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"By developing this all-encompassing ‘Complete Streets’ policy, the town is laying the groundwork for creating more efficient roads that are safe for all residents. I am confident that pedestrians, bicyclists, and those who use public transportation will all benefit from this new road design policy.” –Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, speaking on the passage of Hempstead's Complete Streets law

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Please join us in congratulating the
2012 Smart Growth Awards honorees!


NYS Complete Streets Law
NYS Senator Charles Fuschillo
& Sandi Vega

Community Participation

Huntington Station Enrichment Center
Dolores Thompson

Transportation Choices

Transit Oriented Development Zoning
Hon. Jean Celender, Village of Great Neck Plaza

Clean Energy

EmPower Solar
David Schieren

Housing Choices

Metro 303, Hempstead
Mill Creek Residential Trust

Housing Choices

The River Walk, Patchogue
GRB Development Corp.

Compact Design

Water Mill Station
Koral Brothers

Creating Great Places

The Paramount, Huntington

Revitalizing Communities

Farmingdale Hotel & Mixed Use
Bartone Properties & BWC Realty Partners

Certainty & Predicatability

Elmont Mixed-Use Zoning District
Town of Hempstead

Vision Long Island congratulates this year's
Smart Growth Awards winners!

Online registration is now available, or feel free to download a copy of our registration form and mail it to: Vision Long Island, 24 Woodbine Ave, Suite 2, Northport, NY 11768

Vision Long Island is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization
All donations over the fair market value of $30 per ticket are tax deductable

Town of Hempstead passes Complete Streets law

The Town of Hempstead became the sixth Long Island town to pass a local Complete Streets law this week, taking a major step toward designing safer streets for all road users. Hempstead joins the Towns of Babylon, Islip, Brookhaven, North Hempstead and Southampton in passing Complete Streets, along with New York State and local villages like Great Neck Plaza. 

Newsday explains, “For the most part, the town is responsible for side streets that don't have traffic lights, including busy roads such as Neptune Avenue in Seaford, Dogwood Avenue in Franklin Square and Bellmore Road in North Bellmore and East Meadow, said spokeswoman Susan Trenkle-Pokalsky.”

Town Supervisor Kate Murray said, "By developing this all-encompassing ‘Complete Streets’ policy, the town is laying the groundwork for creating more efficient roads that are safe for all residents. I am confident that pedestrians, bicyclists, and those who use public transportation will all benefit from this new road design policy.”

Vision’s Eric Alexander testified in support of the legislation at a Town Board meeting on Tuesday, along with safety advocate Sandi Vega and Tri-State Transportation Campaign.

The Wantagh-Seaford Patch writes, “Alexander said he is pleased Hempstead has joined five other Long Island townships in crafting ‘Complete Streets’ policies...‘There are a lot of people in Hempstead that will benefit from this law,’ Alexander said...Vision Long Island will be honoring Vega as well as State Sen. Charles Fuschillo, R-Merrick, this June for their commitment to improving transportation safety conditions.”

Read more from Newsday

and Patch

Engel Burman advances multi-family projects

The Engel Burman Group has put forth a proposal to build 482 units of condominium housing at the 37-acre Oaktree Dairy property on Elwood Road in East Northport. The $250 million project would be marketed to as high-end housing for seniors over age 55, with prices at about $450,000 for two-bedroom units. Tentatively titled “The Seasons,” it would feature a 20,000 square foot clubhouse with indoor and outdoor pools, a gym, tennis courts and a jogging track. 

The project requires a zone change from the Town of Huntington. Engel Burman principal Steven Krieger said that the Elwood School District supports the development, which would receive about $1.7 million in school taxes per year but without any additional students, versus the $110,000 that is currently paid by Oaktree Dairy. In addition, VHB’s Bob Eschbacher analysed traffic flow and noted that peak travel hours on Elwood Road would not coincide with active hours for the 55+ community. Several improvements will be made to nearby infrastructure, including a traffic circle installed in front of the property to allow cars to enter and leave more safely, wider sidewalks in front of the nearby high school, and new signage to obey traffic safety laws. 

Engel Burman is also proposing multifamily housing developments in Brentwood and Garden City, along with additional locations for their “Bristal” senior living facilities. 

Long Island Business News wrote that Vision's Eric Alexander “said Engel Burman’s push into multifamily will help create much-needed diversity in the Island’s housing stock. ‘Engel Burman has been very active in meeting the needs of Long Island’s housing market,’ Alexander told LIBN. ‘Vision Long Island is pleased that their newest projects, such as in Brentwood and Garden City, conform to smart-growth principles and  providing alternative housing options for the local community.’”

