Long Island Main Street News, October 8th, 2020

Here is the latest edition of Long Island Main Street News for day 208 of the Coronavirus shutdown and partial reopening.
This issue covers a the opening of a mixed use development in Glen Cove, the Jones Beach energy & nature center, outdoor dining options moving into the colder weather, new NYS regulations for restaurants, links to Newsday and other media events, new events, grants and more.
Check it out…..

presented by Vision Long Island and the Long Island Main Street Alliance

October 8th, 2020

Quotes of the Day

“The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center is another fantastic addition to Jones Beach State Park and an educational resource for families, businesses, students, and consumers to learn about how energy is produced and choices they can make to reduce their electric bills and help the environment. LIPA is proud to be a part of this facility that visitors will enjoy for decades to come.” – LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone
“Jones Beach is an ideal site for education and reflection on the power of nature. From the power of the sun, wind, and waves, to energy infrastructure, shoreline engineering and ecological conservation, Jones Beach is an incredible classroom that can highlight the forces shaping the coastal landscape and the environment. I am tremendously grateful to Governor Cuomo, the Long Island Power Authority and all of our partners for helping bring a much-needed modern educational facility to one of New York’s most-visited state parks.” – New York State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid

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Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center Opens

During Climate Week, Governor Cuomo announced the opening of the Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center, which will educate and inform the public about how energy shapes New York’s natural systems, and how this same energy can be harnessed to advance New York’s nation-leading plan to combat climate change. Established by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation  in partnership with the Long Island Power Authority, and public and private support the pioneering facility will help visitors of all ages become better stewards of the environment and smart energy consumers.     

With on-site renewable energy sources and environmentally responsive architectural elements, the Center models net-zero energy use and adaptive, resilient design. Nineteen interior and 13 exterior exhibits unite the most current scientific knowledge with dynamic and accessible graphics, videos, and interactive games to showcase how visitors can take action to conserve energy and protect the environment in their own lives.

State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, “Jones Beach is an ideal site for education and reflection on the power of nature. From the power of the sun, wind, and waves, to energy infrastructure, shoreline engineering and ecological conservation, Jones Beach is an incredible classroom that can highlight the forces shaping the coastal landscape and the environment. I am tremendously grateful to Governor Cuomo, the Long Island Power Authority and all of our partners for helping bring a much-needed modern educational facility to one of New York’s most-visited state parks.”

LIPA CEO Thomas Falcone said, “The Jones Beach Energy and Nature Center is another fantastic addition to Jones Beach State Park and an educational resource for families, businesses, students, and consumers to learn about how energy is produced and choices they can make to reduce their electric bills and help the environment. LIPA is proud to be a part of this facility that visitors will enjoy for decades to come. I applaud Governor Cuomo for his leadership and continued investment into Long Island and Jones Beach.”

Visitors to the Center will be able to explore:

•             Exterior installations include an outdoor classroom, sensory playground, pollinator garden, “Energy Hill”, and “Fauna Footprints” path.
•             Lobby and South Gallery immerses visitors in the regional energy infrastructure and development of Long Island and Jones Beach over time.
•             East Gallery investigates “The Power of Nature” in ecological systems and the role of conservation efforts in supporting resilient coastal landscapes.
•             The West Gallery focuses on “The Nature of Energy” and the transformation of natural energy sources into power for human use.  Unique aspects of the Center is its proximity to one of the State’s first offshore wind energy projects, the Empire Wind project, located approximately 18 miles off the coast of Jones Beach and an energy-efficient house exhibit demonstrates how consumers can manage energy consumption in their own homes.

Conceived as an incubator for future environmental leadership, the Center was designed to the highest standards of accessibility and inclusivity, from building architecture to exhibit design. The galleries feature Spanish and Braille text translations, as well as tactile elements that engage visitors of various ages and abilities. With the support of the Long Island Community Foundation, a suite of free, inclusive audio guides in English, Spanish, Chinese, and American Sign Language are available via web application at the Center.

The facility will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the rest of the week. For information on programs and events, visit www.jonesbeachenc.org; on Facebook: Jones Beach Energy & Nature Center and Instagram: @JonesBeachENC.

RXR Cuts Ribbon on Village Square in Glen Cove

RXR Realty has officially cut the ribbon on its Village Square project in Glen Cove.

The ceremony for the official opening of the development was attended by a number of local officials from both the City and RXR.  The Village Square development will bring 146 studio, one- and two-bedroom rental apartments to Glen Cove along with a 16,500-square-foot public plaza and 15,600 square feet of retail space.  The mixed-use building also includes 10 retail spaces and a dermatologist’s office.  This will all be located on a 2.8 acre site on Brewster Street.

