by Dylan Taft
on Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 11:02am.
"Is Brooklyn in the House?"
"...without a doubt" or so the song goes. Arguably New York City's coolest borough, (giving the overpriced Manhattan a run for its money) Brooklyn is the real melting pot that most people think of when they imagine New York City. With regards to art, culture, & ethnic cuisine, Brooklyn offers its residents endless possibilities. Lately, however, the place many Brooklynites want to be, is here. As a Realtor I have a unique perspective in that I'm constantly meeting people from other areas that want live in Ulster County, NY. Many of these folks, it turns out, come from Brooklyn!
Like Brooklyn, a Haven for Artists
What is it about the Hudson Valley area that draws these B.K. transplants? The reasons are as diverse as the borough itself. Ulster County has long been a haven for artists and musicians, from the legendary Woodstock to the up-&-coming Rosendale. I have a client Heige Lee, who owns Roos Arts in Rosendale, who along with her husband Fred have made the move from Brooklyn to Upstate. "When we moved up here we got more space," Heige says in a New York Times article which explores the phenommenon of the Brooklyn/Upstate connection, "and as an artist, especially, you're always negotiating for more space." The constant stream of artists from Brooklyn compliments an already-thriving creative community, which in turn attracts more artists, so on and so on...
Beauty & Proximity
Of course, you can't leave Brooklyn forever and sometimes you miss your old neighborhood! Which is why Ulster County is ideal for Brooklyn transplants, because although you may feel worlds away, you're never far from your old home. One can easily catch a bus or train from multiple spots throughout Ulster County and be in New York City in less than 2 hours. But don't expect any urban hassles up here! Ulster County may have art & culture, but we leave the traffic and congestion down there in Brooklyn. If you're a Brooklynite who desires pristine nature, but just can't live without great food and an art gallery, then Ulster County just may be your perfect compliment or alternative to Brooklyn!