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January 20 - January 27, 2014


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Greenman Pedersen

Established in 1966, Greenman-Pedersen, Inc. (GPI) is a consulting engineering, planning, survey, mapping, and construction management and inspection firm that specializes in the innovative development, design and construction of infrastructure and building systems. Originally founded by A. Beecher Greenman and Herbert M. Pedersen, GPI has grown from a two-person endeavor to a consulting firm included among ENR’s top 100 national design firms.

“This will be a top-to-bottom effort to take on dangerous streets and dangerous driving. We aren’t going to wait and lose a son, a daughter, a parent or a grandparent in another senseless and painful tragedy.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Long Island Commemorates MLK Jr. And His Message

Monday marked Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, with communities across Long Island celebrating the humanitarian’s life.

Riverhead native and civil rights activist Rashad Robinson addressed a crowd of more than 700 at the Hyatt Regency Wind Watch Hotel in Islandia. Serving as the keynote speakers for the First Baptist Church of Riverhead’s 29th Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, Robinson spoke frankly about incarceration and employment issues affecting minorities.

“Black women and men are being incarcerated at alarming rates as a for-profit prison industry continues to cash in,” said Robinson, executive director of ColorofChange.org. “Black unemployment remains disproportionately high.”

Congressman Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Rev. Charles A. Coverdale and Rev. Cynthia Liggon, both from the First Baptist Church, also spoke at the service.

“It is our determination to work with all of you… to build a better, stronger more unified and more equal Suffolk County,” Bellone said.

For more coverage of this event, check out the Riverhead News-Review.

Meanwhile at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Huntington, the Huntington NAACP celebrated King and the 151st anniversary of the announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation.

The event included speeches, singing and a recital of the executive order issued by the President Abraham Lincoln to free many slaves. Rev. Roderick Pearson, president of NAACP’s Islip chapter and executive director of Youth, Women and Minority Affairs in the county’s Human Services Division, served as the keynote speaker.

Congressman Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills), State Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci (R-Huntington) and Huntington Town Council members Mark Cutherbertson, Susan Berland and Tracey Edwards were in attendance.
 
For more coverage of the Huntington event, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano participated in the 29th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Awards Luncheon at the Long Island Marriott in Uniondale. Joined by Deputy County Executive Rob Walker, Deputy County Executive for Minority Affairs Rev. Phillip Elliot, Rabbi Bruce Ginsburg and community leader Arthur Katz, Mangano provided financial assistance to high school seniors seeking higher education.

“It was excellent. We had over 320 people attend,” Nassau’s Martin Luther King Committee Executive Chairman Rodney McRae said.

McRae added that the Nassau celebration extended beyond the luncheon. They began with a performance of the play “Black Wall Street” at the African-American Museum on Saturday and an interfaith service at St. Martha’s in Uniondale on Sunday.

“A lot of people think he was just for African American people. Our thing is building bridges,” the chairman said. “Martin Luther King, Jr. fought for everyone.”

No Verdict Yet On Westbury Hotel/Apartment Complex

An unusual mix of apartments and hotel rooms could still be in the cards for Westbury.

The Hempstead Town Board reserved judgment on the proposed Portofino project during a hearing Tuesday morning. Developer Beechwood Organization needs to secure a zoning change for the 195-unit apartment and hotel complex.

“There was no opposition to the proposal. The town is keeping the public comment period open for two more weeks,” Beechwood President Michael Dubb said. “I’m very hopeful.”

A town official confirmed both that a change from industrial to residential is required and that the board did not make a decision.

Once home to racehorses as the Roosevelt Raceway at Westbury, the 5.5 acres in question could become a six-floor hotel and apartment building. Plans call for 68 one- and two-bedroom suites along with 71 one-bedroom apartments and 56 two-bedroom apartments. Dubb said the apartments would measure 800-1,700 square feet while the hotel suites measure about 500 square feet.

“This is a piece of land that would have been used for warehouses, office complex or a store. There seems to be a shortage of rental housing on Long Island. Hopefully this helps,” he added.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander confirmed there is a market for hotels and rental housing on the island.

“We see hotels being built and rentals houses being financed. To combine the two is interesting. We haven’t seen that,” Alexander said.

Dubb said the concept is to provide apartment tenants with the same neighborhood amenities as hotel guests. That includes restaurants, movie theaters, banks and supermarkets nearby. The local bus station is a short 5-minute walk, prompting residents to use more public transportation.

