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Mar. 8-14, 2015

Regional Updates

Bethpage Federal Credit Union

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After serving the employees of Long Island's largest organizations, including Computer Associates and BAE, for 72 years, Bethpage Federal Credit Union began serving all Long Islanders directly after a community charter application was unanimously approved in September 2003. We have branches across Long Island, but our vision remains the same as when we first opened our doors for Grumman employees in 1941: Provide extraordinary service and value anytime, anywhere. As the needs of our members have grown through the years, so has the list of products and services we offer.

Bethpage Federal Credit Union has grown to be the largest credit union on Long Island because of the loyalty and commitment that our members have shown us through the years.

“More than 3,500 new apartments have opened or are under construction in our county with more than 1,000 units being constructed through our initiative to convert vacant office space into apartments near transit centers.”

County Executive Ed Mangano

“Our Planning Department … is emphasizing livable, walkable communities, which will tie into economic development and re-investment in our downtown areas... With a $5.5 to $8 billion surplus, I challenge New York State not to forget Long Island. We need the local jobs that necessary infrastructure projects could create."

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine

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Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano Delivers 6th State of the County Address

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano delivered his 6th State of the County address this week starting by thanking the men and women of the police force who have given their lives and services not only in Nassau County but in surrounding areas as well.  He explained that because of their service the crime rate which is down 25% over the last five years with Nassau being the safest large suburban county in America. He also provided details on his action plans to address the heroin crisis.

 Moving into economic development, he spoke about creating & retaining 20,000 jobs including biomedical, film industries and companies they have attracted from other regions. Nassau now has a very low 4.9% unemployment rate. A freeze in taxes received a sustained applause. He also announced that the county will sell 5 acres on the southwest side of the Nassau Coliseum to Memorial Sloan Kettering. The cancer center plans to build a $140 million outpatient treatment and research facility at the Uniondale site. “Sloan Kettering will bring 250,000 good paying jobs with an average salary of $150,000 a year,” said County Executive Mangano. He also mentioned partnerships that have come about this year such as the 2 new Launchpad locations an in the county and how he looks forward to continuing this in other areas.

County Executive Mangano addressed the need for water quality action particularly with the "Grumman" plume as it continues to spread and working to tackle aquifer issues across the border with NYC. While Nassau County is far ahead of Suffolk County regarding sewers, the County Executive reaffirmed his commitment to raising financial support for the Bay Park sewage treatment plant as part of his water quality initiatives.

Specific interest to Vision's mission are the downtown redevelopment projects the Nassau IDA is investing in, infrastructure funding in Bay Park sewage treatment plant, a Complete Streets project in Baldwin and high tech incubator space in downtowns in Mineola and Great Neck Plaza.

He mentioned a focus to help promote residents to shop locally and support local businesses through work with the IDA on several projects throughout the county, many of which were highlighted during Comptroller Maragos’s recent hearing that Vision Long Island was a part of. 

He discussed his plans to continue to work throughout the county to implement many of the Complete Streets components throughout the county, particularly in the downtowns.

Vision was mentioned by the County Executive for assisting in the implementation of transit oriented development apartments. He continued on to say, “More than 3,500 new apartments have opened or are under construction in our county with more than 1,000 units being constructed through our initiative to convert vacant office space into apartments near transit centers.”

Understanding that partnership is key, he spoke about collaboratives with mentioned the coalition fighting for the outfall pipe at Bay Park and local municipalities in the Villages of Mineola, Valley Stream, Lynbrook and other projects.

Lastly, he referenced his Smart Growth Award from Vision as well as his Environmental Equinox Award from CCE for the work that has been done and he plans to continue with this coming year.

The County Executive ended his speech with an acknowledgement of the bipartisan work of the legislature over the last year.

For more coverage on the State of the County Address, visit Newsday, News12, or to click here to view the speech.

Schumer Anounces Major Victory for Amityville's Liberty Village

Veterans living in newly opened Liberty Village in Amityville received some welcoming news Thursday after months of uncertainty. After being urged by Senator Charles Schumer, HUD will provide 30 project based HUD VASH vouchers for the facility, giving assistance to some of the 60 veterans and families that now call Liberty Village home.

