Here’s an incredible film (in high speed) of a 1903 trip up the Hudson (the film is incorrectly named “Down the Hudson”) from Haverstraw to Newburgh. Notable sites along the way are Stony Point, the Stony Point Lighthouse and Battlefield, the Bear Mountain “fjord,” West Point, and the waterfront at Newburgh. The trip, probably aboard … More Vintage Film: “Down (Up) the Hudson” 1903
“Haver” is the Anglo-Dutch word for oats. The name originally appeared on maps dating from the seventeenth century as ‘Haverstroo.’ “Stroo” meaning “straw” or “grass.” Prior to the brick making industry that began in Haverstraw in the late 1700s, miles of “haver grass” or wild oats spread out into Haverstraw Bay, the widest length of … More What’s a ‘Haverstraw’?
As many of you are aware, the Hudson-Fulton-Champlain Quadricentennial Celebration has been moving full steam ahead for the past few months. The Hudson River is 400 years old! That’s cause for celebration. … More Hudson River 400
Reyes “Ray” Dominguez, a long-time Haverstraw resident, has created his most recent venture, The Big Red Tomato at 9 Main Street, right across from Lucas Candies. The new bar and grill boasts a tasty fusion of Latin, American, and international flavors. Ray has come a long way since his immigrated from Mexico years ago. His story is an inspiration for us all, and the true entrepreneurial spirit of the Big Red Tomato is bright. … More A Big Red Tomato Grows in Haverstraw
In a fantastic account of the Hudson River towns, The Picturesque Hudson, author Clifton Johnson paints an elaborate and detailed picture of Haverstraw and surrounding communities in 1909. Haverstraw is described as a vibrant village with a rich history, even 100 years ago. I have attached Chapter IX: Haverstraw & Stony Point. The account reads … More The Picturesque Hudson
Rockland Lake, the former home of one of the largest and most famous ice houses in America – the Knickerbocker Ice Company, is hosting the annual Knickerbocker Ice Festival. The festivities are full of new events to mark the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s famous trip up the river that bears his name as well … More Knickerbocker Ice Festival Celebrates a Cool Past
As we ring in 2009, let’s celebrate Haverstraw’s diversity and its people. The following clip offers documentary photography generated from students ages 5-20 from Ken Karlewicz’s After School Photography Program in the Village of Haverstraw. The photo journalist project offers a unique glimpse into daily life in the Village.
In 1920, George Herman “Babe” Ruth spent the summer in Haverstraw filming one of his more famous roles in “Headin’ Home.” The film was shot almost entirely in the Village of Haverstraw. Baseball scenes were filmed at Markham Field, behind Saint Peter’s Church on Broadway. The original field was fitted with covered bleachers and resembled … More The Babe Comes Home
Even before the time when Haverstraw was known as “Hollywood on the Hudson,” it became the center of attention for a new type of film. At this time, cinematic artists were exploring the limits of reel-to-reel films to gain new effects and to dazzle audiences that were just starting to embrace film as a major … More Through the Haverstraw Tunnel
The Haverstraw Reachout Program, a mentoring and community support program at the Haverstraw Center, has been featured in the New York Times as a model of thanks and giving on Thanksgiving. Visit the story here.
Chris Lima of Stony Point has recently created http://www.anniessnackshack.com, an online tribute to the Annie’s Restaurant and Drive-In on Route 9W and Filors Lane in Stony Point. The 1951 County Landmark will be razed in the coming weeks to make way for a CVS drugstore, the eighth drugstore in the immediate area. The story of … More Remembering a Landmark
In 1925, Edward Hopper, of Nyack, New York, set out to immortalize the “House by the Railroad” on Route 9W in Haverstraw. The canvas and oil masterpiece is on display in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Midtown Manhattan. Hopper’s signature juxtaposition of light and dark shades created by a glaringly bright sun is … More Hopper’s Haverstraw Icon
The General Electric Company, who is responsible for the dumping of PCBs (Polychlorinated Biphenyls) into the Hudson River in the north-of-Albany region, has hired two contractors to develop an environmental dredging facility. The federal government recently mandated the Hudson River cleanup, which will cost GE over $700 million. Scientists believe PCBs are probable carcinogens, or … More General Electric Cleaning up the Hudson’s Dirty Past
For the first time in 25 years, the Rockland County Columbus Day Parade weaved its way through the Village of Haverstraw’s streets. Read more at the Journal News website.
In time for Independence Day, it might be fitting to discuss George Cohan’s relation to Haverstraw, as he was so famously “Born on the Fourth of July!” Cohan travelled and performed with his parents and sister on a Vaudeville circuit that continually stopped at Haverstraw’s Waldron Opera House Theatre. Cohan would stay in Haverstraw for … More George M. Cohan’s Debut