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“Too many pedestrians have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries along dangerous roadways on Long Island. We must ensure that our communities have safer streets that protect our children, seniors, and pedestrians. These common-sense federal measures would provide more investment towards safer roadways and help prevent these tragic accidents from happening.”
Senator Gillibrand.

“Long Island is a bustling suburb with over 2.6 million cars on our roadways. Ensuring the safety of pedestrians who share the streets with motor vehicles is critically important.  Senator Kirsten Gillibrand has crafted legislation that will safeguard all pedestrians and help local governments to protect our children, senior citizens and all neighbors who walk along area streets."  Hempstead Town Supervisor Murray. 

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Please join us for the 2014 Smart Growth Awards!

Friday, June 13th, 2014
11:30 AM to 2:00 PM
The Crest Hollow Country Club
Woodbury, 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
- Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
- Utilize clean energy and green building development

Congratulations to this year's winners!

Regional Leadership
Hon. Ed Mangano
Nassau County Executive

Regional Leadership
Robert Scheiner
H2M Architects + Engineers

Community Revitalization
Bernadette Martin
Friends & Farmers

Operation Splash

Great Neck Sewer District

Transportation Choices
Sunday Bus Service
Hon. Jay Schneiderman

Suffolk County Legislature

Sense of Place
Bayshore Revitalization
Greenview Properties

Housing Choices
Wincoram Commons
Town of Brookhaven, Conifer Realty,
Coram Civic Association, CDC of Long Island

Strengthening Existing Communities
Downtown on Main, Smithtown
DC5 Properties

Mixed Use
Envision Valley Stream
The Village of Valley Stream

Compact Building Design
Sag Harbor

Community Leadership
Neighbors Supporting Neighbors, Babylon

Community Leadership
Sandy Support, Massapequa Style

Community Leadership
11518 East Rockaway


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In Memoriam

Civic Board Member, Pat Duffield, Passes Away

It is with deep regret that we inform you of Pat Duffield’s death. Pat passed away on Sunday, April 6th.

Most of you know that Pat had been an active member of the Lake Ronkonkoma community. She served on the Executive Board of the civic organization since its inception, holding a variety of positions. She also chaired our Fall Festival for many years, organized many of our events, and chaired our Scholarship Committee. Pat was also active in the Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society and Friends of Sachem Library. Ultimately, she was a cheerleader and supporter for Lake Ronkonkoma. She will be missed greatly and we will always be grateful for her efforts to better our community.

Vision Long Island worked with Pat during the County Rd 16 visioning, planning, and reconstruction project.

Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

Hundreds Tour LI For First Annual Smart Growth Saturday

The first annual Smart Growth Saturday attracted nearly 200 people gathered in downtowns across Nassau and Suffolk Counties to examine current and completed projects.

Tours meandered through Bay Shore, Farmingdale, Huntington, Mineola, Patchogue and Westbury, viewing communities that have won multiple Smart Growth Awards from Vision Long Island for transit-oriented, mixed-use and Complete Streets projects over the years.

In Bay Shore, Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron and Vision Board member Dr. Nathalia Rogers led a contingent around Main Street. Joined by the likes of Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program Lead Vanessa Lockel, and Friends of Long Island members Kim Skillen and Theresa DiPietto-Roesler, and members of the Central Islip Coalition of Good Neighbors, the tour viewed The YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, Greenview Properties’ Chelsea Place and other business and housing projects.

Bay Shore was prosperous around the turn of the last century, Flotteron said, but the opening of the South Shore Mall and closure of local mental health facilities sent the community spiraling downward. Retail moved away from Main Street, residents lost their jobs and patients were dumped into various Long Island communities without any support. Rock bottom came in the 1990s when half of the storefronts were empty, and many of those that weren’t were churches or laundry facilities.

But the neighborhood is no longer a nightmare and still on the upswing. Alleyways between storefronts and parking were designed to be wide, well-lit and decorated. In some parts of town, community members and business owners pooled their money and bought some of the problem buildings in town. The current Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery was saved from demolition and rebuilt to reflect its image as the community’s first firehouse and Jewish temple. Derelict buildings were razed to expose canals and other water abutting Main Street; the site of the former Paradise bar is now the waterfront home of Bay Shore’s gazebo.

“We needed a village square and we didn’t have one,” Flotteron said.

The tour visited Chelsea Place, a development of 28 apartments in carefully designed structures. Even the smallest units – a one-bedroom unit priced over $1,000, is still built on two floors to create a sense of home. With flowers and black fences in front, garages tucked away in the back and neighboring the LIRR station, the development is part of the gateway to Bay Shore and popular connection to the Fire Island ferries.

In downtown Huntington, Vision board member Bob Fonti began the tour at the recently-renovated Paramount Theater. Fellow board members Ron Stein, Joy Squires and David Berg joined others in attendance. The theater, a $7 million investment, frequently attracts folks from across the island to Huntington for rock concerts and other events. It also acts as an anchor to many of the bars and restaurants in the area. From there, the tour walked along New York Avenue towards Main Street and east toward the Old Town Hall passing a row of shops that were among the first restore their facades to their historic character. In the plaza in front of the Old Town Hall the group discussed the proposed boutique hotel that has been approved for the property and some of the issues such as parking that the village is dealing with. The group walked north on Steward to see the site of the proposed mixed use development at the former Huntington Ice and Cube building then walked along Gerard Street towards two other mixed use projects.

