Fishing on Long Island: From the Ocean to Your Plate

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York THE FISHERMANA hand-rolled cigarette in one hand, a can of beer in the other, Ross Michael sits shirtless, sunning his tattoos aboard the Miste Rose docked at the commercial fishermen’s pier just inside the mouth of Montauk Harbor, and watching the competition unload at the neighboring fish market. It’s a well-earned break for the dreadlocked 36-year-old who, unlike the grizzled old seadogs a few slips away, isn’t so wary of outsiders he won’t share a few fish stories. “It’s really good money,” he says, recalling months-long, deep-sea so-called “long-line” voyages. “It’s not Deadliest Catch, but we work really, really hard. We work crazy hours and break our backs.” As if catching sea bass and konch for money didn’t make him a living relic of Long Island’s oldest profession—a feat not uncommon in these parts—he works for a crew that is one of only three lobster boats left on The End. The Greenwich, Conn., native is hopeful the species is rebounding and scoffs at the lobster-hungry Hamptonites with no clue how hard the crustaceans are to catch. “Never trust the first pot,” he says, quoting his captain, Ace, referring to the traps with which they catch their pincher-clad livelihood. “Either you get nothing, or you get a lot.”THE SEAFOOD BROKERUpwards of 15,000 pounds of fish daily pass through Asa Gosman’s family’s wholesale fish market. A member of the storied Gosman clan who run a cluster of Montauk shops and restaurants where Irish brogues are often overheard, he speaks proudly of the biggest operation in the heart of New York State’s largest commercial fishing port, explaining how the work days start at the crack of dawn and run long, same as those of his suppliers. “There’s more fish here than anywhere else,” says Gosman, 36, noting how the geography turned this community into a working museum of the Island’s fishing industry. “Where you have bodies of water meeting, you’re gonna have more fish.” Much has changed since the family business was established here seven decades ago. “Montauk’s gotten a lot busier and the consumer’s gotten a lot more demanding…Chefs have gotten more creative with their dishes.” From here, hundreds of restaurants are kept in stock with fresh seafood. Every day a company delivery truck filled with fish makes a roundtrip drive to New York City, 120 miles each way. “We try to specialize in local fish, but we also sell everything,” he says. “If you look at somebody’s menu, they’re gonna have 10 or 15 different seafood items. Half will be local, half will be from somewhere else.”THE COOKAmid a strip of trendy restaurants drawing tourists to uptown Montauk sits The Dock, the local pub where out-of-towners mingle with fishermen docked outside while Theresa “TD” Dettori cooks some of the freshest seafood found this side of the Shinnecock Inlet. They’re known for their tuna melt: grilled tuna steak with cheese on an English muffin. Their seafood supplier, Gosman’s, is right next door, and some of the fishermen who supply their wholesaler are regulars here. One of them was Frank Mundus, the legendary shark fisherman who was the inspiration for Captain Quint in Jaws. “I actually opened Mick Jagger’s clams,” says Dettori, 54, with a smile that belies how hot it is working in a kitchen in the summer heat. The Rolling Stones frontman and his band spent time here in the ’70s, jamming at Andy Warhol’s beach house, writing songs—Memory Motel downtown inspired one. “Back in the old days, we used to get a lot of long-liners from Down South, and they’re a pretty rough crowd,” she says. “They don’t really come to Montauk anymore.” She glances across the bar at the familiar faces she’s gotten to know in her 35 years here. “These people are here probably six days a week, if not seven,” she says. “Same people, same seats, same routine.”THE PATRONSSeated with their two young sons at The Dock during happy hour are Andrea and Orhan Saraylil of Westchester, a young family celebrating their annual pilgrimage to Montauk by ordering some freshly caught dinner from the sea. “I’ve never seen anything like it,” Andrea says of the grilled tuna melt, which The Dock claims to have invented. In between cutting up a grilled cheese for the two toddlers—well-behaved kids who don’t invoke one of the bar’s rules: “Take screaming children outside”—Orhan, a banker, says: “I don’t think I would have gotten this if it weren’t right here,” gesturing to his view of the fishermen’s pier. Asked why they drove to the farthest-flung outpost of LI, Andrea says it was a split verdict. “The beach, the food, I guess that’s why,” she says, noting ironically while this reporter interrupts her dinner that the lack of media attention is also a draw. “It’s very low-key, I feel very comfortable.”last_img read more

