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November 29th - December 5th, 2015

Regional Updates

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"This bill is good for our country, our economy and our workforce. It will finally provide the long-term transportation funding that we need to create good jobs for millions of Americans by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure on Long Island and across the country." - US Congresswoman Kathleen Rice talking about the recently passed FAST Act

“This is great news for New York City, Long Island and all of New York and a major victory for our regional transit agencies – because it means we have protected millions in critical transportation funding our agencies were set to receive over the next six years. With this funding, agencies like the MTA and NYCDOT will be able to continue operating and keeping passengers safe. Our regional transit agencies have been lifelines for our communities and major drivers the New York State economy for a generation. This deal will ensure they can continue humming as an economic engine for New York in the years to come.” - US Senator Chuck Schumer talking about the recently passed FAST Act as a whole

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Long Term Highway Bill Approved by Congress for First Time in a Decade, Obama Expected to Sign

After 36 short –term approvals to make sure that funding was still available, the U.S. House and Senate both overwhelmingly passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST), marking the first time in a decade the there is a long-term highway bill to fund America’s roads, bridges and mass-transit systems in a decade. The five-year, $305 billion bill is expected to be signed by President Obama shortly.

The bill passed in the House of Representatives by 359 to 65, making its way to the Senate, passing just hours after receiving it by an 83 to 16 margin. The bill keeps the highway tax gas flat, as it has been since 1993. Lawmakers struggled with a way to pay for the bill without increasing the gas tax, citing decreases in revenues from the gas tax over the years due to increased vehicle efficiency. The new bill will include about $207 billion dedicated to highway projects, almost $50 billion for mass transit and $8 billion for Amtrak, which was previously authorized but not appropriated.

Newly minted Congresswoman Kathleen Rice (NY - 4) stated that, "This bill is good for our country, our economy and our workforce. It will finally provide the long-term transportation funding that we need to create good jobs for millions of Americans by rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure on Long Island and across the country."

FAST also strikes down the Herrera Beutler amendment, which would have eliminated $1.6 billion in six years worth of funding to seven states in the Northeast.  Senator Chuck Schumer, who was an appointed committee member of a bi-partisan group of lawmakers that worked to negotiate the Senate and House versions of the bills, was less than happy about the proposed cuts to the Northeast. "It is wrong for the House to single out the Northeast's transportation money and cut it so dramatically," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "This will hurt LIRR and our bus service, and we must do everything we can to restore this awful cut." $1.5 billion in a national Competitive Bus Grant Program will still be funded, and NY will receive 10% more over a five year period via the High Density States Program. The bill also the Safe Bridges Act, proposed by Congressman Lee Zeldin, which will provide counties and municipalities on Long Island with federal funds to maintain local bridges and infrastructure.

The bill will be funded by a transfer of funds from the Federal Reserve, having the IRS use private contractors for some tax collection duties in order to save money, changes to custom fees and passport rules for those with delinquent taxes, and selling oil from the strategic oil reserve. You can read more about the long-awaited bill’s passage from the Wall Street Journal and The Hill.

Regional Alliance Passes Despite Town Resistance

Suffolk County legislators adopted resolution to form a Regional Planning Alliance crafted by Legislator Bill Lindsay this week in a 10-7 vote after hours of discussion and debate.  In a surprise piece of legislation to most local municipalities the Suffolk County Legislature haggled over the fate of the new entity that would bring together Town and Village officials to plan with the County, prioritize County funds to its members and preapprove design professionals on County projects.

Municipalities in opposition included the Town's of Brookhaven, Islip, Riverhead, Smithtown, East Hampton and Southold. Civic's from Brookhaven and Smithtown were also out in opposition.

Many town supervisors, legislators and organizations had questions regarding the need for the resolution and what consequences it may have for those that do not participate. Although the resolution encourages town leaders to communicate and work together on regional projects, it does not require it. It does, however, require membership in the Alliance in order to be eligible for county funding for those projects.  “No one is in favor of this,” exclaimed Legis. Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue). “It’s another layer of government imposed on planning and zoning initiatives. It’s red tape. It’s unnecessary.”

Folks in support included former Director of the Long Island Regional Planning Board Michael White, former Mayor of Greenport and Rauch Foundation's David Kappell, outgoing Southampton Supervisor Anna Throne Holst, Suffolk Planning Commission member Jennifer Casey and Long Island Builders Institute's Mitch Pally.

