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Jan. 24-30, 2015

Regional Updates

Heartland Town Square

The development of Heartland Town Square where the Long Island Expressway meets the Sagtikos Parkway will result in Long Island's first new "smart growth" community. The project will include 9,000 housing units, a million square foot "life-style" center, 3 million square feet of Class A office space, a state of the art hotel and convention center, indoor and outdoor civic space and an aquarium. Fusing these venues in a planned development will create a vibrant and diverse atmosphere that will appeal to people of all ages.

"Millennials are the most diverse, educated and largest generation in history. By 2025, they will comprise 75% of the workforce... But will they stay on Long Island?"

Jeffrey Guillot, founder of Suburban Millennial Institute

"There are a lot of people looking in this area who are young households, young families, and they’re just starting out, so they don’t have the money it would take to rent at the average. This is designed to give them a chance to afford this housing.”

Peter Florey, cofounder and co-owner of the D&F Development

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Path Cleared for Transit Oriented Developmet in Valley Stream

After years of seeing vacant storefronts on Gibson Boulevard, residents are finally seeing some progress.  The site slated for 39 units of family workforce housing has been cleared and D&F Development has been issued their permits to begin construction.  Included in the development is a ground for parking garage with 79 parking spaces which is more than ample for the residents. 

Peter Florey, cofounder and co-owner of the D&F Development and Vision Long Island Board member explain that the purpose of the project was t create affordable housing for young professionals and families just starting out that would not otherwise be able to afford to live in the area.  Rentals would to range from $1000 to $1500 a month.

David Sabatino, president of Envision Valley Stream ( a local community organization), voiced his support for the project saying he was happy to see the much need affordable housing going up in his community.  He felt that the projected was well placed given that it is near the Gibson train station, other multi-family buildings, and local retail and service-oriented businesses. He also gave his support for the saying that he believed the developer seems committed to producing an attractive, well-maintained and -managed building. Vision Long Island was also in support of the project throughout the approval process.

The projected is for mid-2016. Construction is set to begin by early February. However, Florey noted that due to weather conditions it may take some time before residents see major progress.

For more information on this story, click here LI Hearlad Valley Stream.

Village of Port Jefferson Holds Hearing on Final Draft of Comprehensive Plan

Vision Long Island attended a public hearing last week in Port Jefferson Village regarding their final draft Comprehensive Plan last Tuesday, which has been a work in progress for almost six years. The plan, which serves as guide for development and revitalization for the 3 square mile Village, tackles issues such as abandoned storefronts, waterfront, parking and traffic issues, walkability and housing. The hearing was standing room only with those in attendance both in support of and opposed to aspects of the plan.

The community-driven plan, which is the third after incorporation (one in 1965 and a revised plan in 1995) aims to have a vision for the area until 2030. Mayor Garant, after having heard from the community advisory committee, engineers architects and the community at large says that the Village Board is prepared to vote to adopt the plan. This, of course, does not come without some discourse from some in the community.

Village Resident Phillip Griffith, who recently resigned from the citizen’s advisory committee, is opposed to the plan’s adoption. He says part of the plan that will bring more than 800 new rental units to the area will increase traffic congestion to the area. There were plans to potentially place a parking garage Lower Port to help alleviate some of the current and future traffic issues, however that was removed from the plan after receiving community input from the last public meeting this past summer.

Others were favoring the plan, which calls for increasing building heights Upper Port from 35 to 45 feet to allow for apartments to be built above retail space. “In order to revitalize an area such as we have here, you need to get feet on the street. You need to bring in a new population”, Mayor Garant said in an interview.

The public will have opportunities to have the opportunity to give input towards projects as they come along. The plan has been turned over to the Suffolk County Planning Commission for review. Vision Long Island was happy to attend and listen to community concerns and provided testimony in supportof the Village and its efforts to plan for the future.

For more on this story, click here for the Times Beacon Record or here for Newsday.

Staller Associates Move Forward in Downtown Farmingdale

Work is underway in downtown Farmingdale, paving the way for a multi-million dollar transit-oriented development project just blocks from the Farmingdale LIRR station.

