Monday, February 19, 2018

Presidents in Hudson

Before Presidents Day 2018 is over, Gossips presents this review of the presidents who have visited our little city. Of the forty-five, ten come to Hudson--before, during, or after they were president.

Thomas Jefferson (3) and James Madison (4) came to Hudson in the spring of 1791, before either became president. They came to visit Seth Jenkins, who owned a large distillery, with the hope of persuading him that French wine would produce better spirits than molasses from the British West Indies.

Martin Van Buren (8) visited Hudson often. Long before he became president, Van Buren had a law office in Hudson. In 1839, at his midterm, Van Buren came to Hudson expecting, as reported in the Columbia Republican, that he would be greeted by "a pageant, brilliant, glorious and unprecedented in the history of Presidential tours," but, alas, Van Buren was a Democrat, and the city leaders of the time were Whigs. The Common Council "wisely refused to squander the people's money in defraying the expense of Mr. Van Buren's electioneering tour." Even the fire department, "whose splendid appearance on gala days have won for them an enviable reputation," refused to turn out.

Abraham Lincoln (16) stopped in Hudson in February 1861 on his inaugural journey from Springfield, Illinois, to Washington, D.C. Hudson was one of eighty-three stops along the route. In 1865, after his assassination, Lincoln's funeral train, retracing the route of the inaugural journey to carry his body back to Springfield for burial,  stopped briefly in Hudson on the night of April 25. 

Theodore Roosevelt (26) visited Hudson in 1914, five years after he left the White House. He came to speak about his Amazon expedition at the Hudson Opera House, but he made the crowd assembled to hear him speak wait while he stood in the wings and devoured not one but two big bowls of vegetable soup fetched for him from a lunchroom across the street. The lunchroom that supplied the soup was very likely the establishment of Thomas E. Cody, located at 330 Warren Street. 

There is photographic evidence that William Howard Taft (27) visited Hudson, probably on a whistle-stop tour while he was president, but exactly when this happened is uncertain.


On Saturday, November 11, 1916, Woodrow Wilson (28) was briefly in Hudson. Traveling from Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C., his train stopped in Hudson. His private car was attached to the end of a regular train, and when the train pulled into the Hudson station, his car came to a standstill under the Ferry Street bridge. A crowd, reported to number nearly 500, clamored to get a glimpse of the president. He came out onto the rear platform just as the train started up again, and he remained on the platform until the car passed the station. The Hudson Evening Register reported, "Several people had the opportunity to grasp his hand."  


Franklin Roosevelt (32) visited Hudson in 1932, when he was governor of New York, to dedicate to the hospital at the Firemen's Home.

Photo courtesy Lisa Durfee
On October 10, 1952, Harry S Truman (33) stopped in Hudson while campaigning for Adlai Stevenson. Hudson was one of a dozen stops made that day.


The tenth president to visit Hudson was Bill Clinton (42), who was here just about a year ago, on February 27, 2017, having lunch at Grazin'.

Photo courtesy Aaron Enfield and Amy Lavine
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A Parting LOOK . . . Until Another LOOK

After almost eight years, LOOK Apparel is closing its store at 608 Warren Street. The last sale day is Saturday, February 25, but the owners, Marie Balle and Ian Chambers, will be packing up and saying good-bye to their little shop through February 28. To lighten their load, everything in the store is now 20 to 75 percent off.

Marie and Ian hope to open another shop by the summer, so they're keeping their eyes open for retail opportunities along Warren Street. If anyone has any suggestions, please contact them at lookhudson@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, they will continue trading through their website, www.lookhudson.com, and you can follow their progress on Instagram.

Take the Restoration Challenge

There's a house on North Fifth Street, in the locally designated Armory Historic District, that is now for sale at the remarkably low price of $139,900.

It is not known exactly when the house was built, but it appears on the Beers Atlas maps for both 1873 and 1888. On both maps, it is indicated that the house was owned by L. Geiger.

