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Nyack Farmers Market Opens Today!

The Nyack Farmers Market kicked off its outdoor season today. On hand for the ribbon cutting ceremony was Village of Nyack Mayor-Jen White, Orangetown Supervisor – Andy Stewart, Artist in Residence – Bill Batson and Chamber Board Member – Roger Cohen. 2014 Nyack Farmers Market Ribbon Cutting photo DSC_0017_zps0964d3b4.jpg


The market will be open every Thursday from 8am – 2pm until December. It features fresh produce…breads, pies, cookies, cheese, grass-fed beef, flowers, ice cream…honey and eggs, as well as weekly live performances and kids activities.

For more information about Chamber activities and/or about joining The Chamber, go to or contact the Chamber at 845-353-2221.

Nyack Featured in CBS New York

Nyack was recently featured on CBS New York when WLNY’s Toni Senecal took a culinary adventure in Nyack. She stopped in at The Hudson House for some incredible pastrami cured short ribs and checked out the latest exhibit at the Edward Hopper House


There are many restaurants in Nyack taking part in the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The promotions run from March 10 through March 23, 2014


Late Night Business Association Formed under Nyack Chamber

NYACK, NY – March 13, 2014 – The Nyack Chamber of Commerce is launching a new program aimed at addressing issues within the Village of Nyack related to the busy late night businesses in downtown Nyack. The Beautify Nyack program will be sponsored and administered by The Nyack Pour House, a Chamber member, and will provide merchants in Nyack with a hotline number to call to report issues. In addition, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce has formed a business owner group called the Late Night Business Association to advocate for and address issues facing those businesses.

Nyack_Late_Night_Business_ZoneThe Beautify Nyack program will commence on Friday, March 14th. Businesses within the designated Late Night Business Zone will be able to call the hotline number (845) 727-POUR to report any issues to the LNBA. The Late Night Business Zone runs from Franklin to Broadway along Main Street. (See map for the exact area.) The hotline will accept calls between 11am- 7pm, 365 days per year except for Christmas and Easter morning. The Nyack Pour House will address issues on a first-come, first-served basis during that time.

“Nyack’s late night businesses are part of the economic backbone of the Village and help make Nyack the place to be, night or day,” said Scott Baird, president of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. “We commend The Pour House for stepping up to help make Nyack better for its citizens, business owners and patrons.”

Late night businesses contribute hundreds of jobs and bring thousands of people to the Village each year. The Late Night Business Association (LNBA) consists of more than 30 businesses representing bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as  transportation services, marketing and printing services, convenience stores, filling stations and hotels. These businesses:

  • Provide jobs for more than 300 part-time and full-time workers, half of whom live in Nyack
  • Employ more than 200 contractors (DJs, bands, artists, karoke, etc.), more than half of whom live in Nyack and Rockland County
  • Support more than 300 charities each year and raised an estimated $150,000 for those charities in 2013
  • Donate more than 3,500 employee hours towards charitable causes each year
  • Attract more than 500,000 people to Nyack each year

“We are committed to helping Nyack, and want to see it succeed today and in the future,” said Sean Spicer, co-owner of The Pour House. “We are happy to reach out beyond our store front boundary to help keep the Village clean for our residents, customers, and fellow business owners.”

In addition to the Beautify Nyack program, The Nyack Pour House is sponsoring  seasonal community-wide clean up events in the Village in conjunction with Keep Rockland Beautiful. Citizens who would like to lend a hand in keeping Nyack beautiful, those in need of community service hours and others can volunteer for these events, which will be held in spring, summer, fall and winter.

The first event will take place on April 26th as part of the Nyack Community Clean Up which is part of the Keep America Beautiful Campaign. Volunteers will meet at the Nyack Center between 9am and 11am to be given their assigned area. The Pour House will be donating gloves to the volunteers and light refreshments. Anyone interested in volunteering please sign up at

About the Nyack Chamber of Commerce:

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce has been serving the business community of Nyack for more than 55 years. Our mission is to foster trade and commerce in Nyack by promoting the interests of the business community and nurturing strong relationships with the government and residents of the Village.  The Nyack Chamber of Commerce runs many Village-wide activities that benefit both the business and residential communities including the SpringFest and SeptemberFest street fairs, the Halloween Parade, annual Holiday Lights tree lighting event and Classic Car Night. We also run the highly successful indoor and outdoor Farmers’ Markets throughout the year. For more information, please go to

Nyack Hospital Shares Plans for New Emergency Department at Chamber Event

The Nyack Chamber of Commerce and Nyack Hospital will jointly host an “After Hours” networking event at the hospital on Tuesday, June 11. David Freed, DHA, President and CEO of Nyack Hospital, will discuss the organization’s plans for a new emergency department.

The event will be held from 6:00 to 7:30 pm in the Krutz Auditorium at Nyack Hospital, located at 160 North Midland Avenue in Nyack. Guests should enter through the main entrance and check in at the front desk. Light fare and refreshments will be served.

