The Bruno Chronicles tell a tale of good things to come

Posted on 03 April 2016 by Editor

Michael Bruno discusses his Tuxedo Hudson Company adventure that he hopes will help transform the Sloatsburg to Tuxedo corridor. / Photo still from video by Hema Easley

Michael Bruno discusses his Tuxedo Hudson Company adventure that he hopes will help transform the Sloatsburg to Tuxedo corridor. / Photo still from video by Hema Easley

The Blue Barn property in Sloatsburg is currently being re-landscaped while the old IGA building in Tuxedo is getting shut-down for restoration and rebirth. By now many locals in the Sloatsburg through Tuxedo corridor are familiar with the tale of Michael Bruno and the Tuxedo Hudson Company, which has set out to revitalize the area through a particular vision of food, antique and craft commerce.

Call it the The Bruno Chronicles, wherein pluck and confidence, with a touch of luck and new-found riches, convince a starry-eyed man that the Ramapo Mountains are just the right place to settle, scheme and dream.

Michael Bruno has been buying up properties with an eye towards restoring the Route 17 corridor between Tuxedo and Sloatsburg.

Posted by recordonline.com on Saturday, April 2, 2016

 

Hema Easle, writing for The Time-Herald Record has a series of write-ups and video that articulates Michael Bruno’s initiative in both Sloatsburg an Tuxedo. Easley wrote an article just a few Christmases past, after the Genting Americas gaming bid failed, that captured a town dreary and defeated.

Then Suzy at My Harriman State Park wrote about the possibility of Tuxedo becoming a lovely Trail Town and, suddenly, the lethargy and gloom broke.

Enter Bruno, who saw opportunity in the Sloatsburg to Tuxedo corridor, a phrase which itself is new to the area’s lexicon. Add the corridor to other vocabulary such as gateway community and trail town. 

VIDEO: Transforming Tuxedo into ‘gateway to the Hudson’VIDEO: Transforming Tuxedo into ‘gateway to the Hudson’Entrepreneur Michael Bruno is investing millions to reverse town, village’s fortunes in Tuxedo. Read the full story in Sunday’s Times Herald-Record

Posted by recordonline.com on Saturday, April 2, 2016

 

In the Easley article, Bruno flipped the script, seeing a forgotten and neglected area as one of economic opportunity and promise.

“It’s an asset that it’s a little bit forgotten and neglected,” said Bruno in Easley’s piece, “because it lets us create what we want out of it rather than fight something that has become mediocre. That’s what’s become of most places … chain clothing to food. We don’t have that. We have all these historical buildings.”

Michael Bruno purchased the Loomis Labratory in Tuxedo Park, the same building where scientists gathered 80 years ago to develop the science for the atomic bomb and radar.

Posted by recordonline.com on Saturday, April 2, 2016

 

With a team of some 20 people working out of Loomis Laboratory (the Bruno brain center housed in an historic Tuxedo Park property) on the new Tuxedo Hudson Company venture, many hope good things will spring up from Sloatsburg to Tuxedo.

Bruno is full of optimism on the topic and has deep enough pockets to carry his effort through what may be rocky terrain. According to the article, Bruno will have invested some $10 million dollars properties and renovations before all is open for business.

“Financially it’s a good time, time-wise it’s a good time, and I’ve become connected to the community so that it feels like home now,” said Bruno in the Recordonline. “So now I feel it’s time to give back and do something special,” said Bruno.

“There’s no guarantee we are going to make money doing this, but I can certainly improve these properties and be a proud owner of them, and I think they’ll easily pay for themselves. I don’t see how we can go wrong.”

 

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9 Comments For This Post

  1. Kathy Says:

    Michael Bruno continues to inspire with his vision and action and so what have we got to lose? We can stay sub-mediocre or move on up from here. I’m all in!

  2. Pat Klees Says:

    Ah, gentrification.

  3. Pat Klees Says:

    Kathy, there’s a big difference between revitalization and gentrification, You know, housing on Nantucket Island is so expensive an employer has to provide lodging as part of compensation. Is that how you want to live?

  4. Editor Says:

    Pat —
    You raise an interesting social-economic question related to Sloatsburg, which is a community essentially rooted in a mill town identity. Will a trend of gentrification in Western Ramapo drive out or disenfranchise low income, the working classes, elderly, transients, and lastly, rental property owners who can’t afford the increased costs of living? As configured, Sloatsburg and Tuxedo are bedroom communities that provide light essential goods and services to residents. An uptick in economic activity probably won’t change the DNA of Sloatsburg and drive out those mentioned above. The Village necessarily must continue to grapple with its identity and future.

    Pockets of gentrification can have immeasurable benefits to a local population via increased economic activity, fiscal improvements to the municipality, the re-use and re-capturing of declining areas such as those that dot the Route 17 corridor, and a general increase in vitality to the local community.

    Locals investing in the local economy is much preferred over imported infrastructure that seeks to impose a big box store or apartment complex on a locality, something that could change the inherent character and color of an area. Sloatsburgers appear to agree that this Western Ramapo community prefers to retain its semi-rural lifestyle. Locals already face some negatives of gentrification, without the benefits, mainly relatively high town and school taxes. How to grow and increase vitality as a community is a good question to ask and conversation to have.

  5. E Smith Says:

    Nantucket Island, please honey, let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

  6. Pat Klees Says:

    Hey, E. Smith, you don’t know me well enough to call me anything besides Ms. Klees. Keep that in mind the next time you address me. Pat Klees.

  7. Chris Treadwell Says:

    This is why Sloatsburg can’t have nice things 🙁

  8. Susan Says:

    I think this is a great thing. Sloatsburg needs some growth, but not so much that it changes who we are as a village. I think this is perfect and blends seemlessly into the community. I’m looking forward to and welcome these new members of the community.

  9. Sissy Says:

    Good to see questions are raised and there is a sharing of opinions and ideas. We should always welcome other thoughts and ways of keeping the right balance for the community at large. Sloatsburg has always been a special place and will continue to be so.It is a good place to be …just needs some sprucing and some enthusiasm.

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