Long Islanders may not give tourism here much thought—unless they want someone to blame for summer traffic on the South Fork—but it plays a vital part in our regional economy. People in the hospitality industry fervently want it to have a bigger role here year-round. Creating a great destination miles from the Manhattan skyline in a place not universally known for having great hotels, luxury resorts or secluded getaways is a daunting proposition, but dozens have unarguably succeeded on the Island despite the challenges. Their stories reveal a lot about the possibilities and the pitfalls of hosting travelers here.
Fans of the cult classic BBC sci-fi TV series Doctor Who traveled from across the country and the world to attend the fourth annual Long Island Doctor Who Convention over the weekend.
Besides a host of haunted houses, jack-o-lanterns and trick-or-treating, Halloween season sparks loads of frightfully fun festivities across Long Island, from prize-winning costume contests to spooky parades and much more spine-tingling sensations to raise the spirits. Here's your guide to the dozens of spooky fun events taking place across Long Island this Halloween season.
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) this week called on the Federal Aviation Administration to increase local airport safety checks following a recent string of small plane crashes on Long Island. The senator said FAA ramp inspections, which determine if airports are in compliance with federal regulations and safe operating practices, have dropped 70 percet at New York airports in the past decade. He urged the FAA to reverse that trend during a news conference Monday at Republic Airport in Farmingdale, the site of the eighth small plane crash on LI so far this year, the most since 2012. Schumer noted that the crashes and inspections aren’t directly linked.
The Victory Challenge Empire State Games hit Nassau Community College; Lynyrd Skynyrd, Peter Frampton & KTUphoria rip up Jones Beach, Cowboy Mouth & Voyage rock The Paramount, Richard Thompson shreds Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center; Peter Cetera & Saturday Night Summer Fever hits NYCB Theatre at Westbury; Remy Ma dishes at The Emporium; and so much more!
If the bill passes, violators would face punishments of fines up to $1,000 or one year in jail. A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled for Tuesday. New York State is considering similar legislation.
LI will need to spark development in order to grow the tax base to support the increasing cost of government without breaking the bank of the average homeowner, an expert says. The challenges are the decaying transportation infrastructure, the shortage of sewers in Suffolk, and the lack of undeveloped areas in Nassau in particular.