Monday, September 7, 2015

Day trip from NYC - Piermont NY

Flywheel from Robert Gair Co. carton factory
Piermont NY sit on the west bank of the Hudson River about 15 miles north of the George Washington Bridge. Today it is a sleepy hamlet, but it has an interesting history.

The Palisades cliffs run from just south of the George Washington Bridge north and tower about 300 tall.
However, there is a natural break in these cliffs, and this is where Piermont NY is located. This break made Piermont the eastern terminus of the Erie Railroad, which connected Piermont and the Hudson River to Lake Erie through the southern Catskills and the Southern Tier of NY. This railroad gave Piermont its name when the railroad built a long pier into the Hudson River. This connection between the railroad and river also made Piermont a major embarkation point for soldiers leaving for Europe during World War II,

Looking at the Tappan Zee Bridge from the Piermont Pier

Looking out along the long pier at Piermont
Today Piermont is probably best known for two things. Its main street still maintains is original look from the 1920's. So much so that when Woody Allen was looking for a site to film "The Purple Rose of Cairo" he basically took over Main street and used the buildings to transport us pack to the late 1920's.

Second, it is a popular stop for bike riders out biking along the Hudson River. There is a constant flow of riders throughout the day on a beautiful summer weekend.

The town has several art galleries, antique shops and restaurants, and it is a wonderful place to head for as part of a day trip out of the big city.

1 comment:

  1. It's been a long time since I've been to "downtown" Piermont, but it used to be a favorite weekend drive destination. It's also fascinating to me because Sparkill Creek, which flows into the Hudson at Piermont, was (geological ages ago) part of the main course of the Hudson's ancestor, and flowed into what is now the Hackensack River, west of the Hudson.

    I believe there used to be an odd drawbridge across the creek that operated by a hand-cranked now it's probably been replaced.