Smart Talk header

Sept. 27-Oct. 3, 2014

Smart Growth

Community Updates

RXR Realty

RXR Realty is the New York Tri-State area's premier real estate operating company. With a significant presence in the New York Tri-State area, the company has established a franchise uniquely positioned to provide the highest quality real estate and premier services.

Each of the Company's core disciplines is fully integrated - from acquisitions, design and development and construction, to leasing, property and asset management and finance. The Company's infrastructure, depth of management and financial strength ensure a significant competitive advantage across its markets, defining its position as the leading real estate owner and developer in the Tri-State area.

“It’s heaven. It’s paradise. It’s a Garden of Eden. It’s home,” Nat Conigiliaro, formerly a homeless Korean War veteran, on his new Liberty Village apartment



"This new housing complex has been a long time coming, and we overcame many obstacles to get here, but I am so thrilled that Liberty Village is finally opening its doors and I'm thankful to Concern for Independent Living for seeing this project to fruition." Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY)



"This project is the result of unprecedented collaboration among federal, state and local leaders, all of whom understand that ending veteran homelessness on Long Island will take a concerted effort using all of the resources available in the best manner possible." Concern for Independent Living Executive Director Ralph Fasano

icon Like us on Facebook

icon Follow us on Twitter

icon Watch us on YouTube

Join us on LinkedIn icon

Get our iPhone app icon

Visit our website icon

RSVP Now For The Smart Growth Summit

Officials Join Joyful Vets To Celebrate Homeless Housing

Words clearly could not describe the joy within Nat Conigiliaro, but the message was clear.

The 82-year-old Korean War veteran is a resident of the newly-opened Liberty Village, a housing development designed specifically for homeless veterans and their families. He lost his apartment and everything he owned after Superstorm Sandy.

But on Monday, he joined elected officials, other veterans and business leaders at a ribbon cutting ceremony for his new housing development in North Amityville.

“It’s heaven. It’s paradise. It’s a Garden of Eden. It’s home,” Conigiliaro said, recalling a conversation with his new neighbor.

Developed and managed by nonprofit Concern for Independent Living, Liberty Village offers 48 single-bedroom apartments and 12 two-bedroom units. As of Monday, 56 apartments were occupied and the remaining four were likely to be filled quickly.

"This project is the result of unprecedented collaboration among federal, state and local leaders, all of whom understand that ending veteran homelessness on Long Island will take a concerted effort using all of the resources available in the best manner possible. We are grateful for their assistance," Concern Executive Director Ralph Forman said.

The nine-acre property was part of the North Amityville Armed Forces Reserve Center, which closed in late 2011. The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless worked with the federal government and funding sources through earlier this year on the 40,000 square-foot brick building itself for their new office and community resource center.

But terraforming the former Nike missile silos behind the building into a housing development was a much tougher challenge. A 1994 federal law gave communities the right to take over closed military bases to help local homeless. But funding restrictions gave Suffolk County and the Town of Babylon less than the full year in 2012 to navigate rivers of red tape at the federal level.

Forman asked Senator Chuck Schumer for help. Schumer pushed both U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Department of Defense to sign off on the transfer, while Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Babylon Town Supervisor Richard Schaffer dealt with the zoning, subdivisions and site plan on the local level.

“We were all worried this project would go down the drain because of bureaucratic snafus,” Schumer said.

When plans for Liberty Village were first created, Bellone was still the Babylon Supervisor. It was Jan. 1, 2012 he assumed his role as leader of the county with the most veterans anywhere in New York State.

“They are the backbones of our communities all across the country,” he said on Monday.
Not surprisingly, the development earned high praise from neighboring Coalition for the Homeless. Executive Director Greta Guarton said knocks two months off their goal of eradicating Long Island homelessness by December 2015. But when veterans were moving into the complex, hidden from the street by their new digs, Guarton found herself beaming from the looks on the surprised veterans’ faces.

“It’s been a long time the county’s been working on this. It’s amazing to see the doors opened,” she said.

