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May 28th - June 1st, 2012


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“This bill will allow the MTA to make the Farmingdale-to-Ronkonkoma second track its first priority for Long Island. A second track would radically reduce commuting times, facilitate the flow of workers into and out of Long Island, spur the growth of MacArthur airport and create a job creation corridor right down the center of the island. No more excuses and delays, the MTA needs to make it a top priority in their capital plan.” – Senator Charles E. Schumer, who is responsible for securing the $138 million in funding that will start the construction on the Second Track on the LIRR between Farmingdale and Ronkonkoma.

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Please join us in welcoming this year's special guests

Nassau County Executive
Hon. Edward Mangano

Suffolk County Executive
Hon. Steve Bellone

We are pleased to announce the honoree for this year's

Regional Leadership Award

NYS Regional Economic Development Councils
Lt. Governor Robert Duffy

Master of Ceremonies

John Kominicki
Long Island Business News

This year, we also honor:

Walkability

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

Check out Newsday's coverage on the Smart Growth Awards, with some more info on our honorees.

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Connect LI advances as Schumer convenes Republic Task Force

Earlier this week, the Office of Senator Chuck Schumer, in coordination with Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer, brought together key stakeholders in an attempt to move the Connect Long Island plan forward. The plan hinges upon smarter land use patterns and transit oriented development in East Farmingdale and along the Route 110 corridor, the largest job center on Long Island, but also an area with little capacity for automobile growth.

That's why the plan also calls for reactivating the long dormant Republic Station on the Ronkonkoma Branch of the Long Island Rail Road, and implementing an enhanced north-south transit system along the Route 110 corridor. In order to push the project into the next phase, Senator Schumer's office brought together planning officials from both Suffolk County and the Town of Babylon, state and local elected officials, Smart Growth and transit advocates, local chambers of commerce and representatives from both the MTA and NYSDOT. Some of the specific groups involved include the LIRR Commuters Council, Melville Chamber of Commerce, LI Builders Institute, Vision Long Island, Tri-State Transportation Campaign and others. Members of the workgroup will work collectively to draw public and private investment into the redevelopment while coordinating with Schumer’s office and the Town of Babylon.

The movement forward on the Connect Long Island plan followed the recent announcement that $138 million in additional funding had been included in the MTA's 2010-2015 Capital Program.  This funding will be used to begin double track construction along the Ronkonkoma branch from Farmingdale to Ronkonkoma. The first phase of construction will take place from Central Islip to Ronkonkoma, and when completed, will not only support transit-oriented development proposals at Republic Airport and along Route 110, but also at the Ronkonkoma Hub and in Farmingdale's downtown.

The Route 110 transit corridor proposal has already undergone a feasibility assessment and last fall received $360,000 in funding from the Federal Transit Administration to conduct an alternatives analysis.  

The Connect LI plan is available online here.

Town of Brookhaven receives revitalization grant for Bellport

Last week, the One Region Funders’ Group and Tri-State Transportation Campaign announced four grants that will help municipalities and development agencies in downstate New York and Connecticut pursue innovative and equitable transit-oriented development. As it did in 2009, the Transit-Centered Development Grant Program supports projects that will help grow our region in a more sustainable manner. This year’s grantees are a diverse group, and the chosen projects reflect different ways that transit-oriented development can help foster affordable housing, walkable communities, and neighborhood revitalization.

One of the awards went to the Town of Brookhaven, who received $44,500 for a study of potential sites and financing options for sewage treatment facilities near the Bellport Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) station. Sewer infrastructure would support private redevelopment proposals aimed at revitalizing Bellport, a diverse working-class neighborhood, through construction of residential units, commercial and office space, as well as a community center.

The grant marks the continuation of a community-driven planning process coordinated by Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert and the Greater Bellport Coalition, a community organization comprised of business, civic, and faith-based organizations. The coalition held multiple visioning sessions and developed a sustainable community plan which was adopted by the town board in 2009.

“The One Region Funders’ Group is thrilled to support an innovative, forward-thinking project that will promote transit use, spur investment in Bellport, and implement the community’s vision for redevelopment,” said John McNally of the Rauch Foundation.

“Mixed-use development around existing transit service is good for the economy, environment and quality of life,” said Kate Slevin of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “The Brookhaven project is an ideal opportunity for successful, community-driven, transit-oriented development and can serve as a model for redevelopment statewide.”

"Sewage infrastructure will enable the town to move forward a Transit Oriented development (TOD) adjacent to the train station in North Bellport. It is a key investment which will spur growth, and create jobs in an area which has been under served and impacted by blight for many years," said Brookhaven Councilwoman Constance Kepert.

Additional grants were awarded to Norwalk, CT, Mamaroneck, NY, and Flushing-Willets Point, NY.
Read more at Newsday and Mobilizing the Region.

A Decreasing need to drive in Washington D.C.

A recent Brookings study conducted in Washington D.C. has found some interesting information on the use of cars. Like a majority of cities in the United States, Washington D.C. has many walkable areas with a great deal of public transportation, shops, and restaurants. Many people nowadays are electing to leave the suburban environments that their parents were drawn into, and instead are moving to the city where they are closer to their jobs and don’t have long commutes. To that end, in the first decade of the 21st Century, the District of Columbia has added approximately 30,000 newcomers.

The population growth isn’t the shocker of the study, though. As D.C. added 30,000 new residents to their city, the number of registered cars remained flat. More than 1/4th of adult residents in D.C. do not own a car, according to federal data. On a national level, a study found that, overall, people younger than 35 are driving 23 fewer miles than they did back in 2001. All of this adds up to two things for the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. First, the area has become more walker-friendly, and second, there is more public transportation available.

“I think you’re seeing changing demographics locally and across the country. You’re seeing more and more young people who don’t want to drive, lower income people who benefit from mass transit, and empty nesters who don’t need the big house in the suburbs.” said Stewart Schwartz of the Coalition for Smarter Growth. Schwartz also said “Planners and engineers are seeing and acting on the desire for walkable, livable communities.”

But in addition to these findings, the Brookings report found that the most walkable parts of town, where amenities are readily available, are those where the most educated and wealthiest people live, places like National Harbor in Prince George’s, Annapolis Town Centre at Parole, King Farm Village Center in Montgomery, and the Carlyle District in Colombia. By contrast, neighborhoods that Brookings found the least walkable had average household incomes at about half as much, and residents were more than twice as likely to be unemployed.
Read more at the Washington Post.

Advantage Downtown editorial series on Patch

Vision Long Island is now a blogger for Patch.com. Check out our first post on Farmingdale’s page, which covers housing in downtowns across the Island. Vision will continue to blog periodically in the coming months about different activities going on in downtowns, aiming to demonstrate the benefits of Smart Growth and downtown living.

The first blog entry:

As we head into Memorial Day weekend and the summer months lets take a moment and respect the importance Long Island’s downtowns have in our communities.  Small businesses, parks, events, arts, culture, and many religious and community gatherings center around our downtowns.  The good news is that there are thousands of Long Islanders actively making positive changes to these great places. 

There are folks working now to organize events, open shops, beautify the local streets, renovate and redevelop buildings and improve public safety.  We wanted this blog to continue the discussion of the benefits and strategic advantages of LI’s downtowns and this first post to address some of the recent efforts to bring housing to our downtown business districts. 

A large part of the market, especially young people and baby boomers, want to live in walkable, vibrant downtowns with easy access to transit. This “Smart Growth” model depends on bringing housing into our downtowns to support local small businesses and to bring life to the street.

There have been over 6,000 units of this form of housing approved in downtowns over the last 6 years.

Glen Cove recently approved a large-scale waterfront redevelopment that will build on 56 acres of former industrial land. “Glen Isle” will include retail, office, open space, parks, trails, restaurants, cultural amenities, a hotel and 860 units of housing--with a mix of rentals and owner-occupied condos. Glen Cove will also soon have a “Piazza” with 142 rental units surrounding a European-style public plaza. Glen Cove’s Mayor ushered in these and other recent approvals with help from a master plan document that he worked to approve in 2009.

