Smart Talk April 24th – 30th, 2016

Check out this week’s Smart Talk highlighting Suffolk County Steve Bellone’s State of the County Address, Starbucks opens in downtown Farmingdale, Village of Hempstead residents turn out to support revitalization efforts, and more….

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April 24 – 30th, 2016


Albanese and Albanese

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“Our communities are paying a big price when people lose their homes. We must continue efforts to help homeowners and implement solutions that support local governments’ economic recovery.”
NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli
“Past projects that have been given (IDA) benefits did not have jobs for our residents. This one for our downtown area does and we need to move forward now. ”
– Mayor Wayne Hall, Village of Hempstead

“Effectively, we need to build out a quality of life ecosystem that connects people, particularly young people, to the things that they want and need to be connected to without having to have to get into a car every single time… we can’t build in a way that simply going to add more cars to the roadways… ”
– Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone

“You need the people after the 9 o’clock rush hour… By having housing here, you have people morning, noon and night. You have this whole new exciting hub here.”
– Phil Cirrone, co-licensee of the Starbucks in Farmingdale

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Standing Room Only at Hempstead IDA Hearing on Renaissance Downtowns Project

Vision Long Island was out in the Village of Hempstead before the Hempstead IDA in support of the first phase of the Renaissance Downtowns downtown redevelopment. Over 100 local residents were out in force to support the $2.5 billion investment to the Village that has been promised for decades but has remained undelivered. The broader plan will provide a 28% increase in the Village’s economic base.

Phase 1 will consist of 336 residential units on an existing Village parking lot and renovate an existing parking garage that is in disrepair while providing nearly 900 construction jobs. The project has site approval and it’s necessary building permits.

The Downtown plan’s GEIS was completed in 2008 and the Downtown Zoning Code in 2012 The Community Benefits Agreement under the SEQRA was approved in 2013 with 25% of construction jobs, permanent jobs and consulting contracts mandated to go to Village of Hempstead residents.

The public process for the overall plan has had over 200 meetings that have provided input to the 26 acre area covered by the new zoning.  Vision reached out to our many community contacts in the Village through the years, encouraged them to be part of the process and has heard nearly unanimous support for the redevelopment plan.

Residents and businesses in support at the meeting today included among others:
Mayor of Hempstead Wayne Hall, Hempstead Six, Hempstead Chamber of Commerce, Renew Hempstead, Rev. Benjamin Hempstead Jobs Program, local unions and many residents.

When asked how many folks in the room support the redevelopment nearly everyone raised their hands.

Hempstead Mayor Wayne Hall, last year’s winner of a Smart Growth Award for government leadership, summed it up: “Past projects that have been given (IDA) benefits did not have jobs for our residents. This one for our downtown area does and we need to move forward now. ”

Now that the initial IDA presentation has been held a formal public hearing will commence in the coming weeks.

Starbucks Opens at Jefferson Plaza in Downtown Farmingdale

Vision was in downtown Farmingdale Thursday to celebrate the opening of a Starbucks in a mixed use building at Jefferson Plaza by the train station. Jefferson Plaza at Farmingdale Station is located diagonally across the street from the Farmingdale train station and is also one block away from Main Street in downtown Farmingdale.

Joining in the celebration was Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Eckstrand, Trustee Cheryl Parisi, developer Anthony Bartone, Starbucks principals and operators, the Farmingdale Chamber of Commerce, Nassau Legislator Rose Walker, Town of Oyster Bay Clerk Jim Altadonna and NYS Senator Michael Venditto along with many local residents.

This was not a housing story but a message that anchor tenants like Starbucks can help make the retail thrive on Main Street and in TOD redevelopments. The housing brings built in customers for independent and chain retail which adds to the vitality of the downtown. Folks who choose to live downtown are of all ages not simply millennials but GenXrs and baby boomers. What they all agree on is a healthy mix of restaurants, bars and places like Starbucks are an amenity and help rejuvenate the downtown.

