Jodie Patterson featured in her upstate home in Damascus, PA.

Jodie Patterson is a social activist, entrepreneur, and writer. She has been lauded for her activist work and sits on the board of a number of gender/family/human rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign. Her newly published book, The Bold World: A Memoir of Family and Transformation was inspired by her transgender son and explores identity, gender, race, and authenticity to tell the real-life story of a family’s history and transformation.

River Street building on the waterfront in Troy, NY. Photo: Sandy Soohoo

Troy is a town of about 49,000 people situated in the umbrella of the Capital Region in upstate New York.

Chef Nicole Craft helms the Bartlett House in Ghent, NY. Photo: Matt Novak

A Peek Inside Bartlett House’s Women-Run Kitchen

Kathy Hochul sits in her office in Albany, NY. Photo: Michael Mundy

Interview With New York Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul

Portrait by Michael Mundy

Lacey Schwartz Delgado has spent most of her life in the Catskills. Her parents met in Sullivan County; she grew up in Ulster County; and, after leaving home to study at Georgetown and Harvard, she came back to Rhinebeck to raise a family of her own. Now the mother to twin boys, the wife of New York #19’s newest House of Representatives official, Antonio Delgado, and a celebrated film director and producer, Schwartz Delgado is a New York force to be reckoned with.

Reporter Nina Burleigh in upstate New York. Photo: Noah Kalina

In a rent-controlled apartment high up in Manhattan’s Washington Heights, Nina Burleigh and her dog, Chili, are performing a duet at the piano of “Fly Me to the Moon.” To be fair, Chili’s contribution is less America’s Got Talent and more Hound of the Baskervilles, but it’s funny and charming and makes us laugh like kids. Chili is a short-haired black-and-white Mexican mutt brought back to the U.S. after he befriended Burleigh and her family at a gas station near San Miguel de Allende. Something about that vulnerable bundle of fur crept under Burleigh’s skin that day — she’s always had a sympathy for the underdog, which limns so much of the writer’s life. The result is that we’re here now, a decade later, with Chili eviscerating Frank Sinatra at a piano in Manhattan

Grace Bonney pulls up a chair in her formal dining room in Kingston, NY. Photo: Christian Harder

Design*Sponge Founder Gracey Bonney Prefers Substance Over Style

Teen environmental activist Iris Fen Gillingham in Jeffersonville, NY. Photo: Moriah Aslan

Secretary to the Governor Melissa DeRossa tackles societal inequity through legislative reform; fifth-generation Hudson Valley farmer Cheryl Rogowski connects her community with the land and with each other; 90-year-old pioneer feminist Reszin Adams looks back at a legacy of activism; and 18-year-old environmentist Iris Fen Gillingham takes up the torch to protect the Catskills’ air, water and soil. These four New York neighbors are taking the world into their hands.

Iris Fen Gillingham, Enviromentalist

Director Kelly Teacher wears a vintage dress. Creative Direction: Nhi Mundy; Photo: Michael Mundy; Hair & Makeup: Kate Best;

Up Close With Documentary Film Director Kelly Teacher

Portrait by Michael Mundy

A Conversation With the Lieutenant Governor of New York

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