve the history and wonderment of the glory days of railroading.
The new spillway will be constructed with the inclusion of a fish passage to help facilitate the migration of fish species upriver. While the inclusion of a fish passage was not included in the initial scope of this work, similar projects which require New York State Department of Environmental Conservation permits have required them. Thus, it was determined to include a fish passage along with this project. “I would like to thank my colleagues on the Suffolk County Legislature for this important project for my district.” Stated Sunderman “I would encourage everyone to visit Southaven Park and experience the beauty of our pine barrens first hand.”

Source: Suffolk County Parks Facebook Page:

In a surprise event, 96 rare baby sea turtles, known as Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles, hatched and crawled to the ocean on a Rockaway beach this week according to the National Park Service.

The Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles are some of the most endangered and smallest species of sea turtles and are typically found in the Gulf of New Mexico.

“This is the furthest north [the sea turtle nest has ever been documented], so it’s very unusual that this turtle came to a beach in Queens to nest,” Patti Rafferty, chief of resource stewardship for Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000 acre National Park that stretches from New York to New Jersey. She continues “This isn’t where she would usually come to nest, and then for the eggs to actually successfully hatch. It’s a pretty amazing thing.”

Turtle Squad Heading to Sea
Jason Wickersty, NPS

The female Kemp’s Ridley crawled on the beach on the Rockaway Peninsula and built her nest in July according to Rafferty. The eggs were saved from High Tides by NPS workers, who were able to save and incubate 110 eggs. Of the 110 eggs that were saved, only 96 hatched and were able to crawl back into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle was listed in the United States as endangered in 1970.

Source: National Parks Service