Useful Link: Sports & Leisure

  • Airports: New York
    Choose "Long Island" or “New York City” from the region drop-down box and then click on Search to find links to the official sites for JFK International, LaGuardia, Islip MacArthur Airport, and other regional airports where you will be able to check flight arrivals and departures, get parking information, AirTrain rates, and maps.
  • All Recipes
    This large collection of recipes is submitted by avid cooks all over the country. Search by type of dish or ingredients. Print or email recipes and also convert them for larger or smaller numbers of servings.
  • Apartment Therapy
    The myriad design ideas featured on this website may originate in apartments around the nation, but could easily be used in other settings. Search by topic or browse through New York's and other major cities' rooms for unique, eclectic home decorating advice.
  • Baseball: Major League Baseball
    The official site of American baseball. Enjoy updates on current players, teams, and World Series; check player statistics, interviews, rankings, and TV schedules; and even play fantasy baseball.
  • Basketball: National Basketball Association
    The official site of the National Basketball Association. Includes news, features, multimedia, player profiles, chat transcripts, schedules and statistics.
  • Bed & Breakfast.com
    View bed & breakfast descriptions, photos, visitor reviews, and more for inns in the United States and abroad.
  • Better Homes & Gardens: Home Improvement
    Find ideas, projects, step-by-step instructions, and inspiration for building and remodeling projects for kitchens, baths, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, and outdoor areas. Also features a library of house plans.
  • Better Homes & Gardens: Home Decorating
    Let your creative juices flow with photos and tips from professional designers. Choose to design by room, style, or colors or just browse the dozens of project ideas. Reader submitted rooms and an "Arrange a Room"¯ planner are also featured.
  • Biking on Long Island
    Lists the Long Island parks where biking is allowed.
  • Boating Safety Courses
    Be certified before you set sail. Check this list of boating safety courses sponsored by New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.
  • Boating Safety Courses: Online
    This free, interactive, non-proctored course and exam has been approved by the National Association of Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) and is recognized by the U.S. Coast Guard as exceeding the minimum requirements for the National Recreational Boating Safety Program. Individual states may charge additional fees for their officially recognized boating cards.
  • Bob Vila: Home Improvement Library
    Research do-it-yourself improvements with home improvement information from this website. Search home repair articles by subject, task or location. Includes articles and videos of actual projects.
  • Budget Travel
    With an itinerary planned using this website, you can explore the globe without depleting your holiday fund. Explore by destination or just browse articles for travel inspiration. Each article gives recommendations on restaurants, hotels, and attractions and there are ample reader-supplied tips that will help you save money.
  • Care 2: Healthy & Green Living
    Care 2 promotes eco-friendly home care and decor from suggestions for reusing everyday objects to alternative cleaning supplies. Browse blog entries or search by topic to find articles.
  • Center for Disease Control Travel Health Warnings
    Check if the country you are visiting has any outstanding health concerns or vaccination requirements. Also includes general tips on staying safe and healthy abroad, traveling with children or pets, and cruise ship health.
  • Choose My Plate
    Provides tips on losing weight and maintaining a healthy lifestyle for people of all ages through nutrition and exercise, with links to the newly revised food pyramid.
  • Cruise Critic
    Complete guide to cruises, cruise lines and exclusive deals. Over 26,000 cruise reviews are written by the editors and travelers. There are also ship ratings and information on ports of call.
  • Currency Converter
    Find conversion rates for 164 world currencies with exchange rates updated daily.
  • Directions: Google Maps
    View maps and get driving directions for the United States and countries overseas. Maps are available in standard atlas-type versions, with terrain contouring, or with photographic satellite versions. Selected areas of the world can even be viewed from the street viewed as if you were actually there!
  • Disabled Travelers
    Tips for accessible traveling around the world. Lists of travel agents, tour operators, accessible transportation companies, travel companions, adventure travel companies, and airline assistance.
  • Dog-Friendly Travel
    Pet travel guide for dogs of all sizes. Pet friendly hotels, bed and breakfast inns, RV parks and campgrounds, cabin and vacation rentals, accommodations, dog parks, and airline travel.
