Smart Talk Jan. 29th – Feb. 4th, 2017

Check out this week’s Smart Talk with updates on the Bi-county press conference for bus funding, new details on Third Track hearings, the approval of the Heartland project, and more…

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January 29th – February 4th, 2017


REGIONAL UPDATES

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A selection of quotes from this week’s Press Conference on Bus Service on Long Island:

“Long Island needs the state to do the right thing.  Nassau and Suffolk County pay a ridiculous amount in unfunded mandates to New York year after year. It’s time that they start thinking about us and fund this important service.For years, state funding allocated to Nassau and Suffolk County for operation of their bus systems has not been adequate, and has not allowed for sustainability or proper expansion of their routes for their 3 million residents. Additional operational assistance towards helping some of Long Island’s vulnerable is long-overdue, with lack of transportation disallowing those who rely on it access to job opportunities, education, medical care, and more.” – Hon. Norma Gonsalves, Presiding Officer, Nassau County Legislature

“Suffolk and Nassau counties are vehicle-dependent communities. Simply put, you cannot get around on Long Island without a vehicle. We must find a way to preserve existing bus routes to not only protect the students, working families, seniors and disabled who rely on them, but also to promote a sustainable future. Communities depend on bus service; it is a necessity in their lives. Eliminating or limiting public transportation routes removes their independence and their ability to work, go to school and manage their lives. Furthermore, multi-modal transportation is critical for building a Long Island that suits the interests and needs of our next generation.” – Hon. DuWayne Gregory, Presiding Officer, Suffolk County Legislature

“I’m proud to stand here today, united in a true bi-partisan effort that crosses two counties and puts Long Island’s working families first. Nassau and Suffolk’s economic success is tied directly to the success of our bus system. When we offer residents a high quality and affordable bus system, we are inherently offering real opportunity. Opportunity should have no borders and that is why we are standing here united today. We know the families of the Long Island region don’t see borders when they equate economic growth. They might live in Nassau and work in Suffolk. They might live in Suffolk and work in Nassau. They might travel from Suffolk, transfer in Nassau to get to a job in Brooklyn, Queens or any of the 5 boroughs – but they call themselves Long Islanders and their economic success is our success story and therefore we must unite to deliver high quality mass transit for them. Today, we unite. Tomorrow, we fight for more investment in Long Island’s bus system and hopefully in the near future we deliver together bus service that works as hard delivering for them as they work to deliver for their families.” – Hon. Kevan Abrahams, Minority Leader, Nassau County Legislature

“It’s time for the State to match its level of commitment and investment to Suffolk County with that of our peers.  It is imperative that we secure this investment from the State to allow us to provide basic transportation for our youth, seniors and hardworking residents of Suffolk County to keep our economy growing.” – Hon. Kevin McCaffrey, Minority Leader, Suffolk County Legislature

“Suffolk County buses lack the necessary routes and hours of operation which drastically impacts riders and over all ridership,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “We don’t receive our fair share of state funding, which allows neighboring Counties to run more efficient and accessible services. We need New York State to provide fair funding to Suffolk riders so that they can have the services they deserve.” – Hon. Kate Browning, Legislator, Suffolk County

“While we are exploring sources of recurring revenue — such as securing a portion of the MTA payroll tax or using ride-share proceeds — we have the resources to bridge the gap, and to keep Nassau’s $12 million bus service robust this year. The county’s fund balance is about $30 million more than our policy requires, and we have the opportunity to glean up to $9 million from Other Than Personal Services (OTPS), that is, funds that are solely at the discretion of the administration.” – Hon. Laura Curran, Legislator, Nassau County

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Bus Riders and Stakeholders Present a United Front to Preserve Essential Bus Service on Long Island

This past Monday, January 30, a press conference was held at the Molloy College Suffolk Center in East Farmingdale to share the united voices of Vision Long Island, local elected officials, small business advocates, community leaders, transportation representatives and citizens of Long Island (LI) on the critical issue of inadequate funding for LI’s two public transit systems, Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) and Suffolk County Transit (SCT).

The message: LI’s transit systems need their fair share of funding to sustain and grow NICE and SCT and preserve the essential services they provide for residents who need transportation to work, school, hospitals, LIRR stations, downtown areas and other municipal services. This includes senior citizens, the underprivileged, people with disabilities and more – for people who are most in need. Cuts in SCT routes in late 2016 have impacted eight routes and approximately 500 riders daily, while the proposed cuts for NICE are anticipated to leave approximately 5,400 plus riders without adequate transportation this year if nothing is done.