For many years Vision Long Island has supported the outcomes of numerous regional initiatives in Suffolk County including: Heartland Town Square, the Ronkonkoma HUB, Riverside Revitalization, sewers in Mastic Shirley, Wyandanch Rising, the recently created Master Plan and the Connect Long Island/Izone proposal among others. Vision has also supported Steve Bellone on any number of his initiatives as a Town Supervisor and now County Executive. Vision Long Island received the newest version of this legislation 8 days before the meeting and the staff and Board of Directors have not taken a formal position to date.

In consultation with multiple board members Vision presented a observations on past efforts at regional planning and a series of questions including: 1) whether the numerous existing regional planning resources available are adequate; 2) whether legislators wanted to transfer their authority for choosing "projects of regional significance" and funding county projects to non-elected staff and appointees; 3) whether creating a preselected list of design, engineering and planning consultants is necessary when the bulk of design professionals can ably tackle downtown and infrastructure projects; and 4) questioning what the local municipalities want, which in the past has been regulatory relief, infrastructure funds, and not more layers of government.

None of these questions have been answered to date.   It is also unclear if the meetings of the Alliance will be open to the public like other commissions, task forces and boards.  After hours of debate and numerous requests to table to solidify the language so there wouldn't have to be future amendments the resolution passed 10-7.

Voting in favor: Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Legislators Sarah Smith-AnkerJay Schneiderman, Steve Stern, Lou D'Amaro, William Spencer, Monica R.Martinez, Bill Lindsay IIIKara Hahn and Rob Calarco.

Voting in opposition: Legislators Al Krupski, Kate Maguire BrowningKevin McCaffreyRobert Trotta, Leslie Kennedy, Tom Cilmi, and Tom Muratore.

The resolution will now go to County Executive Bellone to be signed into law. You can read more about the controversial piece of legislation in Long Island Business News and the Long Island Press

NICE Bus Votes in Favor of New Fare Increases and Route Eliminations

Last month, the Nassau County’s Bus Transit Committee voted in favor of yet another fare increase and eliminating ten fixed routes while reducing service on another in order to cut a projected $7.5 million deficit in NICE’s 2016 operating budget. Dozens of riders and advocates testified at two public community meetings at the Legislative Chambers in Mineola to urge the committee to reconsider the rate increase and cutting of the routes, which will have multiple negative impacts on riders.

The 25-cent fare increases to cash riders and GoMobile app customers will bring the fare due up to the Metrocard rates of $2.75 per ride, which is the current Metrocard rate per ride. Although NICE says that this measure will only affect 1% of riders, Veolia’s 2013 Rider Survey noted that 27.9% of riders use cash as a method of payment for single-use ridership; the survey also found that just under half of riders earn under $25,000 per year, which is substantially below Nassau’s per capita income of $42,400 annually. The measure will only raise revenue for to fill up part of the projected deficit, with fare increases and route cuts expected to save $4.3 million.

NICE Bus CEO Mike Setzer, while saying that cuts in service is something that no one wants to see, and that NICE is aware how vital the routes are to riders. "I hope it didn't sound as if we are saying that these bus routes don't matter because they're inefficient. They are vital to the people that do use them," Setzer said. "This is a resource problem. This is a funding problem.”
Advocates plan to speak to State officials in the near future to push for additional funding to restore cuts to service. You can read more about the cuts in Newsday, or from Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

Zipcar Comes to Downtown Farmingdale

Zipcar recently announced that two vehicles are now available for reservation by the hour or day in Farmingdale, marking the first time that the world’s leading car sharing network is making vehicles available on Long Island.

The two Zipcars are located in designated parking spots at the Farmingdale LIRR station and can be reserved quickly online, over the phone or on Zipcar’s app. “Armond”, a Honda CR-V and a “Maberly”, a Mazda 3 can be reserved as an option for those who use vehicles occasionally, as many in Farmingdale may with commuters renting apartments in close proximity to the LIRR station. Each reservation includes gas, insurance and 180 miles of driving per day, making it an affordable option for those that do utilize public transportation as their primary means to get to work.

“With Farmingdale Village becoming one of the premier examples of transit orientated development and Long Island destination spots, we feel the need for an on‐demand car sharing service like Zipcar is at a height ‐ especially near our new apartment facilities,” said Mayor Ralph Ekstrand. “Zipcar provides a sustainable and convenient alternative to car ownership. We are proud to have the first Zipcars on Long Island be right here in Farmingdale and believe it will be a home run.”

Vision Long Island joined Mayor Ralph Eckstrand of Farmingdale and Zipcar officials for the announcement and looks forward to this service being available in other downtowns.

More information is available about this service here.

