Vision Long Island

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…


No. 358: Softheon speeding, Central Islip redeveloping and Vision Long Island seeing things a little differently

  Done deal: You’ve made it, dear reader – it’s Friday, Nov. 16, another week of socioeconomic progress is in the books and another weekend (followed by a blessedly short holiday week) lies ahead. Make a day of it: To our Icelandic readers, happy Dagur íslenskrar tungu. To all members of the United Nations, remember to observe the International Day for Tolerance. It’s also National Fast Food Day. Only in America. Live at five: Now…


20 years and still smartening up at Vision Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // Before downtown redevelopment was cool, there was Vision Long Island. Today, it seems, everyone is doing it: “Transit-oriented development” is in, Albany doles out $10 million checks to stir the pot and some 40 Long Island downtown districts are in some revivalist phase – a “coalition of the willing,” according to Vision Long Island Director Eric Alexander, who remembers a time not long ago when things were a little different. “When…