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Jan. 5-9, 2015

Regional Updates

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National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. They play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern United States in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.

As an energy provider, they are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing their customers with the highest standards of service through investment in their networks and through a talented, diverse workforce.

“As more and more successful multifamily communities are developed and leased, it should continue to alleviate some of the resistance that proposed multifamily developments have typically faced on Long Island." Mill Creek Residential Vice President Jamie Stover


“They were looking for an opportunity on Long Island, and we were looking for a partner with the depth of resources that a national developer would have. For a project like this you need someone with the financial wherewithal of a national developer like TDI to really get it done. In addition to the financing capabilities, TDI brings over 90,000 units of experience to our partnership.  When you marry that level of national expertise to the local 'feet on the ground' knowledge of the market & process that Bartone Properties brings, you get a win-win development team.” developer Anthony Bartone

“The projects underway here increase the chances that Long Island can be the city's safety valve, the place young professionals look to as an alternative with its walkable downtowns and easy access to dining, shopping and trains into the city. And if these young people choose to live here, they'll attract the technology and creative industries that seek them. That would be a game-changer that would create jobs, increase the tax base, and set up Long Island to compete economically in the 21st century." Newsday Editorial Board

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Developments Prove Downtown Revitalization Growing On LI

Gone are the mandatory white-picket fences surrounding single-family homes on Long Island. Instead, a variety of housing options are gradually taking hold.

The island has attracted national developers building downtown rental complexes in recent years, with housing prices soaring and an insufficient number of rental units available. But even in this favorable market, Long Island remains a tough nut to crack for some developers.

"Not a lot of developers want to be pioneers," Director Eric Alexander said. "When they see success from others, they say, 'All right, some people have paved the way.'"

Paving the way continues to come in the form of a lengthy approval process, high costs and opposition from some residents. Local developer Anthony Bartone spent six years trying to bring Jefferson Plaza – a 154-unit complex by the Farmingdale LIRR station – to life. Texas-based TDI entered the fray two years ago, providing financing and experience. Their labor paid off, 39 apartments in one building opened last month and the remaining 115 in the second building should be available this spring.

"They were looking for an opportunity on Long Island, and we were looking for a partner with the depth of resources that a national developer would have," Bartone said. "For a project like this you need someone with the financial wherewithal of a national developer like TDI to really get it done."

Dallas-based Mill Creek Residential is preparing to open Modera Mineola this summer. The five-story, 275-unit complex in Mineola comes on the heels of a 36-unit building for the 55 and up crowd last year.

“Attitudes are changing in select areas,” Vice President of Development for the Northeast Jamie Stover said.

The demand across Long Island is so much larger than the supply that rents in Nassau and Suffolk are above affordable range. The average apartment can run $2,000-$3,500 a month, peaking around $6,000. Many of those apartment complexes are home to luxuries like pools, gyms and access to mass transit, but some affordable housing advocates believe the current batch of affluent housing will open lower-priced units currently occupied.

For more on this story, check out Long Island Business News and Newsday (subscriptions required).

Newsday Editorial 7-8 Years Late, Acknowledges Progress In Long Island's Downtowns Through Smart Growth Projects

Newsday's editorial board had a Rip Van Winkle moment when they suddenly realized that a wide range of downtown redevelopment projects have been approved, are under construction or built and open for business. The planning for this work has been underway for nearly two decades and significant progress in development approvals has been made over the last eight years, with almost 10,000 transit-oriented developments approved during that span.

Regardless, we are happy to see a positive editorial from our daily paper.

Newsday's editorial focused on the larger-scale development, such as:

In Glen Cove, the $1-billion Garvies Point project will create 860 units of housing; 75,000 square feet of commercial and retail space; 19 acres of public amenities and open space; and a 250-room hotel on a former Brownfield site. This RXR Realty development is expected to break ground on phase I this spring.

In Hempstead, a $2.5-billion downtown redevelopment will include apartments, shops, restaurants, an entertainment complex and a hotel. RXR and Renaissance Downtowns expect to break ground later this year on the first phase, two five-floor apartment buildings.

Across the border into Wyandanch, the $500-million public-private revitalization known as Wyandanch Rising is underway, with tenants expected to move into 177 apartments in two buildings next month. Developer Albanese Organization is signing leases with commercial tenants as part of the project's first phase.

The first phase of the $475-million Ronkonkoma Hub project is expected begin early this summer. The Tritec development calls for 1,450 apartments and 545,000 square feet of retail and office space.

