Monticello

A Mosque In Our Monticello

The old Catskills town, once the capital of the mountains, has changed and is changing still. No village or hamlet in the mountains has changed more, has seen its crime rate spiral higher, has a greater sense of desolation when driving down its Broadway, past the boarded-up Rialto. Who could have imagined, long ago, that our Bedford Falls could turn into Pottersville?

The Pursuits of Maira Kalman

From Obama to Tel Aviv to the New Yorker’s legendary ‘New Yorkistan’ cover,
the brainy Israeli-born painter/writer/blogger explores modern life.

04/07/2010
Staff Writer

When Barack Obama won the presidency, Maira Kalman was thrilled. It was not only a fresh start for America, she thought, but one for her own work as well: The New York Times was looking for another assignment for Kalman after her wildly successful illustrated blog, “The Principles of Uncertainty,” which documented her own life, debuted in 2006.

An gouache painting by Maira Kalman, titled  “Israel Bed” (2008).

Fenway, Crosley And 770

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

For a number of years, cynics would get a good laugh out of the fact that Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch town in Israel, built a duplicate of the rebbe’s headquarters, 770 Eastern Parkway .

The duplicate 770 was said to be indicative of how crazy and messianist the Chabadniks were, they must have been expecting the rebbe to drop in, pretty funny. Only a chasid could be so nuts, right?

Jews Right To Fear Dinkins Do-Over

Monday, November 2nd, 2009 There’s nothing more predictable than politicians (and their followers) saying “my opponent is playing to people’s fears,” as if that disccredits the reason people are afraid in the first place. Opponents of William Thompson have warned that if elected this Democrat might turn New York back into the Fort Apache anarchy of the David Dinkins years, or into the Detroit or Newark of this year.

The Garden Wasn’t All Peace And Love

08/18/2009

Assistant Managing Editor
It was billed as “three days of peace and music,” and there was plenty of both. But the sprawling musical adventure at Woodstock also had a dark side. Some Sullivan County residents who never much liked the infusion of Jews and other city slickers were even less enamored of the throngs of hippies that flooded the region 40 years ago. And they didn’t keep it to themselves, recalls Michael Hill Goldstein, whose family had a hotel next to Max Yasgur’s Bethel farm, site of the concert.

Monticello Is More Mysterious Than You Know

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009 “Them shiney gold coins Sure looked bright and jolly I took the money home and I gave it to my Molly. She promised and she swore that she never would deceive me But the devil’s in the women and they never can be easy Musha rigum duram da Whack-fo the daddy-o There’s whiskey in the jar.” – Irish folk tune  

The Illusion Of Sanctuary

Monday, August 17th, 2009

Our little bungalow in the Catskills isn’t much. A scarce one-bedroom dwelling with a shared porch, a single air-conditioner that only serves its purpose when the temperature is below 90, a circa-70s kitchen that doubles as the second bedroom and a bathroom that is probably better left undescribed. It seems to be a highly recommended tourist destination for flies and ants.

 

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