Patchogue may be the poster child for new housing in a downtown, with built projects over the last 10 years such as Copper Beech (80 affordable rental townhouse units), Artspace (45 artist loft live/work apartments), and The River Walk (163 owner-occupied townhouse units), with more on the way including New Village (292 apartments and mixed-use development).

Just as impressive is Westbury Village, which has built over 800 units of housing in their downtown in recent years with little fanfare, ranging from townhouses to apartments. The renovation of their downtown theater is almost complete, and as an extra bonus the theater will have 6 live/work apartment units upstairs.

Bay Shore is moving forward with several redevelopment projects, anchored by the 26-unit Chelsea Place project located right next to the train station.

Huntington Station has approved a 379 unit project, while within the Village smaller housing projects are on the way including a 6-unit infill rental project.

Hempstead Village has long sought revitalization, and with the designation of Renaissance Downtowns as Master Developer, they are well on their way to bringing more housing and sustainable land uses into their downtown.

And in Farmingdale, a long-stalled community-driven vision plan is moving forward with the approval of a mixed-use zoning code that will allow more housing to be built around Main Street, including apartments over stores. Bartone Plaza will build apartments and retail space at an old warehouse near the train station, as well as a downtown hotel across the street.

We anticipate more long-awaited downtown improvements to move forward in Farmingdale and other downtowns across Long Island in the coming months and years.  Send us your thoughts on what can improve your downtown and some examples of projects you or your friends or neighbors are working on to ea@visionlongisland.org.

Take Action on LI Lobby Coalition bills: Commuter Transit Benefits, Sewage Pollution Right to Know, and the Solar Jobs Act

The Long Island Lobby Coalition continues to advance our 2012 platform, and we need your help to pass some critical legislation in New York State. These two bills demand swift action in the Senate and Assembly. 

Save Commuter Transit Benefits - A.6175B 
This legislation will restore New York State's mass transit tax benefit, which will help reduce your commuting costs. NYS Senator Charles Fuschillo, the Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, is leading the charge by pushing legislation to restore the benefit for NY residents. 

Last year, eligible commuters could set aside up to $230 a month of their pre-tax salary to cover mass-transit commuting expenses under federal law (which New York State follows). However, Washington’s failure to renew the law by the December 31st deadline resulted in this benefit being cut nearly in half for 2012, taking more money out of the pockets of mass-transit commuters. The monthly limit for transit benefits is now $125, while the limit for parking benefits was increased to $240 per month. With transit demand and ridership consistently increasing in our region and dozens of community revitalization processes underway that set goals for increased transit use, it makes no sense for government to provide disincentives for using public transportation. The New York State transit commuter benefits bill will permanently restore the commuter’s pre-tax deduction benefit on their state taxes, whether or not Congress acts in the future.

Senator Fuschillo has been championing this bill. He recently said, “Every day that passes without restoring this benefit is another day of added costs on New York’s overburdened commuters. Taxing people more just to get to work is the last thing we should be doing in this economy. It’s long past time to restore this benefit.”  Read more here.

Fuschillo’s bill passed the Senate on February 13th (S.2728C, Fuschillo), and now we await action in the Assembly (A.6175B, Weisenberg). Visit Fuschillo’s website to sign a petition, and contact your NYS Assembly Member today and tell them to support this legislation!

Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know - S.6268C
New York State’s sewage infrastructure is aging and failing. More than a quarter of the sewage treatment plants in NYS are beyond their life expectancy and many more are using inadequate technology. The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation conservatively estimates that repairing, replacing and updating New York’s sewage infrastructure will cost $36.2 billion over the next twenty years. Outdated and dilapidated sewage infrastructure results in the discharge of billions of gallons of raw or untreated sewage into local waterways throughout the state annually.

When raw sewage enters our waterways, it often contains disease-causing microorganisms, human waste, pesticides, oil, grease, drugs, toxic pollutants, and other contaminants; which negatively impact our waterways and drinking water. Adverse health impacts from parasites, viruses, and bacteria found in raw sewage include short-term gastrointestinal problems, infections and fevers; and long-term chronic conditions such as liver, heart, or kidney failure; as well as arthritis and cancer. Sewage pollution also contributes to beach closures that are responsible for economic losses of $1 – 2 billion annually in the US. 

