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By Elissa Garay, Photos by John Garay

Big Apple Circus trainer Jenny Vibdel offers circus and rescue animals a second chance at life on her family's Windham farm. 24


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ummertime is bee time—and time to recognize these remarkable creatures. According to a recent report by the Center for Biological Diversity, over 50 percent of North America’s 1,400plus bee species are in decline, with nearly 25 percent at risk of extinction. The causes? Pesticide and fungicide exposure, parasites, disease, and lack of adequate nutrition due to overdevelopment of land and loss of native plants. In the past decade, since scientists began warning of the honeybee’s dwindling numbers, two national holidays have been instituted to spread awareness of bees’ plight. This summer, from June 19 to 25, National Pollinator Week celebrates its 10th anniversary. Designated by the US Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior, the week addresses the declining populations of bees, bats, beetles, and birds. August 19 is National Honey Bee Day (NHBD), founded in 2009 by Billsburg, Pennsylvania, apiary operator Michael Thomas. Initially intended for local bee associations only, NHBD spread across 16 states even before its debut, and was officially proclaimed by the Secretary of Agriculture. In 2010, NHBD expanded to 22 states and adopted its first national theme, Local Honey: Good for Bees, You, and the Environment. Today, every US region offers NHBD activities—from honey tastings to apiary workshops to scientific studies. (This year’s theme, For a Natural High: Smoke Some Bees!, refers to the burning of natural materials—yard debris, grass clippings, or incense—to produce smoke to calm bees so you can look inside their hive.) The Hudson Valley's beekeeping industry is thriving. Hudson Valley Bee Supply, in Kingston, offers beekeeping equipment and workshops; Honey Bees 911, a new municipal swarm rescue program, launched by musician Nick Catania with the motto “Save the bees, save our food,” connects residents with volunteer beekeepers who can safely relocate swarms and provide advice. One of our most venerable honeybee organizations is Honeybee Lives, an organic apiary in New Paltz offering beekeeping classes and services upstate and in Brooklyn. The organization was founded in 2005 by longtime beekeeper and bee doctor Chris Harp and Grai St. Clair Rice, a beekeeper and writer. In 8

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2007, says Rice, “The term ‘colony collapse disorder’ hit the front page of the New York Times. People jumped onboard and wanted to be beekeepers. Then, in this beautiful way, the whole idea of sustainability really started to take hold.” These days, environmental consciousness has been replaced by concern about environmental regulation rollbacks. Honeybees no longer get “that flurry of media attention,” Rice says, but “the backyard beekeepers and urban beekeepers are keeping honeybees healthy.” Bees have much to teach us in this era of sharp political and cultural division, notes Harp. “People get shocked when I take 10,000 bees out of one hive and stick the colony right into another hive,” he says. “There’s no fighting, no squabbling. The bees are like, ‘Oh, you live here now? Okay, let’s go.’ You can’t say that of humans. Honeybees are amazing creatures. Bees are a group soul. It’s not just one hive—that hive, and every other colony around the globe, share the same soul. A single bee cannot live on its own at all. They need tens of thousands of compatriots.” However, says Harp, the “honeybee group soul” also makes it more vulnerable to extinction. “A honeybee colony is a superorganism—far more than 8,000 different microbes live in one hive with the bees,” he says. “So when the bees bring home a fungicide that was sprayed on the blossoms they landed on, it kills the gut of that colony. ” Saving the honeybee is more crucial than ever, so if you can keep a hive, advises Harp, keep two. But you can also help out in other ways. “People can learn whether herbicides are in the stuff they use to get rid of grubs or make their lawns greener, and make better choices,” says Rice. She also advises planting wildflowers (covered in this issue on page 43) and letting a property's edges go fallow, whether it’s farmland, a soccer field, or just your backyard. “Every day [in the news] there’s something you want to fight and scream and get sick and crawl under the rug about,” Rice admits. “But look at the big picture. Figure out little ways to take care of nature around you. Each thing will be a drop in the bucket— but that bucket will fill at some point.”

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On a Grand Stage By Peter Aaron Photograph by Jesse Turnquist

Teddy Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and Henry Ward Beecher are among the historical figures who have graced Hudson Opera House's stage.

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LAST YEAR, A GROUP OF CONTRACTORS WORKING ON RESTORING THE FORMER HUDSON OPERA HOUSE DISCOVERED SOMETHING STRANGE. Tucked away high up in the historic building’s uninsulated eaves was a lone cedar branch with bits of ribbon tied to it. What was this mysterious talisman? “We did some research and we learned that it was called a topping-off branch, which is something that was once ritually placed near the top of a building during the dedication,” says Gary Schiro, executive director of the Hall at Hudson Opera House. The tradition began in Scandinavia as a pagan rite to appease the spirits of trees cut down for a building’s construction. The branch must have pleased the spirits: The building, constructed in 1854 as Hudson’s original city hall and rechristened the Hudson Opera House in 1880, remains New York State’s oldest surviving theater—although for decades its odds of survival looked grim. In 1962, the city hall moved elsewhere on Warren Street and the massive building, which once hosted exhibits by Hudson River School painter Frederic Church, fell into decay. When Schiro entered the picture nearly 20 years ago to continue the restoration effort begun in 1992, the leaking roof had severely damaged the walls and ceilings; the basement was filled with standing water from clogged sewers; and the place was overrun with asbestos, nesting birds, and vermin. “Everyone thought we were crazy, that this place was beyond saving,” Schiro says. “Hudson had become incredibly depressed by that time. But almost as soon as our street-level West Room and Center Hall Gallery were restored for concerts, readings, and events and exhibits, you started seeing more restaurants and other businesses opening on the block.” In April, after two years of work and an $8.5 million grant-seeking 10

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campaign, phase two of the building’s refurbishment—the restoration of the elaborate 7,000-square-foot performance hall/ballroom on its second floor, a space that once hosted such speakers as Teddy Roosevelt, Susan B. Anthony, and abolitionist Henry Ward Beecher on its 23-foot proscenium—was celebrated with a lavish opening event. “A lot of what makes the performance hall so special is that it’s so grand but it’s also so intimate,” says Schiro. “You have these soaring 23-foot ceilings, yet no matter where you sit or stand you’re no farther than 60 feet from the stage.” Unsurprisingly, the hall’s restoration process has been intensive. The original floor-to-ceiling windows were carefully removed, reglazed, rebuilt, and reinserted; opulent center-ceiling oculus parts were discovered and reinstalled; trompe l’oeil wall decorations were revealed and cleaned up; the checkerboard-patterned plaster-and-wood wainscoting adorning all four walls was restored; and worn sections of the 19th-century heart pine floor were replaced using the same wood type found elsewhere on the site. “The gilded proscenium was regilded using a stencil design recreated from a found photo by local studio DesignRed,” Schiro says. Period playbills, handbills, liquor bottles, and other artifacts, discovered by contractors, will eventually be displayed. Phase three of the building’s preservation—seeking funds to refinish its mezzanine, upper-level dressing rooms, and basement storage and office spaces—has commenced. With the performance space’s reopening comes the facility’s rebranding, from Hudson Opera House to Hudson Hall at the Hudson Opera House—or, colloquially, Hudson Hall. “We’re so happy to finally be able to share the performance space with the public,” says Schiro. “I really think the people who come to enjoy the events here will not only be amazed by the beauty of the room, but also by the sense of history they feel.”

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The Quarry Fox and Other Critters of the Wild Catskills LESLIE T. SHARPE

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Anyone who’s ever dreamed of leaving city life for a home in the mountains will relish Sharpe’s lively, informative tales of the wildlife that graces her Catskills backyard and the forest beyond. With a naturalist’s discerning eye and a storyteller’s warmth, she describes close encounters with birds, a luna moth with “luminous pistachio wings,” a brazen bear with twin cubs, the elusive bobcat, and the titular fox. Deftly, she demonstrates how animal lives are impacted by human endeavors, whether by hanging up birdfeeders, reclaiming a bramble-clogged creek, or denuding whole mountainsides in search of tannin and hardscrabble farmland. Sharpe dedicates chapters to Henry David Thoreau, John Burroughs, Rachel Carson, and Annie Dillard, among others. The Quarry Fox lifts her into their excellent company.

The Nature of the Beast KATHY RUTTENBERG

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Open the cover of this sumptuous art book, and you’re deep inside the imagination of internationally acclaimed, Woodstock-based ceramic sculptor Ruttenberg. Visually splashy, with bold typography and doublepage photo spreads, this book is a cornucopia of creativity in action, including sketches, explanatory texts, and works in progress alongside finished sculptures. Humans, trees, and animals merge in multilayered, sometimes sinister tableaux drawn from fairy tales, mythology, and the artist’s household menagerie (rabbits, pigs, dogs, goats, and more). The New York Times’ Roberta Smith called Ruttenberg “a force to contend with as a narrator and symbolist, a form maker and colorist.” These talents abound in her fantastical home and studio, where every lamp, window treatment, and bedspread is an art installation.

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When the Hudson Valley’s wild beauty gets a little too wild, the city at the river’s mouth is a glorious antidote. Author and award-winning tour guide Robins offers an engaging, user-friendly guide to New York’s Art Deco treasures, from the iconic Chrysler and Empire State Buildings to outer-borough hideaways. After a brisk introduction (“Art Deco has become the collective name for all the brash, polychromatic, geometric, whiz-bang effects that could make a neighborhood diner or a multimillion-dollar skyscraper somehow suggest a skimpy dress, a rakish look, and a glass of champagne”), he provides 15 walking tour itineraries with maps and detail photos of skyline-piercing spires, terracotta friezes, a graphic-art mailbox, and the most elegant door treatments this side of the Emerald City.






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Welcome to the Greatest Farm on Earth A Windham farm becomes a home for circus and rescue animals By Elissa Garay | Photographs by John Garay



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or circus trainer Jenny Vidbel, who lives on her family’s 58-acre farm at the foot of Windham Mountain, the Catskill Mountains aren’t quite the “big top,” but their silhouette works just fine. For three generations, the Vidbels have been circus artists as well as farmers: the 41-yearold Vidbel is an equestrian/animal trainer; her twin sister, Susan, is an aerialist; their mother, Sharon, retired to Florida after a career in dressage; and her grandparents, Joyce and Al, kicked off the family’s circus legacy. In the 1930s, Vidbel’s grandmother, Joyce Lane, then a teenager, left the Catskills homestead—a former dairy farm that’s been in the family for five generations—for Nebraska, where she learned trick horse riding. Soon thereafter, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus came calling. Joyce found her life’s passion as a circus equestrian—and met her husband, Al Vidbel, a young Polish immigrant who had run away to join the circus, working his way up from dung shoveling to starring as an animal trainer specializing in elephants. As the couple moved through other circus troupes, their animals became intimate family members, and whenever they returned to Windham they brought their horses, elephants, and other assorted circus animals with them. The elephants

“were our babysitters,” recalls Vidbel. “They were really protective of us.” Vidbel grew up immersed in both farm life and the circus, and often traveled cross-country with her unorthodox family. Their dedication to their craft and affection for animals inspired her to become a circus trainer, most recently with the Big Apple Circus. The New York City-based circus, which filed for bankruptcy last year, will be renewed for its 40th season this fall under new ownership—with Vidbel and her animals in the lineup. These days, when they’re not performing, Vidbel and her menagerie—15 ponies, nine horses, nine dogs, four pigs, a donkey, and a llama—live at her Windham farm. All of the animals are rescues, with many of the dogs sourced from shelters, and the horses pulled from auction kill pens. Some of the animals are retirees, and not all are suited for circus stardom. “If they work out, great,” Vidbel says. “If not, they live their life out here anyway.” Like her grandparents, Vidbel met her partner, Guillaume Dufresnoy, at the Big Apple; he’s a retired trapeze artist and the circus’s former artistic director. Based in the homestead’s 1920s farmhouse—”I’m one of the retired animals,” Dufresnoy

Opposite: Jenny Vidbel has welcomed 15 ponies and nine horses to her farm, which is the site of the future Windham Mountain Horse Theater. Above: Vidbel keeps up with training in the off-season.

