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September 2 - September 6, 2013


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“We paid our policies for years. We paid thousands of dollars, and we all know our houses were filled with floodwater. Who are they kidding?” - Michele Mittleman, Freeport resident

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Welcome To The Midtown Walmart?

Walmart. The name alone of the very successful and controversial discount retail chain can elicit strong reactions.

The company has a reputation for stocking the shelves of their massive stores with a variety of commodities and services at questionably low prices. Outside the big box store lies an even larger sea of asphalt. Customers flock for their inventory and prices, possibly connected to concerns about employee and environmental welfare, chasing away many of the nearby mom and pop stores.

But the global corporation with nearly 10,000 stores claims they’re adding a focus on downtowns.

According to published reports, smaller Walmart stores are coming this year. Company officials said they plan to add 115 new locations with less than 60,000 square feet of selling space this year. They aren’t abandoning their big box strategy, however, as 125 Supercenters are also expected.

A proposed Walmart in downtown Miami, Fla. is also at the epicenter of a Smart Growth discussion.

The Midtown Miami project is a former railroad property that is being reborn into an urban neighborhood. Zyscovitch Architects created the zoning and master plan for the entire property, which includes 3,000 units of condominiums and apartments and a million square feet of commercial space.

CEO Bernard Zyscovitch confirmed 30-story buildings have been erected, creating an urban neighborhood with people calling the area home.

When Zyscovitch bought their portion of the railroad property, real estate investment trust Developers Diversified (DDR) bought another chunk for commercial property. The CEO said DDR intended on leasing to Walmart, Lowe’s Home Improvement Store or other large big box store.

But the architectural firm designed the neighborhood with that in mind, creating plans that emphasize and protects the residents. The zoning and master plans keep the residential and commercial properties separate, including a 50-foot strip in between.

“We boxed them in a way they can still service their clientele, but cannot generate a Walmart in the typical way,” Zyscovitch said. “It’s all in the planning and zoning.”

Meanwhile, the proposed Midtown Walmart is moving forward. Miami’s planning department approved the proposal on Aug. 12 after two years, leaving just a building permit remaining before the 156,000 square foot store can be erected.

The façade of the new store, located on a street corner, would feature a lot of glass and other storefronts for better aesthetics. Parking will not take place on a large lot surrounding the store, but rather upstairs on the second and third floors. Deliveries from large trucks would also occur away from pedestrians’ eyes.

“They can’t put a loading dock on the main avenue. There’s only one street they’re allowed to put it on. There’s no parking available for them, so they have to go vertical,” Zyscovitch said.

The CEO also claimed the corporate chain has been fighting the restrictions in their plans all along.

“This is not about Walmart agreeing voluntarily.”

LIRR, Road Work, Vanpools For LI In $700 Billion Plan

The region's transportation planning organization believes Long Island’s population will grow by more than a million people and drivers will log 10 percent more miles in 2040.

Long Island leaders joined other representatives from regional municipalities and agencies on the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) to adopt a long-range $700-billion transportation plan.

The council unanimously accepted their 2014-2040 Regional Transportation Plan and 2014-2018 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) on Wednesday afternoon.

Plan 2040 provides an overview of NYMTC’s long-term plans for Long Island, New York City and the lower Hudson Valley. With more than 200 million miles driven daily on the region’s roads and an increase expected, the plan examines NYMTC’s plans to sustain and encourage economic growth. That, NYMTC Executive Director Joel Ettinger said, happens preservation and expansion of the transportation network.

“System enhancement programs are critical to the economic vitality of this area,” Ettinger said.

Of Plan 2040’s 93 total projects, 11 are on Long Island and in various stages of action. The LIRR’s Double Track project, the Sagtikos Parkway truck bypass and traffic improvements near the Nassau Hub are expected to occur in the 2014-2018 window. A feasibility study for Suffolk County Supervisor Steve Bellone’s Connect LI project is also on the list for the same timeframe.

Maintaining current traffic systems throughout the region alone will cost $395 billion, or $14.7 billion annually. The revenue side is expected to completely balance those costs out. However, the expansions in Plan 2040 call for an additional $292 billion, or $10.8 billion, in spending. The plan, however, only identifies up to $265 billion in additional revenue, citing the balance will come “from potential additional regional sources.”

“We need more money,” Ettinger said. “NYMTC cannot lobby. You members are not encumbered these restrictions.”

Bellone said the council needs to find creative ways to make the proposed enhancements a reality.

