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Mar. 22-28, 2015

Regional Updates

D&F Development Group


The D&F Group is proud to be among New York’s premier developers of affordable family and senior housing, working closely with a wide array of forprofit and not-for-profit partners. Yet, our diversity and scope of background enable us to provide comprehensive services relating not only to affordable housing but to all segments of the real estate marketplace. Furthermore, our versatility means we can handle all aspects of a project from inception to finalization. Or, depending on the specific project, we can provide any one or more of the individual areas of real estate services we offer. that our members have shown us through the years.

“We cannot reach our economic potential, we cannot build a prosperous future if we are not a region that can attract the high-knowledge, high-skill workers necessary to build an innovation economy... Suffolk County has vibrant downtowns which are improving and have so much untapped potential. With the Connect Long Island plan, we can leverage all of these resources and enhance what is so great about our communities to build a sustainable, stronger, even better Suffolk County."

County Executive Steve Bellone

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County Executive Steve Bellone Says "The Best is Yet to Come"

On Thursday night, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivered the 2015 State of the County Address concentrating on downtowns, transportation, and sewers as a way to help retain our young professionals on Long Island.  But the county can’t do it all, he explained, calling on the state to provide additional funding.  "Suffolk County is home to some of the greatest research institutions in the world, including Suffolk County Community College, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and we are home to some of the best educated populations thanks to our excellent public schools" said County Executive Bellone.

"We cannot reach our economic potential, we cannot build a prosperous future if we are not a region that can attract the high-knowledge, high-skill workers necessary to build an innovation economy," said Bellone.

Bellone called on the state to assist with funding transportation project that will improve connectivity to job sites like Stony Brook, Brookhaven National Laboratory, and downtowns suggesting the funds come out of the $5 billion settlement the state has received. The county executive spent quite a bit of his speech talking about Connet Long Island focusing on downtowns and their importance to retaining the millennial generation.  Those who are leaving are looking for areas like the NYC or others cities where they can find affordable housing and high paying jobs.   Connect Long Island would help to increase by linking the 3 main east/west LIRR lines with a north/south bus rapid transi system. "Suffolk County has vibrant downtowns which are improving and have so much untapped potential. With the Connect Long Island plan, we can leverage all of these resources and enhance what is so great about our communities to build a sustainable, stronger, even better Suffolk County."Vision board  and staff were in attendance to hear the county executive as he acknowledged Vision Long Island . Many of the items he discussed in his plan are in line with Smart Growth principals and have been advocated for by the Long Island Lobby Coalition in both Albany and DC.   

In his speech, he referenced the 3 major challenges he plans to tackle which are government reform, water quality, and economic development.  However, he was optimistic about the future as the county is in better fiscal shape. “It’s time to invest in infrastructure improvements” he said. Bellone did say that he plans to hold off on the Yaphank jail expansion, saving the tax payers   $300 million over the next 20 years.  Also, He’s keep taxes below the tax cap.  Bellone said, "Suffolk County is making smarter decisions to protect taxpayers, saving hundreds of millions by not building a new jail, so that we can continue to deliver balanced budgets under the tax cap."

Some of the things he highlighted were the Reclaim Our Water initiative which helped bring in $383 mill that will go towards clean water initiatives.  He noted that there are more sceptic systems in Suffolk County that in the state of New Jersey. The county is now testing for different systems for 4 different companies to see what would work best for the county. "Suffolk County is home to some of our nation’s greatest environmental treasures, from our beaches to our parks to our wine country. We are taking the actions needed to ensure that we ‪#‎ReclaimOurWater‬.", he said.

He also thanks the men and women of the SCPD and recognized with the special acknowledgement to the officer who was shot last week. "Suffolk County is one of the safest counties in the nation and our dedicated police officers have reduced crime even further through initiatives like Intelligence-Led Policing and focusing on pattern crimes. We are served by heroes like Officer Collins and Detective Guerrero of the Suffolk County Police Department."

Vision members were in attendance to hear the county executive and were happy he acknowledged our work in his speech.  Many of the items he discussed in his plan are in synch with advancing Smart Growth projects and the efforts of the Long Island Lobby Coalition in both Albany and DC.   

He ended saying, “The best days for Suffolk County are yet to come”.

