‘New York’s Mount Rushmore’ in the Catskills

Prattsville, a small town straddling the Schoharie Creek in northwestern Greene County, is home to Pratt’s Rock, a site once called “New York’s Mount Rushmore” by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. It was here the town’s founder and namesake, Zadock Pratt, employed a series of itinerant stonemasons to carve his life story in a cliff…

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…

The Joys of Destructive Weather – A Day in TOHV

We had some cracking good weather in Columbia County this week, which is another way of saying we had very bad weather. Call me a masochist, but I might have a perverse love of destructive weather events. I had to add “might” in there because the claim seems like the famous last words uttered 20…

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…

Mayor Vetoes Law Leveling Fees on Owners of Hudson Vacants

Hudson Mayor Rick Rector vetoed a proposed law Thursday that would have imposed fees on the owners of vacant properties. The law, which was passed by the city’s Common Council July 17, was meant to address dilapidated properties and properties that were being “warehoused” — purposefully kept unoccupied — by their owners in the city,…

Exxxtreme Badminton – A Day in TOHV

I’m not sure if you’ve ever played badminton, but it doesn’t matter, because you’ve been playing it all wrong. See, you’ve been playing it as a lawn game, like croquet or…I dunno, tanning. MY crew, we play it Columbia County-style. We play it as a sport. My crew lays their heads in the sparsely populated…

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…

Hudson Valley moose

Moose in the Hudson Valley

Moose are now occasionally spotted in the Hudson Valley as their population expands west and south from the obscure corners of northern New England that the massive quadruped was forced into by the region’s development. The moose’s historical range stretches down from Canada through New York and into Pennsylvania, but deforestation almost completely extirpated the…

For Pride, Being Gay Through the Generations

Monty, 71 Monty Diamond was born in 1946, but he didn’t come out of the closet until 1980. He warns me his experience of being gay might not be typical — he considers himself an odd duck and thinks the interview might not produce what I expect. People’s stories are never typical. Monty attended The…

Rhodes Trip

Riding to The Rhodes Trip’s Final Town

“Anything not strapped down will fly.” Alexa Kissinger, Gareth Rhodes’ girlfriend, twisted her head around from the front seat of the campaign Winnebago to warn me as I attempted to fasten myself against one of the vehicle’s threadbare benches. The Winnebago was bought by Rhodes off Craigslist, and it looked like it was bought off…

Dave Clegg Talks Environment After Biking 160 Miles

I slowed down to pass Dave Clegg as he biked the last stretch of Route 9 into the Village of Kinderhook a couple minutes after noon this Friday. “Hey, DAVE!” I bawled out of my window, narrowly avoiding striking the congressional candidate. In retrospect, this sounds like something a motorist would shout before throwing an…