Some of that occurs within the TIP. While the regional transportation plan examines 20 years and is updated every four years, transportation improvement program only focuses on the next five years and is updated every two years.

The 2014-2018 TIP includes $31.7 billion for 1,338 projects, including 430 projects on Long Island requiring $5.5 billion. Of the $31.7 billion, 63 percent is slated for transit and just 37 percent is going towards highway projects.

More than 220 projects have been slated for Long Island, including numerous road renovations, countless eco-friendly vehicle purchases and a multitude of drainage-improving jobs. The list also includes Intermodal construction at Pilgrim State Hospital in 2017, major bridge replacement of Route 110 over Sunrise Highway and efforts to reduce vehicular travel through vanpools and a bicycle-leasing program at LIRR stations.

Bellone said both plans will help Suffolk County develop sustainable economic growth through more public transportation, although even more mass transit is needed.

Vision Long Island and many municipalities provided input into these transportation plans.

"We're hopeful these and other projects will receive necessary funding towards implication," Vision Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

For more information and copies of the actual documents, visit NYMTC’s website.

Election Emphasizes Smart Growth In Smithtown

A practice already proven in several Long Island communities, Smart Growth is now a major platform in politics across the island.

That includes the Town of Smithtown where Supervisor Pat Vecchio seeks to defend his job from Councilman Bob Creighton. Both will primary for the Republican nomination on Sept. 10.

In the Aug. 8 issue of the Smithtown Messenger, Creighton lambasted Vecchio over a number of business issues, including a failure to embrace Smart Growth. Creighton, who was in attendance for Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth Awards Ceremony in June, is making a renewed focus on redevelopment, open space preservation and mixed-use communities an integral piece of his campaign.

Vecchio defended his town’s Smart Growth history when he met with Vision Long Island staff this past Wednesday. He referenced the town’s efforts to create 60 units of housing in 10,000 square feet of an old lumberyard, which he claimed is being slowed by the developer dragging their feet. The supervisor also mentioned the Country View Estates apartments near the train station and other properties which may be on the market.

Business vacancy rates are around six percent, Vecchio said, and the downtowns are routinely packed on weekends. The supervisor also blamed landlords for preferring vacant stores to lower rents.

Creighton referenced the upcoming lumberyard project in criticisms of the supervisor for failing to complete a Master Plan. The councilman said his boss let the project sit for five years.

“Do the residents of Smithtown prefer the dilapidated eyesore of the lumberyard so many properties like it throughout our town? Wouldn’t they prefer a plan that would beautify our downtown and attract aesthetic shops and apartments?” Creighton said.

Smithtown would greatly benefit from Smart Growth, said Vision Executive Director Eric Alexander. The town’s downtowns – Kings Park and Smithtown – are within walking distance of the LIRR.  Part of the movement includes people walking to shop, dine or commute via train stations.

Alexander envisions a Smithtown with outdoor dining, blighted properties back on the tax roll and parking behind two- and three-story buildings set back from the sidewalk. Benches, plazas and a mixed use of office and residential are also essential within a half-mile radius around the town.

“We’re getting back to the roots of Long Island when downtowns were critical to the community and economy. They had shopping, a train station, churches, synagogues and schools,” the director said.

But one component of Smart Growth that frequently gets lost in the shuffle is work-force housing. The phrase has largely been absent from the Smithtown supervisor race; Alexander said the phrase causes unrest because people don’t grasp what it really means.

“Our dominant housing stock on Long Island is single family homes which provide housing for families with children. With marriage rates declining or delayed, folks living longer and and extended recession, there is a stronger need for smaller units either in condominium/townhouse for one or two-bedroom unit,” he said, adding the housing would be used for nurses and teachers as much as first-time employees.

The Smithtown Messenger continued exploring Smart Growth in their Aug. 22 edition, reaching the conclusion that the movement is here to stay.

Smithtown began employing Smart Growth about eight years ago with the Country View Estates project built abutting Landing Avenue. Housing many seniors who downsized but wanted to remain close to their children and their grandchildren, the project was recognized by Vision Long Island at their 2006 Smart Growth Awards Ceremony.

Smithtown community members were also honored at the 2012 awards. Chamber President Marc Mancini and Courtney Sipes Memorial Foundation co-Founder Lavena Sipes were recognized for efforts to make downtown more pedestrian-friendly. The two-lane state road is now just one lane eastbound and includes a median, left turning lanes and a new speed limit.

“We did improve pedestrian safety, we realized exactly what we had to do,” Sipes said.

