The Guide to Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL)

Welcome to Brookhaven National Laboratory. Established in 1947 on Long Island, at Upton, N.Y., BNL is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Seven Nobel Prizes have been awarded for discoveries made at the Lab.

Brookhaven National Laboratory is run by Brookhaven Science Associates, which is a partnership between Battelle Memorial and Stony Brook University. 

BNL has a staff of approximately 3,000 scientists, engineers, technicians, and support staff and more than 4,000 guest researchers annually.

To support DOE’s missions, BNL carries out forefront basic and applied research with the cooperation and appropriate involvement of our scientific and local communities. We conceive, construct, and operate leading-edge facilities used by thousands of national and international scientists. We address national needs by developing advanced technologies that we transfer to other organizations and to the commercial sector. We also disseminate technical knowledge, educate new generations of scientists and engineers, and encourage scientific awareness in the general public.

BNL is situated in Brookhaven Township in Suffolk County, approximately 65 miles from New York City. This guide, which is divided into 10 sections, contains information about working at BNL and living on the Laboratory site.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | L | M | N | O | P | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z


Amusement Parks
Apartment Residents, Emergencies
Assoc.of Students & Postdocs (ASAP)
Auto Teller Machine (ATM)


Badging Office
Beaches and Parks
Beach Permit (for on-site residents)
BERA Trips
BERA Calendar of Events
BERA Clubs
BERA Store
Bicycle Rentals
BNL Policies
Brookhaven Café @ 400 - food
Brookhaven Center Restaurant - food
Brookhaven This Week/Brookhaven Digest


Cafeteria (Berkner Hall)
Camp on-site:
Spring Break Recreation Program
  Summer Recreation Program
Car Rentals
Careers at BNL
Children & Families
Child Development Center (CDC) at BNL
Computer Network Access
Computer Use, Personal
Credit Union (Teachers Federal)


Day Trips
Dept. of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV)
Driving Guidelines for Foreign Nationals
Drug Stores/Pharmacy
Dry Cleaners


Electronic Mail/Internet Access
Emergency & Safety Procedures
Emergency Telephone Numbers
Environmental, Safety, Security & Health (ESSH))
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


Farm Stands
Fast Food
Ferry Schedules
Food / Grocery Store / Supermarkets
Food/Restaurants Off-site


Gas Service Station
General Services On-site
Golf Courses
Grocery / Food Store / Supermarket
Guests, Users & Visitors ID Requirements (GUV Center)
Gymnasium / Weight Room


Home, Buying or Renting
Hospitality Coffee & Playgroup
Hotels & Motels
Housing On-site
  Beach Permit
  Computer Use, Personal
  Laundry Service
  Library Card
Housing Off-site


ID Requirements for Guests, Users &
  Visitors Center
(GUV Center)


Laundry Service
Libraries at SBU
Library Card (for on-site residents)
Lost & Found


  BNL Campus
  Map & Directions to Brookhaven National Laboratory
  Map of Long Island
Major Roadways on Long Island
Medical Emergencies, Reporting
Motels & Hotels
Movie Theatres


Notary Public
NYS Dept. Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV)


Occupational Medical Clinic (OMC)
On-site Housing
  Beach Permit
  Computer Use, Personal
  Laundry Service
  Library Card
On-site Services
Off-site Housing
Operator-Assisted Calls


Passport Office
Pharmacy/Drug Stores
Policies & Procedures
Pool, swimming
Post Office, U.S.


Recreation Hall
Recreation Off-site
Recreation On-site
Recreation Park & Gazebo
Religious Services
Relocation Information Guide
Reporting Dangerous Conditions
Reporting Medical Emergencies
Restaurants & Food Off-site


Schools (Local to BNL)
Seawolves Events/Tickets (SBU)
Shopping Malls
  On-site Courtesy
  Wed & Sat Shopping
  Ronkonkoma Train Station
Site Sirens
Social Security Card, Obtaining
Sports Facilities (BNL)
Sports Complex (indoor at SBU)
Spring Break Recreation Program (onsite camp)
Staller Center (at SBU)
Stony Brook University (SBU)
Stony Brook (SBU) Parking Permits
Store, BERA
Summer Recreation Program (onsite camp)
Supermarket / Grocery / Food Stores
Swimming Pool


Taxi Services
Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU)
Telephone Services
  Emergency Telephone Numbers
  Off-site telephone calls
  On-site telephone calls
  Telephone Numbers
Theatres (local semi-professional)
Traffic Policies On-site
Transportation Office
Transportation Shuttles:
  On-site Courtesy - free service
  Ronkonkoma Train Station - free service
  Wed & Sat Shopping - free service
  SBU/BNL - free service  
Travel Office


Upton Industries Service Station
U.S. Post Office


Variety Stores
Vending Machines
Visitor ID Requirements
Visitor Information


Weight Room / Gymnasium
Wineries of LI
Work-Life Balance Programs

ALL individuals driving on-site are required to follow all Brookhaven National Laboratory traffic policies. The speed limit on-site is 30 miles per hour unless otherwise posted. Please be a courteous driver.

General Services On-Site


Banking Services:

Automatic Teller Machines (ATM) locations:

(1) Berkner Hall, Building 488, Brookhaven Avenue
(2) Building 400, Research Support Building, Brookhaven Avenue

Two locations are for use by everyone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The ATM accepts credit and debit/ATM cards that are in the following networks: CIRRUS, HONOR, NYCE, and PLUS. The amount that you can withdraw using the ATM depends upon your bank's limit.  If you have any questions about the on-site ATM, then contact the on-site branch of Teachers Federal Credit Union at ext. 2790, Monday through Friday.

Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU)

Building 400, Research Support Building, Brookhaven Avenue – Ext. 2790
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday: 9:00am to 4:30pm
    Thursday: 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Teachers Federal Credit Union (TFCU) is a full-service financial institution.
  • You may cash paychecks at Teacher's with a BNL ID card.
  • TFCU offers free checking, share savings, and money market accounts, as well as travelers’ checks, VISA credit cards, loans, mortgages, and share certificates of deposit. Laboratory employees, facility-users, and guests with BNL identification cards can cash BNL payroll checks at TFCU. The credit union, however, cannot cash personal or traveler’s checks unless you are a TFCU member.
  • All BNL and BSA checks can be cashed at Teachers Federal Credit Union with proper identification regardless if you have an account.
  • ATM machines are located in Berkner (Building 488) and Research Support (Building 400).
  • For more information on becoming a credit union member, contact the Upton Branch at ext. 2790, Monday through Friday.

Badging Office

Building 400A, Research Support Building, Brookhaven Avenue - Ext. 8711
Hours: Monday thru Friday: 8:30am to 4:00pm

Please note: Guests, Users & Visitors must check-in at the Guest User Visitor Center prior to receiving a badge
  at the Badging Office.

• For questions or badging assistance in an emergency, contact the office during workings hours. After hours,
  contact Police Headquarters at ext. 2238.
• The Lab site is not open to the general public, except during public events such as concerts, lectures and
  Summer Sunday tours.
• Employees are issued photo identification cards and vehicle identification stickers, each of which must be
  displayed at all times and/or presented upon request by authorized personnel and/or upon entering the Laboratory.
• You will be given a temporary identification card on your first day at Brookhaven. If you stay on-site you will need
  to use your temporary ID card as a means of identification to gain admittance to the site. (Visitors are not issued
  automobile stickers.)

BERA Store

Berkner Hall, Building 488, Brookhaven Avenue – Ext. 3347
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.
  • Items available include: health & beauty aids, souvenirs, all occasion cards, discount coupons from local merchants, and various Theme/Amusement Parks.
  • Gifts and souvenirs with the BNL/BSA Logo.
  • Tickets for all BERA sponsored trips and events.
  • Discount movie tickets in participating theatres: Regal, United Artists, and Loews.

Borrow-a-Bike Program

  • This service is provided for those without a vehicle.
  • Call ext. 3147 to check on the availability of a bicycle.
  • Complete this form, along with required supervisor's signature and account number.
  • You may use your own helmet or purchase one on a pick ticket (item #K70310)
    BSA account number required and approval of Safety Coordinator.
  • Also available as a pick ticket purchase: bicycle head light-tail light set (item #H27736).
  • Important lessons in bicycle safety:  

Brookhaven This Week / Brookhaven Digest

Each Friday, the Media & Communications Office distributes two publications that contain a review of the week’s important news, features, and announcements, as well as a list of upcoming events. Brookhaven This Week is sent via email to everyone with an email address and Brookhaven Digest is produced for employees without regular access to a Lab computer.

