Smart Talk July 29th- August 2nd, 2013


July 29th – August 2nd, 2013




National Grid


National Grid is an international electricity and gas company and one of the largest investor-owned energy companies in the world. They play a vital role in delivering gas and electricity to many millions of people across Great Britain and northeastern US in an efficient, reliable and safe manner.

As an energy provider, they are committed to safeguarding our global environment for future generations and providing their customers with the highest standards of service through investment in their networks and through a talented, diverse workforce.


Schneiderman“This is a major step closer to a significant rollout of needed Sunday bus service throughout Suffolk County. The fact that we are seeing major ridership increases demonstrates that Sunday bus service is meeting a major unmet need.” – Suffolk County Legislator Jay Schneiderman speaking on the recently expanded bus service in Suffolk County

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Governor Cuomo Signs Bill to Replace Long Island Power Authority with Public Service Electric and Gas Company as utility service provider on Long Island


On Sunday, July 29th, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill to transfer control of the Long Island Power Authority to the Public Service Electric and Gas Company, a New Jersey-based corporation also known as PSEG.

According to Cuomo, LIPA had been “wasteful, expensive, and incompetent,” especially in responding Hurricane Sandy.

“LIPA was failing communities in Nassau County long before Superstorm Sandy hit, but the events of last fall made the need for sweeping changes undeniable,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano added.

LIPA has been a major expense for Long Island taxpayers since the 1990s, the utility rates continuously increasing.  Governor Cuomo is confident that with his new legislation in order, utility rates should remain flat for now and the following two years.

“This new law brings immediate reforms to LIPA, stabilizes rates and creates the framework for better electric service in the years to come,” said Assemblyman Rob Sweeney. “Rate stability, accountability, and better storm preparedness are the key parts of the new law. Working with the Governor, my colleagues and I in the legislature were able to pass legislation that fundamentally restructured LIPA with a new penchant for customer service and emergency preparedness.”

PSEG, which is to take over for LIPA on January 1st of next year, is expected to reduce debt placed on taxpayers and provide more efficient customer services.  The Public Service Electric and Gas Company had operated in New Jersey since 1903 and became strictly focused on utility provision mid-20th Century.

As of now, the company provides power service to nearly three-quarters of New Jersey and will be extending these services throughout Long Island. Although it seems like a daunting task to surpass LIPA’s utility services in every aspect with a smaller tax intake, Cuomo is certain that PSEG will be able to “figure it out.”  LIPA is to remain a holding company during PSEG’s regime.

Vision Long Island is happy to see that the clean energy programs that were honored at this year’s Smart Growth Awards will survive the transition intact.

For more information on the Bill and PSEG, please read Governor Andrew Cuomo’s press release.

NICE Bus expands service in Nassau County


Nassau is potentially going to receive a huge service improvement, including new express buses on one of the biggest routes. Nassau Community College will turn into a “transit hub”, NICE officials said Friday.

The proposed plans are yet to be finalized; there are plans to receive feedback from riders at community meetings scheduled next week. Among the changes to be introduced the n4 Express is one of them. This will provide service for riders on the south shore route—the second busiest in the NICE system, only behind the N6.

This elaborate plan includes six different routes, and inspired from the N6 Express , the N4 will only make key stops between Freeport and Jamaica, relieving crowding on buses and offering faster rides. Part of NICEs plan is to increase service for the college students to promote the use of buses for life.

NICE is paying for improvements with about $5 million in new state and $3 million from MetroCard customers. Charlene Obernauer, founder of the nonprofit Long Island Bus Riders Union, called the changes “a really positive thing” for NICE, which carried fewer riders last year than in 2011. She went on to say, “The more we look to the future of our transit system, the better it is for the future of Nassau County.”

Suffolk County will expand Sunday Bus Service Countywide thanks to NYMTC funds


The New York Metropolitan Transit Council has recently approved the distribution of $3.96 million in federal funding in order to aid Suffolk County in expanding their Sunday bus service.  The funding that will be matched with even more money from the state and will allow for the County to expand their Sunday bus services beyond the East End.

NYMTC’s funds will be used to expand bus services for three years. “Expanded Sunday bus service will provide opportunity and access for thousands of Suffolk County residents,” said Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone.

A compromise was met by Bellone and Legis. Jay Schneiderman of Montauk
in May to expand the Sunday service countywide for a one-year trial period. With this new funding busses will now be allowed to run a convenient seven days a week through 2016.

“This is a major step closer to a significant rollout of needed Sunday bus service throughout Suffolk County,” Legislator Schneiderman said. He also went on to say, “The fact that we are seeing major ridership increases demonstrates that Sunday bus service is meeting a major unmet need.”

The expanded Sunday service is expected to go into effect Countywide in January, 2014.

