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An aerial view that shows the Hudson River State Hospital and a portion of the former Hudson River Psychiatric Center. The site overlooks the Hudson River. Most but not all of the existing buildings on the 156-acre parcel will be razed; a few historic structures, including the Center’s towering administration building on the site’s north end, will be renovated and repurposed.

Ground broken for development at former Hudson River Psychiatric Center

Even in broad daylight, the ruins of the Hudson River Psychiatric Center in the Town of Poughkeepsie conjure every horror-movie cliché you can imagine: the echoing screams of the hopelessly mad, the slammed…

(Photo by Marc Dalmulder)

Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival in Poughkeepsie

In Western literary tradition, dragons are scary, dangerous beasts, and awakening one is generally held to be an unwise move. But Chinese culture reveres dragons as wise, powerful protective spirits. And before a…

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Talk on coexisting with coyotes in Woodstock

It hasn’t been all that many decades since the top of the food chain in New York State was pretty much unpopulated except by Homo sapiens. Remember the first time that you spotted…

(Photo by Garry Knight)

Chances are… Of lotteries and global destruction

A caller on last week’s Vox Pop show on WAMC worried about Nibiru. That’s the planet supposedly on a collision course with Earth. Like other wacky conspiracies making the rounds, this one insists that…

This illustration depicts NASA's Juno spacecraft at Jupiter (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Secrets of the Juno spacecraft

Last week the space headlines were all about Jupiter. A billion-dollar spacecraft named Juno successfully fired its engine and went into orbit around the giant planet. NASA released its usual hype: that this mission may…

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Wawarsing Historical Society & Knife Museum in Napanoch

The first room in the building is full of artifacts and tchotchkes and documents and odds-and-ends and practical items presumably of use at one time – all from past eras. There are tools…

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Antique Car Show at Poughkeepsie’s Locust Grove this Sunday

When you hear “car show,” you probably picture a hot parking lot or an empty field with rows of vehicles on display. At Locust Grove, the 1851 villa built by Samuel F. B. Morse…

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Free showings at World’s Largest Kaleidoscope in Mt. Tremper

What do you do with an empty silo? If you’re developer Dean Gitter, you turn it into a giant kaleidoscope and invite the world in. Twenty years ago, Gitter’s decision to turn an unused silo into the World’s Largest…

Each year on the second Saturday in July, known as Stone House Day, the owners of some of Hurley’s most historic buildings (which include some of America’s oldest stone houses) throw their doors open for our enjoyment. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, July 9, it’s your chance to pay a visit and inspect the stone houses’ fascinating interiors at your leisure during Hurley’s 66th annual Stone House Day. Pictured above: An old coal stove that has been modified to use electricity in the residence used for shooting the Dustin Hoffman-Jessica Lange film Tootsie. This home will be open for Stone House Day. (Courtesy of Stone House Day)

Stone House Day in Hurley on Saturday

Unlike the stone houses on New Paltz’s historic Huguenot Street, which are kept open to the public on a regular basis as a living museum, the 230-to-330-year-old dwellings of Hurley’s Dutch settlers are…

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Documentary of pioneering landscape designer Jens Jensen at Cary Institute

After immigrating to Chicago in 1884, Danish-born Jens Jensen was taken by the immensity of the Great Plains, calling it “America’s greatest strength.” As the prairie began disappearing, plowed under by rapid urban growth, Jensen brought…

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