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Tenants mobilize in the Hudson Valley and beyond

Tenants mobilize in the Hudson Valley and beyond

A Nassau County-based real estate company has been expanding its holdings in the Hudson Valley and some tenants are not happy. The conflict is playing out against a backdrop of concerns about gentrification and renewed activism among renters which has already resulted in the passage of a state law increasing tenant protections.

RIP Bobby D

RIP Bobby D

Last week, Kingston and Saugerties lost one of our favorite people and an unmistakable influence on so many in the underground Upstate New York hip-hop scene, a poetic soul who never took what he had for granted. I am talking about Bobby Daniels a.k.a. Mr. Bobby Delicious and there are no words good enough to sum up the loss or the blessing of knowing him.

Saugerties’ Jim Starlin: The man behind Thanos

Saugerties’ Jim Starlin: The man behind Thanos

Jim Starlin is one of the most important writers in the history of pop culture, but you likely don’t know his name. As a comics writer at Marvel in the 1970s, Starlin created Thanos, the villain who has supported the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, the cinematic juggernaut whose intricately-connected franchise movies have dominated international theaters for over a decade now. 

Sowing seeds of community: The New Paltz Rescue Squad

Sowing seeds of community: The New Paltz Rescue Squad

Most encounters with an ambulance are quite pedestrian: the flashing lights and wailing siren signal it’s time to pull the car over and let the members of the rescue squad pass. What’s a momentary pause in the lives of those New Paltz residents might represent a critical moment in the life of someone else, as that ambulance is bringing to their door a crew of professionals with sufficient equipment to do anything that might otherwise happen in a hospital emergency room.

With help, Woodstock man transitions to life outside prison

With help, Woodstock man transitions to life outside prison

“I haven’t experienced freedom in so long, my biggest fear is to have that taken away,” said Woodstocker Ryland Koller, who has been partially released from prison after doing eight years for robbing a heroin dealer in 2011. “I wake up in a cold sweat, thinking some technicality will come up, and I’ll have to go back in. Sleep has been elusive.”