Long-Buried Tunnel Revealed

 

Tunnel entrance looking back toward Madame Brett trail

MetroNorth has wasted no time in  unearthing an old passage under the Beacon Line railroad tracks. As reported here not long ago, railroad engineers, city officials, and representatives from Scenic Hudson went to reconfirm the tunnel’s existence in December of 2011. Long-time Beacon resident David Miller, 84, led the expedition. Over ten years earlier, Miller had been building the Madame Brett trail when a Cornell engineer working on the project looked at an aerial map and surmised there must have been such a passage. David confirmed that he would use the tunnel as a short-cut from his house on Tioranda Avenue to the swimming spots on Denning’s Point. According to David, the passage was originally built for small mining cars hauling clay from the claypits (now a sealed-over city dump south of the water treatment plant) to the brickworks on the other side of the Beacon Line tracks.

Pioneer Living Past and Present

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  I had been pondering a way to roll out a new category of posts here at Hudson Valley Green when I received a newsletter bulletin from my local CSA, Common Ground Farm, that provided the perfect introduction. The Farm is offering a program series where “children will learn about and experience life as  it was in the…

Beacon Development: How Much Parking?

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On Tuesday, January 10, at 7pm at City Hall, the city planning board will hold a public hearing on the current development plans for 1 East Main Street. Beacon Deserves Better is excited to see that the old blanket factory on the corner of Main and East Main will be repurposed for office, residential, and…

Tunnel Is Missing Link for Beacon Trail

View Larger Map Last week, Mayor-elect Randy Casale led a group of Metro-North engineers and Scenic Hudson staff on an expedition to find the missing link, in the form of a long-forgotten tunnel. Except it wasn’t really that long ago that the long-forgotten tunnel was remembered. It’s just that we forgot about it again rather…

Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities (and Suburbs): Shallow Ecology

Inspiring me to write Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities? is this breaking news from the always-ahead-of-the-curve New York Times: Death of the Fringe Suburb! (exclamation point mine.)  The writer, Christopher Leinberger,  covers all the well-known suburban sprawl memes. Yes, Chris, that corpse has been pronounced dead by any number of planning pundits….

Can Transportation-Oriented Development Save Our Cities?

That was the question last night at a forum held at the Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovovation and Education on Denning’s Point. The short answer, in my view, is No. The long answer is more ambiguous. The evening was hosted by the Hudson Valley Smart Growth Alliance, in the form of Jolanda Jansen, a civil engineer and…

Recycle Your Electronics

Civilization marches onward!  Dispose of your cathode ray tube television or last year’s phone model in a civilized way. Zero to Go sends us this timely reminder: THIS WEEKEND! October 14/15, Poughkeepsie: Electronics Recycling Day. 12-4pm at the Hudson Valley Marketplace, 130 Salt Point Turnpike. Suggested donation of $5. Friday 10/14 is for businesses, and…

MTA Sneaking in Big New Beacon Parking Lot
Under Disaster Relief Ruse?

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The MTA is installing 94 new parking spots at the Beacon waterfront. Although MetroNorth apparently told the City of Beacon the spots would be temporary, the photograph above clearly shows large sonotube bases being prepared for full size “temporary” lighting. The “temporary” asphalt is scheduled to be put down some time next week. This swift installation raises…

The Green Economy Arrives in Hudson Valley Tomorrow

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On Friday, October 7th at 11 a.m., the Cary Institute  is presenting a special lecture by Pavan Sukhdev. Sukhdev was the past Head of the United Nations Environment Program’s Green Economy Initiative and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Project.  Lead author of the report “Towards a Green Economy,” Sukhdev will explore how the greening of economies…

Hospital Conversion Plans in Beacon Meet Heavy Opposition

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Beacon residents living near 11 Hastings Drive, a 20-acre site that includes the old St. Francis Hospital, turned out in force to speak at a city council meeting on Monday, October 4. They presented a united front in opposition to the potential developer’s request for a zoning change that would allow 60 apartments in phase…

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Pioneer Living Past and Present

Pioneer Living Past and Present

  I had been pondering a way to roll out a new category of posts here at Hudson Valley Green …Read More »

Beacon Development: How Much Parking?

Beacon Development: How Much Parking?

On Tuesday, January 10, at 7pm at City Hall, the city planning board will hold a public hearing on t…Read More »

Tunnel Is Missing Link for Beacon Trail

View Larger Map Last week, Mayor-elect Randy Casale led a group of Metro-North engineers and Scenic …Read More »

Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities (and Suburbs): Shallow Ecology

Inspiring me to write Part II of Can TODs Save Our Cities? is this breaking news from the always-ahe…Read More »

Can Transportation-Oriented Development Save Our Cities?

That was the question last night at a forum held at the Beacon Institute’s Center for Environm…Read More »

Recycle Your Electronics

Civilization marches onward!  Dispose of your cathode ray tube television or last year’s phon…Read More »

MTA Sneaking in Big New Beacon Parking Lot <br />Under Disaster Relief Ruse?

MTA Sneaking in Big New Beacon Parking Lot
Under Disaster Relief Ruse?

The MTA is installing 94 new parking spots at the Beacon waterfront. Although MetroNorth apparently…Read More »

The Green Economy Arrives in Hudson Valley Tomorrow

The Green Economy Arrives in Hudson Valley Tomorrow

On Friday, October 7th at 11 a.m., the Cary Institute  is presenting a special lecture by Pavan S…Read More »

Hospital Conversion Plans in Beacon Meet Heavy Opposition

Hospital Conversion Plans in Beacon Meet Heavy Opposition

Beacon residents living near 11 Hastings Drive, a 20-acre site that includes the old St. Francis Hos…Read More »

Sewage Continues to Flow into Beacon Harbor

Sewage Continues to Flow into Beacon Harbor

Water from this discharge pipe is “very contaminated” A Water Quality Update from Riverk…Read More »

Sewage Discharging in Beacon Harbor

Sewage Discharging in Beacon Harbor

Hudson Valley Green received a Water Quality Alert from Riverkeeper late this afternoon: Raw sewage …Read More »

Today is Car-Free day around the world

Today is Car-Free day around the world

Today is Worldwide Car-Free Day. There are no planned activities in the Hudson Valley, but perhaps y…Read More »