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What's Your No. 1 Paramount Concern? [Poll]

Recent incidents at the theater have heightened anxiety in the community.

Recent arrests, parking problems, traffic concerns and medical emergencies have disquieted residents and raised anxiety in the community regarding the which opened its doors on .

After calling for an end to Tuesday, Huntington Town Supervisor Frank Petrone, an advocate for theater construction,  with theater representatives and other top officials at Town Hall to discuss ways to quell concerns.

Although many say the theater has helped attract business and big name entertainment to the village, others argue that some of the Paramount's headline entertainment has brought it the wrong types of crowds. Parking and traffic issues have also .

What is your greatest concern regarding the Paramount Theater?

Kathy March 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
JSC...the solution to problems in town is for the community to get involved with the town board and make sure they do things that benefit the town and the community in the future. If they don't do what we want, vote them out and find good people who will be more representative of We the People.
REG INDEP March 14, 2012 at 09:31 PM
@CR WHAT'S OBNOXIOUS FACTS YOU DON'T LIKE. Disrespectful is ok when you and others are bashing public safety and the town board you can't be disrespectful and not expect some criticism. The statement about public safety was ignorant by there own admission they don't know anything they do so they must do nothing.i did make constructive comments earlier on here but nothing will appease the paramount haters on here. I suggest we have people attending the paramount sign a supportive petition at every show and we will see who has more support. If you don't like the town bird vote them out but myself and the majority of Huntington support them. I hope you don't find this obnoxious!
heather March 14, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Hey Greg! Im with you all the way.....Love The Paramount....and i would absolutely bring my kids to a concert there.....as for Huntington being quaint? Cold Spring Harbor is quaint.......I grew up in Great Neck, and 25 years ago guess where we would go if we wanted to have a fun night drinking....Huntington. Its always been a fun drinking town.....I have lived here for 15 years now and LOVE it, but I wont pretend that its something that it isnt.......
j.b.n. March 14, 2012 at 09:41 PM
drove by a public saftey car parked in the town lot just north of the chase bank on rt,110 in town at 5am this morning,and yes you guessed it,he was sleeping.engine running 5am in the morning sleeping,well maybe he was on his coffe break.have a little pride in your town and do your job.this town is run by total jokers.oh thats right were a city now,so proud.
Greg Fasolino March 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Exactly, Heather. I was living even farther than Great Neck 25 years ago, in Middle Village, Queens, and even there, people told me to come out to Huntington to have fun. I have friends who now live in Great Neck and they miss Huntington badly. I've visited, and the town is absolutely DEAD once it gets dark. Nothing against that town, but really. So boring.
Greg Fasolino March 14, 2012 at 09:48 PM
J, I never said "this is the best thing ever for the town" or "it's so great to have Huntington on the map." I was clearly referring ONLY to the live music scene, concerts, etc., which is a distinction from saying it's the best thing ever (there's a lot of things here that would be worthy of that title, whether it's Heckscher Park, the Cinema, etc.). In terms of music, then yeah, this is the best thing ever for the town, but please don't misconstrue my words.
Concerned Resident March 14, 2012 at 10:20 PM
@ REG INDEP What facts are you referring to? So far, you haven't presented any facts, only opinions. And the way you have presented them is what is obnoxious. You've expressed your views in a very heavy-handed way, attempting to cram your opinion down the throats of those who don't agree with you. Do you consider statements like "...the majority of Huntington support [sic] them [the Town Board]" facts? If so, how do you know this for a fact? Did you conduct a poll? If you reread my posts, you will see that I never said a word about public safety, so don't go lumping together all the "Paramount-haters," as you refer to those of us who have issues with the venue. As far as "appeasing" us, we are expressing our opinions here, and nobody needs to or should be appeased. This is not a battle, although from your comments, it sounds as if you think it is. No, I don't find your comments obnoxious; I find them immature. ( "...And we will see who has more support." I can just hear the "na na na na na"). P.S. If you haven't yet figured out that certain people on the Town Board are corrupt, read The Huntingtonian (www.thehuntingtonian.com) or the articles in the Village Tattler about Don Pius and the other slumlords from whom Petrone and his buddies have turned the other cheek. Instead of attacking others, educate yourself about what's going on in your town.
j.b.n. March 14, 2012 at 10:33 PM
let me get this straight,town board is paid off by paramount,they ok expension of paramount,with out enough parking(did the same for a clam bar called co co's,what a joke) also allowed tutu pazzo in halesite to double in size(owner is related to king frank p)and the harbor club valet parks customers cars in mun.parking lot.and now you want the taxpayers of this town to pay for a parking garage? why didnt paramount build a garage first?love people who cant afford to buy a home around here,so they rent and think they have a say in what goes on this village.because if you truly did live around here for as many years as i have you would be sick to your stomach seeing how this place has tuned in to a brothel by greedy one-way business owners who dont give a crap about this village.profit over civic pride.also reg.indep.the majority supports the board and paramount?democrats have been running this town for years and withen the last two elections two have been voted out,i dont know who your neighboors are but im sure they do not live withen a 2 mile radius of the village.