For more on this story, visit Fios1 News, News12 or Newsday.

Fighting for Long Island's Fair Share from Albany

Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a $141.6 billion budget in January. Now the state legislature is hashing out the details before the April 1 deadline.

But when Albany finally unveils the finished product, Long Island could seriously benefit from key funding.

New York State has an extra $5 billion one-shot obtained through settlements with banks in enforcement actions. Cuomo proposed building two parking garages on Long Island, but an ocean outfall pipe at Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant would be a part of a better solution. The $500-million project would revive the bays of southern Nassau County and be the final touch to Superstorm Sandy repairs.

Reynolds Channel and nearby bays don’t flush – pull in different water – very often. Scientific studies provided data that shows the channel acts like a toilet bowl. Meanwhile, the treated wastewater, while not toxic, contains higher levels of nitrogen that spawns excessive amounts of seaweed and prevents marine life and saltwater marshes from flourishing.

Advocates had long called for FEMA to foot the bill as part of their multi-million Sandy recovery plan, although those funds never materialized.

The 2015 budget should include relief for taxpayers from the Long Island Power Authority. LIPA has more than $7 billion of debt, which includes $799 million of new debt earlier this year. Rate relief has not transpired, with PSEG-LI increasing rates despite LIPA promises of no change for three years.

Earlier this month the Long Island Lobby Coalition, representing 75 diverse LI organizations, went to Albany to fight for Long Island’s fair share of infrastructure funding.  The group proposed several key projects and infrastructure investments that could would generate  an increase in economic development and storm resiliency.   Funding for the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant was one of this top items.  PSEG rate increases also remained on the group’s agenda denoting that it not only contributes to the high cost of living on Long Island but it  also impacts many small businesses already struggling. 

Check out this opinion piece in Newsday (subscription required) for more.

Walmart Agrees To Pay $7k Fine For Worker’s Death

Walmart, one of the world’s largest companies and owned by the Walton family, is finally accepting blame for the death of a Long Island employee.

The retailer last week abandoned an appeal of a $7,000 fine over the 2008 death of Jdimytai Damour, only after legal costs exceeded $1 million. Walmart pulled in nearly half a trillion in revenue through fiscal year 2015.

“Change comes when those monopolizing power can no longer withstand the power of the people! Workers and allies have hammered Walmart on their poverty wages, unfair employment practices and unsafe working conditions, and we are winning,” Long Island Jobs With Justice Executive Director Anita Halasz said.

Damour was working Black Friday when a stampeding crowd crushed the 34-year-old. He was trying to hold the crowd back when the glass door failed at the Valley Stream store and he was trampled. Damour had only spent a week on the job after being hired through a temp agency.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated, opting to cite the massive retailer in 2009. “Reasonable and effective crowd-management principles were not implemented,” the federal agency said and issued the maximum $7,000 fine.

Walmart appealed, but an administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission upheld both the citation and fine in 2011. The retailer appealed again, which was recently dropped. Walmart spokesman Mike Hargrove did not want the matter to drag on, even if they disagree with the decision.

"We maintain our position that the citation from OSHA should not have been issued, because it imposed standards that did not exist and were unknown to the retail industry at the time of the incident," Hargrove said. "With the likelihood that this would not conclude for a long time, we decided to put it behind us and withdraw the appeal."

Walmart settled with Nassau County for nearly $2 million back in 2009 to avoid criminal prosecution. The decision to drop the appeal comes in the wake of an announcement earlier this year to raise employee hourly wages to $9 next month and $10 by next February.

Walmart was a recieept of Vision's first Dumb Growth Award in 2005 for its negative impact in downtowns areas. Community leaders and small businesses have fought and successfully repelled new proposald for walmarts in Rocky Point and East patchogue with VIsion Long Island support.

For more information, click here.

Great Neck Plaza Recieves $838,000 Grant

Great Neck Plaza Mayor and multiple Smart Growth Award winner Jean Celender has secured an important grant for upgrade of her downtown business district. $838,000 has been awarded by the state DOT’s Transportation Enhancement Program, providing a majority of funding needed by the Village for the project, which is anticipated to begin next spring.

