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Mostly Music 2013 Schedule Announced

Sponsored by Friends of The Nyacks, Mostly Music concerts are free to all and take place in Nyack’s Memorial Park each Tuesday night through August 13.

It’s a great night for packing up a picnic dinner, grabbing the family, a few lawn chairs, or a blanket and heading down to Memorial Park to enjoy the summer evening with your community. The pleasant and diverse sounds of the musical performers, along with the laughter of the playing children and the sounds of lively conversation, make for a great evening.

All concert events are FREE to the public but donations for funding these and future Friends of the Nyacks’ Mostly Music concerts events are appreciated. The concerts are made possible by the hard working volunteer efforts of just a few devoted Nyackers. New volunteers who can spare a few hours to help with these great concerts are always welcome.

In the event of inclement weather, please call (845) 358-4973.



7/2 • John Malino Band
Special Guests Lezlee Peterzell & Alison Goggins

7/9 • Stevan Swann

7/16 • String Quartet & Brass Quintet Location (TBA)

7/23 • Myra Casales & the Coco Mammas Rockland County Jazz & Blues Society week

7/30 • Cover-Up Band



8/6 • Frankie D. & the Boys

8/13 • Giscar Smith & Lanbassa & Paul Roach & the Young Lions

Art Walk 2013: June 14, 15, 16

The Merchants’ Committee of Friends of the Nyacks is proud to announce ART WALK 2013.

This year’s theme is “MOTHER NATURE – HER BEAUTY & HER WRATH” and marks the 8th year of the event in the Village. Much has happened to our lives in the past year. Some of those events had been most beautiful while others ended in catastrophes. Mother Nature has always shown us her softer
side–majestic, amazing–and her powerful side–devastating and reckless. But…all the while ever inspiring.

“Summer Snow.” by Nyack’s artistic photographer Sean Jones, beautifully captures the theme of Art Walk. With the aide of form, light, color and geometry, Sean aims to visually entice the viewer to slow down and fully experience the moment. Signed and numbered posters, as well as the original, will be available at p.ross, 89 Main Street, Nyack. The cost for a poster is $50.

All of our artists this year artist will create a piece expressing their interpretation of our theme, and, along with their other works, will highlight these pieces in their assigned venues.

Our first interactive exhibit “Shell We Art?” by Bill Rauschenberg, of Upper Nyack, will take place on the lawn of First Reformed Church corner of Broadway and Burd on Saturday, June 15, every hour starting at 1pm and ending at 5pm. Rauschenberg’s “Art Machine” explores the definition, boundaries, and point of view of what makes something “art.” This unique art explosion will allow you to enjoy the surprise of creation and ponder the question…”Is it or isn’t it Art?”

ART WALK creates an enjoyable atmosphere where stores are turned into mini art galleries with the artists in residence. Stroll up and down the streets of Nyack, view and/or purchase the works by these wonderfully talented artists. Shop in the stores, eat, drink and enjoy the beauty and richness that is the Village of Nyack.

There will be free parking all day/evening Saturday, June 15th in the big parking lot behind the Riverspace Theatre on Artopee Way thanks to the generosity of the Mayor and the Nyack Village Board.

For more information visit: call Paulette Ross @ p.ross 845-348-1767 or visit

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, March 11 – 24, 2013

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
kicks off Monday, March 11th. For two weeks you’ll be able to sample delicious prix-fixe menus at our area’s top restaurants.

Lunch: $20.95

Dinner: $29.95

Chamber members Hudson House, Olive’s and Sour Kraut are participating. Click the links to view their restaurant week menus, then click here to reserve a table!

 Hudson House of Nyack
134 Main Street
Nyack, NY 10960

Olive’s & Sour Kraut
118 Main Street
Nyack, NY 10960


Business Beat: 8 North Broadway

More great food in a place we’ve come to expect it.

8 North Broadway photo 2013-02-26124728_zpsc0960cc7.jpgThere must be good gastronomic karma at 8 North Broadway.  For years, Nyackers knew this place as a great restaurant ? Lu Shane’s.  But for the past few years, we’ve had to walk past that dark, empty space with nostalgia and wonder when someone would move in and create their dream restaurant in Nyack.  Well… the wait is over.  A group of friends has taken over the space and started a great new restaurant known simply as 8 North Broadway.

8 North Broadway opened late last year on December 20, 2012.  With a chic copper bar and beautiful modern design, you can tell:  this place is going to be a big hit.  The chefs ? Constantine Kalandranis and Hichim Habbas ? have worked for some of the biggest names in New York City’s culinary community.  Their Mediterranean menu includes offerings from Greece, Spain, Italy and France.  From sizzling octopus to quail on the plancha to pan roasted rib eye, all of their menu items are exotic and enticing.

