Monday, October 29, 2018

What Does Market Value Mean?


When a person or business is looking into selling, they need to know how much their home or building is worth. They will need to have a good idea of this in order to ask for an amount that is both reasonable and practical so that it will sell.

The Market Value

The market value is an estimate of how much the home or building will command on the market. This takes into consideration on types of information. A person or company will want a professional to get involved so that the property can be appraised. At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, we have the ability to help you find the market value of your home or building in Nassau or Suffolk County.

Market Value Will Fluctuate

The market value of a home or business will fluctuate. It will depend on how the market is doing in general, where the home or building is located and how the economy is doing. All these factors will combine in order to see how a home or business will sell when it is compared to other buildings of a similar nature.

Increasing The Market Value

There are many things that a person or company can do to increase the market value of their building. They can renovate it, fix anything that is broken and make it more appealing. All of these things can help to up the market value.

Property Tax Reduction Consultants

We are a company that takes pride in what we do to help our customers. Our staff is professionally trained, and they are exceptionally good at what they do. They are able to answer any questions that our clients will have because they are experienced at knowledgeable about their craft. If you or someone you know needs to find out the market value of your home or business, please contact us for more information.


At Property Tax Reduction Consultants, PTRC, we are here to assist you. Please take a look at our website, https://www.ptrc.com/, and make an appointment with PTRC as soon as possible.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

What is a SCAR petition?


Owning Your First Home in Long Island and Property Tax Possibilities

Buying your first home is a joyous occasion. Images of barbeques and housewarming parties often flood your mind when you finally get to purchase your first home. There are a few things to look out for, though. New responsibilities arise when you become a homeowner. One of those responsibilities is your property tax assessment.

In short, the state assesses your property value and may make changes to your already established property tax. In some cases, this can be a dramatic increase that costs you financially. Luckily, PTRC or otherwise known as Property Tax Reduction Consultants is here to help when you feel that your tax assessment has given you an unreasonable or uncalled for a tax hike.

SCAR Petitions and How PTRC Can Help

One of the ways you can combat an unreasonable property tax hike is to file a SCAR Petition. A SCAR Petition is better known as a small claims assessment review. Basically, when you get the bad news that your property taxes are going up considerably, you have thirty days to file for an opportunity to have a special small claims court review your case again.

This is only for homeowners, though. To be eligible to file, you must own a one, two, or three family home that is three stories tall or less. This counts for condominiums, too. The state charges a thirty dollar fee to file and you must file within a specified time frame if you want to get your case reviewed.

As the name suggests, PTRC specializes in aiding clients with these types of cases. Our company services the counties of Nassau and Suffolk in New York. It's not a requirement to have an attorney present at an assessment review, but it is an extremely valuable resource and can mean the difference between your property taxes being reduced and your case being dismissed.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Fall Activities To Enjoy In Long Island



Summer is over and Fall is here. Time to look for activities you can do during the change of season in the Long Island area before we're involved in the holiday rush. Are you ready? There are lots of things to do. Fairs, festivals, outings and more await fun seekers.

We've already missed more than a few festivals such as the Annual Shinnecock Indian Powwow, The Brookhaven Country Fair and the Orchard Apple Festival. Don't despair. September was loaded with activities, but with Halloween on the horizon, October brings numerous events for you to enjoy. Attend with a friend or bring the kids. Many activities are family friendly.

Enjoy music, history and live craft demonstrations? You will want to visit the Fall Festival at Sagtikos Manor. This is a family friendly event with lots of activities for kids. Held October 7 you won't want to miss it.

Looking for something a little scarier? How about the Spooky Fest held seven different days during October. Here you can experience the haunted woods or the maze of zombies. On the non-scary side are craft activities, strolling through the woods, the Halloween theater, and 'amazing" animals.

OK. So you're interested more in harvest festivals. Try the Harvest Fair held October 13 or the Islip Country Fair on October 27. Like the water? Try the Fall Family Freshwater Fishing Festival coming October 20 or the Great Jack-o'-Lantern Spectacular Sail you can experience October 28. Other offerings include Oktoberfest and the Raggamuffin Parade. coming your way October 28.

Wait, we're leaving out an abundance of other activities Visit your local park. Get adventurous visiting a park you haven't been to before. How about a visit to the beach? It may be a little chilly. Since when isn't a nice walk on the beach unromantic?