For more on this story, visit LIBN, News12, Newsday, and NBC News

Developers and City Officials Plan Kickoff of Garvies Point Project

After more than 13 years, a $1 billion mixed-use project in Glen Cove will have a kickoff event next month, celebrating the opening of its welcoming center.

Long Island based development partners RXR and Posillico along with City of Glen Cove officials plan to kickoff the opening of its welcoming center at 6 p.m. on May 18 at 49 Herb Hill Road on the 56-acre site along Glen Cove Creek. The Garvies Point project was recently given approval with a 6-1 vote by the City planning board, and will include 11 story residential towers and three acres of parkland along the once-toxic Glen Cove creek. The first phase of the project will contain six buildings of 555 rental apartments and 25,000 square feet of retail space. Ten percent of the apartments will be offered as workforce housing per state law. The second phase will include 555 condos for purchase and 50,000 square feet of retail and office space. So far the second phase’s site plans have not been submitted to the planning board.

Some residents of Sea Cliff and several area residents opposed the plan due to the height of the buildings and obstruction of views of the waterfront and sunsets, filing an Article 78 lawsuit, which developers and city officials feel will be defeated.  “The meritless, 11th hour, NIMBY court challenge is expected to be decided by the courts in May,” Frank Haftel, vice president of development for RXR, said via email.

In addition to the added housing and retail space, waterfront amenities, a children’s playground, hiking and other smart growth strategies will be incorporated into the development.

You can learn more about the project here, and read more about the kickoff in LIBN

Suffolk County Executive Delivers State of the County Address

Vision was out this week to hear from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone delivering his 5th State of the County address in Hauppauge.  The County Exec touched on the budget, pledging to not raise taxes more than the State imposed tax cap, provide reforms to transparency in the police department, public safety improvements with crime down 5%, savings from not building a jail, raising money for veterans through the Suffolk Marathon, initiatives to address the heroin crisis and the new hotline to combat illegal drugs.

Issues that were of most interest to Vision’s mission included his initial proposal to put a tax/user fee for water and sewer infrastructure improvements. Areas he suggested for sewer connections included Huntington Station, Northport, Kings Park, Smithtown, Mastic/Shirley, Oakdale, Riverhead’s Peconic Estuary, and water projects in Brookhaven and East Hampton. The proposal was discussed at a press conference earlier this week in Yaphank with the support of Long Island’s environmental organizations.

He also recast his Connect LI plan which includes connecting major universities and employment centers with alternatives to automobile use. Components include a bike lane on Nicolls Road, moving the Yaphank train station further east to make it more accessible and usable by Brookhaven Nation Lab employees, upgrades to the Ronkonkoma HUB and connections to MacArthur Airport with a “train to plane” terminal allowing passengers to take the LIRR to and from MacArthur.

One of the highlights of the speech included his support for a bipartisan amendment redirecting funds applied to the MTA payroll tax toward LI transportation services. He specifically called for an expansion of Suffolk Transit service assuming these resources can be rerouted. NYS Senator Jack Martins and NYS Assemblyman Phil Ramos are carrying the bill this session. Suffolk bus has not received equitable State funding in comparison to other regions for years.

The County Executive highlighted numerous regional planning initiatives, including his own- the newly passed Suffolk Regional Planning Alliance, as the method to unify Suffolk residents and business owners to solve the problems facing our communities.

You can check out media coverage from Newsday and News 12, as well as visit the County Executive’s website to find out more.

DiNapoli Report Looks at Foreclosure Impact on Local Governments

A recent report from the Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) showed that residential property foreclosures continue to pose a serious challenge for New York’s local governments, with New York having the second highest foreclosure rate in the nation. The report analyzed data up to the end of the third quarter of 2015.

