You came. You clicked. You read. You—likely—repeated. As 2016 comes to a close, Pulse looked at the most clicked-on stories of the year. This is not a subjective list of Long Island’s top trends. Measured by page views, these are the stories readers clicked or tapped on the most on lipulse.com (you guys were really hungry this year…).
It’s a family affair at Salon Martone, an East Northport beauty hub opened by sisters Lexi and Bria Martone in late winter. We peeked inside the fun, trendy space with clean lines, sleek black walls and a knack for helping patrons look their best.
On Long Island, apple picking is as synonymous with fall as foliage and layering. Pulse editor Mary DeMaio scoured the Island for seven spots with the most hardcore fall festivities.
Unless you’ve been living under a half-shell, you know stand-up paddle boarding is a thing these days. And hours spent on the water call for a need to refuel. Eleven Long Island restaurants allow guests to park their paddles and grab a bite. Pulse contributor Jim Dreeben found ‘em.
August can be bittersweet. Back-to-school sales serve as a reminder that summer is ending—even for those of us who haven’t gone back to school in decades (or maybe just a few years…). It’s also a time to savor every last bit of the season by grabbing an outdoor table at a Long Island restaurant, where the views are as noteworthy as the fare.
Once a forgotten-about town with a boarded-up Main Street, Bay Shore has turned itself into a serious dinnertime destination—just don’t tell the rest of Long Island or wait times for seats will get a little longer. Oops. We did that in March.
Donna Trapani came home sweet home when she opened Artisan’s Eatery. The Islip native operated Full Martini Bar out of the same building when she was 22 and, after buying the spot back in 2013, opted for a fast-casual eatery where everything from the pickles to the soups are homemade. Pulse offered a first taste in March and you ate it up.
Imported Italian pasta. Brick-oven pizza. Veal chop. Yeah, I’m not surprised this story and eatery are mega-hits either.
In January, Pulse’s resident Freeport dining guru Rachel Margaritis gave readers a peek at Nawlins Seafood Co., the latest venture between Ivan Sayles and Rich Venticinque of Rachel’s Waterside Grill. The eatery brought the pomp, spirit and southern comfort food typically reserved for Bourbon Street to Freeport’s Nautical Mile.
Bagels, beaches and Billy. There’s no place like home on Long Island. Jackie Bryant, who moved across the country two years ago, hit all the right notes in this piece on Long Island, which is part love letter, part comedy and every bit the truth.
You can’t change the ocean. Michael Dweck remembers the sand, the salt, the surf and being 19 in Montauk in his republishing of The End. Pulse publisher and editor Nada Marjanovich interviewed Dweck for a feature in the June issue. The words and images, which epitomize the many dimensions of summer, offered readers the chance to revisit favorite warm-weather rituals.