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Dwight Gooden pitching in at upcoming fundraiser

Former New York Mets and Yankees pitcher Dwight

(Credit: Newsday / Paul J. Bereswill)

It’s no secret that Long Island baseball fans don't always see eye to eye, as supporters of the Mets and Yankees can be found arguing about the greatness of the players and legacies pertaining to both Major League Baseball teams at games, in bars and on talk radio shows.

However, both sets of fans tend to have an affinity for former All-Star pitcher Dwight Gooden – who won the 1985 National...

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Body English Tuesdays coming back for a sixth season

A bottle hostess at the club Body English

(Credit: Jason Andrew)

Now that St. Patrick's Day - the ultimate day for pub/club celebrating - has passed, the next focus for fun-seekers in 2014 is what’s doing for the summer season, despite the fact that its official starting point is still about two months away (with Memorial Day Weekend; this year it’s May 23-25, plus Monday, May 26).

Nonetheless, conversation concerning the possibilities has begun, and...

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Dark Horse Tavern coming to Farmingdale

The unfinished storefront of Dark Horse Tavern in

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It appears that looking for parking while on the way to the Dark Horse Tavern will soon no longer involve only the roads of Rockville Centre when searching for a spot, as by the end of April the Village of Farmingdale will also be a good place to try.

There has been construction taking place at the southeast corner of Conklin and Main Streets in Farmingdale for some time, in a space that was...

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The Drift Inn: Part III

People posing for a picture at The Drift

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Known for its overflowing DJ-driven super-bashes, the Neptune Beach Club famously closed its doors last year following the 2013 summer season after 24 years of providing a raucous and controversial place to party annually between Memorial Day and Labor Day while the sun was out.

On the other hand, the wild nights held at Neptune’s East Quogue address (70 Dune Rd.) appear to be continuing on...

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Debbie Deb and 2 in a Room at The Emporium

The marquee of The Emporium in Patchogue. Its

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

The popularity of freestyle is still widely held on Long Island --and if that statement needs any backing, consider the strong turnouts received at most “Freestyle Explosions.”

These “explosions” -- a term which has generally been attached to the freestyle concerts held quarterly around the Island over the past few years -- seems to relate to its standard game plan of presenting rapid-fire...

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A post-parade peek at Parlay

People patronizing a sneak preview of Parlay Gastropub

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

Following the village's St. Patrick's Day parade Saturday, the streets of Rockville Centre stayed busy well toward midnight.

It’s not that a social place like RVC ever needs any added inspiration to reach high levels of merrymaking during a weekend -- but with dozens and dozens of people present, wearing green clothing, green beads and other St. Paddy’s Day  gear deep into the post-parade...

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Parlay Gastropub is (finally) on the way

Construction continues on the soon-to-open pub ?Parlay RVC?

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

It was a bit of a surprise for some when -- back in April -- McFadden’s RVC (210 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre) announced it would be closing down, going out with a “farewell tour” of parties before shuttering in May. The tavern was easily one of LI’s busier spots at the time, often frequented by a large crowd of young men and women who patronized its themed bashes and appreciated its wild, dance-on-the-bar...

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Unleashed: The Pet Peeves gala returns to help LI groups

Pet Peeves, an umbrella charity that raises funds

(Credit: Sherwood Triart Photography)

Such amenities as a DJ, cocktails and food usually work well as enticements when it comes to possibly attracting people to patronize a party, but anyone who attends the 12th annual Pet Peeves celebration set for Thursday, March 27 at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury will also enjoy the added bonus of being a benefactor.

As it has for the past dozen years, Woodbury-based nonprofit...

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Laidback Luke at LOVE

The view from the DJ booth of LOVE

(Credit: Ian J. Stark)

If it’s been a while since you've really cut loose on a dance floor – but were just waiting for the right opportunity – you may want to get yourself to LOVE on Friday, March 21 as Laidback Luke will be spinning at the Carle Place club starting after 11:30 p.m.

Also known as Lucas Cornelis van Scheppingen, he was born in Manila and raised in The Netherlands – but his global experiences continue...

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 17

Michael DelGuidice (pictured) and his band Big Shot

(Credit: Bruce Gilbert)

Despite the fact that Halloween, New Year’s Eve and the night before Thanksgiving bring big business to pubs and clubs, St. Patrick’s Day still inspires taverns like no other occasion – generating dozens of all-day bashes featuring music, entertainment and drink specials, with everything dressed in heavy green decor and fueled by lots of corned beef and cabbage.

Rarely are these festivities...

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