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November 11 - November 17, 2013


Renaissance Downtowns

Led by President and CEO Donald Monti, Renaissance Downtowns has over 35 years of development experience that covers all aspects of the real estate development spectrum including the successful implementation of residential, retail, office, hotel, recreational, marine and mixed use projects. This experience has enabled Renaissance to develop an innovative business model that meets market needs while tackling the complex challenges of comprehensive, holistic downtown redevelopment. The Company embraces a deeply ingrained set of core values, a determination and tenacity to outwork all competitors and an entrepreneurial spirit that resonates throughout the entire organization.

Renaissance Downtown's Unified Development Approach™ and Crowdsourced Placemaking program provide municipalities with the ability not only to plan a better future, but to implement transformative change that will benefit the community according to the triple bottom line of Economic, Social and Environmental responsibility. The recent success of the Renaissance Team is evident by the Company's designation as Master Developer for multiple opportunities over the past year along with the Team's role as expert speaker at conferences including Congress for the New Urbanism, RailVolution, the California Downtown Association, Private Equity Real Estate Annual Forum and Wharton Real Estate School at the NYSE, amongst others.

"When people are looking for a place to open a business and see a development coming into the area, they see that as a home run. We're promoting the increased walkability. If anything helps the small businesman, it's the easy access and walkability." Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Eckstrand

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Friday, November 22nd
8:00am to 4:00pm - Melville Marriott
9 Days Away!


Featured speakers include

Announcing the 2013 Summit schedule:

7:45-8:15    REGISTRATION


Featured Breakfast Speakers:
Hon. Ed Mangano, Nassau County Executive

Kenneth Daly, National Grid


Hon. Rich Schaffer, Supervisor, Town of Babylon
Hon. Sean Walter, Supervisor, Town of Riverhead
Hon. Ed Romaine, Supervisor, Town of Brookhaven
Hon. Anna Throne-Holst, Supervisor, Town of Southampton
Hon. Wayne Hall, Mayor, Village of Hempstead
Hon. Peter Cavallaro, Mayor, Village of Westbury
Hon. Ralph Eckstrand, Mayor, Village of Farmingdale
Joye Brown, Newsday, Moderator

Workshops I:  9:55-11:05


Jaime Rubin, Director, Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery
Rob Welltner, Operation Splash
Ron Beattie, Oakdale Chamber of Commerce
David Berg, Cameron Engineering
Andrew Zucaro, Zucaro Construction
Paul Beyer, Director of Smart Growth, NYS DOS
John O’Connell, Herald Publications, Moderator


Peter Scully, NYS DEC
Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants
Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Suffolk County
Mitch Pally, LI Builders Institute
Keith Samaroo, PS&S. Moderator


Representative, NYS Department of Transportation
Will Stoner, AARP
Hon. Connie Kepert, Town of Brookhaven
Marlene Connor, Wendel Companies
David Sabatino, Envision Valley Stream
Ryan Russo, NYC Department of Transportation
Ryan Lynch, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Moderator


Bishop Harrison Hale, Harrison Hale Community Action Center
Kamlesh Mehta, South Asian Times
Jorge Martinez, LI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Yvette Richardson, SRW Engineers
Lionel Chitty, Hicksville Chamber of Commerce, Moderator


Bob Paley, MTA
Anthony Bartone, Bartone Properties
James Stover, Mill Creek Residential
Sal Coco, BHC
Tom Jost, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Larry Rosenbloom, Zyscovich, Moderator


Maria Rianna, Glen Cove School District Superintendent
Mike Hynes, Shelter Island School District Superintendent
Kathy Mooney, Port Washington School District Superintendent
Ken Bossert, Port Jefferson School District Superintendent
Kimberely Reiser, Nassau Community College
Dr. Elana Zolfo, Dowling College, Moderator


Tara Bono, LIincs Young Professionals
Jeff Giullett, Millenial Development Institute
Josh Lafazan, Syosset Board of Education
Daniell Cirimello, Dowling College
Kendra Armstead, Stony Brook University
Dr. Nathalia Rogers, Dowling College, Moderator