Brookhaven Petitions DOT for Long Awaited Crossing at Mastics Shirley LIRR Station

Some 50,000 residents of the Mastics-Shirley area continue to cope with daily traffic delays and concerns of gridlock during an emergency due to the MTA’s refusal to allow a crossing at Hawthorne Street in Mastic over the LIRR tracks. Brookhaven Town will now be petitioning the DOT for the crossing, which was part of a Visioning plan in 2002, with multiple recommendations and studies being done in favor of the project moving forward.

The area currently has three crossings, two of them being heavily utilized by residents commuting to and from work, students taking buses to school, and for recreation to Smith Point County Park, one of the county’s most popular shoreline destinations. The crossing adjacent to the LIRR station at William Floyd parkway alone sees 52,000 vehicles cross over every day, with large amounts also at the Mastic Road crossing a mile and a half east. The proposed crossing would be constructed between the two above crossings; alleviating traffic during every day commutes, allowing emergency vehicles to bypass heavy traffic conditions on William Floyd Parkway and Montauk Highway, and providing additional access for evacuations for the peninsula directly to Montauk and Sunrise Highways in the event of emergency.

Beth Wahl, President of the Chamber of Commerce of the Mastics and Shirley and William Floyd Community Summit has been advocating for the crossing for years. "Adding an additional crossing is imperative. We are a densely populated community with only 2 major roadways, North and South. Traffic is horrible on a daily basis and if there were an emergency situation requiring evacuation, it would be impossible to actually evacuate the community."  The crossing was also a featured project in the area’s New York Rising Community Reconstruction Plan, with an estimated construction cost of $1.4 million.

The LIRR has continued to deny requests to create the crossing, saying that it has “long opposed the creation of new grade crossings for safety reasons.”  Brookhaven Town is in the process of completing the petition to the DOT to request a hearing regarding the matter. You can read more in Newsday and News12.

Nassau County IDA Approves Tax Breaks for Mineola TOD Project

The Nassau County Industrial Development Agency unanimously approved tax breaks for a planned 266-unit transit-oriented apartment Village Green complex in Mineola  recently, bringing the project a step closer towards groundbreaking. The project will create 160 construction jobs for two years and build 18 permanent jobs.

The agreement freezes property taxes for five years and then gradually increases them, for a total of $9.1 million over 20 years. Exemptions of up to $750,000 on mortgage recording tax and up to $3 million on sales tax were also approved. The 311,500 square foot project will have underground parking and ground-floor retail space, being built within walking distance to Mineola’s LIRR station as well as the NICE bus hub.  Rents will start in the mid $2000s, with 10 percent being at a reduced rate for those who earn up to 80 percent of Long Island’s medium income. The Village of Mineola recently adopted a local law that would set aside 10% of housing units built to be set aside for reduced rental prices, which now qualifies  them for incentive bonuses.

The Village will also will be considering a proposal by Mill Creek Residential for Mineola’s fourth downtown commuter apartment complex early next year.  You can read more about the recent IDA approval he re, and check out the proposed project for Village Green here.

Town of Islip and Village of Lindenhurst Take Steps to Curb Parking Issues

Two Suffolk municipalities have recently taken steps to mitigate parking issues in their areas by looking into repurposing underused properties.

The Village of Lindenhurst’s board approved an agreement with a Babylon-based company for an environmental study not to exceed $1,500 on 189 S. Wellwood­­­ Avenue to ensure that there are no environmental issues. "We want to make sure we're not buying a problem," said Village Clerk-Treasurer Shawn Cullinane. The board previously approved a $2,000 appraisal of the property. Cullinane feels that the 75 foots by 75 foot property could be a good addition to the six municipal lots and metered spots along Wellwood Avenue. The property, built in 1950, is now off the market, but was previously listed at $595,000. The Village, which has a high vacancy rate, is working on parking shortages which residents feel will help the revitalization of the downtown. The Village’s economic development committee asked a parking consultant who worked on Patchogue’s revitalization efforts for suggestions this past summer, with the consultant suggesting offering a mix of free and metered parking and raising parking fees to pay for property for additional lots.

The Town of Islip also paved the way for 30-40 public parking spots when the board unanimously approved a resolution to purchase two parcels of land at 191 Carleton Avenue for $420,000. The purchase, which Supervisor Angie Carpenter says are being purchased at “fair market value”, will help alleviate parking issues for adjacent shopping destinations, for local residents and for the Islip Ambulance Exchange, which has had severe parking issues. "The benefit is trifold," Carpenter said in a phone interview. "There's no real public parking around and this will really have a lot of public benefit." Robert Stadelman, president of Exchange Ambulance of the Islips, said with its membership growing over the past several years to about 100 volunteers currently, the existing 15-space parking lot next to its building between Adams Street West and West Madison Street is too small and gets even more crowded on training and meeting nights. "You have vehicles all over the place," Stadelman said. "Cars are all over the side streets, residential streets and understandably, our neighbors are not happy about that."

