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April 12-18, 2014

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“Patchogue has always been a community in transition. From boat building in the 1800s, tourism in the 1900s, commercial mecca to a period of darkness to where we are today. I think people were ready to gamble on changes.” Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri


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Rewind The 2014 Complete Streets Summit With Video Recap

Miss the Complete Streets Summit earlier this month? Want to make roads safer for pedestrians and drivers?

Catch up with videos from Vision Long Island's second annual Summit. The entire conference is available here, while Vision Board member Aliesa Adelman discusses the different facets of Complete Streets here.

Come See Smart Growth In Action On Saturday, May 3

Join Vision Long Island, business leaders and local government officials and learn about actual Smart Growth projects happening on Long Island.

The first annual Smart Growth Saturday is May 3, and projects from six communities will be on display to the public. All tours gather at 11 a.m. for a brief presentation before leaving at 11:30 a.m.

Town of Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron will lead the Bay Shore tour. Meeting at Greenview Properties on Shore Lane, his contingent will examine Chelsea Place, 5 Shore Lofts, Chatham Square and Boulton Center.

In Farmingdale, Village officials and Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander will meet at Village Hall on Main Street. They will tour Jefferson Plaza, Main Street, a new pocket park and rejuvenated retail.

Long Island Business Council’s Bob Fonti will lead the Huntington contingent after meeting at the Paramount. Participants will examine the Paramount, new residential and mixed-use development, the Gerard Street roundabout and other projects.

Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss will lead the tour through his village. After meeting at the LIRR station, they’ll check out the Hudson 140, Mineola Properties apartments, the Marquis, the Winthrop, LaunchPad, the intermodal facility and more.

In Patchogue, Mayor Paul Pontieri, Deputy Mayor Lori Devlin and GRB Development’s Mike Kelly will meet at the Riverwalk on Lager Lane. Their tour will examine the Riverwalk, Copper Beech Village, New Village, Artspace and more.

Finally, the Westbury team will be led by Mayor Peter Cavallaro. After meeting at the Space at Westbury, they’ll tour the Space, Horizons, and various mixed-use developments and multi-family housing.

Tours are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Contact Vision at 631-261-0242 or via email to register.

Welcome To The New, Improved Village Of Patchogue

Just 10 years ago, Patchogue had a very different reputation. It was laden with boarded up storefronts and questionable neighborhoods.

But as the Village embraces its downtown, the community is coming back to life. Newsday explored the story last weekend, covering a community some say is a model for other downtowns.

“I think the community understood we needed dynamic change. Patchogue has always been a community in transition. From boat building in the 1800s, tourism in the 1900s, commercial mecca to a period of darkness to where we are today. I think people were ready to gamble on changes,” Mayor Paul Pontieri said.

Patchogue had fallen into a hard decline around the turn of the millennium. In 2002, 18.2 percent of storefronts were empty. Long Island department store Swezey’s closed up shop in 2003, adding to the list of long-term vacancies. Many parts of the village were dangerous, especially the neighborhood around the LIRR station by South Ocean Avenue. And the death of hate crime victim Marcelo Lucero in 2008 only attracted more negative attention.

But it was that acceptance for change that finally shone a little light on the downtrodden region. Workforce housing was a significant part of downtown investments. Copper Beech Village broke ground in 2006 and New Village is currently under construction.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said Patchogue and other growing downtowns are responding to the demand for smaller and more affordable housing for young professionals and retirees.

"Long Islanders love their local communities. Long Island is a community of communities. When people see positive changes, they want to stay here," he said.

The 2.2 square-mile village also became a home to the arts. The Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts attracts 150,000 for live performances, films and other productions. Artspace Patchogue Lofts replaced abandoned property with 45 apartments for artists and a gallery in the same building. The Village of Patchogue is also home to venues like 89 North and the Emporium.

In recent years, more than 550 new residential units have been added downtown. But Pontieri said the village’s success downtown is also reliant on their residential neighborhoods. A fair amount are within walking distance of downtown, and the others are easily within a short drive. The village put money into parks, new playgrounds, professional putting green next to playground and renovations at the municipal pool.

