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December 11th - 17th, 2016

Regional Updates

St. Joseph's College

Since 1916, St. Joseph's College has provided an affordable liberal arts education to a diverse group of students. Independent and coeducational, St. Joseph's prepares students for lives of integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility and service; lives that are worthy of the College's motto, Esse non videri — "To be, not to seem."

St. Joseph's Long Island Campus challenges its approximately 3,300 students to develop their full potential and a joy of learning. With more than 400 faculty members, the College enjoys a student-to-faculty ratio that provides individual attention in an open, supportive atmosphere.

The Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s is located in Patchogue at 155 West Roe Boulevard, directly off Sunrise Highway. Located on the South Shore of eastern Long Island, the Long Island Campus is just minutes from the Great South Bay, Long Island MacArthur Airport, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Orient Point and many of Long Island’s ocean beaches. New York City is just a short ride on the Long Island Rail Road.

“This effort will provide much-needed, high-paying construction and permanent jobs to our residents, expand our tax base, enhance public safety and restore pride to the Village of Hempstead. This has been a long journey, and I want to thank my team, the master developer and the people of the village for their ongoing support to reach this milestone.” - Hempstead Village Mayor Wayne Hall speaking on the recent downtown revitalization groundbreaking

“While this ceremony represents the fourth groundbreaking that my Company has been a part of this month, there is something truly special about today. This one really allows our Company to showcase the true value of socially, environmentally and economically responsible development - the Triple Bottom Line.” - Renaissance Downtowns Founder Don Monti speaking on the recent downtown revitalization groundbreaking in the Village of Hempstead

“I think we have a real potential to get things done. We need the federal government to do what it’s always done and step up to the plate. We need real expenditures, direct federal investments, not just tax gimmicks to get it done.” - U.S. Senator Chares Schumer speaking on the need for Infrastructure spending on Long Island

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Hempstead Breaks Ground on $2.5 Billion Downtown Revitalization

After seven years of planning with the Village of Hempstead and Renaissance Downtowns, and decades of prior planning, a groundbreaking occurred for their downtown redevelopment. Over 300 local residents, small business owners and government officials witnessed a statement of support and momentum for the $2.5 Billion project that starts with 1000 units of mixed use housing and commercial space.

Sean McLean, Renaissance Project Manager MC’d the program starting with a prayer from Antioch Baptist Church Pastor and Nassau County Deputy County Executive Phillip Eliot. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who secured $20 million in sewer infrastructure dollars for the project addressed the crowd in full support.

The ceremony marked the start of demolition of 178 Main St., the former home of the Mack Markowitz Oldsmobile dealership, which will be the site of a new mixed-use project that will bring 96 workforce apartments and 5,500 square feet of restaurants and retail shops. This site is one of four that has received site-plan approval by the Village of Hempstead, headed by Renaissance Downtowns and RXR Realty. “It is the ideal location in which to create a modern, mixed-use destination, combining residential, retail, hospitality, cultural and office space,” Scott Rechler, RXR’s CEO said. “What we are in the process of creating will once again make Hempstead Nassau County’s downtown for the next generation and generations to come.” The entire downtown revitalization initiative is projected to create 12,000 construction jobs and 6,000 full-time jobs, generating tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue. More than $30 million in public infrastructure improvement have taken place in effort to transform Hempstead into a vibrant, mixed-use, walkable neighborhood. Renaissance Downtowns’ Don Monti said that at least a quarter of the jobs coming up will be dedicated to Village residents while discussing the passion he has to carry this vision out.

Village of Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall spoke of the ten years’ worth of planning this initiative took and the results that will bring back Hempstead to its prior place as the true HUB of Nassau County. “After nine years of debate, an extensive RFP process, countless public hearings, volumes of legal and engineering reports, complicated zoning revisions, lawsuits, appraisals and contract negotiations, today we are proud to break ground on the future of the Village of Hempstead and its new downtown,” Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall said in a written statement. “This effort will provide much-needed, high-paying construction and permanent jobs to our residents, expand our tax base, enhance public safety and restore pride to the Village of Hempstead. This has been a long journey, and I want to thank my team, the master developer and the people of the village for their ongoing support to reach this milestone.” Vision's Director commented on the unity of all of the community overcoming regional naysayers who told them this project couldn't get done. Rev. Benjamin spoke of the jobs that are in store for the community including the first contracts for demolition and security awarded to local firms.

