How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rights

first_img Opportunity Insights report suggests targeted social insurance programs may be more effective BLOCK: Sometimes it isn’t clearly understood, but in our law, employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthful workplace. Period. It is their obligation to do that for workers. We have a federal agency that is supposed to help define how to do that and enforce that obligation. Unfortunately, they are not doing that. In fact, there was just a hearing recently in the House of Representatives where the head of OSHA absolutely refused to answer any questions about why that agency has not issued standards for employers on how to provide a safe and healthful workplace. It’s really important to understand that is where that obligation is. To me, it is horrifying that workers are having to make that decision for themselves: whether to walk into a workplace that they are not sure is safe or risk losing their job. Workers are being threatened with their unemployment benefits being cut off if they refuse to work in a place that is unsafe, either because the employer isn’t taking the steps necessary to make it safe or because they have some underlying condition that makes them particularly vulnerable. As this opening up happens, states are putting procedures in place to cut off unemployment benefits for workers who refuse to return to work and yet those states and the federal government are not doing what is necessary to ensure that the workplaces workers have to go back to are safe.SACHS: Our perspective is that what the law should do is empower workers to demand safe and healthy workplaces, that we shouldn’t have to rely on the government because we can’t rely on the government. Workers shouldn’t have to rely on the goodwill of their employers. They should have the power to insist upon safety and health, and making sure that workers have that power is going to require significant legal reforms. That’s what we need.GAZETTE: Much has been said about gig workers, Uber drivers, Amazon workers, delivery workers, and their lack of protection during this crisis. Given their classification as independent workers, what obligations do companies have to them?BLOCK: This is just another example of how the law has so been stacked against workers who need its protection the most. For the most part, they are left out of the social safety net. They don’t have access to collective bargaining rights or unemployment insurance. But in the relief legislation that passed, for the first time, people who have been treated by their employers as independent contractors, gig workers, or self-employed people, can apply for some unemployment insurance benefits. But it’s clearly not enough. States have been slow to process claims under this provision of the relief act to provide gig workers with unemployment benefits, not to mention the fact that none of the companies that treat their workers as independent contractors have paid into the system. This is just a whole other set of problems about responsibility because companies are creating these conditions where workers are so precarious but hold no responsibility for the consequences of that treatment.I hope this crisis helps the public understand that when companies misclassify workers as independent contractors and talk about vague notions of flexibility and independence, it has real-world consequences, and a lot of workers are having to live with those dire consequences.GAZETTE: With the reopening of the economy, what legal workplace issues are you most concerned about?BLOCK: It has to start with safety and having some way of assuring that workers are walking back into workplaces that are safe, and we just don’t have that in place right now. We don’t have that in place because OSHA has abdicated responsibility and because workers don’t have the power for the most part to be able to assert that for themselves. We don’t have it because we have no coherent testing strategy to figure out who is sick or who is a vector of disease transmission. When you put these all together, it’s just heartbreaking to think about workers having to make the decision and say, “Do I walk back into that workplace or do I stay home and stay safe and lose my unemployment insurance benefits?” There’s a whole other set of issues if schools are closed. What happens to childcare? What happens to children who are home? I was in the Obama administration for eight years, and we fought constantly for some kind of coherent childcare program in this country. We’re going to really see how that gap is going to even further devastate women’s employment in the wake of the pandemic.SACHS: So many of these problems have existed for decades now. What the pandemic sadly did was made them far more acute and immediate. The potential upside is that it gives us an opportunity to really do the kind of rebuilding and restructuring that we need, providing a much, much more robust social safety net, and much more robust protections for worker health and safety. From our perspective, the critical piece is empowering workers to have a voice in the shaping of their own work lives. That is the essence of where we need to go, and our hope is that that will be possible before too long.This interview has been condensed and edited for length and clarity. As the economy reopens after the COVID-19 shutdowns, businesses are taking a varied, often patchwork approach to ensuring health and safety for their workers, and much uncertainty persists regarding employers’ obligations and employees’ rights. The Gazette spoke with labor law experts Sharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, and Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry at Harvard Law School (HLS), about how the pandemic has turned a spotlight on the lack of clear workplace protections in general, and in particular for women and people of color, who were disproportionately represented among those deemed essential. Block and Sachs recently co-authored a report urging that U.S. labor law be rebuilt from the ground up. On June 24, they will release the report “Worker Power and Voice in the Pandemic Response.”Q&ASharon Block and Benjamin SachsGAZETTE: What do you think the COVID-19 crisis has revealed about working conditions in the United States?BLOCK: What it has revealed is something that many of us have known for a long time, but it’s been revealed in a much more urgent way, and it is how tattered our social safety net is in this country. That plays out in in a number of ways: for example, how inadequate our supports for workers are in terms of unemployment insurance. Just look at the desperate circumstances now more than 40 million workers have found themselves in. That’s been the reality for many low-wage workers, not on a mass scale, but that’s been their lived experience, even throughout a time when we thought we were in an expanding economy. The other side that