Concern officials offered their gratitude to Senator Chuck Schumer; Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; U.S. Department of Defense; New York State Homes and Community Renewal; New York State Homeless Housing and Assistance Corporation; New York State Office of Mental Health; Suffolk County, the Town of Babylon; National Equity Fund; Bank of America; Metlife Foundation; the Home Depot Foundation; Northrup Grumman; Citi Community Development; the Ann Allen Cetrino Family Donor Advised Fund and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation.

For more on this story, check out News 12 (subscription required) and Concern for Independent Living.

Grease May ‘Green’ Sewer Plant With Energy, Fiscal Savings

A $2 million investment by the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District could save both taxpayers and the environment in the long run.

Sewer district officials are considering building a grease receiving station that will accept grease from Long Island restaurants and create energy.

“As a Water Pollution Control District, every day we take waste and turn it into something beneficial for the environment. This grease receiving station is just another way for us to take a nuisance waste product and generate real tax savings for our residents,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Jerry Landsberg said.

If it happens, the district could take grease from traps at restaurants and food-preparation companies in exchange for a fee. That could generate more than $180,000 in additional revenue every year.

That grease would be fed into anaerobic digesters at the plant. Anaerobic digestion – a process that breaks down biodegradable material without oxygen – can reduce the amount of semi-solid sludge left at the end of the sewage process. Adding grease, district officials said, would decrease district's sludge hauling costs by up to 30 percent – to the tune of $100,000.

The new plant opened by the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District in January 2013 also produces a significant amount of its own electricity. In addition to solar panels, the facility use methane created in the sewage process to turn microturbines. Adding grease to the process would create 30 percent more methane and electricity, and a savings of more than $40,000.

The district underwent major expansion in recent years. Less than five years ago they operated a plant with a daily capacity of 3.8 million gallons while the Village of Great Neck Plaza maintained a plant that could process 1.5 million gallons daily. In 2010, the sewer district began a $60-million expansion to their facility a village officials prepared to demolish their plant. The improved facility opened in January 2013 with a daily capacity of 5.3 million gallons. And this past December, they began treating all of Great Neck’s sewage, processing about 3.6 million gallons every day.

Vision Long Island awarded the Great Neck Water Pollution Control District a Smart Growth Award this summer.

The district conducted a feasibility study into handling grease in 2009, as well as an engineering report and marketing studies in 2014.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Art Nonprofit Could Draw More To Downtown Amityville

Downtown Amityville could get a boost, if a Minneapolis-based nonprofit likes what they see next month.

The Village Board last week unanimously approved spending $15,000 on a feasibility study with Artspace in front of rousing support from a packed house.

Artspace is a nonprofit real estate developer that helps create spaces for artists to live and work. Trustee Nick LaLota said Patchogue officials credit Artspace for pushing their revitalization along; Patchogue is one of just 36 projects around the country.

But LaLota, Mayor James Wandell and the Amityville Village Board believe they can be the next in line. Artspace will send staff into the village Nov. 4-6 for the study.

“We’re told there’s about a 20 percent success rate of studies,” the trustee said. “I do like Amityville’s chances. Our proximity to the Long Island Rail Road, local highways are within Artspace’s parameters.”

If approved, this would lead to mixed-use development. The ground floor would house a theater or some cultural use, while 30-40 new loft apartments for artists to live and work would go upstairs. The exact location of the development hasn’t been determined; nonprofit staff will generate a list of possibilities during the study.

When the current administration took office 18 months ago, they emphasized reducing the 20 percent vacancy rate downtown. Controlling taxes was an important first step, LaLota said, although the second phase is to work with smart developers like Artspace.

“Artspace invested in a project in Patchogue, and played a critical role in the revitalization of that village, as well as numerous other communities around the country,” Mayor James Wandell said. “If we are successful, Artspace in Amityville will benefit our community and incentivize people from outside of Amityville to patronize establishments within our village."

