Friday, August 10, 2018

The Amazing Breweries Of Long Island

Long Island Breweries 

Long Island is filled with microbrewery tasting rooms, nanobreweries, and sensational craft beer. Local restaurants have this beer on tap and the selection of breweries is consistently increasing. Some of the best breweries are detailed below with the compliments of P.T.R.C.



The Lithology Brewing Company 


The doors to the tasting room at this brewery have finally opened. Lithology considers microbrewing a sci+ence and uses only the best possible ingredients. Their Brown Ale was honored with the silver medal at the International Craft Beer Competition of 2016 in New York. Their additional offerings include a Belgian witbier, a savory vanilla porter, a flaked wheat summer ale and a dry-hopped pale ale.

The Flying Belgian Brewery 


This small facility produces the finest Belgian style beers and distributes to numerous restaurants on the island. There are always two beers being rotated including Illegally Blonde. This blonde Belgian beer is a classic with a darker hue. The rotation also includes a smooth honey ale called Salvation a la Mode. The brewery offers a wide selection of beers and is planning an expansion into Queens and Suffolk. P.T.R.C. is definitely aware of this sensational brewery.

The Black Forest Brew Haus 


The Black Forest Brew Haus is a German Style Brewery and opened their doors in 1999. They serve loaded potato pancakes, hot Bavarian pretzels, and stuffed dumplings but are known for the beer they brew on the premises. This includes German Marzen, Hefeweizen, the Cannonball IPA and the Belligerent Hipster IPA. This is where Long Island celebrates happy hour.

Garvies Point Brewery 


Garvies Point Brewery offers handcrafted brews made in small batches. The brewery produces in excess of 1,000 gallons of beer every month. This includes some complicated concoctions such as Belgian witbier, IPA's, double IPA's and a porter with coffee and chocolate notes. They have recently released the Wunderkind IPA and serve their beer in keg and draft form.

The Barrier Brewing Co. 


This is a microbrewery with a specialty of small batches. The brewery offers a wide variety of selections and their latest creations are available in the testing room. The motto of this brewery is it is about the quality and not the quantity. The Barrier Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and pours fifty different kinds of beer every year. The flagship brew is always changing because the batches are small. The most popular selections include Lights Out Stout, Barnacle Brown, Beech St. Wheat and Dunegrass DIPA.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Outdoor Activities in Long Island



For those who love the outdoors, there are many activities in Long Island during the off-tax season. We've put together some fun local suggestions! Get outside before summer is all gone!


-Bronx Zoo


If you have kids or are an animal lover, this is the perfect activity for you. The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban one in the U.S. It has approximately 265 acres and over 5,000 animals. The general admission is free. However, if you want to participate in the activities, such as the Bug Carousel, it’s about $14.95 for the Total Experiences package.


-Rockaway Beach


If the beach scene is your thing, Rockaway Beach is the perfect option for you. It can be easily reached via subway as it’s located in the Queen’s borough. It is said to be very clean, have a lot of seashells to collect and police constantly patrolling it. Their boardwalk is also friendly for bike riding and jogging.



If water sports are your thing, the Rockaway Jet Ski is the activity for you. It is said to be a good experience for novice jet skiers. The staff is said to be very friendly and have extensive knowledge of the Jamaica Bay. Even more, the owner is good about addressing complaints in a very quick manner.




If parks and history are your thing, the Van Cortlandt is lush and beautiful. It is the third largest park in New York City with over 1,000 acres. Much of it is still forested and its borough has a freshwater lake. It is also rich with historical landmarks. It has its own golf course, which was founded in 1895. It has its own House, which was built around the late 1740’s. The Old Croton Aqueduct connects to the city’s original channel.


Located in Suffolk County, this non-profit org is funded by the visits to the park and donations. This park is open to the public. It includes a petting zoo and free pony rides. A lot of the animals that stay at this location are rescue animals. Visit a place filled with green grass, open spaces, and colorful gardens.

Take a trip with the family and let us know how it goes! We look forward to seeing you all next season. It'll get here sooner than you think. Get outside and enjoy the summer. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Best State Parks in Long Island





After tax season has ended at P.T.R.C. it is time to take a break and enjoy the nice weather in Long Island. You may not realize this, but Long Island has some great outdoor activities. These are some of the best state parks in Long Island.