Classified Ads: If you’d like to buy or sell something, check out the Lab’s classified ad page: With a valid life or guest number, you can place your own classified ad for free. The list of current classified ads is accessible from the bottom right of the Lab’s intranet home page.

BNL Calendar of Events
: BNL offers a variety of lectures, seminars, workshops, and even cultural events. These are featured on the Lab’s intranet homepage the day of the event and the complete list of upcoming events—with a form to submit new event information—is available online:

BNL offers a variety of lectures and seminars. They are listed on the BNL Homepage Calendar of Events.  For additional listings and to submit an event go to:

Brookhaven Café @ 400

Building 400, Research Support Building, 20 Brookhaven Avenue

The Brookhaven Café is located in the Research Support Building 400. The Café is open Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 7:30 a.m.-2:00 p.m. proudly serving Starbucks Coffee, pastries, rolls, bagels and cookies. Check website for weekend hours:

Brookhaven Center Restaurant

Presented by Culinart, Building 30, 23 Upton Road – Ext. 2204

Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday - 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday - 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and the evening before a BNL Holiday and all BNL Holidays.

The Center Restaurant is an informal and comfortable setting for dinner and cocktails. The menu includes fish, steaks, burgers, chicken, salads, soups appetizers, sandwiches, and there are always vegetarian options. There is a selection of fifteen tap or bottled beers, wine and mixed drinks. Eat-in and take-out services are provided. For more information call Ext. 2204 during hours of operation. No outside food permitted in club at anytime.

  • Dinner Service: 5:00 pm. to 9:00 p.m. Last call is 9:30 p.m.
  • Friday Specials: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Menu Selections & Take-out (pdf)


Presented by Culinart
Berkner Hall, Building 488, 11 Brookhaven Avenue – Ext. 3541

BNL’s 400-seat cafeteria is operated by Culinart and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. NOTE: The Cafeteria is closed Saturday/Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

  • See today's menu
  • Breakfast Service: Monday to Friday, from 7:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
  • Lunch Service: Monday to Friday, from 11:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Snack Service:  Monday to Friday, 10:45 a.m. - 11: 15 a.m.
  • The menu changes daily (view the online menu). Daily menu always features hot and cold entrees, salads, sandwiches, sushi and grill items.

Vending Machines

Food and Vending Service Machines are located in high population areas throughout the site. Available items include sandwiches, salads, beverages, coffee, ice cream, and microwaveable foods, as well as a selection of toiletries. Machines located in the Post Office, Bldg 179 and the Research Support Bldg 400 are available 24-hours, 7 days per week. A small eating area and microwave oven are also provided at these locations.

Vending Services are provided to the Laboratory through the New York State Commission for the Blind. It is very important that the level of service and the products, meet or exceed customer expectations. For suggestions or comments, please email

Electronic Mail/Internet Access Kiosks

BNL has KIOSK computers in dormitory lobbies, the Guest House, Brookhaven Center and Berkner Hall/Cafeteria. All PCs connected to the BNL network have internet access. If you have an email account, you may access your email by entering your name and password through Outlook Web Access (OWA). For more information regarding creating an account contact the Information Technology Division (ITD) at Ext. 5522. E-mail and Internet access are useful for work and can also be used to a limited extent for personal business.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Recreation Building, 317, Yule Lane - Ext. 4894
  • ESOL is a laboratory program that supports visitors, spouses, partners, students and staff members who would like to improve their English skills with a variety of cross-cultural educational programs.
  • The program also offers free English language classes for those who work at BNL, their spouses and children (ages 14 and over). Classes are held on the second floor of the Recreation Building. Classes are scheduled at various times during weekdays depending on one's English speaking ability.
  • For more information and class schedules go to:

Hospitality Coffee & Play Group

Recreation Building, 317, Yule Lane - Ext. 2873

Welcome new BNLers and family! Hospitality Coffee & Play Group have been combined and will now meet each Wednesday at the Rec Hall, Bldg 317 between 10am and 12 noon in the big room. We offer tours, snacks, information, and general socializing! Come join us! Hospitality provides friendship and information about life at the Lab and its surroundings. Members speak many different languages, some of which include Dutch, German, Hindi, Italian, French, Japanese, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and English.

Play Group also does activities outside of BNL. To join this group and see the schedule, please go to:


Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center
101 Hospital Road
Patchogue, NY 11772
Peconic Bay Medical Center
1300 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center
1000 Montauk Highway
West Islip, NY 11795
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital
75 North Country Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center
200 Belle Terre Road
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
University Hospital & Medical Center  At Stony Brook
101 Nichols Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794

Lost & Found

Research Support Building - Bldg 400, Staff Services, Quality of Life/BERA/Recreation Office, ext. 5090 or 8481.

Notary Public

How does a Notary identify a signer?
Generally, the Notary will ask to see a current identification document or card with a photograph, physical description and signature. A driver’s license, military ID or passport will usually be acceptable.

Does notarization make a document "true" or "legal"?
No. A notarization typically means the signer acknowledged to the Notary that he or she signed the document or vouched under oath or affirmation that the contents of the document were true.

Below is a list of people that are current Notaries Public:

Name Bldg. Ext.
Leesa Allen 510A 2700
Carmen Alvarado 460 8900
Patti Bender 422 3145
Cyrena Condemi 490C 2634
Donna Dowling 911C 2754
Linda Greves 120 3750
Claudia Hatton 745 3467
Diane Hatton 745 5073
Jeanne Marie Krauss 463 2321
Barbara Moebes 725 7159
William Russell 490C 8150
Linda Sallustio 555 4303
Carol Shea 860 6033




Occupational Medical Clinic (OMC)

Building 490, Bell Avenue – Ext. 3670 or 3671
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:15am to 5:00pm
  • In the event of an emergency, service is available for transport to local hospitals, dial 2222 or 911 from a laboratory telephone.
  • The Health Promotion program sponsors health education lectures, workshops, weight watchers, screening and health fairs for employees, their families, visitors, and guests. For further information contact ext. 8612, or go to:
  • Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus are two common health issues on Long Island:

Lyme Disease - This disease is carried by deer ticks. An infected tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Be alert for symptoms which may include a red rash (especially surrounding the tick bite), flu-like symptoms, or joint pains in the first month following any deer tick bite. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, Lyme disease is almost always readily cured. Insect repellents with DEET in them can reduce the risk of tick bites. DEET is a chemical and should be used according to manufacturer’s directions.

West Nile Virus - This virus is a rare mosquito-borne infection that can cause fever and headaches and in some cases neurological disorders. Mosquitoes are most active at dawn (just before sun rise) and at dusk (just before sunset). Limiting your time outside during those periods will limit your chances of being bitten by a mosquito. Insect repellents with DEET in them can reduce the risk of mosquito bites. DEET is a chemical and should be used according to manufacturer’s directions.  For more information call Ext. 8370 or go to:

On-site Transportation Shuttles

Shuttle: On-site Courtesy

The on-site Brookhaven Lab Courtesy Van offers FREE on-call, door-to-door service between the hours of 8:30am and 4:15pm, Monday through Friday, excluding Lab holidays.

Requests are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Be prepared to meet the van at the main entrance of your building or apartment. In order for us to be able to serve as many customers as possible, please be ready to board the van before making the call for pickup. Pick-ups can be arranged by calling 344-2714 and providing your name, telephone extension, location of pickup, location of drop-off and number of passengers.

Shuttle:  Ronkonkoma Train Station

A Laboratory vehicle operates twice daily Monday through Friday with the exception of holidays and when BNL is officially closed to transport visitors and guests of BNL to and from the Ronkonkoma Train Station and is a FREE service but you must call Ext. 2535 to make a reservation.

  • Ronkonkoma Train Station - 8:30 a.m. - Vehicle departs from the rear main entrance of Building 400 on Bell Avenue to the Ronkonkoma Train Station. Vehicle will meet passengers on the 7:39 AM train from New York City/Penn Station arriving at Ronkonkoma at 8:59 AM.
  • Passengers arriving on this train must exit to the north side and wait on street level in front of the Long Island Railroad Ticket Office.
  • This vehicle will only wait ten (10) minutes from the time the train arrives for any passengers going to BNL.
  • Ronkonkoma Train Station - 4:00 p.m. - Vehicle departs from the rear main entrance of Building 400 on Bell Avenue to the Ronkonkoma Train Station.
  • Train departs Ronkonkoma at 4:46 PM, arriving in New York City/Penn Station at 6:08 PM.
  • Due to limited seating, reservations are required for this service. Please call ext. 2535; reserve in person at the Transportation Counter located in Building 400A; or email
  • The shuttle departs promptly.
  • The Courtesy Service will only accommodate bags/parcels that fit on the passenger's lap or beneath their seat.

