And too many
Idiots that do not care.
Where to live?
Id seek fresh air.
with most folks, there wasnt enough visiting, commiserating, novelty, etc. For us, it was not where we wanted to live. And we were in Saratoga Springs NY.
I used to live about a half hour from NYC on the NJ side of the Hudson. But, we used to go up that way every so often, good breweries, great maple syrup in March, etc.
If you can handle the snow (one of the reasons we moved to SC!) then you'll be fine. However, snow removal is probably not as efficient as in NYC and its suburbs, they get so much more of it usually.
Small town life seems to be the norm in the Catskills. There are shopping centers here and there, but you'll probably find yourself stocking up when you do make shopping trips to cut down on the number of them. And get a hardy vehicle, the roads are not repaired as often as you might like.
... home of Cornell University.
Far greater intellectual and progressive vibe then the rest of Upstate, even when compared to Albany..
I was born in Albany, lived in Ticonderoga (Essex County - north end of Lake George) in my early years, mainly grew up in Saratoga Springs, went to college in central NY (near Utica), now I live about a half hour north of Saratoga, about 20 minutes south of Lake George.
There's certainly plenty do do, both summer and winter, near both lakes and mountains. The people are great, there is a small town feel, it's a traditionally Republican district, but there are plenty of progressives around, all my friends are. The mayors of Saratoga and Glens Falls are traditionally Democrats. The only part I wouldn't recommend is the winters, I'm not a fan of the cold and the snow, but all of New York is like that and you learn to deal with it.
I grew up and lived in the Capital District/Saratoga regions most of my life and absolutely love the Catskill area too. It's not a horribly far drive to/from the Capital District and normally there's a lot to do downstate if you're so inclined.
The major reasons we ended up in the 'North Country' was we wanted a bit of land around us and the cost of living up here is lower than downstate. There are things to do but when the border is open there's a LOT more within just an hour drive.
The frigid temps are definitely and increasingly a challenge as we age with our physical challenges but neither hubby nor I can imagine living anywhere else than somewhere in NYS.
Upstate is Syracuse/Rome/Utica up to about Rochester. Sorry to sound harsh but people calling anyplace 5 miles north of NYC get my goat, and I like my goat.