In Close-Knit Town, ‘Horrific’ Killing of Family Rattles the Residents

“Indeed, residents had to think long and hard about the last time anything like this had happened in Fishkill, a town of 20,000 people about 60 miles northwest of Manhattan.”


Rusty Bridge, Great Views And Soon, a Walkway?

“Some see the long-closed Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge as a 6,767-foot-long rusting relic.”


Night Talkers

“That world is populated by the chummy, according to Bill Beale of WSPK-FM (104.7), a pop station in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., also owned by Pamal Broadcasting and heard across Rockland, Orange, Putnam, Dutchess and Westchester Counties and into the Catskills.”


An Irish Bar, Defying Time, Manages to Cheat It

“So while the announcement in The Putnam County News & Recorder last week didn’t come as a complete surprise, it still came as a shock, as jarring as a world where cows flew, horses sang ‘Danny Boy’ and there was no Guinan’s on Garrison’s Landing.”


The Roar Above: Remapping the Skies

“‘It’s like having a highway over my head,’ said Euphrosyne Bloom, a poet and filmmaker who lives in West Saugerties, N.Y., near Woodstock. ‘They are loud enough to wake you up in the middle of the night.'”


The Fringe, Now Embraced by Main Street

“Of the two founders of the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, a sort of New Age Sorbonne in Dutchess County, Elizabeth Lesser seems more aware of the risks of being grist for a Christopher Guest mockumentary — something like ‘A Mighty Wind’ with yoga and meditation instead of folk music.”


Coffee Puts Laid-Back Town on Edge

“And now the talk of New Paltz has to do with something far more important than mere marriage — coffee.”


Suburbia’s Northward Crawl

“Ethan H. Lazar, president of the Cambridge Development Construction Companies, which developed River Ridge, said he had chosen the Hyde Park site because it was less than 10 minutes by car to the Metro-North station in Poughkeepsie.”


Rustic Roots, Sprouting Enduring Truths From a Century Ago

“In Ulster County, off Route 9W, which parallels the west bank of the Hudson River, go west by the post office, over the railroad tracks, up the hill, left on Burroughs Drive, up that hill until you see on your right a green metal fence and a faded wooden arrow reading ‘Slabsides.'”


Democracy’s Often Quirky in Town Where ‘Rockwell Meets the Sopranos’

“Still, whatever your reference point, people look at politics in this scenic Putnam County hideaway just north of Westchester as if pondering a head-on car crash — watch the collision or turn your eyes away?”


A Makeover in Progress, and Modern Art, Too

“Beacon seemed made to order for Mr. Baysa and Ms. Dewing, who several months ago paid $245,000 for a 1920s three-bedroom Arts and Crafts-style bungalow with a fenced-in backyard ideal for their son, Ikaika Baysa, who is 17 months old.”


Duty and Danger; Warriors and Beasts

“After all, not many institutions could provide as diverse and dramatic a habitat as West Point, with its 16,000 acres and three miles of frontage on some of the most scenic terrain on the Hudson. So, yes, you train for war here, but birders can also pick up a checklist for spotting 250 varieties of birds, not to mention 49 kinds of mammals, 37 of fish, 22 of reptiles.”


The Tyranny of the 2nd Home

“And then, of course, all the effort it takes to persuade the house guests to take the vegetables with them. And then the guilt if you don’t have house guests: you feel guilty not to be sharing your house with your friends, who are stuck in the city.”


A House on the Hudson With a Japanese Soul

“They started coming to Columbia County in the early 1990s, after Mr. Cooke bought a Harley-Davidson. Their house hunt was consistent with their SoHo roots.”


Many Toppings for Lots of Dogs

“Hot dogs are probably one of the last choices for those in search of a healthful meal, but Soul Dog, a small but hip restaurant in the heart of Poughkeepsie, isn’t your typical hot-dog stand.”


Amid the Ruins of the Bungalow Era, a Weekenders’ Revival

“The ingredients for a village-wide revival, similar to what has happened over the last decade in upstate communities like Hudson and Rosendale, seem to be in place: low-slung 19th-century storefronts, walkable blocks, manageable traffic and a core of dedicated pioneers.”


The Incomplete Angler

“My fellow students at the two-day Orvis school were a mix of baby boomers and demographically significant others able to pay the $430 tuition.”


The Classic Box, Well Rounded

“The modern simplicity of the octagonal house is a departure from Mr. Gladstone’s former weekend home.”


At I.B.M., a Vacation Anytime, or Maybe None

“Since 2003, it has covered everyone in the company, from the chief executive, Samuel J. Palmisano, who has a vacation house in Kennebunkport, Me., to workers at I.B.M.’s chip and server factories in East Fishkill and Poughkeepsie, N.Y.”


A Visit to the Commuting Far Reaches

“Only now, with many New York-area buyers traveling as far north as Dutchess County to find housing they can afford, does the five-square-mile city of Poughkeepsie — along with its 28.8-square-mile surrounding town of Poughkeepsie — appear to be getting up off its knees.”


With an Upscale Spa, a Clash of Meanings for the Word ‘Green’

“He described himself as philosophically opposed to gated communities. ‘Maybe a smattering of their guests will come and check out the town, like some kind of theme park, but I don’t think they’ll come down here and have a veggie burger after their spa treatments.'”


A Job for Spider-Man, or a Former Boy Scout

“But it does mean that what began as the most quixotic of efforts — a plan to turn an abandoned railroad bridge into a parklike path across the Hudson — might actually be close to gaining critical mass, if not quite the critical mass its original visionary had in mind.”


The Patron Gets a Divorce

“Leonard Riggio is the rich person who made Dia:Beacon possible. A demanding, emotional, self-made man — a Brooklyn cabbie’s son who built Barnes & Noble into the dominant bookseller in America — Riggio was the chairman of the Dia board during the years Dia:Beacon was being built.”


A Chance to Meet (Four-Footed) Cheesemakers

“They joined more than 40 other New Yorkers on an excursion to Sprout Creek Farm, where raw-milk cheese is made on 200 pastoral acres on the outskirts of Poughkeepsie.”


A Former Dutch Enclave Charms a New Generation

“Other neighborhoods have names like Kripplebush and Krumville that seem cribbed from Dr. Seuss. Their centers often consist of little more than a white clapboard church and, occasionally, a former one-room schoolhouse.”


Accessorizing a Catskills Farmhouse With a Past

“Mr. Littlefield might not be as readily recognizable as some of his celebrity neighbors, like the actors Aidan Quinn, Steve Buscemi and John Leguizamo, but he commands nearly the same level of attention wherever he goes — kind of fitting in by standing out.”


The Name Game

“Gary Potter, an American who lives in Bergamo, Italy, has just bought a large house outside of Windham, next to Hunter Mountain, which he and his children will use during their three or four visits back to the United States each year.”


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