On a brisk, mid-autumn day, Gayle Churchill walked slowly through the tunnel-like structure that crosses the Wallkill River.
She studied each crisscrossing post and beam forming the interior framework of Perrine’s covered bridge, often pausing in moments of reflection as if it were a sort of rustic cathedral.
Traffic, meanwhile, rushed by on the nearby New York State Thruway.
While Churchill soaked in the details, her husband had descended the riverbank to get a better view of the 138-foot-long span and snap photos of it arising from the water and surrounding golden foliage.
Survey shows New Yorkers would not come upstate even for casinos Albany Business Review. New Yorkers, including upstaters, get to vote on a proposal to begin the process of establishing non-Indian casinos in the state.
11 best places to see fall colors NBCNews.com Baseball fans will want to visit Cooperstown, home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, while other outdoorsy leaf-peeping activities include renting kayaks on Lake Otsego or hiking among the gorgeous...
People can already buy New York wines at farmers markets, but the new laws mean you’ll be able to find them at roadside stands too. That is, as long as the wines being sold are produced within 20 miles of the stand.
Brad Rickard, an expert in horticulture economics at Cornell University, says the overall economic impact of the new legislation is likely to be minor. But it could still be good news for small-scale producers, he says.
“It’s not going to lead to a 50 percent increase in sales, but it may be important, it might be very important for some of the small wineries that happen to be located within 20 miles of a very popular farm stand. It would give them an opportunity to bring their wines in front of more people."
Here are the 12 best wine lists in New York, according to Times wine writer Eric Asimov, who makes the case that this city is home to "the greatest selection of wine lists in the world."
His picks range from the "geeky French" at Reynard to the "new and deep" at Pearl & Ash, but all, Asimov writes, are "products of imagination, dedication, energy, resources and a clear point of view." The full list, with classifications, is below. And for Asimov's choices on what to drink at each, from the best deals to the weird finds, do take the time to read the article.
The year was 1930. Paterson, like the rest of the nation, was struggling with the Great Depression. Hinchliffe stepped in again and pitched the stadium as a recreational facility, not limited to only one sport.
The citizens of Paterson agreed and approved a $200,000 bond. When the stadium was still half-finished, 12,000 spectators came out to watch high school football rivals play on Thanksgiving.
By the next year’s game, the park was complete: a 10,000-seat stadium made from poured concrete, in a mix of American Mission and Art Deco-styles.
The site plan designers were the Olmstead brothers, sons of Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead, and the stadium itself was planned by local architects Fanning & Shaw. Even through today’s decay, the austere beauty of the structure shines through.
Balthus: A Biography by Nicholas Fox Weber is the only major biography currently in print of the artist, born Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, who has a major survey opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art this week.
First published by Knopf in 1999, the book is being reissued by Dalkey Archive Press on Sept. 25, the same day the exhibition opens, in part, according to John O’Brien, Dalkey’s founder and publisher, to coincide with the Met show (called “Balthus: Cats and Girls”). The Met, despite Dalkey’s supposed efforts, will not be stocking the biography in its bookstore.
Here are a dozen more ideas for filling an empty building:
1. Make a space that multiple businesses can divide and share. It can be a space carefully designed for compatible small retail shops, like Cathy Lloyd shared from Washington, Iowa. One downtown building gives life to many new retail stores. Shared spaces can also include a community of diverse businesses like 1440 Main Street.
2. Set up a business incubator. Ron Hirst has some suggestions to make incubators work in small towns.
3. Renovate, then lease or sell the building to the city or municipality. That’s how the Project Waynoka Foundation turned an empty building into the downtown library in Waynoka, Oklahoma. Then they used the money to buy another empty building. They renovated it, and then sold it to a business. Then they used that money to buy another empty building. And they’re still going.
So, now I sit typing this, awaiting a phone call to pick R up when he is done at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Then we will spend some time at the Fenimore Art Museum and maybe buy a little something for my Daddy's 88th birthday from Cooperstown, since my Dad is a big baseball fan. Tonight we're having homemade chili for dinner, with some ingredients from the local farm stand.
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[...] Mussolini was acclaimed as “Caesar”. But Mussolini was no ordinary man. He could not possibly be satisfied with being merely Caesar.
He also wanted to be Napoleon.
This was easily arranged. A photographer “shot” him in Napoleonic costume, the photograph was printed on thousands of post-cards and the post-cards were circulated all over Italia.
Taking the bull by the horns, Mussolini now rushed into international politics and mixed them up “something awful”, as we say back home.
But while the world at large recoiled from his exploits, Italia applauded with both hands and both feet—and exactly what the Hon. Caesar Napoleon Mussolini will attempt next, nobody knows. The French people guess that it will be the annexation of France, since he says quite frankly that Italia is overpopulated and must have a lot of brand-new territory—in a hurry. So much for the shepherd. And now a few words concerning his flock.
Small farms have increasingly opened up. Plenty of them are still making a living from straight agricultural production, though it would seem to be fewer and fewer each year. And an increasing number make it quite well as agritourism centers, whole foods outlets and party and convention centers.
As suburban America just gets abandoned, and big cities demand more from all those the small towns that act as hubs for all those small farms you see from the interstate, well, rural America is getting smarter.
So many models of small farms have grown up that it’s not easy to keep track of them. Savvier and more appealing is an absolute necessity.
COOPERSTOWN — It’s sacrilege, visiting this mecca to the American pastime without a stop at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, like seeing Washington without the White House or Miami without the beach.
In more than a dozen trips here, I’ve been to the Hall only once.
See it if you must. Buy a “Red Sox Parking Only” sign from the shop decorated with a wax sculpture of George Costanza in a Yankee jersey. Get it out of your system.
But don’t be distracted from Cooperstown’s real charms: one of the clearest lakes in the Northeast, a stunning opera house, hiking paths through rolling hills, museums, a Belgian-style farmhouse brewery immersed in auburn fields, a hand-carved carousel that depicts the entire history of New York State, and a century-old lakefront hotel.
Overall, the state is approaching 100 licensed breweries, nearly double the number just a few years ago.
To qualify for the farm license, a brewery must source 20 percent of ingredients - like barley and hops - from New York state. After 2018, the percentage required will increase.
The farm brewery license requirements are credited with spurring the development of new hop growers and processors, and helping create a barley malting industry, which has not existed in New York for years.
Then not too long ago I read the book Reflections of Toddsville by Hollie Van Horne, a time travel romance novel that plays in and near Cooperstown. This book was descriptive enough about the area that it piqued my interest.
Needless to say, when the recommendation about the art museum came, it was a quick decision. I had to drive from Albany to Syracuse, and I might as well take a lesser highway, enjoy the fall colors in their full glory in rural upstate New York and visit Cooperstown.
The aircraft with a unique twin-tail configuration crashed into the lake in July 1948 shortly after taking off from a Cooperstown airfield, killing the two 24-year-old World War II veterans who were on board.
Artisans, water power, local farms, grist milling, lumberjack skills, and horse-drawn wagon rides will all be featured at the Miller’s Harvest Festival and Folkways Fair at Hanford Mills Museum (Delaware County) on Sunday, October 13.
My suggestion for this weekend’s reading is Vladimir Nabokov’s short story “Signs and Symbols,” which ran in the magazine sixty-five years ago with the title “Symbols and Signs.” The story, which centers on an elderly couple’s attempt to visit...
The Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce and the good folk of Margaretville celebrate the only vegetable that resembles a human brain at what may be the only festival in its honor at the Tenth Annual Cauliflower Festival this Saturday, September 28, from 10am to 4pm.
There will be a tractor parade at 11:30am and a square dance on the pavilion with the Catskill Mountain Boys in the afternoon. All day long, you can browse a splendid array of Catskills crafters’ wares, let your kids pet rescue animals or ride the Papa’s Little Hillbilly Barrel Train, and nosh on top-notch festival fare. (Cauliflower is featured, but not obsessively so.)
The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce has been named the winner of The Business Council of New York State's Chamber of the Year award. This award, to be presented at The Business Council's 2013 Annual Meeting ...
What a fantastic event. It was inspiring. The people were amazing. And the food and beer were phenomenal. I'm talking about the Locavore Dinner in Utica hosted by Mohawk Valley EDGE on September 10, 2013. The event would have been worthwhile solely for the five course meal pairing local foods prepared by the good folks at Loaf, Leaf & Ladle with Saranac beers with Nick Matt, CEO of F.X. Matt Brewing Company, introducing and explaining each pairing.
But on top of that, there was a speaker from the local food and beverage business community to accompany each course and the announcement of the winners of the EDGEccelerator Business Competition. But wait there's more, because the room was full of food entrepreneurs, foodees, economic development folks, and representatives of the local business community and government - a crowd of important people hearing the message and experiencing firsthand the power and potential of the local food system.
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