Parks & Trails New York (PTNY) and the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation (State Parks) have released a handbook intended to guide multi-use trail advocates through the steps to take the vision for a new multi-use path from concept to reality. [Read more…] about Trails Across New York: A Guide to Developing Greenway Trails
Scott Keller, director of the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Maurice D. Hinchey Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area, has announced he will be retiring in March of 2024. [Read more…] about Hudson River Valley Greenway Director Scott Keller Retiring
With another holiday season nearly here, it is time for my annual reminder that books about the Catskills’s rich and colorful history always make great gifts, but especially this time of year.
And this year there are a few newly released titles that should be on every shopping list, along with a number of older stand-bys that belong on every history buff’s book shelf. [Read more…] about Catskills Local History Books Make Great Gifts
Wealthy elites from the city of New York began building homes at Skaneateles Lake as early as 1809, and mineral springs in Livingston County in the western portion of the greater Finger Lakes region attracted visitors starting in the 1820s. [Read more…] about A Short History of Finger Lakes Tourism
In August of 2015, the Liberty Museum and Arts Center’s 14th annual conference on the history of the Catskills was entitled, “Small but Grand Hotels: The Backbone of the Catskills Tourism Economy.” The focus of the conference was the hundreds of smaller hotels — those accommodating 300 or fewer guests — that had a major economic impact on the area’s downtowns, as their guests, absent the 24-hour-a-day entertainment found in their larger competitors, made their way to the main streets of neighboring communities for movies and an occasional meal in a delicatessen or diner. [Read more…] about A Catskill Carnival: A New Book On Borscht Belt Life
The origins of skiing in the Adirondacks trace back to as early as 1903, with skiing gaining popularity through the 1920s and early 1930s. The 1932 Winter Olympics held in nearby Lake Placid ignited a fervor for winter sports throughout the region, prompting Vincent Schaefer of Schenectady (the brother of Adirondack conservationist Paul Schaefer) to organize efforts to bring Snow Trains to North Creek in Warren County. [Read more…] about North Creek Snow Train 90th Anniversary Celebration Planned
On Thursday, New York State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy (D-Albany) introduced a package of legislation known as the “Greenway Trails For A Green Future” aimed at modernizing New York’s greenway and multi-use trail system, while improving cyclist and pedestrian safety and growing the tourism and outdoor recreation industries.
Senator Pete Harckham (D-Peekskill) and Assemblymember Didi Barrett (D-Dutchess/Columbia) are also sponsoring a bill included in the package. [Read more…] about ‘Greenway Trails For A Green Future’ Bills Introduced In State Legislature
Between 2019 and 2022, through the height (or depths) of the pandemic, tourism exploded in the Lake George region, the Adirondacks and throughout New York State, according to reports released by Governor Kathy Hochul’s office in September. [Read more…] about Officials Say Adirondack Tourism Thrived During Pandemic
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is calling for submissions of ideas and plans for use and public access to the historic Saranac Lake Union Depot building on the former New York Central Railroad Adirondack Division line in the village of Saranac Lake in the Adirondacks. [Read more…] about State Seeks Comments, Plans For Saranac Lake Railroad Depot Reuse
It was late August of 1968, and the people of Sullivan County, NY were all abuzz about the latest development in a long list of attempts to save their sagging economy.
The county’s Golden Age of Catskills tourism had ended three years before, and although no one likely realized yet how bad things would get before they got better, county officials and resort owners were trying desperately to right the sinking ship. True to form, however, all efforts to do so had been continually thwarted by a difference of opinion as to what course to follow. [Read more…] about 1969: A Catskills Convention Center Never Built