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Best of Hudson Valley 2013: Best Concerts, Fairs, and Fun Things to Do in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

PLUS: Readers’ Picks, including best singles scene, bed and breakfasts, and community theaters

Best of Hudson Valley 2013: Best Shopping, Boutiques, and Stores in the Hudson Valley, Upstate NY

PLUS: Readers’ Picks, including best boutique, bargain shopping, fish market, and crafts/hobby store

Of Stouts and Summits: Bethel Woods Hosts First Craft Beer Festival and Chili Cook-Off; Pros Talk Business at Beer, Wine, and Spirits Summit 2013

Here are two more reasons to toast the craft brew movement in the Hudson Valley

2 Taste Food and Wine Bar, Hyde Park: New American Dining and Cuisine in Dutchess County (Mini Restaurant Review)

New American dining and cuisine at 2 Taste Food and Wine Bar in Hyde Park, NY

Winter Squashes Sautéed with Cranberries and Toasted Pecans (Recipe)

More pumpkin, please: What to do with October’s signature squash

Honey-Lavender Truffles (Recipe)

A recipe from Chocolates and Confections at Home with the Culinary Institute of America

Honey Almond Crumb Cake (Recipe)

A recipe from the Culinary Institute of America

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Renovations Include New Interactive Exhibits and Modern Technology

FDR’s Library and museum undergoes a transformation

Oatmeal Streusel (Recipe)

A recipe from the Culinary Institute of America; use with honey almond crumb cake or other baked goods

Grilled Honey-Spice Chicken Roast (Recipe)

A recipe from the Culinary Institute of America

Hyde Park Brewing, Hyde Park

The best brews and news to come out of Hyde Park Brewing Company in 2013

New Restaurants, Openings, Closings, and Hudson Valley Food and Dining News for August 2013

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene for August 2013

Ziplining in the Hudson Valley

Zippity-do-dah: Ziplining is one of our ultimate outdoor adventures in 2013; PLUS: A behind-the-scenes photo gallery of Assistant Editor Rosemary O’Connor’s ziplining adventure

Hudson Valley Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream: All you need to know about our local ice cream shops

An Unofficial Restaurant Review of Joseph’s Steakhouse in Hyde Park

A Hyde Park eatery keeps history alive

Cinco de Mayo Cuisine: Salsa

Turn up the heat: Stock up on salsa in time for Cinco de Mayo
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Hudson Valley Events

December 2014

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
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Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

This juried biennial show presents natural history illustration; works are chosen based on their scientific accuracy as well as aesthetic achievement. Tues.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:
New York State Museum
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12201
View map »


Telephone: 518-474-5877
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen holiday trees and thousands of twinkling lights await you on the guided tours of Samuel Morse’s Italiante mansion; each of its 25 rooms is decorated around the theme of...

Cost: $11, $6 children

Where:
Locust Grove
2683 South Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY  12401
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Telephone: 845-454-4500
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Close to 100 works by more than 14 contemporary Russian artists, dating from the 1950s through the present day, are on display.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Spend quality time away from home in our Catskill Mountain winter wonderland! Take advantage of our half price 4-Room Style lodge rates for families. Enjoy the winter scenery on a cross-country...

Cost: contact reservations@frostvalley.org for prices

Where:
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY  12725
View map »


Telephone: 845-985-2291 ext 450
Contact Name: Reservations Department
Website »

More information

Jewelry designers Manya and Roumen will be showing their award-winning collection at Open Concept Gallery in Cold Spring.

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Concept Gallery
125 Main St,
Cold Spring, NY  10516
View map »

More information

Born Michael Meyer in 1884, this commercial photographer grew up in Arkansas, and renamed himself “Disfarmer” as a way of rejecting his small-town roots. This show includes...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

With lavish decorations filling the opulent rooms of the 19th-century Mills Mansion, the Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s A Gilded Age Christmas gives visitors a taste of...

Where:
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Old Post Rd.
Staatsburg, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-889-8851
Website »

More information

Wilderstein Holiday House Tours offer weary shoppers a break from the season’s hustle and bustle. A group of florists and designers transform the Suckley family’s Victorian mansion into...

Cost: $10, $9 seniors & students, under 12 free

Where:
Wilderstein Historic Site
330 Morton Rd.
Rhinebeck , NY
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Telephone: 845-876-4818
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
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Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

  Sunday Sounds is a weekly show of Blues, Rock N Roll, jazz and R&B entertainment. Every Sunday 6pm - 9pm A portion of each weeks show will be giving to local charities to assist with...

