This week in the villages: Getting around the Mario Cuomo Bridge won’t get any easier this week. It’s Week 2 of the River Road closure required to demolish the Rockland Tappan Zee Bridge landing. There will also be overnight lane and exit ramp closures. Local streets will be a little bit tidier as leaf collection season commences. And the Nyack villages and school district are still looking for volunteers to provide input for a master plan for bicycling and walking. New York Congresswoman Nita Lowey wants to hear from you about gun reform.
by Ethan Cohen
On October 18th and 19th, I am bringing my band Hot Plate to Nyack for two nights of music at Maureen’s Jazz Cellar (18th) and The Hudson House of Nyack (19th). The latter show will feature Nyack native, singer/composer Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez (RAINA) and her incredible band.
This Week In The Villages: Goodbye, Malcolm. Hello Mario. Last Friday the last four lanes of traffic shifted from the 1955 cantilever Tappan Zee Bridge to the 2017 cable-stay Mario M. Cuomo crossing. On Tues 10/10, construction crews will begin demolition of the I-287 overpass that passes over Piermont Ave/River Road. If you drive a car you will have to detour via 9W until mid-November. If you ride a bicycle, you can still get through…but you will have to wait as much as an hour on weekdays. Hint: if you ride, this is a good time to walk… your bicycle on the Esposito Rail Trail. It’s safer, prettier and faster than waiting. It’s too dangerous to TAKE the car detour on 9W: a Pomona NY recreational cyclist was struck and killed along this route five years ago.
To better share the road, share the workload: The Nyack villages are looking for volunteers to provide input to a master plan for bicycling and walking.
It’s the final Nyack Street Fair of the year. After a predicted mid-morning rain, the chance of precip drops to 1 in 4. That means you have a 75% chance of fine fall weather, live music and 300+ vendors. . The fair takes place from 10a-5p and is sponsored by ACADA of Nyack.
Sunday’s Street Fair features live bands, great food, kid rides and hundreds of vendors offering crafts and jewelry. Dogs, however, are not allowed at Nyack Street Fairs. And the kid’s will be entertained at the “Kid’s Zone” showing a variety of inflatables set up by “A Total Jump” in the Main Street parking lot.
Help Plan A Safer Future To Get Around Nyack Without A Car
The Nyack river villages and school district are looking for your help to create a “Greater Nyack Bike/Walk Master Plan.” The Village of Nyack has received a grant to hire a consultant to create this plan; community members are invited to join the GNBWMP committee to help select a vendor and provide input to the chosen consultant once the project gets under way.
Residency or employment in the school district or Nyack river villages is not required to be involved in this effort.
This Week In The Villages: The NYS DOT has a Tues open house at the mall to discuss putting a dedicated bus lane on the new Tappan Zee Bridge. Nyack’s Local Waterfront Revitalization Program meets Thursday. Orange & Rockland will begin trimming trees and vegetation around Orangetown power lines. The Orangetown Police want to know: Have You Seen This Man who sprayed graffiti at the Memorial Park Skate Park.
Nyack, NY — On the evening of September 19, several private and public properties were vandalized. The damage amounted to several thousand dollars’ worth. One of the affected sites was the Nyack Skate Park in Memorial Park.
The Orangetown Police Department is asking for public assistance in identifying the perpetrators, who are believed the be two white males aged 25-35. They may have been driving a 2000-2002 Subaru Outback or Forester.
by Danielle Benson
Former Nyack Hospital Surgeon Martha M. MacGuffie (1924-2011) was the first woman to graduate from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University. In 2003, the journal P&S named her to their list of 15 “P&S Graduates who Helped Change the World.” In addition to treating over 50,000 patients during her 50 year career, MacGuffie co-founded the Society for Hospital and Resources Exchange (SHARE) as an international nonprofit organization to promote greater treatment services for AIDS in Africa. Although Dr. MacGuffie is no longer with us, the important work she started continues.
On Mon Sept 25, SHARE holds its 6th annual Dr. Martha MacGuffie charity golf outing at Rockland Country Club.
by Eric Brown
I’ve worked at Gypsy Donut since before it opened and have loved every minute of it. After a few months of back and forth, David Schloss and I came to an agreement for the purchase of the business. He felt it was his time to bow out but he wanted to keep the heart and soul of Gypsy alive. He didn’t want to sell it to a stranger and potentially lose what our community has come to love.
This Week In The Villages: There will be lane closures on the Tappan Zee Bridge and outdoor fun in Clarkstown. In politics, the Democratic primary election results are in; and, Congresswoman Nita Lowey made two announcements pertaining to federal funding to assist victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.