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Nyack’s Top Stories Of 2009 – Pt 2

by Dave Zornow

Nyack, Jan 3 — Here’s the second installment in our top Nyack stories of 2009 series. Yesterday we counted down ten from 20. Here’s the rest of the best based on Google Analytics reports of NyackNewsAndViews site traffic.

  • #10 Parking — The only surprise here is that parking didn’t place higher on the list.
  • #9 Parades and #6 Street Fairs — Three parades (Halloween, the Orangetown Fire Company’s 175th anniversary, and an Amazing Grace Circus parade featuring Minnie The Elephant) combined to place ninth reminding Village Hall and Main Street that Nyack events are still big draws for visitors from Rockland, Westchester and Bergen County. If the weather is good, a Nyack Sunday Street Fair can attract as many as 25,000 visitors to the village.
  • #8 Riverspace — Despite an encouraging Spring fundraising campaign, Riverspace suspended operations in September to focus on the Riverspace Downtown initiative of retail, residential and commercial space designed to financially support a new theatre. A citizens committee published a “Superblock Report” in August recommending a formal feasibility study as a next step.
  • #7 A New Tappan Zee Bridge — Plans were presented to the public in November in Nyack and four other communities along the I-287 corridor detailing how the bridge and the new commuter rail and Bus Rapid Transit would benefit and impact the region. But there’s still no answer to the “show me the ($16B) money” question.
  • #5 Giving You The Business — Various stories about Nyack merchants and new businesses combined to take the #4 spot in the top stories countdown. These included the As Others See Us series, featuring articles from publications outside of Nyack written about the village.
  • #4 Village Hall — Stories relating to zoning issues, village board business, new regulations and new appointments were the fourth most read subject in 2009
  • #3 The Romp Store replaced the old Ben Franklin Bookstore on North Broadway in the Spring and owner Carol McIlmurray’s controversial window mural soon became a national story. But in addition to it being a sensation, the village said it was also a fire hazard and a building code violation. The store was only open briefly on July 4th; its famous painting was carted away on Oct 30.
  • #2 TzxBus.com — OK, it isn’t really news. But it is essential information and the #2 most visited page on NyackNewsAndViews by weekday commuters on the Tappan Zee Express Bus and Metro North. The TzxBus.com page provides customized schedules from your bus stop to Grand Central Terminal via Tarrytown’s Metro North station.
  • #1 Elections 2009 — Nyack’s four way mayoral primary and the general election was the top story of 2009 resulting in some very spirited online conversations, a 37 percent turnout on election day, a new mayor and three new village trustees. And hopefully, many more residents invested in the process. Stay tuned in ’10 to see what happens.

Honorable mentions that just missed making the top 20 list include the Palisades Panther, articles from local columnist Tina Traster, biking related articles, stories about arts’ events in Nyack, the untimely death of Nyack Building Inspector John Allgor and the cautionary tale of Nyack’s almost ferry service.

Thanks to everyone who contributed articles or posted comments on NyackNewsAndViews. A special thanks to regular contributors Brian, JC, Tina, Cliff, Terri, Richard, Marianne, John, Rick, Vera, Bill, Wendy, Joe, Melanie, Peter, Jennifer, Francesco, Joseph, Diana and Roger for your time and your thoughts.

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to Do The Write Thing and get more involved in your community, we are here to help: volunteers, reporters and commentators of all ages and experience are welcome at NyackNewsAndViews.

Have a happy and healthy 2010.

Photo Credit: Nyack Daily Snapshot

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