A revamped Nassau Coliseum, a new performing arts center in Babylon and expanded retail shopping options are coming to Long Island in the year ahead. Here’s a rundown of anticipated openings and big-ticket events already announced for 2017.
Nassau Coliseum re-opens
The newly renovated Nassau Coliseum opened with big concerts starting April 5. The Coliseum features new concession stands and dining concourses, a VIP club and an annual ticket membership option that includes seats at every event, a VIP entrance and parking.
Billy Joel's April 5 concert re-opened the Coliseum.
The venue’s debut week festivities continued with Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders (April 6).
Babylon is poised to get a taste of Broadway in the fall when the village’s shuttered movie house is reborn as the Argyle Theater. The father and son team of Mark and Dylan Perlman of Seaford say they’re preparing to begin construction by March to turn the space into a 470-seat equity theater with an orchestra and balcony. “The foundation will be Broadway musicals and plays, which will run five to eight weeks,” Dylan Perlman says. “In between, we will book outside acts such as musicians, comedians and illusionists.”
Stores and Restaurants
Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is expected to open in late spring or early summer on Route 110 in Melville.
Grocery-store loyalists who spent much of last year flocking to Farmingdale to shop at the new Stew Leonard’s market will have an option farther west by mid-2017: The grocer plans to open its second location, in East Meadow.
In Commack, national crafting chain Hobby Lobby plans to open its first Long Island store in August.
Sonic Drive-In plans to open another location in a new outdoor shopping center near Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream this winter.
Suffolk County got a taste of Shake Shack when the chain opened restaurants in Lake Grove (March 7) and Melville (March 30).
On Feb. 24, the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook opened a pair of new exhibits, including one that displays his-and-hers works of art: more than 100 pocketbooks by famed East End designer Judith Leiber with Abstract Expressionism art by her husband of 70 years, Gerson Leiber.
The Nassau County Museum of Art explores the contributions of designer Halston, particularly his work during the ’70s, in a new exhibit that opened March 25.
NYCB Theatre at Westbury hosted Tony Bennett (April 14-15).
Aretha Franklin comes to NYCB Theatre at Westbury on May 13.
The revamped Coliseum will host The Weeknd on June 3.
The new Coliseum hosts a reunion sure to please Gen-Xers: New Kids on the Block (pictured), Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men (July 7).
Bruno Mars plays the new Coliseum on Oct. 5.
Stand-up comedy gets bigger around Long Island in 2017 with an onslaught of gigs already scheduled, including Sebastian Maniscalco's (Showtime) 10 shows at The Paramount in Huntington (Feb. 1-7).
Valley Stream native Jim Breuer (“Saturday Night Live”) does three shows in one day at The Paramount on Feb. 11.
Artie Lange (“The Howard Stern Show”) brought his high jinks to The Space at Westbury on Feb. 11
Andrew Dice Clay rolled into The Paramount (March 1-2).
Jay Leno played NYCB Theatre at Westbury on March 18.