Monday, November 15, 2010

Watch And Clock Repair Shop, Warren Street: Ebay ALERT

There's a very nice little lot of Hudson ephemera on ebay right now, which includes a couple of rare interior photographs of a watch and clock repair shop at 331 Warren Street.

 I'm not anticipating putting in any high bids myself-- but I would very much like to see these photos make their way back to Hudson, as they're a great little piece of our history.  (It's likely the watchmaker enthusiasts will be just as interested as any Hudsonia collector, So- I'm putting it out there.)
Take a look at the auction HERE.  It ends tonight at around 8 o'clock eastern time, and already has two interested bidders.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Remembering Joan

Over twenty years ago I tore this centerfold out of a 1989 GAMES Magazine.

I was so struck by its charm and genius ---I knew I would enjoy looking at it for years to come.   I suppose it was one of Joan Steiner's first published dioramas, long before her Look-Alike books started being published in the late nineties. 

Here's another one from 1992:

I initially met Joan in 1996, through a mutual friend who said we had similar artistic sensibilities (I used to make diorama-ish art too).  Then I moved to Hudson where  I'd run into her often, including at the Watnot Shop, where we both loved to treasure  hunt regularly.  

At some point we learned we both loved Scrabble, and got into playing long, drawn-out intense games, every Monday evening,  year-round.  Joan taught me how to keep a balanced rack and--- never open up a triple, unless you're putting down a bingo.  

I probably won't be able to attend Joan's Memorial Service today (3 pm, Dutch Reformed Church, Rt 9H, Claverack), so I am remembering her today by wearing a necklace made of trinkets I got at her studio Sale a couple weeks ago.  (It has served as a Good Luck charm throughout the current local Scrabble tournament).

Rest in Peace, Joan.

"Suitcase" I found at Joan's studio sale.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Last night while riding my bike around I noticed that the old Fosters Refrigeration Plant on North 2nd Street is being demolished.

Good riddance; the place was a cavernous, dangerous junk heap.  Not to mention toxic.      
(mysterious dumpster sludge)

It also had a kooky ghost story associated with it.

Click Here to see photos I took inside Fosters in 2006 and 2007.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Hudson Beach Combing Part 2: PIGS

Yesterday at sunset I went to one of my beach combing spots along the river, only to find a freshly dumped load of garbage (it hadn't been there 24 hours before).

Plastic kitty litter pans, brooms, shovels, crutches, fast food wrappers, and three bulging bags of household garbage, garbage, garbage.  

By the end of today the tide will have come and gone a few times, taking the crutches and plastic away for boaters to stumble upon.  Birds and animals will have torn open the bags and strewn the stuff around.   In the coming weeks and months wind and water will spread it out some more and it'll all be nicely dispersed.   Maybe someday a soggy piece of junk mail bearing the culprit's name will float to the shore and land on my foot.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Hudson Beach Combing Part 1, Glass

Just as I was about to compile my own local beach glass guide, the New York Post Parade Magazine published A Shore Thing yesterday, a little Sunday piece about "sea glass" collectors.  It calls us "secretive, greedy, even starry-eyed" (yeah, I guess), and runs down a list of glass color hierarchy in the sea glass collectors world.  For the most part, the article works as a guide for river glass collectors as well:

            "Green and Brown are common"  it says.
I couldn't agree more and have to stop bringing them home, unless they are particularly smooth and well-shaped.

                 "Blues are harder to find, but not impossible".

Here in Hudson, blues are indeed rare  (those boaters are drinking beer, not Perrier---)  and it is the lime greens that are rarest, and a personal favorite.

 This is where the river experience differs from seashore.
 Parade names red glass "ultra-scarce"; the "holy grail" of beach glass collectors.

But I can usually find 1-2 a day on the Hudson shores.
Probably because red ones are made of tail lights and boats are in a more confined area here. (?)  For all I know these channel markers have glass lights on them too, that occasionally bust and wash ashore.

In any case, while reds are rare, at least they will scream out to you.

