12 Days of Warren Street
Just as soon as the last zucchini was picked from the garden, it seems all of the leaves fell, everything turned a crispy muted orange and I was pulling the turkey out of the oven (thanks Dog Wood Farm!). And with that we assume the pizza position on the Black Diamond that is 2017’s Holiday Season.
Settling in to my first winter as a home-owner, there are a lot of “fun” things to do — cutting my own tree, hanging stockings, stockpiling a cord of wood. And if you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity of Warren Street, plenty of gifts, delicacies and merriment to partake in.
With Winter Walk behind us, I invite you to join me in a digital Deer Hudson advent of sorts where I’ll post a festive selection here every few days.
Let the cheer begin:
On the eighth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, eight double handle dog leashes, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. It’s a personal goal of mine to own a lot of dogs — just have them running around my sprawling farm estate while I sip sweet tea on my porch. Currently I own only one dog and an estate without a farm, but soon I will need seven additional double handle dog leashes, and I will go to Valley Variety to buy them. I love this store for its literal variety of products perfect for gifting, living, or treating yourself to something well-designed you didn’t know you needed, but are really glad you bought.
Double Handle Dog Leash, $50
705 Warren Street
On the seventh day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, seven holiday postcards, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. The holidays are a time to tell people what you’ve been up to the past year, show them your children in matching outfits, marvel at your decorated mantle, wish them health and peace. For me, holiday cards are the only time of year I hear from some of these people, but I enjoy the update nonetheless. ProPrinters is our town’s go-to spot for anything print. I’ve used them for everything from small postcards, to blow-up event posters, to an annual report. Not only are they friendly, nice and prompt, but super focused on environmental best practices, which will make you feel even better about mailing that girl from high school a staged photo of your two-year-old.
59 Fariview Avenue
M – F from 8AM
On the sixth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, six linen napkins, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. The first house gift I gave myself was a set of emerald green linen napkins from Hawkins New York. Available in 12 colors (perfect for mix and matching), I recommend pairing them with some pork and beef meatballs, a glass of Merlot (natural, obviously), and a sensible slice of flan.
Simple Linen Napkins 20×20”, $18 ea
Hawkins New York
613 Warren Street
M – Sat from 11AM, Sun from noon
On the fifth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, five Sakura Micron Ink pens, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. Little known fact, The Spotty Dog Books & Ale not only serves beer, books, and those funny graphic socks, but they also have a small art store in the back for all your card-addressing needs. Located in a firehouse erected in 1889, it’s where I get the pens that I draw these very Deer Hudson illustrations.
Sakura Pigment Liner Pigma Micron Ink Pens, $2.95
The Spotty Dog Books & Ale
440 Warren Street
11AM-9PM; Sunday Noon-8PM
On the fourth day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, four tapered candlesticks, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen, and an amber necklace from the Bees Knees. I’ll never forget the day I went into Flowerkraut to talk to Mairead about doing florals for our Ladies Choice Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood event. I was in awe of her hutzpah to create such a magical shop of flowers and treasures. Not to mention her husband’s sauerkraut, a staple of any Hudson Valley meal. Among other delicacies, the hues of candlesticks are a beautiful hostess gift year-round for your favorite elves.
Tapered Candlesticks: small $5, medium $6, long $7
722 Warren Street
10AM-6PM, Closed Tuesday
On the third day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, three dirty martinis, two bowls of ramen and an amber necklace from the Bee’s Knees. The restaurant and club at Helsinki Hudson is an old standby of mine. Whether feeding my Southern mother, entertaining out-of-town friends, or catching a band I couldn’t get a ticket to in Brooklyn, it never disappoints. And just in time for the Holidays, Hedda Lettuce, Hudson’s favorite “eco-friendly drag queen,” is performing on December 17th. A truly Holy Night.
Dirty Martini, $10-ish
The Restaurant at Helsinki Hudson
405 Columbia Street
LETTUCE REJOICE HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR WITH PIANIST PAUL LESCHEN, $20
Club Helsinki : tickets here
Doors 5PM, Show 7PM
On the second day of Christmas…
Warren Street gave to me, two bowls of ramen and an amber necklace from the Bee’s Knees. There are few things more comforting in the winter than a glass of red wine and the Big Bowl of Noodles at Food Studio. Open every night including the elusive Tuesday dinner service, the cozy atmosphere, friendly staff, and pork buns if you need extra insulation, are just the thing to warm you up. Pro-tip: the portion is easily big enough for two, and that’s coming from a healthy appetite. Have your leftovers for breakfast the next morning.
BIG BOWL OF NOODLES (aka RAMEN): Raven & Boar pork bone broth, alkaline noodles, roasted mushrooms, pork shoulder, bok choy, nori, soft egg, $18
610 Warren Street
On the first day of Christmas (read: whatever holiday you celebrate)…
Warren Street gave to me, an amber necklace from The Bee’s Knees. It’s no secret to up and downstat-ers alike that the amber necklace is the accessory for a teething baby. Succinic Acid, the key ingredient in amber, is also found in heart medicines, vitamin supplements, topical creams for arthritis, and is a natural anti-inflammatory — translating to a perfect gift for the whole family.
Amber Necklace, $23
The Bees Knees
725 Warren Street
Alison Matheny is reporting live from all the blocks of Warren Street, the fast lane on the Taconic, and the meat freezer of your CSA. She is an artist, and owns the design studio BEST with her friends, co-workers, and dog, Violet.