Thursday, July 25, 2019

Long Island Food Festivals


Calling all foodies! Food Festival Season is upon us. From now through the fall, take your pick of one of the many local food festivals:

Harbes Family Farm Festivals

Harbes Family Farm hosts six “produce” festivals annually, each with their own eating contest, live music, games, and more. The produce is locally grown at one of Harbes’ three farms in Mattituck, Jamesport, or Riverhead. Each festival is free and is located at their Mattituck location (715 Sound Ave., Mattituck).

  • Tomato Festival: August 3rd and 4th 
  • Watermelon Festival: August 10th and 11th
  • Peach Festival: August 24th and 25
  • Apple Festival: September 14th and 15th
  • Pumpkin Festival: September 28th and 29th


Baconfest

What’s better than an event that celebrates all things bacon? Head to Plattduetsche Biergarten for food, drinks, desserts, live music and more. The event will run August 23rd and 24th.

Seafood Festival

Enjoy delicious seafood while taking in the waterfront grounds of the Long Island Maritime Museum! This event will take place on August 24th and 25th from 11 AM to 6 PM, and will include local seafood, live music, and arts and crafts for the kids. Admission is $10; children under 12 are free.

Long Island Garlic Festival

Remember to bring a mint, or two! Come for the widest variety of garlic-inspired foods, crafts, live music, a garlic-eating contest, and an “Iron Chef”style garlic competition. Head to the Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead on September 14th and 15th from 10 AM to 6 PM to take part in all of the garlic fun! Tickets are $10; children under 2 are free.

Pickle Festival

Pickle lovers rejoice! The Annual Pickle Festival hosted by the Greenlawn-Centerport Historical Association will be on September 21st from 10 AM to 5 PM at the John Gardiner Farm. The event will feature specialty pickles, among other foods, drinks, train rides, hayrides, a corn maze, and more. Admission is a $5 donation, giving you access to the hayride and the corn maze; children under 12 free.

Famous Food Festival

Dates: August 17th & 18th and October 12th &13th
Eat around the world without having to leave the Island! Tanger Outlets is hosting more than 60 vendors at their Famous Food Festival, featuring food such as lobster tacos, mac and cheese, and a butterfly garden for the kids.

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Where to Spend a Sunday Funday on Long Island


Don’t waste the summer spending time indoors. Whether you’re looking to sit back and relax or head outdoors with your kids, here are a few ways you can have a Sunday Funday right here on LI:

Rent Kayaks
Spend some time out on the water, even if you don’t have a boat! Kayaking is a great family-friendly activity, with rental locations across the island. From Island Park to the Hamptons, you're bound to find some of the best spots to rent kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards.

Grab a Drink at The Buoy Bar
Chase the Sunday scaries away with a drink at this iconic Long Island spot. Located on Reynold's Channel in Point Lookout, walk or bike to The Buoy Bar for waterfront dining, drinks, and excellent views from their outdoor deck. With direct access to the water, this spot is kid-friendly for some sand castle building.

Take the Kids to Adventureland
If you’re longing for a fun day of rides and games, Adventureland is the place for you! From water rides and rollercoasters to bumper cars and carnival games, you’ll be laughing the day away while spending quality time as a family -- win, win!

Relax in the Sun and Sand
Nothing is better than a Sunday spent soaking in the sun at one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches. Be sure to pack lunch, a blanket, and plenty of sunscreen!

Go Out for Brunch
Put on your Sunday best and head out to brunch with your friends! There are plenty of locations across the island that offer a special brunch menu, outdoor scenery, and live entertainment. Go out early in the day and spend the rest of your Sunday relaxing.

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Upcoming 2019 Summer Concerts


From country music concerts to full weekend festivals in the Great South Bay, this summer’s concert schedule is stacked with artists of all music genres:

Great South Bay Music Fest
The Great South Bay Music Festival is the longest-running, and largest four day, American Themed music, art & cultural family event on Long Island. Now in its 13th year, the festival overlooks the Great South Bay and features approximately 60 performers from big names to local emerging artists in classic rock, jazz, jam-band, country, folk, zydeco and funk categories. Catch the festival July 18 thru 21 in Patchogue.

John Mayer
For the perfect date night event snag tickets to see John Mayer, one of the world’s most successful singer-songwriters. With a stream of hits like “Your Body Is a Wonderland,” “Daughters” and “Gravity,” you’ll be singing all night long to this Grammy Award-winning artist. Catch one of his shows at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26 at 7:30 PM.

