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March 27th - April 2nd, 2016

Regional Updates

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“We can design fatalities out of the system” -Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, Planning and Management for NY City’s Department of Transportation delivering a keynote address at the LI Complete Streets Summit.  Russo highlighted many of the successes of the 2 year program, with hopes that some of the best practices could be implemented as Long Island moves ahead with its own Complete Streets programs.

"I was delighted to be part of the Complete Streets Summit. It's a great opportunity to learn about projects going on Island-wide, and to share what we're doing locally to make our communities safer, more fun, and welcoming for smart economic development." - Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran

"When local officials and government planners come together with advocates, community groups, and the private sector, safety is the winner. AAA looks forward to continuing to work with all these parties to make Long Island's roads less dangerous for all" - Alec Slatky, AAA Northeast

"Long Island's annual Complete Street Summit is the perfect forum to get inspiration and ideas. There were many inspiring and practical ideas shared by NYCDOT about Vision Zero and by some of Long Island's towns and villages that can transform Long Island's dangerous road arterials into vibrant, safe corridors. Long Island residents, workers and visitors want places they can get to on bike, transit and their own two feet. I am encouraged to see the progress each year and the growing interest in Complete Streets on Long Island"- Veronica Vanterpool, Tri-State Transportation Campaign

""As a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Bicycling Coalition, and as an attorney who represents crash victims, I was honored to be able to present to the Summit on NYBC’s vision of safer streets for Long Island cyclists”. “We are extremely excited about our efforts to amend NY’s safe passing law to bring it up to speed with the National trend of requiring motorists to pass a cyclists with at least 3 feet”. I was glad to see that the attendees were supportive of our initiatives and eager to make Long Island a safer and better cycling region”. - Daniel Flanzig, NY Bicycling Coalition

“Still photographs and renderings offer a particular view of a proposed project.  However, what if you could immerse yourself in the proposed concept and walk and drive along the streets of your community to see what the future may offer?  By combining engineering with the power of gaming, GPI offers this invaluable opportunity to community stakeholders, public officials, business owners and other interested parties, to see tomorrow, today.” - Jim Bazata, Greenman Pedersen

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Long Island Complete Streets Coalition Hosts Annual Summit

The 4th Annual Long Island Complete Streets Summit was held this week at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, once again bringing together transportation experts, advocates, elected officials, engineers, and community leaders to the table to discuss projects in the works and what can be done to make safer streets for all who use them.

The Summit was kicked off by Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool, who discussed some of the ongoing needs of the region with a panel discussing Complete Streets Tools, Best Practices and Funding. The collective push to have dedicated funding for Complete Streets projects to the tune of $20 million in the state budget was explained, which is now closer to reality. Recently, the NY State Assembly was favorable towards including that in this year’s budget, which would give communities desperately needed funding to allow projects to come to fruition, and leverage other grant funding. Vanterpool explained that since the passing of Complete Streets by the state in 2011, no dedicated funding towards projects has been made available. Vanterpool also mentioned the upcoming Most Dangerous Roads for Walking report will be released next week.   The last report names Route 25 in Suffolk the most dangerous road for walking, with 20 deaths in a three-year period.

Alec Slatky, Legislative and Community Relations Representative at AAA Northeast, discussed his advocacy efforts, and is as committed as ever to working towards having safe streets for motorists as well as those who use the roads as pedestrians and bicyclists. Slatky was able to provide more of a perspective from the drivers’ point of view, which is valuable and needs to be taken in account with any Complete Streets projects since 86% of commuters use personal vehicles or carpools as their primary means of transportation. 

New York Bicycle Coalition’s Daniel Flanzig spoke about their numerous advocacy efforts. Recently, Flanzig presented at Suffolk County Police Department’s Bike and Pedestrian Law Enforcement Training, where he had the opportunity to not only witness the education of law enforcement on shared responsibility between pedestrians and drivers, but to share knowledge. In Suffolk, more than 40 percent of the 142 traffic fatalities last year involved pedestrians and bicyclists; the training aimed to reduce that number.  Flanzig also spoke of the hopes to adopt a common-sense 3 foot safe passing law, which would require every person who is driving a motor vehicle to pass those biking with a minimum of three feet of space. Currently, New York State does have a safe passing law with no distance requirements, making it hard to enforce and open to interpretation. In the Bike and Pedestrian Law Enforcement Training with Suffolk County, Flanzig noticed that officers were not aware of the current safe passing law that is on the books.

