Photos of Maplecrest, Post-Irene


When I asked some of the guys working on clean-up in hard-hit Maplecrest if I could take photos, they bristled at first and then thanked me for “at least asking.” Apparently, lots of tourists have been driving by post-Irene, rolling down their windows to point and shoot, and then driving away. Once I explained that the pics would appear on an Upstate-focused blog to show what damage has been done and how clean-up is coming along,  I was readily welcomed.

Most of these pictures are of County Rd 40, which connects pretty Maplecrest to nearby Hensonville.  Maplecrest’s town center on Rd 56, some of which escaped the storm,  boasts lovely nineteenth-century churches and homes. While small and sleepy, Maplecrest has a growing artistic community and is currently in the middle of converting its formerly bustling, now abandoned Catskills vacation colonies into an arts center.

If you’re a local, let us know how you feel Maplecrest is doing or what you think of all the media coverage. Helping? Hurting? Do you want journalists to move on or do you think sustained attention is a good thing for the Catskills, even if it’s thanks to Irene?

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About aliahanna

I'm a literary agent who mostly lives in Brooklyn but sometimes escapes to East Jewett, NY.

Posted on September 6, 2011, in Greene, Hurricane Irene, Maplecrest, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. I looked at your pictures of Maplecrest, my home town, and what you have is only a small portion of what people lost there. If you go beyond the old post office, past the old Sugar Maples and head further up Big Hollow, there is more devistation from Irene. My brother lost his home on Big Hollow….all that is left is a giant hole. I spoke with them today and there has yet to be anyone up there to even look at what Irene did to the people further up the Hollow.

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