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October 4th - 10th, 2015

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-Former Vice President Al Gore

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Growing Community Support for King Park Visioning

“We’re the ones who live here. Who knows better?” said Linda Henninger, Kings Park Civic Association’s Vice President, regarding the visioning process underway for her community. Her organization along with Kings Park Chamber of Commerce have initiated the community visioning process to revitalize business district while at the same time providing housing opportunities to retain residents.

When the 100 year old Kings Park Psychiatric Center closed in 1996, the local economy of the area was severely affected; the population of Kings Park dropped almost 10 percent from 1990 and 2000, with small businesses in the area struggling to recover the loss of approximately 2500 jobs. The area, recognizing that it is up to the community to move the area forward, has been participating in exercises and discussions to learn from other areas and putting the best practices of other areas into a plan for their community. Henninger feels that the community’s participation is critical, so that any plan for downtown revitalization efforts  is implemented from the bottom up and not from the top down. One of the learned best practices have included a downtown tour on Smart Growth Saturday to Farmingdale which will be followed up with a community meeting later this month in order for the community to come together and describe how they would like their downtown to be developed.

The area is in need of over $20 million in sewer expansions in order to handle the redevelopment, which County officials have committed to as long as there are workable plans in place to address needed housing and have parking issues resolved. Community leaders are behind the planning process and what it can lead to for the area. “We’ll lobby all of our elected officials to get sewers for 25A,” Kings Park Civic Association President Sean Lehmann said.

More can be read about Kings Park’s push to move their business district ahead here

Valley Stream Community Fest Draws Thousands

Valley Stream’s recent Community Fest ended up having record turnout on a day with great weather, highlighting Rockaway Avenue’s revitalized downtown.

Vision Long Island’s Smart Growth Saturday tour of Valley Stream visited the 4th Annual Community Fest while checking out the work being done in the area. Community Fest planning chair Marie McNair said that a large increase in sponsors and publicity for the event helped bring in more vendors, including a dunk tank that was welcome as one of the last days of summer weather greeted residents and visitors to the area. Performances by local groups including the Children’s Theatre Company and Layla’s Dance and Drum entertained the crowds, with local restaurants performing better from the increased foot traffic. With the participation of the Village clubs, organizations, civic groups and religious groups, McNair said that the event “was a cross-section of all aspects of community life”.

You can read more about the success of the event here, and see pictures from the Smart Growth Saturday tour of Valley Stream on Vision’s Facebook.

Sears Building in Riverhead Recieves Historic Designation

Plans to redevelop four vacant parcels of land on Riverhead’s Main Street may be facing a bit of a hurdle, as one of the buildings is now being reviewed by the State Historic Preservation Office. The former Sears building might be eligible to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places which would require involvement by the State Historic Preservation Office since the developer would be seeking out government funding for the project.

Georgica Green Ventures, who signed a contract from the property owner in July hopes to build a multipurpose development at the site, including below ground parking, retail on the first floor, and about 160 apartments on the levels above.  Riverhead’s Landmarks Preservation Commission chairman Richard Wines says that the project still should move forward, and “advised everyone that probably the only thing the SHPO is likely to find eligible is the front façade. That’s the only thing that has any historic significance, the first 20 feet or so of the building.” This would mean that the frontage of the 1 ½ story tall façade could be left alone and having the new building set back 15-20 feet. A consultant for the developer says that this scenario would reduce the amount of workforce housing in the development by approximately 25 percent.

You can read more about the potential obstacle here

Friends of Long Island Aid Victims of Joaquin

“One of the most amazing moving I have ever witnessed is how people can come together when disaster strikes. The most amazing thing is seeing communities helping communities, while still working through their own issues in order to help those who are in need. I commend all who have given the effort to assist our neighbors in South Carolina, as they would for us,” said Jon Siebert, Friends of Long Island’s Program Consultant. 

Various community organizations and Friends of Long Island have been gearing up to assist our neighbors to the south this week while ensuring that residents were safe from recent coastal flooding and potential landfall after Joaquin, a Category 4 Hurricane, threatened the area.

Island Park Business & Residential Chamber and Kiwanis have been helping with awareness and raising donations to make the first trip down from Long Island communities to the affected area. To not complicate immediate relief efforts, this first journey will not be bringing a large amount of relief supplies as the situation and needs are still fluid. This group is aiming to go down next weekend, and will be distributing cash and gift cards donated. You can donate here this first round of assistance.

