by Mike Hays
It’s hard to conceive of a place where an airplane with engine trouble could land near Nyack today, but that’s exactly what happened 106 years ago this month.
Crowds lined the Nyack shore waiting to see cross-country aviator Harry Atwood pass by the village as he headed to New York City on the final leg of his cross-country journey. After a fuel stop and a bridge fly-under in Poughkeepsie, Atwood headed down the Hudson River for his final destination.
As fate would have it, he wasn’t going to sleep in New York City that night.