Friday, June 14, 2013

A Day on the Hudson River: Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow & Nyack

For someone who's lived in New York for nearly six years, I've seen surprisingly little of the Hudson River.

I see it lap against Manhattan's western shore a few times a year, but usually at some distance. Maybe from the High Line. Or the Cloisters. Most likely from the car.

This past Memorial Day weekend we decided to fix that by taking a day trip to three Hudson River towns just north of the city: Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow and Nyack. The towns are just minutes from one another and about an hour away by car from Bay Ridge.

First stop: Tarrytown. Specifically, Lyndhurst. We skipped the tour of this Gothic Revival mansion, designed in 1838, instead opting for a ticket that granted us access only to the extensive grounds. We walked along the trails, shielding ourselves as best we could from the smiting wind whipping along the Hudson. One path followed the river, but the other was more inland and secluded. Both were pleasant.


After a bite to eat and a short walk through the center of Tarrytown, we drove to the neighboring village of Sleepy Hollow. Yep, that Sleepy Hollow. I had one goal and one goal only: to see the grave of the author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Luckily, the entrance to the cemetery had a good map with Washington Irving's grave marked. A nice drive then a few snapshots and we were on our way.

The Irving plot at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

Washington Irving's grave

On our way to Nyack, that is. Nyack is connected to Tarrytown by the Tappan Zee Bridge, which crosses the Hudson River. We arrived just before the Edward Hopper House closed, so I made myself content with just a few photos of the exterior. Most of our time in Nyack was spent perusing the many small shops in the downtown area, and then finding a spot along the river to admire the view.

Edward Hopper House

Paul in a Nyack bookstore

Boats on the Hudson River

We were back in Brooklyn before the sun had set, perfectly happy with our Hudson River day.

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