During Prohibition, rum runners found an entranceway to the marketplace via the Great South Bay, which separates Long Island from Fire Island. One homeowner in the community of Fire Island remembers: "Everyone brought their little red wagons to the ferry dock after dark to pick up the rum." Until the early 1980s a couple of the rum runners' boats still served in the ferry fleet, carrying passengers between Fire Island and the mainland.
About Pines Liquor Shop (by New York Times)
On a midsummer Saturday, under a sapphire sky, a ferry shuttled festive weekenders from Sayville on the South Shore of Long Island to Fire Island Pines, much as motorcars once brought eager revelers out of the city to the Long Island of Jay Gatsby’s blue gardens.
Those arriving in the Pines, most of them gay men, come with the same “purity of heart” as Gatsby’s disparate guests. Those bound for the Pines add in enthusiasm what they lack in clothing. Speedos are ubiquitous; shirts are not. Regardless of attire, a sense of community and joy seem as mandatory on the island as a visit to the bustling Pines Liquor Shop.
Photos from Andy Warhol during his visits to Fire Island.