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January 31st- February 6th, 2016

Regional Updates


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“It’s been long overdue... We’ve been trying to get them forever, so I’m glad they finally listened to us.”

- Lindenhurst Mayor Tom Brennan speaking on steps the DOT is taking to improve pedestrian safety in Lindenhurst

“Right now, it’s over a half mile between lights on this stretch of Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst, giving residents no safe place to cross for almost a dozen blocks. Adding signals to shorten this distance will make it easier and safer for residents to cross while helping to make Montauk Highway less of a barrier between neighborhoods to the north and south.”

- Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle speaking on steps the DOT is taking to improve pedestrian safety in Lindenhurst

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NYSDOT Takes Steps to Increase Pedestrian Safety in Lindenhurst

After completing a 5-year study, NYS DOT has decided to add two stop lights to a dangerous stretch of Montauk highway in Lindenhurst.  The first would be placed at Montauk Highway and 13th Street and the second at either 7th Street or 8th Street after further assessment.

Village officials welcomed the news as they have been looking to the DOT for some traffic-calming measures to slow down what they referred to as a “speedway” for nearly a decade.  Mayor Tom Brennan said, “It’s been long overdue... We’ve been trying to get them forever, so I’m glad they finally listened to us.”

The Village began a significant push for traffic calming measures nearly 2 years ago after a 10-year old boy was seriously injured while trying to cross near 13th Street and Montauk Highway.  This is one of the many accidents that have happened in that area.  Officials noted that the lack of stop lights have allowed motorist to reach speeds upward of 55 mph.  The DOT study found that on that segment of Montauk Highway there were seven pedestrian accidents within a five-year period.

Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffrey and Vision Long Island have joined the efforts to bring attention to provide traffic calming recommendations. “Narrower lanes, well-designed medians, a number of things which makes the road seem narrower, which makes drivers more diligent and cautious,” Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle said.

DOT spokeswoman Eileen Peters said in an email that the new traffic signal sites will likely also include a countdown pedestrian signal, an audible countdown timer, high visibility crosswalk, and pedestrian warning signs for motorists. Each signal is expected to cost about $150,000.

Both village officials and residents are excited to hear of the response by the DOT and await determination of the second stop light as well as final installation. 

For more on this story, visit here.

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth Delivers State of the Town Address

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her third State of the Town address last week, which focused on  many quality of life issues for Town residents, such as development of downtowns, park improvements, infrastructure projects that will reduce the nitrogen content in the Town’s surrounding bays and harbors and more accessible parking.

The Supervisor spoke before a crowd of hundreds of local government officials, dignitaries and residents. The speech was part of a luncheon program hosted by the League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, which has hosted this event for 36 years. “There is nothing more important to me than serving our residents, enhancing our quality of life and running the government in an open and transparent manner,” Supervisor Bosworth said.  “I believe that every law we pass, every initiative we put forth and every issue we might oppose is rooted in the belief that we are here to serve the residents of North Hempstead.”

She pointed to the Town’s strong financial standing, excellent bond rating and lower debt as a firm foundation for the Town.  “Last fall Moody's Investors Service reaffirmed the Town's stable fiscal outlook, citing the Town’s conservative financial management practices and the reduction of debt by a total of more than $30 million over the past two years,” said Bosworth. “The 2016 budget is fiscally conservative and stays under the State-mandated .73 percent tax cap, which presents a continuing challenge to our Town and all municipalities. And next year, with a zero percent cap, we will face an even greater challenge. With the help of our strong financial team I’m confident that we’re up to that challenge.”

Highlights of the Supervisor’s 2016 initiatives included a $450,000 water infrastructure grant from New York State, which will allow the Town to replace the aging septic system at North Hempstead Beach Park with a sewer system, a strong continued commitment to the disabled community and announcement of the creation of a Disability Advisory Committee, and the collaboration with Vision Long Island to discuss downtown revitalization efforts. “It is my hope that by working with Vision Long Island and our Planning Commissioner we can address some of the issues of empty storefronts in our downtowns,” she said.

