Articles about Duncan Crary

Articles about Duncan Crary
Car-free travel can be a real trip
Bus, train and boat all part of Albany-to- Hudson adventure
Times Union (Albany)
June 25, 2014

The All Over Albany website and Troy booster Duncan Crary have teamed up for a trip to downtown Hudson that won't require a car.

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10 minutes with Duncan Crary: Troy's other mayor
Writer, podcast host is the unofficial promoter of small-city living
Albany Business Review
Jan. 24 2013

Duncan Crary's resume isn't typical: forklift driver, freelance writer, literary magazine founder, and host of weekly podcast with nationally known author James Howard Kunstler. Crary is always dreaming up ways to celebrate his adopted city of Troy and get his clients in the news.

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A Case of Naughty v. Nice?
Wall Street Journal
Dec. 24 2013

As tales of alleged literary credit-grabbing go, perhaps this doesn't quite rank with the long-simmering Marlowe-Shakespeare debate. But Duncan Crary, a gregarious public-relations consultant, history buff and Troy tub-thumper, scented the possibilities.

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'Twas the trial before Christmas: Who really wrote the famous poem?
NBC News (National)
Dec. 17 2013

Crary, the event host, says he hopes the mock trial becomes an annual courtroom show in Troy, a combination holiday and historical celebration. "I expect that there will be an appeal, and I welcome it."

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'Night Before' poem on trial
Is Henry Livingston Jr. or Clement Clark Moore holiday classic's author?
Times Union (Albany)
Dec. 6 2013

Duncan Crary, the ragin' Trojan, is cooking up something big again. The ginger-haired impresario, who has brought all manner of merriment and boosterish shenanigans to the Collar City, is planning an outsized holiday production. He's putting on trial the disputed authorship of the iconic Christmas poem "A Visit from Saint Nicholas," popularly known as "The Night Before Christmas," that was first published without an author's credit in the Troy Sentinel on Dec. 23, 1823. Crary is bringing in a dream team of litigators to the Rensselaer County Courthouse for a full-blown mock trial of "Livingston v. Moore: Who Really Wrote 'A Visit from Saint Nicholas?'"

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Duncan Crary Metroland Best Of
Best Unofficial Press Agent for Troy: Duncan Crary
Best of The Capital Region 2013: People & Places
Metroland (Albany)
July, 25 2013

No matter what your opinion is about this East Side ginger, you can’t deny that dude is all over every new project going on in downtown Troy, the water ways, and whatever else flows along the Hudson River. He deals in novels, press releases, podcasts (A Small American City), weird redhead-centric clubs, and just rubbing elbows at the local pub. Go ahead, try to navigate Troy without running into him.

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Duncan Crary's podcast in Hudson Valley Magazine
Talking Troy
By Rosemary O'Connor
Hudson Valley Magazine (Poughkeepsie)
March 2013

Crary designed the show so that the listener is a "welcome eavesdropper" on the discussion. "The people who inhabit Troy are friendly," he says. "They want you to sit in on their conversation." His interviewees range from Pulitzer-Prize winning authors like William Kennedy, to sailors who work barges on the Hudson, to the carpenter who designed many of Troy's bars.

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Duncan Crary's League of Extraordinary Red Heads
Redheads share roots in league of their own
By Leigh Hornbeck
The Times Union (Albany)
Jan. 3, 2013

Tonight my fellow gingers — a group League founder Duncan Crary pulled together because we need each other and we know how to have a good time — will swap stories about the crazy things we've been subjected to, as ambassadors of less than 2 percent of the world's population.

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Duncan Crary Podcast
Duncan Crary talks about his newly-launched podcast
By Andrew Beam
The Record (Troy)
Jan. 3, 2013

“The point I’m trying to make is, 50,000 people is enough to make a city,” Crary said of Troy’s approximate current population. “It’s not just about the number of people or the concentration of people, but it’s about the characters that enliven the place.”

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Duncan Crary With AquaDucks
Albany Aqua Ducks offers fun, fact-filled tour of two cities
By Andrew Beam
The Record (Troy)
June, 21 2012

"My name is Duncan Crary and I am a Troy supremacist."

Those were the words spoken by Crary as he introduced himself to those on the Albany Aqua Duck tour meant to pit the City of Troy against the City of Albany in a battle of which urban area is better.

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Duncan Crary featured in The Very Hungry City
The Very Hungry City
Yale University Press

Duncan Crary's Hudson River adventures in commuting, by canoe and riverboat, are featured in a chapter of Austin Troy's book The Very Hungry City (Jan. 2012, Yale University Press).

