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“Long a victim of the Long Island ‘no,’ we are encouraged that one of the proposals today holds the key. Clearly there is a success story in one of these proposals. The key is choosing a project that is a realistic, practical, financeable development that will move the county forward." - Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano speaking on the Nassau Coliseum Development proposals

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Please join us for the 2013 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 14th, 2013
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Huntington Hilton
Melville, NY

For over a decade, Vision Long Island has been honoring the individuals and organizations that display true Smart Growth leadershipin advancing projects, policies, regulations and initiatives. Specific focus areas include mixed-use development, affordable housing, environmental health and safety, open space and historic preservation, traffic calming and pedestrian safety, transportation enhancements,clean energy, downtown revitalization and/or community-based planning.

Award recipients stand out in their ability to demonstrate one or more of these basic principles:

- Mix land uses
- Take advantage of compact building design
- Create housing choices for a range of household types, family sizes and incomes
- Create walkable neighborhoods
- Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strongsense of place
- Preserve open space, farmland, historic buildings and critical environmental areas

 

- Strengthen existing communities and achieve more balanced regional development
- Provide a variety of transportation choices
- Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost
effective
- Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
- Utilize clean energy and green building development

The 2013 Smart Growth Awards Honorees are:


Regional Leadership
Superstorm Sandy Cleanup and Rebuilding Volunteers


Creating a Mix of Uses
LaunchPad Mineola
Andrew Hazen, Richard Foster
Peter Goldsmith, LISTnet


Walkability
Smithtown Main Street
Lavena Sipes, Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation
Mark Mancini, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce


Revitalizing Communities
"Yes We Can" Community Center, New Cassel
Town of North Hempstead


Revitalizing Communities
Central Islip Revitalization
Hon. Steve Flotteron, Town of Islip
Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors


Smart Planning
Republic Station, East Farmingdale
Town of Babylon


Smart Planning
Connect Long Island
Suffolk County


Transportation
Bolt Bus


Clean Energy
Clean Energy Programs
LIPA


Housing Choices
Linden Knolls, Hempstead
D & F Development


Envrionmental & Historic Preservation
Joy Squires
Huntington Conservation Board

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Complete Streets Summit pulls together residents and businesses to design safer roads; NYMTC announces $15 million pedestrian safety fund

On Thursday, April 11th at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, Vision Long Island, Wendel Companies and Tri-State Transportation Campaign hosted LI's first Complete Streets Summit cosponsored by AARP and Greenman-Pedersen Inc.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander, Ryan Lynch of Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Will Stoner of AARP informed the participants why a summit such as this was necessary including reasons like New York State is the fourth most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians over 65. Long Island, like much of the country, has struggled to overcome the notion that streets are only for cars. Complete Streets are about people's lives and safety.

Ryan Lynch of Tri-State Transportation gave an update on their annual report on the most dangerous roads in the region. Long Island is home to many of these most dangerous road. Long Island has over 1000 AARP members that are over the age of 100 and 8-10,000 Americans are turning 65 every day. Complete Streets allow people to age in place with increased mobility and independence since most people can walk longer than they can drive.

The event also featured Suffolk County Legislator Rob Calarco who co-sponsored the Complete Streets legislation for Suffolk County. Delia De Riggi-Whitton, Nassau County legislator also spoke and reached out to Calarco for advice on how to pass a Complete Streets law for Nassau County.

The keynote speaker, Mike Lydon from Street Works Collaborative, gave a presentation showing how many citizens have created walkable places and Complete Streets themselves. Many of the examples were low cost, temporary solutions to help give both residents and government officials a better understanding of the potential of a place and to work out any problems before any significant investment is made. Making significant changes to a roadway can be an expensive proposition and many municipalities may be reluctant to make changes without being able to see the impacts firsthand.

The next group of speakers were design professionals who have experience designing and installing complete streets locally and around the region. Each of the panelists covered different ways Long Island can incorporate complete streets through varying strategies.

