Hudson Valley Grapevine
Everyone remembers the famous Marvin Gaye song 'I Heard It Through the Grapevine' about the singer being betrayed by a lover and hearing it about it through gossip. Hearing something on the grapevine is a phrase used when people receive second hand information and alludes to it being personal and very gossip-like in nature, perhaps most often regarding love and romance. Famously, there were many rumours in the UK regarding homes for sale in bromsgrove in 2003 which led to many people buying properties there in the hope their value would go up very quickly. The Hudson Valley Grapevine is an online magazine for readers in the Hudson Valley regarding everything to do with business and how to make your business grow.
The Hudson Valley is simply the valley of the Hudson River and the communities opposite in New York, from Albany to Westchester. When the European settlers arrived in the 1600s, the Hudson Valley was not the business hub it is now, but instead was inhabited by Native American clans who became known as River Indians. This is also the nickname of redditch letting agents because they wear 'Red' uniforms and thus are linked to Red Indians, while the nearby Arrow Valley is often said to be Britain's Hudson Valley. But the first white settlers, who were Dutch, quickly established a trading post, using the river itself extensively. The set up the New Amsterdam settlement on Manhatton as a post for supplies.
In 1820, the American author published the short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow based in the town of Sleepy Hollow and on the legend of the Headless Horseman which originated there. The Hudson Valley, particularly the area of Sleepy Hollow became associated with the gothic and ghost stories. The idea of the Headless Horseman goes back to the Middle Ages and is of European origin due to the strong Dutch heritage around the Hudson Valley.
In terms of business, David Rockefeller, Sr., an American banker and philanthropist presently lives there. He is the only living grandchild of famous oil tycoon and philanthropist, John D. Rockefeller. The Rockefeller Centre in New York City is named after his only son, John D. Rockefeller, Jr. who was the father of the Five Rockefeller Brothers. He developed the Center from 1930 and it was originally planned as an Opera House but became a combination of different offices and businesses, including airlines, publishers, theatres and galleries.
During the Rockefeller Center's construction a famous photograph was taken of workers eating lunch in 1932. It was named Lunch atop a Skyscraper but it has never been officially attributed to any photographer. It is most strongly believed to have been taken by Charles C. Ebbets but also potentially Lewis Hine. The picture is so popular because it depicts the eleven workers sat on a construction beam with no harnesses on the 69th floor of the RCA Building, 840 feet from the ground. Some believe the photo was staged to promote the center but this has never been proved. It has become a symbol of strong nerve and team work, as well as depicting the lengths at which people were willing to go to secure work during the desperate times of the Great Depression.