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June 29-July 5, 2014


Community Updates

The Engel Burman Group

Several years ago, the partners that make up The Engel Burman Group came together under the most likely, but telling, of circumstances. They were competing for the same property and decided their needs were better served if they were sitting on the same side of the table. They teamed up successfully for that particular project, and for many more to come. It is this kind of aggressive and open-minded thinking that today typifies the creative energy at The Engel Burman Group.

In a business where you’re known by the company you keep their principals actively network, remaining in touch, in step and involved with the communities they help develop. While their management team is certainly comprised of seasoned real estate professionals, EB finds itself driven, every day, by the youth and energy of the next generation. The combined effect of their collective experience makes for a formidable formula.

The Engel Burman Group was first to build Next Generation housing on Long Island for qualified first-time homebuyers under 40, and they remain committed to providing exceptional yet affordable living solutions for active adults over 55. Perhaps most notably The Bristal family of assisted living communities, New York's platinum standard.

"It's just like a fight to live. We're fighting to stay where we want to stay but it's more comfortable to go somewhere else." student Keith Lamoreaux

"They have choices and we want to make Long Island their choice." Dowling College professor and Vision Long Island board member Dr. Nathalia Rogers

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Finding Fireworks And Fun On Friday The Fourth

Launching fireworks on the Fourth of July is as an American tradition, beginning with a letter from former President John Adams July 3, 1776 envisioning fireworks as part of the pomp and circumstance surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence the following day.

Since then, the United States has celebrated its secession from British rule with louder, more colorful and more complex fireworks displays. The tri-state area is home to some of the best shows in the country, and the water surrounding Long Island adds to the ambiance. Check out the fireworks in or near some of these Long Island downtowns.


New York Lizards vs. Florida Launch - Hero Night
James M. Shuart Stadium, Hofstra University, 900 Fulton Avenue
Thursday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Hero's Night where we will celebrate and honor the men and women who protect and serve our country and community! Teams from NYPD and FDNY that will face off against one another on the lacrosse field before the Lizards and Launch do battle. Fireworks are scheduled once the clock ticks zero.


Great South Bay 1000’ East of the Snapper Inn
Thursday, July 3
Celebrate Go 4th On The Bay with Grucci fireworks between Great River and Oakdale.

Valley Stream

Firemen's Memorial Field on E. Fenimore St and Albermarle Ave
Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m.
The park opens at 6 p.m. for ticket holders only - be sure to get yours in advance! Tickets are available for $7 in advance or $10 at the gate. The ground show begins at 8 p.m. and the Fireworks Aerial Display will begin at 9:15 p.m.  There is a rain date of July 5. Call 516-872-6003 for tickets and information.

Glen Cove

Morgan Memorial Park at Germaine Street and Landing Road
Friday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Come on down to Morgan Park to view fireworks and more! The evening begins with a concert by the Northwinds Symphonic Band at 7:30 p.m. and will continue until Grucci ignites their fireworks at 9 p.m. Limited parking is available within the park, although more is located at Landing Elementary School on McLoughlin Street. There is a rain date of July 7.


Guy Lombardo Marina along the Nautical Mile
Saturday, July 5 at 9:15 p.m.
Join the Freeport Chamber of Commerce at Guy Lombardo Marina for an evening fireworks display.

Long Beach

Long Beach Boulevard
Friday, July 11 at 8 p.m.
The City of Long Beach will present a firework display on Friday, July 11, with a rain date of July 12. The event begins with a beach concert featuring the StoryTellers at 8 p.m. before fireworks are launched from a barge in the ocean at 9 p.m. While the fireworks will be visible throughout the city, they are best viewed from the beach. Free shuttle buses will run from both the East and West Ends to Riverside Boulevard and back between 7-11 p.m.

