$4,000 Sidewalk Madness on Herbert Street

$4,000 Sidewalk Madness on Herbert Street

Herbert Street residents facing sidewalk bills of $3000 to $4,000 dollars descended on city hall this evening to express their opinions on the matter. All the residents were unhappy that they were not notified by mail of the construction, or given an estimate of what their portion of the cost might be. Most were alsoContinue Reading

Beacon’s Parking Creep

Beacon’s Parking Creep

No, this is not about somebody lurking in the City’s parking lots. This is about why we feel the need to turn over more space in the city to put our cars while they’re not going anywhere. As reported here a while back, last year’s capital budget for the city set aside about a millionContinue Reading

Tune in and Get Grounded With Beacon Radio

Tune in and Get Grounded With Beacon Radio

Wigwam will go back to regular posting this Monday. Meanwhile, an exciting update from the folks at The Ground, Beacon’s Internet radio project. A Little About The Ground The Ground is an internet based community radio project in Beacon, NY. Giving voice to under-examined ideas, thoughts and action through music, art and conversation. The GroundContinue Reading

Node Will Host Crude Oil Pipeline Discussion at Newburgh Rowing Club

Node Will Host Crude Oil Pipeline Discussion at Newburgh Rowing Club

This Sunday, September 7, node  will host the art and activist project SeaChange, as it makes its way down river from Troy to New York City. Wigwam reported on node a while back, and it is going ahead full steam, with a change in location from the Long Dock building to the University Settlement Camp.Continue Reading

Latest Public Hearing on Airbnb Well Attended

Latest Public Hearing on Airbnb Well Attended

After perculating along for months with seemingly little interest from the public, the issue of Airbnb rentals in the City of Beacon has finally come to a bit of a boil. Although it wasn’t a complete sellout crowd at last night’s city council meeting, the so-called tourist home ordinance was the feature event of theContinue Reading

City Council Rushes Vote on Parking Garage Location

City Council Rushes Vote on Parking Garage Location

  Beacon’s city council voted 5-2 in favor of locating the parking garage on six acres of the former women’s prison. The remaining acreage, approximately 39 acres, is awaiting the release of a Request For Proposal from the State. Several council members appeared to vote yes based on safety concerns for highway department employees. TheContinue Reading

The Bridge Back To Beacon

The Bridge Back To Beacon

This is a follow-up to my last post, about my ferry commute to Newburgh on Tuesday morning. Because the ferry runs in the evening don’t start until 6pm, I decided to take a chance and see if the bridge bike path was open. It was. Next week I’ll probably start taking the bridge in theContinue Reading

An Intermodal Beacon Newburgh Ferry Ride

An Intermodal Beacon Newburgh Ferry Ride

I started a new job this week across the river in Newburgh. I don’t have a car, so I’ll be doing the 7-mile commute by bicycle, which is about 30-35 minutes each way at commuting pace. Because the work on the bike/pedestrian path on the Newburgh Beacon Bridge is undergoing repairs, I will be takingContinue Reading

A Sailing Opportunity

A Sailing Opportunity

The Vermont Sail Project is alive and well, and looking for two sailors. Harvest Sailing Ceres and her crew completed a second voyage down the Hudson earlier this summer, stopping in Mechanicville, Waterford, Troy, Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival in Croton-on-Hudson, and Nyack, among other ports. Now we’re looking ahead to next weekend’s Tugboat RoundupContinue Reading

Scenic Hudson Concerned With Power Line Proposal

Scenic Hudson Concerned With Power Line Proposal

Wigwam received this action alert from Scenic Hudson this morning: ACTION ALERT: Public Comments Needed by Friday, Aug. 29! The state Public Service Commission (PSC) has released a proposed outline for moving forward new transmission line projects. The proposal basically starts the whole process over—without addressing any concerns raised by the Hudson Valley Smart EnergyContinue Reading

Beacon Taxpayers Poised To Save Millions

Beacon Taxpayers Poised To Save Millions

At a city council workshop several weeks ago, a simple way to save hundreds of thousands of dollars was put on the table by the highway department. And at last Monday’s city council meeting, Wendell Energy Services, LLC, outlined a plan to install LED street lighting, which it says will significantly reduce operating costs forContinue Reading

Beacon Adds Walls to Windows

Beacon Adds Walls to Windows

While Windows on Main Street version 10 (aka WOMSX, which reads like a radio station call or radical women’s group), is set to kick off on August 9, several of Beacon’s walls got a makeover this past weekend, courtesy of artists Amanda Marie and X-O, aka Mando and Hyland. The works, on the side ofContinue Reading

Awnings & Bikes, Mid-Summer Weeds & Beer

Awnings & Bikes, Mid-Summer Weeds & Beer

  The city council workshop was Monday and it’s now Friday, and I’ve been trying to write the best ever blog post about awnings, and coming up short. And now I find out someone has already done a the best ever blog post about awnings! Bummer. Yes, it was another scintillating workshop session devoted inContinue Reading