The village sold 14 vacant parcels to Renaissance last year for $8 million because the mostly vacant parking lots were off the tax rolls. Renaissance plans to develop 17 properties and build 1,000 apartments as well as shops, restaurants, a hotel, a movie theater and parking during the next eight years. You can check out media coverage of the long-awaited groundbreaking in Long Island Business News and Newsday.

Five-Story Mixed Use Development Proposed in Downtown Riverhead

Downtown Riverhead is ready to host to another housing complex, with a plan to add a five-story, 170-unit apartment complex that would feature a mix of affordable and market-rate rentals.

After presenting to the Riverhead Town Landmarks Preservation Commission and Architectural Review Boards with mostly positive feedback, the developers hope to push the project ahead, and are currently under contract to purchase the former Sears property and three adjacent properties that were demolished earlier this year. The Sears building was built in 1949 and was one story. Tentatively called 203-213 East Main Street, the proposed building would be next to another building that is up and coming, which will have 117 units and a restaurant and retail space on the ground level. “These are the two most important developments in Riverhead,” said Gary Jacquemin, a member of both the Landmark’s Commission and the Architectural Review Board of those two proposals.

The 203-213 East Main Street development would feature a 120-space parking garage on the lower level, 4,000 square feet of retail, and three 60-foot wide green spaces between the buildings with a swimming pool for residents. Most recently, Riverhead has been host to two other complexes; the 52-unit Summerwind Square and the 19-unit Woolworth apartments, both of which are affordable rentals. Riverhead Township’s 2004 master plan calls for a cap of 500 new apartment units in the downtown, with this proposal giving the downtown a total of 403 units.

The project is expected to come back before the ARB and Landmarks commission at later dates. It will also need other approvals, such as site plan approval from the Town Board, before any work can start. You can read more about the proposal here.

Fire in Sag Harbor

This morning a fire broke out on Main Street in Sag Harbor Village that engulfed several buildings, including the iconic Sag Harbor Cinema.

The fire was spotted around 6:00 AM and was first reported on a deck for Sag Town Coffee before quickly spreading to nearby buildings. Flames continued to be reported at 7:30 AM, with local apartments being evacuated while firefighters worked in the frigid weather. Mayor Sandra Schroeder has declared a state of emergency for insurance purposes.

As of 10:30 AM the flames had mostly died down, but the water was creating icy conditions with slick roads and frost forming on firefighter's coats. The community has been helping out by allowing firefighters to come into their businesses to warm up and bringing them hot food and drink. "That's why we all live here," the mayor noted. 

"If anybody needs things, we'll try to help them." said Deputy Mayor Robby Stein, "I think this is times when communities come together."

Thankfully, no injuries have been reported. Our deepest sympathies go out to those who have lost posessions or their place of business or both this morning.

This situation is still ongoing as of this writing. You can check for updates at the East Hampton Star's website here.

Senator Schumer Pushes for Massive Infrastructure Spending to Help Long Island

Vision was out this week with US Senator Chuck Schumer at the Ronkonkoma Long Island Railroad Station, joining labor, the LIRR Commuters Council, and other organizations to support a large scale infrastructure bill. Numerous sewer, transit, roadway and other infrastructure projects have been planned with the support of municipal officials, local residents and small businesses. 

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, investing in infrastructure would positively impact the country, resulting in long-term economic growth and increasing GDP, employment, household income and exports. Schumer pledged to work with President-elect Donald Trump early next year to craft an infrastructure bill that he says will help modernize Long Island’s aging infrastructure. “I think we have a real potential to get things done,” Schumer said at the press conference. “We need the federal government to do what it’s always done and step up to the plate. We need real expenditures, direct federal investments, not just tax gimmicks to get it done.” The incoming Senate Minority leader said that he favored a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, which is idea put on the table by the President-elect. Projects such as the LIRR second track, the East Side Access project to connect the LIRR to Grand Central Station and other projects were mentioned as examples of needed infrastructure improvements, as were wastewater treatment plants.  The Senator said one of every four wastewater treatment plants in New York State is operating beyond its useful life, and that almost one-third of the state’s 22,000 miles of sewers are more than 60 years old.