Dean Gowen of Wendel, spoke about various components that make up a complete street, from the streetlamps to the underground infrastructure. Elements such as rain gardens and engineered soil help to manage storm water effectively and to prevent street trees from heaving the sidewalk as their roots grow. Improved streetscaping helps to spur private investment in the surrounding
properties which improves the vitality of the area. Linda Bailey of NYCDOT showed many examples of improvements that have been made in the city to improve pedestrian and bike infrastructure from the pedestrian Broadway in Times Square to shorter crossings at intersections in the Bronx. Several smaller, lower cost modifications such as pedestrian islands can make large improvements in the safety of the area.

Bill Tuyn of Greenman-Pedersen spoke more broadly about how the quality of public spaces such as streets, sidewalks and plazas can improve the quality of life for residents. Bob Eschbacher of VHB showed several local examples of built and proposed improvements for road on both Long Island and the surrounding region. Sandi Vega, whose daughter Brittney was killed while crossing Sunrise Highway spoke about the need for safer streets for our communities. She gave examples of initiatives that are happening in her communities as a result of her efforts. Lavena Sipes whose daughter Courtney was lost on Smithtown's Main Street spoke about the campaign to create improvements from NYS DOT.

The last group of speakers were elected officials and municipal planners who spoke about complete streets from a municipal point of view. the Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor of Great Neck Plaza presented several roadway improvements on the Great Neck peninsula
from a larger road diet project to smaller intersection improvements that made a big impact for a low cost.

Connie Kepert, Councilwoman for the Town of Brookhaven gave examples of complete street implementations in the Town of Brookhaven which included sidewalks in various communities and the Whiskey Rd. traffic circle. Michael Levine, Planning Commissioner for the Town of North Hempstead showed the recent improvements to Prospect Avenue in New Cassel but cautioned that other aspects, such as education of pedestrians is also important for the safety of roadways- design alone cannot solve all of the problems.

Dave Genaway, Planning Commissioner for the Town of Islip spoke about ways to get private investment to help finance improvements. Developers are often required to install sidewalks in new developments. In certain cases where the surrounding neighborhood may not have sidewalks and adding new ones just in front of a few houses may not make sense, developers can pay an equivalent amount into a fund that is used to make sidewalk improvements in other parts of the town where they may be needed
more.

One of the lost most exciting parts of the day was Larry McAuliffe from NYMTC announcing a $15 million fund for pedestrian safety amenities. Please also see the announcement for the Transportation Enhancement program from NYS DOT. To access information NYMTC recommended information from NYSMPOS.org on Complete Streets click here.

New Proposals submitted for rebuilding the Nassau Coliseum


Photo Credit: SHoP Architects


Photo Credit: SHoP Architects

At a meeting of the Nassau Business Advisory Council this past Thursday, four seperate developers submitted proposals to revive the aging Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale into a top tier arena capable of generating millions in revenue by attracting big name concert and sporting events. The 17 person panel is comprised of local business leaders who will be advising County Executive Ed Mangano on selecting a developer. The site will also feature development by Master Developer of the Nassau Hub project, Donald Monti of Renaissance Downtowns.

The developers presenting to the panel included Barclays Center developer Bruce Ratner, the Madison Square Garden Company, Edward Blumenfeld based out of Syosset, and Bayville's New York Sports LLC. The RFP was issued by County Executive Mangano earlier this year and will require final approval of any contract by the legislature.

Mangano had previously requested an anlasys of long-term uses by Mr. Ratner, who had suggested a smaller, more family-friendy venue capable of hosting minor league sports, children's shows and concerts. The various proposals from Thursday all included entertainment venues, convention center space, areas for restaurants and bars, retail space, a bowling alley, and an outdoor amphitheater.

All of the developers also noted that the financing would be privately funded with costs ranging from $60 million to $250 million. The proposals would also provide the County with a portion of generated revenus, but the firms were all asked not to publicly discuss the proposed percentage the County would receive.

The proposals began with Mr. Ratner, Executive Chairman of the development company Forest City Ratner, proposing a $229 million project for a mixed sports and entertainment complext. The proposal included a 13,000 seat arena that could be changed to 4,000 for smaller shows. Next to the arena would be a 2,000 seat concert venue and club, a 2,5000 seat outdoor amphitheater, up to six restaurants, a movie theater and generous retail space. The proposal would also place a monument to Long Island veterans on the southeaster section of the property.

