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November 1st - 7th, 2015

Regional Updates

Zucaro Construction

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.

“A high-income state like New York generates more in federal taxes than other states, but we also have significant costs, and the continuing imbalance raises questions about equity for New Yorkers. Our Congressional delegation has pushed hard over the years to increase New York’s slice of the pie and these continued efforts should be encouraged.”

- NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli

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Comptroller Report Shows NY Pays More to the Feds than It Gets Back

In a report released by State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli, New York ranked 46th in the nation in its balance of payments between the amount it generated in federal taxes and the amount of federal government spending it received. For every dollar sent to Washington, New York receives about 91 cents back or 25% less in federal spending, compared to a national average of nearly $1.22.

“The Empire State pays more to Washington than it gets back,” DiNapoli said. “A high-income state like New York generates more in federal taxes than other states, but we also have significant costs, and the continuing imbalance raises questions about equity for New Yorkers. Our Congressional delegation has pushed hard over the years to increase New York’s slice of the pie and these continued efforts should be encouraged.” In federal fiscal year 2013, the U.S. government spent nearly $3.5 trillion, and brought in nearly $2.8 trillion in revenue, with a budget deficit of $680 billion. That same year, the latest for which detailed figures are available, New York state generated an estimated $214 billion in all taxes for the federal government, providing $19.9 billion more in tax revenue than it received in return from the federal government.

According to the report, New York contributed nearly a third more than the national average in tax revenue to the federal budget while receiving about $1000 less in per capita spending than contributed, which is slightly below the national average. New York did receive more funding towards Medicaid, which makes up about half of all federal spending out of the second largest spending category in the federal budget- grants to state and local governments. New York’s per captia Medicaid funding from Washington was the highest of any state, even though it was ranked third highest in revenue received, with California and Texas, both with larger populations,  contributing more.

DiNapoli’s report notes that unless they are revised, provisions of the Federal Budget Control Act of 2011 will require reductions of hundreds of billions of dollars from baseline spending growth over the coming decade, which could include potential changes in federal programs for health care, transportation and education as well as other services, and calls for tax policy changes. You can read the report here, with detailed figures beyond those in the report available here.

Groundbreaking of the Nassau Coliseum Renovation

Vision Long Island joined elected officials and developers at the groundbreaking of the Nassau Coliseum renovation this week. The $260 million project managed by Bruce Ratner and Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is 100% privately funded, provide up to 2,700 jobs and will bring life back to the site while allowing future development, with the end of 2016 being looked at for the reopening date.

Officials are planning to convert the former home of the Islanders into a sports and entertainment hub for Long Island. Ratner’s group has promised six Islander games and at least one Nets game once construction is finished. Some residents and elected officials expressed concern over Prokhorov holding a 85% share in the project, however Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is not concerned. "It doesn't change any obligations to our great county," says Mangano. "Bruce Ratner is contractually obligated to remain on for five years, so this project is going to move forward." He also said that Ratner will continue to manage the Coliseum and that Nassau taxpayers will continue to own it, adding “"We're glad to bring this vision to reality. With this seed of growth, many new announcements are coming in the future. It's been a long road, but a road that will bring us a world class coliseum and we should all cheer for that."

You can read more about the groundbreaking in Newsday, CBS and News12

Suffolk Creates Land Bank

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislators Majority Leader DuWayne Gregory and Tom Cilmi recently announced that the Suffolk County Land Bank received its first influx of funding in the amount of $1.9 million to repurpose zombie homes. Long Island is one of the hardest hit regions to be impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Subsequently, loss of tax revenue by vacant, underutilized properties has added additional challenges to neighborhood stabilization, further straining resources of local government across the region.

The funding will support the newly created Suffolk County Landbank’s pilot program, rehabilitating 11 homes in the county with non-profits such as Long Island Housing Partnership. Funding comes from the Attorney General’s Office after a $25 billion settlement was made with lending institutions. According to Newsday/News12, Long Island towns and villages spent at least $3.2 million last year to clean, board up and demolish thousands of abandoned homes -- including homes in the foreclosure process known as zombie houses. "This is a problem that is costing municipalities millions of dollars each year," County Executive Steve Bellone said outside the Mastic house. "The land bank is going to be taking on the responsibility of putting these homes back to good use."

Officials from the Land Bank expect renovations the 11 homes in the pilot program to be complete by the end of 2016, with homes being sold to single-family owners, and are not designated for rentals apartments in Islip, Brookhaven and Babylon towns.   "We are going to have a family in here that can stay on Long Island, and we can improve the community," said Joseph Sanseverino, assistant vice president of the Long Island Housing Partnership, which has programs available for first-time homebuyers.