Although ways to fund such a robust undertaking are unclear, Schumer is committed toward forging ahead. “Though the devil is in the details, it is clear that Long Island is ready, willing and able to make these repairs. We just need the funding to get the job done,” Schumer said.

"Local civics, chambers and municipal officials have been planning key infrastructure investments for many years to help grow our local economy,"said Vision Long Island director Erioc Alexander, "Resources for transit and sewer projects from Washington will help jump start downtown redevelopments, clean our waterways and provide transportation access to seniors, young people, families and small businesses. Kudos to Senator Schumer for continuing to work in a bi-partisan fashion to connect the needs of Long Island communities with Washington priorities.”

You can check out media coverage of the press conference from Long Island Business News, Newsday,and News 12.

Public Meeting Held for Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit Project

Suffolk County held a public informational meeting this week at Suffolk Community College in Selden regarding the proposed Nicolls Road Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) System. The preliminary plans

Bus Rapid Transit is an innovative public transportation solution offering many of the advantages of a light-rail system but at a fraction of the cost;  both for the passenger and to the municipality. BRT Systems feature:  State-of-the-art, comfortable, Wi-Fi-equipped buses; dedicated bus-only lanes, with priority traffic signaling for less stops due to automobile traffic; level boarding using pre-paid fare cards and electronic passes; modern, safe and comfortable stations with real-time transit, fare and location information; and connection to transit hubs for multimodal transportation, e.g., other bus systems, railways, airports, etc. 

BRT Systems have been implemented in over 190 cities across the world, allowing passengers to arrive to their destination faster while avoiding traffic and helping to reduce road congestion. New York City operates 10 BRT routes, known as “Select Bus Service”, with dedicated bus lanes, off-board fare collection and signal priority being featured. The Nicolls Road BRT project would be vying with the progress at the Nassau HUB for Long Island’s first BRT project.  

The transformation of Nicolls Road into a multimodal corridor will establish the first direct north/south connection between three Long Island Railroad lines, after a 2014 feasibility study explored 35 possible routes; linking Brookhaven National Lab to Stony Brook University and Suffolk County Community College; connecting the Patchogue and Ronkonkoma Hub downtowns to Long Island MacArthur Airport; and creating an extensive hiking/biking network. North-south routes to enable riders to connect are sorely needed, especially in light of recent Suffolk Transit cuts this year, which include reduced routes to help move riders north-south.

This BRT project would be the first part of a greater plan, Connect Long Island, which will aim to have three BRT rotes running north-south; Amityville to Huntington, Babylon to Kings Park, and Patchogue to Stony Brook. This particular proposed route would connect the Innovation Zone of Stony Brook University and hospital, Suffolk Community College, Ronkonkoma Hub, MacArthur Airport, St. Joseph’s College, and Patchogue LIRR stations through the BRT lane with an accompanying hiking and biking trail.  Destinations such as The Boulevard in Yaphank and Brookhaven National Laboratory are hoped to be accessible to the LIRR Yaphank station to the BRT route once the Yaphank LIRR train station gets moved about a mile east near William Floyd Parkway. Environmental studies and assessments of the effectiveness and consequences of the recommendations of the plan are underway to ensure that the proposal is feasible. There are hopes to increase overall daily bus ridership by 45 percent by 2040, with a projection of 53 percent of BRT trips replacing automobile trips and over 2000 weekday BRT rides.

Feedback from the public can still be submitted by email at .

$62 million Awarded to Long Island for 101 Projects

Long Island was awarded $62 million in state aid last week through efforts of the Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. Vision Long Island board member John Durso from the LI Federation of Labor is a representative on the LIREDC.

