If your weekend plans involve a casual stroll on the Piermont Pier, you can’t miss the towering 21 foot high bonfire at the end of the pier. It’s a Watchfire, a Memorial Day tradition with roots going back to the Revolutionary War.
Once a year, Piermont Pier becomes a field station, and local students, a team of environmental investigators. Last week scientists at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory led students through a series of field experiments designed to teach them more about the Hudson River.
The scheduled activities for Nyack’s annual Halloween Parade on Sat at 5:30p suggests it must be the Year of The Zombie.
Nyack’s first-ever Zombie Apocalypse crawl, led by local author Linda Zimmerman, will kick off right before the parade begins. All zombies should meet in Memorial Park in Nyack at 4:30p. Just to prove that zombies cannot live on brains alone, participants are encouraged to bring canned nonperishable food goods as a donation to People to People before crawling at 5p just prior to the full parade at 5:30p. Wanna walk like a zombie in full public view? Visit HvZombie.com for more details.
The 27th annual Nyack Halloween Parade is the largest parade of its kind outside New York City. Organized by the Nyack Chamber of commerce, over 25,000 spectators are expected to line the streets of Main and Broadway.
It’s all about the music and arts this weekend — unless you want to go take a hike or hit the playground.
Fri night features music at Avida and Prohibition River and on Sat the Haverstraw Arts festival adds latin jazz to the mix. Memorial Park will be happening on Sat with the children’s playground re-dedication and an Ultimate Frisbee Tournament. And the Sept tourism event, the Hudson River Ramble, comes (close) to Nyack with a guided history tour of Tallman State Park on Sat morning, too. Don’t forget to wrap up your weekend with a visit to Flywheel Park in Piermont for an Artists In The Park event.
by Arthur H. Gunther III
The Hudson River, not a western route to Asia through the Northwest Passage as Hendrick Hudson hoped it would be in 1609, but to the great port of Albany and so through canals, lakes and on land to the American frontier and all the greatness and achievement of that, remains as beautiful as the explorer found it.
Earlier this month I was privileged to take a boat ride on the Hudson from Haverstraw south to the Tappan Zee Bridge at South Nyack and back. I was the principal speaker on the history of the bridge, which was constructed in 1955 and which will give way to two new crossings in a few years. My talk covered how that bridge was built and how it brought “progress” — not always a cherished effort.
by Dave Zornow
Nyack, May 14 — President Barack Obama’s scheduled address today, posing in front of the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site, is being interpreted differently by different groups. But the local gridlock caused by the POTUS visit is only a metaphor for what goes in the nation’s capital every day.
by Stephen Dolinsky
If you are looking to sell your home in 2014 things are looking up: the average sale price for single family homes in the first quarter was four percent higher than 1Q 2013.
The average sale price of these 261 single family homes was $421,678, compared with an average of $404,076 in the first quarter of 2013.
by John Gromada
Before the Thruway Authority received a permit to begin construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge, an agreement was struck between the Authority, Scenic Hudson and Riverkeeper to require that series of beneficial projects be undertaken to make up for the impacts on river habitats and protected species.
As part of this agreement, funds have been allocated for a Piermont Marsh habitat improvement project.
There’s a family-friendly celebration of cycling this Sunday on the Hudson. The first annual Piermont Bike Festival invites families and friends who enjoy riding bikes together to an on-site Bicycle Expo, Bicycle Challenge, AAA Bike Safety Rodeo, bike tune-ups from 12n-6p at Flywheel Park in Piermont.
by Bill Batson
Every July since 2008, Piermont Avenue has been transformed into the Champs- Elysees. This Saturday, visitors will be submerged in a sea of francophilic costumes, food, music, and games. Here are some reasons historic and upcoming that make Piermont, especially on Bastille Day, an excellent staycation option.