Category Archives: Environment

Support a Cleaner Mighty Hudson

BM_4380While this site is usually all things Peekskill, our home shares the Mighty Hudson with everyone. Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson is sponsoring a candlelight vigil this Thursday to promote a full recovery from PCB pollution, and to celebrate our region’s most treasured natural and economic resource — the Hudson River.

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Unfortunately, there is not one at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green, but there are plenty others. Here is a full list of candlelight vigil locations and contact information. All vigils are on Thursday, July 23 and start at 7:30 p.m. (You can sign up officially at the event section of the Campaign for a Cleaner Hudson page on Facebook.)

BEACON (Dutchess County)
Sponsored by City of Beacon/Scenic Hudson (Beacon Riverfest concert starts at 6 p.m.)
Location: Long Dock Park, Long Dock Rd, Beacon, NY 12508
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

COEYMANS (Albany County)
Sponsored by Coeymans Neighborhood Association
Location: Coeymans Landing between Westerlo and Dock Street, Coeymans, NY 12143
Contact: Barbara Heinzen, 646-238-7089, barbara@barbaraheinzen.com

KINGSTON (Ulster County)
Sponsored by Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
Location: Hudson River Maritime Museum, 50 Rondout Landing at foot of Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
Contact: Kyle Downey, 845-803-6862, kdowney@skidmore.edu

MECHANICVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by City of Mechanicville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Mechanicville City Dock at Terminal Street, Mechanicville, NY 12118
Contact Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

NEWBURGH (Orange County)
Sponsored by City of Newburgh/Scenic Hudson (live music and food)
Location: Unico Park at the waterfront, Front Street b/t 3rd & 4th Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
Contact Jake Salt, 415-378-1658, jsalt@scenichudson.org

NEW YORK CITY
Sponsored by NYC Friends of Clearwater
Location: Pier 63 between 22nd and 23rd Streets, at Hudson River, NY 10001
Contact: John Breitbart, 917-612-9353, johnbnycfc@yahoo.com

OSSINING (Westchester County)
Sponsored by Riverkeeper
Location: Louis Engel Waterfront Park, Westerly Rd, Ossining, NY 10562
Contact: Suzie Ross, 914-588-6100, suzie.e.ross@gmail.com and Emma Lagle, 914-355-0874, elagle00@gmail.com

SCHUYLERVILLE (Saratoga County)
Sponsored by Village of Schulyerville/Scenic Hudson
Location: Fort Hardy Park, Off of Ferry Street, Schuylerville, NY 12871
Contact: Jake Salt, 415-378-1658,
jsalt@scenichudson.org

NYACK (Rockland County)
Sponsored by the Fellowship of Reconciliation
Location: Fellowship of Reconciliation, 521 N Broadway, Nyack, New York 10960
Contact: Sister Hope Altkin, 845 358 4601 ext. 32
shaltkin@forusa.org

Peekskill Summer Activities

Peekskill is a friendly town, and there’s lots to do if you’re looking for summer activities. Here are a few we think are worth a mention:

  • Hike or bike the Blue Mountain Reservation
    This 1,538-acre park right in Peekskill proper features miles of trails for mountain biking, strolling and nature study, and offers challenging hikes to the tops of two large peaks, Mt. Spitzenberg and Blue Mountain.
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  • Take in a summer show or just chill by the water at Riverfront Green Park.  A great place to river watch, check out some cool sculptures, enjoy a picnic or bring the kids to the playground. There are nearby restaurants, bars, delis and an ice cream shop, so you don’t have to trek back to town.
  • Enjoy Peekskill and the Hudson Valley by getting out on the water for a relaxing cruise.
    trinity_1Trinity Cruise Company offers cruises from Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park through the Hudson Highlands.  Check their calendar for their regular schedule and special events such as the monthly Wine Tasting Cruise with Dylan’s Wine Cellar and the Brews & Blues Cruise with Peekskill Brewery growlers.
  • Stop by to watch an evening basketball game or enjoy the spray pool on a hot summer day. Main St. Peekskill.
  • Take a tour of Peekskill points of interest on “Stella” the Peekskill Trolly.
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Sunset, Drinks and Dinner on the Hudson

Like wine?
Like being on a boat?
Like the mighty Hudson?

On Friday June 19th, you can enjoy all three together.

This year’s first Wine Tasting Cruise starts at 7 pm. Dylan’s Wine Cellar partners up with Trinity Cruises for a monthly sunset cruise all summer long. Food pairings with Italian cuisine from Taormina Restaurant. Click here for more information.

Public Workshop for Peekskill Local Waterfront Revitalization Program

pwrwPeekskill’s Waterfront Advisory Committee is holding a public workshop on potential projects for the Peekskill waterfront. This is an opportunity to get your voice heard, learn about the process and help the Waterfront Advisory Committee build upon the many new developments that have occurred in the waterfront area in recent years.

This workshop follows a public workshop that was held in March identifying a vision for the waterfront and educating the public about key issues and opportunities that the LWRP needed to address.

The City of Peekskill is in the process of updating its Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). The LWRP is a plan that is prepared by a Waterfront Advisory Committee made up of local residents, business owners and civic leaders, with the assistance of City staff and a team of planning consultants. Although the Committee prepares the LWRP with public input, the Common Council has the ultimate responsibility for adopting the plan.

Since the March workshop, the Committee has used public input, technical analysis and conversations with City staff and the City Council to come up with a list of potential projects, policies and land use recommendations that will benefit the Peekskill waterfront. The next step is to present these potential projects to the public for your input, comment and additional ideas.

When: Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 7 PM to 9 PM
Where:  Nutrition Room at the Neighborhood Center (4 Nelson Avenue, Peekskill).

Please share with your friends, neighbors, colleagues or anyone who may have an interest in the future of Peekskill’s waterfront.

For more information, please visit the website for the City of Peekskill LWRP.

March meeting summary

If you can’t attend on the 16th, the meeting materials will be posted to the City’s LWRP website along with a link to send comments.

Keep Your Hudson Clean!

Sick of finding junk along the shores?
Done with kayaking through patches of garbage?
Tired of taking creepy looking objects from your dog when walking along the riverfront?

Well, this Saturday, May 9th, you can do something about it!

Riverkeeper is having a River Sweep event all along the Hudson Estuary* from New York City all the way to Albany. There is still time to sign up!
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*(Fun Fact: The Hudson is actually a tidal estuary, not a river, at least as far north as Troy, NY. Same goes fot the East and Harlem Rivers.)