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quips—the couple is establishing the nonprofit Al & Joyce Vidbel Foundation, named in honor of Vidbel’s grandparents, to operate a therapy program with a mission of “bringing differently abled humans and animals together in an effort to connect, understand, and heal each other.” This summer, they’ll break ground on the Windham Mountain Horse Theater, a 250-seat indoor ampitheater slated to open in 2018. Dufresnoy will serve as the foundation’s president and the horse theater’s artistic director. The foundation aims to enroll economically disadvantaged children and special-needs children and adults (as well as, eventually, seniors) in a therapy program culminating in a weekend public performance at the Windham Mountain Horse Theater. By being “ performers, rather than spectators,” says Dufresnoy, participants will be able to build esteem, learn responsibility, set goals, and learn about teamwork while developing loving relationships with animals. The participants and animals—mainly horses and dogs—will be paired based on personality types, with bonding encouraged through hands-on animal training sessions running over several weeks and optional end-of-program recitals. As mutual trust, respect, and affection builds in the relationships, Dufresnoy explains, there will be a transfer of equally beneficial mental and physical stimulation and emotional comfort. Vidbel and Dufresnoy are developing the program with longtime circus performer Lisa Lewis, who was behind the Big Apple’s performances for special-needs children. But it’s not only the kids who will profit at the horse theater, says Vidbel. The farm’s resident animals—both those with circus training and the rescues—crave positive human contact and interaction. While Vidbel, Dufresnoy, and Lewis have begun testing the program with individual visitors, its full implementation remains about two years out. Vidbel hopes public access to the farm will influence lives as positively as it did hers. “Humans of all ages and abilities will learn how to rehabilitate, communicate, and form wonderful loving relationships with their animal partners,” she says. “I believe this is a wonderful thing to share. This place is paradise for me.”

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Village People By Brian PJ Cronin | Photos by Anthony Moreno


f the southeastern Rockland County village of Nyack seems oddly familiar on your first visit, it may be because of the man who grew up at 82 North Broadway. Painter Edward Hopper was born in Nyack in 1882 and called the village home for almost 30 years. For the rest of his life, Hopper would be inspired by aspects of Nyack’s environment: both natural (Hook Mountain’s long shadows contrast with the Hudson’s glittering, three-mile-wide surface) and man-made (narrow streets, generous porches, and a blend of vernacular architectural styles). “In every artist’s development the germ of the later work is always found in the earlier,” he wrote. Even in Hopper’s most famous work, done after he left Nyack, there’s often a whisper of the lonely windows and windswept shores of his upbringing. Today, Edward Hopper House Art Center exhibits some of Hopper’s early work, and photographs of the locations of his local paintings. But Hopper isn’t the only artist to be inspired by Nyack’s expanse of light and shadow: The museum hosts local artists’ exhibitions and jazz concerts, and rents out studios for painters. From Nyack’s days as a shipbuilding and trading hub to the present wave of professionals and creatives flocking there, the village has always attracted open-minded folks. THE SCENE Established in 1672, nestled between the Hudson River, Hook Mountain, and the woodlands of Blauvelt State Park within the town of Orangetown, Nyack ZIP CODE: 10960 POPULATION: 7,002 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $64,872 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: New York City is 27 miles south.

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TRANSPORTATION: The TappanZee Bridge is on Nyack’s southern outskirts. The closest Metro-North station is Tarrytown, across the bridge;

has never grown beyond its modest roots as a river village. Its intimate scale in both street plan and population continues to make it appealing; with a population of only 7,000 people, it’s common for those who have lived there for five to 10 years to feel like they know everyone in town. Rockland County residents are drawn to Nyack’s vibrancy, along with people from northern New Jersey and Westchester in search of something cheaper, hipper, and more diverse. There’s also a flow of folks moving up from New York City looking for a quiet, not-so-suburban suburb. This is Nyack’s main draw: It’s a village that actually feels like one. Residents can walk everywhere and get almost everything they need downtown, avoiding the shopping centers outside town. Downtown is full of quirky businesses that keep Nyack’s sidewalks bustling: There are artisanal donuts and coffee at Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar, wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails at Brickhouse, and Middle Eastern vegetarian comfort food at Art Café, which is tucked away inside a gorgeous historic house. Like Nyack itself, Art Café instantly makes you feel right at home. There’s a growing sense of community spirit in Nyack, which attests to its vibrancy. Local parents recently spearheaded a movement to build a skateboarding park for the kids, and as civic engagement increases among its diverse newcomers, Nyack promises to continue being inventive in surprising new ways.

a trip to Grand Central takes about 40 minutes. The Palisades Interstate Parkway is also nearby. NEAREST HOSPITAL: Nyack Hospital is right in the village. SCHOOLS: The Nyack School District consists of three elementary schools (Liberty Elementary, Upper Nyack, and Valley Cottage Schools), Nyack Middle School, and Nyack High School. Private schools in Nyack are

the Montessori Center of Nyack–the River School; Summit School, serving young adults with social-emotional difficulties; and St. Ann’s School of Religion, a Catholic elementary school. Nearby in West Nyack are Blue Rock School, an alternative school, and Rockland Jewish Academy, a Jewish community day school, both of which serve kindergarten through eighth grade.

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Above: Memorial Park offers riverside views and a skate park. Kick back afer working on your kickflips. Opposite: One block west of the park is South Broadway, Nyack’s main drag, lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants.

THE MARKET It’s hard to talk about Nyack’s real estate market without eventually bringing up the 16,000-foot-long elephant in the room: The Tappan-Zee Bridge, just south of town, is in the midst of a total renovation, with a brand new bridge being built alongside the old bridge, which will be torn down once the new one is completed. Locals held their breath when Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed that the new bridge carry a commuter train, but the death of the plan for commuter rail in Nyack may be a blessing in disguise. While those Nyack residents who travel across the Hudson each day to catch the train at Tarrytown to New York City, or else grapple with the George Washington Bridge, would have welcomed a local train, the lack of one will keep Nyack’s property taxes low and its homes affordable for the diverse community that makes the village so appealing. With the village growing in popularity, Nyack’s older homes are quickly being renovated and flipped. On North Midland Avenue, renovated threebedroom homes under 2,000 square feet can be had for $300,000 to $400,000. But if you’re looking for the kind of stately, riverside homes with enormous porches and four or five bedrooms that inspired Hopper paintings like Lee Shore, expect to pay just over $1 million. That’s pricey, but when visiting friends note how Hopperesque your home looks, you can tell them there’s a reason for that.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Edward Hopper House Art Center, Art Café, Gypsy Donut & Espresso Bar, Brickhouse, Hudson House, Rivertown Film, Nyack Village Theater, Elmwood Playhouse, Pickwick Book Shop, Rockland Center for the Arts, Historical Society of the Nyacks, Johnny Apollo Gallery, Nyack Center, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, Flour Buds, 8 North Broadway Restaurant, Hook Mountain State Park, Blauvelt State Park, Tallman Mountain

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Historic Treasure Box By Kandy Harris | Photos by Jim Maximowicz


he city of Troy is a goldmine of architectural gems. Once a bustling port at the convergence of the Hudson River, Erie Canal, and Mohawk River, Troy’s waterfront real estate was hot property during the Industrial Revolution. Factories and businesses, turning out steel products and so many shirt collars that Troy was nicknamed “Collar City,” grew like reeds along the shoreline, and with them, came a sizable population of workers and business owners. The arrival of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in 1824 and Russell Sage College in 1916 sealed Troy’s status as a center of higher education as well as industry and affluence. At the turn of the century, Troy was the fourth-wealthiest city in the country, sprouting grand Victorian, Colonial Federal, Gothic, and Greek Revival homes and commercial buildings in its downtown. But as the steel industry moved westward and shirt collars became passe, Troy’s population dwindled and its buildings sat empty. During Prohibition, Troy gangster “Legs” Diamond ran illegal hooch to Canada. But Troy has known all kinds of trouble. It’s burned down three times, undergone financial downturns, and lost its major and minor league baseball teams (both called ZIP CODE: 12180, 12181, and 12182 POPULATION: 50,129 MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME: $37,805 PROXIMITY TO MAJOR CITY: 15 minutes to Albany; 30 minutes to Saratoga Springs; 2.5 hours to New York City TRANSPORTATION: Capital District Transportation Authority provides local bus service throughout Troy, Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga. AlbanyRensselaer Amtrak Station is 8.8 miles from Troy, and Hudson Amtrak Station is 40.8 miles away. Nearby major 22

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the Trojans). Regardless, its magnificent buildings remain. Efforts to preserve Troy’s historic character include the addition in 1986 of the Central Troy Historic District to the National Register of Historic Places, which protects hundreds of antique properties over 96 acres. THE SCENE History lessons abound in Troy. A tour of its downtown provides a primer in 19th- and early- to mid-20th-century architecture. To experience the Central Troy Historic District, start at Adams Street west of Prospect Park and head north through Franklin or Third Streets past Russell Sage College to Grand Street. Head south on Second Street toward Troy Public Library, home to some of Troy’s vast collection of Lewis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows. Tiffany windows are also located at St. Paul Episcopal Church, St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, and Russell Sage College. The Burden Iron Works Museum, located on the Wynantskill Creek and the Hudson River in south Troy’s industrial district, walks visitors through a ca. 1813 iron products factory and the site of the Burden vertical waterwheel, the

thoroughfares include I-90 and the New York State Thruway. NEAREST HOSPITAL: St. Mary’s Hospital (downtown), Samaritan Hospital (downtown), and Albany Medical Center (20 minutes away) SCHOOLS: Troy City School District includes Carroll Hill Elementary School (including a pre-K program), Troy Middle School, and Troy High School. Local private schools are Emma Willard School, an elite boarding school for girls, grades 9-12; and La Salle Institute, a Catholic boarding school for boys, grades 6-12.

POINTS OF INTEREST: Oakwood Cemetery, Cohoes Falls, The Factory Tattoo, River Street Beat Shop Records, Peebles Island State Park, Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy Waterfront Farmers’ Market, Troy Atrium, Troy Flea Market, Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Russell Sage College, Troy Kitchen, Rensselaer County Historical Society and Museum, Frear Park, Children’s Museum of Science and Technology, Burden Iron Works Museum, emPAC, Central Troy Historic District, Country Club of Troy, and Van Schaick Island Country Club

Opposite: The Saturday breakfast scene on Broadway, one block from Monument Square, where Troy’s waterfront outdoor farmers’ market draws visitors from around the Capital Region. Above: The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is situated atop a hillside overlooking downtown Troy and the Hudson River.

largest converter of water into electrical power of all time. Today Troy thrives in part thanks to live performances at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, renowned for its acoustics and well-preserved circa-1825 Greek Revival architecture, and the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center at RPI, known locally as EMPAC. Meanwhile, in the daytime, the waterfront farmers’ market is held every Saturday year round—outdoors from May through October, and indoors from November through April—at the Troy Atrium on Fourth Street. Area vendors include Bornt Family Farms, Collar City Hard Pressed, Troy Brewing Company, and Sweet Sue’s cupcake shop and café. Troy’s foodie scene includes Indian takeout from Shalimar, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que for stick-to-your-ribs ribs, Peck’s Arcade for casual American fare, and plenty of Italian and Chinese restaurants. Plus, the Troy Kitchen, an upscale food court situated inside a 7,000-square-foot formerly vacant space on Congress Street, offers Troy Lobster, K-Plate Korean BBQ, Magdalena’s Mexican, and confectionary from Butter and Sugar Co., along with cafeteriastyle seating and a stage and lounge for evening entertainment. Public outdoor spaces abound, including Peebles Island State Park with its walking trails and views of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers, and Frear Park with its ice-skating rink and golf course, while the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology at RPI offers indoor, educational fun. Golf courses and country clubs, including the private Country Club of Troy and Van Schaick Island Country Club, pepper the area. THE MARKET Troy’s median listing price is $134,000, making it one of the Hudson Valley’s most affordable markets. At press time, there were 280 single-family homes listed, mostly in the $100,000-to-$200,000 range. A 3,300-square-foot Dutch Colonial with five bedrooms near Emma Willard School lists for $365,000. The historically significant Curran/Barker House, built in 1842 and meticulously preserved, lists for $235,000. Loft and apartment rentals are available in historic brownstone buildings like Park Place Apartments, the Dauchy Building, and the Keenan Building; one- and two-bedroom apartment rents average $1,000 per month or less.

