Orange County Residential and Lifestyle Community Coming to Life in the City of Middletown, N.Y.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – The creation of a premium new residential and lifestyle center in the heart of Orange County, N.Y. is well underway as two signature new rental communities in the City of Middletown realize their potential as a one-of-a-kind destination for luxury living, shopping, dining and more.

The first building at The Shoppes at Sterling Parc — a prime retail center located in the heart of nearly 500 high-end residential units — is now fully leased, bringing a mix of nationally recognized brands, independent boutiques, restaurants and local service providers to the fast-growing neighborhoods of Sterling Parc and Southgate Middletown.  Among the eclectic mix of retailer now open are Envy Nails, State Farm Insurance, Natura Smoothies & Café, Katmarie Salon and KM Designs flower shop.

Adding to the buzz of this brand new retail and residential “village” has been the arrival of many of the first residents at Southgate Middletown, a new 306-home rental community being developed by Sterling Properties adjacent to The Shoppes at Sterling Parc.  The new renters join the hundreds already living at Sterling Parc, firmly establishing an incredibly lively and active neighborhood environment.

“The overall community has been designed as a suburban ‘lifestyle center.’ combining upscale apartment homes with a comprehensive retail component.” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “We wanted to create a cohesive destination where people can eat at a quaint restaurant or café, shop in boutique and find many modern conveniences.  Once our residents return home, there’s no need for an automobile because everything is close at hand.”

A select number of retail suites are still available in the second commercial building at The Shoppes at Sterling Parc.   The boutique spaces, which are ready for occupancy, range from 1,200 to 2,400 square feet.

New retailers will become part of the excitement at Southgate Middletown which is has quickly proven to satisfy the healthy appetite for new luxury apartment residences in a downtown-style setting.  In fact, four of the first five rental buildings at the community are fully leased just a few short months after opening to the public. Continue reading




Get your FarmOn! Hudson Valley!  Saturday, July 30th, SHAKE THE HANDS THAT FEED YOU at the FarmOn! Foundation Hootenanny!

Eat with  100 local farmers as our guests to support the next generation to feed us at Empire Farm in Copake NY, a historic 220 acre student run SUNY/Cornell Ag-Academy and organic farm that custom grows for NYC chefs like Gotham Bar and Grill, abc kitchen, April Bloomfield and Fish & Game Hudson.

Mingle with growers, foodies and farm-loving attendees from the Tri-State area, Capital District and surrounding Berkshire and Hudson Valley communities.

$165 Tickets include a family style feast from Zagat’s 2016 #1 NYC restaurant Gotham Bar and Grill including  local libations, Farmer’s Market cocktail hour, Hudson Valley Cheese Course and more more more…. All proceeds benefit FarmOn! Foundation youth education programs. Youth pricing available. Farm Tables available and Sponsor a Farmer in your name if you can’t come!



Cure Your Nature Deficit Here


Mohonk Preserve was named one of the five best city escapes nationwide by Outside magazine.

Only have an hour? Come to the Visitor Center for a friendly introduction to the Mohonk Preserve and the Shawangunks. Get hike suggestions… visit a butterfly garden…enjoy exhibits and activities for kids…or take a stroll … or bike …. or horseback ride, and more.

Want to visit the Mohonk Mountain House? While neighbors with a shared history, the Mohonk Preserve (non-profit nature preserve) and the Mohonk Mountain House(resort hotel) are two separate places. Please read the rules and regulations for Mohonk Preserve members first before visiting the Mountain House. Questions regarding the Mountain House should be directed to their information line at (845) 255-1000 or (800) 772-6646.

Maple Fields Welcomes Summer with Festive Block Party under Orange County, N.Y.’s Sunny Skies

2016 Block PartyUnder crisp and sunny June skies, neighbors turned out in large numbers to officially kick off summer at Maple Fields in Orange County during a fun-filled Block Party hosted by the community’s developer Baker Residential.