“We’ve made sure that people who move into this community because of the downtown have a residential neighborhood they can be proud of too,” he said.

Going forward, the mayor said infrastructure questions, especially parking issues, need to be resolved. However, he was optimistic about their future.

“Patchogue has gone through so many transformations in the last 120 years, nothing surprises me. But I think we’re in a good place right now.”

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

LI Sewer Plants Get ‘A’ Rating For Mandatory Nitrogen Reduction

Long Island and Connecticut are on pace to meet lower federal sewage limits, but New York City and Westchester are “at risk.”

Environmental group Save The Sound issued report cards Monday for the region about the amount of harmful nitrogen released by sewage treatment plants into the Long Island Sound. New York, Connecticut and the Environmental Protection Agency are requiring local communities reduce nitrogen output by 58.5 percent compared to 1990 levels.

Nassau County, Suffolk County and Connecticut all received A grades. While Connecticut is currently under the threshold, Save The Sound expects Long Island to meet the 2014 deadlines. According to their report, all six Suffolk plants have cut their output by more than half. Northport, which is undergoing a $9 million renovation, is the lowest at 67 percent and Kings Park is the highest at 90 percent.

“They’ve been able to pick up the pace [after Superstorm Sandy and the cold 2014 winter]. At this point, there doesn’t seem like they’ll be any problem,” Northport Trustee Damon McMullen said.

Village government has spent years trying to release less than 10 pounds of nitrogen daily from their plant. Questions first arose about waiting for technology to catch up before concerns about accuracy came to light. McMullen said none of the experts have guaranteed their expensive projects will get them to the new limit by Aug. 1, but he was optimistic.

In Nassau County, Glen Cove cut their nitrogen output by 80 percent as the high mark. The Great Neck Water Pollution Control District has trimmed their output by 77 percent, even after absorbing the Village of Great Neck’s wastewater. Village officials shut down their own plant in December after 80 years in operation. Meanwhile the district’s plant underwent a $60 million upgrade in 2010 to handle the additional flow. For their improvements, the district will receive a Smart Growth Award during the ceremony on June 13.

Meanwhile, the environmental group not only handed out B grades to New York City and Westchester, but labeled them at risk. Three of the eight combined sewage treatment plants have actually seen an increase in nitrogen output. The Hunts Point plant in the city saw a 61 percent drop, but the other four plants are under 50 percent. Both areas must reach the 58.5 percent reduction by 2017.

For more about Save The Sound’s grading, check out their website.

Some Answers in State DOT’s Compete Streets Report

A New York State Department of Transportation report on Complete Streets does contain some great news for policy supporters, but also leaves a few questions unanswered.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign reviewed last week’s report, describing it as a mixed bag.

The state’s Complete Streets Act was signed into law in 2011 and went into effect in 2012. The legislation establishes transportation principles that encompass consideration for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit riders, motorcyclists and all users.

Last fall, the state DOT conducted workshops across the state for feedback on their Complete Streets policies. They met with community groups, local governments, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and other stakeholders to review their best practices and highlight seven case studies promoting Complete Streets.

Among the seven is the DOT’s Route 347 project, addressing 15 miles between Hauppauge and Port Jefferson. The plan calls for narrower lanes, lower speed limits, bicycle paths and pedestrian refuge areas. Carrying a $600 million price tag, the project is due for completion next year. The report also highlighted changes in the Village of Great Neck Plaza. Plagued by speeding and numerous accidents, the village went about reducing lanes and instituting traffic-calming measures. Since they finished in 2008, they’ve seen a 64.3 percent drop in accident-related injuries.

Moving forward, the state pledged to expand communication with community stakeholders and various government agencies; put more information online; complete revisions on the Complete Streets Planning Checklist now that stakeholder input has been received; clarify roles and responsibilities in the process; post sources of potential funding for Complete Streets projects online and revise existing state DOT documents to further support Complete Streets policies.

Tri-State’s Albany Legislative Advocate Nadine Lemmon was optimistic about the checklist, call it a useful tool for institutionalizing Complete Streets design into the decision-making process. She cautioned that its success will depend on how pervasively it is used. At a minimum, to be compliant with the state’s Complete Streets law that requires all projects receiving state and federal funding to use the checklist.

