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October 16th - 22nd, 2016

Regional Updates


Founded in 1978, Zucaro Construction has grown to become one of the most respected and competitive General Contractors in the Long Island and the Metropolitan Area. Its founder, Andrew Zucaro, formed his company with the traditional values and attention to details that have guided him throughout his professional career.

With field experience and an extensive background in commercial, industrial and high-end residential construction management,coupled with “old school” business ethics as his foundation, it is not surprising to find Andrew Zucaro on site, managing each project in detail from beginning to end, ensuring satisfaction every step of the way.

Over the last 32 years, specializing in General Contracting and Construction Management, Zucaro Construction has paid great focus in compiling a lineup of seasoned and polished sub-contractors that meet Andrew Zucaro’s very high standards of workmanship and reliability. When combined with Zucaro Construction’s in-house crew, the result is a powerhouse team.

“The surge in foreclosures and vacant, abandoned ‘zombie properties’ across our state demands action,” DiNapoli said. “The creation of land banks, as well as legislation passed earlier this year, gives local officials new tools to promote economic recovery in the areas most heavily impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Over time, with adequate funding, these entities may help stop the erosion of local tax bases and return economic vitality in disadvantaged communities.” -NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

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Island Park Remediation and Housing Development Allowed to Move Ahead

An attempt to keep rental apartments out of a planned development in Island Park has been quashed by a State Appellate Court ruling. The court’s ruling is the highest form of appeal in the State on New York, affirming a previous Supreme Court ruling.

In 2007, Blue Island Development and Posillico Development Company at Harbor Island applied to the Hempstead town board to develop a $70 million, 172-unit residential waterfront project. The town approved the application a year later, but it was subject to restrictive covenants that included all the homes be sold as condominiums only. This covenant restriction is was what was deemed invalid and unenforceable.

The developers applied to the town to modify the restrictive covenant in 2010 and again in 2013, to allow for rental units as well as condo units, but the town refused.  Over the following three years, the Supreme Court and its Appellate Division both ruled against the town.

The developer had proposed to build 140 luxury rental units, 32 condominium units, and 31 boat slips on the site of a former oil distribution facility. Posillico paid $2.4 million for the 11.5-acre former Cibro oil storage and distribution facility at a bankruptcy auction in 1999.

Before construction of the development can proceed, the property must be remediated to the standard set forth in the project’s Remedial Action Work Plan as approved by the State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Brownfield Cleanup Program. The deadline to meet the cleanup obligations, estimated to cost Posillico $9 million, is December 31, 2017.

The latest court decision may finally move the project forward. The current plan calls for a reduction of 8 condo units.  A major aspect of the proposed $70 million project is remediation of the nearly 11-acre site, which was formerly a fuel oil terminal. That remediation has a Dec. 31, 2017, completion date set by the State Department of Environmental Conservation, Posillico said.

“The lengthy legal proceedings finally have come to a conclusion and now we can begin to work with the town officials and develop our property and boost the local economy,” Posillico Development Company President Michael Posillico said in a company statement. “Although the town’s legal actions have caused unnecessary delays, we’re ready to remediate and develop the site to the highest standards that will bring in new tax revenue and enhance the whole community.”

You can read more about the project that is now set to move forward in LIBN

Mixed-use Building Gets Approval for Baldwin After Years of Vacancy

The Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals has given the go ahead to develop two retail stores with four apartments above at a long-vacant property on Merrick Road by the Grand Avenue intersection in Baldwin. The property is right across the street from 6 acres of blighted property that will be undergoing a massive redevelopment.

"It's no secret that Baldwin's downtown is up and coming, and developers and property owners are realizing the potential,” said Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran, who has been one of the people leading the way towards the revalorization of the Grand Avenue Area.  “This project will nicely complement the county's Complete Streets project to make a Grand Avenue more walkable, safe, and attractive."

