SaraKaplan

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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Gorgeous College Town With Lots to Offer All Who Live and Visit Here"

Home to prestigious Cornell University and Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY is a Gorge-ous College Town that’s home to more than 30,054 people. To live here costs around $227,500, and the town also offers affordable housing (Cayuga View Apartments; Conofer Village at Ithaca, Ellis Hollow, and more) and many other benefits as well, in addition to a vibrant night life.

Cornell University is a 2 as well as 4-year college, which offers an outstanding education. While you’re visiting the campus, check out the Johnson Art Museum or stroll around the beautiful Cornell Botanical Garden. Ithaca College is a private school with a breathtaking scenery of the stunning Cayuga Lake, as well as an unforgettable view of many naturally-formed gorges and waterfalls. Found on Ithaca’s South Hill area, Ithaca College is known as the northern US’s best 10 colleges (U.S. News & World Reports, 1996-2010; in 2010, it was 7 best) and its alumni have made groundbreaking moves in the broadcasting business.

In addition to the colleges, the Ithaca City School District offers a wonderful education and are very well-received by their communities. Ithaca City School District includes Boynton Middle school, Alternative Community school, and Dewitt Middle School. Your children will know they have become a part of a caring community here, and the staff of Ithaca City School District will work hard to establish a high-quality learning environment.

Ithaca’s other benefits include excellent quality medical care (Cayuga Medical Center; Ithaca Free Clinic and Planned Parenthood) excellent child care facilities (Ithaca Community Childcare Center, Drop-In Children’s Center, St. Paul’s Nursery School, and more), a fantastic library (Tompkins County Public Library) several gyms (Finger Lakes Fitness, Planet Fitness, East Lake Recreation Club, City Health Club) and the Short Line Bus and Greyhound Lines for transportation (these can take you all the way to NYC if desired!). The crime rate is average for the area, but Colleges unfortunately sometimes bring a bit of turbulence to the area; therefore, expect a little more hustle and bustle than surrounding areas.

Planning a trip to Ithaca? You can stay at either of these fantastic and unique locations: The William Henry Miller Inn, the Inn on Columbia, the Hilton Garden Inn, the Holiday inn, the Courtyard Marriot, the Country Inn and Suites, the Inn at Gothic Eves, and the McLallen House Bed & Breakfast. Once in town, visit either the Cornell and Ithaca campuses, and have a famous vegetarian meal at the Moosewood Restaurant, which has been ranked 13th amongst the highest rated influential restaurants in the United States (Bon Apetite Magazine). While you’re here, don’t forget to buy a copy of their vegetarian cookbook! As far as other restaurants go, there are too many worth of mention, but highlights include Bandwagon Brew Pub, Blue Stone Bar & Grill, Hal’s Delicatessen, Ithaca Ale House, and Kilpatric’s Publick House. My tastes are rather specific, but you can find most cuisines represented including Indian, Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian, and even Tibetan!

Ithaca has lots of parks and beautiful landscapes. Parks include the Great Views at Taughannock Falls State Park and Fall Creek Gorge, as well as Buttermilk Falls State Park (which has a swimming area, as well as huge waterfalls) and Robert Treman State Park has good hiking trails for the experienced.

Downtown Ithaca Commons (which includes the Moosewood Restaurant) has more than a hundred stores, including a full range of healthcare services including Chiropractors, Therapy, Dentists, Message, Physicians, Acupuncture, and Nutritionists, as well as Green Street Pharmacy. Five bookstores are here as well, including Autumn Leaves Used Books, colophon Books, and the fantastic Comics for Collectors which is worth a trip to satisfy your inner geek. There’s a whole lot more to explore and discover! For more information, you can visit: http://www.downtownithaca.com/.
Pros
  • lots of activity, and fun things to do---never a dull moment
  • great colleges/schools of all kinds
  • a wide variety of shops, restaurants and parks
Cons
  • safety is average, but because it is a college town, expect a little more rowdiness than usual
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Deckert Blvd of LaGrangeville, NY: It Makes for a Great, Safe and Fun-filled Childhood!"

Ah, Deckert Blvd....This was the street I grew up on, from a baby until I was sixteen years old.

I lived with my mother, father and sister (who was born in 1985, five years younger than I) at 5 Deckert Blvd, which is a two-story house which was red, like a barn, and had a screened-in porch and a built-in garage. Today the house is still there but another family lives in it. I haven’t been there since, but I can imagine (and hope) that there’s still the soft rug covering the lower part of the house (which I called the “basement”), but the 70’s-style wallpaper, with a swirly design that reminded me of flowers, was probably replaced with something else entirely. The house had a modern kitchen with an island where my parents would cook, three bedrooms, a living room/dayroom, and in addition to the big space downstairs (where we watched TV and played as kids) there was also an office and a pot-bellied stove. The living room/dayroom was considered the “music room”. It also had a big bay window. It was here that we celebrated Christmas (looking out that big bay window during a White Christmas, watching the snow fall, was very magical) and we would also hunt for Easter Eggs in this room as well (a clever idea thought up by my wonderful, creative mother). It was a cozy room that I will never forget and we had many wonderful family moments and parties gathered there. The year before we moved, my parents put an addition onto the house, which included extending their bedroom, a bigger bathroom and a jacuzzi. Since the yard was huge, it didn’t make the space outside any smaller, but it did make the master bedroom look great.

One of my most special, favorite parts of this house was its property, which gave the house a lovely, secured feel, as it was surrounded mostly by nature, and trees obscured it partially from the road. The property also had lots of woods in the back (where I would roam for hours) and lots of grassy yard in the front and on the sides (where there was a beautiful, huge Weeping Willow tree with a tire swing attached to it) and to the farther end of the yard, a Dogwood tree (that I loved to climb) and we also had a garden. In addition there was also a small grove of crab apple trees towards the left-hand side of the yard (facing the house) where, behind, you would find more woods. In those days, if you walked through the woods in one part, you would find yourself---eventually---at the untouched fields of a neighboring farm. Today the small town of LaGrangeville (also known as “LaGrange”) of Dutchess County is more highly developed than when I was a kid (back then, it could have been considered “rural”, now, it is considered a “suburb” of NY state). You will probably still however find the streams that I used to walk or bike by as a kid, and Deckert Blvd---while its mouth is by a major backroad, Arthursburg Road (also known as Country Road 33 and Country Highway 42)---is still a type of road that’s known as a “Cul De Sac”, which is, in other words, a dead-end road. It’s short and has a turn-around area in the back. When I was young, my sister and I would bike up and down Deckert (but of course stayed away from the busy Arthursburg Road). At the end of Deckert Blvd is where we caught our bus (and is probably still where kids wait, along with the kids from the road across the street, known as Tom’s Way.

One of the things I liked about Deckert Blvd the most was how safe I felt there. There was a lot of space to play in the woods and yard, and the road felt safe enough to ride bikes on and take short walks. We also lived right near Freedom Lake, the resident lake of LaGrangeville, which is still there, and people go there every year to swim, picnic, play sports and have an overall wonderful time!

Today a five bedroom, three-bathroom house of 2,6000 square feet on Deckert Blvd costs around $335,000 (this one is 15 Deckert Blvd, which is currently for sale). The area is pretty safe and the schools (Arthursburg Central School District) are fantastic (I can say so as someone who went there since grade school into 9th and part of 10th grade!) After all, High School North is where I found Mr. John Clark, my 9th grade English teacher---and if it weren’t for him (and other fabulous teachers I have had throughout the years), I might not be planning on being an English teacher myself today!

All in all, Deckert Blvd is a great choice to buy a home for yourself, your family and your kids. LaGrangeville has a lot to offer as well: a fantastic community and wonderful amenities (Freedom Lake Park, fantastic schools, beautiful scenery, great shops and restaurants). Come see for yourself today what makes LaGrangville and Deckert Blvd the best choice you could make for yourself and those you love!
Pros
  • very safe & affordable
  • wonderful school system
  • lots of beautiful country scenery
Cons
  • housing developments
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
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"Colonie's First Indoor Mall---And Still Booming After All These Years!"

Colonie Center is a humungous, fantastic two-story shopping mall that’s located in the town of Colonie, NY right near the state capital of Albany, NY. Today it’s home to 120 different stores and a food court that includes the not-to-be-missed The Cheesecake Factory. Once in competition with the neighboring Crossgates mall (back in the 1990’s), it’s been doing a whole lot better since the opening of the Christmas Tree Shops as well as Boscov’s Department Store in 2007 and the movie theater (found on the third floor) in 2008.

In operation since 1966, the mall has welcomed some very popular anchor stores, such as Sears (which opened the first year, 1966), Macy’s (which opened in 1991), Christmas Tree Shops (which opened in 1998), L.L. Bean (which opened in 2007) and Barnes & Noble Booksellers (which opened in 2007). Here you can find anything from entertainment (Regal Cinemas, found on the 3rd floor, right above Colonie Center’s oustanding Food Court), to fashion (Aeropstatle and American Eagle) to fantastic gift & hobby stores such as Jay St. Video Games or the Artique Co-Op. Also, in 2013, look out for the opening of a wonderful natural foods grocery stoor, the wonderful, fantastic Whole Foods Superarket!

Colonie Center, which opened on November 1st in 1966, was Colonie’s very first enclosed Mall, as well as a great tourist attraction. In 2009, the 1,300,000 ft. mall was bought by Heitman Value Partners and is doing well. It can be found right off Interstate 87, Wolf Road and Colonie's Central Avenue intersection. Have a blast: it's fun for the whole family!
Pros
  • 120 Stores (including Regal Cinemas)
  • AWESOME Food Court
  • Coming Soon: Whole Foods Supermarket!
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"An Ideal, Peaceful Suburb Right Next Door to NY's Capitol City"

Colonie, a town in Albany County, NY, got its name from the first settlers of the area who were Dutch, and called the area “Colonye” (the Dutch word for---you guessed it--- Colony.) There are several hamlets and two different villages, Menands and Colonie (of the same name).

Colonie is a quiet town that sometimes holds community events in The Crossings at Colony, a beautiful park of 130 acres that also has a pond for ice skating and fishing. Here you will find lots of wood, marsh, and wetland, as well as wildflower-filled meadows. It’s a great place to take your entire family! Kids will love the playgorund, and you can rollerblade here as well (in-line skate). The park is open from 8am until dusk (like most public parks in the United States). In addition to The Crossings, there’s also a couple of smaller parks: Locust and Milton. In Colonie, you’ll also love the Ampitheater of the Arts, an outdoor circular theater that is great to patron in the Fall, Spring and Summer months. There’s lots of different concerts held here, anywhere from Blues to Swing---contact the town or visit their home website for more information! Colonie also offers lots of Family & Youth Services. You can also catch up with the latest by reading the town’s newspaper, “The Villager”.

Colonie offers its residents, who live in different hamlets and the villages of Colonie and Menands, four different school systems---all who offer many fantastic benefits in their own right. The four school districts are as follows: North Colonie Central School District (serving Latham, Loudonville and the nearby town of Nuskayuna), which gets an 8 out of 10 (Shaker High School has an 86% graduation rate); South Colonie Central schools (their high school has an 88% graduation rate, and has a wonderful middle school: Lisha Kill Middle School---named after Lisha’s Kill (“kill” is the Dutch word for stream, and Lisha is a Native American woman who supposedly is buried on the shoreline---which gets an outstanding 4 out of 5 stars); Watervliet City School District (of Menands and Schuyler Hights; Watervliet Junior/High School gets rave reviews, has a fitness center that is open to the public, and also has a 77% graduation rate); and Menands Union Free School District (they receive a 7 out of 10, a 92.2% graduation rate, a fantastic PE, Health, Art and Music program, and offer Multilingual and Bilingual classes (1xweek) to those in need of such classes. Colonie also offers the Christian Brothers Academy of Albany, NY (this is a 6-12 private school for junior/senior students, and is religious in nature---it can be found close to Albany International Airport). There’s also the private Liberal Arts-oriented Siena College, which can be found in hamlets Newtonville/Loudonville, as well as two proprietary private colleges: Bryant & Stratton College and the ITT Technical Institute (you may have seen this one’s commercials on TV).

After school, work or on weekends with your family, come have a great time at Joe’s Crab Shack, the brand-new restaurant right in the heart of Colonie! This prime family seafood restaurant gets a 4 out of 5. Plus you get a dancing staff, great food and excellent service! I highly recommend the “Classic Steampot”. In Schenectady, this wonderful establishment was proclaimed a “Blue Ribbon” Restaurant.

Also in Colonie you can find other excellent eats such as Smokey Bones Bar Fire & Grill, as well as a whole bunch of other fantastic choices while enjoying the fun and excitement to be found in the state’s capital city of Albany, NY.
Pros
  • the safest town in NY state
  • lots of wonderful hamlets and villages inside of Colonie itself
  • fantastic schools and other amenities (awesome parks (The Crossing!); several shopping and eating destinations)
Cons
  • lots of major roads
  • very close to a major city (a con for those who wish to be strictly suburbian)
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Heritage of Selvage and Steel in the City of Troy"

The city of Troy in Rensselear County, NY is a popular destination for those who love River Cruises, Antique Stores, Children's Museums, Being Outdoors, History Buffs, and lovers of the Performing Arts. Fans of Kurt Vonnegut will be excited to know that he lived here for some time, and he also drew inspiration from the locale for some of his books. Quite a few of his novels have settings that are in Troy, but he used a fictional name for the city: “Ilium” (what the Romans used to call Troy). That's why Troy, NY's motto is “Illium was, Troy is.” Kurt Vonnegut is famous for such works as Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse Five. Player Piano is the piece in which Kurt Vonnegut alludes to Troy as “Ilium”.


Located in upstate NY, Troy is a very exciting city with lots to do for all who visit here. It's home ot the Children's Museum of Science and Technology, the Captain JP Cruise Line, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, the Arts Center, Alpha Bowling Lanes, Rensselaer Tech Park, New York Theater Instittue, the Frear Park Municipal Golf Course, and the Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market. There's also many fun and unique stores to explore such as Cathedral Music, Market Block Books, the Antique Wearhouse, Pigmant Art Supply and more (such as the Pioneer Food Mraket, for instance, instead of your typical grocery stores such as A&P and Price Chopper supermarkets). There's also wonderful unique restaurants such as The Red Front Restaurant, Holmes & Watson, Daisy Bakers, Irish Mist, Dinosaur Bar-B-Q, the Notty Pine Restaurant, and more!

If you're looking to be outside, Frear Park is a great place to be! There's ice hockey as well as a golf course (complete with 18 holes!), and Knockerbacker Park has its very own Ice Skating Rink as well. Prospect Park has Tennis Courts (14 in all), and RiverFront Park has plenty of festivals, concerts and events held all throughout the year! Troy also holds many public events such as the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (open every Saturday, with access to over 60 businesses). There's the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, which holds many unforgettable and eclectic concerts throughout the year. Also, don't forget about the Fishing Tournament, the Flag Day Parade, Rockin' on the River, the Troy Turkey Trot Road Race, Victorian Stroll, and the Troy Pig Out: they're all unforgettable events, not to be missed!

If you're visiting, you can stay at either one of these very fine locations: the Best Western at Franklin Square Inn (1 Fourth Street), Hilton Garden Inn (235 Hoosick Street), Olde Judge Mansion Bed & Breakfast (3300 Sixth Avenue), and the Cannon Building (offers extended stays; located at 5 Broadway).

Troy is three hours by car from NYC on 1-87N. This is a city, so you'll find plenty of access to gyms, medical care and daycare facilities. Plus, Troy also offers affordable housing (including low-income and senior housing). Colleges include Renssalear Polytechnic, Institute, Russell Sage College, and Hudson Valley Community College. Troy's schools are average to fair with a few exceptions such as Bell Top Public School, whose service is well received by the community. There's a lot of public schools as well such as the Troy Preparatory Charter Schol, Sacred Heart School, the Doyl Middle School, the LaSalle Institute, the Catholic Central High School are also all great schools to choose from.

A home in Troy costs a reasonable $163,000 and is very affordable for NY state. Like every city, some areas in Troy are safer than others, and this should be taken into consideration when choosing a home. That said, Troy has quite a lot to offer and is a great place to visit, as well as a unique place to live!
Pros
  • wonderful venues and community events
  • beautiful parks with fantastic recreational activities
  • wonderful fantastic schools
  • Brunswick
  • brunswick beach
  • some places are beautiful
Cons
  • crime is higher than average
  • some places are safer than others
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Enjoy The Great Outdoors Less than A Half Hour from the Big City!"

Voorheesville of Albany County, NY is a beautiful little village located in the greater town of New Scotland, NY, which is located only 24 minutes by car of Albany (the state capitol of NY).

Located West of the Hudson River as well in the valley of the Helderberg Mountains, Voorheesville is a wonderful community of more than 2,789 residents and is a very diverse population indeed! Some of the benefits of Voorheesville is the Voorheesville Central School District which gets rave reviews, and offers many clubs such as Drama Club, whose Voorheesville Dionysians perform Shakespeare annually during the Fall season, as well as perform their own musical during the Springtime months.

In addition to school programs, both youth and adults alike can enjoy the Voorheesville Public Library's programs, such as Book Discussion Groups at the “Reading Cafe” and lots of seasonally-themed activities and regular events for the kiddies!

Plus, if you're visiting, Voorheesville has lots of fantastic restaurants to choose from, such as the Voorheesville Diner (a long-time staple on Voorheesville Avenue), the China Garden Restaurant, Brick House Pizza (there's other pizza places as well), Smith's Tavern, and more! There's also Hannaford for a unique grocery shopping experience (which also includes Hannaford Pharmacy within the supermarket as well) and A. Phillips Hardware for all your household fixing and upkeeping needs.

What I found most special about visiting Voorheesville is the John Boyd Thacher State Park, which is found off Rt 157. Here you can see a 360 degree view of Vermont's Green Mountains, as well as the spectacularly beautiful Hudson Valley! There's numerous trails here, including the Long Path, the Indian Ladder Trail, and the Paint Mine Trail, and you can do bird watching, as well as find many different spcies of plants. This park (except for the Indian Ladder Trail, which opens on May 1st and closes November 15 for safety reasons) is open all year from 8am until the sun sets. In addition to the splendor that is the nature of NY's backyard, you will also find a couple of playgrounds, grills and volleyball courts as well. There was a pool at one point but unfortunately it shut down in the year of 2006. However, there is still beautiful Thompson Lake and the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, as well as several hidden fossils to be found at the Helderberg Escarpment, which is famous and one of the greatest places for searching for fossils in the entire country! John Boyd Thacher was one of Albany's mayors, and Emma Treadwell Thacher, his widow, created the park as her own donation in the year of1914. The name “Helderberg” means “Bright Mountain” in Dutch, who were Voorheesville's first settlers.

Also, don't forget to visit the non-for-profit organization, Old Songs, whose home base is located in town (known for the famous Old Songs Festival in nearby Altamont, NY). They hold a whole host of events as well as many music teaching programs there, as well as dances, the amazing and fantastically fun, old-fashioned summer event, the Old Song Festival (Altamont NY). Old Songs' new home currently hosts their wonderful Open Mic Nights (everyone can be involved; takes place every first Wednesday of the month, from 7 until 10:30pm). There's a $3 entrance fee, walk-in, fifteen minutes to perform (don't forget to sign-up first at the door). Old Songs is located at 37 South Main Street in Voorheesville, NY and be contacted at (518)-765-2815 (hint: press 1 before area code if you're not in the local area). Discover more info at www.oldsongs.org!
Pros
  • Awesome State Park
  • Fantastic School System
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Visit the Spectacular Village of Cohoes with its beautiful Cohoes Falls and Submerge Yourself in Albany County History!"

Cohoes NY is a unique town that is made special because of the Cohoes Falls, which shares a lot of fascinating early history of the area---including the legend of The Great Peacemaker, of Mohawk descent and who, partnered alongside the also famous Hiawatha, founded the Iroquois League of Nations. According to this exceptionally sacred Native American Legend, the Great Peacemaker of survived a miraculous jump over the falls, only to appear fine sitting beside a campfire the day after, without a scratch.

Today, Cohoes Falls is a quiet tourist attraction for people who come to visit Albany County of Upstate NY (usually on their way to Niagara Falls). Those who live here have the benefits of the phenomenal Cohoes School District, as well as a lively community center, library, and wonderful parks for excellent outdoor recreational activities. The community here is a fantastic one that tries to get everyone together with fun events like Chicken Bar-B-Que Funraisers and Vegas Nights at the Cohoes-Waterford Elks Club. This time of year, the Pumpkin Festival and the Jack O' Lantern Jubilee are favorites of the local residents. In the Summer, kids can take free swimming lessons at the Lansing Park Municipal Pool. The Falls is its own park, Falls View Park, and there's also Berkley Park to enjoy as well. The Library offers kids programs (story time) general programs (Book Clubs, Therapy Dogs), and homework help; there's also a new Teen Club called “Post Secret” (stay tuned to the Library's website for more info; right now the Club's objective is very hush-hush). There's also Cohoes Skate Park (which is unsupervised---make sure your child is of age).

Cohoes is very affordable for working middle-class families with homes that go for under $300,000 and generally for under $200,000. There are fantastic restaurants (such as local favorites like the Pig Pit BBQ and international favorites such as the Middle Eastern Restaurant, Al-Baraki; there's also great night life to be found at either Joe's Tavern or the Black Cat Ale House). There's also general staples such as a Price Chopper, Dunkin' Donuts, Stewart's Shops and Rite Aid; however there's also shops that are unique to Cohoes such as Marra's Pharmacy (217 Remsen Street), the Amerivape Smoke Shop (301 Ontario Street), and the Harmony House Marketplace (located at 188 Remsen Street). Don't forget to take your family to Burgr King or, for healthier fast-food dinners, Subway for a special treat!
Pros
  • Fantastic Community/Amenities
  • wonderful school system
  • Cohoes Falls
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"The Oldest Village of NY State Was Never So Alive!"

Established by the Dutch in 1622, “Waterford” was in fact an actual “ford” (otherwise known as a crossing) between the Mohawk River and surrounding streams and islands in what is now beautiful, historic Saratoga County. The now famous Peebles Island, an important spot because it is where the Erie Canal and Champlain Canal begins, was once home to the Mahican Native Americans. After settlement from the Dutch, Waterford became an important port for travelers along the Erie and Champlain canals and the Mohawk and Hudson rivers.

Known as NY's “oldest” of villages, Waterford is steeped in rich American history. For instance, a special spot, Second Street, can give you a tour of the town's Revolutionary War history: beginning your walk at the sight of the colonial pub (or also known as “watering hole” during that time) known as “Eagle Tavern”. Here is where famous patrons such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Alexander Hamilton stopped to quench their thirst and rest their weary bones after a hard day's work. Also along Second Street you will find “The Battery”, where the Mohawk and Hudson Rivers meet, as well as the start of the Champlain and Erie canals are located. Also, on First Street towards US Rt. 4, you will also find the Knox Trail, named after General Henry Knox, who braved this trail in the Winter of Revolutionary War years 1775- 1776, delivering artillery as well as other supplies to George Washington and his troops back in Boston, all the way from now famous, historical Fort Ticonderoga. Knox had to actually drill holes through the ice so that he could continue on towards Boston. Thankfully, he was successful, and the Artillery that he delivered there was what George Washington and Troops utilized to drive the British out of Boston, successfully continuing the American's winning side of the war.

Today as a visitor to Waterford you can enjoy learning about the Revolutionary War, visit magical, mysterious Peebles Island (the town's very own State Park) and enjoy fantastic, exciting community events such as “Tugboat Roundup” and “Canal Fest” (fun for the whole family)! There's also the Waterford Tugboat Festival, where you can enjoy food, arts & crafts, music, games, storytelling and boarding actual tugboats! This is the largest of tugboat festivals in Saratoga County, and you won't be disappointed---as well as a fantastic learning experience (don't forget to visit the Waterford Historical Museum, as well as the Cultural Center located at the gorgeous Hugh White Homestead (built back in the year 1830). The museum has a Victorian room on display, as well as the George and Annabel O'Connor Library for Local History.

Waterford also has lots of fantastic, fun places to eat and places to shop in town, as well as wonderful schools: there's two school districts, The Waterford-Halfmoon Central School District and the Shenendehowa School District (which also serves nearby Clifton Park). There's fun recreational activities to be had here as well. Come on down!
Pros
  • lots of history, fantastic events
  • wonderful schools (2 to choose from)
  • wonderful amenities; very affordable for working class families/low income housing available
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
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SaraKaplan Located in southeast Saratoga, north of the state capitol of Albany, lies the town of Halfmoon, which is the parent town of Clifton Park. Halfmoon, home to more than 21,535 residents, offers many different varieties of benefits to those who live here, as well as those who wish to visit for entertainment: whether it be seeing the latest flick at Clifton Park Center, or the wide variety of choices for dining, shopping and festivities.

Halfmoon got its name due to its shape, which is a crescent. Its Clifton Park portion was once a vibrant port, and the southern part was where the building of the Erie Canal began. (The Erie Canal is considered to be a portion of the beautiful Mohawk River.) To the eastern side is the Hudson River, as well as a tributary of the Hudson known as Anthony Kill towards the northern side. The town is reached via US Rt. 9 and Interstate 87 (also known as the Adirondack Northway), a very busy road with multiple lanes, and other major state routes (such as US Rt 4) lead here as well.

Clifton Park of Halfmoon is where most of the action is (i.e. Clifton Park Center Mall, which is a strip-lane mall much like Woodsbury Commons, complete with restaurants and movie theater (and more). There's also more than 65 stores here, so you'll be certain to find what you need: and great food as well as excellent entertainment is always just around the corner!

Halfmoon is a wonderful town to live in with a vibrant community. There's both youth and senior programs to be found in abundance, as well as several community-oriented festivities such as the Tree Lighting Ceremony (complete with a festive party), the Fall Festival, the Learn to Ski Program, the Thanksgiving Food Drive, and, last but not least, the youth-oriented Winter Camp, which will help get kids outside doing fun things to keep themselves active as well as warm, even in the great outdoors!

Halfmoon is very affordable and also offers low-income housing options to families who are struggling. The school system is the wonderful, fantastic Shenendehowa School District. Clifton Park is also very true its names, as there are a lot of great parks here. You can bet that if you move to Halfmoon or Clifton Park, you can be sure that you'll never be bored!
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"A Pretty Little Circle With Lots of Safety and Security"

If you're on the search for a single family home for under $80,000 or under $2,000 a month's rent, with beautiful surroundings and a quiet, gentle atmosphere, then Halfmoon Cir is the right road for you to build your new life on!

Halfmoon Cir is located in the wonderful town of Clifton Park, which has lots to do to keep everyone busy throughout the year---from fun recreational activities, to community events, to an exciting nightlife, Clifton Park is the perfect town for families with kids, singles looking to mingle, or pretty much anyone looking to relocate.

Shaped in a circle, Halfmoon Cir is perfect for people who want to feel safe while riding their bikes, walking their dogs, or simply taking a refreshing walk outdoors for a while, enjoying nature. There's lots of trees and shade here in the summer, and it's equally as beautiful in the Fall, Spring, or Winter.

Here you can find lots of mobile and manufactured homes, which are some of the most beautiful types of these homes to be found on the market today. If you're looking for homes that are very cheap to rent (as in, for example, $365 a month), than this is the place for you! It's very safe and very affordable, and very convenient to those who wish to live near Clifton Park and in the upstate part of NY. Located in Saratoga County, your neighbors are the delightful, vibrant and exciting towns of historical Saratoga Springs and equally as delightful the town of Ballston Spa. You're also not far from Albany as well as the Great Lakes Region, and Clifton Park has its own lake: Ballston Lake, as well as several different parks which offer lots of fun activities for everyone in the whole family to enjoy.

Halfmoon Cir shares the name of the nearby town Halfmoon, which also has a lot to offer, and in the immediately surrounding area, there's always lots to do and discover!

Great for families, singles, couples, and students, as well as a most peaceful location for relocating retirees. You're also right near Orenda Elementary School, and Clifton Park's Shenendehowa School District offers an excellent, top-notch education. There's also a small park with swings for kids to enjoy as well as a walking path in the shape of a Figure 8 for adults, as well as a bench to relax on. Some properties have pools, fences, tire swings and you'll see kids riding their bikes here and having a great time. No matter what your reason for relocation, you simply can't go wrong with moving to Clifton Park, NY!
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  • very peaceful, safe and affordable
  • close to Orenda Elementary School
  • has all the benefits of living in amazing Clifton Park!
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  • not in the center of town, but close enough
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"Where Everyone Can Find Some Reason to Visit (Or Perhaps to Stay)"

The town of Country Knolls is sometimes a confusing place to live in, as it is shared by two different towns: 850 of 1,216 houses are situated in bustling, vibrant Clifton Park, and 366 of those homes are in another town known as Malta. All three are located in Saratoga County, NY, which is famous for its natural spas, horse racing, fantastic colleges (like Sarah Lawrence), antique shows, festivals, unique landscape (such as Albany Glacial sand) and more.

The confusion of some residents live in Country Knolls comes from their mailing address, “Ballston Lake”, which is in reality the local lake, as well as the Ballston Lake Post Office. (In other words, “Ballston Lake” is not a community at all, just chosen for a more convenient address when trying to choose between two other parent towns sharing one smaller town would make things even more confusing for those who live here.)

That said, the momentary confusion (once you understand what's going on) is well worth the minor trouble, because Country Knolls is a great place to live! You have Clifton Park, which has a great variety of fun things to do, wonderful schools, and is very safe and affordable living ($252,000 is the median sales price of a home there). Most of Country Knolls' busiest, most popular areas are found in Clifton Park, as well as the town pool (which has a smaller pool for kids as well.) There's parks and restaurants and stores galore, including Kohl's, Kmart, Lowe's and more (Clifton is known for its excellent shopping environment. You won't be disappointed.)

The median sales price of Country Knolls Is $449,000, which is fairly affordable for middle class families. There's plenty to do in the immediate and surrounding areas: such as Saratoga Springs (natural spas, fantastic restaurants, art galleries, antique stores, festivals, museums, ect.), Ballston Spa (much of the same), wonderful activities to be found for kids at school (the wonderful Shenendehowa School District), and more.

Come spend a day at Country Knolls and I think you'll know what I mean!
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Awesome community/ lots of diversity
  • Clifton Park's wonderful amenities
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
  • lacking in public transportation
  • confusion with town lines
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SaraKaplan Upon hearing the name of “Saratoga County”, it's not surprising that the title conjurers up horses, the healing beauty of the region's natural springs, taking walks on beautiful wooded trails, the wonder and mystery of finding treasures at local antique fairs, and pretty much anything that involves the Performing Arts.

Upon hearing the name “Clifton Park”, a town in the heart of Saratoga County, the memories aren't really that much different than, say, Ballston Spa or Schenectady.

This town has a little bit of everything! From its community events like Performing Arts at the Commons or the annual Arbor Day Celebration, to the wonderful Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library (and all the fantastic programs that come from there, for all ages across the board to enjoy), to its seemingly endless list of Sports Groups, to the Country Knolls (a hamlet in Clifton Park) Town Pool, Clifton Knolls is a great community that is very safe and special to live in as a resident. Not to mention you've got the seasonal enjoyment (perfect for this time of year, in October) of a Clifton Park Farms hayride, as well as many different exciting restaurants and wonderful, ecclectic nightlife choices, as well some of the best shopping in Saratoga County and amazing parks and recreational activities.

Clifton Park is home to over 36,469 residents and was named after a colonial patent of land. It is conveniently located 12 miles to the north from Albany, and 7 miles to the northeast of Schenectady; as well as 10 miles to the south from Saratoga Springs, which are all fun locations that have lots to offer---so you can bet that, if you have a car, you'll never get board! Saratoga County is full of rich history and wonderful communities.

If you're looking for a place that's safe and fun and wonderful for all ages, as well as convenient and offers the benefits of a fantastic school system (Shenendehowa School District), then this is a town that I highly, highly recommend! You can be sure Clifton Park is the place for you if you like to keep your family happy, safe, healthy and active all year long!
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"Home to "Old Bet" and the Great Family Circus!"

Lincolndale, NY is an ideal place for anyone who wishes to live in the heart of beautiful, historical Westchester County. A hamlet of the lovely town of Somers, NY, Lincolndale shares Somer's rich history in Barnum and Bailey Circus fame (Somers has been called “The Birthplace of the American Circus” and its symbol is an Elephant in honor of the Elephant from Africa named Old Bet (?-1816) who came to the area with Hachaliah Bailey and immediately stole people's hearts).

Now, when driving through the heart of Somers, you can see the statue of the beloved Elephant before the backdrop of the Elephant Hotel (which is now a museum preserving Somer's cultural and historical heritage). Aside from great schools, Somers also has two shopping plazas and plenty of businesses which can tailor to any possible need. There's lots of youth organizations specializing in sports in the area, including Boy Scouts of America and the local YMCA. Restaurants like the Tazza Cafe have unique coffee drinks, and you'll love the food at other unique places like Traditions 118, Seasons: An American Bistro & Lounge and Somerfields.

Primarily residential, homes in Lincolndale go for around $368,000, which is pretty cheap as far as Westchester County is concerned (it's the second most expensive county in the United States). It's very safe and there's a real sense of community here. Whether you're just visiting or planning to stay for the rest of your life, just spend a day here, and I bet you'll feel like you already belong in Lincolndale, NY.
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  • Part of a great school system
  • Lake used for swimming and ice skating
  • Golf course
  • Relatively affordable (for NY)
  • Strong sense of unity
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  • No nightlife or entertainment
  • not good for low income
  • Very few choices for eating out or shopping
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"One of Saratoga County's Original "Meeting Towns""

If you're the kind of person who loves to be outdoors and being creative, then Round Lake is the place for you! Located in Saratoga County, Round Lake has a rich history based in the Methodist religion and was once the site where many gathered to listen to enthusiastic sermons each summer.

