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NYACK OFFICIALLY SAYS GOODBYE TO WINTER
Today’s spring equinox heralds the end of winter as daylight is now longer than night until the summer solstice. Not a terrible season coming in among the top ten warmest winte...

NEW TAVERN AND SMOKEHOUSE OPENS IN VALLEY COTTAGE
Travis Koester has opened an outstanding barbeque restaurant in the former Pie Man on Rt. 303 in Valley Cottage. Brookside Smoke House & Tavern has a menu that is extensive with ...

How Much Will This Blizzard Cost Nyack
The snow is falling thick and heavy this morning.  What will this really cost the tax payers and business owners of Nyack. After numerous searches on the web, I can only con...

Botanical Gardens Thailand Orchid Show Is Just A Short Drive From Nyack
The New York Botanical Gardens is holding its 15th annual Orchid show from February 18th through April 9th at its magical grounds in the Bronx. Just a short drive from Rockland, ...

Nyack Potholes Grow Larger And Deeper Throughout Winter
The results of water freezing and expanding in our roadways are potholes. Each night the holes grow larger as nature continues to chip away at their edges. Salt and plows just co...

To A Healthy New Year In Nyack
January is the time of New Year resolutions. Gym memberships surge as people vow to add a healthy work out into their lives. The sad thing is by February, those exercise machines...

Nyack To Experience First Artic Blast Of This Winter Season
Nyack is about to plunge near single digit temperatures for the first time this winter. How cruel of Mother Nature with winter still officially a week away. Exposure to extreme c...

Nyack But A Short Ride From Bronx Botanical Gardens Train Show
The 25th annual train show at the breathtaking NY Botanical gardens is open to the public through January 16, 2017. A mere 45 minutes from Nyack, remarkable G-scale model trains ...

NYACK FACING A COLDER WINTER THIS YEAR
Winter 2016-17 may be colder in Nyack according to a report released by The Weather Company, New York may see a cooler-than-average December-February, while the rest of the Lower...

Use Extreme Caution When Driving Nyack Roads This Month
I feel it is important to reprint this warning from last year after witnessing a car/deer collision in Valley Cottage yesterday. Drivers should exercise extreme caution when navi...

FALL GARDEN PLANTING YIELDS BRILLIANT COLORS THIS SPRING IN NYACK
As the days grow shorter, it’s time for fall planting. This is a great time to reseed or plant a new lawn as grass grows best on cool nights with warm days. It is also the time...

AUTUMN COLOR SPECTACULAR SHOW COMING SOON TO NYACK
We should be about a week away from the peak of fall colors in the Hudson Valley. The spectacular red, yellow, purple, and orange leaves will display in all their glory before tu...

2016 Hurricane Predictions For Nyack
As the memory of Super Storm Sandy slowly fades throughout the various River Towns, yet another Hurricane season is upon us. Experts are predicting an average season with 12 name...

LOOKING FORWARD TO A FABULOUS FALL IN NYACK
Autumn is a glorious time of year I look forward to more than any other seasonal change. Crisp days and cool nights make for great outdoor fun and sleeping. Fall starts following...

Saratoga Race Track Is NY History And Beauty Only A Few Hours From Nyack
I make a yearly pilgrimage to the historic Saratoga race track each summer. It is a beautiful venue filled with pageantry during the brief racing season. Considered the oldest s...

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER ARE ALMOST OVER IN NYACK
Why do we call them we call them the “dog days”? It doesn’t have anything to do with overheated dogs lying around in the blazing sun. The ancient Greeks believed when the s...

8 North Broadway In Nyack Serves Devine Oysters
Wednesday night often finds me in Nyack at 8 North Broadway for their $1.00 oyster special. The chef prepares a different local organic topping each week.  They are a Medite...

Nature Itches In Nyack
It’s that time of year again when all sorts of natures little pests decide to dine on your blood, bite a hole in your skin, or leave an itchy red rash behind. Mosquitoes, horse...

