June 26th - July 2nd, 2016
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“This news is a godsend for the hundreds of thousands of Long Island commuters who rely on this service to earn a living, shop, visit loved ones, and more. Right now, unfortunately, these tunnels are the weakest link in the commute of so many Long Islanders, but with these funds on track, the tunnel tubes can be brought up to a good state of repair and reduce the frequency of maddening delays.” - U.S. Senator Charles Schumer speaking on federal funds secured for local transportation
Glen Cove Approves PILOT for Garvies Point
The Glen Cove Industrial Development Agency and the Glen Cove Local Economic Assistance Corporation held a meeting this past Thursday night and approved over $120 million in both bonds and tax breaks for the developer of the 960-million-dollar, waterfront, Garvies Point project. No public comments were allowed, as a public hearing on the proposal was held on June 22.
This project has been in the planning process for over 20 years and has secured $120 million in funds for cleanup of the site. 1100 jobs are expected to be created due to this development and millions of dollars will be injected into the economy. Further benefits of this project include the creation of a mixed use development, access to a ferry terminal, tax benefits, and most importantly the transformation of a blighted and polluted harbor into a public destination.
Plans for the development include apartments, public parks, marinas, restaurants, and retail and office space. The area was previously the location of metal processing and disposal. Concern about the safety of the land was raised at an EPA meeting last week. Residents were assured, however, that the many stipulations that will be enacted to ensure the safety of families and children will be enough to make the site safe for development. RXR Glen Isle Partners LLC, the majority investor of RXR Realty, is the developer of this project.
The bonds, which total 97 million dollars, and the millions of dollars in interest on them are to be paid by future tax revenues from the project. The project’s attorney, Michael Zarin, said that the bondholders and not the city would shoulder all financial risk. Another 24 million dollars in tax breaks would come from exemptions from sales, use and mortgage taxes. Another as-of-yet unknown amount will come from property tax breaks.
Vision has said about the project, “The economic benefits and aggressive public amenities at Garvies Point make this project worthy of support from the City of Glen Cove IDA. In addition, the creative use of TIF financing is precisely what the recently passed NYS legislation had intended to get important projects moving in short order. Mixed use redevelopments like Garvies Point are complicated, costly and extended public input have extended costs due to the many years of planning and cleanup. The IDA incentive package will help advance this important project and should move forward without delay.”
You can read more about Thursday’s meeting in Newsday.
Village of Lynbrook Releases RFP
The Village of Lynbrook has released a Request for Proposals in order to find a developer willing to demolish the blighted Capri Lynbrook Motor Inn and build a new development in its place. Residents of the Village have complained for years about crimes and police activity that are drawn to the dilapidated building. The RFP states that the foal in redeveloping the 18,262 square foot site is “to enhance its taxable status, eliminate blight, and facilitate economic and community development.” Additionally, the Village of Lynbrook is encouraging the inclusion of accessory retail space and amenities made available to the public.
The Capri has been available for sale for a number of years, but has yet to sell. A number of people own different parts of the property through a tenancy-in-common. It was then leased to Harry Wagner, the head of Lynbrook Motel LP. The market value of the Capri is listed by the village as $4.35 million. However, a prospective developer would need to arrange their own deal to purchase property from the current owner.
A number of developers have expressed interest in the land thus far, including Steven Krieger from Engel-Burman located in Garden City. “As we own the property across the street, we would entertain looking at acquiring it,” Krieger said. “Lynbrook is a great village.” All responses to the RFP are due by August 31, and it is anticipated that a developer will be chosen by December 12.
You can read more about the Village of Lynbrook’s search for developers in this Long Island Business News article.
Westbury BID Holds Annual Meeting
Vision attended Westbury Business Improvement District’s Annual Meeting last Tuesday night to present highlights of a downtown marketing and placemaking recommendations for the Village of Westbury. During the meeting Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro updated the group on the positive direction of Post Avenue, which is one of the busiest north-south arterials in the area, with traffic in excess of 22,000 cars per day. Bruce Michael, the Director of Space, spoke of new additions to the venues programming. The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts has a number of dance, music, and art events planned for the rest of the year and BID is planning a street fair again for the fall. Other events sponsored by BID include free concerts, movie nights, and restaurant week.