Village officials are working with the residents and volunteers in the Downtown Revitalization Committee, Amityville Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations to prepare for the study. Support for Artspace, verified by the standing room only crowd for last week’s vote, continues to be very high.

“Everybody we talked to, especially our shop and business owners, asked us for more feet on the street. Right away that would help with that,” LaLota said.

For more media coverage, check out the Amityville Record and Newsday (subscription required).

Commuters May 'PWark' Close To Port Washington LIRR

Commuters from Port Washington may be tapping their smartphones before they hop on the train.

North Hempstead Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio (R-Port Washington) is proposing an app to limit cars at the LIRR station in the village by matching drivers with passengers.

The app, known as PWarkit, could help drivers find commuters searching for rides and get them to the train station with at least two passengers. In exchange for participating, motorists would be permitted access to parking spaces closest to the platform.

About 1,000 spaces are currently available at the Port Washington station, and that’s after the village spent $4 million to acquire four new lots since 2010.

"Parking is not the best use of prime real estate," she said. "The last couple of years, the parking district has purchased more land and expanded the number of parking spaces. It's still not enough parking -- it's a great train line, and everyone wants to be on it."

De Giorgio worked with community members for months on the proposal, which would need Village Board approval.

The project has elicited some public support. Long Island Rail Road Commuter Council Chairman Mark Epstein said they are always open to innovative ideas.

"The problem with parking on all of Long Island, it's woefully inadequate; clearly, ridership is increasing and parking spaces are not," he said.

For more media coverage, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Optimism Abound At Kickoff For 'Biggest Summit Ever'

With the kickoff celebrated Tuesday, the clock to Vision Long Island’s 13th annual Smart Growth Summit is now ticking.

Held in The Carltun within Eisenhower Park, the event offered 60 Summit sponsors and elected officials an opportunity to mingle, discuss ideas and, of course, chat about the upcoming Summit. Vision Director Eric Alexander referred to the upcoming conference as “the biggest Summit ever.”

The annual Smart Growth Summit, scheduled this year for Nov. 21 back at the Melville Marriott, is a gathering of leaders to examine and proactively address issues facing the island. Workshops and panels addressing 26 topics like Smart Growth Around the Region, Transit Opportunities, Parking and Renewable Energy have been announced.

The event also includes a trade show, youth summit, networking opportunities and both breakfast and lunch panels.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano will be featured speakers at this year’s event.

More than 1,100 are expected to attend next month’s event. Stay tuned to Smart Talk and Vision’s website for more details and registration.

Complete Streets Make For Stronger Milwaukee Suburb

Sixteen blocks of downtown Wauwatosa are enjoying an economic boon, and Complete Streets are behind the change.

The Milwaukee suburb is celebrating the grand reopening of the neighborhood redesign on Saturday, but business is already booming.

Wauwatosa elected officials approved a master plan with a new commercial corridor in 2011. Residents, business owners and community stakeholders vocally supported the plan during public meetings prior. The following year, the city’s municipal budget included a capital improvement fund for the project.

Now the city has shortened length of pedestrian crossings, extended the curb, painted a green bicycle lane and creating bike boxes – green boxes reserving space for bicyclists in front of cars stopped at red lights.

The corridor is now home to a number of restaurants, bakeries, fitness centers, music stores and other businesses. Merchants say they’re seeing incredible amounts of business.

Customers, and others, are comfortable walking and riding bicycles around the neighborhood. Families are riding together, but the redesign strongly appeals to a younger demographic. And as a result, bike racks in front of bars and eateries are regularly full.

For more on this story, check out StreetsBlog and Urban Milwaukee.

Plan: New York Needs To Protect Long Island’s Open Space

New York State needs to move quickly to protect open space on Long Island, according to a plan from three state agencies.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC); Department of State; and Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation released a draft conservation plan in September. The plan will help guide Environmental Protection Funds and identify seven regions on the island deemed critical for conservation.

