1. It's in Beacon, New York
What's so great about Beacon, you ask? Everything! From an economic slump and back to a hustle-bustle, Beacon is a resilient Hudson Valley town that has withstood the test of time. During its incorporation in 1913, the newly formed city thrived. The world-famous incline railway was bringing tourists to the top of the mountain where a hotel and casino were built to entertain. At the same time, Beacon was a manufacturing hub, with several brick factories setting up shop and employing thousands (Niche's factory is a former giant fan factory). This lasted through the late 1960s; after that, the factories closed, residents sought malls, and Beacon fell into 20 years of decline. Almost 80% of the city's commercial business spaces and factories were vacant. With the opening of contemporary art museum DIA:Beacon in 2003, Beacon experienced a renaissance of art, culture, and commercialism. New generations moved into the Victorian-era housing, renovated old buildings, set up businesses, and the flourishing community was reborn. Today, Niche is a part of this prospering art and design community.