"We must reinvent and reimagine brand Nassau," said Barclays Center chief exectuive Brett Yormark in relation to the proposal.

Ratner also pledged to work with Charled Wang, the owner of the adjacent Long Island Marriott, to transform the exhibition hall below the arena into a convention space. The project will also include 309 events per year including six regular-seasion Islanders games, a Brooklyn Nets preseasion game and 83 outdoor events. Ratner also expressed confidence that a minor league hocker team would relocate to the arena.

Hip-hop superstar Jay-Z, who's Roc Nation entertainment company would play a hand in drawing top acts and is also associated with the project, was also on hand for the presentation but did not speak.

The project is estimated to generate almost $11 billion in economic activity for up to 30 years and will genetate over 1,300 construction jobs and more than 2,500 permanent and seasonal positions accorind to Ratner spokeswoman Ashley Cotton. The plan will also include 5,000 parking spots as opposed to the 6,800 currently in place and will leave 10 acres available for development by Renaissance Downtowns.

Madison Square Garden Company, partnering with Cordish Companies and RXR Realty, also laid out a proposal, pledging $250 million to renovate a 14,500 seat arena as well as a mixed-use entertainment complex, similar to the "Power Plant Live!" venue in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, that would be directly adjacent to the Coliseum and operate year-round.

Hank Ratner, MSG's president and CEO, noted that he believed that anything less than 14,500 seats would simply not attract top-tier concert acts, but that a flexible seating design could allow for as few as 1,700 seats for more intimate shows. "We believe we can bring a heroic ending to this story as well as usher in a historic new beginning of sports and entertainment on Long Island," Ratner said.

MSG also noted that at least one of its sports franchises - NY Ranger's minor league affilaite the Connecticut Whalem, WNBA's NY Liberty, or Knicks' D-League team the Erie Bayhawks - would play at the Coliseum. They also said that the Knicks and Rangers could hold open practices at the Coliseum and the the arena could play host to college basketball, professional tennis and wrestling, figure skating and track and field events.

The mixed-use complex would be called "Long Island Live!" and would be built in conjunction with Baltimore-based Cordish Companies. The complex would feature restaurants, sports bars, a bowling ally and a billiards hall as well as an "MSG Zone" that would have additional bars and restaurants as well as a studio for broadcasts and Garden memorabilia. It will also feature up to 180 events each year in addition to 150 free concerts, events and festivals.

The complex is estimated to generate $11 billion in economic activity over 30 years with more than $300 million in sales and entertainment taxes, 1,200 contruction jobs and 2,500 permanent and seasonal positions.

The proposals also included Bernard Shereck's Bayville-based company New York Sports LLC, who would spend $90 million to refurbish the Coliseum with no changes to the exterior. The downsized arena would feature 8 to 10 thousand seats, reduce parking to 3,600 spots and would attempt to bring in a minor league hockey team and a professional Lacrosse team. Shereck noted the development would generate between 10 and 20 million dollars in annual revenue.

Blumenfeld Development Group and existing Coliseum operator SMG also presented a proposal to spend $180 million in order to tear down the existing Coliseum and build a brand new 9 to 12 thousand seat arena. The site would also include a 100,000 square foot convention center, retail space, restaurants, office space and apartments. The group also pledged to purchase an AHL team in order to move them to the new arena and that they would recruit Big 10 college basketball and hockey teams to play. This plan was estimated to generate betwen 10 and 20 million dollars in annual sales tax revenue for the county.

Vision is hopeful that the refurbishment of the Nassau Coliseum combined with the plann from Renaissance Downtowns on the surrounding acresbrings life to central Nassau County.

For more information on the proposals and the site please check out and the media book for the Forest City Ratner Proposal here.

Huntington Station Development Strategy document now available for public viewing

The Development Strategy document, prepared by Renaissance Downtowns in partnership with the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Economic Development Corporation, property and business owners, and the Huntington Station Community, has been completed and is ready for public viewing. This document outlines the strategies that Renaissance Downtowns would like to take in continuing to revitalize downtown Huntington Station.