Read more in LI Business News

and Northport Patch

Regional Updates

SEQRA Reform: The right way to go?

In December, Smart Talk reported on a troublesome measure that was tucked away on page 75 of the LI Regional Economic Development Council’s report to New York State. The measure would allow the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation to assume lead agency status on SEQRA reviews for all of the “transformative” projects identified in the plan. The goal, noted the Council, is to avoid projects getting “bogged down at the local level” during the environmental review process and that a state agency could “fast-track projects that have been identified as transformative.” These projects include Wyandanch Rising, the Hempstead Village revitalization, Heartland Town Square and the Ronkonkoma Hub, which were funded by the State last year. This could also potentially affect controversial projects like the Nassau Hub and Cerro Wire mall in Syosset.

An article in this week’s Long Island Business News reports on the local backlash to this proposal, as well as the origin and justification for the measure. As the article explains, the Nassau County Village Officials Association recently sent a letter to Lt. Governor Robert Duffy, the chair of the Regional Economic Development Councils, noting that the change would be “a serious mistake that could only lead to poor results and enhanced conflicts between DEC and the municipality that actually has responsibility for overseeing the project. It is a complete reversal of how things have been done since SEQRA was adopted more than 35 years ago.” The letter continues, “I urge you to abandon this recommendation regarding the DEC which threatens the welfare of communities and assure local officials on Long Island that the time honored home rule principles will continue to be applied as we pursue economic progress in New York.”

Meanwhile, according to LIBN, “Land use attorney Chris Kent, of Farrell Fritz in Hauppauge, said the council’s recommendation to give the state the lead is a reaction to localities that have failed to act on developments that have been identified as real necessities for the region. ‘A few local people are unduly influencing elected officials from making tough decisions,’ Kent said. ‘Sometimes hard decisions have to be made.’

The debate leaves out some problems: the DEC is known for being understaffed and giving authority to them removes the nuanced understanding of local issues that exists with local decisionmakers. SEQRA is certainly in need of reform to speed up a bureaucratic and time-consuming process, but taking away local control for ongoing downtown revitalization processes could be problematic. 

What do you think? Email us at with your thoughts.

This topic was discussed at this morning’s meeting of the Long Island Business Council. Stay tuned for a full update on this meeting next week.

Read more from LI Business News

Census: Suburban growth shrinks while cities thrive

Suburban growth has essentially fizzled out, according to new Census estimates released this month. For the first time in at least 20 years, the annual rate of growth in American cities and surrounding urbanized areas have surpassed sprawling “exurbs” located on the edge of metropolitan areas. 

According to an article printed in Huffington Post, “Gas prices are discouraging long commutes. Young singles prefer city apartments. Two years after the recession technically ended, and despite some signs of economic recovery, there's a reversal of urbanites' decades-long exodus to roomy homes in distant towns.”

Yale University economist Robert J. Shiller called the development of suburbs since 1950 "unusual," enabled only by the rise of the automobile and the nation's highway system. "With the bursting of the bubble, we may be discovering the pleasures of the city and the advantages of renting, investing our money not in a single house but in a diversified portfolio," he said.

"The sting of this experience may very well put the damper on the long-held view among young families and new immigrants that building a home in the outer suburbs is a quick way to achieve the American dream," said William H. Frey, a Brookings Institution demographer who analyzed the census data.

Read more in The Huffington Post.

NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee accepting grant application

The NYS Governor's Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) is currently accepting applications for grant funding opportunities related to traffic safety initiatives for Federal fiscal year 2013. The grants are currently split into three distinct and one general program:

Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP): Grants under this program will be used to fund overtime for enforcement of dangerous driving behaviors, including speed and distraction. Police agencies will use local data to determine problem areas and develop countermeasures to reduce crashed. Applicants who are approved must support these activities with public information and education efforts.

Buckle Up New York (BUNY): Grants under this program will focus on seat belt enforcement and will provide overtime funding to participate in the statewide seat belt enforcement mobilization for 2013. Applicants who are approved will conduct use surveys and participate in public information efforts.

Child Passenger Safety (CPS): CPS grants will be used to support child passenger safety activities including fitting stations, traning and education programs, child passenger safety check events and car seat distribution programs for low income families. Agencies that apply must have a certified technician.

General Highway Safety Grants - Programs for Local, State and Nonprofit Agencies: The general grant used by agencies to apply for funding to address a particular highway safety problem in their jurisdiction. Applicants will need to submit a narrative outline of the problem with supporting data and details for the proposed activities with milestones and an evaluation plan.