In recognition that transportation systems are influenced and impacted by more than the condition of the traditional highway and bridge infrastructure, this program enables funding for transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance. Great Neck Plaza is one of four Long Island municipalities to receive the award, which contributes 80% of project costs. The Villages of Freeport and Port Jefferson also received over $1 million in funding a piece, and the Town of Islip received over $1.6 million for the Bay Shore Corridor Project.

The TEP program, which began 10 years ago, is designed to help assist local governments make downtowns more walkable, bike and pedestrian friendly to give more choices that balanced and increase safe foot traffic. Great Neck Plaza formally adopted Complete Streets as a policy in 2012, and continues to work towards a more balanced transportation plan.

You can read more about the TEP program in Newsday and on the DOT website.

Town of Brookhaven Pushes for Contamination Clean Up at Brookhaven Rail

Although it has been several years since the purchase of the Yaphank site, the Brookhaven Rail Terminal has yet to clean up of any contaminates on it.   The Town of Brookhaven is now taking further action to push for the cleanup before the containments can leach into the aquifer below or spread further throughout the site. The Town has asked that at minimum, the site be covered to protect it from elements that may cause leaching. 
The town expressed their concern in recent filings that if the contaminates remain uncovered, rain could cause lead, zinc and other substances to leach into the soil and contaminate the supply of drinking water underneath the site.

While they have halt shipments of "used oil", the Brookhaven Rail terminal has taken no other action to clean up the site. They claim that these contaminates were on the property at the time of purchase and that a federal court order by U.S. Magistrate Judge Gary R. Brown prevents them from being able to do anything to remove them.  In addition, the Brookhaven Rail Terminal notes that because they are a railroad operation, they are not restricted by the local environmental and zoning laws. The U.S. Surface Transportation Board has yet make a decision.

Both sides recognize that a settlement seems unlikely and have asked Judge Brown to schedule a court date as both sides have submitted letters to the judge stating their position.  In a letter from a town attorney, he writes that in a recent report, it was concludes that any further delay in the removal and proper disposal of the historic fill may result in contamination of Long Island's Sole Source drinking water aquifer." An attorney for the Brookhaven Rail Terminal said in his correspondence that they would consider any offer by the town to allow a modification of Judge Brown's order so it could take action on the fill.

It is difficult to advance large scale infrastructure on Long Island.  The adverse environmental impact brought on by this project make it even more difficult to build public support.  A rail freight system is needed on Long Island and the hope is that this project does not deteriorate public opinion towards this form of transportation.

 For more information on this story, visit Newsday.

Pedestrians Deaths Remain A Top Priority For Cities

Fewer people are dying on American roads, but pedestrians are still very much at risk.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,719 people were killed in traffic-related deaths in 2013. That’s a 3.1-percent drop from 2012 and continues a downward trend from several years prior.

However, pedestrians accounted for 4,735 of those fatalities. It’s a slight decline from 2012, but continues the overall upward trend, highlighted by a 15 percent increase over 2009 figures.

The World Health Organization reported over the past summer that pedestrians comprise 22 percent of 1.24 million traffic fatalities around the globe every year. A National Complete Streets Coalition report found pedestrians crossing the street were 16 times more likely to be killed than by a natural disaster.

New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and other cities have seen the writing on the wall and are taking proactive steps to protect everyone on the road. In 2014, the U.S. Department of Transportation chipped in $1.6 million to promote pedestrian safety. But Ed Reiskin, president of the National Association of City Transportation Officials, said most roads were designed to move and store cars and trucks.

“Many of our city streets were not really designed with pedestrians in mind,” Reiskin said.

In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio campaigned hard with Vision Zero before taking office in 2014. With origins in Sweden, Vision Zero is a traffic philosophy with the end goal of eliminating all traffic-related fatalities by emphasizing safety over speed.

The mayor wants no fewer than 50 dangerous corridors and intersections renovated every year; that includes installing dedicated bicycle lanes, widening sidewalks and narrowing excessively-wide streets. The plan also called for creation of 20 MPH “Slow Zones” through residential neighborhoods, more enforcement of speeding violations and for Albany to yield control over speed and red light cameras to New York City.

Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles have also set a goal to eliminate traffic deaths. Chicago is employing audible timers for crosswalks, concrete bumpouts, and speed humps, while San Francisco voters approved spending $500 million in November to overhaul dangerous roads. The other California city is giving pedestrians a head start at crosswalks and plans to paint crosswalks more visibly in the near future.

Back in the Tri-State area, the Tri-State Transportation Campaign releases their annual Most Dangerous Roads Report. Since Tri-State began their annual analysis in 2008, Jericho Turnpike has consistently sat among the most dangerous roads. But after being tied for second, it clinched the dubious title in February 2014. US-130 in New Jersey jumped up to tie Hempstead Turnpike for second this year.

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.

Participating Orgaizarions:

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  Sponsorships available.

Talking Renewable Energy For Long Island

Mark your calendar now to be at the Tilles Center at LIU Post on April 13.

Deepwater Wind’s Clint Plummer will join the University of Deleware’s Stephanie McClellan in “Solar & Offshore Wind: Can Renewable Energy Work For Long Island.”

The evening will include a series of presentations and panels with industry, policy and academic experts. Plummer is the vice president of development and part of the team behind the proposed Montauk wind farm. McClellan is the director of Special Initiative on Offshore Wind.

For the complete itinerary, including a full list of speakers, contact LIU Post at 516-299-2233.

Long Island Business Council's Next Meeting on April 16th!

The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards our downtowns. They take our message to Albany and Washington as part of the Long Island Lobby Coalition and other regional initiatives.

On Thursday, April 16th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will include a fiscal update on both state and local issues by New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, and Suffolk County Comptroller John Kennedy.

Hon. Tom DiNapoli
New York State Comptroller

Hon. George Maragos
Nassau County Comptroller

Hon. John Kennedy
Suffolk County Comptroller

Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

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

Sustainable Living Film Series - A Fierce Green Fire - April 23

You are cordially invited to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the documentary A Fierce Green Fire.

Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like Edward O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future – and succeeding against all odds.

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. Directed and written by Mark Kitchell, Academy Award-nominated director of Berkeley in the Sixties, and narrated by Robert Redford, Ashley Judd, Van Jones, Isabel Allende and Meryl Streep, the film premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2012, has won acclaim at festivals around the world.

Vegan buffet, beverages,and popcorn!

Date:Thursday, April 23, 2015
6:00pm - 9:30pm
6:00 - 7:00  dinner
7:15 - program begins
Molloy College Suffolk Center, Farmingdale NY.
Click here for directions.


If your organization would like to partner on an upcoming screening, call 516.323.4510.

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management 

The St. Joseph’s College Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Management, and the Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association invite you to attend the:


Friday, April 24, 2015 • 8-10 a.m.
McGann Conference Center, O’Connor Hall
Long Island Campus
155 West Roe Boulevard
Patchogue, NY 11772


Ken Walles
East Coast Management Ltd.
Oceanside Beach Resort, Montauk

Don Monti
Renaissance Downtowns

Rob Salvatico
Jaral Properties

Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci
Member of the NYS Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Development

Mike Johnston
Principal, Concorde Hotel Group
President, Long Island Hospitality and Leisure Association

Mike Johnston has more than 30 years of hotel and hospitality industry experience, including numerous positions in corporate management, operations and human resources. He has served as general manager at city, suburban and airport locations, and has been personally involved in numerous hotel openings, acquisitions and repositionings.

Johnston possesses extensive knowledge in all aspects of the hospitality industry. As past president of the Long Island Hotel & Lodging Association and current chair of the board of directors for the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau, Johnston is a recognized leader within the industry with a long track record of success. The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association recognized Johnston as Hotel Executive of the Year in 2009. Johnston is also a professor at Nassau Community College, teaching hospitality and tourism.

In addition to his wide range of industry experience, Johnston has spearheaded numerous charitable events in an effort to give back to the community and sits on numerous local and regional industry advisory boards.

This event is free and open to the public.
For more information or to RSVP, contact 631.687.1285 or

Contractors: Build Your Understanding Of Accessible Housing For Free

Don’t wait to sign up for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s free training next month.

The Touro Law Center in Central Islip will host one of 26 training sessions across the country on April 24.

