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September 20th - 26th, 2015

Regional Updates


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Brookhaven Town Planning Board Voted to Waive Restrictions Blocking Ronkonkoma Hub

Last week, Vision joined Senator Schumer, Town of Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine and Councilman Neil Foley pushing for federal infrastructure funding for the Ronkonkoma Hub Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Project.

Schumer called on the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to support the Town of Brookhaven’s application for federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funding. Specifically, Schumer is seeking $13.8 million in federal funding for the portion of the project that would enhance roadway access to the TOD from the Long Island Expressway, construct new roadways, and rehabilitate existing roadways. Long Island has not received a TIGER grant since its inception.

According to the Senator “This project is the definition of what TIGER grant funding is all about, and so, I will hit the gas on fighting to secure the federal dollars that projects like this hub and roadway system deserve.”
“Kudos to Senator Schumer for once again bringing Long Island’s community interests to Washington for critical infrastructure development. Long Island has not received a TIGER grant since its inception and it would be a major feat to bring those resources to the Ronkonkoma HUB or one of many Transit Oriented Development projects planned and supported by our local communities.” Eric Alexander, Director, Vision Long Island.

Also this week the Brookhaven Town Planning Board voted unanimously this week to waive restrictions that would have blocked development within a 12-acre portion of the Ronkonkoma Hub, clearing a major hurdle in the future development of nearly about 50 acres to the north of the busy Ronkonkoma LIRR station.

Once completed in about 10 years, the project is expected to have up to 1,450 apartments and 545,000 square feet of office space. Many Long Island officials and civic leaders are hopeful that the project will be able to provide affordable housing and jobs for younger workers and seniors in close proximity to the LIRR station as well as MacArthur airport, including Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, who says that the project is “key to reversing the brain drain,” referring to the departure of many educated workers leaving Long Island for job and housing opportunities elsewhere.

Officials at Tritec Real Estate, who was hired by Brookhaven Town to build the Hub, hope to begin construction on the first phase of the project as early as the end of 2015. The first phase includes almost 500 rental units and a sewage pumping station, and was also approved by the Planning Board this week. Negotiations are still underway for some of the businesses that have property on the proposed site in terms of land purchases.  The Town of Brookhaven has repeatedly stated that no use of eminent domain will occur in this development.

You can read more about the progress of the project in Newsday, and for the push for TIGER funding from Senator Schumer’spress release and in LI Business News

LI Smart Working Group Hears Update from Local Leaders

The Long Island Smart Growth Working Group met at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College to discuss Long Island’s infrastructure needs. New York State has $550 million for infrastructure funds, and  the working group was convened in order to highlight Long Island’s infrastructure priorities.

Local officials community members gave updates on what is happening around Long Island. Mayor Maura Sperry of Mastic Beach informed the group of festivals being held in the village as well as grant application that are being applied for improvements. Deputy Mayor Jorge Martinez gave updates on the roadwork being done to fix Sandy damage as well as pumps being added to mitigate flooding in the southern part of the Village. Vincent Ang, former Village Clerk of Valley Stream discussed the numerous multifamily housing developments going up around the village, including a recently opened 90 unit luxury building that has already helped downtown merchants as well as several others both affordable and luxury.  Linda Henninger of the Kings Park civic announced the upcoming visioning for revitalizing the downtown area of Kings Park.  Kim Skillen of Neighbors Supporting Neighbors  reminded the group that it has been almost three years since Superstorm Sandy and there are still people out of their homes, but thankfully there has been an extension on insurance claims.

Adrienne Esposito of Citizens Campaign for the Environment kicked of the panel with some of the recent successes Long Island has seen with regards to infrastructure including upgrades to the Northport treatment plant and progress on sewers in Mastic but also a reminder of additional expansions that are needed.  She also reminded the group that of the $5 billion surplus New York State had, it is unclear how much Long Island will receive.  Long Islanders need to speak with one voice to ensure that our needs are heard and that we get a fair portion of this pot of infrastructure funding.

Kyle Strober of Senator Schumer’s office spoke about all of the projects on and around Long Island that have gotten Federal funding, many due to damages from Superstorm Sandy.  In addition to East Side Access and adding a double track to the Main Line of the LIRR, they have funded upgrades to MacArthur and Gabreski Airports.  They are also funding dune repair projects along the barrier islands and the south shore as well as additional funding for sewers to protect watersheds of the Call, Connetquot and Forge Rivers.