HUD had previously denied one application for the vouchers, which operator Concern for Independent Living needs to combine rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and clinical services which allows the veterans to live independently with their families. A second application for the vouchers was initially approved, then denied last month after HUD ruled that the veterans and families that moved in last fall were no longer technically homeless since they were not left on the street until the application was fully processed.

After making a personal call to HUD Secretary Castro urging the agency to reconsider the decision, $250,000 in funding is now available to Liberty Village, with a little less than half of the vouchers being used immediately. The remaining vouchers will be used when available units are occupied with new tenants.  Long Island, with over 152,000 Veterans is second only to San Diego in the percentage of veterans that it has in its population. An approximate 5,500 Veterans would be considered homeless on Long Island by estimates from Nassau County Mental Health Association.

More can be read about this victory in the fight against Veteran homelessness in Senator Schumer’s press release here.


MTA: Will Cut Expansions to Fill $15 Billion Gap

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is already $34 billion in debt, and authority officials want to borrow even more to pay for capital projects.

CEO Thomas Prendergast appeared recently in front of a State Senate joint committee in Albany. The MTA’s proposed $32 billion capital budget for 2015-2019 has a $15 billion hole. Of the $32 billion capital plan, $22 billion is already earmarked for track and signal maintenance.

Without additional funds, Prendergast said the MTA would cut plans to expand and improve services to make ends meet. The 125th Street 2nd Avenue subway extension, Penn Station Access project, countdown clocks, new elevators and help point intercoms would all fall on the chopping block.

However, the troubled East Side Access project may escape fiscal trimming since $2.2 billion of the $10.2 billion total would go back to the federal government if the connection between the Grand Central Terminal and Long Island Rail Road doesn’t manifest. Currently construction is $6.5 billion over budget and 10 years behind schedule – 2023 is the latest estimate. When first proposed, the project was slated to be completed by 2009 at a cost of $4.3 billion. 

So what does the public think of all of this? In a recent online poll conducted by LI Business News, nearly 75% of respondents believe that the MTA will be either 16 or 20 years late in completing East Side Access. Only 20% thought it would completed “on or close to” schedule.

Plans to borrow more against riders, however, were challenged by both legislators and transit advocates on Monday. State Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola) said it’s getting to the point where mass transit is actually more expensive than driving for a family headed into New York City.

"We have to consider the consequences of authorizing borrowing that kind of money on future expenses . . . . How much is it going to cost at a time in which people just can't afford it?" Martins said.

However, advocates behind a plan to add and rebalance tolls across New York City told legislators they could create $1 billion in revenue. The Move NY proposal would create a toll cordon would be created at 60th Street for cars headed into the midtown business district. The four free New York City-owned would cost $15 cash or $10.66 with EZ-Pass, but the existing MTA- and Port Authority-owned bridges and tunnels would remain unchanged.

Tolls for several bridges and tunnels to other parts of New York City would remain unchanged. Others would actually come down in price. The Throgs Neck, Whitestone and Verrazano-Narrows Bridges, for example, would drop from $15 cash to $10.

Plans also call for non-stop cashless tolling. Drivers could pay with a transponder – similar to EZ-Pass – or have their license plate photographed and be mailed a bill.

Prendergast agreed MTA officials would consider the plan, but said they were concerned it wouldn’t raise enough revenue.

State Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), chairman of the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, commented thatthe Move NY plan is “worthy of consideration.”

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required). For review of the poll, check out LIBN (subscription required).

Supervisor Romaine Delivers Positive Outlook in State of the Town Address

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine delivered his 3rd State of the Town address on Monday, highlighting the Town’s strong financial rating, environmental and quality of life issues, and future plans for the most populous of Suffolk County’s Towns.

“Focused on the Future” was the theme of this year’s address, highlighting the progress made over the past two years to restore financial stability and recording a revenue surplus at the end of the year- the first time this has been done in many years.  Credit ratings by both Standard & Poor’s and were both re-affirmed, and both credit rating companies rated the Town’s outlook as “positive”. These very strong credit ratings, during a time when other municipalities have been given a negative outlook or been downgraded, will save Brookhaven Town taxpayers millions of dollars now and in the future.

