Connecting People + Place

Artist Sees Hudson River As Majestic, Yet Vulnerable

Lydia Rubio is part of a fresh wave of visual artists taking inspiration from the Hudson River — and contending with threats to it, including pollution and climate change, in her work. The Cuban-born Rubio moved to the small city...

#MeetTheMakers: David Souers, Overlook Pavilion

The Hudson Valley has lots of iconic scenes, from the river and mountains to man-made creations that show up in pic after pic. Our #MeetTheMakers introduces you to the creatives behind some of the most compelling designs, starting with some...

At the Historic Bronson House, a Surprising Solar Success

Tucked in a corner of a medium-security state prison site is a little-known, rarely seen 19th-century mansion that has fascinated Hollywood filmmakers, a legendary investment banker and architectural historians. The Oliver Bronson House in Hudson, N.Y., features elements from renowned...

Artist Takes Black Experience “Beyond the River”

Bodies of water — rivers, lakes, the ocean — have played a major role in the lives of African Americans. Water provided passage to the ships that brought Africans to the Americas in chains; later, water served as a means...
Rail Explorers, The Catskills

10 Top Fall-Foliage Hot Spots in the Hudson Valley

The annual changing-leaf display along the Hudson River always boosts flagging spirits — and who couldn’t use a little pick-me-up right now? Scenic Hudson’s 45 parks offer great chances to admire these natural fireworks close to home, but here are...

Grow Black Hudson Cultivates Gardeners of Color

Amid the brick and brownstone homes of Hudson, Nkoula Badila is teaching fellow residents within the city’s communities of color to sow seeds of green. After launching a GoFundMe campaign in June, Badila’s community gardening initiative, Grow Black Hudson, shot...

COVID-19 Drove Exercise Outdoors. Will It Last?

After months of lockdown limbo, gyms and fitness centers in New York State are beginning to reopen. The pandemic drove millions to shift exercise outside, to parks and beyond, in the meantime. It seems like everybody’s getting out there —...

Poughkeepsie Gets Cleaner-Water Shout-Out

Raise a tall glass (of water) to Poughkeepsie! Erin Brockovitch’s new book, “Superman’s Not Coming,” calls for everyday citizens to speak up on community and environmental issues, including clean water. The famous activist highlights Poughkeepsie as an example of doing...