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Dec. 1-5, 2014

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"Grandpa, its cool here. There are old-fashioned stores, places to eat, neat things to do and you can walk around." Julian, grandson of Vision Long Island board member Richard Koubek, on a visit to downtown Northport

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MTA Reinvention Commission Recommendations Released

Just days before Americans sat down to a large Thanksgiving dinner, a panel of experts unveiled a feast of ideas to improve transportation in the northeast for a century.

The MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission is a panel of 24 experts assembled at the suggestion of Governor Andrew Cuomo to improve the regional transportation network. They released a report on Nov. 25 that called for a more resilient system, better cooperation between agencies and contributions from all who benefit from the MTA’s services.

Tri-State Transportation Campaign Executive Director and Vision Long Island board member Veronica Vanterpool was one of 24 on the panel, which was co-chaired by former U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and former FAA Administrator Jane Garvey.

And after months, the commission’s report recommends seven strategies to the make the MTA more successful. According to the experts, the MTA must: reengineer its way of doing business by becoming more efficient, transparent, and accountable to the public; accelerate and sustain core capital investment to bring its infrastructure into a state of good repair in order to maximize safety, reliability and resiliency; create a 21st-century customer experience to provide all customers an information-rich, reliable and easy-to-use service; aggressively expand the capacity of the existing system both to alleviate constraints and to meet the needs of growing ridership; make investments designed to serve existing and emerging population and employment centers not well served by the existing system; forge partnerships with local, state and federal economic development and planning partners, the private sector and other transit agencies; and have a balanced, stable and reliable long-term funding plan that includes dedicated revenues and contributions from all who benefit from MTA services, directly or indirectly.

“New York will never have a world-class transit system unless the MTA reinvents itself and the public invests in it. A robust transportation network is essential to the region, but its past achievements do not make future success inevitable. Our work shows that the MTA can meet the array of challenges it faces, but doing so will require careful stewardship, creative thinking and heightened investment to ensure it can continue to be the engine that drives New York,” LaHood said.

Improving partnerships with other transit agencies was a major focus of the report. The panel urged the MTA to prioritize a new fare system with other systems like NICE Bus, PATH trains and NJ Transit easier. They also recommended improving access between transit systems and limiting the number of transfers when traveling from one part of the region to another.

Their suggestions also back more Transit-Oriented Developments (TOD), with transit systems supporting this future housing. The report calls for the MTA to showcase TOD with improvements in service and Cuomo to prioritize TOD in his next round of Regional Economic Development Council grants.

However, the commission also found the MTA’s current funding sources of tolls, fares, taxes and subsidies would be “inadequate” to address the commission’s recommendations. New funding sources, , including congestion pricing on motorists and opening financing for major projects from private sources, would have to be investigated and calls on everyone who benefits from the MTA to contribute. But the experts did not identify specific sources of revenue and this comes in the wake of a proposed $32 million five-year capital spending plan with a $15.2 million gap from the MTA in September. The reinvention commission was expected to help craft the capital plan before it was submitted to the state legislature this fall.

Visit the Wall Street Journal for media coverage of the report; the MTA’s website or Tri-State’s blog for more on the report itself; and our June 27 issue for more on the MTA Transportation Reinvention Commission.

Grid Announces $700 Mil Natural Gas Investment

A proposed natural gas infrastructure investment should get a ruling from state officials in upcoming weeks.

Natural Grid filed a three-year, $700 million investment plan to the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) in June. National Grid said they anticipate the PSC decision by January, if not sooner. According to the petition submitted with the PSC, National Grid is seeking permission to defer costs associated with the capital expenses. No date has formally been announced by the PSC, although it could be heard at their Dec. 11 session next week.

"As the natural gas provider on Long Island, National Grid has a longstanding commitment to the communities and customers we serve. This investment plan will enable National Grid to continue to provide safe and reliable service to our gas customers in the most economical and environmentally friendly way, while supporting the growth and vitality of Long Island," National Grid New York President Ken Daly said.

According to a National Grid fact sheet, the plan calls for KeySpan Energy Delivery Long Island (KEDLI) to invest in gas main replacements, gas connections, and storm hardening. KEDLI became a subsidiary of National Grid when the UK-based company acquired KeySpan Corporation in 2006.

National Grid’s bill has two parts: the supply charge and a delivery charge. The supply charge is the cost of the commodity which fluctuates with the market price of gas and the company said this charge is a pass-through without mark up. The delivery side, which has not increased since 2008, is National Grid’s cost to operate and maintain the distribution system and fluctuates with usage. National Grid currently spends $140 million annually on maintenance operation actually exceeds revenues.

