Beaconites (and Visitors) Send In Their Favorite Views Of Beacon

We asked, and you delivered! We recently put out a call to share with us your view of Beacon. This is in light of rapidly changing scenery, with the new building developments sprouting all over Beacon. The subject of “viewsheds” has come in recent City Council meetings, and that idea is playing a role on future potential developments. So, we thought we’d all enjoy looking at views we like!

Keep your photos coming! We will publish new ones here, so revisit this article and click Refresh.

To submit, email to Please state the location of the picture, and why you love it. The view can be from the street, from your porch, from your apartment, of a scenic view in the woods, anything.

Fishkill Creek, Looking South From Churchill Road

Below are images submitted by Jessica Laug, who says “This is the Fishkill Creek, looking south from the Churchill Road bridge. It’s basically our backyard and I love it in every season.”

Long Dock, Mount Beacon Casino

Enjoy these lovely views submitted by Debbie Joyce

Madam Brett Park and Denning’s Point

The photo on the left is Madam Brett Park right by the waterfall. The second is Denning’s Point. From Dan Calabrese, who says, “I love both of them because you can feel like you’re really in nature with minimal investment of time. I could literally walk to either of these places from home. Having such great, diverse nature spots in our backyard makes it easy to get in a hike even after a busy day.”

The Hudson River, As Viewed From Main Street

One of my favorite views is of the Hudson River is from Main Street. I have always liked being able to see it from 9D. The river becomes an everyday part of life. Having lived in Manhattan, the Hudson River was not part of my life, unless I was walking alongside it. Living in Beacon, with the Hudson River within easy distance, has changed my relationship with the river, bringing me closer and wanting to keep it clean and accessible.

-Katie Hellmuth Martin

Main Street (West End)

Here’s a great shot from Mary Ann Glass, who writes: “It’s the peak of spring beauty! The Bartlett Pears are a’bloom. Corner of Main and Cross Street, Rick Price’s great mural of the Hudson River  and of course RiverWinds Gallery. “


What Are Your Favorite Views In Beacon? Submit Pictures To ALBB For Possible Feature


The City Council has been discussing “viewsheds” in Beacon for quite some time, perhaps picking up steam during the building moratorium it imposed in 2017 that blocked all new building projects for six months. The moratorium was enacted in the name of reviewing Beacon’s water supply, as development growth has happened faster than anticipated. From the draft moratorium law: “The City’s vision was that development would be more gradual and take place over a period of years.” During the moratorium, the City Council reviewed several of its zoning laws that it wanted to change as Beacon develops.

What Is A Viewshed?

A “viewshed” is something that a City Council (or Planning or Zoning Board of a city) would consider when discussing how a new building or building addition might block or alter a view from surrounding spaces. if you’re not among the people hanging out in these meetings, the specific term might not ever enter your mind. But the bummer feeling of losing a view that you once had would probably enter your mind.

With several new buildings going up at once, zoning has been tightened since the 2017 building moratorium, including considerations around viewsheds. Scenic viewsheds were also included in the review that City Council must do for new projects, a rule that was adopted at the end of 2017, as reported in the Highlands Current.

Protection of viewsheds is a pursued point of interest that Council Member At-Large Lee Kyriacou has been discussing at City Council meetings, as well as at a second Beacon Zoning Discussion that was held for the public at Beahive a few months ago.

Viewsheds are back on the City Council’s agenda. The agenda for the April 8, 2019 City Council Workshop features an upcoming Linkage Zone and Protected Viewshed agenda item for Monday, April 29, 2019.

So What Are Your Favorite Views?

Room with a view.

View from a porch.

“Ready to move to Beacon for this view” type of view.

What are your favorite views? Take pictures with your smartphone or any camera and send them to us at for consideration to be featured in a roundup article. Please include:

  • Location of the view. Cross streets, or some other description.

  • What we are looking at.

  • Your name if you want, or remain anonymous.

Looking forward to seeing your pictures!

UPDATE: Pictures have started being submitted! Click here to see them so far…