Workshops II: 11:10-12:20


John Keating, National Grid
David Scheiren, Empower Solar
Ross Ain, Caithness Energy
Mike Voltz, PSEG
Richard Kessel
Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Moderator


Dr. Gail Lamberta, St. Josephs College
Lois Howes, Freeport Chamber of Commerce
Artie Burke, Northport Village Merchants Association
Karen Harding, THEM Media
Jim Kelly, The Long Islander
Jaci Clement, Fair Media Council, Moderator


Bill Tuyn, Greenman Pedersen
Paddy Steinschneider, Gotham Design
Marc Wouters, CNU, New York
Alex Latham, ADLIII Architecture, Moderator


David Wolkoff, Heartland Town Square, Brentwood
Tom Graham, RXR/Glen Isle
Bob Eschbacher, VHB/Ronkonkoma HUB
Don Monti, Renaissance Downtowns, Hempstead
David Winselberg, LI Business News, Moderator


Elisa Picca, MTA/LIRR
Pat Bowden, Transit Workers Union
Michael Schoolman, Seven Bus
John Durso, LI Federation of Labor
William Henderson, PCAC
Denise Carter, Greenman Pedersen, Moderator


Michael Posillico, Posillico
Frank Russo, H2M
Rick Cisterna, Natural Systems Utilities
Hon. William Spencer, Suffolk County
Tim Burns, NYS Environmental Facilities Corp.
Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Moderator


Rich Foster, Launchpad LI
Andrew Hazen, Launchpad LI
Jon Rudes, CRESA
Julie Marchesella, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce
Peter Goldsmith, LISTNET, Moderator

LUNCH: 12:30-2:00

Featured Lunch Speakers:
Hon. Steve Bellone, Suffolk County Executive

Hon. Steve Israel, US House of Representatives

Keynote Speaker:
Scott Rechler, RXR Realty

Workshops III: 2:00-4:00


Theresa Regnante, United Way of Long Island
Rich Cantwell, Friends of Freeport
Amy Castiglia, Lindy Manpower
Kim Skillen, Neighbor Supporting Neighbors Babylon
John McNally, Long Beach resident
Ron Benenati, FEMA
Jon Seibert, Friends of Long Island
Randi Dresner, Island Harvest
Carl Corry, Newsday, Moderator


Anthony Manetta, Suffolk County IDA
Bill Mannix, Town of Islip IDA
Larry Jones, Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Steve Krieger, Engel Burman
John Kominicki, Digital Motion, Moderator


Michelle Stark, Suffolk County Office of Film & Cultural Affairs
Bruce Michael, The Space at Westbury
Phil Ebel, Great South Bay Brewery
Pat Snyder, East End Arts Council, Moderator


Lindsay Robbins, NYSERDA
Fran Reid, Town of North Hempstead
Gerry Bogacz,  NYMTC
Representative, Federal Transit Administration
Elissa Ward Kyle, Vision Long Island, Moderator


Sol Marie Jones, LI Community Foundation
Anthony Atkinson, LI Board of Realtors
Peter Florey, D&F Development
Ralph Fasano, Concern for Independent Living
Richard Koubek, Huntington Township Housing Coalition
Pam Robinson, Patch, Moderator

This 12th year of gathering Long Island's leaders will address our most challenging regional and local issues. In 2013, our region is recovering from difficult times: small businesses are hurting, community leaders are facing increased quality of life concerns, environmentalists, transportation and infrastructure leaders are seeing limited revenues, developers are struggling to secure financing for important projects, governments on all levels are straining to balance their budgets, and our young people are still leaving. The Smart Growth movement and its related family of New Urbanism, Sustainability, and green principles continue to provide policies that assist Long Island when calibrated to address our specific local needs.

The 12th Annual Smart Growth Summit will feature networking, a trade show, workshops, technical worksessions, a youth summit and plenary sessions on regional and local issues facing mixed-use development. Some sessions will include: downtown revitalization, priority infrastructure, financing Smart Growth, downtown management, transit-oriented development, Smart Growth, energy, youth leadership, regional projects, post-Sandy resiliancem, 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 1,000 leaders working together. So here is where we need your help: please plan to join us and consider sponsoring the event. Attached is sponsorship and registration information (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.

Register today! Sponsorships are still available!