Agencies eligible to apply include law enforcement agencies, local governments and state agencies and non-profit organizations registered with NYS. Funding will vary by program. For questions regarding these grants you can review the programs online here or call 518-474-5111. The deadline for applications is May 15th and can be submitted to:

New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire Plaza, Room 414
Albany, NY 1228

NYS Department of Environmental Conservation grants available

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is currently accepting applications for Technical Assistance Grants (TAGs). TAGs are tools available to eligible community groups to increase public awareness and understanding of remedial activities taking place at certain contaminated sites in their communities. The grants are intended to help the recipient and the community it represents understand existing environmental data developed about the site, comment on site remedial activities and proposals and share them with the community. No matching contributions are required on the part of the grant recipient.

Under the TAG program, eligible sites include State Superfund Program and Brownfield Cleanup Program sites that pose a significant threat to public health or the environment. Eligible groups must be non-responsible parties incorporated as not-for-profit corporations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. An eligible community group must certify that its membership represents the interest of the community affected by the site and that its members’ health, economic well-being or enjoyment of the environment is potentially threatened by the site. Funding will be offered at up to $50,000 per site. The deadline is rolling.

For more information visit the DEC website, or contact the TAG Coordinator, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Division of Environmental Remediation, 625 Broadway, Albany, New York 12233-7012, or 518-402-9711.

Small Farm Summit on April 14th

Attention all eaters, growers, producers, and educators: On Saturday, April 14th from 8am-6pm, join at Hofstra University for the second Small Farm Summit. The event is part of an initiative to expand regional agriculture and access to local food in Nassau County and Western Suffolk. 

The event’s keynote speakers are two of the most powerhouses of the sustainable food movement: Will Allen of Growing Power and Renegade Lunch Lady Chef Ann Cooper. Will Allen, a former professional basketball player, is the founding CEO of Growing Power, a national nonprofit organization and land trust that supports people from diverse backgrounds, and the environments in which they live, by helping to provide equal access to healthy, high-quality, safe and affordable food. Chef Ann Cooper is a celebrated author, chef, educator, and enduring advocate for better food for all children. In our nation where children are born with shorter estimated life expectancies than their parents because of diet-related illness, Ann is a relentless voice of reform by focusing on the links between food, family, farming and children's health and wellness.

The 2012 Small Farm Summit will also feature a full day of interactive panels, educational presentations, workshops, exhibits, entertainment, and an opportunity to meet a community of folks interested in growing, eating, and supporting a vibrant local agricultural community. From 5-6pm, there will be a special family concert by nationally acclaimed folk singer/songwriter Tom Chapin. Chapin will perform his newest work “Give Peas a Chance.” 

For registration, sponsorship, and exhibitor information, visit or contact the North Shore Land Alliance at 516-626-0908.

Long Island Earth Summit on April 17th

Brookhaven National Laboratory and Citizens Campaign for the Environment are joining together to host the 2012 Long Island Earth Summit. The inaugural event will combine good science with good advocacy to advance a 2012 Earth Agenda for Long Island. It will take place on Tuesday, April 17th, commencing with solar tours at 11:30am. Workshops begin at 1:00 and will conclude with a keynote speech at 4:00pm. It will take place at Berkner Hall in Brookhaven National Lab in Upton.

The Earth Summit will feature a tour of the East Coast's largest solar farm, four informative environmental workshops on Long Island’s most pressing issues, a panel discussion, a green car expo and a keynote speech from Dr. Ellen Pikitch of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook, Institute for Ocean Conservation Science. The free event is expected to draw hundreds, with registered attendees include elected officials, local, state and federal agencies, civic organizations, utility companies, businesses, schools and members of the public.

Speakers and panel Participants include: Adrienne Esposito, Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Peter Scully, Regional Director of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation; Dr. Ellen Pikitch, SUNY Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; Dr. Gerald M. Stokes, Associate Laboratory Director for Global & Regional Solutions, BNL; Dr. Christopher Gobler, SUNY Stony Brook School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences; David Calone, Suffolk County Planning Commission; Gordian Raacke, Executive Director, Renewable Energy Long Island (RELI); Stephen Terracciano, U.S. Geological Survey; Maureen Dolan Murphy, Citizens Campaign for the Environment; Neal Lewis, Sustainability Institute at Molloy College; and Eric Alexander, Vision Long Island. 

