Most Expensive States: Here's Where NY Ranks, New Report Says Most Expensive States: Here's Where NY Ranks, New Report Says
Most Expensive States: Here's Where NY Ranks, New Report Says A new ranking by CNBC has found that both New York and Massachusetts are part of the top 10 most expensive states to live in. The CNBC report, which was published on Friday, July 12, used an index of prices for a broad range of goods and services, which was calculated by the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER), alongside housing affordability and the cost to insure a median-priced home, to determine the list of spendy states. New York, which ranked in ninth place (tied with Florida, Rhode Island, and Washington), earned a grade of D- from CNBC’s “Top States for Business 202…
Popular Bagel Shop In Region Expanding To Second Location Popular Bagel Shop In Region Expanding To Second Location
Popular Bagel Shop In Region Expanding To Second Location Three years ago, during the COVID-19 pandemic, a Hudson Valley couple came up with the unique idea of stuffing their favorite foods into homemade bagels. Well, a few years later, that idea—now Moonrise Bagels in Ulster County in Woodstock—has been so successful that the couple has been featured on the "Today" show, and their "yummy" New York-style bagels are shipped nationwide through GoldBelly. It wasn't easy and involved a lot of hard work, but they made it happen, and now they are opening a second Moonrise Bagels in Dutchess County in Poughkeepsie on Saturday, July 20.  The first …
New Italian Restaurant Overlooking Capital Region Lake Cited For 'Awesome Food, Great Views' New Italian Restaurant Overlooking Capital Region Lake Cited For 'Awesome Food, Great Views'
New Italian Restaurant Overlooking Capital Region Lake Cited For 'Awesome Food, Great Views' This new restaurant in the region is dishing Italian cuisine with a side of waterfront views. Saratoga County eatery Buona Sera – located in Malta at 113 State Route 9P, right on Saratoga Lake – held its soft opening on Saturday, July 13. Under the direction of husband-and-wife team Jimmy and Danielle Hartwyk, the restaurant serves a number of Italian staples like bolognese, fettuccine alfredo, and spaghetti with clam sauce. Its menu features a number of appetizers, like pan fried mozzarella, burrata, and sauteed mussels, or salads, like beef carpaccio – made with arugula, pine nuts, goat …
Popular Lake In Region Reopens After Harmful Algae Bloom Causes Closure Popular Lake In Region Reopens After Harmful Algae Bloom Causes Closure
Popular Lake In Region Reopens After Harmful Algae Bloom Causes Closure A popular Hudson Valley lake and picnic area has reopened after being closed due to a harmful algae bloom that invaded the water. Related: Harmful Algae Causes Closure Of Popular Beach In Stony Point The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said Tuesday, July 16, that Lake Welch in Harriman State Park in Rockland County in Stony Point had reopened the beach and picnic grounds after a harmful algae bloom was first observed on Tuesday, July 9.  The bloom prevented the lake from being open for swimming or other recreational activities. Officials sa…
Popular Pool In Region Closes For Season: Here's Where, Why Popular Pool In Region Closes For Season: Here's Where, Why
Popular Pool In Region Closes For Season: Here's Where, Why A popular Hudson Valley pool has closed for the rest of the season due to ongoing water loss issues that will require major construction work to repair. The Ulster County Pool, located at 241 Libertyville Road in New Paltz, is closed as engineers assess the water loss, the Ulster County Department of Public Works said. The department consulted with engineers who attributed the loss to underground piping failures. They have determined that major capital repairs will be needed, necessitating the closure of the pool for the rest of the 2024 season. Season pass holders to the pool are eli…
Popular Restaurant In Region Closes After Nearly Half-Century In Business Popular Restaurant In Region Closes After Nearly Half-Century In Business
Popular Restaurant In Region Closes After Nearly Half-Century In Business A popular Hudson Valley Mexican restaurant in business for 48 years has closed. El Bandido Mexican Restaurant, located in Rockland County in Spring Valley on Route 59, recently closed without a word to the community, according to the Rockland Report. The restaurant was known for a guitarist strolling from table to table, its mole chicken, and its family-friendly atmosphere.  The Tello Family ran the restaurant for 48 years. They closed earlier this year but opened back up and have now closed again. No word from the family on the reason for the closure or if they have any plans to reo…
