The History of Amann’s Cigar Store – by P. Loatman

A few years ago, movie critics were raving about the originality of a Harvey Keitel film that  captured a “slice of life” by viewing a 24-hour day through the eyes of a Brooklyn cigar store proprietor.  “Artistes” and big-city sophisticates admired its cleverness, but the film lacked the verisimilitude of River City’s old cigar store-AMANN’S-which had a sixty year run on Park Ave. on the site of present-day Stewart’s. A picture in “The Express” showing the century-old store being bulldozed reminded me of this recently. The caption accompanying the photo correctly noted that “a cigar store” was the object of demolition, and readers were asked if they knew anything about the place.

Then entire article is in the Feb. 19 issue.

Halfmoon Plans New Layout, Image, and Future

By Michael Bielawski

Sim City, 1989. And you thought it was just a game…

Halfmoon – The Zoning Review Committee of Halfmoon met last Thursday to discuss issues that they believe will shape the town and its image for decades to come. Discussion among members included ‘big box’ (chain) stores vs. ‘mom and pop’ stores, high vs. low density housing, managing river fronts and hiking trails, and the town’s rural image.

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