ROCKLAND COUNTY

County Offices
11 New Hampstead Road
New City
845-638-5122
www.co.rockland.ny.us

Chamber of Commerce
One Blue Hill Plaza
Pearl River
845-735-2100
www.rocklandbusiness.org

 

Major Highways
New York State Thruway (I-287/87); Palisades Interstate Parkway; Garden State Parkway.

Proving that good things still come in small packages, Rockland is New York State’s smallest County. Just 176 square miles tucked along the western edge of the Hudson, it is a jewel of prosperous and peaceful living only half an hour from New York City. British and Dutch fur
traders began arriving by the early 17th Century and 100 years later Rockland
was developing into a peaceful farming community as well as a haven for urban dwellers seeking relief from New York’s steamy summers and hectic pace.

 

Economy

Today, Rockland County is removed without being remote. This former summer community with its enviable location and considerable natural resources has drawn a growing number of new businesses and new residents who welcome a retreat from the crowds and noise of the big city.

The county’s transformation from a quiet summer resort into a flourishing suburb began in the mid 1950s, due in part to the opening of the Tappan Zee Bridge. This transportation improvement served to link Rockland County with the world on the eastern side of the Hudson River. As part
of a prime metropolitan area of more than 17 million people, Rockland’s beneficial location between leading markets of New York City, Boston, and the capital city region surrounding Washington, D.C. has attracted business and commerce.

While retaining its idyllic surroundings, Rockland has encouraged the growth of a diverse, broad-based economy which has contributed significantly to its success. The list of Rockland County businesses are a veritable “Who’s Who” of well-known names in the caliber of IBM, Keebler, Sony, and Volkswagen USA. Through a blend of foresight, planning, and careful zoning, many of these companies are located in handsome corporate and industrial parks that are set in beautifully landscaped and natural environments.

 

Transportation

Well-positioned to enjoy good highway access in all directions, Rockland County is situated at a distance from congestion yet remains convenient to major airports. The Palisades Interstate Parkway and New York State Thruway link with other main roads and byways for a scenic and stress-free drive along the Palisades. Excellent rail service is provided by PATH trains to the attractions of Manhattan, and expanded bus lines offer a wide selection of commuter destinations, both to New York City and to key points north. Express bus service link residents of Rockland County to Westchester County for quick and easy access to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal via Metro-North commuter rail.

 

Lifestyle

With the dramatic Palisades and the rolling Hudson River as scenic backdrops, it is no surprise that this region’s natural beauty was the inspiration for a school of painting in the 19th century. Mindful of its natural treasures, Rockland has set aside a generous portion of its total land holdings to preserve forever its hiking, biking and riding trails as well as sparkling lakes and unspoiled wilderness. With 30,000 acres of parks, more than 600 lakes, and the Hudson River, the “great outdoors” in Rockland is true to its name — with virtually endless opportunities for skiing, horseback riding, camping, and fishing. Picking the apples from local orchards, boating, river cruises, and golfing on some of the nation’s finest championship fairways are possible in this diverse area.

For those who think that shopping is the ultimate leisure activity, Rockland offers a dazzling array of retail establishments, many conveniently located along Route 59. Nearly 25 shopping malls are crowned by Nanuet Mall, the largest in the county. New residents can look forward to a quick trip for an exciting night on the town. From simple to sophisticated, variety is always on the menu. The area’s restaurants feature a wide selection of ambiance and cuisines, including French, Bavarian, Italian, and Japanese. Several upscale establishments have been opened by former Manhattan restaurateurs, while others offer dramatic views of the Hudson River. Rockland’s clubs provide after dinner entertainment for every taste, including jazz, blues, rock, comedy, and reggae.

Demonstrating a high regard for the arts, Rockland County has developed cultural resources that include an opera company, a symphony orchestra, a puppet theater, a youth phil­harmonic, and local playhouses. The Morning Music Club awards many scholarships to deserving artists and has been presenting community concerts since 1924. Rock­land’s Center for the Arts also offers exhibitions, courses, workshops, and a summer camp program. Annual special events include the Rockland County Fair and Rockland Fest, an agricultural and crafts festival.

Rockland’s towns and villages boast a quiet lifestyle, superb municipal services, and quality medical care provided by the county’s major hospitals. Supporting the public school system with well-paid staff members and well-funded programs, the county ranks near the top of New York State school systems and provides several local colleges. Rockland County’s housing selection blends elegant Victorians, stately old farmhouses, fine contemporaries, and traditional colonials.
A perfect place to play, live, and work, Rockland County has achieved an ideal balance between a thriving economy and preserving the environment. Welcome to the good life in Rockland County!

