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Living in Haverstraw, NY
The town of Haverstaw, NY, located in Rockland County to the west of the Hudson River, is rich with history and has become an ideal residence for families looking for easy access to New York City. Founded by Dutch settlers in 1666, Haverstraw was a prime location for many important and even notorious Revolutionary War engagements. With a population of just over 37,000 and an area of over 27 square miles, Haverstraw offers its residents a relaxed atmosphere with all the modern conveniences. The town is comprised of three villages, including the village of Haverstraw, West Haverstraw and a portion of the village of Pomona, as well as several hamlets.
A Few Fun Facts About Haverstraw, NY
- In 1780, Benedict Arnold, the notorious Revolutionary War traitor, conducted secret negotiations with British emissary Major Andre in what has now become known at Treason House.
- Due to its flourishing brickmaking industry, Haverstraw was nicknamed the “Brickmaking Capitol of the World” near the turn of the 20th century.
- In 1920, Babe Ruth, legendary outfielder for the New York Yankees, spent time in Haverstraw to film the movie Heading Home.
- George M. Cohan, the King of Modern Broadway” had his debut in a theater in Haverstraw Village.
Haverstraw meets the Hudson River at its widest point, and offers ferry service to the NYC metro area. Bus lines and a direct train to Grand Central Station are also conveniently located in town. Residents enjoy a vibrant and active community with a focus on recreational development and an appreciation for arts and culture. Haverstraw hosts open air concerts, dancing events, an annual fireworks display, numerous athletic events and a variety of artistic and cultural festivals that showcase regional talent and ethnic heritage. And families with children will love the active youth board which encourages development through a series of enrichment activities and the opportunity to attend shows, exhibits and other cultural events in New York City.