Small Town, Big Ideas
The Center’s Healthy Community Model, located in the hamlet of Hurleyville, NY is a comprehensive effort to reimagine what it means to be a fully inclusive and sustainable community. This pedestrian-friendly and vibrant Main Street provides access to a variety of experiences and ways to connect, along with an abundance of creative outlets and learning opportunities.
Throughout the last decade, The Center has developed major partnerships with local government, the Open Space Institute, the State University of New York educational system, as well as a number of individuals and private foundations to transform the economically depressed hamlet of Hurleyville into a viable, fully integrated Main Street that includes new business ventures and job opportunities. Some of its major components include the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre, Gallery 222, Fiber on Main artisan studios, and a fully-accessible Rail Trail. Other elements include universally-designed residences, retail and service businesses including the Hurleyville General Store, and various eateries including a gastro pub, and a salumeria, La Salumina.
Hurleyville is also home to The Center for Discovery’s Discovery Innovation Green Team (DIG IT) program, which engages teens in a dynamic initiative dedicated to the environment and equity. Teens with and without developmental disabilities work side-by-side, learning from each other while building key skills. Together they undertake environmental service projects that have an immediate and tangible impact on the well-being of our local, national, and global communities today and into the future. This equity-focused mentorship program is unlike any other and serves as a transformative model for inclusion and sustainability.
Accessible to everyone, the Hurleyville model is paving the way for all individuals to lead healthy, sustainable and productive lives. A truly healthy community.
Located right on Main Street, the Hurleyville Performing Arts Centre is an event and arts center where multi-cultural, intergenerational, and all abilities are represented through storytelling, film, dance, theater and music. This state-of-the-art 140-seat cinema, dance studio, and performance area hosts a dance school, public performances, movie showings, and many other cultural and community events.
People everywhere are discovering that The Hurleyville Sentinel is the best way to stay up to date with all that's happening in "the liveliest little hamlet in the Mountains!" It's America's newest and freshest small town newspaper.
Located on Main Street, Fiber on Main is a fiber arts studio that hosts various fiber art workshops with regional artisans from the Catskills, Northeast PA and the Hudson Valley. In addition to classes and workshops offered to the community, The Center for Discovery's adult residents develop talents in Fiber Arts here. At the studio, you can expect to see completed work and can purchase local yarns and Knit Picks Knitting Needles.
Gallery 222, located right on Main Street, is a reception and exhibit space, that's free of charge and open to the public. Throughout the year, Gallery 222 showcases a variety of artists, photographers, and more, and provides a creative and visually appealing space for work to be displayed and visited.
The Hurleyville General Store is a welcome addition to downtown Hurleyville, located right on Main Street. The General Store offers a unique selection of local Catskills products, greeting cards, children's STEM and interactive toys, housewares, jewelry, soaps, candles and much, much more. With freshly brewed coffee, delicious snacks, and gifts for any age or interest, the General Store has got it all!
In 2012, The Center for Discovery® partnered with the Open Space Institute (OSI), a New York-based conservation organization dedicated to preserving scenic, natural, and historic landscapes for public enjoyment, to purchase a 9.2-mile section of abandoned Ontario & Western Railway right-of-way to develop a universally accessible public rail trail. Today, the Rail Trail is a fully accessible 9+ mile rail trail that has been revitalized and brings bikers, hikers, & nature lovers together with Hurleyville anchored in the center. This trail provides accessible opportunities for all people to experience nature and history, as well as serving as an economic engine for the local economy.
Open to individuals of all ages, the basketball courts are located right off of main street at the entrance to the Rail Trail, and feature complimentary public parking.
Hurleyville’s Local Businesses
Make a day out of it and visit Hurleyville’s other local shops and restaurants along Main Street. Things-to-do, sights to see, and places to eat for the whole family!