Bridging an Iced-Over Hudson

Streets and roads! Who cares for either, while we have the river? We often use the river here, weeks at a time, when the snow has left us. The ice has been remarkably even the whole of this winter….James Fenimore...

Pandemic Has Strengthened Need for Repair Cafes

Globally, Repair Cafes regularly gather people on nearly every continent to fix instead of throwing away broken items. The Hudson Valley hosted one of the very first in the United States nearly a decade ago, when the late John Wackman...

MLK’s Haunting Final Words to the Hudson Valley

A 1999 survey of scholars ranked Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech as the most important American speech of the 20th century. Delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, King’s stirring words continue...

Racing Faster Than a Speeding Car on the Frozen Hudson

It’s rare to see sailboats on the Hudson this time of year. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, sail-powered iceboats carrying famous valley residents like FDR regularly sped across the frozen waters of the river and local lakes as...

#WildlifeLove: Why Bobcats Are So Fierce

Extremely shy and secretive, bobcats are one of the hardest mammals to spot in the Hudson Valley. But with bare trees and perhaps a blanket of snow, your chances improve of glimpsing one of these beautiful creatures that resemble a...

Top 10 Favorite Viewfinder Stories of 2021

This past year Scenic Hudson’s HV Viewfinder has once again shared what’s making the world greener, with a focus on the beautiful, inclusive Hudson Valley. It dove into the valley’s rich history, current happenings, and emerging solutions. Which stories resonated...

How a Spoonful of Sugar Could Help EV Batteries Last

A new development in a promising lithium-ion battery alternative could make for higher-capacity, longer-lasting EV power cells. The trick? Sulfur and a bit of sugar. Researchers at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, have figured out a simple solution for stabilizing...
Two dairy cows in a field. Robert Rodriguez, Jr. / Scenic Hudson

How Valley Milk Helped Win the Civil War

Before the mid-1850s, Hudson Valley farms kept a cow or two to supply the family’s dairy needs. It took a scandal in New York City to turn the region into a milk mecca — and make it the birthplace of...