I am sad to report that the Bricktown Brewery at 4 Main Street shuttered its doors in the shadows of the worsening local and national economy. The restaurant had a good 5-year run in the Village, attracting new faces to the downtown that had yet to experience Haverstraw. Haverstraw eateries and stores have been hard-pressed in recent years to attract enough patrons to make their businesses viable. The Iron Horse antiques store was the last business to shut its doors on Main Street, following Chadia’s Home Furnishings. The Riverstone Antiques Center at the Stone Building aside the Village Hall has also closed shop, citing difficult economic times.
Haverstraw needs to attract new patrons that are willing to return with more business. Many patrons of Bricktown Brewery cite crime as the major deterrent. Patrons feel uncomfortable knowing that drug and crime problems plague the downtown. I recently have had conversations with many Haverstraw downtown patrons, trying to find the key to a lasting downtown revitalization. How did Nyack work? How has Greenwich Village, Brooklyn, and even Asbury Park turned into havens of artists, intellectuals, and young families? Haverstraw is missing that key. We must ban together to find the key to a vibrant, lasting downtown Haverstraw.