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August 16th - 22, 2015

Regional Updates

The Engel Burman Group

In this business you’re known by the company you keep. This is why 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, they find ourselves driven, every day, by the youth and energy of the next generation. The combined effect of their collective experience makes for a formidable formula: They’re proven but hungry, careful but courageous, wise but willing to try something new.

“Attitudes are an important determinent of people's travel behavior. Of all four models, walking was liked the most. But, while everyone likes walking, Millennials like it 12 percentage points higher than driving (83% agree that they like walking vs. 71% like driving). This is the largest gap of any generation.” - Exert from a recent national poll by the National Association of Realtors in association with University of Portland noting Millennial's preference for walking as a means of transportation.

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Suffolk County Bus Rider Advocates Call on State for More Aid

The issues with Long Island bus systems have been ongoing, and Suffolk County officials have agreed to stand by Long Islanders when asking NY State for financing.

On Wednesday August 19, a group of Long Island bus riders walked from the Roosevelt Field bus stop to the NICE bus company headquarters in Garden City to emphasize the problems they are currently facing with the transportation system, such as rising fares and lack of bus stops. According to Aaron Watkins-Lopez of the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union, the walk to Garden City was a difficult one. “It’s a game of lethal Frogger,” he said. “You have to pass lanes and lanes of traffic. You have to pass over streets that have no crosswalks, no lights.” However there was no closer bus stop to the destination and riders had no other option. These dangerous walks are common for Long Islanders who use the bus system to get to and from work and school each day, because many destinations aren’t close to bus stops.

Bus riders have complained about other issues as well, such as poor communication for passengers.  In a press meeting at the Suffolk County Legislature in Riverhead on Thursday August 20, Watkins-Lopez highlighted issues that not only he has faced with the bus system but issues that riders complain about on a daily basis. He says that buses can often be an hour late to their stop, and sometimes the driver will consider a stop “optional” if nobody on the bus at that time requests to get off there. That poses a problem for people waiting to get on the bus. Bus shelters are often non-existent as well, and during the winter there is nowhere for riders to stand or for buses to stop. Furthermore, Watkins-Lopez comments on the poor Sunday bus schedule and lack of nighttime rides. One Long Islander discussed her bad experience with a late-night bus: She was waiting at a stop for the last bus of the night after work, but when the bus arrived it simply drove past her without stopping to let her on. Left with no other options, she was forced to call a taxi to take her home. The money she had to use to pay for the taxi was the money she needed for her weekly food supply.

Suffolk County Legislature Jay Schneiderman agreed to stand beside the Long Island Bus Riders’ Union and their request to NY State for $50 million in funding. “We need to serve the current needs on Suffolk County,” he said. Richard Koubek of Long Island Jobs with Justice also commented on the bus funding situation. He said that Suffolk County is “tapped out of money, and now New York State needs to help.”

Vision board members and staff participated in the participated in the walk and he call for additional state aid.

More can be read about Wednesday’s events here

Plan to Dump Harmful Sediments in Long Island Sound

A report about the future of the Long Island Sound was released on Monday by the Army Corps of Engineers and the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

The federal Draft Dredged Material Management Plan is a proposed plan to remove contaminated sediments from Connecticut rivers and dump them in four different locations a few miles off of the Connecticut coastline. One of these locations happens to be the Long Island Sound. According to the Army Corps website, the goal of the dredging is to improve navigation on Connecticut rivers, but many Long Island and New York officials are opposed to the plan anyways. They say that the sediments that will be dumped into the Long Island Sound contain poisonous chemicals that could harm wildlife in and around the Long Island Sound. This can also result in hurting Long Island’s fishing and boating industries.

According to the EPA, the Army Corps of Engineers is required to adhere to environmental criteria set forth by the EPA, as well as any changes the EPA decides to make. With this in mind, Long Island and New York State officials hope to show the EPA how harmful the dredging plan is to both Long Island and the environment. Public hearings will be held August 24, 25, 26, and 27.

The federal Draft Dredged Material Management Plan can be found on the Army Corps of Engineers’ website.

For more on the opposition to the plan, check out Newsday’s article here and News 12's here.

Updates on Current Long Island Smart Growth Projects

Vision board members, supporters, and leaders of Smart Growth Award winning projects met this past Tuesday at the Long Island Regional Planning Council’s meeting at Hofstra University to discuss the major construction projects currently underway across Long Island.

