Hudson, New York
On the east bank of the Hudson River as it
winds through Columbia County lies a gem of a city that dates to pre-Revolutionary War days. Just a few decades back, Hudson, NY, was home to neglected storefronts in various stages of disrepair, sketchy alleyways, and a few brave antiques shops. In recent years, though, a burgeoning group of artists, designers, and design enthusiasts have picked up and moved to the waterside city to open up home design stores, antiques shops, galleries, and restaurants—turning it into the hip getaway it is now.
Despite a somewhat sleepy-town-feel mid-week, Hudson comes alive each weekend with excursionists intent on antiquing and design hunting amid the beauty of the Hudson River Valley. Culinary bon vivants in search of the best farm-to-table restaurants, such as Swoon Kitchenbar and relative newcomer Fish & Game, are also aplenty. The fortuitous migration of design-savvy urban dwellers to this rural haven has also yielded a huge upside—the restoration of many historic buildings and houses to their former (and various) architectural glories.
Getting There: A variety of trains provide service to Hudson including Amtrak, Adirondack, Empire Service and Ethan Allen Express. An Amtrak train from Penn Station will leave you at the 1874-built Hudson Amtrak Station—the oldest continuously operated station in New York—in as little as two hours.
Shops to Visit: Rural Residence, Sutter Antiques, Vincent Mulford, Foley & Cox Home, Finch: Life Curated, Naga North, Christopher Coleman Collection, Stair Galleries, and Carrie Haddad Gallery. These are only a few of the many wonderful shops and galleries on the mile-long stretch of Hudson’s main thoroughfare, Warren Street.
Arts & Culture: A former theatre-turned-tennis club will be the site for Serbian-born performance artist Marina Abramovic’s eponymous Institute (MAI) for the Preservation of Performance Art. Architects Rem Koolhaas and Shohei Shigematsu, partners in the international multi-disciplinary firm OMA, will lead the development of the multi-functional museum project. The restored c. 1855 Hudson Opera House is now a cultural center with a year-round calendar full of arts and cultural programs. Basilica Hudson, set in a converted 19th-century factory, is yet another local art, performance, production, and event space. Trivia: Hudson is home to one of the largest fire-service centered museums of the world. It is located in FASNY’s (Firemen’s Association of the State of New York) Fireman’s home, which also happens to be our country’s first old-age home for fireman.
Gay Times!: The 5th annual Hudson Pride Parade will be held on June 21, 2014, on Warren Street.