Jimmy Buffett
Summer wouldn’t be complete without a Jimmy Buffett concert at Jones Beach! Catch this year’s event on Thursday, August 8th at 8 PM.

Zac Brown Band
For a relaxing evening of waterfront views and country music, check out Zac Brown Band -- also at Jones Beach. Tickets are available for both the Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24 shows beginning at 7 PM.

Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know on Facebook!

And remember, if you have any questions about the tax grievance process, we would be more than happy to help! Just call (516)/(631) 484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction. 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

LI Restaurants That Feel Like a Tropical Vacation

While you may not be jetting off to a tropical paradise soon, you’re still in luck. Long Island may not be in the tropics, but we’ve got beautiful, scenic restaurants with great food and ocean-front views.

Here’s where you can get your tropical fix this season close to home:

Photo via Flickr


1. Freeport’s Nautical Mile

Located on Woodcleft Avenue, the Nautical Mile features a waterfront strip of restaurants, bars, shops and outdoor areas perfect for families and party-goers alike. Choose from favorites such as Otto’s Sea Grill, EB Elliot’s, and Tropix on the Mile.

2. Flynn’s Fire Island

Fire Island always feels like a mini island getaway and with a visit to this staple restaurant your trip is complete! Flynn’s is known for its waterfront dining, with menu options such as pan-seared scallops, live music, and beautiful decor. 

3. Besito (Roslyn, Huntington, West Islip)

If you’re dreaming of a Mexican vacation, Besito has the menu and scenery to get you there! Their authentic menu includes guacamole (made table-side) and a deliciously boozy margarita. And at the end of each meal, you’ll be given a worry doll to wish all of your troubles away.

4. RHUM (Patchogue)

For some serious island vibes, head straight to RHUM. This Caribbean-inspired restaurant has a great menu and delicious drinks. Plus, you can swing the night away and enjoy a coconut mojito on one of their bench swings!

5. Cafe Havana

Ditch Long Island’s pine trees and average cuisine for palm trees, Latin jazz, and a wide variety of Island-inspired food at Cafe Havana. Their menu consists of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Spanish influences, making it a unique dining experience with something for the whole family.

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Explore LI’s Hidden Gems


For families, couples and adventurous individuals, Long Island has a seemingly never-ending list of places to visit and things to do. Due to their popularity, some of these attractions can fall victim to long lines and overcrowding -- which means less exploring and more waiting.

With a little digging, however, you can uncover the best of what ‘The Island’ has to offer, without all of the waiting around. Whether it be an under-the-radar restaurant or a lush lavender field — we’ve got some hidden gems right in our own backyard!

Lavender By The Bay

Trying to get the perfectly-purple Instagram photo is never a task in East Marion, where Lavender bunches take over an endless plot of land on the north fork. Here you’re able to bring your furry friends along for an adventure as you dance through Lavender fields, and purchase your own goodies to bring home!

Cornucopia’s Noshery
Tucked away on a quiet corner in the heart of Amityville lies a breakfast and lunch hotspot that boasts much more than an eclectic menu. This kinda-retro, goth inspired, hippy restaurant includes a selection of fruity boozy breakfast drinks and a ‘Tropical Waffle’ (complete with a piƱa colada sauce), that’s truly second to none.

Collector Car Showcase
Among many historic buildings in the town of Oyster Bay, Collector Car Showcase (or CCS Motors) is an automobile enthusiast’s trip back in time. This private facility houses vintage & luxury automobiles from all decades, in addition to restored relics from each automotive period. Hosted often is a Saturday morning ‘Cars & Coffee’ event, which brings hundreds of sports cars together for a morning of caffeine and carburetors.

Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt/Speakeasy
For those looking for a few drinks, you just might find something special in the basement of Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt in Farmingdale. This frozen yogurt shop puts on a front upon first entrance, but a little digging and a secret password just might lead you to the basement, where live music, low light, and specialty cocktails are available for anyone over 21.

Nassau Museum of Art - The Frick Estate
For families looking for a fun day out, the Nassau County Museum of Art houses a little bit of treasure for everyone in one place! Located in Roslyn Harbor, this former estate is now the home to different types of fine art, relics, and an outdoor sculpture garden worth taking a stroll (or two!) through. You and your gang will spend hours gazing among some of the world’s finest art, in a building as historic as the items it protects.