Long Island is home to a number of hiking trails including Garvies Point Preserve leading to a quiet beach or visit the Oyster Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Also for consideration are apple picking, bowling events, pumpkin patches, and haunted houses. The choice for entertainment in the Fall in Long Beach is amazing.

A few other events to consider are family friendly museums or visiting an aquarium. Both offer fun learning opportunities for you and the kids. When was the last time you explored the heavens at a planetarium? Stop by the Firefighters Museum or explore Garden City with its many offerings including Museum Row. Opportunities are endless.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

How often can I grieve my taxes?


About Us

P.T.R.C., Inc or Property Tax Reduction Consultants has been a forerunner in the Long Island Nassau and Suffolk county areas. We want to help you get through the process of grieving your property taxes. A tax grievance is an official complaint that is disputing a town's assessed value of a certain property. We make sure you only pay the smallest amount of property taxes that the law allows.

We have kept friendly with our customers through the years and have clearly shown ourselves to be trustworthy and fair. We would only charge you the least amount if we win your assessment case.

How To Grieve Your Property Taxes Legally

A homeowner is allowed to file a property tax grievance should they disagree with the taxes owed. An assessment is done and if the assessor doesn't reduce your property tax, you can file an appeal (SCAR) to resolve the grievance. We charge 5%0 of your property tax deduction and we only get paid after formal notice of the tax reduction. Should your tax grievance go from Administrative Review to the (SCAR) Judicial Review We will collect a $30 application fee for court filing? In Suffolk County, you must provide the most recent certified appraisal, in order to avoid the $75 CMA fee.

Property taxes can change from year to year according to your town's municipalities and school district needs. Some homeowners pay their own property taxes separately, while others have them in escrow and only receive the receipts. Any newly added exemptions and assessments changes can also affect your property taxes.

Property taxes can only be paid according to the calendar time allowed for that county. In Nassau County, filing time is January first through March first. For Suffolk County, the calendar time to file is May first on through till the third Tuesday in May.

How Often Can I Grieve My Property Taxes?

You can grieve your property taxes every year. For those who have already reduced their taxes in the past, grievance only applies to the current tax year and future years so you cannot grieve taxes you have already paid. Your taxes cannot be raised just because you filed a grievance. You only have a once a year chance to file a grievance.

Once the deadline for that year has passed you cannot file again till the next year. Filing a grievance every year is a good practice to make sure you will not miss the chance to lower your property taxes. Taxes can be grieved every year at the town level, but only every other year at the small claims court(SCAR).

Thursday, September 27, 2018

What is a Property Tax Grievance?



Long Island has some of the highest property taxes in the United States. Much of these property taxes are used to fund the local schools which can be a significant factor in determining the value of a home. This makes the higher property taxes that you pay someone of an investment in the desirability of your local community and a contributor to your home value. However, there are several different ways that you can reduce your property tax burden.

Make Sure You Apply for STAR 

The STAR credit is given to homeowners in Long Island and can lower your taxes. If you have never applied for the credit or have just bought your home, you will need to apply for the credit which is a quick and easy process. Spend some time reviewing your application for this credit and be sure to apply for STAR if you have not.

Manage Your Home and Property 

Certain home improvements can greatly increase the property taxes charged on your home. For example, a pool will greatly increase your property taxes as will any sort of home expansion. If you are looking to manage the property taxes that you pay, be sure to consider increases in your property taxes due to any major work that you have done on your home.

File a Property Tax Grievance 

While all homeowners will pay some portion of property taxes, the actual amount will range widely based on the size of your home. Sometimes, however, the amount charged is not equitably divided to the varying homes in any Long Island town and some homeowners spend more than is their fair share.

To address the risk for this, homeowner’s, or their representatives, can file a property tax grievance to lower their property tax share. A property tax grievance will commonly identify some adjust calculation of a home value and use a number of factors as evidence of this unjust allocation of the property tax burden including comparables to similar nearby homes, property assessments and valuations of a home by an appraiser, and a review of the home in the government database for inaccuracies.

A property tax grievance shouldn’t be filed by a homeowner without the help of a professional. Professionals like Property Tax Reduction Consultants (PTRC) have the available information to lobby for a tax reduction. They also have contacts to communicate the tax grievance and make sure the complaint is addressed quickly and hopefully in your favor. Contact PTRC on their website or at 516-484-0654 and lower your Long Island property tax bills.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

October Events in Long Island


Long Island is a beautiful place to be and for many, the fall months mean great opportunities for events that the whole family can enjoy. However, not everyone knows what there is to do or where they can find some of the most exciting events.