Closing out the session concerning Complete Streets Tools, Best Practices, and Funding was James Bazata of Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., who introduced a revolutionary program to help design Complete Streets projects. The virtual reality simulation modeling tool models streets before a project, and allows people to visualize what a project may look like after development in real-time, like a video game.   These models also serve as a baseline to evaluate the effectiveness of recommended solutions, and can assist with public outreach in a cost-effective, unique way, giving perspective from the drivers’ point of view as well as pedestrians. 

The Keynote address was delivered by Ryan Russo, Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, Planning and Management for NY City’s Department of Transportation. Russo highlighted many of the successes of the 2 year program, with hopes that some of the best practices could be implemented as Long Island moves ahead with Complete Streets programs, saying that “we can design fatalities out of the system”.

Through engineer initiatives including lane narrowing, adding bicycle paths, shorting pedestrian crossing distances, and adding speed bumps, areas such as Queens Boulevard-  known by many as the “Boulevard of Death” have begun the transformation into a safe and livable corridor for walking, cycling, and driving. 

Enforcement has also been stepped up, with speed camera installation in key areas, enhanced enforcement of the “Right of Way” law, and a heavy focus on motorcycle safety, making 2015 the safest year for motorcycles in over a decade. Expansion of speed camera utilization will be advocated for this year, with the aim of reducing collisions and injuries even further. Although speed cameras can be unpopular to those who receive summonses, NYC does not charge administration fees on tickets, and points are not levied on licenses as they would be through more costly traditional enforcement measures. 

The City has also increased the education and public engagement of the causes of fatal crashes. By engaging the public through Street Teams, increasing education of TLC drivers, and executing successful media campaigns, the City continued to augment its efforts to make streets safer. In 2016, there will be increased focus on improving safety for older adults through targeted initiatives to combat.

The impacts of Vision Zero’s efforts have resulted in the fewest traffic deaths in any year since 2015, and the second year of decreases in fatalities since Vision Zero was launched, with about 20% fewer traffic-related fatalities in 2015 when compared to the past 15 year’s average. Those killed or severely injured is also significantly down, with over 500 fewer incidents in 2014 compared to pre-Vision Zero, cutting the amount of incidents nearly in half when compared to the year 2000. Additionally, the year 2015 was the safest year for New Yorkers while walking in the City’s history, with the City looking towards continuing the focus on reducing failure to yield crashes and deterring speeding to reduce the amount of incidents further. 

Case Examples and progress reports on Long Island were discussed, with elected officials speaking of progress and hopes for the future. Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran spoke about the Baldwin, Grand Avenue’s progress on a 1.4 mile stretch between Stanton Avenue and Merrick Road. Part of the plan includes signalized left-turn lanes at Seaman Avenue and St. Luke’s place to reduce bottlenecks, bump-outs at some crossings, enhanced crosswalks, and signal timing adjustments to make it safer to drive, walk, and shop. A road diet between Merrick Road and Sunrise Highway is also planned, which is the most controversial aspect of the improvement, but has helped other areas with higher traffic volumes. The federal grants that were received to commission the study will catalyze, support, and compliment private investment, give safer access for all users of the roadway, and help stabilize the communities through smart growth.

The Village of Freeport’s Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez spoke about revitalization efforts of North Main Street, aiming to streetscape the corridor north of the busy LIRR train station, bringing economic opportunity to the area. Freeport hosts multiple downtown areas, with North Main Street being targeted for revitalization by working with the township and county in a collaborative effort. 

The Village of Great Neck Plaza’s Mayor Jean Celender gave an overview of their past history of traffic calming projects, as well as the Shorewood Drive/Welwyn Road Pedestrian and Bicyclist Enhancements. The million dollar project, mostly funded through NYS Department of Transportation via federal funding, aims to alleviate congestion by the post office, a National Historic Register designated building. The high-density village, with a population of 7,000 in just 1/3 of a square mile, hopes to increase access for all modes of transportation in the area for users of all ages with sharrow bike lane markings, safer elevated crosswalks, an additional roundabout, and a safer zone for the NICE bus to drop off and pick up riders. 