Some of the goals outlined in this document include ensuring economic redevelopment efforts at Huntington Station that will both complement and support businesses in the the village, creating regional, vibrant destination through diverse uses of the space (a live, work, shop, learn, play setting), creating economic value, jobs, and careers opportunities for residents, and provide an avenue for private-public partnerships and foster the redevelopment of underutilized assets for the benefit of the community.

The hopes is that it will provide quality development and commercial revitalization to the community of the Downtown Huntington Station. The final product will look like a downtown development, which includes commercial, retail, residential, office, hospitality, parks, open space, cultural and civic uses.

If you would like to download, view, or learn more about the document, please visit the Source the Station website. You can also read more on this at .

Walkable communities may decrease chances of adolescent obesity

As of recent, neighborhood design features have been associated with health outcomes and according to a new study, that includes the prevalence of obesity. The study called “Bridging the Gap” published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine examines the link between walkability and adolescent obesity, weight, and health issues in a national sample of public secondary school students and their communities.

Physical activity plays an important role in fighting obesity and overweight. The physical environment of communities can significantly impact physical activity and, therefore, health outcomes.

The study finds that the chances of adolescent obesity or overweight youth are decreased when living in communities that have higher walkability index scores. Data collection included student surveys and community observations between February and August 2010. Analyses were then conducted in Spring 2012 using a sample size of 154 communities and 11,041 students. A community walkability index and measures of the prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity were constructed. Multivariable analyses from a cross-sectional survey of a nationally representative sample of 8th-, 10th- and 12th-grade public school students in the U.S. were run.

Some of the key findings include that the average prevalence of adolescent overweight and obesity was 15 percent and 12 percent, respectively, the mean walkability index across communities was 6.38, and that key street features associated with reduced prevalence of obesity included increased presence of sidewalks and public transit.

The study has a few listed limitations such as missing information of student home addresses, no direct evaluation of the association of the walkability index with physical activity, and potential understatement of weight. Nonetheless, these results can inform policy debates and discussion around government funding of infrastructure in communities.

For further reading or to view the report, please visit the American Journal of Preventative Medicine website.

Schumer calls on Department of Housing and Urban Development to increase Fair Market Rent for victims of Superstorm Sandy

Last week, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for Superstorm Sandy victims on Long Island. Since the storm, rental and housing stock has been reduced and in turn has been driving up the rent.

HUD provides subsidies for those in need of housing. In previous disasters such as Hurricane Katrina, HUD responded to the regions of New Orleans and Baton Rouge by increasing FMR. In both Nassau and Suffolk County, the FMR was reduced despite the loss of housing stock on Long Island as a result of the storm and the subsidies currently provided by HUD are too low for the expensive housing market on the Island.

Eligible participants a certain percentage of their income towards rent, under Section 8 housing rules, HUD then pays the difference between what the renter can afford and the FMR. To determine the maximum amount of rent that can be covered by the government for individuals and families who are part of Section 8, HUD calculates the FMR for each geographic region. A major issue is the cost of housing in the area. Long Island is the fourth most expensive metropolitan area in the country and has the most expensive 2-bedroom housing market in New York State, according to the National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s annual housing study.

“In a part of the country where rental housing is so expensive, especially after Superstorm Sandy destroyed so much housing stock and cast thousands into an already tight rental market, HUD shouldn’t be reducing their support for those in need,” said Schumer.  “In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, people across Long Island, including victims of domestic violence, the disabled and homeless veterans rely on this program to find decent housing, and HUD needs to make sure their needs are being met.  New Yorkers pay far more in taxes than they get back, and the federal government shouldn’t be short changing New Yorkers in need.”

The reduction of FMR means that agencies and Section 8 housing programs will also be affected by reduced reimbursements, despite the increases in their clients’ rents. The reductions in the fiscal year of 2013-2014 total roughly $538,000 for the agencies’ housing programs and other services.

"Some agencies are considering reducing or closing down some of their permanent housing units because they can't afford the additional financial burden, and others are scrambling to find housing [with] these new fair-market rents," said Executive Director Greta Guarton of the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless.