Green energy initiatives and environmental protection were some of the highlights of his speech, including hybrid vehicle purchases, change outs of sodium street lights and alternative fuel usage. These actions will not only reduce greenhouse emissions in Town vehicles, streetlights and buildings, but save hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in energy and fuel costs. Over 500 acres of land were either purchased or in agreements to acquire for open space preservation in 2014. Single stream recycling was also launched, with multiple Villages in the Town participating, increasing recycling by 22.4% while generating revenue.

The Vacant House Registry passed last year has nearly 1000 structures registered to improve quality of life in the township, and the Town continues to demolish homes that are structurally unsound at the owner’s expense. Residents were acknowledged for their assistance in fighting against landlords who turn single family homes into illegal rooming houses, and promised that the Town will not stop until houses in violation of our zoning codes are shut down.

Economic development projects were noted as well, as the Supervisor feels that a strong economic base and new jobs are critical to the Town’s future. Stony Brook University was called on also to help pay for some of the area’s fire protection, which is being paid for by residents and serviced by Stony Brook and East Setauket volunteer departments without any payment from USB. 

In closing, Supervisor Romaine said that while the challenges are many, “the Town Board is united and determined to succeed” and he re-affirmed that the state of the town is “good and improving.”

To read Supervisor Romaine’s State of the Town address, visit www.brookhaven.org. For more on this story, visit Newsday (subscription required).

Legislator Curran and Freeport Officials Secures $5 Million to Begin N. Main Street Revitalzation in Freeport

On Monday, Freeport Village Mayor Robert Kennedy and Trustee Jorge Martinez held a press conference with Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran announcing $5 million in county capital funds to begin the process of revitalizing the North Main Street corridor in Freeport, New York.  Main Street in Freeport serves as a major access point for vehicles traveling on the Meadowbrook Parkway and Sunrise Highway and is also adjacent to Freeport’s LIRR station and NICE Bus terminal. The money would be used towards investments in the roadway and potential rezoning by the train station that can bring in mixed use development.  

The North Main Street Streetscaping project is the first step towards progressive urban renewal in the northeast quadrant of the Village beginning at Brooklyn Avenue and proceeding north on North Main Street to Seaman Avenue with potential for including additional areas where resources would permit.

During the press conference, Trustee Martinez, who is spearheading the project noted that the project would take at least two years but will include obtaining working easements and acquisitions from property owners, where needed.   The scope of the work will include new sidewalks in a stamped brick pattern, ADA compliant handicapped access, supplemental decorative street lighting, tree plantings, street furniture (waste baskets, benches, and planters), enhanced cross walks to help ensure pedestrian safety and new bus shelters.  

A task force of stakeholders including business owners, residents and community leaders will be guiding the project.  The group has been meeting for the past 6 months and is expected to grow as the project takes shape. In addition to the task force, the village is encouraging participation through a series of public meetings and soliciting developers committed to smart growth principles.

“I am delighted to embark upon the beautification of this important gateway to and from, the Village of Freeport,” said Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran. “The County and the Village of Freeport, working in a bipartisan partnership, have taken the first steps to get this project started, and I look forward to continuing this partnership through to completion.”  

“The intergovernmental partnership between Nassau County and the Village of Freeport shows that working together, we can accomplish good things,” said Freeport Village Trustee Martinez.  “Legislator Curran is to be commended and thanked for her efforts in recognizing the need to improve and enhance this section of North Main Street and acting on it.”   

For more coverage on this story, visit Fios1.

Live At The Paramount, New Radio Studio Coming

A concert venue in downtown Huntington is quietly becoming more than a landmark.

The Paramount and Connoisseur Media Long Island entered a new partnership last week that will have famous musicians visible from the streets of Huntington village.

“How cool will it be to walk down New York Avenue in downtown Huntington and be able to see legendary artists like Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Jeff Beck being interviewed on-air by D.J.’s right in front of your eyes,” Paramount Directors Jim Condron, Dominick Catoggio, Stephen Ubertini and Brian Doyle said.

