Climbing Twin Mountain in the Catskills

Twin Mountain, one of the Catskills’ 35 peaks over 3500 feet, squats between Indian Head Mountain and Sugarloaf Mountain down a road closed during the winter months. Thankfully, it was August, so I did not have to walk an additional five miles to access the trailhead off Dale Lane. It was to be a solitary…

Digging for Artifacts on America’s Oldest Street

Joe Diamond receives a small shard of blue and white from one of his undergraduate students and flips it over in his dirt-creased hand, rubbing it with his thumb to remove the centuries-old soil. “Majolica, 17th century,” he says with the unassailable confidence of an art appraiser showing a piece. “This stuff is like 1630…

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,…

The ‘New’ Shaft 2A – A Rant

The manager of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve was extremely cagey during his interview about Shaft 2A, but towards the end of our conversation, he revealed why. “I’m a little concerned,” Eric Humphery said in a tone suggesting he was making a severe understatement. He was worried the coverage from The Other Hudson Valley would…

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‘The Resistance’ Converges at Faso Friday

Faso Friday, a cacophonous weekly protest in front of Republican Congressman John Faso’s office in Kingston, started right on time. At 11:56 a.m., there were only a handful of protestors chatting and erecting signs in a snowbank bordering the parking lot of Faso’s office, but a few minutes later, the crowd had grown to 60.…

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Hiking Bonticou Crag in the Winter

As soon as I exited my car by the Spring Farm Trailhead in Mohonk Preserve, I grabbed the back of my car and began slowly lowering my body towards it while keeping my feet flat to stretch out my calves. I was finally able to touch my forehead to the trunk a few times, and…

The Ins & Outs of New Paltz’s Proposed Tenant Law

The Village of New Paltz has proposed a law that would penalize landlords for not returning security deposits in a timely manner, but a tenant advocate threatened Aug. 23 to sue the village over the law, and experts are split on whether the ordinance would benefit renters. The Village of New Paltz, located off the…

Not In MY Backyard! (N.I.M.B.Y.)

If you have ever had the pleasure of attending a town planning board meeting (and who hasn’t?), you have probably seen the NIMBY-ers — clots of enraged homeowners who surge to their feet with tears of salty conviction in their eyes, planning board documents clutched in their sweaty, quaking fists as they demand why –…