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…

Bannerman’s Island & Francis the Hustler

“No..it’s on your right!” Cara lounged in her kayak, holding the walkie-talkie close to her mouth and bleating instructions to Mike as he stood on the Hudson’s West bank, swinging his head about and looking for something. “Just look around!” “I don’t see it!” Mike’s voice crackled through the walkie-talkie. “Wait, is this it!?” He…

The Abandoned Bennett School for Girls

I set off for The Bennett School for girls at 8:30 last Sunday morn. Although it was already March, the winter refused to let up, and the high for the day was around freezing. I had attempted to get several people interested in exploring the abandoned school, including Jason the Forager, but the early time…