Councilman Steve Flotteron of Islip Township discussed several projects in the area, highlighting the need to provide walkable and bicycle access from the Sayville LIRR station to the ferry service approximately 3000 feet away, which services several Fire Island destinations with tens of thousands of visitors annually, while giving access to the many parks south of Main Street. Always thinking outside of the box, Councilman Flotteron also spoke of the desire for additional bicycle access for along the parkways system, which could link destinations west to Long Beach and through Long Island’s mainland. 

Overviews of regional projects, such as Heartland Town Square and the Ronkonkoma Hub were presented by Patrick Lenihan of VHB, saying that form-based codes and zoning will help the projects move ahead in ways that will help promote Complete Streets policies. Representatives from Long Beach and North Hempstead also gave updates on grants received, speed reductions, and projects that will involve inter-municipal cooperation to move forward. 

Vision’s Director Eric Alexander pointed to the progress for Complete Streets highlighting the seven Towns that have passed legislation, two Counties and smaller villages and cities. “The good news is that over 40 traffic calming and pedestrian and bike projects are completed or underway along with robust community support. The bad news is that it is unclear the NYS DOT's implementation of the Complete Streets law and Nassau and Suffolk County have limited resources to advance these types of projects. Many local Town's and Villages desire these road design changes but the tax cap limits reinvestment in roadway infrastructure.”

Special thanks to Summit sponsors AARP, GPI, VHB, Wendel, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and the Sustainability Institute at Molloy for hosting. 

NYS Senator Jack Martins Urges Albany to Pass $100M in Dedicated Pedestrian/Bike Funding

Local advocates and stakeholders are praising New York State Senator Jack Martins for his public call to provide $20M in funding each year over the next five years for improvements to pedestrian and bike infrastructure.

Senator Martins was joined by four other Majority Senators: Martin Golden of Brooklyn, Rich Funke of Monroe, Terrence Murphy of Westchester, and John Bonacic of Orange.  Together they reached out directly to Majority Leader Senator Flangan of East Northport to support the earmarked funds during the current round of budget negotiations.  The Assembly had included the $20M for the 2016-17 budget cycle in their proposal.  Senator Flanagan has been leading the negotiations on behalf of Senate along with Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Governor Cuomo.

“By making this additional $20 million annual investment in bicycling and walking infrastructure, we will improve safety, help stimulate local economies, address challenges posed by climate change, and give New Yorkers access to healthy, low-cost transportation options to improve quality of life for the residents of our state,” Senator Jack Martins wrote in a letter to Senator Flanagan.

The funds have long been a goal of the AARP and the Long Island Lobby Coalition, of which Vision Long Island is a founding member.  According to a study realeased by Smart Growth America on America’s dangerous road infrastructure, NY pedestrians aged 65+ died at a rate of 4.9 per 100,000 from 2003 to 2010, more than twice the national average of 1.5 per 100,000.  The study also found that pedestrians accounted for almost a third of all traffic deaths in Nassau County and almost a quarter of those in Suffolk County.  The national average is 12.3%.

“Sadly, Long Island is home to some of the most unsafe roadways for pedestrians and bicyclists in the state with an all too regular tragic human cost. Kudos to NYS Senator Jack Martins for prioritizing funding for the safety of our local communities,” said Eric Alexander, Director of Vision Long Island

You can read a press release on this subject here.

Consultants Hired for Proposed 3rd Track Plan

After an expedited bidding process, two firms have been selected to lead a $6.9 million environmental study for the proposed LIRR third track project on between Floral Park and Hicksville. Money from the MTA’s 2005-2009 Capital Program will fund the study. This is an important step forward in this project, which is so critical to the future of Long Island residents and the region’s economy,” Cuomo said in a statement. “Earlier this year, I promised that we would engage with the community at an unprecedented level and use the environmental review process to mitigate adverse impacts on the local communities in every way possible. This project will not only improve commutes but also reduce traffic congestion and strengthen the environment by getting more Long Islanders out of their cars.”

The two firms, Gannett Fleming based in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and AECOM based inLos Angeles, California, will do preliminary engineering work, conduct and environmental review, and handle public outreach for the 9.8 mile project, estimated to cost $1 billion. Included in the plan is the elimination of seven grade crossings to make the corridor safer for drivers. Discussions have begun regarding the possible removal of the grade crossings, with about eight proposals for the Willis Avenue and Main Street crossing removal shown to Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss. The mayor said that he was not able to fully review the plans since they were taken back by engineers in fear of the plans becoming public.

