…Died and Went to Hudson

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Ok, I guess I’m easy… but give me a town that’s just “off” enough that it doesn’t attract every Tom, Dick and hairy, black-socked tourist … That has no Starbucks, no chain restaurant… no chain anything, and no souvenir-hocking vendors. — Fill it with artists, eccentrics, washed-up rock stars, “townies” — including the toothless, and the sidewalk philosophers. Add water views, amazing landscape vistas, a hodgepodge of architecture with a history, a personality and a craftsman behind it. And then load the main street with shops owned by displaced, independent merchants from Manhattan … stocked with fabulous finds of no particular vintage, and artists’ creations of no definitive use. Heaven!

When I rolled into Hudson, NY around noon with my favorite extant architect and friend, Michael Glynn, we hit the ground running… these stores close at 5! Here’s what we saw.

 

The whole town is a great mix of architecture

 

Even the back alleys are beautiful

 

…Here’s a home at the end of Warren Street (the main drag)

 

A repurposed printer’s store complete with the original RGB colors in glass — the 1800’s method of color matching

 

More “texture” on Warren Street

 

The owner of Skalar, a contemporary furnishings store… and one of the many NYC transplants

 

Ken: artist and owner of Kendon Antiques (more pictures below of Ken’s studio)

 

A street artist — hand crafter of mini silhouette scenes

 

Diner who dresses like his dog

 

Local bakery and local color

 

Store chocked full of great stuff…all the way through the back door

 

More random great stuff

 

Love this planter!

 

There’s plenty of nice modern furniture

 

…And antique toys

 

The window of Vincent Mumford’s store.. he has wonderful things… most sport “sold” tags

 

Science lab lighting

 

A mini “stage” light shot against a vintage set mural

 

Chandelier made from cardboard product boxes

 

Hudson’s answer to Stop & Shop

 

One of Ken’s illustrations

 

We got an impromptu tour of his studio

 

One of his dog illustrations

 

He makes his own paper in his studio

 

We left Hudson and grabbed a milkshake for the road. We used to always stop here on the way home from skiing growing up… not much is lit up here anymore

 

One of my three Hudson purchases

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