“It is our pleasure to host the After Hours event for the Nyack Chamber of Commerce. We appreciate the opportunity to welcome our local business members into the Hospital and share our exciting future plans for Nyack Hospital’s Emergency Department,” said Freed.

“Nyack Hospital is an anchor in our community,” added Scott Baird, President of the Nyack Chamber. “We’re proud to have a health care facility of such high caliber for residents, for neighbors and for businesses interested in investing in Nyack. The new Emergency Department will be a valuable addition to this key resource.”

Serving Nyack businesses for more than 55 years, the Nyack Chamber is dedicated to the mission of bringing customers to local businesses, vitalizing the business district, and building a thriving community for work, play and quality of life. To learn more about Chamber activities and about joining the Chamber, go to or contact the Chamber at 845-353-2221.

Nyack Chamber of Commerce Logo Design Contest

Click here to download a pdf of the logo design brief and contest rules. 

Nyack Chamber Announces Logo Redesign Contest  

$300 Cash Prize To Be Awarded For the Chosen Design

Contestants Should Submit Designs to the Chamber by May 3, 2013

NYACK, NY, April 22, 2013 — The Nyack Chamber of Commerce is inviting artists from Nyack and the surrounding community to participate in a contest to design a new logo for the Chamber. A $300 cash prize will be awarded for the design that best represents the Chamber and its mission.  Contestants should submit their logo designs to the Chamber by 5:00pm EST, Friday, May 3 via email to Design specifications and other contest details are posted on the Chamber’s website at The prize will be awarded on May 14 at the Chamber’s After Hours event.

The Chamber is looking for an emblem-type logo that will represent the Chamber’s “pro-business, pro-member, pro-Nyack” mission and create a strong, memorable impression with local businesses, visitors and the broader community. The new logo will be used in all of the Chamber’s communication and marketing programs ? including print media (letterhead, business cards, brochures), online media (web advertising, e-newsletters, the Chamber website), merchandise (mugs, t-shirts), signage (posters, banners) and television.

“The Chamber has been serving the Nyack Business Community for 55 years with the mission of bringing customers to local businesses, fostering a sense of community, vitalizing the business district, and advocating on behalf of Nyack businesses,” said Scott Baird, Chamber President. “Our vision for Nyack is a thriving business district centered around an eclectic mix of exciting, funky and creative services, retail stores, shops, performance venues, bars and restaurants. We want a logo that will capture and convey that positive energy.”

A subcommittee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors will judge submissions anonymously and select the top three designs. These designs will be voted on by the full Board and the top design chosen. If no design is selected from the submissions received, the Chamber Board reserves the right to open up the design contest to a broader audience via an alternative venue.  In this event, the Chamber will make an official announcement and will direct interested participants to the new venue to re-enter their designs.

The contest rules stipulate that each contestant will grant the Chamber the right to use and display submitted material without compensation during the course of the contest. The winning design and all related materials, texts, graphics and files will become the sole property of the Chamber immediately upon determination and announcement of the winner.

Interested designers should go to the contest page on the Chamber’s website at   For information about Chamber activities and about joining, go to or call 845-353-2221.

Click here to download a pdf of the logo design brief and contest rules.



Nyack Chamber Board of Directors Contacts

Scott Baird, President

Nancy Phillips, Vice President, Marketing

Earth Day Nyack, April 21, 2013

The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a sponsor of Earth Day Nyack, happening April 21, 2013, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, in Nyack’s Memorial Park.

Earth Day Nyack will be a celebration held at Memorial Park on April 21, 2013 from 12:00-5:00 pm.  All proceeds will benefit the Park Conservancy and the Children’s Garden. Activities for the day include craft tables, farmers market vendors, local artisans, live entertainment, educational tables, group games, and a community tile project.

It is free and open to the public.

The first 200 people to stop by the Vincent’s Ear booth will receive one goodie bag per family.

Nyack Merchants are invited to participate in several ways:

  • Post an Earth Day Nyack flyer in your business;
  • Provide 200 coupons to be placed in giveaway canvas bags provided by Stop n Shop.  The first 200 people who stop by the Vincent’s Ear booth the day of the event will receive these;
  • Provide candies or pencils or other small items to go in the bags;
  • Have a vendor table (Earth Day Nyack Vendor Application)
  • Provide a raffle price.

Please contact Melody Partrick, Recreation Director for the Village of Nyack, for more information at

All proceeds from the day of the event will benefit the Park Conservancy at Memorial Park in Nyack.

Thank you for being a part of the great community event.

Nyack Map & Guide 2013 — Reserve Your Ad Today!

View downloadable rate card and specs                     View downloadable contract

Before there was a Streetscape Project, there was The Chamber’s Guidebook to The Nyacks, the most requested publication representing this area.

The internet arrived, times changed, and The Chamber ceased publication of the Guidebook in 2008…but we still get requests for it from local real estate firms and merchants because they found it so valuable to promote Nyack.