The property served as a service station up to about 60 years ago when it was paved over to serve as a parking lot in 1962. A few businesses operated in the parking lot’s adjacent 2-story building over the years, the last being a print shop that closed in 2003, leaving both the parking lot and building empty on the heavily traveled intersection. Thereafter, the property at 800 Merrick Road was purchased by Dr. Dennis Rossi who is the principle of Baldwin Medical Realty, who has tried to sell it for 13 years after it was purchased for $735,000 with no one interested in purchasing it.  After plans to open a medical practice never came to fruition, Rossi’s attorney helped apply to the Town’s Board of Appeals, who approved the proposed mixed-use project earlier this month, as well as obtain parking variances for five parking spaces on the property. The building’s second story offices will be renovated into apartments, with the exterior undergoing major renovations.

“This area of Baldwin has been the site of a promising renaissance and renewal, and our client is a pioneer in that revitalization,” Rossi’s attorney said in a statement. “This will be the first new building of this type to be located in the heart of downtown Baldwin. We are taking a vacant structure and restoring it to good use.”

You can read more about the project that will help start the revitalization of Grand Avenue and Merrick Road in Long Island Business News

Westbury Arts Council's Black & White Masquerade Ball Gives Honors

Vision was out this week at the Westbury Arts Council's Black & White Masquerade Ball at The Space in downtown Westbury. All proceeds from the event benefitted the Greater Westbury Council for the Arts.

The Greater Westbury Council for the Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is committed to attracting, developing and promoting art and culture throughout their community. The council advocates for a wide range of artistic expression by identifying collaborative partners to provide venues and resources for diverse programs.

Honorees included Westbury Village Trustee Beaumont Jefferson, and Filmmaker Doug LeClaire.  Westbury native Doug LeClaire has consistently brought the short film festival back to the Piazza Ernestro Strada for what has become a favorite Westbury tradition. The shows highlight some of the best short films from around the world, including award-nominated pieces.“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to present the finest independent filmmakers around in an outdoor setting that is free to the community,” said LeClaire. “We are grateful to the participating filmmakers for allowing us the opportunity to screen their amazing work where this might not be possible on a regular basis for the attendees.”

Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Arts Council President Julie Lyon hosted the event, with special guest North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth on hand to congratulate the honorees.

State Funded Land Banks Promote Economic Recovery

State Comptroller DiNapoli recently released a report on the progress regional land banks are making in helping communities fight blight and address zombie properties. New York currently has 15 active land banks throughout the state, including one in Nassau and one in Suffolk,  that acquire properties in an effort to return them to productive use though redevelopment or demolition.

“The surge in foreclosures and vacant, abandoned ‘zombie properties’ across our state demands action,” DiNapoli said. “The creation of land banks, as well as legislation passed earlier this year, gives local officials new tools to promote economic recovery in the areas most heavily impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Over time, with adequate funding, these entities may help stop the erosion of local tax bases and return economic vitality in disadvantaged communities.”

DiNapoli’s report noted as of July 2016, 10 of the state’s 15 land banks listed a total of 1,093 properties in their inventories, one-third of which are vacant lots or land, or properties slated for demolition.
In many cases, the land banks focus on rehabilitating residential properties, but many also demolish vacant buildings that are structurally unsound or pose other risks to public health and safety. At least one land bank, being the Suffolk Land Bank, has sought to acquire and remediate brownfields, while others use some acquired properties to enhance recreational opportunities for local residents.

To accomplish these goals, New York’s land banks rely heavily on subsidies to fund operations, the most significant of which is through the Land Banks Community Revitalization Initiative. This grant program is administered by the Office of the Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and is funded, in part, by financial settlements with large banks involved in the mortgage crisis. To date, a total of approximately $33 million has been allocated.

The Suffolk County Landbank Corporation (SCLBC) initially intended to focus on tax-delinquent “brownfield” properties in Suffolk County, where prior industrial or other use had left the sites contaminated with toxic substances. According to land bank officials, previously, if a property was tax-delinquent for three years, a tax deed was issued directly to Suffolk County so it could foreclose and take possession of the property. However, in the case of brownfield properties, the County did not pursue a tax deed, since it would have become responsible for remediating the environmental damage. Consequently, over 100 vacant brownfield sites in the County remained tax-delinquent with no clear path to return to productive use.