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Albert Pujols excited for first visit to St. Louis with the Angels

first_imgHe’s also tried not to think of how he’ll feel when he actually steps into the batter’s box for the first time, with longtime teammate Yadier Molina behind the plate.“I don’t know and I don’t want to know because if you start thinking about it and it doesn’t go that way you might be a little disappointed,” Pujols said. “But I’m pretty sure it’ll be emotional. And then having Yadi behind the plate, he’s like my little brother and we had success together.”Over 11 years with the Cardinals, Pujols hit .328 with a 1.037 OPS, averaging 40 homers a season. The Cardinals also won the World Series in 2006 and 2011 with Pujols, the latter coming in the final season before he signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Angels.The Angels and Cardinals then met in interleague play in 2013 and 2016, but both times the series was in Anaheim.Although it was widely assumed that the schedule would bring the Angels to St. Louis in 2019, Pujols said he was excited when it became official last year. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Pujols said he got “a lot of texts” from friends and family, many of whom will be using the $35,000 worth of tickets that he said he bought for this weekend.“The best fans in baseball, no doubt,” Pujols said of the St. Louis fans. “A great atmosphere. They know the game. From young boys to 80-year-old people, they are always into the game. I think the best thing about it is players like Ken Griffey Jr. had milestones there and they were getting a standing ovation by our fans. They know baseball. They love the game. They love their team. Whether they are winning or losing, it’s going to be a packed house. It was a great atmosphere every time I took the field for 11 years and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be that way this weekend too.”Despite the hoopla, Pujols said he plans to keep his focus on winning the games, because he wants to try to have some of the success with the Angels that he had in St. Louis.“We’ve missed the playoffs seven out of my eight years here and hopefully we can get a good roll here and have the best player in the game play in a big spot, which is the playoffs and the World Series. And that’s (Mike Trout). Hopefully, the fans can get to do that this year.”ALSOThe Angels traded outfielder Cesar Puello to the Miami Marlins for cash considerations. Puello had been designated for assignment to make room for Justin Upton when he was activated on Monday. …Shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who is rehabbing from an ankle sprain, was set for a second rehab game at rookie-level Orem (Utah) on Wednesday, after which the Angels will decide whether he needs more time or can be activated. …Trevor Cahill was sent to Salt Lake City to throw about 75 pitches in a Triple-A game on Friday night. Cahill, who is out with an elbow issue, is expected to be ready after one game, Manager Brad Ausmus said. It’s unclear in what role the Angels would use Cahill after he returns, or who he would replace on the roster. …Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros JC Ramírez felt good after his rehab outing on Tuesday night with Salt Lake, Ausmus said. Ramírez, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, is expected to use just about all 30 days of his rehab assignment, which means he would rejoin the Angels around June 29. The Angels haven’t yet decided on a role for Ramírez because “we don’t know what will happen between now and then,” Ausmus said. …Keynan Middleton, who is also rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, has not started facing hitters, and Ausmus said he’s not sure when that will happen. …Matt Harvey, who is out with a back injury, has resumed baseball activity, but there’s no timeline for his return, Ausmus said. …Justin Bour, Tommy La Stella and Kevan Smith did the EdgeWalk at the top of the CN Tower. Supported by a safety rail, visitors can walk around the outside of the observation deck 116 stories above the ground. “There were a couple times when I wasn’t sure all the members participating were going to go through with it, but we all did and I’m glad we did,” Bour said.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Jose Suarez, 2-1, 4.50) at Blue Jays (LHP Clayton Richard, 0-3, 7.52), Thursday, 4:07 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM TORONTO — Albert Pujols is days away from a moment he’s been anticipating for years.The Angels will open a three-game series in St. Louis on Friday, offering Pujols the first chance to play in front of the fans who cheered him for the first 11 years of a career that will send him to the Hall of Fame.“I think it’s going to be emotional,” Pujols said Wednesday. “I don’t get too emotional, but for myself, it will be like that. When I got to St. Louis I was 21 and when I left I was 32. I got there as a baby and left as a man. You can’t ignore the success I had there, individually and team accomplishments, winning championships. It’s pretty awesome. I’m excited.”It’s unclear exactly how the Cardinals will honor Pujols throughout the weekend series. So far all he knows is that he’s having a press conference on Friday afternoon, but he’s unsure about what sort of on-field ceremonies or presentations there might be.center_img Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Ranieri finally confronts title reality… “We can win it”