  • ESPN
    One-stop shopping for all major sports news, athlete info, TV programming, fantasy games, and much more.
  • Fantasy Sports Central
    Strategize to your heart's content on this site that covers football, baseball, and basketball fantasy teams.
  • Feeding America: The Historic American Cookbook Project
    Browse through cookbooks from the 18th to the 20th centuries and see how our ancestors approached home cooking. Read transcripts of recipes and cooking advice or even view pages of the actual books.
  • Ferry Schedules: Long Island Ferries
    Check departure times and fees for ferry service from Long Island to Connecticut and Fire Island. Links are available for ferries from Port Jefferson to Bridgeport, Orient Point to New London, and from the South Shore to Fire Island. Online reservations are available for some ferries.
  • Food Safety
    Keep up to date on the outbreak of any major food contaminants and get general advice for creating a safe and clean environment in your kitchen.
  • Football: National Football League (NFL)
    Official site of the National Football League. It delivers in-depth team pages for all clubs, game-day coverage with real time statistics and play-by-play commentary.
  • Garden Insects and Pests
    Cornell Cooperative Extension's guide to controlling vegetable garden pests.
  • GardenWeb: Ask the Experts
    Avid gardeners answer users' questions about a variety of common gardening issues. Browse by general topic or use the keyword search.
  • Golf: PGA
    Get golf information, golf tournament updates and golf news from the official site of the PGA of America.
  • HGTV
    When you are not glued to the television soaking up decorating tips, you can browse HGTV's extensive website of tips for indoors or out! Look for your favorite show or designer or watch design-transformation videos.
  • HGTV: Landscaping Ideas
    HGTV can provide inspiration and help when planning your yard. Articles and videos address common landscaping mistakes, how to build decks and design patio spaces, as well as indoor and container gardening.
  • High School Sports: Long Island High Schools
    Newsday's page of Long Island sports news features recent scores, articles, video, and photos.
  • Hockey: National Hockey League (NHL)
    The official National Hockey League web site includes features, news, rosters, statistics, schedules, teams, live game radio broadcasts, and video clips.
  • Horse Racing: New York Racing Association
    Keep up with New York's racing scene with coverage of the Aqueduct, Saratoga, and Belmont Park.
  • Hotels.com
    Find a hotel and read customer reviews on over 8,000 locations around the world. Also browse room rates, photographs, maps, and attractions with easy to navigate tabs.
  • Kayak.com: Ticket Prices
    For one-stop shopping for cheap tickets, check Kayak.com. This site searches hundreds of travel sites and compares results so you don't have to check dozens of sites yourself. Find and book cheap airline tickets, hotel rooms, vacations and rental cars.
  • Lonely Planet Travel Planner
    Travel advice, tips and destination information inspire you to tour the globe from the popular travel organization Lonely Planet.
  • Long Island Birding
    Bird lovers have a home on the Internet with this website highlighting Long Island locations for great birdwatching opportunities as well as news and upcoming trips.
  • Long Island Boat Ramp Guide
    Find a place to hit the high seas with this list of Suffolk County ramps. The list includes town phone numbers, seasonal restrictions, and indicates if fees are in place to launch.
  • Long Island Fishing
    Guide to Long Island fishing locations and fish species found in specific locales. Also provides links to freshwater and saltwater fish and New York State fishing regulations. From the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation.
  • Long Island Golf Courses
    Hit the links with this comprehensive list of Long Island golf courses including maps, descriptions, and amenities.
  • Long Island Invasive Species Management Area
    Discover the invasive plant and tree species found on Long Island and learn about alternative plantings that are native to the area.
  • Long Island Parks & Beaches
    Find a list of the state and county parks and beaches in your neighborhood. The result list for each town or zip code also includes dog parks.
  • Long Island Trail Lovers Coalition
    Go for a walk on Long Island! The LITLC maintains a list of hiking trails in Suffolk County with descriptions of blazes (or routes).
  • Long Island Wineries
    Visit this webpage to find a map of Long Island wine country and a list of vineyards and events.