Schumer asked for HUD to grant Long Island the same consideration as New Orleans and Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina by conducting the necessary examination to determine whether Long Island’s FMR should be increased. He explained that Superstorm Sandy’s devastation seriously impacted Long Island and some of the most vulnerable citizens are now being priced out of housing. For further reading, please visit .

Federal grants available from the Department of Transportation and National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced a fifth round of the popular TIGER transportation grant program. DOT is seeking surface transportation projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region, or a metropolitan area.

The DOT is authorized to award $473.847 million in TIGER Discretionary Grants pursuant to the Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (Pub. L. 113-6, March 26, 2013).  This appropriation is similar, but not identical to the appropriation for the “TIGER” program authorized and implemented pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (the “Recovery Act”). Because of the similarity in program structure, DOT will continue to refer to the program as ‘‘TIGER Discretionary Grants.’’ As with previous rounds of TIGER, funds for the FY 2013 TIGER program are to be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that will have a significant impact on the Nation, a metropolitan area or a region.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to look through Frequently Asked Questions, webinars and other guidance at the Application Resources page.

Application Deadline: June 1, 2013
The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council (NUCFAC), announces the posting of the U.S. Forest Service FY 2014 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share grant program. This year, there are three grant categories:

  • Making Urban Trees and Forests More Resilient to the Impacts of Natural Disasters and the Long-term Impacts of Climate Change
  • Green Infrastructure Jobs Analysis
  • Utilizing Green Infrastructure to Manage and Mitigate Stormwater to Improve Water Quality

The request for proposal, instructions, proposal template, and required application forms may be downloaded:

Applications are to be submitted to Grants.gov by 11:59 PM EST July 15, 2013. Interested public may also download a copy of the application and instructions from Grants.gov reference: CFDA 10.675.

For more information or assistance, contact: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff by phone 202-205-7829 or by email nstremple@fs.fed.us.

Announcement of a new transportation enhancement program application round

The Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP) is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), administered by the New York Department of Transportation (NYSDOT).

In recognition that transportation systems are influenced and impacted by more than the condition of the traditional highway and bridge infrastructure, this program enables funding for transportation projects of cultural, aesthetic, historic and environmental significance.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more categories established by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The categories are listed on the "What Types of Projects Are Eligible" link on this Web site. Additionally, the project must have a transportation relationship with the surface transportation system and must be available for public access and use.

This program enables many sponsors and applicants to participate. Applications for this program must be submitted by sponsors as described on the "Who Can Sponsor Enhancement Projects?" link on this Web site. The TEP requires the project sponsor or applicant to up-front the cost of the project and request reimbursement. Each project requires a minimum matching share of 20% of the total project cost. Innovative finance features are available to minimize the cash outlay for applicants and sponsors.

On May 2, 2013, New York State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald announced that applications are being accepted for funding of transportation projects through the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

Municipalities and not-for-profit groups are eligible to apply for funding. Applications submitted by not-for-profit organizations must be sponsored by a governmental entity.

Eligible projects must fall into one or more of five (5) federally established eligibility cateories. See "What Types of Projects Are Eligible" link on this website.

Thirty million dollars will be available for this application round.

Applications must be submitted to a NYSDOT Region on or by August 16, 2013. Awards will be announced by the end of the year.

This will be the last round of TEP, as the new surface transportation act, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), ended the Transportation Enhancement Program as a standalone program.

For further information on funding, rules & requirements, the Guidebook for application preparation, a fillable application form, a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators, and, when available, workshop schedules, please visit the website.

New Grants for Nassau and Suffolk County First Time Homebuyers

Community Housing Innovations (CHI) Offers Assistance to Families Earning nearly $100,000

- Applicants Eligible Up to 90% of AMI -

April 12, 2013: In 16 years, Community Housing Innovations (CHI) has provided over $11 million in down payment assistance grants to over 450 first time homebuyers with incomes up to 80% of the Area Median Income.  Today, however, thanks to an award of $640,000 from the New York State Affordable Housing Corporation, the nonprofit agency is expanding its First-Time Homebuyer Assistance Program on Long Island to households up to 90% of AMI, which is currently $96,320 for a family of four. The move to assist higher income households is part of an ongoing effort by the organization to increase work force housing options and to recognize an underserved market – namely, first-time homebuyers making too much money to be considered low-income, but who are still unable to afford the expensive housing market in Westchester.