Rockville Centre

Centennial Park along South Park Avenue
Saturday, July 12 at 6 p.m.
A tradition for 21 years, come out Mill River Centennial Park to watch fireworks! Entertainment and food will begin at 6 p.m., with the South Shore Symphony performing at 7:45 p.m. The Grucci fireworks show is set to begin at 9:15 p.m., with music continuing after the show until 10:15 p.m.

Pedestrians In Danger On Montauk Highway In Lindenhurst

First, it was a teenager’s death on Hempstead Turnpike. Now, it’s a near fatality involving a young boy on Lindenhurst.

Village of Lindenhurst officials, residents and transportation advocates renewed a request to the Department of Transportation (DOT) last Friday for improvements to a strip of Montauk Highway.

Much like the 13-year-old killed trying to cross Hempstead Turnpike on June 15, a 10-year-old boy was struck by a car on June 14. John Johnson, of Lindenhurst, was with his family going across Montauk Highway when they were caught in the middle of the road without the refuge of a median. The nearest vehicle began to slow, but Johnson sprinted into the next lane and a car launched the boy 15 feet in the air.

The child is expected to survive, but locals say the stretch of road between South Strong Avenue and Park Avenue is just too dangerous to continue ignoring. Brittney Walsh, 18, was killed two years ago when her car was rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver.

Village officials have pestered the state for traffic-calming measures for a decade, including Mayor Thomas Brennan writing to the DOT in March for a traffic study and requesting one lane be eliminated in each direction. The state responded with a statement that they began a study using “traffic data analysis and sound engineering principles.” They also said traffic engineers are conducting on-site observations, delay studies, crash analysis and a speed study.

However, Village officials said they are unaware of any studies and have not met with any DOT staff.

“We’ve had nobody come down and sit with us and go over our concerns,” said Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane. “If they’re just doing counts and statistics, that’s not enough.”

Not only does the crosswalk lack a median, but there are no traffic lights. A sign warning motorists about pedestrians is just 150 feet away from the intersection where Johnson was hit, following a curve in the highway.

“We almost lost a young boy trying to cross this road, which is very difficult. How many people have to die before something is done?” Suffolk County Legislator Kevin McCaffery (R-Lindenhurst) said.

Both officials have pleaded for the DOT to remove a lane, while advocates recommend making some modifications to improve pedestrian safety and traffic flow.

“Narrower lanes, well-designed medians, a number of things which makes the road seem narrower, which makes drivers more diligent and cautious,” Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle said.

For more coverage of this story, check out WLNY TV-10/55 and Newsday (subscription required).

Baldwin Plants Seeds For Unity With Neighborhood Garden

Tomatoes and squash are going to unite Baldwin.

Community members celebrated the grand opening of the Baldwin Community Garden two weeks ago. Located on Grand Avenue, just behind the Baldwin Historical Museum, the 9,375 square foot plot is a symbol of a united population.

“It will show Baldwin that when we get together, we can really make stuff happen,” Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran said.

Once the site of Mumby’s Pond, the water disappeared underground via culvert when developers built nearby. What had been a pond neighbors ice skated on became a large piece of land incapable of supporting a building.

“In recent months, we’ve been trying to get the historical museum more involved in the community. We’ve been able to get the museum back on their feet and partnered with them on the garden,” Baldwin Civic Association President David Viana said.

Rita Cavanagh took over as the civic’s Beautification chairperson in November, and immediately went to work addressing the lack of green spaces north of Sunrise Highway. She settled on creating a place residents could come with their children, a book or a coffee and enjoy nature. After five months of pestering Nassau County, Cavanagh convinced county officials to sign a five-year lease with the civic association – the first ever.

Baldwin Civic Association volunteers tend to the garden, although residents are invited to visit and pick produce at their leisure. A bed of tomatoes are already in the ground and a second bed with herbs, squash and hot peppers have also been planted. Cavanagh said vegetables, berries and herbs should be regularly available. And depending on concrete from the culvert and Nassau County, the garden could one day house fruit trees.