During outreach meetings, Lemmon said stakeholders flagged the need for more outreach, education and coordination with local partners, something the DOT responded to by identifying central staff as the go-to resource for planning and design questions. They’ll also hold workshops and informational meetings to train municipal staff across the state, which could alleviate some confusion about implementing the law.

However, Tri-State also critiqued the report for failing to consider two major impediments to Complete Streets implementation in New York State: the inconsistency between the law and NYSDOT’s “preservation first” policy, and how the agency will fund pedestrian and bicycle projects. While the report does clearly identify funding as an issue that needs to be addressed, it fails to provide solutions to this dilemma. One clear opportunity would be to dedicate funding for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in the forthcoming 5-year capital plan.

The lack of insight into how the state will incorporate pedestrian and bicycle projects into the “Preservation First” policy was particularly disappointing to advocates, given that the policy excludes new bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure from 80 percent of transportation funds spent in the state.

This report comes in the wake of Vision Long Island's second annual Complete Streets Summit. Attracting elected officials, policymakers, business leaders and transportation advocates, the event is an opportunity to improve safety for all users of the roads.

"We are pleased the Department of Transportation has taken their law seriously enough to outline metrics to being improvements. However, there still remains a need to reduce speed on state roads that intersect with bicyclists and pedestrians," Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

Tri-State Sustainable Development Plan Open For Public Input

A federally-backed coalition of municipalities and regional planning organizations is looking for public input on their latest report.

Funded by a $3.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant, New York & Connecticut Sustainable Communities is tasked with integrating housing, economic development, transportation and environmental planning. On Monday they released their Draft Implementation Plan for Sustainable Development.

Three years in the making, the report summarizes outcomes of planning projects under the initiative and recommends actions to help these and other transit-oriented development (TOD) projects. It includes efforts to create more jobs and mixed-income housing in downtowns and low-income neighborhoods serviced by the LIRR and Metro-North Railroad, as well as proposing improvements to the planning processes that often fail to adequately connect transportation, housing, economic development and environmental planning and policies.

The plan was created by the organization’s Sustainable Communities Consortium, which focuses on a globally-competitive regional economy, low per capita energy consumption, sustained investments for scalable transit systems, and networks of downtowns and neighborhoods supported by transit network as their vision for sustainable development.

According to the report, TOD can create lower transportation costs, mixed-income housing, healthier populations, greener communities and more convenient transportation systems. This type of planning is well-established in the New York-Connecticut region, the consortium said, and the planning initiative sought to both capitalize on current and earlier efforts as well as to place TOD planning in a more regional context. In order to support TOD planning, the draft plan focuses on enhancing local and regional plans that align with their group, linking regional plans to develop mixed-income housing and infrastructure near the two rail systems, and supporting local planning that meshes with their ideals

The report also examined gaps in the planning process between various levels of government, especially between local/regional planning organizations and regional/metropolitan planning organizations. Housing, economic development and transportation planning often takes places independently, making comprehensive planning a challenge. The plan proposes establishing a voluntary Regional Sustainable Communities Network (RSC Network) of government and non-government stakeholders to hold information, improving federal planning regulations, developing multi-state planning tools to foster regional sustainable planning, and developing ways to implement projects for TOD and multi-jurisdictional projects.

Regional equity and opportunity are also part of the plan, including racial and ethnic integration. These solutions, the consortium argued, create stronger economic growth, improved education and more efficient use of land. Despite having a general population that is 54 percent not white, the tri-state area is highly segregated. Multi-family, low-rent housing is not readily available in white, low-poverty areas. The plan’s authors recommend considering stronger anti-discrimination enforcement, promoting investment in highly concentrated areas of poverty, promoting affordable housing in high-opportunity areas, stabilizing housing opportunities for middle-income families and advancing regional approaches to affordable housing.

