Patchogue revitalization seen as a model

Patchogue revitalization seen as a model

There are 15 comments on the Newsday story from Jan 24, 2008, titled Patchogue revitalization seen as a model. In it, Newsday reports that:

A walk down Patchogue's Main Street reveals a handful of empty storefronts, just like in other Long Island downtowns that were hurt when the big-box stores arrived.

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Barbara

Lake Worth, FL

#1 Jan 24, 2008
When is Riverhead going to get on the ball and revitalize the town as did Greenport and now Patchogue? They (the Town) seem to do a lot of planning, but with no substantial progress..
Pack em- in Pontieri

United States

#2 Jan 24, 2008
Pontieri saved Patchogue? Dont make me laugh. You want to thank someone for the theater,that would be Steve Keegan, former Mayor.
All Pack em'in Pontieri knows is how to increase density in an already dense affordable community. Cooper Bch sales have dropped because they can't fill the units. The next thing you know slumlords will be buying the units to fill.
Pontieri is all about photo opportunities. By the way, developers LOVE Pontieri. Why? Because everthing is pushed through the unqualified members of the Planning Board and ZBA. Regulatory review does not exist.
student in the area

Patchogue, NY

#3 Jan 24, 2008
I've been in Patchogue for the past 3 years and even in that short amount of time you can see a huge change. Main Street is looking better than it did 3 years ago. And I can only imagine before that.
john

Hopatcong, NJ

#4 Jan 24, 2008
In the stats following the story, does the non-white 31% include all the illegals? Just wondering.
born in patchogue

Medford, NY

#5 Jan 25, 2008
To correct the poster who said that copper beach had to drop their prices. You are wrong, they are all sold. The one that you are talking about are the condos at the end of South Ocean Avenue. Just to correct you. Go Mr Mayor. You are doing a great thing for our community. Some people are just jealous that they didn't think of these things.
moving to patchogue

South Ozone Park, NY

#6 Jan 27, 2008
My parents moved to E patchogue 3 years ago, and I too see a big difference since then. Ponteri has the right ideas to jump start this town, and now Bay Village (end of s ocean) is selling because the prices are where they should have been a year ago. However, they are not low where it would attract low income residents. There is only so much waterfront on LI, and Patchogue is a great spot. I expect the revitalization will be similar to a Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. It all takes time and with prices in the city and the Hamptons, I believe this is the right time for Patchogue.
Class of 1964

United States

#7 Jan 27, 2008
I graduated Patchogue High School in 1964. I remember growing up in Patchogue with great fondness - my late father, Irv, owned "Swankee Luncheonette" where I slaved on weekends and school vacations and my late mother shopped for the store in Bohacks and A&P. I even shopped in Blum's and had a major crush on Abe Siegel. Paul Pontieri lived down the street from me - what a surprise to see "Mayor" before his name!! I hope the village can regain its' glory of old - it faces the same challenges of many small villages who are beginning to disappear or fall to ruin. Living in Orange County, NY, I've seen it happen here and have also witnessed the rebirth of many of the villages. It is essential to restore and maintain them for the generations to come - for a sense of community, for the relationships formed while shopping in small stores where the owners and staff actually know your face and your size and treat you with respect, unlike the arrogant and uninformed sales help in most of the mall stores. So, good luck to all in revitalizing Patchogue - I wish you well.
guy

Landing, NJ

#8 Jan 28, 2008
Patchogue is looking much improved, the problem with the surrounding area of main street is the absent landlords who illegally sub divide there homes to accomodate say 3 or 4 apartments. A friend of mine is a broker in the area said Patchogue is slowly changing because people are gutting out the 3 apt's and making them into single family homes again. With this begins a positive cycle. Kudos for the mayor for trying to bring back a downtown, I hope his successor has the same drive and determination.
SouthShore

Addison, TX

#9 Jan 28, 2008
Patchogue will remain a dump till they get rid of the illegals.

