Beacon is a small city/town in the Hudson Valley region of NYC. It has a long interesting history, of which I will only briefly describe:
It was a source of Revolutionary War supplies during the Revolution as well as a signaling post for the Continental Army regarding British troop movements. The city is located along the eastern banks of the Hudson River, a large waterway used for shipping and transportation before the introduction of major highways nearby. Beacon is considered a sister city to Newburgh, NY, which is located on the opposite western bank of the Hudson River. Prior to the construction of the Hamilton Fish Newburgh-Beacon bridge, ferry and boat service was the common mode of transportation to transport goods and people between the two cities.
In the 1800s Beacon became home to numerous production mills, eventually becoming the hat-making capital of the United States with over 50 hat factories operating in the city and the immediate surrounds at one time.
The factories continued to operate with various industries until they mostly shuttered in the 1970s. The local ski resorts closed near the same period. Between the 1970s and 1990s the town saw its worst historical economic cycle. In the early 90's the DIA modern art museum was built and a new resurgence began in the town. It's commercial center has been preserved in scale and makes for a charming visit. The community has artistic feel, there is an artistic community in Beacon and some street shop windows reflect this: having the signs of being considered art in and of themselves rather than simple displays of goods and information.