Community Outraged Over Hateful Social Media Posts By Local Business 16965

While normally we try to stay above the social media fervor that can develop over certain issues, yesterday evening our Instagram and Facebook accounts were inundated with messages from outraged members of our community.

Apparently The Cliffton, a bar located in Patchogue, took a clandestine photograph of two patrons, and turned it into an extremely offensive and malicious post on Instagram.  This post was not only a direct violation of the individual’s privacy but also directly attacked and potentially endangered a transgender woman.  Not to mention, it is an incredibly poor business strategy to insult paying customers and then brag to the world that you have done so.  We have blurred the victims’ faces here, but the original post did not, making it that much more egregious. 

It seems this is not the first time The Cliffton has insulted patrons, members of the LBGT community, and even other beloved local businesses.  A quick search revealed posts dating back months that were hash-tagged with racial and homophobic slurs that we will not repeat here, although you can find the evidence in screen shots all over Facebook, Reddit, Instagram, etc.  Upon further digging,  it seems there were also several Google reviews containing independent warnings from over 6 months ago about gay customers feeling bullied.  (Note: You will no longer find these posts, as it seems that The Cliffton began deleting/editing old posts after the backlash began). 

The Cliffton likely realized its error as it deleted the post shortly after it was it added and started cleansing their social media accounts of offensive posts, hashtags, and comments.  However, as all too many have found out in this day and age, attempting to delete something from the Internet is much harder than it seems. In fact, it has seemingly galvanized the community into action. Hundreds have shared the post, commented on their social media pages, and posted negative reviews to Yelp, Facebook, and Google.  Although we wish the circumstances were better, it is great to see Long Island, and the Patchogue community in particular, rallying together to show that actions like these are inexcusable and unacceptable.

As of this morning, comments have been restricted on The Cliffton’s Instagram account, and their Yelp page is no longer allowing new reviews.   But that has done little to stop the social media fire from spreading.  A peaceful rally has been organized for this coming Friday night at The Cliffton, with hundreds expected to attend.  You can find more information at the protest event page by clicking here

We reached out to The Cliffton for comment but have not received any response.

Where do we stand?  Patchogue Today has zero tolerance for ignorance and hate.  We are proud to support the LBGTQ community, and stand up for the local business owners and community members who make Patchogue such a great place to live, work, and visit.  

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Patchogue Today to Judge the 26th Annual Christmas Boat Parade 102

Tonight is the Patchogue River Christmas Boat Parade preview party at Off Key Tikki from 5pm to 8pm. Come down and tour the docks at West Bank Marina at Off Key Tikki to view all the boats participating in the Parade. Pick a favorite and cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award while enjoying food and drink specials.

Tomorrow, Sunday, November 24th, is Patchogue River Christmas 26th Annual Boat Parade. The Parade is the perfect ending to the weekend that kicked off Patchogue’s Holiday Season.  This year’s Parade is themed A Pirate Christmas! Approximately 30 boats from across Suffolk County are expected to participate.  The Boat Parade begins at 6pm and it will take vessels about an hour to travel up and down the river.   Riverfront Restaurants such as The Oar Steak & Seafood GrilleDrift 82Off Key TikkiHarbor Crab Co. and Island View Marina will have live music and themed specials.  There are also free public viewing areas where families can view the Parade.  Watch Hill Ferry Terminal on West Avenue and Town of Brookhaven Sandspit Marina on Brightwood Street are said to be two of the best locations.  It is recommended for families to arrive early and make sure to dress warmly.

Patchogue Today is honored to be judging the Boat Parade for the second year in a row. In addition to the Peoples Choice Award which will be decided on Saturday, judges will be tasked choosing winners in the following categories: Best Sound /Music, Best Lights, Closest to Theme, and Best Overall.  Grab your friends and family and come join us to celebrate another great Patchogue Holiday tradition.

Click here to see Highlights from last years Christmas Boat Parade.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anchor Real Estate Celebrates Grand Opening 38

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. celebrated its Official Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Wednesday, November 20th. Owner Gina Ferraro was welcomed to the community by members of The Patchogue Greater Chamber of Commerce.

Attendees were treated to beverages and light snacks and a Holiday Market with items available from vendors such as handmade market co., One Hope Wine, Stella & Dot and Pampered Chef.

Anchor Real Estate of Long Island, Inc. is located at 83. E Main Street in Patchogue.

Here are a few photos highlighting the event.

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