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August 9th - 15th, 2015

Regional Updates

St. Joseph's College

Since 1916, St. Joseph's College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph's prepares students for lives of integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service; lives that are worthy of the College's motto, Esse non videri — "To be, not to seem."

St. Joseph's Long Island Campus challenges its approximately 3,300 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.

The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s is located in Patchogue at 155 West Roe Boulevard, directly off Sunrise Highway. Located on the South Shore of eastern Long Island, the Long Island Campus is just minutes from the Great South Bay, Long Island MacArthur Airport, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Orient Point and many of Long Island’s ocean beaches. New York City is just a short ride on the Long Island Rail Road.

Campus facilities include six buildings and the brand new Outdoor Field Complex, spread over a 30-acre lakeside campus on the outskirts of Patchogue Village. St. Joseph's remains dedicated to maintaining low costs while upholding a strict standard of excellence. While retention rates at most colleges are slipping, St. Joseph's remains above the national average. Its academic strength hasn't gone unnoticed. The College is consistently recognized in U.S. News & World Report's annual "America's Best Colleges" issue.

“Today is a great day as we celebrate yet another milestone in the Wyandanch Rising Project. The construction of the MTA LIRR Wyandanch Parking Facility compliments the Wyandanch Village residential development and serves as a model for the required collaboration of Transit Oriented Developments. I am happy to celebrate nationally acclaimed artist Moe Brooker who designed the painted glass artwork in the garage, Parson Brinkerhoff for the design of the garage, Jeff Speck for the design of the tower which beautifully displays and complements the art work, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. and the MTA/LIRR for their willingness to partner on this economic development initiative.” - Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone on the opening of the new Wyandanch Train Station Parking Garage

 “The new Wyandanch Parking Facility provides commuters and travelers with a safe and convenient place to park while using the LIRR. I thank all involved for collaborating on this effort and for their hard work in making this project a reality.” - Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer on the opening of the new Wyandanch Train Station Parking Garage

"If it goes into the future and another artist sees my work and has some sort of idea, some sort of understanding of what they would like to do, it's worth every moment that you put into it in terms of working." - Artist Moe Walker speaking on the stained glass windows he created for the the new Wyandanch Train Station Parking Garage

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Senator Schumer Calls for More Transportation Dollars to Fix Aging Infrastructure

On August 11th, Senator Charles Schumer delivered a candid, exigent speech at the NYU Rudin Center, addressing the national imperative of securing economic funding for the New York City Department of Transportation to implement Hudson River tunnel repairs. The senator warned that damage from Hurricane Sandy has hastened the tunnels’ deterioration, and that without early action, New York’s economy faces a major threat. He began, “I want to speak about the very real possibility that in a matter of years – not decades – the only two rail tunnels running under the Hudson River into Manhattan will become inoperable... In a brutally competitive national and global economic marketplace, failure to build this vital link is insane. (It's tantamount to economic suicide.)”. Schumer’s cautionary tone speaks to the drawbacks seen in recent years in efforts to obtain federal funding for transportation, and the immediate need for concern in light of the current crisis.

Cutting off commuters’ access to trains would disorient the entire city’s population and workforce, rippling effects from which could lead to a much larger crisis. Schumer suggests that to close the tunnels could cause a national economic disaster, and mentions the real possibility of a recession, whether regional or national. He notes,“The New York economy is a vital spoke in the nation's economy, an engine of national GDP growth.”

Schumer called attention to the Port Authority’s 2009 ARC- “Access to Region’s Core” - plan, which sought to build two additional tunnels to allow trains to continue into New York while the other two underwent repairs. Governor Chris Christie interrupted the plan mid-construction, transferring funds over to New Jersey’s Pulaski Skyway. The tunnels were never built, and the two existing tunnels, “Sandy hit. Seawater rushed into the tunnels. Salts and chlorides infiltrated the walls of the tunnels and accelerated their deterioration. Thus, the timeline for necessary repairs was drastically accelerated ... Christie's decision to pull the plug on ARC was a massive mistake.”, says Schumer. Since 80% of passengers who would be impacted by tunnel closures and will benefit from repairs are New Jersey residents who travel to the city via NJ Transit, Schumer called for NJ Governor Christie’s support.

The Senator anticipates high costs for the tunnels’ repair- an estimated 20 to 25 billion dollars - yet sees them as inevitable measures necessary to prevent economic and infrastructural catastrophe. He has accordingly outlined a new plan for the Gateway Tunnel Project, in which he urges multiple involved parties- the MTA, NJ Transit, NYC, the Port Authority, government representatives, and the various government entities in control of funding- to collaborate under a new, non-profit organization he coined the Gateway Development Corporation. This separate entity would be able to leverage the resources of each involved transportation and state agency, collectively. It would consolidate the different kinds of federal financing available to each party, such as federal mass transit funding that is not available to Amtrak alone, and federal railroad funds that are available to Amtrak, but that Port Authority and regional transit agencies cannot access. The non-profit would also be able to attract private financing.