New Restaurant Promises To Bring 'Flavors Of Nepal' To Capital Region New Restaurant Promises To Bring 'Flavors Of Nepal' To Capital Region
New Restaurant Promises To Bring 'Flavors Of Nepal' To Capital Region A brand-new restaurant in the region promises to wow diners with “the flavors of Nepal.” Mystic Momo – located in Albany at 40 Central Avenue – held its soft opening Saturday, July 6. “Nestled in the heart of Albany, New York, Mystic Momo is a celebration of Nepal's rich culinary heritage, offering a tantalizing array of flavors that transport you straight to the vibrant streets and serene mountains of Nepal,” reads its website. Taking center stage on the menu are momos, a type of dumpling filled with meat or vegetables that’s popular in South Asia. Diners can choose from steamed or fried…
'Run-Down To Remarkable': New Eatery In Capital Region Promises 'Escape From Ordinary' 'Run-Down To Remarkable': New Eatery In Capital Region Promises 'Escape From Ordinary'
'Run-Down To Remarkable': New Eatery In Capital Region Promises 'Escape From Ordinary' A new restaurant in the region promising a "culinary adventure" is garnering positive reviews days after opening. Out of Town Bistro – located in Albany at 258 Lark Street – held its grand opening Saturday, June 29. “Escape the ordinary and embark on a culinary adventure where each dish tells a story of flavors discovered from afar,” reads its Facebook bio. “Out of Town Bistro invites you to explore the world through tantalizing dishes crafted with passion and creativity.” Among the tantalizing dishes that diners can choose from are chicken wings, grilled or fried shrimp, or salmon served …
Donuts At This Capital Region Bakery Among Best In Country, New Ranking Says Donuts At This Capital Region Bakery Among Best In Country, New Ranking Says
Donuts At This Capital Region Bakery Among Best In Country, New Ranking Says Their donuts may have four sides, but this boundary-pushing bakery isn’t for squares. Saratoga County’s Darling Doughnuts – located in Saratoga Springs at 441 Broadway – is among the best donut shops in the country by USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. The eatery placed No. 7 as determined by an “expert panel” and voted on by readers, according to the outlet, which sought to find those donut destinations offering “a unique charm and personal touch” not found at large chains. Under the direction of co-owners Natascha Pearl-Mansman and Glenn Severance, Darling Doughnuts sells a mouth…
What's Your Sign? Zodiac License Plates Unveiled By New York DMV What's Your Sign? Zodiac License Plates Unveiled By New York DMV
What's Your Sign? Zodiac License Plates Unveiled By New York DMV Curious about someone’s zodiac sign? Just check their license plate. The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) on Wednesday, June 5, introduced its latest series of custom license plates: the 12 zodiac signs. Astrology enthusiasts can select their corresponding zodiac symbol, like a scorpion for Scorpio, a bull for Taurus, or a lion for Leo. Plates can be purchased on the DMV’s website, over the phone, by mail, or through a local DMV office.  Drivers can expect to pay $60 for an assigned plate number or $91.25 if they opt for a personalized one. New Yorkers can already …
Rehab Begins On Affordable Apartments In Region Rehab Begins On Affordable Apartments In Region
Rehab Begins On Affordable Apartments In Region Construction has begun to rehabilitate 212 affordable apartments in three cities and towns in the Hudson Valley. According to New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, all three properties are in Ulster County in the cities of Kingston and Saugerties and the town of Ulster. The properties will undergo extensive capital improvements, including sustainability upgrades and the introduction of new energy-efficiency measures. “To make housing more accessible and affordable, we need to increase supply and preserve the homes we already have,” Hochul said. “This project in the Hudson Valley provides over 200 ho…
Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway
Check Out This Hidden Gem In Region For Summer Beach Getaway If you are ready for a little sun and sea but don't want to spend a fortune or fight crowds, a hidden gem on Long Island might be just the spot. In a recent survey of seaside communities to vacation in by "Conde Nast Traveler, they visited little-known spots and found what they called a hidden gem in Suffolk County: the village of Greenport. Often called the "anti-Hamptons," Greenport is known for its small boating community and Victorian architecture. "It's marked by a sleepy charm with all the benefits—great food, great wine, and great beaches—without the attitude or formality," the…
Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend
Wendy's Serving Up This Deal For Father's Day Weekend Got a dad who loves bacon? Wendy's has you covered. Starting on Friday, June 14, and lasting through Sunday, June 16, national fast-food chain Wendy’s is offering up a buy-one-get-one Baconator deal for Father’s Day. The deal applies to all four types of Baconators — including the Baconator, Son of Baconator, Pretzel Baconator, and Breakfast Baconator — and is an in-app-only promotion, meaning customers will need to sign up for free, according to People Magazine. An original Baconator includes two beef patties (about a half-pound of beef total), American cheese, six pieces of Applewood …
Extras Sought For Popular HBO Series Filming In Capital Region Extras Sought For Popular HBO Series Filming In Capital Region
Extras Sought For Popular HBO Series Filming In Capital Region Ready for your closeup? Filming for the third season of HBO’s “The Gilded Age” is set to resume in the Capital Region this summer, and producers are on the hunt for background actors. Grant Wilfley Casting is looking for Albany and Rensselaer County residents to be extras in scenes that will be filmed in Albany, Schenectady, and Troy between Monday, Aug. 5, and Friday, Aug. 23. Those interested must be comfortable working around smoke, have no allergies to wool, and have no visible tattoos, according to the casting call. All actors must attend a costume fitting, set to begin on Wednesda…
Region's Martha Stewart Attends Local Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary Region's Martha Stewart Attends Local Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary
Region's Martha Stewart Attends Local Gala Celebrating Nonprofit's 85th Anniversary Northern Westchester resident and iconic homemaker Martha Stewart was one of the attendees of an annual gala celebrating the 85th anniversary of a nonprofit dedicated to serving county youth.  The 82-year-old Stewart, a longtime resident of the hamlet of Katonah, was seen at the Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester's 29th Annual Humanitarian Award Gala on Friday, June 7.  The event, held at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase, celebrated the 85th anniversary of the organization, which runs programs for youth aged six months to 18 years from more than 40 …
John Oliver Bear Cakes Flying Off Trays At Bakery In Region John Oliver Bear Cakes Flying Off Trays At Bakery In Region
John Oliver Bear Cakes Flying Off Trays At Bakery In Region A bakery and restaurant owner in the region is having the time of his life selling comedian John Oliver bear cakes after a fake fight with the funnyman over restaurant equipment from a closed Red Lobster. The whole "fight" began when Oliver, who had purchased kitchen equipment from a closed Red Lobster in Ulster County, recreated the restaurant in his studio to serve the audience the signature Cheddar Bay biscuits. He also commented on his HBO show "Last Week Tonight" on Sunday, June 2, about someone who had posted a sign on the door of the closed restaurant saying they wanted to buy some k…
Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names
Fear Not: Here’s Why ‘Kill’ Is Found In So Many NY Locale, Waterway Names What’s in a name? In the case of these New York locales and waterways, nothing nearly as sinister as their titles may imply. Pull up Google Maps and you’ll notice that the Empire State is dotted with several towns ending in the suffix -kill: Northern Westchester’s Peekskill, Dutchess County’s Fishkill, and of course the picturesque Catskill Mountains, to name a few. Zoom in a bit further and you’ll spot winding creeks and rivers that are curiously referred to as kills: Normans Kill near Albany and Poesten Kill near Troy, for example. So, what gives? It turns out there’s a perfectly logical…
Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32! Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32!
