I am straight from suburbian Ohio, trapped 20 minutes from Cleveland to my right, and 20 minutes from crops and horses on my left. We have a community pool and every fifth house or so look exactly the same from the outside. Neighborhood kids play outside together and all your neighbors are invited to your graduation party. But, at the same time there are three Starbucks in a square mile radius of our mall and my high school had at least 500 more students than Nyack College. Honestly that fact really hit me once I got there, but I was also so excited at the prospect of getting to really know many of the students here. I grew up stuck in the middle of this big town with lots of kind people and smack dab in the middle of city and farm ville. So was my life in suburban, northeast Ohio; not being able to identify with the people of Cleveland or the corn farmers.
Nyack exposed me to new ways of living with its honest, artsy town vibe as well as the nearness of the Big Apple. Of course New York City is full of wonder and excitement, but for me, I was not made for that all of the time. But, with living in Nyack I don’t have to choose between the two. I believe most would describe the quaint little cluster of local businesses on main street in downtown Nyack as the perfect picture of small town America. Students, children, and family alike stroll down these streets supporting the many free standing stores and restaurants. Popping in and out of the many shops and conversing with their community, I love this village. It is a place where one can find custom goods, fair trade coffee, and friendly shop owners who live in the area. And, just down the street lay the Hudson River in all its beauty to be seen from its aligning parks. It truly is a gorgeous and unique town to live in. I love being able to show it off to friends and family whenever they come for a visit. It is a town that I’m proud to live in and feel very blessed to be apart of. Honestly though it’s worth the trip to come see it for yourself. I plan on shedding even more light on it in my next few entries as well in hopes to share with your this small town with its great community.