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January 13 - January 19, 2014


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Posillico

Beginning as a small trucking contractor in 1946, Posillico is known as construction experts for three generations. Over the last five decades, the family-business completed many large and highly complex civil engineering and construction projects, which often require off-peak construction during nighttime hours with stringent penalty/ bonus clauses. Posillico prides itself on solving complex construction problems safely, on time and on budget.

“We want to learn from the communities near us [Rockville Centre and Freeport's Nautical Mile], but also Patchogue. We really want to get that Main Street feel back for Baldwin,” David Viana, Baldwin Civic Association president

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Protestors Call For Transit-Oriented Development In Baldwin

A Baldwin neighborhood deemed blighted has a reputation for questionable characters and vacant, run-down buildings. And neighbors aren’t happy with plans to revive the area.

Nassau County Legislator Kevan Abrahams (D-Baldwin) and Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) joined about 100 residents, business owners and community leaders took to Grand Avenue on Saturday, protesting against Breslin Realty Development Corporation’s plans to build a drive-through CVS pharmacy on the 5-acre property.

“We’ve been trying to get it developed for at least 15 years,” Baldwin Civic Association President David Viana said.

Currently, the area near Grand Avenue and Merrick Road consists of ground-level retail with 52 second-story apartments. A fire destroyed two buildings, which remain boarded up. The Town of Hempstead gave the neighborhood a blight designation in 2006, which prompted landlords to stop maintaining buildings and chased away others.

“Things look bad. Businesses don’t want to move in because they think things are going to get knocked down,” Viana said.

The Town of Hempstead is negotiating with Breslin for the redevelopment project, which now features a drive-through CVS. Using just a single acre, the pharmacy would be the fifth branch in Baldwin alone.

“We’re hoping they’re listening to the community. What the community wants is a thriving downtown,” Curran said.

Also abandoned was a Smart Growth plan about six years ago that seemed to be moving forward. Developer Albanese Organization wanted to build a mix of retail and housing less than a mile from the Baldwin LIRR station. But the deal fell through, Viana said.

“It’s so frustrating it didn’t work out,” Curran said.

Demonstrators were hopeful for a new plan that would revitalize the neighborhood as Baldwin’s main business district, a mix of housing and eclectic small businesses.

“We want to learn from the communities [Rockville Centre and Freeport’s Nautical Mile] near us, but also Patchogue. We really want to get that Main Street feel back for Baldwin,” Viana said.

Vision’s Executive Director Eric Alexander was also on hand for Saturday’s protest.

“Customers want to be in downtowns. Young people and aging baby boomers, a whole range of people, want to shop in downtowns and people want to live in downtowns,” Alexander said.

For more coverage of this issue, check out Newsday (subscription required), CBS and FiOS 1. Newsday also published this editorial about the neighborhood.

Cuomo Drives $67 Million Towards NYS Transportation Projects

$30 million. That’s how much municipalities across New York anticipated would be available in state transportation funding when they applied last summer.

But on Wednesday, Cuomo surprised everyone by awarding $67 million from the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

“We applaud Governor Cuomo for heeding the call of New Yorkers to increase funding for pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure with a 50 percent increase in TEP funds.  This additional funding can be used by towns and municipalities to meet the soaring demand for safe, walkable, bikable, economically vibrant streets. It’s a significant step forward in the spirit of the state’s Complete Streets law,” Tri-State Transportation Campaign (TSTC) Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool said.

The governor awarded $67 million for 63 projects across the state. Long Island took home $5.1 million – compared to $14.8 million for New York City and $3.3 million for the Southern Tier.

“With this funding, we are moving forward with 63 projects across the state that will make our transportation system safer and more modern,” Cuomo said. “From building new facilities for bicycles and pedestrians to supporting historic highway programs, these projects will provide new tourism and recreational opportunities for New Yorkers and visitors, boosting our ongoing tourism and economic development efforts and improving the quality of life in our communities.”

That includes $1.65 million for Sunrise Highway Streetscape Program in the Village of Freeport; $1.61 million for Bay Shore Corridor Project in Bay Shore; $1 million for downtown main street sidewalk and road improvements in Port Jefferson; and $838,000 for Shorewood Drive/Welwyn Road pedestrian and bicyclist enhancements in Great Neck Plaza.