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abitat gardening—using mostly or, better yet, all native plantings in gardening and landscaping—is an act of love. Habitat landscapes teem with life, in stark contrast to traditional green lawns, linear flower beds, and single-species tree lines, which are vulnerable to animals and destructive pests and in constant need of mowing, trimming, and fertilizing. So why spend hours, or wads of discretionary funds, on a high-maintenance formal garden when you can have contemporary beauty with far less effort, not to mention achieving ecological virtue by supporting natural pollinators. A habitat-oriented landscape is a gift that keeps on giving—both to the gardener and Mother Nature. Here’s how:

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MAP IT Working with your stretch of earth begins with understanding it. “Do a microclimate map,” suggests international landscape design luminary Margie Ruddick, author of Wild By Design: Strategies for Creating Life-Enhancing Landscapes (Island Press, 2016). Chart the area “from sunny/rocky to shady/ clayey,” she says. “Plants fit into discrete niches, not just ‘shady’ and ‘sunny.’ Shady slope with rocky soil will be good for a different selection of plants than a flat, shady area with clay soils.” And pay attention to the local critters, who will become your allies in the process. Margaret Roach, Columbia Countybased author of A Way to Garden (her website and Facebook page of the same name are treasure troves of what she calls “horticultural how-to and woo-woo”), says she learned to garden by heeding the birds. “I started researching what they ate, where they nested and sheltered,” she says. “That guided many plant choices.” FORTIFY IT Stay away from chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, and opt for organic topsoil and compost. “Healthy soil is pest-resistant,” says Julianne Klasen-Daoud of the Phantom Gardener in Rhinebeck, “which starts with a lot of good compost. Adding a bunch every spring is a great first line of defense.”

Opposite: In landscape designer Margie Ruddick’s own backyard, the selection of greens, flowers, herbs, and hardy ground covers needs very little watering or weeding. Top: Map your property, considering each area’s natural microclimate. Moisture, sunlight, and soil type can help you determine what plants will thrive in each area. Bottom: Compost is rich in nutrients.

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GO NATIVE Along with being biologically adapted to a region’s soil and climate, native plants attract beneficial species and repel destructive ones. Klasen-Daoud names bee balm, milkweed, lobelia, and cardinal flower as Hudson Valley native species that draw bees, butterflies, and birds rather than deer and rodents. “Some native ‘weeds’ you might cast out of formal beds and borders—like the native impatiens called jewelweed, or clearweed, officially known as Pilea pumila [a cousin of stinging nettle, minus the barbs]—are welcome and important sustenance for key species,” Klasen-Daoud explains. “Stretch the season of pollen/nectar and other food availability—fruit, seeds, even foliage in the case of host plants for caterpillars—as extra early and as extra late as you can: goldenrod and asters on the late end; native woody fruiting plants for early flowers and late fruit double impact, such as chokecherry, blueberry, elderberry, spicebush, native viburnum, and dogwood.” And don’t forget to water. Ponds, fountains, and/or wetlands are essential to the survival of those beneficial species you want to have as neighbors. 26

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KNOW YOUR ALLIES Rather than stocking up on pesticides, get some pest-eaters on your side. Beneficial nematodes, available from garden suppliers, are tiny parasites that feed on specific insect species—you can choose ones that attack ticks, Japanese beetles, grubs, or gnats. Ladybugs, praying mantises, native bees, and honeybees also love to snack on your least favorite bugs. WATCH FOR INVADERS Matching the right hardy native species with the right microclimates makes for far less labor, but you’ll still need to do some tending. “A habitat-style garden is not nomaintenance,” cautions Roach. “Even native shrubs won’t thrive if [they’re getting] strangled by Oriental bittersweet; native perennials can’t outcompete garlic mustard at ground level. You still have to help.” And—sorry—nothing short of a sturdy barrier will keep deer and rodents away from your veggies. That being said, working with nature makes infinitely more sense than working against it. And watching butterflies always makes for an infinitely better Saturday morning than spending your waking weekend hours pushing or riding on a mower.

Clockwise from top left:The seeming naturalness of Ruddick’s yard is the product of watching, weeding, relocating, and adjusting; an Orange Sulfur butterfly feeds on an Oxeye daisy; a Great White Trillium.

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LAYER IT Nature produces glorious mixtures, not single-species monocultures, so variety is key to a successful habitat garden. “Layer your plants, from trees to shrubs to tall perennials and grasses, to lower ones and ground cover,” says Ruddick. “A richer matrix provides better cover—it’s not just the pollinator plants, it’s the mix, the community that attracts wildlife.” She suggests grouping plants in “communities.” Begin by assessing what you’ve already got planted, she says, by asking, “Do these plants belong together?” Always group your plants according to their appropriate microclimates, says Ruddick, “and reduce the number of high-maintenance plants, replacing them with plants that do well in those conditions.” Roach agrees. “I simulated where woods meet field,” she says, “by creating very large shrub islands underplanted with herbaceous things in an otherwise undiverse lawn. Such layers and ‘edge,’ formally called ‘ecotone,’ are where the action is in nature, very food-rich and supportive of many species.”

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Liza Sunderlin installed panels on her historic stone house in uptown Kingston.



Safety aside, Nowitzki was also impressed by how silently and simply the panels were able to generate so much power. He immediately signed on to work with Hudson Solar, and ordered his own system the very next day. That was 10 years ago. Nowitzki’s enthusiasm hasn’t dimmed. And now he and other small-scale solar companies have a powerful new supporter who’s helping to make it cheaper and easier than ever to get New Yorkers to join them in making the switch: the State of New York, which is funding a program called Solarize New York. The state’s push for renewable energy isn’t new. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has pledged that at least 50 percent of New York’s energy will come from renewable sources by 2030. Since 2011, solar power in the state has increased by a whopping 795 percent, and over 8,000 New Yorkers now work in the solar industry. What makes Solarize New York unusual is that although its funding comes from the state, grassroots community organizations are the ones putting the program into action.

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rian Nowitzki has up-close-and-personal experience with nonfossil fuel energy sources. Probably too close for most people. He served in the Navy as an officer on a nuclear-powered submarine. “The reactor used to be 90 feet in front of my face,” he says. But now that he’s joined the solar industry, Novitzki is no longer nervous. The sun, he notes, “is 93 million miles in front of my face, which gives me some peace.” These days, Nowitzki works for the Rhinebeck-based company Hudson Solar. His jokes about nuclear power versus solar power are based on a deeper truth, which he realized when he moved to the Hudson Valley and first got a look at a solar panel array in action. “With nuclear power, you always have to have somebody on watch and make sure that immediate action can be taken if things go wrong,” he says. “But if solar fails, it just stops working. There’s no action that has to be taken to prevent casualties.”


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Under Solarize New York, communities organize group purchasing programs for homeowners and business owners to buy into a solar program together. Meetings and educational open houses are held so that people who are curious about solar power can speak not only with vetted installers like Solar Hudson, but also with community members who are enthusiastic solar customers themselves. Ben Hoen of Milan went to a Solarize meeting in his community. As a scientific researcher whose work deals with solar energy, he didn’t need convincing about the benefits of the technology. But he was wary of the costs involved. That changed when he began obtaining quotes through Solarize New York. Not only do homeowners get a lower overall group quote through Solarize because communities are purchasing systems together, they usually then save up to 50 percent off that quote thanks to tax rebates and incentives from the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority (NYSERDA.) “It was very clear that this was the best deal I was ever going to find,” Hoen says. Yet the economic savings is only part of the program’s success. The main reason the program has been responsible for almost 1,000 installations since it began three years ago is that so many current solar-energy users have been willing to volunteer their time organizing Solarize meetings and making themselves available to those who have questions. “It’s not like a network marketing thing, where people make more money,” explains Melissa Everett, the executive director of the Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit Sustainable Hudson Valley. “It’s a network educational program where everyone benefits, but they benefit because of the credibility that’s established. Any volunteer is going to be incredibly cautious and vet everything that’s going on beforehand.” It was at a similar community meeting in Connecticut a few years ago that Everett hit upon the idea of bringing such a program to New York. She partnered Sustainable Hudson Valley with the nonprofit environmental organization Catskill Mountainkeeper, based in Livingston Manor, to write the grant that ended up securing the funding from the state to help the two groups put the plan into action. Nowitzki agrees that the community-driven approach is key to the program’s success. He notes that it stands in stark contrast to the solar industry’s previous pushes into the Hudson Valley, which were run by national companies with heavy marketing campaigns, complete with endless radio ads, telemarketing calls, door knocking, and flimsy

“It’s a lot more organic, like the way the Hudson Valley does a lot of things.” –Brian Nowitzki, Hudson Solar

plastic signs along the sides of busy intersections. “I think all of that made folks a little gun shy, thinking, ‘This doesn’t feel right,’” he admits. “Solarize is the antithesis of that. It’s about community members wanting to do more in the clean energy space, and setting up these neighbor-to-neighbor conversations. It’s a lot more organic, like the way the Hudson Valley does a lot of things.” So Solarize New York brings cheaper energy, cleaner environment, stronger communities. Anything else? “I’ll say this,” says Everett. “If you’re concerned about climate change, and you’re not thrilled about the federal government’s lack of a response to it, it’s really good to be sitting under your solar panels and knowing that you’re also taking a stand.”

Clockwise from above: Liza Sunderlin in the backyard of her 1700s stone house; historic or contemporary, nearly any home is suitable for solar panels; a 5.9kW system is installed at a Rhinebeck home as part of the Solarize Northern Dutchess program.

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SUBURBAN RENEWAL An online magnate revitalizes a turn-of-the-century estate and village By Brian PJ Cronin | Photos by Deborah DeGraffenreid


hen Michael Bruno, founder of the online antiques shop 1stdibs.com, was selling his Upper East Side apartment after about six years in New York City, he began searching for something within walking distance of his office down on East 20th Street. He ended up looking about 45 miles north. “Everyone kept telling me to check out Tuxedo Park,” says Bruno, referring to the 130-year-old gated community in Rockland County, near the Orange County border, where he wound up relocating. “I had never even driven across the George Washington Bridge, but I thought, ‘I’ll just go look.’” Despite the fact that he first saw Tuxedo Park on a bracingly cold and gray February day—the kind that makes even the most diehard Hudson Valley lovers want to flee to warmer climes—Bruno fell in love with the village. Although the village’s stately, multimillion-dollar homes can hardly be described as rustic, its bucolic landscaping—and its location alongside 70,000 acres of protected open space at Sterling

Forest Preserve and Harriman State Park—reminded him of his childhood summers on a Southern California ranch. “It’s got this connection to nature that the Hamptons used to have,” he says. Bruno was also taken with a 14,000-square-foot mansion built by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s aunt in 1900 on 120 mountainous acres. But buying a gigantic house in an obscure town seemed crazy, so he lowballed. “I figured they’d turn it down, I’d get it out of my system, and move on,” he says. “But they accepted! For that price, how could I not take it?” So Bruno made the house his primary residence five years ago, together with his longtime partner, antiques dealer Alexander Jakowec, and their two Golden Retrievers. The house has 10 bedrooms, so after a lifetime of collecting antiques from around the world, the couple finally has a place to display them—or at least some of them. “We have eight more garages filled with stuff,” Bruno says.

