The Big Break

A new miniseries brings Hollywood to an Adirondack prison town

by Kate Messner

Numbers 95 and below, please come up front!” a young woman called into a microphone, and a scattering of people rose from their seats in Plattsburgh’s Strand Theater. They lined up and shuffled forward so a young man with an iPhone could snap their head shots before sending them to another holding area in a different section of the theater. read more


Big Slide Brewery

Lake Placid's newest pub fuses tradition with creativity

by David Sommerstein

Big Slide Brewery & Public House is decidedly not “Adirondack-y.” Bolted sheets of hammered zinc cover the walls by the concrete-topped bar. The dining room is flanked by a sleek open kitchen and shiny silver beer tanks. Overhead, a spaghetti tangle of black wires dangles a couple dozen Edison lightbulbs. Down-tempo electronic music pulses quietly. Even the wooden strips on the bar, mimicking the silhouette of the Adirondack’s Great Range, are subtle. read more


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October 2017   Two Sides of Mount Marcy Hiking in the shadow of a disastrous family trip up New York's highest peak
At Home in the Adirondacks 2017   The Bark Eater New life for a historic High Peaks inn
April 2017   Diane Arbus in the Adirondacks When this ground-breaking photographer summered on Lake Champlain
December 2017   Big Slide Brewery Lake Placid's newest pub fuses tradition with creativity
December 2017   The Big Break A new miniseries brings Hollywood to an Adirondack prison town
June 2014   Ashes Hotel Tales of a Warrensburg landmark
June 2016   A Piece of the Park Scenery everybody wants
December 2016   Seasonal Disorder When the only constant is change
October 2017   From Jamaica to Peru The inextricable fortunes of a northern Adirondack orchard and the generations of men who travel thousands of miles to work there
June 2017   Hidden Heritage History books say that Native Americans didn’t live in the Adirondack uplands. New evidence dating back 13,000 years reveals that they are wrong
April 2017   Up in the Air Drone photography can capture unparalleled views of the Adirondacks. But as drones’ popularity grows, how will they affect privacy rights, the environment and the wilderness experience?
At Home in the Adirondacks 2017   Pine Cone Mercantile Schroon Lake's charming boutique and bakery
At Home in the Adirondacks 2017   Eagle Island Former Girl Scouts earn the ultimate badge with the rescue of their beloved camp on Upper Saranac Lake
Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors 2017   Come Back Story The rewards of taking your time
August 2017   Peter Paine The legacy of an Adirondack power broker
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October 2017   Last Monday in July A boater who had been partying all day collided with a family taking an evening cruise on Lake George. The family—and Lake George—will never be the same
Annual Guide 2017   Family Style Camping in the Moose River Plains
2016 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Three Days in the Santanonis What happens when a father brings his boys on one of the toughest treks in the High Peaks
June 2017   Death of Jon Cody The man behind the myth
October 2016   High Profile Our enduring fascination with Adirondack Fire Towers
2015 Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors   Club Adirondack Teeing off at seven noteworthy courses
August 2017   Deaf Film Camp Where summer fun meets self-expression
August 2017   The Long Way Home Musician and cancer survivor Dan Snyder reclaims his Adirondack roots
Annual Guide to the Great Outdoors 2015   Trail Safe A forest ranger's backcountry tips that could save your life
August 2011   Ride of the Century A classic tour around Lake George
June 2017   Seeds of Revival How a wave of new farmers is transforming Essex County towns
2017 Annual Guide   Patch Work A roundup of Adirondack challenges
2017 Annual Guide   The Chester Challenge New trails to conquer in the southeastern park