From page 59: "Several years ago, if morning commuters driving into Albany on I-787 glanced eastward, they might have noticed a lone canoeist in the middle of the Hudson River. Although the pilot of the canoe was certainly having fun, his primary purpose on the river was business: he was on his way to work. That paddler was Duncan Crary, a publicity consultant, and his vehicle of choice was a seventeen-foot-long Old Town canoe. About the only similiarity his morning "canute" (a commute by canoe) had with the typical American commute was that it began at a place called Starbucks—in this case a Hudson River island referred to locally as Starbuck Island.

"Crary admits that this form of commuting, popular with the Mohicans four hundred years ago, isn't the most practical way to get to work in the modern age..."

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Duncan Crary Downtown
American Brigadoon
C-Realm Podcast
June, 21 2012

KMO welcomes KunstlerCast host, Duncan Crary, back to the C-Realm to talk about his four-year intellectual apprenticeship which has culiminated in his new book, The KunstlerCast: Conversations with James Howard Kunstler. Duncan extols the virtues of life in Troy, New York, which requires of him neither cell phone nor automobile. The conversation turns to the Occupy movement, the Ecovillage Training Center, and, of course, podcasting.

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Duncan Crary's Book: The KunstlerCast
The Tragic Comedy of Suburban Sprawl
News & Reviews
Assorted Media

In November, 2011, Duncan Crary's book of interviews with social commentator James Howard Kunstler was published by New Society Publishers.

"In his introduction to the book, Crary professes to be merely a host, and sometimes a Kunstler foil, but the two upstate New Yorkers really are kindred intellects,"
               — Jon Rutter, Sunday News staff writer.

"Duncan Crary wrangles these free-wheeling conversations masterfully. A bracing dose of reality for an unreal world,"
               — Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of "Freakonomics" and "SuperFreakonomics"
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Duncan Crary in William Kennedy's Prohibition Story
'Prohibition Story' features famed gangster, murder, mayhem, booze and William Kennedy
By Paul Grondahl
The Times Union (Albany)
Sept. 29, 2011

From left, Matt Ryan and his brother Chris Ryan, Director Dan Swinton, and Duncan Crary work on a historical re-enactment of Jack "Legs" Diamond for an upcoming WMHT documentary on Prohibition at Ryan's Wake in Troy, N.Y. Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. (Lori Van Buren / Times Union)

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Duncan Crary With Kindle
Small publishers help to make writers' dreams come true
By Sara Foss
The Sunday Gazette (Schenectady)
June, 5 2011

Troy publicist Duncan Crary has helped writers release their work digitally. One of those writers, local attorney Jack Casey, published his long-gestating book, "The Trial of Bat Shea," as an electronic book for the Kindle and the iPad earlier this year.

"The whole industry is changing," Crary said. "Authors are adapting to new circumstances. You can now take on the role of a publishing house as an individual."

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Duncan Crary Troy Record
Five Questions: Duncan Crary
By Jessica M. Pasko
The Record (Troy)
Feb, 4 2010

Duncan Crary, 31, runs a self-titled consulting and public relations firm for small entrepreneurs. The Troy resident also does a weekly podcast called The KunstlerCast with James Howard Kunstler, author of several novels and an outspoken critic of suburban sprawl.

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Duncan Crary Bike
Tales of new trails for bike riders
Added cycling paths on drawing board, assuming there's money to build them
By Alan Wechsler
Times Union
June 21, 2009

In the meantime, Crary brings up another issue: making the Troy-Menands Bridge accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. The bridge has sidewalks, but they lead to nowhere. On the west side, the road turns into a limited- access highway. But a bootleg path and a broken fence shows that pedestrians are already using the bridge. So why not create a bike-friendly bridge and connect South Troy to the bike path, Crary wonders.

"We build all these roads," Crary said. "Why is the bicycle community less important? I think it's a legitimate question."

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Duncan Crary Dutch Apple
Dutch Apple Hudson Riverboat Commute to Work
Assorted Media
April 23 - May 15, 2009

On May 13, 2009 Duncan Crary brought back riverboat passenger service to New York's Capital Region. He partnered with Dutch Apple Cruises to bring people to and from work by riverboat on the Hudson River. The Aqua Ducks Trolley even picked up the passengers from the boat and shuttled them to their offices.

