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Nyack is a charming village located on the Hudson River, about 25 miles north of New York City. It's known for its historic downtown, artistic community, and beautiful riverfront.

Nyack was incorporated as a Village as early as 1883, with the adjacent villages of South Nyack and Upper Nyack also incorporating around the same time. The majority of the village’s land area is located in the Town of Orangetown, with a small western appendage located in the Town of Clarkstown.

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  • 1854 - Nyack
    Nyack, a post-village of Rockland county, New York, on the W. bank of Hudson river, here called the Tappan sea, 29 miles N. from New York city. It contains 3 or 4 churches, and about 100 dwellings. Two newspapers are published here.
    A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
  • 1895 - Nyack
    Ny'ack, a post-town in Orangetown and Clarkstown townships, Rockland co., N.Y., is beautifully situated at the base of rugged hills, near the N. end of the Palisades, on the wide part of Hudson River, which is called Tappanzee, 28 miles N. of New York, and opposite Tarrytown, with which it is connected by a steam ferry. Nyack is on the Northern Railroad of New Jersey. It contains 12 churches, a national bank, several large summer hotels, 2 daily and 3 weekly newspapers, and an institute for both sexes. It has manufactures of boilers, carriages, shoes, wooden-ware, sash, blinds, &c. Large quantities of milk and fruits are shipped here. Among the products of its industry are ships and boats. It has a river-front of 6 miles. The steamboats of the New York and North River Steamboat Company ply daily between Nyack and New York. The town embraces 3 distinct corporations,—Upper Nyack, Nyack, and South Nyack. Pop. of Nyack in 1890, 4111; with Upper Nyack and South Nyack, about 10,000.
    Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
    ...Hudson Bridged By Ice.
    Nyack, N. Y., Feb. 9. - The Hudson river at this point, which is three and one-half miles wide, is solidly bridged with ice. Many crossed over yesterday afternoon. A young man from Tarrytown was found in the middle of the river nearly frozen to death. WILLIAM HANDY and STEWART DUTCHER of Nyack picked him up and brought him here just in time to save his life. He is terribly frozen...
    The Delphos Daily Herald
    February 9, 1895
  • 1906
    Nyack, a banking post-village of Rockland oo., N.Y., is beautifully situated at the base of rugged bills, near the N. end of the Palisades, on an expansion of the Hudson River, called Tappan Bay, 28 miles N. of New York, on the Erie and other railroads, and opposite Tarrytown, with which it is connected by steam ferry. It has the Hudson River Military Academy, the Rockland Military Academy, Nyack Military Academy, etc., and manufactures of carriages, shoes, underwear, etc. Among the products of its industry are also yachts and boats. Pop. in 1900, 4275.
    Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
    3 Others Missing and 15 Hurt by Blast in American Aniline Products Company's Factory.

    PROPERTY LOSS $200,000

    School Building and Other Structures Damaged - Countryside Shaken for Miles Around.

    Special to the New York Times.

    NYACK, Jan. 31. - One person is dead, three are missing, and fifteen were injured as the result of an explosion which wrecked and set fire to the big plant of the American Aniline Products Company here today. About 100 persons were in the factory at the time. The property loss is estimated at $200,000.

    Falling embers scattered over the neighborhood by two terrific blasts set fire to four other structures and for a while threatened to make a general conflagration in the village. Quick work of the firemen, however, confined the disaster to the aniline plant.

    The dead man is H. A. Nakamura, a chemical mixer, and the missing are Erastus Van Houten, Louis Yakshima, and an unidentified Japanese.

    Coroner A. K. Doig, M. D. who is making an inquiry into ... Read MORE...

  • 1941 - November 30 - 101 year old Nyack-Tarrytown (NY) ferry makes its last run

  • 2023 - Here are some must-visit places and activities in Nyack:
    Nyack Beach State Park: Start your visit with some outdoor adventure at Nyack Beach State Park. You can hike along scenic trails, have a picnic, or simply relax on the beach along the Hudson River.

    Edward Hopper House Museum and Study Center: Nyack was the childhood home of the famous American realist painter Edward Hopper. You can tour the museum located in his former residence and see some of his iconic works.

    Main Street Shopping: Stroll along Nyack's picturesque Main Street, which is lined with unique boutiques, art galleries, antique shops, and charming cafes. It's a great place for shopping and people-watching.

    Hudson House of Nyack: This historic restaurant offers a fine dining experience in a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion. Enjoy delicious American cuisine while taking in stunning river views.

    Memorial Park: Take a leisurely walk in Memorial Park, which features a playground, a gazebo, and a riverside promenade. It's a peaceful spot to relax and enjoy... Read MORE...

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female ancestorElla JONES (13 August 1865, Nyack, New York, USA - , )
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