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July 26th - August 1, 2015

Regional Updates


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“Congress has an opportunity to pass a long term transportation bill this fall with bipartisan support.  This will bring needed dollars to our roadways, bridges and transit systems here on Long Island.” - United States Congressman Lee Zeldin speaking at Hofstra University

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US Senate Moves Forward with Long-Term Transportation Bill

The US Senate has been pushing hard for a long-term expansion of the federal highway bill this week, approving three years and $350 billion of funding for infrastructure Thursday by a 65-34 vote. The bill will now go to the House, who has reservations against approving a long-term bill.

A short-term, three month bill was approved by the House by an overwhelming 385-34 vote on Wednesday, which will allow the federal Highway Trust Fund to be funded with $8 billion until October 29th. Without this short-term patch, the Fund would be insolvent as of Saturday, halting funding to states on critical infrastructure projects during the summer construction period. The 6 year bill which has passed the Senate was not popular with the House, who took their august recess early, forcing the bill to be brought up for discussion in the fall. This short-term extension will be the 34th extension of funding since 2009.

The approved Senate version of the long-term bill funds the Trust Fund for three years by using $45 in revenue increases and reducing the interest rates that banks can charge the federal government for bonds to 1.5% from 6%, which is highly opposed by the American Banking Association. Additionally, there is talk of increasing the federal gas tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, which has not seen an increase since 1993. However lawmakers fear voter backlash upon approving an increase, even though that would curb a $15 billion spending gap between the income from the gas tax and what the government is spending towards highway programs annually.

The House plans to look into their own version of a long-term transportation bill in the fall, on top of other critical items.

Many of the critical provisions lobbied for by the Smart Growth movement nationally and Vision Long Island in visits to DC included the Safe Streets Act, TIFIA financing for transit-oriented development, and the TIGER grants program at the U.S. Department of Transportation were included in the bill’s final version.

“We are glad to see the Senate advance a long term transportation bill that contains measures for Complete Streets, downtown transit redevelopment and financial support for maintaining our crucial transportation programs.  The challenge will be to make this progress complete with support from the House and then ensuring the Long Island gets its fair share of resources from this funding package”  Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island. 

More can be read about this bill and its updates from The Hill, US News, and PBS.

Federal Bill will Allow Children to Walk

In the past several months in several states, parents have undergone police and Child Protective Services investigations after allowing their children to walk to and from playgrounds and schools, spurring a debate on what is being called "Free Range Parenting". A recent amendment to the Every Child Achieves Act, which overhauls No Child Left Behind, will now ensure that parents will have the right to let their kids walk or bike to school if they choose without threat of criminal or civil action against them.

Senator Mike Lee of Utah introduced the amendment after several parents were investigated for child neglect and endangerment for allowing their children to walk home from local parks. Most notable of these cases was the two against Danielle and Alexander Meitiv of Maryland, who allowed heir 10 and 6 year old children walk home from a local park in their suburban neighborhood, subjecting them to two investigations by authorities.  The parents were eventually cleared of any wrong doing.

Although only 13% of children currently walk to school due to parents dropping them off on the way to work and issues with proximity of their homes to the school, this legislation will allow parents to have the choice to use their best judgement in their children's life. Hopefully this measure that will be going to the House for vote soon, will encourage areas to continue to create safe, walkable communities for young children.

More can be read in a commentary here.

Tax Benefits for Nassau Coliseum edevelopment approved

The Nassau County IDA approved tax credits for Forest City Ratner Company to renovate and redevelopment the Nassau Coliseum. The benefits package includes monies for equipment, construction materials and furnishings and a $1.1 million reduction in mortgage recording taxes.

The Nassau Coliseum has gone through various plans since the early 90’s and while previous proposals like the Lighthouse project had the full and overwhelming support of the community and the Smart Growth movement we are happy to see this scaled down version move forward.  There were calls for more investment from the current project into community benefits yet the limited density makes these types of amenities a challenge.  Unfortunately past County efforts to bring infrastructure dollars to the area did not secure any resources for road improvements, buses or sewer improvements to allow the needed density on the site.   This failure killed the Lighthouse project and any subsequent plans for more development on the site.   Moving forward the redevelopment of the Coliseum and reasonable development adjacent can allow future plans to make the place a true destination for central Nassau.

“Kudos to Nassau County and the Mangano administration for bringing this project close to a place that no one has been able to accomplish – a shovel in the ground for renovating a badly neglected arena.   We are looking forward to progressive planning in future phases of the redevelopment that should value placemaking, walkability and connection to the local community”  Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island

You can read more on this story at Newsday.

