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The Long Island History Project

It’s a long island with a long history. Want to hear it? Interviews with historians, scholars, authors and anyone with a story to tell and a passion for this unique region of New York.

Mar 20, 2018

Chris Bodkin concludes his visit to Sayville past with this third installment. We talk about his mother's trips out here during the Great Depression, Father Divine and the African American community, and Dr. Bard, dentist to the stars and first ladies.



Mar 18, 2018

Longtime Sayville resident Chris Bodkin continues his look back at Sayville's history. Today we talk about his time as a captain on the Fire Island Ferries and his move into local politics. 

Then we look at a few of the stories behind Sayville's war veterans memorialized in Sparrow Park. Chapter 3 of Chris' story...

Mar 16, 2018

Long-time Sayvile resident Chris Bodkin discusses his childhood in 1950s Sayville: life on the bay, Main Street, and the unexpected thrill of the first pizza store.