Because we know that families need to have some fun when not worrying about property taxes, we encourage you to learn about some of the events that are happening and how you can enjoy them. Here are some of the best things you can do in Long Island this October.

37th Annual Montauk Fall Family Festival


The 37th Annual Montauk Fall Family Festival will kick off on Saturday, October 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. at The Montauk Green with a wide array of things for you and your family to do. Enjoy live music, Long Island beers and wines, foods with an Oktoberfest theme, street painting, inflatable rides, and more.

There’s even a free 30-horse carousel and a Farmer’s market.

Haunted Hatchery


The Haunted Hatchery will take place on Saturday, October 27 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium. The not-so-scary event welcomes all families ($6 for adults and $4 for kids) to come out and trick-or-treat through the Hatchery and Aquarium.

Long Island Fall Festival


Between October 5 and October 8, the Long Island Fall Festival will take place at Heckscher Park. This event is a true celebration of community spirit and offers four entertainment stages, a fully equipped carnival, arts and craft vendors, food and drinks, and more. Admission to the public is entirely free.

Scarecrow Competition


Going on throughout the entire month at the Stony Brook Village Center, there will be more than 30 scarecrows on display with individuals voting for their favorite! It’s 30+ different organizations coming together to create a display for the public.

Be sure to take full advantage of everything that Long Island has to offer and enjoy some of the events that will be taking place the month of October.




Friday, September 14, 2018

Last Minute Summer Things to Do!


Summer is coming to a close, which is a sad thing to accept. No one wants the long sunny days to ever end. The warm temperatures are going to slowly turn into cool breezes. It’s going to get darker outside sooner and before we all know it, the big holidays will all be here.


It’s not too late to grasp at the last remaining days of summertime fun! Don’t wait, use this list and check each of them off before summer of 2018 is gone forever!


Find a Local Swimming Spot


It may not be blistering hot outside as much as it was a few weeks ago, but going for a swim is still possible! Find a local pool, river, creek, and go for a swim. Stretch out in the water and wade through an afternoon with friends and family.


Take a Small Road Trip


There are places within a day’s drive of Long Island that you can make if you want. Mystic Seaport is only a couple hours away. A museum filled with extraordinary pieces of nautical artifacts, along with fine art, film, and video. Philadelphia is about an hour and 45-minute drive also. Visit local shops and get yourself a Philly cheesesteak. Take to the road and explore nearby treasures before the snow hits!


Go to a State Park


State parks surround the state of New York. With your road trip, perhaps visit a state park. Find a place to bike, hike, picnic, grab a camera and take photos, go swimming in a natural spring, if you’re into it go caving, geocaching, rock climbing, or stargazing.


Hit The Beach


If you can, brave the waters. It isn’t as hot as it once was outside, but the ocean awaits! Don’t forget the sunscreen, maybe go out and sunbathe for the day.  


Camping


Camping can be done in all seasons, but nothing beats a summer night camping experience. Sitting in the moonlight by a firepit is one of the best experiences ever. Feeling connected with nature is one of the most calming experiences to have. Decrease your stress and go camping for a few days.


Visit School Locations


Have any highschoolers? It’s time to go scouting for school locations! Take a trip to potential schools and go on some tours. Take a look around the campus or get a tour.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

All About Big Duck In Flanders


A popular roadside attraction is the Big Duck. This unique piece of architecture is in the shape of a duck, hence the name. 

About The Big Duck 

The Big Duck is was built in 1931 and can be found in Flanders, New York, which is located on Long Island. One of the most interesting facts about the attraction is it was built by an actual duck farmer by the name of Martin Maurer. 

The Big Duck was once a shop, where people could visit if they wanted to purchase duck eggs and ducks. In 1997, the Big Duck was added to the list of historic places on the National Registry of Historic Places. 

How Was It Built 

The people who were brought in to help build the Big Duck actually studied the carcass of a chicken because they wanted to get an idea of how to create a framework that would accurately resemble a duck. 

Once the wooden frame of the Duck was created, the builders attached to wire mesh to it and then cement was applied. The final step was painting it, as well as installing two taillights to the eyes. This allowed the Duck's eyes to glow once it became night. 