Paramount and Connoisseur are constructing a radio studio as a storefront at the theater. Expected to be finished by May, the studio will house artists during live performances and interviews before they go on stage.

Passersby can check out the live sessions through large glass windows, while the audio is broadcast to Connoisseur’s weekly audience of more than 1.6 million on five Long Island radio stations.

“This studio project brings us back to basics and reminds us how cool radio can be. Not only with our ability to be local, and hyper local in this sense, but also how we can relate and reflect the lifestyles and interests of our listeners through the music and the artists we play. This studio will connect all those dots and offer a killer experience for the artists, our audience and our radio stations,” Connoisseur Media CEO Jeff Warshaw said.

The Paramount replaced Huntington village landmark IMAC in September 2011. In the four years since, the club has played host to countless modern and classic bands, boxing matches, comedy shows and other performances. Theater ownership estimates they host almost 200 events every year.

The venue is capable of holding 1,555 people, although various seating and standing arrangements are possible. It’s also home to the V.I.P. Founder’s Room – a private speakeasy-themed area for 450 guests.

Long Island is the 20th largest media market in the country, and The Paramount is just one example of the downtown theater sweeping through Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The Space at Westbury opened in 2013, while 89 North and The Emporium operate in Patchogue. These venues encourage patrons to dine locally and window shop in neighboring small businesses before and after shows.

Vision Long Island presented The Paramount with a Smart Growth Award in 2012 and sees the venue as a critical anchor for downtown Huntington.

Block Island Wind Farm Secures Funding

Deepwater Wind reported securing funding for their Block Island Wind Farm earlier this month. More than $290 million will come from France’s Societe Generale and KeyBank National Association.

“We are on the cusp of bringing offshore wind from theory to reality in the U.S. We’re incredibly proud of our position at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry,” CEO Jeffrey Grybowski said. “We’ve brought together some of the best American and European expertise to build an outstanding project and finance team. We’re poised to launch a new American clean-tech industry, and it all starts here with our work on the Block Island Wind Farm.”

Meanwhile, construction of the 30-megawatt project is already underway. Manufacturers in France and Louisiana are building the turbines and steel jacket foundations, with a Rhode Island company beginning creation of foundation substructures.

Deepwater Wind expects to have all five foundations installed this summer, with the farm running by the end of 2016. Once construction is complete, it’s expected to carry a $225-million price tag.

Deepwater is being backed by international investment firm D.E. Shaw and renewable energy company SunEdison. They are putting up more than $70 million in equity investment in the Block Island project, more than 90 percent is coming from D.E. Shaw. The financing from Societe Generale and KeyBank is in addition to that money

But as five turbines are built for waters off of Rhode Island, Deepwater Wind was shut down on building a wind farm off the coast of Montauk. LIPA had issued RFP’s to build 280 megawatts of renewable energy. But in December, they voted against the 220-megawatt turbines and supported only 11 new solar projects producing 122 megawatts. LIPA has since issued another RFP for the remaining 160 megawatts.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Brown Bag Lunch Presentation: Downtown Redevelopment on Long Island

On March 18, 2015, at 12 noon Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island, will be the guest speaker for a Brown Bag Event hosted by NYMTC. It will be a discussion on the status of downtown revitalization initiatives on Long Island including residential, office, retail, public space market trends and the growing movement to create, manage and maintain great places. A robust discussion on opportunities and challenges to these efforts, needed infrastructure and the implications on local decision making will ensue.

This meeting may be attended in person at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, New York, NY 10004 or as a webinar. To attend in person RSVP to lisa.daglian@dot.ny.gov or call 212-383-7200. To attend as a webinar, register at: http://bit.ly/1DHX9kY Event number: 645 587 995 Event password: BB31815. Call in information will be provided upon registration.

Have A Heart For Island's Homeless At Candlelight Vigil

Wear red and join Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at Farmingdale State College March 31 to support your homeless neighbors.

The annual “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. in the 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.

