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Hudson’s shacks: A personal look at Hudson’s Shantytown

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Shantytown 1948 flood.
June 14, 2018 11:28 am

GREENPORT — The Greenport Historical Society meets at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Greenport Community Center, Town Hall Drive opposite Greenport Town Hall, the last building on the left. Following a brief business meeting, Leo Bower will present a slide show, Hudson’s Shacks: A personal look at Hudson’s Shantytown. The slideshow is from his personal collection of old Shantytown photos. Bower grew up on Front Street in a two-family house that was razed for Urban Renewal in 1969 and is now the site of the Terrace Apartments. His father, Philip Bower Sr., worked at the Atlas Cement Company and bought a shack in 1963. Bower and his brothers boated and fished for shad and herring with their father in the 1970s and early 1980s. They converted an old soda machine and used it to smoke the fish before selling them. We’ll hear Bower tell stories of some of the other owners — and some of the oldest residents of North Bay Shantytown.

You’re invited to join us and learn more about this way of life that existed on our Hudson waterfront. Bower will share his memories of the sense of community that existed there from the 1930s until the 1980s, and we’ll look at the photos of a time gone by. This evening program is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be available following the presentation. For information, www.greenporthistoricalny.org; info@greenporthistoricalny.org.