Senator Schumer also outlines a four-point plan proposing changes to existing federal legislation that would provide funds for Gateway. His first proposal calls for congress to give Amtrak the ability to cordon-off profits generated by the Northeast Corridor, providing Amtrak with an annual appropriation to cover operating losses on the rest of the system. This would secure upwards of $500 million per year, as profits are increasing. Secondly, Schumer mentions the New Starts program, which would grant transit agencies access to federal grant funding; if implemented, the MTA and NJ Transit could apply for FTA New Starts grant funds during tunnel repairs. His third solution is a robust transportation bill, funded by reforming an international tax code. “Our proposal requires companies with cash parked overseas to return that money to the U.S. at a lower rate in the short-term – and then, under our proposal, we move the international tax system to a new, lower rate. We would use the revenues generated from the one-time return of overseas earnings – called ‘deemed repatriation’ – to pay for a large increase in federal investment in infrastructure.”

Mr. Schumer’s fourth solution involving federal government legislation would utilize the existing Railroad Rehabilitations and Improvement Financing Program, which provides long-term, zero-interest federal financing. The Obama Administration was given $35 billion in loan authority by Congress through RRIF, yet has only dispensed about $2 billion, and the Gateway project is a perfect candidate for these funds. With this outline, Schumer has provided a comprehensive plan of action for this crisis, and while acknowledging that it is not foolproof, he urges all capable New Yorkers to take action. “I am fully aware that over time and through negotiation, those sources might change slightly. But just because the entire funding structure isn't locked into place doesn't mean we shouldn't move forward.” 

You can check out the full press release here.

Suffolk County Adopts 2035 Comprehensive Master Plan

On Wednesday, August 12, a ceremony was held at the County Executive’s office in Hauppauge for the official adoption and signing of the Suffolk County Comprehensive Master Plan for 2035, Framework for the Future. A team from AKRF, a leading firm in Environmental, Planning, and Engineering Consulting on Long Island, led by Stephen Holley, assisted with the preparation of the plan, which outlines a foundation for sustainable growth and resiliency for Suffolk County, and drafts ways to encourage economic development that will help to retain and attract business and create jobs for Suffolk County residents.

The plan includes recommendations for the next 20 years of Suffolk County’s transportation, housing, economy, environment, communities, and government policy. Suggestions concentrate on economic growth and sustainable development. Transportation changes include improvements to mobility, access, and safety; housing suggestions aim for a more equitable and affordable county; suggestions are made to improve economic competitiveness and the capacity to innovate.  AKRF also includes environmental and sanitation-related recommendations.

Specific suggestions include assisting towns, villages, developers, and organizations in securing funding sources for housing that meets different needs, supporting LIRR track improvements, developing transit infrastructure to meet various needs, reviewing prior studies and exploring means to mitigate traffic congestion between Suffolk County and the New York Metropolitan Area, and developing incentives to grow the tourism industry. These are just a few recommendations, taken from the extensive 2035 plan.

Vision Long Island gave support on Suffolk's Master Plan and specifically wants to see resources dedicated to pedestrian bike safety along county roads.

The full plan can be found at

New Parking Facility Opens at the Wyandanch Train Station

On August 13 a brand new parking garage was introduced at the LIRR Wyandanch Train Station as part of the continuous effort of Wyandanch Rising, a program aimed at helping one of the most economically distressed locations on Long Island.

Wyandanch Rising was implemented in 2010 and since then has provided a major boost to the overall economic welfare of the community. The brand new five-story parking garage holds 920 parking spots, and is complete with colorful glass panels, frequent garage maintenance, and 24-hour security cameras. It is also designed strategically so that it can eventually expand and provide up to 1,500 parking spots. Parking will be open to all LIRR customers free of charge until September 1st, when the facility officially opens, and the following fees will be implemented: a $3 fee for 6-hour parking, a $5 fee for 20-hour parking, a $10 fee for 24-hour parking, and a $70 fee for monthly parking (which is a 35% discount of the regular daily fee). The fees will exist in order to provide maintenance and security for the garage, as well as improve Wyandanch’s overall economic situation.

On the day of the ribbon-cutting, Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone noted that “Today is a great day as we celebrate yet another milestone in the Wyandanch Rising Project. The construction of the MTA LIRR Wyandanch Parking Facility compliments the Wyandanch Village residential development and serves as a model for the required collaboration of Transit Oriented Developments. I am happy to celebrate nationally acclaimed artist Moe Brooker who designed the painted glass artwork in the garage, Parson Brinkerhoff for the design of the garage, Jeff Speck for the design of the tower which beautifully displays and complements the art work, Torti Gallas and Partners, Inc. and the MTA/LIRR for their willingness to partner on this economic development initiative.”

Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer then added:  “The new Wyandanch Parking Facility provides commuters and travelers with a safe and convenient place to park while using the LIRR. I thank all involved for collaborating on this effort and for their hard work in making this project a reality.” Everybody who attended the ribbon-cutting agrees: the garage not only keeps up with trending societal needs for mass transit but includes the additional parking for a diverse and growing commuter population that will improve Wyandanch’s economic situation. 

A feature of the new garage are stained glass windows dominating one wall and featuring bright colors that drew inspiration from the numerous jazz club musicians that would come through the area. Moe Walker, the artist responsible for creating the windows, hoped that others would draw inspiration from his work, stating that "If it goes into the future and another artist sees my work and has some sort of idea, some sort of understanding of what they would like to do, it's worth every moment that you put into it in terms of working."

Along with the new garage, the Town of Babylon is paying for the design and construction of a new station building at Wyandanch’s LIRR train station. The new building will be located just east of the current building, and is planned to break ground next year. The MTA also approved a $14.8 million five-year personal services contract with Allpro Parking of Buffalo, N.Y. back in May. The contract is aimed to have Allpro help in managing and operating the LIRR parking facilities at Wyandanch, as well as in Ronkonkoma and Mineola

Vision Long Island attended the ribbon cutting and is happy to see MTA resources directed to Long Island's downtown revitalization projects.

To learn more about the new Wyandanch LIRR parking garage, as well as other transit-oriented improvements, check out Long Island News’ article here and Verizon FiOS here.

Hicksville Hosts Fourth Annual Indian Independence Day Parade

On Sunday, August 9, 2015, Indian Heritage groups from across Long Island gathered in Hicksville for a celebration ablaze with traditional drumming, dance, food, and national pride, commemorating the 68th anniversary of India’s Independence Day. Hundreds attended the parade, which spanned a 2-mile stretch of South Broadway St., ending at the Asamai Hindu Temple on East Barclay Street.

Parade-goers wore and sold traditional Indian clothing. Saris, lungi, or sarongs, kurta shirts, loose-fitting pants called shalwar, salwar kameez outfits, and other styles and variations painted the crowd with vibrant colors and patterns. The Indian flag’s orange, white, and green motif appeared on the parade’s floats, honoree sashes, ribbons, and flags waved by Long Islanders of all ages. The festival brought back familiar sights, sounds and scents to those native to India, and introduced these experiences to non-Indians and first generation Indian-American children.

Local Indian Heritage Groups choreographed and performed traditional dances. Bollywood Actress Neetu Chandra was the parade’s grand marshal. This year, the theme was “Women Empowerment and the Next Generation”. Parent Sangeeta Yadav described, “After so many years of struggle, we should respect the freedom, and how we got to this day”. She and many other parents see the parade as an effective way to bring contemporary relevance to Indian history, to educate children and future generations about the historical significance of India’s 1947 Independence, and include them in a shared history.

Among the event’s attendees were various elected officials: Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, State Senator Jack Martins, and others. According to the most recent US census, the Indian population in Nassau County rose to 40,000, up from 20,000 in 2010. Hicksville has come to be home to a Little India, a group of businesses along Route 107, Old Country Road, near the train station. The parade’s founder, Bobby K. Kalotee, sees the annual event as an opportunity to encourage community engagement, highlight local culture, promote family values and bring Long Island neighborhoods together.

Marriott Eyes Lynbrook for New Long Island Location

In recent years, along with the emerging trend of transit-oriented housing in downtown areas across Long Island, a successful market for downtown hospitality has appeared. Hotels centrally located in the downtowns of Rockville Centre, Great Neck, Riverhead, Port Jefferson, and others on Long Island, promote Main Street shopping and host business and community events, proving  themselves successful business models that other Long Island downtowns now intend to follow. Proposals for new hotels have been made in Huntington, Huntington Station, Freeport, Port Washington, and Lynbrook. Plans are underway for a Marriott hotel in Lynbrook.

In Lynbrook, a parking lot at the corner of Broadway and Langdon Pl. stands damaged and in need of $340,000 worth of repair. Developer Lee Browning Sr., owner of Browning Hotel Properties, may relieve the city of this cost by transforming the upper floors of the parking lot into a Marriott Courtyard Hotel. The bottom three and a half floors would remain a parking lot with over 300 spots- 96 designated for use by the hotel and guests, and 210 left as municipal parking, which would allow its current users to continue to park there. The $20 million, 156-room proposed hotel would feature a business center, a fitness center, meeting rooms and a banquet hall large enough for 275 people. The Bistro, the Courtyard’s signature restaurant, would serve guests breakfast.