The Land Bank also received $675,000 in a major step forward in the County’s efforts to begin remediating more than 133 blighted and abandoned properties Brownfield that represent a total of 265.9 acres and more than $35 million in cumulative uncollected tax revenue. The initial funding will allow for site assessments and investigations of 18 suspected brownfield sites in the County.

You can read more about the funding in Newsday and get updates from the Suffolk County Land Bank here

275 Unit Apartment Community Opens in Mineola

Mill Creek Residential hosted a reception last week to celebrate the grand opening of Modera Mineola, the much-anticipated 275-apartment luxury rental community, situated within two blocks of the Mineola Long Island Rail Road LIRR station and multimodal transit center. Mineola residents, village and county officials, and local economic development leaders gathered with executives from Mill Creek and new residents of Modera Mineola, which has Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification through the U. S. Green Building Council.

In planning and building Modera Mineola, Mill Creek applied Mineola’s innovative incentive zoning bonus program to meet the growing demand for amenity-rich, transit-oriented apartment living in the region. As part of the program, Mill Creek also completed the construction of the Hudson House in the summer of 2014. The Hudson House, a four-story, 36-apartment age- and income-restricted community located on Front Street—two blocks from Modera Mineola—was tied to the approval of Modera Mineola. “When Mineola residents first embraced ‘smart growth’ concepts 10 years ago, it was with hopes that the results would be projects like Modera Mineola,” said Mineola’s mayor, Scott Strauss. “Those hopes began with this first project and it is a pleasure to see it come to fruition.”

There was deep community involvement in the project’s undertaking, which played a key part in the approval of the project.  “We had a hearing back in 2006 and a bunch of people came in and not a single resident of Mineola complained,” said NY State Senator and former Mineola Mayor Jack Martins.  “They understood this is the way to address taxes in the future, redevelopment in the future and revitalizing our downtown. The village gets it and the residents get it.” Mill Creek Vice President for Development Jamie Stover added, “From the beginning of this process, we found true partners in the Village of Mineola, Nassau County, many local business leaders and community organizations. These stakeholders all shared our vision for the redevelopment of the property. Modera Mineola would not have been possible without Mineola’s forward-looking zoning policies permitting for smart growth, and close collaboration with all our partners throughout the process.”

Services and amenities include a state-of-the-art clubroom, business center, a resort-style pool, multi-level parking accessible from the building’s exterior, automated package acceptance and walkability to the Mineola LIRR station, which provides frequent, express access to Manhattan and Brooklyn via the LIRR’s Main Line.

Vision was happy to speak at event and support the project through many public hearings during the approval process.

You can read more on the ribbon cutting at the Mineola check out Modera Mineola’s website here for more information.

Amityville Is Open for Business

"Amityville is open for business. Now we're going to find out is anyone interested in us?" said Tom Howard, co-chairman of Amityville Village's Downtown Revitalization Committee. The Village’s DRC is currently sending out requests to Long Island developers to gauge interest in redeveloping unused and underused parcels on Route 110 north of Sunrise Highway heading south to the historic district.

The zone under consideration comes after successes by Babylon Town with larger projects, where the creation of a downtown zoning district in 2007 and finishing this year. Amityville Mayor James Wandell said that the Village needs to move faster than that in order to revitalize the area. Some changes such as easing parking, building height and density restrictions could make the area more attractive to developer, and according to DRC co-chairman Warren Cohn, could send a message to potential partners. "Here's a community actively seeking out what my needs are with respect to investment."

The area under consideration for redevelopment in Amityville includes about 60 parcels with 40 owners, and includes the empty 7.67-acre former Brunswick Hospital location which was a major tax-generating source for the Village. There was a DRC open house at Village Hall last month where residents seemed to support some of those changes, although consensus on downtown redevelopment may be difficult. Earlier this year, cost concerns as well as resident’s concerns over the “small-town feel” shelved a project for Artspace to open up shop as they did in Patchogue Village.

There is smaller scale movement on revitalization in the Village, a zoning change vote on November 10th to allow the construction of a 12-unit complex on a half-acre on Oak Street, giving walkable access to restaurants and transportation.

Vision Long Island, along with several local officials and stakeholders, recently toured downtown Amityville as part of our Smart Growth Saturday initiative.

You can read more about the upcoming plans to revitalize Amityville’s downtown here and here.  