There is currently no law requiring public notification if a sewage overflow has contaminated a local beach, waterway, or entered a community. Often, immediately after a sewage overflow, people can be seen swimming, fishing, crabbing, or kayaking in the contaminated area. This is unacceptable! The public deserves prompt notification anytime a spill or discharge of partially treated or raw sewage occurs. Prompt and accessible notification about sewage overflows will allow New Yorkers to make safe choices for our families and avoid unnecessary exposure to harmful pollution. 

We need New York State to support a Sewage Pollution Right-to-Know law. Sewage overflows put our environment, economy, and health at risk; and we deserve the right to know when they occur. This is simple and common-sense legislation that must move forward immediately. A similar bill passed the Assembly on April 26th (A.9420A, Sweeney), and on the same day was voted through the Senate’s Environmental Conservation Committee. The Senate bill (S.6268C, Grisanti) could be up for a vote as soon as next week, so please support this legislation by contacting your Senator today!

NYS Solar Jobs Act - A9149-2011
The sun is always there, so why not use it? That is just one of the many good reasons behind the NY Solar Jobs act.  As you can tell from the name it also includes “jobs” which is another major piece of the bill, it is going to create local jobs helping NY state get back on the right track to getting back on its feet in the work force.  It will support having a cleaner environment in which everyone can work and live. Also with oil and gas becoming expensive and also harder to find a lot of nowadays, with this being passed solar, a much more modern and also renewable power infrastructure can be obtained. This bill would be a win win for all New Yorkers looking for new jobs and cleaner energy.

This bill has many prominent supporters, some of which include: General Electric, The New York Lung Association, Staples, New York Solar Energy Industry Association, Environmental advocates of NY, and many others!

Vision Long Island supports this bill for the many reasons listed above, we want to see New Yorkers get back to work, and we support a healthier, cleaner source of energy, and we want to make sure NY catches up to our neighboring states as far as harnessing solar energy is concerned. Long Island, and NY in general is a big state, we need everyone to get back to work and to make sure we are safe, secure and happy for years to come.

To find out who your Assemblyperson is, follow this link and call to let them know to vote yes on Bill # A9149-2011!

Safe Routes to School Funding Available

Applications are now available for $23.9 million in federal Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding for infrastructure improvements and public education campaigns across the state to encourage elementary and middle school children to safely walk and bike to school.

Federal funding was made available to the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), which administers the SRTS program and will reimburse 100 percent of eligible project costs for successful applicants. Applications for the Safe Routes to School program will be accepted through October 5, 2012. Project awards will be announced by the end of the year.

NYSDOT will conduct regional information workshops about the Safe Routes to School program and will make program applications and guidebooks available to communities within the state. In conjunction with some of the workshops, NYSDOT and the Federal Highway Administration-New York Division (FHWA) are jointly providing training about the federal aid process to teach sponsors about the steps, activities, approvals and other requirements needed to ensure that federally-funded projects are developed, designed and constructed in accordance with federal requirements.

Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a federal, state and local effort to enable and encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bicycle to school and to make walking and bicycling to school safe and appealing. These programs can bring a wide range of benefits to students and the community. These include an easy way for children to get the regular physical activity they need for good health and even to ease traffic jams and reduce pollution around schools. A major goal of the program is to increase bicycle, pedestrian and traffic safety. Successful Safe Routes to School programs usually includes one or more of these approaches engineering, enforcement, education, encouragement. Local and regional government, schools and community non-profit organizations ready, willing and able to implement SRTS initiatives are eligible to apply for funding. Applications are available for projects and programs to improve the health and safety of New York children who bike or walk to school. The program is open to all New York municipalities and school districts. Safe Routes to School Funding Available

Grants available for downtown farmers markets

The US Department of Agriculture has announced a competitive grant that aims to increase the availability of local agricultural products in communities throughout the county. They will also help strengthen farmer-to-consumer marketing efforts. 

