Stories Behind the Bricks

Throughout the year, visitors to the Cinema Arts Centre use our garden for relaxation, a stroll after a film, or to enjoy a dish from our Sky Room Cafe. The bricks along our pathways are engraved with messages from hundreds of the Cinema’s supporters. Some messages are simple and clear, and others are personal and intimate. We asked some of our supporters to share the stories behind their bricks. Here are some of the responses we received.

Gae Polisner

“We bought this brick for our father, Stu Polisner, to pay tribute to a man who is truly heroic to us, while supporting one of the places dearest to his heart: the Cinema Arts Centre and its beautiful gardens (which he helped to plant and design). Our dad has always been our Superman – a literal and figurative lifesaver and rescuer of people, plants, and animals – a doctor extraordinaire, gardener/landscaper, and fixer of all things, who is always there for others to mend a hand, or lend one. When he’s not at home tinkering around his own gardens with his dogs and his wife and best friend, Ginger, at his side, he can be found at the Cinema doing all of the above. Like the canna lilies and hollyhocks he nurtures to incredible heights, no one has thrived more from his kindness, generosity, and wisdom (not to mention tender loving medical care) than, we, his daughters. Like a brick in the path, our dad has been our solid foundation, and, we, his most tended flowers.”

- Gae Polisner

Kat Hammett

“The CAC is an oasis in the desert of culture for the “everyday” person.  I was fortunate
enough to be introduced to CAC by a friend.  Subsequently,  I became a member and have enjoyed so many varied events and have been enriched in so many ways.  When I was diagnosed with a lethal cancer last June, I made up my mind that I wanted to donate a brick.  After all, can you think of a better place to leave your name?  Before and after my diagnosis, there were many times that I went on a lonely Sunday to enrich my soul or attended an event during the week after working all day.  As a member, I feel that I am part of a community of souls who share a common goal, that of educating yourself, appreciating beauty, being conscious of your environment, considering other people and their wants and needs, along with being entertained in exciting ways.  I truly consider it an honor to be a member.

“Charlotte and Dylan quietly carry the torch and share in the quest to maintain the integrity of the CAC in such a lovely way.  The CAC is a home away from home for me. Let’s see, Movies, Music, Book Signings, New Year’s Eve parties, a Cafe – to top it off one can purchase  a brick in “our” beautiful garden.  For me, the brick represents my faith in CAC along with  the knowledge that our kindred spirits  have come together in this quest to keep the CAC open.  When we attend events, that is good.  When we support each other, that is good because it makes the whole experience that much richer.  Let’s all continue to make our world a better place, together.  My treatments are finally over and my doctors are optimistic, so, I’ll be seeing you!!   Please accept this humble accolade.   Namaste, Kat”

- Kat Hammett

Flo Feinberg

“I was asked to write a brief description of the genesis of our Cinema brick, which we proudly pass each time we walk the path from the rear parking lot to the theaters….

Here’s  the story….

When I met Ben, I had been a Cinema member for years; he knew nothing about the Cinema, but he soon learned to love it as much as I did.  We each had 2 children from prior marriages, and when we married several years later,  we formed our new ‘happy family’.

We wanted to share our love of the Cinema with our children,  so when the opportunity to buy a brick to help the Cinema arose , we thought it would  be a great  way to advertise our new family and our appreciation and support of the Cinema.

Now, so many years later, we smile when we read the simple inscription, ‘Flo, Ben and Family’…. uncomplicated, democratic  and inclusive.  We can’t wait to walk down the path to show our grandchildren our family Brick.”

- Florence Feinberg

Deb Sher

“I bought this brick in memory of my father, Bill Moses, who was a teacher and a lover of life. I spend most days at the Cinema Arts Centre, either seeing a movie or sitting in the garden (even in the winter!) The Cinema is my favorite place to be, and one of the reasons I chose Huntington as a place to live when I moved to Long Island. I heard someone once say that the Cinema Arts Centre was a sacred place for him – a non-religious space that he experienced as spiritual. It’s the same for me – a place where I can travel to different worlds, delight my imagination, and learn so much. What better place for a memorial for my dad.”

- Deborah Sher

Sandy Rabinowitz

I have been coming to the Cinema Arts Center for a very long time and joined officially about 8 years ago.  When I was approached about the possibility of purchasing a brick I thought of how many wonderful films I have seen at the cinema that I never would have seen anywhere else.  I decided that was a wonderful way to add to my contributions for a building that is something of a second home for my husband and me.  I wanted to say simply ‘long live the cinema’ in a foreign language befitting the films we see there.  I went online to see which language could accommodate my sentiment in the space allotted on the brick -  the one that fit was Vive le cinema!   I am so pleased to have a permanent marker on the cinema walkway for this cultural icon right in my own neighborhood.

- Sandy Rabinowitz

Buying an engraved brick in the Cinema Arts Centre’s sculpture garden and patio dining area is a lasting tax-deductible way to make a gift in memory or in honor of a friend, family member, loved one, colleague, student or to remember a special occasion, such as a birthday, anniversary, graduation or holiday. 

For more information, please call Richard Liebowitz, Associate Director of Development at 631-423-7610, ext. 11 or e-mail richard@cinemaartscentre.org

You may also contact Richard if you would like to share your own brick story.