Before there were refrigerators, Rockland Lake’s winter ice kept drinks cold in New York City throughout the summer. Prior to its designation as a New York State Park, Nyack Beach State Park was scarred by quarrying. What will the future hold for these two parks? You can help shape it on March 27 at 7p at a public hearing to review the Draft Master Plan for Rockland Lake, Hook Mountain, Nyack Beach, and Haverstraw Beach State Parks.
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by Bill Batson
‘€œAs a matter of law, the house is haunted.’€ This sentence in a ruling by the New York Supreme Court in July, 1991 generated international headlines for a real estate dispute surrounding the sale of 1 La Veta Place. That a court entertained the notion that a house could be haunted has kept the debate alive, especially on full moons and All Hallows’ Eves. I recently collected the opinions of an informal jury of residents on La Veta , local realtors and Rockland’s own ghost investigator, Linda Zimmermann. Their unanimous verdict might surprise you.
Nyack, Aug 4 — On a busy Summer weekend, as many as 5,000 bikers will ride the roads North from NYC and NJ to Nyack. This weekend, there will be an additional 150 on the road heading to Nyack — from Albany. They are part of the Great Hudson Pedal, an annual six day, 200 mile cycling event from Albany to New York City. Nyack Beach State Park is their last stop and camping location on Saturday before the ride ends on Sunday afternoon at Battery Park in NYC.
by Bill Batson
Those that pass this sagging garage at the corner of Ackerman Place and Gedney Street and follow the arrow pointing north are privy to one of the best-kept secrets in Nyack. Once known as the Buccaneer Boat Club, the members of the Hook Mountain Yacht Club are the custodians of hidden treasure. If you are invited to navigate a short gravel drive way and round the corner of the West Shore Towers you will mount a three hundred foot dock that leads to something more valuable than the gold that Captain Kidd was alleged to have hidden in the Palisades: an unobstructed view of Hook Mountain framed only by river and sky.
by Dave Zornow
Upper Nyack, May 19 — Over 120 original works of art inspired by parks, historic sites in the region and views from surrounding areas will be on display this weekend at Nyack Beach State park during the annual Artists In The Park (AiP) event.
If you are hiking The Hook this weekend, NorthJersey.com suggests you stop and see the history, too. The website of The (Bergen) Record newspaper offers this step-by-step, play-by-play account of a forgotten quarry and an old cemetery you’ll find after parking by the Knickerbocker Fire House at Rockland Lake.
If you’ve ever walked along the river at Nyack Beach State Park and looked across the river asking where Tarrytown ends and Sleep Hollow begins — or which building on the eastern shore is the famous prison in Ossining, there’s at least one person on the other side asking similar questions about Nyack.