Crowds Passionately Demand Sandy Aid

The anniversary of Superstorm Sandy is coming next month, but many Nassau County residents still find themselves desperate to go home and finish repairs.

East Rockaway-based civic group the11518 Inc. took to the streets on Saturday, gathering more than 150 people along Atlantic and Ocean Avenue at Kevin McNulty Park.

“We’re here today to help people in terms of information, sharing and receiving resources. This is going on not just here, but in other communities. Those people are here, standing with us today,” President Dan Caracciolo said.

The nearby Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant remains on life support – powered only by generators 10 months after the storm – after a nine-foot tidal surge disabled the plant. Residents griped about raw sewage filling homes and streets immediately after Sandy and the constant noise still surrounding the plant.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said the real help is not from regional leadership, but from community members assisting each other.

“Legislator Ford and others have made sure that money is in place,” Alexander said about the Bay Park plant. “Unfortunately, poisonous and pathetic politics have gotten in the way of getting that done.”

Many residents complained about being forced into the upper floors of their homes, if they could return at all. More griped about extensive delays from FEMA and insurance.

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) chastised the red tape surrounding her district. She also griped that the state’s New York Rising initiative is just adding more paperwork to the process.

“We’re the middle class of America — we should not be treated like criminals. You’re paying mortgages in homes that you’re not living in. It’s a crime,” Ford said.

Ten miles north of the plant, another rally formed outside the Nassau County Legislator on Thursday, Aug. 29. Ford, Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), Long Beach City councilmembers and more than 100 people joined Freeport resident Michele Mittleman in calling on FEMA to close a loophole denying many flood insurance funds. Property damage determined to be caused by earth movement is not covered by flood insurance.

Mittleman received $90,000 from her flood insurance, although her total coverage was $180,000. An engineer for the insurance company claimed a pre-existing settling condition, which survived a dispute and FEMA determination this summer.

“What the federal government has done is downright fraud,” Mittleman said. “We paid our policies for years. We paid thousands of dollars, and we all know our houses were filled with floodwater. Who are they kidding?”
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand have since asked FEMA to change the provision, review any denials and retroactively pay claims.

“It is extremely troubling that the federal government would use this loophole to deny benefits to homeowners whose homes were destroyed or upended. I understand that many of these denied homeowners obtained engineering reports, at their own expense, substantiating that the structure was compromised due to flooding, not earth movement,” Schumer said in an Aug. 29 letter to FEMA administrator Craig Fugate.

See more in the East Rockaway Herald article here.

LIRR Receives Laggy Awards For Costly Late Trains

LIRR delays cost Long Island residents more than three of the island’s largest companies’ combined profits last year.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign estimated late, canceled and terminated trains cost $60.7 million in lost economic productivity last year.

“Estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year's profits of some of Long Island's largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan's, and 1-800 FLOWERS,” research fellow Ben Rosenblatt said.

Led by Executive Director Veronica Vanterpool and Associate Director Ryan Lynch, Tri-State presented their first annual Laggy Awards to LIRR branches with the most lost economic productivity at the Hicksville station on Thursday.

Babylon won the gold medal with $14.7 million, Ronkonkoma finished second with $12.3 million and Huntington earned bronze with $9.8 million.

The figures were calculated with raw data provided by the LIRR. Responsible for the calculations, Rosenblatt said Babylon was the most expensive because of that station’s large ridership. The station with the longest total delays each year is actually Port Jefferson with 22.3 hours.

At the same time, these delays also cost Long Island’s future. Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said 7,600 units of transit-oriented development near 40 LIRR stations were approved as part of downtown-focused planning in the past seven years. But the mass transit system, Alexander said, must be efficient and reliable.

“We need the MTA and LIRR to do their part,” he said.

With planning for the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Program beginning in upcoming months, Vanterpool announced a number of financial recommendations to improve train service. She urged the agency to allocate money towards further fast-tracking of the Second Track project on the main line, rebooting their Third Track project, signal improvements and adding Wi-Fi on all trains and stations.

“[Delayed employees] could be productive workers while sitting on those trains,” Vanterpool said.

They also called on the LIRR to better communicate delays with customers and improve online reporting of cancelled and terminated trains.

“Capital investment in LIRR infrastructure directly impacts the quality and reliability of the Rail Road’s service.  Delays caused by inadequate infrastructure investments have real economic costs, in addition to the stress and frustration that they produce in riders,” said Bill Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee. “We cannot afford not to maintain, rehabilitate and improve LIRR infrastructure to meet the needs of its riders and the regional economy.”