Nassau County moves Complete Streets bill out of committee


After Sandi Vega’s fourteen year old daughter Brittany was killed in a hit and run accident on Sunrise Highway almost three years ago, Nassau County has decided to begin to implement tough new safety standards for its roadways.

On Monday July 29th, Complete Streets legislation was unanimously passed by Nassau County Legislature through the public works committee. This program has already been adopted in over 500 different communities across the country. Complete Streets will help facilitate the installation of pedestrian crossings and bike lanes throughout Nassau County. The Nassau county legislature is expected to vote on the Complete Streets legislation in August.

Sandi Vega, a local resident of Wantagh, has been working to improve street safety on one of the most dangerous roads in the state. It is because of her work and dedication that brought Complete Streets to fruition. Complete Streets laws and policies require traffic engineers and transportation planners to design new or retrofitted roads to accommodate the needs of all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit riders, and people of all ages and abilities.

For the full video, please visit News 12.

First Annual Car Free Day of Long Island to take place on September 20th


On September 20th will be Long Island’s first annual Car Free Day as a step towards energy conservation and cleaner living.  Long Islanders are suggested to either not use cars at all during this day or carpool to reduce the number of vehicles on the road.

People are also advised to rely on mass transit, bicycling, or walking if feasible; otherwise see if it is possible to work by telecommuting.

This event will be occurring internationally in over 1,500 cities this year, and Car Free Day Long Island is one of our own opportunities to cut down on toxic energy emissions and set a precedent for every day commuting.

To register for this event, you can fill out a pledge form on the Car Free Day website with an additional opportunity to win prizes.  Vision Long Island is working with Car Free Day Long Island in efforts to promote multimodal transportation and reduce the traffic congestion that every Long Islander dreads.

To learn more about Car Free Day Long Island, please visit their Facebook page, or their website.


Town of Brookhaven Meets to Discuss New Carmans River Conservation Plan


On Tuesday, July 30th the Town of Brookhaven met for a town hall and community meeting to discuss the new Carmans River Conservation and Management Plan. The Carmans River runs 10 miles through the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge into the Great South Bay. It holds significant ecological and recreational importance, so approving an appropriate protection plan is necessary for both the river and the residents who use it.
The meeting consisted of an outline of the management plan followed by feedback from organizations and members of the community.

Key highlights of the plan include the creation 135 new Pine Barrens Credits and compatible growth area expansions that will include the acquisition of private lands to be preserved by the town. There will also be rezoning in order to preserve open space, create cluster development projects, and protect the watershed. No development will be allowed along the river corridor and there will be limits to the amount of pesticide and fertilizer use allowed. Community outreach about the importance of preserving the watershed is also included in the plan along with improvements to storm water infrastructure. All recommendations will preserve open space and protect the biological diversity of the river.

There was both concern and support seen from members of the community. Those who supported the document were happy to see the creation of a comprehensive science based plan that resolves the problems found in previous plans and takes action to ensure the river and watershed are preserved. Supporters understand that implementation of this plan is a necessary step to prevent overdevelopment and protect the river.

Some criticism stemmed from concern that the plan does not propose clear action steps and is simply a wish list that the authors would like to see happen. There is also concern that the creation of new Pine Barrens Credits will cause overdevelopment to occur. To alleviate this worry it was suggested that all development be done in line with a community based planning process so that members of the community will remain involved and there will be transparency.

If adopted, the Carmans River Conservation and Management Plan will protect the river and watershed from nitrate and pesticide pollution, preserve land, and hopefully pave the way for clustered, mixed use downtowns that will improve the spaces surrounding Carmans River.

To view the full plan, please click here. You can also read Vision’s testimony concerning the project here.


Op-ed: Paul Krugman, Stranded by Sprawl


This opinion piece was originally featured in the New York Times. Paul Krugman is an American economist and an op-ed columnist for The New York Times, among other publications. He is known in academia for his work on international economics.

“Detroit is a symbol of the old economy’s decline. It’s not just the derelict center; the metropolitan area as a whole lost population between 2000 and 2010, the worst performance among major cities. Atlanta, by contrast, epitomizes the rise of the Sun Belt; it gained more than a million people over the same period, roughly matching the performance of Dallas and Houston without the extra boost from oil.

Yet in one important respect booming Atlanta looks just like Detroit gone bust: both are places where the American dream seems to be dying, where the children of the poor have great difficulty climbing the economic ladder. In fact, upward social mobility — the extent to which children manage to achieve a higher socioeconomic status than their parents — is even lower in Atlanta than it is in Detroit. And it’s far lower in both cities than it is in, say, Boston or San Francisco, even though these cities have much slower growth than Atlanta.