has been exposed is that for workers who have been deemed essential and have worked throughout this crisis, how little protection they have in the workplace to be able to stand up for themselves, to say that their conditions are unsafe and they’re not being paid adequately for the important work they’re doing. On all sides of the social safety net and the ability of low-wage workers to have a decent life, what we’re seeing in myriad ways is how the system has failed workers.SACHS: I would just add how weak the protections are for workers who stand up and demand safe, healthy, and fair working conditions, and how easy it is to fire workers who do that. It has also shown how badly broken our system of labor law is, which is to say that our system doesn’t give workers a voice so that the only recourse workers have is to take to the streets, and how little opportunity they have for an institutional structure of communication and demand-making. The other thing that Sharon and I would like to stress is how the crisis is being borne disproportionately by workers of color and women, which is another failing of our labor market and our system of labor law.GAZETTE: Why are workers of color and women bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis? What role do the labor market and the labor law system play in it?BLOCK: This is the result of the broken safety net we have. These are workers who are deemed essential, but the law has not treated as essential. They don’t have basic rights or the law doesn’t adequately address their situation. For lots of low-wage workers who are in these essential industries, the current labor law is particularly broken. They really have almost no real access to being able to act collectively and have the law recognize that and thereby give them power to affect their situation at work. As Ben said, they are predominantly workers of color and women, and that’s a big piece of why this pandemic has hit them so hard. We’re really seeing this connection that a lot of people intuitively knew, but hopefully more people understand now, which is that it is hard to separate economic issues and public health issues and issues of physical well-being. It’s not an accident that most people who are getting sick are poor or paid low wages.GAZETTE: Can you compare the working conditions of workers in the United States to those in Europe during this coronavirus crisis? Which group fares better?,SACHS: Workers in Europe have a much richer set of protections than workers in the United States. That includes multiple mechanisms for worker voice, unions, works councils, sectoral bargaining, representation, and a much more robust social safety net. The situation is much harsher here.BLOCK: You can see that just in looking at the simple measure of unemployment in Europe and in the United States. There are examples of many European countries moving much faster to put supports into place. It’s unbelievable that we’ve had over 40 million workers apply for unemployment insurance benefits in this country. But what’s really horrifying is that probably that does not capture everybody who has lost their job because our system of unemployment is so difficult to navigate. In most European countries that’s different, either because they’ve taken a different approach to having agreements to pay wages during this time so that workers keep their jobs, or because you have unions and workers’ organizations, as is the case in some Scandinavian countries, that actually help administer the unemployment insurance system. It’s very, very different from what we have here. In Germany, and probably in other European countries, there is a sectoral bargaining table for fast-food workers. Very quickly in the pandemic, there was an agreement among the government, employers, and unions that those workers would get about 90 percent of their wages, at least for the beginning of the shutdown period. Compare that to what McDonald’s workers are going through in the United States. It’s just a different world.GAZETTE: You have advocated in favor of sectoral bargaining, a system of collective bargaining that happens between an entire sector, such as the fast-food industry, and all the workers in that sector. How would that help workers in the time of coronavirus?SACHS: It has become completely obvious that we can’t rely on the government, particularly the federal government, to protect workers. The Trump Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) hasn’t taken the elementary step of promulgating a standard for dealing with this crisis, much less a sophisticated enforcement program. We need to rely on workers to have the power to protect their own safety and health, and public health, as well. In our view, we can give workers that power through a system of collective bargaining, which has several components, including sectoral bargaining.The reason to have sectoral bargaining over safety and health issues during the pandemic is threefold: One, there are safety and health issues common across all firms in a given sector; all grocery stores have similar safety and health problems, all hospitals have similar safety and health problems, and so on. It makes sense to address those common issues at a single bargaining table. Doing so alleviates a lot of the cost of negotiating standards. If you have to do the same thing at thousands and thousands of firms across the country, that’s much more costly. The other reason to do it sectorally is that you can take the costs of safety and health compliance out of competition if all the firms in the sector have to comply with the same baseline safety and health standards. Nobody should be competing by cutting corners on safety and health. That said, sectoral safety and health negotiations aren’t enough. We need workers’ voices over these issues at the workplace level as well. Sharon and I are recommending a system of workplace safety and health committees at the workplace, which would implement and adapt sectoral safety and health standards to the local conditions of a given workplace.GAZETTE: What responsibilities do employers have with essential workers? And now that the economy is reopening and many more workers are going back to work, what are their obligations to those workers? “On all sides of the social safety net and the ability of low-wage workers to have a decent life, what we’re seeing in myriad ways is how the system has failed workers.” — Sharon Block Americans are weary of lockdowns, but if COVID surges, what then? Kennedy School’s Carmen Reinhart, just named chief economist at the World Bank, says the COVID-born financial crisis will last until the health crisis is solved Relatedcenter_img New economic tracker finds flaws in U.S. recovery plan Experts are thinking through the options as a jump is possible in fall The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. ‘If it’s not over on the disease … it’s not over on the balance sheet’last_img read more

