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January 8th - 14th, 2017

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"We will expand sewers in Kings Park and Smithtown" - NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo, speaking at his recent State of the State speech on Long Island


"This is really the beginning of not only revitalization of our hamlet, which holds so much potential, but we shouldn't forget the positive impact it will have on the environment. Sewering is not only important for economic reasons, but also environmental. We're very happy and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and continue to work hard for and with the community. The civic association is very excited about this funding. Economic revitalization of Kings Park hinges on this effort. This welcome news is the first step in revitalizing" - Kings Park's downtown. Linda Henninger, Kings Park Civic Association

"We are absolutely delighted that our community based vision plan has caught the attention of our state representatives and look forward to a brighter future in Kings Park." - Tony Tanzi, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce


“NYS wastewater treatment funding coming back to Long Island to directly aid downtown growth is critical for the health and vitality of our business districts. Perseverance pays off as It is great to see these local communities get what they have been asking for over these many years.” - Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island

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Governor Cuomo Announces $40 million for Kings Park & Smithtown Sewer Funding

During the recent Long Island leg of the State of the State tour across the New York, the Governor made a most welcome pronouncement, stating that $40 million in state funds would be allocated for Kings Park and Smithtown sewer improvements. The funds will allow for a greater sewage capacity for both businesses and residents, and set the stage for future growth and revitalization.

This funding for sewers have been a priority recommendation from local civic and business groups through the recent Visioning process for downtown Kings Park. Vision managed this program with the Kings Park Civic and Chamber and produced a community based downtown revitalization plan that is the basis for the economic growth for Main Street. The sewers have also been a key request of the 90 member Long Island Lobby Coalition for many years.

"This is really the beginning of not only revitalization of our hamlet," said Linda Henninger of the Kings Park Civic Association, "which holds so much potential, but we shouldn't forget the positive impact it will have on the environment. Sewering is not only important for economic reasons, but also environmental. We're very happy and look forward to rolling up our sleeves and continue to work hard for and with the community. The civic association is very excited about this funding. Economic revitalization of Kings Park hinges on this effort. This welcome news is the first step in revitalizing"

"We are absolutely delighted that our community based vision plan has caught the attention of our state representatives and look forward to a brighter future in Kings Park," said Tony Tanzi from the Kings Park Chamber of Commerce

“NYS wastewater treatment funding coming back to Long Island to directly aid downtown growth is critical for the health and vitality of our business districts. Perseverance pays off as It is great to see these local communities get what they have been asking for over these many years,” stated Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island.

Vision Long Island, the Kings Park Civic Association, Kings Park Chamber and numerous government officials will be out at another press conference hearing about County and regional plans for downtown Kings Park on Friday.

Check out Vision’s Facebook page for updates.

Huntington Station Sewer Study to Move Forward

The Huntington Station revitalization led by master developer Renaissance Downtowns, took a step forward on Monday with the newest announcement by Suffolk County Legislator Doc Spencer.  Joined by County Executive Steve Bellone, Leg. Steve Stern, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, and town board members Susan Berland and Tracey Edwards; Leg. Spencer announced that the county would be moving forward with funds for a feasibility and design study for new sewers in Huntington Station. There are currently no sewers in that area.  Officials believe that once completed, sewers would provide a significant boost to the local economy and housing opportunities, and accelerate revitalization efforts.

The study will look at the feasibility of installing sewers from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road Station south to the Walt Whitman Shops.  It will take into consideration direction, design, the number of pump station needed, among other aspects.

The $1.25 million approved last month by the county will come from the Start Up New York/Suffolk County program which is a state-sponsored business incentive program working in conjunction with Suffolk County to promote economic development.   If the study proves feasible, the $20 million set aside by the 2017 Suffolk County Capital Budget will be allocated in 2018 to begin and continue through the following few years.

