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June 24th -28th, 2013



Concern for Independent Living

Concern for Independent Living, Inc.'s mission is: to provide safe, affordable housing within the community to persons recovering from psychiatric and other disabilities and to low-income individuals and families; to offer supportive services and vocational opportunities; to foster independence, empowerment, and recovery; to assist individuals and families to develop and achieve their goals; and to advocate on both an individual and societal level to reduce the stigma of mental illness to allow persons with psychiatric and other disabilities to live with independence, support, and dignity.

"These new mass-transit options would improve access to the Route 110 corridor, allow for continued economic development in the area and reduce congestion." - NYS Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr.

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Supreme court ruling in Florida land use case may impact local communities and sustainable development

Among the various high-profile Supreme Court decisions ruled on this week, one of the cases was Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, a ruling which will impact local communities and municipalities.

The Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, June 25th, that will give property owners the right to challenge local land use regulations and possibly compensate those who are denied permits to develop their land.

The 5-4 decision, with Justice Samuel Alito Jr. writing for the majority, ruled in favor of Coy Koontz, a Florida land owner who had attempted to develop some land on wetlands. Koontz sought permits to develop a section of his property from St. Johns River Water Management District which requires permit applicants wishing to build on wetlands to help in the mitigation of any environmental damage, consistent with Florida law. St. Johns asked that Koontz develop on less land, deeding over the rest of the land for conservation to them. Koontz would not pay to help protect a portion of surrounding wetlands in the area nor would he relinquish any land, so his request for permits was denied.

In response, Koontz filed suit under a state law that provides financial compensation for actions on behalf of any agency  that is an "unreasonable exercise of the state's police power constituting a taking without just compensation." He said that the by denying his request, St. Johns has imposed a limit which is then subject to compensation due to the fact that it was a "taking" under the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, even though the permits were never given, thus never taken.

St. Johns actions were deemed unlawful because they failed the requirements of Nollan v. California Coastal Comm'n, 483 U. S. 825, and Dolan v. City of Tigard, 512 U. S. 374, cases which held that the governme

nt may not give approval or denial of a land use permit on the condition that the property owner give up a portion of his land, unless there is a "nexus and rough proportionality" between the government's demand and the effects of the proposed land use.

The ruling may have detrimental effects on local communities everywhere. Not only will it be more difficult for communities to get property owners to pay to mitigate any environmental damage they may occur in result of the land development, but it may also create an incentive for governments to reject applications from developers, than attempting to negotiate project designs that might advance both public and private goals. It may also interrupt the balance between protection and conserving the environment and promoting development for state and local officials.

For further reading, please visit Reuters. To view the case, please visit the Supreme Court website.

Governor Cuomo Launches Grant Program for Projects to Support Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plans in Long Island

A portion of the $30 million in the first round funding provided by the Cleaner Greener Communities (CGC) program, an initiative to invest in smart growth planning and sustainability, will go to implementing the regional sustainability plans outlined by local organizations, municipal leaders, and experts in the region, including the Long Island Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plan recently endorsed by the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council.

The Long Island regional consortium is a partnership of local municipalities and non-governmental organizations coordinating the development of a regional sustainability plan. The sustainability team includes NYSERDA, the Town of North Hempstead as lead municipality, Vision Long Island, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, AECOM, and Regional Plan Association. It also included the towns of Babylon, Brookhaven, East Hampton, Hempstead, Huntington, Islip, North Hempstead, Oyster Bay, Riverhead, Smithtown, and Southampton; Nassau and Suffolk Counties; the Villages of Great Neck Plaza and Port Jefferson and the City of Glen Cove; and other organizations. It is made up of about 300 community, business, labor and local government leaders, who also met in working groups with about 500 residents.

The plan addresses the following subject areas, as outlined under the CGC program: energy, transportation, land use and livable communities, waste management, water management, economic development and agriculture/forestry.

The Long Island Cleaner, Greener Communities Sustainability Plan outlines sustainable goals for the future of our region, identifies major assets in the region, and then provides building recommendations based on the information collected. Additionally, a GHG emissions study was conducted during each regional consortium which calculated current GHG emissions and projected GHG reductions that would result from the implementation of the plan.

Some of the assets identified on Long Island were: a number of premier research and educational facilities, an educated workforce, various natural resources, and a high quality of life. Key drivers of local economy on the island include agriculture and fishery-related businesses, with Suffolk ranking first statewide in the value of crops sold, the largest solar photovoltaic farm in the eastern United States, and residential energy use as the largest contributor to the region's carbon footprint.