1 in 21 home mortgages are in foreclosure in New York according to the report, with Long Island and the Hudson Valley leading the state in both the number of foreclosures and the biggest hit to their tax bases in the wake of the last reception. New filings continued to rise in many parts of the State, which is the fourth-slowest foreclosure process in the nation, making it difficult for the courts to make headway in reducing caseloads. DiNapoli’s report noted that some changes made to New York’s foreclosure process to help borrowers avoid foreclosure has drawn out the process, increasing costs for individuals and municipalities for the upkeep and enforcement of vacant abandoned properties that are not yet the property of the financial institution or new homeowner, which have come to be known as “zombie homes.” The mandatory settlement conferences instituted in New York in 2008 add 110 calendar days to the foreclosure process in downstate regions.  In these cases, municipalities may end up with not only delinquent taxes, unpaid water and sewer bills, but homes that become safety hazards and require demolition. Increased costs to the municipalities also include indirect costs to communities, including increased policing, fire prevention and effects of a criminal element that has increased with the higher rate of foreclosures. “Our communities are paying a big price when people lose their homes,” DiNapoli said. “We must continue efforts to help homeowners and implement solutions that support local governments’ economic recovery.”

There is a little bit of good news, however. Thirteen mortgage companies which represent 70 percent of the New York mortgage market, have agreed to follow a set of “best practices” including inspecting, securing and maintaining zombie homes with delinquent first-lien mortgages. The banks are also supposed to report vacant and abandoned properties to a State registry that can be shared with local governments in order to help the municipalities identify lien holders and hold them accountable for zombie home maintenance.  Also, in a recent report by CoreLogic, the Long Island foreclosure rate was down in February 0.64 percent compared to last year’s rate, the lowest rate since July 2010. This bring Long Island’s average one-tenth of one percent lower than the state average at the end of Q3 of 2015, but still about 4 times the national average. The highest rate of foreclosures that Long Island experienced was 7.09 percent in August of 2012.

You can read the Comptroller’s report here, and check out some of the possible reasons for the recent decrease in foreclosures on Long Island in Newsday

Bellone Proposes Water Usage Fee to Combat Nitrogen Pollution

Vision was out in Yaphank this week to hear Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone outline his proposal for nitrogen reduction including a water fee that, if passed in the Suffolk Legislature and the NYS Legislature would be put before the voters in November as a referendum.

According to materials provided in advance, the County Executive has pointed out that “nitrogen pollution is the Number One threat to Suffolk County’s surface and ground water. Most of this nitrogen pollution comes from the 70% of Suffolk County homes – 360,000 houses—which are not sewered. To effectively address this threat, homes need to be connected to state-of-the-art treatment systems, beginning with priority parcels located nearest to ground and surface water. This means either sewers, clustered systems in selected circumstances, or, in most cases, advanced on-site systems. This process will incur an expense.” The fee would be $1 per 1000 gallons of water used which would, according to the Executive, be used solely towards nitrogen reduction programs in the county.

Many environmental organizations were out in support including Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Nature Conservancy, Peconic Green Growth, LI Pine Barrens Society, Group for the East End, League of Conservation Voters, Peconic Baykeeper, Seatuck Environmental, Defend H2O, Save the Great South Bay, LI Environmental Voters Forum and others. “There’s been a 200 percent increase in nitrogen pollution in our groundwater over the last 15 years,” said Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. That pollution, she said, affects the region’s charter boats, lobster boats, recreational boating and more.

Civics in support from across Suffolk County included Middle Island Civic’s Gail Lynch Bailey, Kings Park Civic’s Linda Henninger, with Chambers of Commerce in support including Oakdale Chamber’s Ron Beattie.

Regional planning organizations in support included the Rauch Foundation, Hagedorn Foundation, LIBI and the LI Regional Planning Council.
The Suffolk County administration was out in force including the Suffolk Planning Commission, Planning Dept., Labor Department, Suffolk County IDA and others.

Elected officials in support included NYS Assemblyman Steve Englebright, East Hampton Supervisor Larry Cantwell, Brookhaven Supervisor Ed Romaine, Patchogue Mayor Paul Pontieri, Mastic Beach Mayor Maura Sperry. One member of the Suffolk Legislature, Bridget Fleming, was in attendance as well.

