Life on Long Island
Did LI manage to party post-Sandy?
Although much of the tri-state area lost electrical power due to superstorm Sandy’s devastating effects on Oct. 29, a number of Long Island hot spots were still able to celebrate Halloween 2012 . . . not all, but some.
An example of “business as usual” was found at Four Food Studio in Melville (515 Broadhollow Rd., 631-577-4444, fourfoodstudio.com), as their “Spooktacular” went off without a hitch. DJ Carlos Melange – one of the Island’s star mixers – played his usual brand of uplifting beats, while dozens of people arrived in full costume. Everything from angels and devils to huge furry bunnies and vending machines were represented, and the dance floor was full. A few chose not to arrive in disguise, but anyone who may have had an on-the-spot change of heart was able to receive a free scary makeup makeover via the hand of cosmetologists in place to help alter your face.
Other clubs found success on Oct. 31 as well. One example was the Nutty Irishman of Bay Shore (60 E. Main St., 631-969-9700, thenuttyirishman.com), which had more than enough power to throw a party that stayed busy well past midnight – a success made all the more striking as Main Street in Bay Shore was mostly dark – in fact, the neighborhood’s blacked-out area started at Third Avenue, less than a block west from the ‘Nutty. Meanwhile, over in Patchogue the main drag was lit and busy, and The Emporium’s (9 Railroad Ave., 631-627-8787, theemporiumny.com) first Halloween event was jam-packed with clientele -- a turnout that should be beneficial for the American Red Cross on Long Island, the charitable organization to which the venue pledged to donate 50 percent of the evening’s proceeds.
On the other hand, some places had no choice but to cancel their plans. Deer Park Avenue in Babylon Village was completely black from Rte. 27A to the LIRR station -- which not only offered a shocking view of this road minus the many bright signs and storefronts that ordinarily make it an apex for bustle, but also postponed the costume soiree scheduled at Monsoon Asian Kitchen and Lounge (48 Deer Park Ave., 631-587-4400, monsoonny.com), where celebrity DJ Theo Pisani was set to spin (a “rain date” will be announced). Moreover, further west in Wantagh, the legendary Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall (3232 Railroad Ave., 516-783-7500) – usually teeming with people, especially during previous Halloweens – was closed, as was the LIRR station across the street and the entire stretch of Sunrise Highway and Wantagh Avenue nearby (check Mulcahy’s online at facebook.com/MulcahysPub and muls.com for news on when the power returns).
Cosmetologist Jessica Cury, of New Hyde Park, at the Halloween party held at Four Food Studio in to give guests a free “scary makeup” session. (Oct. 31, 2012)