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Breakneck + The Abandoned Cornish Estate

Breakneck, located just south of Beacon in Cold Spring, attracts a lot of hiking traffic despite having a name that implies hiking there will kill you. I wouldn’t consider it a misnomer, either. After a short hike from the side of Route 9D, the vegetation drops away and you face the meat of the trail:…

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…

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Booted from Vacants: The Abandoned Nevele Grande

I slowed the car to a creep as I approached the gatehouse to Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa, unsure of my next move. I hadn’t expected a gatehouse, and this messed with my plan to use Honor’s parking lot to stow my car while I slipped to the adjacent Nevele Grande. The vacant Nevele Grande…

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Better Than Casinos: The Abandoned Grossinger’s Resort

The abandoned Grossinger’s Catskill Resort Hotel is located adjacent to the golf course of the still-functioning Grossinger’s County Club. I had therefore figured I could just park at the Club and act like a golfer long enough to slip onto the Resort’s grounds. There was a gatehouse, however, so I had to swing my car…

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Kingston’s Cement Graveyard

The Cement Graveyard is located in East Kingston, which is a bit of a misnomer, since East Kingston is actually North of central Kingston. It’s also a but of a misnomer to say the Cement Graveyard is ‘in’ East Kingston, since the Cement Graveyard isn’t ‘in’ anywhere but the woods. I parked on Railroad Avenue…

The Most Quality Shack in Ulster County

Ryan and his two friends had already disappeared into the woods by the time I managed to lug the tripod out of my car’s trunk. When I caught up, Ryan apologized. “Sorry, that guy was eyeballin us…wanted to get out of there as soon as possible.” “Where was he?” “Across the road, just staring at…

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Massive Caves in The Hudson Valley

    I have expressed that some of the places I write about are secretive — locals have discovered and cherished these spots, and have expressed unease at me revealing their locations to any yahoo with a WiFi connection. I’ve wanted to share these places, but, being a local myself, I want to preserve their obscurity.…

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The Secrets of Woodstock Overlook

The first time I hiked the Woodstock Overlook, I went with my friend Colleen and a French guy named Ferenz who produced music for Yoga videos. Ferenz lived at the base of Overlook Mountain, and told us that the Overlook protected its glory: the first time anyone hiked The Overlook, they were never able to…

The Abandoned Bennett School for Girls

I set off for The Bennett School for girls at 8:30 last Sunday morn. Although it was already March, the winter refused to let up, and the high for the day was around freezing. I had attempted to get several people interested in exploring the abandoned school, including Jason the Forager, but the early time…