Patchogue Village Named One of 13 Great Places in America 2173

The American Planning Association (APA) has announced that it has named Downtown Patchogue Village, New York, as one of four Great Neighborhoods on APA’s annual Great Places in America list, which starts the countdown to National Community Planning Month in October.

The Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets and Great Public Spaces of 2019 are places that are unique and exemplary in their success stories of revitalization, cultural identity, and strong community connection. In the program’s 12th year, APA Recognizes 13 Great Neighborhoods, Streets and Public Spaces and Patchogue is honored to be named as one of the honorees for its amazing downtown transformation.

“The transformation that has occurred in Patchogue is nothing short of groundbreaking when you consider how much progress has been achieved in such a short amount of time,” said County Executive Steve Bellone. “This downtown revitalization was made possible by a community-driven approach from the ground up led by Mayor Pontieri. Today, Long Island is front and center on the map as we can replicate the success in Patchogue to other communities across the region. Suffolk County will continue to support the Village and will leverage transportation investments to generate additional affordable housing and attract new job opportunities.”

APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States demonstrating exceptional character, quality and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

“Being considered a Great Place in America tells the story of a community that embraced change. The strength of any community is driven by its diversity, its commitment to the future and residents’ willingness to volunteer to make their Village a better place,” said Mayor Paul V. Pontieri Jr. “By creating a vibrant downtown, the Village of Patchogue has become a place for professionals and young families to live and grow.

Downtown Patchogue Village was once considered a “ghost town,” and the New York Times lamented “the community’s deteriorating fortunes” since it was no longer able to depend on tourism, local industry, or traditional retail, and was in desperate need of a complete economic revitalization. For 20 years, the Village and County turned to planning innovations like transit-oriented development, investments in local infrastructure, and early adoption of multifamily housing. Today, Downtown Patchogue Village has reinvented itself as a regional dining, shopping and entertainment destination.

A member of the Executive Board of the local NY Metro Chapter of the APA, Alex Wallach, authored the nomination earlier this year. Alex, who is also a Patchogue resident explained, “When I moved to Patchogue in 2017 I fell in love with the sense of community. There were so many stories about what Patchogue had been and how over the years it has transformed into what it is today.”

“The neighborhoods recognized this year demonstrate the importance of planning in creating vibrant and sustainable communities,” said Kurt Christiansen, FAICP, APA President. “Patchogue Village is a national example of how innovative planning practices can fundamentally transform a community.”

“What makes Patchogue stand out to us is the extra mile this community has gone to get positive results,” he said. “Through opposition this successful redevelopment of an older downtown has now revitalized the community and now it not only can survive, but it can thrive. The impact of what has been done will last generations. Quite often we do not celebrate our successes, this is an opportunity to celebrate the hard work and the amazing things planners can do with the support of the community.”

The community will come together to celebrate Downtown Patchogue Village’s designation as a Great Neighborhood in America at 11 a.m. during Fall Fest on October 19, 2019 at the Historic Patchogue Theatre. Following the reception, there will be a walking tour of downtown Patchogue and an after-party hosted by the Patchogue Young Professionals at the Blue Point Brewery.

In addition to Patchogue Village, APA has also recognized the following Great Neighborhoods in 2019:

  • Downtown Lee’s Summit  – Lee’s Summit, Missouri
  • Short North Arts District – Columbus, Ohio
  • Historic Downtown Delaware – Delaware, Ohio

Since launching the Great Places in America program in 2007, APA has recognized 303 neighborhoods, streets and public spaces around the country. Designees are selected annually and represent the gold standard for a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement, and a vision for the future.

For the sixth year, members of the public can suggest their favorite public space, neighborhood, or street to earn a “People’s Choice” designation. Throughout October, individuals can offer suggestions via APA’s social media channels using the hashtag #APAgreatplaces. APA will select five finalists that the public can vote on via APA’s website. The “People’s Choice” winner will be announced October 30, 2019.  

For more information about APA’s Great Neighborhoods, Great Streets and Great Public Spaces for 2019 and previous years, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces.

Learn more about APA’s National Community Planning Month by visiting www.planning.org/ncpm.

 

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These DIY Grinch Ornaments “Don’t Come from a Store” Give a gift that “Means a Bit More” 759

Still looking for the perfect gift for a friend, family member or colleague?  In honor of the new Grinch movie that came out this holiday season, here is our take on a fun DIY ornament that is so cute and adorable, you’ll want to steal em right off the tree!  These ornaments are fun & easy to make, look great, and are a gift that will be treasured annually by the receiver.  If you already have something for everyone on your list, why not start a new family tradition and make a new ornament together every year?  It is a great way to look back over time and bring back memories of Christmas past when you decorate the tree each year.

These easy to locate supplies can be found at your local Michaels or AC Moore, and with a prep time of 45 min, you can still find plenty of time to make them before Christmas!

You will Need the Following Supplies:

  • Clear Glass Ornaments
  • Ornament Glitter Adhesive
  • Fine Green Glitter
  • Green Feather Boa
  • Paint Markers: Black, Yellow, Red
  • Small Funnel
  • Hot Glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Cup or mug to use as stand
  • Ornament hook

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. Take the lid off the ornament and add a bit of glitter adhesive inside.  Just need enough for a this coat, maybe about 1/4 of the ornament.
  2. Rotate the ornament all the way around so the glitter adhesive covers the entire inside of the ornament.
  3. Then let the rest of the solution drain out back into a container.  If necessary, gently tap the sides a few time and try to get all the extra solution out.
  4. Next add the glitter into the ornament.  Again rotate the ornament around and shake as necessary so the glitter covers the whole inside.
  5. Put the lid back onto the ornament
  6. Next its time to draw your Grinch face
  7. Measure and cut a length of feather boa so it fits around the top of the ornament
  8. Finally add hot glue to the lid area and glue the piece of boa around the top

“It came without ribbons. It came without bows. It came without packages, boxes or bags. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas perhaps, means a little bit more.” – The Grinch.