The event was covered by Capital 9 News, WTEN Channel 10, WRGB Channel 6, WNYT Channel 13, The Times Union, The Daily Gazette, The Troy Record, The Business Review, WGY 810 AM, PYX 106, WRPI 91.5, 88.3 The Saint, and All Over Albany.

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Commute By Canoe
Call it "Canoeting" if you must
By Jeff Kinney
Canoe & Kayak Magazine
Dec 2008
Duncan Crary Canoeting

Gas in Duncan Crary's hometown of Troy, New York, hit $4.63 a gallon last summer. Not that he cares. He paddles his Old Town canoe the six miles from home to his job at a nonprofit organization. The commute on a quet stretch of the Hudson River takes him so close to I-787 that he can see the curious stares of drivers mired in six lanes of gridlock. Suckers.

Crary calls it "canoeting" and admits the term – never mind the activity – may not catch on. But that's not the point. "We have this idea that we have to drive to a national park to enjoy nature, but there are lots of opportunities to go canoeing and kayaking in urban areas he says.

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Duncan Crary canoeting downtown
For two, rush hour means rapids: Instead of commuting to work, they take paddles and "canoet" to Albany.
By Danielle Furfaro
Times Union
Sept. 4, 2007

Although the sun is just barely up, Duncan Crary is smiling brightly as he stands outside of his First Street home. Never mind that he's preparing for a three-hour commute to work.

While most Capital Region commuters are rolling over to hit the snooze button, Crary, with the help of his friend and office mate Alison Bates, drags his 17-foot-long green Tripper canoe out of his backyard, straps a two-wheeled carrier onto the bottom of the boat and starts pulling it toward the river.

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Duncan Crary & James Howard Kunstler
Programming for pod people
Recording technology lets audiences worldwide tune in to Capital Region events
By Chris Churchill
Times Union
March 3, 2009

Kunstler and Crary are unlikely podcasters. Kunstler, for one, often warns of technology's dubious benefits and our overdependence on its pleasures. And Crary, a 30-year-old former newspaper reporter, doesn't own a television and still uses a rotary phone. He doesn't even own an iPod.

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Duncan Crary, Troy waterfall
Man's dream is tale of a trail
Crary's hope is to fit Troy for an Emerald Necklace
By Alan Wechsler
Times Union
Sept. 28, 2008

The hike begins inauspiciously -- we enter a nondescript section of woods in South Troy, right next to a Hess gas station. Within two seconds, I've jabbed my eye into a dead twig.

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Duncan Crary Seward Memorial
Seward honored with Alaskan boulder
By Scott Christiansen
Anchorage Press (Alaska)
May 26, 2005

Schenectady has a street named Seward Place, but memorial proponent Duncan Crary said Union College itself had no proper memorial for the man. Many students and locals didn't know who the street was named for, Crary said. "The man was actually instrumental in ending slavery, and all we ever hear about is 'Seward's folly' and 'Seward's ice box,'" Crary said.

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Salvage Magazine
Artistic Endeavor
Ben Sher
June 27, 2002

Salvage magazine, a new publication featuring short stories, poetry, and visual art by artists from all over the Capital Region, will publish its inaugural issue this July. For its debut, 2,000 copies of the magazine will be circulated and distributed, free of charge, at various Capital Region locations.

The magazine is a labor of love produced by editors Marcus Anderson, Warren Craghead, Duncan Crary, Lawrence Hovish, Roger Noyes and Phillip Schwartz. The magazine's first issue is a collaboration between writers, artists and graphic designers who combined their various talents to get it off the ground.

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Photography and poetry combined in exhibit
The Daily Gazette
Jan. 12, 2002
Old Dorp by Cal Crary

An exhibit by Duncan Crary and Cal Crary, titled "Tin Horns," will be open with a reception and reading from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Albany Pump Station, 19 Quackenbush Square.

The exhibit, which will include a presentation of poetry and photography, will run through Friday, Jan. 18. "Tin Horns" is a collaborative effort expressing sentiments of loss, wonder and loneliness in upstate New York. With Duncan's poetry and Cal's photographs, "Tin Horns" will feature large color photographs and printed panels of poetry. Photo editor Christine Bower assisted the Crarys' with design contributions.

The Crary's are long-lost cousins who met during their freshman year at Union College. While both Crarys continue to combine their talents by working on magazine articles of historic interest, they also continue to work independently. They have recently published together in Adirondack Life and are scheduled to appear in Hudson Valley Magazine in September.

"Tub-thumper," "publicity artist," "ginger-haired impresario"...

Here's more of what the press has said about Duncan's work over the years.