Note:  During inclement weather conditions the Ronkonkoma Train Shuttle will operate ONLY when the Laboratory is officially open.  For more information on the operating status of the Laboratory, please call the BNL General Information line at 344-INFO (4636).

Shuttle: Wednesday & Saturday Shopping

The Shopping Shuttle is a FREE courtesy shuttle that makes multiple trips between BNL and the Southport Shopping Center on Montauk Highway, Shirley. Map of Southport Shopping Center  The time and place listed are for the first shuttle pick up on Saturdays and Wednesdays:

Saturday - Hours: 8:30am - 12:00pm (Noon)

8:30 am Cavendish House, Building 153
8:35 am Curie House, Bldg. 258
8:45 am Children’s Outdoor Shelter (Lollipop House near playground in Apt. area)
8:50 am Efficiency Apartments 41-42
12:00 pm (Noon) Depart Stop & Shop Supermarket for Final Return to BNL.

Wednesday - Hours 5:00pm – 8:30pm

5:00 pm Cavendish House, Building 153
5:05 pm Curie House, Building 258
5:15 pm Children’s Outdoor Shelter (Lollipop House near playground in Apt. area)
5:20 pm Efficiency Apartments 41-42
8:30 pm Depart Stop & Shop Supermarket for Final Return to BNL.

The Shopping Shuttle does NOT operate on December 24, 25, 31, January 1 and July 4, or when the Laboratory is closed for inclement weather.

Shuttle:  SBU/BNL

Stony Brook University offers a shuttle bus from the University to BNL for Students and Post-docs. You are required to show your BNL ID badge in order to board the bus.

SBU/BNL Shuttle Route Schedule
Monday - Friday ( Except for Lab holidays )
Pick Up Time Pick Up Location Drop Off Time Drop Off Location
8:30 AM SBU SAC Loop 9:15 AM BNL Berkner Hall 
9:30 AM BNL Berkner Hall 10:15 AM SBU SAC Loop
12:00 PM SBU SAC Loop 12:45 PM BNL Berkner Hall
1:00 PM BNL Berkner Hall 1:45 PM SBU SAC Loop
4:30 PM SBU SAC Loop 5:15 PM BNL Berkner Hall
5:30 PM BNL Berkner Hall 6:15 PM SBU SAC Loop
Any questions or concerns regarding the van, please contact Darschay Harris Franklin at 631-632-4360 or via email:

Telephone Service Information

Operator-Assisted Calls

  • Credit card, third party, collect or person-to-person calls incur an additional charge for operator assistance.
  • Domestic: Dial 9 + 0 + 1 [area code, if applicable] + 7 digit phone number.
  • International: Dial 9 + 01 + the country code + city code + local phone number.

Off-Site telephone calls

  • The area code for Suffolk County is “631”.
  • Local Information: Dial 9 + 555 + 1212.
  • Local Calls off-site:  Dial 9 + 7 digit phone number.
  • Domestic Long Distance: Dial 9 + 1 + area code + 7 digit phone number.
  • International Long Distance: Dial 9 + 011 + country code + local phone number.
  • A pay phone is located in the Brookhaven Center (Bldg. 30).

On-Site telephone calls

  • All phone numbers on-site begin with "344."
  • To call on-site telephone numbers, dial the four-digit extension number (example 1111).
  • Brookhaven’s switchboard number is 631-344-8000.  If you know the name of the person you want to speak to, but do not know the extension, you can state the name and the automated system will verify and connect you.

Dormitory telephones

  • Provide access to on-site extensions only.
  • Provide access to 800 numbers by dialing 9 + 1 before the number.
  • Can receive off-site calls.
  • Can use phone cards for all off-site calls.

Apartment, Efficiency, and Guest House Telephones

  • Can receive and place local and long distance off-site calls.
  • Can receive and place international calls.
  • Charges for all off-site telephone calls are the responsibility of the individual renting the unit. Telephone charges must be paid at the Housing Office, Building 400A before departure.

BNL Telephone Numbers

  • Emergency - Dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone.
  • Emergency from pay phones or cell phones, dial 631-344-2222.
  • BNL Information Hotline - 344-INFO (4636) check for delayed openings due to inclement weather.
  • BNL Operator - 8000
  • Medical Assistance - Occupational Medical Clinic (OMC) 
    • During normal working hours - 344-3670
    • Outside normal working hours - 911, 2222
  • Poison Control – 1-800-222-1222
  • Response of Suffolk County, Inc. - 631-751-7500 (24-hour Crisis Intervention Hotline).
  • Safety Hotline - 344-8800

Gas Service Station

Building 630, Rochester Street - Ext. 4034

M & L Auto Care, Inc. is a full-service gas station and car repair garage.  Our four service bays and gas pumps are open for business Monday through Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The station is closed Saturday and Sunday, and all Lab holidays.

U.S. Post Office - Passports

Building 179B - Center Street – Ext. 2539
  • Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm.
  • U.S. Mail truck leaves site at 11:55am and 4:45pm.
  • Express Mail pick up is at 11:45am and 3:45pm.
  • This is a full service Post Office. The lobby is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Post office boxes are available for rent and range from $22-$55 semi-annually. Mail is delivered to Upton post office boxes by 9:30am Monday through Saturday. 
  • Upton is a Passport Acceptance Facility. Passport pictures are also available, call 344-2539 for appointment and further information.
  • A post office box should be rented for personal mail if living on-site.
  • The address for in-coming mail from off-site should be:

  • Your Name
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
    c/o Your Host & Department
    Building #
    P.O. Box 5000
    Upton, NY 11973-5000
  • Directions to Post Office

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Children & Families


Work-Life Balance Programs

Relocation Information Guide

Child Development Center (CDC) at BNL

Building 373, Yale Road - Ext. 7416
Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 7:30am - 6:00pm

The CDC offers a day care program for children between the ages of six weeks to five years. The Center is open on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. throughout the year except for Laboratory holidays.

All employees, guests or contractors are eligible to enroll their children in the Child Development Center. Space permitting, aunts, uncles and grandparents with affiliations to the Laboratory are also eligible to enroll their nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Full-time and part-time enrollment options are available.

In addition the drop-in care program allows families to access high-quality childcare on an as-needed basis for children between the ages of six weeks to five years.

Additional information is available on the web at, or at ext. 7416.

Schools (Local to BNL)

The New York State public school system runs from September to June of the next year. Each school has their own admission requirements. To register a student one should bring an official record from the school the student last attended, and medical records showing immunization shots and medical history. If you live on-site, your school district is Longwood. Listed below are phone numbers of schools in the surrounding area of Brookhaven National Laboratory.

  • For information on communities, schools, neighborhoods etc. go to:
  • Longwood Schools (located approx. 2-4 miles west of BNL)
    Central Administration – 631-345-2820
    Information Hot Line – 631-345-9295
  • William Floyd Schools (located approx. 5-8 miles south of BNL)
    Attendance and Registration – 631-874-1118
  • Shoreham-Wading River Schools (located approx. 6 miles north of BNL)
    Superintendent Office – 631-821-8104
  • Rocky Point Schools (located approx. 5-8 miles west of BNL)
    Superintendent Office – 631-744-1600
  • Riverhead Schools (located approx. 10 miles east of BNL)
    New Student Registration – 631-369-6800
  • Center Moriches Schools (located approx. 8-10 miles southeast of BNL)
    Central Administration – 631-878-0052
  • Miller Place (located approx. 10 miles west of BNL)
    Central Office - 631-474-2733
  • South Country (located approx. 10 miles southwest of BNL)
    Central Office - 631-730-1510
  • Eastport-South Manor (located approx. 10-12 miles southeast of BNL
    District Office - 631-878-3782

Summer Recreation Program

Recreation Hall, Building 317, Ext. 2873

Since the early 1960’s, BNL has had a summer recreation program for the verifiable dependent children of BNL employees, Users, and those with guest appointments. Contractors are not eligible. The BERA/Recreation office is coordinating the program, along with staff and NYS Certified school teachers who will once again join us as BNL Counselors. The BERA Summer Recreation Program is an 8 week, full day, general arts, crafts and recreation/sports program with gym and swim time each afternoon for children age 5-13. For additional information, please call the BERA/Recreation Office, ext. 5090 or 8481, located in Staff Services, Bldg. 400.