first_imgAgainst Swansea, Leicester will be without leading goalscorer Jamie Vardy, who will be missing for at least one match through suspension following his controversial dismissal for two bookings — the second for diving — during the clash with the Hammers.However, having accepted an FA charge of improper conduct after confronting referee Jon Moss, the England striker could be banned for at least one further game.Ranieri added: “We know he has one match off and our preparation is without him. He trained very well and he was not happy but he enjoyed the training session.“We knew he had a suspension and then we move on.”Asked if he would like to see a change in FA rules that currently prevent appeals against two yellows, Ranieri replied: “Maybe we hope but now I don’t want to put my energy into this case. My focus is only on Swansea. It is a difficult match.”Ranieri backed England manager Roy Hodgson’s assessment that Vardy should not have been sent off for diving. “It’s not only sympathy, it’s the truth,” he added. “He is going very fast and when you touch something you lose balance. Maybe it’s not a penalty but sure it’s not a yellow card.“It’s important because Roy is an honest man and said what he watched. When a man without a (club) team says ‘in my opinion it’s this’ it’s normal.”Ranieri refused to be drawn on whether Leonardo Ulloa, whose coolly-taken last-gasp penalty rescued a point for the Foxes last weekend, would replace Vardy.“Leo deserves to play but before Leo there is a team and I think about what is the best team.”Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante are all up for England’s Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, which will be announced on Sunda, and Ranieri has praised the trio’s achievement.“It is fantastic,” he added. “I don’t know how many times three players of Leicester were involved. Amazing.”Share on: WhatsApp Leicester, United Kingdom | AFP |Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri finally conceded on Friday that his top-of-the table side can win the Premier League title.The Italian manager has spent the entire campaign downplaying the Foxes’ remarkable ascent, initially declaring the aim was 40 points before adjusting his targets to qualifying for the Europa League and then subsequently the Champions League.With all of those milestones now safely secured, all that remains to cap an extraordinary campaign is the Premier League trophy itself and, for the very first time, Ranieri was prepared to admit his side are on the brink of history.Leicester will kick off Sunday’s match against Swansea five points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who face West Bromwich Albion on Monday.Spurs capitalised on Leicester’s 2-2 draw with West Ham last Sunday by closing the gap 24 hours later with an imperious 4-0 triumph over Stoke City which, with four games left to go, has increased the pressure on the Foxes.Publicly at least, Ranieri is retaining his trademark cool, telling reporters on Friday: “We are in the Champions League. Dilly ding, dilly dong! Come on! How big an achievement. It is fantastic. Terrific.“Well done to everyone — the owners, fans, players and staff. It is a great achievement. Unbelievable — and now we go straightaway to try to win the title. Only this remains.“I know Mauricio Pochettino (the Tottenham manager) is saying ‘keep calm’. I wanted 79 points, what we have (73) isn’t enough and now we have to fight more.”‘Moment to push’Ranieri added: “I talk to my players. Now is the right moment to push. Always I believe. I’m a positive man. If Tottenham go over us then congratulations.“But I prefer to stay five points higher! It is exciting.“Do I think Spurs win the last four? Yes. I think they win. But also we win and then..exciting — if we win the title then it is unbelievable.”last_img read more

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Texas Man Could Be Innocent After a Computer Algorithm Links DNA to a New Suspect

first_imgNearly a decade into his life sentence for murder, Lydell Grant was released from a Texas prison on bond thanks to a new computer software program that identified the real source of a mixture of DNA.Thanks to the computer analysis, Grant, 42, the judge recommended in December that Texas’ highest criminal court vacate his conviction. His attorneys are hopeful a ruling is made in the coming weeks.For Grant’s exoneration hinged on the DNA evidence being sorted out by a new computer algorithm, which reanalyzed the unidentified DNA which led to the discovery of a new suspect, who has been charged after police said he confessed.At Grant’s trial in 2012, prosecutors centered their case on the eyewitness testimony — a practice that the Innocence Project argues plays a major role in defendants’ being wrongfully accused. In addition, jurors heard about DNA collected from fingernail scrapings from the victim’s right hand. The DNA was actually a mixture of two people: the victim and a second male profile.Houston’s police crime lab could not conclude that the other DNA was Grant’s, but the state’s expert’s testimony suggested to the jury that it “could not be excluded.”Jurors also heard from Grant’s alibi witness, who said he was with Grant on the night of the murder, but his testimony failed to sway them, court documents show.Grant was found guilty of first-degree felony murder. From his jail cell in Harris County, he began writing to anyone he thought could help including the Innocence Project who contacted DNA expert Angie Ambers, an associate professor of forensic science at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.Ambers was familiar with a type of DNA technology known as “probabilistic genotyping.”Ambers learned of one such software program created by Cybergenetics, a small company in Pittsburgh that had analyzed DNA samples from unidentified victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.It was worth a shot: Ware requested the raw DNA data from the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and then it was shared with Cybergenetics and run through its program, TrueAllele. (The name is a play on the word that signifies the different forms a person’s genes can take.)The company offered a free preliminary screening, and the software did what a human could not do: determine that Grant’s DNA did not match that of the unknown male profile.Ambers had a hunch that something was off when she first reviewed the case because a large number of alleles present in the DNA mixture were inconsistent with Scheerhoorn’s or Grant’s profiles. But she said TrueAllele’s discovery alone wouldn’t guarantee that Grant would be cleared of a crime because he was convicted by a jury.Typically, federal, state and local law enforcement and government crime labs can upload an unknown profile into the database and compare it for a possible match against that of one of the more than 14 million convicted criminals and those arrested already in the system. The process, for instance, can help authorities link crimes from several scenes to a single person.The South Carolina crime lab’s search resulted in a hit. The DNA profile belonged to a man in Atlanta named Jermarico Carter, who police say left Houston shortly after the murder. Carter also has a lengthy criminal record, and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said in a statement in December that he confessed to the killing.Acevedo at the time also issued a rare apology to Grant and his family, “as they have waited for justice all these years.”last_img read more

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