Found 75 blog entries about Summer.


Happy Birthday Saugerties! Saugerties, New York is celebrating its 200th anniversary of incorporation this year! Originally inhabited by the Esopus Sachem Tribe, and then Dutch settlers in the 1600’s, Saugerties has evolved into the perfect blend of old and new. Nestled at the base of the Catskill Mountains and bordered by the Hudson River and the Esopus creek, Saugerties is a beautiful Hudson Valley town. Just 90 miles north of New York City it currently thrives as a tourist location with a bustling Main Street dotted with shops and eateries. Recently named one of the Top 10 Coolest Towns in America, Saugerties is a melting pot of rich history and energetic culture, perfectly epitomized by its vibrant Main Street.

Festivals & Farmers Markets,

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Though it may look pretty bad, Ulster County will recover. As expected, Hurricane Irene caused extensive flooding, power outages and knocked down many trees. Ulster County officials are still assessing the extent of the damage, but all it takes is a short drive around the neighborhood for the impact of Irene on some Ulster County homes to become painfully apparent. However in spite of the destruction, the general feeling is that we were prepared and have fared well. Innovations like social media rose to the occasion and assumed an important role in providing a means for communication amidst a blackout. Our area has proven to be resourceful enough to withstand what County Executive Michael Hein called, “The worst natural disaster in Ulster County’s

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Just days after a rare earthquake rattled the east coast, the Hudson Valley finds itself in the path of Hurricane Irene, which could reach our area by Sunday reports say. Though vastly different in nature and origin, Tuesday’s earthquake and Hurricane Irene follow a seeming trend of extreme weather this summer and once again highlight the importance of disaster preparedness. Local hazards like flooding and loss of power may occur should Irene decide to pay a visit, so officials are advising that Ulster County residents take measures and be prepared. It’s not often that we at Taft Street can blog about an earthquake and a hurricane in the same week! Thankfully in this age of information, the resources for monitoring such storms are numerous and easily

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A 5.9 magnitude earthquake just struck in central Virginia, rattling Washington D.C. and sending tremors as far north as Ulster County. Buildings were evacuated in Washington and New York City. Almost immediately, reports of tremors being felt in the Hudson Valley were popping up on social media and anxious texts. Earthquakes do occur on the East Coast though normally not on the scale seen on the West Coast and Pacific regions. Aside from alot of rattled nerves, as of now no injuries have been reported.

What should you do if you think you're experiencing an earthquake? As Taft Street reported in a previous blog on disaster preparedness, in the event of an earthquake the following steps should be taken: If You’re Indoors – If possible, go to the ground…
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A recent project to install a solar energy system on a rooftop in Kingston’s TechCity is a noteworthy accomplishment for a growing regional industry. The 50 Kilowatt system was manufactured and installed by Solartech Renewables; a tenant in TechCity whose solar panels are the only ones manufactured in the Northeastern United States using 100% American-made parts. The project is, “the realization of our vision for a technology center that both produces and uses green products” says TechCity Chairman Alan Ginsberg “and it’s just the beginning.” After another big tenant, Bank of America, withdrew its tax processing operation from TechCity, the facility has been looking for new tenants with fresh new ideas.                                            

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There are few greater endorsements for a community than to be featured in the New York Times. A new article published this past weekend once again shined the spotlight on Hudson Valley real estate. Repeating a theme from a 2010 article, the piece highlights the Hudson Valley’s (in particular Rosendale) appeal to Brooklyn residents, which in turn instantly bolsters our area’s street cred (i.e. “cool factor”). 


Brooklyn Stand Up


As usual Taft Street Realty has its finger on the pulse of current social trends. Citing the 2010  article, we mused in a blog if Rosendale was the “New Brooklyn”. This time around, we published our "Big Ups To Brooklyn" blog literally the day before the most recent NYTimes article.  We strive to produce high…
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"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

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Ulster County NY Fair & Real EstateUPDATE: 2012 Ulster County Fair Taft Street Guide

New Paltz NY Real Estate - Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley - The 2011 Taft Street Guide Ulster County Fair - If you're looking for a great time for the whole family, the Ulster County NY Fair is the place to be! Whether you like rides, great food, games, or entertainment, the Ulster County Fair has it all. Take a time warp to an old-fashioned good time and enjoy this festive summer fair! As always, Taft Street Realty has you covered with a quick-guide to this great time!

New Paltz NY Real Estate- Fun For Kids & Adults - People searching for New Paltz NY homes for sale often ask me about fun things to do in the local area. Our latest recommendation? The 2011 Ulster County Fair! Catering to all age levels, the fair is open all

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Taft Street Realty is happy to invite you to our latest open house, 608 Route 32 North in New Paltz. Showing on Sunday, July 31st from 11am-2pm, this like-new colonial resides in a convenient, private setting. The 4BR home is just minutes from New Paltz and the NYS Thruway and 10 minutes to Kingston. It's also just short drive to great restaurants and shopping in High Falls and Stone Ridge. 608 Rte 32 1

Comfortable Layout

The interior has a super-comfortable layout. There are new bellawood brazilian walnut floors in the living & dining rooms, spacious bedrooms and a very well designed master suite & bathroom. A full walkout basement and oversized 3 car garage offer plenty of storage!

True Convenience 

This very well maintained home has the privacy and true

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- UPDATE - View our latest 2012 Rosendale NY Street Festival Guide!

The annual Rosendale NY Street Festival is a beloved local event that has grown and expanded year after year. This weekend's upcoming festival is no exception! Much like the town of Rosendale NY itself, the Rosendale Street Festival started from humble beginnings, and through the hard work of volunteers has blossomed into a venue that showcases local talent. Located just 7 miles from New Paltz NY (Exit 18 on the NYS Thruway), the street festival is no doubt a feasible weekend trip for New York CIty residents. At Taft Street Realty we've got your 2011 Street Festical Guide, a few tips to help you enjoy one of the collest local events of the summer!

- Plan Your Parking - Main Street

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