07/09/15 2:35pm
07/09/2015 2:35 PM
(Credit: Tim Gannon)

An art gallery is proposed on this plot between Haiku and Barth’s Drug Store on E. Main Street. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

A proposal from more than 10 years ago to build an art gallery with artist lofts in downtown Riverhead is still alive, according to architect Martin Sendlewski, who represents a pair of renown sculptors proposing the project.

Sculptor Giancarlo Biagi and his business partner Jill Burkee are planning to build a three-story building on the empty lot in between Barth’s Drug Store and Haiku in downtown Riverhead. (more…)

06/26/15 5:59am
06/26/2015 5:59 AM
BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.

BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO | The Peconic River boardwalk that runs along the East Main Street parking lot.Could

The state of “progress” in downtown Riverhead is often discussed but hard to pin down: crime rears its head now and again, vacant storefronts still dot Main Street and a short drive to the railroad station area — or even the Main Street area — at any time of year can reveal a homeless population living in the shadows.

On the other hand, it would be disingenuous to discount some of the anchor projects that have come to Main Street in recent years and subsequently drawn other businesses and investments to town. (more…)

10/20/14 9:00am
10/20/2014 9:00 AM
Brian Gurley behind the counter at the soon-to-open "Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza" in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Brian Gurley behind the counter at the soon-to-open “Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza” in downtown Riverhead. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Brian Gurley is hoping the people of eastern Long Island, long-accostumed to the convenience of gooey, piping hot to-go pizzas, will embrace a West Coast approach to takeout.

His venture, Two Brothers Take and Bake Pizza, is expected to open on East Main Street in Riverhead by the end of the month, he said. Unlike a traditional New York pizzeria, the eatery makes fresh, uncooked pies to be cooked at home or frozen for later.

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10/08/14 2:42pm
10/08/2014 2:42 PM
Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has "all the components."

Michael Butler, managing partner with Woolworth Revitalization, LLC, said Riverhead has “all the components.” (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Michael Butler and his wife launched an environmentally sustainable eco-lodge in the Costa Rican rainforest 13 years ago, so opening 19 units of affordable housing on East Main Street in Riverhead doesn’t seem quite as daunting.

“That’s why this doesn’t seem as crazy, right?” he said (more…)