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September 6th - 12th, 2015

Regional Updates


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“Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.6 The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities."

- Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General

Closer to home Vision would like to acknowledge the work of local municipalities who have been helping advance walkable streets. The Town's of North Hempstead, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Babylon, Southampton, Riverhead, Hempstead, the City of Glen Cove and Long Beach, Nassau and Suffolk County and the Villages of Great Neck Plaza, Valley Stream, Farmingdale, Westbury, Manorhaven, Lynbrook, Freeport, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Northport, Babylon, Garden City, Rockville Centre, Huntington Bay and others have all advanced at least one project with pedestrian or bike amenities and/or have adopted Complete Streets policies.

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Surgeon General Calls for More Walkability

“Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people.6 The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities," said US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy launched Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities this week, in partnership with various non-profit organizations. With thirty percent of people living in communities without adequate sidewalks and two thirds of Americans being overweight or obese, the Call to Action aims to promote the building of walkable communities as both a health and safety benefit.  The goal for the Call to Action is to not only promote walking as an important part of promoting healthy living with a simple action, but also to empower citizens in making their voice heard in decisions that affect how their city or town is planned by supporting efforts to build more sidewalks and hiking trails, as well as partnering with organizations that are already embracing that vision.

Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander was pleased with the Call to Action launch. “I’m glad to see the Surgeon General step forward with his recommendations. Of course we are even happier that there are over 40 traffic calming projects completed in recent years on Long Island with more in the works.” Town's of North Hempstead, Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip, Babylon, Southampton, Riverhead, Hempstead, the City of Glen Cove and Long Beach, Nassau and Suffolk County and the Villages of Great Neck Plaza, Valley Stream, Farmingdale, Westbury, Manorhaven, Lynbrook, Freeport, Port Jefferson, Patchogue, Northport, Babylon, Garden City, Rockville Centre, Huntington Bay and others who have all advanced at least one project with pedestrian or bike amenities and/or have adopted Complete Streets policies. 

The Call to Action was launched with a live webcast with private and public sector partners highlighting three key focus areas: To promote optimal health before disease occurs, to focus on the fact that walking and wheelchair rolling is applicable to people at all ages and stages of life, and to promote accessibility to spaces and places that make it safe and easy for citizens to participate for various positive reasons. Co-benefits of walking were discussed, such as social connections, stress relief, creating safer communities by having a street presence, and increased economic benefits for communities and small businesses.

With 66,000 pedestrians injured and 4,700 killed annually, Murthy stressed that improving pedestrian safety is very important. For school children, not being able to safely walk to and from school safely contributes to the 75 percent of high school students that do not get the recommended hour of exercise daily.  Equitable accessibility to safe walking was highlighted as a priority, as the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy for the Department of Transportation noted that low income communities have more than double the fatality rate in pedestrian accidents, in large part because they have fewer streetlights and crosswalks, but did recommend a way for that to improve. “The House of Representatives is debating what to do with our surface transportation legislation. We have proposed a Grow America Act which would increase our ability to focus on bike and pedestrian safety. There are decisions about how much money will go into transit... That is happening right now at the House of Representatives. If you have the ability to call, I would recommend you do.”

You can check out the details of the Call to Action, including partner resources, an overview of the Call to Action and the Surgeon General’s Walking Playlist on Pandora here. Media coverage of the webcast can be read from USA Today and News 12. A transcript of the webinar can be viewed here.

The CornerStone Breaks Grond in the Village of Farmingdale

Bartone Properties broke ground on their newest project this week, a 42 unit apartment apartment buildingwith a fitting name; it is the third phase and cornerstone of a transit-oriented development in downtown Farmingdale in close proximity to the Farmingdale LIRR station.  Vision Long Island worked on a community-based study in 2006 which helped fuel the village's master plan that was adopted in 2011. Mayor Ralph Ekstrand credits his village's master plan asthe the blueprint for the area's revival. "Main Street is getting busier and busier," Ekstrand said. "People from the new transit-oriented developments are walking to the downtownand shopping there. That's what every village would die for."

The first phase of the development which was completed by the end of 2014 has its 39 units fully occupied.  Phase two wil be ready to open in October and will have about three times as many apartments, with some of them already leased. Close to 20,000 feet of retail space is on the ground level of the development, all in close proximity to the Farmingdale LIRR. "Residents can wait for the train in their own lobby," says Anthony Bartone of Bartone Properties. Foot traffic on Main Street has increased dramatically since the first phase of the development opened, much to the delight of some of the new businesses that have opened up. "Before we broke ground on the first project, there were 23 vacant stores. Now there are maybe two or three."

