Violet Mural

A Pop of Color Near Pulaski Street

Downtown Glen Cove just got a little bit brighter. In an effort to bring more original art into the downtown area, the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District (BID) and the Glen Cove Youth Bureau worked together to complete a mural on previously bare wall near the Pulaski Street parking garage. In less than a month from proposing the concept, the project came to fruition, creating a design of colorful violets for residents to enjoy.

Patricia Holman, executive director of the Glen Cove Downtown BID, met with Jacki Yonick and Natalie Tenke of the Youth Bureau prior to beginning the project. The Youth Bureau’s Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) often works with the BID on various projects and the idea came after discussing needs within downtown.

“I thought we could paint the wall as a test to see how people would react to art in the downtown area,” said Holman. “If no one is receptive, it could always be repainted.”

The mural, however, is more than just a repainted wall. The flowers are actually symbolic to Glen Cove.

Tenke, an artist, did her research, drew some sketches and submitted them for approval. While brushing up on Glen Cove history, she learned that the violet is the official city flower of Glen Cove.

“I love the violet,” said Holman. “It’s a strong, yet delicate flower and the colors are so vibrant.”

After Tenke sketched it out on the wall, two teams from the SYEP spent about two weeks painting it, with paint supplied by the BID.

“It is very inspiring when the Glen Cove Downtown BID can work with the children from the Summer Youth Employment Program and bring beautiful art to the downtown area,” said Holman. “Natalie Tenke brought history of Glen Cove, majestic color and elegant art in her art and the SYEP not only did a beautiful job in executing the project but clearly took great pride.”

Several BID board members agreed.

City Councilwoman and board member Pam Panzenbeck said, “The SYEP must feel a tremendous amount of satisfaction for the beauty they created. It’s just stunning!”

“This art will inspire me to walk pass here to look at the art,” said board member Mary Cooper.

Yonick said she was happy to help facilitate the project for her program members.

“It’s always exciting to see our young people take pride in their work and their community, and we are very excited at the Youth Bureau to provide these opportunities for teens as well as a fantastic opportunity for Natalie to showcase her artistic ability while working with the Green Teams,” said Yonick. “Thank you to Patricia and the Downtown BID for asking us to collaborate on this special project this year.”

For the teens, it gave them an opportunity to explore their creative sides while doing their part to enhance the city they live in.

“I like painting,” said SYEP student Anaysza Ashby. “I never painted a wall and was excited to do this project. I like improving the town.”

“It’s fun and I am happy to see the colors and the flowers in the community,” said Giselle Salinas.

Jessica Amaya noted, “This is an example how this program cares about the community and to make it better.”

“It shows how people come together for the betterment of the community,” said Allyna James. “It’s a labor of love.”

Holman hopes that, with the success of this project, it will inspire more artistic ventures within the downtown.

“The BID looks forward to more art popping up in the downtown area,” she said.

For further information, contact the Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District at 516.759.6970 or



Upcoming Events

Halloween Parade and Festival Saturday October 26th, 2019

The Streets of Downtown Glen Cove were filled with assortments of heroes and villains on Saturday, October 26th for the Annual Glen Cove Downtown Business Improvement District Halloween Parade and Festival.  As the clock struck 1:00pm the marchers banded together to parade through the streets of Downtown Glen Cove, with a scary vintage Mercedes, a witch on stilts, Maleficent and Glen Cove’s Mayor Tenke leading the way.

Children were slipping and sliding, climbing and bouncing all over the bouncy house castles set up on Bridge Street, while thrilling music was blaring through the DJ’s speakers.  The Jack o’ Lantern Hole in One Mini Golf & the Witches Broom Race captured everyone’s attention which resulted in 100’s of prizes being won.  The children were also provided with an unlimited supply of cotton candy by Glenn and Kathy Paganetti of Primerica to enjoy throughout the entire Halloween Parade and festivities, had a chance to learn some juggling skills and danced through the streets.

This year’s Costume Contest saw a lot of creativity, and after a tough deliberation, the top first place winners included:  “Minions” Paul Jr. & Victoria Megarian, “Transformer” Declan Sullivan, “The Joker” Logan Blackborn, “A Ship” Logan Blum, “Scary Clown” Joshua Kunzel. Second Place winners included: “Jasmine” Aviva Waller, “Dorothy” Annabelle Salecchia, “Maleficent” Kerissa Salvador, “Zombie” Liam Acosta Cobb and Jack McCormack as a Scary Skelton. The Glen Cove Downtown BID would like to thank Lauren from Petsmart, Matilde from the Max Challenge, Emma and Miranda from The Avalon and Jacki, Ava and Lauren from the Compassion to Action Volunteer Group for their services as Judges.

To top it all off there was a Pie Eating contest with seven delicious apple pies that were devoured quickly, but not as quick as first place winner Aurora Seery who cleaned her plate in 60 seconds with assistance from her hands.

“ It is always brings such joy to the members of the Glen Cove Downtown B.I.D. to see such happy faces on the children of our community” , said Patricia Holman, Executive Director of the Glen Cove Downtown B.I.D.   The Glen Cove Downtown BID would like to Mayor Tenke, The City Council, Auxiliary Police, Department of Public Works, the Fire Department, EMS, Ava, Jackie, Samantha and Lauren from the Compassion to Action Volunteer Group, Our friend’s Spiro and Ally for lending and driving the car in the parade and most importantly our sponsors: American Paving and Masonry , The Max Challenge, Petsmart, The Avalon, Primerica,  Glen Floors , The Regency and AMC Glen Cove 6




Events at the Glen Cove Library

4 Glen Cove Avenue  676-2130
  Glen Cove Library’s Family Bus Trip
‘Twas the Night Before…By Cirque du Soleil
At Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater
Friday, December 27, 2019, 9:30am -6:30pm
The cost of $83 includes transportation and tickets to the show.  Enjoy time for lunch on your own before the 2pm show.  Register at the Glen Cove Library’s Information desk.  Tickets are non-refundable.

Events at the Senior Center
Glen Cove Senior Center
130 Glen Street
Glen Cove, New York 11542
Telephone: (516) 759-9610
Candlelight Dinner at the Glen Cove Senior Center

Everyone is welcome! Please join us for an evening of dancing, fun and fellowship! Raffle & Door Prizes. Transportation is available. Tickets can be purchased at the Glen Cove Senior Center.
Please call (516) 759-9610 for more information.

Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Events At The North Shore Historical Museum 140 Glen St., Glen Cove

  Thursday, November 14th - 7 pm
YA/Children's Book Author Roundtable
Meet 4 local North Shore authors and hear about their experiences writing and publishing Children's and Young Adult literature who will participate in a moderated discussion touching upon various aspects of the creative process. Panelists are Natalie Bober Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution, Kevin Horton Cee Jay and Bugsy, Lisa Mullarkey The Witch's Portraits and Todd Strasser Fallout.

North Shore Historical Museum
at the Marguerite & Joseph Suozzi Building
140 Glen Street * Glen Cove * New York