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The glorious views of the Hudson Highlands from the City of Peekskill emphasize its strong relationship with the history of the nation. George Washington considered the area a strategic key to the defense of the nation. He established headquarters at the Birdsall House and there, against his better judgment, signed Benedict Arnold's command of West Point. Peekskill was razed twice by the British during the Revolutionary War, and some of the notable sites from that period can still be identified today. From the late 1600s, when Jan Peeck established a trading post on Annsville Creek, Peekskill relied on the Hudson River for its business needs. During the 19th century, the city became a manufacturing center for stoves, plows, hats, and other iron and clothing products. Boats of all descriptions stopped for passengers and cargo as they plied the river from New York to Albany. There are several locations in Peekskill thought to have been associated with the Underground Railroad.

Now in the midst of revitalization, with emphasis shifting to the arts, technology, and our Hudson River waterfront, Peekskill is fortunate to have reclaimed and retained much of the architecture and open space that defined its elegant past.

An Artists' District, a Business Improvement District, and renovation of several sizable buildings are breathing new life into our historic downtown. Pleasant restaurants, galleries, boutique shopping, and a weekly farmers' market entice residents and visitors. The Paramount Center for the Arts provides headline live entertainment and art movies for the entire region.

For more information on the City of Peekskill and to view all the City has to offer, please visit our Web site at www.cityofpeekskill.com or see www.hvgatewaychamber.com

Restaurants

  • Antonio's Pizza, Crossroads Plaza, (914) 739-9090
  • Nonna’s Pizza, Beach Shopping Center, (914) 737-3222
  • Bean Runner Café, 201 South Division Street (914) 737-1701
  • Harbor Restaurant, 5 John Walsh Boulevard, (914) 737-8332
  • Capri I, 362 Washington Street, (914) 737-5590
  • Chola-Cuencana, 1103 Main Street, (914) 737-9041
  • Di Nardo's Trattoria, 418 Washington Street, (914) 737-4445
  • Division Street Grill, 26-28 N. Division Street, (914) 739-6380
  • El Conquistador, 17 Bank Street, (914) 737-1505
  • El Gran Asador Tropical, 904 Main Street, 914-737-0399
  • Emperor's Choice, Beach Shopping Center, (914) 737-1888
  • Henry's on Hudson, Peekskill Motor Inn, 634 Main Sreet. (914) 737-0515
  • Kathleen's Tea Room, 979 Main Street, (914) 734-2520
  • La Herradure Restaurant, 118 North Division Street, (914) 737-2264
  • Los Andes Bakery, 1049 Main Street, (914) 737-7707
  • Mediterraneo Restaurant, 923 South Street, (914) 737-7224
  • Number One Chinese Restaurant, Crossroad Plaza, (914) 737-6449
  • NY Firehouse Grille, 50 Welcher Avenue, (914) 788-0808
  • Pastels Restaurant, Beach Shopping Center (914) 736-1040
  • Peekskill Brewery, 55 Hudson Avenue, (914) 734-2337
  • Peekskill Coffee House, 101 South Division Street, (914) 739-1287
  • Peekskill Diner, 13 Bank Street, (914) 737-7409
  • Precious Garden, 990 Main Street, (914) 737-8611
  • Rainbow Grill, 425 Central Avenue, (914) 737-9658
  • Ravenna Osteria, 1099 North Division Street., (914) 736-0292
  • Royal J. Coffee Shop, 1 Bank Street, (914) 734-2055
  • Ruben’s “Mexican” Café, 5 North Division Street, (914) 739-4330
  • 12 Grapes, 12 N. Division Street, (914) 737-6624
  • Sunset House, 137 N. Water Street, (914) 734-4192
  • Taormina, 59 Hudson Avenue, (914) 739-4007
  • The Quiet Man Public House, 15 North Division Street, (914) 930-8230
  • Trattoria Valentia, 911 South Street 914-831-3301
  • Westchester Diner, 300 Old Albany Post Road, (914) 734-4949
  • Yellow Brick Cafe, 51 Hudson Street, (914) 737-3236
  • Zeph's Restaurant, 638 Central Avenue, (914) 736-2159

 

Attractions

National Register Historic Districts – Peekskill is home to two National Register Historic Districts: The commercial downtown area and the residential Fort Hill neighborhood just north of Main Street. Both districts have many intact 19th century buildings with various architectural styles that can be viewed on a walk through the neighborhoods.

