Hudson Valley Lifestyle


From style to sustainability, Chronogram’s Lifestyles section follows how those in the Hudson Valley live their lives.


Powering the Path Forward

Central Hudson making changes toward renewable energy and investing in infrastructure.

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Caving 101: A Beginner's Guide to Spelunking

A beginner’s guide to spelunking.

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Hudson Valley's Emerging Green Tech Industry

With New York’s sustainability and clean power initiatives, the Husdon Valley is a prime place for manufacturing green technology.

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Upstate-Based Online Boutique Adolophine Sells African Crafts Direct from Artisans

From Diplomat's Daughter to Artisan Ambassador, Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley Is a Self-Made Design Diplomat
The daughter of a Congolese diplomat, Kerhonkson resident Adolophine Lukabu Sheeley has built a fair trade, direct-sourced online boutique selling authentic jewelry, bags, textiles and decor made by African artisans.

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Hudson Valley Maker Spaces

Have a cool idea? Whether it’s a craft piece, a media project, or a prototype of your brilliant new invention, Hudson Valley makerspaces can help you make the leap from idea to reality, offering everything from tech to tools and instruction.

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Co-Work Kingston: Your Office Awaits in Uptown Kingston's New Coworking Space

The upstairs of the Senate Garage, a historic industrial building in Uptown Kingston, has been transformed into Co-Work Kingston.

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From the Andes to You: Ethical Alpaca Knitwear from ELEVEN SIX

Kingston-Based Fashion Brand Teams Up with a Bolivian Artists' Cooperative
Working with master artisans in Peru and Bolivia, ELEVEN SIX brings a new blend of traditional skill and stunning design to life in cuddly alpaca fiber

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Eileen Fisher's Westchester Factory Paves the Way to Sustainable Fashion

At Eileen Fisher’s Tiny Factory in Irvington, the national brand is leading the industry toward sustainable horizons.

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Hudson Valley Outdoor Adventure Guide

Fifteen can’t-miss outdoor activities for a perfectly adventurous Upstate summer.

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Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley: A Regional Benefactor

Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley isfast becoming one of the largest grantmakers in the region.

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Kingston Greenline Gaining Ground, Opening New Vistas

As progress continues on the Kingston Greenline project, residents and visitors are gaining a newly interconnected city. One of the great bonuses of urban life is the ability to do all of the things, meet all of the people and have all of the fun without being tethered to two tons of automobile. But 20th-century car worship didn’t make walkability a priority, and urban centers everywhere have paid the price, Kingston very much included. Its three major neighborhoods have long felt almost like separate communities. Several years ago, the city and county joined forces with the Kingston Land Trust to begin developing a 13.5-mile network of linear parks, bike lanes, urban trails, and complete streets to connect Kingston’s recreational, cultural, historic, and commercial assets with attractive, user-friendly trailways for walkers and bikers. “People had been eyeing the upper Kingston Point rail line that goes past Rondout Gardens and tunnels under the Hasbrouck intersection for a long time,” says Ted Griese, Kingston Land Trust operations manager. “From that energy came the concept of a Greenline. We realized that the rail trails formed a hub that would work as a non-motorized transit system.” In 2014, a conceptual plan was developed: the Greenline would connect with county rail trails, the Hudson River Valley Greenway, and the Empire State Trail (then, barely a gleam in Governor Cuomo’s eye, now scheduled for completion in 2020). “We’re tackling each segment as its own animal, and down the road, it will all come together,” Griese says. “There has been some opposition from rail supporters to pulling up the track, and we understand the sentiment, but within the city limits it seems unlikely that rail will be coming back anytime soon. When you experience it on the ground, the city’s a lot more compact, walkable and bikeable than people realize, and people are loving it. We recently got done re-grading the section from Midtown to the Kingston Plaza, and every time we post about it people say how pleased they are.” The Kingston Greenline, besides connecting the city’s assets—making it possible to walk from dinner on the Rondout to a show at UPAC, or from a Midtown apartment to the supermarket—will connect to the northern end of the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail leading to Rosendale and New Paltz and from there to the Walkway Over The Hudson. The western end will connect to the O&W/Hurley Rail Trail and the Ashokan Rail Trail, slated for a grand opening this May. “This spring our main focus is fundraising for the Hasbrouck/Delaware Parklet, a small green space near that intersection that was all overgrown with brambles, useless, and ugly,” says Griese. “It’s small, but there’s potential for a community gathering space, and there hasn’t been a park in that neighborhood. We’ve cleaned an old railway tunnel, and you can walk through it now. Bit by bit—cleanups, hardscape, plantings—the pieces are coming together, and I think people are going to be more and more amazed. There are bustling urban parts, peaceful walks where I’ve seen all kinds of wildlife, and eventually there will be benches and informational kiosks. It’s taking shape—Kingston Point is finished, Midtown is usable, and by this fall we’re going to be releasing a whole new map with our much more solidified system.” ...

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Factory & Main Designers Build a Slow-fashion Co-Op in Catskill

Bored with your closet? Tired of mainstream fast fashion? Head up to Catskill to experience the creative styling at Factory & Main, a design cooperative and slow fashion studio, where Tsia Carson and Sirpa Cowell have joined forces to make ethical threads—and are having an absolute blast doing it. Both women, experienced designers, had dreamed of creating original clothing, but didn’t want their visions defined by retail buyers. “I love seeing my designs on women’s bodies. I love making clothing that women can feel comfortable and confident in,” says Carson. “I work with small boutiques and I love my stockists, but there is a lot of churn in retail fashion right now, and it’s hard for them to work with tiny orders and little brands. Selling online works better for that model. But having our own location as a collective may be the best arrangement yet.” Cowell, born and raised in Finland, fell in love with the US and relocated to New England in 2005. In the US, she continued an already-established design career with, among a long list of other gigs, a position as head of home products design at Garnet Hill and another as a freelance consultant for Ikea Sweden, before moving to Greene County in 2017 to open the boutique. Carson, a fifth-generation New Yorker, lived in Hawaii for years and still splits her time between Chatham and Honolulu, where she launched her own line several years ago. Her degree is in the performing arts, and she’s authored books on design and worked extensively in building interactive user-experience systems for museums and libraries. Introduced by a mutual friend at Hudson River Exchange, the two found they shared a mindset: both wanted to do sustainable, small-batch production of comfortable top-quality clothing in a collaborative setting. And when Cowell emailed Carson asking her if she wanted in on Factory & Main, Carson jumped at the chance. “Sirpa had the factory space, and I had a barn full of fabric,” she says. “We’ve got the sampling room, cutting space, photo studio, and retail space; we have a third designer joining us in May; and we’re meeting with a possible fourth on Friday.” Even with just the two of them, you’ll find variety on the racks. “Comfort is a value we share, and we both love prints, but my work tends to be more minimalist and Scandinavian,” Cowell says. “Whereas I am fascinated by aloha-wear,” Carson says. “You could say my stuff is a little louder. I bring these colors in sometimes that make Sirpa’s eyes pop. We’ve started creating a few home goods together. It’s so liberating to work this way, to have somebody there to ask, ‘how’s this?’ and get feedback. It gives me the opportunity to experiment with things I’d never try.” In adding members to the cooperative, the team will add diversity but “maintain an appeal to the same customers,” according to Cowell. “There will be a certain consistency of style, but more importantly, shared values. You’re not going to walk in here and find polyester or anything made by slave labor, not ever.” The project has a feeling of serendipity to it. “We are literally a factory on the corner of Factory and Main, the intersection of the maker movement and the Main Street movement,” says Cowell. “We have the Catskill Mill right behind us, and they’re waitlisted before they even open; there are new restaurants all over the place, and Lumberyard. And people who love fine clothing do like to be able to come in and feel the fabric and try a few things on. After that, they may buy from you online, but they like to be able to come in and touch the work.” Those who do so at Factory & Main are favorably impressed. “Love love love this sweet shop,” says an online reviewer. “So rare to find such high quality heirloom clothing. Found perfect gift for my wife, affordable and unique.” ...

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8 Hudson Valley Events to Pencil in this April

From a train ride and Easter egg hunt to a craft beer festival, here are 8 fun Hudson Valley events to check out in April.

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6 Hudson Valley Coworking Spaces

Though coworking was born in urban environments like New York City, where rents are prohibitive, the concept has gradually migrated to the Hudson Valley. Here are six of our favorite upstate coworking spaces.

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Waltzing in a Winter Wonderland: Winter Weddings at Ashokan Center

The Ashokan Center is the perfect setting for that winter wedding fantasy.

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Sledding Hills in the Hudson Valley

What better way to get outside and release some endorphins after a big snowfall than sledding? We've rounded up 14 of the best public hills in the Hudson Valley for sledding and tubing.

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Beacon-Based Shred Foundation Teaches Confidence Through Snowboarding

In 2014, Danny Hairston founded Beacon-based SHRED Foundation, an organization that harnesses the creativity and stick-to-itiveness of snowboarding to build job and life skills and offer alternative career paths for young people in the Hudson Valley.

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Seriously Sustainable, Right Down to Your Underpants

Ulster County-Based Company Between the Sheets Makes Ethical Lingerie & Loungewear
Ulster County-based lingerie and loungewear company Between the Sheets makes ethical and environmentally sustainable intimate wear.

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Sasquatch Sightings in the Hudson Valley

Bigfoot Researchers of the Hudson Valley Band Together to Gather Evidence
As a teenager, Gayle Beatty heard a distinctive, unrecognizable scream while camping one night the woods. In 2011, she heard it again on the Animal Planet show "Finding Bigfoot," and ever since has been on a mission to gather evidence of the existence of Bigfoot and to educate others.

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15 Hudson Valley Wedding Venues with Onsite Accommodations

A round-up of 15 fabulous Upstate wedding venues with onsite lodging so your friends and family can stay close and celebrate all night long.

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FEAST at Round Hill: A Lush Hudson Valley Wedding Venue with Award-Winning Catering

If your perfect Hudson Valley wedding involves a picturesque private estate and catering by chefs with 20 years of experience crafting thoughtful menus, then FEAST at Round Hill might just hit the sweet spot.

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The Kartrite: New York State's Largest Indoor Water Park

The Monticello Resort and Indoor Water Park is Set to Open in March 2019
In March 2019, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Water Park will open its doors. The new Sullivan County attraction will be the largest indoor water park in New York State, offering a two-acre, four-season experience with an impressive array of slides and rides.

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Expansions to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail System

New York State currently has 110 rail trails totaling 1,152 miles, with another 683 miles of railbed identified as “potential.” The plan, laid out by Governor Andrew Cuomo in 2017 and funded to the tune of $200 million, will create the largest non-motorized transit option in the US. Here are some of the rail train connections and expansions coming to the Mid-Hudson Valley.

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CO: A Synergistic Coworking Space in Rhinebeck

CO, a coworking facility in Rhinebeck, NY offers a clean, open-plan space for individual work and team projects, fostering an environment of productivity, collaboration, and inspiration.

Tags: Art of Business

Lumberyard Prepares for the 2019 Wedding Season

On November 17, Lumberyard, Catskill's lynchpin cultural, hosted its very first wedding. With ethereal visions and a late autumnal color palette, Lumberyard's Theater/Ballroom was transformed into a sylvan wonderland for the wedding, with the help and donated services of a handful of local Greene County wedding vendors.

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Windham Mountain Resort: New & Improved

With $8 million in capital improvements made over the off season, Windham Mountain is set to receive a record number of guests on its well-groomed slopes.

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Unshattered: Stitching Lives Back Together

This Dutchess Nonprofit Employs Women Recovering from Addiction
Unshattered is a nonprofit located in Hopewell Junction that teaches women recovering from addiction how to sew and employs them making upcycled handbags, totes, and makeup kits.

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Cross-Country Skiing for the Novice

Workshops & Resources for Beginners
This January, Mid-Hudson Adirondack Mountain Club will launch a series of introductory cross-country skiing workshops.

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From the Archive: The Money-Making Ethic

Chronogram originally published "The Money-Making Ethic" in January 1999. Since then, Karl Widerquist has become one of the leading voices of the worldwide basic income movement.

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2019 Hudson Valley Wedding Vendor Picks + Tips

We've rounded up our top Hudson Valley wedding vendor picks for 2019, plus asked industry insiders for some pro tips on choosing the right vendor for your big day.

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3 Cultural Events to Spice Up Your January

January happenings around the Hudson Valley.

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6 Hudson Valley Hikes You Can Do in Under 60 Minutes

Got some time to kill? Opt for one of these six hour-long hikes, which will have you up, admiring the view, and back to the car in no time. Difficulties range from easy to strenuous and technical.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Sunset Yoga on the Roof Garden @ The Inn and Spa at Beacon

Sunset Yoga on the Roof Garden

Mondays-Saturdays, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Continues through Sept. 27 — Purchase a ticket for your desired date to reserve your spot. 6:30pm...
Yay for Clay! Kids' Summer Class @ Kingston Ceramics Studio

Yay for Clay! Kids' Summer Class

Tuesdays, 9-11 a.m., Sundays, 1-3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. Continues through Aug. 21 — Children ages 6 to 9 will be taught hand-building pottery techniques over...

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