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December 9 - December 15, 2013


Nassau Council Of Chambers Of Commerce

The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce is an umbrella organization acting as a spokesperson for over 40 chambers of commerce in Nassau County. Long Island is home to over 90,000 businesses grossing over $100 billion a year. The vast majority of these businesses employ 50 people or less. Small business clearly is the foundation of the region's economy.

Because small businesses have excellent pathways into the community, they work closely with various chambers of commerce in Nassau County. We appreciate the continued support we receive from individual chambers of commerce.

The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce's mission statement is: To address legislative issues that may impact the businesses of Nassau County. Prioritize and pursue those issues at the appropriate level of government using various forms of media and lobbying.

"It's a competition we have 10 regions in the state and they compete. The best plans win," Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Gov. Cuomo Awards $83 Mil In Economic Development For LI Projects

Wednesday was a red letter day for Long Island, who received the largest piece of $716 million in New York State economic development funds.

Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed that 98 Long Island projects received grants, tax credits and other funding totaling $83 million – the single most of all 10 regional economic development committees in the state. Appointed by the governor, each committee fights for state funding for project designed to create jobs.

"It's a competition we have 10 regions in the state and they compete. The best plans win," Cuomo said.

Over the years, Vision Long Island has supported at least a dozen of these projects. These 12 alone received $10 million in funding.

The Glen Cove Waterfront project received the lion’s share, pulling in $2.5 million in grants for elevating the road, upgrading utilities, adding enhance drainage systems and installing ADA-compliant sidewalks. Once the contaminated home of industrial factories and a marina, the City of Glen Cove partnered with RXR Realty in 2007 to design a mixed-use future for the Superfund site.

The 52-acre site will now include a luxury hotel, a spa, 860 residential units, 50,000 square feet of office space, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 85 new boat slips and nearly 20 acres of accessible public open space. The redevelopment also includes the Glen Cover Ferry Terminal and Boat Basin. Groundbreaking began in 2010, with construction of the 2,700 square foot terminal building underway. The ferry is expected to save 48,000 vehicle miles daily by carrying 1,600 passengers every business day. It will also be available for recreational trips.

Another million went to another project in Glen Cove, the Piazza. The $60 million project is designed to revitalize the Village Square and add energy downtown with 142 multifamily residential apartments and 27,000 square feet of retail space across four five-story buildings. A 12,000 square foot decorative brick plaza is at the heart of the project. Applicant GCVS received $1 million for construction, expected to end in 2014.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s Connect Long Island project also received a large piece of state funding. Cuomo allocated $1.5 million to the county’s Department of Economic Development and Planning for creation of a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) corridor along 17.2 miles of road. This includes retrofitting six buses, buying two new hybrid buses and creating BRT stations. The BRT system could run north-south along Route 110, Sagtikos Parkway and Nicolls Road with existing east-west railways. Bellone was accepting proposals to begin a study back in March.

Suffolk County also received $1 million for sewers in Kings Park. The Department of Public Works is working with the Town of Smithtown on a $22 million sewer expansion into downtown Kings Park. The 110-acre Kings Park Central Business District has 140 lots and is adjacent to the LIRR station. While there’s no shortage of discussion on the project, neither a construction date nor complete sources of funding have been identified yet.

Another $1.34 million for sewers was award to the Town of Riverhead Community Development Agency. Those funds will help defray the $20 million cost of upgrading the sewage treatment plant at Calverton Enterprise Park. The upgrade from secondary to tertiary treatment is expected to prove economic development and environmental benefits. Riverhead officials are currently seeking additional funding, including private investors and $6 million from the state DEC.

Back in the Town of Babylon, two projects in Wyandanch received state funding. The Town’s Wyandanch Rising project was awarded $1 million to build an ice rink adjacent to the LIRR station and two pedestrian bridges at nearby Geiger Park. This is a small part of a $500 million public/private redevelopment including new mixed-use development. Groundbreaking happened over the summer.

The other Wyandanch project is a proposed STEaM Center. The Suffolk County Office of Film and Cultural Affairs secured a $100,000 grant to explore development of a center that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math. If constructed, the STEaM Center would assist Suffolk County in revitalizing Wyandanch and could broadly create new industries and job opportunities.