Finally, the consortium examined barriers impeding other investments and redevelopment plans their draft proposal will ultimately rely on. That includes uncertainty over best practices, gathering community consensus, lack of funding, and a shortage of pedestrian and transit services. The plan recommends federal, state and local partnerships develop resources critical to parking, flooding and housing decisions; expanding public participation in planning decisions at all government levels that affect funding; reducing parking ratios; creating more flexible funding to pursue last-mile solutions, continued commitment to resource sharing; and finding more funding for development of different housing options, flood-prevent infrastructure and local zoning revisions.

Comments on the draft plan must be submitted to New York & Connecticut Sustainable Communities by May 12 for consideration.

Bellone, LI Team Presenting At Major Planning Conference

A team from Long Island will present at the country’s premiere planning event this summer.

CNU 22: The Resilient Community is the latest conference hosted in Buffalo by pro-Smart Growth organization Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU).

These conferences, this year’s scheduled for June 4-7, offer CNU members a chance to discuss development practices and public policies, learn from recent work and advance new initiatives to transform communities.

The event is targeted towards architects, planners, developers, nonprofits, environmentalists, citizen activists and public officials. Noted urban planner Andres Duany will lead seminars, along with dozens of Smart Growth, transit-oriented development and sustainable development practitioners and advocates.

From Long Island, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Renaissance Downtowns CEO Don Monti, Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander and Bill Tuyn will speak about transit-oriented development.

For more information about CNU 22, check out their website.

Hear Out Long Island’s Next Generation On April 23

When the future of Long Island offers their insight and opinions, who will be listening?

Community Conversations is a series of discussions on various topics hosted by Town of Huntington libraries and Leadership Huntington with the goal of promoting both libraries and public participation.

The next Community Conversations event “Our next generations speaks up: Are we listening?” is slated for April 23 at the Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center, where representatives of the Long Island Youth Summit will speak. Dowling College’s Dr. Nathalia Rogers will guide a discussion with young adults about economy, environment and education.

For more information, visit Leadership Huntington’s website or the Community Conversations’ Facebook page.

Pops Band To Support West Hempstead Sept. 11 Memorial

A West Hempstead civic group has announced a benefit concert later this month to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

The West Hempstead Community Support Association (WHCSA) will present the North Shore Pops Concert Band on April 27. Scheduled to start at 6 p.m., the concert will be held in the West Hempstead High School Auditorium on Nassau Boulevard.

Proceeds from show will benefit the West Hempstead 9/11 Memorial, a granite monument holding a piece of steel from the towers that will honor the 12 residents who died in the attack.

Tickets are available for $10 to the general population and $8 for seniors or students. To buy a ticket or for more information, contact WHCSA at 516-733-0879.

Get Your Resume Into Shape With Brookhaven’s Job Boot Camp

Having trouble finding a job in this today’s rough market?

The Town of Brookhaven is hosting a free Job Search Boot Camp at no cost.

Eight free classes will be taught by Executive Consultants of New York to learn the fundamentals to get hired. Classes are scheduled for May 1, 7, 15, 22 and 29, as well as June 5, 11 and 19, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Contact the town’s Division of Economic Development at 631-451-6563 for more information or to reserve a spot. The series is open to town residents, although there is a waiting list for non-residents.

Celebrate Spring At 14th Annual Huntington Tulip Festival

Winter is still clinging to the end of March, but rainbows of tulips in Huntington village should signal spring is in full force.

The 14th annual Huntington Tulip Festival is slated for May 4 at Heckscher Park.

Obviously the festival includes countless, colorful tulips growing in the park. It’ll also include activity booths for children, refreshments, local vendors, tours of the Heckscher Art Museum and live performances on the Chapin Rainbow Stage.

For more information about this free event, check out Huntington Arts Council’s website or call 631-271-8423.

Crowds Expected For Italian-Based Street Painting Festival

The annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is a major event in downtown Riverhead, and organizers expect this year’s festival to be a masterpiece.

The 18th annual festival, scheduled for May 25 on East Main Street, is fashioned after the Italian street painters "I Madonnari", a street chalk art form dating back to the 16th century. It’s expected to draw 5,000 for street painting, art demonstration, live music, art sales, face painting and more family-friendly entertainment.

Street painters 15 years and older are encouraged to register in advance. Pre-registered street painters will be matched with a sponsored square on a first-come-first-serve basis. Street painting squares may also be purchased for $20 on the day of the event. Materials are included.

