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December 30, 2013 - January 5, 2014


COMMUNITY UPDATES

Posillico

For three generations, Posillico has combined an ironclad commitment to quality performance with an unequaled family work ethic, making the company a leader in public works projects. Incorporated in 1946 under the presidency of Joseph D. Posillico, Sr. as a small trucking contractor, the company has grown to become one of the top engineering contracting firms in New York. We employ as many as four hundred people and serve the entire Tri-State area.

Over the last five decades, Posillico has completed many large and highly complex civil engineering and construction projects. These complex projects more often require off-peak construction during nighttime hours with stringent penalty/ bonus clauses, which have been consistently achieved by the Posillico team.

Their integrated services of civil, materials, environmental, drilling and consulting have allowed them to provide the seamless, cost-effective construction solutions to complex problems that their clients demand today and will demand in the future.

“This was a hard and bittersweet decision to reach. The almost 16 years I have spent serving the residents of the 8th Senate District were some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my life,” former State Senator Charles Fuschillo

"The loss of Senator Fuschillo's leadership on transportation, infrastructure, and other quality of life issues will be felt on Long Island. We wish him well in his future endeavors but will miss his ability to fight for Long Island's downtowns and local communities," Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

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Fuschillo Departs State Senate For Alzheimer’s Foundation

As the ball dropped and the world celebrated the arrival of 2014, it marked the departure of more than just 2013.

Former State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R-Merrick) ended his 15-year tenure to become the CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. Fuschillo, 53, abruptly announced his departure on Tuesday.

“This was a hard and bittersweet decision to reach. The almost 16 years I have spent serving the residents of the 8th Senate District were some of the most rewarding and enjoyable of my life,” Fuschillo said in a statement.

He reflected on more than 200 state laws he authored during his term, including New York State’s landmark Do Not Call Registry, the Clean Indoor Air Law, stronger penalties for drunk drivers, and protections for individuals with autism, and passing complete streets legislation are just some of the many things we can look back on with pride. Senator Fuschillo was also the recipient of a Vision Long Island Smart Growth Award in 2012 for Walkability.

“I am also incredibly proud that we have been able to help countless residents with problems as major as recovering from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy to everyday quality of life issues,” he added.

Fuschillo said he needed a new challenge and leading the Manhattan-based nonprofit provides that while maintaining the opportunity to continue helping others.

Surprised residents, officials and politicians offered words of appreciation and support for the departing politician.

"In a time when politicians are disparaged, Chuck Fuschillo is an exemplary politician in the finest sense of the word – working hard, putting his community first, and doing things to make people’s lives better. All of us, both Democrats and Republicans, will miss his abilities in the political sphere, but our consolation is that he will be putting his formidable talents to work for a much needed cause," U.S. Senator Charles Schumer said.

As chair of the senate transportation committee Senator Fuschillo was a leader in bringing transportation dollars to Long Island, continuing Nassau bus service, and pedestrian safety.

Meanwhile, Fuschillo’s departure leaves some questions in the legislative body. The Republicans already hold the majority, and the vacant seat could remain empty until the November elections or Governor Andrew Cuomo could call for a special election for the remaining year of his two-year term.

For more coverage, check out Herald Community Newspapers and Newsday (subscription required).

Nonprofit In Final Financial Push For Veteran, Homeless Resource Center

The Island Outreach Foundation is picking up a quarter of a million dollar tab for the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

The funds were awarded through a capital grant last month for the coalition’s new Community Resource Center in Amityville.

“We are so grateful to the Island Outreach Foundation for this generous grant, which will help us complete rehabilitation of our community center and bring us one step closer to opening our doors,” Executive Director Greta Guarton said.

The Amityville Community Resource Center is the former home of the Armed Forces Recruitment and Training Center. This 40,000-square foot building and 9 acres of property were part of an operational military base and facility until it closed in 2011. The process then began to transfer the property for its newly intended purposes: serving homeless veterans and other persons.

The foundation started planning the handover with the military in 2005 to ensure a seamless transition. But along the way, Superstorm Sandy blew away the roof. Rain flooded the interior, leading to mold in the spring.

Coalition officials are fundraising to collect $2 million for repairs and mold remediation. That entails upgrades to the mechanical/HVAC system, modifying some internal spaces for optimal use and re-sealing the crumbling parking lot.

As of Thursday afternoon, they had raised nearly $1.7 million. In addition to the Island Outreach Foundation’s $250,000 grant, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is accepting donations and selling bricks online. All large contributions will be recognized on a Donor Recognition Wall; there are also naming opportunities for major contributors.

Guarton said an elevator will be installed as per federal disabilities regulations. The fire system should be installed by the end of January with tiling and other minor cosmetic work remaining.