 

Shop These Local Long Island Toy Stores 2019 437

Had enough of Cyber Week and shopping online? Small toy shops are the go-to destinations for those who prefer to shop brick and mortar stores for their gifts.  Shopping these smaller local stores gives a more personal shopping experience and patrons can find unique and fun gift ideas.  These shops often provide demonstrations and offer one-on-one assistance to ensure you select the perfect gifts.

At these local Long Island shops you will find everything from the hottest new toy trends to the classics, educational toys, party favors and much more:

 

Funky Monkey

Funky Monkey Toys and Books Is A Trendy, Funky, Cool Store That Will Keep You One Step Ahead! You should definitely plan to stop here if you’re looking for what’s new and hot, as they often get a hold of popular and trendy products before other stores. Watch for in-store and seasonally-themed events as well.

More information: 360 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale; 516-484-0966; Click here for more info

 

 

Fun Stuff Toys

Specializing in kids’ toys. Shop for creative, educational, developmental games, puzzles, and specialty toys.  Fun Stuff Toys has a friendly staff who hold playful demos on the latest and greatest toys. There are many seasonal and trendy toys, action figures, models, educational toys, riding scooters and mainstream items for children of all ages.

More Information: 3639 Merrick Rd., Seaford) 516-409-8697; Click here for more info

 

 

Stevenson’s Toys and Games

With two locations in the Hamptons, Stevenson offers a variety of main stream and rare toys.  They pride themselves on offering toys from around the world that are both fun and stimulating.  Some toys will rekindle memories from your own childhood; others are new and exciting.   Free gift wrapping on all purchases.

More Information: Southampton (631-283-2111) and East Hampton (631-527-7222); Click here for more info

 

 

M.J. Beanz Toys

At M.J. Beanz Toys you’ll find toys of the trendy and educational variety, as well as the traditional activity and coloring books, dolls, stuffed animals, puzzles and arts and crafts kits. There are also party favors and educational products.

More Information:  345 S. Oyster Bay Rd., Plainview; 516-827-7700; Click here for more info

 

 

G. Willikers

At G. Willikers seasonal gifts and trendy board games are the norm.  Here you can find educational toys, dolls, action toys, cuddly stuffed animals and items for babies and toddlers. Art tools and kits, outdoor riding toys and books are also mainstays.

More Information: 22 Forest Ave., Locust Valley; 516-671-3335, Click here for more info

 

 

Einstein’s Attic

At this store in the heart of Northport village, you’ll find more than just toys from major manufacturers, but also handmade and specialty items for dolls and collectibles. Educational and science toys are available too, as are seasonal offerings.

More Information: 79 Main St., Northport; 631-261-7564, Click here for more info

 

 

Funni Business

Toys are the main option of this playful shop notable for the large “Gumby” statue that stands in front of its window, but stock also includes seasonal and lawn games, as well as party favors, collectibles, retro toys, baby playthings, books and candy.

More Information: 30 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay; 516-922-3900, Click here for more info

 

 

Boardwalk Games

Boardwalk Games has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a gift for a child or a seasoned gamer, the store specializes in strategy games, jigsaw puzzles and chess sets. Boardwalk Games sells collectible versions of classic games. The store has a wide array of chess sets and variation chess games as well as a large selection of Monopoly sets.

More Information: 35 Creek Rd., Port Jefferson; 631-928-4263; Click here for more info

 

Matty’s Toy Stop

A family-owned operation, this local chain of stores has 4 locations serving the Long Island area.  Each locations has a variety of mainstream toys as well as educational items and playthings for babies. Rows of shelves filled with games, toys, books and puzzles, this store is a fun house for young kids.

More Information: Locations: 19 Covert Ave., Floral Park, 516-358-4010; 1350 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, 516-295-2555; 2138 Merrick Mall, Merrick, 516-771-4209; 284 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre; 516-634-0030; Click here for more info

 

Goldsmith’s Toys and Electronics

Recently reopened in a new space slightly down the block, Goldsmith’s is still well known for its large collection of rubber ducks; it also carries plush toys, beach and bath toys, books, art supplies, kites, puzzles and more. They carry a full line of Thomas the Tank Engine, Lego, Melissa and Doug, and Lionel Trains. Oh and Goldsmith’s also has electronics, just in case you need batteries, cables or a new phone charger.

More Information: 128 Main St., Greenport; 631-477-0466; Click here for more info

 

Learning Tower

LearningTower Toys features hard to find, innovative, high quality games and toys. Their mission is to provide children with quality products that foster personal expression and self esteem. Learning Tower features mainstream toys, but also focuses on interesting board games, collectibles, figurines and building toys. Be sure and explore its puppet section, which includes a wide selection of well-crafted options that range from finger fun to hand dolls that work best with practiced manipulation.

More Information: 4747 Nesconset Hwy., Port Jefferson Station; 631-928-2040, Click here for more info

 

 

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning may not be a traditional toy store but it carries hands-on learning materials. Customers can open any product to take a closer look before making a purchase, and the store hosts free events for kids every Saturday. Some things you’ll find there: building sets, educational toys, science kits, math/reading games and art supplies.

More information: 2079 Hillside Ave., New Hyde Park; 516-616-9360; Click here for more info

 

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