Read Our Top 10 Stories From 2018

From an abandoned Catskills resort and an update to the old IBM campus to the top public schools and places to live in the Hudson Valley, here's what you read most this year.



2018 was a year of rebirth and rejuvenation for the Hudson Valley. So many developments broke ground in the region, from an old hotel revamp in Kingston to massive new communities in Hyde Park and Poughkeepsie. Bridges had a major moment too. After we said goodbye to the old Tappan Zee Bridge, we welcomed the new Tappan Zee (or the Mario M. Cuomo, as it's now known) and the Purple Heart Veterans Memorial Bridge. And don't even get us started on all the cool new hotels and B&Bs in the area. From a picturesque cabin retreat in Coxsackie to a meditative fly-fishing escape in Livingston Manor, there are so many excuses to take an impromptu weekend getaway in the new year. For now though, let's take a moment to let the nostalgia settle in and reflect on all the stellar stories that came out of 2018. Here's what had the region buzzing over the past year:


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8 Ideal Hudson Valley Day Trips

Whether you wander through the state capital in Albany, explore art and culture in Beacon, or celebrate with a local festival in Kingston, you'll love planning a day trip to one of the Valley's colorful communities.


John Boyd Thatcher State Park / Photo courtesy of Discover Albany


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Get Your First Glimpse of Goshen's LEGOLAND New York

Construction of the newest, largest LEGO theme park ever built is in full swing in Goshen, and we got to peek at the instructions.


Photo provided by LEGOLAND New York


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These Are the Most Affordable Towns in the Hudson Valley

Renters and buyers will love this comprehensive guide to the best, cheapest cities to live in around the Hudson River.


Rondout Creek in Kingston / Wikimedia Commons, Daniel Case


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Steve Carell Plays a Kingston Resident in This Riveting Film

The new Robert Zemeckis movie brings to life the unforgettable story of a Hudson Valley artist.




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A 75-Ton Chain Once Stretched Across the Hudson River to Stop the British and Protect the Hudson Valley

On the 240th anniversary of the building of the chain, we shed light on its role in the Revolutionary War.


Photo by Doc Bayne


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Your Complete Hudson Valley Calendar of Annual Events

From a rollicking romp at the Renaissance Faire to fabulous food and music festivals, the Hudson Valley's annual event calendar will keep you busy all year long.


Photo courtesy of New York Renaissance Faire


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These Are the Best Places to Live in the Hudson Valley

Here's what you can get for your money in 14 of the prettiest, picture-perfect towns in the region.


Photo by Mike Todd,


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These Are the Top 3 Public School Districts in Each Hudson Valley County

Plus, here's how they stack up nationwide.


Students from Castletown Elementary in Rensselaer / Photo courtesy of Schodak Central School District


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East Fishkill's Old IBM Campus Will Soon Become a Hudson Valley Hot Spot

A community center mixes business with pleasure in Dutchess County.


Photo courtesy of Think Dutchess Alliance for Business


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A Massive, Abandoned Zoo Is Reborn in Catskill

The Catskill Game Farm experiences a rebirth as a campground, event space, and upstate destination.


Photo by Andy Milford


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Related: Meet All Our Best of Hudson Valley Winners in 2018

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