Small New York Town Plans for Giant Legoland

Merlin Entertainments chooses the upstate New York hamlet of Goshen for its ninth Legoland theme park.

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November 13, 2017, 7:00 AM PST

By Katharine Jose


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Tourism is and long has been a major industry in New York's Hudson Valley, but particularly in recent years has been more of an "Un-Hamptons" for Brooklyn types looking for second homes"farm-to-table" cuisine or "craft tourism" than the sort of place a person could find a theme park. 

That may change, as the town of Goshen, which has less than 6,000 residents, recently approved the development of a $500 million Legoland by a "$7.1 billion conglomerate second only to Disney in its parks’ attendance."
Those in favor of the plan believe it will "bring considerable revenue into the town" while others "have raised concerns about the local impacts of the development."  
And though it was "not likely to impede the park’s progress," those opposed to the plan endured a setback last Thursday when a judge ruled against a petition for a public referendum on the sale of the land. 

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