Exploring Hudson River Islands

There are six notable islands in the Hudson River below Albany, from an unnamed islet north of Saugerties to Rattlesnake Island off of Coxsackie. Accessible only by small boat in the summer, and completely inaccessible in the winter, these islands have dodged civilization – though there are houses, industrial plants, even small cities on either…

Hudson Considering Moratorium on AirBnbs

Hudson is weighing whether to enact a moratorium on all new short-term rentals and may permanently limit the number of these rentals an individual can operate. The two measures were discussed by the city’s Legal Committee this week, and the Committee’s chair, Alderman John Rosenthal, is in discussions with the City Attorney about writing them…

Friend: Gay Man Was Called “F****t” Before Beating

A gay man was called a “f****t” while leaving a store on Warren Street in Hudson Monday, which started an argument, according to the victim’s friend, eventually leading to the victim being badly beaten. The alleged assailant was arrested at about 6 p.m. Tuesday while hiding near a wooded area in Hudson and charged with…

Suspect Caught in Beating of Gay Man

Update: After much thought, I have decided to remove the video because of how it might impact the victim. A description of the video has been added. A suspect was arrested Tuesday afternoon for allegedly severely beating a gay man in Hudson the evening before. The suspect, who has not yet been identified by police,…

Rent Stabilization is Coming Upstate. Will It Matter?

Rent Stabilization – long limited to New York City and certain communities in bordering counties – will be an option for Upstate New York municipalities after the democratic-led state legislature passed an omnibus bill dramatically changing how renting works throughout the state. Several Hudson Valley communities expressed interest in rent stabilization prior to the bill…

Kayaking (And Capsizing In) Stockport Creek

Nature is always within walking distance in the Hudson Valley, and sometimes, even biophiles like me overlook an adventurous opportunity a stone’s throw away. I’m not being literal there. You could not throw a stone from my driveway and hit Claverack Creek. BUT, you COULD hit it with the aid of certain medieval projectile weapons,…

Who Should be Hudson’s ‘Branding Consultant?’

Hudson’s Tourism Board heard three presentations Friday from marketing companies hoping to become Hudson’s ‘branding consultant.’ The Tourism Board is tasked with marketing the city of 6,200 using funds garnered from the city’s lodging tax, which levels a 4 percent tax on traditional hotels and short-term rentals, such as Airbnbs. The board has seen pushback…