Assemblyman Englebright noted that “for the first time, you, Bellone, are integrating freshwater and saltwater in one initiative.”  NY State would need to allow the proposal to move ahead to a referendum vote in November, with the Assemblyman saying that he will “pledge to work with you and your colleagues to do that”.

How the plan is presented to the public may make all the difference and the effort would benefit by a grassroots push that included local civic organizations, chambers of commerce and local municipalities.  Initial questions that Vision has heard to date regarding the proposed plan include whether or not the proposal is a water, sewer tax, or a user fee; what is the positive or negative impact to the small business community; what local communities will benefit from the fund; is there a delineated project list for communities, Towns or the County that spells out the projects the fund will provide; how much of the fund will be spent on administration costs; can the fund be used for other purposes, and if not, what are the “lockbox” provisions to ensure that the collected funds are used only for the intended purpose in the proposal.

Vision is in support of infrastructure funds and financing for water and sewer improvements for communities that want to see these systems come online, and praises the County Executive for coming forward with a proposal.

You can check out some of the media coverage of the proposal from LIBNNews 12FIOS1CBS, and Newsday

USDOT Releases Final Truck Size and Weight Study

The U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration released its long-awaited Final Truck Size and Weight Report to Congress last week and concluded after more than two years of study by many of the nation’s foremost truck size and weight experts that there should be no changes in current truck size and weight limits.

The study was to provide and compare data on accident frequency and evaluate the risk of crashes for vehicles over the federal size, evaluate infrastructure in states where oversized trucks are allowed, look into the cost and benefits of the impacts, and evaluate the frequency in violations of size and weight. The effect on public safety, fuel efficiency, the extent of likely diversion to arterial routes and environmental concerns were also undertaken. The DOT created a website to publically share information, including the ability to accept comments, and held four outreach sessions with stakeholders via internet or telephone.

The report ultimately concluded that there is not enough reliable data on which to base any increases in truck size or weight. While the report stresses the scarcity of data from which conclusions can be drawn and that no definitive results were produce, the study found certain points to support not allowing a policy change to allow changes in the current truck size and weight limits. The study did find that heavier trucks had alarmingly higher crash rates and out-of-service violation rates in the three states where the data was available; that longer double-trailer trucks have stopping distances 22 feet longer than today’s twin-trailer configuration; and both heavier and longer trucks cause significant bridge stress, costing billions of dollars in immediate bridge strengthening or reinforcement. Sixty five percent of Long Island’s bridges are deemed either functionally obsolete or structurally deficient according to NYSDOT. The report also noted that with a shift to larger trucks, less vehicle miles would be travelled, and fuel costs and emissions would be lower. The study concluded also that “in many ways, this study produced more questions than it sought to answer. Another study effort, with more time and more money, would not at this point yield more reliable results.”

The Senate Appropriations Committee recently marked up its Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) bill. While there were no amendments offered during committee, advocated in favor or not allowing increased truck weight and sizes are concerned that amendments may be offered on the Senate floor for heavier trucks, including 91,000-pound single-trailer trucks.

You can read the full report here

Car-less LI’s First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade

Car-Less Long Island invites all to join for the First Annual Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade, in celebration of National Bike-to-Work Month.

The parades follows a 6.5-mile loop with a 2.3-mile cut-off for those on foot, those with small children, and for those who just want a shorter ride. The parade culminates with a Bike-to-Work Festival with prizes for the best outfits and most creative bikes. Dressing up is optional, but is way more fun! The Bike-to-Work Festival leads into Hofstra University’s Dutch Festival, with rides, games.

The parade will be held on May 7th, gathering at Hofstra University at 9am. You can register and get more information about this event here.

Freeport Cares’ 7th Annual Peace March

Freeport Cares, a collaboration of the Freeport Schools, the Village of Freeport and various community-based organizations invite all to attend the 7th Annual Peace March.

The mission of Freeport Cares is to coordinate the programs and activities of the Freeport Public Schools with the Village of Freeport, the business community, local houses of worship, and Nassau County in supporting the needs of young people and families, with the goal of enhancing the well-being, educational and social success of the entire Freeport Community.

