All posts by Emily Gordon

Spiders on a Train (Platform)

Breaking: There’s suddenly an inordinate amount of spiders in both the Peekskill and the Croton-Harmon stations, says a tipster and fellow bleary commuter. This has been independently confirmed by Peekskill Rocks!. And they’re big.

We should befriend them, however: According to Discovery News, “Spidey Silk Can Actually Halt a Train.” Maybe that’s why the morning trains to Poughkeepsie are always running late? Developing.

If you’ve got further evidence of arachnids on the platforms (or indeed any wildlife–geese, foxes, or butterflies, for instance), please send it our way.

Poor Waiters: A Wakeup Call

From Mother Jones: 40 percent of restaurant workers live in near-poverty. What’s more, it turns out that restaurants aren’t much of a meritocracy after all; there’s no real chance of a dishwasher ever making it up the chain. Fascinating and sobering reading–and it makes me wonder, how do Peekskill’s establishments–high-end and not–compare?

Just Born: A New Beer for Riverkeeper. Name It!

The Peekskill Brewery. Photo by fredamoon.
Peekskill Brewery menu; photo by fredamoon. All links ours.

Glad tidings from the Greenburgh Daily Voice: “Peekskill Brewery and Captain Lawrence Brewing Co. are collaborating in brewing a new beer to benefit Riverkeeper. The harvest ale to be brewed at the Peekskill Brewery will be available to the public at the 2014 Hudson Hop and Harvest festival taking place Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Peekskill Riverfront Green Park….

Proceeds from the sale of the harvest ale will benefit Riverkeeper’s work to protect the Hudson River and the drinking water supply for 9 million New Yorkers, according to a press release.

Admission to the festival is free.

Riverkeeper needs volunteers to help run the compost station at the festival. Volunteers will receive a T-shirt, food, beverages and more. For more information, contact Jeremy Cherson at outreach@riverkeeper.org.

The Riverkeeper staff also is seeking help from consumers to name the harvest ale. To suggest a name, click here.

The Ultimate Peekskill Rock: The 1992 Meteorite

From Wikipedia, knower of all things known:

The Peekskill meteorite is among the most historic meteorite events on record.[1] Sixteen separate video recordings document the meteorite burning through the Earth’s atmosphere, whereupon it struck a parked car in Peekskill, New York.[2] Peekskill is an H6 monomict breccia;[3] its filigreed texture is the result of the shocking and heating following the impact of two asteroids in outer space.[4] The meteorite is of the stony variety and approximately 20% of its mass is tiny flakes of nickel-iron.[5] When it struck Earth, the meteorite weighed 26 pounds (12 kg) and measured one foot in diameter. The Peekskill meteorite is estimated to be 4.4 billion years old.[6] The meteorite fell on October 9, 1992 – an event witnessed by thousands across the East Coast.

The meteorite fell on October 9, 1992 – an event witnessed by thousands across the East Coast. Numerous residents of PittsburghPhiladelphia and Washington D.C. described the “huge greenish fireball.”[7] The meteorite broke up over Kentucky and passed over West Virginia and Pennsylvania on its north-northeast trajectory before striking a parked 1980 red Chevy Malibu [see photo below] at approximately 7:50 pm EDT. After traveling through space at a cosmic velocity of 8.8 miles per second, the speed of the meteorite at impact had slowed to 164 miles per hour.[8]

Read more. And keep your head up.

Peekskill meteorite

Take it away, Wikipedia: “Eighteen-year old Michelle Knapp, the car’s owner, heard the collision from inside her home. She later described the sound as “like a three-car crash”. Hurrying outside to investigate the noise, Knapp found her car smashed and the 26-pound meteorite, still warm and smelling of sulfur, beneath it.” Photo of Knapp and her meteored Chevy Malibu  by John Bortle.

What’s Open + Closed on Labor Day in Peekskill

Thanks to the Peekskill-Cortlandt Patch for this super-useful post. As reporter Lanning Taliaferro sums up, “If it’s official, it’s probably closed; if it wants your patronage, it’s probably open!”

Glad to hear this, too:

Exception: Labor Day is traditionally the last day of municipal pool season.

See + hear this art installation: Gamelatron Sanctuary: Suara Sinar (The Sound of Light)

We got a tip from Corinna Makris, queen of the Peekskill Farmers’ Market, that this is an unmissable show—and it’s right on the waterfront mere steps from the train station. From the project‘s co-creator and artistic director, Aaron Taylor Kuffner, on the Caramoor website:

Gamelatron Sanctuary: Suara Sinar (The Sound of Light) is a site-specific installation that transforms a vast, windowless, abandoned warehouse on the Peekskill, New York waterfront into a sanctuary of light and sound. In the middle of a pitchdark 10,000 square-foot space, there is an oasis of couches, pillows and rugs. Spiraling out from the oasis in concentric circles stretching across the entire space are instruments from a Balinese Gamelan orchestra retrofitted with mechanical mallets mounted to the ceiling trusses. Twenty four bronze kettle-shaped gongs called Reyong and Trompong, four hanging gongs ranging in size from 23 to 35 inches in diameter, four pairs of nine-inch bronze hand cymbals (Kopyak), and two dragon turtles with eight four-inch hand cymbals (Ceng-Ceng) robotically play day-long sequences of music composed specifically to allow the entire warehouse to function as a resonating chamber. With each sound, a pulsation of light bursts from the instrument and fades as the tone diminishes, briefly illuminating a spot in the vastness. Movements of music become a choreographed panoramic dance of light.

Suara Sinar is a refuge, it is a universe unto itself; it is an offering, a respite, an escape and a confrontation.

Here are the hours and other info you’ll need to get there while it’s going on.

Site: 150 North Water Street, Peekskill, NY
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art

Hours: The Artwork may be experienced at any time that the museum is open.

Open hours of the museum are: Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm Saturday and Sunday 12:00pm – 6:00pm and Tuesday-Thursday by appointment. For access to the Artwork at any time, you can call the main number 914.788.0100 in advance or upon arrival at 150 North Water Street.