APA 2019 Great Places of America Announcement

The New York Metro Chapter is thrilled to announce the designation of Governors Island and Downtown Patchogue Village as “Great Places in America” by the American Planning Association in 2019! Governors Island in New York Harbor was named a “Great Public Space,” and Downtown Patchogue Village on the south shore of Suffolk County, Long Island was named a “Great Neighborhood”!

APA’s Great Places in America program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods and public spaces in the United States that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country. These spaces were nationally recognized for their exemplary character, quality, and planning, and they highlight the diversity of great places we have in our Chapter!

Join us as we celebrate both designations during National Community Planning Month:

  • At our Chapter Annual Conference on October 18, we will honor Governors Island as we are joined by our keynote speaker, Clare Newman, President and CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. Register for the Annual Conference HERE.
  • One day after our Chapter Annual Conference, a formal local announcement for the Downtown Patchogue Village designation will take place outside the Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts (71 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772) on October 19, at 11 AM, followed by a reception at the Theatre lobby area. The reception is a free event and requires an RSVP, please visit HERE. The Walking Tour will begin with Village Views, a Pop Up Exhibition presented by the Patchogue Arts Council, featuring works in varied media by local artists, at Toast Coffeehouse @ 46 E Main St, Patchogue. The walking tour will finish at the Blue Point Brewery at 4 PM. Participation requires the purchase of a Walking Tour Ticket. The Walking Tour Ticket includes access to the Reception at the Theatre (additional RSVP is not required), an organized walking tour, and an after-party wristband for a free drink at the Blue Point Brewery. Tickets are limited, register HERE today. The New York Metro Chapter is deeply appreciative of Alex Wallach, AICP for his leadership and dedication in organizing the Great Places nomination and celebration for Downtown Patchogue Village!