So what’s the matter with Atlanta? A new study suggests that the city may just be too spread out, so that job opportunities are literally out of reach for people stranded in the wrong neighborhoods. Sprawl may be killing Horatio Alger.”

To view the full editorial, please visit the New York Times.


California Pizza Kitchen and Friends of Long Island hosting fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims


On August 30th, Friends of Long Island will also be hosting a fundraiser at all California Pizza Kitchen locations across the island. To participate, simply bring this flyer with you and 20% of your bill will be donated to Friends of Long Island.  All funds collected will go directly to affected communities helping families to get back in their homes.

Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy is a diverse coalition of local community and business organizations focused on post-Sandy rebuilding. Approximately 18 different community groups make up Friends of Long Island representing Sandy affected communities from East Rockaway to the Hamptons. Although it has been almost 9 months since the storm, many south shore neighborhoods, residents and businesses still need all forms of assistance. The goal of these groups is to ensure public and private resources make it directly to local communities, and has pledged to raise $500,000 to this end.

You  can also send a donation to Friends of Long Island: Communities Helping Communities post-Sandy by clicking here.

Volunteers needed for Clean Up this Weekend!


Dear potential volunteers who have not yet signed up for a community for this weekend.

Thanks for your past help of Sandy  impacted residents but much work still needs to be done. I know that with the holiday season, it may be hard for you to come out but any time you could donate would be greatly appreciated.

This weekend we will be continuing our cleanup efforts in the following communities:

Meetup on Irving Ave
Freeport, NY 11520
Saturday at 8am
For more information, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

Saturday at 9am
For location, please contact Eric Alexander 631-804-9128

St. Andrew’s Church
250 Neighborhood Road
Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday and Sunday at 10 am
Skilled labor preferred for rebuilding.
For more information please contact Victoria Lissy at 631-617-7273

With a goal to get at least 50-100 more Long Islanders back in their homes, the Friends of Long Island group has embarked on a fundraising campaign to initially raise $500,000 for building materials and labor. All donations will go directly to these communities to aide in recovery efforts. If you would like to support the relief efforts, you can send your donations to:

Vision Long Island Sandy Relief
24 Woodbine Ave
Suite 2
Northport, NY 11768



EmPower Solar and the Town of Hempstead host Family Solar Night on August 8th


Family Solar Night, hosted by EmPower Solar and the Town of Hempstead, will take place on Thursday, August 8th, 2013 from 6:00pm-8:00pm. The winners of the 2013 EmPower Solar Student Competition will be announced at this event, students from Long Island and NYC high schools will learn which team will go home with $1,000 scholarships and tickets to the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon in California, following a tour of the energy park and a solar seminar by EmPower.

The evening will also have food, entertainment, and education. The event will take place at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park in Point Lookout, NY. The event is open, but they ask that all participants pre-register via the provided online form, where you can also find further information including the schedule.

“The Business of Art” seminar on August 8th and new exhibit at The Amsterdam in Port Washington


An exhibition of fine art by celebrated artist, Ruth Poniarski, will be on view from August 6th to the 11th. There will be an opening reception on August 6th beginning at 7:30pm where viewers will get a chance to meet the artist and enjoy light refreshments.

On Thursday, August 8th, 2013 at 8:30am the Town of North Hempstead Business & Tourism Development Corporation, The Amsterdam at Harborside, and LIDC/GNYDC will host a free small business breakfast seminar, “The Business of Art.” Angela Susan Anton, CEO of Anton publications, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies. Panels include: “Art as a Marketing Tool for Business” moderated by Charlee Miller Executive Director of Art League Long Island, “Art as a Community Revitalization Tool” moderated by Regina Gil Executive Director of Great Neck Arts Center, “Business of Museums – their impact on communities economic development and quality of life” hosted by Dr. Michael Schantz – ED/CEO of the Hecksher Museum of Art.

Both events will be taking place at The Amsterdam at Harborside, 300 East Overlook (off Fairway Drive) Port Washington, NY 11050. Registration is required for the both events. To register for the opening reception on August 6th, please click here. To register for the seminar, please click here. For more information please call (516) 433-5000.

LIDC/GNYDC is a 501(C)3 family of nonprofit economic development organizations providing low cost loans and free technical assistance and education/seminars for small businesses, nonprofits and others in Nassau and Suffolk Counties, Long Island, NY. Please visit for more information.

Farmingdale Village to host “Live Downtown” on August 11th


Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee (FV DMP IC) hosts the first ever “live downtown” walkable event on Sunday, August 11th, featuring local music and talent, dining, and family entertainment.

The event will take place on Main Street, which will be closed down for the event, in Farmingdale, from Croxley’s to Corner Cafe and then again at the Library Cafe to Cara Cara. Front Street, Conklin, and Prospect Streets remain open.