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When Bruno goes antiquing, he isn’t looking for anything specific, nor is he drawn to a particular era or style. Certain pieces speak to him, and he figures out where to put them later. Yet the couple’s collection reflects the house’s historical period, when gentlemen collected rare specimens for local universities, painted watercolors of landscapes while traveling, and discussed Emerson over cocktails. Animal heads watch from the walls, dioramas that look like miniature natural history museums are stacked in corners, and there’s always a walking stick and an art catalog within reach. The house’s architecture celebrates the outdoors. The tall, east-facing windows are unshuttered, making the pale walls glow in the morning light. Without air conditioning, the house is cooled by tall ceilings, ample fans, and winds that blow down its impossibly long sightlines. “Some summer days we marvel at what a beautifully cool and breezy day it is,” says Bruno. “Then we go outside and find that it’s actually roasting.” Despite the move upstate, Bruno wound up getting the short commute he wanted. In 2015, he founded the Tuxedo Hudson Company, and transitioned from collecting antiques to collecting real estate, with the grand plan to turn the villages of Tuxedo and Sloatsburg, located near Tuxedo Park’s gates, into the Hudson Valley’s official gateway. “We have a great train station, library, and post office, and you can get a good burger here,” he says. “But other than that, we don’t have any good services insofar as markets and restaurants.” Not yet. But the company is about to open the Tuxedo


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Hudson Company Market, featuring local produce and meat, a coffee bar, baked goods, outdoor sports equipment, a bookstore, and prepared food. And next door, Bruno is building a farm-to-table restaurant with a Cape Dutch design, an architectural style that flourished in the area in the 1600s. “It’ll look like a historic building that’s always been there,” he says. Bruno has bought land for two more “pockets of beauty” to create an idealized version of Hudson Valley life. The parcels include a castle that served as a secret laboratory used by scientists, including Albert Einstein, during World War II; a guesthouse where Bruno has built a croquet lawn; a dilapidated boat house; a 200-year-old stone barn; and a 150-year-old farmhouse. “We’ve got enough real estate here now to create a vibe,” says Bruno. “Hopefully it’s enough to lead things down a certain path and then the rest will improve itself.” Although Bruno still maintains a residence on Bank Street in Manhattan’s West Village, as well as a historic house in Southampton, Long Island, he is most passionate about living—and creating a new community—in Tuxedo Park. “There’s nowhere else you can have an experience like this, with so much protected parkland, so close to a major city,” he says. And despite lacking experience in the hospitality business, Bruno is confident that this gamble will pay off. “I founded an internet company back when I didn’t even know how to send an e-mail,” he says. “I think sometimes it’s easier to do something if you don’t know how much you don’t know. You’re not afraid.”

Above: Bruno found the 15th-century kitchen table in a warehouse in Antwerp, and had it restored to look more modern; on the wall is a pair of vintage bronze lamps from the gallery Laurin Copen. Opposite, clockwise from top: The airy second floor landing displays some of Bruno’s favorite nature- and animalthemed objets d’art; a guest bedroom on the second floor; a trio of penguins greets guests at the main entrance; a nature diorama, created by Bruno’s partner, Alexander Jakowec, adorns a study just inside the main entrance.

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The cantilevered entryway roof extends to the other side of the house, where it covers a secondfloor deck. The house’s gutters were designed by McKeel to preserve Tinkerbox’s sleek outline.


inkerbox is nestled in a forest clearing in the foothills of the Catskills. The low, rectangular house is architect Marica McKeel’s latest project— an upstate oasis where she and her husband can rest and play. “We tried to create a place where we could focus on our hobbies instead of just working all the time,” says McKeel. “When I’m here, I can think. It’s nice to be at a different pace—I made bread for the first time the other week.” McKeel and her husband, financial analyst Brock Vandervliet, purchased 38 acres of land in Kerhonkson in 2011 to serve as a trial space for McKeel after she founded Studio MM Architect in New York City. Tinkerbox is her third project on the property, which is subdivided into five lots. The first two homes were sold, but this one was built for McKeel and Vandervliet to keep. Black and boxy, the cedar-sided house has a modern aesthetic, yet blends with its environment; in fact, a horizontal strip of windows allows an approaching visitor to see through the house to the woods beyond. “The houses I design look very different from next door or down the street,” McKeel says, “but with the woods they work very well.” She researched the ancient Japanese wood charring technique shou sugi ban, which uses fire to preserve wood, and then she and Vandervliet spent many weekends blackening the

house’s siding with a blowtorch. The heavy, 12.5-foot mahogany front door stands out amidst the vertical plane of black siding, and opens effortlessly on a pivot hinge to a vaulted foyer with a staircase leading up to the main living floor. Tinkerbox upends the term “split level,” challenging every assumption and bias toward the style. Built into the hill, the home’s lower level is partially submerged, providing insulating qualities year round and enabling multilevel access to the outdoors. The lower level contains a laundry room, a wine cellar, and the hobby workspaces that have given the house its name. An exotic car aficionado, Vandervliet stores a 1985 electric green Mercedes G-Wagon in the two-car garage. McKeel’s woodworking furniture workshop next door features a 12-foot-wide bifold door that opens directly to the outdoors, letting in ample natural light. McKeel was conservative about clearing woodland for the project and honored the felled trees by reusing their wood throughout the interior, most impressively in a floating entryway staircase. Made from 4-inch-thick slabs of oak and maple and balanced along a central steel beam, the steps appear simultaneously weightless and heavy.

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“If I have the kinds of pieces up here that are totally inspiring, it’s going to make me want to go down to the shop and start making furniture.” – Marica McKeel

The staircase leads up to a wall of massive glass sliding doors, revealing the covered deck, furnished with a cinderblock fireplace, large table, and twin recliners for woods-gazing. To the left of the sliding doors is an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living area. The palette throughout is simple and soothing: white and black walls with blue accents. Though the house is a modest 1,260 square feet, its high ceilings and clear sight lines to the outdoors give the impression that you’re never completely indoors. The generous kitchen has a 12-foot-long black granite counter with a gas cooktop and an undermount sink. A built-in wine cabinet, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and Wolf oven blend into a wall of minimalist white cabinets lining the north-facing wall. “In such a small space, having a place to put stuff away is so important,” says McKeel. “It’s the same with the closet—either things have a place or they’re on the floor.” A waterfall-edge marble island divides the kitchen and dining room, and an Elijah Leed walnut dining table sits beneath a 3-D brass light fixture, using Edison-style light bulbs, made by McKeel. The adjacent living room is oriented south. Windows on three walls fill the space with natural light. The room was designed around McKeel’s favorite L-shaped sectional, from which treetops can be seen through a long, narrow horizontal window on the east wall. Beneath the south-facing picture window is a wooden window seat covered with sheepskins and pillows. Nearby are a builtin Morso wood stove and McKeel’s beloved Phloem Studio leather armchair. 38

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Clockwise from top left: Long, low windows in the bedroom (shown here) and living room frame the woods while blocking the driveway below; the oak and maple slab stairs are made with wood from the property; the Elijah Leed dining table was made with a single piece of local walnut, and McKeel designed it for Leed to build with the live edges facing toward the center; an efficient Morso woodstove heats the whole house and sits in the center of the living room, which is oriented south, providing a view of the woods from its much-used window seat.

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At the opposite end of the house is the single bedroom. Floor-to-ceiling windows, framed by custom indigodipped linen curtains, provide panoramic views of the sylvan setting. McKeel made the headboard with crosscuts of hand-charred wood from the property. A lockable second door in the single, ensuite bathroom allows the couple to turn it into a powder room for guests. A large painting of a woman serves as the focal point in the black powder room; in the interior bathroom, a double vanity faces a walk-through shower. With its clean, rectangular silhouette and simple footprint, the house is tidy and deliberate. But Tinkerbox is also a treasure box, carefully furnished with pieces that McKeel has crafted, commissioned, or collected. “This is now my place of inspiration, so every piece is important,” she says. “If I have the kinds of pieces up here that are totally inspiring, it’s going to make me want to go down to the shop and start making furniture.” Tucked in its own little corner of the world, Tinkerbox offers a hideaway from the commotion of city life. In the quiet, unhurried pace of the woods, there is space for rejuvenation and innovation.

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center-hall Colonial-style farmhouse, nestled in a woodland clearing and merging with its natural surroundings, was just what its owners longed for. “You walk in this house and it’s very calming, especially at night when the fireplace is going. It’s just peaceful, happy,” says the house’s owner, Jane Schanberg, an interior designer, cookbook author, and former newspaper features editor. “Some houses have a natural tension in them. This one doesn’t.” Sitting on 11.2 acres of wild woodland located off Martin Sweedish Road in New Paltz, the 3,140-square-foot house, built in 1990, is the city dweller’s quintessential country retreat. Its natural wood, vintage elements, and serene Nordic color palette blend seamlessly to provide a welcome respite. Schanberg and her late husband, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Sydney Schanberg, whose 1980 New York Times Magazine cover story, “The Death and Life of Dith Pran,” inspired the 1984 film

The Killing Fields, found the house in 2002, intending to use it as a weekend retreat from New York City. Schanberg says the property’s wooded backyard, which stretches downhill to Swarte Kill Creek and is populated by wild turkeys, turtles, and migrating birds, reminded her husband of his Massachusetts childhood. The couple also appreciated the opportunity to snowshoe, cross-country ski, canoe, and hike without leaving the property. “It was like moving to a new country,” says Schanberg. “It’s hard to go back to the city, and it was never the same in the city after this.” The couple made the property their full-time home in 2011. A year after purchasing the house, the couple undertook a substantial renovation, creating a great room on the ground floor, redesigning the gourmet kitchen, modernizing the three bathrooms, and adding a sunroom that doubles as a screened porch. The result is a fluid layout that allows for entertaining as well as quiet contemplation.

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“You walk in this house and it’s very calming, especially at night when the fireplace is going. It’s just peaceful, happy.” –Jane Schanberg The 27-foot-by-18-foot great room features white ash floors and a window seat that doubles as a twin bed, providing an inviting nook for an afternoon snooze. But the room’s centerpiece is its fireplace, which is framed by Pietra Cardosa stone and an antique, white oak Victorian mantel that Schanberg rescued from a salvage warehouse. The gourmet kitchen includes a large peninsula with drawers, simple and efficient Plain & Fancy cabinets, and Viking and Miele appliances. But there are two true stars here: a Rohl white fireclay farm sink, and a show-stopping counterto-ceiling Ann Sacks Sur La Mer backsplash of hand-colored Mexican tiles in white, beige, blue, and gray. This brilliant display ties together the house’s palette of Nordic colors. “I just fell in love with the Nordic look,” says Schanberg. She discovered the palette while reading about Swedish manor houses and exploring her passion for Swedish antiques. “I realized that the landscape on our property looked very much like what was surrounding those historic houses.” Just off the great room is a sunroom with green limestone floors and siding painted in a fresh green hue. Its tall windows, overlooking the back woods, provide the perfect vantage point from which to watch the seasons change. The house’s wooded surroundings are referenced in the ground-floor office space, accessible from the main hallway, which is paneled in pickled pine, making the room feel like a Catskills lodge and smell like a pine grove. Ten circa-1920s French doors, each one stripped and sanded by Schanberg, can be found throughout the house. Schanberg discovered the salvaged doors in an antique dealer’s shed. “We gave them some scraping love, which revealed layers of wonderful old colors,” she says. 44

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The doors add a lived-in country charm, as does the beefy Rocky Mountain bronze door hardware used on interior doors and the door leading to the bluestone patio. Upstairs are red oak floors. The 21-foot-by-16-foot master bedroom is airy and bright, and features an L-shaped custom walk-in closet and an ensuite bathroom outfitted with an Ann Sacks tumbled-marble tiled shower and twin Cesame Italian porcelain sinks with Perrin & Rowe nickel faucets. In the second bedroom, which Schanberg’s husband used as a home office, a large window frames the woodlands. A third bedroom has tall corner windows to let in ample light. The main family bathroom features subway tile walls and a spa-style BainUltra airjet airjet tub. (Downstairs, there is a half bathroom near the back door.) Together, the design elements create a warm, comforting space in the woods just 90 miles from New York City. “It’s about discovering the countryside,” Schanberg says. “It’s exploring a new way of living, because you’re really living with the seasons.”