“It will have hotel rooms and it will have apartments, many more apartments than hotel rooms,” he said.

Not only does the proposed development include a restaurant and fitness center on the property, but plans also call on Beechwood to donate 4 acres to the Town of Hempstead for parkland and a soccer field.

The president said the latter had been requested by the town, which he was happy to oblige with the shortage of soccer fields available to the community. The Hempstead spokesman said the Portofino proposal moves existing park space to a more suitable area nearby.

Meanwhile, he added that no action can happen until the Town Board issues a decision. There are no restrictions or time limits for that to happen. If they do support the project, the developer would then seek site plan approval and building permits.
For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Cuomo’s Budget Maintains Transportation, Adds To Business

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $137.2 billion proposed budget Tuesday, a $1.8 billion, or 1.3 percent, increase over the current fiscal plan.

If approved, he claims New York would pocket a $500 million surplus in 2014-2015 and allow surpluses to grow to $2 billion in three years. Opponents have challenged this, claiming it will create budget gaps down the road.

“What we’re trying to do is provide the people of the state of New York a government that performs efficiently and effectively for them, forges community, and lowers taxes to provide relief and restore economic opportunity,” Cuomo said.

The budget, which covers the fiscal year beginning April 1, incorporates billions for transportation, economic development and environmental expenses.

Cuomo’s proposal funds the second year of the NYS Department of Transportation’s $3.4 billion capital improvement program for all modes of transportation infrastructure. That also includes $225 million for New York Works – a coalition of finance, labor, planning and transportation experts – to accelerate projects, provide engineering and improve transit facilities.

The MTA would receive $4.3 billion, an $85 million increase from the current budget. Of that bump, $40 million would come from “surplus” mass transit funds to pay off debt incurred by the state on behalf of the MTA. The minor increase is better than a cut, MTA Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee boss William Henderson said, but it also doesn’t change much.

“It’s pretty much a steady state. There’s a little bit more funding in there. It’s not things we didn’t already not know,” Henderson said, adding that 2015 could be more moving with the agency’s $12 billion capital plan ending this year.

If approved, the budget would preserve local capital aid for highway and bridge projects at current level with $438.1 million for the Consolidated Highway Improvement Program (CHIPS) and $39.7 million for the Marchiselli program. These programs are key sources of funding for repaving and other smaller projects.

The budget, however, does not incorporate the annual $20 million spending for pedestrian and bicycle capital projects requested by Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

On the business side, the governor’s proposal would maintain the 10 regional economic development councils. More than $2.2 billion has been awarded since they were created in 2011, and the plan calls for $500 million more in a fourth round of competition.

It also allocates $110 million for another round of challenge grants from the NYSUNY 2020 plan, created to provide funds to universities that use technology that improves students’ education and job opportunities. NYSUNY 2020 would also link with the existing START-UP NY program that creates tax-free havens for new businesses on SUNY campuses.

If approved, Cuomo would spend $50 million from the New York Power Authority to continue enhanced marketing for doing business and investing in New York State. He also called for a second round of $5 million for regional tourism marketing campaigns.

The state Superfund program would be extended for a year in the proposed fiscal plan. It would also continue the Brownfields Cleanup Program for 10 years and limit remediation tax credits only to the actual cleanup, while redevelopment credits would be available only to sites that have been vacant for more than a decade, worth less than the cleanup credits or are priority economic development projects.

Environmental spending would include a $3 million, or 2.7 percent, bump to $122 million for the Department of Agriculture and Markets; $135 million for another round of New York Works funding to address a backlog of environmental capital needs and spur economic development; and $1.1 million to market the state’s food and beverage industry through the Taste NY program.

Cuomo’s plan also hacks 4.7 percent, $43 million, from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s budget. He referenced completion of projects from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the 1996 Bond Act, as well as transferal of IT staff to the Office of Information Technology Services.

According to environmental nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, the proposal does create a slight increase for the Environmental Protection Fund. That would bump Open Space Program lines $2.5 million to $85 million, Parks and Recreation Programs $100,000 to $58 million and Solid Waste Program expenses to $350,000 to $14 million. That includes $2 million for new Suffolk Water Quality expenses under the Water Quality Improvement Program.

For more coverage of the proposed budget, check out Newsday (subscription required) or the governor’s website.