"An increasing number of Long Islanders are walking in our downtowns and commercial corridors. Traffic-calming projects are needed to enhance pedestrian safety. We are pleased to see the state step forward and fund what will address an increasing need," Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

Funding pedestrian and bicycle projects are not only beneficial for recreational and economic – pedestrians are more likely to stop in downtown stores, but TSTC Albany Legislative Advocate Nadine Lemmon said it improves appalling safety numbers. Half of all fatalities on a road in New York State within Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley are bicyclists and pedestrians. The 27 percent figure for across the entire state is the worst in the country.

At the same time, she added, there’s been a high demand and low supply of transportation funds. Not only have the TEP funds not been awarded on a regular basis, but this was the last round. Another version, the Transportation Alternatives Plan, is expected to assume a similar role. In addition, the federal government cut 30 percent of transportation expenses from their MAP-21 highway plan.

“New York State only spends a couple pennies on the dollar for these kinds of improvement, which is why we’ve been pushing for more money to go towards these projects,” Lemmon said. “There’s a huge backlog because this has been underfunded for years. There’s also a growing demand. More and more people are tired of sitting in their cars.”

Advocates are asking Cuomo to dedicate a line in every state budget for pedestrians and bicyclists, to the tune of $20 million.

Schumer Joins Campaign For Ocean Outflow Pipe At Bay Park Plant

Federal officials joined the fight in Nassau County to secure funding for an outflow pipe at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

Senator Chuck Schumer announced Tuesday that he was seeking $600 million in federal money for the wastewater plant that was battered and bruised by Superstorm Sandy. He also met with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator W. Craig Fugate.

“We watched in horror while an environmental disaster unfolded in the wake of Sandy, with sewage from the crippled Bay Park plant flowing back into homes and local waterways,” Schumer said.  “This outflow pipe, which Nassau has been seeking for decades, would prevent another environmental disaster from unfolding, and is the perfect use of mitigation money that Congress secured in the Sandy Relief bill early last year.”

The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves half a million Nassau County residents and processes about 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Sandy crippled the plant last year with nine feet of saltwater flooding, knocking it completely out of service for two days. Millions of untreated and partially-treated sewage flowed through the plant and into local waters before emergency repairs were made.

Temporary measures kept the plant up and running again for months after Sandy. Emergency generators power the plant at $1 million every month, generating noise and odor complaints from neighbors.

Mangano proposed a $722-million plan last summer to repair, rebuild and harden both Bay Park and Cedar Creek. The Legislature, however, voted only to authorize spending $262 million, which did not include replacing the corroded electrical system at Bay Park. The Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved a $463 million loan with no interest from the State Environmental Facilities Corporation in December to fulfill that plan.

Governor Andrew Cuomo allocated $455 million in Federal Community Development Block Grants towards Bay Park repairs and improvements in October.

However, none of these funds went towards an outflow pipe. Such a pipe would dump effluent – treated sewage – into the Atlantic Ocean instead of Reynolds Channel. Not only do officials say it would have prevented 2.2 billion gallons of partially-treated wastewater from being dumped into the channel, but environmentalists say high nitrogen levels in nearby waters have been caused by Bay Park over the years.

“This project may be the single most important thing we can do to protect homeowners and the environment,” Mangano said. “It is a prime candidate for the money Senator Schumer fought so hard for in the relief bill, and we deeply appreciate that he is leading the charge in getting the county funds we need so badly. We all remember the sewage crisis we had in the wake of Sandy and we need to avoid that again at all costs.”

For more coverage, check out Newsday (subscription required).

When Is A Parking Garage More Than Just A Parking Garage?

With soccer fields, housing and even a hotel as part of the submissions, the Rauch Foundation unveiled four creative parking designs at Adelphi University on Thursday.

The plans were part of their Build a Better Burb: ParkingPLUS Design Challenge with four architectural firms from around the country designing a plan that handles parking needs and making them an architectural attraction for the community.

All four participants focused on a LIRR station in a specific community. NYC/LA-based dub Studios was tasked with Patchogue, Utile Design from Boston was paired with Rockville Centre, LA-based Sherman Architecture and Design took on Ronkonkoma, and LTL Architects from NYC were given Westbury.

