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Long Island Shopping Mall Guide

Roosevelt Field Mall in East Garden City. (Photo: YoungKing11/Wikimedia Commons)

For those of us seeking to get a jump start on our holiday shopping, thankfully, Long Island is home to many different shopping centers. So rally up your friends and family or fly solo to these spots for some deals this holiday season.

Americana Manhasset
Designed by world renowned architect Peter Marino, the simple elegance of The Americana Manhasset rivals the boutique storefronts of Paris and Milan. With a personal shopping service and over 60 luxury stores, including Gucci, Burberry, and Cartier, a day at the Americana is a day well spent. Americana Manhasset, 2060 Northern Blvd, Manhasset. americanamanhasset.com 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Thurs-Fri, 12 p.m – 6 p.m. Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mon-Wed

Broadway Commons
Broadway Commons in Hicksville used to be an open-air shopping center that now hosts 85 shops in its enclosed layout. Fun fact about the Broadway Commons? It was the location of a campaign speech delivered by former president Richard Nixon in 1960. Some popular shops at this mall include an IKEA, Target, Macy’s, GNC, Forever 21 and Francesca’s. Broadway Commons, 358 N Broadway, Hicksville. atbroadwaycommons.com 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sun.

Green Acres Mall
The ideal place to spend a rainy day, this enclosed shopping mall has over 150 stores as well as numerous eateries. After shopping at trending stores like H&M and PINK, don’t forget to stop by at Starbucks on your way out for a cup of peppermint hot cocoa to get you in the holiday spirit! Green Acres Mall, 034 Green Acres Mall, Sunrise Highway, Valley Stream greenacresmallonline.com Mon-Sat 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m., Sun 11:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Roosevelt Field Mall
Located in Garden City, Roosevelt Field Mall is the second largest full price shopping mall in New York state and the tenth largest in the entire country. Not only does it have department stores such as Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, JCPenny and Nordstrom and sport outlets like Dick’s, but it also has smaller, trendier stores which include Urban Outfitters, Free People and LUSH as well as designer stores like Fossil and Guess. This mall offers an incentive for foodies too with its recently updated food court, and if you bring the kids you can take a photo with Santa. Roosevelt Field Mall, 630 Old Country Rd, Garden City. simon.com/mall/roosevelt-field. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-7p.m. Sun, 6 a.m.-10p.m. Black Friday.

Melville Mall
Practical and charming, this mall is the optimal place to find presents and stocking stuffers for sports enthusiasts and outdoor aficionados alike. WIth stores including Field and Stream and Dicks Sporting Goods, Mellville Mall has all the latest gear. Melville Mall, 834 Walt Whitman Rd, Melville federalrealty.com Mon-Fri 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Walt Whitman Shops
A great place to find the high end shops you love, like Saks Fifth Avenue, is Walt Whitman Shops. This mall was the first enclosed mall on Long Island and is known for its beautiful architecture that provides a luxury shopping experience. Major department stores such as Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, and Bloomingdales can be found here plus smaller shops like Anthropolgie, making it a great place to purchase presents for everyone on your list. Walt Whitman Shops, 160 Walt Whitman Rd, Huntington Station.simon.com/mall/walt-whitman-shops. Mon-Thur 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.- 7p.m. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Black Friday.

Tanger Outlets Deer Park
A breath of fresh air and the sunshine warming your face as you peruse the over 60 storefronts at Tanger Outlets Deer Park is all you need to make holiday shopping feel like a breeze. Featuring staple brands such as Victoria’s Secret, Columbia, and Calvin Klein, everyone in the family is sure to find something they will love– and at an unbeatable price. Tanger Outlets Deer Park 152 The Arches Cir, Deer Park tangeroutlet.com Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

Tanger Outlets Riverhead
A premiere shopping location on the way to the Hamptons, this preeminent open air outlet offers exclusive designer brands at a fraction of the cost. The sprawling complex is reminiscent of a small village with its homey architecture, well tended flowers, and characteristic fountains! Walk from Theory to Armani exchange on the immaculate grounds, maybe even stopping for a snack at one of their thirteen dining options. Tanger Outlets Riverhead 200 Tanger Mall Dr, Riverhead www.tangeroutlet.com Mon-Sat 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.

