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November 6th - November 12th, 2016

Regional Updates

Harras, Bloom & Archer

Throughout the New York metropolitan area Long Island attorneys of Harras Bloom & Archer LLP handle a wide range of real estate law, real estate litigation, land use and zoning and business litigation matters.

Comprehensive knowledge of legal issues and relentless commitment to each client's goals are the firm's top priorities. To deliver strong, favorable results, Harras Bloom & Archer works directly with each client, providing:

  • Attorneys who speak the language of business and real estate
  • Confidence in litigation and negotiation
  • Skill in working with government agencies and municipal boards
  • Experience in the development of several notable, successful projects throughout Long Island

There are many stages to any business and real estate endeavor, and each stage requires a thorough understanding and consideration for legal issues. Harras Bloom & Archer LLP handles matters from start to finish and can enter into the project at any stage, whether helping with initial planning of a project, addressing denied zoning grants, assessing the environmental impact of a project or litigating a dispute.

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Kings Park Downtown Revitalization Visioning Plan Moves Forward

While other nearby downtowns like Northport and Smithtown have become centers for dining and entertainment, Kings Park has remained quiet with numerous vacancies along Main Street. The Kings Park Chamber of Commerce and Kings Park Civic Association, with the assistance of Vision Long Island, have come together in an effort to bring vitality back to downtown Kings Park.

The commercial area, the ‘downtown,’ which includes parts of Main Street, Pulaski Road, Indian Head Road and Meadow West, is the focus of this revitalization visioning, targeting the portions of the commercial district that are walkable to the train station and historic Main Street buildings. Connections from the downtown to area attractions and recreations facilities, employment centers, and transportation nodes are also part of the study area.

Almost 300 residents took part in the visioning process last month, bringing in residents, business leaders and other stakeholders to define what they would like to see in Kings Park in terms of land use, transportation, and identity. "For a plan to be successful, it requires input from everyone," said Anthony Tanzi, president of Kings Park Chamber of Commerce. "If everyone is vested in the process, it will garner a lot more community support." The breakout groups were tasked with defining their desires for land use, with some wanting mixed-use on in the business district with apartments above retail, with others suggesting repurposing the old Petro Oil storage site hosting apartments. The relocation of the Fire Department further east was also suggested by one group in order for a developer to allow for apartments at the present site. Parks were also suggested on Main Street, as well as revitalization near the train station, and bicycle paths being built to the nearby Sunken Meadow Park which hosts over a million people annually. Enhanced streetscapes and addressing aesthetic issues were suggested for the commercial core in order to improve appearance, as well as burying utilities.

Some of the items of most importance in the visioning for Kings Park’s future included things for teens to do, new apartments for the area, burying utilities, a new location for a theater, and better walkability/bikability for the downtown and to recreational activities, while maintaining green space in the area. It was noted in the visioning that changes in zoning as well as sewering would be key to make the revitalization of Kings Park take off. Sewering is possible by connecting Kings Park to the existing Suffolk County waste water treatment plant 6. Currently both Smithtown and Kings Park are looking to connect to the existing plant, however it was suggested that Kings Park connect to the existing plant first. Off-mainstreet parking was also suggested to enable a better pedestrian experience, with sidewalks being widened by removing a lane of parking.

You can check out the Revitalizing Kings Park Action Plan here.

Northport Receives Much Needed Wastewater Infrastructure Funding

In Northport, wo antiquated sewer lines that are in dire need of replacement will now be replaced, allowing for the potential of more homes to get connected into the wastewater treatment system, while ensuring that there are no catastrophic failures.

A total of $5 million in state funding was made available to replace the cast-iron, Depression-era pipelines that are running under Woodbine Avenue and the Northport Harbor bed. The new lines will be 12 inches in diameter, compared to 8 inches for the old pipes, which can increase daily flows and potentially connect more residents to sewers rather than cesspools, which leach nitrogen and other undesirables into the groundwater.  State Senators Flanagan and Marcellino were able to secure the funding from the New York State Municipal Facilities Program for the village to move ahead on the project, with reimbursement coming as the Village incurs expenses. “Sewers are the hidden impediment to economic revitalization and crucial to protecting our environment,” Marcellino said in a statement. “A break in this system would have resulted in roadway destabilization and runoff into Northport Harbor and the Long Island Sound.” $1,018,400 towards the project, which is running a million dollars over projection, was awarded recently by Governor Cuomo in a round of funding for Wastewater Infrastructure Grants.

The replacement of the sewer pipelines is another step in helping the Northport Harbor area, after the EPA cited the Village in 2011 for not having plans in place to manage storm water and other discharges into the harbor. Since then, upgrades to the treatment plant have taken place, as well as relining of sewer mains and manhole cover rehabilitation. The village has since reduced the plant’s nitrogen emissions from 18.5 pounds per day to 10 pounds or less daily.