Groups in East Rockaway and Island Park including East Rockaway Builders Club will be arranging several donations drives in the next few weeks for a journey down to the affected areas in November. Cleaning supplies, bedding, children’s items, paper supplies and bottled water will be accepted. The drop off location will be at East Rockaway High School Oval on Saturday October 10th from 9am to 2pm. For more details, please click here

The City of Long Beach will be collecting non-perishable food, clothing, household supplies and children’s items at Long Beach City hall from 9am-5pm for the month of October at 1 West Chester Street. They will NOT be accepting monetary donations. For more information click here

Friends of Long Island will continue to assist residents of South Carolina with donations and resources that will fill gaps in their relief process however possible. Donations can be made here, or by check to Vision Long Island. As always, Vision will not deduct administrative fees for donations for disaster relief, and donations are still being accepted for Sandy recovery on Long Island.

For further updates on how you can help, please visit the dedicated Facebook page towards assisting the Carolinas, or email

US Lacks Long-term Plan for Infrastructure Improvements

As the US Congress passes the 34th Band-Aid on infrastructure needs since 2009, India’s Prime Minister is pushing almost $30 billion in roadway and rail improvements for their country in order to boost economic development, safety and sustainability.  China and Indonesia are following suit with airport improvements and a high-speed railway.

The United States ranks 16th in the world in overall infrastructure, making the October 29th date to pass a long-term infrastructure bill extremely important; however, with Rep. Kevin McCarthy who would like to see a long-term highway bill passed recently announcing that he will not seek to succeed House Speaker John Boehner, some wonder whether another stop-gate will be passed in Congress. As numerous deficiencies in infrastructure are outlined, from ports, railways, highways and airports are reported, Democrats and Republicans in Congress still grapple with deciding what should be a long-term priority as well as how to fund projects. States and local municipalities struggle with creating plans for maintenance and improvement for the future based on the lack of a long-term bill.

More can be read about some of the issues with not having a long-term transportation bill here. To find your House and Senate Representatives to discuss your concerns, click here

Gore And Cuomo Discuss Climate Change

Governor Cuomo joined government leaders, advocates and policy makers, including former Vice President Al Gore this week in signing an agreement to help combat global warming, which can only help Long Island mitigate against sea level rise and further severe disaster.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by more than three dozen government leaders, agreeing to assist in helping New York to work towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions by almost 40 percent by 2030. The MOU comes before the United Nation’s upcoming climate negations in December. Cuomo said to ignore climate change "is gross negligence by government and irresponsible as citizens." He reaffirmed New York's commitment to address global warming and climate change amid projections showing a rising sea level that could eventually wipe out parts of the state. New York is planning to bring renewable energy sources to the forefront, with 150,000 homes and every one of the state’s universities having solar technology by 2020. 

You can read more about the agreement signing in Newsday

"Come and enjoy the Annual Fire Department Fair this weekend, says Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. "The Fair has something for everyone: Carnival Rides, Games, Food, Fire Department BBQ, Street Vendors, Local Artisans, Music, Entertainment - and of course the Parade and Fireworks Display; plus specials throughout the weekend from downtown merchants and restaurants", he added.
The Farmingdale Fire Department is always running specials & fundraisers along with the Fair to help local charities and organizations. Enjoy this great annual community fair this Columbus Day Weekend  with many old and new friends.

The Carnival will be held just south of Conklin Street, behind the Fire Department / Village Hall, adjacent to the Village Green. On Saturday and Sunday, two blocks of Main Street (north and south of Conklin Street) will close during the day for the street fair. There is Free Parking, Free Admission, Rides, Games, Shopping, Dancing, Music, Food and much to explore in the Village of Farmingdale. 

Free Community Event:  Join the event on Facebook, check for updated info!  

Carnival ~ Rides ~ Food ~ Family Fun ~ Street Fair ~ Live Music ~ Fireworks ~ Parade
SCHEDULE:   October 8th - 12th 

Thursday 10/8/15 -  5pm - 10pm 
Carnival opens rear of Fire House

Friday 10/9/15 - 5pm - 11pm 
Carnival open rear of Fire House
Fire Department Food and Drinks, Sports TV

Music rear of Fire House - 7pm - 11pm
Band Stand- rear of Fire House - The Electric Dudes

Saturday 10/10/15 - STREET FAIR on MAIN STREET
Noon - 11pm - Carnival Open
Fire Department Food and Drinks, Sports TV
7pm - 11pm - Band Stand- rear of Fire House - Jimmy Kenny and the Pirate Beach Band

Sunday 10/11/15 - STREET FAIR on MAIN STREET
Noon - 11pm Carnival Open
Fire Department Food and Drinks, Sports TV
6:00 PM Columbus Day Parade down Main Street
7pm to 11pm - Band Stand- rear of Fire House - SuperBad

****8:30 PM FIREWORKS ****

Monday10/12/15 - Noon - 6pm Carnival Open

The Carnival is located in Municipal Lot 4 ~ The Street Fair & Parade will be held on Main Street
Musical performances will be on the Band Stand in the rear of the Firehouse.

Long Island Business Council to hold workshop Oct. 15th

On Thursday, October 15th, from 8 to 10 AM, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale.