This coalition of supporters proposes an Emergency Action Plan to Preserve Bus Service. The action plan consists of five recommendations:

  1. Include an emergency appropriation in the NYS budget to stave off cuts in Nassau bus service and restore service cut from Suffolk bus service.
  2. Ensure that ridesharing legislation includes a mandate for a $0.50 surcharge for all rides on LI be directed to the LI bus systems and not the MTA, as was originally proposed.
  3. Pass legislation to redirect a portion of the MTA payroll tax to LI transportation priorities – including NICE and SCT – as previous legislation intended.
  4. Require that any Federal infrastructure dollars secured for the region have funding included for operating and capital budgets for LI bus service.
  5. Conduct reviews of NICE and SCT routes by Nassau and Suffolk County to look for efficiencies and local offsets, if needed, to match State and Federal assistance for continued bus service.

It is important to note that the people who spoke at this conference were a coalition of elected officials and stakeholders from all across Long Island.  Representatives from both Counties as well as numerous Chambers of Commerce, and advocates for bus riders, the elderly, and the impoverished all met in order to agree and speak on this important subject matter.  Ease of access to public transportation has become a vital concern for all Long Islanders, and needs to be addressed at all levels of government.

“Suffolk County buses lack the necessary routes and hours of operation which drastically impacts riders and over all ridership,” stated Legislator Kate Browning. “We don’t receive our fair share of state funding, which allows neighboring Counties to run more efficient and accessible services. We need New York State to provide fair funding to Suffolk riders so that they can have the services they deserve.” – Hon. Kate Browning, Legislator, Suffolk County

“While we are exploring sources of recurring revenue — such as securing a portion of the MTA payroll tax or using ride-share proceeds — we have the resources to bridge the gap, and to keep Nassau’s $12 million bus service robust this year. The county’s fund balance is about $30 million more than our policy requires, and we have the opportunity to glean up to $9 million from Other Than Personal Services (OTPS), that is, funds that are solely at the discretion of the administration.” – Hon. Laura Curran, Legislator, Nassau County

Special thanks to: Nassau Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves, Suffolk Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory, Nassau Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Suffolk Minority Leader Kevin McCaffrey, Nassau Legislators Rich Nicolello, Rose Walker, Laura Curran, Steven Rhoads, Carrié Solages, Ellen Birnbaum; Freeport Trustee Debbie Mule, and Josh Slaughter from Leg. Kate Browning’s office.

Local Business included: Francesca Carlow from the Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce, Frank Camarano from the East Meadow Chamber of Commerce, Lois Howes from the Freeport Chamber of Commerce, Darrin Green from the Hempstead Chamber of Commerce and Ron Beattie from the Suffolk Alliance of Chambers of Commerce and the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce.

Labor leaders and advocates included: Ryan William Stanton from the LI Federation of Labor, Deborah Hagen from TWU local 252, Anita Halasz from LI Jobs with Justice.

Human service leaders, environmentalists and other transit advocates included: Dr. Richard Koubek from the 18 member Suffolk Welfare to Work Commission, staff from, SILO, Free and Island Harvest, Jon Siebert from Friends of Long Island, Neal Lewis from the Sustainability Institute at Molloy, Rosemary Mascali from Transit Solutions and Vision’s Director representing the 90 organization LI Lobby Coalition.

Suffolk County Transit and NICE Bus also presented the status of their service and the importance of additional funding to preserve this mode of transportation for working Long Islanders.

Most importantly we heard from bus riders themselves: Aaron Michael from the LI Bus Riders Union who has created a real ground level advocacy group for bus service, John Michno from Westbury and Marilyn Tucci from Shirley.

This coalition along with the LI Lobby Coalition will take this message of needed bus funding to Albany on March 22nd but will be working well in advance of that for immediate solutions.

You can read the full press release for this press conference here.

Nassau Communities Commission Independent Environmental Impact Study of 3rd Track

The Town of Hempstead has joined with the Villages of New Hyde Park, Floral Park, and Garden City to hire a pair of consultants to conduct and environmental impact study of the proposed 3rd track for Long Island Railroad.

The Boston based engineering firm Vertex Companies and Manhattan law firm Beveridge and Diamond have been contracted to examine a recently issued draft environmental impact statement.  The cost of the services rendered will be split amongst the municipalities and is estimated to reach several hundred thousand dollars.

