Next Saturday, September 7, BeLo 3rd, the organization founded in 2009 to increase awareness of the shops, art galleries, restaurants, and other businesses below Third Street, is presenting its fifth Taste of Hudson. This eagerly awaited annual gourmet feeding frenzy takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., under a tent, in the 200 block of Warren Street. Early arrival is, as always, recommended.
Meanwhile, at the other end of Warren Street, in the neighborhood that calls itself Hudson's East End, much is happening. The new streetlamps are being installed, and DPW superintendent Rob Perry reports that they should be "energized" in October. The Crimson Sparrow recently celebrated its first anniversary, and so has the art supply and stationery shop Sketch. Two other East End businesses will soon pass the one year mark: Stoddard Corner Bookshop, in October, and Bonfiglio & Bread, in November. Valley Variety, the retail shop offering "Tools for everyday tasks"™ coming to the former Sweeps building at 705 Warren, got a certificate of appropriateness for its signage from the Historic Preservation Commission last month and is expected to open soon. There is word of two new art galleries opening in the neighborhood--one at 745 Warren Street and the other next door, in the former Neefus Photography Studio at 743 Warren Street--and we await more news about Hudson Anchor, the food emporium expected to offer fresh local produce, fish, meat, and prepared foods at 752 Warren Street, in the building where years ago Hudson City Crescent Garage sold Packards and other automobiles and more recently Ackerman's sold expensive kitchen appliances.
More news from Hudson's East End--Animalkind, whose facility at 721 Warren Street was severely damaged by a fire in May 2012, is having a grand opening of its "totally renovated, cat-friendly, completely awesome" adoption center on Sunday, September 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited, but those planning to attend should RSVP online or leave a message at (917) 697-6301.