The LIREDC – a four-time “Top Performer” in Empire State Development’s annual funding contest, which marked the completion of its sixth round Thursday with an Albany awards ceremony – had submitted an ambitious agenda filled with 112 projects covering biotechnology, synthetics manufacturing, aerospace and half-a-dozen other key industries. Although it fell short in comparison to last year’s $98.3 million in awards, the $62 million will still go a long way toward fortifying the Long Island regional economy, according to LIREDC Co-chairman Kevin Law. “While we may not have won a top prize this year, we are still bringing back $62 million to our region for some very important economic-development projects,” noted said Law.

Among the grantees the following downtown and Smart Growth related projects were funded:

  • $25,000 to the Town of Oyster Bay in order to finalize its draft Local Waterfront Revitalization Program by identifying and assessing strategies to increase coastal resilience, address climate change, revitalize downtowns, and connect downtowns and waterfronts to foster economic development;
  • $25,000 to the Village of Freeport to host a one day New York State Water Trail and Tourism Summit to foster water-based trail development. The first of its kind Water Trail and Tourism Summit will bring together paddling enthusiasts and tourism interests for a day of learning, networking and sharing information on the popularity of water trails and surge in interest in paddling activities across the State;
  • $775,000 for the City of Long Beach to design and construct improvements along Park Avenue to create complete streets and establish a more resilient downtown. Improvements, including permeable pavement utility strips, stormwater treatment, solar street lights, streetscape amenities and wayfinding signage, will mitigate stormwater flooding, revitalize the downtown, generate economic activity, and also enhance the quality of life in this commuter rail community by making it more pedestrian friendly;
  • $172,750 towards the restoration of the Coltrane home, enabling the John and Alice Coltrane Home to be opened as an historical museum providing cultural enrichment through visitation, programming/workshops, digital education, research (on-site digital archives) and access to an extensive collection of Coltrane ephemera. Vision Founder Ron Stein is President of The Coltrane Home;
  • $25,000 for the Village of Port Jefferson to complete an Urban Renewal Plan to revitalize the Upper Port Jefferson port area to be transit oriented, walkable, near housing, retail, and employment;
  • $150,000 to Main Street Theatre Partners for renovation and repurposing of the former Babylon Village Movie Theater to a live theatrical venue;
  • $250,000 to the Village of Patchogue, allowing the Patchogue Business Improvement Management Association to assist in the renovation of commercial spaces in the Village of Patchogue's Downtown;
  • $120,000 to St. Joseph’s College for the creation of a cohesive education and workforce training strategy through partnerships with the goal of ensuring that workers from all Long Island communities and military veterans are prepared to take advantage of new job opportunities in key economic growth sectors such as tourism;
  • $300,000 to Suffolk County to construct a Bus Rapid Transit station in the Village of Patchogue at the Patchogue LIRR station to further support the Suffolk County transportation plan;
  • $900,000 to the Town of Babylon to construct a new LIRR Train Station in the Opportunity Agenda area of Wyandanch;
  • $150,000 to the Town of Smithtown for the purpose of using green infrastructure practices to manage stormwater from an existing development along Meadow Road. The green practices will intercept and treat stormwater runoff, a source of water quality impairment in Smithtown Bay of Long Island Sound;
  • $245,055 to the Town of Southold to add trails, boardwalks, wildlife viewing areas, parking, kiosks, and educational materials at a newly acquired open space parcel. Dilapidated structures and septic systems will be removed and the area restored to a natural state. A section of a creek will be daylighted and restored for habitat and fish passage. Clean-ups and citizen science opportunities will involve the public in stewardship;
  • $365,083 for the Village of Babylon to stabilize and naturalize the existing banks of Argyle Lake with native plantings to improve the visual aesthetic, provide shade areas, and serve as a natural filter to prevent pollutants from entering the lake;
  • $50,000 to the Village of Sag Harbor to update its 2006 Local Waterfront Revitalization Program to mitigate climate risks such as experienced during Superstorm Sandy. It will also address water quality impairments from nonpoint source pollution and septic/ cesspools, analyze stormwater, pollutant loads, and identify potential projects to protect the tourism economy.