The two projects are owned by Heatherwood Communities.  The first was built in 2005 and the second is currently under construction.  The rent for the apartments in the building on the corner of New York Avenue and Gerard Street are between $2200 and $2500 showing the high demand for downtown living.  Further down Gerard Street, in front of the post office, the group visited the roundabout that was installed in 2003 after a charrette held in the winter of 2000.  Stein gave the tour a history of Smart Growth in Huntington leading up to the Gerard Street Charrette. The roundabout has calmed traffic in the area, making it safer for pedestrians to cross between the municipal parking lot, post office and movie theater. It also made the area more attractive leading to restaurants fronting the roundabout starting to have outdoor dining. The tour group got a sneak peak of one just about ready to open.

Finally the tour headed back towards Main Street and up New York Avenue for a bite to eat at Portofino, one of downtown Huntington's many restaurants.

In the Village of Mineola, Mayor Scott Strauss led another group, highlighting many of the ongoing projects and offering insight. The new building projects aim to serve existing and new residents, including a new transportation hub, residential buildings for seniors as well as young professionals, and LaunchPad LI, which seeks to help start up new businesses in the area.

The first stop of the tour was the Intermodal Facility, which houses more than 900 parking spaces, LIRR and NICE connections, and a pedestrian overpass to the north and south sides of the train station. In providing transportation to and from Mineola, the Intermodal Facility promotes residence and business.

Many of the new projects are residential, including Hudson One Forty, The Marquis at Mineola and the Mineola Properties. These buildings are all designed to serve the community by providing not only new housing options, but in-house amenities, logical parking planning (first floor and underground parking), and buildings that complement the existing architecture and layout of the downtown. Apartments will serve a variety of demographics, from two-bedroom apartments for young professionals at the Mineola Properties building, to 36 age-restricted units at the Hudson House.

By creating centralized and affordable, as well as luxury, apartments, Mayor Strauss hopes to bring a demand for new businesses in the downtown area. To help stimulate growth, Mineola has welcomed LaunchPad LI, a business accelerator and coworking community that helps young entrepreneurs and start-ups get off the ground in order to create companies and jobs on Long Island.

Another large project designed to stimulate growth is the Winthrop Research Institute. In addition to cutting edge medical research, the institute could bring in new jobs and increased business in the area from staff and conference attendees.

In leading the tour, Strauss spoke candidly about the delicate balance in pushing forward these new projects. The first priority, underlying any talks of business and building, has always been to serve the interests of the people of Mineola. The Village of Mineola has made it clear to any business looking to build that not only does the new project have to serve the people of Mineola, but that the project has to move forward with the Village’s long term interests in mind. Companies have been rewarded with projects being fast tracked in return for having invested money into paving roadways, parks, and capital projects.
“We realized change is inevitable, so we might as well have change on our own terms,” Strauss said.

Smart Growth Saturday in Patchogue Village, Vision Long Island Board Members Peter Florey and Lionel Chitty joined as it kicked off with Mayor Pontieri discussing some of the projects happening in his community. The Riverwalk – a 163-unit community half a block from the LIRR station and close to shopping, restaurants and performing arts on Main Street – was the launch point for the day’s events.

Developer Mike Kelly offered some history on the site, once the home of Clare Rose before becoming blighted. The loss of those jobs in the area affected the businesses on Main Street. Working together with the mayor and other levels of government, they were able to turn things around and create an incredible housing market like Copper Beach and breathe life back into their downtown.

Pontieri also spoke of his dedication to bringing back the downtown. He said he was focused on creating a place that the young people would want to live, and talked about how that has helped the downtowns because they support the local businesses.  “You know who is in our downtown on a Friday night? Our new 25-35 year olds. I’m the oldest one down there.” He also talked about how minimal these developments have been on the local school district. He noted that while he wants to be sensitive to the amount of school districts, you also want to create a place that people can age in. Getting the young people is just the beginning.

After touring the Riverwalk, residents walked by Copper Beech Village where they were able to see its connectivity to the other development and how they came around to the main street. Completed in 2007, Copper Beech is a community of 80 two-bedroom townhouses, located less than a block from the Patchogue train station. Homes were originally awarded as part of a lottery, and resales are limited to percentages of the Nassau/Suffolk area median income based on household size.

After passing Copper Beech Village, the tour passed the community garden and onto the recently completed ArtSpace – a five-story building with 45 live/work spaces on the upper floors and both The Patchogue Arts Council and Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center at street level. Completed in 2011, the $18 million project represents both economic revitalization and a strengthening of the local arts community. It also includes a 2,000 square foot gallery space. The tour guide explained how tenants vary between painters, musicians, graphic artist and even cake designers. They were encouraged to display their work outside of their apartments and in the gallery.

