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You Tell Us: Big Ideas for Making the Five Towns Better

Share your thoughts for changing the community.

Businesses come and go in the Five Towns, but our infrastructure has mostly stayed the same over the years. Think some roads should be changed? Want to change the landscape?

We're asking people like you to get to thinking about the home you love so much, coming up with ideas — be them wild stretches of the imagination or practical fixes that are altogether doable — to keep the Five Towns great into the forseeable future.

In the spirit of putting the local dreamer and the civic leaders on the same plane, we'd like to give all locals the opportunity to share their big ideas for the Five Towns. In this forum, no idea should be shot down. Instead, let's gather as many suggestions as we can so we can later narrow the list down to the 10 most popular ideas for the Five Towns community.

We can't wait to hear what you come up with.

Lisa October 03, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Small businesses are suffering on Broadway in Woodmere and Hewlett. Part of the problem is lack of parking, and commercial real estate taxes make it difficult for landlords to keep rents competitive. Would like to see Improvements on the parking situation for local shops; make it conducive for locals to visit shops frequently and merchants to survive. There is open land available for sale right on Broadway. How about Nassau buy it for additional parking, as it did a few years ago on Long Beach Road in Oceanside. Also, stimulate small businesses via rebates or incentives to landlords and/or new merchants.
Donna Galinsky October 03, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Best thing for the neighborhood is reasonable property taxes. Will bring more people in and improve property values.
Stephen J. Bronner October 03, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Great comments — keep them coming!
Toby Tobias October 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I live in Woodmere and I love living here! Our downtown needs some deep revitalization and here's what I would do if I had the support and assistance to do it: As a musician, I would love to see our town emulate the hipper towns such as Huntington and Patchogue where venues for music and arts abound. Why do we not have that where we live? We have beautiful stores and great infrastructure, and most of all, I believe the community would welcome the chance of going to see and hear quality live music and culture in our town instead of going to other communities to get their live music fix. If any open minded business people would see this comment and would like to contact me to look into these prospects, I would love to talk to them. I am open to any and all suggestions. Toby Tobias 516.850.4815 / toby@tobytoby.com
Igwheet October 03, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Two things - first, lower school taxes so people can actually afford to live here. Especially in district 14 where the taxpayers have no one looking after their needs other than the teacher union which is like the fox guarding the henhouse or more accurately, the inmates running the asylum. Second, fix up the central Woodmere commercial district. It allleads to broadway, and it's a mess beyond belief. The roads haven't been paved in decades and for some reason every possible tree that could be growing on places like Franklin Place and West Broadway have disappeared, there are potholes everywhere, the sidewalks are cracked and weeds growing everywhere. Half the key food strip mall is empty probably because the surrounding area is so dumpy. Also, the property on the corner of Franklin Place and Central avenue is so neglected and ugly it depresses the entire area. Whenwill the town and county do something about this mess? If you want the shopping distrct to succeed, you need to make the area inviting to shoppers and renters. If not, all the parking lots in world won't save the broadway district.
ftptch October 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
we need a bigger diversity of stores in cedarhurst..................... there r only 2 or 3 non kosher restaurants in cedarhurst and lawrence................. why r there so many parking meters....................... and why r resident permits so expensive................
Carmela Soprano October 03, 2012 at 06:08 PM
I love Woodmere. I'd love to see a good restaurant and better parking. I would drive from Lynbrook to Woodmere in a hearbeat. It's a lovely town. I miss the variety/hardware stores, I miss the decent restaurants that have since closed. Parking!!!! Not everyone can park at the curb!
phil October 04, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Carmela Soprano- "Not everyone can park at the curb!" That statement is pathetic. Please, for the sake of all of us, do the right thing and surrender your drivers license. That would be a small but important step towards making the Five Towns a better place.
Eugene Falik October 04, 2012 at 03:55 AM
I'd like to see local villages comply with the state Vehicle and Traffic Law. It requires that if meters are used, the rules (maximum time, days and hours in effect) be posted on a sign 7 feet off the ground with green letters on a white background. And state and federal law generally prohibits all way stop signs. Village officials who violate the law should receive summonses!
Eugene Falik October 04, 2012 at 03:57 AM
P.S, for those who get a summons, the requirement is in V&TL section 1683 (8) I believe.
Carmela Soprano October 04, 2012 at 04:23 AM
You're funny. Right now, there's a very low need for parking lots in Woodmere because it almost looks like a ghost town. Add some quality stores and restaurants, all those curb spaces will be taken up. On any day of the week, there's always a spot at the curb right now.
5TResident October 04, 2012 at 07:03 AM
Improve the 5 Towns? Here's my 2 cents, 1) Get District 1 to either pick up recycling on a regular basis or drop the program. I'm tired of having my recycling constantly pile up. 2) No new kosher restaurants of any kind on Central Avenue. It's enough already. 3) The intersection of Bayview Avenue/Clinton Avenue and West Broadway is a pedestrian tragedy waiting to happen. Those of you who live nearby know what I mean. Put a signal there, or at least a four way STOP sign, before children get killed crossing that intersection. 4) Petition the LIRR to build a pedestrian overpass over the Cedarhurst LIRR station so that people who live north of the station won't have to resort to scurrying past the lowered gates in an attempt to catch their city-bound trains. There's an overpass at Gibson - why not Cedarhurst? Or Woodmere too? 5) Clean up Central Avenue and Cedarhurst Avenue. The trash problem is getting out of hand. 6) Ditch the old-fashioned parking meters in favor of Muni-Meters that accept debit/credit cards. Or, adjust the meters so that they accept nickels and dimes in addition to quarters. I've seen this many times in Great Neck and in Westchester and it's a great convenience. 7) Rein in the predatory "parking enforcement agents". Can we not make it so obvious that Cedarhurst relies heavily on parking meter violation fees for its yearly budget? Just my two cents.
ftptch October 04, 2012 at 01:27 PM
alsoo........ central avenue needs a noise ordinance........................ on sundays all u can hear is cars hoinking........................ the police need to enforce the double (& sometimes triple) parking laws............................... my kids & i live just off central avenue and it is horrible......................... all u hear are car horns.........
Bojames October 05, 2012 at 12:20 PM
1. Ticket the cell phone talkers..walking alon Broadway is dangerous. 2. Make those with a "clergy exemption" pay their fair share of taxes. The state law says $1500 not the $12,000, $13,000,$14,000 many get! Many pay NO SCHOOL taxes and UFSD #14 BOE will not take a stand on this.
Bojames October 05, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Welcome to Boro Park.....the Five Towns has been changed ....it is now part of NYC.
Eugene Falik October 05, 2012 at 06:38 PM
If the Five Towns were part of NYC, the mayor and trustees wouldn't flout the law as they do.
Bojames October 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Fine the dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs.
ftptch October 07, 2012 at 12:33 PM
i find it is the ppl with the small dogs that dfo not clean up...............................as if nothing comes out!!!
Nancy Lanzilotta October 19, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Get Healthy ! Bike Paths , Walking lanes , More places to play sports and revitalize our parks so Elementary to Highschoolers want to participate in sports ! Make it easier for them to access a tennis racquet , a basketball , a ping pong table - PARKS , NUTRITION , HEALTH , buses back and forth to beaches WE LIVE ON THE SOUTH SHORE we are very fortunate

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