Easton To Get More Apartments After Two Projects Turn To Office Space, Mayor Says

As Downtown Easton began its resurgence in recent years, first came nighttime foot traffic from people going to restaurants.

After the Pomeroy’s Lofts opened in the 300 block of Northampton Street, that added to the evening surge on the city’s sidewalks and into the city’s bars.

The Crayola Experience on Centre Square has for years provided a daytime tourist presence, and new retail locations and the farmers market have put some feet on the streets during daylight.

When Pomeroy’s developer Mark Mulligan bought the Wolf Building on North Second Street for conversion to apartments after Northampton County moved its human services operation to Bethlehem Township, the daytime/nighttime equation seemed to slide further out of balance.

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26 Free Eats In Easton On Saturday

Looking to enjoy the sunny forecast on Saturday?

Spring into Easton returns noon to 4 p.m. The free event welcomes visitors to peruse Downtown Easton’s shops. Each participating shop will be partnered with an Easton restaurant that will be offering samples.

According to a news release, 26 participating shops will also have game cards that visitors can pick up and get stamped throughout the day at each shop. A full card can be dropped off at a concierge booth in Centre Square to be eligible to win Downtown Easton Gift Cards.

Check out the participating shops and figure out where to go for your favorite restaurant’s samples.

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Easton Business Owners Excited About Parking, Patrons From Intermodal Center

The photographer was snapping, the baby was smiling and the mother was beaming. Everything was running smoothly at Time Photo Studios in Easton’s Centre Square until the mother brought the shoot to an abrupt halt.

“She had to run down to Second Street to feed the meter,” said studio co-owner Tara Hawthorne.

Customers won’t have to worry so much about parking when the new intermodal center opens at 123 S. Third St. The 350-space parking deck is blocks away from businesses like Hawthorne’s, and the business community says its customers and employees will appreciate new parking options.

“People can go Downtown and not worry about getting a parking ticket,” agreed Pasquale Crisci, owner of Antonio’s Pizzeria across South Third Street from the new intermodal center.

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3rd And Ferry Fish Market To Close Easton Block For First Clam Jam Festival


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The folks at 3rd and Ferry Fish Market are bringing the flavors of an authentic New England seafood festival to Downtown Easton.

On Sept. 14, the restaurant is hosting its first Clam Jam and free street festival.

Co-owner Rebecca Pichetto says it’s going to be “Casual, fun and a great way to finish up your summer.”

They’re reeling in a boatload of fresh seafood and activities that day.

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Easton’s Northampton Street To Become Classic Car Cruising Strip On Designated Summer Nights

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As Easton Mayor Sal Panto Jr. recalls, Northampton Street at one point was the most popular cruising strip in the Lehigh Valley, but that changed in the 1980s when the city banned the practice.

Nearly 30 years later, Panto says it’s time to bring back cruising, albeit on a limited basis.

Easton will be hosting cruise nights on one Saturday per month between May and August this summer, Panto announced this afternoon at a news conference.

Classic car owners are invited to drive the strip from 6 to 9 p.m. on the designated nights. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events is teaming with WGPA Sunny 1100, which will broadcast cruising music during the nights — think the Beach Boys, The Four Seasons and Motown groups — over the AM airwaves.

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Easton Reviewing Bids For Sale Of Alpha Building

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English: Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Easton‘s iconic brick and stone skyscraper is on target to be in new hands by the end of the year.

Mayor Sal Panto Jr. confirmed that the city is talking to a pair of finalists who want to buy the 91/2 -story city-owned Alpha Building, which anchors the southwest corner of Centre Square.  The city agreed earlier this year to list the building for sale and solicit proposals from developers.

Officials declined to name the two finalists, or to say how many proposals were received — although Panto did say it was more than two.

“We are working more with one (developer) because they offered more,” Panto said of the ongoing negotiations.

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Easton Opens New Visitors Center


Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College

Skyline of Easton, PA from Lafayette College (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tourists heading to downtown Easton have a new place to get information and plan their Lehigh Valley experience.

The city’s new visitors center opened Friday in the lobby of the Sigal Museum on Northampton Street. The museum added brochures and pamphlets about Easton and Lehigh Valley attractions and staffers have been trained to assist visitors.

“People still want information face to face,” said Michael Sterschi, president of Discover Lehigh Valley at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Easton considers tourism, along with arts and entertainment, a critical component of revitalizing downtown, said Gretchen Longenbach, the city’s director of community and economic development.

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