The beautiful Nyack Rowing Association boat house reduced to splinters. River Road washed out. Memorial Park covered with debris. The Hook Mountain amusement park destroyed. And no one saw it coming. The 1950 Thanksgiving Nor’ester was one of the worst storms of all time.
by Bill Batson
For the hungry, the First Reformed Church tower on South Broadway is a beacon of hope. Inside this building that almost scrapes the sky, an organization called the Soup Angels provides food and comfort to the needy three nights each week. This Wednesday, for the 12th year, Soup Angels will serve over three thousand Thanksgiving meals throughout the county.
There’s a new look on Main Street. The Mainstream Commons storefront is gray and orange, a 1950s retro look crossed with a contemporary design. It’s unlike anything else downtown. Sited adjacent to a 19th century three-story brick building, some find this juxtaposition jarring.
The two buildings straddle the Nyack Brook. One hundred years ago, this location anchored “Nyack’s first theater district” and later was home to a Grand Union grocery.
Nyack People & Places features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY. Sponsored by Weld Realty.
by Chris Stanton and Dave Zornow
The new LHTL bus system on the new Tappan Zee Bridge has just about everything a commuter could ask for. Except vowels — and a dedicated lane to ride across the new Tappan Zee Bridge.
The Lower Hudson Valley Transit Link will replace Rockland County’s Tappan Zee Express (TZx) bus system sometime in late 2018 after the second span of the new Mario M. Cuomo Bridge opens. The NYS Department of Transportation says the new system will improve the availability, accessibility and overall quality of public transit in the Lower Hudson Valley. Plus there will be new bus shelters with countdown clocks, WiFi and bike racks at many bus stops. And new buses with super powers to hold green lights just a little bit longer.
by Sara Weiss
On a rainy Friday evening, over 120 people of different faiths, ages, and cultures gathered to break bread. Members and clergy of Jewish, Islamic and Christian places of worship in and around Nyack met at Congregation Sons of Israel (CSI) on March 31 for a family-style dinner
by Bill Batson
San Francisco has City Lights, New York City has the Strand and Nyack has the Pickwick Book Shop. The experience of shopping at Pickwick has changed little since it first opened in 1945. A seemingly infinite number of titles are crammed into a dense thicket of shelves. Books cover the floor and walls, arching as they approach the ceiling in ponderously tall stacks, in the way that trees canopy in a rain forest. At the center of this untamed landscape of literature is Pickwick’s owner, Jack Dunnigan.
by Zara Kornfeld
Nyack inhabitants are no strangers to being forgotten amidst the excitement which is New York City. Right now, Nyack’s biggest claims fame are the Palisades Mall, the Tappan Zee bridge, and our ever growing arts scene. Change is in the air though. Ed Day recently announced Rockland Tourism is awarding $200,000 to 21 local not-for-profit organizations in the hopes of increasing tourism in Rockland. These grants may be fantastic for local organizations, but the question then becomes: How will this affect Rockland citizens?
Next month, RoCA takes the ‘R’ in ARt to a new level with an exhibit that uses imagination in conjunction with repetition, recycling, and repurposing. Beginning Feb 19, see the work of contributing artists Mark Khaisman, Will Kurtz, Sui Park, and Federico Uribe who include unusual materials in their art.
by Jocelyn Jane Cox
In this current political enviroment filled with rancor and disagreement, it’s good to know that people are also coming together. Five local bands played in the name of unity at Nyack’s First Reformed Church on Jan 14 with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood and Helping Hands. I was lucky enough to catch the tail end of this Unity Concert that featured Sammy Cannillo, Hold On, Caulfield, The Foxfires, Who Are They and The BeStills. It was more than just uplifting. It gave me hope.
by Bill Batson
In 1884, Nyack, NY was a bustling river community and the commercial heart of Rockland County. This sketch is from a widely circulated map made by L. R. Burleigh. The bird’s-eye view rendering depicts a jumble of homes, businesses and churches. When you take a closer look at this historical document you’ll discover that our 19th century republic on the Hudson was not as indivisible as the promise made in our pledge of allegiance.