Tappan Zee Bridge construction sends ripples across the Hudson — and across the United States, too. Here are three recent stories that have appeared in publications across the country about TZB II. Stand by to read what the world beyond the Hudson has to say about about TZB lifting, dredging and rebar. As well as one unprovoked Snark Attack.
Category: As Others See Us
Fashion publicist Anna Rice visited Nyack on a weekend last month and wrote about her trip at the BlondeBananaBlog.com. She offers a refreshing outsider’s perspective on our village’s bars, restaurants and its free parking.
I took a short trip outside of the city to explore the river villages of Nyack and Tarrytown. Although I’ve lived in NYC for almost two years, I’ve never explored much of the state outside the five boroughs. One of my 2013 travel resolutions was to explore New York more, and this quick trip on the Metro North Railroad was the perfect start.
by Cristina Moreno
Who are all of those tourists in Nyack from the boroughs, the surrounding counties, and the far flung exits on the Garden State Parkway and the NYS Thruway? One of them is Cristina Moreno, a freelance writer, teacher, and all around enthusiast who blogs at The Rambling Fangirl. Here’s her review of Nyack after a recent weekend visit to the village.
I spent a few hours on Sunday walking around Nyack with my gentleman. I’m not sure when Nyack went from “that place where everyone I went to high school with hangs out and parties” to “the place I fantasize about living in,” but it’s something that has been on my life for a while.
New York Magazine has discovered the Tappan Zee Bridge. Or more specifically, the future TZB II, providing 11 reasons in their feature article, Falling Down, why the bridge was built — and why it must be rebuilt.
Real Estate Website Curbed.com focused its Redesign the City column on the NYS Thruway’s selected design for a replacement Tappan Zee Bridge. In this feature, architecture graduate student William Weber looks at New York neighborhoods trying to imagine what they will be like in the future.
by Heather Nyack
The US election is a distant memory. Although the hostile and ridiculous things that supporters and pundits said on mass and social media may seem like potholes viewed in a rear view mirror, you might be wondering why it matters what Nyack still thinks about Mitt Romney.
On the day before the 2012 U.S. presidential election, Heather Nyack, a grandmother in British Columbia, blogged about how that event looked to our neighbors to the north. giving us a little insight into how what we do amongst ourselves impacts the rest of the world in ways we rarely consider.
Are we done yet?
That is my first thought. I cannot wait for this election to be done with. And I am not even an American. It has a bit comical, and a bit scary to watch it from the sidelines. I do not recall being this terrified of any election result before, in any other country.
by Jack and Marce Schulz
One week ago on Sept 8, a violent storm spoiled a perfect Saturday morning spawning tornadoes in Queens and Brooklyn and cancelling kids soccer games all across the tri-state area. Most of us could hide from Mother Nature’s wrath indoors on dry land. But what if your home was a sailboat moored in the Hudson near the Nyack Beach Club, your temporary port of call as you explored the world? In a post called A Curious Visit and the View From the Back Porch, Marce Schulz writes about what the storm looked like from sea level on their 1998 Manta 40 catamaran, Escape Velocity.
What a day! We had spent an uneasy night because of the proximity of too many small sailboats and some wind-against-current swinging. As soon as it was light we weighed anchor and moved Escape Velocity to a better spot closer to shore and far away from any moorings.
We were congratulating ourselves on a perfect choice of anchorage with no nearby boats when we heard a voice calling out from very close. We looked around. No boats. And then we saw the man in the water out for a morning swim in a red swim cap and hand paddles. He said ‘€œGood morning!’€ and Jack went out on deck to chat. This was a first for us, and we were struck with how hardy New Yorkers are.
He told us there was a front moving in and that we’d have a rough hour and a half but then we’d have fine weather.
by Courtney George
The first time I visited Nyack, I felt a little like I was going home. I can understand why Carson McCullers’€”who loved her Georgia home, even if she took issue with its social policies’€”would want to live in this little gem outside of New York City. Today, visiting again, it was confirmed for me: Nyack feels like my home region, which is comforting. Let me tell you why.
by Jonathan Baker, author of the Baker on Vancouver blog
There is a guy running in the Republican primary in New York’s 17th Congressional District, who, if the winner, could affect the fate of the Republican Party in New York State and be a major embarrassment for the national Republican Party.
New York will hold its first ever federal Congressional primaries on June 26th (they’ve never been held on this date before) and the 17th District’s GOP contest will decide the party’s nominee to oppose the Democratic incumbent, Rep. Nita Lowey. One Republican candidate, Joe Carvin, the twice elected Rye Town Supervisor, has the full support of the Westchester and Rockland County Republican parties, having been endorsed at their convention on March 27. The other candidate, Jim Russell, has run for Congress at every opportunity, may have been ejected from a parallel universe.
As goes Haverstraw, so goes the rest of Rockland, Westchester, Orange and Putnam Counties — and maybe New York State and the nation. That’s the fear some retailers expressed in Big Implications for a Little Village’s Ban, a convenience store trade publication article about new regulations passed on April 16 to ban tobacco advertising in Haverstraw convenience stores beginning next October.
“Last week, the Village of Haverstraw in New York’s Rockland County sent shockwaves through the convenience store industry by passing a tobacco display ban–the first of such bans in the United States,” writes Tobacco E-News on CSPnet.com, a trade publication for the convenience store industry.
“The Family Smoking Prevention Act gave the FDA the authority to limit advertisements aimed at young people,” said former Nyack trustee Denise Hogan who worked with a citizen’s group advocating for the Haverstraw cigarette ad ban.
The president of the New York Association of Convenience Stores called the new law “breathtakingly absurd.”