Other 2016 initiatives that were mentioned included the visioning of North Hempstead Beach Park, calling for the full re-opening of the Sixth Precinct, the formation of a North Hempstead Parking Advisory Committee to suggest improvements, and reducing plastics in the water and waste water with the use of compostable leaf disposal bags.  As Supervisor Bosworth closed, she stated: “I will continue to draw from the Town’s past as we plan for its future. We will stay true to our history and reputation as a forward‐thinking, progressive place to live. I look forward with anticipation to another great year for our Town in 2016 as we stand together to meet any and all challenges.”

You can call 311 or (516) 869-6311 from outside North Hempstead to request a copy of the State of the Town Speech.  You can click here to view the speech starting February 9th.

Nassau IDA Announces Successful 2015 for Local Industry

Last Wednesday, January 27th, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced another successful year for the Nassau IDA, touting a total of 15 projects and $2.6 billion in benefits for the local economy.  Projects include, but are not limited to, the Nassau Events Center, a new home for Publishers Clearing House, a new hotel, facilities for high-tech businesses and affordable transit-oriented apartments. 

Major impacts for the local economy include an estimated $1.97 billion dollar injection from the Nassau Events Center, which will be replacing he Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Publisher’s Clearing House’s relocation to 300 Jericho Quadrangle will also have an impact to the tune of $136 million.  The new Mineola Metro apartments will contribute $136 million, while Superme Screw’s planned move to Plainview will provide an additional $98 million.

“My economic development team continues to pursue new employers and assist current companies with keeping their operations in Nassau County. The job-generating projects supported by the Nassau County IDA in 2015 will provide a significant boost to our local economy,” said County Executive Mangano.

Among other things the County Exec outlined the record of 5 years with no tax increases, $120 million County cash reserve, administrative cuts, growth of the film industry, retention of existing companies, attraction of new companies and the Nassau HUB redevelopment.  Of particular interest to Vision and the smart growth movement were the thousands of units of Transit Oriented Development housing supported by the IDA as well as the campaign to shop locally in the downtowns.  The 4,905 permanent and construction jobs created by these projects, and roughly 4% unemployment rate this past year show the validity of these and many endeavors.

You can read the press announcement from the IDA here.

Rauch Foundation Reports Predicts Need for More Multifamily Housing

Vision Board and staff were out this week with regional planners from the Rauch Foundation hearing their ideas for more housing development on Long Island. They projected a need over the next 15 years of 115,000 to 158,000 new residential units, and believe that 64,000 units (roughly half of them single family homes) are already in the pipeline.  The 86-page report focuses on three communities — Hicksville and Valley Stream in Nassau County, and the village of Babylon in Suffolk County — and predicts how many more multifamily housing units developers could build in downtowns if the communities allowed larger buildings.

Under the researcher’s definition, multifamily housing means any building with three or more attached residential units and includes both rentals and owner-occupied residences such as co-ops and condos. None of the estimates, of course, account for the existing or future illegal housing stock which is near impossible to quantify.

“While there was some talk of "regional development frameworks" it was good to see that none of the folks assembled proposed any attempts at weakening local land use powers,” said Vision’s Director Eric Alexander.  “Decision making on land use is and should continue to remain in the hands of local communities. It will be interesting to see if the local market follows these predictions.”

Vision has tracked 11,000 units of approved TOD with roughly 20,000 units in the planning process. While there are no estimates of other multifamily or single family homes, our numbers (based on actual applications) are likely more generous than what was presented. The study, titled “Long Island’s Needs for Multifamily Housing: Measuring How Much We Are Planning to Build vs. How Much We Need for Long Island’s Future”, concluded that “most Americans would like to live in walkable mixed-use communities, where amenities, services and their jobs are a short commute away. Younger households have traditionally driven this demand, but baby boomers’ preferences are beginning to change.” The report also stated that the current supply of housing “is not enough to meet the demands of Long Island’s future population.” However, by rezoning downtowns and the areas around Long Island Rail Road stations to allow more multifamily housing, local communities “can improve the overall health of Long Island’s housing market, providing more affordable housing options to all residents.”