In Patchogue, the dub Studios team said the problem is efficiency; many of the existing lots never crack 90 percent capacity. Their solution to create a new parking deck addressed three goals: it facilitates shared parking between municipal lots and other parking; help motorists find parking with an automated metering and way-finding system; create an identity for each lot. Their proposal would add 280 new spaces, but also route motorists to empty existing spaces. They argued that it would save the village $2.7 million in new garage construction and reduce more than 150,000 miles annually from motorists looking for parking.

Utile Design tackled Rockville Centre by creating one prototype for a parking garage that can be adapted to the situation at three different sites. The structure would stand at most four stories tall, with tall-arched spaces at ground level to be used for public events on weekends and parking on weekdays. The plan also includes a plaza, housing, tennis courts, retail space and even a police station. In addition to adding 416-785 new parking spaces, Utile Design claimed it would bring in an additional $2 million in taxes.

The “ParksandRides” proposal by Sherman for Ronkonkoma was easily the most adventurous. They designed a structure that when viewed from a plane over neighboring MacArthur Airport is the shape of the Empire State Building. Standing several stories tall, the structure would alternate levels between parking and other uses like mini-golf, a hockey rink and driving range, soccer fields, restaurants, housing, a hotel and office space. The architects claim it would create 906,000 square feet of leasable area and generate $7.5 million annually in new commercial taxes.

In Westbury, LTL Architects designed parking that integrates with the rest of the village. They proposed a multi-story parking structure north of the tracks with mixed uses like multi-family housing, commercial and parking. It connects to a smaller structure south of the tracks, which includes start-up office and fabrication space, a sheltered bus hub, bicycle parking, electric car-charging station and more parking. If constructed, the design would add 803 new parking spaces to the existing 636. LTL also argued it would collect another $1.5 million annually in taxes and draw young professionals.

For more coverage of this competition, visit Newday (subscription required).

Blighted Homes See New Future As Affordable Housing For Veterans

Once rundown properties, future veteran housing in Huntington Station is closer to reality.

The Town of Huntington last week approved a zoning change that will allow for 14 units of affordable housing for veterans on a one-acre site.

“Obviously it’s very important for the returning vets. They need something to start their careers with, their families. They have to get back to their lives. A community they can afford is so important,” Veterans’ Advisory Board Chairman Mario Buonpane said.

The Town of Huntington teamed up with Suffolk County back in April 2010 to purchase three dilapidated houses along Lowndes Avenue for $778,000. Six months later, the buildings were gone.

Meanwhile, town officials applied for a state grant to create the housing. They were approved for up to $1.5 million, $100,000 per unit. Initial plans called for eight owner-occupied units each with an accessory apartment. But when the state ruled that earned them just $800,000, the Town of Huntington changed the plan to 14 individual apartments – split between one- and two-bedroom.

On Jan. 7, the Town Board changed the property’s zoning from R-5 residence to C-1 office-residence. A town source said the next step is to complete the design and find a contractor. They hope to break ground in the next few months and finish construction before the end of the year. No list of applicants has been started yet.

“The idea is that you have to start improvements in any area. If we can start a little bright spot in an otherwise tired community, it might inspire others to upgrade their possessions. It can’t hurt and the affordability is the main thing,” Buonpane said.

Storm Prep, Jobs Center Of LI Rendition Of Cuomo’s State Of State

Vision Long Island and Long Island Business Council hosted Ken Adams, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development Thursday at Dowling College, where he presented the Governor's State of the State address.

Adams focused on the main points of this year's speech, mostly on ways to drive economic development. Among the topics were improving and investing in education, public health and safety in local communities, emergency preparedness, continuing job growth strategies, reducing property taxes and fixing dysfunction in Albany to regain public trust.

Adams highlighted the most important and relevant aspects of Governor Andrew Cuomo's speech to fit Long Island’s local and regional issues. The commissioner briefly discussed the launch of fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council awards, which will specifically focus on creating jobs and attracting international investment, citing Long Island as the top performer in previous years. He also talked about the new tourism push, “Get Outta Town,” to get people to visit outside of the city. For the Long Island region, it would mean focusing on the successful food and wine industry which is continually growing. He also mentioned the governor's Start Up NY program, which would create tax free zones and incentives for certain school programs, especially in math and science fields.