The Glen Cove Piazza, Heartland Town Square, Hempstead, Huntington Station, Riverside, and Wyandanch Rising all received updates by developers at the meeting. According to John Cameron, council chairman, all of these projects are important economic catalysts for Long Island. Each one has the ability to lift the Island’s tax base, as well as provide more housing options and vibrant communities. Cameron says that these are key features in keeping both young adults and baby boomers from leaving Long Island. “These are projects which really do affect our vitality and our capability to be sustainable here on Long Island,” he explains.

One successful project currently underway is Wyandanch Rising, which began back in 2003. Wyandanch Rising is a $500 million public-private partnership aimed at building mixed-use residential and retail buildings, as well as a transit plaza and open green space near the Long Island Rail Road station. “Everything is high quality,” said Russell Albanese, chairman of the Albanese Organization, the project’s developer. The project is also supposed to provide opportunities for residents by working closely with the town’s resource center to provide easy job training.

Another project that will hopefully begin soon is Heartland Town Square. According to David Wolkoff, president of Heartland, Long Island needs more rental units and locally centered entertainment options, specifically to keep young adults and baby boomers around. The Heartland Town Square project would provide Long Island with 9,000 new apartments, 1 million square feet of retail and 3 million square feet of official space to be built over the following three decades. The project is currently awaiting approval from Islip Town officials.

More can be read about this topic here.

Dispute Over New York Avenue Property Finally Ends

After years of conflict, Huntington officials have finally settled the issue of taking over the property at 1000 New York Avenue.

In 2004, Dish Realty filed a lawsuit against the Town of Huntington after failing to get town permission to build a laundromat. The town prevailed in the lower court, but Dish filed four appeals and three additional motions which were pending. Six years later, in 2010, the town board acquired the site through eminent domain. Eminent domain requires the town to pay in exchange for the site, so the town offered Dish Realty $535,000. However, Dish Realty wasn’t happy with the offer and sued the town. Then earlier this year, following a State Supreme Court Decision, the town paid an additional $177,000. The town ultimately winded up paying $712,000. Recently though, the town of Huntington board approved of paying Dish Realty $175,000 to settle the litigation for good, as well as cover court and attorney fees.

“This settlement clears all of the legal issues surrounding the property at 1000 New York Avenue and allows for its redevelopment to proceed as part of the Huntington Station revitalization process,” Town Supervisor Frank Petrone said. The settlement was agreed upon at the August town board meeting after the board voted 5-0 in favor of the decision.

Petrone also said that a possible plan for the building would be assimilating it into a mixed-use site. The Town of Huntington has been working closely with Plainview-based Renaissance Downtowns on building a mixed-use site that would include 1000 New York Avenue. The entire property would include more than 60 studio and one-bedroom apartments as well as a pedestrian plaza, but no plans are official as of right now.

Read more about the end of the decade-long legal dispute here.

Mastic Beach Plans to Increase Fines on Blighted Homes

Mastic Beach Village trustees are planning to quadruple penalties on owners of abandoned homes.

Right now, owners are charged $2,500 for each year their houses aren’t up to village code standards, but trustees want to raise the charge to $10,000 per year. “We need a weapon to fight against blighted homes,” said Mastic Beach Deputy Mayor Bruce Summa. He claims that abandoned or deteriorating properties cause hardships on those living near them.

The current Mastic Beach code states that homes are at risk of being added to the village blighted building registry once they receive 100 points in code violations (which are accumulated through issues such as faulty gutters, yard debris, or “interfering with the neighborhood”). After reaching 100 points, the property owner is contacted and given 30 days to respond before the property appears on the official registry. Then the owner is charged with the $2,500 fee each year until the property is cleaned up. Usually homes reach 150 points after being inspected, though, which means that there are a lot of property owners in Mastic Beach with additional fees to pay. If the fee goes unpaid it is attached to the property’s tax bill.

The Mastic Beach blight registry law is based on Huntington Town’s system, which fines blighted properties until property owners fix them up. In Huntington, any home added to the blight list is charged $2,500 and any building added is charged $5,000. Huntington also plans to begin to charge owners an additional fee for town investigations when a property appears vacant. Brookhaven Town has a similar vacant-home registry as well. 

