See the sights
Call it what you want –the Tappan Zee Bridge, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge – it’s all the same to us. But this landmark connector of counties is ever-present in Nyack, looming like a goliath beyond the brick buildings. The bridge is the longest shared bike and pedestrian path in the nation, featuring a three-and-a-half-mile walkway along the exterior of the bridge itself. Admittedly, this path is better suited for warmer weather, but whenever you can visit, a stunning mid-Hudson view is guaranteed.
For the art fans among us, we recommend the Edward Hopper House Museum & Study Center. This modest Victorian home is the birthplace of the legendary artist and a registered historical site. View a collection of his paintings and sketches, sneak a peak at his childhood room (squeaky floor boards and all) and go on a walking tour to see where many of his paintings were done.
We’re fans of the uniquely charming shops throughout Nyack’s commercial district. Pickwick Bookshop is a classic old-fashioned bookstore, and the kind of place where you just might uncover that rare first edition or hidden gem. Hickory Dickory Dock is torn straight from the pages of Pinocchio, with handmade wooden treasures set against a wall of cuckoo clocks.
History fans will find many interesting sights throughout the town. From Underground Railroad locations to famous architectural points (check out the historic Nyack Post Office and its Classical Revival architecture), there is so much history to uncover here.
Take a trip to Nyack’s waterfront Memorial Park and have a seat at the “Bench by the Road.” This monument was inspired by world renown author Toni Morrison, a Nyack resident who once said: “There is no place you or I can go, to think about or not think about, to summon the presences of, or recollect the absences of slaves . . . There is no suitable memorial, or plaque, or wreath, or wall, or park, or skyscraper lobby. There’s no 300-foot tower, there’s no small bench by the road.”
The monument honors the victims of slavery in the United States, with a special nod to Cynthia Hesdra, who was born a slave and later resided in Nyack. In 2015, with Morrison’s encouragement, Nyack created that memorial and invited Morrison to attend the unveiling ceremony. It’s now one of several “benches by the road” throughout the country.