You can read more about the steps being taken in Newsday for Islip and Lindenhurst, and check the newsletter for updates.

Patchogue Looks to Incentivize Retail Occupants

While some downtowns have multiple vacancies with no prospective tenants and others with no available space and a need for further development, downtown Patchogue has a different issue to tackle; plenty of room available, potential tenants wanting to lease space, but just less of it.

Both BID executive director Dennis Smith and Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce executive director David Kennedy say that they receive several calls month inquiring about available space, but they are for smaller spaces than Patchogue’s vacant retail stock. “Usually, it’s people who want to start a business like a specialty boutique, “Kennedy said. Patchogue has multiple dining locations, which are idea for the larger spaces that are available. Bigger retailers are hesitant to move into the area, seeing Sunrise Highway as a more attractive area, and due to the lack of parking options that bigger retailers would require.

Mayor Paul Pontieri, Kennedy and Smith will be meeting in January to look at offering incentives for owners of larger spaces to subdivide their properties in order to reduce vacant space and give potential retailers a home. The owners of the former Rose Jewelers subdivided the property at 74 East Main Street to provide smaller retail space, with Kilwins occupying 1700 square feet.  The costs for subdivision included modifications to electricity heat and air conditioning lines.

Pontieri pointed out Sayville’s success in retail.  “Most of the spaces are 1,500 to 2,000 square feet, so they’re smaller and easier to rent,” he said. “Sayville’s history has always been small boutique retail. Ours has always been Swezey’s, W.T. Grant, Woolworth and J.C. Penney. We’re fighting with our history now. The only thing that seems to fill the large spaces are the restaurants.” You can read more about Patchogue thinking outside of the box here.

A Fix for Nassau’s Financial Woes

This Op-ed was written by Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran and originally appeared in Long Island Herald.

As we hobble to the end of the weeks-long, high-stakes game of chicken that has become our budget process in Nassau County, an essential question emerges — how the heck are we going to fix our very serious financial problems?

There is a long-term fix that you’ve likely read before in these pages. It’s called transit-oriented development, also known as TOD, and it’s very simple: development that combines housing, retail, business, and places to eat, drink and hang out, clustered around transit hubs, such as LIRR stations and where buses converge.

Patchogue and Farmingdale already provide great examples of TOD — and it’s no coincidence that they are two of the few places on Long Island where the number of young people is actually growing.

Other examples of forward thinking can be found in Rockville Centre and Long Beach. And large-scale, ambitious plans are in the works in Hempstead Village and Wyandanch. Right here in Baldwin, engineers have just completed a Complete Streets study for Grand Avenue, to make our main drag not only safer, but more attractive to businesses and TOD developers.

It was crystal clear to me two years ago — when I was first running for the legislature — that TOD was one way to make our region not just survive but thrive. Now, after going through two tortured budget seasons in county government, I am only more convinced that we need to get more TOD projects going — now.

Each fall, the county goes through several weeks of baroque brinksmanship — like a game of multi-dimensional chess. Take, for instance, what happened on Nov. 13, when the Nassau County Legislature, for the first time in its 20-year history, overrode a county executive’s veto. Think of it as a triple-negative — legislators killed County Executive Ed Mangano’s attempt to kill legislation that killed a 1.2 percent property tax increase from the 2016 budget.

The vote was 14-4, and I was one of the four to vote against the override. I was concerned that if the Legislature did not enact the increase, the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA), the county’s fiscal watchdog, would make good on its threat cut $6.4 million for youth services, $4.6 million for the county’s bus service, and $4.4 million to train our volunteer firefighters.

I was elected to represent my South Shore district, which depends on youth services (especially considering the growing heroin epidemic), needs a robust bus system, and relies on well-trained firefighters.

But the increase did not stand, and so 10 days later, with the clock ticking down to the Nov. 30 budget deadline, legislators on both sides of the aisle joined the administration (can you hear the chorus of angels celebrating such an event?) to increase certain fees in the county clerk’s office, thereby avoiding the drastic cuts. Of course, that wasn’t the end of it; at press time, we still awaited NIFA’s verdict.

Why am I rehashing all this? Because it is irresponsible to every year hold the youth programs, bus riders and volunteer firefighters hostage. We must make it less onerous for responsible developers to launch TOD projects. We must respectfully and convincingly counteract NIMBY negativism that would keep us clinging to aging infrastructure and bleak main streets.

