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A Long-Shot Bid for A Democratic Catskills

Mary “Betsy” Kraat has personally experienced the Hudson Valley’s housing crisis. The Kingston-born Kraat has been evicted twice in her hometown, the second time after refusing to pay rent during a bedbug infestation. Trying to find housing on a limited budget with two children proved impossible in the city. Every rental advertisement received dozens of…

World’s Oldest Forest Discovered in Catskills

Researchers have identified the world’s oldest known forest in the eastern Catskills. The site, located outside Cairo in Greene County, is about 2 million years older than the title’s previous holder, located just miles away in Gilboa. Fossilized remains of three different species move back the date when the ancestors of modern trees developed and…

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…

Here’s Why the Hudson Valley and Catskills’ Population is Falling

The northern Hudson Valley and Catskills’ population has fallen faster than greater Upstate New York in recent years. Seven counties — Columbia, Greene, Ulster, Delaware, Putnam, Sullivan and Dutchess — saw a loss in population from 2010 to 2017, with Orange, Westchester and Rockland counties seeing an increase, according to an analysis of Census data.…