Beers Atlas 1873

Beers Atlas 1888
Curious to learn about the house and the people who inhabited it over the years, I decided to do some sleuthing, using my favorite research tools: Ancestry.com and the old newspapers at FultonHistory.com. I discovered that L. Geiger, whose name appears on the atlas maps, was Leonard Geiger, who was born in Bavaria in 1830. I couldn't find any record of when Geiger immigrated to America, but the 1860 census has him living in Hudson with his wife, Margaret, and their four young children--Frederick, Albert, Emma, and George--and lists his occupation as "Marble Cutter." His skill as a marble cutter was well recognized. On August 5, 1869, an account of the delivery of two of his monuments to the cemetery in Kinderhook appeared on the front page of the Hudson Weekly Star.


The next year, on May 9, 1870, an article celebrating the quality of the monuments and tombstones produced by his marble works appeared in the Hudson Daily Star.

  
Connecting Geiger to the house at 94 North Fifth Street is this item, which appeared in the Daily Star for July 20, 1872, praising him for the beautiful flagstone sidewalk he had installed around his house.


Although the reference to "corner North Fifth and Carroll sts." is confusing, since the two streets do not meet today and didn't meet in 1872 either, a petition before the Common Council in April 1875 makes it clear that the location of Geiger's house was the corner of North Fifth and Washington streets.


In addition to being a marble cutter of some reputation, Geiger is credited with inventing, in 1863, a particular type of breech-loading Remington rifle, which was the weapon of choice for the military of the day. Mentions of Geiger in newspapers during his lifetime frequently make reference to his invention. This item, for example, appeared in the Hudson Daily Star on August 9, 1870.


Geiger was a celebrated marksman and a member of the Parthian Rifle Club in Hudson. The Daily Star regularly reported on shooting competitions, in Hudson and elsewhere, won by Geiger. The following appeared in the Daily Star for November 9, 1874.


On May 25, 1876, a report in the Saratoga Sentinel about a shooting match in Hudson between the Saratoga Rifle Club and the Parthian Rifle Club of Hudson included this paragraph.


Leonard Geiger died on June 4, 1902. Two days later, the Columbia Republican reported what seems strange for a man who spent part of his life carving marble monuments: his remains were cremated.


After his death, his wife, Margaret, continued to live in the house at 94 North Fifth Street, with two of their six children: Frederick, the eldest, and Rose, the youngest. Margaret Geiger died in January 1912, and it seems that, after her death, the children may have sold the house. In April 1915, the Columbia Republican reported: "Mr. and Mrs. John H. Ward, former residents of Hudson, have again taken up their residence in this city and are located at 94 North Fifth Street, where they have just moved in and are now busy getting their new home settled." The newspaper reported that Mr. Ward was at one time the head of the Y.M.C.A. in Hudson, although the 1910 census lists his occupation as "Bookkeeper" in a lumberyard. Mrs. Ward was a music teacher and offered piano lessons in her home.


It is not clear when the house was divided into apartments. It may have been done by the Geigers. In the 1890 Hudson directory lists Albert Geiger and Frederick Geiger, Leonard and Margaret's two oldest children, as boarders at 94 North Fifth Street.


In 1916, ads started appearing for an apartment to let at 94 North Fifth Street, offered by Mrs. J. R. Billingham. In 1917, Mrs. J. R. Billingham was offering a second floor flat at 94 North Fifth Street, and in 1917, a "furnished room with steam heat and bath" was offered to let--"Two gentleman preferred."

It appears the sale of the house today is the consequence of a bank foreclosure. Interestingly, this is not the first time the property has experienced foreclosure. On May 28, 1941, the Hudson Evening Register reported that the house had been sold that morning at a foreclosure sale at the courthouse.


Now the house with such an interesting history--not to mention some very handsome fireplace surrounds that are probably original to the house and exterior detailing that appears to be pretty much intact--is in need of someone to rescue it and restore it.


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Sunday, February 18, 2018

The Galvan Hospitality Industry

Last night, I got a tip from a reader that a new sign was up at the former Sunset Motel, so today I headed out there to check it out.

The new sign makes it clear that the Galvan Foundation is moving ahead with its plan to rehab the motel and use it to provide temporary shelter for people without homes, but it also raises questions about the status of the agreement Galvan sought with the Columbia County Department of Social Services to make the motel exclusively available to DSS clientele. As part of the agreement, Galvan would devote 30 percent of the motel's profits to providing services to people living at the motel.

