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May 20th - 24th, 2013



Cameron Engineering

Cameron Engineering is a full service multi-disciplined consulting engineering firm founded in 1985. Cameron Engineering is a limited liability partnership.

Cameron Engineering has a professional staff of approximately 70 employees including 23 Professional Engineers licensed in New York State, two (2) Registered Landscape Architect and three (3) Members of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Their staff also includes many employees with graduate degrees in the fields of engineering and/or science. The staff works in a multi-disciplined environment and is familiar with overall project requirements, in addition to their specific area of expertise. This enables superior project coordination of disciplines, scheduling, planning for constructability, and implementation of a well-planned and conceived project.

Cameron Engineering has 26 professionals in various disciplines who have achieved the United States Green Building Council LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accreditation. They strive to implement high-performance buildings incorporating energy efficiency design, and sustainable sites through effective and efficient design and construction concepts. Their designs balance environmental responsibility, achieve resource efficiency, and provide occupant comfort and well-being.

“Brookhaven Town is pleased that this blighted property will finally be developed and improve the community with a multi-use development that includes much needed housing,” - Supervisor Romaine speaking on the Coram Commons proposals.


“For too long this site which lies at the center of historic Coram has remained blighted. Securing capital for the investment of Coram’s revitalization brings great hope to the community of Coram. I congratulate Conifer Realty and CDCLI for their hard work in advancing this important project. I also want to congratulate and thank the community for their dedication, patience and support throughout the process of transforming this site into an attractive mixed use center.  Every step forward for this development is a step toward the revitalization of Coram.” - Brookhaven Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert speaking on the Coram Commons 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
- Encourage citizen and stakeholder participation in development decisions
- Utilize clean energy and green building development

Vision is proud to announce our newest Honoree!

Vision is pleased to announce the honoree for Regional Leadership Congressman Peter King for his successful work against the odds in delivering the Sandy Relief Act this year and the Federal Transportation bill last year. We will behonoring him and an excellent group of LI leaders and projects.

Regional Leadership
United States Representative Peter King

Regional Leadership
Superstorm Sandy Cleanup and Rebuilding Volunteers

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

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

Bolt Bus

Clean Energy
Clean Energy Programs

Housing Choices
Linden Knolls, Hempstead
D & F Development

Envrionmental & Historic Preservation
Joy Squires
Huntington Conservation Board


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Brookhaven updates its Multi-Family Housing zoning code

The Town of Brookhaven has recently passed a significant change to their existing Multi Family Housing zone of the zoning code.  The previous code allowed multi-family housing in areas where it may not be appropriate- in areas without convenient access to transit or downtown walkable places.  The revised code amends this to focus multi-family houses in existing downtown areas, proposed downtowns according to adopted land use plans and walking distance from active train stations. It categorizes these areas into Primary Zones- those within ¼ mile or five minute walk of these centers and Secondary Zones- those ¼ mile from Primary Zones or a 10 minute walk from the centers.   In addition, it allows greater flexibility of density and height  within these zones-up to 10 units per acre and 3 ½ stories in Primary Zones and 7 1/2 units per acre and 2 ½ stories in Secondary Zones.  In exchange for this additional density, it requires the purchase of Pine Barrens Credits to help preserve additional open space.  The changes also removed the minimum lot size within the primary zone and reduced it in the secondary zone to allow for smaller infill developments in downtowns and other places where they weren’t previously possible.

In addition to location and dimensional changes, the new code also requires a larger component of workforce/affordable housing, from 10% in the previous code to 20%.  It also allows for a small amount of accessory retail or office use to serve the residents and either owner occupied or rental units that wasn’t previously allowed.

Though the changes made to the code are a positive step forward, some of them don’t go far enough.  The reduction of required lot sizes and setbacks are helpful to allow for a more walkable character of development, but certain requirements, such as a required 50’ sideyard setback regardless of lot size.  Setbacks this large would make small infill sites in downtowns, that would otherwise be eligible for this zone, completely undevelopable with setbacks covering the entire site.  Also, the setback and other requirements don’t adequately address the issue of street frontage.  It prohibits parking within the front yard of Secondary Zones, but neglects to prohibit it in Primary Zones.  It also doesn’t address how buildings front the street.  Many multifamily developments are designed with all of the units facing the center of the site and turn their backs on the surrounding neighborhood.  The code should also require that units adjacent to the public street face the street and fit within the surrounding context.   

While the allowance if accessory retail and office use is good, however there may be situations where it would be appropriate for the retail or office use to cater to the surrounding neighborhood as well and greater flexibility should be allowed-particularly in cases where the development is adjacent to commercial property.  Finally, additional density in downtowns in exchange for increased preservation of open space helps to focus development where it is most appropriate, but there are other community benefits that can be used in combination with or in exchange for open space.  Some communities may prefer the developer make sidewalk or park improvements, school district improvements or job development over exclusively open space preservation.

