Beacon is a city located in Dutchess County, New York. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 13,808. Located on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, Beacon is noted for its proximity to Bannerman's Castle and West Point, as well as Dia: Beacon, a modern art museum. James Forestal, former Secretary of Defense, was a resident of the city. Also world champion boxer Melio Bettina and famous actor Gloria Swanson were residents. According to the city's homepage, the City of Beacon (http://www.cityofbeacon.org/) "is located 59 miles north of New York City and approximately 90 miles south of Albany."
Commuter service to New York City is available via the Beacon train station, served by Metro-North Railroad.
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