Vision has previously worked with the Village of Westbury to create new marketing and retail strategies as well as placemaking plans.
New Legislation on “Zombie” Homes
Vision attended the signing of the NYS legislation to address “Zombie” homes. This bill focuses on abandoned and blighted homes concentrated in downtown areas that consequently drive down property values of surrounding areas. The new legislation will make banks accountable through the use of fines and create a state-monitored list of abandoned properties, while also including a bill of rights for consumers. A new statewide hotline has also been created so that citizens can call and report zombie homes in their neighborhoods. This legislation was a priority of the 90-member Long Island Lobby Coalition this year.
Zombie Homes are a legacy of the 2008 mortgage crisis; they are houses in the foreclosure process that are vacated by homeowners before banks take title to them. In addition to charging fines of up to 500 dollars a day per property on banks and mortgage servicers that fail to maintain vacant houses, the law also expedites foreclosure proceedings. Local municipalities spent more than 3.2 million dollars in 2014 to maintain vacant houses. It is estimated that the properties also cost Long Island more that 295 million dollars in depreciated home values. “This legislation will help eliminate the degradation that these properties now impose on our neighborhoods,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.
“New York State has the largest problem of ‘Zombie’ homes, Suffolk County has the largest number in the state with 760, so we stand here at ground zero,” said Governor Andrew Cuomo at the signing of the new legislation. “The nightmare in New York is over when we sign this bill.” Officials who signed the legislation include Governor Cuomo, New York Senators Jeff Klein, Tom Croci, Jack Martins, Michael Venditto, Carl Marcellino and New York Assemblymen Charles Lavine and Joseph Saladino. Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Village of Babylon Mayor Ralph Scordino, Village of Mastic Beach Mayor Maura Spery and former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman were also at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers headquarters in Hauppauge for the signing. The bill was also signed in Manhattan and Solvay to emphasize that zombie homes are a statewide issue.
You can call 1-800-342-3736 or visit www.dfs.ny.gov to report vacant, ill-maintained homes. You can read more about this new legislation in this Newsday article about the legislation and this Newsday article about the new hotline.
Suffolk County Charting the Course – We Mean Business Conference
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature, hosted an economic development summit titled “Charting the Course, Suffolk County: We Mean Business” on Friday, June 24 at Suffolk County Community College. The free seminar was designed to help small business owners drive their businesses forward and take the next step to success. A number of regional business and policy leaders led business-critical workshops to offer insights to attendees and provide networking opportunities. The program began at 9am and saw over 150 people in attendance. Welcoming remarks were made by both Presiding Officer Gregory, Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers Director and Co-Chairman Bob Fonti, and Suffolk County Community College President Shaun McKay.
The first panel, featuring Dr. Martin Cantor as its moderator, contained five panelists speaking on a range of topics. Gina Coletti of Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers primarily discussed small business. Jon Cooper of Spectronics focused on both innovation and exports. Economic development and county governments was mentioned by Joanne Minieri. Mitchell Pally, a Board Member of the MTA, and Anne Shybunko, from the Manufacturing Consortium of Long Island, were also active panel members.
Starting at 10:30am, the group split into a number of breakout panels. The first, Navigating the Gauntlet, discussed securing permits and business plan assistance. It featured panelists Mark Grossman of Mark Grossman Public Relations, Bernard Ryba of Stony Brook Small Business Development Center, David Pennetta of Cushman Wakefield, and a representative from the Suffolk County Department of Health.
The second panel, Building the Pipeline, focused on selling to the government and ways to open the door to sales. Panelists Jill Clough-Johnston of Brookhaven National Labs Small Business Liason, Charles Jaquin from the Suffolk County Department of Public Works, Jaime Moore, the President of ADDAPT, and Rich C. Oakley, an LIRR Procurement Representative, spoke on this topic.