Clockwise, from top left: The sunlit reading nook in the great room is an inviting place to spend an afternoon; the guest bedroom; the wellequipped gourmet kitchen is connected to the sunroom.



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This private paradise is tucked away on 11 acres protected by woodlands, historic stone walls and forever wild land in the rear. Backing up to Black Creek (the Swartekill), this is an ideal setting for a nature lover or outdoors enthusiast, with easy access to canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, and peaceful relaxation. No expenses were spared in the total renovation of this decorator-styled home. A casually elegant interior features white ash floors on the main level, aspacious living room with custom window seat, fireplace with antique white oak Victorian mantel and Pietra Cardosa stone, along with a built-in media cabinet and stainless steel-lined firewood bin. A gourmet kitchen will delight the chef with Plain & Fancy cabinets, Viking and Miele appliances, custom plate rack with task lighting, stainless steel

counters, Ann Sacks Sur La Mer handmade tile backsplash, and Rohl white fire clay farm sink. The sunroom/dining area is ideal for entertaining and offers Italian limestone tile floor and windows on three sides, overlooking rear yard and woods. It also doubles as a screened porch in warm weather and leads to an outdoor bluestone patio. Antique salvaged French doors and Rocky Mountain bronze door and cabinetry hardware add extra charm throughout. A spacious master bedroom features a custom closet with dressing room. The ensuite bathroom’s Ann Sacks tumbled marble-tiled bath, a Neo angle shower, double Cesame Italian porcelain sinks, and Perrin & Rowe porcelain and nickel faucets create a beautifully elegant look. The main bath features white a Portuguese ceramic tile tub surround and BainUltra air-jet tub. The large laundry room offers a Miele washer and dryer, porcelain tile floor, 14-foot Absolute Black granite counter, and wine refrigerator. Custom, handmade, natural bluestone walkways and Victorian-style exterior doors add a charming entryway. Additional features include a backup generator, full basement with high ceilings ideal for a rec room or home office, Buderas boiler, central air, full insulation, and air-sealed interior, as well as exterior driveway lighting and underground cable. Low-maintenance native plantings and Dripworks watering system for front plants makes outdoors work easy! Comfortable privacy in a quiet rural setting is perfect for a weekenders’ retreat. Enjoy easy convenience to all that the Hudson Valley has to offer with wonderful restaurants, hiking, biking, rock climbing, Mohonk Preserve, Lake Minnewaska, and local farm stands and shops. Located just 12 minutes to exit 18 on the Thruway and the Park & Ride; 90 minutes to Manhattan. You will love this serene escape! upstate HOUSE

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WOODSTOCK AERIE - Set high above Woodstock on 26 acres with utmost privacy & forever VIEWS across the Hudson, Ashokan Reservoir to Berkshires and Mohonk. Breathtaking! Expansive 4000 SF country contemporary residence features soaring ceilings, bluestone fireplace, sleek chef’s kitchen, hardwood & marble floors, 4 generous BRs, 4 full deluxe baths, soothing steam room, home office PLUS enchanting STUDIO/guest suite over det. 2 car garage. Manicured landscape w/ garden lined stone path leading to sparkling IG pool & stone pool house. A SINGULAR ESTATE! $1,580,000

FIRST OFFERING! - Singular custom designed (2002) “Arts & Crafts” vernacular masterpiece. Artisanal details throughout 3900 SF – hemlock siding, stone pillars, beveled glass – anchored by a magnificent 24’ professional grade chef’s kitchen with Carrera marble, all Viking appliances & wood fired pizza oven. Features beamed LR w/ stone fireplace, DR w/ French doors to deck, main level ensuite with gas fireplace. Private on 3+ acres w/ STREAM front. $890,000

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LUXURIOUS VIEWS! - Absolutely mesmerizing Ashokan Reservoir & mountain views crown the private and singular 9 acre site of this superb custom crafted contemporary with a chic Catskill aesthetic. Gracefully designed interior is flooded with natural light & features soaring bluestone fireplace, coffered & cathedral ceilings, 24’ ensuite MBR + 2 add’l BRs, 3.5 lavish baths, awesome chef’s gourmet kitchen, all wood and ceramic floors, radiant heat, central AC, extra 1000 SF in finished lower level + bonus room over 3 car garage. Master built stone walls, patios & luscious gardens abound. WOW! $1,200,000

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WOODSTOCK ELEGANCE - Perfectly luxurious 4800+ SF combines classic detail and a contemporary open plan. Superbly crafted in 2002 for intimate living and easy entertaining, this gracious first offering features 4 BRs including a lavish 1275 SF MBR suite with deluxe spa bath, 4 baths, fireplaces in 26’ LR, MBR and exceptional gourmet kitchen w/ professional grade appointments, grand 22’ DR, library, den/ home office, cathedral ceilings, skylights, radiant heated red oak floors, French doors to stone patio and sun drenched deck. Top quality and artisanal finishes throughout. Nestled on 2.3 park-like acres just moments to town. $898,000 (20170821)

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COUNTRY RANCH - Enjoy easy one level living on a lovely 6+ acre wooded lot with established organic garden & separate workshop building. This light & airy home with a big back deck perfect for BBQ, offers ensuite MBR + 2 add’l. BRs, 2 full baths, some wood floors, living room with cozy fireplace & dining room. Double the living space by finishing high ceilinged full basement with French doors to yard. Lovingly maintained and ready for move-in! $315,000 Call Mary Ellen Flemming, Assoc. RE Broker, 845-399-5762 mobile.

HISTORIC STONE - “Vandermark House”, c.1760, in a serene 10 acre setting w/ meadows & mtn views. Abundant original charm & detail deep set windows, wide board & HW floors, 28’ LR w/ cozy brick fireplace, built-ins, country kitchen w/ SS appliances, spacious DR, 4 generous BRs, 2.5 baths, den/home office, wrap around screened porch for summer dining PLUS 3 level bank barn w. garage and add’l. small barn. Minutes to Stone Ridge hamlet. $615,000. Call Lynn Masanotti, Associate RE Broker, 845-532-1716 mobile   

WOODSTOCK ENCHANTMENT Storybook charm abounds! Superbly private 2+ acre site just an easy stroll to vibrant town center yet a world away. Abundant original c. 1915 detail smartly & stylishly maintained & updated. Features include massive skylight, 24’ LR w/ brick fireplace, warm wood walls and ceilings, DR, beautifully designed modern kitchen, main level BR + 2 upstairs, 2 new full baths, new deck invites bucolic contemplation. Pristine natural landscape with yr-rd STREAM! RARE FIND! $569,000 Call Brenda Jean Graf, RE Salesperson, 845-679-7321 x 111  

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WOODSTOCK SOPHISTICATE Superb modern country retreat with a F.L. Wright ambiance offers total seclusion on 15 acres w/ serene vistas everywhere. Stunning interior features beamed cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, 26’ main level ensuite MBR, cozy fireplace, central AC, custom kitchen w/ mahogany cabinets opens to breezy screened porch, family/media room, in-house gym & sauna, skylights, expansive decking & heated garage. THRILLING! $959,000   

SENSATIONAL! - Very groovy ‘70s modern style nestled on 1+ acre of lawn and woodland. Perfectly spacious 2400 SF features 3 living levels & offers 3 BRs incl. full floor ensuite MBR, 3 full baths, 27’ vaulted Great Room with open plan kitchen and dining area, wood beamed ceilings, immense 34’ family/media room with unique 3-sided brick fireplace, all wood floors, French doors & huge wrap-around deck for al fresco dining. MUST SEE! $330,000

WATERFRONT PARADISE Very rare find here! 5+ acres fronting the 50’ wide Kaaterskill Creek encloses TWO houses! Main c. 1890 vernacular clapboard farmhouse, stylishly updated & offering 2 BRs, 2.5 baths, HW floors, country gourmet kitchen, 2 cozy wood-burners & gas fireplace, den PLUS a sweet guest COTTAGE w/ vaulted ceilings, gas fireplace, 1 BR & full bath. Wrap-around deck o’looks the magical stream front. DON’T MISS THIS ONE! $659,000   

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SINGULAR COUNTRY COMPOUND - First offering of one of the most unique and sophisticated properties in Ulster County, superbly located just minutes from Mohonk Preserve, historic High Falls hamlet and Minnewaska State Park.  Perched at the convergence of two quiet country roads, the gloriously meadowed 15+ acres with stunning Catskill mountain views and breathtaking sunsets are the artistic canvas for an elegant Craftsman style home built c. 2006. The main residence features a kitchen designed for the art of fine cuisine, a custom Arts & Crafts wood burning fireplace, a “live-in” screened room with terrific vistas and fine artisanal detailing throughout. A continuous current swimming pool invites you to the lower level. Additional appointments include an enchanting storybook cottage outfitted for guests with its own kitchen and bath, a screened porch and large bluestone patio PLUS 3 additional buildings all exhibiting a consistent Hudson Valley vernacular theme- a painter’s STUDIO, a comfy cozy one room writer’s cottage, and a workshop/barn shed. The masterfully established landscape is designed to provide color and natural interest all year long. TRULY ROMANTIC! Price Upon Request. Call Harris L. Safier, Principal RE Broker: 914-388-3351, mobile.

CLASSIC KINGSTON - Distinctive and impressively gracious clapboard Colonial nestled on a most picturesque street within easy walking distance to the historic uptown Stockade district shops and restaurants. The over ½ acre site provides desirable rear yard privacy and soothing country ambiance. The generously proportioned interior has been stylishly and smartly re-imagined and features a new kitchen, cozy wood burning fireplace, grand formal dining room, possible main level bedroom and a terrific stone floored screened room. Truly an urban oasis inviting easy entertaining and a casually comfortable lifestyle. Walk to Farmer’s Market, NYC bus, galleries, music venues and dining then retreat to the bucolic shelter out the back door. BEST OF BOTH WORLDS! $515,000. Call Harris L. Safier, Principal RE Broker: 914-388-3351, mobile.

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$1,650,000 | Millbrook | Cloud Walk One of the best located houses in the Millbrook area, minutes to the village & Metro-North, in an area of large estate properties. 4000+ sq.ft. with elegant reception rooms, 4 bedrooms. On 11.8 acres of mostly level, open land. With broad views to the south, the house is set among gardens & lawns with a well landscaped pool. Detached garage, heated carpentry studio. MLS#361124 Maxwell Goodwin | o: 845.677.3525 | m: 914.489.9090

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this stature. Main house with large foyer, wraparound staircase, the improvements by building a principal residence overlooking one of the most gorgeous ponds in the area. Must be seen rather than described. Mins to Village of Millbrook. MLS#355122 George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

& exercise rooms. Terraced gardens descend to pool. Guest house, garage, shed & stone walls. Mins to V/Millbrook. MLS#359477 George Langa | m: 845.242.6314 | o: 845.677.3525

$1,375,000 | Clinton | Welcome to Magnificat Farm Exquisitely appointed 41+ acre equine estate. c.1850, 5 bedroom, 2 bath home restored & upgraded while keeping original charm.