Later Years 

In 1986, the Big Duck was nearly close to becoming demolish, but it was moved to a different area. Eventually, the local government designated it as a town landmark. However, on 2007, the Big Duck was relocated back to its original location before being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Now you know more about the Big Duck in Flanders. The next time you find yourself in Long Island, make sure you stop in Flanders to view the Big Duck in person. Don't forget to bring your camera because you'll want to snap a few photos of it.

Aquariums in Long Island


The Long Island Aquarium Exhibits

There is always something fun to do on Long Island. The shopping, restaurants, and attractions are some of the best in the world. There is excitement in the air, and it can be challenging to decide what to do first. Wrap up the summer with a trip to an aquarium.

The Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center

This is where the Coral Reef Exhibit can be found. This is a thirty-foot long coral reef display with 20,000 gallons of water. The natural reef ecosystem features a back reef, reef wall, terrace, and crest. Viewers will delight in the 800 varieties of marine life and fish including tangs, angelfish, sea urchins, wrasses, sea cucumbers, gobies, crabs, and snails. There are soft and stony corals, coralline algae and anemones. Natural aquatic behavior is showcased by the diversity and size of the reef.

The Sand Shark Lagoon appears as visitors cross the delightful wooden bridge. On one side are the North Shore's rock-strewn beaches and towering bluffs with the other side depicting the South Shore's salt marshes and rolling dunes. 

This exhibit features the same types of fish seen off Long Island's shores. Every fish in the exhibition was caught locally, usually in Shinnecock Bay or Peconic Bay. One of the most plentiful sharks on the United States Atlantic coast are the sand sharks. They are featured in this exhibit along with common Long Island fish including striped bass, clearnose skates, smooth dogfish sharks, fluke, weakfish, tarpon and a lot more.

The Koi Pond showcases the national fish of Japan, the Koi. These fish are prized for their vibrant markings and numerous colors. They grow up to three feet long, live approximately fifty years and live in cold waters. Their diet includes plant life, insects, worms, and shrimps. The Koi Pond has a variety of aquatic plants as well including water lilies, water hyacinth, papyrus, canna and water lettuce.

The Sea Lion Coliseum

It is challenging to meet the thirteen-year-old, 400 pound California sea lion named Java and not fall in love instantly. Every day visitors at the aquarium enjoy a spectacular fifteen-minute show. Java has some fantastic moves including using her incredible flexibility to touch her nose to her lower back, high five her trainer and boogey to the dance tunes. The Sea Lion Coliseum is an excellent way for a family to spend the afternoon.

We hope you enjoy yourself at the aquarium, let us know how it went! 


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Historical Landmarks in Long Island

Over this summer, we’ve written about places to go visit, places to go eat, places to grab a donut or a bagel, we've even talked about places to relax with the family. School is almost back in session and we want to bring attention to some local historical landmarks that might pop up in class.



Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Located in Cold Spring Harbor, NY, this facility has provided some of the biggest discoveries in molecular biology. Cancer research and the discovery of the structure of DNA was first announced by the scientists from this location in 1953. CSH has been active for 128 years as of this year. They are still leading the studies and remaining the examples of discovery in biology.

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

Nearby the CSH Laboratory is our next historical location. They say they have the “largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fishes, and amphibians.” Schools visit this location that shut their doors in 1982 as a hatchery but opened up once again as an education center. If you would be interested in visiting this center, learn more about them here.

Cradle of Aviation Museum

Located in Garden City, NY, for over 100 years has been home to all things air and spacecraft.  It hosts one of the most unique collections of aircraft around. This location hosts birthday parties, tours, it has a planetarium and a theater. There are over 30 hands-on exhibits and cockpits to climb into. Plan a trip to this place of aerospace history today.

Parrish Art Museum

This location is in Water Mill, NY. Samuel Longstreth Parrish went to Harvard and is where he got a taste for the Italian Renaissance. He began collecting art in the 1880’s. In the summer of 1897, a single exhibition hall was constructed. Sped up to today, the art collection lives in a new building that opened doors in 2012. Learn more about this location here.

Have any of you been to these locations? School trips? Family trips? Let us know on Facebook. We are curious to hear back.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Amazing Breweries Of Long Island

Long Island Breweries 

Long Island is filled with microbrewery tasting rooms, nanobreweries, and sensational craft beer. Local restaurants have this beer on tap and the selection of breweries is consistently increasing. Some of the best breweries are detailed below with the compliments of P.T.R.C.