Amenities will include outdoor grills, a terrace with fire pits, a club room, a library, children’s playroom, fitness center, conference room and on-site parking for residents.  Monthly rents start at $2,273 for studios, $2,452 for one-bedrooms, and $3,489 for two-bedrooms.

The complex is already 35% leased according to RXR Realty.

The project was previously being spearheaded by Jobco Realty and Construction, but was sold to RXR a few years ago.  Vision Long Island has previously honored the development with a Long Island Smart Growth Award.

You can read more on this project here.

Long Island Restaurants Offering Outdoor Options for Fall

As our downtowns seek to recover from the recent economic shutdown, local restaurants are innovating new ways to keep outdoor dining going even into the fall.  To help display this, Newsday came up with a list of restaurants across Long Island that are coming up with fun ways to continue to the outdoor experience.

With restaurants making unique and fun settings, al fresco dining is still being offered even as the weather cools.  It’s good to see local restaurants coming up with new ways to allow people to enjoy themselves in what is still a difficult time for our communities.  These restaurants featured in the article are helping to keep downtowns alive and our local economy moving.

Some examples featured in the Newsday article include:

Konoba in downtown Huntington, which serves Croation food, is serving outdoor diners in an igloo-esque tent set up in front of the restaurant.  The bubbles can each hold up to 6 guests and have a built-in heater.  Customers can control the lighting and music within each individual tent as well.  You can contact Konoba for reservations at 631-824-7712 or konobahuntington.com.

Prohibition Kitchen in Port Jefferson is pushin a fall promotion called “Bottles and Blankets” The promotion takes $10 off a bottle of wine if you sit outside at one of the six picnic tables available, and there will be able service.  This marks the first time that Prohibition Kitchen will be doing outdoor service since opening last year.  You can contact Prohibition Kitchen at 631-473-0613 or prohibitionpj.com.

Cena 081 in Westbury is offering dining at its picturesque outdoor dining area.  There is a waterfall feature and wood-burning stove so you can watch your pizza being made.  There are around 20 tables in the space as well as fire pit in the center for extra warmth.  A lounge area outside also features live music and extra heaters.  You can get more info at 516-385-3795.

Check out the full list of restaurants and plan some outdoor dining at Newsday.

NYS Offers Guidance on Outdoor Dining

Outdoor dining in New York has become a vital lifeline to restaurants struggling to recover from COVID-19. It has allowed eateries, by re-imagining the use of sidewalks, streets and other public spaces, to generate at least some income as they struggle to pay rent and keep some workers on payroll. The summer months have found bistro tables, umbrellas, awnings, planters and string lights dotting our downtowns, with diners enjoying local restaurants’ offerings, but the colder months are leaving these businesses scrambling to figure out how to extend their outdoor dining operations as the clock ticks and winter gets closer.

As New York moved into phase two recovery, the State supplied guidelines to all restaurants and food service establishments necessary for open dining participation. These standards include seating separated by a minimum of 6 ft. in all directions, face coverings worn by employees and patrons, and individuals seated at the same table must be members of the same party, with a maximum of 10 people per table.

As businesses continue to strive to meet the challenges of outdoor dining in cooler weather, including keeping guests warm with patio heaters, comfortable with blankets and cushioned chair, and engaged with special menus and distinct decor, the Governor’s office is offering a reminder regarding the use of outdoor enclosures:

“Outdoor space is defined as an open-air space designated for the consumption of food and/or beverage, which may have a temporary or fixed cover, for example, an awning or roof, so long as such cover has at least two open sides for airflow.

With nearly 100,000 restaurants nationwide having already closed due to Covid-19, according to the National Restaurant Association, and more closures projected, restaurants need to continue to be creative, communities needs to continue to support them, and the various levels of government must do more to help them.

NYS guidelines can be found on the NY Forward website under “phase two“.

Newsday Live Program Tackles Indoor Dining Through Winter Months

With restaurants preparing for the winter in the midst of a pandemic, Newsday is investigating how Long Islanders can safely and responsibly enjoy them.

Newsday Live hosted a conversation with local business owners and stakeholders yesterday to discuss that very question.  Speakers included Dr. Randolph DiLorenzo, Internist and Medical Director of Syosset Hospital; Corin Hirsch, Newsday Food and Drinks Reporter; Eric Alexander, Founder, LI Main Street Alliance; Christina Sorrentino, Co-owner, ITA Kitchen, Bayshore.   The event was moderated by Joye Brown, Newsday Associate Editor, and James Madore, Newsday Economics Writer.

