A Fence Without Offense The aesthetes of Hudson can breathe a sigh of relief. The crude wooden fence that suddenly appeared on Saturday morning around the outdoor tables at American Glory is gone--replaced by this tasteful metal railing.
It would seem that the owner of Hudson's newest restaurant didn't realize that New York State law requires outdoor cafes to be surrounded by some kind of barrier if alcohol is to be served. The wooden fence, which evolved by the selective removal of slats from a solid stockard fence to something resembling a picket fence, was apparently a hastily acquired makeshift measure to allow alcohol to consumed at the outdoor tables over the long Memorial Day weekend.
Foot Traffic Friday Just in time for tomorrow morning's ribbon cutting, the new crosswalk at Warren Street and City Hall Place (for one brief, shining moment known as "Thurston Place") has been repainted. The ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. in front of the Hudson Opera House.
I've heard that the Healthcare Consortium is going to present the City with signs to alert drivers to the existence of the crosswalk and remind them to stop for pedestrians. That's good news. Drivers pay absolutely no attention to it now. Crossing Warren Street between the Opera House and the PARC Park is more dangerous now than it was before there was a crosswalk--especially for people who know that New York State law requires cars to stop if there's a pedestrian in the crosswalk and assume they will. But they don't. The man on the other side of the street when I took this picture stepped off the curb clearly expecting cars to stop, but three cars whizzed by--not even slowing down.