Beacon has experienced a significant growth in population over the last 12 years with an approximate population totaling 16,000. The city is located between Mount Beacon and sits on the Hudson River, across from its sister city, Newburgh. Beacon is one of Dutchess County's cities, and offers potential residents looking for apartments for rent a convenient location that provides easy access to surrounding towns and a quick train or ferry ride into the Big Apple.
Beacon is filled with energy. The city is known throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond as an arts destination. Thanks to Dia:Beacon, the nation's largest museum, one of the nation's largest museums of contemporary art, the city has been revamped from a once desolate city into a thriving retreat for local artists and art enthusiasts. Residents love walking in Beacon's downtown, which is filled with local art galleries, cafes and shops.
Beacon is known for its community involvement with fostering enrichment and advancements in the arts. Local art galleries include Swan Inn, a restored 1866 home run by Parsons-trained fashion designer Darlene Swann Caplan, Open Space, a collaborative gallery that showcases a range of comic-book illustrations to indie rock art bands and Fovea Exhibitions, a gallery that focuses on socially conscious photography and photojournalism. Every Second Saturday of the month, locals flood the streets to meander through galleries who keep their doors open late and provide live entertainment. The Piggy Bank restaurant is known as the unofficial gathering spot after art openings
Aside from the slew of restaurants, Beacon hosts a local farmers market every Sunday.The top of Mount Beacon is only accessible via hiking trails, which offer paths for every skill level. Many find walking along the Hudson River to be relaxing. Anyone looking to see a castle can cross the river to visit Bannerman Island and tour the Bannerman Castle.
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