Word is that the County has not yet entered into the agreement with Galvan. A member of the Board of Supervisor's Health and Human Services Committee told Gossips that there is not yet a final version of the proposed contract. Still it seems that homeless people will be housed at the Galvan Motel with or without a contract with DSS. The only difference will be services: if there's a contract with the County, there will be services on site to help people rebuild their lives; if there is no contract, there will be no services.

The Health and Human Services Committee meets again on Tuesday, February 20, at 4 p.m., in the committee room at 401 State Street. It is likely that the contract with the Galvan Foundation will be a topic of discussion.
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DRI Watch

The suspense builds in the urban planning version of Survivor that is the Downtown Revitalization Initiative process. The committee of ten, made up of two representatives from each of the five Hudson DRI subcommittees (Transportation, Livable Communities, Workforce, Food, Waterfront), met on Friday with state officials and local staff to review the thirty projects in the running for DRI funding and public input about those projects. Needless to say, it was a "working meeting," in other words, not a meeting the public was invited to attend and observe, so no information has yet emerged about which of the thirty projects are likely to make it into the draft Hudson DRI Investment Plan to be delivered to the Department of State on March 5. The "key elements" of this plan are expected to be revealed when the Local Planning Committee meets on March 1. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at John L. Edwards Primary School.
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Women in Farm Work

Yesterday, the Indoor Farmers Market announced that greens--spinach, lettuce mix, chard, and Asian greens--were becoming available. The vendor at the market best known for growing greens is a woman: Sue Decker of Blue Star Farm in Stuyvesant. The news (and the gender of the greens grower and many other vendors at the farmers market) provided a reason to share this editorial which appeared in the Columbia Republican on February 19, 1918. It contemplates the appropriateness of women doing farm work. In 1918, it was a critical issue, because, with so many men "over there" fighting in World War I, there was a shortage of workers to keep the farms of Columbia County going.


Wikipedia
The Maud Muller mentioned in the editorial is a character in a narrative poem by that name, written in 1856 by John Greenleaf Whittier. As the story told by the poem goes, Maud, a beautiful farm maiden, and a judge from the nearby town meet while she is out in the field harvesting. They are smitten with each other but do not express their feelings. She dreams of being his bride; he dreams of being a farmer married to her. But, alas, they go on to marry others: the judge a woman of wealth; Maud a local farmer. Throughout their lives, they remember their meeting with remorse and regret. The poem is the source of these familiar lines: "For of all sad words of tongue or pen, The saddest are these: 'It might have been!'" 

You can read the poem "Maud Muller" and hear it read by clicking here.

There's a Hudson connection to the Maud Muller story. Bret Harte, who lived in Hudson in his early childhood when his father was the principal of Hudson Academy and who returned to Hudson as an adult to read his stories and poems at the Hudson Opera House, wrote a sequel and parody of "Maud Muller" called "Mrs. Judge Jenkins." In the poem, the two marry. Maud's relatives get drunk at the wedding, Maud grows "broad and red and stout" after giving birth to twins, and the judge wishes his twin sons "looked less like the men who raked the hay on Muller's farm." Harte's poem ends:

For Maud soon thought the Judge a bore,
With all his learning and all his lore;
And the Judge would have bartered Maud's fair face
For more refinement and social grace.
If, of all words of tongue and pen,
The saddest are, "It might have been,"
More sad are these we daily see:
"It is, but hadn't ought to be."

All of "Mrs. Judge Jenkins" can be read here.
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Friday, February 16, 2018

Take the Plunge!

The Hudson Polar Plunge is only a week and a day away--on Saturday, February 24.

The ten-day forecast on weather.com calls for rain and temperatures between 35 and 45 degrees next Saturday--not exactly arctic conditions but unpleasant enough. The following message came from the event organizers not long ago:
Individuals are plunging into the icy waters of Oakdale Park on Saturday, February 24, to help raise funds for Hudson's Youth Center/Oakdale Beach and the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone can plunge or donate at HudsonPolarPlunge.com.
Sign-in will be at 11 a.m., and the PLUNGE at noon, with a party at the Elks Lodge after. Major sponsors are the City of Hudson, the Hudson Sloop Club, and Columbia Memorial Health.
Stephanie Monseu from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, one of the participants and fundraisers, says, "It only hurts for the first two seconds."
Peter Frank, who will be plunging into the cold waters, states, "Both our Youth Department and our volunteer Fire Department are my local heroes, great people working to make Hudson a better place for kids and a safer place for everyone. I could never do what they do, but I'm happy to make a fool of myself to lend them a hand!"
Rich Volo, one of the organizers and Fourth Ward alderman, is happy to raise funds and help get people to visit Oakdale Beach. "Drag queens marching down Warren Street? Sure. Pushing a bed on wheels down a hill as fast as you can? Yeah. Diving into frozen water for a good cause? Why not? It's all these events that contribute to community life--and when you look back, these are the times you remember."
To register to take the plunge yourself or to support someone who does, go to HudsonPolarPlunge.com.
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Happy Year of the Dog

