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Adirondack Park sign
Pat Bradley/WAMC

The New York State Senate has passed a measure that would create a land bank for the Adirondack and Catskills.

A Catskills swimming hole has gotten so popular that the state has enacted emergency regulations to protect the area.

New York state has opened its campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskills to public use for the season.

  The history of the Catskills is pivotal in the history of our country that is described in great detail in Stephen Silverman’s, The Catskills: Its History and How It Changed America.

Silverman’s book brings to life the beauty, vastness and turning points of the Catskills history, sharing stimulating stories of the region’s influential entrepreneurs, artists, gangsters, politicians, musicians and outcasts.

Vital to the development of America, the Catskills region was the birthplace of New York’s own Declaration of Independence, a central location for America’s industrial revolution, a rising resort town with hundreds of hotels and an artistic muse for the 19th century Hudson River School of Art and 20th century entertainers like Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, and Joan Rivers.

  James Conrad from The Golden Notebook in Woodstock, NY joins us with this week's Book Picks.

List:
The Catskills: Its History and How it Changed America by Stephen Silverman and Raphael Silver
Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Myttting
Growing Tomorrow: Behind the Scenes with 18 Extraordinary Sustainable Farmers Who Are Changing the Way We Eat by Forrest Pritchard (event November 1st, 2pm and 6pm)
Compost City by Rebecca Louis (event November 1st 2 pm and 6pm)
The Cocktail Party: Eat, Drink, Play, Recover by Mary Giuliani (event October 30th at 6 pm)
The Other Paris by Luc Sante (event November 21st at 4 pm)
Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff
M Train by Patti Smith

Catskill Interpretive Center Now Open

Sep 8, 2015
Catskill Interpretive Center

Three decades after Maurice Hinchey suggested the idea, a Catskill Interpretive Center finally opened this summer. The Maurice D. Hinchey Catskill Interpretive Center is located on 62 acres in Mount Tremper and is the first information center dedicated to the Catskill Park. Michael Drillinger, the coordinator at the center, explains how it all came together and why it bears the name of the former state lawmaker and Congressman.

Marisa Scheinfeld

  Photographer Marisa Scheinfeld grew up in New York’s Catskills region, not far from its legendary resorts of the Borscht Belt, a name derived from the area’s popularity with Jews from the New York region who for years were not welcome at many other vacation spots.

For much of the 20th century the Borscht Belt was a thriving vacation destination, home to hundreds of hotels and motels, from famed high-end resorts such as Grossinger’s and the Concord to modest bungalow colonies. In its heyday, the area was known especially for its nightlife, with top comedians and other performers appearing regularly there.

By the time Scheinfeld was growing up there in the 1980s and ‘90s, however, economic and other factors had sent the region into rapid decline, leading many of the hotels and clubs to close. For the past five years, Scheinfeld has documented that decline through a series of evocative, sometimes ghostly large-scale images of dozens of empty hotels.

An exhibit of that work, Echoes from the Borscht Belt: Contemporary Photographs by Marisa Scheinfeld, is at the Yiddish Book Center’s Brechner Gallery.

Invasive Pest Harms Hemlocks In The Catskills

Jan 30, 2015
Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

A new study has found hemlock trees in the Catskill region have been declining in health amid an invasive pest infestation.

Foxwoods Ditches Bid For Catskills Casino

Jun 17, 2014
Rendering from Foxwoods Catskills Resort Casino

A second development group is dropping its proposal to build a casino in the Catskills, citing the possibility of a competing casino closer to New York City.

WAMC/Allison Dunne

A number of business, labor, and elected officials joined together in Ulster County this afternoon to urge New Yorkers to vote in support of casino gambling in the state. A few opponents voiced their concerns as well.

  Kaaterskill Clove: Where Nature Met Art is the exhibition currently on display at the Zadock Pratt Museum in Prattsville, New York.

The exhibit is intended to raise awareness about the importance of the Clove and the need for its preservation in the face of the environmental strain it has been under for the past several years as tourists flock to its swimming holes in the summer months, with many leaving garbage behind, polluting the creek, and even spray-painting graffiti across the cavernous rock walls.

The show is up through the summer until Columbus Day weekend and features Clove artwork by contemporary painters alongside one of the late Thomas Locker's renderings of Kaaterskill Falls.

Here now to share more are Andy Reid of the Zadock Pratt Museum and Dr. Kevin Avery, a Senior Research Scholar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

DEP Opens Catskills Watershed Land For Guided Tours

Jun 23, 2013
Patrick Stahl, flickr

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has a new program to help boost tourism in the Catskills.

A state senator from the Hudson Valley has introduced legislation that would allow for up to seven casino licenses, three of which would be for the Catskills.

  

Looking for something to do today? A Cinderella story of sorts is taking place this weekend in the Catskills. 

Young's General Store, Prattsville NY

Most Catskill Mountain communities have recovered from the damage wrought by twin storms Irene and Lee nearly two years ago. Things are not quite back to normal for hard-hit Prattsville —  the town that, for a time, became a poster child for hurricane destruction in New York.

Study Puts Figures to Catskills Open Space

Jan 24, 2013
Andy Arthur

There’s a new study that puts a dollar figure on the economic value of Catskills recreation land. The full report will be released next week, during a public forum.

from janusadams.com

For five days, August 6th through the 10th, Janus Adams will host a Writer’s Retreat in the Catskills.

The hands-on workshop intensive is for new and seasoned writers with a work-in-progress. With space limited to 8 attendees, the program affords each participant time to write, read, reflect, share positive criticism, and grow in a supportive environment.

Watershed Update

May 22, 2012

The vast New York City Watershed area has taken a prominent spot in the
public eye thanks to the 2011 floods AND the hydrofracking issue.
Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports the watershed is
experiencing a burst of activity...

The 70-thousand acre watershed system employs a combination of tunnels,
aqueducts and reservoirs to meet the New York City 's daily need for
fresh water.

A dry winter coupled with record-breaking temperatures and concern about
global warming have people in the vast New York City Watershed worried
about what may happen to the ecology in the weeks to come... Hudson
Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.

Severe drought conditions extend up and down the east coast, and the
lack of water is of particular concern throughout the Catskills -
potentially affecting everything from tourism to fire safety to the
delivery of fresh water to New York City.