Concerned Resident March 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM
@Heather, There are approx. 135 comments on this thread. A number of people, including myself, have been making comments almost from the beginning. Before you make a comment for the first time at the end of a very long thread, please read through all of the comments. We have hashed and rehashed the "quaint" discussion numerous times. Different people view this town differently, depending on where they are from, their interests, their age, their reasons for moving here, etc. Not everyone moves to Huntington for the nightlife either. Huntington is very different by day than it is by night. During the day, the museum is open, the stores are open, the library is open, the park is active, moms with babies and toddlers abound. And while the same restaurants are open during the day as at night, the "downtown" is certainly not bustling and there is no bar scene to speak of in the morning or afternoon. Just the reasons why someone who wanted to get away from the city, but didn't want to live in a sleepy town or the boonies, would want to move here. And as I said earlier, any town that has parades down Main St. is, in my view, quaint. Glad you love Huntington. So do I. But don't pretend that Huntington isn't a quiet little town because...during the day, it is.
Greg Fasolino March 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
The brothel comment is ugly to begin with, but your other comment strongly implies that somehow residents who are renters are less worthy than residents who own homes. What a truly revolting message. I may disagree with some other posters here, civilly and with respect despite our difference of opinion, but this deserves pure contempt. Who the heck are you to decide that because you are wealthy enough to carry a mortgage, that your opinion is worth more than someone who can only afford to rent? (For the record, I've done both and would be ashamed to judge anyone that way.)
Concerned Resident March 14, 2012 at 11:24 PM
@J I agree with a lot of what you say in your posts, and a parking garage seems the most obvious way to address the parking issues created by having the Paramount in town. I have a few concerns though. Given that the controlling majority on the Town Board has a history of not soliciting feedback from the residents or blatantly disregarding it, and of pushing its own agenda, I don't trust that they wouldn't botch the garage project. It would be easy to create a parking monstrosity, rather than a garage that is designed appropriately for the location, and I believe that Petrone and his two friends on the Board would allow that to happen if it would be of benefit to them personally. I'm not saying that the town shouldn't move forward with a garage; I'm just sharing a concern. My other concern is that concert goers will still park in front of residents' homes around the block, if it is perceived as more convenient. Some concert-goers might find it easier to park on a residential street than in a garage from which the cars of many concert-goers will be exiting at the same time and turning onto the same couple of one-way streets. I was disturbed, but not surprised, by the information you provided about how the signatures were obtained for the petition. So, the would-be Paramount owners were responsible for that, correct? Regardless of whether we residents are grateful for the Paramount or not, we were sideswiped for sure.
Concerned Resident March 14, 2012 at 11:33 PM
@ Kathy and Greg "The problem is that Huntington doesn't have enough parking spaces for a vibrant downtown area. This is not new since The Paramount opened, this new business has just exacerbated the situation, as would have happened with any large venue that opened in town." Thank you. This is the exact point I have been making as to why I don't think any venue as large as the Paramount should be right in the village. I gather from both your comments that the bigger the "downtown" area gets, the happier you will be. If you are looking for a truly vibrant nightlife, then it sounds like you are looking for a city. Why not move into Manhattan or at least closer to it?
REG INDEP March 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
@CR a fact is when some one wins an election they had the majority that's not an opinion,election results are facts.and your the one who keeps naming and insulting people when I post not all of it is directed at you.the poll I referred to for pro paramount would have results which would be facts.and the name calling by you is what's immature.the public safety facts I was addressing to jsc. I'm doing most of my posts from a phone I don't have time to dissect every comment. I'm just pro paramount and was tired of the exaggerations by some about the minor incidents being doom and gloom from the paramount.and now your making rules for how people can comment@ Heather.sorry you don't get to make the rules THANK GOD!!
j.b.n. March 15, 2012 at 12:06 AM
first greg i grow up here and rented for years,saved and worked very hard to purchase a home.i am not wealthy and i dont judge anybody.my point being i have seen something i love,this town being used for profit by people who arent part of the fabric that has mad this town as great as it is.and as a taxpayerand resident for over forty years,yes i do think my opinion is worth more than someone who is renting,thats just common sence.i drive through this town every morning(5-6am) and when i see town workers (even on the w-ends)watering flowers (one guy driving and one in the back watering)men with blower back packs cleaning the side walks and sweepers up and down the streets and parking lots,(out of towners show no respect for the village garbage in p.lots) on my owner not renters,tax paying expense.next time you are driving around town or go to a town park(browns beach,mill dam park,halesite park)take notice of the trash everywhere.disgusting.despite your disagreement,i feel this village takes priority over taxpayers/homeowners neighborhoods.we have become the forgotten,but i guess that his my fault.i have seen chances in this town over the years and just turned the other cheek but a enough already.overdevelopment has ruined my quality of life.thing change,life will go on with out me.when i leave i would like to think that i did something good for the town i have called home my whole life.
