A stroll around Babylon Village on any weekday afternoon is enjoyable for many reasons. First off, you don’t have to go more than a block if you’re looking for good food and welcoming spirits. There’s always some activity happening at a vacant storefront, and business district retailers are always changing window displays and doing unique events to attract customers.
In snapping some shots for Patch’s continuing ‘Visions of Vacancies’ series, I met up with a local architectural drafter who’s busy on plans for a potential new business for the Railroad Avenue building that once housed Gyro, a Greek restaurant, and a bar, near the train station. While he wouldn’t divulge any specifics, it’s an encouraging that vacant storefronts are continually attracting new interest.
The same is happening down on the waterfront as there is reportedly an application being readied on a new restaurant for the former Hook eatery, which closed about six months ago.
The Tidewater Grill & Tavern, on the corner of DPA and Main, will soon be serving food at its service bar after getting conditional approval from village officials. While a request to offer Karaoke entertainment was denied, the new tavern will now be able to showcase a live musician.
Further north on Deer Park Avenue the new Monsoon restaurant is attracting lots of talk given several ‘soft’ openings it's held for friends and families. It’s also reportedly opening to the public on some nights leading up to its official debut on February 24. Early reviews from patrons are very positive about the food and what one reader described as “Manhattan ambiance.”
If you happen to see a crowd streaming into village hall on February 21 it’s likely taxpayers aiming to get tax bills lowered on the annual Grievance Day. Taxpayers can plead their case between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the upstairs conference room.
Patch is always looking for unique facts about the village and discovered this one: Did you know that once the beautification effort gets going there will be 900 hanging baskets of flowers hung on 510 light poles in the village?
And last, but definitely not least as Patch is a huge fan, Aaron Stein’s AroundBabylon Facebook/blog now boasts its own official business card. In a posting Stein explains he had the cards printed up to help interested new readers find his blog on the Internet. Very nice idea and a very nice card!