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers’ markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agri-tourism activities and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities. Agricultural cooperatives, producer networks, producer associations, local governments, nonprofit corporations, public benefit corporations, economic development corporations, regional farmers’ market authorities and Tribal governments are among those eligible to apply. Approximately $10 million in FMPP grants are available in fiscal year 2012. The maximum amount awarded for any one proposal cannot exceed $100,000. Projects that expand healthy food choices in food deserts or low-income areas (where the percentage of the population living in poverty is 20 percent or above) will receive additional consideration. 

Learn more and access the Notice of Funding Availability here.

Regional Economic Development Councils to hold info sessions on CFA application process on June 5th and 20th

The Long Island Regional Economic Development Council will be holding workshops and public forums during the next two months to teach business owners how to go through the state’s new Consolidated Funding Application (CFA) process.

Companies seeking to tap CFA funds must submit their applications by July 16. The Long Island workshops detailing how to submit those applications will be held at 2pm on June 5 at Farmingdale State College; and 1pm on June 20 at Stony Brook University’s Center for Global Studies and Human Development.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo rolled out the CFA program last year as part of the state’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative that allows each of the state’s 10 regions to compete for hundreds of millions of dollars in economic development funding. Companies competed for $785 million last year through the CFA plan. This year, the amount will be $750 million. The CFA combines funding from multiple state agencies providing companies with a one-stop shop for state funding rather than submitting separate applications for each agency.
More info at LI Business News.

First Annual Elmont Film Festival to be held on June 6th

The Elmont Chamber of Commerce will host the 1st Annual Elmont Film Festival on Wednesday, June 6th during Belmont Stakes Week. The festival will feature several Long Island International Film Expo award-winning films directed and written by local filmmakers who will be available immediately after film showings for question & answer segments.

There will be free refreshments and at the end of the Film Festival, the Elmont Chamber will be awarding the Invest in Elmont $5K Scholarship to the winner of this year's Chamber-sponsored entrepreneur competition. The film festival will run from 1:00pm - 9:00pm at the Elmont Memorial Library Theater.

For more information including the film schedule visit the Elmont Film Festival Facebook page.

East End Planning Conference to be held on June 12th

The Long Island section of the American Planning Association presents the East End Planning Conference on Tuesday, June 12th from 3:30pm until 7:30pm at the Suffolk Community College Culinary Arts Center in Riverhead (20 West Main Street). The theme will be “Emerging Trends in Economic Development and Water Quality Management”

Two panels will focus on economic development and water quality protection. The Emerging Trends in Economic Development panel will cover how Long Island can achieve a stronger and more sustainable economy with both short and long term solutions. Andrea Lohneiss of Empire State Development, Jim Morgo of the Long Island Association, and Suffolk County Legislator Wayne Horsley will discuss the latest ideas and programs in the field of economic development as they apply to Long Island. Dave Calone, chair of the Suffolk County Planning Commission, will moderate the session.

In Emerging Trends in Water Quality Management, panelists will cover best practices and local efforts at water protection. They will discuss the programs and the roles of treatment plants, farmers, and homeowners. Evan Branosky from the World Resources Institute will speak to Chesapeake Bay efforts, Iliana Raffa from the Connecticut DEP will address her state’s program, and Alison Branco, of the Peconic Estuary Program will provide the local perspective. David Berg of Cameron Engineering & Associates will moderate the panel.

The fee is $25 for non-APA members ($20 for APA members and $15 for students) and modest sponsorship levels are available for companies at $100 and $250. A light dinner will be provided.

For more information or to register for the conference visit apa's website here.

Northport Art Walk to be held on June 17th

This Sunday, May 20th, the Northport Chamber of Commerce will once again partner with the Northport Arts Coalition in order to present the annual Northport ArtWalk, an event centered around meeting local artists and touring beautiful downtown Northport. The event will feature the artists' works on display in various boutiques, shops and gallery-for-a-day venues along Northport's harbor and Main Street. Live musical performances and art demonstrations will also be occuring throughout the day.

