PTNY grant provides 19th century Springside estate with 21st century website

The legacy of 19th century landscape architect Andrew Jackson Downing is largely viewed in conjunction with his contemporaries, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.  One of his most enduring works, however, is the 20-acre Springside estate in Poughkeepsie, which he developed during the mid-1800s for Vassar College’s founder, Matthew Vassar. After weathering years of neglect,…

Target: bicycle tourists

Bicyclists were one of the focuses of the 2015 Empire State Tourism Conference held in Albany last month and PTNY’s Executive Director Robin Dropkin was there to give a presentation on Bicyclists Bring Business. Dropkin, along with panelists representing the New York Bicycle Coalition, Cycle Adirondacks, Anthem Sports, and the Windham Area Recreation Foundation, discussed…

Our Opinion: Adirondack Recreational Trail Good for New York State

A trail to better life, health By Robin Dropkin, Commentary Friday, January 30, 2015 New York has an opportunity to create a multi-use trail through the Adirondacks that would be a wonderful addition to the constellation of upstate multi-use trails, including the Erie Canalway Trail that connects Albany with Buffalo. The state should amend its…

Trail Travel

Vacations, weekend getaways and day trips – New York State has attractions to suit every interest.  The Empire State boasts 70,000 miles of waterways, 52 ski areas, 986 golf courses, the largest park south of Alaska, 10,000 miles of scenic byways, 500 historic sites, 10,000 museums…and one awesome Erie Canalway Trail. That’s why PTNY joined…

2 NYS Heritage Areas Reauthorized

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Representatives Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18)  and Brian Higgins (NY-26) recently announced the passage of legislation reauthorizing the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (ECNHC) and the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area (HRVNHA). This re-authorization extends heritage area designation for the ECNHC until 2030 and allows the HRVNHA to continue its operations through 2021. The…