Jenny Coxson: Nyack, New York, USA

Tell us about yourself

Hello! My name is Jenny Coxson. Though I'm originally from Southern California, I moved to Nyack, New York for college. I've been here for about 6 months now. In my spare time I like to craft all sorts of things such as cards, bags, or even sometimes shoes!

What makes your city special?

Nyack is a special place. Since it can be considered a college town, there are people here from all over the world to study making Nyack very diverse in cultures. The town is so charming! There's big old homes that look like they should either be on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens or like a haunted house straight from Hollywood. It's an artsy town right on the harbor of the Hudson River which means a spectacular view. It gives this feeling like inspiration can spark at any moment.

Have you found any “hidden gems” in your city?

There's this one French bakery that has some amazing pastries! I’ve only gotten chocolate cake from there, but it is some of the best chocolate cake I've ever had! They have several other things as well, and the cafe itself is very adorable. It's what you'd expect from a French bakery.

Where is the most fun/popular place to be?

The Palisades Mall. It is the hangout place in Nyack. As one of the largest malls in America, it has everything from shops to restaurants to ice skating to theaters to a ropes course. Yes, there's a ropes course going all the up the middle of the mall. Anything you might want to do on a Friday night, you'd likely find a place in Palisades.

Where do you go to enjoy nature in your city? Any specific outdoor activities you would recommend?

If you're feeling adventurous, I recommend hiking Bear Mountain. I've never gone myself (not yet anyway), but everyone I've talked to loves hiking Bear Mountain. If you're wanting to do something a little more casual, there's a park right on the shore of the Hudson. It's a beautiful park with wide open grass fields, some hills, a playground for the kids, and a gorgeous view of the river and Tappan Zee Bridge, the perfect place for some lawn games or a picnic.

Where can you get the best slice of pizza?

There are two great pizza places in Nyack; Turriello’s and Tarentella’s. The town is split when it comes to deciding which is best. Half will bet their life that Turriello’s is best while the other half will swear on their mother's grave Tarentella’s is better. I guess, you'll just have to try them both and decide for yourself.

What is your most memorable moment since coming to your city?

My most memorable moment would have to be the night of the Lunar Eclipse. It was both a full moon and a lunar eclipse that night, something that doesn't happen all too often. Most people were just going to watch it from their dorms, but a group of us decided it would be awesome to walk down to the pier to see it. There were about 7 of us and we all walked down around 10pm. The town was deserted and glowing orange from the street lamps. When we finally got to the pier, the moon was at its brightest. It has a giant red ball in the sky unlike anything I'd ever seen. I took loads of pictures of both the moon and the night lights reflecting on the water. We stayed for about an hour singing and talking and just admiring the view. It was an epic adventure that night.

If someone only had one day to explore your town, what would you have them do?

I would have them walk the town. No need for a car. Just walk from the top on main street all the way down to the river popping into all the little shops and boutiques along the way. I'd recommend checking out the library too, as its architecture alone is something to marvel. It's an old brick building, but inside are large glass windows that overlook the Hudson River and art pieces scattered throughout.  Then maybe have a picnic in the park if the weather allows. And be sure to have a camera to capture the charm of this town.

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