Wednesday, December 23, 2015

News of the Waterfront

With Tiffany Martin Hamilton soon to take over as mayor of Hudson, many are looking forward to some movement in developing plans for the North Bay site known as the Furgary Boat Club, which the City seized back in 2012 and left abandoned ever since. In the meantime, there's news about an adjacent property: the lone survivor of the complex of buildings that was once the Hudson River Knitting Mill, now known as the Riverloft.

Kite's Nest announced today that they have accepted the donation of the building on the site where they have already established an urban garden and sustainability project. In an email communication, Kite's Nest had this to say about the new development; "Becoming stewards of the Riverloft Building allows us to dream big, to build a vision for a future that welcomes in our collaborating organizations as stakeholders and secures solid ground for our vision and community at a time when affordable space is rapidly becoming scarce in Hudson."

Drawing by Tony Kieraldo
The next year will taken up with research and planning for the building, during which process Kite's Nest will be "inviting everyone's voices to the table to create a roadmap for our future." That being accomplished, they will launch their first capital campaign "to bring that vision to life." 

Click here to learn about and support Kite's Nest's community vision and educational mission.
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8 comments:

  1. Very generous indeed!

    Is it the building alone, or was the property donated too, along with the parcel across Front Street?

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  2. Please Google Fishtown MI and see the potential. Just like the Hudson riverfront western Michigan depended on the waters resouses.

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    1. Thanks WG. Fishtown MI is definitely in our sights. But for migratory fish - aside from stripers - the City's fishing heritage is being regulated out of existence. It lasted for centuries though, so we keep the memory alive and wait for replenished shad stocks. (River herring may no longer be taken by scap net, although everyone still does it.)

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    2. River herring can be scap netted but only on the main river. You cannot scap net any herring out of the tributaries

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    3. That's mostly true, but depending on where you are you can't scap on the river either. One such place is Hudson. There's no scapping on the river off of North Bay, which is where the camps are that we're talking about.

      The fishery is also closed at Black Bridge, which is the entrance to South Bay. That's where I always liked to scap, but no more.

      Check out the DEC's downloadable map layer which opens in GoogleEarth. It's second from the bottom, under Fishing and Shellfishing:

      http://www.dec.ny.gov/pubs/103457.html

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  3. Thanks for clarification. I was under the impression that you could as long as it wasnt in any tributaries.

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    1. My impression is, there are plenty of herring in the Hudson.

      The big threat to river herring takes place at sea, as "by-catch." So, for the sake of an unregulated, non-national fishery, we can't scap in Hudson.

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  4. It's funny you say this. As I see it the same way as I enjoy fishing..how does the many (sportsman/people) have to suffer for the few (big money/powerful). Even when we are supposed to have the power (vote)

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