Over time (as carefully detailed in Bruce Edward Hall’s Diamond Street) Hudson also became infamous as a town of ill-repute. Gambling and prostitution flourished with a wink and a nod from local regional authorities—until 1951, when Governor Dewey finally broke up the rackets with a massive, headline-grabbing raid.
In the 1980s and ’90s, Hudson steadily developed an international reputation as an antiques mecca, with dozens of locally-owned stores lining Warren Street. Over the past decade the city has gradually diversified its commercial base to include restaurants, sporting goods, art galleries, housewares, live music and nightlife, and more.
Hudson is also advantageously situated. With an Amtrak station right in town, and both the Taconic Parkway and the Thruway close by, New York City is just under two hours ride or drive away. In under an hour, one can also reach the best hiking and skiiing of the Catskills, the State capital in Albany, or the music and culture of the Berkshires.
The scenery and surroundings are equally spectacular. New residents discover that the intense and vivid sunsets depicted in the paintings of the Hudson River School are in fact realistic, not exaggerated. The City benefits from its setting in a largely rural and agricultural county, where farm stands, scenic drives and historic sites can be found in every direction.
Full of both character and characters, Hudson isn’t a generic or monocultural place. Small-town traditions, immigrant populations, and avant-garde culture manage to coexist here. Hudson’s