Posts By:Aimee Lusty

Throwback Thursday — The Big One

Throwback Thursday — The Big One

“Mrs. Gunnar Strandberg, whose husband was employed at the Willard restaurant, was helping him put boards over the restaurant windows when the storm struck. Unable to get back to her house in the village until the hurricane abated, she was greatly concerned for the safety of her two-year-old infant, who was alone there.” “As soon… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – One Smart Move

Given the price of land today, a waterfront building is more likely to be replaced with something grander than moved from one spot to another. Back in the day, though, homes and even restaurants (like Trail’s End) in the old fishing village on Fort Pond Bay were moved to other places like Shepherd’s Neck and… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Back to School

Throwback Thursday – Back to School

Did that gentle little boy grow up to be a veterinarian? Did that earnest little girl go on to become a broadcast journalist? We don’t know, but in all likelihood some of the children in these photos – taken by Peggy Joyce in, we believe, the early 1960s, today are the grandparents of Montauk School… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Drawn to the East End

Throwback Thursday – Drawn to the East End

For over a century, the East End of Long Island has drawn artists from New York City and beyond, inspired by the raw natural beauty of its shorelines, forests, grasslands, glacial moraines, and built structures like saltboxes, windmills, and the Montauk Point lighthouse. In 1940, Victor and Mabel D’Amico, an artist and educator couple from… Read more »

June Is Surfing Month @ the Montauk Library

ON VIEW IN THE LOCAL HISTORY CENTER & MAIN LEVEL Surfing in Montauk: A digital display featuring photographs by members of the community Local history room display case: Surfing Memorabilia from the collection of Tony Caramanico Main level display case: Community Surfing Display ON VIEW IN THE TEEN ROOM Endless Oceans: Video art by Sirad… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Property Management

A small collection of color and black-and-white aerial photographs of the west side of Lake Montauk is included in the Montauk Library Archives. Because they were taken in the 1970s, prior to many subdivisions and developments in the 1980s and beyond, they could be useful to illustrate what have undoubtedly been shrinking swaths of eelgrass,… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – A Different Montauk

It was her father’s job with Carl Fisher that moved the family of Edna Sorenson to Montauk in 1927. At first they rented a cottage in the old fishing village on Fort Pond Bay, which was then known simply as “on the beach.” “We spent many happy hours in Fort Pond Bay perfecting our swimming… Read more »

Throwback Thursday — Serving Tea and Independence

Throwback Thursday — Serving Tea and Independence

In the 1910s and 1920s, tea rooms and tea houses dotted America’s new motorways, providing tea and light refreshments to traveling tourists. On the eastern end of Long Island, motorists driving through Montauk could find refuge at the Weeweecho Tea House situated on the southern bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. At that time when Montauk… Read more »

Throwback Thursday – Working Hard, Kicking Back

Throwback Thursday – Working Hard, Kicking Back

There was a surprisingly glamorous whiff to fish on Montauk Harbor in the 1970s and early 1980s. The commercial dock, Gosman’s retail and wholesale seafood operation next door, the new Dock restaurant next door to that – for many, work was hard and physical, and opportunities to kick back were most welcome. These photos come… Read more »

Throwback Thursday — The Maritime Gardener

Throwback Thursday — The Maritime Gardener

The vernal equinox on March 20th marked the onset of spring, as the sun passed the equator on its path northward, bringing with it longer and warmer days to the Northern Hemisphere. On March 21st, 1946 (the year the above photo was taken), the East Hampton Star reported “Spring is here today!… Cover crops are… Read more »