Two other projects in Suffolk County were awarded state funding from Cuomo. The governor allocated $500,000 to the Town of Babylon to perform a redevelopment study for a mixed-use application at the intersection of Route 110 and Conklin Street. The area is adjacent to Republic Airport and the most dense employment corridor on Long Island.

The Town of Babylon also received $200,000 to develop a conceptual site plan, a regulating plan, and will adopt a form-based code to guide the redevelopment of approximately 136 acres in East Farmingdale. This project is intended to attract businesses that are economically viable and sustainable, while stabilizing the existing residential neighborhood through a well-managed and constructed mixed-use development that provides much needed amenities to the community.

Across the border, Nassau County received $500,000 for parking on the 77-acre Nassau Hub property. The state funding will go towards a feasibility and economic analysis study for a potential shared parking structure. The project is designed to maximize economic development in the area. Developer Bruce Ratner, who signed a lease with Nassau County to upgrade the Nassau Coliseum in August, made waves last week when he said the Hub isn’t suitable for housing, offices, retail and technology companies.

Nassau County also received a $200,000 grant to plan, design and being construction on the Long Island Parks and Preserve Access Improvement Project. This will create a set of pathways for residents and tourists to walk, bike and ride from the Long Island Sound to the Great South Bay and Jones Beach.

Cuomo also allocated $250,000 for bulkhead replacement in the Village of Freeport. Those state funds will help cover the cost of replacing 1,065 square feet of bulkhead at Waterfront Park. The chromate copper arsenate-treated timber bulkhead is degrading, allowing soil erosion and causing unsafe conditions that force the restriction of public access and recreational fishing at the waterfront section of the park.

For more about the grants, check out the state’s announcement and this Newsday story (subscription required).

No Deal In Ruland Road Apartments, Trial To Begin In February

The NAACP and Town of Huntington are headed back to court after negotiations again failed.

Both parties participated in a conference call over proposed Ruland Road development on Thursday, with the judge setting a February trial date.

The issue began in 2002 when NAACP and Fair Housing in Huntington sued the Town of Huntington for discrimination about another Half Hollow Hills development. They added the 8.1-acre Ruland Road property in 2004, which had been zoned for one-bedroom use.

Huntington’s Planning Board approved the Sanctuary at Ruland Road in 2010. That same year, a judge dismissed part of the 2004 lawsuit and allowed the development to go through. Both the NAACP and Fair Housing sued again in 2011, although Fair Housing is no longer part of the case.

After the Melville Chamber of Commerce, NAACP and others rallied at Town Hall last week, Supervisor Frank Petrone and his town board discussed the property and an alternative development offered in the lawsuit – Ruland Knolls. The 117-apartment complex would have 77 one-bedroom units, 34 two-bedroom units and six three-bedroom units.

Vision Long Island spoke in favor of the Ruland Knolls project, which would be built by developer D&F Development Group. A copy of that testimony is available here.

The board, however, opted to go with continued negotiations instead of accepting the settlement. Councilwoman Susan Berland has been the most vocal opponent on the board, advocating only for owned one-bedroom units.

But when the NAACP met on Thursday night, Huntington Township Housing Coalition President Richard Koubek said 28 leaders agreed to escalate the case.

“They are hell-bent on returning to court,” Koubek said.

NAACP Huntington chapter Vice President Ulysses Spicer did not return requests for comment.

Philip Ingerman, the Town of Huntington’s director of Intergovernmental Affairs, confirmed a February trial.

Going to court makes no sense and will ultimately cost the taxpayers, said Mike DeLuise. The president of the Melville Chamber of Commerce added that he’s failed to see any argument against having rentals, other than narrow-minded xenophobia.

“At the end of this, there’s no good reason to discriminate against families and minorities,” DeLuise said.

Meanwhile, Koubek said the NAACP seems content with court.

“Right now they want rentals and they don’t want to compromise on that. If the town comes back with some interesting rental compromise…” he added.

For more coverage of this story, check out Newsday (subscription required).