A Black Bear Lives In West Nyack
There is a young male black bear roaming the neighborhoods of West Nyack. He has been photographed numerous times at backyard bird feeders and garbage cans. This is the place I ...

Please Avoid The Giant Turtle In The West Nyack Roadway
I had to stop traffic yesterday to allow a slow moving snapping turtle to finish crossing West Nyack road. It is now egg lying season, and they are crossing Rockland County roads...

The Mighty Striped Bass Spawns In Hudson River Off Nyack
As the spring weather warms the waters of the mighty Hudson River, upwards of 10 million striped bass will migrate from the Chesapeake Bay past Nyack to spawn in the River’s up...

Cinco De Mayo Festivities Abound This Thursday In Nyack
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture which commemorates the unlikely victory of General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguin over French forces at the battle of Puebla May 5th, 1...

Communal Kitchen Serves Outstanding Organic Local Food In Nyack
I finally tried Communal Kitchen in Nyack last night to my great pleasure. Chef/owner Jed Gidaly has put together a unique and delicious menu. The décor is comfortable, as is th...

April Is Spring Peeper Time In Nyack
The warm temperatures this past week brought the beautiful tree frog known as the Spring Peeper out of hibernation and into its annual mating ritual. Although a frog of the woods...

Winter Officially Ended In Nyack On March 20th 2016
The spring equinox heralds the end of winter as daylight is now longer than night until the summer solstice. We tied the record set in 2001-02 for the warmest winter ever with an...

Nyack Peregrine Falcons Again Nest Atop Tappan Zee Ridge
A perennial favorite, Nyack’s nesting pair of falcons are supposed to raise yet another family on the Tappan Zee Bridge this spring. The live feed cam has been down so I do not...

Nyack Potholes Increase As Winter Continues
Yonkers has started an interesting program where they encourage residents to take pictures of potholes and post to their Facebook page. Every snow fall seems to bring more pothol...

What Does Snow Really Cost Nyack
It snowed this morning.  What is the true cost of snow to Rockland tax payers and business owners. After numerous searches on the web, I can only conclude that nobody really...

Pearl River Rings In New Year With A Heathy Gym Rush
It always amazes me to watch the surge of people working out in my gym come January. Machines that often sat vacant for hours at a time now have a line of people. This is great as ...

Nyack Temperature Plunge Present Risk To Life Limb And Pets
The Arctic blast Nyack is experiencing is a real danger to both people and their pets so I thought a repeat of last year’s warning might be in order. Exposure to extreme cold com...

Collecting Free Money In Nyack
I received $86 from NY state. It was really easy. I went on the NY State Comptroller’s site for the office of unclaimed fundshttps://www.osc.state.ny.us/ouf/Filled out a brief fo...

Bronx Botanical Gardens Train Show Enchanting Young Old Alike
The 20 years running train show at the breathtaking NY Botanical gardens is open to the public through January 18th. Only a short drive from Nyack, remarkable model trains zip past...

El Nino Comes To Nyack
Above average Pacific water temperatures have meteorologists predicting the strongest El Nino effect ever. The last strong El Nino was 1982-83. This typically forebodes a mild wint...

Avoid A Collision With AMOROUS Nyack Deer
Drivers should exercise extreme caution when navigating Nyack roads during the month of November. It is the breeding season of the whitetail deer. With only one month to propagate ...

PEAK TIME TO VIEW FALL COLORS IN NYACK
This week should be the peak of fall colors in the Hudson Valley. The spectacular red, yellow, purple, and orange leaves are ready to turn brown and fall back to the earth in the e...

Computuners In Nanuet Making A Computer Crash Painless
My computer CRASHED!! Words that send fear into the heart of the bravest business person. Yes we all have back-ups, and many have multiple computers, but getting a new one up and r...

AUTUM IS A FAVORITE SEASON IN NYACK
Autumn is a glorious time of year I look forward to more than any other seasonal change. Crisp days and cool nights make for great outdoor fun and sleeping. Fall starts following t...

2015 On Track To Break All Time Hurricane Record
As the memory of Super Storm Sandy slowly becomes more distant in Nyack, Piermont and the various River Towns, yet another Hurricane season is upon us. Experts are predicting break...