Face painting, balloon animals, story time, live music and entertainment, and free haircuts are planned again for the event.

For more information, contact the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at 631-464-4314 or online.

2015 Complete Streets Summit on April 10th

This coalition is a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

The second annual Complete Streets Summit, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, was a gathering of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

“If we’re going to have a vibrant economy and a safe environment for all of us, then Complete Streets is part of the solution”, said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

Friday, April 10, 2015 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sustainability Institute at Molloy College 7180 Republic Airport, East Farmingdale, New York 11735

Fee for registration is $45.  Scholarships are available!
Please send the completed form to Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport NY
Contact us at 631-261-0242 or info@visionlongisland.org.  Sponsorships available.

Listnet LISA Awards to Be Held on May 6th

The objective of LISTnet (Long Island Software & Technology Network) is to promote Long Island as one of the national centers of excellence for Software and Technology solutions. This is achieved by facilitating collaborations between companies, establishing forums and events for the exchange of information, improving the quantity of the labor force and partnering with companies that provide the High technology Centers necessary for the growth of L.I. software and technology companies.

Each year Listnet honors partners in that growth at their annual LISA (Long Island Software Award). This year Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander is among the honorees.

The awards will be held 6-9pm at the Garden City Hotel on May 6 for the "NEW" LISA LITE AWARD at the Garden City Hotel. For more information please visit our website at www.listnet.org or contact Peter Goldsmith at peter@listnet.org or (631) 224-4400.

Regional Freight Plan Amendment Public Review Period

The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) is conducting a public review for an amendment to its Regional Freight Plan. The public comment period begins on March 2, 2015 and will end at 4 p.m. March 31, 2015. The freight plan has been amended to reflect new information that was produced after NYMTC’s current regional transportation plan, known as Plan 2040, was adopted by NYMTC’s Program, Finance, and Administration Committee in September, 2013. The comment period provides the opportunity for public feedback on the three task reports and the revised Summary Report’s Chapter Five, Special Reports.
The Regional Freight Plan now includes the results of NYMTC’s work on

  • Industry Specific Logistics
  • Truck Trips Analysis and
  • Freight Villages Market Analysis

The technical memoranda for these discrete tasks and the revised Regional Freight Plan Summary Report can be found on the NYMTC website at http://www.nymtc.org/project/freight_planning/freight_index.html.

Two public meetings will be held to present an overview of the amended Freight Plan, on March 18, 2015 at 3PM and 6:30PM. Both meetings may be attended in person or via webinar. To attend in person, RSVP at 212.383.7200 or Shawana.Brown@dot.ny.gov. The meetings will be held in NYMTC’s offices at 25 Beaver Street, Suite 201, NY, NY 10004.

To register for the 3PM webinar go to http://bit.ly/1EpQzfX
To register for the 6:30PM webinar go to http://bit.ly/1G4ypkY
Meeting ID, password and call in information will be provided upon registration

Comments are due in writing by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 to:
New York Metropolitan Transportation Council
Attn: Howie Mann
Nassau/Suffolk Transportation Coordinating Committee
Room 6A19
250 Veterans Memorial Highway, Hauppauge, NY 11788

howard.mann@dot.ny.gov

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.

Long Island Board of REALTORS Looking for a Legislative Liaison.

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.

The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) currently has an opportunity in our Government Affairs Division for a Legislative Liaison.

The general job description is to augment the Government Affairs Division with an emphasis on expanding and intensifying the outreach program on the County and Township levels. The requirements include:

  • Experience in an elected official’s office
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science/Communications or related areas
  • Knowledge of the legislative process at various levels
  • Understanding of the internal political system and the reality of how deals get done.
  • Must be perceived as non partisan and able to deal with both sides of the aisle
  • Strong writing and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work in a not for profit association environment
  • Administration skills
  • Experience in political fund raising is helpful
  • Travel throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens
  • Attend any related out of area meetings

Candidates should send their resume and salary requirements to: adellitalia@mlsli.com.

What's happening on your Main Street 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
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 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.

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.

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.