Continuing on the tour, Pontieri and Trustee Lori Devlin pointed out some the highlights in the village including great restaurants, long time business, and the many murals painted throughout the village.  Peter Florey of D&F Development shared some of the details of his future project on Main Street.

Participants were able to see some of the draws to the village including the Patchogue Theater for Performing Arts.  Revitalization of the Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts, the Emporium and other venues began in 1997 when several local businessmen came up with the initial funds to purchase the Theater and the Village of Patchogue applied for grants to renovate the building. The theatre was restored to its original 1923 style in several phases with the first performance held in December 1998. There are now 944 orchestra seats and 222 balcony seats. Mayor Pontieri also mentioned The Emporium –a music venue, bar, beer garden and eatery with indoor and outdoor seating.

The tour closed out as participants made their way to the Four Corners New Village – a mixed-use development with 291 residential units, 46,100 sq. feet of restaurant/retail and 18,000 sq. feet of office space. There are five new residential buildings, each four stories over parking with the exception of the locations where the ground level is to be retail, which will be only three stories of residential. In addition to the existing retail at 31 West Main, retail will be located along Ocean Avenue, Main Street and Havens Boulevard.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander assisted Deputy Mayor Patricia A. Christiansen on a tour of the newly revitalized downtown in the Village of Farmingdale. Vision Long Island Board Member Neal Lewis kicked off the tour by outlining the importance of public process in planning redevelopment. Deputy Mayor Christiansen as well as past trustees who joined the tour, gave the history of the process and some of the challenges they have overcome to breathe new life into this vibrant downtown.  In the past, there were as many as 27 vacant store fronts in the village but they are now down to 2 vacancies. 

On the tour, participants had a chance to see Jefferson Plaza which located diagonally across from the Farmingdale train station, and is also one block away from Farmingdale’s Main Street retail corridor. The project will be a mixed use transit oriented development consisting of 115 residential units with 162,000 gross square feet of residential and a 70,000 s.f. below grade parking garage with 172spaces. The project will feature high-end rental units with a range of amenities, and courtyard recreational areas as well as 12 workforce housing units.

Adjacent to the train station, participants passed the Staller Project which will feature a 27-unit apartment complex.  The project will include a new 3½-story building and the conversion of an existing brick warehouse keeping with the look of the red brick facade to better match the current downtown’s look.

A more passive part of the downtown are the parks.  Bethpage Road Pocket Park, formerly county-owned land, was transferred to the Village of Farmingdale for the purpose of creating a passive pocket park.  The park is located at the corner of Bethpage Road and Main Street in Farmingdale.  The Village Green, located between Village Hall and the fire Department, covers 1 mile of space in the middle of their downtown and a point of pride for the local village government.

Running from Fulton Street through to the railroad tracks, Main Street features a mix of local restaurants, businesses, and specialty shops.  The night scene has also improved with the opening of Croxley Ales as well as the well-known Library Cafe and various other bars.  Finally, the specialty shops are a draw with a wide variety of offered products.

In the Village of Westbury, Mayor Peter Cavallaro started out his tour at The Space at Westbury.  Joined by Vision Long Island Co-chair Trudy Fitzsimmons, Mayor Cavallaro took residents through downtown Village of Westbury. 

Throughout the tour he referred to some of the key attributes that have assisted the village in their efforts.  This included having a active and cooperative Business Improvement District which helps to get business owners involved and host events that drew crowds to the downtown.  It also included creating an active and developing arts and cultural scene and the formation for the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts.  The Chamber of Commerce was also keep in not only bringing business in but to help retain them.  Lastly, wide community support for the Smart Growth initiatives was key.   Located on Post Ave. in their heart of their downtown, this theater enjoys new life as one of Long Island’s premiere downtown concert venues.  Referred to as the capstone of the downtown, The Space at Westbury helps to drive people to this smart growth community. Mayor Cavallaro pointed out that just a few blocks from their train station is a mix of housing, 130 businesses and only 8 vacancies, entertainment and beautiful neighborhoods surrounding the downtown.  Grants for façade renovations for are one of the things that Mayor Cavallaro believes helped jumpstart this revitalization.

   Through the tour, participants we able to see a variety of business in this vibrant downtown. On the corner of Post Ave and Maple Ave., participants passed the Piazza Ernetso Strada. They were also able to see a mix of housing types. Westbury Gardens has 39 townhouse-style condo and rental units.  Horizon at Westbury, which was also a part of the tour houses 90 condo units and Maple Towers Condos has 92 units.  Just north of The Space, Legacy on Post has 16 rental units.   Currently under construction, the New Krupp property will be home to 10 rental units as well as retail.  The Bristol is also in the downtown and has 140 assisted living units. 
Downtown Facades, lighting, and commuter and shopper parking were highlighted on the tour to showcase how important a new look was to creating this new downtown and giving it a uniformed sense of place. 

"Walking downtown reminds us of the reat progress made in many of our main streets across Long Island" say Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. "“We are getting alot of great feedback from folks in other communities asking when is the next tour,” Alexander said.