Recommendations included improving transportation options by expanding rail and bus services and improving safety of streets for pedestrians and cyclists, ensuring energy efficiency for existing buildings, and doubling local clean and renewable power generation, and in light of Hurricane Sandy, developing plans and undertaking projects that address energy, land use, transportation and other regional systems in an integrated manner to protect the region from future storm damage.

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said, "I am honored that the Town of North Hempstead was able to play a leadership role in the development of the comprehensive Regional Sustainability Plan for Long Island. By looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint here in North Hempstead and throughout Long island, we will all be better prepared to face the environmental challenges of the future."

Neal Lewis, Executive Director of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, said, "The Cleaner, Greener Sustainability Plan, provides Long Island with a set of energy strategies that communities can consider adopting to improve the efficiency of homes and buildings, advance adoption of renewable energy, increase market penetration of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and encourage transition to a 21st century electric grid. These sustainable energy strategies have been analyzed, quantified and vetted as effective ways to reduce Long Island's carbon footprint while also providing long-term, sustainable job growth and economic development."

Eric Alexander, Executive Director, Vision Long Island, said, "The Cleaner Greener planning process incorporated recommendations from hundreds of local community, business, environment and municipal leaders to craft a framework for economic growth and environmental preservation. Putting this plan together connected the local work being done community by community to our State officials with the goal to make Long Island a more livable place."

To view the complete Long Island sustainability plan, please visit Cleaner, Greener Long Island.  

Posillico unveils intermodal rail facility at ribbon cutting in East Farmingdale

On Wednesday, June 19th, in partnership with the Town of Babylon Industrial Development Association, Posillico unveiled and celebrated their new rail citing and materials facility in East Farmingdale.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, Deputy Supervisor Tony Martinez, IDA Chair Bob Stricoff and Huntington Councilman Mark Cuthbertson were all in attendance, as well as Vision Long Island's Executive Director, Eric Alexander.

The completion of the project will enable for various asphalt production materials to be shipped by rail instead of trucks. The new rail system and improved plant layout will reduce fugitive dust and remove roughly 5,000 truck trips from local streets and highways, which in turn will reduce the net consumption of fuel and CO2 emissions.

The facility has also been converted to run on a grid power supply instead of diesel, reducing fuel consumption, carbon emissions, and noise for surrounding areas. The upgraded plant will create new jobs and retain almost 100 current jobs.

For further reading, please view the full press release.

Babylon to Eye Mixed-Use Development for Republic Station Project

Officials from the Town of Babylon are currently wrapping up their pitch for a transit-oriented, mixed-use project to developers.

The reopening of the Republic Station, the Long Island Rail Road stop in Farmingdale, will the centerpiece for the project. The 20 acres development will be located on the land formerly used by the aviation company, Fairchild Republic, and would adjoin roughly 75 acres of existing retail near Republic Airport at Route 110 and Conklin Street. It will also tie in with the current efforts on behalf of the town to create a bus system that would connect workers along the Route 110 corridor once the rail station reopens.

Republic Station, originally opened in 1940, was a stop along the Ronkonkoma Branch located near Republic Airport in Farmingdale and utilized by the employees of a local aircraft and aerospace manufacturing company. Once the factory was gone in 1986, the Long Island Rail Road station was closed down due to an exponential decline in ridership. While it had served the company for many years, with the factory shut down the station was deemed unnecessary.

Talks of plans to redevelop the area have been in the works for years and now with a recent boost from the LIRR's plan to open a second track between the busy Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma stations, the plans may receive a much needed boost.
"They want to increase ridership on the main line," said Jonathan Keyes, Babylon's director of downtown revitalization. "This will help that effort."

Back in 2007, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, then the Babylon supervisor, proposed a similar plan for the property, stating that a reopening of the Republic Station would be an important anchor for a transit-oriented development, potentially adding up to 1 million square feet for various businesses such as retail, office, entertainment and hotel space, even residential units.
Town has yet to reach any agreements about the selling the property with any of the surrounding agencies and landowners to potential developers. A request for proposals is expected to be released later this summer.

State Senator  Charles Fuschillo Jr. deemed the redevelopment of Republic Station "a game changing investment" for Long Island's economy. This project was a 2013 Smart Growth Award winner.

For further reading, please visit Long Island Business News.

Senior living facility in Patchogue receives Village trustee approval

A rezoning for the proposed $25 million senior assisted-living complex on East Main Street in Patchogue was unanimously approved by the Village trustees on Monday night, June 24th.

