Dibble’s Quarry

Welcome to Dragonstone.

An abandoned 19th century bluestone quarry that used to furnish rock for New York City’s sidewalks, turned into a site right out of Game of Thrones.

The trail starts at the parking area on Dale Lane; follow the yellow markers to connect with Pecoy Notch Trail, then take a left following the blue markers.

Dibble’s Quarry, Elka Park, NY

June 21st, 2020

The Huguenot Houses of New Paltz

”In 1677, leaders of seven prominent families from present-day France and Belgium, collectively known as the Patentees, purchased 40,000 acres of land from the Esopus Indians on the west side of the Hudson River. The contract for the sale — whose purchase price included domestic supplies, farming tools, clothing, blankets, wine, horses, tobacco, and gunpowder — was signed by five Esopus chiefs, and 21 Esopus braves approved the property deed. Governor Edmund Andros gave the settlers a patent grant for the land on September 29, 1677, about five years before William Penn negotiated his treaty with the Native Americans to found Pennsylvania.

In 1678, 12 members of the Bevier, Crispell, Deyo, DuBois, Freer, Hasbrouck, and LeFevre families — who collectively became known as the Duzine — settled the 40,000 acres. They named their settlement “die Pfalz” in honor of Pfalz-am-Rhein, the German state where they had temporarily found refuge on their way to the New World. Their village was set up like a commune: the Duzine owned some land in common, and shared their products and labor; the rest of the property was eventually divided among their descendants up until 1803. The Duzine held power over the community in various governmental forms until 1826.

Did you know?: According to the National Huguenot Society, the word Huguenot may be a combination of Flemish and German, and describes Protestants who met to study the Bible in secret; they were called Huis Genooten, meaning ‘house fellows’.” [source]

Historic Huguenot Street, New Paltz, NY

June 16th, 2020

Boarded Up

Just as the City was about to take its first cautious steps towards un-PAUSE, the tragic death of George Floyd on May 25th in Minneapolis under police custody, led to worldwide protests against police brutality and racism. All of New York City Boroughs took part and, while most of the demonstrations were peaceful, some became violent, with reports of shootings, lootings and vandalism. The City was placed under curfew starting at 11pm on June 1, which became even stricter the following day, starting at 8pm. The curfew ended on June 7 but the protests went on. Store windows would remain boarded up for much longer owing to fears of more unrest and financial hardship due to the pandemic – smaller retailers being the hardest-hit.

June 2nd, 2020

Boarded up

New York City bracing against more unrest on Day 6.

Curfew in effect between 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. extended through Sunday.

Vehicular traffic in Manhattan below 96th Street is banned during curfew.

New York protests over George Floyd’s tragic, untimely, unnecessary death in police custody.

Manhattan, N.Y.

June 2nd, 2020