This meeting will feature an update on issues concerning local small business by our special guest speaker, Temporary President and Majority Leader of the New York State Senate, John J. Flanagan.

You can contact the LIBC to RSVP at 877-811-7471, or at

Port-to-Port Art Exchange

The Greater Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council and The Art Guild of Port Washington are joining Nassau and Suffolk Counties through Art in joint exchange exhibitions this month. Similar to the first Port-to-Port Art Exchange between Port Jefferson and Bridgeport CT in November of 2013, this event not only opens opportunities for art lovers to see work from different communities, it allows artists from these different regions to connect with each other.

Artists from GPJAC will have their works on exhibit at Elderfields, the historic manor that houses The Art Guild of Port Washington, located at 200 Port Washington Boulevard, Manhasset. Hours at Elderfields are Wednesday and Friday through Sunday 1PM – 5PM or by appointment.

TAG artists will be on display at the Port Jefferson Village Center at 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson. Hours at PJVC are 9AM-9PM seven days a week.

Receptions, which are open to the public, will be hosted at The Art Guild of Port Washington-200 Port Washington Boulevard, Manhasset 11030 on Saturday October 10th from 3PM-5PM and at Port Jefferson Village Center- 101A East Broadway, Port Jefferson from 3PM-5PM on Sunday, October 18th.
For more information, please visit or

Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) are hosting meetings to discuss development of the Long Island Nitrogen Action Plan (LINAP).  Earlier this year, the New York State Legislature allocated $5 million to be used for a Long Island nitrogen management and mitigation plan. At this meeting, there are plans to discuss ideas for goal and scope of the Nitrogen Plan and the next steps to start plan development, impacts of nitrogen pollution on Long Island, and possible solutions. Stakeholders will be able to provide input.

Suffolk County-           October 13, 2015, 1:30PM-4:30PM
                                    Suffolk County Water Authority Education Center
                                    260 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge
                                    RSVP here for Suffolk

Nassau County-          October 14th, 2015, 1PM-4PM
                                    Nassau County Legislative Chamber
                                    1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola
                                    RSVP here for Nassau

National Disaster Resiliency Competition Public Hearing

On June 22, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that New York State was selected to advance to Phase 2 of the National Disaster Resiliency Competition (NDRC). As part of this second and final phase, the State has identified specific projects and programs for which it seeks funding through the competition. These projects and programs were developed in consultation with eligible counties and state agencies and includes activities in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

The State’s Application, Benefit-Cost Analysis and Summary can be found here. Long Island’s public hearing for the State’s NDRC Application will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6PM-8PM at Freeport Village Hall, 46 North Ocean Avenue, Freeport. Comments can also be submitted online by October 21st at 8PM.

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 

8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo

National Grid, Con Edison and Master Plumbers Council will be holding their 8th Annual Educational & Energy Efficiency Trade Expo on Tuesday October 20th at Russo on the Bay in Howard Beach from 1:30PM to 8:30PM.

The trade show will be open for the duration of the event, with two separate workshop tracks lasting an hour and a half a piece, followed by dinner and networking. Workshop topics include the updated 2015 Energy Code in NYC, energy reduction, NYC Administrative Code updates and more. Credits are available for workshop attendance.

Tickets are only $25 per person when you register online ahead of time, or $35 at the door. For more information or to register as either an exhibitor or attendee, please click here

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair - Postponed to October 24th

Westbury’s Business Improvement District’s Annual Street Fair will be held on Saturday, October 24th from 10AM-5PM on Post Avenue (Rain Date Sunday, October 25+th).  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.

Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport Honors Vision Long Island Director

Can you imagine living in a community that doesn’t have easy access to the arts, where it costs too much—or you must travel too far—to enjoy and appreciate the creations of the human spirit? For forty-one years, the Long Island Arts Council at Freeport has been committed to the idea that the power of the arts is to touch the mind and enrich the soul of the individual and community through sponsoring, advocacy, and education.

Through a wide variety of programs they support and present arts of every description to their local communities. Programs include High 5 Long Island, which provides students low-priced tickets to cultural events, and the Summer Sunset Concert Series, which offers free concerts for families on the Nautical Mile.

The Long Island Arts Council at Freeport’s Arty Party 2015, Stars Over Freeport, is our annual primary fundraising event where we honor people who make a difference in our communities, and raise funds to support our programs. This year, this gala celebration will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Coral House in Baldwin.

They are pleased to announce the 2015 honorees…
✩ Herbert Deutsch, The Arts Recognition Tribute (ARTY) Award
✩ Alexandra Marinaccio, Artist of the Year Award
✩ Eric Alexander, Citizen of the Year Award
✩ Paul Eberst, Business Person of the Year Award
✩ Dylan Skolnick & Charlotte Sky, Alexander Schanzer Memorial Smart with Art Award

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.

