Category: Columbia County Living

Happy 4th of July!

Have a happy, and safe Independence Day!

Independence Day is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.

 

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Celebrate July 4th & Summer w/ Shared Streets in Hudson

To create space for safe, physical distancing, the City of Hudson is extending Shared Summer Streets through the summer. The Hudson Shared Summer Streets Program is going to make street space available to businesses, residents, and local organizations in new ways.

Here’s some helpful information:

  • Shared Summer Street Hours
    • Monday-Friday 4pm to 10pm
    • Saturday and Sunday 11am to 10pm
  • During Shared Summer Street hours, Warren Street is open to pedestrians, bicycles and cars, and traffic is calmed to 5mph to ensure everyone’s safety.
  • Any parking spot on Warren Street not being used by businesses can be used for parking! Based on the number of applications received, we believe the majority of spaces will remain for parking. Metered parking rules remain in effect.
  • There are also many municipal lots throughout the city available for parking, within walking distance to Warren street. A big thanks from the City of Hudson to Columbia County for making county lots available after 5pm and on weekends during this program. To find out more view the parking guide map.

The roadway space is shared by people walking, biking, and driving at low speeds. These programs generally allow people walking and biking in both directions to use the road, and people driving are expected to yield to them.

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Photos by JD Urban

Local Access Only and Shared Street signs are posted at key cross streets to discourage through traffic, but the street remains open for residents of the street, emergency vehicles, deliveries and short-term pick-up. Signs and barriers are intended to be easily understood by all users, with no additional police presence required.

Hudson held a trial weekend from Friday, June 26 – Sunday, June 28. After an evaluation of that weekend, including reviewing a survey of business owners, residents and visitors, the program will continue, with amended conditions.

All photos in this post by JD Urban

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Hudson Tourism Board Launches “Project Hudson,” to Promote Hudson

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The Hudson Tourism Board has launched “Project Hudson,” a program to promote Hudson as an attractive destination while strengthening our local communities and economy. The Hudson Tourism Board is welcoming proposals for short, and long-term projects that promote Hudson as an attractive destination and strengthen our local businesses, business associations, and cultural organizations

Businesses and organizations, based in the city of Hudson, are invited to fill out the application online or by hand. The board will consider applications that:

  • Take place in the City of Hudson.
  • Enliven Hudson’s city life.
  • Illuminate or create a unique experience of Hudson’s communities and businesses.
  • Create local opportunities for recreation and/or promotion, and/or seek to advance walkability.
  • Create local opportunities for climate resiliency, where applicable.
  • Are accessible to all audiences and ADA compliant, where applicable.
  • Use “tactical urbanism,” which encourages low cost, impermanent, and DIY projects, where applicable.

The Tourism Board is tasked with using its funds to promote our city. With Project Hudson, the board hopes to take small steps toward supporting the creativity, ingenuity, and civic-mindedness of Hudsonians to create a more vibrant, healthy, equitable, and safe place to live and to be.

This grant program is being administered with the help and support of the Columbia Economic Development Corporation.

 

MORE:
www.cityofhudson.org
cityofhudson.org/news_detail_T10_R249.php
www.columbiaedc.com

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Local Libraries to Begin Curbside Services, Jun 17

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Columbia County Libraries will be starting up curbside services on June 17th. The libraries hope to allow patrons back in the buildings to select their own materials soon, but for now, the buildings remain closed to the public. Staff will be on hand during most of the library’s normal hours to answer questions and process requests, but pickup will be available during more limited times. Check with your library for their specific days and hours.

 

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Columbia Comeback Shop Local Campaign

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Exciting news for Columbia County as we officially enter Phase 2 of the State’s Reopening plan.

The Columbia County Chamber of Commerce and Columbia County Tourism have joined forces to assist in the Columbia Comeback/Buy Local crusade.

NEW to this combined effort is a “Columbia County Retail List.” Please shop local and let’s all advocate for a successful Columbia County Comeback!

To see the spreadsheet with category specific tabs of open businesses, click/tap on the following image or visit: docs.google.com/spreadsheets

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For the list of food and drink businesses with take-out and delivery options, visit:
https://columbiacountytourism.org/dine/takeout-delivery-columbia-county-ny/

MORE:
www.columbiaedc.com
columbiacountytourism.org
columbiachamber-ny.com

 

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