Saturday, February 28, 2009

Setauket Neighborhood House

What a history this house has! The central part dates from the early 1700s. In the 1830s it became the Old Elderkin Inn and later it was called the Lakeside House and catered to tourists. In 1918 Eversley Child bought it and presented it to the community. It is in constant use for events and meetings to this day.

Neighborhood House

Friday, February 27, 2009

Here's that "Lighthouse"

Actually it's a ticket booth for boat tours leaving from Port Jefferson Harbor.
This was in the background of my Jan. 22 post.

Thursday, February 26, 2009


Jagged branches and mottled bark against a winter blue sky. One of my favorite trees. There are several of these giants along Main Street, Setauket.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Good birding spot

Along Lake Street, Setauket
Some people seem to think it's okay to release their unwanted pets here.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

50 cents a ride

Stabled in Harbor Square Mall, Port Jefferson Village.

Monday, February 23, 2009


Veterans of four wars--WW I, WW II, Korea, and Vietnam--are memorialized by the VFW here at the harbor in Port Jefferson.

Does anybody have any information on this howitzer? I couldn't find any on the internet.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

North Shore Church of the Nazarene

The North Shore Church of the Nazarene is on Main Street, Setauket, just before it meets 25A. The steeple in the background belongs to the United Methodist Church. Five different churches are clustered in this area.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Got That?

Boarding the ferry is serious business these days.

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Getaway

Here's the Park City, one of the ferries in Port Jefferson, waiting to take you away.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Starfish and Crocs

Gift shop window in the Harbor Square Mall in Port Jefferson. (This time I have an excuse for a blurry picture--the crocs had me trembling with fear.)

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Bamboo Forest

Did you know we have a bamboo forest? It's way back in Melville Park next to a field. There's a path going through it and if you enter and look up (middle pic) you can see how high the stems go. The other day when I was there it was very breezy and the sound of the small branches clicking and rustling high up was quite amazing. If you are a connoisseur of sounds you must hear this one. And such a bright green in mid-February!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New trail

Wonderful new walking/biking trail in East Setauket off Gnarled Hollow Road. A few smidges of snow remained in the shady areas yesterday. How nice to be able to walk along a smooth road like this and not worry about cars (But they need to remove that Path Closed sign.).

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Building at SUNY

This is the new Center of Excellence in Wireless & Information Technology located off Stony Brook Road. I'm not sure what kind of research goes on there -- maybe it's to do with deterring those Nigerian scammers. Interesting architecture. The entrance is on the far right in this view.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monastery of the Holy Cross

On Main Street, East Setauket, the Monastery of the Holy Cross, Jerusalem Patriarchate, holds services of Matins, Vespers, and Liturgy. Click here for some wonderful pictures of the interior.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Cornstalk motif

When the Setauket Post Office was spruced up last year they removed layers of old paint revealing the sharp detail of the cornstalk capitals. The plaque credits Benjamin Latrobe with this American motif. A picture of the whole building was on my post of Dec. 3rd.

Friday, February 13, 2009


One of the McAllister tugboats at Port Jefferson Harbor. Picture taken on the 13th of December. This company also owns the PJ Ferry.
McAllister Towing

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Right next to Marshalls

Sign of the times. Marshalls is alive and well but the store that was next to it (Linens and Things?) is empty and not likely to be rented soon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Just a fire plug

It looked so fresh and bright I couldn't resist taking a picture one day last month. Must have been just painted. I think it's up on a pedestal to allow for some mulch to be put down around it.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Green Squid

Out-of-control ivy completely engulfed this tree. A huge verdant squid swooshing to earth.

Monday, February 9, 2009

The Old Stone Jug

Two buildings joined together to make one. On the left "The Old Stone Jug" that had been used to store jugs and molasses and dates from the early 19th century. It was moved here in 1941 to be joined to the 1921 Fire House. The combined structure at first housed the Suffolk Museum and later the Garden Club Exchange, a consignment shop. At present? Perhaps a private home. I love the look of these warm stone walls. What is their age? The identical brownstone eyebrows over windows on both sides suggest that the stonework may be part of the Melville-era restoration, circa 1941.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

St. James R.C. Church

St. James Roman Catholic Church is located on busy Route 25A in East Setauket. The building for this large congregation was completed in 1968.

It is my habit to post photos without the aid of Photoshop, but in this case I almost wish I had removed those pesky wires and signs. On the other hand, they do illustrate our times accurately--the visual clutter, connectedness, obsession with telling others what not to do.

St James R.C. Church

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Meet me at the post office

As I parked at the PO this morning a swan came strolling over. He (or she) sat down beside my car for a minute then got up and went strolling toward some other people.

who looked at him warily.

and decided not to get too close.

Then he sat himself down smack dab in front of the PO (Maybe he was an upcoming event)

got real comfortable with one leg curled over his back

and seemed to be examining everyone who went in and out of the post office.

Just what was on this bird's mind?
(They say animals do strange things just before an earthquake....)