In honor of the first day of summer, Newsday chronicled what a day in the life of Long Island looked like. We traveled across Nassau and Suffolk, from Elmont to Montauk, capturing the scenes of the day and speaking with Long Islanders. Scroll down to see updates spanning the entire day from our journalists, influential Instagram users and people all over LI. For more photos, click here. For a video of the day’s events, click here.
From dock to dish Reporter Daysi Calavia-Robertson is at Navy Beach in Montauk as owner Franklin Ferguson and chef Randy Santos prepare a “just caught” blue fish.
Meet Clifford the giraffe We’re at the Long Island Game Farm in Manorville.
Family fun day: The Ellis family left their home in Mastic Beach to enjoy Ocean Beach on Fire Island for the day. Carissa Ellis, 29, a nurse, said she "just" got the day off so they could go have fun at a beach house her sister has rented. Her husband, Calvin Ellis, 33, a stay-at-home dad to their daughter Ania Ellis, 10, said his favorite part of Fire Island is the restaurants. Ania, whose last day of fourth grade is tomorrow, said she likes playing in the sand the best. Carissa, originally from North Babylon, and Calvin, originally from Bay Shore, said they've been lifelong fans of Fire Island. #dayinthelifeLI . . . . #summersolstice #ferryride #summer #longisland #newsday #ocean
— Taylor Swaak (@tswaak27) June 21, 2017
Grace Industries construction workers labor over the Barnum Bridge in Island Park at 11:07 a.m., readying for summer on Long Island during the longest day of the year, the summer solstice, on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. (Credit: Johnny Milano)
Former Amy Sgt. Michael Hutchinson fought in the 2003 Iraq War invasion as a Blackhawk helicopter crew chief. Now he digs graves for fellow veterans at Calverton National Cemetery, where 225,000 headstones mark the departed, and where there are some 42 more burials on an average day.
“It’s a very special mission. This is the final resting place for the greatest group of people in the United States,” said Hutchinson, 41, of Bayport. “Sometimes I get choked up doing this, especially when you see the families crying. I expect to be buried here when my time comes.” Credit: Martin C. Evans
Terrence Fishette, 28, of Smithtown is the manager of @4thworldcomics and every Wednesday the shop gets a fresh batch of new books, toys and collectibles. Fishette says he sees an average of 220-250 customers on Wednesdays, which is the busiest day of the week. In total the store gets about 3,800 new comic books delivered each week. Fishette's family has run the store since 1988, when his father, Glenn Fishette, 68, purchased the original shop in St. James. #DayInTheLifeLI
First catch Reporter Daysi Calavia-Robertson, aboard Charterboat OH Brother Montauk, catches her first fish.
Adam Swanson, 40 of Smithtown has been a comic book fan for nearly all his life and has been shopping at @4thworldcomics in Smithtown since 1985. As a child he had a learning disability, and discovering comics helped him to get interested in reading. He said when he thinks of Long Island the word that comes to him is "Home." #DayInTheLifeLI