Fire Island Holiday Gift Guide.

Fire Island Holiday Gift Guide.



Photo by Mike Fisher.


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Tom Bianchi Fire Island Pines Polaroids







Photographer Tom Bianchi’s ode to the Pines captures the golden age of the Pines through a series of polaroid’s. Each photo has a meaning all its own. The perfect gift for someone who loves the Pines.

               Buy it here!   


Fire Island Modernist

Architect Christopher Rawlins meticulously researched book of architect Horace Gifford and the Fire Island homes                      he created. A must for any Pines enthusiast!

                  Buy it here!        









"Welcome to Fire Island..." 1976
“Welcome to Fire Island…” 1976

Welcome to Fire Island

Jack Nichols vision of Cherry Grove and the growing Pines in a time gone by. A unique intimate perspective of life on Fire Island in the early 1970’s.

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Longtime Companion

The first movie to deal with the growing AIDS crisis. A must for every young person to see the beginnings of the response of the epidemic.

                       Buy it here








Running in Bed

                             A journey through a post Stonewall world through the eyes of character  Josh Silver. A wonderful ride through New York and Fire Island written by Pines resident Jeff Sharlach.  Normally $14.95 on Amazon here or we have donated copies for $ 10.00 included local shipping!

                        Buy it here from us   or   Amazon








Dancer from the Dance

                          Andrew Holleran’s classic book that is required reading for every gay young person. The book mapped out gay New York. It documented real events in the city’s gay landmarks. It doesn’t portray gay men as evil or particularly dangerous, as did much 20th century literature. From the depths of New York gay scene to the beaches of Fire Island it is all here.


                             Buy it here




A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay

A House on the Ocean, A House on the Bay spans the heyday of author Felice Picano’s life in the Pines and Manhattan during the 1960s and 1970s. He chronicles his love affairs and the tortuous intricacies of a longtime love triangle, his hilarious misadventures as a bookstore employee.

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    Cherry Grove Fire Island     

First published in 1993, the award-winning Cherry Grove, Fire Island tells the story of the extraordinary gay and lesbian resort community near New York City. This new paperback edition includes a new preface by the author. Everything you wanted to know about Cherry Grove, but were too lazy to look for. Its all here!
                              Buy it here


Lessons from the Beach

                           My own book of inspirational and reflective thoughts about our beautiful Island. 
                                           Buy it here




    The Normal Heart  

  Directed by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Based on Kramer’s Tony Award® winning play of the same name, it takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. An ensemble of searing performances featuring Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons, and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts. Filmed in the Pines and again a must see for the twinks!

                              Buy it here








 A summer on Fire Island by Alexander Goodman.

            The 60’s in Cherry Grove and all It encompassed.   No hard copy download e book @


         See it here






The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience

The AIDS Generation: Stories of Survival and Resilience examines the strategies for survival and coping employed by these HIV-positive gay men, who together constitute the first generation of long-term survivors of the disease. Through interviews conducted by the author, it narrates the stories of gay men who have survived since the early days of the epidemic; documents and delineates the strategies and behaviors enacted by men of this generation to survive it; and examines the extent to which these approaches to survival inform and are informed by the broad body of literature on resilience and health.

                                Buy it here




Fire Island Pines

The people who have everything and stop at nothing! The naked , gaping underside of the upper crust!

Need I say more… 

       Buy it here





  Mascara, Mirth, & Mayhem by Susan Kravitz.

A great visual documentation of the annual Invasion of the Pines on July 4th.

  Buy it here





Longtime Companion poster 11×17 – $14.99

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Beach Fire Island’s 1st beach party- the one that started it all.

                            In 1979 in Fire Island Pines NY a party/benefit called “Beach” was created to raise funds for a new Firetruck. It was Fire Island’s 1st beach party, creating a model for all that have followed it. Including today’s Pines Party. It would change the culture of the community forever by having the creative gays work with the local craftsmen developing a mutual respect and a historic moment in Fire Island history.






Fire Island: Photographs

Photographer Alex Geana has captured the spirit of Fire Island over a four-year span, telling the story of The Pines from legendary pool parties to all-night dancing on the beach. A fashion photographer in the commercial world, he brings his unique ability to simultaneously capture elegance and lifestyle with his lens by distilling the essence of The Pines in a glamorous and expansive body of photographic work. His pictures exude the happiness and joy the gay community find in a place where everyone can be free to express their individuality and sexuality. Freedom of expression, the uniqueness and sense of place is found in every picture. He documents Fire Island from the Pines Party to the Meat Rack and goes on to show how global warming is affecting the experience, bringing attention to the preservation needs of this special place.


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The photographs koitz presents in this book come from his work in both Cherry Grove and the Pines, where for years he has documented local events, big and small, such as the Miss Fire Island Pageant and the Invasion of the Pines. In addition to this public aspect, his friendships in both communities have given him exceptional access to capture private moments that define, always in koitz’s revealing and highly individual perspective, the singular atmosphere found only in Cherry Grove and Fire Island Pines.



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Greg Scarnici is an American comedic writer, director, producer, performer and drag queen. He was born in Jamaica, Queens, and continues to work in New York City, where he balances work in theatre, film, and television.  In his second collection of humorous essays,  ” Dungeons and Drag Queens” comedian, Greg Scarnici recounts some of his shocking and scandalous experiences over twenty-five seasons on New York’s Fire Island. From tea dances in Fire Island Pines to drag competitions in Cherry Grove, Scarnici paints a picture of what a typical summer on the island of misfit boys is like.

Hot Rods – a parody of a vintage gay porn magazine – is finally released! And what better time to bring back the stroke mag format than during a global pandemic?!?
At least that’s what my marketing team told me jk I don’t have a marketing team.
Featuring feathered hair, mustaches, speedos, un-manscaped torsos, striped athletic socks – and of course – terribly written erotic stories.


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This documentary film by Michael Fisher recounts the unique character of Cherry Grove, a community on Fire Island, New York. Cherry Grove became a safe haven for gays during a time when two men holding hands in public was illegal. Fisher’s interviews with residents expose hidden stories and unknown facts that need to be told.



Buy it here:                                                                                                                                                       See it here: 




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