Archaeological evidence has revealed that Nyack was a favorite fishing spot for Native Americans. Today, Nyack residents can still enjoy catching a fish or two at the Nyack Beach State Park.
Nyack is located on the west side of the Hudson River, less than 20 miles north of Manhattan. Despite its proximity to the bright lights of Manhattan, this village of 6,765 (according to 2010 census data) has a very different atmosphere to the busy streets of New York City. Here you will find good schools, beautiful parks -- including the gorgeous Nyack Beach State Park -- and a whole lot of neighborly spirit. You might come to Nyack for its convenient location and fantastic transport links, but you'll stay for the numerous cultural attractions, including the house of world-famous painter Edward Hopper. Come on down -- there is a lot for you to explore!
Moving to Nyack
Most of the rental properties in Nyack take the form of small to medium-sized rental apartments. There are plenty of studio and 1 bedroom apartments for rent, as well as some more luxurious serviced apartments in small apartment complexes, which can feature two, three, or even four bedrooms. Most properties are well-established, with a few special properties dating back to before the Second World War!
With so many beautiful properties up for grabs, it's hardly surprising that landlords want to know a bit about you before they will agree to let you move in. There are several things that you can do to persuade a would-be landlord that you won't trash their prized pad, such as presenting references from previous landlords attesting to your flawless character -- and to the good behavior of any pets that are tagging along with you. Showing that you are able to pay the rent by presenting some proof of income, as well as proving that you are who you say you are by showing your ID, will also help your case. Expect to go through a credit check in addition to the above. Yes, you know that you are a good, upstanding, credit-worthy citizen, but you can't expect your landlord to take that at face value -- no matter how charming that face might look!
Nyack extends along the west bank of the Hudson River, occupying the area north of the New York State Thruway. As you move through Nyack, you will notice a few small differences in character between the various parts of the village. Here are the main neighborhoods that you need to be aware of when looking to rent an apartment in Nyack, NY.
South Nyack: With plenty of small to medium-sized apartments just waiting for people like you to move in, South Nyack offers plenty to tempt you: easy access to the public library, Nyack hospital, and a range of local eateries that come highly recommended by locals. It's a popular part of town, so don't hang around if you spot an apartment you like!
Upper Nyack: Those people who just love to be outdoors will adore this neighborhood, which extends up to the Nyack Beach State Park -- a prime spot for fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, and picnicking in the summer months, and cross-country skiing in winter. This part of town is more sparsely populated than South Nyack, with plenty of green space between rental properties.
West Nyack: For the most part, Nyack restricts itself to the right-hand side of Highland Avenue, sticking close to the Hudson river. However, there are also a few properties available on the other side of this road. These properties are newer than those in the more densely-populated center of Nyack, being built primarily between 1970 and 1999, and you are also more likely to find a single-family home with a spacious garden here.
Living in Nyack
We bet you want to know how long it's going to take you to get into the heart of NYC if you choose to settle down in Nyack, right? Alright, we'll let you know: it's about a 40-minute drive, taking the Palisades Interstate down the west bank of the Hudson and crossing over into Hudson Heights via the George Washington Bridge.
Now that you know how to get out of Nyack, let's take a look at what there is on offer in the village itself. Among the cultural highlights are the Edward Hopper House, which displays exhibits about Hopper's life and work, as well as exhibitions by the hottest up-and-coming local artists. In the summer, there are open-air jazz concerts in the gardens here, which are a real treat for anyone with a love of this type of music.
Outdoor pursuits are plentiful, with the Nyack Beach State Park right on the doorstep. There are also a number of smaller parks scattered throughout the city, including Memorial Park in the heart of the community. As well as baseball and basketball courts, this park also features a beautiful butterfly garden. Memorial Park plays host to musical events during the summer.
Perhaps you're simply looking for some good places to eat? Well, you're in luck! There is certainly no shortage of tempting eateries, including the Temptations Cafe -- possibly the highlight of Nyack's gastronomical scene. Here you can gorge on homemade ice-cream while enjoying watching the bustle of Main Street go by.
However you like to spend your time, you are sure to find an outlet for your interests in Nyack. Come and see for yourself how you could find your niche in this riverside community.