Some of the villages and hamlets close to Belleayre have been experiencing resurgence, spurred by an influx of city folk escaping the rat race. In Margaretville, 9 mi east of Belleayre, boutiques and upscale restaurants are beginning to take root. A couple of miles before Margaretville is Arkville (blink, and you'll miss it), home to the Erpf Cultural Center and Delaware & Ulster Railroad. With half a dozen restaurants and places to stay, Pine Hill—a stone's throw from the Highmount-based ski resort—bustles by comparison. In Fleischmanns, 3 mi east of Belleayre, locals sit on their porches and Orthodox Jewish families stroll down the sleepy Main Street. Shandaken, at the junction of Routes 42 and 28, sits beside Esopus Creek.
When there was every reason in the world to stay away and see the ruins, one woman traveled to Greece to get to work.More