The third panel focused on the topics of training the next generation tech workforce and helping veterans. Titled Workforce Development, this panel featured panelists David Chiaro, a Veterans Advisor from Farmingdale Small Business Development Center, John Durso from the Long Island Federation of Labor, John Lombardo from Suffolk County Community College, and Dr. Nathalia Rogers, of the Long Island Youth Summit.
The fourth and final breakout panel, Show Me the Money, discussed access to financing for small business with panelists Richard Amsterdam from the New York Business Development Corporation, Gina Coletti of Suffolk County Alliance of Chambers, Rachel Hersh from the Prestige Capital Corporation, Kelly Morris from the Suffolk County IDA, and New York State Assemblywoman Kimberly Jean-Pierre.
A final group discussion was led by Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Frank Boulton, of Long Island Ducks Baseball.
Over $400 Million Secured to Repair East River Tunnel
Recently, a U.S. District Court decision to stall Amtrak’s $550 million in Sandy-related payouts halted much needed repair work on the East River Tunnel. The court ruled that Amtrak could not receive more than $125 million in insurance settlement for Sandy damages. The resulting lack of funds will not only affect the repair work, but also has the potential to halt the East Side Access project, since both projects must work together in order to minimize additional delays and outages.
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer announced on Wednesday, however, that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will provide $432 million for repair work on the East River Tunnel project. Since Superstorm Sandy, the tunnel has been in a constant state of disrepair and desperately in need of funds that could be used to renovate it. Over 14 million gallons of floodwaters rushed into the tunnel and the corrosive salts and chlorides within it continue to degrade the infrastructure. Delays involving the East River Tunnel have grown drastically since Superstorm Sandy, as well. In 2012, there were 817 delays, whereas in 2015, there were 1,458 delays.
Schumer first learned of the lack of funds for this critical repair project last August. He consequently began to personally work with the DOT, FTA, and FEMA in order to release the necessary Sandy-relief funds to the MTA to cover the shortfall. Schumer highlighted the fact that there was over $800 million in Sandy-relief funds that remained available to the FTA, and stated that this money should be used to cover repair costs that insurance will not cover.
“The USDOT and Secretary Foxx have rightfully heeded the call and will inject $432 million into the MTA for critical projects like the Long Island Railroad Tunnel projects – and this comes not a moment too soon,” said Senator Schumer. “This news is a godsend for the hundreds of thousands of Long Island commuters who rely on this service to earn a living, shop, visit loved ones, and more. Right now, unfortunately, these tunnels are the weakest link in the commute of so many Long Islanders, but with these funds on track, the tunnel tubes can be brought up to a good state of repair and reduce the frequency of maddening delays.”
According to Senator Schumer’s letter to Secretary Foxx and Administrator Fugate, “Amtrak has planned an aggressive schedule to repair these tunnels and has worked with the MTA to ensure that the work is done in concert with the needed work for the East Side Access project in order to minimize delays, congestion, and the impact on commuters.” He further emphasizes the importance of both the repair of the East River Tunnels and the East Side Access project and the ability it has to affect people from Long Island, New York City, New Jersey, and the entire New York Metro region.
You can read more about the funds being used to fix the East River Tunnel on Newsday.
Free Home Energy Assessment
Recently, Smithtown Government Television featured a story on the Long Island Green Homes initiative, which launched on November 10, 2015. Long Island Green Homes, a project of the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in partnership with Long Island Towns, community-based organizations, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have teamed up to help spread the word about these free energy-saving programs. The assessment they offer will provide you with a top-to-bottom look at where your home is wasting energy, including electric, heating system, insulation and air sealing. The result will be a comprehensive report identifying the root cause of any drafts, inconsistent temperatures, heating and cooling system failures, or other problems you may be experiencing, including hidden health and safety issues.
You can visit their website to learn more about signing up for a free home energy audit today.
Urban Sprawl is Costing Commuters
Beginning in the 2000s, a number of new economic and demographic changes severely altered the map of employment locations in metropolitan America. A study by City Observatory based on a 2015 Brookings report has found that sprawl is costing commuters in the country’s largest 50 metro areas $107 billion per year in travel costs and time spent navigating from work to home. This cost of building new communities that increase the distance between where we work, live, and play is being called the “Sprawl Tax”. This Sprawl Tax averages out to 1,440 dollars per person.