NYC's Vision Zero Seeks To Reduce Traffic Deaths

The goal may be to eliminate traffic deaths in New York City, but experts believe the tools may already be on Long Island.

Newly-elected Mayor Bill de Blasio recently unveiled Vision Zero – originating from Sweden, his plan to reduce all traffic-related deaths in New York City within 10 years.It’s a collaboration between the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, NYPD and Taxi & Limousine Commission.

“This will be a top-to-bottom effort to take on dangerous streets and dangerous driving. We aren’t going to wait and lose a son, a daughter, a parent or a grandparent in another senseless and painful tragedy,” de Blasio said

But Ryan Lynch, associate director for Tri-State Transportation Campaign, believes the existing Complete Streets policy could also make Long Island roads safer.

“Complete Streets is an idea and a concept. Vision Zero is goal-setting and a philosophy,” Lynch said.

In New York City, de Blasio’s plan calls for at least 50 dangerous corridors and intersections to be renovated every year. That includes installing dedicated bicycle lanes, widening sidewalks and narrowing excessively-wide streets.

“If a road feels like a highway, people in cars will drive fast, no matter the speed limit,” the mayor said in a policy paper.

Vision Zero also calls for creation of 20 MPH “Slow Zones” through residential neighborhoods. According to city officials, a pedestrian hit by a car driving 40 MPH has an 85 percent chance of dying compared to 45 percent at 30 MPH and just 5 percent at 20 MPH. The DOT recently created 13 slow zones after receiving more than 100 applications, although they expect to have 52 within four years.

As part of his strategy, the mayor is looking for more speed and red light cameras and for Albany to give up restrictions over them.

NYPD officers will also play a larger role in de Blasio’s plan. Not only are there 270 Highway Division officers now giving out tickets, a 50 percent increase, but the idea is to ticket more speeders. The NYPD issued 81,126 tickets for tinted windows in 2012, according to the policy paper, compared to 19,119 for speeding. A study by Transportation Alternatives found 88 percent of Brooklyn drivers speed and another study found 80 percent of drivers along 23rd Avenue in Queens speed.

“Speeding and reckless driving on many New York City roads is wide-spread, making the roads more dangerous for law-abiding drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike,” he said in the paper.

New York City officials said a resident is killed via car crash every 30 hours or suffers traffic injury resulting in dismemberment or disfigurement every 2 hours. Traffic incident also take more lives than homicide in the city, 239 murders to 291 in vehicular accidents back in 2012.

Long Island traffic fatality figures were unavailable by Friday, but the state Department of Criminal Justice reported 51 murders in Nassau and Suffolk Counties combined.

Vision Zero, Lynch said, represents a shift in mentality that traffic violence is preventable through street design, enforcement and education. And while he said Long Island and New York City are not the same, he also said it could be implemented in Nassau and Suffolk.

“I think it makes sense on Long Island for a lot of areas that are trying to reinvent their downtowns, especially the 20 MPH zones,” the associate director said.

He added that speeding and reckless driving are as much a problem on the island as they are in the city. Lynch suggested a pilot program like the one leading to 20 speed cameras around New York City could catch Long Island offenders.

“There’s too much speeding occurring for police to take care of.”

For more about de Blasio’s Vision Zero, check out StreetsBlog and the Daily News.

Big Business Is Saying ‘Hello Cities, Adios Suburbs’

After decades of flocking to suburbia, corporate America is moving back into cities.

A Wall Street Journal business story examines why big business like United Continental, Motorola, Hillshire Brands and Pinterest have eschewed vast suburban campuses.

Whereas cheap real estate, tax breaks and car parking once led business into suburban neighborhoods, urban environments offer corporations public transit, urban amenities and a stronger sense of community. These are the same values many young, educated employees want, with much of the talent pool already calling the city home.

In 2010, more than 43 percent of Americans with bachelor’s degrees lived in 20 metropolitan areas, including tech hubs like Seattle, San Francisco and Raleigh, N.C. Younger graduates are also marrying and starting their own families later than previous generations – frequently with both spouses working – and ultimately delaying their moves to the suburbs.

Hillshire ditched its suburban headquarters in 2012 for Chicago as part of a reorganization strategy. Corporate officials said they’re finding “the type of employees we wanted – externally focused and agile” with a “refuse to lose attitude.”