Today, it is still an exciting place to be, especially in the summer, but also all year round---as the beauty and sense of community never fades, no matter what the season! You won't be surprised to find when coming here that Round Lake is named after the lake that resides here, offering a beautiful backdrop to the amazing Victorian and Colonial-style architecture that surrounds the center of the town. The center has a special name: the “Auditorium”. This is the place from which everything resonates---including sidewalks and streets. and It was first a platform that eventually was transformed into a pavilion surrounded by glass, and today is the location of many of the town's public events: such as live performances, arts and crafts festivals, antique shows, and other fun things to do as a community. The “Auditorium” offers 450 seats and operates during the mid-summer months starting in June and ending in August. After a show, go walking in any of the town's parks, trails and by the lake, and I'm sure that you'll feel right at home.

Round Lake is also very culturally diverse and you can enjoy the diversity every time you come to the shows here, visit the exquisitely tranquil Community Garden or visit any one of the many shops in town. There's also fun places to eat like The Mill on Round Lake (a restaurant/pub) and after a wonderful day out on Round Lake in your rowboat, kyack or canoe, have an equally wonderful dinner at the Lake Ridge Restaurant in town. It's a very special place, indeed!

Round Lake is home to less than 1,000 residents and is a very small but close-knit town. It's very affordable (cost of living is less than national average!) and safe, has wonderful schools and is a great place to raise a family.
Pros
  • wonderful community events
  • steeped in cultural diversity; rich history
  • fantastic school system/wonderful parks
Cons
  • very small
  • must have a car to get around
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SaraKaplan Round Lake is contained in the greater town of Malta, which is equally as pleasant and, while a little more expensive with regards to cost of living and buying a home.

While you have all the benefits of the cultural community and events in Round Lake, Malta has a lot to offer as well---including the same outstanding school system of Ballston Spa Central School District.

Malta Community Park is perhaps one of the best places to stop while in Malta. Located in the town's hamlet of Luther Forest right off the busy Rt. 9, The Malta Community Park has a wonderful playground for kids, as well as lots of trails, woody areas, sports fields, two picnic pavilions, and lots of places to park. If you're looking for shade during the humid summer months, this is the place to be---rhere's plenty of shady groves of trees here, you won't want to leave! It's a perfect place to spend the day either in meditative solitude or with friends and family. You can find the Community Park by passing the Stewart's Sweet Shop (yum, yum) on Rt. 9, go through several traffic circles, and then you will see the park coming up on the left-hand side. If you go past the park, you will eventually find the beautiful Saratoga Lake.

Also, if you wish to have a family get-together or a party of any kind, you can rent a pavilion! Call the Mantra Parks, Recreation and Human Services @ (518)-899-4411 or email Audrey Ball, Director of Parks, Recreation and Human Services ([email protected]) for more information.
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"A Goregous "Southtown" of the Beautiful Erie County of Upstate NY"

Part of exquisit Erie County in upstate NY and located southeast of the town of Buffalo, Orchard Park is a pleasant place that is home to more than 29,054. It's considered a “Southtown” because it's in the southern part of the county, and has a village that's also named Orchard Park.

In Orchard Park, in addition to safety and wonderful commodities, you can find ample amounts of exciting and wonderful culture (the Quaker Arts Festival, an art and crafts show that takes place outdoors each year), music (free concerts in the Sunmmer at the Pavilion of the Middle School, thanks to the Orchard Park Arts Counsil), and food (its famous Taffy's Hot Dog Stand, which is on US Rt 20, 240 & 277---as well as Eckl's Restaurant, which made famous the Kummelweck rolls, and has a Tim Hortons (a famous Canadian restaurant, which has unique coffee and donuts, and is the 3000 location of Tim Hortons, which are all over Canada (not too far away and easily reachable by car).

Here in Orchard Park you can enjoy golf at the Harvest Hill Golf Course, learn about Quaker religion at the Quaker Meeting House, have a fun night at Milligan's Pub, grab ice cream at the Cold Stone Creamery, and find fun for the whole family with pizza and games at the unforgettable amusement and entertainment arcade house, Bounce Magic (it's along the lines of Chuck E. Cheese).

No matter what, I'm sure you'll have fun in Orchard Park, NY: which is very affordable and very safe, has great schools (Orchard Park Central School District---top quality school system) and more! You might not even want to leave! Come and see for yourself the next time you're in upstate NY what makes Orchard Park NY a very special place to be (I bet you won't regret it).
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  • great schools
  • beautiful, awesome parks
  • wonderful amenities
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
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"Where Every Day is a Celebration: Especially "Niska-Day"!"

Niskayana, NY of Schenectady is a beautiful little town, pretty quiet and mainly residential. There is a park, Jeff Blatnick Park, which is a lovely piece of land that offers basketball courts, baseball fields, driving range, a playground, and even a pond, which creates a magical tranquility. It's a great place to bring your family and friends for a picnic, or yourself for some quiet contemplation. You're also right near the beautiful Mohawk River which offers many more recreational activities, and there's shopping to be found at the Shop Rite Square, which has a Starbucks and TCBY, and the Friendly's---while unfortunately soon to close---is going to give way to plenty more shopping and restaurant opportunities. The Town Board also plans to put more parking spaces as well as sprucing up the general landscape of the Shopping Plaza. Plus, as a town that is part of the greater town of Schenectady, NY, you have all the wonderful shopping and restaurant opportunities there as well! It's a great place to look for whatever you need and enjoy yourself as well!

Niskayana has a wonderful school system: the Niskayana Central School District. This is a top-notch education for your kids, with a 95% graduation rate and wonderful, caring teachers throughout the district.

Niskayana doesn't have any stores or “Niska-Day”, which takes place annually and includes the morning family foot race, parade, fair and fireworks (unusually, even though this fair takes place the second Saturday in the month of May, there is no Fourth of July fireworks). It's a wonderful community event that brings everyone together.

Come visit Niskayana, and I'm sure you'll see why people choose to live in Niskayana, which is very safe, affordable and accommodating when compared to the rest of NY.
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  • great schools
  • beautiful park
  • very safe, very affordable
Cons
  • can get pretty quiet at times
  • must have a car to get around
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"Waterskii down beautiful Mohawk River and Dine at an Authentic Mohawk Valley Lighthouse in Lovely Scotia NY!"

Scotia, a village in the town of Glenville of Schenectady County, NY, got its name from the word “Scotia” meaning “Scotland” in Latin, as the settler who purchased the land from the Mohawk Native Americans, Alexander Lindsay Glen, was originally from Scotland. Today there's many historic homes here, such as the Abraham Glen house, and the Glen Sanders Mansion (which goes back as far as 1713). It w as the site of battles during both the French and Indian War (1754) and the War of 1812, and in the 1800s was a manufacturer of brooms (the village produced more than 1 million a year!).

Today there's more than 7,957 residents in the village of Scotia alone, and more living in the parent town of Glenville (also, of course, named after Alexander Lindsay Glen). A predominantly white neighborhood, Scotia offers great schools (the wonderful Scotia-Glenville Central School District), as well as plenty of outdoor activities at Collins Park or Freedom Park that can be enjoyed any time of the year (you can even go waterskiing down the Mohawk River!) Glenville itself has lots to offer as well such as many parks such as the stunning Wolf Hollow George, a preserve that contains cliffs that are 100 feet high as well as endangered plants. There's a bike trail and many places to fish and swim. There's even an air show in Glenville that people come from all over to see, as well as the Aeroscience Museum on Saratoga Road. You'll be blown away by the beautiful views of the Mohawk River while dining at an actual Lighthouse (the Schenectady Restaurant at the Waters Edge Lighthouse). There's also Jumpin' Jacks Drive-In near Scotia's Collin's Park. This burger joint gets 5 Stars! A must if you're visiting Scotia and the Schenectady County area as well as Glensville.
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  • great schools/great parks
  • awesome amenities/restaurants
  • affordable/great place to raise a family
Cons
  • no immediate public transportation in town
  • must have a car to get around
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SaraKaplan Glenville, NY is perhaps most widely known in NY as home of one of NY's most entertaining air shows, performed each year at Schenectady County Airport of Schenectady County, NY. Either before or after the airshow, your whole family will be amazed by the exhibits at the Empire State Aeroscience Museum. This museum is an aviation buff's dream, is entirely non-profit and teaches about such air history as the life of Amelia Earhart or the model of a 32' aircraft carrier from Japan called “Akagi”, which was used during WWII. You can even take a ride into the world of virtual reality (for $5 per adult and $4 per person) that is a must for those who enjoy simulations! You can interact with some of the exhibits as well, and you can visit the Empire State Aviation Hall of Fame here as well. To visit costs $8 per adult and $5 per child; it's also $6 for each senior citizen, and children under six years of age can see the museum free of charge.

Glenville is also a wonderful place for outdoor enthusiasts, as there's so many parks to choose from, it's almost absurd! There's the Glenville Town Park, which has 250 acres of land, and you can enjoy different recreational activities throughout the year such as skiing, sports, tennis and others. There's also the 370-acre Sanders Preserve (where you can ride horses down trails as well as cross-country ski in the Winter and hike anytime of the year, and you'll be stunned by the beauty of the breathtaking views---especially the waterfalls! 56-acre Maalwyck Park near NYS Route 5 (also known as Amesterdam Road), offers a public entrance to the beautiful Mohawk River as well as soccer fields and fishing. There is Lock 9 State Canal Park near NYS Route 103 (also known as Bridge Street), which offers places to have a picnic BBQ if desired, and there's a dock for which to bring out your rowboat, kayak or canoe. There's also the stunningly beautiful ndian Kill Nature Preserve on Hetcheltown Road which contains 100 acres of hardwood forest, wetlands, conifer plantations and many different habitats---the perfect place for numerous outdoor activities, and a great place to hike or simply meditate in the wondrous joy of Nature. Collins Park of Mohawk Avenue and Schonowee Avenue, located in the village of Scotia within Glenville, is a multi-purpose park that includes swimming among other things, as well as a smaller park, Quinlan Park, which leads visitors to the gorgeous Collins Lake. There's also the Mohawk-Hudson Bike Trail, which is 1.1 miles an goes from Washington Avenu to Freemans Bridge in Scotia. Other great fishing sites include Lock 8 boat launch near Maalwayck Park. You can also take your boat out at Freemans Bridge Boat Launch, and enjoy the awesome views at Lock 8 State Canal Park near NYS Route 103; at Quinlan Park near Washington Avenue, you can fish at Collins Lake and find yourself catching such amazing specimens as northern pike, bass and tiger-muskie. Another beautiful site is Wolf Hollow George, which was made naturally by a geologically-created fault. Here you will find cliffs that are 100 feet tall and endangered plants that you won't find anywhere else.

Glenville's Scotia has great restaurants and there is always nearby Amsterdam where you can find unique family-friendly places such as the raindancer (an American restaurant) and more!

Just take a visit over here and I'm sure you'll find why Glenville, NY is a great place to live, work, and raise a family, visit or live comfortably for the rest of your lives!
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  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
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  • Schools 4/5
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"'The City that Lights and Hauls the World'"

The busy city of Schenectady NY has been called “The City that Lights and Hauls the World”, as it is home to the Edison Electric Company (otherwise called GE, or “General Electric”, and the ALCO (“The American Locomotive Company”, as well as the home of New York Lottery and Price Chopper Supermarkets. Today it is still a bustling metropolis, where most restaurants and stores can be found on State Street. It's also very diverse, as there's 54.38% White, 28.19% African American, 3.62% Asian, and 0.69% Native American. There's also many Puerto Ricans that live here, adding to the colorful population of over 66,135. Here you can find the beautiful historic Proctor's Theater, which was first a vaudeville and movie theater that was built in 1926, and has its own “Goldie” version of the Wurlitzer pipe organ. Today you can visit three theaters in the Proctors: 440 Upstairs, GE Theater, and Mainstage.

In addition to the Proctors Theater, you might find yourself enjoying the colorful variety of flowers at the Garden at Central Park. Or, you can enjoy the fabulous architecture while walking through the historic Stockade District, which is the safest part of Schenectady and perfect for families raising children. (There are 17 schools offered by the Schenectady City School District, including many private schools, and once your children graduate, they can go onto attend Union College or Schenectady Community College in their very own city, and there's lots of other colleges in the immediate area to choose from---such as Skidmore College in the beautiful tourist village of historic Saratoga Springs). During your stay, or as a resident as well, you'll be amazed by the fascinating exhibits at the Schectady History Museum, or enjoy a show at the Schenectady Light Opera Company (the downtown theater group, which is small but no less entertaining than others in the area that you will find). Also, don't forget the Edison Tech Center, where you can learn all about the latest technology. Afterwards, be sure to visit the Upper Union Street Business Improvement District, where you'll find a whole slew of restaurants, shops, and businesses in Schenectady. If you're interested in African American History, you might want to visit the African American burial ground at Vale Cemetery (celebrate the emancipation of slaves on “Freedom Day”, otherwise known as “Juneteenth” here, which is held annually on June 19th.)

Schenectady, as you can see, is a very colorful, artistic city. It unfortunately has had a bad wrap due to violence between races, but schools are very good and the city is trying to take action to reduce the violence here. There's safer places in Schenectady than others, such as the historic Stockton district, and all over Schenectady you'll find affordable housing, which will help with the high taxes prices (ironically, the cost of living is actually 3.40% less than the average of the entire United States). You're also not far from NYC by train (It's only a little more than two hours away), and Schenectady has a wonderful train station, which will be great for commuters. There's beautiful parks like Central and Scotia Collins, both of which have lots of activities (Scotia Collins, for instance, has a playground, tennis courts and a jogging path). You're also right near Saratoga Springs, which is famous for its horse racing and special natural spring spas---which draws in visitors from all over the world!

Overall, Schenectady has a lot to offer, and though it could use some improvement in certain areas, it's a fun place to live. Choose carefully when moving with kids, as well as schools---there's so many to choose from---and there's private schools as well. Schenectady has wonderful amenities and plenty of restaurants to eat at, and all of different kinds. There's places to play outside as well as inside, and you'll learn a great deal about your local American history.
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Come and Be Healed by Saratoga Springs!"

Saratoga Springs is named after the special healing Springs that are found here in this popular city of Saratoga County. Saratoga Springs (sometimes called just “Saratoga”) is famous for its Saratoga Race Course, a horse racing track which has been in operation since the Summer of 1863. Home to Empire State College as well as Skidmore College, not only is Saratoga a college town, but it is also an widely popular tourist attraction! It is also where many well-known American businesses were born, including several magazines: People, Time, Sports Illustrated and Newsweek. Quad Graphics, Stewart's Shops and the Saratoga Spring Water Co. also formed here.

Visitors and residents alike have access to many unique activities to enjoy in Saratoga Springs, such as the Spa State Park (also known as the “Roosevelt Baths”). Don't be alarmed by the smell of sulfur in the air: it's simply the harmless gas form of hydrogen sulfide which comes from the unique properties in the water (the smell evaporates very quickly). You can take some of this very special water home with you if you bring your own bottles. There's 18 springs in all in Saratoga!

Visitors can also enjoy the town's lively entertainment venues, such as the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (home to the Saratoga Native American Festival aand it even has an ampitheater outside for outdoor shows), the Skate Park (which has a public skateboarding arena), the Philadelphia Orchestra, Lee's Park (for camping, be it tent or RV style), the Jazz Festival, the New York City Ballet, the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame and more! Unique stores include Four Seasons Natural Foods, Saratoga Guitar, the Putnam Market, Uncommon Grounds Coffee & Tea, Candy Company, G. Willikers Toys, and more! Saratoga Springs is famous for its multitude of Antique Stores, such as: Stitches & Time (Antique store), Mark Lawson Antiques, The Vault, Nine Caroline, and others. If you're into auctioning, visit North Peak Auctions on 25 Washington St. The Lyrical Ballad Bookstores is another unique place that should not be missed. There's also tons of galleries such as “The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery” found on the campus of Skidmore College, also in town; plus the Symmetry Gallery, the Crafters Gallery, and more....you'll feel as though the sky's the limit when it comes to entertainment here in Saratoga Springs!

Also don't forget to visit the Forno Bistro, the Olde Bryan Inn, the Wheatfields Restaurant & Bar, Hattie's, and more in Saratoga Springs...where the possibilities are limitless and everyone will find something to love during their stay here. It's a great place to bring the whole family, and a wonderful place to live as well! There's great schools, a community center (known as “The Rec Center). The city offers its residents affordable as well as senior housing, and perfect for the income of working middle-class families (with a median sales price of around ($295,000). Whether you plan on visiting here or living here, Saratoga Springs is a wonderful place to be, and has lots of fun things to do, and is very family friendly! It's great for those who wish to retire, and very affordable for students (after all, it is home to two great NY state colleges).

Overall, hatever your needs may be, you're sure to find it in the truly healing atmosphere of Saratoga Springs in the wonderful, beautiful surroundings that forms Saratoga County, of the Hudson Valley, and NY!
Pros
  • great entertainment
  • lovely parks
  • affordable housing
  • beautiful
  • cultural mecca
  • good schools
Cons
  • summer traffic
  • tourist town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Visit South Glens Falls: Once Home to "The Last of the Mohicans""

South Glens Falls, a lovely village in Saratoga County, is most widely know as the site of Cooper's Cave, which is named as such because it inspired James Fenimore Cooper to write “Last of the Mohicans”. Part of northern town Moreau and south of Glens Falls of Warren County, NY, South Glens Falls is home to many museums and within easy reach of the rest of historic Saratoga County, location of many Revolutionary War battles and historical moments. The school system is pretty good, containing four different elementary schools, one middle school (Oliver W. Winch Middle School) and one high school (South Glens Falls High School which has 251 students and an 81.3% graduation rate).

As far as things to do around town, this place is great for those who wish to learn about Saratoga's history. There's lots of museums to choose from, such as the Chapman Historical Museum (dedicated to teaching the history of Glens Falls, as well as Queensbury and including the Southern Adirondacks, which are close by). This museum has unique events such as the Annual Glens Falls Cemetery Tour (starting September 29) and shifting exhibits. Other museums include the Bolton Historical Museum and Fort William Henry Historical Museum (Fort William itself is right nearby and the infamous Saratoga Battlefield as well as Fort Ticonderoga). You can take your sailboat, canoe, kayak or rowboat out on beautiful Lake George and Lake Champlain, or hike the gorgeous West and Gore Mountains. (This area is known as the “Gateway to the Adirondacks” and within good reason!)

In town, you're never out of reach from great eats such as the Dango's Dugout (an American Restaurant, reputedly has fantastic wings), the Iron Pig BBQ, (get the famed Pulled Pork Sandwhich, a customer favorite from all over Saratoga County), Abbot's Restaurant (American, fair), China Buffet, Subway, 3 pizza places (Giavano's Pizzeria, House of Pizza, and Gino's Pizzeria South), McDonald's, and Massie's Restaurant (mixed reviews; also a Banquet Hall). Stores include Rite Aid, Racing City Hobbies, a Dollar Tree savings store, South Glens Falls Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, as well as your awesome treat and coffee stop (the neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts) and more! You can stay at The Glens Falls In or Manor Inn (or the Country Kitty B&B in nearby Queensbury). Glens Falls is very affordable at $130,950, and is right near the glorious, stunningly beautiful parks of the Adirondack Mountains. You also are right near have even more fun in neighboring tonws such as vibrant Saratoga Springs, and right in South Glens Falls itself, you access to the well reputed Glens Falls Hospital for outstanding medical care. The crime rate of South Glens Falls is not unlike those of cities, with a comparison of 2.56 to the NY state average of 3.92, and 25 out of 100 (where 100 is the safest).

South Glens Falls of the greater town of Moreau is rich in history, has great schools and is a beautiful place to live, within reach of many fun things to do, great places to eat, convenient amenities, and more!
Pros
  • Great schools
  • Rich History and Beautiful Surroundings
  • wonderful restaurants & convenient amenities
Cons
  • could be safer
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Find Your New Home in Wonderful Historical Community of Schuylerville!"

Schuylerville, a Hudson River town located in Saratoga County, NY is a lovely, lively little town that's rich in American history (it was the site of the historical Battle of Saratoga, as well as was once known as “Fort Saratoga” by the Dutch who settled here, and there are other links to the war as well), fantastic community events (like the Turning Point Parade in summer), wonderful schools (the outstanding Schuylerville Central School District) and a great park system.

For instance, Schuylder's Canal Park is where the British first surrendered to the American troops during the Revolutionary War, and is situated upon the Champlain Canal and is where you can enjoy many community events such as the Turning Point Parade (August) as well as many other events that take place all year long. There's also the Lock 5 Champlain Canal Park (observe boats and take a ride on a canal boat yourself), Village Beach (where you can catch a free concert and go swimming), Saratoga National Historical Park (the site of two of the most horrific battles of the Revolutionary War), Stark's Knob (named in honor of General John Stark of the Revolutionary War, where you can still find prehistoric ocean fossils of creatures that once lived in the sea), and Hudson's Crossing Bi-County Park, where you can visit the brand-new park for children, take your boat out from the dock, hike, and soon enjoy an Envrionmental Center. There's also the Youth Center, which offers programs to teens and young children which can keep kids socializing and busy in a safe environment, to explore their interests with people who care about their futures. For more historical locations, visit the Saratoga Monument and the Schuyler house (the prominent family from whom the town got its name).

Aside from excellent parks and schools (Schuylerville is one of the best Central School Districts in the area), there's many quaint shops and wonderful restaurants in town to choose from. For instance, there's Old Saratoga Books (94 Broad St.), a small yet wonderful used & rare bookstore, and Saratoga Apples Inc. (no, it has nothing to do with the computer company; this is a Pick-Your-Own Apple Farm and Produce Center, where your kids---and you---can enjoy getting fresh fruit and vegetables galore, munch on yummy cider donuts, and pick a bountiful amount of delicious, juicy organic apples right from the trees (a great way to celebrate the coming of Fall either by yourself, with friends, or with your family). There's other stores as well, like the Thrift Shop on Broad St. and the Antique Store on Milton Ave.; there's also Olde Saratoga Bike & Boards, the Dwell Gift Shop, Schuyler Sweets, the Badger Cigar Den, Stewart's Shop, Cumberland Farms grocery, and more! If you're hungry, enjoy a fantastic variety of restaurants to choose from, such as: Schuylerville Pizza & Pasta, Mac's Diner, Olde Saratoga Cafe & Bakery, American Legion, Amigos Cantina, Kitchen at the Dove Gate Inn, Whipple City Pizza, a Subway, and more!

More good news about Schuylerville: the unemployment rate is less than the US average, which is 8.60% (Schuylerville's is 6.10%), the cost of living is also under the US average (98.6%), a pretty safe crime rate (75 out of 100, where 100 is the safest). You can find great medical care in nearby Saratoga Springs (the Saratoga Hospital is a wonderful place to get help, whatever your needs), and the Greenwhich Family Health Center in Greenwhich, CT is not far away by car as well. You can feel safe about bringing your kids to Imagination Home Day Care and Baby Chick Day Care Home, both in Schuylerville, and while they're in daycare, visit the parks or go swimming at the local YMCA. You can pump up with exercise at the Saratoga Health and Wellness in Saratoga Springs, or Global Fitness in nearby Gansevoort (also of Saratoga County, NY). Homes are very affordable with a median sales price at $130,000.

Whatever your needs, you'll be sure to find them in Schuylerville, NY: where your money is well spent, for everyone in your family will be sure to benefit from it, one way or another!
Pros
  • fantastic schools
  • wonderful parks
  • packed with history (great for history buffs)
Cons
  • no nightlife, but very close to the nightlife in Saratoga Springs
  • lacking public transportation
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"A Victory For Those Who Like Peace & Quiet Away from Man-Made Chaos and Distraction"

While it is a beautiful residential community, there's not much to do in the immediate town of Victory, which is home to an abandoned Mill (“Victory Mill”, which the town is sometimes known by) and near the location of a Revolutionary War battle that was an American...well..."Victory".

While there is a Shop Rite, that's pretty much it; everything else to be found is in nearby Schuylerville, such as stores and restaurants and anything else, or in nearby Greenwhich CT, or Queensbury, NY: where you'll find the Six Flags Great Escape Amusement Park as well as Splashwater Kingdom: all in only about 20 minutes away! In Victory Mill itself you will find the Saratoga Monument, which honors the moment that British General Burgoyne surrendered to General Gates, which is considered “the turning point of the American Revolution” and goes down in history as an essential point in building the future of America.

Today there are over 544 people in one of America's most tiniest villages, including around 144 families and 189 households. The population consists of 97.61% White and very little diversity. The median sales price for a home goes for about $87, 234 and you'll be sending your kids to great schools at the Schuylerville School District. Victory (or “Victory Mills”) is not to be confused with the town of Victory in Cayuga County, NY. You will be within short distances of neighboring towns (most within 15 miles of reach by car), and that's where you'll find all your day-to-day needs. The nearest Train Station is in the lovely town of Saratoga Springs which is not that far away.

Overall, I would highly recommend this place for retirees who wish to move to the countryside of NY and away from everything else. It's also a great place for families with kids who don't mind the country and feel at home in nature (aka strolling around in the fields and wood with siblings and friends) is their idea of a good time. It might be a great place to build your first cabin, and not be annoyed by neighbors wanting a try in your brand-new backyard hot tub. In other words, if peace and quiet is what you're looking for, well, then you've found it here at the surprisingly historic, yet sleepy little town of Victory.
Pros
  • very small
  • very safe
  • wonderful schools in nearby village of Schuylerville
Cons
  • a bit out of the way
  • somewhat isolated from other towns
  • not diverse
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"All the Joys of Ballston Spa---a Most Very Healing Place, Indeed!"

North Ballston Spa, a residential community that is part of the quaint Saratoga County village of Ballston Spa in NY state, is quite famous for its mineral springs and healing waters also of the same name. They contain carbonates of calcium and magnesium as well as healing salt proprieties.

Also in Ballston Spa, you will find a wonderful community center that offers awesome programs, including youth-based activities such as after-school programs and sports activities. Your entire family will delight during their visit in such priceless treasures as the National Bottle Museum or visiting local artists at the Strolling Village Artisan's Studio Gallery as well as others, or seeing a live show at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center or enjoying the outdoors at beautiful Adirondack Park. Ballston Spa has outstanding schools (Ballston Public School System). There's also the Saratoga Brookside Museum and Historical Society, as well as the Agricultural Society (which is joined in association with the Saratoga County Fair: a wonderful treat for the whole family!), the Yoga Spa, the Living Well Day Spa & Healing Arts Center, the Saratoga Automobile Museum, and the War Memorial at Front & Low Streets (not to forget the Wiswall Park and Gazebo). There's many events in this park such as the new Antiques Show, the Classic Car Show, the Farmers Market, the Village Tree Lighting Ceremony, Summer Concerts, and Victorian Festivities, which take place in Winter during the festive December month. There's lots of historical places to observe such as the Lincoln Building, which was once a Hotel and is now apartments, and the west Mill Complex, otherwise known as “The Chocolate Factory”---you can still even smell the chocolate, even though it's since been turned into businesses and offices, such as The Factory Eatery & Spirits, a charming venue which everyone should check out during their visit.

Ballston Spa itself is a great place for shopping and eating. There's unique places like the Loca Luna Grill, the Iron Roost and The Great Bay Clam Company, and more! There's unique stores like the Wild Thyme Whole Food & Tea Company, which is a great place to go grocery shopping for natural organic foods and to buy bulk teas. You can also pop into cute stores only to be found in Ballston Spa such as Creative Endeavors Gift Shop & Art Center,the Two if By Sea Gallery, the Excellent Adventures Comics & Collectibles, the Sacred Journey Ceramics, the Stone Soup Antiques Gallery (Ballston Spa is famous for Antique Stores and Artist's Gallries) and more! Ballston Spa is famous for its mom-and-pop stores, and there are unique stores all over the place; you might even be overwhelmed at first---but once you choose a couple of stores to check out, you'll find yourself getting lost in the charming atmosphere and friendly staff who will make sure your time here is well-worth the trip as well as unforgettable; there's no telling what types of treasures you're sure to find!
Pros
  • has all the amenities of Ballston Spa
  • wonderful schools and fantastic community
  • very affordable for middle class families
Cons
  • mainly residential
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Eat at an Old Colonial Cotton Mill and More in Eastchester's Tuckahoe, NY!"

Tuckahoe, of the 5-star Tackahoe Union Free School District in Eastchester, NY of Westchester County, is the less-expensive, but no less beneficial, villages of Eastchester. Neighbor to its affluent sibling Bronxville, Tuckahoe still has a lot to offer at less than half the price of homes in Bronxville, making it the prime place for middle-class families and students of Bronxville's Sarah Lawrence College and other schools in the area.

It's also a great community, as there's a wonderful Community Center which offers sports activities, Camp Quest, Girl's Softball, Zumba, Little League, Boy Scouts and Defensive Driving Classes in Summer from mid-July to the 1st of August. Tuckahoe Library offers Teen Performer's Showcases, so that Tuckahoe Teens can show off their talents in a public atmosphere and be proud of themselves for their hard creative work. The Community Center also takes Senior Citizens on day trips like the Bonatnical Gardens, where you can see Claud Monet's amazing work of the garden in Giverny, and there's Pizza Luncheons and Bingo nights as well.

In town you'll find neighborhood staples such as Dunkin' Donuts and CVS, as well as unique stores such as Verano Boutqiue, the Crestwood Shoe Service, Fastframe (a customizing frame store) and the quaint Tucahoe-based Antiques Shop, Consign On The Square. Tuckahoe also has its own Severino Grocery Store, and greater Eastchester has a Stop & Shop, as well as an A&P in neighboring Bronxville. For unique eats in Tuckahoe, try out the Old Stone Mill at 2 Scarsdale Road, which is actually an old historic, 1803 cotton mill! While the food is expensive, you'll love the friendly staff and lovely, unique, old-fashioned feel and décor of the place, and there isn't another one like it in this town, or perhaps anywhere!
Pros
  • excellent 5-star Schools
  • wonderful community
Cons
  • very high cost of living
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"One of "America's Most Expensive Zip Codes" -Forbes Magazine"

Bronxville is perhaps best known as a “college town”, as it's home to Sarah Larwence College and Concordia College, and you'll see lots of students bouncing around town, enjoying the sites or studying at cafes on their coffee breaks. What you might not know is that Bronxville is known as one of the most expensive places to live in the United States, and home-owners here are mostly millionaires. A hamlet of Eastchester, Bronxville---like all places in Westchester County, NY---was once home to Native Americans (the Mohicans). Today it is is home to 6,200 residents who are mainly white, and some of the wealthiest people in Westchester. Just walking the streets of this beautiful suburban area and noticing the size and quality of the homes, you'll realize how expensive this area is. However, people who can afford to live in Bronxville come here for very good reasons, and here's why:

It's a beautiful place though with an outstanding community, as well as award-winning schools that are some of the best in the country. Just walking past the cherry trees in town, you'll find a sense of wonderment as you pass by the exquisitley-laid-out gardens surrounding Victorian, Tudor and Colonial-style homes.

Bronxville is a great community that makes the cost of living here well worth your pay. Your kids will be glad because there's lots of fun things to do in Bronxville. They can enjoy outdoor activities, such as Sagamore Road Playgrouna; Bronxville has more than 70 acres worth of recreational parkland, included the Bronx River Parkway Reservation and excellent athletic fields at the Bronxville School System (You might recall seeing The Bronxville School in the heartwarming movie Stepmom, (which starred Susan Sarandon and Julia Roberts!). In addition to Sports programs, they can have fun with friends at the Bronxville After-School Program that offers group activities such as Creative Arts & Crafts, Sports, Cooking, and a Homework Club for extra help. There's also a Full Day Child Care, and a Community Action Program to help families with Family and Youth Counseling; there's other outreach programs like this one as well. There's an amazing Library with lots of programs such as a Meditation Circle and Book Group that meets on Thursdays, or you can enjoy a concert with Robert the Guitar Guy (great for both young, middle-aged, teenaged, and old alike). There's also great medical care to be found at Lawrence Hospital (which has a 24-hour ER and acute care for inpatients, and doctors in all different specialties work here). The community also reaches out to homes with Meals on Wheels and there's Senior Services as well, including the Bronxville Youth Counsil. Also don't forget to enroll your child in the Bronxville Day Camp in Summer---they won't regret it, and neither will you; it's sure to make this Summer a special one!

Bronxville also has its own train station, beautiful places of worship (such as St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, with its unbelievably gorgeous spires), a busy downtown section with lots of awesome stores and restaurants. In addition to unique places like the coffee shop Slave to the Grind (which has organic food and organic coffee that is claimed to be even better than Starbucks; however, they don't have wifi, which is a shame, because people would go here more than the Starbucks in neighboring Yonkers; however they do have over 50 bean varieties, which will make for an interesting decision for your new favorite hot or iced drink; the place is also street-level, making it handicap accessable, and there is parking, but it's metered, so make sure that you bring plenty of quarters!). There's also basic staples such as your neighborhood CVS and A&P, as well as others.
Pros
  • awesome community activities
  • great parks
  • Slave To the Grind Cafe
  • Excellent school district
  • Fantastic shopping district
  • Affluent, but relatively affordable
  • Decent shopping
  • Easy commuting distance
Cons
  • very high cost of living
  • Expensive
  • Exclusive
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Syracuse Has Everything To Expect in NY Cities: And More"

Located near Lake Oneida in Onandaga County, NY, Syracuse is a culturally creative and historical extravaganza that's just about bursting at the seams with excitement! No matter what you want to do, it seems that it can be done in Syracuse: with a fantastic Zoo (Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park), wonderful parks (like Onandaga Lake Park), museums (like the Emerson Museum of Art or Automobile Museum, ect.), theaters for live shows and films alike, art galleries, festivals (such as the Jazz Festival), and more, if it's entertainment you want, Syracuse seems like a place where the sky is truly “the limit”!

Not only does it have an excellent collection of venues for visitors and residents alike to enjoy, Syracuse is steeped in history: it was home to the Underground Railroad (once even known as the “City Depot of the Underground Railroad”), helping to get slaves free, and it was also home to an expansive salt and manufacturing industry. It was also home to the Onondaga Native Americans, tribal members of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy, whose history is still thriving here in the NY Finger Lakes Region. Later on, Syracuse would be taken over by the French and then, from them, the British.