Spring Break Recreation Program

Recreation Hall, Building 317, Ext. 2873

The BERA Spring Break Recreation Program is available for children ages 6 (as of January) to 12 years old and must be the verifiable dependent child of a BNL employee or appointed Guest. Contractors are NOT eligible. The program offers arts and crafts, sports activities, and educational activities in a multi-cultural setting. There is gym and pool time each day. Weather permitting the children will go outside with a variety of recreational opportunities. The instructors are NYS certified teachers. For additional information, please call the BERA/Recreation Office, ext. 5090 or 8481, located in Staff Services, Bldg. 400.

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Emergency and Safety Procedures

Emergency Telephone Numbers

  • Emergency - Dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone
  • Emergency from pay phones or cell phones, dial 631-344-2222
  • BNL Information Hotline - 344-INFO (4636) check for delayed openings due to inclement weather
  • Poison Control - 1-800-222-1222

Environmental, Safety, Security and Health Policy (ESSH Policy)

This document is a statement of Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) Environmental, Safety, Security, and Health (ESSH) policy.  BNL is a world leader in scientific research and performs this work in an environmentally responsible and safe manner.

I expect every employee, contractor, and guest to take personal responsibility for adhering to the following principles:

Environment:  We protect the environment, conserve resources, and prevent pollution.

Safety:  We maintain a safe workplace and we plan our work and perform it safely.  We take responsibility for the safety of ourselves, coworkers, and guests.

Security:  We protect people, property, information, computing systems, and facilities.

Health:  We protect human health within our boundaries and in the surrounding community.

Compliance:  We achieve and maintain compliance with applicable ESSH requirements.

Community:  We maintain open, proactive, and constructive relationships with our employees, neighbors, regulators, DOE, and other stakeholders.

Continual Improvement:  We continually improve ESSH performance.

In addition to my annual review of BNL's progress on ESSH goals and adherence to this policy, I invite all interested parties to provide me with input on our performance relative to this policy, and the policy itself.

Doon Gibbs, Director
April 15, 2013

The Environment, Safety and Health (ESH) Directorate supports BNL staff and visitors with a vision and mission.

Vision: Our internal and external customers recognize us as best-in-class providers
of environment, safety, and health services.

Mission: To serve the environment, safety, and health needs of our internal customers
in an effective and efficient manner and to meet or exceed the expectations of our external customers.

As part of your employment and/or assignment, you will receive specific job safety training. All necessary safety equipment and training should be subsequently made available to you through the department in which you work. Rules on radiation safety, general safety, fire safety, traffic safety, industrial hygiene and environmental protection must be carefully followed.

Disposal or release of any and all oil, or hazardous materials into trash containers is strictly forbidden. Specific rules must be followed to manage these materials. Contact your supervisor or an ESH representative at: for assistance with any ESH concern or the Safety Hotline at 344-8800.

Apartment Residents

Upon sounding of the BNL site sirens, residents of the apartment area shall proceed indoors, close all windows and doors, and await further instructions from the Fire Dept or the Local Emergency Coordinator (LEC). 

Please familiarize yourself with the locations of fire extinguishers and how to use them. In the event of an emergency dial 2222.  Alarm testing is done periodically in the apartments and dormitories.

Reporting Dangerous Conditions or Medical Emergencies

In the event of an emergency such as medical, fire, hazardous chemical spills, or serious injury, dial 2222 or 911 from a Laboratory telephone or pull the nearest fire alarm box.

Do not alter power cords or electrical outlets.  Doing so can produce dangerous results.  If you need to convert a European plug, this should be done via an approved plug adapter. These adapters are an interface that attaches between the European plug and the American socket.  Power converters adjust the voltage. Adapters and converters can be purchased at the BERA Store, the Housing Office, Radio Shack, K-Mart, Home Depot and a variety of other stores.  If you require assistance obtaining an adapter or converter, please contact the Housing Office at Ext. 2541 or 2551.

The Safety Hotline, Ext. 8800, may be called at any time to report unsafe conditions or to ask a question.

Site Sirens

The Laboratory has established a site siren system to provide warnings of a Lab-wide emergency. The site sirens are tested every Monday at 12:00pm (noon). The Lab signals and your actions are as follows (building public address announcements will assist you).

** Continuous sounding of site sirens for five minutes - Proceed immediately to the Building Assembly Area. Await instructions which may include the nature of the emergency, the type, sequence, and routes for evacuation.

** Intermittent sounding of site sirens for five minutes – Evacuate the site immediately.

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Housing On-site

Research Support Building, Bldg 400A,  Brookhaven Avenue, 344-2541 or 2551, FAX 631-344-3098

Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday:  8:00am to 12:00pm (Midnight)
                            Saturday: closed*
                            Sunday: 4:00pm to 12:00pm (Midnight)
                            Laboratory Holidays: closed*
*After Hours:  When the Housing Office is closed, keys can be picked up or returned to Police Headquarters, Bldg 50.
                    For maintenance emergencies after hours, please call the site shift supervisor at ext. 4174.

  • For additional information and a list of services, go to:
  • Contact the Housing Office for maintenance and repairs at ext. 2541 or 2551.
  • All occupants are expected to maintain the residence. The units should not be altered or damaged in any way. Upon check-out, the units should be left reasonably clean. Any excessive cleaning or repairs will be at the expense of the occupant. There is NO SMOKING in any of the dormitories or the Guest House.

Laundry Service

  • Laundry facilities are for on-site residents only. Your apartment or dorm key will open the laundry door at Bldg 363.
  • Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at Building 363 (apartment area), and in the Curie Dormitory (Bldg 258) & Cavendish Dormitory (Bldg 153).

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Computer Network Access

Visitors with temporary BNL (NON-photo-ID) passes:
(ie, vendors, conferences or special event attendees) These individuals have the following network option available to them:

Internet Access Only (Available from most conference rooms on-site) Quick Steps for Internet Access:

  • Configure your client for DHCP
  • Set DNS server to be obtained automatically

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On-Site Housing Personal Computer Use

This information applies to the use of Brookhaven’s computers and network and all methods of access in the on-site housing areas. The U.S. Department of Energy and Brookhaven Laboratory provide guests in our housing areas with wired and wireless networking infrastructure to support The Laboratory’s official business. Official business includes all authorized work connected with the, design, construction, and operation of The Laboratory, and its authorized programs in research, development, education, and associated administrative- and support- activities.

Apartments: To use your computer at your apartment, sign in with the password that is provided in each unit/room.
Dormitories:  Wireless Access ~ CORUS is the visitor wireless network (SSID)
Visitors should connect to CORUS on campus.  Set Browser to: Automatically Detect Proxy Settings OR enter proxy script:
More info is available at OR ITD Help Desk, ext. 5522

BNL Cyber Security reserves the right to deny network access to any system
that has been determined to be a liability to BNL.

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Housing Off-Site

Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue, 344-4489, FAX 631-344-3098


For further details regarding Off-site Housing, please see:

Located in the Research Support Building (Building 400A), the Off-site Housing Office offers guests and visitors information and advice regarding off-site housing. This service is available Monday through Friday, from 1-5 p.m.  To Contact the BNL Off-site Housing Coordinator at (631) 344-4489.

In addition, if you would like to check the location of potential apartments, you may go to this map link: the insert the Upton zip code 11973 into the search box and available apartments within 10 miles will be viewable.


Hotels & Motels

Accommodations Near BNL

While the immediate vicinity around BNL has no large hotels, these establishments are within 45 minutes drive of the Lab. BNL is located at exit 68 of the Long Island Expressway (LIE); hotel locations are given by exit number. Exit numbers below 68 are west of BNL; exit numbers above 68 are east of BNL. For more off-site housing information and options, see the BNL Staff Services off-site housing page  ~

Note: Inclusion in this list does not imply an endorsement by Brookhaven National Laboratory or Brookhaven Science Associates.

B&B at Victoria House
413 East Main Street
East Moriches, NY 11940
Government rates also available
Homepage (15 miles from BNL)

Comfort Inn
2695 Route 112
Medford, NY 11763
Exit 64 off the LIE*
Homepage (8 miles from BNL)

Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Homepage (14 miles from BNL)

Fairfield Inn
2695 Route 112
Medford, NY 11764
Exit 64 off the LIE*
Homepage (8 miles from BNL)

Hampton Inn Brookhaven
2000 North Ocean Ave
Farmingville, NY 11738
Exit 63 of the LIE*
Homepage (9 miles from BNL)

Hilton Garden Inn
2038 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Homepage (13 miles from BNL)

Hilton Garden Inn
3485 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
Homepage (16 miles from BNL)

Holiday Inn Express
1707 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
Homepage (13 miles from BNL)

Hotel Indigo East End
1830 Route 25
Riverhead, NY 11901
Exit 72 off the LIE*
Homepage (13 miles from BNL)

Hyatt Place
BNL Stay Rate
451 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
Homepage (16 miles from BNL)

Ramada Plaza/MacArthur Airport
1730 North Ocean Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742
Exit 63 off the LIE*
Homepage (9 miles from BNL)

Residence Inn
25 Middle Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742
Homepage (11 miles from BNL)

SpringHill Suites
2 Sawgrass Drive
Bellport, NY 11713
Homepage (6 miles from BNL)

* Long Island Expressway (LIE)

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Policies & Procedures

BNL Policies

  • Alcohol consumption (SBMS)
    The consumption or unauthorized possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all areas of the site except for the Brookhaven Center Club and the housing areas. The only exception to this rule is that alcohol may be served at after-hours functions, with prior approval by the Department Chair or Division Manager, the Assistant or Associate Laboratory Director, and a Deputy Laboratory Director. No Employee, Guest or Contractor may drink alcohol during the course of their work day. Consumption of alcohol during BERA-sponsored sporting events is prohibited; however, participants may request permission to serve alcohol after games. Employees who consume alcohol at after-hours events should not return to the work area following the function, nor should they drive if in an impaired condition.  For more information, go to:

  • Illegal Drugs and Controlled Substances
    • Individuals are strictly prohibited from using, possessing, selling, purchasing, distributing, or being under the influence of illegal drugs on the Laboratory site or while performing Laboratory business.
    • Individuals are prohibited from abusing controlled substances, and should consult their physicians for information regarding a prescription drug's potential to impair job performance.
    • For more information, go to:
  • Bicycles
    • When riding a bicycle on-site at BNL you must wear a helmet as REQUIRED Laboratory policy.
    • Ride in the same direction as the flow of traffic and single file.
    • Walk your bike when using a crosswalk.
    • Do not wear headphones on both ears while riding.
    • Refrain from riding on sidewalks.
    • BERA Borrow-a-Bike Program is a service provided for those without a vehicle. Go to:
  • Computer Security
    • The U.S. Department of Energy and Brookhaven National Laboratory provide staff with computers, computing systems, and their associated communication systems to support the Laboratory's official business. Official business includes all authorized work connected with the design, construction, and operation of the Laboratory, and its authorized programs in research, development, education, and associated administrative and support activities.
    • Inappropriate use of computers, software and equipment may constitute fraud, waste, and abuse of government property.
    • Failure to comply with Brookhaven's computer policies may result in disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.
    • Contact ITD, Ext. 5522 or the Cyber Security Office, ext 8484 for more information.
    • Or further information go to: Computer Use Agreement
  • Equal Opportunity
      The Diversity Office is located in Bldg. 400B and may be reached on Ext. 3318.
    • The Lab has a long-standing commitment to a policy of equality of opportunity without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability or veteran status.
  • Firearms
    • No person, except members of law-enforcement agencies, may bring or carry firearms on-site without special authorization.
  • Property
    • All materials and services at the Laboratory, unless properly identified with another organization, are the property of the United States Government. Government tagged property is clearly identified.
    • The theft, misuse, or personal use of Government property is unlawful and is grounds for immediate discharge.
    • No property or material, except for personally owned goods, may be removed from the Laboratory site without an authorized Property Pass or Loan Agreement. 
    • Property passes can be obtained from the Property Management representative of your division.
    • The BNL Safeguards and Security Division reserves the right to inspect and search vehicles entering or leaving the site. 
    • Any stolen items must be reported to the BNL Safeguards and Security Division at ext. 2238.
  • Sexual Harassment
    • Brookhaven is committed to keeping its work environment free of threatening, intimidating, or harassing conduct, including sexual harassment.
    • If you believe you have experienced a possible sexual harassment situation, make it clear to the other party that their behavior is unwelcome, and contact your supervisor if you wish to take the matter further.
    • Professional conduct and ethical behavior are expected and required at all times.
    • Each individual is responsible for being aware of the appropriateness of his or her conduct and for respecting the rights of others.
  • Training and Qualification
    Upon your employment/assignment, Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) ensures that BNL employees, guests, users, and contractors are trained and qualified to perform their assigned tasks and job functions. The Laboratory has established training requirements in accordance with regulatory requirements for work to be performed, hazards that may be encountered, areas that will be accessed, potential for risk, and general site requirements. BNL has defined minimum training requirements for work to be performed, and monitors the completion of these requirements. In addition to ensuring that personnel receive appropriate training, the Laboratory is committed to ensuring that its workers are qualified to perform their jobs. For more information, go to:

ID Requirements for Guests, Users & Visitors (GUV Center)

Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue

• Most current information on ID Requirements for Guests & Visitors:
• Upon termination, Guests must surrender their ID cards to the Badging Office, Human Resources Division or to the 
  GUV Center, all located in Bldg 400.

Social Security Card, How to Obtain

Foreign nationals need to possess a Social Security card in order to work in the United States. If a Social Security card is needed, individuals may apply at the nearest Social Security Office which is located at 75 Oak Street, Patchogue. Identification such as a passport, visa, employee ID card or other original forms of identification (no photo copies accepted) will be required at time of application. For more information logon to the Social Security website at or call 1-800-772-1213.   FAQ: You do not need to have a social security number before you start working.

If you are planning on becoming a resident of New York State, you will need to obtain a NYS driver license. At time of application you must show your Social Security Card. For information on how to obtain a Social Security Card, log on to the Social Security website at or call 1-800-772-1213. For more information regarding obtaining a valid New York State driver license, log on to the Department of Motor Vehicle website at

NYS Dept. of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV)

  • The agency that regulates automobiles and the licensing of drivers is the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) 1-718-477-4820.
  • You must have a valid New York State Driver’s License to operate a vehicle.
  • To learn to drive, you must first obtain a Learner’s Permit and complete a mandatory 5-hour class. DMV recommends 30 hours of practice driving with a licensed driver in the vehicle with you, prior to taking the Road Test.
  • New York State Driver’s Manuals are available at many of the BNL check-in locations, including Housing and the Guest & AGS Users Center, both located in Building 400A.
  • The NYSDMV website provides information on obtaining a driver’s license, NYS driving laws, and required forms. For more information go to:
  • The following DMV offices are located near BNL and can be reached at 1-718-477-4820:
    • 3 Roads Plaza, 1055 Route 112, Port Jefferson
    • 200 Old Country Road, Riverhead
    • 2799 Route 112, Medford

Driving Guidelines for Foreign Nationals

New York State will recognize your foreign driver license if you remain a resident of the nation that issued the license. If you plan on maintaining your foreign drivers license, it is recommended that you get an International Driving Permit. The International Driving Permit verifies, in several languages, that you hold a valid driver license in your home country. A police officer who cannot read the language on your foreign driver license can read the permit. To apply for the International Driving Permit, you should contact the authorities in your home country. If you are planning on becoming a resident of New York State, you will need to obtain a NYS driver license. At time of application you must show your Social Security Card. For information on how to obtain a Social Security Card, log on to the Social Security website at or call 1-800-772-1213. For more information regarding obtaining a valid New York State driver license, log on to the Department of Motor Vehicle website at

Traffic Policies On-site

  • The speed limit on-site is 30 miles per hour unless otherwise posted.
  • All individuals driving on-site are required to have a valid driver’s license. Vehicles are also required to have a valid state registration, and a valid vehicle inspection.
  • Use of seat belts is required when operating a vehicle on-site.
  • Personal vehicles must be registered with the Laboratory Protection Division (LPD). You will receive a vehicle sticker that must be attached to the back of the rear view mirror of your vehicle.
  • All individuals driving on-site are responsible for complying with the general traffic rules and regulations, prescribed in the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York, with the following exceptions:
    • Parking is permitted on-site only on paved or stone covered areas and only where it does not interfere with the flow of traffic or with the movement of emergency vehicles. Parking is specifically prohibited in designated no parking zones, which are identified by yellow markings or signs or on the wrong side of the street, in fire lanes or in front of hydrants, or on the grass, except near the softball fields during athletic events or at Building 30 on special occasions. This is not enforced at Berkner Hall, C-AD and numerous other locations around the site. There is more parking on the grass now than in years. 
  • The Lab Protection Division must be notified immediately at 344-2238 after any accident involving a vehicle or bicycle on-site or a government vehicle off-site.
  • Right-of-Way must be followed at all times. Fire trucks, police vehicles, ambulances and utility emergency vehicles have the Right-of-Way on-site. All other vehicles shall move to the side of the road and stop when such emergency vehicles approach. Emergency vehicles shall display flashing red lights and use sirens.
  • Pedestrians and wildlife must be given every consideration when they are crossing the road on-site or off-site. The Lab does have a large population of deer, wild turkey, fox and geese.
  • The Lab Protection Division monitors the speed of traffic on-site and tickets to those who exceed the posted speed limits. Driving safely is everyone's responsibility, whether it is on the BNL site, or anywhere else. It is imperative for all employees, visitors, users, and guests to understand the traffic requirements and follow the established traffic safety rules.
  • It is strongly recommended that you contact a local driving school to provide driving lessons for those who have little or no driving experience.
    Some local driving schools are:
    Driving School Contact
    Defensive Driving School, Middle Island 631-924-5422
    East End Driving School, Riverhead 631-878-2833
    E-Z Auto School, Medford 631-475-5054
    Shore Driving School, Coram 631-696-1829
    Suffolk Auto Driving School, Lake Grove 631-588-7575
    Turning Point Driving School, Miller Place 631-744-5400
    NOTE: Inclusion in this list does not imply an endorsement by Brookhaven National Laboratory or Brookhaven Science Associates.

Recreation Off-site

Amusement Parks

  • Adventureland, East Farmingdale - 631-694-6868
    • 26 attractions, 15 kiddy rides, video games, restaurant, gift shops and more.
  • Laser Kingdom, Coram - 631-698-0414
    • Laser tag amusement center; games start on the half-hour, teen night on Friday.
  • Long Island Game Farm, Manorville - 631-878-6644
    • Wildlife and Children's Zoo features hundreds of animals, including an 18-foot giraffe, red kangaroos, kinkajous, cougars, Barbados sheep, peacocks, and the only lemurs born and bred on Long Island.
  • Splish Splash, Calverton - 631-727-3600
    • Voted 1 of top 5 water parks. Many attractions, interactive play area, restaurant, gift shop.
    • Discount tickets are available at the BERA Store, Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm

Beaches and Parks

Beach Permit for on-site residents:  (Requirements for use of local beaches) 
If you live on-site at BNL you will need to show a Proof of Residency letter in order to receive a car sticker and use any Town of Brookhaven beaches or any County of Suffolk beaches.  Entry and parking fees apply. Please contact the Housing Office for a copy.

Long Island (LI) has many beautiful beaches.  The Atlantic Ocean is to the south and east, and the Long Island Sound separates LI from Connecticut on the north.  The Peconic Bay is situated between the LI twin forks.  To the south, separated by the Great South Bay, there is a barrier beach that stretches thirty-two miles from the Moriches Inlet to Democrat Point protecting Long Island's South Shore.  This barrier beach has been declared the Fire Island National Seashore.  

For more information regarding Long Island Beaches and Parks, go to:

BERA Bus Trips

The BERA Board is always looking for trips that would be of interest to BNL employees.  Trips include:  museums, Broadway shows, Botanical Gardens, NASCAR races, Peddler's Village and much, much more. To see what upcoming events are available, please go to: or call the Recreation Office at ext. 2873.

Advance reservations and payment are necessary and can be made at the BERA Store, ext 3477 in Berkner, Bldg. 488.  The Store hours are:  Monday-Friday, from 9:00am-3:00pm.

Day Trips

Take advantage of Long Island's many activities. Here are a few:

Atlantis Marine World, Riverhead - 631-208-9200

  • Sand shark lagoon, sea lions, touch tanks, harbor seals, 120,000 gallon shark tank.
  • Purchase discount tickets at the BERA Store (ext 3477) in Berkner, Bldg 488, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Botanical Gardens

  • Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Oakdale - 631-581-1002
    • Contains a wide variety of plant species and various species of trees, including dwarf evergreens, rhododendrons, azaleas, hollies, oaks, wildflowers and daffodils featured in many native woodland locations.
  • Old Westbury Gardens, Old Westbury - 516-333-0048
    • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
    • 160 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes.
    • Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative art.
  • Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Oyster Bay - 516-922-8678
    • A former Gold Coast estate, the arboretum is comprised of over 409 acres of greenhouses, rolling lawns, formal gardens, woodland paths, and outstanding plant collections.
    • Original historic estate buildings remain, including the 65 room Tudor Revival mansion 'Coe Hall', which is open for tours from spring through fall.
  • Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium, Cold Spring Harbor - 516-692-6768
    • Largest living collection of New York State freshwater reptiles, fish and amphibians.
    • For more information go to:


  • This small seaside village has become famous for its quaint retail establishments, fine dining, and night life like no other, but what makes Greenport so unique is its rich maritime history, which has been tastefully preserved for more than three centuries.
  • North Ferry to Shelter Island leaves every 15-20 minutes during the day.
  • For more information on ferry schedules:


  • Summertime resort for many NYC residents. It has miles of beautiful beaches that span over several quaint villages that include art galleries, night life, antique shops, boutiques, crafts, music, restaurants, mansions, vineyards and family farm stands.

Montauk Point

  • Located on the eastern most tip of Long Island as a picturesque retreat at land's end where the Long Island Sound meets the Atlantic Ocean; where it is known as one of the "Fishing Capitals of the World"; where surfers travel from far and wide to be challenged by the surf at Ditch Plains; where hikers, mountain bicyclists, horseback riders and naturalists enjoy miles of scenic and unspoiled trails; where campers live on the beach at Hither Hills State Park; where golfers and tennis players play at the world renowned Montauk Downs and where windsurfers share beautiful Fort Pond Bay with sunfish, pedal boats and canoes.
  • For more Lighthouse information go to:

New York City

  • "The City that never sleeps" is an exciting vibrant city that has many attractions, museums, arts, festivals, theaters, parks, historical landmarks and great sports and entertainment venues.
  • It's "the" place to visit and tour all year long. New York City consists of Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Manhattan is an island that is connected by a series of bridges and tunnels. It's divided into some interesting neighborhoods that each have a unique flavor of restaurants, nightclubs and events. For additional information go to:

Port Jefferson

  • Long Island's Historic Seaport is one of the most picturesque of waterside villages to be found.
  • The village maintains its "small town" appeal with shops and restaurants occupying historic buildings, a marina, and the Port Jefferson Ferry to Connecticut.
  • For additional information on ferry schedules:

Shelter Island

  • This picturesque 8,000 acre island nestled between the North and South Forks of LI has beautiful homes, beaches, shops and restaurants.
  • Accessible only by ferry shuttles from either Greenport or North Haven. For more information on ferry schedules go to:
  • The Mashomack Nature Preserve on Shelter Island has hiking trails, a nature center and guidebooks about the ecosystem.

Staller Center at Stony Brook

  • Sponsors professional and cultural events. A calendar of events can be obtained by calling 631-632-7235.


LI supports many semi-professional theatre groups. Listed below are some of the most popular:

  • John Engeman Theater, Northport  - 631-261-2900 or order online:
  • Gateway Playhouse, Bellport - 631-286-1133 -
  • Theatre Three Production, Port Jefferson - 631-928-9202 -
  • Smithtown Performing Arts, Smithtown - 631-724-3700
  • For a more detailed list, go to:
  • The Nikon at Jones Beach Concert Theater is located within the Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, NY. It is currently one of the top ranked amphitheaters in the country and plays host to today's top artists and celebrity attractions as well as festivals and fine arts performances. It comfortably seats 14,000 people. For a schedule of the Nikon at Jones Beach Concert series call 516-221-1000 or go to:

Farm Stands

  • Located within 20-minutes of BNL, heading north on William Floyd Parkway, then east onto Route 25, Route 25A, and Sound Avenue; or south on William Floyd Parkway, then traveling east on Montauk Highway (Route 27A).
  • When in season, you may find fresh produce including strawberries, peaches, raspberries, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, broccoli, home-made jam, fresh-baked pies.
  • Seasonal pick your own fruit - apples, strawberries, peaches, pumpkins.
  • Fresh Christmas Tree farm located on Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow.

Library Card for on-site residents

If you live on-site and would like to receive a Longwood Library card, you may go to the BNL Research Library, Bldg 477 to pick up an application. You must show your BNL ID badge at the desk.


If you live in Mt. Sinai, Sound Beach, Miller Place, or Rocky Point, you are able to choose your library depending on your address.  i.e. Miller Place residents can choose Comsewogue or Port Jefferson Village; Longwood Schools use Longwood Library; Mastics/Moriches/Shirley use the Shirley Library. You must bring proof of address to obtain a library card.  All of the libraries have wonderful children/family/career/and other adult programs that are normally free or low cost. For more information on LI Libraries.

Local Libraries Address Telephone
Baiting Hollow Free Library 4 Warner Drive
Calverton, NY 11933
Brookhaven Free Library 273 Beaver Dam Road
Brookhaven, NY 11719
Comsewogue Public Library
170 Terryville Road
Pt. Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Longwood Public Library
800 Middle Country Road
Middle Island, NY 11953
Mastics-Moriches-Shirley Community Library 407 William Floyd Parkway
Shirley, NY 11967
North Shore Public Library
250 Route 25A
Shoreham, NY 11786
Port Jefferson Free Library
100 Thompson Street
Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Riverhead Free Library 330 Court Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
SUNY Health Science Center Library HSC Level 3 Room 136
8034 Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8034

Movie Theaters

Theatre Town Telephone
*Regal Cinema Ronkonkoma 631-580-9707
*UA Southampton 4 Southampton 631-287-6235
*UA Hampton Bays 5 Hampton Bays 631-728-8535
Island Cinemas Mastic 631-657-3297
Movieland Cinema Mastic 631-281-8586
Port Jefferson Cinemas Port Jefferson 631-928-3456
*Island 16: Cinema de Lux Holtsville 631-758-4300
*Discount tickets are available at the BERA Store for these theaters. 
For more information go to:  or


For a listing of things-to-do, lodgings, famous sights, maps, etc. go to: ~

  • Cradle of Aviation, Garden City - 516-572-4111 or go to:
  • LI Children's Museum, Garden City - 516-222-0218 (next to Cradle of Aviation)
  • Parrish Art Museum, Southampton - 631-283-2118
  • Stony Brook Museum, Stony Brook - 631-751-0066
  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, Centerport - 631-854-5555
  • Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site, West Hills, So. Huntington - 631-427-5240
  • Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Oyster Bay - 516-922-4447

Religious Services

Listed below are various 'houses of worship' in the surrounding communities of BNL. Need directions?  Go to:

Name of Church/Synagogue/Mosques Town Telephone
Baiting Hollow-Calverton Congregational Church Baiting Hollow 631-727-6141
Bellport Kingdom Hall Bellport 631-286-7450
Chabad House Patchogue 631-903-0174
Church of Christ Riverhead 631-727-1778
Christ Lutheran Church East Moriches 631-878-2277
First Baptist Church of Patchogue Patchogue 631-289-0230
First Baptist Church of Riverhead Riverhead 631-727-3446
First Congregational Church of Riverhead Riverhead 631-727-2621
Full Gospel Christian Center East Riverhead 631-208-0088
Goodwill AME Zion Church Riverhead 631-727-8041
Grace Episcopal Church Riverhead 631-727-3900
Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Halls Eastport 631-325-8424
Jewish Center of the Moriches Center Moriches 631-878-0388
Masjid Darul-Quran Mosque Bay Shore 631-665-9462
Masjid Noor Mosque Huntington 631-683-4185
Masjid Omar Khattab Mosque Shirley 631-772-5161
Middle Island Presbyterian Church Ridge 631-924-6443
North Shore Jewish Center Port Jeff Station 631-928-3737
North Shore United Methodist Church Wading River 631-929-6075
Riverhead United Methodist Church Riverhead 631-727-2327
Selden Masjid Mosque Selden 631-732-1235
Seventh Day Adventist Church Riverhead 631-727-8266
St. Anthony's RC Church Rocky Point 631-744-3460
St. Frances Cabrini RC Church Coram 631-732-8978
St. Isidore's RC Church Riverhead 631-727-2114
St. John Baptist Byzantine Ukrainian Catholic Church Riverhead 631-727-2766
St. John the Baptist RC Church Wading River 631-929-4339
St. John the Theologian Orthodox Church Shirley 631-281-5960
St. John's The Evangelist RC Church Riverhead 631-727-6774
St. Mark's RC Church Shoreham 631-821-0550
Temple Isaiah Stony Brook 631-751-2518
Temple Israel of Riverhead Riverhead 631-727-3191
Calvary Baptist Church of Riverhead Riverhead 631-727-1391
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bellport Bellport 631-286-8459
Wading River Baptist Church Wading River 631-929-3512
Wading River Congregational Church Wading River 631-929-8849

Sports Facilities

  • All Pro Sports Academy, Bellport - 631-286-5144
  • Ballpark at Selden - 631-732-9144
  • AMF Bowling Center, Shirley - 631-399-1800
  • Baseball - LI Ducks (minor league team) EAB Stadium, Central Islip - 631-940-DUCK
  • Port Jefferson Bowl, Port Jefferson - 631-473-3300
  • Country Fair, Medford - 631-732-0579
    • Miniature golf, grand prix racing, batting cage, driving range and much more.
  • Madison Square Garden, New York - 212-465-6741
    • Located on 7th Avenue between 31st & 33rd Street, New York City. Dubbed the world's most famous arena, accommodating virtually all forms of entertainment and sports, from state-of-the-art rock concerts, touring family shows, professional wrestling, boxing, track & field, lacrosse and soccer. Home of the National Basketball Association (NBA) Knicks team and the National Hockey League (NHL) New York Rangers team.
    • For more information go to:
  • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale - 516-794-9303
    • Has accommodated virtually all forms of entertainment and sports, from state-of-the-art rock concerts, touring family shows, professional wrestling, boxing, track & field, lacrosse and soccer. It is also home to the NHL New York Islanders team, and the arenas football team, the NY Dragons.
    • For more information go to:
  • Citi Field, Flushing - 718-507-METS (6387)
    • Citi Field was built as a replacement for the adjacent Shea Stadium, which was constructed in 1964 next to the site of the 1964-1965 World's Fair.
    • For more information go to:
  • Yankee Stadium, Bronx - 718-293-6000
    • Yankee Stadium has served as home for the legendary NY Yankees team, as well as most of the brightest stars in baseball, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Ron Guidry, and Reggie Jackson. Indeed, it's known around the world as "The House That Ruth Built," thanks to the large crowds that headed up to the Bronx after Yankee Stadium opened on April 18, 1923, with Babe Ruth as the marquee player.
    • For more information go to:

Golf Courses

Wineries of Long Island

  • Today there are more than 50 vineyards on LI ranging from 2 to 600 acres and 30 wineries producing 500,000 cases or 1,200,000 gallons of wine that is winning awards nationally and internationally and being served in some of the best restaurants in NYC and beyond.
  • Wineries are located on LI's "twin forks" and offer weekend tours and wine tasting
  • Listing of local wineries:

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Recreation On-site

Association of Students and Postdocs (ASAP)

BNL's Association of Students And Postdocs (ASAP) is an organization of students and postdocs working at Brookhaven. Our aim is to improve the quality of life of our members, and to act as a magnet to bring together students and postdocs in a social setting. The ASAP Lounge is located in Building 462, on the corner of Bell Avenue and Center Street. For more details, please go to their website:

BERA Clubs

Brookhaven Employee Recreation Association (BERA) was established to promote and regulate Laboratory-wide recreational and social activities at BNL which is administered by the Quality of Life/BERA/Recreation Office, located in Building 400A.

BERA oversees the many clubs and organizations, and assists in the administration of the overall program and the use of available recreational facilities on-site. These activities/clubs include aerobics, ballroom dance, basketball, bowling, canoeing, running, swimming, toastmasters, and white water rafting, to name just a few.  A complete list is available on the BERA website at:

Tours of all facilities may also be arranged by calling the Recreation Office at ext. 2873

BERA Calendar of Events

To view BERA trips, fitness programs & registration, club activities and more, please go to:


Bldg. 461, Ext. 3147

The BNL gym is open Monday - Friday from 7:00am - 9:00am and 11:00am - 9:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - 2:00pm for BERA sponsored activities, and employees' and users general activities. The gym is available for activities such as volleyball, and basketball. Some areas are reserved for use by organized BERA league teams. For more information regarding schedules and use of gym lockers etc. contact the Recreation office at 344-2873. Refer to the Gym Activity Schedule for hours and availability. 