You can read more about the funding to help Northport Village’s infrastructure in Newsday

Long Island Real Estate Group Tackles Mixed Use Development

Vision Board and staff were out last week with nearly 300 folks at the Long Island Real Estate Group's breakfast, "Why Long Island?”, which  focused on retail and commercial changes in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Ruskin Moscou Faltischek Partner and Vision Board member Eric Rubenstein moderated a panel which included Jeremy Isaacs from Ripco Realty, John Gutleber from Castagna Realty, and Josh Weinkranz from Kimco. One of the themes that came up was a limit on new big box stores and more franchises in locations with smaller square footage; this is a positive sign for our downtown business districts. After A&P, Sports Authority and other big box stores went bankrupt, Long Island has become a haven for large vacant commercial buildings. According to Isaacs, there are now more than 32 vacancies of big-box stores of at least 40,000 square feet across Nassau and Suffolk counties, many of which will likely be redeveloped. “Some of the older downtown locations will become residential,” Isaacs said. “Landlords are dividing a lot of 60,000-square-foot stores. They’re dinosaurs.” Isaacs also mentioned that the flagging Source mall in Westbury is up for sale and will probably be redeveloped into a mixed-use property with residential and retail.

Weinkranz said some of the non-traditional tenants for larger retail spaces, which include boutique fitness clubs and walk-in medical clinics, are driving more traffic to shopping centers than grocery stores have. He said the larger vacancies are also presenting opportunities for retailers that haven’t been able to establish locations here. “There are always other tenants looking to come into the market,” Weinkranz said. “They look at these empty boxes and it gives them an opportunity to break into the market.”

While some of the smaller vacant sites have been easier to lease to places such as Home Goods and the smaller Target stores that are growing on Long Island, some of the larger spaces remain vacant, or have been subdivided to fit the needs of potential tenants. Other tenants taking advantage of the vacant spaces are franchise restaurants. “We’re seeing a lot of that,” Weinkranz said. “We’ve added more restaurants.” He said that the burger and yogurt concepts are “played out” and will eventually be replaced with other franchises like boutique fitness businesses, which are the “next hot thing.”

You can check out more coverage of LIREG’s “Why Long Island?” event in Long Island Business News.

81% of 1-2 mile Trips in the US are Taken By Cars

Recent data shows that of all trips taken by U.S. adults that lead to or from somewhere other than work, either by bicycle or by other means of transportation is strikingly similar- with 78 percent using any sort of transportation to places other than work, and 79 percent using bicycles to places other than work.

At total of 81 percent of the country’s one-to-two mile non-work trips, according to data provided by the National Household Travel Survey, take place by using vehicles.  By making bicycles a more useful tool for all purposes, not just commuting to work, safe bicycle usage can increase. Historically, North American cities have placed their bike routes on side streets rather than main streets, forcing a problematic choice between comfort and convenience. This places an unintended emphasis on longer, faster commutes to work; when – with cycle tracks on corridors people want to visit – many more could be convinced to make the slow, short jaunt to the supermarket, cafe, or doctor’s office. In The Netherlands, for example, cycling acts as an extension of walking rather than driving, with the vast majority of bike trips less than two miles or 20 minutes. In fact, in Rotterdam, people equally utilize walking, bicycling, public transit, and driving when the trips are .6 miles to 1.6 miles.

The data provided by the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration allows users to see what mode of transportation is used, and see who the user is, what their age and gender is, what mode of transportation is used, for what purpose they are traveling, and how long of a distance they are travelling. There is data for three sets of years; 1995, 2001, and 2009. You can check out that data here, as well as view a blog posting about the usage of bicycles nationally, and compared to other countries here.

Sign the Petition: Add LIRR Shuttle for Roslyn/Port Washington

The Long Island Bus Riders’ Union is asking Long Islanders to help Amsterdam at Harborside as well as other destinations push for added NICE bus service along West Shore Road in Port Washington and Roslyn.

Public bus service on West Shore Road, Port Washington/Roslyn can be accomplished by a shuttle from Roslyn LIRR station to North Hempstead Beach Park. Alternatively the present NICE N23 bus route could be extended north on West Shore Road to the North Hempstead Beach Park.
Public bus transportation will provide service to:

  • Over 70 businesses in the light industry area, many of which employ over 200 workers each. The bus service will provide job opportunities for many Nassau County residents.
  • North Hempstead Beach Park, a town park with no public transportation service            
  •  Amsterdam at Harborside, a Life Care community with over 280 residents and 150 employees
  • Harbor Links, a popular public golf course and restaurant
  • Over 300 residents of HarborView homes and condos
  • Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church
  • Hilton Garden Inn (soon to open)

You can sign the petition to help add bus service to these locations and share via email and social media by clicking here.

6th Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival November 10-15

An absolute must for movie buffs, the Gold Coast Arts Center is excited to announce the Sixth Annual Gold Coast International Film Festival returns to the Great Neck area on November 10th through November 15th, kicking off a six day celebration highlighting the importance of film and the arts in eight locations.

