Long Island People

Minding Your Manners on the LIRR

Minding Your Manners on the LIRR by Ben Gibberd

Photo: Katrina Hajagos

Sandra Krebelj-Douglas, official note taker for the LIRR Commuters’ Council, keeps a close eye on the anti-social behavior of her fellow travelers. The nick-names of some offenders—“The Baritone,” “Barefoot Guy,” and “Nail Polish Narcissist”—speak volumes.

Read the complete article in the New York Times.

Roosevelt’s Pistol Returns

Roosevelt by Ben Gibberd

Photo: Vic DeLucia

Amy Verone, chief of cultural resources at Sagamore Hill, holds the pistol with which Teddy Roosevelt charged up Kettle Hill in 1898 in the Spanish-American War. It had been stolen—for the second time—and recovered by the FBI. “Neither were criminal masterminds,” surmised Ms. Verone of its abductors.

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What’s It Worth?

What's It Worth? by Ben Gibberd

Photo: Vic DeLucia

On a wilting July morning, Long Islanders line up at the Nassau County Museum of Art for Bonhams to cast an eye over their knickknacks. One woman discovered the “absolutely hideous” paintings she’d hauled out of the trash were worth about $3000. Each.

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It’s Not How Fast You Go

It's Not How Fast You Go by Ben Gibberd

Photo: Phil Marino for the New York Times

Karen McDongle and Wayne Vitale in their 1970 Porsche, one of many couples who spend their weekends rallying across Long Island. One husband placed his wife in the open trunk of his car to gain traction on a particularly sandy course; she fell out, and he didn’t stop.

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Promapalooza

Promapalooza by Ben Gibbberd

Photo: Phil Marino for the New York Times

Parents and schools will do anything to keep kids from drinking (and driving) on prom night. One school in Garden City came up with a particularly unusual approach.

Read the complete article in the New York Times.