Vision Long Island Director Honored at 2015 Arty Party

The Long Island Art Council at Freeport recently held the 2015 Arty (Arts Recognition Tribute) Party at Coral House in Baldwin, honoring artists, citizens and the business community.  The well attended event also acted as a fundraiser for the organization, which provides professional, youth, information services, as well as visual arts and performing arts programming for the area.

Honorees at the annual event included Herbert Deutsch (ARTY Award), Alexandra Marinaccio (Artist of the Year Award), Vision Long Island’s Director Eric Alexander (Citizen of the Year Award), Paul Eberst (Business Person of the Year Award), and Dylan Skolnick & Charlotte Sky, both receiving the Alexander Schanzer Memorial Smart with Art Award for professional artists who share the arts through performance and education. The organization has been assisting the area since 1974.

You can check out all of the programs and events that Long Island Arts Council at Freeport sponsors on their website.

Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

From There to Here with the Nassau Coliseum

Newsday's Randi Marshall who reported on the Nassau HUB for many years and is now on the editorial board wrote this piece on how she wanted to see a different result at the Coliseum that would include a real downtown place. Let me start by saying I respect her tremendously and have had many conversations with her through the years and joked about when we would have a cup of coffee or lunch at the Lighthouse or something like it.

I agree with her and for many years Vision worked with the former developer to support the Lighthouse project, participated in and, in some cases, ran numerous community meetings across central Nassau. She references in the article significant community opposition - there was little community opposition against the Lighthouse with 9 out of 10 folks at two 1000 person public hearings in support of the project and two Hofstra News 12 polls showing 2-1 support for what at the time was the largest development planned in Nassau's history.

What killed the project that wasn't mentioned was the harsh reality that the Town had to face in approving a land use application that was not accompanied with any infrastructure dollars. Past County administrations did not even apply for funds to upgrade the Cedar Creek Sewage Treatment Plant, widen the Meadowbrook or provide express bus service to Mineola...etc. There were at least five rounds of federal funding and at least as many cycles of NYS funding that - from our understanding - were not sought after. As Randi correctly points out there were press conferences with Governors and Senators in attendance but when it came time to apply for funds the County at the time dropped the ball.

Despite that failure the Town for its part should have been more flexible in its zoning to allow for more housing and additional incentives to make a true main street destination at the HUB. Sadly very few folks came out - post Lighthouse - to the public hearing to make that case - Vision was there but we did not see the folks who typically speak at conferences about the need to address brain drain etc. The hearing for the current plan had no regional support for true placemaking elements with the exception of Vision's testimony as well.

So is this plan the result many of us wanted - no. Is it better than having a decaying structure with no activity - yes. Can this plan still have placemaking aspects and with the right future phases and coordination with surrounding uses be a destination - maybe. Was the failure of the Lighthouse a result of community opposition - hell no. Will we learn the right lessons from all of this - not if we keep fighting old battles without fully understanding what actually happened.

You can read Randi Marshall's original article on the subject here.

St. John's Episcopal Church Annual Holiday Fair

St. John's Episcopal Church will be hosting thier Annual Holiday Fair on Saturday, November 7th, from 10 AM to 4 PM located at 12 Prospect Street, Huntington, NY. Funds raised will go to support the church ministry outreach and local charities.

The event will include:
·         Multiple Vendors
·         Holiday Boutique
·         Baked Goods
·         Raffle Baskets
·         Vermont Cheese
·         White Elephant
·         Antiques
·         Hand Crafted Items
·         Professional Thrift Shop
·         And more!

For more information, contact them at 631-427-1752 or

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

Sustainable Living Film Series Hosts Deep Green Screening

All are invited to the Sustainable Living Film Series screening of the award-winning documentary Deep Green hosted by the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College and Long Island Green Homes on Thursday, November 12th from 6PM-9:30PM. A vegan buffet will be served from until 7PM, followed by the screening at 7:15PM.

Based on six years of intensive research and devoted exclusively to solutions to man-made global warming, “Deep Green” cuts through the clutter to bring new clarity to an increasingly urgent situation. The film explores the best applications worldwide in energy efficiency, green building, de-carbonizing transportation, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy and smart grids, and forest restoration. Some complex, while others profoundly personal and practical—like what one person can do to lower their carbon load in their own house, with their own lifestyle, on their own land.

Admission is free, with a suggested $5 donation. The trailer for the award winning film can be seen here. For more information, you can call (516) 323-4510, or email Molloy

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.

You coun check out our recently announced panels here.

Blue Ribbon Friday in Huntington

To many the Friday after Thanksgiving, or Black Friday, is the official kickoff to the holiday season. But in Huntington, the day has been dubbed “Blue Friday,” thanks to the Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society and its Huntington Harbor Parade of Lights, an annual boat parade that draws thousands of landlubbers to the shores of Huntington Harbor.