20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival

Planning for the spectacular 20th Annual Port Jefferson Charles Dickens Festival has begun planning for the Second Annual Festival of Trees at the Port Jefferson Village Center. A magnificent display of holiday trees decorated by YOU will be on display through the month of December located on the second and third floors of the Port Jefferson Village Center.

Professional interior decorators and florists who make a living with their creative know-how, as well as civic associations, schools and those who have a knack for holiday crafting, are invited to share their expertise and enthusiasm by decorating one of the many available Festival displays. With an expected crowd of over 24,000 festival visitors as well as sharing the location of one of the only outdoor ice rinks on the North Shore, the Festival has much to offer its decorators, organizations and businesses alike in regards to exposure at this high quality, community-wide event.

Please contact Jill Russell at 631-418-6699 or to find out more about decorating a tree and becoming a Festival of Trees sponsor.

Help Wanted

NYS Releases RFP to Build Affordable Homes

Governor Cuomo announced that $20 million is available for the construction of new affordable housing units damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene or Tropical Storm Lee this week. The funding will come from the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery out of the $4.4 billion allocation from HUD’s CDBG-DR program.

“These communities have witnessed first-hand the damage caused by extreme weather and we must ensure we build back stronger to adjust to this new normal",Governor Cuomo said. This funding will help ensure that affordable housing in these areas is safer and more resilient against whatever Mother Nature throws our way.” Funds will be administered by the non-profit Community Preservation Corporation, which will oversee the development of approximately 150 to 200 rental units. At least 51% of the new units will be made available to those who have low to moderate income, and will target small properties of up to 20 units each. Eligible projects could include the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings in low-desnity areas that may not be serviced by housing programs.

Both Nassau and Suffolk county housing developers are eligible to apply for funding. Proposals must be received by November 2nd, 2015. You can find out more about the opportunity in the Governor’s press release, or view the RFP here.

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.

Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation Grants Available

Town of North Hempstead Business and Tourism Development Corporation (BTDC) Chairwoman Judi Bosworth and Executive Director Kim Kaiman announced this week that the BTDC will be offering matching fund grant opportunities to not-for-profit organizations (including civics and chamber of commerces) and business improvement districts to beautify downtowns. 

“We want to work with our local businesses to make the downtown living and shopping experience the best it can be,” Chairwoman Bosworth said. “It is my hope that, through this program, we can beautify our commercial corridors and attract consumers to allow the businesses in our Town to thrive."  The Downtown Beautification Program will assist the Town’s chambers of commerce and civic associations with revitalization of commercial and mixed-use downtown districts, allowing matching fund grants of up to $10,000 per Council District for eligible downtown beautification projects such as tree planters and other landscaping, street furniture, trash receptacles and signage.

Eligible applicants must develop a detailed plan that must be submitted as part of the application process. The deadline is November 30th, 2015. To apply or for more details, please call (516) 869-7739 or click here

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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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.

This week I have had too many conversations with well meaning and very intelligent folks who think it is a good idea to continue publicizing all of the problems facing Long Island with essentially blanket negative marketing of Long Island. Campaigns that describe problems of "brain drain" lack of housing, job opportunities and other maladies facing our region etc. are underway and more than simple complaining - they are becoming a form of a groupthink that in my opinion is becoming unhealthy and possibly counterproductive.

Not sure if a company will want to invest in a Long Island community if the marketing is centered around how bad we are. I don't see the upside of obsessing over the lack of centralized control and power over local governments and how a small business will put their capital on the line to open up a restaurant, retail shop if this place is such a mess. Lastly I don't understand how whining about all of the problems is going to keep young people, aging boomers or GenXrs with or without families happy about our communities and willing to invest their time, talent and resources.

Let me be very clear that it is necessary to present issues to the governments, local communities and/or private institutions that can influence and make change. We and others do that all the time.

It is something completely different to wring our hands and obsess over the pace of change or the perceived lack of change. When this becomes marketing materials that are essentially describing all of our problems for the world to see that can become debilitating.

Making change takes building a base of support, combined with reality based market solutions and some understanding of how change occurs and where.

Some advice for when you want to complain without solutions: Get a good drink, some tasty food, maybe a cigar, nice music, whatever you enjoy and find some friends and talk to them first, get it off your chest. When you are through with that, be creative, envision the Island as you want it to be and have that positive vision in your head. When that has been accomplished, if you have positive solutions that will move the needle on any of the problems facing Long Island communities then bring them forward in the forums where change can occur.

Because changes are occurring on Long Island and if you want to know where, we can let you know and please follow and support the downtowns that are transforming. There are serious people making strides in real places to change our communities and that helps all of Long Island. Either become a part of the solution or at least cease doing things that hurt the progress underway.

Thanks for listening to this Public Service Announcement.... back to regularly scheduled programming....

-Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island Director

Smart Talk

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