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4th of July 2012Taft Street Realty is known for our helpful local guides! Our 2012 Ulster County Memorial Day Guide received over 1100 views online! Last year we gave you the 2011 Ulster County NY 4th of July Fireworks Guide and we're back for 2012 with another go-to guide for the area's best fireworks displays! The Hudson Valley region has the most beautiful and clear night skies in the Northeast. This July 4th 2012, watch those skies burst with vivid colors during the various fireworks displays taking place around Ulster County NY!

Kingston NY

Kingston NY hosts a spectacular July 4th celebration down at the Historic Waterfront! The streets are usually packed with revelers as live rock bands get the party going on an outdoor stage. The various local pubs, bars, and…

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The Ashokan Reservoir Ulster County NY Real EstateThe Ulster County NY Legislature recently changed the location of an upcoming meeting so that it would be literally right down the hall from a NY State DEC public hearing on releasing turbid water from the Ashokan Reservoir. Changing the location of this meeting ensures that Ulster County lawmakers will be in the building and present for this public hearing, which discusses giving permits to allow for even more releases of turbid water into the Lower Esopus Creek. The events surrounding the June 19th meetings are an interesting example of some of the local political jousting that is occurring with regards to this controversial issue.

A Reservoir's Controversial History

Taft Street Realty has been covering the issue; most recently in a post on the…

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Memorial Day 2012 Ulster County NY Homes For SaleMemorial Day Weekend 2012 will be a time to honor and remember our fallen soldiers and veterans. It's also a great weekend to catch up with family and those we care about. With a little luck, the weather will be perfect here in Ulster County NY, and Memorial Day Weekend 2012 will also serve as the unofficial beginning of summer; with many local events, markets, and festivals kicking off. And of course on Memorial Day itself, parades will be held to honor and celebrate our fallen heroes. Looking for a fun way to spend your holiday? Here's a town by town Taft Street Guide to Memorial Day Weekend 2012 in Ulster County NY.

H.I.T.S. On The Hudson Opening Weekend In Saugerties NY

H.I.T.S. stands for "Horse shows In The Sun" and is one of the premier…

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Taft Street Realty presents our 2012 Ulster County Real Estate Update on Weekend Events & Local Happenings throughout the areaThis weekend, Ulster County NY will be packed with events and local happenings! With a fun festival taking place in almost every town in the county, no matter where you may be, you’ll find something cool to do! And the events are as diverse and unique as the various towns themselves! Whether you’re into food, fitness, wildflowers, or hotrods, you’ll find all that and more this weekend in Ulster County! Not sure where to start? Taft Street Realty gives you our town-by-town, 2012 Ulster County guide to the weekend events & local happenings: 5/19-5/20!

Gardiner NY - A Cupcake Festival Sure To Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Over in Gardiner NY there's a local festival that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth! The 2012 Gardiner NY Cupcake Festival is a great…

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New Paltz NY Homes For SaleNational Geographic recently added New Paltz NY to its 2012 list of “America’s Best Adventure Towns”. The National Geographic Society has been a respected authority on science, education, and preservation since the late 1800’s. To be featured by such an organization is recognition of New Paltz’s unique and unparalleled natural beauty. The “Adventure” part of the name is well known and well earned! The rugged Shawangunk Mountain Range which juts along the horizon in New Paltz offers world-class climbing and hiking. The, “Gunks”, as they are commonly known, as well as the nearby Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park have over 100 miles of trails for mountain biking, hiking, and climbing. New York City urbanites, families, young people, and the world’s…

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Taft Street RealtyOur latest Ulster County local area update features 2012 Mothers Day happenings and events. The forecast for Mother's Day here in Ulster County NY calls for a nice, warm day with the slightest chance of a passing storm. It will probably feel more like summer than spring, so why not save the cooking and treat Mom to a nice meal out! No matter what town you're in, chances are there's a local restaurant nearby featuring a unique Mother's Day Menu. Taft Street Realty presents a 2012 Mother's Day Guide - featuring some great dining options in a few different towns around Ulster County.

Saugerties NY - A Gourmet Brunch Buffet

If in Saugerties NY, you can enjoy a gourmet brunch buffet. The Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern is a relatively new (est. 2011) restaurant…

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taft_logoThere is a strong connection between Ulster County NY real estate and the housing market down in New York City. A large (and growing) number of buyers looking for homes for sale in Ulster County are New Yorkers. As noted recently in the New York Times, rents in Manhattan have reached an all time high, leaving many New Yorkers to wonder if now is the time to leave the city for good. Living in Ulster County, you can have the best of both worlds; that is, if you're qualified. Though it remains one of the best times in recent memory to buy real estate, it is also one of the toughest times to secure a mortgage. So people may want to get out of that lease, but just can't get a loan to buy their own place. With less people able to buy, can the rent just keep…

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the Walkill RiverAhoy there! When you hear the word "regatta" it may conjure up images of million dollar sail boats and funny boat shoes. The New Paltz Regatta, though certainly a regatta by definition, may not be the haughty affair you'd expect. It features wacky boats, live music, a town parade, and free ice cream! We'd prefer that to the typical Regatta any day, and the 2012 New Paltz Regatta this weekend did not disappoint! The sun was shining and it was a beautiful day as contestants braved the mighty Wallkill River on hand-made boats, colorful rafts, and even a floating house or two! Fun, homegrown events like these, that seem to pop up every weekend, are part of what make New Paltz one of our picks for the Coolest Ulster County Towns in 2012.

Regatta, Local…

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uc_400Ulster County NY is an amazing place to live! A very diverse selection of homes for sale in Ulster County are available depending on your tastes, lifestyle and budget. A virtual paradise for the outdoors type; mountains, rivers, forests, and creeks provide endless options for activities during any season. With New York City less than 2 hours away, we get alot of the culture, arts, and dining that naturally migrates north from the Big Apple. It's an added perk that comes with being close to the most influential (and coolest!) city in the world. Of course each and every town in Ulster County is cool in its own way, but here's a quick look at what many consider to be the 5 coolest and certainly most popular towns in the area!

Saugerties NY

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hudson_riverAmerica's Great Water Coalition, an alliance of regional and national organizations that work towards river and watershed restoration, recently named the Hudson Estuary and watershed one of "America's Great Waters". More than just a fancy title, this designation officially recognizes the river's national importance and will increase federal support for Hudson River restoration and development projects. It is a victory for Hudson River advocates, who for decades have been working to repair the damage done to the Hudson River by pollution. Their dedication makes the Hudson River, according to some, the birthplace of the modern environmental movement. It is also an extremely positive development for those who own, or are interested in riverfront property,…

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