$1,250,000 | Stanford | Rosebrook Cottage Beautifully restored 1900s farmhouse on 9.9 country acres. Surrounded by hundreds of acres, overlooking a stream. 3000+

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$589,900 | New Paltz | At the End of a Country Road Sits this storybook 3-4BR, 3BTH, 1890 farmhouse on 18.9 acres

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$327,000 | Stanfordville | Beautiful c.1850 Home Sits on 15.85 acres with stream. 4BR, 2BTH, two 3-season rooms,

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Call Heidi Maloney 845-399-2527 or Rose Noone 646-639-3022 This flawlessly finished, modern architectural beauty invites you to live in the wonders of nature while enjoying magnificent Hudson River views from every room. Beautifully styled home. Highland $1,095,000


Call Nadine Bechle 518-817-3977 or Sharon Knudsen 518-929-5413 This inviting, custom post and beam was built for space, light, & warmth, with hilltop views of the Catskills & countryside. Only 25 minutes to Windham Mountain, 40 minutes to Albany! Preston Hollow $335,000


Call Richard Vizzini 845-389-7879 Unique and tranquil, this authentic log home sits on 14.7 acres, far from the road, at the end of a sweeping driveway. This mini-estate has meadows, 3 ponds, a waterfall, an epic watering hole, streams, wooded sections, and mountain views. Woodstock $745,000


Call Richard Vizzini 845-389-7879 Experience privacy, serenity & luxury like never before. This completely custom-built 3BR/3.5BA home, that sits atop a mountain w/absolutely gorgeous panoramic views, was created by its owners’ dreams & the award-winning architect, Andrew Wright. Woodstock $1,190,000


Call Richard Vizzini 845-389-7879 Minutes from town, is a completely turn-key 4BR/3BA home w/about every amenity you could ask for. Enjoy time w/friends at the custom antique bar, swim in the in-ground pool, get cozy near the fireplace. Woodstock $448,700


Call Cathy Pulichene 845-417-1872 Everything you could want in a fabulous country home! From the gated entry to the lovely grounds, pond, in-ground pool, tennis court, sweeping lawns, footbridge & private setting - you will not be disappointed! Only 90 minutes to Manhattan! New Paltz $1,549,000


Call Amy Lonas 845-321-0451 Side by side homes, one to live in, one to rent. So many possibilities. Home #1 has cherry floors, s/s appliances, granite counters, and 3BRs/1.5BAs. Home #2 has 2BRs/1BA, pine floors, a fireplace, and a fenced-in yard. Just 5 minutes to the Village of Woodstock. $415,000


Call Tim Hurley 845-616-5268 or Kim Cantine 646-290-0590 You will discover spectacular Hudson River and Catskill Mtn. views from every room in this architect designed home, with beautiful light, open floor plan and 9’ ceilings. Walk to Amtrak. Rhinebeck $2,100,000

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Lawrence O’Toole Realty is the fastest growing boutique company in the area and we service listings of distinctive and unusual quality in all price ranges. We are proud to announce that our average sale price is among the very highest. We are about quality and not volume. Our buyers’ agents are the top in the business: experienced, professional, savvy. We are also the only boutique company with an office in New York City which positions us strategically to bring city buyers to the country.

JAW-DROPPING VIEWS NEAR KINGSTON This solidly built Contemporary is well set away with 1930’s Stone Guest Cottage. In the Main house a wall of windows brings the view in the Great Room, where the vaulted ceiling dramatically rises up to a balconied Loft/Den area. On this 2nd floor, two large Bedrooms sit in their own wing on either side of the house. The expansive Master first-floor Bedroom has an over-sized Bath with jetted tub & a dual-head walk-in shower. Guests will be charmed by the Guest Cottage with it’s stone fireplace and 2nd floor balcony. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own the singular most exceptional Hudson Valley view in the area. $895,000

HIGH STYLE AND SHAWANGUNK VIEWS This southwestern style, mountain top, three bedroom home is designed for low maintenance so you have time to enjoy all this property has to offer. Wonderful kitchen with large dining room and a multitude of windows and skylights. Comfortable living room and den, each with its own fireplace. French doors leading from den to private patio and firepit. Substantial 600 square foot studio with woodstove, complete with a separate room with an endless lap pool, private deck and outdoor kitchen. This property is located in the coveted Sparkling Ridge neighborhood and just a short walk to Mohonk Preserve. $749,000

MID-CENTURY HUDSON RIVER VIEWS Modernist style house on 4.5 acres which were originally part of the Rosemount Estate owned by Alton B. Parker who ran for President against Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. It is privately sited with good partial views of the Hudson River and is protected by a Conservation Easement on three of its four sides. The interior features a brick fireplace in the living room, updated kitchen and dining room are open to a covered patio. The lower level contains a separate 420 square foot apartment which is perfect for guest use. This presents a rare opportunity to be part of a historic Hudson River estate a short distance from Metro North and the NYS Thruway. $549,900



Gorgeous panoramic views of the Catskills greet you from this bucolic property as the eye travels gently flowing farmland down to the foot of the mountains. Property is three lots, each already separately deeded, and features a 1940’s ranch gutted to the flooring and studs and ready for restoration. Structure is very solid and could lend itself to a stunning “modern” mid-century modern. The fields are open and cleared, there’s a spring-fed pond, and the woods are abundant with wildlife. $349,000

LAND Enjoy the serenity of country living in the

sleepy hamlet of West Kill backed by its own 68 acres

, offering ample privacy, backed up even further by

protected land with plenty of trails. The renovation of the spacious 1900 farm house is both sophisticated and warm, featuring an amazing master bedroom with its own decking. The property is also a perfect

location for horses or an organic farm. Traffic is only

local and minimal. If anyone ever sought a turn-key gentleman’s -- or gentlelady’s -- farm, they need look no further. $660,000

SECLUDED AND STUNNING MODERN This New Paltz contemporary was designed with

nature, light and energy efficiency in mind by noted architect Rick Alfandre. Open floor plan, gourmet kitchen, gorgeous indoor/outdoor living space. Large master suite with private balcony. Screened in porch off the kitchen, wrap around decking and outdoor fireplace for enjoying cool evenings plus, a beautiful

saline pool. Completely private and surrounded by beautifully landscaped gardens and open meadows, a 10 minute walk to Mohonk Preserve and 10 minutes to the town of New Paltz. $1,495,000


Drive just

west of Woodstock to arrive at this contemporary farmhouse-style home, add 4 acres of privacy, with walking trails already carved through the woods. Step inside this exceptionally well-built home to the warmth of Brazilian cherry wood floors, high ceilings with crown moldings, and a wall of windows from the Living Room to the Breakfast nook. What a fortunate opportunity for a buyer to have this carefree experience of country living, in a dream of a home. $449,900

UNIQUE CO-HOUSING OPPORTUNITY Light and lovely home in the highly regarded cohousing community of Cantine’s Island. Within biking distance of the village of Saugerties and consists of 19 tvindividually owned homes which collectively share 10 park-like acres that include a common house, an industrial-sized workshop, and extensive beautiful frontage on the navigable Esopus Creek. Lovely cedar-sided home is very appealing with it’s private backyard area, gardens, and cute built-in beds in two of the bedrooms. If you like the idea of a real connection to your neighbors, this sweet house in this multi-generational, environmentally friendly community may be just the ticket. $345,000


This stunning home is sure to take your breath away! Attention to detail throughout in this elegant yet

comfortable contemporary colonial home. Gourmet

kitchen, elegant dining room with tray ceiling and fireplace, sun drenched family room with French

doors to deck, gazebo and inground saline pool. A wonderful spot to relax and watch the sunset over the Shawangunk Ridge. Just a 5 minute walk to the

rail trail, 10 minutes to the village of New Paltz,

Minnewaska State Park and Mohonk Preserve. $749,000

GEO-THERMAL MODERN VICTORIAN This home could be your castle! Located in Uptown Kingston above the trendy Stockade District this is a stand-out environmentally conscious built structure, with an elegant exterior reminiscent of Victorian architecture. Geo-thermal system here requires no fossil fuel for heating and cooling. Floor-to-ceiling windows and High ceilings bring in the natural light, and the ½ acre lot is wooded in the back to upstatefeel. HOUSE | SUMMER enhance a country $449,900

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PROTECTED FARMLAND/CATSKILL VIEWS, HUDSON, NY Excl. 174 acre minutes to Hudson. 2 homes, 6 barns, 2 silos & 2 ponds. Presently being farmed for feed corn. $1.5M. Web#15897603 Jean Stoler 518.755.4298

LADY OF THE LAKE / PUTNUM VALLEY, NY Excl. Spectacular history. Rare & elegant 30 acre lakefront setting. Privacy. Guest house. $4.5M. Web#15507834 Nancy Felcetto 518.660.1301/Fred Waring III 845.464.5263

STUNNING VINTAGE CHARM | HUDSON/CLAVERACK NY Excl. Restored 4BR/2BA large farmhouse with 2BR/2 BA cottage and 8500SF barn w/studio. 10 acs w/2 ponds. $1.195M. Web#16480035 Bruce Pace 917.370.0704

PRIME DEVELOPMENT - 117 ACRES | CATSKILL, NY Excl. Cottage, out buildings, fresh water springs. Private oasis. $1.75M. Web#14061407 Sterling H. Swann 518.929.7805

SAXON’S HOUSE | KINDERHOOK, NY Excl. This treasure is waiting for your creative thoughts to polish into a true gem! 3 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. $175K. Web#16518254 Maret Halinen 917.691.8757

LIVING SCULPTURE | GHENT, NY Excl. Ultimate in design, copper & class. Open plan 3BR/4.5 BA with Catskill mountain views. 9.7 acres. $1.750M. Web#14881528 Maret Halinen 917.691.8757




Excl. Original architectural integrity & modern updates. 3 light filled floors, porches, patios. Near all. $638K. Web#16481269 N. Felcetto 518.660.1301 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866

Excl. 7500SF amazing live/work space. Live your dream! Great for home, restaurant/bar, or art studio. $894K. Web#16044937 N. Felcetto 518.660.1301 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866

Excl. Beautiful tree-lined block, historical gem with 6 wbfpl’s, 1 acre. Heated IG pool. 14 rooms. 8 BR, 4 BA. $850K. Web#15580179 N. Felcetto 518.660.1301 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866

SIMPLICITY & PRIVACY IN NATURE / TAGHKANIC, NY Excl. Artist inspired barn style home on 5 acres. Quiet and great location! $358K. Web#16362071 N. Felcetto 518.660.1301 | R. Horowitz 917.348.4866

PANORAMIC VIEWS! / ELIZAVILLE, NY Excl. Great house with a small vineyard and the best views in Columbia County! 3BR/3BA. $899K. Web#16546170 Stephan Delventhal 646.761.3366

ANTIQUE CREEK SIDE 1700’S HOME | HUDSON, NY Excl. Enchanting & historic 3BR/2.5 BA house+barn, river & mountain views. EIK & French doors. $445K. Web#16389974 Stephan Delventhal 646.761.3366

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Rhinebeck address. Total Privacy w/amazing 3 acre hilltop setting. 4 BRs, 2 baths, magnificent vaulted great room, new K, exceptional light. Heated inground lap pool. $595,000.


this 4 BR, 2 full 2 ½ bath, 3200 SF Red Hook Colonial is in prestigious Deer Run & is the perfect family home! Granite K, DR, huge FR, office, LR w/FPL, CA, 3 car garage. 3 acres. $549,319.


built in 2011 & very special, this Rhinebeck Contemporary has a 900 SF great room, amazing K, MBR suite w/private office, vaulted studio, CA, maple floors, 4 car garage, & exceptional style! $975,000.


of meadows w/a stream surround this Architect Designed country home. 4226 SF, vaulted ceilings, huge windows, WB floors, beams, AC, stone FPL, artist’s studio, barn. 26 x 28 LR, stone courtyard. WOW! $495,000.


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RED HOOK VILLAGE This classic colonial has 3 BRs, 3 baths, a redone K, DR, FR, & LR w/a brick FPL. There are wood floors, CA, a glassed porch & a 22 x 20 heated studio. Fenced yard. Walk everywhere. $249,900.

LAND WITH VIEWS This 6 acre BOHA & surveyed land parcel in Red Hook has dramatic Catskills views, total privacy, & a gorgeous environment w/stone walls, pines, hardwoods, & abundant wildlife. Perfect. $198,000

BEAUTIFULLY DECORATED & light filled, this 2400 SF Country home is surrounded by gorgeous land, has wonderful privacy, & exceptional natural beauty! CA, wood floors, huge gathering room, MBR suite. $409,000.

surrounds this 2552 SF center hall Circa 1850 Rhinebeck

colonial. 9 ft. ceilings, WB floors, 2 FPLS, divided light windows. 3 story barn, huge trees, new price of $375,000.


this circa 1760 5 BR colonial boasts enormous light & character w/stone, brick, hand hewn beams, 2 FPLs, + modern upgrades w/CA, K, & 3.5 tiled baths. Guest suite, 8.3 country acres. $799,000.