The SCLBC gave the County a way to remediate brownfield properties while avoiding liabilities related to ownership of such properties. The SCLBC, not the County, would be responsible for coordinating the remediation of these sites and for selling the properties to a third party. Believing it had a viable alternative to taking ownership of the brownfield sites, the County sent letters to tax-delinquent property owners stating that they would be foreclosed on if the County did not receive the outstanding property tax payments. Through that effort, the County received almost $2.7 million in back property taxes. The grant money provided allowed for the acquisition of five residential properties that year, according to SCLBC’s 2015 Annual Report. Recently, SCLBC issued a request for proposals to redevelop eight tax-delinquent brownfield sites. In June 2016, County officials announced approval to develop four of the properties. One of the properties, a former landfill, is slated to become a solar power generation site.

Unfortunately, out-year budget projections paint a pessimistic picture of land banks’ long-term financial sustainability. Budget reports filed with the Authorities Budget Office show subsidies and grants account for the vast majority of land bank revenues. The report estimates that subsidies and grants accounted for between 77 percent and 96 percent of land banks’ revenues. Most land banks estimate receiving little or no total revenue when their current grants run out, rather than projecting increased operating revenue such as tax collections or profits from sales to make up the difference.

You can see more about the ways that land banks are helping to improve blighted properties here, and read the full report from the Comptroller’s office here

Development of Electric Buses is Promising for Municipalities

A former Tesla executive responsible for building its cars has joined Proterra, an all-electric bus start-up that's making serious moves in the industry.

Josh Ensign, Tesla's former vice president of manufacturing, left the electric car maker in May following production delays and problems with the Model X, an SUV that has suffered delays relating to its design, and joined Proterra as its Chief Operating Officer. Much of the early Model X production was voluntarily recalled this year when a seat malfunction was discovered. Since 2016, five Tesla Vice Presidents have left the company for various reasons.

The Proterra startup has designed and tested a new 40-foot bus, dubbed the Catalyst E2, which recently ran a 603-mile trip at a Michigan proving ground. The 600-mile passenger-free track run equates to about 350 miles of continuous driving, and could certainly save on cost of fuel to municipalities, while reducing a carbon footprint. The 350-mile benchmark was obtainable by reducing the bus weight by the use of non-conventional materials, as well as making improvements to the bus’s battery packs. The first of the company’s 34 buses are set to be delivered to Foothill Transit Authority in Los Angeles County this coming spring, with 35 municipal, university and commercial transit agencies having ordered 312 buses from the California company over the past 5 years. Other companies do compete with the startup, with Tesla coming on board with a smaller model bus, and a Chinese company, BYD, set to deliver 300 buses to California cities. The range on the BYD buses, which are produced in California, is about 160 to 200 miles when loaded with passengers, far less than Proterra’s mileage.

You can read more about the progress in moving mass-transit ahead in an efficient, environmentally-friendly manner here

Kings Park Final Public Visioning Workshop This Weekend

The Kings Park Civic Association, Kings Park Chamber of Commerce and Vision Long Island will be holding the final public visioning workshop this weekend.

Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to attend to share their thoughts, concerns, and aspirations towards the revitalization of downtown Kings Park, and preview the final draft concept plan for Kings Park’s future. Hundreds of community residents and business owners have participated in this emerging consensus for the downtown area.

The final public workshop will be held on Saturday, October 22nd from 2pm-4pm at William T. Rodgers Middle School, at 97 Old Dock Road.  For more information, you can contact Elissa at (631) 261-0242, or email here

Hercules on the Harbor Run Benefits Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research

The Hercules on the Harbor 10k is a challenging course with many ups and downs that covers both on and off-road terrain which highlights many of Stony Brook's landmarks, including the beautiful village green, the scenic marina and harbor, the spectacular Avalon Park & Preserve, Harmony Vineyards, the Stony Brook Duck Pond, the Grist Mill, and the charming residential community. The course offers both novice and seasoned runners memorable moments that will keep them returning year after year.

The Hercules on the Harbor 10K is a timed event as well as a USA Track and Field Sanctioned course that will have live music along the course route to encourage runners to conquer some of the more challenging inclines. It is a rain or shine race.

