Mike Tarascio's life changed forever in 1981 when a business partner offered him a ride to a conference in New Jersey—not in a town car or on a tandem bicycle, but in a small private airplane. The very next year, Mike bought an airplane of his own and founded the business that would eventually become Ventura Aviation. Today, he, his wife, and their sons operate their business out of Republic Airport, where they use their fleet of Learjets, Piper Warriors, and a helicopter to train a new generation of skyborne adventurers. Their goal is to introduce clients to the limitless lifestyle and freedom that comes with personal aviation, and inspire others to make the life-changing decision to learn to fly.
Long Island Fear Fest elicits screams with spooky rides and thrills orchestrated by Mr. Slim Chance II and his demented associates. Flashing lights and booming sounds re-create an old-fashioned carnival atmosphere as visitors explore the Chamber of Horrors Haunted House⎯a reworked haunted house that immerses horror lovers in a tortuous cavern of frights filled with Slim and his family of freaks' prized possessions and collection of vintage parking tickets. After a frightful house visit, fest-fiends can hop on the Montauk Monster Haunted Hayride and travel into Long Island’s checkered history, wheeling past terrifying tableaus and paparazzi disguised as hay bales.
Elegance and comfort merge at Mio Posto, where white-linen-covered tables stand beneath a wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Here, the chefs whip up Italian specialties served family style, encouraging groups to share the heaping portions, or do what families do, and hoard them until it's time to read the will. The menu teems with traditional Italian entrees made from both housemade and imported pastas and sauces, including chicken marsala, veal sorrentino, and eggplant parmagiana. While dining, guests unwind to backdrop of live music on Wednesday–Fridays at both Hicksville and Oceanside locations.
Instead of relying on a tour bus, the licensed guides at Food On Foot Tours lead groups through New York's neighborhoods in a relaxed manner as locals: by taking the subway and by traveling, of course, on foot. The four-time Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence award-winning tour leads more than 15 specialty tours, each tailored to specific neighborhoods, culinary items such as a meat tour with vegetarian options, or aspects of local culture. Guides may lead groups to the East Village, Hell's Kitchen, or Union Square, to the diverse ethnic eateries of Queens, or to the waterfront streets of Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach, and Coney Island. Food On Foot's Tours always include 4 to 6 stops for food, including at least one sweet stop. Each stop offers multiple options, from a snack to a large meal, but guests are not obligated to make purchases; the average costs for all tour stops range from $15 to $20. Food On Foot Tours also offer self-guided On Your Own Experiences and Feasts & Finds special events.
7Bus provides spacious and comfortable charters between Long Island and Manhattan. Passengers settle into comfy leather seats for the duration, equipped with personal power outlets and free WiFi so they can work or surf the web throughout their trip. Parking is free at all Long Island pick-up points, so customers can hop on the bus without having to squeeze their cars into overhead compartments.
Captain Frank Rizzo and his crew draw on 35 years of navigation experience to pilot the Freeport Princess along the placid waters of Freeport’s Nautical Mile. On the night of their dinner cruise, passengers stroll up the gangplank of the 105-foot Coast Guard–certified yacht to wave kerchiefs at land-bound friends or don mermaid costumes and clamber onto the prow for luck. Once at sail, patrons can settle into plush stools and couches lining the main deck’s sumptuous windowed lounge, and slide past the cash bar for libations (not included in the dinner cruise) to toast the luxurious evening. The steaming buffet tempts diners with four gourmet appetizers and entrees in the formal dining area on the lower deck ringed with clear lucite tables to protect guests from having their shoelaces tied together while eating. Passengers can mount the elegant glassed-in stairs to the upper level, where DJs spin tunes on a large dance floor sparkling with disco lights and an outer deck lets passengers relish ocean breezes and peaceful views of the Nautical Mile’s cozy harbors.