Current exhibition: “The Other Side”- a look at William Floyd Estate, a National Park unit of Fire Island National Seashore. Long Island plantation and slave owner William Floyd.

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:
David Broza
Sat March 7th 8PM

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.

Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff

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
Los Lonely Boys, Strange But Surf
Sat March 7th 8PM
Gov’t Mule w/ John Scofield
Sun March 8th 8PM
Tickets and more information available here

SUFFOLK

Amityville

Revolution
Monkey Wrench (Foo Fighters Tribute), Lithium (Nirvana Tribute), The 90’s Band, and more
Fri March 6th 8PM
Fingers Metal Shop Live! Show no mercy (Slayer tribute) Black Tooth Grin (Pantera Tribute) Damage Inc. (Metallica Tribute)
Sat March 7th 9PM
Allie Martocci, Spectator, Van Vega, and more
Sat March 7th 4PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Jesse Cook
Fri March 6th 8PM
Larry Kirwan- Solo Acoustic (Black 47)
Sat March 7th 8PM
Royal Southern Brotherhood
Sun March 8th 7PM

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
Screening of the National Theatre Live: Treasure Island
Sat March 7th 8PM
Student Arts Festival 2: Grades 9-12
Sat March 7th 2PM
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
Magic! w/ Bohemians & Schoeffel
Saturday March 7th 8PM
Heckscher Museum 
Flutissimo! Flute Quartet
Fri March 6th 7PM
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

huntington
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

islip
Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Fri March 6th 8PM, Sat March 7th 3PM & 8PM, Sun March 8th 2PM
The Snow QueenSat March 7th 11AM, Sun March 8th 10:30AM

Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue Milagro (Santana tribute), Half Step (Grateful Dead tribute)
Fri March 6th 7:30PM
Us and Floyd (Yes tribute)
Sat March 7th 7:30 PM
Tickets and more information available here.


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
March’s Laughter in the Lobby: Stevie GB, John Santo, JJay Boyd
Fri March 6th 7PM
6th Patchogue Folk Festival w/Janis Ian & Tom Paxton
Sat March 7th 2PM & 8PM

Tickets and more information available here.


The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue

45 RPM & Drop Dead Sexy
Fri March 6th 8PM
Saturday Night Dance Party w/ Jonathan Move & Fosbeats
Sat March 7th 10PM
Tickets and more information available here


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

Mr. Turner, Timbuktu, La Fille Du Regiment
Multiple dates and showtimes this weekend
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
I Love you, You’re Perfect, Now Change
Fri March 6th & Sat March 7th 8PM; Sun March 8th 3PM
Friday Night Face Off (Comedy)
Friday March 6th 10:30PM
Annual Festival of One-Act Plays
Sun March 8th 7PM
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
March of the Leprechans- Riverhead Pub Crawl!
Sat March 7th 1PM

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: Billy Campion and Billy Ryan
Fri March 6th 8PM
Caliente! Latin Night w/Alfredo Europa, Mr. No Shame & Mambo Loco
Sat March 7th 8PM
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.

375th Convocation Celebration
Sat March 7th 3PM
If These Walls Could Talk; Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion
Sat March 7th 4pm

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.

Zipline Commuting?

Offering vocal criticism of the aging transit network and its continued failure to meet their transportation needs, frustrated citizens nationwide are calling upon federal officials this week to at long last update the country’s obsolete zip-line infrastructure.

“As it stands, our current zip-line infrastructure must be rebuilt from the ground up if zip-lining is to remain viable for the millions of workers, students, and business travelers who rely on it every day,” American Public Transportation Association president Michael Melaniphy told reporters. “Right now, if someone wants to travel by zip-line, they must crowd into long lines and wait for extended periods before riding along a patchwork of rusty cables and end posts, many of which haven’t been refurbished since they were first erected in the 1950s. Frankly, the fact that we’re still commuting on the same zip-line technology our grandparents used is embarrassing for a nation as advanced as ours.”

This above is just an early April Fool's by The Onion. However, many of the same can be said about our exisiting infrasture. So don't forget to register for the upcoming Complete Streets Summit 2015!

 

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director, Jon Siebert, Consultant

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