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March 12th - 18th, 2017

Regional Updates

Renaissance Downtowns

Renaissance Downtowns is a nationally-renowned and exclusive leader in large-scale unified community-driven downtown revitalization.

Their success in securing $12 billion in downtown development agreements among several communities is centered on a Unified Development Approach (UDA). The UDA is a collaborative, public-private partnership-driven framework that brings together disparate groups of a community to collectively transform their downtown into a vibrant destination, adhering to the triple bottom line of being economically, socially and environmentally beneficial.

“The sale and development of Plaza West will generate millions of dollars of income for Freeport, create jobs, generate thousands of dollars in recurring tax revenues, and expand the economic development of Sunrise Highway and the downtown area. Executing the contract of sale for Plaza West was a priority for this administration. Freeport continues to attract investors and we are eager to see this project begin with a completion date in two to three years.” - Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy on the sale of the Meadowbrook Bank Building

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Bus Riders, Politicians, Advocates Rally to Halt Bus Cuts on N36, Other Routes

Vision was out this past weekend in support of the 11518 and local elected officials to call on Nassau County and NICE to restore the n36 along with the other recently proposed bus cuts across Nassau County, and to receive additional NYS support.

The n36 runs from Lynbrook, to East Rockaway, Oceanside, Baldwin and Freeport. 

This was the third press event uniting support for local bus service. The LI Lobby Coalition will be up in Albany next week pushing to ensure that cuts are averted.

Last month, the Nassau County Bus Transit Committee approved 10 routes to be cut and 9 to be reduced due to a decrease in $6.8 million in funding from Nassau County. Although Able Ride will not be cut with these reductions, over 5,000 riders are expected to be affected if the cuts take place.  NICE CEO Michael Setzer said in a statement, “we would not be implementing these service reductions if we were not forced to do so by the difficult economic realities the County faces. We know that these route reductions and service modifications impact your livelihood, access to jobs and school, and your mobility. We are extremely disappointed to have to impose these cuts in service.”

State Senator Kaminsky proposed the formation of a “county-state partnership” to properly fund NICE. “Too often, the common view of Long Island is that we are an affluent community where everyone has two cars and a white picket fence. That’s not really the case,” he said. “Whether you’re an elderly person or someone who doesn’t have a car, they need this bus route.” Legislator Laura Curran mentioned the need for the county to find a “local solution to a local problem,” saying that Nassau has several pots of money to pull from to stave off the cuts, including one-shots from unused funds, and utilizing a portion of a $55 public safety fee on traffic and parking tickets towards income for NICE.

Bi-partisan support included NYS Senator Todd Kaminsky; NYS Assemblyman Brian Curran; Nassau County Legislators Laura Curran, Denise Ford, and William Gaylor; Village of Lynbrook Mayor William Hendrick; Freeport Chamber of Commerce President Lois Howes; Friends of Freeport's Shari Lynn Zimbler Wolf; LI Bus Riders Union’s Aaron Watkins Lopez; Friends of LI's Jon Siebert and a dozen bus riders. Vision's Director spoke as well.

Special thanks to the 11518's Dan Caracciolo for his leadership putting this event together. 

You can check out coverage of the event from the Herald, Newsday, and News 12. You can also see which routes are being cut here.

Freeport Property to be Sold for $60 Million Redevelopment

The Meadowbrook Bank Building in Freeport could be headed for a $60 million facelift.

Originally constructed by the First National Bank & Trust Company in 1929, the narrow, wedge-shaped building has been eyed for redevelopment several times the last few years.  Located at the western end of a 4-acre village-owned site, the 17,400 square foot building was purchased by Freeport in 1991 as a prelude to the Freeport Plaza Urban Renewal Area plan.  However, the plan stalled after being adopted the following year, and the building has sat abandoned and boarded up ever since.

Now the property is in the process of being sold to the DiNoto Group, a development company currently headed by Robert DiNoto and Paul Posillico.  The group has pitched a preliminary $60 million plan to redevelop the site into 250 rental apartments with over 15,000 square feet of ground-level retail.  Plans also call for a two-deck parking garage, courtyard, and pool area.  The residences would be restricted to renters aged 55 and older.

“Mayor Kennedy has been very proactive in development and pursuing projects that bring tax revenue and jobs to the area,” said Mr. DiNoto.

The plan, which is located just south of the LIRR station, represents a step forward for Transit Oriented Development in the Village after 25 years of uncertainty.  The project appears to have the backing of the village board as well as Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy.

“The sale and development of Plaza West will generate millions of dollars of income for Freeport, create jobs, generate thousands of dollars in recurring tax revenues, and expand the economic development of Sunrise Highway and the downtown area,” Kennedy said. “Executing the contract of sale for Plaza West was a priority for this administration. Freeport continues to attract investors and we are eager to see this project begin with a completion date in two to three years.”