Vendors looking to sell arts, crafts, soaps, jams and other homemade goods must apply with East End Arts by May 15.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, check out the festival’s website.

Small Business Conference At Stony Brook University June 17

Join 1,000 other small business owners at the Long Island Community and Economic Development Conference this summer.

Presented by New Millennium Development Services and SUNY, the conference is Long Island’s premiere procurement event for small businesses with a focus on both women- and minority-owned employers and veteran companies. This event can increase a business' visibility, offer opportunities to build credibility in the marketplace and grow their list of potential partners - all keys to successful businesses.

Plenary sessions and workshops are on the slate, along with networking opportunities with contract decision-makers from governmental agencies, major corporations, and educational institutions. Breakfast and lunch are included.

This conference is scheduled for June 17 at Stony Brook University’s Charles Wang Center.

For more information, call 516-223-3855 or visit them online.

Feds Accepting Requests For $600 Million In TIGER Funding

The window to apply for a cut of $600 million in financial funding for transportation projects is open – and already closing.

The U.S. Department of Transportation unleashed another round of Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants in February, but the deadline to submit projects is April 28. Applications were first accepted April 3.

TIGER grants pump federal money into projects that have a significant impact on the country, region or metropolitan area. Six rounds have provided $4.1 billion in aid.

TIGER 2014 is designed to emphasize “projects that support reliable, safe and affordable transportation options that improve connections for both urban and rural communities, making it easier for their residents to reach work, school and other ladders of opportunity. While continuing to support projects of all types, DOT will prioritize applications for capital projects that better connect people to jobs, training and other opportunities, promote neighborhood redevelopment, and reconnect neighborhoods divided by physical barriers, such as highways and railroads.”

In addition to supporting capital grants, up to $35 million of TIGER funds can be used for planning grants, including planning of innovative transportation, regional transportation, freight and port, and programmatic mitigation approaches that increase efficiency and improve outcomes for communities and the environment.

For more information or an application, check out the Department of Transportation’s website. Applicants are highly encouraged to submit by Friday, April 25 due to server upgrades that weekend.

Is Your Business Looking To Save Money On Utility Bills?

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) provides free energy assessments and offers low-interest financing to businesses with 10 employees or fewer to upgrade lighting, heating, cooling, refrigeration, and other energy uses.

Signing up for an energy assessment is the first step in identifying the upgrades that can help improve energy efficiency and save you money. Incentives and financing options may also be available to help you with making those upgrades. Options include a Participation Loan, in which NYSERDA covers half the loan up to $50,000 at 0 percent interest, and the On-Bill Recovery Financing Program, which allows you to repay the loan via your utility bill at a low interest rate.

For larger businesses, NYSERDA’s FlexTech program offers energy efficiency studies, typically at a 50/50 cost share if you are a National Grid gas customer. NYSERDA also offers incentives for installation of natural gas efficiency measures.  

To get started, please contact the NYSERDA Economic Development Growth Extension (EDGE) Program Regional Outreach Contractor (ROC) for Long Island, Beth Fiteni, via email or 631-471-1215 x166.

The ROC can discuss NYSERDA program opportunities with you, and assist you in completing an application for an energy assessment. The ROC can also help you understand your available incentive and financing options and identify contractors that can perform upgrades identified in your energy assessment.

Visit for more information on NYSERDA’s programs.

Open Door For Affordable Veterans Housing

Applications are now being accepted from Long Island’s veterans for affordable housing, but don’t wait.

Just 60 apartments are available in The Concern Liberty Apartments complex in Amityville. That includes 48 1-bedroom apartments and 12 2-bedroom units.

The housing will be available beginning April.

Applicants must have served in the armed forces and fall within the income limit. The annual cap for one person is $36,785, while the limit for a household of four is $52,550.

To apply, either visit Concern for Independent Living online or mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Concern for Independent Living, PO Box 358, Medford, NY 11763.

Grants Available To Find Veterans And Families Homes

Know a veteran who could use a hand finding a permanent home?

