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New York State Route 17B is a state highway located entirely within Sullivan Countymarker, New Yorkmarker. It connects the hamlet of Callicoonmarker at its western end with the Monticellomarker area in the east (ending at an interchange with NY 17 just to the north of Monticello).

Route description

From its terminus at NY 97 in the hamlet of Callicoonmarker (located within the town of Delawaremarker), NY 17B makes its way up out of the Delaware River valley on a winding path, much like the other state roads in this thinly populated corner of New York. NY 52A, the first other state highway 17B encounters, leaves in a northerly direction five miles (8 km) from the start. NY 52 joins 17B not too long afterward.
Route 17B between White Lake and Monticello.

A half-mile afterwards, 52 continues its southward course to Narrowsburgmarker while 17B splits off to the east on a good, wide road that passes through mostly open farming country. Seven miles along, NY 55 comes in from the north to create another concurrency through White Lakemarker of before splitting off again, this time to Barryville. After this minimally built-up junction that constitutes the center of White Lake, the vacation cottage community of Smallwoodmarker to the south of the road is responsible for increased traffic in the summertime.

17B continues eastward for another seven miles (11 km) before reaching Monticello Racewaymarker and its western end at NY 17 in Monticellomarker.

Signage for NY 17 exit 104, NY 17B's eastern terminus
For most of the 20th century, the road was the major thoroughfare that each June took thousands of kids to the many sleepaway camps along the 17B corridor: Camp Ta-Go-La, Camp Kennybook, Camp Ma-Ho-Ge, Camp Chipinaw, Camp Ranger and the Wel-Met Camps, to name a few. It also took many more to and from the hotels and bungalow colonies such as The Esther Manor,owned by the Goldstein family (where singer Neil Sedaka met his future wife,the daughter of the owners and launched his celebrity career and comedian Jackie Mason got his start), and the Bradstan Country Hotel in White Lake.


Between Fosterdale and Monticello, 17B follows the route of the old Newburgh-Cochecton Turnpike, elsewhere followed by the main NY 17 and, closer to Newburgh, NY 17K. This accounts for the straight, wide route much more amenable to modern vehicular use than the other inland state highways in this half of the county.

NY 17B was assigned in the 1930 renumbering to its current alignment between Monticellomarker and Callicoonmarker and to modern NY 97 from Callicoon to Hancockmarker. The route was truncated to its current western terminus in Callicoon between 1938 and 1946.


The normally lightly-trafficked road became the most-used in the state in the middle of August 1969, when the legendary Woodstock Festivalmarker was held in one of local dairy farmer Max Yasgur's alfalfa fields at the junction of Hurd and West Shore roads just off the highway in the Town of Bethelmarker. Nearby sections of 17B between the site and Monticello became cluttered with abandoned vehicles as concertgoers raced to catch the three-day show.

Bethel now proudly refers to it on its signage welcoming visitors, and it has become its major attraction. Stores along 17B near the site sell relevant souvenirs, such as tie-dyed T-shirts and recordings by the artists who performed.

Recent events

In July 2006, Bethel Woods Center for the Artsmarker opened for business, giving the 17B corridor more activity than it had seen in 37 years as the New York Philharmonic played the inaugural concert at the state-of-the-art music venue. And on August 13, 2006, some 16,000 fans attended Crosby Stills Nash & Young at Bethel Woods. Their encore song was appropriately, "Woodstock."

In early 2007, county and local government officials might have to think of expanding access to and from 17B with the possibility of a major Native American casino being built at Monticello Raceway.

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