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Today In Nyack: April 1, 2015

Nyack Purchased by Sony Pictures

The Netflix original series, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock , was shot in Nyack in 2014.

In the last year, we’ve been Louder Than Bombs, treated to Leftovers and suffered through The Grief of Others. Before that we went through the Labyrinth and received visits from some Skeleton Twins and Kimmy Schmidt. And who can forget when Ed came to town.

From time to time Nyack has been a small part of the entertainment business, but today’s announcement by Sony Pictures makes it official: Nyack is the next Movietown, USA. Sony Pictures has purchased the entire one square mile village with ambitious plans to convert it to a sound stage.

“We’ve finally come up with a solution to the parking problem,” said Nyack Village Trustee T. KatParkit.

Sony has promised residents that there will be little disruption to their quaint community. “As long as all of the owners stay off the streets between dawn and midnight, everything should be fine,” said Sony President Showknow Mercy. The bad news is that all of the restaurants will have to close so the streetscape can be easily easily transformed for each production; the good news is that there will be convenient craft service food trucks from which townfolk can feast, after the cast and crew eat.

Thruway, South Nyack Sip to New TZB SUP Plan

It was champagne all around on April 1 to toast a historic new agreement between the NYS Thruway and the Village of South Nyack regarding the future Shared Use Path (SUP) for pedestrians and cyclists on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. SalisburyOnTheMoveThis agreement ended more than three years of public bickering between the state and the village. The Thruway has agreed to relocate the Salisbury Point Co-op Apartments to land currently occupied by NYS Thruway Interchange 10 to minimize tourism disruptions in the village.

To preserve its historic character, the 137 year old village created a historic district last year which includes a few books, an old rake and three antique teacups. However, to address the literally hundreds of calls and letters state officials have received from the same 25 people, Thruway and village officials came up with a unique plan to turn back the clock and help South Nyack retain its turn of the century charm. Beginning this fall, workers will tear up both 9W and Piermont Road, returning both roads to their original dirt road status to discourage visitors from using the new walking, jogging and cycling bridge path.

“South Nyack hasn’t been the same since those cyclists came to town,” said resident Virgil R. Snodgrass, who has family ties in the village going back 100 years.

“This village hasn’t been the same since it was incorporated in 1878,” agreed Hans Vanwootenbloksteppers, whose ancestors include some of the area’s original Dutch settlers 300 years ago.

SouthNyackPlaque“This village hasn’t been the same since Henry Hudson and his ilk ruined the neighborhood in 1609,” said Malia Running River-Laughing Log, a native American who can trace her family roots back to the Nay-ack Indians who inhabited the “fishing place” before 1670.

Get Ready For Thirst Friday

Every Friday for the past two years Nyack’s art community has staged a creative event for visual, musical and performance artists where accomplished members of the community can show their stuff. When the First Friday party officially ends at 8p this week, the Thirst Friday party will kick off in the village’s robust bar scene. It’s an opportunity to see creative drinking, visual embarrassment and performances that are less than artful. In the past First Friday has included live music, juggling, yarn bombing and flash mobs. Thirst Friday promises to be live, involve some juggling by participants to stay on their feat, and include a lot of getting bombed.


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Nyack People & Places, a weekly series that features photos and profiles of citizens and scenes near Nyack, NY, is sponsored by Sun River Health.

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