“You go if you need some stuff. You’re more than free to take it,” Viana said, adding he hopes more volunteer to work in the garden.

A circle of sunflowers have also been planted in the garden, creating a future hiding spot for children playing or seeking refuge from life. The back piece of the circle is a 12-foot wide sun, donated by the Baldwin School District from a high school musical production.

“We’re getting so many compliments,” Cavanagh said.

Vision LI Introduces New Board Members, Leadership

Long Island's Smart Growth organization Vision Long Island is pleased to unveil five new members to its Board of Directors and new co-chairs providing leadership.

The Board of Directors provides guidance and oversight for an organization tasked with supporting Smart Growth, downtown revitalization and infrastructure investment in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

In 2014, Vision welcomes Denise Carter, of Greenman-Pedersen; Kamlesh Mehta, of South Asian Times; Don Monti, of Renaissance Downtowns; Howard Stein, of Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman; and Andrew Zucaro, of Zucaro Construction. This addition increases the board membership to 42.

“It is my honor to have the opportunity to serve on the board of Vision Long Island.  VLI continues to be an organization leading the transformational development of Long Island into the 21st century.  VLI successfully engages residents, businesses, municipal governments and other stakeholders in the important conversation of making Long Island the best place to live, work and play. I look forward to participating in the furtherance of this important mission,” Carter said.

“It’s a humble pride to serve the board of Vision Long Island along with many great minds and leaders. It’s an excellent opportunity for me to share my knowledge benefiting the common man and businesses on Long Island,” Mehta said.

“As an island of interconnected communities, we must work together to advance the cause of responsible economic development through local placemaking efforts to help our region reach its tremendous potential, and I am proud to join the board of Vision, who is truly at the forefront of this movement,” Monti said.

“I’m really excited about it. I’ve always admired the work Vision Long Island has done. I look forward to being involved in their advocacy for Smart Growth,” Stein said.

“Long Island is changing rapidly and I want to know in my heart that, with my efforts, it will change for the better or stay the great place that it is,” Zucaro said.

By adding these five to the Board, Vision gains decades more experience in the realms of business, religion, community and transit-planning. It enhances the organization’s diversity and expands its reach.

In addition, Vision Long Island is happy to announce existing board members Robert Fonti and Trudy Fitzsimmons will now serve as co-chairs of the Board of Directors to add voices from the community and business leadership.

"It’s great to work with a very dedicated Board of Directors and staff at Vision Long Island. Our combined energy and resources continue to make Long Island a destination for smart growth and positive change. It’s an honor to serve with such a great co-chair as Trudy Fitzsimmons,” Fonti said.

"Developing, connecting and engaging... I believe that is a key. It's what I have made my personal mission to do, so my transition from vice president to co-chair will be seamless,” Fitzsimmons said.

“Vision Long Island welcomes new members to our growing Board of Directors. These additions will provide guidance and strengthen our ability to serve local communities and grow our downtowns,” Director Eric Alexander said. “We are thankful to have the leadership of our new co-chairs Bob Fonti and Trudy Fitzsimmons that will provide the community and business balance that is sorely needed in decision-making across Long Island.”

Check out the full member list for Vision Long Island's Board of Directors here.

No Delay In Exodus Of Long Island’s Youth

Another news story has called attention to the brain drain plaguing Long Island.

WABC 7 sat down with a group of students at Dowling College with different futures, seemingly all beyond Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

"It's just like a fight to live. We're fighting to stay where we want to stay but it's more comfortable to go somewhere else," Keith Lamoreaux said.

They referenced North Carolina, western New Jersey, Arizona and Maryland as potential new hometowns. These regions all feature lower property taxes and more affordable homes.

Addie Browning reflected on how the economics are forcing her to leave childhood memories and family behind.

“It’s obviously not my top choice, but it’s something I might have to do,” Browning said.