Nominations Open For Huntington Chamber’s 30 Under 30 Awards

Know an up-and-comer here on the island?

The Huntington Townships Chamber of Commerce is looking for the next generation of leaders in business, government and nonprofits.

Nominations are now being accepted for the sixth annual Celebrate Long Island’s Young Professionals awards. The award celebrates the achievements of 30 professionals under the age of 30 who have an impact in their fields and the well-being of their communities.

Winners are selected by a panel of judges, who consider professional and educational achievements, as well as involvement in community activities, nonprofits and volunteerism. Applications will be narrowed down to a field of finalists from whom the final award winners will be chosen.

Winners will be announced at the Young Professionals Committee Business Blender on March 6, 2014. Winners will be formally recognized by the Chamber during a reception on May 6, 2014 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Family, friends and colleagues are invited to toast the award winners.

“Every year we are inspired by the quality of the nominees from across Long island, and every year the competition gets stiffer,” said Robert Bontempi, Huntington Chamber co-chairman. “We are looking forward to reviewing this year’s crop of nominees, and to publicly recognizing their achievements.”
Nomination forms are available online at, or by calling Courtney Bynoe at 631-423-6100. All nominations must be submitted by Dec. 31.

Incorporated in 1925 the Huntington Township Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of business, industry, financial service, not-for-profit and other professionals of the greater Huntington region. Its mission is the promotion of business, economic development and job creation through the coordinated effort of its membership.

Housing Nonprofit Opens Door To New Website

A well-established housing agency helping New Yorkers find a place to call home is unveiling a new home of their own.

Concern for Independent Living went live with their new website on Monday.

Concern officials said the new system lets them upload content faster than ever, getting information and news to their subscribers even quicker. The new website also links to their new social media pages.

Concern is a nonprofit housing agency that helps those with low income or disabilities live in the community with dignity. Their options range from fully-staffed community residences in Suffolk County to mixed-use apartments in Brooklyn.

One of the largest housing agencies in New York, Concern serves approximately 850 individuals and families in more than 220 locations. They’ve been in business for 40 years, winning awards over the years, including a Smart Growth Award from Vision Long Island.

Visit Concern for Independent Living’s new website here, and find them on Facebook.

Schumer Criticizes EPA’s New Fire Hydrant Regulations

A federal mandate could flush away hundreds of thousands from Long Islanders’ wallets.

Senator Chuck Schumer publicly called out the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Monday for requiring municipalities to throw away brand new fire hydrants due to lead concerns.

Speaking at the Garden City Park Water District, Schumer said the EPA re-interpreted the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act of 2011 this fall that subjects fire hydrants to new, reduced lead standards. The law focuses on supplies of drinking water. Surprised municipalities said hundreds of hydrants – priced at more than $1,000 each – are sitting in stock across the state awaiting installation.

“The EPA simply must grant a waiver for existing fire hydrants so that Long Island cities, towns and municipalities can use what’s in their inventory, and provide a transition period for municipalities, hydrant manufacturers and others to prepare for these new rules,” Israel said.

Joined by Long Island Water Conference (LIWC) Chairman Michael Boufis (Bethpage Water District), LIWC 1st Vice-Chairman Michael Levy (Garden City Park Water District), Suffolk County Water Authority Chairman James Gaughran and superintendents from various Long Island water districts, the senator criticized the new interpretation. When the law was being written, he said, Congress did not intend for hydrants to be included in the reduced-lead drinking water standards. Bath tub and shower parts are already exempt. He added that lead poisoning via drinking water typically occurs from long-term exposure, e.g. drinking from the same kitchen faucet for years.

Cities, towns and municipalities across Long Island should be permitted to use up their existing hydrant supply, Schumer said, and given a transition period so they can work with manufactures and fire departments to correctly replace hydrants damaged after Jan. 4, 2014.

Schumer said the EPA decision will sap coffers for both Long Island counties. The Suffolk County Water Authority would lose $450,000 in stock and even more in ratepayer money to buy new hydrants that comply with EPA standards, while Nassau has hundreds of municipalities that will have to discard thousands in hydrants they already own.
Manufacturers, Schumer added, are worried about a lack of time to create new models that comply with the new safety and efficiency standards. New Hyde Park-based Pollard Water creates fire hydrants and would likely lose hundreds of thousands in stock.