Suffolk County Tourism Picks Up

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone recently announced the launch of Stay Suffolk, an inititive to promote the local assets that thousands of people from across the country and world fly in to see and visit on their vacations. This program aims to have our local residents take more "Staycations" rather than fly abroad to enjoy all that Suffolk has to offer while enhancing the $5.6 billion tourism industry.

The program will include public service announcements, an interactive social media campaign, and the launch of, which will highlight some of Suffolk's attractions, including our beaches, state and county parks, golf courses, aquariums, arboretums, vineyards and historical landmarks. The partnership between Long Island Convention & Visitor's Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB), New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Fire Island National Seashore (FINS), Long Island Wine Council, Suffolk County Department of Parks and other local organizations will help residents plan a world-class vacation right on Long Island while supporting the nearly 74,000 tourism related jobs.

"When most people think of vacation spots, they think of islands and beaches," said Bellone. "As Long Islanders, we often don't think of our own backyard. Suffolk County is home to a number of world-class vacation destinations. People come from all over the globe to enjoy all the activities our region has to offer. You can have the vacation you want without the hassle and exlense of long-distance travel".

Focusing advertising dollars on Long Island for staycations and boosting attendence at local downtowns, parks, and other amenities is the right direction to strengthen local communities. We're glad to see Suffolk County move in this direction," said Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander.

Long Islanders can check out www to see vacation ideas and learn more.

Smart Growth Redevelopment Advances in Downtown Copiague

Downtown Copiague’s heavily commercial and industrial area near the LIRR station has an opportunity for revitalization under rezoning with a proposed $21 million, 90-unit apartment complex on two acres. A 31 acre swath of land around the Copiague LIRR station and Great Neck Road was unanimously rezoned this past spring to transition the area, whose potential is overshadowed by single-story industrial buildings. This proposed development would be the first to move forward towards stimulating smart growth in the area.

Rochester-based Conifer Realty, which owns and operates over 200 apartment complexes nationally, including five on Long Island, presented plans for two four-story buildings for the parcel located at 54 Railroad Avenue to the Babylon Town Planning Board Monday. Residents were split on the plan, which calls for the two buildings to be taller and denser than zoning allows. Rents would be below market value, starting at $1,200 for one-bedrooms and $1,420 for two-bedrooms, and would include some affordable housing and income restrictions.

Although the developer will be making positive changes to the area such as pedestrian-friendly streetscapes, building of common greenspace between the two buildings and cash donations of over $500,000 a year for local services, some area residents are concerned with overwhelming the already strained area’s roadways and additional children in the school district. Others were concerned with “dumping” of low-income renters into the area. The units would be open to households with incomes ranging between $44,000 and $96,000, and would include no Section 8 housing, and be in close proximity to the LIRR station and downtown, spurring economic growth in the immediate area.

Although the planning board could take weeks to render a decision on whether or not to move forward with the plan, board member Tracy Groomes is supportive of the plan due to her experience growing up in a similar development. “It was clean, everybody worked. Our incomes were lower but we had a great community… I’m on the side of maybe giving it a chance.”

More can be read about the proposed development that Vision supports from Newsday and News12.

Rail Terminal / Sand Mine Fined for Dumping

Yaphank’s Brookhaven Rail Terminal was fined $500,000 by the state Department of Environmental Conservation this week for causing or allowing the dumping of debris at the 28-acre site. The agency found five piles of suspicious debris on site, including two piles that contained levels of pesticides that would require disposal of the waste off Long Island.

The decree, signed by BRT operators, the DEC and Town of Brookhaven requires the removal of the two pesticide –laden piles, disposal of two other piles locally into approved sites, and further testing of the other pile. The decree comes months after Brookhaven demanded cleanup of the site, and over 3 years after an initial DEC inspection which found landfill-type debris in areas that were minded for sand. Federal Judge Gary Brown barred the terminal last year from continuing sand mining operations because of the risk to the aquifer, rejecting their claim that they were only trying to expand its rail system. The terminal waived its right to appeal.

There is no timetable as far as when the removal of the debris will begin, however once the DEC approves a disposal site, the terminal must dispose of at least 5,000 cubic yards of debris within 20 days. Although the fine that was imposed may be reduced to $150,000 if the terminal complies with the terms of the decree, additional actions may come about pending a current investigation by the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office.

