Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be
A lovely day
-Bill Withers, Lovely Day
Aunt Lillie's green house on Cortlandt Street in Peekskill
"Is it simply human nature that makes us "want?" Or might it not be love?
"We've finally discovered that season of love, it is only found in someone else's heart. Right now, someone you know is looking everywhere for it and it's in you
-Allison McKenzie, Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
"Crisp autumn leaves crunch beneath my feet; the air is fresh and clean above the Hudson. I am cold and numb and happy here walking back to Cousin Annie's blue-frame house . . .
"A friend of a friend
A friend till the end
That's the kind of girl she was
-Christopher Cross, THINK OF LAURA
Headphones: Stevie Nicks "Landslide"
Hudson River Valley: Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill, New York
Investment in a dying downtown turned Peekskill's historic and abandoned buildings into lofts for artists, which revived Peekskill into a lively place and a canvas for local and international artists. The 20th annual Open Studio took place June 3 and 4.
For Open Studio most of the studios are within a six-block area of downtown. Sites farther afield use a free shuttle bus that make stops at key locations, including the Metro-North station, the Jan Peek Gazebo, the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art and the Hat Factory, a mixed-use center where more studios and exhibitions are open.
With tons of artist studios and art galleries has come eclectic new restaurants, bars and shops, making downtown Peekskill a destination.
Getting to Peekskill from New York City's Grand Central Terminal is pretty easy via Metro-Rail North. From New York, Peekskill via Metro-Rail North is about an hour and five minutes.
In peaceful downtown Peekskill on Central Avenue about one hour north of Manhattan's Grand Central Terminal and concrete City bustle via Metro Rail North, we discovered Bruised Apple Books and spent hours browsing, reading, conversing with the owners and buying books and CDs. A town without a bookstore, independent or chain, is a town without a soul. Charming Peekskill has many souls...