In last month’s contest, we challenged readers to locate Indian Rock, a massive boulder that sits on Route 59 in front of a shopping center in the Rockland village of Montebello. The behemoth weighs close to 12,300 tons and is between 800 million and 1.2 billion years old (that’s 6 million years older than the first dinosaur, by the way). Before the colonial period, Native Americans relied on it as a landmark along their trade routes. In 1995, plans to build the shopping strip threatened to destroy it. Local residents rallied, however, and the rock was incorporated into the plaza, which even took the boulder’s name. Hats off to Pat Wendler of Gardiner for being first to pinpoint this supersized stone. Click here to identify a remnant from the heyday of the Valley’s iron industry.
I found your article on Indian Rock very informative. I drive past it so often and did not know the complete history. Thanks for keeping the fringes of the Hudson Valley in the magazine!
This particular rock sits right in the middle of Indian Rock shopping center. Putting in that plaza created a lot of controversy with the local Ramapo Indians, as it is a sacred site to them.
I remember when I was in junior high school, Indian Rock was still in the woods and our class took a trip (we walked) into the woods to examine it.
This huge, beautiful rock is located in the shopping center off of Route 59. Every time I am there I look and admire what was before me.
I received the March issue and was excited to see the piece regarding the restoration of the old theaters (“It’s Showtime”) since I’m involved with Safe Harbors and the Ritz.
I enjoyed your article on the Ritz Theater in Newburgh. Unfortunately, the picture accompanying the story was most depressing. To think of how grand that city looked just 61 years ago almost brought tears to my eyes. My wife and I moved to the town of Newburgh in 1972. By that time, it was a disaster. Not much has changed since then; politicians have failed the city miserably. Over the years, some have tried to elevate it but with limited success. What happened to Newburgh and other once-grand cities in America is a national disgrace.
I am a big fan of Hudson Valley Magazine. I enjoyed reading your article “Fresh, Hot, Delicious Pizza!” (January). But I was surprised you did not seek out a gluten-free pizza. Our area has gotten much better at diagnosing celiac disease, and more places are offering gluten-free options and products.
Had to try one of @HudsonValleyMag’s 8 Best New Restaurants (March), Cinnamon Indian Bistro. Very good lunch buffet.
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