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Delicious food, fine art and world renowned musicians are pairing together Friday night, June 1st from 5pm to 10pm at Bella Rose Café in Haverstraw. The fine art is by Maureen Plainfield, a local photographer who sat in the front window of Bella Rose from 8am-5pm one day and photographed the world inside and outside Bella Rose. Appropriately enough, that is the name of her exhibit “Bella Rose – inside and out” and her photography will be on display and for sale Friday evening. But Maureen admits that as much as she loves photography, she also appreciates fine food and likes to rave about the Bella Rose cuisine. “My absolute favorite at Bella Rose is the calamari prepared to a golden brown with Fra Diavolo sauce, if you have not tasted it, you must,” said Maureen, who added that the burgers and soup are also some of her favorites. (more…)
The following guest post is authored by Jonathan M. Solis, a Haverstraw Village resident and local entrepreneur. Jonathan created Local Roamer, a local business discount platform, and NutraSol Natural Center (a health food center); Jonathan hopes to eventually open a branch of NutraSol in the Village.
I’ve always said that Haverstraw is a gold mine and it is evident with the amount of new businesses arising in the area. Entrepreneurs are beginning to see the potential in this little village just north of New York City and it is our responsibility as residents of Haverstraw and Rockland County as a whole, to support these businesses and buy local. However, I sometimes feel that we take these local mom and pop shops for granted. Sometimes we overlook the importance of these businesses and the role they play in the lives of local residents in the area.
Just think of the convenience these local businesses offer the Village of Haverstraw. Whether you need to buy some groceries at the local Bodega, need to take your kids to the doctor, or you have to pick up your prescription from the local pharmacy, everything you need is right there close-by and all in walking distance for those who live in the village. Now imagine how much harder things will be for the locals if those businesses didn’t exist. It would be more difficult and more expensive to have to travel a farther distance to get the goods and services elsewhere. (more…)
Tags: DMU, Haverstraw, NJT, railbus, railcar, Rockland, Secaucus, trains, West Shore Railroad
Passenger trains last rumbled through the Village of Haverstraw in the early 1950s. Since then, the area has become more and more reliant on autombiles. The only transportation options other than car are buses to other parts of Rockland County and to the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan or the ferry service to Ossining, where MetroNorth trains are available to Grand Central Terminal. Politicians have made numerous calls for reinstated passenger rail service on the West Shore Line over the past 60 years. One option that they haven’t considered is employing a railbus, otherwise known as a ‘railcar’ system on the West Shore line into Secaucus, New Jersey. (more…)
A new documentary by Gary Hustwit (Helvetica and Objectified) explores the changes happening to our cities, villages, and other settlements. The world is urbanizing and the places that do it well will ultimately win. Places with the best quality of life and the best urban environments (all places are ultimately “urban,” even suburb and rural places: remember that) for its citizens will attract the most people and have the most vibrant economies.
Tags: Chelsea, Downtown, Haverstraw, Hudson River, Hudson Valley, New York, New York City, New York Region, urban, village of haverstraw, West Village
“We realized that if we were going to live in NYC it would have be in the West Village or Chelsea or something. Obviously, that’s cost prohibitive. So, we just decided to live in Haverstraw.” — Anonymous Brooklyn Transplant
Tags: Architecture, construction, demolition, historic, History, Hudson River, Hudson Valley, New York, old buildings, preservation, save building, save history, village of haverstraw
“When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our fathers did for us.’” — John Ruskin
We can’t replace the craftsmanship of historic buildings, so why should we ever tear them down? We have already lost so much of our past in America.
Believe it or not, HaverstrawLife.com has been up and running for five years! The blog went online back in February 2006, just as the revitalization in Haverstraw Village was gaining steam. Together, we’ve been through some great and hard times. A new neighborhood has blossomed on the South End and we’ve welcomed a number of new residents to the Village. We’ve also struggled through the Great Recession, hopefully re-emerging stronger than before. The future remains bright. We have a lot to look forward to over the next five years, such as a new ferry terminal at the base of Main Street, new restaurants and shops, a streetscape renovation, and the commercial and residential growth of our downtown and waterfront. If you’re a regular reader, feel free to contact me with suggestions or ideas for future HaverstrawLife posts. Keep reading and stay engaged!