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Schumer Pushes Extension For Federal Commuter Tax Breaks

A tax break can save commuters using mass transit $1,000 a year, which Senator Chuck Schumer said is about to expire.

Schumer announced his proposed Commuters Benefits Equity Act, a plan to permanently extend a tax break that allows for hundreds in savings every month.

Current federal commuter benefits, originally penned by Schumer, exempt $245 every month in pre-tax income. He estimates that saved 700,000 area commuters more than $330 million in 2012.

“As the price of commuting continues to climb, this tax break has become increasingly vital,” Schumer said.  “Mass transit is the lifeblood of the New York area, and this provision helps keep it flowing and affordable.”

The tax break is on track to be cut come Jan. 1, 2014, trimmed down to $130 a month.

Despite ongoing discussions about broad tax reform, Schumer pushed the commuter benefits in the annual end of year extension requests. The legislation, he said, should be passed by mid-December.

This tax break covers the full monthly $112 cost of an unlimited 30-day Metro card or nearly all of a LIRR monthly pass – a Garden City to Penn Station ticket is priced at $242.

Currently, employees whose monthly mass transit fees fall under the $245 monthly cap can deduct the full amount of commuting from their paychecks tax free through an IRS tax benefit for parking. Employers assume the full, tax-free cost, although the senator said his tax break saves employers by lowering overall payroll taxes.

The 2013 limit is $245, up from $240 last year. When Schumer initially pushed it as part of the economic stimulus package in 2008, the limit was $230. If extended into 2014, Schumer said the benefit would increase to $250.

For more coverage of the proposed legislation, check out the Daily News.

Survey: Americans Taking Steps Towards Walkable Neighborhoods

Mixed-use communities are getting more popular.

A National Association of Realtors survey of 1,500 Americans earlier this fall found support on the rise for communities combining residential and commercial within walking distances.

The majority – 60 percent – preferred a walkable mixed-use neighborhood to a community with houses and businesses that required driving to.

Participants continued backing mixed-use communities throughout the survey. Half voiced their support for a walkable community mixing private houses with condos, townhouses and apartments, while 45 percent voted for single-family home neighborhoods with shops and restaurants needing a car.

The survey also examined demographics, identifying the people most apt to favor mixed-use communities. Whereas married couples and residents of rural areas favor a conventional suburb, young college students, post grads, city dwellers, 30-year-olds and singles were more likely to choose a walkable neighborhood.

Many survey participants also griped about accessibility and public transportation. Compared to the 41 percent who believed their communities had enough safe routes for bicycling to work and stores, 48 percent complained they needed more. Although 48 percent said they have shops and restaurants within an easy walk of their home, nearly as many – 42 percent – said it’s not enough.

Sidewalks and other places to walk were very important to 37 percent of respondents in 2013, compared to 31 percent in 2011. Likewise, 28 percent highlighted being with an easy walk of other places within the community, compared to 24 percent two years ago.

Convenient public transportation is in short supply, according to the survey. Almost half of participants said they wanted more mass transit within an easy walk. Of those preferring mixed-use communities, the lack of public transportation is the least appealing aspect of living in a suburban community.

On the other hand, the most appealing characteristic for them is having restaurants, shops, libraries and schools within a few blocks of home

The survey also found Americans prefer houses with small yards that are within walking distance to parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, schools, stores and restaurants compared to houses with large yards that require driving. However, it also revealed many still favor a single-family home with a longer drive than renting an apartment with a shorter walk.

National Grid Driving Green Fleet Beyond Federal Requirements

Known for providing energy to millions in the Northeast, National Grid is receiving recognition for saving more.

According to a Department of Energy report, the British-based utility is exceeding American regulations on alternate fuel vehicles (AFVs). Grid currently oversees all power plants on Long Island.

The federal Energy Policy Act (EPAct) requires Grid to acquire AFVs if they own, operate or lease at least 50 non-excluded light duty vehicles, and if at least 20 of those vehicles are used primarily within a single metropolitan area.

National Grid complied with EPAct requirements from 2009-2011 by deploying a fleet that uses more alternative fuels and decreased their petroleum consumption by reducing both timing idling and miles traveled. That includes more than 435 natural gas vehicles, in addition to hybrids, plug-ins and flexible fuel vehicles.