Today, there are over 145,170 people living in Syracuse to date. Some live here as students attending Syracuse University or the Upstate University Health System (perhaps the neighborhood of Westcott, which is right near University Hill). Others have come to live and work in Downtown Syracuse, where most of the restaurants are located (at Armory Square). There's also culturally-designated areas like Little Italy, but areas such as Butternut Circle, with its pizza shop, barber shops, hair salons, and other stores attracts many people to live there as well. There's also University Hill near Marshall Street (more than 25,000 people work here each day, and love to call Syracuse their home). On top of loads of things to do to keep yourself entertained, and great places to eat, Syracuse offers a lot to people who wish to live here: such as excellent schools (Syracuse City School District, or charter schools like Syracuse Academy of Sciences), and wonderful medical care. There's also two different train stations in Syracuse for commuters: 131 Alliance Bank Parkway and New York 695, both Amtrack stations.

The only negative part about Syracuse is the very high crime rate, but there are hopeful programs such as non-for-profit-based organizations like Syracuse Community Geography (see more info at www.communitygeography.org). Also police are on the lookout, and it's a good idea not to be walking around by yourself after dark. Keep an eye on your kids, and make sure their schools are cracking down on bullying. Charter schools are better when it comes to these issues.

Overall Syracuse is a good place to live if you watch your back on the streets. It's a place that's vibrating with culture and diversity and wonderful places for entertainment, such as museums, parks and art galleries, outstanding night life, awesome restaurants and lots of great means for learning about our country's colorful history. There's great transportation and wonderful medical care, as well as lots of convenient amenities. Homes in Syracuse are very affordable for working middle-class families at around $92,500.
Pros
  • good schools, especially charter schools
  • college town
  • lots to do
  • snow galore
Cons
  • leftover pollution
  • snow galore
  • some crime
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Home to the Beanrunner Cafe and Kwan's Kung Fu Studio!"

I've come to Esther St. mainly for the Beanrunner Cafe, which has great food like paninis, homemade soups and smoothies, salads and more, and hosts Open Mics both for musicians and poets on the 2nd Mondays of every month at 6:30pm, as well as other Open Mics as well. (There's also exhibits of local artist's works on the walls, and sometimes the Cafe hosts artis's galas). I also come here to use the WiFi which is pretty darned good, and you can sit at either the tables or in the little back area, which is like walking into someone's living room and feeling right at home---there's even a couch, a loveseat, a TV and a chess board that's just waiting to be played! You can even used the TV yourself if you'd like, if there's not a lot of people around---perhaps a favorite show if it happens to be on, or watch the latest game! Oh, and the Beanrunner also has great desserts as well as fine beer and wine from all over the world. It's a wonderful place to come and dine with either family or friends or just by yourself, and there's even a patio in the back, weather permitting, which offers you some privacy from the crowd. (They have great iced coffee as well---I love mine with a dash of heavy cream and sugar!)

Also on Esther St. is Kwan's Kung Fu Studio. Kwan is a delightful man and respected veteran teacher, very experienced in the art of Kung Fu, which he has been teaching for years, since the early 1980's. He also offers classes in Cultural Art and Tai Chi. The Studio is very expansive and has plenty of space, so you can bet to see lots of little Kung Fu students having a ball, and learning a lot! This is an ancient art, very respected, and will teach your child the joys of learning an ancient Chinese practice. In fact, they will learn the Shaolin Fu-Jow Pai Tiger Claw, a method which is 2,000 years old! Fu-Jow Pai teaches self-confidence, self defense and concentration, just to name a few. Classes are on Mondays and Saturdays. Call (914)-737-1148 for details and get your child (or yourself) enrolled in one of these classes today! Fun for the entire family---and Kwan is a teacher that you will never forget!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Your Gateway to Natural Beauty and Family Fun in the Hudson Valley Area!"

Valley Cottage, a small hamlet of Clarkstown, NY, is one of Rockland's prettiest rural communities. It's home to Clarkstown Central Schools, which is an excellent choice for your kids if you're thinking of moving to the area. It's very affordable (the median price for a home goes for anywhere between $219,000-$679,000+, but the area is very safe and perfect for families wishing to relocate to a quiet, suburban area.

Plus, you're right near great places for the family to go during a warm Spring or hot summer day: Nyack Beach Park, or Rockland Lake State Park (you can swim here as well as other outdoor recreational activities) and both are awesome places to visit any time of the year. There's wonderful restaurants in town like Dee Maria's (some of the best pizza in Rockland County can be found here), Cinco de Mayo for excellent Mexican, or Pie-Man Cottage for unforgettable family fun, plus great food---what more could you ask for? There's other restaurants as well like Jonnie's Wok, Valley Pizza, and Good Taste, Inc. (another Chinese food place); there's also the Cheesecake Factory in nearby West Nyack, which can both be family-friendly, as well as a fine location for a fun-filled evening of romantic dining, and Dave & Busters, which is like the older kids' version of Chuck E. Cheese (and lots of fun for all ages, too)! There's also an A&P in town for all your grocery shopping needs, the Happy Quilter, The Little Bake Shop, a RiteAid Pharmacy, Winky Dink Ink, Camera Dynamics and Bradco Supply Corporation, as well as others. There's more to be found in surrounding villages, such as West Nyack.

You'll be happy you chose Valley Cottage for your new home, because it's very safe, with beautiful scenic surroundings, a fantastic public library with awesome programs for everyone, wonderful parks to visit and enjoy, and amazing schools to offer an outstanding education for your kids, and is simply a great place to live and raise a family.
Pros
  • very safe and affordable
  • excellent schools
  • wonderful parks and awesome amenities
Cons
  • very high cost of living
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Immerse Yourself in America's History and Local Charm at Stony Point, NY"

Most people know of Stony Point, in Rockland County, NY as the home of one of the Revolutionary War's most crucial battles, and people still visit the battlefields with their families to learn about this important piece of American history.

What those who visit just to see the battlefield may not know is that Stony Point has a lot to offer for those who wish to live here: great schools (North Rockland School District), two libraries (Tompkins Cove Public Library & Rose Memorial Public Library), beautiful Charles S. Eccher Park (complete with picnic pavilion and grills, adult pool and kiddie pool, playground, walking track, basketball courts and more), glorious Riverfront Front Park (with its breathtaking views of the Hudson River, fishing pier, volleyball court, picnic pavilion, grills, and more), and other parks as well (there's also a Municipal Pool, which opens in late June and closes September 3rd; hours of operation are from 11am until 7pm each day (depending on the weather). You can also call the Town's Recreation Department for information on birthday parties at the Pool, and how to sign up for swimming lessons!

Also, for people of all walks of life who wish to quietly reflect in a welcoming community to people of all different faiths, there is the Stony Point Center, a conference center that offers many different types of programs. (Note: This is NOT a Bible Camp.) This is a place for people to come and meditate and enjoy nature and connect with the Divine, or to simply enjoy the quiet and reflect on the grandness and mysteries of Life. The Stony Point Center offers its patrons food from local farms, simple and charming living quarters for retreats, and a spiritual feeling of togetherness. The Center is located at 17 Cricketown Rd.

As far as shopping goes, Stony Point is very convenient for residents, as stores include a Walgreen's, a Dunkin' Donuts, a CVS Pharmacy, Deli Central, Homestead Hardware, Patsy's Boat Marina, Stony's Food & News, ShopRite, and more: including further ventures in shopping in neighboring villages such as Haverstraw, West Haverstraw, Montrose and Garnverville, NY (which, for instance, has your local 7-11). As far as restaurants, you're not without great choices such as Yummy's Chinese Restaurant & Sushi, Las Margarita's, China King, Fireside Steak Pub, Hogan's Family Diner, Gilligan's Clam Bar & Grill, and more where that came from! (Here's a tip for searching for a good restaurant: as far as online reviews go, it's always best to check the place out for yourself, as some people will find anything to complain about and there's lots of whiny people out there.)
Pros
  • Lots of fascinating history
  • great restaurants and amenities
  • great schools
Cons
  • very high cost of living
  • must have a car to get around
  • nearest train station is in Nanuet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Home to The Great Hudson Sailing School & Helen Hayes Hospital Rehabilitation Center of NY State"

West Haverstraw of Rockland County, which became an official village in 1883, is somewhat placid, with few points of interest; still, it is a pretty safe community and, consequently, not too bad for retirement (there are some affordable housing for people over 55). It's very affordable for middle-class families (around $335,178) and has a population of 10,165. As it's also very safe, it's a great place to raise a family, and people can feel good about retiring here with the reassurance that they'll have plenty of peace and quiet. There's excellent child care and gyms, but you'll have to go to the local Ossining Train Station for public transportation; that being said, it's best to have a car or two to help you and your family get around with ease. The West Haverstraw School District is a mixed bag (especially the Elementary schools), but the new administration is apparently in the midst of reforming the Elementary School and it is making a difference!

While there are a few restaurants (such as Rosie's Coffee Shop, Pizza Hut, Papa's Pizza, Asian Express, Kowloon House, Avenue Deli, a Subway, a Dunkin' Donuts; for more options, you'll want to go elsewhere for further ventures in eating. There's a few stores (Stop & Shop Grocery, Carvel Ice Cream, Italian Food Center, West Marine Boat Parts, Samsondale Wine Merchant, Dollar Tree Variety Store), and a couple of bars in the area M.J. Foogens and Jose O' Shays' Irish Pub for some nightlife), but, for the most part, you'll have to head elsewhere to find anything truly interesting to do.

That being said, West Haverstraw is the home to the Great Hudson Sailing School, which offers intensive sailing courses for anyone who has recently gotten a boat or simply has an interest in the art of sailing and wants to improve their sailing experience. They've been teaching the craft for 25 years and are also joined with the approval of the American Sailing Association. Boats are very safe (non-capsizing) and extremely safe, with high booms, (so you won't get whacked in the face if you're not looking). All instructors are certified U.S. Coast Guard Lisenced Captains. There is even a brand new course, a “Mentor Sailing Program”. It's $400 per individual or $360 for an additional member of the family to join you in this unique experience. Courses are 16 hours long (spread over two weekends). Lessons can be modified for individual needs. Call for the 2012 Basic Sailing Schedule at: (845)-598-3349 for more info, and get yourself set up for sailing with finely taught expertize today!

In addition to the Sailing School, West Haverstraw is also home to Helen Hayes Hospital and Rehabilitation Center---an award-winning hospital that offers state-of-the-art care! It's been one of the leading hospitals for more than 100 years in both medicine as well as research. The Rehab Center deals with the chronic disease population as well as debilitating injuries, and helps these patients to live normal, happy, healthy lives as much as humanely possible. As a patient, you can choose from inpatient, outpatient and even special services. If you've undergone a serious debilitating, physical experience in your life, Helen Hayes Hospital will help remind you that there is still hope for you and your loved ones, even in the darkest of times. Remember, Helen Hayes is also a great place to volunteer and work at for your career, to check out their employment and volunteer opportunities today! Visit the campus at Rt. 9W N, West Haverstraw NY 10993. Alternatively you can call 1-888-70-REHAB or (845)-786-4000; or you can also visit online at www.helenhayeshospital.org.
Pros
  • Helen Hayes Hospital & Rehab Center
  • Great Hudson Sailing School
  • Very Safe & Affordable (for Seniors as Well); Low Cost of Living
Cons
  • Not much to do
  • Must have a car to get around
  • Lacking public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Home to the NY Renaissance Faire!"

Tuxedo Park is what one might call “a diamond in the rough”. Driving through, you will see a run-down plaza, one gas station (Tuxedo Gulf), and a deli that is now closed. It's fairly expensive to live here, catering to the upper-middle-class, who wish to be secluded in luxurious privacy while being surrounded by woods and three lakes: Tuxedo Lake, Wee Wah Lake, and Little Wee Wah Lake. The Orange Top Diner (192 NY 17, 5 Stars), and Take A Break (another Japanese food and sushi place, which is reputed to be Orange County's “best”.

However, people usually visit Tuxedo Park for one reason, and one reason only: the special magic that one can only experience at the NY Renaissance Faire. Here, you will be whisked away into the magical world of Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood and his love, Maid Marian. You can watch Robin ask Marian to marry and seal the deal with a kiss on the appropriately named “kissing bridge”. You can watch jousters fight each other right in front of your eyes as they race their horses towards their opponent. You can see someone put their life in another's hands as several sharp knives are thrown in their direction---and live to tell the tale! You can ride a camel, eat boar, see valiant swordfights, get your face painted with Henna, treat your kids to all kinds unforgettable adventures, and more! There's also an amazing Birds Of Prey Show. The Jousting Finale is amazing as well. Of course, there's always lots of vendors selling unique items that you won't find anywhere else---such as garments of the day (which you can rent as well).

The one downside to the Ren Faire is the price of food. The water is $3 (which I find utterly ridiculous) and by the end of the day, you're pretty thirsty---so I highly recommend bringing a 2 liter water jug with ice that you preserve overnight before going in the morning. The food is pretty pricey as well ($4 for a plate of fries isn't bad, I suppose (when they're good) but...$3 for a pickle? (C'mon! That's just silly.)

Here's a couple of tips to help you better enjoy your time here: Eat ahead, but get 1 special, unique thing to eat at the Faire, something that you might not be able to have elsewhere, which will make the moment even more memorable. Also, there is a sprinkler with very gentle downfalls of droplets that will cool you off (and your kids): don't be shy, adults get wet just as much as the kids do, and LOVE it: especially on a hot day (hey, I did)! Another thing is: Bring hats and wear light colored clothing. Also, be prepared for the bees...they like to hover around sweet-tasting food if you're in one place for too long. (Don't be afraid of them though: if you leave them alone, they'll leave you alone; it's the rule of thumb when it comes to animals in general that don't wish to interact with humans on a daily basis.) Also, make sure to get there as early as possible so that you can find a good parking space (there's at least 2 lots that I know of that cost $5) and then you won't miss the opening show that is actually the opening of the doors to the festival as well. It's definitely not something to be missed!

Aside from that, the Renaissance Faire has the four ingredients I think that makes a great festival: 1) Excellent entertainment 2) Awesome food 3) A unique theme to the festivities that makes it extra-special, and therefore extra-memorable for years to come and 4) wonderful staff that really care about their patrons and know what they're doing. It really shows, as a lot of the people who work there are actors, and some know this as their only job (so, here's another tip, remember to tip the performers, because they're working for us---and boy do they work hard)! The entire atmosphere of the place is fantastic, and your kids will have a blast! Even more magical than that is that you will find yourself having a blast as well, perhaps remembering what it's like to be a kid again, forget your worries, and simply enjoy the festivities and celebrations of the day!

Remember: Adults love coming here just as much (if not perhaps sometimes more) than the kids! Going to the Ren Faire for the first time today was truly an unforgettable experience that will stay with me for years to come. I definitely plan on getting there next year!

The Ren Faire is located at 600 17A in Sterling Forest Park of the hamlet Tuxedo Park in Tuxedo (Orange County) NY.
Pros
  • The Ren Faire!
  • Train Station
Cons
  • not much else except a few sushi restaurants
  • very expensive to live there, better place to visit!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Come to Warwick to Celebrate Autumn and an Awesome Community!"

The suburban comfort that is so enjoyed in Warwick, was forged in the fires of the Revolution. The Revolutionary War culminated in egalitarian society in Warwick, and that heritage lives on in the hearts of Warwick's citizens. The Iron that blocked the British Ships was forged here in 1778.

Today, Warwick (of Orange County) is all about apples and retirement: a good thing, too, because there is a hospital that provides 'round the clock care for the infirm, as well as Applefest (where tender apples appreciators of yore can revel in all kinds of applely goodness. (At least 30,000 come each year to this apple lovers' magnet! All in all, it's critically acclaimed family fun.) Not to mention the nearby Oktoberfest where Grammy Award-winning Polka Artist Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra do their level polka best. It may be a problem for those not on the ball that the town of Warwick also contains the Village of Warwick (of the same name), but the locals like to think of the situation like one of those little Russian dolls, only carved out of apples.

Warwick is very affordable with a home going for around $297,500 (the median sales price). The population is around 32,065 and counting. Warwick Valley Central School District is a great school system, and there are also a few private schools (including St. Stephen, St. Edward School, Calvary Christian Academy, and Good Shepherd Lutheren Pre-School.

Living in Warwick has some great benefits like Senior Housing and Medical Care (St. Anthony Community Hospital---which provides around the clock EMS). There's also great child care and several to choose from, several gyms, and while the closest train station is in Croton, it's only an hour and a half by car to NYC, and by NJ Transit Bus 197, 2 and a half hours. The crime rate is average so Warwick is a very safe place to live in and raise a family. They have an excellent community center, wonderful parades, and of course the Applefest and Oktober Fest; nearby Tuxedo also hosts the New York Rennaisance Faire and, in October on the same grounds, one can get scared silly at The Forest of Fear. Wisner Public Library offers wonderful programs like Evening Book Discussions, Teen Creative Writing Workshops, a Library Chess Group, and more. There's 2 parks in Warwick as well: Warwick town Park and Union Corner Park, and both offer plenty of recreational activities which can be fun for anyone, as well as the whole family!

There's plenty of restaurants such as American Quisine, Claude's Artisan Bakery & Dessert Cafe (French), Lai Shun, Hunan Garden, Harvest Restaurant and Brew Pub at Pennings, Panini Deli as well as others. After a great meal, you can relax and catch the newest Flick outside under the stars at Warwick's Drive-In Movie Theater. After the movie, you may wish to hit the Carvel Ice Cream Bakery or Dairy Queen. There's several antique stores in Warwick as well as Ye Olde Warwick Book Shoppe, Marilyn's Consignment Boutique, Shoprite Supermarket, Price Chopper, Dock's Fine Woodcrafts, and several others.

So, Warwick sounds pretty great, right? After visiting, you might find you may not want to leave!
Pros
  • Excellent schools
  • Very affordable and excellent amenities
  • Awesome Festivals (Applefest and Oktoberfest)
Cons
  • very high cost of living
  • Except for buses and taxis, lacking public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"You'll Feel Just Like New In New City!"

A wealthy yet sparse community, the town of New City of Rockland County is great for those without independent transportation and who can expect a higher cost for the necessities of life. As a result, merchants and services understand that they have a captive audience for the most part, and they charge high prices based on that. However, it is a lovely area if you are earning good money, or happen to be well to do.

Established in 1798 (the same year that Rockland County itself was established), New City is a fine example of 20's Craftsmanship, as are the Dutch Gardens surely worthy of a visit (should you be in the area). There are fine examples of housebuilding dotted throughout the hamlet, adding character to the scenery, and an instant charm. A point of interest to those of us who may be aspirationally inclined is the Paramount Country Club (formerly DellWood, home to Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures).

Today the population is around 33,559 and the median sales price is $548,586, which is pretty affordable for middle-class and upper-class individuals. The school system is the prestigious Clarkstown School District which is quite good. They also have quite a few Private Schools that run the gamut from Preschool to K-8 including Busy Bee Play School, St. Augustine, The Hebrew Academy Ohr Menachem, and Ramapo Community Nursery School, among others. The Public Schools are also quite good, including Laurel Plains Elementary, New City Elementary School, Link Elementary School, and also Little Tor Elementary. Clarkstown North Senior High School gets somewhat mixed results, but it is apparently great for over-achievers.

Some benefits of living in New City are Senior Housing (Sunrise of New City and Sunshine Home Care in nearby Nanuet), as well as Affordable Housing (Meager and only for Senior Citizens at Squadron Gardens). There's great Medical Care at Clarkstown Pediatrics, as well as Hudson Valley Radiology; Integrated Medical Care handles Physical Therapy and there's Dr. Diane Digiacomo and her private practice as well. (Also don't forget there's a VA New City Clinc in nearby Nyack Hospital, which offers plenty of other medical facilities inside its walls as well.)
New City also has excellent Child Care (All My Children Day Care or Kreative Kids, for example, among several others) and there's plenty of gyms to choose from, including the Wellness Institute, Retro Fitness, Ferber Fitness, Tread Lightly, the EFT Group, and Moti Horenstein Karate Academy. (There's also a Planet Fitness in nearby Nanuet).

You have excellent transportation accessed only 11 minutes away at the Pacscack Valley Line to Hoboken, NJ and the Path commuter train to NYC. To drive to NYC from New City, it only takes 56 minutes and is a beautiful and very scenic drive as well! Plus, New City is safer than 75% of US cities with an above-average crime rate.

On top of all this, there's also the Community Center (the Street School Community Center is outfitted with a gym, a weight room, a TV room, and a game room). New City offers wonderful community-oriented events such as the Promenade of Heroes, New City's version of the Memorial Day Parade. There's also the Library with great programs such as Story Time for Kids and Families and Smart Seniors, a Senior Awareness Program. Knitting ,Stress Management, and Puppet Shows are among the many events that the library hosts. New City also has great parks such as Kennedy Dells Park for Picnics, High Tor State Park, and Dutch Gardens (an award-winning enterprise, which is historically renowned).

In town you'll find most stores situated on Main Street: a Walgreens Pharmacy, Pet Palace of New City, a CVS Pharmacy, ShopRite Grocery, New City Florist, Back to Earth Natural, and Decicco Markets. As far as restaurants, you'll never be without a place to choose from, as there's so many, it might at first be overwhelming! There's Yamaya Japanese Restaurant, Disorrono Italian Restaurant, Twist & Shake, Potato Republic, Rocco's Family Restaurant, Agnello's Brick Oven, CB Kitchen Bar for American, Barbecue, Tacos, Boston Market, Mandarin Restaurant, and Rocket Wrapps is a popular favorite! For excellent nightlife, have a blast at the Liquid Ice Nightclub in nearby Nanuet. Howver, New City is so close to NYC, it doesn't really need much of a night life to begin with! You'll find everything you need here---and more. It's an awesome place to live and raise a family where you can feel safe and prosterous while building a future in the naturally stunning, gorgeous Hudson Valley that's never too far from the wonderful, glorious Hudson River.
Pros
  • amazing amenities
  • fantastic schools
  • very safe
Cons
  • a bit expensive, depending upon what your budget is
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Home of Tilly Foster Farm"

Southeast is a quiet little town that is part of the historic “Oblong”, a stretch of land that was once a tug-of-war between New York and Connecticut. Today the town of Southeast, established in 1730, is now home to more than 18,404 people and counting.

Southeast is famous for being the home of the abandoned mine, Tilly Foster, as well as Tilly Foster Farm (now a museum). When visiting the museum you will see farm animals that are very uncommonly seen nowadays: Narragansett Turkeys, Randall Cattle, Indian Runner Ducks, Donkeys, American Rabbits, and Pilgrim Geese. In the town of Southeast, you'll also find the Putnam County Antique Machinery Association, which hosts antique tractors, equipment, and gas engines, ect.; there's also the Avalon Archives Museum, which will tell you all about the History of America's Rock n' Roll (open only on weekends).

Southeast has several stores such as Kohl's, an A&P (and Pharmacy, together in one store), Fortune Ridge at Southeast, Lanci's Package Store,Speedy Pet Products (in Brewster, a hamlet of Southeast), Animal Kingdom USA (a unique pet store that hosts birthday parties in the store and has its own makeshift rain forest inside the store: an unforgettable experience!!! Also you might just find yourself bringing home your newfound animal friend!),Michael's, (Brewster) a Home Depot (Brewster), Game Stop (Brewster), Southeast Wine & Liquor Ltd., Marshall's, and more! (As you can see, the place to shop is Brewster.)

As far as restaurants go, Rraci's Restaurant of Brewster is one of the best places in town! Here is where you'll find the finest of Italian food, and some of the best key lime pie around! Lots of seafood dishes to choose from, and patrons rave about it online and at the store. It's said to get busy quick, so make sure you get here early! The Red Rooster is another gem; they have excellent burgers and an outdoor sitting area, as well as a small playground and plenty of room for the kids to run around. Their egg creams and ice cream is fantastic! This is what you call an old-fashioned burger joint (sadly though it's not a drive-in; that's the only thing that's missing)! Definitely a must if you're in Brewster. You can find it on Rt. 22. If you're in the mood for Mexican, try Fiesta Mexicana; they are the type of old-fashioned restaurant that will make your guacamole with expertly-guided motions right in front of your eyes as your mouth waters even more, and when the food comes, you won't regret it! As far as international goes, Jaipore Royal Indian Quisine is quite good as well! (All of these places get 5 out of 5 stars in my book!!! Awesome places to go whether you're with your family, friends or on a date, these places will make everyone's evening!) Southeast has many more restaurants to choose from. Come visit and take a look for yourself!

In addition to wonderful schools (Brewster Central School District and North Salem Central School District), the town of Southeast is very affordable for the working middle-class , hovering around $317,000; most houses go between the $200,000s and the $300,000s. There's also a Metro-North train station that can get you easily to NYC and elsewhere along the Hudson River. Enjoy your visit to Southeast, NY: where there's lots of adventures to unfold!
Pros
  • Great educational programs
  • Proximity to Connecticut, NYC and Westchester
  • Diverse business
  • Great for families
  • Great for outdoorsy types
Cons
  • very high cost of living
  • Need a car to travel most places
  • Nightlife is lacking
  • Financial situation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Excellent Schools, Awesome Amenities and Beautiful Surroundings"

Considering that I grew up in LaGrangeville, a hamlet of Union Vale in Dutchess County, NY, this town has a special place in my heart, as I was a child for many years playing here in the woods and massive yard around my childhood home. The schools were excellent as I had a several great teachers and many memorable moments of learning. Today Arlington High School of the Arlington Central School District has a 97% graduation rate! I did not graduate with that school as I went on to live in Yorktown Heights with my family in Westchester, but I still remember how wonderful Mr. Clark of 9th Grade English was, how patient and encouraging he was when I was having a difficult year.

Memories of visiting Freedom Lake flood back, of going down the slide into the water, and having picnics at birthday parties with friends. I always loved getting ice cream at the concession stand as well! When I was younger I always felt safe being in the shallow part of the lake because it was closed off with a rope, but just enough space so that I could swim easily around in and feel like I was going far (haha) but of course, when you're small, everything seems bigger!

There's also two other parks in Union Vale: Tymor Park (500 acres, as well as trails, an outdoor swimming pool, an ice rink, a senior center, sports fields, a concession stand, basketball, volleyball and tennis courts, a playground for the kiddies to enjoy, a concession stand, and rights to fish, ride horses (there's an equestrian center), camp, and more!

The other park is 12 acre Frederick E. Godfrey Memorial Park and while that is smaller, it still offers a volleyball and basketball court, trails, playground, baseball/softball fields, and, of course, restrooms for “when nature calls”.

There's more than 4,546 people living in Union Vale throughout its many hamlets. To own a home here costs around $380,000; to rent goes for around $1,475 and up, depending on what kind of housing you are looking for. There's excellent shopping venues including an A&P, Dunkin' Donuts, Crystal's Closet (a designer clothes store that sells new and used clothes) , and Hannaford Supermarkets in LaGrangeville alone (there's 11 other hamlets to choose from)! LaGrangeville has The Daily Planet Diner (a fantastic, memorable place to eat out with the entire family, kids will have a blast) and The Links at Union Vale, an Irish-run golf club with an excellent food menu and plenty of greens for the golfing day of your life (they even do weddings here as well)! It's a beautiful scenic place to be and is surrounded by the natural splendor of the Hudson Valley way beyond the tailored green.

Come over to Union Vale to enjoy the quiet splendor of the Mid-Hudson Valley countryside: you won't be disappointed; it's well worth the trip!
Pros
  • great schools
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Nice parks
  • Traffic not an issue
Cons
  • Can feel isolated
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
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"Home to the Paramount Center for the Arts!"

Brown St. is a famous street in Peekskill NY because it is home to Peekskill's famous theater, The Paramount Center for the Arts. At first, it was a movie palace built by Publix Pictures in the year of 1930 (a very exciting time in film, when stars like Charlie Chaplin were at the height of their career). It has 1500 seats, and is now restored to host live shows, as well as independent films (a wonderful mix of titles as well). Big stars such as George Carlin have come to the theater to entertain a packed house, and lines can sometimes seen going all the way down the block!

It sustained itself throughout the Great Depression, as well as WWII. Sadly, its fame as a movie theater was washed out by surrounding shopping malls (as well as the popularity of television). Today it is a nonprofit art center and is multidisciplinary. Sometimes there is an art show here, and you can buy tickets online to all the live shows, as well as gallery events (offering exhibits of a wide variety of art) and arts-in-education programs. More than 63,000 people come here from around the Hudson Valley to see such stars as Donny Osmond, Sweet Honey and the Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm On Tour, Joan Baez, The Indigo Girls, and more! Upcoming artists include Blues Traveller and Amos Lee. Buy your tickets directly from the box office at the Paramount itself, or online through their website, today!

PS: After a show, grab a wonderful bite to eat at Hugo's (which will be opening soon), and some coffee at The Peekskill Coffee House! Both are not to be missed! Brown St. is also home to the Elks Club, as well as the building that has Peekskill's DMV and Military Recruitment offices (and more).
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Festivities Abound in the Colony of the Arts!"

Founded in 1787, the town of Woodstock (of Ulster County, NY) came into being as an Art Colony in the early 1900's. The town that actually held the Woodstock festival is Bethel NY in Sullivan County, an hour and 34 minutes from Woodstock NY. This is 60 miles away from Woodstock NY. Many who live here are artisan craftspeople who work from home, and favor walking and biking to driving more than the state average. However, a sizable portion of the populace has non-artistic careers. This diversity in Woodstock leads to a very livable and sociable place to visit and live. Plenty of local color in the best possible use of the word.

There's currently more than 5,884 people living in Woodstock today, whose homes cost around an affordable $341,000. The schools of Onteora School District (of 4166 State Road 28 in neighboring Boiceville, NY) are pretty good (for instance, Woodstock Elementary School gets a 4 out of 5 stars, and the high school has an 82.1% graduation rate). There's senior housing to be found at Woodstock Meadows (100 Woodstock Meadows Drive), great child care at First Step Day Care (223 Tinker St.), and excellent medical care (Maverick Family Health and the Woodstock Animal Hospital), as well as St. Benedictine Hospital in nearby Kingston NY and Dutchess Hospital, in Rhinebeck, NY (which is only 31 miles away). The Community Center (located at 56 Rock City Rd.) has Summer Recreation Programs for Children, and there is the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum on Tinker Street, which offers Art Exhibitions and Volunteer Opportunities. Woodstock doesn't have a town pool, but there is one at Aspects Inn and Spa (however only open to adult paying customers).

Woodstock has excellent restaurants such as The Red Onion Restaurant & Bar (1654 Rt. 212), Wok'n'Roll Chinese (Mill Hill Rd ) the Garden Cafe on the Green (6 Old Forge Road), Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant (that is some of the best in the Hudson Valley Area, located at 4 Deming St.), Ruth's Country Kitchen (located at 138 Tinker St.), as well as Taco Juan's at 31 Tinker St.).

You can find excellent night life when catching a flick at Upstate Films (132 Tinker St.), and the Woodstock Playhouse hosts Music, Theater, Dance, Film and Art. During the day, you can fly fish or enjoy toobin' down the beautiful Esopus Creek!

There's also unique stores such as the Woodstock Meats Delicatessen and Market (57 Mill Hill Rd.), Pondicherry yoga Arts (12 Tinker St.), the Emerson Country Store (Rt. 28 and Mt. Pleasant Road), the Woodstock Music Shop (6 Rock City Rd.), Woodstock wine & Liquors (63 Tinker St.) as well as The Liquor Cabinet (7 Zena Rd.), Jarita's Florist (17 Tinker St.), The Woodstock Trading Post (7 Tinker St.), BirchTree Fashions (6 Tannery Brook Rd.), The Golden Notebook, Woodstock's independent bookstore (it might be small, but it's quite magical, and has a wonderful selection of books, as well as unique events, such as visits from local artists, and workshops such as “Are You Experienced? How Psychedelic Consciousness Transformed Modern Art”, and more! You can find it right next to Jane's Ice Cream (yum yum!!), a very colorful store, and both are not to be missed! There's also The Reader's Quarry at (97 Tinker St.)which offers rare, used, and out-of-print books (they can be found right across from the neighborhood public library; there's also lots of parking spaces to choose from, which makes it easy to get too; it's right on State Rt. 212, north of the heart of Woodstock). They have an excellent selection of books and it's a very cozy place to be; it might be small, but you can browse for hours and never get bored! Also is the Sweetheart Gallery of Fine American Crafts (8 Tannery Brook Rd.) and the Sunflower Market (a little Pricy, but however good food---they are located at 75 Mill Hill Rd.). Also don't forget the Sunfrost Farm Organic Market & Juice Bar Cafe, found at 217 Tinker St. (Yes, Tinker St. is the happenin' place in Woodstock, but that's not to say that other businesses are worth your time as well---they definitely are, and have a charm all their own!) For instance, there's three gyms for a great workout: the 28 West Gym, Moving Body Pilates Studio, and Reflexology for the Spirit, all great choices with wonderful equipment and encouraging atmosphere!

Woodstock is a very quiet, peaceful place and is also very safe, with a very low crime rate. Whether you're living or visiting, you'll feel welcomed as a part of the community during the many Festivals and Events held here: the Halloween Parade and Memorial Day Parade, DruM Circles on the Village Green, Pet Parades, the Woodstock Guitar Festival, the Phoenecia International Festival of the Voice, the Woodstock Fringe Festival of Theater and Song, the Woodstock Writers Festival (in April), the Summer Songs Festival (in nearby Saugerties), the Maverick Summer Chamber Music Festival, the Woodstock Annual Film Festival, and the Woodstock Fruit Festival at Camp Walden in August. More programs reside in the Woodstock Public Library (located adorably at 5 Library Lane), which hosts a library forum with Poetry Readings, a Summer Reading Program with Special Guests from All Walks of Life (Bird Handling, anyone?), Booksales, Geneology Research Services, Story Activities for Kids and Teens, and More! Parks include Echo Lake, the Village Green and Woodstock Dog Park.

Whether visiting or planning to live here, you can see that Woodstock is not just a town, it's a community with a rich diversity and fun recreational activities that help bring everyone together in an unforgettable way! It's safe, is fairly affordable (especially for the working middle class) annd offers excellent education. If you're looking to live in Ulster County, why not choose Woodstock? It might not be where the legendary festival was held, but it's got plenty of Festivals to make up for that! Just come by and see for yourself---you'll wind up celebrating not just come Festival Time, but Every Day.
Pros
  • lots of fun programs and events
  • strong community
  • very creative atmosphere
Cons
  • cost of living is very high
  • must have a car to get around
  • no low-income housing
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"It's A Very Magical, "Special Place" indeed!"

