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Get to know Palisades

It’s without question that Palisades possesses one of the most breathtaking settings anywhere in the tri-state area. Sharing its southern border with New Jersey, this Orangetown hamlet soars above the Hudson on its namesake basalt bluffs, with inland elevations exceeding 200 feet. It’s a predominantly residential place, with little commercial activity beyond grabbing a house-baked bombolone and Kona coffee at the 9W Market or, in summertime, a fireside burger and craft brew at The Filling Station next door. Palisades’ best-known locale is Sneden’s Landing, the artful riverfront enclave author E.B. White once described as “steeped in Hudson Valley mists and memories.” You’ll find historic riverfront homes with docks, a gingerbread Carpenter’s Gothic church, and a community center in a converted 1870s schoolhouse. Palisades also boasts several recreational trails, access to Tallman Mountain State Park, and even a hidden waterfall to picnic by, tucked behind Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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Living in Rockland County

Set along the west shore of the Hudson above Bergen County, New Jersey, and across the Tappan Zee from Westchester, suburban Rockland accounts for the smallest county in New York State and its third most densely-populated within the NYC metro—the straight line distance from its southernmost tip to city limits is just six miles. True to its name, the area boasts a rugged landscape framed by the Ramapo Mountains and the Palisades, shared by five towns, 19 villages, and countless hamlets. They’re well-connected by the New York State Thruway, Palisades Parkway, and Metro-North’s Port Jervis and Pascack Valley lines, which operate over NJ Transit to Hoboken (or Penn Station, with transfer) rather than Grand Central. Unlike the east shore, Rockland’s tracks primarily run inland, blessing its riverfront homes with unobstructed water access. Thanks to railroad baron E.H. Harriman, the county’s northernmost reaches are preserved as Bear Mountain/Harriman State Park, a natural wonder drawing countless visitors year-round.