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"Beacon housing in high demand after ex-Brooklynites transform Beacon"

"Last year was a good year," said Jonathan Miller, principal broker at JonCar Realty Residential and Commercial Sales. "We are hoping to project the same this year. But we don't have enough stock for people to want to come into the community that is on the market at the moment."

Miller, whose family has lived in Beacon for multiple generations, said that while a lot of people from different areas are looking to move to Beacon, 80 percent of his business is young families moving out of Brooklyn.

One reason might be that the median home price in Beacon in 2014 — $502,850 — was $600,000 less than the median in Williamsburg, according to online real estate database Zillow.

Welcome, new Beacon citizens.

Thanks for being part of the rebirth of Beacon.

Once a forgotten and neglected post-industrial city, a revival is in full swing. Investors are seeing the value of the city's charming store fronts and old brick factories nestled between Mount Beacon and the shores of the Hudson River. And it's all within an hour's train ride from Grand Central Terminal.

A train ride within an hour? Pffft.

Wait, there's another story linked...

"Brooklyn-to-Beacon transfers share their stories..."

Terry Nelson!

How are you my friend. Everyone needs to go to BIFF in September, mark your calendar.

George Mansfield!

“What I like about old Beacon and new Beacon, for lack of better words, is that they are active about what they want done and how they imagine the city to be,” said Mansfield.

Yup, very vocal. Maddening at times for the council I bet, but we all love the place.

Adam McKible and Julie Shiroishi!

Adam: my wife kept badgering me and made me cut off the latest beard iteration, otherwise we'd be Motorhead Lemmy lookalikes 4life, sorry bud.

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Comment by Steve Knowles on April 6, 2015 at 4:27pm
Comment by Steve Knowles on April 6, 2015 at 4:25pm

I posted a link to an article on why Newburgh has so many a few weeks ago.

Comment by Steve Knowles on April 6, 2015 at 4:23pm

Ben:  I signed up for a free notification from, which sends out automatic emails informing people of sex offenders who have been released from prison, or just re-locating, within a certain distance of a zip code.  Most of the notices I get are for Newburgh, but there have been a lot for Beacon. The attached screen grab is a recent example.

Comment by Ben Royce on April 1, 2015 at 11:46pm

thanks Rob

it looks like a huge amount of offenders

until you click on them, and i clicked on a dozen randomly, and all of their addresses are:

NYS DOCCS Fishkill Correctional Facility
18 Strack Drive

so Steve:

Beacon's numbers aren't high

Beacon's numbers are grossly artificially inflated by Fishkill Correctional being just within our borders

it would be nice to get a list excluding those locked up

Comment by Robi Lorio on April 1, 2015 at 6:19pm

To find out about sex offenders where you live, or anywhere, go to Megan's Law on line and find your town, street, etc. It isn't a service, free for all to see.

Comment by Ben Royce on April 1, 2015 at 1:58pm

Steve: did you sign up for some sort of service?

I live in throwing distance from you, I never get such notices.

Comment by Steve Knowles on April 1, 2015 at 12:25pm

Regarding gentrification:  If gentrification of Beacon means it won't be a favored location for sex offenders who have just been released from prison, then I am all for gentrification (I just received yet another notice of a sex offender being placed in Beacon; there are way more over in Newburgh, but considering the population of Beacon, the per capita rate may be higher here)

Comment by Robi Lorio on March 27, 2015 at 10:18am

Beacon housing is absolutely in high demand. As a realtor with a brand new listing in Beacon, I have never experienced the frenzy. Listed on a Wednesday, an offer on the following Monday, and they keep coming. Brooklyn North, or BroNo, without a doubt the world has finally taken notice of what Beacon fans have known all along.

Robi Lorio

Comment by Ben Royce on March 19, 2015 at 7:28pm

I used to live in Times Square in the 90s and watched it go from Midnight Cowboy to Disneyland.

Some say this destroyed Times Square's authentic feel.

But why is that? Why is 1970s-1980s Times Square the only authentic Times Square against which all other Times Squares are judged? I remember the crime, the dirtiness, the seediness, the menace.

So why don't we call the "real" Times Square the heady heyday of post WWII 1940s and 1950s? Why not the roaring twenties? Why not when it was electrified, Gilded Age "Can Can" dance halls? What is the authentic Times Square?

I assert the modern day Times Square, "soulless" and "plastic," is far better than the crime-ridden era before. Not least of which is because it has a far better economy.

Why is one given era the only authentic time, and all change is inauthentic? Especially when change is the only real constant.

So I submit this:

Someone from Beacon's industrial heyday steps into a time machine from the early 1900s. After getting over the shock of what "Urban Renewal" did by destroying all of Beacon (and Newburgh) from Bank Square down to the river (what a horrible, disgusting, shameful idea "Urban Renewal" was), they would look at the bombed out and empty shuttered Main Street of the 1980s and say: "this is not the real Beacon."

Then they would look at Beacon today, growing and with a revived economy, as more like the industrial golden age Beacon they knew, and they would look favorably on Beacon's current economic rebirth.

So the REAL "old Beacon" would love the new Beacon. New Beacon vs. old Beacon is a fake argument to me. Because everyone wants a better economy and more opportunity.

I think people who grew up in Beacon have a right to resent newcomers who act like they own the place. But if they are honest with themselves, it's better than an empty Main Street, and the Beacon of today is something their fathers and grandfathers and great grandfathers and great greats etc would smile at.

The idea that some old Beacon residents might be driven out of Beacon by higher rents/ housing prices is a valid concern. And the mayor and the council are addressing that (I think they can do more though):

With Beacon's growing popularity, rents in the city are on the rise. Casale said the biggest challenge he faces as the mayor of a rapidly growing city is making sure locals are not priced out. The city has passed a local ordinance that states that, for every 20 apartments or condos built, one of those units has to be "workforce affordable."

Comment by Antony Tseng on March 19, 2015 at 6:43pm

I am worried about gentrification.

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