Grotto to close for five days during spring break

first_imgA long-range maintenance plan will force the closure of The Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes during spring break, according to a University press release. The University announced Wednesday that the Grotto would be closed at 8 a.m. on March 14 and would reopen at 3 p.m. March 18. During the closing, digital scanning technology will create a model of the Grotto. “The model will be used to understand and document for historical purposes how the Grotto was built and for tracking future maintenance and repairs, specifically its periodic cleaning and tuck-pointing,” the press release stated. The Grotto sustained damage from a July 26 fire, according to the press release. At the time, cleanup involved removing soot from the shrine, cleaning melted wax from the floor, repairing damaged candle racks and inspecting the structure for safety. Candles will be available for lighting and a nightly rosary will still be held while the Grotto is closed. Both will be outside the kneeling rail. The Grotto, constructed in 1896, is a one-seventh scale replica of a famed French shrine where in 1858 the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Bernadette on 18 separate occasions.last_img read more

It’s Only a Play Eyes Extension on Broadway

first_img Related Shows The production stars Tony winners Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Stockard Channing, Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham, Emmy winner Megan Mullally, Harry Potter alum Rupert Grint and newcomer Micah Stock, but there’s a Queen waiting in the wings for the Schoenfeld. Helen Mirren is scheduled to begin previews in The Audience at the venue on February 17, 2015. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 It’s Only a Play is set on the opening night of Broderick’s character Peter Austin’s new play, as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big first night with his best friend, a television star (Lane), his fledgling producer (Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Channing), his wunderkind director (Grint), an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. There’s no business like show business. It’s Only a Play has learned that It’s Only a Play, which was proving to be a stellar box office hit before it officially opened on October 9, is now eyeing to remain a little longer on the Great White Way. A spokesperson for Terrence McNally’s comedy said: “The producers would love nothing more than to extend. The demand for tickets remains incredible this morning.” The show, directed by Jack O’Brien, is currently set to play a limited 17-week engagement through January 4, 2015 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.last_img read more