Have a look at the school district scores....they suck!
DWW

New York, NY

#10 Jan 28, 2008
moving to patchogue wrote:
My parents moved to E patchogue 3 years ago, and I too see a big difference since then. Ponteri has the right ideas to jump start this town, and now Bay Village (end of s ocean) is selling because the prices are where they should have been a year ago. However, they are not low where it would attract low income residents. There is only so much waterfront on LI, and Patchogue is a great spot. I expect the revitalization will be similar to a Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. It all takes time and with prices in the city and the Hamptons, I believe this is the right time for Patchogue.
I totally agree, I'm close to the water. The place is blown up and if you don't believe it compare house values from 2000 to now, it has gained at a higher rate than most of the Island (from a friend who works in real estate. My house 2001, 270,000 now it would be 460,000 (with many improvements).
For the people who just love to bash away, have at it. You'll only be proven more wrong later.
Roslyn Resident

Port Washington, NY

#11 Jan 28, 2008
My husband and I "found" Patchogue this past summer. We love it! Living on the North Shore of Nassau County, few people have anything good to say about that area (or Suffolk in general), though most have never even been there. We are even thinking of semi-retiring there. The waterfront is beautiful and the ocean beaches are pristine. Main St. in the village has some very good restuarants we enjoy. Looking forward to watching the further revitalizition of this historic community.
Melissa

Morristown, NJ

#12 Feb 3, 2008
I have been hearing about the revitalization of Patchogue for too many years. Where's the progress? They always brag about the Patchogue Theatre restoration, but come on, it has been 10 years now. Theatre goers come for shows, maybe grab a bite to eat, then go home. There are still many vacant store fronts even in the downtown area and there are very few stores that are conducive to keeping patrons strolling around spending the day. So what's the difference between us and, say Sayville or Port Jeff? Look at the types of shops that are in those towns: one's that people can spend time at, multiple stores that draw people in, art galleries, sidewalks that are in good repair, corner walk signs that actually work, etc. Plus the idea of the artist village, The Advance had commentary about how that will make this town more like a Greenwich Village, a cultural arts center. This is a pipe dream. Look at what cultural arts areas have: easy transportation access, museums, artists already residing there creating their own community, art schools nearby, and much more.

I know I am sounding negative here, it just seems like there is so much talk and so little action in this town. I moved away from LI five years ago and moved back two months ago, Patchogue has not changed as a whole in that time. So, what is it? Local politicians getting in the way of progress yet still patting themselves on the back for the Theatre? This town has amazing potential, so what's the problem?
North of Sunrise

Port Washington, NY

#13 Feb 4, 2008
Melissa wrote:
I have been hearing about the revitalization of Patchogue for too many years. Where's the progress? They always brag about the Patchogue Theatre restoration, but come on, it has been 10 years now. Theatre goers come for shows, maybe grab a bite to eat, then go home. There are still many vacant store fronts even in the downtown area and there are very few stores that are conducive to keeping patrons strolling around spending the day. So what's the difference between us and, say Sayville or Port Jeff? Look at the types of shops that are in those towns: one's that people can spend time at, multiple stores that draw people in, art galleries, sidewalks that are in good repair, corner walk signs that actually work, etc. Plus the idea of the artist village, The Advance had commentary about how that will make this town more like a Greenwich Village, a cultural arts center. This is a pipe dream. Look at what cultural arts areas have: easy transportation access, museums, artists already residing there creating their own community, art schools nearby, and much more.
I know I am sounding negative here, it just seems like there is so much talk and so little action in this town. I moved away from LI five years ago and moved back two months ago, Patchogue has not changed as a whole in that time. So, what is it? Local politicians getting in the way of progress yet still patting themselves on the back for the Theatre? This town has amazing potential, so what's the problem?
Are you serious? Do you really live in Patchogue? To say it hasnt changed in 5 years is simply untrue. You obviously arent spending any time downtime and I'm willing to bet you live up north way out of the downtown area, and most likely never go there. Keep watching TV and hitting the mall, you exemplify the stereotypical Long Island who doesnt seek whats out there.
Melissa

Morristown, NJ

#14 Feb 4, 2008
North of Sunrise wrote:
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Are you serious? Do you really live in Patchogue? To say it hasnt changed in 5 years is simply untrue. You obviously arent spending any time downtime and I'm willing to bet you live up north way out of the downtown area, and most likely never go there. Keep watching TV and hitting the mall, you exemplify the stereotypical Long Island who doesnt seek whats out there.
No, actually I live on Main Street in an apartment above a business and I walk up and down the downtown area most days. Take a ride any day or evening through Patchogue and Sayville, and you tell me what a booming downtown looks like. I have lived in Suffolk County for 30 years and spent 5 years living in other parts of the country before coming back here two months ago. Better than it was 15 years ago? Absolutely. Patchogue is a great town but is far from revitalized and has no where reached it's potential.
Tom

Bronx, NY

#15 Feb 15, 2008
Melissa, you're right!Patchogue is a great town.I've been coming out here for a couple of years now and there has been many positive changes.Revitalization takes time,it doesn't happen over night.In about 4 years you're really going to see many of the projects that have been planned come to fruition.Stick around, you won't be disappointed.I plan on moving out here this summer.

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