Tags: $15, $5, brick, built on brick, Haverstraw, New York, represent, shirt, sustainability, t, t shirt, tote bage, tshirt, Village, village of haverstraw
Haverstraw, N.Y. Built on Brick. It’s time to show your pride for the Village with an authentic, Printed in Rockland T-shirt. I also have canvas tote bags with the same logo printed on them available. T-shirts are $15 and tote bags are $5. Please, feel free to comment below or email me with your name, address, phone, and size request. I will email you back with payment information. Spread the word too! This is a great way to represent and market Haverstraw to those who are currently unaware of how amazing the Village is and how great it will be in the future. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my cell at (845) 548-5524.
Tags: development, Downtown, haverstraw village, Hudson River, new urbanism, planning, smart growth, Urban Planning
Haverstraw is in dire need of an open, transparent, integrated, and sustainability-focused (that’s economic, environmental, and social) planning process. Here’s an explanation of how planning should be done. We have the technology these days to make this a reality. We need a smart plan and vision to guide Haverstraw’s growth and prosperity.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, author, poet, reporter and lyricist Maxwell Anderson, came to the aid of High Tor Mountain in 1936 when he wrote an immensely popular verse play of the same name, “High Tor.” The United States Traprock Company was interested in purchasing the peak at the time and planned to remove the rear side of the mountain for the aggregate it contained. Traprock, now called Tilcon, had already tore down the peak directly south of High Tor. Anderson wove an intricate tale of bribery and the supernatural and eventually prompted the Palisades Interstate Park Commission to save the mountain from industry shovels. The story, as told by the Dramatists Play Service, begins as follows:
Tags: Haverstraw Now, haverstraw village, Word Cloud
Tags: community, community activism, David Martinez, farmers market, haverstraw village, Haverstraw's Harvest, healthy eating, Hudson River, Hudson Valley, local food, local produce, slow food, union restaurant, volunteers
Chef David Martinez walked over from Union Restaurant to deliver an inspiring demonstration of cooking with hyperlocal produce from the Farmer’s Market itself. David cooked amidst narration from a market volunteer and cheers from the market audience. This was a great and uplifting experience.
And through the ages of Impermanence
Through nations: rise and fall
Through long and short winters
The taste of Constancy has riddled our tongues
We have built our cities on a Constant Shore
We’ve driven the moorings deep
We’ve hung the heavy doors
Of Civilization, of Art, of Sanctity
Yes, we have built our city on the shore
So sure the waves would only offer sleep
Sure our White Cliffs offer support
And what’s more than the waters of the shore?
Seem to slowly creep to the feet of our beds
Creep into our lungs
Creep into our heads
Our cliffs fall into the sea
And what’s more than the waters of our shore?
As constant as the exhalent the neighbor seethes
As midnight black as the Back Country of Pennsylvania
Of Bethlehem, strong as steel
Of New York or London, weak-kneed by the soot
Main Street straddles the waterline
This is fine, of course, as long as there is Sanctity.
And the Maples have gone north to find their sanity
And the taste of constancy has gone quite awfully sour
We have built our cities on a Constant Shore
And by the end of the shortest winter of them all
The ocean licks the feet of our beds
Mariella’s Pizzeria, owned and managed by Allessandro Gambino and his family, has been serving oven-hot slices for almost two years now, and in that time the restaurant has become a Village staple. Mr. Gambino came to the U.S. in 1969 from Palermo, Italy on the island of Sicily. “I came when I was 16 years old,” he said in his heavy Sicilian accent. Subsequently, Gambino has been in the Italian food business for over 33 years. He has over five restaurants and pizzerias under his belt, and there are several “Mariella’s” restaurants still operating to this day, including the famed restaurants in New City and the Whitestone neighborhood of Queens. In total, there have been 9 Mariella’s Restaurants opened by Gambino; the Haverstraw location is now the only one owned by the Gambino family. (more…)