For more information about this tour or if your community is interesting in particpating int he futre, contact our office at 631-260242 or email us at

New Parking Meter Management Comes to Long Island Downtowns

Some merchants in the Village of Patchogue are griping about new parking meters, although village officials championed the system as a way to protect Main Street.

According to a CBS story, metered parking is scaring away customers. But Deputy Mayor Jack Krieger said merchants asked Village Hall to keep motorists from occupying the same Main Street spaces all day.

“They asked us to enforce the code,” he said.

Until this winter, all 2,000 parking spaces in Patchogue’s business district had been free. Muni meters were installed in late December. A grace period was extended through January before parking enforcement officers began ticketing in early February. Krieger said they wanted residents to see the meters before they had to use them.

These days, 244 parking spaces on Main Street have a fee to use. Parking between 10 a.m.-6 p.m. costs 25 cents for a half-hour with a 90-minute limit. Between 6 p.m.-2 a.m., it jumps to 50 cents every 30 minutes, but there’s no cap. Officials also instituted a $5 flat fee for evenings, avoiding the need to keep feeding the meter.

The village is also exploring options with three municipal parking lots. The deputy mayor expects spaces closest to the back of stores to be metered, with those further away where employees park to remain free. They met with the Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday to discuss details, e.g. time limits on free parking.

Revenue from the parking program, Krieger added, is going towards future parking projects. Local merchants asked Village Hall to provide more parking with the region enjoying an economic boom. But elected officials were reluctant to pass those costs on to taxpayers and the small businesses refused to pick up the tab.

They’re looking at a $10 million plan to buy properties, build surface parking and erect a parking garage. In all, that would accommodate about 500 new parking spaces.

“The money from the parking meters goes directly into a fund to be used to buy property, to make lots safer and all the things we have to do. Free parking isn’t free; it takes a lot money to maintain those lots,” Krieger said.

Both Islip Councilman Steve Flotteron and Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander argued metered parking is a tool to maintain the flow of customers Smart Growth creates.

“I think it will ultimately work out,” Alexander said. “The key is communication. The key is how it’s managed.”

In the hamlet of Bay Shore, Flotteron confirmed Town of Islip officials are developing plans for parking meters. Expected to be in place later this year, the councilman said meters persuade employers not to soak up prized parking by their stores and create customer turnover.

“It’s a good problem. Years ago we had nobody parking on Main Street. Now with Smart Growth ventures over the years in Bay Shore, we need to manage parking,” Flotteron said. “There will always be plenty of free parking.”

Downtown Riverhead vs County Rd 58: Competitive or Complementary?

In a matter of miles, the Town of Riverhead has two very different commercial faces.
Downtown Riverhead is just 3 miles away from the corporate shopping centers of Route 58, but these small businesses receive an average of 7,000 less visitors every day. Despite its charm and attractions like the Long Island Aquarium and Suffolk Theater, Riverhead is still facing an uphill effort to bring people to the downtown.

Part of the challenge is bringing awareness to shoppers on Route 58 of the Main Street just minutes away.

“Route 58 was designed and planned this way,” Vision Long Islander Executive Director Eric Alexander said. “The town board intentionally wanted to see big retailers locate there.”

Route 58 was built in 1936 as an industrial zone, but turned to shopping centers with the rise of big box and warehouse style stores like Walmart and Costco, along with the accompanying chain restaurants, such as Applebee’s and Starbucks.
With the rising movement on Long Island towards smart-growth, downtown Riverhead has been undergoing changes to bring business and residents back in. Spearheading these efforts is Town Supervisor Sean Walter, who is working towards revitalizing the downtown by inviting new projects and businesses onto Main Street.

“If Main Street wants to survive, it has to reinvent itself,” Sean Walter told us over the phone. “The stores on Route 58 aren’t going away if there’s a demand for them.” Route 58 is an easy place to build, there is plenty of land to build large stores, and bring in a lot of money and customers with them."

Sean Walter sees the survival of the Riverhead Downtown coming from new projects that bring business to residents. In a rough economy, he told us, people will be more inclined to be drawn downtown by the prospect of business.

In addition to opening new stores, Riverhead has been taking efforts to provide more residential development in the downtown area. Summerwind Square is a next generation residential development just a block over from Main Street, which boasts 52 rental units and retail space approaching 8,500 square feet.

One large struggle that Riverhead still faces is its lack of public transit. With Long Island Rail Road trains only providing 4 trains per day, and limited bus services, people are very dependent on cars. “Cars are just a fact of life out here,” Walter acknowledged.
The Hyatt does provide shuttles to nearby attractions, such as vineyards and the Tanger outlets, but these options are for people staying at the hotel.

Despite the challenges and competition, Downtown Riverhead is poised to push forward, and Sean Walter is confident. “Riverhead is already ahead of the curve on Long Island,” he told us, and with this forward momentum, you can be sure to see further growth.

For more on this story, check out this article in Long Island Business News (subscription required).


Senator Gillibrand Announces Pedestrian Safety Initiatives

Long Island’s roadways, some of which are the most dangerous in the Tri-State area, may receive federal funding for improvements toward pedestrian safety if Senator Kristen Gillibrand’s newly written legislation passes.

