By Jayme Breschard Thomann Long Island’s waterfront communities were first settled by Native Americans who valued the sandy soil on which they could grow corn, tomatoes, squash and other commonplace vegetables. They also harvested abundant fish and shellfish from Great South Bay and the nearby ocean, traveling by canoe and other watercraft.  In the late […]

Photo: Lenny Nilson

Lenny Nilson: Bait fisherman Lenny Nilson was born in Bay Shore in 1947 and spent the first five years observing his father who had a shrimp and killie business. By age 16 he began working on the bay. He has worked as a commercial fishermen for the Sunrise Fish Company, and currently owns L & […]

Fishermen and baymen, duck hunters and decoy carvers, clamshell artists and lifeguards are just some of the tradition bearers featured here. Through oral histories, Long Island Traditions has documented dozens of those committed to preserving a life on the water. Most are participants in our maritime education programs or festivals and museum programs. If you […]

Occupational Folk Artists There are many occupations that stretch back in time. Farmers and fishermen, instrument makers, and railroad workers. Long Island Traditions has documented some of these as part of its ongoing occupational research. Visit these artists to learn more about their time-honored professions. Some of these artists are available for public programs. If […]

Photo: Lowell Ockers

Edward (Lowell) Ockers: Poundtrap fisherman Lowell was born in West Sayville and has lived in the area his entire life. Lowell started working full time in the bay after returning from the Navy in 1957. He started fishing and catching eels with traps purchased from his father, who was also a bayman. Lowell, who enjoyed […]

By Nancy Solomon and Cris Muia Oakdale began as part of a royal land grant given to William Nicoll, who founded Islip Town in 1687.  The name Oakdale is said to have come from a Nicoll Descendant in the mid 1800’s. As Betty Kuss of the William K. Vanderbilt Historical Society wrote, “any history of […]

Carmans River Maritime Center/The Newey Boat Shop Shed #3 Building Address:  22 Newey Lane Section / Block / Lot:     Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard Survey Date:  December 3, 2004 Building Type: industrial/warehouse Owner’s Name:  John Taylor currently leases this building from the Post-Morrow Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that preserves and conserves the rural, cultural, and historical character of the hamlet […]

Carmans River Maritime Center/The Newey Boat Shop Shed #2 Building Address:  22 Newey Lane Section / Block / Lot:     Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard Survey Date:  December 3, 2004 Building Type: industrial/warehouse Owner’s Name: Post-Morrow Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that preserves and conserves the rural, cultural, and historical character of the hamlet of Brookhaven and surrounding areas in Suffolk County. […]

Carmans River Maritime Center/The Newey Boat Shop Shed #1 Building Address:  22 Newey Lane Section / Block / Lot:     Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard Survey Date:  December 3, 2004 Building Type: industrial/warehouse Owner’s Name:  Post-Morrow Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that preserves and conserves the rural, cultural, and historical character of the hamlet of Brookhaven and surrounding areas in Suffolk County. […]

The Newey-Tooker-Starke Boatyard Building Address:  22 Newey Lane Section / Block / Lot:      Surveyor’s Name:  Jayme Breschard Survey Date:  June 2, 2004 Building Type:  recreation Owner’s Name:  Post-Morrow Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation that preserves and conserves the rural, cultural, and historical character of the hamlet of Brookhaven and surrounding areas in Suffolk County Building Name:   Newey-Tooker-Starke Boatyard Date of […]