With two more transit-oriented rental projects coming up from Staller Associates in the near future, the future for Farmingdale looks even brighter. "The redevelopment of downtown Farmingdale has brought customers to local businesses, enhanced tax revenues, new parks, housing options, improoved walkability annd distinctive events into the village," said Vision's Director Eric Alexander.  "While there been many examples of revitalization around the region, Mai n Street in Farmingdale stands out as a destination for young people and families."

Farmingdale Village's second annual music festival will be held next weekend, bringing national acts right on Main Street- just one of the reasons that Farmingdale was voted Long Island’s best downtown village by the Long Island Press, topping multi-year awardee Huntington.

More can be read about the various ways that downtown Farmingdale is growing from LIBN (subscription requitred).

New Restaurant Comes to Village of Rockville Centre

Rockville Centre welcomed another new restaurant to its downtown earlier this month, much to the delight of residents and local business owners. Mesita, which serves Mexican food, replaces a sushi restaurant at 212 Merrick Road.

Local businesses are excited about the growth in the area. The owners of Rose and Eye and A Time For Karma, two nearby shops, say that the new restaurants bring much needed foot traffic to the area, which equals additional customers visiting their stores. Even the owner of another nearby Mexican restaurant, Cabo, sees the new restaurant as something positive, saying that competition between the many restaurants in the downtown area makes service better by “keeping everyone on their toes”.

Although parking is an issue as it is in many downtowns, the village is working on securing funding to redesign two municipal parking lots and get additional parking spots from the post office. There is free parking in the municipal parking lots on the weekends for those visiting the area. “Parking issues are a good thing,” Rockville Centre Chamber vice president Greg Schaefer said. “It means that the town is thriving.

You can read more about the downtown growth in Rockville Centre here

"SuperBlock" Development Denied by Nassau IDA

“I’m glad the IDA listened to the people and made the right decision,” said Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford, regarding Nassau County IDA’s denial of a $128.6 million dollar tax break request by iStar Financial.  AvalonBay Communities and iStar are looking to develop a six acre vacant SuperBlock between Riverside Blvd, and Long Beach Blvd. in Long Beach, and requested the PILOT in order to make the project cost-effective.  iStar had offered $5 million in concessions over eight years to cover increased costs to the city, such as sewage treatment.

About 400 stakeholders poured into a hearing in May of this year regarding the proposed PILOT, most opposed to the 25 year plan for tax relief to the developers. "We had a hearing to get the temperature of the community, and that temperature was well over 98.6 degrees," said Joseph Kearney, who is the executive director of the Nassau IDA. The Zoning Board of Appeals granted permission to build 522 one and two bedroom apartments as well as 11,500 square feet of retail space. The IDA is under scrutiny as of late due to the amount of jobs created versus tax exemptions offered compared to Suffolk and Westchester.

There is a new request to the IDA for subsidies for the project, which may be discussed during a public meeting within the next two weeks.

More can be read about the IDA’s decision here

Plans for Grand Ave. in Baldwin Moving Forward

The Town of Hempstead will be sending out a request for qualifications for a property on the corner of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road in Baldwin in a few weeks, rather than a request for proposals as it had in the past. There are hopes that the modification of the procedure will help find a developer for the property which has been designated as blighted for almost ten years.

With the change in procedure, there are hopes that potential developers, landowners, lawmakers and other stakeholders in the same room to discuss the potential for redevelopment of the property. Chamber of Commerce President Erik Mahler’s suggestion of creating a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly development seems to be a popular idea, although those involved are open to a range of options for the site’s new use.

Development of the site has been a challenge due to Silver Lake running under the parking lot behind the property and the shape of the town. “The problem with Baldwin is it’s shaped long, like a lozenge”, said Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran. “East and west is so narrow, and that’s where the natural center is. There’s more there than in the middle.”

You can read more about the potential for development of this site here.

MTA Asks for More Funding to Upgrade Failing Systems

Tens of thousands of LIRR commuters faced long delays earlier this month after aged infrastructure paralyzed the morning commute. The bad news is it will most likely be the last time that this occurs. Even worse, it’s not clear if or when the busiest commuter rail system in North America’s infrastructure will be fully upgraded to the 21st century. Delays rose 35% between 2013 and 2014, partially due to the infrastructure concerns.