The board voted in favor of a change to the vacant lot, currently retail-commercial, located at 130 Main Street  to health-care residential, which help would move the proposed 87,000-square-foot plans, outlined by D&F Development, forward.

The development would be a five-story building comprised of 128 units. Residents would be on average 85 years old, with needs ranging anywhere from assistance with getting dressed to medication management to using the restroom.

Before works begins on construction, D&F Development must receive site plan approval from the planning board, as well as parking and other variances from the zoning board.

"It's really fulfilling all of the needs of the village," said Mayor Paul Pontieri during a break at the village meeting.

The plan received plenty of community support, with only a few concerns about employee work shifts and increased traffic at the proposed site, especially with emergency vehicles entering and exiting.

The site is located in the heart of the downtown and would help with ongoing revitalization efforts in the Village, creating a more vibrant and attractive district for businesses and young families.

For further reading, please visit Newsday.

Developers make finals pitches for the Nassau Coliseum

This week, the four developers seeking to rebuild or refurbish the Nassau Coliseum delivered their final pitches to the Long Island Real Estate Group on how they would make over the property and surrounding areas.

Four new proposals from developers submitted plans to Nassau County to create a new arena on the site of the current Nassau Coliseum back in April.

Forest City Ratner, the developer of the Barclays Center and one of the competing developers, changed its initial proposal to include an ice skating rink and amphitheater located near the Coliseum.

In 2011, the property was rezoned by the Town of Hempstead in order to outline what could be built on the land by the developers. Among those structures listed are a new coliseum, hotels and a conference center. Town Supervisor Kate Murray ensured that none of the four proposals are raising any red flags at the moment.

The final decision will be made by July 15th. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will decide after an advisory commission makes its recommendation.

For further reading, please visit News 12.

Vision Long Island's Executive Director Eric Alexander: Eternal vigilance needed

My favorite guitar player is Tony Iommi, the Iron Man of Black Sabbath.

Although it took him 33 years to produce the band's latest album, his music is incredibly powerful and clearly withstands the test of time. Much like many community, business and municipal leaders on Long Island.

Sandy rebuilding puts the quality of eternal vigilance front and center. Seven months after the storm, folks are struggling to get back into their homes and businesses with the bulk of assistance coming from themselves, businesses, churches and community members.

Thankfully, a cottage industry of hyper-local rebuilding groups has emerged across the South Shore to guide people through the maze of government and not-for-profit assistance.

Take Congressman Peter King, who exuded vigilance and fought members of his own party to bring aid to Long Island that otherwise would have been drastically cut or not appropriated.

Take the case of Lavena Sipes – a mom turned community leader who, after the loss of her daughter, fought the state's Department of Transportation for pedestrian safety changes in Smithtown.

Joy Squires led the charge, for 39 years, to preserve open space and manage environmentally sensitive lands and parks. Community leaders in Central Islip fought off years of poor planning and government inattention and are shaping development patterns not by saying no to growth, but by creating community benefits and a park.

The age-old quest for north-south and alternative transportation solutions are tackled with Suffolk's Connect LI plan – and who thought you could reopen a train station? – but the Town of Babylon is facing that head on.

An example of transportation leadership is a local entrepreneur who gambles on a bus company to give Long Islanders choices beyond driving and fixed rail.

To navigate our housing needs, a developer didn't just want to build market-rate residential but decided to dive into the complex world of affordable building in a difficult market. An often maligned public authority sets in place a 10-year, $1 billion commitment to clean energy for Long Island's businesses, residents and schools.

The LISTnet organization led the way in advancing high-tech projects for the last two decades, including the recent Launchpad LI incubator in downtown Mineola.

Long Island communities are rich with hundreds if not thousands of stories of this type of powerful and influential local leadership. We have challenges ahead of us that are going to need even more vigilant folks, including production of middle-market housing options, new technologies for wastewater treatment, leaner bureaucracies with less red tape and securing our fair share of state and federal funds while ensuring that those resources make it to communities.

The problems facing our neighborhoods often seem intractable, and jaded folks will say that nothing can ever be done. But while some on Long Island are constantly complaining, whining and moaning, local leaders are working not just for themselves, but for their community, which benefits our entire region. They have passion, skin in the game and an inspiration beyond their personal bottom line.

I just came back from a national conference on downtown rebuilding, where there were great examples of progress in other regions. The point is, I don't want to live and work in any of those places. I want to live here on Long Island, as do all of our vigilant friends.

So look toward local leaders that are accomplishing every day. If you can, take on their cause, bring them resources, cut the red tape and take their lead.

Let's continue to fight for the right things with the eternally vigilant people. We owe it to our communities, our neighbors and ourselves.