Rectifying sand mining and dumping issues has the opportunity to limit groundwater contamination and improve public health, and most importantly, rebuild public trust in large scale development projects. Kudos to NYS DEC for taking action on this high profile issue.

More can be read about move to ensure that the terminal is operating as intended in Newsday.

Smithtown Downtown View

Reflecting on the state of our nation this July 4th gave me the realization that I have been blessed in the course of my last 30 years meeting tens of thousands of Long Islanders working diligently to improve their neighborhoods.  This experience contrasts with the deluge of negative news media that tells us that we are all racists, wards of the state, illegal, unkind, at war with each other and fearful for our future.   It is true that we are at a historically low level of trust with all things big – government, business, media, not for profits – but support for local community efforts, municipalities and institutions remains strong.

On Long Island we do have the voices of commentators that wring their hands with academic arguments about all that is wrong about our region from lack of housing choices, high taxes, energy costs, attacks on local municipalities and if we had one large government all would be better.   In this barrage of hopelessness we ignore the low unemployment, strong quality of life, great schools, a beautiful natural environment, a growing diversity in population bringing cultural opportunities and many distinct downtown places that Long Islanders care deeply about and are undergoing transformation.

Like many suburban areas around the country we have problems that exist and persist we should recognize and support the myriad of folks actually tackling the problems our region faces community by community.  Our team at Vision Long Island has been working with and recognizing the leadership of these local businesses, municipalities, community leaders, builders and design professionals for years at our Smart Growth Awards ceremony.   This year 900 leaders witnessed this honorees that crystalize this hyper local community progress from AARP, Island Harvest, Jobs with Justice and projects and leadership in Hempstead, Farmingdale, Port Jefferson, Freeport, Valley Stream, Northport, N. Amityville and Great Neck.

Well beyond the leaders recognized this year 57 of Long Island’s 103 downtown business districts are actively working on revitalization programs, 40 have traffic calming projects addressing road safety and 40 have developed transit oriented development housing in their downtowns totaling over 10,000 units over the last eight years.  Many have increased arts/music/culture and all of them have new restaurants, beautification programs, increased community events, festivals, fairs and other activities.  From an economic point of view businesses are actively looking to site their operations in downtown locations and there are much lower vacancy rates in office space on Main Street than in traditional office parks across the Island.

What I would like to do with this column is give a true Main Street view as to what is happening on Long Island’s many downtowns and spotlight the changes and challenges facing the communities we care so deeply about.   As a guy who lives on a Main Street for over 20 years and now raising a family here I hope to share a perspective that truly comes from regular folks.  With that goal in mind please let me know what is happening in your community, how you see changes good, bad; what is working and new ideas.  It goes without saying that the small businesses and local municipalities need your commerce, time and support of our Main Streets by patronizing them this summer and throughout the year.

To view this article and more, visit SmithtownToday News.

Renew Hempstead Partners with National Night Out this Tuesday!

National Night Out is a community and police awareness event geared towards ensuring the safety of the community. Renew Hempstead is doing their part by bringing positive vibes to the streets, launching a monthly series of outdoor evening events showcasing our local artists, poets, and musicians!

Support your local artists from 6:30 to 8 pm at the main stage at 1776 Denton Green, across from Village Hall. The National Night Out event goes from 5 to 8 pm.

RSVP Here!

When: August 4, 2015
Where: 1776 Denton Green (across from Village Hall)
Time: 6:30-8pm (Local Talent Showcase), 5-8pm (National Night Out)

Solar Sunday Seminars

Drop by the EmPower Solar Design Center for Solar Sundays - a free seminar and Q&A session for Long Island homeowners held on Sunday August 9.

The presentation begins promptly at 11:30am. Professionals will be available throughout the day to help answer any questions about solar - from the latest policy updates to technological innovations. Light brunch refreshments will also be available.

Earn Extra Credit Hosting A School Supply Drive

You can make a difference in a child’s future.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is collecting school supplies through their 10th annual Supply Our Students drive.

“The need for assistance is growing each year.  We are grateful to members of the community who come together to help our less fortunate neighbors.  These school supplies will help thousands of children go back to school with the tools they need to succeed,” Executive Director Greta Guarton said.

From now through Aug. 10, the Amityville-based nonprofit wants Long Island’s help to gather enough school supplies to fill lots of backpacks in time for the fall. More than 3,000 backpacks were distributed through their network of homeless shelters in the 2014 drive.