Experts say that the necessary improvements to the 181 year old rail system will cost billions more than the proposed $26.8 billion capital plan will allow. That plan is still awaiting full funding from Albany. Additionally, New York City has not as of yet upped its contribution to the system’s repair and construction fund (their contribution was scaled back in the 1970’s during a financial crisis and only pays $100 million a year into the capital fund). Damage from Sandy, when 14 million gallons of water poured into the 100 year old East River tunnels also needs to be fully funded. "It's getting unbearable for riders," said LIRR Commuter Council chairman Mark Epstein. "We're paying the money for a new system, and we're getting an old system. You can't have increasing fares and low performance. It can't sustain itself."

Communication of the delays to riders also came under fire.  The LIRR said that they could not estimate the time of service restoration, and offered an “explanation and apology” for riders via email and social media- two days after the incident. Epstein called on the railroad to take the incident as an opportunity for improvement for the future. "This is an opportunity now to take stock of the entire system -- top to bottom," Epstein said.

More can be read about the troublesome state of the transit system here

Suffolk County to Turn Properties Over for Veterans

The Suffolk County Legislature unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to donate eight parcels of land to nonprofit groups to house homeless veterans. The move aligns with the Housing our Homeless Heroes Act which transfers properties that were seized by the county in order to house homeless veterans.

There was a debate from some legislators who expressed concern over having too many units in certain communities, as those units will not be paying property tax, potentially increasing taxes for neighboring properties. Five single family homes, two four unit buildings and a duplex will be transferred to three different nonprofits, and be rehabilitated. The amount of rent that will be paid will be dependent on the residents’ incomes, and will be subsidized by the federal government.  

Several cities across the country have deployed programs and strategies to eradicate veteran homelessness. Just under 50,000 veterans in the U.S. experienced homelessness on a single night in January of 2014, which is a decline of 67% compared to five years earlier. Long Island has approximately 750 chronically homeless veterans, and is making strides to join cities such as New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix and Salt Lake City who have ended chronic homelessness among vets. Lancaster County in Pennsylvania and the state of Connecticut have also recently ended veteran homelessness.

The properties that will be transferred to the nonprofits are located in Central Islip, Medford, Copiague, Flanders and Mastic. You can read more about the passage of the bill in Newsday. More can be read about the national goal to end homelessness at Think Progress

FEMA Deadline Approaches

The deadline for residents who feel that they were underpaid by their flood insurance claim after Hurricane Sandy is Tuesday, September 15th. So far, more than 12,500 policyholders have entered the review process.

To be eligible for the review, policyholders must have experienced flood damage between Oct. 27, 2012 and Nov. 6, 2012 as a result of Hurricane Sandy and must have had an active NFIP flood policy at the time of the loss. Policyholders can call the NFIP’s Hurricane Sandy claims center at 866-337-4262 to request a review.  It is important to have your policy number and insurance company name when you call.

In advance of the approaching deadline, FEMA expanded its call center hours to make it easier for policyholders to request a review. The call center operates weekdays from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. & Saturday and Sunday from 10 6 p.m.

Policy holders can receive free assistance in preparing their review. Touro Law’s TLC Heart program is still taking on clients that need assistance. They can be reached at (631) 761-7080.
For more information, you can visit FEMA’s website, or contact Friends of Long Island at (631) 316-8430


Dowling Petwalk Fundraiser- Saturday Sept. 12th

The Alumni Association of Dowling College will be holding their pet walk fundraiser on Saturday September 12th. There will be three walks around the historic Idle Hour section of Oakdale. Your $10 donation per pet, per walk includes a pet treat, doody bag, water for pets and humans and a map. Proceeds will benefit the Dowling College Gala.

Registration begins at 9AM in the performing arts center parking lot (between Idle Hour and Central in Oakdale). Walks will be at 10AM, 11AM and noon. Please register at least 15 minutes before the walk that you would like to participate in.

Farmingdale Downtown Festival

Farmingdale, N.Y. – Jim Faith, producer of the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue and the Port Jefferson American Music Festival, is again teaming up with the Village of Farmingdale to organize the Farmingdale Downtown Music Festival, to be held on Saturday & Sunday September 19th-20th, 2015.

Farmingdale Village is excited to announce the return of this free, end-of-summer, 2 day Music Festival. Over 25 performers including headliners and emerging artists will be performing on 3 stages throughout the weekend. The festival is free to attend, and show times as well as artists schedule and events will be announced soon.

Headliners include the band that the New York Times calls: “One of the best bands in Americal”, Grammy Nominee and Louisiana legend: Buckwheat Zydeco. Buckwheat & his band will perform on Saturday.