You can check out media coverage of the research in Newsday, and also download the full report here

SBA Reopens Filing Period for Sandy Victims

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced it has reopened the filing period for survivors in all states affected by Superstorm Sandy on December 2, 2015 to apply for low-interest disaster loans.  The new filing deadline for physical damage and economic injury losses is December 1, 2016. 

“The additional time for businesses, homeowners and renters to request federal disaster loans will go a long way in continuing to support the rebuilding efforts of the communities affected by Superstorm Sandy,” said SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet.  “I want to thank the chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Small Business Committees for their leadership on this issue.  We look forward to working with them to make sure the needs of small businesses are met.” The recently approved Recovery Improvements for Small Entities (RISE) After Disaster Act of 2015 gives the SBA Administrator the authority to make disaster loans for Superstorm Sandy for a period of one year. Loans for residents will range between 1.688% and 3.375%, with business rates between 4% and 6%.

Friends of Long Island Program Consultant Jon Siebert said that while this is good news, there are some things of concern for residents and businesses to look into. “There is a good potential that residents and businesses could face Duplication of Benefits deductions from their NY Rising award if they are approved for an SBA loan,” said Siebert. Duplication of Benefits (DOB) occur when disaster victims are eligible to receive grants or loans from federal funding sources. “We are currently working with NY Rising and Touro Law Clinic to narrow down what items and activities may be subject to DOB, and how the reopening of the SBA program can assist people get home and back to business”. He suggests that those who are considering reopening a case with SBA to contact Touro for a consultation.

You can read more about the SBA reopening here, including SBA contact and application information, and contact Touro Law Center’s free disaster relief legal services at (631) 761-7198.

New Study on Bus Rapid Transit

A new study by Arthur C. Nelson of the University of Arizona finds that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lines can indeed shape real estate and attract jobs if the projects are done right. This is contrary to the belief by many that BRT lines when compared to rail do not affect development patterns.

The National Study of BRT Development Outcomes aimed to answer questions including how BRT influences development patterns, how employment is affected, and wage-related job changes. New development patters within a half of a mile of BRT corridors were analyzed in two separate groups; those constructed between 2000 and 2007 (pre- Great Recession) and those between 2008 and 2015 (post-Great Recession/recovery periods).

New office spaces were increased by a third in areas with BRT construction, with 15.2% growth in constructed corridors. Multifamily apartment construction within a half of a mile of BRT was still small, but has still doubled since 2008. Rental premiums were also evidenced for most BRT corridors analyzed.

In a case study of the Miami-Dade Busway, one of the 20 BRT systems operating nationally, it was found that BRT found important economic development outcomes with respect to the Busway. Generally, it was found that BRT influences employment positive changes in the manufacturing sector, which can provide a broad spectrum of income levels and recruitment activity for the working class. BRT station areas were also associated with the largest positive shift in the share of upper-wage jobs during the Recovery when compared to rail-areas, with the share of lower-wage jobs falling in the BRT station areas.

Twelve BRT corridors were analyzed to determine whether or not transportation costs increase as people’s residences are further away from BRT stations. The study found that household budgets for transportation needs generally increased when people live 19 miles or more from freeway interchanges and downtowns to the Central Business District, but increased about eight miles from BRT stations.

Bus Rapid Transit systems have been rapidly growing nationally, with over two dozen in the planning or construction phase, which would double the amount of current BRT systems. The Route 110 corridor project would be the first BRT system in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. You can read the full findings of the study here.

Vision, Tri State Interviewed for Long  Island Business Report

Vision Diector Eric Alexander was interviewed by Jim Paymar from the Long Island Business Report on WLIW21 a couple of weeks ago tackling Transportation on Long Island from LIRR Parking, third track, walkable streets, bus service and overall infrastructure spending. Our transportation partners the Tri-State Transportation Campaign joined us on the show as well.

You can watch the show online here, with airing dates/times below:

Long Island Business Report #401- Transportation on Long Island 
Sunday, February 7th- 9:30am
Wednesday, February 17th- 7:30pm 
Friday, February 19th- 5:30pm
Sunday, February 21st 9:30am

Folks from the Smart Growth movement who have been interviewed on past programs include Don Monti from Renaissance Downtowns, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri and Listnet/Launchpad LI's Peter Goldsmith. Links to those interviews can be found here.