These areas were selected with the assistance of a regional open space advisory committee, which includes Neal Lewis, executive director of the Sustainability Institute at Molly College, as a member. The list includes parts of the Pine Barrens, South Shore Estuary, Long Island Sound and Atlantic Ocean, as well as trails and greenways across both Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

“You could call it the environmentalists of Long Island saying ‘This is our wish list,’” Lewis said.

A public hearing is scheduled for Oct. 22 at the DEC offices in Stony Brook, although written comments will be accepted until Dec. 17.

For more on this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Now Is The Time For Your Lawn’s Fall Overhaul

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College unveiled new educational series: “12 Steps to an Organically Green Lawn” this summer.

With the fall officially here, they’ve released an addendum. The fall is one of the best time for Long Island grass to grow, and the Sustainability Institute has a six-step list to make lawns even heartier before the winter.

Information on the fall overhaul is available on their website.

Preserve Legal Representation At Wine Tasting This Fall

Enjoy fine wine and help needy Long Islanders maintain free legal representation .

Nassau Suffolk Law Services has announced their Sixth Annual Commitment to Justice Wine Tasting Reception will take place at the Carltun in Eisenhower Park Oct. 8.

Established in 1966, Nassau Suffolk Law Services provides vital civil legal representation and advocacy for low income and disabled residents of Long Island. During 2013, 13,500 individuals benefited from their direct legal representation; preserving Social Security and public benefits for seniors, low income families, and individuals; preventing foreclosure; and providing legal assistance for people with cancer and HIV/AIDs.

For tickets and sponsorships, contact Sheila Johnson at or call 631-232-2400 x3322. Sponsorship prices and paperwork are also available on their website.

Learn About The Relationship Between Art And Business

Who says being artsy can’t involve a profit?

Join the East End Arts at their Arts Mean Business seminar and networking party Oct. 9 at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center.

Business owners, artists, local government, arts organizations, community leaders, nonprofits and others will be participating.

The keynote speech on arts organizations and business communities working in tandem to revitalize Long Island downtowns begins at 3 p.m., with a panel about artists and business at 4 p.m.

Registration runs $10 for East End Arts members, $15 for non-members buying on their website and $20 at the door.

Golf Benefit Driving Towards Acceptance Of Down Syndrome

Spend a day away from the office and on the greens while supporting Long Islanders with special needs.

The Down Syndrome Advocacy Foundation (DSAF) announced their fourth annual golf outing is on for Oct. 16 at the Pine Ridge Golf Course.

Registration is $200 per golfer or $50 for cocktails and dinner, while sponsorships are available from $100-$2,000. Proceeds will go to support inclusion of people with Down syndrome in schools and communities.

For more information about the golf outing or the cause, visit them online.

Turning On The Lights About Energy Efficiency

Replacing incandescent light bulbs with fluorescent bulbs doesn’t cut it any more.

Learn how to save money with energy-efficient lighting with the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College as part of New York State’s Climate Smart Communities on Oct. 22.

The workshop runs from 1-4 p.m., but get there early for lunch and networking.

RSVP with the Sustainability Institute via email.

Celebrating Huntington’s Next Stewards, Leaders

They’ve spent a year learning about the Town of Huntington and themselves as leaders. Now it’s time to celebrate.

Join the Leadership Huntington Class of 2014 finish their training at the gala and graduation on Oct. 22 at the Crest Hollow Country Club.

These 14 graduates are the 15th group to graduate from the program and hail from all walks of life.

Each session begins with Leadership Huntington accepting nominations from community members to join the class. They spend nine months learning to be community stewards, meeting different people and learning how life works within the town. That includes visiting utility facilities, examining historical documents and learning how nonprofits operate.

Vision Long Island Founder and Leadership alum Ron Stein will serve as keynote speaker for the 2014 gala.

Tickets, sponsorships and memberships are available on Leadership Huntington’s website.

AARP Discussing Long Island’s Boomer Population

Why Boomers are Fleeing and What it’s Costing Us?