"Great to see progress on a mixed use TOD project in the Village of Freeport," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "The Village has been seeking to develop this property for over 25 years with prior developers from the old Plaza West proposal walking away from the project. Kudos to Mayor Robert Kennedy and the Village Board for moving this forward - finally."

You can read more on this story here.

Town of Huntington Considers Updates to Affordable Housing Code

In a move aimed at increasing younger, first-time home buyers, the Huntington Town Board has suggested numerous changes to its Affordable Housing Code.

The proposed changes will require a developer to make at least one in five units built in mixed-use buildings to be affordable.  If a developer does not make at least one in five units affordable, they will be required to pay into an existing Affordable Housing Trust and Agency Account aimed at helping first-time home buyers.  The changes will also include a tightening of existing code to ensure affordable units are the equal of normal, market driven units.

Making affordable apartments equal to market price ones was a concern of Huntington Board member Tracey Edwards, who co-sponsored the changes with Board Member Susan Berland.  “We want to make sure any affordable housing unit that is constructed is substantially the same as those are market rate,” Tracey said. “Now that language will be in the code.”

Changes will also include the addition of language mandated by the Long Island Workforce Housing Act.  The language will empower the planning board to require at least 10% of units be affordable in development of five or more units when a density increase is requested.  Developers will be able to put money into the Affordable Housing Trust instead.  It will also be required that affordable housing residents must file disclosure statements to certify their unit is their primary residence.

Richard Koubek, vice president of the Huntington Township Housing coalition, Vision Board member, and co-author of the changes, stated that “This means in a hot rental place like downtown Huntington, where you have young people who want to stay there, want to live there, now they’ll have that opportunity to pick up an affordable rental, which you can’t find now.”

The Town Board is expected to schedule a public hearing in April to discuss the changes to the code.

You can read more on this story here.

RXR Presents Plans for Village Square Proposal in Glen Cove

RXR Realty has officially revealed their plan for the Village Square proposal in Glen Cove.

The plan calls for a mixed use, four to five story residential building wrapped around a central plaza to be located in downtown Glen Cove.  The proposal features 146 apartments and more than 17,500 square feet of retail on the first floor.  The plaza portion of the plan will be deeded to the city for uses such as concerts, holiday celebrations and other similar events.  Aesthetics of the plan draw inspiration from European plazas according to New Jersey based lead architect David Minno.

The plan is aimed at young, childless millennials as well as empty-nesters who are eager to live in a pedestrian-friendly downtown environment.  The proposal as well as nearby establishments would provide amenities such as restaurants, cafes and stores.  The development would also be a short walk away from the Garvies Point development that recently broke ground, also owned by RXR.  A lighted passageway to that development is planned as a connector for the two projects.

The plan will require several variances in order to be able to create that many units and stories for a downtown development.  Parking would be located in an on-site garage and would also be leased from the city in nearby established surface lots and a parking garage.  RXR currently owns a majority of the proposed 2.8 acre property, but is still attempting to reach an agreement to buy a parcel from All Island Real Estate Holdings.

Originally called the Glen Cove Piazza, RXR recently purchased the property and took over the project from Jobco. The project is a past Smart Growth Awards winner, and originally broke ground in 2014.

You can read more on this story here and here.

Inn and Restaurant Planned for Main Street in Northport

In a recent public meeting with the Northport Village Trustees, John W. Engeman Theater owners Kevin O’Neill and Richard Dolce revealed plans to create an inn and restaurant on Main Street in the village.

The plans propose a take over of 225 Main Street, across the street from the theater, which is currently used for office space.  Previously the home of Danyell’s Kitchen, the building is set into the hill at its back and has half a Dutch Colonial home at its top.
“It’s a very unique piece of property and it offers the ability to provide onsite parking,” O’Neill said. “The concept is to develop this building into a beautiful inn with a restaurant.”

The rendering shown at the meeting depicts a three-story building inspired by The American Hotel in Sag Harbor.  Tentatively named the Northport Inn, the building would total around 20,000 square feet, with the first floor hosting a restaurant.  The upper floors would mix rooms for rent along with managerial offices.

The village is currently weighing adjustments to current commercial codes to allow for inns and hotels.  They will review the potential code changes at a public hearing on March 21st.

You can read more on this story here.

Trump Administration’s First Budget Proposes Eliminating Federal Community Development Block Grants

In a little noticed section of the President's budget proposal are large cuts to HUD, particularly the elimination of Federal Community Development Block Grants.

This program has been a boon to communities across our country, including several Long Island municipalities, aimed at providing funding for economic redevelopment.  It allows for strategic access to infrastructure, community revitalization support and other important services.  Funds provided by these grants are largely used in an efficient and transparent manner on Long Island and many critical services would be lost without them.

The program, usually referred to as CDBG for short, was signed into law by President Gerald Ford in 1975, and has generally enjoyed bipartisan support.  It has been used in the past to fund code enforcement, inspections at troubled buildings, repairs and improvements to senior housing, and economic recovery from the effects of Superstorm Sandy.  Currently there is $3 billion committed to the program for the current fiscal year, but next year all funding will be eliminated.

