Greene County 
Athens

History

Athens is a village located along the eastern side of Greene County and sits on the Hudson River's west bank. The town is home to 1,668 people and has a total area of 4.6 square miles. Settlement dates back to the 17th century, and since the layout and architecture have relatively remained the same. 

Homes sit on a gradual slope up from the river, with houses and restaurants a stone's throw from the water. The daytime scene consists of boating, fishing, and many other water sports, while nightlife mainly revolves around the Stewart House bar and restaurant or extempore gatherings and dinner parties. 

 

Many lawyers, journalists, and other professionals are taking advantage of Athens due to its broad range of real estate and sought after lifestyle. 

Points of Interest 

  • Hudson-Athens lighthouse 21st St Water St and 2nd Street, Athens, NY - This elegant lighthouse is one of the last Hudson River Lighthouses ever built.

  • Albertus Van Loon House - 85 N Washington St, Athens, NY - This historic site is one of the oldest buildings in New York State. Built-in 1724 by Albert Van Loon, the rectangular stone house was home to him and three generations of his family after that. 

  • Crossroads Brewing - 21 2nd St, Athens, NY - The friendly atmosphere, award-winning brews, NYS wines, and more is why Crossroads Brewing is a four-time winner Best Greene County Restaurant.

Catskill

History

Located in the northeast part of Catskill's town, the Catskill village has a population of about 4,000 and has a total area of 2.86 square miles. 

 

Catskill offers many things to do from beautiful hikes in the Kaaterskill Falls, ski slopes at the Hunter Mountain Ski Resort, historic sites, museums, and of course, restaurants and shops. The village was home to Thomas Cole, the founder of the Hudson River School - the Cole house is preserved and offers tours for those that want an in-depth look. 

Catskill is about 120 miles north of NYC - accessible by the Metro North's Hudson Line or an easy 2-hour drive.

Points of Interest 

  • Kaaterskill Falls - This two-stage waterfall on Spruce Creeks is 260 feet in height - one of the tallest on the east coast. The falls are one of the oldest attractions and depicted in many books, poems, and paintings during the early 19th century. 

  • ​Gracie's Luncheonette - 969 Main St, Leeds, NY - Must go. Delicious doughnuts, what more needs to be said. 

  • HiLo - 365 Main St, Catskill, NY - The coffee shop everyone goes to, a great community staple.