Belmont Lake State Park


This state park has several activities for you and your family. You can rent a boat and take it out on the lake. You can also go hiking on one of the many trails. There are open fields for play sports and this is a great place to get out and enjoy nature.

Sunken Meadows State Park


This park has several great geographical features. There are bluffs, tidal flats, salt marshes, and even a brackish creek. There are several hills where you can see wildlife and trails to go hiking on. There is also an area for swimming and during the summer months, there are lifeguards on duty for safety. If you like to picnic there is a large area dedicated to this. If you have a special event coming up such as a wedding or other part of the park can be used to host this event.

Hoyt Farm Park Preserve


This park is one of the largest in Long Island and is over 133 acres. There are fields for different sports including baseball, a playground, and an area for a picnic. If you like to go bird watching this park is home to many different species of birds including the red-bellied woodpecker and the American Goldfinch. This park is open all 365 days of the year and is a great place for you to plan a family outing.

These are some of the best state parks in all of Long Island. When taking a break from P.T.R.C. these state parks will allow you to enjoy the outdoors. 


Friday, July 20, 2018

Long Island Tours to Go On

Things to Do About Long Island

From shorebirds, cormorants, cardinals and majestic ospreys to hawks and falcons, Long Island has close to 500 species of birds and is a favorite for birdwatchers. Various sanctuaries dot the landscape on this beautiful island interspaced with wildlife refuges and a few floral parks.

If walking around does not agree with you, cruise through the scenic environment of Stony Brook. 27-passenger pontoon boat cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 90-minute tour. An onboard naturalist describes the wildlife and flora you’ll see.


For the physical fitness fans, available are various bike tours to take you through beautiful routes and get you working out too. From the Mattituck Guided Farm and Wine Country Bike Tour offered by East End Bike Tours to the endurance Montauk and Shelter Island Overnight Bike Tour which comes as part of a package by Gotham Bicycle Tours.


For those who are more adventurous, their tours of the iconic island that can be carried out on foot, car, boats or even helicopters. The tours are not just picturesque; they come loaded with different aspects. History, architecture, nature, and culture come together on Long Island to create the perfect holiday getaway whether you are a local or from out of town.

For the children, the island is home to Adventure Land Amusement Park, or you can tour Deep Hollow Ranch where you get to visit on horseback the serene beaches or go on fun wagon tours.


Ranked among the world's Top 10 Wine regions, Long Island plays host to various wineries, and there packages that will let you see up close how good wine is made. The hotels in Long Island are highly rated, and for the avid traveler, the allure of Long Island is more than just its fame.


For the more refined, Heckscher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum are a must visit, these carry not only history but the pieces on display are breathtaking. You can visit the Montauk Lighthouse, one of the most famous, where you get magnificent views of the ocean. Even the golfer can polish his game while on holiday at the Bethpage State Park which is home to a championship golf course.

Let us know if any of these outside / indoor tours and fun spark any interest! We want to know if you go on any. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Summer Kid Crafts

In the summertime, it can often be difficult to come up with things to do outside. These crafts you can do in the shade outside or in the home with the cool AC. Have fun with it!

With a few basic ingredients, you can make a homemade puffy paint for your kids to play with all day long. 


Puffy Paints
  • All you need is one cup of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it liquid like pancake batter. 
  • Mix this solution and place the puffy liquid in four separate bags and put a rubber band on each one. 
  • Use food coloring in each bag and mix them up. 
  • Then, cut off a tiny hole in the other side of the bag and paint away. 


Flubber / Slime

Have you ever wanted to make your own flubber? All you'll need is:

  • 3/4 of a cup of cold water
  • One cup of Elmer's glue
  • Some liquid food coloring
  • Half a cup of hot water
  • Teaspoon of borax


Once you have all the ingredients, you mix the cold water, glue, and food coloring together before, set it aside in a bowl. Then, you mix together the hot water and borax in its own bowl. Once the borax has dissolved, slowly add the glue mixture to the first bowl and mix it well. Afterward, pour off any excess water that may have found its way into the mixture. Once that's done, you'll be ready to play with your new flubber/slime.


Puppets


If neither of those options seems appealing to your kids, you can always try making your own paper bag puppets!