Today is Chinese New Year, the beginning of the Year of the Dog. (Of course, for some of us, every year is the Year of the Dog.) 


This year, 2018, is an Earth Dog Year. May it be the year that Hudson finally gets a dog park!
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Something to Bear in Mind

In the numbing aftermath of the country's most recent mass shooting in a high school in Florida, when many are, once again, calling for stricter gun control, there is this.  

This image is from John Faso's campaign website, where he declared himself "an avid supporter of the Second Amendment" with "a lifetime 'A' rating from the NRA" and promised to "oppose and fight against Washington overreach and liberal efforts to trample on our freedoms."
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Spending the New Revenue

The hotels, inns, B&Bs, and Airbnbs of Hudson started collecting a 4 percent lodging tax on the first of June 2017. The law that established the tax--Chapter 275, Article VIII of the City Code, enacted in March 2017--also created a Tourism Board "empowered to take all reasonable steps it determines desirable, necessary and proper to market the City of Hudson as a destination for overnight and daytrip visitors by making use of the funds set aside by the City Treasurer."  

The funds set aside by the City Treasurer are a percentage of the revenue from the lodging tax: 50 percent of the first $250,000; 25 percent of the second $250,000; 10 percent of everything beyond $500,000, not to exceed $250,000 a year.

The law also outlined who would serve on the board: the chair of the Common Council Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee would chair the Tourism Board; the mayor would appoint one member of the board; the Common Council would appoint another; the other six members would be elected by the board itself. At the beginning of 2018, Tom DePietro, new Council president, eliminated the Arts, Entertainment & Tourism Committee, a standing committee that was created in 2000, at the beginning of the Cranna administration, thus leaving the Tourism Board without a chair. 

On Monday, an amendment to the City Code was introduced, altering how the tourism board would be formed. The chair of the Economic Development Committee, which was created in 2010 when Don Moore was president of the Common Council, will be the chair of the Tourism Board. That position is currently held by Rich Volo (Fourth Ward). The mayor will appoint four members of the Tourism Board, and the Common Council will appoint four members of the Tourism Board. DePietro said of the changes in the formation of the board, addressing members of the Council: "It gives us more of a say in how that money gets spent."
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Another Way to Look at Those DRI Projects

People process information differently, and some ways of presenting information are more effective than others. For those who like lists and tables, there's a new DRI Project Summary now available on the Hudson DRI website. Click here to view it. Remember that the color-coded goals are Waterfront, Transportation, Livable Community, Employment Opportunities, and Food Access. 
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The Fate of Proposed Local Law No. 9

Proposed Local Law No. 9 must be rather poorly written, because everyone seems to miss the point of it. The legislation was intended to address a problem introduced in 1968 when the city adopted its zoning and large areas of the city were zoned residential, in some instances enveloping in the residential designation buildings that were constructed for commercial uses, historically had commercial uses, and continued to have commercial uses long after 1968. It is not clear if fifty years ago the hope was that these commercial buildings would be demolished and residential structures would take their place, but today the residential zoning is standing in the way of some development people would like to see happen.

Three situations have been cited as the inspiration for the Legal Committee to draft what we now know as Local Law No. 9 in 2017. (The legislation started out as part of Local Law No. 4, which also proposed waiving offstreet parking requirements for apartments located in basements and accessory buildings. The two legislative initiatives were bifurcated in November 2017.) The first of the three was Ör.