That’s what AARP wants to know at this year’s BoomTown. Being held at Molloy College in East Farmingdale from 8-11 a.m. on Oct. 27, the seminar will touch on economic possibilities for New York, results of an AARP survey and discussion of possibilities for Long Island.

Vision Long Island is supporting the event and Vision Director Eric Alexander will provide welcoming remarks.

This is a joint meeting with AARP and the Long Island Smart Growth Working Group.

For more information or to RSVP, visit the AARP online.

Oct. 31 Date Set For LI Homeless Coalition Conference

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless has announced a date for their next major event.

The 26th annual Keys for the Homeless Conference is slated to occur Oct. 31 at Touro Law School in Central Islip.

This year’s conference will focus on housing first, rapid rehousing and addressing the needs of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.

Specific workshops have not yet been announced as proposals were accepted through today. The nonprofit, however, is still accepting nominations for the Unsung Hero Award and Helen Martin scholarship – awarded to those who have experienced homelessness and require financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Tickets at the door will go for $75, although early registration is priced at $70.

Visit them online to register or for more information.

Join Hofstra In Celebrating Long Island’s Diversity

A non-partisan research group is inviting Long Islanders to celebrate their diversity.

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their 2014 Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 11 at Crest Hollow Country Club.

The institution strives to promote the study of suburbia's problems, as well as its promise. Local, national and international issues are all examined, as the suburbs have emerged at the nexus of dynamic demographic, social, economic and environmental change in New York and throughout the world. The National Center for Suburban Studies seeks to identify, analyze and solve the problems of suburbia, especially in areas of sustainability, social equity and economic development.

George Tsunis, CEO of Chartwell Hotels, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Great Neck Rotarian Sammy Hsiao, Long Island Hispanic Bar Association member Richard Montes, Suffolk County Asian American Advisory Board member Belinda Pagdanganan, disability rights activist Susan Gordon Ryan, and Hofstra University’s Gina Granger and June Scarlett will be honored.

Cocktails and hors d’oeurves from around the world begin at 5:30 p.m. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. The evening’s festivities include multicultural performances and the presentation of Bethpage Federal Credit Union’s High School Diversity Essay Scholarship Award.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Ina Katz at 516-463-9939 or Tickets are being sold for $250 a piece, and sponsorships begin at $1,000. Registration must be received by Nov. 4.

Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest

Check the calendar, Christmas is 89 days away. That’s less than three months.

Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.

Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.

Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.

Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.

Apply Now For $5,000 In LI Arts Grants

Have a creative project ready to go on Long Island but no money to fund it?

The New York State Council of the Arts is accepting applications for $500-$5,000 in Decentralization Grants for next year.

Projects must take place during the 2015 calendar year and applicants must submit an application no later than Dec. 5. Participants are also required to attend at least one informational workshop this month. The first is scheduled for Oct. 6 at Huntington Arts Council.

Check out the full schedule and find applications on the Huntington Arts Council’s website.

Suffolk Giving Away $14K To First-Time Homebuyers

Moving up from an apartment to a house? Bucking the brain drain trend and staying on Long Island as a young professional?

Suffolk County wants to help first-time homebuyers with a $14,000 grant towards a down payment.

Applicants are required to have at least $3,000 of their own funds and complete a First Time Home Buyer Education Class. In Suffolk County, Greenlawn-based Housing Help conducts the class.

Would-be homeowners must also fall within income guidelines. All households must collect at least $30,000 annually, although the maximum cap begins at $58,850 for one person and rises to $111,000 for eight people.

Call Housing Help at 631-754-0373 to schedule an appointment. All applications must be submitted by Oct. 31.

Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.

Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.

Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.

Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.

NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.

Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.

Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.

Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


Freeport Historical Museum

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

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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:
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Deafheaven featuring Cryptodira and Johnny Booth - Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Face the King with Midnight Mob, Sharks in the Shallows and Notes from the Underground - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Whiskey Hotel, Aqua Cherry, Bad Mary and I Ignite - Sunday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
The Bangles - Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Kate Mueth and The Neo-Political Cowgirls present “Cowgirls Theater Company” - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 a.m.
Fall Art Workshop for Children Ages 5-11 - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
Evita - Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 2 p.m.
Wizard of Oz - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tribute and Mad Co - Friday, Oct. 3 at 8:30 p.m.
Lets Zep, War Pigs and Just Purple - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Pops in Patchogue: Made in America - Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
45 RPM and O El Amor - Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
The Boy From Oz - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
The Brooklyn Bridge - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


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

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Joseph Theinert Memorial Fund Annual Fall Fundraiser - Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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


700 Hempstead Tpke.
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
July through November

Village Green
Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
June 1-Nov. 23

Garden City
18 Village Square
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 3-Nov. 25

Great Neck
125 Community Drive
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
July 13-Oct. 26

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22

Long Beach
1 West Chester Street
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 3-Nov. 26

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 7- Oct. 25

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June through November

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

Rockville Centre
LIRR parking lot no. 12, Sunrise Highway
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1-Nov. 23

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22



471 Atlantic Avenue
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 18

United Methodist Church Lot, 622 1st Street
Saturdays, 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
May 24-Oct. 11

Elm Street lot
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 1- Nov. 23

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
May 31-Nov. 22

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 am - 2 pm
May 18- Nov. 23

Mattituck Florist, Love Lane
Fridays, 3-6 p.m.
May 9-Oct. 31

Village Green
Thursdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
June 12-Oct. 9

Cow Harbor parking lot
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7 – Nov. 22

127 Smithtown Blvd.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 7-Nov. 22

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 4-Nov. 21

Port Jefferson
Corner of Route 25A & Route 112
Thursdays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
July 12-Oct. 4

Behind 117 Main Street
Thursdays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
June 5-Nov. 6

Rocky Point
Intersection of Prince and Broadway
Sundays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
May through November

Sag Harbor
Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke Streets
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 17 through Oct. 25

Islip Grange, Broadway Avenue
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
mid-May through November

25 Jobs Lane
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
May 25 - Oct. 12

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
May 10-Nov. 22

Fall festivals in or adjacent to Long Island's downtowns:


Baldwin Fall Festival
Baldwin LIRR station
Oct. 4-5 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Nov. 1-2 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Massapequa Fall Festival
Massapequa LIRR station
Nov. 8-9 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oyster Festival
Theodore Roosevelt Park in Oyster Bay
Oct. 18-19 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Rockville Centre Fall Festival
Rockville Centre LIRR station
Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Seaford Fall Festival
Seaford LIRR station
Oct. 18-19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.


Huntington Long Island Fall Festival
Heckscher Park in Huntington village
Oct. 10 from 5-10 p.m., Oct. 11-12 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. 164 Main St.,

Port Jefferson Harvest Fest
Main Street
Oct. 26 from noon-6 p.m.

San Gennaro Feast of the Hamptons
Hampton Bays LIRR station
Oct. 4-5 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

St. John's Annual Harvest Fair
12 Prospect Street, Huntington village
Nov. 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



Sag Harbor Main Streets Gets National Honors

The Village of Sag Harbor has recieved national honors from the American Planning Association. Main Street was named one of the 10 best streets in the country during it's 2014 Great Places in America awards. A Sag Harbor housing project - Watchcase - also won a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island in June.

Tucked away on the South Fork, the village is home to less than 2,200 people, a figure that swells during summer beach season. But the nine blocks between Long Wharf and Jermain Avenue is also a window into Sag Harbor's past as a whaling community and blue collar neighborhood.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Mike Koehler, Communications Director
Contributors: Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Sustainability Director; Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

We strive to provide continued quality publications like this every week. If you have any news or events that you would like to add to our newsletter, submit them to for consideration.

If you are interested in becoming a newsletter or news blast sponsor, please call the office at 631-261-0242 for rates and opportunities.

Vision Long Island
24 Woodbine Ave., Suite Two
Northport, NY 11768
Phone: 631-261-0242. Fax: 631-754-4452.

Home | Contact Us | Newsletter Archive | Donate | About Us