Stephen Glaude, CEO of the Nonprofit Housing and Economic Development, stated that he had expected cuts to the program, but not elimination.  “To come in and blatantly eliminate these programs because you’re trying to meet a budget number without talking to the stakeholders, the constituents of these programs, is a little concerning. In fact, it’s more than a little concerning. It’s actually alarming,” stated Mr. Glaude.

Vision Long Island considers the removal of this vital and successful program a critical error for the young administration.  We hope that you will let Congressional representatives Peter King and Lee Zeldin know about this misplaced budget slashing.

You can read more on this poor decision here.

Sign the Petition to Make Route 25a Safer for Pedestrians

New York State Senator Ken LaValle has set up an online petition calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to immediately commence a complete pedestrian/bicycle safety study of the Route 25A corridor.

Last week, the Miller Place community was devastated by the death of Nicolo Signore due to an accident at the intersection of Route 25A and Miller Place Road.  Nicolo, a teenage student in Miller Place Schools, was the second death at the intersection during the past last year and a half at that intersection.   In addition, there have been numerous automobile accidents and close calls at that location.

The petition requests that a Route 25A corridor study be started and expedited, and that a current DOT study of that intersection that is underway is completed as soon as possible, and that corrective actions identified commence.

You can view the petition and sign it by clicking here

The 2017 Complete Streets Summit

Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

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.

Past Complete Streets Summits have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles.

Speakers this year will include Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Great Neck Plaza; Michael Vitti, C.L.I.M.B.; Sylvia Silberger, Car-less Long Island; Frank Wefering, Greenman Pedersen, Inc.; Pete Kremer, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff; Margaret Kubilins, VHB; Hon. Laura Curran, Nassau County; Hon. Erin King-Sweeney, Town of Hempstead; Sean Sallie, Nassau County

Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless to Hold “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil

Please join the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless at their “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 4th, 2017 from 6:30PM – 8:30PM, in the Multi-Purpose Room in Roosevelt Hall at Farmingdale State College.  The participation of every person who cares will make a difference.  Let us show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exist in our affluent society.  Please wear RED!

There will be free hair cuts, face painting, story time for children, balloon animals, a candlelighting ceremony, and more. Your group can also help by conducting drives to collect NEW baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies and non-perishable foods. You can check out the 2017 Vigil KIT that includes everything you need to conduct a successful drive here.  You can also join as a sponsor of this important event. Sponsorships include opportunities for Information Tables at the event, as well as company logo on all Vigil T-Shirts! A sponsorship brochure is available here.

You can contact Ksusha at 631-464-4314x123 or to answer any questions you might have.

Suffolk County Releases Guidelines for Downtown Revitalization Grant

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning has released the new set of guidelines for Round 15 of their Downtown Revitalization Grant Program.  The grant will be made available for downtown and downtown-adjacent capital improvement projects.

Guidelines include:

  • Projects must be downtown or downtown-adjacent
  • Projects must be a capital improvement plan and funding must be at least $10,000
  • Applications must be submitted by a Chamber of Commerce or comparable organization, or a civic beautification organization in partnership with a municipality
  • Projects must be located on municipally owned property
  • Applicants must be partnered with a municipality in Suffolk County and include a government resolution
  • Projects must comply with SEQRA

You can review the guidelines in full as well as the scoring system here.  A sample resolution and the full Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Citizens Panel for 2017 is also available at the link.  Questions concerning applications and eligibility can be forwarded to Heidi Kowalchyk at 631-853-5925 or by e-mail at

Applications must be received by 4:30 pm on Friday, May 26, 2017 by the Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning.

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email

Help Wanted

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Seeking Part-Time Housing Coordinator

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Part-Time Housing Coordinator for our main office in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to understand policies and regulations; work with clients and systems to gather required documentation; manage record keeping and reporting duties; utilize Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Excel.  

 Local travel will be also required for this position.  Benefits include paid holidays.​

 The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless must conduct criminal background checks on candidates prior to offering employment for this position.​

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

You can download the full job description 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
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
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


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
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


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here


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.

50 Reasons Everyone Should Want More Walkable Streets

"Cities Alive," a new report from global engineering firm Arup, cites 50 reasons why walkable cities are more desirable than car-centric cities. This continues a trend for more and more cities to lean towards walkability, talking about why it matters.

"The benefits of walkability are all interconnected," says James Francisco, an urban designer and planner at Arup, the global engineering firm that created the report. "Maybe you want your local business to be enhanced by more foot traffic. But by having that benefit, other benefits are integrated. Not only do you get the economic vitality, but you get the social benefits—so people are out and having conversations and connecting—and then you get the health benefits." A single intervention can also lead to environmental and political benefits.

You can read a full run down of the benefits here.

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Chris Kyle, Communications Director

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