If the PSC approves the full proposal, National Grid would spend $225-$250 million annually for three years. Specific projects have yet to be identified, although more than 250 miles of gas lines, 180 miles of new gas main and 570,000 storm-resilient automated meters would be installed, according to the fact sheet. National Grid said approval of this proposal will allow it to accelerate its existing leak-prone pipe program, replacing cast iron and unprotected steel pipe with plastic.

The investment would also allow the company to increase natural gas service to 33,000 new customers. Homeowners are still signing up despite falling oil prices. The company currently averages hooking up 10,000 new homes annually. National Grid has 570,000 natural gas customers, according to the fact sheet, along with 7,892 miles of distribution gas pipeline.

New York City partially supported National Grid’s proposal in a formal comment back in August. They agreed investments are necessary to provide reliable and resilient service. However, they also had concern about National Grid’s ability to defer $700 million and not file a rate case since 2006 – it was adopted in 2007. City officials requested PSC temporarily grant the utility the right to defer only for two years and require a rate case within a year to properly handle future expenses and delivery rates.

Check out the full copy of National Grid’s petition here.

Shopping On Small Business Saturday Across LI

The holiday season has begun again, and downtown Long Island is embracing their patrons

American Express’ Small Business Saturday was a popular draw over the Thanksgiving weekend, although local businesses prepared to offer sales and entertainment for customers throughout the holiday season.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and Legislator William “Doc” Spencer (D-Centerport) joined Northport Deputy Mayor Henry Tobin, Northport Chamber of Commerce Secretary Dorothy Walsh and Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander tour the Village of Northport on Saturday.

“With so many shoppers excited for the bargains found on Black Friday, initiatives like Small Business Saturday give our local businesses a chance to compete against big-box stores during one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year,” Spencer said.

The traveling contingent met Holly Levis, owner of Petport; Tim Hess, owner of Tim's Shipwreck Diner; Carlene Afetian, owner of Veronica Rayne Boutique; Kathy Kitts, owner of Artisan House; Northport Hardware Co.'s Bill Reichert, who was gearing up for Friday’s Annual Leg Lamp Lighting; Jones Drug Store staff; and Ruth Koroglian, of Cow Harbor Fine Gifts and Collectibles.

Bellone also visited Value Drugs, Community Pet Shop and Spa Adriana in Huntington village; Sea Creations, the East End Shirt Company, the Dusty Attic Shop and Earring Tabu with Legislator Kara Hahn (D-Setauket) in Port Jefferson; and Shock & Baby Shock, Lynne’s Cards & Gifts, Lynn Stroller Collection and Good Westhampton with Legislator Jay Schneiderman (D- in Montauk) Westhampton on Saturday.

“This past Saturday, I took the opportunity to support Small Business Saturday throughout Suffolk County. I had the distinct honor to travel to some of our downtowns and meet with store owners and proprietors as well as begin my holiday shopping. The small business community and business in general serves as the back bone of Suffolk County’s economic future. The county is committed to continuing to support small businesses through our economic development initiatives and programs," Bellone said.

Small Business Saturday events were also held in: the Village of Westbury with a flea market and scavenger hunt; Village of Farmingdale with the grand opening of a boutique; the Village of Lynbrook; Huntington village with a street fair.

But as Greater Patchogue of Chamber of Commerce Executive David Kennedy said last month, Small Business Saturday is just the beginning.

“[It] is not the end-all, be-all. It’s what you do after,” he said.

For more on our previous Small Business Saturday coverage, visit our Nov. 14 newsletter.

Protestors Rally Outside LI Walmarts On Black Friday

While many were sitting around a table with family, finishing off a slice of pie or second helping of Thanksgiving turkey, a growing number of Americans employed by corporate retailers were forced to come into work on Thursday.

Come the morning of Black Friday, Long Island Jobs With Justice rallied outside the East Meadow Walmart. Protests were reportedly held outside 1,600 branches of the chain nationwide.

Executive Director Anita Halasz said her organization was rallying as a sign of support for Walmart employees. Corporate is forcing them to work for meager pay, she added, while retaliating against associates who challenge them.

“We know they can’t be with their families. We know they’re barely making a living,” Halasz said.

About 20 protestors stood on the sidewalk outside, holding signs and chanting at traffic on Hempstead Turnpike. The event organizer, a former Walmart employee, intended on holding a mock funeral procession in the store; Walmart contacted Nassau County Police when the group was still assembling in the parking lot.