Students and young professionals are having trouble finding jobs, while local employers are struggling to attract young talent. A North Shore-LIJ administrator – one of the largest employers on Long Island – said they have 2,000 openings for well-paying jobs but find qualified applicants turn them down because of housing prices.

Transit-oriented development is showing some promise, however. Wyandanch Rising is under construction just steps from the LIRR station and will include hundreds of apartments with shopping and dining in the same buildings. Similar projects are underway or under consideration in Bay Shore, Farmingdale, Ronkonkoma and Valley Stream.

Nathalia Rogers, a professor at Dowling College and Vision Long Island board member, said government needs to realize how critical young professionals are to the local economy.

"They have choices and we want to make Long Island their choice," Rogers said.

For the full story, check out WABC 7.

Study: Walking Around America’s 30 Largest Metro Areas

The New York metro area is not the most walkable urban area in the country, according to a George Washington University study.

Published by Smart Growth America two weeks ago, “Foot Traffic Ahead” examines walkable urban development across the country. The study compares walkability in 30 of America’s largest cities, home to 46 percent of the national population.

The study considers Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs). These fall under seven different categories: traditional city downtowns, adjacent to downtowns, revitalized urban commercial, urban universities, suburban town center, redeveloped drivable suburban and developed from scratch.

Comparing cities by the number of offices and retail located in WalkUPs, New York finishes second with 38 percent. Washington, D.C. is ranked the most walkable urban area with 43 percent of office and retail in WalkUPs. Boston finishes third with 36 percent.

In terms of raw numbers, New York has the most WalkUPs and largest population, both more than no. 2 Los Angeles.

“Though New York has a well-deserved reputation for walkability, that reputation is based mainly on New York City proper, and especially Manhattan—an island that makes up only 8 percent of the metro region’s 22 million people and 0 .3 percent of the land area. More than 89 percent of walkable urban office and retail in the metro area is located within New York City’s limits, most in Manhattan. This means that much of the metro area outside the city limits does not have any WalkUPs,” according to the study’s authors.

New York also finished third in the study’s future rankings. The Composite Directional Index incorporates office space absorption, the ratio of WalkUPs in metro vs. suburbs and office rent premiums to create a scale of 0-1. Boston finishes strongest with a 0.82 index, followed by Washington, D.C. at 0.49 and New York at 0.47. All three are among the nine urban areas with a high potential for walkable urbanism and currently gaining market share over drivable suburban locations.

“Foot Traffic Ahead” also examines correlation between education, salary and office and retail located within WalkUPs. As a general rule, walkability is tied to larger salaries and more residents with bachelor’s degrees. For example, of the 558 WalkUPs in the 30 metro areas in the country, 58 percent are in the central city and 42 percent are in the suburbs. However, 82 percent of office and retail square footage is in WalkUPs, with just 18 percent in the suburbs

For the full study, visit Smart Growth America online.

Ethical Humanist Society Honors Alexander, Vision LI Staff

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander was among the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island’s honorees June 22.

Alexander, Vision Program Assistant Derek Smith and former Vision Policy Director Tara Klein were celebrated during the Society’s 2014 Founder’s Day festivities.

“I stepped foot in the building by accident 28 years ago but the memories of Sunday meetings, trips to DC, rallies, youth conferences, benefit concerts, pasta dinners, volunteering, fundraising, alumni nights, youth jams, mentoring and the deep relationships built are incredibly special and have had a radical impact on myself and many others,” Alexander said.

Alexander, Klein and Smith serve as advisors for the Youth of Ethical Societies (YES) program. A group of high school students focus on a few major issues of importance to the teens. Members discuss and plan during meetings, leading to toy drives, clean ups and other community action. Adult advisors moderate the meetings, but teens are given the reins.

The Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island is an organization that supports humanist beliefs, values and activism. They hold programs and events, including YES. The month of May marks the beginning of the ethical culture movement in May 1876 when Felix Adler founded the New York Society for Ethical Culture in Manhattan. Founder’s Day is their time to celebrate the people who bring their special talents and dedication to the society.

