by Max Cea and Dave Zornow
Before the New NY Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge, before even the George Washington Bridge and the Bear Mountain Bridge, Nyack residents traveled across the Hudson River to Tarrytown and New York City via ferry.
Regular ferry service to Nyack began more than 180 years ago. The first chartered service was established in 1839 with a 16-ton sailboat that ran from 5a-9p each day, April through December. Ferry service continued for over a century, until early 1941, when the Ferries Operating Company, Inc. discontinued its Nyack-Tarrytown ferry run. (Early 20th century Nyack was a Millenial’s dream town; there was also regular train service West of the Hudson to Jersey City until the 1960s.)