Francis “Two Gun” Crowley earned his nickname during a mad spree in 1931 that included murder on a Long Island country lane and a chaotic battle with police on 90th St. in Manhattan. It ended in Crowley’s death in the electric chair less than a year later. [Read more…] about Francis ‘Two Gun’ Crowley’s 1931 Killing Spree
It’s never been easy to make your way as an independent, career-minded woman in New York City. Mary L. Booth did it in the 19th century, forging a career and establishing a reputation as a writer, translator, and the founding editor of Harper’s Bazzar.
Learn more about this Long Island native as we talk to Tricia Foley, author of Mary L. Booth: The Story of an Extraordinary 19th-Century Woman, on the lastest episode of the Long Island History Project. [Read more…] about Mary Booth: Writer, Translator, and Founding Editor of Harper’s Bazzar
DEC Region 1 has completed the fall trout stocking of waters throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. A total of 7,850 brown trout were released in late October and early November, according to DEC. [Read more…] about Fall Trout Stocking on Long Island Complete
Preservation Long Island has announced a call for nominations for the 2021 Endangered Historic Places Program (EHPP). Nominations are open to the public and can be submitted digitally through the EHPP 2021 portal on Preservation Long Island’s website. [Read more…] about Long Island Endangered Historic Places Nominations Sought
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Stanley A. Ransom, Jr.’s new book America’s First Black Poet; Jupiter Hammon of Long Island (Outskirts Press, Inc., 2020) is a collection of poems and writings of Jupiter Hammon, who spent most of his life as a slave in Lloyd Neck, Long Island. [Read more…] about New Book On Early Black Poet Jupiter Hammon of Long Island
In 1914, Major Benjamin Koehler faced a court martial on Plum Island, off the eastern end of the North Fork coast of Long Island. A number of men under his command at the island’s Fort Terry had accused this career officer of immoral conduct. The resulting trial and verdict, after an initial flurry of notice in the press, is largely forgotten now.
Marian Lindberg, a lawyer with the Nature Conservancy and a former journalist, has gone to great lengths to retrieve Major Koehler’s ordeal from obscurity. Her book, Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Becomes the Accused (East End Press), uncovers the possible motives for the court martial as well as the social and political climate surrounding it. [Read more…] about Scandal on Plum Island: A Commander Accused
The new Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center has opened with a mission to educate and inform the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems, and how this same energy can be harnessed to advance New York’s plan to combat climate change. [Read more…] about Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center Opens
Since 2018, all of New York’s 12 artificial reef sites have received recycled materials that are cleaned of contaminants and approved for use in the marine environment for reef building. Hard, durable materials such as rock, concrete, and steel are strategically placed on the seafloor for reef habitat enhancement. [Read more…] about The Largest Expansion of Artificial Reefs in State History
Historic Plum Island, a small 840-acre spit of land off the North Fork of Long Island, is slated to be sold to the highest bidder by 2023. This is a result of the planned removal of the Animal Disease Center on the western side of the Island, a lab that has lodged Plum Island in the public mind as a place of mysteries and conspiracies.
In this episode of The Long Island History Project‘s podcast John Turner helps paint the full picture of Plum Island as a jewel of a natural habitat worthy of conservation, not commercialization. A spokesman for the Preserve Plum Island Coalition, Turner puts forth the case for making the area a publicly accessible hub for research, exploration, and contemplation. [Read more…] about The Preserve Plum Island Coalition On The Long Island History Podcast
Long Island Traditions has announced the release of TravelStorys; a series of self-guided cell phone tours focusing on Long Island’s historical and contemporary sites of cultural significance. [Read more…] about Long Island Traditions Launches Free Cell Phone Tours