10 Takeaways From Army Study That Could Divide Hudson from Atlantic

Plans to protect the New York City Harbor from another Hurricane Sandy by constructing onshore barriers and giant seawalls reached a milestone in February as the government released the last report before a plan is selected. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), along with New York and New Jersey are considering six different options,…

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Amtrak Pulls Plan to Fence Off Parts of Hudson River

Amtrak announced Friday it would withdraw an application seeking to fence off more than a mile-and-a-half of Hudson River shoreline. The emailed announcement ended for the moment a battle between Hudson River municipalities and Amtrak that started last winter when the federally-subsidized rail company sought permission from the New York State Department of State (NYSDOS)…

Here’s How Climate Change Could Affect the Hudson Valley

Temperatures are expected to rise in the Hudson Valley and Catskills more drastically than most of the U.S. due to climate change, with the region seeing temperatures four-to-five degrees higher by 2050 when compared to the late 20th century. These predictions come from the Fourth National Climate Assessment, a voluminous report produced by the National…

(Semi) Sober at the Hudson River Craft Beer Fest

“I won’t be driving to Wappingers Falls later — I’m gonna be schwasted.” The 20-something white dude wearing a baseball cap toed forward in the line entering the Hudson River Craft Beer Fest while pontificating about the various brews he would drink and how each brew would get him further schwasted. Although it was ten…

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…