On both dates, a bandstand will be set up from 4:00 to 7:00pm where live, local performances will take place. Also in attendance will be The Shark 94.3 to join in on the music during the event.

The village hosts various events throughout the summer, such as the Village Pops music Wednesday nights, which are ongoing, and the “Movies On The Village Green” taking place every Thursday night, beginning July 11th.

The Farmingdale Village Downtown Master Plan Implementation Committee will continue to plan, host, and sponsor various downtown events to promote local shopping, dining, and entertainment.


NYS DOT accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement ProgramTEP

Currently, the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) is accepting applications for the Transportation Enhancement Program (TEP).

TEP is a federal reimbursement program under the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU). The TEP will fund projects not generally eligible for funding through traditional transportation programs. The program will fund transportation projects which show cultural, aesthetic, historic, and/or environmental significance, recognizing that factors which influence and affect transportation systems go beyond the condition of traditional infrastructure.

Projects must fall into one or more of the following categories: facilities for bicycles and pedestrians; scenic or historic highway programs; landscaping and other scenic beautification; preservation of abandoned railway corridors (including the conversion and use thereof for pedestrian or bicycle trails); or environmental mitigation to address water pollution due to highway runoff or to reduce vehicle-caused wildlife mortality while maintaining habitat connectivity. All improvements funded through this program must be available for public access and use.

Municipalities (county, city, town or village); state agencies other than the New York State Department of Transportation; and state or local authorities are eligible to apply for funding of up to $30,000,000. Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organizations but must be sponsored by one of the three groups mentioned above.

The deadline for the applications is August 16th, 2013. To submit an application or for more information, please contact:

Doug Burgey, Main Office

50 Wolf Road, Albany, NY 12232

You can also call (518) 485-9959 or email For more information, please visit the website. A workshop schedule and a list of NYSDOT Regional TEP Coordinators (Local contacts) can be found on the TEP website above.

National Endowment for the Humanities announces Bridging Cultures grants program


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced their Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges grants to encourage exploration of the ways in which cultures from around the globe, as well as the myriad subcultures within America’s borders, have influenced American society. With the aim of revitalizing intellectual and civic life through the humanities, NEH welcomes proposals that enhance understanding of diverse countries, peoples, and cultural and intellectual traditions worldwide. Applicants might also investigate how Americans have approached and attempted to surmount seemingly unbridgeable cultural divides, or examine the ideals of civility and civic discourse that have informed this quest.

Projects which are eligible for funding must: create opportunities for community college faculty members to study together while improving their capacity to teach the humanities; enhance or develop areas of need in an institution’s humanities programs; and give community college faculty access to humanities resources through partnerships with other institutions with appropriate resources.

Grants may be used to enhance the humanities content of existing programs, develop new programs, or lay the foundation for more extensive endeavors in the future.

About seven to nine applicants will be awarded funding of up to $120,000 each. Applicants can be any non-profit with a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS; state and local governmental agencies; and Federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Individuals are not eligible to apply. The planning and implementation of a project must involve a partnership between a community college or community college system and another institution with appropriate resources, such as a college or university, museum, research library, or professional association. The applicant of record may be either the participating community college or community college system or the collaborating institution.

The deadline is August 27, 2013, for projects beginning no later than September 2014. To apply, please contact:

Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges

Division of Education Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities

Room 302, 1100 Pennsylvania Avenue

NW Washington, DC 20506

You can call (202) 606-8380 or email, or visit the website for more information.

For more information on available state, federal, and private grants please visit the NYS Assembly website.

NYSERDA releases Program Opportunity Notice 2722


The New York State Energy Research and Development Association (NYSERDA) has just released this past week a new Program Opportunity Notice, PON 2722.

NYSERDA hopes that with PON 2722 the State of New York can begin to move towards the development and implementation of zero-net Energy Wastewater Treatment systems through the improvement of the performance, sustainability, and the resilience of municipal water and waste water treatment infrastructure.

Through PON 2722, NYSERDA hopes to achieve three goals: to support Zero-Net Energy waste water treatment plants (WWTPs) – plants where energy demand is balanced with energy generated from on-site renewable sources; evaluate WWTP energy efficiency opportunities, evaluate energy efficient process improvement alternatives, and demonstrate use of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or similar tools.

Demonstration Projects (up to $250,000 per project)

• Demonstrations of innovative technologies including, but not limited to, alternatives to conventional activated sludge secondary processes; technologies to improve/facilitate anaerobic digestion gas production/use; energy-efficient nutrient removal; side stream treatment technologies to address high nutrient and organic loads generated from biosolids processing liquids; innovative low energy sludge processing technologies; and wastewater and/or biosolids energy recovery technologies.

