The Community of
New Paltz

Under the guidance of Science Teacher Cathy Law, each year, New Paltz High School students add to the Courtyard Gardens, inspired by the High Line park in NYC. The naturalized meadow includes native species of perennials and grasses chosen for their hardiness, adaptability, seasonal variation and attractiveness to wildlife.

Barbara Clinton is NPHS Principal, Maria Rice is Superintendent of Schools

Over 2,500 books for sale! All books 50 cents each, 3 for $1 and $3 for a
bag full. Sale will be held on the library front lawn and in the library
Reading Garden.

The Summer Reading Paperback Book Sale will take place Saturday, May 25, 2014 10AM-3PM and Sunday, May 26, 2014 12-3PM at Elting Memorial Library.

The New Paltz Regatta will take place on Sunday May 4th, 2014.

Please see for more information.


The 7th annual New Paltz Bike Swap will take place Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the New Paltz Middle School from 10AM to 2PM. The swap is a great place to get amazing deals on new and used bikes, bike parts, apparel, bags and vintage bike items. The swap has dozens of vendors and hundreds of participants.

There will be awesome stuff for all types of cycling: mountain, road, BMX, fixie, commuters and kids. If you like riding bikes, come to the swap to get amazing deals or sell your bikes and bike parts.

The swap has FREE admission for everyone. The public is welcome. Arrive early for the best selection (doors open at 10 AM).

The New Paltz Public Access videos are currently available on YouTube under the following username: usiavideo.

This site has been a resource for residents of and visitors to New Paltz for nearly twenty years, with a team of dedicated volunteers updating information about local businesses, government services, and community goings-on.  As of 2014, site founder Alan Stout decided to hands the reins to the site off to continue that long tradition.

Right now, is in the process of being reimagined, and you can get involved.  If you have knowledge or interest in what’s going on locally, there’s almost certainly a job that you can do.  And because of the nature of the internet, when and where you contribute is extremely flexible.

Our needs include, but are in no way limited to:

  • Artists who are willing to provide graphics and photography in return for credit on their work;
  • Community organizers who would like to keep others updated on local activities; and
  • Residents who would like to provide content that their neighbors might be interested in.

Please email if you’d like to help.

Main Street at dawn,
Biking In New Paltz
Blade Runner Architecture
Faculty Tower
Glass Building

In 2004, Jason West, the then mayor of New Paltz, NY, was criminally charged after marrying twenty-four same-sex couples. The event caused a media sensation. This movie captures that event and tells the stories of couples struggling to earn the right to be called husbands.(Vassar Film, 2011: Stephanie Donnelly, director; Lori Arden; CodyStanley).

In an effective act of civil disobedience, there were dozens of gay marriages during the spring of 2004 in New Paltz, NY. New Paltz Mayor Jason West, Deputy Mayor Rebecca Rotzler, trustee Julia Walsh and local Unitarian ministers performed the ceremonies. Archival & documentary footage is used to show us the 2004 event as it happened.