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Who does William Floyd have a Parkway named after him? Come to Mastic Beach, Sunday 8.2 + Cinema in Astoria-Vivre Sa Vie; Jules & Jim

If you’ve ever spent any time in Long Island, you’ve probably seen signs for the William Floyd Parkway. Who was this Floyd, and why does he have a highway named after him?

Floyd was a Long Island-born signer of the Declaration of Independence, who defended the island from British attack during the Revolutionary War. While the homes of his three fellow New York signers have disappeared over time, Floyd’s is the only home of a signer of the Declaration of Independence remaining in the New York metro area. (Remarkably, a second home of his, in Westernville, New York, also survived and is privately owned and preserved upstate.)

General William Floyd, signer of the Declaration of Independence, back in the day. (His Mastic Beach house, preserved today by the National Park Service, is shown in the background.)

Floyd’s Long Island home at Mastic Beach is owned by the National Park Service and is part of the larger Fire Island National Seashore. The house is open to the public three days a week (Friday through Sunday) during the summer. This weekend, park rangers are conducting a special William Floyd event on Sunday, August 2, celebrating the day Floyd and the most of the signers actually attached their signatures to the famous document. Three tours of the home will be conducted, at 11 AM, 1 PM and 3 PM. Admission is free, so why not drop by.

Joseph D’Agnese and Denise Kiernan, authors of a new book entitled Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame & Misfortune of the Men Who Signed the Declaration of Independence will be signing copies of their books between tours of the house. Proceeds will benefit the Fire Island Lighthouse Preservation Society. (Books are limited, so if you see copies at your local bookseller, you might want to buy them there and have Joe and Denise sign them at the Floyd estate.)

Either way, come and learn a little about local New York history. You can find directions to and information about the site here.

Tell Joe and Denise you saw this event on urbanseashell—a collection and say hi for me. Enjoy the event!

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Vivre Sa Vie
Sunday, August 2, 2:00 p.m.

1962, 85 mins. Directed by Jean-Luc Godard. With Anna Karina. The story of a woman who comes to Paris to become on actress but instead becomes a prostitute is told by Godard in twelve tableaux, an innovative style which balances formal rigor and Brechtian distance with the underlying emotionalism of the tragic tale. The style also allowed Godard to blend essay and documentary approaches with fictional filmmaking. Susan Sontag called it "one of the most extraordinary, beautiful, and original works of art that I know of...[it] seems to me a perfect film."

Jules and Jim
Sunday, August 2, 4:00 p.m.

1962, 105 mins. Directed by François Truffaut. With Jeanne Moreau, Oskar Werner, Henri Serre. At once exuberant and poignant, Jules and Jim is the quintessential love triangle movie. Set in Paris, from the end of the Belle Epoque through the start of World War II, it follows the adventures of two Bohemian friends who each fall in love with the capricious and modern Catherine. The film is filled with invention, insight, and emotional depth, with Truffaut's direction enhanced by Georges Delerue's hauntingly evocative score and kinetic photography by Raoul Coutard.


Free Friday Night Film on the HayWall

JULY 31st
Francois Truffaut’s JULES AND JIM

Films begin at 9 PM, but show up early to enjoy the
beautiful gardens at Marders Nursery. All screenings are free and
open to the public. Bring a beach chair & picnic. For more information,
call (631) 702-2306 or

also at the Gallery

PACE PRINTS — Reception 4-8 PM
Group exhibition featuring selections from the Pace
Prints collection. Shed Show installations by selected artists.

120 Snake Hollow Rd Bridgehampton, NY


Photos from Paillette's Mini Event Last Saturday in Sag Harbor's Cove Courtyard inviting shoppers to this new boutique

Upcoming Events

Sneak Peek

Feature Film
Free Fridays at Silas Marder
July 31
Bridgehampton, NY

Films at the Moving Image
Saturday & Sunday, August 1 & 2
New York, NY

Book Signing
Sunday, August 2
Mastic, NY

Culture Project
Wednesday, August 4
New York, NY

Terrence McManus
guitarist-composer-sound artist
"The Wealthy Industrialists"
Tuesday, August 11
New York, NY

Catch the Petty Thieves
Thursday, September, 17
New York, NY
Stay tuned for details



Remember, there is always an OPEN MIC after (or before) the featured readers. So bring some poems, and only a $5 minimum at the bar for the Perch Cafe's Literary Tuesday - hosted by
Elise Buchman and special host Charles J. Butler.

July 28 – Ani Gjika has taught writing and literature at diverse venues, from Thailand to Rutgers University. Her work has appeared in Stirring, Verse Libre, Pelegrin, and Sotto Voce Magazine, among others. She currently lives in NJ with her husband and their adopted American Bulldog Petey, but they will soon be relocating to Boston in August so Ani can pursue an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Joining Ani will be Asya Graf. Asya received her PhD in Comparative Literature from Princeton University, and will also be relocating to Boston to pursue an MFA in poetry at Boston University. Her works have been recently published in decomP, Folly, DMQ, Boxcar, and Anderbo. She has just survived her first (and possibly last) year of teaching in the NYC public school system.

F/R Train to 4th Avenue/9th Street
(btwn 5th and 6th St.)

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Stay tuned for upcoming events.