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Nordic skiing revival thrives in the Shawangunks 

Nordic skiing revival thrives in the Shawangunks 

Central Ulster County, with the miles of groomed carriage roads, linear rail-trail parks. and now the River-2-Ridge trail that leads outdoor enthusiasts from the Village of New Paltz to the heart of the Shawangunk Mountains. This is a pristine and magical  place to wax up cross-country skis and glide across the wintry landscape.

Phil Warish, Blue Farm Antiques and Letterpress Printing

Phil Warish, Blue Farm Antiques and Letterpress Printing

Phil Warish became a local business owner. In 2007 he hauled his 19th-century floorstanding Chandler Price platen press out of storage, where it had been for fifteen years. He arranged an eclectic collection of vintage items, put up a sign,  and opened Blue Farm Antiques and Letterpress Printing. He’s been in his current location for six years.

Delaware County real estate in a time of pandemic

Delaware County real estate in a time of pandemic

The Hudson Valley in general, and recently Ulster County in particular, have gotten national attention for the precipitous rise of the cost of housing. But the mass exodus of buyers from the New York City area to upstate covers a lot more ground than that. Delaware County, the forgotten, sleepy area the size of Rhode Island, has been white-hot, too. 

This Shandakenite will never look at trees the same way again

This Shandakenite will never look at trees the same way again

After being dominant from Georgia to Maine for thousands of years, this “keynote species” of the Catskills in particular had succumbed to Asian blight in the first decades of the twentieth century. (Asian chestnuts were imported because they produce fatter nuts. These brought blight to which the older, squatter Asian species was – and is – immune.)