The Main Street Series - Rosendale, NY: A Snapshot of a Community's Vibe & Values
by Dylan Taft
on Thursday, December 1st, 2011 at 9:27am.
Rosendale, NY's Main Street is both beautiful and unique. This short but thriving thoroughfare is a snapshot of the community that makes up this trendy, up-and-coming town just 90 miles north of New York City. A mini-melting pot of small businesses, eateries, residential properties, and municipal buildings rests on the banks of the Rondout Creek and in the shadow of Mount Joppen-burg. If ever a Main Street captured the classic and picturesque beauty of the Hudson Valley region, main street Rosendale is it! Take a stroll with Taft Street down Main Street and see why Rosendale, NY is one of the most desirable areas to buy a home in the Hudson Valley.
A Vibrant & Thriving Community In Ulster County, NY
Rosendale, NY has been enjoying a migration of sorts of artists and entrepreneurs who've taken a proactive role in their community. Recent articles in the New York Times have highlighted Rosendale's appeal to New Yorkers & Brooklynites looking for a convenient country getaway. A bus station within walking distance to Main Street can have you in Manhattan (or perhaps more importantly, out of Manhattan) in less than 2 hours! You'll feel worlds away on Main Street however, as it looks and feels like a movie set from American Graffiti. In the center of Main Street lies the classic Rosendale Theatre, plucked from another era when the local theatre once represented the hub of social activity. Nowadays, the Rosendale Theatre stands as a testament to Rosendale's sense of history and community. A recent grassroots campaign raised enough funds to save the beloved theatre from shutting down. It now serves as a venue for various community events, as well as continuing to screen both main stream and independent films. Fun and original festivals like the International Pickle Fesival and the legendary Rosendale Street Festival (held right on Main Street!) have slowly but surely built up devoted followings. These homegrown annual events are not only great fun but great for the community of Rosendale and surrounding areas (see related links below) in Ulster County, NY. Don't have a friend's couch to stay on? Very soon, you'll find lodging and accomodations right on Main Street at the historic currently-being-renovated 1850 House, Astoria Hotel!
Take a Stroll or Ride a Bike - Enjoy a Film or Have a Bite !
No matter what your pleasure, chances are you can find it on Main Street in Rosendale, NY. Part of it's charm is that at just a little over 1/4 mile long, it's easy to stroll up and down the street to run some errands, or hop on a bike to join friends for a drink. Speaking of bikes, be sure to check out Favata's Table Rock Tours to purchase a range of bicycles, get your bikes serviced, or sign up for a guided tour of some local trails. Looking for some great food and drink? You have plenty of options down on Main Street! Next to Favata's is The Red Brick Tavern which serves amazing bar & grill fare in a jolly tavern setting. Perhaps dining and a cocktail outside by the water is more your style? Then the trendy Bywater Bistro is just the place for you. Hey all of our vegans & vegetarians! The Rosendale Cafe has a scrumptious menu that's vegan friendly and a small & cool bar for a quiet drink. For a delicious snack homemade in Rosendale, NY, stop in on Twisted Foods, the Pretzel Rolling Factory for gourmet pretzels, and other homemade items. If you're on Main Street, it's only right you see The Big Cheese... that's our local cheese shop that offers a long line of domestic and imported cheeses! So if you're looking for food or fun with friends, come on down to Main Street Rosendale, NY!
Just Another Great Place to Visit or Live in Ulster County, NY...
Feel free to explore the businesses mentioned in this blog, we think you'll enjoy them! In addition to Rosendale, NY, Taft Street Realty has brought you down Main Street in towns like Woodstock, NY and Saugerties, NY and we've got a lot more in store! With so much to see and do around the Hudson Valley always make sure the first street you check out is Taft Street!