Yes, Nassau’s towns, villages and cities control zoning and a lot of the planning for development. Yes, we live in a complicated patchwork of municipalities driven by party politics. That will not magically disappear. So let’s make the best of what we’ve got. The county cannot throw up its hands and say, “It’s not us!” Let’s continue to partner with the smaller municipalities, and not be afraid to work across party lines. After all, the increased tax base that will come with more housing options, a better retail climate, and a bigger “fun factor” will mean more revenue, and better services for all our residents.

Mel Harris

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Nassau County Commissioner Melvin Harris. Mr. Harris was the also a union leader, the past President of the NAACP of Hempstead and President Emeritus of the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association.

Mr. Harris was appointed in 2014 as a member of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission. "We remember Mel as a loving husband, devoted father, and a son to proud parents Nancy and Melvin," Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said in a statement. "Mel dedicated his life to serving others. From working for our great county, to advocating for individuals in various community-based organizations,"

Steve Eisman

Civic leader and prominent Long Island attorney Steve Eisman passed away recently due to complications from surgery.

Mr. Eisman was recently named president of the Nassau Bar Association, and has been named as a top attorney by New York Super lawyers every year since 2008 and by the Best Lawyers in America since 2012. Additionally, he was awarded by Long Island Business News with a Leadership in Law award in both 2012 and 2014.

“Steve Eisman was a dear friend for 30 years, a wonderful father to his children and wife and an amazing attorney who cared deeply about people and families.”  Rich Bivone, Co-Chair LI Business Council who worked closely with Mr. Eiseman in a number of endeavors. 

In addition to his numerous professional accomplishments and honors, Mr. Eisman served on the advisory board for the We Care Fund, the Nassau Bar Association’s charitable arm, as well as General Counsel for New York District Kiwanis. 

Huntington Station BID Presents the First Annual Fairground Holiday Bazaar

Holiday cheer sweeps Huntington Station with the joy and excitement surrounding the first annual "Fairground Holiday Bazaar" hosted by the Huntington Station Business Improvement District (BID) on Saturday, December 5th from 11am-7pm. 

The free event is held adjacent to the Huntington Station Public Library at 1345 New York Avenue and is walking distance from the Huntington train station. "By working together and getting our neighbors involved we have reintroduced Huntington Station as the vibrant hub that it is," President Keith Barrett said. The Huntington Station BID unanimously voted in January of this year to hire Creative Director Michael Raspantini to create and launch new initiatives for community engagement and local business development. The Fairground Bazaar, Multinational Culture Week and "BID Dollars" are three brand new BID functions rolled out this year.

The Fairground Bazaar is hosted in an outdoor heated tent featuring 15 local Long Island vendors like Kerber's Farm with delicious homemade pies and local honey, Flowerdale with fresh cut customized pine Christmas wreaths, Grace & Beauty Dog & Cat Salon with gifts for pets and of course, Santa Claus! Additional vendors include Cricket Wireless, Orrigami Owl, Dove Chocolates, Tupperware and more.

Source the Station and Renaissance Downtowns provided donations for the Fairground Bazaar and awarded local Huntington artist and Brazilian native Lucienne Pierrera the "Action Grant" to paint a community mural at the Fairground Bazaar entitled, "May Peace Prevail on Earth." The 15 ft x 7 ft mural will be painted by all persons interested in participating. "I will facilitate the painting of this mural and coordinate all people willing to participate. Everyone is invited to paint this mural together regardless of painting skills so that we can work together and add our own peace messages to the mural." Source the Station will also have a table at the Fairground Bazaar where free holiday crafts will be available for children.

The Huntington Public Library - Station Annex will be hosting holiday story-time readings for children in conjunction with the Fairground Bazaar. After families see Santa, they will be invited to the library next door for more fun. Librarian and Huntington Station BID Board Member Mary Kelly coordinated additional support from the library for this happening. Santa Claus will be seeing children from 12p-4p inside the Bazaar tent. "This year the Huntington Station BID has hosted more events, raised more money and accomplished more than it has in years past." BID Vice President and longtime community activist Dolores Thompson said.

You can check out information for the event here.

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.

Events will take place 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5 and 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6 in Port Jefferson. You can read Newsday's full run down of events taking place this weekend here.

Please contact Jill Russell at 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

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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

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140 Merrick Road, Amityville
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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
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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
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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

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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.

More Information on Smart Growth Summit Coming Soon!

Vison Long Island has been hard at work writing up a full report of the 2015 Smart Growth Summit that took place on November 20th. Stay tuned to your email for the soon to come full details on the 1000+ elected officials, stakeholders, and motivated people who came out to discuss the future of Smart Growth, downtowns, and infrastructure on Long Island!

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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