Mastic Beach Mayor Maura Spery said that while she agrees the penalty should increase, quadrupling the fines is a bit excessive. Still, board members feel that the dramatic increase will convince many property owners to maintain their properties even if nobody is living inside of them. A public hearing is set to take place on September 8 to discuss increasing the fine.

Landmark on Main Street Approaches 20th Anniversary

The Landmark on Main Street in Port Washington is turning 20 years old soon, and in celebration is receiving an official identity and a $5 million renovation.

The 2-acre property first began as the Main Street School, part of the Port Washington School District, and remained that way until the school closed in 1984. After that, community leaders worked tirelessly to save the beautiful property. In 1991 it was sold to North Hempstead Town, and a few years later the building received its official name: “The Landmark.” Now the property is owned by the Landmark on Main Street LLC, but North Hempstead Town still holds the mortgage. The Landmark on Main Street LLC also leases the theater portion of the property to The Landmark on Main Street Inc., a nonprofit organization that operates the Jeanne Rimsky Theater.

Today The Landmark is home to a theater, a park, a community center, and a small number of apartments. With so many functions, though, residents struggle on what to consider the property. That is why The Landmark is beginning an identity campaign, and questions will be asked at the Pride in Port Parade on September 19 as to what The Landmark truly means to the Port Washington community. “We think there are probably 100 different answers,” predicts Laura Mogul, executive director of Landmark On Main Street Inc.

For a long time now The Landmark has needed upgrades to sections built in the early 1900s, but it has taken officials several years to propose an adequate plan because of The Landmark’s historic status. Recently though, an appropriate plan was created and is aimed at replacing 460 windows on the building, as well as exchanging bathtubs for walk-in showers, upgrading some kitchens, redoing the brick façade, repainting the building’s trim, and covering walls with a fresh coat of paint. The project began in July and is expected to finish by June 2016, and residents are both anxious and excited to see the end results. “It’s just so exciting to see this building restored to its original beautiful appearance,” Mogul said.

More can be read about The Landmark here.   

National Association of Realtors Conducts National Survey on American's Preferences for Community & Transportation

Good news this week from the National Association of Realtors survey on American's preferences on Community & Transportation. Among some of the findings:

Folks like to walk, millennials will walk to transit, a major inhibitor to walking is neighborhood design; 24% rode a bike in the last 30 days; in deciding where to live - 85% want sidewalks, 79% want places to walk to, 64% want access to public transit; maintenance of existing transportation system is a top priority; women, genXr's and millennials all value walkability bike lanes, sidewalks more.

In choosing a traditional suburb vs a mixed use community folks are split 48% choose the mixed use community and 45% choose the traditional suburbs. A different questions shows another split - 48% prefer detached homes in conventional suburbs while 45% prefer attached homes in walkable neighborhoods. While most Americans surveyed live in detached homes 25% of them would prefer living in an attached home in a walkable neighborhood.

Note - Over 1,000 folks were surveyed in 50 metropolitan areas for these preferences including the Long Island market. The National Association of Realtors does not have a horse in the race as they are perfectly capable of selling either form of housing in any community and likely do this poll as intel to see what the market really wants.

Check out the survey findings here.

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

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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.

Westbury Art Mart

Free Music & Film Concert This Friday, 8/21!

Join us this Friday, August 21 at the 4th Annual Westbury Short Music & Film Concert for an incredible evening of great music and award-winning short films. 

The Asbury Shorts Film Concert is compilation of award-winning short films selected from the world’s top film festivals. Recommended for ages 16 and way, way above.

Centerstage opens the show at 6:00pm, the Out of the Box Big Band will play at 7:15pm, and the Asbury Shorts will begin at 8:30pm. 

Bring your chairs, picnic, and enjoy the evening with your family and neighbors. Come early to get the best seats! 
Friday, August 21
(Rain Date: August 22)

Centerstage at 6:00pm
Out of the Box Big Band at 7:15pm
Asbury Shorts at 8:30pm

The Piazza Ernesto Strada

Cost: Free!

The series is sponsored by the Incorporated Village of Westbury
and the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts.

The 2015 Westbury Summer Arts & Concert Series is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a re-grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and is administered by The Huntington Arts Council, Inc.

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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