Proceeds from this event will support the Stony Brook Hospital Cancer Research Center. Registration will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. on October 23rd, the morning of the 10K race, for $45 per participant. Awards go to the top 3 Male and Female Overall runners. There will also be awards for the Top 3 Male and Female runners in each 5 year age groups (Under 14 through 85+)

You can check out more about the race here, and also see the upcoming training runs on Facebook.

Westbury Downtown Revitalization Initiative Public Meeting

Westbury Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro and the Village Board of Trustees are extending an open invitation to join them and the Downtown Revitalization Initiative ("DRI") Local Planning Committee at the upcoming Public Meeting.

This public engagement session has been scheduled to provide an update on the groundwork that has been done to date and to gather community input on local issues, opportunities, priorities, concerns, aspirations and projects as they move forward in the process of developing a Strategic Investment Plan for the NYS $10 Million Downtown Revitalization Grant.

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 26th from 7pm-9pm at the Westbury Community Center located at 360 Post Avenue. You can learn more by clicking here. Resident and stakeholder comments and suggestions can also be emailed in by clicking here


28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ 28th Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference, In the Trenches of Homelessness: Many Faces Hopeful Solutions, will be taking place on October 28th at Touro Law Center in Central Islip. The Keys Conference is a unique opportunity to meet and network with corporate and non-profit housing developers, funding sources, service providers, government officials, representatives from government agencies, and vendors in various fields. 

This year’s Keynote Speaker will be New York Times Best Selling author Regina Calcaterra. Over a dozen of workshops covering several of the most pressing issues facing Long Island will be taking place, with some of the workshops offering CEU credits. Several awards and scholarships will be given.

There are various discounts for students and sponsorships available. You can click here for a full list of workshops and awardees, and to purchase tickets.

St. John's of Huntington to hold Annual Harvest Fair

Saturday October 29th from 10am until 4pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church will be holding their annual Harvest Fair in downtown Huntington.  The festival will include live music, Holiday Boutiques, Silent Auction, Luscious Baked Goods, Top Quality Raffle Baskets, Vermont Cheese, White Elephant, Antiques & Fabulous Finds, Casual & Professional Thrift Shop, Hand Crafted Items, and the Canterbury Gift Shop.  St. Johns is located in a historic church at the corner of Main Street and Prospect Street across from the library.  For more info:

Race2Rebuild 5k for Sandy Residents in Long Beach

Join Race2Rebuild in Long Beach, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, to mark the fourth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy and support continued recovery. Run/walk the 5K and kids run one mile on the beautifully restored Boardwalk.

Race2Rebuild brings families home after natural disasters. After the race, participants meet the family that they support, volunteer, and help rebuild their home. There are three ways to participate:

You can help fundraise for the Race2Rebuild Team Long Beach by clicking here

You can sign up as a race volunteer for the October 29th event here

You can register to race/walk for the October 29th event here

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander Speaks at Charting the Course Seminar

All business owners and professionals in the Huntington are invited to attend a seminar, hosted by Suffolk County Legislator William “Doc” Spencer and Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, to help local businesses gain access to the wide array of services available on the town, county and state levels.

The “Charting the Course” seminar will have multiple speakers addressing business-critical themes, as well as a panel discussion which will bring together regional business, policy leaders, and key government agencies.  Vision’s Director will be speaking at the session. 

The first “Charting the Course” conference took place in June at Suffolk County Community College at the Selden Campus, featuring opportunities for local and regional businesses and County and State services to network. Local Chamber of Commerce members, Business Improvement Districts and representatives from local villages Northport, Asharoken, Huntington Bay and Lloyd Harbor have been invited to attend.

The seminar will be held at LaunchPad in Huntington, located at 315 Main Street on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. You can register by email, or by calling Elizabeth Alexander at (631) 854-4500

Donations and Volunteers Needed for Babylon Ends Hunger

On Saturday, November 5th, the Babylon Rotary Club is organizing its first Babylon Ends Hunger Program in order to help feed the hungry in the community.

In addition to collecting donations, the program hopes to enlist dozens of volunteers to spend two hours each packaging nutritious meal packets. This year’s goal is to package at least 30,000 meals for distribution to local soup kitchens and food pantries, as well as those less fortunate in Haiti, through Friar Supporters.

