Nyack, July 4, 2016 — Clear skies and big crowds are predicted for tonight’s fireworks display in Memorial Park on the Hudson River. At about the same time Nyack starts its pyrotechnics show, look east and south across the Hudson for Sleepy Hollow’s and Dobbs Ferry’s displays. The Village of Nyack will launch its aerial show from the west bank at shortly before 9p on Monday July 4.
“And where were you on the Fourth of July, 1919?” reads the description accompanying a panorama photo taken on South Broadway in Nyack almost 100 years ago. It was a time before Instagram, selfies, the Internet, texting…and digital photography. Returning soldiers marched in the streets of Nyack to celebrate the end of the ‘War To End All Wars.’
“If you lived in Nyack and weren’t in this picture, then you couldn’t have been observing the day with the proper patriotic interest,” continues the photo caption. The panorama, created by Norman A. Burke on July 4th 1919, is part of the Nyack Library local history collection online at HRVH.org. “The picture was taken during the first Independence Day celebration in Nyack after the end of World War I when the village’s servicemen had returned to civilian life.”
If you are driving past St Aquinas College on Route 340 between Route 303 and Kings Highway, be prepared to go slow weekdays from 9a-4p. The NYS Department of Transportation (NYS DOT) warns that road crews will be performing utility work through July 29.
They’ll be a detour for eastbound traffic. Westbound? Just try not to rubberneck.
It’s New NY Bridge time, again. The people behind the biggest US public infrastructure project under construction will hold their annual Tappan Zee Bridge public meeting this week at 6:30p on Wed June 15 at Nyack High School.
Ko Im, a Forbes.com contributor and a “self-proclaimed lifestyle enthusiast based in New York City,” made the trek from Manahattan to Nyack on May 19 for the grand opening of The Time Nyack hotel. “Nyack and NYC may share a few letters, but they can seem like worlds apart.” It was her first visit to the hotel — and her first visit to Nyack, which she described as a “creative hub.” Although you might expect a national business magazine like Forbes to have a nothing-but-the-facts analysis of how The Time Nyack’s owners expect their $40 million investment to succeed, her analysis was more art and less science.
Village of Nyack residents will get an additional garbage pickup day beginning in mid-June. As a bonus, the new schedule will permit more street maintenance work in less time without adding staff or increasing costs. Village Administrator Jim Politi says that by consolidating trash pickup to two days each week, residents will benefit by getting another day when they can put out their trash and his DPW staff will get 11 full days in a typical month where they can concentrate on the other responsibilities of the village’s Department of Public Works.
Be prepared for some serious bathroom language from the Supervisor’s Office this Thursday. But unlike some of the four letter words you tell your kids to avoid, it’s just the kind of stuff that children of all ages –as well as infrastructure geeks — might just want to hear.
On Thursday May 19 at 3:15p, the public is invited to tour the Orangetown Wastewater Treatment Facility. Visitors will learn about the entire process of water treatment, including biological, chemical and mechanical processes, from the moment wastewater enters the plant from the town’s sewer system through when the cleaned wastewater is sent to the Hudson.
Sat 11:15a update: “The Thruway Authority is happy to report that Tappan Zee Constructors completed its work well ahead of schedule. We began reopening northbound/westbound lanes on the Tappan Zee Bridge at 10a. No further lane closures on the bridge are required this weekend. We would like to thank motorists and the residents of Grand View and South Nyack for their patience and understanding during this time.” — Khurram Saeed, Director of Communications,
New NY Bridge Project
Nyack Friday, April 29 — Beginning at 9p tonight, three north bound lanes of the Tappan Zee Bridge will be closed to accommodate construction of the new bridge. Have no fears about getting in your car unaware of what’s in in store — because we have an app for that.
Nyack Sketch Log author Bill Batson is away this week — but his art is still with us remembering Nyack as it once was, during The Time Before The Malls.
Since the mid 19th century, Nyack was regarded as the commercial center for Rockland County. The current exhibit at the Historical Society of the Nyacks’ features photographs and memorabilia from the many shops that provided both necessities and luxury goods.
Bill’s sketch of the Hudson House restaurant — once upon a time the Nyack Village Hall — reminds us of all of the changes our downtown has seen, and continues to see as time marches on.
Some Pups and Their Peeps
Say ‘Yes.’ A Dog Park should be
included in Nyack’s Comprehensive Master Plan
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, Feb 23 — The Village of Nyack has made a concerted effort to include many constituencies in its Comprehensive Master Plan conversation. Our upright community has been asked to weigh in on issues like land use, open space and infrastructure. But an important minority feels their views are not being considered, just because they don’t walk upright.