Ör is located in a commercial building on South Third Street, which was for decades Harmon's Auto Repair. From Cherry Alley south, Third Street is zoned residential--R-4 to the west, R-3 to the east--and Harmon's was a conditional use, grandfathered in. Because of the residential zoning, the possible commercial uses for the building are limited. An eating and drinking establishment is not one of them, but an art gallery is. So, when the proposal to create Ör came before the Planning Board back in November 2014, Daniel Tuczinski, then counsel to the Planning Board, advised the applicants to identify the project's primary use as art gallery, thus enabling the Planning Board to give site plan approval.

The other two situations inspiring Local Law No. 9 are on the north side of town. The first is Basil Nooks' aspiration to open a restaurant at 61-63 North Third Street, a building he has owned since 2007. Although it's been vacant for more than a decade, 61-63 North Third Street has a long history of being an eating and/or drinking establishment.

The other situation is the retail space at 3rd State Hudson, 260 State Street. The entrance to this space, at the corner of the what was originally a single-family home, was discovered when the vinyl siding was removed from the building.

The Planning Board gave site plan approval to reestablishing a commercial space in the building, but the zoning in the area prohibits the space from being used for anything other an office, an antiques shop, or a museum, library, or art gallery. Those restrictions have reportedly made it difficult to lease the space.

The law was meant to apply only to buildings that were constructed for commercial uses or buildings with a long history of commercial use. It was not meant to enable or encourage adapting residential structures for commercial uses. Since there are so few examples of this, it may actually be possible for the proposed law to cite the specific buildings to which it would apply, but doesn't, and hence the problems.

At a public hearing on the law in November, a resident of an R-1 district protested that she chose to live in a neighborhood of exclusively single-family homes because she didn't want the noise and the traffic that comes with commerce. It turns out there are no buildings in R-1 districts to which the amendment would apply. That fact notwithstanding, when the law was revised, it was altered to apply only to R-2, R-3, and R-4 districts. Still the notion that the amendment will encourage new commercial development in residential districts persists. When the law was sent to the Columbia County Planning Board for a recommendation, the CCPB made this comment:
Residential District:  CCPB notes that the R2 zoning district is comprised of three (3) distinctly residential areas in the City, primarily characterized by single-family and 2-family residential dwelling units. Review and consider the "Conditional Uses" allowed in the R2 District under the existing Zoning Law. Consider the potential impacts of re-introduction of new commercial uses in these residential areas. The existing R-2 Zoning district encompasses three (3) areas in the City and includes the following streets:
  • Majority of Worth Avenue and the south side of upper Union Street;
  • Carroll Street and portions of North Fifth, Clinton, Washington, and Prospect Streets;
  • Oakwood, Parkwood, and a portion of Glenwood Boulevard and Spring Street;
  • Bailey [sic] Boulevard and Jenkins Parkway;
  • Aitken and Storm Avenues.
What everyone seems to be missing in the proposed law is this introductory sentence: "With respect to any building or portion thereof, the use of which is a non conforming use, or was a non conforming use and did not subsequently become a dwelling unit." Of course, if people are missing it now, they are likely to miss it in the future. 

Noting the comments from the CCPB, Council president Tom DePietro, at the informal Common Council meeting on Monday, sent proposed Local Law No. 9 back to the Legal Committee. 

The Legal Committee the law is going back to is not the same committee that drafted and proposed it. The committee, now chaired by John Rosenthal (Fourth Ward), is made up of Rich Volo (Fourth Ward), Shershah Mizan (Third Ward), and Tiffany Garriga (Second Ward). Its next meeting takes place on Thursday, February 28, at 6:15 p.m.
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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

More DRI News

Earlier this morning, I reported that a subcommittee of ten members of the DRI Local Planning Committee would, over the course of this week, be reviewing the proposed projects and comments from the public. Uncertain who the ten people who made up this subcommittee were, I asked Sheena Salvino, executive director of HDC (Hudson Development Corporation). She reminded me that this subcommittee, now being called the Project Review Team, had been discussed at a previous Local Planning Committee meeting and is made up of two representatives from each of the five LPC subcommittees:

Transportation  Tiffany Martin Hamilton and Jeff Hunt
Livable Communities  Matthew Nelson and Todd Erling
Food  Michelle Hughes and Elena Mosley
Workforce  Michael Sadowski and Tiney Abitabile
Waterfront  Betsy Gramkow and Seth Rapport

Add to these ten, only four of whom, to my knowledge, actually reside in Hudson, the state officials--Crystal Robinson Loffler (Homes and Community Renewal), Mike Yevoli (Empire State Development), John Wimbush and Jaime Ethier (Department of State)--and local staff--Sheena Salvino (HDC) and Mike Tucker (Columbia Economic Development Corporation)--and you get the group that will be transforming thirty proposed projects into the draft Hudson DRI Investment Plan.
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DRI Watch

The PowerPoint presentation from last week's DRI open house is now available on the Hudson DRI website.