You can also view the article on Long Island Business News.

Sign the petition to the US Department of Transportation Petition to Make Smart Growth Projects Easier

A petition to the US Department of Transportation is in circulation which could change the current road standards, determined by the US functional classification system, to meet the efforts and standards of complete streets.  With enough political support, the US DOT will seek changes to thoroughfares classifications.

The petition was launched at The Congress for the New Urbanism in Salt Lake City, on May 30 and since then, various organizations and local leaders met with US DOT officials. Having received positive response, the US DOT wants to promote livability, complete streets, and multimodal transportation. The petition will show the support need to move forward and make changes to a system which has not seen changes in over 50 years.  

Arterial, collector, and local designations, which are divided into rural or urban locations, will not change but rather the petition seeks to add a third suburban location and allow enough specificity to introduce different standards.

Currently, if a thoroughfare is in an "urbanized area," and is designated "arterial," then a certain standard applies. The standard  for metro areas, since they are largely suburban, is geared towards to creating suburban, auto-oriented environments. Under the proposed functional classification system, suburban arterials and collectors have the potential to be designated as future walkable thoroughfares where official plans support such a transformation and, over time,  suburban streets could get funding to convert to complete streets.

The changes would make smart growth projects easier and boost walking and bicycling, complete streets, and active living to the benefit of pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users.

For further reading please visit, Better! Cities & Towns. To view the petition, please visit the following link.

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:

Services for yard work will be needed at:
Tyler St.
Services for rebuilding will be needed at:
West 4th St
For more information, 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


Sandy Support Massapequa Style hosts “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on June 29th at Noon

Sandy Support Massapequa Style will be hosting a “call to action” rally at the Massapequa Station on Saturday, June 29th at noon. The Station is located at the corner of Sunrise Highway and Washington Ave in Massapequa.

Guest speakers will include homeowners, community leaders, and local politicians to discuss the current state of rebuilding efforts, FEMA relief and insurance.

Iced tea cocktail event hosted by the Clipper Ship Tea Company

This Friday, Jun 28th the Clipper Ship Tea Company, located on Main Street in Northport, will host an iced tea cocktail event.

Learn how to make tea infused cocktails with wine, rum, vodka & gin for your upcoming summer parties or sample iced tea and tea cocktails made from selected favorites Clipper Ship Tea Company teas.

During this event, the Clipper Ship Tea Company will be giving a 10% discount on iced tea dispenser and various iced tea specialty blends.

Due to the alcohol, all guests must be 21 years or older. The event will take place from 5pm to 9pm.

The Sustainable Living Film Series to screen “Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle” on July 18th

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College will be showing Cape Spin! An American Power Struggle, the 11th installment in their Sustainable Living Film Series, on Thursday July 18th at 7:30 p.m. The Sustainable Living Film Series features documentaries about sustainability and the environment and partners with a different organization at each screening. This month the partnering group will be the Sierra Club.

Cape Wind! is a multi-award winning documentary about the Cape Wind clean energy project on the Nantucket Sound. If implemented this wind farm will be the first offshore wind farm located in the United States. There is a great amount of controversy surrounding the development of this farm and this film gives a look into both sides of this issue outlining the tactics of each side and unlikely political alliances that have formed with a comic twist, making the film both entertaining and informative.  

The Sustainability Institute will be working with the Long Island Sierra Club, a local organization that is part of the nationally recognized non- profit Sierra Club that works to preserve open land and protect our natural resources. Locally the Long Island Sierra Club organizes hiking and kayaking outings and raises awareness about the environmental issues that are specifically affecting the Long Island region.

Admission is $5 and space is limited so if you are interested in attending you must RSVP to 516-678-5000 ext. 7562 or email The Molly College Sustainability Institute is located in Farmingdale at 7180 Republic Airport. In addition, there will be a vegan buffet, popcorn, and socializing beginning at 6 p.m. followed by the movie at 7:30.

For more information, please visit the event Facebook page.

Funding of up to $30 million is available through the CGC Program for capital projects and local planning and zoning

The second phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program is offering grant funding of up to $30 million for regional projects which support the goals outlined in Phase I of the program.

The CGC Program was announced back in 2011 in Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address, for the purpose of encouraging communities to create a public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies that reduce carbon emissions.  

This round of funding is the first in a series of three funding rounds, which are expected in 2014 and again 2015. A total of $90 million in potential funding will be available through Phase II, through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the purpose of which is to lower GHG emissions in the Northeast.