New peanut entomologist

first_img“It’s a big responsibility. It’s going to be a big challenge,” Abney said. “We’re not going to be able to solve all these problems overnight. It’s going to be kind of a grind to get the answers we need.”According to the 2011 Georgia Farm Gate Value Report, peanuts were the third most profitable commodity, generating $586,414,003. Raymond Noblet is nuts about the newest addition to the University of Georgia Entomology family.Starting June 10, Mark Abney will man the peanut entomologist post at the UGA Tifton Campus. Abney, a native of Cochran, returns to his home state after more than a decade at North Carolina State where he worked as an entomology researcher and Extension specialist.“I think we’ve all known for a number of years that we desperately needed insect pest management support for the peanut industry,” said Noblet, head of the UGA entomology department in Athens, Ga. “I think Mark is a guy who will not only do this, but do it with excellence.”Abney arrived at N.C. State in 2001 as a Ph. D student. He was later hired as a researcher before assuming an Extension specialist role in 2007. He has been exclusively working with insects’ impact on vegetables. He says transitioning to peanuts shouldn’t be difficult.“The main thing is understanding the cropping systems and understanding the insects and their biologies, their life histories,” Abney said. “Then you develop control strategies based on those things.”Abney expressed excitement about his new position at UGA.“I think it’s a great opportunity for me, career wise to come down there and work in a system that really values applied agricultural research and has made a commitment to that line of work,” Abney said. Abney’s arrival at UGA means peanut farmers around the state will have an outlet to discuss concerns over insects, like the burrower bug. For several years, peanut producers have had major problems with the bug, which lives in the soil and feeds on kernels inside the pod. As Abney stated, the bug’s not in every field and not in fields every year, making it impossible to predict. Control strategies haven’t been worked out but are high on Abney’s list of priorities. He also plans to deal with other insects like the three cornered alfalfa hopper and spider mites.last_img read more

Hitachi reportedly on verge of canceling U.K. nuclear project

first_imgHitachi reportedly on verge of canceling U.K. nuclear project FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:The Japanese conglomerate Hitachi looks certain to cancel its plans for a £16bn nuclear power station in Wales, leaving Britain’s ambitions for a nuclear renaissance in tatters.An impasse in months-long talks between the company, London and Tokyo on financing is expected to result in the flagship project being axed at a Hitachi board meeting next week, according to the Nikkei newspaper.The company has spent nearly £2bn on the planned Wylfa power station on Anglesey, which would have powered around 5m homes.Withdrawal by Hitachi would be a major blow to the UK’s plans to replace dirty coal and ageing reactors with new nuclear power plants, and heap pressure on ministers to consider other large-scale alternatives such as offshore windfarms.Hitachi and the UK and Japanese governments have been negotiating over a guaranteed price of power from Wylfa and a potentially £5bn-plus UK public stake in the scheme. Talks have proved “tricky to find a solution that works for all parties”, industry sources said.Hitachi said it had made no final decision. “No formal decision has been made in this regard currently, while Hitachi has been assessing the Horizon Project including its potential suspension and related financial impacts in terms of economic rationality as a private company,” it said. The reference to a “potential suspension”, however, was the first official public confirmation that a withdrawal was being considered.More: Hitachi set to cancel plans for £16bn nuclear power station in Waleslast_img read more