The Lithology Brewing Company 


The doors to the tasting room at this brewery have finally opened. Lithology considers microbrewing a sci+ence and uses only the best possible ingredients. Their Brown Ale was honored with the silver medal at the International Craft Beer Competition of 2016 in New York. Their additional offerings include a Belgian witbier, a savory vanilla porter, a flaked wheat summer ale and a dry-hopped pale ale.

The Flying Belgian Brewery 


This small facility produces the finest Belgian style beers and distributes to numerous restaurants on the island. There are always two beers being rotated including Illegally Blonde. This blonde Belgian beer is a classic with a darker hue. The rotation also includes a smooth honey ale called Salvation a la Mode. The brewery offers a wide selection of beers and is planning an expansion into Queens and Suffolk. P.T.R.C. is definitely aware of this sensational brewery.

The Black Forest Brew Haus 


The Black Forest Brew Haus is a German Style Brewery and opened their doors in 1999. They serve loaded potato pancakes, hot Bavarian pretzels, and stuffed dumplings but are known for the beer they brew on the premises. This includes German Marzen, Hefeweizen, the Cannonball IPA and the Belligerent Hipster IPA. This is where Long Island celebrates happy hour.

Garvies Point Brewery 


Garvies Point Brewery offers handcrafted brews made in small batches. The brewery produces in excess of 1,000 gallons of beer every month. This includes some complicated concoctions such as Belgian witbier, IPA's, double IPA's and a porter with coffee and chocolate notes. They have recently released the Wunderkind IPA and serve their beer in keg and draft form.

The Barrier Brewing Co. 


This is a microbrewery with a specialty of small batches. The brewery offers a wide variety of selections and their latest creations are available in the testing room. The motto of this brewery is it is about the quality and not the quantity. The Barrier Brewing Company was founded in 2007 and pours fifty different kinds of beer every year. The flagship brew is always changing because the batches are small. The most popular selections include Lights Out Stout, Barnacle Brown, Beech St. Wheat and Dunegrass DIPA.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Outdoor Activities in Long Island



For those who love the outdoors, there are many activities in Long Island during the off-tax season. We've put together some fun local suggestions! Get outside before summer is all gone!


-Bronx Zoo


If you have kids or are an animal lover, this is the perfect activity for you. The Bronx Zoo is the largest urban one in the U.S. It has approximately 265 acres and over 5,000 animals. The general admission is free. However, if you want to participate in the activities, such as the Bug Carousel, it’s about $14.95 for the Total Experiences package.


-Rockaway Beach


If the beach scene is your thing, Rockaway Beach is the perfect option for you. It can be easily reached via subway as it’s located in the Queen’s borough. It is said to be very clean, have a lot of seashells to collect and police constantly patrolling it. Their boardwalk is also friendly for bike riding and jogging.



If water sports are your thing, the Rockaway Jet Ski is the activity for you. It is said to be a good experience for novice jet skiers. The staff is said to be very friendly and have extensive knowledge of the Jamaica Bay. Even more, the owner is good about addressing complaints in a very quick manner.




If parks and history are your thing, the Van Cortlandt is lush and beautiful. It is the third largest park in New York City with over 1,000 acres. Much of it is still forested and its borough has a freshwater lake. It is also rich with historical landmarks. It has its own golf course, which was founded in 1895. It has its own House, which was built around the late 1740’s. The Old Croton Aqueduct connects to the city’s original channel.


Located in Suffolk County, this non-profit org is funded by the visits to the park and donations. This park is open to the public. It includes a petting zoo and free pony rides. A lot of the animals that stay at this location are rescue animals. Visit a place filled with green grass, open spaces, and colorful gardens.

Take a trip with the family and let us know how it goes! We look forward to seeing you all next season. It'll get here sooner than you think. Get outside and enjoy the summer. 

please check back in September 2018


Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Best State Parks in Long Island





After tax season has ended at P.T.R.C. it is time to take a break and enjoy the nice weather in Long Island. You may not realize this, but Long Island has some great outdoor activities. These are some of the best state parks in Long Island.

