Long Island Index

No. 300: Anniversary edition, starring Shakespeare, Dutch Reagan and Academy Award-winner Jessica Lange (and introducing Vengo)

An imperfect 300: Welcome, friends, to your latest Innovate LI newsletter, and not just any Innovate LI newsletter, but the 300th since founder John Kominicki e-blasted the first more than three years ago. That’s a lot of historical anecdotes, celebrity birthdays, regional shout-outs, hyperlinks, funding reports and Stuff We’re Reading. And we wanted to do something truly spectacular to recognize our tercentenary edition. So, we came up with… Suggested serving: These foods/serving sizes all contain…


Final review: The Long Island Index strikes a balance

By GREGORY ZELLER // Like any great adventure story, the Long Island Index saga has concluded with plenty of drama – specifically, with the Index’s final-ever regional report, a cautionary tale filled with conflict and even a stare-off-into-the-sunset ending. Fifteen years after taking its first dive into Long Island’s socioeconomic clime, the project of the Garden City-based Rauch Foundation on Thursday released its final report of regional indicators – an amalgam of the latest data…


No. 298: Jefferson lives, Foodcubate nibbles, Instacart heads east and the Long Island Index closes its books

You’ve done it again: It’s Friday, friends, and not just Friday but the 276th anniversary of composer George Frideric Handel’s masterwork “Messiah,” which debuted April 13, 1742, at Dublin’s New Music Hall (though we’d have cued this up just for the Friday part). Don’t be scared: It’s also Friday the 13th, of course, and if you suffer from triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13) or friggatriskaidekaphobia (fear of the day itself), you’re probably a little…


LI Index seeking new publisher

The Rauch Foundation is seeking proposals from other organizations to take over its Long Island Index project, launched in 2003 as an experiment in what has been called “advocacy through data.” The foundation, which focuses primarily on early education and environmental programs, announced it is looking for an organization that has a “strong, passionate voice to contribute to helping Long Island develop to its fullest potential.” “The Long Island Index has a crucial role to play…


LI Index maps where the apartments are … and not

The Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index project has released an interactive map detailing the state of the region’s multifamily housing sector, a key factor in the continuing loss of young Long Islanders and a major hurdle to attracting future young workers. The map covers almost 1,500 rental buildings and nearly 900 coops and condos across Nassau and Suffolk counties and identifies 113 projects in the development pipeline, from those that have been proposed to projects…


LI facing housing, workforce, brain drain crisis

By GREGORY ZELLER // Even under the “most optimistic scenario,” Long Island will remain woefully short of rental housing over the next two decades, fueling a mounting loss of young people, a just-released study concludes. The Long Island Multifamily Housing Study, conducted by NYC-based HR&A Advisors, and the nonprofit Regional Plan Association for the Rauch Foundation’s Long Island Index, concludes that existing plans for 26,000 multifamily units across the Island will still leave the region…