The CHI Homebuyer Assistance Program offers grants of up to $25,000 each for households at or below 90% of AMI, with the actual amount based on the need of the applicant. Each grant will include a mortgage with a recapture obligation balance that will decline to zero after 10 years.  To qualify, the property must be within Nassau or Suffolk County and may be a house, coop or condo. Reflecting the state’s commitment to improve existing housing, at least 51% of the value of the grant must be applied to renovation work to restore the home and implement energy efficiency initiatives.

In order to be eligible for the grants, prospective homebuyers must attend a first-time homebuyer orientation seminar and complete an application documenting that their overall gross household income does not exceed the maximum income guidelines. The 2012 maximum income  for Westchester is $67,469 for an individual; $77,056 for a two-person family; $86,733 for three-person family; and $96,320 for a four-person family, etc. The homebuyer must be able to contribute at least 3% of the purchase price into the transaction. Orientation is scheduled for Thursday, May 23rd, 2013 at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood. Anyone interested in obtaining a grant must go to CHI’s website at www.chigrants.org and register for an orientation before applying.

“Nassau and Suffolk County have a critical need for affordable and workforce housing,” stated Alexander Roberts, Executive Director of Community Housing Innovations. “In addition to assisting low and moderate income families, which have been the cornerstone of our down payment assistance program, with a somewhat higher income limit, CHI can also help two income families who currently exceed most thresholds for assistance.”

For more information on Community Housing Innovation’s Homebuyer Assistance Program, call Julie Stern, Senior Manager, Homeownership, 914-595-0979 or jstern@communityhousing.org.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Vision Long Island is organizing another physical clean-up crews to assist local communities damaged by heavy flooding for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done.  I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

FREEPORT:
Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

LINDENHURST:
Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

MASTIC BEACH:
St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

LONG BEACH:
Community Beautification projects such as landscape and design efforts and street clean
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 4pm
Register by emailing sandyvolunteers@longbeachny.gov or visit Kennedy Plaza 9am to 12pm.

Please provide your own supplies needed for clean-up:  Industrial bags, rakes, hammers, shovels, gloves, masks, heavy boots.  We may have many of these items available but it is safer to have them ready to go just in case.

SIMPLY CONTACT INFO@VISIONLONGISLAND.ORG OR CALL 631-804-9128 SO WE KNOW WHO IS SIGNING UP

Presentation of the Development Strategy for Huntington Station on May 7th

On May 7th, Renaissance Downtowns will be presenting the Development Strategy document to the Town of Huntington officials, groups, and community.

The presentation will be taking place in Huntington Town Hall at 2:00pm and again at 7:00pm.

Huntington Station once had a thriving downtown, and like all communities deserves a re-energized vibrant downtown with a mix of uses that can be enjoyed by both residents and visitors alike. To achieve this goal, Renaissance Downtowns has partnered with the Town of Huntington, the Huntington Economic Development Corporation, property and business owners and most importantly, the Huntington Station Community in an effort to revitalize Downtown Huntington Station. This Development Strategy document outlines a year of Renaissance funded (private equity) community collaboration that has culminated in implementable revitalization strategies which can result in the comprehensive redevelopment of underutilized municipal land into tax generating mixed-use developments. Huntington has a distinctive advantage on Long Island of having a thriving and successful Village. It is of great importance that the Huntington Station Revitalization works with the Village’s entrepreneurs to ensure the success of the Town as a whole.

View the Development Strategy document in full screen or download via the Source the Station website. The Spanish version is here

All are welcome and feel free to wear your "Source the Station" t-shirts.

To find out more details or to RSVP please click here.

Long Island Business Council's next meeting on May 9th, Featuring Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice

On Thursday, May 9th from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale. Our featured spreaker will be Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice, and Long Island Press publisher Jed Morey. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

Please RSVP to the meeting by contacting info@visionlongisland.org or by calling 1-877-811-7471. We will be releasing the meeting agenda very soon so keep an eye out for that email!