Belmont Lake State Park


This state park has several activities for you and your family. You can rent a boat and take it out on the lake. You can also go hiking on one of the many trails. There are open fields for play sports and this is a great place to get out and enjoy nature.

Sunken Meadows State Park


This park has several great geographical features. There are bluffs, tidal flats, salt marshes, and even a brackish creek. There are several hills where you can see wildlife and trails to go hiking on. There is also an area for swimming and during the summer months, there are lifeguards on duty for safety. If you like to picnic there is a large area dedicated to this. If you have a special event coming up such as a wedding or other part of the park can be used to host this event.

Hoyt Farm Park Preserve


This park is one of the largest in Long Island and is over 133 acres. There are fields for different sports including baseball, a playground, and an area for a picnic. If you like to go bird watching this park is home to many different species of birds including the red-bellied woodpecker and the American Goldfinch. This park is open all 365 days of the year and is a great place for you to plan a family outing.

These are some of the best state parks in all of Long Island. When taking a break from P.T.R.C. these state parks will allow you to enjoy the outdoors. 


Friday, July 20, 2018

Long Island Tours to Go On

Things to Do About Long Island

From shorebirds, cormorants, cardinals and majestic ospreys to hawks and falcons, Long Island has close to 500 species of birds and is a favorite for birdwatchers. Various sanctuaries dot the landscape on this beautiful island interspaced with wildlife refuges and a few floral parks.

If walking around does not agree with you, cruise through the scenic environment of Stony Brook. 27-passenger pontoon boat cruises through the organization’s 88-acre wetlands preserve for a 90-minute tour. An onboard naturalist describes the wildlife and flora you’ll see.


For the physical fitness fans, available are various bike tours to take you through beautiful routes and get you working out too. From the Mattituck Guided Farm and Wine Country Bike Tour offered by East End Bike Tours to the endurance Montauk and Shelter Island Overnight Bike Tour which comes as part of a package by Gotham Bicycle Tours.


For those who are more adventurous, their tours of the iconic island that can be carried out on foot, car, boats or even helicopters. The tours are not just picturesque; they come loaded with different aspects. History, architecture, nature, and culture come together on Long Island to create the perfect holiday getaway whether you are a local or from out of town.

For the children, the island is home to Adventure Land Amusement Park, or you can tour Deep Hollow Ranch where you get to visit on horseback the serene beaches or go on fun wagon tours.


Ranked among the world's Top 10 Wine regions, Long Island plays host to various wineries, and there packages that will let you see up close how good wine is made. The hotels in Long Island are highly rated, and for the avid traveler, the allure of Long Island is more than just its fame.


For the more refined, Heckscher Museum of Art and the Parrish Art Museum are a must visit, these carry not only history but the pieces on display are breathtaking. You can visit the Montauk Lighthouse, one of the most famous, where you get magnificent views of the ocean. Even the golfer can polish his game while on holiday at the Bethpage State Park which is home to a championship golf course.

Let us know if any of these outside / indoor tours and fun spark any interest! We want to know if you go on any. 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Fun Summer Kid Crafts

In the summertime, it can often be difficult to come up with things to do outside. These crafts you can do in the shade outside or in the home with the cool AC. Have fun with it!

With a few basic ingredients, you can make a homemade puffy paint for your kids to play with all day long. 


Puffy Paints
  • All you need is one cup of flour, three teaspoons of baking powder, one teaspoon of salt and enough water to make it liquid like pancake batter. 
  • Mix this solution and place the puffy liquid in four separate bags and put a rubber band on each one. 
  • Use food coloring in each bag and mix them up. 
  • Then, cut off a tiny hole in the other side of the bag and paint away. 


Flubber / Slime

Have you ever wanted to make your own flubber? All you'll need is:

  • 3/4 of a cup of cold water
  • One cup of Elmer's glue
  • Some liquid food coloring
  • Half a cup of hot water
  • Teaspoon of borax


Once you have all the ingredients, you mix the cold water, glue, and food coloring together before, set it aside in a bowl. Then, you mix together the hot water and borax in its own bowl. Once the borax has dissolved, slowly add the glue mixture to the first bowl and mix it well. Afterward, pour off any excess water that may have found its way into the mixture. Once that's done, you'll be ready to play with your new flubber/slime.


Puppets


If neither of those options seems appealing to your kids, you can always try making your own paper bag puppets!