View News12 and Newsday coverage of the event here (subscription required).

Israel: Save Pre-Tax Commuter Benefits

Representative Steve Israel has called for urgent action to extend pre-tax commuter benefits before they expire at the end of the year. Rep. Israel (D-Huntington) was joined by members of the Long Island Rail Road Commuter's Council at the Hicksville LIRR train station Wednesday morning.

"New York commuters have endured enough already this year between delayed trains due to Hurricane Sandy and infrastructure issues on top of already long rides to work. Now some in Congress are going to ask them to possibly pay $500 a year more to commute," Israel said.

"On behalf of LIRR commuters, the Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council would like to thank Congressman Israel for sponsoring this extremely important legislation. The mass transit pre-tax benefit, which is set to expire, is an important lifeline which helps hard working commuters make ends meet. It needs to not just be extended but also made permanent," said Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein.

The pre-tax commuter benefit applies to bus and train riders and van poolers. Currently, the benefits are set up to $245 per month which, by Dec. 31, will drop by almost half, roughly $125. Employees may opt-in to the program and determine their level of participation. For payroll tax purposes, this benefit is excluded from an employer's gross income and wages. If the pre-tax commuter benefit is not extended, Israel said, it would also increase the tax liability for employers, making it harder for them to hire new workers and commuters could be looking at $1,140 a year onto their taxes.

"In fact, in 2010, employers saved over $300 million by offering the transit benefit. So if we don't act, employers will see a tax hike too, limiting their ability to grow," Israel said. "The pre-tax commuter benefit is critically important for middle-class families in New York. Congress has stalled long enough; it's time to get the trains moving," Israel said.

The Commuter Parity Act,of which the representative is a co-sponsor, would permanently extend the parity between parking and transit, allow for annual cost-of-living adjustments, and set the per-employee, per-month limit at $220 for parking and mass transit and $35 for bicycle commuters has not yet passed in the House.


Op-ed: Think About Your Neighbors

Eric Alexander is the executive director of Vision Long Island. This editorial was published in the Long Island Business News here (subscription required).

As we celebrate Labor Day week and we see folks enjoying our local downtowns this weekend, there are some things people are missing.

They’re missing the tens of thousands of Long Islanders who are still displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Some are homeless, some still living with friends and relatives, while little-to-no government, insurance or charitable support has made it their way.

Ten months later, some neighborhoods are still 40-percent vacant, while businesses have been slow to rebuild. The maze of confusing, conflicting and delayed assistance programs and regulations has limited recovery for many families and local businesses.

Many of us miss the thousands of Long Islanders who had raw sewage in their basement or yard from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant, which services 540,000 Nassau residents and was damaged by Sandy, following a decade of neglect. The plant’s electrical system, which has been decimated by sea water, is serviced by temporary gas-powered generators and needs a comprehensive upgrade. What has enraged these communities is the partisan politics at legislative sessions throughout the summer, which has blocked up to 90 percent in FEMA reimbursements.

And many miss the hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders who are unemployed, underemployed with low-wage jobs or otherwise struggling through the recession and its aftermath. Small businesses have been slow to hire and consumers are certainly not spending at prerecession levels, which has multiplier effects throughout the region but mostly hurts working people. Many individuals and families that had savings have spent them down on their own expenses, or to help more needy family members continue to live in our high-cost region.

Of course, our minds can get distracted with idiocy like Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, Miley Cyrus, Washington partisan bickering or the Elmont man who drove a boom truck through his neighborhood, causing millions of dollars in damage. Of course there are real-world tragedies in Syria and daily poverty and disinvestment in other places around the globe.

It is important, however, that we take care of our own communities.

Of course you can also say “I don’t live on South Shore, near a sewage plant, nor am I or anyone in my family unemployed.” If that’s the case, then be thankful for your place in life – and think about advancing changes to make life better for other Long Islanders.

So, as you’re pulling together a to-do list for the next month, here are three things we can call on our various levels of government to take on:

1) Cut the red tape in the Sandy recovery process. This involves federal funds set aside and managed through the state, insurance companies and private charities, and ensuring they are applied directly to local communities, individuals and businesses. You can help the Friends of Long Island and many local rebuilding groups as they take on this charge.

2) Tell the Nassau Legislature to fund and fix the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant. We’re in the thick of hurricane season now, and electrical system work, new tanks and flood protections are needed to weather another storm. Watch for hearings where you can lend your voice to cut through the partisan, political gridlock.