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 12:20 AM
@Heather I forgot to mention that I can see why, since you grew up in Great Neck, you would think that Huntington is busy, busy, busy. When was the last time you were in Manhattan during the week during the day or on the weekends at night? That is my frame of reference. Sorry, but I really find it humorous that people think Huntington is such a hub of evening entertainment and has such a flourishing nightlife. @Greg I also spent some time living in Queens in my late teens/early twenties, closer to Nassau County than to the city actually. But, the people I hung with would never think of going to clubs on Long island with the city so close. Frankly, to us, Huntington (and the rest of Long Island) was the boonies. My friends who live in Queens and Manhattan still see it that way, and I actually have to bribe them to come out here by promising that we'll hang out at the beach (something that's not convenient to them) and take a relaxing drive through nature. They certainly don't come out here for the nightlife.
heather March 15, 2012 at 12:40 AM
@ Concerned Resident....I own a home here, i have 2 children in the district, I use the parks, the beaches.....I love every aspect of Huntington( well, except when the BOE closed Jack Abrams....) ....including The Paramount... give them a chance to work out the kinks.... I agree about Huntington feeling like the boonies....but we always knew we would have a good time when we got here.....
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 03:21 AM
If you actually READ my posts instead of REACTING to them, you would know that I wasn't making rules for how Heather (or anybody else) could post.
Kathy March 15, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Concerned Resident..."But don't pretend that Huntington isn't a quiet little town because...during the day, it is." You can't exclude half of the day in order to make your argument that Huntington is a quiet little town. Maybe you live in a world where the night doesn't exist, but for the rest of us in the real world, Huntington is a vibrant downtown area at night. And btw, this "quiet little town" still has a parking problem during the day as well.
Kathy March 15, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Concerned Resident... "I gather from both your comments that the bigger the "downtown" area gets, the happier you will be. If you are looking for a truly vibrant nightlife, then it sounds like you are looking for a city. Why not move into Manhattan or at least closer to it?" Now don't go putting words in my mouth. I never said I want the downtown are to continue to get bigger. I think the downtown area's borders have already been established, however, I do not like to see empty storefronts within those borders. In my opinion, the IMAC left a huge hole in the center of town and The Paramount is an appropriately sized business to have filled that space. I, unlike some people here, did extensive research before deciding to move here and have been very happy with my decision. So no, I do not want to live near the city. I love it here! You guys are the ones who seem unhappy about living here.
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 04:00 AM
@Kathy You have once again misinterpreted my comment. I have to admit that it is getting a bit tiresome to have my comments consistently misinterpreted and responded to in an irrelevant rant. I was addressing Heather's comment about Huntington, which was "It's always been a fun drinking town.....I have lived here for 15 years now and LOVE it, but I wont pretend that its something that it isnt......." She was implying that I was trying to pretend that it's not a drinking town (i.e., at night), so I responded that, by the same token, she should not pretend that it's not a quiet town during the day. In other words, I was saying that Huntington is both: a lively drinking town by night, and a quiet family town by day, and both aspects of its character should be recognized. Where did you get that I was excluding half the day? Next time, pay attention when you read my posts so you don't jump to conclusions. And FYI, this quiet little town doesn't have a parking problem during the day. I live in the Village and run errands around town at different times during the day almost every day. I have never once had a parking problem during the day. So...maybe you're not living in the real world after all.
Concerned Resident March 15, 2012 at 04:07 AM
@Kathy Now don't go putting words in MY mouth. I never said I was unhappy about living here. Actually, if you would just bother to read my posts, rather than inventing them, you would know that I said I love it here. And I think it's pretty arrogant of you to imply that you were smart enough to do research before moving here, while other posters weren't. How would you know that about other posters anyway? You damage your whole argument when you make ridiculous statements like that.
Kathy March 15, 2012 at 04:28 AM
I wasn't referring to you specifically, I'm referring to everyone who seems surprised that people are out on the streets at night in a town where there are bars and clubs on every block. And when a large venue like The Paramount opens, it exacerbates existing parking problems. The people who are complaining about The Paramount here, don't seem to be happy living in an area like this, or at the very least, they don't seem to expect there to be lots of people and cars around. "it's pretty arrogant of you to imply that you were smart enough to do research before moving here, while other posters weren't. How would you know that about other posters anyway?" What I do know is that I did my research and Huntington is just as I expected it would be. I happily accept it for what it is. I am not complaining that parking is difficult or that The Paramount has too many bars, or that Huntington has too many bars, or that people are on the streets at night, like some people here. You can analyze that any way you want, but it seems to me that people didn't know what they were getting when they moved to Huntington and are now trying to change the town.
