Discover Long Island

Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic and its evolving aftermath are reshaping the world around us, and myriad Long Island forces – large and small, corporate and nonprofit, industrial and academic – have risen to the challenge. Innovate Long Island presents Innovation in the Age of Coronavirus as a real-time journal of this region’s resourceful response to the greatest global challenge since World War II. Stay healthy, dear readers.     Hempstead CARES, and regional colleges love it…


As confidence lags, LI tourism team finds perfect ‘Fit’

By GREGORY ZELLER // Long Island’s top tourism agency is working hard to pep up lagging consumer confidence in the Age of Coronavirus. Discover Long Island, self-billed as “the official destination marketing and management organization” of Long Island’s $6.1 billion tourism economy, has taken a number of proactive steps to keep consumers assured, even as COVID-19 effectively devours the 2020 summer tourism season. Right at the top is the appointment of Michele Reed, a native…


No. 508: Boomgaarden rocks, Judy Garland sings, industrial forces go home and gougers get theirs

  Big day: Welcome to Wednesday, dear readers, and not just any Wednesday but the day Long Island engages Phase 2 in Albany’s official reopening playbook – an important step for those still following the social-distancing rules (including you, we hope). That means it’s June 10 out there – Army Day in Jordan, Navy Day in Italy and, here in the States, National Iced Tea Day, defending the nation from thirst. Well, that’s new: Today…


No. 505: In which National Grid gifts, interns rise and SBU psychologists dig deep

  That’s a wrap: Welcome to Friday, dear readers, as our abbreviated WFH workweek comes to an end and a muggy, late-spring weekend begins, with Long Island now enjoying its Phase 1 reopening. No, the pub isn’t open. Yes, you should still wear a mask. One Morgo: Before we dive in, a cap-tip for old friend Jim Morgo, the former Suffolk County economic-development guru who reached out following Tuesday’s newsletter, which noted that Molloy College…


Inward-looking summer tourism plan polishes LI ‘gems’

By GREGORY ZELLER // From the Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until It’s Gone Department comes Discover Long Island, which has discovered another reason for Long Islanders to love summer. The season is already a favorite, obviously, in a region replete with world-class beaches and a thriving tourism trade. But Summer 2020 dawns under the slowly receding shadow of the coronavirus pandemic – and brings with it a “renewed sense of gratitude,” according to Discover…


Bethpage backs a new gear for Suffolk tourism

By GREGORY ZELLER // An ambitious “micro-mobility” program will look to change traffic patterns, pedestrian potential and carbon footprints in four Suffolk County communities. County Executive Steve Bellone announced this week that Bethpage Federal Credit Union will sponsor Bethpage Ride, Suffolk’s digitally enabled rent-a-bike program, coming this summer to downtowns in Patchogue, Babylon and other county hotspots. Billed as a first-of-its-kind for Long Island, Bethpage Ride – modeled after big-city bike-share efforts like Citi Bike…