“The Loft”, being developed by Hauppauge--based Staller Associates, will feature over 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and 26 balconied luxury apartments on the second and third floors above. The apartments will feature indoor parking spaces, ceilings as high as 12 to 18 feet, LED lighting and more.

“The Loft at 231 Main Street will be world class construction, raising the bar of Architecture in the Village and offering luxury rentals,” Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said. “This project represents a multi-million dollar improvement to downtown Main Street and we are all excited to see it come to life.”

Underground infrastructure such as wiring and other utilities are almost complete, and the parking lot should be opening soon, with the last layer of asphalt being applied once the weather improves.

This newest project is one of many others being undertaken by additional developers to assist in “contributing to the revitalization of Main Street and Farmingdale Village, bringing housing, jobs, economic activity and great adaptive re-use to the community with transit-oriented housing.” Ekstrand said. Vision Long Island was also in support of this project throughout the approval process.

Additionally, Staller Associates is gearing up to begin redevelopment of a former warehouse located at 285 Eastern Parkway  that will be transformed into a three-and-a-half story apartment complex with 27 units for rent. Staller Associates had changed their originally approved plans in the Fall of 2013 to have the façade reflect the flow of the rest of the community.  

Ten percent of the units (five to six in total) between the two projects will be slated for affordable housing, requiring that tenants make 80% or less than the area's median household income, which according to the US Cenus Bureau is $97,049.

For more on this story, click here for the Farmingdale Anton News.

Ruland Knolls Moves Ahead

The project spent more than a decade in court, but we can mark a major milestone in the Ruland Knolls project.

Developer D&F Development Group confirmed they expected to close on the financing and acquire eight acres on the north side of Ruland Road for their Melville project sometime this evening.

“The overall project has been in the process for 15 years and the breakthrough really came in February when the settlement was announced,” D&F Principal Peter Florey said. “We have finalized our site plan approval, gotten building permits and gotten excellent cooperation from the town and county.

The settlement, an agreement between the Town of Huntington and Huntington branch of the NAACP, found a compromise to the owned units sought by the town and the rentals requested by the NAACP. Instead, the project will include the same number of units – 117 plus a superintendent unit, but in the form of limited-equity co-ops (LECs).

Plans call for 72 one-bedroom, 39 two-bedroom and six three-bedroom units. Designed to be affordable for people earning 50-80 percent of the Nassau/Suffolk median income – $37,100-$59,300 for one; $52,950-$84,700 for a family of four – LECs require “shareholders” to pay two months of the maintenance fee as a down payment before charging a maintenance fee comparable to apartment rent.

Residents will not be permitted to increase the cost of their unit or otherwise charge a premium when they later sell. However, Florey confirmed shareholders would gain rights beyond traditional apartment renters during their stay and would earn a portion of the co-op’s reserve when they leave.

Construction is anticipated to commence as soon as the closing occurs. Occupancy, however, is not scheduled to happen until late 2016. The Long Island Housing Partnership is expected to handle the application process, likely in early 2016.

The battle over the Melville development first began in 2002 when Huntington NAACP members and Fair Housing in Huntington sued the Town of Huntington for discrimination about another Half Hollow Hills development. They added the 8.1-acre Ruland Road property in 2004, which had been zoned for one-bedroom use instead of rentals.

Huntington’s Planning Board approved the Sanctuary at Ruland Road in 2010. That same year, a judge dismissed part of the 2004 lawsuit and allowed the development to go through. Both the NAACP and Fair Housing sued again in 2011, although Fair Housing is no longer part of the case.

Last December, NAACP and Huntington officials tried unsuccessfully to reach a settlement. Petrone and the town board considered D&F’s Ruland Knolls project as an alternative development offered in the lawsuit.

The board, however, opted to go with continued negotiations before agreeing to the settlement in February.

For more information, click here for Newwsday.


New Poll on Millennials

A new group representing the millenials has come out with their poll results showing 64 percent of young people plan to stay on Long Island. Suburban Millennial Institute, and affliate group of Vision Long Island, has conducted a poll of 752 Long Islanders, ages 18 to 36. Most who plan to continue on Long Island noted it was because of family and social connections.