This year’s Community Peace March will be held on Saturday, May 7th at 9AM (rain or shine).  The Peach March will begin at Freeport High School, and will loop around (between a mile and a mile and a half). Marchers are asked to wear somethingyellow- the color representing hope, and especially, hope for peace.

There will also be a Health and Wellness Fair at the end of the March, with light snacks being served.

LI Business Council’s next meeting, Thursday, May 19th Featuring Bill Millett on Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education

On Thursday, May 19th, from 8:00am to 10:00am, The Long Island Business Council will be holding a worksession at the East Farmingdale Fire Department, located at 930 Conklin Street in Farmingdale. The Long Island Business Council is a group of small business leaders who are dedicated to regulatory relief, tax and utility stabilization for the average small business owner in addition to infrastructure investment towards Long Island’s downtowns.

This meeting will include special guest speaker Bill Millett from Scope View Strategic Advantage who will address the “Economic Benefits of Early Childhood Education”. Breakfast will be available for attendees. As a member of the Long Island Business Council you can pre-register at any time, at no cost. The fee for non-members is $45.00.

To RSVP, or for more information, please call (877) 811-7471, or email

American Planning Association Hosts Annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast

The Long Island Section of the American Planning Association is hosting its annual Arthur Kunz Memorial Scholarship Breakfast on May 20th.  Details at:  This year’s event will focus on parking technology and innovation.  Panelists will provide insight on the next generation of parking technology that is being implemented throughout the region.  Several municipal officials from across Long Island will also share their experience with public/private parking solutions, smart meter technology, site design, regulatory tools and other ways that communities are tackling the issue of parking management.  Vision Long Island Sustainability Director Elissa Kyle will be moderating the panel on Sustainable Parking and Management. AICP CM Credits have been requested.

When:  May 20th, 2016, 8am – 12pm
Where:  The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, Molloy Suffolk Center at Republic Airport, Farmingdale, NY
Full Details and Registration:

Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning Training

The Long Island Housing Partnership and St. Joseph’s College Institute for Attainable Homes will be presenting professional development training in Fair and Affordable Housing Land Use and Zoning of Friday, June 3rd from 9AM to 2PM. St, Joseph’s College is located at 155 West Roe Blvd. In Patchogue.

The training will be presented by Kevin Dwarka, M.C.P., J.D., Ph.D., land use and economic consultant and senior fellow at Pace Law School’s Land Use Law Center. Topics such as fair housing requirements, affordable housing planning, zoning, land use and design techniques, affordable housing financing and community economic benefits will be covered. As part of St. Joseph’s Center for Community Solutions, the Institute of Attainable Homes aims to support the growth of sustainable communities through intentional development and revitalization of homes, neighborhoods and communities in order to meet the needs of new residents, and ensure access to a good quality of life for all Long Islanders.

Cost for the training is only $25, and includes breakfast and lunch. To register, click here. For more information, contact Kara Felton at (631) 687-2402, or Sharon Mullon, D. Min., from the Long Island Housing Partnership, Inc. at (631) 435-4710, ext. 329.

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless Hosts Grand Opening Celebration

Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is pleased to announce their Grand Opening Celebration at their new facility in Amityville. Attendees can tour the newly renovated Community Resource Center and garden while learning about the different programs and services that are offered by organizations in the building. You can visit Long Island Coalition for the Homeless’ website by clicking here.

More details will be coming, so be sure to save the date! Friday, June 10th from 6pm-9pm at 600 Albany Avenue, Amityville. $50 per person includes a casual, barbeque-style dinner.

Help Wanted

NYMTC Seeks Input on Regional Plan for Future Transportation Funding

New York Metropolitan Transportation Council will be hosting three Long Island community workshops for the public to share their ideas and comments on Plan 2045, which will guide the future use of federal transportation funding for the region.

Those that join the meeting will be able to share ideas to shape the plan, view and comment on proposed projects, proposals and studies, review the proposed regional goals and desired outcomes, and learn more about the vision of the Council.

