Historic Hudson River Towns
Working Together on the Shores of the Hudson

Peekskill, NY

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.

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.

Events in Peekskill

Exploring Peekskill

12 Grapes
American
12 N. Division Street
(914) 737-6624
Antonio's Pizza
Crossroads Plaza
(914) 739-9090
Bean Runner Café
201 South Division Street
(914) 737-1701
Buns & Bourbon
55 Hudson Street
(914) 788-2867
Burger Diner
1 Bank Street
(914) 930-8050
Crown Fried Chicken
1020 Main Street
(914) 736-6720
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
G&H Caribbean
11 North Division Street
(914) 930-7447
Gleason's
911 South Street
(914) 402-1950
Hudson Creamery
55 Hudson Avenue
(914) 293-7811
Iron Vine
992 Main Street
Kathleen's Tea Room
979 Main Street
(914) 734-2520
La Cascada
904 Main Street
(914) 736-6728
La Herradure Restaurant
118 North Division Street
(914) 737-2264
La Villetta ll
2 N. Division Street
(914) 739-8827
Los Andes Bakery
1049 Main Street
(914) 737-7707
McDonald and Peacock Cider House
38 N. Division Street
(914) 930-7875
Mediterraneo Restaurant
923 South Street
(914) 737-7224
Nonna’s Pizza
Beach Shopping Center
(914) 737-3222
Number One Chinese Restaurant
Crossroad Plaza
(914) 737-6449
NY Firehouse Grille
50 Welcher Avenue
(914) 788-0808
Panaderia Perla de Oriente
1017 Park Street
(914) 402-5296
Pastels Restaurant
Beach Shopping Center
(914) 736-1040
Peekskill Brewery
47 South Water Street
(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
Quiet Man Public House
15 North Division Street
(914) 930-8230
Rainbow Grill
425 Central Avenue
(914) 737-9658
RameNesque
1008 Main Street
(914) 930-1788
Ravenna Osteria
1099 North Division Street.
(914) 736-0292
Ruben’s “Mexican” Café
5 North Division Street
(914) 739-4330
Sunset House
137 N. Water Street
(914) 734-4192
Taco Dive Bar
55 Hudson Avenue
(914) 788-8226
Taormina
59 Hudson Avenue
(914) 739-4007
Westchester Diner
300 Old Albany Post Road
(914) 734-4949
Zeph's Restaurant
638 Central Avenue
(914) 736-2159
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.
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 County. 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 Historic Lincoln Railroad Depot which has recently been renovated into the Lincoln Depot Museum. A new Visitor Center and Lincoln Depot Plaza are currently under construction. The Exedra is located on the west side of South Street.
Trinity Cruises on the "Evening Star"
Address: 12 Riverfront Green
Phone: (914) 589-7773
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.
National Maritime Historical Society
Address: 5 John Walsh Boulevard
Phone: (914) 737-7878
The National Maritime Historical Society holds seminars throughout the year on topics related to American maritime history.
Paramount Hudson Valley
Address: 1008 Brown Street
Phone: (914) 739-2333
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.
Hudson Valley Gateway Chamber of Commerce
Address: 1 South Division Street
Phone: (914) 737-3600
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.
The Peekskill Business Improvement District (BID)
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.
Peekskill Museum
Address: 124 Union Avenue
Phone: (914) 736-0473
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.
Tours of the Artists' District
Held annually during the Open Studios event on the first weekend in June.
Farmers’ Market
Address: Bank Street between Main and Park Streets
Held every Saturday from June to October, 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Antique and Treasures Market - Held every Sunday from May through November.
Hudson Valley Center For Contemporary Art (HVCCA)
Address: 1701 Main Street
Phone: (914) 788-7166
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.
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
Fabric La IDeal
1015 Park Street
(914) 739-6113
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
Herj' Misc Express
1005 Park Street
(914) 788-3488
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
Jeans Town
1045 Park Street
(914) 737-8696
Maria Tallerico Interiors
1840 Crompound Road
(914) 736-3408
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
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
Party Decorations
119 N. Division Street
(914) 788-1343
Patricio Record
1027 Park Street
(914) 736-0458
Salvation Army Store
1022 Main Street
(914) 737-3022
The Fern Treet
13 S. Division Street
(914) 382-9226
Variedades Veronica
901 Main Street
(914) 739-0895
Riverfront Green
Address: Off the Louisa Street exit of Route 9
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.
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
Address: Off the Louisa Street exit of Route 9
This brand new regulation-sized baseball stadium is home to the Peekskill Robins, a semi-pro team, with games held throughout the season.
Blue Mountain Reservation
Address: Welcher Avenue, off Route 9A
Phone: (914) 737-2194
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.
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
2 John Walsh Boulevard
(914) 743-5700
The Inn on the Hudson
634 Main Street
(800) 526-9466

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