A hive of buildings in Orangeburg that once produced a popular indigestion tablet is now the Bell-ans Center of Creative Arts. Founded in 1897 by John Lanphere Dodge, the son of a Civil War Union Army Surgeon, Bell-ans became a national pharmaceutical brand. One hundred and nineteen years later, the structures that sheltered manufacturing and the cottages that housed workers are under the care of a scion of the Dodge family, James and his wife, Phyllis. On August 5, you can dance the night away under a tent at the 120th celebration of Bell-ans and the opening of Guilty Pleasures, a group show the Volition gallery curated by Lynn Stein.
This Week in The Villages: What do Dec 15, 1955 and August 25, 2017 have in common? History will remember both dates as the day the Tappan Zee Bridge officially opened. On August 25, the first span of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge is set to open to four lanes of westbound traffic.
On Tuesday listen for music in Memorial Park and watch for a movie shoot on Main Street. Nyack’s downtown will used in an episode of the Amazon original Sneaky Pete. Looking ahead…you still have a chance to have a say about the future of Nyack’s Waterfront.
by Chris Stanton
Nyack, July 30 –“I guess I’m overwhelmed,” Bert Hughes said, taking the stage with his wife, Chris, at the Music on the Hudson tribute concert in Memorial Park on Tuesday. Featuring a lively performance by the Cocomama Quintet, the event celebrated the Hughes’ and The Friends of the Nyacks for their decades of service to Memorial Park and the local music scene.
Photo Credit: BrianEvansPhotos.com via Nyack Parks Conservancy/Facebook.
by Susan Hellauer
China has just announced that it will no longer accept many kinds of scrap and recyclables from foreign exporters, including the U.S., in order to protect its own environment.
The news has recycling industry organizations screaming “catastrophe” and “disaster.” And not entirely without reason: we send one-third of our recyclables overseas for processing, and China is our biggest foreign customer.
How will the looming Chinese scrap ban affect Rockland residents, and how can we help keep recycling markets open?
Looking for some live music? Nyack’s got you covered six out of the next seven days. Nyack Jazz Week wraps up with performances on Fri-Sun; there’s Music On The Hudson in Memorial Park on Tuesday; Nyack indy artist Alyssa Sequoia plays Maureen’s Jazz Cellar on Wednesday; and there’s Music In The Garden at Hopper House on Thursday. Inspired by what you hear and want to join in? The 5th annual Rockland Summer Sings is Tuesday night.
Nyack, July 27 — Police, fire and EMTs personnel responded to two calls on Thursday morning regarding a strong smell resembling burning plastic near 4th Ave and Gedney Street in Nyack. An Orangetown sewer official said the odor was most probably caused by sewer work in the neighborhood to insert a plastic lining in the old clay sewer pipes under the street.
by Ben McCarthy
It’s early evening on an unusually cool night in Thailand’s capital and the streets of the leafy, laid back suburb of Ari are alive with activity. All along the neighborhood’s unofficial Main Street, Phaholyothin 7 (nicknamed Soi Ari), vendors are setting up shop for dinner. On both sides of the street, pickup trucks pull up to the curb and unload weathered woks, colorful aluminum folding tables, baskets of prepped vegetables, cases of meat, and pots of rice. Every day of the week except for Mondays (official street cleaning days in Bangkok) these vendors come to the same stretch of sidewalk to sell their wares. Prepared curries and soups, roast meats and seafood, fresh som tam (papaya salad) and stir fried noodles are sold from early evening until supplies run out.
by Mike Hays
An artist’s life is filled with journeys. Ed Kirkland’s journeys have included moving from Harlem to Nyack, riding a bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and receiving a life-saving kidney transplant.
Ed’s journey as an artist began when he was a kid, drawing cartoon characters he saw on the family Motorola. He has been obsessed with art ever since.
by Bill Batson
Upper Nyack’s School Street has enough history to supply a syllabus. The row houses that line the block were built to accommodate the families of 19th century boat yard workers when Nyack was a regional center for ship building. If the corner store where the street meets North Broadway is strangely familiar, it’s because the address was immortalized by Edward Hopper. The school house that gave the street its name is gone, but the sound of the bell that rang from its tower to summon students to class still lingers in memory.
This Week in The Villages: Outdoor summertime tunes continue to ring this week when a veritable rock ‘n roll juke box, George Romano takes the stage in South Nyack. Bridge work will take place this week near the Rockland landing. And closer to home, there will be sewer scuttling–and not just by rats.