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

CNU New York’s Regional Summit at Schenectady’s Stockade to take place May 10th

The New York Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU New York) invites you to a Regional Summit that will be held at the Stockade Inn in Schenectady, New York on Friday evening May 10th and all day Saturday May 11th. You can register here at any time.

The fee for the event is $75. To stay at the Stockade Inn, call (518) 346-3400 or e-mail via www.stockadeinn.com. The Regional Summit in Schenectady will address key topics in the Capital Region, including the Economic Sustainability of our cities, towns, villages, and neighborhoods, particularly as this relates to New York State’s 10 Economic Regions. On Friday evening, James Kunstler, artist and author of Geography of Nowhere, The Long Emergency, and World Made by Hand, will regale us with his latest observations.

Saturday morning will focus on what is new in New Urbanism, ranging from fundamentals to an update on the latest initiates. Hear more about Sprawl Repair, Transportation Reform, the SmartCode, and Tactical Urbanism from June Williamson, Mike King, Larry Gould, Marc Wouters, Anthony Tozzi, Russ Preston, and others. The keynote speakers at lunch will include John Norquist, author of The Wealth of Cities, and Chuck Marohn, author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns.

Saturday afternoon will have two sessions comparing whether the new economy will come from top down efforts, with Peter Fleischer, Paul Beyer, Mark Nikita and Chuck Marohn, or from the bottom up with Todd Fabozzi, Paul Dyster, John Anderson, and Dan O’Brien.

The last part of the day will be a Round Robin Roundtable discussion with the day’s panelists engaging with the attendees to debate ideas presented by John Norquist and Vision Long Island Exective Director Eric Alexander. This will also give us the chance for an energetic questions and answers session.

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading national organization promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, economic sustainability and healthier living conditions, and CNU New York is our state chapter.

Register now here.

Annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast to take place on May 10th

On May 10th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast between 8:00am and 10:00am at Molloy College’s Suffolk Center at Republic Airport (see http://www.molloy.edu/aboutmolloy/suffolk-center). Each year, the best and brightest of Long Island’s future and young planners strive for the Arthur Kunz Scholarship, which allows for the recipient to attend the annual American Planning Association Conference.

This year, the need for continued planning efforts was showcased when Hurricane Sandy rumbled up the eastern coast, directly hitting the region and changing the way the public perceived the role of municipal government and its planners.

The region is rebuilding stronger than ever, and these young planners are carrying out the tradition that Arthur Kunz started in Suffolk County: furthering their planning education while helping Long Island once again set the national precedent in creating the balance between both regional sustainability and economic prosperity.

Planning is crucial to helping Long Island become resilient to the challenges that lay ahead, and the Arthur Kunz Scholarship helps ensure the best and brightest are given the tools to succeed.

Keynote Speaker: Rich Schaffer, Town of Babylon Supervisor

Long Island Planners and Sandy Recovery: Integrating GIS and Web-based Tools
A panel discussion moderated by James Rausse, AICP, President, NY Metro Chapter

FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS:
Sean Sallie, AICP, Nassau County DPW – Planning Division
Dave Genaway, Town of Islip Planning Commissioner

Award of APA Scholarships to the two planners that were selected through a competitive process to attend the 2013 APA National Planning Conference:
Andrew Amakawa, Suffolk County
Alyxandra Sabatino, Town of Southold

A healthy breakfast buffet will be provided. Registration Costs: $15 students; $20 municipal, APA members, non-profits; $25 pre-registration; and $30 at the door. All net proceeds fund future scholarships. To register for this event, please send name, affiliation and contact information to keiseman@nelsonpopevoorhis.com and mail a check payable to “LI Section” to: APA – LI Section, c/o Kathryn Eiseman, Treasurer, Nelson, Pope & Voorhis, LLC

Vision Long Island is a cosponsor of this breakfast.

To register electronically please visit the APA website.

Public Relations Professionals of Long Island Presents the 23rd Annual Awards Gala on May 14th

Each year, notable Long Islanders are honored by the Public Relations Professionals of Long Island (PRPLI) at a celebratory Awards Gala. This year, the event is being held on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 6:00 at The Chateau Caterers in Carle Place, honorees and their supporters will truly enjoy a night to remember.

Vision Long Island is being honored for the "Long Island Achievement" Award. Executive Director Eric Alexander will be receiving the award for his efforts and dedication to rebuilding communities and helping local residents hard hit by Superstorm Sandy.

PRPLI is the premier organization for public relations, marketing, and communications practitioners. Recognized as one of the most prestigious award programs on Long Island, the celebratory Gala helps support the organization's mission to provide a platform for its members to network, learn, mentor, and advance in their careers. Proceeds of the event will also benefit PRPLI student scholarships.

Other Honorees Include:
Rising Star: Kalli Dionysiou, Harrison Leifer DiMarco
Jack Rettaliata Lifetime Achievement: Robert Zimmerman, Zimmerman/Edelson, Inc.
Mentor: Jeff Morosoff, Hofstra University
Media: Kristine Wolf, New York Real Estate Journal
PR Campaign of the Year: Theresa Statz-Smith, Long Island Arts Alliance

Tickets are still available for the event, there are also student and member discounts. Sponsorships are also available. If you have any questions, please contact prplinominations@gmail.com or visit the event website.

Community Conversations meeting to take place on Tuesday, May 14th

On Tuesday, May 14rh, Community Conversations will be holding their next meeting titled Suburbs for the Next Generation: What do we value most?

The meeting will feature a panel to be facilitated by James McGowan, the Executive Director of Off Campus Administration at Adelphi University. Panelists will include John Cameron of the Long Island Regional Planning Council, Dana Friedman, president of the Early Years Institute, and Thomas L. Rogers, the District Superintendent and CEO of BOCES.

The event will take place at the Northport Public Library, located at 151 Laurel Avenue in Northport. Come on down to join the conversation, and don't forget to visit their Facebook page located here. You can also view the flyer for the event here.

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 info@visionlongisland.org. 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?

NASSAU

Baldwin


Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
clearviewcinemas.com

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
clearviewcinemas.com

Hicksville


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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
clearviewcinemas.com

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:
Chris Mann in Concert - Friday, May 3rd at 8:00pm
SHUT UP SIT DOWN & EAT® America's first plomedy! a.k.a Stai zitto siediti e mangia is the only cure for Italian insanity! - Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm
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

Roslyn

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Clearview Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

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Babylon


Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon
clearviewcinemas.com

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Howie Day and Nine Days special unplugged performance - Friday, May 3rd at 8:00pm
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Presents: Sherry & Buddy "The Mom & Dad Comedy Show" - Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm
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:
Guest Rental: 5th Annual Classical Students for Katy's Courage Fund - Friday, May 3rd at 7:30pm
Daisy Jopling Band featuring East Hampton High School Chanterelle, Manly Men & Far East Fiddle Club - Saturday, May 4th at 7:30pm
Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip


Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village


The Paramount

370 New York Ave, Huntington:
The Paramount Comedy Series: Dana Carvey - Friday, May 3rd at 8:00pm
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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:
Boeing Boeing - Friday, May 3rd at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 4th at 3:00pm and 8:00PM, and Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Legends of Ol' Skool: Nice & Smooth, Rob Base - Friday, May 3rd at 5:00pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, May 4th at 6:00pm
Jackyl, Great White & L.A. Guns - Sunday, May 5th at 5:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772
631-438-0083
plazamac.org

Port Jefferson


Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
The Diary of Anne Frank - Friday, May 3rd at 10:30am and 8:00pm and Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 3rd at 10:30pm
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

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

Riverhead


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Serge Forte and the Serge Forte Trio - Friday, May 3rd at 8:00pm
The Wizard of Oz - Saturday, May 4th at 11:00am
Comedy! "The Warm-Up Guys" Presented by Catch A Rising Star - Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo with SERENATA MEXICANA! - Sunday, May 5th at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
Grateful Dead Tribute Show featuring Half Step - Saturday, May 4th at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
Stages presents Grease - Saturday, May 4th at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
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


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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


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.

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