The Suburban Millennial Institute is a non-partisan think tank focused on ways to make Long Island more affordable and attractive to the Millennial generation—those of 18 to 34 years of age. "It is not enough to just say our young peope are leaving. We need to look at the causes and make changes if we want to encourage them to stay. Suburban Millennial Institute is taking a great first step." says Vision Long Island Assistant Director and Suburban Millennial Institute Board Member Tawaun Weber.

"I think that, perhaps, the 30 percent of folks we spoke to saying they plan on leaving the region was remarkable and sobering," said Jeffrey Guillot, founder of Suburban Millennial Institute. Of the 30 percent, most noted they were leaving because of the lack of job opportunities.

While family and sociall connections may be engough to keep some of our millenials on Long Island, many realize that they wil face the challlenge of finding affordable housing, job opportunities, affordable health care, and other aspects that contribuute to the high cost of living.

A similiar study was done by Molloy College in polling 20 of thier students from 10 nassau County communities. The study generated similar results. Since then, the two groups have formed a partnership as they continue to analyze the millenials on Long Island.

On Friday, March 13th 2015, the National Center for Suburban Studies® at Hofstra University is hosting the Suburban Millennial Institute’s inaugural conference about the Millennial generation and their requirements to thrive on Long Island. The event will be free and open to the public.

For more on this story, click here for Newsday.

Suburban Millennial Jobs Conference Coming to Hofstra

Conference set for March 13 and will address the next generation's role in Long Island commerce.

Register and learn more on the conference website here.

Community Turns Out to Say No to Casino Even Amidst Storm

Even amidst the impending blizzard, over 300 residents braved the weather to testify against a casino in Nassau County.  The proposed placement of the casino is the Fortunoff in Westbury.  This showing before the Nassau Legislature is one of many events where the community has come out against the casino.  While there has been no formal hearing as of yet, there has been two public meetings, two press conferences, a rally, and this meeting before the legislature.   

Residents and business in the area were not alone in voicing their opposition to the proposed casino. Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro has been a strong voice in opposing the casino.  Mayor Cavallaro has expressed that the proposed casino would significant impact his downtown which neighbors the proposed site.  Mayor Cavallaro in working with the Westbury BID have worked to revitalize their downtown by filling vacant storefronts with new businesses, increasing the housing on tier main street, and their new downtown theatre which draws in a crowd from all over Long Island. 

Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss has also stood in opposition of the proposed casino.  Mineola, much like Westbury, has gone through and continues efforts to revitalize their downtowns.  Focusing on development around their train station, Mineola has increased their walkability components including their new LaunchPad location to attract small businesses and apartments in their downtown.

Some others joining Mayor Cavallaro and Mayor Strauss are Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of North Hempstead Judy Boswoth, and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano.  Vision Long Island, among other groups, has provided testimony regarding their opposition to the project. 

As of yesterday, Presiding Officer Norma Gonzales and the republican caucus also joined the opposition. Presiding Officer Gonzales is calling for the Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. to drop its plan for the Fortunoff site in light of the upcoming lawsuit.

Local officials have decided to proceed with legal action to oppose the casino site selection. Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and other elected officials held a joint press conference at Westbury Village Hall Thursday. "This is a joint effort of every elected official on every level representing this community to oppose the proposed site selection," stated Mayor Cavallaro. In an advisory to residents, Mayor Cavallaro explained that The Village of Westbury, Town of Hempstead, Town of North Hempstead along with the Meadowbrook Pointe Civic Association and various individual residents intend to apply for a temporary restraining order barring the Nassau Regional OTB from entering into an agreement to acquire or lease the Fortunoff Building.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray copied a letter to Nassau OTB requesting that they withdraw thier consideration of the Fortunoff's site noting that the use of the former Fortunoff's location would be in violation of town law.

Winthrop-University Hospital has also gone on record with their opposition to the proposed location of a gambling casino. "We believe that it will significantly increase traffic congestion in the area and in so doing will pose a serious health threat to the local residents and surrounding communities," John F. Collins, President and Chief Executive Officer of Winthrop-University Hospital.

