The 10 Biggest References to the Hudson Valley, NY, in Pop Culture, Music, and Movies in 2011

Poptional Reading delivers the biggest references to our region in 2011

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It’s written somewhere in the blogger handbook that all years must end with some sort of top-ten list. And so, as in year's past, I bring you the biggest references to our region this year.

10. They Might Be Giants’s Authenticity Trip

This barely made it on to the list because They Might Be Giants isn’t the most mainstream of bands, and the reference they make isn’t on a proper album — just a collection of B-sides and rarities. But the song “Authenticity Trip” makes multiple references to one of our hometown heroes: Ichabod Crane, the creation of Washington Irving, whose stories took place all over the Hudson Valley. Operative lyrics: Tonight Sleepy Hollow’s just a few miles away/With dramatic re-enactments and an overnight stay. I can only imagine that they’re referring to the Horseman’s Hollow. Maybe they heard about it when they played the Tarrytown Music Hall a couple years ago. Hear the reference at 1:41 below.

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Marisa LaScala

Marisa LaScala
Elmsford, NY

Associate Editor Marisa LaScala joined Westchester magazine in 2003, and ever since she's blown every paycheck at the Greenburgh Multiplex. She also staunchly defends Richard Kelly, doesn't mind spoiling the endings of trashy movies you're curious about but don't want to pay to see, wishes the Hold Steady would come back and rock out Westchester, misses Arrested Development more than anyone can imagine, and still watches cartoons and Saturday Night Live. You can find more of her cultural criticism at, where she is a staff writer.



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