Back in Huntington Station, RXR and Renaissance are looking to build a 140-room hotel, 100,000 square-foot office building, 49-unit artist loft complex, rental apartments and retail space. However, progress has been a bit slower than the other projects.

Compare that to a decade ago when a number of ambitious projects were suggested. Since then, only the Heartland Town Square project on the intersection of Brentwood, Deer Park and Commack has a realistic chance of coming to fruition. The Wolkoff’s $4 billion plan for a mini-city includes 9,000 apartments; and 4 million square feet for restaurants, offices, movie theaters and other commercial uses.

Studies have been held and the research conducted. A growing number of Long Islanders are looking for more affordable housing, jobs, local entertainment and walkability. Progress is underway, demand for apartments continues to easily outweigh supply, but it’s moving forward.

Check out the full editorial here (subscription required).

Suffolk Signs Statute Helping Homeless Heroes

Suffolk County officials bestowed a holiday gift for its homeless veterans.

County Executive Steve Bellone signed the Helping Our Homeless Heroes Act – a quartet of bills – into law on Dec. 22.

With more than 700 homeless veterans across Long Island, Suffolk County has the most anywhere in New York. Suffolk County Legislator Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) introduced the act back in August. And just like the summer Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency Director Tom Ronayne and Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Greta Guarton were on hand last month to celebrate the law.

“When a soldier goes off to protect the ground we stand on, it is unacceptable that he or she should have to come home to sleep on it,” Stern said. “Suffolk County has a strong tradition of caring for our veterans and we must lead the way in serving those who have served us and our great nation.”

The Helping Our Homeless Heroes Act includes four separate bills. First, the Housing Our Homeless Heroes Act would establish partnerships with agencies and community advocates serving veterans and families to create a location on the Suffolk County website for information on all government and nonprofit services. Second, the Maximizing Access to Available Housing legislation would use existing County housing assets to provide homes for veterans and their families. Third, the Housing Discrimination Against Veterans and their Families legislation would amend housing discrimination laws to protect families as well. Finally, the Appointing a Veterans Service Officer to the Department of Social Services legislation would require a Veterans Service Officer who also served in the armed forces to work at the county’s Department of Social Services on a regular basis.

“We are a county that has a long standing tradition of providing high quality services to our veterans. As government leaders, we have the responsibility and the honor of ensuring we take care of the men and women who have sacrificed to protect our way of life. That is why today we have come together to sign legislation which will increase opportunities for housing and ensure protections for veterans,” Bellone said.

For more on this story, check out Long Islander News.

Cities Home To Higher Growth, Salaries, Walkability

It pays to live in a city.

The numbers are in and they prove that urban areas are home to faster job growth, higher wages and less reliance on cars.

Office rents in cities have jumped by 18.7 percent since 2010, according to real estate research firm CoStar Group, compared to just 3.3 percent in suburbs. Many companies are also leaving suburbia behind for cities where more young professionals reside. In fact, the overall population of urban areas increased by 1.02 percent between 2012-2013 and suburban areas increased 0.96 percent.

Meanwhile, a report by the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University found residents living in part of New York City with the most access to jobs enjoyed the most success. They compared 177 zip codes in New York City by number of jobs within an hour’s commute during morning rush hour.

They found the top 59 zip codes – mostly in Manhattan – had the highest median household income, the lowest unemployment rate and more than 79 percent of residents commuted without driving a car. Chelsea (North) is accessible to 4.8 million jobs and home to 20,579 people with a median income of $76,138 to top the list. No. 10, Tribeca (North), is within an hour of 4.1 million jobs and is home to 26,090 people with a median household income of $68,790.

The middle third of the neighborhoods had the lowest median household income and highest unemployment, with mass transit access too limited to provide significant job opportunities. The neighborhoods with the least amount of jobs featured median household incomes and unemployment rates between the other two; about 44 percent of residents commute without a car.

Rudin Center Director Mitchell Moss suggested access to mass transit is more than education to succeed in New York City.

For more on this topic, check out this Wall Street Journal article about transportation and this article about urban growth (subscription required).

OTB Plans To Open Fortunoff Casino Drawing Universal Ire

A new casino could replace the closed Fortunoff building at the Source mall in Westbury, but municipal officials across Nassau County have made their opposition to such a project very well known.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Town Councilwoman Viviana Russell, Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and an assortment of Nassau County Legislators all called on Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation to abandon casino plans.

