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March 13th - 19th, 2016

Regional Updates

Greenview Properties

Over the past two decades, Greenview Properties has been masterfully instilling stunning architecture, lifestyle amenities and unsurpassed quality and value into thousands of area residence.

Greenview Properties reputation is beyond compare. A premier builder, urban renewal developer and property management firm, Greenview has left a mark of quality and design excellence all over Long Island. Recognized with countless awards for architecture, construction and design, Greenview Properties continues to strive for excellence, focusing on smart growth revitalization in downtown urban areas, spectacular rental neighborhoods, luxury condominiums and beautiful mixed-use and senior housing communities.

Through vision and Dedication to excellence Greenview endeavors to continue their tradition of fine craftsmanship, impeccable design, and unsurpassed service.

“Small businesses help drive New York’s economy. From neighborhood coffee shops to start-up tech firms, small businesses account for more than half of all private-sector employment and provide almost $190 billion in annual payrolls. These businesses are critical to New York’s economy and integral to the fabric of life in the Empire State.”

- NY State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli

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County Executive Mangano Talks about the Future of Nassau

Vision Long Island board and staff joined Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as he delivered his 7th State of the County address this week at the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage, highlighting low unemployment rates, growth in economic development, and IDA support for transit-oriented development and infrastructure improvements.

To a crowd of over 400 people, Mangano said that 25,000 jobs have been created after property taxes were frozen for five years, with Nassau leading in New York State with the lowest unemployment rate. The unemployment rate dropped to 4.2 percent, down from 7 percent in 2010, saying that “new employers are returning and investing in Nassau, creating jobs, and local companies are in many cases expanding operations. “My administration knows that high taxes kill jobs and depress the local economy. That is why I repealed the Home Energy Tax and worked with the Legislature to freeze property taxes for five years,” Mangano said. “Our taxpayer conscious policies have sent a clear message to employers to create local jobs." Companies such as Supreme Screw and K&B Trading moved into the county, creating new jobs, while others such as Publishers Clearing House stayed in the county with help of the county’s economic development team. The moving of Publishers Clearing House from Port Washing ton to Jericho meant the retention of 800 jobs, the creation of 66 more, and the generation of $136 million into the county.

The film and television industry gave the county a boost, bringing in $530 million in the past two years to the county’s economy, with 535 films produced, employing 1,773 people.  Healthcare was also said to be an industry that is “growing like never before,” with plans including Sloan Kettering Cancer Care Center in Nassau, and possible state funding for a $350 million Center for Bioelectronic Medicine at the Nassau Hub, which is under construction.  The County Executive is asking the state for $225 million that the state has in the 2016 budget for Long Island projects, to build a 2,700 unit parking garage with office space on top, a new 8.5-mile bus rapid transit route in Nassau, three pedestrian bridges, and an outdoor plaza. Vision Long Island was recognized for working with the administration to support many of these efforts.

The County Executive also touched on a proposal for publicly-funded campaign finance to avoid “the appearance of influence in the contracting process”, as well as continued support to combat the heroin epidemic in the county. You can read more about the annual address in Newsday, News12, and Long Island Business News

NY State Comptroller Tom Dinapoli Stresses the Importance of Small Businesses

A recent report by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli highlighted the importance of the state’s small businesses, stating that nearly 3.9 million jobs and over $950 billion a year are generated from New Yorks small businesses annually. “Small businesses help drive New York’s economy,” DiNapoli said. “From neighborhood coffee shops to start-up tech firms, small businesses account for more than half of all private-sector employment and provide almost $190 billion in annual payrolls. These businesses are critical to New York’s economy and integral to the fabric of life in the Empire State.”

New York’s small businesses (those having fewer than 500 employees) provided over 50 percent of all private-sector jobs in New York, which is above the national average. Those businesses with less than 100 employees accounted for 97.4 percent of businesses in the state- just below the national average. The amount of small businesses opening in New York has been increasing since 2010, above the national average.

Of the small businesses with paid employees in 2013, the vast majority were classified as microbusinesses (those having fewer than five employees), with 369,000 of the microbusinesses providing nearly a million jobs. The amount of microbusinesses far surpassed the number of small businesses with 5-500 employees. Long Island had the highest amount of small businesses with under 20 employees compared to any other region in the state, as well as tying New York City for the highest percentage of small businesses in the state.