Cost: $5

Where:
Virgo's
469 Fishkill Avenue
Beacon, NY  12508
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Sponsor: Virgo's
Telephone: 845-831-1543
Contact Name: Mike
Website »

More information

In Mr. Dickens Tells a Christmas Carol, actor Michael Muldoon relates this classic holiday tale using an adaption of Dickens’s own words. Meet Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all those...

Cost: $35

Where:
Lyndhurst
35 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY
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Telephone: 914-631-4481
Website »

More information

An infant abandoned on a Brooklyn doorstep brings a special magic to those who find her in It Happened One Christmas Eve, a heartwarming musical featuring favorite carols of the season. 

Where:
Westchester Broadway Theatre
One Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY
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Telephone: 914-592-2222
Website »

More information

Based on the 2003 movie, Elf The Broadway Musical tells the comic tale of a human who grows up believing that he is one of Santa’s elves. Call or visit Web site for exact schedule and ticket...

Where:
Proctors
432 State St.
Schenectady, NY
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Telephone: 518-346-6204
Website »

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THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

With lavish decorations filling the opulent rooms of the 19th-century Mills Mansion, the Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s A Gilded Age Christmas gives visitors a taste of...

Where:
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Old Post Rd.
Staatsburg, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-889-8851
Website »

More information

Spend quality time away from home in our Catskill Mountain winter wonderland! Take advantage of our half price 4-Room Style lodge rates for families. Enjoy the winter scenery on a cross-country...

Cost: contact reservations@frostvalley.org for prices

Where:
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY  12725
View map »


Telephone: 845-985-2291 ext 450
Contact Name: Reservations Department
Website »

More information

Jewelry designers Manya and Roumen will be showing their award-winning collection at Open Concept Gallery in Cold Spring.

Cost: Free

Where:
Open Concept Gallery
125 Main St,
Cold Spring, NY  10516
View map »

More information

The Palace screens classic holiday movies throughout the month. Tonight, catch The Wizard of Oz.

Cost: $5, $3 children

Where:
Palace Theatre
19 Clinton Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-465-3334
Website »

More information

 The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) announced that it is launching Art Worlds, a pilot after school art program for students (grades 1–12) in Spring Valley, NY. This exciting new...

Cost: 0 (FREE)

Where:
MLKMPC , EELEF, SVHS
Spring Valley
Spring Valley, NY  10977
View map »


Sponsor: RoCA & Wells Fargo Bank
Telephone: 845-821-5657
Contact Name: Julian Palmer
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

This juried biennial show presents natural history illustration; works are chosen based on their scientific accuracy as well as aesthetic achievement. Tues.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:
New York State Museum
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12201
View map »


Telephone: 518-474-5877
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Ring in the New Year with the Bossy Frog and his friends, a dancing monkey and a hula-hooping fiddler. After the show, kids have the chance to try different instruments for themselves...

Cost: $15

Where:
The Nyack Center
58 Depew Ave.
Nyack, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-278-7762
Website »

More information

With lavish decorations filling the opulent rooms of the 19th-century Mills Mansion, the Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s A Gilded Age Christmas gives visitors a taste of...

Where:
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Old Post Rd.
Staatsburg, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-889-8851
Website »

More information

Spend quality time away from home in our Catskill Mountain winter wonderland! Take advantage of our half price 4-Room Style lodge rates for families. Enjoy the winter scenery on a cross-country...

Cost: contact reservations@frostvalley.org for prices

Where:
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY  12725
View map »


Telephone: 845-985-2291 ext 450
Contact Name: Reservations Department
Website »

More information

Close to 100 works by more than 14 contemporary Russian artists, dating from the 1950s through the present day, are on display.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

Born Michael Meyer in 1884, this commercial photographer grew up in Arkansas, and renamed himself “Disfarmer” as a way of rejecting his small-town roots. This show includes...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

 The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) announced that it is launching Art Worlds, a pilot after school art program for students (grades 1–12) in Spring Valley, NY. This exciting new...

Cost: 0 (FREE)

Where:
MLKMPC , EELEF, SVHS
Spring Valley
Spring Valley, NY  10977
View map »


Sponsor: RoCA & Wells Fargo Bank
Telephone: 845-821-5657
Contact Name: Julian Palmer
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

This juried biennial show presents natural history illustration; works are chosen based on their scientific accuracy as well as aesthetic achievement. Tues.-Sun. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where:
New York State Museum
Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12201
View map »


Telephone: 518-474-5877
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Close to 100 works by more than 14 contemporary Russian artists, dating from the 1950s through the present day, are on display.

