Albany, Dec 17 — Hydrofracking, a process that uses water, sand and chemicals pumped into the ground at a high pressure to release natural gas, will be banned in New York State. Governor Andrew Cuomo cited a studies conducted by Acting NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision.
Nyack has always been a unique place — with the exception of an unincorporated area with the same name in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, it’s the only Nyack in the United States. The village’s name has been making the rounds during 2014: in the movies (the Fall 2014 release of The Skeleton Twins was set and filmed in the village), on the train (Metro North advertising in Tarrytown), on the air (radio advertising on The Peak), on the Internet (streaming on WNYC.org, Pandora and YouTube) and on the West Side Highway (an Oct 2014 billboard, “Presenting our 338th Fall Season”). And now, Nyack has gone where no Main Street merchant has ever dreamed of ever going before — inside the Palisades Center.
The Hudson House will be rocking for a good cause on Sun Dec 21 from 12n-12m for Blank-Fest, an annual benefit in Nyack that collects blankets and raises awareness for NYC’s homeless.
Kenn Rowell, front man for the NYC-based indie band The Baghdaddios, is the show’s organizer and MC. The Nyack native says that putting the annual event together is both exhausting and exhilarating.
Blank-Fest headliners include Blues Hall of Fame member Beki Brindle and NYC-based singer-songwriter and renowned indie recording artist Victoria Levy.
The cost of admission? A suggested donation of one blanket in any condition, a small price to pay for 12 hours of name-brand rock ‘n roll.
by Bill Batson
Since 1973, Nyack has been the home of Squash Blossom, a Native American crafts store operated by Trudi Feiner at 49 Burd Street. Squash Blossom is the last store standing from the crafts and antique renaissance that restored the economic fortunes of the village in the 1970s. The family that launched the venture, however, is equally recognized for the zeal of their progressive politics, personified by Trudi’s late husband, Irving Feiner.
Did you know … 59 years ago today, Governor Averell Harriman and Actress Helen Hayes joined the mayors of Nyack, South Nyack, Suffern and Tarrytown and a motorcade of 400 cars to dedicate the new Tappan Zee Bridge. “Nyack and the surrounding area assumes its position on the ‘Main Street of the Empire State’ today and the new Thruway bridge brings it within easy commuting range of metropolitan New York,” said NYS Thruway Chairman Bertam D. Tallamy. He was evasive about the name — because it wasn’t officially named the Tappan Zee Bridge until two months after the dedication.
It only cost 50 cents to drive across the Hudson between Nyack and Tarrytown in 1955. Today, it’s ten times that amount. Tomorrow’s fare? Stay tuned…
2/3 of NYC Adults Say People Of Color Are Treated Differently By Law Enforcement
New York City was a busy place on Sat 12/13 as 25,000 demonstrators attended a rally in Washington Square Park and marched up 5th Ave. The protest coincided with SantaCon, a pub crawl for Millenials on the next to the last Saturday before Christmas. Protesters chanted “Hands up” while 20-somethings demonstrated “bottoms up.”
“Undaunted by the popular backlash against the notoriously rowdy annual gathering, Santacon returned to the streets of New York this year, with thousands donning Santa suits on Saturday for the annual booze-and-Christmas-cheer-fueled bar crawl,” said Time magazine in an article called “The Ho Ho Horror: Santacon 2014 Hits New York City.”
Demonstrations in the wake to the refusal of two grand juries to indict police officers in the deaths of unarmed civilians are taking place today across the country. Nyack resident and poet Jim Glaser offers his impression of the events surrounding the death of Eric Garner in Staten Island in a poem called, Sad and Gentle Giant.
For over a century, our region has been home to extraordinary artists. Local Arts Index highlights the work of individuals who continue our community’s rich creative legacy.
Meet Beata Wehr.
“I started to paint and draw as a child and I never stopped. I always thought of working as a studio artist.”
Take some time to savor the sounds of the holiday season this weekend with live music in Nyack. There’s something for everyone including Swingtime Big Band, Jamaican Ekklipse Steelband, the Rockland County Choral Society and performances by Lisa Sokolov and Regret the Hour at FOR’s Winter Solstice Concert. And if classical is your thing, come to the Nyack’s First-Ever Indoor Street Fair on Sunday where the Nyack High School Chamber Orchestra be performing.
Over the past three years more students are taking Advanced Placement courses at Nyack High School and more students are earning a score of three or higher on the five point scale used to grade these exams. That achievement has won the praise of parents and educators as well as The College Board, which selected Nyack HS for its annual AP Honor Roll.
Only 547 schools in the US and Canada made the cut. The rankings are based on AP data from 2012 to 2014 across 34 AP tests including world language and culture.