Vision Long Island attended the town board hearing on May 21st at Brookhaven Town Hall.  Despite opposition to the legislation by some community leaders, Vision Long Island spoke in favor of the legislation noting that these proposed amendments help to focus density where it is appropriate while protecting environmental sensitive areas and creates walkable, affordable communities.  However, Vision Long Island did recognize their concerns in regards to some of the dimensional and lot size requirements noting that there may be a need for flexibility in some cases to allow conformance with the existing character of the community. 

Overall the bill passed in a 4-3 vote with support shown various community groups and organizations including Long Island Community Foundation, Long Island Housing Partnership, the Regional Plan Association, and others.

“Congratulations to the people and organizations that have advocated over the years for multi-family housing and special kudos to Supervisor Romaine and the Brookhaven Council members who had the foresight and courage to adopt this legislation. With support and encouragement from allies like the ones listed above -- as well as so many others who are not listed, there is reason to hope that more municipalities will pass zoning codes that permit the development of critically needed multi-family rental and ownership opportunities across Long Island”, said Marge Rogatz, President, Community Advocates, Inc.

While those opposed were dissatisfied with the vote to pass the legislation in its current form, many agreed that there is a need for multifamily housing in Brookhaven and Long Island. 

Read more on the vote at Newsday.

LIPA Board Meeting update

We encourage everyone who is seeking to understand the debate over which set of reforms constitutes the best strategy for LIPA's future structure (starting in Jan. of 2014) to watch yesterday's LIPA trustee meeting, which is available on webcast. 

During yesterday's (May 23rd, 2013) LIPA trustee meeting, there was a lively discussion that we think most people will find very informative. Newsday covered some of the questions and comments in today's story. At the very least, we think those who take the time to watch the meeting will find the board to be well informed, fully engaged and working hard to find the best solution for Long Island's energy future. - First item under board meeting tab

You can check out more on this subject at Newsday.

Wincoram Commons in Coram Secures Funding for Phase I

On May 23, 2013, Vision Long Island joined with Coram Civic President Erma Gluck, Councilwoman Connie Kepert, Town Supervisor Ed Romaine and a host of others at the site of the former UA Theater in Coram where Marianne Garvin, President and CEO of Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI), announced that funding has been secured for Phase I of the site’s redevelopment. The project is a joint venture between the non-profit, Centereach-based Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Long Island and Conifer Realty of Rochester.

As each speaker addressed the crowd, they spoke of the benefits of a project like this as a way of keeping young people on Long Island and the positive impacts it would provide for the Coram community.  Supervisor Romaine highlighted Wincoram as a great example noting that those who are looking to build and develop in Brookhaven first look to redevelop. 

Councilwoman Kepert worked with the community and the Coram Civic association on the Middle Country Road Land Use Plan which was adopted in 20006.  In the Land Use Plan, it identified this site as a potential mixed use center for the Hamlet of Coram. It was then that CDCLI came to the civic and asked them what they envisioned for the site.  The group directed them to their newly adopted Land Use Plan.  Since then, CDC of Long Island has continued to work with the community to develop their vision for the site.  “It’s been a breath of fresh air for the civic to be so closely apart of the process. We have been cautiously optimistic along the way but now with the funding we have the confidence that this project will move forward.”

“For too long this site which lies at the center of historic Coram has remained blighted. Securing capital for the investment of Coram’s revitalization brings great hope to the community of Coram. I congratulate Conifer Realty and CDCLI for their hard work in advancing this important project. I also want to congratulate and thank the community for their dedication, patience and support throughout the process of transforming this site into an attractive mixed use center.  Every step forward for this development is a step toward the revitalization of Coram,” stated Councilwoman Kepert.

Vision Long Island attended today in support of the community and is familiar with the project having worked with the community on the Middle Country Road Land Use plan. Eric Alexander, Executive Director of Vision Long Island stated, “It’s good to see New York State invest in projects that realize the community vision. The citizens and small businesses in Coram have worked to redevelop this blighted parcel for many years through the Middle Country Road Land Use Plan. Kudos to the Town of Brookhaven in coordination with the developer for advancing this mixed use project.”

Phase I of the funding consists of $1.15 million and approximately $985 thousand federal and state tax credits for the project that will leverage nearly $20 million in private equity. An additional $1.5 million is coming from Suffolk County’s Infrastructure Improvements for Workforce Housing Capital program and New York State Empire State Development has contributed $1 million from the Regional Council capital program. And finally, CDCLI Funding Corporation is providing a $500,000 loan through capital received from NeighborWorks® America.

Various community benefits are incorporated in the redevelopment.  Some of the benefits include of access to an offsite sewer treatment plant and a connector road extending Mill Road from Route 112 to Route 25.  The redevelopment will also include a bike path and sidewalks that will connect the project to the existing Avalon at Charles Pond community located to the west off Route 25, allowing residents easy “walkable” access to the 13,300 square feet of retail business located in the new development as well as 176 housing units. In addition, a two acre parcel on the site will be preserved in its natural state. There will also be open green space, a public plaza, community building and playground.