“We’re hoping to occupy the first floor in February,” she said. “The second floor would probably be by April or May.”

The center is expected to offer in-house services for veterans – homeless or not, as well as offices for case managers working with the homeless general population away from the office. Board Chair Charles Russo said the center will house 10 nonprofit organizations that provide housing and services for veterans and/or homeless Long Islanders. It’s expected to open early this year.

“We will be creating a ‘one stop’ for veterans for a variety of services, case management, counseling, housing services, and employment training and placement services.  We are thankful to Island Outreach Foundation for being our partners in this important project,” he said.

No veterans or homeless will be housed at the center, but Concerned for Independent Living is in the midst of building permanent affordable housing for veterans and their families directly behind the future Community Resource Center. Guarton said 60 units are expected to open in April.

For more information about the project or to donate, visit their website.

A Look Back At The Billions Spent On 2013 Transportation Projects

More than $259 million in federal funding was officially locked in for Long Island transportation projects in 2013.

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) released their 2013 “Annual Listing of Obligated Projects” last week. The report unveiled thousands of maintenance projects and improvements across Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley.

“It’s a good listing for anybody who wants to see what transportation projects were federally funded this past year,” spokeswoman Lisa Daglian said.

NYMTC is a federally-designated council of governments that handles transportation planning for the region. They identify long-term needs and possible solutions, which in turn creates the five-year Transportation Improvement Programs (TIPs). Once the council approves a TIP, the projects within are eligible for federal funding. After that, the appropriate federal agency will formally fund each project – obligation of funds.

Planning Director Gerry Bogacz said applicants – municipalities, local transportation departments and the like – actually front the money and request up to 80 percent federal reimbursement.

Of the hundreds of Long Island projects in the obligation report, the top 10 most expensive projects collected more than $259 million. That includes six LIRR projects, two Superstorm Sandy recovery projects and two projects for improvements on Route 347. Bogacz said $52 million went towards Sandy projects on Long Island.
 
The report also identifies if funds were advanced from future years for 2013, and also if 2013 funds were pulled in 2012. Last year’s tenth most expensive project – widening the intersection of Pinelawn Road and Ruland Road – advanced $15.15 million. While $106 million in current funds was tapped in the past, $108 million in future funds were used for last year’s projects.

“It’s a bit of a wash,” Bogacz said.

The 2014-2018 TIP was approved in September and includes $31.7 billion for 1,338 projects, including 430 projects on Long Island requiring $5.5 billion. Of the $31.7 billion, 63 percent is slated for transit and 37 percent is going towards highway projects.

Several hundred projects have been slated for Long Island, including numerous road renovations, countless eco-friendly vehicle purchases and a multitude of drainage-improving jobs. The list also includes Intermodal construction at Pilgrim State Hospital in 2017, major bridge replacement of Route 110 over Sunrise Highway and efforts to reduce vehicular travel through vanpools and a bicycle-leasing program at LIRR stations.

Some projects only appear for a single year, Bogacz said, while others can be obligated for years until the work is complete.

For more information about the 2013 Listing of Obligated Projects, visit NYMTC online.

Better! Cities & Towns: Why Walkable Places Are Preferred

This article was originally published in Better! Cities & Towns.

Just over half of Americans (52 percent), say they want a detached house with a large yard — compared to a house with a small yard or no yard at all, according to the latest poll of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), released in October. 

Does that mean that Americans want more of what the housing industry has been providing for the better part of three generations—spread-out subdivisions with drive-to shopping centers and office parks? The desire for the house with the big yard has fueled suburban growth since the end of World War II and was a major force behind the American suburban dream of the last half of the 20th Century.

But the statistic could be compared to your favorite ice cream. Question: Would you like a single scoop or a two-gallon tub of your favorite ice cream? A yard is appealing. A big yard is more appealing. Put that way, I’ll take the big yard and the two-gallon tub.

But that’s not how people navigate the difficult choice of where to live. The decision involves trade-offs on many factors, many of them conflicting. Americans overwhelmingly want a short commute (or no commute at all). They want easy access to the things they need (60 percent favor a neighborhood with a mix of houses and stores and other businesses within walking distance, NAR says). Fifty-nine percent want public transportation within an easy walk of their home, the survey reports. 

They want choice in how to get around (driving, walking, biking, public transportation), and they want easy access to culture and parks, preferably within walking distance. Sometimes home buyers simply fall in love with the charm of a community (the vast majority of respondents, 78 percent, say that the neighborhood is more important than the house in choosing where to live, NAR reports).

When Americans today are given a choice involving these trade-offs, the option of a walkable, compact, mixed-use community comes out consistently ahead of conventional, drive-only places, the NAR survey shows (by a margin of 60/35 to 50/45, depending on how the question is phrased).

