New Paltz Takes on ICE

Kevin Halcott was friends with Matthew Rojas for a year-and-a-half before he got a call from Rojas’ roommate telling him the 23-year-old had been arrested by ICE agents outside the New Paltz Town Courthouse. Halcott tells me this at a back table in Mudd Puddle, a local coffee spot squatting among two rows of eclectic…

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Growing Hemp in the Hudson Valley (legally)

Prescott Haymes pours the hemp cocktail into my waiting glass while proudly elucidating about the drink’s origins in the way only a devoted farmer can. “For this infusion, we used pineapple, cucumber, mint — all fresh — and then, obviously, cannabis,” he said. The opaque green concoction goes down smooth and balanced, the farm-fresh taste…

‘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…

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Woodstock’s 45th Reunion: Making Bill O’Reilly Ill

The situation on the Rainbow Stage was the sort of scene that would make Bill O’Reilly vomit. The musician tuning his git-box in between numbers sported a long, white goatee, dark sunglasses and lengths of loose hippie-garb that terminated in Grandpa Sneakers. He lackadaisically threw out some banter to the crowd as he tested his…

The Sky Lake is Cloudy: Changes at Lake Minnewaska

Lake Minnewaska was traditionally one of the four Sky Lakes of Shawnagunk Ridge—unique lakes noted for their extremely high clarity and almost aquamarine color. While the other Sky Lakes have maintained these features, Minnewaska is getting cloudy. Bob Otters, who has dived at Lake Minnewaska since the early 90s as part of the Mid-Hudson Diver’s…

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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…

IS The Hudson Valley the next Williamsburg? 

Hipsters want to be into The Next Hip Thing before anyone else finds out about it. Because when everyone else finds out about it—well, it isn’t hip anymore. Journalists share this hipster quality (especially if they work for Vice). Part of their job, after all, is to be good at predicting trends, to be aware…