The Huntington Lighthouse Preservation Society will be presenting the 5th annual Parade of Lights on Friday, November 27th at 6PM. Boat owners can participate for a fee which helps the Preservation Society. Those without boats can watch the parade while visiting the harbor and supporting local shops.

For more information about this event, please email Laurell Frein at

Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015

North Hempstead Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth and the Town Board, along with the North Hempstead Business & Tourism Corporation (BTDC), are urging residents to support Small Business Saturday on November 28, 2015, as part of a national effort to drive consumers to shop at local independently owned businesses on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. For the second straight year, the Town is a proud sponsor of Small Business Saturday, a joint partnership between Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and the Small Business Saturday Coalition. 

“Downtowns are the lifeblood of our local economy, and it is our responsibility to help them flourish,” said Supervisor Bosworth. “We must continue to work to grow our downtowns because when our downtown corridors succeed, so do our towns and villages. I urge everyone to support Small Business Saturday.”

“’Buy Local’ is great to say, but does it really mean anything? The answer is YES - It means everything,” BTDC Executive Director Kim Kaiman stated. “Businesses play an important role within North Hempstead and supporting them can make or break a business’s chances of survival here in our town. Remember to not only support your local businesses on Small Business Saturday, but any time you think of making a purchase.”

In 2014, 456 city and town officials joined together to support Small Business Saturday, and the Town of North Hempstead will once again be of those municipalities. An estimated $14.3 billion was spent nationwide at small businesses on 2014’s Small Business Saturday.

For more information on Small Business Saturday log on to: 

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.

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Conducts Annual Winter Drive

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless conducts an annual winter drive in order to ensure the safety and needs of those that are homeless on Long Island, living on the streets.  Each year, volunteers pack “homeless kits” that include warm clothing, toiletries (travel size), and non-perishable foods.  These kits are distributed to individuals that are living on the streets both during our annual homeless count in January and also during ongoing street outreach efforts throughout the winter months.

Homeless service agencies, school districts, local community groups, local businesses and families and individuals can all help collect necessary items for those that are homeless on Long Island.

Drives are being conducted now through January 8th. If you’re interested in conducting a drive!  Contact Gabrielle Fasano at 631-464-4314 x 117 or To volunteer or inquire about the 2016 Homeless Point-In-Time Count, please contact Mike Giuffrida at 631-464-4314x 111 or

Feed the Need Donation Drive

Winter is right around the corner, and thousands of homeless families, low-income residents, seniors and Veterans that have food insecurities in Suffolk County will continue to need a helping hand. Feed the Need has successfully assisted many in this situation last year and hope to continue to assist more this coming year with your assistance. 

Feed the Need fed over 4000 people last winter season, provided Thanksgiving meals for 1700 individuals, Christmas gifts for homeless and low-income families who thought that Santa would not be coming this year, and linkage towards resources such as substance abuse, mental health and housing, and material goods such as blankets, coats and hygiene supplies for those who would otherwise go without and face harm.

Their logistical outreach approach is two-fold: provide a means to access assistance where vulnerable residents are comfortable such as public parks, as well as physically going to locations to provide assistance for those who do not have transportation or have too much pride to receive assistance.

To volunteer, please sign up via Long Island Volunteer Center. To donate, please email. You can check out FIOS1's coverage of the program when they were nominated for Heroes On Our Island from Verizon FIOS1 here

Help Wanted

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

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Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck


Hicksville-Gregory Museum

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

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

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

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

For information, visit their website.


Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

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

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

Port Washington

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

Tickets and more information available here

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

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

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

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

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

Huntington Village

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

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


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


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

Tickets and more information available here




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

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


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


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

Sag Harbor

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

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

As Veterans' Day Approaches, Lets Remember Our Troops!

Neighbors Supporting Neighbors Babylon will be supporting Adopt a Battalion this year by collecting excess Halloween candy to ship oversees for troops that are away from home but not forgotten.

“For past three years I I've collected Halloween candy for the soldiers serving overseas. I want give them a little taste of home while they are away from their families and serving our country. I hope the candy makes them smile,” said Mackenzie Johnston (13 years old), who was also a recent recipient of Long Island Volunteer Center’s Beacon of Hope award at Farmingdale State College.

Donations of supplies such as personal hygiene products, non-perishable snacks, letters cards and magazines are also being accepted. To donate, please contact Neighbors Supporting Neighbors by November 15th . Cash donations to ship the donated items are also being accepted directly here.

Smart Talk

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Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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