After 42 Pop-Up Sales (and $45,000 Raised), Two Social Justice Entrepreneurs Open Tivoli Clothing Thrift Store

It was late spring 2020, just days after George Floyd was murdered. Jillian Reed and Masha Zabara, in Tivoli, had a bold realization: hundreds of people they knew, and many they didn’t, hoped to support Black Lives Matter protests in New York City but didn’t have the money or means of transportation to attend. Or, they faced other barriers tied […]

The Farmworkers of Red Hook, Part 1: A Jamaican Could be Harvesting the Fruit You Buy This Summer

Editor’s Note: Every summer, roughly two dozen workers arrive to Red Hook’s farms to help with everything from planting tomatoes to harvesting apples. These full-time, but temporary, employees come from nearby towns in the Hudson Valley, from the Bronx, and from as far afield as Jamaica. Some have friends and family in New York State and have been traveling to […]

Town Forges Ahead on Grant for Farmworker Housing But Misses Out On Covid Relief Funds for Small Businesses and Nonprofits

The Town of Red Hook is forging ahead with a $1-million preliminary grant application to renovate and replace farmworker housing at five local farms. But, by waiting too long to submit a Covid-relief grant application recommended by the town’s Economic Development Committee (EDC), the town has lost out on a chance to win up to $5 million in grant dollars […]

Fewer Homes, Lower Prices: What’s Going on with Rhinebeck’s Real Estate Market?

New homes in Rhinebeck are increasingly hard to come by even as the sales prices for houses have dropped over the past year, a new report shows.  “The market is still very aggressive; there is a lot of demand, but the problem is there is almost no inventory,” Doreen De Carolis, an agent at Upstate Down, a new real estate […]

Wrapped Inside Water Shields, Migliorelli’s 8,000 Farmstand Tomatoes Are Ready to Ascend

Thousands of tomatoes that will make their way to local farm stands and farmers’ markets this summer are now in the ground on Budds Corners Road, safely protected from the frost and wind with a clever water insulation system. It’s one of Ken Migliorelli’s shrewd tricks as he begins his 45th season as one of Red Hook’s elder farmer statesmen. […]

First-Quarter Housing Report: Red Hook’s Market Is Still Hot, Even As the Pandemic Wanes

Homes are still being snatched up in Red Hook, and the prices for those homes continue a two-year march upwards, a new study shows.  This, even as the pandemic that spurred an exodus of New York City dwellers to the Hudson Valley has waned, means high prices and low inventory seem to be hallmarks of the market here for at […]

Red Hook Town Board Seeks Public Input On Multi-Million-Dollar Grant Application For Farms, St. Margaret’s Home and Red Hook Responds

A push to win Covid relief money for the town of Red Hook is gaining steam, after the Red Hook Town Board moved last night to set a public hearing on a grant application proposal that would seek at least $2 million from a federal money pot to repair farmworker housing, renovate St. Margaret’s Home, and bolster Red Hook Responds’ […]

i2Evolve, Expressive Art School for Kids, Plans Big Expansion In Red Hook

A local art studio that has become a refuge for young Red Hook kids to manage stress through painting and meditation will move and expand to a storefront three times the size.  This June, i2Evolve will leave its current space on North Broadway and head to 18 East Market St., where Red Hook Wellness Center currently stands.   “We have really […]

Rock Ledge, Proposed 36-Condo Development for Rhinebeck, Faces Continued Scrutiny At Public Hearing

As the public hearing on a proposed 36 condo-community known as Rock Ledge continues into its tenth month, so too, does public criticism of the project, with residents last night raising complaints over everything from the size of the project to its potential impact on local roads and waterways.  At a Rhinebeck Planning Board meeting, held on Zoom, residents who […]

Backwoods Trading Company is Latest Village Business to Close; An Eviction Notice Didn’t Help

After three years in business, Red Hook’s Backwoods Trading Company, a cozy gift shop for Made-in-America moccasins, fudge, candles, and home decor will close its doors at the end of April, the latest Village business to shutter amid the Covid pandemic. “It’s not an easy thing to run a business, and we are proud of what we did. We certainly […]

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