Greenwood Lake of Orange County, NY started functioning like a village around 1856, five years after Theron Felter started operating a big hotel in the area to cater tourists to the lake, but it was officially incorporated as a village in 1924. “No maybe's about it”, Greenwood Lake is a special place---and clearly, director/writer Rob Reiner agrees; he shot his 2012 movie “The Magic of Belle Isle”, starring Morgan Freeman, here.

In addition to the lake, the town's religious communities Initiative is very evident in the many generous Drives and events they are involved with. In addition to the large religious community of different variety there are several key places of worship in town: Church of the Good Shepard, Congregation B'nai Torah, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, and the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church.

Greenwood Lake has awesome events that draw people from all over the county and beyond. For instance all events are tailored to the 4 Seasons. In the Spring, there is the Easter Egg Hunt, the Community Gardens, the Recycling Drives, and the fun of joining Little League for the young ones! In the Summer (remember this town is centered around its lake), there are occasional boat parades, Movie Nights on the Waterfront, the Celebrate America 4th of July Parade, Regatta, and Concerts in Thomas P. Morahan Park. Fall events inlcude the magical Blues Festival in September, as well as Seaplane Flyin'! In the Winter there are Carriage Rides, Menorah lighting and Tree Lighting in December. Greenwood Lake's public library, the Greenwood Public Library of 79 Waterstone Road, offers programs such as the Adult Game Club, Adult Independent Film Night, Book Lovers' Club, Moms & Tots Playgroup, and even a gallery (Budding Artist); as well as Magic: The Gathering Wednesday Nights (tornaments for fans of the awesome cult-classic card game that's been around, it seems, like forever; Express Yourself; and Get Crafty: a Do-It-Yourself-Craft Night.

Greenwood Lake also has a wonderful park, Thomas P. Morahan Park of Windemere Avenue, which hosts concerts and even more events as well all year round for everyone, residents and visitors alike, to enjoy.

Amenities in town include the County Grocery, Kwik Mart, CVS, A Fine Line Hair Design, Arnell's Antiques & Restoration, Friendly Beer & Soda, and the Village Wine Company. Restaurants include the Subway, Planet Pizza, H'Hare's Pub (excellent nightlife), and Murphy's Tavern & Restaurant (also excellent nightlife).

Greenwood's population in 2010 was 3,154 and is still climbing in 2012. The estimated median value is $217,000, which has gone down in price over the years. However, the cost of living index(as of this year, 2012) is 137.2, which is high compared to the national average (100). Unfortunately Greenwood Lake doesn't offer senior or affordable housing, but on occasion you might be able to find a 2 family apartment for as low as $850. On the other hand, a single family ranch in Greenwood Lake (and beautiful at that---almost looks like a rustic cabin---can be as low as $1,100). A residential bungalow can be as low as $99,000, which is not bad as far as houses go in NY state. All of this can be very affordable for working middle-class families.

Families with kids have access to Greenwood Lake Schools, which receives a rating of 7 out of 10. Slightly above average schools include Greenwood Lake Elementary School (public, K-3) and Greenwood Lake Middle School (public, 4-8).

Residents of Greenwood Lake are an hour and 15 minutes away from NYC (by car). The town provides excellent transportation via NJ Transit and Greenwood Lake to Port Authority, NYC. The crime rate here is very low, making it the perfect place to live and raise a family. Excellent medical care can be found 15 minutes away in Warick, NY at the St. Anthony Community Hospital, and Greenwood Lake itself has its own Volunteer Ambulence Corp., which provides excellent service to all residents in town.

In general, you can understand why a movie with the name “The Magic of Belle Isle” was filmed here. After joining in the fun of waterfront activities or watching the fireworks on the Fourth of July, it's no secret why people love Greenwood Lake and choose to spend the rest of their lives here: it's safe, has a wonderful community, and is a very “special place”, indeed! Come soon and experience the magic of Greenwood Lake's sparkling waters for yourself!
Pros
  • a gorgeous lake with lots of waterfront and community activities
  • awesome amenitites and great places to eat
  • very safe for everyone, as well as excellent schools
Cons
  • no senior housing or low-income housing
  • very high cost of living (132 above to national average)
  • all medical facilities are found in closely nearby towns
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Wonderful Community That's Filled with Revolutionary History!"

While visiting Orange County and traveling Interstate 86, NY 17, NY207, or Interstate 87, you might find the pleasant little town of Montgomery NY. History buffs will know this town for the name of the fort that was built there during the Revolutionary War of the same name: Fort Montgomery. The Fort was unfortunately an American loss, but it still helped out to prevent the British from getting further up the Hudson River, and was a major contribution to the war. Today it is a museum and is one of Montgomery's greatest attractions.

Montgomery itself was named after General Montgomery who was killed during the battle of Quebec, and to have a war general named after itself only adds to the historical charm of the town itself.

Today Montgomery (founded in 1810), contains a rich tapestry of villages (five) and hamlets (also five). It is dotted with pastoral locations and verdant green. The communities within Montgomery include the village of Montgomery, a confusing situation that may lead visitors to ponder, “Where am I again?”. It currently has a population of 22,606 and counting. The median sales rate for homes are around $295,024 (great for working middle-class families). There are no Subsidized housing, but apartments are very affordable at $700 and up. There's also senior housing which is offered at Patchett's Crossing Apartments (100 Crossing Lane), and Montgomery Manor, at 4 Brescia Way.



Children who live here get to attend two excellent school districts: The Greater Amsterdam School District (fantastic reviews, teachers are excellent) and the Valley Central School District (which mostly gets 4 or 5 star reviews on all schools, as well as excellent stats on academic skills, both math and English). All schools are very encouraging. (Remember every school has one or two bad apples in the batch!)

Montgomery residents and visitors from Montgomery County can enjoy free access by card at the wonderful Montgomery Free Library (located at 133 Clinton Street). Events and features of the library include a local history section, Magazines, award-winning books for both adults and children, an adorable Children's Corner (that includes table and chairs, perfect for at least four kids to sit in and enjoy each other's company while reading), videos, the Kate Seredy collection (an author as well as illustrator of local fame), large print (as well as paperbacks), recorded books and more. There's also the Oprah's Book Club for anyone to come and enjoy (Oprah's Book Club includes specific books that were chosen by the talk show host as a special selection of books that touched her soul). The Library offers 15,000 volumes and has been around since 1912! In addition to the Library, the Senior Center at 36 Bridge Street holds the Grand Montgomery Chamber Music & Theater Series five times each season. There's great parks in town like the Montgomery Village Playground, Veterans Memorial Park (60 Bachelor Street), the Recreation Center, and the Pleasure Ground Park includes the Ground Park Pavilion which is available for visits without reservation, as well as walking trails and Boat Launch. Benedict Farm Park contains the Community Garden at Benedict Park, located at 1675 State Rt. 17K.

The wonderful restaurants in town include a Dunkin Donuts (2095 State Route 208), Amore Village Pizza (91 Clinton Street), a Blimpie (109 Hakwins Drive), Burger King (Rt. 208), Montgomery Bake Shop (141 Ward), Jim Brady's Tavern (2022 State Route 208), the Yankee Kitchen Restaurant (631 State Route 17k), the Wildfire Grill (74 Clinton Street), and Taste of Texas located at 601 State Route 17k. Both Jim Brady's and the Wildfire Grill offer excellent nightlife, and Amore Village Pizza and Blimpie are excellent places to take your kids (as well as the Yankee Kitchen Restaurant).

Stores include a Rite Aide Pharmacy, WalGreens Store and Pharmacy, Home Depot, Shoprite, and Basset Flowers.

If you're planning a visit to Montgomery, you should check out the rooms and rates at the National Hotel (73 Clinton Street), the Super 8 Hotel (207 Montgomery Road) or---for a romantic getaway that both of you are sure to love—-the Borland House Bed & Breakfast, located at 130 Clinton Street.

Montgomery is a great place to visit with your family and friends. There's the General Montgomery Day Parade, the 8K Run, the Soap Box Derby (in Septemer), as well as Fireworks on the Fourth of July. Also, don't forget to check out the (Vikings Youth Basketball games---and encourage your kids to sign up as well, if you live here!)

Montgomery, NY is an 1 ½ by car, 2 ½ hours by bus and 1 hour and 20 minutes from Beacon's Metro North train station. There's fantastic child care and medical care, as well as a low crime rate.

With affordable homes, excellent schools, awesome community that holds lots of wonderful programs and events, convenient amenities, and a very low crime rate, I'm sure you can see why Montgomery is a wonderful place to live and raise a family. I highly recommend coming down for a visit and experiencing it for yourself!
Pros
  • excellent amenities
  • wonderful school systems (2!)
  • lots of history (Fort Montgomery of the Revolutionary War)
Cons
  • heavy traffic through town at times
  • must have a car to get around
  • medical facilities are mainly out of the immediate town
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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"The Hub of Downtown Peekskill!"

North Divison Street is Peekskill's livelihood, the place where you'll find all the best restaurants, including galleries and more! Whether you're in the mood for pizza (La Viletta has the best pizza in town), live music (Twelve Grapes is the place to be), authentic Irish food and award-winning drinks (The Quiet Man Pub is your destination), or a quiet romantic setting (The Division Street Grill), North Division has it all.

Weekends are North Division's busiest time. It's a one-way street and while there's not a whole lot of parking options on the street itself, right around the corner is a fairly-sized parking lot right across from the uniquely awesome neighborhood used books and music store, The Bruised Apple. You can park anywhere in Peekskill for free on the weekends, but during the week, you'll want to get here anytime after 6pm, so that you don't have to put quarters in the meters (most parking spots in Peekskill are metered, and will take up to 2 hours).

Patrons who go here to eat will love the Twelve Grapes' Two Course Dinner Deal---perfect for couples out on the town---which cost only $19 per dinner. Zagat has rated Twelve Grapes' food 20, décor 20, and service 19. Toni of ToniOn says of Twelve Grapes, “I Love This Place!”

Next to Twelve Grapes is Marlen's, where you can use the computer for 3 dollars per hour, as well as buy a variety of items that are encased in the front counter, and is Hispanic-run. Next to Marlen's is Marlyn Productions, and after that is The Division Street Grill, where you can buy yummy soup for 4 dollars a bowl (or 5 dollars a cup). (Dinner is a bit more for the soup, which costs 8 dollars, and the cheapest appetizer is the fresh mozzarella and tomato for $9). The priciest thing on the menu is the Rack of Lamb, which is $36; on the other hand, you can get a top-quality sliced frank of steak for only $14.95. (Yum!) All of these locations are on the left side of the street, and include Governor George E. Pataki's Leadership and Learning Center, as well as a real estate office. You can see from the street upstairs a funky-dressed mannequin in the window, and this is Maureen Winzig's Studio 44. Maureen Winzig is “a visual artist, a graphic artist, a poet and a writer” including “Master of Ceremonies”. She recently ran Peekskill's Open Studios Day, when all studios in town are open to the public. She's been an artist in both poetry and painting/drawing for more than 40 years! Standing in front of one of her paintings make you feel like you're actually there, surrounded by the Hudson's natural beauty---or you might find yourself in some wonderful world of her own imagining that draws you in with magic and ease. You can purchase Maureen's artwork directly at her studio or make an appointment (visit maureenwinzig.webs.com for more information).

Below Maureen's studio, next door, is the wonderful funky Driftwood Gallery, which has been a part of Peekskill for over 15 years! Featuring the lovely work of artists from all over and around the Hudson Valley, you can buy a wide variety of items including photography, portraits, general paintings, sculpture, furniture and ceramics. They are open Wednesday through Saturday, 12:30pm to 5pm, or you can make an appointment. Right now the web site (www.driftwoodgallery.com) is down for maintenance but you can reach the Driftwood Gallery by phone at 914-788-4650. Visit their home at peekskill-patch.com.

The right side of North Division contains the entrance to the Peekskill branch of the award-winning college, Westchester Community. WCC is affiliated with SUNY (State University of New York). The Peekskill branch offers a wonderful Center for Digital Arts, Nurse Leadership, and general education. There's Peluqueria Latina, a unisex hair salon, that's right next door (though I would recommend going to the Westchester School for Hair Salon on Bank Street for cheaper rates). There's Azimuth Multimedia Studios and 3 & Co., two graphic design companies (3 & Co. does web branding, packaging, illustration and design), and then, next door to 3 & Co, is the newest member of North Division: The Quiet Man Pub.

The Quiet Man draws in so much activity to North Division each night (but especially Saturday nights) that I would say it has become the pinnacle of North Division's night life. Inside is an authentic Irish pub, with authentic Irish food cooked directly on the premises, and Irish music to liven up the evening. The Quiet Man has the “finest pint of Guinness on the Northeast Coast” and one of the best meals is the Corned Beef Sandwhich. Patrons will tell you that the food is “awesome”, and one customer also raved to me about Joe, the bartender, who even has an authentic Irish accent to pair perfectly with the uniqueness of the environment. There's a lot of history to this pub, which has furnishings brought over all the way from Ireland. For instance, the centerpiece of the bar is from the inside of a church that's still in Ireland. The bar's wooden countertop is made out of planks from an old military ship. The atmosphere is very cozy but be prepared to get downright rowdy on Saturday evenings and into the night.

Perhaps after a drink (or before) you'd care for some pizza? La Viletta II has some of the best pizza in all of Westchester County. My favorite is the chicken, tomato and onion slice ($3.50 for toppings; $2.50 for a plain slice). You can have your pizza, calzone or whatever your heart desires in the world of Italian food here, as well as Italian Ice for $1.50 (there's even chocolate---but any flavor is perfect on a hot day---yummy!). You can eat indoors or take a seat on the Gazebo steps and watch the world go by.

No matter what your hunger is or your desire, North Division Street is the place to be---you can find either your favorite meal, drink, desert or live music band, or perhaps---if you take enough classes at WCC---the next step towards a great future!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Mount Vernon's Urban District with All the Joys of Mount Vernon, NY"

Mount Vernon's urban district “Southside” was made famous for Denzel Washington's contribution of the Boys and Girls Club which kept him on the straight and narrow. Aside from The Boys and Girls Club, many residents and visitors alike can find enjoyment at the Wilson's Woods Park, which is 23 acres of park that even has its own water park with slides, playground and wave pool, as well as a bathhouse with its charming English Tudor architectural style. There's plenty of trails here for hiking and picnicking, and fishing is allowed for those who have a license. There's also the Ice Hutch, an ice-hockey rink, where you can possibly view games from the Hutchinson River Parkway.

There's the Empire Zone of the business district which is home to many major businesses such as the now world-famous Columbus Construction Company, which was responsible for the cleaning up of Ground Zero after the World Trade Center disaster. Mt. Vernon is also home to major businesses such as Tiffany & Company or Century 21 Awnings.

Kids who live in Southside attend Mount Vernon City School District. Mount Vernon's major streets like East Sandford Boulevard, South Columbus Ave, and Broad Street have lots of great shopping opportunities, such as Duane Read, the Hobby Store or the Target Pharmacy. Mount Vernon also has its own Metro-North Train Station which can take you easily to Grand Central Station in NYC in under less than an hour. Excellent restaurants to choose from are Yvonne's House of Soul (wonderful Southern quizine with live music on Saturday evenings) and the Bayou Restaurant (Cajun restaurant and live music) on Gramatan Ave., attesting to the wonderful diversity of Mount Vernon's residents, and the food and atmosphere is something that you won't want to miss!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Enjoy Camping and Wonderful Festivities in Pound Ridge, NY!"

The prestigious community of Pound Ridge of Lewisboro, NY in Westchester County is perhaps one of the prettiest regions of NY State, home to the Pound Ridge Reservation, which offers many camping and hiking opportunities that's perfect for first-timers to experts of all ages.

If you're looking for a great place to bring family and friends, North Star American Restaurant is the place to be for live music and great food. There's lots of shopping and other restaurants galore in neighboring hamlets, Katonah and Cross River.

Pound Ridge, located off of Rts. 100 and 35 and not far from Interstate 684, Pound Ridge is a bit pricy, over $400,000 per home, but the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and events like the Town Pool, Lobster Festival, Harvest Festival, Arts & Crafts Festival, 4th of July Celebration in the Park, Movies in the Park, Concert in the Park, and more, PLUS a fantastic community and lovely library, make this area more than worth the high cost of living. Commuters will be reassured by local train stations that can take you directly to Grand Central Train Station in the heart of NYC in under an hour flat. Main shopping is found in Katonah, but also some in Cross River Plaza.
Pros
  • Beautiful bucolic area
  • Cute shopping district in Scotts Corners
  • Excellent schools
  • Solid Parks n' Rec Dept.
  • Small community and neighborly
Cons
  • Can feel too quiet and isolated at times
  • Groceries and other necessities are not nearby
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Enjoy Great Live Music and Wonderful Food in Pawling NY"

Pawling is the place I go to when I want to hear great music and enjoy a fun Wednesday or Thursday night at the Town Crier Cafe's Musical Open Mic.

The staff at the Cafe are always friendly, and the atmosphere reminds one of a rustic cabin. It actually used to be a Mexican restaurant and some of the flair, such as the festive paint colors and dried peppers in batches hanging from the wall, are still there as a reminder of what was. It really lends a festive atmosphere to the place though, and the lighting is always very cozy and inviting. Not forgetting the food, of course, which is fantastic---the burgers and wings are awesome, but everything is, from what I hear. The Open Mic is $5 at the door.

Pawling has a great school district, and excellent stores like CVS, The Book Cove (an independent bookstore) and the Angler's Den, a funky sports goods store where you can find anything you need for an awesome fly-fishing adventure (or simply fishing in general, plus any other sports equipment your desire takes you). Pawling is also by the Appalachian Trail, which runs from Maine to Georgia and is a wonderful place to hike. Pawling itself is part of the beautiful NY's Harlem Valley region. Commuters will find that it's easy to get from here to there from Pawling's very own train station. Also, you're not far from major roads like I684 and I22, as well as others. McGrath's Tavern is a fun place to be on a weekend night, but be warned, it's usually hopping on Friday nights, so if you want to catch that game, make sure you get there early!

Once again, however, I will reiterate that I come to Pawling mainly for the Town Crier Cafe, which has had very reputable and award-winning musicians in the past, and continue to rock the house every Wednesday and Thursday night at 7:30ish/8:00ish pm. With grat food and wonderful music (of all kinds), the Town Crier Cafe of Pawling is always a delight!
Pros
  • The Town Crier Cafe and Musical Open Mics
  • Beautiful, natural setting
  • Reasonably affordable
  • Recreational activities
  • Safe
  • One or two outstanding restaurants
Cons
  • Lack of access to major highways
  • A tiny bit isolated
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"The Richest Hamlet in Westchester County"

Once the prominent Mead Family's vacation home location, Waccabuc is, today, mainly known for its lake of the same name and as one of the most expensive hamlets of Westchester County, NY. Part of the upscale neighborhoods in the town of Lewisboro, NY, Waccabuc has a 2-acre land minimum for all homes, and residents have the opportunity of enjoying the Waccabuc Country Club.

Historical sites in Waccabuc include the Mead Homestead and the Mead Memorial Chapel (both on the National Register of Historic Places list). Enjoyable places are found in neighboring hamlets such as Cross River's Pound Ridge Reservation (great for hiking, camping and learning about nature at the Reservation's Trailside Museum) and shopping and dining out along Katonah's wonderful, bustling Main Street. You're also right near the Katonah Museum of Art and Caramoor Gardens, also the Center for Music and the Performing Arts---where you can enjoy outdoor concerts and stroll the beautiful grounds, enjoying the myriad of flowers and beautiful Elizabethean-style statues.

The median price for a home here can range between $620,000 to $909,000, but the amenities and prestigious Katonah-Lewisboro School District, with its award-winning John Jay High School, more than makes up for it. It's a great place for commuters and middle-to-upper-class working families who wish to live just far enough away from the city to be in the country, but still within close enough distance by train.
Pros
  • Peaceful and green
  • Untouched land areas
  • Excellent schools
  • Well-maintained homes
Cons
  • Remote
  • Can feel somewhat isolated at times
  • Must travel to get necessities
  • Not many activities
  • Too expensive for most budgets
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Excellent Schools but Lacks Diversity and Night Life"

South Salem is very rural, secluded hamlet located in the town of Lewisboro, NY, part of a predominantly white community. It’s one of the most expensive places to live in Westchester County, where homes will cost generally around 700,000+ or up (average listing price is $756,605, and renting will cost you over $2,000 a month). South Salem kids go to the prestigious Katonah-Lewisboro School District, serving towns like nearby Katonah and Goldens Bridge. The district’s stats are way above average in all fields across the board.

Kids will love visiting the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem (call ahead for a reservation), where you’ll see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat, even wolf cubs if you’re lucky! You’ve also got Onatru Farm Town Park and Preserve, which offers fields for bird watching, soccer, basketball and lacrosse playing. You can camp here too. There’s also a short 1.5 mile trail (perfect for young kids) that will take you into beautifully dense Scotch pine forests. The town of Lewisboro has a Nature Museum, where a guide will take you on a long 6-mile hike, which is worth it because you will learn about all the different ecosystems here (like woodland and marshlands).

Great restaurants are the quaint Horse and Hound Inn, which is an old-fashioned Inn and Restaurant with fine dining quizine. Once a stagecoach resting point, a schoolhouse and gin and rum mill, the Inn now hosts celebrations out on the patio for people who want a gourmet meal and excellent services. Also, for fine French quizine, La Chateau is the place to be.

South Salem is very quiet and very safe. You’ll find groceries at Greenwhich Produce, Vista Market and the Spring Street Country Market right in town. For other amenities like coffee and specialty items, you’ll have to drive to nearby Ridgefield CT for shopping expeditions (there’s a Dunkin’ Donuts and Nature’s Temptations, a health food store). It’s one of New York’s prettiest places to live in and there’s plenty to do outdoors. People who want a good nightlife will be disappointed, but people who appreciate peace and quiet will be in Heaven. Teens, visit the nearby Danbury Mall for a great hangout with friends.
Pros
  • Charming
  • beautiful
  • Excellent schools
  • quiet
Cons
  • Can feel quiet and isolated
  • lacking diversity
  • no night life
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Suburbian Solitude Abounds in Valhalla"

Valhalla is a lovely residential community located within the heart of the greater town of Mount Pleasant, NY. It's home to New York Medical College, one of the state's largest colleges, and is named after the mythical paradise in Norse culture, home to many slain warriors.

Driving along Rt. 9A, you will pass the expansive Gates of Heaven Cemetery. Valhalla is known for its beautiful cemeteries such as the Kensico Cemetery, named after the enormous Kensico Dam (fireworks are shot off here during the Fourth of July). After September 11th, a memorial was put up at the Dam to honor those who were fallen on that terrible day in American history. The Kensico Dam is a beautiful place and is a wonderful site to take your family for a picnic outing or just to walk around and enjoy the scenery.

Valhalla is a college town, noted for its Westchester Community Campus, which is a two-year college and is partly supported by SUNY (State University of NY) while the other half is supported by Westchester County. Valhalla's Union Free School District has earned as solid 7 out of 10, with the middle school being the highest (9 out of 10) on the charts; Valhall High School gets an 8 out of 10, and the Kensico School gets a 7.

You're not far away from the Galleria at White Plains or neighboring Peekskill and Croton for excellent shopping. There is a Walmart on Main Street for all your basic shopping needs. The town has its own train station which is excellent for commuters! (Manhattan is only 30 minutes away.) NY Medical Center is also in Valhalla, offering plenty of top-quality care.

Mount Pleasant has a wonderful community center for a variety of indoor activities, including the town's pool. For those going to either the medical college or community college, you can drop your kids off with confidence at All Aboard Child Education Center on Columbus Ave., or the Little House Day Care respectively. Valhalla Crossing is the place to take the family out for eating and has excellent burgers; plus, the kids can watch the train go by right from the window seat! The Cliffs at Valhalla offer excellent rock walls for climbing that people of all ages can enjoy, and the Cliffs offers classes and birthday party opportunities (ranking Best of Westchester 2012 for Best Kids Birthday Parties). There's also a cardio workout area. NY Sports Clubs and Planet Fitness are not too far away in White Plains as well. With a crime rate of 96 out of 100, Valhalla is one of the safest places to raise your family.
Pros
  • Beautiful Reservoir
  • Festivals and movies in parks
  • Good Fishing
  • Home to three major schools
  • A few good eats
Cons
  • Air traffic is sometimes noisy
  • Can get a tad quiet, especially at night.
  • Cemeteries (although some think they're lovely, others get spooked)
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"You Don't have to Cross a River to Enjoy It: From The Rest of Westchester, it's Only a Hop Skip and Jump Away!"

Cross River is one of the prettiest places in Westchester, bar-non, especially because it is home to the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is a 4,7-- acre park that allows for great camping experiences (within reach of well-kept public bathrooms) and a Trailside Museum right on the premises (a fantastic field trip for children and adults alike). As part of the greater town of Lewisboro, Cross River is also home to Lewisboro Town Park with its town pool, tennis courts and numerous sports fields, as well as an ice skating rink only accessible (needless to say) in Winter. There's also Mountain Lakes Camp which has lovely ponds and hiking trails, not to mention “Lookout Point”, the top of a cliff that can give you great views of the three different lakes in the area: Lake Rippowam, Lake Waccabuc and Lake Oscaleta. There's an abundance of other parks as well, and you'll have more than your fair share of parks and recreational activities to choose from! You're also right near the Katonah Museum and the beautiful Elizabethan-type surroundings of the Caramoor Gardens at Katonah's Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts (with concerts and events sure not to be missed).

Traveling down Rt. 100 past its sister hamlet of Katonah, you will pass the wonderful Yellow Monkey Antiques (where inside you'll find Yellow Monkey, an awesome antiques place, and o2Living, a raw food bar and cafe, among other cute shops to explore within the vicinity)! Cross River has its own shopping center and you can find numerous gas stations in the area to fill up your car on the way from here to there (you will definitely need a car to get around) and you're only a few minutes away from Interestate684, which can take you to White Plains and beyond by other roads. The Plaza offers patrons Cameron's Deli, a Treat Frozen Yogurt shop, and Bramson's Music, including more. Nearby Katonah has fantastic shopping options and restaurants galore as well (a couple favorite stops of mine are Mrs. Green's Natural Market and the awareness shop, Awakenings, which sells lots of cool metaphysical items like crystals, incense, Buddhas galore, books and music, among more.) Willy Nick's is a fantastic place to eat in Katonah as well. In Cross River, you have the wonderfully unique family-oriented Mediterranean restaurant, Bacio Trattoria, as well as La Famigilia Pizza and Pasta, or Haiku Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar.

Cross River is home to the Katonah-Lewisboro School District and John Jay High School, with its outstanding and award-winning Performing Arts and sports programs. The median sales price for Cross River is $460,000; the crime rate here, on an average of 1 to 10 is a low 1, making Cross River one of the most safest places in NY state. It is right near the Cross River Reservoir as well as Croton Reservoir, which makes for many scenic and lovely spots to have a picnic or just simply enjoy the natural scenery that abounds (making the cost of living---which is actually less than the national average---more than well worth the price). Commuters will be happy to have the Katonah Train Station less than 10 or 20 (depending on where you live in Cross River) minutes away, and nearby Goldens Bridge (accessed quickly by I684) has its own train station too. Cross River is also home to an award-winning psychiatric hospital, Four Winds, which continues to enrich the lives of patients each and every year with outstanding results. For general care, there's always nearby Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, NY. One of the main drawbacks is that there's no nightlife here, but you can find bars in neighboring towns, and White Plains is always a fun trip to take by car or train if you have the means. In the meantime, enjoy the peace and quiet and natural beauty that Cross River lends to those who can appreciate it.

Cross River is a beautiful hamlet that is well worth the trip.
Pros
  • cost of living lower than national average
  • great schools
  • great camping spots
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Great parks
  • country living with a touch of suburbia
Cons
  • must own a car
  • no night life
  • can get pretty quiet
  • Must travel to find things to do
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Home to a Wonderful School District and A Fantastic Country Store!"

Philadelphia NY of Jefferson County, NY is home to the wonderful Indian River School District, which serves it and neighboring towns such as Antwerp, Evans Mills, Pamelia, and Calcium, NY (ect.). Once part of the neighboring town of Le Ray, Philadelphia is found at NYS Rt. 26 and US Rt. 11, and is home to more than 2,140 people. Indian River School District is a highly-rated school system, with schools like Antwerp Primary School and Evans Mills Primary School receiving 5 out of 10 stars, and Indian River High School receiving 5 stars as well, with a successful graduation rate of 71.9%.

Philadelphia NY is perfect for families, with excellent medical care, affordable housing prices, and wonderful child care in the vicinity. The North Country Store is an old-time country market, and there's also a Stewart's Shop in town as well as a Dollar General and Phoenix Rising, a tatoo shop. For eating out, try Brenda's Pizzeria, where you can get fantastic service and top-notch pizza and wings, either eat-in or take—out! Don't forget to stop by the Otter Creek Winery on your visit here, as well as the Indian Creek Golf Course. There's also a little zoo in nearby Watertown and wonderful activities at Crystal Lake, a beautiful lake in the neighboring town of Theresa, NY. Residents and cardholders of the county will also have access to Bodman Memorial Library.
Pros
  • Wonderful Indian River Central School District
  • Very safe and affordable for families raising kids
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Camp, Boat, Paint and Shop in Beautiful Catskill, NY"

The town of Catskill, named after the beautiful Catskill Mountains, is also home to the founder of the Hudson River School of American Painting, Thomas Cole. One of the joys of visiting Catskill is taking a tour of Thomas Cole's home, Cedar Grove, which is on a lovely property and contains his studio on the premises.

In addition to the fascinating history of the area, Catskill has a great Public Library and “Imagine That”: a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio. You can have outstanding corn on the cob and lobster at The Fernwood, a wonderful seafood restaurant in town, as well as awesome food and wonderful atmosphere at the Garden Gate Cafe on Main Street. There's also the Fireman Old Times Carnival which happens annually on August 3rd and 4th, when you can enjoy games, rides and food to your heart's content (curtosy of the Catskill Fire House). Also on Main Street is the Catskill Country Store and Sweet Sensations, a scrumptious chocolate store. Catskill also has fun yard sales, and this year on August 11th you can enjoy the Cat-n-Around Catskill Wine Tasting. Catskill recently opened a Home Depot, WalMart, and Lowe's on Main Street. It's a fantastic place for boaters who can launch from Dutchman's Landing. There's plenty of nightlife at the B&B Lounge, or the Creekside Restaurant and Bar, both of which are right in town.

Catskill is located in Green County, NY and has a population as of 2010 of 11,775 and is located off the NYS Thruway (also known as Interstate 87) and US Rt. 9W. It's home to the famous Hudson River School of Painting, the Rip Van Winkle Bridge, a bunch of art galleries, and Catskill Creek. Main Street is the place to be for shopping and eating. Kids attend the Catskill Central School District, which is improving its technology and has dedicated teachers who really care. The High School graduation rate is 96.%.

Catskill offers great medical care (Urgent Medical Care and Catskill Regional Medical Care, ect.); great childcare (Giving Tree and Dandelion Nursery Preschool, ect.); fantasic places to work out (Curves, Summit Hill Health & Fitness, & Snap Fitness); reasonable cost of living (93.9, which is less than the natural average); and fairly safe as violent crimes go, but property crimes are higher than averge for NY State.

Overall, Catskill is a fantastic place to live with lots to offer as far as community, eateries, shopping and recreational activities go. There's also Catskill Adventure Resort, which has cabins for a fun camping experience and places to park your RV. Dutchman's Landing, a park located at 1 Main Street, has a boat launch and is right on the Hudson River, with beautiful views for everyone.
Pros
  • fantastic school system
  • wonderful restaurants and shops
  • beautiful parks and excellent art galleries
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
  • property crime rate is higher than national average
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Party in the Park! at Chatham NY"

Aside from its fun-filled Crellin Community Park, the town of Chatham has a lot to offer everyone who visits or who wishes to build their lives here.

Established in 1795 first by the Dutch and afterwards by the Quakers as well as New Englanders, the town of Chatham in Columbia County was the one of the area's first industrial centers for inner-state rail lines during the 1900's in NY state. Today, the Taconic State Parkway and I90 run through Chatham, and it is located at the intersection of NY's major Rts. 203 and 66. Chatham borders Kinderhook on its western end, as well as Canaan in CT on its eastern end; Nassau and Schodock are to its north (both part of Rensselaer County in NY) and Ghent and Austerlitz border its southern end: making Chatham itself a hubbub of activity, inviting everyone to stop and take in the sights on their journey.

Crellin Park is the main attraction in Chatham. It hosts Chatham's annual “Party in the Park”: when, each and every year on June 2 (usually a Saturday), everyone gathers to enjoy each other's company while also enjoying face painting, live music, concession stands, skateboarding and disc golf demontrations, and a Chicken BBQ Cook-out ($10 each) that is served curtosy via the Ghent Fire Department: just one way that you know you're part of a great community! There's lots of youth activities (one of the main reasons that Crellin Park exists, and has since the 1970's): you can always rely on the annual summer camp to keep your kids active and engaged, and the beach is open every single day of the week from 12pm to 6pm.

Everyone can find something to love at the Old Chatham Country Store in the oldest hamlet of the entire town:a wonderful restaurant whose menu is made fresh from its very own Seven Bridges Farm (right on Seven Bridges Road). At the store you'll find famous cheese made locally at the farm, as well as homemade cheeses and maple syrup from local farms. There's also the store's famous chips that go great with salsa cruda, a special salsa that you won't forget! The Old Chatham Country Store can be found in the Village Square of Old Chatham. Also have a wonderful soup by the cozy fire on a cold winter day at The Chatham House, located at 29 Hudson Avenue. (Their burgers are also reputed to be fantastic.) Highly rated by Zagat in 2009 and Westchester Restaurants Magazine! A great big dining room, perfect for special occasions as well, and an awesome tavern atmosphere. So easy to find, just take the Chatham exit from the Taconic Parkway, near Rt. 66 (otherwise known as the lower side of Main Street).

