The Thornwillow Makers Village is a transformative economic development and downtown revitalization initiative launched by Thornwillow Institute, an outgrowth of Luke Ives Pontifell's Thornwillow Press, a world leader in handcrafted, limited-edition publishing and exquisite letterpress stationery, based in Newburgh since 2004. (Thornwillow editions are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, the Vatican, the White House, the Smithsonian, Vassar, Harvard, and Yale.) The Makers Village seeks to add to Newburgh's ongoing resurgence and serve its diverse community. "Newburgh's businesspeople and grassroots makers are joining forces with New York City refugees who needed space they could afford." says Pontifell. "It's not 'signs of' change anymore, it's actual change."
- Artist renderings of Thornwillow Makers Village
+ Thornwillow Makers Village will encompass 100,000 square feet in and around five adjacent properties. Anchored by a historic carriage house, the village will include maker incubator spaces; live/work studios; gallery, event, and retail spaces; and a bar and restaurant highlighting Hudson Valley craft distilleries.
+ Last fall, the Mid-Hudson Regional Economic Development Council awarded $400,000 in New York State economic development funding for the initiative.
+ The village will also include a bookstore, the city's first in 50 years.
+ To benefit the Makers Village, Thornwillow is offering an edition of The Great Gatsby through Kickstarter's Exquisite Objects Initiative. Over $105,000 has been pledged so far; choices range from a $4 broadside of Fitzgerald quotes to one-of-a-kind Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby copies featuring hand-tooled Moroccan leather, 24-karat gold, and precious stones.
—Anne Pyburn Craig