  • MTA: Including Long Island Railroad and New York City Subway Maps
    The MTA's official site has links to the LIRR's train schedules and route maps as well as Manhattan subway lines, Long Island or city bus routes, Metro-North, and information on tolls at bridges and tunnels. Find an E-Z pass application at this site and also service advisories on all forms of public transportation.
  • National Gardening Association
    Beginner gardeners can find a wealth of information here. Standout features include plant care guides, a plant finder database, weed library, and how-to projects and videos, all chock-full of tips to make your garden flourish.
  • National Parks
    Choose a park for a visitor's guide including hours and directions, park fees, history, and maps.
  • New York City Travel Guide
    Get information on New York City hotels, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, sightseeing, and activities. Read the Fodor's reviews or post your own.
  • New York State Building Codes
    Free versions of the codes as adopted by New York State: International Building Code, International Residential Code, International Existing Building Code, International Fire Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Energy Conservation Code, and International Property Maintenance Code. [Does NOT include the New York State Supplement]
  • New York State Building Codes Supplement
    Free access to the New York State Supplement to Uniform Code (amendments to the building, fire, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy conversation, property management codes).
  • New York State Travel Guide
    Explore our state on the official tourism website, I Love New York. With indoor and outdoor travel itineraries; lists of restaurants, hotels, and other lodging; and even a personal travel guide planner, you won't have to go far to have a good time.
  • Offbeat Attractions
    Visit the homepage for Roadside America, a travel guide to unusual attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and road trips.
  • Olympics: International Olympic Committee
    Explore the history of the Olympic Games, as well as athletes, photos, videos, news, and information about all the Olympic sports.
  • Passport Applications
    Apply for or renew a passport with information from this page from the Department of State. You can also find locations to apply for a passport in person or check the status of an application.
  • Restaurant Inspection: New York City
    Check the Health Department's latest safety and sanitation reports on restaurants within the five boroughs.
  • Running: New York Road Runners Club
    Running enthusiasts will find valuable information here including upcoming races around the metro-NY and Long Island areas (including the New York City Marathon), race results, training tips, video, and more.
  • Soccer: FIFA World Cup Soccer
    The official site of the international governing body of football will entice any soccer fan with news, national associations, competitions, results, fixtures, and coverage of the World Cup.
  • Suffolk County Transit
    Find Suffolk County bus routes including a color map of the bus entire bus system, route schedules, and fares.
  • Surfing on Long Island
    Find out the best spots for surfing on Long Island by searching through the interactive map or pull-down menus. Information includes best tide, best season, ability level, and more.
  • Tennis: Professional Tennis World Tour
    Follow the highs and lows of professional tennis in tournaments around the world. This website includes coverage of players and matches, scores and video, and the world rankings for men's and women's tennis.
  • The Cook's Thesaurus
    A visual encyclopedia of food with tips on how to purchase fruits and vegetables and suggested substitutes for common ingredients.
  • The Garden Helper
    Don't be misled by the homemade look to this website. This is a huge gardening site with abundant advice for growing flowers, plants, trees, fruits, and vegetables. The site is best used by searching for your specific issue in the search box at the bottom of the homepage. Some features are a gardening calendar and extensive plant and flower guides.
  • Town of Islip Code
    Chapter 68 of the Code of the Town of Islip covers zoning questions. For more information contact the Town's Zoning Board of Appeals (244-5489) or Building Division (244-5466).
  • Travel Warnings & Country Information
    The U.S. Department of State maintains this list of unstable regions in the world to which it is ill-advised to travel. From this page you can also link to alerts for short-term situations and to country information to check visa or health requirements.
  • Tree Guide: Arbor Day Foundation
    Browse alphabetically or search the common or scientific name of a tree for a color photograph, growing information, zones, and other attributes.
  • United States Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database
    This comprehensive database will help you understand the nutritional value of the foods you eat, including calories, fat, calcium, cholesterol, and dozens of other nutrients.
  • X Games
    Catch all the action at both the Winter and Summer X Games with stories, photos, and results.