Long Island Arts and Cultural Tourism Corridors
Over the past year, our project team, which consists of Sustainable Long Island (SLI), the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA), and ALON Marketing Group, have been working together to launch a new regional tourism initiative based on Long Island’s diverse arts and cultural resources. Supported by the Long Island Community Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Rauch Foundation, the Arts and Culture-based Tourism Corridor Project is an integrated approach to help the region thrive by leveraging arts and culture with the existing assets of local communities in order to appeal to international and domestic visitors. Key project partners also include the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (LICVB).
Understanding that one of the greatest drivers of international visitors is shopping, the project team has focused on four initial corridors, selected for their proximity to premier shopping destinations. These corridors are Hempstead/Nassau Hub, Gold Coast (Great Neck-Glen Cove), Riverhead, and Main Street USA (Cold Spring Harbor, Huntington, Northport). The respective shopping destinations for these corridors include: Roosevelt Field Mall, Americana Manhasset, Tanger Outlets, and Walt Whitman Shops.
The project team has hosted focus group meetings in each of the selected corridors, and also distributed an online survey to corridor stakeholders. Through the focus groups, survey, and additional outreach, feedback was solicited from local arts, cultural, civic, municipal, and business leaders as well as venue and transportation operators to assess their willingness and logistical capability to accept a large influx of international and domestic visitors. Utilizing the information received, the project team is developing this master plan to address infrastructure needs and strategies for each corridor to attract international visitors, who primarily visit Long Island to shop, and encourage tourism at existing arts and culture venues within these communities.
Sustainable Long Island has developed corridor mapping using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to visualize the distribution of arts and cultural venues and associated infrastructure within these corridors.
You can find our Long Island and Culture-Based Tourism Corridors Master Plan and Mapping here: