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.
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.
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.
(1) Berkner Hall, Building 488,
Brookhaven Avenue (2) Building 400, Research Support Building,
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
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
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.
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,
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
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 @bnl.gov 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:
http://intranet.bnl.gov/ads. 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:
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.; Sat. 7:30 a.m.-1:30
p.m. proudly serving
Starbucks Coffee, pastries, rolls, bagels and cookies.
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
Research Support Building - Bldg 400, Staff Services, Quality of
Life/BERA/Recreation Office, ext. 5090 or 8481.
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:
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Station - 4:00 p.m. - Vehicle departs from the rear main entrance of
Building 400 on Bell Avenue to the Ronkonkoma Train Station.
Ronkonkoma at 4:46 PM, arriving in New York City/Penn Station at 6:08
Due to limited
seating, reservations are
service. Please call ext. 2535; reserve in person at the Transportation
Counter located in Building 400A; or email
The shuttle departs
Service will only
bags/parcels that fit on the passenger's lap or beneath their seat.
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).
The Shopping Shuttle is a FREE courtesy
shuttle that makes multiple trips between BNL and the Southport Shopping
Center on Montauk Highway, Shirley.
Southport Shopping CenterThe 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
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
International: Dial 9 + 01 + the country code + city code +
local phone number.
Pre-paid phone cards are for sale at the BERA store in Berkner
Hall, Building 488. They are available in $5, $10, and $20
denominations. Pre-paid phone cards are also available in many
local stores off-site.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
for assistance with any ESH concern or the Safety Hotline at 344-8800.
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
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.
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
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
Intermittent sounding of site sirens for five minutes – Evacuate
the site immediately.
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
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.
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
in any of the dormitories or the Guest House.
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-
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 wireless.bnl.gov OR ITD Help Desk, ext.
BNL Cyber Security reserves the right to deny
network access to any system that has been determined to be a
liability to BNL.
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 Evelyn Martinez, the BNL Off-site Housing Coordinator,
call (631) 344-4489 or email
In addition, if you would like to check the location
of potential apartments, you may go to this map link:
http://www.myapartmentmap.com/ the insert the
Upton zip code 11973 into the search box and available apartments within 10
miles will be viewable.
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 (15 miles from BNL)
Comfort Inn 2695 Route 112 Medford, NY 11763 631-654-3000 Exit 64 off the LIE*
(8 miles from BNL)
Courtyard by Marriott
5000 Express Drive South
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 631-612-5000
(14 miles from BNL)
2695 Route 112
Medford, NY 11764
Exit 64 off the LIE*
(8 miles from BNL)
Hampton Inn Brookhaven
2000 North Ocean Ave Farmingville, NY 11738
631-732-7300 Exit 63 of the LIE*
(9 miles from BNL)
Hilton Garden Inn
2038 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
(13 miles from BNL)
Hilton Garden Inn
3485 Veterans Memorial Highway
Ronkonkoma, NY 11779
(16 miles from BNL)
Holiday Inn Express
1707 Old Country Road
Riverhead, NY 11901
(13 miles from BNL)
Hotel Indigo East End
1830 Route 25 Riverhead, NY 11901
631-369-2200 Exit 72 off the LIE*
(13 miles from BNL)
BNL Stay Rate
451 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901
(16 miles from BNL)
Ramada Plaza/MacArthur Airport
1730 North Ocean Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742
631-758-2900 Exit 63 off the LIE*
(9 miles from BNL)
25 Middle Avenue
Holtsville, NY 11742
(11 miles from BNL)
2 Sawgrass Drive
Bellport, NY 11713
631-924-0090 (6 miles from BNL)
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
Individuals are prohibited from abusing controlled
substances, and should consult their physicians for information
regarding a prescription drug's potential to impair job
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
Inappropriate use of computers, software and
equipment may constitute fraud, waste, and abuse of
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.
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
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:
Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue
• Most current information on ID Requirements for Guests & Visitors: http://www.bnl.gov/guv/ID.asp • Upon termination, Guests must surrender their ID cards to the
Badging Office, Human Resources Division or to
GUV Center, all located in Bldg 400.
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
www.ssa.gov or call 1-800-772-1213.
FAQ: You do not need to have a social security number before you start
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
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
The agency that regulates automobiles and the licensing of
drivers is the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
You must have a valid New York State Driver’s License to operate
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
The following DMV offices are located near BNL and can be
reached at 1-718-477-4820:
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 www.ssa.gov 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
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
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
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
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
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:
Defensive Driving School,
East End Driving School,
E-Z Auto School, Medford
Shore Driving School, Coram
Suffolk Auto Driving School,
Turning Point Driving
School, Miller Place
NOTE: Inclusion in this list
does not imply an
endorsement by Brookhaven
National Laboratory or
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
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.
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:
http://www.bnl.gov/bera/recreation/events.asp 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.
Purchase discount tickets at the BERA Store (ext
3477) in Berkner, Bldg 488, Monday-Friday, 9:00am to
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
"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
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:
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
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
Seasonal pick your own fruit - apples, strawberries,
Fresh Christmas Tree farm located on Sound Avenue,
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
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
Hockey League (NHL)
New York Rangers team.
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale -
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.
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
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
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:
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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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
Research Support Building, Bldg 400A, Brookhaven Avenue - Ext.
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
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
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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,
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