Join the Long Island Business Council's next meeting on February 9th!

On Tuesday, February 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a keynote address from U.S. Congressman Steve Israel. Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy will also be addressing the group. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.

Contact us at 877-811-7471 or at to RSVP or for more information.

Truth UTC Performs in Brentwood Beginning in February

The Truth UTG will be hosting a series of performances at the Sonderling High School in Brentwood beginning in February.

The mission of the organization is to inspire change and instill a positive influence in the lives of youth and adults through the art of theater and spoken word, so that they may achieve their highest potential in all aspects of life. The traveling performances produced by The Truth give audiences of all ages, races and backgrounds an intimate, visual look at life’s grim realities and divine beauty.  ​"They are shinning a light on new concerns and topics that are sure to change the scope of the politics and policy of the future, while giving young Americans a new creative way of understanding current events," says Congressman Steve Israel about the organization.

Viva Africa, described as a “modern-day West Side Story meets The Lion King” will have several showings at the Brentwood High School-Sonderling Building. Show dates are February 11, 12, 24, 25, and 26; and March 3,4, and 10. Doors open at 6PM for all showings. Tickets are $10, with group rates available. You can learn more about The Truth UTG here

2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is now accepting applications for the 2016 NYS Environmental Excellence Awards. "As a national environmental leader, New York is home to many organizations and businesses that are pioneering new and exciting programs to reduce energy consumption, use natural resources sustainably and help combat climate change," Commissioner Basil Seggos said. "Through our annual Environmental Excellence Awards, DEC is able to honor and showcase those who are setting the example for others across New York and beyond."

Eligible applicants include businesses (i.e., small, medium and large businesses, manufacturing, power generation, retail, agri-business, hospitality, sports, etc.); not-for-profit organizations; education, health care and recreational facilities; individuals, and local, state, federal and Indian Nation government agencies.

DEC has scheduled a webinar on Wednesday February 24, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to provide details about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application. Participants will also hear from previous award recipients about the benefits of receiving statewide recognition. Those interested in learning more about the awards program and how to submit a competitive application must register online.

Applications are due by Friday, April 8th 2016. Application materials, a “Tips for Applicants” guide and more details about the award program and previous winners, are posted on DEC's website. You can also contact DEC's Pollution Prevention Unit at (518) 402-9167 or email

St. Joesph's College Hosts Hospitality Symposium

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will be holding a Symposium-Trends in Hospitality: Present and Future.

The Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management (IHTM) at St. Joseph’s College provides a leading voice in the discussion of responsible tourism and hospitality. Tourism brings an estimated $5 billion dollars a year to the Long Island economy. Key industry professionals from GAM Hospitality Management, the NYS Hospitality and Tourism Association, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association will discuss timely and relevant issues.

The symposiums are open and free to the public.  The next symposium will be held on Friday, March 11th from 8am-10am at the McGann Conference Center at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue. For more information, click here. To RSVP, please call (631) 687-1285 or email

Ethical Humanist Society of LI Hosts Annual Social Justice Leadership Dinner

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island will be holding the Social Justice Leadership Dinner on Thursday March 31st, 2016 at 6:30PM. The event will be held at the Nassau County Bar Association located at 15th & West Streets in Mineola.

This year’s honorees include Vision’s Director Eric Alexander, businesswoman and philanthropist Esther Fortunoff, Musicians and humanitarians Patricia Shih and Stephen Fricker, and Youth Activist Grant Recipient Matthew Berman.

For ticket information or journal advertising costs please email the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island, or call (516) 741-7304. You can visit their website here

Help Wanted

ScottsMiracle-Gro Announce New Community Grant

Scotts Miracle-Gro has announced a grant opportunity for community organizations  to develop and enhance pollinator gardens . The GRO1000 awards will provide monetary grants, product donations and educational resources to fifty 501(c)(3) organizations this year.