Chip Away at Student Loans with Price Chopper & Market 32! Sponsored by our friends at Price Chopper & Market 32 For many college graduates, student loans are a significant financial burden that can feel overwhelming. Whether you're juggling multiple loans or working with a tight budget, finding ways to reduce your expenses and make a dent in your student loan balance is essential. Thankfully, there's a resource that can help you save money on everyday essentials and stretch your budget further: Price Chopper and Market 32. While we are your local grocery store, we are so much more than that. We are your community partner and want to help famili…
12-Year-Old From Region Advances To National Spelling Bee Finals 12-Year-Old From Region Advances To National Spelling Bee Finals
12-Year-Old From Region Advances To National Spelling Bee Finals A young Hudson Valley student could soon be a national champion. Orange County resident YY Liang, age 12, of New Windsor, is one of eight kids who made it through five rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals, advancing to the Thursday, May 30 finals, which will be shown live on iON television at 8 p.m. Four of the Elite 8 are from California and Texas (two from each state), and the others are from California, Colorado, North Carolina, and Florida. Liange is a nationally-ranked junior tennis player who enjoys video games and has a talent for drawing. A seventh-grader, …
Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner
Netflix's 'You' Shoots Scenes At NY Diner The fifth and final season of a hit Netflix series took up residency at a Long Island diner to shoot some scenes. Lights, camera, action! The cast and crew of Netflix’s “You,” which began filming for its fifth and final season in early March 2024, popped by Long Beach’s Laurel Diner on Thursday, May 23. Find out why #joegoldberg aka #pennbadgley is #stalking the #laureldiner in #longbeachny in the 5th and season of #YOU on #netflix later this year! Posted by Laurel Diner on Thursday, May 23, 2024 Led by Penn Badgley (who also starred in “Gossip Girl” and “Easy A”), the show foll…
Netflix Movie Being Shot In Region Casting For Multiple Roles Netflix Movie Being Shot In Region Casting For Multiple Roles
Netflix Movie Being Shot In Region Casting For Multiple Roles A Netflix movie that will be produced in the region is casting to fill multiple roles. According to backstage.com, “A Song in the Dark” will be shot in Orange County from Monday, Sept. 16 to Friday, Oct. 18, in Middletown and in the surrounding areas of the Hudson Valley. One role is to play a lead female actor named Shannon Harper with the age range from 18 to 25. Casting is also being conducted for the roles of lead male actor John. Harper (ages 40 to 55) and lead female actor Elsa Harper (ages 40 to 50). The roles of Shannon Harper and John Harper pay $3,500 per week for an estimated f…
$35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Region $35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Region
$35K Winning Lottery Ticket Sold At Deli In Region One lucky visitor to a Northern Westchester deli walked away with much more than a sandwich.  A top-prize-winning Take 5 lottery ticket worth $35,001 was sold for the drawing on Tuesday evening, May 14 in Peekskill, New York Lottery officials announced.  Officials added that the winning ticket was bought at Friend's Valley Brook Market at 1053 Main St. (Route 202).  If you're looking to try your luck, Take 5 drawings are televised twice daily at 2:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Winners have up to a year from the drawing date to claim their prizes. 
Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Region Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Region
Actor/Writers Group Seeking Talent From Region An actors/writers group is looking for talent from throughout the Hudson Valley. The group says it's "Seeking playwrights who like to work with actors, and actors looking to work with new playwrights, to workshop new plays from writers from the Hudson Valley community. People who are motivated to be with a group of artists to share, grow and build." Among the areas it's looking to draw people from are: Poughkeepsie, Beacon, Wappingers Falls, Cold Spring, Hyde Park, Hudson, New Paltz, Saugerties, Kingston, Rhinebeck, Tarrytown, White Plains, Peekskill, Newburgh, Ellenville, Rosendale, Amenia…
This Capital Region Locale Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says This Capital Region Locale Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says
This Capital Region Locale Among Top 100 Best Places To Live In America, Brand-New Ranking Says When it comes to putting down your roots, these New York locales are among the best in the nation, according to a brand-new ranking. Four cities in the Empire State made the top 100 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 “Best Places to Live in the US” ranking. Researchers pulled data from a variety of sources, including thousands of public survey responses, the US Census Bureau, FBI crime statistics, and school and hospital rankings to come up with the top 150 American cities. Cities were ranked using four key indicators: value, desirability, job market, and quality of life. The followi…
