Letters to the Editor in November 2013

Read our letters to the editor for November 2013, including our Where in the Hudson Valley “Stellar Structure” contest answer

Where in the Hudson Valley…?

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In last month’s quiz, we asked readers to identify a 19th-century observatory. Famed as the first female astronomer in the United States, Maria Mitchell served as the director of this structure for stargazing, which sits on the Vassar College campus. Hats off to Barbara Antol of Poughquag for being the first reader to place this domed edifice. The whereabouts of a bold boxer is the subject of this month’s puzzler.

This is at Vassar College. My husband’s company actually built the new observatory!
Karen Ferrari

This old observatory is especially wonderful because its first director was a woman. It is so special that Vassar is using it for classrooms and office spaces, rather than knocking it down.
Elyse Mansfield
Hyde Park

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That’s the observatory at Vassar College. If I was going there, I’d take up space.
Rick Chianelli

A Grand Time

Let us all rejoice in celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal (Commuter Corner, October). Contrast this with the late, great Penn Station Terminal, which was destroyed in the name of progress in 1962. Fast forward 51 years later. Penn Station is still a shell of its former glory; but Grand Central has high ceilings, natural light, gourmet food shops, and great restaurants. Long Island Railroad riders look forward to 2019 when the MTA East Side Access project provides a direct connection to Grand Central. We can then join our Metro-North comrades in utilizing this great institution to and from work.
Larry Penner
Great Neck, Long Island

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Love the new First Draft column (Small Bites) from @HudsonValleyMag! All about craft beer. Looking forward to seeing more.

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Really nice piece (Final Word, September); it reminded me of when I was in Afghanistan. I would plan those phone calls home as if I was planning a special date. Which it was.
Abigail Friedman

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Architects Alan Barlis and Dennis Wedlick formed their company, BarlisWedlick, this year, not last (“Signature Work,” October). Their recently published book highlights 13 of their projects, not 14.
The band that performed at our Burger and Beer Bash was Royal Khaoz, not Royal Soaz (On the Town, October).
From “Best of the Hudson Valley” (October): Find Duo Bistro (Readers’ Pick, Best New Restaurant and Best Bistro) at 845-383-1198; Pizza Mia (Readers’ Pick, Best Pizza) at 845-563-9100; and Rock the Ridge (Editors’ Pick, Best New Adventure Race) at www.rocktheridge50.org.

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