With more than 100 residents now calling the new 196-townhome neighborhood home, the festive event was filled with families and children delighting in activities, including a bounce house, and enjoying traditional summer food, refreshments and desserts.   Interested homebuyers were also invited to share in the fun during the Block Party, allowing them to get an up close look at the vibrant, family-friendly environment at Maple Fields and receive first-hand testimonials from residents.

“This is the second summer we decided to host the Block Party event and provide our homeowners an opportunity to better get to know one another in a relaxed, fun setting,” says Elizabeth Bauer, Director of Sales and Marketing for Baker Residential, which has introduced Maple Fields in the City of Middletown.  “This year’s attendance was tremendous with a perfect mix of residents and prospects interested in becoming a part of Maple Fields.  Everyone left incredibly impressed and excited about the close-knit lifestyle at Maple Fields.”

More than 100 homes have already been sold at Maple Fields, a number Baker Residential expects to grow significantly during the summer sales period.  To accommodate demand, a limited number of premium homesites have been released for sale at the community. Located on the community’s eastern edge, the lots back directly up to a wooded 13 acre-plus conservation area that has been dedicated and can never be disturbed.  Priced from $281,900, the homes will offer expanded decks and walkout basements to fully embrace the special suburban setting.


Maple Fields, the collection of three-bedroom townhomes in Orange County’s Middletown

“These select homes have been designed with outdoor spaces that take advantage of a desired location bordering a natural protected area that provides considerable amount of added peacefulness and serenity,” Ms. Bauer points out.  “Less than 20 of these premium homesites are available and we don’t expect them to remain very long.  This means purchasers interested in one of these outstanding lifestyle opportunities should act today.” Continue reading

Skate the Blues Away


Located in historic Hyde Park, NY, Hyde Park Roller Magic is your number one stop for good, wholesome family fun.

The family-run facility hosts a wide variety of activities, including: roller skating, in-line skating, birthday party parties, holiday skate parties, dances, private parties, fund-raising events and corporate events. HPRM has all the latest in lighting, sound and the live DJ likes to mix up the floor every now and then with interactive skating games.

Check them out today!

Legos Among Us


Developers of a proposed Legoland amusement park in the Hudson Valley are holding an open house for local residents this week.

The open house is planned for Thursday in Goshen in Orange County, where the amusement park based on the popular plastic construction toy would be built. The county had tried to lure developers for months after Legoland scrapped plans last year to build in neighboring Rockland County.

The open house will give residents a chance to see a model of the park and to ask questions.

 Legoland theme parks are located in California and Florida. They also are in Denmark, England, Germany, Malaysia and Dubai.


New Brewery at the CIA


When Samantha Bernstein, marketing manager for Brooklyn Brewery, asked bachelor’s students in the CIA’s Art and Science of Brewing class to share their thoughts about their brewing education at the college, the responses were as diverse as they were passionate.

“I want to use the knowledge to open my own craft brewery in my hometown”…

“A lot of us are going to be sommeliers, dining room managers, chefs, so we like to learn about beer, about what sells”…

“I like the holistic approach to learning, the history, how we got to where we are today”…

“I feel like beer is less pretentious than wine, open to anyone to drink.”

It was music to the ears of Bernstein, who was on campus for a presentation to students on marketing craft beers. Brooklyn Brewery has partnered with The Culinary Institute of America to open the CIA Brewery at The Egg, the new dining facility on the college’s New York campus. The brewery is yet another valuable addition to the students’ hands-on experience.


“It’s a really amazing partnership for us,” she says. “We believe education is incredibly important, and bringing beer to the table where food and beverage meet for these students couldn’t be more fulfilling.”

Senior Justin Wallace agrees. “The Brewery at the CIA is a tremendous learning experience for the student body here,” he explains. “If beer is being sold at The Egg, it might as well be made by students in the same way the food is made. Professor Miller and Hutch both have tremendous knowledge about brewing.”

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