The Gallery at Westbury Plaza
Sleek glass windows frame the ultramodern entrances of this convenient and stylish open air mall. With Saks, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales discount stores as well as Trader Joe’s, The Container Store, and Home Goods, amongst others, The Gallery effortlessly combines practicality with a delightful shopping experience. The Gallery at Westbury Plaza 900 Old Country Rd, Garden City, NY 11530 galleryatwestburyplaza.com Mon-Sun 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Compiled by Jess Winans and Karly Eberly

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Bars

Beer Drink Chopp Bar Cold Refreshing Happy Hour

Starting with Thanksgiving Eve, getting in the holiday spirit often involves meeting friends, family or coworkers for drinks at one of Long Island’s many bars, but deciding which one can prove tricky.

Narrowing down the field are Press readers, who voted BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant the Best Bar on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest. And Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge won both Best Bartenders on Long Island and Best Happy Hour on Long Island in that contest. 

Housed in a building that dates back to 1850, BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant has its foundation was built from a ship ballast, and during the Civil War, the place was a stop on the Underground Railroad. Old-time locals say its predecessor, Shand’s, had just about everything, which is fitting, since voters undoubtedly recognize the same thing about BrickHouse. Putting it over the top for best bar is their phenomenal food, exceptional home brews, friendly staff, beautiful local artwork, amazing vibes and extraordinary live musical performances and events.

At Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge, their bartenders are masters of mixology, as well as extraordinary people, who genuinely care about each and every customer. And during happy hour, their drinks are a bargain, that’s why the bar is packed!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.com Vote now through Dec. 15 for your favorite businesses and people in the 2018 Best of Long Island program.

BrickHouse Brewery & Restaurant is located at 67 W. Main St. in Patchogue. They can be reached at 631-447-2337 or brickhousebrewery.com

Spiro’s Restaurant & Lounge is located at 4 Patchogue Dr. in Rocky Point. They can be reached at 631-744-4100 or spiroslounge.com

Photo Essay: Harvest Season on Long Island

A Long Island farmer harvests his crops (Photo by Benny Migs).
Apple pickers visit a local orchard (Photo by Benny Migs)
A farm hand picks vegetables at a local farm (Photo by Benny Migs)
A bee pollinates a sunflower at a Long Island farm. (Photo by Benny Migs)
Families pick their own pumpkins at an LI farm (Photo by Bob Giglione)
A farmer takes visitors on a hay ride (Photos by Bob Giglione)
A baby picks a pumpkin (Photo by Bob Giglione)
A little boy rides in a wagon at a fall festival (Photo by Bob Giglione)
A bushel full of gourds. (Photos by Bob Giglione)
A woman picks some corn (Photo by Bob Giglione)
The string bean crops await harvesting (Photo by Bob Giglione)
A scarecrow keeps the birds at bay. (Photo by Bob Giglione)

Colonial Overlooking Huntington Bay Asks $6.5M

This pristine, classic and comfortable Colonial on a 2.25-acre waterfront estate with awe-inspiring views is listed for sale at 6 Wincoma Drive of the Village of Huntington Bay.

Built in 1999 with custom millwork throughout and superb attention to detail, the seven-bedroom home with seven and a half bathrooms and 200 feet of waterfront is located in the desirable Wincoma section of the village with the house perfectly situated for perfect views overlooking Huntington Bay.

The house spares no amenity. It comes equipped with a heated in-ground pool, spa, cabana, putting green and a two-bedroom guest cottage.

