The great Cap’n Transit wrote a blog post on the virtues of lowering the floor of the Haverstraw rail tunnel, which is seen by State officials (and the CSX freight rail company) as the biggest impediment to restore passenger rail services on the West Shore Line. … More Lower the Floor in the Haverstraw Tunnel?
I love the Haverstraw – Our Hometown Facebook page. It features several discussions on the history of Haverstraw and brief accounts of life in the Village, today and in the past. Renee, a member of the page recently gave an account of her experience while visiting Downtown Haverstraw. She describes perfectly the relationship between density … More A Facebook Vignette: Urban v. Suburban
The Concept: Haverstraw Notes Local currency is a powerful, local economic development engine. The problem with national currency like the U.S. Dollar is that value is quite often removed from a local economy, as that value is transferred to national retailers (chains) or is spent elsewhere, in other communities. By creating a local currency system … More Haverstraw Village Local Currency Plan
The Short and Long Clove of southern Haverstraw has some interesting roots . . . … More What’s in a Name?: “Short [and] Long Clove”
Anthony Bourdain’s take on the Hudson Valley by boat, and by multi-day feast. … More Tony Bourdain’s Take on the Hudson Valley
Local photographer Thomas McGuire captures Haverstraw from atop High Tor Mountain. High Tor towers above the Village of Haverstraw, which is nestled between the base of the peak and the Hudson River. Photo #2 is the old Haverstraw High School, today Haverstraw Middle School, seen from above – the school is celebrating its 75th Anniversary … More Scenes from on High
The myths and secrets about economic growth, revitalization, real estate and change in urban areas are plentiful. One way to understand how your community might develop into one of those places you’ve dreamed of living in and why certain places ascend, and other places decline, it helps to read works by the top experts in the field. … More How to Spark a Downtown Renaissance
I have been both amazed and frustrated by the recent “national conversation” on high speed rail. Never before in the history of these United States has transportation (especially railroads) become part of the partisan divide. It seems the R’s need more issues to fight over with the D’s; and where are the I’s in all … More Our History of Trains
I have to applaud Levi’s for taking on this issue. For years, I have been explaining to friends, family, and neighbors that a place like Haverstraw is exciting. It’s a blank canvas, cast in a light that’s filled with incredible history, with which any “pioneer” can make a name for himself/herself. Haverstraw is a place … More There Are Frontiers All Around Us
Haverstraw, N.Y. Built on Brick T-shirts for sale for $15. Canvas tote bags are $5. Order one today! … More Haverstraw Gear!
There’s something about old fashioned communities that attracts so many of us. What is it exactly? Can you pinpoint that special something about Nyack, or Piermont, or Hoboken, or Brooklyn, or . . . HaverstrawVillage that creates excitement, the platform for a thriving community? … More Built to Last
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 … More Julie Andrews and Bing Crosby in “High Tor”
The New York Times has released a fairly interesting article on the revival of cottage industry, which has begun to meld with the world of high-fashion and high-design. Rural Craft is the new “it” for urban dwellers these days. . . and chic is more and more looking like it’s beyond passe. But in all … More Shouldn’t We Bring Cottage Industry to Haverstraw?
Much has been said, filmed, recorded, and written about High Tor Mountain since it was first spotted by Henry Hudson’s crew (and before that, maybe Verazzano’s crew, and before that Native Americans. . .). High Tor Mountain is the crowning peak of the Palisades Escarpment, the network of volcanic rock cliffs and peaks that extends … More The Palisades’ Majestic Crown. . . High Tor
I’m sure you did not know that Haverstraw was the site of the second Communist experiment in the United States. It all happened during a few short months in the summer of 1826. … More Haverstraw’s Hammer and Sickle ☭