“Regulatory requirements, environmental stewardship, and participation in the natural gas industry as a service provider have all contributed to our interest in NGVs and other alternative fuels,” Lead Fleet Engineer Michael Randazzo said.

When the utility began replacing almost 1,500 vehicles by 2014 last year, both AFVs and biodiesel vehicles have been added.

Grid currently has a contract with LIPA to manage power plants like the ones in Northport and Port Jefferson. Acquiring KeySpan in 2007, National Grid sends electricity for 1.1 million Long Island customers into the lines, which fall under LIPA’s purview. However, that contract will expire on Dec. 31, 2013 and LIPA will begin a 10-year deal with PSEG on Jan. 1. The utility also provides natural gas.

National Grid also has a relationship with Clean Communities of Central New York (CCCNY) and other Clean Cities coalitions in its service area. These coalitions provide the utility with technical and regulatory knowledge, which helps when deploying AFVs and supporting infrastructure.

"Clean Cities has been instrumental in the successful development of many of National Grid's alternative transportation projects," Transportation Project Manager John Gilbrook said. "Coalitions act as catalysts when we attempt to get alternative fuel projects off the ground."

LIBN’s Two Minutes With Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander

Long Island Business News featured Vision Long Islander Director Eric Alexander in the Two Minutes section of their Nov. 1-7 issue. The piece (subscription required) highlights the director’s candid answers on topics like Sandy recovery, health of downtowns and transportation projects coming down the pipe.

Asked if Sandy is just a memory for Long Island, he told Long Island Business News that many never dealt with the flooding, destruction and ongoing cleanup, leaving them unable to understand how life still isn’t back to normal for thousands of their neighbors.

“If you live north of Sunrise Highway, Merrick Road and Montauk Highway, if you weren’t flooded out, you really don’t know what people are dealing with,” the director said.

Getting assistance for those individuals and business owners, Alexander added, has been the biggest challenge. Red tape is slowing federal and state resources, forcing people to pay mortgages and taxes while remaining homeless. However, he did reference how neighbors are helping each other pick up the pieces and rebuild.

The director also said Smart Growth is thriving on Long Island, pointing to lower vacancy rates in downtown areas than nearby office parks.

Retail, Apartments Breathing New Life Into Farmingdale’s Main Street

Years of revival efforts have taken hold in downtown Farmingdale.

Ten new businesses called the Village of Farmingdale home this year, with more retail, restaurants and housing coming in the very near future.

“We are thrilled to welcome new businesses to Farmingdale Village,” Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said.

Village officials first started working on reviving the community with Vision Long Island in 2006. They organized community planning sessions that led to a new master plan, which sparked millions in investments.

In the 2012 election, Ekstrand campaigned with Farmingdale 2035 Party, a reference to the master plan. While his opponent criticized the revitalization plan for not fitting with the village’s charm, voters used their ballots to push Farmingdale towards denser mixed-use projects.

Nineteen downtown storefronts were empty last spring, compared to three this fall. Ten new businesses opened in 2013 alone, including La Bottega, Empire Gaming, Satya Yoga Studio and Phoenix Eastern Medical Center.

Construction on more restaurants and retail is expected and/or underway. A new diner is planned for Main Street, along with the Dark Horse Tavern, Café Dolce Vita, Thomas & Ellen, Charlotte’s Frozen Yogurt and another restaurant.

But a crucial piece to the new life Farmingdale is seeing are housing opportunities. More than 200 new units of downtown housing should open very soon.

Set across the street from the Farmingdale LIRR station, the future Bartone Plaza will combine 154 apartments with 19,400 square feet of retail space in two buildings. Construction is expected to be complete some time next year.

Staller Associates is also looking to build in the village. Applications for two smaller redevelopment projects, creating 53 apartments, have been filed. The first is expected to break ground at the former site of an A&P this year and the second could happen on Eastern Parkway.

“When people are looking for a place to open a business and see a development coming into the area, they see that as a home run. We’re promoting the increased walkability. If anything helps the small businessman, it’s the easy access and walkability,” Ekstrand said.

Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander was optimistic what the future holds for downtown Farmingdale.

“New mixed-use development, consistent with community-driven plans, will take advantage of Farmingdale’s downtown business district, new shops, walkability and access to a highly-utilitzed train station,” Alexander said.

For more coverage of the revitalization efforts, read the Long Island Business News (subscription required) and Farmingdale Observer.

Smithtown Board Approves Smart Growth Project At Former Lumberyard

An eyesore for years, a former downtown Smithtown lumberyard could rapidly turn into mixed-use development.

The Smithtown Town Board authorized lifting restrictions on the West Main Street property across the road from Town Hall last week in exchange for completing demolition by April 1.

North Fork Management and Maintenance filed an application to build 56 apartments and up to 15,000 square feet of retail in four buildings on the lot. That would include three, three-story residential buildings with 12 apartments in each, plus a 11,149-square foot mixed-use building with another 20 units.

Having something in place of a disheveled main building and foundations for smaller buildings is better than nothing, Smithtown Chamber of Commerce President Mark Mancini said, but it’s not the best solution. He criticized the town and Suffolk County for not installing infrastructure, including sewers, that could have allowed for more apartments on this site.

“It’s a positive step forward then having a vacant lumberyard right in the middle of town, which wasn’t a good use,” Mancini said. “Is it the best design? It is because we don’t have an infrastructure. We could have done so much more if we did.”

The former Nassau Suffolk Lumber and Supply Corp. property, however, contained a restrictive covenant. Placed during a zoning change in 1987, lumber is the only permitted use on a portion of the lot.

“It's an eyesore, and they're dangerous," Councilman Thomas McCarthy said. "They have to remove the remaining deteriorating buildings for that condition to stay lifted.”

Planning officials said the applicant must submit a site plan. Once approved, building permits and construction can follow. McCarthy was optimistic construction could occur in the spring.

The lot was the subject of a Suffolk County grand jury in 2009 after town officials allegedly pressured North Fork Management & Maintenance into illegal demolition to save thousands on taxes. No charges were filed and the Smithtown Board of Ethics found no violations amongst themselves.

"We are pleased to see this type of project on Main Street in Smithtown. We hope this leads to new investments to strengthen the downtown business district," Vision Long Island Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

For more on this story, visit the Smithtown Patch or Newsday(subscription required).

Let Touro's Disaster Relief Clinic Help Get Your Sandy Recovery Funds

Victims of Superstorm Sandy looking for financial assistance to rebuild are invited to attend next week’s Storm Recovery Resources Fair.

Slated for Monday, Nov. 18 at Massapequa High School, the fair is the latest effort of Touro Law Center and their Superstorm Sandy Disaster Relief Clinic.

Homeowners are invited to attend a legal clinic at 5 p.m. and seminar at 7 p.m. to review requirements for upcoming insurance deadlines involving “proof of loss” and statute of limitations to file suit.

The Disaster Relief Clinic strongly advises all Sandy victims who are owed flood insurance money to meet this “proof of loss” deadline – even if a claim is currently pending with an insurer, they’ve been told they will receive more insurance moneys, they signed a “proof of loss” form from an insurance adjustor (which is likely incompletely and missing money) or they worked with a contractor, engineer or any other expert.

Touro’s checklist provides simple, easy-to-digest information for homeowners about these critical flood insurance deadlines, critical deadlines in homeowner (non-flood) insurance policies, as well as other vital information and tips based on their experience helping storm victims for nearly a year.

Nassau Asking Veterans To ‘Stand Down’ At Armory Event

Just because their days in uniform doesn’t mean America’s veterans can’t still get the help they need from Uncle Sam.

The Nassau County Veterans Service Agency is hosting their 2013 “Winter Stand Down” at the Freeport Armory just days before Thanksgiving on Nov. 26 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Half of a reoccurring bi-annual event, these stand downs combine county offices and outside organizations to provide services for veterans. That includes VA benefits counseling, support services, hot food, health screening, legal advice and even haircuts.

The 2012 winter event attracted more than 125 veterans.

For more information, contact the Veterans Service Agency at 516-572-6565 or Details about the event are available on Nassau County’s website.