All visitors to the Laboratory age 16 and older must bring a photo ID to be allowed on site.  Please pre-register for the event here.

Options for Community Living 30th Anniversary Gala on April 19th


On April 19th from 6:30-10:30pm, Options for Community Living, Inc. will hold its 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner at the Watermill in Smithtown. The event will honor Jean-Pierre Lardoux of Fusion Architecture and Diane Mendolia, Options for Community Living’s Program Director. Proceeds of this event will benefit the non-for-profit organization whose mission is to allow the neediest Long Island residents to live independent and productive lives. Since 1982, Options has served thousands of individuals and families and continues to make a difference. The agency is committed to helping Long Islanders with special needs due to mental illness, HIV/AIDS and homelessness to develop their fullest potential for independent living.

Tickets are $125 each. Journal advertising is available. To learn more about the organization and the event, visit their website, or contact Denise at 631-361-9020 x119 or

Attention Central Islip Residents and Businesses: Central Islip to hold visioning on April 28th

On Saturday, April 28th from 9am-1pm, Councilman Steven J. Flotteron and the Islip Town Board invite all Central Islip residents and business owners to a visioning workshop for the future of the Central Islip Park. All who live or work in Central Islip are welcome to participate in designing the future of the 20 acre parkland located on Lowell Ave. & Clayton Ave. 

The visioning will take place at Central Islip High School, 85 Wheeler Rd. For more information, contact Councilman Flotteron's office at 631-224-5565 or Vision Long Island at 631-261-0242 or

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision this spring!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns for Spring 2012. 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 Spring 2012 Internship in the subject heading. For more information, call our office at 631-261-0242.

Theatre Listings

Check out what downtown theaters and performing arts centers are playing this weekend! Consider visiting a local bar or restaurant, or doing some shopping before or after the show.

Bay Street Theater
The Long Wharf, Sag Harbor:
The Picture Show presents: The Berkley's of Broadway - Friday, April 13th at 8:00 pm
The Picture Show presents: Shall We Dance - Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here.

Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Strunz & Farah in Concert - Friday, April 13th at 8:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
42nd Street - Friday, April 13th at 8:00 pm, Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 and 8:00 pm, and Saturday, April 15th at 2:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
The Met Live in HD: La Traviata - Saturday, April 14th at 1:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Mario Cantone in Concert - Friday, April 13th at 8:00 pm
The Glenn Miller Orchestra - Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 pm
Pat Cooper, Tony B & Uncle Floyd - Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington:
The Paramount Jazz Series presents: Spyro Gyra - Friday, April 13th at 8:00 pm
Clutch / Hellyeah - Sunday, April 15th at 7:15 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Peter Rabbit - Friday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th at 3:00 pm
Play Dates - Friday, April 13th and Saturday, April 14th at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, April 15th at 3:00 pm
Friday Night Face Off - Friday, April 13th at 10:30 pm
Stevie GB's "Welcome to Lawn Guyland" - Sunday, April 15th at 7:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
Long Island Piano Summit - Saturday, April 14th at 7:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here


Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:

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

Fine Arts Museums of Long Island
295 Fulton Ave, Hempstead
The museum highlights pieces of contemporary and pre-Columbian art which have travelled internationally. It features innovative technologies such as, an interactive computer center, a video room and computer assisted art displays. These technologies give an innovative museum experience to enrich the value taken away by visitors. The 21st century experience is fitting for student field trips as well as visitors of all ages.
For information, visit their website or call 516-481-5700

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 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

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

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

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

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.

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

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 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

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

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

Smithtown Township Arts Council
660 Route 25A, Smithtown
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 Society
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

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

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, call 516-439-5218

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



Clearview Grand Avenue
1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin

Bellmore Movies
222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore

Glen Cove Theatres
5 School Street, Glen Cove

Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck
115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck

Long Beach Cinema
179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach

Clearview Manhasset 3
430 Plandome Road, Manhasset

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington

Clearview Roslyn Theatre
20 Tower Place, Roslyn

Seaford Cinemas
3951 Merrick Road, Seaford


Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
34 Main Street, Babylon

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8
37 Wall Street, Huntington

Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave, Huntington

Islip Cinemas
410 West Main Street, Islip

Sayville Theatre
103 Railroad Avenue, Sayville

Closing Words

For those who didn't follow the link to the Huffington Post story on the declining suburban population, you should at least check out the following video from it. It tells the tale of Issaquah, WA, one of America's rare, truly sustainable suburbs. Check it out and let us know what you think, simply click the screen grab below.

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