If the EPA does not exempt the existing fire hydrant stock from these new guidelines, Schumer said on Monday that he would consider legislation to force the issue.

“If the EPA can’t do this voluntarily – and soon – then I will push the Senate to pass bipartisan legislation, which has already passed the House, to add fire hydrants to the list of devices that are already exempt from these reduced lead standards.”

The senator released a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy asking for an exemption and transition period. He also said they should allowing current hydrant manufacturers to ensure they can produce hydrants and parts that will both function properly and meet these new regulations in adequate quantities to ensure public safety.

Feds Embrace Pedestrian-Friendly Street Design Guide

This article was written by Robert Steuteville for New Urban News.

Last month, the Federal Highways Administration released a memorandum officially endorsing Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)/Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) manual Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach. The manual will serve as a complement to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials' (AASHTO) “Green Book” in transportation planning nationwide.

From the FHWA memo:

“This memorandum expresses the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) support for taking a flexible approach to bicycle and pedestrian facility design. The AASHTO bicycle and pedestrian design guides are the primary national resources for planning, designing, and operating bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Urban Bikeway Design Guide and the ITE Designing Urban Walkable Thoroughfares guide builds upon the flexibilities provided in the AASHTO guides, which can help communities plan and design safe and convenient facilities for pedestrian and bicyclists. FHWA supports the use of these resources to further develop nonmotorized transportation networks, particularly in urban areas.”  (

“FHWA’s statement puts the ITE Street Guide front and center on every traffic engineer’s desk,” said CNU’s John Norquist of the monumental announcement. “This is exactly what we hoped would happen.” This endorsement bolsters CNU’s call for “context sensitive solutions” in transportation matters and builds flexibility into transportation planning that will help to further promote livable communities that are compact, pedestrian-scaled, and open to all modes of transportation.

Vision Long Island has been active in promoting this manual and many of our consultants helped draft the document.

“This manual is a result of years of research by CNU and ITE,” Executive Director Eric Alexander said.

CNU Boss Norquist Stepping Down After A Decade In Office

Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is looking for a new voice to rally the troops.

Former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist has confirmed he will resign as CNU president after the 22nd annual Congress in Buffalo this summer.

"After working full time for more than 40 years, I look forward to having time to write and teach," Norquist said.

Beginning his term in early 2004, Norquist led the organization in promoting walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions for a decade. His career spanned the boom and bust of the housing industry, and was critical to maintaining and strengthening the organization.

The outgoing president helped nurture a partnership with the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), resulting in a new standard for street design that serves the needs of everyone. Recently anointed by the Federal Highway Administration as a go-to guide for urban street design, Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context Sensitive Approach is on its way to becoming an industry standard.

He also initiated the establishment of CNU chapters in America and Canada, and built partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations that helped CNU grow to more than 2,500 members.

"One of John's great contributions has been to bring together people of all political stripes to understand that walkable communities are good for everyone," said Ellen Dunham-Jones, chair of CNU's Board of Directors. "He has put the organization's emphasis from being theoretical to action-oriented, advocating on behalf of CNU's great initiatives like urban highway removal, design for healthy neighborhoods and changing federal policies that limit mixed-use development."

Before assuming the mantle at CNU, Norquist served as the mayor of Milwaukee from 1988-2004. An extramarital affair with a subordinate overshadowed his last few years, but his experience leading the city offered political wisdom he applied to CNU. In 1998, he authored “The Wealth of Cities,” a book that describes and prescribes new urbanism to America's cities.

Incoming Board Chair Douglas Farr said "Norquist is leaving CNU in a strong position to expand the new urbanism movement."

The organization has formed a search committee and is accepting applications. A new president is expected to be announced by this spring.

Bringing Long Island ‘Vision’ Into Focus

This editorial originally ran in Long Island Business News on Nov. 26.

Over 1,000 small business, civic and governmental leaders gathered at Vision Long Island’s annual Smart Growth Summit, with a robust agenda to strengthen our downtowns and rebuild the region’s infrastructure.

