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Comment Archives: stories: HV Towns: Beacon

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

I grew up in Beacon, back when the hat factory was on East Main by the dummy light. My family lived in Mt. Beacon Park, in the south edge of town, just under Mt.Beacon. my father bought one of the first homes for sale there. we used to go blackberry picking in the fields near home that became another subdivision sometime in my adult life (right near Craighouse, the famous mental institution).
When i was young if it snowed too much on Sunday my mother would bundle my little sister and I up and pull us to church on Liberty Street on a wood sled.
My sister and I walked to Grants on Main Street, a mile and a half away. That was back when Beacon had a ski lodge and I vaguly remember taking a ride on the incline railway before it stopped running.
I remember Main Street with its boarded up buildings, dive bars and rundown apartments.
Memories. I would not recognize my hometown now. Most of the old victorian homes are still there, some converted into apartments. The old high school still stands, last i knew it was some arts thing.
Fancy restaurants, gift shops, juice bars line main street now.

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Posted by cathiemarie on 05/21/2019 at 8:12 PM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

One of the happiest days of my life was the day my wife and I moved out of Beacon. We tried to make it work there for 3 miserable years until we finally got smart and left that dumpster fire of a town in the dust.

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Posted by Michael McGee on 05/03/2019 at 1:34 AM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

Thank God I left NY....thanks so much for good times as well the bad, it's all written down in my written account of a Little town called beacon by the Hudson River...toodles!

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Posted by O.P. on 05/02/2019 at 1:18 AM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

It could be said that the "New Beacon Theatre" is a result of citizens pushing back. Story Screen wasn't even in the picture when a group of concerned citizens organized by BeaconArts (then BeaconArts board members Scott Tillitt, Terry Nelson and myself) met with the developer; when in tandem with Cabot Parsons/CityArts we held a development forum relative to the the Theatre at BEAHIVE; and when we created a community poll asking what our community wanted for the Theatre and for a vibrant Main Street. I still have the results which were presented at multiple City Council meetings. Sure, there was room set aside for some sort of theatrical space (a community room if you will), but I believe that because there was respectful dialogue with the developer, and because it was clear that the community would support an endeavor beyond what was being presented, something really great came about. I think we all agree that the result is a good one, and that mixed use development with an arts-related component is a good fit for our beloved city. My overarching point is that by engaging positively with a developer, we can make a difference. I am disappointed that this opinion piece frames current development as "making a killing" when some of the major developers in town all moved here long before many of the folks who are reading this article, and these developers all plan to stay - they have skin in the game and love Beacon just as much as anyone. I say let's engage and have a dialogue (whether at a Planning Board meeting or in a bar or at a gallery opening), and continue to emphasize our values, hopes and dreams. There has been so much rancor, trolling, and insidious suggestions that politicians are "on the take" by so many; the negativity is palpable, and not good for our community - I realize that some of it is due to current discourse at the national level, but I think we are better than that. So, let's be positively pro-active and understand that maybe a project that is causing an uproar CAN possibly become something good.

As a reminder Brian PJ Cronin's writing on this very subject -…

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Posted by Kelly Ellenwood on 05/01/2019 at 5:11 PM

Re: “Development in the Spotlight: Beacon, NY

I think a theater for youth performances as well as an outdoor area for like old movies at dusk would befit that thriving area.

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Posted by teasea37 on 05/01/2019 at 1:48 PM

Re: “The New Face of Beacon

Beacon is great but it would be wonderful to see a story about how Beacon locals are being priced out by the city's renovation.

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Posted by Beacon Cit on 05/10/2014 at 11:17 AM

Re: “In with the Old, In with the New

The author confuses the east and west ends of Beacon. Dia is in the east end, and the Roundhouse is in the east end.

Posted by Stowe Boyd on 10/21/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Local Notables: George Mansfield and Tom Schmitz

Top notch joint operated by a couple of real nice guys, a very welcome addition to our town- great food and music to boot- not sure how we existed without them!

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Posted by Mary St John on 05/01/2013 at 9:40 AM

Re: “River Towns: Holiday Shopping Guide

The Bruised Apple is possibly the greatest bookstore in the Hudson Valley.

Posted by Brian K. Mahoney on 11/20/2012 at 4:25 PM

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