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Visit Peekskill

  |   May 2, 2017  |  Comment

Perched on its own little bay at the north end of Westchester County and the southern end of the Hudson Highlands, Peekskill is well-positioned to partake of the best of downstate and the best of upstate; it’s where the utilitarian suburbs end and the artsy, character-driven and distinctive towns of the Hudson Valley begin. The Continental Army headquartered here, in what was already a bustling river town, before it moved to West Point. The view across the bay to Bear Mountain is incomparable.

Towards the close of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, Peekskill made the wise and wonderful choice of emphasizing and encouraging the arts, claiming culture as its primary economic engine and raison d’etre. A cooperative consisting of 28 live-work lofts helped bring about critical mass; an already thriving arts association and a landmark theatre meant that those artists—and many more—felt both welcomed and amused.

The result, as you might expect, is a wonderful place to spend time.  A little less than an hour on the Metro-North and you’re deposited steps from a waterfront crafted by Scenic Hudson, with a boardwalk, hiking trails and river access; Phase Two of the meticulously crafted waterfront plan, the Southern Waterfront Park and Trailway, opened in spring 2016 to rave reviews. At cityofpeekskill.com, you’ll find an extensive digital visitor’s guide complete with map.

Speaking of rave reviews, Paramount Hudson Valley keeps the town pumped full of juicy live entertainment, from standup comedy to nationally renowned music and dance. Built as state-of-the-art in 1930 right down to its giant Wurlitzer, the theater was rescued and refurbished.

In a British pub frame of mind? Check out McDonald & Peacock Cider House for some Bubble and Squeak. The Irish get their due across the street at the Quiet Man Public House, serving Guinness and Irish Nachos. Or perhaps a latte at Peekskill Coffee House is more your speed. You’re unlikely to run out of new treats to try: Peekskill offers cuisines like Ecuadorian and Guatemalan along with Italian, Caribbean, Asian and offerings. There’s even a British-inspired tearoom, Kathleen’s.

Ogle works from around the world at the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, or get some magic to take home at galleries like the Flat Iron and the Driftwood. Find eclectic everything at the Peekskill Flea Market, and vintage at The Coop and Past and Present. Find books and music at the Bruised Apple, the Field Library Bookstore, and Latin American-themed Patricio Records.

Above: Dionne Warwick performing at Paramount Hudson Valley. Photo by Mickey Deneher.

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