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.
by Steve P. Knowlton
Bicycling is on the rise! More people than ever are bicycling, both as a means of transportation and for a healthy and fun workout. Unless you’re one of the very lucky folks that have access to a protected, car-free bicycle path very nearby your home, some of the time you will be riding on streets and sharing them with cars and drivers. And if you are using your bike for transportation on a regular basis, you’ll definitely be riding on the roads and streets.
by Trevor Brookins
The idea of following one’s conscience gets lots of traction when dealing with issues around sexual identity and orientation. Less publicized but probably more frequent are the times when religious liberty faces off against medical realities.
by Max Cea
Ted Cruz announced that he would be dropping out of the Republican presidential race Tuesday evening following a landslide Donald Trump victory in Indiana. I watched his concession speech yesterday afternoon hoping for schadenfreude. Instead, the act felt masochistic. To watch Ted Cruz speak, even in defeat, is an assault on the senses – auditory and visual, of course, but hell, even olfactory; I can smell his acrid breath when I hear his mumpy voice.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
It may sound obvious, but each person’s creative process is suited to that individual’s sensibilities. There’s no right way to create. Personally, when I write a column, I may have an idea on the spot, or it may gestate in my brain for ages, but I always try not to think out the piece until the moment when I put pen to paper–or fingers to keyboard. Otherwise, the creative moment will have been lost.
by Sean Patrick Maloney
I write to encourage your involvement in the “Ban the Box” initiative, which aims to provide increased job opportunities for qualified applicants who may have previously been arrested or convicted of a crime.
by Max Cea
The New York primaries are here – almost! This Tuesday will be the day to cast your vote. Polls will be open to registered Democrats and Republicans from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Due to New York State’s prohibitory voter laws, you had to have registered with a party by March 25 to be allowed to cast a ballot in the New York primaries; you can, however, register to vote in the general election through October 14.) If you’re unsure where to cast your ballot, check the Polling Place Look-up tool. And if you’re unsure about anything else, get caught up with Nyack News and Views’s presidential primaries primer.
by the Village of Nyack Trustees
Some people recently received an anonymous, unsigned mailer titled “Protect Nyack’s Waterfront.”
It is important to understand that we on the Village Board take our responsibility to steward this village toward appropriate and fiscally responsible decisions very seriously. We live here, we pay taxes here, we have raised our families here and we love it here. The village faces big challenges, and we face each challenge with a clear-eyed, common sense approach with the best interests of all in mind, not just those fortunate enough to live right on the waterfront. The anonymous mailer was a passionate bit of “creative writing,” but it was not factual.
by John Patrick Schutz
This House Matters, a documentary by Director Tina Traster, made its debut to a room of enthusiastic history buffs at Nyack Library this past Friday. The film is important for preservationists everywhere, but especially in Rockland. (Full disclosure, as village historian I do appear in the film both in interviews and in some candid discussions.) It features Nyack’s own John Green House and it highlights Rockland County historic structures recently lost to the wrecking ball, others in peril of destruction, and those fortunate enough – like the Green House – to have found a respite from oblivion.
by Rick Tannenbaum
My daughter learned a hard lesson in school politics this year. She attends Nyack Middle School, where she is an eighth grader. She plays violin seriously. She has a private teacher. Lessons twice a week for the last four years. And she spends summers playing music at sleep-away camps.
But this past year of music class has been a source of education in politics more than in music. The lesson has been that rewards seemingly go to students whose parents are paying district school teachers for extra help.