The Village of Athens sits on the west bank of the Hudson River, four miles north of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Greene County. First settled in the late 17th century, the village, a port on the Hudson-Athens Ferry, became a thriving hub for shipbuilding, brick making, and ice harvesting. The small and friendly community is made up of an eclectic group of artisans, business people, and families who all enjoy the beauty of this historic area and the essence of village life.
Lower Second Street in the village has become a hub for artisan baked goods, craft beverages, great cuisine, and entertainment. Moving west from the Hudson River, a growing manufacturing, distribution, and energy services community of businesses thrive along the US 9W corridor.
A major plot point in War of the Worlds (2005) took place in Athens. In the movie, most of the town is shown being destroyed. These are the scenes where the flaming train passes by the cast and the crowd is going towards the ferry. Thankfully this is just fiction.
The town of Athens hosts a series of annual street festivals and concerts that draw visitors from around the region and across the country with world-class performers and great regional fare.
For more information on starting a business in Athens, contact the Greene County Department of Economic Development at 518-719-3290 or Contact Us by email
The historic Hudson River town of Coxsackie, NY was first settled by the Dutch some 365 years ago. In 1663, Pieter Bronck (the same family for whom The Bronx is named) built his farmstead in what was then New Netherlands – a colony that followed the course of the Hudson River from Manhattan to Fort Orange (now Albany).
The village of Coxsackie was a Hudson River port for almost 300 years, bringing people and goods to cities and towns north and south.
As roadways and rail replaced the river as main transport routes, Greene County’s port villages declined. When the NYS Thruway opened in 1954, commercial river service to the villages of New Baltimore, Coxsackie, Athens and Catskill was all but eliminated. Businesses relocated to the highways, and some great legacy spaces were left vacant.
Today, these legacy spaces are being transformed into great new small businesses as Community, Affordability, and Support systems combine to draw more and more entrepreneurs to establish their dream businesses throughout the town from historic Reed Street to National Registry Farmsteads, to rural hide-aways.
For more information on starting a business in Coxsackie, contact the Greene County Department of Economic Development at 518-719-3290 or Contact Us by email
New Baltimore was carved from the Town of Coxsackie on March 15, 1811 by an act of the New York State Legislature. Originally part of the homeland of the Mahican Indians, the Town’s boundaries were within the patents granted by the Dutch and English governments to early settlers such as Barent P. Coeymans and Mathias Houghtaling.
Original settlement dates from at least 1713. Even before formal creation of the Town, the area had thriving mills and farms from the hamlet on the Hudson to what became the settlements of Medway, Grapeville, Stanton Hill, Staco, and their surroundings.
Farming continued to grow in subsequent years and continues on a smaller scale today. By 1875, there were 248 farms with 33, 882 acres under cultivation. By the period between World Wars I and II, the Town was second in the County behind Cairo in acreage devoted to fruit growing and had the largest individual orchards.
New Baltimore has been closely associated economically with the Hudson. The natural little bay on the River’s west shore made a ready spot for handling cargo and passengers, with farmers and millers forming long lines to unload their goods. Shipbuilding and repair reached its peak in the mid-nineteenth century when the Baldwin family took charge and built over 150 barges, tugboats, ferries, and other craft. Because of business demands, the hamlet and other parts of Town had hotels and stores of various types, which lasted well into this century.
Today, leisure crafts make the town marina a destination for Hudson River cruising, and the town is well-suited for supporting agri-businesses for craft producers. For more information on starting a business in New Baltimore, contact the Greene County Department of Economic Development at 518-719-3290 or Contact Us by email
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