 

Clarkstown

Town Hall

845-639-2010
www.town.clarkstown.ny.us

Chamber of Commerce

845-638-1395
www.town.clarkstown.ny.us

Greater Clarkstown includes a number of smaller charming hamlets such as
Upper Nyack, New City, Congers, West Nyack, and Valley Cottage. With a scenic backdrop of sparkling lakes and towering mountains, this lively suburb along the Hudson River blends residential sections with intimate shopping areas. Clarkstown not only leads the county in commercial floor space, the hamlet of Nanuet is home to one of the county’s major shopping malls. Rich in opportunity, the Clarkstown area encompasses the village of West Nyack with the popular Rockland Center for the Arts. Housing options are both diverse and attractive, harmonizing a mix of traditional and contemporary architectural styles for a full range of lifestyle choices. In addition to local supervised recreational programs, Clarkstown offers playgrounds, tennis courts, swimming pools, sparkling lakes, ball fields and sports teams. Nearby state and county parks add to the abundance of recreational opportunities.

 

Haverstraw

Town Hall

845-429-2200
www.townofhaverstraw.us

Chamber of Commerce

845-947-5646
https://www.northrocklandchamber.org

Encompassing the fine communities of Pomona, West Haverstraw, Garnerville, and Thiells, Haverstraw Township claims a hilly terrain with areas of undeveloped land. The recreational facilities include the premier Haverstraw Marina, boasting a swim and tennis club. The recent addition of Bowline Park adds another lush area to the first-rate facilities for recreation. Many of the stately homes and townhouses in Haverstraw are older, although modern construction and contemporary styling are available in the village of Pomona. The village business district offers small stores and businesses in and around Main Street. Mass transit services include bus service to New York City as well as inter-county and local routes. An abundance of scenic lakes encourage water sports.

 

New City Hamlet

Town Hall

845-639-2010
www.town.clarkstown.ny.us
Chamber of Commerce
845-638-1395
www.town.clarkstown.ny.us

Although New City is a hamlet in the Clarkstown area, it serves as the Rockland County seat, boasts a sizeable population, and is one of the largest communities in the county. New City claims a large population of commuters to Manhattan, due in part to its location but enhanced by easy highway access and express buses. This residential community supports a metropolitan center that serves as home to several of the county government administration offices and a business district. Attractive retail centers, a well-respected school system, and scenic natural beauty in nearby state and county parks are all part of New City’s appeal to new residents.

Playgrounds, tennis courts, sparkling lakes, swimming pools, ball fields, and league sports teams are complemented by a wide range of supervised recreation programs that appeal to all ages. Area parks ensure many opportunities for outdoor fun, from miles of hiking trails to lakes that are ideal for fishing, and lush wooded sites for relaxing camping trips.

 

Orangetown

Town Hall

845-359-5100
www.orangetown.com
Chamber of Commerce
845-353-2221
www.orangetown.com

Greater Orangetown encompasses the communities of Grandview, Nyack, South Nyack, Piermont, Pearl River, Orangeburg, Tappan, Blauvelt, and Sparkill. Focused on economic growth and development, Orangetown provides attractive corporate centers and industrial parks. Known for a progressive attitude toward new business, the area has become the headquarters of several major national and international companies. As encouraging to education as it is to industry, the region now boasts six colleges. Orangetown’s villages of Nyack and Piermont, situated on the Hudson River, make an ideal destination for a weekend getaway. Visitors enjoy fine art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, and bookstores. Commuter rail to New York City enhances livability and recreation is diverse.

 

Ramapo

Town Hall

845-357-5100
www.ramapo.org
Chamber of Commerce
201-529-5566
www.mahwah.com

Including the friendly communities of Chestnut Ridge, New Hempstead, Hillburn, Hillcrest, Sloatsburg, Spring Valley, New Square, Montebello, Pomona, Suffern, and Wesley Hills—Ramapo is distinguished as the largest town in Rockland County. The community also provides very convenient commuter access. Newcomers to Ramapo Township will discover a wide variety of housing styles. Many homes in this area are set on lush half-acre lots or even larger, adding to the picturesque quality of the residential neighborhoods. Pierson Lakes offers luxury custom homes on sprawling estate properties. Each one of the villages and communities within Ramapo adds to the quality of life and claims a unique and distinctive personality. For example, the Village of Suffern is known for its variety of fine restaurants. Nearly 570 acres of parks, golf courses, sports fields and courts, a swimming pool, playgrounds, and trails for biking and hiking ensure four-season opportunities for outdoor enjoyment.

 

Stony Point

Town Hall
845-786-2716
www.townofstonypoint.org
Chamber of Commerce
845-947-5646
https://www.northrocklandchamber.org

Encompassing the smaller community of Tomkins Cove, Stony Point is known for its historic monuments, recreation sites, rocky terrain, and rustic quality of lifestyle. As a less populated area, it features several lush parks and lake communities. The town has experienced a relatively new industrial development wave that has stabilized the local economy while it has lowered taxes. Nevertheless, much of the Stony Point area has managed to preserve its picturesque, natural setting. Over the past decade, Stony Point has experienced a surge of upscale residential development. The region has a great deal to offer in recreational amenities and lifestyle. More than 140 acres of well-equipped local parks combine with close proximity to Bear Mountain State Park for a diversity of recreational opportunities.

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