Hudson, New York 28.06.16

  • Warren Street, Hudson’s main thoroughfare, is home to antiques and furniture stores

  • The colourful architecture of Hudson is among New York State’s most varied

  • Designer Chris Lehrecke’s store

  • The community is known for its antiques and bric-a-brac

  • Jennifer Tzar and Adam Loomis, the owners of ÖR Gallery and Tavern

  • The lobby at Rivertown Lodge

  • Jason Roskey of Fern at work in his shop

  • Works in progress at Loomis and Tzar’s ÖR Gallery

  • One of the area’s many design shops

  • Chris Lehrecke’s store, which he opened after the 2009 crash

  • Basilica Hudson hosts music, art and festivals

  • Hudson offers a life far removed from the bustle of Brooklyn

The Upstate town has become an affordable haven for New York designers enticed by the opportunity for a life removed from – but still close enough to – the big city

The echo of the train whistle bouncing across the landscape is a constant in Hudson, which sits on an elevated perch on a bend in its namesake river two hours north of New York City. It’s a familiar sound in many towns in the Hudson Valley. But what sets this one apart is a burgeoning creative community that frequently draws comparisons to that global epicentre of cool, Brooklyn. And there’s a reason for that: over the past five years, scores of young New Yorkers have been moving to Hudson, enticed by its affordable property and growing population of designers, makers, artists, architects and musicians.

Hudson’s economy has long fluctuated between boom and bust. In the 1950s the population dwindled significantly, with many of its historic buildings abandoned and boarded up for decades. But things began to change during the 1980s and 90s, when savvy antique dealers started buying up the beautiful old buildings on Warren Street, injecting new life into the centre of the broken town. Soon other creative individuals began to seize the opportunity for a life removed from – but still close enough to – the frenetic bustle of NYC, encouraged by the frequent trains to the metropolis’s Penn Station.

For our current issue Mikki Brammer visited Hudson to speak to its creative community. The photographs above by Corey Olsen accompany the article. Pick up a copy of Icon 157 for the full story

 

Photography

Corey Olsen

 

Words

Mikki Brammer

JULY 001

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