The summit continued to support the activity, benefits and strategic advantages of LI’s downtowns. The good news is there have been recent successes.

In Farmingdale, a long-stalled community-driven vision plan is moving forward with the approval of a mixed-use zoning code that will allow more housing to be built around Main Street, including apartments over stores. Bartone Plaza just broke ground and will build apartments and retail space at an old warehouse near the train station, as well as needed multifamily housing across the street.

Master planning efforts in Glen Cove, Hempstead, Huntington Station and Wyandanch are seeing approvals and progress also, while Westbury’s newest project, “The Space at Westbury,” has opened its doors, providing a downtown music venue that’s helping area retail and restaurants. This adds to the tremendous value arts have added to local business districts – theaters and music venues in Riverhead, Patchogue, Bay Shore and Huntington, among other places, point to these successes.

Emerging high-tech companies are looking to situate downtown. Launchpad Long Island in Mineola and tech incubators in Hicksville and Huntington demonstrate that trend. On the retail side, we’re seeing national chains start to look at downtown communities and some of Long Island existing independent retailers are recognized as unique destinations.

Infrastructure investment for our region’s key projects is well underway. Due to the Smart Growth Infrastructure Act and the work of regional councils, some of these resources are directed to our downtown areas. The most promising development is the $455 million investment in the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant – possibly the largest single infrastructure grant ever made on Long Island – to upgrade a failing facility that services hundreds of thousands of Nassau residents.

Transit investments for Long Island are continuing with East Side Access, the LIRR’s Double Track to Ronkonkoma and East End Scoot Service, and a major upgrade to the Hicksville train station coming online. Strengthening bus services in Nassau and expanding services in Suffolk are also underway.

Post-Sandy, New York State has created the Community Reconstruction Program that is involving thousands of South Shore residents and business owners in planning efforts to strengthen their communities through infrastructure investments. This process is fueled by federal Sandy aid that will help implement a slew of community-driven infrastructure projects to help weather the next storm.

The picture is not all rosy. Challenges ahead include private financing, health department regulations, pockets of bureaucratic resistance and getting our fair share of public resources from our state and federal governments. In addition, not all Long Island communities want to change their character and associated density. Strategically identifying the communities that are looking to adapt versus the ones that aren’t, along with having a flexible approach that involves listening to constituents and assisting projects as per local needs, will be key moving forward.

In the end, any change on Long Island is driven by the will of the people and the market. Thankfully, the citizen and small-business movements that have been working to create great places on Long Island are driven by local communities and municipalities.

Toward that end, this year we have added support from local school districts, young people, seniors and minority-based small business. Over 250 community and regional plans have been underway for years, shaping many of these changes with broad-based public input.

Small businesses, parks, events, arts, culture and many religious and community gatherings center around our downtowns. There are thousands of Long Islanders actively making positive changes to these great places. These are the folks working now to organize events, open shops, beautify the local streets, renovate and redevelop buildings and improve public safety.

In short, folks are doing their jobs. Let’s learn and support each other to address the ongoing challenges and strengthen our communities.

Help Save Funding For New York’s Walking, Biking Projects

Two mouse clicks.

That’s all a coalition looking for Governor Andrew Cuomo to restore funding for pedestrian and bicycling projects is asking from New York residents.

The New Yorkers For Active Transportation (NY4AT), of which Vision Long Island is a member, is sending postcards to Cuomo asking him to add $20 million in the 2014-15 state budget specifically for pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects, as well as at least another $20 million annually over the next 5 years. They also want the Department of Transportation’s Preservation First policy revised so it does not exclude new pedestrian and bicycling infrastructure projects and is consistent with the intent of the state's Complete Streets law.

Formed by Tri-State Transportation Campaign, Parks & Trails New York and the New York Bicycling Coalition, NY4AT advocates for safe, healthy and low-cost active transportation like bicycling and walking.

Anyone looking to looking to add to the stack of postcards sent to the Capitol must fill it out by Dec. 27. The text of the postcard is available here and participants can digitally sign here.

Paramount ‘Drives’ Towards Super Bowl XLVIII At Metlife Stadium

A pair of tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII are valued at $2,500, but a pint of blood is priceless.