Hudson River Kayaking - Atlantic Kayak Tours, the largest sea-kayaking company in the tri-state area, paddles along the Hudson River from New York City to Albany, with several launches that are accessible by train from the Peekskill area. The staff is talented and friendly and the equipment is first rate. There is nothing like the experience of actually paddling on the Hudson River. www.paddlesportcenter.com

Birdsall House Plaque - Although a group of activists wanted to preserve the Birsdsall House because of its use as a headquarters by General Washington during the War of Independence, it was razed in 1853 because it was an obstruction on Main (or North) Street. The tablet was installed in 1931 by the Friendly Town Association, on the south side of Main Street, near the corner of Division Street.

Lincoln Exedra - A small plaque commemorates the short visit of President-elect Abraham Lincoln during his trip to his inauguration in Washington, his only stop in Westchester. The Peekskill Lincoln Society, one of the oldest in the country, holds a ceremony at the Exedra on or near the President's birthday every year. It overlooks the Old Lincoln Railroad Station, which is in the process of being renovated into the future Lincoln Depot Museum on the west side of South Street.www.lincolnsociety.com.

River Cruises on the "Evening Star" -- Whether you are interested in art, wine tasting, seeing the sunset or having a private party the "Evening Star" will take you through the Hudson Highlands to do so. The boat departs from Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill, Wednesday through Sunday. For more information on special tours, hours and fares contact Trinity Cruise Company at (914) 589-7773.

 

National Maritime Historical Society - The National Maritime Historical Society holds seminars throughout the year on related topics that are well worth attending. 5 John Walsh Boulevard. (914) 737-7878.www.seahistory.org.

Paramount Center for the Arts - Built in 1930 as a movie palace, the Paramount is a performing arts center that hosts top-quality live entertainment, movies, gallery showings and educational programs. The façade, marquee, entrance doors and interior finishes have recently been restored thanks to the fund-raising efforts of committed volunteers. 1008 Brown Street. (914) 739-2333.www.paramountcenter.org

Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce - Conveniently located in the heart of the business district, the Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce provides up-to-date tourism information with brochures, newspapers and information on an electronic "kiosk." Staff members cheerfully answer questions. 1 South Division Street. (914) 737-3600.www.hvgatewaychamber.com

The Peekskill Business Improvement District (BID) - was established in 1996 to develop, organize and sponsor programs and promote Peekskill's vibrant commercial business district. The BID holds various events throughout the year. Please visit the BID web site atwww.peekskillbid.com.

Peekskill Museum - Housed in the Herrick House, designed by William R. Mead of the famous architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, the museum displays tools and products from local foundries; items from the Revolutionary and Civil Wars; furnishings; clothing and more. On the lawn outside is the cannon used to fire on the British ship "Vulture" and thwart the British spy Major John André on his return to New York City with the plans of West Point. Open Saturdays, 2 - 4 p.m. from June - October, and by appointment. 124 Union Avenue. (914) ) 736-0473. www.peekskillmuseum.com.

Tours of the Artists' District – Held annually during the Open Studios event on the first weekend in June. Check the Peekskill Arts Council website at www.peekskillartscouncil.org.

Farmers’ Market – Held every Saturday from June to October, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. A variety of vendors are located on Bank Street between Main and Park Streets. Visit the Business Improvement District website at www.peekskillbid.com Antique and Treasures Market - Held every Sunday from May through November. Visit the BID website atwww.peekskillbid.com

Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art (HVCCA) - The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art is a non-for-profit 501(c)(3) arts and educational organization dedicated to the development and presentation of new works, exhibits and interdisciplinary programs that enrich understanding of contemporary art and its contexts and relationships to societal issues. Open Saturday and Sunday from 1am to 6pm or by appointment. The HVCCA is located at 1701 Main Street. (914) 788-7166.www.hvcca.org.