Weight Room

Bldg. 461

Located in the back of the gymnasium. The hours are Monday - Friday 7:00am - 9:00am and 11:00am - 9:00pm and Saturday from 10:00am - 2:00pm. The Weight Room is for members only. The individual annual fee for the BERA weight room membership is $30 for the calendar year. When you receive your BNL ID badge, you and your immediate family (spouse and adult children 18 and older) are eligible to become BERA members. Twice a month, between 5-7pm, there will be a fitness trainer available at the weight room to discuss gym equipment safety orientation. For latest schedule, go to:

Swimming Pool

Bldg. 478, Ext. 3496

The pool is available to BNL employees and their families. Please, no more than 2 guests per employee. There are open swim, lap swim and other programs offered Monday thru Saturday.  You may purchase an individual or family pool pass at the pool desk.  Friday evening is Family Swim from 5:00pm-8:00pm for $5.00 per family. Swimming lessons are available for children ages 5-13 and are scheduled during July & August. Adult swim lessons are generally scheduled for January and February.  For more information contact the Recreation Office at ext. 2873.
For pool schedule, go to:

Recreation Hall

Bldg. 317, Ext. 3033

Located in the apartment area and is home to several BERA clubs, ESOL classroom, Hospitality coffee & playgroup, the Spring & Summer Recreation programs, and a few fitness classes. Employees can make reservations for corporate group parties for the lounge or main room by calling the Recreation Office at ext. 2873.

Recreation Park & Gazebo

Ext. 2873

The Park is located at the east end of Brookhaven Avenue.  It features athletic fields (softball, football & soccer) an archery range, volleyball courts, and picnic areas.  There is a covered gazebo and barbeque grills for use. If you wish to reserve the Gazebo, please contact the Recreation Office at ext. 2873.

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Restaurants & Food off-site

Fast Food

Name Location Telephone
Alfredo's Pizzeria 1679 Middle Country Rd, Ridge 631-924-7713
Boston Market 803 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-395-5015
Burger King 862 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-399-2226
Carlo's Pizzeria 451 Glen Drive, Shirley 631-924-8760
Checkers 550 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley 631-281-1060
Country Rotisserie 99 Route 25A, Shoreham 631-821-2020
Dunkin Donuts 1495 William Floyd Pkwy, Mastic 631-395-4887
Friendly's Route 25, Middle Island 631-345-6535
Friendly's Route 58, Riverhead 631-727-5139
Gyro Palace Cafe Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-821-3322
Kentucky Fried Chicken 800 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-281-8828
McDonald's 971 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-399-6404
McDonald's 1600 Middle Country Road, Ridge 631-924-3857
Panera Bread Route 58, Riverhead 631-727-0277
Pudgie's Famous Chicken William Floyd Parkway, Shirley 631-281-1338
Rocky Point Diner Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-821-1496
Taco Bell 1750 Middle Country Road, Ridge 631-924-6990
Taco Bell William Floyd Parkway, Shirley 631-395-3582
Wendy's 555 William Floyd Parkway, Shirley 631-399-1136


Long Island is home to some of the best restaurants.  The following link is helpful in locating them.

Shopping Malls

Suffolk County:

  • Walt Whitman Mall, Huntington Station - 631-271-1746
  • Smith Haven Mall, Lake Grove - 631-724-1433
  • Sunrise Mall, Massapequa - 516-795-3550
  • South Shore Mall, Bay Shore - 631-665-8600
  • Bellport Outlet Center, Bellport - 631-286-4952
  • Tanger Factory Outlets, Riverhead - 800-407-4894
    • You may pick up a free coupon book ($5 value, just by showing your BNL badge) at the Tanger Outlet Center Customer Service (located in Tanger I, next to Jones NY & NY Sport).
  • Tanger at the Arches, Deer Park - 631-242-0239

Nassau County:

  • Roosevelt Field Shopping Center, Garden City - 516-742-8000

Grocery / Food Store / Supermarket

Name Location Telephone
Best Yet 803 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-713-4010
Best Yet 1088 Old Country Road, Riverhead 631-208-9170
Compare Foods Route 25, Middle Island 631-924-3747
King Kullen 1235 Route 25, Middle Island 631-924-0402
King Kullen Route 25A, Wading River 631-929-1328
Pathmark 800 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-399-4433
Stop & Shop Route 25A, Miller Place 631-474-9846
Stop & Shop 999 812 Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-281-3610
Waldbaum's Main Street, Center Moriches 631-874-9025
Waldbaum's S. Service Road, Patchogue 631-758-3106
Waldbaum's 1510 Old Country Road, Riverhead 631-727-0820
Waldbaum's 211 Middle Country Road, Selden 631-732-9114
Waldbaum's 245 Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-744-1652

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Drug Stores/Pharmacy

Name Location Telephone
CVS Pharmacy 516 Montauk Highway, Center Moriches 631-878-6768
CVS Pharmacy Route 25A, Rocky Point 631-821-0132
CVS Pharmacy Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-281-2052
CVS Pharmacy Route 25A, Wading River 631-929-6040
Walgrens Pharmacy 863 Montauk Hwy, Shirley 631-399-1352
Walgrens Pharmacy 1815 Wading River Manor Rd, Wading River 631-929-0280
Walgrens Pharmacy 2850 Route 112, Medford 631-696-4018

Variety Stores

Name Location Telephone
Kohl's Montauk Highway, Shirley 631-874-3999
Lowes 2796 Route 112, Medford 631-207-4541
Target 2975 Horseblock Road, Medford 631-286-0287
Wal-Mart 750 Route 25, Middle Island 631-924-0081

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Transportation & Travel



Car Rentals


Taxi Service

  • Colonial Taxi - (631) 589-7878
  • Courtesy Taxi - (631) 395-5237
  • Four Ones Taxi Service - (631) 281-8581
  • Lindy's Taxi - (631) 654-3456
  • Sunset Taxi - (631) 588-8844
  • Additional transportation information regarding airports, trains, ferries, taxis, limousine services and buses can be found at:


The Long Island Railroad (LIRR) serves all of LI with service to New York City's Penn Station. Connections are available from there to Amtrak and regional lines. The closest LIRR Station to BNL is in Mastic/Shirley; however, trains arrive and depart more frequently at the Patchogue and Ronkonkoma stations.

For shuttle information regarding the Ronkonkoma Train Station, please see: Transportation Shuttles

Transportation Office

Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue - Ext. 2535
  • Hours of Operation:  Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • Available to assist BNL employees, guests and visitors with transportation needs in support of Laboratory programs
  • Additional transportation information regarding airports, trains, ferries, taxis, limousine services and buses can be found at:

Travel Office

Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue - Ext. 2531
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm
  • The BNL Travel Office provides cost-effective travel arrangements with the highest level of personal service for all official Laboratory business in accordance with BNL Policy, the Airlines Reporting Corporation (ARC) and the International Air Transport Association guidelines (IATA).
  • BNL Travel operates under contract with Omega World Travel as an on-site branch location staffed by BNL employees. 
  • For more information contact the Travel Office at Ext. 2531.

Major Roadways on Long Island

Long Island Expressway (LIE) or Route 495. This is Long Island’s major highway, and runs east and west from New York City to Riverhead. At Riverhead, travelers must take county roads to get to the north or south forks of the Island. The exit numbers increase going east, and BNL is located north of Exit 68 on William Floyd Parkway.

William Floyd Parkway or County Road 46. This road runs north and south across the Island. To go north, turn right onto William Floyd Parkway as you exit the Lab; turn left to go south. To get onto the LIE, turn left onto William Floyd Parkway as you exit the Lab, and follow the signs for Route 495.

Secondary Roadways North of the Lab. There are four main east-west routes that parallel the LIE. Immediately north of the Lab is Route 25, also known as the Jericho Turnpike or Middle Country Road, which runs all the way out on the North Fork to Orient Point and all the way west to New York City. North of Route 25, at the end of William Floyd Parkway, is Route 25A, which runs along the North Shore from Smithtown to Riverhead.

Secondary Roadways South of the Lab. Route 27, also known as Sunrise Highway, runs along the South Shore. Most of the time its a four-lane divided highway. South of the Sunrise Highway is Montauk Highway, also known as Route 27A, which runs to the tip of the South Fork to Montauk Point.


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Last Modified: March 27, 2014
Please forward all questions about this site to: Joanne Delles

DOE, Office of Science One of ten national laboratories overseen and primarily funded by the Office of Science of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Brookhaven National Laboratory conducts research in the physical, biomedical, and environmental sciences, as well as in energy technologies and national security. Brookhaven Lab also builds and operates major scientific facilities available to university, industry and government researchers. Brookhaven is operated and managed for DOE's Office of Science by Brookhaven Science Associates, a limited-liability company founded by the Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University, the largest academic user of Laboratory facilities, and Battelle, a nonprofit, applied science and technology organization.

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