Some residents and elected officials within the proposed area are still concerned about how businesses, residents, and their quality of life will be affected by the construction and end result of the project. The original plan for the project in 2008 called for a substantial amount of private property along the LIRR line to be acquired, with the new plan using the LIRR’s right of way, requiring fewer acquisitions.

Construction would be expected to take about five years on the plan. You can read more about the next step being taken to move the third track plan ahead here.

LaunchPad Ribbon Cutting for New Location in Great Neck Plaza

On Wednesday evening, Vision Long Island was out in the Village of Great Neck Plaza for the ribbon cutting of Launchpad LI's newest downtown high tech incubator. To assist startup companies on Long Island LaunchPad provides a co-working space where businesses can share resources. The space will offer desks and offices for startups to rent, with the goal of building an entrepreneurial work environment that can nurture creativity and collaboration. The Great Neck Plaza site is their third Main Street location following successful (and Smart Growth Award winning) ventures in Mineola and Huntington.

Joining Andrew Hazen, Peter Goldsmith, Paul Trapani from the Launchpad team at the ribbon cutting were some of the partners that successfully worked to move things forward including Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth and Business Development Director Kim Kaiman.  

Following the ceremonial ribbon cutting, they began their Pitch Night for the start-ups with investors in the room. As seen in their other locations, this incubator will bring in new businesses and economic growth to their main street.

Huntington Station Gateway Plaza Goes Before Zoning Board

Renaissance Downtowns, the master developer for the revitalization of Huntington Station looks to move closer to getting site plan approval for one of its components of the project, Gateway Plaza.

Engineers and planners from Renaissance Downtowns went before the Huntington Zoning Board of Appeals on Thursday to seek several variances for a three-story building which if approved, will include retail and restaurants on the first floor, and 33 studios and 33 one-bedroom units on the second and third floors.

Due to the size and some of the aspects of the project, the town was unable to approve the site plan application without zoning board approval. At the hearing, Renaissance Downtowns addressed these issues including parking, noting that it is their intent to create more walkability and shared use parking so that a smaller number of be required.  This is similar to the shared time uses seen in Huntington Village just north of the project. 

Town Supervisor Frank Petrone noted the need for the variances is a small hurdle in the grand scheme of revitalizing Huntington Station. “The need for the variances are things that can be addressed so we can get moving on the revitalization of the Station,” he said. Throughout Huntington Station, the project has gained large support as the developer and his team have continued to meet with residents and gain their input. Vision Long Island is in support of this project.

The Zoning Board closed the hearing and has 60 days to make a final decision. For more on this story, visit Newsday and news12.

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

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:

NYS Budget Call to Action:

The recently-released New York State Assembly and Senate one-house budgets offer contradicting paths for New Yorkers who walk and bike. In a win for active transportation, the Assembly included $20 million in dedicated Complete Streets funding to ensure the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists. The Governor and the Senate, however, failed to include similar provisions in their budgets.

Back in 2011, Governor Cuomo signed the Complete Streets Law. Since then, implementation has been hampered across the state without any state dollars dedicated to support projects and while federal dollars have been slashed. With only days until this year’s State Budget moves ahead, support is needed to secure the necessary funding for the safety of all who use our roads.

What can you do?

Ask your State Senator to discuss the importance of dedicated Complete Streets funding with leadership and to include $20 million for bicycle-pedestrian projects in the final budget. You can find your State Senator’s contact information here

You also can ask your family, friends, parents’ organizations and coworkers to contact state legislators by clicking here and sharing the need.

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

glen cove
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

great neck
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

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140 Merrick Road, Amityville
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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
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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
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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.

Long Island's Historic Patchogue Theatre Reopens

Many who have a awaited the completion of the Patchogue Theatre renovations can wait no more. A ribboon cutting ceremony was held on Wednesday and shows wil begin again this weekend. ocated on Main Street in Patchogue, the theatre is the heart of the downtown. Attracting visitors from across the island, the theatre helps to be an economic driver for ocal business. Local residents and theatre goers are excited to see it's return for the summer season. For more on this story, visit News12

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Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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