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Travelers headed westbound on the Mid-Hudson Bridge can’t help but smile back at the portraits of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. Completed by Brandon Miller in 2006, the grinning First Family — whose real-life estates are just a hop away in neighboring Hyde Park — keeps vigil over motorists from their perch 15 feet above the span on the Dutchess County side. Congrats to Poughkeepsie resident Bob Clark, who easily recognized the duo and won our prize. Look out for our next “Where in the Valley” quiz, which returns in our June issue.
I see them every time I cross over to Highland (maybe I should be watching the road more carefully — but at least no accidents so far).
A likeness of Franklin’s beloved Fala would be a great addition!
Claus and Mary Schulz
It was back in ’06 when I spotted them in your magazine. It was the silhouette version, which is still my favorite rendition (with Franklin Roosevelt in his fedora).
I admire these portraits every day on my drive to work. As I am a local artist, I always wonder whether or not others even notice them up there! Thanks for the fun :)
I love looking up (when I am the passenger) to see the smiling faces of our renown area idols, President and Mrs. Roosevelt. Visiting the Presidential Library, Val-Kill, and the Wallace Visitor’s Center is wonderfully climaxed by riding back to New Paltz with this wonderful view from the bridge!
Shameless Flattery in 3, 2, 1...
Of Pubs and Pupils
The last paragraph of the Editor’s Note (February) is disturbing. Segueing from the feature on local high schools to a feature on local breweries, the editor remarks that it’s not “politically correct” to mention high school students and alcohol in the same breath. By definition, however, the purpose of political correctness is to avoid social offense. Is the potential for offending someone the only reason the editor sees for not juxtaposing high school and alcohol? The editor continues with a sly comment about how she’s not going to tell us whether her own high school years were when she drank her first beer — which is a wink-wink way of telling us that’s exactly when it happened. The whole thing comes off as a suggestion that the editor thinks that underage drinking is not that big a deal and might even be joke-worthy.
No offense was intended. Underage drinking is a serious problem; I’ll choose my words more carefully next time. — O.A.