Read more on the project at Newsday.

Westbury Arts Council tours newly renovated theater

The Westbury theatre, which had been closed since 2001, will be reopening sometime in the near future.  Rehabilitation of the theater initiated in October of 2010, developed on behalf of Cyrus Hakakian of Lowe Properties. Hakakian purchased the property in an abysmal state at an auction back in 2004 after the theater had already been closed the three prior years. Hakakian had the interior of the theater gutted to accommodate an audience of 1,500 people and the exterior restored.

Vision Long Island had the opportunity to tour the theater with Mayor Peter Cavallaro of Westbury, and the results of development looked promising.  Not only have the aesthetics of the theater been improved, but its location may bring about further benefits.  Executive Director of Vision Long Island, Eric Alexander, noted that the theater is situated in a prime location for business development: "Right in the heart of a centrally located downtown, with an excellent train station."

Revitalization efforts on Post Avenue have already begun to attract small businesses to the area, which have been scarce in Westbury since the 1980s due to the onslaught of big box stores and strip malls in the area.  Today, small businesses along Post Avenue have tripled since the early 90s.

Vision Long Island believes that the renovation of the Westbury Theater may act as a catalyst for revitalization of Post Avenue, the “Main Street” of Westbury in Nassau County.

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 by 11:59 PM EST July 15, 2013. Interested public may also download a copy of the application and instructions from reference: CFDA 10.675.

For more information or assistance, contact: Nancy Stremple, Executive Staff by phone 202-205-7829 or by email

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 York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announdes funding for installation of end-use wind energy systems

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) announces the availability of approximately $13.8 million in incentives to encourage the installation of end-use wind energy systems for residential, commercial, institutional or government use. The incentives, of up to $100,000 per site/customer, will be paid to Eligible Installers who install new approved grid-connected wind energy systems using qualified equipment, in accordance with the eligibility requirements. An on-site wind energy system is connected on the customer’s side of the electric meter and electricity generated by the system offsets the customer’s electricity purchases.

  • Eligibility: Installers must demonstrate that they have adequate training and experience installing wind energy systems, including wind turbines and towers, and must be authorized by the wind turbine manufacturer or distributor to be an installer of the Eligible Wind Turbine. Installers must be approved by NYSERDA before they may submit an application on behalf of a customer.
  • Funding: Approximately $13.8 million
  • Deadline: The program will continue through December 31, 2015 or until funds are fully committed, whichever comes first.
Contact: NYSERDA PON 2439
17 Columbia Circle, Albany, NY 12203-6399
Phone: 1-866-NYSERDA (697-3732)

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 physical clean-up and rebuilding 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:

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

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

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

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.

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


East End Arts Council to hold 17th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival

The East End Arts Council is hosting their 17th Annual Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival this Memorial Day Weekend.  Arts enthusiasts have the opportunity for gathering together to observe and participate in the creation of street art as part of this local tradition.

Events will include street painting, a fine arts & crafts fair, live music, gourmet food trucks, drumming, dance, theatre, children's activities, face painting, and more! This year will also feature, for the first time, a festival passpoert for children and families to participate in all events. Plus there will be a Suffolk Theater "After Party" Concert featuring Who Are Those Guys? with doors opening at 5:30 PM and the show starting at 7 PM.

The event takes place on Sunday, May 26th from noon to 5:00 pm.  To attend, arrive at East End Arts on 133 East Main Street in Riverhead, NY; admission is free.

For additional information you can visit the East End Arts councils website or contact the arts council directly through email at or call them at 631-727-0900.

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?



Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

117 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
The museum features highly distinctive collections of antiques, artworks and fine furnishings from around the world. It is a premier art dealer dating back to 1971 and features expertise in 17th to 19th century works. The gallery experience offers the opportunity to not only view fine art but to purchase a piece which stands out.

For information, visit their website or call 516-439-5218

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater

232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Clearview 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



Clearview's Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center

37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
No shows this weekend.
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 Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh - Saturday, May 25th at 8:00pm and Sunday, May 26th 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:
No shows this weekend.
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:
South Pacific - Friday, May 24th at 8:00pm, Saturday, May 25th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, May 26th at 2:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


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:
Big Shot - Friday, May 24th at 5:00pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, May 25th at 9:00pm
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:
Spelling Bee -  Friday, May 24th at 8:00pm and Saturday, May 25th at 8:00pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, May 24th 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


The Suffolk Theater
118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:
Beginnings - Chicago Tribute - Friday, May 24th at 7:30pm
The Ladies of Laughter Funny & Fabulous Tour - Saturday, May 25th at 8:00pm
Who Are Those Guys? - Sunday, May 26th at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
TV’s “SMASH” star Megan Hilty Live - Saturday, May 25th at 8:00pm - SOLD OUT
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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