In response, former Chamber Board members Gina Cambre and Carlo Pellegrini have shepherded The Map Project to fruition over the past three years.

As Streetscape and the Nyack Marketing Association complete their beautifying and branding programs, The Chamber brings you a key to unlock revenue from new and returning visitors to your shops…and our Village.

The Chamber is funding this project. Your advertising dollars cover only the costs of the printing.

The Map design team consists of  Kris Burns, Bill Batson and Loraine Machlin – each a local Nyack resident and artist. Kris and Bill are leading the advertising sales team as well. Who better than the designers and artists to explain the project to you?

We believe you will be very pleased with The Map and Guide to Nyack. Please be generous with your ad dollars and support this effort to promote Nyack to the visitors who make your cash registers go ka-ching!

Click here to download the advertising contract

Click here to download the rate card and specs

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: “Nyack — Art & Soul on the Hudson” — What’s Up With Those Banners?

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

If you’ve noticed the vibrant new banners popping up on lamp posts along Main and Broadway in the heart of town, you may well wonder: “What’s the story behind those banners?”

It’s actually a great story – a story about local merchants, service professionals, creative talent and civic-minded individuals working together to help get the word out about the very special blend of experiences Nyack has to offer visitors and residents alike.

In short, it’s a story about Nyack.

It all began in 2012, when five civic organizations — Nyack Hospital, The Nyack Library, the Art, Crafts & Antiques Dealers Association (ACADA), Friends of the Nyacks, and the Nyack Chamber of Commerce  — got together and decided it was time to join forces and build a marketing program for Nyack. We pooled our resources and hired a marketing professional to help us get started.

Our first step was to create a “brand” that would capture the essence of Nyack — colors, words and images that express the unique character and richness of our distinctive village… from our local artist community, to our hip music and theater scene, to our thriving night life, elegant eateries and eclectic boutiques. After many months of brainstorming, three focus groups involving the local community, revisions and reworking, the group of five organizations introduced the new Nyack brand in August of 2012.

“Nyack – Art & Soul on the Hudson” now gives us, in a nutshell, a way to “sell” our village to businesses, customers, tourists, students and potential residents —  in short, a compelling message to any and all who might come to or invest in Nyack.

So hanging banners was just the first step. As the program moves forward, the Nyack Marketing Association (as we’ve come to call the original coalition of five groups), is offering sponsorships on the banners. For a fee, local businesses and community groups can use the banners to advertise their services and events. The sponsorship revenue is then consolidated in a dedicated fund that will be used solely to advertise Nyack in local newspapers, magazines and websites, as well as on the radio and the Internet.

In this way, the Nyack Marketing Association and its new program have brought together the efforts of our merchants, civic groups and service institutions to create a powerful new way to increase interest in Nyack and expand commerce for our many businesses and community organizations. It’s about Nyack, for Nyack…and just another example of the creative “mix” what makes our village special.

If you’d like to sponsor a banner, use the new Nyack brand in your advertising, or just give us a hand with future marketing efforts, please send me an email. Together, we are stronger.

Scott Baird is President of the Nyack Chamber of Commerce and is a Commercial Realtor with Rand Commercial Services.

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee Press Event at Nyack Farmers’ Market 2/7/13

***Media Advisory***

Thursday, February 7th, 11am

Nyack Winter Farmers’ Market

58 Depew Avenue, Nyack


 Jaffee to Chair Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm, Nutrition Policy

Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee

(Albany, NY )– A press conference to announce Assemblywoman Ellen Jaffee’s (D-Rockland) appointment as Chair of the New York State Assembly Task Force on Food, Farm and Nutrition Policy will take place at The Nyack Winter Farmers’ Market, on Thursday, February 7th, at 11am.

Rockland food, farm, and nutrition advocates will be joining Assemblywoman Jaffee in support of her commitment to nourish children, families, and communities, especially those that are underserved, with healthy, safe, sustainable food grown on local farms in New York State.


WHAT: Press Conference to Announce Jaffee Appointment

WHEN: Thursday, February 7th, 11 am

WHERE: Nyack Center Winter Farmer’s Market, 58 Depew Avenue, Nyack


  • Marion Oswald-Breland, Director, Haverstraw Center
  • Michelle Kleinman, Public Health Nutritionist, Rockland County Department of Health, Division of Health Promotion and Education
  • Jen Laird-White, Nyack Mayor
  • John McDowell, President, Rockland Farm Alliance,
  • Nathan Mungin, Executive Director, Martin Luther King, Multi-Purpose Center
  • Diane Rivera, Executive Director , West Street Childcare Learning Center
  • Ouida Toutebon, Executive Director, Headstart of Rockland
  • Paul Trader, Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rockland
  • Jane Brown, Executive Director, Childcare Resources of Rockland
  • Julia Della Croce, Writer, Journalist, Cookbook Author, Culinary Educator
  • Joan Gussow, Professor, Author, Food Policy Expert