The website also provides the information that for the next three days--February 13 to 15--a DRI Local Planning Sub-committee, made up of ten members of the LPC, will be reviewing the projects and the public comments. On Thursday, March 1, the DRI Local Planning Committee will have its final meeting, from 6 to 8 p.m., at John L. Edwards Primary School. The website indicates that "key elements of the draft plan" will be submitted to the LPC at this meeting. 

From then on, it appears that our fate is in the hands of the state. On March 5, Stantec, the planners assigned to Hudson, will submit a draft of the "Hudson DRI Investment Plan" to the Department of State for review and comment. On March 31, the Final Investment Plan will be submitted by Stantec to the Governor's Office for review. In the summer, we'll find out which projects will be funded.  
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Our Legislative Body in Action

Some may have thought that the first costumed character to appear on the dais at the Common Council meeting would be Alderman Rich Volo (Fourth Ward), dressed in the persona of Trixie Starr, but they would have been wrong. Tonight, at the informal Council meeting, Alderman Dominic Merante (Fifth Ward) took his seat dressed in a polar bear suit, to promote the Hudson Polar Plunge, happening on Saturday, February 24, to benefit the Youth Department and the Hudson Fire Department's Water Rescue Unit.

Photo: Sarah Sterling
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Back to the Alleys

Gossips has more than once posted about the new challenge for historic preservation in Hudson: the desire of property owners to put accessory buildings, located along the alleys and Partition Street, to uses for which they were never intended. The new uses for these carriage houses and garages invariably involve human habitation--offices or studios, dwellings for short- or long-term occupancy, saunas, play spaces for grandchildren. Because the buildings do not meet code requirements for human habitation, the proposals typically begin with demolishing the picturesque, ramshackle structure that contributes to the character of these lesser thoroughfares and ends with constructing something purported to be compatible with the surrounding alleyscape.

Since February 2017, the Historic Preservation Commission has granted certificates of appropriateness to three such projects: on Partition Street behind 317 Union Street, on Cherry Alley behind 405 Warren Street, and on Partition Street behind 439 Union Street.




Photo: Lisa Durfee

This past Friday, another proposal to demolish an alley structure and build something new in its footprint came before the Historic Preservation Commission. The building to be demolished and replaced is a two-car garage in Deer Alley, behind 241 Allen Street, believed to date from the 1930s or 1940s and covered in vinyl siding twenty years ago when 241 Allen Street was rehabbed by Habitat for Humanity.








Google map labels notwithstanding, the name of the alley is Deer Alley for the cloven hoofed animals often sighted there, not Dear Alley because it is especially beloved.

Deer Alley may be less familiar than some of the other alleys in Hudson because it is only about half a block long. Running between and parallel to Allen and Montgomery streets, Deer Alley extends from Third Street to Cross Lane. (Cross Lane, which runs parallel to Third Street, goes from Deer Alley to Partition Street.) West of Cross Lane, Deer Alley provides access to the rear of about five Allen Street houses before it becomes impassable for vehicles and only useable as a footpath to the Second Street stairs.

The proposed new structure would have the same footprint as the existing structure, but it would be 50 percent taller. Kate Johns, architect member of the HPC, expressed concern about the number of "alley conversions" coming before the HPC, intimating, it seemed, that the commission needed to come up with a strategy to accommodate such requests without allowing the authentic character of the alleys to be totally obliterated. Regarding this particular proposal, she worried that "changing the height will affect a lot of people's views." "It's very open there," she told her colleagues. "It's where the city drops off, and you can see the Catskills beyond." 

The HPC determined that the application was complete but decided that a public hearing was necessary to ensure that everyone affected by the proposed new structure could be heard. The public hearing was scheduled for Friday, March 9, at 10 a.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.
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