Man With a Van moving company, based in New Paltz, started small, very small, in fact, borrowing a friend’s beat up old van to move someone from one Manhattan walk-up to another on New Year’s Eve 1992. Today it has four employees, plus owner David Miller.
Sometimes the most enduring voyages of one’s life can begin with a small, seemingly innocuous decision. Where do you want to hike today? What trail shall we take? In fact, that was the question, posed 150 years ago, that led to the creation of what is now considered one of the world’s Top Ten greatest destinations: the family-owned-and-operated Mohonk Mountain House Resort and Spa in New Paltz.
While New Paltz may not have been the epicenter of the Donald Trump presidential campaign, it certainly was the main stage for the first annual Tour de Trump cycling competition that swept into the Village of New Paltz on May 6 of 1989 to the cheers and jeers of more than 6,000 spectators who lined the streets, sidewalks and rooftops of downtown Main Street.
As we entered the thick of the coyote mating season, it was fitting that a recent Thursday night – February 14, Valentine’s Day – saw a packed Lecture Center on the SUNY New Paltz campus for a presentation titled “Coexisting with Coyotes,” with Melissa Gillmer, head zookeeper of the Trailside Museums and Zoo at Bear Mountain State Park.
A hardy bunch of nature buffs braved the ice and windy subzero temperatures this past Saturday morning for an invigorating walk along Historic Huguenot Street and the Nyquist-Harcourt Sanctuary, led by the engaging Justin Wexler, who specializes in folklore and land use among the indigenous people of the Hudson Valley.
As I look up, the world around me glistening, I begin to think that this feels like stumbling upon a Christmaslike celebration right smack in the middle of the woods.
The College Diner recently closed after many years of feeding folks in New Paltz.
St. Joseph’s Church basement was buzzing with community members excited to learn and impart knowledge on how to make their homes more energy-efficient and winterized, as well as practical and professional guides on how to recycle, compost, reduce food waste and junk mail as well as one’s carbon footprint.
Rainbow Falls appeared delighted to be drenching everything within its reach, including the bed of rocks that cascaded into the streambed below like a game of marbles, each one unique and letting the water slide over it like a fine polish.
Another 1.3 miles of the Hudson Valley Rail Trail, stretching from Tony Williams Park to Route 299, have been completed, paved and opened to the public. Work continues on the next leg, which will link up with the village of New Paltz and the Wallkill Valley Rail Trail.