Piermont To Host 3rd Annual Apple Pie Contest
If you think your apple pie is “SPECIAL”, you should consider entering the Piermont Apple pie contest. The event is sponsored by Down to Earth Markets and the Piermont Chamber ...

Nyack Sturgeon Show Huge Spike In Hudson River Deaths
In the two years since the Tappan Zee bridge construction began in 2012 over 100 endangered Atlantic and short nose sturgeon have been found dead. By contrast only 13 were found be...

Butterflies Swarm In Valley Cottage
My Butterfly Bushes have finally bloomed in my Valley cottage backyard. The deep purple fox tail flowers are beautiful by themselves, but the countless butterflies they attract are...

Enjoying Hummingbirds In Nyack
Hummingbirds are wonders of nature that never cease to amaze me. They have the ability to hover in mid-air or fly forward, backward and even upside down. The male is spectacularly ...

Many Bugs Bite In Nyack
It’s that time of year again when all sorts of natures little pests decide to dine on your blood, bite a hole in your skin, or leave an itchy red rash behind. Mosquitoes, horse f...

NYACK WORKS TO DECREASE BIKER ROAD RAGE
With several fatalities and numerous injuries, car/ bicycle interaction is at a boiling point. It seems both sides have tremendous anger toward the other. Road rage has lead to vio...

Why Did The Snapping Turtle Cross The West Nyack Road
Did you know the common snapping turtle is the State reptile of New York State? It is now egg laying season, and they are crossing Rockland County roads in large numbers. There are...

Cinco De Mayo Brings Festivities To Nyack
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture which commemorates the unlikely victory over French forces at the battle of Puebla May 5th, 1862 under the leadership of General I...

Tappan Zee Bridge Home To New Baby Peregrine Falcons
The nesting pair of peregrine falcons on the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack has successfully hatched a new generation of raptors despite the construction going on all around them. It i...

No Deer In Valley Cottage Flowers
I sit at my computer which overlooks my flower garden here in Valley Cottage and smile at the wonderful purples and blues that abound. There are also hundreds of green sprouts soon...

Nyack Does Not Export Potholes To Canada
I am just back from my annual Easter pilgrimage from Valley Cottage to Montreal, just a short drive away. As always I walked the cobblestone streets of the old city and was reminde...

New York Botanical Gardens Orchid Show Just A Short Drive From Nyack
The New York Botanical Gardens is holding its annual Orchid show now through April 19th at its magical grounds in the Bronx. Just a short drive from Rockland, you can be mesmerized...

Momma Peregrine Falcon Returns To Nest In Nyack
The female peregrine falcon has returned on February 26th to join her mate who has been waiting patiently for the past month atop the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack. Falcons mate for l...

Snowshoe Trekking In Blauvelt
I love all winter activities but truly look forward to the snow getting deep enough for me to pull out my snow shoes. In the deep snow I can go where nobody gets to and observe wil...

Peregrine Falcon Nests In Nyack
The male peregrine falcon has returned to his nest atop the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack. He is awaiting his partner who should arrive soon. Falcons mate for life and return to the s...

Nyack Snow Fall Calls For Bowl Of Chili
“Five alarm” or mild, nothing satisfies like a bowl of piping hot chili. Chili can be made from almost any meat. Beef, turkey, or wild game, chili warms from the inside and sti...

Frigid Nyack Temperatures Present Risk To Life Limb And Pets
The Arctic blast Nyack is experiencing is a real danger to both people and their pets so I thought a repeat of last year’s warning might be in order. Exposure to extreme cold com...

Peeling The Christmas Pineapple In Nyack
Fruit baskets are a popular holiday gift and we wound up with a few here in Valley Cottage. A big beautiful pineapple makes a bold visual statement in the middle of all those color...

The Whiskey Kitchen Brings Varied Menu To Valley Cottage
Hank and Maureen have opened a real comfort food restaurant in Clarkstown with an unusual menu that just continues to please.  The food is creative with items like duck, lam...

Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade One Hour From Nyack
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade started in 1924. It is 3 hours long, kicking off at 9:00 am, and has been televised nationally since 1952. At the end of every parade ever he...

DVine Bar Serves Great Tapas In Sparkill
When I first stepped into DVine Bar in the quaint little hamlet of Sparkill, I knew the months of anticipation were well worth the wait. Joe Printz of Rockland’s finest wine bo...

Nyack Deer Collide With Cars November
Drivers should exercise extreme caution when navigating Nyack roads during the month of November. It is the breeding season of the whitetail deer. With only one month to propagat...

Perfect Timing To View Autumn Foliage At Peak Colors In Nyack
This week should be the peak of fall colors in the Hudson Valley. The spectacular red, yellow, and orange leaves are ready to turn brown and fall back to the earth in the endless...

Fall Is Tulip Planting Time In Nyack
As the days grow shorter, it’s time for fall planting. This is a great time to reseed or plant a new lawn as grass grows best on cool nights with warm days. It is also the time...

Blauvelt Italian Feast And Carnival
The Blauvelt Son’s of Italy will hold their fifth annual Italian Feast & Carnival at the Masonic Park Fairgrounds, 98 Western Highway, Tappan from September 11th-14th. Hour...

Not Scratching An Itch In Valley Cottage
I got bit twice on my knuckle by an insect in my Clarkstown backyard this week. I have never seen a bug such as this. Tiny, wingless, legless, almost clear beige and mostly like ...

Attracting Hummingbirds In Valley Cottage
Watching hummingbirds up close never ceases to amaze me. They have the ability to hover in mid-air or fly forward, backward and even upside down. I love the buzz I hear sitting o...

Foiling Flower Munching Deer In Valley Cottage
My garden has been the Didier Dumas of deer patisseries for many years now. My flowers grow these beautiful buds, I go to bed expecting an amazing bloom come morning, only to fin...

Fairway Continues To Rock Rockland County
I bought marinated skirt steak from the friendly Fairway butcher in Nanuet this weekend. A few minutes on the grill, and I was treated to one of the best beef meals I have ever e...

United Water Continues To Deny Rockland Fishermen Access
The New York City watershed system is considered the finest in the world. A series of reservoirs start in upstate New York and deliver water; via a giant aqueduct; to the million...

Why Did The Snapping Turtle Cross The Rockland Road
Its egg laying season for the common snapping turtle and they are crossing Rockland County roads in large numbers. There are so many crossing Western Highway in West Nyack and Bl...

Nyack Strawberry Place To Open For Dinner
Nyack's beloved Strawberry Place, hot spot for breakfast and lunch has now decided to open for Dinner starting Thursday 5/22. The food you savor so much during the day will be av...

Nyack Celebrates Cinco De Mayo
Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture which started in the 1860’s in Mexican-American communities first in California and then spreading throughout the United State...

Spring Peepers Herald Warm Weather In Nyack
The warm temperatures this weekend brought the beautiful tree frog known as the Spring Peeper out of hibernation and into its annual mating ritual. Although a frog of the woods, ...

Orchid Show Short Drive From Nyack
The New York Botanical Gardens is holding its annual Orchid show through April 21th at their magical grounds in the Bronx. Just a short drive from Rockland, you can be mesmerized...

Nyack Says Good Bye And Good Riddance To Winter
The spring equinox heralds the end of winter as daylight is now longer than night until the summer solstice. It has been a long cold winter, but no records were broken. We had 57...

Rockland Pothole Damage Recovery In New York
You are driving along a winding Nyack road and CRASH, BANG, BOOM!!! How many teeth jarring, whiplash causing potholes have you bounced through this winter? It is the ones that yo...

A Rare Treat At Rockland Lake State Park
Rockland Lake in Congers is frozen with ice thick enough to walk on. You can blame global warming, global cooling, or El Niño, but this the first time in many years the Park Ran...