Beacon Needs to Take Control of Former Prison Property

Beacon Needs to Take Control of Former Prison Property

As a cost-saving measure New York State has been closing prisons that it has determined are no longer essential. Our community was affected when the women’s correctional facility in Beacon was closed last September. There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, July 29, at 6:30pm at Beahive, 291 Main Street (South Brett), to discussContinue Reading

Peoples Bicycle Opens On Main Street

Peoples Bicycle Opens On Main Street

Peoples Bicycle has been around in Beacon since 2009, first at a small space on South Chestnut, and more recently at an expansive warehouse location on Maple Street. After one and a half years of planning and engineering and structural repairs and build-out, this past Second Saturday marked the establishment’s arrival on Main Street proper,Continue Reading

Strawberry Moons, Shorter Days, Seafood, & Casinos

Strawberry Moons, Shorter Days, Seafood, & Casinos

Maybe from the title of this post you guessed that there was no city council meeting this week—only four per month allowed. So we’ll catch up on a few things, for those who care to follow a summer ramble… Friday, June 13 was the night of the Strawberry Moon, the Algonquin name for the  fullContinue Reading

Food Truck Update: Plan D Now in Effect

Food Truck Update: Plan D Now in Effect

  Well, it was tasty while it lasted, but Beacon’s only food truck will be offline again after this weekend, only a week since opening its windows for business at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. It appears that our fearless entrepreneurs may have been hoping for the best rather than dotting all the i’s andContinue Reading

Riverkeeper Sues Over Crude Oil Expansion In Albany

Riverkeeper Sues Over Crude Oil Expansion In Albany

  From the Riverkeeper newsletter: When it comes to protecting the environment and the public from the risks of crude oil transport along the Hudson, we mean business. That’s why Riverkeeper, along with four other environmental and community organizations, filed suit against the New York Department of Environmental Conservation June 9. Riverkeeper and Waterkeeper Alliance,Continue Reading

Beacon’s Historic Tioronda Bridge Lost To Neglect

Beacon’s Historic Tioronda Bridge Lost To Neglect

  Monday’s City of Beacon council meeting may have been the death knell for one of Beacon’s historic treasures. Just before the vote for consideration of a resolution to authorize submission of a funding application for the planning of the new South Avenue Bridge, council member Charles Kelly asked about the old bridge’s trusses, whichContinue Reading

Not Too Late For Summer Camp!

Not Too Late For Summer Camp!

  The three best things about being a teacher may be June, July, and August, but what’s a working couple to do with junior all summer long? Fear not! Send her to Common Ground Farm summer camp for a week or three. There are still a few openings available for weeks in late June, July,Continue Reading

New City of Beacon Website to Launch This Week

New City of Beacon Website to Launch This Week

  Those attending last night’s city council meeting got a preview of Beacon’s latest online presence. The team from the Dutchess County Office of Central and Information Services (OCIS) that designed the website took the crowd through its main features.  Tim Mahler, commissioner of the OCIS, said it is expected to be live within theContinue Reading

Ceremony Dedicating Park To Pete and Toshi Held At Strawberry Festival

Ceremony Dedicating Park To Pete and Toshi Held At Strawberry Festival

  Toward the end of a blue sky day for the Strawberry Festival at the Beacon waterfront, the remaining crowd gathered around the center stage to participate in the dedication of the park in memory of Pete and Toshi Seeger. Local and State politicians spoke about the couple’s lives and their passions, and how theyContinue Reading

Airbnb Regulations Getting Convoluted Fast

Airbnb Regulations Getting Convoluted Fast

  Meet Homeowner Example A, a family with a nice three-bedroom house in Beacon. They also have a vacation home in the Berkshires. On weekends when they head north, they rent out their Beacon house to tourists via a listing on Airbnb, using the extra income to splurge at Smokers Mecca. 271 feet away isContinue Reading

Beacon Food Truck Finds Success With Plan C

Beacon Food Truck Finds Success With Plan C

  First they tried a zoning variance. Then they applied for a vendor permit. Today The Beacon Bite opened up several feet from the Hudson River, at Scenic Hudson’s Long Dock Park. They are still waiting to hear about a permit from the city, and are also standing by as the city council considers adaptingContinue Reading

Rebirthed Beacon’s  Quaint Make-Over Rediscovered by New York Times!

Rebirthed Beacon’s Quaint Make-Over Rediscovered by New York Times!

  Look, the New York Times mentions Beacon! Here we go again, with the Times announcing our rediscovery, our rebirth, our make-over. These bits of journalistic cotton candy have been spun out with minor variations every two or three years for at least the past decade. Here’s one from 2007, when Clara Gould actually wasContinue Reading