For more on this story, click here and here for Newsday or here for News12. Click here for copies of all 3 letters.

NICE Bus Claim Some Victory over Fare Hike

Vision Long Island testified on Thursday at the first of 2 public hearings being held at the Nice Bus Headquarters in Garden City.  Nassau County held the hearing to allow for public input on the upcoming fare hike.  This fare hike which is scheduled for March, would be the second fare hike in less than 6 months. 
Residents at the community expressed their opposition to the fare hike.

Many questioned the need for an additional fare hike.  One Rockville Centre resident asked the need for the fare hike when factors like the price of gas are decreasing.  A NICE Bus representative explained that although the price of gas has gone down, little decrease has been seen in the way of the type of fuel the buses use.  He also explained that the fare hike is also to cover expenses like increase cost of health care for the works and wage increases.  He also noted that they are still waiting to hear if the State budget (STOA) will provide any additional funding which may offset the need for a fare increase by Nassau county. 

Many residents, however, talked of the financial this would place on riders.  One elderly woman, spoke of her challenges with giving her vehicle because she fears she would not be able to afford the fares if they continue to increase.  She explained how many seniors rely on the bus system it must have affordable and reliable service. A representative from Nassau Community College spoke to the challenges this will incur on their students and teachers who rely on the bus system.  Vision Long Island also mentioned the effects it will have on small businesses affecting their employees and customers who rely on bus system. 

Riders can claim some victory over yesterday's hearings. Although the Nasau County Bus Transit Committee voted to increase the Metrocard fare from $2.50 to $2.75, they also voted against raising fares on app users and cash customers (who recently experienced a fare hike in September of last year).  Because of the MTA shortfall, a fare increase on Metrocards was inevitable but however a freeze on cash and app fares will help keep the buses affordable for riders who come from some of the most vulnerable communities.

For more on the story, click here for News12 or here for Newsday.

Heavy Winds and Snowfall Hit Long Island

Communities in Nassau and Suffolk counties dug out from Monday’s blizzard which dropped over 2 feet of snow overnight in some places, forcing travel bans, suspension of mass transit, closing of schools, businesses and government agencies, and proactive opening of shelters and warming stations.

With up to 3 feet of snow and local flooding predicted in some areas, Governor Cuomo imposed an ban on all unofficial traffic in 13 counties effective 11pm on Monday and requested over 260 National Guard troops to stand by in Westhampton and Farmingdale. While the travel ban was lifted island-wide as of 8am Tuesday, many local roads still had not been plowed and the majority of schools and businesses remained closed. PS&G reported minimal power outages for an event of this size with fast turn-around times for restoration.

By Wednesday, many of the areas west of William Floyd Parkway were returning to normal, however much was yet to be done. Low-lying south shore communities in Suffolk required additional assistance from State DOT assets that were brought from other areas due to the volume of snow, equipment failures, and local flooding which prevented snow removal during high tides.  These proactive measures were no doubt due to the lessons learned from the February 2013 storm Nemo that stranded dozens of drivers on the roadways for hours.

As with other major events that have affected the area, Friends of Long Island groups were prepared to deliver whatever assistance possible before, during and after this event. Friends of Shirley and the Mastics delivered non-perishable food to those that had no transportation or means to have a three day supply on hand Monday night. Friends of Long Island groups’ leaders were in communication before the storm and closely monitored during in case assistance was needed. Friends of Freeport initiated OPERATION: SHOVELGATE, shoveling out 15 driveways for neighbors that were unable to as far out as Baldwin.  Many of the groups are still providing assistance as they prepare for this weekend’s snow fall.

For more on this story, click here for Newsday.


Help Needed To Feed The Hungry In Freeport

The Long Island Council of Churches needs Spanish-speaking volunteers to work their food pantry in Freeport.

They fed more people by Thanksgiving 2014 than in all of 2013. And in recent months, they’ve seen a growing number of requests for assistance who’ve had their food stamp benefits cut by Congressional budget cuts.

Of course, food donations will definitely be accepted. Vegetables, jelly and pasta are in high demand.

