The NYLON Guide To Hudson, New York


Where to stay, eat, shop

When you live in New York, a city that never slows down, you'll take any and every opportunity to escape. Which is why, come summer and long weekends, you'll find lots of NYC dwellers decamping to easily accessible towns like Kingston, Hudson, and Beacon. Only a few hours away from Manhattan, these destinations feel like an easy retreat from the chaos of a bustling day-to-day—one with quality food (many NYC chefs have found second homes here), good shopping, and gorgeous scenery.

With an Amtrak train delivering New Yorkers directly into town in two hours, the town of Hudson has become a popular spot for travelers in search of calm. Add to that the many antique stores, art galleries, and restaurants populating Warren Street, its main thoroughfare, and great hiking (the High Falls Conservation Area waterfalls are nearby)—and Hudson makes an ideal getaway for anyone looking to recharge for the weekend.

Ahead, where to stay, eat, drink, and shop in Hudson.

Photograph courtesy of Wm Farmer & Sons.

Where to Stay

Rivertown Lodge: Having undergone renovations, Rivertown Lodge is now one of the most popular places to stay in Hudson. A converted '20s movie theatre marked by a cinema-like front, the 27-room property features cozy chic rooms with brass light fixtures, custom-made beds, and various knickknacks (books, vinyl players...); a communal kitchen with a stovetop and dining room table; pantries stocked with snacks and beverages; and an open-plan lobby that is just as inviting for your morning coffee (free for guests) and brunch as it is for a midday work session and nighttime cocktails by the wood-burning stoves and well-stocked bookcases.

Wm Farmer & Sons: Best known for its farm-to-table restaurant (probably the most famous in the area) with a menu that changes weekly, Wm Farmer & Sons also offers stays in its 1830s Mansard-style main building, a historical 4-room side house with a back garden, and two annexed suites. No matter where you stay, the rooms, all named after historic figures and professions, are impeccably designed with elegant antique-inspired furnishings and decor, striped linens, and Instagrammable bathrooms with clawfoot tubs. If you don't make it to the tavern for dinner (it's not cheap), make sure to at least stop by for a drink at the fashionable bar that mixes expertly prepared craft cocktails.

The Wick: Housed in a former candle factory, The Wick is Hudson's new waterfront boutique hotel that's conveniently located just a block away from the Amtrak stop. While the rooms are modern and minimal, the best perk in our eyes is the fact that the property is nestled on a side street, a block away from the hustle and bustle of Warren Street.

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The band shared details about their new St. Vincent-produced album that will drop "you into the world of catastrophe"

Sleater-Kinney just shared more information about their St. Vincent-produced album and dropped a new single.

Per Billboard, Sleater-Kinney revealed that their new album, which they've been teasing since early this year and will be their first since No Cities To Love from 2015, will be called The Center Won't Hold. It's due out on August 16 via Mom + Pop Records. "We're always mixing the personal and the political but on this record, despite obviously thinking so much about politics, we were really thinking about the person—ourselves or versions of ourselves or iterations of depression or loneliness—in the middle of the chaos," Carrie Brownstein said in a statement. Corin Tucker further noted that the new album will "[drop] you into the world of catastrophe that touches on the election."

Janet Weiss noted that the band will "explore a different sound palette" with this album, and pointed to St. Vincent as the reason behind it. She said that St. Vincent "has a lot of experience building her own music with keyboards and synthesizers so she could be our guide to help us make sense of this new landscape and still sound like us."

To satiate us until then, the band released a lyric video for new single, "The Future Is Here," which is very grungy. Bump it, below.

Sleater-Kinney - The Future Is Here (Official Lyric Video)


This is so satisfying!

Even Jon Snow knows just how unsatisfying the final season of Game of Thrones was, and he's ready to apologize. Well, a deepfake of him is at least. A heavily-edited version of Snow's speech from the fourth episode—just before the bodies of those lost in the Battle of Winterfell get burned—now features Snow apologizing for the conclusion of the show and lighting the script on fire.