It also features an eat-in kitchen, a breakfast room, formal dining room, office, sun room, three en suite bedrooms, a full basement and five fireplaces. Outside it has a patio, deck and three-car detached garage.

It’s situated about a mile from the Bay Club, Crescent Beach Town Park and Fleets Cove Beach Park. It’s about two miles from downtown Huntington, which is one of the most popular downtowns on Long Island, and about three miles from the Huntington Long Island Rail Road station. It’s located in the Huntington School District.

The asking price is $6,500,000, not including the annual property taxes of $71,670.

The real estate brokers listed for the property are Jyll Kata and Risa Ziegler of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. They can be reached at 516-624-9000.

Long Island Concerts & Events November 20-23

Brian Setzer

Fight for Charity
Members of the Long Island business community and volunteers are hitting the gym, drinking raw eggs and running up stairs to the Rocky theme song as they train for this 14th annual boxing fundraiser for charity. Hilton Long Island, 598 Route 110, Melville. lifightforcharity.org $134-$250. 6 p.m. Nov. 20.

Karyn Schoenbart
The CEO of the NPD Group and Long Island local native will be speaking and signing copies of her business book, Mom.B.A.: Essential Business Advice from One Generation to the Next. Read more about her in our recent profile. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. bookrevue.com Free with purchase of book. 7 p.m Nov. 21.

“When it Rains it Pours” for this Vermont rock band. Check out Zdebnek Gubb’s awesome bass and accompanying voice, Ryan Dempsey’s keyboard and vocals, Mihali Savoulidis’ signature guitar sound and Brook Jordan on percussion and vocals. The Space at Westbury Theater. 250 Post Ave., Westbury. thespaceatwestbury.com $25-$35. 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual Christmas Rocks! Tour
Massapequa native Brian Setzer invites you to join him in yuletide festivity on his annual Christmas tour. Originally known for his rockabilly revival group the Stray Cats, Setzer reinvented himself in the late ‘90s with the swinging Brian Setzer Orchestra. The tunes range from Christmas standards to jazzed up versions of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” and more. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. venue.thetheatreatwestbury.com $39-$164. 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

Salsa and Latin jazz band Sabori was founded in 2012 and consists of native New Yorkers John Berdeguer, Henry Cabrera, Arturo Millan and Dan Luciano. The group uses percussion, various wind instruments, piano and guitar to invoke the rhythms and air of Latin and salsa music. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. tremeislip.com Free. 8 p.m. Nov. 22.

Power Women of Long Island to be Honored

Nearly 750 business professionals from across Long Island will come together to network during The Power Women in Business Awards & Networking Event scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30 in Great Neck. 

The Power Women program recognizes influential women in business whose achievements and involvement helped to make a difference in the communities where they work and live in Nassau and Suffolk counties. The event ends with the announcement of raffle winners. 100 percent of the raffle proceeds will be
donated to local charities.

This year’s Power Women honorees are as follows:

Joy DeDonato, executive director of the Nassau Community College Foundation
Dr. Karen Michele Kostroff, assistant professor at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Barbra Lehrer, President & CEO at The Beacon Group
Susan Hamblen, owner and real estate broker at Exit Realty Achieve
Anne Brigis, president and CEO of YMCA of Long Island
Marian Conway, executive director of the NY Community Bank Foundation
Pina M. Campagna, a partner at Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt, LLP
Juliana Terian, president and CEO of Rallye Motors
Mary Hodge, Coordinator, Community-Based Day Hab and Head Coach of the Nassau Thunderbolts
Anita Nigrel, vice president and customer experience manager of People’s United Bank
Dr. Chetachi Nwoga-Ecton, president of When In Need Foundation
Hillary Peckham, chief operating officer of Etain, LLC
Melissa Rose, vice president at Marketing Works
Maria Themistocleous-Frey, president and founder of Executive Consultants of New York, Corp.
Lisa Burch, vice president and chief operating officer of the Family and Children’s Association
Andrea Tsoukalas, partner of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP
Denise Silverberg, member of the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center Board of Directors
MaryAnn Benzola, Director of Marketing at Custom Computer Specialists
Linda Armyn, SVP of Corporate Affairs at Bethpage Federal Credit Union
Mara Navaretta, CEO Homes by Mara
MaryAnn Benzola, Director of Marketing Custom Computer Specialists
Claudia Pilato, VP and Director of Marketing at Bridgehampton National Bank
Lisa A. Cairo, Partner at Jaspan Schlesinger LLP
Suzanne Chimera, President & Founder of Hair We Share
Lisa Rispoli, CPA, AEP Partner-in-Charge of Trust and Estate Services Grassi & Co
Manda Kalimian, Founder, Cana Foundation
Silvana Scotto CEO Sagamore Bridge Club
Francesa Carlow, President, Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce

The list of winners is still being formed. Sponsors of the event include PSEG Long Island, Investors Bank, Flushing Bank, Carter Deluca Farrell & Schmidt llp, National Grid, People’s United Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation, the Melville Chamber of Commerce, Godiva, Georgi Vodka, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Bridgehampton National Bank and Sandwire.

The networking and awards gala will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 30 at Leonard’s Palazzo, located at 555 Northern Blvd., Great Neck.

Best of Long Island Spotlight: Top Coffee

Long Islanders are always on the go, so naturally they enjoy a cup of coffee or three to get them through the day, but where can one find the perfect java?

Press readers gave a point in the right direction when they voted C.J.’s Coffee Shop the Best Cup of Coffee on Long Island and Coffee Booths the Best Coffee House on Long Island in the 2017 Best of Long Island contest.

Coffee Booths serves craft espresso, cappuccino and coffee beverages using organic, locally roasted beans. Not only is the coffee great, but this family owned shop also provides a relaxing atmosphere perfect for customers to enjoy their coffee and all of the other treats offered. This includes freshly baked scones, muffins, and breakfast options prepared onsite. Plus, the staff is incredible, and the owners grew up in Selden, as well!

Whether enjoyed on-the-go or to-stay, that delicious dose of caffeine has the ability to prepare us for whatever the day may bring. Without it, we feel lost, and let’s face it, probably a bit cranky. Many Long Islanders head over to C.J.’s Coffee Shop in Rockville Centre to satisfy their coffee cravings as a result of the business’ incredible flavors and friendly staff. We can see why they are consistently voted the best on Long Island throughout various categories, including this one!

To find all the other Best of Long Island contest winners, visit bestoflongisland.comVote now through Dec. 15 for your favorite businesses and people in the 2018 Best of Long Island program.

C.J.’s Coffee Shop is located at 225 N. Long Beach Rd. in Rockville Centre. They can be reached at 516-766-9107 or cjscoffeeshop.com

Coffee Booths is located at 226 Middle Country Rd., in Selden. They can be reached at 631-846-1966. facebook.com/coffeebooths

Horoscopes by PsychicDeb for November 2017

Horoscopes 2017

Aries – ruling planet in 7th house – past efforts pay dividends. You can seal an important agreement. If single, you talk about marriage. If already married, you’ll assure your partner of continued devotion. A gift that shows your solid appreciation is best.

Taurus – ruling planet in the 7th house – long-range plans reach a culmination point. A pal you can count on enters the picture and helps you increase your prestige and assets. The pressure is on you to make a definite commitment. Your marital status may be involved. Capricorn and Cancer people figure prominently.

Gemini – ruling planet in the 7th house – a reunion occurs with a key figure from the past. Accent your intuition, imagination and nurturing role. A younger person who comes to you with a problem wants comfort more than advice. Be understanding. Provide a listening ear and refreshment.

Cancer – ruling planet in the 5th house – don’t be impatient for romantic action. A relaxed passive role is best now. You need time to build a more solid foundation beneath this relationship. Be sensitive to the moods and feelings of the one you love. Another Cancer and Capricorn are on the scene.

