The Stony Brook Village Center, located at Main Street on the Harbor, is the creation of philanthropist Ward Melville and was recognized as the first planned business center in the United States. Its many unique features include a sweeping village green and crescent shaped design. In its early years, the American Institute of Architects hosted an annual conference in Stony Brook to meet with Mr. Melville and study his creation. The eagle on the Post Office pediment flaps its wings every hour on the hour from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily as it has done for 75 years. It continues to welcome thousands of visitors to the village center’s specialty shops and restaurants.