You can watch the conversation in its entirety here.

The Coronavirus Economic Shutdown Shows Reduced Congestion but More Dangerous Roadway

The Coronavirus shutdowns have not only impacted our local and regional economy but also our transportation patterns. 

Traffic deaths are up nationally and we will look at Long Island numbers at the end of the year as well.  What we can tell is that, on Long Island, traffic is lighter and drivers are more aggressive.  Many are staying at home so there are less cars on the road.  

Obviously, once NYC’s economy returns and the concerns about public safety are addressed, you will see a return of ridership to the LIRR.  Of course, everyone should be contacting their Federal officials to seek financial assistance to the LIRR.  

But in the meantime, there are more people out walking and biking, which has been a great trend.  It highlights a need for more traffic calming solutions so as to make many of our dangerously designed roads safer.

Here is a poll from LI Business News that is a snapshot of folks’ experiences with traffic through the pandemic:

How has the pandemic affected traffic?

It’s lighter (40%, 49 Votes)
It’s crazier, drivers have gotten more aggressive (31%, 38 Votes)
It’s about the same (30%, 37 Votes)

You might hear that the biggest transportation issues are increased congestion, which doesn’t appear to be happening.   A migration of NYC residents seeking to live in local communities out here may nominally increase traffic locally.   This trend reminds us to create safe, walkable, and bikeable communities by fixing the many poorly designed and dangerous roadways we have out here.  

You can read more on this trend at Car and Driver.

LI News Radio Provides Main Street Update on Main Street and Pending Redevelopment

Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander joined with The Diversity Project Host Rhonda Klch to talk about Long Island’s Main Street and Pending Redevelopment.

2020 has been a challenging year for people in the real estate industry. The professionals in the commercial industry especially were hit hard needing to monitor guidelines and regulations for safe showings but to in addition, function in different capacities for their clients, learn to be creative, law and lease changes and more.

You can watch the full interview with Mr. Alexander here.

Unity 5k Strong Island Run/Fun Walk & Virtual 5k to be held on October 10th

The Roosevelt Chamber of Commerce will be holding a Unity 5k Run/Fun Walk along with a Virtual run on October 10th, beginning at 9 AM.  There will be three waves of in-person walkers starting at 9 AM, 9:30 AM, and 10 AM.  Free gaiters will be provided for in-person participants.

The Unity 5K Strong Island Run & Fun Walk in association with Family Health Centers Long Island FQHC, Inc. is to bring attention and to address the disproportionate number of deaths of African Americans in our communities that was caused by the underlying health factors due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. A large number of African Americans suffer from hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes as well as other illnesses such as obesity and others.

The idea is to make exercising cool again, while also promoting a good nutritional diet. So on this day, the Run & Fun Walk will aim to help save lives in our communities and to promote a Healthy Lifestyle Program.

Anyone wishing to participate will need to register in advance.  To do so, and for further information, please head to the event page here.

CCE to Hold Climate Change Discussion with Congressional Candidates on October 13th

Citizens Campaign for the Environment will be holding a virtual discussion with congressional candidates on the climate change.  The event will feature conversations with each of the four candidates running for Congressional Seats 1 and 2.  Candidates will receive 15 minutes of time and will be asked 5 relevant climate change questions.

Vision Long Island is happy to be a co-sponsor of this zoom event, which will be held on October 13th at 7:00 PM to show the interviews and will be followed by a panel discussion. 

Those who wish to register for the event can do so here.  Registrants will be sent a link to the livestream before it begins.

Free webinars on supporting Education during the Pandemic on Oct 26th & Nov 2nd

The health crisis we’re facing is ongoing, so teachers face a unique challenge: encouraging children to learn and connect with others while they may be experiencing stress, anxiety and loss. At the same time, staff members need to sustain their own motivation and focus while both supporting students and coping with their own concerns. Two new webinars will help you find the balance with your own emotions, your work and your family–and will provide critical self-care tools.

The presenter is David Hymowitz, a social worker with 30 years of experience who has worked with many school districts as they develop programs on social-emotional learning.

Now That We’re Back: How Do We Continue to Support Students, Families and Ourselves?
Date: Monday, October 26, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m
Registration: There is no fee but pre-registration is required.

Now That We’re Back: Strategies for Program Leaders
Date: Monday, November 2, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Registration: There is no fee but pre-registration is required

Trunk or Treat on October 30th

Professor’s Café in Kings Park will be holding a Trunk or Treat event on Friday, October 20th from 5 to 7 pm.