For this, all you need is a paper bag, construction paper, a glue stick, and scissors. With paper bad puppets, there is an endless range fo what your kids can do with the backs. Use the construction paper as teeth, eyes, arms, wings, legs, however they want, this is all about using your imagination.


We hope you pick one of these as a fun to do option with the kiddos during this summer. Let us know if you have any other fun crafting topics you'd like to see us cover. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Where is the Summer Fun in Long Island?

Now that summer is fully here, kids are out of school, and the temperatures are looking to shine on the brighter side, let’s take a look at what is going on around Long Island for the summer of 2018.




Learn to Surf on Long Island -

Have you ever been interested in learning how to ride the waves and cruise with the ocean? Now is your chance. Get out there and grab a board. There are multiple places in LI to learn how to handle the waves. The name of the shops is Skudin Surf, Bunger Surf Shop, Island Surf School, Natures Shapes, SURFLUCA. Here is a website to check out to see each of their prices and locations. Get out there and get fit! It’s also a great summer workout. https://www.longisland.com/news/06-22-14/learn-to-surf-on-long-island.html

Star Gazing -

Nothing like being outside during the summer night. Why not enjoy some stargazing while you’re out? Here are some observatories and parks that currently host stargazing spots. Star gazing gives people an opportunity to reflect and be contemplative about the beauty of nature and the many wonders and mysteries that our universe holds. Take relaxing night outside and enjoy your summer!

Skydiving -

Ever jumped out of a plane and had the ultimate rush from this activity? Now is your chance! Skydive with South Shore aka Skydive Long Island! You have the option to go tandem skydiving, learn from the best before you take to the skies on your own. You actually have to if you ever do want to go on your own. So learn from the best! Take a few lessons this summer and get this one checked off your bucket list already!

Berry Picking -

Ok, so maybe skydiving isn’t your scene, maybe surfing is too much for you, and maybe you’re not a night owl to go outside and see the stars late at night. Here is the pick for you! You can visit these select farms and hang around, take a stroll, and pick your own berries! Blueberries, Strawberries, and Raspberries! You can’t simply grab them from the bush, you will be instructed how to farm these berries properly.


We hope these picks are something you might find interesting. Happy summer Long Island from your friends here at PTRC! We hope you are having a great summer. Let us know if you end up doing any of these things here through Long Island. We would love to hear about your summer adventures.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Bagels of Long Island and Where to Find Them

New York is a very special place, it’s one of the places in the world that host the absolute best bagel selections. Let’s take a look at a world of delicious eats. If you’re allergic to gluten, we are sorry! It’s just so delicious though!


Bagel Boss of Hicksville/Plainview -

Bagel boss has every kind of bagel you could imagine. From Cinnamon Raisin and Egg Onion to Honey Whole Wheat. They also carry a full line of bakery goods: croissants, cookies, apple turnovers, Danish, Linzer tarts, rainbow cookies, and much more.




See more on Bagel Boss’ website!


Wally's Bagels of North Babylon -


In 1991 Mr. and Mrs. Wally opened up this business, even though they are not the current forefront owners, it still is run by the family. Bagel types they have are plain, everything, sesame, salt, whole wheat, egg onion, pumpernickel rye, and so on! Wally's also has an assortment of fresh pastries as well to combine with your breakfast.


You can get your breakfast sandwiches on bagels of course, but you also have the option of a roll or bread. Who are we kidding, get it on a bagel of course! Check out this breakfast sandwich from these guys.
 
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See and learn more about Wally’s over on their site. Check out their menu and see more. https://www.wallysbagels.com/

Stuff a Bagel of Farmingdale -


For over 29 years, Stuff A Bagel has been serving the community of Farmingdale amazing dishes. For breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can swing in for a quality meal and service. Stuff A Bagel bagels are boiled and bakes the old-fashioned way, the family recipe.

For breakfast, lunch, and dinner you’ll have a variety to choose from.

Breakfast sandwiches: ham, egg, cheese on a bagel. Or get ham, bacon, sausage, 2 eggs, cheese on a bagel. Even go for an omelet sandwich.

Lunchtime, get an overstuffed bagel sandwich. Which can be a BLT, grilled cheese with bacon, pastrami melt, bbq chicken sandwich, and much more.




Learn more about Stuff a Bagel by visiting their site today.

We hope we were able to point you in the direction of a new bagel place, have any of you heard about any of these locations? Let us know on Facebook.