Gillibrand’s Pedestrian Safety Act of 2014 contains legislation to allow funds for federal highway safety to go to improving walkability and pedestrian safety on Long Island roads.

Many of Long Island’s roadways are impractical for pedestrians, with road crossings that are few and far between, and are designed for limited safe use by pedestrians. In 2012 there were 39 pedestrian deaths in Nassau County alone, and nearly 1000 injuries, according to the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Suffolk County did no better, with 41 fatalities and 559 injuries. Hempstead Turnpike in Nassau has been named by the State DMV as one of the most dangerous roads in the region, and Jericho Turnpike in Suffolk has been deemed the region’s most dangerous road for pedestrians.

Senator Gillibrand announced the new bill at Eisenhower Park this past Monday, and spoke about the need for safer roadways.

“Too many pedestrians have lost their lives or suffered serious injuries along dangerous roadways on Long Island. We must ensure that our communities have safer streets that protect our children, seniors, and pedestrians. These common-sense federal measures would provide more investment towards safer roadways and help prevent these tragic accidents from happening.”

Road improvements that could be funded with federal dollars would allow for safer road crossings and more separation between pedestrians and motor vehicles. This can be achieved through design solutions such the pedestrian hybrid beacon, a type of crosswalk that allows crossing highways and roads without pedestrian intersections. Other methods include pedestrian sidewalks, crossing islands, and countdown signaling.

 “Federal legislation aimed at pedestrian improvements will go a long way to addressing this safety epidemic facing Long Island roadways,” said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander. “For too long folks have been wringing their hands saying design solutions do not exist.”

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has acclaimed the new bill, saying the legislation “will safeguard all pedestrians and help local governments to protect our children, senior citizens, and all neighbors who walk along area streets.”

In conjunction to improving the walkability of existing roads with the newly announced bill, Gillibrand has also co-sponsored The Safe Streets Act of 2014, which will improve the new designs in federal road projects to allow for safe use by not only drivers, but pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit passengers.

For more on this story, check out Newsday.

Small Business IRAs Proposed In Albany Legislature

State legislation mimicking proposed federal law could give Long Island mom and pop shops a vehicle to save for the future and protect themselves from the next recession.

State Senator Jack Martins (R-Garden City) has sponsored a bill to create tax-deferred savings accounts, commonly nicknamed small business IRAs. Assemblyman Charles Lavine is also sponsoring a bill.

But the idea came from Dr. Nathalia Rogers, a professor at Dowling College and director of their American Communities Institute. It came from a study she conducted with a $200,000 Small Business Administration grant.

“It creates a very effective direct stimulus structure that we didn’t have before,” Rogers said of the legislation. “We give stimulus to large automakers, AIG and other large businesses, but we have no direct stimulus for small businesses.”

If approved, the state bill would allow companies with up to 50 employees to create tax-deferred accounts. Those could be used to deposit and withdraw funds tax-free to create full-time jobs.

Martin’s legislation only allows for taxes to be ignored if the withdraw would create jobs. The federal legislation, championed by Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington), would also include language for recessions and distressed communities.

When Israel announced plans to introduce the bill in March, Rogers praised the proposal for opening the door to all small business owners. She also said such a system could have been used 20 years ago.

Neither the federal nor the state plan accounts for details, like how much could be saved in one of these accounts. Israel’s proposal does limit funds to just eight years in a small business IRA account; it would be fully taxed and removed at that point if not otherwise used.

“Our point was you need a universal measure, where people can access their own money tax-free,” Rogers said. “Small businesses have no access to capital during economic slowdowns.”

However, both plans received continued support from Long Island Business Council. Suffolk Chairman said it is essential small businesses have access to funds with troubling economic times more common. Nassau Chairman Richard Bivone said the money could protect future economic growth.

For more on this story, check out Long Island Business News.

Zucaro Making A Name In Sandy House Lifting Industry

Andy Zucaro was fortunate to avoid flooding from Superstorm Sandy that continues to plague thousands along the South Shore. But with his crews in the field helping less fortunate Long Islander, the owner of Zucaro Construction had a sobering realization.

“As we were fixing all these houses, I realized they were going to flood again,” he said.

A commercial construction contractor with 35 years in the business, Zucaro recognized the business opportunity in house raising last winter and entered the market. With years of labor and structural experience, he cold-called the manufacturer of equipment used in lifting buildings. They identified California-based Charlie Scott as the best in the business.

Zucaro Construction bought Scott’s third-generation business and moved his team to Long Island in February 2013. The new Zucaro House Lifters raised their first house later that month.

In the 15 months since, they’ve raised 97 homes. And if NY Rising actually releases money to homeowners in the near future, Zucaro said there’s an opportunity to work on hundreds or thousands of homes in the next five years.

“I’m geared up for it,” he said.

The California team has also spent the past year training their new Long Island coworkers. Zucaro House Lifting now has two teams of seven specifically handling the liftings; a third crew is coming together now.