For this, all you need is a paper bag, construction paper, a glue stick, and scissors. With paper bad puppets, there is an endless range fo what your kids can do with the backs. Use the construction paper as teeth, eyes, arms, wings, legs, however they want, this is all about using your imagination.


We hope you pick one of these as a fun to do option with the kiddos during this summer. Let us know if you have any other fun crafting topics you'd like to see us cover. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where is the Summer Fun in Long Island?

Now that summer is fully here, kids are out of school, and the temperatures are looking to shine on the brighter side, let’s take a look at what is going on around Long Island for the summer of 2018.




Learn to Surf on Long Island -

Have you ever been interested in learning how to ride the waves and cruise with the ocean? Now is your chance. Get out there and grab a board. There are multiple places in LI to learn how to handle the waves. The name of the shops is Skudin Surf, Bunger Surf Shop, Island Surf School, Natures Shapes, SURFLUCA. Here is a website to check out to see each of their prices and locations. Get out there and get fit! It’s also a great summer workout. https://www.longisland.com/news/06-22-14/learn-to-surf-on-long-island.html

Star Gazing -

Nothing like being outside during the summer night. Why not enjoy some stargazing while you’re out? Here are some observatories and parks that currently host stargazing spots. Star gazing gives people an opportunity to reflect and be contemplative about the beauty of nature and the many wonders and mysteries that our universe holds. Take relaxing night outside and enjoy your summer!

Skydiving -

Ever jumped out of a plane and had the ultimate rush from this activity? Now is your chance! Skydive with South Shore aka Skydive Long Island! You have the option to go tandem skydiving, learn from the best before you take to the skies on your own. You actually have to if you ever do want to go on your own. So learn from the best! Take a few lessons this summer and get this one checked off your bucket list already!

Berry Picking -

Ok, so maybe skydiving isn’t your scene, maybe surfing is too much for you, and maybe you’re not a night owl to go outside and see the stars late at night. Here is the pick for you! You can visit these select farms and hang around, take a stroll, and pick your own berries! Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries! You can’t simply grab them from the bush, you will be instructed how to farm these berries properly.


We hope these picks are something you might find interesting. Happy summer Long Island from your friends here at PTRC! We hope you are having a great summer. Let us know if you end up doing any of these things here through Long Island. We would love to hear about your summer adventures.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bagels of Long Island and Where to Find Them

New York is a very special place, it’s one of the places in the world that host the absolute best bagel selections. Let’s take a look at a world of delicious eats. If you’re allergic to gluten, we are sorry! It’s just so delicious though!


Bagel Boss of Hicksville/Plainview -

Bagel boss has every kind of bagel you could imagine. From Cinnamon Raisin and Egg Onion to Honey Whole Wheat. They also carry a full line of bakery goods: croissants, cookies, apple turnovers, Danish, Linzer tarts, rainbow cookies, and much more.




See more on Bagel Boss’ website!


Wally's Bagels of North Babylon -


In 1991 Mr. and Mrs. Wally opened up this business, even though they are not the current forefront owners, it still is run by the family. Bagel types they have are plain, everything, sesame, salt, whole wheat, egg onion, pumpernickel rye, and so on! Wally's also has an assortment of fresh pastries as well to combine with your breakfast.


You can get your breakfast sandwiches on bagels of course, but you also have the option of a roll or bread. Who are we kidding, get it on a bagel of course! Check out this breakfast sandwich from these guys.
 
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See and learn more about Wally’s over on their site. Check out their menu and see more. https://www.wallysbagels.com/

Stuff a Bagel of Farmingdale -


For over 29 years, Stuff A Bagel has been serving the community of Farmingdale amazing dishes. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can swing in for a quality meal and service. Stuff A Bagel bagels are boiled and bakes the old-fashioned way, the family recipe.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Breakfast sandwiches: ham, egg, cheese on a bagel. Or get ham, bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, cheese on a bagel. Even go for an omelet sandwich.

Lunchtime, get an overstuffed bagel sandwich. Which can be a BLT, grilled cheese with bacon, pastrami melt, bbq chicken sandwich, and much more.




Learn more about Stuff a Bagel by visiting their site today.

We hope we were able to point you in the direction of a new bagel place, have any of you heard about any of these locations? Let us know on Facebook.