Hudson, New York

Just 2 hours by Amtrak from Penn Station NYC, Hudson is a beautiful little city with a remarkable history.  Founded after the Revolutionary War by group of Quakers who called themselves “The Proprietors”, over the centuries Hudson has hosted such luminaries as Henry David Thoreau, Teddy Roosevelt, John Ashbury and Amanda Palmer, and has been home to whale oil refineries, brothels, and bootleggers. 

In more recent years, Hudson has become home to a growing community of artists and crafts people looking for a more spacious – literally and financially – place to work and live.

 

Basilica Hudson (www.basilicahudson.com)

“Artist owned and operated since 2010, Basilica Hudson is a reclaimed 19th century factory converted into an art, performance, production and event space located steps from the Amtrak station on the waterfront of the historic town of Hudson, New York. Creative Directors, musician Melissa Auf der Maur and filmmaker, Tony Stone draw on their experience within their respective fields to bring thoughtfully curated events to the local community, while inviting people from outside the area to discover Hudson.”

Time & Space Limited (www.timeandspace.org)

“TSL’s programming spotlights the powerful role of the arts in awakening individual imaginations and fostering community participation. Whether offering people their first experience with live theater or opera, providing workshops and special enrichment projects for young people that include theater, art, movie-making, circus performance and gardening, or initiating discussions of local and global political issues, TSL is always looking to set off the spark that benefits and alters individual lives.”

 Hudson Opera House (www.hudsonoperahouse.org)

“Hudson Opera House’s mission is to inspire and promote the arts and to play a pivotal role in the cultural and economic advancement of the region.  The Hudson Opera House fulfills its promise to the community by: Restoring and preserving its historic building while adapting it to modern needs; offering a year-round schedule of cultural and educational programs to serve the community; and serving as an important partner in the continued revitalization of downtown Hudson.  The Hudson Opera House offers a year-round schedule of arts and cultural programming in the 1855 former Hudson City Hall which contains New York State’s oldest surviving theatre. Since opening the first restored room in December of 1997, five rooms on the first floor have been rehabilitated, and we have presented thousands of cultural and educational programs, more than 1,125 in the last year alone. The Hudson Opera House provides free or low-cost cultural offerings every week of the year.  Ongoing programs include concerts, readings, lectures, exhibitions, theatre and dance presentations, after-school programs, workshops, classes, and community arts events like the annual Winter Walk on Warren Street.”

Club Helsinki (www.helsinkihudson.com)

“Helsinki Hudson is committed to contributing to the quality of the community by cultivating connections between all ethnicities, ages and experience and to reflect the culture and human spirit through innovative programming.  It houses 2 performance spaces, a full service restaurant, a gallery space, outdoor dining, artist green rooms with showers and lounge space, recording facilities, offices, and more. Helsinki Hudson is the newest incarnation of Club Helsinki that was founded in 1995 as the inspiration of Deborah McDowell, who was looking to share her love of community, tea, good food and music with the Berkshires, hearkening back to her family of artists and the years her grandfather spent operating the Hotel Helsinki in Finland. The restoration of the 1800's industrial building complex was accomplished using local builders and artists with an eye toward providing the best possible theatrical experience for both musicians and audiences. The Helsinki team felt that the historic nature of the riverside town, once an active port and the 4th largest city in New York State, deserved the energetic assistance of renewal and the building was reworked using green architectural techniques and creative reuse. Helsinki's move to Hudson reflects the same spirit and vision that had such a profound impact on the Berkshires, which is of creating a shared community of artists, music lovers, activists, poets, who have found a home and refuge among Helsinki's always intriguing array of staff, supporters and artists.”

Stageworks on the Hudson (www.stageworkshudson.org)

“Stageworks is dedicated to bringing adventurous theater productions and programs of high artistic quality to the City of Hudson, Columbia County and the greater Hudson Valley. Central to our mission is Futures, an integrative program designed to move Stageworks to the forefront of new play development. Stageworks is both the experiment and the resource to infuse the whole life of the theater with a creative process that produces new ways of expressing, interpreting and sharing the human experience. Stageworks maintains a series of Principal Programs to encourage and engage traditional theatergoers and new audiences.”

Art Galleries: http://artinhudson.org/galleries/

Alternative Spaces Displaying Works of Visual Artists

  • Parlor Coffee and Tea House, 724 Warren Street
  • American Glory, 342 Warren Street
  • Swoon Kitchenbar, 340 Warren Street
  • Ca’ Mea Restaurant, 333 Warren Street
  • Vico Restaurant and Bar, 136 Warren Street

The Spotty Dog (www.thespottydog.com)

"The Spotty Dog Books & Ale is an independent bookstore and lounge/cafe, where we share our passion for books and writers with our customers in the Hudson Valley, the Catskills, and the Berkshires. Situated in a beautiful old firehouse, we carry over 10,000 new books in all categories, including a large section of unique books and toys for kids and preteens, an expanded local section, History, Gardening, Food & Wine, G/L/B/T, and sections featuring local writers and interests. Whether you’re looking for a classic or cutting edge, we’re constantly adding new titles, so stop in to see what we have!”

MAI Hudson (www.immaterial.org)

Scheduled to open in early 2016, MAI is led by Marina Abramovic as“a platform for immaterial art and long durational works, including those of performance art, dance, theater, film, music, opera, science, nature, technology, and undiscovered forms that may develop in the future. MAI is an incubator for collaboration among emerging and established individuals working in these fields. Currently, MAI acts as an immaterial institute, hosting live events at partner venues, presenting collaborative projects, and educating the public about long durational works through its online platform, IMMATERIAL. MAI Hudson, a building located in Hudson, New York, is being re-designed by The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Once renovated, this building will be the home of MAI, providing a space for long durational works, multidisciplinary collaboration, educational programming, and the Abramovic Method.”