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Rendering courtesy of Governor Cuomo’s office

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced plans for a new Long Island Rail Road station to be built as part of the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project, which will provide a home base for the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders. The station will serve the proposed 19,000-seat arena, a 250-room hotel, and a 435,000-square-foot retail complex at the state-owned horseracing venue, as well as local commuters who have long needed more transportation options. Located between the Queens Village and Bellerose stations on the LIRR’s Main Line, the station will be the first full-time LIRR station built in 50 years. It’s expected to be partially open by 2021—as the Islanders arena opens to the public—and fully operational by 2023.

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Cool Listings, Hamptons

Listing images courtesy of Douglas Elliman

Overlooking Manhasset Bay in Sands Point, Long Island the six-bedroom mansion at 12 Hicks Lane—otherwise known as Wild Bank—was home to “American March King” John Philip Sousa in the latter part of his life, from 1915 to 1932. By then, he had already written his most beloved marches, including Stars and Stripes Forever (the national march of the United States) and Semper Fidelis (the march of the United States Marine Corps). Like many of New York City’s elite at the time, he found an idyllic retreat on Long Island’s North Shore and lived in the home until his death at 77. The sprawling property was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966 but remained a private residence. On the market for exactly one year, the 2.6-acre estate has received several price chops before settling on its current asking price of $8.995 million.

The full tour, right this way

Cool Listings, Hamptons, holidays

30105 MAIN ROAD, CHRISTMAS TREE FARM, cutchogue,, north fork, holidays, cool listings

No, really. Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm spans 28 acres in Long Island’s North Fork, and this cool Cutchogue property [h/t Curbed] is the perfect gift for that special someone on your list who has everything, provided you have the $2.5 million required to close the deal, which incudes 23 planted acres, an 1,800-square-foot farmhouse, an 8,000-square-foot commercial Morton building (lights and trimming, of course) and four irrigation wells.

20,000 Christmas trees, this way

Celebrities, Cool Listings

Photo of Brangelina via Wiki Commons

A property spanning 47 acres of Long Island waterfront that includes a 22,000-square-foot Tudor revival-style mansion in the secluded Gold Coast village of Lloyd Neck is on the market asking $55 million. In addition to offering a private cove with its own pier, a 30-by-60-foot pool, lush gardens and a tea house, the estate was famously home to Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and family in 2009 when Jolie was filming “Salt” on Long Island (h/t New York Post). And it’s only a 15 minute trip to Manhattan by helicopter.

Tour the grounds of this amazing waterfront retreat

Architecture, Design, Green Design

hurricane irene, narofsky architecture, long island

In the summer of 2011, Hurricane Irene landed in New York City and on Long Island, heavily damaging the area, the storm’s heavy rainfall and strong winds knocking down trees and causing major power outages. Turning destruction into art, Narofsky Architecture designed a house on an Irene-destroyed site using the wood from fallen trees (h/t dezeen). Based in Nassau County, the home features black locust, a rot-resistant wood, for its exterior paneling and shower benches and darkened pin oak for floors throughout the home. Even some of the home’s furniture was made from fallen trees, including its bookcases, mantels, dining table, and cabinetry.

Take a tour

Cool Listings, Hamptons, Historic Homes

Dosoris Island, long island, north shore, private island, Junius Morgan, sotheby's

For the third time in a 100-year history, this island compound off the North Shore of Long Island is looking for a buyer. Anybody willing to spend $125 million can own what’s known as Dosoris Island–which includes 46 acres of land, 10 acres of underwater rights and a 28-acre pond. On top of that, the island is home to a compound built by Junius Morgan, a J.P. Morgan scion, with six homes, landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted, and all sorts of other perks. A pool, private dock, and horse stables–it’s all included in this magnificent private island package listed by Sotheby’s.

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Celebrities, Cool Listings, Historic Homes

16 Sedgemere Road, center moriches, long island mansions

A sprawling 8.2-acre estate in Center Moriches once owned by the deceased Filipino President Ferdinand Marcos and his wife Imelda has hit the market for $4.99 million. The massive Long Island property, known as the Lindenmere Estate, at 16 Sedgemere Road features 14 bedrooms, 17-and-a-half baths, a glass-enclosed Pagoda pool house, and incredible views of the Moriches Bay. According to the New York Post, after a brokerage switch, the listing’s price dropped from $5.99 million last year.

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Cool Listings, Quirky Homes

The Estate at Kings Point

Imagine stepping into an overly opulent palace in St. Petersburg where you find an indoor lazy river, myriad fountains, a two-story built-in dollhouse, a private shooting range, 13 bedrooms and 35 bathrooms. You’d probably guess you had stumbled upon the estate of a former czar. But then imagine you weren’t actually in Russia, but on Long Island, New York, and the property’s owner had no royal lineage, but rather made his fortune in the NYC real estate market.

This is the Estate at Kings Point, an over-the-top estate designed to resemble the Peterhof Grand Palace in St. Petersburg, built in 1928 by the late Soviet Union billionaire Tamir Sapir as a display of his wealth (and possibly his ego). An unknown buyer (shielded by an LLC) bought the palace from Sapir in 2013 for $15.85 million, and they’re now looking to make an unfathomable profit, re-listing the home for $100 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Check out the unbelievable estate

Architecture, Green Design, Hamptons

Bates Masi + Architects, prefabricated materials, prefabricated extension, Far Pond Residence, Hurricane-Proof, Waste-Free, Long Island, Southampton

The stunning Far Pond Residence has a naturally weathered wood skin and large windows overlooking layers of wetlands, an estuary and the Atlantic Ocean. Located on a half-acre site on the east end of Long Island in Southampton, this modern family dwelling is actually a renovated 1970s kit house. Its extension and tasteful modernization was designed by Bates Masi + Architects, who used prefabricated materials and new technologies that minimized waste and elevated the experience of inhabiting the space.

Learn more about the prefab home extension

Architecture, Green Design

Kevin Shea, Long Island Green Dome, family home, largest geodesic dome-home in the world, terraced garden, recycled tires, green roof, spider web green roof, fruit trees, crosed circulation, daylight

Measuring 70 feet in diameter and 45 feet high, Kevin Shea‘s spectacular dwelling is proudly the world’s largest geodesic dome home. Dubbed Long Island Green Dome, this LEED-certified building sets an example for both family life and sustainable living. The power comes courtesy of the wind and sun, and the home has trees growing inside and a lovely outdoor terraced garden made from recycled tires.

Learn more about this large geodesic home

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