“Nahhh, it ain’t so bad living near the prison.
Sure, it’s kinda scary and imposing to look at,
but all those walls and barbed wire and stuff
are what keep the bad people in. You hear a lot
of stories about what goes on in there, but you
don’t ever hear about very many escapes, do ya?
Besides, if one’a them guys did manage to make
it outta there, you think he’s gonna wanna hang
around here? No god-damn way — they wanna
get as far from Longview as they can.”
— Gadsden resident Roger Arnesen
Gadsden is mostly a middle-class residential neighborhood, with a few somewhat lowerclass areas.
Most of the residences are brownstones or apartment buildings. Small stores and offices are sprinkled throughout the residential areas.
Toward the coastline there are some industrial facilities and warehouses, but fewer than might be expected since the Gadsden Cliffs prevented a true waterfront from developing in part of the area.
- Church of St. Stephen
- The Gadsden Cliffs
- Gadsden Park
- The Garment District
- The Hudson City Fish Market
- The Gadsden Consumerplex
- Cranleigh Costumes
- Cooley’s Irish Steakhouse
- The Factory
Built in the late 1800s primarily to serve a Hungarian community that lived in the area (but which has since vanished into the city’s cultural tide), St. Stephen’s is now the church of choice for many of Gadsden’s Catholics.
The city built Longview Correctional Center here specifically because the Cliffs made fleeing from the city harder for any prisoner who escaped the facility.
Since the Cliffs make most seaside businesses impossible, this small length of the Hudson City coastline remains only lightly developed.
Unlike the much larger LeMastre Park, it contains a relatively sparse selection of facilities — just a baseball diamond or two.
Mostly it’s given over to pleasant green fields interspersed with small wooded areas and thickets. Plenty of benches are sprinkled throughout to give visitors a place to sit, and there are walking paths and similar attractions.
Hudson City’s famed Garment District, one of the centers of the world fashion industry.
The Garment District truly comes alive for two weeks in April, and a corresponding two weeks in October, when all the major fashion houses hold their spring and fall shows.
Elegant showrooms like Galbraithe Hall and the Swann Showplace are packed every day with fashion industry glitterati and reporters eager to say the latest offerings from major designers.
This ten-story monument to rampant materialism was built in 2000 by Candace Vanderburg. An enormous department store-cum-mall occupying roughly two by one entire city blocks, it features a dizzying array of stores, shops, and services for the eager consumer to patronize.
Founded in 1953, this business gradually developed a specialty in creating and storing costumes and costuming props for the theater and film industries, as well as for ordinary people looking for an imaginative, high-quality costume for Halloween or a theme party.
Some of the best drinks around and a soundtrack of “timeless classics” suitable for dancing (such as Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the like) make Blue a prime destination.
Some of the best steaks in the city are served fresh off the grill at Cooley’s, and fine Irish music accompanies the dining experience.
A cutting-edge restaurant serving nouvelle cuisine and whatever else seems culinarily fresh and trendy at the moment.