You can view the Comptroller’s report and see more of the impact of small businesses on Long Island by clicking here

Mainstreets Fair Well in Village Elections

The old adage that “decisions are made by those who show up” was evident last night in Village elections across Long Island. Of the 14 local villages with downtown revitalization plans, projects or local infrastructure projects underway all returned incumbent administrations to office and nearly all officials who ran on those platforms.

Highlights from the winning teams include: 
Village of Mineola incumbent trustees Paul Periera and Paul Cusato, winning re-election in a race about the development of the downtown.

Village of Northport incumbents Damon McMullen and Jerry Maline winning re-election to two trustee seats largely on the campaign of upgrading the Northport sewer plant and managing Main Street issues.

Village of Patchogue incumbent trustees Lori Beth Devlin, Thomas Ferb and Jack Krieger were returned and Mayor Paul Pontieri and trustee Susan Brinkman ran unopposed. This administration will continue their efforts at revitalizing their downtown.

In a closely watched race the Village of Lindenhurst Village incumbent Mayor Thomas Brennan and trustees Michael Lavorata and Joan Masterson who campaigned on the platform of upcoming downtown redevelopment were returned to office.

There was a split decision in the Village of Mastic Beach as incumbent trustee Betty Manzella was returned to her seat and challenger Joseph Johnson was elected to the second trustee seat. Despite the loss of the one trustee seat the downtown comprehensive plan is supported by both incumbents and challengers and will move forward.

Incumbent Village officials with downtown plans and projects in the Villages of Farmingdale, Great Neck Plaza, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Cedarhurst, East Rockaway, Floral Park, Garden City and Island Park ran unopposed and will begin new terms to continue their work.

The near unanimous support for local elected officials that are successfully managing, planning and growing their downtown business districts reminds us that the conflicts and polarization that exists and are endlessly covered are largely driven from large scale national and regional issues and not about placemaking and our main streets. We can learn a lot from the style, temperament and progress that these local communities are demonstrating.

Congratulations to the winners and we look forward to the next phase of progress in our many local communities.

To check out the elections results, visit News12

Supervisor Romaine Announces “A Blueprint for the Future”

Brookhaven Town Supervisor Ed Romaine delivered his fourth State of the Town address this week in Farmingville. The theme of the address was “A Blueprint for the Future,” with an optimistic look at the great strides that have been made this past year, his new initiatives, and the challenges that face the Town in the years ahead. 

Supervisor Romaine said that the “state of the town is good and getting better,” mentioning the improvement in the town’s bond rating and stronger finances. Financial reserves are being rebuilt rather than depleted, and renewed his commitment to focus on revenue growth, and noted the second year straight that the town ended the fiscal year with a surplus in general funds. Since 2014, the town budgets have complied with the Town’s spending, debt, and tax rate caps, and are confident that 2017 will be no different. “Living within the tax cap becomes difficult because fixed costs, such as labor and other costs tend to rise from year to year,” said Romaine. “But, nevertheless, we must adhere to the tax cap.”
Highlights of the State of the Town address included jobs creation, with the Brookhaven IDA closing on 13 major economic development projects, creating or retaining more than 1200 permanent and construction jobs, and bringing more than $187 million in private investment. 140 new jobs will be coming to Shirley with WHTB Glass Company opening up a 44,000 square feet manufacturing and distribution facility in the near future.

Code violations have also been addressed, with over 1500 abandoned homes secured and 48 structures demolished in 2015. The single stream recycling program has been successful, with over 28,000 tons of trash recycled, partly due to partnerships with seven school districts and eight municipalities. 396 tons of debris was removed from empty lots and roads by liter crews, who also disposed of 10,500 illegal signs.

Environmental and water concerns were also addressed, with streetlight upgrades saving $350,000 annually, a standard of 33 miles per gallon for Town vehicles, and a pledge to plant 10,000 new trees by 2020. Supervisor Romaine also proposed a Nitrogen Protection Zone that applies to new construction within 500 feet of a body of water, and talked about 100,000 seed oysters per year to be planted in the Bellport Bay annually, with plans to plant more in Moriches Bay and other town waterways to reduce nitrogen levels. Brookhaven has over 150 miles of coastline, larger
than any other Town in the state.
A push for LIRR electrification to Port Jefferson and on the south shore to either Patchogue or Mastic-Shirley was also mentioned, as well as relocation of the Yaphank station closer to William Floyd Parkway, which can help with connectivity for Brookhaven Lab employees and others on the Ronkonkoma line.  