The Real Cost Of Snow In Nyack
As I sit here through yet another of this winters’ seemingly continuous snow storms, I tried to come up with the true cost to us as Rockland tax payers and business owners. Aft...

Nyack Chili Beans Or NO Beans
As the arctic vortex squeezes Rockland in its icy grip, my refuge is often a steaming bowl of spicy chili. Which then begs the question; Beans or No Beans?  Texans, from the...

Nyack Arctic Blast Brings Danger To People And Pets
The sub-zero temperatures about to engulf Rockland County are more than just an inconvenience; it presents a real danger to both people and their pets. Exposure to extreme cold c...

Quinoa Part Of Healthy New Year In Nyack
Known as the “Mother Grain” quinoa (keen-wah) was a staple of the Incan Indians and is still an important food source to the indigenous people along the Andes in South Americ...

Nanuet Burger Trumps New City West Nyack Palisades
My never ending quest for the perfect hamburger has uncovered several new contenders in Rockland over the past year. I will run them down from my personal fourth to first. You ju...

Forest Fire Affect On Blauvelt Park Lands
The November forest fire that charred much of Clausland Mountain Park in Orangetown made for spectacular news and aerial video footage. We can all give thanks that no people wer...

A Deer Rises From The Ashes In Blauvelt
The brush fire that burned hundreds of acres on Clausland Mountain in Orangeburg is finally under control. With rain in the forecast, it seems all danger has passed without any l...

Rockland Car Deer Collisions Quadruple In November
Drivers should exercise extreme caution when navigating Nyack roads during the month of November. It is the breeding season of the whitetail deer. With only one month to propagat...

Westchester Burger Opens In West Nyack
The often changing restaurant on Route 303 in West Nyack has a new tenant, and this one looks to be a winner. Westchester Burger chose to open their newest burger joint here beca...

Pacific Salmon And Trout Spawn In New York
We all have seen the pictures of salmon making their way up rapid filled streams in coastal Alaska or British Columbia to complete the circle of life as they spawn then die. Natu...

INDIAN SUMMER IN NYACK
Autumn is my favorite time of year. Crisp days and cool nights make for great outdoor fun and sleeping. Fall starts following the autumnal equinox, this year on 9/21, when daylig...

A Leafhopper Hopping Thru Clarkstown
My home here in Valley Cottage has turned into Wild Kingdom over the past few years! I have documented my encounter with a praying mantis, my trials and tribulations at the claws...

Sparkill Has A New Restaurant
There is a new and trendy restaurant called Roost that has opened in Sparkill. Owner Kevin Reilly, former chef at Café Barcell in Nyack, has created a fresh and exciting menu wi...

Clarkstown Skunk Wars
I live on a heavily treed property in Valley Cottage. I love the serenity and privacy, but must give up the ability to grow a lush lawn, as little sunlight filters down through t...

A Free Informative Dinner In New City
We’ve all gotten them in the mail…”come to a free dinner at restaurant XYZ” by Acme investment firm. All have landed in my waste basket, expecting a heavy handed sell in ...

Alains Tapas And Wine Bar Open In Nyack
The new buzz for great food in Nyack is Alain’s Tapas and Wine Bar located at 88 Main Street in downtown Nyack. Alain Eigerman of Alain’s Bistro in Central Nyack has done it ...

A Dark And Stormy Day In Clarkstown
At a recent pool party, British guests announced it was going to be a Dark & Stormy night in Valley Cottage. As I looked up at the blazing sun, heating the day to well past 9...

A Praying Mantis Lives In Rockland County NY
As I went to water my Fuchsia plants here in Valley Cottage for the second time today, a surprise jumped out at me. Fuchsia plants require amazing amounts of water during the war...

Eating Cicadas In Nyack
It was just a matter of time before recipes to enjoy the swarming bugs started to appear on the internet. Think of it as a once in 17 year culinary delight. Most bug eaters like...

Cicadas Make Early Showing In Rockland
17 years ago cicada nymphs burrowed into the ground and began a very long “Rip Van Winkle” like sleep. 2013 is the year they will return to the surface along the Eastern Seab...

