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Surely you’ve heard about the controversy stemming from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests that have taken place over the past few months across the country, but did you know that, if you’re an Ulster County resident, this type of issue hits much closer to home, possibly more than you have realized?

Enter the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline - a crude & refined oil transportation pipeline stretching from Albany, New York to Linden, New Jersey and traversing straight through our home here in Ulster County. Just like other oil pipelines across the country, the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline is facing opposition left and right from local residents, town officials, environmental agencies, and the like. While reports about the pipeline stress the need for an

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2016 has been quite the year, both for our nation as a whole, and locally, here in Ulster County as well. Regardless of whether or not you’re fondly looking back at a great year, or instead have high hopes for a brighter 2017, there’s no denying that a lot has happened this year! We here at Taft Street, aim to try to provide you with the most up to date, relevant and locally sourced news stories and happenings so that you can enjoy everything that the Hudson Valley and Ulster County have to offer. We shared plenty of stories this year on our blog and on Facebook, from local activity guides, event and restaurant features, and of course all the latest Ulster County real estate news. If you weren’t able to catch them all, don’t worry- we’ve compiled our top

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With Thanksgiving upon us, it’s nice to think about and appreciate how lucky we are to live in such an amazing area here in Ulster County, NY. Here, residents are able to achieve the best of all worlds- we’re central enough to so many points of interest and fun things to do, we get to take advantage of the amazing mountains in our backyard, and yet are still only a short drive to the coast and to one of the biggest cities in the world. That being said, Ulster County is so amazing, there’s hardly a desire to ever leave it- the views are breathtaking, the food and drink choices are phenomenal, the entertainment and outdoor pursuits are world renowned and the culture and community ideals of these small towns and hamlets are completely unique and unlike

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What’s not to love about Rosendale? If you’ve ever visited this small upstate Hudson Valley town, you’ll realize that living in Rosendale isn’t just about settling on a location; it’s a way of life. There’s always new and exciting things going on in this small community and most are done with such passion and vigor that you can’t help but feel inspired and touched by this town’s culture and ideals. The rural community of 6,000+ residents may be on the small side, but they have a big voice- and people have traveled near and far to hear what Rosendale’s community members have to say. Here, there’s a passion to learn, to grow and to experience nature as it was intended to be. There’s a forward thinking progressivism that many other towns can only hope to

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Vampires, ghosts and witches, oh my!

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Ulster County has all the tricks and treats you could want to experience this Halloween; from one of the country's top rated Haunted House and Hayride Attractions to some much less frightening family fun, you’ll find your ideal Halloween activities right here in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Our Halloween Event Guides have been a major hit in the past, and this year, we’re bringing it back, with even more bone chilling fun!

You won’t find any tricks here, just a weekend full of Halloween fun & Ulster County treats for the whole family!

Woodstock Halloween Parade & Children’s Halloween Journey

Every year on Halloween, the village of Woodstock puts on it’s scariest

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FullSizeRender.jpgThe hamlet of Highland, NY is pretty consistent. Businesses making up the small area most folks would consider ‘Main Street’ (actually Vineyard Avenue, where all the parades, street festivals and town events occur) hasn't changed too much over the years. Sal’s Place has been the cornerstone bar that has been a fixture of Highland’s main drag for decades, as has the barber shop located next door and Elia’s Meat Market, and while other restaurants may have slowly come and gone, the sleepy hamlet has always had a pizza place (or two), a Chinese takeout, and generally, the same local clientele who tend to frequent them.

Over the years though, and with Highland getting more foot traffic from tourists and other Ulster County residents alike from the opening

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There are a lot of areas to love in Ulster County, NY, but over the years we’ve noticed some areas seem to be more popular than others. Many who look for a summer/vacation home here in the Hudson Valley often find themselves drawn to the Catskill Mountains or one of the farmland valleys near the Rondout or the Wallkill River.  Some are now drawn to the hip and historic city of Kingston. There’s something for everyone here in Ulster County and today we want to highlight some of the more popular zip codes to help buyers better understand the similarities and differences when house hunting.  Ulster County really has it all - pristine nature that can be enjoyed year round, beautiful mountain vistas, an abundance of outdoor activities to fit anyone’s skill

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In today’s world there is a never-ending need to ‘go green’ in pretty much any and every aspect of people’s day to day lives. Going green not only helps to protect and save our environment, but in many cases, where it pertains to housing and real estate related ventures, going green also has the potential to save you money in the long run.

Going Green

Going green has been, and continues to be, a hot topic in the real estate industry. Other than helping to protect our environment, the movement towards using more environmentally friendly building techniques and practices also has the potential to save homeowners a big chunk on their utility bills- if they even have to pay for utilities at all! In fact, as of this spring, we are lucky enough to say

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For not being in a major city, The Hudson Valley is a bit spoiled when it comes to the mouth watering culinary options that are available to us. We live in an area that hosts and teaches, some of the best chefs in the world (thank you Culinary Institute of America!) so it’s no surprise that there is an abundance of award winning restaurants from which we can choose to eat at and expand our culinary palettes far beyond the reaches of Ulster County, NY.

The Daily Freeman, Kingston’s news source, published an article earlier this year about uptown Kingston’s “restaurant renaissance” and how 2015’s positive year end has everyone optimistic about a successful 2016. We were inspired by the article, (and by the awesome food at these restaurants!) to compile a

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Parts of the Hudson Valley, specifically locations in Ulster County, are drawing Brooklynites in record numbers- so much so, that the Hudson Valley has even been referenced as the “New Brooklyn.”  This seems to be happening more and more since the NYT article was published about NYC renters choosing to buy a second home first before buying their primary home in the city.  it makes sense if you think about;  this new generation of buyers are realizing that they may just be better off renting in Manhattan and then purchasing the more affordable digs upstate.  Why not buy in the Catskills if that’s really your ultimate lifestyle?  We’re seeing baby boomers looking to come back to more urban settings since their net worths make it possible and the

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