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

With lavish decorations filling the opulent rooms of the 19th-century Mills Mansion, the Staatsburgh State Historic Site’s A Gilded Age Christmas gives visitors a taste of...

Where:
Staatsburgh State Historic Site
Old Post Rd.
Staatsburg, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-889-8851
Website »

More information

Spend quality time away from home in our Catskill Mountain winter wonderland! Take advantage of our half price 4-Room Style lodge rates for families. Enjoy the winter scenery on a cross-country...

Cost: contact reservations@frostvalley.org for prices

Where:
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY  12725
View map »


Telephone: 845-985-2291 ext 450
Contact Name: Reservations Department
Website »

More information

Born Michael Meyer in 1884, this commercial photographer grew up in Arkansas, and renamed himself “Disfarmer” as a way of rejecting his small-town roots. This show includes...

Cost: $5, $3 seniors

Where:
Neuberger Museum of Art, SUNY Purchase campus
735 Anderson Hill Rd.
Purchase, NY
View map »


Telephone: 914-251-6100
Website »

More information

During the Holiday Whodunit, kids channel their best Sherlock Holmes to solve a history mystery at the mansion — with help from costumed guides. 

Where:
Mills Mansion
Old Post Rd.
Staatsburg, NY
View map »


Telephone: 845-889-8851
Website »

More information

 The Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) announced that it is launching Art Worlds, a pilot after school art program for students (grades 1–12) in Spring Valley, NY. This exciting new...

Cost: 0 (FREE)

Where:
MLKMPC , EELEF, SVHS
Spring Valley
Spring Valley, NY  10977
View map »


Sponsor: RoCA & Wells Fargo Bank
Telephone: 845-821-5657
Contact Name: Julian Palmer
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

End the year on a high note with The First Night of Funny. A quartet of professional comedians (some of whom you’ve seen on Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing) will have you laughing all...

Cost: $25-$35 in advance, $40 at the door

Where:
Proctors
432 State St.
Schenectady, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-346-6204
Website »

More information

Based on James Michener’s WWII novel, this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical involves two love stories set against the prejudices of the time. Songs you’ll recognize...

Where:
Westchester Broadway Theatre
1 Broadway Plaza
Elmsford, NY  10523
View map »


Telephone: 914-592-2222
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Spend quality time away from home in our Catskill Mountain winter wonderland! Take advantage of our half price 4-Room Style lodge rates for families. Enjoy the winter scenery on a cross-country...

Cost: contact reservations@frostvalley.org for prices

Where:
Frost Valley YMCA
2000 Frost Valley Road
Claryville, NY  12725
View map »


Telephone: 845-985-2291 ext 450
Contact Name: Reservations Department
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

End the year on a high note with The First Night of Funny. A quartet of professional comedians (some of whom you’ve seen on Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing) will have you laughing all...

Cost: $25-$35 in advance, $40 at the door

Where:
Proctors
432 State St.
Schenectady, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-346-6204
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

THANN Sanctuary's First Anniversary Package When you book the popular THANN Sanctuary Signature Massage and the Nano Shiso Anti-Aging Facial, you will receive a complimentary...

Cost: $345

Where:
THANN Sanctuary at Castle Hotel & Spa
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, NY  10591
View map »


Sponsor: Castle Hotel & Spa
Telephone: 914-524-6392
Website »

More information

The annual Salon 2014 & Handmade Holidays event features artwork created in various media, which is available for purchase at wallet-friendly prices. New this year: books, CDs, and films by...

Where:
Greene County Council of the Arts Catskill Gallery
398 Main St.
Catskill, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-943-3400
Website »

More information

A dozen artists utilizing a wide variety of techniques display their images in a show entitled simply “Photography.”  Notes: Opening reception Dec. 20, 6-8...

Where:
Carrie Haddad Gallery
22 Warren St.
Hudson, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-828-1915
Website »

More information

Cruise around Washington Park marveling at 125-plus light displays during Capital Holiday Lights in the Park. Stop by the Lake House for crafts, refreshments, and a visit with Santa and his...

Cost: $15 per car

Where:
Washington Park
Madison Ave.
New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY
View map »


Telephone: 518-435-0392
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
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