Environmental Groups Attack Proposal to Separate Hudson River from Atlantic

Six proposals are on the table to protect New York City and its surroundings from catastrophic flooding, including two plans to separate the city’s harbor — and therefore the Hudson River — from the Atlantic Ocean with a combination of seawalls and gated storm surge barriers. Hudson River environmental groups have attacked these two plans,…

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Moose in the Hudson Valley

Moose are now occasionally spotted in the Hudson Valley as their population expands west and south from the obscure corners of northern New England that the massive quadruped was forced into by the region’s development. The moose’s historical range stretches down from Canada through New York and into Pennsylvania, but deforestation almost completely extirpated the…

Mount Beacon – A Very Urban Hike

The Casino Trail to Mount Beacon is a popular hike to a popular destination. Both are not as popular as they were in the early 20th century, when one had to simply hop on the Mount Beacon Incline Railway to ascend the mountain, and there was a resort waiting on top. But that’s good. I…

Hiking Brace Mountain in the South Taconics

I was driving down a stretch of road in Columbia County when I went into Hudson Valley tour guide mode and decided to point out to my down-state passenger the Catskill Mountains to our west and the Taconic Mountains to our east. “Taconic Mountains?” the other passenger in the car snootily quipped, “…more like hills.”…

Freak Flags Fly at the Hudson Valley Comicon

BEFORE I could enter the bathroom, a teen with chemical-green hair and cadaver-white facepaint swung the door ajar holding a pistol. The pistol was pointed at the ceiling, as though he wanted to avoid discharging it into someone’s stomach, but the orange tip showed the only thing it would be shooting was airsoft pellets. I…

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Voices From The March For Our Lives

A crowd of more than 8,000 tramped across the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie Saturday to protest American gun violence in the wake of last month’s Parkland High School shooting. The cross-generational crowd hoisted acerbic protest signs slamming the NRA and pro-gun politicians for what was seen as their complicity in the attack, and…

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Saving Food with The Gleaners

Wasting food is a pet peeve of mine. I go into internal fits of hysterics when I see people in restaurants leave two-thirds of their French fries behind, sentencing them to be interred in landfills, where not even insects can benefit from them. “Why didn’t they just doggy-bag it?” I’ll apoplectically seethe, beads of consternation…

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Kayaking Tivoli Bays

Tivoli Bays is currently inaccessible by boat, as the launch site within the state-owned land is closed until further notice. Unless, of course, you have some moxie. My plan for accessing the 1700-acre preserve near Bard College in Dutchess County was to simply park in one of the small lots at a trailhead and roll…

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The Abandoned Wyndcliff Ruins: For Sale!

For anyone who wants to live in dilapidated ruins — ruins where famous novelist Edith Warton spent part of her childhood, to boot — the abandoned Wyndcliff Mansion in Rhinecliff is up for sale. The property, which has its roof aesthetically caved in, is on sale through Northern Dutchess Realty for $180,000, according to a…

Selling Weed in the Hudson Valley

Names and certain minor details have been changed to protect the identities of the interviewees. Demian lives in a rustic house in a rural part of Dutchess County. Selling weed is his side-hustle; he has a legitimate job that takes up most of his time and passion, and selling is a way for him to…