“Sewers are the backbone for any vibrant community… When you look at developing and building a community, proper sanitary flow is really important,” said Leg. Spencer. In a written statement by the legislator, he said “Investing in sewers is the foundation of advancing the revitalization and will open the door to a bright future for the community.” He also commended the town on their partnership in moving revitalization efforts forward saying, “With engaged partners in the town and community moving this forward, the sewers will enable Huntington Station to once again reclaim our strong sense of place and become an attractive downtown.”

Last month, the Town of Huntington transferred a half-acre property on the corner of New York Avenue and Northridge Street which Renaissance Downtowns recently took title of. The parcel will be home to a mixed-use building with 16 rental apartments and over 6,500 square feet of retail space. This is just one of several projects slated as part of Huntington Station’s revitalization. Renaissance has also proposed a hotel and office building for New York Avenue and Railroad Street, across from the train station, and artists’ lofts in what is now a municipal parking lot at New York Avenue and Church Street.

In regards to the sewers, Supervisor Petrone said “Hopefully the study will come in that this is feasible, and we believe it is, and how to actually to do it.” He also noted that “It’s an opportunity to see a dream come true for the Station, where developers can come in and do commercial projects, start redoing buildings, people will sell buildings, others will buy them, strip malls will convert and start to revitalize, all increasing the economy of the Station.”

For more information, visit LIBN or Newsday.  

Governor Cuomo Comes to Long Island to Deliver State of the State Address

In a new format, Gov. Cuomo has taken his State of the State Address on tour rather than the usual gathering in Albany.  This 6 stop tour included a visit to SUNY Farmingdale on Tuesday as the governor addressed over 600 Long Islanders.  Elected officials in attendance included NYS Assemblyman Joe Saladino, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, Nassau Legislators Laura Curran and Ellen Birnbaum, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Suffolk Legislators Kate Browning. Kevin McCaffrey & Rob Calarco, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilwoman Valerie Cartright, Town of Islip Supervisor Angie Carpenter and Councilman John Cochrane, Town of Smithtown Supervisor Pat Vecchio, Village of Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Village Board, and others.

The governor began his address by noting that the state of the state is strong. He mentioned some of the progress that the state has had including leading the way in being the first to pass paid family leave and the passing of the minimum wage increase while continuing to generating more jobs statewide.  As a result, unemployment came down from 8.5 percent to 5.1 percent.

Throughout his address, he spoke to several items that have been a part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition agenda including $40 million for Kings Park & Smithtown sewer expansion, $2 billion statewide water fund, LIRR Station improvements in 16 stations, offshore wind, and a ride-share surcharge that would help support Nassau and Suffolk buses.

As part of his list of infrastructure improvements, he discussed his goal for the state to have a state of the art drinking water treatment systems, replace failing water infrastructure and protect drinking water at its source. He explained that this $2 billion investment is necessary because, “These are our children who are drinking it. I don’t want to find out in 10 years that our water had a chemical that was causing some disease.”  He is also looking to provide funding specifically mentioned in Suffolk County to help homes hook up to sewers as Suffolk has a significant lack of sewers throughout the county.  “$388 million dollars in Suffolk county to connect more than 10,000 homes to sewage systems. It is not sexy but this is essential.” Requested by Long Island Lobby Coalition agenda, $40 million for Kings Park & Smithtown sewer expansion as part of these improvements.

$80 million will be invested to modernize 16 major MTA and LIRR stations. The station enhancements will include new facilities, Wi-Fi, charging stations, clearer signage for travelers, and public art in every station. An additional $20 million will be used to connect Brookhaven National Laboratory to the Long Island Railroad in an effort to boost job growth potential. $20 million will also be directed to connecting the MacArthur Airport terminal directly to the Long Island Railroad as part of the improvements the governor is looking to make at that airport.  “MacArthur Airport has vast potential. If we can get MacArthur up to scale it can save people hours and hours on commute. It can take traffic away from JFK. It can take a load off LaGuardia. We have to make MacArthur more useable, more accessible,” said Gov. Cuomo.