"It's time for some apologies. I'm sorry we wasted your time," Snow begins. "And I know nothing made sense at the end. When the Starbucks cup is the smallest mistake, you know you fucked up! We take the blame. I'm sorry we wrote this in like six days or something," he adds, before signaling to his peers to light the script with torches and "just forget it forever." "Fuck Season 8," he says before the pages begin to crackle and burn.

If there were more lines left to alter, we would have loved to see Snow also tackle how messy Brienne of Tarth and Jaime Lannister's story line ended up, as well as Bran's kingship, Cersei's boring demise, and the water bottle appearance.

Watch the entire deepfake and try to heal the wounds left by HBO below.


Photo by Darren Craig

It premieres today, exclusively via NYLON

In LP's song "Shaken," the most recent single from her 2018 record Heart To Mouth, she tells the story of seeing her lover out with someone else—ouch. Today, exclusively on NYLON, she releases a cheeky animated music video that pokes fun at the song's heightened drama and perfectly demonstrates all the angst that comes with falling hard for someone.

"She looks at you like I used to/ And I'm just sitting in the corner sh-sh-shaken," LP sings, as the visual—with art by Maayan Priva—depicts the singer hanging out in a bar, watching the girl she likes meet up with another girl. Despite the situation's inherent drama, "Shaken" is less of a ballad and more of an upbeat bop. LP told us she loves the way "this little video captures some of the fun of the song, and its inherent comical anxiety." Sure, heartbreak isn't that funny, but our (sometimes) overly dramatic reaction to it kind of is.

"'Shaken' feels like a bit of a wild card on this record," LP says. "It's the closest I've come to writing a musical, which I hope to do one day." We heartily endorse this idea: Please, LP, give us the queer jukebox musical we crave.

Until that day comes, though, you can watch the music video for "Shaken," below.

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This cameo has the Beyhive buzzing

I went to see Men In Black: International alone. Which would have been fine if it wasn't for the shock I received when I saw two specific characters on the screen. Unable to keep it to myself, I shared a curious look with the stranger next to me, who was obviously thinking the same thing as me. "Is that them...?" I whispered first. "I think… so," she replied. Then the two men in question started to dance, and we were both sure: "Yep, that's them."

It was Laurent and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, better known as Les Twins. Fans of Beyoncé will recognize the duo as the talented brothers who often accompany her on tour and in music videos. In Men In Black: International, the two of them play shapeshifting entities—they're more like energy forces than aliens—who pursue Tessa Thompson's and Chris Hemsworth's characters throughout the duration of the film. The twins' ability to manipulate their bodies in ways that are graceful and otherworldly really helps sell them as extraterrestrials and is fun to watch.

So if Thompson in a suit or Hemsworth shirtless weren't enough motivation, here's another reason to go see it. If you look close, you can see them in the trailer below.


Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue

"I am honored to share this bonding experience with my own daughter"

In a heart-warming Instagram photo, Serena Williams shares the history of hair braiding and the importance of the tradition. The tennis player shared a photo of herself braiding her daughter Olympia Ohanian's hair and spoke about how "honored" she was to be able to "add another generation" to the tradition of the practice.

The photo shows Williams attentively braiding her daughter's hair while Olympia smiles, obviously loving the experience. Williams noted that hair braiding was created by the Himba people in Namibia, Africa, and that "we have been braiding our hair for centuries." "In many African tribes braided hairstyles were a unique way to identify each tribe," she continued.

Williams pointed out that braiding is a bonding experience. "People would often take the time to socialize," she wrote. "It began with the elders braiding their children, then the children would watch and learn from them. The tradition of bonding was carried on for generations, and quickly made its way across the world."

Williams closed her post with a sweet message about her daughter, saying that she's "honored to share this bonding experience" with her.

See the post, below.