The concept of drive-to-where-you-live suburbia was rational and appealing to the majority of households, policymakers, and industry when it was new in the middle of the last century. Commutes were short, open space was plentiful, and the demand for mass-produced subdivisions was huge. We subsidized this new growth and enacted policies — single-use zoning, setback and parking requirements, street standards, finance controls — that made building traditional neighborhoods illegal. Predictably, over seven decades, we have overbuilt the drive-only suburban option. Researchers such as Arthur Nelson and Christopher Leinberger – whose work is featured in this issue – have confirmed this oversupply.

As traffic congestion, longer commutes, more expensive driving, and loss of open space has eroded the advantages of conventional suburban communities, the virtues of your grandparents’ communities are once again widely recognized. For the public and private sectors, walkable places create a ton of value. It’s not just the higher density, but the way that density is arranged in cities and towns that generates economic and social value not available in drive-only suburbs.

Smart Growth allows for creation of quality public space, proximity to culture and civic amenities, and the connection to nature that is accessible on foot. It allows for transportation choice and the ability to reduce household automobile costs. It’s simply a more efficient way to build. Combine these qualities with current undersupply and a strong ongoing demand for walkable places, reflected in research reported throughout this issue, is inevitable.

Post-Sandy opportunities abound, struggles continue

The following is an Op-Ed by Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. It originally appeared in the Long Island Herald on December 19th, 2013.

One of the biggest post-Hurricane Sandy challenges has been getting resources directly to local residents, businesses and community infrastructure and resiliency projects. Over 1,000 small-business, civic and governmental leaders gathered at the annual Smart Growth Summit to strengthen our communities and rebuild the region’s infrastructure. 

Post-Sandy, New York state created the Community Reconstruction Program, which is involving thousands of South Shore residents and business owners in planning efforts to strengthen their communities through infrastructure investments. This process is fueled by federal Sandy aid that will help implement a slew of community-driven infrastructure projects to help weather the next storm.

Jamie Rubin, director of the New York Office of Storm Recovery, said that the state has learned from past storms, and must continue learning. Through NY Rising, Rubin said, more vulnerable waterfront homes could be purchased. New York’s Community Reconstruction Program selected locations, including 31 in Nassau and eight in Suffolk, before creating an eight-month planning process — now 12 weeks old — to improve each community. Professional consulting firms were selected to work with each area along the way. Rubin also said that comprehensive storm water drainage will protect the power supply and vulnerable populations on the South Shore. 

To be sure, the $455 million federal investment in the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant may be the biggest allocation of outside funds and the largest infrastructure project in Long Island’s history, and is a big win for Nassau County and the impacted communities. We recognize that it’s a bit strange to talk about long-term needs while communities are dealing with short-term homelessness and other extreme conditions. But it is still better that residents plan their future at the many public meetings than a bureaucrat or out-of-town engineer who doesn’t know their community.

One panel at the Smart Growth Summit addressed the strategies that have worked and the lessons that have been learned from the past year of Sandy recovery. Speakers included a plethora of community rebuilding and relief organizations that have been working around the clock to assist Long Islanders. 

A number of local service groups, churches, small businesses and municipalities have stepped forward to help fill the many gaps and the unmet needs of thousands of Long Islanders who are still displaced. Some are homeless, and some are still living with friends and relatives, while little to no government, insurance or charitable support has made it their way. With homes destroyed, difficult claims to file and lawyers challenging lawsuits, it’s been a struggle for many to get back to normal.

The panel discussed some of the issues people across Long Island are still facing, well after the storm, and various groups’ functions. The group addressed the urgent need for mental health care for Sandy victims. Another big issue in the wake of the storm is the lack of communication and a grasp of what is really happening on the ground.

Friends of Freeport, which started as just a few people helping their neighbors, now has construction crews, and operates during the week and on weekends. Friends founder Rich Cantwell spoke about the group’s rebuilding efforts and how social media was helpful in garnering support and assistance. Although more than 100 residents have already been helped, he said, there’s a lot of work left to do.

Friends of Long Island was established to bridge the gap between governmental entities and conventional nonprofit disaster relief and the grass-roots community groups that are responding to the needs of communities. The collaboration has grown to stretch from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Friends of LI’s volunteer efforts have helped those in need in Freeport, Long Beach, East Rockaway, Wantagh, Seaford, Oceanside, Island Park and other communities.

Grass-roots organizing is playing a role, as there have been over a dozen rallies advocating policy change and awareness of community needs across Long Island by Friends of Long Island members. These rallies provided media coverage for continuing needs in the community, were well received and were attended by local elected officials. 

