First Apartment Phase at Southgate Middletown Fully Leased; Pre-Leasing Underway for Next Section of 200 Upscale Homes

Developer Sterling Properties announced today the initial apartment phase at Southgate Middletown has reached the mark of 100% leased.

With leasing for the first phase fully executed, the developer is now launching the next section of over 200 one- and two-bedroom rental homes at the popular community in Orange County, N.Y.’s City of Middletown.  Pre-leasing for the new apartments is underway, with initial occupancy expected in December.  Interested prospects can now schedule special “Hard Hat” tours and preview the newest phase by calling 845-343-2820 to schedule an appointment.

“The first phase at Southgate Middletown was an unmitigated success as we were able to demonstrate to renters the quality, luxury, lifestyle and value offered at this community,” says Nick Hollenbeck, Director of Sales and Marketing for Sterling Properties.  “As we neared the end of our leasing program for phase I, we began to see increased demand for this new offering of homes which will boast the same condo-style floorplans, tremendous location and amenity-rich environment.  Judging by the initial response, we fully expect similar leasing velocity in phase two.”

Southgate Middletown has made its mark in the Hudson Valley with one- and two-bedroom residences boasting high ceilings, soaring living spaces and some of the largest layouts in the Orange County marketplace. Continue reading


WRRV Boo Ball & Costume Contest

1898673_10152462404451235_7159299339850429537_oLocal alt-rock station WRRV presents its yearly Boo Ball and Costume Contest. Show up in your best Halloween garb and dance the night away to live music  and deejays. Those with the funniest, sexiest, and scariest costumes vie for a chance at $1,000 in prizes.
When: Friday, October 27th
Where: The Chance Theater, Poughkeepsie
Cost: $15 – $20

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

hvrw20reservations20nowHudson Valley Restaurant Week returns October 30th to November 12th. Be sure to make reservations early to snag a table. The two-week celebration of dining is an opportunity for chefs to flaunt their best fare, for diners to check out new restaurants and visit old favorites. Over 200 participating restaurants offer special three-course lunch and dinner menus for a fraction of the normal price. No passes, tickets or coupons are required. Reservations are highly recommended.

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Price: $22.95 – $32.95 
Restaurants in the area offer 3-course dinner menus for $32.95 and 3-course lunches for $22.95


2017-09-29_11-54-28via PopSugar – Maybe you’re content just throwing some pumpkins on your front stoop for Halloween and calling it a day — or maybe you’re quick to decorate with the most gorynostalgic, or timely decorations. But if you’re the type who wants to be on the cutting edge of seasonal design, then we’ve got the list for you: Pinterest’s fastest-rising Halloween decor. Check out what’s on the rise ahead.


Balloon pumpkins aren’t just for kids — although they are perfect for a children’s Halloweenparty, especially when filled with candy! Pinterest users have saved 16 times as many versions of these easy and adorable DIY latex accents than last year.

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Four-Acre Estate in Rye, N.Y. to be Sold at Auction by Madison Hawk Partners

Landmark Westchester County Property Includes 13,650 Sq.-Ft. Mansion  and Future Subdivision Into Three Separate Buildable Lots


We sometimes like to post “Hudson Valley adjacent” real estate stories of interest. Here is one:

A sprawling four-acre estate situated in one of Westchester County, N.Y.’s most desirable residential settings is being offered for sale in a sealed bid auction by Madison Hawk Partners, a national real estate firm and industry leader specializing in Structured Accelerated Sales.

The auction sale of the well-located property at 3 Club Road in Rye, N.Y. presents an incredibly unique and flexible purchasing opportunity in New York City’s submarket.  The pristine land is currently home to a majestic, move-in ready 13,650 square-foot mansion.  The sought-after parcel also has recently applied for a subdivision into three buildable acre-plus homesites in an extremely desirable setting that could be sold separately.

“This is the perfect residence for a sophisticated buyer seeking an exclusive Westchester County address or a smart investment opportunity for anyone looking to monetize the potential of the property,” says Jeff Hubbard, President of Madison Hawk Partners.  “The purchaser will be provided the opportunity to reside in the magnificent home in its current configuration, or split the property and sell two buildable lots while retaining much of the existing home.” Continue reading

Sunnyside: Home of the ‘Legend’

lbtlsigimage3_0Saturday, October 14, 2017 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

At this festive event, Washington Irving’s Sunnyside celebrates its connection to Washington Irving’s classic tale, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

A daytime visit here is the perfect prelude to an evening at Blaze, Horseman’s Hollow, or Irving’s ‘Legend.’ Irving’s fascinating home – a colorful blend of architectural styles – will showcase numerous objects related to Irving’s famous story and other tales. Historic games and Headless Horseman art activities are great for families.

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The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

pumpkinline_sliderThe tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Wander along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Around the next corner, discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky! Twirl with excitement as you witness a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium.

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a brand-new herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. Squeal with joy as the Circus Train rolls into town with a cast of colorful clowns and awesome animals. Don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns! Continue reading

Prost! Oktoberfest Events

bberbros-01bebd5dvia HVMag – It’s time to bust out your lederhosen and welcome Oktoberfest, a traditional German fall festival that’s perhaps better known to most Americans as the biggest beer fest of the year. The celebration dates back to the early 19th century, intended to celebrate the marriage of  Prince Ludwig of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen in 1810. Though the original Oktoberfest lasted less than a week (October 12–17​), today the festival is more readily celebrated between mid-September and early October in the U.S. to accommodate weather concerns.

Whether this is your first Oktoberfest or you’re a seasoned sauerkraut-fiend, join us in raising a brew-filled Bavarian bierstein mug to these Oktoberfest events in our region. Cheers — or as the Germans say, “Prost!”

The Tallman Grill, Sparkill

September 29 – October 29, Weekends only

If food is your thing, make no mistake that The Tallman Grill has you covered for some the best in authentic German dining. Every weekend through October, you can find everything from soft pretzels to spaetzel, and practically every kind of wurst in between. Fuel your dancing feet with one of 14 hearty German beers on tap, and grove to live music every Saturday night.

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Walter De Maria: Truck Trilogy

dem-black-truck-aDia Art Foundation in Beacon, NY presents Walter De Maria’s Truck Trilogy in Dia:Beacon. Begun in 2011 and completed posthumously, the Truck Trilogy consists of three classic Chevrolet pickup trucks, which have been stripped of all extraneous elements and details. Placed vertically in the trucks’ flatbeds are circular, square, and triangular polished-stainless-steel rods. Similar to De Maria’s Bel Air Trilogy (2000–11), the Truck Trilogy juxtaposes the elegant lines of mid-century American industrial design with the geometric vocabulary that underscores more than fifty years of the artist’s practice. This installation is organized as part of a year of programming in celebration of Walter De Maria’s art, marking the fortieth anniversary of The Lightning Field, The New York Earth Room, and The Vertical Earth Kilometer, each commissioned by Dia and completed in 1977.

Support for the fabrication of Truck Trilogy was provided by Gagosian Gallery.