To date,  Scotts Miracle-Gro has awarded 680 such grants, allowing for over a million and a half square feet of space being restored and revitalized, over 50,000 youth to experience nature through hand-on learning and panting over 8,000 garden plots. Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods across the United States. The grant application will be open until February 22nd, 2016. To learn more about how this opportunity can benefit a local project in your community and to apply, click here

Help Wanted

LIBOR Looking for Legislative Liaison

The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in their Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison. This is a wonderful opportunity for a person that is looking to broaden their horizons.

The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying our outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include experience in an elected official’s office, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas, as well as other relevant requirements.

LIBOR is offering a competitive salary based on experience. For a full job description, please email

Project Manager Position Available

The Town of Babylon is seeking a Project Manager for the Office of Downtown Revitalization to guide the redevelopment of new and existing downtown areas.

The Project Manager will work on specific redevelopment projects within the Town, taking the process from initial community visioning and conceptualization through to implementation and build-out. The Project Manager will interface with the community, identify and pursue grants and other funding opportunities, manage redevelopment and project studies, provide project support to the rest of the Office of Downtown Revitalization, interface with other Town departments and staff, work closely with regional agencies such as Suffolk County, analyze development proposals, and assist with day-to-day office needs. The position requires graduation from an accredited college with a bachelor’s degree or higher in city/regional planning, urban design, economics, public administration, or a related field, or comparable and relevant work experience. The job location is Lindenhurst.

Interested candidates should request a full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Management Information Specialist

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Support Specialist to work with Long Island’s “Supportive Services for Veteran Families” (SSVF) grantee agencies.   This person will work directly with SSVF HMIS users on Long Island, including training, HelpDesk requests, trouble shooting issues, report development as needed and assisting the HMIS Support Supervisor to address inconsistencies in HMIS data submitted by providers. 

Must have a strong knowledge of Foothold AWARDS database or similar client database, understanding of HUD CoC programs and/or VA programs, excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others.  Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.  Amityville location.  Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits after probationary period will be available.

Interested parties should submit a cover letter, resume and salary requirements via email to Please do not call the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.  Questions and requests for a full job description should be submitted via email only.

Town of Babylon Announces New RFP

Two Requests For Proposals have been announced by the Town of Babylon this week.

Sealed proposals will be received for Technical Assistance & Consultation Services for the site design and preparation of form based code for East Farmingdale. Bidders must comply with all requirements of the funding agencies, including MWBE requirements.

Sealed proposals will also be accepted for Consulting Services to assist the Town of Babylon with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQURA) process for the redevelopment of the East Farmingdale Downtown Center.

Bids for both requests are due by 10AM on Thursday, February 18th at Town Hall, 200 East Sunrise Highway, Lindenhurst. Bidding and contract documents may be obtained at the Town Hall Purchasing Department between 9am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, or downloaded here.

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton
The headquarters for the East Hampton Historical Society, the house is an example of life in the post-colonial era in the East End. It features historic furnishings and crafts built by local craftsmen of the time. The Historical Society also has four other museums and town houses including one of New York’s first educational academies and a colonial town government meeting house.

For information, visit their website or call 631-324-6850

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
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Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Seattle Launches Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Program

Twelve schools across Seattle will see safety improvements in 2016 as part of the city-wide Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. As the name suggests, the program is built around targeted programs to encourage students to walk and bike to school safely. The approach to SRTS is fairly broad with initiatives to show students how to get to school safely, slow down traffic near schools, and give students new walking and biking facilities. The first project began last week with a new 12-foot paved surface suitable for walking and biking by improving a gravel maintenance road and a dirt pathway to allow bikes and pedestrians safe access through existing parkland. Seattle DOT will deliver an additional 11 SRTS projects in 2016.

With the increase in pedestrian accidents on Long Island, communities should take a look at their existing parklands to try and expand safer, healthier transportation options for all to have safe access to and from their homes and school. By thinking outside of the box and following best practices from other areas, as well as ensuring that crosswalks are functional, accessible and pedestrian-friendly, the number of senseless tragedies like the death of 12- year old Gabrielle Johnson of Elmont this week can be reduced. 

For more on this story, visit here.

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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