With a population of around 3,500, it would be generous to call West Nyack, New York a ‘small town’. Still, West Nyack is far from boring and is even in the process of building a first-of-its-kind solar system that will generate enough energy to power 200 homes. That alone makes this an intriguing city, but there is plenty more to West Nyack than one would think.
1. Palisades Center
As the eighth largest mall in all of America, the Palisades Center has plenty to offer for people of all ages. The mall has the world’s tallest indoor ropes course (known has Climb Adventure), an ice rink, an Imax theater, the Levity Live Comedy Club, its own Autoban Indoor Speedway and over 15 restaurants to choose from. The mall also puts on many events depending on the time of the year. In the spring you can attend the Prom Fashion Show, Palisades has their own version of Halloween called ‘Mall-O-Ween’, and, of course, you can meet Santa around Christmas time. If you’re looking for a day out with the family but can’t agree on what to do, then everybody will be happy with a trip to the Palisades Center.
Address: 1000 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY 10994, USA
Price: Admission is free
Opening Hours: 10am-9:30pm
Contact: +1 8453481000
Near by Food: contains 15 restaurants to choose from
Website: Palisades Center
2. Clarkstown Reformed Church
Established in 1750, Clarkstown Reformed Church is the site of the first reformed Protestant Dutch Church. Its old wooden structure was replaced with a sandstone building in 1826 and remains an architectural masterpiece to this day. The church is committed to not only serving the local community, but the entire world. A perfect example of this would be their MOPS group. MOPS is Mother’s of PreSchoolers. In this group, young mothers can get together and learn the tricks of motherhood through speakers, demonstrations and videos. It’s also an excuse to get out of the house and have some food that they didn’t cook themselves. The property also contains a cemetery of past members of the church, including the graves of 20 Revolutionary War veterans and 20 War of 1812 veterans.
Clarkstown Reformed Church
Address: 107 Strawtown Road, West Nyack, NY 10994
Contact: Church Office: +1 8453584320. Pastor Sheree Lear: +1 8454226565
Website: Clarkstown Reformed Church
3. DeClark-Polhemus Mill
The DeClark-Polhemus Mill is one of the most historical places in New York as it was the site of the last witchcraft trial in New York history in 1816. Jane Kannif was knowledgeable about herb medicines and accused of witchcraft. She was weighed against a large brass-bound Dutch Bible and judged to be innocent since she outweighed the Bible. The mill operated into the 20th Century to grind flour. Remnants of the mill that still exist on the southwest corner of Strawtown Rd. and Bermonds Rd. include the hub of the water wheel as well as the dam and mill pond. Just incase you aren’t able to find it, a marker has been placed at the site. This is a must-see for anybody that is interested in the history of New York or witchcraft and a great place to just enjoy some great scenery.
Address: Southwest corner of Strawtown Rd. and Bermonds Rd.
4. Mount Moor Cemetery
Sitting in the shadows of the Palisades Center, the Mount Moor Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in all of New York. A historical sign at the entrance of the cemetery says, “This: Burying ground for Colored people, was deeded on July 7, 1849 by James Benson and Jane Benson his wife to William H. Moor, Stephen Samuels and Isaac Williams, trustees. The cemetery has provided burial space for colored people, including veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars l and ll and the Korean War…” Even though the grounds are well kept, many of the headstones are too worn to read or were unmarked to begin with. There are even some graves that are marked with nothing but a wooden cross. Perhaps the most infamous grave is that of Lafayette Logan; a Buffalo soldier who fought in the American Civil War with the legendary Black 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. His story was made famous in the motion picture ‘Glory’. Mount Moor Cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.
Mount Moor Cemetery
Address: West Nyack, NY 10994, USA
5. Rockland Center for the Arts
Founded in 1947 to take advantage of the intense creative talent that migrated to the region, Rockland Center for the Arts provides opportunities for artists to exhibit, perform, create and teach. Programs at the center include a School for the Arts, exhibitions, a performing arts series and Summer Arts Day Camp. Being such a great place for creative minds to flourish, it’s no wonder why Rockland Center for the Arts attracts over 25,000 visitors and students every year. What began as just a volunteer organization has now developed into one of the largest arts centers in the region. Perhaps the greatest reason for its growth is because of their belief that everybody has what it takes to express themselves through art and they don’t stop until all students are capable of doing just that.
Rockland Center for the Arts
Address: 27 S Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, NY 10994, USA
Price: Admission is free
Duration: People typically spend 1.5 to 3.5 hours here
Contact: +1 8453580877
Website: Rockland Center for the Arts
Go out and explore!
Don’t let its size fool you; West Nyack, New York has plenty to offer. So the next time you’re in the area and bored at home, forget about turning the TV on and sitting on the couch all day. Go to West Nyack and experience the great shopping, historical landmarks, and the art and creativity that it has to offer. You’ll be glad you did.
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