All tours of the event will be self guided so stop on by the official welcome booth at Caffe Portofino on the East end of Main Street. There will also be a drawing at the end of the June 17th day of the event with the winner walking away with the Spirit of Northport. You can enter the drawing by collecting daily stamps from each showing artist and entering the Grand Prize ArtWalk raffle at the welcome booth.

For more information visit the Northport ArtWalk's official website.

Help Wanted

Intern with Vision Long Island this summer!

Vision Long Island is looking for interns for Summer 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 info@visionlongisland.org. 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:
American Premiere of My Brilliant Divorce - Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00pm and Sunday, June 3rd at 7:00pm
Tickets and more information available here.

The YMCA Boulton Center
37 West Main Street, Bay Shore:
Upright Citizens Brigade - Friday, June 1st at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

John W. Engeman Theater
250 Main Street, Northport:
42nd Street - Friday, June 1st at 8:00 pm, Saturday, June 2nd at 3:00 and 8:00 pm, and Sunday, June 3rd at 2:00 and 7:00 pm
Tickets and more information available here

Guildhall, John Drew Theater
158 Main Street, East Hampton
No shows this weekend
Tickets and more information available here

Landmark on Main Street, the Jeanne Rimsky Theater
232 Main Street, Port Washington:
The Psychedelic Furs - Friday, June 1st at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Patchogue Theater for the Performing Arts
71 East Main Street, Patchogue:
Atlantic Wind Symphony: Wind Band Classics - Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

The Paramount
370 New York Ave, Huntington:
The Paramount Comedy Series - Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Theatre Three
412 Main Street, Port Jefferson:
Goldilocks, Is That You? - Friday, June 1st at 10:30am, Saturday, June 2nd at 11:00am, and Sunday, June 3rd at 3:00pm
Next to Normal - Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd at 8:00 pm and Sunday, June 3rd at 7:00 pmFriday Night Face Off - Friday, June 1st at 10:30pm
Tickets and more information available here

Vail-Leavitt Music Hall
18 Peconic Avenue, Riverhead:
Bill Jantz & the Honey-Baked Hobos Play Two Classic Albums in the Country Tradition - Sunday, June 3rd at 8:00pm
Tickets and more information available here

Museums

Museums in or near Long Island downtowns:

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.

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.

Movies

Nassau

Clearview Grand Avenue
1841 Grand Avenue, Baldwin
516-223-2323
clearviewcinemas.com

Bellmore Movies
222 Pettit Avenue, Bellmore
516-783-7200

Glen Cove Theatres
5 School Street, Glen Cove
516-671-6866
www.glencovetheatres.com

Clearview Squire Cinemas Great Neck
115 Middle Neck Road, Great Neck
516-466-2020
clearviewcinemas.com

Long Beach Cinema
179 East Park Avenue, Long Beach
516-431-2400

Clearview Manhasset 3
430 Plandome Road, Manhasset
516-627-7887
clearviewcinemas.com

Clearview Port Washington
116 Main Street, Port Washington
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

Clearview Roslyn Theatre
20 Tower Place, Roslyn
516-756-2589
clearviewcinemas.com

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

Suffolk

Clearview's Babylon Cinemas
34 Main Street, Babylon
clearviewcinemas.com

AMC Loews Theatres – Shore 8
37 Wall Street, Huntington
888-262-4386
amctheatres.com

Cinema Arts Centre
423 Park Ave, Huntington
631-423-7611
cinemaartscentre.org

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

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

Closing Words

After Svante Myrick, 25, became the youngest-ever mayor of Ithaca, N.Y., he gave up his car to join the estimated 15 percent of his city’s residents who walk to work. As mayor, however, Myrick has a prime downtown parking spot reserved for his exclusive use. So instead of letting it stand empty, last week he began to, as he put it, “turn the Mayor’s parking space into a park space.”

Check out the full story at grist.org.

Smart Talk

Newsletter Editor: Christopher Kyle, Program Coordinator
Contributors: Eric Alexander, Executive Director; Tara Klein, Policy Director;
Tawaun Weber, Assistant Director; Elissa Ward, Sustainability Director; Sam Mines, Intern

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