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 –…

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Boutique Camping vs. The Friends of Gardiner

Plans are in the works to bring a boutique campground to the town of Gardiner in Ulster County, but neighbors are robustly resisting the planned development, going as far to form a citizen’s group and retaining an attorney to resist the project. “Heartwood” would consist of 70 cabins with bathrooms, electricity and heating; a working…

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The Rosendale Street Fest: Everyone you’ve ever known

The smell of sticky asphalt wafted into my car from the newly paved road as I rolled past a steady stream of pedestrians walking towards the 2017 Rosendale Street Fest. The town, a cluster of vibrantly painted shops on the Rondout Creek between New Paltz and Kingston, has a population of 6,000 on non-festival days,…

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Kayaking Kingston with Eagles

My theory for adventures (yes, I do have a theory) is they should not be planned too precisely. This way, the adventurers will have to deal with curveballs along the way, with hilarious and unpredictable results. They make for great reading, and can be reflected on positively by the adventurers once the panic has subsided…

Don’t Swim in the Wallkill River

The Wallkill River enters the Hudson Valley from New Jersey through a National Wildlife Refuge, then winds North through the Black Dirt region of Warwick to spread out into the verdant, farm-dappled Wallkill River Valley in Ulster County before meeting with the Rondout Creek and terminating at the Hudson River in Kingston. The river is…