Kids who are lucky enough to live in Chatham attend the Chatham Central School District, which is pretty good, with a middle school that offers smaller classes which promote more chances of individual attention, and a high school that offers fantastic teachers that patiently work to know your student as an individual. Mary E Dardess Elementary School gets 5 stars for its dedicated teachers (including a wonderful Special Ed program) and the PTA is very involved in the activities and school assemblies; the school offers plenty of after-school activities as well as during the school hours: bottom line is, your kids will be very happy at Chatham Central School District!

Chatham serves 4,128 people and counting (since 2010).
Pros
  • fantastic school system
  • Crellin Park Rocks!
  • wonderful community
Cons
  • violent crime/property crime is unfortunately greater than national/state average
  • train station no longer in service
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Let Your Mind Quiet Down in the Town of Stillwater"

Aside from its wonderful community center---which offers free wifi and programs like a teen journalism group---the town of Stillwater in Saratoga County offers fantastic camping opportunities near the lovely Stillwater Reservoir, which is a part of the western side of the Adirondacks. Here you can find a myriad variety of outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, rowboting, canoeing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in winter. It's a beautiful preserve that's a must-stop when you're here, but that's not all that Stillwater has to offer!

Aside from the town's public library (the Stillwater Free Library) which offers a variety of programs to all involved, kids can enjoy a fun-filled day of outdoors-related games and then board games and pizza at night with their friends or family. There's teens and adult activities too, and adults will enjoy the book club. Stillwater Central School District is a fair 6 out of 10 and the High School/Middle School has subsequently fair reviews; the school has an 82.1% graduation rate. Stillwater Elementary School is supposedly stellar for encouraging responsibility and acceptance of self and others.

In town you'll find Book In Hand, a fun used book store, a Stewart's Shop and a Simply Fun toy shop, that has a fantastic selection of board games and inspirational ideas for family get-together time. As far as restaurants go, you won't be without places to find pizza, and Mechanicsville has wonderful choices outside of town to eat with the entire family (as well as fun night entertainment). Moreno's Pizza has fast deliveries and less expensive prices, but Dom's Pizza Subs and Wings is reported to have the better food in town, unfortunately with more expensive tastes.

Overall Stillwater is a great place to live with a wonderful sense of community, fantastic outdoor recreation and is a pretty safe place to live. Enjoy and don't forget to visit the Saratoga National Historical Park before you leave!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
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"You don't have to be a Mechanic to Love Mechanicville!"

Once a booming city filled with saw mills, textile mills and paper mills, Mechanicville is now a residential area that is very quiet and peaceful and perfect for those who like to walk down charming countryside streets.

Beautiful parks are central to visitors and rsidents, such as Hemstreet Park with its lovely River views, and Tallmadge Park provides entertainment with its awesome bandstand. Aside from the fact that Mechanicville lies near a hydroelectric power plant, it is a pretty safe place to live, as crime indexes have gone down a steady amount since the early 2000s.

There is a recently re-established working train station but it is only for container trains and is not for passengers. The Mechanicville City School District is rated a 6 out of 10. Mechanicville Elementary School is said to be excellent; however aside from the pool, the High School also has mixed reviews: some good, some bad, although it does have a graduation rate of 82.6%, and has a swimming pool which can be used by the entire community, and an auditorium to house 750 for special events.

Shopping is great for residents (and visitors) of Mechanicville: there's your neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts and your local Price Chopper, as well as Collins Flower Shop and Joe's Cycle Repair. There's nightlife offered at the End Zone Pub & Restaurant---which is a fantastic place to watch the game and eat the best pizza and wings in town. (Locals will tell you that after 10pm on Saturday is the best time to go.) Also awesome---ignore the name---is the Ugly Rooster Cafe, where a family with three members will find a valuable meal no less than $20! Eat French Toast for breakfast and wonderful Italian food for lunch or dinner! Bubbles is also a fantastic restaurant and ice cream place with lovely staff as well as fair prices (also a great place to go and have breakfast, especially with the entire family!) There's also your neighborhood Subway.

Mechanicville is a great place to live, visit and raise a family. There's over 6,000 people who live in Mechanicville. Families with young children will be happy to find many daycare centers throughout Mechanicville. Residents and visitors have the choice between the Mechanicville Public Library and the Stillwater Public Library of neighboring Stillwater. It's a beautiful place with lots to offer for everyone who comes by here! Enjoy your fantastic river views.
Pros
  • cost of living is 30% less than average
  • great for families
  • beautiful natural scenery and
Cons
  • near a hydroelectric power plant
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
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"Get a Taste of the Country in the City of Hudson, NY"

Located in the beautiful, warm and welcoming city of Hudson, NY in Columbia County, Ghent is home to Van Valkenburgh-Isbister Farm, which is a historic farm and part of 2006's National Register of Historic Places list. The private property contains a beautiful farmhouse, which was partially established in 1790, and later re-established through Greek Revival-style in 18745. There's an 18th century barn and stable as well as two wagon sheds, carriage barn, smoke house, garage, gas pump, and even an outhouse that was put in sometime between the years of 1900 and 1925.

Today there are more than 5,402 people living in Ghent over 45.4 square miles of land. Residents can enjoy the Crandell theater, Columbia County's oldest theater, which can be found in the neighboring town of Chatham. Fun places to visit in Ghent are the Omi International Arts Center, which has educational programs, arts residency programs and the Fields sculpture park; also offered are musical concerts and dance showcase events on the premises.

There's farms that offer produce to the public like LoveApple Farm and its famous “tree-ripe fruit” stand, where you can pick your own, as well as buy retail and wholesale fruit packages on the farm. There's Georgia Ray's old-fashioned catering, the Turose toy star, and the Hawthorn Valley Farm and Fam School (it's 400 acres of Biodynamic education and fresh produce). Aside from your local neighborhood Dairy Queen for old-fashioned fun, there's a couple of restaurants that sound promising like the White Stone Cafe and the Red Barn, both American eats---but they're really not that great as far as service, food quality and prices go; you're better off going to the heart of Hudson city for the best food in the area and further shopping.

Don't forget to visit the Harvest Moon Festival (also known as Ghent's "Community Day") which begins October 1st and is not to be missed!! For library goers, Rudolph Steiner Library which, while small, includes 25,000 books on its shelves---including many German volumes as well!

Ghent has that wonderful small-town feel right near the heart of a beautiful, wonderful city. It's a fine community that you'll be glad you've found as part of your own!
Pros
  • lots of fresh farm produce
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
  • restaurants sound promising but have bad service
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Great Community: There's Sure to Be Something for Everyone!"

Claverack is a town found in Hudson, a city of Columbia County. It used to be a college town formed around Claverack College (once Washington Seminary, which once taught president Martin Van Buren), but the school closed back in 1902, and now Claverack is more known for its wonderful community and beautiful Claverack Creek than of anything else.

Families with kids will be pleased to know that their children will attend Taconic Hills High School, named as such because the Taconic Parkway runs through the town. The High School offers a Shakespeare-focused acting program each year and kids will be thrilled by the Rock Wall and the chance to learn how to swim during PE classes. The elementary school is fantastic as well with excellent parent and former student reviews.

Everyone can enjoy the Claverack Town Park which can be found at 91 Chuch Street and is perfect for all sports fanatics; there is even a softball field and tennis court. The park is pleasanty smoke-free and there is also a gazebo for shelter from the storm. Kids can make fairies and gnomes in the Fairy or Gnome container garden at the local library, as well as enjoy other programs (great for adults as well). Seniors can also enjoy an annual picnic in the Mellenville ahamlet's town park, and all seniors are encouraged to volunteer within the community.

Everyone can do their grocery shopping at Filli's Claverack Market, which also has a deli and bakery for all your favorite meats and dessert treats. Unique stores in Claverack include “Heavens to Betsey”, a store whose products are all made with “100%% milled wool”, as they like to say, and can also be seen on their website. Another awesome store to visit is “Traditions”, which is a home-care store, where you'll find just the right item to make your house feel very special and mix-and-match to make it just your own. If you're hungry, I highly recommend Coyote Flaco, which offers its customers fine Mexican dining in a festive atmosphere. Locals will recommend to you---as far as drinks go---to have their famous Margueritas, as well as fajitas at a reasonable price. Not to mention that the atmosphere is very comfy and relaxing as well as very welcoming to all who stop by! This reviewer must say: “Muy bien”!
Pros
  • cost of living is lower than national average
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Visit the Falls---You won't foget this unbelievable sight!"

Once known as “Factory Hill” because of its numerous wool factories, Philmont NY is now famous for being the site of the highest waterfall in Columbia County which is a 150 feet drop into the pool below. The fall is located at High Falls Conservation Area, which has 47 acres of land that is owned by the parent town of Claverack, located off of Rt. 217 in Columbia County, NY. (Also to be found in the High Falls Conservation area is a deciduous tree forest, an overlook, a picnic bench for pleasant viewing, and the Agawamuck Creek.

Philmont is great for families because of its outstanding school system, the Taconic Hills School District. The high school prides itself on its Shakespeare-focused drama program and 97% graduation rate; the middle school offers great activities---even in PE, where kids can take swimming lessons and climb a rock wall; the elementary school is very nurturing as well!

Famous restaurants in the area are the Vanderbilt House, which is also a beautiful old-style B&B with a beautiful wrap-around porch (They only offer dinner however; try their delicious crab cakes for appetizers or their house Fettucini made with wine-roasted garlic broth! (A must visit if you're in Philmont.) Also great is Local 111, which gives you a sense of eating at an old-country town. The meat is all fresh from the many farms in nearby areas and can house 39 people. Parties and corporate dinners can host up to 16 in their specified “North Room” which is used only for such purposes. This place is very kid-friendly and there is outdoor seating, perfect for a beautiful summer, spring or fall day.

Philmont NY is very affordable, starting at around $127,200 for homes. It's also very safe and is perfect for middle-class families looking to relocate with children of all ages. Reliable medical care can be found in the nearby wonderful town of Hudson, NY at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Get your shopping done at Columbia Farms, the Dollar Store and get your money at Key Bank right on Main Street. Nearest train station is the Amtrack train station in Hudson street. A car is necessary to get around to where you have to be. Enjoy and don't forget to visit the Falls before you leave---it's a must visit and a must-see for all to enjoy, an unforgettable experience!
Pros
  • fantastic school system
  • beautiful Falls and park
Cons
  • no train station
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Wonderful Schools; Fantastic Amenities; Overall Fantastic Place to LIve"

Harriman is a 1.0 square mile village in the towns of Monroe and Woodbury in Orange County, NY. As of 2010 there are 2,424 and counting. The name Harriman was taken in honor of E.H. Harriman, Union Pacific Railroad President of the day. Monroe itself is famous for being the home of Velveeta Cheese and the Velveeta Cheese Factory, which is now Monroe 6 Cinemas.

Monroe is the home of Bear Mountain State Park, which has an ice skating rink and lots of trails to hike. There's also Mary H. Harriman Memorial park, which is in honor of the woman who donated about 1000 acres to NY so that they could preserve Harriman State Park (located in Tuxedo, NY).

Harriman is also home to Woodbury Commons, a large retail complex that is every shopper's heaven. You're also near the beautiful New Sebago Beach (a great place for families, as well as small kids), and the Tuxedo Ridge Ski Area of Tuxedo, NY. Bear Mountain Park also has Lake Tiorati Beach.

There's fantastic restaurants in town once you're done hiking or shopping or seeing a movie at Monroe 6: the Crossroads Cafe and Angelo's are two popular favorites, but there's more where that came from, like the New China Restaurant, Marina's Pizza and, last but not least, Legends Bar & Grill.

Harriman is served by the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District, and Sapphire Elementary School is a 5-star reviewed school. Monroe Woodbury High School offers a 99% graduation rate. Homes in Harriman start at between $213,125-$320,000. The village offers fantastic medical care, child care, places to work out, as well as transportation (Harriman has a Metro-North train station that can take you to NYC and elsewhere in a jiffy). Harriman is a pretty safe place to live and is a great place to visit, live, work and raise a family. It's definitely not to be missed!
Pros
  • Fantastic School System
  • Harriman Train Station
  • Woodbury Commons
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Where Most of Kinderhook's Action Is!"

At the center of Kinderhook of Columbia County, NY and right off US 9 is the bustling village of Valatie, where all the action is. As of 2010 and counting, 1, 819 people live here, and it's not hard to understand why: this is where all the restaurants and nightlife occurs, and where all the shoppers go during the day. Perhaps you've come to the Sunday Yard Sale run by Adam and Austin; or, perhaps you're here to use the Valatie Free Library, where kids and adults alike can enjoy wonderful programs and workshops (such as the book club and crochet and knitting club for adults, story hour on Tuesday mornings for kids and free math tutoring each Tuesday for teens. There's a Senior Center in town and the village's Callan Park offers a Winter Walk each year for everyone to keep in shape during those indoor months. Callan Park also offers kids a summer baseball camp.

Valatie has a great night life, which can be found at Hour Time (US 9) , the Niverville Pub (Parker Hall Rd), the Main Street Tavern (Main Street, where else?) and Melino's Pub (Columbia Street). There's also the Valkin Restaurant and Tiki Bar which is a restaurant cafe (check out their Facebook page and say hello after your wonderful meal and tell them how it's going). There's great pizza places like Zia's Pizza & Subs or Mark's Pizza (both on Main Street), or Four Brothers Pizza In on Rt. 9; there's also a fantastic restaurant at the Winding Brook Country Club (off of Rt. 203, which offers much more than just food of course) where, just like the name says, there is a “Winding Brook”. The Valkin Restaurant on Rt. 9 is reputed to have wonderful sandwiches and burgers and basically a wonderful menu in general.

If you're staying in Valatie, why not give the Van Shaack, an antique-style B&B in Kinderhook a try? It's bound to give you a great welcoming feeling to the area, which is rich in history---don't forget to visit the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site museum (only $5 for each adult over 16; $12 for each family) and Olana State Park (once home to Frederic Edwin Church, a 19th century landscape painter (tours operate between April and October). Homes in Valatie begin around $246,250, and offers fantastic medical, childcare and school system, but not that great when it comes to transportation. That being said, Valatie is a great place to live, work and raise a family, and is surely not to be missed!
Pros
  • fantastic amenities
  • wonderful night life
Cons
  • lacking public transportation
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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""The Children's Corner" of NY State"

Located just off Rts. 9 and 9 H, the town of Kinderhook got its name from Henry Hudson and the Dutch translation for “the children's corner”, as the folkore goes that Native American children watched Henry Hudson's ship The Half Moon go by as they stood on one of many bluffs overlooking the Hudson River. The town is also famous for being the hometown (as well as birthplace) of 8th President, Martin Van Buren.

Today the town of Kinderhook in Columbia County is widely visited for the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site and the Columbia County Museum and to find fresh produce at Samascott's Orchards and Farm Stand, located at 5 Sunset Ave. in Kinderhook. Also great for visitors is the Blackwood and Brouwer Booksellers for the bookworm in you. Carlonia House is a fantastic restaurant right in town that offers both American as well as multi-ethnic meals, where you can find something for everyone! It's very family-friendly and is family run. Kinderhook also has great parks like the Village Playground and Mills Park. Ichabod Crane School District (named after the old schoolhouse in town, which inspired Washington Irving, who lived here for a time, in his infamous story, The Legends of Sleepy Hollow), is a great school system. Kinderook also offers great medical facilities and fantastic child care for your little ones.

Overall Kinderhook is a pretty great place to live, work and raise a family. Most of your nightlife can be found in the village of Valatie, part of the town of Kinderhook.
Pros
  • fantastic amenities
Cons
  • cost of living is very high
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Charming Town with a Wonderful Community"

Hudson, NY of Columbia County is home to the Fireman's Association of the State of New York Museum of Firefighting, as well as many wonderful antique shops like The English Antiques Center, one of about seventy antiques shops in the city itself. The town is famous for its nightlife, as well as its wonderful artsy atmosphere---with many galleries along its streets, and wonderful restaurants in the center of town.

Hudson is also home to a growing gay community, responsible for many restorative exhibitions in the town's most historic areas. The town had its very first parade for Gay pride in 2010. In addition to this unique achievement, the town also prides itself in its uniquely preserved architectural marvels, and for being the setting for famous shows like “The Wonder Years” and Paul Newman's “Nobody's Fool”.

The town has a running Amtrack station which can take you to NYC, and Montreal, Canada; the Empire Service can take you to Buffalo or Albany-Rensselaer, NY, and the Ethan Allen Express can take you to NYC or Rutland, Vermont. Ironically the Maple Leaf doesn't take you to Vermont but to Toronto, Canada or NYC. Notable residents have included (but not limited to) composer Philip Glass and Melissa Auf Der Maur, member of the band the Smashing Pumkins.

Hudson's school systems remain somewhat troubled, but the elementary schools area okay (John L. Edwards Primary School is a 5 out of 5 while the District itself remains a 3 out of 10); Hudson has excellent medical care (Columbia Childcare), childcare (Hudson Day Care and Happy Harbor), fantastic B&Bs (Hudson City, the Union Street Guest House and The County Squire) and is a great place to work and feel accepted by everyone. Local school systems such as This wonderful city, located along Columbia County's western border, can be found easily off 9W and the Union Turnpike.
Pros
  • wonderful shops and restaurants
  • great community
  • awesome nightlife
Cons
  • poorly rated school system
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Very Diverse and Rich in History"

Chestnut Ridge, a hamlet of Ramapo in Rockland County, NY, is sometimes known as “South Spring Valley” due to its confusion with postal addresses using the nearby Spring Valley as its destination. However, Chestnut Ridge is very unique and not to be confused with Spring Valley---particularly special because of its very own Little Red Schoolhouse, which was built in 1890 and is now used as a museum. Students from throughout the area take field trips to the museum, which is now open to the public; the last it was used was in the 1970s, where pre-kindergartners had there classes.

Chestnut Ridge is also special for its private schools, including Green Meadow waldorf School, which is now the pre-kindergarten-through grade 12 school, the Sunbridge Institute, which is a teacher-training site, and the Pfeiffer Center, an agricultural and biodynamic gardening center for training those who wish to work in agriculture for their future careers. Chestnut Ridge also offers many different places of worship, including the Mosque of the Jerrahi Order, the Christian Community, the Congregation Shaarey Tfiloh, and the Faith Assembly of God. (This just goes to show how religiously diverse Chestnut Ridgeis). East Ramapo School District is a well-rated school system. Chestnut Ridge is very diverse, and it should be no surprise that the students attending the school system are too: for instance, 65% of those students attending Ramapo High School are Black, 17% are Hispanic, and only 10% are White, with 9% Asian or Pacific Islander; less than 1 % are Native American or other. Spring Valley High School and Ramapo High School have a very famous marching band that was used in the film from 2004, “The Manchurian Candidate”.

Chestnut Ridge has much to offer, including the nearby Harriman State Park---rich in local flaura and fauna and the history of the Revolutionary War. You can also take farming classes at the Jessup Learning Center, where you can learn about the world of agriculture and enjoy their exhibit of agricultural-centered artifacts. (Jessup Learning Center can be found at Duryea Farm at 101 Ackertown Rd., part of the Fellowship Education Foundation, a Chestnut Ridge Fellowship Community. Nearby shops and restaurants can be found in in the wonderful neighboring town of Spring Valley.
Pros
  • fantastic school system
  • wonderful Little Red Schoolhouse Museum
Cons
  • all shops, restaurants ect. found only in nearby towns
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Not Everyone's Cup of Tea"

Grand View-on-Hudson is just that: a grand view, located right along the majestic Hudson River. It's one of the most expensive places in NY as well as---perhaps the United States, for its median sales price is close to one million, and when compared to nearby Nyack (under $200,000), it's clear that this ritzy village is not meant for everyone. (That said, is it any wonder why not as many people live there? In 2010, there were only 285 residents.) However, those who can afford to live here will probably have a wonderful view of the Hudson Highlands and the stunning Palisades, a natural rock formation that is located across the River all along its shores.

Such notable residents who live here have been Toni Morrison, world-wide famous author, professor and editor, most known for her beautiful, unforgettable novel Beloved. It is also the hometown to famous Bronze sculptor Greg Wyatt, and activist/writer Betty Friedan,feminist author of The Feminine Mystique (wildly popular back in 1963, as it still is today).

Residents of Grand View-on-Hudson are mainly Irish, English and German, who mostly work in the educational field and, health care or social services. Nearby medical care can be found at Nyack Hospital, and the nearest train station can be found only 9 miles away at Croton-on-Hudson in Westchester County. Unfortunately, one of the drawbacks of Grand View-on-Hudson is its close proximity to Indian Point, but that's most of the residents of Westchester County as well. Piermont School District is a fantastic school, which includes the 5 star rated Tappan Zee Elementary School. All shops and restaurants can be found in nearby Nyack, including your local Stop & Shop and Starbucks.
Pros
  • beautiful "grand" views of the Hudson River
Cons
  • very expensive
  • feels "gated"
  • very close to Indian Point
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"New York's "Hamlet by the Lakes""

Congers—also known as “Hamlet by the Lakes” due to the three large lakes in the area, including Rockland Lake--- is no longer the troubled hamlet of Clarkstown, NY. Today, Congers has the busiest Civic Association in NY state, discussing the town's immediate problems, for which they have, to date as a result, kept the town clean and safe. For instance, there are now sidewalks beside the town's busiest of roads. Residents also love the schools which are reputed to be fantastic compared to other school systems in the state as well as of Rockland County. The town itself thrives by the people who work hard at the Industrial Park in town, as well as booming businesses like the Materials Research Incorporation and Hitachi consumer/business product industry.

Congers students attend Clarkstown Central School District, where students enrolled at Congers Elementary receive computer instruction as early as 1st grade, and the high school's graduation rate proudly sends 91.5% of its students to college and beyond (160 students won Regents scholarships one year; 11 winning Empire State scholarships respectively) . Families can find two or three -bedroom condominiums at Bridgewaters, a 30-unit apartment complex that offers them for around $225,000. At Stratford Arms, you can find a one-bedroom apartment starting around anywhere between $110,000 and $125,000. A 3-bedroom house near the old station in town can be sold for a mere $165,000 or $185,000.

Congers has great parks, courtesy of the Clarkstown Recreation System, which offers the residents of Congers Kings Park (60 acres of baseball, basketball and soffball fields), and Congers Lake (180 acres) Memorial park, which offers two basketball and baseball fields as well as tennis courts, including the town pool (which costs $195 in annual fees for families and is for residents only). There's also Rockland State Park, which offers the Championship Golf Course off of 9W. Visitors will enjoy the “Pick Your Own” apple event at Davies Farm in the Summer (it is the one working farm in the area). Everyone will enjoy the northern Italian food at Romolo's or the fantastic Chinese at the Dynasty Inn, or the memorable steak at Rick's Club Steak House. Don't forget to stop by Anna's Bakery, Just Buns or Dunkin' Donuts for a sweet, hot or cold treat and dessert. Plus, it's only 30 miles away from Manhattan!

Congers no longer has a working train station, but the train station does have a very neat museum where you can find out all about the town's rich history. The nearest train station can be found at Clarkstown's hamlet of Nanuet. While in Congers, don't forget to say hello to owner Michael Travaglini of his Last Chance Saloon, which will make Congers feel like you've entered an Old Western. He is actually one of the survivors of the fatal bus crash that happened in Congers in 1972, which has since transformed the safety laws for buses throughout the country. It resides on what used to be the first floor of the old Globe Hotel on Congers Road in the center of town.
Pros
  • rich history
  • fantastic schools and parks
  • great for families and businesses
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"The Pinnacle of Suburbia"

Nanuet is a hamlet in the town of Clarkstown of Rockland County, located just 19 miles from the heart of Manhattan in NYC, and only 2 miles from New Jersey.

One of the things that makes Nanuet unique is its topography, as most of the land here was transformed by an Ice Age-era glacier, leaving behind very rocky soil and large, rocky boulders; not to mention Precambrian Era jellyfish fossils. There is also a Hopewell Indian burial mound, which can be found right near the golf course, and from the air is seen to be shaped like a snake, which clearly held symbolic meaning for the Native Americans who used to live here.

Today, people come to Nanuet to enjoy the award-winning school system (George W. Miller Elementary School is a Blue Ribbon school, and Sports Illustrated hailed the Nanuet Varsity Basketball team as No. 1 in the state of NY. There’s Lake Nanuet Park, which is actually a man-made pool that was built to look as though it were a real lake. (Thankfully, the park recently reopened in 2011 after floods had closed it for quite some time.) There’s lots of stores to be found like Super Stop & Shop, Barnes & Noble (140 Rockland Plaza), Khol’s, Home Depot, Costco, Bob’s Discount Furniture and Office Max. Due to its competition with the Palisades Center Mall, the Nanuet Mall---now calling itself “The Shops at Nanuet”---is currently transforming itself into a larger mall to draw in more shops, restaurants and customers. In the meantime, check out “The Nanuet Resturaunt” for great quality pizza and fantastic prices, not to mention friendly staff and an old-school, 1970’s pizza parlor style.

Nanuet is a wonderful suburban community, attracting many buyers for its beautiful colonial, Cape-Cod and high ranch-style homes, all mainly below $300,000. The Nanuet Union Free School District helps its students become the best that they can be, offering award-winning schools and winner of the 1997 NYS Music Educators Association President’s Award, now famous for its performing arts program, high scores in verbal and math, and stellar graduation rate.

Lake Nanuet is the place to be in the summer: great for picnicking, playing and swimming, not to mention that the parent town of Clarkstown has two other pools and 21 parks altogether. It’s not too far from NYC, which makes it perfect for commuters who have high corporate jobs, as Nanuet has a Metro North/New Jersey Transit train station which, via connections at Hoboken, NJ, will take you directly to Manhattan’s Penn Station and can be found at 1 Prospect Street. Nanuet offers amazing medical service via Healthcheck Immediate Medical Care and others. Gyms include Planet Fitness, Premier Fitness, Weight Watchers, Rockland County Adventure Boot Camp (for women), My Gym, Evolution Taekwondo Academy and the New York Sports Club. Nanuet also has several coffee shops including your local Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and the Corner Cafe. Don’t forget to bring your family to Panera Bread for lunch---get the You Pick Two: half sandwhich, half soup in your choice of bread bowl or cup (I highly recommend the bead bowl)! Enoy!
Pros
  • awesome community
  • fantastic schools
  • wonderful parks
Cons
  • mall built on wetlands
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
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  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Don't Forget Your Starbucks"

Airmont is a hamlet in the town of Ramapo, NY of Rockland County that has a large Orthodox and Non-Orthodoxed Jewish population, as well as great parks like Dawn Lane Park with its playground and walking path, as well as your neighborhood Starbucks.

There’s been a few problems in Airmont between the Jewish population and the town boards, regarding the zoning laws and building of a Yeshiva (educational center for teaching Judaism and housing students) as residents are concerned about traffic increase and other issues regarding the building of the property, which would be right in town on Highland Ave. The town is still trying to work out the problem, and zoning caused for no Synagogues to be allowed building either. This meant that all Jews had to go to nearby Suffern or Monsey for their religious services. Disagreements about zoning in general continue to be a problem within the town.

That being said, Airmont is an okay place to live and visit, with its wonderful Waterwheel Restaurant and Cafe, which has wonderful meals and a choice of both indoor and outdoor in a rustic, country atmosphere. There’s also the neighborhood Applebee’s as well, which everyone can be sure to find something they love---and Applebee’s has a great bar and is a fun place to be on weekends with friends. Airmont is very low in crime and has a fantastic school system, the Rockland School System, and nearby Suffern and Monsey have all the shops you could need, including grocery stores, and Airmont has the wonderful Alto Music Shop for all your musical needs. Airmont also has Planet Fitness, where you can find state-of-the-art equipment and have a fun, productive workout. Nearby train stations can be found in New Jersey and NY’s Spring Valley. Nearby Suffern offers great childcare and (ironically “Airmont’s Little Angels”, The Goddard School, and the Rockland YMCA) and excellent medical care (Good Samaritan Hospital).

Airmont, home to more than 8,628 residents, is bordered by the state of New Jersey to the south and is east of the town of Suffern, as well as part of the same town as the heavily-Jewish populated town of Monsey, where most of the synagogues, Yeshivas, and temples can be found. It’s unique because of its Jewish heritage and population, but you can find many different ethnicities when in Airmont itself and Ramapo at large, which has a fascinating history related to the Revolutionary War. (Visit the Village Museum and library to find out more.) Once the zoning disagreements get sorted out, Airmont will be a much more friendlier place to live, but as of right now, it’s a bit stressful if you’r Jewish, so I would suggest living in Suffern or Monsey would be better for the time being. Other than that, Airmont is a perfectly great place to live for working middle-class families wishing to live in the mid-Hudson valley!
Pros
  • fantastic school system
Cons
  • zoning disagreements
  • a bit reserved
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"You Surely Won't Suffer in Suffern---A Historic Place Great for Families and Folks of All Kinds!"

One of the most interesting things about visiting Suffern, a hamlet of Ramapo in Rockland County, is its history and the role it played in the Revolutionary War. It was once the encampment for George Washington's troops, and the encampment location has been preserved to what is now a museum. There's the W3R-NHT trail, a location of great strategic importance during the war for both George Washington and the Comte de Rochambeau (also known as Jean-Baptiste Donatien de Vimeur), a French Marshal and General who served during the Revolution, as they traveled to Yorktown, Virginia to take part in the great siege that happened there. This siege was one of the major battles of the war, and resulted in our declaration of national Independence from Great Britain.

Today Suffern is like an open history book for visitors passing through, as they can study the Erie Railroad, NY's first railroad line that between Piermont, NY and Ramapo, NY , the parent town of Suffern (the railroad was built as far back as 1841 and still is in working condition today). Today you can take the train from 1 Erie Plaza to Hoboken, NJ via the New Jersey Transit, as well as th Port Jervis Line from Ramapo to Port Jervis. Anyone wishing to travel by bus can use the Transport of Rockland system that is used throughout Rockland county. Major roads include the NY State thruway, Rt. 59 and Rt. 117 (once known as the Orange Turnpike, as well as what used to be a major Native American passway).

As part of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Areas, Suffern prides itself on its well-preserved, impressively large, old-style 1920's movie theater, The Lafayette Theater, which even has its own 1930's Wurlitzer pipe organ and reminds you of just how old and filled with history this area really is. In addition to the Railroad Museum, there's also the Village Museum, which teaches of the history of the Ramapough (also known as “Monsey” or “Minsi”) Native Americans who once lived throughout the area. There's also the site of Suffern's Tavern, which housed many of the soldiers of the day, and the Soldier's Monument which stands in town at the crosrroads of Lafayette and Washington avenues, making for a perfect tour of the history of the village (it's also known as the Washington Avenue Soldier's Monument and Triangle” as most historical sites are in this general area).

All this walking is sure to make you hungry, and there's plenty of choices for great, fine international and American food right in town. Lafayette Avenue has Da Nana Italian Restaurant (4 stars), Priya Indian Restaurant, and of course Marcello's Group, where you can have food cooked by the famous Chef Marcello, who has been seen showcasing his fantastic works on Italian Food TV. Ravi Continental Quisine offers great food, casual atmosphere, fine dining right near the NYS Thruway as well as great night life and wonderful bar, best place to have corporate business meetings or birthday parties or just going out with family, friends or the perfect place for taking out that very special someone for the very first time.

Suffern is served by the Rockland Central School District, and Suffern High School is famous for its award-winning sports teams like hockey, as well as offering many exciting after-school activities that everyone can enjoy. There are at least 10,723 people living in Suffern and growing (as of 2010). Suffern is a very safe place to visit, live and raise a family. Fantastic medical care can be found at Good Samaritan Hospital which is located right in Suffern. Transportation is excellent for commuters but it does help to have a car to get around. Suffern also has great shops like Bagel Train, fantastic stores like Walmart and Walgreens (which also has a pharmacy as well), and Friendly's Restaurant and Ice Cream Shop, which is perfect for those lazy, hazy and hot Summer days. You can find your nearest coffee shop, Starbucks, in neighboring Airmont, NY, which can be accessed by Rt. 87, the NYS Thruway, Rt. 59 and the backroads. (Starbucks is located right on Rt. 59 and, as usual, is rated 5 out of 5 stars for great atmosphere, friendly staff and always fantastic coffee).

Suffern, with its homes generally priced at a very reasonable $352,000, is the perfect place for families. Besides the fantastic Rockland School system, Kids can enjoy the YMCA of Rockland and young kids can attend daycare at the town's own award-winning Goddard School. Adults can enjoy Indian Rock Yoga and Movements for Life, Inc. right in town; there's also a Planet Fitness right in nearby Airmont, NY.
Enjoy your stay in Suffern---you might not ever want to leave!
Pros
  • fascinating history
  • fantastic restaurants
  • wonderful amenities
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Safe, Fun Community with Perfect Acitivites for All"

The name Haverstraw NY was first inspired by the Dutch Settlers who lived here that noticed the flowing grasses along the Western banks of the Hudson River and thought they looked like “Oat Straw” or, in their word, “Haverstroo”. The name as we know it today deviated from there.

Haverstraw has a fascinating history. It was the main military lookout for Btitish troops who used the Long Path, a trail that's known for its blue markings, along South Mountain and High Tor. Completed by Little Tor, these three are known as the Ramapo Mountains (the village of Ramapo, or Hempstead, is named after these Mountains). George Washington stopped here during the Revolution and stayed at the Treason House during his reign as Commander-in-Chief.

Haverstraw offers a great community for its residents, including a Senior Center, Summer Concerts in the park, and a Day Camp for its youth. Bowline Point Park has its very own Olympic-scale sized pool, as well as a wading area for the kiddies, including two fantastic water slides, volleyball courts and picnic areas, and more (it's also handicap accessible and has great paths to discover the spleandor of Nature). If you have a camping permit, Cheesecote Park is a fantastic place to set up the tent. Golfers will enjoy Philip J. Rotella Golf Course for all their golfing needs.

