The village’s celebration of USA’s birthday starts at 7:30p on Tuesday, July 1 with “An American Salute: Musical Fireworks,” a free concert featuring the Orangetown Concert Band. The real fireworks fill the sky on Friday night, beginning around 9p.
Want to know where to go and what you to do within a day’s drive of Nyack this summer? The Nyack Library is your “Summer Staycation Center” on Sat June 28 at 2p for a talk by seven experts with fun ideas for day trips that don’t require flights, hotels or travel insurance.
by Dave Zornow
They exist among us as scary eyesores that haunt our neighborhoods. In Nyack, there were 17 of them, but due to the efforts of some dedicated and persistent neighbors, now there are only 12 left. However, some estimates count as many as 15,000 of them across New York State.
These zombies don’t walk among us but they do reside in our neighborhoods. Last Monday, NYS Senator David Carlucci and Nyack Mayor Jen White held a press conference to highlight the problem of abandoned properties and promote legislation that will help communities address the issue.
by Dave Zornow
A Tappan Zee Bridge construction milestone was completed earlier this month. However, it’s not something that the thousands of motorists that cross the existing bridge each day will ever see. It’s located almost the length of a football field below the Hudson River.
The pilings for the piers that will support the two main towers of the new bridge are now in place. When the project is completed in 2018, more than 1,000 piles will be sunk in the riverbed to support the 43 piers on which the roadway will be built.
Local cyclists will hold their annual Ride of Silence on Wednesday in New City to raise awareness for bike safety. The Rockland Bicycling Club will lead a Ride of Silence on Wed May 21 from the front of the Rockland County Courthouse, 1 S. Main St in New City. The ride will begin and end at the Courthouse.
The top men’s and women’s finishers in Sunday’s Gran Fondo New York race hailed from Columbia. Gabriel Corredor finished first with a winning time of 4:21 for his second straight win. Amparo del Pilar Gonzalez 5:02 time was tops among women.
It’s 20 miles from the George Washington Bridge to Nyack, a trip that most people don’t give a second thought about when driving. But for 5,000 cyclists who will bike that route on Sunday morning in the 2014 Gran Fondo NY , it represents the culmination of months of training — and 80 more miles to go before reaching the finish line.
by Dave Zornow
Tarrytown, May 14 — President Barack Obama came to Tarrytown and invoked the names of three Republican presidents to urge Congress to support infrastructure spending.
“It was Ronald Reagan who said that rebuilding our infrastructure is ‘an investment in tomorrow that we must make today.’ Since when are the Republicans in Congress against Ronald Reagan?” he asked.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, May 14 — President Barack Obama’s scheduled address today, posing in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site, is being interpreted differently by different groups. But the local gridlock caused by the POTUS visit is only a metaphor for what goes in the nation’s capital every day.
May is Bike Month and NyackNewsAndViews is running features about cycling and the cyclists who live here or like to visit Nyack. Last week we included a profile of former Village Trustee Steve Knowlton who will be fundraising for The Nyack Center in this Sunday’s 2014 Gran Fondo New York Ride. This week we’ll share the view As Others See Us — from two wheels as they pass through town on a long distance ride to Manhattan.
Nyack is a famous destination for cyclists from the south in NYC and North Jersey. But there are intrepid riders who come from the North — as a recent story in the Montreal Gazette documented. Monique Polak contributed a special feature about a bike adventure she took from Hudson, NY to New York City which included a stop in Nyack — as well as feature photo of our local bike haven, The Runcible Spoon.
During National Bike Month, cycling advocates tout the increasing popularity of this recreational activity. The CitiBike Bike Share program is one sign of the sport’s success. Another is the increase in the number of folks with spokes visiting Piermont, Nyack, Rockland Lake and points north.
But how many cyclists are there on the roads? And will the Shared Use pedestrian / bike path on the new Tappan Zee Bridge boost that estimate?