AT THE GARDENS in Rhinebeck, this two story, 1495 SF, 2 BR, 2.5 bath condo has a great K, DR, LR w/FPL, separate den, MBR suite, CA, & overlooks a meadow. Pool, clubhouse w/fitness center. $369,000.

5 BRS & 4 TILED BATHS 81 AMAZING ACRES make this 3666 SF one story home in has trails, stone walls, huge hardwoods & Clinton very special. CA, FPL, skylights, is perfect for hiking or 4 wheeling @ this vaulted ceilings, 3 MBR suites, huge 2778 SF Cape in Clinton. 2 FPLs, huge windows, auto generator & much more. LR, office, huge porch. Rhinebeck schools, 3.53 private acres. $569,900. close to the TSP. $419,000.

ON A DEAD END STREET this 3280 SF 2 family home has two amazing living units, one 3 BRs, 2 baths. Both have huge LRs w/FPLs. Laundry on site. Live in one, rent the other! 5 beautiful surveyed acres! $349,900.

AN ENORMOUS KITCHEN is a wonderful gathering spot at this 3 BR, 2 bath Red Hook split. On a deadend street, this home has a beautiful outdoor environment with a screened porch & deck. Move in ready! $299,000.

MOVE YOUR FAMILY to this country colonial in Rhinebeck. 2464 SF. Huge LR w/FPL. Open granite K, DR, huge MBR suite. 3 outdoor living areas with a large deck & a 43 ft. covered porch. 3 acres w/views. $409,900.

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EDITION FARM 114+ acre estate & premier thoroughbred farm in the heart of Dutchess County. Classic farmhouse surrounded by pristine land, 5 barns, multiple run-in sheds, exercise arena, caretaker residence, 3 bay garage w/studio, finely fenced pastures, beautiful ponds, meandering stone walls, riding trails & in-ground pool. 90 mins from NYC or 2 hrs to Saratoga. Offered at $2,700,000

FANTASTIC 1780 FARMHOUSE ON 175 ACRES Incredible property with 2 ponds, privacy, picturesque barn w/11 horse stalls & fenced paddocks. Beautiful grounds w/meadows, woodlands & stone walls. Great location, with proximity to both Rhinebeck and Millbrook areas. Finely preserved home w/3 FPs, wood floors, paneled library, 1st floor master, screened in porch & stone patio. Offered at $1,995,000

SHADBLO HILL FARM - 222 ACRES Fabulous working farm, owned by one family for over 97 years. Stunning views of the Catskill Mountains, rolling agricultural fields, woodlands, lawns and 5 ponds. Traditional 3 BR main farmhouse, guest house/caretaker’s cottage and several period barns. A unique opportunity to own your own farm! Convenient to Rhinebeck and Red Hook. Offered at $1,500,000

BEAUTIFUL MILLBROOK BUILDING PARCEL 38.51 acre parcel, located just 1.3 miles from the Center of the Village in area of large tracts & fine homes. 2400 feet of road frontage, with 2 acre zoning. Sweeping open meadows, woodland perimeters & distant vistas. Trout stream, pond, trails, old railroad trestle & multiple building sites. Potential for farm, equestrian facility or perfect for sports enthusiast. Offered at $990,000

MILLBROOK COUNTRY RANCH Completely renovated gentleman’s farm on 11+ acres, just outside the Village. 3 BRs, 2 baths, gorgeous kit w/marble counters & stainless steel appliances, HW floors & attached 1 BR apt. 8 stall horse barn w/water & electric, separate storage barn/ workshop, pool & outdoor fireplace. Offered at $599,000

VICTORIAN WITH SEPARATE STUDIO ON CUL-DE-SAC Exceptionally well cared for 1863 Village of Millbrook home w/ barn style detached garage and separate studio. Updated w/newly renovated kitchen, breakfast room w/beamed ceiling, cozy LR & DR, den 3 BRs and 1.5 baths. Nicely landscaped w/lovely patios, paths and pool. Offered at $520,000

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AMERICAN TUDOR Grand 1920s home, set on a fenced half-acre hillside lot, overlooks the city of Hudson and the Catskills. Quality Tudor details enhance the striking exterior and 3,000 sf interior, including stunning living room with fireplace and vaulted, timbered ceiling, light-filled dining room, sunroom with fireplace, chef’s kitchen, and master bedroom suite. Walk to all Hudson has to offer… $745,000

HUDSON QUEEN ANNE Graceful 1882 townhouse has 10' ceilings with crown molding, tall windows, pocket doors, and faux marble mantles. Four bedrooms include third floor bedroom and additional unfinished space. Set on one of historic Hudson’s finest blocks… $495,000

TUDOR COTTAGE 1912 eclectic home has front facing gable, steeply pitched roof, and decorative half timbering. High ceilings, wood floors, original windows and doors grace this charming three bedroom home near the heart of Hudson… $485,000

HUDSON CRAFTSMAN Handsome 1920s home has three or four bedrooms, original oak door, staircase, and bay windows, stylish kitchen, and updated systems. On a quiet street a few blocks from the center of town, near the new library… $315,000 56

ITALIANATE COUNTRY COTTAGE Large porch, light-filled rooms including family room addition with woodstove, and rear patio. Victorian children’s playhouse and nice red barn complete the open, level property of an acre and a half, backed by open farmland… $299,000

POST AND BEAM HOUSE WITH CATSKILL VIEWS High on a hill on ten private acres, this Timberpeg “green” home has spectacular Catskill views and splendid sunsets. Open interior has exposed solid timbers, soaring vaulted ceiling and impressive stone fireplace. A comfortable energy efficient home; solar panels and ultra-high efficiency boiler keep costs low. Rural setting ten minutes to Hudson… $625,000

SECLUDED FARM ESTATE NEAR HUDSON Greek Revival era farmhouse, renovated in the 60s, surrounded by 60 acres on both sides of a dead-end country lane, overlooks bucolic views of open fertile fields, ancient maple trees, pond, and large pondsite. Only 10 minutes to Hudson, yet no neighbors in sight. Outstanding rural investment property in the heart of Columbia County… $785,000

COTTAGE OVERLOOKS STREAM Charming two bedroom, two bath 19th century house with traditional living and dining rooms, huge newer family room with gas fireplace, large screened porch and open deck… $189,000

HILLSIDE RENOVATED FARMHOUSE Mid-nineteenth century post and beam home has living room with beamed ceiling and huge fireplace, country kitchen, three bedrooms and two baths. Perched on a stone bluff with open decks, mature trees and stone outcroppings… $239,000

ENCHANTING COTTAGE Renovated by architect owner, every space, nook, and cranny, has been carefully designed. Includes private gardens with fruit trees, berries, hedges, fountains, deck, and early barn… $319,000

TWO PROTECTED ANCRAMDALE FARMS 212 acres: two stunning building sites with views of Mt Alander in the Berkshires, two farmhouses, barns, valleys, ponds, open hay fields… $2,400,000 103 acres: long creek front, farmhouse to restore, private building site with views… $995,000

CREEKSIDE COUNTRY RETREAT Facing the rushing Tsatsawassa Creek, rambling 1800s home has stone fireplace, wide board floors, beams, three bedrooms, studio, and garage. Just minutes to Old Chatham… $239,000

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GREEK REVIVAL AND SIX ACRE LAKE A beautiful property includes almost 50 acres on both sides of a quiet country lane, yet is only 10 minutes to Hudson. The spacious charming farmhouse, overlooking a large pond, has classic Greek Revival details, while across the road is a stocked six-acre lake encircled by a mowed path with secluded house sites… $775,000

VICTORIAN GOTHIC COTTAGE Grand Hudson home has imposing facade, twostory bay window, nearly 4,000 sf of living space with original details, mantels, handsome stair, plus dramatic two-story high family room, modern kitchen, rear deck, and garage… $550,000

HILLSDALE HOUSE & GARDENS Four bedroom, two bath home has living area with vaulted ceiling; includes separate area for rental or guests. New roof, boiler, and septic. Perennial gardens and new garage… $249,000

Rushmore Farm


Rare & historic 1754 Dutch stone house on 95.4 acres in Athens set among woodlands & picturesque pond. 3 BR/2.5 BA. Tasteful 2012 renovations with new Viking kitchen, baths, mechanicals, central air & upgraded insulation. Original wideboard flooring, handhewn ceiling beams & cathedral height rafters plus 4 large 18th c. fireplaces. 18th c. stone smoke house and 3-car barn-style garage w/ 2nd floor loft. Private, 300 ft back from the road w/ 1850 ft of frontage.

❚ David Ludwig 917.365.1894

Copper House

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A study in form & function, situated on 6 private acres in Hillsdale. Exterior is clad in corrugated copper w/ 3 skylights. 4 BR/3 BA. Rooms are light & airy with views. Dramatic shelving system delineates the hall & public spaces. Radiant heat, recycled aluminum clad kitchen cabinets and low electric use. This low maintenance retreat will afford you the time to enjoy the Hudson Valley.

❚ Gary DiMauro 845.757.5000 x11

Rhinecliff Folk Victorian


Beautifully updated 3 BR/3 BA Victorian farmhouse overlooking large front lawn. Bright & gracious w/ clean lines, open floor plan & original details, fireplace, modern kitchen, lots of windows & French doors. Easy walk to the Hudson River & Amtrak, 3 min. to Rhinebeck. Enjoy sunsets over the Catskills from your front porch, the best combination of convenience & quiet country living.

❚ Alison Vaccarino 845.233.1433

Hudson Heritage


C. 1840 Federal/Adam style home, beautifully appointed & perfectly maintained. Seamless indoor/outdoor living, original Rumford fireplaces, plank pine floors, woodwork & doors. Gracious hallway, 2 living rooms, dining room, 6 fireplaces, kitchen w/ original fireplace. Upstairs master suite w/ ensuite 3/4 BA & walk-in closet. Finished 3rd floor. Porch w/ blue stone patio, modern pool house & salt water pool w/ Idaho quartz patio. Mini Greenport compound w/ easy-to-maintain grounds.

❚ Pamela Belfor 917.734.7142

Rhinefall Estate


Unique 126 acre estate in Clinton named after the property’s 85’ waterfall. Meticulously cared for & updated 1700s home, expanded w/ large dining & living rooms, solarium, sunporch, family room w/ FP, and renovated kitchen. Large windows provide views of the waterfall, 2 acre pond, barn & fields. 5 BR/4.5 BA. Master BR w/ en suite BA, FP & private stairway. 6-stall barn w/ artist’s studio overlooks paddock, 2 run-in sheds, meadows, & fenced fields. 3 cottages, Crum Elbow Creek, tennis court & gunite pool, 2 miles of trails.

❚ Adelia Geiger 845.216.0218

Zen Retreat


Tranquil, restorative & private 11 acre retreat in Rhinebeck embraces the aesthetic & landscape of an authentic Japanese house. Beautifully sited w/ traditional gardens, waterfalls, walking bridges, raked dry entrance garden, spring-fed koi pond. Built in modern Sukiya-zukuri architectural style, 3 BR house designed by Kyoto architect. Beautiful natural woods & materials, many from Japan. Clean, uncluttered look, seamless house/garden relationship. Detached 2-car garage w/ 2nd floor.

❚ Gary DiMauro 845.757.5000 x11

Oxbow Hill


Spectacularly sited on 52 acres in Taghkanic, NY, 5500 sf, 3 BR/3.5 BA Craftsman style home w/ Catskills, Taconics & Berkshires vistas. 2-story octagonal foyer, Gathering Room w/ wood-burning FP, chef’s kitchen, 60’ covered porch. Master retreat w/ FP, dressing room, ensuite BA. Hot tub patio, fire-pit & home gym/spa w/ steam room & sauna. Extensive Taghkanic Creek frontage w/ cascading waterfalls & dramatic rock outcroppings.

