Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Nyack Beach Follow

We got a tweet from the Palisades Park Conservancy this morning with more details about the end of destruction at Nyack Beach 100 years ago.

They wrote that a century ago on March 23, "the Palisades Interstate Park Commission began its purchase of the five quarries that were steadily eating away at the stately Hook Mountain ridge between Nyack and Haverstraw, New York. The first of these quarries, belonging to the Manhattan Trap Rock Company, was purchased for $415,000."

That later became Hook Mountain and the Nyack Beach and River Trail. On their site you can see terrific pictures (one reproduced here,) of the old quarry after its dismantling in 1926.

High on the upper right you can see the spots in the mountain where train cars carrying the stone came out of the mountain. Those holes still exist above the old mining building which was converted in the 1930's to a bathing facility when swimming in the Hudson was permitted.

The conservancy also alerted us to an upcoming event where the building ---which has been used on a limited basis as bathrooms for the public and occasional events--will be open for an artists display and sale from May 20 to 22. The event called "Hooked on the Hook," will open with a reception on Friday night, and be open the rest of the weekend during daytime hours.

Be there or be square.

2 comments:

Palisades Parks Conservancy said...

Thank you for helping to spread the word!

Anonymous said...

double Thank You!