Interview: Appalachian Political Strategist David “Mudcat” Saunders

first_imgHe’s been called the progressive path to Bubba. David “Mudcat” Saunders is an outspoken, foul-mouthed, unapologetic redneck from Roanoke, Va., who has managed to become rural Appalachia’s key liaison to Democratic candidates. Providing a reminder that Democrats like God and guns too, his work has contributed to changing the South’s political landscape from predominantly red to a new shade of purple. He helped put high-profile candidates Mark Warner and Jim Webb in office in his home state. Right now he is spreading the message that Barack Obama offers the best path to economic equality in the South. Saunders chatted with BRO before a bow-shooting session at his home in the Roanoke Valley.———-BRO: You originally supported John Edwards. Why?DS: Edwards’ message was ‘Let’s screw those who screwed us.’ We need to enforce anti-trust laws and level the playing field on trade treaties. Let’s bring American jobs home.BRO: Can Obama swing key states like Virginia and North Carolina?DS: Absolutely. Obama can get through to rural culture, but he has to prove to these people that he’s going to work for their best interests. In Virginia, [former governor] Mark Warner opened a lot of doors. He’s the only Democratic candidate in the last 25 years to get a majority of rural votes on a state-wide ballot. He got through to the culture, and made it okay for people to say they’re Democrats again.BRO: How much is race an issue in the South?DS: I don’t think Obama’s race is a big deal. Anybody who would vote against him because of the color of his skin is either 1) not registered to vote, or 2) someone the Republicans already have. Doug Wilder, the United States’ first African-American governor, got 48 percent of the most rural districts in Virginia 20 years ago. If Obama gets just 40 percent of it, he’ll win Virginia.BRO: What is the most important issue on the minds of rural Appalachian folk?DS: You can come down here and talk about change, but we’re predominantly a Scotch-Irish culture, and we’ve been hearing about change since the 1700s when the British kicked us out. Every time we talk about helping working people, the Republicans talk about the redistribution of wealth like we’re communists. If I were Obama, I would welcome the argument of wealth distribution. Economic disparity is the worst it’s been since Teddy Roosevelt took office.BRO: Are people in Appalachia starting to care about being marginalized by mountaintop removal mining?DS: Mountaintop removal is an uphill battle. People are more worried about jobs. They told us with NAFTA that the technological revolution was going to create new jobs. Well it did, but they outsourced them all to India. Nobody hates mountaintop removal more than I do, but people are more worried about short-term concerns like how they’re going to eat.BRO: Are green collar and alternative energy jobs appealing to Appalachians?DS: Anything that will feed us down in the sticks is appealing. That’s what it’s all about. When I was a kid, there were red spruce all over these mountains. You can’t find one now. Our brook trout streams are all but gone. I’m an outdoorsman, and I hate coal-fired generators. But long-term health is a tough argument, because right now people are more concerned about putting food on the table.last_img read more


first_imgKogan CELEBRATING 15 YEARS as the self described “rebellious group” of the Bar, the Public Interest Law Section recently honored two legal giants with one award. PILS established the Chesterfield Smith Public Interest Law Lifetime Achievement Award, to honor the late president of both the ABA and The Florida Bar, and named former Supreme Court Justice Gerald Kogan as its first recipient. “To be compared with Chesterfield Smith is indeed an honor that I never would have expected in my lifetime,” Kogan said at the PILS luncheon in Miami. “To call Chesterfield Smith a hero, that is correct. To mention me in the same breath as Chesterfield as a fellow hero, I don’t know if I could ever live up to that particular designation.” But PILS Chair Carolyn Salisbury deemed both lawyers heroes as she focused on their philosophies about making pro bono legal work mandatory for all licensed lawyers. At the PILS luncheon in 2003, just months before his death, Smith said in his keynote address: “We, as lawyers, cannot simply work for ourselves and our deep-pocketed clients. We, as lawyers, must discharge our professional obligations always to help provide access to the legal system for all citizens.” Similarly, Salisbury quoted from Kogan’s dissent when the court did not adopt mandatory pro bono more than a decade ago: “The people most seriously affected by this court’s action today are the ones who are not present, the people who cannot afford an attorney and thus cannot afford to appear before us to argue their side of this issue. These are the people that because of the economics of our legal system have been excluded from the same level of legal services available to more affluent residents of Florida.. . . As attorneys, we are all too often seen by the public as dour and greedy. Try as we may, we will never shake this unseemly image until we have demonstrated to the public that we take our constitution seriously and that we will live up to a dictate even if it diminishes our own pocketbooks. The time has come to do just that.” Pictured from the left are Jackie Allee Smith, Smith’s widow, Kogan, and his wife, Irene. March 15, 2005 Regular Newslast_img read more

Disabled LIRR Train Snarls Thursday Commute

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island Rail RoadLong Island Rail Road commuters caught another tough break Thursday morning when a train broke down west of Jamaica, causing westbound delays on all branches, the railroad said.Crews were moved the disabled train to Jamaica, but the railroad didn’t say what caused the train to break down.There were up to hour-long delays during rush hour, but service was restored to mostly normal before noon, although there were still some lingering delays.last_img

