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Exploring Downtown Fresno

July 30th, 2013 12:27 pm

The downtown Fresno area of California is a place of new and exciting discoveries, filled with dining, shopping, theatre and other entertainment options. Why not book yourself into one of many Fresno hotels and spend some time relaxing and exploring this urban treasure?

Fulton Mall is a six-block long pedestrian area that has become the center of the business district. From the very early days of Fresno, this corridor has been the heart of the downtown Fresno area. In Fresno California hotels, shops, restaurants and culture abound. Fulton Mall was built in 1964 as part of an urban renewal project and is home to many of Fresno’s most historic buildings. In fact, the mall has gained international recognition as an important modernist landscape.

Market on the Mall is a certified farmer’s market that offers a wide variety of farm fresh produce and agricultural goods. The market, a cooperative venture between the Fresno County EOC, the Downtown Association of Fresno and the City of Fresno, is located on the Fulton Mall at Mariposa and, according to Mayor Ashley Swearengin, is playing a large role in the revitalization of downtown Fresno. The Market’s convenient central location and midday time make it convenient for thousands of Downtown workers, jurors, Fresno hotels, FAX bus riders, and EOC voucher clients.

The Downtown Art Hop happens the first Thursday of every month and gives people a chance to peruse galleries, studios and museums across downtown Fresno. It’s organized by the Fresno Council and offers a great opportunity to talk and interact with local artists.

Whether you live in the Fresno area or are visiting California for business or pleasure, downtown Fresno is sure to delight. Come stroll the streets, check out some art, eat some great food, buy some local organic produce, experience some hip Fresno hotels, and immerse yourself in the culture and camaraderie that is Fresno.

Long Island – Suburb of New York

July 22nd, 2013 12:06 pm

Long Island is a great place to live, work and play. But before we get into what’s there, here’s a bit of a background on this famous of all eastern seaboard islands.

Located in the southeastern part of New York State, Long Island stretches eastward into the Atlantic Ocean. It is divided into four separate counties, Kings County, which is Brooklyn; Queens County, which is Queens; Nassau, which is near New York; and Suffolk, which is not. Brooklyn and Queens are part of New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk are separate counties in New York State, and make up what is colloquially referred to as Long Island.

It is suburban in its atmosphere, made up of mostly residential neighborhoods. However, there is a sizeable, thriving economy amid the affluence of the stately as well as modest homes sprawled over the two counties. For instance, the largest industrial park on the entire east coast is found in Long Island. The Hauppauge Industrial Park is composed of more than 1,300 companies which give jobs to over 55,000 residents of this area.

Considered one of the main centers for aviation in the United States for decades, such mega-companies as Grumman Aircraft made Bethpage, Long Island their headquarters. This area also has a reputation as a mecca for scientific research, with such stellar institutes as the Brookhaven National Laboratory, Stony Brook University, and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

In addition to technology, agriculture also plays an important role in the island economy. The majority of agricultural activity is now located in the eastern expanses of Long Island, due to higher concentrations of residential developments in the western and central areas. A popular activity for residents in the spring, summer and fall is visiting one of the many pick-it-yourself orchards and fields where peaches, apples and pumpkins can be harvested by visitors.

This area is also famous for its affluence, where some of the country’s most wealthy people call home. The most expensive private residence in the entire country is in Bridgehampton in Suffolk County, and is known as Three Ponds. Its 60 acres of beautiful farmland sports a grass tennis court, swimming pool, golf course and lots of other luxurious amenities, with a price tag to match, coming in at $75 million. And, of course, there are investment firms everywhere you look, offering to help you to invest your money and to increase your returns.

If you’ve never visited Long Island, go. It is a delightful beautiful contrast to the look and feel of Manhattan, just a short drive away. But most of all, it’s is a great place to live.