NYS Assemblyman Todd Kaminski reiterated the necessity of the Bay Park outfall pipe to remove effluent from the channel that it is currently flushing into.  In addition, the outfall pipe can allow Long Beach to turn its current sewage treatment facility into a pumping station, freeing up acres of land for redevelopment.  This project needs to be at the top of everybody’s list.

Supervisor Frank Petrone of Huntington discussed how the needs of the environment and economic development need to be melded together.  Huntington Station revitalization needs a sewer extension to allow for businesses to expand while still protecting groundwater.  Recently the town tried to create a parking district within downtown Huntington but stopped because the 2% tax cap would have been exceeded.  In order to be able to fund infrastructure projects, there needs to be an exception to the cap for referendums that have been voted on by the public.  Another issue that needs to be addressed is solid waste.  Much of our waste is shipped off of Long Island when it should be dealt with here.  Finally, the town is working to mitigate future electrical failures by requiring new developments to bury electric lines and to create a microgrid for the area around town hall that provides vital services in the event of an emergency.

Councilman Steve Flotteron of the Town of Islip spoke of the need for sewers especially in the eastern parts of the town.  Much revitalization has happened in Bay Shore because of its sewer infrastructure, but other hamlets such as Sayville are limited due to a lack of a treatment system.  Restaurants have to choose between washing reusable dishes and having extra seats for customers.  Industrial areas around MacArthur Airport cannot allow for bio-medical companies due to a lack of sewer capacity.

Sean Sallie of Nassau County Department of Public Works stated that the many planning efforts going on around the county are reaching the point of implementation.  There are numerous storm water projects happening along the south shore including a traffic calming project along Austin Boulevard that also incorporates a new storm water pipe.  Traffic calming along Grand Avenue in Baldwin is being studied with a public meeting coming up in the fall and the Motor Parkway multiuse path is being expanded to connect two previously separate sections.

Peter Scully, Suffolk County Deputy Executive, noted that the unexpected silver lining of Superstorm Sandy is that many water infrastructure projects are finally moving forward.  The previously mentioned sewer infrastructure in the watershed of several rivers, a recently completed water resources management plan, and the expansion of the Bergen Point treatment facility.  In the 1960s and 70s, the federal government paid for over half the cost of sewer infrastructure projects, today, not nearly as much, we need to look at other ways of financing them including a county wide sewer district or other methods.

Denise Carter of Greenman Pedersen reminded the group that there will always be more projects than there is funding and the trillions of dollars are needed nationally just to get our infrastructure into a state of good repair.  We need to get creative locally to develop funding mechanisms to get the projects built that have local community support.  Our automotive infrastructure on Long Island is locked up, we need to get innovative to get more people out of their cars without limiting their mobility.

With the number of infrastructure projects needed around Long Island and the lack of clarity over how any state funding would be determined, a “Call to Action” was made to determine what criteria and process is being used to determine how the $550 million would be distributed.   

3rd Annual Long Island Car Free Day a Success

The 3rd Annual Long Island Car Free Day was a success, with almost 3,000 people pledging to be car-free, carpool, telecommute or use public transportation. The international event held in over 1500 cities and 40 countries is held every September. Vision Long Island was proud to attend the rally as well as participate in Car Free Day.

The event started with a kick-off rally last week at Farmingdale State College, which included updates on 511 Rideshare, the Guaranteed Ride program, Suffolk Transit’s new app to help communication to commuters and more. Seven municipalities were awarded for Car Free Day participation; most notable was Town of Huntington, who is offering free rides on the HART system for two weeks (September 21st-October 3rd) in support of the initiative. “We hope that Fare Free Weeks will prompt new riders to give HART at try, learn for themselves what great service HART provides and become frequent riders after the promotion ends,” said Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone. The Towns of Babylon and Hempstead, Village of Amityville, Malverne and Sea Cliff were also awarded for their participation.