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander was present at the East Meadow protest.

Another group of protestors stood outside the Centereach Walmart with food, clothing and toys on a table. As they criticized the company’s compensation packages, they offered free goods to the needy.

Walmart is the most profitable corporation in the country with 1.4 million employees generating $16 million in profit last year. The company has come under fire for destroying downtowns, underpaying employees and illegally withholding overtime pay.

The corporate giant tried to open a new store in East Patchogue, but was denied by the Town of Brookhaven’s Planning Board in August. The proposed 98,000 sq. ft. Walmart and 900 sq. ft. office building on the corner of Hospital Road and Sunrise Highway’s North Service Road was denied due to traffic concerns and plans to remove a sidewalk for a turning lane.

Town officials confirmed Walmart could amend their site plan and refile, but they found very limited public support for the project. Many area residents and chambers of commerce actively opposed the proposal.

In addition, Rocky Point business owners and civics turned back a Walmart proposal in recent years. Vision Long Island opposed both Long Island applications.

Learn more about the Black Friday protests in Newsday or News 12 (subscription required).

Positive Feedback For Valley Stream Mixed-Use Project

Public comments were accepted by the Valley Stream Village Board this week about a proposed mixed-use development.

Applicant Kay Development Group of Manhattan would need a zoning change to build 36 two-bedroom apartments on the site.

As proposed, the Promenade would be located on North Central Avenue and house a 4,400 square-feet of retail on the ground floor and apartments on four stories above. If approved, it would occupy 11,350 square-feet, including an empty lot where the former Party Boutique closed after a fire in February; the developer has since purchased the property.

An attorney for the developer previously described the board as a luxury development with amenities like balconies with plantings, a lounge, gym and laundry room on each floor and a 5,000-square-foot roof garden. The building would also feature around-the-clock valet parking and an attended lobby, which Sullivan said would make the location safer for residents.

The development would also include 20 underground parking spaces and be within walking distance of the LIRR station.

The developer’s legal counsel also said Kay Development founder Bill Kefalas is a Valley Stream resident who has operated in the village for the past two decades.

According to published reports, Village Board assistant Vinny Ang said the Promenade would move Valley Stream in a positive direction. “You have to build high-density housing in your downtown areas,” Ang said, also citing Patchogue as an example of such success.

The board is slated to vote on recommending the zoning change to allow the mixed-use development on Dec. 15. If approved, the project’s next step would be a meeting with the Zoning Board of Appeals.

For more on this story, check out Herald Community Newspapers.

Promotion For Acting North Hempstead Building Boss

Don’t expect much change in the North Hempstead Building Department.

Acting Deputy Building Commissioner John Niewender was formally appointed as the town’s new building commissioner last week. The promotion takes effect Dec. 10.

“The town’s Building Department requires the leadership of a knowledgeable and dedicated Commissioner who is well-respected in his field and that person is John Niewender,” Supervisor Judi Bosworth said.  “John has been working so diligently to implement my administration’s goal of providing exemplary customer service to the residents and professional contractors who use our services.”

Niewender has almost 11 years with the department. He’s handled a variety of duties since coming on board in 2004, including building safety inspection and illegal housing investigation. In his new role, the commissioner will be responsible for overseeing the administration of state and town codes.

“I am appreciative of Supervisor Bosworth’s confidence in me to direct the Building Department and its 45 employees,” he said. “I am looking forward to continuing to improve service and efficiency as we serve the residents of North Hempstead.”

He replaces Acting Commissioner Michael Levine.

The department had been the subject of a scandal, with four indicted in 2008 for accepting bribes. For more on the allegations and Niewender’s appointment, read this piece in The Island Now.

Find A Beautiful Holiday Gift Made By Local Artists

Shop locally this holiday season.

Check out the Holiday Gift Boutique at the East End Arts Gallery for a variety of unique and artsy gifts. The shop opens for business from Nov. 15 through Dec. 23 with hours every day except Monday.

Peruse handmade ornaments, one-of-a-kind jewelry, unique home goods and more. Every piece of product is made by more than 38 local artists.

East End Arts members receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases.

For more information about the Holiday Gift Boutique, check them out online.

Step Into A Charles Dickens-Era Port Jefferson

In early December, the streets of Port Jefferson transform into something special.

When the 19th annual Charles Dickens Festival takes place Dec. 5-7, characters like Father Christmas, Scrooge, the Town Crier and the Dickens Mayor will wander about. East Main Street will become Dickens Alley and the live music on traditional instruments will return in Fezziwig's Ball.  An impressive model train display will be featured in Harbor Square Mall and, special readings by Mother Goose will take place at the Port Jefferson free library. Horse and carriage rides and the new Port Jeff Jitney bus will help transport visitors to the various venues throughout the village for the entire weekend.