“The openness and transparency required for such a large and significant project have clearly not been provided by OTB. The announcement of your plan was made during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and reflected virtually no outreach to the community. A meaningful process providing for authentic community input and vigorous public discussion is an important safeguard for sound and responsible governmental decision-making. Our residents are entitled to – and frankly expect – no less from their public officials. Unfortunately, the actions of OTB up to this point have failed this crucial test,” Bosworth and Russell said in a letter to OTB on Tuesday.

According to published reports, the casino could include 1,000 slot machines and table games, and could open sometime this year. OTB officials said just 15 percent of the building would be used for video lottery terminals with the rest occupied by a food court and high-end restaurants.

Within their letter, Bosworth and Russell expressed concern about safety concerns for residents within the region and how a casino could add more work for a NCPD Third Precinct already heavily-burdened in the wake of consolidation. Bosworth also told OTB officials residents are fearful the plan will add even more traffic to an area already plagued by traffic and made residential neighborhood streets more dangerous.

“Our constituents want to protect their most important investments – their homes – and the quality of life they wish to preserve and enhance and we certainly understand and share these concerns,” Bosworth said.

The proposed location actually lies south of the Village of Westbury’s borders, but Cavallaro is also concerned about the impact of a casino on his constituents. He penned his own letter to Nassau OTB late last month on behalf of the 15,500 Village residents and 40,000 other residents in the greater Westbury area.

Like the town officials, the mayor expressed concerns about traffic and security in the Westbury/Carle Place shopping district. Citing the National Gambling Impact Study Commission, Cavallaro said casinos lead to increased crime and exacerbate gambling addictions.

Calling on OTB officials to consider alternate locations, measures to mitigate a casino’s impact on the community and gather public input before building, the mayor also announced an informational meeting at St. Brigid School on Jan. 15.

The project also came under fire from Murray on Tuesday.

"Hempstead Town does not have an official role or a 'seat at the table' with the gaming commission on this matter," Murray said in a letter to constituents. "Despite these facts, I will remain aggressive in voicing my concerns and advocating for local neighbors."

Yesterday, a large number of elected officials from all levels of government me in Westbury Village Hall to coordinate a joint response against the proposed casino. Nearly 30 officials unanimously agreed the Fortunoff site is not an appropriate location and expressed concerns about the lack of transparency and public input.

The following officials joined Cavallaro: Village Deputy Mayor Joan Boes; Village Trustee William Wise; Village Trustee Beaumont Jefferson; Village Trustee Steve Corte; Senator Jack Martins; North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth; Nassau County Legislator Laura Schaefer; Nassau County Legislator Siela Bynoe; NYS Assemblyman Michael Montesano; NYS Assemblyman Ed Ra; NYS Assemblyman Charles Lavine; North Hempstead Councilwoman Viviana Russell; Nassau County Chief Deputy County Executive Rob Walker; Nassau County Senior Policy Advisor and Communications Director Brian Nevin; Westbury Water-Fire Commissioner Vincent Abbatiello; Westbury School Superintendent Mary Lagnado, Ed.D; Westbury School Board President Pless Dickerson, Ed.D; Carle Place Civic Association President John Hommel; Hedges Civic Association President Chester Barton; Sherwood Gardens Civic Association President Joseph Cassagnol; Carle Place School Board Representatives; Town of North Hempstead Director of Operations Robert Troiano; Village of Old Westbury Deputy Mayor Michael Wolf; Village of Old Westbury Trustee Andrew Weinberg; Garden City Mayor John Watras; Garden City Deputy Mayor Nick Episcopia; Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss; and Town of Hempstead Deputy Town Attorney Frederick Amorini.

Speaking for Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Walker said the county does not believe this site is suitable and prefers the current OTB gaming parlor in Plainview. He also the re-developed Nassau Coliseum site or Belmont Racetrack could be suitable alternatives that would not affect residential neighborhoods.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required). Find the Westbury mayor’s original letter here, the North Hempstead letter here and this letter from the Democrats in the Nassau Legislature.

Nassau Refunding Homeowners For Sandy Tax Errors

They’ve paid taxes on houses ravaged by Superstorm Sandy more than two years ago. Now, some Nassau County residents are seeing a little financial aid.

Nassau officials are sending out 6,700 tax refund checks this month to compensate homeowners whose tax assessments were not lowered for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014.

On average, recipients will receive $3,100. About five percent of all recipients, or 335, will receive more than $5,000 each. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos also confirmed another $9 million for 2,000 additional applicants will be delayed while their claims require further evaluation by the county assessor.