Leo – ruling planet in the 4th house – you settle down now to the comfort of a family situation. An older family member is ready to wait on you hand and foot. Don’t rock the boat with forceful statements; allow for sharing of views, compromise and cooperation. A delicious dinner plays a prominent role.

Virgo – ruling planet in the 4th house – conditions improve at home. A beautification project will surpass even what you’ve expected. A relative who was out of sorts will be fascinated by your talents. You’ll want everyone to be happy and will spend money freely.

Libra – ruling planet in the 2nd house – opportunity knocks in the form of extra income. Be willing to listen to someone who talks fast but is honest and sincere. A gift from someone who loves you is part of the picture and may be the way to make more money Ask a Gemini.

Scorpio – ruling planet in the 2nd house – take stock of your property, possessions and tangible goods. It’s time to weed out what you can no longer use. A tendency to cling to the past will only delay future success. You need more room to move about and expand. Aries and Libra people are in the picture.

Sagittarius – ruling planet in the 12th house – you creative juices flow. You’ll discover a talent you inherited but seldom used. Expect new contracts and more romantic opportunities. Your personal magnetism is very high, causing a Leo type to comment favorably on your appearance.

Capricorn – ruling planet in the 12th house – you’ll gain great satisfaction from lending a hand to your mate, partner or associates. A service-type occupation is favored. Forget about an empty promise recently made to you. Focus on what is concrete and valid. An Aquarian shares your feelings.

Aquarius – ruling planet in the 3rd house – confusion surrounds a message, e-mail or phone call. Keep calm if a misunderstanding is discovered; you’ll be imaginative enough to see how to turn a conversation to your advantage. Aspects are excellent for writing novels or stories. Pisces plays a key role.

Pisces – ruling planet in the 1st house – your non-conformist tendencies are accented. A social situation will bring out your more eccentric but imaginative side. You may shock a straight-laced person with your color scheme or hair style. Don’t be too concerned – express yourself!


Psychicdeb has been a professional astrologer for over 25 yrs. She teaches Astrology for a nominal fee. Psychicdeb also uses the tarot to do psychic readings channeling her spirit guide Helen. Reiki is one of her obsessions. She is a Reiki Master and loves to teach others the benefits of Reiki. Call 516-236-7729 for an appointment in her private office. Or you can find her at the Original Psychic Fairs on Sundays. A listing of the Fair dates can be found on her website at: astro-mate.org or join the Facebook page: facebook.com/The-Original-Long-Island-Psychic-Fair

Prominent Long Island Caterer Rhona Silver Dies

Rhona Silver
Rhona Silver

Rhona Silver, a prominent second-generation caterer and entrepreneur from Long Island best known for running the famed Huntington Townhouse, died on Monday. She was 66.

Silver grew up in the Bronx, where she got her start in the catering business, before moving to LI and graduating from Hofstra School of Law. She owned the Huntington Townhouse—billed as the largest catering hall in the nation at one point—for a decade until she sold it in 2007, when Lowes demolished it to build a home improvement store.

The sale sparked several lawsuits, including one in which she reportedly alleged her ex-boyfriend, developer Barry Newman, stole her $6-million cut of the $38-million real estate transaction for the 20-acre property on Jericho Turnpike. That suit is still pending, court records show. Her attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Lowes dropped its plans to build the store in 2011 when it closed several locations nationwide. The location is now a Target.

Silver made national headlines when she offered $1 million to help Martha Stewart pay her legal bills in exchange for a chance to run the domestic diva’s company while Stewart was facing federal charges in 2004.

After selling the Townhouse, she and her children launched CaterBid, an online platform that connected clients with caterers.

Her funeral was held at New Montefiore Cemetery in Pinelawn under direction of Dodge Thomas Funeral Home, Long Islander News reported.