Theater Three’s Jeffrey Sanzel has been named the honoree of the 19th Annual Charles Dickens Festival.  His accomplishments will be recognized at the Opening Ceremony and before the Christmas Carol production the evening of Dec. 5 at the theater.

Building on the renowned festival, the Port Jefferson-Northern Brookhaven Arts Council will join the Village of Port Jefferson for a Festival of Trees event with a theme from the film “Frozen” deputing on Friday night. Children will be able to decorate their own Gingerbread houses and cookies.

Ice skating will also return at Village Center, with performances by musicians, a cappella groups and magicians. Santa Claus and his elves will be working in Santa’s Workshop on Nov. 30, Dec. 6-7, Dec. 13 and Dec. 20.

The event is open to the public and most attractions are free. Visit the event’s website for a full schedule of the Dickens Festival.

Meanwhile, the Victorian Walking Lanternlight House Tour will return on the evening of Dec. 6 from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Tickets for the tour are $25. The tour, plus ‘Seasonal Cheer Gathering’ is $45, which starts gathering at Oldfields Restaurant at 3:30 p.m. Call the chamber at 631-473-1414 for tickets.

Rockville Tudor Apartments Celebrating 85 Years

The Rockville Tudor was one of the first four-story apartment buildings on Long Island, and definitely the first in the Village of Rockville Centre.

And on Dec. 12, Village officials will celebrate the building’s 85th anniversary. The anniversary and proclamation event begins at 1 p.m. with an address by Mayor Francis Murray before an historical presentation and open house.

Throughout its 85-year history, the Rockville Tudor has been home to prominent individuals and events, including World War II command and operations.

The Rockville Tudor Corporation embarked on a full scale capital improvement plan to preserve and restore the historic integrity of the building for all shareholders and the village, including the replacement of the roof and windows, restoration of the Tudor facade and, installation of new stained glass windows. They finished the $1.5 million in improvements with lobby enhancements and furniture that captures the historic period significance.

For more on the Rockville Tudor, check them out online.

Get Building With Gingerbread For 2nd Annual LI Contest

Check the calendar, Christmas is 20 days away. That’s less than three weeks away.

Now is the time to sign up for Chocolate Duck’s 2nd annual Long Island Gingerbread House Competition. The Farmingdale-based cake-supply store is hosting the contest on Dec. 13 in the store.

Any gingerbread structure is eligible, not just houses, but it should be inspired by the Gold Coast Era.

Private judging will take place in the morning, with the show opened to the public at noon. Winners can compete for cash prizes, a 32-inch flat screen television and gift certificates.

Registration is open from now until Nov. 25. Adults will be charged a $25 fee and youths 17 and under will be charged a $5 fee. Registration forms can be found on the store’s website or the Village of Farmingdale’s website. For more information, contact Christine Bisbee via email.

EPA Opens $3.75 Mil Grants To Protect Freshwater

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now accepting proposals to fund freshwater protection projects.

The Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant is used to accelerate and expand the strategic protection of healthy freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds across the country. The EPA expects to issue a cooperative agreement to fund a single grantee to manage the Healthy Watersheds Consortium grant program and issue subawards on a competitive basis.

Applicants can be nonprofit organizations, non-governmental organizations, interstate agencies and inter-tribal consortia which are capable of undertaking activities that advance healthy watershed programs on a national basis.

Eligible entities for the subawards include public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, states, local governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies. Anticipated federal funding under the competition is approximately $3.75 million over six years.

Proposals are due Jan. 5. For more information about the RFP and this grant, visit the EPA online.

Save Even More On Solar Photovoltaic Installations

Homeowners having solar panels placed on their roof can trim a few bucks off the bill, as well as their carbon footprint.

Public benefit corporation NYSERDA is offering incentives for solar photovoltaic systems at residential and small commercial across the state through their NY-Sun Incentive program.

Kicking in Aug. 13, the program provides rebates for up to 24 kilowatts at homes and 200 kilowatts on small commercial sites. Incentives are distributed via a Megawatt (MW) Block incentive structure that allocates MWs to specific regions of the State.

Systems may also qualify for tax credits: up to 30 percent of the system cost for federal and 25 percent of the system cost (up to $5,000 for a primary residence) for New York State.

Check out NY-Sun Incentive for more on this assistance.