During a subsequent Q&A session, audience members questioned the commissioner about Long Island receiving it's share of tax dollars, future storm preparation and rebuilding efforts, housing issues and infrastructure, mainly sewer upgrades and other water protection infrastructure. He said many of the issues surrounding further development in certain areas post-Sandy are due to the lack of water infrastructure.

“Since it's a statewide challenge there is more focus on it...everyone just has to keep making noise,” Adams said.

He also thanked Vision Long Island for their lobbying efforts in Albany and Scott Martella for coordinating the presentation. “The governor laid out a bold vision for Economic Development in 2014....it is important to deliver the message at local levels, get feedback, and build support.”

The governor will present his budget next Tuesday, with a goal to have it enacted by March 31. For a full transcript of Cuomo's speech, visit his website.

Census Data Reveals How Many Are Walking To Work

Maybe it’s bank accounts too burdened by loans to afford cars or perhaps it’s the liberal culture that frequents post-secondary education, but for whatever reason, traditional college towns have the most walking commuters.

Governing magazine examined data from the 2012 U.S. Census, revealing cities home to popular schools like Ann Arbor, Mich., Columbia, S.C., and Boston, Mass. are among the top 10 in people commuting by foot in cities with at least 100,000 residents.

Another college town, Cambridge, Mass., had the most walking commuters. Compared to the 34.5 percent who drove, 24.5 percent walked to work and another 24.5 percent took mass transit. Columbia is the second highest at 20.7 percent walking, although 71.6 percent used cars.

Governing’s research found pockets of the west coast with higher shares of walking commuters, but most of the cities that embrace walking are east of the Mississippi River. That includes Pittsburgh, Penn. with 10.9 percent walkers, New York City and Providence, R.I. each with 10.2 percent and Madison, Wisc. with 8.9 percent.

Meanwhile, a study of the country’s 150 most populated cities found Fayetteville, N.C. saw the largest increase in commuting by foot. Compared to 1.7 percent in 2007, 5.4 percent walked to work in 2012. Boston already had 13.3 percent commuting by foot in 2007, but that increased to 15.5 percent five years later. Atlanta, Ga., known for congested highways, climbed from 3.8 percent to 5.9 percent.

Across the country as a whole, just 2.8 percent Americans walked to work, roughly unchanged from years prior. Governing sources, however, say that doesn’t paint an accurate picture.

“Walking is growing at a really phenomenal rate,” said Dan Burden, co-founder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. “It may not be reflected in the commuting data until we see more people living in work centers.”

Vision Long Island helped convene Long Island's first Complete Streets summit, a program which calls for roads to be designed for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The Nassau County Legislature passed new Complete Streets guidelines in August, while the City of Long Beach pass their legislation in July. Vision was also a participant in the Complete Streets Summit at Molloy College in April.

For more coverage, check out Governing’s website.



Infrastructure Funding Incorporated Into $1.1 Trillion Budget

Congress unveiled a proposed $1.1 trillion budget Tuesday on the auspices of compromise.

With the embarrassment of the government shutdown last fall still lingering and continued partisan opposition to programs like Obamacare and military spending, both Republican and Democrat legislators voiced tentative support.

“Not everyone will like everything in this bill, but in this divided government a critical bill such as this simply cannot reflect the wants of only one party,” lawmakers said in a joint statement. “We believe this is a good, workable measure.”

The negotiated deal keeps the USPS delivering six days, requires the NSA to turn over data about phone record collection, includes a temporary reprieve to homeowners and business facing higher flood insurance premiums, and does not block the president’s health care reform.

It also includes $600 million for a fourth round of TIGER grants. Known formally as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grants, the TIGER program pumps federal money into projects that have a significant impact on the country, region or metropolitan area. Thirty-seven states received $474 million last year, although Long Island has never received funding for any projects.

The proposed spending plan also contains increase in the New Starts program, the federal government’s primary financial resource for local transportation investments. That includes capital improvements on train lines and bus rapid transit (BRT) systems. BRT has been discussed for both the Nassau Hub and Route 110.