You can check out coverage of the State of the Town address in Newsday, and read the transcript of the address here

New Innovative Parking System Coming to Cedarhurst

The Village of Cedarhurst’s parking meters, many of which are decades old, are being replaced with the most technologically advanced and user –friendly meters anywhere, and will be the first community in New York to receive them, putting Cedarhurst at the forefront of modernizing parking management for downtown shopping districts. The Village says that there have been “almost zero complaints” with the new system after an 18 month pilot program on Central Avenue.
The Village has put together a fact sheet to dispel any rumors or concerns about the new technology.  Parking policies that were in place before have not changed, and the Village Board feels that the meters will make it easier and more convenient for parkers, help retail merchants, and guarantee fairness for everyone, with added security features.

Some of the features include credit card acceptance, video monitoring of the street and parked vehicles to thwart vandalism and assist with stolen vehicles, and automatic notification of meter failures for fast servicing. There will be a ten minute grace period for payment still, and if the meters have a technological issue, the meter goes into “free parking” mode to avoid confusion and invalid tickets. “Meter feeding” will also be discouraged by disallowing those parking from staying in a spot over the permitted length of stay (usually 1 or 2 hours), allowing chances for more equitable parking for shoppers.

The new system will also include a smartphone app that allow users to pay for parking from their car or from downtown shops to add time, remind you where you parked, and help you find parking spaces that are available by using real-time information.   You can check out the fact sheet with a list of the new system’s features here. You can also read about the pilot program launch here

Farmingdale Village's 4th Annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Farmingdale Village’s 4th Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade & festivities will begin on Sunday, March 20th at 1PM. For those coming out of town, the event is not far from the Farmingdale LIRR station. The event is rain or shine.

The parade kicks off from Northside Elementary School on Powell Place, just south of Bethpage State Park, and spans about 1/2 mile down Main Street to the Village Green. Festivities include local community groups, Pipe Bands, Village Officials & more!  After the parade enjoy family fun activities at the Village Green & explore downtown merchants & restaurants, many offer tastings and specials.

If you or your organization would like to March email John Court. You can also call 516-249-0093 or go to for more information.

Suffolk's Hotel Motel Tax to be Explained

A joint Chamber and Business meeting regarding Suffolk’s Hotel/Motel tax will be held on March 30, 2016 6:00 pm and hosted by the Hyatt Hotel located at 451 E Main St, Riverhead, NY 11901.  The meeting is free for all to attend.  The presentation will start at 7:00 pm.

Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy will explain who has to pay the 3% tax and where the revenue goes. Kristen Jarnagin, President and CEO of the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will discuss the promotion part of this revenue. A majority of the revenue goes towards tourism promotion.

This meeting is great for all businesses to see how money is spent to help promote our region.  It is especially important for motels, hotels and B & B’s to find out who specifically has to pay this tax.  During the social hour you will be able to mingle with business owners from the North Fork, Riverhead and Center Moriches. 

Those interested in attending or who would like to get additional information should contact John Stype at Suffolk County Legislator Al Krupski’s office at 631-852-3200 or before March 23, 2016.

The 2016 Complete Streets Summit will be held Thursday, March 31st

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” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

Thursday, March 31, 2016 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, or you can register online. Contact us at 631-261-0242 or

Sustainable Living Film Series - The True Cost

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, in partnership with Energia for Teens, will be presenting a screening of the award-winning documentary The True Cost as part of the Sustainable Living Film Series.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing? Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

The screening will take place at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center, 7180 Republic Airport, Farmingdale, on Thursday March 31st, 2016 from 6PM-9PM. A vegan buffet will be available from 6pm-7pm, with the program beginning at 7:15pm. Admission is free, with a $5 suggested donation at the door. For more information, you can call (516) 323-4510 or email You can also check out the movie trailer here.

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 register for the event here.