NYSERDA also offers financing through Green Jobs – Green New York.

Residential customers can acquire loans up to $13,000, or $25,000 with higher cost-effectiveness standards, over 5, 10 or 15 years. The current interest rate is 3.49 percent.

Small businesses with 100 employees or less and not-for-profit organizations, can borrow up to $100,000 at half the market interest rate and On-Bill Recovery loans of up to $50,000 at 3 percent interest over 10 years.

Find a contractor on NYSERDA’s website to get started.

Help Wanted

Grants Specialist Opening With Glen Cove CDA

Know how to get grant money from the government and want to support a Long Island downtown? The Glen Cove Community Development Agency is looking for a grants management specialist.

The perfect applicant will have knowledge of state and federal grants including researching, managing and coordinating grants, writing applications, grant project management and contract and/or cooperative agreement administration. Projects may include transportation, transit, public works, planning and environmental. Following awards, this person will monitor all phases of award through closing, including assessment of technical progress, report submissions, vouchering and performance.

This position requires knowledge and skill in applying evaluative techniques to the identification and resolution of grants administration issues and knowledge of laws, regulations, procedures, agency policy, and other requirements that affect grant program administration.
A college degree and two years experience are required. The ideal candidate must also be computer literate, capable of overseeing multiple projects, able to work independently and attend meetings.

Applicants should email the CDA with a cover letter and resume.

League of Conservation Voters Seeking Comm. Director

The New York League of Conservation Voters is searching for a new director of communications to share their message.

Reporting to the president, this person will set and guide the strategy for all communications, website, membership and public relations messages and collateral to consistently articulate our mission of electing for the environment. The communications director will ensure NYLCV has a highly-visible public profile and is seen a major force in electoral politics and advocacy at the municipal, state and federal levels.

Applicants should visit NYLCV online for more information.

Nassau Conservation District Needs Intern For Film

Join the Nassau County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) and make a difference on Long Island.

The SWCD is looking for an intern to support the production of an educational film on stormwater and green infrastructure.

This 10-week, unpaid internship is a great opportunity to learn principles of natural resources conservation and to gain experience in a professional office and field setting.

This intern will be responsible for assisting with the film, handling video footage, developing scripts, obtaining film permits and consent release forms, public outreach and implementation of natural resources programs. They must have a valid driver’s license and be a high school graduate.

Applicants should email the SWCD a resume and cover letter.

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 on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Who-Ville Bar and Grille

339 Broadway, Bethpage
Tickets and more information available on Facebook


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

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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:
New York Chinese Chorus - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 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


The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury
David Bromberg Quartet - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here




140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Breakage Rising, Terra Stigma, Year of the Locust, Halo to Havoc and Eterinity Fallen - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Blackbird featuring Gia Farrell, In Development, The Skyward Effect and Above Skylight - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4 p.m.
Judas Priestess, Live After Death and Demon Racer - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m.
Rock N Ink - Sunday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
No shows scheduled this weekend.
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
Guest Rental: Our Fabulous Variety Show presents A Spectacular Christmas Carol - Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 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
The Paramount Comedy Series Presents: Dennis Miller - Friday, Dec. 5 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
A Christmas Story - The Musical - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 7 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Frosty - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 10:30 a.m.
Tickets and more information available here


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
The LPs and Decadia - Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Big Eyed Phish with special guest Hypnosmoothie - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Clara's Dream, The Nutcracker - Friday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
45 RPM with guest DRIVE - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 10 p.m.
Tantric - Sunday, Dec. 7 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
A Christmas Carol - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7 at 3 and 7 p.m.
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 p.m.
Barnaby Saves Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.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
Sinatra's Birthday Celebration: Big Band Wine and Swing - Friday, Dec. 5 at 8 p.m.
Riverhead Santacon - Saturday, Dec. 6 at 3 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
No shows scheduled this weekend.
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Hamptons Take 2 Documentary Film Festival - Thursday, Dec. 4 through Sunday, Dec. 7
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.

Building NYC's Own 'Treasure Island'

Once a launching point for ocean liners, Manhattan's Pier 54 is sinking into the Hudson River. But an over-the-top island of open space and performance venues could come to life. British designer Thomas Heatherwick is designing a 10,000 square foot Pier 55, also known as Treasure Island, on the west side of the city. With media mogul Barry Diller and fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg committing $113 million of the $130 million price tag, plans call for a 700-seat, open-air ampitheater and no shortage of parkland atop 300 mushroom-shaped concrete supports. Construction is slated to begin 2016, with the park expected to open in 2019.

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