The budget allows for the potential of wastewater treatment funds for Long Island and other regions. Congressional officials and many organizations will be working to bring these resources home.

The House of Representatives approved the deal on Wednesday, with the Senate following suite yesterday. President Barack Obama must sign the budget before midnight Saturday, when temporary funding expires.

For more coverage of the budget, check out Politico.

Obama: Promise Zones Inspire Communities To Revive Themselves

Trimming red tape is the new plan to help struggling federal cities and communities across America.

President Barack Obama announced the first round of his Promise Zones last week. First unveiled in his 2013 State of the Union address, this plan is designed to support children and fight poverty in economically-challenged areas.

“A child’s course in life should be determined not by the zip code she’s born in, but by the strength of her work ethic and scope of her dreams,” President Obama said.

Promise Zones are communities that will set specific goals, and receive access to federal resources and full-time AmeriCorps staff to achieve them. Various levels of government are to work with nonprofits, parents, businesses along the way, designing unique solutions for each Zone.

The first five Promise Zones are San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, southeastern Kentucky and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The president expects unveil all 20 within the next three years.

“Each of these communities is designing from the bottom up, not the top down, what it is they think they need and we’re working with them to make it happen,” he said. “And each of these communities is willing to do what it takes to change the odds for their kids.”

The president also called on Congress to cut taxes on hiring and investing in Promise Zones, claiming that former President Bill Clinton’s Empowerment Zone tax credits attracted businesses and created jobs.

For more coverage of these Promise Zones, check out the New York Times, Christian Science Monitor and the White House website.

Have A Heart For LI Homeless At Candlelight Vigil Feb. 13

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.

The deadline to nominate a project or individual for
the 2014 Smart Growth Awards is Friday, Feb. 28!

Now we want to hear from you on who best exemplifies these principles!

In order to nominate, please submit the following information to us (please include relevant reports, images, plans, renderings, news articles and other supportive materials):

Entry Name(s)/ Affiliation
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Contact Name/ Phone
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Address Town/ State/ Zip
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Brief Description of Nomination (attach detail)

Submit this form and relevant materials to:

Vision Long Island
24 Woodbine Ave.
Suite Two
Northport, NY 11768

You can also contact us at info@visionlongisland.org or submit by fax to 631-754-4452

Do not send original materials as we cannot guarantee their safe return!

Fair Media Council Accepting Submissions For Annual Folio Awards

There will be no shortage of big wigs at Fair Media Council's Folio Awards in April, but applications arguing who best informed the public with news and social media are being accepted now.

The Folio Awards are divided between news and social media. Members of the media can submit stories covering Long Island for the former, while businesses and nonprofits are invited to show how they used social media to benefit the public.

Entries can include social media websites, blogs, websites or any other channel. All social media entries must provide some news or information to the public, and include a 200-word summary of why the strategy deserves and award.

Submissions for both will be accepted until 5 p.m. Jan. 31.

For more about the contest and applications, visit Fair Media Council online.

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has made up to $50,000 available per site for increasing public awareness and understanding of Brownfield, Superfund and other contaminated sites that pose a significant threat to the public and/or environment. Not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the funds; no matching contribution is required.

Application information is avaialble on the state's website.

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 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:
Red Baraat - Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
Leo Lionni's "Swimmy" and other stories - Sunday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
NYRMA presents "The Elvis Show 2nd to None" - Saturday, Jan. 18 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
The 10th Annual free Winter Film Series in partnership with the East Hampton Library: "Teddy Bear" - Sunday, Jan. 19 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
38 Special - Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy - Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
In This Moment: The Hellpop Tour II with special guests Butcher Babies, Devour the Day and All Hail The Yeti - Sunday, Jan. 19 at 7 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

cinema arts centre
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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
That 70s Band- Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
Boris - Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10 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
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 p.m.
Starting Here, Starting Now - Friday, Jan. 17 and Saturday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m.
Cinderella - Saturday, Jan. 18 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Jan. 19 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
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Live on the Vine Winterfest Kickoff - Friday, Jan. 17 at 6 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 Session with Nancy Atlas with special guest keyboardist Danny Keane - Friday, Jan. 17 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

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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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