Additionally, $5 million was set aside for the Excelsior Jobs Program tax credits for future projects including business investments in targeted industries that are within the region and that create or retain jobs, create capital investment, and $35 million to be made available for state and local government issuers to sell tax-exempt bonds for eligible economic development, infrastructure and community revitalization efforts. You can read more about the projects that were awarded in Newsday, and see all projects that were awarded here.

LIBN's Top 40 Under 40 Ceremony on January 19th, 2017

Vision Long Island’s Assistant Director Tawaun Weber was recently named as one of Long Island Business News’ Top 40 Under 40 for 2017.

Since 1998, Long Island Business News has taken nominations for outstanding members of the business community on Long Island who are 40 or under. These future leaders of Long Island have already begun to distinguish themselves in business, government, education and the not-for-profit sector. They have a proven track record of career success, are involved in mentoring and promoting their profession and find time to give back to their communities.

This year’s honorees will be awarded at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Westbury on January 19th, 2017 from 6pm to 9pm. Tickets are still available for this event. To see a list of all of this year’s honorees and for more information or to register, click here. Congratulations to all of this year’s honorees!

National Conservation Innovation Grant Available From the USDA

The US Department of Agriculture has announced their 2017 National Conservation Innovation Grant, with a total of $25 million being awarded to recipients.

The purpose of the Conservation Innovation Grant is to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies, while leveraging the Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market-based systems) to EQIP eligible producers, into NRCS technical manuals and guides, or to the private sector. CIG is used to apply or demonstrate previously proven technology in order to increase adoption, with an emphasis on opportunities to scale proven, emerging conservation strategies.

Eligible entities include Indian Tribes, State and local units of government, non-governmental organizations, and individuals. Complete proposals will undergo a two tier review process, and are due by January 9th, 2017. For more information on this opportunity, click here

$16 Million in Grant Money for Energy-Efficient Housing Construction

As a part of Governor Cuomo’s goal to reach 50% renewable energy by 2030, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority is offering $16 million dollars for the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. It has been projected that buildings that take advantage of this support will see yearly savings of 9 million dollars.

"Ensuring New York's buildings are constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency is crucial to both our long-term sustainability and prosperity of the state,” said Governor Cuomo. "Smart choices about efficiency can simultaneously save money and protect the environment. This investment promotes that principle in order to build healthy communities and save consumers hundreds of millions of dollars."

Half of the 16 million dollars will be offered to builders of low-rise buildings, including single family homes, and the other half is meant for builders of mid- and high-rise buildings that consist of apartment units. Applications for this grant money will be accepted through December 29, 2017, or until funding runs out.

More information about the grant and the application process can be found on NYSERDA’s website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

What's happening on your Main Street this weekend?



Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin


Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore


Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport
Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport's history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.
Open Sundays 2PM-5PM.
For information, visit their website or call 516-623-9632

Garden City

The Garden City Historical Society

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

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

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

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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

Tickets and more information available here



140 Merrick Road, Amityville
Tickets and more information available here

Bay Shore

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor
The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Sea Ink” explores tattoo art and its nautical origins. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
Tickets and more information available here

East Hampton Historical Society

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip
The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Print Up Ladies” which is a survey of contemporary works created by female artists, and “Inked” by Kathy Seff. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.
For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington
Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington
Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well.

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

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport


89 North
89 North Ocean Avenue East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here.

The Emporium
9 Railroad Avenue, Patchogue
Tickets and more information available here

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson
Tickets and more information available here




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

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


Suffolk Theater


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton
The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibit: Current exhibit: “If These Walls Could Talk: Meet the Families of the Rogers Mansion”.  Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Don't forget to shop in your Local Downtowns this Christmas!

Shopping online may seem convenient, but there's much more than just shopping to be had. Check your local papers and websites to find out what sort of family activities are still going on, along with great food and plenty of hot chocolate. Come on out to support your local mom and pops!

And as Christmas draws closer please don't forget that there are numerous deals to be had in your local downtowns as well!

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Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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