A large portion of the Phase II funding is set aside for large scale, high-impact, and exemplary capital projects, or Category 3 projects. A portion is also set aside funding for local planning and zoning (Categories 1 and 2), recognizing a need for funding in these areas.  Applicants that do not pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible to participate in this solicitation.
The funding categories include:

Category 1 (Open-Enrollment): Up to $1 million available for communities to adopt streamlined permitting and other ordinances for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicle charging stations, with awards of up to $10,000 per project.  Applications for Category 1 will be accepted starting August 1, 2013 and until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2014, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.

Category 2 (Competitive): Up to $4 million available for communities to create or revise comprehensive plans, including updating zoning ordinances and addressing sustainability and resiliency, with awards of up to $400,000 per project.  Proposals for Category 2 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

Category 3 (Competitive): Up to $25 million for large-scale, capital, sustainability projects contributing to community resiliency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million per project. Proposals for Category 3 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

For more information on the Cleaner Greener Communities Program, please visit the website. For technical questions concerning this program, please contact All CGC program resources and guidelines can be found at the following location:

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:
Drum Wars, The Music of Carmine and Vinny Appice - Friday, June 28th at 8:00pm
New Riders of the Purple Sage - Saturday, June 29th at 8:00pm - SOLD OUT
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

158 Main Street, East Hampton:
Staged Reading: Rene Auberjonois stars as Tom Wolfe in BIG BAD WOLFE! - Friday, June 28th at 8:00pm
Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company - Saturday, June 29th at 8:00pm
A screening of The Doors: Live at the Bowl '68 - Sunday, June 30th at 8:00pm
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:
Courtney Love in Concert - Saturday June 29 at 8 pm
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, June 28 at 8:00pm, Saturday, June 29 at 3:00pm and 8:00pm and Sunday, June 30 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Micky B’s Sumer Spectacular- Saturday, June 29th at 7:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:
Country Night- Friday, June 28th at 7:00 pm
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, June 29th at 9:00 pm
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:
The Italian Chick - Friday, June 28th at 8:00 pm
Joplin’s Pearl Rock the Legends of Rock featuring Amber Ferrari - Saturday, June 29th at 8:00 pm

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:
"Fast Lane” Eagles Tribute Band - Friday, June 28th at 8:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
Happy 10th Anniversary to the Vail! Live music by Sunnyland Jazz Band & Who Are Those Guys - Friday, June 28th at 8 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
Colin Quinn “Unconstitutional” Comedy Show - Saturday, June 29th at 8:00 pm
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.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 am - 5 pm

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 am - Noon
June 14th - Nov. 22nd

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 15th

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 am - 4 pm & Saturdays, 9 am - 2 pm
Through Nov. 16th

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 am - 1 pm
Opens on June 17th

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Nov 16th

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 am - Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 am - Noon
June 2nd - Nov. 24th

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
Through Nov. 23rd


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Opens July 6th

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 12th

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
June 2nd - Nov. 15th

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 am - 2 pm
Through Oct. 27th

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 am - Noon
Through Nov. 23rd

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
June 8th – Nov 23rd

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 am - 1 pm
July 5th – Nov. 15th

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 am - 4:30 pm
July 4th - Oct. 17th

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 am - 4 pm
July 11th - Oct. 24th

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Oct. 26th

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 am - 5:30 pm
Through Oct. 31th

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 26th - Oct. 13th

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 am - 1 pm
Through Nov. 16th

Lynbrook - Lynbrook Street Fair. Held on Sunday June 30th between 10am-5pm. The fair will be located on Atlantic Avenue, Lynbrook, NY.

Patchogue - Great South Bay Music Festival. Held on July 19th between 4:30pm-11pm, July 20th between 12pm-11pm, and July 21st between 12pm-9pm.  The festival is located on Smith Street, Shorefront Park in Patchogue, Long Island, New York.

Sayville - Sayville Summerfest. The event will be held on Friday August 2nd starting at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and August 4th at 9:30am. On August 3rd Summerfest will be featuring the last race in the Sayville Summer Series, the Sayville Library 4 Mile Run which will be taking place between 9:15am-10:15am. The festival will be located on Main Street, Sayville, NY.

Massapequa Park - Massapequa Park Street Fair. The street fair will take place between Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Located on Park Blvd. & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY.

Riverhead - The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.

Ronkonkoma - Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).

Check out Ryan Lynch of the Tri State Transportation Campaign with New York City's new CitiBike program.

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Newsletter Editors: Christopher Kyle, Program Coordinator
Contributors: Lucy Ayala, Program Assistant; Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Ward, Sustainability Director

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