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Thursday, April 08, 2004

Thursday April 8, 2004. Some people think New York State is all like Midtown Manhattan. Ulster County, in the Catskills area, definitely isn't. In the 1950's, when I was growing up there, the local dialect sounded closer to Montreal English than to the New York Metropolitan dialect. And the population was largely rural.


New York Magazine - Monday April 5 (7.2 miles)
Great Buy for the Queer Eye
Same-sex couples flock to New Paltz.



The New Paltz marriage boom may be on a court-ordered hiatus, but the village’s new reputation as a uniquely tolerant town has had one effect that’s bound to last. Like newlyweds everywhere, those freshly married couples are house-hunting, along with a lot of people who’ve been watching the news. So perhaps it’s no surprise that New Paltz has become the place for same-sex couples to settle—and local Realtors are poised for a great summer.


In New Paltz and nearby towns like Clintondale and Rosendale, houses average $300,000 or so, with few topping $700,000. The area has a progressive history—hippies performed collective street sweeping in the seventies, SUNY–New Paltz brings in a liberal crowd—and Ulster County in general is showing signs of becoming the New York gay community’s official satellite location.

[If $300,000 to $700,000 is cheap, I don't want to know what houses closer to NYC cost.]

Phelps Clan Protests Gay Marriages In New Paltz
365Gay.com - Monday April 5 (7.2 miles) -
The protestors said they were demonstrating against the sodomite whorehouse masquerading as the Village of New Paltz, NY and the Dead End Kids juvenile delinquent mayor Jason West.

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