“There is nothing more important than protecting the health of our residents,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino said in a statement. “A major proposal like the LIRR third track project includes a host of prospective environmental consequences that could profoundly and negatively affect people near the project area.”

The expansion is currently being proposed for a 9.8 mile track that is located within the railroad’s property.  LIRR has stated that this project is necessary to increase capacity and service and will be conducted in a way to minimize disruptions to the local communities.

Vision Long Island supports expansion of a third track on Long Island, but in a way that provides community input, mitigation of impacts, and robust public benefits for local communities.

You can read more on this subject here.

Heartland Project Receives Unanimous Approval from Planning Commission

This past Wednesday the Suffolk County Planning Commission voted 14-0 to recommend approval for the first phase of the Heartland Town Square development.

The $4 billion project will be located on the former site of the Pilgrim State hospital in Brentwood and will bring mixed-use redevelopment to the area.  The project was initially proposed 15 years ago and is estimated to create one million square feet of retail space, over 3 million square feet of office space, and over 9,000 apartments.  This will eventually lead to about 23,000 permanent jobs and over 1,500 construction jobs over the course of development.  The initial phase will create 3,000 apartments and 700,000 square feet of retail and office space combined.

There were some conditions attached to the recommendation, however: certification that all contractors and subcontractors would participate in apprenticeship programs; monitoring of traffic at 50% occupancy during the first phase and sequential stages; monitoring of changes to the groundwater table and irrigation needs by the Suffolk County Water Authority.  There were also concerns about overcrowding in Brentwood schools with recommendations to reserve land for a new school building, as well as sewer usage and inclusion of local labor unions.

The planning commission has held two separate meetings on the plan and listened to arguments on both sides.  The plan, which is one of the most ambitious developments ever proposed on Long Island, enjoys support within the Brentwood community, with a majority of dissenters coming from outside of the town.

Approval of the plan now shifts the to the Town Board of Islip for final approval, who will schedule a public hearing to take comments on rezoning the property and review building permits for approval.  Islip’s planning board has previously voted to recommend approval of the first phase of the project.

You can read more on this project here and here.

NYS Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge to Hempstead IDA Benefits

A decision by the New York Supreme Court has given the go ahead for a 336-unit apartment complex in downtown Hempstead.

The project, being developed by Renaissance Downtowns and UrbanAmerica, was awarded a mortgage tax exemption, a sales and use tax exemption up to $3.45 million and a 10-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement by the Hempstead IDA.  These benefits were subsequently challenged by six plaintiffs, including Hempstead Village Trustee Donald Ryan.  The plaintiffs argued that the project was not eligible for financial assistance under municipal law and that it would increase traffic congestion while taxing school and municipal resources.

The challenge was dismissed in Justice Jeffrey Brown’s decision, who sided with the IDA’s argument that the project would add job opportunities, health, general prosperity and economic welfare to the town.  Brown further noted that the project would combat economic deterioration within the scope of the IDA’s jurisdiction and authority.

“We are extremely pleased at the judge’s decision to uphold the Town of Hempstead IDA’s issuance of a PILOT for phase one of the Renaissance Downtowns/RXR Realty redevelopment initiative for the Village of Hempstead,” said Renaissance Downtowns CEO Donald Monti via email. “This overall project represents the creation of 12,000 construction job years, 6,000 permanent jobs along with $2.5 billion dollars of economic development activity. This allows us, in partnership with the village to move forward swiftly, put village residents and contractors to work immediately and generate the long-awaited economic redevelopment of the village.”

Vision Long Island recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for this project and is supportive of Renaissance Downtown’s efforts to bring revitalization to the area.

You can read more on this story here.

Supervisor Bosworth Presents the State of the Town for North Hempstead

This past Friday, January 27th, with over 100 in attendance at the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, Supervisor Judi Bosworth delivered her fourth State of the Town speech for North Hempstead, sending a message of environmental protection, reduction of zombie properties, and community involvement.  She was also sure to note the re-activation of the Citizens Advisory Committee, a welcome move that would allow the Town to keep an open dialogue with its community.

The speech covered a variety of subjects, including the awarding of $159,000 in grant funding to allow the town North Hempstead to address the growing issue of “zombie homes.”  The grant was awarded by the State Attorney General’s office thanks to a settlement with Morgan Stanley over illegal foreclosure practices and is being used to provide consumer relief.  As part of this process, the Town intends to work on public outreach, including informative mailings.  North Hempstead will also produce public service announcements targeting at-risk homeowners in order to bring the available resources to their attention.

Other initiatives will include the creation of a task force aimed at disseminating this information and coordinating the outreach campaign.  The town will seek to target at risk home owners and provide education on how to avoid foreclosure.  This will include a workshop in the late spring where banks will speak directly to homeowners on how to stay in their homes.

Another section of the speech spoke on the redevelopment of North Hempstead Beach Park, a process that has recently concluded its third community visioning meeting.  The town has hired Quennell Rothschild, a landscape architecture with several waterfront redesigns under its belt that includes Port Jefferson, to redesign the park.  The process was brought on by a strong desire to include the community in any new design and involved a fair amount of community input, which is now being translated into actual design by the firm.  The project will most likely be done in phases on the 90 acre property as the funding becomes available and is hoping to incorporate nature trails through the 200 acre wetlands preserve immediately adjacent.

Supervisor Bosworth also brought a strong message of environmental preservation, pointing out that the town was honored in 2016 with a prestigious Environmental Champion Award by the EPA for reducing plastic in the waterways.  The Town has also commenced an inter-municipal project that will monitor storm water infrastructure through an electronic map.  This will allow North Hempstead to track pollution sources throughout all its Villages as well as the Town proper.  This was made possible by a Water Quality Improvement grant from the New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation.  This also coincides with a pledge to reduce water consumption by 15% districtwide.  Other environmental points were the addition of bat housing for mosquito control and the opening of a rain garden in Albertson.

Ms. Bosworth also brought up pool renovations at the Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park as a continuation of ongoing park renovations across the town.  2016 renovations saw the addition of an outdoor classroom in a Westbury Park, refurbished ponds in Roslyn Heights, and a pool restoration in Manhasset.

To read the state of the Town in full, you can go here.

Copiague Begins Design Process for Streetscape Improvements

The Town of Babylon begun to draft streetscape improvements for Great Neck Road in Copiague, a long anticipated move.

The Town recently hired Florida-based engineering firm NV5 to create plans for the half-mile stretch of road, calling for 10 new crosswalks, a median, widened sidewalks, and new bike racks and planters along parts of the road.  The target area is located between Scudder and Campagnoli Avenues and will include parts of the intersecting streets.

“The area is really car-dominant,” said Amy Pfeiffer, director of Babylon’s Office of Downtown Revitalization, which is overseeing the project. “It really feels oppressive as a pedestrian.”

While many of the changes fall in line with “traffic calming,” Ms. Pfeiffer did not that the changes will not impede drivers.  The speed limit will remain at 30 mph and parking will be added to the street.  Part of the costs of the project will be paid via State and County grants, while the remainder will be drawn from the town’s Department of Public Works Budget.  Construction is expected to begin in Fall of 2017.

In addition to this initiative, a separate grant will be used to commission NY-based In. Site: Architecture to develop new guidelines for the facades of buildings running along the street.  These will be used as a basis for any future upgrades to buildings in the area.

The stage was set for these improvements in 2015 when the town rezoned 31 acres to help spur development.

You can read more on the project and funding here.

Contact Your Assembly Member and Senator for Bus Funding

As the New York State budget is released, public bus advocates on Long Island have taken note that there is once again no mechanism towards a dedicated funding stream from the state for Nassau and Suffolk bus systems outside of the State Transportation Operating Assistance funds (STOA) which has a fixed formula for funding throughout the state. As proposed in this year’s recommended budget, $5 billion will be appropriated for transit assistance; $4.5 billion will go to the MTA, with a $30 million increase, and other transit systems receiving $502 million collectively.

Non-MTA transit in the downstate region continues to receive less than its fair share in funding towards local operating and capital costs. With the fiscal climate in both Nassau and Suffolk Counties being seen as uncertain and challenging, cuts to public buses are once again being proposed in Nassau, and have already been seen in Suffolk, as a means to balance the budget. Without a dedicated funding stream for Long Island’s transit system, continuality of operations and needed expansions will again be in question, jeopardizing the livelihood of some of Long Island’s most vulnerable- especially as the only state funding for Nassau and Suffolk are at risk of being reduced due to cuts to the system, perpetuating a downward spiral.

All Long Islanders are urged to contact their Assembly member and Senator, urging them to add dedicated funding for Nassau and Suffolk’s bus systems’ operational and capital expenses to this year’s budget.  You can find your Assembly member here, and your Senator here. Please email info@visionlongisland.org if you or your organization would like updates and to pledge support towards upcoming efforts to get Long Island’s fair share in public transit funding.

The 2017 Complete Streets Summit

Please join us for the 2017 Complete Streets Summit on Thursday, March 30th, from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM at The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, located at 7180 Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

This event consists of a contingent of chambers of commerce, civic associations, local governments, engineering and professional trade groups, transit advocates and members of the public who want safe streets for all modes of traffic. The group looks to coordinate Complete Streets planning efforts, communicate on finding opportunities for local projects, and act as a clearinghouse for information and lobby with a united voice for safe roadways.

Past Complete Streets Summits, held at the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College in Farmingdale, have been gatherings of government leaders, planners, engineers, nonprofits and other community stakeholders who support policy changes to design roadways for all uses – not just automobiles. The Summit was a chance to remind participants of the campaign’s significance.

Online registration is available here. You can also register by contacting Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or ck@visionlongisland.org.

Technical Assistance Grants for Affordable Solar Projects Available

NY-Sun is now accepting applications for the Affordable Solar Predevelopment and Technical Assistance program. This new funding opportunity supports the development of solar projects for multifamily affordable housing and community solar projects serving low-to-moderate income (LMI) households, with up to $200,000 for each approved proposal.

Many LMI households are unable to access benefits from conventional residential solar installations. To help expand access to solar benefits for LMI households, NYSERDA is seeking proposals for projects leading to:

  • The implementation and operation of solar installations for multifamily affordable housing buildings
  • Shared solar (community distributed generation) installations that will provide the benefits of solar to LMI households

Projects related to on-site solar installations for owner-occupied houses are not eligible for funding through this solicitation. However, NY-Sun provides support to LMI homeowners through the Affordable Solar Program.

Applications may be submitted by local governments, affordable housing, community organizations and service providers working to make solar accessible to LMI communities in New York. NY-Sun will accept and review applications on a rolling basis until all funds are exhausted. Visit the program webpage for more details and the application.

If you have questions about the solicitation, please email affordablesolar@nyserda.ny.gov.

DOE Solar in Your Community Challenge Grant

The Solar in Your Community Challenge is an 18-month, $5 million prize competition to support community-based solar programs and projects aimed at providing solar access to low and moderate income communities. The Challenge is aimed at supporting innovators across the U.S. to create scalable solutions that will bring solar to nonprofits, LMI households and local and tribal governments. Selected teams will be provided with seed funding as they complete milestones, receive technical assistance from an online marketplace of qualified experts, and compete to win final prizes from May 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018.

If you are interested in learning more about the Solar in Your Community Challenge and forming a team, please visit the program webpage. The application deadline is March 17, 2017. This program is supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and is administered by SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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?

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Baldwin


Bow Tie Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
bowtiecinemas.com

Bellmore

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Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Freeport


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
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

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
516-466-2020
bowtiecinemas.com

Hicksville


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.

Manhasset

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Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
bowtiecinemas.com

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
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

Roslyn

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Bow Tie Roslyn Theatre

20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
bowtiecinemas.com

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

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Seaford Cinemas

3951 Merrick Road, Seaford
516-409-8700
seafordcinemas.com

Westbury

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The Space at Westbury

250 Post Avenue, Westbury

Tickets and more information available here

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Amityville


Revolution
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

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AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

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Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

Islip Village

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Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip
631-581-5200
Showtimes at Islip Cinemas

Northport


The John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport
http://engemantheater.com/

Patchogue


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
http://plazamac.org/

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

Riverhead


Suffolk Theater
http://www.suffolktheater.com/

 


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

Sayville


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

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Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville
631-589-0232
sayvillecinemas.com

Smithtown


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


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.

Polar Bears Take the Plunge for Make a Wish Foundation

Every year on Super Bowl Sunday, Long Beach holds its Annual Super Bowl Splash Event, where thousands of people take an icy plunge into the ocean in order to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. Now in its 18th year, the event will take place this Sunday, February 5 at 12:30pm for a 1:30 pm plunge. The event brought in almost a half million last year, with over 7,000 people expected this year.

You can check out more information on the event, and how you can join in, here.

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Chris Kyle, Communications Director

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