Cherry Grove Journals

New York: Cherry Grove

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A July 1995 trip to Cherry Grove by kylebarber

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Quote: The good and bad of visiting Cherry Grove on Fire Island.

New York: Cherry Grove

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Overview

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Fire Island is considered by many to be the pinnacle of a gay summer getaway. It is very secluded, almost entirely gay, and highly sexual. There are actually two gay communities on Fire Island: The Fire Island Pines and Cherry Grove. Whereas Cherry Grove welcomes both gays and lesbians and has a more diverse population of ages and races, the Fire Island Pines is very much male and similar in demographics to your average circuit party event. Dating back to 1869, Cherry Grove has much more of a history than the relatively new community of the Pines. Celebrities would frequent the island regularly after gays and lesbians bought up the local properties in 1938 and began making it a chic getaway fo...Read More

Cherry's Pit

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Restaurant

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Cherry's Pit is a good option for dining in Cherry Grove if you'd like to avoid eating pizza or in the expensive and merely good "fine dining" establishments. An added plus is the beautiful views afforded by their outdoor patio facing the nearby ferry dock. Serving standard American fare like sandwiches and hamburgers, the quality of food at Cherry's Pit is surprisingly high, and the wait staff is friendly and flirty. Both frozen drinks and average Joe cocktails can be ordered from the bar, the better to justify keeping your waterfront table as the sun slowly sets over the horizon.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Cherry Grove Pizza

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Restaurant

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One of the bad things about visiting an isolated "get away from it all" community is that your dining options are limited. And if you're on a tight budget (not a demographic that any of the Fire Island communities truly cater to...) your dining dilemma is exacerbated. Fortunately the small Cherry Grove Pizza, tucked underneath the Ice Palace, fills a niche in this well-to-do island paradise. With indoor and shaded patio seating, they offer slices of fairly good New York style pizza to both hungry social-climbing boys and girls and Ice Palace revelers who need a quick pick-me-up before the next ABBA remix commences.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Sayville Ferry Service

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Attraction

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You can't really term the Sayville Ferry Service as a boat tour, but there isn't much else in the way of a category for describing this essential component in getting to Fire Island. Leaving the Sayville docks every half hour, two boats take off at the same time, one heading for the Fire Island Pines and the other to Cherry Grove. The ride to either location takes about twenty minutes, with the peninsula looming ahead as you cross the Great South Bay. Neither ferry offers any amenities and the ride is pretty much a straight shot across the water, but the trip can be interesting as you get your first chance to check out the other passengers who'll be inhabiting the island with you this weekend. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000

Fire Island National Seashore

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Attraction

Fire Island National Seashore Photo,
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While visiting Fire Island is largely about immersing yourself in an exclusively gay world for a few days, its true appeal is the beautiful surroundings that have been designated a national park. The beaches that line both Cherry Grove and the Fire Island Pines are idyllic and undisturbed, a summer paradise away from New York City choked with tourists. The beach at Cherry Grove is about half and half gay / lesbian, reflecting the makeup of the community. It's much less sexually charged than the Pines, and the beach itself is not as nice and picturesque. However, you'll find the people easier to approach and meet, you're closer to food services, and there seems to be less irritating jellyfish i...Read More

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Ice Palace

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Attraction

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Well, if you ever felt like you missed out on the freewheeling days of the 1970's, you can still check them out in the dance club that time forgot called The Ice Palace. The decor can't possibly have changed much, and the music certainly hasn't. Every other song is a relic from the past, though some of my senior friends might roll their eyes at the concept of Donna Summer, ABBA and the Village People as "oldies." It's fun hearing something different than the dark and sinister music that is prevalant in the city, and everyone seems to be in a great mood. It helps that the doors to the club are wide open with the sunlight streaming in during the day. You can also move your conversation with a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2000