The New York Blood Center is holding a blood drive at The Paramount on Dec. 22, just days before Christmas, with a special gift available for a lucky donor.

The 2013 Super Bowl Host Committee is providing a pair of Super Bowl tickets. The Feb. 2 game at Metlife Stadium marks the first NFL championship game in New York/New Jersey since 1962 at Yankee Stadium, and could lead to more cold weather Super Bowls.

Every donor from May through mid-January will be entered to win these tickets. Additional donations translate into additional sweepstakes entries.

Donors at The Paramount drive will also receive another gift. Everyone who gives a pint of blood gets a free general admission ticket to see 1980s tribute band Jessie’s Girl with Constantine Maroulis at the venue on Jan. 3 at 8 p.m.

The drive is slated for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. that Sunday.

Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds, be in good health, have no new tattoos in the last 12 months and bring ID with a signature or photo.

Walk-ins will be accepted, although appointments can be scheduled by phone at 631-673-7300 or online.

Help Wanted

LI Minority AIDS Coalition Seeking Policy Coordinator

The Long Island Minority AIDS Coalition (LIMAC) is looking for a new Coordinator of Policy.

This full-time role involves providing leadership and direction to the agency health policy work and managing the Coalition to Eliminate Health Disparities/AIDS Leadership Coalition and Long Island Association of HIV Over Fifty (LIAHOF) Coalition. The Coordinator of Policy will work with the CEO to set priorities, develop position papers, identify and assess emerging issues in healthcare policy, accessibility and delivery of services. The Coordinator of Policy is also directly involved with accessing policy and programmatic options.  They will serve as the principal advocate for health policy issues.

The new hire will be responsible for conducting monthly meeting and activities for Health Disparities, AIDS Leadership Coalition and LIAHOF; providing technical assistance to hospitals and CBO; disseminating information and responding to public issues; developing and disseminating quarterly policy newsletter; disseminating legislative updates; providing policy information to HIV/AIDS planning bodies; providing staff support to LIAHOF Coalition; identifying and assessing new grant opportunities; and providing contract deliverables.

Candidates must demonstrate in-depth knowledge of health policy issues and experience working at a senior level to affect policy at the state and local levels; excellent writing and analytical skills; experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options; and capacity to work with nonprofits and policy makers. The position requires five years of relevant experience and a bachelor’s degree or a graduate degree in lieu of experience.

The coordinator is expected to work about 35 hours a week and earn up to $40,000.

Send a resume to or LIMAC, 1045 Route 109, Suite 101, Lindenhurst, NY 11757.

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

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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.

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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:
No shows announced this week.
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
Ellen Ivers: An Nollaig "An Irish Christmas" - Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
A Rockapella Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 14 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
Guest rental: The Hampton Ballet Theatre School presents The Nutcracker - Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
Decorate a gingerbread house - Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.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
Lupe Fiasco: Tetsuo and Youth Preview Tour with special guests Stalley, Mickey Factz & The Boy Illinois - Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
Gavin DeGraw with special guest Austin Lucas - Sunday, Dec. 15 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
Irving Berlin's White Christmas - Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 7 p.m.
Frosty - Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m. and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 10:30 a.m.
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.
Jack Frost - Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m.
The Nutcracker Suite - Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Rubix Kube - Friday, Dec. 13 at 8 p.m.
GSB Beer Dinner - Saturday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m.
Saturday Night Dance Party - Saturday, Dec. 14 at 9:30 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, Dec. 13 at 10:30 p.m.
A Christmas Carol - Friday, Dec. 13 at 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 15 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Barnaby Saves Christmas - Saturday, Dec. 14 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
Christmas on Broadway - Saturday, Dec. 14 at 8 p.m., with brunch on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 1 p.m.
Island Comedy Festival: Holiday Comedy Bash - Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8 p.m.
Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Jessie Haynes & Friends 10th annual Toys For Tots open mic - Friday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m.
East End Disabilities Creative Arts Holiday Show - Saturday, Dec. 14 at noon
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Mixed Nuts: A classic holiday Nutcracker with a twist - Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14 at 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 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.

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