Suffolk County hosted a “Mobility in Suffolk” summit at the Dennison Building in support of Car Free Day for the second year in a row, which included dicussions regarding Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), bike sharing and downtown walkability. “Car Free Day highlights the fact that attractive, affordable 21st-century public transportation is key to the future of Suffolk County,” said County Executive Steve Bellone at the event. In total, those who pledged to support Long Island Car Free Day reduced 77,660 miles of single-car travel, reducing CO2 emissions for the day alone by 39 Tons. You can read more about LI Car Free Day (including raffles being awarded for participation) on their website, and check out Suffolk County’s summit on LI Exchange.

Cedar Creek Oversight Committee Gets a Lesson on Sewage Treatment by United Water

The Cedar Creek Oversight Committee held their quarterly meeting this month at the sewage treatment plant while taking a walking tour led by United Water officials. United Water began operating the plant less than a year ago as a cost saving measure by Nassau County.

Committee members learned about the process of sewer treatment from when a resident flushes to when treated effluent reaches the Atlantic Ocean through an outfall pipe. Alan Weiland, director of operations for the plant, spoke about preventive maintenance measures being performed not only at the plant, but also to the 1,500 miles of piping to the plant. The plant manager also educated committee members about upgrades to the plant in order to increase safety and performance using more modern technology.

The plant had been the source of odor complaints for many years. United Water says that there is not an increase in complaints over last year, and that a new odor detection system was installed at the plant a few months ago. The facility is currently treating a little under 75% of its total daily capacity, with the ability to take on an additional 20 million gallons of sewage per day in the event of additional homes or businesses being added to the system. You can read more about the progress being made at the plant here.

Long Beach Loses Well-known Business

Hundreds of people in Long Beach came out this month to show support for a local business owner who is forced to close her doors after 20 years in business. Local residents remember Long Beach Craft & Variety and its owner as an anchor to the community.

Although flooded during Hurricane Sandy, as much of Long Beach was, Long Beach Craft & Variety opened its doors the next day, offering much needed supplies to residents in need. Unfortunately, with high operational costs and a decrease in business post-Sandy, the business that held an annual circus-themed carnival and had well renowned window displays closed up shop mid-month. Community organizations including Pay it Forward and Project 11561 rallied around the business owner, having about 25 local businesses donate to a raffle to help cover costs of the closure.

Long Beach Craft & Variety is one of the many stores who have closed since Sandy, and as of now there is not a new tenant lined up for the location. While Chamber of Commerce President Mark Tannenbaum would like to see a North Shore-style steakhouse in the location, many residents feel that a business like Long Beach Craft & Variety would be better suited there. “People care about our main street — nobody wants to see an upscale steakhouse,” Michelle Kelly of Pay it Forward said. “We have enough restaurants here … We want to see someone like Cassandra, who feels for our community and understands our community. She’s mom-and-pop. We don’t want a Walmart or Duane Reade or another nail salon.” More can be read about the store closing here

Local Revitalization is Antidote to National Paralysis

According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 71 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the direction of our nation. This makes sense given the steady stream of negative news, polarizing, poisonous stories of partisanship and paralysis resulting in national and regional malaise.

This poll speaks to the trends we have been seeing for years on Main Street that folks do not trust big things.

Political consultant Scott Miller tells us “Over 80 percent of the American people, across the board, believe an elite group of political incumbents, plus big business, big media, big banks, big unions and big special interests—the whole Washington political class—have rigged the system for the wealthy and connected.”

While most Long Islanders may not feel they benefit from elite dealings, what remains unreported is the large swath of community building, small business development and local municipal decisions that strengthen our local communities.

This summer, Long Islanders were enjoying the fruits of the last two decades of downtown revitalization. To start, vacancy rates in downtowns are lower than ever before.

Folks might be enjoying craft beers or wine bars in local downtowns. There are Zagat rated fine dining, diners, drive in’s and dive’s with worthy fare. If fresh food is what you crave, the growth in farmers markets and local food is palatable.

Staycations were a theme with families frequenting local events burgeoning across Long Island. Movie nights, antique car shows, family fun nights, cultural, arts and music festivals were just part of the list. There are exception musical choices on Long Island including downtown theatres that are hosting national level acts.