❚ Gary DiMauro 845.757.5000 x11

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FAMILY COMPOUND Privately nestled in the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains yet only 100 miles from Manhattan. This 300 acre estate in both Ulster and Sullivan counties offers a one of a kind retreat with three homes, pool, outbuildings, miles of trials and the Stoddard Mill Stream.

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The Villa – a stone mansion built in 2008, The Lodge – a stone house parts of which date back to the 1850’s and The Cottage. High end details abound surrounded by paradise. $2,950,000 • 10 Bedrooms, 7.5 Baths



GERMANTOWN $ 850,000

LIVINGSTON $ 289,000

GERMANTOWN $ 319,000

Germantown Farmhouse

Livingston Ranch with Pond

Germantown American Basic

Country Contemporary

Red Hook Horse Farm


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Turn-of-the-century farmhouse on 24 acres with two beautiful barns and Catskill Mountain views. Set back from a scenic country road and totally secluded, the farmhouse has three bedrooms, two baths, country kitchen, formal dining room, wood floors, and a large front porch. The classic red barns have recently been upgraded. Truly a wonderful country property!

Ranch on 10.5 landscaped acres overlooking spring-fed pond located on a quiet dead-end road. Well maintained two bedroom home features a spacious kitchen open to dining area, good size living room with pond views, lower level family room, covered porch and back deck, one car attached garage. Automatic generator. Beautiful open and wooded land. Adjoining 1.89 acres with small barn, electric and well also available.


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1890 American Basic located in the hamlet of Germantown. This light-filled four bedroom/two bath home features high ceilings, pocket doors, stained glass windows, wood floors, living room, open kitchen/dining room with bay windows and large front porch. Many recent improvements. Catskill Mountain views. Private back yard.

GERMANTOWN $ 449,000 BATHS: 2 ACRES: 3.5

Comfortable Contemporary with a country feel. This three bedroom/ two bath home on 3.5 secluded acres features wide-board floors, two fireplaces, 2,600 sq. ft. of living area, west facing deck to enjoy the sunsets over the Catskill Mountains, and large garage. Located in Germantown within easy reach of hamlet amenities.

RED HOOK 1,400,000


Picturesque horse farm property on a bucolic country road. 86 acres of open and wooded land with a nine stall horse barn with full loft, office, tack room, and bath built in 2006. Also features a 75 x 150 indoor arena, an outdoor arena, and number of fenced paddocks. Well. Septic.


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Through The Looking gLass Modernist design in a natural landscape. Private, serene and inspirational. Offered at $860,000

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Willow Realty 1857 Brick Federal Farmhouse Overlooking the Wallkill River in Gardiner

Property in Marlboro, New York: 5 building lots, 10.25 acres 3.9 acres, panoramic river view

•6490 sq. ft. home •Guesthouse •54 acres Impeccably and honestly restored and furnished to its era 11-foot ceilings, elaborate trim, private. 3rd floor studio, horse barn, fenced paddocks 33 Gibbons Lane, New Paltz, NY Laurie@WillowRealEstate.com

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$225,000 $80,000

6.5 acres, riverfront


2.5 acres, river view


Town of Poughkeepsie, New York: 6 estate lots, 1-3 acres each


All Lots Board of Health Approved For more information, 845-462-1206

TKGRE.COM Serving the Berkshires, Hudson Valley, Albany Capital Region and Litchfield Hills

Two BeauTies in old ChaTham

With 106 acres at your command, walk to your heart’s content and then return to your impeccable Colonial, sit on the patio and survey your pond and view. Enjoy the mature gardens and fabulous oak trees in the back yard. The house features 4 bedrooms, including a private guest suite, two fireplaces, original details throughout.


A delightful marriage of the old and the new – a 1840s center hall Colonial lovingly expanded by a restoration expert. Perched on a private hilltop with separate barn, the home features three fireplaces in the formal dining room, kitchen, and living room. Three bedrooms and an office upstairs. The lower level has an in-law/au pair suite.


For a private tour, call Lisa Bouchard Hoe: (413) 329-1162 or email: lisa@tkgre.com

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Historic 19th Century Stone Ridge Mansion


Brought to you by Greg Berardi

Welcome to Greg’s Corner!

21st Century Colonial NEW! A beautiful custom built Colonial, located in Kingston NY, about 1.5 hours from NYC & in a prestigious neighborhood of large luxury homes. The rolling grounds offer professionally landscaped stone retained gardens, open living areas, children's playground, a pond & distant mountain views. Enter the main foyer to a grand curved oak staircase & glistening wood floors. The elegant formal dining room is enhancing w/ glass French doors, raised panel chair rail & a tray ceiling. The open & airy kitchen is loaded w/crisp white cabinets, lots of counter space, a breakfast bar & an eat-in area overlooking the deck. This is a wonderful home for entertaining. Close to the NYS Thruway (Exit 19), Woodstock & all shopping amenities. $649,900. Call Greg Berardi 845-389-7895! Kingston Mini-Estate NEW! A stone laid driveway leads to the impressive 5-BR, 3-BA, stucco & stone exterior home, & enhanced w/mature, manicured landscaping. The 2-BR have high vaulted ceilings w/ their own balcony, one looks toward the front & one overlooks the pool. A bold contemporary interior of high pitched & peaked ceilings make the rooms soar. The kitchen was designed for entertaining, all Quartz counters w/a long breakfast bar, commercial gas cook-top, built in range & wet bar. Just off the kitchen is the expansive deck overlooking the resort-like pool area w/an outside kitchen, fire pit & cabana. All detailed H/W floors in the main living areas are accented w/raised panel trim. 1.5 hours from NYC & near Woodstock. $675,000. Call Greg Berardi 845-389-7895!

Stately stone Federal Colonial mansion on the outskirts of the historic hamlet of Stone Ridge, NY, with dramatic Catskill mountain backdrop, borders onto more than 200 acres of protected NYS farmland. The gentleman farmer’s park-like grounds feature 15 acres of fruit trees, paddocks, pond, Cab Franc vineyard, magnificent maples, four outbuildings and an inground pool. Full of character and beautifully restored throughout, the 5 BR, 3.5 BA, 5000 sq ft, 19th century limestone L-shaped home showcases lovely original period features. Conveniently located between Kingston and Stone Ridge, this unpretentiously grand mansion embodies the finest of the area’s stone home heritage. ULSTER COUNTY MLS #20171972 | SOTHEBY’S ID# 3JK99P

Representing fine properties in the Hudson River Valley for over three decades.

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vintage village colonial rhinebeck , ny

Mid-19th Century Property In Kingston NY, you’ll find this rambling country farmhouse on 4.1-acres w/picturesque pastures, barns 7 outbuildings built in 1865. A gracious floor plan offers 3840sf of unique living space that is zoned as a 2-family, but has been recently used as a singlefamily home. The 2-units both offer 3-BR & 2-BA, a flexible 1st floor also lends itself to an in-law apartment, home office or just more spacious living. A rustic kitchen w/hand hewn beams, quartz counters & stainless appliances are sure to please. The ballroomsized living room is graced w/wide board flooring & a FP. $389,900. Call Greg Berardi 845-389-7895! Takes Your Breath Away BAM! 100K REDUCTION BLAST! Minutes to the Taconic Pkwy & less than 1 hour from NYC, up a long marble lined drive, is this stately home w/a guest house & a unique granite faced exterior. A mature picturesque setting w/a pond, fruit trees & shaded landscapes that graces the property. As you enter the light filled foyer, you are welcomed w/ soaring vaulted ceilings, airy rooms & a massive stone FP. The cabinet filled kitchen flows out to the blue-stone patio, perfect for morning coffee. Very nice Cape style layout, w/2-first floor BR, & the 2nd floor offers an office & another BR w/another full bath. A detached cottage has a FP & loft style-BR. $599,000. Call Greg Berardi 845-389-7895!


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Circa 1900 landmark home is sited on 1.04 acres, on perhaps the village’s most desirable street. The front features a massive wraparound porch that opens to an elegant panelled foyer. The main level offers a large living room with fireplace, formal dining room, library, eat-in chef ’s kitchen with butler’s pantry and powder room. Second level has master suite with sitting room, 3 additional bedrooms, and 1.5 baths. Original details have been carefully preserved throughout and enhanced with high-end mechanicals. The grounds are level and professionally landscaped with a 2-story carriage barn. Offered at $1,775,000.



INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Adirondack Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Gentech LTD . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Murphy Realty Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Alfandre Architecture, PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

George Cole Auctioneers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Northern Dutchess Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Aqua Jet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

George T. Whalen Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Paragon Roofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Associated Lightning Rod Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Ghent Wood Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Atlantic Custom Homes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . back cover

Glenn’s Wood Sheds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Augustine Landscaping & Nursery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Halstead Property Hudson Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52

Bare Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Halter Associates Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55

Berkshire Hathaway­HomeServices

Herrington’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Nutshell Realty—Steve Cohen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

Herzogs True Value Home Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Patricia A. Hinkein Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Paul Hallenbeck Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Paula Redmond Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Peggy Lampman Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Phinney Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

HH Hill Realty Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62

Quatrefoil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Houlihan Lawrence/Lagrangeville Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

Steve Morris Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Berkshire Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Hudson Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Stone Ridge Electric Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

C & H Architects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Hudson Valley Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Sun Up Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Cabinet Designers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Hudson Valley Chimney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

TH Remodeling and Renovations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Catskill Farms Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Hudson Valley Home Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Traditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Center for Metal Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Hudson Valley Sunrooms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Coldwell Banker Village Green Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49, 58

Hunt Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Ulster County Office of Economic Development . . . . . . . 1

DC Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Ice Forge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Dirty Girls Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Janson Goldstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Elizabeth Berin Interiors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

John T. Unger Studios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Equis Art Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Jorge G. Hernandez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hudson Valley Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Victoria Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Victoria Wilkinson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 WCW Kitchens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Westwood Metes & Bounds Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46, 47

EvolveD Interiors & Design Showroom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Kinderhook Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

William Wallace Construction . . . . . . . . . . . inside back cover

Finch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Kniffen Builders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Williams Lumber & Home Center . . . . . . inside front cover

Foster Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Lawrence O’Toole Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Willow Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60

Gary DiMauro Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

LEDspin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Win Morrison Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62


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Practical Alchemy Christopher Kurtz is a Kingston-based woodworker, sculptor, and furniture maker whose work seems effortless. Behind the apparent insouciance of his output, however, is a serious set of chops. Kurtz’s virtuosity and materials-based approach is partly explained by his assistantship with Martin Puryear, the Accord-based sculptor who had a retrospective at MoMA in 2007—and taught Kurtz how to work with wood. Kurtz tends to wear his influences on his sleeve; the modernism of Brancusi and Giacometti are easy to spot in his purity of line. His furniture challenges materials, as in his Bauhaus-inspired dining tables with hollow legs that

reference the tubular steel furniture of Marcel Breuer and Mart Stam. While Kurtz’s sculpture is strongly rooted in the refinement of his craft, his furniture is highly sculptural. The necessary tension and practical magic of Kurtz’s work lies in its duality: design and chance, form and function, art and craft. That duality is also its simple, unifying framework. “Ideas come from making things,” says Kurtz. “I like the alchemy of manipulating materials with your hands, taking a stick of wood and transforming it into something magical.” —Brian K. Mahoney

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At Lindal we are very proud that for over 70 years we have been producing homes that are modern in spirit and warm in nature. At the heart of the Lindal Experience lives progress and tradition, inspiration and predictability – the cutting-edge architecture is delivered through the time-honored building systems of Lindal Cedar homes and backed by a lifetime structural warranty. Lindal Cedar Homes has designed and produced over 50,000 homes, built throughout the world in every climate, on every type of terrain, and in every regulatory environment. Since the introduction of its modern design program in 2008, Lindal has been the modern systems-built ‘prefab’ home of choice for our clients. We will be happy to speak with you about the services we offer, including free site evaluations and site visits, and our free Design Program.

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