With more than a year of experience, Zucaro’s company has also formed a relationship with Sandy recovery nonprofit Adopt A House. The Lindenhurst-based organization provides accurate information and resources to victims of the storm.

Christina Galante, cofounder of Adopt A House and Zucaro’s new director of Marketing, said this gives members of the nonprofit a trustworthy source on lifting houses. The company provides answers to basic questions and can obviously also offer estimates.

“I know I’m pointing them in the right direction,” she said.

When it comes to the actual job, Zucaro House Lifting handles demolition of the foundation, placing helical piles, installing the new foundation and lowering the house. The owner said he works with “reputable contractors” who can handle the rest of the work; these same companies also come to Zucaro with work.

For more information about Zucaro Construction, check them out online.

Be A Part Of The 2014 Organic Landscaper List

The tulips are blooming and leaves are reappearing on trees. Now is a great time to join the 2014 Organic Long Island Landscaper Listing Program.

Green companies are invited to participate in the program to reach customers who care.

Sponsored by the Neighborhood Network, the list only includes companies that provide 100 percent organic lawn services.

Participating businesses will have proved they met Neighborhood Network’s education and training requirements; demonstrated knowledge in organic methods; signed a contract to comply with our standard for organic horticulture that includes lists permitted and prohibited products and practices; and operate transparently by agreeing to inspections to ensure compliance.

In exchange, the 2014 Organic Landscaper List is distributed to thousands of Long Island homes, schools, government officials and health food stores.

The cost to sign up for the 2014 Listing Program is $75 for first time participants or $50 for renewals. Contact Neighborhood Network at 631-963-5454 or online for more information.

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.


Alexander: LI’s downtowns shaping up

During this long, cold winter, construction crews were busy in many of our downtowns.

The business districts of Mineola, Westbury, Farmingdale, Huntington, Bay Shore and Patchogue, among others, are all completing building projects. In Mineola, there are three $80 million construction projects underway; Farmingdale is completing two multifamily buildings adjacent to its train station. Westbury opened a theater, while Bay Shore, Patchogue and Huntington have new mixed-use developments close to opening.

Many Long Islanders are touring these six communities at the inaugural Smart Growth Saturday to get a feel for what’s working and what’s coming next. As we know, Long Island is a community of communities and decisions on the shape and character of land use are derived locally. Regardless, these six communities are part of a regional trend that’s revitalizing our Main Streets.

Some common themes for success include:

1. Someone is in charge of managing the place. Four of the six communities are managed by local villages; Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Eckstrand and Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri are all visionary and hands-on in managing the place-making details and growth of their main streets. In the case of the downtowns of Huntington and Bay Shore, both are managed by town departments guided by local business leaders. The bottom line is that proactive local government matters in ensuring these redevelopment projects integrate with successful day-to-day Main Street operations.

2. Rental housing allowed. Housing growth on Long Island is starting to occur in downtown communities. These six downtowns have accommodated over 2,000 units of rental units and condos with more on the way. Ask any shop owner on Main Street with apartments moving in how the new residents support and frequent these establishments, and you’ll find these new neighbors very supportive anchors for economic stability.

3. Live performing arts. You don’t have to traverse to Manhattan or Brooklyn to see your favorite performing artist or appreciate local art and culture. The Paramount in Huntington, the Space at Westbury and the Emporium in Patchogue have national recording acts that draw thousands of young people each week while assisting the local restaurants and bars. Art galleries, shows and other performances keep LI’s downtowns a destination and not just a place to meet your daily retail needs.

4. Thriving restaurants/bars. The Meetball Place in Patchogue, the mellow atmosphere of the Chi Lounge in Westbury, authentic Portuguese cuisine in Mineola, 70-plus restaurant choices in Huntington, two new cafés and locally grown food in Farmingdale – these are just a sampling of the food and drink choices attracting folks downtown. Long Island’s main streets feature premier dining for all cuisines, tastes and income levels.

5. New entrepreneurs. Mineola and Huntington both have opened their doors to high-tech entrepreneurs with the newly opened Launchpad LI incubator space. The connection these young businessmen and women bring to the local downtown is palpable and sets a standard for the type of office environments to come around Long Island.

6. Welcoming diversity. Thriving commercial centers reflect the growing diversity of our communities. Go out on a Friday night and see folks of different ages, races and income levels frequent – and, in many cases, live in – these downtowns. In an increasingly multicultural society, these changing demographics represent the true community our Long Island has become and helps everyone in business and in our neighborhoods.

7. Public support and community leadership. Growth is planned by local governments, chambers of commerce, civic associations and local property owners. The projects approved by these six communities have largely been met with vocal public support – a far cry from the typical depiction of angry civic opposition to change. Not only is there community support, but the local officials run on campaigns tied to their revitalization projects and win handily.

The successes of these places were also derived without one big project, one big federal or state grant, one big plan or one big directive from a regional body or higher level of government. The progress has simply been a series of strategic interventions over a long period by local community, government and business leadership.

The good news is that in many downtowns, now you can shop, eat, recreate, live and invest. If you live in a community with a downtown that’s not yet in these transformative stages, publicly support local revitalization efforts. There are many places that prove there is market viability – and, ultimately, stronger communities.

