By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Apr. 17, 2013 - 2:58 pm
Above: Scale model of the planned hotel and lodge buildings at Highmount -- part of the proposed Belleayre Resort project -- from a supplemental draft environmental impact statement released Wednesday by the DEC. The long-planned Belleayre Resort project... Read more
By Anne Pyburn Craig on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 - 12:04 am
Above: A young Liberty resident makes it known that he'd like to see a video game store on Main Street. Photo from Green Door's Facebook page. Liberty’s Main Street has challenged locals for years. "Driving down Liberty's Main Street, you might get the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, May. 30, 2012 - 3:33 pm
For a story in today's paper, Wall Street Journal reporter Joseph Avila made the trek from Manhattan to Middletown to spend some quality time with one of the Catskills' most notorious movers and shakers: Dean Gitter, the developer who's been pushing for... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Sep. 8, 2011 - 5:29 pm
This news just in via a press release from State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's office. Stay tuned for a more in-depth story by our correspondent. --Ed. Press release: State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli announced today the approval of a contract for the... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Monday, May. 23, 2011 - 3:57 pm
Photo taken at the former Winding Brook farm; from the Vishwa Dharma Foundation's website. Devotees of a Manhattan-based Hindu group, Vishwa Dharma Mandalam, are transforming a run-down farmstead on Round Top in Cairo into an ashram for retreats and... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011 - 8:12 pm
Chalk it up to stubborn environmentalists, the rotten economy, or maybe both: A planned development project in New Paltz that just a couple of years ago was drawing hundreds of irate citizens to packed town meetings is apparently dead. An eagle-eyed... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Thursday, Apr. 28, 2011 - 9:23 am
A stretch of Route 23B in Cairo, by Flickr user dougtone. Published under Creative Commons license. Unlike most upstate New York towns, the Greene County town of Cairo has never had zoning laws to govern where and how development is carried out. But for... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011 - 3:20 pm
Image: A graphic from the Open Space Institute's recent report on development in the Catskills, showing towns with the most privately-owned open space in darker brown. A new report from the Open Space Institute, a land acquisition and conservation group... Read more
By Lissa Harris on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 - 12:19 pm
The Times Herald-Record reports that St. Cabrini -- a home for troubled girls in Esopus, founded in 1890 by St. Frances Cabrini's Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart -- is looking to build something new on its 600-acre, $4.2 million Hudson waterfront... Read more
By Julia Reischel on Tuesday, Jun. 8, 2010 - 3:27 pm
The Dancing Cat Distillery and Saloon, a new distillery-and-art-venue combo near Bethel Woods in Sullivan County, looks like it's going to be opening soon, according to David Knudsen, who has been eyeing its orange and "burnt raspberry" color scheme all... Read more


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