Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced the grand opening of the brand new Long Island Welcome Center in Dix Hills. The 15,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art welcome center includes a Taste NY Market—promoting some of New York’s best locally made and produced food and beverage products—a farmers’ market and an interactive I LOVE NEW YORK experience for Long Island visitors to learn about the region’s history and tourism destinations.
“This center has transformed what once was a nuisance parking lot on the busy Long Island Expressway into a gateway that will welcome nearly 8,000 people here each day,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.
The welcome center is located off the Long Island Expressway at Exit 51-52 eastbound. It is the site of a formerly underused parking area that has been completely transformed into a spacious, LEED-certified visitor’s center with numerous amenities for travelers, including a Taste NY Market, a community room with a DMV kiosk and innovative travel features from I LOVE NEW YORK that highlight Long Island’s diverse tourism attractions. In the event of a storm or catastrophic event, the community room can serve as a safe refuge for travelers and residents.
“Tourism and agriculture are critical drivers of the Long Island economy and with the new welcome center, we are making smart investments to support these industries throughout the region,” Cuomo said. “With a Taste NY store to raise the profile of Long Island’s quality food and craft beverages, and interactive I LOVE NY kiosks to engage visitors and connect them with Long Island’s rich history and boundless recreational opportunities, this state-of-the-art welcome center represents the very best that Long Island has to offer. This project serves as a metaphor for the growth the region has seen in recent years, and I am proud to see this project completed.”
In response to community comments, there will be no tractor trailer or bus parking allowed at the eastbound exit 51-52 Long Island Welcome Center, including the service road that supports the facility. Recognizing the need for safety for all users of the Long Island Expressway, accommodations for trucks and buses have been provided. Trucks and buses traveling eastbound have been redirected to a recently renovated NYSDOT truck inspection site at exit 66. Westbound, a NYSDOT maintenance facility at exit 56 was renovated to accommodate trucks. Improved lighting and portable restroom facilities will be provided at both renovated truck and bus locations.
Visit www.taste.ny.gov for more information.