A hamlet in the southern portion of the Town of Clarkstown, West Nyack is home to one of the largest malls in the country.
The Palisades Center – a shopping, entertainment and dining complex – has four levels of seemingly endless opportunity and adventure. The center is located on Routes 59 and 303, right off the New York State Thruway. Stroll the anchor stores, such as BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Home Depot, Staples, Target, J.C. Penney and Macy’s or walk into many of its boutique shops. Tired of shopping? Go see a film at the IMAX Theatre or AMC Loews cinemas, roll a few games at Lucky Strike Lanes, skating at the Palisades Center Ice Rink or simply settle down for dinner at one of their many places to eat – from higher end dining to food court fare.
Beyond the Palisades Center, there is plenty of commerce and sites around the main thoroughfares of Routes 59 and 303 in West Nyack. The Mount Moor African American Cemetery is off Route 59 at West Nyack Road. The cemetery holds veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II and the Korean War. The Clarksville Inn at 1 Strawtown Road is an old hotel and blacksmith shop built in 1840 that is now a restaurant. While on Strawtown Road, go see the Clarkstown Reformed Church at 107 Strawtown. It is the site of the First Reformed Protestant Dutch Church of New Hempstead, which was built in 1750-51 and replaced by the present church in 1871. Some gravestones are inscribed in Dutch. Others are of veterans of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.
Or, go see a performance, take a class or view an exhibit at the Rockland Center for the Arts, a non-profit cultural center, located at 27 S. Greenbush Road.
West Nyack’s name wasn’t always such. Back in the 1800s, the hamlet was given the names Clarksville and MontMoor. In 1891, it was given the designation of West Nyack. It is located north of Central Nyack, east of Nanuet, west of Upper Nyack and south of Valley Cottage.