In an application considered at a recent New Paltz Village Planning Board meeting, owner Mike Beck is seeking to expand the cramped kitchen of the restaurant by pushing into the adjacent barbershop, as well as create a prep kitchen underneath the dining area, which presently hangs over two parking spots around back.
While the new wing is barely visible from Main Street and completely hidden from South Manheim Boulevard, it’s not at all small.
Yet another problem of Epimethean proportions now plagues the slow-speed construction of 51 Main Street in New Paltz, and for this one owner Dimitri Viglis is seeking intervention by village trustees, requesting the right to install an underground propane tank within three feet of a village-owned parking lot.
“I hope you don’t mourn the passing of these smelly, dingy saloons,” Bobby Downs wrote on Facebook. “They lived lives created from the music and energy swirling within. They marked time and created indelible memories.”
New Paltz School District residents who feel that the swift replacement of the middle school principal represented a missed opportunity are, in the week of still more administrative openings, redoubling their efforts to inject transparency into the hiring process.
Owners of Bangkok Cafe, at 119 Main Street in New Paltz, are petitioning to have the property’s special-use permit changed from restaurant to bar. That would mean later hours and louder music, which doesn’t thrill people who live close by.
The system, which allows users without coins to pay for their parking using their smartphones, is already in use in Kingston.
The Elting Library had a Stakeholders’ Day on June 26 in which small groups of two to four people from different segments of the community met with a consultant architect to share ideas in preparation for renovating the library.
An attorney from the hauler Waste Management said the law, which requires all New Paltz residents to receive trash pickup from another hauler. County Waste, may not be legal because it amounts to a franchise, the proper process for that wasn’t followed. The mayor disagrees. “Imagine if losers of all our various publicly bid projects just used their muscle to intimidate when they weren’t awarded contracts because they bid too high,” he said.
Adelante Student Voices — adelante meaning “moving forward” — is a program and support system for undocumented high school students who wish to continue their education, but aren’t sure how to go about that.