Something Stinks In The Village Of Nyack
I was sitting at a wonderful little Bistro in Central Nyack with my wife the other night. Aromas of herbs, spices, and savory food filled out heads with visions of the delicious ...

Route 59 Clarkstown Corridor
The stretch of Route 59 from Nanuet to Nyack was under construction for more than two years. Massive traffic delays, cost over-runs, and a great burden were endured by the driver...

Strawtown Jewelry moves to New City
Strawtown Jewelry is a little gem of a boutique that was originally located in West Nyack and now is found at 40 S. Main Street in New City. Run by Silver Smith; Ellen Arkin, her s...

Spring Striped Bass Spawn in the Hudson River
As the spring weather warms the waters of the mighty Hudson River, upwards of 10 million striped bass will migrate from the Chesapeake Bay past Nyack to spawn in the River’s ...

HOROSCOPE; FRIENDSHIP TAKES WORK IN THE HUDSON VALLEY
I almost never read horoscopes, but somehow I have gotten into the habit of reading mine on my birthday each year. When I turned fifty, there was a really meaningful thought. I cu...

A slice of Europe not far from Clarkstown
As a last minute vacation, my wife and I jumped in the car, left Valley Cottage, turned on Pandora, and 5 hours later were totally engulfed in French culture. We walked cobble st...

Spring delayed in Nyack
I saw all kinds of little green stems, leaves, and buds trying to push their way to sunshine all over Nyack last week. I ran out and mulched my perennial flower bed here in Valley...

Palisades Musician Pens Broadway Musical
Hands on a Hardbody, currently in previews, is set to open March 21 at the Brooke Atkinson Theater in the Broadway theater district. Trey Anastasio, guitar virtuosos and front ma...

Bailey’s Smokehouse in Blauvelt
  Bailey’s Smokehouse continues to be the finest source of delicious protein in the entire Hudson Valley. From two types of BBQ ribs to pizza, they never disappoint. He...

Valley Cottage Business Man Vindicated in Supreme Court
A state Supreme Court judge has ordered Rockland County officials to prepare a contract so Brega Transport Corp. can take over operations of the county’s TOR and Tappan ZEExp...

West Nyack overlay excluded to date
The overlay districts have been completed in 4 of the 5 Hamlets in Clarkstown. Valley Cottage, Nanuet, Congers, and New City have beautiful sidewalks, crosswalks, street lights, ...

Valley Cottage Pea Soup
I love to cook, but had never made a soup before. My Grandmother used to make a pea soup with ham that was wonderful. Funny thing was I hated peas as a kid, but this pea soup I lo...

Nyack award winning Chili
“Five alarm” or mild, nothing satisfies like a bowl of piping hot chili. Chili can be made from almost any meat. Beef, turkey, or wild game, chili warms from the insi...

Clarkstown Nature Wars
Nature Wars, by Jim Sterba is a book about the incredible story of how wildlife comebacks have turned suburban backyards into wildlife battlegrounds. Jim starts with arrival of the...

50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley
“50 Hikes in the Hudson Valley” by Peter Kick, Barbara McMartin, & James Long is a wonderful book for both hikers and history buffs. As the names implies, this book...

West Nyack Chicken with Cranberry-port wine reduction sauce
Let’s keep the winter hearty meal theme going. Mary’s lentil soup would be a great first course. This is a great sauce for a multitude of applications to various poultr...

Forest People of Nyack
By 1850 the vast majority of trees in New York State had been cut down. The number of rock walls throughout Rockland is a testament to the lack of wood to build fences. After the...

WHERE ARE THE BLACK PANTHERS OF PIERMONT
My thoughts sometimes turn to the infamous black panthers of Piermont. NO, not the ‘60s radical underground group, but the very beasts that had villagers clamoring at Town B...

Easy Chicken Marsala Dinner- Comfort Food
Here is a quick, easy meal that is as good with chicken as it is with beef.     Poultry or Meat Porto Bello mushrooms...sliced Bella white mushroom...sliced Marsala...


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