The Plaza will be a part of this celebration, as will Bow Tie Squires Cinemas, located at 115 Middle Neck Road, will be hosting several special screenings and events that you surely will not want to miss. 

On Sunday, November 13th, movie lovers will be able to take in a triple feature of flicks, two documentaries - one about a renowned photographer who has shot some of the biggest names in our lifetime, and the other, the role of comedy in discussing tragedy, - as well as an Academy Award-nominated film. 

Starting the festivities on the 13th, at 12 Noon, The Policeman tells the story of Azulai, a policeman in Jaffa, who is beloved by everyone who knows him - police colleagues and the criminals on his patrol. The only problem; Azulai is completely ineffectual at law enforcement! Winner of a Golden Globe and an Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film in 1972, The Policeman is the comical story of Azulai's superiors who want him to go and the criminals who want to keep him around. Prior to the screening, movie-goers are invited for a 'Bagel Nosh' at 11 a.m. at the Gold Coast Arts Center, with complimentary bagels courtesy of Best Bagel and Bagel Hut of Great Neck. Following the screening, there will be a special screening with Dr. Amir Kishon, son of the legendary satirist Ephraim Kishon, the film's director, and Director at the Kishon Cultural Estate. 

Several local restaurants will be offering specials during the festival, with the Village of Great Neck Plaza’s Restaurant week running until November 13th for even more options, and Friday November 11th will feature a Family Film Day, where adults are free when the children attend.  There are several ticket options available, including an all-access pass for the entire event, and multi-ticket options. You can see the entire calendar of events for the festival and purchase passes by visiting their website, and check out their Facebook page for updates.

Meetings for Sunken Meadow Parkway Operation Study

The New York State Department of Transportation is conducting an operational study of the Sagtikos and Sunken Meadow State Parkway corridor. The department held two previous public meetings regarding the study in April 2015 and is holding two more in November 2016 to outline proposed short and long term improvements that would enhance safety and reduce congestion along the corridor.

NYSDOT encourages public participation and welcomes comments on the study and proposed improvements and project alternatives. Department representatives will be available at the upcoming open house meetings to discuss the study and accept comments.

The meetings will be held on:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
William T. Rogers Middle School
97 Old Dock Road
Kings Park, New York 11754
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Brentwood North Middle School
350 Wicks Road
Brentwood, New York 11717
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

A Spanish Language Translator will be available for the meetings. To provide written comments, or for information about the public meeting, you can contact the Sagtikos State Parkway Study Team, referencing Project Identification Number 0339.09, NYS DOT Region 10, Room 5A-16 250 Veterans Memorial Highway Hauppauge, NY 11788. You can also email them at or call 631-952-2051 (English) or 631-952-2052 (Spanish). All comments must be received by December 31, 2016.

Attention Baldwin Residents: Public Input Session for the Baldwin Downtown and Commercial Corridor

On November 16th, Nassau County will be holding a public input session for the Baldwin Downtown and Commercial Corridor Resiliency Study.  The study seeks to improve both physical resiliency in the face of future storms as well as economic resiliency in the Baldwin community with a focus on its main commercial corridors including Grand Avenue, Milburn Avenue, Sunrise Highway, Merrick Road and Atlantic Avenue. The study is being led by VHB, with Vision Long Island on the consultant team, and the meeting will be an open house format in the Baldwin High School cafeteria from 7-9pm.  For more information please visit:

Attention Hicksville Residents: Update Meeting on Proposed Rezoning Nov. 17th

On November 17th, the Town of Oyster Bay will be hosting a meeting to update the public on the proposed zoning changes to the downtown area of Hicksville.  Vision has been working with the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce and the Hicksville Civic organizations since 2010 to develop a Downtown Revitalization Action Plan to improve the area surrounding the train station.  Revisions to the existing zoning were among the many recommendations in the plan.  The meeting will be at Hicksville High School in Cafeteria A at 7pm. Click here 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, Peter Elkowitz of LIHP, Mitch Pally of LIBI, Russell Albanese of the Albanese Organization, and Elissa Kyle from Vision Long Island.

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

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
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

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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.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as “Armistice Day” to mark the end of World War I on that day in 1918. In the 97 years since the first Armistice Day, the holiday we know as “Veterans Day” has had other names and fallen on various dates. However, our nation has continuously thanked and honored the courageous men and women who served in the military, wheth­er in wartime or peacetime.

New York State is home to over 900,000 Veterans, with over 633,000 having served in wartime.  Long Island has the second largest Veteran population in the United States. Although Long Island officials announced the end of Veteran homelessness this year, many do still remain living on the streets, either by choice, or not being able to connect to available resources.

It’s important to take time to thank our local Veterans, but to also continue to work towards assisting those who are in need in terms of housing opportunities, job training and availability, and better accessibility as thanks for putting their lives on the line to protect the freedoms that we enjoy, and sometimes take for granted.

Smart Talk

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

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