Have a Heart for the Homeless

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless invites you to join them for the “Have a Heart for the Homeless” Candlelight Vigil on April 5th, 2016 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.  By attending, you can help show that Long Islanders want to eradicate homelessness and hunger that exists in our affluent society- attendees are encouraged to wear red.

The event will include free haircuts, face painting, story time for the kids, balloon animals, a candle lighting ceremony, and more.

 Help is also needed by those who can conduct drives to collect new baby items, toiletries, cleaning supplies, and non-perishable foods. Sponsorship opportunities are also available, which include opportunities for information tables at the event, as well as your company logo on the Vigil t-shirts.

For more information on the event and to receive a kit to conduct a drive, please email or call 631-464-4314. You can also visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website for more information

Mastic Beach Village Comprehensive Plan Public Workshop

The Village of Mastic Beach invites the public to attend the first public meeting for the Village’s developing comprehensive plan for a visioning workshop.

The purpose of the public meeting will be to incorporate all community stakeholders’ input in terms of goals and aspirations for the Village’s future  land use, utility, redevelopment, housing, resilience, and tourism.

The public meeting will be held on Saturday, April 23rd from 10am-4pm at William Paca Jr. High School, 338 Blanco Drive Mastic Beach.  For more information, please call (631)241-0242, or feel free to email.

Help Wanted

1010 Wins & Cannon Grant Opportunity for Small Business

Businesses on Long Island have the opportunity to turn their creative business idea into a reality with help from 1010 WINS with the 1010 WINS - Canon Maxify Printers Small Business Grant Challenge, and win $10,000. Judges will be looking for a plan that meets the following criteria:

A convincing plan that is compelling, thorough, and well written; a clear need and use for the $10,000 award; the positive impact the business has on the community.

A maximum of 10 selected qualifying Contestants will have a chance to step on stage and give a :90 second "elevator pitch" followed by 3 ½ minutes of questions from the judges on Thursday, April 7, from 4pm to 7pm at the Adorama Live Performance Space at 1010 WINS.

Small Businesses with up to 100 employees throughout the 1010 WINS listening area in the New York Metropolitan Area can enter this contest. The deadline for submission is Saturday, March 27th. You can click here for more details and to apply.

HUD Announces HOPE VI Main Street Grant

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has opened up application opportunities for the HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.

The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or “Main Street” area by replacing unused, obsolete, commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The obsolete building space property may be publicly or privately owned. The objectives of the program are to: Redevelop central business districts (Main Street areas); Preserve Historic or traditional Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units; Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and provide affordable housing in Main Street areas. Main Street grant funds can be used to build new affordable housing or reconfigure obsolete or surplus commercial space (or extremely substandard, vacant housing) into affordable housing units. 

There is one award expected to be given for this grant opportunity, with a total amount of up to $500,000 available for eligible projects. To see all of the requirements and restrictions, and to apply, please click here. The application deadline is April 12th, 2016.

TIGER Grant Application Period Now Open

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects across the country under an eighth round of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program. 

TIGER discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area, or a region. 

To date, TIGER has provided nearly $4.6 billion to 381 projects. The demand is of course high; during the first seven TIGER funding rounds, over 6,700 applications requesting $134 billion were submitted.

Applications are due by April 29th, 2016. For more information about the program and to view projects that have been awarded in the past, click here

2016 Preserve New York Grant Program

The Preservation League of New York State is seeking applications for the 2016 Preserve New York Grant Program. This program provides support to identify, document and preserve New York’s cultural and historic buildings, structures and landscapes. Specifically, this opportunity funds historic structure reports, cultural landscape reports, building condition reports and cultural resource surveys. Preference will be shown to projects that advance the neighborhoods and downtowns that qualify for the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit program, continue the use of historic buildings for cultural, interpretive and artistic purposes, and identify and preserve architecture and landscapes designed after World War II. Projects must be discussed with League Preservation staff before receiving an application. Applications are not available online.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and units of local government are eligible to apply. Groups may apply for site-specific reports only if they own the site or have at least a six-year lease by the application deadline.

Funding: Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $15,000.

Deadline: April 11, 2016

Contact: Frances Gubler Phone: (518)462-5658 ext. 10 Email: Website:

Help Wanted

Deepwater Wind is Hiring for 3 Positions

Deepwater Wind is proud to be America’s leading offshore wind developer. The company’s path breaking Block Island Wind Farm will be first in the nation. Led by a veteran management team with experience in developing complex energy projects worldwide, Deepwater Wind is making offshore wind in America a reality- and is now hiring.

