Rockland County

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Rockland County [1] is a county of New York state in the Metro New York region. It lies to the immediate north of Bergen County, New Jersey.

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Understand[edit]

Rockland County is located at the southernmost tip western of the Hudson River in New York State. It borders Bergen County, New Jersey and runs on New Jersey Transit. The location is beneficial because it is less than 45 minutes from New York City, borders Westchester, 30 minutes to Hoboken and about two hours from Atlantic City as well. Rockland is the smallest county by area in New York State; consisting of only five main towns and then 35 villages. Some facts that make Rockland State stand out is that the county has the largest Jewish population of any U.S. county (31.4% or 90,000 residents). Besides being a strong Jewish community, in 2000, Rockland was also ranked 9th on a list of the highest-income counties by household income in the U.S. with a median of $75,306. The website Nerdwallet named Suffern the best place to start a business in New York State in 2015.

Another reason Rockland is a popular place to raise a family and live in general is the School Districts. The county has received several Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Awards, awarded by the U.S. Department of Education. The employment opportunities, central location and education system all contribute to Rockland Counties popularity.

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By air[edit]

  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, [2], John F. Kennedy International Airport [3], and LaGuardia Airport [4]: The three major international airports in the New York City area offer service to just about anywhere. Rockland-based taxi and livery cars offer regular service to and from the three internationals from most areas of the county. New York City yellow cabs will take you to Rockland in a pinch, but the fares can be exorbitant. Ask if your hotel offers shuttle service.
  • Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Road, White Plains, +1 914 995-4860 (airlines), [5]. If you are trying to dodge the congestion of the three New York City/New Jersey international airports, Westchester's airport offers an alternative.
  • Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, +1 845 564-2100, [6]. Another alternative to the congestion of the 3 major airports, but at present offers few direct flights.

By train[edit]

  • Metro North Rail Road's [7] Hudson Line from New York City's Grand Central Terminal to Tarrytown. Use Transport of Rockland's [8] Tappan Zeexpress bus or local taxis to cross the Hudson River to Rockland.
  • Metro North Rail Road's [9] Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines provide service from New York City and northern New Jersey. Take New Jersey Transit from New York Penn Station to Secaucus, transfer to Metro North Rail Road. Pascack serves Nanuet, Pearl River, and Spring Valley. Port Jervis makes stops at Suffern and Sloatsburg.

Get around[edit]

Easily accessible from the NY Thruway (Interstates 87/287) as well as the Garden State Parkway and the I-86 corridor (still NY 17 in this area). NY 303, NY 304, US 9W, NY 59, NY 45, and the Palisades Parkway offer access to many area attractions. Without a car it is harder to get around. However, the Transport of Rockland operates multiple local bus routes that run throughout the county. Besides regular stops, busses also run to commuter lines and express trips to New York City. There are also a few cheap taxi companies that service the entire Monsey area. Some offer airport service. (845) 425-4411 or (845) 425-6161


Official Rockland County Public Transportation homepage[10]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Park Road off Rte. 9W, Stony Point, +1 845 786-2521, [11]. In July 1779 American General "Mad" Anthony Wayne took these fortifications from the British in a daring midnight raid. The oldest remaining lighthouse on the Hudson River is on the point.
  • Hopper House Art Center 82 N Broadway, Nyack, +1 845 358-0774, [12]. The birthplace and boyhood home of painter Edward Hopper. Gallery hours Thu, F, Sa, Su, 1-5PM. Closed M-W.
  • Haverstraw Brick Museum, 12 Main St, Haverstraw, +1 845 947-3505, [13]. The Hudson River Valley was once known as the brickmaking capital of the world. At its peak, it supplied New York City's rapid urbanization in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Three hundred years of brick production ended in the early 21st century with the closing of the last active brickyard. The museum chronicles brickmaking in Haverstraw, one of the more prolific centers of the industry in the valley. Hours: W, Sa and Su 1PM-4PM and by appointment.
  • Visit Piermont, N.Y., This small town is one of the richest areas in Rockland County. Filled with gorgeous homes overlooking the Hudson river, it is quite the sight to see. Some of the best restaurants are located within the area; most have decks on the river. There is also live music playing often at most of these restaurants. Definitely a classy place to go for good food, good music, and great views!

