This year’s Winter Walk was a not just a fun distraction; even with seemingly fewer storefronts participating this year, it was a thrilling testament to the Hudson experience (ie. that magical blend of the quaint, the dishabille, and the grandly urbane). It almost brought tears to my eyes– and not just because of the typically cold weather. Congratulations to the following award- winning storefront displays: Arenskjold Antiques (Best Vignette of Venus in a Birch Grove), Historical Materialism (Best Hanukah Window), and Skalar (Best Mid Century Modern Window).
Congrats are also due for the following, (hopefully) more permanent, developments of this week: the reopening of John Doe Record and Books on 4 Park Place (http://jeandeux.com), where you can rediscover the nearly lost art of vinyl pressing; the handsomely interactive relaunch of the Hudson Antiques Dealer’s Associations web site (http://www.hudsonantiques.net/), and last but not least….Club Helsinki.
If there was an award for Best Vibe in Town, it would have to go to the music venue’s new restaurant (with 2nd place going to it’s thriving bar and performance area, particularly on Open Mic nights.) It’s got a mysteriously pleasant aura, the ineffable end result of beguiling décor, enticing menu, and youthful yet gracious staff , who all seem to have been brought up on some wonderful diet from some elysian land far from our own. —Scott Baldinger