Core to the restaurant’s philosophy is to shop local and provide fresh, local food.  The owners are regular supporters of the Nyack Farmers’ Market and now, the Winter Farmers’ Market at the Nyack Center.   Every day, they bring in fresh fish right off the docks ? you never know what you’re going to get!  And here’s something else that’s different at 8 North Broadway: they have six local beers and three local wines…on tap!  So be sure to specify what you’re looking for when you ask for that pint or glass of red.

Nyack is proud to boast yet another destination dining experience.  We hope our friends in Westchester, Connecticut, New Jersey and other towns in Rockland will quickly discover it, come for a meal ? and spend some time in Nyack with us.

Scott Baird is President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is a Commercial Realtor with Rand Commercial Services.  You can reach him at and the Chamber at


Business Beat: Pink Entourage

Business Beat is a monthly column printed in the Nyack Villager. Read past columns online at

Crunchy Glamour

When I asked Agnet Dinger to describe the philosophy of her store, Pink Entourage, she said it is “Crunchy Glamour.” “Oh, like Hollywood and Granola,” I replied. Although my version is not as pithy as hers, I think it conveys the idea. Pink Entourage specializes in making women beautiful — a hair salon, a make-up salon, a fashion boutique, and a party center. The Nyack location opened on November 6th at 7 South Broadway. But Pink Entourage is more than just a pretty face — everything about the store has substance, depth and a fascinating backstory.

Agnet herself has been in the business for 22 years. She learned her craft from her family, who have been in the beauty business for four generations, stretching back to her great-grandfather from Poland.  The cosmetics sold in Pink Entourage are hand-blended and made right in the store. That allows Agnet to match older discontinued colors or create the perfect tint for each complexion. She carries many certified organic lotions, creams, oils and hair care products. Each of her boutique items has a fascinating backstory.  One set of bracelets and necklaces called “Zulugrass” is made by Maasai women of Kenya. The profits from this jewelry feed up to 1200 Kenyans. In addition to makeovers and hair styling by appointment, Pink Entourage also hosts parties — think sweet 16, bridal showers, and girls’ night out.

This was supposed to have been Agnet’s second store, but Hurricane Sandy changed her plans.  The original shop in Piermont – Cibelle (499 Piermont Avenue) — was flooded and has not been able to reopen. Agnet feels lucky to have opened this new location in Nyack, just in the nick of time. We are confident that Nyackers will support Pink Entourage as the latest addition to our vibrant downtown.


Scott Baird is President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is a Commercial Realtor with Rand Commercial Services.  You can reach him at and the Chamber at

M&T Bank Disaster Loan Program

M&T Bank has launched a Disaster Loan Program to assist businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy. The program is available through December 31, 2012.

M and T Disaster Loan Program


Jo Lore, VP and Business Banker

Eats of Eden: Taiim Falafel Shack

“Eats of Eden” is a regular column on Nyack News and Views. Reposted here with permission.


September 19, 2012

by Ali Elkin

Farmers’ Market fans like to think they know their way around a falafel. Zamir Iosepevic is out to prove them wrong.

The Israeli-born lawyer opened Taiim Falafel Shack two years ago in Hastings-on-Hudson where he lives with his family. He now sells his falafel, babaghanouj and ten hummus varieties at the Nyack and Chappaqua Farmers’ Markets.

Iosepevic said he opened the shack after sampling too many sub-par falafels dipped in too much inadequate hummus. He wanted to recreate the informal, street-vendor type experience and authentic product that is ubiquitous in Israel, but difficult to find in the U.S.

The difference, Iosepevic says, is that he uses dried chickpeas that get soaked overnight and no preservatives, creating a product with which Americans are less familiar.

“Our product needs to be consumed within three days of purchase because we do not add any preservatives,” Iosepevic said. “So, it’s not like your grocery store Sabra hummus, which can sit in the fridge for a week.”

Some of the hummus varieties include basil, garlic and tomato, as well as truffle oil and spicy cilantro.

Iosepevic said he’s had some patrons who consider themselves well versed in middle eastern fare say his food tastes different from what they’ve had in the past. He kindly explains that the people who have prepared their food in the past have been using canned chickpeas and mayonnaise.

At his restaurant, Iosepevic nurtures an informal vibe that goes along with the shack experience. This means putting the chaos of the kitchen on full display. Iosepevic said this adds to the authenticity. “It’s an open kitchen, so there’s yelling and screaming,” he said. “We do it the right way.”