Suffolk (West)
May 9th, 3PM and 6PM
Republic Airport- 715 Republic Airport, Farmingdale

May 11th, 3PM and 6PM
Riverhead Legislative Auditorium, Suffolk County Legislature
300 Center Drive, Riverhead

May 12th, 3PM and 6PM
Nassau County Legislative Chamber
1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola

You can learn more about the regional plan by clicking here

NYS Grant Opportunity for Local Municipalities

Vision Long Island wants to alert local municipalities and supporters of downtown redevelopment to this grant opportunity from NYS that is due in the coming weeks.  Long Island has 60 downtown business districts with revitalization plans and over 40 that have been actively redeveloping their downtowns for many years. We want to be sure that all business districts have an opportunity to complete and review this appication in a timely fashion.

As part of the 2016 New York State Budget Governor Andrew M. Cuomo included The Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI).  The DRI will invest $10 million in one community in each of the ten regions across New York State that are ripe for development in order to transform them into vibrant communities where tomorrow’s workforce will want to live, work and raise their families. The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council has been asked to nominate one downtown in the Long Island region that is best positioned to take advantage of this DRI funding.

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council next meeting will be Monday, May 9, 2016 at Hofstra University, David S. Mack Student Center where a representative from the New York Department of State will be presenting on the Downtown Revitalization Initiative and will take questions from the audience. Registration for this meeting can be found at .

Applications must be submitted electronically to<> by no later than Friday, May 20, 2016. For more information on the criteria or application, contact the local Empire State Development office at 631-435-0717 or your local assemblyman or senator.

Help Wanted

Full-time COC Compliance Manager Position Available in Amityville

The Long Island Coalition for the Homeless is seeking applicants for a Full-Time Continuum of Care (COC) Compliance Manager in their main office located in Amityville.  This position requires a strong ability to research and understand policies and regulations; strategic planning; compliance monitoring, training and coordination of multiple groups and activities.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Maintain thorough knowledge of housing programs’ regulations and environmental review process;  assist Executive Director in monitoring and evaluating CoC programs and the provision of technical assistance as appropriate; coordination with Associate Director and HMIS staff for COC-related reporting; preparation of statistical reports pertaining to homelessness and housing; support Associate Director in development and implementation of initiatives to end homelessness, including facilitation and chairing of subcommittees as appropriate.

Local travel will be also required for this position. Benefits after probationary period will be available. These include paid time off (vacation, holiday, sick, personal), medical insurance for the employee (premium paid by LICH), and Simple IRA plan (with employer match). A criminal background check will be required before employment is offered.

Interested parties should submit a resume and salary requirements via email. For more information about this position, please click here. Please do not call Long Island Coalition for the Homeless regarding this position.

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

glen cove
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
Big Laughs in Bay Shore Comedy Night!
Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

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

East Hampton

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
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
Phantogram w/ Son Little
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

cinema arts centre
Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Village

Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
The Producers


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

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

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

Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center
20 Terry Street, Patchogue

Port Jefferson

Theatre Three
412 Main Street,
 Port Jefferson

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
Songs in the Attic w/ guests from The Billy Joel Band


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

Sag Harbor

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

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

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

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

Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville


Smithtown Township Arts Council

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

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

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

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

For information, visit their website.

Walkability Advocate Jeff Speck Simplifies Walkability Check List

What is the next urgent battle to be fought in the name of more walkable, livable streets and communities? So many things come to mind: the value of trees, the need for parallel parking to protect the sidewalk, the epidemic of unnecessary traffic signals, the mandate for truly buffered bike lanes. . . the list goes on. But what if there were one category that managed to include all the others?

Author and walkability advocate Jeff Speck, AICP, took a look at planning trends that are working, not exactly working, and those that lack using precedent and models when they are developed, with Lowell, Massachusetts as an example with his recent article in Citylab

Smart Talk

Newsletter Contributors:
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Kyle, Planning Director;
Jon Siebert, Program Coordinator, Chris Kyle, Administrative Director

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