The Sprawl Tax was calculated using the average number of miles a person commuted and subtracting the distance a commuter would likely travel if metropolitan areas were less sprawling (the benchmark commuting distance). To deal with the fact that more populous cities often have longer average commutes, the cities were stratified and assigned a benchmark commuting distance that was based on its population. The difference between the actual average commute lengths and the benchmark commuting distance was titled the excess commuting distance. This number was multiplied by 58.1 cents (cost per mile for a mid-range sedan, as determined by AAA). Doubling this number led to the total sprawl tax per worker per day (including their commute to and home from work). By multiplying this daily sprawl tax by the number of workers in a metropolitan area, you arrive at the daily sprawl tax for a metropolitan area. Finally, multiplying the metropolitan areas sprawl tax by the number of work days per year leads to the total annual sprawl tax for a metropolitan area. The resulting sprawl taxes for metropolitan areas range from $34.7 million for New Orleans to $4.7 billion in Dallas. However, Atlanta is the city where sprawl costs the most per commuter, at more than $1,600 per commuter per year.
When further calculations are made to account for the productive time lost to commuting, it is found that 3.9 billion hours per year (more than 50 hours per commuter) are lost to sprawl. In New Orleans, the metro area least affected by sprawl in terms of hours lost, commuters still lose over seven hours per year. In Atlanta, however, the average commuter loses over 112 hours per year. When compared to other countries, Americans pay significantly more in travel costs. Whereas Americans spend an average of 18 percent of their household income on transportation annually, other countries paid an average of 12.9 percent, with some paying as low as 9 percent.
Sprawl is not a problem of the past. The Brookings report found that “Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent. Of the nation’s 96 largest metro areas, only 29 metro areas experienced the number of jobs within a typical commute distance for the average resident increase.” The news is especially disheartening for marginalized communities: “Residents of high-poverty and majority-minority neighborhoods experienced particularly pronounced declines in job proximity.”
Designing Safe and Vibrant Communities Through Cooperation Between Police Officers and Planners
Oftentimes, the interests of planners and police officers overlap: both groups of people want to encourage the creation and maintenance of inviting, safe communities. Furthermore, many of the strategies and techniques used by police officers and planners to design these active yet safe places are similar. However, police staff and planners have not traditionally interacted with each other to forge creative solutions. In a welcomed turn, these two groups are now beginning to engage each other in order to achieve their complementary goals of developing enticing and protected neighborhoods. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is credited with the union of police staff and planners. Natural surveillance, territorial reinforcement, natural access control, and image and physical maintenance have all been cited as key elements of the CPTED movement.
Natural surveillance refers to the manner in which physical features are placed in order to maximize the visibility of all places. This concept feeds off of the idea that a criminal does not want to commit a crime in a public area where lots of people can act as witnesses to his transgression. Methods used to increase natural surveillance include designing windows that look onto streets and constructing retail and restaurant areas that attract a lot of foot traffic.
The use of fences, landscaping, porches, signs and art in order to create the perception of ownership is behind the notion of territorial reinforcement. The idea is that when people feel a clear sense of ownership, and when there is a divide between those who belong in a certain area and those who do not, people will be more likely to challenge the presence of an intruder or contact the police. The goal of fencing and landscaping is not to create a place for criminals to hide, but to reinforce the split between public and private property.
Natural access control is the idea that the placement of entrances, exits, fences, landscaping, gates, and lights can influence the movement of people. The overall goal is to minimize the chances criminals have to enter into areas that house potential targets. Combined with natural surveillance, natural access control aims to limit a criminal’s access to certain areas while also marking them as an intruder in areas that they are not welcome.
The principle of physical maintenance and image states that a clean and well-maintained building or area creates the idea that an area is guarded. The perception that an individual owns and regularly cares for a particular area should act as a crime deterrent as criminals are unlikely to break the law in an area which has people who are willing to protect it.
