The Hudson Valley in general, and recently Ulster County in particular, have gotten national attention for the precipitous rise of the cost of housing. But the mass exodus of buyers from the New York City area to upstate covers a lot more ground than that. Delaware County, the forgotten, sleepy area the size of Rhode Island, has been white-hot, too.
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Outdoor seating has been a lifeline for area restaurateurs during this pandemic, but it’s now October and the good weather for the year is mostly in the past. As the weather gets colder, restaurants are hoping that heaters and tents will help get them through the winter.
“I’ve been here for eight years, and in business for almost 30 years,” says owner Roni Shapiro, who did her apprenticeship in some of the best vegan kitchens in New York City. “Then Covid came, and it was needed. It’s just the perfect model.”
The Hudson Valley Mall is losing another anchor store. Electronics chain store Best Buy announced this week that it would
While fitness centers and yoga studios in neighboring states are reopening with restricted capacity and mandatory mask use, New York has so far kept the doors on these businesses closed. Locally, business owners are frustrated at being left out of the state’s phased reopening plans, with some signing on to a lawsuit filed earlier this month against New York, the state Attorney General’s office, and Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Ulster Savings Bank made a donation to offset the majority of the overhead expenses for the three months The Well was closed. The Well is once again open on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. The free store is also open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.
Phase II allows for outdoor dining, salons, barbers, and a host of other businesses under the banner of “professional services.” Essentially, most things that don’t involve a large crowd or eating or drinking indoors will reopen, with restrictions on capacity and mask use and social-distancing enforced.
Home may be where the heart is, but for more and more homeowners in the Hudson Valley, it’s also where their heart rates are measured.
An insider’s guide to house-hunting in the Hudson Valley.
Ulster County is more than a week into New York State’s Phase One reopening plan and getting close to Phase Two. Phase One businesses include construction, agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, manufacturing, wholesale trade and retail businesses – the latter limited to curbside or in-store pickup and drop-off.