“I am happy that Superstorm Sandy affected homeowners and businesses are finally getting relief for the damages they suffered,” Maragos said. “I apologize if the payments took longer than originally expected but we had to verify every claim and ensure that our residents received the maximum reimbursements allowed by law.”

The tax refunds were part of the Superstorm Sandy Assessment Relief Act. State legislators approved the bill in 2013 with the goal of assisting with property tax relief on a sliding scale. The assessment reductions are based on the damage percentage of the improved property.

Nassau officials bonded $35 million in anticipation of the refund checks. However, Maragos confirmed the county expects to be repaid by New York State.

The lion’s share of these refunds – 19.7 percent – are headed to Long Beach. Another 13 percent will go to Massapequa homeowners; 11 percent to residents in Oceanside; 8.8 percent to homeowners in Freeport; and 8.5 percent to residents in Island Park.

Jon Siebert, consultant for Sandy volunteer group Friends of Long Island, said they’ll still be helping residents rebuild homes and navigate paperwork through 2015.

“Long Beach, Massapequa and Oceanside were some of the hardest-hit communities post-Sandy. Two years later, we are continuing to assist the communities with rebuilding and navigating the NY Rising process, which continues to frustrate residents. Hopefully the tax relief will enable many of these residents to complete the necessary repairs required to receive their Certificates of Occupancy and their final NY Rising award monies,” Siebert said.

For more on this story, check out Herald Community Newspapers.

North Hempstead Sets Record Profits From TV, Films

Who needs Hollywood when North Hempstead is around the corner?

In the past year, the Town of North Hempstead set a record for the most revenue collected through television and film permits.

“The filming industry continues to be drawn to North Hempstead because we are a beautiful and diverse area that is infused with unique downtowns and storefronts, waterfront homes, historical mansions, and bucolic scenery,” Supervisor Judi Bosworth said. “Filming here in North Hempstead benefits the local economy and showcases all we have to offer.”

Town officials collected $86,054 through 70 permits in the year ending Dec. 22, 2014. That’s a $43,890 increase from 2013 and almost doubles the 38 permits granted that year.

The increase in revenue also comes, in part, from the New York State tax incentive encouraging TV and film makers to shoot within the state. New York officials have said the incentive has helped to make this an exceptional year. Forty-nine applications from TV series for the Film Production Tax Credit Program added $1.85 billion in spending in New York and added more than 119,000 jobs to the state’s economy.

Theodora Christakis, a producer with Manhattan-based Optomen Productions – the producers of shows like Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares and Samantha Brown’s Great Weekends, said the town’s location just miles out of the city attracted her while scouting potential locations.

“The first time I filmed there, I independently found a location that fit our story needs well and I had a very pleasant experience with the North Hempstead film office. Every person from the town who helped coordinate our shoot was attentive, flexible and helpful,” Christakis said. “[North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Executive Director] Kim Kaiman’s knowledge of production was tremendously helpful – besides finding a location that fit our visual needs, she was mindful of our production needs as well. Overall, we had an excellent and successful experience filming in North Hempstead, and it has definitely become one of my go-to places for location scouting.”

Not only did the town benefit from the additional revenues, Kaiman said, but the filming also drove up patronage of local businesses like caterers, drivers, dry cleaners, laundromats, hardware stores and hairdressers.

“Not only has North Hempstead more than doubled the direct revenue through permitting fees from the previous year, but our local communities in North Hempstead have also seen a direct impact through local spending and hiring from and by this industry,” she said.
TV shows like USA Network’s Royal Pains and CBS’s Blue Bloods filmed this year at various North Hempstead locales along with films including Louder Than Bombs and The Outskirts. The “Gold Coast” is among the region’s most popular with filmmakers, including the Sands Point Preserve and Old Westbury Gardens among others.

Check out Newsday (subscription required) for more on this story.

Alexander: Downtown, Infrastructure Outlook

This editorial was originally written by Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander for Long Island Business News earlier this week.

With more robust economic numbers in store for the coming year, it’s good to look at what community, small-business and municipal leaders are planning across Long Island. At the recent Smart Growth Summit attended by more than 1,100 Long Island leaders, speakers took stock of the plethora of projects underway that have received or are seeking federal or state support that will help leverage private investment in the upcoming year.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer gave a far-ranging speech on infrastructure recognizing the need to repair as well as revitalize Long Island following Hurricane Sandy. Schumer presented a bill to fund infrastructure and about a third of the money served to upgrade resiliency. In Nassau County, the Bay Park sewage plant, which processes sewage for a half-million people, received an $810 million grant to build a more modern, cleaner plant. In Suffolk, where only 30 percent of the county is sewered, flooding is more likely in low-lying communities within Shirley, North Babylon and Oakdale, and $315 million was allocated for new sewer systems.

