720 Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury, NY 11568
(631) 299 - 2611
DescriptionHillwood Commons is located at 720 Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury, on the grounds of LIU, CW Post. The easiest parking in near the Upper Level where there are nine handicapped (van) accessible spaces near the concrete walkway to the stone entryway. Single doors (one with push-button assist) lead to an entryway and another set of single doors, also with push-button assist.
From this level, take the elevator down to the main level. There is some seating here as well as multi-stall restrooms (the handicapped stalls are rather narrow), near the theater entrance. We found an open Starbucks in the lobby.
Double doors lead to the theater. A carpeted, gradual incline leads to comfortable seats. A small upper level of seats requires six steps, and then wide aisles, to reach them. There are no handrails in this section.
Wheelchair and companion seating is in the rear of the theater.
- Number of handicapped spaces: 9
Location of handicapped spaces: easiest parking is near Upper Level of the building
Surface of lot: paved
Distance to venue: close
Transportation to venue offered: no
Terrain: a bit hilly
Places to rest: There are couches within the building on each floor
Paths and walkways: concrete
Location of handicapped entrance: main entrances are all handicapped-accessible
Doors: single doors - one th push-button assist
Number of floors: 2
Ramps: concrete ramp/walkway from parking lot to entrances
Steps and staircases: * stairs to all levels of the building
Width of aisles: wide, carpeted aisles in theater have a gradual incline
Places to sit: roomy, comfortable seats in theater; couches and chairs in lobby
Location of restrooms: near theater entrance
Type of restroom: multi-stall restrooms with rather narrow, handicapped-stall
Ease of entry and exit: ok
Baby changing station: yes
Available food services: A Starbucks concession was open on the day we were here.
Friendliness of staff: helpful
Notes: Small, upper level of seats require six steps, and then wide aisles to reach them. There are no handrails in this section.
Long Island Reads is an organization that brings a renowned local author to speak on Long Island each year. This year, Eric Larson, the author of ===Dead Awake=== – about the sinking of the Lusitania, spoke at Hillwood Commons on the CW Post Campus. This is a much more intimate setting than Tilles Center, next door. The theater or Lecture Hall, as it is called, is located in the college’s Student Union building.
The easiest place to park is near the Upper Level entrance. There are 9 handi (van)- accessible spaces near the concrete walkway to the stone entryway and large, street-level single doors, one of which has a push-button assist. An entryway and another set of doors (one with push-button assist) lead to the upper level. Take the elevator down to the main lobby. There are some seats down here as well as a Starbucks that was open. If you are here during school hours perhaps some of the food places are open as well. No one I asked seemed to be knowledgeable about this.
This was a sold-out event and people lined up early. Double doors lead to the theater. Wide, carpeted aisles have a gradual incline to seats. Wheelchair and companion seating is located at the rear of this level. There is also a small upper level, which requires six steps up, and then wide aisles to the seats. There are no handrails up here. Our seats (on the lower level) were quite comfortable but did not have a lot of legroom.
Multi-stall restrooms with rather narrow, handicapped stalls are located in the hallway at the theater entrance.
As always,we at Destination Accessible advise you to check a venue’s website, www.liu.edu when planning a visit, to “know before you go.” In this case it might be better to call (516) 299-2611 with any questions.