And remember, if you have any questions about the tax grievance process, we would be more than happy to help! Just call (516) 484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction. 

Friday, June 14, 2019

Father's Day on Long Island


Looking for a fun way to celebrate dad this Sunday? We’ve rounded up some local events offering special promotions:

For the adventurous dad…
Adventureland in Farmingdale is letting dads ride for free with the donation of a toy this Father’s Day! You can also head over to the Long Island Adventure Park in Wheatley Heights for an afternoon of free zip lining (with a paid climber, use code DAD19 at checkout). And if you’d prefer to hang indoors, Karts Indoor Raceway in Ronkokoma is letting dads indulge their inner child — riding for free with a paying child.

For the beer loving dad…
Dads, enjoy your first beer for free at Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (in both Greenport AND Peconic) as well as a discounted $4 pint at Long Ireland Brewing.

For the wine loving dad… 
Head out to Riverheard to RGNY Winery for live music and a free glass of wine for dad. Or to Peconic’s Pindar Vineyards, where dads will receive a free gift with any wine or beer purchase at the tasting bar (live music here, as well!).

For the sports loving dad…
Play ball! Catch a vintage “base ball” game at Old Bethpage Village Restoration, as it was played (and spelled) in 1864! More of an equestrian? Check out an exciting polo match at Bethpage State Park or attend Breakfast at Belmont!

For the foodie…
Instead of an at home BBQ, why not head out for lunch or dinner! Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Westbury offers a bottomless brunch from 11:30am-3pm and Frank’s Steaks in Jericho and RVC is offering “a steak fit for a king” — $50, Prime Dry Aged, 24 oz Bone-In New York Strip Steak.

Looking for even more ideas and freebies? Visit Newsday!

And remember, if you have any questions about the tax grievance process, we would be more than happy to help! Just call (516) 484-0654 or email us at info@ptrc.com and one of our friendly customer service representatives will point you in the right direction. 

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Memorial Day Weekend 2019 on LI


Memorial Day Weekend is here, and there’s no better place to kick off the start of the summer season than Long Island!

From the annual Jones Beach Bethpage Air Show to flag ceremonies and services in honor of our veterans, there are plenty of events happening in honor of Memorial Day.

Saturday, May 25

Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park
Memorial Day Weekend on Long Island isn’t complete without our iconic air show! Held all weekend, plan to get there early, bring lots of sunscreen and snacks, and join the rest of LI in seeing the amazing United States Air Force Thunderbirds!

Decoration Day at Old Bethpage
Travel back to the 1800s at Old Bethpage Village Restoration. Decoration Day at Old Bethpage will feature a remembrance ceremony, historic craft demonstrations, brass band concerts and a ceremony & parade at 2:15 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday, May 26

Lawrence-Cedarhurst Memorial Day Parade and Service
The parade begins at Rockaway Turnpike and Central Avenue and heads toward Cedarhurst Memorial Plaza in the Andrew J. Parise Park where the service to honor the service of our veterans will follow.

Monday, May 27 (Happy Memorial Day!)

Garden City Memorial Day Parade
Garden City's parade will start at Cherry Valley Avenue and 10th Street, and end in front of the village’s war monuments in front of the public library.

Long Beach Memorial Day Parade
The Long Beach Memorial Day Parade begins at Ohio Avenue and West Beech Street at 10:00 am and ends at the reviewing stand on Park Avenue in front of City Hall. The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars will be joined by city, county and state officials to celebrate American independence and honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Massapequa Park Memorial Day Parade
Come join The Massapequa Park community in paying tribute to those who made the supreme sacrifice in defense of our nation. The parade will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. on Front Street in Massapequa Park ending at Klestinec Park, where a Memorial Service and Wreath Laying Ceremony will take place.

Wantagh Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony
The parade will start at 10:00 am and will proceed south on Wantagh Ave., turning east on Park Ave., and ending at the American Legion Post. The ceremony will start right after the conclusion of the parade and will include a presentation of remembrance.

From all of us here at P.T.R.C., Inc., have a happy Memorial Day!

At P.T.R.C., Inc., we’ve made it our mission to ensure our clients pay the lowest amount in property tax as required by law. Since 1990, we’ve been recognized as fair and honest, and our clients benefit from the close working relationships we’ve established with the assessing units over the years.