On our way to see the bridge project and explore the streets of American Venice, October 6, 2018.


Many thanks to Mary Cascone (Babylon Town Historian), the Copiague Memorial Public Library, and everyone who joined us at American Venice!


Babylon’s Town Historian, Mary Cascone, presented the history of Copiague and American Venice at the Copiague Memorial Public Library, October 6, 2018.
Participants visited the bridge reconstruction work underway, October 6, 2018.


The lions of the American Venice Administration Plaza and Laguna San Marco, one of our Endangered Historic Places, October 6, 2018






Babylon Town is working to sensitively replace iconic bridges in Copiague’s American Venice neighborhood. Photo by Jeff Bachner for Newsday

This event includes a free lecture followed by an optional ticketed tour.
Date: Saturday, October 6, 2018
Location: Copiague Memorial Public Library, 50 Deauville Blvd, Copiague, NY 11726
Time: 2:00-4:00PM

Following the free lecture at Copiague Library, you may also join us for an optional ticketed tour of the bridges:
$15 Members and Young Preservationists (optional tour fee)
$20 Non-Members (optional tour fee)

Sign up for the free lecture and buy optional tour tickets online via Eventbrite
Or call us at 631-692-4664, Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00

Babylon’s Town Historian, Mary Cascone, discusses an ongoing project to reconstruct two iconic 1920s bridges in Copiague’s American Venice neighborhood. Following the free lecture, please also join us for an optional ticketed tour of the nearby reconstruction project underway.

Originally built in the 1920s, the bridges and surrounding community were designed to resemble Italy’s famed city of canals. The project improves access for larger emergency vehicles, which were unable to safely cross the old bridges during superstorm Sandy in 2012. Planned by the town in consultation with New York State’s Historic Preservation Office, the new bridges feature the same distinctive architectural style and elements as the originals.

Lockwood, Kessler & Bartlett, Inc., of Syosset, is the project engineer and architect, while H&L Contracting of Bayshore handles construction.

American Venice, ca. 1926. Image courtesy of Town of Babylon History Museum.