“If folks don't know the hub of activity at Ethical through the years includes the LI Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives, LIPC, the Nassau Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International, LI Coalition for the Homeless, Friends Of Homeless Children, support for gay/lesbian organizations and many others,” Alexander said. “It's truly a place that helps people transform self-interest into the public interest. I will be forever grateful for this rich tapestry of talented and authentic people in my life.”


What Brings Us To Downtown Huntington?

The following is an editorial by Vision Long Island Intern Christopher Saudino.

Huntington village is my big city and tiny home town. It’s got everything I want within a few blocks.

The main attraction in Huntington is a compact downtown where exotic eating, community activities, theaters, shops and a park are all within walking distance. Getting to know my neighbors is important to me. It means a lot that I can stroll into Escape Pod comics and while shopping meet a Huntington local who gambled everything on a niche store off Main Street. Every few weeks I stop in because we have a relationship where I trust his personal recommendations and for him to keep me up to date on my favorite titles.

The Paramount is where I caught a Big Bad Voodoo Daddy show as a kid. It’s awesome having world-class musicians that perform huge concerts and shows in the city come out to Long Island. It’s a nice local venue without the crowds of a huge stadium or coliseum. The shows are pricy, but it’s worth avoiding the hassle and expense of commuting to the city.

The Cinema Arts Centre is the perfect storm of media hosting concerts, horror movie marathons and educational documentaries.  You can catch the story of a child soldier sandwiched between a ballet and dubstep show. Authors and filmmakers drop by in-person and on Skype for Q&As. It’s where my family and I caught Al Gore’s “Inconvenient Truth.” Having a community-run theater attracts residents and adds more cultural opportunities to “the Little Apple.”

My brother and I are huge Harry Chapin fans. His brother, Tom, visits the Rainbow Stage in Heckscher Park and does tribute shows featuring his brother’s classics. My brother and I always make a point of putting down what we’re doing wherever we are to get together at these concerts. It’s something that brings us together and we couldn’t find anywhere else.

I’ll never forget how Book Review brought reading to life for me. My favorite childhood author, Brian Jacques – known for fantasy series “Redwall,” visited the store back in September 2004. We brought our little West Highland Terrier along and he fell in love with Brian immediately. It was incredible seeing someone who wrote about animals playing with my dog.  Jacques died three years ago and neither Wally nor I would have ever met him if it weren’t for Book Review.

A lot of people complain the only thing to do in Huntington is frequent the restaurants or bars, but I enjoy having a wide selection nearby. It’s cool that I can grab Tex-Mex, Indian or Persian within a block. My family celebrated birthdays for three kids at Pancho Villas for four years straight, and we still have a box filled with beat up old sombreros. Having a burger place next to a European café connected to a creperie sharing an alley with Greek restaurant makes you appreciate the compact diversity Huntington offers. If I’m on a date and neither of us have any ideas, I can stroll around until something catches our eye. You don’t really need to make plans because there’s a restaurant within a block that’ll satisfy any craving.

Public Invited To Federal Transportation Meeting July 17

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) have announced a public meeting about the New York metropolitan transportation planning process on July 17. The meeting, federally-mandated to evaluate transportation planning, is slated for 6:30-8 p.m. at the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) office on 199 Water Street, 22nd Floor in Manhattan.

Federal law requires urban areas with at least 50,000 residents to have a designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) to carry out continuous and comprehensive transportation planning. NYMTC is the MPO for New York City, Long Island and southern portions of upstate.

For all transportation providers to continue receiving federal aid, FHWA and FTA must certify NYMTC’s compliance with regulations at least once every four years. NYMTC was previously certified compliant in June 2011.

This public meeting includes evaluating the planning process and documenting the process on a periodic basis. Taxpayers can talk directly with staff from FHWA and FTA about the transportation planning process in the NYMTC area.

