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Saturday en route to Nyack’s Community Event

Getting used to the ride and again drove part of the way in the available uneven right lane. The far lane is separated by a solid white line before the cable-stayed area of the bridge and at the curve approaching Rockland to indicate it’s a “no passing” zone, right?

Three cars crossed that white line, and one car zigzagged to a third lane.

Yesterday was the first Great Nyack Get-Together in Memorial Park. Had a good time seeing friends and meeting people I’d spoken with last week. Kept eyeing the Ferris wheel. As it was brutally hot (and I love hot weather), it was too much for me to get on the ride and then wait in the sun for others to get on or off. Next time. Watch for story in this week’s Rockland County Times.

See the bridges in the background? After tomorrow I’ll be able to see them a bit more clearly from Memorial Park without distance glasses. Within two weeks I’ll have x-ray vision. Stay tuned.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

ICYMI: Classic Car Night draws Crowds, Raises $$

Maybe you’ll see one of these cars on the new bridge. One never knows, do one?

Despite threat of rain from late July skies, the Nyack Chamber of Commerce’s Sixth Annual Classic Car Night  drew thousands without a hitch. Project organizer Mark Mangan said “this has been our (the Chamber’s) biggest turnout so far and raised almost $500 for Soup Angels.”

A ride in the 1966 Lincoln Futura — signed by the late actor Adam West, who portrayed Batman — was the raffle prize with proceeds going to the Nyack-based organization. A gentleman named Edwin was the lucky winner, his $5 raffle ticket chosen by Catwoman.

It was Back to the Future for Craig Farr, whose silver 1981 DeLorean was equipped with a flux capacitor autographed by Christopher Lloyd. “That makes time travel possible,” he said. “Since I was young it was my favorite car because of the movie,” he said. While he drives a Toyota Camry, the DeLorean was a “must-have.”

The DeLorean’s three-year life cycle ended in 1983, “and you can tell the difference between the cars by their hoods,” Farr explained. “There were also differences between the two 1981 models.”

Curiosity and awe surrounded Vinny Mocerino’s Creepshow 1988 Cadillac Hearse. “These kids here don’t know the Batmobile,” he said. Mocerino was having as much fun as the kids and adults who asked questions about — and were allowed to touch — the display attached to the blue-and-white hearse.

Bloody-eyed Morticia peered at onlookers through a blue-draped side window. “I keep it parked in my driveway,” he laughed, “and the neighbors think I’m crazy.” It certainly must be interesting when his recently-finished black hearse, a 1990 Cadillac named Morticia, is parked next to the Creepshow hearse.

Two adorable kids were posing against a hot pink PT Cruiser. “Smile!” their mom said while they made funny faces, then turned to inspect the doors. Also returning were 1950s Chevrolets, muscle cars, several Mustangs, a 1966 Morgan and a 1926 Ford Model T that was once a fruit truck.

District 6 Legislator Alden Wolfe brought his 1969 Fiat 500L, which attracted lots of attention. “It was a great opportunity to support the Nyack Chamber while sharing my passion for cars,” he said. “I had a lot of fun answering questions and seeing the kids smile as they recognized ‘Luigi from Cars.’”

I caught up with auto enthusiast and college student Andy O’Rourke near the monster trucks on Main Street. “I’ve seen a few oddities here that you never really see anywhere else, which is refreshing,” he observed.

Favorites include “classic Porsche 911, old minis, Volkswagens, some of the Waterboxers, old Mustangs, Fastbacks, mainly things like that,” he said. While classic European sports cars draw his attention, “I definitely have a respect for older American cars though. I lean more towards sports cars, though.”

Look for FinalDriveReviews, O’Rourke’s up-and-coming YouTube channel that discusses unique cars. “We’ll be driving around and doing comparisons of rare and unusual cars as well as common and affordable ones, measuring pros and cons relative to price point and completing challenges relative to each car or category. We’ll ask are they worth it, how expensive are they, what’s the market like. It’s like a Top Gear meets Jay Leno’s Garage.”

The event was sponsored by Motorcar Manor, Autobahn Indoor Speedway, Palisades Auto Sales, SpeedPro Imaging and Rockland Rodders. The Chamber’s Septemberfest Street Fair is Sunday, the 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. rain or shine. Ghoulish fun returns to the village next month with the 30th Annual Nyack Halloween Parade on October 28.

“I guess that’s not meant for short people,” Denise Coram told the yellow truck’s owner. He smiled and indicated the running board which, he said, folds up when the driver is seated. “It doesn’t move down so people can step up into it?” she asked, half joking. “No,” he grinned.

For more information about the Chamber and its upcoming events, visit www.nyackchamber.org.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Spring has Sprung: Nyack Buzzing with Activity

It was perfect weather to be outside Sunday, and Memorial Park in Nyack was packed with cars. We sat for a while under a tree — as luck would have it, there was a spot waiting for us — and took in the view.

This after checking out the Nyack Street Fair, always a fun experience.

That day marked five weeks since I was walking down steps and missed the step, falling and injuring my left knee and upper leg. Walking has become easier with cortisone shots, and I’ll be starting physical therapy next week. It was gorgeous outside, and I didn’t want to miss the day.

Birds flying everywhere, crowded viewing area, people enjoying the weather and checking out the bridge and the Spotter’s Guide and happy winter finally left. The giant crane was positioned near the Rockland shoreline, and people were taking pictures with their cell phones.

So when will the westbound span open? The summer before the project began, then state DOT Project Director Michael Anderson said traffic will switch to the new bridge sometime during the fourth year (2017).

Then we heard west/northbound traffic would move to the new span in December 2016, and two months later (February 2017) to move east/southbound traffic as well. Former Executive Director Robert L. Megna decided in early November to postpone the first opening until spring 2017.

Project officials are talking about “sometime this year.” I wonder if there are still built-in contract incentives for finishing the project before spring 2018 or penalties for completing it later? Is the bridge builder still on a 62-month schedule?

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2017

Ongoing Road Deck Placement: Getting Closer

Cool early morning view: underbelly of span we’ll be driving on next spring/Submitted

Cool early morning view: underbelly of span we’ll be driving on next spring/Submitted

Last year crews started installing road deck panels on the approach spans, then began placing the panels near the Rockland side. This week the road deck panel action started near the Westchester side.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

Some Numbers Elicit more Memories than Others

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Solitary swimmer enjoying the water, oblivious to the construction/© Janie Rosman 2016

Mom’s new favorite place to visit is Memorial Park in Nyack. As we drove across the bridge she asked about the towers and the blue steel girders that are covered with road deck. This, and the likes seeing the construction equipment, especially the I Lift NY.

The main span towers are taller each time we cross the bridge that opened less than eight weeks after my parents married on October 23, 1955, and soon after they bought their first car and had a chance to drive across the new bridge.

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Today is the 26th, and it’s nearing the time that mom and I would be leaving dad’s room for the night. That was a terrible week two years and five months ago. We visited dad daily, talked to him, asked if he was comfortable, let him know we were there, not knowing if he understood or heard, and sometimes getting a hand squeeze or a faint smile in response. How were we to know, when we told him we loved him and kissed him goodnight on February 26, 2014, that it would be the last time. Does anyone ever know?

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Driving back after ice cream under a tree (in the car), I saw where the bridge was repaired. That section looked clean, and I wondered if that’s what the new bridge looked like back then.

It won’t matter less than two years from now. I also wondered if anyone carved initials into the new section before it hardened.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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