Credit unions through the media’s eyes in 2014

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr In 2014, one couldn’t have flipped through too many pages of The Wall Street Journal or even The New York Times without coming across news related to credit unions.Perhaps it was the year of the credit union–at least for those avid readers of financial services news.In August, the Credit Union National Association reported that the credit union industry had surpassed the 100 million memberships milestone–a number equating to one-third of the U.S. population–and news traveled fast.Among many others, The Washington Post picked up the story, and The Fiscal Times and Daily Finance ran the news on their websites. Numerous business journals nationwide amplified word of the milestone, and even several radio outlets interviewed CUNA representatives to talk about the accomplishment.But a membership milestone was only the tip of the iceberg in 2014.Earlier in the year, just after Target revealed that it had been hit with a massive data breach that exposed tens of millions of pieces of consumer credit and debit card information, CUNA produced a survey that illustrated just how large of an impact the incident had on credit unions. continue reading »last_img read more

9 Long Island Restaurants That Have Starred in Films, TV Shows

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ryan Dobrin Long Island is now known as “Hollywood East” thanks to the influx of movies and television shows filming here—and some local restaurants have been used as sets, too, increasing their star power.Although the Island has yet to see any establishments reach superstardom rivaling the likes of the Cheers bar in Boston or Tom’s Restaurant in Manhattan, aka “The Seinfeld Diner,” the film and TV credits for eateries in Nassau and Suffolk counties run as long as an LI diner menu.From the Hamptons to the Gold Coast, here are nine establishments that have gone from feeding patrons to appearing on screens big and small.Ocean at the Crescent Beach Club333 Bayville Ave., Bayville. cometotheocean.comThis restaurant and catering hall on the North Shore peninsula of Bayville was the location for an outdoor wedding scene in director Martin Scorsese’s acclaimed 2013 dark comedy, The Wolf of Wall Street. [Read The Press‘ Take On The Scam At The Center Of The Film Here, “Skinning The Wolf Of Wall Street” & Convicted Felon/Shoe Guru/Fellow Fraudster Steve Madden Here] Much of the film was set on LI, since Jordan Belfort, who Leonardo DiCaprio portrayed in an Academy-Award nominated role, lived in Old Brookville for part of his life. But, the venue was made to look like the Caribbean island of Anguilla, where DiCaprio is seen marrying his second wife, whose name is changed to Noami Lapaglia and is played by Margot Robbie. The Ocean Restaurant overlooks the tropical scenery, including palm trees, white sands and the Long Island Sound. The Crescent Beach Club has also been a set for the TV shows Person of Interest and Royal Pains. Wait for 0:43 in this behind-the-scenes video:Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille395 Main St., Port Washington. louiesoysterbarandgrille.comBig laughs were made when this waterfront seafood restaurant was the setting for a major scene in the famous 2000 comedy, Meet the Parents. Ben Stiller’s character, Greg Focker, is vying for the approval of his future father-in-law, Jack Byrnes, played by Robert De Niro. When Stiller loses De Niro’s precious cat, Mr. Jinx, he replaces him with a stray in hopes that his mishap would remain confidential. However, at a pre-wedding party held at Louie’s, De Niro discovers that his cat has been found. The resulting scene is a race back home, with De Niro desperate to prove Stiller’s incompetence. Louie’s sign is displayed prominently in this scene, and the restaurant continues to thrive. Louie’s can be seen in the beginning of this clip from Meet the Parents:Nautilus Diner5523 Merrick Road, Massapequa. nautilusdiner.comIt’s only natural that one of LI’s many diners would find their way on TV. Nautilus Diner—which reopened in April after shuttering four years prior—recently made its small-screen debut in the Nov. 16 episode of the new CBS drama series Madam Secretary, which premiered in September. In the episode, Téa Leoni’s Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord is investigating the mysterious circumstances surrounding her predecessor’s death in an airplane crash. Her team lures one of the plane technicians with a questionable story to the diner under the pretense of a job interview, before making him confess at a hotel.The Nov. 16 episode of Madam Secretary was