The one difference, Iosepevic said, is that in Israel vendors are allowed to “put all the condiments and pickles outside for people to pick.” Local health codes prohibit patrons from assembling their meals on Westchester and Rockland sidewalks. Aside from that, Taiim is meant to be every bit the real deal, even if it’s something unfamiliar to the clientele.



Farmers’ Market Tables Courtesy of Nyack Pour House!

Pour House Lunch Special

Many thanks to Nyack Pour House for providing the tables, chairs and umbrellas you’ve been seeing (and enjoying!) at the Market recently. Pour House carries all of this furniture over to the Market each week and sets it all up for us and we couldn’t be happier.

Be sure to check out their terrific lunch special — $5.99 for soup and salad; $6.99 for sandwich and soup or salad. Tell them Pam sent you!

Nyack Pour House is located at 102 Main Street, just East of the Market.


Friends of the Nyacks Announces September Schedule

Friends of the Nyacks has announced their September schedule.

September 12, 2012 — 7:00pm
John Scott Armchair Walking Tours presents The Architecture of Marshall & Henry Emery
co-sponsored with the Historical Society of the Nyacks
Nyack Library
Registration required: 358-3370 x214

September 13, 2012 — 2:00pm
John Scott Armchair Walking Tours presents The Architecture of Marshall & Henry Emery
co-sponsored with the Historical Society of the Nyacks
Valley Cottage Library, 110 Route 303, Valley Cottage

September 16, 2012 — 2:00pm
Walking Tour—Edward Hopper’s Nyack

September 22, 2012
Deadline for Apple Fest applications for apple pie baking contest
Applications available at p.ross, 89 Main Street, Nyack

September 30, 2012 — 2:00pm
Walking tour—Downtown Nyack

Friends of the Nyacks
PO Box 120
Nyack, NY 10960
(845) 358-4973

Member Maria Luisa Whittingham Hosts Sen. Gillibrand and Rep. Lowey

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep. Nita Lowey push for small-business tax breaks in Nyack boutique visit

by Alex Taylor of the Journal News
August 31, 2012
Read the original article here.
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, and Maria Luisa Whittingham, owner of Maria Luisa Boutique, on Thursday.

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, and Maria Luisa Whittingham, owner of Maria Luisa Boutique, on Thursday. / Melissa Elian/The Journal News

NYACK — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit to Maria Luisa’s Boutique in downtown Nyack on Thursday to push for legislation that would extend tax breaks for small businesses.

Flanked by fellow Democrats including U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey and Nyack Mayor Jen Laird-White, Gillibrand said women-owned small businesses are among the fastest-growing segments of the economy, but start with one-eighth of the capital.

“What we have to do in Congress is create a better environment for which they can grow,” she said at the news conference at 77 S. Broadway.

In addition to tax relief for capital gains on investments in small businesses, the Success Act of 2012 would double from $5,000 to $10,000 existing deductions for startup costs and allow owners to write off up to $500,000 in new equipment purchases.

“These are just good ideas,” Gillibrand said. “I know we can pass this bill hopefully between now and the end of the year to have an impact on our economic growth.”

The women’s clothing and accessories store is owned by Maria Luisa Whittingham, a resident of Upper Nyack who was recently named Woman of the Year by the Rockland Business Women’s Network.

Speaking to The Journal News afterward, Whittingham, who has been in business for 25 years, said the bill could help her brick-and-mortar store expand into online retail.

“Our next step is e-commerce,” she said. “This will make it hopefully possible to invest the way we need to. Computers, servers and such are very expensive.”

Whittingham also noted that New York’s junior senator bought two pairs of Toms shoes, while Lowey shopped for gifts for family members.

“They told me they’re coming back as a group,” she said.

Rockland Economic Development Corp. President Michael DiTullo said the legislation, if passed, would provide a boost for local entrepreneurs and make it easier to build a business.

“Anytime there is legislation that drives down risk for an investor, or an entrepreneur, that’s a good thing,” said DiTullo, one of several Rockland business representatives to attend the event.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, with support from Sen. Olympia Snowe, R-Maine. But it remains unclear whether Congress will pass the bill before November.

Lowey said tax cuts were badly needed because many small-business owners continue to struggle in a stagnant economy. As if to underscore her point, Maria Luisa’s is next-door to several vacant storefronts.

“How could this not be a bipartisan issue in the House?” Lowey said, pointing a finger at congressional Republicans for what she described as obstructionist behavior.

Lowey, D-Harrison, faces Rye Supervisor Joe Carvin, a Republican, in November. The winner will represent the newly redrawn 17th Congressional District, which encompasses Rockland.

Gillibrand is heavily favored to win her re-election bid against Manhattan Republican Wendy Long.