Visit the Haverstraw Farmers Market. … More Haverstraw’s Farmers Market
As part of the Keep Rockland Beautiful-sponsored Great American Cleanup 2013, we will meet for a few hours in the Village (Downtown and the Greenway) to do some spring cleaning. … More Great American Cleanup 2013
Governor Cuomo released renderings of his proposed mega bridge. … More Monster Bridge + Ghost Train
The article confidently declares that Westchester Hudson River villages of Hastings, Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Irvington and the like are becoming enclaves of that same Bohemian lifestyle that brought downtrodden Brooklyn back to life. This article is particularly sad because it fully ignores these towns’ history, while somehow comparing the “transformation” of these places to Brooklyn. The villages mentioned in the article are some of the whitest, wealthiest, and most educated zip codes in North America . . . before the word “hipster” existed. This is nothing like Brookyn’s transformation – in fact, it is astroturf.
“Welcome to hipsturbia,” indeed. … More NY Times Declares Hudson River Towns “Hipsturbia”
Jakriborg, Sweden, a medieval village of 500 families and a major tourism destination can fit within a relatively small area in the Village of Haverstraw. Such an exercise in scale really shows how zoning can have such a major impact on the built environment and the economy. How many Jakriborgs can your town fit? Better … More Visualizing Scale & Density
If you haven’t yet done so, please sign the petition to boost the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry schedule. Currently, the ferry only runs for commuters in the morning and evening. The ferry should be expanded to include midday, late night, and weekends. When this happens, Haverstraw will become another major node in the extensive regional transportation network. … More Sign the Petition! Boost the Ferry!
Google, NY Waterway, and the MTA MetroNorth Railroad have finally heeded my repeated requests to have the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry schedule added to Google Transit Directions! Enjoy using the transit app now; Haverstraw is finally and legitimately linked to the region.
Tactical Urbanism is a new phase of downtown citizen activism, where residents take matters into their own hands and reclaim the streets for people. Would something similar work along Main, New Main, or Broadway in downtown Haverstraw? … More Tactical Urbanism in Haverstraw?
I stared writing a monthly column in the Rockland County Times called “Reconnecting Rockland.” In it I focus on planning, engineering, real estate development, and architecture issues that are facing the County. Check out Part 1 and Part 2, aptly named “Back to Our Roots.” … More “Reconnecting Rockland” Column in the Rockland County Times
The North Rockland Cash Mob started with a flash. Local resident Ellen Donovan contacted me via Facebook to get a local cash mob initiative launched and generating buzz. Well, the mob is buzzing. Now over 700 members in size, and growing by the hundreds each day, the North Rockland Cash Mob is becoming, well, unruly. … More Get Your Mob Gear Ready . . .
The waterfront promenade, currently stretching from Warren Avenue to the old chair factory peninsula and from the edge of the Tilcon rock quarry to the ferry landing, is about to grow. … More Waterfront Promenade is About to Double in Size
Governor Cuomo has worked with the federal government to “fast track” the Tappan Zee Bridge replacement environmental review. Planning will speed along and the project could be ready for groundbreaking by fall 2012. No funding sources have been secured. Rockland County and Westchester County residents were shocked to learn that the originally planned-for mass transit … More TZB Transit Alternative: Expand Ferry Service
Jane Jacobs was one of the first writers to document the effects of cars on urban fabric. By “urban,” I mean “old-fashioned” or traditional towns and downtowns. Densely populated cities and villages throughout the United States were beginning to take steps to incorporate automobiles into the built environment. Planners and politicians began to see parking … More How or Why Cars Erode Cities & Villages
Wouldn’t it be great if a resident or a visitor to the Village of Haverstraw could walk, jog or bike to the Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center? … More Downtown2Garner: An Art-focused Pedestrian Path