Deepwater Wind now has three positions open; Electrical Engineer (New Providence, RI), Logistical Hub Dispatcher (Port of Providence at the Block Island Wind Farm logistics hub), and Marine Coordinator (various locations). Various work schedules are needed.

You can view all of the job opportunities, requirements, and see information to apply by clicking here  

LIRPC Positions Available

The Long Island Regional Planning Council is hiring for the positions noted below:

Council’s Executive Director:

Responsibilities of the Position include:  serving as the full-time operational manager of the Council, including management of Council staff and Council finances, scheduling of regular Council meetings; preparation of board reports and meeting minutes, representing the Council at various external meetings involving regional issues; responding to requests from County officials, Council members and media and interacting on a regular basis with various governmental, business, institutional, educational, environmental, advocacy, groups and various other stakeholders on issues affecting Long Island’s sustainability and quality of life for all Long Islanders.

Program Manager:

The Long Island Regional Planning Council (“the LIRPC”) in cooperation and association with the New York State Department of Environment Conservation (“DEC”) has embarked upon the development of a LINAP in order to protect Long Island’s ground and surface waters from further contamination and degradation from the discharge of nitrogen-containing compounds and the associated environmental and economic impacts that result from such pollution.

In order to accomplish the goals of the LINAP, the LIRPC and DEC desire to retain the part-time services of a Program Manager for the development of such plan.

For more information visit LIRPC

Help Wanted - Southampton Town Planner

The Town of Southampton is seeking a professional planner in the Current Planning Division of the Department of Land Management.

Duties include but are not limited to review subdivision, site plan and special exception use applications; prepare staff reports to Planning Board; make presentations to Boards/Officials, respond to inquiries relating to planning/zoning; supervise planners in data collection and analysis, problem identification and program development; may act as a liaison with department heads in related agencies for planning/program development. Qualified candidate must have knowledge and experience in GIS, SEQRA/environmental impact statements, zoning and Master Plan process and site design. Supervise/review work of clerical, technical/professional personnel in various planning studies. Additional experience and qualifications are needed.

Minimum qualifications for this position are: graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Planning, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Political Science, Economics, Geography, Environmental Studies, Civil Engineering, or a related field, and four (4) years of experience in the field of community or regional planning; or graduation from a New York State or regionally accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree and five (5) years of experience in community or regional planning. The annual salary is $74,261.00.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, salary history and work related references to: Town of Southampton, Human Resources, 116 Hampton Road, Southampton, NY 11968. Fax 631-287-5721 or e-mail Applications are due by April 29, 2016

SunPower Seeking Customer Experience Representative

SunPower by EmPower Solar is seeking a motivated individual looking for an exciting position in the growing solar power industry. They are looking for a talented, driven, hard-working, friendly, outgoing, awesome Customer Experience Representative to work at the front desk of their brand new solar design center in Island Park.

CX Representatives are responsible for initial client intake, appointment setting, and general office management and administrative items. They are also responsible for ensuring that our solar design center is welcoming and visitors have a great first impression.

The position is full-time with flexible hours. Vacation + benefits included. Salary (~$45,000) will commensurate with experience. You can view a full job description here, and email a resume and cover letter to with the subject “Customer Experience Representative”.

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

cinema arts centre
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

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


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is 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.

Solar Village Produces 4 Times More Energy Than It Consumes

“After architect, Rolf Disch, built the Heliotrope (the first building in the world to capture more energy than it uses) he set his sights higher.

“He successfully created a retail, commercial and residential space called Sonnenschiff, translating to “Solar Ship,” that was energy net-positive in 2004. The building was a hit, and over the following years 60 more residential buildings have been constructed surrounding the solar ship, all with energy positive electrical systems. Today the village, dubbed Solarsiedlung (Solar Village), is producing 4x more energy than it consumes.

“Solarsiedlung is located in Freiburg, Germany, which is known as the ecological capital of the country. It is the home of Europe’s largest solar research center.”

You can check out the Solar Ship and Solar City here

Smart Talk

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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