Today I ventured into new territory, and my haul included an unprecedented 
five reds and four blues

Without salt water and high seas, glass shards around here don't get very smooth, so I doubt I will ever face much competition in the local beach glass-hunting scene.

I love the color combo-ing though.

This very dense opaque red one is my newest favorite, 
and feels like it's been knocking around for quite some time.


Wednesday, July 28, 2010

great opportunity

Great opportunity tonight to see "Odds Against Tomorrow", a movie shot mostly in Hudson in 1959.  Starring Harry Belafonte and with a great jazz soundtrack. It will be shown at Space 360, 360 Warren Street, 6:30 pm.
Warren Street is heavily featured, (a bank robbery takes place at 6th and Warren in what's now Bank of America).  Also, look for the grand houses that stood where the vinyl boxes sit now atop the hillside adjacent to the promenade.
As for the waterfront scenes, you won't recognize a thing----

Thursday, July 8, 2010

under the linoleum

My friend Tim recently excavated seven layers of linoleum from one room of his house over on Union Street.
(You can count them along with me here:)

At the bottom of the pile were some old Hudson Registers dated April 1938, which he saved for me.

The wood grain from the wide board floors was stamped on many of the pages,
making for some interesting as-found faux bois collages.


According to this ad for  Bresky's "Smoke and Water Sale" at 357 Warren Street (now a parking lot) the Hudson Playhouse was lying in ruins, having just been destroyed by fire.
Here's an old postcard of The Hudson Playhouse from its heyday.
I believe this was at 353 Warren, right where Tortillaville is sitting now, in the old City Glass parking lot.
Facade seems to be dated 1912, which would mean this building only stood 26 years (or - did they rebuild?...)

Other interesting tidbits include:
boxing bouts and cooking classes at City Hall 

A pet store on North 5th Street

as well as an American-Italian-Chinese Restaurant on the corner of State & 5th.

And Another Amateur Night at La Roma's, 225 Warren Street, 
with the Personality Boys.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

mystery location

My (wild) guess as to where this photo was taken would be upper Columbia Street, looking southeast, pretty much in the location where the hospital stands now.  But it's just a guess based on the terrain---Would be interested in any other ideas/input....

(Click picture to enlarge)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Wow-- excellent weekend for finding Hudson memorabilia at local rummage/garage sales!  I got all this stuff in the last 24 hours....

Antique made-in-Hudson Gifford Wood ice tongs refashioned into a candelabra:

(Gifford had foundry here that specialized in ice-harvesting tools....)

1985 Fire Alarm Locator/Calendar, courtesy Register-Star:

Flip side is a calendar with reprint of the first edition of the Hudson Weekly Gazette,
March 31, 1785.

Ca. 1940 Elmer Swanson silhouette advertising thermometer:

Chocolate brown size 44 man's suit from Kritzman-Maskin Men's store, 511
(?)Warren St:

And my favorite, a tiny pocket sewing kit from the Orchard Dress Shop:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

we lost another today

They bulldozed this house on Prospect Street today.
I have some interior pictures from 2007 that I will share later...

EDIT/UPDATE:::May 6: It turns out I loaded pictures on my flickr page in 2008, when previous owner was cleaning the house out.  Mostly pictures of junk  (a Hudson schoolteacher lived there), but kitchen pantry, stairway with stained woodwork, and  vintage bathroom...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Greenport School

primary classroom
The old Greenport Elementary School on Rt 66 is being cleaned out ---

 lots of industrial kitchen equipment being sold off,
as well as desks,
who cares
upright pianos,
pianos for sale
and mystery machines.
mystery machine

The original school was built in 1928 main entrance of older section
and is surrounded with daffodils and budding magnolias and forsythia.
budding magnolias
It has some nice original wood details.
main ent cubby/closet in older building
girls room

The single-story mid-century addition has long cinderblock hallways, with some really wonderful murals painted by the schoolchildren
mural detail

I love how in this one the kids have placed all the local schools right on Hudson's waterfront...
waterfront schools...
To see all of my photos visit the full set on my flickr page. On each photo page you can click on "all Sizes" so see higher resolution versions.
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