Food, personal care products, small households goods and other small items can be dropped off at 450 N. Main Street in Freeport, Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church in Hempstead and 407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln in Riverhead.

Financial donations can be mailed to: The Long Island Council of Churches, 1644 Denton Green, Hempstead, NY 11550 or taken over the phone at 516-565-0290.


Touro Law Honoring Grads At Public Interest Job Fair

Join the Public Interest Law Organization of Touro (PILOT) for a wine and cheese reception during Touro Law School’s 8th annual public interest job fair next month.

The fair, running noon-6:30 p.m. on Feb. 10, will give Touro Law students and opportunity to learn about summer and permanent job opportunities.

The reception will be held at 5 p.m., honoring 1990 graduate Chris J. Coschignano as the Keith Romaine Elected Official of the Year and 2011 alum Tiffany Femiano as the Public Service Alumna of the Year. It will be followed by a 2-credit ethics CLE course after the reception.

RSVP for the reception via email or call 631-761-7064 by Feb. 2.

Go Red For Women And Fight Heart Disease

Don’t miss out on the 14th Annual Long Island Go Red for Women Luncheon next month.

Part of the American Heart Association’s nationwide movement to wipe out heart disease, this event is slated for Feb. 11 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

Three heart-healthy workshops are scheduled before lunch. The first will examine genetics and heart disease, the second will look into nutrition and the last will touch on tools for managing stress.

During the main event, the American Heart Association will honor Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman Senior Partner and Vision Long Island board member Howard Stein, as well as DK USA CEO Deborah Richman and Premiere Cardiology.

Raffle tickets are also being sold prior to the event for prizes like trips to Mexico, a jewelry gift certificate or chance to drive a Maserati for a weekend.

Reservations are required by Feb. 6 – National Wear Red Day – and tickets can be purchased on the event’s website.

Get Up To Speed At 15th Annual Main Street Forum

Sign up now for a one-day symposium about the New York Main Street Alliance.

Downtown revitalization experts will gather for the 15th annual one-day Main Street Forum at the Manhattan campus of NYIT on March 5.

Experts like Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander will discuss urban design, architecture and downtown revitalization.

Registration is $45 for the general public and required via email or calling 845-423-7114. Admission is free for NYIT students, faculty and alumni.

Win $1,500 Scholarship For APA National Conference

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

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

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

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

Paint The Town Red With Suffolk County Arts Grants

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Jonathan Groff - Friday, Jan. 30 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


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
The B-52s with Strange But Surf - Saturday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Moon Tooth, Face The King, Dune Local, Last Turn Off Broadway, Sharks In The Shallows and The Little Red Men - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
Alex Costa, One-Click Waiting, Ciara Charlotte, In Development, Dymensions, Priscilla Raine - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3:30 p.m.
Fingers Metal Shop Live! featuring Bottoms Up!, Appetite For Destruction, Mister Hand and Lyxx - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Gene Cornish & Friends Stories and Music from My Life in the Rascals and Beyond - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
The Led Zeppelin Experience, Hammer of the Gods the Music of Led Zeppelin: At Your Request - Saturday, Jan. 31 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 Met: Live in HD Offenbach's LES CONTES D'HOFFMANN - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 1 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 Demitri Martin: The Persistence of Jokes - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
The Snow Queen - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
The Slackers - Friday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m.
An Ultimate Rush Tribute and Soul Cages - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

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

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Friday Night Happy Hour - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Jan. 30 at 10:30 p.m.
Don't Dress For Dinner - Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m.
Little Bo-Peep - Saturday, Jan. 24 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Melanie - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
That 70s Band - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Fireside Sessions with Nancy Atlas - Friday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m.
All-Star Comedy Show - Saturday, Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

The Cubitat Shrinks an Entire House Into One Compact Cube

Those on a quest to rethink small-space living build tiny houses, install pop-up rentals on vacant lots, and design portable 10-square-foot microkitchens tucked inside armoires. Presented over the weekend at Toronto’s Interior Design Show, Cubitat is a 10-by-10-by-10-foot cube that houses a kitchen, bathroom, bed, laundry, and storage.  

For more on this story, click here.


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