The implementation of the CPTED principles at a local level may be hindered by a local government that lacks knowledge in this area, a built-up area which is not suited for modifications, or conflicting views between planners and police. It is important to remember that the ultimate goal is creating safe and welcoming communities, and cooperation between police and planners in pursuit of this objective is key.
You can read more about the CPTED principles and how to implement them in your local community here.
Farmingdale Live at Five on Main Events this Summer
Farmingdale Live at Five On Main is a free summer program offering a number of music nights to people in downtown Farmingdale Village. The event will take place four times throughout the summer, with dates set for July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th from 5pm to 9pm. Three bands will perform each night along Main Street between Prospect Street and North Front Street. The event will focus on more than just music; many merchants, restaurants, and clubs will be participating to provide the public with a number of options for dining and shopping. Three of the four nights will also feature a movie night on the Village Green, weather permitting.
No traffic will be allowed on Main Street on either side of Conklin Street from 4pm to 10pm, allowing for a two block pedestrian area for the events. Free parking will be available in Village parking lots, which are located along Conklin, on Main Street, north and south of the street closure, in the former Waldbaum’s parking lot, along neighboring streets, or in the Train Stations Lots after 4 pm. Similar events are also being held in Patchogue (Alive After Five), on July 7th, July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th, and in Riverhead (Alive on 25) on July 14th, July 28th, August 11th, and August 25th. Farmingdale and Riverhead's events are modeled after Patchogue's Alive After Five event (now in its 15th year), which was recently awarded a Smart Growth Award.
More information about participating merchants and supporters and rain dates is available on Farmingdale's Live at Five’s website.
Westbury Concert Series
The Village of Westbury will be hosting its free evening concert series at the Piazza Ernesto Strada in the Village of Westbury Square on the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue. Free parking for attendees will be available in the Village Madison Avenue parking lot behind Rite Aid. All of this year’s concerts will be held on Fridays from 7pm to 9pm. Featured performers include Dance Visions NY, North Shore Pops, and Sonido Clasico. The series will also include an art event to complement the music. Handmade cards and Paint Night are just a couple of the activities to be held in conjunction with the concerts.
For more information, you can visit the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts’ website.
Dance Visions NY with Art by Jay Stuart
The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is hosting an evening of dance and art on July 1st from 7pm to 9pm.
Dance Visions NY, one of Long Island’s celebrated dance companies, will be performing a series of joyous outdoor dances to welcome in the summer. At the same time, Jay Stuart will be exhibiting his art and present a live art rendering. Stuart’s work consists mainly of illustrations made with India ink and brush. This event will take place at the Piazza Ernesto Strada at the corner of Post Avenue and Maple Avenue in Westbury.
More information about this event and upcoming summer events can be found on Westbury Arts’ website.
2nd Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival in Huntington
The Coltrane Home in Dix Hills in partnership with the Town of Huntington Summer Arts Festival and the Huntington Arts Council is hosting the Second Annual Coltrane Day Music Festival at Heckscher Park in Huntington Village on Saturday, July 23 from 12pm to 10:30pm.
The event will feature live music all day, 15 plus workshops and community jams, local artists, food, and exhibits. This great festival will bring together music lovers and musicians of all ages to listen to and play a variety of music ranging from jazz to funk, blues, electronic, and even hip-hop. To find out more, to sponsor the event, or to register for workshops, please visit Coltrane Home's website.
Free Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair
The Huntington Station Bicycle Safety Fair is an event meant to recognize and acknowledge locals who use bicycles to commute around their communities. The fair will take place at St. Hugh’s Church , 21 E 9th Street in Huntington Station from 12PM-4PM on Saturday, July 16th.
“Although not a cyclist myself, I care deeply for those who have the integrity to travel via bicycle in almost any weather condition, day or night, to make it to their places of employment,” said Angela Satcher, an organizer of the event. “Everyone deserves to be safe on the road. Until Long Island recognizes the need for safer cycling conditions, this the least I can do to make it safer in Huntington. “
Review Meetings for NYMTC Drafts
The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), a regional council of governments that provides a collaborative planning forum to address transportation-related issues among other items, has organized drafts of its Federal Fiscal Years (FFYs) 2017 to 2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). There will be a thirty-day public comment period for these draft products, currently ongoing, ending at 4 pm on Thursday, July 21, 2016 in order for the public to provide feedback on the Transportation Conformity Determination draft and TIP.
