Monday, April 22, 2013

A Summer Home for the New York Philharmonic

The Poughkeepsie Journal let the cat out of the bag last week. The New York Philharmonic is looking for a summer home--what would be to them what Tanglewood is the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Apparently, they have narrowed it down to two sites: some vacant land across Route 9 from the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park and Olana. According to Ken Flood, who reported all this to the Board of Supervisors' Economic Development & Agriculture Committee this evening, Olana is appealing because of Hudson--its restaurants and what's going on here. The New York Philharmonic summering in our midst--wouldn't that be loverly!


  1. WOW! Great news! And again, thanks to the PJ and Gossips for letting us know about this in advance.

  2. Hope this happens for us here in Columbia County, but I have a feeling that Hyde Park is probably going to win. This is a perfect example of why our clueless, bonehead city government should have done a better job on the waterfront plan. When you're trying to attract a world-class outfit to like the NY Philharmonic to the area, the last thing you ought to do is greet them with a parade of dump trucks full of gravel.

  3. I see today the county is entertaining 'eminent domain' to enlarge the airport ... while Hudsons leadership cowers to Holcims refusal to cooperate on every level ...

  4. Not a good idea.
    Not in my back yard.

    The construction of such a building would make it necessary to use aggregates, God forbid CEMENT, plus possible trucking of same thru Hudson streets.

    Remember, we're all anti aggregates & the manufacturing of them, especially from Colarusso's.

  5. tmdonofrio,

    I don't know anyone who is anti-Colarusso or anti-aggregate. Most people are grown up enough to realize that we live in a complicated, heavily industrialized society that requires gravel and cement. But that doesn't mean that it's a good idea to route those materials through city streets, across the main business thoroughfare, and through a wetland, for chrissakes. You might want to take note of the fact that Colarusso has made a very good living for decades without running dump trucks through the city of Hudson-- the firm had always taken its material out by other routes. The trucking activity that is taking place is providing no new jobs for the City, and no enhanced tax revenue, either. It's all downside, with no upside for Hudson. And most of the revenue is flowing to Switzerland and Torrington, CT. Is that your idea of smart economic development?

  6. That would be terrific if the New York Philharmonic can be brought to Columbia County. The Boston Symphony Orchestra did an economic impact study on Tanglewood and they determined that Tanglewood generates $65 million per year.

    If anyone wants the Tanglewood study, I can send it to you.

    Good luck to Olana, Ken Flood and everyone involved in this effort.

    -- Jock Spivy

  7. That would be wonderful. The City, the County and we the people should make a major effort to attract it here. What better setting than the Olana piece of land with views of the the River and Catskills. Mayor, Council, Supervisors, get cracking.

  8. I think they should think twice about Hyde Park. There are 32 empty storefronts in a three mile stretch on RT 9 of this "HISTORIC TOWN" From Vanderbilt's to the new stop and shop the town is ruined by empty commercial buildings. Hyde Park is no small town, population 10,000 - 20,000 cars a day pass through there but the town just keeps hanging itself with it's own rope. They are more concerned with the stone wall running along route 9 to exemplify how at any cost they will stonewall any person wishing to conduct business there. The Phiharmonic would be much better off in Hudson as AMTRAK runs here in two hours without having to get off at that god awful cess pool of a city Poughkeepsie and a depressing trip just three miles north to Hyde Park