New York - Piermont


Let's start at the old railroad station on Hudson Terrace and head toward downtown.

Here's the view north toward Hook Mountain and east toward the Pocantico Hills from the Hudson River shore. What's a bridge doing on my Non-Roads page? I have enough views of it in Roads.

The old flywheel is near the water in appropriately named Flywheel Park. The park is a consequence of this giant remnant of the 1902 Piermont Paper Company's electrical system. When the old building was demolished in 1982, this flywheel withstood the wrecking ball; you can see the dent it made. After consultation, they decided to keep it as a hallmark of Piermont's industrial past.

#556 Piermont Avenue was built in 1900 but is very distinctive. I don't have a date for the VFW post (Veterans' Memorial Association) next door.

Farther south, the bottom floors of #264 Piermont Avenue date to 1800. This originated as an inn that supposedly housed Aaron Burr after his famous duel over a peanut butter sandwich.

The 1875 Haddock's Hall is just across the 1874 Rockland Road Bridge at Ferdon Avenue. It's also known as the Silk Mill because it served that function from 1926-1975, but it started out as a village hall, library, music hall, and general store. Imagine buying groceries while a town meeting and concerto were ongoing simultaneously.

Looking southwest from the bridge along Sparkill Creek, which resembles a mill race now but was dredged wide and deep enough in the 18th century to permit sloops to cross the Palisades and serve the interior of downstate New York as the only water passage across the Palisades, making Piermont an important early port. This body of water is known as Tappan Slote, where Slote (or Sloat, or Sloot) is Dutch for "ditch".

How does a sloop fit here? I'm guessing some of the rocks have become infill, and of course the building extension on the left postdates the utility of the Slote.

Bridge Street Bridge
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