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MEET THE MAKERS: JUDY AND JOE BROWN OF GARNET STUDIO

POSTED: 23 Sep 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
New Yorkers Judy and Joe Brown’s blood runs garnet red. The couple has been gathering rocks embedded with this red jewel in the Adirondacks since before Gov. Nelson Rockefeller proclaimed it the New York State gem in 1969. Judy and Joe run their small business, Garnet Studio, in North River, NY, with the mission of offering “a glimpse at local history, as well as a full range of custom-made jewelry using local garnet.” And they couldn’t be better situated. The town of North River sits in the shadow of Gore Mountain, which boasts garnets that are superlative in both their... Read More>>

GARNET: NEW YORK'S OFFICIAL GEM

POSTED: 22 Sep 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
New York claims many famous “firsts” and “bests,” but one of its lesser known may be its sparkling natural endowment — the Empire State boasts the world’s biggest and strongest garnets. In 1969, Governor Nelson Rockefeller proclaimed the garnet the official New York State gem. Around 1790, the Adirondacks town of Johnsburg was settled by New York City merchant John Thurman. What followed was the establishment of creekside grist and saw mills, a distillery, textile factories, tanneries, a logging industry, and garnet mines in Gore Mountain. The garnets found within Gore Mountain are superlative in both their size — they... Read More>>

NEW YORKER VS. NEW YORKER: THE PRESIDENTIAL GRIND

POSTED: 13 Sep 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
This year’s post-Labor Day “Back to the Grind” State of Mind is a little more grueling than usual: we’re in the final leg of the U.S presidential race. In one of history’s most unpredicted and unpredictable Presidential matchups, two New Yorkers are going head-to-head: Democrat Hillary Clinton, a longtime Westchester County resident, versus Republican Donald Trump, a Queens native and current Manhattanite. This election is historic not only because of Secretary Clinton’s precedent-setting selection as the first woman nominee of a major party, but, additionally, it is only the fourth instance in which major party candidates from the same state have faced... Read More>>

SHOP THE NEW YORK "BACK TO THE GRIND" STATE OF MIND FOR DORM ROOMS

POSTED: 05 Sep 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
When you have only 180-square-feet to yourself, you want every inch of your dorm room to be as luxe as possible. Here are some of our favorite pieces from our NewYorkMakers.com Marketplace to put you in a New York "Back to the Grind" State of Mind at school. We promise it will help you (and any students you know) get down to studying. And, like the diploma, the handmade, heirloom quality of each will last well beyond all four years.  Oxford Pennant "Hustle" Flag ($25): Made in Buffalo, this flag is a hip riff on a vintage college classic: Jay Teske Leather Co. Portfolio... Read More>>

R&R SUMMER SALAD RECIPE

POSTED: 05 Sep 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
Labor Day is the perfect time to take things easy, even in the kitchen. We're throwing some burgers, hot dogs and chicken on the grill, and tossing a big, fresh salad. Using corn and cherry tomatoes from the garden and the local farmers' market, this family recipe keeps the spirit of summer alive in every bite, long after the days start getting shorter. SANDRA'S CORN AVOCADO SALAD Salad Ingredients: 2 cups fresh, uncooked corn, cut from the cob 1 cup chopped cilantro 1 avocado 1 pint cherry tomatoes, each cut in half Dressing Ingredients: 2 tbsp. olive oil 1 tbsp.... Read More>>

AUGUST 2016: A NEW YORK R&R STATE OF MIND

POSTED: 31 Aug 2016 | BY: CHRISTINE MURPHY
The dog days of summer have arrived, and, as usual, sooner than seem possible. Despite the countdown to the frenetic first day of school (which subconsciously affects even those of us who operate outside of the academic calendar), this final month of summer may actually be the single least busy time of the year. Commensurate with that, it's also the last chance to take a breath and brace yourself against all that remains in 2016: the arrival of chilly weather, a presidential election, major family holidays. Relax! Literally. What better moment to step into a New York "R&R" State of... Read More>>

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT SAGAMORE HILL

POSTED: 30 Aug 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
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Teddy Roosevelt's tenure as the 26th President of the U.S. required him to spend much of his time in Washington D.C. and other locales much farther afield, but New York State was always his home base. A native and lifelong New Yorker, Teddy was born in New York City in 1858. In 1885, he and his family moved to the residence known as Sagamore Hill — in Cove Neck near Oyster Bay, on Long Island's North Shore — as a respite from New York City's hustle and bustle, and would live there until his death in 1919. After his presidential term began, Sagamore Hill... Read More>>

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AT LONG ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE

POSTED: 29 Aug 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
The National Park Service is officially 100 years old! Established by the Organic Act of 1916, the Service was charged with the task to: Promote and regulate the use of the Federal areas known as national parks, monuments, and reservations hereinafter specified by such means and measures as conform to the fundamental purposes of the said parks, monuments, and reservations, which purpose is to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and the wild life therein and to provide for the enjoyment of the same in such manner and by such means as will leave them unimpaired for the... Read More>>

LET'S BE FAIR: VISIT NEW YORK'S GREAT STATE, COUNTY AND LOCAL FAIRS

POSTED: 23 Aug 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
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If your idea of R&R is winning a giant pink panda by knocking down a triangle of wooden pins with a baseball, admiring prize-winning livestock and agricultural displays, riding a Ferris Wheel, listening to concerts, and washing down corndogs and giant pretzels with a beer chased by cotton candy, candy apples and funnel cake, New York State is home to more than 50 county and local fairs, not including the Great New York State Fair, that are calling your name. The State Fair, which runs from August 25 - September 5, 2016 in Syracuse, was recently named among the top five in the U.S. by... Read More>>

NEW YORKERS IN THE RIO OLYMPICS

POSTED: 11 Aug 2016 | BY: NEW YORK STATES OF MIND
While the Olympic Games represent the antithesis of rest and relaxation for most of us, we're cheering for the New York athletes who are competing in Rio. After all, they're the New York Makers of Gold, Silver and Bronze. If you’re rooting them on from home (in a suitably R&R State of Mind with air conditioning and snacks!), keep an eye out for these superlative competitors from the Empire State: In Basketball: Carmelo Anthony (NYC) Sue Bird (Syosset) Tina Charles (Queens) Breanna Stewart (North Syracuse) In Cycling: Megan Guarnier (Glens Falls) In Equestrian: Beezie Madden (Cazenovia) McLain Ward (Brewster) In Fencing: Miles... Read More>>

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