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  • Visit the Palisades Mall. Located at 1000 Palisades Center Dr., West Nyack, NY [16]. This four floor mall is more than adequate for anyone's needs; in terms of entertainment, shopping, dining, and amusement activities. This mall appears very overwhelming upon entrance, but it is quite easy to get around. There are various directories located within the mall, but regardless, it is four straight floors with no intersections. You can literally walk from one side to the other, take the escalator up and walk from one side to the other on that floor. Some restaurants include The Cheesecake Factory, Fire and Ice, Chili's Bar and Grill, just to ' name a few. Stores vary from women's and men's fashion to footwear to antique sculptures. There are home good stores, ice cream shops, and sports wear. In terms of amusement activities, there is a public ice rink, a ferris wheel, and merry-go-round. There is a huge movie theatre, with approximately 24-30 movie theaters within. These are only a few of the amenities that the Palisades Mall offers.
  • Visit Downtown Nyack. Located on Main Street, Nyack, N.Y. 10960. This strip is located in a gorgeous area overlooking the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge. Every year, three different street fairs are conducted; booths are set up along main street, and some of the connecting side streets, selling jewelery, clothing, handbags, artwork, sculptures, and more. When these street fairs are not occurring, you can shop, eat, and drink. Shopping extends from clothing to nutrition food stores to art collections. The themes of the various restaurants range from American style to Cajun style to Mexican style. Pasta Amore, Bourbon Street, and Black Bear Saloon are all excellent restaurants, located directly on Main St. Nightlife on this street is always fun, no matter what night of the week! The restaurants turn into bars (21 and older) around 10:00pm stay open until 4:00am.
  • Beer Mountain State Park: Goes through Orange and Rockland County stretching 7.917 mi². Located on the west of the Hudson River and is good for hiking. The park has benches, fields and eateries as well so it is perfect for a day trip.
  • Provident Bank/ Boulders Park: Built in 2012, the minor league baseball stadium is new to the area. The park is used for the minor league team named the Rockland Boulders. Besides minor league, the stadium is also used by high school varsity baseball teams during important games such as Suffern and North Rockland’s rivalry game. Throughout the year, the stadium is also used for outside concerts. The official home page of the Rockland Boulders described the complex as, “it will serve as a multipurpose venue that will hosts local college, high school and amateur baseball. In addition, numerous other bookings and programming such as community events and holiday celebrations will be planned.  Provident Bank Park is a regional asset unlike any minor league ballpark in the country.”
  • Torne Valley Vineyards: Founded in 2009, also relatively new to the county the Vineyards are a popular destination for parents and young adults to explore the wine world. The property is located on acres of landscaped grounds overlooking the Ramapo River in a Victorian mansion. Perfect for a date night or trip with your friends.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Hudson Water Club: Located in West Haverstraw, known for Seafood, New American style food and the view. The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the Hudson River. On weekends has live bands and affordable drinks. Good for date night or a night out with your friends.

8 North Broadway: Also overlooking the Hudson River, however located in Nyack. A large restaurant seating 65 and is a seasonal Mediterranean style restaurant. Menu is known for seafood, beef and poultry.

Jolies Restaurant: A popular breakfast, lunch and dinner restaurant in New City. The menu is extremely eclectic yet casual. A popular menu item is the grilled Octopus appetizer.

Airmont Eats: Centrally located in Suffern, Airmont Eats is a popular lunch and dinner spot. Very casual and offers almost everything. Known for salads, soups, wraps, Sandwiches, Mac and Cheese, burgers and more.

Growler and Gill Craft Beer Bar: Offers over 500 bottles of different beers from around the world. When going to the restaurant in Nanuet you have the option for private tastings, there is also a reserved bottle menu of rare and limited brews. Besides beer, the dinner menu consists of bar snacks such as nachos, wings, and hummus plates. The menu also offers burgers, salads, and pizza.

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Stay safe[edit]

County wide 911 system for summoning emergency assistance.

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Contact[edit]

Telephone area code 845.

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