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Get to know Orangetown

Founded by Dutch settlers in 1680, Orangetown is the oldest and southernmost municipality in Rockland, which is somewhat ironic since it’s the farthest from the border with Orange County, located on its complete other side. It was here that Major John Andre, co-conspirator of Benedict Arnold in their treasonous misdeeds, was held in custody at today’s ‘76 House, the old stone tavern in the hamlet of Tappan that touts itself as “the oldest restaurant in America.” Many of Orangetown’s 50,000 inhabitants reside in the villages Grandview-on-Hudson, Piermont, South Nyack, and Nyack, along with a series of defined, unincorporated communities that include Sparkill, Palisades, Blauvelt, and Pearl River. The latter offers train service, on the Metro-North/NJ Transit Pascack Valley Line, and the Palisades Parkway bisects town, making getting around a breeze. You’ll also find countless recreational venues, including Tallman Mountain and Blauvelt State Parks, Piermont Marsh, and several golf courses.

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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.