Beacon is a city in Dutchess County, with a population of 15,541 living in an area of 5 square miles.
Starting in the late 1990s, with the opening of one of the world's largest contemporary art museums Dia: Beacon, Beacon began to an artistic and commercial rebirth. New development continues to enlarge the city. Currently, the two largest planned projects are a waterfront hotel and conference center, and "The Rivers and Estuaries Center" on Dennings Point.
Located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Beacon is noted for its proximity to numerous historic sites and large cities. It is located minutes away from Bannerman's Castle and West Point. Beacon also sits with the famous Mount Beacon as its backdrop and the Hudson River as its front door. The city also is located across the river from its larger sister city, Newburgh. Beacon is just 20 minutes south of Poughkeepsie, 90 miles south of Albany, 20 miles from Danbury, Connecticut and 75 miles north of Manhattan New York City.
Beacon, NY Neighborhoods: River Side Section, Mountain Side Section, North Tree Streets, South Tree Streets, Groveville, Business District (Main Street Area), "Davies" or "The Apartments" and "The Derk".
Beacon NY Commuter Transportation - Beacon's most major route is Interstate 84, which passes through the city's north side, providing a connection that is minutes to the Taconic State Parkway, New York State Thruway, and Stewart International Airport. The city also has the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge which carries the interstate over the Hudson River.
NY Route 9D serves as the city's north-south arterial. It starts at the city's north side and wraps around the city to its south side. The city also has NY 52
Business that runs down the middle of the city and begins in the city's west side at Route 9D
Commuter service to New York City is available via the MTA Beacon Train Station, served by Metro-North Railroad.
Beacon is also serviced weekdays by a commuter ferry, The Newburgh-Beacon Ferry, over the Hudson between both cities to help alleviate traffic to the Beacon Train Station from Orange County commuters. The ferry's route runs between Beacon City Harbor and Newburgh City Waterfront.
Municipal bus service is provided by the county's Dutchess County LOOP Bus System, which provides commuter service throughout the county. Its main line from Beacon travels from Main & NY Route 9D up Route 9D to the Poughkeepsie Galleria and South Hills Mall in the Town Of Poughkeepsie. #beaconny