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Old 09-05-2010, 09:28 AM
 
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I am looking to relocate from New york city to a small town about 1 hour or 90 minutes from New York City. I want to continue to work in the City but live in a quiet small town with good rent prices. I heard Ulster County, Ithaca and poughkeepsie are great areas with good schools but not sure how far they are from NYC? Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 09-05-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Default Understanding the geography of New York

In case you are unfamiliar with the local geography:

What people refer to colloquially as "towns" are actually villages and hamlets, which are within actual towns; and, because villages and hamlets are referred to as "towns", then, many times, the error is compounded when actual towns are referred to as "townships".

Also, many colloquially refer to a "downtown business district" in a hamlet as a "village".

NYS Geographic Glossary may be of some help to you in understanding the geography of New York.

You can get a fact sheet for any city, village or hamlet in New York by going here American FactFinder and input the name of the city, village or hamlet for "city/town" (leave out the ZIP Code) and New York for "State", and then click "GO".

You'll get a lot of demographic, and some economic, statistics for the city, village or hamlet you selected, and if you click on "Reference map" (it's on the right hand side), you'll get a map.


When you do find a house that you like, you can find out in which community (city, village or CDP) that house is actually located, which is oftentimes different from the community named in that house's mailing address, by using the Census Bureau's online address search function. (CDP, or Census Designated Place, is the Census Bureau equivalent for a hamlet in New York State.)

And, very importantly, among other things, the Census Bureau's online address search function also indicates in which school district an address is located.
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Old 09-06-2010, 08:38 AM
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I am looking to relocate from New york city to a small town about 1 hour or 90 minutes from New York City. I want to continue to work in the City but live in a quiet small town with good rent prices. I heard Ulster County, Ithaca and poughkeepsie are great areas with good schools but not sure how far they are from NYC? Any help would be appreciated.
Out of these 3 areas, Poughkeepsie is the most reasonable. You might like something in Putnam, northern Westchester and perhaps Rockland Counties.
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Old 09-06-2010, 11:26 AM
 
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Ithaca is a lot farther than 90 minutes from NYC (by car). Ulster County isn't all that close either.
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:23 PM
 
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Out of these 3 areas, Poughkeepsie is the most reasonable. You might like something in Putnam, northern Westchester and perhaps Rockland Counties.
I heard those areas are bad
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Old 09-06-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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In case you are unfamiliar with the local geography:

What people refer to colloquially as "towns" are actually villages and hamlets, which are within actual towns; and, because villages and hamlets are referred to as "towns", then, many times, the error is compounded when actual towns are referred to as "townships".

Also, many colloquially refer to a "downtown business district" in a hamlet as a "village".

NYS Geographic Glossary may be of some help to you in understanding the geography of New York.

You can get a fact sheet for any city, village or hamlet in New York by going here American FactFinder and input the name of the city, village or hamlet for "city/town" (leave out the ZIP Code) and New York for "State", and then click "GO".

You'll get a lot of demographic, and some economic, statistics for the city, village or hamlet you selected, and if you click on "Reference map" (it's on the right hand side), you'll get a map.


When you do find a house that you like, you can find out in which community (city, village or CDP) that house is actually located, which is oftentimes different from the community named in that house's mailing address, by using the Census Bureau's online address search function. (CDP, or Census Designated Place, is the Census Bureau equivalent for a hamlet in New York State.)

And, very importantly, among other things, the Census Bureau's online address search function also indicates in which school district an address is located.

Thanks I will look into it. I might have to move 2 to 3 hours away to gt what I am looking for
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:07 PM
 
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I've been reading a lot about New Paltz. Its only an hour and a half to 2 hours away. The review are great there. Does anyone know anything about New Paltz?
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Old 09-06-2010, 06:13 PM
 
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Those places that you mentioned are a lot further from NYC than you think. Poughkeepsie to NYC your looking at 2 1/2 hours door to door each way to Midtown Manhattan during rush hour. Also, even the Southernmost point in Ulster your looking at close to two hours to get into Manhattan.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:02 PM
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I've been reading a lot about New Paltz. Its only an hour and a half to 2 hours away. The review are great there. Does anyone know anything about New Paltz?
New Paltz is a small town. Close are the hamlets of Modena, Milton Gardiner,(and Pine Bush, which is in Orange county-remember the tv show Orange county choppers?) New houses have sprung up in those areas, with some wealthy folk and even a famous "holywooder" or two. There's a suny college in New Paltz and the whole area is rural and known as "apple country". In another month or so it will smell so sweet.
I think there all about 45 minutes from the city, or more correctly, from any bridge or tunnel. with it being the next exit up the thruway from the city of Newburgh, but not in the winter.
There on the east side of the Sawungunk Mountain and get some serious snow a few times a season. They skydive on the weekends out of Gardiner. But life is quiet and laid back. If you're in need of activity in your times off, you will have to drive to it. And don't forget, this area is rich with american history, old and more recent (Woodstock is in Ulster Cny.)

As far as renting, I don't know what you're looking for, and don't have direct knowledge, but I would guess in a college town, there are better possiblities than more outlying towns.

I would give my left eyeball to be able to live back there - at least 3 seasons a year.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:48 AM
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I heard those areas are bad
What areas are bad? In terms of what? I've never heard that before.
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