Feasibility Studies (up to $25,000 per project)

  1. Energy Efficiency Technical Evaluation Feasibility Studies* – Studies including, but not limited to, developing baseline energy consumption data, and/or identifying opportunities for energy efficiency, demand reduction, and/or process optimization projects.
  2. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate Energy Efficient Process Improvement Alternatives* – Studies including, but not limited to, evaluations of alternative energy efficient nutrient removal, sludge processing, or disinfection alternatives.
  3. Feasibility Studies to Evaluate/Demonstrate Use of US EPA’s Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT) or Similar Tools – Studies designed to understand potential climate change impacts, assess related risks, and evaluate adaptive options for municipal drinking water and wastewater systems in New York. Information on the CREAT tool can be found on the Climate Ready Water Utilities website at Information about projected climate impacts to NYS may be found at:

All proposals must provide a minimum of 50% cost- sharing.

Proposal Due: September 17, 2013 by 5:00 PM Eastern Time*

Proposal Submission –Proposers must submit two (2) paper copies of the proposal and one (1) digital copy of the proposal on CD. A completed and signed Proposal Checklist must be attached to the front of each copy. One (1) of the paper copies must have a Proposal Checklist that contains an original signature. Proposals must be clearly labeled and submitted to:

Roseanne Viscusi, PON 2722 NYS Energy Research and Development Authority 17 Columbia Circle Albany, NY 12203-6399

If you have technical questions concerning this PON, contact Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or If you have contractual questions concerning this PON, contact Nancy Marucci at (518) 8621090, ext. 3335

No communication intended to influence this procurement is permitted except by contacting Kathleen O’Connor at (518) 862-1090, ext. 3422 or Contacting anyone other than this Designated Contact (either directly by the proposer or indirectly through a lobbyist or other person acting on the proposer’s behalf) in an attempt to influence the procurement: (1) may result in a proposer being deemed a non-responsible offerer, and (2) may result in the proposer not being awarded a contract.

*Late proposals will be returned. Incomplete proposals may be subject to disqualification. It is the bidder’s responsibility to ensure that all pages have been included in the proposal. Faxed or e-mailed proposals will not be accepted. Proposals will not be accepted at any other NYSERDA.

Funding of up to $30 million is available through the CGC Program for capital projects and local planning and zoning

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The second phase of the Cleaner, Greener Communities (CGC) Program is offering grant funding of up to $30 million for regional projects which support the goals outlined in Phase I of the program.

The CGC Program was announced back in 2011 in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, for the purpose of encouraging communities to create a public-private partnerships and develop regional sustainable growth strategies that reduce carbon emissions.

This round of funding is the first in a series of three funding rounds, which are expected in 2014 and again 2015. A total of $90 million in potential funding will be available through Phase II, through proceeds from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the purpose of which is to lower GHG emissions in the Northeast.

A large portion of the Phase II funding is set aside for large scale, high-impact, and exemplary capital projects, or Category 3 projects. A portion is also set aside funding for local planning and zoning (Categories 1 and 2), recognizing a need for funding in these areas. Applicants that do not pay into the System Benefits Charge (SBC) are eligible to participate in this solicitation.

The funding categories include:

Category 1 (Open-Enrollment):Up to $1 million available for communities to adopt streamlined permitting and other ordinances for photovoltaic systems and electric vehicle charging stations, with awards of up to $10,000 per project. Applications for Category 1 will be accepted starting August 1, 2013 and until 4:00 PM Eastern Time on September 30, 2014, until funds are exhausted, or until the solicitation is revised by NYSERDA, whichever comes first.

Category 2 (Competitive): Up to $4 million available for communities to create or revise comprehensive plans, including updating zoning ordinances and addressing sustainability and resiliency, with awards of up to $400,000 per project. Proposals for Category 2 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

Category 3 (Competitive): Up to $25 million for large-scale, capital, sustainability projects contributing to community resiliency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with awards ranging from $1 million to $5 million per project. Proposals for Category 3 are due by 4:00pm Eastern Time on August 12, 2013.

For more information on the Cleaner Greener Communities Program, please visit the website. For technical questions concerning this program, please contact All CGC program resources and guidelines can be found at the following location:


Intern with Vision Long Island!

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

To learn more or apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Put “Vision Long Island Internship” in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.


What’s happening in your downtown this weekend?


Bellmore 27th Annual Bellmore Family Street Festival. Held between September 19th-22nd at the Bellmore LIRR, Bellmore, NY.Copiage, Babylon Summer Concerts Series Kerrigan Road & Tanner Park, All concerts begin at 7:30


Friday, July 26 – Jay Siegel’s Tokens

Friday, August 2 – Dr. K’s Motown Revue

Wednesday, August 2 – Jodee Messina

Friday, August 9 – The Cowsills

Cutchogue, Wine Makers Walk Vineyard Tour & Wine Tasting Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery 17150 County Road 48 on July 28th

Garden City South – Garden City South Street Fair. The event will be held on Sunday September 22nd, between 10am and 5pm (rain or shine). The street fair will be located on Nassau Blvd, approximately 1 mile north of Hempstead Tpke. (Route24).

Glen Cove, The Glen Cove Downtown Sounds summer concert series will add a second stage this year to go with the main stage at the city’s Village Square, at Glen and Bridge Streets. The additional smaller stage, between 1 & 3 School Street, will feature shows for children and acoustic acts. July 26: The Broccoli Rob Show. Performances at the weekly outdoor concert series are free. Bring seating. Free parking in nearby municipal garage. Series produced by the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District and the City of Glen Cove. Visit for artist listings and full details. All concerts begin at 7:30 pm.


Friday, July 26: Antigone Rising

Friday, August 2: Quickdraw

Friday, August 9: Richie Cannata

Huntington, Summer Arts Festival Chapin Rainbow Stage in Hecksher Park 164 W. Main St, Dates: July 17th – 21st, 24th – 28th, & 31st

Massapequa Park – Massapequa Park Street Fair. The street fair will take place between Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and 4th 11am-6pm, rain or shine. Located on Park Blvd. & Front Street, Massapequa Park, NY.

Nesconset – Nesconset Day Street Fair. The event will take place on Sunday, September 8th between the hours of 10am-5pm. The street fair will be held at the Nesconset Plaza Shopping Center on Smithtown Boulevard, Nesconset, NY.

Riverhead – The 39th Annual Polish Town Street Fair & Polka Festival. Held on August 17th and 18th. The Street fair will be located on Pulaski Street, Riverhead, NY.

Ronkonkoma Ronkonkoma Chamber 8th Annual Labor Day Street Fair. The fair will be held on Sunday September 1st between 11am-6pm. The event will take place on Hawkins Ave. from Portion Road south to Wittridge Road, Ronkonkoma, NY.

Sag Harbor, The Mystery of Irma Vep Bay Street and Main Street, Runs through July 28th

Bay Street Theatre presents The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam Directed by Kenneth Elliott. This high-camp, quick-change masterpiece satirizes all that is ridiculous in Gothic horror, Victorian melodrama and Hitchcocks Rebecca.

Sayville – Sayville Summerfest. The event will be held on Friday August 2nd starting at 3pm, Saturday and Sunday August 3rd and August 4th at 9:30am. On August 3rd Summerfest will be featuring the last race in the Sayville Summer Series, the Sayville Library 4 Mile Run which will be taking place between 9:15am-10:15am. The festival will be located on Main Street, Sayville, NY.

West Hempstead, the West Hempstead Community Support Association presents its annual Free Summer Music series at Hall Park, in West Hempstead, NY. Located at Hall’s Pond Park by the Gazebo located on Northern Boulevard. In case of inclement weather, concerts will be held in the West Hempstead High School Auditorium, 400 Nassau Blvd., West Hempstead. For information call 733-0879


Sunday, July 28 – starting at 6:30 PM – North Shore Pops Concert Band

Sunday, Aug. 4 – starting at 6:30 PM – Band of Long Island

Sunday, Aug. 11 – starting at 6:30 PM – New York Connection


Farmers Markets in or adjacent to Long Island’s downtowns:



American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Oct. 26th


Belmont Park, 2150 Hempstead Tpke.

Saturdays, 11 am – 5 pm

Glen Cove

18 Village Square

Fridays, 9 am – Noon

June 14th – Nov. 22nd


Grant Park

Fridays, 8 am – 1 pm

Through Nov. 15th

Locust Valley

115 Forest Ave.

Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm

Through Nov. 16th

Long Beach

Kennedy Plaza, Park Avenue

Wednesdays, 10 am – 4 pm & Saturdays, 9 am – 2 pm

Through Nov. 16th

New Hyde Park

1441 Jericho Tpke.

Saturdays, 8 am – 1 pm

Opens on June 17th

Oyster Bay

54 Audrey Ave.

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Nov 16th

Port Washington

Town Dock

Saturdays, 8 am – Noon

Through October

Rockville Centre

Sunrise Highway & Long Beach Road.

Sundays, 7 am – Noon

June 2nd – Nov. 24th


Railroad Street, LIRR Lot @ Washington Avenue

Saturdays, 7 am – Noon

Through Nov. 23rd



9/11 Memorial Park, Route 110

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Opens July 6th

East Hampton

American Legion Hall, 2754 Grand Ave.

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Oct. 26th


1st St Lot of United Methodist Church

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Oct. 12th


Route 25a, East of Route 110

Saturdays, 7 am – Noon

June 2nd – Nov. 15th

Huntington Jack Abrams School, 155 Lowndes Ave.

Sundays, 10 am – 2 pm

Through Oct. 27th


Town Hall Lot, Montauk Highway

Saturdays, 7 am – Noon

Through Nov. 23rd

Kings Park

Main Street, across from fire department

Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm

Through November


Cow Harbor parking lot,
Northport Village

Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm

June 8th – Nov 23rd


7-11 Lot, 255 East Main St.

Fridays, 8 am – 1 pm

July 5th – Nov. 15th

Port Jefferson

Corner of Route 25A & Route 112, Steam Room Parking Lot

Thursdays, 10 am – 4:30 pm

July 4th – Oct. 17th


Town lot next to Aquarium at Peconic River

Thursdays, 11 am – 4 pm

July 11th – Oct. 24th

Sag Harbor

Breakwater Yacht Club lot, Bay & Burke streets

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Oct. 26th


Broadway & Main Street

Saturdays, 8:30 am – 2:30 pm

Stony Brook

Ward Melville Heritage Org., Main Street

Wednesdays – Saturdays, 10 am – 5:30 pm

Through Oct. 31th


25 Jobs Lane

Sundays, 9 am – 2 pm

May 26th – Oct. 13th

Westhampton Beach

85 Mill Rd., next to historical Society

Saturdays, 9 am – 1 pm

Through Nov. 16th




Clearview Grand Avenue

1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin




Bellmore Movies

222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore




Freeport Historical Museum

350 S Main Street, Freeport

Housed in a Civil War cottage, the museum chronicles Freeport’s history through the 20th century. On display are a spinning wheel from the town’s oldest house, vaudeville-era items, waterfront memorabilia, a 1930s television and a 1777 13-star flag. The museum holds a collection of historic postcards and high school yearbooks from the early 1900s to present day.

For information, visit their website or call 979-233-3526

Garden City


The Garden City Historical Society

109 Eleventh Street, Garden City

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

For information, visit their website.

Glen Cove


Garvies Point Museum and Preserve

50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove

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

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


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


Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck

115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck




Hicksville-Gregory Museum

Intersection of Heitz Place and Bay Avenue, Hicksville

The museum includes a history of the Heitz Place Courthouse and a collection of earth science materials to describe the natural history of the area. It features one of the few remaining Long Island lock-ups and is one of the few remaining courthouses standing from before Nassau County split from Queens. The earth science exhibit in the museum has recent additions of a Mosasaur skull, prehistoric amber and the horn of a Triceratops horridus. The educational program at the museum offers experiences in paleontology, dynamic earth processes and investigating butterflies and moths.

For information, visit their website or call 516-822-7505

Long Beach

Long Beach Historical Museum

226 W. Penn Street, Long Beach

The museum, operated by the Long Beach Historical and Preservation Society, is a classic Craftsman-style summer villa. The house built in 1909, features large stain glass windows which are a hallmark of classic Long Beach estates. The house and backyard are furnished with local artifacts, including an original broadwalk bench, photographs and archaeological findings. The garden features original stock rose bushes.

For information, visit their website.

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Long Beach Cinema

179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach




Clearview Manhasset 3

430 Plandome Road, Manhasset


Oyster Bay

Oyster Bay Historical Society

20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay

The Earle-Wightman House built in 1720, gives a picture of life in Oyster Bay during the colonial period and its transition through the mid-20th Century. It features an 18th century garden, maintained by the North Country Garden Club, holds ornamental plantings as well as herbs used for cooking, medical purposes and fragrances. Exhibited are postcard, photograph, map and newspaper collections. Current exhibition, “Women Wearing History: The Force Behind Fashion”, details women’s influence on the textile and fashion industry in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For information, visit their website or call 516-922-5032

Port Washington


Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater

232 Main Street, Port Washington:

Grease – Friday, July 26th at 8:00pm

Grease- Saturday, July 27th at 8:00pm

Grease- Sunday, July 28th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Rockville Centre

Museum of the Village of Rockville Centre-Phillips House

28 Hempstead Ave, Rockville Centre

The museum is a restored 19th century Victorian home which displays life in Rockville Centre in the 19th and 20th centuries. It features furnishings, antique kitchen tools, carpentry tools and clothing of the time period. The museum is considered one of the finest small museums in the state and there is never an entrance fee for special events or exhibits.

For information, visit their website or call 516-766-0300



Clearview 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





Clearview’s Babylon Cinemas

34 Main Street, Babylon

Bay Shore


The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:

Ronnie Earl- Saturday, July 27th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Cold Spring Harbor

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

Main Street, Cold Spring Harbor

The museum explores the relationship between Long Islanders and the sea through. It details the history of the regional whaling industry, whale conservation and the history of Cold Spring Harbor as a maritime port. A new exhibit, “Right Whales”, highlights the biology, history and decline of the Right Whale. Exhibits featuring New York’s only fully-equipped 19th century whaleboat, ship logs and correspondence as well as whaling and maritime artifacts. Art programs are available for all ages.

For information, visit their website or call 631-367-3418

East Hampton

158 Main Street, East Hampton:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here


East Hampton Historical Society

101 Main Street, East Hampton

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

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

East Islip

Islip Art Museum

50 Irish Lane, East Islip

The museum is the leading exhibition space for contemporary art on Long Island, featuring work from international, national and emerging local artists. It is said to be the best facility of its kind outside of Manhattan. Current exhibits feature “Jam Session”, a holiday exhibit featuring paintings and sculptures influenced by music. The museum’s store features one of a kind jewelry, crafts and art work. Educational opportunists are also offered at the museum through its Cultural School of Arts.

For information, visit their website or call 631-224-5402

Huntington Village


The Paramount

370 New York Ave, Huntington:

Get the Led Out: The American Led Zeppelin- Friday, July 26th at 8:00pm

Rock the Blues Summer Jam with Dickey Betts, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band & Beverly McClellan- Staturday, July 27th at 8:00pm

Tickets and more information available here

Heckscher Museum

2 Prime Avenue, Huntington

Located in Hecksher Park, the museum features collections of European and American paintings which spans over 500 years of Western art. Photography has become a growing part of the collection as well. Current exhibits include “A Way with Words: Text in Art”, which displays the incorporation of text in visual art and “Coming of Age in America : The Photography of Joseph Szabo”, which portraits adolescence of Long Island through time with a look at summers spent at the beach. The museum also features educational experiences for students and adults and will exhibit Long Island’s best young artists in April.

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


AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8

37 Wall Street, Huntington



Cinema Arts Centre

423 Park Ave, Huntington


Islip Village


Islip Cinemas

410 West Main Street, Islip




The John W. Engeman Theater

250 Main Street, Northport:

No shows this weekend

Tickets and more information available here



Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts

71 East Main Street, Patchogue:

Gateways’s Seussical Jr.-Friday July 26th and Saturday July 27th at 10:30am

Tickets and more information available here


The Emporium

9 Railroad Ave, Patchogue:

Saturday Night Dance Party – Saturday, July 27th at 10:00pm Tickets and more information available here


Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center

20 Terry Street Suite #121, Patchogue, NY 11772


Port Jefferson


Theatre Three

412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:

Psychic Robert Hansen – Friday, July 26th at 8:00pm

Friday Night Face Off– Friday, July 26th at 10:30pm

A Tribute to Frank, Sammy and Dean – Saturday, July 27th at 3:00pm and 8:00pm

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

Clearview Port Washington

116 Main Street, Port Washington




The Suffolk Theater

118 E. Main Street, Riverhead:

Decadia- 80’s Music with Guest Richie Cannata – Friday, July 26th at 8:00pm

“Family Fun with Marionettes Puppet Show & Workshop– Saturday, July 27th at 8pm

Athens Grill Fundraiser with Craving Strange & Who are those Guys, July 28th at 7:00pm

Tickets and more information available here


Vail-Leavitt Music Hall

18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:

No shows this weekend.

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor


Bay Street Theater

The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:

Kids Summer Theater Camp- Friday July 26th at 9:30am

The Mystery of Irma Vep – Friday, July 26th at 8:00pm, Saturday, July 27th at 4:00pm and 8:00pm, and Sunday, July 28th at 7:00pm

Bay Street’s Hamptons Pride Dance Party- Saturday July 27th, 10:30pm

Tickets and more information available here

Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum

Main and Garden Streets, Sag Harbor

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

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


Sayville Historical Society

Edwards Street, Sayville

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

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


Sayville Theatre

103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville



Smithtown Township Arts Council

660 Route 25A, St. James

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

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


Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton

The Southampton Historical Society was created to preserve the town’s history as well as history from the surrounding area. Its Rogers Mansion Museum features year round exhibits, a research center and education programs for children and adults. Current exhibits include “Shopkeepers of Southampton: Photographs by Davis Gaffga”, which gives a detailed look into historic businesses which helped shape downtown and community. Its research center allows for visitors to conduct research with a professional research assistant. Collections feature antique furnishings, a classic parlor room and dining hall and photographs of the 1938 historic hurricane.

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

West Sayville

Long Island Maritime Museum

88 West Avenue, West Sayville

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

For information, visit their website.


Check out the video below starring Billy Crystal speaking on behalf of Long Beach’s recovery from Hurricane Sandy. You can view it here.


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