Schumer also stressed the importance of revitalization projects to bring back downtowns. He used Wyandanch as an example, saying he was able to obtain funds for sewers and the train station. In Nassau, he cited Glen Cove, where the community is moving closer to creating a waterfront development on a former brownfield site.

For the upcoming transportation bill in May, the senator wants to replenish the Highway Trust Fund and make sure Long Island gets its fair share. He also wants to obtain transportation grants to help with the revitalization of the Island’s downtowns. Money also needs to go toward making dangerous roads safer, slowing traffic and improving walkability.

As for the state’s commitment, there is a $5 billion surplus, and upcoming budget negotiations are underway. Here is a preliminary itemization of infrastructure projects across Long Island that will help facilitate smart growth and are ripe for consideration.

Sewers and Water

In East Rockaway, an outflow pipe for the Bay Park sewage plant to protect our bays on the South Shore and associated drainage improvements are needed. In Hempstead, divert sewage flow from the Village of Hempstead treatment facility to Cedar Creek to allow for the Hempstead Rising development, and provide new wells, a water tower and injection points. In Mastic, we need continuation of sewer investment and storm-hardening infrastructure.

In Huntington Station, let’s move on sewer improvements, including an extension to the southern portion of the development area to allow for full build-out potential for piping and pump station.

Installation of a force main, pumping station and gravity collection system for a proposed North Bellport sewage treatment plant will allow for construction/revitalization around the Bellport train station. In Southampton’s Riverside redevelopment, a sewer treatment plant including a permeable denitrifying barrier is needed.

Parking Improvements

For the Nassau Hub redevelopment, parking garages are needed to help allow appropriate densities for walkable development. Structured parking will assist transit-oriented development around the Hempstead, Westbury, Island Park, Oceanside and Huntington Station train stations. Parking enhancements are also needed for the downtown redevelopment underway in Farmingdale.

Traffic Calming and Pedestrian Amenities

Traffic calming along Sunrise Highway through the communities of Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre, Baldwin and Freeport is a priority along with complete streets projects through Babylon, Baldwin, Long Beach and Island Park. Install sidewalks along Middle Country Road to improve walkability surrounding proposed downtown development in Middle Island. Also, phase two of a public plaza for the Glen Cove Piazza project is ready.

Transportation Improvements

Widening of the Sagtikos Parkway between the Long Island Expressway and the Southern State Parkway is required to accommodate planned growth at the Heartland Town Square.

Bus funding for Suffolk is needed to expand Sunday and evening service for riders. Additional transportation projects in the upcoming Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital plan and enhanced bike and pedestrian enhancement projects in the Department of Transportation’s capital plan are priorities.


The Carlls River tributary watershed project in Babylon and a drainage plan and other improvements in West Islip are needed. Freeport is proposing creative barriers to protect its waterfront. In Lindenhurst Village there is a need for a storm water drainage system, and flapper duct valves are needed for Babylon and Oakdale.

Across Long Island a local/regional disaster manager, an outage management system, communication system improvements, public bulkhead repairs and emergency preparedness plans for communities are a priority. In addition, support for solar, wind and other renewables will help create local energy independence.

With support in local communities for these and other projects, broad consensus has developed for moving smart growth forward with plans that support growth and resiliency in the right locations. While we know these priorities, let’s communicate them in a robust way to our officials in the coming legislative sessions.

Don’t Miss Fair Housing Conference At Farmingdale State

Join the Long Island Housing Partnership and Long Island Board of Realtors in learning about fair housing.

Suffolk County Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville) is on the docket to speak at LIHP-LIBOR’s What We All Need to Know About Fair Housing conference at Farmingdale State College Jan. 20. The event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. and a series of panels from 9 a.m.-noon.

Gregory will be part of the discussion on the state of fair housing in co-ops, while others will touch on fair housing for real estate professionals and recent updates to human rights law.

Admission is free, but prior registration is required. For more information, contact LIBOR via email or call 631-661-4800.

Enjoy The Bourbon, Beer, Barbecue At T.J. Finley’s

Saunter out to T.J. Finley’s in Bay Shore early in the new year to sample some very rare and special beer, bourbon and barbecue.