On Sunday, the fest is proud to present one of the most important voices in rock history, and who the Detroit News wrote: “His voice was one of the most powerful sounds to come out of the 60’s.” R&R legend, high octane, super charged: Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels.

The festival will also feature a healthy lineup of emerging artists in rock, folk, blues, country and more. An educational and fun KidZone tent and stage for the younger music lovers, as well as arts and craft vendors, a live art wall, and food & beverages will round out the fun weekend”, said Jim Faith.

Bring the family, friends and a lawn chair and come enjoy this free family music fest. The festival will be held on Main Street, from Front Street to Fulton Street.

For further information visit, farmingdalemusicfest, or call J Faith Presents at (631) 331-0808.

For vendor, performance or production information please contact Jim Faith at (631) 331-0808.

“Farmingdale Village looks forward to bringing back this great community event – our second Music Fest,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand

Car Free Day September 22, 2015

Car Free Day is an international event celebrated every September in which people are encouraged to get around without cars and instead ride a train, bus, bicycle, carpool, subway or walk. This year, Long Island will once again join in by celebrating its 3rd Annual Car Free Day on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Car Free Day gives us the opportunity to consider the negative impact of single occupancy vehicles. Using cars less by using alternative modes such as transit, carpooling, bicycles, walking and telecommuting helps reduce traffic, conserve energy, reduce harmful emissions, reduce parking problems and save money!

To participate in this event, all you have to do is pledge to be car free or car-lite on September 22, 2015 by filling out the pledge form. It’s that simple! Once you pledge you’ll automatically be entered for a chance to win great prizes! Already car free? That’s great and since you’re doing the right thing, you will also get the same chance to win prizes when you fill out the pledge form.

Car Fee Day is an event celebrated in over 1500 cities in 40 countries around the world. It’s celebrated in different ways but with the common goal of taking cars off the road. The benefit to society is a day with less traffic congestion, a greener environment and reduced energy use. Vision Long Island is again a cosponsor of the event. We encourage Long Islanders to participate.

Help us make the 3rd annual Car Free Day LI a great success – pledge today

Long Island Economic Development Conference

On Thursday, September 24th, Grow your business with the largest economic development conference on Long Island.

In One Day, Take Advantage of Networking With Some of New York State's Largest Buyers from Government Agencies and Major Corporations... Including SUNY Campuses & Hospitals, Nassau and Suffolk County's Buying Departments and Their Prime Vendors Looking To Provide Supplier Diversity Opportunities.

We expect approximately 1,000 in attendance and 150 exhibitors. Don't miss this incredible opportunity. Click below to get started.

We proudly welcome both County Executives as a major part of this phenomenal event.

They will join our list of speakers, discussing business growth opportunities throughout New York State and Long Island Region. Don't Miss this opportunity!

September 24, 2015 8am-5pm at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Woodbury, NY.

To register to attend or exhibit at the event, visit here.

2015 East End Planning Conference Thursday, September 24, 2015

Tour of Marine Sciences Center 2pm – 3pm

Stony Brook University
School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS)
Marine Sciences Center (Tour) & Chancellor’s Hall (Conference)
Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, NY 11968

On September 24th, the APA Long Island Section will hold its annual East End Planning Conference in a new location. This year the conference will be held at the Stony Brook University School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences (SoMAS) Chancellor’s Hall located on Tuckahoe Road in Southampton. The LEED Silver-rated Marine Sciences Center showcases state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor seawater labs, all visible from the central lobby. CLICK to download Conference flier.

Smart Growth Saturday Downtown Tours!

Fresh off of last spring’s events, Vision Long Island invites you to join us in local downtowns for the fourth Smart Growth Saturday! Visit real places with projects underway and well managed Main Streets, showing the progress of downtown renewal across Long Island. We have chosen these communities for this event and we recognize that there are many other downtowns across Long Island doing great work and we look forward to future tours.

Tours will gather at 11 am for an initial presentation and will leave before 11:30. Tours are free, but RSVPs are required as space is limited. RSVP to 631-261-0242,, or online here.

Valley Stream- Meet at the Chase Bank (235 Rockaway Avenue) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Mayor Ed Fare. Tour a revitalized Rockaway Avenue, new development projects, Village Green Park, access to train station and other amenities.

Lynbrook- Meet at Lynbrook Movie Theater (321 Merrick Road) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village Clerk John Giordano and will include: downtown including the renovated movie theater, and shops along Atlantic Avenue.