Kids who live in Haverstraw attend North Rockland Central School District, where you will find one of my favorite English Teachers, Mr. Schneider, who I know from his days at Yorktown High School in Westchester County (now there is a teacher you will never forget). Haverstraw also has fantastic medical facilities, and Hudson River Health Care offers wonderful doctors and a sliding scale rate for those with financial difficulties. The shops here aren't that amazing---there's an auto body, a lumber yard, and a sporting goods shop, but unfortunately not much else. Great restaurants include China Walk and Civile's Venice on the Hudson, both rated 4 out of 5 stars. There's also your neighborhood Planet Wings (4 out of 5 stars), a Wendy's and a McDonald's for typical American fast food environment and unforgettable family fun. Haverstraw is a pretty safe place to live and raise a family (crime rates have gone down big time since 2006). It's perfect for middle-class families (homes here start around $201,000). Before you leave, don't forget to stop by Haverstraw Bay Park and the Haverstraw Brick Museum!
Pros
  • fantastic school system
  • fantastic parks
  • wonderful community feel
Cons
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"One of the Safest Hamelts in All of Rockland County! Perfect for Families to Raise Their Kids"

Sloatsburg, NY---a hamlet of Spring Valley---played an important part in the American History as a place for troops to encamp while using the Ramapo Mountains and its Ramapo Pass as military route during the Revolutionary War. The Ramapo Mountains are now part of the beautiful, expansive Harriman State Forest, second in scale of all of NY's impressively gorgeous State Forests. It was first home to the Leni Lenape Native Americans and later became home to the area's first Dutch settlers. Today it is home to more than 3,000 people (as of 2010) and growing, attracting many travellers on Rt. 117, NYS Thruway, the Orange Turnpike (once a major Native American pass that ran through the Ramapo Mountains), and part of the Norfolk Southern Railway.

Today, there is the Metro-North Sloatsburg Train Station, which can take you to NYC, as well as part of the Port Jervis Line, which can take you to Hoboken, NJ. You can take the train from here to NYC's Penn Station and other places in NJ. Also available to travelers is the Number 93 of Transport of Rockland's major bus system.

Sloatsburg has a couple of fantastic restaurants: 5 star Sunnyside's Bar & Grill, as well as the Charater's Restaurant and Bar---both which offer fantastic American quisine during the day and the perfect atmosphere for a fun-filled night. Also check out 5-star rated Rhodes North Tavern off Rt. 117. It can also be found off Exit 15A while on the NYS Thruway. Find your favorite coffee drink at Starbucks or Dunkin' Donuts and go food shopping at Auntie El's Farm Market (5 stars!). There's also the highly rated David's Sports Shop and everyone's favorite sandwhich shop, your neighborhood's Quizno's.

Kids who live in Sloatsburg attend the fantastic Ramapo Central School District which has a very fair 75% graduation rate. Sloatsburg is one of the safest places to live in Rockland County, as it has a very low crime rate. Homes here are an affordable $275,000. It's the perfect place for families to raise their kids in a safe, welcoming environment. Nearby affordable housing can be found in at Housing Opportunity for Growth. Sloatsburg is a fantastic place for students, retirees and anyone who pretty much wants to feel safe and live in a thriving, growing community with excellent transportation and fantastic convenient amenities for all.
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Fantastic Hudson Valley Town with a Rich History and Plenty of Diversity"

As the center of Rockland Community College, Spring Valley, NY of Rockland county has all the makings of an urban-dweller's college town. You can take the NJ Transit Train here to anywhere in the area, and it's only 22 miles north of NYC and the heart of Manhattan, which makes this place ideal for students, commuters and anyone who enjoys the convenience of public transportaiton.

Spring Valley has a very unique history. The very first settlers were all Scottish, and it was first called “Scotland” because of this before being named “Spring Valley”. The very first Hatian-American mayor, Noramie Jasmin, was elected here; President Roosevelt was speaker at the 4th of July event in 1929 when he was still governor. Before resorts took hold in the local Catskills mountains, there were many Jewish resorts in the area during WWII, which was great for business at the time; and the 33rd President, Harry S. Truman, chose this as one of his famous “whistle-stops” train-led country tours in 1948.

Considering that there were so many Jewish people who came here to stay at resorts (and live), it is no surprise that there is a Holocaust Museum and Study Center in town (found at 17 South Madison Ave), which offers valuable information on the Holocaust, as well as shifting art exhibits focused on this critical part in History throughout the year. Tigers Den Park has its own skating rink. Spring Valley Memorial Park has the town's swimming pool, sports fields, and playground for the kiddies. Great shopping venues include Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, Christmas Tree Shops, T.J. Maxx, Walgreens and more. For unique restaurants, first check out the Dera Restaurant, which offers not only Indian quisine but Arabic, Bangladeshi and Pakistani as well (you won't find this fine a restaurant with all of these different qualities elsewhere in the area). There's an amazing Vietnam restaurant which is a local's favorite and will definitely cure your craving for fantastic Asian quisine. Portugese Churrasqueira is well loved also. For further ventures, Spring Valley also has its own Metro North station which can take you to Grand Central in NYC in under an hour.

Kids who live in Spring Valley attend the East Ramapo Central School District and go to Spring Valley High School, all of which offer fantastic experience in education. Houses start at very reasonable prices around $242,866, perfect for working middle-class families. You can find a great apartment here for around $1,102 a month. Spring Valley has a unique racial and ethnic makeup, with the population being mostly Black (35.5%) and Hispanic (30.6%) than White (28.2%). There's lots of Scottish residents as well as Jewish residents in Spring Valley, making it a very diverse population overall, with a unique history and fantastic amenities and convenience for commuters.

Spring Valley has a little something for everyone and is a great place for people who wish to raise a family!
Pros
  • great for commuters to NYC and elsewhere
  • fantastic park system
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A wonderful Jewish-based community that's very welcome to everyone"

Considering that Ramapo's hamlet of Monsey has such a large population of Orthodoxed Jews, it's a bit amusing that it's the site of the oldest Dutch Reformed Christian Church in NY state: the New Hope Church. Drive through Monsey even at night, and you'll see Orthodoxed Jews in full garb walking or biking the streets. It's a large Jewish community here and there are so many synogogues (211) and Yeshivas (or Jewish institutions that educate its members on the Jewish faith)---45 of them---that Jews from all over come to enjoy the close-knit religious community and celebrate their faith together.

Monsey was once home to the Lenape Native Americans and you can still find some shelters and various artifacts in the woodsy areas. Historic Monsey Cemetery honors those who have fought for our country, and needless to say, is a largely Jewish cemetery. Monsey contains 18,412 residents as of 2010 and counting. Some staple shops that have been very memorable for visitors are Ruthie's Unique Botique, a great place to find well-kept recycled clothes and other rare used items. There's other shops in Monsey as well like Alto Music store, where you might just find your next favorite instrument, and Tudia's Seform Judiaca and Gifts, a Jewish-run gift shop that is a perfect place to find something special to give all your Jewish friends (or anyone interested in the Jewish religion). For some great Jewish food, try Kosher Castle; there's also a few Asian restaurants, and there's even a fusion restaurant, Chai Pizza and Falafel, which even has Sushi in addition to pizza and middle-eastern food---a very strange mix, but that only attests to the expansive diversity in the region as well. The Purple Pair in nearby Airmont, another hamlet of Ramapo, is a great Kosher restaurant as well.

Kids in Monsey attend Eastern Ramapo Central School District. Monsey has a very low crime rate when compared to the rest of the NY and the entire United States. Homes are fairly priced for Orange County NY ($350,000 to start). It's great for working, middle-class families who are Jewish or don't mind being the minority in a Jewish-oriented community.
Pros
  • very community-oriented
  • great Kosher restaurants
Cons
  • very religion based
  • must have a car to get around
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Where the "Sweet Water" is!"

Now known as Ramapo (and by some as Hampstead), the formerly named New Hempstead is a town in Rockland County, NY with an impressive 126, 595 population and counting. Named after a Native American term meaning “sweet water”, Ramapo has wonderful ponds, parks and outdoor activitie for everyone to enjoy. With lots of parking, very low crime rates, and fantastic places to eat and more, Ramapo was hailed by Money Magazine in the year 2006 as being the 49th best place to live in NY!

Ramapo has a fascincating history. George Washington is rumored to have had a lookout here on Ramapo's Torne Mountain, to keep an eye out for British Ships coming into New Jersey's Sandy Hook bay area (Ramapo's southernmost end borders New Jersey near the town of Suffern). Aside from its own 18 parks, Harriman State Park is located in the town's western side, and offers its visitors 46,613 acres of land, complete with 31 lakes and great places for camping, as well as an unknown amount of streams that dot the beautiful landscape. It's a great place for hiking as well. Harriman State Park is right near Bear Mountain State Park, as well as bordering the beautiful, 18,000 acre Sterling Forest Preserve. There's also Spook Rock Golf Course, and the Joseph T. St. Lawrence Community, Health and Sports Complex, not to mention three pools, Camp Scuffy for the kids, and even an equestrian center for horseback riders, as well as Ramapo Challenger Learning Center to help develop young minds and improve their academic skills. Ramapo Central School District has great reviews across the board for different grade levels, and Ramapo High School has a 75% graduation rate.

Visitors and residents will have access to fantastic shops like Auntie El's Farm Market, David's Sport Shop, the local Starbucks, and Quiznos, among others. For great pizza and other fun lunch options, try Sunnyside's Bar and Grill in Ramapo's shopping and restaurant district and hamlet of Sloatsburg, NY right off the Orange Turnpike (you'll also find your neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts here as well).

No matter what your fancy, with its lovely surroundings and wonderful amenities, I'm sure you'll find what you're looking for in Ramapo (New Hemstead), in beautiful Orange County, NY!
Pros
  • fantastic parks
  • beautiful surroundings
  • hamlet Suffern has a train station
Cons
  • some areas more rural than others
  • must have a car to get around most places
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Great Family-Friendly, Community-Oriented Town"

Pomona---named after the Roman goddess of orchards, gardens and fruit trees---was created due to the many farms and orchards in the area, and today is an inviting, family-friendly, community-oriented village of about 3,000 residents in Rockland County, NY. (Don't be confused by the fact that it is shared between two towns, Haverstraw and Ramapo---it is its own unique little area that has a special presence all its own). It's a lovely little town that focuses on activities and festivities that help bring its people together, with inspiring gatherings that will bring others in as well to enjoy the beautiful scenery and friendly, wonderfully close-knit atmosphere.

Just visit Pomona's cultural center, with its awesome art exhibits and family-friendly events and workshops, or listen to local artists at the Pomona Music Festival, and you'll see why Pomona is a great place to live. In addition to three parks that are a great place to bring kids, family and friends, Harriman State Park is also close by, offering one of the oldest, largest protected lands in NY state for many enjoyable outdoor activities. Personally, I think that Secor Park, with its 3.6 acres of beautiful lucious trees and land, benches for relaxing and enjoying the placid surroundings, and even a fishing pond and a bridge, is one of the best parks in the Village itself. There's even an annual tournament here for kids to compete with each other in a friendly environment for which they can be awarded with fantastic prizes. Kids who live in Pomona attend East Ramapo School District, which is pretty good, and very nurturing! (Just yet another reason to raise your kids in Pomona, NY)!

Pomona is a great place for middle-class families, or people who wish to live very simply in a community-oriented environment. Housing begins around $140,000 which is very reasonable for Rockland County, NY. Nearby transportation can be found in neighboring town of Spring Valley with its train station. Taxi service can be fund in multiple surrounding areas. I would recommend that you have a car to get around most places, as it's very rural and people here like it that way. Pomona has a few good shops like the Down to Earth Nursery for all your gardening and landscaping needs, a Stop & Shop Supermarket, David's Bagels (an awesome place to have lunch), Mount Ivy Diner, and a few others. Mount Ivy also runs a cafe, and the Chuggin Rhino, Pomona Chop House, and Ocean Empire are all quite good places to come out and eat. Overall Pomona is a great place to work, live and raise your kids---as well as visit for good times, great art, excellent music, relaxing vistas, and fantastic food of all different kinds!
Pros
  • very community-oriented
  • lots of fun activities
Cons
  • must have a car
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Rise Up from Humble Beginnings to a Brighter Future at the Falls!"

Highland Falls is mostly known as the location of the Mid-Hudson military base that is West Point Military Academy. However, it's also the home of Billy Joel who wrote “A New York State of Mind” while coming home on a Greyhound bus; not surprisingly, it's also the inspiration for his song called “Summer, Highland Falls”.

There's lots to do here besides visit the museum and base at West Point. You can find fresh fruit and other produce at the local Farmer's Market, or enjoy finding new items at the town's own Street Fair. There's Bear Mountain State Park which is a great place to ice skate outdoors during the chilly Winter months to keep warm, or hike during the warmer months and enjoy the beautiful, breathtaking Mid-Hudson Valley; there's also the Palisades Interstate Park, named for the Palisades, a glaciar-carved rockface that overlooks the Hudson River all along a certain length of its shores.

People move here because Highland Falls is very affordable ($100,000 to begin with for homes) and Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District has a 97% graduation rate, and is perfect for those wishing to get into the military. There's also Highland Falls Housing which offers homes at even lower prices, which makes this place a wonderfully affordable space to live in. There's great medical care to be found at the Greater Hudson Valley Family Health Care Center in the nearby city of Newburgh. Excellent for commuters to NYC is nearby Garrison's train station, as well as Cold Spring and several others. (You'll want to have a car for most excursions however.) There's great restaurants in town (Park Restaurant is open late Fridays and Saturdays) and Schade's Restaurant, a great family-oriented Italian eatery that's been there since the early 60's. There's also a Starbucks, a Dunkin' Donuts, the Main Street Florist, the Highland Falls Market, and many others for great convenience to make you feel welcome and right at home.

So, if none of this has enticed you yet, come right on over to Highland Falls and discover for yourself why Highland Falls is such a great place to visit and live!
Pros
  • fantastic schools
Cons
  • focused largely on military futures
  • must have a car to get around most places
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
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  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
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"A Beautiful Hamlet of Ulster County"

Highland is a hamlet in the town of Lloyd in Ulster County that borders both the Western Side of the Hudson River and the Mid-Hudson Bridge's westernmost side. While you might think it's pronounced to rhyme with “island”, you actually stress both the syllable of “land” as well as “high”.

People visit Highland to take a Walk over the Hudson, a path that was created over an old railroad bridge, or enjoy multi-arts classes and workshops at the “highly” esteemed Highland Cultural Center. People who invest their time in outdoor leisurely activities will enjoy the Apple Greens Golf Course, and nearby places like the city of Poughkeepsie has many more things for the whole family to discover---like the Bardavon Opera House, where you can catch a great theatrical show in a historic Opera House!

There's only a few shops in Highland such as a Dunkin' Donuts, a Rite Aid, the Little Flower Shop, Lowe's Home Improvement, the Tractor Supply Company (and that's pretty much it). For lunch or dinner I'd “highly” recommend the family-and-visitor-friendly Main Street Cafe or the Would Restaurant for an enjoyable meal of “new American” food while dining on the outdoor patio, either by the beautiful garden or the lovely fireplace (they accept both walk-ins and reservations).

Homes in Highland start around %200,642. Students attend the Highland Central School District with a successful graduation rate of about 97%. Highland can be reached by Rt. 9W, Rt. 55 and Rt. 44 in Ulster County.
Pros
  • fantastic school system
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"Live Right Near a Historic Place in History!"

Fort Montgomery, aside from being a hamlet of the Northeastern Highlands of Orange County, is the remains of just that: a Fort that was the site of one of the Revolutionary War's many historic battles, endured by fighting soldiers with the beautiful landscape of the Hudson River and the Hudson Highlands in the background.

Today, people come to Fort Montgomery to learn about their country's fascinating history at the Fort's museum, where they can see actual artifacts used during the Revolutionary War. This particular battle's goal was to secure the Hudson River for the Americans from the British invaders, and people who come to Fort Montgomery can see replicas of the canons that were used, pointed out towards the water where gigantic ships would have been coming through, ready to assault the shore with their own weaponry.

People who live in Fort Montgomery enjoy affordable middle-class housing (homes start around $190,000), a wonderful school system with a highly successful graduation rate (Highland Falls-Fort Montgomery School District), where lots of its students go on to become a part of the American Military; the use of the Highland Public Library and its many programs open for the public on a daily basis, and the many parks in the area that are just as breathtaking as the glorious River itself. Bear Mountain State Park is one of them, where you can ice skate, visit the Park's very own Zoo, enjoy music at summer public events, hike, and even ride a carousel. There's also nearby Black Rock Forest, a local 4,000 acre Park which is used by field scientists and includes “The School in the Forest”, an educational program for kids to learn about what goes on there. There's also Stony Point Park as well, which offers lots of hiking options and beautiful, breathtaking views.

In town, you might want to grab lunch at The Bagel Cafe and then dinner at Prime Rib Thursdays at the family restaurant Richie's Little Place, or try the cheese grits and baked potato fries at yummy Barntormer Barbeque. There's lots of other amenities in other towns as well. For middle class families who wish to live in a beautiful part of the historic Mid-Hudson Valley, this is one that you won't want to miss!
Pros
  • fascinating historic history
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"'What's in a name?'"

Balmville, NY is mostly known as being the ritziest part of Newburgh, NY (one of Orange County's three cities). It's home to the upper-class citizens of Orange County who live on roads with affluent names like “Commonwealth” and “Sloane”, and houses which you know cost more than most people in Orange County can afford.

However, besides from the being the richest place in town, Balmville is home to Orange County's oldest tree---lovingly known as “The Miracle Tree”---as it is more than 300 years old and still going strong! This beautiful tree was named “The Balmville Tree” because the older residents mistook it as a tree named “The Balm of Gilead”, an ancient poplar tree that's hard to find in America, when in fact it is one of America's most ancient, eastern cottonwoods. The tree was what gave Balmville its name (even though it was a mistake on part of the original settlers), and people still flock to Balmville to take in the site of this majestic marvel.

In addition to America's nationally historic tree, Balmville is also home to the Powelton Country Club, which offers its members everything under the sun one could possibly want in a club (oh yes there is a pool of course, too). Students who live in Balmville attend the Newburgh Enlarged City School District, which is pretty okay as far as school districts go. Due to their wealthy family backgrounds, many students go on to Ivy League schools (such as Princeton, Yale or Harvard). As the area is right by West Point, this is where those students who wish to join the Military will probably go when they graduate high school.

There's not many amenities in Balmville itself as it is primarily residential. However, you have all the amenities of Newburgh proper, which offers you such delights as Adam's Fairacre Farms (a gourmet food superstore, which has its own bakery, cafe and garden center) as well as Barnes & Noble Booksellers and others; restaurants include such fantastic eateries as The Wherehouse, which is open until midnight Fridays and Saturdays and offers its customers organic meat dishes and vegetarian options as well; there's also Macchu Picchu Peruvian, Yobo Oriental, The River Grill and Torches on the Hudson, all elegant choices whether with friends, family, or a romantic time with your loved one, some offering beautiful, breathtaking views of the Hudson River to boot.

Balmville can be reached via Interstate 84 and the Newburgh Beacon Bridge and is home to more than 3,000 residents. It's pretty expensive and has a bit of a “gated” feel. Most people would probably come here to visit friends if they don't live here, or otherwise discover it on their way to the rest of Newburgh and beyond. Don't forget to hug the Tree before you leave...but who knows, maybe it'll be around for another three hundred years!
Pros
  • awesome Tree!
Cons
  • very expensive to live there
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
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"Great Transportation and Excellent Anemities"

People come to visit Gardnertown, a hamlet of Orange County’s city of Newburgh, for great music (Monk’s House of Jazz---as in, Thelonious Monk, legendary jazz musician, created by his nephew, Theolonious), awesome outdoor activities like hiking and fishing (Downing Park and Chadwick Lake Park); boating on the Hudson (Newburgh Landing, where you can catch the Hudson River Adventures cruise); and museums (the Manuscript Museum on Broadway in Newburgh is one of the region’s best).

If that doesn’t get you interested in Gardnertown, how about some roasted Long Island Duckling or scrumptious Filet Mignon at the Lakeview House Restaurant, right on Orange Lake? Or, how about some shopping at the wonderful variety of stores at the Newburgh Mall? If you’re into books, Barnes & Noble in Gardnertown is the place for you. Health nuts, check out Nature’s Pantry health-food store for all your organic craving needs. Personally, I prefer the fried calamari for an appetizer and, for dinner, the Crabmeat Stuffed Flounder Filet at the Torches on the Hudson restaurant, where you can enjoy great DJ’s and personal VIP cocktail service. Treat yourself to a yummy cool dessert at the local Dairy Queen afterwards. If you’re looking for international fair, try Yobo Oriental Restaurant for asian food across the board: there’s even Indonesian, and it’s rated as #1 for “best sushi” by Hudson Valley Magazine! There’s a little something for everyone in Gardnertown.

Some of the downsides to living in Gardnertown is the crime issue regarding local gangs in the area. Schools are fair; the elementary schools are supposedly phenomenal. There's also a Fundamental Magnet School that serves pre-K through 5th grade. Unemployment is 7.80% out of a national average of 9.10%; however, restaurants and shops here seem to be doing pretty well and staying in business regardless. The cost of living is a tad high, but the amenities in town more than make up for it. Perfect for working middle-class families; although I would keep an eye out for young kids during the summer days, and not let older kids go out alone out after dark (especially in certain parts of the area).

Gardnertown can be located by car via Interstate I84, by train via the Beacon Station (directly across the river from Newburgh) and by plane via Newburgh’s own Stewart International Airport.
Pros
  • great transportation
  • excellent anemities
Cons
  • gang problem
  • must have a car
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Welcome to Cheesetown!"

Some might find it strange that the town of Monroe in Orange County, NY is named after our fifth U.S. President, James Monroe, who didn't come from NY at all, but was in fact from Westmoreland, Verginia. Considering Monroe's history, one wonders why it wasn't renamed Frey after Emil Frey, who invented Velveeta Cheese at the Monroe Cheese Factory. Or, perhaps it should have been renamed after Liederkranz, America's version of Limburger cheese---named after a locally based singing club, probably because the name had a German ring to it.

One must suppose that Monroe named itself after the President responsible for the Monroe Doctrine because it is simply a proud American town and James Monroe was the President at the time. Due to its history in the world of cheese, most people today come to Monroe not to learn about the President but to enjoy the wonderful variety of cheeses and activities to be tasted and discovered at the town's annual Cheese Festival. Families raise kids here because the Monroe-Woodbury Central School District has a 96.2% graduation rate and excellent staff, and Monroe Community College is a great place to continue furthering education.

Everyone can enjoy watching the latest films at the town's own Monroe 6 Cinemas, and people of all ages can learn about the 19th century in the town's “living museum”, Museum Village, where people in period dress show you how life was like at that time while recreating it in the character of the time period, using tools, furniture and everything else you can think of to make you feel like you're back in 19th century America. For a romantic getaway, consider Arrow Park Lake and Lodge, a wonderful historic park where you can take walks, swim, relax on the beach, and enjoy private accommodations with beautiful lakeside views (starting at just $69.00). There's also the 5,067 acres of Bear Mountain State Park to explore and enjoy, with its Trailside Museum and Zoo, its carousel, many trails for enjoying the splendor of Nature, and its awesome outdoor skating rink. Highly rated restaurants in town include La Vera Cucina (Italian restaurant), The Captain's Table (seafood restaurant), Tre Angelina (try the Seafood Lobster Ravioli!) and the usual staples like Chili's, Burger King and McDonald's, among a few others. There's also a Shop Rite, a BJ's, Home Depot, Home Goods, a WalMart Supercenter, Verizon Wireless, Target, and Edible Arrangements.

Come to Monroe to celebrate our amazing, fascinating history and prepare for America's wonderful future!
Pros
  • very unique history
  • great schools
  • awesome parks
Cons
  • must have a car
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Beautiful Mountain Valley Town in the Family-Friendly Hudson River Valley!"

The best thing about Cornwall-on-Hudson is Storm King Mountain and, respectively, Storm King State Park. From the western banks of the Hudson River, you can get amazing views of the glacier-created rock faces towering over the Hudson all along its shores, and Storm King Mountain with its awesome beauty, home to a variety of wildlife and excellent trails of all different kinds for the die-hard hiker and nature-lover in you.

Cornwall was founded in 1609 by world explorer Hendrick (“Henry”) Hudson. Today the town is home to more than 3,000 people (and going strong). Cornwall Central School District has been rated 8 out of 10 stars. While some say that the school focuses too much on sports rather than academic needs, others say that the staff is very welcoming of differences. What’s unusual about the Cornwall Central School District is that the middle schoolers are let out later than the high schoolers, due to the traffic regulations regarding busy Rt. 94, which runs right alongside the High School/Middle School campus. It’s a beautiful campus and with its beautiful organic garden created by proud, creative Cornwall students, you’ll find the sound of the cars fading into the background. There’s also the Storm King School, a private 8-12 college preparatory school with smaller classes and a 7:1 ratio between students and faculty, as well as the New York Military Academy, a private boarding school that prepares its students for military life.

Visitors to Cornwall-on-Hudson will enjoy making new friends at the Two Alices coffee Lounge, which offers sandwiches, soup, bagles and coffee (of course); highly recommended is the Pumpkin Chai Tea Latte (yum, yum)! There’s open mics at the country store called The Shops at jones Farm, where you can also enjoy homemade donuts and baked goods, as well as fudge and apples from nearby orchards; there’s also the Key Food Marketplace in Cornwall Plaza, where you’ll also find Chan’s Happy Peking Houes, Dunkin’ Donuts, the US Post Office and Bank of America, among others. Don't forget the blueberry lemonade at the Hudson Street Cafe. For 5 star restaurants, check out the Sawatdee Thai Quisine and the Trestle Restaurant and Bar, as well as the River Bank on River Avenue, whose fish filet is some of the best around!
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Discover Endangered Frogs and Birdwatch at Glenmere Lake"

Established in 1721 by some of America's first dairy farmers, Chester is home to William A. Lawrence's Philadelphia-style cheese that was the first to be made in New York state. (Don't mistake this for the Philadelphia Cream Cheese brand.) It's simply called as such because it attests to Philadelphia's style for extra-creamy cheese spreads.

Aside from its history, Chester has excellent, beautiful parks located throughout the village and town named after itself, which make visiting and living in Chester a wonderful spot in the Mid-Hudson valley. Many of these parks have picnic tables, restrooms, playgrounds, and sports fields for all to enjoy. Anyone coming to Chester should check out Glenmere Lake, which is home to a rich biodiversity that includes the endangered species of Northern Cricket Frogs and several different species of owls and hawks, including the very majestic Bald Eagle (which is making a comeback).

There's plenty of shopping amenities in town such as C&S Wholesale Grocers and Cumberland Farms for fresh groceries, CVS Pharmacy, GNC, A.I. Friedman Department Store and Lowe's Home Improvement, as well as your neighborhood's local Radio Shack for all the latest technological discoveries. Fantastic restaurants in town include many options like Alan's Falafel (Middle Eastern food); Magoya Japanese (highly rated Sushi); Lobster Pier Seafood Restaurant (great for the whole family) or GW's Sports and Grill on Brookside Ave. for a fun night out on the town.

Chester can be reached by car via King's Highway (or also I94). Chester Union Free School District is fair with mixed reviews. Excellent medical care can be found at the Chester Medical Clinic (via the Horizon Family Medical Group). Chester is a fairly safe town with crime rates going down since 2009. Overall it's an okay place to live, but a much nicer place to visit.
Pros
  • fantastic parks
  • excellent amenities
Cons
  • must have a car
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"You'll Love Being In the Middle!"

Middletown is a unique population in Orange County for it is quite diverse. There's more Hispanic people living here than White, as well as a close ratio of Black as well. Middletown is also one of Orange County's only three cities (the other two being Port Jarvis and Newburgh). There's an eclectic mix of class as well (for instance, consider the ritzy Presidential Heights compared to other parts of Middletown). One of the first things you might notice when coming into the downtown area are the many Victorian-style homes that line the pretty streets, and the impressively tall spire of the First Congregational Church, which towers over every other place in town.

Visitors to Middletown will enjoy seeing a film at the Paramount Movie Theater, or attending a fun even at the community-oriented Elks or Lions Clubs. Kids who live in this city can make friends and have fun at the Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts of America groups or attending “Stories by the Camp Fire”, a program for children ages 6-12, that is funded through the Middletown Thrall Library (make sure you have a parent register first!). Visitors and residents alike can shop 'til they drop and eat great food at the Galleria @ Crystal Run, and there's also the strip of retail shops located all up and down Rt. 211. Fantastic restaurants to be found in Middletown are family-oriented places like Panera Bread or Ruby Tuesday, along with Fuju Japanese Steakhouse and The Park (Euro-Asian-American quizine, whose sushi has been rated 5 stars), a Subway, a Wendy's, the Planet Wings Grill, a Baskin Robins, and a Nathans. First things first though, check out Nina for their 5-star-rated international quizine, as they have a wonderful, welcoming and romantic atmosphere that will make any date with your loved one even more special!

Middletown has excellent parks (at least 13 in the area, such as Watts Memorial Park and Francher-Davidge Park). Middletown School District is a “turnaround school”, as they were once a struggling school district but is now performing very well with a 78% graduation rate, having introduced literacy programs and ESL programs into the mix.

The cost of living is a bit high here, but owning a house is affordable and begins under $200,000. The parks, schools and amenities make it all worth it---just take a vacation here and you'll see why people love to live in Middletown, NY!
Pros
  • train station makes for easy commute
Cons
  • cost of living is a bit high
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
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  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Enjoy the Beautiful Shores of Glenmere Lake Year Round!"

Florida, NY---very different, of course, than the state itself---is located in the famous “Black Dirt Region” of Orange County, NY. The dirt is special because it was created by the flooding and merger of Wallkill River and a nearby glacier-created lake. It's very rich, fertile soil that has been used in the area to produce awesome onions, therefore they are called “Black Dirt Onions”. The area is also rich in other agricultural produce as well, such as sod, radishes, carrots, tomatoes (and more).

Florida is also famous for its RV campground, Black Bear, which accepts RVs of all different sizes; its dirt has inspired the locals to creat the Black Dirt Storytelling Guild at the town's Florida Public Library (be sure to check out their other programs as well, such as weekly family storytime or their book and knitting clubs; they even have a socializing/activity program for middle schoolers and high schoolers called “YA Discovery” that is quite popular there as well. While here, check out beautiful Glenmere Lake Park. While you unfortunately can't swim here, it's a great place to stroll and take in Nature and bring your dog (as long as he or she is leashed and properly looked after).

Residents of Florida enjoy the Florida Union Free School District, with its excellent education and 99% graduation success rate. Houses start around $354,990, but the close-knit community and proximity to nearby Amsterdam, NY---where you'll find all the shops and restaurants you'd ever need---as well as beautiful surroundings for nature lovers and peace and quiet for retirees. There's also a walk-in clinic right in town (Community Medical Care on Main Street), and the crime index is lower than the national state average by far. You'll be sure to feel right at home in Florida---which is just far away enough for your peaceful summer (or year-long) retreat, but just close enough to where you'll find lots of fun!
Pros
  • excellent school system
Cons
  • a bit isolated
  • must have a car
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Saratoga Spring's Shopping & Dining District: A Little Something for Everyone!"

Beautiful, quaint, Victorian-style Ballston Spa is the place to go if you wish to shop and dine in the Hudson Valley! After a glorious bath in the healing natural spas of nearby Saratoga Springs, you won't want to miss shopping at the many boutiques, jewelry stores, or wellness shops that pop up one after the other along Ballston Spa's downtown, hosting its visitors the view of many beautiful tree-lined streets. There's a wonderful creative atmosphere here, with many art galleries---especially the aptly named Strolling Village Artisans, where you can view work of 20 artists from around the local areas who showcase, as well as sell, their art. The Saratoga Performing Art Center is also located in Saratoga Springs and is a great venue to stretch your creativity to the limit (and beyond). The village library offers book discussion groups for adults and has annual book sales, as well as fun activities like Family Film Night, which everyone can enjoy.

If you're visiting Ballston Spa, I highly recommend staying at one of the many Victorian-style bed & breakfasts that the town has to offer: such as the Lewis House Bed & Breakfast, which offers charming accommodations like back porch swings, gardens, and even an adorable little duck pond (which the kiddies will absolutely love).

Residents of Ballston Spa enjoy affordable living expenses (housing prices starts around $181,000-$200,000). It's named after a Congregationalist Clergyman named Eliphalet Ball. It's home to famous museums like the National Bottle Museum and the Brookside Museum (where you can learn about the more general history of the area). There's tons of great galleries, antique shops and boutiques of all kinds here. There's several fine restaurants like the Great Bay Clam Company and the Whistling Tea Kettle (a fantastic tea house hailed as the area's “#1 Lunch Spot” and “Best of the Capitol Region”. Come to Ballston Spa for an unforgettable shopping and dining experience---you might just not want to leave!
Recommended for
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  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
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  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Find Your Favorite Spot in NY's Historic and Breathtakingly Beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley"

Dutchess County, located in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley, is home to 20 towns and two cities (Poughkeepsie and Beacon) in the state of NY. Many towns have individually-designated hamlets that are unique unto their own (such as East Fishkill's popular Hopewell Junction, or perhaps Dover's curiously isolated community called “Oniontown”). To the North lies Columbia County; to the South lies Putnam; to the East, CT's Litchfield and Fairfield counties and to the West, NY's Ulster and Orange counties.

Dutchess is home to many fine school districts like Wappingers School District (boasting a 100% graduation rate) and Arlington (my very own school district growing up, where I found teachers who believed in me, such as Mr. Clark of 9th Grade English, who inspired me to become an English teacher---which I'm planning to be for a future career). There's fine private schools like Randolph School in Wappingers Falls (a day school for many different ages, focusing on individuality and creativity to foster independent thought); there's also famous colleges like the Bard College, Vassar College and Merist College in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess Community College, the Culinary Institute of America, and others.