Written comments should be received no later than Oct. 31 to be considered for the review.  Your comments can be emailed to Karen Rosenberger.

For security concerns, participants must RSVP with Rosenberger by email or calling 212-668-6091.

Anti-Gang Group Announces 14th Anniversary Gala

Anti-gang nonprofit S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. has announced details for their 14th anniversary gala.

Entitled “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” the event is scheduled for Sept. 18 at the Coral House in Baldwin.

S.T.R.O.N.G. Youth Inc. was founded in 2000 in response to the brutal murder of Uniondale resident Eric Rivera by alleged gang members. Former gang member Sergio Argueta and co-Founder Michael Hernandez launched community service projects and pushed for alternatives rather than just harsher penalties.

These days, the Uniondale-based organization is one of the largest gang-prevention and intervention agencies in the Northeast. They’ve reached more than 78,000 people through workshops and presentations, and fostered strong relationships with Long Island community members.

For reservations, sponsorships or more information, contact Rashmia Zatar at 516-483-1350 or by email.

Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.

The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.

This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.

Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70. Discounted sponsorship rates are also available by Aug. 1

Visit them online to register or for more information.

Help Wanted

EPA Needs Office Director For Smart Growth Program

Interested in tackling Smart Growth and sustainable design issues from within the federal government? The Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is still looking for a new office director.

The Office of Sustainable Communities – also known as the EPA’s Smart Growth Program – helps communities across the country make Smart Growth commonplace. Through research, publications, tools, grants, technical assistance, and cross-agency coordination, OSC ensures the EPA is making a difference in communities.

The new director will be responsible for (1) leading the EPA’s cross-program efforts to strengthen the impact and visibility of EPA’s work in communities; (2) executing the EPA’s cross-program strategy to support communities through smart growth and other approaches that help them grow in more environmentally sustainable ways and (3) contributing to the EPA’s climate goals through community-based work.

Applicants must be American citizens and submit an application by July 7.

Questions about the position can be directed to Kyle Lindley in EPA’s Office of Human Resources at 800-433-9633 or

Intern with Vision Long Island!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns! Our staff likes to say we "wear many hats," and interns will have to do the same. Interns will assist with planning, design, outreach, event planning, writing, research, attending meetings, reporting, photography, video and more. Bring your unique skill set to the table! We are looking for energetic and conscientious individuals with an interest in urban/suburban planning from a bottom-up perspective. This is a valuable opportunity to work with great people and learn about the issues impacting Long Island. Strong writing skills a plus.

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put "Vision Long Island Internship" in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City
Founded in 1975, The Garden City Historical Society is dedicated to preserving the historic character and ambiance of the Village of Garden City, and educating its members and the public in preservation and history related matters. The Society owns and operates The Garden City Historical Society Museum at 109 Eleventh Street, an original 1872 A.T. Stewart-era “Apostle House” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was deeded to the Society by the Episcopal Diocese. The Society maintains an Archive of over 1,200 artifacts and a Historic Structure Survey of pre-1935 residential and non-residential structures in the Village of Garden City. It offers periodic lectures and presentations, and publishes a newsletter. The Society’s A. T. Stewart Exchange (consignment shop) on the lower level of the Museum offers unique items for sale. The shop (516-746-8900) is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (Tuesday is senior citizen discount day) and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove
The museum is a center for research on Long Island geology, Native American archeology and natural history. Current exhibits feature, “The Seasonal Round”, an exploration through Long Island Native American life throughout the seasons. Exhibits on Long Island’s glacial formation, landform change and cultural evolution are on display. Prehistoric artifacts and audio descriptions add to the story of Long Island migrants, their lifestyles and interactions with newcomers such as Europeans. The museum has special educational programs to accommodate field trips and science research on the history of Long Island.

To arrange a visit, call 516-571-8011 and for information and brochures, visit their website

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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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.