Nonprofit Services for the Underserved is rallying the troops with news of grants for veterans and their families.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has been authorized to offer these grants through the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. Funds are provided to nonprofits and consumer cooperatives who will help very-low income veteran families find permanent housing.

SSVF provides veterans with outreach, case management, advocacy and assistance in obtaining benefits. The program can also provide limited payments to landlords, child care providers, utilities and others to keep veteran families in permanent homes.

For more information or assistance, contact Roger Leathers at 631-227-0777.

$50 Million Open For Alternative Transportation Projects

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Department of Transportation are now accepting applications to financially assist alternative transportation projects.

Under the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP), projects that create other forms of transportation or enhance transportation infrastructure can vie for $50 million in federal funds.

Projects will be selected through a competitive solicitation process and rated on established criteria that includes environmental enhancement; connectivity to an existing transportation system; encouragement of smart growth; impact on local or regional economies; availability of matching funds and level of community support.

Creating on-road and off-road trail facilities for non-motorized transportation would be eligible according to the state, as would community improvement activities and environmental mitigation activity.

Winners will receive up to 80 percent of total expenses in Federal Highway Administration money. They are responsible to secure the remainder.

The deadline for all applications is June 11. More information about TAP is available on the state’s website.

A series of webinars has been announced to train potential applicants. They’re expected to focus on information about this funding, and an explanation of requisites and requirements. Two TAP/Fed Aid 101 webinars will be held on March 18 at 12:30 p.m. and March 19 at 10 a.m. Registration for the first event can be found here in use with password TAP101. Registration for the second event can be found here with the password TAP10319.

State Awarding $50,000 Grants To Promote Contamination Cleanups

New York State is awarding grants to community groups promoting remedial activities in their community.

The Department of Environmental Conservation has made up to $50,000 available per site for increasing public awareness and understanding of Brownfield, Superfund and other contaminated sites that pose a significant threat to the public and/or environment. Not-for-profits are eligible to apply for the funds; no matching contribution is required.

Application information is available on the state's website.

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.

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.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Subculture - Friday, April 18 at 10 p.m.
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 979-233-3526

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows scheduled 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.

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
John Mulaney - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Kim Russo the Happy Medium - Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
D-Pryde - Friday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The Fad featuring Nix 86, Murphy's Kids, the Pandemics, the Best of the Worst and the Shipwrecks - Saturday, April 19 at 4 p.m.
Control 9 featuring Straight to Hell and Big Daddy Deluxe - Saturday, April 19 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
The Weight performing songs from the Band - Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
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
Lucerne Festival: Abbado Conducts Mahler Symphony No. 2, a screening with live guest speaker Gilbert Kaplan - Saturday, April 19 at 6:45 p.m.
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
Seether - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

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


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Music Man - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Flat Stanley - Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Soundswell and Jellyband - Friday, April 18 at 8:30 p.m.
O El Amor and 12X - Saturday, April 19 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
The Summer of Love Concer - Saturday, April 12 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
O El Amor and Strecker - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, April 19 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Adventures of Peter Rabbit - Friday, April 18 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 11 a.m.
BINGO-the Winning Musical - Friday, April 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 19 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, April 18 at 10:30 p.m.
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest renter: Dead of Winter VI featuring Dawg Star Compromiz, Reckoning and the Electrix - Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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 constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville 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.

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.

Make A Sound Investment This Earth Day

When the first European discovered the Long Island Sound in the 1600s, it was an aquatic utopia. Flash-forward hundreds of years and pollution is the name of the game. Whether it's excess nitrogen fueling harmful algae from sewage treatment plants, oil traveling via storm drains or even plain old littering in the water, the Sound is in trouble. This isn't just an environmental issue; it's also an economic issue. Long Island relies on its geography to keep the bills paid, whether that's shellfishing, running a paddleboading business or waterfront downtowns attracting tourists with their scenic views. Thankfully many Long Island communities now understand the Sound's importance. Nassau and Suffolk are on pace to meet federal nitrogen limits, according to Save The Sound. This is good news, but Long Island's economy needs continued focus on the environment to thrive. With Earth Day coming up next Tuesday, now is the time for every Long Islander to protect our waters.

Smart Talk

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

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