Fire Island is a thin Atlantic Ocean barrier island off the southern shore of Long Island, New York. It’s known for protected beaches interspersed with seasonal resort communities.
Fire Island is a great option for New Yorkers because you can drive, take a train and ferry easily to the island. Depends on transportation and ignoring the traffic, it takes 90 minutes to 2 hours to get to the island from New York City. It is really good when you think that you sometimes spend an hour in the NYC subway around the city 🙂 So it is not bad at all! New Yorkers understand better. As I mention usually, we New Yorkers love to run away from the city whenever we have a chance to all the other people who live in metropolitan cities. As soon as my friends get off from their work last weekend, we decided to go Fire Island the little heaven that we never had a chance to explore. We preferred to take the train to get there because it illuminates the traffic.
My very first time hearing about the Fire Island was from my LGBT friends. Because Fire Island has a history of being the friendliest place for LGBT community where they can show their affections more in public back in the 1940s. Lesbians and gay men were living freely and openly in a place called Cherry Grove. The Cherry Grove Community House and Theater opened in 1948, added to the National Register of Historic Places. The theater was cited for being the oldest continuously operating gay and lesbian theater in the United States as Billy Hallowell wrote on
Planning a fun day trip to Fire Island, home to a diverse range of natural landscapes, from sand dunes to forests, as well as vibrant towns, and nice beaches.
Why do they call it Fire Island? This is the question that I was very curious about and I am learning it with you all by creating this post 🙂
Here is the answer; The island may have been named after Fire Island Inlet, which appeared on a deed in 1789, and the inlet’s name may have started as a simple spelling error. The number of inlet islands has varied over time, and it is likely that “five” or the Dutch word “vier,” meaning four, was misspelled on early maps as “fire”.
A few cute houses on our way to the beach. This place has a unique housing style and I loved it. Super low key and modern at the same time. Just enough for a summer house!
After all these information about Fire Island, we came to the fun part of it. We visited the island when its off season so most of the places were closed and the cool parties were done. But that’s not all, it was still a bit alive and was very peaceful. We still could find a bar & restaurant to eat and grab something to drink. There was an open supermarket to shop. And The Fire Island Parasail was there for us with fun water sports activities. I had an experience to parasail before in Key West, Florida. It was super exciting and peaceful ( Yes, you heard me right because parasailing is one of the calmest and the most peaceful activity I have ever done in my life. Even if you are hundreds of feet above the ground which is kind of scary, you only hear the wind and see the great view up there in the sky. That makes you feel free like a bird and you keep saying how a beautiful view you are seeing that moment. One of my reasons to push myself to do it more is my fear of heights. I believe I am getting much better when I remember the old Busra 🙂 I remember that I was scared to look down from the balcony and windows of tall apartments in Turkey. That time, in my childhood or teenage years buildings, were not that tall like the present. Now living between the skyscrapers and even going rooftops and look down comfortably. I am a Gemini which is one of the crazy soul astronomic signs, and even my fear of heights could not stop me experiencing an unbelievable opportunity to be up there free as a bird. Gemini is also obsessed with her freedom. So my courage makes a lot of sense even if I scared of heights before 🙂
You can see in this picture how I look happy after my turn. Of course, I and my girlfriend decided to go first because as usual gentlemen have some concerns and they want to make sure it is safe 🙂 As we say again, Girl Power! <3
I create a new trend. Sneakers and socks on the beach! 🙂 I bought this socks from Forever 21 more than a year ago for my Miami trip that time. I never had a chance to wear it. It matched very well with my Adidas – Superstars. Just right at my age, perfectly!
I rather stay on the beach because the ocean was rough. I did not even try to get in. It was hard to even stand straight by the waves.
Saying goodbye to the beach. Leaving sandals and getting into comfortable shoes and my socks again.
Last pictures with the sunset. The color of the light is very beautiful. I never give myself a chance to miss this.
This photo is from our boat. We are leaving the sunset behind us and promising to be back here. I will love to come back in season next summer. It will be great to experience this beautiful place with lots of people, parties, and festivals. It sounds super exciting and evocative! Can not wait for it! 🙂