You can register to volunteer or donate here or contact Megan Noble at (631) 661-5300 for more information. 

Upcoming Huntington Community Summit on Rental Housing

The Huntington Township Housing Coalition and the League of Women Voters of Huntington will be hosting a Community Summit on Rental Housing on Saturday, November 19th from 8:30AM-12PM.

Keeping Our Young People in Huntington: The Need for Affordable Rental Housing and Downtown Revitalization  will continue the Town-wide conversation on the need for affordable rental housing that began with Ruland Road and then the HTHC public education campaign, raise awareness and strategize next steps to secure Town Board support.

The Opening Plenary, Cool Downtowns Are Needed and Possible, will feature Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri as the Keynote Speaker, describing the success Patchogue’s revitalization with its emphasis on affordable housing. The Reaction Panel, moderated my Dr. Richard Koubek of the Suffolk County Welfare to Work Commission, will include Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone, Jennifer Cassidy of the HTHC, Peter Elkowitz of LIHP, Mitch Paley of LIBI, and Robert Scheiner from the Huntington Chamber of Commerce.

Three breakout sessions (Youth Flight from Huntington, Political and Decision-making Resources for Creating Affordable Rental Housing, and Density and Multifamily Housing: Coping with Sewage, Traffic and Water Conservation) will take place before the Closing Plenary.

Admission to this event, which will take place at the Cinema Arts Centre, is free. For more information or to register, please click here

Down Payment Assistance Program Extended for Suffolk County

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone was joined by Legislator Kara Hahn and Community Development officials to announce the extension of the Suffolk County Down Payment Assistance Program this week. The financial program assists first time homebuyers with down payment funds in order to obtain homeownership.

“Having access to homeownership can be critical to the long-term stability of families and helps strengthen communities,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.  “Yet, for many first time homebuyers, coming up with down payment funds is an insurmountable obstacle that can deny them the chance to own a home.  This program helps to address that issue.”

Assistance will provide up to $10,000 in grant funding to eligible first time home buyers – helping an additional 35 Suffolk County families. A first-time homebuyer is defined by HUD as a person or persons who have not owned a home in the past three years.  Since the program’s inception, Suffolk County has helped more than 1,700 families with down payments on their first homes. The area, known as the consortium area, includes all of Suffolk County, with the exception of Babylon and Islip Townships.

“It is important that we have young people stay here in Suffolk County, to work here, to live and recreate,” said Suffolk County Legislator Kara Hahn. ” I’d like to thank the folks from Community Development to make this a reality for individuals to stay. And it’s great to see that our residents are utilizing of this program.”

Some of the eligibility requirements outside of the “first-time homebuyer” provision include having an income of 80% or less than the area median income, having at least $3000 cash at the time of their application, a documented minimum income of at least $30,000 a year, and being able to qualify for a mortgage. The maximum purchase price for a single-family home, co-op or condominium for the program is $356,000.

Applications for the program are being accepted through November 30, 2016.  Residents inside of the consortium area can download the application and view eligibility criteria and other information about the program through the Community Development tab on the County’s website,  Applications will be accepted by mail only and can also be requested from the Community Development Office at (631) 853–5705. You can also check out News 12 for media coverage regarding the announcement.

Park & Trail Partnership Program

Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (OPRHP), with support from Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, are pleased to announce the second round of competitive grants through the NYS Park and Trail Partnership Program. This program is open to Friends organizations that support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites and is administered by PTNY, in partnership with OPRHP.

The Park and Trail Partnership Program is a $500,000 capacity-building matching grants program funded through the NYS Environmental Protection Fund. The program is designed to enhance the preservation, stewardship, interpretation, maintenance and promotion of New York State parks, trails and state historic sites; increase the sustainability, effectiveness, productivity, and volunteer and fundraising capabilities of not-for-profit organizations that promote, maintain, and support New York State parks, trails and state historic sites; and promote the tourism and economic development benefits of outdoor recreation through the growth and expansion of a connected statewide network of parks, trails and greenways.

Applications are due by December 2nd, 2016, and there is a 25% match for the grant. For more information and to apply, click here

$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction

As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.

"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."

Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.

More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
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
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


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


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.

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Eric Alexander, Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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