Dutchess is famous for its rich role in American history. Hyde Park is the hometown of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and visitors can explore the beautiful Estate and grounds, as well as Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt's getaway cottage; both are located on the National Historic Landmarks list for the Unites States of America. You can explore Native American history and local flora and fauna at Bowdoin County Park, or visit two State Parks, James Baird and the Taconic State Park, both of which offer many fun outdoor activities for everyone to enjoy. There's many other parks and lakes in the area as well which offer fun for the entire family, both residents and visitors alike.

I love visiting Dutchess County, and I hope you'll get to visit the famous Dutchess County Fair, and pet a lamb and ride the Ferris Wheel. It's a gorgeous area that will make you feel right at home in the country. You might just not want to leave! While some places are pricier than others, it's very much worth the cost of living---which, in some areas, might be greater than NY. You'll be near lots of convenient anemities and excellent transportation, such as Dutchess County Airport, and many towns---especially the cities like Poughkeepsie---have train stations that can help you get places easier. There's also more history here than meets the eye, so you'll want to dig as deep as possible into the magical history of the Hudson Valley. Spend the weekend with your loved one at one of many bed and breakfasts, and dine at award-winning restaurants. Poughkeepsie offers affordable housing as well as several others areas. There's a great mix of city, suburban and rural throughout the county itself. Take a drive through and I'm sure you'll find what fits you the best. You'll definitely be having a grand NY experience, one way or the other!
Pros
  • fascinating history
  • great parks
  • Relatively affordable
  • Welcoming communities
Cons
  • most places need a car
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
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"A Quiet Country Town with Beautiful Hudson River Views"

Milton is a pretty, quiet little hamlet in the town of Marlborough located on the Hudson River's west bank. If you're in the mood to shop and visit museums, you're better off visiting neighboring Ballston Spa or Saratoga Springs, but if you're in the mood to visit the Hudson River and enjoy outdoor activities, you'll love the town of Milton.

There's a few shops in town like the Country Fresh Grocery, Hepwarth Farms, and your neighborhood Stewart's Candy Shop. Milton doesn't have that many restaurants but I recommend visiting Henry's Farm to Table, which has a swan pond (might be a little disturbing watching the ducks as you eat one though). There's also the New Friends Cafe and Bakery, and Benji's Pizzeria Restaurant, which are great venues to take your family any time of the day. There's not any night life here and it's very quiet; people usually brush through Milton on their way to the horse racing tracks and healing mineral waters found in Saratoga Springs. Saratoga County is horse racing land, and that's why most people come here---if not to visit the local botiques and other funky shops in nearby towns.

Kids who live in Milton are served by the Marlboro Central School District. Milton has its own train station which can get you fast from here to there. Homes are affordable, starting around $169,000-$200,000, and it's fairly safe to live here and raise a family. Take your kids to Riverfront Park and you'll see why this is a quaint, ideal place in Ulster and Saratoga County to raise your kids. The school system is not that bad and there's lots to do for everyone in nearby towns like Ballston Spa and Saratoga Springs (as mentioned above). There's also the beautiful Kayaderosseras Creek. Don't forget to go horseback riding at nearby farms! The area is scenic and very beautiful. It's definitely not one to be missed!
Pros
  • beautiful riverfront park
Cons
  • no nightlife except neighboring towns
  • not enough shopping options
  • must have a car
Recommended for
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Learn The History of Illustrative Art and Enjoy Concerts in the Park: It's All In Marlboro, NY!"

Part of the Township of Marlborough, Marlboro (sounds the same, just spelled differently) is nestled in beautiful, spacious Ulster County in one of the oldest farming communities of New York State. In fact, Marlboro is home to the oldest preserved home of one of the oldest Jewish families, the Gomez House. It is also the home of Ulster's very first paper mill. Ulster is not very diverse in race, however it is diverse with ethnicity; overall, it's a predominantly White community, but this does not mean it is all-inclusive.

Marlboro itself has quite a few fun attractions for visitors as well as residents. People interested in history will love the Museum for Preservation of the lllustrative Arts, which teaches visitors about the history of cartoon animation and digital arts, such as the images on magazines, for one example. There's also a couple of vineyards in town, such as Windsor Vineyards and Glory Farm Winery, reminding one of the rich agricultural heritage in the area. Visitors and residents alike will enjoy the town's many Concerts in the Park, and the Marlboro High School's pool offers water aerobatics to anyone who wishes to partake. There's a lot of parks in the area (especially Marlborough Township's hamlet Milton's Milton Riverfront Park, which is right on the Hudson River and a great venue for music and family fun. You also are right near Kayaderosseras Creek, which is a great place to spend the day fishing or just enjoying the quiet splendor and art of Mother Nature.

Marlboro has lots of convenient shops and restaurants, such as Tattoo Fantasy, Dollar General, CVS and others; there's restaurants like Marlboro's renowned “The Falcon”, which is a live music venue with great food, promising great times for all involved. There's Cibo Noche, where you can find meals like Salmon Filet and Horseradish Crust or Grilled New York Strip Steak. There's also your favorite Chinese takeout, China Star, and the Racoon Saloon or Hidden Cellar and Wine Bar promises a fun night out on the town and a great selection of drinks to meet everyone's favorite taste.

Marlboro is serviced by Marlboro School District and the nearby Milton Railroad Station which can take you to NYC for more fun in New York. Nearby St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital of Cornwall is a fantastic acute care center to meet all of your medical needs. Marlboro School District is fair (a rating of 6 out of 10 by most students and parents alike). Overall Marlboro is your averge town in Ulster County with a couple of perks like a great community and restaurants, and your own Marlboro Free Library which offers programs for everyone. Creative folk, don't forget to visit the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (also in Marlboro) and those in need of a great workout as well as interested in meditation, visit Bootleg Yoga. Housing is average for most of Ulster County; generally fine for middle to upper class. You'll have a great time visiting Marlboro---which has nothing to do with cigarettes and is a lot more beautiful than its name suggests!
Pros
  • fun activities for all ages
  • a great community
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Peaceful, Affordable Mountain Valley Town"

While it's a bit in the boonies, Ellenville---in the foothills of the stunning Catskill and Shawangunk Mountains---is what New Yorkers who love easy country living “My Kind of Town” (it was the fourth town to be noted in the “My Kind of Town” series on TV. It's a quaint little town that's located at the intersection of routes 209 and 52 and home to scenic sights like Rondout Creek.

Besides being very affordable (houses here start around only $76,000), Ellenville is home to the excellent Shadowland Theater, where you can see star quality performances by local theater actos, and the Ellenville Free Library has its own gallery, and is near a well-preservced 1895 Queen Victorian house. There's also a small airport there named after the US Congressman, Joseph Y Resnick.

Ellenville Central School District is a great school, which helps out students in need with links to BOCES (the Ulster campus is right nearby), and there's SUNY Ulster, a community college with wonderful, highly-rated two-year programs.

There's a few shops in Ellenville like your neighborhood Dunkin' Donuts, an Ace Hardware Shop, Subway, Rite Aid, Family Dollar store as well as Dollar General, Canal Street Cutlery, Pleasant Stone Farm (which is an amazing health food store with its own organic cafe), as well as restaurants like the awesome Gaby's Cafe (Mexican Italian fusion (inviting atmosphere, friendly staff and outdoor seats for all to enjoy, even homemade guacamole that's made right in front of your very eyes!); and a few great Pizza restaurants like La Bella Pizza and Il Paradiso Pizzaria & Restaurant. There's also your neighborhood McDonald's which has a little something for everyone.

Ellenville is located off roads 209, 52 and 55. Students attend the wonderful Ellenville School District. Excellent medical care can be found at Ellenville Regional Hospital. There's approximately over 4,000 people living in Ellenville. It's kind of in the boonies but is a beautiful place to live and you've got lots of trails and parks in the area to explore! Stay at the historic Honor's Haven (once known as Fallsview) or visit nearby Mowhonk Preserve & Mountain House, or the Minnewaska State Park, and I'm sure you'll see why people love living in---and visiting---beautiful Ellensville!
Pros
  • great parks & lovely natural views
Cons
  • a bit isolated
  • schools could be better
  • lacking public transportation
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
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"A Peaceful Residential Community Within Reach of Great Amenities"

Fairview is a pretty residential hamlet of Greenburgh, Westchester NY, population 3,099 (as of 2010), located off the Cross Westchester Expressway and Tarrytown Road, as well as not too far from the Metropolis Country Club, Mercy College and Crossroads Shopping Plaza in nearby Dobbs Ferry, not to mention other amenities in surrounding towns like Sleepy Hollow or Ossining.

The houses here are fairly affordable, starting around $300,000, which is pretty affordable for working middle-class Westchester residents. Kids go to the highly esteemed Greenburgh Central School District. There's also the option of a wonderful day and residential therapeutic school, Greenburgh-Graham, which is for students age 5-21.

Fairview is basically a residential area without any amenities in the town itself, but surrounding towns like Tarrytown has the Striped Bass Restaurant, the Sweet Grass Grill, The Silver Tips Tea Room and a 7-11, among others. Dobbs Ferry is home to Mercy College, a renowned liberal arts college, and the Half Moon Restaurant, which sits on the banks of the beautiful Hudson River (from the outdoor patio, you can see the Tappan Zee Bridge and, if you're lucky and there's no haze, the far-off skyline of NYC). It's a great place to dine and listen to the relaxing sound of the river's gentle lapping at the water's edge, enjoying casual fine dining with your loved ones, or your romantic night out with that special someone.

Surrounding areas like Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow is filled with the history of Washington Irving and Philipsburgh Manor as well as great medical care at Phelp's Hospital; and nearby towns like Croton (off Rt. 9) have fun places like the Black Cow Coffee Shop; Ossining has a fantastic public library, and Tarrytown has old-fashioined Wagner Library. Transportation in nearby river towns offer residents of Fairview easy access to the Grand Central Station of NYC in less than an hour. Greenburgh itself is ranked as the #2 “best and worst places to live” in the USA. All you have to do is visit this beautiful, historically rich area and you'll know just what they mean!
Pros
  • Real estate is inexpensive
  • Access to Greenburgh's amenities
  • Shopping is within short range
Cons
  • Have to drive to other towns for everything
  • School system doesn't rank very high
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Grab a Taste of American History in Diverse Port Chester!"

Those who know and love Port Chester (of Rye in Westchester County, NY) are proud of its boating and farming heritage, as well as being the birthplace of Life Savers and Hubba's, an awesome stay-up-late chili restaurant found at 24 Main Street, which caters to its patrons as late as 5 am on weekends. People come here for the amazing ambiance and the “legendary” chili (as hailed by the New York Times). Fun Fact: The “secret” ingredient in Hubba Water is good ol' Hawaiian Punch!

Port Chester High School is also quite famous for both the building itself as well as its marching band. Both have been seen in major films, as the High School was used in “My Super Ex-Girlfriend” starring Luke Wilson and Uma Thurman; the marching band played in “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Spiderman 3”, as well as starred in the 1997 Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. The school is fairly descent; SAT scores could be a bit better, but overall the school district is just fine as schools in Westchester County go.

Port Chester has its own Metro-North train station that can take you to NYC in under an hour, as well as access to the Bee-Line bus system that runs throughout Westchester county and can take you to major metropolitan areas like nearby White Plains. Port Chester itself has a few great shopping options like a Costco, Walgreen's, Marshall's, A.I. Friedman (a wonderful store that sells both creative art supplies and office materials, even gifts and furniture to boot); Bed Bath & Beyond; Khol's, and a Verizon Wireless. Awesome restaurants include Sonora (an award-winning, 5-star restaurant of Latin food by award-winning Master Chef, Raphael Palomino, who is from the country of Columbia in South America); Tarry Lodge, where you can enjoy the warm, relaxing atmosphere with traditional Italian food with a twist: like Clam Pie or Pizza with goat cheese, pistachio and honey; the Q Restaurant & Bar (a great place for kids during the day; a fun place for adults at night); Inca & Gaucho's (South American food of Incan Empire old-world charm) and others like Edo Japanese Steakhouse, Bar Taco, Los Gemelos, and the Willet House. You won't be without great shopping and eating choices in Port Chester!

Port Chester is an upper-to-middle class area where most of the homes cost over $400,000, but the school district and amenities and easy-made commute make it all worth it. You'll be glad you came. You might not even want to leave!
Pros
  • Waterfront bars and restaurants
  • Convenient public transportation
  • Diversity in demographics
  • Diverse recreational activities
  • Good shopping
Cons
  • School system doesn't rank very high
  • Not the safest area in Westchester
  • The large minority communities are underrepresented
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Don't Skip the BBQ at Big W's on your Way to Thomas J. Boyce Park!"

Wingdale is a hamlet of Dover, NY that's home to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a Jewish summer camp, and once home to the now closed Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital. The camp is located on the banks of beautiful Lake Ellis, which is also home to many residents in the town. Most homes go for around $149,000. Students go to Dover's own Union Free School District, which showcases student art on the walls of the High School/Middle School building, indicating that the school encourages creativity and individuality.


Wingdale itself has its very own train station, as well as several shops and restaurants. Shops include the Wingdale Supermarket, Webatuck Craft Village, Wingdale Hardware, Hunt County Furniture, Inc., O'Neil Upholstry, and Judsonson's Farmer's Market (an outdoor market that's open May until October, especially fun to go to during the warm summer months). Both Mary Kay and Avon rival for customers in Wingdale. Restaurants include Cousin's Pizza and Cousin's Cafe (of the same ownership); Peking Kitchen; Big W's Roadside BBQ; Ben's Store (deli and restaurant); Chophouse Lounge (mainly for adults who want a fun, romantic time); the Valley Diner, and Guidetti's Italian Restaurant.

Wingdale has the Thomas J. Boyce Park, which is a great place for the whole family to enjoy, and for anyone who loves playing sports and generally being outdoors. There's a playground for the kiddies. Dogs are okay, if they're leashed. Dover is a great place to come visit and live and raise a family. The people here will make you feel right at home. A trip to NYC takes a little over an hour by train. Just walk around in the park, go swimming at Lake Ellis, visit the Farmer's Market on a hot sunny day and buy ripe vegetables and fruits, or hike the Appalachian trail for the die-hard nature-lover in you: if it's small country towns that you love, then I'm sure you're bound to love Wingdale!
Pros
  • has its own train station
  • Appalachian Trail
  • Quiet and simple lifestyle
  • Big W's BBQ is Awesome
  • Picturesque rural setting
  • Virtually no traffic congestion
Cons
  • Hardly anything to do
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Old England, Meet New England"

Dover is a town in Eastern Dutchess County, NY, just West of Connecticut and near the quaint country towns of Amenia and Pawling of Putnam, NY. It's home to many lovely hamlets like Wingdale and Dover Plains (Dover Plains is where most of the shops and restaurants are; Wingdale was once home to the Harlem Valley Psychiatric Hospital, before it closed down in 1994, due to insufficient funds.) The town also has a great park, Thomas J. Boyce Park, which is great for everyone, including kids: it's a place the family can spend the day out enjoying the natural beauty of Dutchess County!

People in Dover have access to great schools, wonderful restaurants like Big W's Roadside BBQ and the historic Old Drovers Restaurant and Inn (once the town's original meeting place), and the Chophouse Lodge. Some shops include Staples, a Subway, Hunt County Furniture Factory, a Freshtown grocery and CVS Pharmacy. Wingdale also has the Wingdale Supermarket and other stores as well.

A curious thing I found about Dover is the attention it's gotten from a quiet, reserved population called “Oniontown”. There's a lot of things said about this community due to disfigurement among some of the residents, but I don't blame them for getting upset when people enter their property and mock their lifestyle. These are the poor people of Dover and I wouldn't assume anything about them, chalking what most people say up to urban legends. Police will warn your kids to stay away from “Oniontown” (apparently they once sold produce such as onions off the nearby roads), but of course that only leads to more hype and speculation and, essentially, fear. I'd say, until you actually sit down and have a talk with a whole group of Oniontowners, don't think there's anything wrong with them other than that they are lower class than the rest of Dover and, therefore, have a bad reputation as well as a bad rap. That said, it's probably still best not to go, as they do like their privacy and it's good to respect your neighbor's wishes.

Dover is located off Rt. 22 after traveling through towns like Pawling from Putnam to Dutchess counties. Medical facilities include the Harlem Valley State Hospital. There are two train stations in Dover: Wingdale and Dover Plains. A visit to the High School/Middle School building will show you that the school district really encourages its students to feel proud of their work, as it's showcased all over the walls. Teamwork is encouraged here too, as students work on murals that are shown throughout the building. Your kid will have a great time here. Housing costs around $186,700 which is pretty affordable for Dutchess County. The Appalachian Trail, a hiking trail that runs from Maine all the way to Georgia, runs through the Harlem River Valley which the area is considered to be a part of. It's a beautiful place that will make you feel right at home!
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Place that's Rightly Proud of its Heritage"

Somers' gorgeous hamlet of Heritage Hills is a primarily residential area of Somers, with the convenience that all of Somers has to offer. It's 2.3 square miles of beautiful scenic land, dotted with woodland and farmland. It's a lot less to live here than Somers proper, as Heritage Hills costs generally $146,000, while Somers itself costs around $379,000.

That said, you're never too far from shopping centers like Baldwin Place (where you'll find stores like CVS, Learning Express (toys with an educational spin for children), Chili's Restaurant (which the whole family will enjoy) and a Super Stop & Shop for all your grocery-buying needs; there's also Somerstown Shopping Center which has a Chase bank and Strathmore Bagels and Somersfield Restaurant. Other restaurants include fun Italian eateries like Patsy's Pizza and Pasta, Il Forno Trattoria Brick Oven Pizza, Luce Seafood & Pasta. There's also Imperial Wok for your favorite Asian delights, a Subway, a Starbucks, a Tazza Cafe, Jesse's Deli, and an old-fashioned ice-cream and burger stand, King Kone, which is a bit out of town on Rt. 100, which you will pass on your way to nearby destinations like Yorktown Heights or Katonah.

As Somers itself is pretty rural, it's good to have your own car to get around. However, there are nearby train stations in places like Katonah, Purdys, Croton Falls and Goldens Bridge. Nearby roads include the Taconic Parkway and Interstate 684, which can take you to White Plains in less than an hour.

Somers if full of rich history and great parks in and around the area, like Reis park right in town, or Lasdon Arboretum and Sanctuary in Katonah. Both you and your kids will love a day at Muscoot Farm, also in Katonah, off of Rt. 100; it's a live working farm where you can visit the animals, and hike expansive acres of beautiful trails.

Heritage Hills is famous mostly for the Somers Pointe Golf Course, which has the Pinnacle restaurant on its premisis---you can eat and watch people golf right before you go back out for another round! There's 27 holes, so make sure you come fully prepared to spend the day here. It's a beautiful place that you won't soon forget.

Come to Somers for a visit and you might not want to leave. While the Elephant Hotel no longer has open vacancies, there is a wonderful museum there that you won't want to miss!
Pros
  • No traffic
  • Quiet and clean
  • Strong sense of unity
  • Great amenities on-site
  • Safe and Sound
Cons
  • No schools
  • Not very diverse
  • Not as many younger folks yet
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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""The Birthplace of the American Circus""

Somers, New York in historic Westchester County is well known in local areas for its symbol of the elephant, which can be seen throughout town. There's a lot of history to that image, as Somers has been considered to be “the birthplace of the American circus”. This is because Mr. Bailey of Barnum and Bailey brought the first elephant out of Asia to the United States and received wide fame for the elephant when he took her on her US tour, beloved by people near and far. (It's a miracle that she was so well loved and, as a result, pared from hard labor, which historians say was the plan for the elephant's future). Her name was “Old Bet”, and she is honored today by the preservation of the Elephant Hotel building (built in 1820, right before Hachaliah Bailey brought “Old Bet” to New England in 1825. Today it's a town hall and museum, but back then it was a stage coach for visitors to the area, as well as a meeting place for government officials, as well as circus staff (which must have been a unique sight to see). Farmers driving hogs and cattle to the market in NYC would rest there on their way. Sadly, once the railroad came into being, Somers was no longer the economic center of the region, as traveling grew easier and business folk could widen their distances, and therefore, their prospects.

When I stopped by the museum on the second floor, past all the official town hall offices, I was amazed to see all the well-curated items they have here. There's even artifacts which date back to the civil war, as well as a unique exhibit: a gigantic ball of yarn! When driving through Somers on Rt. 202, you can't miss it, nor the elephant which sits on a pole out front. Right next door is Ivandell Cemetery, which is the resting place of many soldiers who fought for America's freedom in the Revolutionary and Civil War. You can be proud to be an American as a visitor or resident of Somers, which has an amazing school district (100% graduation rate), two bustling shopping centers (Baldwin Place and Somerstown), awesome restaurants, and lots of wonderful parks like Reis Park, which has great playgrounds, lots of area to play sports, hike and picnic in. It's very safe and is a beautiful area, surrounded by scenic hills and woodland, which can be found throughout the gorgeous Westchester County. Make sure you stop by the museum, and if you are the type to volunteer, it's a great place to work---with people who really know their stuff and care about what they're doing. There's also a YMCA branch in town that helps keep kids busy after school and in the Summer with a wonderful summer camp. Lake Lincolndale is a great place to spend the day with your family---go swimming, play games at the clubhouse, and have a fantastic time! Personally I love Somers. I always enjoy my visits there and I look forward to when I can return!
Pros
  • amazing history
  • Lake Lincolndale
  • Lots of outdoor activities.
  • Peace and quiet.
  • Lasdon Park
  • Lovely location
Cons
  • No real nighlife.
  • Can get a little quiet and feel a touch isolated.
  • Must have a car
  • Not very diverse
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Enjoy Fun Country Activities in this Small College Town!"

The small college town of Clinton in expansive Dutchess County, NY was originally named for NY's very first governer, George Clinton, and played an important role in the agricultural market. Now it's largely residential and nicknamed “Schooltown”, for it once was home to many private schools across the region.

Appropriately nicknamed, Clinton is home to a small liberal arts college, Hamilton College, which is the 3rd oldest college in the whole state of NY. It was once a woman's only college but is now co-ed like most colleges in the US. The town prides itself not only in the college itself but in its vibrant community, which hosts concerts in the park and exhibits and events at the town's Klinton Arts Center. There's even an old phone booth in town that's hailed as “America's Littlest Library”, aka “The Book Booth”, as it literally is a place that holds books to be rented out by anybody who wishes to read them. The “Book Booth” was inspired by Library Friend Claudia Cooley after learning of the popular trend that's been newly established in England of turning old telephone booths into popular attractions (such as art galleries). It definitely adds to Clinton's uniqueness as a close-knit community that goes out of their way to serve the population.

Clinton is a very cute little town that's positively thriving with creativity. There's the Performing and Creative Arts academy in town, as well as an annual Arts & Music Festival located on the town green (you can get your face painted, listen to wonderful live music, enjoy getting your book signed by local authors, and eat great food served by vendors: there's even a rock climbing wall put out and a who-can-throw-the-tallest-plate contes (yup you heard right)! The library, which is responsible for the book signing, also offers homework help to kids in the after-school hours, and there's plenty of programs to enjoy there as well in addition to the numerous selection of books. Kirkland Town Park offers wide open spaces, a playground for the kiddies and a great space to run, play and picnic, as well as taking your dog out for a run (just make sure that they're well leashed).

Visitors, stay at the Artful Lodger Bed & Breakfast (which is both an Inn and Art Gallery), and use the Fitness Center at the high school during off-school hours (it's completely open to the public). Also available is the Pine Crest Motel, which is pretty cute and inviting as far as motels go. It also has cabel and satellite as well as senior discounts! While staying in Clinton, visit the town's Historical Society and Museum and see a show at the Performing Arts Theater.

Potential residents: The town of Clinton is a very friendly and safe place to live and raise a family. Clinton Central School District is an excellent school with well-above-average grades and test results and, most importantly, a fantastic staff who really cares about your kids' futures. There's lots of shopping options including a Nice N' Easy Grocery, the Hamilton College Bookstore, a CVS, adorable Emmy Beads, a Stewart's Shop, the upscale women's clothing store The Village Crossing (on the Green), and an Ali-Linz Home & Successories. Popular restaurants include Nola's fine dining restaurant, which hosts live music by local artists, a subway, Minar's Indian Cafe, the China Sea, and lots of great Italian restaurants/pizzerias. Bon Appetite!








































The small college town of Clinton in expansive Dutchess County, NY was originally named for NY's very first governer, George Clinton, and played an important role in the agricultural market. Now it's largely residential and nicknamed “Schooltown”, for it once was home to many private schools across the region.

Appropriately nicknamed, Clinton is home to a small liberal arts college, Hamilton College, which is the 3rd oldest college in the whole state of NY. It was once a woman's only college but is now co-ed like most colleges in the US. The town prides itself not only in the college itself but in its vibrant community, which hosts concerts in the park and exhibits and events at the town's Klinton Arts Center. There's even an old phone booth in town that's hailed as “America's Littlest Library”, aka “The Book Booth”, as it literally is a place that holds books to be rented out by anybody who wishes to read them. The “Book Booth” was inspired by Library Friend Claudia Cooley after learning of the popular trend that's been newly established in England of turning old telephone booths into popular attractions (such as art galleries). It definitely adds to Clinton's uniqueness as a close-knit community that goes out of their way to serve the population.

Clinton is a very cute little town that's positively thriving with creativity. There's the Performing and Creative Arts academy in town, as well as an annual Arts & Music Festival located on the town green (you can get your face painted, listen to wonderful live music, enjoy getting your book signed by local authors, and eat great food served by vendors: there's even a rock climbing wall put out and a who-can-throw-the-tallest-plate contes (yup you heard right)! The library, which is responsible for the book signing, also offers homework help to kids in the after-school hours, and there's plenty of programs to enjoy there as well in addition to the numerous selection of books. Kirkland Town Park offers wide open spaces, a playground for the kiddies and a great space to run, play and picnic, as well as taking your dog out for a run (just make sure that they're well leashed).

Visitors, stay at the Artful Lodger Bed & Breakfast (which is both an Inn and Art Gallery), and use the Fitness Center at the high school during off-school hours (it's completely open to the public). Also available is the Pine Crest Motel, which is pretty cute and inviting as far as motels go. It also has cabel and satellite as well as senior discounts! While staying in Clinton, visit the town's Historical Society and Museum and see a show at the Performing Arts Theater.

Potential residents: The town of Clinton is a very friendly and safe place to live and raise a family. Clinton Central School District is an excellent school with well-above-average grades and test results and, most importantly, a fantastic staff who really cares about your kids' futures. There's lots of shopping options including a Nice N' Easy Grocery, the Hamilton College Bookstore, a CVS, adorable Emmy Beads, a Stewart's Shop, the upscale women's clothing store The Village Crossing (on the Green), and an Ali-Linz Home & Successories. Popular restaurants include Nola's fine dining restaurant, which hosts live music by local artists, a subway, Minar's Indian Cafe, the China Sea, and lots of great Italian restaurants/pizzerias. Bon Appetite!
Pros
  • Green and serene
  • Not much traffic
  • Outstanding community
  • Plenty of fun local events
  • Strong economy
Cons
  • must have a car
  • Not a place you can easily walk where you need to go
  • A bit isolated
  • A little more expensive than nearby towns
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"A Cozy Little Place that's Wonderful for Families"

Dover Plains is a cozy little hamlet located in the town of Dover in Dutchess County. Dover is a part of the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown Metropolitan Statistical Area, and so is located to many large cities like Poughkeepsie itself as well as Newburgh, which is home to the Dutchess County Airport and both have many convenient amenities (Poughkeepsie is home to the famed Poughkeepsie Galleria, for one).

Dover Plains itself has an awesome park, Boyce Park, which has a cool playground and is great for kids and picnicking (it's also a wonderful place to take your dog, as well as he's leashed). Speaking of dogs, Dover Plains Library has Wrigley, a professional therapy dog which will listen to stories along with your kids during Storytime; he's also a great companion to the seniors of Dover Plains, and really helps people feel at home here.

Dover Union Free School District really cares about individuality and taking pride in one's' work; for instance, the hallways of the High School/Middle School building showcase murals done by the students themselves, as well as numerous works of art and writing.

The community of Dover Plains has its own train station, and there's one in the neighboring Dover hamlet, Wingdale; both can take you to NYC in about an hour and a half's time. Housing here is very affordable, priced around $180,00. You're also home to great medical care companies like Hudson River Health Care. For the Jewish families of Dover, Dover Plains is home to Camp Ramah in the Berkshires, a Summer Camp of 299 acres that unites its campers in their faith of Judaism, as well as creates a great community in a beautiful spot that's on the banks of Lake Ellis.

There's great shopping opportunities in Dover Plains to take advantage of like CVS, Sears, a Freshtown grocery store, the Monarch Creations Flower Shop, and the Hope Chest Thrift Shop (you'll never know what you'll find here, but whatever you find will be a treasure!). In Dover Plains proper you'll find great restaurants and eateries like Dover Cafe, Four Brothers Pizza Restaurant and Inn, East Dragon, and a McDonald's. In nearby Kent, don't forget to stop by the Fife n' Drum for lunch and hear great live music by local pianists (it was origionally established by a world-famous pianist from Italy, Dolph Traymon). It's right across from the Kent railroad tracks and is not to be missed.

Dover Plains is an overall great place to live comfortably and to safely raise a family in the beautiful Mid-Hudson Valley.
Pros
  • Peace and Quiet
  • Safe
  • Little traffic
  • Mostly green
  • A few decent restaurants
Cons
  • Nothing to do
  • Small population
  • Lower economic status
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Residential Living Conveniently Cose to the City"

Spackenkill is a quaint 2.9 square hamlet in the busy city of Poughkeepsie, NY, part of the glorious Mid-Hudson Valley located along the beautiful Hudson River. It's famous for being the home of many IBM employees (a major microelectronics company that made some of the world's first computers), as well as world championship poker player Hevad Khan, 6th place winner of the 2007 Poker World Series. Being a suburban area, it's also got a great park, Spratt Park, which is a wonderful place to spend the day in the peaceful pleasure of Nature. Die-hard Golfers can enjoy a day at lovely, sprawling McCann Golf Course that is right nearby.

It's a much quieter area of Poughkeepsie and therefore much safer, mainly because it's so residential. With a median housing price of $330,000, and much of Poughkeepsie itself being around $200,000 range, it's not much of a difference. However, Spackenkill does have its own Union Free School District, that encourages the use of enrichment programs and such events like Odyssey of the Mind (the Todd Team won 22 out of 55 placements at the World Finals). Spackenkill High School is hailed by Newseek as being one of America's “Best High Schools”, and that's really saying something! Plus Spakenkill is right near great colleges like Vassar and Marist for when kids actually graduate, so they don't have to go too far from home to have an caliber education in the higher education levels. All that being said, it's clear to me that your kids will have a bright future with the Spakenkill School District.

Living in Spakenkill gives you all the convenience of living near a big city without actually living there. Poughkeepsie has great stores like Dragon's Den (an old-school gaming store where you can get your old NES fixed, or still buy Magic: The Gathering cards and attend Magic tournaments---there's even prizes to be won). Dragon's Den is located in Poughkeepsie Plaza, with lots more other stores to choose from as well! There's also a Barnes & Noble for the book lover in you, and Adams Fairacre Farms and Price Chopper for all your everyday grocery needs. There's scores of shopping opportunities at the Poughkeepsie Galleria, and the South Hills Mall---while much smaller---is a great place to shop as well. (They were around when I was a kid and it's nice to see they're still going strong.) Restaurants include such as great cozy bistros like The Artist's Palate, or the Rier Station, which is named so for its location that's right near the train station. You can sit outside and have Roasted Corn Lobster or excellent paninis on a patio overlooking the Hudson River. You can even see the Mid-Hudson Bridge on a clear day. The Bull & Buddha, for all kinds of Asian food (including Vietnam and Thailand) offers a great exotic atmosphere.

Poughkeepsie proper has lots of great things to do like the jhistoric Bardavon Opera House (home to great theater and the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra) and the Hudson Valley Civic Center, where lots of events like shows and concerts are held (including the Barnaum & Bailey Circus). Neighboring Wappinger Falls also has two great water parks, Roseland and Splash Down, which are also great places to have birthday parties (especially Splash Down; I have great memories as a kid having my own birthday party there). You're never too far from NYC as well with Poughkeepsie's Metro-North train station.

Overall Spackenkill is a great place to live, work and raise a family. You'll be glad you came!
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"One of My Most Favorite, Funky & Friendly Towns in NY!"

When visiting New Paltz, NY, you might feel like you've gone back in time to the free-loving 60's. There's lots of old-time (as well as new-time) hippies in this college town, and most of them go to SUNY New Paltz, which is in the heart of New Paltz itself.

That said, it's no surprise that downtown New Paltz has an overall small college-town feel, where everyone seems to know everyone else, and you can walk everywhere and do (just about) anything. Some of my favorite stops in New Paltz is the Mudd Puddle Cafe, where you'll find a great funky atmosphere with many different types of seats, many of them cushioned (once you sit down in one, you won't want to leave). There's free wifi so you can bring your laptop. The Mudd Puddle is on Main Street, right next to a rival coffee shop, The Slashroot Cafe, which also has exceptional coffee, great staff, and live music---as well as its own personal art gallery and lovely, welcoming décor. Walking into each of these places is like visiting someone's living room. The main difference between the two is that the Slashroot uniquely offers technological services in addition to being a coffee shop---yes, that's right, they'll fix your laptop, too---and the only drawback is it's a lot smaller than the Mudd Puddle. That said, that doesn't make the Slashroot any less cozy, and the prices are more than reasonable. Come to either one of these coffee shops to relax after a hard day of work or study, and you'll know why so many people make their home in New Paltz.

In addition to great coffee shops (there's also a Starbucks, by the way, which I feel is totally unnecessary considering the other two coffee shops, both independent and far less expensive) there are many great restaurants to choose from during your visit. One of my favorites is Bacchus, where you can have fine American food in one of New York's most literary towns (they have an annual Poetry festival at SUNY New Paltz every year). The Gilded Otter is another great stop, where you can have meals with very cute names like “If An Otter Had Wings” and “Chicken Paws” (the food is positively scrumptious).

