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…