West Nyack

West Nyack is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Rockland County, New York, United States. The population was 3,282 at the 2000 census.

The community of West Nyack is in south part of the Town of Clarkstown. The Palisades Center Mall is located along Route 59, Route 303 and the New York State Thruway (I-87 and I-287), exit 12. It also includes Clarkstown Senior High School South.

  • Strawtown Elementary School
    • No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon Award - Winner (2007). Fifteen other schools in the state of New York were chosen among 287 schools in the United States which demostrated academic excellence. Past winner of the Blue Ribbon Award in Rockland County include Liberty Elementary School - (2000) in hamlet of Valley Cottage.


  1. Geography
  2. Infamous Accident
  3. Demographics
  4. Historical Markers
  5. Landmarks and places of Interest
  6. External links

1. Geography

West Nyack is located at 41°5′28″N, 73°58′8″W (41.091096, -73.968785).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.5 km (2.9 mi), all land.


2. Infamous Accident

  • Flag of the United States February, 1902 – a stagecoach-train collision in West Nyack, New York. Eight students returning from a night basketball game in a horse-drawn stagecoach were killed by a train, after getting trapped between manually-operated railroad crossing gates. First train-school vehicle collision in the United States.


3. Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 3,282 people, 1,107 households, and 892 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 435.5/km² (1,125.9/mi²). There were 1,132 housing units at an average density of 150.2/km² (388.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.03% White, 1.98% African American, 0.03% Native American, 7.59% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 1.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.58% of the population.

There were 1,107 households out of which 36.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 6.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 14.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.95 and the average family size was 3.27.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.9 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $98,931, and the median income for a family was $106,576. Males had a median income of $67,326 versus $41,518 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $40,178. About 1.0% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.3% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.


4. Historical Markers

  • Clarksville - West Nyack & Sickletown Roads
  • Clarksville Inn - One Strawtown Road. Built by Thomas Warner in 1840 as a hotel, the blacksmith shop still remains and is used as a retail shop. The Inn now serves as a restaurant, open for dinner seven evenings.
  • Colonial Clarkstown - 135 Strawtown Road

DeClark-Polhemus Mill - Intersection of Germonds, Strawtown & Old Mill Roads

  • Mount Moor African American Cemetery - Off Route 59 at West Nyack Road. "This: Burying ground for Colored people, was deeded on July 7, 1849 by James Benson and Jane Benson his wife to William H. Moor, Stephen Samuels and Isaac Williams, trustees. The cemetery has provided burial space for colored people, including veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World Wars l and ll and the Korean War. The grounds have been maintained since 1940 by the Mount Moor Cemetery Association, Inc."
  • Nyack Turnpike - West Nyack Road & West Nyack Way
  • Old Clarkstown Reformed Church Cemetery - 254 Germonds Road
  • Pye's Corner - Strawtown & Germonds Roads
  • Site of First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of New Hempstead - 254 Germonds Road
  • The Old Parsonage - 106 Strawtown Road
  • Van Houten Fields - Van Houten Fields & Sickletown Roads
  • Washington's Encampment - 134 Strawtown Road
  • West Nyack's Last Horse Trough, West Nyack Free Library,65 Strawtown Road
  • West Nyack's and New York's largest Shopping Center, Palisades Center Mall, Route 59


5. Landmarks and places of Interest

  • Clarkstown Reformed Church - 107 Strawtown Road - Site of First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of New Hempstead (name in reference to many who moved here from Hempstead. L.I.). built 1750-51, replaced 1871 by present Clarkstown Reformed Church, 107 Strawtown Road. Note gravestones inscribed in Dutch and those bearing names of 40 veterans of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 and of the Hill family, which produced three generations of artists and a renowned scientist.
  • DeClark-Polhemus Mill - Remnants still exist on the southwest corner of Strawtown Rd & Germonds Road, West Nyack. The last witchcraft trial in New York State supposedly took place at this gristmill in 1816. Jane (Naut) Kannif, a widow of a Scottish physician, was knowledgeable about herb medicines and was accused of practicing witchcraft. At the mill, Naut was weighed against a large brass-bound Dutch Bible on the large flour balance. Jane outweighed the Bible, was judged innocent and set free. The mill operated into the 20th century to grind flour. The hub of the water wheel still exists as does the dam and mill pond.
  • Mount Moor Cemetery - Mount Moor Cemetery sits in the shadow of the Palisades Center Mall, just north of Route 59. This well kept cemetery is maintained by the Mount Moor Cemetery Association located at 1 Milford Lane, Suffern, New York 10901. Although several stones appear to have been professionally restored, many are too badly worn to read. There are also many field stones often used as burial markers with no inscriptions as well as a plain wooden cross.
  • Philadelphia Toboggan Company - Carousel No. 15, Palisades Center
  • Terneur-Hutton House


6. External links