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Monthly Archives: May 2012

The Wizards of Odd

At least until they’re actually taking place,  parades don’t get me very excited, I have to confess–unless I can watch large paper mache puppets being made for them by talented artists such as Ken Polinskie and Dan Rupe. (Long after I lost all interest in the Macys Thanksgiving parade, I continued to go to West 81st Street the night before to watch the famous floats being inflated.Talk about fluffing!) The two are busily putting together a brilliant collection of (what else?) Wizard of Oz-  inspired ones for the always triumphant Hudson Pride parade, which takes place on June 16. –Scott Baldinger


More Musical Chairs on Warren

This and that

In other towns, empty- looking,  brown-paper-covered storefront windows might be unhappy harbingers. But not in Hudson, where the musical chairs on Warren Street continue unabated.  Mark McDonald, top left, has moved one flight above at his own building (555 Warren), the first floor of which will be the new locale for N.P Trent, “one of the country leading dealers in English and Continental furniture, art and decorative accessories,” as the sign on the window says. Pictured to the right of that, at 623 Warren,  is the petite space soon to be Steve Izzo’s new gallery, whose name is not yet known (at least to moi ). The former Toggery building at no. 613, home of Richter’s sportswear (center left),  has been purchased by John Knott, who can be counted on to do lovely things to it (as he has already been doing to the building he is turning into the Hudson HQ of Quadrille, destined to open at the end of the summer.) On a sadder note, Steven Bluttal will not, as planned, be taking over the store that now says Florsheim Shoes and which was more recently Fabrications, but right across the street, at 602 Warren,  BardinPalomo is coming into their space real soon. We’ve heard that Tom Swope’s antiquities gallery is closing but an equally fabulous retail enterprise is reported to be taking its place tout de suite.  The only unanswered question right now: Where (and what) is George, still practicing a form of semiotic coitus interruptus with its perpetual sign in the window stating “George Coming Soon.” (to be at the former Mix space on the 400 block)?–Scott Baldinger

Let’s Get Lost





There are stores in Hudson that bring back (false recalled?)  memories of a (not that much) earlier time, seemingly hapless spaces in which you can wander alone to find some photo portrait of Fred Astaire, an  Eva Zeisel tear drop veggie bowl, Glidden pottery plate or some hot- looking yet brand -nameless modernist desk lamp that may end up forming the basis of an entire new collecting obsession. (Or maybe not – no biggie). A few Warren Street examples at different levels of the brow come to mind: Warren Street AntiquesCarousel,  Mark’s Antiques and Larry’s Back Room, and  Regan and Smith,  its huge new space divided into a rabbit’s warren of uber-stylish vignettes you can hide behind. Of all of these my current favorite is Verso  (530 Warren Street, 518 822-8227), Harold Hanson’s repository of this and that, piled up on tables here and there. On a recent visit I came upon all four of the above-mentioned objects (Zeisel, Glidden, Astaire photo, desk lamp) while a friend of mine found a lovely Orrefors crystal  bowl whose label was intact.  While hanging and chatting, I stumpled  upon a Von Nessen swivel lamp in pristine condition, crammed into a corner table of smalls.  And then there’s Harold himself,  a former media mogul,  now sedately sedentary off to the side,  a refreshingly nimble-witted, wise and unbitter watchkeeper of it all. He wants it to be known that he can be depended upon to open the store five days a week (every day except Tuesdays and Wednesdays), promptly at 11a.m.  –Scott Baldinger


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