Their Winter Bourbon Festival is slated for Jan. 24 from 3-7 p.m. The $50 entrance fee opens the door to unlimited samples of more than 30 whiskies and more than 30 craft beers, as well as a commemorative glass and free hat.

In addition, whisky classes will be available for newcomers to bourbon.

Barbecue food will also be on sale.

Go online for tickets and more information about the festival.

Win $1,500 Scholarship For APA National Conference

Sign up now for a chance to win a trip to the 2015 APA National Conference.

The Long Island Section of American Planning Association's NY Metro Chapter is accepting applications for three Arthur H. Kunz Memorial Scholarships. These $1,500 scholarships will enable awardees to attend the conference from April 18-21 in Seattle, Wash.

Applicants must be entry-level planners with less than six years of professional experience and students enrolled in a planning-related program – graduate or undergraduate. Email a resume and letter of interest, including your interest in planning, goals for a career on Long Island and what you hope to gain from attendance at the National Conference. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 6.

The scholarship is named after Arthur H. Kunz, a Long Island planner who was committed to preserving and enhancing Suffolk County by balancing its growth and development with environmental protection. Since 1994, the Long Island Section of the APA has been offering scholarships in his memory.

Paint The Town Red With Suffolk County Arts Grants

Have an arts project that could bolster your community? Apply today for a Suffolk County grant.

The county announced a series of art grants designed to support downtowns for 2015.

The Community Arts & Film Grant supports community art organizations that embody artistic excellence and foster cultural participation to build vibrant communities and celebrate the diversity of the county. With three grants available, nonprofits can vie for less than $5,000 through the Community ReGrant Program; more than $5,000 through the Cultural Arts Competitive Grant Program; and funds to promote Suffolk as a film-friendly region via the Emerging Film Festival Grant Program.

Applicants must be a nonprofit or partner with one; have arts as the core mission; and be in operation for at least a year. Applications for Community Arts & Film Grants can be downloaded from the county’s website. Submissions must be postmarked by Jan. 12 and emailed to the county.

Meanwhile, the Destination Downtown Grant program is a creative place-making initiative that compliments the county’s transit-oriented development agenda. The 2015 program focuses on Arts Engagement. Two grants of $25,000 each are available to create downtown communities that feature livability and arts at the core.

Applicants must be an arts organization with a minimum annual budget of $250,000; have partnerships that include arts organizations and a chamber of commerce, BID or other business association; and propose a project in a downtown area. . Applications for Destination Downtown Grants can be downloaded from the county’s website. Submissions must be postmarked by Feb. 6 and emailed to the county.

Help Wanted

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 Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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

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


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.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

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 Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Schism with Facelift, The Human Condition and Phosfate - Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Misery Kills with Flames of Fury, A Tribute To Accept, Symptom 7, Torrential Downpour and Machine - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 9 p.m.
Texas In July - Sunday, Jan. 11 at 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
James Maddock with special guest Seth Glier - Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.
Rockapella - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
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
Screening of the National Theatre Live: "Of Mice and Men" starring James Franco and Chris O'Dowd - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 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
Yacht Rock Review - Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.
The Paramount Comedy Series presents: Pablo Francisco - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Let's Zep, Any Way You Want It, Rag Doll - Friday, Jan. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Freebird and Seven Turns - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

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
Friday Night Happy Hour - Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.
Roger & JP's Wild Game Night - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Don't Dress For Dinner - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3 p.m.
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


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Long Live The Beatles - Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.
Doo-Wop with The Diamonds - Saturday, Jan. 10 at 8 p.m.
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 Sessions with Nancy Atlas - Friday, Jan. 9 at 8 p.m.
Elvis 80: A Tribute to the King - Saturday, Jan. 10 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 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 Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


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 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.

Bitter Cold Much Worse For LI's Homeless Population

Winds howled and temperatures plummeted, making Wednesday night absolutely brutal to be outside. Frostbite was a very real possibility for any uncovered skin after just half an hour of exposure.

The mercury may have recovered from single-digit readings, but this is only the first full week of January and there’s a lot more winter ahead. Temperatures are expected to scrape the freezing mark in the coming days and more snow is a very real possibility.

But for too many in Nassau and Suffolk, there is nowhere to go. In addition to offering aid and guidance for needy, the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless runs an annual tally this time of the year. In January 2014, they found more than 3,200 human beings living on the streets.

Each of us have our own trials, battles and issues to face, but many take a safe and warm home for granted. Now is a great time to make a donation to the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and extend a hand to those less fortunate in this frigid season.

Smart Talk

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