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Long Island events, openings 2017: New Coliseum, Sonic, Jay Leno, more

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

Newest version of the
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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 performs before a sellout crowd at
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Billy Joel's April 5 concert re-opened the Coliseum.

Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac and Chrissie Hynde
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The venue’s debut week festivities continued with Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders (April 6).

Argyle Theater

Babylon Cinemas, which closed Sept 7. is closed
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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 Market in Port Washington makes two
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Uncle Giuseppe’s Marketplace is expected to open in late spring or early summer on Route 110 in Melville.

Wow The Cow poses for a portrait at
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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. 

FILE - This May 22, 2013 file photo
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In Commack, national crafting chain Hobby Lobby plans to open its first Long Island store in August.


Waiters deliver food to customers at the Sonic
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 Sonic Drive-In plans to open another location in a new outdoor shopping center near Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream this winter.

A Shake Shack cheeseburger. Shake Shack is scheduled
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Suffolk County got a taste of Shake Shack when the chain opened restaurants in Lake Grove (March 7) and Melville (March 30). 

Museum exhibits

Judith Leiber's Mondrian handbag, an objet d'art, is
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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.

Anjelica Huston, daughter of film director John Huston,
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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.

Big shows

Singer Tony Bennett performs "White Christmas" from the
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NYCB Theatre at Westbury hosted Tony Bennett (April 14-15).

Aretha Franklin performs at the International Jazz Day
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Aretha Franklin comes to NYCB Theatre at Westbury on May 13.

2017 SUMMER FUNBOOK -- The Weeknd performing during
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The revamped Coliseum will host The Weeknd on June 3.

The New Kids on the Block perform during
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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). 

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Bruno Mars plays the new Coliseum on Oct. 5.

Comedy headliners

Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco from the film "Just like
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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).

Comedian Jim Breuer, who grew up in Valley
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Valley Stream native Jim Breuer (“Saturday Night Live”) does three shows in one day at The Paramount on Feb. 11. 

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Comedian Artie
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Artie Lange (“The Howard Stern Show”) brought his high jinks to The Space at Westbury on Feb. 11

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Andrew Dice Clay rolled into The Paramount (March 1-2).

This Nov. 5, 2012 photo released by NBC
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Jay Leno played NYCB Theatre at Westbury on March 18.

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