SUNY New Paltz is also a great place to book shop. There's two book stores near Main Street, within walking distance: the modern bookstore Inquiring Minds, which is a bit too modern for this town for my taste, but with a nonetheless great selection, and a very Barnes & Noble-like feel. Then, right around the corner, there's a gem of a used bookstore named Barner Books, where you can browse narrow isles chock-full of great finds (you won't want to leave; even though it's small, it's very cozy and almost like a maze, but the friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find what you need---as well as find your way out).

New Paltz is fairly affordable and a great town for families. You'll always find students who are looking to babysit in the local job-finder or see posts put up around town. It's a bit in the sticks, but if you have a car, you're golden. There's great places to hike and be out in nature (including the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, for example), and there's also Hueguenot Street, famous for the French protestants who first settled here many years ago. Today you can take tours around the small village which has all buildings still intact, including the blacksmith shop, the schoolhouse and the church as well. It's a beautiful little collection of well-preserved history, a living museum where people will guide you through a day in the life of a Hueguenot, and you can appreciate how New Paltz came to be.

New Paltz is definitely one of my most favorite towns, and I can't wait to go back again someday!
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Hike Stissing Mountain and Smell the Flowers at Buttercup Sanctuary"

There's so many great things to do in the town of Stanford, NY (not to be confused with Stamford, CT). It's near a beautiful mountain (Stissing Mountain) for which one of its hamlets are named for. Stanfordville has great shops, and Pine Plains School District is an excellent place for you kids to attend.

One of my most favorite things to do in Stanford is to visit the Buttercup Wildlife Sanctuary. This sanctuary is 550 acres full of breathtaking Chinese landscape, complete with waterfalls and streams and rock gardens to boot. It's a lovely place to go and meditate, and to find your inner peace: especially after a day of work or cleaning the house, this is where you can go to get away from it all. Stanford also has the Hudson Valley Raptor Center. Upon hearing the name, kids might think it's like Jurassic Park; however, what this center actually has are birds of prey, and many different kinds---anywhere between Eagles to Hawks to owls, and trainers will take the birds to flight and call them back to their hand right in front of you: it's a great show! Nearby Stissing Mountain is a great place to hike, and way at the top you can see all the way to Hunter Mountain---it's a breathtaking view. The Stanford Free Library offers many different programs for adults such as watercoloring, knitting, writing and meditation workshops. Like most libraries, children have storytime hours here as well.

There's a few shops in Stanford but not that many; you'll have to go to surrounding areas to shop mainly, so you'll want to have a car. In the immediate town you'll find Carousel Antiques and Elvin's Market for groceries. Basically you'll want to have a car in general because Stanford is a bit removed from other towns, but you'll be fine if you do. You'll also find medical services in nearby Pine Plains, which also offers the town its school district (I highly recommend Hudson Valley Health, which offers its own health plan, excellent staff, services of any possible kind, and a sliding scale to those in need).

Stanford is very safe and a great place to raise a family.
Pros
  • Green
  • Peaceful
  • Little local traffic
  • Safe
Cons
  • must have a car
  • Few local businesses
  • Somewhat isolated
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Amazing Views of Stissing Mountain in a Cozy Country Town"

Pine Plains, located at the crossroads of Rts. 199 and 82, is a great place to visit as well as live in. As most homes only cost a fair $165,000, the town's cost of living is very reasonable. You get the Pine Plains School District, which has great teachers and is a 6 out of 10 when it comes to schools in the general area.

As part of Dutchess County, you're not far from major cities like Poughkeepsie (which has a metro-north station) or bustling towns like Newburgh with the Stewart International Airport for greater travels. In the immediate area, you'll have the security of safety for raising your family and excellent restaurants for taking the family out for a fun night on the town. Your kids will love the Mountain Cow Cafe with its comfy couches and funky décor, as well as juice bar, and you'll love the excellent coffee they provide, and the staff is always welcoming. There's also the town's favorite, the Stissing House, which offers a clash of Mediterranean and American fusion and fine-dining quisine. For those who like tea instead of coffee, I highly recommend a trip to Shapira's Coffee & Tea Co., where you'll have lots of different types to choose from: anywhere from Assam black teas to smoky Lapsang Souchong.

For Nature Lovers, Pine Plains is a hiker's paradise. You're right near the Harlem Valley Rail Trail, but even better, you're also in the valley of beautiful Stissing Mountain, which has its own Stissing Lake as well, and plenty of trails to choose from. You'll see marshland and woodland on your day hikes, as well as beautiful flora such as lush green fern, Red Cedar, Black Birch or Sugar Maple trees.

Pine Plains is home to famous residents such as singer and songwriter Priscilla Herdman (a personal favorite folk singer of mine) as well as Matt Finley, a popular jazz musician. Pine Plains is also the base camp of the wonderfully creative Tri-Arts Theater. Make sure you get a performance before you leave---and come back soon!
Pros
  • Genuine local businesses
  • Stissing Mountain is a cool hiking area
  • Green and pleasant setting
Cons
  • Kinda sleepy
  • Isolated
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Lots of Culture, Art and Family Fun"

I still have fond memories of attending Dutchess Arts Camp in Arlington, NY, where I made my own tie-dye shirt and loved the counselors there. I had no idea back then that Dutchess Arts Camp is actually in the town of Arlington when I thought it was Poughkeepsie.

In fact, Arlington is a town that's just northeast of Poughkeepsie, the city and is part of Poughkeepsie, the town. Confusing? Not really. The town of Poughkeepsie is a lot safer than the city itself, and a lot closer knit, as well. It's a college town, home to Vassar College and Dutchess Community, with fine upscale restaurants and adorable shops that line its streets.

Some of the cute shops I've found most memorable here are Elizabeth's Boutique, which is a funky shop that feels more like a fancy thrift store. It's very inviting and cozy here and you feel like you've just stepped back in time: there's everything from antique furniture to things you'd think you'd only find at flea markets like that one in nearby Stormville, NY. After finding your next beloved treasure at Elizabeth's, make sure to check out the Dreaming Goddess, where you'll feel like a Goddess after applying your new favorite essential oil, and smelling like the dreamiest incest. There's gifts here for every occasion, like birthdays and weddings, and of course there's always yourself---you'll feel quite pampered just by being here. If you're stomach starts rumbling after all this fun, have some great food at hot spots like Babycakes Cafe where you can eat BBQ pulled pork for lunch and grilled filet mignon for dinner. If you're in a romantic mood, take your significant other to the Beech Tree Grill, where you can both enjoy their famous lamb and accompanying live music. If you're out with friends,make sure to hit Juliet's Cafe and Billiards, where you'll find a humongous pool hall, video games, and even old-fashioned arcade games like pinball and ping pong for the perfect end to a perfect evening with friends.

Arlington NY has its own annual Street Fair which is great event for families, singles and couples to gather and enjoy great food, excellent music and fun times for all. There's lots of artistic opportunities in the immediate and surrounding areas, including the Arlington Library, which offers its community all different kinds of programs as well as influencing cultural unity and education. Arlington is served by the highly esteemed Arlington School District, which has a high school that's strangely not in Arlington but LaGrangeville (and one of my former high schools before I moved to Yorktown Heights with my family). It's a great, fun-filled place to live, work and raise a family. You'll be glad you came!
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"Time Slows Down with a Cup of Tea and a Book in Hand in Millerton"

When visiting a reunion at my summer camp Wa Wa Segowea in the Berkshiers, I would pass through Millerton via Rt. 361. It was always a welcoming site and resting stop when my mom would bring me home from camp, and we would stop and get something to eat and visit Oblong Books and Music, one of New York's few remaining great bookstores, and one of my personal favorites.

It would be a dream to live in a place like this, where you can go into town and try all different kinds of teas at Harney & Son's Tea Shop, or take your first pick of fresh produce from the town's annual Farmer's Market which is ongoing in the warmer seasons.

There's a lot more to Millerton than meets the eye. Visitors can enjoy lots of great dining options like the Oakhurst Diner (a 1950's style diner where you can eat yummy grass-fed burgers), or chill out at the Irving Farm Coffeehouse. There's also necessary staples like your local CVS. It's a very scenic, picturesque little town, and you'll see people riding their bikes along Main Street and families with little kids holding hands as they cross the street.

If you are on your way to a retreat to the Berkshiers, make sure to stop by in Millerton and say hello! (Here's a head's up though: you might not want to leave!)
Pros
  • Awesome restaurants!
  • Great Local businesses
  • Phenomenal community feeling
  • Little traffic
  • Picturesque surroundings
  • Trendy
Cons
  • Very small
  • Cut off from public transport
  • Isolated
  • Not a lot of schools
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Go Back in Time and Forget Your Cares in Millbrook"

The sleepy town of Millbrook within the greater town of Washington, NY is one of the area's most affluent areas, offering wonderful schools (Millbrook Central School District), lots of antique stores, wonderful fine dining restaurants and an awesome bookstore. Found right off Rt. 44, Millbrook is lovingly known as the “Hamptons” of Dutchess County, as the prices here can be a bit hefty, but the community here is well worth it, as people really care what happens to their town, and there's excellent restaurants for a unique dining experience.

When visiting Millbrook I recommend staying at “Cat In Your Lap” B&B. During the day, make the rounds to the town's famous Antiques mall, with lots of antique shops where you'll find your latest treasure! There's beautiful vineyards in Millbrook that will make you feel like you've visited California if you come here in the summer. It's also the perfect place for horse riding (visit the Fox Ridge Equestrian Center for lessons and riding opportunities).

After a delicious French meal at Cafe Les Baux with your special someone (or a family outing to the beloved Millbrook Diner), take a trip into the Merritt Bookstore for great reads and information about the annual Literary Festival, which celebrates literature by inviting many authors from both local and afar.

Millbrook is not far from Poughkeepsie, where you'll find a Metro-North station that can take you to NYC. Newburgh also has the Stewart Airport for further travel plans. It's a great place to enjoy good food and friendly folk who will make you feel right at home.

One of the most special things that's in Millbrook is the Innisfree Garden, a 150-acre Chinese landscape complete with waterfalls and streams, that is one of the most peaceful places you'll ever visit in your life. It's a great place to meditate and find inner peace. Go alone or with a friend; either way you'll be sure to want to return.
Pros
  • Green and picturesque
  • Quiet and safe
  • Many well-to-do residents
  • Cute shops and boutiques
  • Some great restaurants
Cons
  • must have a car
  • Fairly Expensive
  • Little nightlife
  • Few local businesses
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"A Couple of Perks But Could Offer More"

When the first settlers came to Amenia, they thought that it was very “pleasant to the eye”. Speakers of Latin, they named it “Amenia”, a derivative of the word “Amoena” which means, basically, “pleasant to the eye”.

Today Amenia is a quiet little town in Dutchess County that's still got lots of untouched country, as well as modern commodities like two different train stations. Once Beekman Park had a lake, but Hurricane Diana flooded it, and it became one of NY's designated wetlands. The park is still popular for sports and picnics, and residents can fish at the town's Wassaic Creek, for which Wassaic Park is named after.

Amenia has a few different hamlets. One of them is Wassaic, for which the creek is named after. There's not much to do is in the immediate town except for the Silo Country Club, a popular destination for the townfolk. There's also the library, which offers many programs, and the Firehouse holds socializing events for seniors, as well as taking them on trips (such as the Poconos, as they did one year).

There are a few shopping options in Amenia, but the main reason for out-of-towners to visit are the parks and the many restaurants in the immediate town. There's Four Brothers Pizzeria as well as the town's own Cascade Mountain Winery for a day of wine tasting that you won't soon forget. Out of all the restaurants however the most memorable for most is Charlotte's Restaurant, a romantic destination that has a woodburning fireplace and a great, welcoming and friendly atmosphere.

If you're passing through Dutchess, this is a great place to eat. There's not many shops except for Sears, a Dollar Store, and Food Town, but if you're looking to spend some time in Nature, Beekman Park and Wassaic Park are great places to spend a day with the family.

The median sales price for homes in Amenia is $430,000. The Webutuck School System has mixed reviews as there is an ongoing problem with bullying that never seems to get addressed, which I found a bit disappointing (there are lots of great school systems in the local areas however). There's lots of things to do in the surrounding areas, so for museums, movie night and other attractions, I would visit towns and cities like Poughkeepsie or New Paltz for some fun and exciting times.
Pros
  • Clean
  • Safe
  • Really pretty area
  • Some nice restaurants
Cons
  • A little slow
  • Minimal Employment Opportunites
  • Can seem too quiet, at times
  • No nightlife/things to do
  • Relatively isolated
Recommended for
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"From Barton Orchards to Sylvan Lake: Memories to Cherish All Year Long!"

Beekman is a fun place to live as well as visit, if you like spending time in wooded, hilly Dutchess County NY. There’s always lots to do here for those who feel at home in nature as well as love to shop.

Residents enjoy the benefits of the community-friendly Beekman Library (your kids will get homework help and their summer reading list prepared); as well as the excellent Arlington School District (which also serves the town of LaGrange). As a former student of Arlington’s High School, I am grateful for Mr. Clark of 9th grade English who inspired me to want to become a teacher. There were several teachers there that I won’t forget. I only hope that it’s just as good for the students who go there today.

Nature lovers, make sure to visit For shopping, visit the Town’s hamlet Poughquag, where you’ll find two pharmacies, the A&E Italian Deli, a great pizzeria (Pleasant Ridge Pizzeria---make sure to go on Tuesday, where you can get the largest pie for only $9.00). Poughquag also has Barton Orchards, which is a pick-your-own orchard that is a great place for kids to pick apples for the first time, go on a hayride, run through a corn maze, and visit the animals. There’s live music and events like the Harvest Festival. It’s a great place to be and I personally have fond memories of going there with my family. The apples were delicious! Poughquag also has the Beekman Square Diner which is family run, for families. There’s even more shops and restaurants in nearby towns like East Fishkill and its popular hamlet of Hopewell Junction.

Dutchess County itself is filled with lots of fun things to do especially in the immediate surrounding areas. Poughkeepsie, for instance, offers Sprout Creek Farm, an educational working farm that also hosts a wonderful Summer Camp, and nearby Hopewell Junction is home to Sylvan Lake’s Beach Park, where you can go swimming, boating, as well as fishing and play volleyball and horseshoes (just like the old days), or simply just relax in the sun.

Beekman is a great community and really tries to reach out to its residents. There’s even “Friends of Seniors”, which offers seniors door-to-door services, and the Beekman Recreational Center is home to many activities such as swimming lessons and nights tailored to youth groups. Just visit Beekman and the natural beauty and friendly folk will make you want to stay forever!
Pros
  • Growing Quickly
  • Safe
  • Still relatively quiet
  • Lots of Opportunity
Cons
  • A bit expensive
  • Not a ton of retail options
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  • Retirees
  • Tourists
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  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"A Fun, Safe Place to Raise a Family"

East Fishkill is a fun, exciting place for people who love living in suburban areas with a little country mixed in. When I visit East Fishkill, I make sure to stop by Red Wing Beach Park which is the main spot in East Fishkill for nature lovers and those into playing all different kinds of sports, everything from volleyball to badminton. You can swim in the park’s gorgeous lake and then shower off in the bathhouse which conveniently also has restrooms. Those who like to fish will feel right at home here spending the day with a line and pale, taking a rowboat out on the water. Families will love to picnic here rain or shine, as there’s plenty of pinic tables all over the place and a pavilion in case the weather turns bad.

After a day at the park, you might want to stay in the immediate area and take a walk on the Dutchess County Rail Trail for some more exercise out in the sun. People also ride their bikes and go roller-blading on this concrete-paved path that was once the county’s train tracks. For those who want some more die-hard hiking, there’s also the Appalachian Trail which runs through town. This famous trail is marked and travels between Maine in Northeastern New England, all the way down to Southern Georgia. Shelters dot the trail in case you decide to hike farther than usual, so make sure you’ve packed well, and bring a map of the trail and all the shelter locations with you.

People who live in East Fishkill are not without places to shop within the town’s vicinity. For all your grocery needs visit the neighborhood A&P. For those on a spiritual journey, visit Wren’s Grove Metaphysical Store, where you can buy incense and Tarot cards to raise your consciousness, determine your destiny, and fulfill all your spiritual needs.

There’s plenty of great restaurants in East Fishkill, most of them in the popular hamlets of Hopewell Junction or Stormville. After visiting one of the oldest Flea Markets in NY state, go to Stormville’s Foutuna Brick Oven Pizzeria for great Italian food that the whole family will enjoy. Gardeners, visit East Fishkill Garden Supply to make your property the best in town. If you’re in Hopewell Junction, I highly recommend the Blue Fountain Restaurant, yet another Italian restaurant which is a favorite among the locals. Hopewell Junction also has Danny O’s which is a pub that offers karaoke and trivia nights, and they’re open late, making this a great spot for some night life on Saturdays and Sundays. There’s also your typical American favorites, Subway, KFC and, of course, Dunkin’ Donuts.

Kids who live in East Fishkill have their choice of four different school systems: Arlingotn, Carmel, Pawling and, of course, Wappingers School District (which I’ve found is one of the best schools in Dutchess County as well as NY). There’s many hamlets and communities in East Fishkill, but Hopewell Junction and Stormville have the most out of all of them. Visitors, don’t be too confused by the fact that East Fishkill, the town has a hamlet called “East Fishkill”; every area is different and you’ll figure it out soon enough.

The area is very safe, so it’s a great place for families to raise their kids. Some areas (such as Hillside Lake, for example) are more residential and quieter, but you’re never too far away from more suburban towns or cities like Wappingers Falls and Poughkeepsie. Nearest airport is Dutchess County Airport in Wappinger (home to popular Wappinger Falls and arcade restaurant/mini golf course, Fun Central, located along busy Rt. 9). There’s lots of major roads in the area like the Taconic Parkway and the NY State Thruway, as well as Rt. 376 and I84. Nearby areas like Poughkeepsie have valuable facilities like the world-renowned St. Francis Hospital and the Amtrack train station. East Fishkill has a population of 29,000 and growing. The median cost for a home is $355,000, and surrounding areas are loaded with historic locations and fun things to do, like the Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie to the Roosevelt Mansion in Hyde Park. Don’t forget Bannerman Castle, a 1900 Scottish castle replica in Fishkill, NY. Wappinger Falls also offers the area’s major water parks like Splash Down and Roseland. Spend one day at any of these places and I bet that you won’t want to leave!
Pros
  • Safe and good schools
  • Safe environment for children
  • Strong recreational programs
  • Fun parks, golf courses and more for the nature lover
  • Growing economy
Cons
  • Need a car to travel most places
  • Not as quiet as other towns
  • A bit expensive
  • Just a few isolated areas
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
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  • Country Lovers
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  • Beach Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Home to One of the World's Greatest, Oldest Flea Markets in NY State!"

Don’t go by its name, because Stormville, NY is actually a very pleasant area. In fact, Stormville is quite a unique town in Dutchess County as it has its very own airport named after itself, as well as the humungous Airport Antique and Art Show, where more than 600 vendors come from all over (more than 8 different states). People come from all over to visit the flea market as well and seek out treasures of all different kinds (there’s never knowing what you’ll find at this flea market, like most of its kind---it’s the world’s best garage sale on a very large scale). There’s free admission as well as free parking (please no pets).

Stormville, of Dutchess County, is however much more than the flea market. It’s home to IBM Microelectronics, one of the company’s largest centers. It’s also home to Stormville Mountain. The name was taken from two Dutch settlers, Rupert and Jacob Storm. Stormville is very affordable and you have Stormville Airport and the nearest city is Poughkeepsie, home to the historic Bardavon Opera House (where great concerts and plays are held all year round) and the Poughkeepsie Train Station. There’s also lots of unique shops like Wren’s Grove Metaphysical, an awareness shop that sells unique spiritual items. There’s also Mountaintop Market Deli which makes homemade food, the Pastry Garden Bakery & Gourmet, two yarn shops: Out of the Loop and Quilt Basket, and the Clove Branch Gift Shop, where you’ll be sure to find the perfect gift. The Carvel Corporation of Carvel ice cream and ice cream cake fame also makes its home here.

Stormville is a great place both to visit and to live. It’s a lot cheaper than the rest of Fishkill (Stormville’s median sales rate is $309,930 and East Fishkill proper is $499,000). Wappinger School District serves students from Stormville, housing 12,481 students, as well as dedicated special educations and ELL programs. You’re also near historic landmarks like Locust Grove, once home to Samuel Morse, creator of the Morse Code in nearby Poughkeepsie. Poughkeepsie also has great medical facilities like St. Francis and Vassar Brothers. There’s great nearby colleges as well like Marist College and Vassar, Dutchess Community and Hudson Valley. There’s many more to discover in surrounding towns and cities. Enjoy!
Pros
  • Good for outdoorsmen
  • Very quiet
  • Green and picturesque
  • Little traffic
  • Major highway access nearby
Cons
  • lacking transportation
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"It's...well....Pleasant!"

Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County is home to James Baird State Park, 590 acres of park that includes an 18 hole golf course, trails throughout the wooded areas, picnic tables and pavilions, a nature center that hosts nature programs for all ages, and plenty of land for hiking in the summer and snowshoeing in the winter. The James Baird Golf Course is a unique spot in of itself, as not only does it have a sprawling 18 hole golf course, but also a clubhouse, a driving range, and a snack bar---including its very own restaurant, Eagles Nest Catering, which is right on the golf course, so you can watch the golfers while you eat great food in the stunningly beautiful, enchantingly pleasant Hudson Valley!

Arlington School District serves Pleasant Valley students. The District’s High School is the “Home of the Admirals”, proud of its great sports teams. The school offers its students a Marist College “Bridge Program”, where students can choose from either Math or History courses. AHS also proudly contains an award-winning marching band and a student-run cafe, the Admiral Cafe. You can bet that all schools have lots of great clubs and activities and really try to reach out to their community. As a student once at Arlington High School, in 9th grade, Mr. Clark inspired me to become an English teacher, of which I am currently in school to be.

It’s very affordable to live in Pleasant Valley (median cost for a home here is $306,400%). While the cost for living is a bit higher than the national average, it’s a very safe place to live so your choice to live here is worth it. There’s lots of Italian restaurants with great pizza (like Madison’s Pizza Cafe or Four Brother’s Pizza), as well as unique restaurants like Comx Cyber Cafe, which is an internet gaming cafe that lets newcomers earn a free hour of fun gaming on their many computers. There’s also a Subway and the family-friendly Village Restaurant. Shops include Dunkin’ Donuts, Past N’ Present (a unique thrift store and recycled clothes consignment shop), a Dollar General, the PV Bicycle Shop, the Family Dollar Store and the Pleasant Valley Department Store (among others). Nearby Poughkeepsie has great transportation such as their Amtrack train station, and both highly regarded Vassar Brothers and St. Francis Hospital. Pleasant Valley is like its name: safe and wonderful and full of great things.

Just take your loved ones for a picnic or a stroll in lovely Baird Park any season of the year and you’ll know why people love to stay in Pleasant Valley, NY all their lives: it’s beautiful and peaceful and---well---pleasant and fun for everyone, just about any old time of the year!
Pros
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Good restaurants, especially for pizza
  • Great hiking trails!
  • Mostly peaceful
  • Not far from conveniences
Cons
  • Nightlife is pretty slow
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"Enjoy a Close-Knit Community and Great River Views"

Straatsburg, the smallest hamlet of historic Hyde Park in Dutchess County, NY, is home ot the beautiful Mills-Norrie State Park, which contains 192 acres , along with the stunning turn-of-the-century Mills Mansion,which overlooks the glorious Hudson River, and the marina and hiking trails at Norrie Point overlooking the river.

Residents will be happy that Straatsburg is a lot cheaper than Hyde Park proper (about $200,000’s worth of difference). Many people horseback ride and play golf at local golf courses or take yachts out on the river. Straatsburg is also home to the Belvedere Mansion which is now a B&B, as well as many other lovely estates that were once home to the country’s rich. The Staatsburg Library on Old Post Road reaches out to the community with teen programs and food drives, as well as offering defensive driving courses. Adults can enjoy the Adult Mystery Book Club on Wednesday nights, and everyone who loves video games can reminisce with the old-school game Minecraft on fridays. Young women can enjoy the Girls Book Club. Join the Straatsburg monthly meeting and become a Straatsburg Friends Meeting. You can learn knitting at “Purl Jam”, the Needlework, Crocheters and Needlework group, there’s something for everyone at Staatsburg library!

Aside from the fantastic Portfolio Ristorante Italian restaurant in Staatsburg, Hyde Park Proper offers great restaurants like the family favorite Eveready Diner, including the Hill Top Deli and Market. For a great night life, visit Darby O’ Gills, an authentic Irish pub on Albany Post Road. They stay open until 4 am on Sunday, and each day you’ll find a different activity: from Karaoke on Monday nights to “Texas Hold ‘em Tournament and Irish Night” on Wednesdays, trivia nights on Tuesdays, and special discounts on Friday nights, you’ll feel right at home here among the locals. (It’s also a great place to watch your favorite game). Stores include Atlantic Kayak Tours (remember, you’re right near the Hudson), Foster Flooring, Lily Pad Garden, Amato’s Lawn Mower Repair, Milligan Landscaping, and Country Pet Love.

Come by for a visit and I’m sure you’ll find lots of fun and priceless moments at Staatsburg!
Pros
  • Peaceful
  • Green and picturesque
  • Mills Mansion is beautiful
  • Quiet and safe
  • Close to wonderful Hyde Park ameneties
Cons
  • Small population
  • Very little to do
  • Not many conveniences in the area
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
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"When Visiting the Falls, Remember the 3 P's: Parks, Pizza and Pleasant Memories!"

Wappingers Falls (not to be confused with its parent town of Wappinger) is located along NY Rt 9 and shared between the city of Poughkeepsie and town of Wappinger, is a lovely village in Dutchess County where you can still witness the breathtaking Majesty of the stunningly beautiful Falls from which the village proudly got its name. The Falls still look the same today as when the Wappini Native Americans lived here, and when the first Dutch settlers arrived to overtake the land in the early 1700’s.

The area is rich in early American history, as well as home to two water parks and tons of great Italian eateries and pizza places. There’s Splash Down, which has water slides of different difficulty levels from beginner to super advanced, and kids love having their birthday parties here---but it’s great fun for adults as well! Roseland Water Park also has a Twister Speed Slide and a man-made wave pool, as well as a lazy river and tubing is always a favorite among the locals. The village is also home to gorgeous Mesier Homestead and Park, where you can visit a 1700’s style stone house that was home to the area’s first Dutch settlers, Peter Mesier. Here people come during the Summer to hear the great bandstand play from the park’s lovely Gazebo, relax on the grass and lick ice-cream cones in the hot noonday sun. In the Winter there’s the impressive Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony that no family will soon forget, even long after the holidays are over. There’s Picnics in the Park, where your family and friends can enjoy a parade, music and the best refreshments around.

Wappingers Falls offers lots of pizzeria restauants such as the popular Longobardi’s Restaurant, Gino’s or Frank’s. There’s also neighborhood favorites like Dunkin’ Donuts coffee and pastry shop, as well as pubs like Irish Eyes, Uno Chicago Grill or TJ’s Bar for a fun night life. Stores include Wallgreen’s, BJ’s, Sleepy’s, Alto Music (where you can even buy DJ equipment, as well as your first---or next---keyboard or tuba). There’s lots of dealerships and car-related shops as well.

The median sales price in Wappingers Falls is fair for working middle class families, with homes starting around $269,900. The Wappinger School District offers students a quality education. The population is ethnically diverse (lots of Italians, in case you haven’t already noticed). Poughkeepsie’s City School District is also just as great, and you’ve got the Bardavon Opera House for excellent field trips to see great theater or an amazing concert that the family will remember for the rest of time. There’s also low-income housing offered in Poughkeepsie, including Habitat-for-Humanity built homes. Poughkeepsie also has a train station, so you’re never too far from other places in NY, including a scenic ride from NYC. Poughkeepsie has St. Francis Hospital, which has state-of-the-art medical facility. Wappingers Falls is a great place to grow up and raise a family as it's a lot safer than it used to be.

Enjoy your stay at Wappingers Falls and cool off in the water. You won’t be without choices for dinner if pizza is what you’re in the mood for. Don’t forget to visit the Mesier Homestead and Museum in the Park, which is great for picnics, quiet lovers’ strolls and fun family outings. You’ll have a great time in Wappingers Falls!
Pros
  • Mix of city and suburbia
  • Good restaurants
  • Shopping nearby
  • Things to do
  • Community spirit and friendliness
  • Country Players performance group
Cons
  • Mix of city and suburbia
  • Can get congested
  • Parking limited
  • A bit noisy
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
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  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
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"LaGrangeville Will Always Hold a Special Place in My Heart"

Located right off the Taconic Parkway in Dutchess County, LaGrange (or LaGrangeville) is a beautiful, family-friendly town that was once populated largely by farmland (as was most of the Hudson Valley back when the first settlers established this area as their home). There is still Kharl Amer’s Farm on Arlington Road, which is a meat products store chain (nearest one to me is in Yorktown, off of Rt. 202). When I was a kid growing up in LaGrangeville, it was filled with rolling hills and dense woodland and lots of fields where you could stand in and look up at the stars. I have lots of pleasant memories of going to feed the horses at local farms, who would come up to the fence so that you could feed them carrots.

Perhaps one of my fondest memories of LaGrangeville were the trips to Freedom Lake Park. The lake is a great place to swim and relax on lazy Summer days. There’s a metal slide (which, while hot, cooled you off fast when you slid into the water). There’s shallow roped-in areas that always made me feel safe. Only problem is membership is a bit pricey and the park is only for residents, as well as a rule that no dogs are allowed. The town’s own Baird State Park is a beautiful park that’s lovely to hike any time of the year, especially in Autumn when the trees change their colors, and there’s also a Nature Center which is a fun place to learn about the local flora and fauna before you go out and discover it for yourself. It’s a great area if you those who feel right at home in Nature, and while it’s even busier and more developed than when I lived there, it’s still country enough for riding bikes along the scenic backroads, or perhaps right into town, where you’ll find lots of unique country stores like Lightning G Horseman’s Shop (where you can buy saddles) or Crystal’s Closet clothing store where you can rent your prom or wedding dress. There’s also a Pet Pro and a Be Wise Wash & Oil Center which can make any mud-splattered car shine. Restaurants include the daily Planet Diner on Rt. 55, Chop Stix or Happy Wok for take-out Chinese, Sonny’s Restoranti and Pizzeria, and neighborhood favorites like McDonald’s. It’s a bit out in the stix but it’s a lot more developed than when I was a kid and there’s more stores opening up everyday. You’ll still need to have a car to get most places though. The town also has a public free library.

As a kid I loved living in LaGrangeville and will always hold it in a special place in my heart. My family lived in a barn red raised ranch with a screened-in porch on a quiet cul-de-sac road named Deckert Boulevard. While there was some traffic on Arlington Road, my sister and I could still ride our bikes without fear. The Arlington School District provided me with a great education and I have fond memories of 9th grade English when encouraging and supportive Mr. Clark was the first to inspired me to be an English teacher. It’s an experience I will never forget.
Pros
  • Good Schools
  • Great Farmer's Market in the summer/fall
  • Great dog park at Overlook Park!
  • Sense of community pride
  • Some decent area restaurants
Cons
  • lacking transportation
  • A bit expensive
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
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"History Buffs Will Love It, Families will Treasure It, Food Connoisseurs will Adore It"

Most people know Hyde Park as the hometown of our country’s 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and many come to visit the stunningly beautiful Roosevelt estate (known as Springwood). However, Hyde Park has a lot more to it than this part of history.

First settled by the Dutch in the early 1700’s and later by the Quakers as well during the 1800’s, Hyde Park was first home to the Wappini Native Americans, who lived among the many Sycamore trees in this area (most of them are now 250 yars old). Passing through the town today, you can still see the original churches that were used by the first settlers, and milestones inspired by Benjamin Franklin still line the roads, which were used back in the day by passersby on foot, horse or carriage to know how long they’ve gone and how far they’d have to go.

Today, people come to learn history at not just Springwood but Val-Kill as well, the colonial cottage and once home to “The World’s First Lady”, Eleanor Roosevelt. Hyde Park is also home to the world-famous Culinary Institute of America, where some of the world’s greatest Chefs are born. There’s also the Hyde Park Free Library and the nearby hamlet Straatsburg’s free library. Seniors can enjoy gatherings at the local Knights of Columbus, including such events like Senior Lunch. The town of LaGrangeville has Freedom Lake, which includes a metal slide that leads kids right into the water (as someone who grew up young in LaGrangeville, I have fond memories of this lake, especially the slide). I always felt safe in the shallow roped-off areas. Residents and visitors can enjoy “Music in the Park” at Vanderbilt Mansion, and there’s lovely parks like Mills Memorial State Park or Margaret Lewis Norrie State Park. Norrie Point also has a marina for housing boats and hiking trails.

The median price of Hyde Park is $469,000; to rent is $1313 and you can get a studio for around $4,298. The area is pretty safe compared to the rest of NY. There’s seven schools served to local students by the town’s Hyde Park Central School District, that also offers ELL programs to foreign language learners. Graystone House is a very special school in Hyde Park, a unique, community-oriented therapeutic day and residential school and rehabilitation facility for youth Autism, starting as young as 3-5 years.

Hyde Park makes shopping very convenient. Here you can find a Super Stop & Shop for groceries and other needs. There’s also the Caged Bird Pet Shop, as well as Stewart’s. The coolest store I found here was The River Connection located at 9 West Market Street, where you can buy kayaks and canoes and all the water gear you’ll. It’s run by a married couple that decided to create their own business together selling anything that has to do with paddle-related boats, and they’re doing great! The store is open year round so come and find your new boat and get out there while the weather’s fine. There’s lots of wonderful restaurants to choose from as well, such as the family-friendly Eveready Diner and Joe Christiano’s Pizza or 2 Taste Food and Wine Bar for a fun night out with friends. Most restaurants can be found on NY’s 9G or Albany Post Road. There’s also a Dairy Queen and a McDonald’s.
Pros
  • Culinary Institute of America
  • Safe
  • Fabulous parks
  • Home of Franklin D Roosevelt
  • Some stellar restaurants
Cons
  • lacks transportation
  • Busy
  • Traffic gets a little heavy
Recommended for
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Country Lovers
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
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  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities