Monday, November 9, 2009

knitting mill

The old knitting mill down on Front Street being dismantled today:

Before picture with clerestory windows, (same view) from 2008:

View from train tracks:

Read about it here

More pictures on flickr page.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Spontaneous Tour

I stumbled on a yard sale yesterday at the McDonald Funeral Home on upper Diamond Street. Didn't buy anything (oh, there was a LOT of sheet music btw), but got a special tour of the amazing carriage barn, complete with original horse stalls
(Click to enlarge any pic)

"Oats cleaner"

and working carriage elevator (I know of only three of these in Hudson):

All in beautiful original condition.
What an amazing sculpture studio this place would make.
I also got to see an interesting stash of antique embalming equipment (not for sale, and no, I didn't take pictures), as well as a coffin elevator in the main house.

DEC 10 update: Word is this building is being turned into a dentist's office; the elevator will be removed. I don't hold out much hope for the horse stalls, wainscot, or oats cleaner, either...

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

A Minute in Hudson

I think the city has a new flag in Promenade Park.
I can't remember ever being so mesmerized by it before.

Filmed July 4th and July 8th.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Female Trouble, Then and Now

1920s and today. Click to enlarge.

(My old myspace blog entry about Dr. Maltz can be found here.)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Free Old Tin Roof - Act Now

I was riding my bike down Cherry Alley this morning. There's a decent-sized pile of embossed tin roof tiles awaiting a salvager. Just to the west of 3rd Street.

I took a few for myself because they exactly match the tiles on my carriage barn's roof, but if you have a project (Shed? Chicken coop, Henhouse? Love Shack?) to recycle/use them for, get over there and grab them!

EDIT Update Sunday 5 pm. I hear they're gone already.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Hudson Walking Tour

The Tainted Lady Lounge (the long-gone bar, not the blog) gets a mention in today's Upstate Earth Blog. Check out the whole blog while you're there... a nice assortment of local explorations rich with history.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Rare Hudson Relics showing up at Brimfield this week!

Larry and his travelling cat Smooch

were at Brimfield this week selling their fabulous wares out of the "COOL BUS".
In addition to yards and yards of luxurious fabrics and trimmings, Larry had an original wooden baker's peel
from the Hudson Supermarket ---from when it was actually a supermarket, not the antiques center it is today ( 310 Warren Street).
It was only fifteen bucks!

He also had a lovely stash of stamped tin ceiling and frieze parts, recently excavated from the old Savoia Bar at 255 Warren Street.

do yourselves a favor and look for Larry's big Yard Sale on upper Warren Street coming this July...

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Star Theatre

510 Warren Street, then and now:

Some old Star Theatre Ads
1927 Wings, with Gary Cooper:

1934- Tom Mix Western

1942 Roy Rogers' Sons of Pioneers

1945 Strangers in the Night

"Dinnerware to Ladies" ?Any ideas what this means?

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

man in uniform

Oops - meant to post this on baseball's opening day. Another photo from my many Watnot Shop acquisitions.

(Click to enlarge. If you think you might know exactly where in Hudson this photo was taken, or who this person might be, please let me know.)

Friday, March 27, 2009


Scored a Hudsonopoly board game at the first yard sale of the season this morning!

These were made in 1985 to commemorate Hudson's Bicentennial. I've found them before but always gave them away. This set is too tattered to give as a gift---so it'll go in my ever-growing Hudson time capsule...
From what I can tell, the only Hudsonopoly business still in existence is Town and Country Foods, down on Dock Street. I know Bobbie's Flea Market and Sherin's Dollhouse Shop are long gone...(sigh)...
Maybe we need to get together and make a new edition for the big Henry Hudson Quadricentennial this year?

Think of the possibilities..

You could buy the Martin residence, turn it into a fabulous, hip B&B, but then draw the chance card that quadruples your property taxes!

Or, how about: "Wal-Mart opens in Greenport; kills your business, you're foreclosed on. Go directly to jail."

Incidentally (while I'm here),
on my way to the yard sale, I had to drive by the brand-spanking-new-this-week Applebee's

"Neighborhood Grill and Bar", out on Fairview Avenue. (What's with the "grill" coming before the "bar" now?)

This is the "neighborhood" right behind Applebee's:
Future home of Super Wal-Mart of course, but with a lovely Berkshire Mountains backdrop.