Cheez-It Diner Opens In Region To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs Cheez-It Diner Opens In Region To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs
Cheez-It Diner Opens In Region To Fill Your 'Cheezy' Needs Hey Cheez-It lovers, now is your chance to chow down on fun and funky foods inspired by the cheezy, crunchy snack at the Cheez-It Diner, which has been open for just a week in the region. Located in Ulster County in Woodstock, the diner offers the ultimate experience for Cheez-It fans with such treats as a cheezy milkshake, burger, or mac-n-cheese. "We saw just how far our adventure-seeking Cheez-It fans would go when they Want It. Need It. Cheez-It. last year making the drive to our Joshua Tree Cheez-It Stop outpost," said Cara Tragseiler, senior brand director for Cheez-It. "So many fans …
Popular Bar In Region Closing Permanently Popular Bar In Region Closing Permanently
Popular Bar In Region Closing Permanently A popular Hudson Valley bar known for some wild nights as it changed hands over the years but always stayed a "go-to spot" is closing permanently. Refinery 51 in Dutchess County on Market Street in the City of Poughkeepsie announced it would close for good with a farewell party on Saturday, June 1. "From Mad Hatter to Union Tavern and now Refinery 51, we Thank You for all your patronage, good times, and memories over the last quarter of a century," said the owners of Refinery 51. "It’s been an incredible run, so let’s toast to the memories and milestones together one last time!" The party …
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids
Casting Call: Music Video For Major Country Star Needs To Fill Roles For Men, Women, Kids A music video being produced in the region is seeking men, women, and kids to fill roles for extras. The video, about a major country star, will be filmed in New York City on Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26. A group of friends returns home for a friend's funeral. After the funeral, they have a fun night together around town. Lead roles are needed for men aged 18 to 23 and women ages 40 to 50 to play the mother of boys. Supporting roles are being cast for women aged 18 to 23 and boys ages 10 to 12 (to play the child versions of the lead male roles in a flashback scene). All ethni…
NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother
NY 11-Year-Old Back On Dance Floor Thanks To Kidney Donation From Doctor Brother Not everyone gets to meet their hero; For Emily Alanko, her hero happens to be her big brother. The Long Island 11-year-old from Commack, who loves dancing and all things Barbie, was born with a rare genetic disorder known as Branchio-OtoRenal (BOR) Syndrome, which causes malformations of the ears and kidneys. In Emily’s case, she was born with just one kidney, meaning a pair of doctors at Cohen Children’s Medical Center has had to monitor her condition since birth. Alarm bells began to ring earlier this year when her longtime care team, Cohen doctors Christine Sethna and Pamela Singer, we…
Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Region Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Region
Mutant Sleepover: Request Stay At All-New X-Mansion Airbnb In Region Any mutants out there may be interested in requesting a stay at an all-new Airbnb in Northern Westchester inspired by an animated X-Men television series.  The 4-bed, 5-bath mansion, located in New Castle, is part of Airbnb's "icons" series, which consists of locales inspired by music, films, television shows, art, sports, and more, according to the company.  The company's X-Mansion is inspired by the animated Disney+ show "X-Men '97" and features show-inspired interior design and activities.  Those who book a stay can sleep in one of the mansion's many X-Men-inspired dorms …
Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize
Jackpot! NY Man Claims $5M Lottery Prize A New York man has five million more reasons to be smiling. Long Island resident William O’Donnell, of Babylon, claimed a $5 million top prize playing the NY Lottery’s Cash X100 scratch-off game, lottery officials announced. O’Donnell received a single lump sum payment of $3,255,000 after paying taxes. He purchased the incredibly lucky ticket in Lindenhurst, at the Maakrupa Super Stop located at 200A Montauk Highway. Scratch-off games ginned up more than $4.4 billion in sales during fiscal year 2022-2023, according to New York Lottery. Of that, school districts in Suffolk County received …
These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say
These 10 New York Pizzerias Among Nation's Top 100, New Rankings Say The popularity of pizza now makes it possible to find delicious pies in almost any place, from sea to shining sea. Having said that, few could argue that New York stands alone from anywhere else. Yelp's Top 100 rankings of the best pizza spots for 2024 attest to just that. One-tenth of the places are in New York, and more specifically, New York City. Even more specifically still, Manhattan, where eat of the pizzerias are located. How did Yelp determine the rankings? "We identified businesses in the pizza category on Yelp, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the …