Gov. Cuomo called on LIPA to approve a 90-megawatt wind farm which would be located 30 miles southeast of Montauk. He assured that the farm will not be visible from the beach by jokingly saying, “Not even Superman standing on Montauk Point could see these wind farms… But the upside is tremendous”. The wind farm has enough capacity to support 50,000 homes. It would be the largest offshore wind project in the nation’s history.  “Its jobs. It’s clean energy and its inexpensive energy which then drives the economy. And we are not going to stop there. We have a mandate of 50 percent renewable power by the year 2030. We want to get 2.4 gigawatts of offshore wind power by 2030 and we are not going to stop until we reach 100 percent renewable because that’s what a sustainable New York is really all about.”

Ride-sharing was also on the governor’s agenda as he noted that it is currently only legal in NYC and this is something he wants to change. “Ridesharing creates jobs, it saves lives, it produces alternatives for people, it gives people choice—let’s pass ridesharing for Long Island and let’s do it this year,” he said.  Ride-sharing will not only be beneficial for the reasons listed by the governor, but it will aide in funding Nassau and Suffolk bus.  The governor's ride-sharing proposal has the opportunity to provide a .50 surcharge on rides to support bus service in both counties which is a top priority for the Lobby Coalition.

Members of the LI Lobby Coalition in attendance included: Robert Fonti, LI Business Council, Gina Coletti, Suffolk Alliance of Chambers, Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, John Durso, Roger Clayman, LI Federation of Labor, Bernard Macius, AARP, Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns, Jorge Martinez, American Sustainable Business Association, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Kim Skillen, Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon, Linda Henninger, Kings Park Civic Association, Jon Siebert, Friends of LI, Randi Dresner, Island Harvest, David Viana, Baldwin Civic Association, David Stonehill, Old Linemere Civic Association, Corey Bearak, Queens Chamber of Commerce and Michael Harrison.

To hear more of Gov. Cuomo’s State of the State address, visit the governor’s website.

NYS Senator Flanagan Sworn in as Temporary President and Majority Leader

NYS Senator Flanagan was sworn in last week as the Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate. After being sworn in, Sen. Flanagan addressed the members of the Senate as they opened up the 2017-18 Legislative Session.

Senator Flanagan is among several NYS Senators from Long Island that have been reappointed to high-ranking committees including Senators Hannon, Marcellino, LaValle, Boyle, and others.  Many of the committees directly oversee various aspects of state-wide funding.

The senator, along with the Senate, plan to take a harder look at Cuomo’s economic development programs to ensure that the outcome from tax breaks and aid to employers to retain and attract jobs is produced as intended. In his opening remarks, Sen. Flanagan made it clear that his goal is to see equal power restored to the Senate and Assembly, quoting Article 3 of the state constitution which states that “The legislative power of this state shall be vested in the Senate and Assembly,” and he added “Not the attorney general, not the comptroller and not the governor… “I am going to stand up for the primacy and independence of the body.”

The Future of Downtowns Looks Optimistic

Recently, a study was conducted to evaluate the future of downtowns across America.  The focus of the study including downtowns in four areas: Market Street in Sunbury, Lewisburg and Selinsgrove and Mill Street in Danville.

Each community consisted of a consisted of a specific focal point in the downtown that would draw residents.  While very different, each community was seeing positive results that they believed would continue in the future.  The all also share the concern of the effects national chains would impose on their downtowns.  However, they believe if they continue to grow their downtowns to meet the needs of their community, their future is nothing but optimistic. 

“Across the country, we have towns with a couple hundred people or big cities, there’s a real sense of optimism,” said Hannah White, director of outreach and engagement for the National Main Street Center in Chicago. “There’s a renewed interest and support for the local economy. Main streets across the country have proven that to be true.”

Jim Wilson, executive director of the Danville Business Alliance spoke to the success of his downtown saying, “To the extent they evolve with the times and remain commercially and culturally vibrant, they will continue to be important to regional identity and success. In fact, without them it would be fair to say regions would not exist. The healthier downtowns are, the healthier any region is. So, while there are no guarantees, I believe the future of downtowns is bright, with the caveat that no downtown remains static; change is inevitable, necessary and must be faced; and in the end, everyone gets the downtown they deserve.”

Leaders from each community talked about some of the ways to create and maintain a successful downtown.  Having a focal point will help to attract people downtown but there should also be a focus on meeting their daily needs.  There should also be an understanding that some businesses may come and go in your downtown because that is just the cycle of the market but attention should be given to filling those vacancies. 
Quality of living is another aspect to consider.  It is important that community people can easily move through your downtown and job opportunities are available to them to keep them in the area.  In Sunbury, people are taking advantage of opportunities to live in communities that are bikable and walkable.  People moving away from the mall shopping centers.  Sunbury Revitalization Inc. President Meghan Beck said, “We have committed individuals, and things are on the upswing… One concern is jobs for the area. With modifications, the downtown is very viable, and the future looks very different.”

Some changes to promote growth were ed by municipalities.  In Danville Borough, they combined pro-development policies, practices, and tax incentives to make it more attractive to new businesses and development.

While each community has taken their own approach to maintaining their downtown revitalization effort, they share similar practices and feel optimistic about their futures.  For more on these communities, visit The Daily Item.

Public Comment Welcome for LIRR Third Track

The Long Island Railroad and Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be conducting six public hearings on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on the proposed Third Track Project.

The hearings offer the public opportunity to ask questions and make comments on the initial findings.

In a DEIS issued in late 2016, the project is described as enabling improved passenger experience, boosting motor vehicle safety, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and more. The report is available online.

The public hearings will be held in three locations on three days:

  • Yes We Can Community Center
    141 Garden Street, Westbury
    Tuesday, Jan. 17, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
  • David S. Mack Student Center
    Hofstra University-Hempstead
    Wednesday, Jan. 18, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm
  • The Inn at New Hyde Park
    214 Jericho Turmpike-New Hyde Park
    Thursday, Jan. 19, 11am-2pm & 6pm-9pm

Comments can also be submitted online, by mail or in person until the close of the DEIS comment period, Jan. 31, 2017 at 5pm. All comments received during this period will become part of the public record and be considered as part of the project studies.

To deliver comments by mail or in person, contact:

Edward M. Dumas
Vice President Market Development & Public Affairs
Long Island Rail Road Expansion Project
MTA Long Island Rail Road
MC 1131
Jamaica Station Building, Jamaica, NY 11435

LIBN's Top 40 Under 40 Ceremony on January 19th, 2017

Vision Long Island’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber was recently named as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 for 2017.

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.

This year’s honorees will be awarded at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury on January 19th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are still available for this event. To see a list of all of this year’s honorees and for more information or to register, click here. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

Next Week! Sustainable Living Film Series - Just Eat It

 Sustainability Institute at Molloy College cordially invites you to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the multi-award winning documentary Just Eat it

We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash?
Filmmakers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling.
JUST EAT IT looks at our systemic obsession with expiration dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe.
It will be held 6:00pm - 9:30pm on Thursday, January 19, 2016 at Molloy College in Farmingdale.  $5 suggested donation. Vegan Buffet Dinner at 6pm and the program begins at 7:30. For more information, contact call 516.323.4510 or email

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is an 18-month, $5 million prize competition to support community-based solar programs and projects aimed at providing solar access to low and moderate income communities. The Challenge is aimed at supporting innovators across the U.S. to create scalable solutions that will bring solar to nonprofits, LMI households and local and tribal governments. Selected teams will be provided with seed funding as they complete milestones, receive technical assistance from an online marketplace of qualified experts, and compete to win final prizes from May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Solar in Your Community Challenge and forming a team, please visit the program webpage. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and is administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

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

glen cove
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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
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.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
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


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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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