Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Eternal Hum: PlattInfo Kiosk


Years ago a number of informational kiosks were placed around Plattsburgh City and now they're obsolete, half-dead.  The screens are blank but this one keeps humming and rusting away.  A reminder of taxpayer dollars wasted.

Balloons Raised Corner To Corner


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Red balloons floated in the air above the Durkee Street parking lot during the noon hour. Down below protesters and counter-protesters displayed their signs, two sides of the issue on redevelopment of the parking lot.

Plattsburgh Citizens Coalition (PCC) raised the helium-filled balloons to demonstrate approximately how tall the proposed Prime Plattsburgh LLC building will be if built. Positions were taken at each spot where a corner would sit.

PCC is not against redevelopment. They think that citizens haven't been given enough voice in the choices made with the Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) grant money awarded by New York State. They believe the building project being pushed by the city is a bad fit downtown, too big and taking up too much space.

Each balloon was raised by string coiled around a tube. Each tube was marked where the balloon should be raised and how high a corner would be.

PCC members displayed their VOTE NO ON PRIME placards that matched their red shirts. The counter-protesters held up their yellow signs: Support Progress VOTE YES ON PRIME. City employees and councilors were among this group.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Goldenrod Gone And Also Visitors

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Last weekend some volunteers joined together to clean up downtown, removing weeds from sidewalk and curb cracks. A commendable job but in one case the cleanup went too far.

For weeks I've been photographing various insects visiting the goldenrod flowers at Macdonough Monument. The other day I went back and the goldenrod was missing.

I suspect a cleanup crew tore up the goldenrod thinking it was ragweed or that goldenrod caused allergies. Ragweed produces allergens, not goldenrod.

A variety of insects were visiting the goldenrod cluster for nectar and pollen. Now that source is gone.

So check out a plant before you uproot it. And when it comes to nasty plants that should be removed watch out for wild parsnip. The plant creates a sap that when mixed with sunlight on bare skin produces severe burns. Have someone familiar with the plant remove it.

And leave the goldenrod alone.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Flock Keeps Growing

Today saw another sunny afternoon, perfect for local artists to keep adding to the bird mural in downtown Plattsburgh City.  More info:


Art For The Birds

 A selection of avian images from Outdoor Art's latest mural.  More info in previous posts.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Bird Is The Word 2


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Work continued on the bird mural with the help of Plattsburgh State international student volunteers. The weather cooperated with sunny skies but cooler temps. More info:

Monday, August 17, 2020

Bird Is The Word

Amy Guglielmo gives life to a barren Jersey barrier.

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As soon as the bright sun cleared the rainy sky a trio of local artists started on a new wall mural, the latest in a series sponsored by Outside Art: Plattsburgh Art Project.  This one will feature birds of the world.  The work includes sprucing up a concrete barrier in the same driveway.  For more info:

With sturdy scaffolding Gharan Burton creates the tree pattern.

Kristen Larkin adds her touch to the project in progress.

Night Colors

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Saturday, August 15, 2020

New Mural, New Layer

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With scaffolding and an extra long roller local artist Gharan Burton adds the background layer to an upcoming mural.  The wall facing City Hall Place will be painted with a variety of birds.  The project is sponsored by Outdoor Art: Plattsburgh Art Project.  More info at .

Perfectly Practical

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For years this stairway has sat behind the Gateway Building in the Durkee Street parking lot.  As you can see it provides practical access to Broad Street.  When a small project ends up this way I have doubts about a large one like the proposed Prime Plattsburgh LLC project that would displace convenient parking in the Durkee Street lot for an apartment complex.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Sign Change

Apparently in response to criticism the sidewalk sign for outdoor seating has been changed.  The blue tape covers up the notice that bicycles should not be on the sidewalk but in the street bike lane -- which was nonsensical since the concrete barriers that section off the alfresco dining area block the lane.

Plattsburgh City Smart. [TM]

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

Bike Lane? What Bike Lane!?

City Well To Reopen As Three-In-One Location

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Renovations are underway at 30 City Hall Place to include two more businesses that will support each other during this time of concurrent pandemic and economic crises.

Previously the location operated as City Well, a spot for events and artwork displays. City Well will continue but will share the main space with Chapter One Coffee & Tea.

Co-owners Chris Rosenquest and Tracy Vicory-Rosenquest operated Chapter One at the Plattsburgh Public Library, its hours restricted by when the library was open. Tracy said they loved their experience at PPL but the new location will allow the cafe to be open longer hours, seven days a week. She said City Well events will sometimes overlap with her business.

The Z Group Real Estate is the third business to open at 30 Hall Place. Principal Broker and Owner, Zach Latinville, says information about his services can be found at

Tracy hopes Chapter One will open in the next week or so. The new location will feature outdoor seating that I've noted won't block the bike lane.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Squeeze Play

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In a previous post I discussed how the bike lanes on City Hall Place were blocked by concrete barriers put in to section off outdoor restaurant seating.

As you can see from the above image the bike lane in front of the Pepper comes to a sudden dead end.

In this photo someone did the right thing, having the concrete barriers placed to leave the bike lane open in front of 30 City Hall Place. As you can see in the background Irises' outdoor seating blocks the bike lane, creating a potential squeeze play for cyclists and traffic.

I hope no one gets hurt. It can still be dicey when the bike lanes are open. Now the chances are increased for an accident.