Participants will be trained in Fair Housing Accessibility FIRST program. The event will
provide an overview of Fair Housing law and great information/resources will be made available geared toward government service providers, advocates, housing developers, architects, attorneys, contractors, grantees and sub-grantees.

The Central Islip session is sponsored by Long Island Housing Services and the Suffolk County Disabilities Advisory Board.

However, online registration is expected to close in early April.

Social Justice Leadership Awards Dinner

Honoring Journalist Robert Keeler, Legislator Michelle Schimel, & Activist David Sprintzen for their lifelong dedication to the betterment of humankind. Each has made significant contributions in the areas of justice, human rights, and humanitarian causes. Their work reflects the values that Ethical Humanists cherish, including the fervent desire for peace among nations, the recognition of the dignity and worth of each individual, and the obligation of each of us to work for societal change.

Contact or the Ethical Society office at 516-741-7304 for more information or to purchase tickets.

Celebrate LI’s Women At 10th Annual Latina Hat Luncheon

Join the ladies of the Long Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as they honor women making a difference on the island.

Scheduled for May 15 at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, the 10th annual Latina Hat Luncheon is an annual ceremony to commemorate exceptional business women, community advocates and inspirational role models.

The event also provides an opportunity for networking and business exposure.

Nassau County First Lady Linda Mangano will serve as mistress of ceremonies and PIX 11 News’ Lisa Mateo will provide the keynote speech.

For more information or to attend, visit their website or call 516-333-0105. Tickets must be purchased no later than May 1.



Apply Now For Realtor Placemaking Grants

The National Association of Realtors calls it placemaking, but creating parts of community that are safe, inviting and accessible is definitely Smart Growth. They consider Placemaking smaller, cheaper projects than traditional Smart Growth while still improving the community.

The association is accepting applications for their Placemaking Initiative. Every year they bestow two grants valued between $500-$2,500 to support such projects.

Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis and require a current photo of the proposed place.

Visit their website or contact Holly Moskerintz for more information.

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 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:

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website or call 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

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.

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:
No shows this weekend

Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

Current exhibit: Growing Up in Sea Cliff

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here



Special Friday Fingers Metal Shop Live!- Biohazard, Sworn Enemy, Zire’s War & more
Fri March 27th 8PM
Paris NY Rejects Party- DJ Slave
Sat March 28th 9:30PM
Mephiskapheles- The Shipwrecks, Samurai Pizza Cats, Flak Jackets & more
Sun March 29th 6:30PM

Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Karla Bonoff
Fri March 27th 8PM

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
12th Annual Student Film Competition Screening & Awards Ceremony
Sun March 22nd 5PM

Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
The Get Up Kids
Sat March 28th 7:30PM
Sleep When I Die Tour- New Found Glory, Turnstile, The Wild Life & Turnover
Sun March 29th 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 “Ferdinand Richardt’s Niagara”, which examines one of America’s most popular tourist sites and Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum
Opening Reception & Awards Ceremony- Long Island’s Best
Sat March 28th 5:30PM

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

Shower- Sunday Schmooze
Sun March 29th 10AM
Long Island Food and Film Feast
Sun March 29th 6:30PM


Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
A Chorus Line
Fri March 27th 8PM
Sat March 28th 3PM & 8PM
Sun March 29th 2PM

Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue45 RPM, Empty Sky (Elton John Tribute)
Fri March 27 7:30PM
Tributes- Tribute bands to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden
Sat March 28 7:30PM
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
The Crystals & Shirley Alston Reeves- “Up Close & Personal”
Sun March 29th 3PM

Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium

9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Mike Delguidice & Big Shot- Billy Joel Tribute
Fri March 27th 10PM
Saturday Night Dance Party- DJ Loki with Fotsbeats
Sat March 28th 10PM
Back to the 80’s- Big Hair Hairdresser’s Ball w/ Smooth City
Sun March 29th 7:30PM
Tickets and more information available here

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

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Multiple dates and showtimes this weekend

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Not Garth- The Ultimate Garth Brooks Tribute
Fri March 27th 8PM
70’s Funk- Earth Wind & Fire Tribute
Sat March 28th 8PM

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 w/Nancy Atlas
Fri March 27th 8PM
Get Down With Dawnette: A Classic Variety Show
Sat March 28th 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 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 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.


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