The event will be $20 per car.  There will be Candy Apples, Roasted Corn, Cotton Candy, and more!  There will also be a drive in featurette with a kid-friendly Halloween movie.

The event will be located at the Key Food Parking Lot in Kings Park.  Don’t forget to bring your candy for trick or treaters with you!

32nd Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference to take Place Virtually on November 18th

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is holding its 32nd Annual Keys for the Homeless Conference online this year to help bring relief to Long Island’s struggling homeless population.

This year’s event will take place on November 18th from 9 am to 3:30 virtually and will feature 14 workshop topics that address what can be done to help the most vulnerable residents in our region.  The theme for the conference is “Adapting to Changing Times: Where Do We Go From Here?”  Marc Dones, the Executive Director of National Innovation Services will be this year’s Keynote Speaker.

The Coalition is responsible for leading the region’s initiative to serve our most vulnerable and reducing barriers to housing.  With their Continuum of Care partners, they have referred more than 200 homeless households for permanent housing.  Throughout the years they have helped to guide over two hundred million dollars of US Department of Housing and Urban Development CoC funding to Long Island agencies, resulting in the development of over 2,700 units of housing for homeless persons. 

You can register to attend, become a sponsor, or exhibitor for this event here.  A full schedule of the workshops for the event is available here.

NYSERDA, Affordable Solar and Storage Predevelopment and Technical Assistance (Predevelopment Program)

The Predevelopment Program provides grants to address barriers to solar installations serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households living in rental housing, multifamily buildings or other households not served by traditional on-site residential solar. Individual awards will not exceed $200,000. Funding to proposals through this solicitation will offset costs for predevelopment and technical assistance work needed to implement solar installations for multifamily affordable housing and/or shared solar (Community Distributed Generation) installations that benefit LMI households.

– Eligibility: Applications must be submitted by or include the documented participation of any of the following: owners, providers or managers of regulated multifamily affordable housing, community land trusts, land banks or portfolios of single-family affordable housing; local government agencies; Community Development Corporations (CDC), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) or other community organizations providing services to LMI households and/or demonstrating an LMI constituency; and prior recipients of Predevelopment Program grants seeking to replicate and expand upon the success from a prior completed Predevelopment

Program project.

– Funding: Up to $10.65 million is available with individual awards not to exceed $200,000.
– Deadline: Continuous through December 31, 2024, or until depleted
– Contact:
Email: affordablesolar@nyserda.ny.gov
Website: www.nyserda.ny.gov/funding

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) elevates the compelling stories of places where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing and more so better health flourishes for all. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—such as our access to affordable homes, quality schools, good jobs and reliable transportation—affects how long and how well we live.

Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell its inspiring stories of collaboration, action and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished, so there is no required workplan or budget.

– Eligibility: A community must be a geographically defined jurisdiction in the U.S. that falls into one of the following categories:

– County, parish, borough, city, town, village or other municipality with a publicly elected governing body;

– Federally recognized tribe or a state-designated Indian reservation;

– Native Hawaiian organization serving and representing the interests of Native Hawaiians in Hawaii; or

– Region defined as geographically contiguous municipalities, counties and/or reservations.

– Awards: Up to 10 winning communities receive $25,000 and a prize package of communications materials about their community, communications guidance and help in promoting their successes.

– Deadline: Oct. 15, 2020, 3pm ET

– Contact:
Phone: (608) 890-2045
Email: info@cohprize.wisc.edu
Website: www.rwjf.org/content/rwjf/en/library/funding-opportunities/2020/2021-culture-ofhealth-prize.html

New York State Accepting Applications for NY Forward Loan Fund

New York State has opened pre-applications for the New York Forward Loan Fund. Loans from this fund are available to small businesses, nonprofits, and small landlords in New York State. New York Forward loans must be fully repaid over a 5-year term with fixed annual interest rates of 3 percent for small businesses and landlords.

Small businesses may apply for the lesser of $100,000 or up to 100% of the average monthly revenues in any 3-month period from 2019 or the first quarter of 2020. This loan can be paid back over five years with first year being interest only.  However, if small businesses have received either a PPP loan or an EIDL loan from SBA, they would not be eligible to apply. NYS has set a goal of 18% of total funds under this Program for Long Island

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as industries and regions reopen however, priority for New York Forward Loans will be given to industries and regions that have been reopened. Resources are available to assist in preparing applications for small businesses, landlords and nonprofits in industries and regions that have not yet reopened.

To view more details, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, click here:

If you need technical assistance through this process, please contact an Entrepreneurial Assistance Center near you and inform the counselor that you need help for the NY Forward Loan application.  You can find your closest contact center here.

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