At the commencement of the comment period, all drafts will be made available online. A number of Public Review Meetings will be held at both 3pm and 6:30pm on July 12 on Long Island at Republic Airport Main Terminal in Farmingdale, and on July 13 in New York City at the NYMYC location. Webinars will also be offered to accommodate people who are unable to attend the meetings. In order to RSVP for a meeting and request a hard copy of the drafts, you may contact Toshema Johnson at 212-383-7256 or email@example.com. You can find more information about the drafts including addresses for the review meeting locations and information regarding Plan 2045 here.
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.
Senior Community Planner Wanted for NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
The Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery is hiring a Senior Community Planner to develop and implement projects and programs that are driven by the community. This position requires close work with other staff in the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, as well as local officials and community members.
A Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of full time experience, or a Master’s degree and 6 years of full time experience are required for this position. To view the full job position click here, or you may email Jeanmarie Buffett, the Long Island Director, here with any questions.
Habitat Suffolk Seeks AmeriCorps Members
Habitat for Humanity of Suffolk has several AmeriCorps crew leader positions available. The members serving in this role will be part of the AmeriCorps team that will give the necessary boost to significantly increase the number of families that the Habitat Suffolk affiliate is able to serve through their affordable housing rehab and new construction projects. These are 10 ½ month terms of service.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, be a US citizen or lawful permanent resident, and have a high school diploma/GED, or agree to work towards one while serving. As well as gaining new skills on the job, Americorps members will receive health insurance, are eligible to receive a $5,730 award to pay for college, sick pay, and childcare assistance, as well as other benefits.
Information about this program and the positions available can be seen here. For more details, please contact Lindsey Gordon at 631-HABITAT x114.
Over $200 Million in Funding Available for Bicycle and Pedestrian Projects
New York State has more than $200 million in expired earmarks and grants available that can now be spent due to provisions in the current federal transportation funding bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST). This money includes over $18 million for projects involving bicycles and pedestrians, as well as other roadway improvements. Parks & Trails New York has assembled a website that explains both eligibility requirements and a map illustrating where each earmark may be used.
Long Island has several million dollars that were earmarked for projects over 10 years ago, with the projects either not coming to fruition, being partially complete, or being funded by other sources. Instead of losing out on those earmarks, funding will be able to be repourposed for other projects within a 50 mile radius of the original project location., that are eligible for Surface Transportation Block Grant funding, and that will be complete on or before September of 2019. The maximum Federal share of funding for the new project must be the same as the share of the original project.New York State has to notify the Federal Highway Authority of its decision to repurpose the money by August 29, 2016, so the deadline is quickly approaching. You can contact your bicycle and pedestrian coordinator if you have an eligible local project for which you would like to receive funding. For more information or if you have any questions, please call Parks & Trails New York at 518-434-1583, or email Ron Epstein of NYSDOT at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Happy 4th of July!
John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail that the Fourth of July should be commemorated with “pomp and parade, games, sports, bells, bonfires, and illuminations from one end of this continent to the other.” The following year, on July 4th, 1777, the first Independence Day fireworks were lit in both Philadelphia and Boston. While those celebrations may have been a far cry from today’s elaborate pyrotechnic shows, they were the beginning of one of America’s most celebrated traditions. Here are some places where you can watch firework displays this Monday:
Asharoken Fireworks – Crab Meadow Beach
4th of July Fireworks at Jones Beach
Stars Over Montauk Fireworks by Grucci
Bald Hill Fireworks Extravaganza and Concert
Greenport Fire Department Annual Carnival and Fireworks Show
Downtown Glen Cove July 4th Celebration
59th Annual Shelter Island Fireworks Show
Rockville Centre Fireworks Show
Grucci Fireworks at Orient Yacht Club
TD Bank’s Celebrate America Fireworks Show at Eisenhower Park
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