Come Celebrate Long Island’s Diversity

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

National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University announced their fifth annual Celebration of Suburban Diversity is to be held on Nov. 26 at Hofstra.

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

John Durso, president of Long Island Federation of Labor and Local 338, will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Durso will also be honored, as will humanitarian David Huang, Jewish Community Relations Council members Arthur Katz and David Newman, cardiology expert Jennifer Mieres from the North Shore-LIJ Health System, retired physician Darrell Wayne Pone and author Gloria Nixon Pone.

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

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

State Offering $50,000 Grants To Small Businesses

Own a business that was impacted by Superstorm Sandy?

The state’s Small Business Storm Recovery Program is doling out funds to merchants who need assistance getting up and running again.

Grants in excess of $50,000 are available, with the first wave having already been approved.

These funds are designed to replace physical items like machinery, moveable equipment, inventory, furniture and fixtures, as well as help with the day-to-day expenses entrepreneurs need to run their businesses. In addition, business owners who already purchased these physical items can be reimbursed via these funds. In both cases, the grants would cover “uncompensated costs” above and beyond those covered by insurance proceeds, grant programs and other government resources.

Merchants should contact their local Small Business Development Center office to begin the process. The regional centers for Nassau and Suffolk Counties are located at Farmingdale State College and Stony Brook University, respectively, although there are seven offices on Long Island.

State officials have already been reaching out to business owners with applications for other grants and low-interest loans. More information about these offerings is available on the state’s website.

Funds are expected to be available in the near future for real property repair and rehabilitation. Applying for and/or receiving financial assistance from any of these grants or loans will exclude businesses from applying for this funding down the road.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

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

What's happening in your downtown 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.

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

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

glen cove
Glen Cove Theatres

5 School Street, Glen Cove

Great Neck

Palace Galleries

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

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

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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.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach


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:
David Bromberg Band - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

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

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


Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Sea Cliff

Sea Cliff Village Museum

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

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


Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford



Bow Tie Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Leon Redbone - Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
YMCA of Long Island presents: Give Thanks by Giving Back - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Gallery Talk with Artist Christina Maiwald - Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

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

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

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
ZZ Top - Saturday, Nov. 16 and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

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

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
No shows this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here


Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Sail Away - The Musical Journey of Randy Newman - Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Arlo Guthrie - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
Quattraphonium - Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Who's Bad- Friday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Gin Blossoms - Sunday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Nov. 15 at 10:30 p.m.
A Christmas Carol - Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 17 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

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

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

Bow Tie Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington


Suffolk Theater
116 E. Main Street, Riverhead
Dan's Papers: "Best" Concert with Nancy Atlas & the Atlas Project and Gene Casey & the Lone Sharks - Friday, Nov. 15 at 8:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Guest Renter: Riverhead Faculty Community Theater presents: Nunsense - Friday, Nov. 15 and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 17 at 2 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Literature Live's the Diary of Anne Frank - Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

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


Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.
Saturdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Glen Cove
18 Village Square
Fridays, 9 a.m.-Noon
June 14-Nov. 22

Grant Park
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 15

Locust Valley
115 Forest Ave.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Long Beach
Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

New Hyde Park
1441 Jericho Tpke.
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens on June 17

Oyster Bay
54 Audrey Ave.
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov 16

Rockville Centre
Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.
Sundays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2-Nov. 24

Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23


9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Opens July 6

Route 25a, East of Route 110
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
June 2 - Nov. 15

Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway
Saturdays, 7 a.m.-Noon
Through Nov. 23

Kings Park
Main Street, across from fire department
Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Through November

Cow Harbor parking lot, Northport Village
Saturdays 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
June 8-Nov 23

7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.
Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
July 5-Nov. 15

Broadway & Main Street
Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Westhampton Beach
85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society
Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Through Nov. 16

Walkability Making A Comeback In Car-Dominated Communities

“As we spend more and more time behind the wheel, we see a growing chunk of our tax dollars devoted to infrastructure that serves only automobiles. We socialize less and have less money in our wallets because transportation has become such a big personal expense. What’s worse, the sharp decline in routine physical activity has helped create a public health crisis in the obesity epidemic that threatens children and adults alike.” Dan Burden, AARP

Smart Talk

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