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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

95 Tenth Avenue, Sea Cliff
The museum presents changing exhibits on the history and culture of Sea Cliff. It strives to raise community awareness by preserving artifacts, photographs and costumes relating to the unique historical background of the village. It contains 287 photos taken by Long Island postcard photographer, Henry Otto Korten. Currently exhibited, “Then and Now…” displays a range of artifacts and costumes over a 125 year span. Exhibits include the Connor Cottage, Victorian Kitchen, and a historical town diorama.

For information, visit their website or call 516-671-0090


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
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
Season Spectacular: Martin Short - Saturday, July 5 at 7 p.m.
Guild Hall’s Songbook Salon at Southampton Arts Center presents Melissa Errico: Broadway Firecracker - Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
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
Plaza Suite - Saturday, July 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day - Saturday, July 5 at 11 a.m.
Shut Up, Sit Down and Eat - Sunday, June 29 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Why Not Be Kings, The Como Brothers, Grizfolk and Ladies Drink Free - Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Concert Under the Marquee with the Atlantic Community Band - Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Disney's Cinderella Kids produced by The Gateway - Saturday, July 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
No shows this weekend.
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
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Port Jefferson Historical Society
115 Prospect Avenue, Port Jefferson
The Mather House Museum, the headquarters of The Historical Society of Greater Port Jefferson, and features several exhibitions of local artifacts. The museum complex features the 19th century home, a country store, a marine barn, a tool shed, the Spinney Clock Museum and the Thomas Jefferson Perennial Garden. Exhibitions feature ship models, period furniture and paintings, vintage tools and clothing, antique dolls, taped oral histories, 250 antique clocks and other examples of life in the 19th century.

For information, visit their website or call 631-473-2665

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Fourth of July show - Friday, July 4 at 6 p.m.
70s Funk - Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Richard Kind in "Travesties"- Friday, July 4 at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 5 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, July 6 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor
The museum details Sag Harbor’s whaling industry through the 19th century and its impact on the culture and development of the area. It details how the whaling industry brought migrants from all over the globe and turned the port into an international destination. Artifacts left by whalers, antique tools, harpoons, captains’ portraits, antique furnishings and children’s toys are all on display at the museum.

For information, visit their website or call 631-725-0770


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville
The museum is the headquarters to the Sayville Historical Society. The museum aims to foster historical spirit, encourage historical research and to preserve historical materials. The museum features products of both Sayville and other Suffolk localities. The Society holds 4 historic buildings, 1,500 items of clothing, 1,000 photographs, a map collection and numerous classic furnishings. Its collection is constantly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the area through its history.

For information, visit their website or call 631-563-0186

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James
The Council aims to enrich the township and surrounding area’s quality of life through celebrating and supporting the arts in everyday life. It is a goal to make art accessible to people of all backgrounds. It Mills Pond House is a valuable place in its preserved traditions as well as its evolving and unique influences. Current exhibit, “Winners Showcase” displays the artistic development and achievements of the region and nation. Classes in jewelry making, poster design, scrapbooking, pottery, drawing and several other skills and topics are available. The Council has also partnered with local downtown businesses to display local artists’ work.

For information, visit their website or call 631-862-6575


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

For information, visit their website or call 631-268-2494

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville
Featuring 14 acres with 9 historic buildings on the West Sayville waterfront, the museum preserves Long Island’s maritime history and heritage. It is committed to research, preservation and interpretation of the region’s nautical history and the relationship to Long Island’s natural history. The Elward Smith Library houses racing trophies and records of over 500 wrecks and groundings in the Long Island waters. The other buildings feature rotating exhibits of maps, photos, newspapers and personal accounts of maritime history. Also highlighted are boats and materials left behind by the US Life Saving Service.

For information, visit their website.

Happy Fourth Of July!

Friday marks 238 years since our forefathers declared our independence from British rule. We've come a long way, but there's more on the horizon, and hopefully reinvesting in our local communities will play a part. Enjoy the long weekend.

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