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Rivertowns Fireworks: Dobbs Ferry, Irvington and Tarrytown

Rivertowns Fireworks
With the 4th of July rapidly approaching, in the Rivertowns of Westchester County NY, here is a quick rundown on what shows can be expected:

Dobbs Ferry will be hosting its fireworks display on July 4th at dark, probably in the vicinity of 9:00 PM. The display will be shot off from the north end of Waterfront Park on the Hudson River. Parking permits are required to park in Waterfront Lot, but those permits must be purchased in advance at village hall. Other than parking, this event is open to the general public. Prior to the show the village is also sponsoring the Thomas Cullen Picnic starting at 3:00 PM, also on the waterfront, parking permits required as well. Entertainment by Joe Rooney. A great way to enjoy a dinner and fireworks show might be at one of the waterfront patios at The Half Moon Restaurant.

The village of Irvington will be having its fireworks show at dark as well, from the north end of Matthiessen Park on the Hudson. This event is limited to Irvington residents for those wishing to enter the park and park passes are required. Parking is never guaranteed for this event, so the best bet might be to park in the village ahead of time and partake in one of the many fine Irvington restaurants for dinner before walking down to the show. Excellent viewing most likely can be also had from Red Hat Restaurant on the Hudson.

The Village of Tarrytown in cooperation with the Village of Sleepy Hollow will have its July 4th fireworks shot off at the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow. The rain date will be July 5. Pierson Park remains under construction and will not be available to the public as a public viewing area. Scenic Hudson RiverWalk Park will be open, as well as Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. The Hudson Harbor property, located just east of the RiverWalk Park and north of West Main Street is not available to the general public for viewing the fireworks. All of the commuter parking lots will be open and available to the public, including the West Main Street commuter parking lot. West Main Street will be closed just west of the West Main Street parking lot. If you can time your reservations correctly, a great viewing spot might be the 2nd floor deck of the Moon River Grill in Sleepy Hollow, overlooking the General Motors property.

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Boating On The Hudson, In The Westchester River Villages

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington, NY

Irvington Boat Club, Irvington NY

As Spring slowly makes its way into the area, the pungent odor of anitfouling paint fills the air in many of the area’s waterfront locales. One of the wonderful things about living in the Westchester County, Hudson River villages, stretching from Hastings-on-Hudson, thru Dobbs Ferry into Irvington and on to Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, is the great direct access we all have to the water. Opportunities abound for river use whether via kayaks, sailboats, powerboats or any other kind of craft you can imagine. Some of us even swim in the Hudson River. Aside from the legalities of launching watercraft from any of the public waterfront park areas, there are also a number of affordable boat clubs and marinas in the Rivertowns that cater to all types of boaters.
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Sleepy Hollow GM Clean Up Meeting Set For March 22

General Motors Tarrytown

Former General Motors plant in Sleepy Hollow NY

According to the Hudson Riverkeeper, the current plan proposed by the Department of Environmental Conservation to clean up the General Motors (GM) site in Sleepy Hollow NY, as well as the Hudson River waters directly adjacent to the abandoned factory property is deficient and the public should get involved before it is too late and the plan is approved and finalized. The possibility exists under the proposed plan that much of the contamination from the manufacturing of cars there for 82 years could remain in place. An important meeting on the subject will be held this coming Thursday March 22 at 7PM at the Village of Sleepy Hollow Senior Center, 55 Elm Street The public is encouraged to attend.
http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/8676.html
The 100 acre site is predominantly a man-made piece of property created using fill, in the area that once consisted of Pocantico Bay and the beginning of the Pocantico River. At one time the entire area was a navigable body of water allowing access by Hudson River sloop all the way up the Pocantico River to the current grist mill restoration, operated by Historic Hudson Valley. The soil used to create the filled in area has become contaminated over the years by toxic heavy metals, solvents and petroleum as has the soil vapor, groundwater and Hudson River sediment. The DEC proposes to simply cap the contaminated areas and dredge a small portion of the Hudson, which would do little to restore the site to the situation most closely resembling the conditions that existed before industrialized uses began occupancy. Capping a brownfield site does nothing to stop the leaching of the contaminants into the Hudson River or other nearby properties. It also runs counter to the current Clean Water Act which seeks to, at some point, make Hudson River fish safe for human consumption and make the Hudson River once again the viable commercial fishing and recreation resource it once was.
For more information on the Hudson Riverkeeper stance see: http://www.riverkeeper.org/campaigns/river-ecology/waterfront-development-review/gm-redevelopment/

Also see:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/08/10/96-waterfront-acres-available-in-sleepy-hollow/
and:
https://dobbsferry-rivertowns.com/2011/11/28/sleepy-hollow-set-for-mercury-cleanup/

2011 4th Quarter RE Market Reports For The Rivertowns

Hastings-on-Hudson RE Market Report

Ardsley Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36693
Dobbs Ferry Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36688
Hastings-on-Hudson Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36689
Irvington Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36690
Sleepy Hollow Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36691
Tarrytown Market Report
http://www.randcenter.com/ext_cmaview.aspx?id=36692

Sleepy Hollow Set For Mercury Cleanup

Map of Affected Properties

Gillette expects to do soil remediation, with respect to mercury contamination, for at least 78 properties in Sleepy Hollow NY, near the old Duracell battery plant. The remediation is not planned until spring 2012 and the work is to start with affected properties located closest to the old plant with work moving outwards from there.
Soil remediation involves taking away old contaminated dirt and replacing it with new dirt. Some landscaping will also be done to return the affected areas as close as possible to their pre-remediation conditions. Approximately 2,000 soil samples were initially taken from 149 properties, in an area bordered on the south by Depeyster Street, on the west by Clinton Street, Barnhard Avenue and Barnhart Park, to the north by Elm Street and to the east by Cortland Street, as well as in the area around the apartment building at 95 Beekman Avenue.
The affected properties showed lead levels of between 0 and 28,000 mg/kg and mercury levels between 0 and 180 mg/kg. The plan is to clean up the mercury to a maximum level of 4.8 mg/kg which is well above the NYS Department of Health maximum threshold of 1.2 mg/kg. However, according to remediation officials, the 4.8 mg/kg level “is well below the exposure levels that may cause health effects in animals or humans“. Mercury levels below that, in the area, can be attributed to other “historic fill” that has been placed there from sources besides Duracell.
There are no plans to clean up the lead to the state mandated maximum level of 400 mg/kg, as it has been determined that the presence of lead, as well, can be attributed to other sources than just the Duracell plant.
More information can be found at:
http://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/images/Documents/Notices/Report.v360011.2011-04-01.PhaseIRIDSR%20R3dDURACELL.pdf

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