Sayville- Meet at Marc Williams Furniture Store (66 North Main Street) at 11 am. Tour will be led by the Chamber of Commerce past President Bill Etts & Town of Islip officials and will include historic Main Street, Gillette Park, the Sayville Movie Theater and Maritime Museum

Amityville- Meet at Village Hall (21 Ireland Place) at 11 am. Tour will be led by Village of Amityville officials and will include: Broadway and Park Av. shops, historic buildings, Village Triangle and Gazebo, Delano Nature Trail, LEED Certified Village Hall and the Lauder Museum

Vision will share & invites those on tours to post photos on Twitter & Instagram #SmartGrowthSaturday

Dowling College Gala - October 7th

2018 is coming!  That is the year that Dowling College will celebrate its Golden Jubilee.

Leading up to this event will be several events recognizing Dowling College as a Long Island leader in higher education.  The first event will be held on Wednesday, October 7 at Oheka Castle in Huntington. The price is right and the venue is outstanding!

The reception starts at 7PM, followed by dinner at 8PM. Tickets are $50 per person or a table of ten for $500. Tickets can be purchased here.

Please contact Dr. Clyde Payne, Assistant to the President for Special projects at 631-244-3404 or at with any questions.

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 

2015 Celebration of Diversity

The 2015 Celebration of Diversity will be taking place on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:30PM at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. Dedicated to funding diversity-related scholarships and research at the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, the annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity banquet brings together Long Islanders from across the multicultural spectrum, as well as individuals with disabilities and gay and lesbian communities. The evening is dedicated to the idea – and ideal – that we can be stronger for our differences if we come together to appreciate them.

For more information, please call (516) 463-9770

2015 Annual Smart Growth Summit-Nov. 20th

As a community, business or government leader on Long Island, we would like to invite you once again to join us at the 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit, being held on Friday, November 20th from 8am-4pm at the Melville Marriott.

Last year’s event drew nearly 1,200 civic, chambers, developers, environmentalists, design professionals, business leaders, young people and over 70 federal, state, county, town and village elected officials from Long Island and the region.

The Smart Growth movement is busy approving 10,300 units of transit oriented development, revitalization programs in over 50 Long Island downtowns, 40 traffic calming projects, new Main Street office space,  lively restaurants/bars nightlife, and countless events featuring the arts, culture and live music.  Recent increased Federal, State and County infrastructure investment in our sewers, rails, buses and roadways has also been critical to the success of the redevelopment projects.
The Summit is the event where we share ideas, network on projects, financing, regulations and spotlight successes while managing roadblocks.

The 14th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, nearly 20 workshops, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions may include: downtown revitalization, wastewater infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, transit-oriented development, clean energy, youth leadership, regional projects, fair housing/segregation, off Island case examples, solid waste and many others to be announced in the coming weeks based on input from the broader movement.

Our goal is to once again have over 1,200 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event.  

For sponsorship and registration information click here (limited scholarships are available for community & youth leadership). If you have any questions, please call us at 631-261-0242.

If you are one of the thousands of Long Island leaders who have joined us in the past, please do so again. If you are new to the event and the Smart Growth movement, please consider partnering with us this year. Either way, we need your leadership, presence and voice to make great places a reality on Long Island.

Help Wanted

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 

2015 NYS HOME Local Program

The Housing Trust Fund Corporation (HTFC) Office of Community Renewal (OCR) announces the availability and requests proposals for approximately $16.5 million of Federal Fiscal Year 2014 and 2015 NYS HOME Local Program funds, set aside for use by Local Program Administrators (LPAs). 

The NYS Home Local Program is a federally funded program administered by the HTFC OCR. The program is designed to fund a variety of residential housing activities to expand the supply of decent, safe, and affordable housing throughout the State of New York. Applications will be accepted for residential housing activities in the following categories: Homeowner Rehab, Homebuyer, Homeowner/Homebuyer Rental Rehab and Tenant based Rental Assistance. 

Applications are due by 4:00pm, Friday, October 16, 2015.  The Request for Proposals (RFP) and all related documents are available on the HCR website at:  Please check the website for updates and/or corrections regarding this RFP.  We welcome your applications to assist low and moderate income New Yorkers to have an affordable and sustainable housing option.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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.

Urb-i Highlights Walkable Communities World-Wide



A Brazilian urban planning group called Urb-i noticed that even though some of the world’s most populated cities have a large population of residents who walk and utilize public transit, many roads and public spaces were designed with cars in mind. So they spent hours searching Google Street View images to highlight some of the positive public space transformations in the world.

Check out some of the before and after shots from around the world here

Smart Talk

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

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