shot in Nautilus Diner in Massapequa (Courtesy of CBS)Lobster Roll1980 Montauk Hwy., Armagansett. lobsterroll.comFamous in its own right, this seasonal seafood restaurant was the setting of an important moment in the new Showtime mystery series The Affair, which premiered in October. In the first episode, Dominic West’s character, Noah Solloway, and his family, travel to The End on vacation and stop for a bite at the Lobster Roll, where they are served by waitress Alison Lockhart, played by Ruth Wilson. This initial meeting between the characters sets up the titular relationship. The Affair has continued to film in and around Amagansett, and the Lobster Roll is still a major presence on the show. In fact, LI’s own Darren Goldstein plays Oscar Hodges, the villainous owner of the restaurant for the entirety of the first season.Tim’s Shipwreck Diner46 Main Street, Northport shipwreckdiner.comIn 1996, Northport turned into Greenleaf, Indiana, when the village became the setting for the Kevin Kline film In & Out, and for a brief period of time, Main Street storefronts were made up to look Midwestern. Amongst the changes, Tim’s Shipwreck Diner, a staple of Northport, turned into Darlene’s Diner for the film. A pivotal scene between Kline’s character Howard Brackett and Peter Malloy, played by Tom Selleck, was filmed inside the eatery. And the family owned and operated diner will soon be featured onscreen again—this time on television. A spin-off of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, entitled American Diner Revival filmed its pilot at the restaurant, revamping the design. The show is expected to air on the Food Network at a date that has yet to be released.Café Formaggio307 Old Country Rd., Carle Place cafeformaggio.comThe 2010 film Morning Glory, starring Rachel McAdams as Becky Fuller and Harrison Ford as Mike Pomeroy, might not have fared too well at the box office. But, any Long Islanders who saw it would recognize the local scenery. The opening scene was set in Café Formaggio, a well-known, high-end Italian restaurant in Carle Place. The scene is a first date between McAdams and actor Noah Bean, which goes disastrously due to McAdams’ obsession with her job. This sets up one of the main themes of the movie—McAdams valuing professional life over personal.Biscuits and Barbeque106 East 2nd St., Mineola biscuitsandbarbecue.comThis local eatery also made a cameo in Morning Glory, but at the time it was known as Kiss the Chef. The restaurant, which has since been converted into a Southern comfort food diner, was included in one shot in the movie. In it, McAdams is seen speaking on her phone while playing Fuller.Jim Carrey falls in love at The Plaza Restaurant in Montauk in this scene in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.The Plaza Restaurant752 Montauk Point State Parkway, MontaukAlthough it is no longer in business, this small diner was the set of one of the opening scenes of the 2004 romantic drama, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The film, which includes the repeated phrase “Meet me in Montauk,” largely features the hamlet on the easternmost tip of the South Fork. It is where Jim Carrey’s character, Joel Barish, first meets Clementine Kruczynski, played by Kate Winslet, beginning their ultimately disastrous relationship. Carrey first spots Winslet in the Plaza, admiring her blue hair from afar, and muses on his incredibly quick ability to fall in love. They don’t speak, however, until they are riding home on the Long Island Rail Road. Montauk continues to play a role in the film, as Carrey’s subconscious continually brings him to the town while he is erasing his memories of Winslet. The film’s climatic sequence takes place in a large beach house set in Montauk, although the house is actually in Wainscott.Oheka Castle Bar and Restaurant125 Westgate Drive, Huntington oheka.comThe hotel, restaurant and catering hall known as Oheka Castle may be the most famous address on LI. Although it regularly appears in movies and on TV, the scenes aren’t in the restaurant. But, since it has a restaurant, we’ll include it on this list. The castle was one of the inspirations for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novella The Great Gatsby and was the site of numerous celebrity weddings. Most notably, shots of the castle were used to portray the lavish mansion in Orson Welles’ masterpiece Citizen Kane in 1941. Additionally, the castle was used in the film What Happens in Vegas in 2008, the TV shows Royal Pains the following year and Gossip Girl two years ago. Most recently, it was the set of Taylor Swift’s music video for her new hit, “Blank Space.”last_img read more