Businesses, community organizations and even other schools are asked to get involved. The Coalition provides collection boxes and fliers, and will even pick up the boxes. 

For more information about the program, check out the Coalition online, call them at 631-464-4314 or send them an email.

Help Wanted

Support for Downtown Huntington Station

Since the Development Strategy was approved, Renaissance Downtowns and the Town of Huntington have been working on a two prong approach to move revitalization forward in Huntington Station: 1., development and groundbreaking for the immediate opportunity sites and 2., working with the Town of Huntington to collaborate with Suffolk County on ways to bring sewer infrastructure to unsewered commercial corridors in Huntington Station. Currently, they are looking for support for these two initiatives.

In order to break ground on the mixed use hotel and office development across from the train station, they will need to encourage the New York State Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) to transfer ownership of some of its land along Route 110 to the Town of Huntington to facilitate this revitalization. Help us by supporting this letter from community stakeholders to the NYS DOT {click to read}. See form below to sign and petition for this transfer.

Additionally, through the hard work of elected officials at Suffolk County and the Town of Huntington who understand the importance of the revitalization of Huntington Station, inter-government collaboration has resulted in Suffolk County’s inclusion of $21 million for sewers over the next two years in the Capital Program. Under the latest Suffolk County Capital Budget Program 2016-2018, Capital Plan #8195 allocates $1 million for planning sewers in 2016 and $20 million for execution of plans in 2017.  Source the Station would like to thank the County for supporting Huntington Station.  Please support this letter to Suffolk County {click to read}.

Help Wanted

HOPE VI Main Street Program Funding Available

The purpose of the HOPE VI Main Street Program is to provide grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or "Main Street" area by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. The objectives of the program are to:

  1. Redevelop Main Street areas;
  2. Preserve Historic or traditional central business district or Main Street area properties by replacing unused commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units;
  3. Enhance economic development efforts in Main Street areas; and
  4. Provide affordable housing in Main Street areas.

HUD is making available through this NOFA $500,000 for HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program.

Funding Opportunity Number: FR-5900-N-03
Opportunity Title: HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program
Competition ID: FR-5900-N-03
CFDA No.: 14.878
OMB Approval Numbers: 2577-0208 exp. 1/31/2018
Opening Date: July 13, 2015
Deadline Date: August 27, 2015

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Grants

FEMA has announced the FY 2015 Notice of Funding Opportunities for two of the Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant programs: Flood Mitigation Assistance and Pre-Disaster Mitigation.  HMA grant programs provide states, tribes, territories, and local governments funding for eligible mitigation activities to strengthen our nation’s ability to reduce disaster losses and protect life and property from future disaster damages.
All 50 States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands and Federally-recognized tribal governments are eligible to apply.  Local governments are considered sub-applicants and must apply to their Applicant state/territory.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Hazard Mitigation Assistance Unified Guidance for detailed information regarding eligibility and to contact their FEMA Regional Office for additional information.  Grant applications must be submitted to FEMA through the Mitigation eGrants system on the FEMA Grants Portal accessible on the Internet no later than 3:00 PM EDT on August 28, 2015.

Appications for EPA's Clean Air Excellence Awards Now Open

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is accepting applications for the 2016 Clean Air Excellence Awards Program to recognize individuals and organizations whose efforts have helped to make progress in achieving cleaner air. Award recipients are selected for developing innovative, replicable and sustainable programs; serving as pioneers in their fields; and improving air quality either directly or indirectly through reduced emissions of criteria pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and/or greenhouse gases. Applications due September 11.

Learn more

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.

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie 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.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

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.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve
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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
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, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. 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
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 “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. 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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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.

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
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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


Suffolk Theater
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
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 ly growing and tours of the Edward Homestead offer a view at the areconstanta 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 exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  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.

Porch Crawl

If you are a Huntington Station resident and you would like to meet some of your neighbors, why not stop by at our first Porch Crawl tonight from 6pm to sundown!  If you live in the neighborhood north of the train station between Broadway and Olive and New York Ave and Kelsey or in the neighborhood along East Rogues Path between Talbot and Lodge you are welcome to hang out on your porch and invite your neighbors up for a little conversation or maybe go for a walk and see if any of your neighbors are on their porches looking for some company!  Visit the Facebook event for more info and for a sign you can hang to let your neighbors know you are participating.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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Vision Long Island
24 Woodbine Ave., Suite Two
Northport, NY 11768
Phone: 631-261-0242. Fax: 631-754-4452.

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