Residents are concerned about finding parking during the 18 to 20 months of construction. Deputy Mayor Alan Beach found that collectively, surrounding village parking lots had about 110 spots available. Browning agreed that for the duration of construction, he will provide shuttle bus service between these alternative parking lots and the Long Island Rail Road Station.

Despite Browning’s decade-long work on this project, it is still undergoing initial stages of planning. This site is the fourth that Browning Hotel Properties has examined for the project; the first three have either fallen through or were opposed by residents. Browning still needs to have an environmental impact study for the project done, obtain permits, and participate in a public hearing concerning the rezoning of the lot.

The village of Lynbrook seems to view the project as a major asset to the community. Mayor William Hendrick said he would be glad to see the hotel come to the village.

“It looks like this project is a go-ahead,” he told residents at the board meeting. “This would be a very good project for Lynbrook.” Bill Gaylor, vice president of the Lynbrook Chamber of Commerce and owner of the Lyn Gift and Hallmark Shop, on Atlantic Avenue, agreed. “It appears to me that this facility will be a huge improvement for the village,” he said. “I, as a commercial property owner and a resident in the village, in addition to my capacity with the chamber, wholeheartedly believe that this project [would have a] huge positive economic impact on the village.”

You can read more on this at the Long Island Herald and Newsday.

Vision LI Co-Chair Trudy Fitzsimmons Named 2015 Recipient of Chamber Honor

This year’s recipient of the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce’s John Klaber Memorial Award for Community Service is Trudy Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons has demonstrated her dedication to volunteer work here on Long Island now for 40 years.

Fitzsimmons is no typical volunteer. She began her work by serving her church as well as local theater groups and her children’s school. In 1998 she began participating in the Leadership Huntington Program. She grew a deep passion for Leadership and winded up volunteering there for 12 years. She led the organization’s flagship program, and also sat on the board of directors.

Later on, Fitzsimmons volunteered for Community Conversations within Leadership, and also extended her work towards Vision Long Island. She has been serving on Vision’s board now for over a decade. Fitzsimmons also offered initial consultation and served as a board member for the Moon Jumpers Charitable Foundation, became a director of the Huntington Township Housing Coalition and is a member of the Suffolk County Community Emergency Response Team.

More can be read about Trudy Fitzsimmons and the Chamber Honor at Huntington Chamber

NYSACC to Host 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment

The New York State Association of Conservation Commissions (NYSACC) will be hosting the 2015 New York State Conference on the Environment at the Coltivare event center in Ithaca, NY on October 15th - 17th.

This annual conference’s theme will be Collaboration, featuring examples from local municipalities, colleges and environmental groups, and examine the latest environmental trends, techniques and approaches in New York State. Field trips to Ecovillage, the energy producing wastewater treatment plant and Cornell’s Lake Source Cooling project will come the day after a dinner event at a new farm to bistro restaurant.

Registration and further information for this event will be available in the next few weeks here 

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

FY 2015 HOPE VI Main Street Program NOFA

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

FY 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

Coastal Program Grants now Accepting Applications

The Coastal Program, a grant opportunity from the US Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Services, is accepting applications for grants up to $500,000. This grant is open to all who fit the criteria.

The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands in order to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas.

There is no cost sharing or matching required for this grant. Interested parties can click here for the full program description and apply. The current closing date for this opportunity is September 30th, 2015.

Further information and concerns should be directed to:
Michael Murray
(703) 358-2031 

Help Wanted

EmPower Solar Hiring Solar System Installation Professionals

EmPower Solar is looking to hire top quality construction professionals to install solar systems on residential and commercial buildings. Candidates should be enthusiastic about starting a career in a growing construction field. Candidates should have at least one year of construction or electrical experience and be comfortable working outdoors, working with tools, and working at high elevations. Candidates must own a vehicle with a valid license and clean driving record. See full job description here.

  • FT with benefits and quarterly bonuses. Starting rate is $18-$22/hour up to $26/hour.
  • Mon-Thurs: 7am - 5:30pm
  • Construction/electrical experience preferred.

Candidates can click here to apply!

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

great neck
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.

Take the Car Free Day Pledge Today!

Next month on September 22nd Long Island will be participating in its Third Annual Car Free Day!

Though it's still a month away, now is the time to put in your pledge and join the already over 1,000 Long Islanders who have pledged to either forgoe or scale back driving in an effort to reduce CO2 emissions and raise awareness of pedestrian issues.

Last year for Car Free Day LI, 2,855 Long Islanders pledged to be car free or car-lite, saving over 72,000 miles of driving, and 36 tons of CO2 emissions, this year we can do better!

Take the pledge here.

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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