While some corporate employees are reluctant to sell their house, give up a school district or rely on a train schedule, experts say its unlikely energy prices and traffic conditions will lead businesses back to the suburbs any time soon.

Nationwide, commercial vacancy rates in central business districts have gone down faster than those in suburbs since the real-estate market began to recover in 2011. Just 13.9 percent of urban space was empty in the third quarter of 2013 compared to 18.5 percent in the suburbs. At the end of 2010, the figures were 14.8 percent and 19.1 percent, respectively.

Almost 200 Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the top 50 cities. And some who choose to stay in suburbia are opening satellite offices in neighboring cities. Motorola moved 35 miles from an Illinois suburb to Chicago, while Pinterest left Silicon Valley for San Francisco.

Even companies staying put understand what a city can offer. Silicon Valley-based Yahoo expanded their San Francisco offices to attract more engineers, and Atlanta-based Coca-Cola relocated suburban tech departments into a new 2,000-person IT office near their headquarters.

State Senate GOP Boss To Speak At Feb. 6 Business Meeting

State Senate Majority Coalition Co-Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) will join the Long Island Business Council at their meeting next month.

Slated for 8-10 a.m. on Feb. 6, Skelos will join the small business leaders at a worksession at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale.

Members of the Long Island Business Council may register at no cost. The event is open to the general public, although non-member will be charged $45. Breakfast will be available for everyone.

Register for the event by contacting ck@visionlongisland.org or by calling 1-877-811-7471.

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They visit elected officials in Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

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 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.

PBS Poverty Coverage Shifted Last Minute, Watch It Here

The PBS Weekend Newshour story on Suffolk poverty that we alerted you to on Jan. 10 was moved at the last minute from Sunday, Jan. 12 to Saturday, Jan. 11. In the likely case that you missed it, here is the link to the story that features one of our advocacy success - Sunday bus service in Suffolk County.

The nonprofit broadcast network examined Suffolk County and contemporary American poverty. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s war on poverty, the show tapped the Suffolk County Legislature’s 2012 Welfare to Work Commission’s report “Struggling in Suburbia: Meeting the Challenges of Poverty in Suffolk County.” The report was drafted by Dr. Richard Koubek, Commission chair and Vision Long Island Board member.

PBS examined how poverty is pervasive but largely hidden in Suffolk County, causing unique hardships for suburbanites struggling to make ends meet. The storyl also assessed the difficulty enacting pubic policies while profiling two success stories that grew out of the Welfare to Work Commission’s recommendations: Sunday bus service and additional state funding for child care. Sunday bus service was achieved through advocacy by the Commission, LI Jobs with Justice, Vision Long Island and the Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

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

Bethpage

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Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
516-931-9296
Electric Jam - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available on Facebook

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:
Dar Williams - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 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

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
Marc Cohn and special guest Rebecca Pidgeon - Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Lotus with special guests The Werks - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

SUFFOLK

Amityville


Revolution

140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Mephiskapheles featuring Inspecter 7, the Pandemics, Flak Jacket and Death Proof - Friday, Jan. 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Point Blank featuring Borgo Pass, 17 Gates and Dormatory Effect- Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Babylon


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
bowtiecinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Y Major Minors Showtime presents "Let's Bounce" - Sunday, Jan. 26 at 4 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
Neo-Political Cowgirls and Guild Hall present "Choreographing What You Care About" - Saturday, Jan. 25 at noon.
Table Talk: "What Can You Do With Your Art?" with Ralph Lerner - Sunday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.
10th Annual Free Winter Film Series in partnership with the East Hampton Library: "La Sirga" - Sunday, Jan. 26 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
The Paramount Comedy Series presents: Sandra Bernhard in "Sandayland" - Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m.
Ms. Lauryn Hill - Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 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
Other Desert Cities - Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Reggae Dance Party featuring Roots Foundation and DJs Omar, Laphammer, Rugged and Prez - Friday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.
New Piracy and Year of the Locust - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8:30 p.m.
Rock Underground: End of Season Show - Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Mickey B's Disco Explosion - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Big Shot- Friday, Jan. 24 at 9 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 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. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. at 3 p.m.
Cinderella - Saturday, Jan. 25 at 11 a.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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

 


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

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Session with Nancy Atlas with special guest violinist Randi Fishenfeld - Friday, Jan. 24 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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

Sayville


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

sayville
Sayville Theatre

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

Smithtown


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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

Southampton


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville


Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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