Kathy March 15, 2012 at 04:35 AM
Maybe you should try to be more clear in your responses...now I understand where you were going with that. As for my irrelevant rant...I've had enough banging my head against the wall with people like you. Good luck with your "kill The Paramount" campaign...lol
Greg Fasolino March 15, 2012 at 07:28 PM
@ CR I feel the same as Kathy. I don't want a bigger downtown, just one that has as few empty storefronts and as many fun things to do within the downtown section as possible. The deceased IMAC space was a useless hole that has now been filled with something exciting, that doesn't mean there should be a dozen Paramounts all over the town. As for the city question, why does it half to be either/or? Huntington is neither a totally urban city like Manhattan, nor a sleepy strip-mall suburb. It's something on the cusp, as the sign I see around the village says, "where the city meets the suburbs." THAT is what attracted me to relocate to Huntington 20 years ago, so I could have some of the best of both worlds. On one hand: a daytime pace of life that is not so frenetic, a small enough scale to know local businesspeople by name, close proximity to beaches and hiking and parks. On the other hand: a vibrant nightlife, with a world-class cinema and more places to eat and drink than almost anywhere else on LI, and a somewhat artsier more culture-oriented feel than is typical in this area. The Paramount only makes that mixture richer.
Nick March 15, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Most comments mention Hntington as ' the' place to bar hop and drink, drink, drink....Geeez folks, get a life or at minimum a designated driver....Grow up!
heather March 16, 2012 at 02:17 PM
i think Huntington can be all things.....its beautiful...great beaches and parks...a nice village..nice shops......and some fun nightlife......i love it all. I think everyone needs to chill thats all and give The Paramount a chance.....Im sure they have heard loud and clear everyones concerns.....no one wants a repeat of last week.....
Amy March 16, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Agree, Heather. Huntington is pretty well rounded. Something for everyone. Hopefully the Paramount goes back to just booking good music and the town gets the parking under control.
J March 26, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I've been away for a few weeks, and came back to this post to see that the controversy rages on. To the taxpayers and homeowners and business owners, I feel your pain, I've experienced all the ongoing negatives, I am homeowner and taxpayer. As to the person who suggested getting concert goers to sign a petition, that would not be valid, petitions concerning our town have to be signed by Huntington Town Residents. The taxes that business owners and homeowners pay are what creates and maintains this town. We own it and we elect officials to run it. The best thing you can do for those who are unhappy, is write letters and get your neighbors to write letters or do a petition. To the Paramount lovers what are you worried about? It will take the "jaws of life" to shut it down unless there is a death. Which I hope will never happen. The last few weeks have been uneventful because the concert choices have brought fairly decent crowds. Last night the boy band kids were wrapped around the block, I am sure this is not great for the local businesses, but because it was a Sunday night and the show started and ended so that all the cars were out of here by 11:00 it was okay and the kids were fairly respectful The true test will be what happens this summer when much bigger crowds show up and there is an increase in shows.
REG INDEP March 26, 2012 at 04:27 PM
TONS OF PEOPLE FROM HUNTINGTON GO TO THE PARAMOUNT AND THE PETITION WOULD SHOW THAT.I'M NOT WORRYING ABOUT IT CLOSING JUST TRYING TO GIVE A REASONABLE VOICE IN SUPPORT.THERE ARE ALOT OF EXAGERATIONS ON HERE AND FEAR MONGERING FROM THE NIMBY"S
J March 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
as to Concerned Res and the idea that people will still park in front of our homes even if a garage is put in, I am worried about that too, which is why there has to be signage that leads Paramount parking to the garage, Paramount would have to advertise this on their website and then if people still park down side streets into residential areas we would have to request signage that says resident parking only after a certain time. Because IMAC had only 700 seats even if they parked down the street, there still was parking a house or two down from me. What I hate now is that there is no parking anywhere near my home for blocks upon blocks. Not everyone has a big driveway and there are some folks without driveways at all. I have to plan my entire life around the Paramount schedule and I end up staying home a lot on concert nights because I just don't want to deal with the hassle. I make sure I know what kind of act it is, if it's hardcore, I stay home. The garage should be the one thing the lovers and haters should agree on because it solves most of the problems. I saw from a Huntington Merchants blog, some of the business owners want the Paramount shut down. That's a pretty strong sentiment from business owners. I've never seen that happen before. The negative perceptions are not going to easily go away for the Paramount. To Paramount supporters: urge the owners to make some changes if you really want them to survive. You've seen enough posts to know the problems.

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