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Eclectic Café Presents Fiddler Lissa Schneckenburger

The traditional music of New England can be as warm and comforting as a winter fire or as potent and exhilarating as a summer thunderstorm. And on May 10, it will be on display at the Unitarian Society in Bay Shore.

The Eclectic Café has announced a performance by fiddler and singer Lissa Schneckenburger. Schneckenburger is a master of both moods, a winsome, sweet-voiced singer who brings new life to old ballads and a skillful, dynamic fiddler who captures the driving rhythm and carefree joy of dance tunes old and new.

An open mic session will be held at 7:30 p.m. before Schneckenburger performs at 8:30 p.m.

Guests are asked to donate a non-perishable food item to their in-house food bank. For more information, contact them at 631-661-1278 or online.

APA Announces Annual Scholarship Breakfast May 16

The local chapter of nonprofit American Planning Association is holding an annual breakfast later this month.

The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association has announced their annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast will be held on May 16 from 8-10:30 a.m. at the Sustainability Institute Molloy College at Republic Airport.

Every year, the Long Island Section awards scholarships for new planning professionals and/or students to attend the National APA Conference. This year, three $1,500 scholarships have been awarded to attend the conference in Atlanta.

A session entitled “How to pay for it: Parking & Transportation Improvements” will be part of the breakfast program, featuring a distinguished panel of speakers (including Jean Celender, Mayor Great Neck Plaza; Gerald Giosa, Level G. Associates; and, Larry McAuliffe, NYMTC).   A healthy breakfast buffet will be provided.

Vision Long Island is once again a sponsor of the breakfast.

For more information or to register, check out the American Planning Association online.

Sustainable Living Film Series To Screen ‘Speciesism’ May 22

How do you feel about humanity’s status as top dog in the animal kingdom?

Join the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College for the latest flick in their Sustainable Living Film Series. Speciesism is slated to be shown at their Farmingdale location on May 22 from 6-9:30 p.m. A vegan buffet, beverages and popcorn will also be available.

The documentary questions the value of an animal’s life against our own and asks if humanity should control other beings simply because we can. It brings viewers face-to-face with the leaders of this developing movement, and, for the first time ever on film, fully examines the purpose of what they are setting out to do. Interviews from scholarly figures like Richard Dawkins, Sherry Colb and Gary Francione take the film’s arguments home and add to its credibility.
Director Mark Devries set out with a camera on a sometimes funny, sometimes frightening adventure, crawling through the bushes that hide these modern animal farm factories, flying in airplanes above their toxic “manure lagoons,” and coming face-to-face with their owners.

For more information or to reserve a seat, contact the institute at 516-323-4510 or via email. There is a $5 admission fee.

Celebrate LI’s Women At 9th Annual Latina Hat Luncheon

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

Scheduled for May 23 at The Carltun in Eisenhower Park, their Latina Hat Luncheon is an annual ceremony to commemorate exceptional business women, community advocates and inspirational role models.

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

For more information or to attend, contact the chamber at 516-333-0105. Tickets must be purchased no later than May 9.

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.

Sustainability Institute at Molloy College Sponsors Vegan Living Program

The New York Vegan Living Program (NY VLP) is an educational program for the vegan-curious. Every Spring, they hold a series of talks, activities and classes, which covers the hows and whys of vegan living, nutritution, cooking, ethichal and environmental implications, and living in a not-yet-vegan word.

Vegan Living Program  Educational  Sessions:
All sessions  except June 29th  are  open  to the public, but to be a Pledge or Coach you must attend  all five!
Sat., May  31,  1-3pm - Introduction to Veganism (Open  to the public)
Sun., June 8, 1-3pm - Vegan Nutrition with guest Registered Dietitian (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 14,  1- 3pm - The Environment (with guest speaker, Sustainability Institute’s Demosthenes Maratos), and  Living Vegan In a Not-Yet-Vegan World (Open  to the public)
Sat., June 21,   1- 3pm - Field Trip to For the  Animals  Sanctuary (Limited spaces, RSVP a must) Sun., June 29,   5- 7pm - Graduation Celebration (Pledges and  Coaches only)

Register online as a Vegan Pledge, Vegan Coach, or for more information, visit and click on "Long Island, NY".

Introducing Farmers’ Market on the Village Green in Farmingdale

Eat Local Long Island is opening an expanded Farmers’ Market in Farmingdale Village on the Green starting Sunday June 1st. “The Farmers’ Market was previously located adjacent to A Taste of Long Island for the past two seasons and we are thrilled to expand the market and offer residents and the community a great new spot to meet, shop local and enjoy great, fresh offerings, as well as a casual shopping experience at the Village Green”, said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.

Jim & Courtney also operate the Farmers’ Market: Eat Local Long Island. “We look forward to a great Farmers’ Market on the Green, located next to the Fire House and Village Hall. Going into its third year, the market will be bigger and better with about 20 vendors on Sundays starting June 1st from 10am–3pm, rain or shine through Thanksgiving weekend (unless thunderstorms)”. Moving the market
to Sundays on the Village Green makes this more of a community, social happening, we hope everyone comes to check out all the great locally grown and made produce, food and more”, added Jim Thompson.

Local food artisans and vendors, with locally grown and produced, seasonal farm fresh produce, agriculture products and more will be at the market on Sundays.

RSVP Now For North Hempstead’s Downtown Conference

Registration is now open for the Town of North Hempstead’s Downtown Revitalization Conference.

Slated for June 6 at the Harbor Links Clubhouse in Port Washington, the event is an opportunity to learn about downtown improvements, financing improvements, using the arts to improve economic development and more.

Vision Long Island Assistant Director Tawaun Weber will participate on the opening panel, while Vision Board member David Berg is scheduled to participate in the “Planning Your Downtown Improvements” panel. Several mayors and elected officials are also expected to sit on panels.

For more information, contact Roy Smitheimer at 516-869-7614 or via email.

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.

State Sopports Economic Development With $750 Mil

Announced earlier this year as part of his budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo officially launched the fourth round of the Regional Economic Development Council program this week. Up to $750 million are available in state economic development funds.

"New York’s economy is on a come-back in large part because we have adopted a grassroots approach to economic development that is creating jobs and growing new industries across our state,” Governor Cuomo said. “The Regional Councils are working and we plan to continue that success with the fourth round this year. I look forward to seeing the new projects that the regions come up with as we continue to grow our economy and put New Yorkers back to work.”

Applications for the latest round opened to businesses, nonprofits, municipalities and the public on Thursday. The program is designed to create bottom-up regional economic growth by funding local projects designed to create jobs and support communities.

More than $2 billion have already been invested via Regional Economic Development Councils. The first three rounds funded more than 2,200 projects supporting more than 100,000 jobs statewide. Recipients of the third round were announced shortly before Christmas, with Long Island faring well. Ninety-eight Long Island projects received grants, tax credits and other funding totaling $83 million – the single most of all 10 regional economic development committees in the state for the third round. That included $2.5 million for the Glen Cove Waterfront; $1 million to Glen Cove, the Piazza; $1.5 million for Bus Rapid Transit in Suffolk County; $1 million for Kings Park sewers; $1.34 million for Riverhead sewers; $1 million for Wyandanch Rising; and half a dozen smaller awards.

In round IV, $150 million in capital funds, $70 million in Excelsior Tax Credits and $530 million from state agency programs are on the table. To win the funding, participants will have to focus on implementation of regional strategic economic development plans, encouraging economic growth through job creation and investment, and identifying global marketing and export strategies. The latter is part of Cuomo’s 2014 focus on international business.

Five regions identified as top performers last year will compete for two $25-million capital awards in 2014; the other five will compete for three $25-million awards. Long Island received the third most support through the first three rounds. Each region is also eligible for as much as $10 million in Excelsior Tax Credits to support job growth.

Applications, available here, are due by June 16 at 4 p.m. For more information, read the 2014 REDC Guidebook here.

NYSERDA Opens $30 Million Cleaner Greener Funding

Applications are now being accepted for $30 million in Cleaner Greener Communities funding.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA announced Phase II implementation grants are now open. The program is designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and is funded with proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.

Entries for Category 1 - incentive applications – will be accepted via open enrollment until funds are depleted or Sept. 20, 2015. Category 2 – planning initiatives – and category 3 – sustainability projects –will be accepted until June 16.

For technical questions, contact the Cleaner Greener Communities team. For more information about this funding, visit Cleaner Greener Communities online.

$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.

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, May 9 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

great neck
Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
Paul Reiser - Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
Clint Holmes in "This Thing Called Love" - Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
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
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
The Dillinger Escape Plan with Tera Melos
Hollow Earth Theory - Saturday, May 10 at 3:30 p.m.
Half Step - Saturday, May 10 at 8 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
Steve Forbert - Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
David Bromberg - Saturday, May 10 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
The Met: Live in HD Rossini’s "La Cenerentola" - Saturday, May 10 at 1 p.m.
Poetry Pairs with Toi Derricotte and Grace Schulman - Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Guest Rental: The Fourth Annual Recital for Students of Sophia Saridakis - Sunday, May 11 at 1 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
Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience - Friday, May 9at 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, May 9 at 8 p.m., Saturday, May 10 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
Flat Stanley - Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, May 11 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
The Lisa Polizzi Band, Drive and Anyway You Want It - Friday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
The Beatles 50th - Saturday, May 10 at 8:30 p.m.
Funkin' A - Saturday, May 10 at 11 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Rubix Kube - Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, May 10 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
BINGO-the Winning Musical - Friday, May 9 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 9 at 10:30 p.m.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice - Saturday, May 10 at 11 a.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
Jay & the Americans Rock & Roll Greats - Saturday, May 10 at 8 p.m.
Mother's Day Jazz Brunch with the Gail Storm Trio - Sunday, May 11 at 11:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No events scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Stages Spring Performance of Once Upon A Mattress - Saturday, May 10 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 11 at 2 p.m.
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.

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