All told, close to 60 of our Island’s 100 downtown business districts have active revitalization programs. This summer brought us construction, grand openings and other project advancement in nearly 20 downtowns including but not limited to, Valley Stream, Glen Cove, Lynbrook, Farmingdale, Island Park, Hempstead, Westbury, Freeport, Great Neck Plaza, Mineola, Rockville Centre, Riverhead, Lindenhurst, Huntington, Port Jefferson, Wyandanch and Riverside.

The revenue generated from this range of activity benefits Long Island business districts. Villages that have embraced a transit oriented development program have seen tax revenue increases and stronger financial bottom line.

In the coming months you are poised to see more growth in our downtowns to meet the market need. The latest polling from the National Association of Realtors tells us that 45 percent of folks want to live in attached housing in or near downtown. Many want to walk and bike more and shop locally as well.

In our little corner of the world we have experienced firsthand some of the people and places that make up the promise of our country: small businesses and residents who work to make our communities stronger.

There is a lesson here – folks continue to care for, trust, patronize and invest in their local communities. The unity that local residents, business owners and municipal officials of all races, income levels, political persuasions and backgrounds exhibit creating changes on Main Street can be instructive to our national and regional daily mud wrestling.

The concern people have is that the distraction of the national and regional politics will get in the way of local progress. Maybe we can turn that around and have the positive community building aspect of our local growth be an example for this national malaise. Just a thought.

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 (POSTPONED)- 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

Valley Stream Annual Community Fest

Valley Stream will be holding its annual Community Fest Saturday, September 26th from 10AM-5PM (Rain Date: October 3rd). Around 10,000 people came out last year to enjoy the one day celebration of the uniqueness of Valley Stream through its culture, visual and performing arts, food, service organizations and activities geared towards families.

The Community Fest will take place in downtown Valley Stream on Rockaway Avenue between Sunrise Highway and Merrick Road. Parking is free, and parking permit requirements in Village lots will not be enforced on the day of the Fest.

For more information, please visit the Fest’s website

20th Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum

The 20th Annual Pine Barrens Research Forum will be held on Thursday October 1st and Friday October 2nd at Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Berkner Hall.

Thursday’s program will feature scientific and technical presentations and a poster session covering a broad range of topics of interest to researchers, natural resource managers, educators, land use planners, students, naturalists, administrators, and others. At this time, Friday’s Field Session is full, but there is a waiting list for those who are interested.

Registration deadline is Friday September 25th. Click here for more information and the registration form.

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 3rd from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 4th).  Dozens of vendors and local merchants will be on hand alongside animal rescue groups. The event attracts about 10,000 attendees annually.

There will be an Inflatable Kiddie Carnival, live music, art from the Westbury Council for the Arts, as well as various foods and snacks in the Food Court. Those interested in becoming a vendor can call (718) 456-8822 or click here. For more information about the annual event, click here.

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

27th Annual Keys for the Homeless

The 27th Annual Keys for the Homeless event will take place on Friday, November 13th from 8AM-2:30PM at Touro Law Center in East Islip. This year’s theme will be “Building Community Roots to End Youth & Family Homelessness” and is sponsored by Long Island Coalition for the Homeless and Stony Brook University’s School of Social Welfare.

By popular demand, a third workshop session has been added to give attendees more training opportunities (some workshops give CEU credits). Some of the workshops include The Military Experience: A Family Perspective, Possible Solutions to Poverty on LI, Motivational Interviewing in Working with Homeless Veterans, and Runaway and Homeless Youth: Assessing and Accessing Resources. The Key of Excellence Award, two Unsung Hero awards and Helen Martin Scholarship Awards will be handed out at the event.

Early registration is $75, and there are discounted rates for students. You can find more information on this event, as well as see sponsorship and journal information at Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Phantogram w/ Son Little
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


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


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




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

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


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


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.



Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone is scheduled to visit St. Joseph’s College on Monday, September 28 to discuss The Innovation Zone (I-Zone), a comprehensive plan to make the county a more attractive place for young residents and high-tech businesses by investing in economic development and creating modern transportation options. The I-Zone will connect downtown areas to local institutions, such as SJC Long Island, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Stony Brook University to help foster economic growth.

County Executive Bellone’s presentation will take place at 1 p.m. in the Muriel and Virginia Pless Center for Performing Arts and will be followed by a question and answer session.

To RSVP, email

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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