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Dairy Island.


I am woefully behind on everything right now, from emails I need to write to blog reading (according to Google Reader, I have 261 posts to catch up on…) to blog writing to painting to patching to sanding to sewing to working on book covers to sleeping to breathing. I’m desperately looking for a spare day somewhere that I can use to dig myself out. I hate this feeling; it reminds me of being in school. (In a bad way.)

Little pockets of time irresponsibly spent doing things like eating ice cream are saving me from going crazy. One of my favorite things in Newburgh is Dairy Island, an old-school ice cream joint in an area that’s still comprised mostly of industrial buildings (some occupied, others not) and empty lots. It’s less than a mile from our house, but we didn’t discover it until this past summer—we were experimenting with shortcuts, and there it was.

There are disadvantages to living in a city that has fallen many years behind economically, but the upside is that there are still places like this (we have a bunch of old hot dog counters, too) hanging around. Dairy Island feels like an endangered symbol of everything that is good about America. With so much to be worried about in this country right now, it is a relief to feel a sense of patriotism and trust over something as simple as an ice cream cone.

p.s. Dairy Island somehow has access to the freshest Oreos ever. It’s like Nabisco rolls them off the production line directly into their kitchen. If you go, get vanilla soft serve with Oreos (I like it with warm butterscotch, too, but that’s optional). Trust me on this. They also have great counter people who make you feel like a regular after just one visit.

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  • Reply jennifer nicole September 23, 2008 at 9:56 am

    anna- this blog just made my heart feel squeezed. i relate so much to the whole lot of it — and your photo is absolutely stunning, my favorite time of day.

    keep enjoying the tiny moments.

    jennifer nicole

  • Reply erin@designcrisis September 23, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Great photo, great post. I’ll leave my commentary at that, and wish you many more moments of just breathing (and ice cream).

  • Reply heather September 23, 2008 at 10:40 am

    nice pic – i see the camera is really working out well!
    and you just made me want some ice cream. 😉

  • Reply AAW September 23, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Gosh, I really need thoughts like this right now. I feel so overhwelmed by bad economic news and anxiety for the future. Need to find myself a Dairy Island, or similar, in my community.

  • Reply Cupcakes and Cashmere September 23, 2008 at 11:37 am

    oh how i LOVE old ice cream parlors and this one looks absolutely magical!

  • Reply chrispito September 23, 2008 at 11:38 am

    It’s great reading your blog no matter when you post. You know what they say, one ice cream cone, er, one day at a time! Heh.

  • Reply anselm September 23, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    what camera do you use ?
    anselm (uk)

  • Reply Anna at D16 September 23, 2008 at 12:23 pm

    anselm: It’s a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5.

  • Reply Amy J September 23, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Gorgeous photograph. I love the blue.

  • Reply Stephanie B September 23, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    You just made my mouth water with that ice cream description. I have a serious weakness for oreos.

  • Reply Benita September 23, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    I so know that feeling, believe me. I keep sneeking a day off now and then to try to catch up, but even that’s not enough. I wish I could sit with you at the Dairy Island counter with one of those Oreos and have a quiet moment 🙂

  • Reply Vicki September 23, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    This reminds me that I need to FINALLY visit the Twistee Treat before it closes for the season (I’ve admired it for years and have yet to try it out)!

  • Reply Courtney September 24, 2008 at 1:45 am

    Good luck catching your breath; hopefully you will have enough moments like the ones at Dairy Island to help get you through.

    And that ice cream with Oreos and butterscotch sounds seriously sinful. Yum.

  • Reply decor8holly September 24, 2008 at 2:34 am

    Hello and thank you so much for this great post and the photo you took — it’s really great. The perspective is interesting and the lighting superb. I hope you get caught up on everything because I know the feeling and it’s exhausting. Don’t worry, better times are coming!


  • Reply read me... September 25, 2008 at 3:46 am

    You’ll catch up soon enough. It certainly is extraordinary times (I work for an American bank based in London). Dairy Island moments are important, enjoy every single one of them you can get your hand on!

  • Reply read me... September 25, 2008 at 3:48 am

    PS it really is a great photo!

  • Reply Kathy September 25, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Great photo! I hope things slow down for you, I know how that feels… not fun!

  • Reply Shashi September 25, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    Beautiful colors

  • Reply chimere August 26, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    I love ur article. I’m from Newburgh born & raised . whenever I come back home dairy island is my 2nd stop. I grew up on there food & that’s where I first fell in love with ice cream. I can’t wait 2 have children so I can raise them on dairy island. thanks 4 the shout out

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