3) Support local downtown redevelopment and infrastructure projects in your town or village to get folks working and bring tax ratables into our local communities. Various projects are moving forward with their own timetables in the downtowns of Glen Cove, Great Neck, Farmingdale, Hempstead, Long Beach, Island Park, Freeport, Westbury, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Freeport, Hicksville, Bay Shore, Patchogue, Smithtown, Port Jefferson, Middle Island, Coram, Brentwood, Wyandanch, Huntington Station, Mastic, Shirley and Riverhead, among other places. Join Vision Long Island or your local chamber or civic to assist in moving these projects forward.

None of these are popular topics to raise around the BBQ as the summer ends, but maybe we can each, in our own way, take action to improve the lives of our fellow Long Islanders while boosting our region’s economic climate.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!

Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on Cedar Street
Freeport, NY 11510
Saturday at 9 a.m.
Look for the Red Shirts!
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9 a.m.
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew's Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 a.m.
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768


Celebrate Huntington Awareness Day Next Week

When it comes to celebrating downtowns, nothing tops a parade.

A procession down New York Avenue will be the highlight of the fourth annual Huntington Awareness Day & Parade on Sept. 7.

Merchants, not-for-profits and elected officials and other community organizations from the Town of Huntington will celebrate the town’s unity, diversity and solidarity. More than 110 groups participated last year, including Renaissance Downtowns, the Huntington Station Enrichment Center and South Huntington Wildcat Marching Band.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at 15th Avenue. Floats, service groups, vintage cars and bands will join community members marching to Church Street. A fair between Church and Railroad Street should be underway until 6 p.m., featuring live music and crafts for sale.

The 2013 festivities will also honor two notable community residents. Alfred Sforza, 99, was also known as “Freddie the Shoemaker.” Charles “Charlie” Gumbs, 83, is a veteran and former champion middleweight boxer.

For more information on the event, visit their website.

Long Island Reconstruction And Resilience

Join the American Planning Association (APA) for a symposium on how Long Island can rebuild stronger after Superstorm Sandy.

Long Beach city officials will join state, federal and international experts at the Allegria Hotel on Sept. 12. The event is directed towards Long Island’s elected officials, community leaders, planners, engineers and architects.

An optional bus tour and recovery update kicks off the morning at 11:10 a.m. before a luncheon plenary at noon. James Rubin, director of the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program, will discuss their efforts.

The symposium also includes two afternoon panels, one examining the effectiveness of dunes, levees and barriers, while the other looks into urban water management and flood prevention. Long Island Regional Planning Council Chair John Cameron, Jr. will moderate the first panel and Suffolk County Chief Recovery Officer Dorian Dale will moderate the second.

The event closes with networking in the Allegria at 5 p.m.

To register or for more information, visit APA’s website.

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.

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

What's happening in your downtown this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville
The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach
The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay
The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre
The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Hamptons International Film Festival presents SummerDocs: The SHORT GAME, hosted by Alec Baldwin-Friday, Aug. 30 at 8 p.m.
Taj Mahal Trio with special guest Bettye LaVette-Saturday, Aug. 31 at 8 p.m.
Patti Smith: Words and Music-Sunday, Sept. 1 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
RuPaul's Drag Race-Battle of the Seasons, Saturday, Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.
The Gaslight Anthem, Sunday, Sept. 8 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

For information, visit their website or call 631-351-3250

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Nunsense-Friday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 8 at 2 p.m.
Jack and the Beanstalk-Saturday, Sept. 7 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Sept. 8 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Saturday Night Dance Party- Saturday, Sept. 7 at 9 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
FRIDAY NIGHT FACE OFF- Friday, Sept. 6 at 10:30 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Amazing Kreskin Returns-Saturday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

Port Washington
Town Dock
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-Noon
Through October

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

East Hampton
American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

1st St Lot of United Methodist Church
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 12

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Oct. 27

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 4-Oct. 17

Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 11 - Oct. 24

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Oct. 26

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Stony Brook
Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street
Wednesdays - Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 31

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 26-Oct. 13

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Nesconset - Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 8 between the hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Bellmore - 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between Sept. 19-22 at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.

Garden City South - Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route 24).

Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

When Can They Go Home?

“We’re the middle class of America — we should not be treated like criminals. You’re paying mortgages in homes that you’re not living in. It’s a crime,” - Denise Ford, Nassau County legislator (R-Long Beach)

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