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In this interview Nicole talks about growing up in Yorktown Heights, New York and going to boarding school in New Hope, Pennsylvania. She talks about 1960s and 70s counter-culture in New York and San Francisco and moving to London, Aspen, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico over the course of her life. Nicole discusses the paths that led her to the different careers she has pursued in her life from working in advertising to opening her own store and designing it from scratch. She talks about falling in love with the different places she has lived and what made each of them unique at a particular historical moment. She discusses her love of textiles, artifacts, architecture, marriage and children and the challenges and rewards in raising her family around the world. Subjects discussed include love, loss and grief and experiencing a deep connection to place. Nicole outlines cultural differences between places and how places change over time, especially as newcomers arrive. She describes what it feels like to be an outsider in various places she has lived and how she has seen Hudson change over the years. She talks about entering the real estate business in Hudson and what she sees as challenges for her community as rents increase and the market booms. She remembers old friends and pays tribute to those who have passed while celebrating Hudson natives and pioneers, some of whom are still here.
This interview may be of interest to those curious about the 1960s in New York and San Francisco, traveling, entrepreneurialism, Hudson architecture, real estate, and changes in the city since 2000.
Hannah Shepard is a writer and researcher living in Brooklyn, New York. Hannah holds degrees in History and Creative Writing and works as a freelancer for filmmakers, oral historians and activists. Hannah first met Nicole when she rented the top floor of her house on Allen Street in 2010. Nicole’s home is beautiful and welcoming and Hannah thanks her for her incredible friendship and generosity over the years.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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