Despite the hope that public infrastructure dollars bring, there are huge obstacles ahead for rebuilding the South Shore. There are things folks can do: 1) support local groups like Friends of Freeport, that are mobilizing support on the ground; 2) keep the spotlight and pressure on government officials to keep federal resources moving; 3) attend public meetings, rallies and organize with local groups, share resources, and don’t stop participating. 

As Long Islanders, many of whom are charitable people when it comes to causes that don’t involve Long Island, we can’t forget to support relief and rebuilding for what has happened in our own communities. 

Help Save Funding For New York’s Walking, Biking Projects

Two mouse clicks.

That’s all a coalition looking for Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for pedestrian and bicycling projects is asking from New York residents.

The New Yorkers For Active Transportation (NY4AT), of which Vision Long Island is a member, is sending postcards to Cuomo asking him to add $20 million in the 2014-15 state budget specifically for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, as well as at least another $20 million annually over the next 5 years. They also want the Department of Transportation’s Preservation First policy revised so it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state's Complete Streets law.

"NYBC believes that dedicated state funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure would support improved safety for all road users, encourage tourism and economic development, and help New Yorkers improve their health by expanding access to walking and biking opportunities," according to New York Bicycling Coalition Executive Director Josh Wilson, who also said more than 1,000 postcards are ready to be delivered.

Wilson also confirmed they are looking to secure face-to-face meetings with top transportation officials in the governor's office in the coming weeks.

According to Wilson, "Dedicated state funding would help communities across the state that are eager to embrace the vision of New York's Complete Streets Law (signed by Governor Cuomo in 2011) by improving the condition and accessibility of their sidewalk networks, adding bike lanes to busy city streets, building shared use paths to connect communities, and redesigning intersections to alleviate congestion and improve safety for vulnerable road users."

Formed by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Parks & Trails New York and the New York Bicycling Coalition, NY4AT advocates for safe, healthy and low-cost active transportation like bicycling and walking.

Anyone looking to looking to add to the stack of postcards sent to the Capitol can view the text of the postcard here and digitally sign here.

"We want to deliver a tall stack of postcards to the Capitol," the director said.

Have A Heart For LI's Homeless At Farmingdale State Candlelight Vigil

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College on Feb. 13 to support your homeless neighbors.

The “Have a Heart for the Homeless” candlelight vigil is designed to show that Long Island wants to eradicate homelessness and hunger even in our affluent society.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m. on the Great Lawn and multi-purpose room in Roosevelt Hall. Participants are asked to wear red; donations of new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods will also be collected at the vigil.

In addition to making a stand on an important issue, entertainment is planned for families. Face painting, balloon animals, story time, the Girl Scout Choir and free hair cuts are planned for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 516-742-7770 or online.

Help Wanted

LI Minority AIDS Coalition Seeking Policy Coordinator

The Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition (LIMAC) is looking for a new Coordinator of Policy.

This full-time role involves providing leadership and direction to the agency health policy work and managing the Coalition to Eliminate Health Disparities/AIDS Leadership Coalition and Long Island Association of HIV Over Fifty (LIAHOF) Coalition. The Coordinator of Policy will work with the CEO to set priorities, develop position papers, identify and assess emerging issues in healthcare policy, accessibility and delivery of services. The Coordinator of Policy is also directly involved with accessing policy and programmatic options.  They will serve as the principal advocate for health policy issues.

The new hire will be responsible for conducting monthly meeting and activities for Health Disparities, AIDS Leadership Coalition and LIAHOF; providing technical assistance to hospitals and CBO; disseminating information and responding to public issues; developing and disseminating quarterly policy newsletter; disseminating legislative updates; providing policy information to HIV/AIDS planning bodies; providing staff support to LIAHOF Coalition; identifying and assessing new grant opportunities; and providing contract deliverables.

Candidates must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of health policy issues and experience working at a senior level to affect policy at the state and local levels; excellent writing and analytical skills; experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options; and capacity to work with nonprofits and policy makers. The position requires five years of relevant experience and a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in lieu of experience.

The coordinator is expected to work about 35 hours a week and earn up to $40,000.

Send a resume to info@limac.us or LIMAC, 1045 Route 109, Suite 101, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to info@visionlongisland.org. Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

Great Neck


Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach


Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

Oyster Bay


Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre


Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Sea Cliff


Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090

Seaford

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

SUFFOLK

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor


Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton


Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
The 10th Annual free Winter Film Series in partnership with the East Hampton Library: A BOTTLE IN THE GAZA SEA - Sunday, Jan. 5 at 4:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village


The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Jessie's Girl with special guest Constantine Maroulis - Friday, Jan. 3 ast 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Friday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Frosty - Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Somethin' Fresh - Friday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Badfish - Sunday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

 


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Session with Nancy Atlas with special guest Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith - Friday, Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770

Sayville


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

sayville
Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575

Southampton


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

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