 

 

Shopping

  • Arazoo, 1012 Park Street, (914) 788-3512
  • Arthur Weeks & Sons Jewelers, 942 South Street, (914) 737-0505
  • Bruised Apple Books, 923 Central Avenue, (914) 734-7000
  • Celtic Tile, 107 South Division Street, (914)-930-1390
  • The Coop, 103 South Division Street, (914) 737-2194
  • DJV Jewelry, 1005 Park Street, (914) 737-6550
  • Driftwood Gallery, 44 North Division Street, (914) 788-4650
  • Field Library Book Store, 934 South Street, (914) 736-7030
  • Flat Iron Gallery, 105 South Division Street, (914) 734-1894
  • Ford Piano Rebuilding, 15 South Division Street, (914) 739-1224
  • Gallerie Jjenth, 1006 Brown Street, Suite 201, (914) 734-2120
  • Home Style Desserts, 24 South Water Street, (914) 737-4659
  • Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, 1701 Main Street, (914) 788-7166
  • Hudson Valley Institute of Art, 101 South Division Street, (914) 734-1111
  • Johansen Interiors, 706 North Division Street, (914) 739-6293
  • Maria Tallerico Interiors, 1840 Crompound Road, (914) 736-3408
  • Maxwell Fine Arts, 1204 Main Street, (914) 737-8622
  • Nature's Window, 1018 Park Street, (914) 737-0960
  • Paramount Center for the Arts & The Upper Gallery, 1008 Brown Street, (914) 739-2333
  • Past & Present Antiques, 106 South Division Street, (914) 739-5070
  • Peekskill Arts Council Standard House Gallery, 50 Hudson Street, (914) 734-1292
  • Retrovato Consignments & Collectibles, 907 South Street, (914) 734-2750
  • Scott Camera, 12 S. Division Street, (914) 737-2758
  • Steel Imaginations, 1 South Division Street, (914)788-0439
  • Side Effects/NY, 1011 Brown Street, (914) 736-1235
  • Studio 25N, 25 North Division Street, (914) 293-0811
  • Treat Station, 21 South Division Street, (914) 788-4141
  • Upper View Gallery/Studio, 44 North Division Street, (914) 739-3530
  • Westchester Art Workshop Gallery, 27 North Division Street, (914) 606-7304

 

Recreation

Riverfront Green - With a backdrop of the Hudson Highlands, this is an ideal spot to river watch, enjoy a picnic or bring the kids to the playground. Many special events are held during the year. Just off Route 9 at the Hudson Avenue exit, adjacent to the Metro-North Railroad Station. (914) 734-PARK. www.ci.peekskill.ny.us Charles Point Pier Park - Fleishmann’s Pier - Fleishmann’s Pier at Charles Point provides an expansive view of Peekskill Bay up to the Bear Mountain Bridge. It was used by the Fleischmann Company to import the raw materials at its vast yeast and gin factory. Now it provides a great spot for picnics and river watching. Located off the Louisa Street exit of Route 9. www.ci.peekskill.ny.us

Annsville Preserve Park – A newly created waterfront park, Annsville is ideal for a stroll along numerous trails with interpretive signage, crabbing off the pier, or relaxing in the gazebo with excellent views of the Hudson River. Located off the Main Street exit of Route 9, follow the signs.

Depew Park – This 176-acre City park contains a stadium with athletic fields and track, a pool complex, courts for tennis, basketball, bocci and horseshoes, a playground, a fishing lake, and many miles of wooded trails. It is located off Hudson Street near the heart of the City.

Peekskill Stadium – This brand new regulation-sized baseball stadium is home to the Peekskill Robins, a semi-pro team, with games held throughout the season. It is located off the Louisa Street exit of Route 9.

Blue Mountain Reservation - This 1,600-acre park owned by Westchester County has 15 miles of marked hiking paths and bridle trails, and is open for mountain biking. It is heavily wooded and home to deer, squirrels and wild turkeys. There are plenty of picnic areas, playground facilities, soccer fields and a small lake for fishing (with a valid license). Blue Mountain Lodge has dormitory accommodations, a dining room, living room and kitchen and is available for group rental by organizations, except during the summer months. Parking fee. Welcher Avenue, off Route 9A. (914) 737-2194. www.co.westchester.ny.us/parks/

Lodging

The Inn on the Hudson - Conveniently located, with 53 comfortable rooms, the Inn on the Hudson has unsurpassed views of the Hudson River and Highlands. A complimentary Continental breakfast is served in the lobby each weekday morning. An outdoor swimming pool and Henry's on the Hudson Riverview Restaurant are also on the premises. Special rates are available for seniors and AAA members. 634 Main Street (just off Route 9 at the junction of Route 6). (914) 739-1500. Out-of-state reservations: (800) 526-9466. www.innonthehudson.com

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